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January 28, 2018 - Today’s Prix d’Amerique Vincennes program offered three good monte contests, two groupe events and an apprentice jockey race to end the harness racing card. The Prix Camille Blaisot (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 285 meters) began racing action this day and it went to Dexter Fromentro  (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) with Camille Levesque aboard for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. Race time was 1.14.4kr. Darhley du Rib (5f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir in the irons was second, that one a Joel Hallais trainee that Ecurie Rib owns. Dayana Berry (5f  Scipion Goutier-Ider du Corte) landed third for J.Y. Ricart and owner/trainer J-M Bazire. The winning jockey attacked past the midway point, gained the front and held gamely at the line. The Gr. II monte Prix Jacques Andrieu (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, Internationale) showcased Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) as he came from last and a 25 meter penalty to bury the opposition once again, scoring in 1.12.7kr, with Yoann Lebourgeois up. Philippe Allaire trains for Frederic Sauque as 3/5 favoritre Arlington Dream recorded his 17 career win now for €757,800 earned. He bested Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis-Oranginette) with Adrien Lamy in the irons for trainer P.E. Mary off at 8.1/1, and third finishing 19/1 Ariane de Caponet (8f One du Rib-Noya de Joudes) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Fractions were rated except the mid-race portion when Arlington Dream powered wide to the front and accelerated to a huge advantage that he maintained to the line(1.13.2kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.11.9kr at the 1000 meters remaining, 1.12.2kr with 500 to go) in an overpowering performance. The monte Prix Tidalium Pelo (apprentice jockeys, purse €62,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) closed the program and went to 8.5/1 Viking du Pilet (9g Kuadro Wild) with Theo Peltier up. Yann Docquin owns and trains the winner that was timed in 1.13.6kr. 5.5/1 Ange Karlann (8g Diamant Gede) took second for Mlle. Ludivine Drapier and third was earned by 3.9/1 Vivaric du Bellay (9g Nil du Rib) with Arthur Rebeche up for trainer A.A. David. Thomas H. Hicks

January 28, 2018 - The Timo Nurmos trained, Bjorn Goop driven and Bro Byggnads AB owned and 2.2/1 second choice Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) raced perfectly second over in tier two around the final bend and then surged to the front on then leading Bird Parker and gamely held off 2.1/1 harness racing  favorite, defending and two time champion, Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and Franck Nivard to win the winter classic timed in 1.11.2kr. The 97th edition of the Prix d'Amerique is raced over the grande piste at 2700 meters for a purse of €1,000,000 and had 18 of the world’s best at the start, that took the judges several attempts to get the field underway. Fractions were steady (1.12.6kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.11.6kr at the 1000 and 1.11.7kr at 500 remaining). Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae) at 4.2/1 rallied for third driven by Orjan Kihlstrom after being the second leader when he took over from Oasis Bi. Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezire Josselyn) also rallied nicely for J-M Bazire at 6.8/1  to capture fourth ahead of 72/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede) and driver Matthieu Abrivard. Leader Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash) and Italy’s Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo earned the final checks. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was €993. Follow You Wins Gr. III Prix Leopold Veroken The Prix Leopold Veroken (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart) produced an impressive victory this evening at Vincennes for Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) timed in 1.14.4kr and driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato for Stall Bivans Srl. Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Ecurie Dream With Me bred the youngster now with four wins in six career starts. Ziosauro Jet (3m Maharajah-Liberte) was second for Vincenzo d’Alessandro Jr.Third was Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissante Jo) for Anthony Barrier. Dubois was the interviewing star in the winners’ circle. The winners’ dam Mara Bourbon (And Arifant-Etta Extra) was a winner of €1,657,405) with a speed record of 1.10.7kr. Her last win was in 2006 at Cagnes sur Mer in the Gr. II Grand Prix du Conseil General Alpes Maritimes and just prior she won the Oslo Grand Prix with Jean Pierre Dubois up. Watch for the colt Follow You, he could be special. Ebella Aimef Wins Prix Meadowlands at Vincennes Ebella Aimef (4f Kiwi-Harmonie du Fosse) took this evenings’ Prix Meadowlands (purse €50,000, 2850 meters petite piste) as the rains began to fall at Vincennes. Eric Raffin teamed the 1.7/1 odds winner timed in 1.14.9kr for trainer J.L. Bigeon. Elena Princesse (4f Timoko-Quatinka) was second for J-M Bazire at 7.2/1and Ecurie le Tremont while third went to Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting-Carine Romanie) at 8.8/1 with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Comte de Senneville. The US Hambletonian Society Management (John Campbell and wife, Moira Fanning and former CEO Tom Charters) presented the trophy. Thomas H. Hicks

January 27, 2018 - Today’s featured Prix du Luxembourg (Gr. III Internationale, purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters, Quinte+) began the sensational Paris-Vincennes harness racing weekend. 28/1 Urlo dei Venti (5m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy) scored a narrow 1.10.6kr timed victory for Italy’s Enrico Bellei, trainer Gino Casillo and Scuderia Barbalbero. 6.5/1 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight  Serenade) took second driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Serge Peltier, ahead of 4.7/1  Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teze Josselyn) and driver Alexandre Abrivard. 4.1/1 Call Me Keeper was fourth for Orjan Kihlstom and fifth went to 13/1 Dawana (5f Ready Cash-Sanawa) for J,Ph, Monclin. Dante Boko finished eighth and 3.7/1 favorite Treasure Kronos was 10th. The fractions were quick (1.05.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.08.3kr at the 1000; 1.10.9ke with 500 remaining). A number of events followed named from former Prix d’Amerique winners. The Prix Ready Cash (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.13.5kr timed and 7/1 Tinamo (6m Naglo-Litvania Jet) reined by Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc and Allev. Toniatti. 2.2/1 Casting de Chenu and J-M Bazire crossed the line first and was a dq. That also caused 38/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mendacino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) to be placed from third to second with Pierre Vercruysse up for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. 17/1 Tarim (6m Varenne-Explosive) was placed third for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer H.E. Bondo. The undercard included the Prix Moni Maker (purse €37,000, 2799 meters, 15 European starters) and 41/1 Eureka du Fosse (4f Foleil du Fosse-Hase du Fosse) scored in 1.15.2kr for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Ulf Nordin, who’s family practiced their trade successfully in Sweden and the USA. 14/1 Vanity Luis (4f Ideal Luis-Cristing Luis) took second for Enrico Bellei, Scuderia Orlando and trainer Philippe Billard. The monte Prix Offshore Dream (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) went to 3.7/1 and 1.13.8kr timed Daytona Jet (5f Goetmals Woof-Run For Jet) with Mlle. Mathilde Collet in the irons for trainer Stephane Meunier, off steady fractions (1.12.6kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.12.5kr at the 1000; 1.13.2kr with 500 meters remaining). As Moi de Houelle (5f Quif de Veleneuve) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Pierre Levesque, trainer of double Amerique winner Offshore Dream and Meaulnes du Corta, presented the trophy to the jockey, The Prix Varenne (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) produced a stirring finish with 8.3/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (5f Roc Meslois-Trois Etoiles Gede) holding on by a nose for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Anthony Pillon, to defeat 5.4/1 Daisy Team (5f Timoko-Daisy Chain) and owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one. Third was the 1.2/1 favorite Diane d’Haufor (5f Paris Haufor) and Christian Bigeon. The Coupe d’Europe des Amateurs (purse €16,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters on the petite piste) is always a Prix d’Amerique weekend highlight. Today 6/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious-Night Turgot) took the prize for pilot Hakan B. Johansson. Emmett Brown (7g Muscle Hill-Traci Spur) was second for Michel Poirier and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Third went to Robinia (8f Love You-Tagete) for driver Patricia Felber. Race time was 1.15kr. Anders Lindqvist and Peter Gerry’s Angel Dark was eighth after a far back late rally. The Prix Jag de Bellouet (monte, purse €37,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) closed out the Saturday program with 9/1 Evidence Fly (4f Rocklyn-Oh Butterfly) victorious in 1.15kr for jockey Eric Raffin. Julien Dubois bred, owns and trains the winner. 1.7/1 Eureka de Tilla (4f First de Retz) closed fast on the tarmac side to be second for Matthieu Abrivard. Enjoy tonight’s Prix d’Amerique pre-race parties. Back tomorrow with a great card of international trotting. Thomas H. Hicks

January 27, 2018 - Arqana-Trot completed its annual harness racing Prix d’Amerique Sale at Paris-Vincennes last evening. Gross sales totaled €3,656,000, up €936,000 from last year. 166 lots sold (67.8%) from 245 presented. The Jean-Pierre Dubois sold hip 202 Firefly (3f Ready Cash-Topaze Bourbon) led the way bringing a €220,000 winning bid from CMV Trotting Center.  This one represents the family of Mara Bourbon, Sam Bourbon and Qualita Bourbon. The second highest seller was hip 231 French Darling 3f, Love You-Native Darling) that Jean Marc Souici bought for €160,000. This filly is in to race Sunday in the ninth at Paris-Vincennes. Nine of the top 20 horses sold were Dubois’ stock. The leading consignor was Haras de la Brosse (15 lots for €1,042,500) that included the Dubois’ horses and leading buyer was Jack G.H. DeJong who bought  five for €315,000 including Erika Dream (4f Ready Cash-Situtunga) for €125,000 and that is also in to go Sunday in race eight.  A Bold Eagle breeding share sold for €128,000 with Lutfi Kolgjini the buyer, and several yearlings sold including How To Love (by Bold Eagle) for €38,000 and Helm Nonantais (by Bird Parker) for €32,000. For sale results click here Thomas H. Hicks

January 25, 2018 - Hip 76, a breeding share of Bold Eagle (m, Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) led the first session of the annual harness racing Prix d’Amerique Sale conducted by Arqana-Trot. Lutfi Kolgjini was the €128,000 winning bidder. The second highest in the session was hip 83, the mare Breath Money (f, Sam Bourbon-Suricate) in foal to Brilliantissime, that brought a €60,000 bid from Frederic Brouilloux. The two year old filly Golden Galaxy (2f Up And Quick-Royal Crown), hip 149, earned a €55,000 winning bid from Jack G.H. DeJong who also bought hip 57, the mare Virevoltante (f, Love You-Olygarchy),  in foal to Goetmals Wood, for €50,000. Also earning a €50,000 bid was hip 70, Ambra Somolli (f, Coktail Jet-Moonlight Somolli), in foal to Charly du Noyer, bought by Gilles Lavielle. Below are the session summary and leading and interesting session sellers. Session two is set for this evening and all day is the 31st Expo Etalons, always a great learning and networking experience. Thomas H. Hicks  

The 97th Grand Prix d’Amerique lineup is final with 18 world class harness racing trotteurs at the start Sunday at 10:05am (eastern). The Amerique begins the Triple Couronne in France. Twelve of the Sunday starters have over €1,000,000 earned led by Bold Eagle. This year is likely to be a big battle between the FR starters and an array of excellent non-FR leaders such as Readly Express (by Ready Cash), Propulsion, Oasis Bi, Lionel and Ringostarr Treb. Be there for a superb weekend of racing (also the Saturday Prix du Luxembourg), the Expo Etalons on Friday and the Arqana-Trot mixed two day sale that begins today. The sale includes Bold Eagle and other stallion shares. N° Cheval Casaque Fer. S A Distance Driver / Jockey Entraîneur Musique Record absolu Gains (€) Crack Series                             1 TONY GIO M 6 2 700 CH. MARTENS V. MARTENS 4a (17) 5a 2a 7a 3a 6a 1a 3a 4a 6a 8a 1'10"4 562 995 € 72 2 BRIAC DARK M 7 2 700 M. ABRIVARD T. DUVALDESTIN 0a (17) 3a 0a 1a 2a 5a 1a (16) Da 6a 7a 5a 2a 5a Da 6a 6a 4a 9a 1'10"8 646 910 € 85 3 CHARLY DU NOYER M 6 2 700 Y. LEBOURGEOIS P. ALLAIRE 7a (17) 3a 8a 3a Da 2a 2a 7a 1a Da Da Da 1a Da Da 3a 2a 0a 4a 1'10"3 793 390 € 28 4 CARAT WILLIAMS M 6 2 700 D. THOMAIN S. GUARATO Da (17) 4a 7a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 4a 1a 2a Da 1a 2a 1a 1a 2a 1a 1'10"8 805 040 € 5 5 RINGOSTARR TREB M 8 2 700 G. GELORMINI J. RIORDAN (17) 0a 3a Da 3a Da 1a 1'12"6 851 394 € 2461 6 BOOSTER WINNER M 7 2 700 M. MOTTIER S. GUARATO 8a (17) 9a 0a Da 5a 0a 6a 3a 4a 7a 4a 5m 7a 3a 4m 3m 0a 3a 6a 1'10"2 987 650 € 293 7 VALKO JENILAT M 9 2 700 E. RAFFIN S. GUARATO 6a (17) Da 1a 1a 2a 4a 2a 1a 2a 1a 1a 3a 2a 3a 0a 4a 5a 2a 8a 1'10"7 1 064 190 € 11 8 READLY EXPRESS M 6 2 700 B. GOOP T. NURMOS 3a (17) 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1'12"0 1 080 224 € 190 9 BELINA JOSSELYN F 7 2 700 J.M. BAZIRE J.M. BAZIRE Da (17) 6a 6a 9a 5a Da 1a 3a 1a 4a 2a Da 1a Da Da Da 1a 2a 2a 1'11"0 1 183 230 € 27 10 PROPULSION M 7 2 700 O. KIHLSTROM D. REDEN (17) 1a 4a 1a 3a 1a 2a 2a 1'10"5 1 205 073 € 108 11 TIMONE EK M 6 2 700 E. BELLEI P. BILLARD (17) 2a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 5a 3a ra (15) 3a 1'09"9 1 215 608 € 564 12 LIONEL (NOR) M 8 2 700 G. ANTONSEN D. REDEN 0a (17) 8a 5a 1a 4a 1a Da 3a 4a (16) 2a 1'11"1 1 389 138 € 152 13 VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT M 9 2 700 L. DONATI R. DONATI (17) 0a 0a 7a Da 1a 0a 1a Da 3a 8a 5a 3a Da 6a 3a Da 6a 7a 2a 1'10"3 1 402 317 € 346 14 WILD HONEY F 6 2 700 D. OLSSON D. REDEN 9a (17) 9a 1a 2a Da 3a 1'12"9 1 402 941 € 16086 15 BILLIE DE MONTFORT F 7 2 700 A. ABRIVARD S. GUARATO (17) 4a 2a 3a 3a 2a 2a 2a 4a 5a 2a 2a 2a 7a 6m 6a 2a 4a 4a 3a 1'09"2 1 547 216 € 20 16 BIRD PARKER M 7 2 700 J.PH. MONCLIN P. ALLAIRE 1a (17) 0a 1a 4a 1a 1a 3a 1a 1a 4a 3a 4a 3a 1a 3a 0a 5m 2a 4a 1'09"7 1 588 605 € 22 17 OASIS BI M 10 2 700 P. VERCRUYSSE S. PETTERSSON 2a (17) 3a 9a 7a 0a 3a 0a 3a 3a (14) 0a 1'10"0 1 798 210 € 9044 18 BOLD EAGLE M 7 2 700 F. NIVARD S. GUARATO 2a (17) 2a 2a 2a 1a 1a 4a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1a 2a 1a 1a 1a 1a 1'10"1 3 601 620 € 1     Past winners   Année Cheval Pays Père Réd. km Driver Entraineur Propriétaire 2017 Bold Eagle  France Ready Cash 1'11"2 Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato Pierre Pilarski 2016 Bold Eagle  France Ready Cash 1'11''4 Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato Pierre Pilarski 2015 Up and Quick  France Buvetier d'Aunou 1'12"2 Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc Écurie Quick Star 2014 Maharajah  Suède Viking Kronos 1'13"3 Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman Travkompaniets Stall AB 2013 Royal Dream  France Love You 1'11"9 Jean-Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin Écurie Victoria Dreams 2012 Ready Cash  France Indy de Vive 1'12" Franck Nivard Thierry Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire 2011 Ready Cash  France Indy de Vive 1'12"1 Franck Nivard Thierry Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire 2010 Oyonnax  France In Love With You 1'12"4 Sébastien Ernault Vincent Brazon Manuel Ahres 2009 Meaulnes du Corta  France Voici du Niel 1'12"5 Franck Nivard Pierre Levesque J.P. Barjon 2008 Offshore Dream  France Rêve d'Udon 1'12"1 Pierre Levesque Pierre Levesque Éc. de Rougemont   Cavalleria Wins Q+ at Cagnes sur Mer Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Janza) took the Quinte+ Wednesday at Cagnes sur Mer, the featured Prix Une de Mai (purse €55,000, 2925 meters, 14 starters). Nicolas Ensch teamed the 3.9/1 winner that he trains for Ecurie Casttegniccia, timed in 1.13.7kr. 1.2/1favorite Bakchich (7g Quopeck) was second for Tony LeBeller, trainer J.M. Legros and A. Turquet Lepreux. 50/1 Vic du Pommereux (9m Love You) took third for David Bekaert and trainer Sylvain Roger. 7.3/1 Colonel Bond and 18/1 Voeland were foruth and fifth. King Sir Kir Wins Q+ at Vincennes Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de la Semaine Internationale (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.14.3kr timed winner was 21/1 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie LC Equine AB. 10/1 Beppe AM (7g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo)  and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop was second for owner Stall Chikh. 6.6/1 Bily de Guerniniere with Matthieu Abrivard, 30/1 Beau de Grimoult for Franck Anne and 14/1 Diamond and David Thomain completed the top five. On this card were races named for simulcast partners Mons, Krieau, Wolvega and Baleares. The Prix Yonkers Raceway (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, nine European starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 1,2/1 favorite Calaska du Guez 96F Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez. JM Bazire teamed the winner that Ecurie Vautors owns. 24/1 Pandora Face (6f Muscle Hill-Concher) was second for Lutfi Kolgjini and 16/1 Culture du Closet (6f Ozio Royal) was third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 23, 2018 - A huge first list (37) of those engaged to Sunday’s Prix d’Amerique is shown below. Finalists (18) will be set on Thursday for the harness racing legendary Gr. I International classic raced over 2700 meters for a total purse of €1,000,000. Be there for the world’s best trotting race at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, the “Temple du Trot”, and the first leg of the Triple Crown in France. Horse/Trainer Elena Sport, G. Andreu Adrover Etoile des Yedrag, Phillipe Billard Equateur Mauzin, Pierre Vercruysse Electra Jet, Pierre Vercruysse Express Jet, Pierre Vercruysse Drole de Zet, Pierre Vercruysse Takethem, Steen Juul Shadow Gar, Pietro Gubellini Dorie Desbois, Cristoph Feyte Day Or Night In, Johan Untersteiner Blooma d’Heripre, Gregor Thorel Ursa Major, S. Provoost Cobra Bleu, Pierre Vercruysse Orient Horse, T.El. Mouloudi Call Me Keeper, Daniel Reden Tony Gio, Vincent Martens Briac Dark, Thierry Duvaldestin Charly du Noyer, Philippe Allaire Carat Williams, Sebastien Guarato Ave Avis, J-M Bazire Ringostarr Treb, Jerry Riordan Booster Winner, Sebastien Guarato Valko Jenilat, Sebastien Guarato Amiral Sacha, F. Lamare Readly Express, Timo Nurmos Twister Bi, Jerry Riordan Django Riff, Philippe Allaire Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire Propulsion. Daniel Reden Timone EK, Philippe Billard Lionel, Daniel Reden Voltigeur de Myrt, Roberto Donati Wild Honey, Daniel Reden Billie de Montfort, Sebastien Guarato Bird Parker, Philippe Allaire Oasis Bi, S. Pettersson Bold Eagle, Sebastien Guarato The last 15 in the list are career winners of in excess of €1,000,000. The Sunday Vincennes card is also exceptional, with its undercard including the: Gr. II monte Prix Camille Blaisot, purse €120,000, 2850 meters Gr. II monte Prix Jacques Andrieu, €120,000, 2850 meters Gr. II Prix Charles Tiercelin, €120,000, 2100 meters autostart Gr. III Prix Jean Rene Gougeon, €105,000, 2100 meters autostart Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson, €105,000, 2100 meters autostart Gr. III Prix Leopold Veroken, €80,000, 2100 meters autostart Thomas H. Hicks  

January 23, 2018 - Today’s Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix de Pont-Audemer (purse €65,000, 2100 meters autostart, seven starters – four year olds) and victory was earned by 3/2 favorite El Villagio (4m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres) reined by Eric Raffin for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Race time was 1.12kr off solid  fractions (1.08.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.10,8kr at the 1000; 1.12.3kr with 500 remaining). 14/1 Esperanzo (4m Speedy Blue-Quitida) took the second spot for Mathieu Mottier and breeder / owner / trainer Dominique Mottier, ahead of 2.4/1 Equinoxe Jiel (4m Rancho Gede-Themis Jiel) with Gabriele Gelormini up. The Prix de Jallais (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, apprentice drivers) was a competitive event that 2.2/1 Boy Dancer (7g Magnificent Rodney-Laura Dancer) won for driver Theo Duvaldestin. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the quick timed 1.12.2kr winner that Josette Boivin bred and owns, 5/1 Abydos du Vivier (8g Diamant Gede) took second for Romain Congard driving for trainer J-M Bazire. Third was 13/1 Byron du Klau (7g Opium). Thomas H. Hicks

January 23, 2018 - Saturday the Paris-Vincennes feature is the Gr. III Prix du Luxemburg (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart) that has initially drawn a high quality field as it usually does. Historically this event has produced important winners that are starters in many of the best top level races throughout Europe in the upcoming spring/summer season.   Année Vainqueur Pays Père Driver Entraîneur Temps 2017 Aubrion du Gers  France Memphis du Rib Jean-Michel Bazire Jean-Michel Bazire 1'11"4 2016 Trebol  Espagne Hot Blues Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou 1'12"1 2015 On Track Piraten  Suède Kool du Caux Erik Adielsson Hans Strömberg 1'12"2 2014 Turbo Jet  France Joyau d'Amour Jean-Étienne Dubois Jean-Étienne Dubois 1'11"8 2013 Triode de Fellière  France Derby du Gîte Jean-Michel Bazire Jean-Paul Marmion 1'11"2 2012 Yarrah Boko  Suède Coktail Jet Franck Nivard Trond Anderssen 1'11"5 2011 Rapide Lebel  France Ginger Somolli Eric Raffin Sébastien Guarato 1'10"8 2010 Ismos FP  Italie Uronometro Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy 1'11"3 2009 Orlando Sport  France Hand du Vivier Sébastien Baude Roger Coueffin 1'11"9 2008 Improve As  Suède Tagliabue Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 1'11"5 2007 Exploit Caf  Italie Toss Out Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy 1'11" 2006 Judoka Royal  France Coktail Jet Alain Laurent Alain Laurent 1'12"4 2005 Kuza Viva  France Uzo Charmeur Stéphane Levoy Paul Viel 1'12" 2004 Alesi OM  Italie Waikiki Beach Giampaolo Minnucci Jori Turja 1'12"2 2003 Jasoda  France Voici du Niel Geert Lannoo Arsène Lannoo 1'12"6 2002 Egon Lavec  Suède Navaki Lufti Kolgjini Lufti Kolgjini 1'13"2 2001 Solar Effe  Italie Napoletano Pietro Gubellini Edoardo Gubellini 1'13" 2000 Fan Idole  France Le Ham Richard-William Denechère Richard-William Denechère 1'13"5 1999 Euro Ringeat  France Seigneur Ringeat Pierre Vercruysse Theophile Loncke 1'13"6 1998 Hiosco du Vivier  Belgique Park Ridge Lobell Jos Verbeeck Alphonse Vanberghen 1'14"3 1997 Dresden  France Tarass Boulba Jean-Étienne Dubois Jean-Étienne Dubois 1'13"3 1996 Abricot du Laudot  France Nicos du Vivier Jacques-Henri Treich Jacques-Henri Treich 1'14"2     Race record is 1.10.,8kr set in 2011 by the wind and fast Rapide Lebel. 000011 INGA IN HEAVEN - F 5 2 100   WALLINF. WALLIN 000022 ZONGULDAK - H 9 2 100   MARTENSV. MARTENS 000033 CARABINIERI - M 7 2 100   UNTERSTEINERP. UNTERSTEINER 000044 TESTIMONIAL OK - M 6 2 100   BILLARDP. BILLARD 000055 COQUIN BEBE - M 6 2 100   LEBLANCF. LEBLANC 000066 ADELIA DE MELODIE - F 8 2 100   MEUNIERS. MEUNIER 000077 AVENIR DE BLAY - H 8 2 100   LE BELLERT. LE BELLER 000088 URLO DEI VENTI - M 5 2 100   CASILLOG. CASILLO 000099 ORIENT HORSE - M 10 2 100   EL MOULOUDIT. EL MOULOUDI 0001010 TREASURE KRONOS - F 6 2 100   RIORDANJ. RIORDAN 0001111 CASH GAMBLE - M 7 2 100   BILLARDP. BILLARD 0001212 CALL ME KEEPER - M 8 2 100   REDEND. REDEN 0001313 TONY GIO - M 6 2 100   MARTENSV. MARTENS 0001414 UNE SERENADE - F 10 2 100   PELTIERS. PELTIER 0001515 UZA JOSSELYN - F 7 2 100   AEBISCHERR. AEBISCHER 0001616 DAWANA - F 5 2 100   ALLAIREP. ALLAIRE 0001717 BEST OF JETS - M 7 2 100   BAUDOUINJ.M. BAUDOUIN 0001818 MOVING ON - F 9 2 100   GOOPB. GOOP 0001919 DANTE BOKO - H 8 2 100   KOLGJINIL. KOLGJINI   Thomas H. Hicks

January 22, 2018 - Monday’s featured Prix de Cavaillon at Vincennes (purse €65,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) went to 6.2/1 Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson-Mona d’Odyssee) with David Thomain up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie J.P. Raffre. Race time was 1.12.5kr as the winner easily bested 14/1 Elande Piencourt (4f Opium-Una Bella Jain) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard ans owner Robert Malherbe. Third was 117/1 Energy du Bouffey (4f Scipion du Goutier-Soraya du Bouffy) for Michel Lenoir. The day began in the fog and heavy rain the created a visually surreal setting. The Prix de Sainte-Gauburge (claiming, purse €20,000, 2700 meters,14 starters) went to 7.1/1 Auteur Compositeu (8g Rocklyn-Pazing) for Mlle Marion Donabedian for trainer Kevyn Thonnerieux and owner Yves Beck. 3.8/1 Boss du Marny (7g Rocklyn-Queens du Marny) was second for Mlle Adele Doyere ahead of fast closing 15/1 Angel Dark (8g Look de Star) driven by Jorgen Berggren for co-owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist. Race time was 1.16kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Pompano Beach, FL...January 21, 2018...American driver Bob Krivelin captured the final event of the four race Italian-American Friendship Series on Sunday night but it wasn't quite enough as the Italian contingent scored an 87-81 harness racing victory. Trailing 70 to 56 going into the final event, the American team got a big chunk of those points back when Krivelin guided the pacer Feelin Lucky to a sharp 1:56.1 score over Country Baran, driven by Daniele Orsini. MIsty's Delight, trailing early, closed fastest of all to finish third for Tony Dinges while Vital Sign, teamed up with Gian Luca Di Venti, was fourth, very respectable since he was outside looking in the entire distance. Ya Gotta Go, with Gary Barbere in the sulky, picked up the nickel. Feelin Lucky, after a brief early tussle for supremacy, led at every pole clocking fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:27.1 along the way. Trained by Dan Gassien for the Jemaxpo Racing Stable, Feelin Lucky, a five year-old gelded son of Feelin Friskie, went to the post as the even money favorite and returned $4.00 to his multitude of faithful. One race later, Fritzie Pic Up Man, driven by Dave Ingraham, took top honors in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace, stopping the timer in 1:52. The seven year-old altered son of Always A Virgin was near the back of the pack early as favored Drachan Hanover (Wally Hennessey) carved out early panels of :26.3 and :55.4. Once they straightened away for their journey up the backside, Fritzie Pic Up Man was sent rolling in high gear, moving alongside the leader around the final bend. In the lane, Dracahan Hanover was game but Fritzie Pic Up Man kept gnawing away and drew clear by a length at the wire. Pointsman, also left with alacrity with George Napolitano, Jr. driving, was third while Doo Wop Hanover, shuffled to last on the final bend, closed fastest of all to get fourth. Best In The Business picked up the final award in the field of seven. Leased by Gaston Lareau Racing and trained by Lareau, Fritzie Pic Up Man earned his initial win of 2018 and 29th in his career stretching 126 starts. He's banked $216,741 with the win and rewarded his backers with an $11.80 mutuel as third choice. by John Berry for Pompano Park

January 21, 2018 - Traders won today’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I, monte, international, purse €700,000, 2700 meters) for jockey Joann Lebourgeois and harness racing owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The six year old son of Ready Cash-Graziella, shown below and off at 3.9/1, recorded his 11 career win for €837,860 earned. Race time was 1.11.3kr in the rain and fog, well faster than the 2012 set race record of 1.12kr by Quif de Villeneuve. 6.9/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) was a game second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Third was 1.3/1 favorite Bilibili (7m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) with Alexandre Abrivard up for L.C. Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. 54/1 Canadien d’Am and 52/1 Catalogne completed the top five. Bohemian Rhapsody and Cyprien des Bordes were sixth and seventh purse earners. Fractions were quick and steady (1.12.3kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.1kr at the 1000; 1.10.8kr at 500 remaining). The opener at Vincennes today was the Prix M.M. Gougeon, a Gr. II event for a purse of €110,000, and raced over a stated distance of 2850 meters, distance handicapped 25 meters for winners over €191,000 lifetime. The 25 meter penalized Cash Maker (6g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) scored at 1.3/1 for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault and breeder/owner N.W. Hicewa timed in 1.13.4kr with a powerful final 500 (time at the 500 remaining mark was 1.14.2kr). 8.4/1 and 25 meter handicapped Captain Sparrow (6m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton) rallied for second driven by Gabriele Gelormini for Luc Roelens, trainer for Stal Markove. Third was 35/1 Comete dArche (6f Ready Cash-Java Darche) with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Junior Guelpa. Ezreal Jiel and Express Jet Wins Groupe Tests Post Prix de Cornulier action this day at Vincennes was highlighted by several upper class events. The Prix de Mirande (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) went to 1.7/1 Goofy Greenwood  (5g Russel November-Chatooga River) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. and owner Stal Amsterdam. Race time was 1.14.6kr. 4/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was second for J.Ph. Monclin, and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 1.7/1 co-favorite Dexter Chatho (5g Un Amour d’Haufor-Okoyama) was third for owner/trainer/breeder Christian Bigeon The Gr. II Prix Camille de Wazieres (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters) was a battle to the line won by Ezreal Jiel (4m Redeo Josselyn-Una Lova Jiel) with Guillaume Marin in the irons for trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck, a first career victory for Ezreal Jiel, off at 8.5/1.  Race time was 1.13.1kr off quick fractions (1.10,.5kr at 1500 remaining, 1.12.1kr at the 1000 and 1.13.2kr with 500 meters to go). 24/1 Eagle Ligherie (4m Repeat Love-Soragane) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 5.8/1 El Diablo d’Aut (4m Saxo de Vandel-Nuit des Dimes) for Eric Raffin The day’s final groupe event was the Gr.III Prix Bellino II (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.13.2kr timed winner was 8.1/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for Ecurie Opale. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this winner that scored from post six and ejoyed a pocket journey before exploding past rivals in the lane. 59/1 Epace Turgot (5f Orlando Vici-Kippa Turgot) was second for J-M Bazire and 49/ Estola (4f Nextar-Nika) took the third spot for J.Ph.  Monclin and Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Thomas H. Hicks

Pompano Beach, FL...January 21, 2018...The first night of the highly anticipated Italian-American Friendship Challenge for harness racing Amateur Drivers took place on Saturday night at Pompano Park and the Italian visitors took command early and hold a 70 to 56 lead heading into the Sunday night finale. The four race extravaganza--three of which were held on Saturday night--began with Roberto Giannoni, hailing from S. Froce Sull'Amo, driving Global Inspiration to a narrow win in the opener, defeating Sky Walker's Rush N Supreme by a neck in 1:59. The five year-old daughter of Andover Hall was outside every step of her mile before doggedly holding on to win by a neck. Crown Point, driven by Billy Mugglesion, closed stoutly to finish third while On The Tab finished fourth for Daniele Orsini after challenging for the lead around the final bend. The Budster, favored at 4 to 5 on the tote-board, finished fifth for Steve Oldford. The winner is trained by Rob Harmon for owner John Campagnuolo and returned $23.20 to win. With the score favoring the Italians 23 to 19 after round one, the Italians widened their lead in the second round as Bad I Am, driven by Gian Luca Di Venti from Palermo, Italy, soared home from mid-pack at the top of the stretch to score a 1 1/2 length win in 1:59.2. The seven year-old gelded son of Prayer I Am, trained by John Hallett, who co-owns with Michelle Oglesby, earned his 24th lifetime win over Pinky The Intern, driven by Leon Cable. Italy's Daniele Orsini piloted Zorgwijk Impact to a courageous third place finish after cutting much of the mile. Tommy Bar was fourth for Ron Cusimano after taking command around the final bend while the lukewarm favorite, Garlandsandpearls, picked up the nickel for Roberto Giannoni. With the Italians taking round two 26 to 16, the score midway through the competition stood at 49 to 35. The final Saturday night event went to William Star, handled smartly by owner=trainer Shane Arseneault. This six year-old altered son of Windsong Espoir found room turning for home and waltzed on by to score in 1:57.4--his margin 2 1/4 lengths over Chocolate Xplosion, driven by Daniele Orsini. Prayer Session, who made a huge backside blitz to take command heading towards the final bend, finished third for Gian Luca Di Venti while Pixie Queen (John Campagnuolo) and Extracurricular (Roberto Giannoni) were next. The grand finale is Sunday night with the Italian contingent holding a 70 to 56 point lead. The Sunday program also features a $15,000 Guaranteed Pool for the Pick-4 and a Super Hi-5 carryover just a shade under $100,000. Drachan Hanover heads a talented field in the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace. Post time is set for 7:20 with the Italian-American competition scheduled for the third race. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

January 20, 2018 - Today’s top harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes commenced with the Prix de Granville “PMU Paris Gare de Lyon” (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) and 1.13.3kr timed and 3.6/1 Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up for owner J-M Rancoule. 12/1 Black Atout (7m Prodigious-La Lagune) was second for Mathieu Mottier driving for Franck Leblanc and Claude Guedj. 2.2/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) was third for Charles J. Bigeon, and owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. The Quinte+ Prix de Brest (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to J-M Bazire teamed Bel Avis (7g Prodigious-Gloria Maris) timed in a rated 1.13.1kr. Wildenstein Stables owns the winner that Comte de Bellaigue bred. 6.1/1 Avenir de Blay (8g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) was second for owner/trainer/driver Tony LeBeller. 61/1 Venose de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem-Melia Monochrome) and Yoann Lebourgeois was third ahead of 46/1 Apollon de Kacy and 83/1 Romanesque. The co-featured monte Prix de Pardieu (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters. 13 four year old female starters) was taken by 32/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious-Quayaya) handled by Mme. Delphine Beaufils-Ernault for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Sebastian Ernault. The winning jockey recorded her second 2018 win in three starts and 71st career victory. Race time was a quick 1.12.8kr with a quick final 675 meters (1.13.2kr at the 500 to go mark). 2.1/1 Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazouillis-Hamina) was a distant second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Nivard. 1.9/1 favorite Evidence Roc (4f Paris Haufor-Misfase du Boulay) was third for Emilie LeBeller ahead of 22/1 Etoile de Bruyere and 133/1 Ebony d’Ourville. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 19, 2018 - Sunday marks the date of the 2018 Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International monte, purse €700,000, 2700 meters) at Paris-Vincennes, with 18 qualified starters including Bilibili (€936,300 earned), Bellisima France (€1,015,330), Attentionally (€941,350) plus Traders, Canadian d’Am, Athena de Vandel, Udayama, Best of Jets and the Joel Hallais trained Cyprien des Bordes. This monte classic began in 1931 and has been raced each year since except 1940-41. The race time record was established in 2012 by Franck Leblanc trained Quif de Villeneuve (by Coktail Jet) ridden by jockey Yoann Lebourgeois clocked in 1.12kr. The last seven winners, all timed in 1.13.3kr or better, were Bellisima France, Scarlet Turgot, Roxane Grif (twice), Singalo, Quif de Villeneuve and Olga du Biwetz. Jockey Michel Marcel Gougeon has posted seven wins and trainer Joel Hallais has eight. The race three time winners are Jag de Bellouet, Kaiser Trot, Bellino II, Gardon and Souarus. Its’ quite an event, unrivaled world wide. Be there for the next step in monte history. Dorus Well Wins Prix de Beaucourt at Vincennes Today’s featured Pick 5 Prix de Beaucourt at Paris-Vincennes (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 50/1 odds Dorus Well (5g Gogo-Parama) reined by Bjorn Goop for breeder/owner/trainer Antonius Wilderbeek. 3.6/1 Dudu du Noyer (5g Real de Lou-Samarcande) and driver Franck Nivard for trainer Sylvain Roger took the second spot. Lightly raced three year old fillies also battled at Vincennes in the Prix d’Ableiges (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters). 5.8/1 Freegate Island (3f Timoko-Agneska) prevailed in 1.18.9kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner P&D Bronsman AB. 6.3/1 Folie de Houelle (3f Voltigeur de Myrtg) was next for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. 26/1 Fenomena Desbois (3f Nice Love) took third for Yann Lorin. At Wolvega this day was the Grand Prix Willem H. Geersen (purse €9900, 2100, nine starters) and the 1.15.5kr winner was 2/5 favorite Titanium Gar (6g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) driven by trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. for Stal Arend. 7.7/1 Freeway Fortuna (6f Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee-Yankee Glide) was second for driver Joseph Verbeeck and owner/trainer Accen Schoonderwoerd. 35/1 Ennyus Boko (7g Virgill Boko-Vanencia Boko) was third for owner/trainer/driver Mme. Caroline Aalbers. Tomorrow the action turns to Vincennes that hosts the Q+ Gr. III Prix de Brest for €120,000 the Gr. II Prix de Pardieu also for €120,000 and several other upper class races, the Prix City Paris Gare and the monte Prix City de Cannes, Thomas H. HIcks  

Join us for a weekend in Stockholm exploring and experience the best of Swedish trotting! The Elitlopp is not just one of the greatest trotting events in the world, but it is also like a folk festival, comparable to the Little Brown Jug in America. It’s held in Stockholm, one of the most beautiful cities in the world at a time when Sweden is enjoying the full bloom of springtime. Sixteen of the best trotters from around Europe and North America compete in two elimination heats and a final all in the same day. Past Elitlopp champions include Moni Maker, Mack Lobell, and Peace Corps as well as Europeans stars such as Varenne, Victory Tilly and Timoko. You will be able to enjoy some of the greatest trotting action you’ll ever see and hear the roar of more than 30,000 trotting devotees. Moreover, you will also tour Stockholm, often called “the Venice of the North” because of the crisp, clean waters that give the city it´s unique character. In late May, Stockholm enjoys almost 20 hours of daylight and wonderful weather, so the trotting action on the track and the sights of the city combined make this trip a truly memorable experience. For program and more information please click here: Elitlopp Tour 2018 Equi Tours | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

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