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April 14, 2018 - 2.4/1 Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) took Saturday’s Jagersro featured L.C. Peterson Broddas 2018 V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) reined by harness racing driver Johan Untersteiner and clocked in 1.11.7kr. The winner now has three 2018 wins in as many starts and 14 career victories in 37 outings. 2.3/1 Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margherita Rose-Abo Volo) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and 14.3/1 Mindyourvalue WF was home third for Robert Bergh. The winner earned a spot in the Olympiatravet at Aby, a Gr. I event, along with previously named or earned spots to On Track Piraten, Ringostarr Treb, Zenit Brick, Lionel and Takethem. On the undercard at Jagersro was the V75 Silver (purse 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 3.7/1 Rajesh Face (5m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, timed in1.12kr. 3.9/1 Mister Crowe (8m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell) was second for Johnny Takter with third to 13.7/1 Springover driven by Peter Untersteiner. The winner scored in this his first 2018 appearances and he now has 11 career wins in 28 outings. The Breeders Course (three year olds, first final, 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 1.1/1 favorite Smokin Joe (3m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) for Lutfi Kolgjini. 7.4/1 Paladin (3m Lavec Kronos-Damaniscotta-Andover Hall) was second for Roger Malmqvist. Earlier on the card the Olympiamonten (50,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Italy’s 1.3/1 Radieux (8g Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons for trainer Lutfi Kolgini. Scuderia Louisiana SRL bred this winner that scored in 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 14, 2018 - Recent import from Finland, 19.7/1 Part Two (9f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine), rallied late to win the prestigious Pulay Kornel Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) on Saturday at Kincsem Park timed in 1.16.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Second finishing 5/1 Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) and trainer/driver Imre Fazekas raced in the second tier and took the lead mid-stretch before the final rush by the winner. 2.7/1 Victory Knick (6g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) ended third for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. This one has recorded four wins and a second in his last five HU starts. On the superb undercard the Platter Chatter DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 3/2 odds Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) teamed by trainer Vlejko Mazsity. 3.4/1 Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi) with Sandor Varga up and 13.7/1 Oldtimer Diamant (8g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonna Lady-Titan Way) were home second and third. The Ipse Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) started off the day’s racing and the 1.17kr timed win went to 4.6/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) for trainer/driver Balszs Juhacz, his second straight score. 5.9/1 Rosamundi (10f Chipmate-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Jozef Karai and trainer Csaba Lakatos. Third was 3.7/1 Rocket Boy (5m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) handled by Andrea Nagyvary for trainer Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 14, 2018 - Three groupe tests and the Q+ Pris de la Lorraine (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European entrants) led a superb harness racing  Vincennes Saturday. The Q+ victory was earned by 3.6/1 Blues d’Ourville (7g Password-Pursuit of Charm) with Pierre Houel aboard for trainer Mme. Virginie Lecroq. Race time was a quick 1.11.4kr. 7.7/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) took second for reinsman Sebastian Ernault and owner/trainer Franck Harel, and third was 3.8/1 Blue Story (7f Opium) piloted by Pierre Levesque. 37/1 Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) and 7.4/1 Ange de Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard up completed the top five The Gr. III Prix Beaumanior (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 3.1/1 Diademe Blue (5g Gazouillis-Pepite d’Or Blue) with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer J.P. Mary. Catherine Dabouic-Mary owns this winner that defeated 2/1 Duke of Carless (5m L’As de Viretaute) and pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 4.3/1 Ezreal Jiel took third with Matthieu Abrivard aboard, ahead of 23/1 Disco des Molands and 8.7/1 Daniel Bon. Five year olds were on stage in the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) and the impressive 1.11.6kr timed winner was 6.1/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) reined by trainer Sylvain Roger and owned by breeder Noel Lolic. 18/1 Dragon des Racques (5m Love You-Quinte des Racques) rallied on the pegs for second driven by Alexandre Abrivard and trained by L.Cl. Abrivard. A pack of contenders were next led by 1.7/1 Draft Life (5f Ubriaco-Maflymede) handled by Eric Raffin for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 4.4/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) landed fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Detroit Castelets and Dreammoko were fifth and sixth. Delia du Pommereux The Gr. II Prix Hemine (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, three years olds – monte) went to 2.8/1 Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. This one vaulted to the lead early and kept widening the advantage to score in hand timed in 1.13.3kr.The 7/10 favorite Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) in this race after four straight monte victories, was no match for the winner, and barely held second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 14/1 Fiore de Janiero (3f Vanishing Point) was third in a photo for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Franck Blandin. The Prix de Chelles (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, 11 three year old males) went to 3.3/1 Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) timed in 1.16.3kr and reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains this winner for Scuderia Winner and he was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois. 7.4/1 Falco d’Heripre (3m Goetmals Wood-Vedetta d’Heripre) held gamely second for J.Ph. Monclin with 5.2/1 Falcao de Laumac (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) third for Clement Duvaldestin. Thomas H. Hicks  

Vanae des Voirons (9f Quido du Goutier-Danae des Voirons) scored at 21/1 and overcame a 25 meter handicap in today’s second leg of the Trophee Vert Tour de France des Trotteurs, today named the Grand Prix du PMU “Le Saint-Cloud” (purse €45,000, 3500 meters distance handicap, 16 starters). Jean Francois David teamed the winner, he also owner and trainer of the now winner of €283,780. Race time was 1.16.2kr for the winning horse. 13/1 Uvinto (10g Invar) was second for Christian Boisnard, the trainer and driver. This one was clocked in 1.17.7kr off a 50 meter penalty. 23/1 Vanderlov (9g Orlando Vici) took third for driver L-M David clocked in 1.17.9kr also from a 50 meter handicap. 1.1/1 favorite and 25 meter penalized Authorized (8g Kaisy Dream) held fourth for Thomas Levesque after leading at top of stretch and fifth was 25 meter handicapped and 16/1 Bingo d’Attaque (7m Pomerol de Laumac)with Stephane Bourlier up. The day’s activities included trotting on the turf at Tours-Chambray for apprentice drivers and a contest for amateur teamsters. Next week action in France includes Friday’s Prix de l’Atlantique (Gr. I International, purse €200,000, 2150 meters autostart) at Enghien. Initially 33 top flight performers have been engaged including Bold Eagle, Bird Parker, Un Mec d’Heripre, Billie de Montfort, Belina Josselyn, Amiral Sacha and many other tough campaigners. This race is a European Trotting Masters 2018 event. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 13, 2018 - The Friday evening program at Paris-Vincennes included the Q+ Prix Eukrate (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) and the Gr. II Prix Jean Riaud (purse €115,000, 3535 meters distance handicap, 13 starters). The former went to 12/1 Vanillette (9f Lord du Pin-Etoile de Rivray) reined by Adrien Lamy for trainer Jean Morice. The winner recorded her 10th career victory now for €226,170 earned. 8/1 Ahrima Turgot (8f Prodigious-Night Turgot) was a close second for Mathieu Daougabel driving for trainer Herve Dauougabel. 1.9/1 favorite  Andiamo de Monchel (8g Kiwi) was third for J-M Bazire ahead of 5.5/1 Biniou de Connee (7g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) and 12/1 Bettina de Tillard (7f Ouragon de Cellard). Race time was 1.12.7kr. The Prix Jean Riaud went to 12/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) timed in 1.13.6kr for J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule owns this 11 time career winner now for €631,110 earned. 15/1 Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was second for J.Ph. Monclin teaming for Norway’s Stall T.J. Gamble. 2.8/1 Valko Jenilat (9f Kepler) overcame a 25 meter penalty to capture third with Aric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 25 meter handicapped Traders (6m Ready Cash) at 8.4/1 took fourth for Joann Lebourgeois and 43/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fifth with Matthieu Abrivard driving. The 25 meter handicapped Uniflosa Bella at 9/1 and 50 meter penalized Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou) at 80/1, a winner of €2,046,040, raced well with the latter clocked in 1/12/9kr Thomas H. Hicks  

April 7, 2018 - Saturday excellent harness racing action took place in the north with Zenit Brick (7g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) winning the Olympia Trot Elim 2 (purse 400,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.5kr at Solvalla’s 1000 meter oval. Kim Eriksson teamed the winner for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Anders Bredberg. The 2.2/1 favorite bested 3.3/1 Queer Fish driven by Kaj Widell and 16/1 Shadow Woodland handled by Ulf Ohlsson. At Vermo was the Helsinki AJO raced over 1609 meters autostart for a total purse of €28,600. The 1.11.8kr timed winner was Workout Wonder (6m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) driven by Tommi Kylliainen for trainer Jarno Kauhanen and owner Workout Club. This Kentuckiana Farms bred stallion earned an invitation to the May 5th Finlandia AJO that is a European Trotting Masters event. This day earning the second place check was Midnight Hour handled by Iikka Nurmonen and third was Fire To The Rain reined by Hannu Torvinen. Edward Ale finished fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

April 7, 2018 - Monthly trotting action resumed Saturday at Madinina Martinique on their mixed trots/gallop program on the turf. The Prix de Cabourg (purse €6,000, 2600 meters) went to Vlatou des Saintes (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) for driver Benoit Magdeleine timed in 1.20.9kr. Jean Luc Langeron trains and owns the winner. Rivage du Layon (13g Chaillot) was second for Solene Pach and Usly de Visais (10g Defi d’Aunou) was third for aforementioned J.L. Langeron, the owner/trainer/driver. Earlier, the Prix de Caen (purse €6,000, 2600 meters) was won by Bavarois des Varlet (7g Laetenter Diem-Hera du Varlet), shown below, in a quick 1.17kr for J.L. Langeron driving for trainer/owner Corinne Gleize. Avis Contraire (8g Infant du Bossis) was second reined by Alexandre Faivre with third to Ussein Royal handled by Jean Francois Gate. Thomas H. Hicks

April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s excellent Paris-Vincennes harness racing program showcased four groupe tests led off by the Prix de Plovescat (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) and won by the 1.12.1kr timed  and 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp). Jockey Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Fredric Sauque as Arlington Dream recorded his 19th career victory in 64 outings, now for €865,800 earned, with this 1.12.1klr timed score. 9/2 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) was second for Adrien Lamy ahead of 6.4/1 Alpha Saltor (8m Paris Haufor) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Between the groupe races was the Prix des Federation Quest at Basse-Normandie (purse €55,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). The impressive 1.11.1kr timed winner was 4.2/1 Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mille Fleurs. 5.6/1 Class de Loriol (6f Ready Cash) was a good second for Eric Raffin and 46/1 Lover Face (10g Love You) was third for driver Franck Nivard. The Prix de Saint Brieve(Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 15 starters four year old females) went to 1.12.4kr timed and 5/10 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (4f Scipion du Goutier-Thesa d’Oliverie) with Franck Nivard up. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 63/1 Elisione Mag (4f Quaker Jet) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and 14/1 Elite du Ruel (4f Timoko) was third for Franck Anne. Four year old males competed in the Gr. II Prix Phaeton (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 four year old male starters) with 14/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) scoring timed in 1.12.2kr. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee that Philippe Dewulf owns. 6.2/1 Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) was second for driver Franck Nivard and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 59/1 Easy des Racques (4m Rodrigo Jet) was third for J.Ph. Monclin and 7.1/1 Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood), Pierre Vercruysse up, was placed fourth in the blanket finish when 2.4/1 Eridan was a dq nearing the line. The Prix de Santes (Gr. III, purse €60,000, 2100 meters, 11 three year old filly starters) went to 1.13.1kr timed and 9/2 odds Fantastic Life (3f Prodigious-True Life) scored for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 7.8/1 Freegate Island (3f Timoko-Agresica) rallied for second for driver Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Bjorn Goop and owners P&D Bronsman. 15/1 French Darling (3f Love You-Native Darling) was third for Matthieu Abrivard, her second start after being acquired at the January Prix d’Amerique sale. Offspring of the successful sire Prodigious (Goetmals Wood-Imagine d’Odyssee-Buvetier d’Aunou) were evident in this program and the €644,130 has been a consistent successful sire including Vision Intense, Valse Darling, Carat Williams and others. Sharon Gar Takes Q+ at Vincennes April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s Q+ Prix du Treport (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 1 European starters) went to 11/1 Sharon Gar (7f Varenne-Geneve Gar) timed in 1.13.5kr for reinsman J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Philippe Billard, and owner Scuderia Rory’s Horses. The winner now has career earnings of €441,714. 5.8/1 Venose de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) took second for Tony LeBeller ahead of 21.1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password) driven by Jean Philippe Dubois. Completing the quinte top five were 16/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre) for Eric Raffin and even money favorite Bel Avis (7g Ganymede) reined by J-M Bazire for Ireland’s legendary Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Thomas H. Hicks

April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Mount DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap, six starters) went to the 40 meter handicapped and even money favorite Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi) reined by Sandor Varga for owner Prolongo and trainer Jozsef Rutkai timed in 1.19.7kr. This one recorded his second 2018 victory in as many starts. The dam Rhode Island Bi is a 2010 foal of Equinox Bi-No Nonsense Woman, the latter at €225,497 career winner of 10 races from 34 outings. 7.2/1 Insa (6f Alesi OM-Ines-Scurry Lobell) set the pace and was just caught on the line. Andrea Fazekas drove Insa for trainer Imre Fazekas. King’s Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) was third driven by Emese Vezer. Earlier in the day Violetta (4f Racino-Franciska) was a 1.18.1kr winner in the 400,000Huf Delores DIJ and many good trotters faced the gate in a qualifier with Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL) winning in 1.18.2kr for driver Tibor Hajnal over Veronica Fling and Villam Ville. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 8, 2018 - A host of harness racing venues hosted today’s trotting across Europe (ten tracks open in FR alone). Below we’ll recap interesting races in France and Italy, where their three year old colts were showcased. Sunday’s Prix de la Ville de Challans (purse €32,000, 2925 meters, 16 starters) at Challans resulted in a 1.14.8kr timed score for 1.9/1 favorite Aldo d’Argentre (8m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yolsa) and driver Adrien Lamy. 2.9/1 Be Good (7g Halimede) held second for J.Ph. Monclin and third was 20/1 Air (8g Lilium Madrik). At Mauquenchy was the Prix des Etablissements Frelet (purse €35,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and that victory was earned by 9/1 Alf de Melandre (8g Panache de l’Iton-Luciole de Bisoir) for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer P.L. Legavre. 7.1/1 Boogie Boy (7g Saxo de Vandel) and driver Franck Ouvrie rallied for second with 143/1 Up And Go (10g Fripon Rose) home third. At Bologna Italy today was the Grand Premio Italia (purse €33,000, 1660 meters autostart, three year old males) went to front running Zen Bi (3m Toss Out-Iside Bi-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Enrico Bellei. He recorded victory four in seven career starts now for earnings in excess of €46,000. Zippy Freedom LF (3m Ideale Luis-Over The Pain LF-Ganymede) was second and third went to Zar Dei Baba (3m Zola Boko-Fiiriel-Supergill). This upcoming week includes the 3rd leg of the GNT Series, this one at Lyon la Soie on Wednesday. Evening racing at Paris-Vincennes takes place Tuesday. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 6, 2018 - Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was an impressive winner of Friday evening’s Q+ Prix Gratia (purse €47,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) scoring in a quick 1.12.3kr for harness racing driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke.  This 4.7/1 second choice bested 2.6/1 Cocktai Julino (6g Pagalor) with Matthieu Abrivard up for owner/trainer L.B. Martin. 9/1 Cyriel d’Atom (6g Otello Pierji) was third for P.Y. Verva. Completing the top five were 83/1 Arrival de Ginai and 12/1 Bambino du Pre. The Saturday Vincennes program is highlighted by the Q+ and four groupe level contests. Thomas H. Hicks

April 4, 2018 - Today’s featured harness racing Gr. III Grand Prix Angers Loire Metropole (purse €60,000, 3100 meters distance handicap, 17 International starters) at Hippodrome Angers went to 6.3/1 Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) for driver Yoann Lebourgeois. This Philippe Allaire trained and owned stalwart was timed in 1.14kr and overcame a 25 meter handicap to record his 19th victory in 37 starts, increased career bankroll to €575,660. Christian Simon bred Bugsy Malone. The 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’arrive du Gers) was a distant second for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire, timed in 1.13.8kr but unable to handle his 50 meter handicap. 25/1 Charmeuse Royale (6f Duc de Jielk-Lea Royale) and owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard took third and was not handicapped. 83/1 Uniflosa Bella (1 of Jag de Bellouet) was fourth for Antoine Weils and fifth went to 30/1 Bon Copaine (7f Love You), with Uniflosa having to face a 50 meter penalty. The talented field included Brissac (sixth), Adelia de Melcoie (seventh) and further back were Up And Quick, Shark Attack, Jontte Boy and Akim du Cap Vert. Last evening racing was at Paris-Vincennes that presented a seven race card with a local time 2000 start. The featured Prix Erigone (monte, purse €52,000, 2200 meters, 12 starters) went to 2.8/1 Daniel Bon (5g Severino-Quiriane d’Ostal) clocked in 1.13.6kr and reined by Guillaume Matin for owner/trainer Arnaud Desmottes. This victory increased the life earnings of Daniel Bon to €149,190. 4.8/1 Doyale dor d’Am (5f Goetmals Wood-Royale For You) took second for jockey J-Y Ricart and trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj, ahead of 8.7/1 Disco des Molands (5g Quitus du Mexique) ridden by Mlle Amelie Morisse for owner/trainer Hedi Le Bec. Thomas H. Hicks

99/1 Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL-Trestine-Golden Goal) rallied from the end driven by trainer Robert Varhidi to secure the 1.17.8kr timed victory in Saturday’s Scot Palmer DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters repulostart) at Kincsem Park. Stable Sport Line of Belgrad, Szerbia own the winner/ 24/1 Trencsen (6m Ata Star L.-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) took second for Istvan Papp and third was 14/1 Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marna Eme-Adams Hall) reined by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. On the undercard was the Mazurka DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.20.3kr timed winner was 2.2/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Tines-SJs Photo) reined by trainer Balazs Juhasz for owner Tomislav Gmajnic. 9.7/1 Mellby Éclair (5f From Above-Graceful Glide-Yankee Glide) took second for Emese Vezer and 9.7/1 Ultimate Force (5m Connecting People-Kamilla-Valley Guardian) was third for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas.   Thomas H. Hicks

2.9/1 Bebert Express (7g Tenor de Baune-Sweet Sixteen) took the first leg of the 2018 Trophee Vert series, this the Grand Prix de la Ville de Carpentras (turf, purse €45,000, 2650 meters distance handicap) on Easter Sunday before a large audience. Francois Pierre Boussuet teamed the winner that he trains for Ecurie Tenor. Race time was 1.18.1kr for the winner that traveled the stated distance. 25 meter penalized and 15/1 odds Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo-Jernasca) rallied for second driven by Anthony Honore for trainer Christophe Feyte. 9/1 Bad Julry (7g Prince Gede-Miladyde Bas) landed third for Jean Paul Gauvin, also owner and trainer.   Thomas H. Hicks

March 28, 2018 - Wednesday’s second leg of the Gr.III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 3000 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouregon de Celland-Red Bell) that overcame a 25 meter penalty to win for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie J-M Rancoule. Cleangame recorded his fifth straight win (and 14th in 26 lifetime starts) and now has career earnings of €340,970.  6.1/1 Colonel Bond (6g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretta) took second for Pierre Vercruysse, ahead of 24/1 Creature Castelets (6g Pomerol de Laumac-Tragical Song) for driver J.Ch. Feron. 15/1 and 25 meter handicapped Caly Loulou (6f Gazouillis) and 13/1 Barone de Bapre (7f Prodigious) completed the Quinte+ top five. The Q+ exact order payoff for a €2 wager was €961.20. Four year olds battled in the Prix de Cassis (purse €22,000, 3000 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) with victory earned by 2/1 Eucalyptus du Mont (4g Sam Bourbon-Qualinda du Donjon) timed in 1.17.5kr and overcoming a 25 meter handicap. Matthieu Abrivard teamed the Yves Boireau trainee for owner Guillaume Macaire that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. This winner record his second straight score and fourth of his career now for €60,310 earned. 23/1 Evasonn (4m Sam Bourbon-Unisella) was second for David Bekaert and third was 7/1 Emeraude Turgot (4f Look de Star) for trainer/driver Y-A Briand. Three years olds were at the start in the Prix de Cavaillon (purse €22,000, 2300 meters autostart, nine starters) with victory to 1.1/1 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois . This colt recorded victory number three in four career starts for €28,290 earned. 39/1 Flower Wood (3f Jasmin de Flore-Usha Dream) took second for David Bekaert and the Boireau/JPD team. 19/1 First In Love (3m Goetmals Wood-Just In Love) took third for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. The aforementioned winner’s dam, Qualita Bourbon (Love You-Etta Extra-Florestan), was quite a performer herself with 21 wins good for €1,538,050 earned and numerous major victories - At 3, Winner of Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l'Etoile, Prix Roquépine, second in Criterium des 3 ans. At 4, Winner of Prix de Sélection, Criterium Continental, Grand Prix de l'U.E.T., third in Criterium des 4 ans. At 5, third in Prix d'Amerique. Interestingly, the dam of second finishing Flower Wood is a daughter of Goetmals Wood-Island Dream. Island Dream won €555,994 and produced Infinitif, Not Disturb, Viva Island and Cote Ouest. The monte Prix des Caves Saint Marc de Caromb (purse €23,000, 2400 meters, 17 European starters) went to 1.15.2kr timed and 7/1 odds Paris Roc (9f Offshore Dream-Imperial Roc) ridden Santo Mollo for trainer Fausto Barelli and owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio. This evening at Wolvega was the Championnat des Trotters Francias (purse €10,000, 2600 meters autostart, eight starters). 1/5 favorite Cocktail du Biwetz (6g Coktail Jet-Olga du Biwetz) scored timed in 1.16.1kr in the rain for driver Jaap Van Rijn and owner Dragon Trotters BV. The winner’s dam was a legend in FR trotting by Cezio Josselyn, she winner and placed in the classics - At 5, third in Europeiskt Femåringschampionat. At 6, Winner of Grand Prix de Wallonie, Prix de Bretagne, Prix d'Eté, second in Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, Prix de Cornulier, Prix du Bourbonnais, Prix René Ballière, third in Prix de Bourgogne. At 7, Winner of Prix d'Eté, second in Prix de l'Atlantique, Prix de l'Union Europeenne, third in Grand Prix du Sud Ouest, Prix Kerjacques. At 8, second in Prix de Bourgogne. At 9, Winner of Prix de Cornulier, third in Prix d'Amerique. She retired with 25 career wins and €2,208,795 earned in fine style after her nine year old season that finished with a good effort in the Prix de France and a third in the Prix d’Amerique after a week earlier win in the Prix de Cornulier. What a game, great gaited mare she was. This evening at Wolvega was also site of a driving triple by trainer Dion P. Tesselaar behind 1.16.3kr timed Hollywood Star (9f Quick Wood-Zafiro Action), 1.15.2kr clocked Hummer Scott (4f Love You-Tantivy Kievitshof, and 1.16.4kr timed Flavius (6g Pegasus Boko-Yemaya). Thomas H. Hicks

March 24, 2018 - A top flight harness racing program was the menu Saturday at Paris-Vincennes beginning with the Prix Louis Forcinal (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters). 7.2/1 Captain Sparrow (6m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton) was the 1.13.5kr timed winner with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Luc Roelens and Stal Markove. Career earnings of the winner are now €333,280. 2.1/1 Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) was close second for Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Pierre Levesque.  5/2 Catalogne (6f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) was four lengths back third with Mathieu Mottier aboard. The Quinte+ was also on the card as the Prix Jean Cabrol (purse €72,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters). 4/5 favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) scored timed in 1.13kr with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Ecurie J.M. Rancoule trains this winner that defeated 57/1 Azaro d’Eva (8m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) that Bazire also trains for owner Franck Pellerot and the reinsman was Alexandre Abrivard. 6.1/1 Clarck Sotho (6g Oiseau de Feux) was third for Anthony Barrier. Fourth in a dead heat were 44/1 Totoo del Ronco (6m Ganymede) with Bjorn Goop and 20/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre) driven by Eric Raffin. The Prix Gueugnon (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 12 European starters – four year olds) went to the very impressive German chestnut Portand (4m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) timed in 1.12.9kr and driven by trainer Bjorn Goop for owner Marion Jauss. The dam, Eiffel Bi is from, the Speedy Crown mare Real Bi and she part of a superb family that includes Ginger Belle, Gambit Lobell, Gale Lobell, Gironde Hanover, Snow White, Seaside, Supergrit and many others. Off at 7/1 Portland nearly circled the field (10th position early) and drew off in the lane to defeat 25/1 Etonnant (4m Timoko-Migraine) driven by trainer/owner Richard Westerink. 7.6/1 Ever Pride (4m Prodigious-Queenly Pride) landed third for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe DeWulf. 91/1 Von Wise As (4m Muscle Massive-Desert Flower K) was fourth for Roberto Andreghetti and his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. The 5/10 favorite and previously unbeaten Earl Simon was placed up to fifth due to the dq of Hambo Transs R. J-P Dubois’ well-bred Classic Connection was a miscue dq early in the race. The Gr. III Prix Bois Vincennes (purse €115,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) went to the 1.12.4kr timed Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle du Roc) off at 3.8/1 and reined by Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the now career winner of €1,115,940 for owner Guy Chaumout. 3/1 Viking Blue (9g Prodigious-Idole Blue) was second driven by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Y-A Briand and owner Gerard Laboureau. Third was 6.4/1 Traders (6m Ready Cash- Graziella) with Yoann Lebourgois up and fourth was the 1.3/1 favorite Carat Williams (6m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for David Thomain. 10/1 Ave Avis was fifth. The Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, seven starters) produced a 50/1 upset winner in Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel-Rosanna Bonheur) with Matthieu Abrivard up. J.L. Dersoir trains Detroit for Ecurie Luck. Second was 5.6/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noure du Pommereux) handled by trainer Sylvain Roger for Noel Lolic. 10/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) was third for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and owner Richard Cohen. The 1/5 heavily favored Davidson du Pont went offstride while leading and under pressure in mid-stretch. Prior to the miscue he appeared to be on one line on several occasions during the contest. Race time was 1.14kr off slow early fractions. The Prix de Meaux (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters – four year old mares) closed out the solid program and 2.7/1 Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting-Odyssee du Ravary) scored in a rated 1.15.3kr for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. Cte. Paul de Senneville owns this mare that defeated 5.7/1 Eolia de Houelle (4f Goetmals Wood-Sawcsde dew Houelle) that Anthony Barrier teamed for trainer Franck Leblanc. 4.2/1 Estelada de Font (4f Oreteur-Quibala Street) held third for trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard, ahead of quick finishing 3/1 Valchiria Bar (4f Napoleon Bar) piloted by Roberto Andreghetti. Thomas H. Hicks  

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