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Dorgos de Guez, harness racing

Dorgos de Guez wins 90,000€ Prix de Brest

January 23, 2021 - Dorgos de Guez (8g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) rallied after overcoming a 25-meter handicap to win the harness racing Gr. III Prix de Brest (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 6-11 year old Europeans) this day at Vincennes. He was off as the 5/10 odds favorite and scored in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. This was his 29th career victory and raised his career earnings to 882,830€. 6.1/1 Duel du Gers (8g Quaker Jet-La Chasse Verte) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner Ecurie J.P. Bragato. 33/1 Elvis du Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) was third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 17/1 Mindyourvalue WF and 29/1 Ble du Gers, the latter two being 25-meter handicapped. Dorgos de Guez The Prix d’Agen (purse 44,000€, 2700 meters, five year old females) was also on this card and 5.4/1 odds Greyline (5f Sam Bourbon-Si Seulement) was the winner for owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. This one scored for the sixth time in her career now for 136,590€ earned. 7.8/1 odds Gailee des Pres (5f Travel Jet) was second for Maxime Bezier ahead of 3.5/1 Gravure Gema (5f Saxo de Vandel) was home third for Eric Raffin. Greyline Tomorrow is the classic monte event named the Prix de Cornulier. The lineup follows: Jan. 24 C4 - PRIX DE CORNULIER 700 000€  Groupe I - Monté - 2700m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, les 4 à 6 ans ayant gagné au moins 180.000, les 7 à 11 ans ayant gagné au moins 250.000. Une priorité de participation au Prix de Cornulier est accordée au gagnant du Prix Emile Riotteau et celui du Prix Joseph Lafosse du présent meeting, quels que soient leurs gains, ainsi qu'aux 1er, 2ème et 3ème du Prix du Calvados du présent meeting. The Cornulier began in 1931 and there have been many superior winners. The 2019-20 winner Bilibili, trained by Laurent Claude Abrivard, did not return for 2021. Bilibili holds the race record of 1.11.2kr set in 2019. There are five three-time winners (Souarus, Gardon, Bellino II, Kaiser Trot, and Jag de Bellouet). Trainer Joel Hallais has won this race eight times and jockey Jean Mary is also an eight-time winner of the Prix de Cornulier. A special date is on tap for tomorrow at Vincennes. Thomas H. Hicks  

Hallix

Hallis wins Gr. II Prix de Pardieu at Vincennes

January 23, 2021 - The 2.3/1 odds Hallix (4f Roc Meslois-Titania) rallied for harness racing jockey Eric Raffin the Gr. II monte Prix de Pardieu this day at Paris Vincennes. Timed in 1.11.9kr the four-year old daughter of Roc Meslois-Titania is trained by Guillaume Gillot for Ecurie Cheffreville, She won for the sixth time in her career now for 150,850€ earned. 23/1 outsider Hora Bot Eur Moel (4f Prodigious-Oeurmoel) earned second money for jockey Guillaume Martin and conditioner Arnaud Desmottes. Third was 13/1 Hera Landia (4f Ludo de Castelle) with Paul Philippe Ploquin aboard. ​Hallix   On January 21 at Vincennes the featured Prix d’Erbray (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autostart for 9-10 year old Europeans) saw 3.7/1 Carioca (9g Jag de Bellouet-Quantas) rally to win timed in 1.11.6kr with Thomas Levesque at the lines for Pierre Levesque and owner Camille Levesque. This was his 12th career victory now for 219,180€ earned. The 1.7/1 favorite Comtes des Tithais (9g Neoh Hiel) held second for pilot Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Sylvain Marmion. Third home was 36/1 Say That Again (10g Viking Kronos-Kiss Me Again) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and Stall Kennys. Carioca That day at Cagnes sur Mer saw the featured Prix Jag de Bellouet (purse 39,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 7-10 year olds) go to 1.8/1 Deko de Tilou (8g Royal Dream-New Sommer Dream) with Christophe Martens up for Ecurie Pietors and trainer Vincent Martens. Dekoi scored for the 11th time in his career now for 189,760€ earned. 3.8/1 Cristal du Lupin (9g Ganymede) was second for Stephane Cingland and 33/1 Davina du Capre (8f Magnificent Rodney) was third for Virgile Foucault. Deko De Tilou   Thomas H. Hicks    

Hans Enggren, harness racing

Resolve, Prakas owner Hans Enggren dies

Harnessracing.com reported today (Tuesday) that Hans Enggren, well known in recent years as the owner of 2016 Yonkers International Trot winner Resolve and also the co-owner of 1985 Hambletonian winner Prakas, has died. He was 91.   A native of Sweden, Mr. Enggren settled in the Gettysburg, Pa., area and was a successful breeder under the banner of Meadowbranch Farm, building a broodmare band that included the great trotting females Peace Corps, Davidia Hanover and Delmonica Hanover. He passionately lobbied the US Trotting Association to approve the registration of horses conceived by the interstate transportation of semen, testifying that he worried every time he put a mare and her young foal on a trailer so the mare could be bred.   Mr. Enggren came to the United States via service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When he left that position, he settled in the Gettysburg, Pa., area and became an entrepreneur and achieved great success in the tourism industry (hotels and motels). This gave him the opportunity to seriously invest in trotting horses and many are the successful trotters who started their trotting life with Hans and Christina Enggren at Meadowbranch Farm.   Mr. Enggren helped Soren Nordin when he first came to the US to set up a stable and was also one of the first clients of the young horseman Per Eriksson, who trained Mr. Enggren's Hambletonian winner Prakas.   To read the rest of the article, click here.    From Harnessracing.com

Dreambreaker, Harness racing

Dreambreaker wins Gr. III monte Prix Djerid

Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko), off at 23/1 odds, won the Gr. III monte Prix Djerid (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) at Vincennes today in a quick 1.11.5kr, in his first harness racing monte try. Jean Yann Ricard was the jockey for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and Stall Oberkracher as he won for the 11th time in his career now for 551,328€ earned. He raced barefoot and bested 1.2/1 odds shoeless favorite Carly (9g Rolling d’Heripre) that had Mathieu Mottier in the irons for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 17/1 Caban Prior (9g Sancho Panca) was third for Aurelien Desmarres and this one raced with shoes. Fourth was 18/1 Bell Louise Mabon (10f Derby du Gite) with Eric Raffin up. Aged trotteurs (age 8-11) contested the Prix Gras Savoye Willis Tower Watson (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 10/1 Baron Daidou (10g Saxo de Vandel) scored in a quick 1.10.5kr for pilot Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Cyril Chenu. The winner recorded his 22nd career victory now for life earnings of 339,590€. 6/1 Conchitana Jenilou was second with Romain Derieux at the lines. Third home was 8/1 Crescendis with J-F Senet the reinsman. Baron Daidou   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks  

January 17, 2021 - Davidson du Pont (8m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) secured his ticket to the Prix d’Amerique by scoring impressively in today’s harness racing Prix de Belgique (Gr. II International, purse 110,000€, 2850 meters) at Vincennes. Race time was 1.12.0kr over a tight racetrack following snow and heavy conditions yesterday. Davidson du Pont, off the 4/10 favorite and handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner Albert Rayon, followed Moni Viking (8m Maharajah) and Delia du Pommereux on the outer as they chased Billie de Montfort (10f Jasmin de Flore) and then Looking Superb around the final bend. In the stretch Moni Viking was on the lead and then was engulfed by the winner (now with 14 career victories for 1,355,610€ earned) and second finishing Delia du Pommeruex (8f Niky-Noune du Pomereux) with Eric Raffin her pilot. Moni Viking held third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Billie de Montfort was a distant fourth with Gabriele Gelormini up. Feliciano finished fifth. Delia, Feliciano and Moni Viking had earlier earned their spots in America’s prize at month end. Of the top five finishers today, all were barefoot except for Delia du Pommereux that raced with iron on all four. Davidson du Pont Replay - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2021-01-17/7500/4 Amerique qualified (11) horses now are listed below. There will be eight others invited based on career earnings to complete the 18 horse lineup. Diable de Vauvert Feliciano Bahia Quesnot Face Time Bourbon Victor Ferm Moni Viking Gu d’Heripre Feerie Wood Vivid Wise As Delia du Pommereux Davidson du Pont   Thomas H. Hicks

January 17, 2021 - In The Money (3m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash) took today’s Gr. II Prix Maurice Gheest (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, three year old International starters) for harness racing breeder/owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. Off at 3.4/1 odds, the winner was timed in 1.15.3kr as he won for the fourth time in his career and advanced life earnings to 108,000€. 24/1 Inoui Danica (3m Boccador de Simm) was second for pilot Eric Raffin and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third home was 5.3/1 Invincible Cash (3m Ready Cash) with David Bekaert up. 70/1 Idem du Pont (3m Quinoa du Gers) and 39/1 Ole Bro (3m Muscle Massive) completed the top five. In The Money The Prix Reverdy “de Riberac” (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters for four year olds) was next and 1.7/1 Hokkaido Jiel (4m Brillantissime-Victory Jiel) scored in 1.13.5kr for pilot P-Y Vervam. J.L. Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Luck as Hokkaido won for the sixth time now for 146,480€ in career earnings. 114/1 outsider Hamilton Renka (4g Charly du Noyer) was second for driver Christophe Martens and 25/1 Help Me Win (4f Otello Pierji) took third for Matthieu Abrivard. Hokkaido Jiel   Thomas H. Hicks

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The Gr. III Prix du Forez (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters for 7-11 year olds) saw 5.7/1 Colonel (9g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) rally to harness racing victory for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie des Charmes. This was the 17th career win for Colonel that now sports life earnings of 568,080€. 2.3/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Teigo d’Etang) held second for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. Third home was Et Voila de Muze (7g Royal Dream) ahead of 6.3/1 Be One des Thirons (10g Roi du Cog) and 70/1 Blues d’Ourville (10g Password). Colonel Three year olds fillies contested the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) in the Vincennes snow and 2/1 odds Inoubliable (3f Prodigious-Dream Life-Royal Dream) rallied in the lane to score for Jean Philippe Dubois timed in 1.16.3kr. Philippe Moulin trains this filly for Dubois’ Ecurie Victoria Dreams to her third straight victory now for 85,410€ earned. 93/1 Idylle A Vie (3f Ready Cash-Vie A Deux) was second for Alexis Charadame at the lines for trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 45/1 Ideale du Chene (3f Bird Parker) ahead of 68/1 Iseult Flower (3f Nahar de Beval) and 12/1 Isla Bonita (3f Love You). Inoubliable LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

In the Vincennes co-featured Prix de Croix (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, International five year olds), the well regarded Power (5m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici) circled the harness racing field in the lane to score at 15/1 odds with Eric Raffin the pilot. Robert Bergh trains Power for In The Zone AB as he recorded career victory 14 in 30 starts, now two win in France from three starts, and his life earnings increased to 909,746€. Race time was 1.16.2kr over a heavy, snow affected course (fractions 1.16.6kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.16.7kr at the 1000 and 1.16.6kr with 500 meters remaining). 15/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) held second on the pegs for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer R.Ch. Larue. 20/1 Goldy Mary (5m Ready Cash-Bloody Mary), bred by Jean Pierre Dubois, was third for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and Ecurie HM Stable. 42/1 Guzz Mearas (5m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, ahead of the 1.3/1 favorite Gu d’Heripre (5m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) for Nicolas Ensch. 177/1 Grand Art, 215/1 Gala Tejy and 2.7/1 Aetos Kronos finished sixth through eighth. The race start was delayed due to shoeing work on Power and track maintenance. https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2021-01-16/7500/5 Tomorrow is the Prix de Belgique, the sixth Amerique qualifier, and with 13 horses at the start. This Gr. II event includes several horses already Amerique qualified. The lineup follows as well as the current Amerique horses: Amerique qualified (10) horses are listed below: Diable de Vauvert Feliciano Bahia Quesnot Face Time Bourbon Victor Ferm Moni Viking Gu d’Heripre Feerie Wood Vivid Wise As Delia du Pommereux   LeTrot, blodbanken files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2020 - Galius (5m Love You-Star de Villenueve) held gamely on the front to secure the Prix de Mauriac (purse 53,000€), 2850 meters for European harness racing five year olds timed in 1.12.9kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was the pilot for owner/trainer Severine Raimond as Galius won for the 13 time in his career, now for 172,550€ earned. Galius has a career slate of 13-0-1 in 14 appearances. Second today was 7.9/1 Alcide Roc (5m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 8.7/1 Gondole Jenilou (5f Goetmals Wood) took third with Eric Raffin the pilot for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Fourth home was 7/1 Gloria du Gers (5f Ready Cash) for trainer Jean Michel Bazire with fifth to 14/1 Gimy du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet) with Alexandre Abrivard aboard. Galius (13) Sunday at Vincennes is the sixth Prix d’Amerique qualifier, The Gr. II Prix de Belgique has 13 top flight trotters contesting the three tickets to the Amerique and several horses in the field are already qualified. See below for the lineup. Prix de BelgiqueC4 - PRIX AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF QUALIF #6  purse 110 000€ Groupe II - Attelé 2 850 meters - Grande piste Groupe II Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000 Thomas H. Hicks

January 14, 2021 - Cagnes sur Mer hosted the harness racing Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse 130,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, International 5-11 year olds) this day with 16 solid starters. The 8/1 odds Golden Bridge (5m Ready Cash-Usenza) rallied mid-stretch to victory timed in 1.13.6kr, with David Thomain the pilot. Philippe Allaire trains the now seven time career winner for 292,850€ earned. Michel Tessier owns the winner. The 1.4/1 favorite Valzer di Poggio (7m Love You-Glory di Poggio) had surged to the front in the lane and gamely held second with Nicolas Bazire up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. The 25 meter handicapped and 35/1 outsider Bulle de Laumont (10f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumont) was a good third for trainer/driver Stephane Cingland. Alcoy (7m Ready Cash-Divann) was fourth for Christophe Martens, this one off at 14/1 and handicapped 25 meters. 38/1 Dona Viva (8f Love You) and 9/1 Fashion Queen (6f Ready Cash) were fifth and sixth. Golden Bridge (5) The beauty of Cagnes sur Mer is shown below. On Saturday at Paris-Vincennes there are three groupe contests, with entries for the Prix Gelinotte and Prix de Croix shown below. Aetos Kronos will be at the start in the Prix de Croix with J-M Bazire at the lines as he will battle Power, Green Grass and Gu d’Heripre. Jan 16 - 15:50 C4 - PRIX GELINOTTE 100 000€  Groupe II - Attelé - 2700m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour pouliches de 3 ans (I), ayant gagné au moins 3.000. Jan 16 C5 - PRIX DE CROIX 100 000€ Groupe II - Attelé - 2 850m - Grande piste Course Internationale+Pour 5 ans (G), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 38.000.   Thomas H. Hicks  

January 10, 2021 - Fado du Chene (6m Singalo-Star du Chene), off at 2.3/1 odds, captured the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix du Calvados (purse130,000€, 2850 meters for 4-11 year olds International) at Vincennes timed in 1.12.5kr. Paul Philippe Ploquin was the jockey for breeder/owner Claude Guedy and trainer Julien LeMer. Fado du Chene won for the 14th timed in his career that has yielded 873,400€. The 11/1 Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) was second with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc. The 2.9/1 second choice Daida de Vandel (8f Real de Loo) took third with Alexandre Abrivard up. Dynamite Marceaux and Etoile de Bruyere completed the top five. Fado du Chene The fine four-year old Hohneck (4m Royal Dream-Caranca) surged late and captured the Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for four-year olds) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Franck Nivard and off at 2.2/1 odds. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this now nine-time career winner for 267,590€ earned that was bred by J.P. Guay. Hohneck traveled his final 500 meters in 1.10.2kr. The 1.8/1 favorite Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis) took second for Eric Raffin, driving for trainer J.M. Baudouin. Third home was 3.7/1 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash) that Philippe Allaire owns and trains and Francois Lagadeuc as the pilot. 2.1/1 Hooker Berry (4m Booster Winner) and 6.6/1 Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood) were fourth and fifth. Hohneck The Prix de Lille (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 6-11 year olds European eligibles) saw 10/1 odds Flamme du Goutier (6f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) score in 1.11.3kr for reinsman Theo Duvaldestin. This Thierry Duvaldestin trainee now has 12 career wins for 365,570€ earned. 35/1 Violetto Jet (7m From Above) was a close second for pilot Franck Nivard and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 5,4/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Tiego d’Etang) was third for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. 4.9/1 Calina (7f Archipelagio) was fourth and 9/1 Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) landed fifth money. Flamme du Goutier Fine trotting is on tap later this week. On January 14 Cagnes sur Mer will host the Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur with a 120,000€ purse for International trotteurs. Then on January 16 at Vincennes there will be three groupe contests (Prix Gelinotte for 100,000€ for Gr. II International three year olds; the Gr. III Prix du Forez for 80,000€ featuring aged horses; Gr. II Prix de Croix for 100,000€ for International five year olds). The Prix de Croix lineup follows and it’s a great field. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 8, 2021 - Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vaujours), off at 4/10 odds, crushed her competition at Vincennes, to win the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix Emile Roiteau (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) to earn a Prix de Cornulier ticket. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for trainer Gilles Curens and owner Augustin Rada. Gladys won her fourth straight monte contests and this was her eighth career won now for 434,220€ earned. 8/1 All Wise As (5f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer H.E. Bondo and owner Peter Wilhelmsen. 74/1 Girly Beco (4f Tiego d’Etang-Verveine Gede) was third for Guillaume Martin and trainer Michel Bevier. 3.5/1 Good Luck Quick and 35/1 Gef de Play completed the top five. Gladys des Plaines   Thomas H. Hicks

December 30, 2020 - The Kincsem Park harness racing season came to end and is slated to resume January 31. Year end 2020 awards were earned by leading driver Veljko Mazsity with 30 victories and leading trainer Tibor Hajnal with 27 conditioning wins. Other awards went to leading owner Hico Istello, leading breeder Kabala Menes Kft and top amateur driver Andrea Fazekas. Congratulations award winners, and congratulations to all horsemen and management that made 2020 an excellent year. ................................................ The final card of 2020 included three top races starting with the Pancho DIJ (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). Here the 4.8/1 odds Gigant Wings (6g Quick Wood-Winning Ways-Gidde Palema) was victorious for trainer/driver Emil Csordas as he won for the fourth time in 14 appearances this year. 15.5/1 Uptown Boy M (7g Cigar Dan) was second with Valentin Miskolcsik up for trainer Pal Vicen. 1.8/1 Zapato (5m Frullino Jet) held third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Race time was 1.18.1kr. Gigant Wings In the Tamas Pinter “Oroszlan” Handicap (purse 1,500,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) the 3.3/1 odds Up All Night (7f Americas Dust-Narancs Virag-Tony Oaks) rallied to victory timed in 1.20.6kr with trainer Sandor Varga aboard. The four-time 2020 winner in 11 starts defeated 12.5/1 Sensation (9g Incredible Cole) with Laszlo Szokola at the lines. Third was 3.1/1 Trancsen (8m Ata Star L) for Istvan Papp. Up All Night In the featured Lovaregyleti DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 1.7/1 Unno del Duomo (7m Ganymede-Irma del Duomo-Lemon Dra) that overcame a 40 meter handicap for reinsman Anton Horvatski and trainer Dora Kovacs. Unno won for the fourth time in six 2020 appearanced in Hungary. 6/1 Unika Vik (7f Cantab Hall) was second with Andor Angyal the pilot. Third was the 20 meter handicapped and 5/1 odds Ujrazz! (7m Maximus Lindy) with trainer Laszlo Kolozsi the pilot.  Unno del Duomo     Thomas H. Hicks  

January 1, 2020 - Happy New Year 2021. The harness racing year at Paris-Vincennes began with a nice card highlighted by the Prix du Croise Laroche (purse 56,000€, 2850 meters) and 9/1 odds Diplomate d’Am (8g Love You-Kalmie Melody) scored in 1.13.8kr. Theo Duvaldestin was the winning pilot for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin as the victorious trotteur won for the 16th time in his career that has yielded 242,675€ in earnings. 2.7/1 Dorado Bello (8g Pas d’Urzy) took second for Eric Raffin in a tight finish. 12/1 Comte des Tithais (9g Neoh Jiel) took third with Yoann Lebourgeois up, Diplomate d’Am In the Prix d’Angouleme (purse 59,000€, 2100 meters autostart) the 3.8/1 odds Free Man (6m Ready Cash-Olly Star) was a quick 1.11.6kr timed winner with Alexandre Abrivard up. L.Cl. Abrivard trains this 12-time career winner of 246,570€ that Jean Pierre Barjon owns, he the LeTrot President. The 11/1 odds Marcello Web (6G Raja Mirchi-Astoria Amour) was second for reinsman Christophe Martens with third to 58/1 Alcide Roc (5m Daguet Rapide) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard at the lines. Free Man The 2020 Awards were announced in France with leading dash-winning driver title going to Eric Raffin in 254 victories. His total including monte was 310 wins. The leading monte jockey was Mathieu Mottier with 72 victories. The leading trainer category saw Jean Michel Bazire the winner with 207 victories. Ecurie des Charmes was named leading owner and breeder with 80 wins (1,914,235€) as owner and 111 as breeder. Among the apprentices, Enzo Lelievre won the attele crown with 20 wins while Gaelle Godard captured the monte honors with 29 victories. In the active amateur ranks Dimitri Crespel won 21 times as the attele champion and Barbara Grenet took the monte title with four victories. Awards video: Thomas H. Hicks

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January 23, 2021 - Dorgos de Guez (8g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) rallied after overcoming a 25-meter handicap to win the harness racing Gr. III Prix de Brest (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 6-11 year old Europeans) this day at Vincennes. He was off as the 5/10 odds favorite and scored in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. This was his 29th career victory and raised his career earnings to 882,830€. 6.1/1 Duel du Gers (8g Quaker Jet-La Chasse Verte) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner Ecurie J.P. Bragato. 33/1 Elvis du Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) was third for Eric Raffin, ahead of 17/1 Mindyourvalue WF and 29/1 Ble du Gers, the latter two being 25-meter handicapped. Dorgos de Guez The Prix d’Agen (purse 44,000€, 2700 meters, five year old females) was also on this card and 5.4/1 odds Greyline (5f Sam Bourbon-Si Seulement) was the winner for owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. This one scored for the sixth time in her career now for 136,590€ earned. 7.8/1 odds Gailee des Pres (5f Travel Jet) was second for Maxime Bezier ahead of 3.5/1 Gravure Gema (5f Saxo de Vandel) was home third for Eric Raffin. Greyline Tomorrow is the classic monte event named the Prix de Cornulier. The lineup follows: Jan. 24 C4 - PRIX DE CORNULIER 700 000€  Groupe I - Monté - 2700m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, les 4 à 6 ans ayant gagné au moins 180.000, les 7 à 11 ans ayant gagné au moins 250.000. Une priorité de participation au Prix de Cornulier est accordée au gagnant du Prix Emile Riotteau et celui du Prix Joseph Lafosse du présent meeting, quels que soient leurs gains, ainsi qu'aux 1er, 2ème et 3ème du Prix du Calvados du présent meeting. The Cornulier began in 1931 and there have been many superior winners. The 2019-20 winner Bilibili, trained by Laurent Claude Abrivard, did not return for 2021. Bilibili holds the race record of 1.11.2kr set in 2019. There are five three-time winners (Souarus, Gardon, Bellino II, Kaiser Trot, and Jag de Bellouet). Trainer Joel Hallais has won this race eight times and jockey Jean Mary is also an eight-time winner of the Prix de Cornulier. A special date is on tap for tomorrow at Vincennes. Thomas H. Hicks  
January 23, 2021 - The 2.3/1 odds Hallix (4f Roc Meslois-Titania) rallied for harness racing jockey Eric Raffin the Gr. II monte Prix de Pardieu this day at Paris Vincennes. Timed in 1.11.9kr the four-year old daughter of Roc Meslois-Titania is trained by Guillaume Gillot for Ecurie Cheffreville, She won for the sixth time in her career now for 150,850€ earned. 23/1 outsider Hora Bot Eur Moel (4f Prodigious-Oeurmoel) earned second money for jockey Guillaume Martin and conditioner Arnaud Desmottes. Third was 13/1 Hera Landia (4f Ludo de Castelle) with Paul Philippe Ploquin aboard. ​Hallix   On January 21 at Vincennes the featured Prix d’Erbray (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autostart for 9-10 year old Europeans) saw 3.7/1 Carioca (9g Jag de Bellouet-Quantas) rally to win timed in 1.11.6kr with Thomas Levesque at the lines for Pierre Levesque and owner Camille Levesque. This was his 12th career victory now for 219,180€ earned. The 1.7/1 favorite Comtes des Tithais (9g Neoh Hiel) held second for pilot Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Sylvain Marmion. Third home was 36/1 Say That Again (10g Viking Kronos-Kiss Me Again) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and Stall Kennys. Carioca That day at Cagnes sur Mer saw the featured Prix Jag de Bellouet (purse 39,000€, 2700 meters autostart, 7-10 year olds) go to 1.8/1 Deko de Tilou (8g Royal Dream-New Sommer Dream) with Christophe Martens up for Ecurie Pietors and trainer Vincent Martens. Dekoi scored for the 11th time in his career now for 189,760€ earned. 3.8/1 Cristal du Lupin (9g Ganymede) was second for Stephane Cingland and 33/1 Davina du Capre (8f Magnificent Rodney) was third for Virgile Foucault. Deko De Tilou   Thomas H. Hicks    
Harnessracing.com reported today (Tuesday) that Hans Enggren, well known in recent years as the owner of 2016 Yonkers International Trot winner Resolve and also the co-owner of 1985 Hambletonian winner Prakas, has died. He was 91.   A native of Sweden, Mr. Enggren settled in the Gettysburg, Pa., area and was a successful breeder under the banner of Meadowbranch Farm, building a broodmare band that included the great trotting females Peace Corps, Davidia Hanover and Delmonica Hanover. He passionately lobbied the US Trotting Association to approve the registration of horses conceived by the interstate transportation of semen, testifying that he worried every time he put a mare and her young foal on a trailer so the mare could be bred.   Mr. Enggren came to the United States via service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When he left that position, he settled in the Gettysburg, Pa., area and became an entrepreneur and achieved great success in the tourism industry (hotels and motels). This gave him the opportunity to seriously invest in trotting horses and many are the successful trotters who started their trotting life with Hans and Christina Enggren at Meadowbranch Farm.   Mr. Enggren helped Soren Nordin when he first came to the US to set up a stable and was also one of the first clients of the young horseman Per Eriksson, who trained Mr. Enggren's Hambletonian winner Prakas.   To read the rest of the article, click here.    From Harnessracing.com
Dreambreaker (8g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko), off at 23/1 odds, won the Gr. III monte Prix Djerid (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) at Vincennes today in a quick 1.11.5kr, in his first harness racing monte try. Jean Yann Ricard was the jockey for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and Stall Oberkracher as he won for the 11th time in his career now for 551,328€ earned. He raced barefoot and bested 1.2/1 odds shoeless favorite Carly (9g Rolling d’Heripre) that had Mathieu Mottier in the irons for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 17/1 Caban Prior (9g Sancho Panca) was third for Aurelien Desmarres and this one raced with shoes. Fourth was 18/1 Bell Louise Mabon (10f Derby du Gite) with Eric Raffin up. Aged trotteurs (age 8-11) contested the Prix Gras Savoye Willis Tower Watson (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 10/1 Baron Daidou (10g Saxo de Vandel) scored in a quick 1.10.5kr for pilot Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Cyril Chenu. The winner recorded his 22nd career victory now for life earnings of 339,590€. 6/1 Conchitana Jenilou was second with Romain Derieux at the lines. Third home was 8/1 Crescendis with J-F Senet the reinsman. Baron Daidou   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks  

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