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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

March 16, 2018 - Friday’s Gr. III Prix de Vincennes (purse €90,000, 2925 meters, International) at Cagnes-sur-Mer went to 2.3/1 Brune des Forges (7f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) clock in 1.13.3kr for harness racing trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and Ecurie Louis d’Aur. 2.9/1 Viking d’Hermes (9g Sancho Panca-Norina Way) took second spot for Yannick Alain Briand and trainer J.M. Roubaud. Third was 3.4/1 Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) with J.Ch. Feron aboard. The Prix de Cabourg (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, four year olds) led the undercard with a 1.13.7kr timed victory earned by 1.3/1 favorite Elvis du Vallon (4m Reve de Beylev-Premiere de Beylev) with trainer Nicolas Ensch aboard for Ecurie du It. De l’Epinay. 80/1 Ekianho de Nile (4f Olimede) took second for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Muidebled. Third was another outside the 69/1 Entre Nous Trois (4f Goetmals Wood) handled by Gwean Junod for trainer Louis Baudron and Ecurie de Tremont. The Prix de Vichy (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, three year olds) went to 1.17.3kr timed and Jerome Chavatte reined Frisbee d’Am off as 1.9/1 favorite. Richard Westerink trains the winner for owner Nicole Jasieko. 7.7/1 File de Star (3m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) took the second check for Michael Izzo and trainer Michel Lenoir, ahead of 7.3/1 Formidable d’Azur (3m Orlando Vici) with Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens. Cagnes sur Mer completed its winter meet with the following awards winners: Top trainer (earnings) – Nicolas Ensch €640,980 and 18 wins Top driver (earnings) – Y-A Briand €481,050 with 16 wins Top jockey (earnings) – Quentin Seguin €105,940 with six wins Top horse (earnings) – Bold Eagle €90,000 Top horse (wins) – Baumont d’Avignere with five wins Thomas H. Hicks

March 17, 2018 - Usly de Visais (10g Defi d’Aunou-Pristina Jet) overcame a 50 meter handicap to win the Prix des Jonquilles (purse €6,000, 2600 meters distance handicap) at Madinina Martinique timed in 1.20.5kr. Jean Luc Langeron teamed the winner that bested 50 meter penalized Vlatou des Salines reined by Benoit Magdeleine. Typhon du Platis was third for Hubert Jay after receiving a 25 meter head start off the stated race distance. The Prix de Iris (purse €6,000, 2600 meters distance handicap) went to Avis Contraire (8g Infant du Bossis-Jolie Prometteue) with Alexandre Faivre aboard, timed in 1.20.3kr for trainer Abdon Rene Colas. Twenty five meter penalized  Boycott was second for Christine Lebreton ahead of Ussein Royal and driver J.F. Gate. The monthly trots on the turf are part of a mixed card which this day included six gallop contests. Thomas H. Hicks

March 17, 2018 - Saturday’s harness racing featured trotting event at Kincsem Park was the annual Brody Janos Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with victory over the rain soaked raceway to Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi-Equinox Bi) driven by Imre Fazekas for trainer Jozsef Rutkai and owner Prolongo. Race time was 1.20kr and second in the close finish was 20 meter penalized Wiss Shadow (11g Goetmals Wood-Wiss Favorite-Mack Lobell) with Viktoria Nemeth aboard for trainer Lajos Marton and owner AMMA. Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) took third. On the undercard was the Koppany DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with that 1.19.8kr timed verdict going to Speedy Boy (7g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands). Veljko Mazsity teamed his trainee to victory over Trencsen (6m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsend’s Speedy) and driver Sandor Kolozsi. Third home was Szacharin (7f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Istvan Papp.   Thomas H. Hicks

March 16, 2018 - The Caen Friday harness racing feature was the Quinte+ Prix de Cauvicourt (purse €40,000, 2200 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) made that stand-up for driver/trainer/owner J-M Bazire. The Marie Brigitte Anty bred performer posted his 30th career win in just 53 starts now for €1,471,372 earned. 22/1 Ultimate du Rib (10g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib. 4.9/1 Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. 20/1 Bon Captain and 11/1 Up And Quick completed the top five. Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre), now trained by Antoine l’Herete for breeder/owner Ecurie Quick Star, was making his first start since a Gr. II win at LaCapelle on July 9, 2017. Last April he won at Argentan in another Gr. II event timed in 1.09.4kr. This great horse may be remembered for his superb performances in the 2014-15 Vincennes winter meet when he won the 2015 Prix d’Amerique (after being second in 2014) and the Grand Prix de Paris both years. His career earnings are now €2,048,040. The Friday Prix de Canapville (purse €50,000, 2450 meters, 16 European starters) at Caen resulted in a 1.14.2kr timed victory for 11/1 D’Artagnan France (5f Un Amour d’Haufor) driven by Anthony Barrier. 7.1/1 Dzarof de Guez (5g Magnificent Rodner-Phelia de Guez) took second for owner/trainer/driver Benoit Robin. Third was 5.7/1 Danseur Baroque (5g Royal Dream-Joie Baroque). Thursday’s Criterium de Trot de Lyon Parilly(purse €35,000, 2600 meters autostart) went to 4.7/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (7m Magnificent Rodney-Nymphe du Dollar) clocked in 1.18.7kr over the off track and driven by Loris Garcia for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner M.A. Bouvet. Bad Boy recorded his 8th career win in 61 starts now for €392,200 earned. 1.1/1 favorite Caly Loulou (6f Gazouillis) was second for Serge Peltier and owner/trainer Herve Chauve-Laffey. Third went to 4.7/1 Clif du Pommereux (6m Love You) for driver J.F. Senet, trainer Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Thomas H. Hicks

March 14, 2018 - Today’s Grand Prix Departmental de la Mayenne (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 18 International starters) went to the impressive 6.6/1 Venosc du Mirel (9g Laetenter Diem-Melia Monchrome) in rein to Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Mme. Severine Raimond. The veteran scored in 1.13.3kr overcoming a 25 meter handicap to increase career earnings to €484,160. 2.6/1 Coquin Bebe (6m Rancho Gede) was a distant second for driver J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc, also a 25 meter penalized competitor as was third finishing 4.3/1 Alamo du Goutier (8g Quido du Goutier) with owner/trainer Vincent Hebert driving. Thomas H. Hicks

March 13, 2018 - Tuesday’s Cagnes-sur-Mer featured Prix de la Vandee (purse €26,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) went to 2.2/1 Busis (7g Podosis-Samusette) timed in 1.15.9kr and driven by Franck Nivard for Ecurie du Grand Buisson and trainer Franck Leblanc. 5.5/1 Andy Love Richer (9g Ozio Royal-Gentiane du Rib) took second for driver Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Jacques Denechere, with third earned by 16/1 Best Of You (7g So Lovely Girl-Nonia du Bellay) handled by trainer David Cinier. Nivard returned to win the Prix de la Saintonge (purse €26,000, 2925 meters, 16 starters) with 1.14.1kr timed and 1.7/1 odds Baraka (7f Love You-Polenska), a mare he also trains for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Franck Nivard also later won on the CSM program with 1.18.2kr timed and 1.9/1 Fan Farou du Loir. Thomas H. Hicks

Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) worked his way to the front near the quarter mile station after away fourth, and proceeded on before sprinting away from his opposition in late stretch for a three length score over the sloppy racetrack, following pre-program rains, in the Gr. I International Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin at Cagnes sur Mer (purse €200,000, 1609 meters autostart, 13 starters). Race time was a new record 1.08.9kr (1:50.88 mile rate) easily lowering the mark set last year by Timoko of 1.09.5, and previously Varenne in 2002. The 2/5 favorite is owned by Pierre Pilarski and is trained by Sebastian Guarato, Jean-Etienne Dubois bred the champion now with 38 wins in 50 starts for €4,041,620 earned. 12/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore), with Nicolas Ensch up for trainer Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin, sat the pocket and leading early and finished there timed in 1.09.2. Third was 168/1 Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonote d’Aunou) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette DeSousa, timed in 1.09.4kr. 4.4/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash) was fourth for J.Ph. Monclin clocked in 1.09.5 and placed fifth was 26/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle) driven by Bjorn Goop and clocked in 1.09.8kr after being parked first up.. Une Serenade was fifth to the line and a dq for interference. Prix de Paris winner Bird Parker, a slow starter today, tried to contest leading Bold Eagle near the three quarter mark with a three wide move but was no match and flattened late.  The race card before the exhilarating sprinter classic included a Republican Guard performance and wins by Duke de Carless (Nicolas Montagne up), Cirrus Atout (Gabriele Gelormini driving), American Jet (Romain Derieux the trainer/driver), and Baronne de Bapre (Stephane Cingland), all in upper level contests, the fastest clocked in 1.14kr over the off track early in the day. But, in race six for amateurs in the Prix du Club de l’Eco Nice Matin, a 14 horse field racing 1609 meters autostart for €10,000, posted a 1:55.83 winning time by 3/1 Best Jenilou (7g Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenikou) reined by Mlle Morgane Le Vexier for trainer David Bekaert and owner Mauricette De Sousa. This team defeated Artiste and Auchille d’Udon. Franck Nivard - Bold Eagle - Grand Critérium de Vitesse Nice-Matin -Cagnes-sur-Mer Thomas H. Hicks  

March 9, 2018 - The Prix de Padove (purse €32,000, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters) began five on mile autostart events as a prelude to speed, leading to Sunday’s harness racing Grand Criterium de Vitesse. 44/1 Brosnan Jet (7g Sam Bourbon-Rosemary Jet) started speed with a 1.11.5kr (1:55 mile rate) victory driven by Nicolas Ensch for owner Mauricette DeSousa. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this one.39/1 Udako (10g Orsy Dream-Jodaka) was second for driver Steve Stefano and trainer Jean Marie Roubaud. Third went to 8.4/1 A Vivre al Nuit (8f Prodigious) handled by Yannick Alain Briand for owner/trainer Virgile Foucault The Prix BDO (purse €25,000, 1609 meters autostart, nine European starters) produced a victory by Caresse (6f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) reined by Bjorn Goop who trains for Sweden’s Lars Erik Aulin. 1.9/1 favorite Trecciadoro Rex (6f Cantab Hall-Freedream Rex) was a rallying second for driver David Bekaert and Holland’s owner/trainer Arnold W. Mollema. 36/1 Tatanka OP (6f From Above-Aretas Cage) was a distant third for trainer/driver Riccardo Pezzatini and Scuderia Rione Cap. The Prix Naples (amateur drivers, purse €14,000, 1609 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to 1.6/1 favorite Plutonio (9g Self Possessed-Indra Bi) reined by Dylan Garcia and timed in 1.11.5kr (mile rate 1:55). Henk Grift trains this winner for Ecurie Etoile of Belgium. 3.9/1 Undset (10g Ksar d’Algot) was second driven by Marcel DiDominco and third was 8.2/1 Un As du Landais (10g L’As de Viretaute) handled by Guillaume Lemoine. Taylor Roc (6m Nad Al Sheba-Anny Roc) won the Prix de Bologne (purse €25,000, 1609 meters autostart, 12 European starters) at 33/1 odds for Filippo Rocca, trainer Faveto Barelli and owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio. Race time was 1.12.7kr (1:56.9 mile rate). 12/1 Flashback (6g Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) was second for David Bekaert, trainer Arnold J, Mollema and owner Draviet Stables. 14/1 Caberlot (6g Vivaldi de Chenu) was third for Y-A. Briand, also the trainer. The last of the mile speed heats this Friday evening was the Prix de Modene (amateur drivers, purse €8,000, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters) and 1.1/1 favorite Baumont d’Avignere (7g Kepler-Galaxie d’Avignere) reined by Mlle. Kassandra Fresneau for trainer Laurent Fresnaeu and owner Bernard Perrin. Race time was 1.12.7kr (1:56.9 mile rate). 19/1 Aragon de Biliere (8m Kenya du Pont) has his rally fall short a length for Ludovic Ghigo and trainer J.M.Roubaud. 32/1 Blason du Vif (7g Quirky Jet) took third for Daniel Pauleau, also the owner/trainer. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 10, 2018 - 58/1 Arthuro Boy (8m LeRetour-Guyane) carried engineer Charles J. Bigeon to victory in today’s Le Croise Laroche featured Grand Prix Charles Desrousseaux (purse €40,000, 2825 meters distance handicap, 14 International starters), clocked in 1.15.5kr. Yves Breux bred, owns and trains the winner. 16/1 Valse Mika (9f Niky-Ellamika) took second for breeder/trainer Sylvain Roger, ahead of the great veteran 6.7/1 Ustinof du Vivier (10g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) reined by Rick Ebbinge for Belgium based Union Stable. He and fourth finishing Akim du Cap Vert (8m First de Retz) with Franck Anne up were timed in 1.14.9kr as they face distance penalties. 8,6/1 Best du Hauty, 31/1  Ustang Ludois and 2.1/1 favorite Cobra Bleu completed the top seven to the line. Be there at Cagnes sur Mer tomorrow for the Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse that includes Bold Eagle and Bird Parker over the one mile sprinter distance for a €200,000 purse. Thomas H. Hicks      

March 9, 2018 - Thursday’s Caen featured Prix de Parigny (purse €40,000, 2450 meters, 18 starters) went to 6/1 Artiste de Joudes (8m Prodigious) with David Thomain aboard for harness racing trainer J.P Thomain timed in 1.14.2kr. 4.8/1 Bourbon Somolli (7g Sam Bourbon-Jamaica Somolli) was narrowly beaten second for Clement Duvaldestin and 21/1 Adelia de Melodie (8f Lilium Madrik) was a rallying third for trainer/driver Stephane Meunier. Wednesday the first leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (purse €90,000, 2750 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer J-M Bazire and Ecurie J.M.  Rancoule. Race time was 1.14.5kr. 6.6/1 Captain Sparrow (6m Ready Cash) was a distant second for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Luc Roelens, with third to 11/1 Balando (7m Nijinski Blue) with Nico d’Haenens driving. 26/1 Blooma d’Heripre, 17/1 Amour du Loup. 129/1 Vanae des Voiro and 138/1 Anette du Mirel completed the top seven. Sunday’s €200,000 Gr. I ETM Series Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin now has its field and post positions set with 13 at the start. This race at Cagnes-sur-Mer was established in 1962 and the speed record was set last year by four-time winner Timoko in 1.09.5kr, lowering the 1.09.6kr prior record set in 2002 by Varenne. Ourasi won this race four times and champion Une de Mai was a five-time winner. The 2018 lineup follows (horse/driver/trainer): Bold Eagle,               Nivard/Guarato Cash Gamble,           Bekaert/Billard Une Serenade,          Peltier/also trainer Anna Mix,                  Goop/Leblanc Billie de Montfort,      Ensch/Guarato Timone EK,                Bellei/Billard Apollon de Kacy,       Westholm, also trainer Bird Parker, J.Ph.      Monclin/Alliare Dijon,                          Derieux/also trainer Sharon Gar,                Andreghetti/Billard Titty Jepson,              A.Abrivard/Lacroix Comete d’Arche,        Guelpa/also trainer Dreamoko,                  Gelormini/Westerink 10:05 C5 - GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE NICE-MATIN 200 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 1609m European Trotting Masters Series 2018 Course Internationale   Année Vainqueur S/A* Pays Temps Père Driver Deuxième Troisième 2017 Timoko M.10  France 1'09"5 Imoko Björn Goop Un Mec d'Héripré Red Rose America 2016 Timoko M.9  France 1'10"2 Imoko Björn Goop Oasis Bi Luckycharm Hanover 2015 Timoko M.8  France 1'11"3 Imoko Björn Goop Maven Vanika du Ruel 2014 Univers de Pan M.6  France 1'10" Kenya du Pont Philippe Daugeard Pascia' Lest Vanika du Ruel 2013 Timoko M.6  France 1'10"2 Imoko Jos Verbeeck The Best Madrik Rêve de Beylev 2012 Santa Rosa France F.6  France 1'10" Kaisy Dream William Bigeon Quaker Jet Rêve de Beylev 2011 Quaker Jet M.7  France 1'10"8 Love You Jean-Étienne Dubois Priscilla Blue Brioni 2010 Meaulnes du Corta M.10  France 1'11" Voici du Niel Pierre Levesque Brioni Priscillia Blue 2009 Meaulnes du Corta M.9  France 1'11"2 Voici du Niel Pierre Levesque Igor Font Offshore Dream 2008 Opal Viking M.8  Suède 1'11'1 Turnpike Taylor Jorma Kontio Nijinski Blue Opus Viervil 2007 Kesaco Phedo M.9  France 1'10"7 Caballio in Blue Jean-Michel Bazire Smashing Victory Frisky Bieffe 2006 Kazire de Guez M.8  France 1'11"3 Udo de Touraine Jean-Michel Bazire Kool du Caux Lets Go 2005 Vasterbo Daylight F.8  Suède 1'10"5 Spotlite Lobell Ake Svanstedt Ilster d'Espiens Likable River 2004 Kesaco Phedo M.6  France 1'09"9 Caballio in Blue Jean-Michel Bazire Alesi OM Revenue 2003 Gigant Neo M.5  Suède 1'13"2 Super Arnie Jean-Michel Bazire Flambeau des Pins Ilster d'Espiens 2002 Varenne M.7  Italie 1'09"6 Waikiki Beach Giampaolo Minnucci Fan Idole Flambeau des Pins 2001 Gobernador M.7  France 1'11" Buvetier d'Aunou Dominick Locqueneux Gébrazac Not a Spacecase 2000 Moni Maker F.7  États-Unis 1'10"5 Speedy Crown Jimmy Takter Remington Crown The Bad Boy 1999 Remington Crown M.6  Suède 1'12"2 Lord of All Jos Verbeeck Mr Quickstep Érestan des Rondes 1998 Écho M.6  France 1'11"1 Qlorest du Vivier Jean-Étienne Dubois General November Moni Maker 1997 Gum Ball M.6  États-Unis 1'11"5 Speedy Crown Stig-H. Johansson Triple T. Storm Activity 1996 Crowning Classic M.5  États-Unis 1'12"7 Crowning Point M. Baroncini Houston Laukko Toss Out 1995 Houston Laukko M.7  Finlande 1'11"5 Choctaw Brave Jorma Kontio Coktail Jet Ina Scot 1994 Giant Force M.5  États-Unis 1'13"3 Meadow Road Olle Goop Queen L Volcan des Rotours 1993 Sea Cove M.7  Canada 1'12"8 Bonefish Jos Verbeeck To the Gate Lucky Tilly 1992 Peace Corps F.6  États-Unis 1'13"8 Baltic Speed T. Jansson Ziggy Hanover Vittorio 1991 Mr. Lucken M.7  Suède 1'12"4 Able Mission T. Jansson Peace Corps Sorrento 1990 Express Ride M.7  États-Unis 1'12"5 Super Bowl H. Korpi Friendly Face Sabre d'Avril   Thomas H. Hicks

Christophe Martens piloted  7.1/1 Dorthez Pretance (5g Real de Lou-Quelle Prestance) to victory in Tuesday’s Prix des Agaparthes (purse €25,000, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters) clocked in 1.13.3kr. Vincent Martens trains for owner Jos. Vanduffel. Don Juan Captain (5g Que de t’Aime-Life Captain) took second at 18/1 for owner/trainer/driver Laurent Gout, ahead of third finishing 3.7/1 Dakin Turgot (5g Sancho Turgot) with Yvan Lacombe aboard for trainer Y-A Briand and owned Thomas Hoste. Festivities are on the increase for the upcoming Criterium of Speed on Sunday at the course on the sea Cagnes sur Mer. Thomas Hicks  

Monday’s action at Le Croise Laroche was led by the Prix Ganymede (purse €22,000, 2825 meters, 16 starters) and the 1.17.9kr timed winner was 10/1 Bonheur Nocturne (7g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Rencontre Joyeuse) clocked in 1.17.9kr. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the winner for trainer Guy Verva. 3.4/1 Banquro (7g Ready Cash-Le Suedoise) was second for Guillermo Roig-Balaguer, the trainer/driver. 5.9/1 Beatnik Turgot (7g Otello Pierji-Harpe d’Or) took third for Florian Desmigneux driving for trainer B.J. Crebas. Vercruysse returned a winner with 6.2/1 Elixir Castelets (4m Coktail Jet-Ophelie Jet)  in the Prix Poroto (purse €15,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters)  timed in 1.16.7kr. Elixir Castelets The owner/trainer  is Yannick Desmet of the winner defeated even money Eliazure (4f Ready Cash-Ticola Williams)  driven by Rick Ebbinge for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Jos. Vanduffel. Third was 25/1 Encore Sun (4m Navarro Sun-Quille des Brovets) driven by Nico d’Haenens for trainer Henk Grift.   Thomas Hicks

On Sunday March 11 th Cagnes sur Mer hosts the Gr. I €200,000 Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur contested over one mile (1609 meters autostart). The initially engaged 49 will be pared down on Thursday for this classic sprinter event that annually follows the Winter Meet at Vincennes.   Those entered include Bold Eagle, Propulsion, Bird Parker, Un Mec d’Heripre, Billie de Montfort, Lionel, Wild Honey, Uza Josselyn among other top trotteurs.   Be there for this first for the sprinters in the spring-summer season in France.   Thomas H. Hicks

February 3, 2018 - The legendary Winter Meet closed out Saturday at Paris-Vincennes on another high note as there were four harness racing groupe contests led by the Gr. I Prix de Selection (purse €240,000, 2175 meters distance handicap, 14 starters four through six year olds). Red hot and 25 meter handicapped Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont)  scored again, this time clocked in 1.10.8kr for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and owner/breeder Ecurie Albert Rayon.   This 12/1 outsider and 25 meter handicapped performer, now with eight career wins in 21 starts, Davidson advanced his earnings to €364,310, and now has four wins in his last five appearances. He move from fourth on the outer approaching the final bend and advanced alongside leader and second finishing 8.7/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet), before inching past the Pierre Vercruysse driven and trained campaigner nearing the line for a length victory. Ecurie Opale owns and Jean Etienne Dubois bred Express Jet.  1.3/1 Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-There d’Oliverie) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. The 25 meter penalized Charly du Noyer and Caly Loulou finished four and fifth in this Quinte+ wagering contest. The Gr. III Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (purse €110,000, 2100 meters, 11 starters) went to 2.6/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) driven by Alexandre Abrivard to her 16th career win in 27 starts, now for €677,650 earned. Rene Aebischer trains Uza for Ecurie Rhythm & Blues.  She bested 2/1 favorite Afghan Barbes (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) driven by Charles J. Bigeon for trainer Christian and owner Andre Francis Bigeon. Third was 6.5/1 Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) reined by David Thomain for Scuderia Bivans SRL and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Race time was 1.11.4kr. The monte Gr, II Prix Louis le Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.14.7kr timed and 8.1/1 odds Everly (4f Quarlos-Top Angevine) handled by jockey Antoine Dabouis for breeder/owner/trainer Michel Dabouis. This was her third lifetime win and first groupe score for the now winner of €162,510. 2.9/1 odds Equinox Jiel (4m Rancho Gede-Themis Jiel) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 2/1 Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazouillis-Hamira) was next with Franck Nivard aboard the Franck Leblanc trainee. Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Chairchamp) took the Gr. II monte Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) timed in 1.13.2kr. This 3/10 favorite recorded his 18th career win in 62 starts now for €757,800 earned. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons for owner Frederic Sauque and trainer Philippe Allaire. 8/1 Vrai Vou (9g Gazouillis-Oranginette) took the second check for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer P. Emmanuel Mary with third going to 7.5/1 Alpha Saltor (8m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariance) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. Other top level races on the program were the monte Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) with victory earned by 3.9/1 Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) for jockey/trainer J.L.Cl. Dersoir timed in 1.13.9kr. He defeated the 1.1/1 favorite Chalimar de Guez that J-Y Ricart piloted for trainer J-M Bazire. The Prix de Montsoreau (purse €66,000, 2100 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.11.5kr timed and 13/1 Tooltime (8f Carmody Lobell-Etoile) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Norway’s Stall Tooltime is the owner. 1.3/1 Viking d’Hermes and 8.4/1 Ange de Lune completed the top three. The Winter Meet was again a success. Prix d’Amerique attendance exceeded 38,000, up 3% as was the race handle. Social meeting unique visitors increased 55% on and Trotting Manager (2nd season) visitors rose 157%. Facebook and Twitter activity also increased while television audience increased 33% with 2.5 million spectators. Now it’s on to more rural locations and a highlight is the 13-leg plus final Grand National du Trot that begins March 7 (see below). The GNT events are Q+ wagering contests and normally early in the race week. Calendar -  14 races du Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf 2018 Mercredi 7 mars - La Capelle (Nord) Mercredi 28 mars - Marseille-Borély (Sud-Est) Mercredi 11 avril - Lyon-Parilly (Centre-Est) Mercredi 25 avril - Agen (Sud-Ouest) Mercredi 23 mai - Le Croisé-Laroche (Nord) Mercredi 6 juin - Laval (Anjou-Maine) Mercredi 20 juin - Reims (Est) Mercredi 8 août - Saint-Malo (Ouest) Mercredi 5 septembre - Pornichet (Ouest) - héberge une étape du circuit pour la première fois Mercredi 26 septembre - Vire (Basse-Normandie) Mercredi 17 octobre - Strasbourg (Est) - héberge une étape du circuit pour la première fois Mercredi  7 novembre - Nantes (Ouest) Mercredi 21 novembre - Rouen-Mauquenchy (Haute-Normandie) Dimanche 2 décembre  - Finale Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris Thomas H. Hicks

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