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Guillermo Sport (3m Orlando Sport-Quoda Jesselyn) was an 11/1 upset harness racing winner of today’s Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) at Paris-Vincennes.   The winner, handled by a jubilant PJ Pascual Lavanchy for trainer MX Mestre Suner, won his fifth in nine starts, now for 162,750€ in life earnings.   Ecurie Bruni owned this winner that defeated 4.3/1 Gamble River (3m Un Mec d’Heripre) reined by Francois Lagadeuc for breeder/owner Gerard Manzi and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   10/1 Gamin des Perdrix (3m Booster Winner) was third for J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 12/1 odds Gassman d’Esse and 69/1 Gilmour were fourth and fifth. 3.1/1 General du Parc and 13/1 Greenpeace took the last two checks.     The first groupe test of the day was the Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) with 17/1 IDS Boko (4g From Above-Celestial Boko) rallying for an upset victory timed in 1.14.7kr. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee that Running Stable owns.   The victory increased IDS Boko’s life earnings to 133,308€. 1.6/1 favorite Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik) was a close second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 5/1 Zilath (4m Maharajah) with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines for owner SC Leonardo Srl.   IDS Boko The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) completed the day’s groupe contests. With Classic Connection a scratch, it was an open field and 2.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash- Divann) scored for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ceke Farms BVBS. Alcoy was timed in 1.12.7kr off soft fractions as he defeated 1.6/1 favorite Portland (5m Ganymede) teamed with trainer Bjorn Goop. 13/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas) took third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. 7.2/1 El Villagio (5m Love You) and 4.2/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love) completed the top five. Fast class veterans contested the Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European starters), also labeled the Prix de Grosbois. The 5.7/1 Diable de Vauvert (6m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) rallied on the pegs for victory timed in 1.11.7kr, with Gabriele Gelormini up for breeder/owner Franck Lemuet. It was the sixth career victory for the winner, in 47 starts, now for 351,130€ in life earnings. 1.7/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied to lead off the final bend and appeared for victory before bearing out mid stretch. Luc Roelens trains this brother to Traders for JPB Building BVBA and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. 2.2/1 Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) held third for Jean Michel Bazire. At the end of the card was the Prix de Nesles (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and this one went to the 1.10.9kr timed and 1.8/1 favorite Azur des Caillons (9m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard aboard. This handsome, great gaited winning trotteur scored for the 13th time in his 62 race career, his third win in 2019. Azur’s life earnings increased to 281,910€ with this victory. The 5.4/1 Belle Louis Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) took second for breeder/owner/trainer/pilot Yves Dreux. Third was 189/1 Very First (10g Orlando Vici) with Julien Raffestein at the lines.   Thomas H. Hicks

The eighth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was the Grand Prix Montlucon-Communaute (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters, 14 starters) on the grass at Hipprodrome Montlucon before a large audience.   3.6/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) scored for Sebastien Hardy and breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Charadame, his 19 th career victory in 105 starts now for life earnings of 504,551€.   Time was not reported.   The 3/2 favorite Doberman (6m Prodigious) was a close second with Franck Nivard up for owner Richard Cohen. 4.7/1 Cromy (7g Baccarat du Pont) took third with trainer Tony LeBeller up.   Fourth was 17.1 Beerscott (8m General du Pommeau) with A.A. Chavatte aboard.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Monday’s Quinte+ at Vichy was the Prix de Gennat (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 18 starters) and 9/1 Cow Boy Tuilerie (7g Biesolo) scored for harness racing pilot Kevin Leblanc for owner/trainer Mlle. Cl. Desmontils timed in 1.14.3kr, the winners’ third career victory in 44 starts. 5.8/1 Clovis Montaval (7g Qualimo de Vandel) was a game second with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. 1.1/1 favorite Cobalt Chatho (7g Jam Pridem) was third, handled by Tony LeBeller. 45/1 Cetagvati and 11/1 Cantelliva completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 12,276.60€ for 14 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool this day was 2,800,116€ and the total of all wagering pool on this race was 6,092,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

Three year old harness racing fillies contested the Prix Eunyke (purse 47,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes. The 2.7/1 second wagering choice Giuletta Jet (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Ulla Jet) scored timed in 1.14.4kr with Franck Nivard up. Jarmo Niskanen trains the winner that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. It was her third triumph in seven career starts. 2.3/1 Gondole de Blary (3f Sam Bourbon) was a close second with Yoann Lebourgeois the pilot for owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato. 14/1 Geisha d’Em (3f Kiwi) was third for Tony LeBeller and trainer J.P. Allix.   Thomas H. Hicks

Delfino (6m Speedy Blue-Miss Volo) was a game winner of the seventh harness racing leg of the Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf, this day at Hippodrome Reims.   Off at 5.2/1 the winner was reined by Mathieu Mottier for breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier and he won for the seventh time in 33 career starts.   Race time was 1.12.6kr. 4.7/1 Calaska du Guez (7F Pomerol du Guez) was a rallying second for Eric Raffin and trainer Jean Michel Bazire, almost overcoming a distance handicap of 25 meters and timed in 1.11.9kr.   Third was 8.1/1 Belle Louise Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) was third for breeder/owner/trainer/reinsman Yves Dreux. 13/1 Bamour, another Dominique Mottier entrymate, and 44/1 Chablis d’Herfraie completed the top five.   The winning 2€Q+ exact order tickets paid 11,434.20€ to 68 ticketholders.   The Q+ pool this day was 3,272,639 and total wagered on the race in all pools totaled 6,723,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 15, 2019 - Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied off cover for Jean Philippe Dubois to win today’s Enghien featured Prix New York (purse 75,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 European starters), the harness racing Quinte+ race of the day. Yves Boireau trains the winner for owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois as 12/1 Classic Connection won for the third time in 16 starts in France to raise his career earnings to 210,620€. His dam was an exceptional Grand Circuit winner in the US, Race time today was 1.10.9kr off steady fractions. Classic Connection was away from post 12 and secured a pegs position third before moving to the second tier with cover. He surged to a third tier position at top of stretch, gained and held advantage to the line. 6.4/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) held third for Guillaume Martin. 9/1 Cicero Noa and 7.9/1 Viking d’Hermes completed the top five and set up a Quinte+ exact order payoff of 22,097.20€ that 29 winning ticketholders enjoyed. The Q+ pool was 4,100,259€ and the total pools for the Prix New York exceeded 8,802,000€. Classic Connection The undercard’s Prix de la Porte de la Plaine (purse 56,000€, 2875 meters, 16 European starters) was a competitive affair that went to 2.8/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) timed in 1.13.2kr and reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Yves Desmet and owner Ecurie DSM Trotting. He won for the first time in France and increased his career earnings to 84,390€. The 3.7/1 odds City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) took second with Pierre Vercruysse the pilot for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Gerrits Recycling BV. This brother to Classic Connection has recorded five wins in his last seven starts including today. 3.2/1 Emilion (4m Sam Bourbon-Emily de Jesolo) was third for Michael Nimczyk. Lover Boy Thomas H. Hicks  

The Paris-Vincennes Tuesday featured Gr.II Prix Jean-Paul Fairand (purse 80,000€, 2175 meters, 13 starters, apprentice jockeys, monte) went to the impressive 2/5 harness racing favorite Carly (7g Rolling d’Heripre-Thea des Jelua) with Emeline Desmigueux in the irons.   Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner for owner Michel Nardji as Carly won for fthe 20 th time now for 470,910€ in life earnings. He is now seven wins in eight starts in 2019. Race time was 1.11.2kr off quick fractions (1.08.5kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.09.7kr at the 1000 and 1.11kr with 500 remaining). 13/1 Vivier de L’Olsion (10g Prince de Montfort) was second handled by Cindy Saout for trainer Vincent Jarry. Third was 39/1 outsider Biooka du Boscail (8f Look de Star) with Sandy Treich aboard.   Today, trotting action was at Marseille-Borely and the feature was the Prix de Saint Tronc-Le Saint Michel (purse 28,000€, 3000 meters, 16 starters). The 1.13.9kr timed winner was 12/1 Viking Fromentro (10g Capriccio-Orminda) trained by Nicolas Ensch and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. He scored for the 10 th time in 82 career starts, now for 378,290€ in life earnings. The 3/5 favorite Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) was second with trainer Stephane Cingland the pilot. 10/1 Blue Label (8g Love You) was third. Top trotting on the weekend occurs on June 15. The top UET events are the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, Finland and the Norrbottens Stora Pris at Boden.     The lineups include several upper level performers as shown below. Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (total purse 174,000€, 2100 meters autostart) 1. Handsome Brad - CJ Jepson 2. Chief Orlando - B. Goop 3. Hickothepooh - V. Hop 4. Billie de Montfort - H. Jr Langeweg 5. Racing Mange - J. Lövgren 6. Jairo - P. Ingves 7. Eelis - O. Koivunen 8. Next Direction - I. Nurmonen 9. Caliu des Bosc - G. Pou Pou 10. Colonel - J. Verbeeck Billie de Montfort   Norrbottens Stora Pris at Boden (1,000,000Nokr purse, 2140 meters autostart) 1. Milliondollarrhyme – F.B. Larsson 2. Muscle Hustle – R. Bergh 3. On Track Piraten – R. Skoglund 4. Propulsion – O. Kihlstrom 5. Makethemark – U. Ohlsson 6. Vasterbo Fantast – H. Olofsson 7. Mindyourvalue WF – E. Adielsson 8. Digital Ink – Owe Lindqvist 9. Hesiod – P. Joki   Thomas H. Hicks

June 5, 2019 - The sixth leg of the harness racing Gr.I Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) was held Wednesday at Laval. This race was also the Quinte+ race of the day.  The 1.9/1 odds second choice Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) scored for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. This was the winner’s 17th career victory now for life earnings of 298,100€. The 1.8/1 favorite Dream de Lasserie (6g Orlando Vici) was second for owner Ecurie Daidou and reinsman Romain Derieux. 20/1 Candidat d’Ortige (7m Giant Cat) was third for Kevin Leblanc. The top five was completed by 7.81 Colorado Blue and 22/1 Azaro d’Eva and that set up an exact order payoff of 2,127.00€ to 326 winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 3,389,893€ and the total race handle (all wagers) exceeded 7,711,000€. The next GNT leg will be June 19 at Reims. Thomas H. Hicks  

This Friday evening Paris Vincennes program included two groupe III harness racing events and the Quinte+ race of the day.   The Prix Caecilia (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) began the groupe action and it went to 9/1 Foxtrot Sea (4m Olitro-Vezia) reined by owner/trainer Cedrik Megissier and timed in 1.14kr.   Frisbee d’Am (44fm The Best Madrik) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Richard Westerink, the trainer of legendary Timoko. 30/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello) took third for trainer/driver Miguel X Mestra Suner.   The 7/10 favorite Filou L’Auvergnier was fourth.   Friday’s Quinte+ race was on the Vincennes card and it was the Prix Titania (purse 48,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters), with victory to the 6.6/1 odds Crescendis (7f Querido de Blay-Libertatis) timed in 1.14.4kr with J-F. Senet at the lines. Senet also trains the winner for breeder/owner Thierry de Wazieres.   Crescendis                 --LeTrot photo   Crescendis won for the ninth time in 46 starts for 227,960€ in life earnings. 5.1/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (6f Roc Meslois) took second with Franck Nivard up for conditioner Alexandre Pillom. 19/1 Inga In Heaven (6f Orlando Vici) was third, handled by Franck Ouvrie for owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin. 3.6/1 Dascalia and 5.7/1 Dimmidisia completed the top five and resulted in the exact order Q+ payoff of 15,878.40€ for 26 winning ticketholders.   The Q+ pool was 3,868,236€ and total of this race handle was 7,944,000€.   The second groupe contest this evening was the Prix de Gien (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters). The 4.1/1 Good Boy Ligneries (3m Un Mec d’Heripre-Amy Ligneries) scored with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Philippe Billard (Souloy-Billard) and Ecurie le Tremont.   This winner scored for the fourth time in five starts now for 78,350€ in career earnings. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 6,1/1 Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash) was placed second with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire.   That was the result of the dq of second finishing Aramis Bar. Placed third was Gassman d’Essa handled by Anthony Barrier   15:50 C4 - PRIX CHAMBON P 100 000€ (June 8, 2019 at Vincennes) Groupe II - Attelé - 2850m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000.).     Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s seventh harness racing leg of the Trophee Vert series was at Alencon in the Grand Prix Seche Environement (purse 45,000€n 2625 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) and it went to 1.2/1 favorite Derby du Dollar (6m Rodrigo Jet-Magalie du Dollar) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Th.Coupireau.   The winner, now with life earnings of 212,780€ and seven wins in 33 career starts, was handicapped 25 meters and was timed in 1.14.2kr over the grass, his third straight victory.   Second was 14/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) with Sebastien Hardy up timed in 1.13.7kr with his 50 meter handicap. 19/1 Candidat d’Ortige (7m Giant Cat) was third with a 25 meter penalty, trained by Franck Nivard, and with Loic Guinoiseau at the lines.   LeTrot photo A large audience was on hand for the afternoon of trots on the turf. Thomas H. Hicks  

Veteran Tabrouk de Payre (12g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre), off at 9/1 odds, won today’s Prix de Vitesse Suisse (purse 10,663€, 1609 meters, six starters) at L‘Hippodrome de Avenches handled by M.A. Bovay for Ecurie Muller Roland.   Race time was a sharp 1.09.6kr (mile 1:51.91) for the now 18 time career winner in 96 starts for life earnings harness racing of 430,026€. Mme.   Marie Claude Bereteau bred the winner, sired by Prix d’Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta, that defeated 1.8/1 odds pacesetter Un Geant d’Amour (11g Gigant Neo-Glorieuse Rhee) reined by trainer J.B. Mathey and third finishing 9/10 favorite Brabus (8g Nem) for Nathalie Gronin.   Thomas H. Hicks

The 5.5/1 Eolia de Houelle (5f Goetmals Wood-Sawasde de Houelle) took the featured harness racing Gr. II monte Prix Victor Cavey (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) at Paris-Vincennes.   Anthony Barrier was the jockey for breeder/trainer Franck Leblanc as the winner was timed in 1.13.5kr in this her seventh career win in 31 starts, now for 290,260€ earned. 5/2 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) took second money for Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer J.Ph. Mary. 13/1 Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse) was third ahead of 15/1 Exotica de Retiz and 1.7/1 favorite Etonnant.   On the undercard was the Prix Talitha (purse 56,000€, 2200 meters, 14 starters all three year olds) and the 1.15.2kr timed winner was 2.6/1 Godfather (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) reined by Eric Raffin for breeder/trainer Tony LeBeller and owner Mauricette De Sousa, the recent Elitloppet winning owner.   Godfather                    -LeTrot photo   Godfather won for second time in an 11 race career. 2.9/1 Golfe Juan (3m Jam Pridem) took second with Yoann Lebourgeois up and 3.3/1 Giuliano (3m Prodigious) was third with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons.   Thomas H. Hicks

Hippodrome Niort hosted Sunday’s sixth harness racing leg of the Trophee Vert Series (purse 45,000€, 3550 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) named the Prix du Credit Mutuel.   A wild finish saw 7.6/1 Cromy (7g Baccarat du Pont-Hitie des Feugeres) score for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller, his 10 th career victory in 41 starts now for 186,660€ in life earnings.   Race time was 1.17.2kr. The 50 meter handicapped and 3.4/1 second betting choice, Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Celland), was next for trainer LeBeller and reinsman Alexandre Abrivard.   The 8.3/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) took third, also handicapped 50 meters, with Sebastien Hardy aboard for owner/trainer/breeder Dominique Cheradame. 1.9/1 favorite Caid Barbes and 8.9/1 Azur des Caillons completed the top five finishers.   Thomas H. Hicks  

The 5/10 favorite Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) took today’s Quinte+Prix de L’Oblisque (purse 64,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 starters) timed in 1.12.6kr and reined by harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire for Ecurie des Charmes. The 13 time winner in 55 career starts won his second straight and increased his life earnings to 371,950€. The 10/1 Class de Loriol (7f Ready Cash) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 39/1 Valfleury (10g Memphis du Rib) driven by Clement Duvaldestin. 12/1 Tinamo Jet and 4.2/1 Nancy America completed the top five and that set up an 871.40€ payoff for 982 winning 2€ ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,963,000€ and the total of all wagering pools on the Q+ race exceeded 8,265,000€ The Prix du Rhone (purse 63,000€, 2150 meters autostart) produced and unexpected result when 2.3/1 Dostoievski and rival 3.3/1 Exit Money crossed the wire first and were both disqualified. Diademe Atout wins on double dq--LeTrot photo That created a victory for 41/1 Diademe Atout (6m Timoko-La Lagune) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie Olmenhof, the owner. Race time was 1.12.8kr. 13/1 Digne et Droit (6m The Best Madrik) was placed second with Tony LeBeller aboard and placed third was 11/1 Coumba Kuky (7f Matador de Vrie) handled by her trainer Gabriel Angel Pou Pou.   Thomas H. Hicks

Three groupe level events graced the Tuesday Paris-Vincennes program and produced exciting harness racing action.   The Prix Camilla (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 13 European starters) began the groupe tests and 4.1/1 Filou l’Auvergnier (4m Real de Lou-Quira l’Auvergnier) scored in 1.12.8kr for reinsman Kevin Leblanc, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie du Grand Buisson.   It was the seventh career victory for Filou in 16 starts and his life earnings increased to 164,410€. 15/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and 9/1 Inspector Bros (4g Pastor Stephen) took third for pilot Franck Nivard. The 9/10 favorite City Guide was seventh.   The Gr. III Prix Heraclite (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, nine European starters) was next and 1.7/1 Flora Quick (4f Prodigious-Star Quick) held on for close victory, reined by Gabriele Gelormini for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Malik Esper. Flora won for the sixth time in 19 career starts now for 166,750€ earned.   Flora Quick                  - LeTrot photo 3.9/1 Fortuna Pride (4f Ready Cash) took second for Franck Nivard and the 1.6/1 favorite Fiorentina Somolli (4f Love You) was third with Matthieu Abrivard the teamster.   The three-year olds next took center stage in the Prix Kalma (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 10 starters) with victory to the 5/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) timed in 1.14.6kr and reined by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.   Gotland                            - LeTrot photo   J-P Guay bred the now winner eight times in nine lifetime starts for career earnings of 296,100€. He is a classy colt from a good mare. 3.2/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) took second with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Allaire and breeder/owner Michel Tessier. Gassman d’Essa (3m Quido du Goutier) was third at 62/1 odds with Franck Nivard up for trainer Christophe Marie.   The 4.9/1 third betting choice General du Parc finished seventh.   Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s 5 th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse 85,000€, 2750 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) was held at La Capelle. The 1.12.6kr timed victory went to 13/1 Bachar (8m Prodigious-Princesse Victoire) with trainer Emmanuel Allard at the lines. Bachar won for the seventh time in 70 career starts now for 314,640€ earned. 15/1 Christo (7g Rieussec) was second for trainer/driver Michel Lenoir and the 25-meter handicapped 5/10 favorite Chica de Joudes (7f Jag de Bellouet) was third for owner/trainer/driver Alain Laurent. 123/1 Baron du Bourg and 93/1 Bad Boy du Dollar, also 25 meter handicapped, completed the top five finishers. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order 2€ Q+ ticket paid 185,481.80€. The Q+ pool today was 3,170,334€ and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 6,970,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

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