Day At The Track

July 26, 2019 - Friday’s harness racing Q+ was the Prix Henri Balliere (purse 32,000€, 2750 meters, 16 starters) at Cabourg. The 5.3/1 odds Carat du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier) scored over the off track for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Marku Vartainen and Ecurie Fincumet Group OY, his seventh career victory in 41 starts. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 9/1 Av Nid de Gassard (9g Le Retour) was secomd with Alexandre Abrivard up and 25/1 Baron de l’Orne (8g Memphis du Rib) was third ahead of 4/1 Divine di’Leone and 7.9/1 Donuts Delador. The Q+ e-payoff was 18,515.20€. Carat du Goutier At Chatelaillon this day Jean Michel Bazire scored with three of his trainees. The Prix de Chatelaillon Plage (purse 17,000€, 2625 meters, 10 starters) went to 4/10 favorite Gitan de Guez (3m Niky-Allure de Star) timed in 1.15.7kr. Ecurie Vautors owns this youngster. Gitan de Guez The trainer/driver anjd owner team was back on top in the Prix Aubrion du Gers (piurse 17,000€, 2500 meters, 14 starters) with victory to the 4/10 favorite Denzo de Guez (6g Look de Star-Odyssee de Guez), his eight career win in 15 outings, and timed in 1.14.1kr for Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. Denzo de Guez Finally, in the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 35,000€, 2625 meters, 12 starters) it was Bazire again in the winner’s circle with 1.4/1 favorite Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) clocked in 1.12.6kr. Ghazi BR Thomas H. Hicks  

July 27, 2019 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy featured Prix de Washington (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 9/10 favorite Bel Avis (8g Gamymede-Gloria Maris) get up late for the 1.10kr timed victory with harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines. He scored for the 21st time in 58 career starts and the win raised his career earnings to 1,037,663€. New Blue 1 LLC (USA) owns the winner that was bred by Comte de Bellaigue. 12/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was a head back second for Franck Nivard, owner Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard, 6.9/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) gamely set the pace for Gabriele Gelormini and held third . 2.3/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was a disappointing pocket sitting fourth for Romain Derieux and fifth was 15/1 Valko Jenilat (10m Kepler) with Paul Philippe Ploquin up. The fractions were well rated (1.09.9kr with 1000 meters remaining; 1.11.2kr at the 500). Bel Avis The Gr. III Prix de Milan (purse 80,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) was also on the card as secondary feature.  Victory went to the 9/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) timed in 1.11.3kr for a three-length victory. Eric Raffin was the pilot for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. Feliciano won for the sixth time in 23 career starts now for 269,790€ earned. 4.8/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) chased for second and the 4/5 favorite Mister F Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love) was third for Robin Bakker. 6.2/1 IDS Boko and 25/1 Florida Sport completed the top five. Feliciano Three year old fillies began the day’s action in the Prix de la Porte Pouchet (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.16.6kr clocked winner was 7/10 favorite Galaxie du Goutier (3f Kaisy Dream-Idole de Tugeras) handled by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin for Ecurie Saint Martin. This filly won for the fifth time in nine career starts. 10/1 Gesira (3f Baccarfat de Simm) was second and 9/1 Gazelle du Corta (3f Love You) was third. Galaxie du Goutier Three year old males contested the Prix de Roule (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) with victory to the 6.6/1odds Golfe Juan (3m Kam Pridem) that scored for the third time in eight outings for pilot Yoann Lebourgeois. 3/2 favorite Good Friday (4m Village Mystic-Maflymede) held second after a courageous journey for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Luc Roelens. Thiurd was 23/1 General Sport (3g Kaisy Dream) for M.X. Mestre Suner. Race time was 1.16.6kr. Golfe Juan The day’s e-Q+ was the Prix Dominique Savary (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 14 starters) that saw a contested finish led by 6.3/1 Coalinga City (7f Coktail Jet-Mamaora) reined to the 1.12.3kr score by Franck Nivard for trainer Francois Senet. The now seven-time winner is 64 appearances defeated 2.1/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) and Ch. J. Bigeon and 9/1 Brandeis Jet (8m Coktail Jet-Qasida Jet) with Pierre Vercruysse up. 22/1 Bois de Bosnet and 10/1 Ballais d’Ourvfo completed the exact order top five that paid 4,597.40€. Coalinga City   Best Of Bourbon Wins Prix de Bunny Sur Loire Enghien-Soisy’s Prix de Bunny Sur Loire (monte, purse 49,000€m 2875 meters, 12 starters) was the Thursday featured event this evening and monte specialist Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) won again for Mlle. Mathilde Cullet at 1.4/1 odds. As usual Mlle. Collet went right to the front and never looked back in the 1.14kr timed journey. This Vincent Jarry trained, and Ecurie Nice Nasach owned, performer won for the 11th time in 55 career starts, now for 175,540€ earned. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred the winner that defeated 8.4/1 Diktat du Start (6g Quaker Jet) handled by Matthieu Abrivard and 3.2/1 Delta Fac (6g Tucson) piloted by Franck Nivard. Best of Bourbon For a video replay click on this link.    Thomas H. Hicks  

The harness racing gallant Spanish stallion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) won his 49th straight race in Spain since returning home from France during 2017. The latest victory was in the Premi Jorky Das Pont (200€ purse, 1700 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.8kr, his best of 2019, with C. Riera aboard for Cuadra Sa Farola. The latest win was his 13th in 2019 following 28 for 28 last year and eight wins in 2017. His career earnings are now 686,866€ from 81 lifetime victories in 143 outings. What a horse!!! Thomas H. Hicks  

July 24, 2019 - Harness racing trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse took three victories at Enghien this day including the Quinte+ race of the day and the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin. The Q+ Prix de Picpus (purse 38,000€, 2875 meters, 14 starters) began the streak with victory to 2.9/1 Funky Jet (4m Sam Bourbon-Pine Apple Jet) clocked in 1.14.8kr with trainer Vercruysse at the lines for Ecurie Augustin-Normand. This Jean Etienne Dubois bred trotter now has three wins in three 2019 starts and he is six for seven for the career. His life earnings are now 76,050€. 62/1 Futur du Chene (4g Milord du Chene) was second ahead of 22/1 Franklin Park (4g Prince Gede). 32/1 Fynio du Pommereux (4g Timoko) and 32/1 Falco Somolli (4m Tropic Jet) completed the top five and set up a Q+ payoff of 78,501.80€ to six winning 2€ tickets. The Q+ pool was 2,669,498€ and the handle on the race from all wagers exceeded 5,677,000€. Funky Jet Vercruysse was back shortly for a victory with 3.3/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious-Know How) timed in 1.13.5kr in the Prix du Medoc (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters). This one is also owned by Ecurie Augustin-Normand and was bred by Jean Philippe Dubois. He now has 14 career wins in 40 starts for 204,970€ earned. 21/1 Gross Weight (8g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) took second for Clement Duvaldestin and third went to 3.4/1 All Feeling (9m Otello Pierji) for pilot Eric Raffin. Crazy Charm The day’s feature race was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin (purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, eight starters) and the 7/10 favorite Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) scored timed in 1.12.9kr for trainer/driver Vercruysse. It was the winner’s second straight victory and he is now a nine-time winner in 25 starts good for 427,775€. Ecurie des As owns Drole de Jet that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. 2/1 Etonnant (5m Timoko-Migraine) was second with Bjorn Goop teaming for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. 10/1 Dascalia (6f Norginio) took third with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Alphonse Vanderghen. Drole de Jet   Thomas H. Hicks     Thomas H. Hicks  

July 25, 2019 - The field of 12 harness racing trotters is set for the August 4th Deutschlands Traber Derby to be raced at Berlin Mariendorf, Germany. Four eliminations took place on July 21 with the following winners set to contest the final along with their chief rivals. The eliminations, each for a 20,000€ purse, saw the fastest winner being River Flow (Biltmore As-Annabelle As) timed in 1.13.11kr with Thorsten Tietz aboard. Juan les Pins (Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) took the second elimination for Jaap Van Rijn clocked in 1.13.26kr. Arnold J. Mollema trains this winner. The third contest went to the Alessandro Gocciadoro piloted Juan Bros (Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) stopping the timer in 1.13.37kr. Juan Bros And finally, in elimination four, Velten Von Flevo (Ganymede-Babette Flevo) scored for reinsman Rick Ebbinge and trainer JWM Engwerda clocked in 1.14.58. The Derby Festival should be a good one with quality racing on the weekend. Thomas H. Hicks  

Sunday’s St. Michel AJO at Mikkeli (Finland) went to 2/1 Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for harness racing trainer Petri Salmala timed in 1.10.2kr over 1609 meters autostart. The purse was 141,000€ and the winner recorded his 22nd career win in 51 starts now for life earnings of 746,133€. He was a 2-3-1 slate in seven starts in 2019. 5.8/1 Next Direction (6m Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx) took second for iikka Nurmonen and third was 12/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above-Estrado OR) handled by Mika Forss. Mikkeli files Thomas H. Hicks  

July 20, 2019 - Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won for the 13th time Saturday in 14 harness racing career starts, this one in the Bizalmas DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.9kr. Andrea Fazekas perfectly teamed the winner for owner Pimri and trainer Imre Fazekas, as the team was away quickly to the front, rated the middle 800 meters, and sprinted away from rivals in the lane. It was Longines third win in four 2019 starts. Germany’s Kornelius Heitmann bred the winner. She was off the 1.8/1 favorite and bested 5.3/1 Iago d’Amore (5m Mego d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro  with Andor Angyal aboard. Third went to 12/1 Zaneboro (4m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe) handled by Serbia’s Branislav Mukity. The same day in France at Cagnes Sur Mer was the Prix de la Baie des Anges (orpurse 53,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) and that event went to 31/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Oquita d’Haricourt) with Stefan Stevens the pilot for trainer Mark De Cock. The victory raised the winner’s life earnings to 389,584€ although it was only his eighth career win in 143 starts. Even-money favorite Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) took second with Stephane Cingland her trainer/driver, ahead of 6.6/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (9m Magnificent Rodney) with Christophe Martens up. Race time was 1.14.3kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday’s harness racing Quinte+ race was the GP de la Ville de Cabourg at Hippodrome Cabourg (purse 44,000€, 2750 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory to 2.8/1 Dostoievski (6g Ganymede-Noor des Charmes). Dominik Locqueneux teamed this Jean Michel Bazire trainee for Ecurie des Charmes. He won for the eighth time in 33 career outings now for 250,970€ earned. 19/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame , ahead of 20/1 Cledere de L’SAirou (7f Clef des Chatelet) handled by Sebastian Ernault. 15/1 Deese de Gueron and 7/2 Classic Connection completed the top five and established an exact order payoff of 35,301.00 to 11 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3.437,120€ and the total race handle was 6,940,000€. The card included the monte Prix Fandango (purse 44,000€, 2750 meters, 14 starters) with victory earned by 2.2/1 Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Dairpet. Race time was 1.11.6kr and the winner now has life earnings of 510,460€ from 14 career wins in 44 starts. 3.9/1 Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 10/1 Al Capone Jet (9m Jag de Bellouet) rallied for third for jockey Francois Lagadeuc. Ceylan Dairpet Friday evening at Wolvega was the Super Trot Cup (purse 22,000€, 2100 meters autostart, ten starters) with the 1.12.7kr timed victory to 16/1 Durk M Boko (9g From Above-Vivian Boko) with Frans Van Der Blon up for trainer/owner H.A. Van Dljk. 13/1 Fabio Blanco (7g Ufo Kievitshof) was next with trainer Rob De Vlieger aboard and 4.6/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You) took third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer JWM Engwerda. Durk M Boko Thomas H. Hicks

July 20, 2019 - Today’s harness racing card at Enghien was a good one showcasing the Quinte+ race of the day and two groupe events. First was the Q+ Prix Pte Montmartre (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and 15/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal) scored timed in 1.13.5kr. Eric Raffin teamed the winner for Stall Panamera Racing and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. The winner now has life earnings of 227,600€. 4/1 Bamour (8g Gazouillis) took second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. 5/2 odds Calvin Borel (9g Super Photo Kosmos)  was third for Marc Elias teaming for owner/trainer Conrad Lugauer. 15/1 Vastertbo Grobois and 59/1 Uncertain Age completed the top five leading to a Q+ exact order payoff of 56,504.40€ for six winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 2,427,144€ and the total wagered on the race was 6,389,000€. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) produced an upset 28/1 victory for In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady-Taurus Dream) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Bruni Racing Team AM. Her slate is now 2-2-2 in 12 appearances in France for Boireau and in Sweden for Jerry Riordan. In Your Dreams The victory today raised her life earnings to 73,089€. The filly was registered in Denmark and bred by Jean Pierre Dubois from the North American stakes winning Iron Lady. This day she defeated 9/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Phillipe Allaire that entered this race with eight wins in nine career starts. 11/1 General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec) took third for Alexandre Abrivard and 24/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker) was fourth for trainer Allaire and pilot J. Ph. Monclin. In Your Dreams Pedigree Today’s Enghien featured Gr. II Prix Buenos Aires (purse 100,000€, 4150 meters, 12 International starters) went to the very impressive Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) reined by Jean Michel Bazire to the 1.15.5kr timed victory, his 26th in 41 career starts. This 2/5 favorite increased his life earnings to 910,970€. Bazire trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule and Cleangame may be the next Aubrion du Gers for the Bazire team. 9/1 Ceranzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for Franck Nivard and 39/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) took third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. 25/1 Colorado Blue and 13/1 Vertige de Chenu completed the top five to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 17, 2019 - Champion Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was killed yesterday in a training accident at the harness racing training center of Jean Michel Bazire. Stablemate Cyrano du Pont succumbed to injuries in the same accident. Aubrion du Gers won 46 times in 73 career starts for earnings in excess of 2.5€ million. He won 16 straight at one point in 2018-19 before losing the final heat of the Elitloppet. The FR veteran trotteur will be greatly missed, and in many of the greatest International contests. He was to represent France in the 2019 Yonkers International Trot. Back to the racing scene, Sunday at Rojan was the 10th leg of the Trophee Vert series, this one raced on the turf over 3100 meters by 15 starters for the 45,000€ purse. 10/1 Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yalda) scored timed in 1.15.7kr with owner/trainer E Lamy aboard. The winner scored his 28th victory in 104 career starts. Aldo d’Argentre 39/1 Aribo Mix (9g Reve des Vallees) took second for D. Cordeau and 38/1 Calsaka de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Viking Dream and Blues des Landiers completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

The grand Spanish champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) took today’s Premi VI Memorial Guiem (2500 meters autostart, International, 200€ 9purse) at Hipodrom Torre del Ram, his 48th consecutive harness racing victory since returning from France in 2017.   He now sports a career slate of 80-5-9 in 142 outings, good for 686,766€ earned. Cuadra Sa Farola owns Trebol.     Today’s chart and Trebol’s resume follow:         Hipodrom Torre del Ram Thomas H. Hicks

On Saturday at Arjang was the Stora Printerlopp, a Gr. II International harness racing event raced over 1640 meters autostart for 600,000SEK first money.   The Danish registered, French bred Uza Josselyn scored in an impressive 1.09.3kr with Erik Adielsson up for Ecurie Rhythm & Blues and trainer Rene Aebischer.   Uza, off at 4.7/1, recorded her 30 th career win in 66 starts for 11,202,383SEK earned. She bested 4.1/1 Nadal Broline (9g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) with Bjorn Goop up and 19.5/1 Lionel (9m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) reined by owner Goran Antonsen. Well regarded Milligan’s School and Dante Boko were in the beaten field.   Thomas H. Hicks

Hotel Mystic (2m. Love You-Natchka d’Orgeres) topped Thursday’s Osaras-Trot Haras des Rouges Terres Sale. Jo Corbani was the winning bidder at 255.000€. He qualified in 1.19.1kr and is a full brother to Village Mystic. Another qualified two-year old, High Power (2m Village Mystic-Maflymede), was the runner up bringing 230,000€ from Langlais Bloodstock. He was clocked in 1.19kr recently at Caen. Many of consigned horses represented Baudron/Dubois bloodstock. There were 66 lots sold from 124 consigned and the average was 37,290€, up from 31,186€ a year ago. Sales statistics follow. The sale topper pedigrees are shown below. HOTEL MYSTIC Sexe / Col M / bf Date of birth 08/04/2017 Vendor ROUGES TERRES Haras des SOLD Purchaser CORBANI JO Price 255 000,00 € VET FILE VARIOUS INFORMATIONS UPDATES Dans la 1ère mère : Netchka d'Orgères est la mère de 12 produits, 11 en âge de courir, 10 qualifiés, 7 vainqueurs dont : American Dollar nouveau record 1'12 2e du PRIX D'ENGHIEN à MARSEILLE (04/07) 3e à AVIGNON - LE PONTET (23/06) EL VILLAGIO 5e du PRIX LOUIS JARIEL Gr.2 à VINCENNES et 195 830 € Good Mood (f. Love you) qualifiée (24/05) à CAEN en 1'18     Thomas H. Hicks          

July 13, 2019 - A great harness racing day this was at Enghien with the Q+ and two competitive G.III events on the menu. The action began with the Quinte+ Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap) and even-money favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) delighted the crowd with his Alexandre Abrivard teamed victory. This J-M Bazire trainee, a career winner 11 times in 33 starts for 226,230€ earned, was clocked in 1.12.9kr as he defeated 4.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) and pilot Eric Raffin, with third to 10/1 Doum Jenikou (6g Rancho Gede). 9/1 Baladin Hongrois and 17/1 Belardo completed the top five leading to a short Q+ payoff of 160.40€ to 9,680 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,323,741€ and over 8,686,000€ was wagered on the race. Defi de Retz The day’s featured Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (purse 80,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) went to 1.11.2kr timed and 12/1 odds Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet), a short nose winner for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As. The winner scored his eighth career win in 24 starts now for 391,775€ in life earnings. The 4/5 favorite Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers) was second handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner J.M. Rancoule. 9/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede) closed quickly for third handled by Franck Nivard. 8.9/1 Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller, ahead of 2.3/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne) and pilot Eric Raffin. This was a superb contest with several lead changes and a stirring finish in deep stretch. Drole de Jet    The Gr. III Prix du Louvre (purse 74,000€, 2875 meters, European eligible) saw 4.8/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) score timed in 1.15.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard up. Laurent Claude Abrivard bred, trains and owns the seven-time career winner in 32 starts that now has life earnings of 305,160€. 2.1/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 26/1 Electra Jet (5m Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) closed for third reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for owner Ecurie des AS. 2 .6/1 El Villagio and 9/1 Elena de Piencourt completed the top five. Excellent Another interesting race had an unusual ending, The Prix de Villiers (purse 43,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligible) saw 9/1 Very Impressive (4m SJs Caviar-Verify) declared the winner on the late dq of front trotting Hooters USA. The placed winner was teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer C.F. Kamminga and owner Ecurie Hodij Coatings. It was his first win in FR and he now has life earnings of 100,526€. The 19/1 outsider Fredo Griff (4m Love You) was placed second for Mathieu Mottier and 9/1 Innovation Love (4g Love You) was placed third with Robin Bakker up. Norton Commander, the 2/5 favorite, was also a dq. Race time was 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 12, 2019 - Friday’s Quinte+ race was the Prix du Sap (purse 32,000€, 2750 meters distance handicap, 15 harness racing starters) at Cabourg. The 1.14.2kr timed victory went to 12/1 Copain du Cedre (7g Orlando Vici) with David Thomain up. The winner recorded his seventh career win in 44 outings now for 109,550€ earned. 15/1 Boxeur des Baux (8g Lilium Madrik) was second with Paul Philippe Ploquin aboard and 9/2 odds Carioca de Lou (7g Jag de Bellouet) was third for Leo Abrivard. 50/1 Be Good and 17/1 Brihana completed the top five finishers and set up a sole Q+ winning ticket and payoff of 394,889.80€. The Q+ pool was 3,754,008€ and total wagered on the race exceeded 7,774,000€. Copain du Cedre The top race of the day was the GP de la Ville de Cagnes-Sur-Mer (purse 66,000€, 2925 meters, seven International starters). The 4/5 favorite Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) prevailed timed in 1.16.2kr with Mickael Cormy the driver/trainer for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Balbir won for the 29th time in a 69-race career and increased his life earnings to 715,930€. 1.9/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and 18/1 Creative Castelets (7f Pomerol de Laumac) took third for J.Ch. Feron. Baldi Star and Colonel Bond were next to the line. Balbir On the undercard at CSM was the Prix de la Promenade de la Plage (purse 39,000€, 2925 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.1kr timed victory went to 20/1 Carlo de Carsi (7g Ismael du Pont) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Laurent Gout and owner Gilles Baubier Canarelli. Carlo won for the ninth time in 50 lifetime starts, now for 300,750€ earned. 4.1/1 Diadam Atout (6m Timoko) was second for Christophe Martens and 7.4/1 American Dollar (9m Rocklyn) was third with Laurent Guy Richard aboard. Carlo de Carsi Thomas H. Hicks  

July 10, 2019 - US Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit (5m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) took yesterday’s harness racing Gotlandslopningen at Visby on the island of Gotland, Sweden, sponsored by AV Benders. Purse to the winner was 150,000SEK over the 2120 meter autostart course. Orjan Kihlstom teamed this 1.45/1 favorite for trainer Daniel Reden. He won for the 18th time in 34 career starts for life earnings of 9,938,079SEK and was timed in 1.11.7kr. 6.9/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above) took second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. 51/1 West Wing (11g Steinlager) took third for Ulf Ohlsson and owner/trainer Micael Broberg. 7.5/1 Antonio Tabac (7m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) was fourth, two lengths off the winner in this his first 2019 start, with trainer Oskar Kylin Bloom aboard. 9.5/1 Lucifer Lane was fifth. Top racing also took place last weekend at Jarlsberg and at Cesena ITY. On July 7 was the Ulf Thoreson Grand International, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event for a total purse of 149,883€ and raced over 2100 meters autostart. 4.6/1 Vitruvio (Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) scored timed in 1.10.7kr with Jorma Kontio teaming for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. He scored for the 16th time in a 36 race career. 3.1/1 Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was second with Ulf Ohlsson driving and 41/1 Voltaire Gifont (5m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy-Ginger Somolli) took third with trainer Pietro Gubellini at the lines. 7.4/1 Racing Mange was fourth and 5/1 Ringostarr Treb was a dq. Vitruvio On the same program was the Anders Jahres Pokallop (purse 41,347€, 2100 meters autostart) that went to 1.11.8kr timed and 3.4/1 odds Volnik du Kras (5m Varenne-Olijka des Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Pietro Gubellini the pilot for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Always On Time and Florlis Baldwin trailed the winner. Volnik du Kras On July 6 at Cesena Italy was the Gr.III GP Riccardo Grassi 17th Edition for a purse of 40,040€ and raced over 1660 meters autostart. The 1.11.7kr timed victory was earned by Tamure Roc with Santo Mollo at the lines. Sonia took second for Rene Legati and Tina Turner was third with Andrea Farolfi aboard. Tamure Roc Thomas H. Hicks