Day At The Track

July 14, 2017 - Friday evening harness racing action was at Cabourg before a huge festival audience with the Prix de la Communaute de Communes Normandy (purse €35,000, 2750 meters, 14 starters) and that 1.15.7kr timed victory was secured by 7.7/1 Excel d’Amour (3m Quaker Jet-Havane de la Motte). Herve Langlois teamed the Sebastien Guarato owner and trained youngster. 42/1 Encore Plus (3f Ready Cash-Ustie Love) took second for Glenny Delaune for trainer Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie D. 43/1 Electra Green (3f Texas Charm-Hiola du Gault) was third reined by Jean=Philippe Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin.  Excel d’Amour - The Prix de Genets (purse €44,000, 2750 meters, monte, European eligibles) went to 1.13.6kr timed and 6.1/1 odds Corames (5f Speedy Blue-Rene Magic) with Matthieu Mottier driving. Dominique Mottier is the breeder/owner/trainer. Second was 54/1 Taj Mahal d’Ombree (10g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Maharoni d’Ombree) reined by Mlle. Lolita Banayn. Third was 3.1/1 Coconut Creek (5f Jag de Bellouet-Quiza Sun) with Alexandre Abrivard up. Early on the program was the Prix de Granville (purse €38,000, 2750 meters, 16 starters) and that 1.15.2kr timed winner was 3.4/1 A Toi Jim (7g Kaisy Dream-Rama Jim) for driver J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Stephane Meunier. 7/1 Anaid d’Olaive (7g Gogo-Melodie d’Orlaine) was home second for Francois Lecanu, ahead of 8/1 Venus d’Ardennes (8f Corot-Louve d’Ardennes) for Alain Laurent. Three year-old colts battled in the Prix de Lisieux (purse €21,000, 2750 meters) and veteran Jean Pierre Dubois returned to the winners circle driving his 2.1/1 favorite El Gusto (4m Love You-Harazina) for trainer Yves Boireau. 58/1 Elton Maslois (3g Real de Lou-Sexy Mesloise) was second for Pierre Belloche and third went to 24/1 Eclope du Guelier (3g Quinto Kebir-Quorantyne) for driver Matthieu Lebrec.  Dubois also secured a victory in July 11 at Cabourg driving Estancia Love (3f Repeat Love-Quelle Aventure) to a 1.15kr win for his Ecurie D and trainer Yves Boireau. The legendary breeder/owner/trainer/driver now as nine 2017 wins in 50 drives (18%) and 1,357 victories in 6,642 starts since 1982 (20.4%). Thomas H. Hicks

July 16, 2017 - Today’s €122,000 purse Prix Saint Michel (1609 meters autostart, eight starters, one scratch) went to 12/1 Midnight Hour (6g Diesel Don-Quanna Kemp-Express Ride) driven by Likka Nurmonen for trainer Ossi Nurmonen. The winner took his 27th victory in 65 career starts and his earnings now exceed 1.5 million krowns. Race time was 1.10.6kr. 7.5/1 Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was second for Tommi Kylliaianen and trainer Jarno Kauhanen. 14/1 Jonesy (7m Muscles Yankee-Ripley-Ride The Night) was third for trainer/driver Tuomas Korvenoja. 9/10 favorite In Vain Sun finished fourth and 9/1 Madrid (by Credit Winner) was fifth, At Mont Saint Michel, FR, was held the Prix de la Federation Regionale (purse €35,000, 2675 meters, 15 starters) with that victory earned by the 1.15.5kr timed and 2.3/1 favorite Boccaccio (6m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) with Franck Nivard the trainer/driver for owner Juri Svoboda. 9/2 Viking Fromento (8g Capriccio-Orminda) was second for Pierre Levesque. On the turf at St. Jean de Monts was the Prix Coved (purse €35,000, 2625 meters, 14 starters) and 5.3/1 Volcan du Garabin (8g Norman Jet-Dalrree Gibus) scored timed in 1.20.5kr for Lorenzo Donati and trainer Roberto Donati for owner Ch. Pousse. Second was 9.4/1 Axe des Champs (7g Qualimo de Vandel-Nony des Picanes) and third was 7/1 Black Atout (6m Prodigious-Lagune) that Franck Leblanc trains. At Royan la Palmyre the Trophee Vert turf action continued. The Grand Pirx Jean Maurice Beteau (purse €45,000, 3100 meters distance handicap, 18 starters less one judges scratch of a horse that caused three false starts) went to quick timed 1.14.2kr winner and 1.8/1 favorite Baxter du Klau (6g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) reined by Jean-Michel Bazire for trainer J.M. Baudouin. This 25 meter penalized performer bested another 25 meter handicapped horse, the  5/1  Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie) with Eric Raffin up. 105/1 Tresor du Fan (10g Hermes Perrine-Joyuese de Bade) rallied for third handled by Jerome Dubreil. Well-regarded Uniflosa Bella with Antoine Wiels and Amities d’Udon were the next two to the line, with Bingo d’Attache and Tesor Wic ending unplaced. Other action this day saw Baubir (6g Ganymede-Manzir) win the Aix les Bain featured Grand Prix de Savoie (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) with trainer Mickael Cormy up for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. The winner recorded his 22nd career win now for earnings in excess of €340,000. Acasgu Mag and Unique des Vents were second and third. At Abbeville the anticipated first start for money occurred for Eagle Eyes (3m First de Retz-Reethi Rah Jet) and the half-brother to Bold Eagle, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois, finished third on the turf over 2300 meters for trainer/driver Sebastien Guarato. The race for a purse of €13,000 was won by Espoir de Taverna (3m Kaisy Dream-Reine de Taveria) with Jerome Compas up for Ecurie Somolli. Second went to El Tigre Segah (3g Kool du Caux-Totute Segah) and breeder/owner/trainer/driver Sebastien Houyvet. Watch for upcoming action at Cabourg during its festival period next on July 18 and July 21. Be there! Thomas H. Hicks

July 15, 2017- The Enghien harness racing feature this Saturday was the Prix de Bruxelles (purse €95,000, 2150 meters autostart, eight European starters). The 2/5 favorite Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was a two length winner for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie G&F Raffre. Valko Jenilat took his 17th victory in 72 career outings, now for €859,515 earned. 15.7/1 Olmo Holz (9m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens, ahead of 5.1/1 Ave Avis (7m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer J-M Bazire. 19/1 Arazi Boko (10g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was fourth with Franck Nivard up, and 36/1 Trebol (10m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) was fifth for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Race time was 1.12.9kr. Today’s Q+ was the Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse €68,000, 2875 meters. 18 starters) at Enghien with the 1.14.8kr timed victory going to 5/1 Azur Somolli (7m Obrillant-Ophelia Somolli) reined by trainer Sebastien Ernault. 8.8/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) took second for Christophe Martens ahead of 14/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Loir) and driver Franck Nivard. 188/1 Baleyse was fourth for Alexis Garandeau and fifth was 8/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (6m Magnificent Rodney-Nymphe du Dollar) for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Sylvain Roger. July 15 action at Enghien also included the Prix du Louvre (purse €80,000, 2875 meters, 12 European starters) with that victory earned by 12.3/1 Cantin de l’Eclair (5g Jet Fortuna-Noce Joyeuse) timed in 1.14.2kr and driven by Tony Le Beller for Ecurie Éclair. 9/1 Coup Droit (5m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. 3/2 favorite Bredabliks Nubbe (5m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve) was a rallying third for Conrad Lugauer. Thomas H. Hicks

July 15, 2017 - Today’s trotting action resumed after a brief post-Derby break and the featured Andaj DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.17.7kr timed Rocket Boy (7g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. This one scored for the first time in 2017 and now has 20 career wins in 74 outings. Trencsen (5m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) finished second for Vereb Zsolt, ahead of Orinoco (9f PS Dimo-Uxor-Witsends Speedy) reinmed by Arpad Lakatos. On the undercard was the Bizalmas DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart), with the 1.17.6kr score going to Traffic Lux (5g Self Possessed-Buena di Jesolo-Supergill) driven by Milan Kovacevic for trainer Goran Zolnaji. This winner recorded his fourth 2017 victory in only five starts. Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was second driven by Balazs Juhasz, and third went to Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) and trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 15, 2017 - Dante Boko (7g Going Kronos-Margherita Kronos-Abo Volo) and driver Adrian Kolgjini held off a furious stretch rally from Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) with Orjan Kihlstom up and between horses Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) and Wim Pall, to score in the featured Arjang Stora Sprinterlopp (600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters). The winner recorded his 20th career victory in 67 starts for 6,272,776SEK earned. Dante Boko scored from post two versus eight and ten for his chief rivals, and was clocked in 1.09.6kr (1:51.99 mile rate). Lutfi Kolgjini trains Dante Boko for Stall be The Best. Dante Boko On the undercard was the Hall of Fame (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with the 1.12.1kr clocked victory going to 4.3/1 Cab Hornline (6g San Pellegrini-Perle Mauritas) reined by trainer Per Lennartsson. The V75 Bronze (110,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters voltstart) went to Torbjorn Jansson teamed Born In The USA (4m Muscle Hill-Christina Rose-Chocolatier) timed in 1.13.2kr. This one recorded his seventh career win in 11 starts. Open class mares raced earlier in the program with a fine 1.12.5kr timed score going to Evin Boko (6f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) in rein to Johnny Takter for Timo Nurmos, the trainer. The now retired Delicious was scratched from this event. Thomas H. Hicks

July 13, 2017 - Alexandre Abrivard teamed 8.6/1 Azaro d’Eva (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) to victory in Thursday’s Quinte+ at Enghien, the Prix de l’Opera (purse €58,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters). This J-M Bazire owned and trained performer was clocked in 1.14kr. 6.1/1 Venicio Pommereux (8g Love You-Noune du Pommereux) was second, driven by Franck Nivard, for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Third was 86/1 Un Satin Rose (9g Ganymede-Dentelle Rose) for driver Franck Ouvrie. Mind Your Face and Paparazzi completed the top five and the exact order payoff exceeded €45,000 for a two euro wager. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Q+ was at Chateaubriand in the Prix Synergie (purse €35,000, 3000 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) with easy victory to 5.7/1 Twitter (8g Offshore Dream-Face For Ever) handled by Bjorn Goop, the owner and trainer. The 12.2/1 Venise (8f Nice Love-Okita) overcame a 25 meter handicap to be second for Clement Duvaldestin and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was the 14.7/1 and 25 meter handicapped Valse Mika (8f Niky-Ellamika) reined by Matthieu Abrivard and trainer/owner Sylvain Roger. Two more 25 meter penalized entrants were fourth and fifth, Barbarella (6f Prince d’Espace) with J.Ph. Monclin, and Monas Invercote (8f Viking Kronos) for Pierre Vercruysse. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink

July 7, 2017 - Friday’s Grand Prix Champion Jarlsberg was raced in two eliminations and a final for Norway’s best harness racing four year-old trotters. The eliminations and final were raced over 1609 meters autostart (one mile) with the elims carrying a purse of 65,000NOk (30,000NOk to the winner. Purse for the final was 600,000NOk (300,000NOk to the winner). In the final 3.8/1 Phantasm SOA (4m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uxer LM), off at 3.8/1 second choice, raced third over for driver Asbjorn Tengsareid before starting a three wide move midway on the backside of the second lap. In the lane the winner surged forward to score by a length timed in a record 1.09.8kr (1:52.31 mile rate). Phantasm finished second in elim one to 1.10.5kr timed Cokstile (4m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) driven by Kars Anvar Kolle, the horse that was second, as the 2/1 favorite, in the final. Shotproof (4m Yankee Glide-Shadowshot-Malabar Man) was third in the final for driver Flemming Jensen, after winning elim two clocked in 1.11.5kr. In elim one Forever Peace (4m Muscle Hill-Peaceful Way-Angus Hall) finished third for Erlend Rennesvik. In elim two Always On Time (4m Revenue-Pimafarina-Windsongs Legacy) was second and third went to Chief Orlando (4m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) driven by Frode Hamre that was off as 2.6/1 favorite. Interestingly, the winning sire (Cromwell) has NY roots, being by Credit Winner-Skeptical Miss-Sir Taurus-Gilina-Speedy Somolli). This 2002 foal won the Zweig Memorial at age three, was exported and finished third in the Orsi Mangelli before competing in upper classes in Europe through age seven earning about US$500,000. He was a sharp individual with a slick gait that Phantasm reminds me of. Thomas H. Hicks

July 8, 2017 - Saturday harness racing action at Vichy was highlighted by the Gr. II Grand Prix Conseil Municipal (purse €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap). The 25 meter penalized Aubrion du Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) rallied around the final bend for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and held strong by two lengths plus in the rain, timed in 1.14.5kr. This classy campaigner recorded his 23rd career win and now has earnings of €1,050,372. Tallien (10g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) took second for driver/trainer/owner Herve Sionneau, ahead of Venus de Bailly (8f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) and reinsman Jean Boillereau. Finish is shown below. Also July 8 was the Prix Okwo (purse €25,000, 2700 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) at Graignes. The well regarded, 50 meter handicapped, 1.4/1 favorite, Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) scored timed in 1.14.5kr for driver Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner M.A. Thomas. This classy campaigner had been misque dq’d in five of his last six outings, but not today. He now has 10 wins in 31 starts for earnings in excess of €656,000. 46/1 Amarena Danover (7f Oiseau de Feux-Etoile du Cuglais) was second for P.Ch. Jean and 5/2 Citizen Kane (5g Orlando Vici-Queen of Viking) overcame a 25 meter penalty to earn third for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Turf action took place at Segre in the Prix Ozo (purse €25,000, 2700 meters distance handicap) and the 25 meter handicapped Chistor d’Iraty (5g Quick Wood-Irrintzina) scored for J.Ph. Monclin and owner/trainer Jacques Bodin. Equally handicapped Crepe de Satin (5f Le Retour-Ina d’Avril) was second ahead of Belicco Wild. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 9, 2017 - Today’s Jarlsberg feature event was the Gr. I Ulf Thoresen Grand International (2100 meters autostart, 750,000NOk to the winner). Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) was placed directly on the lead from post two by driver Christoffer Eriksson, rated comfortably, and drew off with 500 meters remaining to secure a five length victory for trainer Jerry Riordan, timed in 1.10.4kr. Twister Bi recorded his fourth win in eight 2017 starts, now for 4,907,005NOk earned in a successful and emerging career. An elated Riordan stated on post race interview that his charge is a happy horse that was just rolling along in the final 400. Oasis Bi (9m Toss Out-Up Front JM) sat the pocket for driver Erik Adielsson but lost the second spot to fast closing Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) and driver/owner Goran Antonsen for trainer Daniel Reden. The secondary feature this day was the Anders Jahres (2100 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to the winner) and the 1.11.2kr timed winner was Djali Boko (7m Ready Cash-Lucky Lavec) that moved decisively in the final bend and jetted off to an easy score for reinsman Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Nappa Scar (5m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) was the second horse home for trainer/driver Per Lennartson. Bjorn Goop piloted the Jerry Riordan trainee Tango Negro (5m Infinitif-Lisetta Real) to a third place finish. Also on the undercard was the Felleokjopets (2100 meters autostart, 75,000NOk to winner) with victory going to Ferrari BR (4m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite) timed in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Per Oleg Midtfjeld, who campaigned Cromwell (sire of Phantasm SOA) throughout most of his European racing career. Second in this event was the Jerry Riordan trainee Umberto Axe (4m Love You-Ira Furiosa Spin) driven by Tom Eric Solberg. Defy Anything (5f Cantab Hall-Flirtin Victory) took third for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

July 9, 2017 - Veteran classmaster Up And Quick (9m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) survived a speed duel early before taking the lead after 400 meters for driver Franck Nivard, and the race was over. This Prix de la Communaute de Comaunes (Gr. II, 1609 meters autostart, purse €100,000) was a rare on-mile dash for speed and Up And Quick did not disappoint with his 1.10.2kr victory, the mile rate 1:52.89. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie Quick Star and the victory today took the winners’ career earnings to €2,042,040 with 15 wins including a Prix d’Amerique. Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), at 3.8/1, rallied nicely to be second for driver David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guraato and owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin, and the aforementioned early leader, 20/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (5m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve) held third for driver Marc Elias and trainer Conrad Lugauer. Booster Winner and Ave Avis were the next to reaching the line. Thomas H. Hicks

July 8, 2017 - Today’s Gran Premio Riccardo Grassi (purse €33,000, 1660 meters autostart) was raced over the 800 meter track in Cesena Italy and produced a convincing gate to wire victory for Tamure Roc (5f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra). Santo Mollo was the winning pilot in a time of 1.12kr and his charge now has 13 career wins in 45 starts. Second was Pancottina Bar (8f Varenne-Valuta Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by Enrico Bellei. Rue du Bac (7m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) was third for Federico Exposito and fourth went to Trendy OK (5f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) for driver Alessando Gocciadoro. Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - On Thursday at Halmstad (SWE) was the classic Sprintermaster for harness racing four year-olds, with three eliminations each for 125,000SEK to those winners, and a final with 977,000SEK to that winner. Each heat was raced over 1609 meters autostart.  The final went to 1.10kr timed and 2.9/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) that scored for Christoffer Eriksson driving for Robert Bergh, trainer for Forspro HB. The Bergh trained and teamed Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) was second ahead of Electric Light (4m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and his trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Makethemark was sixth in the final after winning an elim and Paul The Apostle was fifth after a second place finish in elimination two. The elims began with 1.5/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) taking the first timed in 1.10.4kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Racing Mange (4m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. The second elimination went to 2.2/1 Rajesh Face (4m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) for driver/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB. Paul The Apostle (4g Pastor Stephen-Blue Drop Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) was second here for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden in the 1.10.9kr timed event. Elimination three went to 3.1/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) timed in 1.10.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson driving for Petri Salmela. Electric Light was second for Peter Untersteiner and Muscle Hustle was third. Earlier in the program was the Elite Sprinter for amateur reinsman, over 1640 meters autostart for 50,000SEK to the winner. The 2.7/1 winner, timed in 1.11.3kr, was Niagara Broline (7g Pine Chip-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) driven by Peter Arnqvist for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

July 8, 2017 - Today’s V75 Gold at Halmstad (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to a very impressive Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) clocked in 1.10.5kr for driver Wim Paal and new harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan. Marco Scarton owns the winner, now with a slate of 26-10-14 in 72 career starts for 5,990,194SEK earned. Ringostarr left from past four, went immediately to the front only to go off stride in the first turn. Paal steadied his charge, caught the rivals and then started up three wide on the final lap backside. Off the last turn Ringostarr started “flying” said Pall on post race interview. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner with third to Cruzado Dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidada-Credit Winner) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander. On the terrific card was the StoSprintern Final (Gr. II International, 1609 meters autostart, 677,600SEK to winner) for four year-old mares. 2.9/1 Caddie Lisieux (4f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) scored timed in 1.10.6kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one for SRF Stable. Bugatti Brick (4f Andover Hall-Likeable Les-Yankee Glide) was next for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was Lavidaloca De Vie (4f Crazed-Bliss-Angus Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The card also included the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters). The 1.7/1 Tjacko Zaz (5g Crazed-Kinoras Zaz-Angus Hall) scored timed in 1.10.1kr for trainer Timo Nurmos, owner Kings Arms and driver Johnny Takter. Two lengths back was Bravo Navarone (6m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for driver Adrian Kolgjini. Third was King City (6m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares took place with ten aged mares traveling 1640 meters autostart for a 100,000SEK first prize. Italy’s Shadow Gar (5f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) scored for catch-driver Jorma Kontio for trainer Erik Bondo. She was timed in 1.10.9kr. Patricia Hastrup (10f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and third was Toohotforyou (5f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - The affect of Bold Eagle’s performance on the racetrack has translated to harness racing statistical leadership in the first half of 2017 in the categories of stallion, breeder and owner purse earnings. Ready Cash, breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois and owner Pierre Pilarski lead their peers due to Bold Eagle. Based on race wins the leaders are stallion Ready Cash, breeder Jean-Yves Lucuyer and owner Jean-Paul Marmion. Congratulations to all, and let’s hope Bold Eagle’s career continues to bring positive press to the trotting horse and influences the gene pool globally. Stallion Leaders Stallion Races Wins Places Earnings Ready Cash 916 125 147 4.339.390 € Love You 893 108 145 2.954.585 € Prodigious 956 105 151 2.793.710 € Ganymède 764 87 98 1.930.770 € Coktail Jet 874 82 137 1.679.195 € Jag de Bellouet 828 81 139 1.980.340 € Look de Star 747 74 129 1.722.225 € Saxo de Vandel 719 72 132 1.549.850 € Orlando Vici 937 65 143 1.564.250 €  Gazouillis 824 63 133 1.451.500 €    Breeder Leaders Breeders Ranked on Wins Wins Earnings Écurie Jean-Yves Lécuyer 47 825.560 € Jean-Philippe Dubois 44 860.850 € Écurie des Charmes 43 1.022.200 € Rémi Boucret 37 619.220 € Jean-Etienne Dubois 35 1.624.370 € Haras des Coudraies 33 532.220 € Louis Baudron 30 878.450 € S.C.A. La Barbottière 30 577.140 € Hugues Rousseau 26 636.900 € Écurie Rib 25 703.010 €   FR Breeders – First Half 2017 Ranked on Earnings Breeder Name Earnings Wins Jean-Etienne Dubois 1.624.370 € 35 Écurie des Charmes 1.022.200 € 43 Louis Baudron 878.450 € 30 Jean-Philippe Dubois 860.850 € 44 Écurie Jean-Yves Lécuyer 825.560 € 47 Écurie Yvan Bernard 742.880 € 24 Écurie Rib 703.010 € 25  Hugues Rousseau 636.900 €  26  Rémi Boucret 619.220 €  37  S.C. Élevage de Folleville 618.220 €  13    Owners Ranked on Wins: Owners Name Horses Starts Wins Places Earnings Écurie Jean-Paul Marmion 59 281 51 44 730.840 € Écurie des Charmes 72  306 41  50  767.610 € Écurie Danover 74  535  41  64  644.300 €  Écurie Victoria Dreams 73  337  35  59  792.550 €  Mauricette De Sousa 69 305 31 49 708.080 €  Écurie Sylvain Roubaud 54  299  30  62  671.360 €  Écurie Christian Boisnard 81  562  28  77  544.300 €  Écurie Luck 49  211  27  36  657.170 €  Écurie Christian Bigeon 44  148  25  39  621.570 €  Écurie Romuald Mourice 53  304  25  48  462.510 €    Owners Ranked on Earnings :  Owners Name Earnings Wins Écurie Pierre Pilarski 1.227.890 € 11  Écurie Loïc-Désiré et Matthieu Abrivard 862.870 €  24  Jean-Yves Rozé 826.350 €  17  Écurie Victoria Dreams 792.550 €  35  Écurie des Charmes 767.610 €  41  Écurie Jean-Paul Marmion 730.840 €  51  Claude Guedj 708.790 €  18  Mauricette De Sousa 708.080 €  31  Philippe Allaire 706.820 €  15 Écurie Rib 703.140 €  19  Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - Today’s Quinte+ was at Enghien on the Paris perimeter in the Prix de la Porte de Charenton (purse €54,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters). The 1.3/1 favorite Aufor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dux) swept around the field and drew away easily for driver Charles J.Bigeon, timed in 1.13.7kr. Christian Bigeon trains the winner for Andre Francis Bigeon, the owner. 29/1 Uriano d’Hameline (9g Juliano Star-Una Maria) was second for David Thomain, and 20/1 Armada des Iles (7f Sancho Panca-Folle Normandie) was third for Eric Raffin. On the undercard was the Prix de la Madeleine (purse €75,000, 2875 meters, eight starters) for four year-olds and the 9/10 favorite Dunbar (4m Look de Star-Ima du Houx) held on bravely for Eric Raffin to win timed in 1.16.5kr. Sebastien Guarato trains the Pierre Pilarski owned performer. 18.5/1 Dancing Love (4m Uniclove-Sissi du Caieu) was second for Bernard Piton and breeder/owner/trainer Jean-Paul Piton. 2/1 Diego de Bomo (4g Prince d’Espace-Quinilana) took third for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Dillion. Thomas H. Hicks