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January 18, 2018 - Today’s harness racing featured Q+ Prix Jean Paul Bertrand (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed 24/1 odds Costa Haufor (6f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) driven by Christian J. Bigeon for breeder/owner/trainer Charles J. Bigeon. 10/1 Calizza Boko (6f Qwerty-Trancosa Boko) was a close second for J.Ph. Monclin and owner Mme. Camilla Vikstron and trainer Ph. Billard. 26/1 Carina du Parc (6f Roc Meslois)  and driver Franck Ouvrie ended third with the next two spots going to 74/1 Culture du Clos, Franck Anne up, and 60/1 Cats de la Ferme, with plot Pierre Vercruysse. That  finish set up a “fine” Q+ exact order payoff (below). One race later trainer/driver Christian Bigeon won the Prix Louis Cussinet (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart) with his 3/2 odds Dornella de Janze (5f Un Amour d’Haufor) timed in 1.14.7kr. Christian Bigeon now has three wins in seven 2017 starts as driver. The Vincennes’ Prix Jean Pierre Reynaldo (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed 2.6/1 odds Desperado (5m Kasado Phedo-Sirella) with trainer J-M Bazire up. Mlle Magali Moureaux bred and owns the winner. 9/1 Darlington Park (5g Orlando Vici-Inrosa Girl) was second for Franck Nivard and breeder/owner Mme. Michelle Stihl. 18/1 Dexter des Baux (5g Querido des Baux) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Franck Nivard. On Wednesday at Vienna Austria was the Prix Paris (purse €5,500, 1600 meters autostart, 12 starters). The 1.13.8kr timed and 4/5 favorite Delux Ms (6g Coktail Jet-Divna Ms) scored for Mitja Slavic, the owner/driver, and trainer Marko Slavic Jr. 3.7/1 Mister Big Yankee (5g Muscles Yankee-Lady Medal) was second for Christoph Fischer and trainer Gregor Krennmayr. 12/1 Lady Muscles (5f Muscle Hill-Chieftess) was a very distant third for Gerhard Mayr. On Tuesday some great veterans competed in the Prix Achille Cassart at Mons Ghlin (purse €7,200, 2850 meters, 10 starters). 9/10 favorite Ustinof du Vivier (10g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) was a 1.16.1kr timed winner for Joseph Verbeeck and Union Stable. Jean Yves Lecuyer bred this 35 time winner in 94 starts for €1,070,440 earned. 3/1 Ru de l’Airou (13g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Cour d’Intheville) was second fow owner/driver Sven Hoste, this one a 41 time career winner for €866,672. 83/1 Maffioso Face (9g Revenue-Nouchka) was third for Daniel Parling. At Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday was the featured Internationaler January (purse €7,000, 2000 meters, eight starters) and the 1.17kr timed winner was 5/2 Lotus Star (10g Look de Star-Lotusblute) for driver Tim Schwarma and owner Tim Raulf. 1.1/1 favorite Dream Magic BE (9m Dream Vacation-Dantesca CLA) took second for trainer/driver Mike Lenders. 6.5/1 Alaska Joe (10g Timberland) was third for Michael Nimczyk. Thomas H. Hicks               

January 12, 2018 - Today’s harness racing Q+ was the Prix de Mauriac at Paris-Vincennes (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 18 european starters). 4.6/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) scored easily for J.Ph. Monclin driving for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Race time was 1.13.1kr as the winner bested 4/1 Goofy Greenwood (5g Russel November-Chatooga River) handled by Franck Nivardf for trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. and owner Stal Amsterdam. 5.8/1 Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici) was third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 7.8/1 Diable de Vauve and 23/1 Ubimajor Bi completed the top five. 1.4/1 Seibella Park (7f Varenne-Grandera Park) won the Prix de Ranes (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) for J-M Bazire for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Scuderia Allenamento Team Minopoli. Race time was 1.13.8kr in this pick 5 event. The other pick 5 was the Prix de Vic-Bigorre (purse €34,000, 2100 meters, 16 starters) and 4.1/1 Fortune du Taco (3f Village Mystic-Kaducee) scored timed in 1.15.4kr for Franck Nivard. 2/1 Forgaria (3f Sam Bourbon-Udine) was second for David Thomain driven by Yves Boireau, the trainer for breeder/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 24/1 France Madrik (3f Timoko-Pretty Jet) was third for Genny Delaune driving for Sebastien Guarato. Sunday on the third “B” day will honor now retired Timoko, double winner of the Elitloppet. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 11, 2018 -  Today the Q+ was at Cagnes sur Mer in the Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse €150,000, 2900 meters, 18 starters Internationale) with victory to 5/1 Coup Droit (6m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Why Not. 3.8/1 Vasco Flower (9g Niky-Nimea) was second for Charles Julien Bigeon and owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Third was 33/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) for trainer/driver David Bekaert and Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. 5.1/1 Tony Gio and 9/1 Baby Lou Max completed the top five. Race time was 1.13.1kr and the winner recorded victory number 9 in 39 starts now for €430,310 earned. The Prix Cagnes Sur Mer (purse €50,000, 2925 meters, 17 starters) produced a blowout win for 1.3/1 Global Response (7g Credit Winner-Com Mimmi) driven by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel of Belgium. 5.9/1 Buzz de Carel (7g Prince Gede) with J.B. Boney and 10/1 Dimmidisia (5f Phlegyas-Prune Rouge) for trainer/driver Loris Garcia were the next two home. Race time was 1.13.4kr. Yesterday’s Q+ was also at Cagnes sur Mer and this Prix de la Cote d’Or (purse €46,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) produced victory for 7/2 Aigle Jenilou (8g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) handled by his trainer Louis Baudron. Bold Eagle starts Sunday Bold Eagle starts Sunday in the third “B” leading to the Prix d’Amerique​. The top three (if not already qualified) will earn an Amerique ticket and the field includes many top line performers including Readly Express, Lionel, Belina Josselyn, Bird Parker, Briac Dark and Treasure Kronos. The fine Paris-Vincennes program also showcases three other groupe contests such as the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte, Gr. III Prix Djerid for monte trotteurs and the Gr. III Prix de Riberac. 16:10 C6 - GRAND PRIX DE BELGIQUE 120 000€ Thomas H. Hicks

January 10, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de la Cote d’Or (purse €46,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) at Cagnes sur Mer on the seaside. 3.8/1 Aigle Jenilou (8g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) scored for harness racing trainer/driver Louis Baudron, overcoming a 25 meters penalty. 29/1 Bamaro de la Gazo (7g Imoko) was second for J.Ch. Feron and another 25 meter penalized performer landed third, this being 15/1 Ara d’Ostal for Y-A Briand. 97/1 Auteur Compositeur and 2.7/1 Canyan Castelets completed the top five. Last Saturday action returned to Madiina Martinque for its first 2018 program on the turf. The Prix de la Societe de Madinina (purse €5,000, 2600 meters) went to 1.25.1kr timed Bavorois du Varlet (7g Laetenter Diem-Hera du Varlet) for his owner/trainer/driver J-L. Langeron. The winner recorded his first victory at Martinique in his initial start after being winless in 2017. The Prix Claude Cayol (purse €5,000, 2600 meters) went to 1.23.1kr clocked Vlatou des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines), overcoming a 50 meter handicap, and reined by J-L Langeron. This winner recorded his six score in 017-18 combined. Titan Pierji (11g Jardy-Kora Pierji) was second for Christophe Moise, also overcoming the 50 meter penalty. This coming weekend action returns to Paris-Vincennes and the January 13th card features two groupe contests including the Gr. II Prix Maurice de Gheest for three year olds. Black Jack From Wins at Vincennes January 9, 2018 - The January 9th Quinte+ Prix Limousin (purse €65,000, 2850 meters,) at Paris-Vincennes went to 1.14.6kr timed Black Jack From (7g Scipion des Goutier-Off Key) at 6/1 and reined by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer Guillaume Gillot. Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) was second for Franck Ouvrie at 17/1, also trainer for breeder/owner Jacques Vandromme.  26/1 Vicomte de Corveil (9g Orlando Vici) took third for Anthony Barrier, ahead of 7/1 Ange de Luma (Matthieu Abrivard) and 25/1 Bachar (Pierre Vercruysse) On Tuesday the Q+ was at Vincennes in the Prix l’Aveyron (purse €65,000, 2850 meters). 82/1 outsider Venus du Rossy (9f Halimede-Lalie du Rosay) scored timed in 1.14.7kr for Laurent Verva and trainer Olivier Tirard. Valentines Day (9f Carpe Diem) at 18/1 and driver Franck Nivard was second for trainer Gregoire Houel. 86/1 Aragonaise (8f Ouragon de Celland) and P.Ph. Ploquin took third ahead of 8/1 Beau de Beauval (David Thomain) and 12/1 Ardente du Clos (Matthieu Abrivard) that completed the top five. The program also included the Prix Christelle Zimmer (monte, purse €88,000, 2850 meters, apprentice jockeys). Veteran Americaine (8g Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) scored at 5.1/1 oddds timed in 1.13.6kr for Alexandre Angot in the irons for trainer J-P Marmion. Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) at 15/1 was second for Victor Saussaye and third was 11/1 Arena del Phedo (8f Magnificent Rodney) for jockey Mlle. Oceane Briand. Thomas H. Hicks    

January 7, 2018 - Today’s Paris-Vincennes Prix de Lille “Cracks des Cracks 2017” (Quinte+, purse €88,000, 2100 meters autostart) went to 11/1 rallying Attacus (8g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) with harness racing driver Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner J.M. Machet. Race time was 1.11.2kr (1.10.1 at the 1500 meters remaining; 1.10.6 at the 1000; 1.11kr at 500), well off the race record 1.09.8kr set in 2007 by Kool du Caux and 1.09.9kr for six year olds by Texas Charm. 4/5 favorite Afghan Barbes (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) was second for Charles Julien Bigeon for trainer Christian Bigeon. 83/1 Venus de Bailly (Chaillot) and Alexandre Abrivard ended third. Fourth and fifth to complete the Q+ top five were 29/1 Unero Montaval and 7/1 Cobra Bleu. Diadora BR was scratch and Caid Griff, Carabinieri and Clif du Pommereux were all miscue dq’s. Bilibili (7m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) took the prestigious monte Prix du Calvados (Gr. II International, purse €150,000, 2850 meters, top three earn Prix du Cornulier bid) clocked in (steady fractions)  and off at 1.7/1 second choice. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the winner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and legendary breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon, a respected citrus beverage international owner.  20/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (7f Niky-Kuala Lumpur) was second in a photo for Camille Levesque in the irons for trainer Thomas Levesque and breeder/owner Pierre Levesque. 55/1 Catalogne (6f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) was third for jockey Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. The 1.2/1 favorite Traders (5m Ready Cash-Graziella) was dead heat fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois after leading, and he tied with 57/1 Cyprien des Bordes (6m Ouragon de Celland ( with jockey J.Cl. Dersoir.  Bellisima France, that battled Bilibili in the 2017 monte classics, and Alpha Saltor finished sixth and seventh. The Prix Crack “Draft Life” Six Year Olds 2017 (purse €80,000, 2850 meters) went to 1.14kr timed and 8.7/1 odds Captain Sparrow (6m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton) with Gabriele Gelormini up for Stal Markhove and trainer Luc Roelens. 2.1/1 Carlo de Carsi (6g Ismael du Pont-Orence de Carsi) rallied for length beaten second handled by J-M Bazire and trainer/owner J-M Baudouin. 23/1 Cyriel d’Atom (6g Otello Pierji) was third for driver Eric Raffin. The Gr. II Prix Crack “Carat Williams” Four Year Olds (purse €120,000, 2175 meters) went to Franck Nivard driven Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-These d’Oliverie) clocked in 1.13.4kr (1.14.3kr at 1500 meters remaining; 1.14.9kr at the 1000; 1.14.7kr with 500 to go). Franck Leblanc trains the 1.2/1 odds winner for Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 5.3/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was second for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. 19/1 Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet) held third for Sylvain Roger ahead of a wall of horses that included Ecu Pierji, Easy des Racques, Elite du Ruel and Express Jet. Early in the Sunday card saw the Prix File Gin (purse €37,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) go to 2.9/1 East Island  (4f Very Pleasant-Queen Along) with Julien Dubois up, pictured below,  for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. This 1.16.6kr timed winner recorded her fourth victory in seven career starts, in this Crack Series event. The next Crack Series test was the Prix Ecu Pierji (purse €39,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) with victory to 6.6/1 Dovenia (5f Orlando Vici). Later in the program the red hot Bigeon stable scored again as Be Bop Haufor (7f Notre Haufor) scored by a length for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon in the Prix de Salon de Provence (purse €58,000, 2850 meters) clocked in 1.13.1kr. It was Be Bop’s third straight victory at Vincennes. Saturday the V75 Sweden action was at Bergsaker with the featured V75 Gold being the Zoogins (2140 meters autostart, first prize 200,000SEK, US$24,525). 4.2/1 Digital Ink (9g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Buscail) scored timed in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and Stall TZ the owner. 3/2 Zenit Brick (7g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) was next for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was 8.6/1 Indoor Voices (7f Yankee Glide-Celebrity Whisper-SJs Caviar) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Walmann and Stall Am. Thomas H. Hicks    

January 6, 2018 - 1.6/1 favorite Dragon du Fresne (5m Saphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons took today’s Gr. II Prix Leon Tacquet (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters) at Paris-Vincennes. The L.Cl. Abrivard trainee is owned by J. Cottel. 8.3/1 Dragon d’Avril (5m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirene d’Avril) was a distant second for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer Sebastien Houyvet, with third to 2/1 Daytona Jet (5f Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) handled by jockey David Thomain for owner Ecurie du Londel and Daytona Jet was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. Race time was 1.12.5kr off steady fractions (1.10.5kr at 1500 remaining 1.10.2kr at the 1000; 1.12.4kr  with 500 meters to go). Today’s Q+ was the Prix de Breteuil (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart) and 2.4/1 Un Cher Ami (10g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) rallied wide and late to score timed in 1.12.1kr. Mathieu Daougabel  teamed the winner for owner Alain Laine and trainer Herve Daougabel. Un Cher Ami recorded his 11th career win in 99 starts now for €253,436 owned.  Ecurie D bred the winner. 11/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo-Jernasca) held second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Christophe Feyte. 50/1 Valto (9g Coro) was third for P-Y Verva. Un Cher Ami raced fourth in the second and third tiers before starting a striking surge at top of the lane. Fractions were 1.10.6kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.11.6kr at the 1000; 1.12.1kr with 500 meters remaining. €28,682 was the Q+ exact order payoff. The undercard’s Prix de Maisons-Alfort (purse €80,000, 2850 meters)  went to 5.8/1 Titty Jepson (6f Varenne-Lamadi Costa) with Alexandre Abrivard up. Vincent Lacroix trains the winner that Scuderia Nininni owns. 1.6/1 favorite Chica de Joudes (6f Jag de Bellouet-Queschua Love) held second for trainer/owner/driver Alain Laurent. 6.1/1 Class de Loriol (6f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Mayon) was third for Eric Raffin. Race time was 1.13.4kr with superb final 1000 off modest fractions. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 4, 2018 - Today’s Gr. III Prix Hersilie (purse €90,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.12.3kr timed 3/2 odds Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) driven by Bjorn Goop for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. 5.9/1 Comtesse du Chene (6f Quaker Jet-Imperiale du Chene) with Franck Nivard up for Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 26/1 Cathy A Quira (6f Password-Quira des Jacquets) was third for Romain Derieux ahead of Classic Way and Diamond. Today’s Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de Liginieres (purse €46,000, 250 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.2kr timed winner was 59/1 Deese Noire (5f Neoh Jiel-Obelie) handled by Anthony Barrier for Bernard Desmontils, the breeder/owner/trainer. 9/1 Daelia de Vandel (5f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel) was second for Cedrik Megissier, also trainer for Ecurie La Tour de Vandel. 19/1 Donostia de Lou (5f Real de Lou-Ruanita de Lou) was third for trainer/driver Anthony Dollion. 115/1 Darla Viili and 3.8/1 Daisy Team (5f Timoko-Daisy Chain) completed the top five. There were no exact order winning tickets. Replay here. The Prix de Coucy-le-Chateau (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, nine starters, four year old mares) went to 15/1 Effigie Madrik (4f Un Mec d’Heripre-Fidjidu Buisson) driven by Leo Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie Augustin-Normand. 11/1 Eternelle Delo (4f Saxo de Vandel-Princesse Royale) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and 8.2/1 Extra Cadette (4f Offshore Dream-Ma Cadette) was third for Eric Raffin. Race time was 1.15kr. Thomas H. Hicks

January2, 2018 - Today’s harness racing Q+ was the Paris-Vincennes’ Prix de Poitiers (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) and 6.9/1 Astral Viretaute (8g Kalahari-Aube et Vire) scored in 1.14kr for David Thomain, owner J.P. K’dual and trainer Pascal Goday. 1.6/1 favorite Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs-Peccadille de Mai) was a close second in the blanker finish for Sebastien Ernault and owner/trainer Franck Harel. 34/1 Alto du Lys (8g Magnificent Rodney) was third for J-M Bazire, ahead of 6.9/1 Ariane de Capon and b 47/1 Volare de Lou, setting up a €20,885 exact order payoff. Newly aged three year olds fillies contested the Prix de Mezieres (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 12 three year old female starters) and the 1.17.9kr timed winner was 5.1/1 Fantasiawicz (3f Ubriaco-Tarentelle Jenilou) holding on for a close victory driven by trainer Loris Garcia for owner Ecurie de Vieux Chene. Just missing was 3.1/1 Firefy (3f Ready Cash-Topaze Bourbon) that rallied in the four wide path, reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and the filly was bred by Scuderia Bolgheri Srl.  1.8/1 Fa de Bellouet (3f Quinoa du Gers-Kamie de Bellouet) was third for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Jean Claude and Agnes Monthean. 26/1 Fierte d’Aunou (3f Quaker Jet-Tempete d’Aunou) was fourth for owner/trainer/driver Etienne Dubois. The next top action is Thursday at Vincennes that hosts the Gr. III Prix Hersilie (purse €90,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters all five year old mares) and the Prix de Coucy-le-Chateau (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, nine four year old mares). Thomas H. Hicks

January 1, 2018 - New Year’s Day harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by the Prix d’Angouleme (purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 European starters). 3.2/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) scored for Eric Raffin timed in 1.12.4kr. Philippe Allaire trains this Jacques Pauc owned winner, one Pauc also bred. 9/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet-Une de Bussy) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. 27/1 Zahara Goj (5f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel) took third for J-M Bazire. The day’s Quinte+ was the Prix du Croise-Laroche (purse €70,000, 2850 meters distance handicap. 17 starters) and this 1.14.2kr timed victory went to 3/2 favorite Babylone Seven (7f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) with J-M Bazire the breeder/trainer/driver.  10/1 Bacchus d’Elva (7g Quaro) was next for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie and third went to 7/2 Bon Jenilou (7g Love You) driven by trainer Bernard Piton. Bon Grain Tivoli and Boheme du Juille completed the top five. Trainer Anders Lindqvist sent out his and Peter Gerry’s Angel Dark with US based Andrew McCarthy aboard – they finished 11th. Yesterday at Vincennes legendary driver Jean-Michel Bazire was awarded the 2017 dash winning title in France. He booked 231 victories to best Franck Nivard and Eric Raffin and to record his 19th dash winning title, his first at age 27. The racetrack executed a superb salute to Bazire’s accomplishment and he did not disappoint by entering the huge crowd for autographs and selfies. The monte dash winning title went to jockey Alexandre Abrivard with 69 wins. Thomas H. Hicks

December 31, 2017 - Today’s solid Vincennes New Year’s Eve harness racing undercard began with the Prix de Cresserons (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters-four year olds) and 16/1 Dellaro Vedaquais (4g Ready Cash-Spandelle) rallied up for J.Ph. Monclin to score timed in a fast 1.11.5kr. Philippe Allaire is owner/trainer and J-P Guay bred the winner. 4/5 favorite Dexter Chatho (4g Un Amour d’Haufor-Okoyama) held second for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 108/1 Danseur du Houlbet (4g Rodrigo Jet-Rosa du Houlbet) was third for Alexis Pratt and driver Frederic Pratt. The monte Prix de l’Etrier d’Or 2017 (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed and 5.3/1 Chalimar de Guez (5g Nahar de Beval-Phebe de Guez) with J-Y Ricart in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. 16/1 Cash du Rib (5g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) ended second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, also trainer. 20/1 Creation (5f Rieussec-Ovation) was third for Camille Levesque and trainer J.G. Eeckhaute. The Prix de Limours (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) went to quick 1.12.6kr timed and 19/1 Altesse du Banney (7f Niky-Diva d’Isques) with trainer P-Y Verva up for breeder/owner Michel Gabillot. 26/1 Auro Normande (7f Ready Cash-Normandia) was second for owner/trainer/driver Eric Lambertz. Third was 9/1 Aldo d’Argentre (7m Qualmio de Vandel) for Adrien Lamy. El Santo Haufor (3g Paris Haufor-Santa Haufor) took the Prix du Sulky d’Or 2017 (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) at 1.1/1 odds for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 18/1 Espoir Fou (3m Love You-Rebelle) was second for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato, owner Pierre Pilarski and Scuderia Bolgheri Srl was the breeder. 15/1 Estaban Jiel (3m Coktail Jet-Nirkonia Jiel) was third for Franck Ouvrie. Two year olds contested the Prix de Chatellerault (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) and 5/1 Fantastic Life (2f Prodigious-True Life) scored for breeder/driver Jean Philippe Dubois as the rain and light snow occurred at Vincennes. Timed in 1.18.9kr the winner recorded her second win along with four placings in six 2017 starts for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Two year olds also were in action at Cagnes-sur-Mer in the Prix de Rimplas (purse €18,000, 2150 meters autostart, 14 entrants) with victory to 1.1/1 favorite Funky Girl (2f Uhlan du Val-My Lovely Girl) timed in 1.17.9kr for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron. This filly now has two wins and a placing in three career appearances. My Lovely Girl (Coktail Jet-Guilty Of Love) is a well-bred full sister to Love You, Nice Love and Repeat Love. Baudron (owner/trainer/driver) returned to win the Prix des Lutins (purse €18,000, 2925 meters, 14 starters) with the 12/1 and 1.17.5kr timed Enigme Jenilou (3f Royal Dream-Pirogue Jenilou), her third career victory in 11 outings. Pirogue Jenilou (by Blue Eyes America) won €601,567 and was a major performer (At 3, third in Criterium des Jeunes, Prix Roquépine. at 4, Winner of Criterium des 4 ans, second in Prix Ariste Hémard, Prix de Sélection). Thomas H. Hicks  

December 31, 2017 - The featured Tippmix DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to pocket sitting  Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) timed in 1.20.3kr and reined by Csaba Lakatos for trainer Sandor Varga. Pacesetter Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) held second for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas. 40 meter handicapped Underpaid Hanover (8m Revenue-Upfront Lisa-Lindy Lane) was third for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. The co-featured Tamas Pinter “Oroszlan” Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to rallying Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) timed in 1.21.3kr and driven by Andrea Fazekas for trainer Imre Fazekas. Dabano As (6m Abano As-Doafi As-Pine Chip)was second for trainer/driver Sandor Varga. Szacharin (6f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) was third for trainer/driver Istvan Papp. The 1.2Huf million Blue Mobilty Szilveszteri, raced over 1800 meters autostart, went to Rafael Bit (7g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami-Keyser Lobell) timed in 1.21.2kr for Csaba Lakatos and trainer GoranZ olnaji. Samuel Becket AT (5m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) was second and third was Ujrazz! (4m Maximus Lindy-Gyorsulf!-Witsends Speedy). As normal a huge crown was on-hand for the annual Trot Szilveszter “New Year’s Eve”. Racing, music, food, and festival!!! Thomas H. Hicks

December 31, 2017 - Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae) with Orjan Kihlstom up for harness racing trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet was a conclusive length plus winner at 4.9/1 odds timed in 1.10.5kr in today’s Quinte+ Grand Prix de Bourgogne (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters less two scratched – Uza Josselyn and Akim du Cap Vert; Anna M, Goop driving for injured Vercruysse).  The 5/10 favorite Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) rallied wide and late for Franck Nivard (trainer Sebastien Guarato; owner Pierre Pilarski) for second with 43/1 Briac Dark (6m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) and driver Matthieu Abrivard third and getting a Prix d’Amerique ticket. Thierry Duvaldestin trains Briac Dark for Ecurie Guy Barou. 33/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore) and 150/1 Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill) completed the Quinte+ top five.  Belina Josselyn and forwardly place Anna Mix were sixth and seventh for the final checks.  Lionel, Booster Winner, Bird Parker, and Ringostarr Treb were eighth through 11th. Driver Kihlstom left strongly with Propulsion and raced at or near the front all the way in quick fractions with Anna Mix alongside for the middle half of the event. Propulsion gained an open advantage on his rivals off the final turn and wide rallying Bold Eagle could not reach. Bold Eagle raced third in the outer much of the way and cleared late for his run in the five wide path. Briac Dark, who led at one time and was well-placed throughout, held gamely for third. Fractions were quick and steady (1.07.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.1 at the 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500 meters remaining). The Q+ exact order payoff was €62,702 for a €2 wager. Replay video here.  The Prix d’Amerique qualifiers post Bourgogne are: 1. Doria Desbois 2. Readly Express 3. Valko Jenilat 4. Billie de Montfort 5. Charly du Noyer 6. Bird Parker 7. Bold Eagle 8. Ringostarr Treb 9  Propulsion 10 Briac Dark Next chances to qualify are shown below: 11-13 Top three in Prix de Belgique (if already qualified next highest adjusted earnings prevail) 14-18 based on adjusted earnings (career earnings plus allowances based on age: 4-year-olds get an allowance or bonus of 30 % of their career earnings; 5-year-olds receive a bonus of 20 % of the their career earnings; 6-year-olds receive 10 % of the their career earnings; seven year olds and up receive no bonus allowance. Thomas H. Hicks

December 30, 2017 - Today’s Gr. III Prix Yvonnick Boden (monte, purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to noteable front stepping harness racing monte specialist 2.6/1 Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) and jockey Mlle. Delphine Besse, who won her first in 2017. Philippe Allaire trains the property of Frederic Sauque. 29/1 Vrai Voyou (8g Gazouillis-Oranginette) was second for Romain Marty, in the irons for trainer P. Emmanuel Marty. 19/1 Americaine  (7f Chef de Chatelet-Marine Raudiciere) was third with Alexandre Angot up.  Race time was 1.12.4kr for the six length winner. Today’s Quinte + was the Prix de Bar le Doc (purse €105.000, 2850 meters distance handicap. 15 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 11/1 Ungaro d’Eva (9g Ipsom de Mormal-Iomolly) driven by Eric Raffin for J-M Baudouin. 8.9/1 Alfor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) was second for Charles J. Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon, ahead of 22/1 and 25 meter handicapped Totem d’Azur (10m Joao Panca) and Junior Guelpa, also trainer. 23/1 Arthuro Boy and 5.2/1 A Nice Biy completed the top five. 3/1 Atlas da Vinci with Bjorn Goop and 7/2 Call Me Keeper and Pierre Vercruysse were dnf’s when Atlas fell at top of stretch and following Call Me Keeper went into his rival and also went down. Both pilots were unseated. The Prix de Tence (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 6.6/1 Capella de Vrie (5f Prince d’Espace-Pandore Vrie) for driver Franck Nivard and breeder/owner/trainer Roger Baudron. 9/1 Carte Secrete (5f Prodigious-Libre Allure) was second for driver Julien Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 2.2/1 favorite Cadence des Fre (5f Panache de l’Iton) and driver Eric Raffin took third. Race time was 1.14.9kr. Other good winners on the card were 1.4/1 Dubai D’essarts (4f Kaisy Dream-Ode des Essarts) timed in 1.12.4kr for Francois Lagadeuc  in the Prix de Damville (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters). Two year olds contested the Prix des Eglantiers (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) and the winner was 17/1 Fighter Smart (2m Uniclove-Vicky Cash) with Matthieu Abrivard up. 7.9/1 Fargo (2m Atlas de Joudes) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 4/1 French Man (2m Voyage de Reve-Oh Butterfly) held third for Julien Dubois, the breeder/owner/trainer. Fleuron d’Iroise (2m Kaisy Dream) with William Bigeon and 1.3/1 favorite Faithful (2m Village Mystic) for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron were fourth and fifth. J-M Bazire remains the FR dash winning driver for 2017 with 231 wins for €6.2million purse won. Bazire had 255 wins in 2016 and has held the title since 2010 with Franck Nivard second in each year except one. Thomas H. Hicks

December 29, 2017 - Today’s harness racing Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de Sainte-Marie du Mont (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). Sweden invader M.T. Joinville (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Ivy LB) scored timed in 1.12.2kr at 3/2 odds driven by Jorma Kontio for owner Kjell Hagg and trainer Susanne  Richter. 12/1 Bayokos Atout (6g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) took second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. 20/1 Bullyoung (6g Love You-Greenhills Beauty) closed along the pegs for third handled by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Robert Bergh. 7.1/1 Eldrick Boko (6m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) was fourth for Eric Raffin ahead of 9/1 Spirit Real (6g Supergill-Civetta Real) for Pierre Levesque. The weekend ahead includes the Gr. III Prix Yvonne Bodin in Saturday, a monte event, and the Gr. II Grand Prix de Bourgogne on Sunday that includes 17 top level entrants seeking the Prix d’Amerique invitations. Thomas H. Hicks

December 28, 2017 - Today’s harness racing Quinte+ was the Prix de Salvanhac (purse €64,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes and the 1.13.5kr timed winner was 9/10 favorite Bauloise Haufor (6f Kool du Caux-Hotesse des Pres) reined by Charles J. Bigeon. Christian Bigeon is the winning breeder/owner/trainer of this now 10 time winner in 30 career appearances. 9/1 Trinity Zet (6f SJs Photo-Kleo Zet) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. 21/1 Romi Mms (7f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB) held third for Franck Nivard, Philippe Billard and owner Mitja Slavic. 29/1 Reine du Zack (7f Zinzan Brooke Tur) was fourth for Marco Smorgon and 6.7/1 Easytowin (6f Offshore Dream) landed the fifth spot for Bjorn Goop and trainer Dion P. Tesselaar. Cleangame (5g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) won the Prix de Compiegne (purse €64,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) timed in a quick 1.12.4kr for a seven length verdict. Bjorn Goop drove the 6.1/1 winner for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner J-M Rancoule to his 10th career win in 22 starters. 22/1 Captain Sparrow (5m Ready Cash-0Holly du Locton) was second for Franck Ouvrie and 2.6/1 Colonel (5g Goetmals Wood) with J-M Bazire aboard took third. The undercard’s Prix de Juvignac (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) produced a 24/1 victory for 1.16.5kr timed Dora les Jarriais (4f Love You-Karina Jet) reined by Mario Van Dooyeweerd for owner Claudia Platvoet, and bred by her legendary father Heinrick Platvoet, once a top breeder in Germany. 2.9/1 Dornella de Janze (4f Un Amour d’Haufor-Ornella Mesloise) was second for Christian Bigeon, also owner/trainer. 2.7/1 Downing Street (4f Orlando Vici-Ultramine) was third for Pierre Levesque. The featured event on the Thursday Paris-Vincennes card was the Gr. III Prix de Chateau Chinon (purse €95,000,  2700 meters, 15 starters, three year olds) and 35/1 Viscarda Jet (3f Pine Chip-Nive’s Jet) held on by the nose for Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Paolo Romanelli and owner Pemigio de Fenza. 10/1 Classic Connection (3m Love You-Cry’s Dream) was a rallying second from the back driven by Franck Nivard for Yves Boireau, who trains for owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois. 6.5/1 Elegantissime (3f Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains this one for Frederic Sauque. Even-money favorite Express Jet (3m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) held fourth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Opale. 17/1 Voltaire Gifont (3m Quaker Jet-Realm Of Fancy) was fifth for Pietro Gubellini, trainer Cristian Rizzo and Mme. Caterina Ballini. Race time was 1.13.7kr off  rated fractions. Thomas H. Hicks  

Bold Eagle won the Prix de Bourgogne last winter, January 1, 2017, and will try to double the stake in the same year, the race taking place this Sunday, December 31. Third "B", the Grand Prix of Burgundy is the qualifying race contested on speed. The autostart numbers will have their importance, the draw will take place on Thursday. The champions are out. After the demonstration of Readly Express , last Sunday, in the Prix ​​Tenor de Baune , his direct opposition will be on track this Sunday, December 31st.  The crack Bold Eagle is back with the intention to return to victory. No doubt he will be riding in condition on his run back. Bird Parker, his killer, will also be there, but now being sure to be qualified. Belina Josselyn, however, will try to get his ticket. For the moment, it has not been sold during the Meeting. Propulsion , Lionel and Briac Dark were the good notes of the Bourbonnais. The race promises to be magnificent!    Thomas H. Hicks .snli03463857491543869-content * { margin:0; padding: 0;} div.snli03463857491543869-content{display: inline-block;} #snli03463857491543869-target { list-style-type: none; padding: 0 0 0 10px; text-align: right; margin: 0px; border-left: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-left: 6px} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target li { display: inline-block; *display: inline; vertical-align: middle; margin-right: 0px; font-family: Ubuntu, sans-serif; } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target li:last-child {margin-right: 0;} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target a { display: inline-block; *display: inline; text-decoration: none; color: #ffffff; padding: 0.2em 0.8em 0.3em 0.3em;text-align: center;border: 0;box-sizing: border-box;-webkit-border-radius: 2px;-moz-border-radius: 2px;border-radius: 2px;min-width: 34px; background: none} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target a * { vertical-align: middle; display: inline-block; *display: inline; } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target a span {font-size: 11px;} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target img {width: 15px; height: 15px;margin-right: 4px;} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .shareButton:hover {background-color: rgba(243,247,243,0.8);} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .shareButton:focus {background-color: rgba(243,243,243,0.8);} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-facebook { background-color: #3B5998; } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-facebook:hover { background-color:rgba(59,89,152,0.8); } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-facebook:focus { background-color:rgba(59,89,152,0.5); } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-twitter { background-color: #55ACEE; } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-twitter:hover { background-color: rgba(85,172,238,0.8); } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-twitter:focus { background-color: rgba(85,172,238,0.5); } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-share-items { text-align: center; border-right: 1px solid #cccccc; padding-right: 15px; margin-right: 15px;} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-share-items span { display: inline-block; font-size: 1.4em; line-height: .9; } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .nli-share-items .text { display: block;color: #888;font-size: .6875em;text-align: center;line-height: 1.2;} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .text-hide a {padding: 0.5em;} .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .text-hide span { display: none; } .snli03463857491543869-content #snli03463857491543869-target .text-hide img {margin: 0;} @media screen and (min-width: 768px) and (max-width:1024px) { } @media screen and (max-width: 767px) { .snli03463857491543869-content img {margin-right: 0;} .snli03463857491543869-content .text-no-hide { vertical-align: middle; display: inline-block; *display: inline; } } @media screen and (orientation: landscape) and (max-width: 767px) { .snli03463857491543869-content .nli-share-items { vertical-align: middle; display: inline-block; *display: inline; } }

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