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A number of probable Elitloppet candidates were on track over the past several days. On April 7 at Solvalla was the Dartster Fis Lopp (total purse 21,719€, 2140 meters autostart) and victorious was the 1.3/1 favorite Ecurie D (5m Infinitif - To Soon - Muscles Yankee) timed in 1.12.9kr. Bjorn Goop reined the Frode Hamre trainee that was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D won for the 15th time in his 18 race career and he now has 3,357,745SEK in life earnings for co-owners Global Glide Ab and Smart Repair Ab. This victory earned Ecurie D an Elite Race invitation that his connections accepted. The 9/1 odds Milliondollarrhyme (7g Ready Cash - Nursery Rhyme - Credit Winner) was second for trainer/driver Fredrik B, Larsson. Third home was 7.1/1 Forfantone AM (6m Musclel Hill - Tamla Celeber - Cantab Hall) reined by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Roger Walmann. To watch race replay, click here.    Ecurie D Today April 10th was the L.C. Peterson Broddas Minne (150,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) at Jagersro and 2,2/1 Racing Mange (8m Orlandoi Vici - Kara Kickan - Alf Palema) was victorious in 1.12.2lr. Joakim Lovgren trains and drove the winner, now two for two in 2021 and 13 for 66 lifetime. His career earnings advanced to 5,210,642SEK. The 3.2/1 Cyber Lane (8g Raja Mirchi - Syberis Hanover) was second handled by Johan Untersteiner. Third was 9.5/1 Floris Baldwin (9g Passing Renka) with Magnus Djuse at the lines. On April 9 at Boden was the Alla Warmblod (35,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) and Hail Mary (5m Googoo Gaagaa - Dreams) scored in 1.16.3kr in his first 2021 start. Robert Bergh, the trainer, teamed the winner to his 18th victory in 21 career starts now for 7,318,000SEK earned. Regent Zet (12g Tibbe Lavec) was second for Micael Melander and third went to Eder Bob (10m Crazed - Keystone Blaze) for pilot Mats E. Djuse. A week back (April 2) was the Prins Cark Philips Jubileumspokal (250,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) with that victory earned by Click Bait (5m Cantab Hall - Fun At Parties - Lindy Lane) timed in 1.09.8kr. Per Lennartsson teamed the Stall TZ stallion that was bred by Russell Williams as he won for the eighth time in 33 starts now for 2,239,700SEK earned. Don Fanucci Zet (5m Hard Livin - Kissed By The West - Western Terror) was a length back second for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Third was Union Forces (5m Cantab Hall - Southwind Catlin) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Stefan Melandeer. ATG, Gaet, Solvalla files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Groupe action was on display this day at Paris-Vincennes. In the Gr. III Prix de Saintes (purse 70,000€, 2100 meters autostart) 20/1 Invictus Madiba (3m Booster Winner - Batisnolles) scored in 1.12.5kr with Adrien Lamy aboard for Ecurie Hunter Valley and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. He won for second time in his brief career now for 56,890€earned. 5.2/1 Ikacou des Cinty (3m Very Well Jet) was second for owner/trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. 15/1 Iron Meslois (3m Titan d’Occagnes) was third for trainer/driver Pierre Belooche. Isla Bonita (3f Love You) was fourth at 24/1 for David Thomain and trainer Philippe Allaire. Invictus Madiba In the Prix du Treport (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, European 5-10 year olds) the 10/1 Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee - Staro Unique) was the 1.13.1kr timed winner for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Jorgen Westholm and J Spals Invest AB. Juni now has three wins in France and today she raised her life earnngs to 531,687€. The 8.2/1 Fric du Chene (6m Nobody du Chene) was second for pilot David Thomain and 15/1 Jerry Mom (8m Ready Cash) held third for Pierre Vercruysse. Eclat de Gloire, Wild Love, Express Jet and Nancy America completed the top seven. Unique Juni The white hot Zerozerosette Gar (6m Wishing Stone - Madir Gar) took the Prix d’Aubusson (purse 58,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European) clocked in 1.10.3kr with Matthieu Abrivard up for Stall Nininni and trainer Vitale Ciotola. This was his fourth win in a row and seventh in France now for 246,768€ earned. He was off at 2.7/1 odds and defeated 12/1 Helena di Quattro (7f Un Mec d’Haripre - Outlook Kronos) handled by Franck Nivard. Third was 6.3/1 Forum Meslois (6m Timoko - Tiflosa Mesloise) for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche. Zerozerosette Gar The Gr. II monte Prix Theophile Lallouet (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) saw 2/10 favorite Clegs des Champs (9g Legs du Clos - Prosperine) score in 1.12.8kr for jockey David Thomain. This Thierry Raffegeau trainee is owned by J-Y Roze and he recorded his third victory from his last four starts and his 21st career win. His life earnings advanced to 999,580€. The 6/1 Boss du Meleuc (10g Lucky Blue) took second for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer Y.A. Briand. 21/1 Delicieux du Cebe (8g Gazouillis) landed third for Adrien Lamy. Clegs des Champs Yesterday at Vincennes the Prix Gratia (purse 51,000€, 2700 meters, 6-10 year olds) went to 1.12.8kr clocked Eileen (7f Royal Dream - Liberation) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux for Mauricette DeSousa. Eileen won for the 13th time in her career for 224,360€ earned. Enzo d’Essarts (7g Royal Dream) was second for Francois Lagadeuc and Eadshot Josselyn (7g The Best Madrik) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois. LeTrot files/photos For full race results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Easter Sunday highlighter was at Ippodromo Torino in the PR Costa Azzurra, raced over 1600 meters autostart for a purse of 180,400€. The lineup was a solid international group and the well-traveled, gallant French mademoiselle Billie de Montfort (10f Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) scored in 1.11.1kr, a course record. Gabriele Gelormini orchestrated the wire to wire victory by Billie de Montfort, her 21st career win now for 2,456,388€ earned. Her winning time today eclipsed the previous record of 1.11.3kr jointly held by Napoleon Bar and Pascia’Lest. Sebastien Guarato trains Billie for her breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin. By comparison, her longtime rival Belina Josselyn retired with 23 wins for 2,618,970€ and she foaled a Ready Cash filly this week. Second today was Zaccaria Bar (6m Ready Cash - Filandia-Lindy Lane) for Roberto Vecchione with third to Amon You SM (5m Love You - Emon Sante Fe’SM - Lemon Dra handled by Antonio Greppi. Fourth home was Vitruvio (7m Adrian Chip - Tigre AM-Zebu) for Fed Esposito. Bahia Quesnot was eighth and Arazi Boko ended 11th as Vivid Wise As and Elsa de Belfonds were miscue dq’s.   Billie de Montfort Today in France, at Avignon le Pontet, was the Prix des PMU du Vaucluse (purse 45,000€, 2650 meters distance handicap, the Trophee Vert Leg 1) and 2/1 Espoir du Marny (7g Village Mystik - Queens du Marny) overcame his 25 meter handicap to win easily in 1.15.4kr. Kevyn Thommerieux owns, trains and reined the winner to his 15th career victory. His earnings are now 248,230€. The 32/1 odds and 25 meter penalized Call Secret (9g Prodigious - Secret Night) was a distant second for trainer/driver Laurent Gout and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean Philippe Dubois was his breeder. Third was 1.5/1 favorite El Presidente (7g Password - La Memoria) with Kevyn Devienne up for trainer J.M. Roubaud. This one came into the race with eight wins in his last nine appearances, but not today. Espoir du Marny LeTrot. Ippodromo Torino files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Fast Cash (6m Ready Cash - Armeniade) took the Prix Eos (purse 43,000€, 2850 meters, European six year olds) this day at Vincennes. Trainer Mathieu Mottier was at the lines for this 1.13kr score by the 14/1 odds winner that was bred by and is owned by Beatrix Andreani. This was his seventh career win now for 138,260€ earned. The 5/1 Inspector Bros (6g Pastor Stephen - Zecile Boko) was a game second for Robin Bakker, trainer Erwin Bot and owner Leendert G. Gerrits. Third was the 64/1 outsider Flambeau Royal (6m Look de Star - Rodea Josselyn) with Christophe Martens up. Fast Cash On the same card was the Prix Amalthea (purse 58,000€, 2100 meters autostart for European 7-10 year olds). Here the 1.12.3kr timed winner was 6.6/1 Whole Lotta Love (8g Dream Vacation - For You) reined by his trainer Philippe Daugeard, This was his 10th career victory and his earnings advanced to 304,625€. The 12/1 Datcha (8f The Best Madrik) was next for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Third was 7.9/1 Martin de Bois (7m Maharajah) with Franck Nivard up. Whole Lotta Love On April 1 at Lyon a la Soie was the Prix des Bouvreuils (purse 20,000€, 2050 meters autostart, the LeTrot Open des Regions Centre Est for three year olds) and he the 1.2/1 favorite Inshot Josselyn (3m Carat Williams - Vezia Josselyn) scored in 1.13.4kr. Eric Raffin teamed this Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl. The Yvan Bernard bred colt won for the third time in his limited career now for 21,150€ earned. The 2/1 Invincible Mauzun (3m Brillantissime - Cofka Mauzun) was a close second andled by Serge Peltier for trainer Jean Philippe Ducher and for owner/breeder Comte P. de Senneville. Inshot Josselyn For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Decoloration (8f Prince d’Espace - Maradadi Buissonay) took the second leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf at Marseille, France (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, national 5-10 year olds) clocked in 1.12.4kr on Wednesday. She overcame a 25-meter handicap to win for the 15th time in her harness racing career and boost her life earnings to 378,000€. She is owned by her trainer J.M. Baudouin and was off at 2/1 odds. Second was 2.9/1 Eliot d’Ambri (7g Ti Punch River - Rivale du Rolais) for Alexandre Abrivard. Firello (6m Goetmals Wood - Sirella) was third at 6.5/1 odds with Nicolas Bazire up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. Fourth was 6.2/1 Gamble River (5m Un Mec d’Heripre - Olga de la Grenne) with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Sebastien Guarato up for breeder/owner Gerard Manzi. Decoloration On the same card was the Prix de Cavaillon (purse 20,000€, 2300 meters autostart, LeTrot Open des Regions Sud-Est for three year-olds) and 5,5/1 odds Idylle Darling (3f Goetmals Wood - Rapid Darling) scored in 1.15.4kr. David Bekaert teamed the winner for trainer J.A. Hernandez-Navarro and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. She won for the second time in her brief career now for 16,050€ earned. The 51/1 outsider Ishtar Font (3f Boccador de Simm - Urania Bourbon) was second with Filippo Rocca aboard for trainer Fausto Barelli. Third was 7.8/1 Indeskaya Bird (3f Scipion du Goutier) for owner/trainer/driver Edouard Goubard-Meunier. Idylle Darling For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Enghien-Soicy hosted this day’s upper level harness racing trots in France led by the Prix du Pont de Granelle (monte apprentice lad jockeys, purse 52,000€, 2250 meters, European eligibles). The 8.5/1 odds East River (7f Soleil d’Enter - Perle Fine) scored easily in 1.12.3kr for Guillaume Lanain, trainer Christophe Clin and owner Pierre Georges Veugeois). This was her 13th career victory now for 248,070€ earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Esta Bueno (7g Quaro - Rolga Dorma) was second for Bastien Joseph with 4.2/1 Solcio Zi (10g Oiseau de Feux) third for jockey Thomas Rallier. East River The Prix de Pont d’Lena (purse 50,000€, 2875 meters, European fine year olds) was also on the program and it was a competitive event. The 2.6/1 odds Giant Chief (5m Un Mec d’Heripre - Quick Scarlet) was the 1.14.2kr timed winner handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Philippe Billard and Ecurie le Tremont. The winner recorded his third straight victory and seventh in his career now for 154,350€ earned. The 5.9/1 Galon de Vire (5g Laetenter Diem - Victorie de Vire) earned second for Mathieu Mottier and third went to 35/1 Juan Bros (5m Muscle Mass - Ziezo Buitenzorg) piloted for Pierre Levesque for trainer Billard nd owner Tramonton Srl. Giant Chief LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

This day’s groupe level races at Vincennes began with the Prix Louis Forcinal (Gr. II monte, purse 100,000€, 2700meters, 5-6 year olds). The 1.12.2kr timed winner was 5/10 favorite Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove-Refina de Houelle) with jockey Eric Raffin in the irons. The breeder/trainer is Franck Leblanc and Stephane Gohier owns the now seven-time winner for 400,080€ in life earnings. The 6.9/1 odds Good Luck Quick (5m Un Mec d’Heripre) was a distant second, with David Thomain up for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Maik Esper. Flore de Janeiro (6f Vanishing Point) was third with Florian Desmigneux up for owner/trainer Franck Blandin. Freeman de Houelle Aged classmasters contested the Gr. III Prix de Bois de Vincennes (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, 4-11 year old International trotteurs) with Ce Bello Romain (9g Jan Pridem-Miss Echo Bella) the 1.12.2kr timed winner. Anthony Barrier teamed this 6.4/1 odds trotteur for owner/trainer S.G. DuPont as he won for the 20th time now for 651,230€ in life earnings. This was three in a row for Ce Bello Romain. The 107/1 Bilooka du Buscail (10f Look de Star) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Yves Hurel. Third went to 5.1/1 Moni Viking (8m Maharajah) with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Jan Lyng. The was the program’s Quinte+ race and the exact order e-payoff was 22,540€. Ce Bello Romain The top five year olds in France contested the Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters) with the 1.13.2lr timed victory to Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) at 4.3/1 odds. This was his second straight win and eighth in a career that has yielded 475,420€. Gabriele Gelormin was the pilot for trainer R.C. Larue and breeder/owner Ecurie de Windcut. The 8/10 favorite Gu d’Heripre (5m Coktail Jet-Vedette d’Heripre) took second for Franck Nivard and third home was 8.6/1 Green Grass (5f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Darling) with Mathieu Mottier at the lines. Gelati Cut  The Prix Jean Cabrol (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters, European 6-11 year olds) went to 1.12kr clocked Fire Cracker (6g Quaro-Urganza) at 2.5/1 odds and reined by Eric Raffin. He won for the 13th timed now for 402,960€ in life earnings. Gregory Thorel conditions this one for Ecurie la Pinsonniere. 27/1 Elvis de Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) was second for David Thomain and 5.5/1 Dexter Chatho (8g Un Amour d’Haufor) held third for Charles J. Bigeon. Fire Cracker The Prix de Chatillon (purse 53,000€, 2700 meters, three year-olds) saw the 7/10 Impressionist (3m Ready Cash-Une Lady de Nappes) hold on to score in 1.15.6kr for Eric Raffin, his third career win now for 67,300€ earned. Ecurie Hunter Valley owns the winner that is trained and was bred by Louis Baudron. The 11/1 Ikacou des Cinty was a hard finishing second for Gabriel Angel Pou Pou and third was 32/1 Iron Meslois (3m Titan d’Occagnes) with Pierre Belloche up.  Impressionist For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Longines (7f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) converted a pocket trip to her 20th career harness racing victory in 25 starts in the Detektor Handicap (purse 665,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park, timed in 1.16kr. She was piloted by Andrea Fazekas to her second straight 2021 score. She is trained for owner Pimri by Imre Fazekas. Kornelius Heitmann of Munster bred this fine mare that was off at 5.4/1, as she defeated 1.8/1 Zolta (6m Naglo-Gazza Jet-Supergill) with Veljko Mazsity up. Third was 19.5/1 Zona (6f Offenbach Bigi-Kama-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. Longines (2) Andrea Fazekas also won with 3.1/1 Acelos Fiu (5m SJs Photo-Elegant Lady-Mill H) in the Amatorverseny DIJ (purse 500,000€, 1900 meters autostart) clocked in 1.17.7kr. This was his first 2021 victory in four 2021 appearances for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Anybody (5f Offenbach Bigi) was second at 4.7/1 with Edina Berta up for trainer Emil Csordas. Third was 3.1/1 Apollo Creed (5g Vioxx SR) handled by Krisztian Takacs. Acelos Fiu (8-inside)   Kincsem Park files/photos   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A well-bred and lightly-raced harness racing filly named Indie Love (3f Ready Cash-Tes Amours-Goetmals Wood) took the Prix du Vallon de la Figuiere (purse 16,000€, 2300 meters autostart, three year olds, the LeTrot Open des Regions Sud-Est) at Marseille Borely timed in 1.15.3kr. Trainer Loris Garcia teamed the winner for owner Jean Pierre Dubois to her first victory and raised her earnings to 8,320€. Ecurie D bred this one and her grand dam is Amour d’Aunou (Speedy Somolli-Nesmile) and what a maternal family this is 0 Guilty of Love, In Love With You, Love You, Nice Love, In Dix Huit, Private Love and Buvetier d’Aunou, Defi d’Aunou, Extreme Aunou. Indie Love Second to Indue Love were 27/1 Iellena (3f Oh James) and 2.4/1 Icehouse (3f Booster Winner). Fourth was the winner’s Jean Pierre Dubois stablemate, 18/1 Intrigante Darling (3f Quaker Jet-Apple Darling).   On April 4th at Torino will be the GP Costa Azzura, a Gr. I event to be raced over 1600 meters for a purse of 180,000€. A solid field is expected.   For full race results, click here. LeTrot, Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The grand harness racing trotting warrior Arazi Boko (14g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) took the Gr. III Gran Premio Giorgio (purse 40,040€, 1660 meters) this day at Trieste clocked in 1.15.1kr. Using his usual pacesetting strategy Arazi held game for the victory with Santo Mollo at the lines for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. He is 36/133 and has career earnings of over 1.2€ million. He secured six fast class victories last year. Second was Amon You SM (5m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’SM) for Antonio Greppi up on this Lemon Dra sired granddaughter of Keystone Sante Fe. Atik DL was third some four lengths back. Arazi Boko On March 17 the top Italian reinsman Enrico Bellei recorded two wins at Roma Capannelle, the second with Isabelle Ferm, and that victory was his 10,000th. He thus joins Heinz Wewering and Jorma Kontio as the only European drivers to reach that mark. Congratulations to Enrico Bellei!!! Isabella Ferm On March 21 the fast-class mare Orsia (13f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu) foaled a fine Tactical Landing colt. Orsia earned 699,811€ in her career with a mark of 1.10.6kr. Her dam Tigre OM earned 155,148€. Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The annual harness racing classic Janos Brody Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to Adriana Asti (5f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) reined by her trainer Valjko Mazsity timed in 1.16.7kr for owner Hico. She won in her first 2021 start. The 20-meter handicapped Unno del Duomo (8m Ganymede-Irma del Duomo-Lemon Dra) led the way until late in the lane with Sandor Kolozsi up for trainer Dora Kovacs. Another 20-meter handicapper performer was third, that being Alexander U.R. (7g Infinitf-Hoity Toity Face-Egon Lavec) reined by Lajos Marton for trainer Jozsef Rutkai. He was third last year as well. The 2020 edition went to Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR) in 1.18.5kr and the race record was set in 2016 by Wiss Shadow (9g Goetmals Wood-Wiss Favourite) and pilot Viktoria Nemeth.Adriani Asti Brody Memorial winners from 2011 and following include many top performers in HU. The Tavaszi Handicap (purse 1,000,000Huf, 1960 meters) was the second feature on this program and victory was preserved by the pacesetting Zselnive (6f Miguel Duhamel-Javorfa) in 1.21.0kr with trainer Imre Dome aboard. She won for the first time in four 2021 starts. Overnight (13g Jonas Laukko) was a narrow missed second for Sandor Varga and third went to White Plains (8g Anderberg) for Laszlo Kolozsi. Last year’s Tavaszi went to Usain (7g Medic Hanover) in 1.20kr and the race record of 1.18.4kr was set by Lezer (8f Baltic Bet) in 2012. Zselnice On the undercard, the Ivisa Sun DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to San Siro (5m Lucky Boy-Simonica) timed in 1.16.4kr. Antun Horvatski was at the lines for trainer Janos Borbely. Driver Horvatski owns the winner that scored in his first start in Hungary. He showed two wins and three second in his last five outings in Szerbia. On the card trainer Imre Fazekas piloted two winners. Bozony Am (4g SJs Photo-Nana) was victorious in 1.21.9kr and Bemji (4m Cigar Dan-Hilves) scored on 1.21.1kr. Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Cicero Noa (9g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) took the Caen featured Prix de Cauvicourt (purse 31,000€, 2200 meters autostart, Europeam 5-11 year olds) on March 18. Clocked in 1.10.6kr this 2.6/1 odds highly regarded harness racing trotterur was reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Nico d’Haenens for breeder/owner Jan Vanhoucke. Cicero won for the ninth time in France and increased his life earnings to 478,230€. The 38/1 outsider Blues des Landiers (10g Phlegyas) was second racing with shoes for Hugo Marie and breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Cheradame. Third was 64/1 Ce Retour d’Oscar (9g Le Retour) for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Ludovic Guitton. Fourth was 70/1 Datcha (8f The Best Madrik) handled by trainer Emmanuel Ruault for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Cicero Noa On March 19 at Enghien the Prix de Pierrehite sur Seine (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European 7-11 year olds) went to 1.5/1 odds Wild Love (7f Love You-Twins Vilda) timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Alexis Prat for trainer Anders Lindqvist for Simbergs Hovslageri AB. This was the winner’s second win in France and her life earnings advanced to 316,765€. Wild Love raced throughout in the outer before pulling away in the lane. The 18/1 Whole Lotta Love (8g Dream Vacation-For You) was second for pilot Sebastien Olivier and trainer Philippe Daugeard. The 39/1 Bryssel (9m Ready Cash-Spacelane) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois and 33/1 Eliseo (7g Timoko) was fourth for Tonyt Le Beller. Wild Love The recently concluded Cagnes sur Mer Winter Meet announced its meet ending stats. The leading money earner was Ecuriel Jenilou (four wins for 108,770€ earned). The leading trainer was Vincent Martens with 35 wins and Christophe Martens led the drivers with 37 victories. The top monte jockey was Florian Desmigneux with six wins and a 54.5% win percentage. For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 2/10 odds harness racing favorite Ivoire Prestance (3m Prodigious-Quelle Prestance-Buvetier d’Aunou) won today’s Cagnes sur Mer featured Prix de Vichy (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters for three year olds, the LeTrot Open Regions and Prix Journal Paris-Turf). Christophe Martens reined the four for four undefeated colt for trainer Vincent Martens and owner Joseph Vanduffel. The winner now has career earnings of 45,000€. Race time was 1.17.7kr. The 5.3/1 Ingrid Turgot (3f Un Mec d’Heripre) was second for Nicolas Ensch and trainer J,P. Ensch. Third was 29/1 It’s Easy (3f Prodigious-C;est Facile) with Gwenn Junod up for breeder/trainer Louis Baudron and owner Amandine Baudron. Fourth was 54/1 Indye du Chene (3f Charly du Noyer) for J.Ch. Sorel, trainer J.P. Ensch and owner Claude Guedj. Ivoire Prestance The aforementioned trainer Louis Baudron won a pair on Sunday as the Cagnes sur Mer Winter Meet came to a close. The Prix de Rome Tor di Valle (purse 44,000€, 2925 meters, European 7-11 year0olds) went to 1.5/1 Ecuriel Jenilou (7g Village Mystic-Melode Jenilou) timed in 1.13.4kr for reinsman Gwenn Junod, trainer Louis Baudron and owner Nicolas Baudron. This was the winners’ 15th career win now for 296,980€ earned. The 24/1 Derby du Dollar (8m Rodrigo Jet) was second for David Thomain followed by 4.8/1 Bleak d’Arjeabe (10g Prince d’Espace) with Nicolas Ensch up. Ecuriel Jenilou was the leading money winning equine at the Cagnes Winter Meet. Ecuriel Jenilou  In the Prix de Florence (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, five year-olds) Baudron’s trainee Godfather (5g Village Mystic-Horsacs) took the Prix de Florence (purse 45,000€, 2925 meters, five year-olds) clocked in 1.14.2kr with Nicolas Ensch up for breeder/trainer Baudron and owner Mauricette De Sousa. This 9/10 favorite won for the sixth time in his career now good for 172,330€ earned. 2.4/1 Gaia Olmenhof (5f Ready Cash) was second for Christophe Martens and 46/1 Gordon Flash (5n Village Mystic) was third for trainer/driver Yannick A. Briand. Godfather For full race results, click here. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Le Croise Laroche features Grand Prix Charles Desrourseaux (purse 31,000€, International 5-10 year-olds, 2825 meters distance handicap) went to 5.4/1 odds Apple Wise As (5f Royalty For Life-Desert Flower K) reined by Nicolas Bazire for Scuderia Acquario Srl and trainer Jean Michel Bazire. This was her first win in France and the victory increased her life earnings to 105,999€. The 12/1 odds Cicero Noa (9g Mandarino Blue-Ma Belle Reine) was second overcoming a 25 meter handicap, for pilot Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Nico d’Haenens and owner Jan Vanhoucke. 27/1 Favorite Fligny (6f Rockfeller Center-Africa Fligny) took third for P-Y Verva. Ecurie le Pinsonniere and trainer Gregory Thorel. Ble du Gers (10g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) overcame his 25 meter handicap to be fourth as the 9/10 favorite. This winner of 1,029,321€ was reined today by Eric Raffin for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule. Apple Wise As LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur (purse 170,000€, 1609 meters autostart, International 4-11 year-olds) at Cagnes sur Mer saw 3/2 odds Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) gamely hold for a narrow victory timed in 1.10.1kr (1:52.83 for the mile). Trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. This win was the sixth win in France for Vivid Wise As and it increased his life earnings to 1,145,398€. Delia de Pommereux (8f Niky-Noume du Pommereux) rallied and just missed, finishing second at 6.5/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Third home as 8.9/1 Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa as she held gamely after pressing the pacesetter Vivid Wise As early in the contest. The 25/1 Billie de Montfort (10f Jasmin de Flore) was fourth for Gabriele Gelormini and 74/1 Elsa de Bellfonds (7f Tornado Bello) ended fifth. Vivid Wise As The winner’s maternal family is that of Muscles Yankee and Defiant Yankee. Vivid Wise was bred in Italy by the partners Allevamento Della Serenissima and Scuderia Wise H Sas. Temple Blue Chip is a 2009 foal by Andover Hall-Debbie Goes Down-Maiden Yankee-Speedy Crown. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Thanks to Thomas H. Hicks, treasurer and national director of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), who this past week hand delivered the remaining trophies to their respective award winners. Due to Covid-19 the annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame dinner was cancelled last year and could not be held this year, and the chapter members decided to go to the racetrack, training centers and breeding farms to deliver the awards in person. This past week, Thomas H. Hicks, with his wife/photographer Kathleen, traveled first to Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village and presented Frank “The Elder” Antonacci with his Hall of Fame induction trophy. Then it was off to Pompano Park, where the Hicks presented long time horse owner, breeder and amateur driver Laurie Poulin with her Hall of Fame induction trophy. The final stop of the week was again at Pompano Park. Tom Hicks made the last presentation to Kim Sears at her training center and breeding farm. Kim was presented with the William Popfinger Award for her excellence in training young pacers. The members of the Florida Chapter of USHWA appreciate the above and beyond efforts by Thomas H Hicks traveling to deliver the awards in person. By Steve Wolf, for the Florida Chapter USHWA

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