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Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) took today’s featured Prix Jean Boillereau at Vincennes, the Quinte+ race of the day for a purse of 80,000€. The field of 16 upper class campaigners raced over 2100 meters autostart. Colonel, off as the 9/10 favorite, was timed in 1.11.3kr for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes, his 16th career victory in 65 outings now for 488,700€ earned. He has two wins and a second in his last three appearances. The 21/1 Detroit Castelets (6m Neoh Jiel) was second for David Thomain and 7/2 Tessy D’Ete (7f Ganymede) was third for Franck Nivard. Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth despite post 15 at 9/1 with trainer Rudolf Haller aboard and 14/1 Coach Franbleu (7f Prince d’Espace) rallied to be fifth for Yoann Lebourgeois. The Q+ exact order payoff was 1,981.60€ for 372 winning tickets from the Q+ pool of 3,522,760€. Over 7,882,000€ was wagered on this race. Bazire, just back yesterday from a driving suspension won three more on today’s card. The 7/10 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (4m Ready Cash) took the 53,000€ Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf clocked in 1.11.7kr over 2100 meters autostart. This colt has nine wins in 18 outings for trainer Bazire. Bazire scored again with 1.3/1 odds trainee Noble Dolly (6f Ready Cash) timed in 1.14.2kr to win the 51,000€ Prix de Morat. This victory over the 2850 meter course was her second win. The fourth J-M Bazire win this day was with 2/1 Guevara du Pont (3m Tabler-Tina du Pont) in the Prix de Blangy (purse 33,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters). Timed in 1.16.8kr this Bazire trainee is now four wins in five career starts for owner J-M Rancoule. Deesse Noire Takes Q+ Prix de la Ville de Rojan   Wednesday’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ville de Rojan (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters) was om center stage this day for the 1.14.3kr timed victory of 1.2/1 Deesse Noire (6f Neoh Jeil-Obolie). Eric Raffin reined this winner to her 11th score in 42 starts now for 155,610€ earned. The 4.8/1 Decoloration (6f Prince d’Espace) was second in the return of pilot Jean-Michel Bazire. The 16/1 Devise du Vivier (6f Real de Lou), 76/1 Dolly Si, and 11/1 Dotka de Loiron completed the top five and there were 43 winning exact order tickets that paid 15,720.20€ each. The Q+ pool was 3,140,087€ and total wagered on this race exceeded 6.983.000€ Shortly thereafter the Prix de Bourigny (purse 59,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) saw J-M Bazire gain his return victory with the 3/10 favorite Elie de Beaufour (5g Royal Dream-Pigrata). He trains this gelding and Elie scored victory number 14 in 28 career starts now for 183,150€ earned. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The 20/1 Early Dream (5m Royal Dream-Uniformity) was second for Jean Philippe Dubois, finishing ahead of 13/1 Elite de Jiel (5f Niky) handled by David Thomain. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The back half of the today’s Paris-Vincennes card was terrific and included the eQ+ race of the day.  The eQuinte+ Prix d’Arras (purse 48,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) this day went to 1.13kr timed Class Action with Ch. Dreux aboard, the owner/trainer as well. Off at 23/1 Class Action defeated the 25/1 odds Tooltime (9f Carmody Lobell-Etoile) with David Thomain aboard for trainer Bjorn Goop. Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight) was third as the 1.1/1 favorite and reined by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Robert Bergh. 12/1 Angel d’Or and 44/1 Coco de Rocha completed the top five. The exact order eQuinte+ paid 148,650.20€. The featured Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson, also named the Criterium des Jeunes 2019, (Gr. I, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters) for three year olds saw 3/2 odds Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) prevail by a short nose for driver Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. Green Grass now has six career wins in 10 starts for 238,900€ earned. Race time was 1.14.3kr off even fractions. The 9/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) was second driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Michel Tessier. 37/1 Girls Talk (3f Brilliantissime-Be My Girl) took third with David Thomain up for trainer Allaire, ahead of another Allaire trainee, the 26/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) that Anthony Barrier teamed for owner J.F. Mary. 10/1 General du Park was fifth for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of Granon Vedaquais and Greenpeace. Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) was a powerful, mostly front end harness racing winner of today’s Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, six starters) timed in 1.12.6kr with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard at Vincennes. The winner scored for the seventh time in a 30 race career now for 446,860€ in life earnings. The 2.9/1 odds winner defeated 2.4/1 Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Third was the 1.2/1 Earl Simon (5f Prodigious-Tindrana) handled by Franck Ouvrie for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The Prix des Pontavices (Gr. III monte, purse 90,000€, 2175 meters) went to the 4/5 odds favorite Boss du Meleuc (8g Lucky Blue-Rafales du Meleuc) timed in a quick 1.10.5kr (fractions 1.07.8kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.08.9kr at the 1000 and 1.10.8kr with 500 meters remaining) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer/owner Yannick Alain Briand. The Boss scored for the 18th time in 61 career starts for 650,100€ earned. The 3/2 second choice Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos) was second for David Thomain, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 52.8/1 Codie de Beaulieu (7g Oyonnax) was third for jockey Mathieu Mottier. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

December 3, 2018 - The 3.1/1 Bayokas Atout (7g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) was an easy winner of today’s harness racing Quinte + Prix des Alpes (purse 48,000€, 2100 mater autostart, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Frank Nivard trains and drove the winner to this 1.12.3kr timed victory. 5.8/1 Bikini (7g Niky) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie ahead of 8.7/1 Abercrombis (8g Hyperis) handled by trainer/driver J-F Senet. 53/1 Atios Fortis and 21/1 Bibette de Bannes completed the top five in exact order that paid 12,152.60€ for a 2€ wager. On the same card was the Prix des Dahlias (33,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 12 two year old starters) that the 4/5 favorite Gordon Flash (2m Village Mystic-Acienda Flash) won timed in 1.1.3kr with J-M Bazire aboard. Y-A Briand trains the winner that bested 18/1 Gilmour (2m Tag Wood) and 4.8/1 Georgio (2m Un Charme Fou) Four year olds contested the Prix de Maintenon (purse 60,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.15.9kr timed victory went to 1.2/1 Emiliano (4m Love You-Quarda du Rib) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. 4.1/1 Elu de Dompierre (4m Vanishing Point) and 2.7/1 Estaban Jiel (4m Coktail Jet) completed the top three to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

Veteran classmaster Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) scored in the Grand Prix du Departement des Alpes Maritimes (Gr. II International, purse 180,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) on this last day of the summer meet at Cagnes sur Mer. Driver Franck Ohine uvrie launched the winner directly to the lead before entering the first turn and he maintained speed to the 1.10.8kr victory. Un Mec d’Heripre now has 28 wins in 61 starts for 2,004,853 euro earned. The Philippe Billard trainee is owned by Ecurie d’Heripre and was bred by Mlle. Eugenie Quintin. He was off as the 7/10 favorite. The 3.6/1 odds Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was second for Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette de Sousa, and raised his bankroll to 614,050 euro. 3.7/1 odds Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre), a past Prix d’Amerique winner, was third for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Antoine Dherete and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner of the career winner of 2,182,970 euro. The 7.1/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied off the pegs to be fourth for Gabriele Gelormini, Sebastien Guarato, the trainer, and Philippe Dauphin, breeder/owner of this now 1,711,666 euro earned. Quite a race this was in the mile distance speed series.  The Vincennes’  monte Groupe II Prix Pierre Gamare (purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters – three year-olds) went to rallying 5.8/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Yves Boireau. Race time was 1.14.6kr. Jean Pierre Dubois owns the winner that Haras de Villeperce Sarl bred. Ferreteria now has five career wins in 13 starts for 271,140 euro earned. She raced sixth and seventh more most of the journey before staging a steady surge that she sustained to the line. The 2.3/1 odds Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was even money favorite Fadu du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) for jockey P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj.  The unbeaten Ferry Jet (3m Uriel Speed-Ulla Jet) took the Prix des Lagny (purse 36,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters) for his third victory in his career. The 4/5 favorite is trained by Luc Roelens and was reined by Pierre Vercruysse to this 1.16.4kr score that raised his earnings to 31,050 euro. At end of the Saturday Vincennes program was the Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse 80,000 euro, 2700 meters, 12 starters). Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queens Flore) scored in 1.13.9kr at 7/1 odds for driver Anthony Barrier, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 26/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious) was second for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Franck Nivard. The 1.8/1 favorite Bolando (7m Nijinksi Blue) was third for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. At Bergsaker this day was the Sundsvall Open, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event (purse 175,700 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) that went to the 19/1 Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) with Ulf Eriksson up for Stall TZ and trainer Stefan Melander. This winner enjoyed a pocket trip before emerging in mid-stretch for a length victory timed in 1.10.1kr, to raise his career earnings to 708,070 euro. Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) was second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden at 21/1. 47/1 outsider Pastore Bob (5g From Above) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) at 11/1 was fourth for Ulf Ohlsson and fifth was the 1/5 favorite Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) with Jorma Kontio up. This one raced second in the outer before making a three wide effort mid-way on the last lap backstretch. That surge failed leaving Readly Express three wide in the final bend and he tired in the lane to be four lengths off the winner.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

April 27, 2018 - The Friday harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes began with a 4/1 victory by Etoile de Houelle (4f Goetmals Wood-Sawasde de Houelle) in the Prix Maginus (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) and riven this day by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc. 2.3/1 Everest Vedaquais (4g Ready Cash-Spandelle) held second for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 13/1 Eureka du Fosse (4f Soleil du Fosse) with Anthony Barrier the pilot, took third among a group at the line together. Race time was 1.14.3kr for this three-time career winner. The day’s Q+ was the Prix Huberta (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.13.6kr timed victory was earned by even money Caprice du Lupin (6g Chaillot-Nadega Fencerie) with Antoine Wiels up  for breeder/owner/trainer J-P Marmion. 20/1 Cerenzo Turbo (6m Ganymede) took second for Franck Ouvrie and 57/1 Chocolat du Bourg (6m Nahar de Beval) was third for Gabriele Gelormini, ahead of 11/1 Aldo d’Argentre and 24/1 Bambou Tahiti. The winner now has 11 wins in 22 career starts. The Gr. III Prix Antigone (purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters monte starters) went to 13/1 Ungaro d’Eva (10g Ipson de Mormal-Iomolly) with David Thomain in the irons for owner/trainer Jean Michel Beaudouin. The victory increased his earnings to €330,110 for this 11 time winner. 6/1 Gross Weight (7g Scarlet Knight-Elman Jet) was second and 2.3/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) was home third. On April 26 (Thursday) at Gavle SWE the well-regarded Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom, pictured below, won an event raced over 2140 meters autostart for 40,000SEK first prize. Race time was 1.12.1kr as this Daniel Reden trainee, bred in the USA by Caldwell/Bluestone Farr, recorded his 25th victory in 54 outings now for 5,935,545SEK earned. Off at even money, Propulsion bested 21/1 French Laundry, Ulf Ohlsson up, and Final Oak at 85/1 reined by Claes Sjostrom. 76/1 From Dusk To Dawn landed fourth for Ulf Eriksson.   On that card the USA Windsong Stable bred Stand Bayou, off at 1.6/1, scored in 1.12.9kr, with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. First prize was 35,000SEK for the seven-year old stallion son of Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec. Stand Bayou was won three of his last four and now has 12 career wins in 36 starts. On Friday night (April27), the 2017 Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was back in action for his second straight win, this at Aby, in a division of the Konung Gustaf each for 100,000SEK first money and raced over 2140 meters autostart. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the four-year old stallion by Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra that Daniel Reden trains for SRF Stable and Hanover Shoe Farms bred. The winners’ slate shows nine wins in 20 career starts for 6,291,079SEK earned. He was off at 1.52/1 and bested 24/1 Vikens High Yield (4g Love You) reined by Magnus Jakobsson and 4/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven) that Johnny Takter teamed for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. Lucifer Lane and Velvet Gio won other divisions of this race. Fillies contested the Drottning Silvias Pokal divisions (each for 100,000SEK first money and raced over 2140 meters autostart) with victory to Diabra (4f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Walmann. She was clocked in 1.13.1kr for her ninth career victory in 14 starts. Tropicanna As (4f Manofmanymissions-Tropical Breeze As-Striking Sahbra) also won a division for trainer Jerry Riordan, driver Johnny Takter and owners Henrik Eriksson and Tordis Svensson. ACL Stuteri AB bred this filly that was timed in 1.14.3kr. Electrical (4f Dream Vacation) won another division of this race. On Saturday is the Olympiatravet Final at Aby. Thomas H. Hicks

March 4, 2017 - The Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European monte starters) began the Saturday Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and it went to 1.13.6kr timed and 10.4/1 odds Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) with jockey Franck Nivard up, for trainer H.E. Bondo and Scuderia Erodi di Gubellini of Italy. 2.2/1 Catalogne (6f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 17.1/1 Belle Louise Mabon (6f Derby du Gite-Nefertiti Mabon) for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Yves Dreux. The Gr. II Prix Louisle Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, ten monte starters) produced a rallying victory for 3/2 favorite Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie Augustin-Normand. 6.1/1 Dominator Blond (4m Kenor de Cosse-Orchidee Blonde) was second for Damien Bonne and third was 11.6/1 Dahlia du Rib (4m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) for jockey Alexis Collette, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, the breeder/owner. The Q+ Prix Maurepas (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 2.8/1 Carla Love (5f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire. 14.6/1 Calencia (5f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 6.8/1 Clea Madrik (5f Prince d’Espace-Paisy Tivoli) took third for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Benoit Robin. The next two finishers were off at 19/1 and 50/1 odds respectively. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) went to a game front-ending 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington now has 12 wins in 48 starts for €464,650 earned. 14.1/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) rallied for second ridden by Matthieu Abrivard and third was 10.9/1 Texas de l’Iton (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee) for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque. 10.3/1 odds Venezia de Mai (8f Prodigious-Iomoe de Tesse) took the Prix de Montsoreau (purse €66,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) timed in 1.12.9kr. The barefoot winner was reined by Nicolas Mortagne. 3.2/1 Monas Invercote (8f Vikings Kronos-Monas Speranza) was second, beaten a neck for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third was 14/1 Un Cher Ami (9g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) for Mathieu Daougabel. The featured Prix de Selection (Gr. I, purse €240.000, 2200 meters distance handicap, nine starters) went to 1.11.4kr timed and 47.4/1 odds Discours Joyeaux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine). Racing barefoot for Damien Bonne, the winner is trained by Thierry Raffegeau for owner J.Y. Roze. 25.6/1 Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, and trainer Richard Westerink, also trainer/owner of the champion Timoko. 20.4/1 Black d’Avril (6m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) took third reined by J-M Bazire for trainer Frederic Prat. 2/1 favorite Carat Williams was fourth ahead of fifth finishing Doberman. Thomas H. Hicks

February 4, 2017 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Paul Viel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) went to the game 13.3/1 Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) with Mathieu Mottier up for harness racing trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe DeWulf. 10.8/1 Eliseo (3m Timoko-Solaria) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Frederic Prat and Ecurie Liamore. Third was 9.5/1 Easy des Racques (3m Rodrigo Jet-Ombre des Racques) with J.Ph. Monclin driving. The heavy favorites Equinoxe and Everest Vedaquais were miscue dq’s, both lately affected by repeated breaks. Race time was 1.13.1kr. The prestigious Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) went to 2.8/1 Elea Madrik (3f Goetmals Wood-Quelea Madrik) timed in 1.12.7kr with trainer William Bigeon on the lines. C.L. Guedij owns the winner that defeated 13.7/1 Elisione Mag (3f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) and driver David Thomain. Michel Agostina is owner/breeder of this second finishing Bruno Bourgoin trainee. Third was 8.8/1 Estella Love (3f Love You-Shucca) that closed sharply on the pegs for Franck Ouvrie. Yves Boireau trains this one for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie Victoria Dream. On the undercard, the Prix la Gironde (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 4/5 odds Alphea Barbes (7f Look de Star-Lova Barbes). Charles Jean Bigeon continued his top flight reinsmanship, in this case for trainer Christian Bigeon and owner A.F. Bigeon. 12.7/1 Unieme (9g Niky-Gitane) was second for Eric Raffin. The Prix Barfleur (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) on this program went to the impressive 4.9/1 Coffee Look d’Eam (5g Look de Star-Nidra Pierji) racing with shoes on for pilot Anthony Barrierand trainer David Cherbonnel. Two five year-old gelded sons for Ready Cash finished second and third in this 1.12.2kr timed event. They were Chilkoot Train and driver J.Ph. Monclin and Capitano de Lou reined by Alexandre Abrivard. Paris-Vincennes action continues tomorrow incuding the Gr. I Prix de L’Ile de France for a €200,000 purse. February 5, 2017 Jean-Michel Bazire piloted 1/5 favorite Aubrion de Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) to a 1.12.8kr timed victory in the Gr. III Prix de la Marne (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, nine starters). Bazire owns and trains the winner, the stormed home after even and modest fractions (the time was 1.13.8kr with 500 meters remaining). 8.4/1 Avenir de Blay (7g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) was second for owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller. 125/1 outsider Black d’Avril (6m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) was a close third for Alexis Prat, trainer Frederic Prat and owner J.J. Rahier. Today’s Quinte+ Grand Prix d’Afrique (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) was won by 5.4/1 barefoot Boy Dancer (6g Magnificent Rodney-Laura Dancer) racing barefoot for Clement Duvaldetin, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Mme. J. Boivin. 32/1 Berry Faith (6m Mahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir and third was 12.3/1 Baraka de Bougy (6f Norginio-Piccata de Bougy) for Alexandre Abrivard. Race time was 1.15.2kr afte*r slow early fractions. Bilibili Wins Monte Prix de L’Ile-de-France in Record Time February 5, 2017 Jean-Pierre Barjon owned and bred Bilibili (6m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) won today’s Gr. I monte Prix de L’Ile de France (purse €200,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard in the seven length record time performance, 1.10.5kr (mile rate 1:53.43) after quick fractions (1.06.8kr at the 1500 to go mark, 1.08.1kr at the 1000 and 1.10.5kr with 500 remaining). 10.4/1 Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was second for David Thomain and breeder/owner/trainer Paul Viel. Third was 18.3/1 Adelia de Melodie (7f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for Anthony Barrier, the jockey. The torrid pace was set by Valdice de Mars, Tornade du Digeon and Vaillant Cash with the winner watching the action from the outer tier until a decisive move in the final bend. This famous monte event began in 1978 and today’s record time eclipsed the mark set a year ago by Scarlet Turgot. French trotters have won each edition except three that were won by Sweden’s Revenue (by Reve d’Udon), Vasterbo Daylight (by Spotlite Lobell) and Hot Tub (by Sugarcane Hanover). Codie de Beaulieu Wins Gr. III Prix Association des Lotteries Afrique February 5, 2017 The Gr. III Prix Association des Lotteries Afrique (purse €95,000, 2175 meters, 10 monte starters) today at Paris-Vincennes went to 1.12.5kr timed and 7/2 odds Codie de Beaulieu (5f Oyonnax-Melody d’Arcy) . J-Y Ricart was in the irons for Ph. Rouer, the owner/trainer, and breeder Dorrine Rouer. 4.7/1 Botido was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier, ahead of 15/1 Chiricahua and Matthieu Abrivard. The Prix Colmar (purse €37,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) victory was secured by 1.13kr timed and 6/1 Divine Beji (4f The Best Madrik-Jolie Colline) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Jacques Bruneau. 1/1 Dentella Bella (4f Ready Cash) was second for Antoine Weils and owner/trainer Jean Paul Marmion. Third was 15/1 Daelia de Vandel (4f Ready Cash) for trainer/driver Cedrik Megissier. The Prix Briey/Solidarite Africaine (purse €38,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.13.1kr timed and 9.2/1 odds Copernic de Play (5g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play). Franck Blandin drive his trainee that he also owns. 6.9/1 Chantelou Lignerie (5g Paris Haufor) was second for trainer/driver Damien Bonne and third was 5.3/1 Caruso Gablinlea (5g Saxo de Vandel) for Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 15, 2017 - Today’s Prix de Belgique festivities began with harness racing monte action and the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte. Cenora (5f Blue Dream-Nalara) took today’s opener, the Prix de Castera-Venduzan (monte, purse €46,000, 2175 meters, eight starters). Mathieu Mottier was in the irons for this 1.13.6kr timed victory. Dominique Mottier is owner/trainer/breeder of the fine mare. Second was 2.9/1 Cannelle de Pipan (5f Singalo-Pour d’Aube) with Adrien Lamy up for trainer Bruno Marie, and third was 2.3/1 Calypso Queen (5f Scipion du Goutier-Dan’s Girl) with Franck Nivard aboard. The co-featured Gr. II Prix Gelinotte (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.15kr timed rallying 9.4/1 Elea Madrik (3f Goetmals Wood-Ouelea Madrik). William Bigeon reined and trains the winner that Cl. Ghedj owns and Emmanuel Leclerc bred. Even-money favorite Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Coutier-These d’Oliverie) held second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and breeder/owner Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 10.7/1 Elisione Mag (3f Qualker Jet-Perla du Ravary) was third for David Thomain. The Prix Jura (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) producing a driving finish with the victory to 22.7/1 odds Tamisso (10g Nobody du Chene-Hastavissa). David Thomain teamed the R. Jaffrelot trainee that is owned by breeder Patrick Gerard Cavey. 11/1 Venus de Bailly (8f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) was second for Franck Ouvrie and 3.8/1 Ultra de Vindecy (9g Jasmin de Flore-Nora The Best) took third for Eric Raffin. The 7/2 favorite Unbridled Charm was unplaced. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s featured Prix Hestia (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.13.6kr timed Borsalino (5g Goetmals Wood-Nath du Rib). Thomas Levesque teamed his trainee that Pierre Levesque owns, and today he earned harness racing career win 11. Bel Air (5g Ganymede-Kaldeira) was second for P-Y Verva and third went to Best des Vals (5g Quirky Jet-Nina des Vals) with trainer Ch.C. Degiorgio aboard. The Quinte+ Prix Vesta (purse €36,000, 2850 meters) went to Boheme du Juille (5f Ozio Royal-Gaminette). Trainer Franck Poirrier turned the lines over to Anthony Barrier for this 1.14.05 timed victory. Brise du Coudou (5f New des Landes-Perle du Coudou) was second for Damien Bonne and third went to the Franck Nivard reined Balzane Roudourou (5f Oakwood du Closet-Romane de Mael). A top flight racing weekend begins tomorrow at Vincennes with three groupe events, the Gr. III Prix Narquois (purse €95,000), Gr. II Prix Artiste Hemard (purse €120,000) and the Gr. II monte Prix Raoul Balliere (purse €120,000). Thomas H. Hicks

On an Enghien Saturday card that included groupe action and the Q+ wagering race of the day, veteran owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed his  52/1 outsider Calita Wood (4f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) to victory in the Gr. III Prix du Louvre (purse €80,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters). Calita Wood is trained by Yves Boireau for Dubois and was bred by Ecurie Dream With Me. Timed in 1.14.5kr the filly rallied for a half-length score over 4.2/1 Caid Griff (4m Password-Savane Griff)  handled by Eric Raffin, for trainer Sebastian Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie Griff. Third was the Matthieu Abrivard teamed, 9.6/1 odds, Caduceus des Baux (4g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) with fourth to 1.6/1 favorite Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) for driver David Thomain, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Italy’s Scuderia Eurocolor SRL. 4/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) was fifth for J-M Bazire, and trainer Souloy. The winners’ dam was a five-time groupe winner and a solid third in the Prix d’Amerique : Critérium des Jeunes 2007, Prix de l’Etoile 2007, Prix de Sélection 2008, Grand Prix de l’UET 2008 and the Critérium Continental 2008. For her career Qualita Bourbon won 21 times in 31 starts for €1,538,000 earned. Dubois’ driving victory today adds to his legendary resume as pilot, in addition to his role as breeder/owner/stallioneer: Prix d'Amérique – two wins - High Echelon (1979), Hymour (1982) ; Critérium des Jeunes – four times - Fortuna Fant (1996), Juliano Star (2000), Mahana (2003), Qualita Bourbon (2007) ; Critérium des 3 ans – three victories - Rainbow Runner (1986), Vasquez (1990), Buvetier d'Aunou (1992) ; Critérium des 4 ans - twice - Buvetier d'Aunou (1993), Extreme Dream (1996) ; Critérium Continental – five wins - Rangone (1987), Bahama (1993), Extreme Dream (1996), Hermès du Buisson (1999), Love You (2003) ; Critérium des 5 ans – one win - High Echelon (1978) ; Prix de France – one win - Hymour (1982) ; Prix Albert Viel - five victories - Bahama (1992), Esotico Star (1995), Island Dream (1999), Juliano Star (2000), Mahana (2003) ; Prix de l'Étoile – four wins - Rainbow Runner (1988), Bahama (1993, 1994), Qualita Bourbon (2007) ; Prix de Sélection – four victories - High Echelon (1979), Buvetier d'Aunou (1993), Kaisy Dream (2002), Qualita Bourbon (2008) ; and Prix de l'Atlantique – two wins - Défi d'Aunou (1998), Ganymède (1999). The Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (purse €95,000, 2150 meters, 11 starters) on the Enghien card went to 1.12.3kr timed and 2/5 favorite Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha). Gabriel Gelormini teamed the winner for owner Ecurie Sidere and trainer Francois Lamare. The 18/1 Olmo Holz (8m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) rallied to be second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Vincent Martens. 4.8/1 Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) held third between rivals for Eric Raffin and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 8.4/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) was fourth for Bernard Piton and trainer Sebastian Guarato with fifth to 68.7/1 Oibambam Effe (8f Classic Photo-Etne Sec) for trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati. The day’s Quinte+ Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse €68,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed, 11.3/1 odds, Un Nuage d’Osmoz (8m Nuage Noir-l’Etoile d’Escrit) for owner/trainer/driver Emmanuele Allard. The 11.2/1 Alienor de Godrel (6f Orlando Vici-Julietta) rallied for second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 2.8/1 favorite Artiste de Joudes (6m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) was fourth for David Thomain and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 4.3/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris-Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was fifth for driver Matthieu Abrivard. Uniflosa Bella wins Trophee Vert at Royan Sunday’s turf trotting feature was the Grand Prix Jean Maurice Bateau (purse €45,000, 3100 meters, 18 starters) at Royan, France. The 6.3/1 Uniflosa Bella (8f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) emerged victorious timed in a quick 1.15.5kr for Antoine Wiels over the marathon distance (1-15/16 miles). Jean-Paul Marmion owns and trains the barefoot winner that was bred by Remi Boucret. 37/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France) held second for owner/trainer/driver P.J. Desaunette. The 2/1 favorite Tagada Tagada (9f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) rallied wide near the fans for third driven by Matthieu Abrivard. Two other turf trots were on the program, one each featuring apprentice and amateur teamsters. Uno Dancer, Un Charme Fou and Ulk Medoc finished fourth through sixth in the good field. by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s top Enghien harness racing card began with the Prix Tabac Musee de l’Air Blanc Mesnil (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, 14 European startersall three year-old fillies) and Italy domimated this event, won by 11.4/1 Unique Dream Bar (3f Goetmals Wood-Genial Power) with owner/trainer/driver Santo Mollo aboard. This 1.16.5kr timed winner bested 5/1 Una Bella Gar (3f SJ’s Photo-Georgette Gar) and 8.2/1 Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei). The next five were also Italy-bred perfortmers (Ulala’Degliulivi by Gruccione Jet; Unique du Kras by Varenne; Unica Donna by Donato Hanover-Hangone that is owned by J-P Dubois, Uma d’Asti by Libeccio Grif; and Ursula Bar by Varenne) The Q+ Prix du Roussillon (purse €48,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) saw 6.7/1 Vanetta d’Azur(7f Lejacque d’Houlbec-Nerminetta de Line) record a 1.13.6kr victory for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. 86/1 Jaguar Broline was second for Dominik Locqueneux and 8/1 Perfect Power (7g Ken Warkentin-Ewnjoy My Face) ended third for Christophe Martens. The featured Prix de Washington (purse €120,000, 1609 meters, Gr. II, 10 starters) went to 1.09.9kr timed, 2.7/1 odds Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darlimg). J-M Bazire teamed the Fabrice Souloy trainee that is owned by Ecurie d’Heripre. 9/10 favorite Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM) was next for Robbin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner K.K. Bjikerk of Holland. 6.9/1 Aladin d’Ecajeul (6m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and the owner Philippe Dewulf. Univers de Pan and Pascia’Lest were fourth and fifth for respective reinsman Philippe Daugeard and Pietro Gubellini. Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) was an upset winner at 19/1 of the Prix la Grand Paris (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) today for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mille Fleurs of Holland. 2.3/1 Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) held second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. Third was 14.1/1 Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Lagune) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Race time was 1.12kr. Thomas H. Hicks

The classique Gr. I monte Prix President de la Republique (purse €240,000, 2850 meters) went to 4/1 Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta) with Alexandre Abrivard up. L.Cl. Abrivard trains this 1.13kr (mile rate 1:57.46) timed winner for owner/breeder Jean-Pierre Barjon (owner of past Prix d’Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta), and the harness racing mare earned her fourth victory in 23 career starts, now for €230,550 earned. 4.1/1 Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) took second for J.L. Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib. 18.8/1 Clegs des Champs (4m Legs du Clos-Prosperpine) reported home third for Damien Bonne, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Three year-old monte practitioners battled in the Gr. I Prix d’Essai (purse €200,000, 2175 meters, 15 starters) with 15.2/1 Dragon de Fresne (3m Saphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) scoring easily on the far outside for Alexandre Abrivard. L.Cl. Abrivard is the trainer of the 1.13.5kr clocked winner. 44/1 Drole de Gosse (3m Gazouillis-Peur Bleue) took second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir and his breeder/owner/trainer Pascal Barthelemy.  The 4/5 favorite Dhakti Vedaquais (3f Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) landed third for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Today’s opener was the Gr. II monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) and the quick 1.11.1kr (mile rate 1:54.40) timed winner was the Francois Lagadeuc teamed, 3/10 odds favorite, Best Of Jets (5m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets). The Jean-Michel Baudouin trainee bested 6.2/1 Bellissima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) with trainer/jockey Matthieu Abrivard up. Third was 5.5/1 Begum Fromentro (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Ormindia) ridden by Mlle. Camille Levesque for trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre Levesque. Thomas H. Hicks

Top trotting action took place Saturday at Solvalla with a number of V75 contests with 200,000SEK or more to the winners. The Grabber’s Pixies race for mares (200,000SEK first prize) went to 1.9/1 Donna de Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) for harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist timed in a quick 1.10.9kr. Langebro Konsult AB owns this winning mare. 3.1/1 Windy Ways (6f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) took second for Erik Adielsson, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Third was 1.8/1 favorite and US-bred Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hall=True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walmann, training for AB Svensk Reklamfinans. The Finn-Tack Silver Final (2140 meters autostart for 220,000SEK first money) went to 2.4/1 Fridericus (6g Allison Hollow-Friderica-April Victory) timed in 1.12.3kr. The Denmark-bred winner was reined by trainer Veijo Heiskanen for owner Firma Stall Preussen. Italy’s Navigator Sib (9g Civil Action-Shoguns Parisienne-Shogun Lobell) took second for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Jorgen Westholm, with third to Vasterbo Paymyday (7g Credit Winner-Vasterbo Daylight-Spotlite Lobell) and teamster Bjorn Goop for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. The Solvalla feature this Saturday was the Tritun Sunds Gold Final with 250,000SEK to the winner. 2.1/1 odds favorite On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) scored the victory for Johnny Takter ahead of 7.1/1 Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) and reinsman Peter Untersteiner. Third was 4.4/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) and driver Bjorn Goop. Time was 1.11.6kr and the win was the fourth straight for the winner, now with 25 career wins in 83 starts for earnings of 10,279,211SEK The 200,000SEK first money Benders Tamla Celebers for mares (2140 meters voltstart) went to 11.2/1 odds Noomi Skift (5f Goetmals Wood-Avelone Skift-Alf Palema) with trainer Hans-Owe Sundberg driving. Grappa Boe (5f Couch Doctor-Honey B Boe-Atlas Rocket) landed second for Tony Wallin, ahead of Marta Chip (5f Adrian Chip-Haulover Tan-Dream Vacation) with Peter Ingves up for trainer Petri Puro. Seven of the 15 starters took a 20 meter distance handicap and none of these earned top three finishes. Completing the Solvalla top races was the Bronze Final with 200,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart contest. Ochongo Face (5g Kiss Francis-Jubel Kemp-Joie de Vie) at 6.6/1 recorded the victory for Erik Lindegren, defeating Bartender IN (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) and Panoramic (6g Scarlet Knight-Carttolina Spin-SJ’s Photo), the latter driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. At Aby on Saturday the 2140 meter autostart Breddlopp went to Jerry Riordan’s trainee Sonny Bull (5m Uronometro-Miss Morique-Spotlite Lobell) for Italian owner Mauro Prospero at 17.5/1. The scored his ninth career win in 36 starts, timed in 1.14.8kr. Hertig Rolls (by Coktail Jet) was second ahead of Spider Blessed (by Igor Font) driven by Jorgen Wallin for trainer Wilhelm Paal. The winner earned 10,000SEK in this event. Thomas H. Hicks  

Wiss Shadow (9f Goetmals Wood-Wiss Favourite-Mack Lobell) took Saturday’s classic Brody Janos Memorial (purse 1.5Huf million, 1960 meters distance handicap, 14 international starters) clocked in 1.15.9kr for driver Viktoria Nemeth and trainer Lajos Marton. The Amma i. owned mare from Finland had earned 37.75Huf million before today’s 750,000Huf first prize to go along with her 1.11.39kr career mark. Her dam Wiss Favourite is from Mohegan by Zoot Suit from the Ego Hanover mare Pocahontas. Off at 17/1 Wiss Shadow defeated 3.1/1 Spartakus Ans (g Cantab Hall-Valganna OK-Lemon Dra) driven by Sandor Varga for trainer Goran Zolnaji. 7.5/1 Milliondollar Lux (10m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) landed third for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. Passion Grif was a vet scratch. On the undercard, the 600,000Huf Koppany DIJ, contested over 1900 meters, went to Prudy (7f Stallone Jet-Ustione-Sebastian Bob) at 1.6/1 for driver/owner Vito Sadl. Tibor Hajnal trains the winner that was timed in 1.17.7kr and she recorded her fourth consecutive victory. 3.6/1 Zavita Meerswal (10f Good As Gold-Davidia Storm-Quikc Pay) was second for Csaba Lakatos with 4.4/1 Ripley (f Tony Oaks-Emma Boss-Crown Sweep) third for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. The 1900 meter autostart Csapodar DIJ for 400,000Huf went to 18.8/1 outside Tiko Time (4m Belami-Golden Zeit) for amateur driver Andrea Fazekas, just back from a victory at Pompano Park in the USA. Ms. Fazekas ralled late in this one and just missed by a nose before being awarded the win on a disqualification of the winner. Imre Fazekas , Andrea’s father, trains Tiko Time. Topaz Lady (4f Ata Star L-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) was first placed second, driven by trainer Sandor Varga, with third to 5.6/1 Red Bull (6m Simb Illusion-Gyongyharmat-Yankee Yankee) for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Race time was 1.19.7kr. Earlier in the card was the Ocean DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and 1.9/1 favored Temass (4f Naglo-Delfine Dei-Uronometro) record an easy 1.18.2kr victory for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Stablemate Sunny (5g Oncoming Hush-Vivian Key-Crowning Point) ralled from far back to be second, driven by Gyorgy Horvath, also just back from Florida with his wife Andrea Fazekas. 10.4/1 Suzy (5f Wall Street Banker-Astalavista-Gus Lobell) held third in a photo for Viktoria Nemeth and trainer Lajos Marton. Pre-card there was an interesting qualifier that was won by US import Working Out (7m Muscles Yankee-Enjoy Our Nanny-Enjoy Lavec) for driver Pal Vicen and trainer Csaba Lakatos. Working Out last raced in the USA on October 7, 2016 at Freehold New Jersey in a stakes event, that was won by Market Share. He then reappeared on April 13 and 20 of 2013 at Kincsem Park, winning twice, defeating Ollyan Nincs in the second week. He then raced two heats on May 4, 2013 and has been off for nearly three years since. Working Out’s dam, a 1:59.2 winner for US$36,188, also has produced Enjoy Chocolate 1:57,3, by Chocolatier. The second dam Our Nanny (Bonefish-Nan Hanover) produced two solid fast-class European winners, Gate Open 1:57.3 (US$191,904) by Armbro Goal and Half Moon 1.56.1 (US$311,035) by Ulf d’Omnree. Nan Hanover produced US$766,074 winner Nan’s Catch, she dam of legendary US$5.59 million winning Moni Maker, plus aforementioned Our Nanny and Cigar Dan. This day Working Out defeated another interesting performer, Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner), that was a lightly raced winner at age two in Serbia. Tibor Hajnal now trains and drives Euklid AT. His dam is from Every Inch A Lady by Buvetier d’Aunou-Esther Williams-William Vee. Esther Williams produced Endless Vacation, a US$174,000 winning son of Pershing. Euklid AT’s sire, Even Better Odds, is a forgotten US$178,000 earning US stakes (Walnut Hall Cup) winning son of Cantab Hall-Better Odds-Pine Chip with a 1:54.3 record. Better Odds produced two winners of the Acorn including US$189,000 earning Cantab It All and the third dam is Ah So, that produced the legendary Workaholic plus Rule The Wind and Working Gal, the US$450,000 winner of the Colonial Lady, Hambletonian Oaks and Lady Suffolk. Thomas H. Hicks

Cobra Bleu (4m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee) took Saturday’s featured Gr, II Prix de la Republique de Bachkirie (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The winner scored as 1.4/1 harness racing favorite, timed in 1.14.8kr over a sloppy course. Pierre Vercruysse is trainer/driver of Cobra Bleu for owner G.E. Morin. The well-bred 27/1 Calita Wood (4f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) was a fast closing second for Bernard Piton, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 20/1 Canari Match (4m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostal) was third for Frederic Prat. The winner’s sire Fortuna Fant is a son of And Arifant that won the Criterium des Jeunes and Prix Paul Viel at age three. Three year-olds contested the Prix JSS Hippodrome de Russie (purse €32,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) and 2.6/1 Dobra Droga (3f Goetmals Wood-Oublies Moi) recorded the 1.17.7kr victory for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Soukoy and Ecurie Hodij Coatings BV. 152/1 Desideria (3f Coktail Jet-Tentation de Star) was second for trainer/driver P-Y Verva with 1.4/1 favorite Dame Island home fourth for J-M Bazire. Uza Josselyn (5f L’As de Viretaute-Hada) took the Quinte+ Prix CTA Commonwealth Trotting Association (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 15 European entrants) timed in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 4/1 Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) ended second for William Bigeon with 9/1 Easytowin home third for Franck Nivard. 45/1 Babylone Seven was fourth for Gabriele Gelormini with fifth to 150/1 Sheyla EK (5f Varenne-Camargue OM) driven by Santo Mollo and trainer Cristian Rizzo and Scuderia RM Team SRL. Today’s card and Sunday as well honored Russia and its equine industry. The monte performers battled in the Prix de la Region Varone J (purse €88,000, 2700 meters, 12 European monte starters) with the 1.14.2kr victory to 1.4/1 favorite Tayson de Houelle (9g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) for Eric Raffin, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Pricing Power. 10.6/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur) was second with Damien Bonne driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy andTeam Art On Line AB. 7/2 Ugolin du Maine ended third for Mathieu Abrivard. Your Highness (7m Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) took the Prix de la Region Irkoutsk (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 European starters) timed in a sharp 1.11.5kr as the 0.5/1 favorite over the sprinter distance. Franck Nivard was aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy and PV Racing Stable HB. 4.2/1 Val Royal (7m Capriccio-Quarta de Rib) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie des Charmes with 18.5/1 Tropic du Hetre (9g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) third for Eric Raffin. In Sunday’s Grand Prix de France Rolling d’Heripre has been scratched in the race billed as a battle renewed between Timoko and Bold Eagle. Thomas H. Hicks

December 18, 2015 - Trinity Jiel (8f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel) took today’s Quinte+ Prix de Tourcoing (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.13.7kr for teamster Franck Nivard, trainer J.L Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. This 5.3/1 odds winner bested 16.9/1 Spirou d’hautefois (9g Jolmeto-Carmen d’hautefois) and Damien Bonne with 25.7/1 outsider Utelo de Carentone (7g Kiwi-Mauva d’harcouel) third. The Q+ jackpot was €4.45 million. Prix du Neubourg (purse €80,000, monte, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.14.3kr winner, 4.7/1 odds Arthur d’Atom (5g Sancho Panca-Manouchka-Buvetier d’Aunou) with P-Y Verva up. 2.6/1 Alexia (5f Prodigious-Ilexia) landed second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 56/1 Aurea Vikland (5f Prince de Montfort-Kettina de Monti) was third for Damien Bonne. The Prix d’Eurecy (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) became a quick 1.12.7kr win for A Nice Boy (5g Niky-Pretty Perle) at 14.1/1 odds for driver David Thomain, trainer J-P Thomain and Ecurie du Haras d’Eroble. 57/1 Avenir de Blay (5m Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay-Valberg) landed third for Tony Le Beller with 41/1 Archibald (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Lahore-Capriccio) third for teamster Pierre Levesque. The Prix des Glaieuls (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 14 two year-olds) went to the 2.9/1 odds, 1.17.3kr timed Dandy de Godrel (2m Timoko-Nigelle Witt) handled by trainer/driver Bjorn Goop for owner Richard Westerink. 4.9/1 Deal Parfait (2m Rieussec-Saga de Laudrea) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Charmes. 31/1 Drole d’Espoir (2m Nem-Orphea de Nay) ended third for J-Ph Monclin driving for trainer/owner J-M Monclin. Last evening at Wolvega was the Grand Prix Jan Offenberg Finale (purse €12,500, 2600 meters autostart, eight starters) and the 1.15.3kr winner was 2.8/1 rallying Ru de l’Airou (10g Cygnus d'Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) for owner/driver Sven Hoste, 3/5 favorite Roxana de Barbray (10f Speed Clayettois-Iriane de Enclos) just missed on the front for Lorenzo Donati (trainee Roberto Donati for Ecurie Donati) with third to 12.8/1 Varina (6f Norginio-Jalencia) driven by Nico d’Haenen. Thomas H. Hicks    

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