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Hegate Love (4f Bilibili - Regate du Popey) took the Summer Races Monte 1st Qualifier for four year olds (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, monte), clocked in 1.12.5kr at Paris-Vincennes. Alexandre Abrivard was the jockey for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard as the winner scored for the fifth time for 129,550€in life earnings. She was off at 6/1 odds and defeated 25/1 Hyette du Terroir (4f Boccador de Simm) with Leo Abrivard in the irons for L.C. Abrivard. 36/1 Hollywood Night (4f Boccador de Simm) took third for P.Y. Verva. Hegate Love The same day at Chartres saw three year olds on stage. In the Prix Roger Pateny/Open des Regions Haute Normandie-Ile de France (purse 17,000€, 2800 meters) the 2.1/1 In Love With Chenu (3f Briac Dark) scored in 1.20.3kr for Pierre Pellerot and breeder/owner/trainer Franck Pellerot. Second was 3/1 Isolente Revisite (3f Ready Cash - Mara Bourbon) for Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer J,A. Hernandez-Navarro. In Love With Chenu In the Prix Ambulance Phenix/Open des Regions Haute Normandie Ile de France (three year olds, purse 17,000€, 2800 meters) Infiel (3m Goetmals Wood - Avenue Victoria) scored in 1.19kr for owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Hernandez-Navarro. Off at 10/1 Infield now has two career wins in as many starts for 13,500€ earned. The 9/10 favorite Isocrate d’Ela (3m Bird Parker) was second for Romain Derieux and 3.7/1 Invincible Bourbon (3m Love You - Ceta Extra Bourbon - Ready Cash-Etta Extra) rallied for third for Eric Raffin. Infiel LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The second leg of the Criterium de Vitesse was held this day at Argentan, France in the Grande Vitesse de Basse-Normandie (Gr. II, purse 90,000€, International, 1609 meters autostart). Ce Bello Romain (9g Jan Pridem - Miss Echo Bello). Off at 3.1/1 odds, scored in 1.09.9kr (mile rate 1:52.4) for harness racing driver Mathieu Mottier. He is owned by trainer S.G. DuPont and Ce Bello won for the 21st time now for 691,730 in life earnings. The 32/1 Valokaja Hindo (10m Great Challenger - Hinde Enghave) was second showing improved form and reined by Nicolas Bazire. He is trained by Jean Michel Bazire for owner Eirik Djuve. Third was 92/1 Digne et Droit (8m The Best Madrik - Plenty Pocket) for Franck Nivard, trainer Pierre Alain Rynwalt-Boulard and owner Jose Fernandez-Sanchez. Bahia Quesnot, Cicero Noa, Etonnant and Billie de Montfort next followed the top three. Bahia and Etonnant battled early and it inflicted a toll on them. Wild Love and Blues des Landiers were miscue dq’s. Ce Bello Romain For race replay, click here.     On the same card was the Prix Up And Quick (purse 23,000€, 1609 meters autostart, European five year olds) with the 1.11.4kr timed victory (mile rate 1:54.8) to the 2.4/1 odds Ampia Mede SM (5f Ganymede - Polimpia Slide Am) for pilot Franck Nivard. This Scuderia Sc.Fin property is trained by Fabrice Souloy and she  recorded her first win in France now for 84,696€ in life earnings. 6.3/1 Adeline (5f Village Mystic) was second for Alexis Charadame, trainer Souloy and owner Stephane Bernardi. 23/1 Genevrier (5g Niky) was third for Francois Lecanu, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Ampia Mede Sm   At Rambouillet was the third leg of the Trophee Vert 2021 series (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap). Detroit Ace (8g Texas Charm - Rose de Beauregard), at 15/1 odds, scored   The 105/1 long shot Caid Dore (9g Corot) was second for Bruno Marie and 17/1 Dream de Lasserie (8g Orlando Vici) took third, overcoming a 50 meter handicap, for trainDetoiter/driver Romain Derieux.   Detroit Ace   Soon to follow is Aby’s Paraympiatravet with the starters listed below along with prior winners of this classic event.         Previous winners: the race once named Olympiatravet LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Moni Viking (8m Maharajah - Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet) returned from a good winter season in France to win today’s Orebro International Stayerlopp (400,000SEK first money, 3140 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.13.6kr. Bjorn Goop teamed the winner that overcame a 40-meter handicap to post the victory for owner/trainer/breeder Jan Lyng. He was off at 2.1/1 odds and recorded his second 2021 victory in seven starts, and his 15th career win in 54 outings. His earnings now is 7.323,348SEK. The winner’s fifth dam is Yankee Sweetheart (Florican - Yankee Maid-Volomite-Elizabeth, Elizabeth the dam of Greyhound/ Moni Viking Chasing Moni Viking was second finishing Ivory di Quattro (6m Love You - Outlook Kronos - Cantab Hall) off at 6.7/1 odds with Rikard N. Skoglund up for trainer Robert Bergh. Third was 8.4/1 Algot Zonett (8g Maharfajah - Hiulda Zonett - Spotlite Lobell) for trainer/driver Daniel Wajersten.     On the same card was the Hakan Lillis Olssons, a Paralympiatravet qualifier, for 150,000SEK first prize. The distance was 16509 meters autostart and 30/1 Dragster (9g Micro Mestg - Timber Marie - Dahir de Prelong) prevailed. Trainer Roger Malmqvist teamed the 1.10.4kr timed winner that won his 17th in 79 career starts, now for 2,297,627SEK earned. This was Dragster’s first 2021 win in three appearances. The 3.2/1 Sorbet (10m Super Photo Kosmos - Altar Bound - Supergill) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Stall Zet/Daniel Reden team. The 19/1 odds Harann Boko (7g Maharajah - Zilan Boko - Muscles Yankee) was third for Conrad Lugauer. Dragster Dragster’s pedigree follows:     Ahead in Northern Europe is the Finlandia Ajo on May 9th at Vermo Helsinki. That group includes Click Bait, Dear Friend, Grainfield Aiden, Hickothepooh, Le Gros Bill, Milliondollarrhyme, Ubertino Grif and Zarenne Fas, a Jerry Riordan trainee. The Elitloppet 2021 invitees now include Dorgos de Guez, Aetos Kronos. Don Fanucci Zet, Vivid Wise As and Ecurie D. ATG, Orebro. Elitloppet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Freeman de Houelle (8m Vigove - Rafina de Houelle) easily took the Gr. III monte Prix Antigone (purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 5-10 year old European eligibles) at Vincennes, clocked in 1.12.3kr and off as the 5/10 favorite. Eric Raffin was the harness racing jockey for trainer/breeder Franck Leblanc and owner Stephane Gohier. This was Freeman’s ninth victory for 476,580€ earned. He overcame a 25 meter penalty in this one. Byrh Gede (10g Ganymede) took second for Damien Bonne and owner/trainer Alexandre Pillon. Third home was Edition Gema (7f Prince Gede) for jockey Gaelle Godard and trainer/owner Marc Sassier. Freeman de Houelle The upcoming weekend will include the Trophee Vertg Leg 2 (purse 45,000€, 2800 meters distance handicap) at Rambouillet and that field includes two 50 meter handicapped performers, Brillant Madrik and Express Jet. The same day will have the Criterium de Vitesse de Basse-Normandie at Argentan. (purse 90,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 4-10 year olds Intertnational). Etonnant and Billie de Montfort are among the starters. LeTrot, PMU files/photos http://www.letrot.comFor full race results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Crack Money (9g Singalo - Quiona) rallied down the middle to secure the 4th leg of the Gran National du Trot Paris-Turf  series (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 2859 meters distance handicap) at Maure de Bretagne. Harness racing driver Cedrik Terry piloted the winner for trainer Patrick Terry and owner Maurice Maige. This was the winners’ 17th career win now for 285,520€ earned. Race time was 1.13.2kr. Second was the 6/10 favorite Epsom d’Herfraie (7g Rieussec) for Eric Raffin and 20/1 Golden Bridge (5m Ready Cash) overcame a 25-meter handicap to be third for David Thomain and trainer Philippe Allaire. Crack Money In the prior day’s Paris-Vincennes groupe action, Italiano Vero (3m Ready Cash - Baraka) scored in the Sulky Summer Qualifier 1 for three year old colts (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart, the Prix Paul Karle) clocked in 1.12.2kr. This was the seventh career victory for the David Thomain teamed trainee of owner Philippe Allaire and his earnings reached 227,450€. He was the 9/10 favorite and bested 9/1 Ideal Ligneries (3m Repeat Love - Ouragame) handled by Franck Nivard for the recently reinstated trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie  le Tremont. Third was 6/1 In The Money for Theo Duvaldestin. Italiano Veo The Sulky Summer Three Year Old Filly 1st Qualifier (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart – the Prix Masina) went to 1.13kr timed and 1.1/1 odds Its Now Or Never (3f Charly du Noyer - Deep Purple) reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Pousen-Allaire. This was her fourth career victory now for 134,950€ earned. The 3.7/1 Inoubliable ()3f Prodigious - Dream Life-Royal Dream) made a huge run that was am nose short for Jean Philippe Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dream and trainer Philippe Moulin. 59/1 Illusive Artist (3f Prodigious - Rea; Artist-Love You) landed third for Julien Dubois and the Moulin/Ecurie Victoria Dream team. Its Now Or Never On April 25 at Modena Ghirlandina was the Gran Premio Tito Giovanardi (purse 154,000€, 2080 meters autostart, Gr. I for three year olds) and Philippe Allaire send his trained and owned Calmthebreeze (3m Trixton - Gilly LB-Supergill) to the 1.14.5kr clocked victory. Andrea Guzzinati was the pilot. Second home was Chuky Roc (3m Nad Al Sheba - Simphony Roc - Daguet Rapide) for Filippo Rocca and third was Classic Garf (3m Vivid Wise As - Savoia As - Varenne) for reinsman Vincent Luongo. Calmthebreeze The winning pedigree is a good one:   LeTrot, Gaet Modena Ghirlanina files/photos by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink    

A superb card at Enghien featured three groupe level events. In the Gr. II Sulky Summer (four year olds qualifier I), purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, seven starters) the 2.2/1 odds Hatchet Man (4m Goetmals Wood - Suricate) scored impressively in 1.13.2kr with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire. This was his eighth career win in 18 starts now for 187,280€ earned. 26/1 Hety du Goutier (4m Ready Cash - Quety du Gouteir) garnered second and 3/10 favorite Hohneck (4m Royal Dream - Caranca) was third with Franck Nivard up for owner/trainer Allaire. Hatchet Man In the Gr. II Sulky Summer Four Year Old Filly (purse 100,000€, 2875 meters, qualifier II) the 2/1 co-favorite Hirondelle Sibey (4f Gazouillis - Cenlna du Chatelet) scored in 1.13.1kr for Eric Raffin, trainer J.M. Baudouin and Ecurie Le Rivage. This was her eight career victory in 23 outings for 414,100€ earned. The 18/1 Havanaise (3f Ricimer) was second for Franck Nivard and 2.1/1 co-favorite Heliade du Goutier (4f Prodigious) was third for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Saint Martin. Hirondelle Sibey The big show was the Gr. I Prix d’Atlantique (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and 1.8/1 Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide - Temple Blue Chip) was the best with his 1.11kr victory. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed his trainee for Scuceria Bivans Stl to his seventh win in France in 20 appearances, now for 1,221,898€ in career earnings. The 16/1 longshot Etonnant (7m Timoko - Migraine) was a game second for Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The 2.3/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky - Noune du Pommereux) took third money for Eric Raffin, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Fourth after a big late rally was 65/1 Jerry Mom (8m Ready Cash - Graziella) for Pierre Vervruysse, trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPG Horses. Vivid Wise As     On April 24 at Halmstad the local Jerry Riordan trainee Aetos Kronos (5m Bold Eagle - Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) scored in the Paralympiatravet Third Qualifier (150,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12kr. Off at 7.3/1 Aetos won impressively from the back with Magnus A. Djuse teaming for Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. Aetos now has 13 wins in 31 starts for 8,544,252SEK. And he has two wins in 2021. He started from post 12 to defeat 41/1 Nadal Broline (11g Yankee Glide - Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) handled by Bjorn Goop. 68/1 odds Heart Of Steel (7g Cantab Hall - Angel Heikant) landed third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Cyber Lane was fifth and Handsome Brad finished eighth. On April 22 at Bollnas the impressive Don Fanucci Zet (5m Hard Livin - Kissed By The West-Western Terror) scored in 1.11.9kr for Orjan Kilhstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. He now has 11 career wins in 19 starts for 5,088,500SEK earned. Diamanten finished second this day. He last started April 2 in his first 2021 appearance when he was second to Clock Bait timed in 1.09.9kr. So far there are four Elitloppet invites for the 2021 event – Ecurie D. Don Fanucci Zet, Aetos Kronos and Vivid Wise As. SEK, PMU, LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Pompano Beach, FL --- Steven Wolf, president of the Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2021 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Chairman of the Board of the national USHWA organization. "While our Florida Chapter was hesitant at first due to the pandemic that canceled our annual fundraising Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame banquet," said Steve Wolf, "we still felt we needed to continue our scholarship program, which is important for our young people to help them with the costs of tuition." Preference for these scholarship awards will be given to a student majoring in journalism, communications or veterinarian related studies. This year there are two sponsors of the scholarships. They are Maggie LaClair and Jay Farrar and Kathleen and Thomas H. Hicks. Applicants must be a resident of the state of Florida and currently accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university in the United States. Criteria for selection include community service, academic achievement, and leadership. Applicants must have demonstrated scholastic ability with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and show evidence of community service and leadership through certificates, awards and/or letters of commendation. Fully completed applications must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2021, for consideration of an August 2021 award. Recipients may reapply annually for a maximum of four years. Applications should be submitted/addressed to the Florida Chapter USHWA, Scholarship Committee, 3508 Sahara Springs Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33069. For more information or to receive an application on the internet, visit http://www.ushwa-florida.com/ or contact via e-mail to Thomas H. Hicks at renparlc@gate.net or Steven Wolf at stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA    

Today’s Prix Aletheia (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters) led the way today at Paris-Vincennes and 6.6/1 Feerie Wood (6f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee) was back in form for the 1.12.5kr timed victory. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the L.Cl. Abrivard trainee to her eighth career victory in 43 starts, now for 391,500€ earned. Feerie Wood was bred by Ecurie D. Today she bested 39/1 Deus Ex Machina (8g Ricimer) with trainer Herve Soinneau up. Third home was 20/1 Fragonard Delo (6g Akim de Cap Vert) for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Feerie Wood On the same card 3/1 Guevara du Pont (5m Tabler - Tina du Pont) scored in a quick 1.11lr for Nicolas Bazire, trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner J.P. Bragato in the Prix Asterope (purse 43,000€, 2100 meters autostart, five year olds). This was his tenth career victory and advanced his earnings to 130,190€. This win was a close one, a nose over 3.9/1 Gold River (5g Coktail Jet - Riviere Eskerorce handled by Matthieu Abrivard. Guevara du Pont The day’s Prix Neptuna (purse 51,000€, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 5.8/1 Eileen (7f Rooyal Dream - Liberation) teamed with trainer Romain Derieux for owner Mauricette De Sousa, as shw won for the 14th time in 32 starts for 247,310€ earned. The  7.1/1 Fiable (6f Ready Cash - Nika) was second handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for Ecurie Comte P de Montesson and trainer Emmanuel Ruault. Third was the 3/1 odds favorite Electra du Vivier (7f Password - Fee de Beauvoisin) for jean Michel Bazire and owned by breeder Jean Yves Lecuyer. Eileen On the prior weekend (April 18) the legendary Jean Pierre Dubois drove two winners at two different tracks. At Alencon the victory was on turf in the Prix de la Conorvine de Saint-Gorma (purse 13,000€, 2675 meters, three year olds). Infiel (3m Goetmals Wood - Avenue Victoria) was victorious for JPD in her first start. Time was not recorded. J. A. Hernandez-Navarro trains this colt. Infiel To watch the race video, click here. At Bihorel des Rouen Dubois won the Prix Brasserie le BG (purse 11,000€, 2500 meters, three year olds) with his Ilismo (3m Scipion du Goutier - Alisma du Corta). This was his first career victory and he was bred by Scuderia di Vergiano Srl. Ilismo PMU, LeTrot files/photos For full race results, click here. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Hatha Josselyn (4fn Charly du Noyer - Ta Josselyn) took the Prix de la Porte Saint-Cloud (purse 38,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) at Enghien this day timed in 1.14.0kr. Hatha was the 1.7/1 favorite and recorded her third career victory now for 63,850€ earned. Jean Michel Bazire teamed his trainee for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Happy Story (4f Prodigious - Rapide Aventure) was second handled by breeder Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Holly Mesloise (4f Roc Meslois) was third for reinsman Eric Raffin Hatha Josselyn On April 21 at Solvalla was the Onions Lopp (purse 20,700€, 1640 meters autostart) that went to 4.9/1 Milliondollarrhyme (7g Ready Cash - Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) clocked in 1.10.7kr. Trainer Fredrick B. Larsson teamed the winner to his 13th career victory in 50 starts now for 4,824,738SEK earned. He is a likely Elitloppet invitee. There was a dead-heat for second between 12/1 Forfantone AM (6m Muscle Hill - Tamla Celeber - Cantab Hall) reined by Torbjorn Jansson and the 4/10 favorite Missle Hill (6m Muscle Hill - India Hall - Garland Lobell) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. 34/1 Chestnut Hill (4m Muscle Hill) and 9/1 Click Bait (5m Cantab Hall) completed the top five. Milliondollarrhyme   PMU, Solvalla files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Freeman de Houelle (6m Vigove - Rafina de Houelle) easily won the Prix Cornelia (purse 80,000€, monte, 2850 meters, eight starters) this day at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.12.2kr. Eric Raffin was the winning jockey for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Stephane Gohier as Freeman won for the eighth time in 31 appearances for 436,080€ in career earnings. He was off as the 4/10  odds favorite and defeated the 6/4! Diamant de Treabat (8g Kuadro Wild) with Clement Frecelle in the irons for trainer/owner Oascal Monthule. Third was 7.7/1 Carioca de Lou (9g Jag de Bellouet) for jockey Leo Abrivard. Freeman de Houelle On Wednesday the Onions Lopp takes place at Solvalla and from that might emerge Elitloppet invitations. Click Bait, Missle Hill and Milliondollarrhyme are among the likely rivals. On Friday at Vincennes will be the Prix Aletheia with that field including Feerie Wood and Feydeau Seven. Then on Saturday at Enghien will be the Gr. I International Prix d’Atlantique (purse 170,000€, 2150 meters) and two divisions of the Summer Race qualifiers for four year olds, each for a 100,000€ purse and raced over 2985 meters. The Atlantique field includes five million euro plus career winners led by 2.44€ million winner Billie de Montfort. The filed is listed below in post position order by horse/driver/trainer: Chica de Joudes (Alain Laurent driver/trainer) Davidson du Pont (Jean Michel Bazire driver/trainer) Billie de Montfort (Gabriele Gelormini, Sebastien Guarato) Vivid Wise As (Alessandro Gocciadoro driver/trainer) Vitruvio (Federico Esposito, Alessandro Gocciadoro) Delia du Pommereux (Eric Raffin, Sylvain Roger) Etonnant (Anthony Barrier, Richard Westerink) Valokaja Hindo (Nicolas Bazire, Jean Michel Bazire) Wild Love (Alexis Prat, Anders Lindqvist) Jerry Mom (Pierre Vercruysse, Luc Roelens) Calle Crown (David Thomain, Tomas Malmqvist) Unique Juni (Matthieu Abrivard, Jurgen Westholm) PMU, Gaet files and photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Who’s Who (7m Maharajah - Reality Pride - From Above) took the Paraolympiatravet second qualifier at Bergsaker Sweden on Saturday. Timed in 1.11.9kr he won for the second time in two 2021 starts in this 2140 meter autostart contest for a purse of 32,551€. Who's Who now has 18 wins in 35 career starts for 8,530,759SEK earned. Orjan Kihlstom was the pilot this day for trainer Pasi Aikio and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB. Very Kronos (7m Ready Cash - Glide About - Yankee Glide) was second with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and owner Kjell Johansson. Third home was Mindyourvalue WF (8g Hovding Lavec - Mind Your Manners - Dahir de Prelong) handled by his trainer Robert Bergh. Esprit Sisu and Noble Superb completed the top five. The Paraolympiatravel final is scheduled for May 8 at Aby. It is expected that Who’s Who and Very Kronos will be joined by Ecurie D, Gelati Cut, Delia du Pommereux, Elian Web, and Racing Mange in that contest. Ecurie D has also been invited to the Elitloppet at the end of May. Who’s Who On the same Bergsaker card was the STL Diamanstoet (purse 24,735€, 2140 meters distance handicap). In this one the 20-meter handicapped and Italian bred Beauty Wind (4f Muscle Hill - Gem Kronos-Self Possessed) prevailed in 1.14.4kr. Bjorn Goop trains and drive this mare for owner Jan Stins and she has six career wins in 15 starts. Her second dam is Meadowbranch Emily (Prakas-Delmonica Hanover). Gaet, ATG files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Dear Friend (8m Orlando Vici - Juventas Broline-Pine Chip) captured the 2021 Seinajoki Race at Seinajoki, Finland Saturday (27,000€, 2100 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.7kr for harness racing driver/trainer Johan Untersteiner. They led throughout to easily defeat Ubertino Grif (8g Libessio Grif - Nebraska Grif - Varenne) with Santtu Raitala at the lines. Third was Willow Pride (7m Love You - Lady Pine - Wired Pine) with Ari Moilanen aboard. Heavily backed Heavy Sound and Vernissage Grif were miscue dq’s early in the race. To watch the race replay, click here. Seinajoki FL racecourse files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Trophee Vert second leg was the Prix de la Sagerie (purse 45,000€, 3500 meters distance handicap, 6-10 year olds) at Tours-Chambray, France and Brillant Madrik (10g Lilium Madrik - Made In Coulonces), off at 1.9/1 odds, overcame his 50 meter handicap to win in 1.15.3kr for harness racing driver Alexandre Abrivard. He is owned by Gilbert Champie and is trained by L.C. Abrivard and this was his 24th career victory now for 482,080€ in life earnings. Etoile du Perche (7f Pine Chip Wood) was second for P.Ph. Ploquin and trainer Vincent Sequin and raced without a distance handicap. He was off at 8.8/1 odds. Third was the 25-meter penalized and 90/1 odds Clyde de la Roche (9g Oiseau de Feux) handled by Aymeric Thomas for trainer David LIzee. The next Trophee Vert leg will be on May 2nd at Rambouillet. Brillant Madrik PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

A solid upper-level card was on display Saturday at Paris-Vincennes including two groupe level contests. Before that was the Prix de la Lorraine (purse 67,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) with victory to 3.9/1 odds Wild Love (7f Love You - Twins Vilda). This Anders Lindqvist trainee has Alexis Prat at the lines as she scored in 1.11.5kr to secure her third victory in France from eight starts and raise her lifetime earnings to 354,265€. The 13/1 Denicheaur de Vif (8g Redlight Jet) was next for trainer/driver Asymeric Thomas. The 5.1/1 odds Et Voila de Muze (7m Royal Dream) was third for Gabriele Gelormini, Wild Love In the Prix de Chatgeau-Gaillard (purse 58,000€, distance 2700 meters, 16 European starters) the 3.4/1 Rebella Matters (6f Explosive Matter - Mystical News) scored in 1.12.4kr for her trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, and owner Stall TRC Rebell for Norway. The winner now has career earnings of 316,165. The 5/2 favorite Domingo d’Ela (8g Opium) was second for J.Ph. Bondajko and third home was 18/1 Carnival du Vivier (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) handled by Clement Duvaldestin. Rebella Matters The Sulky Summer Races Gr II for five year olds (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) featured two superb sons of Coktail Jet and 8/10 favorite Gu d’Heripre (5m Coktail Jet - Vedetta d’Heripre) prevailed for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Philippe Billard and Ecurie d’Heripre. This was Gu d'Heripre's 14th career win now for 795,900€ with this 1.11.2kr score. 2.9/1 Gelati Cut (5m Coktail Jet - Variety Cut) was second for Gabriele Gelormini, trainer R.C. Larue and breeder/owner Ecurie de Windcut. 118/1 Gala Tejy (5m Atlas de Joudes) was third for Thomas Chalon and fourth was 47/1 Gallant Way (5m Ready Cash) for Anthony Barrier (this one trainer by Philippe Allaire for notable journalist/owner Jacques Pauc). Gu d’Heripre  The Prix Jena Riaud (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 5-10 year olds International) completed the day’s groupe level action and this one went to Dorgos de Guez (8g Romcok du Guez - Lady Fromentro) clocked in 1.14.4kr off slowly rated fractions. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire was at the controls for breeder/owner Ecurie Vautors. This 3/10 favorite was from a 25-meter handicap as he recorded career victory 31 and raised his life earnings to 968,330€. Second home was 24/1 Detroit Castelets (8m Neoh Jiel) for David Thomain and 11/1 Eclat de Gloire (7g Tiego d’Etang) took third ahead of 11/1 Jerry Mom (8m Ready Cash) with Pierre Vercruysse aboard. Dorgos de Guez For full race results, click here. PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

This past Friday Vincennes feature was the Gr. II monte Etrier Summer Series for three year olds (purse 100,000€, 2175 meters). The 7.4/1 odds Inoui Danica (3m Boccador de Simm - Sellina Blue) scored in 1.11.3kr for jockey Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. This was his third win for 134,600€ earned. 1.7/1 favorite Ideale du Chene (3f Bird Parker - Royale du Chene) landed second with Paul Philippe Ploquin up for trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj, Third was 25/1 Isidur Paulois (3m Scipion du Goutier) for jockey J.Y. Ricart. Inoui Danica For complete race results, click here. PMU files/photo by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The third leg of the Gran National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 3250 meters distance handicap) took place this day at Lyon la Soie. The 4.8/1 odds Eden Basque (7g Singalo - Janga) scored in 1.13.8kr for pilot Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Nicolas Ensch and Ecurie Castagniccia. This was Eden’s 13th career victory now for 313,740€ earned. The 25-meter handicapped Elvis du Vallon (7m Reve de Beylev) was second for David Thomain and trainer Charles Cullier. Third was 11/1 Degannawldah (8g by  with Francois Lecanu up for trainer Stephane Provoost. Eden Basque PMU files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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