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Today’s Enghien - Soisy featured Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse €85,000, 1609 meters autostart, 14 European starters) went to the 1/2  odds harness racing favorite Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa), a narrow 1.12.6kr timed winner for Gabriel Gelormini at the lines for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Jean Pierre Guay bred the winner that defeated a very game 14/1 Douce Rebelle (3f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle) with owner driver Jean-Pierre Dubois up. Yves Boireau trains this one that Dubois also bred in Italy at his Scuderia Bolgheri SRL. 86/1 Utali OP (3m SJ’s Photo-Maya del Ronco) was third for Antonio Greppi and trainer Dorotea Rita Cortina. 25/1 Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) was next to the line for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Stephanie Lepetit and owner J.M. Saquin.  This one is a half-sister to the International star Lisa America, bred by legendary Lou Guida. On the Enghien card was also the Prix de la Porte des Lilas (purse €32,000, 2150 meters autostart, two year-olds), a first test for some well-bred individuals. 1.1/1 Exclusive Red (2f Love You-Tornade de Neuvy) scored in 1.17.6kr for Gabriel Gelormini, handling the reins for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Paulsen-Allaire. 1.9/1 Ena de Laumac (2f Goetmals Wood-Veldina) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne, with 25/1 Eloise Venesi (2f Prodigious-Mission Venesi) third for trainer Gilles Gillot and owner Dominique Lunel. Thomas H. Hicks

The August 9th harness racing feature at Cabourg was the Prix des Hetres (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, ten starters) and 2.3/1 Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) scored, clocked in 1.13.3kr. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire owned and trainer performer, now with 11 career wins in 19 starts for earnings of €303,460. The 1.4/1 favorite Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) was second for teamster J-Ph Monclin and trainer Allaire. Elisabeth Allaire owns Bird Parker. 11/1 Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) was third, handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire and 14/1 Bille de Montfort was fourth with David Thomain aboard. The same day at Baden-Vienne (Austria) was the Prix Vincent Gerard for €7,000 over 2100 meters autostart. Ten starters competed with the 1.15.7kr victory to 20/1 Global Player (9g Ditka Hanover-Gravitat) with Erich Kubes driving. 10/1 Abasi (6f Love You-Abani W) rallied for second with Mme. Cornelia Mayr up for trainer Gerhard Mayer, who landed third driving 0.5/1 favorite Vrai Lord (7m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady), one he trains for Stall Antonshof. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Quite+ (jackpot was €2.7 million) at Enghien was the Gr. III Prix de Milan (purse €85,000, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles) and Italy’s Traders (4m Ready Cash-Grazella) prevailed with a 1.12.6kr score for David Thomain and harness racing trainer Philippe Allaire. 16/1 Cahal des Rioults (4m Password-Plesse des Riouts) was second, also an Allaire trainee, with J-P Monclin aboard. The 1.3/1 favorite, also from Italy, was third finishing Timone EK (4m Mr Vic-Gemona) handled by Bjorn Goop for Fabrice Souloy. The Gr. III Prix du Roule (purse €65,000, 2875 meters) was a competitive event taken by late rallying, 17/1 Discours Joyeux (3m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Capine) with Eric Raffin up. Thierry Raffegeau trains this 1.15.6kr clocked winner for J-Y Roze that was bred by SC Elevage de Folleville. 2/1 favorite Dream Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) was a close second after a tough outside journey for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau that gained the advantage mid-stretch but could not hold off the winner. 7/2 Dream de Nilrem (3g Jet Fortuna-Naomi de Chamant) was third for trainer/driver Frederick Pratt. The Gr III Prix Dominique Savary-de la Mediteranee (purse €82,000, 2150 meters autostart) at Enghien produced a 1.11.8kr timed victory for 11/1 Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for Jorgen Westholm. The 7/10 favorite Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was next for Gabriele Gelormini and Sebastian Guarato, the trainer. Ecurie D bred this one. 5/1 Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Prix de la Bourse (purse €44,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) was an Italian sweep led by 1.12.7kr winner, 6.8/1 odds, Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valota Lavec) racing shoeless. Roberto Andreghetti drove the Vitale Ciotola trainee that is owned by Scuderia Stecca SRL. 2.2/1 favorite Powell Bi (7m Toss Out-Gulfstream) was second for trainer/driver Marcello Vecchione and Scuderia Lunaset SRL. Oro Fks (8m Unronometro-Fuschini America) rallied for third at 45/1 with Christophe Martens up for Vincent Martens and Scuderia Strebe SRL, this one also racing barefoot. Traders Thomas H. Hicks

Top trotting highlighted the Saturday harness racing card at Enghien that began with the Prix de l’Ardeche (purse €39,000, 2875 meters, eight starters) that was won by 3/10 favorite Dubai Union (3f Love You-Irina du Bourg) timed in 1.19.4kr for driver Gabriel Gelormini. Philippe Allaire trains this one for Marquise de Moratella. 4.8/1 Dolce Vita Griff (3f Goetmals Wood-Phania Griff) took second for P-Y Verva, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie Griff. 9.6/1 Dunyasha (3f Sam Bourbon-Troika du Corta) held third for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. The Quinte+Gr. III  Prix de la Marche (purse €85,000, 2875 meters distance handicap, 15 European starters) went to the 1.14.2kr winning Artiste de Jourdes (6m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes). The 8.3/1 odds winner was reined by David Thomain for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, ahead of 14.5/1 second finishing Ulula Bella (8f Jam Pridem-Nathalie Bella) that was handled by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. 54/1 Tom Ruch (9g L;As de Viretaute-Itanema de Beval) was third and Briac Dark was fourth. In the good field Viking Va Bene was fifth ahead of the next three Romanesque, Olympic Kronos and El Mago Pellini. The featured Groupe III Prix de Berlin (purse €85,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European participants) was taken  by 1.14.9kr timed and even-money odds Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. The owner/trainer is Philippe Allaire and Jean Pierre Guay was the breeder of this good filly. 35/1 Deesse de Gueron (3f Melchior Jet-Olivia) captured second for trainer/driver/owner Franck Anne ahead of 50/1 Dream Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Lets Go Darling) driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois for trainer Yves Boireau. Fourth was 8./1 Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) driven by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Sray. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s classique Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the 9/10 harness racing favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) with Joann Lebourgeois teaming. The “Jazzman” is owned by breeder Elisabeth Allaire and trained by Philippe Allaire. The fine colt now has nine wins in 13 career starts for €521,900 earned. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr over the classic “grande piste” distance at Vincennes. 18/1 Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was a solid second for driver Gabriele Gelormini. This filly is also an Allaire owned and trained pupil and was bred by Jean-Pierre Guay. 3.1/ Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a rallying third with J-Ph Monclin aboard. Who else but Allaire is the trainer, this time with Olivier Henri Thomas the owner. 11.3/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du RFib) took the fourth spot for trainer Joel Hallais, owner Ecurie Rib and teamster J.L.Cl. Dersoir. The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to 1.12.4kr timed Roxanne Bar (6f Exploit Caf-Gwendalina Bar). Roberto Andreghetti drove the 38.1/1 longshot winner for trainer Catello Savarese and Scuderia Stecca SRL of Italy. 7/10 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) held second for Conrad Lugauer, trainer for Ecurie Th.&J. Weber-Berchtold of Germany. Third was 101/1 longshot As Dore (6m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’Or) reined by Sebastian Ernault for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. 56/1 Rue du Bac (6m Infinitif-Ici) was fourth driven by Bjorn Goop and 6.2/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) was fifth for J-M Bazire. This pair is both trained by Fabrice Souloy, The Prix de Bulgarie (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) was a walk in the park this day for 5/2 odds favorite Cash Maker (4g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City). Trainer Sebastian Ernault reined the winner timed in 1.14.2kr for owmer N.V.Hicewa. 21/1 Caviar du Vivier (4m Kiwi-Kea du Vivier) took second for teamster Franck Ouvrie, ahead of 2.9/1 Call Back (4m Neutron du cebe-Pearl Back) handled by trainer J-M Bazire. The winner’s dam, Salt Lake City (10f Insert Gede-La Star-Defi d’Aunou) also produced the good three year-old colt Dollar Macker and Belgian Beauty. Second dam Bahama (by Quito de Talonay) is a superb producer, having produced four solid winners, Quelle Aventure (US$366,962), Nouvelle Aventure (US$292,561), Rapide Aventure (US$244,435) and Mercenaire (US$149,458). Today’s Q+ at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Bertrand Deloisun (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) and the 1.13.2kr clocked winner was 3,3.1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) for Bjorn Goop. Fabrice Souloy trains this one for Norway’s P. Hauger. 2/1 favorite Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo) raced well to land second for J-M Bazire, also the trainer. 29/1 Artiste des Joudes (6m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) rallied to gain third for David Thomain and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) went to 8.5/1 odds, 1.13.2kr timed, Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) from Italy with Christophe Martens aboard. Vincent Martens trains the winner for Ecurie Bivans SRL. 6.3/1 Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was second for Bjorn Goop, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Eurocolor SRL (Italty), 17/1 Coeur Baroque (4g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) was third for Damien Bonne, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Even-money favorite Traders finished unplaced. Thomas H. Hicks

Philippe Allaire enjoyed quite a Friday evening as his owned and trained Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) at 5.6/1 took the Gr. II Prix Ozo (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) with harness racing driver Gabriel Gelormini up. Timed in 1.13.5kr the winner is now four for seven generating earnings of €136,550. 1/1 Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) took second for Matthieu Abrivard, this one bred/owned/trainer by Allaire. 58/1 Deesse de Guerin (3f Melchior Jet-Olivia) took third for trainer/driver Franck Anne and fourth to the line was 79/1 Dalabama (3f Lets Get Along-Obama) for driver Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The programs’ Quinte+ Grand Prix Equipede France (purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) was a dandy race and went to shoeless 12/1 odds Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. This winner scored for the 11th time in 45 starts for €605,180 earned. Timed in a quick 1.10.5kr the winner bested 2/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana de Mont) for Franck Nivard, and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 3/1 Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) took third for Eric Raffin and also trainer Souloy. The next seven to the line were all timed in 1.11kr or better and that good group was, in finiosh order, Truman Dairpet, Very Nice Marceaux, Zorro Photo, Chapeau, Africaine, Trebol and Black d’Avril. 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 Philippe Allaire trained, Elisabeth Allaire owner Bird Parker rallied late and drew away for an easy harness racing score in today’s Quinte+ Ducs du Normandie (Gr. II, purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 15 starters) at Caen. The J-Ph Monclin teamed winner was timed in a sharp 1.11.2kr to prevail by five lengths at 9.6/1 odds. 3.8/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) made much of the pace and held for second driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie d’Heripre. 6.4/1 Tiego d’Etang (9m Chaillot-Harolene) was third for Ch.J. Bigeon, trainer Christian Bigeon and owner F.L. Adam. 25/1 Swedishman was fourth for Thierry Duvaldestin with fifth to Moving On reined by Bjorn Goop. Sierra Leone and Very Nice Marceaux, also an Allaire trainee, rounded out the top seven check earners. Univers de Pan was a non-starter, Uhlan de Val was a miscue dq and heavily backed Lionel, the even-money favorite, and Billie de Montfort were unplaced. Reportedly the “Jazzman” Bird Parker (Charlie Parker, a legendary jazz stalwart) will travel to Solvalla to contest the Harpers Hanover on Elitlopped weekend. Un Mec d’Heripre was an earlier Elite Race accepted invitee. Eleven horses have been accepted in Sweden’s top race at month end: Elitloppet Entrants at May 18 (11 of 16 positions filled) are listed below: Call Me Keeper On Track Piraten BBS Sugarlight Nuncio Voltigeur de Myrt Resolve Propulson Un Mec d’Heripre Oasis Bi Your Highness Timoko Call Me Keeper, trained by Daniel Reden, is the most recent to enter the field. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Caen harness racing monte feature was the Saint Leger des Trotteurs (Gr. I monte, purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 13 starters) and another impressive victory it was for 3/2 odds favorite Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and jockey Joann Lebourgeois, timed in 1.14.2kr. 8.6/1 Diva Charentaise (3f Prince Gede-Jessie Charentaise) took second for Francois Lagadeuc ahead of 12/1 Dragon du Fresne (3m Saphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UkuO4Eg54Y Allaire posted another owner/trainer victory late in the Caen card as an impressive winner was Direct Way (3m Quaker Jet-Queen Flore), off at 1.9/1 odds for driver David Thomain. This Allaire trainee (he developed Ready Cash) scored in 1.15.9kr in the Prix de la Touques (purse €38,000, 2200 meters autostart, 10 entrants) Another monte contest was the Prix Henri Balliere, a Gr. II event. The Prix Henri Balliere (purse €120,000, 2450 meters, 15 starters) went to an easy winner, as owner-Pierre Barjon’s Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta) scored for Alexandre Abrivard timed in 1.12.7kr at 5.1/1 odds. This L.Cl. Abrivard trainee bested 1.6/1 Clegs des Champs (4m Legs du Clas-Proserpine) with Damien Bonne up for Thierry Raffegeau. Third went to 5.9/1 Cocktail Meslois (4m Roc Meslois-Ocarina Meslpoise) with Franck Nivard up for Pierre Belloche. Thomas H. Hicks

Yoann Lebourgeux teamed Philippe Allaire trained, Olivier Henri Thomas owned, 9/2 odds Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) to a three-length victory in today’s Criterium 4 Ans (purse €240,000, 2850 meters at Vincennes on topflight harness racing card, 18 national starters) timed in a sharp 1.12.5kr. Second was 22/1 Coup de Poker (4m Coktail Jet-Tacticienne) for trainer/owner/driver Christophe Gallier. 97/1 Cahal des Rioults (4m Password-Plesse des Rioults) took the third spot with J-Ph Monclin driving for the Allaire/Thomas team. 19/1 Caid Griff (4m Password-Savane Griff) was fourth with teamster Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff. Fifth money went to 47/1 Cylee Nevele (9f Sam Bourbon-Quick Nevele) for David Thomain and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. Well regarded 4.2/1 odds Cobra Bleu was dq’d for a miscue along with five other rivals. The great quality card also included the Gr. II Prix Albert Demarq (purse €120,000, 10 starters). The 1.13.1timed winner was 27/1 Badius de Tilou (5m Pagalor-Quetty Turgot) with David Thomain at the lines. 33/1 Beau Gamin (5m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) was second driven by Gabriel Gelormini for trainer Guarato and owner J.M. Rancoule. 7/1 Bahia Quesnot (5f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was third with Matthieu Abrivard up and 2/5 favorite Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikova) held fourth with Eric Raffin driving for trainer Guarato. On this Vincennes Saturday afternoon card was also the monte Gr. II Prix Jean Gauvreau (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters) and 2/1 Best of Jets (5m Magniificent Rodney-Plume Jets) scored in a lightning quick 1.10.6kr for jockey Francois Lagedeuc. The winner is trained by owner Jean Michael Baudouin. Second choice 2.1/1 Bilibili was a miscue dq.  Brisbale du Bourg (5f Jasmin de Flore-Nistelle d’Aveze) took seond money for trainer/owner Sebastien Guarato with David Thomain in the irons. 9/1 Belissima France (5f Blue Dream-QuartaRosa Sun) was third for Matthieu Abrivard ahead of 22/1 Buscuit Delavera (5m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) with Clement Frecelle aboard. Early card action showed the Gr. III Prix de Faulquemont (purse €66,000, 11 starters) with the 1.14.7kr clocked victory earned by hard driving 26/1 Dragon des Racques (3m Love You-Quinte des Racques) and trainer/driver L.Cl. Abrivard. 6.3/1 odds Diocies (3m Fortuna Fant-Noiserre de Dycl) was second driven by Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Philippe Guillard. Third went to 8/1 Duroc Montaval (3m Singalo-Ovalie Montaval) and leading reinsman J-M Bazire. Other action on the card saw Roxanne Bar (6f Exploit Caf-Guandalina Bar) win the monte Prix de Concarreau (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters with apprentice riders) for Thierry Dromigny riding for trainer Catello Savarese and Scuderia Stecca SRL. The winner went off at 30.2/1 odds. 44/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Gitry d’Arione) was a close second for jockey S.D. Jardin ahead of 13/1 odds Valjean Wild (7g Oakwood du Closet-Jocondine) with Thierry Peltier aboard. The winner was clocked in a solid 1.13.9kr. The Prix de Combree (purse €56,000, 2700 meters, 12 European entrants) went to 1/5 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) and J-M Bazire. The relatively soft spot aided this winner for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. 24/1 Tobrouk de Payre (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre) was second for J-Ph Monclin ahead of third finishing Ulula Bella (8f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) at 11/1 for driver Alexandre Abrivard. Toward program end the Prix du Rouergue (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) attracted a down in class but high quality field and the 1.12.2kr timed winner was 14.5/1 Urgos (8m Kesaco Phedo-Orcheres) with trainer J-M Bazire also doing the driving. 8.1/1 Chapeau (7m Love You-Crown Tess) was a rallying between rivals second for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Renato Bruns. Third was veteran 5/1 odds Udo’s Oiler (8g Orlando Vici-Carmela Kemp) that was reined by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Etoile Sweden HB. Thomas H. Hicks

Friday evenings’ harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes included the Q+ Prix Neptuna (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 17 entrants) and a host of upper-class events including two Groupe II contests. The Gr. II Prix Gaston de Wazieres (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 17 female four year-old participants) began the groupe action. 5.4/1 Combattante (4f Sam Bourbon-New York) scored timed in 1.12.4kr for Pierre Vercruysse. Louis Baudron trains and owns the fine mare. 24/1 Caly LouLou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) took second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and 47/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) was third to the line. The Gr. II Prix Gaston Brunet (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 11 four year-old male starters) was won by 2.3/1 Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) timed in 1.12.4kr and reined by Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for Olivier Henri Thomas. 19/1 Caid de Jumily (4m Oiseau de Feux-Ravenna) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 3.8/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) took third spot for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. Charly du Noyer The Q+ started the festivities and the 1.12.9kr clocked winner was 1.7/1 Akayama (6f Prodigious-Nirosaka) with David Thomain aboard for trainer Alain Roussel. She defeated 3.2/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) handed by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer J-Et. Thuet.  Outsider Vizzavona (7f l’As de Viretaute-Gocity Coulonces) at 73/1 was third for owner/trainer/driver M-X Charlot. The Prix Aletheia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) was next and the 1.13.1kr winner was 2.3/1 Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J;arrive du Gers) with trainer/owner Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines. 2.3/1 co-choice Athos des Volos (6m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) rallied for second with Matthieu Abrivard driving and 4.6/1 Aero King (6g Hooper-Quormina du Hour) held third for reinsman Anthony Barrier. Near end of the program, and on the petit piste, was the Prix Palma (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 12 three year-old filly starters) and 5/2 odds Datcha (3f The Best Madrik-Quoska des Arris) was an easy winner for Franck Nivard and trainer Emmanuele Ruault. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. 12/1 Dynamite du Boulay (3f Defi d’Aunou-Mona Lisa Jet) rallied for second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Thierry Reffegeau. Third was 11.3/1 Dunyasha (3f Sam Bourbon-Troila du Corta) that Gabby Gelormini teamed for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois; The race time for these lightly raced females was 1.18.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks

The Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, three year-olds) went to the .5/1 odds favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Pasta Perrine) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire clocked in 1.14.5kr off well-rated fractions (1.14.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500). The half-length winner took the lead after 700 meters and stayed the front-end course to the line. It was Django Riff’s fifth consecutive win. Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a strong second for driver J-Ph Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas at 6.8/1 odds. Third was fast closing Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Siray. Doberman was home fourth for Franck Nivard. This group of three-year olds is consistently talented. The Gr. III Prix Pontavice de Heussey (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, 10 European starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire. The winner increased her career earnings to €699,620. Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) was a narrowly beaten second for Franck Nivard at 9/1 with the Franck Leblanc trainee. Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was third beaten less than a length for David Thomain ahead for Udayama and Orione Degli Dei. Race time was a sharp 1.11.8kr. Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) rallied strongly in the final 500 meters for Pietro Gubellini to record an easy victory in today’s Q+ event. Off at 5.3/1 odds the Johanna Lindqvist trainee, owned by Scuderia Super Chico SAS of Italy, increased career earnings to €230,811. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr over the 2700 meter distance in the €54,000 purse Grand Prix Ereel Pour l’Action Souffle de Vioilette. Vermeil Somolli (7g Olimede-Quitalia Somolli) was second for Mathieu Abrivard with third to Pike River (9g Likable River-Ocala As) driven by Anthony Barrier for trainer Markku Vartiainen and Finland’s By The River Stable. Violine Mourotaise and Viking Dream finished fourth and fifth in the 17 horse field before one scratch and three disqualifications. The €100,000 purse Prix d’Orthez (2700 meters, 15 starters, four year-olds) went to 16/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) with DSylvain Roger teaming and training. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr off even fractions (1.13.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500 to go). Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) was second for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc at 10/1. Third was 58/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) with Christophe Martens up for Vincent Martens training for Ecurie Bivans SRL of Italy. Italy’s Tessy D’Ete was fourth at 111/1 and Caid de Jumilly was fifth at 54/1. The €80,000 purse Prix Fondation Casip-Cojasor (distance 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) clocked in 1.12.9kr for J-M Bazire, the trainer/driver. Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikova) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato in a close photo decision over Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Lagune) and Pierre Vercruysse driving for Franck Leblanc. Bourbon Somolli and Beguin Meslois were next. The finale this day was the €56,000 purse Prix Glossybox contested over 2700 meters by 16 six year-old mare rivals. After several false starts All Star Is Mine (6f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jonquiere) was away on the front for Eric Raffin and she led in a rated pace (1.13.6kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.6kr at 1000, 1.14.9kr at 500 to go) until Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) rushed to the front for J-M Bazire. This half-sister to Lisa America has been third in the outer tier until Bazire made the move with the Jerry Riordan trainee owned by Lisa Riordan. Radysin open a comfortable winner until Rugiada Dei Rex (6f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex), that had been well-placed second much of the way, sprinted home late for David Thomain to nail Radysin on the line. The winner was off at 6.4/1 odds while Radysin America was the 9/10 favorite. All Star Is Mine held third at 8/1 with longshots Mythical Fortune (6f Mythical Lindy-Foreign Fortune) and Anza du Carbonel   fourth and fifth. Race time was 1.14.3kr with a quick final 500. Thomas H. Hicks

Sons of Ready Cash took two of today’s top groupe events at Paris-Vincennes and harness racing trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, owner/developer of Ready Cash, enjoyed a great day. The opener this Saturday went to 1.4/1 Charmeur de Larre (4m Baccarat du Pont-Qusidmika) clocked in 1.16.1kr for Julien Raffestin aboard for trainer Sylvain Roger and Ecurie le Petteviniere. The race was the Prix de Paimboeuf (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) for monte contestants. 2.3/1 Canadien d’Am (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin, that one ahead of third finishing 8.7/1 Cesar Volo (4m Prince de Montfort-Qualite Volo) ridden by David Thomain. The superb colt Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) at 2/5 odds took the Gr. II Prix Paul Viel (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters) timed in 1.13.4kr for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. 3.7/1 Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was second for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas, with 19.3/1 Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) third for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Siray. These top three are all good future racing prospects and come from solid maternal families. Django could be a Bold Eagle type. The dam of Django Riff is the Look de Star mare Rasta Perrine, a US$119,000 winner. Dollar Macker’s second dam is La Star, she dam of La Star Dream (US$325,631) and grand dam of Intense America in North America. Third dam Bahama produced four US$149,000 plus winners. Ducato Bourbon’s dam Kamera Bourbon won US$220,543 and has produced two winners in excess of US$121,000 including US$625,000 winning Scala Bourbon. Second dam Etta Extra is the dam of Mara Bourbon (US$1.8 million), Qualita Bourbon (US$1.7 million) and US$471,000 winning Sam Bourbon, a promising FR sire. This maternal family is influenced by North American sires Star’s Pride, Speedy Crown and Armbro Goal. The day’s Quinte+ Prix de la Gironde (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) went to the 1.16kr timed, 2.2/1 odds Vermeil Somolli (7g Olimede-Quitalia Somolli) with Mathieu Abrivard up for Ecurie Somolli and trained J-P Fichaux. 9.7/1 Vernico Pommereux (by Love You-Noure du Pommrreux)) was next for Franck Niavrd with 41/1 Tonnerre Margea third for David Thomain. The Gr. III Prix d’Avignon (purse €85,000, 2100 meters, 15 starters) produced a blanket finish clocked in 1.12.5kr by the winner, 6.5/1 Capone Face (4m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride-Defi d’Aunou) with Franck Nivard up for Antonio De Sousa and trainer Franck Leblanc. 7.6/1 Caduceus Des Baux (by Mark Speed) lasted second for Mathieu Abrivard ahead of 7.3/1 third finishing Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noure du Pommereux) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. This one is a full-brother to the second finished in the Quinte+ event with the same owner. Congrats to Mr. Lolic! The winners’ dam reflects top flight pedigree and North American influence via Armbro Goal (Defi d’Aunou), Nevele Pride (Kimberland) and Star’s Pride (Florestan). There are seven US$100,000 plus winners in Kingly Pride’s family including herself. Trainer Philippe Allaire returned to win the Gr. II Prix Rocquepine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) with 4.2/1 Demonia Roma (3f Password-Rome To Paris-Love You), that he also owns. J-Ph Monclin drove the winner to a narrow score timed in 1.15.4kr. 6.1/1 Diva du Mouchel (3f The Best Madrik-Perle du Mouchel) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin. 5/1 Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) rallied for third with Mathieu Abrivard up for, again, owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The winner’s dam has a productive family that includes Lucky d’Hilly (US$557,572), winner of the Prix Albert Viel at age three. The Prix de Barfleur (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) went to the 1.12.1kr winner Bar d’Or (5g Orlando Vici-Star du Donjon) at 5.3/1 for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 46/1 Bari (5m Ganymede-Magicienne) rallied for second to trainer/driver L.Cl. Abrivard. This day at Jagersro their V75Gold (150,000SEK to the winner) went to 4.3/1 Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) and Peter Untersteiner. The winner increased career earnings to over 5.5SEK million. Peter Ingves teamed Edward Ale (8g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) for second ahead of veteran Nahar (11g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) and driver Robert Bergh. At Kincsem Park (Budapest) the featured Gala Peter DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1960 meters) went to Orifiamma Jet (8f Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride) with Tibor Hajnal the trainer/driver. She is 1-1-0 in two starts this year after eight wins and placings in nine 2015 outings. Orangyal (8f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands) was second ahead of Landlord (11m Baltic Bet-Golden Lady-Endless Sands). The Saturday card was the third of the 2016 program and reflected continued progress of the new pari-mutuel, video and simulcast systems begun in 2015, including a Q+ type big bet named Kincsem+. Thomas H. Hicks

January 16, 2015 - Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) easily captured today’s Gr.II Prix Maurice de Gheest (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) timed in 1.15.9kr at 9/10 odds for driver Yoann Lebourgeois. The Philippe Allaire trainee is owned by Elisabeth Allaire and he recorded his fifth win in the last eight appearances. Another Allaire stable stalwart Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a solid second at 3/1 for J-Ph Monclin for owner Olivier Henri Thomas. 20.1/1 Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was a fast closing third for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Siray. Dam of the winner Rasta Perrine (Look de Star-Java Perrine-Reve d’Udon) was a winner of US$119,759. The dam’s of the second and third finishers are also productive. Salt Lake City is a daughter of Insert Gede-La Star-Defi d’Aunou and that family produced US$871,000 winner Bahama and two other US$100,000 winners plus Intensite the dam of Intense America. Bahama is the dam of four US$100,000 plus winners. Kamera Bourbon )Cezio Joisselyn-Etta Extra-Florestan) was a winner of US$220,543 and dam of Scala Bourbon US$626,258. Her dam Etta Extra produced Mara Bourbon US$1,864,802, Qualita Bourbon US$1,703,512) and the young stallion Sam Bourbon US$473,051. On the afternoon card was the Prix de Mauquenchy (purse €90,000, 2175 meters, 11 European starters) and the 1.11.8kr timed winner was 3/2 favorite Boss du Meleuc (5g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) with Eric Raffin aborad for owner/trainer Yannick-Alain Briand. The winner recorded his sixth victory in the last nine outings, all the wins in monte races. 8.7/1 Saphire Bi (5f Conway Hall-Valley  Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi) took second for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Della Casa if Italy. 40/1 Shiraz Roc (5m Gigant Neo-Bufera Roc) was third for Alexandre Abrivardf for trainer Mathieu Abrivard and Italy’s Scuderia Sant Eusebio. This day’s Quinte+ was the Gr. III Prix du Forez (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) with victory earned by the 0.5/1 favorite Viking Blue (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue-Jet du Vivier) handled by Dominik Locqueneux for owner/trainer Yannick-Alain Briand. The pacesetting victory was timed in 1.12.7kr by Viking Blue that now has posted ten straight wins and career earnings of €360,708. 24/1 Tagada Tagada (9f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) was a fast closing second for Mathieu Abrivard with 30/1 Tabriz du Gite (9m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) third for David Thomain. 45/1 Union du Rib and 9/1 Teatro were next to the line. The Gr. II Prix de Croix (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 16.4/1 Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) and trainer/driver J-M Bazire for owner Yvan Bernard. 10.3/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady-And Arifant) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Antonio De Sousa. Conlight As (5m Conway Hall-Delight As-Striking Sahbra) ended third for Christophe Martens with favorite Briac Dark fourth and Black d’Avril fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2016 - Philippe Allaire’s owned and trained Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) easily scored for driver Yoann Lebourgeois in the Q+ (jackpot €2.4 million) Prix de Mauriac (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) timed in 1.13kr even thought this pacesetter drifted wide in the stretch. Fractions were even (1.12.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13kr at 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500). Bugsy was off at 5/2 odds. 19/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) was second in a photo for Anthony Barrier with third to 16/1 Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) handled by William Bigeon. 38/1 Berry Felin (5m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois) was fourth ahead of 25/1 Baron du Chene (5m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene). A €2 exact order ticket paid over €25,000 (excluding jackpot). The Prix de Bollene (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 10 monte starters) went to 3/10 favorite Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Bianque) riden by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and timed in 1.18.2kr. 8.9/1 Drole de Gosse (3m Gazouillis-Peur Bleue) was next for Franck Nivard with 23/1 Driverigo d’Eam (3g Rodrigo Jet-Topoze d’Eronville) landing third. 3.3/1 Peace Of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa) with Roberto Andreghetti aboard took the €54,000, 2700 meter Prix de Ranes. 18 European starters contested this event with the impressive 1.13.4kr winner trained by Fabrice Souloy. 15/1 Voice Dream (7f Love You-Lovely de Paris) ended second with Anthony Barrier driving with 2.7/1 Valentine’s Day (7f Carpe Diem-Haie du Bauvatier) third and 14.5/1 Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valuta Lavec) fourth. At Wolvega this day the Grand Prix W.H. Geersen (purse €9,900, 2600 meters, 13 starters) was to be a easy race for well-respected Robert Bi. But, the 2/5 favorite could only manage fourth dealing with a 20 meter handicap for driver Robin Bakker. 37/1 SJ’s Junior and driver Stefan Schoonoven nosed out 20/1 Banker Transs RB and Nico d’Haenen for the victory with third to 24/1 Crizzly Bear and driver Jos. Verbeeck. The winner clocked in 1.15.4kr as was  the second place finisher and the handicapped Robert Bi. Thomas H. Hicks

December 31, 2015 - Paris-Vincennes celebrated New Year’s Eve with a solid harness racing program led by the Gr. III Prix Chateau Chinon (purse €95,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) and it was won by Italy’s Traders (3m Ready Cash-Graziella) with J-Ph Monclin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and Scuderia Colibri SAS. The even-money favorite scored in 1.14kr to defeat 27/1 Tiger di Poggio (3m Andover Hall-Idole di Poggio) for J-M Bazire, trainer Mlle. Stephanie Lepetit and owner J-A Saguin. Third was 5.2/1 Coeur Baroque (3g Offshore Dream-Joie Baroque) with Damien Bonne teaming for the trainer/owner team of Thierry Raffegau and J-Y Roze. Cash Hanover from Germany finished 10th and Clarck Sotho was a disqualification. The Prix de Saint-Qwen-Dis-Toits (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 10 monte starters) was the opener and it went to 4.1/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (4f Angus Hall-Bahama-Quito de Talonay) timed in 1.15.3kr for Camille Levesque. Thomas Levesque trains the winner for Pierre Levesque. The favored 0.5/1 odds Belebrine (4f In Love With You-Ebrine) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Yannick A. Briand. Third was 15.5/1 Belle Katie (4f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Katie) for jockey Alexandre Abrivard. Vodka du Wallon (6f Onyx du Goutier-Neige des Hameaux) won the Quinte+ Prix de Salvanhac (purse €64,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) timed in 1.13.6kr. J-M Bazire teamed this winner for owner/ytrainer J-M Baudouin. 2.6/1 Viva Lover (6f Look de Star-Kaline Love) was second for Matthieu Mottier with 35/1 Ultra des Landes (7f Baccarat du Pont-Justice d’Or) third for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. The €36,000 Prix de Juvignac over 2700 meters drew 18 starters and produced a victory for 1.15.8kr timed, 4.8/1 odds, Baraka (4f Love You-Polenska) teamed by trainer Franck Nivard. Comte P de Montesson owns Baraka, a narrow surging winner. 2.6/1 Barbie de Janiero (4f Oiseau de Feux-Orie de Janeiro) was second for Eric Raffin and a length back was 4.7/1 Bartavelle du Rib (4f Diamant Gede-Medde) handled by trainer J.Cl. Dersoir for Ecurie Jeloca. Attacus (5g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) took the €52,000 Prix de Charroux for Eric Raffin at 2.6/1 odds. The Sebastien Guarato trainee is owned by J-M Machet and was timed in 1.13.3kr over the 2100 meter autostart course, defeating 17 rivals. 78/1 Attila d’Auvillier (5g Hermes du Buisson-Pepite de Gautiers) was second for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of 32/1 Anissio Bello (5m Orlando Vici-Melissa Bella) for owner/trainer/driver L.Cl. Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks  

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