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Today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-Mer went to veteran Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) with harness racing driver Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The purse was €200,000 with 45% to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart sprinter contest, the last major trotting race of the winter season in France. Timoko was away quickly from post seven in the 13 horse field, following scratch of Un Mec d’Heripre, as was first to lead Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) with Johnny Takter up for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Takter parked Timoko for about three-eighths mile before yielding to the winner. Goop then rated the pace craftily and kept Oasis Bui boxed in the pocket until into the stretch when Timoko pulled away for two lengths plus victory. Off as 4/5 favorite, Timoko and 6.8/1 second finishing Oasis Bi bested 159/1 Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover) that closed strongly along the pegs for Yannick Alain Briand. Spain’s Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) rallied from far back to nab fourth at 13/1 for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. The 162/1 outsider Vicomte Boufarcaux was fifth. Kadett CD and Going For Gold Zaz were disqualified for breaks and Anna Mix was unplaced at 14/1 while 4/1 Voltigeur de Myrt finished seventh behind longshot Air Frame at 143/1. Time for the winner was 1.10.2kr (race record 1.09.6kr in 2002 by Varenne). Timoko also won this classic event in 2015 and 2013. His now three wins compares well with legendary Une de Mai, a five time winner from 1969-84, and Ourasi that won four times from 1986-89. Thomas H. Hicks

Paris, France - Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and driver Franck Nivard overcame a wide journey to inch past leading Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) and Bjorn Goop to win the €400,000 purse Gr. I Grand Prix de France, a UET Master Series event contested over 2100 meters autostart at Vincennes. Heavy rain earlier in the program dulled the race track. Fractions were 1.09.4kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.09.4kr at the 1000; 1.10.6kr at the 500 and 1.10,7kr at the finish (a mile rate of 1:53.59). The leading pair started from post positions eight and seven and were off at 2/5 and 4.6/1 odds, respectively. Voltiguer de Myrt, Anna Mix and Bird Parker were next to the line. Lionel was a disqualification in the 15 horse field after Un Mec d’Heripre was scratched. The race was competitive from the beginning as Bold Eagle, hot in the pre-race scorings, was taken off the gate as Kadett CD, Oasis Bi and Timoko rushed for the lead. Oasis Bi prevailed for Franck Ouvrie until Timoko gained front position after the first 600 meters and he faced immediate pressure from Spain’s Trebol and driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. Trebol held gamely and Bold Eagle secured a position behind him into the final bend when Trebol suddenly went right allowing Bold Eagle to get through and move near Timoko. Timoko moved away to a length lead and then Bold Eagle began a relentless advance finally getting by as the line approached. Voltigeur de Myrt raced well along the pegs to be third about four lengths from the leading pair while Anna Mix rallied strongly for fourth after starting from post 13. Bold Eagle and Timoko were both timed in 1.10.7kr, well off the record set in 2007 by Kool du Caux of 1.09.8kr. Pierre Pilarski owns Bold Eagle and Sebastian Guarato does the training. The winners’ career earnings are €1,681,800 with today’s victory.   Année Cheval S/A[1] Pays Temps Père Driver Entraîneur Propriétaire Deuxième Troisième 2016 Bold Eagle M.5  France 1'10"7 Ready Cash Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato Pierre Pilarski Timoko Voltigeur de Myrt 2015 Timoko M.8  France 1'11"4 Imoko Björn Goop Richard Westerink Richard Westerink Texas Charm Linda di Casei 2014 Noras Bean M.9  Suède 1'12"1 Super Arnie Björn Goop Ulf Stenströmer Stall Asunden HB Univers de Pan Tiégo d'Étang 2013 Ready Cash M.8  France 1'11"4 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Th. Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire Royal Dream Timoko 2012 Royal Dream M.7  France 1'11"6 Love You Jean-Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin Éc. Victoria Dreams Main Wise As Ready Cash 2011 Ready Cash M.6  France 1'10"3 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Th. Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire Maharajah Lana del Rio 2010 Meaulnes du Corta M.10  France 1'11"7 Voici du Niel Pierre Levesque Pierre Levesque J.-P. Barjon Première Steed Queen's Glory 2009 Meaulnes du Corta M.9  France 1'11"6 Voici du Niel Pierre Vercruysse Pierre Levesque J.-P. Barjon Nouba du Saptel Opal Viking 2008 Exploit Caf M.7  Italie 1'10"7 Toss Out Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Scuderia Sa.For. Meaulnes du Corta Orla Fun 2007 Kool du Caux M.9  France 1'09"8 Bijou du Bignon Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy J.Villetorte Kesaco Phedo Opal Viking 2006 Jag de Bellouet M.9  France 1'11"6 Viking's Way Christophe Gallier Christophe Gallier Michel Gallier Gigant Neo Kazire de Guez 2005 Naglo M.6  Suède 1'12"2 Coktail Jet Orjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman Stall Carall Ilster d'Espiens Kazire de Guez   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnlesslink.com    

January 18, 2016 - The Prix de Brionne (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants) was Monday’s Quinte+ at Vincennes and 1.1/1 Call Me Keeper (m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) took victory timed in 1.13.kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns the winner. 20.2/1 Only One Glory (8m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) was second for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia RPR of Italy. 27/1 Volcan du Garabin (7g Norman Jet-Dulcinee Gibus) ended third for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of another Reden trainee Rocket Zet (7m Muscles Yankee-Hefty Zet) at 2.7/1 for Daniel Parling, with fifth to 64/1 Archangel AM (g Going Kronos-No More Time) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The €37,000 Prix de la Baule (B) contested over 2700 meters went to 1.14.5kr timed Best Haufor (5m Ready Cash-Nikita Haufor) for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. The 9/10 favorite bested 12 rivals with second to 6.5/1 Best Atat (5m Coktail Jet-Gunilla) driven by William Bigeon. 15/1 Bamour (5m Gazouillis-Reine Magic) was third for Mathieu Mottier. The Gr. III Prix de Roubaix (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 9 monte starters) this day went to 1.1/1 favorite Vif d’Or du Poli (7g Ludo de Castelle-Fontaine di Poli) that is owned/trained by Bernard Piton and reined today by Christelle Le Coz. 1.7/1 Vinci Pierji (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) was second for Nils Pacha and trainer Mathieu Abrivard. 27/1 Uros de l’Extreme (8g Neutron du Cebe-Limpia) was third for Benjamin Rochard. The winner was clocked in 1.15.5kr. Next Sunday’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International UET Masters Series) attracted 25 initial entrants to the world’ richest and most prestigious monte contest at Paris-Vincennes, over the 2700 meter distance on the grande piste, The winner earns a spot in the Prix d’Amerique the following Sunday and the winner’s share of the €700,000 purse. On first engagement there were 29 entered and then four dropped out (Gross Weight, Biscuit Delavera, Amazone du Dollar and Agrippine) of this highlight of January 24th at Vincennes. Tiego Etang is the richest competitor in the field. He placed in 2013, 2014 and 2015, His main opponents will probably be Vision intense, Moving On, Athena Vandel, and venerable age 10 Scarlet Turgot, Best Of Jets will be the only five year-old in the running for trainerJean-Michel Baudouin. No five year-old has won since 2007 when One du Rib emerged. Sebastien Guarato will send out Astor du Quenne and Aladin d’Ecajeul against other top players Uhlan du Val, Olmo Holz and Udayama. Last weekend at Gavle the V75 Gold Division went to Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) for driver/trainer Robert Bergh. The 2140 meter autostart contest earned 150,000SEK for the winner. On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was second for Johnny Taker with third to the Jorma Kontio reined Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory). Luckycharm Hanover and Democrat were the next two across the line. The winner, off at 5.8/1, now has career earnings of over 6,100,000SEK. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 16, 2015 - Bjorn Goop teamed 5.7/1 odds Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) to victory in this evening’s Q+ Prix le Parisen (purse €85,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European female starters) clocked in 1.12.6kr off rated fractions (1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.13kr at 500 meters to go). The winner is trained by Sweden’s Tomas Malmqvist for Langebro Konsult AB. 3.3/1 Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Bengt Johansson of Sweden. Third was Alpine du Rib (5f Opium-Rockeuse du Rib) for teamster J-L-Cl Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) finished fourth for Tony Le Beller with fifth to Saphire Bi (4f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi) and Mathieu Abrivard. The winner’s pedigree brings back fabulous memories as it’s the maternal family of Hambletonian winners Timothy T and Christopher T plus Oaks winner Cora T, all from Flicka Frost, fourth dam, through Why Indeed-Speedy Crown-Betsy Sue-Ayres-Flicka Frost. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 1 Donna Di Quattro SWE B. Goop Langebro Konsult AB T. Malmqvist 2ème 5 Ninepoints Lucy SWE G. Gelormini B. Johansson J. Westholm 3ème 4 Alpine du Rib J.L.C. Dersoir Ecurie Rib Joël Hallais 4ème 2 Bahia Quesnot T. Le Beller Cédric Herserant Cédric Herserant 5ème 8 Saphire Bi ITY M. Abrivard Scuderia Della Casa C. Belladonna  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.200.000 € - Numéro plus : 0917     Ordre :       1.640,00€     Désordre :       32,80€     Bonus 4 :       7,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       3,60€     Bonus 3 :       2,40€                       The €65,000 purse Prix Theamis over 2850 meters attracted 18 European starters and driver Dominik Locqueneux recorded his third driving win this night with 3/2 favorite Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idole Blue) timed in a quick 1.12.9kr for trainer Yannick A. Briand. The winner held off 7/2 Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) and trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB. 9/1 Tropic du Hetrc (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) was a distant third for J-M Bazire. The close finishing top pair closed strongly off an honest pace (1.13.2kr at 1000 meters to go post; 1.13.3kr at 500 meters). The three year-old males contested the Prix Arethasa for €52,000 purse this evening at Vincennes on the petit course. 13 participants battled over 2850 meters with the 1.14.8kr clocked winner being 3.3/1 odds Colbert d’Am (3m Goetmals Wood-Kalmie Melody) for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. Lutfi Kolgjini trains the winner for Stall Courant AB. 122/1 outsider Colibri de Larre (3g Echo-Segesse de Larre) was second with 9/2 Classic de Viette (3m Look de Star-Squaw du Bouffey) third for Tony Le Beller. The €42,000 purse Prix Cyrene over 2850 meters drew 14 starters with the 1.13.4kr winner being 6.9/1 odds Brice des Epines (4m Rolling d’Heripre-Polka des Brieres) driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Johan Jansson Invest AB of Sweden. 4.2/1 Banjo de la Noemie (4g Flambeau des Pind-Prima de la Noemie) was second for J-Ph Monclin with 18/1 Bingoi de Blary third to the line. The Prix Athamantis (purse €80,000, monte 13 European starters, 2850 meters) went to 19/1 Americaine (5f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) with Antoine Wiels up for trainer J-P Marmion. Clocked in 1.13.7kr the winner scored over 3/2 favorite Asca Bot Eur Moel (5g Pagalor-Cova du Niel) and 6/1 Boris des Domits over the 1-3/4 mile distance. Dista Love (3f Royal Dream-Usita Love-Goetmals Wood) took the Prix Aludra (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, two year-old fillies, 10 starters) on disqualification. Timed in 1.17.6kr the winner recorded her first career victory in her second start for driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau as the 3/2 odds favorite. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Carmensite 2:01.3v (US$117.564) the dam of ten winners in 13 foals including  five with life earnings above US$90,000. Detailesmie Merite (2f Mage de la Merite-Netoilesmie) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois with 3.1/1 Doris de Bailly third for Franck Ouvrie. Saturday action is at Caen that hosts the featured €80,000 purse Gr. III Prix de la Ville de Caen over the marathon 4400 meter distance handicapped course. 18 will start including Nahar that received a 50 meter penalty and receiving 25 meter handicaps are Beckman, Udayama and Tornado Bello. Thomas H. Hicks  

YONKERS, N.Y. --- Timoko heads to Saturday's $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway without having raced since the end of June, but his connections believe the 8-year-old harness racing French star is ready to roll. Bjorn Goop, who drives Timoko regularly for owner/trainer Richard Westerink, said via email this morning that Timoko's absence was because of stallion duty. The horse was scheduled to return to action in the UET Masters Trot final on Sept. 13 in Belgium, but was scratched because of a fever. Timoko and Goop will start the International Trot, which returns to Yonkers after a 20-year hiatus, from post No. 4 and are 6-1 on the morning line. Bee A Magician is the 3-1 favorite from post five in the 10-horse invitational event, which will be raced at 1-1/4 miles rather than the traditional one-mile distance. "They have trained him really hard and say he is very well prepared to race super good so expectations are higher now since we got a good post position," Goop said. Post time is 2 p.m. for Saturday's first race at Yonkers, with the International Trot set for 3:10 p.m. approximately. Timoko, the winner of the 2014 Elitloppet, has two Grade 1 victories this year in Europe and finished third in the Prix d'Amerique. He has won 19 of 57 career starts and earned $3.72 million. "The horse has had a good training," Westerink said following Tuesday's International Trot draw in New York City. "He is a little light, but I don't think it will be a problem." Westerink is looking forward to racing in the U.S. for the first time. He also is looking forward to a strong effort from Timoko, having told Paris-Turf.com writer Fabrice Theil, "I do not just come to visit Manhattan with my family." "It was a dream for me to race in the States as a child, so this is fantastic," Westerink said Tuesday. "This is a really big race and it is good for the sport." The International Trot was first held in 1959 and was won by France's Jamin. France has won 12 editions of the race, which trails only the 13 triumphs by U.S. horses. Sweden's His Majesty won the most recent International Trot in 1995. The event was resurrected this year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. "With Yonkers now a major player in the overseas simulcast market, we feel this is the best time to showcase our track to the world by again inviting the best trotters in the world to race here," Rooney said in a statement. "We have had tremendous cooperation from our horsemen and all of us are looking forward to it." Goop is no stranger to Yonkers, having raced at the Hilltop as part of the 2011 World Driving Championship. Goop, in fact, made his last start in the U.S. a winning one, with a triumph in a 1-1/16 mile race at Yonkers as part of that series. "I have driven at Yonkers before and also several half-mile tracks in Sweden regularly, so I think and hope it's an advantage," said Goop, who turns 39 on Oct. 13. * * * Sweden's Mosaique Face, the winner of the UET Masters Trot final in September and runner-up in this year's Elitloppet, drew post eight - the most outside spot on the starting gate - for the International Trot. The 6-year-old stallion will be driven by Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Owned by Tommy Nilsson Holding AB, Mosaique Face has won 14 of 54 lifetime starts and earned $1.57 million. "I think the biggest competition is Mosaique Face and Bee A Magician," Westerink said. "If Mosaique Face is out in front, he can win. If he is not leading, he will not win." * * * BBS Sugarlight, a 6-year-old gelding from Norway, counts this year's Oslo Grand Prix and Olympic Trot among his 19 career wins. He will start the International Trot from post nine - the trailing spot behind Creatine in post one - with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Fredrik Solberg. The earner of $827,607 in lifetime purses, BBS Sugarlight is owned by Knut Groenlie and Gunnar Jarlsen. "He started to be a really good horse one-and-a-half years ago and has been increasing all the time in his results," Groenlie said. "Stability (is his best attribute). He is a speedy horse from the start." * * * Italy's Oasis Bi, who finished second in the Oslo Grand Prix and third in the UET Masters Trot final, drew post 10 for trainer Stefan Pettersson and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The 7-year-old stallion has earned $1.01 million in his career and is owned by P.G. Svard's Frackstad Lantbruks AB. "Expectations fall a little bit after the start position, but we are still optimistic," said Svard, who has a farm that produces eggs from more than 500,000 chickens near Mantorp, Sweden. "But there is enormous happiness and we are very proud for the invitation. We are really happy to be invited and lucky to be here." Oasis Bi, bred by Italy's Giuseppe Biasuzzi, is by Toss Out, who won a division of the 1993 Zweig Memorial at Syracuse, and out of the Self Possessed mare Up Front JM. "I bought him as a 1-year-old," Svard said. "He has the American blood to thank for his talent." Oasis Bi's starting spot trails Papagayo E, who leaves from post No. 2. "If Papagayo opens early and we come to the rail, I hope to follow him," Svard said. * Papagayo E, a 5-year-old stallion from Norway, will start the International Trot from post No. 2 for trainer Jan Waaler and driver Ulf Ohlsson. He has earned $508,624 lifetime and is owned by Tom Andersen and Claes Sjolin. He won this year's Jarlsberg Grand Prix and was third in the Oslo Grand Prix. "Fantastic," Andersen said about Papagayo E's draw for the International Trot. "That's what we hoped for - one, two or three. We have a fast horse, strong horse, and it looks really promising. He has never been better than today, I would say. I'm really excited to be part of this race. As everyone, we gamble, but if we have a good start we can finish in the top three." The winner of 11 of 24 career starts, Papagayo E raced only in Norway until a year ago, when he began testing the international waters. "We have a couple small tracks in Norway and he was racing on those, so I think he's actually going to like this track," Sjolin said about the half-mile oval at Yonkers. * * * On Track Piraten, a 7-year-old gelding from Sweden with lifetime earnings of $1.31 million, will start from post six. Erik Adielsson will drive for trainer Hans Stromberg and owner Stall CK HB. The horse won the Prix du Luxembourg and finished fourth in the UET Trotting Masters final. "He's a very strong horse," Stromberg said. * * * Five-year-old Rod Stewart, from Italy, drew post three. He finished second in this season's Grade 1 European Championship for 5-year-olds and is trained by Jerry Riordan, a Rhode Island native who has spent the past two decades in Europe. Enrico Bellei will drive the $467,260-earner for owner Graziano Ceccaroni. Rounding out the International Trot field are U.S. representatives Creatine and Natural Herbie. For more about the International Trot and its participants, please visit the event's special website here. Following is the field in post order for the International Trot with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Creatine, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 4-1 2. Papagayo E, Ulf Ohlsson, Jan Waaler, 5-1 3. Rod Stewart, Enrico Bellei, Jerry Riordan, 12-1 4. Timoko, Bjorn Goop, Richard Westerink, 6-1 5. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 3-1 6. On Track Piraten, Erik Adielsson, Hans Stromberg, 10-1 7. Natural Herbie, Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder, 8-1 8. Mosaique Face, Adrian Kolgjini, Adrian Kolgjini, 6-1 9. BBS Sugarlight, Johan Untersteiner, Fredrik Solberg, 6-1 10. Oasis Bi, Orjan Kihlstrom, Stefan Pettersson, 8-1 Note: BBS Sugarlight and Oasis Bi start from the second tier. Ellen Harvey and Yonkers Raceway contributed to this story. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

September 19, 2015 - Daddy Wood (2m Ready Cash-Ushuaia Wood), the 3/5 favorite, took today’s Prix de Pionsat (purse €20,000, 2200 meters, 8 starters) at Vichy, driven by Gabriel Gelormini for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This winner recorded his second victory in as many appearances, clocked in 1.18.2kr. His dam, Ushusia Wood, is a daughter of Love You-Daisy Chain-Speedy Somolli. Daisy Chain is a great producing 1991 foal that has generated 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (US$1,208,145) and four more plus US$100,000 winners, Jackpot Dream, Nice Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Third dam Kravotte produced US$459,557 winner Rainbow Runner. Finishing second today was 5/2 odds Dis Papaoutai (2m Goetmals Wood-Quemilia Pierji) owned by J-P Barjon, trained by Sebastien Guarato and driven by H. Langlois. Third was 6/1 Dame Denferst (2f Quilon du Chatelet-Pin Up du Chariot). 1 6 DADDY WOOD G. Gelormini 1.6 1'18''2 2nd 5 DIS PAPAOUTAI H. LANGLOIS 3.5 1'18''2 3rd 8 DAME DENFERT C. PETREMENT 7 1'19''2 4th 7 OF DIVINE ECROVILLE A. LAMY 16 1'19''5 5th 4 DIA DE LA BOATERIE B. RUET 29 1'19''5 6th 3 DARLING OF Solnan S. PELTIER 29 1'21''0 7th 2 DIVA OF LOVE F. JAMARD 38 1'21''6 8th 1 DON JUAN GERSOIS G. VIDAL 68 1'24''1 Spot   Horse Jockey Odds Redkm Also on the Vichy card was the €44,000 purse Prix Uranie contested over 2850 meters by 11 European starters. 28/1 Vertige de Chenu (6g Lynx de Bellouet-Neige de Chenu) took victory for owner/trainer Franck Pellerot and driver P. Pellerot by four lengths clocked in 1.16.4kr. 7/1 Sem Jafat (7g SJ’s Photo-Persilja) was second for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Untersteiner Training AB. 45/1 Louisville As was third with fourth to SHT’s Playmate at 105/1 odds.Vertige de Chenu At Farjestad in Sweden today, the featured V75 Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. Thai Broadway was timed in 1.11.3kr to record his 18th career win in 55 starts for 4,192,395SEK earned. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for driver Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Jan Hellstadt with Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) home third for Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) resulted in victory for Lover Face (7g Love You-Ambra OK-Mr. Lavec) and driver Jorgen Sjunnesson. Lover Face was timed in 1.12.2kr for his 14th victory in 59 starts and earnings of 1,331,800SEK. The winner’s first dam is from T Ball by Super Bowl-Bedell, she dam of Donerail and Gramola. Nitalar Bra Latin (5g Kiss Francis-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was next for Stefan Soderkvist and trainer Petri Puro with third to Sir Ratzeputz (5m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) and Jorma Kontio. Ja El Tomcat (6m Chocolatier-Topcat Hall-Conway Hall) ended fourth with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Karoline Krogh-Hanssen. This one is a half-brother to 2015 US trotting star JL Cruze. Viva Lover Wins Quinte+ at Vincennes The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.45 million) Prix Cleomede (€44,000 purse, 2850 meters, 17 starters) was at Paris-Vincennes this day and the 1.13.4kr timed winner was Viva Lover (6f Look de Star-Kaline Cover). This 3.4/1 odds winner was teamed by Mathieu Mottier. 52/1 Tikva de Baylev (8f Sancho Panca-Jasmina du But) was second for J.G. Van Eeckhaute, ahead of 12.3/1 Ulula Bella (7f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) that Tony Le Beller aboard.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 15 Viva Lover M. Mottier Ecurie D.M.Mottier D. Mottier 2ème 4 Tikva de Beylev J.-G. Van Eeckhaute J.-P. Sauvage C. Dreux 3ème 13 Ulula Bella T. Le Beller Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 14 Victoire de Lèvres F. Nivard Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 5ème 17 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2151   Ordre :       17.904,00€   Désordre :       149,20€   Bonus 4 :       67,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ Friday’s Prix Bruma (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) went to the 1.14kr winner Ahrima Turgot (5f Prodigious-Night Turgot) driven by J-M Bazire at 3.4/1 odds. 51/1 Anza du Carbonel (5f Lontzac-Lea Girl) with trainer Franck Blandin aboard was second. 132/1 outsider Alesia Lado (5f Maitre d’Atout-Aspara) was third. At Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Aquitania (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 Dolce des Rioults (2f Jam Pridem-Judith des Rioults) reined by Joann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. She scored in 1.18.6kr. 7.6/1 odds Detoilesmie (3f Mage de la Merite-Netoilesmie) with Franck Nivard up finished second with third to 2.5/1 Deesse Port (2f Uniclove-Mania Port) driven by Cl. Duvaldstin. Thierry Duvaldestin is owner/trainer of Deesse Port. Friday’s feature at Lyon La Soie was the Prix Lugdunum (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that resulted in a 1.15.8kr victory for 2.2/1 Ustar de Vandel (7g Look de Star-Deila de Vandel), owned by Ecurie des Charmes and reined by trainer J-< Bazire. 2.7/1 Uno Prior (7g Ispalion Jarzeen-Laliga Prior) was second with 11/1 Ugo d’Urzy (7g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) home third. At Romme (SWE), Cool Keeper (5g Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and trainer/driver Leif Witasp took a 2140 meter autostart event worth 75,000SEK to the winner. Cool Keeper scored in 1.13.1kr for his 14th victory in 36 outings now for 2,21SEK million earned. Vasterbo Fantast (5m Pine Chip-Pacsia LB-Supergill) was second with Jilly W. Andersson up for trainer Svante Bath. US-bred Smilin Eli (5m Muscles Yankee-Gerry’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was third for driver/trainer Daniel Reden. Another contest at Romme was a 1640 meters autostart event also worth 75,000SEK to the winner. The 1.11.9kr victor was Democrat (8g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Supergill) driven by Ulf Ohlsson. This one vanquished Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Ballouet-Tantern Gull-Lindy Lane) reined by Erik Ludegren with third to Quick Master (11g Look de Star-Kadisha-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Claes Sjostrom driving. The race winner recorded career victory 20 in 93 starts for earnings of 2.06SEK million. Thomas H. Hicks

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, September 16, 2015-It wouldn't be an International Trot without international trotters, now would it? Accordingly, Yonkers Raceway is pleased to announce seven more confirmed participants for the million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10th. The list--alphabetically--includes... BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Seabiscuit (Finland) Timoko (France). All are scheduled to leave for New York Wednesday, Sept. 30th. We are in the midst of compiling biographical/statistical information about these "invaders," and shall disseminate as soon as possible. Other invitees are to be determined based on this weekend's racing, including, but not limited to, Mohawk's Maple Leaf Trot. Again, please note the International (back after two decades) is part of a scheduled matinee card, with proposed first post (pending approval of the NYS Gaming Commission) at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:20 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

September 13, 2015 - Glen Ord Superb (4m Orlando Vici-Orions Hilda) won Sunday’s VG Norwegian Trotting Derby (purse €234,895, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) at 1.8/1 odds for harness racing  trainer/driver Geir Vegard Gundersen and owner Erik Sandbaek. The winner recorded his 10th victory in 17 career starts. 6.5/1 Victory Lap (4m Staro Showbiz-Princess Valley N) was second for trainer/driver Olav Mikkelborg, ahead of 2.8/1 Thaiu Navigator (4g Ganymede-Role Model) driven by Eirik Hoitomt for trainer Bo Westergaard. The race was clocked in 1.13.76kr. On the Bjerke card was also the Finn Tack Norwegian Kriterium for three-year olds (purse €181,485, 2100 meters autostart) with the victory earned by 13.5/1 odds El Toro BR (3m Coktail Jet-I’m Prompt Too) trained by Bjorn Goop for BR Invest Denmark and reined by Tom-Erik Solberg. Timed in 1.15.19kr the winner now has three career wins in five starts. 37/1 Photo Lavec (3m SJ’s Photo-Joyful Lavec) was second for Per Oleg Midtfjeld with 52/1 Greyhound d’Estino (3m Muscle Mass-Tina Tilar) third for trainer/driver Pal Buer. The winning owner also started two others, both trained by Trond Smedshammer. El Muro BR (by Muscles Yankee) finished seventh and race favorite El Diablo BR (by Muscle Hill) was disqualified due to miscues. The 2013 Derby winner Support Justice was on the card today and was victorious in a 2100 meter autostart event for fast-class older trotters. He was an open-lengths winner clocked in 1.10.8kr for Geir Vegard Gundersen. US-bred Kapow Hanover finished third. In conjunction with the Derby was held the annual yearling auction at Olso and the sale topper was the colt Magic Tile (Cantab Hall-High Eleven L-SJ’s Photo) at US$67,500. Thomas H. Hicks    

September 5, 2015 - Bjorn Goop’s trainee Mister J.P. (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) won today’s Jagersros Stora Trearingspris 2015 (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) recording victory eight in as many career starts, clocked in 1.14.1kr in this gate to wire effort with Goop driving. Owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon and Joel Seche, the winner now has career earnings of 2,125,000SEK. R.G.’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The World-Windsong’s Legacy) was second with Johnny Takter aboard for trainer Frode Hamre, with third going to the Peter Untersteiner trained and driven Canappealformore (3g Cantab Hall-Appeal To Reason-Pine Chip). On the Saturday card, over a rain soaked racetrack, was the Birger Bengtssons V75 Gold Division (150,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the wire to wire winner was Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) for Christoffer Eriksson, timed in a quick 1.11kr. Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson with third to veteran Harry Haythrow (9g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) with Johan Untersteiner driving. Rod Stewart (5m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) finished fourth with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Jerry Riordan.  The race winner now has career earnings of 2,284,200SEK. His dam Laura Kemp was second in the SWE Breeders Crown and second dam Keystone Sheena is a Speedy Crown-Keystone Sister daughter, the latter an excellent US Grand Circuit performer at ages two and three. Thomas H. Hicks

August 15, 2015 - Today’s top trotting event in Italy was the Gr. I Gran Premio Citta’ di Montecatini (€103,400 purse for final; two eliminations with purse €14,300 each, 1640 meters autostart) and the impressive elimination two and final winner was pacesetter Orsia (7f Angus Hall-Tigre OM) driven by Antonio Di Nardo. The winner was clocked in 1.13.2kr (1:57.78) in her elim victory over Olona OK (7f Varenne-Erreuno OK) in a sharp 1.11.9kr (1:55.69 mile rate) in the final as she pulled away for a two-length win over Napoleon Bar (8m Varenne-Dalmazia) and reinsman Enrico Bellei. Third in the final was Papandreu (6m Abano As-Capucine) and teamster Roberto Vecchione. Napoleon Bar won the first elim timed in 1.12.1kr (1:56.01) defeating Nephena Lux (8f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Orsia now shows career earnings in excess of €600,000. At Aby, on the Aby Stora Pris card, the Euro Classic Trot Next Year (75,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to three-length winner Mister J.P. (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) trained and reined by Bjorn Goop for Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon and Joel Seche. Mister J.P. remained undefeated in seven career outings, now for 1,975,000SEK earned. He scored in 1.14.7kr (mile rate 2:00.19) in his first 2015 start over Rhapsody As (3g Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) driven by Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Roger Walmann. Sogno di Volare (3m Taurus Dream-Moustache-Daguet Rapide) was third for Stefan Soderkvist. The second and third place finishers were US-registered and the top three were sired by Dubois stallions. The winners’ owner, J-P Barjon, enjoyed a North American winner on August 10 at Mohawk when his Pennies From Heaven (2f Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) scored in 2:01.1s, last quarter :28, in the Pure Ivory Series for trainer/driver R. Dustin Jones. On August 14 at Bollnas the US import Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ispara LB-Lemon Dra) won for Stall Zet and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom timed in 1.08.6kr (mile rate 1:50.38), She scored easily over Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) driven by Robert Bergh and Alvena Pele (9m Dream Vacation-Oli Roy-Probe) handled by Per Lennartsson. EL Rocket (5m Credit Winner-Courtney Hall-Garland Lobell) was fourth driven by Kenneth Haugstad. Delicious was developed in the US by Ron Gurfein and now has three wins in her last four starts when driven by Kihlstrom. She has recorded 16 career wins in 41 starts for earnings of 3,916,572SEK. Thomas H. Hicks  

Caen’s harness racing feature today was the Prix de Saint-Martin (monte, €38,000 purse, 2450 meters, 13 starters) and jockey Eric Raffin rode Tamerlan(8g Capriccio-Hematite) to a 1.14kr victory, his seventh in 66 career starts. The 6/1 winner is owned by Ecurie Danover and trained by St. Provoost. Salieri (9g Hermes des Pericard-Lysanxia) was second for David Thomain at 4/1 with third to 12/1 Ulpia des Jipes (7f Mon Bellouet-Obiga des Jipes) for trainer/jockey Franck Nivard. At Solvalla, their Elitloppet weekend began with a series of ASVT Trottex Auktionsloop events each with a winner’s reward of 110,000SEK. The three year-old females battled over 2140 meters autostart and Bjorn Goop teamed Tunika (3f Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) to an easy 1.14.3kr victory. Tomas Malmqvist trains for owner Stall Tumble Boys-Easy and Tunika was bred by Menhammer Stuteri AB. The winner is 5-2-1 in nine career starts. Magnesia (3f Magnetic Power-Mertensia-Super Arnie) with Oskar J. Andersson up was second for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Second dam is by Speedy Spin. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed Teeter Totter (3f Jaded-Marelle-VikingKronos) home third. This one was also a Menhammer Stuteri AB bred. The three-year old males also fought over 2140 meters autostart for 110,000SEK first money with Poet Broline (3m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) victorious for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner clocked in 1.14.1kr by open lengths. Broline International AB bred the winner that is owned by Sven-Goran Sjostrom. Another colt division (same distance and purse) went to Bjorn Goop reined Pacific Broline clocked in 1.14.3kr. Goop is also trainer of the Franck Leblanc owned, Broline International AB bred winner, now 4-1-0 in six starts lifetime, all in 2015. Another filly division (same distance, purse) went to Facile Boko (3f Virgill Boko-Zacile Boko-Muscles Yankee) with Erik Adielsson up timed in 1.14.1kr. She was an easy winner for owner Easy KB and trainer Svante Bath. Boko Stables Holland BV bred this one, now 5-5-1 in 13 career appearances. Also on the Solvalla card was the Gotlandssnus for mares (2140 meters autostart, 50,000SEK first money) and Ulf Ohlsson teamed Faith Hill (4f Muscle Hill-A Girl Named Sugar-Pine Chip) to a close there horse finish timed in 1.14.8kr. Stefan Melander trains the winner for his Stall TZ. Lebanon, Kentucky’s Jim Avritt bred Faith Hill. The mares also contested the E-trafik (1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK first money) and Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Denmark’s Speed Hill (6f Goetmals Wood-Funny Hall-Mr. Vic) to a 1.11.6kr win. Roger Walmann trains the winner for Stuteri Sun Hill, also breeder. Speed Hill is 10-3-4 in 28 career starts. Thomas H. Hicks

March 8, 2015 - Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop teamed the Richard Westerink trained Timoko (8m Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces - And Arifant) to a two length score in today’s Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur (Gr. I UET Masters Series, 12 international starters, €200,000 purse, 1609 meters autostart) . Away alertly Timoko, racing barefoot, yielded to Pascia’Lest and then regained the front that he never relinquished. Scoring his 26th career victory, Timoko improved life earnings to €3,235,478. Off at 7/10 favorite odds Timoko held off a determined Maven (6f Glidemaster - M. Stewart) with Johnny Takter up. Maven was taken off the gate at the start from post eight and followed the field in the second tier until moving four wide off the final bend. She finished steadily, easily circling the balance of the field. She was off at 5.7/1 and raced with no shoes in front. Vanika du Ruel (6f Jardy - Jacarandine) was third at 18/1 for trainer/driver Franck Anne ahead of Une Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) at 23/1 for David Thomain, with fifth to 45/1 Linda di Casei (10f Uronometro - Comtesse Ferm) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Timoko reportedly will travel to the US later in 2015 to contest the International and the Breeders Crown. Today Timoko was clocked in 1.11.3kr (1:54.72 mile time), well off the race record held by Varenne (1:52 established in 2002). Timoko captured this race in 2013 timed in 1.10.2kr. Thomas H. Hicks

February 8, 2015 - The Gr. I International UET Masters Series Grand Prix de France (€400,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to 6/1 Timoko (8m Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces - And Arifant) with Bjorn Goop piloting for harness racing trainer/owner Richard Westerink. This 25th career victory for Timoko increased his earnings to €3,145,478. Timoko was away alertly, yielded to Texas Charm that appeared to be a winner at the top of the stretch with several lengths advantage, and then the game Timoko wore down his rival nearing the line for a narrow victory. The winner was clocked in 1.11.4kr off even fractions (1.10.3kr at 1500; 1.10.8kr at 1000; 1.11kr at 500). Texas Charm (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee - Kamela Charm) was second for 22 year-old Julien Dubois and trainer Philippe Moulin (Ecurie Victoria Dreams owner) with 167/1 outsider Linda de Casei (10f Uronometro - Comtesse Ferm) rallying third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro, the one from Italy. 21/1 Tiego d’Etang (6m Chaillot - Harolene) ended fourth for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon with early pegs sitting Maven (6f Glidemaster - M Stewart) fifth at 15/1 for pilot Johnny Takter.  The 4/5 favorite Up And Quick raced second over on the outer for most of the contest and appeared to be struggling before going off-stride off the final turn. Also disqualified for miscues were Vanika du Ruel and Kadett CD. Solvato finished sixth, Severino seventh and  defending champion Noras Bean ended eighth. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day. We’ll be back with coverage of today’s card shortly. Thomas H. Hicks

January 24, 2015 - The Prix Ready Cash (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 European harness racing six year-old males and geldings) went to Rooibus (6m Rotation-Miss Tresami) ) in 1.14.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Off at 5/1 the winner handled another 5/1 shot, Italy’s Paparazzi (6g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) with Adrian Kolgjini up. 2.3/1 favorite Princes di Paggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) was third for Franck Nivard. The Prix Varenne (€55,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte with eight European starters) went to Scoot To Score (6g Quite Easy-Twilight Sund) at 19/1. Vincent Martens trains the winner and Jonathan Carre was up as he scored in 1.14.4kr to defeat Valentino Neige (6g Norman Jet-Notre Neige) and Mathieu Mottier. Viking Dream was third for Eric Raffin. Bjorn Goop teamed the Daniel Reden trainee Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Aliza Keeper), at 1.2/1 odds, to victory in the Prix de Chateaubriant (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters). Stall Zet owns the winner. Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) was second for Frank Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen, ahead of Aventin Belri (5m Fortuna Fant-Kolarkie) at 13/1. Time was 1.14.5kr. The Prix Offshore Dream (€70,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 European monte starters) went to 1.7/1 Argan du Loulay (5m Jam Pridem-Ma Bella Ile) with Alexandre Abrivard up for J-M Bazire, trainer. The winner scored in 1.14.1kr over As de Godisson (5g Gai Brillant-Deese de Godisson) and David Thomain. Astre Blanc was third at 26/1 for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The final of the sunny afternoon at Paris-Vincennes (Prix Moni Maker) was the second drive of the day for US reinsman Yannick Gingras and first at the volt start. Teaming Franck Anne’s Bahira Buissunay at 22/1, Gingras found an excellent starting spot and was away nicely until the false-start siren sounded. On the second start the mare was among a cluster of horses trying to depart from the inside and she was forced toward the back. The race developed with three tiers and when Gingras  sought to make a backside brush on the petite piste his mare made a miscue and was disqualified. At least he had two volt experiences and will likely have a bit more luck when it counts tomorrow. Thomas H. Hicks

Trained and owned by Louis Baudron, A Nous Trois (5m Orlando Vici-Quallas) took today’s Prix de Mauriac (€78,000 purse, 2700 meters, 17 female starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Bjorn Goop teamed this Quinte+ winner to the well-rated front-stepping 1.14.9kr victory. The smooth gaited 12/1 winner defeated 66/1 Attila Berry (5m Nice Love-Idee du Corta) with Alexandre Abrivard at the lines for trained J-M Bazire. Favorite Amiral de Bisson (5g Jeanbat du Vivier-Melodie du Bisson) was third for P-Verva. Italy’s Pleassure Kronos (6f Varenne-Speaks Volume) took today’s Prix de Raines for €46,000 over 2700 meters. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr with a strong stretch rally over 18 European starters. Pietro Gubellini teamed the winner at 7/1 for trained Christian Rizzo and owner Scuderia Christian SAS. Thessaliene (8f L’As de Viretaute-Le Laibjenka) was second wth Uraba de Pont (5f Dahir de Prelong-Jamaicaine du Pont) third for J-M Bazire. The €45,000 Prix d’Evian over 2700 meters drew 15 four year-old female contestants. The great gaited Blue Grass (4f Ready Cash-Princessa Natacha) scored comfortably with a front end trip engineered by Yohan Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire. Timed in 1.14.8kr the winner scored at 21/1 over the J-M Bazire trained and reined Bianan de Faeul (4f Coktail Jet-Oda de Fael) at 8/1 over Belle Bauloise (3f Ludo de Castelle Sweet Pearl) and teamster William Bigeon. Three year-olds contested the €35,000 Prix de Marolles (monte, 2200 meters, 11 starters, 1.17.2kr)with Conga (3f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon) the winner teamed by Eric Raffin. Louis Bardron owns and trains Congra that was favored at 1.4/1. Celina Polka (3f Kool du Caux-La Canella) placed at 10/1 for jockey Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. Carina de Geuron (3f Paisy Dream-Narbonne) ended third for owner/trainer Franck Anne in this event for three year-old females. Tomorrow the Paris-Vincennes card us a superior one that includes three Group races each with purses of €110,000 and up plus the €95,000 Prix de Mauquenchy, a monte event for 12 European contestants. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Europe’s best four year-olds squared off in today’s Gr. I Criterium Continental with a €240,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters with one scratch at Paris-Vincennes in the UET Masters Series) vying for its winners invitation to the Prix d’Amerique. The slick gaited, well-mannered Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Tumble Boys, rallied to score by a nose at 13.8/1 odds in 1.10.7kr. Tumble Dust scored from post nine, outside first tier, and battled to the front in fast tempo before allowing a game 16/1 Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgia Sacha) to gain the front for Gabrielle Gelormini with Malmqvist’s stablemate 33/1 Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde) behind Tumble Dust. Positions remained unchanged until even-money choice Aladin d’Ecajeul rolled near the leaders on the outside. Off the final bend Tumble Dust found room to the outside and Backfire found space on the pegs as the favorite faltered and Amiral Sacha battled on with great courage. The top three were noses apart on the line. Tumble Dust secured his tenth career win now for earnings of €510,169. Aladin d’Ecajeul ended fourth, Akim du Cap Vert fifth and J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon was seventh. Fractions were 1.05.2kr at 1500; 1.08.5kr at 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500, 1.10.7kr at the finish. On post-race interview reinsman Bjorn Goop was quoted as saying Tumble Dust was good today, got over the track well and still had gas left. Goop recorded his seventh win in France this year with the Criterium Continental triumph. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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