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December 14, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Tourcoing (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes.  A host of harness racing longshots comprised the top five and the result was no exact order ticketholders and the disorder payoff was 14,909€. The 8.6/1 Belle de Rossignol (7f Power Jet-Qualite Castelets) scored for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer David Cinier and breeder/owner Denis Rety. The winning mare posted her sixth life victory nor for 178,490€ earned. 161/1 Amaya Djob (8f Mambo King) took second for Mme. Sophie Lorduinat-Descout and third was 15/1 Banco Dry (7g Sancho Panca) with Franck Marty driving. 133/1 Australia Beco was fourth for Maxime Bezier and 23/1 Baychibe des Vents was fifth for Bryan Coppens. The Prix de la Touraine (purse 45,000€, 2700 meters, 17 starters, five year olds) saw 58/1 outsider Django du Bocage (5g Real de Lou-Plume Bleue) score for trainer/driver Stephane Meaunier, his eighth career win now for 112,170€ earned. 8.8/1 Dream Gold (5g Royal Dream-Simplicity) was second for breeder/driver Jean Philippe Dubois. The property of Ecurie Victoria Dreams is conditioned by Philippe Moulin. Third was another longshot, the 88/1 Dernier Tango (5g Neoh Jiel) with Damien Bonne driving. The Prix du Neubourg (monte, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) with a rallying 1.12.9kr timed victory to 1.4/1 Daeilia de Vandel (5f Ready Cash-Maelia de Vandel). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for Ecurie la Tour de Vandel and trainer Cedrik Megissier. Her life earnings are now 210,100€. 3.8/1 Diamant de Trea (5g Kuadro Wild) was second for Fabien Gence and third was 6.1/1 Daida de Vandel (5f Real de Lou) with Alexandre Abrivard aboard. Racing on the weekend includes action at Paris-Vincennes and Aby. On Saturday at Vincennes is the 80,000€ Prix Michel Thoury and the Gr. II Prix Oscar Collard for a €95,000 purse comprised of the four and five year-old starters. Sunday action at Vincennes features the Gr. III Prix Jean Dumorch for 115,000€ (the field includes Bilibili, Valko Jenilat and Arlington Dream) and the Gr. I classic Criterium de 3Ans for a purse of 240,000€. Fly With Us, Folelli, Feliciano and Face Time Bourbon will be at the start. Saturday at Aby features the V75 Gold Legolas Minne. Thomas H Hicks

Betting on horse races has declined in several years in France, and a cut in purses was expected. The French governing body for harness racing, Le Trot, has announced that purses in races in 2019 will be cut by 11 percent – that is 26 million Euro. Europe’s richest harness race for elder trotters, the Grand Prix d’Amerique, will now have a total purse of 900,000 Euro – down from one million. The winner will get 405,000 Euro – down from 450,000 Euro. Other big races in the Winter Meeting like the Prix de France and Prix de Paris will now each have a total purse of 350.000, down from 400,000 Euro. The world’s richest under saddle race, Prix de Cornulier, will see a decrease from 700,000 Euro to 650,000. Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

December 9, 2018 - A superb harness racing card was held Sunday at Napoli that included three classic races. The Gr. II G.P. Royal Mares (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) began the action and Trendy OK (6f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) went first over to gain the lead and draw clear in the lane for the victory timed in a record 1.11.1kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed his trainee to the score that increased Trendy’s life earnings to 294,701€. “Trendy Trendy OK OK” put away second finishing Pantera del Pino (9f Turbo Sund-Desire’ del Pino) with G.P. Minnucci up and third finishing Sonia (7f Donato Hanover-Ele Code-Uronometro) handled by Rene’ Legati. The featured Gr. I G.P. Mipaaft Open (purse 440,000€, 2100 meters autostart) saw the favored Axl Rose (2m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) rally to win decisively for driver V.P. Dell’Annunziata. This colt is special, and he defeated another fine one Granon Vedaquais (2m Brilliantissime-Sesteire-Cezio Josselyn) with Andrea Guzzinati up, for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder J.P. Guay. Third was the filly Anita Roc (2f Filipp Roc-CK Roc-Pine Chip). Well regarded Amelie Grif was fourth. Race time was 1.15kr. The G.P. Mipaaft Filly (Gr. II, purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) saw the game All Wise As (2f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall), with Bjorn Goop driving, fend off the battling A Sexygirl PAR (2f Varenne-Fight For Lux-Toss Out) handled by V.P. Dell’Annunziata, clocked in 1.13.9kr. A Sexybomb PAR (2f Yankee Slide-Vivarissima PAR-Harvard Yard) was third. Harvard Yard, a stallion rarely seen on today’s programs, is a 1985 son of Speedy Crown-Somolli, a full-brother to the 1975 foaled Speedy Somolli and others from the mare including Mae Jean’s Crown, Seascape Lobell, and Santana Lobell. Somolli had 14 foals. Harvard Yard earned 114,767€ with a 1.13kr record, and bred mares in Italy from 1992-2003, producing only four winners of over 100,000€. The following news was also reported. Retired now are the well-regarded Twister Bi, Rod Stewart and Voltigeur de Myrt. Readly Express is being prepped for the December 30th Prix de Bourgogne and Villiam for the Criterium Continental, both at Vincennes and both carrying possible invitations to the Prix d’Amerique, the top three in Bourgogne and the winner of the Continental. Thomas H. Hicks

December 12, 2018 - A good harness racing program today at Paris-Vincennes included several upper level contests, a groupe monte test and the Q+ race pf the day. The Quinte+ event was the Prix Poitou-Charentes (purse 88,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters). 16/1 Baraka de Bougy (7f Honginio-Piccata de Bougy) scored for Frank Nivard timed in 1.14.4kr for trainer Ch. Ecalard and owner Ecurie Brindor. This one recorded her sixth career win in 84 starts, now for 282,750€ earned. 6/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre) was a rallying second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Gregory Thorel, ahead of the 34/1 Aribo Mix (8g Reve des Vallees), the 1.6/1 favorite Bacchos d’Ela and 32/1 Aero de Bossens. The exact order Q+ payoff was 19,768.80€ for a 2€play. The afternoon Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Auguste Francois (Gr. III monte, purse 110,000€, 2175 meters, 11 starters). 6.5/1 Boss du Meleuc (7g Lucky Blue-Rafales du Meleuc) scored easily timed in a quick 1.10.7kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard. The Boss recorded career victory 16 in 58 outings for owner/trainer Yannick Alain Briand, to increase his life earnings to 569,100€. 9/1 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) was second for Eric Raffin and 13/1 Alpha Saltor (8m Paris Haufor) took third money with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Six-year olds battled in the Prix du Villers (purse 55,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and the 1.11.4kr timed victory went easily to the 1.4/1 favorite Trinity Lux (6m Love You-Eternidad) in rein to trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Ecurie Connie owns this winner, his first in FR, and now a career winner of 199,595€. 9/1 Mellby Drake (6g Viking Kronos) was second with Matthieu Abrivard driving for Mellby Gard AB and trainer Robert Bergh. The 62/1 Aileron (6g Scarlet Knight) was third, trained by Bergh for In The Zone AB and piloted by Yoann Lebourgeois. The Prix de Blanquefort (purse 58,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) brought out a solid group of aged performers and the 3.9/1 odds winner was Romi Mms (8f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB), reined by Franck Nivard for owner Mitja Slavic and trainer Philippe Billard. The victory was the fifth in FR for the now winner of 255,516€, a mare that began her career in eastern Europe. Race time was 1.12.6kr as Romi Mms sprinted clear in the stretch after a third over trip in the second tier. 12/1 Alexis du Cherisay (8f Le Big Boss-Precious Thing) was second for Eric Raffin, ahead of 2.2/1 favorite Bise du Coglais (7f Prince Gede) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s excellent groupe action at Paris-Vincennes saw Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) take the Gr. II Prix Octave Douesnel (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds) as the 2/5 favorite. Franck Ouvrie teamed the winner for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten that was clocked in 1.13kr off even fractions. The 7.1/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was second, handled by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. Third went to the 5.9/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) that was reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As. The winning Earl Simon is a model of consistency, now with 10 career victories in 17 starts, for 498,950€ earned. Three year olds were on stage in the Prix de Mansle (Gr. III, purse 76,000€, 2100 meters autostart). The early fractions were quick and it led to a 1.12.5kr timed victory for 9/1 Fuego de Houelle (3g Rieussec-Pin Up de Houelle) teamed with Adrien Lamy. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for owner Andre Carree. The 6.3/1 Flambeau Royal (3m Look de Star-Rodea Josselyn) was second with Jean Michel Bazire up and the 2/1 favorite Falco d’Heripre (3m Goetmals Wood-Vedeltad d’Heripre) held third for Franck Nivard. The day’s Quinte+ event was the Prix Chinon (purse 50,000€, 2175 meters, 16 starters) and long odds top five finishers created a 149,528€ exact order payoff for the 2€ wager. The race winner was 7.7/1 Erolina (4f Prodigious-Keralda) clocked in 1.12.4kr. Eric Raffin teamed the mare that was bred and is owner/trained by Alphonse Vanberghen. 6.3/1 Etones de Carsi (4f Okepi de Fael) was a good second with Yoann Lebourgeois teaming for trainer Franck Leblanc. The 5.6/1 Eclipse d’Orient (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) was third with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 49/1 Elite du Lys and 40/1 Endiablee completed the top five to the line. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Salome’ Bar (7f Ganymede-Acquavita Bar-Crowning Point) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Feiser Memorial (purse 800,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) timed in 1.18.9kr. The 2.2/1 favorite was reined by Bernadett Balogh for trainer Jozsef Rutkai. The winner rallied from far back, journeyed three wide in the last bend and drew off to an easy victory, defeating 14.8/1 Dabano As (7m Abano As) with Csaba Lakatos up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Third was the 2.6/1 second choice Sanger Ms (8g Victory Scream) handled by Goran Zolnaji. The undercard was highlighted by the Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.2/1 favorite Iago d’Amore (4m Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) scored easily for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Zoltan Ozvar. Race time was 1.17kr. 14.1/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort) was second driven by Balazs Juhasz and third went to 56.4/1 odds outsider Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL) for trainer/driver Robert Varhidi. The same day action was at Bergsaker SWE with their V5 Gold Hilda Zolnetts (200,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) won by the 1.24/1 favorite Zenit Brick (7g Make It Happen-Exc Svard-Super Arnie) with Mika Forss driving. Timo Nurmos trains the now the 21 time winner in 69 starts for 4,507,396SEK earned. Race time was 1.16kr. Zenit Brick has won three of his last four outings. 9.4/1 veteran On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux) took second for driver Oskar J. Andersson and trainer Hans R. Stromberg, ahead of 91/1 West Wing (10g Steinlager) reined by Tomas Pettersson. Digital Ink and Mind Your Face completed the top five. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

An array of excellent groupe contests were on today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program, but, before those events began was the monte Prix de Seiches-sur-Le- Loir (purse 80,000€, 215 meters). The quick timed 1.12.2krwinner was the 9/10 favorite Daytona Jet (5f Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) with Mlle. Mathilde Collet in the irons for trainer Stephane Meunier. She scored for the seventh time in a 41 start career, now for 269,210€ earned.  The 57/1 outsider Caporal de Bry (6g Singalo-One Class) was second for jockey Julien Balu, and third was 14/1 Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash) for trainer/jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir. The Gr. II Prix Albert Rayon (purse 76,000€, 2100 meters autostart, three year olds, nine starters) started the groupe events and it was narrowly won by the 1.1/1 favorite Fubria (3f Password-Sanawa) timed in 1.14.2kr with a powerful last 500 for Yoann Lebourgeois. Fubria now has five career wins in nine starts for 100,500€ earned. The 21/1 Frostie Love (3f Sam Bourbon-Ustie Love) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Third went to 8.5/1 Famous Quality (3f Rocklyn-Union Quality) with Jean Philippe Dubois the breeder/driver. Next up was the Gr. II Prix Raoul Balliere (monte, purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds). The 3/5 favorite Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was victorious timed in 1.12.9kr. Yoann Lebougeois was up for owner Carlos Lerner and trainer Philippe Allaire.  This colt recorded hius sixth career win in 19 outings, now for 416,450€ earned. 3/1 Fado du Chene (3m Singalo) was second for P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 22/1 Flore de Janeiro (3f Vanishing Point) was third for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Franck Blandin. 6.2/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood) ended fourth. The feautured event this day was the Gr. II Prix Ariste Hemard (purse 120,000€, 200 meters, four yer olds). The 1.13.9kr timed winner was the 2/5 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie) with Franck Nivard up. Ecurie d’Oliverie owns this Franck Leblanc trainee that now has 13 career wins in 26 starts for 940,990€ in earnings. The 13/1 Estola (4f Nectar-Nika) was second for Bjorn Goop, driving for trainer Emmanuel Ruault. and owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 21/1 Extra Light (4f Village Mystic) was third with David Thomain up. Vincennes also hosted the day’s Q+ event in the Prix d’Hautefort (purse 58,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters). The 1.9/1 odds Valokaja Hindu (7m Great Challenger-Hindu Enghave) scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire timed in 1.12.3kr. The Norwegian invader now has four wins in FR from six starts and career earnings reached 206,754€.  The 12/1 Blue Ciel (7g Milord Drill) was second for David Thomain, and third was 52/1 Pave The Way (10g Pearsall Hanover-Hot Pants) for Alexandre Abrivard. 28/1 Aqi des Crerves and 12/1 Vixel completed the exact order top five. Winning 2€ ticketholders received 20,328€. The Gr. III Prix Narquois (purse 95,000€, 2700 meters) completed the day’s groupe races and this one showcased another impressive victory by the 7/10 favorite Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. The winner is owned in Germany by Stall Oberkracher and now has posted five wins in nine starts in FR for career earnings of 206,754€. Dreambreaker raced much of the way in the second tier before powering to the front in the lane. 19/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was second with J.Ph. Monclin up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 19/1 Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici-Flax Avenue) took third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 18/1 Handsome Brad (5m Brad de Veluve-Ulrica M) was third for driover C.J. Jepson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

December 7, 2018 - The 1.3/1 odds favorite Dorado Bello (5g Pad d’Urzy-Jora de du Fruituies) took the Friday evening harness racing featured Quinte+ Prix Hestia (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) timed in 1.12.4kr. The now seven time winner in 27 career starts, Dorado Bello was teamed with Eric Raffin for trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie le Rivage. Dreamer de Chenu (5g Timoko) at 11/1 was second for driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner/trainer Franck Pellerot. 21/1 Dandy Gede (5g Rancho Gede) took third for driver Damien Bonne. 12/1 Devil Or Angel and 11/1 Dad du Cedre completed the top five, and the exact order 2€ ticket Q+ payoff was 8,556.40€. On Saturday there are a host of groupe contests worth the watch: Prix Albert Rayon (Gr. III, 76,000€, 2100 meters autostart, three year olds) led by Fabria; Prix Raoul Balliere (Gr. II monte, 120,000€, 2175 meters) with Ferreteria, Feeling Cash and Flamme Speed among the starters; Prix Ariste Hearard (Gr. II, purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds) with Elladora de Forgan and Electra Jet in the field; Prix Narquois (Gr. III, purse 95,000€, 2700 meters, European eligibles) with J-M Bazire’s Dreambreaker at the start The Sunday menu includes three more groupe events: Prix Octave Douesnel (Gr. II, purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds) led by Earl Simon Prix de Mansle (Gr. III, purse 76,000€, 2100 meters autostart, three year olds) with Fun Quick and Fuego de Houelle at the start; Grand Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr. II International, 120,000€ purse, 2850 meters) with the now barefoot Bold Eagle in the field – he previously raced with shoes on behind). Bold Eagle was last year second in the Bourbonnais, Bourgogne, Belgique, Amerique and de France before winning the Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes sur Mer in March. Thomas H. Hicks    

December 6, 2018 - The Thursday Quinte+ race was the Prix de Blois (purse 95,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles) at Paris-Vincennes. Victory went to the 3/2 favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) reined by harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire to his 16th career victory in 47 starts. Bred by Comte de Bellaigue, Bel Avis is now owned by New Blue 1 LLC (USA) and has earned 582,390€ for his career. 8.4/1 Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America) was second, with trainer Johan Untersteiner aboard for Stall Invexbo AB. 5.5/1 odds Clif du Pommereux (6m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) earned the third spot with Damien Bonne driving for owner Noel Lolic and trainer Sylvain Roger. The 36/1 outsider Bolide Jenilou (g Kesaco Phedo) and 20/1 Attacus (8g Hand du Vivier) completed the top five with the exact order 2€ ticket paying 19,651.80€. Sharon Gar and Ranch Kelly earned the sixth and seventh place checks. The Prix de Murat (purse 54,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) saw 6.8/1 Nancy America (7f Revenue-Camargue) score timed in 1.13.6kr with Franck Nivard up for Stall Leumas and trainer Philippe Billard. This winning mare, the legendary Revenue, now has career earnings of 211,108€, as she defeated the 1.7/1 favorite Contree d’Erable (6f Prince Gede) handled by David Thomain and 9/1 Bahamas Quick (7f Pim Quick) that Yoann Lebourgeois reined for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Franck Leblanc. Four year olds contested the Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters) that saw 2.2/1 Eclipse Danika (4f Hasting-Odyssee du Ravary) rally from the near the back to win timed in 1.14kr. Bryan Coppens reined the winner that now has earned 220,960€ for the career. Comte P de Senneville owns and Pierre Vercruysse trains the winner. The 7.6/1 odds Ethien du Vivier (4m Sancho Turgot-Nomiva du Vivier) was second, handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. 18/1 Eliseo (4g Timoko) was third for trainer Adrien Lamy and breeder/trainer Frederic Prat.9 Sunday is the Gr.II Prix de Bourbonnais that is now down to 12 starters led by Bold Eagle and a host of FR challengers including Belina Josselyn, Bird Parker and Traders. Trainers Philippe Allaire and Sebastien Guarato are each sending three trainees into battle. Thomas H. Hicks

After Bold Eagle finished a disappointing fourth in the first qualification race at Vincennes for the Prix d’Amerique, the winningest harness racing active French trotter will race again on Sunday (Dec. 9) in the second qualification race, the Prix du Bourbonnais. For the first time ever, Bold Eagle will race without all four shoes. Normally he races only with shoes behind, but trainer Sebastian Guarato has decided to try something new by removing the front shoes. Only 12 horses were entered in the Prix du Bourbonnais and just one is trained outside France, Uza Josselyn, a Danish registered mare owned and trained in Switzerland. Among the 12 starters, two have already qualified for the Prix d’Amerique, Delia du Pommereux and Bird Parker, who finished second and third, respectively, in the first qualifier. The three first finishers in the Prix du Bourbonnais will also qualify for a spot in the field for the Prix d’Amerique. Following are the entries for the $135,000 Prix du Bourbonnais: 1 Cash Gamble (SE) – Franck Ouvrie – Philippe Billard 2 Delia du Pommereux – Damien Bonné – Sebastian Roger 3 Briac Dark – Matthieu Abrivard – Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Charly du Noyer – Anthony Barier – Philippe Allaire 5 Uza Josselyn (DK) – Alexandre Abrivard – René Aebischer 6 Carat Williams – David Thomain – Sebastian Guarato 7 Traders – Yoann Lebourgeois – Philippe Allaire 8 Valko Jenilat -Eric Raffin – Sebastian Guarato 9 Voltigeur de Myrt – Lorenzo Donati – Roberto Donati 10 Belina Josselyn – Jean Michel Bazire 11 Bird Parker – Jean Philippe Monclin – Philippe Allaire 12 Bold Eagle – Franck Nivard – Sebastian Guarato. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent Courtesy of The United States Trotting Association

December 5, 2018 - The Wednesday harness racing Q+ race was the Prix de la Ville de Royan (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 13 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Victory went to 10/1 odds Chistera (6f Qwerty-Medici) driven by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer J.P. Lecourt. This Pierre Levesque bred mare was timed in 1.13.9kr. The 9/1 Class Thourjan (6f Rolling d’Heripre) was second for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Dollion. Caresse (6f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) was third driven by David Thomain for trainer Bjorn Goop. 2.9/1 Coumba and 12/1 Chacha de Goutier completed the top five, with the exact order Q+ 2€ ticket paying 5,487€. On the card was the Prix d’Houfleur (monte, purse 80,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters) and it produced a quick timed 1.12kr victory for 27/1 Voltorb d’Oliverie (9g Mourofais-Betty d’Oliverie) with Franck Nivard in the irons for trainer Sebastien Houyvet and owner Serge Gabriel. The 9/10 favorite Beau de Grimoult (7g Pacifique Gede) was second for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois and third was 55/1 Uranium (10g Jag de Bellouet) with P-Y Verva up. Earlier on the Wednesday Vincennes program was the Prix de Bourigny (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) and that victory was earned by the 1.14.5kr timed and 3/2 odds Dostoievski (5g Ganymede-Nuor des Charmes) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. Ecurie des Charmes owns the winner that defeated 7/2 odds Dollar Soyer (5g Phlegyas) reined by Anthony Barrier for trainer Gregory Thorel. Tuesday’s Q+ was also at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de Laon (purse 37,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.14.4kr timed winner was 3.2/1 odds Elorious de Guez (4g Look de Star-Quazirette de Guez) reined by his trainer Jean Michel Bazire, for breeder/owner Ecurie Vautors. Second was 7/2 odds Eliot d’Ambri (4g Ti Punch River) for Yoann Lebourgeois and third went to 73/1 Euzo Viva (4g Kiwi). Completing the top five were 12/1 Enjoleor Leman (4g Hulk des Champs) and 118/1 Exil d’Erable (4g Coktail Jet) and the exact order Q+ payoff was 56,677€ for the 2€ wager. On the same card was the Prix des Pyrennes (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 12 European starters). The 27/1 odds Mellby Drake (6g Viking Kronos-U.Don’t Wanna Know) scored timed in 1.15kr for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Robert Bergh and owner Mellby Gard AB. 1.2/1 favorite Bryssel (6m Ready Cash-Spacelane) took third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of 7/1 Crazy Charm (6g Prodigious-Know How) reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Sunday at Vincennes is the next “B” race, the Gr. II Prix du Bourbonnais, with the top three finishers receiving an invitation to the Prix d’Amerique. The field will battle over 2850 meters for the 120,000€ purse and the lineup is shown below. Thomas H. Hicks

December 3, 2018 - The 3.1/1 Bayokas Atout (7g Goetmals Wood-New York Jet) was an easy winner of today’s harness racing Quinte + Prix des Alpes (purse 48,000€, 2100 mater autostart, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Frank Nivard trains and drove the winner to this 1.12.3kr timed victory. 5.8/1 Bikini (7g Niky) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie ahead of 8.7/1 Abercrombis (8g Hyperis) handled by trainer/driver J-F Senet. 53/1 Atios Fortis and 21/1 Bibette de Bannes completed the top five in exact order that paid 12,152.60€ for a 2€ wager. On the same card was the Prix des Dahlias (33,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 12 two year old starters) that the 4/5 favorite Gordon Flash (2m Village Mystic-Acienda Flash) won timed in 1.1.3kr with J-M Bazire aboard. Y-A Briand trains the winner that bested 18/1 Gilmour (2m Tag Wood) and 4.8/1 Georgio (2m Un Charme Fou) Four year olds contested the Prix de Maintenon (purse 60,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.15.9kr timed victory went to 1.2/1 Emiliano (4m Love You-Quarda du Rib) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. 4.1/1 Elu de Dompierre (4m Vanishing Point) and 2.7/1 Estaban Jiel (4m Coktail Jet) completed the top three to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 2, 2018 - The fast Urlo dei Venti (5m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) took Sunday’s harness racing featured Gran Premio Duomo (purse 154,000€, 1600 meters autostart) at Firenze, Italy, timed in 1.10.5kr, and reined by Antonio Greppi. He score by three lengths over Santiago d’Ete (7m Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) driven by Santo Mollo and third finishing Uragano Trebi’ (5m Nad Al Sheba-Istoria Bi-Toss Out) with Roberto Vecchione aboard. Ua Huka and Arazi Boko took the fourth and fifth checks. The final of the three FEGAT events was the Premio FEGAT Lady Drivers #3 (purse 7,700€, 2020 meters) and the 1.15.8kr timed winner was Vienna As (4f Napoleon-Flaminia Bi-Supergill) with Hiltja Tjaisma aboard, she from the Netherlands and the victory secured her first place with 34 points. Ummagumma (5f Mr. Vic) was second for Sweden’s Jessika Sidback. Third was Still Nash (7m Prime Prospect) with Norway’s Anette Frones driving. The first two FEGAT races were won by drivers Nicole Schneider and Elana Orlando Villani.  FEGAT 2018 Women’s Amateur 12/2/18 at Florence, Italy (13 competitors) Name/Country/ Point/ Rank Nartjia Reisenbauer, Austria, 18, 9th Beatrice Chemoulin, Belgium, 24, 6 Trine Urth Pedersen, Denmark, 17, 10 Saara Shuonen, Finland, 30, 2 Sarah Kube, Germany, 17, 11 Andrea Fazekas, Hungary, 23, 7 Elena Villani Orlando, Italy, 24, 5 Hiltje Tjaisma, Netherlands, 34, 1st Anette Frones, Norway, 26, 3 Anastasia Sologubova, Russia, 11, 12 Francisca Andreu Adrover, Spain, 8, 13 Jessika Sidback, Sweden, 21. 8 Nicole Schneider, Switzerland, 24, 4   Thomas H. Hicks  

December 1, 2018 - Sweden’s oldest stake race, the Svensk Uppfodningslopning (2018), took place Saturday at Jagersro (700,000SEK to both dead heat winners, 1640 meters autostart), saw a harness racing dead heat finish. The winners were 1.13/1 By The Book (2g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Svante Bath and Stall Morklund HB; and 4.03/1 Belker (2m Scarlet Knight-Oki I Can-Amer I Can) driven by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Sten Jansson and Ingels Jansson. Race time was 1.13.7kr. Third went to 13.8/1 Aetos Kronos (2m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) with Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Jerry Riordan and co-owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. The race was preceded by the post parade led by the 1998 race winner Revenue. The great champion still looks in superb form and he showed interest in taking on the 2018 two year olds. This is an opportunity to summarize the performances of Revenue (1996 by Reve d’Udon-Hazel Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), undefeated at two, a career winner 47 times in 110 starts for US$1,998.608, and sire of five million dollar winners including Market Share US$3,792,101, Melady’s Monet, Hot Shot Blue Chip and others. In Europe he sired Reven d’Amour, In Vain Sund, Ravello, Mafioso Face and the fine mare Tiffany Brodda. Thomas H. Hicks

December 1, 2018 - Saturday’s featured Baka Handicap (purse 1,200,000Huf, 4200 meters distance handicap) at Kincsem Park is an annual marathon harness racing classic. This year’s edition was highly competitive, with the blanket finish uncovering the 10.2/1 odds winner Wonderchild (4m Miguel Duhamel-Klarissza-Valley Guardian) reined by his trainer Goran Zolnaji. Race time was 1.24.3kr and second behind the 60 meter handicapped winner was another 60 meter penalized performer, 8.7/1 Volcano Boy (4m Tony Oaks-Oracle-Lindy Lane) with trainer Tibor Hajnal up. Third was the 40 meter penalized and 5.5/.1 odds Timiko (6m What A Man-Gesa-Rendfonok) handled by trainer Kalman Papp. Two year olds contested the Nyeretlen Ketevesek (purse 500,000Hufm 1900 meters autostart) with victory to 4.4/1 Sabath Black AT (2m Amiral Sund-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) timed in 1.20.8kr and reined by trainer Tibor Hajnal. The 61.8/1 outsider Atom Maki (2m PJ Punjab-Gese-Rendtonok) was second for Gabor Zalai and third was 2.9/1 Atomarti M (2m Cigar Dan-Step By Step-Allison Hollow) with  Branislav Mukity aboard. Fast class aged performers contested the Oroghaza Varos Nagydija (purse 800,000Huf, 1960 meters autostart) with victory to 6.5/1 Ubu Kiraly (5m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) timed in 1.17.8kr and reined by trainer Lajos Marton for owner Amma I. 2.3/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (6m Worship-Her Own Child) took second for Tibor Hajnal and third was 4.4/1 Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) with Goran Zolnaji driving. Thomas H. Hicks

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