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February 11, 2018 - The co-featured harness racing Prix des Centaures (Gr. I monte, purse €240,000, 2200 meters) this day at Paris-Vincennes was contested in heavy rain, but 2/5 favorite Draft Life (5f Unbriaco-Maflymede) still prevailed for Eric Raffin, and breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. The victory for Draft Life was her 10th in 26 starts, now for €881,570 earned. She raced on the pegs third and fourth throughout before surging between rivals at top stretch to score easily albeit moving wide to the fans as the line approached. Race time was 1.11.5kr (fractions 1.10.4kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.3kr at the 1000; 1.11.7kr with 500 to go). 6/1 Cyprien des Bordes (6m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) was second for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir, Ecurie Rib and trainer Joel Hallais. Third was 8.3/1 Dragon du Fresne (5m Saphir Castelets) and Alexandre Abrivard finished ahead of Elladora de For at 15/1 for jockey Franck Nivard. Today’s action began with the Prix Michel Potiez (purse €46,000, 2700 meters , ten starters – lightly raced three year olds) with victory to strong rallying 4.8/1 French Man (3m Voyage de Reve-Oh Butterfly) timed in 1.16.2kr over the still slow (early afternoon) Vincennes course for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. 1.4/1 favorite Feliciano (3m Ready Cash-Ravanella) held second for Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. 18/1 For You Madrik (3m Up And Quick-Quella Madrik) took third with David Thomain up for trainer J.L. Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

VINCENNES, FR - The great mare Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Joselyn), off at 5.2/1, with trainer J-M Bazire up, won the Grand Prix de France today, the second leg of the 2018 France Triple Crown, with a powerful stretch drive to nip the game pacesetter Bold Eagle on the line. Timed in 1.10.2kr (fractions 1.06.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.08.9kr at the 1000; 1.10.3kr with 500 remaining), a new race record having lowered the 1.10.3kr of Ready Cash in 2011. Belina rallied late and five wide after being shuffled back from post three to record her 18th career win in 46 starts now for €1,442,230 earned for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Timone EK led early and then 1.2/1 favorite Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) moved three wide to the lead for Franck Nivard on a quick front 600 meters.  The Eagle continued on the lead with 46/1 Wild Honey, Timone EK and then 2.1/1 Propulsion in pursuit, with 54/1 Ringostarr Treb working closer from post 15.  Belina then got loose for Bazire and mounted her relentless wide charge in the lane for the narrow score over Bold Eagle. Between these two horses going to the wire was Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae) for the Orjan Kihlstom, Daniel Reden and Stall Zet team to grab third place by just a half length. The 31/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Guy Barou. Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral) flattened to be fifth for Gabriele Gelormini, Jerry Riordan and EVAM Racing. The 39/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) and 46./1 Wild Honey (6f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy) completed the top seven. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

February 10, 2018 - 6.4/1 Big Boss (7g Yaar-Boylene) took the Friday Q+ harness racing featured Prix d;Olargues (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) at Cagnes sur Mer, with Matthieu Abrivard up for owner/trainer Herve Chauve-Laffay. Race time was 1.13.7kr. 3/1 Coyotte Sly (6g Singalo) was second for Nicolas Ensch, also trainer for Scuderia Winner. 3.7/1 Beautiful Elfe (7g Quirky Jet) ended third for Y-S Briand who also trains for Ecurie Dominique Lemetayer, the breeder/owner. 4.1/1 Dulcine Vrie (5f Royal Dream) and Loris Garcia was fourth ahead of 12/1 Davina du Capre (5f Magnificent Rodney) and David Behaert to complete the top five. Thomas H. Hicks

February 8, 2018 - Fifteen top level international trotters drew in for Sunday’s harness racing Grand Prix de France (Gr. I, purse €400,000, 2100 meters autostart) led by Bold Eagle (post position 8), Propulsion (pp4), Belina Josselyn (pp3) and the recent monte titan Traders (pp1). Post positions are drawn with the top career earners vying for the nine positions in tier one. Bold Eagle has been second in his last five outings. Blue Story Wins Q+ at Vincennes Today’s Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Guy Lux (purse €75,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters).  2.8/1 Blue Story (7g Opium-Loumana Flor) scored for driver/breeder Pierre Levesque, and trainer Thomas Levesque, timed in 1.16.5kr. 69/1 Jet Set (9f Juliano Star-Superlet) and driver Mathieu Mottier was second for trainer Jorgen Westholm and Swedish owner Lars Melin. Third was 6.3/1 Seibella Park (7f Varenne-Grandera Park) took third for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Vincent Lacroix and Scuderia Allemento Team Minopoli. 18/1 Agora du Goutier (8f Jardy) and 12/1 Beaute de Bailly completed the top five. The undercard included the Prix de Luneville (Gr. III, purse €82,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) and 38/1 Elusive Feeling (4f Goetmals Wood-Quechya de Charve) scored for J-Y Ricart and trainer Philippe Billard. 3/1 Elino Bilou (4g Uniclove) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and owner/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was 16/1 Etoile de Bruyere for Adrien Lamy. Yesterday the Q+, at Vincennes, was the Prix de l’Ille-et-Vilaine (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). The ten length 1.11.6kr timed winner was 3/2 favorite Abydos du Vivier (8g Diamant Gede-Osmie du Vivier) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Mlle. Cl. Minier. Jean Yves Lucuyer bred the winner now with 10 wins in 43 starts for €216,620 earned. 6.5/1 This Is It (7f Ballingary-Traicy) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up. Bjorn Goop trains this one for Stall Panamera Racing of Denmark. 15/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious) was third ahead of 16/1 Super Fez (7m Love You) and 8.1/1 Seattle ( Bi (7f Equinox Bi) completed the top five. The Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (purse €64,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.3/1 favorite Calaska de Guez (6f Pomerol du Laumac-Miss de Geuz) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire for Ecurie Vautors, timed in 1.15.2kr. 4.1/1 Costa Haufor (6f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) took second for Charles J. Bigeon and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 5.7/1 Calizza Boko (6f Qwerty-Trancosa Boko) was third for driver Franck Nivard, owner Camilla Vikstrom and trainer Philippe Billard. The lineup is shown below for race four on the fine Paris-Vincennes program Sunday’s Grand Prix de France. N° Cheval Père Mère Père de mère Tps qualif. Date Site Spéc Éleveur 000011 TRADERS READY CASH GRAZIELLA (ITY) GIANT CAT           000022 ANNA MIX LUDO DE CASTELLE IRES TENOR DE BAUNE 1'21"0 06/11/2012 MESLAY-DU-MAINE A Indivision Félix DEBROIZEIndivision Félix DEBROIZE 000033 BELINA JOSSELYN LOVE YOU LEZIRA JOSSELYN WORKAHOLIC 1'20"2 11/07/2013 CAEN A Ecurie Yvan BERNARDEcurie Yvan BERNARD 000044 PROPULSION MUSCLE HILL DANAE ANDOVER HALL           000055 TIMONE EK MR VIC GEMONA             000066 WILD HONEY CANTAB HALL U WANNA LINDY             000077 BILLIE DE MONTFORT JASMIN DE FLORE QUISMY DE MONTFORT AND ARIFANT 1'17"3 28/08/2013 CAEN A Philippe DAUPHINPhilippe DAUPHIN 000088 BOLD EAGLE READY CASH REETHI RAH JET LOVE YOU 1'18"8 05/09/2013 CAEN A Jean Etienne DUBOISJean Etienne DUBOIS 000099 BOOSTER WINNER LOVE YOU QUILLE VIRETAUTE ELVIS DE ROSSIGNOL 1'20"8 13/09/2013 GROSBOIS A Ecurie WINNEREcurie WINNER 0001010 VAL ROYAL CAPRICCIO QUARDA DU RIB GOBERNADOR 1'20"2 26/08/2011 GROSBOIS A Ecurie des CHARMESEcurie des CHARMES 0001111 CALL ME KEEPER PINE CHIP ELIZA KEEPER             0001212 BRIAC DARK PRINCE GEDE QUEEN DES CHARMES LOOK DE STAR 1'20"5 16/08/2013 CAEN A Mathieu CATHERINEMathieu CATHERINE 0001313 UZA JOSSELYN LOVE YOU TEZA JOSSELYN GANYMEDE           0001414 VIVID WISE AS YANKEE GLIDE TEMPLE BLUE CHIP             0001515 RINGOSTARR TREB CLASSIC PHOTO FARSALO EGRAL               The Grand Prix de France is the second leg of the FR Triple Crown and race speed record is 1.09.8kr set by Kool de Caux in 2007. Ourasi was a triple winner in 1986-88 and Jamin preceded him with three straight in 1958-60.   Année Cheval S/A Pays Temps Père Driver Entraîneur 2017 Bold Eagle M.6  France 1'10"9 Ready Cash Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato 2016 Bold Eagle M.5  France 1'10"7 Ready Cash Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato 2015 Timoko M.8  France 1'11"4 Imoko Björn Goop Richard Westerink 2014 Noras Bean M.9  Suède 1'12"1 Super Arnie Björn Goop Ulf Stenströmer 2013 Ready Cash M.8  France 1'11"4 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Th. Duvaldestin 2012 Royal Dream M.7  France 1'11"6 Love You Jean-Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin 2011 Ready Cash M.6  France 1'10"3 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Th. Duvaldestin 2010 Meaulnes du Corta M.10  France 1'11"7 Voici du Niel Pierre Levesque Pierre Levesque 2009 Meaulnes du Corta M.9  France 1'11"6 Voici du Niel Pierre Vercruysse Pierre Levesque 2008 Exploit Caf M.7  Italie 1'10"7 Toss Out Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy 2007 Kool du Caux M.9  France 1'09"8 Bijou du Bignon Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 2006 Jag de Bellouet M.9  France 1'11"6 Viking's Way Christophe Gallier Christophe Gallier 2005 Naglo M.6  Suède 1'12"2 Coktail Jet Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 2004 Naglo M.5  Suède 1'10"7 Coktail Jet Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 2003 Hilda Zonett F.6  Suède 1'12" Spotlite Lobell D. Locqueneux Robert Bergh 2002 Fan Idole F.9  France 1'13" Le Ham R-W. Denéchère R-W. Denéchère 2001 Gobernador M.7  France 1'12"2 Buvetier d'Aunou D. Locqueneux P.-D. Allaire 2000 Giant Cat M.6  France 1'13"1 Quito de Talonay Nicolas Roussel Nicolas Roussel 1999 Moni Maker F.6  États-Unis 1'13" Speedy Crown J-M. Bazire Jimmy Takter 1998 Balou Boy M.9  France 1'13"6 Moscantido Yves Dreux Yves Dreux   The Grand Prix de France weekend festivities also include seven other top level events: Saturday February 10 Prix de Munich €95,000 Prix de Lisieux €88,000 Prix Ephrem Houel €120,000 Gr. II Sunday February 11: Prix Jean le Donidec €120,000, Gr. II Prix Salem €90,000 Prix de Chambord €90,000 Gr. III Prix des Centaures €240,000, Gr. I monte four to six year olds Thomas H. Hicks  

February 6, 2018 - Today the Q+ was at Cagnes sur Mer in the Prix des Boutons  d’Or (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 15  starters) and the 1.15.3kr timed winner was 6.6/1 Australia Zen (8f Prodigious-Just Love) with trainer David Bekaert aboard. 7.8/1 Barbotine (7f Prodigious-Gissi James) took second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch, with third to 8/1 Ulysse d’Havane (10g Kitko) handled by J.Ch Sorel. The Q+exact order payoff was €7,505. The Prix Grace Ducal (purse €58,000, 2925 meters, 13 European starters) went to 3/10 favorite Global Response (7g Credit Winner-Com Mimmi) timed in 1.15.5kr for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens, and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel. The veteran trotter now has career earnings of €224,217. 5.8/1 odds Apoollon de Kacy (8m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) was second for Dominik Locqueneux driving for Jorgen Westholm. Third was 28/1 Akido (8g Love You-Isba) for Benjamin Goetz and Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 5, 2018 - Monday on a snowy day at Paris-Vincennes was the Q+ Prix des Charentes (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) and harness racing outsiders took over as 35/1 Darling Franbleu (5f Quaro-Olydra) scored in a photo for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Grand Buisson. Race time was 1.12.4kr. 32/1 Deeva Devol (5f Vivaldi de Chenu) was a just beaten second for Yves Dreux, also owner/trainer. 19/1 Deesse des Noes (5f Nahar de Beval) was third for Stephane Rouxel and Ecurie des Plaines. 39/1 Diana des Lucas (5f Magnificent Rodney) with Bruno Marie and 20/1 Dalabama (5f Lets Go Along) with driver Alexandre Abrivard completed the top five and these longshots resulted in no Q+ exact order winning tickets. Bjorn Goop was a winner in the Prix de la Chartre sur le Loir (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) driving 9/1 Say That Again (7g Viking Kronos-Kiss Me Again) to a 1.14.4kr victory for owner Stall Kennys. Goop trains the winner that defeated 34/1 Bachar (7m Prodigious-Princesse Victoire) for trainer/trainer Emmanuel Allard. Third was 4/5 favorite MT Joinville (7f Meaulnes du Corta-Ivy LB) for Jorma Kontio and fourth was 31/1 Shatar Club (7m Love Yiu-Iana Club) with trainer Alessandro Gocciador aboard. 7/10 favorite Forgaria (3f Sam Bourbon-Udine) took the Prix de Coulommiers (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.17.9kr and reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this filly for Jean-Pierre Dubois. 14/1 Fabuleuse Adema (3f Kets Go Along-Samira) was a fast closing second for Gilles Gillot. Goop returned a winner in the Prix de Larra (purse €37,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) with 1.14.7kr timed and 4.1/1 Esquire (4m Qwerty-Regate du Berre). Hans Depypere is the breeder/owner/trainer. 2/1 Espoir du Langis (4m Severino-Pepite de Vigne) took second for Charles J Bigeon and owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Italy’s Alessandro Gocciadoro reached the winners circle in the Prix des Rouges Terres (€44,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 European starters)  driving his trainee 5.3/1 odds Virginia Grif (4f Varenne-Francy Capar). The winner was timed in 1.16kr for Scuderia Our Passion Srl. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 3, 2018 - Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) took Saturday’s featured Imike DIJ (purse 600000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with harness racing owner/trainer Jozsef Rutkai aboard clocked in 1.21.1kr over a sloppy racetrack at Kincsem Park. 20 meter handicapped Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) rallied for second with Imre Fazekas up for the same owner/trainer Rutkai and another 20 meter penalized performer Milliondollar Lux (12m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill)  was third for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas. The race honored the well-regarded  and well-bred open class trotter Imike (Valley Guardian-Astalavista-Gus Lobell-Speedy Crown-Asta-Naturally Nevele), now retired, that was successfully campaigned by Dora Kovacs. The undercard included the Bettolakodo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with that victory earned by Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) with Andrea Nagyvary up. Imre Fazekas trains the repeat winner, also last week. Race time was 1.22.9kr over the off going. Kelvin AT (5m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) took second for Csaba Laskatos and third was Unigena Sun (5f Sholty Boko-Jeanne Sun-Grundy’s Ebony) for Tamas Tanczer. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 3, 2018 - Today’s harness racing groupe action at Vincennes began with the Gr. II Prix Roquepine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven starters-three year old fillies) and the 1/5 favorite and previously unbeaten Fly With Us was a dq paving the way for 28/1 Fanina des Racques (3f Ready Cash-Nina des Racques) to score timed in 1.15.3kr with J.Ph. Monclin up. Alexandre Buisson owns and trains this filly now with two wins in 10 outings for €96,090 earned. Mme. Josette Warin bred this one. 8/1 Folelli (3f Timoko-Andrea d’Ecajeul) was second for Alexandre Abrivard for breeder/trainer Frederic Prat and owner Flavien Prat. 11/1 Fortaleza (3f Prince d’Espace-Houlba de Pouline) took third for driver J-M Bazire and owner/trainer J-M Baudouin. The Gr. III Prix d’Avignon (purse €80,000, 2100 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.12.2kr timed Elsa du Pommereux (4f Coktail Jet-Salsa du Pommereux) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. This 28/1 odds winner defeated 6.3/1 Espella Vedaquais (4f Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blasque) and 11/1Everglades (4f Rodrigo Jet-Penang) for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre Levesque. Eagle Lignerie and Extasy d’Ourville were fourth and fifth, the latter after two straight wins. The day’s co-featured Prix Paul Viel (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters – three year old colts) produced an impressive winner in 6.8/1 Fastissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire). Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire bred and trained performer that Frederic Sauque owns. Race time was 1.14.8kr. 5/1 File Gin (3m Repeat Love-Toscara Pellois) was second for Guillermo Roig-Baliguer and breeder/owner Philippe Levy. 38/1 Fakir du Lorault (3m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) was home third for Francois Lecanu. 22/1 Fabriz du Gite was fourth. The 2.1/1 favorite Feeling Cash was ninth after being first up and then weakened in the lane. The Q+ Prix de la Gironde (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters, distance handicapped) went to 23/1 Vicomte de Corveil (9g Orlando Vici-Miss de Corveil), shown below, timed in 1.14.1kr with a quick final 500 meters for driver J.Ph. Monclin and owner/trainer David Cherbonnel. The 25 meter handicapped and 1.7/1 favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) was second with trainer J-M Bazire up for owner J,M, Rancoule. Third was 10/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier-Madrine) and trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. 8.3/1 Bora Bora Jiel and 12/1 Bocsi de Lespi completed the top five. In the mid-card Prix de Barfleur (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) 7.8/1 Dorus Well (5g Gogo-Parama) scored in a quick 1.11.7kr (1:55.36 mile rate) for Franck Nivard. Antonius Wilderbeek bred, owns and trains this impressive winner, shown below. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 1, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix de Langeais (purse €88,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) with victory to 4/5 favorite Be Bop Haufor (7g Notre Haufor-Ica Haufor) with breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon at the lines. Race timed was 1.12.92. 6.4/1 Venosa de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) with Tony LeBeller up took second and third was 7.8/1 Viking Fromentro (9g Capriccio) for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. 25/1 Bob and 59/1 As des Jacquets completed the top five. The undercard included the Prix de Verdun (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, eight European starters) and the 1.14.17kr timed winner was 1.4/1 Goofy Greenwood (5g Russel November-Chatooga River)  that Stal Amsterdam owns and this day Franck Nivard teamed for trainer Hugo Langeweg Jr,. 7/10 favorite Davidson du Pont (5m Oacha du Pont) was a close second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire for owner Ecurie Albert Rayon. 16/1 Diable de Vauve (5m Prince d’Espace) with driver David Thomain took third for trainer Emilie LeBeller. The monte Prix de Dozule (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, nine European starters) produced an easy 1.14kr win for Dream Cash (5g Ready Cash-Susy Love) at 1.1/1 odds. J-Y Ricard was in the irons for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer J-M Bazire. Another open lengths victory was in the Prix de Feucherolles (purse €36,000, 2175 meters, 16 starters). The 1.12.5kr timed winner was 2/1 Dubai Dream (5f Love You-Ocely de la Merite) for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As. The €50,000 purse Prix de Chambery was contested by 15 European performers over 2850 meters. 1.1/1 Classic Haufor (6m Jag de Bellouet-Glamour d’Haufor) scored for double winner Christian Bigeon, the breeder/owner/trainer and driver. 44/1 Choriste du Trio (6g Roc Meslois) with J-F Senet gained second in a photo with third to 17/1 Cactus d’Yvel(6g Jasmin de Flore) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

January 28, 2018 - Harness Racing resumed Sunday after a four week break and the featured Evnyito DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.18.1kr timed Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) with talented female amateur driver Andrea Fazekas aboard. Imre Fazekas trains the winner. Rafael Bit (8g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami-Keyser Lobell) and Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) took the next two spots. Earlier in the card Andrea’s partner Gyorgy Horvath won the Megnyito DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with undefeated Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victory) that Imre Fazekas trains for Pimri and Horvath. This young mare, bred by Kornelius Holman in Munster, was acquired from Germany after a May 2017 qualifier and now has posted fourth straight victories at Kincsem Park for Horvath and Fazekas. Victoria Top Secret (4f Vioxx SR) and Vitya (4m Racino) trailed Longines. Race time was 1.17.4kr The Saturday card also included the Kezmoves Handicap (400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) and Serafina Ketti (7f Fanicotti-Ioz) driven by Adil Srennovitz and timed in 1.19/7kr. Kelvin AT (5m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) was second for Csaba Lakatos, ahead of Tengelic (6f Incredible Cole) with Sandor Hegedus up. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 29, 2018 - Day one post Amerique showcased the Quinte+ Prix de Rethel (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters European) and 16/1 Brihana (7f Korean-Roxane Nova) scored in 1.14.7kr for harness racing driver Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer Daniel Delaroche. 16/1 Ballerina Bella (7f Scipion du Goutier) was a rallying second for Matthieu Abrivard and owner/trainer Christophe Feyte. 4.6/1 Thorn Bird (7f Clerk Magistrate) and Eric Raffin were third for trainer Eric Martinsson. 1.6/1 Basic and 8.8/1 Black Rain completed the top five. The Prix d’Yvetot (purse €36,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters) went to 2.2/1 Dan Josselyn (5m Quaker Jet-Quena Josselyn) for driver David Thomain and owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin.  Race time was 1.14.2kr. 12/1 D’Artegnan de Lara (5g Otello Pierji) took second for Mathieu Mottier and 23/1 Dornadu (5g Flash de Cosse) was third for the owner/breeder/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. The Prix de Faverolles (monte, purse €58,000, 2200 meters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 6.6/1 odds Bariane James (7f Goetmals Wood-Ma Sissi James) with Franck Nivard in the irons for trainer Philippe Billard. Batata (7f Mood West) was second with Adrien Lamy up and Baron du Bourg (7g Lilium Madrik) was third for Eric Raffin. Although Amerique 2018 is old news, its’ impact on racing goes on with analysis of the winners’ pedigree and speculation on the future, especially upcoming Triple Crown races, the Prix de France and Paris. Carina du Parc Wins Q+ and Dark Night Love Scores in Prix de Laval January 30, 2018 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Vittel (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) this day went to 6.7/1 Carina du Parc (6f Roc Meslois-Nymphe du Parc) for Franck Ouvrie. Christian Boisnard owns and trains this winner. 15/1 Cambridge (6f Coktail Jet-Symphonie) and driver J-M Bazire was a close second with third to 12/1 Thetis Moon (6f Idele Luis-Fairy Mabel) took third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciador. 86/1 Contree d’Erable and 16/1 Terra del Rio (6f Varenne) completed the top five. The Prix de Cholet (monte, purse €44,000, 2175 meters, nine starters) went to 7/2 odds Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) timed in 1.15.2kr with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Yves Boireau trains the J-P Dubois owned filly. 1.6/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) held gamely second for P.Ph.Ploquin aboard for Julien LeMer, training for Claude Guedj. 39/1 Fiascetto (3m Ubriaco-Andalouse Lady) was a distant third. The featured  Prix de Laval (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 European) went to 1.12kr timed Dark Night Love (5f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnes) with trainer J-M Bazire up with the 1.3/1 favorite. 6.5/1 Divine d’Ecajeul (5f Ready Cash-Mutine d’Ecajeul)  was second for Christophe Martens and Ecurie Olmenhof. 4.4/1 Dominicana (5f Rocklyn-Passion d’Haufor) held third along the pegs for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Unison Kronos finished eighth and Unica Steed was 12th. The Prix d’Ambert (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) produced another Dubois family victory as Fly To The Moon (3m Rocklyn-Vendetta de Joudes) literally flew past the opposition for Julien Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and breeder Jean Philippe Dubois. Race time was 1.17kr. The winner off at 6.1 odds was away a distant last, then sixth over in the outer, then sweeping to the front in late stretch. Quite impressive!. 7/2 Francesco (3m Sarenne As-Flair As) held second for Christophe Gallier, breeder/owner/trainer/driver. 6.5/1 First Daidou (3m Univers de Pan)  was a good closing third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. The seventh race Prix Jean et Andre de la Vaissiere (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to game 1.14.6kr timed and 6.5/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) with Gabriele Gelormini up. Sebastien Guarato trains and Philippe DeWulf owns Ever Pride. 18/1 Elnino Montaval (4g Magnificent Rodney) with Eric Raffin up and 3.1/1 Eagle Speed (4m Jasmin de Flore-Perle Speed) trailed the winner, the latter trained by Guarato for Bold Eagle’s owner Pierre Pilarski. Thomas H. Hicks

January 28, 2018 - Today’s Prix d’Amerique Vincennes program offered three good monte contests, two groupe events and an apprentice jockey race to end the harness racing card. The Prix Camille Blaisot (Gr. II monte, purse €120,000, 285 meters) began racing action this day and it went to Dexter Fromentro  (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) with Camille Levesque aboard for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. Race time was 1.14.4kr. Darhley du Rib (5f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir in the irons was second, that one a Joel Hallais trainee that Ecurie Rib owns. Dayana Berry (5f  Scipion Goutier-Ider du Corte) landed third for J.Y. Ricart and owner/trainer J-M Bazire. The winning jockey attacked past the midway point, gained the front and held gamely at the line. The Gr. II monte Prix Jacques Andrieu (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, Internationale) showcased Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) as he came from last and a 25 meter penalty to bury the opposition once again, scoring in 1.12.7kr, with Yoann Lebourgeois up. Philippe Allaire trains for Frederic Sauque as 3/5 favoritre Arlington Dream recorded his 17 career win now for €757,800 earned. He bested Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis-Oranginette) with Adrien Lamy in the irons for trainer P.E. Mary off at 8.1/1, and third finishing 19/1 Ariane de Caponet (8f One du Rib-Noya de Joudes) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Fractions were rated except the mid-race portion when Arlington Dream powered wide to the front and accelerated to a huge advantage that he maintained to the line(1.13.2kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.11.9kr at the 1000 meters remaining, 1.12.2kr with 500 to go) in an overpowering performance. The monte Prix Tidalium Pelo (apprentice jockeys, purse €62,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) closed the program and went to 8.5/1 Viking du Pilet (9g Kuadro Wild) with Theo Peltier up. Yann Docquin owns and trains the winner that was timed in 1.13.6kr. 5.5/1 Ange Karlann (8g Diamant Gede) took second for Mlle. Ludivine Drapier and third was earned by 3.9/1 Vivaric du Bellay (9g Nil du Rib) with Arthur Rebeche up for trainer A.A. David. Thomas H. Hicks

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 27, 2018 - Today’s featured Prix du Luxembourg (Gr. III Internationale, purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters, Quinte+) began the sensational Paris-Vincennes harness racing weekend. 28/1 Urlo dei Venti (5m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy) scored a narrow 1.10.6kr timed victory for Italy’s Enrico Bellei, trainer Gino Casillo and Scuderia Barbalbero. 6.5/1 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight  Serenade) took second driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Serge Peltier, ahead of 4.7/1  Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teze Josselyn) and driver Alexandre Abrivard. 4.1/1 Call Me Keeper was fourth for Orjan Kihlstom and fifth went to 13/1 Dawana (5f Ready Cash-Sanawa) for J,Ph, Monclin. Dante Boko finished eighth and 3.7/1 favorite Treasure Kronos was 10th. The fractions were quick (1.05.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.08.3kr at the 1000; 1.10.9ke with 500 remaining). A number of events followed named from former Prix d’Amerique winners. The Prix Ready Cash (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.13.5kr timed and 7/1 Tinamo (6m Naglo-Litvania Jet) reined by Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc and Allev. Toniatti. 2.2/1 Casting de Chenu and J-M Bazire crossed the line first and was a dq. That also caused 38/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mendacino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) to be placed from third to second with Pierre Vercruysse up for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke. 17/1 Tarim (6m Varenne-Explosive) was placed third for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer H.E. Bondo. The undercard included the Prix Moni Maker (purse €37,000, 2799 meters, 15 European starters) and 41/1 Eureka du Fosse (4f Foleil du Fosse-Hase du Fosse) scored in 1.15.2kr for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Ulf Nordin, who’s family practiced their trade successfully in Sweden and the USA. 14/1 Vanity Luis (4f Ideal Luis-Cristing Luis) took second for Enrico Bellei, Scuderia Orlando and trainer Philippe Billard. The monte Prix Offshore Dream (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) went to 3.7/1 and 1.13.8kr timed Daytona Jet (5f Goetmals Woof-Run For Jet) with Mlle. Mathilde Collet in the irons for trainer Stephane Meunier, off steady fractions (1.12.6kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.12.5kr at the 1000; 1.13.2kr with 500 meters remaining). As Moi de Houelle (5f Quif de Veleneuve) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Pierre Levesque, trainer of double Amerique winner Offshore Dream and Meaulnes du Corta, presented the trophy to the jockey, The Prix Varenne (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) produced a stirring finish with 8.3/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (5f Roc Meslois-Trois Etoiles Gede) holding on by a nose for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Anthony Pillon, to defeat 5.4/1 Daisy Team (5f Timoko-Daisy Chain) and owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one. Third was the 1.2/1 favorite Diane d’Haufor (5f Paris Haufor) and Christian Bigeon. The Coupe d’Europe des Amateurs (purse €16,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters on the petite piste) is always a Prix d’Amerique weekend highlight. Today 6/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious-Night Turgot) took the prize for pilot Hakan B. Johansson. Emmett Brown (7g Muscle Hill-Traci Spur) was second for Michel Poirier and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Third went to Robinia (8f Love You-Tagete) for driver Patricia Felber. Race time was 1.15kr. Anders Lindqvist and Peter Gerry’s Angel Dark was eighth after a far back late rally. The Prix Jag de Bellouet (monte, purse €37,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) closed out the Saturday program with 9/1 Evidence Fly (4f Rocklyn-Oh Butterfly) victorious in 1.15kr for jockey Eric Raffin. Julien Dubois bred, owns and trains the winner. 1.7/1 Eureka de Tilla (4f First de Retz) closed fast on the tarmac side to be second for Matthieu Abrivard. Enjoy tonight’s Prix d’Amerique pre-race parties. Back tomorrow with a great card of international trotting. Thomas H. Hicks

January 27, 2018 - Arqana-Trot completed its annual harness racing Prix d’Amerique Sale at Paris-Vincennes last evening. Gross sales totaled €3,656,000, up €936,000 from last year. 166 lots sold (67.8%) from 245 presented. The Jean-Pierre Dubois sold hip 202 Firefly (3f Ready Cash-Topaze Bourbon) led the way bringing a €220,000 winning bid from CMV Trotting Center.  This one represents the family of Mara Bourbon, Sam Bourbon and Qualita Bourbon. The second highest seller was hip 231 French Darling 3f, Love You-Native Darling) that Jean Marc Souici bought for €160,000. This filly is in to race Sunday in the ninth at Paris-Vincennes. Nine of the top 20 horses sold were Dubois’ stock. The leading consignor was Haras de la Brosse (15 lots for €1,042,500) that included the Dubois’ horses and leading buyer was Jack G.H. DeJong who bought  five for €315,000 including Erika Dream (4f Ready Cash-Situtunga) for €125,000 and that is also in to go Sunday in race eight.  A Bold Eagle breeding share sold for €128,000 with Lutfi Kolgjini the buyer, and several yearlings sold including How To Love (by Bold Eagle) for €38,000 and Helm Nonantais (by Bird Parker) for €32,000. For sale results click here Thomas H. Hicks

January 25, 2018 - Hip 76, a breeding share of Bold Eagle (m, Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) led the first session of the annual harness racing Prix d’Amerique Sale conducted by Arqana-Trot. Lutfi Kolgjini was the €128,000 winning bidder. The second highest in the session was hip 83, the mare Breath Money (f, Sam Bourbon-Suricate) in foal to Brilliantissime, that brought a €60,000 bid from Frederic Brouilloux. The two year old filly Golden Galaxy (2f Up And Quick-Royal Crown), hip 149, earned a €55,000 winning bid from Jack G.H. DeJong who also bought hip 57, the mare Virevoltante (f, Love You-Olygarchy),  in foal to Goetmals Wood, for €50,000. Also earning a €50,000 bid was hip 70, Ambra Somolli (f, Coktail Jet-Moonlight Somolli), in foal to Charly du Noyer, bought by Gilles Lavielle. Below are the session summary and leading and interesting session sellers. Session two is set for this evening and all day is the 31st Expo Etalons, always a great learning and networking experience. Thomas H. Hicks  

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