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January 10, 2021 - Fado du Chene (6m Singalo-Star du Chene), off at 2.3/1 odds, captured the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix du Calvados (purse130,000€, 2850 meters for 4-11 year olds International) at Vincennes timed in 1.12.5kr. Paul Philippe Ploquin was the jockey for breeder/owner Claude Guedy and trainer Julien LeMer. Fado du Chene won for the 14th timed in his career that has yielded 873,400€. The 11/1 Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove) was second with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc. The 2.9/1 second choice Daida de Vandel (8f Real de Loo) took third with Alexandre Abrivard up. Dynamite Marceaux and Etoile de Bruyere completed the top five. Fado du Chene The fine four-year old Hohneck (4m Royal Dream-Caranca) surged late and captured the Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for four-year olds) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Franck Nivard and off at 2.2/1 odds. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this now nine-time career winner for 267,590€ earned that was bred by J.P. Guay. Hohneck traveled his final 500 meters in 1.10.2kr. The 1.8/1 favorite Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis) took second for Eric Raffin, driving for trainer J.M. Baudouin. Third home was 3.7/1 Beautiful Colibri (4f Ready Cash) that Philippe Allaire owns and trains and Francois Lagadeuc as the pilot. 2.1/1 Hooker Berry (4m Booster Winner) and 6.6/1 Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood) were fourth and fifth. Hohneck The Prix de Lille (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 6-11 year olds European eligibles) saw 10/1 odds Flamme du Goutier (6f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) score in 1.11.3kr for reinsman Theo Duvaldestin. This Thierry Duvaldestin trainee now has 12 career wins for 365,570€ earned. 35/1 Violetto Jet (7m From Above) was a close second for pilot Franck Nivard and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 5,4/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Tiego d’Etang) was third for trainer/driver Loris Garcia. 4.9/1 Calina (7f Archipelagio) was fourth and 9/1 Unique Juni (8f Uptown Yankee) landed fifth money. Flamme du Goutier Fine trotting is on tap later this week. On January 14 Cagnes sur Mer will host the Gr. III Prix de la Cote d’Azur with a 120,000€ purse for International trotteurs. Then on January 16 at Vincennes there will be three groupe contests (Prix Gelinotte for 100,000€ for Gr. II International three year olds; the Gr. III Prix du Forez for 80,000€ featuring aged horses; Gr. II Prix de Croix for 100,000€ for International five year olds). The Prix de Croix lineup follows and it’s a great field. Thomas H. Hicks  

January 8, 2021 - Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vaujours), off at 4/10 odds, crushed her competition at Vincennes, to win the harness racing Gr. II monte Prix Emile Roiteau (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, International) to earn a Prix de Cornulier ticket. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for trainer Gilles Curens and owner Augustin Rada. Gladys won her fourth straight monte contests and this was her eighth career won now for 434,220€ earned. 8/1 All Wise As (5f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer H.E. Bondo and owner Peter Wilhelmsen. 74/1 Girly Beco (4f Tiego d’Etang-Verveine Gede) was third for Guillaume Martin and trainer Michel Bevier. 3.5/1 Good Luck Quick and 35/1 Gef de Play completed the top five. Gladys des Plaines   Thomas H. Hicks

December 30, 2020 - The Kincsem Park harness racing season came to end and is slated to resume January 31. Year end 2020 awards were earned by leading driver Veljko Mazsity with 30 victories and leading trainer Tibor Hajnal with 27 conditioning wins. Other awards went to leading owner Hico Istello, leading breeder Kabala Menes Kft and top amateur driver Andrea Fazekas. Congratulations award winners, and congratulations to all horsemen and management that made 2020 an excellent year. ................................................ The final card of 2020 included three top races starting with the Pancho DIJ (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). Here the 4.8/1 odds Gigant Wings (6g Quick Wood-Winning Ways-Gidde Palema) was victorious for trainer/driver Emil Csordas as he won for the fourth time in 14 appearances this year. 15.5/1 Uptown Boy M (7g Cigar Dan) was second with Valentin Miskolcsik up for trainer Pal Vicen. 1.8/1 Zapato (5m Frullino Jet) held third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Race time was 1.18.1kr. Gigant Wings In the Tamas Pinter “Oroszlan” Handicap (purse 1,500,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) the 3.3/1 odds Up All Night (7f Americas Dust-Narancs Virag-Tony Oaks) rallied to victory timed in 1.20.6kr with trainer Sandor Varga aboard. The four-time 2020 winner in 11 starts defeated 12.5/1 Sensation (9g Incredible Cole) with Laszlo Szokola at the lines. Third was 3.1/1 Trancsen (8m Ata Star L) for Istvan Papp. Up All Night In the featured Lovaregyleti DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 1.7/1 Unno del Duomo (7m Ganymede-Irma del Duomo-Lemon Dra) that overcame a 40 meter handicap for reinsman Anton Horvatski and trainer Dora Kovacs. Unno won for the fourth time in six 2020 appearanced in Hungary. 6/1 Unika Vik (7f Cantab Hall) was second with Andor Angyal the pilot. Third was the 20 meter handicapped and 5/1 odds Ujrazz! (7m Maximus Lindy) with trainer Laszlo Kolozsi the pilot.  Unno del Duomo     Thomas H. Hicks  

January 1, 2020 - Happy New Year 2021. The harness racing year at Paris-Vincennes began with a nice card highlighted by the Prix du Croise Laroche (purse 56,000€, 2850 meters) and 9/1 odds Diplomate d’Am (8g Love You-Kalmie Melody) scored in 1.13.8kr. Theo Duvaldestin was the winning pilot for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin as the victorious trotteur won for the 16th time in his career that has yielded 242,675€ in earnings. 2.7/1 Dorado Bello (8g Pas d’Urzy) took second for Eric Raffin in a tight finish. 12/1 Comte des Tithais (9g Neoh Jiel) took third with Yoann Lebourgeois up, Diplomate d’Am In the Prix d’Angouleme (purse 59,000€, 2100 meters autostart) the 3.8/1 odds Free Man (6m Ready Cash-Olly Star) was a quick 1.11.6kr timed winner with Alexandre Abrivard up. L.Cl. Abrivard trains this 12-time career winner of 246,570€ that Jean Pierre Barjon owns, he the LeTrot President. The 11/1 odds Marcello Web (6G Raja Mirchi-Astoria Amour) was second for reinsman Christophe Martens with third to 58/1 Alcide Roc (5m Daguet Rapide) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard at the lines. Free Man The 2020 Awards were announced in France with leading dash-winning driver title going to Eric Raffin in 254 victories. His total including monte was 310 wins. The leading monte jockey was Mathieu Mottier with 72 victories. The leading trainer category saw Jean Michel Bazire the winner with 207 victories. Ecurie des Charmes was named leading owner and breeder with 80 wins (1,914,235€) as owner and 111 as breeder. Among the apprentices, Enzo Lelievre won the attele crown with 20 wins while Gaelle Godard captured the monte honors with 29 victories. In the active amateur ranks Dimitri Crespel won 21 times as the attele champion and Barbara Grenet took the monte title with four victories. Awards video: Thomas H. Hicks

January 2, 2021 - The 2.2/1 odds favorite Fire Cracker (6g Quaro-Urganza) won today’s harness racing Prix de Bar le  Duc (purse 80,000€, European, 2850 meters distance handicap) at Vincennes timed in 1.14.6kr off modest fractions. Eric Raffin teamed the Gregory Thorel trainee for Ecurie la Pinsonniere to his 11th career victory now for 326,950€ earned. The 25-meter handicapped and already Amerique qualified Diable de Vauvert (8m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Bertrand Le Beller and Ecurie de Vauvert. He was off at 2.4/1 odds. 26/1 A Sweet Dance (6f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was second for Alexis Prat and trainer Anders Lindqvist. Fourth home was 44/1 Coach Franbleu ahead of 16/1 Foxtrot Sea. Dq’s were Sobel Conway, Victor Ferm and Express Jet. Fire Cracker   On the same card was the Gr. III Prix Yvonnick Bodin (monte, apprentice jockeys, 80,000€ purse, 2700 meters, the Challenge Marolles-en-Brie) and the 9/10 odds favorite Brillant Madrik (10g Lilium Madrik-Made in Coulonces) scored in 1.13.3kr, his 24th career victory for 464,880€ earned.   Mathilde Coles was aboard for trainer L.C. Abrivard and owner Gilbert Champie. 26/1 Balzac de L’Iton (10g Panache de L’Iton) was second for Guillaume Lenain with third to 69/1 Eliska Berry (7f Rocklyn) for jockey Gaelle Godard. 15/1 Carla du Chatelet (9f Jag de Bellouet) and 85/1 pacesetter Best of Bourbon (10f Ready Cash) completed the top five. Brillant Madrik   Thomas H. Hicks  

January 3, 2020 - The 6/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) battled on the outside from post nine to eventually wear down harness racing pacesetter 2.2/1 Davidson du Pont and then hold off onrushing 18/1 Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) handled by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third home was 27/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) for David Thomain and trainer Sylvain Roger. Face Time Bourbon won for the 28th time in his career now for 2,197,440€ earned, with Sebastien Guarato his trainer for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Vivid Wise As has the same owner. Race time was 1.10.4kr off even fractions. Behind the top three were Davidson du Pont (8m Pacha du Pont-Laguna de Pont) with Jean Michel Bazire up for owner Ecurie Albert Rayon. 135/1 Etonnant (7m Timoiko-Migraine) was fifth for Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. 126/1 Calina (7f Archipelago-Caltina Hall) was sixth with seventh to 38/1 Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier - Queebn Ines). Billie de Montfort followed Face Time but could not keep pace in the lane, finishing eighth and Moni Viking was ninth. Face Time Bourbon (9) inside, Vivid Wise As (4), Delia du Pommereux (6) Replay - There are now 10 Amerique invitees with one qualifier remaining.   Thomas H. Hicks

December 31, 2020 - A classy harness racing field of 15 will start January 3rd at Paris-Vincennes over the 2100 meters autostart sprinter distance. Several already qualified for the Amerique prize are included such as Bahia Quesnot, Face Time Bourbon, and Moni Viking. This race result will be critical for some contestants as only one qualifier remains (Jan 17) for the big race on Jan 31. It will be hotly contested. Jan 3 -15:15 C4 - PRIX AMERIQUE RACES ZETURF QUALIF #5, 110 000€  Groupe II - Attelé - 2100m - Grande piste PRIX DE BOURGOGNE Course Internationale Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 à 11 ans inclus (H à A), hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. Thomas H. Hicks  

December26, 2020 - Virginia Grif (6f Varenne-Francy Capar-Supergill) secured a harness racing victory in this day’s Gran Premio Mari Trofeo Donato (purse 110,000€, 1600 meters autostart) at Taranto in Italy. Mass. Castaldo teamed the winner that was timed in 1.12.2kr and defeated Zadig del Ronco (5m Iulius del Ronco) with third to Taurus del Ronco (8m Varenne-Ilde del Ronco), The great Arazi Boko (13g Varenne) was a scratch from this event after winning the Pr. Citta’ di Siracuse on December 6 timed in 1.12.3kr and a November 22 victory in batteria A of the Palio Comuni di Montegiorgio timed in 1.12.5kr.  He was fifth in that finale to Chief Orlando in 1.10.9kr. On the same card was the Gran Premio Citta’ di Taranto (purse 50,050€, 1600 meters autostart) and this 1.12.9kr timed winner was Antony Leone (4m Libeccio Grif-Gaspimg Ferm-Lemon Dra) that rallied to score convincingly for Gaetano DiNardo. Aura (4f Yankee Glide-Dora d’Alfa) was second and Ares Caf (4m Ideale Luis-Ira Caf) hand for third. Antony Leone   Thomas H. Hicks  

December 27, 2020 - The Prix Tenor de Baune (“Amerique Qua 5” – Gr. II, purse 85,000€, International five-year olds) went to 5.2/1 odds Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee),clocked in 1.12.8kr, with harness racing owner Alexandre Abrivard at the lines for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at Paris-Vincennes. Bred by Ecurie D, the victorious mare won for the seventh time in 39 career starts now for 429.250€ earned. She earned an Amerique invite with this impressive victory. The 4.4/1 odds Feydeau Seven (5m Redeo Josselyn-Unanime Seven) was a good second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Alexandre Skowronski. Third home was another JMB trainee, the 15/1 Rebella Matters (5f Explosive Matter-Mystical News), handled by Matthieu Abrivard for owner Stall TRE Rebell. 83/1 longshot Fiable (5f Ready Cash-Nika) was fourth with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Feerie Wood Feerie Wood From the Prix-Amerique website the following are listed as invitees: Q1 Bretagne – Diable de Vauvert (B. Le Beller), Feliciano ( Allaire), Bahia Quesnot (Guelpa) who subsequently won the Royal Mares in Italy; Q2 Bourbonnais – Face Time Bourbon (Guarato), Victor Ferm (Bazire), Moni Viking (Vercruysse); Q3 Criterium Continental – Gu d’Heripre (Billard); Q4 Tenor de Baune – Feerie Wood (A. Abrivard); Q5 Bourgogne upcoming on Jan 3; Q6 Belgique set for Jan 17   Thomas H. Hicks

December 27, 2020 - Franck Leblanc’s owned and trained Helitlopet (3m Un Charme Fou-Luna Vroum) took today’s Prix de Vincennes (Gr. I monte, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters for three-year olds) at Vincennes, timed in 1.14.2kr with Adrien Lamy in the irons. The winner scored for the fourth time in his career now for 129,300€ earned. 85/1 Hera Landia (3f Ludo de Castelle-Tina Landia) was second handled by Paul Philippe Ploquin for owner/trainer Alexis Philippe Grimault. 10/1 Hytte du Terroir (3f Boccador de Simm-Scarlet d’Ohara) took third money for Alexandre Abrivard, Helitlopet Replay Gladys des Plaines wins Prix Leon Tarquet Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetis de Vayjours) rallied past a drifting our leader to win the Prix Leon Tarquet (“Reverdy” – purse 70,000€, Gr. III monte, 2175 meters four year olds) today at Vincennes. Mathieu Mottier was the jockey for trainer Gilles Curents and owner Augustin Radu. Gladys won for the seventh time in 25 career starts now for 389,220€ earned. Race time was 1.12.0kr. She was off at 1.8/1 odds and bested then leading 2.3/1 Gospel Pat (4m Uriel Speed-Namorosa) that tired and drifted wide in the lane and that had David Thomain at the lines for trainer Philippe Allaire. 34/1 Guerilla de Simm (4f Brillantissime-Poupee Charmeuse) was a distant third for jockey Benjamin Rochard and owner/trainer Allaire. Gladys des Plaines   Thomas H. Hicks

December 26, 2020 - Harness racing co-features were on stage today at Kincsem Park, the first being the Istvan Vicen Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). The 1.2/1 odds favorite Zente (5g Frullino Jet-Franciska) scored easily in 1.17.5kr for Tamas Tanczer and trainer Zoltan Horvath, his sixth 2020 victory in 13 appearances. 3.7/1 Adamo Fling (4m Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling) was second for Gyorgy Pekker and trainer Emil Csordas. Third money went to 9.3/1 Ann Bella M (4f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) for Zoltan Gyolai and conditioner Lajos Marton. Zente The 2.3/1 second choice Rocky HR (8m Roc de Montfort-Times) secured the Segedhaj to Evi Kupa (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.17.8kr. Gyorgy Farkas teamed this winner for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Rocky HR won for the first time in 15 starts this year albeit the consistent performer has been 50 times win/place in 70 career starts. 2/1 Ugolino Ans (7g Yankee Slide-Cristina Ans) was second for Sandor Kolozsi, with third to 4.1/1 Zsozsoka (5f Yankee Mustang-Intelligent Star). Rocky HR   Thomas H. Hicks  

December 27, 2020 - Today’s featured Criterium Continental (“Amerique Qua4” – purse 170,000€, Gr. I, 2100 meters autostart, International) went to 1.11.0kr timed Gu d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedette d’Heripre-Orlando Vici) that rallied strongly in the lane for harness racing reinsman Franck Nivard, trainer Philippe Billard and Ecurie d’Heripre. Gu d’Heripre, off at 2/1 odds, won for the 13th time in his career now for 580,900€ earned and he garnered an invite to the Amerique 2021. 64/1 Goldy Mary (4f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was a game second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and Ecurie HM Stable. 4.9/1 Go On Boy (4m Password-Balginette) was third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux, some three lengths back. Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) held position from post one for Jean Michel Bazire and then took a second over spot behind Buss Mearas. That proved disasterous as Buzz stopped and took Aetos to near the rear before he was finally free to start a furious rally to earn fourth. Alrajah One was fifth and an interference dq that placed 17/1 Power to fifth and 91/1 All Wise As to sixth with 59/1 Gamble River placed seventh. Gu d’Heripre Replay -   Thomas H. Hicks  

December 26, 2020 - A fine holiday Paris-Vincennes harness racing card this day included three groupe tests and a fast class event for older trotteurs. The Gr. II Prix Jules Lemonnier (85,000€, monte International, 2175 meters for 5-10 year olds) saw 2.1/1 odds Clegs des Champs (8g Legs du Clos-Prosperine) score in an impressive 1.10.9kr with David Thomain the jockey. Thierry Raffegeau trains this J-Y Roze owned 19-time career winner for 889,080€ earned. 7/1 Carly (8g Rolling d’Heripre) was second with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third home was 6.6/1 Mindyourvalue WF (7g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) with jockey Eric Raffin up for trainer Robert Bergh. The legendary Arlington Dream was a miscue dq, Clegs des Champs Veteran classmasters contested the Prix de Strasbourg (purse 67,000€, 2700 meters for 8-10 year olds) with 6.1/1 odds Be One des Thirons (9g Roi du Cog-Miss dei Thirons) victorious timed in 1.13.1kr. Philippe Daugeard, the owner/trainer, was at the lines as his trainee won for the 17th time. His career earnings increased to 429,230€. The 1.1/1 favorite Brillant Madrik (9g Lilium Madrik) was second for Leo Abrivard and 5.3/1 Cash du Rib (8g Ready Cash) took third for J.L.Cl. Dersoir. Be One des Thirons Two-year olds contested the Gr. II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse 85,000€, 2175 meters) with the impressive 8/10 favorite Italiano Vero (2m Ready Cash-Baraka d’ Henlou) holding game in the lane for David Thomain, timed in 1.13.5kr. Owner Philippe Allaire trains the now five-time career winner (the last five in a row) for 94,950€ earned. 9/1 odds In The Money (2m Cristal Money-Destinee Cash) rallied for second with Thierry Duvaldestin, the breeder/owner/trainer, aboard. Holding third was the 3/2 odds second choice Ideal ligneries (2m Repeat Money-Ouragane) with Franck Nivard up. Italiano Vero The Gr. III Prix Constant Hervieu (purse 70,000€, 2700 meters for 5-7 year olds) completed today’s groupe action and 1.6/1 odds Flamme du Goutier (5f Ready Cash-Utopie du Goutier) scored in 1.14.1kr. Theo Duvaldestin teamed the winner for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Saint Martin. The 16/1 odds outsider Divine Mesloise (7f The Best Madrik) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche, ahead of 9/1 Elvis du Vallon (6m Reve de Beylev-Premiere de Beylev) with trainer Charles Cuiller the pilot. Flamme du Goutier   Thomas H. Hicks

December 25, 2020 - The Christmas Day Groupe contests began with the Prix Une de Mai (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2175 meters for harness racing two-year olds). Here the 1.13.7kr time victory was earned by 10/1 outsider Illusive Artist (2f Prodigious-Real Artist) reined by breeder Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 45/1 Iseult Flower (2f Nahar de Beval-Amilka) was second for trainer/driver Anthony Muidebled and owner Regine Bejot, ahead of 17/1 Ialka Jenilat (2f Kepler-Dalka Jenilat) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien Dewulf. Illusive Artist The Prix Sans Dire Oui (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, monte 2850 meters European five-six-year olds) saw 8.3/1 Flicka de Blary (5f Sam Bourbon-Kalinkaga) score in 1.12.9kr for jockey Mme. Camille Levesque and owner/trainer Thomas Levesque. Flicka won for the seventh time in her career and increased her life earnings to 274,680€. The 6.8/1 odds Egao Jenilat (6g Village Mystic-Queen Jenilou) took second for pilot Mathieu Mottier and breeder/trainer Louis Baudron. 40/1 Flore de Janeiro (5f Vanishing Point) was third. Flicka de Blary The post positions and driver assignments are set for the Criterium Continental and Prix Tenor de Baune on Sunday, both which promise to be competitive races and the winners will receive an Amerique invitation. Criterium Continental (Gr. I, International, 2100 meters autostart for four-year olds) Prix Tenor de Baune (Gr. II, International, 2700 meters for five-year olds)   Thomas H. Hicks

December 19, 2020 - The Menesek DIJ (purse 1,900,000Huf, 3160 meters distance handicap) highlighted this Kincsem Park Holiday Season harness racing card and the 20-meter handicapped Zseneroz (5f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) scored in 1.18.6kr at 5.9/1 odds. Andor Angyal piloted the Zoltan Ozvar trainee that recorded his third 2020 win in 10 starts. Zseneroz won this race in 2019 in 1.18.7kr. The 5.9/1 odds Atomanti M (4m Cigar Dan-Step by Step-Allison Hollow) was second for driver Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Dora Kovacs. 5/1 Adriana Asti (4f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) secured third for Sandor Varga. Zseneroz The Tibor Papp Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw even-money favorite Unnko del Duomo (7m Ganymede-Irma del Duomo-Lemon Dra) score handily in 1.16.2kr for Sandor Kolozsi and trainer Dora Kovacs, his third victory in five 2020 starts in Hungary. 18.3/1 Ujrazz’! (7m Maximus Lindy-Gyorsulj!-Witesnds Speedy) was second handled by Laszlo Kolozsi. Third home was 12.2/1 Gideon H Renka (7g Quick Wood-Ulriek Ravestein-Mondo Joe) with trainer Tibos Hajnal at the lines. Unno del Duomo   Thomas H. Hicks

Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) took today’s Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr. I, purse 170,000€, 2700 meters for three-year olds) timed in 1.13.9kr and reined by Alexandre Abrivard. This 8.9/1 odds harness racing outsider is trained by L.Cl. Abrivard as she won for the sixth time in her career that has now yielded 265,720€ in lifetime earnings. The 20/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer-Version Philo) took second for Frank Nivard ahead of 3.6/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) and trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. 6.1/1 Hokkaido Jiel (3m Brillantissime-Victor Jiel) was fourth for P-Y Verva. The highly regarded Helgafell was scratched. There were several other interesting races on the program including the Prix de Briare (purse 44,000€, 2700 meters for European eligibles) and it went to 9/1 odds Eliot d’Ambri (6g Ti Punch Ribver-Rivale du Relais) handled by Alexandre Abrivard. Clocked in 1.13.7kr, the Eddy Planchenault trainee scored for the ninth time in his career and boosted this life earnings to 223,540€. 5.1/1 Dorado Bello and 2.1/1 Vincent Ferm took the next two checks. Eliot d’Ambri Fast class performers then contested the Gr. III Prix Jean Dumouch (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters for European eligibles) and the 4/10 favorite Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) raced outside the leaders until surging past in the lane for the 1.13.6kr timed verdict. Jean Michel Bazire drove his trainee for owner Ecurie Vautors to his 28th career victory now for 842,330€ earned. 6.1/1 odds Anzi des Liards (10g Look de Star) stormed home for second driven by Romain Derieuz ahead of 13/1 Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers) that led into the lane for pilot Alexandre Abrivard. 15/1 Violetto Jet (6m From Above) was home fourth. Dorgos de Guez   LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

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