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November 23, 2019 - The Jacques de Vaulogé Prize brought together the best harness racing three year old males on the Gravelle plateau.  Eleven colts started in this Group II, played on the 2,700 meters of the big track.  Philippe Allaire's armada hit hard again, placing his residents in the top three places with Gallant Way in the lead. Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) took the Vincennes co-feature (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.14.6kr. David Thomain teamed the 9/1 winner for trainer Philip Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc to his sixth career win in 14 starts, now for 166,700€ earned. 2.6/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) was second for trainer Allaire, pilot Yoann Lebourgeois and breeder/owner Michel Tessier. The 7/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) was third with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Allaire. 16/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker-Unabella Perrine) was fourth, this one too an Allaire trainee that Anthony Barrier teamed for owner Jean Francois Mary. What a day for Allaire and sire Ready Cash. Ready Cash   Defi de Retz Wins Q+ Prix de Quimper at Vincennes Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Quimper (purse 59,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters) saw the 9/10 favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Nouvelle s’Atout) score timed in 1.12.5kr, his 14th career win in 40 starts. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the J-M Bazire trainee that now sports career earnings of 224,790€ for owner Mme Ottavia Roffi-Urano. 12/1 Django Bocage (6g Real de Lou) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 5.7/1 Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream) took third for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Bazire. 16/1 Diablo du Noyer and 8.6/1 Diego Sautonne completed the top five. There were 319 exact order Q+ winning tickets that paid 1.799.60€ each. The Q+ pool was 2,719,969€ and the total of all pools on this race exceeded 5,884,000€. Defi de Retz (Le Trot Photo) On the undercard was the Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse 56,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and 32/1 Capitane France (7g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) scored timed in 1.14.4kr. Matthieu Abrivard teamed this William Bigeon trainee to his ninth career win in 47 starts. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s 12th harness racing leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3000 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) at Nantes and it went to the 4/10 favorite and 50-meter handicapped Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner J-M Rancoule.   Cleangame won for the 30 th time in 47 career starts now for 1,130,220€ earned for his career and may well be among the top five trotteurs currently racing. 7.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) was second for Eric Raffin and 7.3/1 Dorgos du Guez (6g Romcock de Guez) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB, this one handicapped 25 meters. 21/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) was fourth after his 25- meter penalty, reined by Guillaume Martin. 56/1 Brelan du Vivier completed the top five with Matthieu Abrivard aboard.   This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and 1242 winning tickets were each worth 622.00€. 8,168,000€ was wagered on the race with 3,828,477€ of that being in the Q+ pool.   The November 5 (Tuesday) Paris-Vincennes feature was the Prix Medusa (purse 52,000€, 3525 meters distance handicap, 12 starters) and it brought about the second start off a long layoff by the 25-meter handicapped Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn). Off at 2.7/1 she finished sixth timed in 1.15.1kr for Romain Congard. The race winner was the 1.5/1 favorite Contree d’Erable (7f Prince Gede - Soiree d’Erable) with Cl. Thomain up for trainer J,P. Thomain, timed in 1.15.2kr. This one recorded her 14 th career win in 52 starts now for 290,140€ earned. 7.2/1 Big Boss (8g Qualmio de Vandel) and 8.5/1 Atoll Danover (9g Land Danover) completed the top three.   Contree d’Erable   The November 4 (Monday) Vincennes card was a good one and began with the Prix de Lesparre (purse 59,000€, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that saw 6.4/1 Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash-Usenza) reach the line first with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owned J-M Tessier. Race time was 1.14kr as the Queen bested 9/10 favorite Fairplay d’Urzy (6m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 3.7/1 Éclair du Mirel (5m Orlando Vici) took third money with Matthieu Abrivard up. 28/1 Eride Luduis and 8.7/1 Electra Jet completed the top five. This was the Quinte+ race of that day and the exact order top five payoff was 529.40€ paid to 521 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 2,9021,395€ and 6,287,000€ was wagered on all wagering pools in this race.   Fashion Queen   The Prix d’Arcachon (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw even-money odds Colonel (7g Goetmals Wood-Royale Star) score timed in 1.11.3kr for Nicolas Bazire. Ecurie des Charmes owns and Jean-Michel Bazire trains the now 15-time winner in 63 career starts for life earnings of 432,700€. 7.6/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) was second for Christian Bigeon, his breeder/owner/trainer/driver. The 35/1 stablemate Costa Haufor (7f Saphir d’Haufor) was second handled by Damien Bonne for trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. 2.3/1 Super Fez (8m Love You) was fourth for reinsman Jean Michel Bazire ahead of 8.4/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois.   Thomas H. Hicks  

The 5/10 favorite and superb harness racing mare Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) took today’s Gr. I monte Prix des Elites today at Vincennes.   Raced by 11 three to five year olds for a purse of 200,000 and over 2150 meters distance handicap (plus 50 meters for the four and five year olds) the course was not a problem for the Sebastien Guarato trainee that had Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin.   Clocked in 1.11.7kr this was her 11 th career victory in 16 outings for 459,050€ earned as she overcame the 50 meter penalty. 4.1/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a fast closing second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.     Ecurie des Charmes bred this one as well as the third place finisher Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious-Quayaya), a mare they own, Sebastien Ernault trains and Delphine Beaufils-Ernault rode, at 17/1 odds. 23/1 Ganster du Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) was fourth benefitting from a 50 meter advantage and 82/1 Excessive Well (5f Gobernador) finished fourth.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 28, 2019 - Today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing featured Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (monte, 2850 meters, 90,000€ purse, European starters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 9/10 favorite Clegs des Champs (7g Kegs du Cloc-Prosepine) with David Thomain in the irons. Thierry Raffegeau trains the J.Y. Roze owned gelding that won for the 16th time in 30 career starts. His life earnings are now 680,580€. 15/1 Vertige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet) was second with Eric Raffin up for trainer J.M. Baudouin. 37/1 Al Capone Jet (9g Jag de Bellouet) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois, 7.6/1 Daida de Vandell and 61/1 Baron du Goutier completed the top five. On the undercard was the Quinte+ Prix Eva (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) that went to 32/1 Vipera Killer G (5f Varenne-Uakland) in rein to Eric Raffin. Vincent Lacroix trains the winner for Scuderia Fioredigio. This mare now has career earnings of 105,398€. 5.6/1 Zoe Grif Italia (4f Ready Cash-One Dream Grif) rallied for second with J-M Bazire her pilot and trainer. 2.9/1 Hillary Queen (5f Quick Wood) took third for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 4.8/1 Feerie Wood and 19/1 Voyage d’Amour rounded out the exact order top five that paid 49,019.60€ to seven holders of winning 2€ Quinte+ tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,437,733€ and 7,060,000€ was wagered on the race (all betting options). Vipera Killer Also on today’s card was the Prix Nemausa (purse 45,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) and the 1.1/1 favorite Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button) was victorious, teamed with trainer Conrad Lugauer. This 1.10.9kr timed winner increased his life earnings to 105,219€ with the victory. 18/1 Emphasis Turbo (5m Jet Fortuna) was second for Franck Nivard and 36/1 Fakir de Mahey (4m Reve de Baylev) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. 8.5/1 Inspector Bros finished eighth and 2.9/1 Follow Me was sixth in the competitive field. Norton Commander Thomas H. Hicks  

Guillermo Sport (3m Orlando Sport-Quoda Jesselyn) was an 11/1 upset harness racing winner of today’s Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) at Paris-Vincennes.   The winner, handled by a jubilant PJ Pascual Lavanchy for trainer MX Mestre Suner, won his fifth in nine starts, now for 162,750€ in life earnings.   Ecurie Bruni owned this winner that defeated 4.3/1 Gamble River (3m Un Mec d’Heripre) reined by Francois Lagadeuc for breeder/owner Gerard Manzi and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   10/1 Gamin des Perdrix (3m Booster Winner) was third for J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 12/1 odds Gassman d’Esse and 69/1 Gilmour were fourth and fifth. 3.1/1 General du Parc and 13/1 Greenpeace took the last two checks.     The first groupe test of the day was the Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) with 17/1 IDS Boko (4g From Above-Celestial Boko) rallying for an upset victory timed in 1.14.7kr. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee that Running Stable owns.   The victory increased IDS Boko’s life earnings to 133,308€. 1.6/1 favorite Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik) was a close second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 5/1 Zilath (4m Maharajah) with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines for owner SC Leonardo Srl.   IDS Boko The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) completed the day’s groupe contests. With Classic Connection a scratch, it was an open field and 2.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash- Divann) scored for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ceke Farms BVBS. Alcoy was timed in 1.12.7kr off soft fractions as he defeated 1.6/1 favorite Portland (5m Ganymede) teamed with trainer Bjorn Goop. 13/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas) took third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. 7.2/1 El Villagio (5m Love You) and 4.2/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love) completed the top five. Fast class veterans contested the Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European starters), also labeled the Prix de Grosbois. The 5.7/1 Diable de Vauvert (6m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) rallied on the pegs for victory timed in 1.11.7kr, with Gabriele Gelormini up for breeder/owner Franck Lemuet. It was the sixth career victory for the winner, in 47 starts, now for 351,130€ in life earnings. 1.7/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied to lead off the final bend and appeared for victory before bearing out mid stretch. Luc Roelens trains this brother to Traders for JPB Building BVBA and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. 2.2/1 Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) held third for Jean Michel Bazire. At the end of the card was the Prix de Nesles (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and this one went to the 1.10.9kr timed and 1.8/1 favorite Azur des Caillons (9m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard aboard. This handsome, great gaited winning trotteur scored for the 13th time in his 62 race career, his third win in 2019. Azur’s life earnings increased to 281,910€ with this victory. The 5.4/1 Belle Louis Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) took second for breeder/owner/trainer/pilot Yves Dreux. Third was 189/1 Very First (10g Orlando Vici) with Julien Raffestein at the lines.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 23, 2019 - Today’s Q+ Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International, Quinte+ race) had harness racing champions Bold Eagle, Dijon and Looking Superb in the lineup. Dijon was an early dq and that opened the door for a start to finish victory for Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethiu Rah Jet). Timed in 1.10.2kr, Bold Eagle, off at 2.1/1 and reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owned by Pierre Pilarski, gamely prevailed by a quarter length over the stalking 1.2/1 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) teamed with trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 20/1 Detroit Castelets (6m Neoh Jiel) rallied for third reined by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 30/1 Orlando Jet (6g Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller and fifth was 18/1 Tessy d’Ete with Frnack Nivard up. Bold Eagle won for the 44th time in a 63 race career and he now has life earnings of 4,553,620€ with this his fourth consecutive Prix Rene Balliere victory. Bold Eagle This was the day’s Quinte+ race and a winning 2€ exact order ticket paid 4,539.20€ to 485 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,637,919€and the total of all pools on this race esxceeded 10,290,000€ Recent winners of the Rene Balliere are shown below Gala Tejy wins 170,000€, Gr. I Prix d’Essai Today’s exceptional card at Paris-Vincennes had three year old monte performers on stage in the Gr. I Prix d’Essai (purse 170,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters) and the 9/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurore des Charmes) prevailed clocked in 1.13kr. P. Ph. Ploquin was in the irons for Ecurie Chalon and trainer Christophe Chalon. He scored for the fourth time in a 12 race career and increased his life earnings to 253,640€. Gala Tejy  Gala relentlessly pursued 9/2 Gangster du Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) reined by Benjamin Rochard for owner/trainer Damien Lecroq. 37/1 Gepsonnia (3f Sun Ceravin) was placed third on the dq of Gee. Romain Marty reined Gepsonnia for trainer Cyril Raimbaud. Fleche Bourbon upset winner of Gr. I Prix du President de la Republique The Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters, four year olds) was this day’s Vincennes feature race. Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) was a very impressive and easy winner with Alexandre Abrivard her jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Alexandre Abrivard She won for the eighth time in 13 career starts and raised her life earnings to 279,060€.  Fleche Bourbon 5.3/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) took second for trainer Franck Leblanc and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. 13/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon) was third with Camille Levesque in the irons. Due to a dq the 104/1 outsider Forever Speed (4m Uriel Speed) was placed fourth and 32/1 Fiona Gendreenne was placed fifth. The 5/10 favorite Fado du Chene  and 30/1 Fawley Buissonay were two dq’s in this race. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 8, 2019 - The Gr. III Prix Istres (purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) began today’s harness racing Groupe events at Vincennes and this one went to 7.3/1 Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam) timed in 1.14.3kr and reined by Jean Michel Bazire for Ecurie La Camargue Srl. Her trainer is Andrea Baveresi. The 7/10 favorite Gloria du Goutier (3f Timoko) was a game second with J.Ph. Monclin up for Ecurie Saint Martin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 45/1 Gesira (3f Boccador de Simm) was third with Alexis Prat up for trainer Frederic Pratt. Another of this day’s Groupe events was the Prix Louis Jariel (Gr. II, 100,000€ purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters) and 9/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel-Pakarina) was a start to finish quick timed 1.10.4kr winner. Eric Raffin was a happy reinsman for trainer J.M. Baudouin and owner Ecurie Ostheimer. Eugenito won for the seventh time in a 29 race career and advanced his life earnings to 236,770€. The fractions were fast (1.05.5kr with 1500 meters remaining; 1.07.6kr at the 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500 to go). The 7/10 favorite Enino du Pommereux (5m Coktail Jet) was a game, chasing second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 12/1 Eridan (5m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was a distant third for David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. Eugenito du Noyer Today’s Quinte+ race was the Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot at Vincennes (purse 48,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and the game winner was 6.8/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) with Anthony Barrier aboard. Gregory Thorel trains the winner for Ecurie La Pinmsonniere and he was clocked in 1.13.7kr off even fractions. 2/1 Duel des Gers (6g Quaker Jet) was second with trainer Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for owner J.M. Rancoule. 9/1 Destin Casisaie (6g Uniclove) rallied for third with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Jacques Etienne Thuet. 7.4/1 Delfino and 34/1 Dancing Love completed the top five and set up an exact order payoff of 2,405.40€ to 347 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,063,314€ and over 7,714,000€ was wagered on this Q+ race. Dollar Soyer On the undercard the Prix du Dauphine (purse 47,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to the 1.4/1 favorite Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet-Queen Grulette) clocked in a quick 1.11kr with Eric Raffin up for trainer J.M. Beaudoin and Ecurie le Riverge. The winner wscored for the 13th time in a 56 race career, now for 195,280€ in life earnings. 4.7/1 Caliu des Bose (7g Pomerol de Laumac) was second for owner/trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Third was 7.7/1 Chaud Devant (7g Otello Pierji) for pilot Franck Nivard. Cocktail Desbois Thomas H. Hicks  

June 8, 2019 - The Gr. II International Prix Chambon P at Vincennes (purse 100,000€, 2850 meters, nine starters) produced a big harness racing upset as 15/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied late in the lane to score for Eric Raffin timed in 1.11.7kr. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Scuderia Bivans Srl. Tony Gio won for only the sixth time in 47 career starts and today raised his life earnings to 804,365€. The 3/10 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib), second in the Elitloppet Final, was second under heavy urging of trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire after racing third until around the final bend. He moved slowly to the lead in mid-stretch but could not hold off Tony Gio. Tony Gio Anzi des Liards (9g Look de Star) off at 39/1, rallied quickly toward the line to be a close third with Romain Derieux aboard. Django Riff and Cash Gamble were next to the finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

This Friday evening Paris Vincennes program included two groupe III harness racing events and the Quinte+ race of the day.   The Prix Caecilia (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 11 starters) began the groupe action and it went to 9/1 Foxtrot Sea (4m Olitro-Vezia) reined by owner/trainer Cedrik Megissier and timed in 1.14kr.   Frisbee d’Am (44fm The Best Madrik) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Richard Westerink, the trainer of legendary Timoko. 30/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello) took third for trainer/driver Miguel X Mestra Suner.   The 7/10 favorite Filou L’Auvergnier was fourth.   Friday’s Quinte+ race was on the Vincennes card and it was the Prix Titania (purse 48,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters), with victory to the 6.6/1 odds Crescendis (7f Querido de Blay-Libertatis) timed in 1.14.4kr with J-F. Senet at the lines. Senet also trains the winner for breeder/owner Thierry de Wazieres.   Crescendis                 --LeTrot photo   Crescendis won for the ninth time in 46 starts for 227,960€ in life earnings. 5.1/1 Deux Etoiles Gede (6f Roc Meslois) took second with Franck Nivard up for conditioner Alexandre Pillom. 19/1 Inga In Heaven (6f Orlando Vici) was third, handled by Franck Ouvrie for owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin. 3.6/1 Dascalia and 5.7/1 Dimmidisia completed the top five and resulted in the exact order Q+ payoff of 15,878.40€ for 26 winning ticketholders.   The Q+ pool was 3,868,236€ and total of this race handle was 7,944,000€.   The second groupe contest this evening was the Prix de Gien (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters). The 4.1/1 Good Boy Ligneries (3m Un Mec d’Heripre-Amy Ligneries) scored with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Philippe Billard (Souloy-Billard) and Ecurie le Tremont.   This winner scored for the fourth time in five starts now for 78,350€ in career earnings. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 6,1/1 Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash) was placed second with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Philippe Allaire.   That was the result of the dq of second finishing Aramis Bar. Placed third was Gassman d’Essa handled by Anthony Barrier   15:50 C4 - PRIX CHAMBON P 100 000€ (June 8, 2019 at Vincennes) Groupe II - Attelé - 2850m - Grande piste Course Internationale Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000.).     Thomas H. Hicks  

May 31, 2019 - The Friday evening harness racing featured Gr. II Monte Prix Lavater (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters four year olds) saw 1.3/1 favorite Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) get up in the final stride to score timed in 1.13.5kr for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.  He won for the seventh time in 26 career starts now for 582,450€ in life earnings. 49/1 Filoute de Bassard (4f Tiego d’Etang) was a game second for Francois Lagadeuc, in the irons for trainer Herve Soinneau and breeder/owner Jean Francois Bassard. Third was 2.8/1 Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard aboard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. On the undercard was the Quinte+ Prix Pythia (purse 64,000€, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) that saw 3.3/1 Jerry Mon (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) score his third straight for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA. Jerry Mom won for only the fourth time in a 26 race career in FR and now has life earnings of 277,696€. Jerry Mom 24/1 Cicero Noa (g Mandarin Blue) took second for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Vanhoucke and driver Christophe Martens. Third home was 6.4/1 Gareth Boko (6m Make It Happen) with trainer Conrad Lugauer aboard for owner Boko Stables. The top five was completed by 22/1 Super Nice (6m Orlando Vici) for Bjorn Goop and 2.4/1 Diable de Vauvert hanlded by Yoann Lebourgeois. Race time was 1.12.1kr off rated fractions and the exact order Q+ payoff was 37,069.80€ for the 11 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,451,048€ and the total of all wagering pool on this race exceeded 7,200,000€.   Jerry Mom Following last week’s Elitloppet the UET Masters point leaders are as follows: Propulsion, 3550 Readly Express, 2900 Aubrion du Gers, 2600 Uza Josselyn, 1850 Dijon, 1700 Belina Josselyn, 1700 Thomas H. Hicks  

Three groupe level events graced the Tuesday Paris-Vincennes program and produced exciting harness racing action.   The Prix Camilla (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 13 European starters) began the groupe tests and 4.1/1 Filou l’Auvergnier (4m Real de Lou-Quira l’Auvergnier) scored in 1.12.8kr for reinsman Kevin Leblanc, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie du Grand Buisson.   It was the seventh career victory for Filou in 16 starts and his life earnings increased to 164,410€. 15/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and 9/1 Inspector Bros (4g Pastor Stephen) took third for pilot Franck Nivard. The 9/10 favorite City Guide was seventh.   The Gr. III Prix Heraclite (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, nine European starters) was next and 1.7/1 Flora Quick (4f Prodigious-Star Quick) held on for close victory, reined by Gabriele Gelormini for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Malik Esper. Flora won for the sixth time in 19 career starts now for 166,750€ earned.   Flora Quick                  - LeTrot photo 3.9/1 Fortuna Pride (4f Ready Cash) took second for Franck Nivard and the 1.6/1 favorite Fiorentina Somolli (4f Love You) was third with Matthieu Abrivard the teamster.   The three-year olds next took center stage in the Prix Kalma (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 10 starters) with victory to the 5/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) timed in 1.14.6kr and reined by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.   Gotland                            - LeTrot photo   J-P Guay bred the now winner eight times in nine lifetime starts for career earnings of 296,100€. He is a classy colt from a good mare. 3.2/1 Golden Bridge (3m Ready Cash-Usenza) took second with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Allaire and breeder/owner Michel Tessier. Gassman d’Essa (3m Quido du Goutier) was third at 62/1 odds with Franck Nivard up for trainer Christophe Marie.   The 4.9/1 third betting choice General du Parc finished seventh.   Thomas H. Hicks

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

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  

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

May 5, 2019 - The Groupe I featured Quinte+ Criterium des 4Ans (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters voltstart, 18 starters) went to the 2.7/1 second favorite Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) with Franck Nivard up for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Armand Speisser. Falcao won for fifth time in his 23 race career and now has life earnings of 362,030€. Race time was 1.13.2kr off even fractions. 163/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 25/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) with Francois Lagadeuc aboard. 8.7/1 Filou d’Auvergne and 24/1 Foxtrot Sea completed the top five. The 2.1/1 favorite Freyja du Pont was among the miscue dq casualties. The Q+ exact order 2€ ticket paid 510,123€ to the three winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 5,560,559€ and the combined pools of all wagers on this race exceeded 11,217,000€. After early rain and sleet the weather turned sunny and the track fast for this classic event. Falcao de Laurme The top flight groupe level action today at Vincennes began early. Eolie de Houelle (5f Goetmals Wood-Sawas de Houelle) took the Gr. III Prix Jean Gauvreau (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, five year olds) with a rallying 1.12.3kr timed victory for jockey Anthony Barrier, trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc and owner Daniel Augereau. She scored for the sixth time in a 30 race career and raised her life earnings to 247,260€. 11/1 Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse) was second for Damien Bonne, ahead of 20/1 Emilius de Play (5m Hulk des Champs with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. The 1.4/1 favorite Evangelina Blue and 3.3/1 Exotica de Retz were both miscue dq’s. Eolie de Houelle Thomas H. Hicks  

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