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The grande French Champion harness racing mare, Belina Josselyn, who won last Sunday’s Grand Prix de Paris (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, 170,000€ purse) was then retired by owner Pascal Bernard. She will enjoy a brief rest and then will be bred to champion sire Ready Cash. "Respect" as Jean-Michel Bazire will say last Sunday to conclude his interview on Equidia after his second victory in the Paris Grand Prix with Belina who concludes her career with superb performances. 2,618,970€ in life earnings  Four Group I wins  One Prix d’Amerique victory Two Grand Prix Paris wins and one Grand Prix France score Record: 1'10''2kr Recent LeTrot writings cite correctly her elegance, her gait, which has often earned her comparison to a ballerina who had made the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes her favorite racecourse. She created fond fan memories of communion with the public when Jean-Michel Bazire offered his champion to the spectators.  Belina excelled among the talented 2011 B’s that included Bold Eagle, Bird Parker, Bilibili, Billie de Montfort, and Booster Winner. Belina Josselyn emerged at the top of her game in the 2017 Prix Tenor de Baune and followed that with a victory in the 2018 Grand Prix France. The daughter of Love You then won the 2019 Grand Prix d’Amerique following that with the marathon distance 2020 Grand Prix de Paris, to complete the circle of victory of the three biggest races of the French winter meet. Belina Josselyn's pedigree (source LeTrot) embodies the quintessence of the breeding of Yvan Bernard and his son, Pascal. Her dam Lezira Josselyn is a daughter of Workaholic, and is thus  is imbued with American blood. Bélina Josselyn is thus inbred on Speedy Crown (5x3) and Speedy Count (5x4), as well as on Speedster (6x7x5x5). Great credit goes to Belina’s trainer Jean Michel Bazire who seemed always successful in pointing the fine mare for the sport’s leading races, and to her supporting breeder/owners. What a superb job by all!!! LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

January 23, 2019 They shone in the 2019 edition The magical trio of Jean-Michel Bazire Belina Josselyn, Looking Superb and Davidson du Pont, respectively 1st, 2nd and 4th of the 2019 edition (review the race) are again in the running this year. The ambitions are the same but the distribution of forces is quite different, in particular by the rise in power of Davidson du Pont, qualified from the first race of winter and superb finisher in the recent Grand Prix de Belgique. To do better than last year Bold Eagle and Propulsion had to be content with small places in 2019 but are at the head of exceptional prize lists which give them again this year a leading role in the context of the race. Bold Eagle will participate in his fifth Grand Prix d’Amérique, a race which he has twice pinned down: in 2017 and 2018. He is the most active French trotter and can even pass Timoko to this classification in case of good weather. performance Sunday. Eric Raffin, Gold Sulky in 2019, will be associated with him: together they have two successes in four joint attempts. Twelve months ago, Bold Eagle finished 6th just behind the Swedish Propulsion, which will race the Grand Prix d’Amérique for the fourth time. He never won it but was there. In Scandinavia, it is the absolute benchmark in age horses and even more since the retirement of Readly Express. His bank account proves it: with more than 3 million euros in earnings, he is the second richest horse at the start. Three mares have shone in Europe in recent months and will also try to do better than in 2019. Uza Josselyn (7th) was crowned European Champion of Mares last summer (see article), Billie de Montfort (No Placed) won the European Tour of the French Trotter and Bahia Quesnot (Not Placed) lived an incredible 2019 season all over the planet-races (see article). Add to this beautiful skewer of champions, Délia du Pommereux (Disqualified) who arrives in much better shape than last year and pleased observers in the Grand Prix de Belgique. Finally, Valko Jenilat (Not Placed) will be the dean of the race from the age of 11, the maximum age newly authorized to participate in the race. We remember his prestigious success this summer at La Capelle (review the race). Qualified newcomers If all the aforementioned trotters can count on their experience to achieve the best possible performance, it will however be a great first for those featured in this chapter. Another common point: they and she all won their place by qualifying in one of the qualifying races. First of all, the very popular Chica de Joudes, who won her ticket at the British Grand Prix de Bretagne. Vivid Wise As achieved its goals in the Grand Prix de Bourgogne while Enino du Pommereux had to wait for the Grand Prix de Belgique (2nd) to secure his place on the starting grid. In the Prix Tenor de Baune and Critérium Continental, there was only one qualifying ticket, so you shouldn’t miss it. The displays of strength and speed of Excellent and Face Time Bourbon convinced their supporters and perhaps even converted some of them. The foreign coalition Three trotters from Europe complete this peloton of eighteen units: the Swedish Milligan’s School presented by Stefan Melander, the Italian Vitruvio and Ringostarr Treb, winner in 2018 of the Elitloppet and 7th in the 2018 edition of the Grand Prix d’Amérique. For the full field click here Reprinted with permission of Le Trot    

Cream Ridge, NJ - 10/22/19 - The Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) depends on the success of its raffles year after year. The prize option this year is the Prix D'Amerique Race in Paris, or Disney fun! The drawing is after the holiday so supporters can make their shopping a whole lot easier by choosing raffle tickets as holiday gifts for friends and family!   The trip to the Prix D'Amerique in Paris is for 2 and includes a 5 day/4-night stay in Paris at a four-star hotel. The trip starts with a city sightseeing tour to the Arch of Triumph, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, and a three-course dinner and French wine. It also includes a tour to Grosbois, the training center; cocktail parties; up to a $1,200 voucher for airfare; and the famous race, all during Jan. 25 - Jan. 29, 2020 or choose to attend the 2021 race instead.   Choose the Disney vacation instead and design it your way; Disney World or Disneyland awaits you! Create the package for you and 3 additional guests, for whenever the dates suit you during 2020. Hotel, travel, and theme park tickets can all be included. This package is valued up to $5,000. Visit Disneyland's new park, Star Wars: Galaxy"s Edge, visit during the Festival of Holidays, or wait until warmer months. Disney World brings you the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and so much more!   All raffle ticket sales support the 378 trotters and pacers SRF has under its full expense. For raffle tickets at $25. each please call the SRF office at (609) 738-3255, or email us at SRFHorsesandkids@gmail.com. Help selling tickets is very much appreciated,please contact us. Thank you very much, and good luck.   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation

January 27, 2019 - Racing and wagering harness racing action returned on Sunday to Kincsem Park following their December 31 Festival. The return coincided with the Prix d’Amerique and wagering options were in part synched to the big race in Paris. Program cover page follows. The top races at Kincsem Park were the Evnyito DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the January Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The former went to 9/2 odds Ujrazz (6m Maximus Lindy-Gyorjuli!) with trainer Laszlo Kolozsi up. Kabala Menes Kft bred the winner that was timed in 1.17.6kr. 2/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-Sjs Photo) was second for Andrea Fazekas and third went to 7.1/1 Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) reined by trainer Robert Varhidi. Ujrazz The top undercard race was the January Handicap and veteran classmaster Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) scored on the front end at 2.2/1 odds. Andor Angyal teamed the Goran Zolnaji trainee that was timed in 1.18.8kr. 26.5/1 odds Ugyeske (6f Ata Star L-Franciska-Witsends Speedy) was second for driver Balint Nyilasi and trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. The 2.6/1 second choice Utodlo (6m Maximus Lindy-Juss-Valley Guardian) was third handled by amateur pilot Tamas Tanczer for trainer Zoltan Horvath. Sanger MS Of interest regarding Hungarian trotting was a purchase at Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale on Friday evening. A lot offered by Philippe Allaire was acquired for 27,000€ by Prolongo Import Export Kft that campaigns for Joszef Rutkai at Kincsem Park. He has previously made purchases in Paris such as the good Conway Hall son What A Man. This one, the five year old stallion Dhitkti Vedaquais, was an excellent three year old in France and has earned 358,350€ as a groupe I and II winner. He was unraced in 2017, but returned in 2018 and was winless in eight starts. Dhikti Vedaquais Qualifié 27/11/2015 - GROSBOIS - Attelé - 1'19"0 Musique (18) 7a 8a 8a Da 8m 5m 8a 7a ra (16) 1m Sexe M Année de naissance 2013 Robe BAI Victoires 5 Crack Series 5236ème Gains 358 350 € Record 1'12"9 Père THORENS VEDAQUAIS Mère MARIE BLANQUE Eleveur Jean Pierre GUAY Entraineur P. ALLAIRE Propriétaire P. ALLAIRE   Thomas H. Hicks  

January 27, 2019 - The storms eased somewhat later in the Prix d’Amerique harness racing program this afternoon. Three groupe level contests took place. The Prix 20 Minutes (“Helen Johannson”), Gr. III, 80,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters went to 13/1 Chica de Joudes (7g Jag de Bellouet-Eueschula Love) reined by owner/trainer Alain Laurent. The quick 1.10.9lr timed victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 365,200€. The race fractions were swift from the start (1.0.2kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.4kr with 500 meters remaining).  1.7/1 Terry d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took second for Franck Nivard and Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and 14/1 Ursa Caf (6f Explot Caf-Crisunar) rallied for third with Bjorn Goop the  pilot. Chica des Joudes The Prix Lenotre (“Jean Rene Gougeon”), a Gr. III event for a purse of 80,000€, was raced over 2100 meters autostart by 18 starters. Jean-Michel Bazire was back in the winner’s circle teaming his trainee Dorgos de Guez (6g Romcok de Guez-Fromentro), a horse bred and owned by Ecurie Vautors. This one was off as the 5/20 favorite and was timed in a quick 1.11.2 with fast steady fractions and a quick final 500. 14/1 Delloro Vedaquais (6g Ready Cash-Spandelle) took second with Jean Philippe Monclin up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The 5/1 campaigner Super Fez (8m Love You-Lucia FI) was third. This one also a Bazire trainee and reined today by Gabriele Gelormini. The winner drifted wide and his large lead diminished to two lengths at the line. Dorgos du Guez The Gr. III Prix Leopold Verroken (purse 60,000€, 2100 meters autostart,  13 European three year olds) went to 8/10 favorite Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for breeder/owner Michel Tessier and trainer Philippe Allaire. Race time was 1.14.5kr off rated fractions. The 48/1 outsider In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron lady) was a fast closing second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. This filly was RNA in the Friday evening Arqana-Trot Amerique Sale. 17/1 l Capone Stecca (4m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar) took third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Golden Bridge Thomas H. Hicks

January 27, 2019 -  Favorite 5/2 odds Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) rallied late in the lane for harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire to win the 98th Prix d’Amerique (Gr. I International UET Masters Series 2019, purse 900,000€, 2700 meters) timed in 1.11.7kr. The victory was career number 20 in 63 starts for the now winner of 2,127,430€. The great mare was bred and is owned by Yvan Bernard. Stablemate and 66/1 outsider Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) was second after rallying from behind Readly Express with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bazire and owner Kolbjoern O. Selmer. Third was 3.2/1 third wagering choice Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) that Bjorn Goop teamed for trainer Timo Numos. The 2018 Amerique held game to the end after enduring the death seat for the final half of the race to nip the tough 14/1 Davidson du Pont (6m Pacha du Pont) that Frank Ouvrie piloted for trainer J-M Bazire, as he raced on the front inner in the later stages after Uza Josselyn led early. The 5.1/1 Propulsion was fifth ahead of 2.8/1 second choice and double Amerique champion Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash) that was sixth after getting away near the end and was sixth over in tier two before making a late attempt to engage the leaders. 191/1 Uza Josselyn (8f Love You) ended seventh. Grand Prix d'Amérique 2019 - La course - Victoire du couple Belina Josselyn & Jean-Michel Bazire Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) battled successfully as the 4/10 favorite to win the Prix Association SIS Autisme France (“Charles Tiercelin”) timed in 1.11.2kr for reinsman Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato, owner Scuderia Bivans and breeder SARL Haras Saint-Martin. This exceptional colt won for the 10th time in 12 career starts now for 397,150€ earned. He was timed in 1.09kr over the final 500 meters as he swept three wide to engage the leader in the final bend. The 7.5/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) was second for Francois Lecanu and trainer Frederic Heon. Third went to 91/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Julien LeMer. Holy Water (4m Pastor Stephen) at 21/1 and Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) completed the top five. Face Time Bourbon is cited by some a likely successor to Bold Eagle and Ready Cash as the top International trotteur. Face Time Bourbon on the final bend Face Time Bourbon An explosive rainstorm during the Prix Lalique, also the Prix de Montreal (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) did not deter the winning 9/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. Excellent recorded his fifth career victory now for 177,760€ in career earnings. Race time was a quick 1.11.7kr off very fast fractions set by second finishing 11/1 Elnino Montaval (5m Magnificent Rodney) with Eric Raffin up. The kr rate at the 1500 mark was 1.06.9 and at the 1000 it was 1.09.5kr; 1.11.6kr with 500 meters remaining). Germany’s Portland (5m Ganymede) was third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of 78/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel) and 163/1 Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream), the latter with legendary Jean-Pierre Dubois driving a shore he bred and owns. Excellent Evangelina Blue winning the Prix Harley-Davidson (the “Camille Blaisot”, Gr. II, 100,000€ purse, monte, 2850 meters, eight starters, harness racing five year olds) began the Prix d’Amerique day at Paris-Vincennes before a huge crowd despite rain and clouds. The winner scored her second straight win at Vincennes and fifth of her career, timed in 1.13.8kr (she won in 1.11.8kr on January 5). Mathieu Mottier was in the irons for owner/trainer Jean Philippe Mary on this five year old daughter of Speedy Blue-Happy Blue who now has life earnings of 220,800€, and today was off at 3.1/1. Easy des Racques (5m Rodrigo Jet) was a 25/1 second for Anthony Barrier and 9/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) was a distant third with Delphine Beaufils-Ernault the jockey. The 5/10 favorite Ekeren finished fourth. Evangelina Blue Thomas H. Hicks

A field of 18 harness racing trotters will race in one of the world’s toughest trotting races, the Grand Prix d’Amerique, this Sunday afternoon (Jan. 27) at Vincennes. The home team dominates the field with 11 entries. Norway and Italy each have two, while Denmark, Sweden and the United States have one each. Readly Express of Sweden with Björn Goop in the bike is the defending champion. In France hopes are high for Bold Eagle, driven by Franck Nivard, and Belina Josselyn, driven by Jean Michel Bazire. This year the purse is 100,000 Euro less than last year because of the crisis in French horse racing, where the turnover at the betting company PMU has been declining. The total purse is 900,000 Euro ($1,020,000) and the purse for the winner is now 405,000 Euro, down from 450,000 Euro last year. The distance is 2,700 meters tape start (1-11/16th miles). Here is the start list with horse, nationality, driver and trainer 1. Looking Superb (NO) – Alexandre Abrivard (Jean-Michel Bazire) 2. Bahia Quesnot (FR) – Junior Guelpa (Junior Guelpa) 3. Eridan (FR) – Eric Raffin (Sébastien Guarato) 4. Davidson du Pont (FR) – Franck Ouvrie (Jean-Michel Bazire) 5. Delia du Pommereux (FR) – Damien Bonne (Sylvain Roger) 6. Charly du Noyer (FR) – Pierre Vercruysse (Philippe Allaire) 7. Urlo dei Venti (IT) – Anthony Greppi (Gennaro Casillo) 8. Uza Josselyn (DK) – Gabriele Gelormini (René Aebischer) 9. Carat Williams (FR) – David Thomain (Sébastien Guarato) 10. Valko Jenilat (FR) – Francois Lagadeuc (Sébastien Guarato) 11. Traders (IT) – Yoann Lebourgeois (Philippe Allaire) 12. Belina Josselyn (FR) – Jean-Michel Bazire (Jean-Michel Bazire) 13. Lionel (NO) – Göran Antonsen (Daniel Redén) 14. Billie de Montfort (FR) – Pierre-Yves Verva (Sébastien Guarato) 15. Readly Express (SE) – Björn Goop (Timo Nurmos) 16. Bird Parker (FR) – Jean-Philippe Monclin (Philippe Allaire) 17. Propulsion (US) – Örjan Kihlström (Daniel Redén) 18. Bold Eagle (FR) – Franck Nivard (Sébastien Guarato) by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

January 21, 2019 - There are 34 top level international trotters entered for the January 27th, harness racing Prix d’Amerique at Paris-Vincennes. 11 received automatic invites are a result of the Gr, II “B” races and the Criterium Continental and Prix Tenor de Baune. The entrants will be pared down to 18 starters. Notable other entered contestants include Propulsion, Lionel, plus Italy’s Vitruvio and Urlo dei Venti. The Prix d’Amerique is scheduled to go off at 16:05 (4:20 pm eastern US) with the first race off at 13:20. C6 - GRAND PRIX D'AMERIQUE 900 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 2700m European Trotting Masters Series 2019    Last Sunday’s Prix de Cornulier winner, Bilibili, is not been entered albeit his monte rivals Traders and Briac Dark are among the 34 listed. Top rated four year olds are also on the stage Sunday including Face Time Bourbon and Ferreteria in the Prix Charles Tiercelin. C4 - PRIX CHARLES TIERCELIN 100 000€ Grobois this morning   Thomas H. Hicks  

After Bold Eagle finished a disappointing fourth in the first qualification race at Vincennes for the Prix d’Amerique, the winningest harness racing active French trotter will race again on Sunday (Dec. 9) in the second qualification race, the Prix du Bourbonnais. For the first time ever, Bold Eagle will race without all four shoes. Normally he races only with shoes behind, but trainer Sebastian Guarato has decided to try something new by removing the front shoes. Only 12 horses were entered in the Prix du Bourbonnais and just one is trained outside France, Uza Josselyn, a Danish registered mare owned and trained in Switzerland. Among the 12 starters, two have already qualified for the Prix d’Amerique, Delia du Pommereux and Bird Parker, who finished second and third, respectively, in the first qualifier. The three first finishers in the Prix du Bourbonnais will also qualify for a spot in the field for the Prix d’Amerique. Following are the entries for the $135,000 Prix du Bourbonnais: 1 Cash Gamble (SE) – Franck Ouvrie – Philippe Billard 2 Delia du Pommereux – Damien Bonné – Sebastian Roger 3 Briac Dark – Matthieu Abrivard – Thierry Duvaldestin 4 Charly du Noyer – Anthony Barier – Philippe Allaire 5 Uza Josselyn (DK) – Alexandre Abrivard – René Aebischer 6 Carat Williams – David Thomain – Sebastian Guarato 7 Traders – Yoann Lebourgeois – Philippe Allaire 8 Valko Jenilat -Eric Raffin – Sebastian Guarato 9 Voltigeur de Myrt – Lorenzo Donati – Roberto Donati 10 Belina Josselyn – Jean Michel Bazire 11 Bird Parker – Jean Philippe Monclin – Philippe Allaire 12 Bold Eagle – Franck Nivard – Sebastian Guarato. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent Courtesy of The United States Trotting Association

January 23, 2018 - A huge first list (37) of those engaged to Sunday’s Prix d’Amerique is shown below. Finalists (18) will be set on Thursday for the harness racing legendary Gr. I International classic raced over 2700 meters for a total purse of €1,000,000. Be there for the world’s best trotting race at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, the “Temple du Trot”, and the first leg of the Triple Crown in France. Horse/Trainer Elena Sport, G. Andreu Adrover Etoile des Yedrag, Phillipe Billard Equateur Mauzin, Pierre Vercruysse Electra Jet, Pierre Vercruysse Express Jet, Pierre Vercruysse Drole de Zet, Pierre Vercruysse Takethem, Steen Juul Shadow Gar, Pietro Gubellini Dorie Desbois, Cristoph Feyte Day Or Night In, Johan Untersteiner Blooma d’Heripre, Gregor Thorel Ursa Major, S. Provoost Cobra Bleu, Pierre Vercruysse Orient Horse, T.El. Mouloudi Call Me Keeper, Daniel Reden Tony Gio, Vincent Martens Briac Dark, Thierry Duvaldestin Charly du Noyer, Philippe Allaire Carat Williams, Sebastien Guarato Ave Avis, J-M Bazire Ringostarr Treb, Jerry Riordan Booster Winner, Sebastien Guarato Valko Jenilat, Sebastien Guarato Amiral Sacha, F. Lamare Readly Express, Timo Nurmos Twister Bi, Jerry Riordan Django Riff, Philippe Allaire Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire Propulsion. Daniel Reden Timone EK, Philippe Billard Lionel, Daniel Reden Voltigeur de Myrt, Roberto Donati Wild Honey, Daniel Reden Billie de Montfort, Sebastien Guarato Bird Parker, Philippe Allaire Oasis Bi, S. Pettersson Bold Eagle, Sebastien Guarato The last 15 in the list are career winners of in excess of €1,000,000. The Sunday Vincennes card is also exceptional, with its undercard including the: Gr. II monte Prix Camille Blaisot, purse €120,000, 2850 meters Gr. II monte Prix Jacques Andrieu, €120,000, 2850 meters Gr. II Prix Charles Tiercelin, €120,000, 2100 meters autostart Gr. III Prix Jean Rene Gougeon, €105,000, 2100 meters autostart Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson, €105,000, 2100 meters autostart Gr. III Prix Leopold Veroken, €80,000, 2100 meters autostart Thomas H. Hicks  

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

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