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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2.9/1 Bebert Express (7g Tenor de Baune-Sweet Sixteen) took the first leg of the 2018 Trophee Vert series, this the Grand Prix de la Ville de Carpentras (turf, purse €45,000, 2650 meters distance handicap) on Easter Sunday before a large audience. Francois Pierre Boussuet teamed the winner that he trains for Ecurie Tenor. Race time was 1.18.1kr for the winner that traveled the stated distance. 25 meter penalized and 15/1 odds Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo-Jernasca) rallied for second driven by Anthony Honore for trainer Christophe Feyte. 9/1 Bad Julry (7g Prince Gede-Miladyde Bas) landed third for Jean Paul Gauvin, also owner and trainer.   Thomas H. Hicks

3.7/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) took the Friday evening featured Quinte+ Prix Amalthea (purse €60,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Matthieu Abrivard teamed the winner that he trains and owns.   Ange de Lune now has career earnings of €301,990 as he scored in 1.12.7kr for his ninth career victory. 5/2 favorite Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) was second driven by Charles J. Bigeon for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon.   12/1 Un Cher Ami (10g Jag de Bellouet- Olygarchy) was third for pilot Mathieu Daougabel. 12/1 As Dore and 17/1 Untra du Gade completed the top five.   LES RÉSULTATS DU JOUR vendredi 30 mars   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 13 Ange de Lune M. Abrivard Ecurie L.D-M.Abrivard M. Abrivard 2ème 16 Auch Charles Bigeon Ecurie Christian Bigeon Ch. Bigeon 3ème 14 Un Cher Ami M. Daougabel A. Laine H. Daougabel 4ème 7 As Doré D. Locqueneux Mme O. Roffi-Urano D. Locqueneux 5ème 4 Ultra du Gade F. Ouvrie D.-J. Julien J.-P. Lecourt   Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0905   Ordre :       2.161,60€   Désordre :       37,60€   Bonus 4 :       6,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       4,00€   Bonus 3 :       2,80€       On the same card was the Prix Monoceros (monte, purse €55,000, 2200 meters, 14 European starters, apprentice jockeys) and the 1.12.2kr timed victory went to 2.1/1 Gross Weight (7g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) with Arthur Rebeche up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Johann Schembri.   7.1/1 Un First (10g Forst de Retz-Opera Melody) took the second spot for Jean-Yann Ricard and trainer J-M Bazire. Ecurie des Charmes is that one’s breeder/owner.   Gross Weight               -Le Trot photo   This Sunday (Easter) begins the important Trophee Vert series that will occur nearly every Sunday through the September 2 nd Final at Craon. It’s a great event for top level horses and for the fans at the smaller racecourses. Trophée Vert 2018 1. - dimanche 1er avril  - Carpentras 2. - dimanche 15 avril - Chambray-les- Tours 3. - dimanche 29 avril - Rambouillet 4. - dimanche 13 mai - Fougères-Javène 5. - dimanche 27 mai - Villeneuve-sur- Lot 6. - dimanche 3 juin - La Roche-Posay 7. - dimanche 17 juin - Arras 8. - dimanche 1er juillet - Agon-Coutainville 9. - dimanche 15 juillet - Royan Atlantique 10. - dimanche 22 juillet - Saint-Jean- de-Monts 11. - dimanche 29 juillet - Aix les Bains 12. - dimanche 5 août - Bréhal 13. - dimanche 19 août - Montier-en- Der 14. - dimanche 2 septembre - Craon (Finale) Thomas H. Hicks

March 28, 2018 - Wednesday’s second leg of the Gr.III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 3000 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouregon de Celland-Red Bell) that overcame a 25 meter penalty to win for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie J-M Rancoule. Cleangame recorded his fifth straight win (and 14th in 26 lifetime starts) and now has career earnings of €340,970.  6.1/1 Colonel Bond (6g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretta) took second for Pierre Vercruysse, ahead of 24/1 Creature Castelets (6g Pomerol de Laumac-Tragical Song) for driver J.Ch. Feron. 15/1 and 25 meter handicapped Caly Loulou (6f Gazouillis) and 13/1 Barone de Bapre (7f Prodigious) completed the Quinte+ top five. The Q+ exact order payoff for a €2 wager was €961.20. Four year olds battled in the Prix de Cassis (purse €22,000, 3000 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) with victory earned by 2/1 Eucalyptus du Mont (4g Sam Bourbon-Qualinda du Donjon) timed in 1.17.5kr and overcoming a 25 meter handicap. Matthieu Abrivard teamed the Yves Boireau trainee for owner Guillaume Macaire that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. This winner record his second straight score and fourth of his career now for €60,310 earned. 23/1 Evasonn (4m Sam Bourbon-Unisella) was second for David Bekaert and third was 7/1 Emeraude Turgot (4f Look de Star) for trainer/driver Y-A Briand. Three years olds were at the start in the Prix de Cavaillon (purse €22,000, 2300 meters autostart, nine starters) with victory to 1.1/1 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois . This colt recorded victory number three in four career starts for €28,290 earned. 39/1 Flower Wood (3f Jasmin de Flore-Usha Dream) took second for David Bekaert and the Boireau/JPD team. 19/1 First In Love (3m Goetmals Wood-Just In Love) took third for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. The aforementioned winner’s dam, Qualita Bourbon (Love You-Etta Extra-Florestan), was quite a performer herself with 21 wins good for €1,538,050 earned and numerous major victories - At 3, Winner of Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l'Etoile, Prix Roquépine, second in Criterium des 3 ans. At 4, Winner of Prix de Sélection, Criterium Continental, Grand Prix de l'U.E.T., third in Criterium des 4 ans. At 5, third in Prix d'Amerique. Interestingly, the dam of second finishing Flower Wood is a daughter of Goetmals Wood-Island Dream. Island Dream won €555,994 and produced Infinitif, Not Disturb, Viva Island and Cote Ouest. The monte Prix des Caves Saint Marc de Caromb (purse €23,000, 2400 meters, 17 European starters) went to 1.15.2kr timed and 7/1 odds Paris Roc (9f Offshore Dream-Imperial Roc) ridden Santo Mollo for trainer Fausto Barelli and owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio. This evening at Wolvega was the Championnat des Trotters Francias (purse €10,000, 2600 meters autostart, eight starters). 1/5 favorite Cocktail du Biwetz (6g Coktail Jet-Olga du Biwetz) scored timed in 1.16.1kr in the rain for driver Jaap Van Rijn and owner Dragon Trotters BV. The winner’s dam was a legend in FR trotting by Cezio Josselyn, she winner and placed in the classics - At 5, third in Europeiskt Femåringschampionat. At 6, Winner of Grand Prix de Wallonie, Prix de Bretagne, Prix d'Eté, second in Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, Prix de Cornulier, Prix du Bourbonnais, Prix René Ballière, third in Prix de Bourgogne. At 7, Winner of Prix d'Eté, second in Prix de l'Atlantique, Prix de l'Union Europeenne, third in Grand Prix du Sud Ouest, Prix Kerjacques. At 8, second in Prix de Bourgogne. At 9, Winner of Prix de Cornulier, third in Prix d'Amerique. She retired with 25 career wins and €2,208,795 earned in fine style after her nine year old season that finished with a good effort in the Prix de France and a third in the Prix d’Amerique after a week earlier win in the Prix de Cornulier. What a game, great gaited mare she was. This evening at Wolvega was also site of a driving triple by trainer Dion P. Tesselaar behind 1.16.3kr timed Hollywood Star (9f Quick Wood-Zafiro Action), 1.15.2kr clocked Hummer Scott (4f Love You-Tantivy Kievitshof, and 1.16.4kr timed Flavius (6g Pegasus Boko-Yemaya). Thomas H. Hicks

March 24, 2018 - A top flight harness racing program was the menu Saturday at Paris-Vincennes beginning with the Prix Louis Forcinal (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters). 7.2/1 Captain Sparrow (6m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton) was the 1.13.5kr timed winner with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Luc Roelens and Stal Markove. Career earnings of the winner are now €333,280. 2.1/1 Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) was close second for Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre Levesque.  5/2 Catalogne (6f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) was four lengths back third with Mathieu Mottier aboard. The Quinte+ was also on the card as the Prix Jean Cabrol (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters). 4/5 favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) scored timed in 1.13kr with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Ecurie J.M. Rancoule trains this winner that defeated 57/1 Azaro d’Eva (8m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) that Bazire also trains for owner Franck Pellerot and the reinsman was Alexandre Abrivard. 6.1/1 Clarck Sotho (6g Oiseau de Feux) was third for Anthony Barrier. Fourth in a dead heat were 44/1 Totoo del Ronco (6m Ganymede) with Bjorn Goop and 20/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre) driven by Eric Raffin. The Prix Gueugnon (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters – four year olds) went to the very impressive German chestnut Portand (4m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) timed in 1.12.9kr and driven by trainer Bjorn Goop for owner Marion Jauss. The dam, Eiffel Bi is from, the Speedy Crown mare Real Bi and she part of a superb family that includes Ginger Belle, Gambit Lobell, Gale Lobell, Gironde Hanover, Snow White, Seaside, Supergrit and many others. Off at 7/1 Portland nearly circled the field (10th position early) and drew off in the lane to defeat 25/1 Etonnant (4m Timoko-Migraine) driven by trainer/owner Richard Westerink. 7.6/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) landed third for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe DeWulf. 91/1 Von Wise As (4m Muscle Massive-Desert Flower K) was fourth for Roberto Andreghetti and his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. The 5/10 favorite and previously unbeaten Earl Simon was placed up to fifth due to the dq of Hambo Transs R. J-P Dubois’ well-bred Classic Connection was a miscue dq early in the race. The Gr. III Prix Bois Vincennes (purse €115,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) went to the 1.12.4kr timed Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle du Roc) off at 3.8/1 and reined by Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the now career winner of €1,115,940 for owner Guy Chaumout. 3/1 Viking Blue (9g Prodigious-Idole Blue) was second driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Y-A Briand and owner Gerard Laboureau. Third was 6.4/1 Traders (6m Ready Cash- Graziella) with Yoann Lebourgois up and fourth was the 1.3/1 favorite Carat Williams (6m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for David Thomain. 10/1 Ave Avis was fifth. The Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, seven starters) produced a 50/1 upset winner in Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel-Rosanna Bonheur) with Matthieu Abrivard up. J.L. Dersoir trains Detroit for Ecurie Luck. Second was 5.6/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noure du Pommereux) handled by trainer Sylvain Roger for Noel Lolic. 10/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) was third for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and owner Richard Cohen. The 1/5 heavily favored Davidson du Pont went offstride while leading and under pressure in mid-stretch. Prior to the miscue he appeared to be on one line on several occasions during the contest. Race time was 1.14kr off slow early fractions. The Prix de Meaux (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters – four year old mares) closed out the solid program and 2.7/1 Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting-Odyssee du Ravary) scored in a rated 1.15.3kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. Cte. Paul de Senneville owns this mare that defeated 5.7/1 Eolia de Houelle (4f Goetmals Wood-Sawcsde dew Houelle) that Anthony Barrier teamed for trainer Franck Leblanc. 4.2/1 Estelada de Font (4f Oreteur-Quibala Street) held third for trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard, ahead of quick finishing 3/1 Valchiria Bar (4f Napoleon Bar) piloted by Roberto Andreghetti. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 24, 2018 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park trotting program included the Pityke DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.17.1kr timed winner, her sixth straight at Kincsem Park, was Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) driven by Gyorgy Horvath. Imre Fazekas trains the impressive Longines along with second finishing Ultimate Force (5m Connecting People-Kamilla-Valley Guardian) that he drove this day. Third was Show Kronos (7m Varenne-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) handled by Andor Angyal for trainer Goran Zolnaji. The afternoon feature race was the Cyrano DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) with that 1.19.3kr victory earned by Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) with trainer Veljko Mazsity aboard. Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) was second driven by Sandor Varga for trainer Jozsef Rutkai. Third went to Trencsen (6m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) with Sandor Kolozsi driving. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 23, 2018 - Trotting action returned to Vincennes on Friday evening with the Quinte+ Prix Maia (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) being the featured contest. The 1.14.6kr timed winner was 3.9/1 Baraka (7f Love You-Polanska) handled by trainer Franck Nivard for Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 80/1 Amaya Djob (8f Mambo King-Kismie Djob) was home second driven by Mme. Sophie Larduinat-Descout for trainer Dominik Cordeau. 16/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious-Night Turgot) took third for Mathieu Daougabel and trainer Herve Daougabel. 16/1 Crepe de Satin (6f LeRetour) and 3.2/1 Celeste Dry (6f Goetmals Wood) completed the top five. The Q+N exact order payoff exceeded €190,000. The program included several events for lightly raced females such as the Prix Clorinda A (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters – four year old mares).10/1 Egerie Quesnot (4f Sam Bourbon-Urania Bourbon) scored for driver Bjorn Goop clocked in 1.15.4kr/ Romain Jajolet owns and trains the winner that defeated 5.8/1 Elevation (4f Sam Bourbon-Queen Scarlet) reined by Valentin Royer. 32/1 Eclaircie (4f Rombaldi-Ire du Ciel) took the third check for driver Sylvain Direaudonne. The Prix Alcyone (purse €36,000, 2200 meters, 11 three year old filly starters) went to the favored 9/10 odds Freche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) clocked in 1.15.7kr. She race on the lead with a rival alongside before drawing away in the lane for J.Ph. Monclin. Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. 7.4/1 Filoe de Jary (3f Timoko-Sierra d’Albert) took second money for Quentin Machet and trainer Richard Westerink, developer and trainer/owner of Timoko. Third home was 6.2/1 Fierte d’Aunou (3f Quaker Jet-Tempete d’Aunou) for owner/trainer/driver Etienne Dubois. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 21, 2018 - 25/1 Vent d’Ouest (9g Kiwi-Ode Perlee) rallied late for harness racing trainer/driver Dominik Cordeau to record a 1.15kr victory in the featured Q+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €45,000, 2550 meters, 16 European starters, distance handicap), this one contested at Beaumont de Lomagne. The winner secured his 13th career win now for €232,240 earned. 7/1 Shark Attack (10g April Perfect-Step By Step) was a game second, racing two and three wide throughout, for owner/trainer/driver Mario J. Vandooyeweerd. 4.9/1 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) was third driven by Leo Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Blue Pass and Utile Lebel completed the top five. Last evening action returned to Paris-Vincennes with a 20:00 post time. The Prix Eos (purse €43,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 9/1 odds Deesse Noire (5f Neoh Jiel-Obelie) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for breeder/owner/trainer Bernard Desmontils. 7.6/1 Divine Girl (5f Notre Haufor) held second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Yves Dreux, ahead of 42/1 Dune de l’IUunay (5f Loulou Jet) with Anthony Barrier aboard. The evening’s featured Prix Bernard Simonard (monte, apprentice, purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.1kr quick timed 3.9/1 Benjamin Gede (7f Insert Gede-Niguette Gede) with jockey Louis Jublot in the irons. Alexandre Pillon owns and trains the winner that defeated 1.4/1 Chalimar de Guez (6g Nahar de Beval) with J.Y. Ricart up. J-M Bazire trains this one. Third was 18/1 Ungaro d’Eva (10g Ipson de Mormal) for Theo Peltier. Also raced on the Vincennes petite piste was the monte Prix Canopus (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters). 10/1 Estelou (4g Texas Charm-Topaze Bourbon) scored in 1.15kr for Matthieu Abrivard. Julien Dubois owns and trains the winner that was bred by Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. 3.2/1 Evidence Fly (4f Rocklyn-Oh Butterfly) was second, she trained by owner Julien Dubois, also the breeder. 7.5/1 Etincello Delo (4f Quaker Jet-Reverie d’Ar) took the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks

March 18, 2018 - Today’s Prix de la Ville de Malville raced at Hippodrome Cordemais (monte, purse €25,000. 2825 meters.15 European starters) went to 28/1 Balou du Paou (7g Quinoa du Gers-Pia Rosa) with jockey Mlle Anne Barthelemy in the irons for harness racing breeder/owner/trainer Yves J. Le Bezvoet. 32/1 Bandolino de Leau (7g Echo) took the place spot for Benjamin Rochard, ahead for 3.4/1 Ambre Carisaie (8g Vivaldi de Chenu) ridden by Mlle Ludivine Drapier. Race time was 1.15.4kr. This day at Chartres was the Prix Brette Immobilier (purse €25,000, 2800 meters, 14 European starters) and the 1.14.7kr timed winner was 14/1 Suricato Jet (7m Ideale Luis-Zoy Ami) with Nicolas Roussel up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and Scuderia Dante SM of Italy. 1.4/1 favorite Casting de Chenu (6m Baccarat du Pont) was next for Tony LeBeller and 11/1 Riviera As (8f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) handled by Romain Derieux was third. Melanie Gibon trains this one for Ecurie Z of Belgium. Friday action was at Lisieux and included the monte Prix du Conseil Regional de Normandie (purse €25,000, 2725 meters, 17 starters) and that winner was 1.15.6kr timed and 1.4/1 odds Caban Prior (6g Sancho Panca-Fita Prior) in rein to Aurelien Desmarres. Ecurie Sylvain Demarres trains and owns Caban Prior. 3.8/1 Beau du Grimout was a closing second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 17/1 Colibri Madrik took the third spot for Mathilde Collet. The Prix de la Societe des Courses de Lisieux (purse €35,000, 2725 meters, 18 starters) went to 3.2/1 Comte du Vivier (6g Prince Gede-Jonque du Vivier) timed in 1.16.7kr and reined by Francois Lecanu. Mlle. Aude Lemoine trains this winner. 12/1 Black Charm (7m Prodigious) took second for Franck Anne and trainer Eric Martin, ahead of third finishing 41/1 Universal Cat (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee) driven by trainer Matthieu Varin. 1.4/1 favorite Chicago Blues was fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

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