Ulf Nordin - Owner, trainer, driver of Victoria Empress

Sunday racing action in France

July 26, 2015 - Interesting action took place Sunday at a variety of venues including two turf courses. At La Capelle, the Prix D.B. Energies (€30,000 purse, 2750 meters, 12 starters) went to 5.4/1 odds Victoria Empress (6f Magnificent Rodney-Pay The Bill) clocked in 1.15.4kr for owner/trainer/driver Ulf Nordin. 3/1 Vizir des Jacquets (6m Prodigious-Quiet Way) was a close second for Romain Derieux, trainer/driver for owner Antonio De Sousa. 8/1 Veneon (6m Laetenter Diem-Morcalines) was third for Joanna Lindqvist. At Enghien-Soisy the Prix Le Zagalolo de Soisy (€68,000 purse, 2875 meters, 12 European entrants) went to the 1.17.5kr winner Tino Roc (3m Flipp Roc-Indy Roc) for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Thomas Cecere and owner Scuderia Sant Eusehiu (Italy). This 28.6/1 outsider defeated 3/2 favorite Chanson d’Amour (3f Sam Bourbon-Song of Love) for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. 9/1 Toseland Kyu (3m Love You-Zoraya Kyu) was third for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Catello Savarese and owner Ecurie 4AB Sas (Italy). On the grass at Montier Eu Der was held the Prix Bar PMU Centre (purse €45,000, 3000 meters, 13 starters) and the quick 1.16.4kr winner was 7.1/1 odds Vanderlov (6g Orlando Vici-Maestria de Fligny) for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas. The 5/1 second place finisher Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) was handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Laurent Simon. Simon also trains the third place 48/1 Ramses des Charmes (10g Kiss Francis-Hydra de l’Epinay) that Matthieu Verva piloted. At Agon-Coutainville rain soaked the turf but the featured Prix de la Ville d’Agon-Coutainville (purse €35,000, 3575 meters, 16 starters) went off well albeit the slow 1.26.5kr winning time. The 3/2 odds winner was Ultra des Landes (7f Baccarat du Pont-Justice d’Or) for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy ahead of 24/1 Tania du Derby (8f Jag de Bellouet-Kelinotte du Derby) and Sebastien Baude with third to 7/1 Succes de Vaux (9g Edson Tilly-Idole de Brenard) for owner/driver/trainer Michael-Gerard Baron. Thomas H. Hicks  

Traveling Man - In hot form at the moment

The Eupopean week in review

Competitive racing took place this week across multiple harness racing venues and countries. At Kincsem Park (Budapest) July 25, the two major events went to Sanger MS and Myires. Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS) took the Barno DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) in 1.16.6kr for Mitja Slavic by three lengths. Imre Fazekas trains the winner for Italy’s Equine MS Srl. The winner’s sire Victory Scream is by Valley Victory from Screamin-Crowning Point-Appassionato-Tamerlane. Prudy and Old Time Diamant were next to the line. The Super Hanover DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to Myires (8m Tony Oaks-Viragos) clocked in 1.17.7kr for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and owner Illetmeny Kft. Nocscbasz and Magiszter followed the winner home. Earlier on the card the Nemecsek DIJ (360,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) was won by Samuel Becket A.T. (3m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and owners Illetmeny Kft. and Tomislav Visnjac, an eight length score in 1.16.4kr. Diablo Va Bene is a son of Kadabra from Caltina-Enjoy Lavec-Cali Victory-Valley Victory. The dam Simb Lorrikeet is by Pearsall Hanover from Lady Tex Wall-Texas, she a daughter of SWE elite mare Lady Zoot, dam of six winner of over US$100,000 including Lady Snart that won over US$632,000. Also on July 25, at Hagmyren SWE, the Gold Division (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the hot trotting stallion Traveling Man (10m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) for pilot Magnus Jakobsson and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns this winner that scored in 1.11kr for his 28th win in 95 career starts worth earnings of over 3.64SEK million. He is 3-2-2 in 10 starts this year for 1.02SEK million earned. Quid Pro Quo (6m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second two lengths from the victory, with Blended Scotch (6f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit) third to the line. On this card the Silver Division (125,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to Nimbus CD (5g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) for trainer Stefan Hultman, owner Stall Droad AB and the pilot Orjan Kihlstrom, clocked in 1.14.2kr. Monte practitioners went postward July 24 at Romme for a winners’ prize of 30,000SEK over the 1640 meter course, named the Criks Hurricanes Montelopp. Angelo (7g Angus Hall-Sweet Cindy-Malabar Man) stormed to victory for Emilia Leo timed in 1.12.1kr. Mattias Djuse trains and owns the winner that has now won three straight paired with this rider. Angelo has a career slate of 10-6-5 in 55 starts for 1.94SEK million earned. On July 23 at Aby, trainer Jerry Riordan scored another victory with Tornatore Grif (3m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan-Pine Chip) in a 2140 meters turning start event worth 30,000SEK to the winner. Franc Nilsson piloted the winner, that is owned by Mauro Prospero, and with the 1.16.2kr score is now 3-0-1 in seven career starts. On the same card Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer) scored in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart. 35,000SEK went to this winner driven by Christoffer Eriksson and now with a 8-2-0 slate in 16 outings. Thomas H. Hicks

Cash Hanover - Impressive winning his heat of the German Trotting Derby

German Trotting Derby eliminations

Today’s (July 26th) excellent Berlin-Mariendorf card featured four GermanTrotting Derby eliminations for the August 2 classic, each was raced over the 1900 meter autostart course for a €20,000 purse. Favorites captured three of the events as summarized below: Elim 1 Halva Von Haithabu (3m Here Comes Joey-Ada) with Thomas Panschow driving for trainer Holger Neumann and owner Ivic Mijo, recorded his first 2015 victory. Falcon Dragon by Love You and Ingmar Flevo by Ganymede) were next across the line. Elim 2  Ferrari Kievitshof (3m Credit Winner-Shes Got It All) the winner for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Gerrits Recycling Group. The winner is undefeated in five career appearances, this a 1.13.6kr win over Tokay by Timberland and Ivo by Turbo Sund. Elim 3 Cash Hanover (3m Love You-Impasse) was the 1.2/1 odds winner for pilot Thorsten Tietz, trainer Heinz Wilhalm and owner Franck Zickmantel. The winner scored by a diminishing neck for his fourth victory in five starts. Nikkei by Muscles Yankee was second ahead of Friendship Newport by Main Wise As. Cash Hanover Elim 4 Flashback (3m Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) was an impressive three-quarter length winner after a front stepping trip engineered by Hugo Langeweg for trainer/breeder Arnold J. Mollema and owner Draviet Stables. Fox Dragon by Goetmals Wood ended second and Raffaelo Diamant by Chocolatier was third. The winner recorded his third straight victory. The card also included the €20,000 Charlie Mills Memorial over 1900 meters autostart. This international test went to front stepping Vrai Lord (6m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr and owner Stall Antonshof. Zorba Oldeson by Love You, Best Well a mare by Love You and Shoemaker by Oscar Schindler SL were across the line second through fourth. Time 1.14.6kr. The Saturday (July 25) card showcased four Derby Filly eliminations (each €10,000 purse over 1900 meters autostart) and the Monte Derby (purse €20,000 over 1900 meters autostart). A summary of these contests follows: Filly Elim 1  Flori Dragon (3f Sam Bourbon-Odilia Dragon) the winner for trainer/driver Malk Esper and owner Dragon Trotters BV. Filly Elim 2 Gorgeous Love (3f Love You-Georgetown) scored for trainer/driver Rob T. De Vlieger and owner Merwestaal Moer BV. Filly Elim 3 Indira Bo (3f Revenue-Olivera) won this elim for driver Roland Hulskath, trainer Hans-U Bornmann and owner Stall Habo. Filly Elim 4 Janske (3f Offshore Dream-Kosmos Queen) took this final elim for trainer/driver Erwin Bot and owner Gerrits Recycling Group. Monte Derby  Greenspan (5g Oscar Schindler SL-Gravitat) took the victory for Lea Ahokas and owner/trainer Kirsten A. Kleinbrahm timed in 1.13.2kr, just off the 1.13kr record of Prince de Montfort. Valdenburg was second for Jonathan Carre and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, ahead of Armando Kievitshof for Philippe Masschaele up for owner/trainer Henk A.J. Grift. Next weekend promises to be a special one at Berlin-Mariendorf and includes their annual yearling sale.  Thomas H. Hicks

Villeroi

Gr. III Prix Dominique Savary

July 25, 2015 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing card included the Gr. III Prix Dominique Savary (purse €82,000, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European entrants) and 2.1/1 odds Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas) recorded a comfortable front stepping victory for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. The winner closed quickly off soft fractions to be clocked in 1.13.6kr (1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14kr at 500). Italian registered Rue du Bac (5m Infinitif-Ici) was second at 8.5/1 for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Caramera AB. 7.7/1 odds Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) was third for teamster David Thomain. The top three to the line all raced without shoes. The undercard at Enghien was also solid, including the Prix de Picpus (€41,000 purse, 2875 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.16.5kr winner in a blanket finish was 6.9/1 Battambang (4m Roc Meslois-Murcia) clocked in 1.16.5kr for Bernard Piton and trainer/owner J-P Piton. 7.7/1 Boccaccio (4m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) was next for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Ronny Kuiper with 11.3/1 Baldwin Jet (4m Sam Bourbon-Jessica Jet) third for trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen and owner Stall Rita. Cabourg’s July 24 (Friday) Quinte+ (€5 million jackpot) Prix Henri Balliere (€36,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.16kr winner Uhlan Darche (7g Olitro-Kalinka du Louvet) at 10.3/1 for F. Lecanu driving for Ecurie Danover. Favorite 1.7/1 Velino d’Auvrecy (6g Memphis du Rib-Everilda) was second for J.Cl. Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais (owner Ecurie Rib) with 17/1 Under Your Eyes home third for Sebastien Ernault. €753,000 was bet on this race in win and place pools alone. Cabourg’s Prix du Conseil Regional B (€30,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to Buy More Time d’Am (4f Love You-No More Time) at 2.8/1 odds for driver Tony LeBeller, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. The winner was timed in 1.16.7kr. 6/1 Blanche de Valace was second for Anthony Dollion with 28/1 Bahia de Bougy at the line third. At Son Pardo (Spain) the Final Torneig 2015 Espagne (€20,000 purse, 2650 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Quarass Rose (11g Tarass Boulba-Ugada) clocked in 1.17kr. 43/1 Ribat de Beval was second with 20/1 Tamara du Pont third to the line. Elsewhere this day, at Amiens their Prix Prince Royal (€30,000 purse, 2400 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge) clocked in 1.14.7kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The 3/10 favorite is owned by J.G.H. DeJong. Seneuse des Ulmes was second at 20/1 for Franck Ouvrie with Truscott de Guepre third at 12/1. At Biarritz the Prix du President de Folleville (€35,000 purse, 3750 meters, 16 European entrants) went to 2/5 favorite Voctania de Viette (6f Prodigious-Isis des Mariniers timed in 1.19.5kr ahead of Tur Winner (8g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere) and both trained by E. Varin who also owns the winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 25, 2015 - Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) rallied mid-stretch for Joseph Verbeeck to take a three length victory in today’s Prix de Milan (Gr. III, 2150 meters autostart, purse €85,000, 14 European starters) at Enghien-Soisy. Philippe Allaire trains Bird Parker for owner Elisabeth Allaire that was off at 6.5/1 odds. Stablemate Brillantissime (4m Ready Cash-Invre de Victoire) with Pierre Vercruysse up, off at 7.3/1 odds, was away for the early lead and then enjoyed a pocket journey until early stretch when he slipped through on the pegs and looked like a winner until late. Philippe Allaire also trains Brillantissime, for owner Frederic Sauque. The 1.2/1 favorite Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) started from post three and traveled close up on the outer throughout until moving to a short lead at top of stretch. She appeared to take a bad step, faltered and was settled by teamster Eric Raffin and then rejoined the fight to finish third beaten four lengths. Billie is trained by Fabrice Souloy and is owned by Philippe Dauphin. 25/1 Beauty Turgot (4f Hand du Vivier-Quourgame) was fourth for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy with fifth to 11/1 Black d’Avril (4m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) with Franck Ouvrie the pilot for trainer Frederic Prat. This race was the day’s Quinte+ with a jackpot of €5,050,000. Bird Parker was clocked in 1.13.1kr off steady fractions (1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.13.4kr at 500). Win and place handle only on this race exceeded €1,143,000. Thomas H. Hicks  

Fillies by Beissinger Hanover finished 1-2 in Saturday’s  (July 18) Janos Szalay Memorial (ywo year-olds, purse 1.1Huf million, 1800 metersd autostart). Uzorka Ville (2f Beissimger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) scored in 1.22.3kr for driver Zoltan Horvath, trainer Attila Budai and owner Fourbtyr.Kft. In this first major two year-old event of the year, the winner had previously won a qualifyimg race June 27. Ude Szepe (2f Beissinger Hanover-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) finished a close second for Imre Fazekas, also off a June 27 qualifier. Universal Boy (2m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) was third after closing stoutly off a July 4 qualifying victory. The top two were the first to race in Hungary by Beissinger Hanover, a 14 year-old stallion by Self Possessed-Beat The Wheel-Defiant Yankee, that was exported from US to Italy in 2004 after posting a 5-5-2 slate in 22 starts for US$169,574 and a speed mark of 3, 1:56.1. Beissinger won the Dexter Cup and then placed in two graded events in Italy at age four. The Otevesek Nagydija (purse 3Huf million, 3000 meters autostart) was the day’s feature with Rocket Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) home first for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. The winner scored in 1.19.8kr with a strong stretch surge and was bred by Kabala Menes. Pimro Bt./Tamas Bazsonyi are the owners. Royal Flesh (5m Wall Street Banker-Tameways Sweet L-Super Arnie) was second for reinsman Mitja Slavic and trainer Lajos Marton with third to Ripley (5f Tony Oaks-Emma Bass-Crown Sweet) for teamster Joze Sagaji and trainer Veljko Mazsity. The Kincsem Park undercard also included several fine events. The Miksa Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to Vamos Kemp (8m Duran Hanover-Prayer Bar-Donerail) for Viktoria Nemeth, trainer Lajos Marton and owner AMMA Loverseny Kft. The winner was clocked in 1.16.8kr. Rachel CR (5f Indro Park-Briggie Hanover-Pine Chip) took the Sumer DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) in 1.16.1kr. Boris Kecenovic was the pilot for trainer Goran Zolnaji and owner Szikhat Lovas Bt. Conway Boko (6m Castleton Bass-Waecon Boko-Conway Hall) won the Landlord DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1960 meters) in 1.17.3kr for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and owners Illetmeny Kft and Szilvia Hajnal. Boko Stables was the breeder. Racing resumes July 24 with an evening of trots, galop and greyhounds and a full card of trots on July 25. The top sires in HU year to date based on offspring earnings are: Wall Street Banker, 34 wins in 308 starts, 21,070,000Huf earned Incredible Cole, 8 wins in 64 starts, 10,338,000Huf Tony Oaks, 11 wins in 91 starts, 6,537,000Huf Maximus Lindy, 2 wins in 23 starts, 4,246,000Huf Thomas H. Hicks  

July 24, 2015 - Derby Week is underway at Berlin-Mariendorf with today’s Vis-à-Vis Champions (€10,000 purse, 2000 meters distance handicap, nineinternational starters) the featured event. Overcoming a 20 meter penalty, along with Abano As, the Josef Franzl trained and reined Dream Magic BE (6m Dream Vacation-Dantesca Cla) gained a good inner position shortly after the start, and circled wide in the final bend to wear down the leaders to score a narrow victory clocked in 1.13.2kr (race time 2:27.8). The winner, owned by Stall AMB, was off at 2.7/1 odds and increased his career earnings to €287,984. Daydream (7f Gigant Neo-Maydream Meter) was second at 18.2/1 for Michael Nimczyk and owner/trainer Charlotte Jung. 25/1 Man In Black (6g Lets Go-Vasterbo Bodyguard) was third for Herbert Strobl, and owner Stall Marcus. Earlier in the card the Die Brandenburds Allemagne (€5,000 purse, 2500 meters, 10 international starters) went to 6.6/1 Venise des Lucas (6f Defi d’Aunou-Gloria Song). Heinz Wewering drove this winner to an impressive score in 1.16.2kr for trainer Henk AJ Grift and owner Jean F. Senet. Tomorrow action continues with three Derby Filly eliminations and the Monte Derby. Sunday the card includes two Derby Open elims and the Charlie Mills Memorial. Cash Hanover and Thorsten Tietz  headline the Derby hopefuls Sunday. Thomas H. Hicks    

July 22, 2015 - Today’s Enghien Quinte+ (€4.9 million jackpot) was the Prix du Medoc (€65,000 purse, 2875 meters, 16 starters European eligibles) and the open-lengths 1.14kr winner was second-favorite 1.3/1 odds Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo). Jorgen Westholm trains this one for Nortronic KB of Sweden.  1.1/1 favorite H.M. Monocerus (8f Staro Showbiz-Taxi Genova) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin for owner Geir Nordbotten of Norway. 12/1 Ufena Nonantaise (7f Kerido du Donjon-Info Nonantaise) was third for Eric Raffin. Enghien’s Prix de Crespieres (€44,000 purse, 2875 meters, 16 starters) was a 1.16.4kr victory for Auroire Sautonne (5f Ready Cash-Galaxie de Sautonne) with trainer Tonyt LeBeller driving for owner Ecurie de Suatonne. This 4.6/a odds winner defeated 3/2 favorite Athena de l’Abbaye (5f Defi d’Aunou-Galbanella) for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie de l’Abbaye. 23/1 Australio Beco (5f Jam Pridem-High Star) was third in this close battle to the line. The Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters) went to 9/10 odds favorite Akido (5g Love You-Isba) with trainer Franck Nivard up for owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson ahead of 10.6/1 Attila du Gaboreau (5m Mercenaire-Iola du Gabereau) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Mathieu Abrivard. Third was 2.6/1 Alsonn de Gucz (5m Baccarat du Pont-Gitana de Bellouet) with trainer J-M Bazire driving. Time of race was 1.17.3kr over the extended distance. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 19, 2015 - The Sunday’s turf course feature was at Royan with its Grand Prix Jean Maurice Beteau (purse €45,000. 3100 meters, 18 starters) and the 5.8/1 odds winner was Sierra Leone (9f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) reined by J.Cl. Hallais, also owner. 20/1 Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epong Vinn) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Laurent Simon, ahead of 8/1 Ut Viniere (7m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere) and trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard.. The winner was clocked in a sharp 1.17.3kr on the grass. At Vallereal, the Grand Prix de l’Amitie Franco Suisse (purse €34,000, 2450 meters, 14 entrants) went to the 1.16.3kr winner, 1.2/1 odds favorite, Vaillant du Vivier (6m Nijinski Rodney-Lexie du Vivier) for trainer R. Jaffelot ahead of 5/2 odds Twist Lie (8g Indy de Vive-Fiesole de Mareuil) and 13/1 Uttar Pradish (7g Nobody du Chane-Jonque Rapide). This day at La Roche Posay the Prix Concession Nissan (purse €32,000, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to 3.4/1 odds Ah Quel Micha (5m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phara) with Julien Dubois driving for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Amelia Melo (5f Light Up de Vonnac-Lara de Couranne) was second ahead of favorite Ariane du Goutier (5f Goetmals Wood-Logoder Vro) owned by Ecurie Saint Martin. Action at Axevalla featured the Stochampionatet Final (2640 meters. 1SEK million to the winner) and the victory went to Some Summit (4f Dream Vacation-Graceland Summit-Armbro Trick) for Veijo Heiskanen clocked in 1.13.6kr. Three lengths in arrears was Maya Gold (4f Ready Cash-Ograzia November-General November) with Ulf Olsson up with third to Thorn Bird (4f Clark Magistrate-Drugeda-Banker Hall) for Carl Johan Jepson. Also at Axevalla the Borje Nasstroms Akeris (2140 meters autostart, 125,.000SEK to the winner, three year-olds, 12 starters) was won by Target Kronos (3g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) for Ulf Ohlsson up in 1.14.5kr. Lufi Kolgjini trains the winner. In a win photo was Nappa Scar (3m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover) for Per Lennartson. Echauffour US (3m Donato Hanover-Bourbon Dream-Pearsall Hanover) was a length off for Stefan Persson and trainer Jean Baudron. Eketorpets Tess (8f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) was an impressive 1.11.4kr winner of the Senska Hippoloppet (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) for Peter Untersteiner, she a length winner from Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) driven by Christoffer Eriksson. Youana (6f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) was third for Erik Adielsson. Another important event at Axevalla was the Vara Entreprenads (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the quick 1.11.2kr winner was Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne-Falnos Bellona-Mack Lobell) with Johan Untersteiner up. More Than Enough (10g Coktail Jet-Enough Is Enough-Mack Lobell) was beaten one length in second for Jeppe Juel with third to Exodus Hanover (4m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) for Tino Arling. The card also included the Vastgotatidninjars (50,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) with Midnight Glory (4f Cantab Hall-Elegant Victory-Valley Victory) scoring in 1.15.5kr for Erik Adielsson ahead of Global Supremacy (3f Muscle Hall-Brighten Up-Like A Prayer). The winner is 2-0-2 in four starts. Thomas H. Hicks

July 19, 2015 - Creatine (5m Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles) won today’s International Prix Saint Michel (purse €122,000, 8 starters, 1609 meters autostart) for trainer/driver Johnny Takter. From post five, Creatine went for the lead and was parked by Quick Fix and reinsman Jorma Kontio to almost the half mile mark when he yielded to the pocket. Quickly Takter was on the move again and cleared from Quick Fix at the three-quarter mark when he opened three lengths in the final bend and in the lane held off late closing 7/1 odds Solea Rivelliere (9f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) driven by trainer Philippe Daugeard for an easy win clocked in 1.10.29 (1:53.10 mile rate). Creatine was the 5/1 favorite in what was an easy field. Solea Rivelliere was clocked in 1.10.54kr. Veteran Reven d’Amour (10m Revenue-Melody d’Amour) was third at 22/1 timed in 1.10.66kr for trainer Frederik B. Larsson. Seabiscuit and Bret Boko finished fourth and fifth. Smilin Eli, starting from post one, was offstride before the start. Creatine, racing with shoes on, went a tough trip and might be an important factor in future upper-class events. Adam Bowden (Diamond Creek) owns the winner.   No. Horse Driver Ed. km 1 5 Creatine JW Takter 1'10''3 2 6 Soléa Rivellière Ph. Daugeard 1'10''5 3 2 Reven d'Amour H. Torvinen 1'10''7 4 4 Seabiscuit Mr. Forss 1'10''9 5 7 Bret Boko A. Moilanen 1'11''5   6 8 Stormysky J. Torvinen 1'11''6 7 3 Quick Fix J. Kontio 1'11''7 8 1 Smilin Eli Reden D. 1'16''1   Thomas H. Hicks  

July 18, 2015 - Harness racing action Saturday was at Enghien-Soisy near Paris with two groupe races on the harness racing card. The Gr. II Prix de Buenos-Aires (€120,000 purse, 4150 meters, 10 European starters) headlined the program and 4/5 favorite Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) scored for Norway and reinsman Franck Nivard. Goran Antonsen owns the winner of this marathon contest. 27/1 Nefertite del Rio (8f Varenne-Zeudia) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard with Athos des Elfes (5m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) and trainer/driver Joel Van Eeckhaute placed third through disqualification, off at 13/1 odds. Taormina d’Em (8f Cedre du Vivier-Nevedara d’Em) at 22/1 was placed fourth for driver Tony LeBeller with Ricimer (10m Hermes du Buisson-Guka de la Chaise) placed fifth at 22/1 odds and reined by trainer/owner Herve Sionneau.  The marathon distance was intelligently rated (1.21.2kr at 1000; 1.19.5kr at 500 meters to go). 2.4/1 odds Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) won the Prix du Faubourg (€68,000 purse, 2875 meters, 10 starters) today for Eric Raffin. Timed in 1.15.2kr, the winner handled 3.2/1 second place Bodeguita (4f Repeat Love-Netchka d’Orgeres) and reinsman Gabriel Gelormini and trainer/owner Louis Baudron. Third went to 6.2/1 Brise Marine (4f Ready Cash-Orange Mecanique) and Mathieu Mottier. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 11 starters) resulted in a 2/5 odds victory by favorite Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede-Nobkle Nanette) with J-M Bazire aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc. 7.6/1 Chateauroux (3m Sam Bourbon-Only Way-Vikings Way) was second for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois driving for trainer Yves Boireau. This pair traveled the death seat throughout with stablemate 11.8/1 Chanson d’Amour (3f Sam Bourbon-Song of Love-Coktail Jet) holding third for Julien Dubois, trainer Boireau and owner J-P Dubois after following Chateauroux all the way. Song of Love is a daughter of Guilty of Love, dam of Love You, Nice Love, Repeat Love and In Dix Huit. The winners’ time was 1.18.2kr after very modest fractions (1.21.9kr at 1000; 1.19.4kr at 500). The Quinte+ Prix de la Porte Montmartre (€55,000 purse, 2150 meters, 16 European starters) went to 4.9/1 Prince du Poggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) with Eric Raffin at the lines for trainer Vincent Lacroix. The winning pair was clocked in 1.13.5kr off comfortable fractions (1.14.5kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500). 5.9/1 Going For Gold Zaz (7m Scarlet Knight-Spritte Zaz) was second for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Robert Bergh with Nantucket (9m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady) home third for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Sofia Aronsson at 8.5/1 odds. 19/1 Georgina Corner (6f Love You-Georgetown) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Mike Lenders for German owner Klaus Bockhoff, with fifth at 44/1 to Conway Fortuna (6m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee) for driver Thomas Levesque, Mike Lenders the trainer and owner Gerrits Recycling. The exact order €2 ticket paid over €25,000.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 11 Prince Di Poggio ITY E. Raffin Y. Fenech V. Lacroix 2ème 9 Going For Gold Zaz SWE D. Locqueneux Kings Arms & Avesta A B R. Bergh 3ème 4 Nantucket SWE F. Ouvrie Stall Syren Mme S. Aronsson 4ème 13 Georgina Corner GER P. Vercruysse K. Bockhoff M. Lenders 5ème 15 Conway Fortuna HOL T. Levesque Gerrits Recycling Group M. Lenders The Enghien card also yielded the following winners: Verano du Reynard (6m Insert Gede-Nuranic des Nies) in the  €48,000, 2875 meters Prix du Palais Bourbon clocked in 1.15.1kr for Pierre Vercruysse Calliope de Reux (3f Password-Queen Jet) in the Prix de Notre Dame (€42,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart) for owner/trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen timed in 1.16.6kr Alderman (5g Phlegyas-Initia) for Eric Raffin in the Prix des Quinjze Vingt (€55,000 purse, 2875 meters) timed in 1.13.9kr Tomorrow a major international race takes place at Mikkeli, Finland. The Prix Saint Michel Finlande goes for a purse of €122,000 with only eight starters over the 1609 meters autostart course. The field is listed below in post order: Smilin Eli, Daniel Reden Reven d’Amour, Hannu Toruine Quick Fix, Jorma Kontio Seabiscuit, Mika Forss Creatine, Johnny Takter Solea Riveliere, Philippe Daugeard Bret Boko, Ari Moilanen Stormysky, J. Torvinen Creatine is the highest career money winner in this group. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 18, 2015 - On July 17 at Axevella, Gematrix (3f Explosive Matter-Ginevre-SJ’s Caviar) took the Bjertorps Traveamps (2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, three year-olds). Torbjorn Jansson drive the winner for trainer Frode Hamre, this one a 2015 US import. She has a 3-2-3 slate in nine career appearances after this 1.14.7kr victory. On the same card the Venernkotts Femarinpspris (2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, five year-olds) went to Boys Going In (5m Going Kronos-Namore-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Johan Untersteiner aboard, timed in 1.12.1kr. Boys Going In now has a 9-4-3 slate in 31 starts for 1,703,150SEK earned. Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) was second in a photo for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. At Bergsaker on July 16 Trading (3f Deweycheatumnhowe-Hostage-Express Ride) took the Norrlands Elit Final over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 200,000SEK for the 1.13.1kr win in this three year-old event with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Svante Bath. She has a 4-1-1 slate in eight career starts. Hostage is the dam of Quid Pro Quo, a Yankee Glide winner of over US$810,000. The Norrlands Grand Prix Final for four year-olds (2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK first prize) went to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) in 1.11.6kr for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. He scored by five lengths and now sports a 10-4-7 slate in 35 career outings. Another US import, Scacco Matto, finished eighth in this race. The same day at Karlshamn, a 1680 meters autostart event, worth 22,000SEK to the winner, went to Celebrity Hall (6g Tom Ridge-Canne Angus-Magna Force) with Peter Ingves driving. He stopped the teletimer in 1.15.8kr for his sixth career win in 41 starts. Canne Angus is dam of Canland Hall (US$2,687.000), Cameron Hall (US$1,816,000) and Courtney Hall (US$114,000). The top race of the July 15 day was held at Solanget where the Silver Division (100,000SEK to the winner, 1646 meters autostart) was won by Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) with Ulf Ohlsson driving. Knows Nothing recorded his 16th career victory in 44 outings, now for over 5.2SEK million earned. In addition to Knows Nothing, his dam Savvy Yankee produced Rocky Balboa (US$435,000) and Muscles To Spare (US$257,000). International fast-class winner Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) was second for Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin AM. Third was Shaq Is Back (8m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream) trained by Daniel Reden and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom. Ed You has 25 wins for 5.8SEK million won; Shaq Is Back has 21 wins for almost 4.6SEK million earned. Thomas H. Hicks

July 12, 2015 - Robin Bakker teamed Holland’s 7/1 odds Attrape Moi (8m Orlando Vici-Make My Day Pay) to victory in today’s Prix Vismie (€35,000 purse, 2900 meters, 16 European starters) covering the course clocked in 1.15.3kr. C-F Kamminga trains the winner for owner M-A-M Willemsen. 55/1 Tonnerre de l’Inam (8g Look de Star-Esperance du Chene) was next for trainer/driver A-H Post with Norway’s 107/1 Farmer’s Julia (8f Juliano Star-Frame Talk) third ahead of even-money favorite King Of The World (6m Magnificent Rodney-Queen Of Hearts) with trainer Michael Nimczyk aboard for owner Johann Lenz (AUT). Amiens’ Prix Une de Mai (€22,000 purse, 2400 meters autostart, 14 entrants) was taken by the Franck Ouvrie teamed Be You Soon (4f Goetmals Wood-See You Soon) at 3.6/1 odds clocked in 1.17.2kr. Tomas Malmqvist trains this winner for Stall Panamera Racing. Dam See You Soon is a 2006 foal Love You-Langone, she a daughter of Defi d’Aunou-Rangone-High Echelon. This is the maternal family of Prix d’Amerique winner Oyonnax (US$2,120,534) and other top money winners Giesolo du Lou (US$2,126,161), Daguet Rapide (US$1,875,661), Dream With Me (US$1,576,616) and Arnaquer (US$1,089,890). The family also produced Indy de Vive, sire of Ready Cash, along with Rombaldi, Trotting Race and Quatre Juillet. 5/1 Bambina Fortuna (4f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jina Fortuna) was second driven by Gabriel Gelormini with third to 8/1 Baraka Eretra (4f Gobernador-Vahine des Pres) and trainer/driver P-Y Verva. The turf specialists battled Sunday at St. Jean de Monts in the Prix Coved (€34,000 purse, 2625 meters, 16 starters). 1.8/1 odds Vagabond d’Echal (6g Quadrophenio-Malice de Piercla) took victory for trainer/driver J-M Bazire timed in 1.18.7kr. 27/1 Ton Ami du Prieur (8g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny du Prieur) was second for M. Bezier ahead of 17/1 Tender And True (8g Coktail Jet-Go Along) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Thomas H. Hicks

July 11, 2015 - The Saturday July 11,the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (€95.000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) at Enghien presented a top flight harness racing lineup on a sunny day before a fine audience: Nene’Degli Ulivi, Pierre Vercruysse Olmo Holz, Ch. Martens Ru de l’Airou, FranckOuvrie Texas de l’Iton, T. De Genouil Scarlet Turgot, Eric Raffin Princess Grif, Roberto Andreghetti Tornado Bello, Thomas Levesque Beckman, Franck Nivard Tornade du Digeon, Jos. Verbeeck Rue du Bac, Tony Le Beller (Italy) Moses Rob, Andrea Guzzinati Italian-bred Princess Grif (6f Varenne-Fauve Grif), at 6/1 odds, staged a victorious late rally for teamster Roberto Andreghetti to score in 1.12.8kr, by two lengths, for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, from pacesetter Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) handled by trainer Christophe Martens, also Italian-bred. Italy’s Moses Rob (9m Ganymede-Etoile Rob) was third for teamster Andrea Guzzinati and owner Scuderia Sole Che Sorgi. The fractions were moderate and speed steadily increased during the contest (1.13.4kr at 1000; 1.13kr at 500). It was an Italian clean sweep. The first of several other top class races July 11 at Enghien was the Prix du Louvre (Gr. III €85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 10 European starters) and after a mid-race no contest ruling the race was re-started and the 0.5/1 favorite prevailed. Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) scored in 1.15.5kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. 6/1 Red Rose America (Italian-bred by the late Lou Guida, followed to be second for Tony Le Beller, trainer Souloy and owner Stall Panamera Racing. 13/1 Alpha Saltor (5m Paris-Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was third for Mathieu Abrivard. Race fractions were modest (1.16.3kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500) with Lionel controlling the affair throughout. The Prix de Villiers (€48,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) was the day’s Q+ event (€4.35 million jackpot) and it went to the 9/10 favorite, Sweden-bred, Calvin Borel (5m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan) with owner/trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer driving. The winner led for much of the race and barely held on for the 1.13.6kr victory (fractions 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.4kr at 500). Mathieu Mottier teamed 11/1 Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) to second ahead of 43/1 Arlequin (5m Hasting-Imagine) with Joseph Verbeeck up for trainer Luc Roelens.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 1644   Ordre :       80.760,00€   Désordre :       1.615,20€   Bonus 4 :       159,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       42,00€   Bonus 3 :       11,20€ The Prix du Palais de Chaillot (€68,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 European starters) went to Sweden-bred Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Forty Two) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard for trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Nortronic KB. Off at 7/1 odds the winner was clocked in 1.14.4kr over the extended distance with accelerating speed (fractions 1.15.5kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500). Tina Jolie (8f Jasmin de Flore-Mirea des Picares) was next for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Helena Krom with third to Urgos (7m Kesaco Phedo-Orcieres) and teamster Joseph Verbeeck and trainer J-M Bazire.  Thomas H. Hicks  

July 11, 2015 - The Saturday July 11 Arjang SWE feature was the Arjang Stora Sprinterlopp (600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, Gr. II International - UET Masters Series) with a solid field battling before a huge on-track audience: Global Money, Robert Bergh Repay Merci, Knud Monster Maven, Johnny Takter BBS Sugarlight, Peter Untersteiner Mosaique Face, Lutfi Kolgjini Reven d’Amour, Ulf Olsson Royal Fighter, Jennifer Tillman Arazi Boko, Christoffer Eriksson Delicious, Orjan Kihlstrom On Track Piraten - scratched Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) rallied off cover in the stretch to score comfortably for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden, clocked in a sharp 1.10kr. Off at 5.2/1 odds, the winner, a 2012 US import bred by Lindy Farms and developed by Ron Gurfein, defeated fast closing Repay Merci (7m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News) and Knud Monster that was off at 47/1. Repay Merci came from last with a huge four wide move off the final bend to just catch third place Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) that, at 5.3/1 odds, was three-wide early and then positioned in the death seat for Lutfi Kolgjini with Delicious behind and US-owned and bred Maven behind her for Johnny Takter. Maven made a three wide move mid-way on the backstretch at the 5/8 mile market but she made a miscue and interfered with Royal Fighter and Jennifer Tillman. Thomas H. Hicks  

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July 26, 2015 - Interesting action took place Sunday at a variety of venues including two turf courses. At La Capelle, the Prix D.B. Energies (€30,000 purse, 2750 meters, 12 starters) went to 5.4/1 odds Victoria Empress (6f Magnificent Rodney-Pay The Bill) clocked in 1.15.4kr for owner/trainer/driver Ulf Nordin. 3/1 Vizir des Jacquets (6m Prodigious-Quiet Way) was a close second for Romain Derieux, trainer/driver for owner Antonio De Sousa. 8/1 Veneon (6m Laetenter Diem-Morcalines) was third for Joanna Lindqvist. At Enghien-Soisy the Prix Le Zagalolo de Soisy (€68,000 purse, 2875 meters, 12 European entrants) went to the 1.17.5kr winner Tino Roc (3m Flipp Roc-Indy Roc) for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Thomas Cecere and owner Scuderia Sant Eusehiu (Italy). This 28.6/1 outsider defeated 3/2 favorite Chanson d’Amour (3f Sam Bourbon-Song of Love) for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. 9/1 Toseland Kyu (3m Love You-Zoraya Kyu) was third for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Catello Savarese and owner Ecurie 4AB Sas (Italy). On the grass at Montier Eu Der was held the Prix Bar PMU Centre (purse €45,000, 3000 meters, 13 starters) and the quick 1.16.4kr winner was 7.1/1 odds Vanderlov (6g Orlando Vici-Maestria de Fligny) for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas. The 5/1 second place finisher Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) was handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Laurent Simon. Simon also trains the third place 48/1 Ramses des Charmes (10g Kiss Francis-Hydra de l’Epinay) that Matthieu Verva piloted. At Agon-Coutainville rain soaked the turf but the featured Prix de la Ville d’Agon-Coutainville (purse €35,000, 3575 meters, 16 starters) went off well albeit the slow 1.26.5kr winning time. The 3/2 odds winner was Ultra des Landes (7f Baccarat du Pont-Justice d’Or) for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy ahead of 24/1 Tania du Derby (8f Jag de Bellouet-Kelinotte du Derby) and Sebastien Baude with third to 7/1 Succes de Vaux (9g Edson Tilly-Idole de Brenard) for owner/driver/trainer Michael-Gerard Baron. Thomas H. Hicks  
Competitive racing took place this week across multiple harness racing venues and countries. At Kincsem Park (Budapest) July 25, the two major events went to Sanger MS and Myires. Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS) took the Barno DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) in 1.16.6kr for Mitja Slavic by three lengths. Imre Fazekas trains the winner for Italy’s Equine MS Srl. The winner’s sire Victory Scream is by Valley Victory from Screamin-Crowning Point-Appassionato-Tamerlane. Prudy and Old Time Diamant were next to the line. The Super Hanover DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to Myires (8m Tony Oaks-Viragos) clocked in 1.17.7kr for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and owner Illetmeny Kft. Nocscbasz and Magiszter followed the winner home. Earlier on the card the Nemecsek DIJ (360,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) was won by Samuel Becket A.T. (3m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and owners Illetmeny Kft. and Tomislav Visnjac, an eight length score in 1.16.4kr. Diablo Va Bene is a son of Kadabra from Caltina-Enjoy Lavec-Cali Victory-Valley Victory. The dam Simb Lorrikeet is by Pearsall Hanover from Lady Tex Wall-Texas, she a daughter of SWE elite mare Lady Zoot, dam of six winner of over US$100,000 including Lady Snart that won over US$632,000. Also on July 25, at Hagmyren SWE, the Gold Division (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the hot trotting stallion Traveling Man (10m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) for pilot Magnus Jakobsson and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns this winner that scored in 1.11kr for his 28th win in 95 career starts worth earnings of over 3.64SEK million. He is 3-2-2 in 10 starts this year for 1.02SEK million earned. Quid Pro Quo (6m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second two lengths from the victory, with Blended Scotch (6f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit) third to the line. On this card the Silver Division (125,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to Nimbus CD (5g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) for trainer Stefan Hultman, owner Stall Droad AB and the pilot Orjan Kihlstrom, clocked in 1.14.2kr. Monte practitioners went postward July 24 at Romme for a winners’ prize of 30,000SEK over the 1640 meter course, named the Criks Hurricanes Montelopp. Angelo (7g Angus Hall-Sweet Cindy-Malabar Man) stormed to victory for Emilia Leo timed in 1.12.1kr. Mattias Djuse trains and owns the winner that has now won three straight paired with this rider. Angelo has a career slate of 10-6-5 in 55 starts for 1.94SEK million earned. On July 23 at Aby, trainer Jerry Riordan scored another victory with Tornatore Grif (3m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan-Pine Chip) in a 2140 meters turning start event worth 30,000SEK to the winner. Franc Nilsson piloted the winner, that is owned by Mauro Prospero, and with the 1.16.2kr score is now 3-0-1 in seven career starts. On the same card Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer) scored in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart. 35,000SEK went to this winner driven by Christoffer Eriksson and now with a 8-2-0 slate in 16 outings. Thomas H. Hicks
Today’s (July 26th) excellent Berlin-Mariendorf card featured four GermanTrotting Derby eliminations for the August 2 classic, each was raced over the 1900 meter autostart course for a €20,000 purse. Favorites captured three of the events as summarized below: Elim 1 Halva Von Haithabu (3m Here Comes Joey-Ada) with Thomas Panschow driving for trainer Holger Neumann and owner Ivic Mijo, recorded his first 2015 victory. Falcon Dragon by Love You and Ingmar Flevo by Ganymede) were next across the line. Elim 2  Ferrari Kievitshof (3m Credit Winner-Shes Got It All) the winner for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Gerrits Recycling Group. The winner is undefeated in five career appearances, this a 1.13.6kr win over Tokay by Timberland and Ivo by Turbo Sund. Elim 3 Cash Hanover (3m Love You-Impasse) was the 1.2/1 odds winner for pilot Thorsten Tietz, trainer Heinz Wilhalm and owner Franck Zickmantel. The winner scored by a diminishing neck for his fourth victory in five starts. Nikkei by Muscles Yankee was second ahead of Friendship Newport by Main Wise As. Cash Hanover Elim 4 Flashback (3m Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) was an impressive three-quarter length winner after a front stepping trip engineered by Hugo Langeweg for trainer/breeder Arnold J. Mollema and owner Draviet Stables. Fox Dragon by Goetmals Wood ended second and Raffaelo Diamant by Chocolatier was third. The winner recorded his third straight victory. The card also included the €20,000 Charlie Mills Memorial over 1900 meters autostart. This international test went to front stepping Vrai Lord (6m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr and owner Stall Antonshof. Zorba Oldeson by Love You, Best Well a mare by Love You and Shoemaker by Oscar Schindler SL were across the line second through fourth. Time 1.14.6kr. The Saturday (July 25) card showcased four Derby Filly eliminations (each €10,000 purse over 1900 meters autostart) and the Monte Derby (purse €20,000 over 1900 meters autostart). A summary of these contests follows: Filly Elim 1  Flori Dragon (3f Sam Bourbon-Odilia Dragon) the winner for trainer/driver Malk Esper and owner Dragon Trotters BV. Filly Elim 2 Gorgeous Love (3f Love You-Georgetown) scored for trainer/driver Rob T. De Vlieger and owner Merwestaal Moer BV. Filly Elim 3 Indira Bo (3f Revenue-Olivera) won this elim for driver Roland Hulskath, trainer Hans-U Bornmann and owner Stall Habo. Filly Elim 4 Janske (3f Offshore Dream-Kosmos Queen) took this final elim for trainer/driver Erwin Bot and owner Gerrits Recycling Group. Monte Derby  Greenspan (5g Oscar Schindler SL-Gravitat) took the victory for Lea Ahokas and owner/trainer Kirsten A. Kleinbrahm timed in 1.13.2kr, just off the 1.13kr record of Prince de Montfort. Valdenburg was second for Jonathan Carre and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, ahead of Armando Kievitshof for Philippe Masschaele up for owner/trainer Henk A.J. Grift. Next weekend promises to be a special one at Berlin-Mariendorf and includes their annual yearling sale.  Thomas H. Hicks
July 25, 2015 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing card included the Gr. III Prix Dominique Savary (purse €82,000, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European entrants) and 2.1/1 odds Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas) recorded a comfortable front stepping victory for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. The winner closed quickly off soft fractions to be clocked in 1.13.6kr (1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14kr at 500). Italian registered Rue du Bac (5m Infinitif-Ici) was second at 8.5/1 for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Caramera AB. 7.7/1 odds Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) was third for teamster David Thomain. The top three to the line all raced without shoes. The undercard at Enghien was also solid, including the Prix de Picpus (€41,000 purse, 2875 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.16.5kr winner in a blanket finish was 6.9/1 Battambang (4m Roc Meslois-Murcia) clocked in 1.16.5kr for Bernard Piton and trainer/owner J-P Piton. 7.7/1 Boccaccio (4m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) was next for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Ronny Kuiper with 11.3/1 Baldwin Jet (4m Sam Bourbon-Jessica Jet) third for trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen and owner Stall Rita. Cabourg’s July 24 (Friday) Quinte+ (€5 million jackpot) Prix Henri Balliere (€36,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.16kr winner Uhlan Darche (7g Olitro-Kalinka du Louvet) at 10.3/1 for F. Lecanu driving for Ecurie Danover. Favorite 1.7/1 Velino d’Auvrecy (6g Memphis du Rib-Everilda) was second for J.Cl. Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais (owner Ecurie Rib) with 17/1 Under Your Eyes home third for Sebastien Ernault. €753,000 was bet on this race in win and place pools alone. Cabourg’s Prix du Conseil Regional B (€30,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to Buy More Time d’Am (4f Love You-No More Time) at 2.8/1 odds for driver Tony LeBeller, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. The winner was timed in 1.16.7kr. 6/1 Blanche de Valace was second for Anthony Dollion with 28/1 Bahia de Bougy at the line third. At Son Pardo (Spain) the Final Torneig 2015 Espagne (€20,000 purse, 2650 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Quarass Rose (11g Tarass Boulba-Ugada) clocked in 1.17kr. 43/1 Ribat de Beval was second with 20/1 Tamara du Pont third to the line. Elsewhere this day, at Amiens their Prix Prince Royal (€30,000 purse, 2400 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge) clocked in 1.14.7kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The 3/10 favorite is owned by J.G.H. DeJong. Seneuse des Ulmes was second at 20/1 for Franck Ouvrie with Truscott de Guepre third at 12/1. At Biarritz the Prix du President de Folleville (€35,000 purse, 3750 meters, 16 European entrants) went to 2/5 favorite Voctania de Viette (6f Prodigious-Isis des Mariniers timed in 1.19.5kr ahead of Tur Winner (8g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere) and both trained by E. Varin who also owns the winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

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