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June 21, 2017 - Reims hosted the latest GNT Paris-Turf leg (Gr. III purse €90,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters), the seventh, on Wednesday, with victory to 13/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Harie) timed in 1.12.7kr, Francois Lecanu was the pilot for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 7/1 Africain (7m Oardo-Kamine) was second for Romain Derieux and breeder/owner/trainer Vincent Collard. 6/1 Atout du Lerre (7g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) took the third spot for trainer/driver Franck Anne. 5/2 Belline d’Urzy was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and Vanae des Voirons was fifth. The Prix du Bon Accueil at Reims (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed eastern European invader Romi Mms (7f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB) at 2.8/1 odds. Franck Nivard teamed the winner, owner by Marko Slavic, and trained by Philippe Billard. 12/1 Orleans Font (9m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) took second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. 2.9/1 Banco des Amazones (6m Orlando du Choquel-Orie de la Besure) was a rallying third for Eric Raffin. Thomas H. Hicks

The featured Gr. II Masters Grand National du Trot Finale (purse €150,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 0.5/1 favored Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers). Owner/trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire was the pilot. 41/1 Bahia Quesnot (5f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) took second for Mathieu Abrivard and 12/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) was third for Anthony Barrier. Alienor de Godrel and Al Capone Jet were fourth and fifth with Swedishman and Val Royal next to the line. The Prix de l’Eure (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.15.6kr timed and 2.2/1 Shiraz Brodde (7g Love You-Stephanie Brodda). Christophe Martens reined the winner for owner Olof Brodin AB (Sweden) and trainer Vincent Martens. 4.7/1 King Of The World (7m Magnificent Rodney-Queen Of Hearts) was second for Bjorn Goop, teamster for William Nimczyk and owner Johann Lenz. 72/1 Okay dei Ronchi (8g From Above-Faboui’of Brown) was third. The last of the LeTrot Open du Regions was for four year-olds vying over 2850 meters for a purse of €85,000. The field of 12 ended with victory for 8.7/1 Callijo Delbi (4g Rieussec-Joliette de Marvez) timed in 1.14.6kr. Franck Nivard was the pilot for owner/trainer H.N. Bihel. 12/1 Capitaine France (4g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) took second for owner/trainer/driver William Bigeon, and third was the 3/2 favorite and Gabriel Gelormini reined Cantin de L’éclair (4g Jet Fortuna-Nice Joyeuse). The first of the LeTrot Open des Regions was a Gr. III event for three year-olds for a purse €85,000. 16 entrants battled over 2850 meters with the 1.14.8kr timed winner being 5.6/1 Dream de Nilrem (3g Jet Fortuna-Naomi de Chamant). Eric Raffin teamed the Frederic Prat trainee. 1.6/1 Doberman (3m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. Third went to 8.8/1 Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) with breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois driving. Philippe Moulin trains for Ecurie Victoria Dream. Five year-olds competed in the Gr. III LeTrot Open des Regions, also over 2850 meters for an €85,000 purse. 16 starters lined up and 30/1 Banjo de la Noemie (5g Planbeau des Pins-Prima de la Noemie) emerged victorious for Mathieu Mottier timed in 1.14kr. 3/2 favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Paix de Villeneuve) was placed second, driven by Tony LeBeller, after Black Jack From was disqualified. 36/1 Best du Hauty was third ahead of 31/1 Berry Felin. Clara du Pontseuil Wins Monte Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozier at Vincennes Today’s opener, the Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozeir (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters), went to 16/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) with Anthony Barrier in the irons. This pair were up in the final strides timed in 1.13.5kr (off even fractions 1.13.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.7kr at the 1000; 1.13.5kr at 500 remaining) ahead of 5.7/1 Cyprien cdes Bordes (4m Ouragon de Cellard-Perle des Bordes) with J.L.Cl, Dersoir up for legendary trainer Joel Halais and Ecurie Rib. The 0.5/1 favorite Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanada) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Franck Leblanc. The Masters Grand National des Amateurs (purse €17,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.16.9kr timed and 2.1/1 favorite Tenor du Passage (9g Gazouilis-Glynis Vandrin) with Mickael GillesLemarchand up for trainer St. Provoost and Ecurie Danover. The winning amateur pilot now has 23 wins in 2016 from 136 starts and 33 career victories Thomas H. Hicks  

Tonight’s Quinte+ was the Prix RMC at Paris-Vincennes (purse €48.000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) and the 1.13.1kr timed winner was 15.8/1 outsider Reine du Zack (6f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grif) with trainer Marco Smorgon aboard. Italy’s Scuderia Trotto Italia owns the winner that defeated 7.3/1 Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Third was 2.4/1 Red Team Rex (6m Cantab Hall-Calamity Rex) with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Fredrik Holth of Norway. On the good evening card, the Prix Lydia (purse €54.000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.5kr time,d 4/5 odds favorite, Black Rock (5m Prince Gede-Only Love) with trainer Thomas Levesque at the lines for Ecurie des Charmes. 6.4/1 Bari (5m Ganymede-Magicienne) took second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of 21/1 Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Laqune) with Pierre Vercruysse driving. City Sees (4f Sam Bourbon-Dolly du Buisson) took the Prix Sappho (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse (Team France Drivers Cup captain) timed in 1.14.7kr. 3/2 odds favorite Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was home second for Eric Raffin with 54/1 Catsokette (4f Pad d’Urzy-Geteane) third for Gabriele Gelormini. The Prix Hygica (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed, 1.3/1 odds favorite Donttellmeanymore (7g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly). J-M Bazire was the pilot for the well-regarded Fabrice Souloy trainee that is owned by Wallen Invest. 8/1 Vanetta d’Azur (7f Lejacque d’Houlbec-Nammetta de Line) took second for Arnaud Desmottes with third to 25/1 Voice Dream (7f Love You-Lovely de Paris) and driver Gabriele Gelormini. Thomas H. Hicks

The final two legs in the harness racing Drivers Cup take place Friday and Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. Friday’s test is the Prix Mara (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, ten starters). Team America earned 85 points in earlier races at Yonkers Raceway versus 47 for Team France. Cracks 10 drivers compete to represent the two nations:  The Team #France with captain Pierre Vercruysse, Franck Ouvrie, Nicolas Ensch, Matthew Abrivard, Pierre Levesque  The Team #America with captain Jason Bartlett, Pat Lachance, Daniel Dube, Jordan Stratton, Tyler Buter The field is shown below: Azaro du Caux, Jason Bartlett Bambou de Calvi, Nicolas Ensch Bois le Roi, Tyler Buter Bettina d’Avril, Pierre Vercruysse Bettina, Jordan Stratton Attention Devant, Daniel Dube Alibi de Folie, Pierre Levesque Amadeo, Pat Lachance Bolide du Guet, Matthew Abrivard Be Love Desbois, Franck Ouvrie Sunday at Vincennes finalizes the Cup with the sixth race Prix du Bergerac (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart). Thomas H. Hicks

Bold Eagle returns to harness racing action Sunday at Paris-Vincennes, headlining the Prix Rene Balliere (purse €200,000, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 11 starters) with Eric Raffin named to drive the son of Ready Cash, replacing Franck Nivard (suspended since last Saturday). Trainer Sebastien Guarato had secured the services of Raffin before the declaration in the event Nivard remained unlicensed. The likely race favorite will face the 2016 undefeated Your Highness with Bjorn Goop to drive. The field follows: Billie de Montfort, Thomain Your Highness, Goop Booster Winner, Bonne Voltigeur de Myrt, Vercruysse Tiego d’Etang, Charles Bigeon Uhlan du Val, C. Megissier Bold Eagle, Raffin Olmo Holz, Martens Bird Parker, J-P Monclin Amiral Sacha, Gelormini Black d’Avril, Prat The exceptional Sunday card includes seven other top flight trots: Prix Xavier Saint Palais (Gr. II, purse €120,000, monte, 2175 meters) Prix de Grosbois (Q+, purse €90,000, 2850 meters) Prix d’Essai (Gr. I monte, 2175 meters, purse €200,000) Prix du President de la Republique (Gr. I, purse €240,000, 2850 meters) Prix Albert Viel (Gr. I, purse €200,000, 2700 meters) Prix de Grasse (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2700 meters) Prix Raymond Fouard (Gr. III, purse €85,000, 2700 meters) Thomas H. Hicks

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 22, 2016 -- Yonkers Raceway's harness racing driving colony has a different look this weekend, with Messrs. Bartlett, Buter, Dube, Lachance and Stratton in Paris defending the honor of the Red, White, Blue and Westchester. Their absence offers chances for other escorts, notably in Friday night's $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of equally-parsed $83,937 divisions go consecutively as races 7 and 8. Missile J (Jim Morrill Jr., post 6), winner of last month's $300,000 Art Rooney pace here, looms a solid choice in the first division. The American Ideal gelding, trained by Linda Toscano for co-owning stables KJ and Purple Haze, has six wins and nine board finishes in 10 seasonal starts ($227,675). Manny (Chris Lems, post 5) was getting to Missile J in their sire stakes showdown at Buffalo, missing a neck. The American Ideal colt owns a NYSS win at Monticello. Fine Diamond (George Brennan, post 1) owns a Buffalo sire stakes win. Nox Vegas Bluechip (Andrew McCarthy, post 2), Ideal Kiss (Pat Berry, post 3), Roll Away Joe (Pat Berry, post 4), Endeavor (Steve Smith, post 7) and Carlos Danger (Brian Sears, post 8) round out the opening division. Friday's second NYSS event includes pole-sitting Artmagic (Brennan), who led to the lane in the Rooney and tries for his first win of the season. Craftship (Scott Zeron, post 3) has a statebred win (Monti) and second (Buffalo) included in his recent resume,. While Autotune Hanover (Morrill Jr., post 4) rebounded from a very poor effort in the lone elim for the Rooney with a pair of sire stakes thirds. JK Heaven Sent (Eric Carlson, post 2), Concur (Brent Holland, post 5), Beaches De Vie (Smith, post 6), Bottom Deals (Sears, post 7) and Ideal Son (Vincent Ginsburg) complete the second event. Speaking of the AWOL French Connection, post positions have been drawn for Friday’s first of two races in the Parisian portion of the Drivers’ Cup. It’s the sixth race at Vincennes, contested at 2,100 meters (1 5/16 miles), with approximate post time at 10:03 PM local time (4:03 PM ET). The purse is 36,000 Euros (approx. 50,000 U-S dollars).   1 AZARO DU CAUX 2100 69 710   J.J. Bartlett d4       2 BAMBOU DE CALVI 2100 69 410   N. Ensch F4       3 BOIS LE ROI 2100 68 140   T. Buter F4       4 BETTINA D'AVRIL 2100 68 900   P. Vercruysse d4       5 BETTINA 2100 67 705   J. Stratton d4       6 ATTENTION DEVANT 2100 67 480   D. Dube d4       7 ALIBI DE FOLIE 2100 69 590   P. Levesque F4       8 AMADEO 2100 66 620 Prio. P. Lachance F4       9 BOLIDE DU GUET 2100 69 100   M. Abrivard d4       10 BE LOVE DESBOIS 2100 58 850 Prio. F. Ouvrie d4                             The competition ends with a Sunday (June 26) race, also at Vincennes. Frank Drucker

Paris-Vincennes nocturnal program  was a good one led by the Q+ Prix de Parisien (purse €60,000, 2750 meters, 16 European starters) with the harness racing victory earned by 5.2/1 odds Tobrouk de Payre (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre) reined by J-Ph Monclin for owner/trainer J-Y Touillet and clocked in 1.13.4kr. The winner rallied past 3.3/1 Tell Me No Lies (7g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) handled by D Fominik Locqueneux for trainer Fabrice Souloy and KLV Holding AB. Third went to 6.2/1 Uliula Bella (8f Jam Pridem-Natholia Bella) with Anthony Barrier teaming for owner/trainer Jean-Paul Marmion. Viva Lover and Unique de l’Iton were next home. The Prix Tolosa (purse €56,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) produced speed in the form of the easy winner and 3/5 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) with trainer Conrad Lugauer driving. The owner is Ecurie Th & J Weber-Berchtold from Germany. Time was a sharp 1.10.6kr (mile rate 1:53.60 over the 1.31 miles distance). 13.7/1 Best Buissonay (5m L’Eu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) landed second for trainer/driver Joel Ven Eeckhaute with third to 48/1 Attacus (6g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 37/1 Easytowin was fourth for Dion P. Tesselaar and owner Gerrits Recycling of Holland with fifth to 42/1 Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessiu) and driver Matthieu Abrivard. This one is also from Holland and trained by Paul Hagoort. Curieuse (4f Kaisy Dream-Reine de Flandre) off at 2.7/1 recorded a 1.15.1kr timed victory in the Prix Orontius (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters four year-old mares). Christophe Martens piloted the winner for Vincent Martens, the trainer, and Ecurie Rampur PF. 4.9/1 Coconut Citrus (4f Jag de Bellouet-Quiza Sun) was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L-Cl Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. 5.7/1 Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) took third for Eric Raffin and breeder/trainer/owner Alphonse Varberghen. Three year-old males contested the Prix Coronis (purse €41,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 entrants) and 7/10 favorite Delloro Vedaquaid (3m Ready Cash-Spandelle) prevailed for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire and driver J-Ph Monclin. The breeder was Jean Pierre Guay.  The winner was clocked in 1.16.5kr to defeat 4.3/1 Duc d’Occagnes (3m Goetmals Wood-Quiet Mary) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Franck Nivard and owner J-L Colombier. Third was 23/1 outsidee Dragon Clemaxelle (3g Rodrigo Jet-Uvea d’Eronville) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Phillippe Bengala. Thomas H. Hicks

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's team of five premier harness racing drivers, led by points-leader Jordan Stratton, try to say "au revoir" to their French counterparts. The group travels across the Atlantic to Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris for the second leg of the inaugural Drivers' Cup Challenge. There's one race each next Friday (June 24) and Sunday (June 26). The first leg saw Stratton win both Yonkers' races in late March, one in a dead-heat with YR captain Jason Bartlett. The locals won the opening round, 85 points to 47. (points awarded as 17/12/9/7/6/5/4/3/2/1, with five given in the event of a scratch). In addition to Bartlett and Stratton, Tyler Buter, Dan Dube and Pat Lachance are representing Westchester against a potent French quintet of Pierre Vercruysse (captain), Matthieu Abrivard, Nicolas Ensch, Pierre Levesque and Franck Ouvrie. "I've driven at Vincennes before (in the World Driving Championship), and the track is great, "Bartlett said. "It's an honor to represent both Yonkers and the U.S." As for Stratton, he's keeping his eyes on the prize. "I have to make sure to bring a suitcase big enough to carry home the trophy," he said. Further information about the Vicennes portion of the competition shall be sent when available.  

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes featured Gr. II Prix Caecilia (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) resulted in a competitive contest taken by 3.4/1 Carat Williams (4m Prodigious-Miss Williams) clocked in 1.14kr. David Thomain was the pilot of this Sebastien Guarato trainee. 8/1 Caduceus des Baux (4g Mark Speed-Festina des Baux) held gamely to be second for Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Jack Dowie with 7/10 favorite Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Elevage Marjea) capturing the third spot for driver J-M Bazire, trainer Franck Leblanc and Elevage Marjea. The monte Prix Perseux (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) went to the quick trotting 2.7/1 second choice Virgious du Maza (7g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) with Damien Bonne in the irons. The Sebastien Ernault trainee is owned by breeder Ecurie du Maza and was clocked in 1.12.8kr. 5.2/1 Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) was second for Eric Raffin, ahead of 7/2 Ugo On Wood (8g Nuage Noir-Medone On Wood) with Leo Abrivard up. 2.4/1 favorite Tess de Villeneuve was fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois. The Gr. III monte Prix Dido (purse €60,000, 2200 meters, seven starters all three year-olds) went to 1.14.1kr timed and 2.6/1 odds Deesse d’Arquenay (3f Okapi de Fael-Manon d’Angis) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. 7.5/1 Drole de Gosse (3m Gazouillis-Peir Bleue) held second along the pegs for Franck Nivard and owner/breeder/trainer Pascal Barthelemy. 4/5 favorite Dominator Blond (3m Kenor de Cosse-Orchidee Blonde) was third ridden by Eric Raffin. June 8 action moves to Laval that hosts the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). Early favorite is Vanille du Dollar that is not handicapped and will have Matthieu Abrivard aboard. This Sylvain Roger trainee faces tough competition with the 25 meter handicapped group including Belina Josselyn (J-M Bazire up), Sthieric (Franck Ouvrie) and Athos des Elfes (Joel Van Eeckhaute). The 50 meter handicapped batch is even tougher with three winners of over one-million euro in the pack that has at the start Tiego d’Etang (Ch. Bigeon), Texas Charm (Jean-Philippe Dubois), Uhlan du Val (Cedrik Megissier) and Best Of Jets (J-M Baudouin). Be there for this top-level event in the GNT series. Thomas H. Hicks

Tonight’s Quinte+ (€4.65 million jackpot) Prix Pythia (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 3/1 Valko Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie G&F Raffre. The quick winner, timed in 1.12.2kr, held off charging 1.9/1 favorite Akido (6g Love You-Isba) with trainer Franck Nivard the pilot for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 17/1 Utinka Selloise (8f Ojipey Vinoir-Merce des Tebe) was a fast finishing third for J-M Bazire. The featured Gr.II Prix Chambon P (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 13 entrants) this evening went to 4/5 favorite Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha). Gabriel Gelormini steered the  impressive winner, timed in 1.12.5kr, for the three length score. Ecurie Sidere is the owner. 11.1/1 Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) took second for Pierre Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner/breeder Remi Boucet. This one is a half-brother to Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. 30/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetrot) landed third with J.Cl. Hallais teaming for trainer J.W. Hallais. 2.9/1 second choice Ustinof du Vivier (8g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato while 61/1 veteran Olmo Holz (8m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) took fifth money for Christophe Martens. The monte feature was the Gr. II Prix Lavater (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) and rallying 12.2/1 Canadien d’Am (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) scored for Matthieu Mottier, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin. A game 1.9/1 favorite second was Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir aboard for Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 37/1 Candela (4f First de Retz-Ofara) landed the third spot. On June 2 at Cholet the Prix Abrivert Hippomat Petit Pas Laval (purse €28,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) went to the 1.14.7kr timed and 3.6/1 odds Bingo d’Attaque (5m Pomerol de Laumac-Lady de la Roche) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard for Ecurie Attaque. This one defeated 7.2/1 Azur des Caillons (6m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard with 5/2 Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Piker Josselyn) home third with trainer J-M Bazire driving for owner Mme. O Roffi-Urano. On June 1 at Boden the featured Scandal Plays Minne (first prize 100,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) resulted in a quick 1.11.2kr victory for 3.2/1 Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) with Jorma Kontio driving. Jorgen Westholm is the trainer and Rocky Winner now shows a career slate of 23-11-9 in 74 starts for 4,681,258SEK earned. 28/1 Special Promise (7m Mr. Pine Chip-Jiving Kemp-Napoletano) claimed second for Santtu Raitala with even-money favorite Victory Bonsai (5m Kadabra-Victory Bouquet-Balanced Image) third with Mika Forss driving. 2/1 Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) took fourth for trainer/driver Leif Witasp ahead of fifth finishing Vasterbo Fantast (6m Mr. Pine Chip-Fassia LB-Supergill) driven by Jimmy H. Andersson. Former US stakes campaigner Corky was unplaced in the field and has only earned 74,400SEK in the last two seasons. Thomas H. Hicks

Excellent trotting at Paris-Vincennes this Tuesday evening was highlighted by a Groupe II and two Groupe III harness racing contests. The Gr. II Prix Ville de Cherbourg (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven starters) saw 2.3/1 second choice and 7.4/1 Ducato Bourbon disqualified for breaks, enabling 7/10 favorite Django Riff to hold on for a narrow victory. This three year-old colt by Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine was handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire, clocked in 1.13.5kr. 25/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) rallied for second reined by J.L.Cl Dersoir. The Joel Hallais trainee is Ecurie Rib owned. 20/1 Del Piero de Lou (3m Sam Bourbon-Lola de Lou) was third for Alexandre Abrovard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner is named after long-past jazz guitar legend Jean “Django” Reinhardt, the Belgian born leader of the French Gypsy culture and, with violinist Stephane Grappelli, coleader of the legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France. Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took the Gr. III Prix Ville de Graignes (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) at 1.8/1 odds for Eric Raffin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Eurocolor SRL of Italy. The 1.14.1kr timed winner bested fast closing Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Yves Boireau and Jean-Pierre Dubois. Third went to 9/10 favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) with J-M Bazire driving. Italy also scored when 4.1/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took the Gr. III Prix Ville d’Argentan timed in 1.14.3kr for driver Christophe Martens and owner Ecurie Bivans SRL. 8.3/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was a just short rallying second for Oscar Raffin, driver/trainer, and Norwegian owner K.O. Molander. 59/1 outsider Theodor Grif (4m Varenne-Eva di Jesolo) held third on the pegs for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and Italy’s Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS. Bohemian Rhapsody took the monte Prix Ville Mont Saint-Michel (purse €50,000, 2200 meters, nine starters, apprentice jockeys) this evening timed in 1.15.4kr for Th. Dromigny. The five year-old Angus Hall mare from Bahama is trained by Thomas Levesque for Pierre Levesque, owner. 4.7/1 Belmis des Tours was second for Nils Pacha. Monte action also was highlighted in the Prix Ville de Lisieux (purse €60,000, 2200 meters, 10 monte starters) and 7/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool du Caux-La Carella) scored in 1.13.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. Trainer Joel van Eeckhaute owned this winner that bested 1.7/1 Cigate Castelets with Eric Raffin in the irons and 10/1 Candie d’Atout with Matthieu Abrivard up. The Anders Lindqvist co-owned (with Peter Gerry of the US’ Arden Homestead Stable) and trained Angel Dark (6g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) took this evening’s Prix Ville de Vire for amateur drivers (purse €14,000. 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr at 3.3/1 odds for Mlle. Evelina Mansson. Angel Darlk recorded his eighth career win in 41 starts for earnings of €97,670. 3/2 favorite Univers du Croq was second for Sebastien Leboutique and 14/1 Vivoli ended third with Pascal-Maurice Allais driving, It was also fitting that at Yonkers Raceway NY an Arden Homestead (Gerry family) trotter Doubleday (son of Crazed) took the Prix Boulevard Saint Michel (purse €29,117, 2011 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.13.64kr for teamster Jason Bartlett. This Marcus Melander trainee is also co-owned by Jan Johnson and Holly Lane Stud East., and scored at 10.8/1 odds on the PMU network as this race began wagering pools comingling of the Yonkers signal. The day’s FR action also included the Prix Marisol (purse €34,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Hyeres that 4.4/1 Un Roi d’Atout (8g Ganymede-Gunillla) won in 1.16.4kr for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. At Nantes the Prix du Tertre (purse €26,000, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to 4.7/1 winner Vivien Peo (7g Neutron du Cebe-Maria Carnaval) timed in 1.15.4. Both were Pick5 wagering events. Thomas H Hicks

The weekend ahead should be a good one for trotting fans. On Saturday a fine harness racing card is on tap at Paris-Vincennes featuring three groupe contests. The Gr. II Prix Robert Auvrey (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) includes Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikova) that Eric Raffin will team for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) will be a main adversary with Franck Nivard up for trainer Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa. The field also includes Belina Josselym and Bahia Quesnot. The Gr. II Prix Louis Forcinal (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, seven monte starters) is also worth a watch as that field includes Americaine (Antoine Wiels up), Best of Jets (Francois Lagadeuc, Attentionally (David Thomain) and Athena de Vandel (Matthieu Abrivard). The Gr. III Prix du Bois de Vincennes for €115,000 is also on the program with 13 top-level contestants at the start. The lineup is shown below: Chapeau, Ch. Martens Ave Avis, J-M Bazire Trebol, G-A Pou Pou (Spain’s winner of €568.000) Africaine, F. Ouvrie Amiral Sacha, G. Gelormini Tornado Bello, P. Levesque Beckman, F. Nivard Tornade du Digeon, E. Raffin Sierra Leone, J.Cl. Hallais Texas de l’Iton, T, De Genouil Nene’Degli Ulivi, M. Abrivard Kadett CD, D. Locqueneux Brillantissime, P. Vercruysse (first 2016 start for this winner of €863,000 The day’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.8 million) event is at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Jean Cabrol (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) and that is also a solid field that includes Perfect Power, Increased Workload, A Nous Trous, Dante Boko, Anette du Mirel, Altesse du Mirel, Sire de la Creuse and Aubrion du Gers. Good trotting action also takes place this weekend at Romme and Farjestad. Friday at Farjestad is the Folke Hjalmarssons for 100,000SEK to the winner of thios 2140 meter autostart contest. Ten five year-old mares are in the lineup including Juniata Hanover, Ruby Trap (Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown) and Olympia Gold. Deepdish (Muscle Hill-Pizza Dolce) will also be at the start. This day also has the Prins Carl Philips Jubile for 250,000SEK to the winner. Ten five year-old males will be at the start led by Al Dente (Scarlet Knight-Mollie’s Photo), a caree winner of 3.9SEK million, Je t’Aime Express and Exodus Hanover. Several lightly raced hopefuls are in this group including Propulsion (Muscle Hill-Denae) that is owned by Stall Zet and trained by Daniel Reden. On Saturday on V75 day at Romme is the Super Lights Gold Division that has 12 veterans vying for 150,000SEK first prize. Support Justice, On Track Piraten and Nahar will be at the start. Seaburn Simona wins Prix Vans Barbot at Lisieux 3/1 odds Seaburn Simona (7f Super News-Dancing Jenny) took today’s Prix Vans Barbot (purse €26,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) at Hippodrome Lisieux. Timed in a quick 1.13kr the winner was reined by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin to narrowly defeat 1.1/1 favorite Attacus (6g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) handled by Genny Delaune for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third went to 6.4/1 Princess Kronos (7f Donato Hanover-Malibou Princess) and driver Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens. This day at Gelsenkirchen the Prix Von Borely (purse €5,000, 2000 meters autostart, 12 international starters) went to the 1.15.8kr timed, 2.7/1 odds Successful (4g Andover Hall-Kentucky Love Song) for trainer/driver Josef Franzl and owner Stall Germania. 3.8/1 Finesse (4f Armbro Goal-Zo Super Koel) landed second ahead of 20/1 Vengeur de Mac (7g Gaxouillis-Laximic). Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin teamed Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) to victory in today’s Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf, its first leg at Hippodrome Amiens. The purse was €90,000 for the 16 rivals that battled over 2900 meters. Uno Dancer was off at 2.4/1 odds and was timed in 1.17kr to defeat 25.2/1 Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way) with Francois Lecanu up for St. Provoost, trainer. 17/1 Ulster du Veinou (8m Mirage du Goutier-Mia Amona) landed third for Franck Ouvrie ahead of 65/1 Upman and 11/1 Altesse du Mirel. Ursa Major and Altesse du Mirel tried to overcome distance handicaps. The Amiens’ Prix Duc de Reve (purse €16,000, 2400 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 1.18.6kr timed Dazzle Jet (3f Oiseau de Feux-Trackmania) at 2.6/1 odds for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Luc Roelens. 14/1 Diane du Nord (3f The Best Madrik-Odyssee des Bordes) finished second for Pierre Vercruysse, the driver for Ronny Kuiper training fore Stall Escapade AN. 33/1 Diva Tejy was third. On March 8 the action was at Cagnes-sur-Mer where the €25,000 Prix du Jasmin took place over 2925 meters with ten starters. The 1.18.7kr winner was 6.8/1 Cybele Castelets (4f Quaker Jet-Elide) for driver Nicolas Ensch with second to 4/1 Classic Word (4g Password-Rumba du Moncel) with Gabby Gelormini up for trainer Henk Grift and owner Topkip BV. 1.8/1 favorite Calin de Glasnet (4m Orlando Vici-Mallory de Glasnet) was third for Romain Derieux, driver/trainer for Ecurie AB Trot. The €21,000 purse Prix des Dahlias over 2925 meters had seven starters with the winner being 1.19.6kr timed 2.4/1 Diabolito(3m Look de Star-Reine de la Roge) for David Bekaert, trainer Romain Derieux and Antoine De Sousa, owner. 29/1 Diable Mauve (3m Repeat Love-For Ever Young) was next for J-Ch Feron with third to 6/1 Dayton (3m Rieussec-Gitane d’Odyssee) with trainer Y-A Briand driving Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday’s Prix de Selection day harness racing undercard at Paris-Vincennes was a good one featuring two other groupe events and two more upper-class races. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, monte, 2850 meters, ten starters), a top undercard event Saturday at Paris-Vincennes, went to 3.1/1 Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) handled by David Thomain for trainer/owner Paul Viel.The 1.13.7kr timed winner rallied to defeat 16/1 El Mago Pellini (7m Chocolatier-My Intuition) reined by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Vitkindade AB. Third went to 1.4/1 favorite Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Guard. The Gr. II Prix Louis le Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 11 monte starters) went to 1.14.1kr timed, 3.4/1 odds Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) with Mathieu Mottier up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Laurent Edin. Even-money favorite Cyprien des Bordes (4m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) was second in a photo for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 12.2/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was third for Anthony Barrier. The €66,000 purse Prix de Montsoreau (2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 4.7/1 odds Lover Face (8g Love You-Ambra OK) for J-M Bazire for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson clocked in a quick 1.11.9kr. 1.1/1 Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) was a close second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Third was 27/1 Unique de l’Iton (8g Capriccio-Majeste de l’Iton) for trainer Hughes Levesque. Aero King took Saturday’s Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine monte European starters) timed in 1.14kr. The winner Aero King (6g Hooper-Quarmina de Hour) was off at at 5.2/1 odds for Anthony Barrier. The pair rallied to nail 5.6/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) and jockey Franck Nivard on the line. 2.2/1 Botido (5g l’As de Neige-Otida) was third for Mathieu Mottier. Thomas H. Hicks  

A fine harness racing card today at Paris-Vincennes included three groupe contests and the Q+ race of the day. The Q+ with a jackpot of €3.4 million was the Prix Amile Allis Courboy for a purse of €82,000 contested over 2700 meters by 16 European trotters. The 1.13kr winner was 51/1 outsider Tellement Haufor (9f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor) with Ch-J Bigeon up for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 12/1 Universal Rider (8m Nahar de Beval-Hansica) was second for pilot Mathieu Mottier and 7/1 Valleo Jenilat (7m Kepler-Perle du Roc) landed third for Genny Delaume and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The first groupe event was the €120,000 Gr. II Prix Ali Hawas over 2700 meters for 12 monte filly participants. Favorite at 3/5 was Docha Vedaquarse that was a dq leading to a victory by 12.5/1 Diva Charentaise (3f Prince Gede-Jessie Charentaise) timed in 1.16.8kr for jockey Francois Lagadeuc and trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin. 8/1 Dons de Bailly (3f Scipion du Goutier-Ninon de Bailly) was a distant second for Eric Raffin ahead of 48/1 Diebara (3f Pad d’Urzy-Ulla du Goutier) with Mathieu Abrivard in the irons. The Gr. II Prix Felicien Gauvreau (purse €120,000, 11 colt monte starters) went to 1.17kr timed winner Dreamer Delo (3m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) at 1.3/1 odds and teamed by Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for Scuderia Winner Stable. 1/9/1 Dhikfi Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) was a good second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. Another Allaire trained pupil was 7.5/1 Deuxieme Souiffle (3m Polerol de Laumac-Quorelia du Gite) that was third for Mathieu Abrivard. The Gr. III Prix Vandex (purse €95,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) was won timed in 1.13.2kr by front-stepping Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) at 3/2 odds for teamster Jean-Michel Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. Elevage Marjea own the winner that defeated 5/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noure de Pommereux) with trainer Sylvain Roger aboard. 5.9/1 Caid de Jumilly (4m Oiseau de Feux-Ravenna) was a nosed-out third for David Thomain. The second place finisher raced gamely in parked position the entire well and held on well in the drive. Fractions were steady (1.13kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.4kr at 1000; 1.13.5kr at 500). The Prix de Marmande (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 10 monte starters) again showcased the monte performers and 1.8/1 Brisbane du Bourg (5f Jasmin de Flore-Nistelle d’999Aveze) scored in 1.15.4kr for jickey Steeve Lambert for owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato. 23/1 Baraka Gede (5f Repeat Love-Gagnante Gede) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and third was 2.2/1 Bellaya (5f First de Retz-Kalaya). The next weekend at Paris-Vincennes showcases major events including the monte Gr. II Prix Louis de Bourg for €120,000, the Gr. I Prix de Selection for €240,000 (includes Cobra Bleu, Amiral Sacha, Booster Winner and Bille de Montfort), the monte Gr. II Prix Henri Desmontils for €120,000 (with Torre Crepin, Orione Degli Dei and Dyson de Houelle at the start) and the Gr. II Prix de l’Union Europeenne for €160,000 (Scarlet Turgot, Swedishman, Kadett CD and Ustinoff du Vivier among the starters). Thomas H. Hicks  

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

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