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The 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) continued his usual mastery over upper class monte performers by today winning the Gr. II Prix de Londres (Gr. II monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart). Yoann Lebourgeois rode the Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. Timed in 1.12.6kr the winner recorded his 20th career victory in 66 starts now for 949,200 euro earned. 11/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) was second and 9/1 Vittorio de Carly (9g Quaro) was third. The 22/1 Valse de Reve (9f Mister President) finished fourth for jockey Camille Levesque with fifth to 6.6/1 Ulka de l’Odeon (10f Offshore Dream). On the same card the Prix de l’Odeon (purse 43,000 euro, 2875 meters) went to 7/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) clocked in 1.16.6kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans. The breeder was SARL Haras Saint Martin and this is the maternal family of Etta Extra and Une Crown. 4.8/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove) was a close second for driver Thierry Duvaldestin and third was 9/1 Fabulous Dream (3m Royal Dream) for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Monclin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) was up in the final stride to gain a scant nose score for Orjan Kihlstrom over Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) reined by Jorma Kontio in the Avy Stora Pris in Sweden. The winner, a Daniel Reden harness racing trainee for Stall Zet and bred in the USA by Caldwell and Bluestone Farm, recorded his sixth 2018 victory in 10 starts and 30th for the career in 61 starts for 20,105.317SEK earned. He gained 2,000,000SEK today. Reckless (8m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) rallied for third with Bjorn Goop driving. The total purse was 401,600 in euros. The 2.26/1 Propulsion was first away from post one in the 3140 meter autostart classic, a UET Masters Series event. He yielded quickly to Ready Express from post four and driver Kontio controlled the race thereafter until Propulsion began his charge as top of the lane. The pair battled to the wire with Kihlstom urging Propulsion to victory. After a first 500 meters in 1.09.5kr the pace was rated thereafter (1.12.9kr at 1000 meters completed, 1.14.5kr at 1500, 1.14.5kr at 2000, and 1.13.2kr at the finish).  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Veteran harness racing class master Bugsy Malone (g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took today’s 12th leg of the Trophee Vert Series on the turf (purse 45,000 euro, 3400 meters voltstart, distance handicap) as he overcame a 50 meter penalty to score decisively for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bugsy recorded career victory 25 in 45 starts now for 699,560 euro earned. He was off as the 5/10 punters choice. 7.7/1 Blackaro (7g Quaro) was second for Francois Lecanu and 63/1 Alexis Jisce (8m Memphis du Rib) was third. Well-regarded 25 meter handicapped Utile Lebel was sixth and Bebert Express finished 10th. Race time was not reported. At Enghien was the Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 85,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starts all three year olds). The 1.11.7kr timed victory went to 1.6/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Bivans Srl. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The 32/1 Fric du Chena (3m Nobody du Chene) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up and 4/1 Fifty Kalouma (3m Ready Cash) took third for Clement Duvaldestin. Fend La Bise (3f Prince Gede) was fourth for Franck Anne and 53/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) ended fifth for Jean Pierre Dubois. The winning time was well off the three year old record for the distance of 1.10.kr set by Royal Crown in 2008. by Thoms H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Hugo Abergs at Jagersro card was exceptional Tuesday evening highlighted by the Malmo Stoads Prix 2018 worth 250,000SEK to the winner in this 3140 meter voltstart contest with 11 starters.  Reckless (8m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) scored for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Byggnads AB. The 2.7/1 winner won in 1.13.1kr to defeat Edindy (6f Racer Bourbon-Global Friend-Lindy Lane) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom with third earned by Mr. Jager (9g Gentle Star-Penny Simb-Alf Palema) handled by Stefan Persson. The Prix Cagnes sur Mer (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) went to 2.2/1 Seven And Seven (4m Chapter Seven-Ally Oop-Kadabra) timed in 1.11.5kr and driven by Erik Adielsson, trained by Frode Hamre and owned by Stall Christoff Racing Invest, in his first 2018 start and first outside of North America.  Rubio (4m Cantab Hall-Italienne Girl-In Dix Huit) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Third was King Of The Hill (4m Muscle Hill-Lantern Kronos-Viking Kronos) handled by Hans G. Eriksson. Ethien du Vivier and Von Wise As finished fourth and fifth. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares Final (200,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, nine starters) saw In Toto Sund (5f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) score at 11.6/1 and timed in a quick 1.10.0kr. Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden and Stall Zet were again the team behind this winner that record her 14th career victory in 39 starts for 3,803,216SEK earned.  Trendy OK (6f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) held second for catch driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro for owner Scuderia Verner Srl. Third was Uncertain Age (5f Jacose-Missis-Varenne) with Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Easy AB. The program also showcased two year olds in the Colorama Staffanstorp (100,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). The 2.1/1 winner here was US bred Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) timed in 1.14.7kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Lutfi Kolgjini trainee that Kolgjini owns and Millstream Inc. bred. Ultion Face (2m Joke Face-Crois d’Am-Love You) was second with Thomas Uhrberg the pilot of this Kolgjini trainee that Whap Capital AB owns. Third was another Kolgjini trainee, Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star), that Kolgjini owns and Conrad Lugauer was the driver. Kolgjini trains five of the eight starters and he owns four of these. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s good Enghien program top action began with three year old colts competing in the Prix Roule (purse 58,000 euro, 2875 meters, nine starters). The 3/10 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Winner Stable timed in 1.17.1kr. The now five time winner in just seven career starts for 93,990 euro earned. Jean Pierre Dubois bred this one that is from his most recent champion mare in France. 11/1 Fakir Merite was second for Julien Raffestin and 5.5/1 Fun Quick took third for Franck Nivard. The Q+ Prix Domonique Savary (purse 82,000 euro, 2150 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 7/2 odds Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou). Trainer Romain Derieux was the pilot for owner Mauricette De Sousa. 3/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Nivard won four straight at the end of yesterday’s card and today’s opener. 14/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password) took third with Jean Philippe Dubois up for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 7.7/1 Coup Droit and 5.2/1 Venosc de Minel completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payday was 840.80 euro. 5/1 Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) took the Prix de Milan (purse 85,000 euro, 2150 meters, 14 European starters) timed in 1.13.3kr and reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Paul Hagoort trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BV. The 7/10 favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrina) held second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten. 14/1 Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet) rallied to be third driven by Dominik Locqueneux, driver Cristian Rizzo and owner Mme. Caterina Ballini. 24/1 Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied from last to fourth for driver/owner Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. The Prix le Café de la Mairie de Goussainville at Enghien (purse 44,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) went to 3.7/1 Suricato Jet (7m Ideale Luis-oy Ami) timed in 1.14.5kr and reined by Nicolas Roussel for trainer Vincent Lacroix and Scuderia Dante Sm. The 16/1 Digital Collection (7g Super Photo Kosmos) was second for Anthony Barrier ahead of the 1.4/1 favorite Eldrick Boko (m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s 10th leg of the Trophee Vert Series was at Saint Jean de Monts, raced over 2625 meters distance handicapped, by 16 entrants for the total purse 45.000 euro. It was the 4/5 favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) prevailing for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, timed in 1.16.1kr.  The winner overcame a 50 meter handicap to record his fifth victory in the series and 24th career win in 44 starts now for 679,310 euro earned. The victory moved Bugsy to the top in the series points standings with 79, versus Bebert Express’ 70 points. The point winner at series end earns 100,000 euro. The 8.6/1 Capital Charm (6g Password-Molly Charm) was second today for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean Philippe Dubois bred this one. The 111/1 Alexis Jisce (8g Memphis du Rib) was third for Olivier Raffin while 25 meter handicapped and 4.3/1 Ardente du Clos was fourth. Utile Lebel was fifth and Bebert Express ninth in this 10th series leg. At La Capelle the Prix Avesne sur Helpe (purse 30,000 euro, 250 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 2.6/1 Christo (6g Rieussec-Panacee) with Marcel Lenoir the driver/trainer. 21/1 Busy Money Ringeat and 5.1/1 Colombo Ranka completed the top three. It was also announced that the August 5th battle between Bold Eagle and Aubrion du Gers at the Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin may not occur. Bold Eagle has been treated for back lameness following his last start at the La Capelle TGV and will miss the Mons contest. Bold Eagle leaves the way open to Aubrion du Gers to acquire the title that Bold Eagle was to defend. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) won Thursday’s Prix Les Sables d’Olonne (purse 50,000 euro, 2775 meters distance handicap, 12 International starters) at the venue of the same name, timed in 1.13kr, and reined by J.Ph. Monclin.  Philippe Allaire trains and Elisabeth Allaire owns the great veteran that Christophe Toulorge bred. Brid Parker, off as 7/10 favorite this day, now has 20 wins in 72 career starts for 1,878,605 euro earned, as he overcame a 25 meters handicap. Two other 25 meter penalized performers trained the winner. 2.4/1 Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.6/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was third with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. Trotting also took place this day at Baden Austria. The 20th Monte Derby Austria (purse 8,000 euro, 2600 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.18.9kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Top Winner (8g From Above-Loctudy) with Mme. Ronja Walter in the irons for trainer Rudolf Haller and Stall Alegra Racing Club. Lendavu (8g Tony Oaks-Lantara) was second for Mme. Sabrine Brockner. On the same card the Prix Raphael Varane (purse 6,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.16.7kr timed and 1.4/1 George Greenwood (5g Infinitif-Ninanova) with trainer Rudy Haller driving for owner Christine Kellermeier. Dexter (5m Pegasus Boko) with Dieter Marz up and Saxicola Jet (7f Naglo) for Jos Verbeeck trailed the winner. Later the Grand Prix du Tour de France (6,000 euro purse, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.8/1 Lady Muscles (5f Muscle Hill-Chieftess) for Gerhard Mayr ahead of Nico W with Verbeeck at the lines. Of note was the announced Oslo Grand Prix positive test of its winner Urlo dei Venti that was an easy winner for Enrico Bellei and trainer Gennaro Casillo timed in 1.10.5kr. On the A sample this winner tested positive for cortisone and was disqualified from racing for 90 days. If the B test is positive the dq will be extended to 180 days and the owners will be ordered to return the winners’ purse. On July 12 the second annual mixed sale was held at Haras des Rouges (Louis Baudron) and a good quality selection of youthful racing prospects drew a fine audience and good prices led by the following: GOOD FRIDAY 2 year old qualified in 1.18.1kr (Village Mystic) 190.000€ by Kristof Depuydt. GIVE ME CASH 2 year old qualified in 1.10.7k (Ready Cash) , 150.000€ by Fabien Rycroft. FESTIF (Village Mystic) 88.000€ by Kristof Depuydt Saturday top trotting will take place at Enghien featuring the Gr. II International Prix de Buenos-Aires for 120,000 euro purse and the Gr. III Prix de Rome for 85,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Very Kronos (4m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was an impressive winner of today’s Gr. Ii International ICA Maxi Eskilstuna with 300,000SEK to the winner at Eskilstuna, Sweden. The 4.8/1 winner took the lead in lap one for driver Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and owner Kjell Johansson. Race time was 1.13.2kr over 2640 meters autostart. Volnik du Kras (4m Varenne0Olijka du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) gave valiant chase to be second a length for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was early leader Super War Horse (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Poison Valley-Lindy Lane) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Jerry Riordan. Born Unicorn and Eldorado B completed the top five. On the undercard the Sparbanken for 100,000SEK to the winner and raced over 1640 meters autostart went to Caid Griff (6m Password-Savanne Griff-Tenor de Baune) timed in 1.10.1kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Charrua Forlan and King City finished second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 7/10 favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) scored today at Royan La Palmyre in the 9th leg of the Trophee Vert (purse 45,000 euro, 3100 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). Driver Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire owned and trainerd veteran to his 23rd career victory in 43 starts now for 659,060 euro earned. The winner overcame a 50 meter starting penalty to win easily in 1.14.4kr (mile rate 1:59.1 over the grass and 3150 meters, 1.96 miles traveled). Truly remarkable performance!!! The 17/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was second for trainer/driver Christophe Feyte and 10/1 Bebert Express (7g Tenor de Baune) was third for F.P. Bossuet. 104/1 Agothe de Reuttles and 76/1 Bon Copain were fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The La Capelle racetrack in France featured Gr. II Prix de la Communaute de Communes Thierache Centre (total purse 100,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters in this 2nd leg of the Challenge du Trot Grand Vitesse, a UET Masters Series test)  and it was a superb race won by Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) clocked in 1.10.8kr and reined by Franck Nivard. Sebastien Guarato trains the champion for Pierre Pilarski and he was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. The Eagle left alertly, yielded to Un Mec d’Heripr and then regained the lead for the duration. The Eagle now has 41 wins in 54 career starts for 4,266,670 euro earned. He was off as the 1/10 favorite with 11/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) second for Franck Ouvrie. The 32/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore) was third for P-Y Verva, trainer Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin. 17/1 Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Antoine Lherete and owner Ecurie Quick Star. Titty Jepson was fifth at 47/1. On the La Capelle undercard was the Prix de Cagnes sur Mer (purse 25,000 euro, 2750 meters, 15 starters) and 8.9/1 Bonefish Life (g Quatre Juillet-Izakaline) scored in 1.14.5kr for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer C.F. Kamminga and owner H.J. DeBoer. 8/1 Bequin d’Ali (7g Little Crack) was next for Bjorn Goop and 1.4/1 favorite Bilbao d’Ecajeul (7g Quaker Jet) was third for Romain Derieux. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The odds on favorite at 1.6/1 Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) took today’s Halmstad, Sweden featured Gr. II Mares Sprintern (four year old mares) with 697,01SEK to the winner, timed in 1.11.7kr.  Bjorn Goop drove the Jerry Riordan trainee that Renato Bruni owns. She posted career victory 11 in 19 starts now for 2,890,377SEK earned. 14.7/1 Rose Mary (4f SJs Caviar-Spicy Cayenne-Ata Star L) was second for trainer/driver Andre Eklundh, ahead of 5.4/1 Violet Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fidgi Bi-Lemon Dra) handled by trainer Jim Oscarsson. On the Halmstad card was the Wangen Cup Finale (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, mares) and 5/2 odds Julia Pellini (5f Yankee Glide-Julian-Juliano Star) was victorious for driver Askar J. Andersson clocked in 1.14.1kr. Magnus Dahlen trains the winning mare. 6.8/1 Foxy Brown (5f Symphonic Hanover-Liz Abb-Running Sea) with Markus Niklasson and 54/1Brilliance (7f Flirtin Man-My Lady Arwen-SJs Caviar) with Henne Halme up trailed this winner The V75 Gold (200,000SEWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 41.2/1 longshot Art On Line (11g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) with Carl Johan Jepson driving for trainer Mikko Ago and timed in 1.12.6kr. The veteran campaigner secured his 35th career win in 128 starts. 1.3/1 favorite Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and 14.4/1 veteran Harry Haythrow (12g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) took the third spot. In the Summer Meeting Mares (100,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) the 1.7/1 favorite Darling Mearas (5f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) scored for Stefan Persson, the trainer/driver.  The 16.4/1 Julia Af Solnas (5f Olimede-Joy Af Solnas-Supergill) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and third was 33.1/1 Annabelle Dimanche (5f Sahara Dynamite-Messaritra-Messerschmitt) for driver Peter Ingves. Race time was 1.12.1kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday’s eighth leg of the prestigious Trophee Vert series was the Grabd Prix d’Agon-Coutainville (purse 45,000 euro, 18 starters distance handicap, 3425 meters) at Agon-Coutrainville. The even-money favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was an easy winner on the turf from post 18 and a 50 meter penalty timed in 1.16.8kr and driven by Yoann Lebourgeois. Phillipe Allaire trains and owns the now 22 time winner in just 42 career appearances good for 638,810 euro earned. The 6.4/1 Viking Fromentro (9g Capriccio-Orminda) was second overcoming a 25 meter handicap in rein to trainer Thomas Levesque. The 58/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was third for driver Anthony Honore, he too a 25 meter penalized performer. At odds of 23/1 Verazano Bridge (7g Offshore Dream), 28/1 Voici du Roco (9g l’As de Boussieres, and 23/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) were the next three to the line. Anette was a 50 meter handicapped horse in the Pick5 event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vincennes, FR - The even-money Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was an almost gate to wire harness racing winner for driver Franck Nivard of today’s Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (200,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters). He was timed in an evenly rated 1.10.3kr. At top stretch the Eagle fought off when seemed liked apparent challengers and then drew off for an easy victory over 33/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Third was 1.6/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. 8/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) held fourth with J.Ph. Monclin at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The winning Eagle now shows 40 career wins in 53 starts for 4,221,670 euro earned. Race fractions were 1.08.9kr with 1500 remaining, 1.10.1kr at the 1000 and 1.10.2kr with 500 meters to go. by Thomas H. Hocks, for Harnesslink

The 9/1 As des Jacquets (8m Ready Cash-Kodessa) took the Friday Q+ Prix Hygica (48,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) clocked in 1.13.4kr and reined by Robbin Bot, also trainer, for Stall Cortina. The 3.6/1 Balzac de Souvigne (7g Lontzac-Jalna de Souvigne) was second for trainer/driver Michel Lenoir and 5.2/1 Bad July (7g Prince Gede) was home third for trainer/driver J.P. Gauvin. 7.2/1 Vixel and 15/1 Angel d’Or completed the top five. Titanium Gar (6g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) opened the Friday evening card by winning the Prix Clementina (purse 48,000 euro, 28750 meters, 14 European starters). Trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. piloted the winner to a 1.13.5kr score for owner Stall Arend (Holland) at 9/10 odds. 32/1 Caresse (6f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Lars Erik Aulin. 20/1 Capella de Vrie (6f Prince d’Espace-Pandore Vrie) was third driven by Franck Nivard for the legendary breeder/owner/trainer Roger Baudron. Grand Chelem (2m Love You-Kidea), a half brother to Ready Cash) led the sale at 100,000 euro going to Jack G.H. DeJong amnd sold by Pierre Tebirent. This youngster qualified at Caen on May 24 timed in 1.18kr. Sale results in total were up significantly from prior year.  Sunday action at Vincennes is quite a card featuring the reappearance in France of Bold Eagle and he will face Belina Josselyn and a host of solid international trotteurs. ​by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 28, 2018 - The Timo Nurmos trained, Bjorn Goop driven and Bro Byggnads AB owned and 2.2/1 second choice Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) raced perfectly second over in tier two around the final bend and then surged to the front on then leading Bird Parker and gamely held off 2.1/1 harness racing  favorite, defending and two time champion, Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and Franck Nivard to win the winter classic timed in 1.11.2kr. The 97th edition of the Prix d'Amerique is raced over the grande piste at 2700 meters for a purse of €1,000,000 and had 18 of the world’s best at the start, that took the judges several attempts to get the field underway. Fractions were steady (1.12.6kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.11.6kr at the 1000 and 1.11.7kr at 500 remaining). Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae) at 4.2/1 rallied for third driven by Orjan Kihlstrom after being the second leader when he took over from Oasis Bi. Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezire Josselyn) also rallied nicely for J-M Bazire at 6.8/1  to capture fourth ahead of 72/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede) and driver Matthieu Abrivard. Leader Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash) and Italy’s Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo earned the final checks. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was €993. Follow You Wins Gr. III Prix Leopold Veroken The Prix Leopold Veroken (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart) produced an impressive victory this evening at Vincennes for Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) timed in 1.14.4kr and driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato for Stall Bivans Srl. Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Ecurie Dream With Me bred the youngster now with four wins in six career starts. Ziosauro Jet (3m Maharajah-Liberte) was second for Vincenzo d’Alessandro Jr.Third was Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissante Jo) for Anthony Barrier. Dubois was the interviewing star in the winners’ circle. The winners’ dam Mara Bourbon (And Arifant-Etta Extra) was a winner of €1,657,405) with a speed record of 1.10.7kr. Her last win was in 2006 at Cagnes sur Mer in the Gr. II Grand Prix du Conseil General Alpes Maritimes and just prior she won the Oslo Grand Prix with Jean Pierre Dubois up. Watch for the colt Follow You, he could be special. Ebella Aimef Wins Prix Meadowlands at Vincennes Ebella Aimef (4f Kiwi-Harmonie du Fosse) took this evenings’ Prix Meadowlands (purse €50,000, 2850 meters petite piste) as the rains began to fall at Vincennes. Eric Raffin teamed the 1.7/1 odds winner timed in 1.14.9kr for trainer J.L. Bigeon. Elena Princesse (4f Timoko-Quatinka) was second for J-M Bazire at 7.2/1and Ecurie le Tremont while third went to Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting-Carine Romanie) at 8.8/1 with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Comte de Senneville. The US Hambletonian Society Management (John Campbell and wife, Moira Fanning and former CEO Tom Charters) presented the trophy. Thomas H. Hicks

January 21, 2018 - Traders won today’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I, monte, international, purse €700,000, 2700 meters) for jockey Joann Lebourgeois and harness racing owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The six year old son of Ready Cash-Graziella, shown below and off at 3.9/1, recorded his 11 career win for €837,860 earned. Race time was 1.11.3kr in the rain and fog, well faster than the 2012 set race record of 1.12kr by Quif de Villeneuve. 6.9/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) was a game second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Third was 1.3/1 favorite Bilibili (7m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) with Alexandre Abrivard up for L.C. Abrivard and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Barjon. 54/1 Canadien d’Am and 52/1 Catalogne completed the top five. Bohemian Rhapsody and Cyprien des Bordes were sixth and seventh purse earners. Fractions were quick and steady (1.12.3kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.1kr at the 1000; 1.10.8kr at 500 remaining). The opener at Vincennes today was the Prix M.M. Gougeon, a Gr. II event for a purse of €110,000, and raced over a stated distance of 2850 meters, distance handicapped 25 meters for winners over €191,000 lifetime. The 25 meter penalized Cash Maker (6g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) scored at 1.3/1 for trainer/driver Sebastien Ernault and breeder/owner N.W. Hicewa timed in 1.13.4kr with a powerful final 500 (time at the 500 remaining mark was 1.14.2kr). 8.4/1 and 25 meter handicapped Captain Sparrow (6m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton) rallied for second driven by Gabriele Gelormini for Luc Roelens, trainer for Stal Markove. Third was 35/1 Comete dArche (6f Ready Cash-Java Darche) with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Junior Guelpa. Ezreal Jiel and Express Jet Wins Groupe Tests Post Prix de Cornulier action this day at Vincennes was highlighted by several upper class events. The Prix de Mirande (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) went to 1.7/1 Goofy Greenwood  (5g Russel November-Chatooga River) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr. and owner Stal Amsterdam. Race time was 1.14.6kr. 4/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was second for J.Ph. Monclin, and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 1.7/1 co-favorite Dexter Chatho (5g Un Amour d’Haufor-Okoyama) was third for owner/trainer/breeder Christian Bigeon The Gr. II Prix Camille de Wazieres (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters) was a battle to the line won by Ezreal Jiel (4m Redeo Josselyn-Una Lova Jiel) with Guillaume Marin in the irons for trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck, a first career victory for Ezreal Jiel, off at 8.5/1.  Race time was 1.13.1kr off quick fractions (1.10,.5kr at 1500 remaining, 1.12.1kr at the 1000 and 1.13.2kr with 500 meters to go). 24/1 Eagle Ligherie (4m Repeat Love-Soragane) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 5.8/1 El Diablo d’Aut (4m Saxo de Vandel-Nuit des Dimes) for Eric Raffin The day’s final groupe event was the Gr.III Prix Bellino II (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.13.2kr timed winner was 8.1/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for Ecurie Opale. Jean Etienne Dubois bred this winner that scored from post six and ejoyed a pocket journey before exploding past rivals in the lane. 59/1 Epace Turgot (5f Orlando Vici-Kippa Turgot) was second for J-M Bazire and 49/ Estola (4f Nextar-Nika) took the third spot for J.Ph.  Monclin and Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Thomas H. Hicks

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