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January 11, 2018 -  Today the Q+ was at Cagnes sur Mer in the Prix de la Cote d’Azur (purse €150,000, 2900 meters, 18 starters Internationale) with victory to 5/1 Coup Droit (6m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Why Not. 3.8/1 Vasco Flower (9g Niky-Nimea) was second for Charles Julien Bigeon and owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Third was 33/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) for trainer/driver David Bekaert and Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. 5.1/1 Tony Gio and 9/1 Baby Lou Max completed the top five. Race time was 1.13.1kr and the winner recorded victory number 9 in 39 starts now for €430,310 earned. The Prix Cagnes Sur Mer (purse €50,000, 2925 meters, 17 starters) produced a blowout win for 1.3/1 Global Response (7g Credit Winner-Com Mimmi) driven by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel of Belgium. 5.9/1 Buzz de Carel (7g Prince Gede) with J.B. Boney and 10/1 Dimmidisia (5f Phlegyas-Prune Rouge) for trainer/driver Loris Garcia were the next two home. Race time was 1.13.4kr. Yesterday’s Q+ was also at Cagnes sur Mer and this Prix de la Cote d’Or (purse €46,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) produced victory for 7/2 Aigle Jenilou (8g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) handled by his trainer Louis Baudron. Bold Eagle starts Sunday Bold Eagle starts Sunday in the third “B” leading to the Prix d’Amerique​. The top three (if not already qualified) will earn an Amerique ticket and the field includes many top line performers including Readly Express, Lionel, Belina Josselyn, Bird Parker, Briac Dark and Treasure Kronos. The fine Paris-Vincennes program also showcases three other groupe contests such as the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte, Gr. III Prix Djerid for monte trotteurs and the Gr. III Prix de Riberac. 16:10 C6 - GRAND PRIX DE BELGIQUE 120 000€ Thomas H. Hicks

January 29, 2017 - Today’s 2017 Prix d’Amerique program was a great display of top fight harness racing and festivities for the enthusiastic crowd. Canadien d’Em (5m Ready Cash-Kanadia) started today’s racing action with victory in the Gr. II Prix Harley Davidson/Camille Blaiset (monte, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters). Mathieu Mottier teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee for Laurent Edin. The 1.14.1kr timed winner bested Cypien des Bordes in rein to J,.L.Cl. Dersoir for the legend Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Third was Celina Polka with Alexandre Abrivard up for owner/trainer Joel VanEeckhaute. The Prix de Montreal/Le Parisien(purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) was next up and it went to 1.11.3kr quick clocked 2/1 Calin de Morge (5g Ozio Royal-Paradise Princess). Matthieu Abrivard was the pilot for David Haon, trainer for Ecurie HD Trot. 22/1 Tesauro (5g Filipp Roc-Iniziale) rallied for second, driven by Pietro Gubellini for trainer Christian Rizzo and Scuderia RB Team Srl. 13/1 Clever Lymm (5m Korean-Oquidia) was third for Anthony Barrier, Ecurie Le Tremont and trainer Philippe Billard. Fractions were 1.07.4kr at 1500 meters remaining; 1.09.4kr at the 1000 mark and 1.11kr with 500 to go. The Gr. II Prix RMC/Jacques Andrieu (monte, purse €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 11 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamps) at 4.8/1 for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire is the trainer for Frederic Sauque, the owner of this now €332,800 career winner. The often unpredictable Arlington Dream was on a loose lead throughout and weakened in the lane albeit still posting an easy victory (fractions 1.12.6kr with 1500 remaining; 1.11.4kr at the 1000 and 1.12.3kr at 500 to go). The 25 meter penalized Texas de l’Iton (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliada de l’Iton) was second at 4.9/1 with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Hughes Levesque and third was Italy’s Nene’ Degli Ulivi (10g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) for jockey Eric Raffin. Draft Life (4f Ubriaco-Maflymede) took the Gr. II Prix Lalique/Charles Tiercelin (purse €120,000, 2100 meters, 13 four year-old starters) timed in 1.12.1kr for Eric Raffin. The 1.9/1 second wagering choice is trained/owned/bred by Louis Baudron. 1.3/1 favorite Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner/breeder Elisabth Allaire. 22/1 Dahlia du Rib (4m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) rallied for third teamed by J.L.Cl. Dersoir and trained by Joel Hallais for owner Ecurie Rib. The winner stormed home after the modest time of 1.12.7kr with 500 meters remaining. Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) took the Gr. III Prix Jean Rene Gougeon/Maison Coilieres (purse €105,000, 2100 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.11.8kr with J-M Bazire driving for Philippe Billard training for Stall TJ Gamble. This 1.8/1 favorite defeated 11/1 Apollon de Kacy (7m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) driven today by Franck Niavrd for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm. Third was 22/1 Blues d’Ourville (6g Password-Pursuit of Charm) reined by Gabriel Gelormini. The Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson/Lenotre (purse €105,000, 2100 meters, 18 starters) provided the landscape for a Dubois victory as 7.9/1 Vacate Money (8f Prodigious-Making Money) scored in 1.11.9kr for Jean-Philippe Dubois and his Ecurie Victoria Dreams, The Philippe Moulin trainee was rated beautifully by Dubois and held steady to the line, defeating 56/1 Super Ariel (8f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) with Matthieu Abrivard up. 105/1 El Catwalk (6f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) and Franck Nivard was third. The Gr. III Prix Association La Chaine de l’Espoir (purse €80,000, 2100 meters, 13 starters) saw 1.2/1 favorite Eros de Chene (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Oulanova) score in a well-rated 1.16.7kr in this event for lightly raced three year-olds. Franck Nivard reined the winner, owned and bred by Clause Guedy. 38/1 Elsa du Pommereux (3f Coktail Jet-Saba du Pommereux) with Mathieu Mottier up was second for breeder/owner Noel Lolic, and 4.8/1 Estella Love (3f Love You-Shucca) was a good third for Franck Ouvrie, owner Jean Pierre Dubois and Yves Boireau, trainer. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The Prix de Meadowlands (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 14 European four year olds) was a competitive event with 10.8/1 Una Bella Gar (5f SJ’s Photo-Georgette Gar) rallying for the 1.14.9kr victory with Antonio Greppi up. The Mme. D.R. Cortina owned mare is trained by Lorenzo  Colletti. 7/2 Ursel Gio (4f Love You-May Glide Font SM) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner R.F. Nooteboom. 14/1 Unique Dream Bar (4f Goetmals Wood-Genial Power) took third for Santo Mollo and Scuderia Guida Edoardo. Tom Charters of the Hambletonian Society and his team (Moira Fanning and Jay Farrar) presented the trophy and spoke about The Meadowlands, host of the three year old US trotting classic, the Hambletonian Stake. The program ending Prix Tidalium Pelo (monte apprentice jockeys, purse €62,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to placed winner by dq awarded to 30.5/1 Vicomte d’Havane (8g Invar-Mandoline de Ry) with Pierre Sorais in the irons for trainer Bruno Marie and Ecurie BKM. First home but dq’d was 8/1 Uhendo Rivelliere. Placed second was 9.3/1 Uno de Guinette (9g Kaiser Soze-Isis de Guinette with Mlle. Noeme Hardy aboard and placed third was 56/1 Visa de la Noemie (8m Cygnes d’Odyssee-Bea de la Noemie) with Florent Guerineau up. Race time was 1.14.3kr. The Amerique Day at Vincennes was quite spectacular, as always, professionally presented and well received by the huge crowd. Next up in two week increments are the Prix de France, Prix de Paris and then the Cagnes sur Mer Grand Criterium de Vitesse. Thomas H. Hicks

January 29, 2017 - The exceptional, extraordinaire Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethu Rah Jet) scored a convincing harness racing victory in the 2017 Prix d’Amerique Opodo clocked in 1.11.2kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski, Jean-Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle, now with €2,743,300 earned. Belina Josselyn (6f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) was a game second after gaining the lead late in the final bend for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) rallied for third for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Daniel Reden and owner Goran Antonsen of Norway. Propulsion, Briac Dark, Call Me Keeper and Booster Winner were next to the line. Fractions were steady and quick over the 2700 meter distance for a purse of €1,000,000 (1.11.8kr at 1500 to go; 1.12kr at the 1000; 1.11.4kr with 500 meters remaining). Princess Grif, Timoko and Univers de Pan contested the early pace. The 1.11.2kr clocking today was a race record, lowering the 1.11.4kr record set by Bold Eagle last year, with only three winning times better than 1.12kr (the third Royal Dream 1.11.9kr when defeating Ready Cash) Opodo America Awards 2017: And two for Bold Eagle! Thomas H. Hicks

January 26, 2017 - The 2017 Prix d’Ameriqeu Opodo has the final set of 18 harness racing starters finalized, led by Bold Eagle, Timoko, and Daniel Reden’s four-horse entry. The Criterium Continental winner, Treasure Kronos, owned in North America, is in the field for trainer Jerry Riordan. With the new system of qualifications, which has been unanimously approved by professionals and journalists, no fewer than 13 competitors have automatically qualified for the Opodo 2017 American Prize, which will take place this Sunday, January 29th. All are present on the starting grid. The defending champion, Bold Eagle , winner of the Grand Prix du Bourbonnais and Bourgogne this winter, will try to emulate his father Ready Cash, who had won twice consecutively in 2011 and 2012. Unlike last winter , He will approach the event with more freshness, not having taken part in the last "B".  He will fear priority Daniel Reden's armada, led by Lionel Drive, Call Me Keeper and Wild Honey . The first city had defeated Sebastian Guarato crack in the Grand Prix de Paris , evolving without four irons, which is the case on Sunday. Propulsion , also approached without his shoes and very pleasant for its debut in France in the "Britain" , will also be a serious customer, especially as his mentor has also withdrawn her four shoes.  The richest French trotter of all time, Timoko , try to do as well in 2016, where he seized the runner-up honor. At 10, the warrior will still put his heart on the trail.  Belina Josselyn , who qualified in the Tenor de Baune , has to repeat his second place in the Critérium des 5 years behind the ogre generation to play a good role. With her, everything will be played in the first meters of the course.  The surprise could come from Briac Dark , the guest last minute and cozy winner of the Belgian Grand Prix , the price of a great last kilometer.

January 25, 2017 - The 2017 Prix d’Amerique Opodo (purse €1 million, 2700 meters) is fast approaching with 22 harness racing horses engaged, that will be narrowed to 18 tomorrow. It is expected that four (Orient Horse, Ursa Major, Trebol and Amiral Sacha) will not be in the final field and if true the following will be at the start: Treasure Kronos  Christoffer Eriksson Briac Dark - David Thomain Call Me Keeper - Pierre Vercruysse Propulsion - Örjan Kihlström Bélina Josselyn - Jean-Michel Bazire Lionel - Matthieu Abrivard Booster Winner - Eric Raffin Princess Grif - Roberto Andreghetti Anna Mix - Mathieu Mottier Bird Parker - Jean-Philippe Monclin Akim du Cap Vert - Franck Anne Wild Honey - Gabriele Gelormini Voltigeur de Myrt - Lorenzo Donati Oasis Bi - Johnny Takter Univers de Pan - Philippe Daugeard Tiégo d’Étang - Christian Bigeon Bold Eagle - Franck Nivard Timoko - Björn Goop Thursday (January 26) begins the Arqana Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale at Paris-Vincennes and Friday is the exceptional “Etalons Expo” that showcases breeding farms, stallion syndicates, equipment, feed products and even wine. The mixed sale smart catalog link follows and includes stallion shares, in foal mares, racing prospects and racehorses. http://www.arqana-trot.com/template/img/vente/smartcat/v143/3225ccdca6a5408f657eb80d32332a9bce0aebdc.jpg Be there for what is a fantastic weekend for worldwide trotting fans.  Thomas H. Hicks  

January 16, 2017 - Five starting spots remain for harness racing's 2017 Prix d’Amerique. The earned invitations to date are listed below. Sweden’s trainer Daniel Reden has three on the list (Lionel, Call Me Keeper and Wild Honey) that will line up against favorite Bold Eagle. 1- Anna Mix – 1st Prix de Bretagne (Gr.II) 2- Propulsion – 2nd Prix de Bretagne (Gr.II) 3- Princess Grif – 3rd Prix de Bretagne (Gr.II) 4- Bold Eagle – 1st Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr.II) 5- Lionel – 2nd Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr.II) 6- Voltigeur de Myrt – 3rd Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr.II) 7- Belina Josselyn – 1st du Ténor de Baune (Gr.II) 8- Treasure Kronos – 1st Critérium Continental (Gr.I) 9- Timoko – 2nd Prix de Bourgogne (Gr.II) 10- Booster Winner – 3rd Prix de Bourgogne (Gr.II) 11- Briac Dark – 1st Prix de Belgique (G.II) 12- Call Me Keeper – 2nd Prix de Belgique (G.II) 13- Wild Honey – 3rd Prix de Belgique (G.II) Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2017 - Briac Dark (6m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) rallied three wide and then tracked outside of pacesetting Call Me Keeper (7m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) and Bjorn Goop, and with harness racing driver David Thomain’s urging the 23.1/1 outsider, trained by Thierry Duvaldestin for owner Guy Barou, rallied past the 3.4/1 leader to score by a length in the Grand Prix de Belgique (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters). Call Me Keeper held bravely for second as stablemate Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy) closed well for third, driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. This trainer/owner pair also campaign Call Me Keeper. 7.9/1 Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sun), trained by Reden for Goran Antonsen of Norway, was fourth with Matthieu Abrivard driving and 110.3/1 Trebol (10m Hot Blue-Sally Can Wait) was fifth for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou of Spain. Trinity Zet, Akim du Cap Vert and Oasis Bi were next in a contest in which six horses were dq’d and Propulsion, another Reden trainee, was scratched. Race time was 1.13.8kr off slow fractions in heavy rain (1.14.3kr at 1500 to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.14.6kr with 500 meters remaining). The top three finishers received Prix d’Amerique invitations. Discours Joyeux and Val Royal Wins Gr.III Paris-Vincennes Contests Discours Joyeux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine) rallied at 6/1 odds for driver Eric Raffin to win the Gr. III Prix Riberac (purse €78,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) at Vincennes on Prix de Belgique Day. Thierry Raffegeau trains this winner for owner J-Y Roze. 3/2 Dream Life (4f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) held second for breeder/driver Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 12/1 Dokha Vedaquaise (4f Prodigious-Sestriere) was third for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and driver Yoann Lebourgeois. Race time was 1.14.6kr with modest fractions. The Prix Toulouse (purse €78,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.14.2kr timed, 2/1 odds Alphea Barbes (7f Look de Star-Lova Barbes) by open lengths for driver Ch.J. Bigeon, trainer Christian Bigeon and breeder/owner Andre Francis Bigeon. 13/1 Alamo du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier) and 12.1/1 Arthuro Boy (7m Le Retour) were next to the line on this undercard event. 4.4/1 odds and barefoot Val Royal (8m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) secured a 1.13.1kr timed victory in the Gr. III Prix Djerio (monte, purse €110,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters). Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 12/1 Adelia de Melodie (7f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) was second for David Thomain (trainer St. Meunier) and 19.4/1 Tripolia (10f Sancho Panca-Garivane) was third for jockey Mathieu Mottier (trainer J.Ph. Mary). Thomas H. Hicks

Reportedly the 2016 Prix d’Amerique winner Bold Eagle will resume harness racing action on June 11 at Paris-Vincennes in the €120,000 purse Prix Louis Jariel over 2175 meters. That event will serve as a prep for the June 26 Prix Rene Balliere and the July 21 Prix Sables d’Olonne. If all goes well next up for the champion son of Ready Cash would be the August 22 Prix Jockey at Vincennes and then the Criterium for five year-olds. Bold Eagle’s return, sooner than expected, is good for summer racing action in France and will capture global trotting attention. 17 have declared early for next Saturday’s Gr. II test at Vincennes, including Bird Parker, Elitloppet starter Billie de Montfort and Sweden Cup elimination second place finisher Brillantissime.   N° Cheval S/A   Dist.   Entraîneur Musique Record Général Earnings 1 Boogie Danover  M5 - 2175   S. Provoost 0aDaDa8a(15) 1'14"7 61 190 € 2 Balade Danover  F5 - 2175   S. Provoost DaDa1a2aDa 1'15"1 61 600 € 3 Balisto de May  M5 - 2175   C.-A. Mary 2a8a8aDa(15) 1'12" 86 360 € 4 Baline de la Fye  F5 - 2175   S. Hardy 1a7a4a1a0a 1'13"7 87 070 € 5 Biwa Nectar  M5 - 2175   E. Ruault 4aDa1a9a(15) 1'12"3 218 380 € 6 Barrio Josselyn  M5 - 2175   J.-M. Bazire 3a6a2a0a5a 1'11"4 227 610 € 7 Bœing du Bocage  M5 - 2175   F. Leblanc 10aDa3a3a3a 1'12"4 248 110 € 8 Baltic Charm  M5 - 2175   S. Guarato 2a4a1a3a1a 1'11" 298 150 € 9 Beau Gamin  M5 - 2175   S. Guarato 9a2a(15)5a4a 1'12"6 349 040 € 10 Briac Dark  M5 - 2175   F. Anne 7a1a4Dista(15)2a 1'12"3 368 130 € 11 Black d'Avril  M5 - 2175   F. Prat 10a8a10a5aDa 1'11"1 473 570 € 12 Boléro Love  M5 - 2175   S. Guarato 2a2a1aDa2a 1'10"8 477 780 € 13 Belina Josselyn  F5 - 2175   J.-M. Bazire 3a1aDa1a1a 1'11"1 490 930 € 14 Brillantissime  M5 - 2175   Ph. Allaire 8a2a9a5a4a 1'11" 883 365 € 15 Bird Parker  M5 - 2175   Ph. Allaire 1a1aDa4a5a 1'10"8 974 880 € 16 Billie de Montfort  F5 - 2175   S. Guarato 8a4a0a2a6a 1'09"7 1 190 860 € 17 Bold Eagle  M5 - 2175   S. Guarato 2a1a1a1a(15) 1'10"5 1 781 800 €   Thomas H. Hicks

January 31, 2016 - The 7/10 favorite Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) took a two-length victory in today’s Gr, I International Prix d’Amerique (purse €1,000,000, 2700 meters, 18 International starters) for Franck Nivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Pierre Pilarski owns the youthful winner that lowered the race record to 1.11.4kr set by Royal Dream of 1.11.9kr. The top five today were timed in 1.11.6kr or faster. Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) was a game second for Bjorn Goop and owner/trainer Richard Westerink at 5.3/1 odds. A half-length back in third was Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) superbly handled by Pierre Vercruysse that benefited from a favorable journey on the pegs behind the leaders at 60/1. Fourth was 19/1 Akim du Cap Vert for Franck Anne and 5/1 Moses Rob ended fifth for reinsman Pierre Levesque. Solea Riveliere was sixth with Bird Parker (another son of Ready Cash) seventh. Well regarded Univers de Pan ended ninth, Un Mec d’Heripre 10th, Mosaique Face 12th, Support Justice 13th and last year’s winner Up And Quick faded to 14th after a battle with the leaders around the final bend. Lionel, Athos des Elfes, Viking de Val and Tiego d’Etang were disqualified for going off-stride. Back in the locker room after his success at Bold Eagle sulky in the Prix d'Amérique 2016, Franck Nivard book a lucid analysis. Thomas H. Hicks

January 25, 2016 - 28 of the world’s best aged trotters have been engaged to the January 31 Prix d’Amerique. Bold Eagle seeks to follow his sire Ready Cash, the 2011-2012 Amerique winner, as the Eagle comes into the big race off an easy win the Belgique and will likely be an overwhelming harness racing favorite. Up And Quick, the 2015 winner, will race barefoot and hopes to improve off a lackluster winter meet performance to-date. Timoko will likely continue his consistent performance along with Lionel, Akim du Cap Vert and outsiders Bird Parker and Support Justice. Thomas H. Hicks

January 18, 2016 - The Prix de Brionne (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants) was Monday’s Quinte+ at Vincennes and 1.1/1 Call Me Keeper (m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) took victory timed in 1.13.kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns the winner. 20.2/1 Only One Glory (8m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) was second for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia RPR of Italy. 27/1 Volcan du Garabin (7g Norman Jet-Dulcinee Gibus) ended third for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of another Reden trainee Rocket Zet (7m Muscles Yankee-Hefty Zet) at 2.7/1 for Daniel Parling, with fifth to 64/1 Archangel AM (g Going Kronos-No More Time) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The €37,000 Prix de la Baule (B) contested over 2700 meters went to 1.14.5kr timed Best Haufor (5m Ready Cash-Nikita Haufor) for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. The 9/10 favorite bested 12 rivals with second to 6.5/1 Best Atat (5m Coktail Jet-Gunilla) driven by William Bigeon. 15/1 Bamour (5m Gazouillis-Reine Magic) was third for Mathieu Mottier. The Gr. III Prix de Roubaix (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 9 monte starters) this day went to 1.1/1 favorite Vif d’Or du Poli (7g Ludo de Castelle-Fontaine di Poli) that is owned/trained by Bernard Piton and reined today by Christelle Le Coz. 1.7/1 Vinci Pierji (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) was second for Nils Pacha and trainer Mathieu Abrivard. 27/1 Uros de l’Extreme (8g Neutron du Cebe-Limpia) was third for Benjamin Rochard. The winner was clocked in 1.15.5kr. Next Sunday’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International UET Masters Series) attracted 25 initial entrants to the world’ richest and most prestigious monte contest at Paris-Vincennes, over the 2700 meter distance on the grande piste, The winner earns a spot in the Prix d’Amerique the following Sunday and the winner’s share of the €700,000 purse. On first engagement there were 29 entered and then four dropped out (Gross Weight, Biscuit Delavera, Amazone du Dollar and Agrippine) of this highlight of January 24th at Vincennes. Tiego Etang is the richest competitor in the field. He placed in 2013, 2014 and 2015, His main opponents will probably be Vision intense, Moving On, Athena Vandel, and venerable age 10 Scarlet Turgot, Best Of Jets will be the only five year-old in the running for trainerJean-Michel Baudouin. No five year-old has won since 2007 when One du Rib emerged. Sebastien Guarato will send out Astor du Quenne and Aladin d’Ecajeul against other top players Uhlan du Val, Olmo Holz and Udayama. Last weekend at Gavle the V75 Gold Division went to Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) for driver/trainer Robert Bergh. The 2140 meter autostart contest earned 150,000SEK for the winner. On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was second for Johnny Taker with third to the Jorma Kontio reined Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory). Luckycharm Hanover and Democrat were the next two across the line. The winner, off at 5.8/1, now has career earnings of over 6,100,000SEK. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 17, 2016 - Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) followed pacesetters third on the outer before making a four wide move off the final bend to score decisively in the Gr. II International Prix de Belgique (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) for harness racing driver Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. Bold Eagle was timed in 1.13.6kr in this three length victory, his sixth straight to increase career earnings to €1,051,800. The winner was off as the 0.5/1 prohibitive favorite. 9/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (7m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Roberto Donati and Ecurie Donati. Third went to 35/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlandi Vici-I Love You Darling) was fourth driven by Roberto Andreghetti with fifth to Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) teamed by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire. El Mago Pellini, Amiral Sacha, Kadett CD and Support Justice were disqualified to miscues. Amiral Sacha and Support Justice raced near the lead most of the way before going off-stride late. Bold Eagle today defeated a solid field and likely established a favorite’s role in the Prix d’Amerique. He clearly showed patience behind the leaders showed his class by out-sprinting the group in the stretch. Stretch replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9Y0LLd--0g Nivard Wins Four on Belgique Card at Vincennes Franck Nivard won the Prix de Belgique today with Bold Eagle and then scored three more victories with Capone Face, Diva Mouchel and Trinity Jiel on the top-flight program at Vincennes. Capone Face (4m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) recorded victory in the Gr. III Prix des 20 Ans de l’Association National des Turfistes (purse €78,000, 2100 meters autostart) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. Timed in 1.13.1kr this winner was off at 8.8/ and bested 7/10 favorite Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Leblanc. Third was 12.5/1 Cirantana (4f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner De Sousa. Stretch replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW5qiI6nOI4 The Gr. II Prix Gelinotte (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 16/1 outsider Diva du Mouchel (3f The Best Madrik-Perle du Mouchel) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc, Timed in a slow 1.20.8kr off even slower fractions, this winner defeated 7/2 odds Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) driven by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer Philippe Allaire. 1.3/1 favorite Danse d’Etang (3f Un Amour d’Haufor-Rumba d’Etang) tasted a first defeat after four wins for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. 4.3/1 Demonia Roma (3f Password-Rome To Paris) closed for fourth driven by J-Ph Monclin, nosing out Allaire stablemate Deep Purple (3f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) reined by Pierre Vercruysse. Replay: http://www.paris-turf.com/paristurftv/prix-gelinotte-diva-du-mouchel-cree-la-surprise-117634 Vaillant Cash (7m Offshore Dream-Kara du Redon) scored in the Gr. II Prix Djerid (purse €110,000, 2200 meters, 13 monte starters) timed I  1.12.kr for a four length margin. Clement Frecelle was in the irons for trainer Yves Letellier and the winner now has career earnings €390,950. Udayama (8f Echo-Lancai du Pont) took second for trainer/jockey Loic Groussard in a three way photo over third finishing Orione Degli Dei (8g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) with Damien Bonne up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and fourth placed Nonant le Pin (9f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Mlle. Stephan Lepetit. Rue du Bac, Rocky Winner and Torre Crepin were disqualified. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1k2LXhje2k Other interesting winners on the Belgique undercard included the following: Umbrella de Chenu (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Nina de Chenu) for Nils Pacha in the €48,000 Prix de Chatelaillon-La Rochelle timed in 1.15.7kr Bel Canto (5m Lilium Madrik-Nausicaa Sautonne) for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Jean-Pierre Viel timed in 1.13kr in the monte Prix de la Federation National des Turfistes over 2175 meters for a purse of €46,000 Vacate Money (7f Prodigious-Making Money) for Jean-Philippe Dubois and Ecurie Victoria Dreams timed in 1.13.6kr to win the Prix Ecurie RMC (purse €78,000, 2850 meters), her fifth win in the last ten starts plus four times second Trinity Jiel (9f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel) scored in 1.13.7kr in the Prix du Jura (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart) for Franck Nivard, trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luick Bea Ecus (5f Quick Wood-Iffrida) took the €45,000 purse Prix de Machecoul over 2100 meters autostart timed in 1.14.3kr for owner/trainer/driver Marku Vartainen, her fourth victory in the last ten outings, also with a second and two thirds. Thomas H. Hicks

January 10, 2016 - A host of Prix d’Amerique harness racing hopefuls have entered in the January 17 Prix de Belgique at Paris-Vincennes. Several have already qualified (Lionel, Bold Eagle). Below are in preliminary entrants as well as the “B” series point winners to date. The big race on Sunday January 31 should be a competitive event as should the January 24 Prix du Cornulier for monte performers (this winner gets a Prix d’Amerique invitation) Horses entered in Belgique (Gr. II International; 2850 meters distance handicap) (earnings in euros) 1 ONLY ONE GLORY                  164 768 2 LUCKYCHARM HANOVER     314 769 3 INCREASED WORKLOAD       314 839 4 ANETTE DU MIREL                   352 550 5 ATHOS DES ELFES                  475 030 6 EL MAGO PELLINI                      522 610 7 LIONEL                                          531 716 8 AMIRAL SACHA                          557 930 9 MOSES ROB                                710 233 10 SOLEA RIVELLIERE                773 170 11 BIRD PARKER                          785 530 12 OLMO HOLZ                               789 806 13 KADETT C.D.                             805 288 14 SUPPORT JUSTICE                 842 074 15 VILLAGE MYSTIC                     844 420 16 VISION INTENSE                      884 300 17 OASIS BI                                     904 768 18 ROBERT BI                                944 005 19 BOLD EAGLE                             997 800 20 UN MEC D'HERIPRE            1 084 880 21 VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT         1 119 332 2875 meters 1 MOSAIQUE FACE                     1 254 476 2 UP AND QUICK                         1 930 660   Points after Prix de Bourgogne: Un Mec d'Heripre 13 Timoko 12 Akim du Cap Vert 12 Village Mystic 8 Moses Rob 6 Anna Mix 6 Amiral Sacha 6 Univers de Pan 4 Up And Quick 2 Texas Charm 2 Lionel - qualified by winning Prix Tenor du Baune Bold Eagle - qualified by winning Criterium Continental We’ll have thoughts on the Prix d’Amerique contestants and probable top-performing players in the days to come. Newcomer to France, Support Justice, is entered in Belgique and worked out today at Vincennes with Eric Raffin aboard. Prix d’Amerique files Thomas H. Hicks

January 3, 2015 - The barefoot Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) rallied to score impressively in the Gr. II International Prix de Bourgogne (purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 entrants with 13 at the start after Texas Charm was scratched) for harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. Timed in 1.11.7kr over the rain soaked Paris-Vincennes cinders Timoko was off the 1.3/1 favorite. 11.3/1 Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was a good second for Gabriel Gelormini, Ecurie Sidere and trainer Florent Lamare. Moses Rob was third but disqualified for being rough-gaited and that placed 18.4/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore) third for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard. Placed fourth was the 2015 Prix d’Amerique winner Up And Quick (8m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) driven by J-M Bazire with fifth placed to Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) for Roberto Andreghetti. Uhlan de Val was placed sixth. The race was the day’s Quinte+ with a jackpot of €5.25 million and the win/place handle alone exceeded €1.1 million. Stretch replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-GN99gxZRU The gala event this Sunday showed that Timoko has the Prix d’Amerique in sight. From the start, Mosaique Face (1 - Lutfi Kolgjini) moved ahead and then Timoko (3 - Björn Goop) took the lead into the wind. Then, Up And Quick (2 - Jean-Michel Bazire) provided a big effort to reach the front until the final phase when detached from his rivals for an open-lengths victory. Timoko’s trainer Richard Westerink was quoted after the race: "My pupil was really good at work. Björn Goop has chosen to shift the soon enough. He knew what he was doing. It always surprises me. He knows some inexplicable success. The Prix d'Amérique looks good. We will try to do better than third. He is ready. " Thomas H. Hicks  

May 10, 2015 - On a sunny but cool/windy day in Copenhagen before a large harness racing audience, the Copenhagen Cup (€134.400, 2011 meters autostart, International) went to onrushing Robert Bi (5m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) and driver Robin Bakker by a head in middle distance world record clocking of 1.10.01 (1:52.63 mile rate) over game pacesetter Maven (6f Glidemaster-M Stewart) and teamster Johnny Takter. Maven’s performance was exceptional and clearly the best of her European venture to date. The fast closing winner is trained in the Netherlands by Paul Hagoort for owner K.K. Bljkerk. Robert Bi raced second over behind death seat occupant Voltigeur de Myrt (6m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) and driver Gabrielle Gelormini for owner/trainer Roberto Donati. Robert Bi was off at 7.4/1 ATG odds with Maven at 3.8/1. In post race interview Hagoort suggested he might pass on the Elitloppet and try to ready his pupil for the 2016 Prix d’Amerique. Banks went to the front initially with Maven fourth, but Takter pulled and went to the lead early and set a solid steady pace. Voltigeur de Myrt came early but could not threaten Maven and he stalled in the final turn when Maven opened three lengths. Robert Bi was forced three wide and lost ground but once in the lane he mounted a challenge that caught Maven on the line. Backfire (5m Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda) was fourth and raced well for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Bjorn Goop in the bike. The Charlottenlund undercard was excellent too. The 5-year old open went to Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) and Steen Juel timed in 1.12.2kr over 2000 meters autostart. He went essentially wire to wire. His fifth dam is Stenographer. Napolean CD (5m Orlando Vici-Nagina Light-Super Light) and Peter Ingves was second ahead of the Jerry Riordan conditioned Rossella Ross (5f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) with Johnny Takter up. The Copenhagen Open went easily to outsider Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) with Erik Adielsson up. He was timed in 1.10.9kr over 1600 meters autostart. Orione Spin set an early pace for Adrian Kolgjini before stopping, and that set up the winner. Orali (9m Great Challenger-Action Elpin-Buckfinder) was second for Jeppe Juel ahead of Monster Drive (9m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) and teamster Joakim Lovgren. The winner took the Horseman Futurity in the US at age three. The Summer Meeting Mares event over 2000 meters autostart produced an expected win by D’One (5f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) and Orjan Kihlstrom, clocked in 1.12.6kr. Red Rose America was next for Kenneth Nielsen ahead of Youana and Erik Adielsson. Youana put in an exceptional show after making an early miscue. The winner gained the lead early in this match, taking over from Fleetfoot Hanover. D’One now has three wins in four 2015 starts and is 16 for 27 in a solid career. She is owned by Stall Kennys Andelshastar and Roger Walmann is her trainer. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing card included several races for which European registered trotters were eligible. This is a normal Prix d’Amerique week situation and is good for business and racing quality in my opinion. Each race today was named for PMU international simulcasting partner tracks (e.g., Yonkers Raceway). The featured Prix de la Semaine Internationale (€65,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to Italy’s 2.7/1 favorite Osiride Grif (7m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK) handled by veteran Pierre Levesque in 1.14.9kr. Trained by Nicolas Ensch the winner is owned by Scuderia Winner. Conrad Lugauer’s trained and reined Swedish entrant Freeman T. Porter (8m Korean-Lion Chica) at 12/1 was second, he by the sire of Sebastian K. Eric Raffin piloted Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil-Jilanska) to third at 9/1. The Quinte + jackpot today was €4.55 million on this event.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.550.000 € - Numéro plus : 2299   Ordre :       5.173,20€   Désordre :       82,80€   Bonus 4 :       35,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,40€   Bonus 3 :       3,60€   The Prix de Hambourg (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to Italy’s Roberta Zack (5f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Legacy Grif) with trainer Romain Derieux up at 22/1. Owned by Scuderia Cloudlet Horse Racing the winner scored in 1.17.2kr by a nose over fast finishing Alite de la Cote (5f Quaker Jet-Kelite Jet) at 7/1 for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. A Cappella (5f Prodigious-Kiralla) was third home at 29/1 for teamster David Thomain. Today’s top monte contest was the Prix de Vienne-Krieau (€55,000 purse, 2175 meters, 11 European starters) with the victory to Camille Levesque ridden Vista du Gade (6f Diamant Gede-Bayonne) at 2/1. The pair scored dominantly in a sharp 1.13.3kr for trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 25/1 outsider Va Vole du Lys (6f Oiseau de Feux-Nostelgie du Lys) with Paul-Philippe Ploquin up. 5/1 Manos Invercade (6f Viking Kronos-Menas Sperenza) was home third for Frank Nivard and trainer Svante Bath. The Prix Yonkers Raceway (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) produced a score in 1.15.6kr for Sweden’s Fortuna Sund (6f Angus Hall-Nanny As) at 6/1 for teamster Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Peter Eriksson. The daughter of Angus Hall defeated Volga du Chatelet (6f Jag de Bellouet-Jalna du Chatelet) that ended second for trainer/driver Pierre-Yves Verva at 15/1 with third to Italy’s 2.6/1 favorite Pleasure Kronos (6f Varenne-Speaks Volume) for Andrea Guzzinati, trainer Cristian Rizzo and Scuderia Cristian SAS, owner. Thomas H. Hicks

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