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October 10, 2017 - Harness racing youngsters battled this evening at Paris-Vincennes with a three year old Ready Cash colt winning the Gr. III Prix Kruse, as Espoir Prestance was timed in 1.14.7kr for reinsman Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. Favorite Classic Connection led throughout for catch-driver Franck Nivard and went off stride as the wire approached. Paris-Vincennes – Prix Kruse (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart, nine three year old starters) Race time 1.14.7kr 3.1/1 Espoir Prestance (3m Ready Cash-Quelle Prestance), Christophe Martens driver, Vincent Martens trainer, Joseph Vanduffel owner/breeder 9.1/1 Ecume de Reville (3f Hand du Vivier-Perle Villetrot), Eric Raffin up, Frederic Prat trainer 14.7/1 Valchiria Bar (3f Napolean Bar-Gwendalina Bar), Roberto Andreghetti up for Scuderia Stecca Srl Note – the leading favorite Capital Connection was a dq for miscue nearing the line The two year olds contested the Prix Phedra and undefeated Roc Meslois colt Fairyland remained so with an easy victory timed in 1.16.3kr. Matthieu Abrivard piloted the now three time winner for trainer Jacques Bruneau. Paris-Vincennes – Prix Phedra (purse €46,000, 2200 meters, eight two year old starters) Race time 1.16.3kr 2/5 Fairyland (2m Roc Meslois-Opontia), Matthieu Abrivard up, Jacques Bruneau trainer, Ecurie JYR 7.3/1 Fabriz du Gite (2m Tabriz du Gite), Franck Ouvrie driving 4.7/1 Fakir de Vindecy (2m Un Amour d’Haufor), Eric Raffin driver, Philippe Allaire trainer Note – Fairyland now undefeated in three career starts Next up of interest on October 15 is the  40th Grand Prix du Sud Quest raced at Beaumont de Lomagne, a Gr. II European Masters Series contest raced over 2400 meters autostart for a €200,000 purse. On October 13 at Paris-Vincennes are two upper class events, the Prix Bohemia for €75,000 and the Gr. III Prix Gordonia for €82,000. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Cagnes-sur-Mer action ended their winter meet and featured the Gr. III Grand Prix de Vincennes (purse €90,000, 2925 meters, 16 starters). Victory went to the 3/2 favorite Tony Gio (5m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) reined by Christophe Martens for Scuderia Bivans Srl and trainer Vincent Martens. The €323,447 career winner was timed in 1.14.3kr. The 40.9/1 Bocage d’Ortige (6m Mirage du Goutier-Providence d’Ortige) was second for Regis Levexier and trainer Nicolas Ensch. Third was 9.8/1 Viking Blue (8g Prodigious-Idole Blue) reined by Yvan Lacombe. The Prix de Vichy (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.15.7kr timed and 2/5 odds favorite Earl Simon (3m Prodigious-Tindrana). Franck Nivard teamed the Jarma Niskanen trainee that Ecurie Skytten owns. The 89.6/1 Eternella (3f Prodigious-Sirella) took the distant second spot for Stephane Cingland that Romuald Mourice trains. Third was 35.7/1 Evidence Destinee (3f Saxo de Vandel-Linda Somolli), driven and trained by owner Romuald Mourice. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 10, 2016 - Today’s top flight harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes began with the Q+ Prix de Cognac (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 44.4/1 And de Saint-Prest (6g Othello Pierji-Queen Madone) was victorious timed in 1.14.2kr for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Erik Lepine. 3/1 Arturo Boy (6m Le Retour-Guyane) was second for driver/trainer/owner/breeder Yves Dreux. Second in a dead heat was 25/1 Asis Bot Eur Moel (6g Pagalor-Lora du Niel for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. Azura d’Eva was fourth at 2.2/1 (the favorite) and fifth was 191/1 Utelo de Garentone. The day’s co-feature was the Gr. II Prix Olry-Roederer (monte, purse €120,000, 2100 meters, nine starters). Even-money favorite Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanadia) scored for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Edin. The winner held off charging 27/1 Talisker Horse (4f Pine Chip-Ira Horse) with Camille Levesque up for trainer Thomas Levesque. Third was 5/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool de Caux-La Canella) for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. Thomas H. Hicks

Zongulak (7g Love You-Heartenings Crown) with harness racing driver Christophe Martens up took today’s Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri at Beaumont de Lomagne. The winner was timed in 1.15.1kr in this event with a purse of €25,000, over 2550 meters with 12 European starters. Vincent Martens trains this one that defeated 9.1/1 Un Roi d’Atout (8g Ganymede-Guinilla) with Damien Bonne up and 23/1 Titan du Lieuvin (9g Gogo-Milady de Paris) with Cedric Terry at the lines. At Carentan the turf specialists were in action in the Prix de Pommeay Busney (purse €32,000m 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 3.1/1 Agathe des Ruettes (6f Hulk des Champs-Mutine des Ruettes) scored for owner/trainer/driver Jean Francois Popot. 14/1 Urkan des Landers (8g Echo-Neva Star) took second ahead of 7/1 Alplove du Rib (6f Opium-Rockeuse du Rib) and teamster J,L,Cl, Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Winning time was 1.19.4kr over the grass course by the shoeless winner. On Saturday at Cagnes sur Mer the Prix Bilto (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.15.8kr clocked and 2/5 favorite Dijon (3m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) with trainer Romain Derieux aboard. 18.9/1 Davina du Capre (3f Magnificent Rodney-Quelria du Capre) took second for David Bekaert and 16.5/1 Dauphin du Lot (3m Laetenter Diem-Qualite du Poche) took third for Christophe Martens. Thomas H. Hicks  

Italy’s Romanesque (6m Love You-Guantanamera) took the Quinte+ Enghien featured Prix du Parc des Princes (purse €65,000, 2150 meters, 16 European starters) this day at 1.7/1  odds. Harness racing driver Christophe Martens teamed the Vincent Martens trainee for Stall Campus RPF, clocked in 1.14.9kr. 11/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was second for Franck Nivard, Ecurie Pirat (SWE) and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 6.8/1 Varus du Bocage (7m Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was third with Mathieu Abrivard at the lines. Franck Anne, trainer/driver, and 20/1 Concerto du Ruel (4g Prince Gede-Jacgarandine) recorded a 1.15kr victory in the Prix de Jonquieres (purse €65,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) at Enghien. The winner bested 26/1 Chicago Blues (4m Prodigious-New Orleans), trained by Thierry Duvaldestin and reined by Ch. Duvaldestin. 6/1 Curly Light (4m Redlight Jet-Orphea de Monci) landed third for driver Franck Nivard. Also at Enghien, the Prix d’Uzes (purse €39,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 entrants) went to 3.2 favorite Catch One (4m Prodigious-Possession) with Franck Nivard up. The Sebastian Guarato trainee scored in 1.15.4kr for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 11.4/1 Campo Grande took second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 16/1 Casimir de Survie driven by J-P Maillard. Berlin-Mariendorf had four races this day on the PMU wagering schedule with the Prix d’Enghien (purse €4,500, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) leading off for victory by 9.4/1 Fantasia Newport (4f Andover Hall-Giant Emotion) with Michael Nimczyk up for owner PS Ter Borgh. The winner’s dam is a sub-1:55 daughter of Giant Victory from Trolley Square by Speedy Somolli, she dam of Hambletonian winner Deweycheatumnhowe.  1/5 favorite Bellevue (4f SJ’s Photo-Belle Arnie) was a narrowly defeated second for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz and 7.4/1 Dukenightstar VS (6g Look de Star-Vanja Limburgia) took third for reinsman Michael Honeman and owner/trainer Jens Niklas. Mariendorf’s Prix de Cabourg, over 1900 meters autostart, drew eight starters for the €4,500 purse. The 0.5/1 favorite Lighten Up Today (6g Love You-Celebrate Light) scored clocked in 1.14.4kr for Michael Nimczyk. Mr Smith held second for Gerhard Mayr. Thomas H. Hicks

Excellent trotting at Paris-Vincennes this Tuesday evening was highlighted by a Groupe II and two Groupe III harness racing contests. The Gr. II Prix Ville de Cherbourg (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven starters) saw 2.3/1 second choice and 7.4/1 Ducato Bourbon disqualified for breaks, enabling 7/10 favorite Django Riff to hold on for a narrow victory. This three year-old colt by Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine was handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire, clocked in 1.13.5kr. 25/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) rallied for second reined by J.L.Cl Dersoir. The Joel Hallais trainee is Ecurie Rib owned. 20/1 Del Piero de Lou (3m Sam Bourbon-Lola de Lou) was third for Alexandre Abrovard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner is named after long-past jazz guitar legend Jean “Django” Reinhardt, the Belgian born leader of the French Gypsy culture and, with violinist Stephane Grappelli, coleader of the legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France. Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took the Gr. III Prix Ville de Graignes (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) at 1.8/1 odds for Eric Raffin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Eurocolor SRL of Italy. The 1.14.1kr timed winner bested fast closing Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Yves Boireau and Jean-Pierre Dubois. Third went to 9/10 favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) with J-M Bazire driving. Italy also scored when 4.1/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took the Gr. III Prix Ville d’Argentan timed in 1.14.3kr for driver Christophe Martens and owner Ecurie Bivans SRL. 8.3/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was a just short rallying second for Oscar Raffin, driver/trainer, and Norwegian owner K.O. Molander. 59/1 outsider Theodor Grif (4m Varenne-Eva di Jesolo) held third on the pegs for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and Italy’s Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS. Bohemian Rhapsody took the monte Prix Ville Mont Saint-Michel (purse €50,000, 2200 meters, nine starters, apprentice jockeys) this evening timed in 1.15.4kr for Th. Dromigny. The five year-old Angus Hall mare from Bahama is trained by Thomas Levesque for Pierre Levesque, owner. 4.7/1 Belmis des Tours was second for Nils Pacha. Monte action also was highlighted in the Prix Ville de Lisieux (purse €60,000, 2200 meters, 10 monte starters) and 7/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool du Caux-La Carella) scored in 1.13.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. Trainer Joel van Eeckhaute owned this winner that bested 1.7/1 Cigate Castelets with Eric Raffin in the irons and 10/1 Candie d’Atout with Matthieu Abrivard up. The Anders Lindqvist co-owned (with Peter Gerry of the US’ Arden Homestead Stable) and trained Angel Dark (6g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) took this evening’s Prix Ville de Vire for amateur drivers (purse €14,000. 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr at 3.3/1 odds for Mlle. Evelina Mansson. Angel Darlk recorded his eighth career win in 41 starts for earnings of €97,670. 3/2 favorite Univers du Croq was second for Sebastien Leboutique and 14/1 Vivoli ended third with Pascal-Maurice Allais driving, It was also fitting that at Yonkers Raceway NY an Arden Homestead (Gerry family) trotter Doubleday (son of Crazed) took the Prix Boulevard Saint Michel (purse €29,117, 2011 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.13.64kr for teamster Jason Bartlett. This Marcus Melander trainee is also co-owned by Jan Johnson and Holly Lane Stud East., and scored at 10.8/1 odds on the PMU network as this race began wagering pools comingling of the Yonkers signal. The day’s FR action also included the Prix Marisol (purse €34,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Hyeres that 4.4/1 Un Roi d’Atout (8g Ganymede-Gunillla) won in 1.16.4kr for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. At Nantes the Prix du Tertre (purse €26,000, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to 4.7/1 winner Vivien Peo (7g Neutron du Cebe-Maria Carnaval) timed in 1.15.4. Both were Pick5 wagering events. Thomas H Hicks

Friday at Paris-Vincennes featured the €60,000 purse Prix Amalthea over 2100 meters autostart. 15 European starters ware in this harness racing contest and the 1.13.6kr winner was 8.4/1 Sahara Fairytale (7f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) with Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens and owner Manocapo AB in this Quinte+ event. 9.6/1 Varus du Bocage (7m Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 2/1 Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) ended third for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 11.3/1 Rooibos (7m Rotation-Miss Tessami) was fourth in this blanket finish for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop ahead for 86/1 Winning Love (10m Love You-Falin Amber Dance) with Pierre Vercruysse driving for trainer Sofia Aronsson. The Quinte+ jackpot this day was €4.1 million. Ervin Boko (5m Make It Happen-Tina Boko) won Friday’s Championnat d’Hivier Finale at Wolvega at 15/1 and timed in 1.15.3kr for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar and owner Une de Mail BV. The 2100 meter autostart test carried a purse of €9,900 with 10 horses in the battle. 1.1/1 odds favorite Toscanini Font (4g Conway Hall-Dora Parx) was second beaten four lengths with Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel. 7.2/1 Ever For Ever WS was third. Thomas H. Hicks

At Kuurne this day the featured Grand Prix d’Hiver (Mardi Gras) Belgique for a purse of €30,000 went to 9.3/1 Une de Bannes (8f Vroum d’Or-Jeune de Bannes) timed in 1.16.32kr for driver Christophe Martens. The 2325 meter event had 17 International starters. Vincent Martens trains the winner for BVBA Campus RPF. 2.8/1 Ru de l’Airou (11g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) was second for driver/owner Sven Hoste and trainer Jean-Marc Chaineux. Well regarded Artiste Joudes at 9/10 odds was disqualified for driver Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. At Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Grace Ducal (quinte+ with jackpot €3.95 million, purse €58,000, 2925 meters, 15 European starters) went to 3.3/1 odds Kalle (8g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. He was timed in 1.15kr to defeat 2.3/1 Vitinou (7g Jet Fortuna-Hircea) and driver Junior Guelpa with third to 10.3/1 Udine du Dazert (8f Le Retour-License To Win) for trainer/driver Denis Bekaert. Also at Cagnes-sur-mer the Prix Henri Callier (purse €40,000m 2925 meters, 10 starters) went to the 1.17.5kr timed, 41/1 Calicot du Vivier (4g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) for driver Kevin Vanderschelden. Yves Boireau trains the winner for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Stablemate 9/2 Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) was second driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois for trainer Boireau. 6.9/1 Colibri du Vivier (4m Oiseau de Feux-Iguine du Vivier) was third for Yannick-Alain Briand. Thomas H. Hicks  

Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera) with trainer Christophe Martens aboard took today’s featured Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Gr. II, €150,000 purse, 2875 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr. This 3.1/1 odds winner is owned by Ecurie Rompus REF and defeated even-money favorite Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 7/2 Vinci de l'Abba’e (6m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire with fourth and fifth to 22/1 veteran mare Roxanne Grif and 52/1 Pascia’Lest. Duke of Greenwood was scratched. The Quinte+ Prix de l’Union de la Presse Hippique (€52,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2150 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.5kr winner Ulexa des Plans (7f Jag de Bellouet-Lola Dessut) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Philippe Daugeard. The winner, off at 6.6/1, defeated 0.5/1 favorite and pacesetter  Going For Gold ZAZ (7m Scarlet Knight-Sprite ZAZ) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third was 36/1 Succes de Vaux (9g Edson Tilly-Idole de Branard) for trainer/owner M.G. Baron. The Gr. III Prix de l’Association Nat des Turfistes (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 0.8/1 favorite Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) with Joseph Verbeeck at the lines. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Elisabeth Allaire and was clocked in 1.14.9kr. He scored with a steady stretch-long drive that caught 2.4/1 Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette), trained by Sebastien Guarato and reined by Eric Raffin, with third to 16/1 Bardane du Houlbet (4f Jet Fortuna-Hagu du Houlbet) for driver/trainer R.Ch. Larue. The Gr. III other division of the Prix de la Federation Nat des Turfistes (€80,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) went to the 1.12.4kr winner 41.8/1 odds Adelia de Melodie (5f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for teamster Franck Ouvrie and trainer St. Meunier. 16/1 Tiger Woods As (5m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip) was second at 16/1 for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort with third to 1.9/1 Red Rose America (5f Varenne-Armbro Voice) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Favorite at 1.7/1 was Akido and driver Franck Nivard and this pair ended fourth. On August 11 at Cesena the Breeders Course (Premio Allvamento Folli Srl) for two year-olds (purse €14,300, 1660 meters autostart) went to Ultimo Sogno (2m Gruccione Jet-Giamaica-Indro Park) clocked in 1.17.1kr with second to Ulisse LL (2m Allison Hollow-Vincenza Gius). Sire of the winner is a son of Pine Chip from Petite Victory, she by Valley Victory from Petite Evander. Thomas H. Hicks

June 19, 2015 - Trainer/driver Christophe Martens piloted 2.1/1 favorite Zonguidak (6g Love You-Heartenings Crown) to victory in tonights’ harness racing Quinte+(jackpot €3.25 million) Prix de Joinville (€48,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) clocked in 1.13.9kr. The Belgium owned campaigner defeated 9/1 Vanychof (6m Offshore Dream-Marychaille) with Michel Lenoir the trainer/driver and third place 12/1 Va Vole du Lys (6f Oiseau de Feux-Nostalgie du Lys) with J-M Bazire at the lines. The Prix Sappho (€52,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) this night went to 1.15.8kr winner Begum Fromento (4f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda), the 9/10 favorite with Thomas Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders and EcuriePierre Levesque. 10/1 Bienvenue du Gers (4mQuinoa du Gers-La Chasse Verte) was second for J-M Bazire driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy and third went to Blue Island (4m Jain de Beval-Quarda du Rib) for Franck Nivard, trainer Dominik Locqueneux and owner Ecurie des Charmes. Julien Dubois teamed .5/1favorite Unbridled Charm (7m Password-Intense Action) to a 1.13.8kr win in the Prix Hygica (€48,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 European participants) for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 9/1 Tina Vivanciere (8f Hermes Perrine-Giga Query) ended second for David Thomain with third to Oro Fks (7m Uronometro-Fuschin America) at 25/1 for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Italian owner Stephano Bernardi. The Paris-Vincennes’ Prix Echo (€37,000 purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters) was clocked in 1.17.6kr by the winner Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) for driver Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio de Sousa. Capone Face was off at 3.7/1 odds as he defeated 3/2 favorite Chilkoot Trail (3m Ready Cash-Pulp Fiction) and Franck Nivard. Third went to 4.8/1 Cedar Keryvon (3m Offshore Dream-Rafale Castelets) with Eric Raffin up for trainer/owner Ake Kristoffersson. The first two finishers represent their dam’s initial Ready Cash foals. Kingly Pride, dam of the winner, is by Defi d’Aunou from Elitloppa by Kimberland , a son of Nevele Pride, and she has a 1:57.5 mile rate record and earnings of US$202,037. At Avenches, the Prix de Bastia Suisse (purse €8,326, 2400 meters autostart, 7 starters) went to Top Boy (8m Jag de Bellouet-My Lovely Girl) off at 5.1/1 handled by Adrian Burger. Favored at 7/10 the Mme. Valerie Henry driven Pluto de Vivier (12g Extreme Dream-Iguine du Vivier) was second for trainer Marc-Andre Bovay. Third went to 13/1 Quadrinio Jiel (11g Quadrophenio-Plamme de Jiel) for owner/trainer/driver Mme. Patricia Felber. The days’ top coldblood event was the Roger N. Olssons Minnieslopp at Hagmyren and the win went to the great mare Jannem Silje (5f Asajerven-Lannem Sjure) bred in Norway and reined by Tor Willebaek. The 2140 meter distance handicap event was clocked in 1.23kr and the winner earned 100,000SEK. Lannem Silje now has a career slate of 36-2-1 in 39 starts for 5,988,558SEK earned. In 2015 she is 8-1-1- in 10 appearances. Back in France, at Le Cepiere, the Grand Prix Dynavera Maissagri Duran (€45,000 purse, 2950 meters, 12 European starters) was won by Vaisman (6m Memphis du Rib-Iula du Douetil) with owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne aboard. The even-money favorite was clocked in 1.15.3kr to defeat 9/2 odds Ricimer (10m Hermes du Buisson-Gyka de la Chaise) and owner/trainer/driver Herve Soinneau. 5/1 Uno de Montauran (7m Sancho Panca-Nijinskaya) was third. Sunday action in Europe will be intense as Paris-Vincennes hosts a terrific nine race program that includes seven graded events, one of which is theGr. I UET Masters Series Prix Rene Balliere for a purse of €200,000. That lineup follows: June 21 Sunday - Vincennes   Off  14.40 - Prix René Ballière - UET Masters Series - groupe I - International euro  200.000  -2.100 meters autostart   1 OLMO HOLZCH. MARTENS 2a2aDa7a7a9a1a140a8a1'11"1(Vinc.) (URONOMETRO - VEUVE DU KRAS) - Propriétaire : F. DELMOTE - Entraineur : CH. MARTENS - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 742096 € 2 VINCI DE L'ABBAYEJ.M. BAZIRE 2a1aDa1a2a1a148a3a3a1'12"5(Vinc.) (OTELLO PIERJI - KYBOUMETTE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie de l' ABBAYE - Entraineur : J.M. BAZIRE - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 454360 € 3 ROXANE GRIFFE. RAFFIN 2m4a7a5m6aDaDm6a1m141'10"2(Vinc.) (TENOR DE BAUNE - JULIA MESLOISE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie GRIFF - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 2963418 € 4 UHLAN DU VALC. MEGISSIER 3a4a9a9a4a1a140a2a0a1'10"5(Vinc.) (ISLERO DE BELLOUET - INDIANA BEAUTIFUL) - Propriétaire : J.P. MEGISSIER - Entraineur : C. MEGISSIER - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 1058190 € 5 AFRICAINEP. VERCRUYSSE 4a8aDa3a2a2a3a140a3a1'11"4(Vinc.) (OISEAU DE FEUX - ITALIENNE) - Propriétaire : J.ET. DUBOIS - Entraineur : J.ET. DUBOIS - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 502820 € 6 VOLTIGEUR DE MYRTG. GELORMINI 0a3a3a1a4a2a5a144a1a1'10"9(Vinc.) (OPUS VIERVIL - MYRTILLE DES BOIS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie DONATI - Entraineur : R. DONATI - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 950082 € 7 ROXANA DE BARBRAYD. THOMAIN 3a9a0a2a6a6a0a7a143a1'11"5(Vinc.) (SPEED CLAYETTOIS - IRIANE DES ENCLOS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie DONATI - Entraineur : R. DONATI - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 964868 € 8 SEDUISANT FOUTEAUCH. DREUX 0a4a4a9a0m3m8m1m0a141'10"2(homol) (GAZOUILLIS - ELISALDE) - Propriétaire : A. DREUX - Entraineur : A. DREUX - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 520740 € 9 AKIM DU CAP VERTF. ANNE 1a1a3a1aDa2a145a4a2a1'11"0(Vinc.) (FIRST DE RETZ - PRIMA DU CAP VERT) - Propriétaire : Ecurie Franck ANNE - Entraineur : F. ANNE - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 944230 € 10 A NOUS DEUXJ.P. DUBOIS 147mDm4m3mDm1m1m4m1m1'12"0(Vinc.) (GOETMALS WOOD - NINA MADRIK) - Propriétaire : J.P. DUBOIS - Entraineur : Y. BOIREAU - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 341250 € 11 PACE DEL RIOSANTO MOLLO 14Da9a6a139a2a1'14"5(Vinc.) (VARENNE - URBEM D'ASOLO) - Propriétaire : Mme M.G. CAVALLERO (ITY) - Entraineur : SANTO MOLLO - Distance : 2100 - Gains : 2612   Kalmar SWE also hosts fine events on Sunday including the Viola Silas for mares that includes Maven and the V75 Gold Division with Quick Fix, Obi Wan, Kash’s Cantab, Reven d’Amour and Harry Haythrow in the field. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 10. 2015 - The 1.8/1 favorite Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation-Honalulu Lulu) took today’s Prix Timoko (€25,000 purse, 2550 meters, European 13 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne, clocked in 1.15.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Christophe Martens. 9/1 Anatzi d’Alsace (5g Pagelot-Jivana d’Alsace) was second for Frederic Clozier with third to Dacke Haleryd (8m Goetmals Wood-All American Chill) for Michel-X Charlot, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Skeie Stable AS from Norway. Good action also occurred at La Capelle with several noteworthy events including the Prix de la Capelle (€21,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 15 starters). Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) scored in 1.17.3kr as the 1.6/1 favorite driven by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. 20/1 Caduceus des Baux (3g Mark Speed-Festinci des Baiuz) was next for David-Marion Hue ahead of 69/1 Coko Look (3m Look de Star-Jerez) with Sebastian Ernault up for trainer Ulf Nordin. Also at La Capelle the Prix de la Savr 5+ (€32,000 purse,2750 meters, 16 starters) produced a 16/1 upset winner in Viva de Luna (6f Prodigious-Oree de Strata) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. Clocked in 1.15.5kr the winner bested 15/1 Tosca du Chatelet (8f Chef du Chatelet-Meomi du Chatelet) with Sebastian Ernault up and third finisher 5/1 Va Au Poteau (6g Pad d’Urzy-Haita de l’Arrete) with Francois Lecanu aboard  for owner/trainer Ph-E Trible. The Prix du Croise-Laroche (€20,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) at La Capelle went to 15/1 Bianca des Brouets (4f Notre Haufor-Oiyeda) and reinsman Pierre Versruysse. Pascal Daulier is the trainer. Banana Star (4f Pim Quick-Nikasa du Roncey) was next at 37/1 for Michel Lenoir with third to 19/1 Bastelica (4f In Love With You) for trainer/driver Jean-Benoit Lemoine. This day at Solvalla SWE the Nu Pagadis trot (€60,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to Charrva Forlon (5g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazier) and trainer/driverHans-Owe Sundberg. The winner is now 2-2-0 in six 2015 appearances, this win in 1.13.4kr. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for teamster Thomas Uhrberg and owner/breeder Happy People Racing AB. The ex-Jimmy Takter US trainee Corky (5g Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) finished third for Erik Adielsson and legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. The Stall Corkad owned campaigner was bred in the US by Ohio’s Lynn Baker. Don’t forget the Oslo Grand Prix weekend in Norway at Bjerke Travbane. The Sunday OGP card starts at noon local time and also includes the Energma Cup amd top races for mares, four and five year-olds, and a monte contest that has new world record holder Torre Crepin among the starters. The OGP, a UET Masters Series event, is race 11 on the program. Program links for the Saturday and Sunday Bjerke cards follow: Saturday June 13 http://www.rikstoto.no/manual/BJ/BJ_13062015_48.pdf Sunday June 14 OPD Day http://www.rikstoto.no/manual/BJ/BJ_14062015_49.pdf Thomas H. Hicks

May 26, 2015 - Orleans Font (7m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SRL) with Christophe Martens up, took today’s undercard Prix des Hortillonages (€30,000 purse, 2900 meters, 16 European starters) at Amiens clocked in 1.16.01kr. Vincent Martens trains the winner that was favored at 1.3/1 odds. 4.8/1 Baroncini (7m Love You-Gaia) was second for trainer Robert Bergh with Dominik Locqueneux driving. 13/1 Tenor de Corbon (8g Niky-Kamelie du Corbon) took the third spot for pilot Anthony Barrier. At Paris-Vincennes the featured Prix Victor Cavey (€120,000 purse, monte, Gr. II, 2850 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.14.2kr victor Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) at 5.5/1 odds for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Cedrik Megissier and owner Ecurie la Tour de Vandel. Favorite 1.3/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) was next for Camille Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 15/1 outside Attentionally (5f Jasmin de flore-Intentionally) was third with David Thomain up. Also at Vincennes, the Prix Minerva (€44,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) produced a 1.13.9kr win for the Thomas Levesque driven and trained Bellinissimo (4m Baccarat du Pont-Joconde) at 24/1. Ecurie Pierre Levesque is the owner. 6/1 Black Jack La Nuit (4m Kesaco Phedo-Kaisy de Chenu) was next ahead of the Pierre Vercruysse trained and reined 6/1 Buzz Sly (4m Repeat Love-Riviera As). Thomas H. Hicks  

May 9, 2015 - Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Faux-Pocahontas) took today’s co-featured Prix du Gatinais (€85,000 purse, 14 European starters, 2700 meters) timed in 1.12.6kr for harness racing driver Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. Ecurie Pierre Pilarski owns the winner that scored at odds of 4.7/1. Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade), the half-brother to Offshore Dream, was a game pacesetting second for Thomas Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders as 2.3/1 favorite and third went to Triskell Pacha (8g Elio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte) and teamster Franck Nivard. Sometime pressed the lead during much of the contest but tired and went offstride late. Fractions were solid with a quick final 500 meters (1.13.1kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.2kr at 500 and 1.12.6kr finish). This race was today’s Quinte+ with a jackpot of €3.55 million. The Gr. III Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue (monte, €120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 7 International starters) went to rallying Nene’Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) and Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Vincent Lacroix. Off at 7.7/1 the winner recorded career victory 17 in 40 outings, scoring in 1.14.4kr off slow fractions (1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.15.7kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish) set by second place 25/1 odds Vision Intense (6f Prodigious-Intense Action) ridden by Nathalie Henry for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Rarely a pacesetter Vision Intense raced very well. Great mare Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) rallied valiantly late to be a close third for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and Ecurie Griff. She was off at 4.7/1 and raced fifth on the pegs until late in the lane. The Prix du Perreux (European, €80,000 purse, 13 starters) for upper class campaigners went to Rember Mail (5m Toss Out-E Mail Spin) and reinsman Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens at 3.1/1 odds. He rushed to the front with 1000 meters to go and led to the line scoring in 1.14.8kr for owner Ecurie GIGA Srl of Italy. Perkins Grif (6m Classic Photo-Radiant Victory) was second at 7.5/1 after making a strong push of the last turn and sustaining that run throughout the stretch for Roberto Andreghetti. Fabrice Souloy trains this one for Scuderia Future 2004 Srl. Rooibus (6m Rotation-Miss Tessani) was third along the pegs for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner BS Stables AB at 8.5/1.  Fractions were pedestrian that set up a quick and wild finish (1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.15.5kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500; 1.14.8kr finish). Thomas H. Hicks

February 13, 2015 - Germany’s Chapeau (6m Love You - Crown Tess-Crowntron) won this evenings Quinte+ Prix de Barcelone (€55,000 purse, 17 European starters, 2925 meters distance handicap) at Cagnes sur mer. Christophe Martens handled the Victor Martens trainee for owner Renato Bruni, timed in 1.14.7kr, as the team overcame a 25 meter handicap to score easily at 1.6/1 odds. Chapeau secured career win 14 now for earnings of €266,806. 8/1 Tamarro (8g Opus Viervil-Kality Street) was second for trainer/driver David Bekaert, and owner Christophe Gallier, ahead of Ubine (7f Podosis-Ehrine) and trainer/driver/owner Yannick A. Briand at 5/1. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ERw-g-9uZE  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 10.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 1897   Ordre :       740,00€   Désordre :       14,80€   Bonus 4 :       7,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,60€   Bonus 3 :       2,40€   The evening’s Prix de Seville (€28,000, 14 male starters, 2700 meters autostart) went to 1.6/1 favorite Andover Jet (5g Prodigious - Delmonica Jet-Tarass Boulba) and trainer/driver Romain Derieux. Antonio De Sousa owns the winner of €81,620 and four career scores that was clocked in 1.16.1kr over the sloppy surface. Amigo de la Vallee (5g Look de Star - Joie de le Vallee) was second at 4/1 for the team of Christophe and Victor Martens. 27/1 Avenier (5m Kiwi - Musique de Mai) was third for reinsman David Bekaert and trainer Jerome Huguet. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Jerez de la Frontera (€42,000, 2925 meters, nine starters) went to 10/1 Best Perle (4f So Lovely Girl - Perle Magique) and trainer/driver Romain Derieux, who scored a double this night. Timed in 1.17.9kr the winner defeated 4/5 favorite Buvetier (4m Goetmals Wood - Rapide Aventure) with Jean-Pierre Dubois up. Buvetier is trained by Yves Boireau for Dubois’ Ecurie D. 16/1 Brutus la Mesange (4m Lilium Madrik - Infante du Buisson) was next for trainer/driver David Bekaert. The Prix de Madrid (€30,000, 2925 meters, seven three year-olds) went to hard-charging 3.1/1 odds Chateauous (3m Sam Bourbon - Only Way) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois aboard, timed in 1.19.6kr. He recorded career win number three for €42,950 earned. Jean Baudron is the trainer of this one and second finishing 3.3/1 stablemate Cristal Wood (3m Goetmals Wood - Topaze Bourbon-Love You) with David Bekaert up for Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri . Cash For Ever (3m Sam Bourbon - Salome-Love You) was third at 5/1 for Christophe Martens and trainer Victor Martens. Thomas H. Hicks

February 9, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (€54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon and Ustie Haufor (7f Niky - Lana du Houlbet) at 8/1. She was timed in 1.12.8kr for the victory ahead of 1.8/1 Urfee du Moochel (7f Buvetier d’Aunou - Olga du Mouchel) with Mathieu Abrivard up. Third went to 13/1 Xea Venus (7f Charmy Skeeter - Xea Lobell), a Robert Bergh trainee driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Replay stretch drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJIJ_hS3toA#t=16. Favorites dominated the top five, resulting in a modest exact order Quinte+ consolation payoff.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2758   Ordre :       900,00€   Désordre :       16,60€   Bonus 4 :       6,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,30€   Bonus 3 :       2,20€   At Le Cepiere, the Prix d’Arbois (€28,000 purse, 2950 meters, 18 European starters) went to Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu), the 3/2 favorite driven by Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens. He was clocked in 1.16.3kr to defeat Utile Lebel (7g Biesolo - Jernasca) with trainer/driver Christophe Feyte aboard with third to Uniflosa Bella (7g Jag de Bellouet - Koctiflosa Gede) and Antoine Wiels for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. It was reported today (Paris-Turf and Maharajah facebook page) that Sweden’s champion Maharajah has been retired. The 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner last raced in October at Solvalla, finishing third. The 10 year-old son of Viking Kronos, trained by Stefan Hultman, won numerous major events such as the Svenskt Travkriterium at age 3; the Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. and Svenskt Travderby. at age 4; at 6, second in Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France; at 8, winner of Olympiatravet  and the aforementioned 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner at age 9. 2014 Prix d’Amerique replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K20LX-_RGI Thomas H. Hicks

Christophe Martens piloted Italy’s Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veube du Kras) to a comfortable victory in Thursday’s Quinte+ International Prix de la Cote d’Azur for €150,000 purse on the Cagnes sur mer. seashore. 17 contested this one as the 24/1 winner, trainer by Vincent Martens for owner Franck Delmonte, defeated 25/1 Stow du Beauvoisin (9g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin) teamed by Stephane Cingland. Turbo Jet (8m Joyau d’Amour-Elite d’Atout) was third at 16/1 for Nicolas Ensch. Two more longshots Roller Quick at 55/1 and Razeen Cayennais at 62/1 were next in the event timed in 1.13.3kr. The Q+ exact order payoff was €378,360.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.850.000 € - Numéro plus : 2803   Ordre :       378.360,00€   Désordre :       7.567,20€   Bonus 4 :       230,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       115,00€   Bonus 3 :       40,00€ On the card legendary  veteran Jean-Pierre Dubois won two straight. Buvetier (4m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure) captured the €38,000 Prix Pierre Bocquet (2925 meters, 10 starters) in 1.15.8kr for owner Dubois and trainer Patrick Chevrier The 2.4/1 favorite scored over the Franck Nivard teamed Best Perle (4f So Lovely Girl-Perle Magique) for trainer Romain Derieux, A race later J-P Dubois teamed his Alisma du Corta (5m Love You-Marquise du Corta) to victory in the €37,000 Prix Meteor II over 2925 meters. 12 participants battled here, with the winner times in 1.16.kr. The 2.5/1 winner is owed by Dubois and trained by Jean Baudron. Alexandra Mauzun (5m Goetmals Wood-Ocely de la Merite) was second at 6/1 for Christophe Martens. Also of importance was the Prix de Cagnes sur mer (€50,000, 2925 meters, 18 european starters) and it signaled a 1.14kr victory for Tonight Cem (8m Orlando Vici-Nouba Vinoir) and trainer/driver Yannick A. Briand at 6/1. Loris Garcia teamed Ultrajem (7g Buvetier d’Aunou) to second at 5/1 for owner Louis Baudron ahead of Viking America (6g Viking Kronos-Berta’s Crown) and Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner What Trotting. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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