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Cleangame (8g Ouregon de Celland-Red Bell), off as the 9/10 favorite, reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire took this day’s featured Gr. II International Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (also the Prix d’Europe) at Enghien. Raced over 2875 meters voltstart for a purse of 110,000€ Cleangame won for the 35th time in his legendary career for 1,382,070€ earned. Race time today was 1.14.5kr off a slow rated tempo. 1.2/1 odds Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was two lengths back second for pilot David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 16/1 Tony Gio (8m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl, four lengths off the winner. 28/1 Carat Williams (8m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and fifth home was 50/1 Bel Avis (9g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) with Nicolas Bazire aboard. Cleangame Replay - Interesting fast-class races are ahead on August 15 at Paris-Vincennes that includes four Gr. II events: Prix Guy Deloison (85,000€ purse, 2700 meters, European) Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (monte, 85,000€ purse, 2175 meters) Prix Pierre Plazen (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, European) Prix Jockey (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters) The prior day the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 46,000€, 2925 meters, European) takes place at Cagnes sur Mer. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 12th leg of the Trophee Vert series was the Grand Prix Super U held at Brehol in France and raced for a 40,000€ purse over 3400 meters distance handicap. The 6/10 favorite and 25-meter penalized Duel du Gers (7g Quaker Jet-Le Chasse Verte) was the winner for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner J.M. Rancoule. This was Duel’s 15th career victory, third in a row, and advanced his life earnings to 308,210€. Race time was not recorded. The 18/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Canular (8g Jet Fortuna) was second for driver/trainer Didier Brohier and 26/1 and 25 meter penalized Astor de Rozoy took third for Luc Jean Legros. Clarck Sotho was a 50-meter handicapped fourth and Diango des Charmes was fifth. The next Trophee Vert test on the turf is August 23 at Montier en Doer. A large crowd watched the day’s trotting action. Duel du Gers Replay On the European front, on August 5th at Mantorp, the Kjell P. Dalhstroms Minne (29,829€ total purse, 2140 meters autostart) the 1.11.5kr timed victory went to 1.7/1 Missle Hill (5m Muscle Hill-India Hill) for the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. A length back second was 5.7/1 Zarenne FAS (5m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS) for trainer Jerry Riordan and reinsman M.A. Djuse. Third home was 9.1/1 Into Boko (5m Chocolatier-Sue Boko) for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. LeTrot, ATG files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Dynamite Marceaux (7f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) took this day’s Gr. II monte Prix de Londres (purse 85,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.5kr with jockey Christopher Corbin in the irons. Jonathan Groizeau owns and trains the now 11-time winner in 55 career starts. Off at 17/1 odds the winner increased her life earnings to 285,650€ as she won her second straight and now has a 3-3-0 slate in her last six outings. She raced with shoes on. Coreil d’Aure (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and Al Capone Jet (10m Jag de Bellouet) took third with David Thomain up. Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) and Evangeline Blue (6f Speedy Blue) completed the top five. Dynamite Marceaux LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Hidden Texas (3m Brillantissime-Texas Style) scored on a dq of Hailo Dream in the Prix de Jonquilles (purse 27,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap) at Cagnes sur Mer in France. The winner overcame a 25 meter handicap and was handled by Gwenn Junod. Louis Baudron trains this winner for Mauricette De Sousa as he won for the fifth time in his career now for 70,370€ earned. Hussarde (3f Kaisy Dream-Uriska Royale) was placed second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch with Hotesse Darling (3f Quaker Jet-Apple Darling) placed third with Jean Pierre Dubois the pilot. She raced from a 25 meter handicap as did her stablemate Hotika Blue (3f Singalo-Perle d’Aunou) that was placed fourth with David Bekaert at the lines.        Hidden Texas   On August 6 at Enghien the Prix de la Concorde (purse 49,000€, 2875 meters) saw Dona Viva (7f Love You-Kuza Viva) score in 1.14.0lr with Gabriele Gelormini up for Ecurie Lucky 8 Racing and trainer Dominik Locqueneux. Off at 11/1 she defeated 25 meter handicapped Dream de Lasserie and 25 meter penalized Cash du Rib.   Dona Viva   On the same card was the Prix de la Haute Saone (purse 37,000€, 2150 meters autostart) and 1.4/1 odds Vincent Ferm (6g Mago d’Amore-Lindyliana Font) scored in 1.13.1kr with G.P. Minnucci up for trainer Vitale Ciotola and S. Guida Edoardo. 10/1 Eadshot Josselyn was second for driver Eric Raffin.   LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saint Malo hosted the 8th Leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap) and 1.2/1 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) scored in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. Ecurie Marechal owns the now 11- time career winner and Jean Michel Bazire is the trainer. His life earnings reached 264,030€ with this victory. The 3/1 Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream-Nolaila) was second for pilot Hugues Monthule, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. Echo de Chanlecy (6g Quinoa du Gers) was third for E.G. Blot, ahead of Balzac de L’Iton with Franck Nivard up and Derby du Dollar was fifth for Gilles Delacour      Fairplay d’Urzy Trotting action on August 4 was at Cabourg before a huge live audience. The featured Prix des Hetres (purse 34,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the well-regarded 8/10 favorite Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vencenza) score in 1.13.7kr. Jean Philippe Dubois teamed this one for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. She recorded her 13th career victory and increased life earnings to 339,470€. Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) was second for Cedrik Megissier, also his trainer. Third home was Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.        Fleche du Yucca Jean Philippe Dubois won again at Cabourg with 5.6/1 Grande Edition (4f Royal Dream-All Edition) in the Prix des Eglantines (purse 17,000€, 2050 meters autostart). Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner recorded his fourth career win now for 28,130€ earned. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Gina Costardiere (4f Quicky Oa-Petit Costardiere) was second for Adrien Lamy and Great Touch (4f Royal Dream-Touch of Charm) was third with Eric Raffin for trainer Etienne Dubois.       Grande Edition LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 3/5 odds favorite Espoir du Marney (6g Village Mystic-Queens du Marney) took today’s GP de Savoie (purse 40,000€, 2700 meters distance handicap, There were 16 starters on the turf) at Aix-les-Bains in France, the 11th leg of the Trophee Vert series. Kevin Thommerieux trains and reined the winner for owner Jean Corrompt. Espoir now has 12 career wins in 39 outings for 183,130€. The 21/1 Cognard de Betton (8g Ludo de Castelle) was second for Y.A. Briand and owner Jean Luc Bigeon. 8.1/1 Astor de Rozoy (10m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) overcame his 25 meter handicap to be third for Luc Jerome Legros. Race time was not reported. Espoir du Marney LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s Enghien featured Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 60,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to front stepping 1.9/1 favorite Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner Michel Aladensie. Race time was 1.10.6kr (mile 1:53.66) and the winner secured his third harness racing victory in 12 outings now for 201,920€ earned. The 2.3/1 Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) closed well for second with owner Jean Pierre Dubois up for trainer Kevin Vanderschelden. Joelle Laroche bred this one. 6.8/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette-Reine Normande) was third for trainer/driver Luc Roelens and fourth was 10/1 Bandlo Roc (3m Filipp Roc-Prestige Roc) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Hooker Berry Replay -   Yesterday at Meslay du Maine the Prix de L;Enterprise Coulon (purse 30,000€, 2875 meters, monte) saw Delta Fac (7g Tucson-O Beauty-Éclair de Vandel) score in 1.13.1kr for Eric Raffin, his 10th career win now for 153,450€ earned. Best of Bourbon (9g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant) was a game second with Mathilde Chollet up and Daniel Bon (7g Severino-Quiriance-Tenor de Baune) was third.      Delta Fac outlasts Best of Bourbon At Graignes was the Prix de Normandie (purse 24,000€, 2700 meters distance handicap, International) and the top three were 25-meter penalized horses. First was the veteran classmaster Carat Williams (8m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for his 19th career victory and he was handled by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. His career earnings are now 1,094,289€. Blues d’Ourville (9g Password-Pursuit of Charm) was second for Pierre Houel with Falcao de Laurma (5m Uniclove) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Carat Williams LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Jagersro Hugo Abergs Memorial card was exceptional and below illustrates the depth of that program and the standardbred stock quality on display. For example, the STL Stoeliten (200,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, nine starters) saw 1.4/1 favorite Mellby Free (6f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket-Windsongs Legacy) record a 1.10.9kr clocked victory. Bjorn Goop trains and reined the winner that bested Virginia Grif (6f Varenne) and Wild Love (6f Love You). The winner now has a 15-6-2 slate in 26 career starts. Race replay follows. Mellby Free The Prix la Capelle (100,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) for aged trotters went to the quarter to wire Azimut (7m Odessa Santana-Aida-Lets Go) at 3.3/1 odds and timed in 1.12.3kr. Peter Ingves teamed the Josef Franzl trainee that won his third in 2020 from four starts and now has 26 career victories in 38 career starts for 1,346,605SEK earned. This is a solid performer that I first saw win at Kincsem Park last fall in 1.14.4kr, quick time for that oval. Second today was Lord Flax (9m Love You) for Niclas Benzon and trainer Henrik Hollsten with third to Smokin Joe (5m Lavec Kronos) with Lutfi Kolgjini at the lines. Azimut   The pedigree of German bred Azimut follows. The Prix Mikkeli (80,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to 11.2/1 odds Rock My Dreams (4f Gustav Diamant-Nocedicocco Rex-Drugster Rex) in rein to Peter Ingves for trainer Josef Franzl, their second win this day. This German-bred winner won for the second time in 2020 in three starts and her career slate in nine starts is 4-2-0. Race time was 1.13.2kr. Second was Eclipse AM (6m Ready Cash-Hall Of Face-Enjoy Lavec) for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini. Third home was Bodybuilder (4m Credit Winner-Natural Beauty-Mack Lobell) with Carl Johan Jepson the pilot. Rock My Dreams Two-year olds were also on stage this day in the Lindab (80,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) with victory to 3.5/1 odds Aquarius Face (2m Mosaique Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star). Trainer Adrian Kolgjini teamed the winner in this his first start for money. Race time was a sharp 1.14.0kr. Custom Cash (2m Orlando Vici) and Dowhatyoudodowell (2m Maharajah-Sweet Home Alabama-Dream Vacation) took the next two checks. Aquarius Face Zanna Jet (5f Naglo-Petite Victory-Valley Victory) earned the Hilding Anders Final Summer Meeting Mares (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) timed in 1.12.4kr and off at 9/1 odds. Victor Rosleff teamed this Jerry Riordan trainee that is owned and was bred in Italy by Allevcamenti Toniatti. Svecak Palema (4f Up And Quick) and Cassiopeia (6f Quaker Jet) trailed the winner. Zanna Jet Harran Boko (6g Maharajah-Zilan Boko-Muscles Yankee) took the Bege Plattform (100,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) in a quick 1.10.0kr. Marc Elias teamed the Conrad Lugauer trainee, off at 2.6/1 odds, to his fourth win in eight 2020 starts and he now has 16 wins in 38 starts. Volnik du Kras (6m Varenne) and Partizan Face (8g Raja Mirchi) were next home. Harran Boko The Prix Cagnes sur Mer for four-year olds (200,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) saw Empire (4m Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJs Caviar) win impressively in 1.10.7kr for Ken Ecce. This Tomas Malmqvist trainee is now two for two in 2020 and has a 9-3-0 slate in 13 career starts. He was off at 2.4/1 odds and won by eight defeating Juan Bros (4m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg-Uronometro) reined by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro with third going to Osterc (4m Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes-Muscle Yankee) with Carl Johan Jepson up. Osterc enjoyed a pocket trip and was empty when it counted. Empire  The Valkommen till Derby (80,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Africa Bi (5f Varenne-Felicity Bi-Toss Out) score in 1.13.7kr at 14/1 odds. Trainer Michel F. Rothengatter teamed the winner to her second 2020 victory in four appearances. Staro Obrigado (3m Lavec Kronos) and Vice Versa Diamant (4g Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip-Yankee Glide) trailed the winner to the wire. Africa Bi Grift JR (7g Zola Boko-Memory Boko-Barbeque) took the Prix Arjang (80,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) timed in 1.11.6kr and off at 39.8/1 odds. This was the winners’ third 2020 win in eight starts and second today for trainer/driver Michel F. Rothengatter. Zaffiro Roc (5m Filipp Roc) and Zlatan Knick (5g Going Kronos) were next home. Grift JR ATG, Maharajah, Rikstoto, Blodbanken files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet), off as the 6/10 favorite, was an impressive gate to wire winner of today’s Prix de Washingon (Gr. II International, purse 85,000€, 1609 meters autostart at Enghien-Soisy the Grand Vitesse Mile Series in France) clocked in 1.09.8kr (mile time 1:52.36).  Pierre Vercruysse trains and teamed Drole de Jet to his 11th career victory in 36 starts now for 570,525€ earned. Ecurie Hunter Valley owns the winner that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. Drole de Jet was timed for the third consecutive appearance in under 1.10kr. The 19/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above-Nocciolaia) rallied for second with Franck Nivard up and 10/1 Ce Bello Romain (8g Jam Priden) was third for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer S.G. Dupont. Veterans Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore) and Bel Avis (9g Ganymede) completed the top five. Drole de Jet The Enghien-Soisy undercard was led by the Prix de Milan (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles) and 1.9/1 second choice Go On Boy (4m Password-Balgiretie) scored in 1.12.9kr with Romain Derieux up for owner Mlle. Caroline Logier. The winner now has 10 career victories in 16 outings for 220,420€ earned. The 8/10 favorite Go d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) was a solid second with Franck Nivard up and 62/1 Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) took third for David Thomain and trainer Philippe Allaire.  Go On Boy The companion card today was at Cagnes sur Mer and its feature was the Gr. III Alexandre Roucayrol (purse 55,000€, 2925 meters voltstart, nine starters). Here the 2.1/1 odds winner was Bulle de Laumont (9f Hand du Vivier-Ozo de Laumond) timed in 1.12.7kr with trainer Stephane Cingland up for owner Andre Pigace. Bulle won for the 23rd time in her career now for 509,380€ earned. The 1.4/1 favorite Elsa de Belfonds (6f Tornado Bello-Taifa) was second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and owner Ecurie Thomas Levesque. 28/1 Direct Way (7g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) took third with Steve Stefano up for trainer Y.A. Briand. Bulle de Laumont The Prix des Pommiers (purse 30,000€, 2925 meters, three year olds, the LeTrot Open des Regions) completed today’s program and the 1.16.4kr timed winner was 2.2/1 odds Hidden Texas (3m Brillantissime-Texas Style) with Gwenn Junod up for trainer Louis Baudron and owner Mauricette DeSousa. Texas won for the fourth time in his brief career, now for 58,220€ earned. Helby d’Alesa (3m Rodrigo Jet-Violine des Loups) was second at 2.1/1 odds for Alexis Philippe Grimault, also the trainer. Helsinka d’Heripre (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Classical Song) was third for J.Ch. Sorel at 102/1 and Hotesse Darling (3f Quaker Jet-Apple Darling) took fourth at 18/1 for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois. Hidden Texas Racing this day in Sweden was at Bollnas with the featured V75 Gold named the Delicious (first prize 150,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 11 starters). Dreammoko (7m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) was victorious for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Jan Stins at 3.7/1 odds. Dreammoko won for the first time in 2020 in seven appearances and recorded his eighth career win in 67 outings now for 6,124,486SEK earned. Snowstorm Hanover (6m Muscle Massive) was a rallying second with Esprit Sisu (6g Ready Cash) earning the third-place check. Dreammoko LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Trotting action at Beaumont de Lomagne in France this day was led by the GP Dynavena Maisagri (purse 30,000€, 2550 meters distance handicap, European eligibles) and 6.1/1 odds Flight Dynamics (5m Scarlet Knight-A Spetta Hanover) scored for Manuel Criado, trainer Jerome Hugart and owner Jose Davit. The 160,098€ career winner recorded his first victory in France. 25/1 Elixir d’Anama (6m Rieussec-Mayenne Erneerre) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Feyte. 13/1 Calvia (8f Quido du Goutier-Quelle Joe) was third for trainer/driver Dominik Cordeau. Race time was unreported for all races. Flight Dynamics The co-featured GP Baron d’Ardevil AOC Buzet (purse 30,000€, 2950 meters autostart) went to 10/1 Delmon de Blondel (7g LouLou Jet-Pivoine du Bocage) with Bruno Vanakker the trainer/driver. This was his 12th career victory and he now has life earnings of 224,490€. 59/1 Crack du Tillet and 70/1 Amadeus Quick trailed the winner. Delmon de Vandel LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s GP Je Beteou (10th leg of the Trophee Vert series, purse 40,000€, 3100 meters distance handicap) at Royan-la Palmyre in France saw Duel du Gers (7g Quaker Jet-La Chasse Verte) scored for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and owner J.M. Rancoule timed in a quick 1.15.5kr on the harness racing grass course. This was the winner’s 14th career victory and increased his career earnings to 308,210€. The 25 meter handicapped Clark Sotho (8g Oiseau de Feux) was second for Guillaume Martin ahead of two more 25 meter penalized performers, Cap du Normont (8m Isleto de Bellouet) and Blues des Landiers (9g Phlegyas). Astor de Rozoy (10m Ready Cash) was home fifth. The bulky Trophee Vert field race three across much of the way until late in the final bend when Duel du Gers exhibited superiority. A big crowd was on hand for the trotting action on a picture perfect day. Race replay -\ Duel du Gers Eden Basque wins at Cagnes sur Mer Eden Basque (6g Singalo-Jonga), off at 2/1 odds, took the Prix de la Baie des Anges (purse 38,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap) at Cagnes sur Mer this day. Nicolas Ensch trains and drove the winner for Ecurie Castyagniccia to his 10th victory in 42 starts to increase his life earnings to 213,760€. Race time was 1.13.1kr. 4.6/1 Diva de Carless (7f Rockfeller Center) was second with trainer Nicolas Montagne at the lines. Third home was 9/1 Dextase Montaval with Junior Guelpa aboard. Eden Basque LeTrot files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing feature was the Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse 67,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap, 14 starters, International). The 1.13.2kr timed victory went to 1.9/1 favorite Classic Connection (6m Love You-Crys Dream-Taurus Dream-Crystas’s Image) reined by David Thomain. This team was away third, then shuffled and appeared hopelessly blocked until pushing out in mid-stretch. Once free, the Jean Pierre Dubois bred and owned campaigner trained by Kevin Vanderschelden surged to a decisive victory. It was his eighth career win now for 379,840€ earned. 27/1 Bachar (9m Prodigious-Princesse Victoire) was second for trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard. 34/1 Diablo du Noyer (7m Jasmin de Flore) took third for Eric Raffin with 13/1 Divine Mesloise and 4.4/1 Frayja du Pont fourth and fifth. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 1,937€. Classic Connection   Heart of Gold (3m Bird Parker-Corsica) took the Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 60,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) at Enghien, timed in 1.13.7kr with David Thomain up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The winner, off at 12/1 odds, recorded his fifth career victory and has 151,850€ earned.   The 11/1 Hirondelle Sibey (3f Gazouillis-Celina du Chatelet) was second with Eric Raffin up for trainer J.M. Baudouin. 8.8/1 odds Kuyt F. Boko (3m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi) was third with Robin Bakker at the lines for Stable Why Not and trainer Paul Hagoort. 17/1 Heartbreaker One, 50/1 Brillant Ferm and 8/10 favorite Hooker Berry rounded out the top six. Heart of Gold The Prix de la Porte Montmartre (purse 49,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles) produced a closely-contested victory for 3/1 Victor Ferm (6m Nad Al Sheba-Gavina di Casei) reined by Andrea Guzzinati for trainer Mauro Baroncini and owner M.A. Passoni. The 2.8/1 Goofy Greenwood (7g Russsel November) was a narrow miss second handled by Franck Nivard for Stall Amsterdam and trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. The 9/1 Elite de Jiel (6f Niky) was third for Alexandre Abrivard aboard. Race time was 1.13kr. Victor Ferm Last evening at Cabourg was the GP de la Ville de Cabourg (purse 38,000€, 2750 meters, European eligibles) and the 1.12.8kr clocked victory was earned by 8/10 odds favorite Lover Boy (5m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) with David Thomain up. Philippe Allaire trains this one for Ecurie DSM Trotting and he took this third victory in France, raising life earnings to 150,611€. This was the Q+ race of the day and the exact order winning tickets paid 19,376.20€. 25/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Balzac de L’Iton (9g Panache de L’Iton) was next for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. 24/1 Cesar Sisu (8g Cantab Hall-Chynatown) was third and 4.6/1 and 25-meter penalized Dreambreaker was fourth. Lover Boy LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Hippodrome Chatelallon-le Rochelle hosted this day’s featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 34,000€, 2625 meters distance handicap) with victory to 1.14.7kr timed and 3/10 odds Valzer di Poggio (6m Love You-Glory di Poggio-Viking Kronos). Trainer Jean Michel Bazire was the winning reinsman and the fans loved it. A big crowed was on hand to watch Valzer di Poggio win his fifth in a row and he he now has seven career wins for 169,190€ earned. The 23/1 Fakir du Lorault (5m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault-Chef du Chatelet) was second overcoming a 25-meter handicap. 6.3/1 Classic Connection (6m Love You-Crys Dream-Taurus Dream) was third for pilot Jean Pierre Dubois as this one also faced a 25-meter handicap. Kevin Vanderschelden trains Classic Connection. Valzer di Poggio Bazire also won the GP Allianz Agence Chatelaillon (purse 25,000€, 2600 meters distance handicap, the LeTrot Open des Regions Sud Ouest for five year olds) with 4/10 favorite Foxtrot Noblesse (5g Quinoa du Gers-Matthiole). The winner recorded his eighth career victory now for 95,980€ earned, as he overcame a 25-meter penalty. J.M. Rancoule is the winning owner. Foxtrot Noblesse The previous day was the Breeders Course at Solvalla (purse 19,762€, 1640 meters autostart, three year olds). Here, the 1.12.1kr timed winner was 1.24/1 odds Bolero Gar (3m Varenne-Nike Gar-Windsongs Legacy) with Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer Timoi Nurmos. The 15.6/1 outsider Armani Degato (3f Raja Mirchi-Miss America-Lindy Lane) was second handled by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Home third was 4.3/1 Nannanga Bo (3f Maharajah-Here Comes Bo) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Dion P. Tesselaar. LeTrot, ATG files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Ce Bello Romain (8g Jam Pridem-Miss Echo Bella), off at 8.5/1 odds, took the Prix de Bruxelles (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles) at Enghien-Soisy, timed in 1.11.1kr for teamster Anthony Barrier. S.G. DuPont trains and owns the winner that scored for the 17th time in 57 career starts. His life earnings improved to 483,980€.  The 4/10m favorite Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Promentro) rallied for second with J.M. Bazire the trainer/driver for owner/breeder Ecurie Vautors. 21/1 Express Jet (6m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) was the fast pacesetter for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and he held gamely for third. 3.4/1 Chica de Joudes (8f Jag de Bellouet) was fourth for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent. Ce Bello Romain LeTrot, PMU files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann) took the Cagnes sur Mer featured Prix de Cap Esteul (purse 46,000€, 2925 meters, International) timed in 1.12.9kr and reined by Christophe Martens trainer Vincent Martens and Ceke Farm BVBA. Alcoy was off at 1.6/1 odds and he recorded his seventh career victory in 29 starts now for 409,850€ earned. The 2.1/1 Elsa  de Belfonds (6f Tornado Bello) was second for Nicolas Ensch and 6.6/1 Bulle de Laumont (9f Hand du Vivier) was third for Stephane Cingland.  Clif du Pommereux (8m Love You) and Bad Boy du Dollar (9m Magnificent Rodney) finished fourth and fifth. Alcoy Today began the exciting summer meet at Cagnes sur Mer. LeTrot, PMU. Hippodrome Cote d’Azur files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) easily took today’s Gr. II International Prix de Communaute du Centre Thierache (Series Grande Vitesse, purse 75,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 13 starters) with a front end score timed in 1.09.6kr (mile 1:52.04) at La Capelle, France.  Off as the 1.2/1 favorite and with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard, the Ecurie Hunter Valley trotter won for the 10th time in 35 career starts now for 532,275€ earned. He was a good second recently to Face Time Bourbon and the Jean Etienne Dubois bred stallion looks to be back to his form of several years ago, or even better.  The 8.2/1 Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 3/1 odds Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was third for Tony Le Beller and trainer Guarato. Bold Eagle left alertly and raced second over until the lane. He was also bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. 20/1 Anzi des Liards (10g Look de Star) raced first over and was fourth for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and 14/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above) was fifth with Franck Nivard up. Valokaja Hindo and Bahia Quesnot completed the top seven. Drole de Jet Drole in mid-stretch Replay - LeTrot, PMU files and photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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