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Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon), off at 1/10 odds, returned to action in France to win the Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent (purse 85,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European four and five year olds) at Paris-Vincennes, clocked in 1.09.8kr. Bjorn Goop teamed this Sebastien Guarato trainee that Scuderia Bivans Srl owns. Face Time recorded his 26th career victory in 31 starts plus four second place finishes, and his life earnings are now 2,105,190€. The 2019 winner of the Prix d'Amerique is on course to defend his title at the end of January. Two lengths back second was 23/1 Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee) with owner Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L. C. Abrivard. Ecurie D bred this one. Third today was 22/1 Gu d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) for Franck Nivard, trainer Philippe Billard and Ecurie d’Heripre. Feeling Cash at 69/1 and 72/1 oddsFavonte Fligny completed the top five  Replay -https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-11-12/7500/2 Face Time Bourbon On the undercard was the Gr. III Prix Olry Roederer (monte Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, European four year olds) and 1.1/1 odds favorite Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vaujours) scored easily in 1.12.5kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. She now has five career wins for 319,470€ earned. Gilles Curens trains this mare for owner Augustin Radu. The 2.6/1 odds Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) was distant second with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Patrick Madar. Third home was 39/1 Gef de Play (4m Gazouillis-Paradise Island) for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. Gladys Des Plaines LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 12/1 odds Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) took the Grand Prix du Centre-Est at Lyon a la Soie. J.L. Cl. Dersoir teamed this Ecurie Rib campaigner to his sixth career win for life earnings to 417,010€. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr. Second was the 4.8/1 odds Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) overcoming a 25-meter handicap and timed in 1.13.2kr. J.M. Rancoule owns this one that campaigned in Scandinavia all summer. The 1,2/1 favorite Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann) was third handled by Christophe Martens for Ceke Farm Bvba. 2.7/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) held fourth for Nicolas Bazire. Cash du Rib On October 28 at Vincennes is the next top -level event and possibly includes several that will progress to the 2021 Prix d’Amerique: PRIX DES CEVENNES 75 000€  purse Groupe III - Attelé - 2850m - Grande piste, Européan Pour 6 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000, mais pas 1.200.000. The Vincennes Winter Meet commences October 28 and runs through March 6. The Gr. I events during that time frame are listed below plus there are six Prix d’Amerique qualifying races with those dates shown after the Gr. I dates. Groupe I Critérium des 3 Ans : December 20, 2020 Critérium Continental : December 27, 2020 Prix de Vincennes : Decxember 27, 2020 Prix de l'île-de-France : January 7 2021 Grand Prix de Cornulier : January 24, 2021 Grand Prix d'Amérique : January 31, 2021 Grand Prix de France : February 14, 2021 Prix des Centaures : February 14, 2021 Critérium des Jeunes : February 21, 2021 Grand Prix de Paris : February 28, 2021 Prix de Sélection : March 6, 2021 The Prix d’Amerique preps: Prix Bretagne, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2700 meters; November 22, 2020 Prix Bourbonnair, Gr. International, purse 95,000€, 2860 meters, December 13, 2020 Criterium Continental, Gr. I, purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, December 27, 2020 Prix Tenor de Baune, Gr. II International, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, December 27, 2020 Prix Bourgogne, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2100 meters autostart, January 3, 2021 Prix Belgique, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2850 meters, January 17, 2021 LeTrot files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The world record-breaking win of the Ready Cash entire Very Kronos in the $113,000 Swedish Championship last Saturday (October 10) was grist-for-the-mill for the giant Ballarat-based standardbred breeding establishment Haras Des Trotteurs. The stud has three sons of Ready Cash available to ‘down under’ breeders this season headed up by Europe’s first sub 1:50 trotter and dual Prix d’Amerique winner Bold Eagle.  Brilliantissime, a three-time Group 1 winner and the leading first crop sire in France last year, and the New Zealand-based En Solitaire, who was bred on the identical Ready Cash-Love You cross as Bold Eagle, are the other sons of Ready Cash on the Haras Des Trotteurs roster. Always Ready, a homebred son of Ready Cash and the 2018 Australian and Victorian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year, is slated to stand at Haras Des Trotteurs in the 2021/22 season. The French-bred Used To Me, whose chilled semen is available at Haras Des Trotteurs, was represented by his fifth individual winner from 13 starters when the three-year-old Abitofadreamer overpowered his rivals to score his maiden success at Maryborough. Champion sire Love You and his leading son Quaker Jet, both members of the Haras Des Trotteurs frozen semen lineup, produced important winners in New Zealand this week. Matua Tana, a gelding by Love You, notched his seventh success and pushed his stake earnings over the $50,000 mark at Addington, while Quaker Jet’s promising son Horace Horse led for the last 1600 metres to post his second win at Cambridge Raceway.   by Peter Wharton

Very Kronos (6m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was a 1.11.6kr timed winner of Aby’s featured Gr. I National Svensky Masterkop (purse 97,630€, 2640 meters autostart) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and Kjell Johansson.  He was bred by Allev. Kronos Srl and this day defeated Milljondollarrhyme (6g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) with trainer F.B. Larsson up. Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi) was third for Johan Untersteiner with Global Welcome (5m SJs Caviar) fourth for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Bath. On the undercard was the STL Stoeliten (purse 97,630€, 2140 meters autostart) and Hevin Boko (6f Going Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) scored in 1.12kr for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. A length back second was Wild Love (6f Love You-Turins Vilda-Dreamaster) for Kevin Oscarsson. Mellbyh Free (6f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket-Windsong’s Legacy) was third handled by trainer Bjorn Goop.                         Hevin Boko   ATG, Aby siles/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Even money harness racing favorite Bugsy Malone (9g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took the Gr. II GP du Sud Quest (purse 130,000€, 2575 meters) at Agen la Garenne in France with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bugsy won for the 31st time to post earnings of 939,930€. 20/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream) held second for Nicolas Bazire and Stall Oberkracher. Third was 10/1 Ce Bello Romain (8g Jam Pridem) for Anthony Barrier. Trailing the top three were Bahia Quesnot, Aribo Mix and Billie de Montfort. Bugsy Malone At Reims was the featured GP du Grand Reims (purse 22,000€, 2550 meters) and Domingo de Lou (7g Real de Lou) scored in 1.13kr for Leo Abrivard and trainer L. Cl. Abrivard. He held off fast closing Tjacko Zaz (8g Crazed) with Guillermo Horrach Vidal up for trainer J.M. Bazire. Third was O’Sunday (9g Here Comes Joey) for Franck Ouvrie. Domingo de Lou LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The annual Aste Its yearling sale was held on September 28-29 in Italy with 218 lots catalogued and 155 lots sold. The sale included well-bred yearlings by many of the leading sires in the sport. Five lots sold for 100,000€ or more. Profiles of the top two selling yearlings are shown below: Video:  https://vimeo.com/457471684 Dear Wise As Reijo Liljendahl buyer of this and several lots Diabolik Gio Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH-F85esIfE&feature=youtu.be Aste ITS files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Two eliminations for the Grand Prix de L’Uet were raced today at Paris-Vincennes, each for a 60,000€ purse and raced over 2100 meters autostart. The first saw 6/10 favorite Gotland (4m Ready Cash-Sanawa) score in 1.12.5kr with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This J.P. Guay bred performer won for the 12th time in his career now for 547,500€ earned. The 6/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) with David Thomain up was second for trainer Allaire and owner Michel Tessier. 6.3/1 Goulette (4f Up And Quick) was third for Franck Nivard, Ecurie AB Trot and trainer Philippe Billard. Gotland The second elim saw 5/10 favorite Gu d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) record a 1.11.7kr timed victory. Franck Nivard teamed this Billard trainee for Ecurie d’Heripre. This was the winners’ 11th career victory for 435,550€ earned. 25/1 Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was second with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Allaire and legendary journalist owner/breeder Jacques Pauc. Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling), off at 7.8/1 odds, finished third for pilot Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Sebastian Dewulf. Gu d’Heripre On the undercard trainer Philippe Allaire won three, first in the Prix Myrrha (27,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart, two year olds) with Iacari des Maurins (2m Very Nice Marceaux) teamed with David Thomain for owner Allaire and clocked in 1.16.3kr for his maiden victory. In the Prix Diotina (29,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, three-year olds) Heafle Cash (3m Ready Cash-Bambola) scored in 1.14.1kr for pilot Francois Lagadeuc, trainer Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes, his third career win. Next was the Prix les Echos Week End Le Parisien (purse 55,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European three-year olds) and Hohneck (3m Royal Dream-Caranca) scored for owner/trainer Allaire. J.P. Guay bred this now five time career winner that was timed in 1.12.5kr. Subsequently legendary J.P. Dubois had a winner in the Prix Alkmere (purse 29,000€, 2100 meters autostart, four year olds) as Go Quickly (4g Up And Quick-Trotting Race) scored gate to wire in 1.12.5kr with Eric Raffin up. This Ecurie D bred trotter is trained by J.A. Hernandez-Navarro and he now has three career victories. Go Quickly LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Groupe I Prix de L;Etoile (purse 170,000€, 2150 meters distance handicap, eight starters three through five year olds) at Paris-Vincennes today went to the 2/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) timed in 1.09.4kr over 2200 meters (mile rate 1:51.66) as he was handicapped 50 meters as were the other five year olds in the harness racing field. He was driven by Bjorn Goop as usual. This Sebastian Guarato trainee now has 24 victories in 28 starts for 1,926,900€ in career earnings. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns the winner that was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. Face Time Bourbon scored easily with the plugs in. The 60/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik-Miska Rondes) was best of the rest for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 98/1 Fakir du Lorault (5m Vaillant Cash) handled by Francois Lecanu. 27/1 Hirondelle Sibey and 6.6/1 Feliciano completed the top five. Face Time Bourbon       Trainer Guarato   to watch the race replay, click here.    LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Groupe I Prix de Normandie (monte, purse 170,000€, 3000 meters, 14 starters five year olds) at Paris-Vincennes saw 6.9/1 Flamme du Goutier (5f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) rally to victory timed in 1.12.7kr. Antoine Wiels handled the now 10 time winner in 27 career starts for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Ecurie Saint Martin owns the now winner of 251,320€. The 1.7/1 second choice Fleche Bourbon (5f Saxo de Vandel-Uzane Josselyn) was a game second after setting the pace for jockey Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The 1.6/1 odds favorite Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a distant third for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 143/1 Forever Speed and 127/1 Flore de Janeiro completed the top five finishers. Flamme du Goutier 200 meters out   LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

MILTON, ON - September 5, 2020 - Ready For Moni overcame some tense moments in the middle-half to win the $215,000 Goodtimes Stakes on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The son of Ready Cash and driver Yannick Gingras navigated a less than ideal trip and steering troubles to power down the centre of the track and stop the clock in 1:52.1 for a 2 ½ length score over a rallying Hot Wheelz at 40-1. To watch the race replay click here. "I had a really hard time moving him wide and in the backstretch I was worried because I could barely get him to the two-lane path," said Gingras, noting Ready For Moni was locked on the right-line. "At the top of stretch I forced him and that's the difference between (him) this year and last year, last year he would've made a miscue, but tonight he was just all professional." Hayek led the field to the half in :55.3 under a snug hold from driver Sylvain Filion. Play Trix On Me and driver Bob McClure started a bid for the front racing to the half, but were left parked with Hayek's Ben Baillargeon stablemate HP Royal Theo on his back. Ready For Moni and Gingras, sitting fifth, tussled for a moment to the outside and back to the rail before finally sitting on the back of HP Royal Theo and ultimately catapulting by in the stretch for the victory. HP Royal Theo settled for third, while Capricornus hugged the pylons to a fourth-place finish. Trained by Nancy Takter, Ready For Moni is now five for six on the season with over $600,000 earned to bring his career numbers to nine wins and $886,520 in earnings for owners John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Conn., Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield. His only loss this season was a runner-up finish in the $1 million Hambletonian. Ready For Moni is eligible to the upcoming Canadian Trotting Classic. He paid $2.40 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) easily took the Gr. I Criterium 5 Ans at Paris-Vincennes today (purse 170,000€, 3000 meters voltstart, 17 starters) as the 2/10 harness racing favorite and timed in 1.12.1kr over the extended distance. Bjorn Goop teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl, to his 23rd career victory in 27 starts. His life earnings increased to 1,850,400€ with this score. FTB was away mid-pack on the outer before a three wide brush and rush to the lead on the backside. He open a wide lead and eased home a five length winner. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred the winner. The 12/1 Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was a solid second for pilot David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes. 140/1 Flamme du Goutier (5f Ready Cash - Utopie du Goutier) took third reined by Theo Duvaldestin for Ecurie Saint Martin and trainer Thierry Duvakdestin. The 73/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) was fourth for reinsman Anthony Barrier and trainer Richard Westerink, with fifth money to 53/1 Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. Feydeau Seven and Fakir du Lorault completed the top seven. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day and the exact order top five paid 44,949.00€ to 25 winning tickets. Below is a photo recap of this race action. Face Time Bourbon Replay Click this link: https://www.letrot.com/en/races/replays/2020-08-29/7500/3 LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Dynamite Marceaux (7f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) took this day’s Gr. II monte Prix de Londres (purse 85,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.5kr with jockey Christopher Corbin in the irons. Jonathan Groizeau owns and trains the now 11-time winner in 55 career starts. Off at 17/1 odds the winner increased her life earnings to 285,650€ as she won her second straight and now has a 3-3-0 slate in her last six outings. She raced with shoes on. Coreil d’Aure (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and Al Capone Jet (10m Jag de Bellouet) took third with David Thomain up. Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) and Evangeline Blue (6f Speedy Blue) completed the top five. Dynamite Marceaux LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saint Malo hosted the 8th Leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap) and 1.2/1 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) scored in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. Ecurie Marechal owns the now 11- time career winner and Jean Michel Bazire is the trainer. His life earnings reached 264,030€ with this victory. The 3/1 Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream-Nolaila) was second for pilot Hugues Monthule, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. Echo de Chanlecy (6g Quinoa du Gers) was third for E.G. Blot, ahead of Balzac de L’Iton with Franck Nivard up and Derby du Dollar was fifth for Gilles Delacour      Fairplay d’Urzy Trotting action on August 4 was at Cabourg before a huge live audience. The featured Prix des Hetres (purse 34,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the well-regarded 8/10 favorite Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vencenza) score in 1.13.7kr. Jean Philippe Dubois teamed this one for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. She recorded her 13th career victory and increased life earnings to 339,470€. Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) was second for Cedrik Megissier, also his trainer. Third home was Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.        Fleche du Yucca Jean Philippe Dubois won again at Cabourg with 5.6/1 Grande Edition (4f Royal Dream-All Edition) in the Prix des Eglantines (purse 17,000€, 2050 meters autostart). Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner recorded his fourth career win now for 28,130€ earned. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Gina Costardiere (4f Quicky Oa-Petit Costardiere) was second for Adrien Lamy and Great Touch (4f Royal Dream-Touch of Charm) was third with Eric Raffin for trainer Etienne Dubois.       Grande Edition LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up, took the lead from post seven in the first lap and continued on the lead throughout for an easy 1.11.0kr timed score in today’s Grand Prix de Wallonie  in Belgium (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 10 starters). Face TimeBourbon now has recorded 22 career victories in 26 starts for 1,773,900€ earned. He was off at 1/10 odds. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Scuderia Bivans Srl. The 25/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was a solid second with Christophe Martens teaming this Jean Michel Bazire trainee that Eirik Djuve owns. The 87/1 Viking d’Hermes (11g Sancho Panca-Norina Way) took third for Christophe de Groote, narrowly ahead of fourth finishing 6.9/1 Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) that Hugues Montule piloted for trainer Guarato and owner Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. Bold Eagle earned 9,500€ today and increased his life earnings to 5,000,467€, just behind the all-time earnings record for a FR trotteur set by Timoko at 5,006,731€. Timoko won 36 times in his racing career while Bold Eagle secured 46 victories in 76 starts. Below is a photo gallery of this action today at Hippodrome de Wallonie. Face Time Bourbon Bold Eagle and Hugues Monthule     It was quite a career for Bold Eagle and today’s salute to his accomplishments also gave thanks to longtime lad Hugues Monthule who teamed the champion.   Hippodrome de Wallonie and LeTrot files/photos   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

What was billed as the final race for champion Bold Eagle on August 1 shapes up as just that as nine rivals will challenge the Hugues Monthule driven and Sebastien Guarato trained winner of 46 races for 4,990,967€ earned and a speed record of 1.08.9kr. Driver Monthule is a long time lad that has looked after Bold Eagle during his career and who now is driving regularly and has 58 victories. The race is the Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie to be raced over 2300 meters at Mons Ghlin (Belgium) for a purse of 120,000€. Bold Eagle, the nine-year old son of Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet will face a top field that includes his son Face Time Bourbon (5m Bold Eagle-Vita Bourbon) that will have Bjorn Goop at the lines along with Valokaja Hindo and Tony Gio among the contestants. FTB has posted 21 victories so far worth 1,716,300€ in career earnings. Hippodrome de Wallonie Mons Ghlin files/images by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann) took the Cagnes sur Mer featured Prix de Cap Esteul (purse 46,000€, 2925 meters, International) timed in 1.12.9kr and reined by Christophe Martens trainer Vincent Martens and Ceke Farm BVBA. Alcoy was off at 1.6/1 odds and he recorded his seventh career victory in 29 starts now for 409,850€ earned. The 2.1/1 Elsa  de Belfonds (6f Tornado Bello) was second for Nicolas Ensch and 6.6/1 Bulle de Laumont (9f Hand du Vivier) was third for Stephane Cingland.  Clif du Pommereux (8m Love You) and Bad Boy du Dollar (9m Magnificent Rodney) finished fourth and fifth. Alcoy Today began the exciting summer meet at Cagnes sur Mer. LeTrot, PMU. Hippodrome Cote d’Azur files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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