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April 14, 2018 - Three groupe tests and the Q+ Pris de la Lorraine (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European entrants) led a superb harness racing  Vincennes Saturday. The Q+ victory was earned by 3.6/1 Blues d’Ourville (7g Password-Pursuit of Charm) with Pierre Houel aboard for trainer Mme. Virginie Lecroq. Race time was a quick 1.11.4kr. 7.7/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) took second for reinsman Sebastian Ernault and owner/trainer Franck Harel, and third was 3.8/1 Blue Story (7f Opium) piloted by Pierre Levesque. 37/1 Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) and 7.4/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard up completed the top five The Gr. III Prix Beaumanior (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 3.1/1 Diademe Blue (5g Gazouillis-Pepite d’Or Blue) with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer J.P. Mary. Catherine Dabouic-Mary owns this winner that defeated 2/1 Duke of Carless (5m L’As de Viretaute) and pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 4.3/1 Ezreal Jiel took third with Matthieu Abrivard aboard, ahead of 23/1 Disco des Molands and 8.7/1 Daniel Bon. Five year olds were on stage in the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) and the impressive 1.11.6kr timed winner was 6.1/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) reined by trainer Sylvain Roger and owned by breeder Noel Lolic. 18/1 Dragon des Racques (5m Love You-Quinte des Racques) rallied on the pegs for second driven by Alexandre Abrivard and trained by L.Cl. Abrivard. A pack of contenders were next led by 1.7/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) handled by Eric Raffin for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 4.4/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) landed fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Detroit Castelets and Dreammoko were fifth and sixth. Delia du Pommereux The Gr. II Prix Hemine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, three years olds – monte) went to 2.8/1 Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. This one vaulted to the lead early and kept widening the advantage to score in hand timed in 1.13.3kr.The 7/10 favorite Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) in this race after four straight monte victories, was no match for the winner, and barely held second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 14/1 Fiore de Janiero (3f Vanishing Point) was third in a photo for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Franck Blandin. The Prix de Chelles (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 11 three year old males) went to 3.3/1 Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) timed in 1.16.3kr and reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this winner for Scuderia Winner and he was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois. 7.4/1 Falco d’Heripre (3m Goetmals Wood-Vedetta d’Heripre) held gamely second for J.Ph. Monclin with 5.2/1 Falcao de Laumac (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) third for Clement Duvaldestin. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 8, 2018 - A host of harness racing venues hosted today’s trotting across Europe (ten tracks open in FR alone). Below we’ll recap interesting races in France and Italy, where their three year old colts were showcased. Sunday’s Prix de la Ville de Challans (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 16 starters) at Challans resulted in a 1.14.8kr timed score for 1.9/1 favorite Aldo d’Argentre (8m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yolsa) and driver Adrien Lamy. 2.9/1 Be Good (7g Halimede) held second for J.Ph. Monclin and third was 20/1 Air (8g Lilium Madrik). At Mauquenchy was the Prix des Etablissements Frelet (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and that victory was earned by 9/1 Alf de Melandre (8g Panache de l’Iton-Luciole de Bisoir) for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer P.L. Legavre. 7.1/1 Boogie Boy (7g Saxo de Vandel) and driver Franck Ouvrie rallied for second with 143/1 Up And Go (10g Fripon Rose) home third. At Bologna Italy today was the Grand Premio Italia (purse €33,000, 1660 meters autostart, three year old males) went to front running Zen Bi (3m Toss Out-Iside Bi-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Enrico Bellei. He recorded victory four in seven career starts now for earnings in excess of €46,000. Zippy Freedom LF (3m Ideale Luis-Over The Pain LF-Ganymede) was second and third went to Zar Dei Baba (3m Zola Boko-Fiiriel-Supergill). This upcoming week includes the 3rd leg of the GNT Series, this one at Lyon la Soie on Wednesday. Evening racing at Paris-Vincennes takes place Tuesday. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 21, 2018 - 25/1 Vent d’Ouest (9g Kiwi-Ode Perlee) rallied late for harness racing trainer/driver Dominik Cordeau to record a 1.15kr victory in the featured Q+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €45,000, 2550 meters, 16 European starters, distance handicap), this one contested at Beaumont de Lomagne. The winner secured his 13th career win now for €232,240 earned. 7/1 Shark Attack (10g April Perfect-Step By Step) was a game second, racing two and three wide throughout, for owner/trainer/driver Mario J. Vandooyeweerd. 4.9/1 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) was third driven by Leo Abrivard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Blue Pass and Utile Lebel completed the top five. Last evening action returned to Paris-Vincennes with a 20:00 post time. The Prix Eos (purse €43,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 9/1 odds Deesse Noire (5f Neoh Jiel-Obelie) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for breeder/owner/trainer Bernard Desmontils. 7.6/1 Divine Girl (5f Notre Haufor) held second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Yves Dreux, ahead of 42/1 Dune de l’IUunay (5f Loulou Jet) with Anthony Barrier aboard. The evening’s featured Prix Bernard Simonard (monte, apprentice, purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.1kr quick timed 3.9/1 Benjamin Gede (7f Insert Gede-Niguette Gede) with jockey Louis Jublot in the irons. Alexandre Pillon owns and trains the winner that defeated 1.4/1 Chalimar de Guez (6g Nahar de Beval) with J.Y. Ricart up. J-M Bazire trains this one. Third was 18/1 Ungaro d’Eva (10g Ipson de Mormal) for Theo Peltier. Also raced on the Vincennes petite piste was the monte Prix Canopus (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters). 10/1 Estelou (4g Texas Charm-Topaze Bourbon) scored in 1.15kr for Matthieu Abrivard. Julien Dubois owns and trains the winner that was bred by Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. 3.2/1 Evidence Fly (4f Rocklyn-Oh Butterfly) was second, she trained by owner Julien Dubois, also the breeder. 7.5/1 Etincello Delo (4f Quaker Jet-Reverie d’Ar) took the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks

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

March 12. 2018 - Monday’s Bordeaux Le Bouscat featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran at Bordeaux (purse €40,000m 2650 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) went to 10/1 and 25 meter handicapped Shark Attack (10g April Perfect-Step By Step) handled by owner/trainer Mario Van Dooyeweerd. The game veteran now has nine wins in 33 FR starts and raised his career earnings to €238,058. Heinrich Platvoet bred the winner in Germany that is by a son of Armbro Goal and the dam Step By Step is a daughter of Allison Hollow from a Shogun Lobell dam. He was nicknamed early in his career “Crazy Horse” for his antics and as Claudia Platvoet now states  “We ❤ u crazy horse”. Another 10/1 and 25 meter penalized performer Aribo Mix (8g Reve des Vallees) rallied late for second, a neck short, for driver Dominik Cordeau with third to 4/5 favorite Diego Sautonne (5m Look de Star) reined by conditioner Matthieu Abrivard. A horse really named Crazy Horse was ninth. Thomas H. Hicks

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

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

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

February 28, 2018 - The Wednesday Q+ was at Enghien in the Prix de Sedan (purse €55,000, 2150 meters, 16 European starters) . 11/1 Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) scored for harness racing driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mille Fleurs. Race time was 1.13.7kr and the winner now has €241,264 earmed. 24/1 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen) took second for Leo Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, ahead of 23/1 Agi de Crennes (8g Joyau d’Amour) handled by J.P. Maillard. 13/1 Lover Face (10g Love You) with Franck Nivard up and 123/1 Amigo Turgot (8g Prince d’Espace) with trainer Franck Blandin driving completed the top five. The Prix de Lure (purse €80,000, 2875 meters, 11 European) went to 8.2/1 Titanium Gar (6g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg Jr. and Stal Arend. 22/1 Cicero Noa (6g Manderino Blue) took second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Jan Vanhoucke, with third to 13/1 Aron The Baron (6f Vasterbo Prestige) with David Thomain up. Bjorn Goop trains Aron. Race time was 1.15.7kr. Thomas H. Hicks      

February 10, 2018 - Madinina Martinique conducted its monthly harness racing / gallop program Saturday. The Prix  des Tulipes (purse €6,000, 3800 meters distance handicap on turf) went to 25 meter penalized Vlatou des Salines (9g Magnificant Rodney-Griffe des Salines) driven by J.L. Langeron, also the trainer. Race time was 1.29.1kr on the off surface. Typhon du Plantis (11g Loulou Jet-Light Turgot) was second for J.P.Loury ahead of Rivage du Layon (13g Chaillot-Deesse du Lagon) for teamster Christophe Moise. The Prix des Begonias (purse €6,000, 3800 meters distance handicap on turf) for trotteurs went to 1.27.5kr timed Ussein Royal (10g Lilium Madrik-Heloire)  handled by Jean Francois Gate for owner/trainer Christine Lebreton. 25 meter penalized Bavarois du Varket (7g Laetenter Diem) took the two spot for J.L. Langeron and third was Argan de Vandel for driver J.Ch. Villetrie. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 29, 2018 - Day one post Amerique showcased the Quinte+ Prix de Rethel (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters European) and 16/1 Brihana (7f Korean-Roxane Nova) scored in 1.14.7kr for harness racing driver Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer Daniel Delaroche. 16/1 Ballerina Bella (7f Scipion du Goutier) was a rallying second for Matthieu Abrivard and owner/trainer Christophe Feyte. 4.6/1 Thorn Bird (7f Clerk Magistrate) and Eric Raffin were third for trainer Eric Martinsson. 1.6/1 Basic and 8.8/1 Black Rain completed the top five. The Prix d’Yvetot (purse €36,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) went to 2.2/1 Dan Josselyn (5m Quaker Jet-Quena Josselyn) for driver David Thomain and owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin.  Race time was 1.14.2kr. 12/1 D’Artegnan de Lara (5g Otello Pierji) took second for Mathieu Mottier and 23/1 Dornadu (5g Flash de Cosse) was third for the owner/breeder/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. The Prix de Faverolles (monte, purse €58,000, 2200 meters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 6.6/1 odds Bariane James (7f Goetmals Wood-Ma Sissi James) with Franck Nivard in the irons for trainer Philippe Billard. Batata (7f Mood West) was second with Adrien Lamy up and Baron du Bourg (7g Lilium Madrik) was third for Eric Raffin. Although Amerique 2018 is old news, its’ impact on racing goes on with analysis of the winners’ pedigree and speculation on the future, especially upcoming Triple Crown races, the Prix de France and Paris. Carina du Parc Wins Q+ and Dark Night Love Scores in Prix de Laval January 30, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Vittel (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) this day went to 6.7/1 Carina du Parc (6f Roc Meslois-Nymphe du Parc) for Franck Ouvrie. Christian Boisnard owns and trains this winner. 15/1 Cambridge (6f Coktail Jet-Symphonie) and driver J-M Bazire was a close second with third to 12/1 Thetis Moon (6f Idele Luis-Fairy Mabel) took third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciador. 86/1 Contree d’Erable and 16/1 Terra del Rio (6f Varenne) completed the top five. The Prix de Cholet (monte, purse €44,000, 2175 meters, nine starters) went to 7/2 odds Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) timed in 1.15.2kr with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Yves Boireau trains the J-P Dubois owned filly. 1.6/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) held gamely second for P.Ph.Ploquin aboard for Julien LeMer, training for Claude Guedj. 39/1 Fiascetto (3m Ubriaco-Andalouse Lady) was a distant third. The featured  Prix de Laval (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 European) went to 1.12kr timed Dark Night Love (5f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnes) with trainer J-M Bazire up with the 1.3/1 favorite. 6.5/1 Divine d’Ecajeul (5f Ready Cash-Mutine d’Ecajeul)  was second for Christophe Martens and Ecurie Olmenhof. 4.4/1 Dominicana (5f Rocklyn-Passion d’Haufor) held third along the pegs for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Unison Kronos finished eighth and Unica Steed was 12th. The Prix d’Ambert (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) produced another Dubois family victory as Fly To The Moon (3m Rocklyn-Vendetta de Joudes) literally flew past the opposition for Julien Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and breeder Jean Philippe Dubois. Race time was 1.17kr. The winner off at 6.1 odds was away a distant last, then sixth over in the outer, then sweeping to the front in late stretch. Quite impressive!. 7/2 Francesco (3m Sarenne As-Flair As) held second for Christophe Gallier, breeder/owner/trainer/driver. 6.5/1 First Daidou (3m Univers de Pan)  was a good closing third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. The seventh race Prix Jean et Andre de la Vaissiere (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to game 1.14.6kr timed and 6.5/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) with Gabriele Gelormini up. Sebastien Guarato trains and Philippe DeWulf owns Ever Pride. 18/1 Elnino Montaval (4g Magnificent Rodney) with Eric Raffin up and 3.1/1 Eagle Speed (4m Jasmin de Flore-Perle Speed) trailed the winner, the latter trained by Guarato for Bold Eagle’s owner Pierre Pilarski. Thomas H. Hicks

January 23, 2018 - Saturday the Paris-Vincennes feature is the Gr. III Prix du Luxemburg (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart) that has initially drawn a high quality field as it usually does. Historically this event has produced important winners that are starters in many of the best top level races throughout Europe in the upcoming spring/summer season.   Année Vainqueur Pays Père Driver Entraîneur Temps 2017 Aubrion du Gers  France Memphis du Rib Jean-Michel Bazire Jean-Michel Bazire 1'11"4 2016 Trebol  Espagne Hot Blues Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou 1'12"1 2015 On Track Piraten  Suède Kool du Caux Erik Adielsson Hans Strömberg 1'12"2 2014 Turbo Jet  France Joyau d'Amour Jean-Étienne Dubois Jean-Étienne Dubois 1'11"8 2013 Triode de Fellière  France Derby du Gîte Jean-Michel Bazire Jean-Paul Marmion 1'11"2 2012 Yarrah Boko  Suède Coktail Jet Franck Nivard Trond Anderssen 1'11"5 2011 Rapide Lebel  France Ginger Somolli Eric Raffin Sébastien Guarato 1'10"8 2010 Ismos FP  Italie Uronometro Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy 1'11"3 2009 Orlando Sport  France Hand du Vivier Sébastien Baude Roger Coueffin 1'11"9 2008 Improve As  Suède Tagliabue Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 1'11"5 2007 Exploit Caf  Italie Toss Out Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy 1'11" 2006 Judoka Royal  France Coktail Jet Alain Laurent Alain Laurent 1'12"4 2005 Kuza Viva  France Uzo Charmeur Stéphane Levoy Paul Viel 1'12" 2004 Alesi OM  Italie Waikiki Beach Giampaolo Minnucci Jori Turja 1'12"2 2003 Jasoda  France Voici du Niel Geert Lannoo Arsène Lannoo 1'12"6 2002 Egon Lavec  Suède Navaki Lufti Kolgjini Lufti Kolgjini 1'13"2 2001 Solar Effe  Italie Napoletano Pietro Gubellini Edoardo Gubellini 1'13" 2000 Fan Idole  France Le Ham Richard-William Denechère Richard-William Denechère 1'13"5 1999 Euro Ringeat  France Seigneur Ringeat Pierre Vercruysse Theophile Loncke 1'13"6 1998 Hiosco du Vivier  Belgique Park Ridge Lobell Jos Verbeeck Alphonse Vanberghen 1'14"3 1997 Dresden  France Tarass Boulba Jean-Étienne Dubois Jean-Étienne Dubois 1'13"3 1996 Abricot du Laudot  France Nicos du Vivier Jacques-Henri Treich Jacques-Henri Treich 1'14"2     Race record is 1.10.,8kr set in 2011 by the wind and fast Rapide Lebel. 000011 INGA IN HEAVEN - F 5 2 100   WALLINF. WALLIN 000022 ZONGULDAK - H 9 2 100   MARTENSV. MARTENS 000033 CARABINIERI - M 7 2 100   UNTERSTEINERP. UNTERSTEINER 000044 TESTIMONIAL OK - M 6 2 100   BILLARDP. BILLARD 000055 COQUIN BEBE - M 6 2 100   LEBLANCF. LEBLANC 000066 ADELIA DE MELODIE - F 8 2 100   MEUNIERS. MEUNIER 000077 AVENIR DE BLAY - H 8 2 100   LE BELLERT. LE BELLER 000088 URLO DEI VENTI - M 5 2 100   CASILLOG. CASILLO 000099 ORIENT HORSE - M 10 2 100   EL MOULOUDIT. EL MOULOUDI 0001010 TREASURE KRONOS - F 6 2 100   RIORDANJ. RIORDAN 0001111 CASH GAMBLE - M 7 2 100   BILLARDP. BILLARD 0001212 CALL ME KEEPER - M 8 2 100   REDEND. REDEN 0001313 TONY GIO - M 6 2 100   MARTENSV. MARTENS 0001414 UNE SERENADE - F 10 2 100   PELTIERS. PELTIER 0001515 UZA JOSSELYN - F 7 2 100   AEBISCHERR. AEBISCHER 0001616 DAWANA - F 5 2 100   ALLAIREP. ALLAIRE 0001717 BEST OF JETS - M 7 2 100   BAUDOUINJ.M. BAUDOUIN 0001818 MOVING ON - F 9 2 100   GOOPB. GOOP 0001919 DANTE BOKO - H 8 2 100   KOLGJINIL. KOLGJINI   Thomas H. Hicks

December 30, 2017 - Today’s Gr. III Prix Yvonnick Boden (monte, purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to noteable front stepping harness racing monte specialist 2.6/1 Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) and jockey Mlle. Delphine Besse, who won her first in 2017. Philippe Allaire trains the property of Frederic Sauque. 29/1 Vrai Voyou (8g Gazouillis-Oranginette) was second for Romain Marty, in the irons for trainer P. Emmanuel Marty. 19/1 Americaine  (7f Chef de Chatelet-Marine Raudiciere) was third with Alexandre Angot up.  Race time was 1.12.4kr for the six length winner. Today’s Quinte + was the Prix de Bar le Doc (purse €105.000, 2850 meters distance handicap. 15 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 11/1 Ungaro d’Eva (9g Ipsom de Mormal-Iomolly) driven by Eric Raffin for J-M Baudouin. 8.9/1 Alfor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) was second for Charles J. Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon, ahead of 22/1 and 25 meter handicapped Totem d’Azur (10m Joao Panca) and Junior Guelpa, also trainer. 23/1 Arthuro Boy and 5.2/1 A Nice Biy completed the top five. 3/1 Atlas da Vinci with Bjorn Goop and 7/2 Call Me Keeper and Pierre Vercruysse were dnf’s when Atlas fell at top of stretch and following Call Me Keeper went into his rival and also went down. Both pilots were unseated. The Prix de Tence (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 6.6/1 Capella de Vrie (5f Prince d’Espace-Pandore Vrie) for driver Franck Nivard and breeder/owner/trainer Roger Baudron. 9/1 Carte Secrete (5f Prodigious-Libre Allure) was second for driver Julien Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 2.2/1 favorite Cadence des Fre (5f Panache de l’Iton) and driver Eric Raffin took third. Race time was 1.14.9kr. Other good winners on the card were 1.4/1 Dubai D’essarts (4f Kaisy Dream-Ode des Essarts) timed in 1.12.4kr for Francois Lagadeuc  in the Prix de Damville (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters). Two year olds contested the Prix des Eglantiers (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters) and the winner was 17/1 Fighter Smart (2m Uniclove-Vicky Cash) with Matthieu Abrivard up. 7.9/1 Fargo (2m Atlas de Joudes) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 4/1 French Man (2m Voyage de Reve-Oh Butterfly) held third for Julien Dubois, the breeder/owner/trainer. Fleuron d’Iroise (2m Kaisy Dream) with William Bigeon and 1.3/1 favorite Faithful (2m Village Mystic) for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron were fourth and fifth. J-M Bazire remains the FR dash winning driver for 2017 with 231 wins for €6.2million purse won. Bazire had 255 wins in 2016 and has held the title since 2010 with Franck Nivard second in each year except one. Thomas H. Hicks

December 12, 2017 - Today’s harness racing Quinte+ was at Cabourg in the Prix des Calceolaires (purse €40,000, 2750 meters, 16 starters) and the result lighted up the payoff scoreboard. 35/1 The Au Lait (10g Nuage de Lait-Kalfouny) scored timed in 1.13.1kr for Pierre Christian Jean and trainer Stephane Provoost/owner Ecurie Danover. 10/1 Valeur Ges (8f Quaro) was second for owner/trainer/driver Sylvain Marmion. 22/1 Valentine’s Day (8f Carpe Diem) took third for Pierre Houle. 10/1 Amigo Turgot and 24/1 Uppy de Vive ended fourth and fifth. The exact order payoff exceeded €372,000 for a €2 play. Interestingly the next four were off at 45, 28, 17 and 22/1 respectively, all finishing ahead of 7/10 Angelo AM that finished 10th, illustrating why horses race. Upcoming Vincennes weekend action includes the Saturday Prix Oscar Collard (Gr. III, purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart) and Sunday the Prix Jean Dumouch (Gr.III, purse €115,000, 2850 meters, European). The latter includes in its early entrants Call Me Keeper, Uza Josselyn, Cash Gamble, Tony Gio, Traders, In Vain Sund and many others. Thomas H. Hicks

November 24, 2017 - The Prix de l’ile (purse €95,000, 2859 meters, European monte starters), Thursday’s featured harness racing event, went to 16/1 Tout Va Bien (10g Inen-LaLolita) with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for breeder/owner/trainer Bertrand Kernivinen. Timed in 1.14.3kr the winner was placed first due to dq of Bruyere du Rib. Placed second was 15.9/1 Vivaldi d’Ambroise (8m Kid Blue-Oceane d’Ambroise) with Oceane Briand aboard. Placed third was 83/1 Taj Mahal d’Ombree (10g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Maharani d’Ombree) with Romain Marty up. Tout Va Bene pl1 Today’s Q+ was at Paris-Vincennes as the Prix de Sille le Guillaume (purse €70,000. 2850 meters, European starters) and victory went to 61.2/1 Ultra du Gade (9g Memphis du Rib-Bayonne). Eric Raffin teamed this J.P. Lecourt trainee for owner D.J. Julien. 27.3/1 Amarilla de Rabut (7f Ideal de lIton-Delux Pommes) was second ahead of 13.9/1 Athos des Volos (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos). The next two were off at 9.3/1 and 9.2/1 setting up a large exact order Q+ payoff shown below. The program also included a victory in the Prix de Dunkerque (purse €60,000, 2850 meters) by 1.14.4kr timed and 3/5 favored Dorgos de Guez (4g Roncok du Guez-Lady Fromentro) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up. 27/1 Doum Jenilou (4g Rancho Gede) and 4.6/1 Dark Mencourt (4m Tucson) were the next pair to the line. On Friday at Vincennes was the Q+ Prix Triton (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and 26.4/1 Bachar (6m Prodigious-Princesse Victoire) prevailed for driver Gabriele Gelormini and Ecurie Augustin-Normand. 17/1 Bolide du Guet (6g Fortuna Fant-Oliva du Guet) and 4.2/1 Bois de Baudrai (6m Rocklyn) were second and third. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 10, 2017 - 6.9/1 Defides Pistes (4g Neutron du Cebe-Ombre des Pistes) held on for victory in Friday evening’s harness racing Prix Titan (monte, purse €50,000, 14 starters) clocked in 1.14.1kr and with Adrien Lamy in the irons. Andre Melosi is breeder/owner. 5.7/1 Diktat du Start (4g Quaker Jet) rallied strongly for second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Philippe Daugeard and third went to 28.2/1 Diego de Retz (4g First de Retz) for P.Ph. Ploquin. The day’s Quinte+ event was at Vincennes and that result lit up the payoff board. 8.6/1 Bahamas Quick (6f Pim Quick-Kouriakine) scored for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner. 33.1/1 Bahia Somolli (6f Millenium Wood-Italia Somolli) was second and 20.2/1 Balla du Vivier (6f Korean-Naa du Vivier) took third. 46.7/1 Brihana and 58/1 Bridget Landemer completed and top five and complete a big time score for exact order ticket pickers. Next week starts the Epiqe Series that leads to the Prix d’Amerique. The kickoff is the Grand Prix de Bretagne that typically draws many of the best Amerique potential participants. Thomas H. Hicks                    

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