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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

December 3, 2017 - 1.8/1 favorite Bel Avis (6g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) took today’s Quinte+ Finale Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €150,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) with a sweeping move to the front around the last bend. Harness racing trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire has the Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Veteran well positioned behind outer tier cover before exploding to the front and then leading comfortably in the lane. Comte de Bellaigue bred this winner that bested 13/1 Vulcania de Godrel (f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) reined by Anthony Barrier. Third was 8.9/1 Violine Mourotaise (8f Le Retour-Mourotaise) for David Thomain ahead of the next pair, Vanderlov and Tiger Danover. The afternoon program included several groupe events, The Gr. II monte  Prix Philippe du Rozier (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) went to 2.4/1 Driver Cadence (4m Saxo de Vandel-Rose Pourpre) with Mathieu Mottier up for Ecurie Cadence 3 and trainer Emmanuele Allard. Race time was 1.13.1kr and theft 3/5 favorite Dragon du Fresne (4m Saphir Castelets) and Alexandre Abrivard second. 7/2 Dexter Fromentro (4m Qwerty) took third for Camille Levesque. There were three Gr. III Le Trot Open des Regions on the card, each for a purse of €85,000 and raced over the 2850 meter distance. The three year old edition went to 1.2/1 Elvis Madrik (3g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) with J-M Bazire aboard. Elisione Mag (3f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) was second with David Thomain up. The four year olds event was won by 4.1/1 Danise d’Etary (4f Un Amour d’Haufor-Rumba d’Etang) timed in 1.14.4kr for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. The five year old contest went to 1.14kr timed and 20/1 Comete Leman (5f Neptune Leman) with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Y.J. Bezcoet. Later in the card Christian Bigeon was back for a second win driving Diane d’Haufor (4f Paris Haufor) timed in 1.15.8kr in the €38,000 Prix de Jonchery. The Finale Grand National des Jockeys (monte, purse €62,000, 18 starters) also took place with the 1.13.8kr timed and 70/1 Varum Boy (8g Baccarat du Pont) winning for Damien Bonne and Yves Dreux, the breeder/owner/trainer. David Thomain and his mount Brut de la Cote finished second ahead of Eric Raffin aboard Baronne de Bapre (6f Prodigious). Thomas H. Hicks  

November 29, 2017 - Yoann Lebourgeois drove 7.2/1 Mindyourvalue WF (4g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Business) to a 1.13.6kr timed victory in today’s  harness racing Quinte+ Prix de Picardie (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. This Robert Bergh trainee is owned by Christer Englund and the winner bested 9/2 Direct Way (4g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Philippe Allaire. 27/1 Diable de Vauvert (4m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) was third for David Thomain. 15/1 Dream de Nilrem and 1.8/1 Rajesh Face were the next pair to the line creating a €6,755 payoff for a €2 play. Other winners on the Vincennes program included 17/1 Ezio Josselyn (3m Prodigious-Lezira Josselyn) for driver Bjorn Goop in the €60,000 Prix Jean Maurice Beteau. Ronny Kuiper is the trainer of the 1.15.8kr timed Ezio Josselyn. The €58,000 Prix de Bouville went to 1.12.8kr timed (over 2175 meters) and 2.3/1 odds Callijo Delbi (5g Rieussec-Joliette de Manvez) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer H.N. Bihel. Two year olds were on display in two divisions of the (€38,000 A Division and €35,000 B Division) Prix des Anemones  each raced over 2200 meters. Groupe A went to 1.18.1kr timed and 3.8/1 odds Fantastic Life (2f Prodigious-True Life) driven by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The B groupe went to 1.17kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Flower Power (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow). Thomas H. Hicks    

Today’s Quinte+ was the Paris-Vincennes Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters). The 3/2 favorite Athis Deladou (7g Islero de Bellouet-Prettily du Dame) scored for reinsman J-M Bazire, defeating 22/1 Very First (8g Orlando Vici) handled by trainer J.F. Senet and third finishing 50.5/1 Variuso du Bouffey (8g Look de Star) driven by Gabriele Gelormini. 2.8/1 Ange de Lune and 11.2/1 Vaat des Caillons completed the top five and set up the €10,299 payoff for a €2 wager. Top action is on tap for this weekend at Vincennes. On December 2 are the Gr. II Prix Joseph Lafose, a monte event for €120,000 purse raced over 2700 meters, and the Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin for the same purse and raced over 2850 meters. On December 3 there is the Gr, II Finale of the GNT Paris-Turf for €150,000; and the Gr. II monte Prix Philippe du Rozier for four year olds. That program also includes three Gr III Le Trot Open des Regions, one each for three, four and five year olds, each raced over 2850 meters. 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 22, 2017 - Today’s harness racing Q+ was at Mauquenchy in the 13th leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). Victory went to 3/1 Aero King (7g Hooper-Quarmina du Hour) reined by Anthony Barrier for owner/trainer Mme. Virginie Lecroq. Race time was 1.14.2kr and the top three home were not distance handicapped. 45.9/1 Vanderlov (8g Orlando Vici-Maestria de Fligny) took second for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas. 10.7/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie) was third for Francois Levcanu/ 2.4/1 Classic Way (5m Prodigious) was fourth. This Tour de Trance des Trotteurs commenced March 8 and now after 13 legs Tiger Danover has 70 points, ahead of Violine Mourotaise with 56 and Ursa Major with 54 points. The final will be December 3 at Paris-Vincennes. This series brings upper level trotters to smaller markets throughout France. Yesterday (November 21) at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Ostarg (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 16 entrants) and the 1.13.2kr timed, 22.3/1 odds, winner was Chica de Joudes (5f Jag de Ballouet-Queschua Love) reined by owner/trainer Alain Laurent. 3/2 favorite Comete des Vaux (5f Simngalo-Queen Marie Vaux) reined by Tony LeBeller for owner/trainer J.M. Legros. 12.7/1 Callas du Bouff (5f Look de Star) was third for David Thomain. Same evening, same venue, was the Prix Polyxo (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) and 4/5 favorite Fashion Queen (2f Pablo As-Pidelia) scored for Eric Raffin timed in 1.16.6kr. Philippe Allaire trains the filly, bred and owned by J.M. Tessier. Second for 9.9/1 Folie Prestance (2f Sam Bourbon-Quelle Prestance) for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel.18.2/1 Frigate Island (2f Timoko-Adneika) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Bjorn Goop and owners P&O Bronsman AB. 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                    

November 3, 2017 - Well regarded Cobra Bleu (5m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee) returned in victory today at Le Croise Laroche, winning the harness racing Grand Prix du Nord 5Ans (purse €40,000, 2825 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr. Pierre Vercruysse drove Cobra Bleu, one that he also trains, for breeder/owner Nathalie Chepdelaine. The 2/5 favorite overcame a 25 meter handicap, and after catching his rivals, staged a four wide move to the lead with a lap remaining, to defeat 7/1 Chic (5f Look de Star-Marine du Hausey), Franck Nivard up,  and 10/1 Coeur de Loup (5g Jet Fortuna-Otra Luna) reined by trainer Philippe Deaugeard. Cobra Bleu scored his second 2017 win in only three starts and now has 10 career victories for €442,640 earned. Cobra Bleu is one to watch at the Vincennes Winter Meet. He has shown up before, placing second last Christmas day in the Criterium Continental and he won Gr. II events such as the Prix Phaeton and Prix Ephrem Houel, also in 2016. Evening racing this day at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by the Quinte+ Prix Barbara (purse €48,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) that resulted in a 1.13.3kr timed victory by 43/1 Agi de Crenes (7g Joyou d’Amour-Ovation de Crennes) reined by J.P. Maillard. 8.2/1 Atout de Gainaut (7g Gazouillis) was next for Eric Raffin and third was 4.7/1 Aquero de Soudes (7g Dahir de Prelong) for Alain Laurent. Monday the Paris-Vincennes afternoon program will be worth tracking with its three Gr. II events and other meaningful contests. PRIX REYNOLDS 120 000€ Groupe II - Monté - 2 175m - International PRIX REINE DU CORTA 120 000€ Groupe II - Attelé - 2 175m – 3yo females PRIX ABEL BASSIGNY 120 000€ Groupe II - Attelé - 2 175m -3yo males Well respected Tornado Bello (monte), three year old fillies Electra Jet, Elegantissime, Erming d’Oliverie  and three year old colts Express Jet, Espoir Prestance, Eridan and Ecu Pierji will be at the start. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 25, 2017 - Wednesday evening the Enghien harness racing program was highlighted by two year-olds competing in the Prix du Bas-Rhin (purse €34,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters). The 4.7/1 Fleur de Lys Delo (2f Quaker Jet-Princesse Royale) scored with a late rally timed in 1.18.2kr for driver Gabriele Gelormini and breeder/owner Mme. Elodie Mangeard de Barros. 6.6/1 pacesetter Folie Prestance (2f Sam Bourbon-Quelle Prestance) held for second driven by Matthieu Abrivard, breeder/owner Joseph Vanduffel and trainer Paul Hagoort. 7.5/1 Firefly (2f Ready Cash-Topaze Bourbon) came from far back to land third for driver Alexandre Abrivard, owner Jean Pierre Dubois, breeder Scuderia Bolgheri Srl and trainer Yves Boireau. The card also included the Prix de L’Aigle (purse €60,000, 2875 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.3kr winner was 2.2/1 Cristal du Perche (5g Roc du Coq-Hutesca) reined by David Thomain. Second was 6.3/1 Clovic Montaval (5g Qualimo de Vandel-Jegalo de Crepan) for Gabriele Gelormini and third went to 7/1 Classic Word (5g Password-Rumba du Moncel) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer/owner Paul Hagoort. Friday night at Paris-Vincennes are three groupe events. The Prix Louis Cauchois (purse €80,000, 2200 meters) that drew Fleirel Vedaquaid and Fabriz du Gite. The Prix Pierre Van Troyeu (purse €80,000, 2850 meters) includes in the field Caline de Fleur, Carla Love and Dulcinee Vrie. The Prix Gisella (purse €65,000, 2850 meters) drew well-regarded Express Bourbon, a Sebastien Guarato trainee. Thomas H. Hicks

October 21, 2017 - Today’s marathon Gr. III International Grand Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse €80,000, 4400 meters distance handicap, 18 International starters), also the Q+ race of the day, went to 10/1 Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Bella) that overcame a 25 meter handicap to win for Eric Raffin. Timed in 1.15.1kr the J.P. Marmion owned trainee, bred by Remi Boucret, recorded her 23rd career win in 83 outings for €640,440 earned. Second finishing Val Royal (8m Capriccio-Quar du Rib), also penalized 25 meters at the start, set the pace throughout for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and gamely held on at 6.4/1. The 3/2 favorite Cantin de l’éclair and 2.1/1 Traders were misque dq’s. 22.4/1Alienor de Godrel (7f Orlando Vici-Julietta) was third this day for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 19/1 Visconti (8g Magnificent Rodney) was fourth for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, this one also 25 meter handicapped. 50 meter handicapped and 131/1 Athena de Vandel (7f Prince Gede-Maclia de Vandel) landed the fifth sport for Mathieu Mottier. Longshots continued in the Prix de Champcerie (purse €46,000, 2200 meters autostart, 18 starters) at Caen with victory earned by 48.4/1 Valea MIP (8f Ganymede-Javotte Ducale) reined by Alexandre Ramage for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie MIP, The 1.12.4kr timed winner defeated 182/1 Blooma d’Heripre (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) and teamster Anthony Menager and trainer Gregory Horel. Third went to 13.8/1 Athos des Volos (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) handled by Eric Raffin, 3/1 Bolt was a misque dq. At Orebro SWE today was the Express Gaxe raced over 2100 meters autostart for 150,000SEK first money. What was billed as a FR prep for Nuncio turned into a stunning defeat. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored in gate to wire fashion from post six, driven by trainer Johan Untersteiner for Invexbro AB, breeder/owner. The 12.5/1 shot bested pocket sitter Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) with Christoffer Eriksson up and 10.5/1 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Marie Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman) rallied three wide in the last quarter and earned third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Nuncio has post one and was away fourth on the pegs before moving first over after 400 meters. He stayed second on the outer thereafter for Stefan Melander before stalling in the final bend and through the lane, ending fifth. Race time was 1.12.3kr off even fractions, the 1500 meter mark time was 1.12.2kr and the 1000 was 1.12.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 20, 2017 - This evening showcased the Friday harness racing action before a good after work crowd and showcasing the day’s Quinte+ event. The program began with an upper class sprinters contest that went to favorite Comtesse du Chene and driver Franck Nivard. Summary follows: Prix Klymene (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, nine European starters) Race time 1.14.2kr 3/5 Comtesse du Chene (5f Quaker Jet-Imperiele du Chene), Franck Nivard, J. LeMer trainer, Cl. Guedj owner 3.9/1 Tentation Ans (5f Muscles Yankee-Coronation Ans), J-M Bazire driver, Scuderia Phenomenia Srl, Philippe Billard trainer 15.7/1 Calencia (5f Quaker Jet-Olencia), Eric Raffin driver, owner/breeder/trainer Alphonse Vanderghen Next the Q+ was contested by 18 upper class trotters with Bakchich victorious for driver Tony LeBeller. See the summary below: Quinte+ Prix Themis (purse €65,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) Racer time  1.12.4kr 2.2/1 Bakchich (6g Quopeck-Paix de Villeneuve), Tony LeBeller, J.M. Legros trainer 15.1/1 Rocket Zet (8g Muscles Yankee-Hefty Zet), Franck Nivard,  Mme. Kaisa Torvonen trainer 5/2 Beppe Am (6g Enjoy Lavec-Via di Jesolo), Matthieu Abrivard up, Bjorn Goop trainer 13.6/1 Bel Air (6g Ganymede-Kaldeira), Alexandre Abrivard, owner/trainer Franck Boismartel 21.9/1 Spirit Real (6g Supergill-Civetta Real), Francois Lagadeuc, Thomas Levesque trainer Monte performers were on display. The Prix Athamantis (monte, purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 12 european starters) produced a close finish with front running 2.7/1 Corames (5f Speedy Bliue-Reine Magic) holding on for the 1.12.8kr timed victory with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. Dominique Mottier is trainer/owner/breeder of the winner that bested hard finishing 1.1/1 favorite Dreole Verderie (4g Kalusphenio) with David Thomain up for Emilie LeBeller, the trainer. Next was 12.6/1 Caid de Bangale (5g Lou Lou Jet). Tomorrow is the Q+ is the Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse €80,000, 4400 meters distance handicap, 18 international starters) with the entrants led by Val Royal and Uniflosa Bella, both handicapped 25 meters, and Alienor de Godrel that starts 50 meters back. At Orebro SWE is the day’s V75 and the Gold Division is named the Express Gaxe (150,000SEK to winner) and that field is led by Nuncio from post one with trainer Stefan Melander listed to drive. He will face rivals that include Poochai, Spring Erom, Charrua Forlan and Tobin Kronos. Thomas H. Hicks

October 19, 2017 - Today’s Pick5 Prix de la Porte Bancion at Enghien Soisy (purse €60,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.15.8kr timed and 20.7/1 odds Chance de Douits (5f Power Jet-Pony Girl) reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Franck Gaillard trains the winner for owner F.J.Miachaud. 8.5/1 Comete Darche (5f Ready Cash-Java Darche) was second handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Junior Guelpa. 16.7/1 Cocotte Jolie (5f Gogo-Milady de Roche) was the third finisher teamed by Eric Raffin. Tomorrow the action turns back to Vincennes with two upper class events each for a €75,000 purse, one of these a monte contest. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 16, 2017 - 8/1 Black Atout (6m Prodigious-LaLagune), took today’s Q+ Prix des Gobelins (purse €54,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) timed in 1.13.5kr for harness racing driver Mathieu Mottier. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Cl. Guedy. 2.4/1 Blue Story (6f Opium-Loumana Flor) took second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, ahead of 14.5/1 Vivien Pro (8g Neutron du Cebe) for Anthony Barrier. 1.9/1 favorite Boccaccio (6m Carpe Dien) was fourth for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and fifth went to 29.3/1 Archangel AM (7g Going Kronos) for Dominik Locqueneux to complete the Quinte+ top five. Sunday at Trevso Italy was the featured PR Gran Premio Giuseppe Biasuzzi (purse €110,000, 1609 meters autostart) and the impressive gate to wire winner was Dijon(4m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou-Coktail Jet), timed in 1.12.7kr for Romain Derieux. Pocket sitter Ursa Caf (4f Exploit Caf-Crismar-Campo As) held second for Ant. Esposito and Urlo Dei Venti (4m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) held third for Enrico Bellei after taking a strong run at the leader past the 1200 meter mark. Dijon drew clear off the final bend and sustained his trot to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 2, 2017 - Today’s Paris Vincennes harness racing groupe action began with the Prix Victor Regis (Gr. II for three year olds, purse  €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) and the even money favorite Eridan (3m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) scored comfortably with David Thomain aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe DeWulf, timed in 1.16.1kr. The trainer/owner team also took second with 4.3/1 Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) reined by Mathieu Mottier. 13.5/1 Euro du Chene (3m Neoh Jiel-Oseille du Chene) raced well to capture third driven by Franck Nivard. The Prix Uranie was the next Gr. II event (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) and 2/5 odds favorite Erminig d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier-Theze) recorded a close victory gamely holding on for the 1.14.9kr score driven by Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc is the conditioner for Ecurie de l’Oliverie). Ere Nouvelle (3f Love You-Kidea) was a rallying second at 19.6/1 with Anthony Barrier up for the successful team of Philippe Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent. 22/1 Elisione Mag (3f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) was in the picture third for David Thomain and breeder/owner Michel Agostini. Next on tap was the Prix Carille Lepecq (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters). The always interesting performer Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) scored at 7/10, the favorite, timed in 1.11.5kr and exhibiting his speed and wide antics as he made the front at the halfway point. Philippe Allaire trains the veteran for Fredric Sauque and Yoann Lebourgeois was up. 8.8/ Attentionally (7f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was six lengths back second with David Thomain in the irons for Paul Viel, the owner/breeder/trainer. The great veteran Tornado Bello (10m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilde) took third at 4.3/1 for Camille Levesque riding for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. The featured Gr. I Criterium des 5ans (purse €240,000, 3000 meters, 13 starters) went to 3/10 favorite and 1.13kr timed Carat Williams (5m Prodigious-Miss Williams) with David Thomain the pilot for Sebastien Guarato, training for Mme. Florence Deboudaud. Carat Williams now has 17 wins in 31 career outings for €780,240 earned. 7.5/1 Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was second for the Yoann Lebourgeois/Philippe Allaire driving/training team for owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. 46/1 Coquin Bebe (5m Rancho Gede-Noble Nenette) was third driven by J-M Bazire for Franck Leblanc. 3.1/1 Draft Life (4f Ubriaco-Maflymede) took the Gr. II Prix Guy le Gonidec (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters all four year old mares) timed in 1.13.6kr and driven by Eric Raffin for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 21/1 Delia du Pommereux (4f Niky) was second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 141/1 Diamond Crown (4f Repeat Love-Ma Crown) was a close third for Yoann Lebourgeois. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Lady O’Reilly and she was bred by Ecurie D. 3.3/1 Dawana was fourth and 1.2/1 favorite Darling de Reux was a dq. Today’s September 2nd Quinte+ was the Vincennes Prix de Neuilly (purse €65,000. 2850 meters, 18 starters) with the 1.13.5kr timed victory going to 7/10 favorite Azaro d’Eva (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) reined by owner/trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 5.4/1 Athis Deladou (7g Islero de Bellouet) was second for R. LeVexier and 83/1 Vivien (8g Kaisy Dream) took the third spot for Franck Ouvrie in this modest payoff Quinte event. The day’s final groupe contest was the Gr. III Prix de Beaugency (purse €105.000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) and that 1.13.1kr timed score went to 1.6/1 favorite Virgious du Maza (8g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. The breeder/owner is Ecurie du Maza. Finishing second was 9.5/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Loir) for Eric Raffin and 35/1 Val Royal (8m Capriccio) took the third check for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. Great weather and superb racing made for a well-attended racing day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. Thomas H. Hicks

July 22, 2017 - Today’s featured Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse €120,000, 4150 meters distance handicapped, 17 starters, Quinte+) was a Gr. II International event and 9.7/1 Virgious du Maza (8g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) scored for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault and breeder/owner Ecurie du Maza. 22/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Loir) took second for Eric Raffin and third went to 8/1 Clif du Pommereux (5m Love You-Noure du Pommereux) for J-M Bazire and trainer Sylvain Roger. 125/1 Vittorio de Carly and 88/1 Venus de Bailly ended fourth and fifth. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 5.4/1 Diadora BR (6f Ken Warkentin-Bauxite) was an impressive 1.14.3kr winner of the Pris Pont de la Porte Montmartre (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters). Christophe Martens raced the Vincent Martens trainee on the front and she was unstoppable for owner Ceke Farm BVBA. 56/1 Viking Dream (8g Isero) was second for trainer/driver A.G. Maillard, ahead of 42/1 Vanetta d’Azur (8f Lejarque d’Houlbec). Euro du Chene (3m Neoh Jiel-Oseilla du Chene) took the Prix de Rome (€85,000, 2875 meters, eight starters) for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Jerome LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Gueji. The 17.4/1 outsider was timed in 1.15.4kr. 5.2/1 Elite du Ruel (3f Timoko-Romaine du Ruel) held second craftily reined by trainer Franck Anne for breeder/owner Annick Bazin. Third was 7.1/ Eridan (3m Ready Cash-Topize d’Atout) for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 5/10 favorite Hambo Trannss R (3m Love You-Bewitched) was a non-threatening fourth for Robin Bakker/Paul Hagoort team. This one reached the front early, then was stuffed in the pocket by Elite du Ruel, and when free late showed little. The Prix du Faubourg Montmartre (purse €65,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 8.4/1 Dalixoria (4f Prince D’Espace-Java du Vaumicel) at 8.4/1 and driven by Eric Raffin for the team of trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. 16/1 Dynastie Aldo (4f Kiwi-Ocre Barbes) for J-M Bazire and 8/1 Daljamosa (4f Kaiser Soze-Jaldemosa) with David Thomain up, took the second and third positions to the line. Race time was 1.16.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks    

July 15, 2017- The Enghien harness racing feature this Saturday was the Prix de Bruxelles (purse €95,000, 2150 meters autostart, eight European starters). The 2/5 favorite Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was a two length winner for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie G&F Raffre. Valko Jenilat took his 17th victory in 72 career outings, now for €859,515 earned. 15.7/1 Olmo Holz (9m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens, ahead of 5.1/1 Ave Avis (7m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer J-M Bazire. 19/1 Arazi Boko (10g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was fourth with Franck Nivard up, and 36/1 Trebol (10m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) was fifth for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Race time was 1.12.9kr. Today’s Q+ was the Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse €68,000, 2875 meters. 18 starters) at Enghien with the 1.14.8kr timed victory going to 5/1 Azur Somolli (7m Obrillant-Ophelia Somolli) reined by trainer Sebastien Ernault. 8.8/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) took second for Christophe Martens ahead of 14/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Loir) and driver Franck Nivard. 188/1 Baleyse was fourth for Alexis Garandeau and fifth was 8/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (6m Magnificent Rodney-Nymphe du Dollar) for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Sylvain Roger. July 15 action at Enghien also included the Prix du Louvre (purse €80,000, 2875 meters, 12 European starters) with that victory earned by 12.3/1 Cantin de l’Eclair (5g Jet Fortuna-Noce Joyeuse) timed in 1.14.2kr and driven by Tony Le Beller for Ecurie Éclair. 9/1 Coup Droit (5m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. 3/2 favorite Bredabliks Nubbe (5m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve) was a rallying third for Conrad Lugauer. Thomas H. Hicks

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