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October 10, 2017 - Harness racing youngsters battled this evening at Paris-Vincennes with a three year old Ready Cash colt winning the Gr. III Prix Kruse, as Espoir Prestance was timed in 1.14.7kr for reinsman Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. Favorite Classic Connection led throughout for catch-driver Franck Nivard and went off stride as the wire approached. Paris-Vincennes – Prix Kruse (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart, nine three year old starters) Race time 1.14.7kr 3.1/1 Espoir Prestance (3m Ready Cash-Quelle Prestance), Christophe Martens driver, Vincent Martens trainer, Joseph Vanduffel owner/breeder 9.1/1 Ecume de Reville (3f Hand du Vivier-Perle Villetrot), Eric Raffin up, Frederic Prat trainer 14.7/1 Valchiria Bar (3f Napolean Bar-Gwendalina Bar), Roberto Andreghetti up for Scuderia Stecca Srl Note – the leading favorite Capital Connection was a dq for miscue nearing the line The two year olds contested the Prix Phedra and undefeated Roc Meslois colt Fairyland remained so with an easy victory timed in 1.16.3kr. Matthieu Abrivard piloted the now three time winner for trainer Jacques Bruneau. Paris-Vincennes – Prix Phedra (purse €46,000, 2200 meters, eight two year old starters) Race time 1.16.3kr 2/5 Fairyland (2m Roc Meslois-Opontia), Matthieu Abrivard up, Jacques Bruneau trainer, Ecurie JYR 7.3/1 Fabriz du Gite (2m Tabriz du Gite), Franck Ouvrie driving 4.7/1 Fakir de Vindecy (2m Un Amour d’Haufor), Eric Raffin driver, Philippe Allaire trainer Note – Fairyland now undefeated in three career starts Next up of interest on October 15 is the  40th Grand Prix du Sud Quest raced at Beaumont de Lomagne, a Gr. II European Masters Series contest raced over 2400 meters autostart for a €200,000 purse. On October 13 at Paris-Vincennes are two upper class events, the Prix Bohemia for €75,000 and the Gr. III Prix Gordonia for €82,000. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 30, 2017 - Jorma Kontio confidently steered 1/5 favorite Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) to victory in today’s  Gr. I European Championship for harness racing five year-olds at Solvalla, raced over 2140 meters autostart with 500,000SEK to the winner.  Total purse in euro was €101,888. Bro Byggnads AB owns this Timo Nurmos trainee. 8.9/1 Treasure Kronos (5f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) sat fifth on the pegs and escaped to rally strongly for second driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. Third was early pacesetter 43/1 Nappa Scar (5m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) for trainer/driver Per Lennartson that eventually sat the pocket behind the race winner. Race time was 1.12.kr with quick final fractions. Earlier in the week (Sept.27) was the 10th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot at Lisieux (purse €90,000, 2725 meters) and Cantin de l’éclair (5g Jet Furtuna-Noce Joyeuse) scored for Tony LeBeller timed in 1.14.5kr. The 25 meter handicapped Vulcania de Godrel (8f Memphis du Rib) was second for driver Anthony Barrier and third was 25 meter penalized Unero Mobtaval (9g Nem) handled by Eric Raffin. Venus de Baily finished fourth. Other interesting winners this week included 8.7/1 Desir Castelets (4m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) in the September 26 Paris-Vincennes Prix Valleda (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) timed in 1.14.3kr and reined by Franck Ouvrie.13/1 Dusty Wood (4m Goetmals Wood) was second ahead of 23/1 Defi Pierji (4g Roc Meslois). Thomas H. Hicks    

September 30, 2017 - The Jerry Riordan trained three year old filly Vamp Kronos (3f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos), off at 3.9/1, won today’s harness racing Gr. I International European Championship (three year olds, purse €101,888, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla. The Renato Bruni property, reined by Bjorn Goop, now has a 7-2-1 slate in 13 career starts, all this year. Vamp was clocked in 1.12.2kr (2:34.51) and was a seven length winner to increase her career earnings to 1,521.677SEK. She raced third on the outer in the middle part of the race before vaulting to the top early in the final bend and she sprinted clear of the rivals. Second was 7.9/1 Hazard Boko (3m SJs Caviar-Quail Ridge-Smasher) for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. 39/1 Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 21, 2017 - Top flight trotting action today at Paris-Vincennes shined the harness racing spotlight on four Groupe II events. In the Prix Pierre Plazen (Gr.II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters-three year old colts) 7.4/1 Eridan (3m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was an impressive 1.14.3kr timed winner for David Thomain. Sebastien Guarato trains the property of Philippe Dewulf that now sports career earnings of €195,950. 7/10 favorite Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) took second money for Mathieu Mottier driving for Guarato/Dewulf. 3.7/1 Eros du Chene (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Ouknova de Lou) was third for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. Classic Connection (3m Love You-Crys Dream) was sixth for J-P Dubois after winning his previous start. The monte Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.12.6kr timed and 16/1 odds Cyprien des Bordes (5m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) scored for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib.  Several highly respected entrants were miscue dq’s. 4.1/1 Cassate (5m Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) was second ridden by Adrien Lamy for J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. 3/2 Catalogne (5f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) landed third for Mathieu Mottier Next was the Prix Guy Deloisin (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) and it yielded a victory by 1.3/1 Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier-These d’Oliverie) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie de d’Oliverie). Race time was 1.12.2kr. 39/1 Exotic Destination (3f Love You-Quitomantica) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 5/1 Elite du Ruel (3f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) was third for trainer/driver Franck Anne. The final Gr. II event was the Prix Jockey (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) and 2/5 favorite Carat Williams (5m Prodigious-Miss Williams) scored for David Thomain, trainer Guarato and owner Mme. Florence Deboudaud. 8.7/1 Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was second with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Marie Anne Thomas. 6.3/1 Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), the brother to Bold Eagle, was third handled by Franck Nivard for the trainer/owner team of Guarato and Pierre Pilarski. This group is maturing and at least some will move to the elite level in 2018. Thomas H. Hicks

August 20, 2017 - The 7/10 favorite Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was clearly the best in the Prix Montier (turf, purse €45,000, 3000 meters, 11 starters) at Montier en Der. He started from the back and raced that way for a lap before starting a following three wide move to the front with a lap remaining. Under little urging from Yoann Lebourgeois, Bugsy rolled to a huge lead stopping the clock in 1.15.6kr, quick for turf and the distance. Bugsy now has 18 career wins in 34 starts for €543,060 earned. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this winner. 2.6/1 Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) was second for Antoine Wiels and 24/1 Ugo Dacheux was third for Franck Ouvrie. Bolt took the Cherbourg Grand Prix de la Clacere (purse €27,000, 2550 meters autostart, 13 starters) clocked in 1.14.7kr for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. Off at 1.1/1 the hard working six year old son of Prince Gede-Souvola led most of the way and just held off the late charge of 23/1 Un Cher Ami (8g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) and Alexis Prat for a head victory. Earlier at Cherbourg was the Grand Prix Credit Agricole de Normandie (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.16.3kr winner was 4.3/1 Dorus Weil (4g Gogo-Parama) with David Thomain up for breeder/owner/trainer Antonius Wilderbeek. Tomorrow racing returns to Paris-Vincennes as that great venue hosts four Gr. II events each with a purse of €120,000: Prix Pierre Plazen (2175 meters, 8 three year old colt starters) Prix Herve Cran-Maillard (monte, 2175 meters, 12 five year old starters) Prix Guy Deloison (2175 meters, 11 three year old filly starters) Prix Jockey (2700 meters, 10 five year old male starters) Thomas H. Hicks  

August 10, 2017 - The Prix de Londres (monte. purse €120,000. 2875 meters, 12 starters) was the day’s featured harness racing event and 1.9/1 Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) rallied very wide to the lead at the halfway mark and held gamely for the 1.14.2kr timed victory. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons of this Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. 15.2/1 Ulk des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) took second for Matthieu Abrivard. 3.3/1 Tornade Bello (10m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) was a rallying third for Mlle. Camille Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. Gabriele Gelormini piloted 50/1 Vasco de Viette (8g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) to victory in today’s Quinte+ Prix de la Concorde (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.14.2kr. 2.3/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Lois) took the close second for Eric Raffin. Third was 3.6/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) for Christophe Martens. 10/1 Viking Fromento and 7/1 Unbridled Charm were fourth and fifth. Yesterday was the eighth leg of the Grand National de Trot (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2950 meters, 18 starters) this leg contested at Saint Malo. The winner, at 3.3/1 odds, was Bel Avis (6g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) that J-M Bazire trains for Wildenstein Stables Ltd.  This day Eric Raffin was at the lines. 1.3/1 favorite Aufor de Mire (g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) was second for Charles J. Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon, ahead of 7.1/1 Bolero des Vignes (6m Quai Bourbon-Poesie du Bouffey). Vlatka Madrik and Tiger Danover were fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

July 22, 2017 - Today, Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos-Fatima Lavec), at 2/5 odds, and driven by Jorma Kontio, took the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) at Axevalla. The Timo Nurmos trainee is two for two in 2017 and has 16 career wins in 19 starts, now for 7,857,660SEK earned. On Track Piraten (9g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was next for driver Johnny Takter with third to Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Sofia Aronsson. Reckless was fourth for Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.11.7kr. The undercard included the Jonssons Mekaniskas (100,000SEK to winner 2140 meters voltstart) and the 1.13.5kr timed winner was 3.8/1 Trecciadoro Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Freedream Rex-CR Trackmaster) reined by Mika Forss for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Sangria Knight (5f Scarlet Knight-Yahaa Brodda-Varenne) was next for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Third finishing was Helena KJlipp (5f Explosive Matter-Larissa Klipp-Super Arnie) and trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - The affect of Bold Eagle’s performance on the racetrack has translated to harness racing statistical leadership in the first half of 2017 in the categories of stallion, breeder and owner purse earnings. Ready Cash, breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois and owner Pierre Pilarski lead their peers due to Bold Eagle. Based on race wins the leaders are stallion Ready Cash, breeder Jean-Yves Lucuyer and owner Jean-Paul Marmion. Congratulations to all, and let’s hope Bold Eagle’s career continues to bring positive press to the trotting horse and influences the gene pool globally. Stallion Leaders Stallion Races Wins Places Earnings Ready Cash 916 125 147 4.339.390 € Love You 893 108 145 2.954.585 € Prodigious 956 105 151 2.793.710 € Ganymède 764 87 98 1.930.770 € Coktail Jet 874 82 137 1.679.195 € Jag de Bellouet 828 81 139 1.980.340 € Look de Star 747 74 129 1.722.225 € Saxo de Vandel 719 72 132 1.549.850 € Orlando Vici 937 65 143 1.564.250 €  Gazouillis 824 63 133 1.451.500 €    Breeder Leaders Breeders Ranked on Wins Wins Earnings Écurie Jean-Yves Lécuyer 47 825.560 € Jean-Philippe Dubois 44 860.850 € Écurie des Charmes 43 1.022.200 € Rémi Boucret 37 619.220 € Jean-Etienne Dubois 35 1.624.370 € Haras des Coudraies 33 532.220 € Louis Baudron 30 878.450 € S.C.A. La Barbottière 30 577.140 € Hugues Rousseau 26 636.900 € Écurie Rib 25 703.010 €   FR Breeders – First Half 2017 Ranked on Earnings Breeder Name Earnings Wins Jean-Etienne Dubois 1.624.370 € 35 Écurie des Charmes 1.022.200 € 43 Louis Baudron 878.450 € 30 Jean-Philippe Dubois 860.850 € 44 Écurie Jean-Yves Lécuyer 825.560 € 47 Écurie Yvan Bernard 742.880 € 24 Écurie Rib 703.010 € 25  Hugues Rousseau 636.900 €  26  Rémi Boucret 619.220 €  37  S.C. Élevage de Folleville 618.220 €  13    Owners Ranked on Wins: Owners Name Horses Starts Wins Places Earnings Écurie Jean-Paul Marmion 59 281 51 44 730.840 € Écurie des Charmes 72  306 41  50  767.610 € Écurie Danover 74  535  41  64  644.300 €  Écurie Victoria Dreams 73  337  35  59  792.550 €  Mauricette De Sousa 69 305 31 49 708.080 €  Écurie Sylvain Roubaud 54  299  30  62  671.360 €  Écurie Christian Boisnard 81  562  28  77  544.300 €  Écurie Luck 49  211  27  36  657.170 €  Écurie Christian Bigeon 44  148  25  39  621.570 €  Écurie Romuald Mourice 53  304  25  48  462.510 €    Owners Ranked on Earnings :  Owners Name Earnings Wins Écurie Pierre Pilarski 1.227.890 € 11  Écurie Loïc-Désiré et Matthieu Abrivard 862.870 €  24  Jean-Yves Rozé 826.350 €  17  Écurie Victoria Dreams 792.550 €  35  Écurie des Charmes 767.610 €  41  Écurie Jean-Paul Marmion 730.840 €  51  Claude Guedj 708.790 €  18  Mauricette De Sousa 708.080 €  31  Philippe Allaire 706.820 €  15 Écurie Rib 703.140 €  19  Thomas H. Hicks

June 25, 2015 - Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), off as 3/10 harness racing favorite, surged from behind three wide cover at top of stretch and scored for Frank Nivard by two lengths timed in 1.10.5kr. Sebastien Guarato trains the Pierre Pilarski owned stallion that was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois. The Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere carries a €200,000 purse and was raced over 2100 meters autostart with ten starters. Fractions were quick and steady (1.10.1kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.7 with 1000 remaining and 1.10.9kr with 500 meter left in the contest). Bold Eagle recorded his 36th career win in 42 starts, now for €3,344,620 earned. 16/1 Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was a solid second for Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. Third was 8/1 Amiral Sacha (7m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) driven by Gabriele Gelormini, 37/1 DD’s Hitman (6g Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny) and 108/1 Pioneer Gar (8m Varenne-Follia) were fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

June 24, 2017 - Franck Nivard teamed Express Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Kamera Bourbon-Cezio Josselyn-Etta Extra) to a 1.17kr victory this day in the Prix du Green Horse Festival (purse €21,000, 2850 meters, three year-old open). Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for owner Yvette Engelke. Haras Saint Martin bred Express Bourbon that is from a US$221,000 winning mare. Second was another well-bred three year-old, this the filly Erabella Madrik (3f Ready Cash-Talina Madrik-Korean-Ketty d’Occagnes-Workaholic) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. Her dam won US$439,000. Third was Early Morning (3m Coktail Jet-Passion d’Amour-Joyau d’Amour) reined by Thibault Borderie. Fourth went to Expeditious (3m Prodigious-Rapide Aventure-Love You-Bahama), his dam a winner of US$244,000, and today driven by Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The quality of this race set the pace for a superb Paris-Vincennes program tomorrow, with seven groupe races and a myriad of top performers led by Bold Eagle and Belina Josselyn in the Gr. I UET Masters Prix Rene Balliere for a €200,000 purse. The other Gr. I events are the Prix d’Essai, Grand Prix du President de la Republique and Prix Albert Viel. Eiffel Tower, Django Riff and Ecu Pierji are favorites in these. Program here: The great horses and races highlight a day of family entertainment at the Temple du Trot first featuring the equine stars.  Thomas H. Hicks

Mickael Gilles Lemarchand, driving Be Cash Money a son of Ready Cash, took the first of two legs of the French-American Friendship Trot over the 1200 meter inner track at Hippodromo Argentan in Normany today. Alan Schwartz led team America to a second place finish driving the Ready Cash filly Bety Du Goutier. Schwartz generously survived a judge's inquiry as the first try at a start resulted in a wild and crazy array of horses that caused a recall. Bob Davis' horse was scratched for not having his paperwork in order which negated all of two days of studying the program and viewing videos. Jean Phillipe Bazire, cousin of the French very accomplished driver of the same name, did not disappoint the family name garnering a third place finissh. Peter Kleinhans recovered from an early break to finish Fourth and Tony Ciuffetelli took the nickel. I, also badly affected by the recall, was placed seventh with four horses of the twelve being disqualified. All in all not a bad showing and on Tuesday evening at Vincennes will either make us champs or goats. In reality The North American Amateur Drivers have the distinct honor of being the very first amateurs ever invited to France to compete against their counterparts. "The French Le Trot placed us in the hands of three great hosts, Damien, Marie-Anh and Emmanuelle, who chauffeured us around. We were shown every hospitality from a brasserie in Trouville to restaurants in Arromanches and Caen. Tomorrow is a free day in the City of Lights with a scheduled dinner cruise on the Siene under the watchful eye of the Tower Eiffel. Tuesday's menu includes a visit to the famed training center at Grosbois followed by an evening race, the Prix Iphigenia. The French had much more to celebrate than their amateur victory as the 10 year old French bred Timoko, who was barely bested in the return of the International Trot at Yonkers Raceway two years ago, won the Ellietlop today in Sweden. This is the last year that Timoko can race in France and hopefully the $1,000,000 International at Yonkers on October14th will temp his connections to return for revenge. by Joe Faraldo, NAADA team leader

April 22, 2017 - Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) kept on rolling with an easy front-end score at Enghien in the Prix de l’Atlantique (Gr. I UET International, purse €200,000, 2150 meters autostart, 11 starters). Franck Nivard was again the harness racing pilot and the 1.12.2kr timed winner now has 34 wins in 39 career starts for €3,193,300 earned. Sebastien Guarato trains Bold Eagle for Pierre Pilarski and Jean Etienne Dubois bred and early developed the champion. The 1/10 favorite bested 23/1 stablemate Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) that Guarato trains for Philippe Dauphin. Third was 13/1 Ave Avis (7m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Guis) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ottavia Rolfiu-Urano. Boosters Winner and Duke Of Greenwood took the fourth and fifth positions behind the “exceptionale!!!” champion. A “huge” crowd was on-hand at Enghien-Soisy to see one the greatest perform after more than a two-month layoff. The Q+ on today’s Enghien program was the Prix du Casino Baurnere (purse €60,000. 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters) and the 4/5 favorite Attacus (7g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) prevailed for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.M. Machet. Attacus recorded his 11th career win in 41 starts for €337,300 earned and he was timed in 1.14.9kr. 9.1/1 Zonguldac (8g Love You-Heartenings Crown) finished second for driver Christophe Martens and Radieux (7g Love You-Dordogne) was third for Dominik Locqueneux and owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Agora and Blues d’Ourville completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

Philippe Allaire’s trainee (he is also the owner) Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took today’s Grand Prix du Conseil Departmental de la Mayenne (purse €60,000. 2850 meters, 18 international starters) timed in 1.13kr for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois. The 2/5 favorite recorded his 16th win in 26 starts for €480,860 earned. Christian Simon bred Bugsy Malone, that defeated 12.8/1 Violine Mourotaise (8f Le Retour-Mourotaise) and driver David Thomain for the Raulline family (breeder, owner, trainer). Third was 4.2/1 Cedea Josselyn (5f Love You-Dea Josselyn) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. 30,2/1 Un Nuage de Betton and 233/1 Virgious du Maza were fourth and fifth. LES RÉSULTATS DU JOUR mercredi 15 mars   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 12 Bugsy Malone Y. Lebourgeois Ph. Allaire Ph. Allaire 2ème 5 Violine Mourotaise D. Thomain E. Raulline E. Raulline 3ème 3 Cédéa Josselyn J.-M. Bazire Ecurie Yvan Bernard J.-M. Bazire 4ème 2 Un Nuage de Betton W. Bigeon J.-L. Bigeon J.-L. Bigeon 5ème 13 Virgious du Maza S. Ernault Ecurie du Maza S. Ernault     By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

March 4, 2017 - The Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European monte starters) began the Saturday Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and it went to 1.13.6kr timed and 10.4/1 odds Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) with jockey Franck Nivard up, for trainer H.E. Bondo and Scuderia Erodi di Gubellini of Italy. 2.2/1 Catalogne (6f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 17.1/1 Belle Louise Mabon (6f Derby du Gite-Nefertiti Mabon) for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Yves Dreux. The Gr. II Prix Louisle Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, ten monte starters) produced a rallying victory for 3/2 favorite Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie Augustin-Normand. 6.1/1 Dominator Blond (4m Kenor de Cosse-Orchidee Blonde) was second for Damien Bonne and third was 11.6/1 Dahlia du Rib (4m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) for jockey Alexis Collette, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, the breeder/owner. The Q+ Prix Maurepas (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 2.8/1 Carla Love (5f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire. 14.6/1 Calencia (5f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 6.8/1 Clea Madrik (5f Prince d’Espace-Paisy Tivoli) took third for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Benoit Robin. The next two finishers were off at 19/1 and 50/1 odds respectively. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) went to a game front-ending 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington now has 12 wins in 48 starts for €464,650 earned. 14.1/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) rallied for second ridden by Matthieu Abrivard and third was 10.9/1 Texas de l’Iton (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee) for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque. 10.3/1 odds Venezia de Mai (8f Prodigious-Iomoe de Tesse) took the Prix de Montsoreau (purse €66,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) timed in 1.12.9kr. The barefoot winner was reined by Nicolas Mortagne. 3.2/1 Monas Invercote (8f Vikings Kronos-Monas Speranza) was second, beaten a neck for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third was 14/1 Un Cher Ami (9g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) for Mathieu Daougabel. The featured Prix de Selection (Gr. I, purse €240.000, 2200 meters distance handicap, nine starters) went to 1.11.4kr timed and 47.4/1 odds Discours Joyeaux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine). Racing barefoot for Damien Bonne, the winner is trained by Thierry Raffegeau for owner J.Y. Roze. 25.6/1 Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, and trainer Richard Westerink, also trainer/owner of the champion Timoko. 20.4/1 Black d’Avril (6m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) took third reined by J-M Bazire for trainer Frederic Prat. 2/1 favorite Carat Williams was fourth ahead of fifth finishing Doberman. Thomas H. Hicks

February 26, 2017 - Magnifique!!! Extraordinare!!! Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) won today’s Gr. I Grand Prix de Paris (purse €400,000, 4150 meters) for harness racing driver Franck Nivard, coming from a fourth back outer position during much of this race. He followed advancing Briac Dark late in the last bend and sprinted past for a length score timed in 1.14.kr. Off at 3/10 odds the winner now has 33 wins in 37 career starts for career earnings of €3,103,300) after the €180,000 winners share today. Bold Eagle and connections also earned a €300,000 Triple Crown bonus after also winning the Prix d’Amerique and Prix de France during the Paris-Vincennes winter meet. What a horse!!! 13.6/1 Briac Dark (6m Prince Gede-Queen des Chames) was a solid second for David Thomain, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Guy Barou. Third was 30.2/1 Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) for J.Ph.Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. 9.1/1 Belina Josselyn (6f Love You-Lezira Josseln) was a competitive fourth for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard with fifth to 274/1 Best Of Jets (6m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) driven by Tony LeBeller for owner/trainer Jean Michel Baudouin. Lionel, last year’s Prix de Paris upset winner, and Akim du Cap Vert were next to the line. Game pacesetter Up And Quick, a double winner of this race and race time record holder, faded to 10th. Bold Eagle’s accomplishment today is made even more important by the fact that it has been over 40 years since Bellino II won the Triple Crown of FR trotting and there had been only three winners (Jamin, Gelinotte and Bellino II) prior to Bold Eagle. Other interesting notes are that Thierry Duvaldestin trained Ready Cash during much of his career and was second as trainer today with Briac Dark. Philippe Allaire, owner/developer of Ready Cash, was third today as trainer of another son of that sire, Bird Parker. The top five finishers are all FR-bred six year-olds, quite a powerful crop. The Prix de Paris was today’s Quinte+ as well. Prix de Paris 2017 : Bold Eagle remporte la Triple Couronne Guarato back on the Bold Eagle GP of Paris and discusses the future Peter Pilarski after the Grand Prix de Paris Bold Eagle Thomas H. Hicks

February 26, 2017 - Grand Prix de Paris day began with the Groupe II harness racing Monte Prix Paul Bastard (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters). A large crowd saw the 1/2 favorite Canadian d’Am (5m Ready Cash-Kanadia) be a decisive 1.14.3kr winner for jockey Mathieu Mottier, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Laurent Efin. The winner recorded his tenth victory in 22 starts now for earnings of €516,410. 6.1/1 Celina Polks (5f Kool du Caux-La Canella) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute. Third went to 6.2/1 Cyprien de Bordes (5m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) for jockey J.L.Cl Dersoir. Legendary Joel Hallais trains this one for Ecurie Rib. This winner stalked the slow pace from a loose death seat position until surging to the front late in the final bend. Canadian d’Am then coasted to a open lengths lead and held off his pursuers to the line.    

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