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

Pompano Beach, FL...December 3, 2018...French driver Jean Philippe Bazire was the harness racing star at Pompano Park on Sunday night (December 2) in the highly anticipated competition entitled the "France-USA Challenge." Bazire, 32, had two wins and a third in the three race competition as the French team out-slugged the home-team 101-82. The French native kicked off the festivities with a gate-to-wire win with Skyway Priss, the 10 year-old daughter of Cincinnati Kid trained by Dale Gilmour for owner "1940 LLC." It was the first win on U.S. soil for Bazire, who competed last year at Pompano Park and had a second place finish and a third place finish in his only two starts here. Said Bazire after the race, "I knew this is a classy mare with a lot of money earned at over 40 wins in her career (46 to be precise coming in to the action), and I thought if I could take the lead early, I would be competitive. Competitive she was as she clicked off fractions of :29, 1:00.3 and 1:30.4 before a :29.1 finale sealed the deal. Love Hunter, driven by Ron Cusimano, finished second with Holiday Spirit, handled by visitor Emmanuel Puniere, was third leaving France with a 37-24 lead after round one. Skyway Priss paid $6.00 to win as the second choice in the betting. Bazire then led Power and Faith, trained by George Coblentz for owner Don Brainard, to a wire-to-wire win in 1:59, holding off a determined effort by You Cant Habit, with Carl Garofalo in the bike, by a half length. Put On The Day, driven by Tony Ciuffetelli, was third with the French contingent earning a narrow 31-30 decision for the round an overall lead of 68-54 going into the finale. Off at 18 to 1, Power and Faith paid $38.00 to win. In the final leg, the French bred Verdi D Em, driven by Malta's Omar Caucki ("Cow-Key"), a relatively new arrival in the U.S., moved down the favorite Cantab Lindy, with Brent Davis, in 1:56. In that event, Cantab Lindy, beginning from post nine, went grinding his way to the front after a swift opening panel in :27.1 with the eventual winner parked every step while the leader carded fractions of :56.3 and 1:26.2. In the lane, Verdi's D Em charged to the front at mid-stretch and on to a 2 1/2 length win, a new lifetime mark for the nine year-old gelded son of Neoh Jiel. Trained by Rob Harmon for owner John Campagnuolo, Verdi D Em sent his lifetime bankroll to $296,874 and rewarded his faithful with a $34.80 mutual. The final tally was 101-82 with the French team taking home the top honors and Bazire recognized as the leading driver with 38 individual points. In accepting the recognition for his achievement, Bazire said, "It's an honor to compete here in Florida, I love the hospitality and the weather. Of course, I am happy to pick up the wins here. I was so close last year, so this night will be in my memory forever." Bazire added, "I guess I got some genes from my relative Jean-Michel Bazire, who has won many top races, including the Prix d'Amerique with Moni Maker in 1999. Noted as an all-around horseman throughout the industry worldwide, Jean-Michel has 6086 career wins--472 of those as a jockey! In Pompano Park's $10,000 Open I Handicap pace, Panocchio, driven by Wally Hennessey, put on yet another game performance as the eight year-old gelded son of No Pan Intended held off Casimer Richie P, with John MacDonald in the bike, and Dinky Dune, handled by Andy Shetler, by a half length in 1:51.4. Said Hennessey after the event, "He (Panocchio) might have a little age on him now (he is eight), but he hasn't lost one iota of his gameness and will to win. He is something else." Panocchio, a gelded son of No Pan Intended, now has a 63-41-12 scorecard in 166 career starts, good for $563,138 to go along with his track record at Pompano Park of 1:48.3. Off at 6 to 5 on the tote-board, Panocchio paid $4.60 to win. Racing continues on Monday night with a guaranteed $10,000 Pick-4 pool, a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover of $41,394. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. Reported by John Berry for Pompano Park    

December 1, 2018 - Harness racing Groupe tests at Vincennes on Saturday included the Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin, purse 120,000€, 2850 meters, 11 European starters, harness racing five year olds) that saw 4.2/1 Dark Night Love (5f Royal Lover-Qucrida de Vonnas) score timed in 1.14.3kr with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. 14/1 Desir Castelets (5m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Luc Roelens. 6.2/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) rallied for third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire 18/1 Dreamer Boy (5m Gazouillis) and 69/1 Dragon des Racques (5m Love You) completed the top five and 7/10 favorite Detroit Castelets was a dq and last year’s Grand Prix d’UET winner Drole de Jet was unplaced, this being his second appearance since September 2017. The Prix de Rencontres Internationales (purse 20,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) drew a good collection of international drivers. Two were scratched including a horse drawn to USA’s Hunter Oakes. The winner was 3/1 Amigo Turgot (8g Prince d’Espace-Paloma de Collerie) with Mykola Volf up for trainer Franck Blandin. Second was 5.3/1 Up Ans Go (10g Fripon Rose) with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 35/1 Viking Dream (9g Iserio) with Clint Vassallo up for trainer A.G. Maillard. Ultimo du Douet with Mme. Renate Aarle aboard and Vif d’Or du Poli with driver Niels Jongejans at the lines completed the top five. Race time was 1.13.9kr by the winner. The Prix Vourasie (Gr. III, 80,000€, 2200 meters, 10 European starters, two year olds) completed the groupe events and this one went to 8.3/1 odds Green Grass (2f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. This filly now has three wins in five career appearances for 72,400€ earned. Race time was 116.4kr. The 5.7/1 Gloria Berry (2f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) was a close second for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, and 3.8/1 Grainer de Craere (2f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois driving for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The 1.1/1 favorite and previously unbeaten in four starts, Girls Talk (2f Brillantissime-Be My Girl), was a miscue dq. Thomas H. Hicks  

The opener on the excellent Paris-Vincennes Saturday card was the Prix de Quimper (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 11 European starters) and it was a superb strategic race that the 1.1/1 odds favorite Coach Franbleu (6g Prince d’Espace-Olydra) eventually secured as he and driver Yoann Lebourgeois found room to emerge at top of stretch. They prevailed timed in 1.13.9kr to score for owner/trainer Franck Nivard for the tenth career victory for Coach Franbleu, now for 366,520€ earned. 55/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) with Pierre Vercruysse up followed the winner and rallied for second money for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. The 6.6/1 Cocktail Juliano (6g Pagalor) was third for Matthieu Abrivard held third ahead of 4.3/1 Platon Face handled by Adrian Kolgjini and fifth finishing 8/1 Copernic de Play for driver Franck Blandin. The Gr. II Prix Annick Dreux (purse 130,000€, 2700 meters, nine three year old female starters) saw 1.1/1 favorite Fly With Us (3f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) narrowly prevail for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. The property of Ecurie Normandy Spirit recorded her ninth career victory in 16 starts now for 344,700€ earned. Race time was 1.15.5kr off a pedestrian pace. 3.2/1 Fashion Que en (3f Ready Cash-Usenza) was a short nose beaten second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Allaire and owner J.M. Tessier. Third was 16/1 Folelli (3f Timoko-Andra d’Ecajuel) Fend la Bise and driver Franck Anne was fourth ahead of Fable du Plessis with P.Ph. Ploquin aboard. Today’s Q+ was the Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne (purse 82,000€, 2700 meters, 18 starters) that was taken by 2.4/1 odds Vertige de Chenu (9g Lynx deBellouet-Negede Chenu) with Eriuc Raffin driving for owner/trainer J-M Baudouin. This one recorded his 17th career win in 124 starts for 403,380€ earned. The 11/1 Aldu d’Argentra (8m Qualimo de Vandel) was second in this 1.13.3kr timed contest for Adrien Lamy and third went to 6.1/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) with matthieu Abrivard up. 105/1 Best du Hauty and 9/1 Auch completed the top five. The exact order 2€ quinte+ ticket paid 31,571.60€. The Gr. II Prix Jacques de Vauloge (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the 5/2 odds Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravenella) timed in 1.15.2kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. He scored for the fifth time in 16 career starts now for 207,390€ earned. The 1/1 odds Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for trainer Allaire, driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Carlos Lerner. Ecurie des Charmes bred this one. 17/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) took third for driver Anthony Barrier and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The 3/2 favorite Fabulous Wood was a dq. The Prix de Chenonceaux (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) clolsed out the top class events on the Saturday card. 7.3/1 Mondyouvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavic-Mind Your Manners) scored impressively on the front end for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Robert Bergh and owner Christer Englund. The winner increased his career earnings to 392,733€ with this 1.12.6kr timed victory. 20/1 Urtsa Caf (5f Explot Caf-Crisman) was second for drover Matthieu Abrivard, and third was 20/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious) for trainer/driver Frabck Nivard. 5.8/1 Direct Way was placed fourth and Elite du Ruel was placed fifth following the inquity dq of the 2/5 favorite and fourth to the line Dorgos de Guez. On Friday evening the Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Arietis (Quinte+ event, purse 55,000€, 2850 meters) and 8/1 Destin Carisaie (5g Uniclove-Quiss Me Carisaie) scored timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Eric Raffin and owner/trainer/breeder Jacques Etienne Thuet. The winner recorded his ninth career victory now for 175,900€ earned. 11/1 Dimo d’Occagnes (5g Timoko) was second for Franck Ouvrie and third was 78/1 Defi Calendes (5g Sam Bourbon) with J.Ph. Monclin up. The 3.2/1 Duel du Gers and 9/1 Dreana Guy) completed the top five and the Q+ exact order ticket paid 110,246.80€ for a 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes card showcased three Groupe III events and an upper level monte contest. The first of the groupe events was the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse 80,000€, 2200 meters, eight two year old starters) with victory timed in 1.15.5kr to 1.3/1 favorite Gotland (2m Ready Cash-Sanawa) with Eric Raffin the pilot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J-P Guay bred the winner that is now unbeaten in three outings for 71,100€ earned. 10/1 Gatsby Perrine (2m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was second for Anthony Barrier, owner J.F. Mary and trainer Allaire. Allaire, as trainer and owner, swept the top three as 5/1 Granon Vedaquais (2m Brillantissime-Sestriere) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois. J-P Guay also bred this colt that was undefeated in three starts before this evening. The monte Prix Ariadne (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) saw the 1/5 favorite Crossfire (6g Prince de Charme-Katiana) record his ninth straight win, all in 2018, after just one win in two 2017 starts. Yoann Lebourgeois was the jockey this day for trainer Stephanie Lepetit. Crossfire now has 11 career wins in 20 starts for 148,650€ earned.2/1 Charlotte Twin (6f Open Charm) was second for Mlle. Oceane Briand and third was 23/1 Cutty Sark (6g Baccarat du Pont) with Julien Balu in the irons. The Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Tryoen (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 4.3/1 Dayana Berry (5f Scipion du Goutier-Idec du Corta) with J-M Bazire up, he also the owner/trainer. Michel Aladenise bred the winner that now has six wins in 25 career outings. Race time was 1.14.1kr off rated fractions set by fourth finishing Espella Vedaquais. 8.3/1 Divine Mesloise (5f The Best Madrik) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and third went to the 1.4/1 favorite Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting) that Pierre Vercruysse drove and trains for Cte. Paul de Senneville. The final groupe event was the Gr. III Prix Gisela (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters, three year olds) and the 3/10 favorite Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravanella) scored impressively for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. He now has four career victories in 13 outings for 123,350€ earned. Race time was 1.14.6kr off even fractions. 14/1 Faithful (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) took second in a photo with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 27/1 Flambeau Royal (3m Look de Star-Rodea Josselyn) gained the third check for reinsman Gabriele Gelormini.s by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Wednesday action at Enghien highlighted two winners trained by Luc Roelens. The Prix de Saint Amard les Eaux (purse 52,000€, 28775 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.14.7kr timed and 7.10 favorite Comedy Jet (6f Jag de Bellouet-Mazarina). Franck Ouvrie teamed the Stall Markove owned mare that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. The 3.3/1 Brose du Coglais (7f Prince Gede) was a rallying second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. The 27/1 Balade Majyc (7f Baccarat du Pont) emerged for third handled by her trainer Antoine Lherte. The Prix de l’Aigle (purse 60,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) saw the 1.8/1 Desir Castelets (3m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) scored with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Roelens. This colt now has eight career wins in 18 starts, with his 1.13.1kr score. 2/1 second choice, Dream de Lasserie (5g Orlando Vici), was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. The 11/1 Dream Cash (5g Ready Cash-Susy Love), owned by Ecurie des Charmes, took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Today at Cabourg was the Prix de Percy (purse 32,000€, 2050 meters autostart, 14 starters) and what a blanket finish it produced with 13/1 Defi Pierji (5m Rock Meslois) the winner for driver David Thomain and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Race time was 1.13.3kr.  The 118/1 outsider Daisy Team (5f Timoko-Daisy Chain) was second for owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one that is from the excellent broodmare Daisy Chain (1991 f, Speedy Somolli-Kravotte-Caprior), she dam of 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (by Extreme Dream), Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Kaisy Dream was a fine racehorse (shown below)and a good sire including the 2008 North American Breeders Crown winner Brigham Dream (2004 f, Kaisy Dream-Crysta’s Image-Balanced Image) that also was the Ontario Sires Gold Final winner at age three.   Kaisy Dream (FR)           h, by Extreme Dream (FR)   - Daisy Chain (FR)     At 3, Winner of Prix Kalmia, Prix Maurice de Gheest, second in Criterium des 3 ans, Criterium des Jeunes, Prix Albert Viel, Prix de l'Etoile, Prix Jacques Vauloge, third in Europeiskt Treåringschampionat. At 4, Winner of Prix de Sélection, Prix Ephrem Houel, Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Milan, Prix René Ballière, third in Prix de l'Etoile, Prix de Washington. Tomorrow we will see upper level trotting at Mons Ghlin and Paris-Vincennes. At Mons is the Grand Prix de la Toussant Belgique (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters, 16 starters). Aubrion du Gers, Valko Jenilat, Billie de Montfort and Anna Mix are expected to be at the start in this Tour Europeen Trotteur Francais final. At Vincennes is the Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse 80,000€, 2200 meters, eight starters, two year olds), with undefeated Granon Vedaquais and Gotland among the starters. The Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) and the Gr. III Prix Gisella (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters, three year olds males). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cuba Libre (6g Nahar de Beval-Kiss Me Love), off at 3.3/1 odds, took Monday’s Quinte+ Prix de Pomarez (purse 52,000€, 2875 meters, 18 starters) at Eghien, timed in 1.14.1kr and reined by Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer/owner Antonio Ripoll Rigo.  This horse recorded his ninth career victory in 48 starts. The Q+ exact order payoff for a 2€ wager of 186,682.60€. 42/1 Au Nid de Gassard(8g LeRetour) was second for David Thomain ahead of third finishing 62/1 Absolut Perfect (8g Carpe Diem) handled by owner/trainer J.F. Senet. Completing the top five were 11/1 Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash) and 9/1 Chard Devant (6g Otello Pierji). The Monday card also included the Prix de Bezons (monte, purse 60,000€, 2875 meters, 10 starters) with that victory earned by 7.1/1 odds Estelou (4g Texas Charm-Topaze Bourbon). Eric Raffin was the jockey for owner/trainer Julien Dubois. Scuderia Bolgheri Srl bred this winner that recorded his fifth career win ibn 25 outings. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 18/1 Erki Sibey (4g Niky) took second for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Third went to 20/1 Electron du Rib (4g Paris Haufor) for jockey Mlle.  Clara Dersoir and trainer Mme. Carine Hallais-Dersoir.The Prix de Montresor (purse 42,000€, 285 meters, 16 starters) showcased a 1.14.9kr timed victory by 3.3/1 Emily de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), the full-sister to the great mare Billie de Montfort. Glenny Delaune teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for owner Philippe Dauphin, as she scored for the fourth time in 18 career starts. Billie de Montfort will be among the favorites in the October 28th Tour de Europeen Trotter Francais at Mons.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bavarois du Varlet f7g Laetenter Diem-Hera du Varlet) went from seventh to first, all along the pegs, to capture Saturday’s Grand Prix de la Martinique (purse 9,000€, 2600 meters, turf course, eight starters). The veteran winner was teamed with Manuel Dupelin, driving for owner/trainer Corinne Gleize. Race time over the heavy turfground was 1.23.2kr. Vlatou des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) was a game second for Christophe Moise, driving for owner/trainer J.L. Langeron. Langeron piloted stablemate Usly de Visais (10g Defi d’Aunou-Pristina Jet) home third after this trio raced three across throughout the final bend, before Bavarois pulled clear. Replay: by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 3/10 favored Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was a game winner of today’s 200,000€ purse EME Grand Prix du Sud-Quest raced over 2550 meters autostart at Bordeaux Le Bouscat. This was a UET Masters Series 2019 event. Owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner to this 40th career victory now for 2,137,797€ earned. He now shows 11 wins in 12 starts this year and is arguably the best racing international trotter. It would be an experience to see him race against Bold Eagle, Readly Express and Propulsion. This day 15/1 odds Carat Williams (6m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was a game second for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third in a photo was 83/1 Aribo Mix (8g Reve des Vallees-Hardness) for trainer/driver Dominique Cordeau. Second wagering choice at 3.4/1 was Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriella Kemp) with Hannu Torvinen up for trainer Jean Baudron. This quick mare left from post one and was shuffled almost last before making a huge rally backstretch on the final lap. She reached the leaders before weakening late in the lane. The 98/1 Volcan de Vandel was fifth for Benjamin Goetz and 16/1 Tony Gio was eighth. Race time was 1.12.7kr over a rain slowed surface that was nonetheless a race and track record for the distance. One will need to look far to find a better 2018 past performance sheet than that of Aubrion du Gers. He has seven groupe wins in FR plus victories in the Grand Prix de Wallonie and Kymi Grand Prix. He is a fine performer and so is trainer Bazire. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Tonight’s exceptional Paris-Vincennes program began with upper level monte performers contesting the Gr. III Prix Gordonia (purse 82,000€, 2850 meters, 11 starters) and 4.4/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (7f Niky-Kuala Lampur) followed a hot pace before jockey Camille Levesque directed her to the front past the halfway mark. From there it was over as the now 13 time winner in 46 starts raised her career earnings to 420,020€. Thomas Levesque trains the winner for Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Race time was 1.12.7kr. The 3/2 favorite Boss de Meleuc (7g Lucky Blue) took second for Eric Raffin, ahead of 3.7/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) with Arthur Rebeche in the irons. The Q+ this day was the Prix Hera (purse 60,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) and after a rough and tumble front end battle between drivers J-M Bazire and Yoann Lebourgeois (both ended out of the money) Bjorn Goop directed 1.2/1 favorite Balfour (7g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) to the lead and he was an easy winner timed in 1.12kr. 26/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was next for Eric Raffin and third was 25/1 Un Cher Ami (10g Jag de Bellouet) for Alexis Prat. The Q+ top five was completed by 6/1 Belle d’Hermes (7f Quinoa du Gers) and 137/1 Viva de Lune (9f Prodigious). The exact order payoff was 31,091.40€ for a 2€ wager. The first of the Gr. I events was next with the Championnat Europeen 3 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters). The 2/5 favorite Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) lived up to his billing and scored for the seventh time in eight career starts with Bjorn Goop up. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Scuderia Bivans Srl and Haras de Saint Martin was the breeder. His career earnings are now 165,150€. The 41/1 Holy Water (3m Pastor Stephen-Long Island IceTea) was a good second for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist, ahead of another 41/1 outsider Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) that Gabriele Gelormini teamed for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. 16/1 Catherine’s Chevy (4m Catherine’s Cavalli) and 17/1 Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall) completed the top five. Race time was 1.12.3kr off rated fractions (1.12.2ke at the 1000 meters to go and 1.13.3kr at the 500). Face Time was strong through the line. Pedigree of the dam of Face Time Bourbon is a good one as shown below: Vita Bourbon (FR) m, 2009 1.12,7a EUR 107,770 28 4- - Love You (FR) (115 0.99) 1999 At 3, Winner of Prix Kalmia, Prix Jacques Vauloge. At 4, Winner of Criterium Continental, Prix de Milan, second in Prix Ariste Hémard, Prix Ephrem Houel, third in Prix de Sélection, Grand Prix de l'U.E.T.. At 5, Winner of Prix Robert Auvray, Prix Jockey, Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Prix de Croix, Prix Marcel Laurent, second in Prix Chambon P, Grand Prix du Conseil Municipal, third in Prix de l'Atlantique. At 6, Winner of Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, second in Prix René Ballière, Grand Prix de Wallonie. Coktail Jet (FR) (107 0.99) 1990 At 4, Winner of Gran Premio d'Europa, second in Prix de Sélection, third in Prix René Ballière. At 5, Winner of Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, Criterium des 5 ans, Prix René Ballière, Prix Jockey, Prix de Washington, Prix de l'Etoile, second in Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, Prix du Bois de Vincennes, Prix de la Marne, third in Prix du Luxembourg, Prix de Bourgogne, Prix Chambon P. At 6, Winner of Prix de l'Atlantique, Prix de Washington, Prix d'Europe (Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère), Prix de France, Prix d'Amerique, Elitloppet, second in Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Prix d'Eté, Prix de Bourgogne. Quouky Williams (FR) Fakir du Vivier (FR) Sabi Pas (FR) Ua Uka (FR) Dolly Williams (FR) Pacha Grandchamp (FR) Quassia Williams (FR) Armbro Glamour (CA) Super Bowl (US) Star's Pride (US) Pillow Talk (US) Speedy Sug (US) Speedy Count (US) Sug (US) Guilty of Love (FR) 1994 And Arifant (FR) Sharif di Iesolo (IT) Quick Song (US) Odile de Sassy (FR) Infante d'Aunou (FR) Niky des Etangs (FR) Oscana (FR) Amour d'Aunou (FR) Speedy Somolli (US) Speedy Crown (US) Somolli (US) Nesmile (FR) Caprior (FR) Amours du Mesnil (FR) Kamera Bourbon (FR) 1998 1.13,7a EUR 196,015 Cezio Josselyn (US) (93 0.93) 1990 At 3, Winner of Prix Jacques Vauloge, Prix Maurice de Gheest, Prix Paul Viel, third in Criterium des 3 ans. At 4, second in Prix de Milan. At 5, second in Prix Jockey. Armbro Goal (US) Speedy Crown (US) Speedy Scot (US) Missile Toe (US) Armbro Flight (US) Star's Pride (US) Helicopter (US) Quezira (FR) Patara (FR) Gutemberg A. (FR) Francette (FR) Ezira (FR) Fandango (FR) Queen Hera (FR) Etta Extra (FR) 1992 Florestan (FR) Star's Pride (US) Worthy Boy (US) Stardrift (US) Roquepine (FR) Atus II (FR) Jalna IV (FR) Une Crown (FR) Speedy Crown (US) Speedy Scot (US) Missile Toe (US) Dimitria (FR) Mario (FR) Samos P.M. (FR)   The Prix Bohemia (75,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) was next and  the 3/10 favorite Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) looked the part as trainer/driver J-M Bazire had this winner on the front throughout and he drew away in the lane for  the 1.12.2kr score. Germany based Stall Oberkracher owns the now four time winner in seven FR starts for career earnings of 176,618€. Bazire rated the pace beautifully (1.13.5kr at the 1000 to go mark 1.13kr with 500 remaining).5/1 Calle Crown (4m Great Challenger) was second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist with third to 63/1 Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba) and Andrea Guzzinati. 12/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious) was fourth for David Thomain.  The Grand Prix de L’U.E.T. (Gr. I, 400,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) was the evening’s featured event and was one of the most hotly contested races you will ever see as the field raced three wide throughout. The 3/5 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah-Reality Pride) raced first up all the way for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Pasi Aikio but he was no match for a pair by US-based sire Muscle Hill that emerged from the field. Winning Villiam (4m Muscle Hill-Gold Strike) was four wide off the final bend for Jorma Kontio and he prevailed to the line for owner/trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.11.3kr off quick fractions (1.11.2kr with 1000 remaining and 1.11.6kr at the 500) as Villiam just lasted at 13/1 over 26/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Mellby Gard. The 7.7/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) was third on the pegs for Franck Nivard, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten, ahead of the game Who’s Who. 6.8/1 Eridan (4m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was fifth for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. The final Gr.I contest of the card was the Championnat Europeen des 5Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and it went to 1.1/1 favorite Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) handled very well on the front end by trainer Romain Derieux for owner Mme. Mauricette De Sousa. Derieux easily took the lead from post two placing pole starting Orlando Jet in the pocket. Derieux set a slow place and did not drift out in the lane as he out sprinted 3.7/1 Django Griff on the outside and kept 2.9/1 Orlando Jet boxed. Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) gained second by a nose for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller for Stall Neufof, with Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Pasta Perrine) third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisbeth Allaire. The 14/1 Moni Viking (5m Maharajah) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstom and owner/trainer Jan Lyng of Norway. Super Nice was fifth for Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.14kr with a fast last 500 off pedestrian fractions (1.16.9kr at 1000 remaining; 1.15.7kr with 500 left).Dijon by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The great veteran harness racing trotter, Akim du Cap Vert, won today’s Prix de Montigne le Brillant (purse 25,000€, 2875 meters voltstart, 11 starters) at Laval timed in 1.13.4kr and reined by his owner/trainer Franck Anne. Akim last won on November 21, 2015 when he was victorious in the Prix de Bretagne. Today’s victory was his 11th in the career that now sports earnings of 1,343,055€. He was off as the 2.8/1 favorite and bested 45/1 Clarck Sotho (6g Oiseau de Feux) with Antoine Weils aboard. The 14/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (9m Opus Viervil) took third for Lorenzo Donati to increase his career earnings to 1,402,317€. The 20/1 Bon Copain (7m Love You) and 13/1 Artiste de Joudes rounded out the top five. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Enghien-Soisy hosted two excellent race days this week. On October 10 the Prix de la Porte de la Chapelle (purse 43,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw 2.8/1 odds Fort Galaa (3g Rieussac-Lacita) score in 1.14.5kr with Yoann Lebourgeois up. The 41/1 Forban (3m Niky) took second for Pierre Vercruysse ahead of 49/1 Fragonard Delo (3m Akim du Cap Vert) handled by Gabriele Gelormini. On October 10 the featured Prix de la Porte de Saint-Marde (purse 44,000€, 2875 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.15.4kr timed and 6.7/1 odds Equateur Mauzon (4m Ready Cash-Strawinsca Mauzin) that Pierre Vercruysse trains and drove for owner Cte. Paul de Senneville. This winner scored for the fifth time in a 15 start career that increased his earnings to 79,190€. 2.6/1 favorite Exayre (4g Uaukir) was second ahead of 131/1 Eddy des Mulottes (4m Halimede). Undefeated 1.2/1 favorite Florence Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Urgentissime) recorded her fourth straight timed in 1.15.9kr with trainer Sebastien Guarato aboard. Her earnings are now 49,500€. The race was the Prix du Chateau D’eau (purse 43,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) and the winning owner was breeder Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. 9/1 Fee de Lunojo (3f Lontzac) was second for Franck Nivard and 26/1 Fayette (3f Voltigeur de Myrt) took third money with Franck Ouvrie driving. The Prix de la Porte de Chatillon (purse 38,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) saw 1.8/1 favorite Fabulous Jet (3m Coktail Jet-Rebecca Jet) score timed in 1.16.1kr. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Vincent Martens trainee that Ecurie Meydan owns. The 13/1 Fabuleux Destin (3g Uniclove) held second for owner/trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Third went to 7.2/1 Fripou des Sables (3m Look de Star) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard. The October 10th Quinte+ at Lyon-Parilly was the Prix de Vendee (purse 35,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters)/ The 3.8/1 odds third choice Super Fez (7m Love You-Lucia Fi) scored for Gabriele Gelormini, Scuderia Cumana and trainer Gennaro Casillo. Race time was 1.14.8kr as the impressive winner defeated 3.2/1 Visitor (9m Capriccio) and 5.6/1 Baronne de Bapne (7f Prodigious). 2.7/1 Big Boss and 50/1 Running Allmar (8m Ganymede-Hialeah Hanover) completed the top five with the exact order payoff amounting to 1,304€ for the 2€ wager. On October 12th at Paris-Vincennes are a superb lineup of top flight races including the Gr. III Prix Gordonia, Q+ Prix Hera, European Championships for three, four and five year olds and the Prix Bohemia. The feature race entries follow. On October 14th at Hamburg Germany there will also be a great racing program led by the 150,000€ Grossier Preis Von Deutschland. The program also includes the Gr. III Lord Pit for 30,000€, Gr. III Dein Markt Cup (30,000€ purse), the 30,000€ Bark FFA and the Gr. III Deutschland Cup (50,000€). Many of the better horses and drivers from throughout Europe will be on site for one of Germany’s biggest race days. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Monday’s harness racing trotting action at Enghien showcased the Quinte+ Prix du Pont des Arts (purse 44,000€, 2150 meters, 16 European starters). 2.9/1 second choice Cristal du Perche (6g Roi du Coq-Hotesca) scored timed in 1.12.7kr for driver David Thomain. The 7.2/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos-Lemon Soda OM) took second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel. 10/1 Too Hot For You (6f Scarlet Knight-Vasterbofromheaven) was third for driver Franck Ouvrie. The 6/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) and 5/1 Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) completed the top five, with the exact order payoff at 848.80€ for a 2€ play, The monte Prix de Mauron (purse 42,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters, apprentice jockeys) saw 8.7/1 odds Best Of Bourbon (7g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant-Cartinoa) score with easy handled by Mlle. Mathilde Collet. Stephane Rochais trains the winner for Ecurie Nice Nasach, Best Of Bourbon’s third straight victory and fourth in his last five outings. Second went to 1.1/1 favorite Cutty Sark (6g Baccarat du Pont-Sursum Corda) with Arthur Rebecke in the irons for trainer J.P. Piton. Third was 10/1 Bistrot (7g L’As de Viretaute-Pablita) for jockey Pierre Thieulent and owner/trainer Thierry Devouassaux. Two year olds contested the Prix du Haut Rhin (purse 35,000€, 2150 meters autostart, eight starters) with the 1.17.7kr timed victory to 3.1/1 odds Grandissimo (2m Brillantissime-Bahama Wood) with breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois driving. Yves Boireau trains this youngster. The 4/5 favorite Grisbi du Persil (2m Niky) took second for driver Eric Raffin, ahead of 12/1 Granit du Choquel (2m Prodigiois). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Friday evening Vincennes harness racing action saw Dreambreaker (5g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) win the Prix Atropos (purse 55,000€, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) clocked in 1.12.9kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Stall Oberkrecher of Germany own the winner that now has three wins in six FR outings. This 2/5 favorite defeated 13/1 Desperado (5m Kesaco Phedo) that Bazire also trains and today Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot. The 23/1 Donuts Deladou (5g Baccarat du Pont) was a rallying third ahead of 42/1 Jerry Mom (5m Ready Cash) and 6.7/1 Desir Castelets (5m Quaker Jet). The Q+ on the card was the Prix Charley Mills (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) that had 2.2/1 Balfour (7g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) hold on by a nose for teamster Gabriele Gelormini and trainer/owner Robert Bergh. This one now sports 20 wins in 44 starts for 298,201€ earned. 7.2/1 Tripolini VP (8g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic) was a just missed second for pilot Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Jeppe Juel and Team Juel of Denmark. The 36/1 Pave The Way (10g Pearsall Hanover-Hot Pants) took third for Matthieu Abrivard, ahead of 7/2 Lover Face (10g Love You) and 53/1 Un Cher Ami (10g Jag de Bellouet). Race timed was 1.14.3kr and the Quinte+ exact order payoff was 8,327.40€ for a 2€ wager. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The trots returned to Enghien on Monday including the Quinte+ Prix d’Egletons (purse 55,000€, 2875 meters, 16 European starters) that went to 21/1 outsider Dona Nina (5f Tucson-Quolombe Winner) with trainer Jarmo Niskanen up. He is also the breeder/owner of this mare that was clocked ib 1.14.5kr as she recorded her sixth career victory in 24 outings. The 48/1 Une Etoile Gar (5f Varenne) held second for Ferd Minopoli and trainer Salvatore Minopoli. 27/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (5f Roc Meslois) took third for Eric Raffin and trainer/owner Alexandre Pillon. The top five were completed byurth finishing 5.7/1 Dame Denfert (5f Quiton de Chatelet) and 15/1 Demoiselle Mika (5f Royal Dream). The Q+ payoff for a 2€ play was 148,164.60€, illustrating the impact of big fields, longer distance racing and large wagering pools. On the Enghien card was the Prix de Saint Chamond (purse 45,000€, 2150 meters, 16 European starters) with the 1.13.5kr timed victory earned by 3.2/1 odds Alex Trojborg (6g Great Challenger-Karisma DK) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Easy KB. The 12/1 Caid de Caponet (6g Memphis du Rib) took second for owner/trainer/driver Sebastien Baude, ahead of 19/1 Carioca (6g Jag de Bellouet) that trainer Thomas Levesque teamed for owner Camille Levesque. Wednesday at Laval will showcase some of the best currently active trotters in France. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday action at Paris-Vincennes offered the Q+ race of the day and two groupe contests. The Quinte+ was the Prix de Clarmont-Ferrand (purse 80,000€, 200 meters, 14 European starters). The 13/1 odds Calle Crown (4m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) prevailed timed in 1.12.5kr with J.Ph. Monclin up for Easy KM and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. 9/1 Versus As (4g Varenne-Lavinia As) took second for Matthieu Abrivard, Stable Why Not and trainer Paul Hagoort. Another outsider was 14/1 The Bucket List (4m Raja Mirchi-Global Keepsake) who was third for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Helena Burman and Falkbalogen AB. 3.8/1 Elvis Madrik and 8.1/1 Ever Pride completed the top five after the 2.6/1 favorite Eclipse Danica was a miscue dq. The exact order payoff was 103,572€ for a 2€ play. Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0947 BOOST ORDRE 1.000.000 €   Ordre :       103.572,40€   Désordre :       250,20€   Bonus 4 :       27,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       13,20€   Bonus 3 :       9,40€     The first groupe test was the Gr. III Prix Emile Beziere (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with 3.9/1 odds Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) home first timed in 1.13.9kr over the sloppy rain soaked course. Anthony Barrier teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee the Jacques Pauc owns. 8.5/1 Cantin de l’éclair (6g Jet Fortuna) took the second check for David Thomain and 3.2/1 odds Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and owner/trainer Allaire. The Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux (monte, 105,000€ purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) was the day’s featured race and an upset it was. 33/1 Caduceus des Baux (6g Mark Speed-Festine des Baux) scored in 1.13.1kr for Damien Bonne and owner/breeder Jack Dowie. Another outsider was second, that being 17/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) reined by Adrien Lamy for owner/trainer P. Emmanuel Mary. 3.3/1 Anzi des Liards (8g Look de Star) reported third for Romain Derieux, ahead of the 7/10 favorite, and 25 meter handicapped Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash) for jockey Joann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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