Day At The Track
Fabulous Wood, harness racing

Fabulous Wood & Fleche Bourbon win at Vincennes

Four groupe II events highlighted today’s Paris Vincennes program. These races began with the Prix Pierre Plazon (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 13 starters – three year old males) and the 3/5 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) won again with Matthieu Abrivard driving. Yves Boireau trains the 1.15.7kr timed winner for Scuderia Winner Stable. Jean Pierre Dubois bred Fabulous Wood that now has six wins in eight career starts for 106,750 euro earned. The 33/1 outsider Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) was second with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was 9/1 Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) took third with Gabriele Gelormini driving. Fleche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn-Goetmals Wood) continued her excellent performance with victory in the Prix Guy Deloison (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, ten starters – three year olds fillies). Off as the 5/10 favorite was Fleche Bourbon, trained by Sebastien Guarato for breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. J.Ph. Monclin teamed the winner to a 1.14.3kr score, well off Traders 1.10.8kr race record, as he remained undefeated in seven starts now for 164,250 euro earned. 12/1 odds Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steed) took second for owner Ecurie AB Trot and trainer/driver Franck Anne. Folelli (3f Timoko-Andrea d’Ecajeul) was third for Alexandre Abrivard at 8.2/1, this one owned by Flavien Prat and trained by breeder Frederic Prat. 46/1 Fanina des Racques (3f Ready Cash) with Anthony Barrier up and 9/1 Fame And Fortune (3f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with Jean Pierre Dubois finished fourth and fifth. Dubai D’essarts (5f Kaisy Dream-Ode des Essarts) took today’s Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (Gr. II, monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2175 meters, eight five year old starters) clocked in 1.11.3kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Francois Lagadeuc was in the irons for breeder/owner Ecurie Des Essarts. The 3/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty) was second for Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque.  Third was 21.9/1 odds Darlhey du Rib (5f Ganymede) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir aboard for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Five year old open class performers contested the Prix Jockey (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed victory to the 4.6/1 odds Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune de Pommereux) with Franck Nivard up. Sylvain Roger trains the winner that Noel Lolic bred and owns. This one now has 10 career wins in 35 starts for 614,050 euro earned. 29/1 odds Diable de Vauve (5m Prince d’Espace-Pay Star) took second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Mme. Emilie LeBeller. 33/1 Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Albert Rayon. 2.2/1 favorite Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and Django Riff was fifth. On August 18 at Cagnes sur Mer was the Prix Franeur (purse 30,000 euro, 2925 meters, 1o starters) and the 3/10 favorite Funky Jet (3m Sam Bourbon-Pine Apple Jet) remained undefeated with his third straight win. Trainer Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Ecurie Augustin Normand owned colt that now has career earnings of 31,050 euro. The 21/1 Fingers Cross (3m Ganymede) was a solid second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux with third to 27/1 odds First d’Occagnes (3m Atlas de Joudes). The winner led early, yielded and re-took before entering the lane blocked. Vercruysse patiently waited for the inside to open and then jetted forward to win. On the same card Vercruysse scored again in the Prix de la Promenade des Anglais (purse 14,000 euro, 2925 meters, 11 starters in for a 14,000 euro claiming tag). The 4.6/1 odds Uttingeois (10g Gros Grain-Karadu Niel) was the winner timed in 1.14kr to defeat 13/1 Visconti (9g Magnificent Rodney) and 30.1 Verdict d’Honnear (9g Prodigious). Claiming events are rare on the FR condition sheets. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tamara, harness racing

Fazekas wins two features at Kincsem Park

Trainer Imre Fazekas won both Saturday classics at Kincsem Park. He directed Zenit Charme (3m Offenbach Bigi-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) to a straight heat victory in the Istvan Szent DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap in both heats). The even-money favorite took the first heat timed in 1.19.3kr for owner Pimri and the winning team bested Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Datomea PL-Friendly Face) with Tibor Hajnal up with third to Zseneroz (3f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) driven by Sandor Varga for trainer Balazs Juhasz. This trio traveled that stated distance. The 60 meter handicapped Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy) was a game fourth. The second heat produced a repeat finish with winning Zenit Charme timed in 1.19.7kr as the Fazekas trainee defeated Zapato and Zseneroz with this three earning the top three placings that determined purse distribution. Pimri owns the winner. The co-feature was the Janos Szalay Memorial (purse 1,100,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, two year olds). Aurum Ville (2m Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) scored for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and owner Silver and Black Racing (Gyorgy Horvath and two US partners associated with the Oakland Raiders, Jeffrey Leonardo and Paul Guenther ), timed in 1.20.9kr and off at 9/2 odds. Apollo Creed (2m Vioxx SR-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was second for trainer/driver Lajos Marton and Adolfina B (2f Vioxx SR-Mis Tova-Chip Chip Hooray) was third for trainer Marton and driver Emil Csordas. Earlier in the program was the Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs Memorial (purse 600,000Huf) with victory going to Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) with Tibor Hajnal up and timed in 1.17.5kr over 1900 meters autostart. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L) and Rafael Bit (8g Prime Prospect) completed the top three. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bugsy Malone, harness racing

Bugsy Malone scores seventh straight win

Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) easily took Sunday’s Trophee Vert event named the Grand Prix Ville Montier and raced at Montier en Der. Timed in 1.15.2kr on the grass, the 3/10 favorite recorded his seventh straight Trophee Vert victory and he now has 113 series points versus 74 for Bebert Express and 56 for Utile Lebel. As usual Yoann Lebourgeois teamed Bugsy for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. He now has 26 career wins in 46 starts for 719,810 euro earned. 9/1 odds Astor de Rozoy (8m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) was second handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, Third was the 37/1 outsider Crazy Look (6g Look de Star) with Cedrik Derham on the lines. On Saturday action at Cagnes sur Mer featured the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 75,000 euro, 2925 meters, 13 starters). Aigle Jenilou (8g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) scored for driver Gwenn Junod timed in 1.12.8kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet) was second at 3.7/1 with J.Ch. Feron aboard for trainer/owner Jean Paul Marmion, facing a 25 meter handicap and timed in 1.12.3kr.  Chicago Blues (6m Prodigious) took third for driver Romuald Mourice ahead of Uranium (10g Jag de Bellouet) with Junior Guelpa up and fifth finishing and 2/5 favorite Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis) with Pierre Vercruysse. This one was handicapped 25 meters and was timed in 1.12.7kr. Friday the Quinte+ was at Cabourg in the Prix de Granville (purse 35,000 euro, 2750 meters distance handicap, 14 European starters). Victory went to the 20/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) that overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.4kr. Florian Desmigneux teamed the now career winner of 151,442 euro that is owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. The 6/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jeppe Juel, also with a 25 meter penalty. Sunshine Kronos (7f Enjoy Lavec) took third for Gabriele Gelormini at 8.5/1 odds. The 25  meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Balthazar d’Em (7g Coktail Jet) was fourth for Tony LeBeller and fifth was Cocktail des Pres (6g Melchior Jet) for Julien Travers at 82/1. The Q+ exact order payoff was 51,789.60 euro for a two euro wager. Monday action returns to Paris Vincennes after an absence since June 29. The fine card includes four Gr. II contests each with a purse of 120,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Betting Gangster, harness racing

Betting Gangster scores in Gr. I at Gavle

Two E3 Finals took place Saturday at Gavle, both Gr. I International contests.  The colt version (925,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 2.6/1 odds Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) with Carl Johan Jepson in the sulky for trainer Jerry Riordan and Viola Silas AM. The winner recorded his seventh career win in just 11 starts, this one timed in 1.12.3kr. Jaguar Dream (3m Love You-Daydream Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for Claes Sjostrom and third was Baritone Artist (3h Orlando Vici-Bring On The Night-Windsong’s Legacy) for Markus B. Svedberg. The winner’s dam Viola Silas was a superb three year old in Sweden and recorded 22 career wins in 36 starts for 6,42,760SWEK earned. Sires Spotlite Lobell and Netted are in the family. The Mares E3 division, raced over the same distance and for the same purse as the colts, went to the 25.9/1 odds No Matter (3f Explosive Matter-Flirting Champagne-Flirtin Man) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and Easy KB.  She was clocked this day in 1.12.5kr and recorded her third career win in 11 outings. Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) was second for driver Mika Forss, with third to Aleppo Pine (3f Maharajah) for Kenneth Haugstad. The undercard also included some interesting winners. The V75 Gold –Gavle Stora Prix (2640 meters, 200,000SEK first prize) went to 3.5/1 odds Volstead (m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains Volstead that was bred in the USA by Skoglund and Arden Homestead. Race time was 1.12.6kr as the winner defeated Speed Delicious (8g Fast Photo) with Nicklas Westerholm up and third finishing Mindyourvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavec) with Bjorn Goop driving. The V75 Silver (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.2kr timed and 10.3/1 odds Antonio Tabac (6m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) with Oskar Kylin Blom driving to his 13th career win in 59 outings. The Bronze V75 Division (125,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 2.6/1 Mr. Golden Quick (5g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK –Carmody Lobell) with Orjan Kihlstom driving for trainer Mika Haapakangas. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Tioga Downs

Hippodrome Montecatini hosted Wednesday the classic Grand Premio Montecatini (purse 132,000 euro, 1640 meters autostart) with the 1.11.3kr timed victory earned by Uragano Trebi’ (5gNad Al Sheba-Istria Bi) reined by Roberto Vecchione and trained by Holger Ehlert. Pacesetter Arazi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) held gamely for second driven by Andrea Guzzinati and Pantera del Pino (8f Turno Sund) took third for Rene Legati’. Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was fourth for Romain Derieux. A huge crowd was on hand for the major race of the local season. http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/58928/ Monday at Fallonica was the Premio of that name with a 33,000 euro purse and raced over 2200 meters autostart. The 1.11.9kr timed winner was Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba-Garina du Gasei-Uronometro) reined by Andrea Guzzinati. Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet) was second for Pietro Gubellini and third went to Venanzo Jet (4m Gruccione Jet) reined by Lorenzo Baldi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

This Solvalla evening program was superb, led by the Gr. I International Jubileumspokalen (1 million SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) where Makethemark (5m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) scored timed in 1.10.8kr. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the Petri Salmela trainee to his third 2018 victory in eight starts and 20th career win in 41 appearances. The Stall Nian trotter now has 4,636,450SEK earned for his career. The 3.9/1 odds Makethemark defeated Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) that Ulf Eriksson drove for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This one was bred in the USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Ohio, also co-owners of Pinkman. Third in this event was Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) with trainer Johan Untersteiner aboard. Double Exposure (5f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) was fourth. On the card was also the Prix Maharajah (Mares European Championship, 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters).Darling Mearas (5f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) scored easily at 8.1/1 odds for trainer Stefan Persson and owner Snogarps Gard AB timed in 1.11.4kr, for her third 2018 victory in six starts and 11th career win in just 22 outings. She now sports 6,069,500SEK in career earnings. Finland’s Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp-Speedy Somolli) was second for driver Hannu Torvinen and third was In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) with Orjan Kihlstom up. Trendy OK and I Love Paris completed the top five. Other important winners on the card were Amalia Cash (5f Ready Cash-La Pensee-Think Tank) in the Queen L Mares timed in 1.14.1kr and worth 100,000SEK to the winner; Heart Of Steel (4g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) for Thor Berg in the Ahlsell Legends timed in 1.14kr and with a 100,000 first prize (other legend drivers were Stig H. Johansson, Olle Goop, Helen A. Johansson, Ulf Nordin, Stefan Hultman, Boye Olstoren, Kerryn Manning, Cark-Erik Lindblom, Sven-Erik Landin); Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) in the Hubo Buss Stayerlopp (200,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap) timed in 1.13.3kr overcoming a 40 meter handicap; Zahra Mil (3f Nad Al Sheba-Cleo d’Alfa-Armbro Goal) at 21.7/1 odds from post 12 in the Wallenius Cup for three year old fillies (150,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.1kr for driver Cark Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan; and Snowstorm Hanover (4m Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover-Andover Hall) in the Big Noon (300,000SEK first money, 1640 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.11.7kr from a 20 meter handicap, driven by Orjan Kihlstom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This was Snowstorm’s first 2018 win in seven starts. Photos of three of the above winners follow. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Monday evening’s Sweden International Yearling Sale at Wenngarn Castle produced exciting bidding and an average of 424,204SEK (41,448 euro) for 88 yearlings and stallion shares sold. There were 101 numbers presented for sale including seven stallion shares (Father Patrick 2, Creatine, Donato Hanover, Trixton and Muscle Hill). The top seven sellers are shown below (six yearlings and one share) with two yearlings each by Maharajah and Muscle Hill. The yearling co-leaders were the colts Habrik Am (Bold Eagle-Tamela Celeber-Cantab Hall) and Heffner Am (Muscle Hill-She Loves You-Love You), both selling for 1.6SEK million. Tamela Celeber was a world class trotting mare in Europe and the USA. Sale catalog link: https://yearlingsale.se/katalog/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A superb trotting card was on stage today at Enghien that included a number of groupe events and the Quinte+. The Q+ Prix de L’Union (52,000 euro purse, 2150 meters voltstart, 16 entrants) went to Usain Henna (8m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron) with Jorgen Westholm the trainer/driver. Ecurie Henne owns this 1.13.1kr timed winner today that was off at 1.3/1 odds.  Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie and Super Fez (7m Love You) was third with Gabriele Gelormini up. Angelo Am and Baileyse completed the top five and the exact order payoff was 1,003 euro for a 2 euro play. The Gr. III Prix de Geneve (purse 85,000 euro, 2875 meters, 10 starters) was a superb strategic race won  in the late stages by 9/1 odds Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) with Matthieu Abrivard up. This pair was away near the back and followed cover in the last lap and moved steadily through the lane for a two length score timed in 1.14.2kr. The Yves Boireau trainee is owned and was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois and now has career earnings of 157,870 euro. The 37/1 Elite du Ruel (4f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) held second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) rallied to be third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Opale The Prix de la Porte de Versailles (purse 70,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, seven European starters) went to 1.11.7kr timed Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Team Neuhof. This 3/10 favorite was a dominant six length winner that defeated Cap Matyss (6m Love You-Ode Matyss) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) with David Thomain up. Orlando Jet is one to watch in fast class future international contests. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (purse 150,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart, 12 entrants) saw Aubrion de Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) score for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire clocked in 1.11.3kr. The winner was away third and stayed there for the first 1600 meters before surging to the lead. This 2/5 favorite then gamely held off stretch challenges from second finishing Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) reined by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and third finishing Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) with Franck Nivard up. Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-Love You Darling and Tony Gio completed the top five. Aubrion du Gers now has career earnings of 1,880,872 euro from 35 wins in 59 outings. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The overwhelming 1/11 favorite, Be Mine de Houelle, took Saturday’s Stora Monte at Aby (125,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.9kr (mile rate 1:55.68 over the 1000 meter track). Marie Bacsich teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee that he and Pauline Carty own. This mare now has three 2018 wins in 11 starts. The 6.5/1 Shogun DK (9g Gentle Star) was second for Jessica Pilenberg and 9.1/1 Dollar Access (11g Alf Palema) was third for jockey Josefine Ivehag. The winner set the monte world speed record at Solvalla earlier this year with a 1.09.8kr score on May 27 (Elitloppet Day). On the same card was the Ragnar Thomgrens (250,000 SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, total purse 50,752 euro). 46/1 Alcoy (4m Ready Cash-Divann) scored in 1.12.1kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and Ceke Farm. 3/10 favorite Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents) rallied for second with Orjan Kihlstrom up for SRF Stable and trainer Daniel Reden. 44/1 Velvet Gio (4g Nad Al Sheba0Mind Wise As) took third for Torbjorn Jansson The V5 Silver (300,000SEK to winner, total purse 59,136 euro, 2140 meters autostart) saw 2.3/1 Globalsatisfaction (6m Kadabra-Glide Path) score in 1.12.8kr with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Timo Nurmos. The 17/1 Nobel Amok (6g Zola Boko-Madame Amok) took second for Robert Bergh and third was 12/1 Springover (7m Going Kronos-Malabara) for Peter Untersteiner. The V75 Bronze Division (250,000SEK to winner, 50,752 euro total purse, 2140 meters autostart) saw 1.13.1kr timed and 3.6/1 Victory Kasgards (7g ENS Snapshot-Happy Birthday) score for Flemming Jensen and trainer Leif Clemensen. The 38/1 Aileron (6g Scarlet Knight) and 24/1 Monfalcone (8m Thai Tanic) rounded out the top three, this pair with Robert Bergh and Tom Horpestad driving. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 1.1/1 Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) extended her undefeated career to 10 on Saturday at Kincsem Park in the Pecs DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 2500 meters autostart). Gyorgy Horvath teamed the Imre Fazekas trainee to the 1.18kr victory over the extended distance, racing in the pocket on lap one before surging to the front and drawing off from rivals. 8.3/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was second for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Third was 5/1 Hercules Flevo (4g Quite Easy). The day’s featured Mardus DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.17.4kr timed and 5.4/1 Urania RG (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip). Sandor Varga teamed the winner that bested 14/1 Trencsen (6m Ata Star LO-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) driven by Istvan Papp and Szacharin (7f Vanito) for Sandor Kolozsi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) continued his usual mastery over upper class monte performers by today winning the Gr. II Prix de Londres (Gr. II monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart). Yoann Lebourgeois rode the Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. Timed in 1.12.6kr the winner recorded his 20th career victory in 66 starts now for 949,200 euro earned. 11/1 Accord Marjacq (8g Odeisis de Vandel) was second and 9/1 Vittorio de Carly (9g Quaro) was third. The 22/1 Valse de Reve (9f Mister President) finished fourth for jockey Camille Levesque with fifth to 6.6/1 Ulka de l’Odeon (10f Offshore Dream). On the same card the Prix de l’Odeon (purse 43,000 euro, 2875 meters) went to 7/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) clocked in 1.16.6kr and reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans. The breeder was SARL Haras Saint Martin and this is the maternal family of Etta Extra and Une Crown. 4.8/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove) was a close second for driver Thierry Duvaldestin and third was 9/1 Fabulous Dream (3m Royal Dream) for Jean Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Monclin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) was up in the final stride to gain a scant nose score for Orjan Kihlstrom over Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) reined by Jorma Kontio in the Avy Stora Pris in Sweden. The winner, a Daniel Reden harness racing trainee for Stall Zet and bred in the USA by Caldwell and Bluestone Farm, recorded his sixth 2018 victory in 10 starts and 30th for the career in 61 starts for 20,105.317SEK earned. He gained 2,000,000SEK today. Reckless (8m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) rallied for third with Bjorn Goop driving. The total purse was 401,600 in euros. The 2.26/1 Propulsion was first away from post one in the 3140 meter autostart classic, a UET Masters Series event. He yielded quickly to Ready Express from post four and driver Kontio controlled the race thereafter until Propulsion began his charge as top of the lane. The pair battled to the wire with Kihlstom urging Propulsion to victory. After a first 500 meters in 1.09.5kr the pace was rated thereafter (1.12.9kr at 1000 meters completed, 1.14.5kr at 1500, 1.14.5kr at 2000, and 1.13.2kr at the finish).  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Thursday’s Vichy featured Prix des Ventes du Marault (purse 60,000 euro, 3535 meters, seven starters) saw 6.1/1 Balbir (7g Ganymede-Manzir) score in 1.17.9kr for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy and owner Ecurie du Vieux Chene. 16/1 Ange du Lune (8g Laetenter Diem) was second for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 34/1 Auricide Guez (8g Joker de Rozoy). Action at Enghien included the Q+ Prix de la Haute-Saone (purse 44,000 euro, 2875 meters, 15 starters) with 6.5/1 Eire d’Helios (4f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Pomme du Lys) the winner in 1.17.1kr for Francois Lagadeuc. Ecurie d’Helios is breeder/owner of the winner. 8.5/1 Egerie du Vivier (4f Repeat Love) was next for Sebastian Ernault and breeder/owner/trainer Jean Yves Lucuyer. The 18/1 Emilia Ceijy (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) took third for breeder/owner/trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Note the sire of the fourth and fifth horses, 12/1 Etoile des Yedrag (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) and 8/1 Elite du Lys (4f Un Mec d’Heripre), these reined by Franck Nivard and Franck Ouvrie. The Q+ exact order payoff was 10,674 euro with no jackpot winning ticket. The Prix de la Concorde (purse 70,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters) saw 12/1 Blues des Landiers (g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) win in 1.15.5kr for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame. 5/10 favorite Balardo (7m Nijinski Blue) held second with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer M. Alphonse Vanberghen. 5.4/1 Archibald (8g Meaulnes du Corta) rallied for third with breeder/owner/trainer/driver Pierre Levesque at the lines. On the card the Prix de la Porte d’Italia (purse 70,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) was won by 1.13.7kr timed and 4.1/1 odds Ceylan Dairpet (6f Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MP). Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Tony LeBeller trainee for Ecurie Daidou. 3/2 Devinmont (5g Kaiser Soze) and 20/1 Crepe de Satin (6f Le Retour) was third. Saturday at Enghien will be the Prix de Londres (Gr. II International Monte, 2875 meters, 120,000 euro purse). Veteran monte super horse Arlington Dream will be at the start for Yoann Lebourgeois. On Tuesday at Enghien is the Prix de Londres (Gr. II European, 2875 meters autostart, 150,000 euro purse, 12 starters) with a top flight lineup led by Aubrion du Gers (J-M Bazire) and chief rivals Bird Parker and Un Mec d’Heripre. This promises to be an exceptional event at the summer trots at Enghien. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 5/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) won today’s eighth leg of the Grant National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse 90,000 euro, 2950 meters, 18 starters) timed in 1.12.9kr with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. Ecurie J.M. Rancoule owns the winner now with 17 victories in 30 career starts for 498,470 euro earned. 15/1 Aldo d’Argentre (8m Qualimo de Vandel) was second with Adrien Lamy driving. The 8.7/1 Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat) took third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Blandin. 21/1 Coup Droit and 23/1 Chicago Blue were fourth and fifth. This race was the day’s Quinte+ event and the payoff was 1,049.60 for an exact order ticket, plus there was a jackpot winner who earned an additional 1 million euro. Yesterday (August 7) was the Prix des Hetres (purse 70,000 euro, 2750 meters distance handicap,13 starters) and 3.6/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) returned to action at Cabourg with a 1.13.5kr victory in which he overcame a 25 meter handicap. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee that Elisabeth Allaire owns. In this his fourth 2018 start Django earned career win 17 now for 1,234,100 euro earned. 1.3/1 favorite Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. 3.1/1 Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) ended third for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Jacques Pauc. Dreammoko finished seventh in this good field. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Follonica, Italy...August 8, 2018...Attempting to protect their precarious lead in the Amateur Friendship Challenge between the USA and Italy, Team USA was able to do just that as driver Steve Oldford led the American contingent with a win and a second in his two drives, leaving Team USA with a 12 point lead entering the grand finale to be held at the famed Monticatini oval on Thursday. Round two did end in a dead-heat as both teams hit the wire in points together, but it was Oldford who enabled the USA visitors to retain their overall lead with a perfectly timed drive with Really DL, a gelded son on Equinox Bi. Really DL followed live cover in the extended distance event of 2200 meters (1.367 miles) to score in 2:50.2, a mile rate of 2:04 over the Ippodromo dei Pini track. Tuscany Club President Danele Orsini also had a win and a second in his two drives, helping Team Italy to that dead-heat finish. USA team member Joe Pennacchio lauded Oldford's drive lamenting, "This was a classic stretch battle as Steve (Oldford) and Danele (Orsini) went toe-to-toe right to the wire." The winning margin was a nose. The Thursday Monticatini finale will determine the champion of this year's Tuscany Friendship Amateur Challenge between the USA and Italy. Reported by John Berry Sent from Xfinity Connect Mobile App  

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Four groupe II events highlighted today’s Paris Vincennes program. These races began with the Prix Pierre Plazon (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 13 starters – three year old males) and the 3/5 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) won again with Matthieu Abrivard driving. Yves Boireau trains the 1.15.7kr timed winner for Scuderia Winner Stable. Jean Pierre Dubois bred Fabulous Wood that now has six wins in eight career starts for 106,750 euro earned. The 33/1 outsider Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) was second with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was 9/1 Fric du Chene (3m Nobody du Chene) took third with Gabriele Gelormini driving. Fleche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn-Goetmals Wood) continued her excellent performance with victory in the Prix Guy Deloison (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, ten starters – three year olds fillies). Off as the 5/10 favorite was Fleche Bourbon, trained by Sebastien Guarato for breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. J.Ph. Monclin teamed the winner to a 1.14.3kr score, well off Traders 1.10.8kr race record, as he remained undefeated in seven starts now for 164,250 euro earned. 12/1 odds Fend la Bise (3f Prince Gede-Una Prima Steed) took second for owner Ecurie AB Trot and trainer/driver Franck Anne. Folelli (3f Timoko-Andrea d’Ecajeul) was third for Alexandre Abrivard at 8.2/1, this one owned by Flavien Prat and trained by breeder Frederic Prat. 46/1 Fanina des Racques (3f Ready Cash) with Anthony Barrier up and 9/1 Fame And Fortune (3f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with Jean Pierre Dubois finished fourth and fifth. Dubai D’essarts (5f Kaisy Dream-Ode des Essarts) took today’s Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (Gr. II, monte, purse 120,000 euro, 2175 meters, eight five year old starters) clocked in 1.11.3kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Francois Lagadeuc was in the irons for breeder/owner Ecurie Des Essarts. The 3/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty) was second for Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque.  Third was 21.9/1 odds Darlhey du Rib (5f Ganymede) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir aboard for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Five year old open class performers contested the Prix Jockey (Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 11 starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed victory to the 4.6/1 odds Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky-Noune de Pommereux) with Franck Nivard up. Sylvain Roger trains the winner that Noel Lolic bred and owns. This one now has 10 career wins in 35 starts for 614,050 euro earned. 29/1 odds Diable de Vauve (5m Prince d’Espace-Pay Star) took second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Mme. Emilie LeBeller. 33/1 Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Albert Rayon. 2.2/1 favorite Detroit Castelets (5m Neoh Jiel) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and Django Riff was fifth. On August 18 at Cagnes sur Mer was the Prix Franeur (purse 30,000 euro, 2925 meters, 1o starters) and the 3/10 favorite Funky Jet (3m Sam Bourbon-Pine Apple Jet) remained undefeated with his third straight win. Trainer Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Ecurie Augustin Normand owned colt that now has career earnings of 31,050 euro. The 21/1 Fingers Cross (3m Ganymede) was a solid second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux with third to 27/1 odds First d’Occagnes (3m Atlas de Joudes). The winner led early, yielded and re-took before entering the lane blocked. Vercruysse patiently waited for the inside to open and then jetted forward to win. On the same card Vercruysse scored again in the Prix de la Promenade des Anglais (purse 14,000 euro, 2925 meters, 11 starters in for a 14,000 euro claiming tag). The 4.6/1 odds Uttingeois (10g Gros Grain-Karadu Niel) was the winner timed in 1.14kr to defeat 13/1 Visconti (9g Magnificent Rodney) and 30.1 Verdict d’Honnear (9g Prodigious). Claiming events are rare on the FR condition sheets. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
Trainer Imre Fazekas won both Saturday classics at Kincsem Park. He directed Zenit Charme (3m Offenbach Bigi-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) to a straight heat victory in the Istvan Szent DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap in both heats). The even-money favorite took the first heat timed in 1.19.3kr for owner Pimri and the winning team bested Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Datomea PL-Friendly Face) with Tibor Hajnal up with third to Zseneroz (3f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) driven by Sandor Varga for trainer Balazs Juhasz. This trio traveled that stated distance. The 60 meter handicapped Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy) was a game fourth. The second heat produced a repeat finish with winning Zenit Charme timed in 1.19.7kr as the Fazekas trainee defeated Zapato and Zseneroz with this three earning the top three placings that determined purse distribution. Pimri owns the winner. The co-feature was the Janos Szalay Memorial (purse 1,100,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, two year olds). Aurum Ville (2m Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) scored for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and owner Silver and Black Racing (Gyorgy Horvath and two US partners associated with the Oakland Raiders, Jeffrey Leonardo and Paul Guenther ), timed in 1.20.9kr and off at 9/2 odds. Apollo Creed (2m Vioxx SR-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was second for trainer/driver Lajos Marton and Adolfina B (2f Vioxx SR-Mis Tova-Chip Chip Hooray) was third for trainer Marton and driver Emil Csordas. Earlier in the program was the Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs Memorial (purse 600,000Huf) with victory going to Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) with Tibor Hajnal up and timed in 1.17.5kr over 1900 meters autostart. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L) and Rafael Bit (8g Prime Prospect) completed the top three. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) easily took Sunday’s Trophee Vert event named the Grand Prix Ville Montier and raced at Montier en Der. Timed in 1.15.2kr on the grass, the 3/10 favorite recorded his seventh straight Trophee Vert victory and he now has 113 series points versus 74 for Bebert Express and 56 for Utile Lebel. As usual Yoann Lebourgeois teamed Bugsy for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. He now has 26 career wins in 46 starts for 719,810 euro earned. 9/1 odds Astor de Rozoy (8m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) was second handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, Third was the 37/1 outsider Crazy Look (6g Look de Star) with Cedrik Derham on the lines. On Saturday action at Cagnes sur Mer featured the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse 75,000 euro, 2925 meters, 13 starters). Aigle Jenilou (8g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou) scored for driver Gwenn Junod timed in 1.12.8kr and off at 4.8/1 odds. Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet) was second at 3.7/1 with J.Ch. Feron aboard for trainer/owner Jean Paul Marmion, facing a 25 meter handicap and timed in 1.12.3kr.  Chicago Blues (6m Prodigious) took third for driver Romuald Mourice ahead of Uranium (10g Jag de Bellouet) with Junior Guelpa up and fifth finishing and 2/5 favorite Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis) with Pierre Vercruysse. This one was handicapped 25 meters and was timed in 1.12.7kr. Friday the Quinte+ was at Cabourg in the Prix de Granville (purse 35,000 euro, 2750 meters distance handicap, 14 European starters). Victory went to the 20/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) that overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in 1.13.4kr. Florian Desmigneux teamed the now career winner of 151,442 euro that is owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. The 6/1 Onceforall Face (7g Viking Kronos) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jeppe Juel, also with a 25 meter penalty. Sunshine Kronos (7f Enjoy Lavec) took third for Gabriele Gelormini at 8.5/1 odds. The 25  meter handicapped and 5.1/1 odds Balthazar d’Em (7g Coktail Jet) was fourth for Tony LeBeller and fifth was Cocktail des Pres (6g Melchior Jet) for Julien Travers at 82/1. The Q+ exact order payoff was 51,789.60 euro for a two euro wager. Monday action returns to Paris Vincennes after an absence since June 29. The fine card includes four Gr. II contests each with a purse of 120,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
Two E3 Finals took place Saturday at Gavle, both Gr. I International contests.  The colt version (925,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 2.6/1 odds Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) with Carl Johan Jepson in the sulky for trainer Jerry Riordan and Viola Silas AM. The winner recorded his seventh career win in just 11 starts, this one timed in 1.12.3kr. Jaguar Dream (3m Love You-Daydream Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for Claes Sjostrom and third was Baritone Artist (3h Orlando Vici-Bring On The Night-Windsong’s Legacy) for Markus B. Svedberg. The winner’s dam Viola Silas was a superb three year old in Sweden and recorded 22 career wins in 36 starts for 6,42,760SWEK earned. Sires Spotlite Lobell and Netted are in the family. The Mares E3 division, raced over the same distance and for the same purse as the colts, went to the 25.9/1 odds No Matter (3f Explosive Matter-Flirting Champagne-Flirtin Man) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and Easy KB.  She was clocked this day in 1.12.5kr and recorded her third career win in 11 outings. Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) was second for driver Mika Forss, with third to Aleppo Pine (3f Maharajah) for Kenneth Haugstad. The undercard also included some interesting winners. The V75 Gold –Gavle Stora Prix (2640 meters, 200,000SEK first prize) went to 3.5/1 odds Volstead (m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains Volstead that was bred in the USA by Skoglund and Arden Homestead. Race time was 1.12.6kr as the winner defeated Speed Delicious (8g Fast Photo) with Nicklas Westerholm up and third finishing Mindyourvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavec) with Bjorn Goop driving. The V75 Silver (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.2kr timed and 10.3/1 odds Antonio Tabac (6m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) with Oskar Kylin Blom driving to his 13th career win in 59 outings. The Bronze V75 Division (125,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 2.6/1 Mr. Golden Quick (5g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK –Carmody Lobell) with Orjan Kihlstom driving for trainer Mika Haapakangas. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Tioga Downs

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