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The August 11 monte headliner at Enghien was the Gr. II Prix de Landres (purse €120,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters). The 1.14kr impressive harness racing winner was 18.4/1 odds Astor du Quenne (6m Opus Viervil-Qualinka du Quenne) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. Sebastian Guarato trains this Ecurie Haras de la Coquenne property. 4.4/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) was a distant second for Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 60/1 Valse de Reve (7f Mister President-Nouba Houba) lasted for third handled by Camille Levesque for owner/trainer Allain Roussel. The Enghien feature was the Quinte+ Prix de la Concorde (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, 17 starters). Even-money favorite Utinka Selloise (8f Qjipsey Vinoir-Mercedes Tebe) scored in 1.14.kr with veteran reinsman J-M Bazire driving the J-M Baudouin trainee. 8.3/1 Ursule du Bouffey (8f Indy de Vive-Illusion du Coq) was next for P-Y Verva with third to 7.3/1 Vikishima (7f Magnificent Rodney-Fleur du Perche) driven by A.A. Chavatte. Bazire also won the Q+ on August 10 with Aubrion de Gers in the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf. Enghien’s Prix de Nouzonville (purse €60,000, 2875 meters, 15 entrants) this day went to 2.6/1 favorite Chicago Blues (4m Prodigious-Orleans) timed in 1.14.9kr. Cl. Duvaldestin teamed the Thierry Duvaldestin trainee that Ecurie Bresil owns. 9.4/1 Bellino d’Auvrecy (5m Ganymede-Lady d’Auvrecy) took second with Gabriel Gelormini up for the Sebastian Guarato/Ecurie Lucky Star team. 7.7/1 Class Petteviniere (4m Repeat Love-Noce Petteviniere) landed third driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Ch. De Groote. Also on the Enghien program was the Prix de la Porte d’Italie (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, 16 entrants). 2.7/1 Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) scored in 1.15kr for J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. 60/1 Bon Copain (5m Love You-Haie) was next for Francois Lecanu, and the Raffegeau/Roze trainer and owner team. 1/1 Blues d’Ourville (5g Password-Pursuit of Charm) took third for Mathieu Mottier. The Quinte+ August 10 feature in France was the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2950 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) at Saint Malo. The 1.15kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (6g Memohis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) with Jean Michel Bazire up. He owns and trains this one. 23.2/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lora du Cap Vert) landed second for Loic Guinoiseau with the fine rally. 168/1 Vignia la Ravelle (7f Diamant Gede-Jirania Le Ravelle) took third for owner/trainer/driver E.G. Blot. At Avenches (Suisse) on August 10 the Coupe des 4 Ans (purse €13,850. 3000 meters autostart, seven starters) went to 1.23kr timed and 3.3/1 odds Fast And Furious (4m Main Wise As-You’ve Got Mail). Owner/trainer Andre Humbert was the teamster. 7.3/1 Global Spotify (4g Judge Joe-Claudia) took a close second over the off going with trainer Marcel Humbert up. The 1.3/1 favorite Chopin du Martza (4m Ganymede-Polka du Martza), trained by Renaud Pujols and driven by Fra Quatreuil was third. 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  

Vichy hosted the June 9 Quinte+ Prix Centre France La Montagne (purse €80,000, 3525 meters, 18 International starters) with the win earned by 26.1/1 outsider Vanderlov (7g Orlando Vici-Maestria de Fligny) with Aymeric Thomas the harness racing  trainer/driver for owner M. Ludovic Fleury. Timed in 1.15.1kr the winner bested 5.8/1 Buffalo de Beylev (5m Memphis du Rib-Rafaela du Plescis) with trainer Nicolas Ensch up and third was Italy’s 7.6/1 odds Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) with Pierre Levesque driving for Thomas Levesque, the trainer. 1.9/1 favorite Apollon de Kacy (6m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) landed fourth for Gabriel Gelormini and fifth went to 6.9/1 Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) with trainer Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. The June 8 action at Laval featured the Quinte+ (jackpot Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III purse €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) and 3/2 favorite Belina Josselyn prevailed for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. Bred and owned by Yvan Bernard the quick 1.12.7kr timed winner is a five year-old daughter of Love You-Cezia Josselyn. 16.1/1 Ultra des Landes (8f Baccarat du Pont-Justice d’Or) was second for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy and third went to 3.8/1 Vanille du Dollar (7f Mr. Rodyx-Magalie du Dollar)and driver Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Sylvain Roger. Amiral du Bisson, Tiego d’Etang and Athos des Elfes were next across the line. On the same Laval card the Prix Inovidia (purse €21,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.14.9kr clocked Belly Dance (5f Prodigious-Doina) at 10.8/1 for Jean-Philippe Dubois. He bred and trains this Ecurie Etoile owned winner. The 1.9/1 favorite Bardit des Coudou (5g Quitas du Mexique-Majeste du Coudou) was a closely fought second for Matthieu Abrivard with 5.1/1 Barbarella (5f Prince d’Espace-Quatie du Val) home third for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. In addition to the previously reported return of Bold Eagle Saturday at Paris-Vincennes (June 11), the program is laced with excellence and groupe events. Bold Eagle faces a likely tough challenge from Bird Parker. Thomas H. Hicks

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

This week showcased two harness racing Groupe events, first at Lyon-Parilly and then at Paris-Vincennes Action at Lyon-Parilly showcased the Gr. III Grand Prix du Centre-Est for a purse of €100,000 and contested by 11 over the 2850 meter distance. Franck Nivard teamed 3.6/1 Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) to victory clocked in 1.15.6kr. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner. 6.8/1 Truman Dairpet (9g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third went to 1.2/1 favorite Altesse du Mirel (6f Ready Cash-Ina du Mirel) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Florence Allera. Lyon Parilly’s Prix de la Beauce (purse €25,000, 2000 meters, 7 starters) this day went to 6.6/1 odds Disco Darling (3m Sam Bourbon-Romance Darling) and driver Bjorn Goop for trainer Wm. Ruth timed in 1.16.1kr. 31/1 Delicatesse (3f Mercaneaire-Thalie dHaumoniere) took second ahead of 7/1 Danse de Bertramnge (3f Korean-Olga du Chateau) for owner/trainer/driver Thierry Busset. Also at Lyon Parilly was the Quinte+ Prix du Pays Picois (purse €30,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) and 19/1 Uge d’Urzy (8g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) prevailed for Serge Peltier, the reinsman. 7/1 Vespa du Bourgogne (7f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) took second for Pierre Callier with 4/1 By Air (9g From Above-Come Fly With Me) flying home for the third spot. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr. The Gr. II Prix Rene Palyart (purse €120,000, Gr. II monte with nine starters, 2175 meters) headlined this Paris-Vincennes program with the impressive win to 1.13.3kr timed, 2.3/1 odds Cyprin d’Erable (4m Prodigious-Quinine d’Erable) with David Thomain in the irons. The Y-A Briand trainee is owned by Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. 40/1 Candela (4f First de Retz-Ofara) was second in a close finish with the third place horse 4.1/1 Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta). The latter is owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon, trained by L.Cl. Abrivard and Alexandre Abrivard was up. Also at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Henri Chretien (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters with apprentice lad jockeys) went to the 1.16kr timed, 7.4/1 odds Venicio Bello (7g Kiwi-Illicia Bella) reined by Leo Abrivard for trainer Benjamin Goetz and owner Jorma Niskanen. 4.7/1 Ardelot was a three-length beaten second ahead of 28/1 Valroy. The prior days (May 2 and May 1) there was solid action at other venues. On M<ay 2 at Enghien-Soisy was the Prix du Pont Charles de Gaulle (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters). 10/1 Baladin Hongrois (5g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongroise) recored the victory for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes clocked in 1.14.9kr. Second went to the narrowly beaten 16/1 Best Buissonay (5m L’ecu du Vernay-Nyota Buissonay) hanlded by trainer\/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute with 4.2/1 Bily de Gaeriniere (5g Prodigious-Haldane) gaining the third spot in a close photo for driver/trainer Matthieu Abrivard. Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) at 5.1/1 rallied to win the Prix de Millau (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) at Enghien timed in 1.15.2kr. Trained Dion P. Tesselaar piloted the winner for owner/breeder Gerrits Recycling BV. The Dutch-bred mare bested 23/1 Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) driven by trainer Thomas Levesque for owner Pierre Levesque. Third in a blanket finish for that spot went to 46/1 Botanie (5f Rieussec-Prima Simardiere) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. On May 2 at Cholet the 12/1 odds Bon Copain (5m Love You-Haie) took the Prix GTA Toutlemonde (purse €33,000, 2800 meters, 18 European starters) for trainer/driver Thierry Raffegeau. Clocked in 1.15.9kr this winner bested 13.5/1 Un Charme Fou (8m Love You-Ma Crown), reined by Loic Guinoiseau for trainer Franck Leblanc, and third finishing 1.1/1 favorite Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mira Belle de Blay) with owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller at the lines. On May 1 at Alencon the turf specialists were on display in the Grand Prix Super U. Alencon for a €32,000 purse and contested over the 2650 meter distance by 16 horses. The 1.19.5kr timed winner was 1.3/1 odds favorite Verrazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lumpur) with trainer Thomas Levesque teaming for owner Pierre Levesque. 4.7/1 Vulcanie de Godrel (7f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) took second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 41/1 Vallee d’Haufor (7f Oiseau de Feux-Kabylie du Relais) took third for Ch.J. Bigeon driving for trainer Christian Bigeon. 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

Yannick Briand’s trainee Viking Blue (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue)regained winning form today in the €88,000 purse Prix du Chesnay contested by 17 horses over the 2850 meter grande piste at Paris-Vincennes. The winner was timed in 1.13.5kr for driver Dominik Locqueneux. Viking Blue was a dq in his last appearance on February 7 after posting eight straight wins, but today he held the lead gamely at .5/1 odds to best 22/1 Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) and 14/1 Tallien (9g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) Urgos du Cedre and Urus ended fourth and fifth as the Q+ exact order payoff was €5,710 without jackpot, for a wager of €2. On the undercard the Prix de Lens (purse €65,000, monte nine starters) went to 3.3/1 odds Cash du Rib (4g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, also trainer for Ecurie Jeloca. Timed in 1.16.2kr the winner defeated 10/1 Camarade Sympa handled by Franck Nivard with Castel Black and Clement Frecelle third in a close photo decision. Favorite Coffee d’OIstal ended sixth after going off as the 1.6/1 choice of the punters. The pick-five Prix de Fontainbleau (purse €60,000, 2700 meters) was a great race and Be Bop Haufor (5g Notre Haufor-Ica Haufor) prevailed by a length at 6.2/1 odds after a relentless stretch drive for owner, trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Timed in 1.13.5kr after even fractions the winner defeated fast-closing Shiraz Roc (5m Gigant Neo-Bufera Roc) handled by Mathieu Abrivard at 2/1 and third finishing 75/1 outsider Onceforall Face (5g Viking Kronos-Lemonsoda OM) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Vallro AB of Sweden. 7/1 Spirit Real (5g Supergill-Civetta Real) ended fourth between horses for J-M Bazire and trainer Jerry Riordan after being boxed in the lane and fifth went to the game 39/1 pacesetter Schubert (5m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) that Pierre Vercruysse teamed for Erwin Bot, trainer for Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland.  €400,000 Grand Prix de Paris 16 horses remain engaged for Sunday’s €400,000 Grand Prix de Paris led by Bold Eagle and Timoko. Expect a few other dropouts on Thursday when the final field is set. Tiego d’Etang and Bird Parker could inflict some damage as Bold Eagle seeks the Triple Crown last won 40 years ago by Bellino II and previously by Jamin and twice by the legenday Gelinotte. Mack Lobell had been euthanized Separately it was announced Monday that Mack Lobell had been euthanized at age 32 at Menhammer Stuteri in Sweden. The son of Mystic Park-Matina Hanover-Speedy Count recorded a slate of 71-10-6 in 94 career starts for earnings of 22,408,640SEK (US$2,638,550 at today’s conversion rate) and a 1.09.7kr record. Mack was developed by Chick Sylvester and driven largely by John Campbell before being sold and exported. He won the Elitloppet twice, in 1988 with Campbell driving timed in 1.11.3kr over Sugarcane Hanover and Napoletano and again in 1990 timed in 1.11kr with Thomas Nilsson aboard defeating Peace Corps and driver Stig H. Johansson. It was a great period of international trotting as Napoletano won the 1989 Elitloppet edition and Peace Corps returned to win in 1991. Interestingly, as the FR Triple Crown fast approaches this coming Sunday, the two previous winners also won the Elitloppet, Jamin in 1959 for Jean Riaud and Gelinotte in both 1956-57 for the legendary horseman Charlie Mills. Also interesting to me is that Mack’s two Elitloppet wins were lightning fast 25 years ago as evidenced by the more recent fastest two winning times of 1.09.5kr by Timoko in 2014 and 1.09.8kr by Exploit Caf in 2008. We will long remember Mack Lobell as a true “World Champion” Thomas H. Hicks

Orjan Kihlstrom piloted 1.6/1 odds Red Rose America (6f Varenne-Armbro Voice) to a 1.12.5kr victory in the Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson/Px Association Petits Princes (Gr. III purse €105,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). Kihlstom recovered from a dq with Lionel in the Prix d’Amerique but this Fabrice Souloy trained, Stall Panamera Racing owned and Lou Guida bred raced superbly. The winner was developed in Italy by Jerry Riordan for Guida. Air France (6f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos) was second at 9.9/1 for Mathieu Abrivard driving for Rony Kuiper, the trainer for owner Stefan Melander. Third home was 36/1 Adeliua de Melodie (6f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for David Thomain. 20/1 Ninepoints Lucy was fourth for owner Bengt Johansson with 6.2/1 Ustie Haufor finishing fifth for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon and driver Ch.J. Bigeon. Cayenne de Houelle Wins Prix de Meadowlands Today’s Prix de Meadowlands (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 14.8/1 odds, 1.14.3kr timed Cayenne de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) for Pierre Vercruysse driving for Franck Leblanc trainer. This mare has posted three straight wins for the Leblanc/Vercuysse team since December 29th. Caly Loulou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) was second at 82/1 odds for Mathieu Abrivard. Chelsea de Champs (4f Look de Star-Toscane des Champs) took third for Eric Raffin at 6/1. Favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) was fourth today at even-money after five wins and a second in her last six outings. 43/1 odds Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was fifth for  Domink Locqueneux at the lines. Later in the Prix d’Amerique program, three year olds battled in the €80,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) Prix Leopold Verroken with the 9/10 favorite, 1.14.7kr clocked Doberman (3m Prodigious-Ouietude Mesloise) to the line first for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. The winner now sports four wins the six starts. Dragueur (3m Speedy Blue-Tilda) was second for Mathieu Mottier at 10.7/1 odds. Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was a 3.1/1 odds third for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. Drop was fourth for Mathieu Abrivard with fifth to Ulisse LL for Roberto Andreghetti up. Thomas H. Hicks

December 26, 2015 - Today’s fabulous Vincennes harness racing program in Paris included the Gr. II Prix Une de Mai (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 two year-old female starters) and 44.5/1 odds Don’t Explain (2f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) rallied for victory driven by Mathieu Abrivard, and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. 6.2/1 Deesse de Gueron (2f Melchior Jet-Olivia) landed second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne ahead of 2.6/1 favorite Demonia Roma (2f Password-Rome To Paris) trained by Allaire and reined by J-Ph Monclin. 53/1 Diana du Chatelet (2f Real de Lou-Tirade du Chatelet) was fourth for Aymeric Thomas, also trainer, with 7.5/1 Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) fifth for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trained Yves Boireau. Dista Love battled alongside Demonia Roma for quite a distance and both held gamely albeit it probably cost them a higher placing. The Gr. II International Prix Jules Lemmonier (purse €120,000, 2175 meters) went to peg-side rallying, 8.3/1 odds, Texas d’Liton (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliada de l’Liton) for jockey Mathieu Mottier, trainer Hughes Levesque and Ecurie de l’Iton. 3.8/1 Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) was a game second after setting the pace for Eric Raffin, Ecurie Griff and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Favorite 1.3/1 Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) was a no-excuses third for Franck Nivard, Ecurie I.C. Equine AB and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 42.7/1 Vagabondu Mad (6g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary) landed the fourth spot. Aladin d’Ecajeul and Torre Crepin were disqualified. Roi du Lupin ended sixth after racing evenly with cover on the outer. Fractions were quick ans steady (1.09.4kr at 1500; 1.10.8kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500; 1.11.9kr finish, a mile rate of 1:55.69 over the 1.35 mile distance on the grande piste). The race signified the FR career end for Roxane Griff and Roi du Lupin that have excited trotting fans with their great performances for many years. Roxane ends her career with earnings of €3.1 million, 21 victories of which four were Gr. I classics. Roi du Lupin concluded his career with earnings of €2.1 million, 32 wins of which one was a Gr. I test. They will be missed and both were quite competitive at the highest levels to their career end. Badius de Tilou (4m Pagalor-Quetty Turgot) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.85 million) Prix de Luynes (2700 meters, 18 starters, purse €58,000) in a close photo verdict for P-Y Verva at 7.5/1. The Izaac trainee is owned by Ecurie Eric Lemaitre. 8.1/1 Be Bop Haufor (4g Notre Haufor-Ica Haufor) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon and third was 6.6/1 Bob (4m Overtrick-Fee du Houx) for Eric Raffin, just beaten a neck. The winners’ time was 1.14.1kr off even fractions (1.14.5kr at the 1500; 1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at the 500 to go post). The exact order Quinte+ payoff, without jackpot, exceeded €21,000 for a €2 wager. The €88,000 Prix Strasbourg drew a field of 13 to this 2700 meter test. 3.2/1 Shadow d’Odyssee (9m Urfist des Pres-Battante d’Odyssee) answered with a 1.15kr victory for driver Eric Raffin, Ecurie Percheronne and trainer Pierre Belloche. Second was 3.9/1 Teatro (8m Ganymede-Josette) handled by owner/trainer Christian Bigeon ahead of 23/1 Topaze Jef (8f Islero de Bellouet-Katie Gourdonnaise) and reinsman Francois Lagadeuc and trainer J-M Baudouin. Favored 2.9/1 Truman Dairpet was disqualified. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 25, 2015 - Christmas Day trotting at Paris, Vincennes, took place on an overcast lightly raining afternoon this day. A solid harness racing program included three groupe events. Today’s Prix de Pons (purse €37,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to 15/1 Bleu Ciel (4g Milord Drill-Quelle Action) and driver David Thomain for trainer/owner Jean Morice. Timed in 1.15kr this winner defeated 36/1 Best des Jacquets (4g Coktail Jet-Kodessa) handled by trainer/driver P.Edouard Mary with 76/1 Barry de la Cavee (4g Oceano Nox-Paolitia) third for owner/trainer/driver Sebastien Baude. Fractions were even in this contest (1.15kr at 1500 to go meters; 1.14.8kr at 1000; 1.15.3kr at 500). The Quinte+ (jackpot €4.8 million) was the Prix de Pierrefonds (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.14.7kr winner on the stands side was 20/1 Baileyse (4f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. Franck Anne teamed his owned/trained 37.4/1 Bellaya (4f First de Retz-Kelaya) to a second place finish ahead of 2.8/1 Blue Story (4f Opium-Loumana Flor) for driver Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. The bold-striding Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idole Blue) easily took the Prix Constant Hervieu (purse €105,000, Gr. III, 2700 meters, 7 starters) at 3/5 odds for driver Dominik Locqueneux. Yannick A. Briand trains the winner, for Gerard Leboureau, that traveled the course timed in 1.12.7kr. Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) was second at 3.7/1 for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 3/1 Uniflosa Bella (7f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) with Eric Raffin up for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. The winner now has recorded 19 wins in 53 career starts, good for earnings of €317,000. The Gr. III monte Prix Sans Dire Oui (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.13.8kr timed, 17.5/1 odds Attentionally (5f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) handled by David Thomain for owner/trainer Paul Viel. 27.1/1 outsider Vaillant Cash (6m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon) was second for Clement Frecelle and trainer Yoann Letellier. The 1.2/1 favorite Americaine (5f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) was third on the pegs for Antoine Wiels and trainer J-P Marmion. 28.2/1 Agrippine (5f Hasting-Mogueuse) was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) went to 3/5 favorite Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. This winner record victory number four in seven starts, now for €150,000 earned. 15/1 Derrick de Nganda (2m Tucson-Nymphe de Nganda) was next for Francois Lagadeuc and trainer J-M Baudouin with third earned by 5.3/1 Ducson Imperial (2m Tucson-Joie Imperiale) for Eric Raffin, trainer Julien Le Mer and Ecurie FAC. Django Riff scored easily after turning back a challenge by Dream Darling, that eventually faded to fifth, at the midway point. Fractions were modest setting up a solid final 500 meters by the winner (1.11.3kr at 1500, 1.13.1kr at 1000, 1.14.8kr at 500, finish 1.14.4kr). Well regarded Ducato Bourbon was disqualified. The Prix de Brive la Gaillarde (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, three year-old males) went to 4.7/1 Cyprien des Bordes (3m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes-Jasmin de Flore) for J.L.C. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 1.8/1 favorite Cap Matyss (3m Love You-Ode Matyss) finished second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Franck Leblanc and Elevage Matgea. Third was 5.8/1 Cheri Cheri (3m Pomeroldf de Laumac-Nancy du Mont) reined by Mathieu Mottier for trainer Dominique Mottier. Thomas H. Hicks  

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

December 22, 2015 - The Quinte+ was the Prix de la Tramblade (purse €66,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.14kr winner was 19.1/1 Tabrouk de Payre (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Oreade de Payre) owned and trained by J-Y Touillet and driven by Pierre Vercruysse. 3/1 Un de Mai (7g Echo-Loyale) was second for teamster Franck Nivard, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 17.1/1 odds Midsummer King (10g King Lavec-Pietra) was third with Junior Guelpa up for owner J-Ch Sorel. Akayama (5f Prodigious-Hirosaka) took the Prix de Marenees-Oleron (purse €64,000, 2700 meters 11 European starters) timed in 1.13.9kr for David Thomain and trainer Alain Roussel. This 1.3/1 odds favorite defeated 4.2/1 Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) driven by Gabriel Gelormini for trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Bengt Johansson. Third was 18.3/1 outsider Aigrette (5f Vivaldi de Chenu-Jomina). On December 22 at Paris-Vincennes the €85,000 purse Prix Pierre Giffard (2700 meters, 13 European monte starters) went to 4.1/1 Tayson de Houelle (8g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Pricing Power. 1.8/1 favorite Ugolin du Maine (7g Hugo du Bossis-Oriane du Maine) was a close second for Franck Nivard ahead of the outdistanced 12.9/1 Topaze Royale (8f Light Up de Vonnas-Lea Royale) for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. The winner was clocked in 1.13.5kr. The Prix de la Reole (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 16 monte performers) at Paris Vincennes went to the 1.1/1 favorite Canadian d’Am (3m Ready Cash-Kanadia) reined by Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc training for Laurent Edin. 23.6/1 Codrag de Bellouet (3g Jag de Bellouet-Odra de Bellouet) was next for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 4.2/1 Camarade Sympa (3g Legs du Clos-Mona du Vivier) ended third for David Thomain. The Prix des Hortensias, groupe A, for a purse of €34,000 over 2700 meters, drew 14 two year-old fillies with the 1.17.2kr winner being 2.1/1 odds Dokha Vedaquaise (2f Prodigious-Sestriere). Yoann Lebourgeois drove this winner for Philippe Allaire. 4.1/1 Duchesse de Jiel (2f Oiseau de Feux-Quilea Jiel) was  second for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Third was 11.6/1 Danae Quesnot (2f Rocklyn-Megara) teamed with Eric Raffin. Draft Life (2f Ubriaco-Maflymede) at 3.8/1 odds took the Prix des Hortensias (B) for teamster C. Beurel and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 13 two year-olds traveled 2700 meters in this event for a purse of €34,000. Draft Life was timed in 1.16.7kr to defeat 17.8/1 Douchka Love (2f Love You-Shucca) handled by Bernard Piton for Yves Boireau trainer for Jean-Pierre Dubois. 26.7/1 Decadence (2f Invar-My Lady Way) was third for driver/trainer/owner Tony Le Beller. At Bordeaux-Le Bouscat the Grand Prix de Noel (purse €30,000, 2650 meters, 16 European starters) was won by 29.9/1 Topaze de Landerie (8f Legs du Clos-Onee Line) for driver J-Ph Monclin. 1.6/1 favorite Vivaldo Bello (6m Love You-Enfilade) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin (this one from the dam of Offshore Dream, Prix d’Amerique double winner) and 6.8/1 Ursa Major (7f Ganymede-Good Way) landed third for owner Ecurie Danover. The winner was clocked in a solid 1.14.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks

December 2, 2015 - Vacate Money (6f Prodigious-Making Money) took Wednesday’s Quinte+ Prix Murat (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.13.4kr for reinsman Jean-Philippe Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains Vacate Money for Ecurie Victoria Dreams that was off at 2.2/1 odds. 16/1 Vikishima (6f Magnificent Rodney-Fleur du Perche) was second for A-A Chavatte and third went to 8.2/1 Ulala Bella (7f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) handled by Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. The Q+ jackpot this day as €3.65 million.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 8 Vacate Money J-Ph. Dubois Ecurie Victoria Dreams Ph. Moulin 2ème 6 Vikishima A.-A. Chavatte J.-C. Buchard A. Chavatte 3ème 15 Ulula Bella A. Barrier Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 11 Pleasure Kronos ITY R. Andreghetti Scuderia Cristian Sas F. Souloy 5ème 7 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet Blue Grass won today’s Prix Bourigny (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.13.8kr. The four year-old Ready Cash-Princesse Natacha mare was off at 2.9/1 for trainer Philippe Allaire and Yoann Lebourgeois in the bike. 8.2/1 Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was next for Eric Raffin ahead of third finishing 9.4/1 Alexandra Mauzun (5f Goetmals Wood-Ocelyde la Merite) driven by Christophe Martens. The Prix Angles (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 15 three year-old filly starters) went to the 1.16kr timed and 5.4/1 odds Currency (3f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie le Tremont. The 8/1 Cova Josselyn (3f Love You-Sezira Josselyn) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Third was 20/1 City du Padouenq (3f Prince d’Espace-Orpela) for Damien Bonne. The Prix Hornfleur (purse €78,000, 2175 meters autostart, 16 monte starters) was won by 1.12kr quick timed, 5.8/1 Vrai Voyou (6g Gazouillis-Oranginette) for jockey Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer P.Emmanuel Mary. 98/1 Soie-du Houlbert (9f Ideal de l’Iton-Manon du Houlbet) was second for Julien Raffestan ahead of 7/1Tayson de Houelle (8g Insert Gede-Irina de la Frette) that is trained by Franck Leblanc for Ecurie Pricing Power. The winner split two rivals in a blanket three-horse finish. At Mons-Ghlin, the Prix Mons Belgique (purse €8,400, 2850 meters distance handicapped, 9 International starters) went to 7/2 odds Uza Josselyn (4f L’As de Viretaute-Hada) reined by Jos. Verbeeck and timed in 1.14.8kr.. J-M Bazire trains the winner for owner Yvan Bernard. 3/2 odds Going For Gold Zaz (7m Scarlet Knight-Spritte Zaz) was next timed in 1.14.1kr for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Robert Bergh. 7.4/1 Ru de L’airou (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) handled by owner Sven Hoste. 2.9/1 classmaster Univers de Pan, a career winner of €1.45 million, was fourth for Philippe Daugeard In Sweden on Wednesday the top races were the Big Noon Pokalen at Solvalla, with 200,000SEK to winner of the 1640 meter voltstart event. 4.9/1 Romeus (3m Muscles Yankee-Giulie Bi-Supergill) scored victory for Ulf Ohlsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. 19.7/1 Shafino Hanover (3f Explosive Matter-She’s A Blizzard-Malabar Man) was second fore Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath with third to 6.8/1 RG’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy) for Torbjorn Jansson, trainer Roger Walmann and the breeder was Dreamland Farms in the US. At Aby the marathon Decemberstayen (70,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters autostart) went to 1.6/1 Calvin Borel (5m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan-Lindy’s Crown) for Marc Elias, and trainer Comrad Lugauer. The winner recorded victory 11 in 29 career starts for 1,275,460SEK earned. 6.2/1 JT’s Crown (7m Buckaroo K-Nadja Waltter-Speedy GB) was second for driver Johnny Takter with third to 11.7/1 Goldomaster (9g Dreamaster-Golden Glory-Super Arnie) for reinsman Jorgen Sjunnesson. Thomas H. Hicks

November 13, 2015 - Jean-Philippe Dubois teamed his Vacate Money (6f Prodigious-Making Money) to victory in Friday’s special €10 million jackpot Quinte+ Prix Mizar (purse €52,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Philippe Moulin trains Vacate Money for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The rallying winner scored in 1.13.1kr off rated fractions (1.12.1kr at 1000 meters to go; 1.13.7kr at 500 to go post) behind pacesetter Maffioso Face (6g Revenue-Nouchka) that ended third at 9/2 odds for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Ecurie Folk & FA, HB. 6/1 Vascode de Viette (6g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) was a good second in rein to Eric Raffin. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 2 Vacate Money J-Ph. Dubois Ecurie Victoria Dreams Ph. Moulin 2ème 4 Vasco de Viette E. Raffin Mme B. Chaudemanche F. Lercier 3ème 18 Maffioso Face SWE M. Abrivard Folk&Fä HB Lutfi Kolgjini 4ème 1 Vicky Hérold J.-M. Bazire Ecurie Patrick Aubin L. Koubiche  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 10.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 1731     Ordre :       3.430,00€     Désordre :       68,60€     Bonus 4 :       10,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       5,00€     Bonus 3 :       2,80€                     The Prix Leona (purse €45,000, monte, 2200 meters, 11 starters) went to the 1.15kr winner and 1.3/1 odds favorite Ariane d’And for jockey Cl. Frecelle and trainer/owner F. Furet. 4.6/1 odds Astuca de Kacy (5f Qualmio de Vandel-Olly Blue) landed second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc, ahead of 9.8/1 A Mery de Chathains (5f Password-Nuit de Plainville) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Cedrik Megissier. Two year-olds contested the Prix Polyxd(A) for a purse of €33,000 over the 2200 meter distance. There were 13 starters with the victory earned by 5.2/1 Dabae Turgot (2f Rolling d’Heripre-Reine d’Yvel) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. 13/1 Divine du Sud (2f Jasmin de Flore-La Soyer) was a fast closing second for driver Pierre Vercruysse with 11/1 Dona Star (2f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) home third for trainer/driver Michel Lenoir. Time of the chestnut winner was 1.18.5kr Friday at Mons Ghlin their Prix Gel Belgique (purse €6,000, 2300 meters autostart, 12 International starters) went to 5/2 second choice Reve d’Amour for owner/trainer/driver Mike Lenders timed in 1.14.8kr. 2/1 favorite Bancer Transs R was next for teamster Nico d’Haenen with third to 5.4/1 Furax du Calvaire and Rik Dupuydt. Earlier in the week it was reported that successful veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck had been suspended by officials in France for a personal tax issue. The suspension was effective November 14. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 30, 2015 - Artiste de Joudes (5m Prodigious-Memory de Joudes) took today’s €40,000 purse Grand Prix du Nord – Five Year Olds over 2825 meters. Nine participated in this event with the photo-decided winner timed in 1.15.5kr for driver Jerome Ruaults and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This 3.1/1 odds winner defeated 2.3/1 favorite Altesse du Mirel (5f Ready Cash-Ina de Mirel) and trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. 38/1 Atout du Hainaut (5g Gazouillis-Pivoine Folle) came to the line third for driver Yann Gerard and trainer Vincent Collard The €28,000 purse Prix de la Federation des Courses du Nord over 2700 meters drew 16 European starters. 3/2 odds Maffioso Face (6g Revenue-Nouchka), racing barefoot, took the victory timed in 1.14.1kr and driven by Mathieu Abrivard. Lutfi Kolgjini trains Maffioso Face for Ecurie Falk and Fa HB of Sweden. 15/1 Pingus Vang (8g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) from Denmark landed second for driver Yann Lorin for Fabrice Souloy trainer ahead of 17/1 odds Swedish standout  Staro Foot Loose (7m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease) for Robin Bakker, trainer Arnold J. Mollema and Stable Unlimited of Holland. Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.9 million) Prix Barbara (purse €48,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 entrants) went to the 1.14.4kr winner Unero Montaval (7g Nem-Heroine du Loir)  at 7.4/1 odds for David Thomain. 3.2/1 Ulula Bella (7f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) ended second for driver Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer J-P Marmion. Third was 8.5/1 Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou-Lais de la Duchee) for Gabriel Gelormini driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 4 Unero Montaval D. Thomain Mme B. Chaudemanche F. Lercier 2ème 2 Ulula Bella A. Barrier Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 3ème 7 Tsunami G. Gelormini A. Manzi S. Guarato 4ème 6 Une de Villetot S. Baude S. Baude S. Baude 5ème 1 Trianon E. Raffin L. Lamazière L. Lamazière  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.900.000 € - Numéro plus : 0856     Ordre :       1.433,20€     Désordre :       21,00€     Bonus 4 :       8,40€     Bonus 4sur5 :       4,20€                     The monte Prix Mensa (purse €34,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.15.9kr clocked, 1.4/1 odds Charmeuse de Simm (3f Singalo-Poupee Charmeuse) for jockey Damien Bonne, trainer Louis Baudron and owner Pierre Pilarski. 19/1 outsider Cumbia du Derby was a distant second as was 10/1 third finishing Cama Jim. Two year-old fillies battled in the €34,000 Prix Una over 2200 meters with 14 contestants. Damien Bonne prevailed again driving his owned and trained Denebola Tege (2f Neutron du Cebe-L’Etoile de Rabut) to victory timed in 1.17.9kr. Off at 37.1/1 odds the winner defeated 14/1 Dream Filly (2f Tucson-Nectarine) driven by Eric Raffin with third to 1.2/1 favorite Divine Seven (2f Niky-Terre d’Any) for driver/trainer/owner J-M Bazire. 4/1 Dixie Madrik (2f Prince d’Espace-Sixtine du Chateau) was fourth for driver/trainer/owner Franck Anne and 4.9/1 Douce Ligneries (2f Love You-Ouragame) with fifth for Mathieu Mottier, driving for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Thomas H. Hicks  

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

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