Day At The Track

April 21, 2018 - Today’s featured Seinajoki Race in Finland (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart) went to veteran campaigned Call Me Keeper (8m Pine Chip-Elia Keeper-Credit Winner) timed in 1.12.7kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Call Me Keeper now has earnings of €594,780. Peace of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took second for Italy’s Alessandro Gocciador, ahead of the Johan Untersteiner piloted Pastor Bob. The week in Scandinavia was interesting. On April 17 at Solvalla Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) won a 1660 meter voltstart event for 60,000SEK. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the 1.12kr timed winner that SRF Stable owns and Hanover Shoe Farm bred. Daniel Reden now trains this horse that won last year’s Hambletonian on a dq. Muscleman FI was second and Mellby Fantom was third this day. Reportedly Perfect Spirit will next race at Aby on April 27. Also at Solvalla Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) was a dead-heat winner of a 75,000SEK, 2140 meter contest. Goran Antonsen owns and drive Lionel that Daniel Reden trains. He hit the wire with Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) and driver Hans Owe Sundberg. Third was the Erik Adielsson reined Giveitgasandgo with French Laundry home fourth. Winning Lionel is now 21-10-6 in 61 career starts for 12,802,093 earned. Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - Trotting action Saturday was also at Enghien near Paris. The Q+ Prix Casino Barriere Enghien Les Bains (purse €60,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to strong finishing Totoo del Ronco (6m Ganymede-Magic Vision LF) reined by Fernando Minopoli for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Stable Minopoli. Race time was 1.12.8kr off rated fractions. Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) rallied up for second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort. Auch (8g Niky) held third for Charles J. Bigeon, The top five was completed by fourth finishing Cathy A Quira (6f Password) driven by J.Ph. Monclin and fifth was Ustang Ledois (10m Joyau dAmour) for Pierre Vercruysse. Four year old females battled in the Prix Ville de Saint-Gratien (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) and after breaking dq’s Estola (4fNectar-Nika) emerged victorious for driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie P. Comte de Montesson. Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson-Mona d’Odyssee was second for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to Estelada de Font (4f Orateur) handled by Emmanuel Allard, also the trainer. Erming d’Ouverie and Elisone Mag completed the top five. The four year old males contested the Prix Ville d’Enghien (Gr.II, purse €120,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) and Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) recovered for a 1.12.8kr timed victory for Franck Ouvrie, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten. Earl Simon won his first five starts and then was surprisingly fifth and second before today’s win. Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Nooure du Pommereux) took second for J-M Bazire, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Etonnant (4m Timoko) held on for third driven by Bjorn Goop. Richard Westerink is trainer/owner of Etonnant who led for much of the race. Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood) and Pierre Vercruysse finished fourth ahead of Eridan (4m Ready Cash) reined by David Thomain. Totoo del Ronco Thomas H. Hicks

April 15, 2018 - Sunday’s top harness racing action was at Torino, Italy on their 1004 meter oval. The PR Costa Azzurra (purse €154,000, 1600 meters autostart, ten starters) went to Tamure Roc (6f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.14.1kr and reined by Santo Mollo. This one gained the advantage mid-stretch when leading Dijon went off stride and was taken off course by driver Romain Derieux.  Tamure Roc now has 16 wins in 59 starts in Italy good for €311,726 earned. Timone EK (6m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) gained the second spot for Roberto Andreghetti. Third was Turno di Azzurra (6m Love You-Foga di Azzurra-Lemon Dra) with Fed Esposito at the lines. All three top finishing dams were sired by the exceptional Lemon Dra (1986 male by Sharif di Iesolo-Danea-Acero-Babele-Winter Park) that produced registered foals from 1993-2007 (kidnapped) and from 1997-2006 those foals numbered from 111-150 each year.  The other top Torino event was the PR Citta’ di Torino (purse €88,000, 2060 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.12.6kr timed score earned by Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro, who also campaigned the dam. This one now has eight wins in 23 starts in Italy for €332,377 earned. Second was Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with Ed. Loccisano up, ahead of Vaprio (4m Adrian Chip-Namibia-Cantab Hall). Jean Pierre Dubois’ Classic Connection was eighth after being parked three wide past the quarter mile mark and then parked in the death seat until tiring. Thomas H. Hicks

April 14, 2018 - 2.4/1 Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) took Saturday’s Jagersro featured L.C. Peterson Broddas 2018 V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) reined by harness racing driver Johan Untersteiner and clocked in 1.11.7kr. The winner now has three 2018 wins in as many starts and 14 career victories in 37 outings. 2.3/1 Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margherita Rose-Abo Volo) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and 14.3/1 Mindyourvalue WF was home third for Robert Bergh. The winner earned a spot in the Olympiatravet at Aby, a Gr. I event, along with previously named or earned spots to On Track Piraten, Ringostarr Treb, Zenit Brick, Lionel and Takethem. On the undercard at Jagersro was the V75 Silver (purse 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 3.7/1 Rajesh Face (5m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, timed in1.12kr. 3.9/1 Mister Crowe (8m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell) was second for Johnny Takter with third to 13.7/1 Springover driven by Peter Untersteiner. The winner scored in this his first 2018 appearances and he now has 11 career wins in 28 outings. The Breeders Course (three year olds, first final, 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 1.1/1 favorite Smokin Joe (3m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) for Lutfi Kolgjini. 7.4/1 Paladin (3m Lavec Kronos-Damaniscotta-Andover Hall) was second for Roger Malmqvist. Earlier on the card the Olympiamonten (50,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Italy’s 1.3/1 Radieux (8g Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons for trainer Lutfi Kolgini. Scuderia Louisiana SRL bred this winner that scored in 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 14, 2018 - Recent import from Finland, 19.7/1 Part Two (9f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine), rallied late to win the prestigious Pulay Kornel Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) on Saturday at Kincsem Park timed in 1.16.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Second finishing 5/1 Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) and trainer/driver Imre Fazekas raced in the second tier and took the lead mid-stretch before the final rush by the winner. 2.7/1 Victory Knick (6g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) ended third for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. This one has recorded four wins and a second in his last five HU starts. On the superb undercard the Platter Chatter DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 3/2 odds Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) teamed by trainer Vlejko Mazsity. 3.4/1 Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi) with Sandor Varga up and 13.7/1 Oldtimer Diamant (8g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonna Lady-Titan Way) were home second and third. The Ipse Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) started off the day’s racing and the 1.17kr timed win went to 4.6/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) for trainer/driver Balszs Juhacz, his second straight score. 5.9/1 Rosamundi (10f Chipmate-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Jozef Karai and trainer Csaba Lakatos. Third was 3.7/1 Rocket Boy (5m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) handled by Andrea Nagyvary for trainer Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 14, 2018 - Three groupe tests and the Q+ Pris de la Lorraine (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European entrants) led a superb harness racing  Vincennes Saturday. The Q+ victory was earned by 3.6/1 Blues d’Ourville (7g Password-Pursuit of Charm) with Pierre Houel aboard for trainer Mme. Virginie Lecroq. Race time was a quick 1.11.4kr. 7.7/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) took second for reinsman Sebastian Ernault and owner/trainer Franck Harel, and third was 3.8/1 Blue Story (7f Opium) piloted by Pierre Levesque. 37/1 Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) and 7.4/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard up completed the top five The Gr. III Prix Beaumanior (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 3.1/1 Diademe Blue (5g Gazouillis-Pepite d’Or Blue) with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer J.P. Mary. Catherine Dabouic-Mary owns this winner that defeated 2/1 Duke of Carless (5m L’As de Viretaute) and pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 4.3/1 Ezreal Jiel took third with Matthieu Abrivard aboard, ahead of 23/1 Disco des Molands and 8.7/1 Daniel Bon. Five year olds were on stage in the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) and the impressive 1.11.6kr timed winner was 6.1/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) reined by trainer Sylvain Roger and owned by breeder Noel Lolic. 18/1 Dragon des Racques (5m Love You-Quinte des Racques) rallied on the pegs for second driven by Alexandre Abrivard and trained by L.Cl. Abrivard. A pack of contenders were next led by 1.7/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) handled by Eric Raffin for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 4.4/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) landed fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Detroit Castelets and Dreammoko were fifth and sixth. Delia du Pommereux The Gr. II Prix Hemine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, three years olds – monte) went to 2.8/1 Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. This one vaulted to the lead early and kept widening the advantage to score in hand timed in 1.13.3kr.The 7/10 favorite Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) in this race after four straight monte victories, was no match for the winner, and barely held second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 14/1 Fiore de Janiero (3f Vanishing Point) was third in a photo for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Franck Blandin. The Prix de Chelles (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 11 three year old males) went to 3.3/1 Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) timed in 1.16.3kr and reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this winner for Scuderia Winner and he was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois. 7.4/1 Falco d’Heripre (3m Goetmals Wood-Vedetta d’Heripre) held gamely second for J.Ph. Monclin with 5.2/1 Falcao de Laumac (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) third for Clement Duvaldestin. Thomas H. Hicks  

Vanae des Voirons (9f Quido du Goutier-Danae des Voirons) scored at 21/1 and overcame a 25 meter handicap in today’s second leg of the Trophee Vert Tour de France des Trotteurs, today named the Grand Prix du PMU “Le Saint-Cloud” (purse €45,000, 3500 meters distance handicap, 16 starters). Jean Francois David teamed the winner, he also owner and trainer of the now winner of €283,780. Race time was 1.16.2kr for the winning horse. 13/1 Uvinto (10g Invar) was second for Christian Boisnard, the trainer and driver. This one was clocked in 1.17.7kr off a 50 meter penalty. 23/1 Vanderlov (9g Orlando Vici) took third for driver L-M David clocked in 1.17.9kr also from a 50 meter handicap. 1.1/1 favorite and 25 meter penalized Authorized (8g Kaisy Dream) held fourth for Thomas Levesque after leading at top of stretch and fifth was 25 meter handicapped and 16/1 Bingo d’Attaque (7m Pomerol de Laumac)with Stephane Bourlier up. The day’s activities included trotting on the turf at Tours-Chambray for apprentice drivers and a contest for amateur teamsters. Next week action in France includes Friday’s Prix de l’Atlantique (Gr. I International, purse €200,000, 2150 meters autostart) at Enghien. Initially 33 top flight performers have been engaged including Bold Eagle, Bird Parker, Un Mec d’Heripre, Billie de Montfort, Belina Josselyn, Amiral Sacha and many other tough campaigners. This race is a European Trotting Masters 2018 event. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 13, 2018 - The Friday evening program at Paris-Vincennes included the Q+ Prix Eukrate (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and the Gr. II Prix Jean Riaud (purse €115,000, 3535 meters distance handicap, 13 starters). The former went to 12/1 Vanillette (9f Lord du Pin-Etoile de Rivray) reined by Adrien Lamy for trainer Jean Morice. The winner recorded her 10th career victory now for €226,170 earned. 8/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious-Night Turgot) was a close second for Mathieu Daougabel driving for trainer Herve Dauougabel. 1.9/1 favorite  Andiamo de Monchel (8g Kiwi) was third for J-M Bazire ahead of 5.5/1 Biniou de Connee (7g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) and 12/1 Bettina de Tillard (7f Ouragon de Cellard). Race time was 1.12.7kr. The Prix Jean Riaud went to 12/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) timed in 1.13.6kr for J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule owns this 11 time career winner now for €631,110 earned. 15/1 Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was second for J.Ph. Monclin teaming for Norway’s Stall T.J. Gamble. 2.8/1 Valko Jenilat (9f Kepler) overcame a 25 meter penalty to capture third with Aric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 25 meter handicapped Traders (6m Ready Cash) at 8.4/1 took fourth for Joann Lebourgeois and 43/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fifth with Matthieu Abrivard driving. The 25 meter handicapped Uniflosa Bella at 9/1 and 50 meter penalized Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou) at 80/1, a winner of €2,046,040, raced well with the latter clocked in 1/12/9kr Thomas H. Hicks  

April 7, 2018 - Saturday excellent harness racing action took place in the north with Zenit Brick (7g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) winning the Olympia Trot Elim 2 (purse 400,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.5kr at Solvalla’s 1000 meter oval. Kim Eriksson teamed the winner for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Anders Bredberg. The 2.2/1 favorite bested 3.3/1 Queer Fish driven by Kaj Widell and 16/1 Shadow Woodland handled by Ulf Ohlsson. At Vermo was the Helsinki AJO raced over 1609 meters autostart for a total purse of €28,600. The 1.11.8kr timed winner was Workout Wonder (6m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) driven by Tommi Kylliainen for trainer Jarno Kauhanen and owner Workout Club. This Kentuckiana Farms bred stallion earned an invitation to the May 5th Finlandia AJO that is a European Trotting Masters event. This day earning the second place check was Midnight Hour handled by Iikka Nurmonen and third was Fire To The Rain reined by Hannu Torvinen. Edward Ale finished fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

April 7, 2018 - Monthly trotting action resumed Saturday at Madinina Martinique on their mixed trots/gallop program on the turf. The Prix de Cabourg (purse €6,000, 2600 meters) went to Vlatou des Saintes (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) for driver Benoit Magdeleine timed in 1.20.9kr. Jean Luc Langeron trains and owns the winner. Rivage du Layon (13g Chaillot) was second for Solene Pach and Usly de Visais (10g Defi d’Aunou) was third for aforementioned J.L. Langeron, the owner/trainer/driver. Earlier, the Prix de Caen (purse €6,000, 2600 meters) was won by Bavarois des Varlet (7g Laetenter Diem-Hera du Varlet), shown below, in a quick 1.17kr for J.L. Langeron driving for trainer/owner Corinne Gleize. Avis Contraire (8g Infant du Bossis) was second reined by Alexandre Faivre with third to Ussein Royal handled by Jean Francois Gate. Thomas H. Hicks

April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s excellent Paris-Vincennes harness racing program showcased four groupe tests led off by the Prix de Plovescat (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) and won by the 1.12.1kr timed  and 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp). Jockey Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Fredric Sauque as Arlington Dream recorded his 19th career victory in 64 outings, now for €865,800 earned, with this 1.12.1klr timed score. 9/2 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) was second for Adrien Lamy ahead of 6.4/1 Alpha Saltor (8m Paris Haufor) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Between the groupe races was the Prix des Federation Quest at Basse-Normandie (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). The impressive 1.11.1kr timed winner was 4.2/1 Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mille Fleurs. 5.6/1 Class de Loriol (6f Ready Cash) was a good second for Eric Raffin and 46/1 Lover Face (10g Love You) was third for driver Franck Nivard. The Prix de Saint Brieve(Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 15 starters four year old females) went to 1.12.4kr timed and 5/10 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-Thesa d’Oliverie) with Franck Nivard up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 63/1 Elisione Mag (4f Quaker Jet) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and 14/1 Elite du Ruel (4f Timoko) was third for Franck Anne. Four year old males competed in the Gr. II Prix Phaeton (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 four year old male starters) with 14/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) scoring timed in 1.12.2kr. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee that Philippe Dewulf owns. 6.2/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) was second for driver Franck Nivard and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 59/1 Easy des Racques (4m Rodrigo Jet) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and 7.1/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood), Pierre Vercruysse up, was placed fourth in the blanket finish when 2.4/1 Eridan was a dq nearing the line. The Prix de Santes (Gr. III, purse €60,000, 2100 meters, 11 three year old filly starters) went to 1.13.1kr timed and 9/2 odds Fantastic Life (3f Prodigious-True Life) scored for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 7.8/1 Freegate Island (3f Timoko-Agresica) rallied for second for driver Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Bjorn Goop and owners P&D Bronsman. 15/1 French Darling (3f Love You-Native Darling) was third for Matthieu Abrivard, her second start after being acquired at the January Prix d’Amerique sale. Offspring of the successful sire Prodigious (Goetmals Wood-Imagine d’Odyssee-Buvetier d’Aunou) were evident in this program and the €644,130 has been a consistent successful sire including Vision Intense, Valse Darling, Carat Williams and others. Sharon Gar Takes Q+ at Vincennes April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s Q+ Prix du Treport (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 1 European starters) went to 11/1 Sharon Gar (7f Varenne-Geneve Gar) timed in 1.13.5kr for reinsman J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Philippe Billard, and owner Scuderia Rory’s Horses. The winner now has career earnings of €441,714. 5.8/1 Venose de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) took second for Tony LeBeller ahead of 21.1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password) driven by Jean Philippe Dubois. Completing the quinte top five were 16/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre) for Eric Raffin and even money favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede) reined by J-M Bazire for Ireland’s legendary Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Thomas H. Hicks

April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Mount DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap, six starters) went to the 40 meter handicapped and even money favorite Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi) reined by Sandor Varga for owner Prolongo and trainer Jozsef Rutkai timed in 1.19.7kr. This one recorded his second 2018 victory in as many starts. The dam Rhode Island Bi is a 2010 foal of Equinox Bi-No Nonsense Woman, the latter at €225,497 career winner of 10 races from 34 outings. 7.2/1 Insa (6f Alesi OM-Ines-Scurry Lobell) set the pace and was just caught on the line. Andrea Fazekas drove Insa for trainer Imre Fazekas. King’s Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) was third driven by Emese Vezer. Earlier in the day Violetta (4f Racino-Franciska) was a 1.18.1kr winner in the 400,000Huf Delores DIJ and many good trotters faced the gate in a qualifier with Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL) winning in 1.18.2kr for driver Tibor Hajnal over Veronica Fling and Villam Ville. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 8, 2018 - A host of harness racing venues hosted today’s trotting across Europe (ten tracks open in FR alone). Below we’ll recap interesting races in France and Italy, where their three year old colts were showcased. Sunday’s Prix de la Ville de Challans (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 16 starters) at Challans resulted in a 1.14.8kr timed score for 1.9/1 favorite Aldo d’Argentre (8m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yolsa) and driver Adrien Lamy. 2.9/1 Be Good (7g Halimede) held second for J.Ph. Monclin and third was 20/1 Air (8g Lilium Madrik). At Mauquenchy was the Prix des Etablissements Frelet (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and that victory was earned by 9/1 Alf de Melandre (8g Panache de l’Iton-Luciole de Bisoir) for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer P.L. Legavre. 7.1/1 Boogie Boy (7g Saxo de Vandel) and driver Franck Ouvrie rallied for second with 143/1 Up And Go (10g Fripon Rose) home third. At Bologna Italy today was the Grand Premio Italia (purse €33,000, 1660 meters autostart, three year old males) went to front running Zen Bi (3m Toss Out-Iside Bi-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Enrico Bellei. He recorded victory four in seven career starts now for earnings in excess of €46,000. Zippy Freedom LF (3m Ideale Luis-Over The Pain LF-Ganymede) was second and third went to Zar Dei Baba (3m Zola Boko-Fiiriel-Supergill). This upcoming week includes the 3rd leg of the GNT Series, this one at Lyon la Soie on Wednesday. Evening racing at Paris-Vincennes takes place Tuesday. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 6, 2018 - Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was an impressive winner of Friday evening’s Q+ Prix Gratia (purse €47,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) scoring in a quick 1.12.3kr for harness racing driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke.  This 4.7/1 second choice bested 2.6/1 Cocktai Julino (6g Pagalor) with Matthieu Abrivard up for owner/trainer L.B. Martin. 9/1 Cyriel d’Atom (6g Otello Pierji) was third for P.Y. Verva. Completing the top five were 83/1 Arrival de Ginai and 12/1 Bambino du Pre. The Saturday Vincennes program is highlighted by the Q+ and four groupe level contests. Thomas H. Hicks

April 4, 2018 - Today’s featured harness racing Gr. III Grand Prix Angers Loire Metropole (purse €60,000, 3100 meters distance handicap, 17 International starters) at Hippodrome Angers went to 6.3/1 Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) for driver Yoann Lebourgeois. This Philippe Allaire trained and owned stalwart was timed in 1.14kr and overcame a 25 meter handicap to record his 19th victory in 37 starts, increased career bankroll to €575,660. Christian Simon bred Bugsy Malone. The 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’arrive du Gers) was a distant second for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire, timed in 1.13.8kr but unable to handle his 50 meter handicap. 25/1 Charmeuse Royale (6f Duc de Jielk-Lea Royale) and owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard took third and was not handicapped. 83/1 Uniflosa Bella (1 of Jag de Bellouet) was fourth for Antoine Weils and fifth went to 30/1 Bon Copaine (7f Love You), with Uniflosa having to face a 50 meter penalty. The talented field included Brissac (sixth), Adelia de Melcoie (seventh) and further back were Up And Quick, Shark Attack, Jontte Boy and Akim du Cap Vert. Last evening racing was at Paris-Vincennes that presented a seven race card with a local time 2000 start. The featured Prix Erigone (monte, purse €52,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) went to 2.8/1 Daniel Bon (5g Severino-Quiriane d’Ostal) clocked in 1.13.6kr and reined by Guillaume Matin for owner/trainer Arnaud Desmottes. This victory increased the life earnings of Daniel Bon to €149,190. 4.8/1 Doyale dor d’Am (5f Goetmals Wood-Royale For You) took second for jockey J-Y Ricart and trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj, ahead of 8.7/1 Disco des Molands (5g Quitus du Mexique) ridden by Mlle Amelie Morisse for owner/trainer Hedi Le Bec. Thomas H. Hicks

99/1 Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL-Trestine-Golden Goal) rallied from the end driven by trainer Robert Varhidi to secure the 1.17.8kr timed victory in Saturday’s Scot Palmer DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters repulostart) at Kincsem Park. Stable Sport Line of Belgrad, Szerbia own the winner/ 24/1 Trencsen (6m Ata Star L.-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) took second for Istvan Papp and third was 14/1 Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marna Eme-Adams Hall) reined by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. On the undercard was the Mazurka DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.20.3kr timed winner was 2.2/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Tines-SJs Photo) reined by trainer Balazs Juhasz for owner Tomislav Gmajnic. 9.7/1 Mellby Éclair (5f From Above-Graceful Glide-Yankee Glide) took second for Emese Vezer and 9.7/1 Ultimate Force (5m Connecting People-Kamilla-Valley Guardian) was third for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas.   Thomas H. Hicks