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Pompano Beach, FL - Some of the harness racing horsemen in the backstretch at Pompano Park Wednesday morning received a pleasant visit from representatives of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Chapter president Steve Wolf and chapter national director and treasurer Thomas H. Hicks were visiting certain stables and presenting awards from last season that were not given out due to the pandemic. "We held off hoping we could do a presentation event," said Steve Wolf, "That did not work out and Tom Hicks said let's go to the backstretch and start giving out the trophies and I agreed." Being honored with their plaques were trainers John Hallett as the Dan Gawlas Good Guy Award winner, Mike Murphy and longtime blacksmith Phil Cable with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Caretaker of the Year award went to Joe Kroll, who had since passed away. Trainer Jim McDonald accepted the award for Joe's wife, Shawna. The Florida Chapter of USHWA will be traveling to Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach Saturday morning where at The Deck, members will be presenting awards including Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame induction trophies to Tony Alagna, Frank Antonacci and Tom Merriman. President's Awards will be presented to Myron Bell, Eric Cherry and Maurice Chodash and Peter Wrenn will receive his Stanley Dancer Award. You can follow the Florida Chapter of USHWA via their website at or on Facebook at From the Florida Chapter of USHWA  

Ultimate Force (8g Connecting People-Kamilla-Valley Guardian) took Saturday’s Laszlo Tolnay Memorial at Kincsem Park, contested over 1800 meters, distance handicap, for a purse of 700,000Huf. Race time was 1.20.1kr with the winner, off at 20/1 odds, piloted by Andor Angyal for trainer Zoltan Ozvar, that scored his first 2021 victory. The 6.6/1 odds Delicious Design (6f Juliano Star-Athenas Lucky Girl-Tagliabue) was second ahead of 33.2/1 Zsozsoka (6f Yankee Mustang). Ultimate Force On the undercard was the Lezer DIJ (purse 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart), and the 1.17.7kr timed winner was 3.5/1 odds Aurora (5f Frullino Jet-Lezer-Baltic Bet) handled by Gyorgy Horvath for trainer Imre Fazekas. Aurora won her second straight in 2021 for Horvath, this one on his birthday. 2.1/1 favorite Bene (4m Bay Mink-JS Penelope-Pietro Pan) was second for Branislav Mukity. Third was Baraka SS (4f Panne de Moteur-Wale-Center Field) with Emese Vezer at the lines. Aurora by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Etonnant (7m Timoko-Migraine), off at 59/1 odds, was a wire to wire upset  harness racing winner of the Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I Intermational, 4150 meters, purse 400,000€, 14 starters) this day at Paris-Vincennes. The Marathon race time was 1.14.7kr by the winner piloted perfectly by Anthony Barrier for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. He also campaigned Timoko, a 36-time winner for 5,011,851€ earned. The winner was bred by Christian Guy Vignier and he now posts 13 career wins for 811,600€ earned. Etonnant in French means astonishing. Etonnant was a powerful closer this day off his own modestly rated fractions (1.17.2kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.15.8kr at the 1000; 1.15.0kr with 500 meters remaining). The 8.7/1 Diable de Vauvert (8m Prince d’Espace) was placed second from the dq of Flamme du Goutier, reined by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Bertrand Le Beller. Third placed was 10/1 Moni Viking (8m Maharajah) reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for owner Jan Lyng. Placed fourth was 64.1 Carat Williams (9m Prodigious) for Matthieu Abrivard, Placed fifth through seventh were 45/1 Chica de Joudes, 5.5/1 Delia du Pommereux and 24/1 Bahia Quesnot. Davidson du Pont was a miscue dq and Feerie Wood was a non-starter. The Prix de Paris completed the Triple Crown of France Trotting, the other races won by Face Time Bourbon and Delia du Pommereux, , Etonnant           Anthony Barrier   To watch the race replay, click here. For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s Prix Vivier Montfort ( for 80,000€ (monte, 2700 meters, 7-11 year olds) on the Vincennes undercard saw a blowout victory by 1.8/1 Diamant de Treabat (8g Kuadro Wild-Sud Africa) timed in 1.12.8kr and with jockey Clement Frecelle. Pascal Monthule is the winning owner/trainer. The 2.4/1 Dynamite Marceaux (8f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) was second for Christopher Corbineau and third home was 4.4/1 Dollar Soyer (8g Phlegyas) with Anthony Barrier in the irons. 9/1 Berlioz de Ginai finished fourth. Diamant de Treabat The Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (purse 100,000€, monte, 2700 meters, five year-olds) produced a victory by placing (second to first) by 6.5/1 Grace de Fael (5f Sam Bourbon-Aquarelle de Fael) handled by jockey Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Thierry Duvasdestin. She won for ninth time in her career, for owner Jose Fernandes, now for 339,100€ earned. Race time was 1.11.9kr. The 15/1 Granvillaise Bleue (5f Jag de Bellouet) was third placed second for Camille Levesque and trainer Pierre Levesque. Fourth placed third was 4.3/1 Good Luck Quick (5f Un Mec d’Heripre) for jockey Adrien Lamy and trainer Maik Esper. The 4/10 favorite Gladys des Plaines was first and a disqualification for being rough gaited in mid-stretch. Grace de Fael The Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (“Reverdy”) completed today’s groupe action as a fine field of European six year-olds battled over 2700 meters for the 80,000€ purse. Here, the 106/1 longshot Allegra WF (5f Varenne-Formosa Jet) scored in 1.12.5kr with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Vitale Ciotola and Team Minopoli. This was her first win in France and the victory raised her life earnings to 136,491€. She rallied late to defeat 2.2/1 Forum Meslois (6m Timoko) handled by Gabriele Gelormini and 5.9/1 Fame Music (6f Singalo) with Mathieu Mottier up. 7.5/1 Noble Superb was fourth for Jean Michel Bazire. Allegra WF Following the Vincennes race card was a Prix de Paris (“Marathon Race” over 4150 meters – 2.58 miles) press event that included drivers Anthony Barrier, Gabriele Gelormini, Pierre Vercruysse, winning trainer/owner Richard Westerink, and LeTrot President J-P Barjon. The group explained the performance of their steeds and LeTrot spoke to record levels of tele-spectators, handle and views of the Triple Crown races. It was quite an exciting and unpredictable series of classics that all of us embraced even though we were not on-site. I know that I will always miss the huge crowds and the fans enthusiasm that made these races top-flight sporting events. J-P Barjon   Anthony Barrier Gabriele Gelormini   Pierre Vercruysse LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Christophe Martens reined harness racing horse Alcoy (7m Ready Cash-Divann) captured the Gr. III Prix Pierre Desire Allaire (purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, six-to eleven year-olds) at Cagnes sur Mer. Alcoy scored in 1.14.9kr as he was off at 2,2/1 odds for his tenth career victory, now for 498,410€ in life earnings. 3/1 odds Elsa de Belfonds (7f Tornado Bello-Taifa) was second with trainer Nicolas Ensch up, racing with shoes, for owner Ecurie Thomas Levesque. 9/1 Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) was third with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Alcoy On February 25 at Vincennes was the Prix du Cantal (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, European six to eight year-olds). The 1.14.3kr timed winner was 25 meter handicapped and 6.4/1 odds Wild Love (7f Love You-Twins Vilda) handled by Alexis Prat for trainer Anders Lindqvist. This was her first victory in France and increased her life earnings to 273,915€. The 27/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Equinoxe Jiel (7m Rancho Gede-Themis Jiel) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Third home was 10/1 odds Ribaude (8g Conny Nobell-Yessie Hornline) with Benoit Robin up for trainer Bjorn Goop. Wild Love Sunday at Vincennes will be a great card led by the Prix de Paris (Gr. I International, purse 400,000€, 4150 meters, 4-11 year-olds). That lineup is shown below. The card also includes the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (monte, 2700 meters, purse 100,000€, five year -olds); the Prix Vivier Montfort (monte, 2700 meters, 80,000€, 7-11 year-olds); Prix de la Mayenne (Gr. III, 2700 meters, purse 80,000€, European five to six year-olds). For full race results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The field was set this day for Sunday’s Gr. I International Prix de Paris at Paris-Vincennes, the marathon race, for a purse of 400,000€ and raced over 4150 meters (nearly 2.5 miles). Davidson du Pont, Bahia Quesnot and Delia du Pommereux are the headliners in the 15 horse lineup. Sebastien Guarato and Jean Michel Bazire have each entered two race participants. Guarato’s Face Time Bourbon opted out and is being pointed toward the March 6 Prix Selection at Vincennes that carries a 200,000€ and is raced over 2200 meters distrance handicap for four to six year-olds. LeTrot held it pre-race press event this morning with a number of trainer participants on hand.   Press event Pierre VercruysseJunior Guelpa The Prix de Paris, established in 1962, has a storied history and represents the third leg of the FR Triple Crown during the Vincennes Winter Meet. The fastest winner was Up And Quick with a 1.13.8kr score over 4150 meters in 2014. The race distance was lengthened from 3200 meters to its current 4150 meters in 1994. There have been several three-time race winners – Jardy, Vourasie, Bellino II and five double-winners – Belina Josselyn, Up And Quick, Eleazar, Une de Mai and Querido II. There have been two American-bred winners, both after export, Apex Hanover in 1965 with Maria Burdova up and Timothy T in 1974. These were then owned in Russia and Italy. LeTrot, Wikipedia chart files/photos by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The day’s Vincennes featured harness racing event Wednesday was the monte Gr. III Prix d’Avenches (purse 70,000€, 2175 meters for four year0olds). The 5.1/1 odds Hacker Boy (4g Akim du Cap Vert-Orestane Girl) sustained his stretch long drive to secure the 1.12.4kr timed victory with Eric Raffin in the irons. He won his second straight, and for the career, now posting life earnings of 91.920€. Yves Dreux is the winning breeder/owner and trainer. The 8.5/1 Hora Bot Eur Moel (4f Prodigious) was a game second for jockey Guillaime Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Third home was 52/1 outsider Hopla des Louanges (4f Gazouillis) in rein to Damien Bonne for trainer Franck Leblanc. Hacker Boy On the card was also the Prix du Chesnay (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters distance handicapped for 7-11 year-olds) with that victory to the 25-meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Crusoe d’Anama (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Mario Xuereb. This was his 10th career score now for 443,250€ earned. The 5.3/1 odds and also 25-meter penalized performer, Duel du Gers (8g Quaker Jet), was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Third home was 3/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Dexter Chatho (8g Un Amour d’Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon aboard for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Crusoe d’Anama 16 top trotters remain declared for Sunday’s Prix de Paris as shown below. The final field will be set on Thursday. For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The superb Saturday card at Kincsem Park saw 1.2/1 odds Unno del Duomo (8m Ganymede-Irma del Duomo-Lemon Dra) rally at the top stretch to then draw off for the 1.15.6kr victory in the featured Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Harness racing driver Sandor Kolozsi teamed the first time 2021 winner in HU for trainer Dora Kovacs. He has five wins in Hungary in seven career starts there. The 5.7/1 Alexander UR (7g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Egon Lavec) was second for Lajos Marton and owner Prolongo. 7.3/1 Promo Kemp (7m Muscle Hill-Armbro Waikki-Garland Lobell) was third after setting the pace, with Istvan Papp at the lines for stable Prolongo (Joszef Rutkai). This one was bred by Steve Stewart and partners in Lexington, KY. Unno del Duomo   On the undercard was the Globus DIJ (purse 665,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and 1.6/1 Longines (7f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song) sat the pocket before wearing down pacesetting Zapato (6m Frullino Jet), reined by Tibor Hajnal. Gyorgy Horvath teamed the winner for trainer Imre Fazekas as the Kornelius Heitmann bred mare won for the 19th time in 24 career starts and she was game to the wire from her covered position. Third was Unika Vik (8f Cantab Hall) for Laszlo Kolozsi. Longines    The Evi Amator Kupa (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) was won in 1.17.0kr by the Andrea Fazekas reined Lingot AT (6m Jasmin d’Odyssee-Likviditus-Gills Victory). Balasz Jukasz trains the 9/2 odds winner that was bred by Animal Trade Racing Team of Szerbia. Lingot AT Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Hunter Valley (4f Charly du Noyer-Reethi Rah Jet) rallied for a 1.13.4kr timed victory in the Gr. III Prix d’Orthez (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European four year olds) at Vincennes. Harness racing driver Adrien Lamy teamed the Tomas Malmqvist trainee for Ecurie Hunter Valley. Jean Etienne Dubois bred the winner that is a half-sister to Bold Eagle. Hunter Valley, off at 3.3/1 odds, won for the fourth time for 113,500€ in career earnings. The winning sire is a son of Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) that was a 12 time winner of 839,790€. 15/1 odds Bolero Gar (4m Varenne-Nike Gar) was a dead-heat second for pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 1.9/1 Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood-Suricate) was dead-heat second too with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent. 8/41 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash-Gilly LB) was fourth for Francois Lagadeuc and owner/trainer Allaire. Hunter Valley On the card was the Gr. III Prix du Pontevice de Heessey (monte Gr. III, European, 2175 meters) and 5.3/1 odds Carly (9g Rolling d’Heripre-Thea de Jelma) scored in a quick 1.10.2kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains this now 22 time career winner for 709,410€ earned. Michel Nadji owns this one that defeated the 8/10 odds favorite Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) with Eric Raffin the jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc. 6.6/1 Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) was third with J-Y Ricart up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Carly For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

In The Money (3m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash), off at 9/1 odds, took the Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year-olds) at Vincennes timed in 1.13.4kr. The winner sustained a steady stretch rally for breeder/owner/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. This was his fifth career win now for 189,500€ earned. Duvaldestin raced the winner’s sire to earnings of 523,330€, he a son of Coktail Jet-Making Money). Second was the 1.2/1 odds Italiano Vero (3m Ready Cash-Baraka d’Henlou) with David Thomain up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 6.4/1 odds Invincible Cash (3m Ready Cash-Urawa Turgot) was third for driver David Bekaert and trainer Ludovic Peltier. Fourth was Its Now Or Never (3f Charly du Noyer-Deep Purple) with Francois Lagadeuc up for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Poulsen-Allaire. The well regarded Inoubliable did not finish. In The Money LeTrot files/photo For full results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total of 35 trotteurs have declared for next Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris, the marathon test that is the finale of the French Triple Crown. The race will be held at Paris-Vincennes. The declarations include Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont, Delia du Pommereux and Bahia Quesnot. The distance is 4150 meters, nearly 2.5 miles, and the purse is 400,000€ ($486,000US). Last week’s Face Time Bourbon driver controversy is apparently over with Eric Raffin named as his driver by trainer Sebastien Guarato. C4 - PX D'AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF PX DE PARIS 400 000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2021 Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. En cas d'élimination, les chevaux ayant obtenu une priorité de participation dans le Prix d'Amérique sont maintenus en priorité. En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclarés partants sont calculés sur les bases suivantes : chevaux âgés de 4 ans (H), gains réels majorés de 30 %, chevaux âgés de 5 ans (G), gains réels majorés de 20 %, chevaux âgés de 6 ans LeTrot files by Thomas H. HIcks, for Harnesslink      

The third 2021 harness racing day at Kincsem Park yielded a competitive card led by the featured Erika DIJ (purse 665,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). Here the 2.7/1 odds Adamo Fling (5m Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) scored in 1.19.9kr for trainer/driver Emil Csordas, his second 2021 victory. Zsozsoka (6f Yankee Mustang-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi with third to Acclos FIU (5m SJs Photo-Elegant Lady-Mill H) for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. Adamo Fling In the Hitves DIJ (purse 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) the 1.19.5kr clocked winner was 1.4/1 Aurora (5f Frullino Jet-Lezer-Baltic Bet) with Gyorgy Horvath the pilot for trainer Imre Fazekas. 2/1 Baraka SS (4f Panne de Moteur-Wale-Center Field) was second for Emese Vezer and trainer Csordas. Third was 3.2/1 Angelina Jolie (5f PJ Punjab-Siberie-Lejacque d’Houlbec) for Laszlo Veres. Aurora Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s Gr. I International Prix de France (purse 400,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European Masters Trot Series 2021) saw 13/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) rally late to capture the Speed Race in 1.09.8kr off quick fractions (1.06.7kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.07.3kr at the 1000; 1.08.6kr with 500 meters remaining) set mostly by second finishing 2/10 odds favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up for Scuderia Bivans Srl and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Eric Raffin teamed the winner, for breeder/owner Noel Lolic and trainer Sylvain Roger, as she won for the 14th time in her career now for 1,311,220€ earned. She was positioned seventh at the 1000-meter mark before moving forward. She rolled past a tired FTB to win by a half-length. The 31/1 odds Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) followed the winner after being eighth at the 1000. He rallied strongly in the lane for pilot Franck Nivard, trainer Jerry Riordan and Team Snyder AB. Bahia Quesnot gamely lasted for fourth at 45/1 odds for Junior Guelpa after forcing the pace early against FTB but could not secure the lead, yielding to the pocket as Billie de Montfort faded. 50/1 Feliciano (6m Ready Cash) was fifth ahead of 110/1 Frisbee d’Am and a distant 97/1 Billie de Montfort. Delia du Pommereux     mid-stretch J-P Barjon (left) presents the Prix de France trophy to the connections of the winning daughter of Niky, a horse he raced and sire of monte champion Bilibili. To watch the race replay, click here.   For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 2.1/1 odds Zerozerosette Gar (6m Wishing Stone-Nadir Gar) captured the 59,000€ purse Prix Gras Savoye Wills Towers Wilson this day at Vincennes. Racing over 2100 meters autostart the winner scored in 1.11kr for Eric Raffin, trainer Vitale Ciotolo and Scuderia Nininni as he won for the fifth time in France now for 198,368€ in career earnings. This versatile talented trotter now has three attele wins and two at the monte. The 10/1 Marcello Web (6g Raja Mirchi-Astoria Amour) was second for Christophe Martens and 25/1 Festif Charmant (6g Love You) took third for Damien Bonne in a blanket finish. Zerozerosette GarEric Raffin For full results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis-Celina de Chatelet), off at 2.1/1 odds, took the Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel Saturday at Paris-Vincennes (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, four-year olds) timed in 1.14.5kr. Eric Raffin teamed this J-M Baudouin trainee for Ecurie Le Rivage as the winner scored for the seventh time in her career now for 369,100€ earned. Hohneck (4m Royal Dream-Caranca) took second with Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Hanna des Molles (4f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) was third with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines. Hirondelle Sibey In the Prix de Munich (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European 6-11 year-olds) the 7/10 favorite Violetto Jet (7m From Above-Norciolaia Jet) scored in 1.12.4kr with Franck Nivard up for trainer Philippe Billard. The 12/1 Fric du Chene (6m Nobody du Chene) rallied for second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Julien Le Mer. Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) took third with Eric Raffin teaming for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Violetto Jet In the Prix de Rambouillet (purse 58,000€, 2175 meters, 7-10 year-olds) the 11/1 odds Esperanza Idole (7f Quido du Goutier-Fan Idole) scored in 1.12kr. Thisone won for the 11th time in her career now for 251,210€ earned. She is from the superior champion stakes winner Fan Idole. Adrien Ernault piloted the winner for owner/trainer Noel Langlois.   Esperanza Idole Tomorrow is the Gr. I International Prix de France with a field of nine at the start led by Face Time Bourbon and his chief rivals.   Face Time Bourbon About a week ago the dam of Bold Eagle, Reethi Rah Jet) foaled a Ready Cash full brother to the great one, Bold Eagle and he is handsome athletic type. Earlier in the week there were some impressive winners at Vinvcennes. Vincent Ferm (7g Mago d’Amore-Lindyliana Font) took the February 10 Prix d’L’Ille-et-Vilaine (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autosart, European 7-10 year-olds) in 1.12.3kr. Bjorn Goop teamed this Yves Desmet trainee to his fifth win in France now for life earnings of 210,392€. Vincent Ferm On February 11 the Prix Guy Lux at Leon Zitone (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European 7-11 year-olds) saw even-money favorite Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace-Maradadi Buissonay) score in 1.12.7kr for Tony Le Beller and trainer/breeder J-M Baudouin. This was her 14th career victory now for 338,410 earned. Decoloration The same day was the Gr. II Prix Jean le Gonidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year-olds) and 1.4/1 odds Green Grass (5g Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) scored in 1.14.1kr with Mathieu Mottier at the lines. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Sebastien DeWulf. Goldy Mary (5f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was second with trainer Matthieu Abrivard up. Ecurie HM Stable owns this Jean Pierre Dubois bred mare. Third home was Galilee des Pres (5f Travel Jet) Green Grass LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The field is set for Sunday’s 2021 Prix de France, the “Speed Race” at Paris-Vincennes. Nine participants will compete over the 2100 meters autostart course for a total purse of 400,000€. The race began in 1956 with only Jamin, Ourasi and Eleazar being three -time winners. This field in post position order is shown below with the drivers/trainers noted: Romanesque (Martens/DeCock) Face Time Bourbon (Goop/Guarato) Feliciano (Thomain/Allaire) Bille de Montfort (Gelormini/Guarato) Delie du Pommereux (Raffin/Roger) Frisbee d’Am (Barrier/Westerink) Bahia Quesnot (Guelpa) Davidson du Pont (J-M Bazire) Aetos Kronos (Nivard/Riordan) Jean-Michel Bazire GoopWesterink The fastest race winner is Kool de Caux with a 1.09.8kr clocking in 2007. Belina Josselyn posted the next fastest in 1.10.2kr. There have been six North American winners, the last by Moni Maker in 1999. The others are Great Lullwater, Elaine Rodney (in 1964-65), Elma, Classical Way (driven by John Simpsomn Jr.) and Sea Cove. The last 12 years resuts follows: LeTrot, Wikipedia files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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