In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance. Subscribe using the below form and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. Each issue includes an in-depth Stallion review not available anywhere else. All previous reviews can now be viewed at www.stallionsphere.com Name Email Subscribe This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Heinz Wewering & Dave Palone; two class acts - When harness driver Dave Palone scored his 16,754th career victory on Friday and surpassed Germany’s Heinz Wewering as the winningest driver in the history of the sport, it also brought to light two great people in our sport. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown! - Whomever coined the phrase, “It all comes down to the Breeders Crown” never said it any better. The year-end major stakes weekend takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands and once again many “yearend awards” in North America will be decided by the outcome of these races. AU: Incident at Melton - Harness Racing Victoria stewards have concluded their case into a post-race incident at Melton recently. NZ: Trackside Coverage - One of the real bugbears in watching harness racing in New Zealand is the coverage provided by Trackside. Most of the coverage is world class from pre-race interviews through to having knowledgeable commentators fronting each race meeting. NZ: The "Met Multiplier" - A lot of industry participants are only to keen to criticize the major clubs and their management over how they program and run their meetings but praise is a lot harder to find. Stallion Review – ART OFFICIAL - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Art Official p,1:47m ($2,085,185). Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).
The YouTube video is a recent piece done on the great French trotter, Ready Cash in a recent training session in France. There is also an interview with harness racing trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin in French. From Christian Le Barbey
Franck Nivard teamed 3/5 favorite Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) to a front stepping four length victory in today’s €120,000 purse Gr. II Prix Jacques de Vauloge at Paris-Vincennes, Contested over 2700 meters by six starters. Bold Eagle scored for the 10th time in 12 career starts and is undefeated in eight 2014 appearances. The good gaited colt is trained by Sebastien Guarato for Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussec-Poupee Charmeuse) was a pocket sitting second for Pierre Vercruysse, driving for trainer Philippe Allaire, with Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) and Franck Ouvrie third ahead of the Allaire trained Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Lure des Victoire) handled by Jos. Verbeeck. The winner rated slow fractions and stormed home an easy winner (fractions: 1.19.3kr at 1500; 1.17.7kr at 1000, 1.17.2kr at 500, 1.15.9kr finish) The co-featured Gr. II Prix Annick Dreux (€130,000 purse, 2700 meters, Gr. II, 9 starters) went to the Mathieu Mottier teamed Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) as the 1.3.1 favorite. She scored for the eighth time in 10 starts. Co-favorite Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was a good second for Eric Raffin, enjoying a pocket spot but unable to threaten the winner. Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) was third for driver/trainer J-M Bazire. The winner was timed in 1.14.8kr over the classic distance after evenly rated fractions. The Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Montignac-Charente (€88,000, 2700 meters for European registrants, 18 starters) for veteran upper-class campaigners. Scarlet Turgot (8f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) scored at 17/1 by three lengths timed in 1.12.7kr after quick fractions. Eric Raffin piloted the winner for trained Yannick-Alain Briand to defeat 169/1 outsider Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec) with 25/1 Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business) third for Christophe Martens. Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemerine) was fourth for Pierre Levesque as the 4/1 favorite. Q+ jackpot was €3.7 million. Over €1.5 million was bet on the Q+ event in the win-place pools alone. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
On Friday afternoon harness racing driver Dave Palone set the industry world ablaze by surpassing Germany's Heinz Wewering by one win, 16,754 to 16,753 as the sports winningest driver in the world. With his main track, The Meadows, outside Pittsburgh, PA, closed for live racing on both Saturday and Sunday, Palone was able to relax and maybe bask in the limelight of his major accomplishment. Well Mr. Palone, Heinz Wewering says you better get back to work, as Wewering, with seven drives Sunday afternoon at Berlin-Mariendorf in Germany, came away with 1 win and 3 third place finishes. So now the two world champion drivers are tied for the lead at 16,754 career wins, at least until Monday. That's when Dave Palone has 14 drives at the Meadows and four of them are the betting favorites. It is inevitable that Palone will surpass Wewering this week and build an insurmountable lead over time that no one may ever be able to come close too. Also noteworthy is that as a trainer, Heinz Wewering had another victory Sunday and now his world title as the winningest trainer ever in harness racing stands pact at 19,300 victories from his stable. Both Heinz Wewering and Dave Palone were unavailable for comment as of the writing of this story. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
Veteran Nahar, a former Elitloppet winner, took today's Gr. II International UET Masters Series Gold Final (King Carl XVI Gustav's Silverhost) at Solvalla over 2140 meters autostart with 250,000SEK to the winner. Trainer Robert Bergh teamed the winner to an easy score timed in 1.10.5kr, a world record over the distance on a 1000 meter track, helped by a first 1000 in 1.09.1kr set by Claes Boko, that ended sixth. The eight year-old gelded son of Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie is owned by Stall Sedin HB and he recorded career win number 30 in 90 starts for earnings of 11,023,098SEK. The victory was his sixth in 2014 from 17 appearances. Stefan Melander's Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with third to Chelsea Boko (5m Chocolatier) for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Sanity and On Track Piraten were in the beaten field of 11 starters. On the Solvalla undercard US trotters were 1-2-3 in the Silver Final over 2140 meters with 220,000SEK to the winner. Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) took the victory for Jennifer Tillman in 1.12.2kr over Underpaid Hanover (5m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) with Orjan Kihlstrom and Tomorrowland (7m Conway Hall-Justice Done-Donerail) and teamster Jorma Kontio. The winner scored for the ninth time in only 20 career starts for earnings now of 1,680,000SEK. Riff Kronos (4m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos-Viking Kronos) took the Solvalla Grand Prix (Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 400,000SEK to the winner), scoring in 1.12.1kr for Veijo Heiskanen over Charrua Forlan with Hans-Owe Sundberg up. Erik Adielsson piloted Vasterbo Loveboat home third. Well-regarded D'One was sixth with Aperfectyankee and Radieux back in the beaten field. The Bronze Final for 200,000SEK to the winner went to Coldtown (5g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) and Jorma Kontio. The Timo Nurmos trainee scored in 1.11.4kr over 2140 meters autostart to defeat Red Rapide and Flemming Jensen with Race Cowboyland third for Johnny Takter. The winner now has 10 career wins in 14 starts for Stall VNT. Other interesting winners on the excellent card included Lover Face (6g Love You-Ambra OK-Mr. Lavec) in the Klass I final over 2140 meters autostart for 200,000SEK to the winner. Trainer Veijo Heiskanen drove the winner to the 1.12kr victory, his ninth career win. The Klass II final (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner) went to Rolex (4m Going Kronos-Oaklea Omega-Balanced Image) with Erik Adielsson driving for trainer Svante Bath. The winner scored in 1.13.2kr for his eighth win in 18 career starts. The Mares final for 200,000SEK to the winner, over 2140 meters voltstart) went to Alvena Take It (4f Make It Happen-Impulsive-Mack Lobell) and trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. She scored in 1.13.6kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
Tiego d’Etang (7m Chaillot-Harolene-Vroum d’Or) sprinted to the top in late last turn and drew clear to win the first “B”, the Gr. II UET Masters Series International Prix de Bretagne for €120,000 purse contested over 2700 meters with 18 starters. Driven by 20 year-old Charles-Julien Bigeon for trainer Christian Bigeon and owner F.L. Adam, the winner accelerated away to score in 1.13.4kr (fractions 1.15.7kr at 1500; 1.14kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500) in a race with numerous early lead changes by Up Sand Quick, Olmo Holz and Texas Charm. Tiego d’Etang went off at 11.3/1 odds and labeled himself as a contender for the 2015 Prix d’Amerique. He now has career earnings in excess of €1.39 million. Second today was the four year-old youngster Akim du Cap Vert (4m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) with trainer/owner/driver Franck Anne up at 11/1. Next across the line was veteran mare Roxane Grif (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) and Eric Raffin, Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) and Joseph Verbeeck and Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres handled by Pierre Vercruysse for Louis Baudron. Severino and favorite Un Mec d’Heripre ended sixth and ninth respectively. The co-featured €120,000 monte Prix Edmond Henry (UET Masters Series Gr. II, 2700 meters, 12 starters, European) went to Ultissimo (6m Gobernador-Altissima-Mon Tourbillon) with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr at 4.1/1 odds over Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide) with J.L.C. Dersoir up for trainer Joel Hallais at 1.3/1 odds with third to Udayama (6f Echo-Lancia du Pont) at 42.1 On the undercard, the Prix de Crosse le Vivien (€75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, European) went to pacesetter Ustinof du Vivier (6g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) with Eric Raffin up. This 21 time winner in 47 career starts is owned by Jean-Yves Lecuyer and trained by Yannick-Alain Briand and was off at 6.5/1 odds. Tornado de l’Ocean was second for Pierre Levesque and owner J-P Barjon with third to Ultimate du Rib for J.L.C. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Rib. In the US today at the new Meadowlands veteran European campaigner Commander Crowe won a qualifier in 1:54.1 for Trond Smedshammer as a tune-up for next weekend’s Breeders Crown Open. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
Tomorrow’s first “B”, the €120,000 Prix de Bretagne starts the path to the 2015 Prix d’Amerique at Vincennes racecourse in France. A total of 18 contestants will travel 2700 meters in this Gr. II 2015 UET Masters Series event. The field includes heavily-campaigned and Elitloppet winner Timoko to be reined by Bjorn Goop and the great mare Roxane Griff with Eric Raffin to drive. Uhlan de Val, Un Mec d’Heripre and Up And Quickare worth watching as well. Eight of the starters sport career earnings in excess of €1 million. Prix de Bretagne (horse/driver/trainer) Axelle Dark (Jos Verbeeck), P. Allaire Olmo Holz (Christophe Martens), V. Martens Juggle Face (Dominik Locqueneux), L. Kolgjini Amour d’Occagnes (Alexandre Abrivard), F. Rebeche Une Fille d’Amour (David Thomain), C. Raimbaud Akim du Cap Vert (Franck Anne), F. Anne Soleil du Fossé (Thierry Duvaldestin). Th. Duvaldestin Village Mystic (Pierre Vercruysse), L. Baudron Uhlan du Val (Cédric Mégissier), C. Megissier Sévérino (Damien Bonne), Ch. Bigeon Un Mec d’Héripré (Franck Nivard), F. Souloy Texas Charm (Julien Dubois), Ph. Moulin Singolo (Cédric Beurel), L. Baudron Rêve de Beylev (Sébastien Ernault), S. Guarato Up And Quick (Jean-Michel Bazire), F. Leblanc Tiégo d’Etang (Charles-Julien Bigeon), Ch. Bigeon Roxane Griff (Eric Raffin), S. Guarato Timoko (Björn Goop), R. Westerink This week has been highlighted by solid performances in Sweden. On November 12 at Solvalla the good two year-old Mister J.P. won in 1.13.6kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 50,000SEK first prize. The J-P Barjon owned son of Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide is trained/driven by Bjorn Goop and remains undefeated in five starts for earnings of 700,000SEK. On that card the Steve Organ (Canada) owned Frisky Magic won in 1.11.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Roger Walmann trainee that is four year-old mare by Kadabra-Frisky Fergi-Garland Lobell) as she earned 70,000SEK first money. Jerry Riordan sent out two winners at Aby on November 13. Rosnay scored in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 20,000SEK. Peter Arnqvist (amateur) drove the four year-old Love You mare from Lovable-Daguet Rapide. Lisa Riordan and Folli Srl owned this one. Peter Ingves scored with another Riordan trainee, The End (2f Self Possessed-Liberia de Jesolo-Lemon Dra), in 1.17.9kr over 1640 meters voltstart to earn 50,000SEK. Lisa Riordan owns this filly that scored in her first start. Riordan was also second with Tiflomia Jet.
During the racing programme next Friday evening Chris Cassar will be honoured as the driver of the month for June 2014 on the Island of Malta. This presentation had not been done before as the local racing season was on a break. 34-year old Chris Cassar lives in Qormi and he obtained his harness racing licence with the Malta Racing Club in 1999. His first official race was with Count Launcher on 4th April 1999 but he had to wait a little bit more than 10 years before he won his first race and this was with Jean Perrine on 19th June 2009. Up until last Sunday, Chris had won a total of 10 races and fnished 40 times from 2nd to 4th place. During June Cassar drove 4 races of which he won two and finished 2nd and 4th in the others. One of his victories was with Panda des Fleches in the Prix de Cabourg, a championship sponsored by the French Trotting Association for Class Silver horses. Next Sunday Chris Cassar will be driving his own horse Original Blue in the President’s Cup Final. The choice for driver of the month is decided by the Malta Racing Club after the journalists who cover the races regularly submit their nominations. This award is being sponsored by M.Demajo (Wines & Spirits) Ltd and their whiskey Johnnie Walker thanks to Mr Alfred Braddick who is the Company’s Marketing Manager. From www/maltatoday.com.mt
Paris-Turf reported today that Ready Cash could return to the races as early as the December 6th Prix du Bourbonnais at Paris-Vincennes, the second "B" leading to the 2015 Prix d'Amerique. The classy veteran retired from competition February 9 and subsequently completed a successful breeding season. Owner Philippe Allaire has been working Ready Cash on his sand fibre strip. More to follow as the exciting story develops along with the Maharajah comeback. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
Anette du Mirel (4f Laetender Diem-Lasa du Mirel) overcame a 50 meter handicap and rallied late for a length win in today’s €40,000 purse, 2800 meter Grand Prix du Nord for four year-olds held at the Hippodrome LeCroise LaRoche in France. Anders Lindqvist trains the winner for owner/breeder Anette Holmgren and Pierre Vercruysse did the driving. Summary follows with replay. http://www.lescourseshippiques.com/hippodrome/649/le-croise-laroche/10-11-2014/90053/course-3-grand-prix-du-nord-des-4-ans-videos.html November 10, 2014 LeCroise LaRoche, Grand Prix du Nord des 4 Ans, €40,000 purse, 2800 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, 1.14kr 1st Anette du Mirel (4f Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner/breeder Mlle. Anette Holmgren, 1.3/1 favorite, 50 meter handicap, three wins and two second place finishes in last five starts 2nd Abercrombis (4g Hyperis-Jarnaquis), Jean-Francois Senet up also owner/trainer, 20.1/1 3rd Amie d’Andy (4f Coktail Jet-Nanyotiere), P-Y Verva trainer/driver, 6.6/1 odds, 25 meter handicap On November 8 at Halmstad, the Oskar Solberg for 50,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart, went to Denmark’s Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with Steen Juul aboard. The winner scored in 1.13.5kr over Donna di Quattro for Bjorn Goop and Rossella Ross for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Jerry Riordan. Tycoon Conway Hall recorded his 13th career win in 27 starts. Also at Halmstad Overtaker By Sib (6g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) took the Silver Division for 125,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart event. Johan Untersteiner teamed this winner home in 1.12.3kr over Royal Fighter with Jennifer Tillman driving with veteran Caliber TT third for Fredrik Persson. The winner scored for the 16th time in 52 career appearances. The Gold Division for 150,000SEK to the winner went to US-bred Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) with trainer Peter Untersteiner aboard. This one scored his sixth career victory in 41 outings. Bon Frecia and Mr. Vida finished two-three. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
Alexandre Abrivard piloted Bilibili (3m Niky-Quotty du Donjon) to victory in today’s €120,000 purse Gr. II Prix Louis Tillaye for three year-olds at Paris-Vincennes. The L. Cl. Abrivard trained, Jean-Pierre Barjon owned colt scored at 9.2/1 odds in 1.15.6kr over the 2700 meter distance for monte performers. 9/10 favorite Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Beluha) was second for Yohan Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire with 67/1 Best Of Jets (3m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) home third. Also on the card was the €95,000 purse Prix du Languedoc over 2700 meters, contested by 13 starters. J-M Bazire teamed his trainee Tornade du Digeon (7f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) to a wide-rallying victory in 1.13.9kr at 1.6/1 odds. Sthieric (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Procaree) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie with Tornado Bello (7m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) third for Pierre Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders, he a half-brother to double Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com