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Sunday’s Grand Criterium de Vitesse has 11 fine trotteurs in its final field at Cagnes sur Mer. Today’s post position draw has Bahia Qeasnot, Uza Josselyn, Earl Simon, Vivid Wise As and Billie de Montfort on the first tier inside. Jean Michel Bazire will team Looking Superb from post nine. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Sunday’s Grand Criterium de Vitesse has 11 fine trotteurs in its final field at Cagnes sur Mer. Today’s post position draw has Bahia Qeasnot, Uza Josselyn, Earl Simon, Vivid Wise As and Billie de Montfort on the first tier inside. Jean Michel Bazire will team Looking Superb from post nine. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 5.5/1 Defi Pierji (7g Roc Meslois-Overlinotte d’Yeu) took today’s first leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf held at Amiens. The 2900 meters distance handicap event carried a purse of 85,000. The winner was timed in 1.13.6kr with Leo Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, as he won for the ninth time in a career that has yielded 257,350€ in life earnings. The 16/1 Desalla (7f Nonginio) was second with David Thomain aboard for trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 4.1/1 Dextre Chatho, 53/1 Belle Louise Mabon and 12/1 Fashion Queen completed the top five and set up an exact order Quinte+ payoff of 32,058.40€. The Q+ pool was 3,511,108€ and over 7,682,000€ was wagered on the GNT race. Defi Pierji The March 9 Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur now has 15 entrants with post positions to be drawn tomorrow. The distance is 1609 meters autostart and the purse is 170,000€ in this Gr. I International event. It is likely to be a very competitive race. The prior day at Cagnes sur Mer shows several one mile events to help spur interest in the great Speed Criterium. Friday at Napoli marks the racing return of Zacon Gio, the 2019 Yonkers International winner. The Holger Ehlert trainee will appear in a 12,100€ purse Invitational against nine rivals. Roberto Vecchione will again be aboard Zacon Gio. Gio will start with a 40 meter handicap in this 2060 meters distance handicap event. LeTrot, PMU, Gaet files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A total of 39 upper level harness racing trotteurs have been engaged to the March 8th Gr. I International UET Masters Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur. The purse is 170,000€ and the distance is 1609 meters autostart. The Hippodrome Cagnes sur Mer is the host track of the first in the Circuit de Vitesse. The event has drawn a very competitive field that includes Billie de Montfort, Uza Josselyn, Dijon, Earl Simon, Looking Superb and Vivid Wise As. The race record is 1.08.9kr and this race was won five times by the legendary Une de Mai. Four time winners are Timoko and Ourasi of the race that began in 1982. Post positions are drawn on Thursday with top lifetime money winners to appear in the first tier with the next group lining up in the second tier if needed. Those engaged to the 2020 edition of GCV are shown below. C3 - GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE LA COTE D' 170 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 1 609m Groupe I Course Internationale Circuit de Vitesse Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus, hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses dont dix au trot attelé (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). Racing action on March 1 appeared everywhere. At Agen la Garenne the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 45,000€, 2625 meters distance handicap) saw Crack Money (8g Singalo) won timed in 1.13.2kr for Cedrik Terry. It was his 14th career victory now for 221,320€ earned. At Hyeres in the Prix de Bureau Technique Regional (purse 15,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, four year olds) the J.P. Dubois owned entry finished first and second. Goofy Goof (4g Goetmals Wood) won in 1.17.8kr for David Bekaert and trainer J.A. Hernandez with 25 meter penalized Gonna Fly (4g Royal Dream) second with trainer Kevin Vanderschelden up. At Karukera Guadeloupe was the Prix des Poissons Chirurgiens (purse 4,000€, 2500 meters, turf) and Emilio Maza (6g Ganymede-Karen Pierji) scored for Stephane Douiteau and owner/trainer Rony Irdor. LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

This final day of the harness racing Winter Meet on Saturday at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes included four groupe level races and the Quinte+ race of the day. Action began with Grace de Fael (4f Sam Bourbon-Acquarella de Fael), off at 3.9/1, taking the Gr. II Prix Louis le Bourg (monte, purse 100,000€, 2850 meters) at Vincennes, racing with shoes, and with jockey Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the 1.13.9kr clocked mare for owner Jose Fernandes. Grace now has eight career wins for 230,000€ earned. 27/1 odds Guide Moi Forgan (4m Neutron du Cebe) was second for jockey Christopher Corbineau with third earned by 12/1 Get de Play (4m Gazouillis) handled by Adrien Lamy for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. Grace de Fael The featured event on this last day of the Vincennes Winter Meet was the Gr. I Prix de Selection (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, four to six year olds). The 1/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) scored in 1.10.9kr with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Face Time won for the 20th time in his career that has so far yielded 1,651,050€. The 11/1 Enino du Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) took second for* Matthieu Abrivard aboard for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. 21/1 Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Richard Westerink. Face Time had a remarkable Winter Meet with four wins including the Grand Prix d’Amerique, three of those being Gr. I wins, plus a second place finish in the Grand Prix France. He also lowered his personal time badge to 1.10.6kr in the Criterium Continental. Face Time Bourbon The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, monte, International) was up next and saw 4.2/1 Evangelina Blue (6f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) score, timed I 1.14.2kr, with Mathieu Mottier aboard for trainer J.P. Mary, the winners’ ninth career victory now for 662,000€ earned. 4.1/1 Etoile de Bruyere (6f Kenor de Cosse) was a game second for jockey Adrien Lamy. Third was Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) handled by Aurilien Desmarres. Evangelina Blue The Prix du Plateau de Gravelle (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International) saw JMB on the victory stage as it went to 1.11.1kr timed Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Landy Frometro) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Dorgos won for the 21st time in a career that now shows 605,6580€ earned. He was off as the 8/10 odds favorite and he defeated 5.4/1 stablemate Colonel (8g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) with Nicolas Bazire up for owner Ecurie des Charmes. Detroit Castelets (7m Neoh Jiel) took third for David Thomain. Dorgos de Guez The day’s Quinte+ race was the Prix de Montsoreau (purse 58,000€, 2700 meters, European) with victory to 3.9/1 Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Dorec) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Jan Lyng. This was his sixth victory in France and it raised his career earnings to 267,141€. Race time was 1.12.4kr. The 9/1 Datcha (7f The Best Madrik) was second for J.Ph. Monclin and third was 33/1 Divine Mesloise. 35/1 Baron Daidou and 118/1 Altius Fortis completed the top five. The exact order Q+ payoff was 136,224€ to eight winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,185,945€ and 8,912,000€ was wagered on the race (all wagering pools). Moni Viking The Paris-Vincennes Winter Meet is now complete. In addition to the performance of Face Time Bourbon the top drivers, jockeys and trainers based on number of wins are shown below:   Drivers: Eric Raffin 69, Jean Michel Bazire 58, David Thomain 37 Jockeys: Eric Raffin 25, Alexandre Abrivard 19, Mathieu Mottier 15 Trainers: Jean Michel Bazire 83, Philippe Allaire 23, Laurent Claude Abrivard 23. There were three others with 22 training wins – Sebastien Guarato, Christian Bigeon and J.M. Baudouin It was quite a race meet, horses and equine. Equine also saw great victories by Davidson du Pont and the exceptional Belina Jocclyn.    Raffin and Bazire LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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

Saturday’s Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary, featured Laszlo Tolnay Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) saw 3.3/1 Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) score for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal timed in 1.19.2kr. \ This 20-meter handicapped winner defeated Ula Kiraly (7m Vioxx SR-Helicon-Awesome Goal) that was off at 3.9/1 and reined by Csaba Lakatos, also a 20-meter handicapped performer. 8.1/1 Rocky HR (8m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) overcame a 20-meter penalty to gain third for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. 2.6/1 Disney HR (7f Light Up de Vonnais-Times-SJs Photo) was third for Imre Fazekas. Vital RG On February 24-25 Hungary was represented in the Amateur World Cup held at Pompano Park (Florida, USA). Andrea Fazekas represented Hungary and used a victory (pacer Jaded Dream) and a second in the final two races to earn third place in the point totals. Piet Von Pollaert of Belgium and Italy’s Andrea Sallustio took the first two spots in the points battle. USTA’s Mike Tanner was on hand to present the winning amateur drivers’ trophies. Jaded Dream, Andrea Fazekas   FEGAT, World Cup files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 1.4/1 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) took the Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, 15 starters) timed in 1.13.6kr. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire reined the winner for Ecurie Marechal, Fairplay won for the 10th time in 22 starts now for life earnings of 264,030€. To watch the race replay, click here.  The 6.1/1 Celle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) was a game second for driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Easy KB. 5.9/1 Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) took third with Eric Raffin up for trainer Vitale Ciotola. 10/1 Éclair du Mirel and 15/1 Freyja du Pont completed the top five. Fairplay d’Urzy LeTrot, PMU files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Belina Josselyn (9f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) captured today’s Grand Pris de Paris (Gr. I International UET Masters Series 2020, 4150 meters) with harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines. She was timed in 1.14.4kr and off as the 1.8/1 favorite. Ecurie Yvan Bernard owns and bred the winner that now has 22 career victories for 2,461,470€ earned. 20/1 Tony Gio (8m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied for second reined by Eric Raffin. Third was 11/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) that Franck Ouvrie teamed for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and 45/1 Calaska de Guez (8f Pomerol de Laumac) was fourth for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) was fifth. This race, the third leg of the FR Triple Crown that began in 1962, saw Belina win for the second time in back to back fashion. She joins Up And Quick (the race record holders at 1.13.5kr in 2015), Une de Mai and Eleazer as double winners. Three time race winners are Jardy, Vourasie, and Bellino II. On the undercard Fleche Bourbon (5f Saxo de Vandek-Uzara Josselyn-Goetmals Wood) on the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard for monte five year olds (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters), She was clocked in 1.13.1kr and Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras Saint Martin. The win was her 12 th in a career that so far has yielded 504.050€. 27/1 France Bresil (5f Vaillant Cash) was next for jockey David Thomain and 42/1 Force Vive (5f Oh James) took third for Francois Lagadeuc. The 9/10 favorite was a dq interference.   Thomas H. Hicks

The Jean Michel Bazire harness racing trainee and 4/10 favorite Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger) won this day’s featured Gr. III Prix Joinville le Pont (purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, European eligibles) at Cagnes sur Mer.   The winner was timed in 1.14.3kr and Christophe Martens was the pilot. Eirik Djuve owns the now 12 time winner for 605,420€ earned. 36/1 Aprion (10g Nahar de Breval) was placed second for Y.A. Briand due to the interference dq of Balooka du Boscail. Eridan (6m Ready Cash) was placed third for driver David Bekaert and Cobra Bleu (8m Fortuna Font) was placed fourth with Bryan Coppens at the lines.     Thomas H. Hicks  

24/1 odds Fabulous Dream (5m Royal Dream-Story Charm) took Paris-Vincennes Prix de Fontainbleau on Tuesday in this Quinte+ harness racing event for a purse of 50,000€, contested by 16 trotteurs over the 2100 meter autostart course. Eric Raffin teamed the Jo Corbanie trainee for owner JPB Building BVBA.   The winner was clocked in 1.11.5kr as Fabulous Dream won for fourth time in a career that has produced life earnings of 162,560€. 113/1 Zerozerosette (5m Wishing Stone) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Vitale Ciotola. Nicolas Bazire teamed 8/1 Fidele Royal (5m Vaux le Vicomte) to a third place finish. 2.2/1 Fifty Black (5m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) was fourth ahead of 3/2 favorite Firello (5m Goetmals Wood).   There were three Q+ winning tickets that each paid 50,398.20€. There was over 6,982.000€ wagered on this race with 3,059,053€ in the Quinte+ pool.   On the same card was the monte Prix d’Avenches (purse 70,000€, 2175 meters, 11 starters) for four year olds and in this one the 6.5/1 Galactic (4g Oh James-Amilka) scored with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Jacques Bruneau. Galactic won for the third time in his career and now sports life earnings of 131,330€. 2.9/1 Gabiano (4g Brutus de Baily) was next for Mathieu Mottier and 9/1 Gloria Berry (4f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) captured the third check for jockey J.Y. Ricart and trainer J.M. Bazire.   The previous day the 9/1 odds Prosperous (6g Prodigious-Gloriy) scored in the Q+ Prix de Bracieux at Vincennes (purse 43,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters).   Dominik Locqueneux teamed this Henk Grift trainee for Draviet Stables of Holland. Race time was 1.13.6kr and the winner increased his life earnings to 157,607€. 7.5/1 Equinoxe (6m Texas Charm) was second with Matthieu Abrivard aboard, ahead of 13/1 third finishing Minnestads El Paso (7m Adrian Chip) with owner Mme. Rebecca Dahlen at the lines. 11/1 Echo de Chanlecy and 4.1/1 Vincero’Gar completed the top five, the latter a son of SJs Photo that was reined by “Pippo” Gubellini. The Q+ payoff was 7,713,60 to 51 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,607,927€ and the race wagered total was over 6,553,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

Carioca de Lou (8g Jag de Bellouet-Lola de Lou), off at 12/1 odds, took today’s Quinte+ Prix du Cantal (purse 50,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap at Paris-Vincennes, clocked in 1.13.6kr with Leo Abrivard at the lines for owner/breeder Christian Germain. The winner recorded his 17th career victory in 58 appearances now for 314,100€ earned. He overcame a 25-meter handicap as did second finishing Hard Times (6m Coktail Jet-Tigerlily) that trainer Jean Michel Bazire handled as the 1.4/1 favorite. The 12/1 Dorlando du Vivier (7g Orlando Vici) was third for Eric Raffin. 9/1 Charme Creolie and 12/1 Dollar Soyer completed the top five and set up an exact order payoff of 11,837.40€ to 29 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,251,439€ and over 7,141,000€ was wagered on the race. Carioco de Lou Le Trot, PMU files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes featured Grand Prix de Paris drew a field of 13 led by Davidson du Pont, Belina Josselyn and a host of worthy rivals including Earl Simon. This Gr. I UET Masters Series marathon (4150 meters) event highlights a program that also includes the Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard for monte specialists that has Feeling Cash and Fleche Bourbon among that field. The Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne is also on stage with Calie Crown and Freyia du Pont among those participants. 15:15 C4 - GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 350 000€ Groupe I - Attelé - 4150m - Grande piste European Trotting Masters Series 2020  Course Internationale Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (G à V), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. En cas d'élimination, les gains des chevaux déclarés partants sont calculés sur les bases suivantes : chevaux âgés de 4 ans (G), gains réels majorés de 30 %, chevaux âgés de 5 ans (F), gains réels majorés de 20 %, chevaux âgés de 6 ans On Friday the top action is the Gr. III Prix de Joinville Le Pont, a Gr. III European event, that has Eridan and J-M Bazire’s trainee Velokaja Hindo among those participants. This signals the start of upper level racing at Cagnes sur Mer that will culminate in two weeks with the Gr. I Grand Criterium du Vitesse. 18:12 C4 - PRIX DE JOINVILLE LE PONT 80 000€   2-21-20 Cagnes sur Mer Groupe III - Attelé - 2925m Course Européenne Pour 6 à 11 ans inclus (V à E), n'ayant pas gagné 750.000. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Aileron (8g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) took the weekend’s Kincsem Park featured Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.15.2kr and reined by Sandor Varga. Joseph Rutkai trains and owns the winner through his Prolongo Trading. The legendary Stefan Melander bred Aileron and won the Hambletonian with Scarlet Knight. He was off at 1.9/1. The 10.3/1 odds Milady Amok (7g Scarlet Knight-Balett Amok-Defi d’Aunou) was second for Csaba Lakatos with 7.7/1 Alexander UR (6g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Enjoy Lavec) was home third for Ferenc Nagy III. Aileron Prior winners of this classic winter race for aged trotters follows: Sennyey Memorial Winners from 2010 2010 NOIR DESIR (FRA) 1800 19.6 Lakatos Csaba  9 stpm  Pine Chip - Courtoirade    II. Taylor Boko (SWE III. What a Man (SWE)    Teny.: Albert Cayron, Franciaország  2011 IMIKE 1800 15.6 Kovács Dóra  9 stpher  Valley Guardian - Astalavista     II. Simb Illusion (SWE)  III. Magna Charta    Teny.: Varga Lajos, Budapest  2012 KISKARCSI 1800 22.6 Lakatos Csaba  8 pher Castleton Magic - Best Love     II. Magna Charta 8  8 pher Castleton Magic - Best Love    +II. Youp Lucswolle (NED)    Teny.: MÁM Rt., Mezőhegyes 2013 MASTERPIECE 1800 16.3 Márton Lajos  7 pm Tony Oaks - Fairplay     II. Rose’s La Nena (SWE) III. Wale (SWE)    Teny.: AMMA Rt., Budapest  2014 PRETTY PAPER (USA) 1800 15.6 Szűcs Attila  6 stpk Credit Winner - Anticipation     II. Ollyan nincs III. Night Lady    Teny.: Maple Hill Standardbred Farm, New Jersey, USA  2015 RINETTE STREAMLINE (SWE) 1800 15.8 Lakatos Csaba  8 pk Kashner Hanover - Keys Praise     II. Night Lady  III. Ollyan nincs    Teny.: Strömline AB, Moheda, Svédország  2016 CREDITS BY MYSELF (GER) 1800 16.3 Dejan Katanic  10 stpm Credit Winner - Me myself I    II. Grumetti (GER)  III. Milliondollar Lux (ITA)    Teny.: Elisabeth Olivier van and der Veen, Németország  2017 MILLIONDOLLAR LUX (ITA) 1800 17.5 Csordás Emil  11 stpm Ganymede - Dadaumpa Jet     II. Rinette Streamline (SWE)  III. Orderly (SWE)    Teny.:  Lux Srl., Olaszország  2018 VICTORY KNICK (SWE) 1800 17.1 Csordás Emil 6 vlpher Cantab Hall - Lapponia Knick     II. Conway Boko (NED) III. Underpaid Hanover (USA)    Teny.:  Knick AB és Sprufa AB, Svedala, Svédország  2019 PIERA DEL BAR (ITA) 1800 15.7 Fazekas Imre  10 stpk Abano As - Exile Bar     II. Part Two (FIN) III. Rocky HR (CRO)    Teny.:  AZ Agr. Truccone Luigi, Olaszország On the undercard was the Hitves DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with victory earned by 1.1/1 Pan Globe Jaycee (6f Muscles Yankee-Impala Jaycee-Othello Vivant) timed in 1.15.8kr and reined by Goran Zolnaji. The Germany bred winner scored in her first 2019 start after winning two straight in 2018 in Hungary. She drew off from her competition and was impressive. 20.8/1 Lingot AT (5m Jasmin d’Odyssee) took second for Juhasz Balazs and third was 7.6/1 Ugolino Ans (7g Yankee Glide-Cristina Ans-Bon Vivant).    Pan Globe Jaycee Later in the program was the Globus DIJ (purse 600,000HUF, 2400 meters autostart) and 7/1 Disney HR (7f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) scored in 1.18.3kr with Andrea Fazekas at the lines, Juhasz Balazs trains this winner as well as second finishing 1.5/1 Rocky HR (8g Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) that he piloted. 9.5/1 Samuel Becket AT (8m Diablo Va Bene) took thirds for Tibor Hajnal. The top two are from the successful SJs Photo mare, Times.Disney HR Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Ursa Caf (7f Explot Caf-Crismar-Campo Ass) took today’s Pr. Encat (purse 55,000€, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano La Maura. Timed in 1.13.2kr the winner had Antonio DiNardo as her pilot, she a winner of over 338,000€. Deimos Racing S (7g Quite Easy-Athena Haleryd-Pine Chip) was a game second for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti, ahead of Sonia (9g Donato Hanover-Ele Code-Uronometro) with Rebe Legati up. Toscarella (8f Varenne-Day Love Blue-Ganymede) took fourth for Mas Castaldo. Ursa Caf  The Ursa Caf pedigree is shown below. . Gaet, Blodbanken files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

An exceptional racing program highlighted Sunday’s Paris-Vincennes celebration of the Middle East featuring Lebanon and Turkey, as described in a section below. The groupe level races began with the Prix du Pontavice de Heussey (monte Gr. III, 90,000€, 2175 meters, European eligibles). 1.4/1 favorite Boss du Meleuc (9g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) scored timed in 1.11.kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Yannick Alain Briand. The winner secured his 20th career win in 70 starts now for 788,100€ earned. The 3.9/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec) was next for trainer Robert Bergh and with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. 26/1 Eros de Chene was third for P.Ph. Ploquin with 10/1 Exotica de Retz home fourth. Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes continued its policy of affinity events with a novelty, this the Feast at the 100% Oriental Hippodrome. This 2020 edition presented gourmet tables with couscous, tagines, mint tea, Lebanese and Turkish specialties; dance performances; oriental music; and Bedouin village -the world of the Sahara with carpets, lanterns, copper lamps, veils, palm trees. The atmosphere also entertained the little ones with the free activities of Superdimanche (mini commentators, rodeo racing, pony baptisms (from 1pm to 5.30pm), pedal sulkys, stable tours, workshops pedagogical stake). The race named the Prix de Fete 100% Orientale (purse 43,000€) went to 16/1 Egerie Quesnot (6f Sam Bourbon) with Matthieu Abrivard up timed in 1.14.7kr. This was the day’s Quinte+ race and there were 20 exact order winning tickets that each paid 46,384.20€. The Q+ pool reached 4,935,606€ and over 10,644,000€ was wagered in the race (all wagering pools). Egerie Quesnot The Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (Criterium des Jeunes Gr. 1, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) was the racing showcase of this day and victory was earned by 1.1/1 favorite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) as she scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire for breeder/owner Cyril Lelarge. Havana won for the sixth time in 10 starts now for 253,200€ earned. The 14/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Bazire. 9/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette) was placed third due to a rival miscue dq, with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Luc Roelens. 48/1 Hora Beji and 10/1 Heavens Pride completed the top five. Havana d’Aurcy Replay - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-02-16/7500/6   The Prix d’Orthez (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, European four year olds) was the next groupe level event and Italy showed up strongly. Even money favorite Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK) scored in 1.15.6kr with Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Efflebi, his third win in France and his life earnings are now 104,826€.   The 25/1 stablemate Aramis EK (4m Nad Al Sheba) was next for the same owner and trainer and with reinsman Pietro Gubellini. Gamble River, off at 4.3/1 odds, was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Gerard Manzi. Always EK The Prix d’Arras (purse 51,000€, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) saw 1.14.3kr timed and 2.6/1 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) score gamely for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jan Lyng. Moni Viking has five wins in 14 outings in France and today lifted his life earnings to 241,041€. 15/1 Dream Cash took second for Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 2.1/1 Desperado (7g Kesaco Phedo) was third, this one also a Bazire trainee, for pilot Alexandre Abrivard, Moni Viking The program completed with the coldbloods competing in the Prix des Trotteurs Sang Froid (purse 18,000€, 2100 meters autostart) with the victory to 10/1 HV Tuuri (10m Turo-HV Kipina) handled by Iikka Nurmonen for trainer Ossi Normonen. HV Tuuri LeTrot, PMO., JMB files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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