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JMB (Jean-Michel Bazire) had quite a day Friday that included three harness racing wins at Paris-Vincennes at another at Angers.   The featured score was with 7/10 favorite Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) timed in 1.13.4kr in the Vincennes’ Prix Jacques de Saint Sauveur (purse 64,000€, 2850 meters, 11 European starters).   Bazire, the trainer, used the front end to win over 1.7/1 Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) reined by Rudi Haller for Team Neuhof. 58/1 Gross Weight (8g Scarlet Knight) was third for Mathieu Mottier. Valokaja Hindo won for the ninth time in 15 starts in France and increased his life earnings to 380,004€. Bazire was back quickly to win the Q+ Prix de la Ville de Nogent-sur-Morne (purse 41,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters) with 1.8/1 favorite Fidele Royale (4m Veux de Vicomte) clocked in 1.13.9kr. Ecurie des Charmes owns the four time winner that defeated 8.6/1 First du Ronceret handled by Anthony Barrier and 36/1 Figaro Planchette. There were 21 winning Quinte+ ticket holders that were paid 24,591.80€for their wager. The Q+ pool was 3,782,165€ and race total handle was over 7,730,000€. JMB also won the Prix Dejanira (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters) with the 1.11.7kr timed and 4/10 favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz), his eighth win in 28 starts, for breeder/owner Ottavia Roffi-Urano. 2.8/1 Django des Charmes was second for Sebastian Ernault. Earlier in the day Bazire won at Angers in the Prix Qucila Gede (purse 16,000€, 2425 meters, 14 starters) with the 1.16.8kr timed and 7/10 odds Gravune de Mode (3f Quinoa du Gers). Trotting action also took place Friday at Wolvega highlighted by the Criterium des 3 Ans (purse 14,850€, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) with 4.6/1 Joe Fanatic (3g Muscle Mass-Balance Fanatic) the 1.15.8kr timed winner for Micha Brouer. 44/1 Jack Hanover (3g Broadway Fortuna-Jera Hanover) took second with Rob DeVlieger at the lines.   Thomas H. Hicks

May 15, 2019 - Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurore des Charmes) took today’s Gr. I monte Saint Leger des Trotteurs at Caen (purse 120,000€, 2450 meters, 11 starters) with P.Ph. Ploquin in the irons for Ecurie Chalon and harness racing trainer Ch. Chalon. The 1.14kr timed winner won for the third time in 11 career starts and increased his life earnings to 177,140€. This 2/1 favorite was narrow winner over 5.1/1 Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire. Garibaldi (3m Love You-Venitienne) was third. On the same card the Q+ Prix Georges Dreux (purse 37,000€, 2450 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 22/1 odds Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige) with David Thomain up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Stall Panamera Racing. The now winner of 201,500€ defeated 1.2/1 favorite Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici) handled by Bjorn Goop and 11/1 Belle Louise Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) with Yves Dreux aboard. 23/1 Barry Felin and 31/1 Caviar du Vivier completed the exact order top five that paid 42,733.60€ to the nine winning 2€ tickets. The Quinte+ pool was 3,073,840€ and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 6,556,000€ Aron The Baron Earlier the four-year olds contested the Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse 21,000€, 2200 meters autostart, 18 starters) with the 1.15.7kr timed victory earned by 1.8/1 Fidelity (4f Prodigious-Rapide Aventure) with Jean Philippe Dubois at the lines for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. The now four-time winner bested 42/1 Fils Prodigue (4g Love You-Rouge Terre) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Third home was 18/1 Figaro Vici (4m Village Mystic) with trainer Jorgen Westholm the pilot. Fidelity Thomas H. Hicks  

The 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) won today’s Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse 130,000€, 2450 meters, 12 International starters) at Caen with a patient, smart drive engineered by harness racing owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire.   He was away second on the outer and after 300 meters took the lead from early leader and 3.1/1 odds Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   From then forward Aubrion du Gers maintained the front and won by over a length timed in 1.12.5kr for his 15 th consecutive victory and 45th in a 69-race career. His earnings are now 2,321,947€.   Bold Eagle increased his life earnings to 4,047, 120€ with the second-place finish and is now 43 career wins from 62 outings.   Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) held third after pressing the pace around the final bend and boxing Bold Eagle on the pegs until late-stretch, for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Winning teamster Bazire rated the front with Aubrion du Gers to keep Bold Eagle in the pocket until late in the lane. 18/1 Billie de Montfort and 123/1 Django Riff completed the top five.   Aubrion du Gers now heads to Solvalla for the Elitloppet late in May. The 2/5 favorite Fadu du Chene (4m Singalo-Stardu Chene) took today’s monte Prix Henri Balliere (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2450 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.12.8kr and reined by jockey P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Fadu du Chene                               ---LeTrot photo He won for the 10th time in 17 career starts now for life earnings of 620,700€. 6.1/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) took second for jockey Eric Raffin for owner Carlos Lerner and trainer Philippe Allaire. 9/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) earned the third check with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for breeder/trainer Franck Leblanc.   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 14, 2019 - Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) took Tuesday’s Quinte+ that was the Prix de Saint  Pourcain sur Sroule (purse 31,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap,  18 European starters) held at Vichy. This Jean Michel Bazire harness racing trainee was teamed with Nicolas Bazire (his first Q+ race victory) for the 1.14kr victory as they overcame a 25 meter handicap. Ecurie Vautors owns the winner that now has 16 career wins in 40 starts for 259,850€ earned. Calaska was off at 4.3/1 odds and she defeated 27/1 Clea Miquellerie (7f Nil du Rib) with Serge Peltier up and 11/1 Verika Dairpet (10f Ludo de Castelle) with Jean Bollereau aboard. 28/1 Botticino and 114/1 Bel Canto Joyeux completed the top five and set up a 289,793.00€ payoff for two holders of the Q+ exact order 2€ tickets. The Q+ pool this day was 3,024,091€ and the total handle on this race exceeded 6.6€ million. At Paris-Vincennes their Prix Lamberta (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) saw 3.1/1 Deesse de l’Oison (6f Kiwi-Punaise) score timed in a quick 1.11.1kr with Mathieu Mottier aboard for trainer Pascal Castel. Deesse de l’Oison                                      ---LeTrot photo   Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday evening trotting action at Paris-Vincennes was headed by the Quinte+ Prix Leo (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) that went to 1.11.7kr timed and 9/1 odds Azur des Caillons (9m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) handled by harness racing owner/trainer Mathieu Abrivard.   He scored for the 12th time in 60 career appearances now for life earnings of 254,460€. 2.3/1 Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor) was second for reinsman Charles J Bigeon and 5.7/1 Contree d’Erable (7f Prince Gede) took third with David Thomain aboard. 26/1 Crois du Buisson and 11/ Columba Kuky completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 6,826.80€ for a 2€ wager.   The Quinte+ pool was 3,968,509€ and the total of all wagering pools on this Q+ race exceeded 8,175,000€.   Trots at Wolvega this day included the Prix Equidia (purse 6,600€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) and 2/1 second choice Inspector Bros (4g Pastor Stephen-Zecile Boko) prevailed for Hugo Langeweg Jr.,teaming for trainer Erwin Bot. Race time was 1.14kr. 1.2/1 favorite Emilion (4g Sam Bourbon) was second for Michael Nimczyk, ahead of third finishing 6.4/1 Gaza And Quick (4g Love You) with Dion Tesselar aboard.   Inspector Bros                                   --LeTrot photo   The Wolvega featured Nordic Trial (purse 8,800€, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters) went to the 4/5 odds favorite Hambo Transs R (5g Love You-Bewitched) reined by Andre Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort, timed in 1.13kr. 9/1 Glen Ord Superb (8g Orlando Vici) was second with Jaap Van Rijn aboard, ahead of 2/1 Crizzly Bear (10g Incredible Crafts) driven by Robin Bot.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Post one was where it started and that’s where the 5.7/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M- Red Xing) finished as Carl Johan Jepson put this harness racing winner on the front throughout and the Ulf Stenstromer trainee was a length the best on the line in the Copenhagen Cup timed in 1.11.4kr.   The victory was Brad’s 12th career win in 45 starts now for 3,487,543dkr earned for this Menhammar Copenhagen Cup 2019 winner (purse 375,000dkr to the winner, 2011 meters autostart, 10 starts in this Gr. I UET Masters Series event).   Cyber Lane (6g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and 36/1 Generaal Bianco (6g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna-Coktail Jet) took the third check for reinsman and trainer Peter Untersteiner.     Earlier in the exciting, well-attended program was the Scarlet Knight Open (75,000dkr to the winner, 1600 meters autostart) and 15/1 odds veteran O Grady (13m SJs Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasker) toughed out a victory timed in 1.10.8kr with Kaspar K. Anderson the pilot for owner/trainer Torben Horgaard.   O Grady won for the 47 th time in 127 career starts now for 5,172,636dkr earned. 4.7/1 Slide So Easy (10g Quite Easy) was up for second ahead of pacesetter 1.8/1 favorite Vasterboonthenews (11g Credit Winner) reined by Johnny Takter.     Other interesting winners on the program included Zahra ML (4f Nad Al Sheba-Cleo d’Alfa-Armbro Goal) in a 2000 meter autostart race for mares.   The 50,000dkr first prize winner was timed in 1.14.1kr for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan.   This mare has three wins in four starts this year. A Mares Elite race for 75,000dkr to the winner went to Queen Of Sand (5f Maharajah-Frillanj Filiokus-Malabar Circle As) timed in 1.13.4kr over 2000 meters autostart, for teamster Stefan Soderkvist. The 100,000dkr first prize in a four year old contest went to 1.4/1 favorite Mister F. Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love- Love You) timed in 1.13kr and teamed with pilot Robbin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort.   This was his first start in 2019 and eighth career win in 13 starts. Jozef Vanduffel owns this one. The V75 Silver for 110,000dkr to the winner, saw Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) secure this 1.12.5kr timed victory. Peter Untersteiner trains Heart Of Steel and he teamed her to an eighth career victory in 34 appearances.   Thomas H. Hicks

The Saturday feature race at Kincsem Park was the Komornyik DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with victory to 3.7/1 Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsend’s Speedy) handled by Imre Fazekas for trainer Csaba Lakatos.   It was the fourth win in a row for Zseda that raced second over before a three wide move late in the final bend. 5.3/1 Zapato (4m Frullino Jet) was second for Csaba Lakatos and 5.3/1 Vakarcs RG (5m Racino) took third for Andrea Fazekas. Race time was 1.16.8kr. Earlier in the program the Tatai DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart, three year olds) saw 3/2 favorite Aronville (3g Calypso Capar-Saraville-Tony Oaks) prevail timed in 1.20.4kr and reined by Gyorgy Horvath. Imre Fazekas trains this first-time winner that rallied from second over to defeat 19/1 Angello (3g Dundee) teamed with Emese Vezer and Adrenalin Rush (3m Miguel Dehamel). Aronville                       --Kincsem Park photo Before the regular card there was a two year old qualifier that Berill Lady (2f Maximus Lindy-Nikkel Lady-Tony Oaks) won for Bernadette Balogh and owner Prolongo. She was timed in 1.26.1kr.   Thomas H. Hicks

Tomorrow at Charlottenlund there are ten starters in the 2019 Copenhagen Cup where perhaps an Elitloppet invitation will result. Cyber Lane, Makethemark and Handsome Brad are the likely headliners in this event. Already invited to the Elite Race are Bahia Quesnot, Makethemark, Heavy Sound, Looking Superb, Propulsion, Readly Express, Aubrion du Gers, Uza Josselyn, Double Exposure, and Dijon. Bahia Quesnot won the V75 Gold today at Aby for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and Looking Superb won a Gr. III test at Vincennes in impressive fashion with J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. At Caen on May 15 is the Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie where Aubrion du Gers and Bold Eagle are in the lineup along with the fine mare Billie de Montfort. Bold Eagle has been in a recent slump with one victory in his last six appearances.        

Today was a superb trotting day at Aby highlighted by the Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International, purse to winner 1,150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) that went to 1.10.6kr timed Campo Bahia (4m Muscle Hill-Americandream AT-Extreme Dream) reined by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Thomas Berchtold et.al.   Campo Bahia won for the sixth time in nine harness racing career starts and raised his life earnings to 3,754,000SEK.   He was off at 2.3/1 odds and bested Attraversiamo (4m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos- Viking Kronos) with Erik Adielson aboard. Third was Thrust Control (4m Cantab Hall-Ideal Harbor-SJs Caviar) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander.   The filly classic Drottning Silvias Pokal (Gr. I International, 1,150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) this day went to 1.11.6kr clocked Activated (4f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) with Carl Johan Jepson up for owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin.   Activated                                             --ATG photo   This mare earned her sixth career victory in 19 outings now for 2,213,630SEK earned. She was off at 62.4/1 odds and defeated the 1.2/1 favorite Conrads Rodluva (4f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden.   Third was 140.4/1 Convivial Church (4f Pastor Stephen-MT Halleluja-Kadabra) teamed with Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Reden.   Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) scored for harness racing trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro in the Modena Italy featured Pr. Renza Orlandi (purse 40,040€, 1600 meters autostart) clocked in a swift 1.11.7kr. The open lengths winner left from post one, surrendered the lead and quickly went back to the front and the race was essentially over. He opened lengths around the final bend and scored easily over Venanzo Jet (5m Gruccione Jet-Liza-Indro Park) handled by Lorenzo Baldi and Victor Chuc SM (5m CC’s Chuckie T-Conversa SM-Lemon Dra). The fifth dam of the winner is the legendary mare Stenographer.   Thomas H. Hicks

Three groupe level events highlighted today’s Paris-Vincennes program, one being the Quinte+ race of the day.   The first was the monte Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) and veteran monte performer Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) was at his best with a start to finish victory timed in 1.12.2kr.   Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons and rated the winner exceptionally well for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederik Sauque. Arlington Dream won for 22nd time in his 75-race career to raise his life earnings to 1,107,600€. He was off as the 9/2 third wagering choice.   The 3/5 odds favorite Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos) was second with David Thomain the jockey for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Third was 18/1 Bohemian Rhapsody (8f Niky) handled by Camille Levesque for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. The 3.1/1 second choice Carly was a miscue dq.   The Quinte+ race was the Gr. III Prix du Perreux (purse 80,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) and what a finish for the fans.   The 1.12.9kr winner was 7.6/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) reined by Pierre  Vercruysse for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA of Belgium.   Jerry Mom stormed home traveling the final 200 meters in 1.05.6kr to get up in the final step. 2.9/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Bjorn Goop with 6.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash-Divann) third handled by Christophe Martens. Pierre  Vercruysse   These three all were timed in 1.12.9kr. 32/1 Dollar Soyer was fourth ahead of 18/1 Extra Light. Victor Ferm was scratched. The Q+ exact order payoff was 13,907.20€ for the 48 winning holders of 2€ tickets.   The Quinte+ pool was 4,256,484€and the total of all wagering pools on this race exceeded 8,867,000€. The speed stats, photo and replay link are shown below.   The Prix du Gatinais (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) completed the groupe level races and the 2019 Elitloppet invitee and 2/5 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) escaped heavy traffic on the pegs and when free jetted away to a 1.12kr timed victory.   Looking Superb   Jean-Michel Bazire teamed his trainee to a fourth win in 11 starts in France for owner Kolbjoern O. Selmer of Norway. Looking Superb now has life earnings of 536,082€. The 73/1 outsider Azaro d’Eva (9m Lynx de Bellouet) was a fast-closing second for Alexandre Abrivard and owner/trainer J-M Baudouin. 77/1 Cobra Blue (7m Fortuna Fant) was third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and breeder/owner Nathalie Chapdelaine, 4.6/1 Detroit Castelets was fourth,     Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s excellent late afternoon Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by two Gr. III harness racing events for three year olds.   The males battled in the Prix de Faulquemont (Gr. III purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with victory earned by 32/1 Aramis Bar (3m Napoleon Bar-Guendelina Bar), his third win along with two second place finished in six appearances.   Filippo Rocca was the pilot for trainer Fausto Barelli and owner Luigi Truccone in the 1.14.9kr timed event. 3.9/1 Galactic (3m Oh James-Amilka) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Jacques Bruneau. 18/1 Get Happy (3m Bird Parker-Rasta Perrine) took the third check with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. The 1.7/1 favorite Gamin des Perdrit was a dq.   The fillies competed in the Prix Fama (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) with the 1.16kr timed victory to 3/1 Gaia Olmendorf (3f Ready Cash-Valerie Oldeson) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie Olmendorf, the breeder/owner. Gaia Olmendorf                                    -LeTrot photo   12/1 Grande de Ranchy (3f Sancho Turgon) took second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Emmanuel Varin. 21/1 Girl des Mottes (3f Very Nice Marceaux) was third for Charles Dreux. Gemme de Bussett (3f Brillantissime) and Arquana As (3f Chapter Seven) completed the top five. The Love You filly and 1.2/1 favorite Gazelle du Corta was a dq. The veteran monte performers took part of the Prix Iclea (purse 42,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters, apprentice jockeys) saw 2/1 Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant) score impressively by four lengths timed in 1.13.5kr with Mathilde Collet in the irons. He repeated a previous victory at Enghien for trainer Vincent Jarry and Ecurie Nice Nasach, the winners’ ninth career victory now for 126,690€ earned. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred Best Of Bourbon that is a son of the 488,957€ winning Herba Bourbon. 22/1 Coeur de Dompie (7g Roc Meslois) was second with Clara Jacob the jockey for trainer Mickael Cormy. 16/1 Crack D’Ariane (7g Paris Haufor) was third with Samy Djeson Jarden up for trainer Daniel Bethouart. Best Of Bourbon                -LeTrot photo Replay: http://info.pmu.fr/live-et-replay?num-reunion=4&num-course=5&date-fr=07052019   Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s fourth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was at Bernay in the Prix Centre Leclerc Minneval (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap, turf) and 14/1 Doberman (6m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) scored in 1.18.9kr for pilot Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Franck Nivard and owner Richard Cohen.   The winner now has life earnings of 402,430€ as he overcame a 50 meter handicap for the victory.   35/1 Bijou du Cruchet (8g Le Retour) was second driven by David Lizee for owner/trainer Yves Lizee.   Third was the 5.2/1 Alamo du Goutier (9g Quido du Goutier) reined by Vincent Hebert, also the owner/trainer. This one also faced a 50 meter handicap at the start. Trophee Vert field at the start          --Equidia photo               Thomas H. Hicks

Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) reined by J.P. Carreras won Saturday’s Premi ID Jet Mab at Hipodrom Torre del Ram (400€ to winner, 2100 meters autostart, International) timed in 1.17.3kr, his 44 th consecutive win in Spain (eight in 2019) and he now sports 76 career wins in 138 appearances for life earnings of 686,216€.   Cuadra Sa Farola owns the champion of Spain, and a multiple Gr. I winner in Europe.   Trebol, from post seven, followed cover from the 600 meters mark and surged forward with 400 meters remaining to draw clear in the lane.   Ultra du Lovet and Caviar d’Occqagnes finished second and third.   His win streak exceeds the prior record of 42 set by the coldblood champion Jarvsofaks.   Thomas H. Hicks

May 5, 2019 - Groupe level and fast class racing continued on today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and Jean Michel Bazire was again on stage for part of it. The Gr. II Prix Albert Demarcq (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, five year olds) saw the 3.2/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel-Pakarina) score timed in 1.12.5kr off even fraction with Eric Raffin at the lines for trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie Ostheimer. This victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 188,620€ with this his sixth career victory in 27 starts.  The 25 meter handicapped and 1.2/1 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 3/2 second favorite Excellent (5m Real de Lou) was third with Alexandre Abrivard teaming, as they relegated 12/1 Elite du Ruel and 34/1 El Villagio to the fourth and fifth positions. Eugenito du Noyer The Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (purse 100,000€, 200 meters, International starters) brought a fine field of veteran campaigners, that were no match for the Jean-Michel Bazire trained and reined Cleangame (7g Ouragon-Red Bell), that scored timed in 1.12.6kr for his 24th victory in 39 starts, now for 825,470€ earned. Jean-Michele Rancoule is the owner. Cleangame closed out the victory swiftly after the clocking with 500 meters remaining was 1.14.4kr. He was off at 1.8/1 odds. Second was 9/1 Carat Williams (m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.9/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) gamely held third with Alexandre Abrivard teaming for trainer Bazire and owner Rancoule. 60/1 Cash Gamble and 6.3/1 Anzi des Liards took the fourth and fifth checks. The Elitloppet invitee Uza Josselyn finished eighth. Cleangame The Prix du Rouergue (purse 64,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European starters) saw Jean Michel Bazire win again with his trainee Super Fez (8m Love You-Lucia FI). Off at 1.7/1 Super Fez was super sharp and an easy winner, timed in 1.10.7kr with a quick final brush after being at 1.11.1kr with 500 meters remaining. The Scuderia Cumana Group owned stallion scored his seventh win in 35 starts and raised his life earnings to 382,644€. The 4.6/1 second finisher was also a Bazire trainee, Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was his name. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this fine trotteur that has eight wins in 14 outings since moving in from Norway. Third home was 20/1 Ardente du Clos (9f Reve des Vallees) with Matthieu Abrivard the pilot. Ce Bello Romain at 4/1 and 8/1 Cicero Noa completed the top five finishers. Super Fez   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 4, 2019 - Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Invicta d’Italie-Varenne) took today’s harness racing featured Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy (two eliminations for 500,000Huf purse raced over 1800 meters autostart, 1,800,000Huf purse final raced over 1960 meters distance handicap) at Kincsem Park.  Zeal, off at 3/2 odds, won his elimination timed in a quick 1.16.8kr considering a heavy, rain-soaked track, with Veljko Mazsity the driver/trainer. He recorded his second 2019 win in as many starts in defeating Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy) with Laszlo Kolozsi up and Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL) with Robert Varhidi at the lines. Zeal di Girifalco (elim 1) The second elimination saw 2.4/1 Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) score in 1.17.4kr for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji. He too has two wins in two starts in 2019. Henrik Ibsen AT (m Worship) was second in this elim with Csaba Lakatos aboard and third went to Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream) for driver Boris Kecenovic. Villam Ville (elim 2) The final of the Borostyankoy Handicap saw 1.3/1 Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font) score easily for Veljko Mazsity timed in 1.19.4kr on the heavy going. 14.8 Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi and Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover)at 5.9/1 odds was third for Goran Zolnaji. The veteran class masters competed in the Lajos Matucza Memorial (purse 1,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters – starting car not used due to track conditions). The 1.18.4kr timed victory went to 2.4/1 Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) reined by Imre Fazekas for Prolongo Trading and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. Aileron won for second time in three 2019 starts. 56/1 Super Bull (8m Yankee Slide-What A Toy-Alf Palema) was second ahead of 20/1 Time To Say Goodbye (7m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian). Aileron handled the muddy conditions with perfection. Aileron Three year olds were on center stage for the Laszlo Ferge Memorial (purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with the 1.21.2kr timed victory going to 23.5/1 Apollo Creed (3m Vioxx SR-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian). Lajos Marton teamed his trainee to the victory, overcoming a 20 meter handicap. 53/1 Aron K (3m Yankee Mustang-Klementine-LV Glory Bound) took second for trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji and 6/1 Inez Foxx AT (3f Amiral Sunday-Impromtu Hall-Like A Prayer) was third with Boris Kecenovic up for trainer Csaba Lakatos. Ann Bella M (3f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) was fourth for Branislav Mukity, this one also faced with a 20 meter handicap. Apollo Creed Thomas H. Hicks  

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