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Carioca de Lou (8g Jag de Bellouet-Lola de Lou), off at 12/1 odds, took today’s Quinte+ Prix du Cantal (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap at Paris-Vincennes, clocked in 1.13.6kr with Leo Abrivard at the lines for owner/breeder Christian Germain. The winner recorded his 17th career victory in 58 appearances now for 314,100€ earned. He overcame a 25-meter handicap as did second finishing Hard Times (6m Coktail Jet-Tigerlily) that trainer Jean Michel Bazire handled as the 1.4/1 favorite. The 12/1 Dorlando du Vivier (7g Orlando Vici) was third for Eric Raffin. 9/1 Charme Creolie and 12/1 Dollar Soyer completed the top five and set up an exact order payoff of 11,837.40€ to 29 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,251,439€ and over 7,141,000€ was wagered on the race. Carioco de Lou Le Trot, PMU files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes featured Grand Prix de Paris drew a field of 13 led by Davidson du Pont, Belina Josselyn and a host of worthy rivals including Earl Simon. This Gr. I UET Masters Series marathon (4150 meters) event highlights a program that also includes the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard for monte specialists that has Feeling Cash and Fleche Bourbon among that field. The Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne is also on stage with Calie Crown and Freyia du Pont among those participants. 15:15 C4 - GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 350 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020  Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclarés partants sont calculés sur les bases suivantes : chevaux âgés de 4 ans (G), gains réels majorés de 30 %, chevaux âgés de 5 ans (F), gains réels majorés de 20 %, chevaux âgés de 6 ans On Friday the top action is the Gr. III Prix de Joinville Le Pont, a Gr. III European event, that has Eridan and J-M Bazire’s trainee Velokaja Hindo among those participants. This signals the start of upper level racing at Cagnes sur Mer that will culminate in two weeks with the Gr. I Grand Criterium du Vitesse. 18:12 C4 - PRIX DE JOINVILLE LE PONT 80 000€   2-21-20 Cagnes sur Mer Groupe III - Attelé - 2925m Course Européenne Pour 6 à 11 ans inclus (V à E), n'ayant pas gagné 750.000. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

An exceptional racing program highlighted Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes celebration of the Middle East featuring Lebanon and Turkey, as described in a section below. The groupe level races began with the Prix du Pontavice de Heussey (monte Gr. III, 90,000€, 2175 meters, European eligibles). 1.4/1 favorite Boss du Meleuc (9g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) scored timed in 1.11.kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Yannick Alain Briand. The winner secured his 20th career win in 70 starts now for 788,100€ earned. The 3.9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) was next for trainer Robert Bergh and with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. 26/1 Eros de Chene was third for P.Ph. Ploquin with 10/1 Exotica de Retz home fourth. Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes continued its policy of affinity events with a novelty, this the Feast at the 100% Oriental Hippodrome. This 2020 edition presented gourmet tables with couscous, tagines, mint tea, Lebanese and Turkish specialties; dance performances; oriental music; and Bedouin village -the world of the Sahara with carpets, lanterns, copper lamps, veils, palm trees. The atmosphere also entertained the little ones with the free activities of Superdimanche (mini commentators, rodeo racing, pony baptisms (from 1pm to 5.30pm), pedal sulkys, stable tours, workshops pedagogical stake). The race named the Prix de Fete 100% Orientale (purse 43,000€) went to 16/1 Egerie Quesnot (6f Sam Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard up timed in 1.14.7kr. This was the day’s Quinte+ race and there were 20 exact order winning tickets that each paid 46,384.20€. The Q+ pool reached 4,935,606€ and over 10,644,000€ was wagered in the race (all wagering pools). Egerie Quesnot The Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (Criterium des Jeunes Gr. 1, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) was the racing showcase of this day and victory was earned by 1.1/1 favorite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) as she scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire for breeder/owner Cyril Lelarge. Havana won for the sixth time in 10 starts now for 253,200€ earned. The 14/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Bazire. 9/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette) was placed third due to a rival miscue dq, with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Luc Roelens. 48/1 Hora Beji and 10/1 Heavens Pride completed the top five. Havana d’Aurcy Replay - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-02-16/7500/6   The Prix d’Orthez (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, European four year olds) was the next groupe level event and Italy showed up strongly. Even money favorite Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK) scored in 1.15.6kr with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Efflebi, his third win in France and his life earnings are now 104,826€.   The 25/1 stablemate Aramis EK (4m Nad Al Sheba) was next for the same owner and trainer and with reinsman Pietro Gubellini. Gamble River, off at 4.3/1 odds, was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Gerard Manzi. Always EK The Prix d’Arras (purse 51,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) saw 1.14.3kr timed and 2.6/1 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) score gamely for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jan Lyng. Moni Viking has five wins in 14 outings in France and today lifted his life earnings to 241,041€. 15/1 Dream Cash took second for Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 2.1/1 Desperado (7g Kesaco Phedo) was third, this one also a Bazire trainee, for pilot Alexandre Abrivard, Moni Viking The program completed with the coldbloods competing in the Prix des Trotteurs Sang Froid (purse 18,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with the victory to 10/1 HV Tuuri (10m Turo-HV Kipina) handled by Iikka Nurmonen for trainer Ossi Normonen. HV Tuuri LeTrot, PMO., JMB files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The first of three groupe level contests this day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes was the Gr. III monte Prix Holly du Locton (purse 60,000€, 2175 meters, three year old females) and 3.3/1 Harley Rock (3f Bird Parker-Victoire du Biwetz) prevailed in 1.14.9kr for jockey Benjamin Rochard and breeder/owner/trainer Tony LeBeller. She won for third time in four career starts now for 55,350€ earned. The 1.8/1 Happiness Ellis (3f Opus Viervil) was second with Mathieu Mottier aboard. Horee d’Ar (3f Uriel Speed) was third for jockey Damien Bonne and breeder/owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Harley Roc The three year old males contested the Gr. III monte Prix Edouard Marcillac (purse 60,000€, 2175 meters) and the game front striding 3.7/1 Hudson Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Beilsa Vedaquaise) held on to score in 1.14.2kr with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this J.P. Guay bred youngster that posted his third career win now for 67,680€ earned. The 2.6/1 Heart of Gold (3m Bird Parker-Corsica) was second for David Thomain and owner/trainer Allaire. 17/1 Hugh de Banville (3m Akin di Cap Vert) was a distant third for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Franck Anne. Hudson Vedaquais The Gr. III Prix de Nevers (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters) drew a large talented field of older trotteurs with 2.1/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) the winner reined by Franck Niavrd for Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. Violetto won his third straight and eighth in France now for life earnings of 353,942€. The 28/1 Elvis du Vallon (6m Reve de Beylev) followed for Charles Cuiller and third home was 5.3/1 Velvet Gio (6g Nad Al Sheba) for Gabriele Gelormini. 25/1 Portland and 9/1 Calina completed the top five. Well regarded Classic Connection was a miscue dq late in the stretch drive. Violetto Jet The Quinte+ race this day was the Prix de Chateaurenard (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European) and 15/1 Diablo du Noyer (7m Jasmin de Flore-Une et Indivisible) scored impressively timed in 1.13.5kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. William Bigeon trains the winner for Claude Guedj as he raised his life earnings to 365,050€. The 9/1 Dostoievski (7g Ganymede) rallied for a nose beaten second with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 4.1/1 Cyrell d’Atom (8g Otello Pierji) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois beaten less than a half length. The next two on the line were off at 57/1 and 88/1 respectively and that set up a Q+ exact order payoff of 146,477.80€ for four winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,691,474€ and over 8,136,000€ was wagered on the race. Diablo du Noyer LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 3/2 favorite Danae de Corbery (7f Quel Amour Dudel-Riventosa) took this day’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Franck Ouvrie was the winning pilot for owner/trainer Yann Docquin. The winner was timed in 1.11.7kr as she recorded victory number eight in 34 starts now for 170,280€. The 9/1 Comete des Vaux (8f Singalo) was a distant second for L.J. Legros and 4.4/1 Ugolinast (7f Civil Action) was third for Santo Mollo. 10/1 Unar Bi (7f Toss Out) was fourth for Robin Bakker and 20/1 Dwelling Heights (7f Quaker Jet) was fifth with Franck Nivard up. The exact order Q+ payoff was 763.40€ with 1,120 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,400,210€ and over 7,385,000€ was wagered on this race. Danae de Corbery The prior day at Vincennes saw the Prix de Chambord (purse 59,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) go to 43/1 Calle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) clocked in a quick 1.11.1kr. Pierre Vercruysse was his pilot for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Calle Crown raised his life earnings to 266,404€. Calle out battled the 1.1/1 favorite Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) in the lane, the latter reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Vitale Ciotolo. 11/1 Ghazi BR (6m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was third for Alexandre Abrivard driving for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Calle Crown At Krieau Austria that day was the Prix US-Isle of Capril Amateur (purse 3,000€, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 3.2/1 Traffic Lux (8g Self Possessed-Buena di Jesolo) score for owner/driver Milan Kovacevic for trainer Sascha Fischer, timed in 1.18.4kr. 3.6/1 Madness (6g Brandy dei Fiori) was second for Martin Jelleschiutz and 3.6/1 Pik Dame (6f November) was third for Mme Nadja Reiserba, Traffic Lux This race brought attention to the upcoming FEGAT World Amateur Championship that is scheduled for February 22-26 at Florida’s Isle Pompano Park. LeTrot, PMU, FEGAT files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Davidson du Pont (7m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont), off at 1.3/1 as favorite, and reined expertly by his trainer Jean Michel Bazire, held off the magnificent late rush from 2.4/1 Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) to win the Gr. I Grand Prix de France (International UET Masters Series, purse 350,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes on Sunday clocked in 1.11.1kr. Davidson, away alertly and raced on the front, is owned by his breeder Albert Rayon and he now has earned 1,297,310€ from 13 victories in 41 starts. Bazire had not driven Davidson since March 2, 2019 when he was second to Face Time Bourbon in the Prix de Selection when he was timed in 1.10.1kr and was handicapped 25 meters that day. Today, Face Time, driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Bivans Srl, was away third behind pocket sitting Uza Josselyn and then moved to third in the second tier but he was blocked until it was too late to catch Davidson that Bazire rated perfectly. Face Time closed stoutly with impressive late speed. 20/1 Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) made a late rush to earn third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 99/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier) held fourth for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after making a death seat challenge to Davidson during the contest. To watch the race replay, click here.  The 23/1 Vitruvio (6m Adrian Chip) was fifth for Alessandro Gocciadoro, nosing out 11/1 Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash) with Eric Raffin up. 35/1 Billie de Montfort was seventh ahead of 281/1 veteran Valko Jenilat and 39/1 Uza Josselyn. Davidson du Pont   Bazire and Goop The Grand Prix de France was the Quinte+ race of the day and 420 exact order winning tickets each returned 5,841.20. The Q+ pool was 7,253,687€ and the total wagered on the race (all pools) was 14,004,000€. Next up in two weeks is the Grand Prix de Paris, a marathon event raced over 4150 meters for a 350,000€ purse, that completes the Triple Crown of the Winter Meet at Paris-Vincennes, of which there will not be a 2020 champion. The 2019 Paris edition went to Belina Josselyn that today was a miscue dq early in the race. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 6.9/1 mild long shot, Evangelina Blue (6f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) stormed home in deep stretch to win today’s Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, nine starters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for owner/trainer J.Ph. Mary as Evangelina Blue won for the eighth time in 29 career starts, now for 621,500€ earned. Race time was 1.12.1kr and the winner was clocked in 1.11.7kr over her final 500 meters. The race fractions follow (1.06.4kr with 1500 meters remaining; 1.09.5kr at the 1000; 1.12.8kr at the 500 meters to go mark). To watch the race replay, click here. The 8/10 favorite Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a game second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 8.8/1 Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed) was third with David Thomain in the irons for trainer Allaire. 18/1 Goforme de Houelle (4f Icare de Pouline) was fourth for Adrien Lamy and trainer/owner/breeder Franck Leblanc. Evangelina Blue by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s featured Gr. II Prix Ephrem Houel (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, four-year olds) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes saw 1.1/1 favorite perform with an impressive 1.13.8kr victory engineered by Franck Nivard. Gu d'Heripre recorded his eighth victory in 13 career starts now for 287,750€ earned. Philippe Billard trains the winner for Ecurie d’Heripre. Gu d'Heripre  The 7.2/1 Goldy Mary (4f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and Ecurie HM Stable, this mare bred by Jean Pierre Dubois. 9/1 Gamble River (4m Un Mec d’Heripre) was third for Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner/breeder Gerard Manzi.Gu d’Heripre The Prix de Munich (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart) was the Quinte+ race of the day and the 3.7/1 Calaska de Guez (8f Pomerol de Laumac) scored timed in 1.10.8kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this J-M Bazire trainee that Ecurie Vautors owns. She won for the 23rd time in 57 starts now for 529,690€ in life earnings. The 13/1 Ange de Lune (10g Laetenter Diem) took second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 9/1 Viking d’Hermes (11g Sancho Panca) was third for Eric Raffin. Nancy America and Clif du Pommereux completed the top five and set up a Q+ exact order payoff of 1,726.20€ to 568 winning ticketholders. Over10,158,000€ was wagered on this race with 4,801,921€ in the Quinte pool Calsaka de Guez Calaska de Guez The Prix de Lisieux (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, monte, European eligibles) put a cap on top level action this day and the 1.12.3kr timed victory went to 50/1 Vivier de l’Oison (11g Prince de Montfort-Puraise) with Mlle. Cindy Saout in the irons. The winning trainer is Vincent Jurry and the owner is Ecurie Nice Nasach, as the winner recorded his 10th career victory in 88 starts now for 497,430€ earned. The winner is sired by a solid monte performer of years past, especially known for his fast victories at a mile distance in Sweden and Norway. The 12/1 Unique Juni (7f Uptown Yankee) was second today for jockey Mathieu Mottier and trainer Jorgen Westholm, with third to 16/1 Brio de Tillard with Mlle. Neomie Hardy at the lines. Vivier de l’Oison by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Florida Sport (5f Tornado Bello-Victoria Sport) took the Gr. II Prix Jean de Gomidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters) at Vincennes clocked in 1.12.3kr. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Donimique Blond trainee for Ecurie Bruni. Florida Sport earned her sixth career victory now for 237,980€ earned. Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vincenza) was second after staging a furious stretch rally for Jean Philippe Dubois and trainer Philippe Moulin. Ecurie Victoria Dreams owns this mare. Third was Freya du Pont (5f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire the pilot. Well regarded Fleche Bourbon was an early miscue dq. Florida Sport The Prix Guy Lux et Leon Zitrone (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European eligibles) led the undercard and Dear Friend (7f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline) rallied late along the pegs to score her second straight win in France. Johan Untersteiner teamed the winner, that he also trains, for owner S.F. Mauro. Timed in 1.13.2kr Dear Friend now has 331,745€in career earnings. Dayana Berry (7f Scipion du Goutier-Idee du Corta) was second handled by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Datcha (7f The Best Madrik) took third with Yoann Leborugeois up for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Dear Friend On Sunday a great Vincennes program features the Gr. I International Grand Prix de France with a lineup of 14 for the world’s best trotteurs. Face Time Bourbon will seek to repeat his Amerique victory, this time from post eight behind the mobile barrier, against rivals Davidson du Pont, that Jean Michel Bazire will drive, Belina Josselyn, Bold Eagle, Uza Josselyn, Vituvio and Billie de Montfort. 15:55 C5 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020 Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. The program also includes the Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures. Feeling Cash and Evangelina Blue headline this nine horse field of four to six year olds. 14:35 C3 - PRIX DES CENTAURES 200 000€ Groupe I - Monté - 2200m - Grande piste Pour 4, 5 et 6 ans (G, F et E), hongres exclus, les 4 ans ayant gagné au moins 38.000, les 5 et 6 ans au moins 45.000. - Avance de 25 m. aux 4 ans. Sont seules admises à monter les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total 31 top class trotteurs have been engaged to Sunday’s (February 9) Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, purse 350,000€) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes including the Prix d'Amerique stalwarts Face Time Bourbon, Davidson du Pont and Belina Josselyn. This group also includes Bold Eagle, Billie de Montfort, Vituvio and Propulsion. The shorter distance could assist the veteran performers. J-P Dubois’ Classic Connection was engaged and he is also listed in Saturday’s Prix de Munich on Saturday. He won on the Amerique card in impressive fashion in 1.11.4kr over 2100 meters. Classic Connection Perhaps this victory is a signal for the future. Ther winners’ dam Crys Dream foaled a nice Tactical Landing filly on January 10 at Arcadia Farm in Kentucky. Congrats to Marie Ortolan and veterinarian Dr. Justin Murray. Crys Dream (12f Taurus Dream-Crystas Image-Balanced Image) was a 12 time winner in 21 career starts for US$997.378 in life earnings. C4 - GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 350,000€  Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020 Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. The Sunday (February 9) Paris-Vincennes card also includes the Gr. I monte Prix des Centaures (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters distance handicap, four to six year olds). This group of 41 engaged includes Face Time Bourbon, Feeling Cash, Fado du Chene, Evangelina Blue and Etonnant, the latter that races superbly against Bilibili last weekend. We will know on Thursday which event Face Time Bourbon will contest. J-P Dubois’ Classic Connection was also engaged and he is also listed in Saturday’s Prix de Munich on Saturday. He won on the Prix d'Amerique card in impressive fashion.   C7 - PRIX DES CENTAURES 200,000€    Groupe I - Monté - 2200m - Grande piste Pour 4, 5 et 6 ans (G, F et E), hongres exclus, les 4 ans ayant gagné au moins 38.000, les 5 et 6 ans au moins 45.000. - Avance de 25 m. aux 4 ans. Sont seules admises à monter les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes saw some powerful Groupe tests on Sunday. The Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the 9/10 favorite Falcao de Laurma (5m Uniclove-Rangoon) scored timed in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Armand Speisser owns this winner of now 520,230€ in life earnings off his six career victories.  The 9/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) took second for pilot Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Follow You (5m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was third for pilot Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Falco de Laurma, Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin  The Prix de La Pais”Rouen” (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, six year old European eligibles) produced a 1.12.9kr timed victory for even-money favorite Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia Jet) and pilot Franck Nivard. The win raised his life earnings to 313,442€ for owner Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele and trainer Philippe Billard. 33/1 Zelou (6m Love You) was second for David Thomain and trainer Billard. Billard also trains the third finishing Vash Top (6f Ready Cash) that Francois Lagadeuc handled. Violetto Jet, Franck Nivard driving for Philippe Billard The Gr. III Prix de L’Amite Franco-Afraicaine (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters) brought together a solid field of aged trotteurs and in this one the 1.12.9kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) with Franck Ouvrie driving for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The victory raised Earl’s career earnings to 714,610€. 10/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger) was second for Christophe Martens and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Third went to 9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Robert Bergh, 28/1 Tessy d’Ete and 50/1 Eridan completed the top five. Earl Simon, Franck Ouvrie up, a game winner   The final groupe event on the Sunday Vincennes program was the Prix Indienne (Gr. IIIm purse 80,000€, monte, 2200 meters, European eligibles) and the impressive 5.2/1 odds winner was Ezalyo Smart (6m Prince Gede) with jockey Mathieu Mottier in the irons for Ecurie Smart and trainer Cyrille Buhigne. This victory increased the winners’ lifetime earnings to 221,580€ with this his sixth win in 51 career starts. The 8/10 favorite Egro Jenilou (6g Village Mystic) rallied for Eric Raffin and trainer Louis Baudron but could not reach the winner in deep stretch. 2.3/1 Fuego de Houelle (5g Rieussec) was third for Adrien Lamy and trainer Franck Leblanc, he a proven exceptional trainer of monte performers. Ezalyo Smart, Mottier up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

This Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program presented three groupe level contests for youthful trotters. The Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) saw 5/10 favporite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) record a 1.13.2kr clocked victory with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard for trainer Cyril Lelarge. It was her fifth career victory now for 176,700€ earned. 10/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was a game and close second for pilot F.P. Bossuet and Hora Beji (3f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) earned the third check for Alexandre Abrivard. Havana d’Aurcy w J-M Bazire The Gr. II Prix Paul Viel (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) went to 10/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette-Reine Normande) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Luc Roelens. Timed in 1.14.9kr the winner recorded his third career victory now for 98,350€ in life earnings. The 4/10 favorite Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer) was second with Eric Raffin driving for trainer Philippe Allaire. Third went to Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner) with Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Heartbreaker One, Bjorn Goop The Gr. III Prix d’Avignon (purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, four year olds) saw 6.7/1 Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet- Variety Cut) score very impressively with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer R.C. Larue and Ecurie Windcut, his fourth career victory that raised his earnings to 141,920€. Race time was 1.12.4kr. Gelati Cut is one to watch, a great gaited performer. The 1.6/1 favorite Go On Boy (4m Password) was second for Romain Derieux and 2.7/1 Garibaldi (4m Love You) took third for J.Ph. Monclin. Glorissima (4f Royal Dream) was fourth with Etienne Dubois aboard. Gelati Cut  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Vincennes, France – Following the outside cover of Davidson Du Pont, harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and Face Time Bourbon weaved their way around horses and was able to post a two-length triumph to win the 100th Grand Prix d’Amerique race at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday. It was the 19th victory in just 22 career starts for Face Time Bourbon. The five-year-old son of two-time Prix d’Amerique winner, Ready Cash, is now harness racing newest international trotting star. The race began with a Calvary charge for control of the early lead with horses racing three-wide for the first half mile of the 1.67-mile race (2,700 meters). Billie De Montfort (Gabriele Gelormini) held the early lead, then Excellent (Alexandre Abrivard) got to the front and Propulsion (Orjan Kihlstrom) was able to drop into the two-hole along the rail. And all the while there was Davidson Du Pont and driver Franck Ouvire parked out first-over and not giving up an inch. Meanwhile, Goop and Face Time Bourbon were following their cover second over. Excellent then went off-stride and that allowed Looking Superb (David Thomain) a brief time on the lead, but as they finally reached the top of the stretch, Davidson Du Pont, parked the mile, was in the lead, but Goop moved down along the rail and passed them by with Face Time Bourbon for the victory in 1’11’50. Davidson Du Pont held for the second place with the mare, Belina Josselyn (Jean-Michel Bazire), last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner, finishing third. Bold Eagle was never in the hunt and finished 10th in the field of 18 starters. Ringostarr Treb, making his final start before going to the stud barn, make a break and finished last. Trained by Sebastien Guarato, Face Time Bourbon is owned by Scuderia Bivans SLR. It was his sixth straight win. He went off at odds of 4.9-1 odds. Before the Prix d’Amerique race, everyone at the track was treated to an unbelievable show on the racetrack celebrating American soldiers coming to help France in World War I. The crowds were so packed that is was impossible to try and get on the track apron to watch the show. Luckily for most, it was broadcast on all three jumbo screens in the infield. It was a presentation that left many speechless, amazed and proud to be part of this special day’s events. On the track were the following: 100 children dressed in driver colors with helmets 100 Horse costume parade and dance 100 Harley-Davidson motorcycles parade, each with an American Flag 100 cheerleaders in USA outfits carrying Prix d’Amerique and American Flags Introduction of the 18 drivers in the Prix d’Amerique race, each driver came through the throngs of crowds, holding the hand of a child dressed in USA colors. Drivers giving Hi-Fives to fans, posing for selfies and then were escorted off the track on two-seater Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Before the Prix d’Amerique race there was an outstanding performance of horsemanship by the French Royal Lancers. They performed precision riding with both lances and sabers while their special band played. There was also a very strong undercard at Vincennes with seven Graded Stakes. Total purses for the day was over 1.6 million euros. Major sponsors of this year’s Prix d’Amerique included Case IH Agriculture, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Lalique, RMC Sports Talk Radio, Gras Savoye, Lenotre Paris, FRM (Medicale), 20 Minutes and Printemps Nation. 100,000€ Prix Harley-Davidson This Groupe II stake was monte (racing under saddle) going 2700 meters (1.67 miles). It was a standing start and once the word go was given, jockey Mathie Mottier came charging from the far outside with Fame Music to take a commanding six length lead. As the field settled down, Flicka De Blary and jockey Camille Levesque went on the outside and had to settle for a pocket trip behind Fame Music as those two held a five-length lead over the field. Then as they came around the final turn, Fame Music went off-stride and was pulled to the inside of the track. That left Flicka De Blary and Levesque all alone in the lead and they held that lead through the stretch to win by six open lengths in 1”14’10. Flicka De Blary is a five-year-old mare by Sam Bourbon. She is trained by Thomas Levesque for the Levesque Stable. Flicka De Blary was the 2-1 favorite. 100,000€ Prix Case This Groupe II stake was another monte event but longer in distance at 2,850 meters (1.77 miles). The race belonged to Emir De Robomard and jockey Julien Raffestin who took the early lead away from Aribo Mix (Guillaume Martin) and then led the field nearly the entire race. As they charged down the stretch, Canan Prior and jockey Aurelien Desmarres kept gaining ground and collared Emir De Robomard at the wire to win by a half-length in 1’13’80. It was the 21st win for the eight-year-old son of Sancho Panca, who is owned and trained by Sylvain Desmarres. He went off at odds of 4-1. 100,000€ Prix RMC Sports Talk Another Grade II stake, only this race went behind the starting gate with 14 starters. Gotland (Eric Raffin) was first to leave the cut the mile until halfway through the race when Green Grass (Mathieu Mottier) came first-over, giving live cover to Gu D’Heripre (Franck Nivard). Then in a classic stretch drive to the wire, Gu D’Heripre was able to hold off a late charge by the race favorite, Gunilla D’Atout (Bjorn Goop), to win by a neck in 1’11’60. For Gu D’Heripre, a four-year-old son of Coktail Jet, it was a lifetime mark for trainer Philippe Billard and the D’Heripre Stable. He was the second choice in the race at odds of 4-1. TRACK NOTES: John Campbell, President and CEO of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Society has been in Paris this week for the big race and was overheard saying that plans are in the works for Bold Eagle to come back to America and race. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, France - With twenty minutes to the first race at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, the traffic jams outside are two miles long, horse vans are trying to cut through and make it to the race paddock area for Prix d'Amerique Day. Lines stretch out from the track entrance as people are trying to get in before the first race goes off at noon. There is also added security checking all bags that are brought into the track. It's a pleasant madness as everyone is trying to get their place to sit or stand for the biggest days of harness racing in the world. There are four elevators on the main floor and it takes around ten minutes to get inside one, even if you have to go down two floors and then back up to the main level and then hopefully you can get to upper floor. Everyone tries to crowd in and then the buzzer goes off and one or two have to leave before the door will close. But being stuck on the elevator at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes is not such a bad thing as each elevator has a television monitor in it so you can views the races. The languages spoken throughout the plant are intense, French, Swedish, English (USA, Ireland, UK), German, Finnish, Norwegian, Italian and more. Same goes in the race paddock.  The best part is that everyone is happy and looking forward to a great day of racing. It's cloudy and some fog but around 50 so it is not so cold like earlier this week and fortunately no rain. The first race just went off and the day starts with a 14-1 long shot, Feline De Calvi with driver David Thomain coming from off the pace to win going away down the stretch.  More to come! by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

Paris, France – Sunday afternoon the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes will transcend into the biggest day of harness racing around the globe. It’s the 100th anniversary of the classic trotting event, the Grand Prix d’Amerique. There will be 18 world class trotters racing from a standing start, 2,700 meters (1.67 miles), down and up a hill, completing for 900,000€ in prize money. But at Vincennes, it’s more than just a rich race. It’s a tribute week honoring America for its help in fighting World War I. The track is already decorated throughout the entire facility with the Red, White and Blue and Stars and Stripes of America. There will be more than 1.6 million euros in prize money for the afternoon. There are 11 races, 7 of them graded stakes. It is estimated that more than 30 million euros will be wagered on the afternoon to evening race program. The races start at noon (6:00 am in the USA east coast) with six races held. Then the following takes place after the sixth race. Parade of 100 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, 100 young drivers, 100 flag bearers, acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers, surprise birthday party for the 100th Grand Prix d’Amérique The 18 drivers in the Prix d’Amerique will be presented individually on the Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris track. The French Royal Lancers Show on the racetrack arena. The post parade of the 18 horses and drivers in the Prix d’Amerique. Then the Grand Prix d’Amerique race will start at 4:10 pm followed by a victory lap for the fans by the official winner of the race. That will be followed by a major winner’s circle presentation to the winning connections followed by the last four races on the program. For the Prix d’Amerique race itself. Bold Eagle is the class of the field. A career winner of 4,956,617€, Bold Eagle is a son of Ready Cash who will have the top driver Eric Raffin in the sulky. He has won the Prix d’Amerique twice, just as his sire did. If he can finish in the top four positions, he will surpass the great Timoko and become the richest French trotter in history. Back in November he came to Canada and the won the Breeders Crown for Older Trotters. The horse most people are talking about is Face Time Bourbon. Also sired by Ready Cash, Face Time Bourbon is a five-year-old stallion that was a late bloomer, but in the past two years has made just 21 starts, but has won 18 times with two second place finishes. His driver, Bjorn Goop, won the Prix d’Amerique in 2018 with Readly Express. There are six mares in the field and the top one is last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner, Belina Josselyn. This nine-year-old daughter of Love You was sidelined with an injury for the better part of the 2019 season but has made a superb comeback. She was so dominant recently in the Grand Prix de Belgique that she may very well be able to defending her title from last year. She also had the great Jean-Michel Bazire driving. Other horses that cannot be overlooked include Propulsion, Billie De Montfort, Davidson Du Pont, Uza Josselyn and Ringostarr Treb, who will be retired to stud duty as the Prix d’Amerique will be his last start as a racehorse. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, France – On the eve of the prestigious Grand Prix d’Amerique, American-born trainer, Jerry Riordan announced that this will be the last race for his top performer, Ringostarr Treb. Sired by Classic Photo, Ringostarr Treb has competed in 95 races with 33 wins and career earnings of 1,648,631€. “He is feeling great,” Riordan said of Ringostarr Treb, but this will be the last race of his career tomorrow. It just happens to be the Prix d’Amerique. The important thing for us is that after tomorrow we will not have him anymore. He is going to be a stallion so it’s a happy ending. “He’s ten years old now,” Riordan added. “It’s time for him to stop racing. I can’t think of a better way for him to end his career then racing in the Prix d’Amerique. With all the thousands of people clapping and cheering for the race, we will just think they are cheering for Ringostarr Treb’s last race.” A winner of the 2018 Elitloppet, Ringostarr Treb will be known for his classic battles with Propulsion in many elite races. It is his second time racing in the Prix d’Amerique. He will be driven by Jean-Philippe Monclin and is owned by E. Vam Racing Trotters. John Campbell, Tom Charters and Moira Fanning of the USA’s Breeders Crown/Hambletonian Society were at Vincennes and they were honored in the second race Saturday. Named the Prix Moni Maker, the trio made the trophy presentation to the winner. “I have been to Vincennes three times,” said Hall of Famer John Campbell. “And I regret that I never drove in a race here. I knew the first time I came here I should have asked to drive in some races. It’s such an amazing track, the racing surface is superb, the fans are so supportive of racing. I made a big mistake. It would have been great to have a drive in the Prix d’Amerique, but I would have been happy to get a drive in any race at this amazing track.” The Hippodrome Pari-Vincennes racetrack is an amazing place. There are three huge jumbo screens to watch the races from outside. New this year is a special running board that features what position each horse is in as the race is going. They also have a camera mounted on wires that catches all the action as the field comes down the stretch, very similar to what is done in professional American football. The paddock area for the horses racing that day is attached to the grandstand so people can go back and forth to see the horses with ease. But I know tomorrow it will be jammed, elbow to elbow. On Saturday there was a crowd of 15,000 fans and it will be hard to imagine that tomorrow there will be close to 40,000 fans. Tomorrow Vincennes will be the Kentucky Derby of Harness Racing. The feature race on Saturday was the 100,000€ Prix du Luxembourg. The winner was 18-1 Anzi Des Liards for driver Romain Derieux, who won by one length in 1’10’9, a lifetime record for the upset winner. He is a 10-year-old son of Look De Star. Track Notes: Harnesslink’s Thomas Hicks reported that the final Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale at Paris-Vincennes produced some explosive bidding. Overall the sale saw 161 lots sold from 258 presented with gross proceeds of 3,529,000€, an average of 21,919€. The gross was up 1.6% from last year with the average down nearly 6%. Three young females sold by Jean Pierre Dubois led the sale. The sale topper at 370,000€ was hip 228 High Qualita (3f Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) that has recorded a win and two placings in four starts for 15,900€ earned. This is a classic pedigree with the dam Qualita Bourbon being a Gr. I winner of 1,538,050€ and this is the maternal family of Mara Bourbon, Kamera Bourbon, Sam Bourbon and the 2020 Prix d’Amerique starter Face Time Bourbon. The other Dubois presented toppers were hip 238 Haiti Dream (3f Love You-Tahiti Dream) that SRF Stable acquired for 200,000€ and hip 223 Gourgandine (4f Bold Eagle-Udine) that brought 160,000€ from Thomas Bernereau. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

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