Day At The Track

November 9, 2017 - Today’s Gr. II monte Prix Olry-Roederer (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine European starters) drew a superb harness racing field and victory went to Dexter Fromentro (4m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) and jockey Camille Levesque. Thomas Levesque trains and Pierre Levesque owns the 1.16.3kr timed winner that was off at 9/2 odds. 6.3/1 Dragon d’Avril (4m Thorens Vedaquais) was second with Adrien Lamy up for Sebastien Houyvet, the owner/trainer. Third was 6/1 Dreamer Delo (4m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) and jocket Damien Bonne. The 1.4/1 favorite Darlhey du Rib was a misque dq. The day’s Q+ was also at Vincennes this day and the Prix de Cognac (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 Viking Fromentro (8g Capriccio-Ormindia) for driver Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, quite a fine day for the Levesque team.  4.3/1 Balando was second for Dominik Locqueneux and third was 44/1 As de Godisson and driver Laurent Verva. Q+ payoffs follow. Thomas H. Hicks    

November 9, 2017 - Today’s Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent (purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 four and five year old European starters) kicked off for some a path to the harness racing Prix d’Amerique. This field may be the best in the age class in Europe and what a victory it was for 1.11.3kr timed front striding Carat Williams (5m Prodigious-Miss Williams) teamed with David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Francoise Deboudaud. This win was the sixth in succession for Carat Williams and increased his career earnings to €794,240. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America) rallied for second driven by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Third was Urlo Dei Venti (4m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy) with Enrico Bellei up for trainer Gennaro Casillo. Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) and Diabo du Noyer (4m Jasmin de Flore-Une et Indivisible) were fourth and fifth, ahead of Treasure Kronos that traveled comfortably in the death seat but could not sustain her stretch bid. Fractions were steady (1.09.2kr with 1500 remaining; 1.11.1kr at the 1000; 1.11.9kr with 500 meters to go). The winning Carat Williams was the 2/5 favorite while the next pair were off at 11/1 and 45/1 respectively. Thomas H. Hicks

November 8, 2017 - Today’s Gran National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, 12th leg, purse €90,000, 3000 meters distance handicap, 18 starters, Quinte+ race of the day) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 6.6/1 Barrio Josselyn (6m Scipion du Goutier-Pika Josselyn) with Jean Michel Bazire the harness racing trainer/driver. Mme. Ottavia Raffi-Urano owns the winner, that defeated 6.1/1 Vulcania de Godrel (8f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) and driver Franck Nivard. Third was 12.6/1 Tiger Danover (10g Ipsos de Pitz-Nelly du Bouguet) driven by Matthieu Abrivard. The second and third finishers were handicapped 25 meters at the start. The fastest winner of GNT Nantes is legendary Rapide Lebel at 1.12.9kr in 2010. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 6, 2017 - The three Gr. II harness racing events this day at Paris-Vincennes began with the monte Prix Reynolds (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters) with victory timed in 1.11.7kr to 4.7/1 Ulka des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs). Matthieu Abrivard teamed the winner. 24.7/1 Veloce du Banney (g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) and driver Franck Nivard took second ahead of 6.4/1 Tornado Bello (10m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) and jockey Camille Levesque for trainer Thomas Levesque. The Prix Reynolds kicks off the path during the Winter Meet toward the Prix de Cornulier contested the Sunday prior to the Prix d’Amerique 2018. The Gr. II Prix Reine du Corta (purse €120,000, 12 starters) went to 1.12.9kr clocked 2/5 odds Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 12.3/1 Elegantissime (3f Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) took second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. 36.3/1 Estola (3f Nectar-Nika) was next for J.Ph. Monclin. The Prix Abel Bassigny (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) was timed in 1.14.4kr by the winner 6.8/1 Eridan (3m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) handled by David Thomain for trainer/owner team of Sebastien Guarato and Philippe Dewulf, shown below. The same team’s 2/5 favorite Ecu Pieji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) was home second with Mathieu Mottier driving. 5.7/1 Express Jet (3m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) was third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie Opale. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this one. The Prix de Lesparre (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), the Dubois bred brother to champion Bold Eagle, reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. Race time was 1.13.1kr. 19.2/1 Cirrus Atout (5g Look de Star-Ire du Ciel) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Guarato and Ecurie des Amis. 49.9/1 Drole d’Espoir (4m Nem-Orphea de Nay) took third for J.Ph. Monclin.  Prix d’Arcachon (Quinte +, purse €82,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 1.1/1 Afghan Barbes (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) timed in 1.10.7kr for Ch. J. Bigeon, and trainer Christian Bigeon. 12.6/1 Venkatesh (8g Varenne-Honey Face) was second driven by Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, with third to 5.1/1 Azaro d’Eva (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) handled by Jean Michel Bazire. Q+ payoffs are shown below. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 4, 2017 - Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rebounded from a disappointing last out to easily win today’s Hilda Zonetts V75 Gold at Bergsaker, timed in 1.12kr over 2149 meters autostart. Stefan Melander was the pilot of the 3/10 favorite , he also the owner/trainer. Nuncio left from post six and made the front from a three wide position on the backside of lap one and he was a length winner from Tobin Kronos (5f Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) driven by Orjan Kihstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Third was Poochai (7m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) for Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Nuncio now has a 42-13-4 slate in 62 career outings for 28,610,230SEK earned. Today’s first prize was 150,000SEK. Other good winners on the card included Valeur (8g Love You-Steffi Bob-Lindys Crown) for Sandra Nordemo in the V75 Silver and Bryssel (5m Ready Cash-Spacelane-Lindy lane) took the V75 Bronze handled by his trainer, Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

November 3, 2017 - Well regarded Cobra Bleu (5m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee) returned in victory today at Le Croise Laroche, winning the harness racing Grand Prix du Nord 5Ans (purse €40,000, 2825 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr. Pierre Vercruysse drove Cobra Bleu, one that he also trains, for breeder/owner Nathalie Chepdelaine. The 2/5 favorite overcame a 25 meter handicap, and after catching his rivals, staged a four wide move to the lead with a lap remaining, to defeat 7/1 Chic (5f Look de Star-Marine du Hausey), Franck Nivard up,  and 10/1 Coeur de Loup (5g Jet Fortuna-Otra Luna) reined by trainer Philippe Deaugeard. Cobra Bleu scored his second 2017 win in only three starts and now has 10 career victories for €442,640 earned. Cobra Bleu is one to watch at the Vincennes Winter Meet. He has shown up before, placing second last Christmas day in the Criterium Continental and he won Gr. II events such as the Prix Phaeton and Prix Ephrem Houel, also in 2016. Evening racing this day at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by the Quinte+ Prix Barbara (purse €48,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) that resulted in a 1.13.3kr timed victory by 43/1 Agi de Crenes (7g Joyou d’Amour-Ovation de Crennes) reined by J.P. Maillard. 8.2/1 Atout de Gainaut (7g Gazouillis) was next for Eric Raffin and third was 4.7/1 Aquero de Soudes (7g Dahir de Prelong) for Alain Laurent. Monday the Paris-Vincennes afternoon program will be worth tracking with its three Gr. II events and other meaningful contests. PRIX REYNOLDS 120 000€ Groupe II - Monté - 2 175m - International PRIX REINE DU CORTA 120 000€ Groupe II - Attelé - 2 175m – 3yo females PRIX ABEL BASSIGNY 120 000€ Groupe II - Attelé - 2 175m -3yo males Well respected Tornado Bello (monte), three year old fillies Electra Jet, Elegantissime, Erming d’Oliverie  and three year old colts Express Jet, Espoir Prestance, Eridan and Ecu Pierji will be at the start. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 2, 2017 - Today’s Gr. III Prix de Cevennes (purse €110,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) drew a super quality harness racing field and victory went to 1/2 favorite Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie G&F Raffre. 6.8/1 Ave Avis (7m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) took second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire ahead of 7.6/1 Virginie du Maza (8g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) with trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. Uppercut du Manche, Booster Winner and Amiral Sacha were fourth through sixth. The beaten field also included monte stars Bilibili and Bellissima France. Race time was 1.13.8kr. The Vincennes program also included the Q+ Prix de Soulac (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) with victory to 1.13kr timed 24.9/1 Aero King (7h Hooper-Quarmina du Hour) for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Vincent Lecroq. 98.4/1 Vasco Flower (8g Niky-Nimea) was second for Damien Bonne and owner/trainer Christian Bigeon with third to 8.6/1 Arius du Douet (7g Oyonnax) with Franck Nivard the trainer/driver. The Prix du Durat (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) also was a day’s highlight and 5/2 Blue Story (6f Opium-Loumana Flor) scored for Pierre Levesque, and trainer Thomas Levesque. Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner bested 6.7/1 Black Atout (6m Prodigious-La Laqune) and Mathieu Mottier for trainer Franck Leblanc. 9.4/1 Brune des Forges (6f Rolling d’heripe) was third for David Thomain. Other Vincennes action took place earlier in the week. On Tuesday the Prix Lameia (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters three year old fillies) went to 1.15.6kr timed and 12.4/1 Estancia Love (3f Repeat Love-Quelle Aventure) with Matthieu Abrivard driving for Yves Boireau who trains for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. His Ecurie D was the breeder. 16.2/1 Esquisse Royale (3f Prodigious-Royale Flower) was next for Emilien Roulline driving for Philippe Moulin, trainer for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and this one was bred by Jean Philippe Dubois. Leo Abrivard teamed the third finishing 27.3/1 Escalade (3f Love You-Uranie du Corta). On Tuesday the Prix Marcel Dejean (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 10 two year old starters) went to 1/2 favorite Fly With Us (2f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) teamed with Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. 5/1 Fontaleza (2f Prince d’Espace-Houlba du Pouline) and Jean Michel Bazire took second for owner/trainer Jean Michel Beaudouin. 13.4/1 Fend l Bise (2f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steel) rallied for third with trainer Franck Anne up, for Ecurie AB Trot, the breeder/owner. Wednesday at Laval was the Prix Albert et Raymond Poiteven (purse €30,000, 2875 meters, 15 three year olds) and the 1.15.6kr timed victory went to 6.9/1 Exotic Destination (3f Love You-Quiromantica) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Yves Boireau trains the winner for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 9/10 favorite Exit  Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) took second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire while 18.1/1 Energy Victory (3f Prodigious-Queens Victory) secured third for Mathieu Mottier, Philippe Moulin (trainer) and Ecurie Victoria Dreams (Jean Philippe Dubois breeder). Also at Laval was the Grand Prix de la Ville de Laval (purse €60,000, 2875 meters, 18 European starters) and the 1.14.7kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Univaldi d’Aval (9g Vivaldi de Chenu-Miss Me d’Aval) for J-M Bazire and owner/trainer Denis Bethouart. 2.2/1 Une Serenade (9f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) rallied for second driven by Eric Raffin and 4/1 Cash Okay (5m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was third for Olivier Raffin. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 1, 2017 - A super harness racing program was held Wednesday at Milano, including the Orsi Mangelli Open and Filly, the Gran Premio Delle Nazioni and the Coppa de Milano. Recaps of those events follow. The Orsi Mangelli Filly (Gr. I, purse €77,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.11.9kr Vallecchia DR (3f Adrian Chip-Fiammetta DX-Uronometro)  with an easy front end score for Alessandro Gocciadoro,  Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigianna Jet-Supergill) was second for Santo Mollo and third was Vanatta (3f Pascia’Lest-Classic Toy-Malabar Man) driven by Roberto Vecchione. The Gr. I Gran Premio Delle Nazioni (purse €308,000, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.12.2kr timed Uze Josselyn (6m Love You-Teza Josselyn-Ganymede-Ezira Josselyn-Royal Prestige) with Alexandre Abrivard up. He race fourth on the inner throughout and was seventh in the final bend, before escaping blockage and he surged late to victory. Pacesetter Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) and Enrico Bellei held second and Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) was third for Edourard Loccisano. Toseland Kyu and Trendy OK were fourth and fifth. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVzDuntbA5s The Gr. I Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli (purse €308,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.11.8kr timed Vitruvio (3m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro that scored narrowly on the front. Vanesia EK (3f Explot Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) was a rallying second for Pietro Gubellini and third was Valdivia (3f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail). The two eliminations went first to 1.11.9kr timed Venesia EK with Pietro Gubellini up as they defeated Valdivia and Von Wise As. The second elim went  to 1.12.1kr timed Vitruvio with Alessandro Gocciadoro up, as they bested Voltare Gifant and Voyager Grif. Later the Orsi Mangelli Consolation (purse €22,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.12.4kr timed Vessillo As (3m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) for Enrico Baldi. Vicino Mec (3m Chiaccio del Nord-Dance Speed-Lagerfeld OM) was second  and Vienvia Font (3m Conway Hall-Issima OK-Pine Chip) was third for Andrea Guzzinati. Also on the card was the Premio Coppa de Milano raced in two elim and a finale (purse €40,040, 1650 meters autostart). Arazi Boko (10g  Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride-Keystone Sheena), fifth dam Stenographer, took the finale timed in 1.11.5kr for Enrico Bellei. Terra del Rio (5f Varenne-Urbem d’Asolo-Ata Star L) was second for Santo Mollo and Shatar Club (6m Love You-Iana Club-Uronometro) was third for Alessandro Gocciadoro. The eliminations went to 1.12.2kr timed ShatarClub with Gocciadoro up, over Troja d’Asolo and Terra del Rio; and the second elim went to 1.12.2kr timed Arazi Boko  for Bellei, over Sugar Rey and Sonia, the resulting finale winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 29, 2017 - Today’s top trotting in Italy (Treviso 1014 meter oval) were the filly and colt divisions of the Gran Premio Anact Finale, each raced over 1609 meters autostart, each harness racing Gr.I events with purses of €110,000. The filly division went to 1.14.1kr timed Zarina Roc (2f Filipp Roc-Grassy Roc) with V.P. Dell-Annunziata aboard. This one now sports four wins and two seconds in six outings. Roca Ernesto was the breeder. Zanzara FAS (2f Ganymede-Favorite Lindy) was second for Mario Minopoli Jr. and Zuffle Wise As (2f Chapter Seven-Winky’s Truffle) was third for driver Enrico Bellei. Note the dams – Favorite Lindy is a daughter of Muscles Yankee-Wonders Image-Balanced Image; Winky’s Truffle is a Chocolatier mare from Winky’s Trophy, she by Super Bowl from legendary Winky’s Gill. The colt division went to 1.14.5kr timed Zelante EK (2m Saxo de Vandel-Freedom EK) driven by Roberto Vecchione for trainer Holger Ehlert. This colt now has won four times in five starts and he was bred by Edy Graziano. Zefir Gar (2m  Varenne-Georgette Gar) was second for Minopoli Jr., ahead of Zarenne FAS (2m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS). Thomas H. Hicks

October 28, 2017 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing feature was the Fol-le DIJ raced over 1800 meters autostart for a 600,000Huf purse. The 1.19.3kr winner was Unreal Boss (4f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) with Veljko Mazsity up for owner Hico i. The winner now has five wins in nine 2017 starts. Villam Ville (3g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and his trainee, Tiara Boss (5f Wall Street Banker-Kosar), was third, driven by leading amateur teamster Andrea Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 28, 2017 -  Saturday’s €10,000 purse GP de la Martinique Finale (2600 meters voltstart) raced on the turf at Hippodrome Martinique resulted in a 1.22.5kr victory for Vlatou des Salines (8g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) reined by Alexandre Faivre for harness racing owner/trainer Jean Luc Langeron. The winner has a 5-3-2 slate in 11 starts this year and a good 1.18.2kr fastest win this year taken on April 2 with Matthieu Abrivard driving. Usly de Visais (9g Defo d’Aunou-Pristina Jet) was second with the aforementioned J.L. Langeron up. He owns and trains this one as well. The useful racehorse now has six wins and two seconds in 10 starts. Titan Pierji (10g Jardy-Kora Pieji) was third for Williams Demurs, the driver for owner/trainer Christophe Morse. Quicky du Drac and Sargent Chef were fourth and fifth. The undercard GP Consolation (purse €5,000, 2600 meters voltstart) went to 1.25.9kr timed Ubbikay (9g Jam Pridem-La Divina) with Jean Luc Langeron up, also owner/trainer. Thomas H. Hicks

October 27, 2017 - Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program was highlighted by three groupe contests, the first of which was the Prix Louis Cauchois (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters). The 50.4/1 winner was File Gin (2m Repeat Love-Toscara Pellois) timed in 1.16.kr and reined by Guillermo Roig-Balaguer for owner/breeder Philippe Levy. Second was the 4/5 favorite Fleirel Vedaquais (2m Sam Bourbon-Spandelle) driven by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer Eric Raffin. Third finishing was 4.3/1 Fric du Chene (2m Nobody du Chene-Oseille du Chene) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Jerome LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. File Gin The Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) went to 7.9/1 Cathy A Quira (5f Password-Quira des Jasquets) reined by Jean-Philippe Monclin for trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 6.7/1 Delia du Pommereux (4f Niky-Noune du Pommereux)  took second for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. 6.8/1 Calencia (5f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was home third with Eric Raffin up for Alphonse Vanberghen the trainer/owner. Fourth was Calencia’s younger half sister Dalencia (4f Perlando-Olencia) driven by Pierre Vercruysse. The Gr. III Prix Gisella (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, seven starters) was the final groupe test of the evening and the winner was 4.4/1 Enino du Pommereux (3m Coktail Jet-Nouve du Pommereux) with Franck Ouvrie up for owner Noel Lolic. 14.7/1 Eroling du Mesle (3m Rolling d’Heripre-Jania de Noyer) was home second for Pierre Belloche and 6.4/1 Echo de Larre (3m Echo-Sonnette Mika) was third for Sylvain Roger. Thomas H. Hicks

October 27, 2017 - Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) impressively won today’s Tour European Finale (purse €120,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+) at Mons Ghlin Belgium. Joseph Verbeeck happily teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee for owner Elisabeth Allaire. Race time was 1.12.4kr and Bird Parker now has career earnings of €1,477,054. This 9/10 favorite bested 34.5/1 Totem d’Azur (10m Joao Panca-Heidi l’Indienne) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 6.7/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) took third driven by David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 3.6/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was fourth and 10.2/1/ Swedishman (11g Gogo-Volgana) took fifth. The co-featured Prix Champagne Moet (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 16 starters) produced a blanket finish with the winner 7/2 Gosip Sidney (7g SJs Photo-Super Sidney) reined by Michel Huygens and trained by Mme. L, Huygens-DeWitte. This 1.14.1kr timed winner defeated 26.4/1 Versachet (8g Kaiser Soze-Houlette) driven by trainer Julien Raffestin. 19.5/1 Allegro Nonarta (7g Otello Pierji-Lubie Nonantaise) was third for Rik Ebbinge and trainer Laurent Simon. Big Headache (7g EL Mikko) finished fourth. The Prix Geciloc Belgique (purse €12,000, 2350 meters autostart, 16 starters) produced a rallying victory by 20.8/1 Dragster (5g Micro Mesh-Timber Marie) clocked in 1.14.5kr for driver Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Roger Malmqvist. 3.2/1 Clemenza AM (5g Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos) held second for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, for owner Courant AB. 2.4/1 Highness Worthy (6m SJs Photo-Oqui Worthy II) rallied for third. The 100.7/1 outside Angel Dark was seventh, this one, a career winner of over €119,000, is owned by trainer Anders Lindqvist and Peter Gerry. The €35,000 purse Prix Van der Paarden (2300 meters autostart, 16 starters, three year olds) was near the top of the Mons Ghlin undercard. The 1.16.1kr timed winner was even-money favorite Kaela Vrijthout (3f Orlando Vici-The Best Fanatic) with Rik Ebbinge aboard. 34.8/1 Kirr Royal (3f Sugar Trader-Belle Pere WG) was this for Nico d’Haenens. 13.6/1 Kamukana (3g Love You-Duenna Tranns R) was third for driver Jos Verbeeck and owner/trainer Rudy Smets. Thomas H. Hicks

October 25, 2017 - Wednesday evening the Enghien harness racing program was highlighted by two year-olds competing in the Prix du Bas-Rhin (purse €34,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters). The 4.7/1 Fleur de Lys Delo (2f Quaker Jet-Princesse Royale) scored with a late rally timed in 1.18.2kr for driver Gabriele Gelormini and breeder/owner Mme. Elodie Mangeard de Barros. 6.6/1 pacesetter Folie Prestance (2f Sam Bourbon-Quelle Prestance) held for second driven by Matthieu Abrivard, breeder/owner Joseph Vanduffel and trainer Paul Hagoort. 7.5/1 Firefly (2f Ready Cash-Topaze Bourbon) came from far back to land third for driver Alexandre Abrivard, owner Jean Pierre Dubois, breeder Scuderia Bolgheri Srl and trainer Yves Boireau. The card also included the Prix de L’Aigle (purse €60,000, 2875 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.3kr winner was 2.2/1 Cristal du Perche (5g Roc du Coq-Hutesca) reined by David Thomain. Second was 6.3/1 Clovic Montaval (5g Qualimo de Vandel-Jegalo de Crepan) for Gabriele Gelormini and third went to 7/1 Classic Word (5g Password-Rumba du Moncel) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer/owner Paul Hagoort. Friday night at Paris-Vincennes are three groupe events. The Prix Louis Cauchois (purse €80,000, 2200 meters) that drew Fleirel Vedaquaid and Fabriz du Gite. The Prix Pierre Van Troyeu (purse €80,000, 2850 meters) includes in the field Caline de Fleur, Carla Love and Dulcinee Vrie. The Prix Gisella (purse €65,000, 2850 meters) drew well-regarded Express Bourbon, a Sebastien Guarato trainee. Thomas H. Hicks

October 21, 2017 - Saturday Kincsem Park trotting action was at a high level with three harness racing contests for purses of 1.5Huf million or more, led by the 2Huf million Prize of the Republic. That one went to Bronsvlinder reined by trainer Tibor Hajnal to a close 1.17.3kr score. The son of Castleton Bass bested Sammi Ms and driver Mitja Slavic with Donato Luca garnering the third check.  Koztarsasagi DJI (purse 2,000,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) - The Prize of the Republic Race time 1.17.3kr Bronsvlinder (9m Castleton Bass-Jasmee Deatr-Manza Buitenzorg), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver Sammi Ms (6g Chirone Dei-Sparkle N Shine-SJs Photo), Mitja Slavic, driver/trainer Donato Luca (8m Donerail-High Weeds-Tagliabue), Miodrag Pantic driver Two year olds battled in the 2Huf million purse Great Prize and offspring of Frullino Jet prevailed. Zapato was the winner for Tibor Hajnal over the filly Zseda with Zenit Charme home third, that one by the capable open class trotter Offenbach Bigi. See below: Ketevesek Nagydija (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) – The Great Prize for 2YOs Race time 1.20.3kr Zapato (2m Frullino Jet-Diatemea PL-Friendly Face), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver Zseda (2f Frullino Jet-Filligran-Witsends Speedy), Csaba Lakatos up Zenit Charme (2m Offenbach Bigi-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver Open class mares raced for the Autumn Prize and its 1.5Huf million purse. The Maximus Lindy four year old mare Urilany was victorious for Veljko Mazsity, that winner from the productive HU broodmare Elegant Lady by Mill H. The Cantab Hall mare Unika Vik took the second spot ahead of veteran Rinette Streamline by Kashner Hanover. These top three all overcame 40 meter handicaps. Oszi Kanca DIJ (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) – The Autumn Mares  Prize Race time 1.18.7kr Urilany R (4f Maximus Lindy-Elegant Lady-Mill H), Veljko Mazsity up, 40 meter handicapped Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro), Gaspar Andras up, 40 meter penalized Rinette Streamline (10f Kashner Hanover-Keys Praise-Prakas), Csaba Lakatos up, 40 meter penalized Other upper level races on the card went to veteran Spartakus Ans and the Maximus Lindy mare Uran Lady, she from another good producing HU mare named Vas Lady, by Endless Sands. Those race summaries follow. Samson DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) Race time 1.17.9kr Spartakus Ans (6g Cantab Hall-Valganna OK-Lemon Dra), Csaba Lakatos up Conway Boko (8m Castleton Bass-Waecon Boko-Conway Hall), Tibor Hajnal driver Timoteo (5m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way), Veljko Mazsity up Omnia DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) Race time 1.17kr Uran Lady (4f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands), Veljko Mazsity trainer/driver Celsius Evo (3m Pilgrims Taj-Daniellasire-Donerail), Viktoria Nemeth driving Vakarcs RG (3m Racino-Victory Va Bene-Diablo Va Bene), Mitja Slavic up Thomas H. Hicks  

October 22, 2017 - Tyrolean Dream took today’s Graf Kalman at Krieau Austria timed in 1.14.6kr and reined by Rudolf Haller. The six year old harness racing son of Dream Vacation is owned by Stall Wiesenhof. He defeated 57/1 Palema Photo and 34/1 Oncoming Diamant to earned the winners share of the €25,000 purse. Graf Kalman Hunyady (purse €25,000, 2600 meters autostart, 11 starters) Race time 1.14.6kr 4.8/1 Tyrolean Dream (6m Dream Vacation-Super Dream), Rudolf Haller trainer/driver for Stall Wiesenhof 57.5/1 Palema Photo (9g Gidde Palema-Novels Photo), Erich Kubes driver, Marion Hoppe trainer/owner 34.4/1 Oncoming Diamant (9g SJs Photo-Oruscha Diamant), Christoph Schwarz up, Gerhard Biendl trainer King of the World and Popeye Diamant were fourth and fifth. Two year olds contested the Breeders Course Final at Wolvega today and 5.6/1 Avalon Mists was victorious timed in 1.14kr for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. The daughter of Pastor Stephen is owned by Stall Why Not and she bested 4/5 favorite Smokin Joe reined by trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Explosive Matter gelding Filur Sisu took third. Summary follows: Breeders Crown Final (purse €70,000, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) Race time 1.14kr 5.6/1 Avalon Mists (2f Pastor Stephen-Sunshibe Bi), Robin Bakker up for Stall Why Not, trainer Paul Hagoort 4/5 Smokin Joe (2g Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face), Lutfi Kolgjini trainer/driver/co-owner 7.9/1 Filur Sisu (2g Explosive Matter-Dream Boy), Per Nordstrom trainer/driver In France action this day was at La Capelle with two nice victories by Decidement and Ecume du Reville is races each carrying purses of €25,000. See below: Prix Douceur (purse €25,000, 2750 meters, 13 starters) Race time 1.15.7kr 4/1 Decidement (4m Iton du Gite-QWuordoba), Jarma Niskanen owner/trainer/driver Prix l’AisneNouvelle (purse €25,000, 2750 meters, 12 starters) Race time 1.15.8kr 8/1 Ecume de Reville (3f Hand du Vivier-Perle Villetot), Alexis Prat up, Fredric Prat trainer Thomas Hicks