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December 13, 2017 - Tony LeBeller teamed 2.1/1 Avenir de Blay (7g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) to victory in Wednesday’s Quinte+ Prix Poitou-Charentes (purse €85.000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The LeBeller harness racing trainee, that he also owns, was timed in 1.14kr to defeat 7.2/1 Attacus (7g Hand du Vivier) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 21/1 Venus de Bailly (8f Chaillot) was third for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of Artiste de Joudes at 13/1 and 4.4/1 Auch. Avenir de Blay On the card was the Prix les Mathes-la Palmyre (purse €80,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) with the 1.13.7kr timed score to 5/1 Chance des Douits (5f Power Jet-Pony Girl) for Gabriele Gelormini. 5.4/1 Comete Darche (5f Ready Cash) took second for J-M Bazire and 39/1 Chic et Belle was third driven by Anthony Barrier. Chance des Douits The day’s featured event was the monte Gr. III Prix Auguste Francois (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters) and a classic affair it was with a pair on the line together timed in 1.11.8kr. The 2.4/1 winner was Val Royal (8m Capriccio-Quarda du Rib) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. This one, and his chief rival could be a Cornulier player. Second finishing was 41/1 Valse de Reve (8f Mister President-Nouba Horba) with Guillaume Martin in the irons for owner/trainer Alain Roussel. 2.1/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) took third for jockey Matthieu Abrivard. 12/1 Vra Voyou and 12/1 Tiger Danover were 11th and 12th. Val Royal Other interesting winners this day were 11/1 Bel Air (6g Ganymede-Kaldeira) in the Prix de Villers Cotterets (purse €55,000, 2100 meters, 18 starters) with P-Y Verva up for trainer Franck Bouismartel, also the owner. 33/1 Ballaya (6f First de Retz) was second for Franck Anne ahead of 7/10 favorite Global Response (6g Credit Winner-Com Mimmi). Race time was a quick 1.11.5kr. Bel Air Finally was the Prix de Blanquefort (purse €55,000, 2100  meters, 12 European starters) and the 1.12.9kr timed winner was 5.5/1 Amitie d’Orgeres (7f defi d’Aunou-Passion d’Orgeres) handled by Anthony Barrier. 8.4/1 Romi Mms (7f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB) was a rallying second for J-M Bazire and SLO based owner Mitja Slavic. Third was the 3/2 favorite Ardente du Clos with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard the pilot. Amitie d’Orgeres   Thomas H. Hicks  

December 12, 2017 - Today’s harness racing Quinte+ was at Cabourg in the Prix des Calceolaires (purse €40,000, 2750 meters, 16 starters) and the result lighted up the payoff scoreboard. 35/1 The Au Lait (10g Nuage de Lait-Kalfouny) scored timed in 1.13.1kr for Pierre Christian Jean and trainer Stephane Provoost/owner Ecurie Danover. 10/1 Valeur Ges (8f Quaro) was second for owner/trainer/driver Sylvain Marmion. 22/1 Valentine’s Day (8f Carpe Diem) took third for Pierre Houle. 10/1 Amigo Turgot and 24/1 Uppy de Vive ended fourth and fifth. The exact order payoff exceeded €372,000 for a €2 play. Interestingly the next four were off at 45, 28, 17 and 22/1 respectively, all finishing ahead of 7/10 Angelo AM that finished 10th, illustrating why horses race. Upcoming Vincennes weekend action includes the Saturday Prix Oscar Collard (Gr. III, purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart) and Sunday the Prix Jean Dumouch (Gr.III, purse €115,000, 2850 meters, European). The latter includes in its early entrants Call Me Keeper, Uza Josselyn, Cash Gamble, Tony Gio, Traders, In Vain Sund and many others. Thomas H. Hicks

December 10, 2017 - Trencsen (5m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) driven by Sandor Kolozsi took Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.19.9kr. Istvan Papp trains the winner that defeated Urban Legend (4m Gustav Diamant-Jasmin Diamant-Sugarcane Hanover) handled this day by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. Third was Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) for Sandor Varga driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. The undercard included the Idomero DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 12 starters) and Disney HR (4f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) scored in 1.20.1kr for Gyorgy Farkas driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Unigena Sun (4f Sholty Boko-Jeanne Sun-Grundy’s Ebony) was second for driver Tamas Tanczer and third was Rocky HR (5m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) reined by Andrea Fazekas. On Saturday in Sweden (Aby) the V75 Legolas Minne Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13kr timed and 3/2 odds Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Lars Brindeborg and owner Parkkoken. The winner now has 29 wins in 82 career starts for 4,494,295SEK earned. Geisha Sund (7f Love You-Kanadia-Canada) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, ahead of Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) and driver Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran BBS Sugarlight was fourth for Vidar Hop. Other interesting winners on the Aby program were Kash Brodda (5f Ready Cash-Kismetta Marc-Viking Kronos) for Peter Untersteiner in 1.12.9kr of 2140 meters autostart; Ulriika Highness (6f Love You-Camilla Highness-Super Arnie) for Stefan Soderkvist in 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters distance handicap – the winner traveled an added 20 meters; and Global Trust (4m Yankee Glide-Refuse to Lose-Conway Hall with Jorma Kontio up timed in 1.12.1kr over 1640 meters autostart. Sunday I viewed the evening program at Krieau (Austria), a racetrack that began in 1878 and is the second oldest in Europe after Central Moscow Hippodrome. The featured Prix Nastasia Noens (purse €5,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Palema Photo (9g Gidde Palema-Novels Photo) with Erich Kubes up for owner/trainer Marion Hope. Meilo Mo (7m SJs Photo-Miss Starchip Mo) was second for Mario Zanderigo and third was Lord Brodde (6g Mr. Pine Chip-Leonas Yessi) for Christoph Fischer for trainer Gregor Krenmmayr. Thomas H. Hicks      

December 10, 2017 - 36/1 Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) rallied off cover to score by two lengths in today’s Gr. II International Grand Prix du Bourbonnais (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The Philippe Allaire trainee was handled by Jean Philippe Monclin for owner Elisabeth Allaire. Christophe  Toulonge bred Bird Parker that now has posted 17 wins in 61 career starts for €1,534,605 earned. Bird Parker entered this race with four recent wins for driver Joseph Verbeeck in the Tour European traveling series (the finale at Mons Ghlin, and wins at Gelsenkirchen, Avenches and Waregem). He was fourth in the Grand Prix de Bretagne. Race time was 1.12.4kr off steady fractions (1.12.3kr with 1500 meters remaining; 1.11.9kr at the 1000; 1.12.6kr at 500 to go). 7/10 favorite Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. He rallied three wide down the backside and led into the lane before Bird Parker swept past. Third was 11/1 Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral), an early leader that raced on the pegs with eventual cover, driven this day by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Jerry Riordan and EVAM Racing Trotters Srls. 22/1 Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and Lionel (7m Look de Star) took fifth for Bjorn Goop. Both of these are Daniel Reden trainees.  44/1 Belina Josselyn, on the front mid-race, and Carat Williams was seventh, this one into the race after six straight wins. Valko Jenilat was the sole dq in the race and Wild Honey finished ninth. The top three earned automatic Prix d’Amerique invitations. Replays:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep--IZdqQlM (English race call) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibSQBipJtWY Post race celebration photos follow. The races leading to the Prix d’Amerique and exceptionally well presented and always draw an enthusiastic crowd and significant press coverage. Thomas H. Hicks

December 10, 2017 - Today’s Prix Octave Douesnel (Gr. II, four year olds, purse €120,000, 2700 meters) resulted in a blanket finish with victory to the 1/2 harness racing favorite Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine). Away at the end driver Yoann Lebourgeois moved the winner to the outside at the halfway point and he reached the death seat at head of the lane. But, his inner leading adversary 6.9/1 Delfino (4m Speedy Blue-Miss Volo) would not yield easily and just missed as he battled back for Mathieu Mottier and breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 13/1 Doberman (4m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) for Franck Nivard and fourth was 8.5/1 Discours Joyeux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine) for Eric Raffin. Race time was 1.15.2kr off modest even fractions. Django Riff now has 16 career wins in 34 starts for €1,139,500 earned. Earlier on the card was the Prix des Jacinthes (purse €40,000, 2700 meters, two year olds) and the 1.18.2kr timed and 4.8/1 odds winner was the unchecked impressive Faithful (2m Village Mystic-Horsaca) handled by breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. Faithful now has two wins in three career starts. 4/5 favorite Fleuron d’Ironise (2m Kaisy Dream-Star des Charmes) was second for J-M Bazire and owner/trainer William Bigeon. 5.3/1 Fifty Kalouma (2m Ready Cash-Sadaya de Cerisy) was third for Thierry Duvaldestin. Thomas H. Hicks

December 9, 2017 - The upper level Saturday Paris-Vincennes harness racing program began with the Prix de Seiches-sur-le-Loir (purse €85,000. 2175 meters, monte, 11 starters) and it went to 1.7/1 Corames (5f Speedy Blue-Reine Magic) timed in a quick 1.12kr for jockey Mathieu Mottier and breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier. 4.2/1 Chiricahua (5f Pomerol de Laumac) took second for Fabien Gence and third was 24/1 Barbue (6f Hermes du Buisson) for Mlle. Ludivine Drapier. Groupe action (four important tests)  began with the Gr. II Prix Raoul Balliere (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 14 starters). The 1.13.5kr timed winner was rallying 4/5 favorite Evidence Roc (3f Paris Haufor-Misface du Boulay) with Mme. Emilie LeBeller in the irons. She trains the winner (now eight wins in 14 starts for €397,950 earned) for Ecurie d’Embeli. 8.3/1 Each Time (3f Coktail Jet-Tes Amours) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.9/1 Epatante (3f Village Mystic-Suricate) took third for jockey Anthony Barrier. Today’s featured Gr. I Prix Criterium des 3Ans (purse €240,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) resulted in a dq placed winner with 3/2 Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier-Theze d’Oliverie) placed first for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie d’Oliverie. Placed second was 3.8/1 Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Placed third was 66/1 Elite du Ruel (3f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. Placed fourth was 48/1 Enino du Pommereux (3m Coktail Jet) handled by Sylvain Roger, ahead of Elegantissime. First place last was 5.9/1 Eridan. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The Gr. II Prix Ariste Hemaid (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to 10/1 Doria Desbois (4f In Love With You-Ivaniez) in rein to Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Ch, Feyte. 18/1 Dubai d’Essarts (4f Kaisy Dream-Ode des Essarts) was a distant second for Francoius Legadeuc, ahead of 6/1 Delia du Pommereux (4f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) and fourth finishing 8.6/1 Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa) with Michael Nimczyk up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Race time was 1.13.5kr. Cruella Captures Q+ at Vincennes Cruella took Friday night’s Quinte+ Prix Vesta (purse €36,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.15.1kr and reined by breeder/owner/trainer Herve Sionneau. The 12/1 outsider bested 7.3/1 Caribbean Sea (5f Quartz de Fael) for Franck Nivard and third went to 60/1 Chayane de Calvi (5f Cygnus d’Odyssee).  On the Friday card was also the Prix Hestia (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) and this 1.12.8kr timed winner was 5/2 Caprice du Lupin (5g Chaillot-Nodege Franciere) for Antoine Wiels, for breeder/owner/trainer Jean Paul Marmion. 7.2/1 Chisto (5g Rieussec-Panacee) was second for trainer/driver Michel Lenois. Third went to 18/1 Cocktail Julino (5f Pagalor) for Anthony Barrier. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Prix du Bourbonnais featuring Bold Eagle, Propulsion and a top flight 17 horse field. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 7, 2017 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Blois (purse 95,000 euro, 2100 meters, 18 European starters) went to 3.4/1 Une Serenade (9f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) driven by Eric Raffin for harness racing trainer Serge Peltier. Race time was a sharp 1.11kr. Une Serenade recorded her 17th career win in 75 starts now for 553,180 euro earned. 5/1 Vulcain de Vandel (8m Jag de Bellouet) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Benjamin Goetz. Third was 2.3/1 Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America) for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. 51/1 Caduceus des Baux and 39/1 Romanesque were fourth and fifth.The Prix de Murat (purse 54,000 euro, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) at Vincennes went to 1.1/1 Bauloise Haufor (6f Kool du Caux-Hutesse des Pres) for Charles J. Bigeon and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon, continuing a stream of Bigeon victories. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 12/1 Babylone Seven (6f Oiseau de Feux) was second for J-M Bazire, also trainer. 10/1 Easytowin (6f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) took third for Dion P. Tesselaar, the trainer/driver. The Prix de Saint-Aubin les Elbeuf (purse 85,000 euro, 2850 meters, 11 starters) went to 2.1/1 Cash Maker (5g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. NV Hicewa is breeder/owner of the winner. 19/1 Candidat d’Ortige (5m Giant Cat) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. 5.4/1 Cerenzo Turbo (5m Ganymede) was third for J-M Bazire. Sunday’s Prix du Bourbonnais field is now complete with the following lineup: December 10 Course 6 - Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II International, purse 120,000 euro, 2850 meters Starter/Driver/Trainer Spartan Kronos, Conrad Lugauer driver/trainer Uza Josselyn, Alexandre Abrivard, R. Aebischer Briac Dark, Matthieu Abrivard, Thierry Duvaldestin Charly du Noyer, Yoann Lebourgeois, Philippe Allaire Carat Williams, David Thomain, Sebastien Guarato Ringostarr Treb, Gabriele Gelormini, Jerry Riordan Bilibili, L.Cl. Abrivard trainer/driver Booster Winner, Mathieu Mottier, Sebastien Guarato Valko Jenilat, Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato Propulsion, Orjan Kihlstrom, David Reden Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire trainer/driver Akim du Cap Vert, Franck Anne trainer/driver Lionel, Bjorn Goop, David Reden Votigeur de Myrt, Lorenzo Donati, Roberto Donati Wild Honey, Franck Ouvrie, Daniel Reden Bird Parker, J.Ph. Monclin, Philippe Allaire Bold Eagle, Franck Nivard, Sebastien Guarato   The upcoming weekend Paris-Vincennes program includes six groupe events: December 9 Prix Raoul Balliere, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters Criterium des 3 Ans, Gr. I, 240,000 euro purse, 2700 meters Prix Ariste Hemard, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters Prix Narquois, Gr. III, purse 95,000 euro, 2700 meters December 10 Prix Octave Douesnel, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters Grand Prix du Bourbonnais, Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2850 meters Today’s top action in Italy was at Milano for two year olds. The Gran Criterium Filly (purse 77,000 euro, 1650 meters autostart) went to pacesetting Ziva EK (2f Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way) timed in 1.15.4kr for a four length victory. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner. Zarina Roc (2f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc-Crowning Classic) and Zenobia Font (2f Ganymede-Dionea-Park Avenue Joe) were second and third, The companion Gran Criterium Open (purse 187,000 euro, 1650 meters autostart) went to Zarenne FAS (2m Varenne-Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee)  with Federico Minopoli up. Zazza’Del Pino (2f Nad Al Sheba-Galaxy del Pino-Lemon Dra) and Zekante EK (2m Saxo de Vandel-Freedom EK-Bon Vivant)  finished second and third. On December 6 the Q+ Prix de Saint-Jean de Monts (purse 42,000 euro, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to 1.14.6kr clocked and 9/1 Daisy Team (4f Timoko-Daisy Chain) reined by owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. 15/1 Donostia de Lou (4f Real de Lou) was second for trainer/driver Anthony Dollion. 40/1 Dune de L’Aunay (4f Loulou Jet) took third for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Vincent Raimboult.  Daytona Dodville and Drajanie were fourth and fifth.The Prix de la Ville de Royan (purse 50,000 euro, 2850 meters) on this card went to 1.4/1 Bahamas Quick (6f Pim Quick-Koorla Kine) teamed by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner. 3.2/1 Siebella Park (6f Varenne-Grandera Park) took second for J-M Bazire and Team Minopoli. 78/1 Bodega Chenevie was third. On December 5 at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix des Gardenias (two year olds, purse 33,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart) produced victory for Future Darling (2f Goetmals Wood-Romance Darling), her second straight, for driver Matthieu Abrivard. The 1.16.1kr timed winner is trained by Yves Boireau for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. The Q+ this day was the Prix des Pyrenees (purse 50,000 euro, 2850 meters) and the 1.14kr timed winner was Be Bop Haufor for the red hot Bigeon stable, this one handled by owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 4, 2017 - Today’s Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix des Alpes (purse €48,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) with impressive victory earned by 7.4/1 As de Godisson (7g Gai Brillant-Deesse des Godisson) with Laurent Verva up for owner/trainer Jerome Grumetz. Race time was 1.12.3kr off steady fractions. 21/1 Aviatrice (7f Look de Star-Miska des Rondes) was second for Martin Cormy and third went to 8.7/1 Angel Heart (7g Jengide Brevol) for driver Eric Raffin. The winner is shown below at the line. Interesting racing took place the past weekend at Jagersro SWE. The Gr. I National Uppfoodnings went to 3.3/1 Global Welcome (2m SJs Caviar-Share The Promise-Yankee Glide) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath and owner Olof Brodin. Time was 1.13.1kr and the purse to the winner was 700,000SEK. Also on the card was the V75 Gold Meadow Prophets (150,000SEK to the winner) and the 1.12kr timed victor was 2.3/1 Dante Boko (7g Going Kronos-Marghwerita Rosa-Abo Volo) with Adrian Kolgjini up. The Lutfi Kolgjini trainee is owned by Stall Be The Best. Caid Griff, Tripolini VP, Cruzado dela Niche and Rocky Winner trailed the winner, in that order. Thomas H. Hicks

December 3, 2017 - 1.8/1 favorite Bel Avis (6g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) took today’s Quinte+ Finale Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €150,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) with a sweeping move to the front around the last bend. Harness racing trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire has the Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Veteran well positioned behind outer tier cover before exploding to the front and then leading comfortably in the lane. Comte de Bellaigue bred this winner that bested 13/1 Vulcania de Godrel (f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) reined by Anthony Barrier. Third was 8.9/1 Violine Mourotaise (8f Le Retour-Mourotaise) for David Thomain ahead of the next pair, Vanderlov and Tiger Danover. The afternoon program included several groupe events, The Gr. II monte  Prix Philippe du Rozier (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) went to 2.4/1 Driver Cadence (4m Saxo de Vandel-Rose Pourpre) with Mathieu Mottier up for Ecurie Cadence 3 and trainer Emmanuele Allard. Race time was 1.13.1kr and theft 3/5 favorite Dragon du Fresne (4m Saphir Castelets) and Alexandre Abrivard second. 7/2 Dexter Fromentro (4m Qwerty) took third for Camille Levesque. There were three Gr. III Le Trot Open des Regions on the card, each for a purse of €85,000 and raced over the 2850 meter distance. The three year old edition went to 1.2/1 Elvis Madrik (3g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) with J-M Bazire aboard. Elisione Mag (3f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) was second with David Thomain up. The four year olds event was won by 4.1/1 Danise d’Etary (4f Un Amour d’Haufor-Rumba d’Etang) timed in 1.14.4kr for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. The five year old contest went to 1.14kr timed and 20/1 Comete Leman (5f Neptune Leman) with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Y.J. Bezcoet. Later in the card Christian Bigeon was back for a second win driving Diane d’Haufor (4f Paris Haufor) timed in 1.15.8kr in the €38,000 Prix de Jonchery. The Finale Grand National des Jockeys (monte, purse €62,000, 18 starters) also took place with the 1.13.8kr timed and 70/1 Varum Boy (8g Baccarat du Pont) winning for Damien Bonne and Yves Dreux, the breeder/owner/trainer. David Thomain and his mount Brut de la Cote finished second ahead of Eric Raffin aboard Baronne de Bapre (6f Prodigious). Thomas H. Hicks  

December 2, 2017 - Today’s superb afternoon harness racing card at Paris-Vincennes was highlighted by multiple groupe contests and an international drivers challenge annually held during the Winter Meet. The Prix Joseph Lafosse (Gr. II, monte, 2700 meters, purse €120,000, five year olds) began the Saturday Paris-Vincennes Winter Meet action and the 1.14.1kr timed winner was 18/1 Chablis d’Herfraie (5m Giant Cat-Osmose d’Herifraie) with jockey David Thomain in the irons, shown below. J.P. Thomain trains the winner for Ecurie  \du Haras d’Enable. 1.2/1 favorite Cyprien des Bordes (5m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) was second for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 2.4/1 Cassate (5f Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) was third for Adrien Lamy and owner Ecurie Luck, ahead of Canadian d’Am that was fourth. Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Saint-Georges de Didonne (purse €90,000, 2850 meters) and the 1.13.6kr timed winner was Astral Viretaute (7g Kalahari-Aube et Vire) at 48/1 odds for driver David Thomain and trainer Pascal Godney. 13/1 Blooma d’Heripre (6f Rolling d’Heripre) and 11/1 Boccaccio (6m Carpe Diem) trailed the winner, with 28/1 Arune des Jacquets finishing fourth. The Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint Quentin (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 11 European starters) was another program highlight. 6.3/1 Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), the younger brother to Bold Eagle, scored timed in 1.13.5kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. This Jean Etienne Dubois bred campaigner, shown below, bested 10/1 Tony Gio (5m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Vincent Martens. 7.7/1 Tessy d’Ete (5f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took third for J-M Bazire and trainer Philippe Billard. The 1.1/1 favorite Traders set the pace and faded late to fourth ahead of 17/1 closer Cobra Bleu. Groupe action continued with the Gr. III Prix Vourasie (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, European eligible starters). The 5/10 favorite Fly With Us (2f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) remained undefeated wuth her fifth straight victory. Eric Raffin piloted this Philippe Allaire trainee that is owned by Ecurie Normandy Spirit and was bred by Olivier Henri Thomas. 5.2/1 Fortaleza (2f Prince d’Espace) took second for J-M Bazire and 12/1 Fiorella de Ted (2f Up And Quick) was third for Franck Nivard. Fly With Us is pictured below cruising to the line. Fifteen Internatiomal drivers lined up for the annual Winter Meet’s  Prix des Rencontres Internationales (purse €20,000, 2100 meters autostart). Brian Sears represented the USA and David Thomain wore the French colors. 3.3/1 Ur Roi d’Atout (9g Ganymede-Qunilla) scored for Jules Van den Putte Jr. timed in 1.17.2kr. Benjamin Goetz owns and trains this one. 41/1 Urus (9g Kiwi) was second for Sean Kane, ahead of 13/1 Tantale de Foi (10g Impact du Rib) with Spain’s Mx Mesrtre Surer driving. 24/1 The Tiger was fourth for Veronika Pursova and fifth was Vanelta d’Azur with Brian Sears up for trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 2, 2017 - The Kincsem Park Saturday Winter Trots today featured the harness racing classic Baka Handicap raced over 4200 meters distance handicap for a 1.1Huf million purse. Victory went to Timiko (5m What A Man-Gesa-Rendronok) reined by trainer Kalman Papp and timed in 1.26.1kr. Timiko scored his second straight win and his second on 44 career starts, that’s right, previously 42 winless outings. He was the only non-handicapped starter too, Second went to 40 meter penalized Renoir Lag (7g Guccione Jet-Ivry OM-Coktail Jet) and the 40 meter handicapped Onze de Mayo (9m Buvetier d’Aunou-Carioca Oaks-Cezio Josselyn) was third, the latter paid imports from Italy. Timiko is shown below at the line. What A Man is a son of Conway Hall-Kirin Lobell that raced with success in SWE and HU earning a 1.11.6kr record. His dam is by Speedy Crown from the legendary Killbiuck Mary. The 1.2Huf million purse Oroshazo Varos Nagydija (1960 meters distance handicap) saw open class trotters line up for a start and the 1.20.7kr timed winner was Victory Knick (5g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) with trainer Emil Csordas aboard. His 20 meter penalized stablemate Millondollar Lux (11m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) took second with Emese Vezer driving. Third was Unique Vil (4m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) handled by Ferenc Nagy II. Other interesting program winners were Zaffiri (2f Naglo-Chemise Cobra-Atlas Fighter L) in 1 500,000Huf purse two year old event raced over 1900 meters autostart. Sandor Varga teamed the Balazs Juhasz trainee. Uran Lady (4f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) won the Horvat Dezzsu Memorial raced over 1900 meters for the 400,000Huf purse. The winner was timed in 1.17.5kr. Livi Kickoff (5f Sand Vic) and Passion Grif (8g Varenne) trailed Uran Lady home. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 1, 2017 - 16/1 Fabriz du Gite (2m Tabriz du Gite-Salamander du Gite) took Friday’s Paris-Vincennes featured Prix Ourasi (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 14 two year old male starters) timed in 1.16.1kr for harness racing driver Franck Ouvrie.  Rodolphe Barette trains the colt that Georges Lelievre bred and owns. 18/1 Fast des Brousses (2m Ganymede-Malda des Brousses)  was a close second for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Philippe Billard and breeder/owner Mme. Virginie Dubois. 4.7/1 Fric du Chene (2m Nobody du Chene-Oseille du Chene) was third for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Julien Le Mer and owner/breeder Claude Guedj. The7/10 favorite Feeling Cash (2m Ready Cash) was a miscue dq. The Quinte+ Prix Hilda (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters six year old mares) was the undercard highlighter and 6.6/1 Business Class (6f Love You-Perle d’Avril) prevailed for J.Ph. Monclin. The 1.14kr timed winner is trained by J.M. Monclin for Ecurie des Charmes.4/1 Bilfie de Guez (6f Vivaldi de Chanu-Quefie) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer J-M Bazire. 9/2 Borcina de Viette (6f Prodigious-Onde du Bouffey) took third for Eric Raffin. Bellina d’Ourvie and Bardane Turgot completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks

November 30, 2017 - 2.4/1 Veloce de Banney (8g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) won Thursday’s Paris-Vincennes featured Prix Paul Buquet (monte, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters) timed in 1.13.5kr. Franck Nivard was the jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie du Grevol Buisson. 1.8/1 favoritre Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer David Bethouart. Third went to 4.1/1 Julio de Luxe (8g Juliano Star-Nigritilla Nigra) that Bjorn Goop trains and Alexandre Abrivard piloted this day. 33/1 Urai Voyou and 19/1 Athena de Vandel took the next two spots at the finish. The program also showcased three year olds in the Prix Urgent (Gr. III, monte, 2700 meters), the victory earned by 1.6/1 Elladora de Forgan (3f Gaouillis-Hamina) with jockey Franck Nivard up, again for trainer Franck Leblanc, and for owner S.J. Dupont. Christian Bard bred this filly, clocked in 1.15.1kr. 7.3/1 Everly (3f Quarlos-Top Angevine) was second for Antoine Dabouis and Michel Dabouis, the breeder/owner/trainer. 14/1 Emilius de Play (3m Hulk des Champs-Orelie de Play) was third for Matthieu Abrivard who was in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Another batch of three year olds battled in the Prix d’Angles (purse €60,000, 2700 meters) and the 1.15kr timed winner was 44/1 Espella Vedaquais (3f Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) that is owned by trainer Philippe Allaire, was bred by J.P. Guay and was teamed by Yoann Lebourgeois. 19/1 Everglades (3f Rodrigo Jet-Perang) was second with trainer Thomas Levesque driving for owner/breeder Pierre Levesque. 4.9/1 Elite de Jiel (3f Niky-Quick Star de Jiel) took third for driver Franck Ouvrie. J.L. Dersoir trains this one for Ecurie Luck. Estancia Love (3f Repeat Love-Quelle Aventure) took fourth. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 29, 2017 - Yoann Lebourgeois drove 7.2/1 Mindyourvalue WF (4g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Business) to a 1.13.6kr timed victory in today’s  harness racing Quinte+ Prix de Picardie (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. This Robert Bergh trainee is owned by Christer Englund and the winner bested 9/2 Direct Way (4g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Philippe Allaire. 27/1 Diable de Vauvert (4m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) was third for David Thomain. 15/1 Dream de Nilrem and 1.8/1 Rajesh Face were the next pair to the line creating a €6,755 payoff for a €2 play. Other winners on the Vincennes program included 17/1 Ezio Josselyn (3m Prodigious-Lezira Josselyn) for driver Bjorn Goop in the €60,000 Prix Jean Maurice Beteau. Ronny Kuiper is the trainer of the 1.15.8kr timed Ezio Josselyn. The €58,000 Prix de Bouville went to 1.12.8kr timed (over 2175 meters) and 2.3/1 odds Callijo Delbi (5g Rieussec-Joliette de Manvez) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer H.N. Bihel. Two year olds were on display in two divisions of the (€38,000 A Division and €35,000 B Division) Prix des Anemones  each raced over 2200 meters. Groupe A went to 1.18.1kr timed and 3.8/1 odds Fantastic Life (2f Prodigious-True Life) driven by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The B groupe went to 1.17kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Flower Power (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow). Thomas H. Hicks    

Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Api Dij (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 2/1 Timoteo (5m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas), shown below,  timed in 1.18.4kr and reined by trainer Veljko Mazsity. The Italian bred winner (bred by Diamond Srl, Padova) bested Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship) with Tibor Hajnal up and third finishing Ubu Kiraly (4m Vioxx SR) driven by Lajos Marton. The undercard included the Viragos Dij (purse 400,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) and 1.4/1 Longines (3f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) scored for driver Gyorgy Horvath, trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri i. Race time was 1.20.2kr for the winner, now with two straight in HU after import. Une Dame (4f Vioxx SR) and Lajor Marton was second and third was Kelvin AT (4m Even Better Odds) for Tibor Hajnal. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Quinte+ was the Paris-Vincennes Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters). The 3/2 favorite Athis Deladou (7g Islero de Bellouet-Prettily du Dame) scored for reinsman J-M Bazire, defeating 22/1 Very First (8g Orlando Vici) handled by trainer J.F. Senet and third finishing 50.5/1 Variuso du Bouffey (8g Look de Star) driven by Gabriele Gelormini. 2.8/1 Ange de Lune and 11.2/1 Vaat des Caillons completed the top five and set up the €10,299 payoff for a €2 wager. Top action is on tap for this weekend at Vincennes. On December 2 are the Gr. II Prix Joseph Lafose, a monte event for €120,000 purse raced over 2700 meters, and the Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin for the same purse and raced over 2850 meters. On December 3 there is the Gr, II Finale of the GNT Paris-Turf for €150,000; and the Gr. II monte Prix Philippe du Rozier for four year olds. That program also includes three Gr III Le Trot Open des Regions, one each for three, four and five year olds, each raced over 2850 meters. Thomas H. Hicks  

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