Day At The Track

February 6, 2019 - Today’s 6/1 Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyare Turgot) won the Q+ race of the day, the Prix de L’ille-et-Vilaine (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters), timed in 1.11.7kr for harness racing reinsman Gabriele Gelormini. The winner scored for the first time in two starts in France, for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Roland Wiksten. His career earnings are now 191,668€. The 4/5 favorite Bryssel (7m Ready Cash-Spacelane) was second with trainer Bjorn Goop up. Third was 7.4/1 Coalinga City (7g Coktail Jet-Mamaora) for Jean Michel Bazire for trainer Frederic Senet. The top five was completed by 9/1 Mellby Drake (g Viking Kronos) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bergh, and 18/1 Bayokos Atout (8g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) for Mathieu Mottier. The 2€ Quinte+ exact order wager paid 945.60€ to 471 winning ticket holders. The total wager on the Q+ this day was 3.69€ million and over 8€ million was wagered on the Q+ race (all bets). Angle Of Attack Replay: On today’s card was also the Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (purse 52,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) with that victory to the 4/5 favorite Darling Berry (6f Prince Gede-Osaka Berry) for the owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. It was the winner’s ninth life victory in 30 appearances, now for 207,290€ earned, and she overcame a 25 meter handicap. The 9/2 odds Digeudor (6f Mage de la Merite) took second with Franck Ouvrie the pilot for trainer Christophe Ecalard. 6.8/1 Diva du Granit (6f Prodigious) took third for teamster Anthony Barrier. Darling Berry Five year olds contested the 47,000€ purse Prix de Juvigny (2850 meters, 13 European starters) with longshots at the top of the results sheet. 65/1 Vacino Mec (5m Ghiaccio del Nord-Dance Speed) scored timed in 1.15.1kr in this his first appearance in France. Gennaro Casillo trains the invader from Italy and Antonio Di Nardo was aboard. Vacino Mec now has life earnings for 112,530€ after today’s 21,150€ first prize. 23/1Pelle Barosso (5m Explosive Matter-Madam Lavec) took second for Eric Raffin and third was 19/1 Elvis d’Evron (5g Defi d’Aunou) handled by Anthony Barrier. The 3/5 favorite Portland was a dq. Sunday’s Grand Prix de France field has been trimmed to 12 and it still includes the top international trotting stars. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Thomas H. Hicks

Today the Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix Grace Ducal (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) raced in sunshine on the seashore at Cagnes sur Mer. The 5.5/1 Cash de Caillons (7g Paris Haufor-Nuit des Caillons) scored in a very competitive event, timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Romuald Mourice and owner Andre Georget. Cash de Caillons scored for the 12th time in a 49 race career and increased his life earnings to 215,800€. The 22/1 outsider Bently de Recanis (8g Repeat Love) was second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Third was 2.8/1 Viking d’Hermes (10g Sancho Panca) for David Bekaert that overcame a 25 meter handicap as did fourth finishing 7/1 Colonel Bond (7g Revel d’Anama) and 13/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) that ended fifth. The exact order Q+ payoff was 24,896.20€ for a 2€ wager. Over 3.4€ million was wagered on the Q+ bet and over 7.3€ million was wagered on all bets taken on the Q+ race. The co-feature this day was the Gr. III Prix Pierre Laroque (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters, 10 starters in this LeTrot Open des Regions for four year olds). The 11/1 Formidable d’Azur (4m Orlando Vici-Tadolie) was the 1.14.8kr timed winner for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Joseph Vanduffel. The 21/1 Fipsie de Guez (4f Tango Quick) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa, ahead of 6.2/1 First In Love (4m Goetmals Wood) that was handled by trainer Loris Garcia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Monday’s Quinte+ race of the day was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de la Chartru Sur le Loir (purse 39,000€, 2850 meters, 17 European starters). The 25/1 outsider Cekai (7g Quitus du Mexique-Paillota de Cyn) score with relative ease timed in 1.14.7kr with Franck Nivard aboard the Florent Lamare trainee that is owned by Ecurie J.P.F. Larime. The 18/1 Carmin (7g Jag de Bellouet) took second for Bjorn Goop and third was 3.3/1 Titanium Gar (7g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) with trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. driving. 14/1 Cactus d’Yvel (7g Jasmin de Flore) and 2.5/1 Champium Dore (7g Prince Gede) completed the top five, with the Q+ exact order payoff for winning 2€ ticketholders of 63,878.00€. On the program was also the Prix de Coulommiers (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 11 three year olds) with the victory to 1.2/1 favorite Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Uturn Money) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Garde Rapprochee, a Prodigious filly, was second for owner/trainer Julien Dubois and Gavotte du Prat (3f Meaulnes du Corta) was third for Matthieu Abrivard. Race time was 1.18.2kr. Other interesting winners on the card were 44/1 Fleur de Lyus Delo (4f Quaker Jet) clocked in 1.15kr for Pierre Vercruysse, 3/2 Elissa Berry (5f Rocklyn) in 1.13.9kr for Jean-Michel Bazire, Race favorite at 1.4/1 First Class (4f Texas Charm-Ida Bourbon) timed in 1.15.9kr in a monte contest for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner Jean Philippe Dubois, and 5/1 Formi (4m Tucson) reined by Eric Raffin timed in 1.13.8kr as he defeated Fligny (4m Coktail Jet). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Next Sunday’s second leg of the FR Triple Crown of Trotting will be raced at Paris-Vincennes. The Grand Prix de France, a Gr. I International European Trotting Masters 2019 event, is raced over 2100 meters autostart for a 350,000€ total purse. The Bazire Big Three is entered (Belina Josselyn, Looking Superb and Davidson du Pont) along with the remaining world’s top trotters currently racing. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m   European Trotting Masters Series 2019 Course Internationale   Départ à l'autostart The Grand Prix de France began in 1956 and there have been three-time winners only three times – Jamin, Eleazar and Ourasi. Raced over what is called the FR sprinter distance, the record race time is 1.09.8kr set by Kool du Caux in 2007. This year’s 98th Prix d’Amerique winner Belina Josselyn won the GP de France in 2018 over Bold Eagle and Propulsion in a driving finish. Bold Eagle won the 2016-2017 editions and Ready Cash and Meaulnes du Corta have been double winners in the last ten years. Be there for what will likely be a superb race and program at Paris-Vincennes.  Last year’s race replay follows from the Equidia network, as Belina Josselyn rallied late to nip hard-used Bold Eagle on the line: by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s harness racing trotting action at Kincsem Park in Budapest featured the Imike DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, nine starters).  The 4.1/1 second choice Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) scored on the front end for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji timed in 1.21.6kr, his second straight victory. The 1.7/1 favorite and 20 meter handicapped Victory Knick (7g Cantab Hall-Lappenic Knick-Lindy’s Crown) was a fast closing second for Istvan Papp, ahead of 10.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) reined by Andor Angyal.  The undercard featured the Betolakodo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to the 1.2/1 favorite Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) teamed with trainer Balazs Juhasz, timed in 1.19.7kr, for his 13th win in 41 HU starts. The 31.9/1longshot Kings Call (5g Sjs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) was second for Istvan Papp and third went to 15.9/1 Betty Evo (6f Orlando Vici) with Laszlo Kolozsi aboard. The same day trotting action was at Aby (SWE) as their V75 races took place. The featured V75 Gold Gr. II International (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters) was won by the 3.4/1 Sorbet (8m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Sorbet won for the 12th time in 44 starts timed today in 1.13.7kr. 12.1/1 Nimbus CD (9g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) took second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third went to 25.1/1 Timone EK (7m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) reined by Thomas Uhrberg for trainer Jerry Riordan. The 2.1/1 favorite Zenit Brick was sixth. Also at Aby the V75 Silver (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 10.6/1 Erik Sting (7g Sam Bourbon-Hottentott-Zoot Suit) also reined by Kihlstrom and this one trained by Timo Nurmos. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today in bright sunlight celebrated Afrique in France with a fine harness racing card of groupe level contests and the day’s Quinte+ race. The monte Prix de L’A.L.A. “Association de Lotteries Africaines” (Gr.III, purse 80,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) began the action with a victory by 5.2/1 Eqao Jenilou (5g Village Mystic-Queen Jenilou) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Louis Baudron and owner Nicolas Baudron. The winner scored for the sixth time in 20 career starts and increased his life earnings to 173,050€. The 3/5 favorite Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou) was second for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. 34/1 Espion Joune (5g Kesaco Phedo) took third with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The Prix Africain I was next in the 35,000€ purse event raced by 12 over 2100 meters autostart. 15/1 First Lame (4f Kaisy Dream-Poesie de Beylev) scored for Gabriel Angel Pou Pou, also trainer, timed in 1.14kr. 3.3/1 First Lady Carjac (4f Voltigeur de Myrt) was second for pilot Eric Raffin, ahead of 24/1 First Thing First (4f Qualypso Jiel-New Creation) with Pierre Vercruysse up for breeder/trainer A.J. Mollema. The Quinte+ Grand Prix d’Afrique (purse 45,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) produced a fine race with 12/1 Cigjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) victorious for Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. This mare recorded her 11th career win in 44 starts and increased her life earnings to 146,530€. Race time was 1.14kr with a quick final 500. 30/1 Dorus Well (6g Gogo) took second for Franck Nivard and 8.8/1 Blacky de Cambron (8g Onyx du Goutier) teamed with Eric Raffin for third. The 3.2/1 Dentella Bella (6f Ready Cash) and 7.7/1 Concerto des Dunes completed the exact order top five that returned 23,010.60€ for the 2€ wager to 58 winning ticketholders. The Prix de L’Ile de France (Gr. I International monte, purse 170,000€, 215 meters, nine starters) was the final leg of the FR Monte Triple Crown. Absent were Cornulier winner Bilibili and the second finishing Traders. Today it was even-money favorite Dexter Fromentro (6m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) coming from the back to score timed in 1.12.6kr. Dexter won for the eighth time in a 42 race career, now for 726,970€ earned, for trainer Thomas Levesque, owner Pierre Levesque and most importantly the jockey Camille Levesque. The winner traveled the final 500 meters at a 1/10kr rate. The 2.9/1 Daelia de Vandel (6f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard  ahead of 58/1 Valse de Reve (10f Mister President) with Guillaume Martin in toe irons for trainer Alain Roussel. 48/1 Cassate (7f Neoh Jiel) was fourth for Adrien Lamy. The Prix Miss Africa France (“de la Marne”, Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2700 meters, 10 starters) saw the 3/5 favorite Ble de Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) score for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and owner J.M. Rancoule. The winner scored for the 18th time in a 52 race career, now for 695,360€ earned. Race time was 1.11.7kr off steady fractions with the clocking at the 500 meters to go mark 1.12kr. The 7.7/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Christophe Martens ahead of 21/1 Anzi des Liards reined by Romain Derieux. 9/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) was fourth for Mickael Cormy and placed fifth was 99/1 Drole de Jet (5m Coktail Jet). Digital Ink was sixth in this race that honored by the trophy presenting Miss Africa France,  The Prix de L’Amite (“de Rouen’), a Gr. III event for an 80,000€ purse, was raced over the 2700 meters classic distance by ten competitors. 5.7/1 Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) scored for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As to record his sixth career wi in 29 outings, now for 401,860€ earned. The 4/5 favorite Vainqueur RP (5m Infinitif-Global Affair) was second for driver Eric Raffin and trainer J.L. Bigeon. Third went to 37/1 Estola (5f Nectar) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte de Montesson. 9/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious) and 5/1 Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko) completed this top five. The winning Express Jet was away fourth, brushed to lead after about 1000 meters and controlled thereafter for a two length victory.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

February 2, 2019 - The 9/10 favorite Green Grass (3f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) easily won today’s Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters for harness racing three year old fillies) timed in 1.14.5kr (off modest fractions) at Vincennes with Gabriele Gelormini aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. Frederic Brouilloux bred the now five-time winner in nine career starts for 162,400€ earned. 5.4/1 Girls Talk (3f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) was second for driver Eric Raffin, breeder/owner Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Paulsen-Allaire. Third after a dq of Gee was the 11/1 Graine de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Allaire. Placed fourth was 36/1 Gesira (3f Boccador de Simm-Kirine) reined by Alexis Pratt. The 3.1/1 Greenpeace, a recent 410,000€ purchase at the Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale from Jean Pierre Dubois, was a miscue dq while ranging up four wide in the first straight. Franck Nivard now owns, trains and drove this filly today. Green Grass Green Grass connections The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Gironde (purse 54,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). The 25 meter penalized and 6.4/1 Cerenzo (7f Ganymede-Poesie de Vigne) scored timed in 1.15.6kr on the front end for driver Franck Nivard, breeder/owner Ecurie Turbo and trainer Philippe Billard. This winner scored his 10th career win in 45 starts for 321,120€ earned. Ce Bello Romain (7g Jam Pridem) was second at 5.2/1 for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer S.G. Dupont. Third was 9/1 Canular (7g Jet Fortuna) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois that bested fourth finishing 107/1 Benjamine Gede (8f Insert Gede) with Damien Bonne up. Fifth was 16/1 and 25 meter handicapped Cabernet (7g Prince Gede) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. The Q+ exact order payoff for the 2€ wager was 51,297.80€ and there were 14 winning ticketholders. The Q+ handle this day was 4,618.069€ and the total wagered on the race (all bets) exceeded 9.7€ million. Cerenzo Turbo The co-featured Prix Paul Viel (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters nine starters) saw the 9/10 favorite General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec-Amazone du Parc) prevail for pilot Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Frederic Prat and owner Francis Garner. He scored for the third time in nine outings now for 151,150€ earned. Race time was 1.14.4kr off even fractions. 68/1 Guerria Royal (3m Very Nice Marceaux-Violetta de Retz) took second for trainer/driver Guillermo Roig-Balaguer. Third was 3.1/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) that Philippe Allaire trains for Jean Francois Mary and Anthony Barrier teamed this day. 9/2 Granon Vedaquais (3m Brillantissime-Sestriere) was fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Allaire. General du Parc The Prix d’Avignon (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2100 meters, four year olds) completed groupe action today. Jean Michel Bazire’s trainee Feydeau Seven (4m Redeo Josselyn-Unanime Seven) scored timed in 1.13.1kr as the 1.9/1 favorite, the winner’s seventh career victory in nine appearances. Alexandre Skowronski owns the impressive trotteur. 6.8/1 Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem-Activity Queen) took second for Yoann Lebourgeois, Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Marc Esper. 25/1 Fiorentina Somolli (4f Love You-Quitalia Somolli) was third to the line for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 11/1 Fleu Lila (4g Timoko) for Franck Anne and 19/1Flora Quick (4f Prodigious) with Gabriele Gelormini up. Feydeau Seven Feydeau Seven and connections Thomas H. Hicks

The 2.9/1 odds Vertige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet-Neige de Chenu) scored today in the Prix Langeais (purse 64,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) timed in 1.13.6kr. The now 19 time career winner raised life earnings to 484,380€ overcoming a 25 meter handicap. The 8.8/1 Coach Franbleu (7g Prince d’Espace), a Franck Leblanc owner and trained veteran also with a 25 meter penalty, was second for Yoann Lebourgeois. 3.5/1 Calin de Morge (7g Ozio Royal) was third for Franck Nivard, also handicapped 25 meters, ahead of the fourth and fifth finishing 50/1 Beach Julry (8f Hulk des Champs) and 10/1 Balzac de Souvigne (8g Lontzac). The 2€ exact order Quinte) winning tickets returned 12,484.60€. Five year old females contested the Prix Feucherolles (purse 31,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters) this afternoon with the 1.14.1kr timed victory earned by 22/1 Escampette (5f Hand du Vivier-Troika Montana) with Matthieu Abrivard the pilot for owner/trainer Emmanuel Cavey. 2.5/1 Escort Girl (5f Quaker Jet-Quality Charm) took second for Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Alexandre Buisson. Third went to 2.4/1 favorite Enigma Mauzin (5f Prodigious) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. The Prix de Chambery (pure 45,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 15/1 longshot Dream Gold (6g Royal Dream-Simplicity) with breeder Jean Philippe Dubois driving for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. This winner scored for the fifth time in 30 career starts for 123,000€ earned. 12/1 Docteur d’Erable (6g Ganymede) was second for teamster David Thomain and third was 13/1 Diocles (6m Fortuna Fant) reined by Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday’s Cagnes sur Mer featured Prix Andre Rouzaud (purse 41,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) saw the 4/5 favorite Baby Lou Max (8g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) secure victory for trainer/driver Nicola Mortagne. The property of J.D. Besson now has 19 career wins in 58 starts for 517,890€ earned. Race time was 1.13.5kr for the 25 meter handicapped winner. The next finishers raced without handicap and were 21/1 Baileyse (8g Opus Viervil) with Alexis Garandeau up, 106/1 Arginio des Godin (9m Norginio) for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Laigron and fourth finishing 7.3/1 Via Mala (10f Offshore Dream) paired with trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch.  Top races for the next ten days in FR include those listed below at the Winter Meet of Paris-Vincennes: 1/31/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Langeais (2850 meters, 64,000€) 2/2/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix Roquepine (Gr. II, three year olds, 2175 meters, 100,000€ Prix Paul Viel (Gr. II three year old males, 2175 meters, 100,000€) featuring the unbeaten Gotland Prix d’Avignon (Gr. III, 2100 meters, 70,000€) 2/3/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix Indienne (Gr. III Monte, 2175 meters, 80,000€) Prix de la Marne (Gr. III, 2700 meters, 90,000€) Prix de Rouen (Gr.III, 2700 meters, 80,000€) Prix de l’Ile de France (Gr. I International Monte, 2175 meters, 170,000€) 2/7/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix Andre Theron (Gr. III, Monte 2700 meters, 70,000€) 2/9/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Munich (2100 meters autostart, 75,000€) Prix de Lisieux (2850 meters Monte, 75,000€) Prix Ephrem Houel (Gr. II four year olds, 2850 meters, 100,000€) 2/10/19 Paris-Vincennes Prix de France (Gr. I, 2100 meters autostart, 350,000€) Prix des Centaures (Gr. I Monte, 2200 meters, four through six year olds, 200,000€) Prix Jean le Gonidec (Gr. II, 2700 meters, 100,000€) Prix de Chambord (Gr. III, 2100 meters autostart, 80,000€) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday’s Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de Laval (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and the 1.12.5kr timed winner was 2.7/1 Elena de Piencourt (5f Opium-Una Bella Jain) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Robert Malherbe. The 5.9/1 Extra Light (5f Village Mystic) was second for David Thomain, ahead of 29/1 Electra Jet (5f Ready Cash) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse driving. 18/1 Elsa du Pommereux (5f Coktail Jet) for Damien Bonne and 23/1 Extasy d’Ourville (5f Tucson) paired with Alexandre Abrivard completed the top five. The exact order Q+ payoff was 30,817.20€ for a 2€ wager. Three year olds participated in the monte Prix de Cholet (purse 46,000€, 2175 meters, seven starters) with 5.1/1 Godigious Deladou (3m Prodigious-Romy de Chaumiere) emerging victorious timed in 1.15.6kr. Eric Raffin was in the irons for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Louis d’Aur. The 5/10 favorite Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed-Namorosa), trained by Philippe Allaire, was second for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Mathieu Mottier teamed 7.9/1 Girlikova (3f Torino Pierji) to a third place finish for owner/trainer Emmanuel Allard. Six year olds battled in the Prix Andre Louis Dreux (45,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) saw 12/1 Des Nuits d’Amour victorious timed in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin the pilot for Ecurie Excelsior, the winner’s fifth career score in 33 outings. 21/1 Dubai Dream (6f Love You-Orely de la Merite) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and third was 28/1 Digitale Prior (6f Sancho Panca) handled by Aurelien Desmares. Four year olds contested the Prix Jean et Andre de la Vaissiere (purse 47,000€, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) with victory to 1.14.5kr timed and 4.6/1 odds City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream). Robin Bakker teamed the Erwin Bot trainer that Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV owns. He recorded a first win in France. 58/1 Zarchicco Park (4m Mago d’Amore-Grandera Park) took second for trainer/driver Santo Mollo and third was the 18/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) reined by Alexandre Abrivard. The 2/1 favorite French Man was a dq. Garibaldi (3m Love You-Venitienne) took today’s Prix d’Ambert (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, eight starters) for lightly raced three year olds, tined in 1.1.8kr, with J.Ph. Monclin the trainer/driver, for the winner’s second win in three career starts. He was off at 1.4/1 odds. The 9/1 Gala Tegy (3m Atlas de Joudes) held second for Ch. Chalon, also trainer for Ecurie Chalon. 1.8/1 second choice Godfather (3m Village Mystic) was far back in third with Eric Raffin up for breeder/trainer Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 27, 2019 - Racing and wagering harness racing action returned on Sunday to Kincsem Park following their December 31 Festival. The return coincided with the Prix d’Amerique and wagering options were in part synched to the big race in Paris. Program cover page follows. The top races at Kincsem Park were the Evnyito DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the January Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The former went to 9/2 odds Ujrazz (6m Maximus Lindy-Gyorjuli!) with trainer Laszlo Kolozsi up. Kabala Menes Kft bred the winner that was timed in 1.17.6kr. 2/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-Sjs Photo) was second for Andrea Fazekas and third went to 7.1/1 Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) reined by trainer Robert Varhidi. Ujrazz The top undercard race was the January Handicap and veteran classmaster Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) scored on the front end at 2.2/1 odds. Andor Angyal teamed the Goran Zolnaji trainee that was timed in 1.18.8kr. 26.5/1 odds Ugyeske (6f Ata Star L-Franciska-Witsends Speedy) was second for driver Balint Nyilasi and trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. The 2.6/1 second choice Utodlo (6m Maximus Lindy-Juss-Valley Guardian) was third handled by amateur pilot Tamas Tanczer for trainer Zoltan Horvath. Sanger MS Of interest regarding Hungarian trotting was a purchase at Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale on Friday evening. A lot offered by Philippe Allaire was acquired for 27,000€ by Prolongo Import Export Kft that campaigns for Joszef Rutkai at Kincsem Park. He has previously made purchases in Paris such as the good Conway Hall son What A Man. This one, the five year old stallion Dhitkti Vedaquais, was an excellent three year old in France and has earned 358,350€ as a groupe I and II winner. He was unraced in 2017, but returned in 2018 and was winless in eight starts. Dhikti Vedaquais Qualifié 27/11/2015 - GROSBOIS - Attelé - 1'19"0 Musique (18) 7a 8a 8a Da 8m 5m 8a 7a ra (16) 1m Sexe M Année de naissance 2013 Robe BAI Victoires 5 Crack Series 5236ème Gains 358 350 € Record 1'12"9 Père THORENS VEDAQUAIS Mère MARIE BLANQUE Eleveur Jean Pierre GUAY Entraineur P. ALLAIRE Propriétaire P. ALLAIRE   Thomas H. Hicks  

January 27, 2019 - The Prix d’Amerique harness racing program is incomplete without a groupe level monte contest and Sunday’s Gr. II Prix RMC (“Jacques Andrieu”) was just that as 13 International starters raced 2850 meters for the 100,000€ purse. The 1.3/1 favorite Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos-Prosperine) scored for jockey David Thomain, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. It was the winner’s 12th life win in 24 outings now for 469,080€ earned. 2.2/1 Mindyourvalue WF (6m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) held close for second handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Robert Bergh. 30/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) closed for a distant third with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. 11/1 Julio de Luxe (10g Juliano Star) took the fourth check for jockey Alexandre Abrivard. Clegs des Champs David Thomain The Prix de Meadowlands drew a good field of four year old mares (purse 47,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European four year old females) with 11/1 Feria Dibah (4f Goetmals Wood-Vanille du Noyer) the nose winner timed in 1.14kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ch. Von Bae, the mare’s third career win in 18 outings. Factice Montaval (4f Power Jet-Tombola) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and third went to Flure Merite (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) reined by Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc. USA Hambletonian Society executives were on hand to present the Meadowlands Trophy (John Campbell, Moira Fanning) along with Propulsion’s breeder Elizabeth Caldwell of Cane Run Farm. Prix de Meadowlands photo finish The day’s finale was the monte Prix Tidalium Pelo (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 16 participants with their apprentice jockeys). These races are always exciting and this one went to 3/2 favorite Argan du Loulay (9g Jam Pridem) with Mlle. Emeline Desmigneux aboard for trainer Ph. Richard, also the owner. Race time was 1.14.8kr. Second was 18/1 Baron du Bourg (8g Lilium Madrik) with Mlle. Oceane Briand in the irons, with third to 11/1 Art d’Erable (9g Coktail Jet) with Victor Saussaye the jockey. Quite a race day it was on Sunday with one of the most exciting and competitive Prix d’Amerique events I have seen. Back for the 2020 edition!!! Thomas H. Hicks  

January 28, 2019 - Monday’s Q+ was the Prix Rethel at Vincennes (purse 39,000€, 2850 meters, 18 European starters, harness racing seven year old mares) and 5.3/1 odds Crescendis (7f Querido de Blary-Libertatis) reined by trainer Jean Francois Senet for breeder/owner Thierry de Wazieres. The mare opened a huge lead in the lane and was timed in 1.14.2kr off evenly rated fractions. 14/1 Croma du Guibel (7f Infant du Bossis) took second for Eric Raffin ahead of third finishing 2.4/1 favorite Kash Broda (7f Ready Cash) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Peter Untersteiner. 3.9/1 Chira Julry with Adrien Lamy up and 25/1 Terrible GSO and teamster Francois Lagadeuc completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff for a 2€ wager was 4,981.80€. There was over 2.8€ million bet on this Q+. Crescendis Paris-Turf TV - Crescendis Three year old females contested the monte Prix de Lezignan (purse 33,000€, 200 meters, 14 monte three year old fillies) with the 1.18.5kr timed victory to 3.7/1 Grandissima (3f Viking du Val-Bellisima Love) reined by Mathilde Collet for trainer Stephane Meunier and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois. This filly was anrna at the Friday evening Arqana-Trot Sale. 18/1 Gimhagine Noblesse (3f Roi Vert) was second for jockey Arthur Rebeche and 2.3/1 favorite Girlissime (3f Bird Parker-Ivre de Victoire) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. Grandissima Four year old males contested the Prix d’Issoire (purse 35,000€, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) this afternoon with victory earned by the 2.7/1 Zakk Wise (4m Equinox Bi-Soranity Wise) with Jean Michel Bazire driving for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Race time was 1.16.2kr. 28/1 Zar Ross (4m Andover Hall-Armbro Artisan) was second for trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati, ahead of 2.2/1 favorite Zaire Wise As (4m Maharajah-Southwind Pamona) with trainer Gocciadoro the reinsman. Fourth was Fakir de Val (4m Vanishing Point) handled by breeder/owner/trainer Eric Lambertz. Zakk Wise Five year old females battled in the Prix de Chevilly (purse 35,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with the 1.16kr timed victory going to 3.3/1 Ellora du Cedre (5f Ludo de Castelle) for David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain, her third career win in 18 starts. 2.1/1 Elite San Leander (5f Oiseau de Feux) was next for J-M Bazire in a noses apart photo and third went to 13/1 Egerie Quesnot (5f Sam Bourbon) teamed with Franck Nivard. Ellora du Cedre (inside) On the weekend note in Paris were a few races worth mentioning. On January 26th at Kalmar 6/1 Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames-Speedy Vicane) won the V75 Gold raced over 2140 meters autostart with 200,000SEK to the winner. The now 16 time winner in 61 starts for 2,146,000SEK earned, was driven by Kin Eriksson for trainer/owner David Kallgren. 34/1 Elliot Coger and 2.9/1 Jairo trailed the winner. Race time was 1.12.9kr. On the same card the V75 Silver (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) saw 2.1/1 Global Trust (6g Yankee Glide-Refuse to Lose-Conway Hall) score in 1.11.2kr with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. He scored for the 11th time in 23 life starts, to defeat 9/2 Master Crowe (9m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell), the half-brother to Commander Crowe, and 40/1 Te Quiero Giff (9m Donato Hanover –Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec. Two days earlier at Aby in a 2140 meter cobtest worth 40,000SEK to the winner, the Jerry Riordan trained, Team Snyder AB owned, Zanzibar Effe (4f Donato Hanover-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) scored at 24.9/1 for Christoffer Eriksson timed in 1.15.2kr. This was the second life win for this mare in 10 starts. The Riordan trainee and 31/1 Zima Axe (4f Love You-Roni Axe-Ready Cash) was second for Carl Johan Jepson. The winner’s dam, Etna Sec, has produced Nesta Effe (1,035,987€ career earnings) and  Oibambam Effe (301,279€ earned). Thomas H. Hicks

January 27, 2019 - The storms eased somewhat later in the Prix d’Amerique harness racing program this afternoon. Three groupe level contests took place. The Prix 20 Minutes (“Helen Johannson”), Gr. III, 80,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters went to 13/1 Chica de Joudes (7g Jag de Bellouet-Eueschula Love) reined by owner/trainer Alain Laurent. The quick 1.10.9lr timed victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 365,200€. The race fractions were swift from the start (1.0.2kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.4kr with 500 meters remaining).  1.7/1 Terry d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took second for Franck Nivard and Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and 14/1 Ursa Caf (6f Explot Caf-Crisunar) rallied for third with Bjorn Goop the  pilot. Chica des Joudes The Prix Lenotre (“Jean Rene Gougeon”), a Gr. III event for a purse of 80,000€, was raced over 2100 meters autostart by 18 starters. Jean-Michel Bazire was back in the winner’s circle teaming his trainee Dorgos de Guez (6g Romcok de Guez-Fromentro), a horse bred and owned by Ecurie Vautors. This one was off as the 5/20 favorite and was timed in a quick 1.11.2 with fast steady fractions and a quick final 500. 14/1 Delloro Vedaquais (6g Ready Cash-Spandelle) took second with Jean Philippe Monclin up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The 5/1 campaigner Super Fez (8m Love You-Lucia FI) was third. This one also a Bazire trainee and reined today by Gabriele Gelormini. The winner drifted wide and his large lead diminished to two lengths at the line. Dorgos du Guez The Gr. III Prix Leopold Verroken (purse 60,000€, 2100 meters autostart,  13 European three year olds) went to 8/10 favorite Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for breeder/owner Michel Tessier and trainer Philippe Allaire. Race time was 1.14.5kr off rated fractions. The 48/1 outsider In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron lady) was a fast closing second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. This filly was RNA in the Friday evening Arqana-Trot Amerique Sale. 17/1 l Capone Stecca (4m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar) took third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Golden Bridge Thomas H. Hicks

January 27, 2019 -  Favorite 5/2 odds Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) rallied late in the lane for harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire to win the 98th Prix d’Amerique (Gr. I International UET Masters Series 2019, purse 900,000€, 2700 meters) timed in 1.11.7kr. The victory was career number 20 in 63 starts for the now winner of 2,127,430€. The great mare was bred and is owned by Yvan Bernard. Stablemate and 66/1 outsider Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) was second after rallying from behind Readly Express with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bazire and owner Kolbjoern O. Selmer. Third was 3.2/1 third wagering choice Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) that Bjorn Goop teamed for trainer Timo Numos. The 2018 Amerique held game to the end after enduring the death seat for the final half of the race to nip the tough 14/1 Davidson du Pont (6m Pacha du Pont) that Frank Ouvrie piloted for trainer J-M Bazire, as he raced on the front inner in the later stages after Uza Josselyn led early. The 5.1/1 Propulsion was fifth ahead of 2.8/1 second choice and double Amerique champion Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash) that was sixth after getting away near the end and was sixth over in tier two before making a late attempt to engage the leaders. 191/1 Uza Josselyn (8f Love You) ended seventh. Grand Prix d'Amérique 2019 - La course - Victoire du couple Belina Josselyn & Jean-Michel Bazire Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) battled successfully as the 4/10 favorite to win the Prix Association SIS Autisme France (“Charles Tiercelin”) timed in 1.11.2kr for reinsman Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato, owner Scuderia Bivans and breeder SARL Haras Saint-Martin. This exceptional colt won for the 10th time in 12 career starts now for 397,150€ earned. He was timed in 1.09kr over the final 500 meters as he swept three wide to engage the leader in the final bend. The 7.5/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) was second for Francois Lecanu and trainer Frederic Heon. Third went to 91/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Julien LeMer. Holy Water (4m Pastor Stephen) at 21/1 and Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) completed the top five. Face Time Bourbon is cited by some a likely successor to Bold Eagle and Ready Cash as the top International trotteur. Face Time Bourbon on the final bend Face Time Bourbon An explosive rainstorm during the Prix Lalique, also the Prix de Montreal (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) did not deter the winning 9/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. Excellent recorded his fifth career victory now for 177,760€ in career earnings. Race time was a quick 1.11.7kr off very fast fractions set by second finishing 11/1 Elnino Montaval (5m Magnificent Rodney) with Eric Raffin up. The kr rate at the 1500 mark was 1.06.9 and at the 1000 it was 1.09.5kr; 1.11.6kr with 500 meters remaining). Germany’s Portland (5m Ganymede) was third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of 78/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel) and 163/1 Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream), the latter with legendary Jean-Pierre Dubois driving a shore he bred and owns. Excellent Evangelina Blue winning the Prix Harley-Davidson (the “Camille Blaisot”, Gr. II, 100,000€ purse, monte, 2850 meters, eight starters, harness racing five year olds) began the Prix d’Amerique day at Paris-Vincennes before a huge crowd despite rain and clouds. The winner scored her second straight win at Vincennes and fifth of her career, timed in 1.13.8kr (she won in 1.11.8kr on January 5). Mathieu Mottier was in the irons for owner/trainer Jean Philippe Mary on this five year old daughter of Speedy Blue-Happy Blue who now has life earnings of 220,800€, and today was off at 3.1/1. Easy des Racques (5m Rodrigo Jet) was a 25/1 second for Anthony Barrier and 9/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) was a distant third with Delphine Beaufils-Ernault the jockey. The 5/10 favorite Ekeren finished fourth. Evangelina Blue Thomas H. Hicks

January 26, 2019 - The Quine+ Prix du Luxembourg (Gr. III, purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) was the Saturday harness racing feature and it showcased some of the continent’s better older trotteurs. As the punters expected the 6/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) secured victory with relative ease. Trainer Jean-Michel Bazire handled the reins for owner JH-M Rancoule timed in 1.10.8kr. The pace was quick from the outset (1.07.9kr at the 1500; 1.09.7kr with 1000 meters remaining; 1,11,1kr at the 500). Cleangame now has 21 career wins in 35 starts for 681,470€ earned. His breder was Alain Louis Beaumont. Finishing second was 9/2 odds Cash Gamble (8m Ready Cash-No Way Back) and pilot Franck Nivard with third to 7.8/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) with Romain Derieux the trainer/driver. 21/1 Sharon Gar (8f Varenne-Geneve Gar) was fourth abd 22/1 Abydos du Vivier completed the top five, the latter with Nicolas Bazire up. Cleangame The Q+ exaxt order payday has many winners over 6,700, of the 214€ payoff for a 2€ wager. The Saturday opener was the Prix Offshore Dream (purse 47,000€, 2850 meters, 10 monte starters) with the double Prix d’Amerique winning trophy presented by his trainer/driver Pierre Levesque to the 9/10 favorite winning Evening Star (5f Magnificent Rodney-Pay The Bill) with jockey Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie La Pinsonniere. Race time was 1.15.1kr and the winner wore down pacesetter 6.1/1 odds Lorina Citron (5f Niky-Valley Victoria) in the lane. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the second place check winner for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Jean Pierre Barjon, who last night bought the highest priced 71,000€ yearling in the Amerique sale, the Charly du Noyer sired colt Irish Whiskey. The third check in today’s monte event was 3.1/1 Etonne de Carsi (5f Okepi de Fael) ridden by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Franck Leblanc.. Evening Star The Prix Moni Maker (purse 35,000€, 2700 meters, 15 starters) saw Italy’s Zahra Mil (4f Nad Al Sheba-Clea d’Alfa) scored at 8.5/1 odds for reinsman Bjorn Goop, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pimpicks Srl. This rugged mare raced in, out, in front, trailing the leader before powering past in the lane for the 1.14.7kr victory, off slow fractions (1.17.8kr at the 1500 meters remaining point). The winner raised her modest career earnings to 51,776€ with today’s victory. 5.2/1 Fulmida (4f Reisling-Jenillidia) was second for owner/trainer/driver A.G. Maillard and third was 12/1 Flora Vensei (4f Gazouillis) that Franck Nivard piloted. Zahra Mil The Prix Varenne (purse 41,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) continued races named for legendary trotteurs, and it went to 1.15.3kr timed and 1.2/1 favorite Energie d’Echal (5f Tiego d’Etang-Traviata de Fleur) with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner Claudine Minier. 25/1 Elvetica (5f Ubriaco) and 10/1 Elegant Delo (5f Goetmals Wood) were the next pair to the line. Energie d’Echal The fifth race, Prix Ready Cash (purse 52,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters), saw 3.9/1 Duel du Gers (6g Quaker Jet-Le Chasse Verte) score for trainer Matthieu Abrivard, reining for owner J-M Rancoule. Race time was 1.13.1kr for the now nine time winner in 21 life starts good for 167,590€ earned. 4.2/1 Destin Carisaie (6f Uniclove) was next with Eric Raffin aboard and third was 4.8/1 Ragaa da Sopra (6g From Above) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Duel du Gers The Prix de Chateaubriant (purse 29,000€, 2200 meters, 14 starters) saw 2/1 Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) defeat a group of inexperienced three year olds timed in 1.17.4kr with Eric Raffin up.  Philippe Allaire trains this first time winner for Jacques Pauc, the breeder/owner. 7/1 Gwendalo Bello (3m Booster Winner) was second for Christophe Feyte and 47/1 Gentilove Job (3m Love You) took third. Gallant Way The European amateur drivers contested the Coupe d’Europe des Amateurs (purse 16,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 entrants, one scratch) today and it was a good race won by the pacesetter and 6/1 odds Staro Ivy League (8g Make It Happen-Staro Bello Dorine) driven by Leonardo Vastano. Peter Untersteiner trains this one for Kgosterien AB. Second was fast closing 9/1 Final Oak (9m Make It Happen-Cara Bobs Crown) with Mlle Kassandra Fresneau aboard and third went to 4.6/1 Panoramic (9g Scarlet Knight) with Piet Van Ollaert up for trainer Henk Grift. 4.9/1 Brandeis Jet and 35.1 Brome des Lunes completed the top five, these reined by Dennis Kristiansen and Nicklas Benzon. Staro Ivy League At Wolvega on January 25, 2019 was the Grand Prix Willem H. Geersen (purse 9,900€, 2600 meters, 12 starters) in honor of that legendary horseman. The victory was earned by 10/1 Thai Investment (10g Broadway Hall-Thai Wonder) timed in 1.14.3kr and reined by Jaap Van Rijn for trainer H.A.J. Grift and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel.  The winning trotter now has career earnings of 127,524. 3.4/1 Gustafson (6g Quick Wood-Ultimate Lady) was second for Rick Ebbinge and trainer J.W.M. Engwerda, ahead of 11/1 Flavius (7g Pegasus Boko-Yemaya). The 1.3/1 favorite Ustinof de Vivier was fifth. Thomas H. Hicks