Day At The Track
Grand Illusion, harness racing

Kincsem Park co-features to long shots

Several top-level trots were on stage today on a rainy day at Kincsem Park but the action was brisk. The Laszlo Fekete Memorial started the action (purse 700,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with a rallying nose victory by 63.9/1 Grand Illusion (7g Andover Hall-Maryanna K-Yankee Glide) in 1.17.3kr. Thorsten Tietz catch drove the winner for trainer Emil Csordas, the first win in seven 2020 starts. Another long shot, 64.8/1 Longines (6f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) set the pace and held gamely for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas for second place. 12.7/1 Zapato (5m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) was third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Grand Illusion a nose winner vs. Longines   The Istvan Szegedy Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) saw Alfa Boy (4m Racino-Chippychip T-Defi D’Aunou) score is 1.18.1kr with Csaba Lakatos up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Off at 72.4/1 the winner rallied past 3.5/1 Zitti Tutti (5f Napoleon-Isolo d’ASrno-Coktail Jet) reined by Veljko Mazsity. Third was 2.7/1 Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) handled by Tibor Hajnal.   Alfa Boy The Hungaria DIJ (purse 3,480,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap) went to the 40-meter penalized 7.4/1 odds Maugli (4g El Nino-Mariska Vita-Zerberus) clocked in 1.19.3kr and reined by trainer Janko Sagaj. He now has two wins in Hungary from two starts this year for this grand gaited performer. The 11/1 odds Banaparte Boss (3g Napoleon-Nikita-Crown Sweep) was second for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity and he traveled the programmed distance. The 27.5/1 odds and 40-meter age handicapped Atomanti M (4m Cigar Dan-Step By Step-Allison Hollow) took third for Goran Zolnaji. Maugli The previous winners of the Hungaria DIJ are shown below. The featured Jozsef Marschell Memorial (Gr. III, purse 9,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed and 4.3/1 odds Victory Knick (8g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick) handled by Thorsten Tietz for German trainer Robert Gramuller. This was his first win in Hungary from three starts after recently winning at Bologna and Torino. The 3.7/1 Amy del Duomo (4f Daguet Rapide-Lily dei Duomo-Muscles Yankee) took second for Vladimir Pribic, also her trainer. Third was 8.3/1 Zeal di Girifalco (5m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Past winner of this race are shown below. Winner driver Tietz, a leading driver in Germany, also won the nightcap with Under World (7g Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) in 1.19.4kr for trainer Emil Csordas. Victory Knick   Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Helgafell, harness racing

Championnat Europeen tests at Vincennes

Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer-Baaria), off at 8/10 favorite odds, captured the Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 3 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Paris-Vincennes with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Marial Turbiaux bred the winner that posted his ninth career harness racing victory now for 356,400€ earned. Race time was 1.13.9kr. The 22/1 Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner J.L. Baraud. 11/1 odds Wilds West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) was third for pilot Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 16/1 Custom Cheval (3m Farifant-La Brosse) was fourth for Jean Michel Bazire, ahead of Kuyt F. Boko (3m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi) with Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for trainer Hagoort. Helgafell The Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 5 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) went to 13/1 odds Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee) clocked in 1.12.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the pilot and owner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. This mare was bred by Ecurie D and now has six career wins for 285,000€ in lifetime earnings. The 5/10 favorite Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was second for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 3.5/1 Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romaine d’Urzy) took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecuie Marechal. The 77/1 A Sweet Dance (5f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was a fast closing fourth for Alexis Prat, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner S. Kristenssons Akerie AB. Feydeau Seven, Stoletheshow and Msiter F Daag completed the top seven. Feerie Wood  LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Robert Bergh, harness racing

Power wins Vincennes Gr. I Grand Prix de L'Uet

Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici) rallied to win today’s Grand Prix de L’Uet (purse 400,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Vincennes at 21/1 odds. Trainer Robert Bergh teamed the winner for In The Zone AB timed in 1.11.2kr. Power won for the 12th time in 25 career starts now for 806,491€ earned. 45/1 Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) was a close second for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien DeWulf, and 68/1 Guzz Mearas (4m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos) was third for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and Stall Kennys. The 9/1 odds Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) closed for a close fourth from far back timed in1.08.3kr for the last 500 meters with Orjan Kihlstrom up, for trainer Jerry Riordan. Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was fifth for Anthony Barrier at 78/1 and sixth was 66/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) handled by David Thomain ahead of 18/1 Gotland (4m Ready Cash-Sanawa) and reinsman Eric Raffin. The 4/10 favorite Ecurie D was a miscue dq in late stretch and so was 3.6/1 Gu d’Heripre after a tough death seat journey. There were no exact order Q+ winning tickets in this Quinte+ wagering event. Power and Robert Bergh Power (#1) Power pedigee – the maternal family of Lady Lexington This evening in the USA saw two more Googoo Gaagaa offspring race successfully. The 1/9 favorite Captain Corey (2m Googoo Gas-Luv U All-Angus Hall) score in the WN Reynolds Memorial (purse USD61,500, 1609 meters autostart). He was timed in 154.1 with a final quarters in 27.0 to defeat rivals in a four horse field. The winner is owned by Svanstedt Inc., SRF Stable, Knutsson and Midnight Sun. Captain Corey At Harrah’s Philadelphis was the Simpson Memorial (purse USD56,000, 1609 meters autostart, two year old fillies) and Love Muffin (2f Andover Hall-Pine Yankee) scored in 1:57.0 for Corey Callahan, trainer David Wiest and owner/breeders Don Wiest (90 years young) and Ed Kimmel. Second here beaten a nose was Goo Doo Doll (2f Googoo Gaagaa-Jordanna Paige-Lindy Lane) reined by Russell Foster for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. and owner Frank Canzone. Her breeder was Richard Hans that bred and developed the sire and this filly. Her dam has produced nine winners from nine foals, five in 1:55 or better. LeTrot, PMU. MI files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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Vincennes to host 600,000€ Euro Classics

On October 16th at Paris-Vincennes will present three classic events for three through five year olds and those fields include the best of Europe. See the fields below: GRAND PRIX DE L'U.E.T. 400 000€   Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste FINALE Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 ans, hongres exclus.   CHAMPIONNAT EUROPEEN DES 3 ANS 100 000€    Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 3 ans, hongres exclus, inscrits au Stud-Book d'une Fédération membre de l'U.E.T. et pour lesquels les Fédérations membres suivantes ont engagé l'ensemble de la production dans le Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. : Autriche, Allemagne, Belgique, Danemark, Espagne, Finlande, France, Italie, Lituanie, Pays-Bas, Norvège, République Tchèque, Slovénie, Suède et Suisse. CHAMPIONNAT EUROPEEN DES 5 ANS 100 000€   Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 5 ans, hongres exclus, inscrits au Stud-Book d'une Fédération membre de l'U.E.T. et pour lesquels les Fédérations membres suivantes ont engagé l'ensemble de la production dans le Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. : Autriche, Allemagne, Belgique, Danemark, Espagne, Finlande, France, Italie, Lituanie, Pays-Bas, Norvège, République Tchèque, Slovénie, Suède et Suisse. These events showcase the best trotteurs in Europe and in a very competitive setting. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Bleff Dipa (3m Mister JP-Preziosa JW-Lets Go) took this 66th Derby Italiani del Trotto (purse 847,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Roma Capannelle, with Roberto Vecchione aboard for trainer Holger Ehlert. The harness racing winner is owned by Jean Pierre Barjon, the current President of LeTrot and was bred by Arcangelo di Pasquale. Race time was 1.13.5kr by the now five-time winner in 11 appearances. Bleff Dipa narrowly bested Blackflash Bar (3f Oropuro Bar-Masasque) handled by Santo Mollo and third finishing Bepi Bi (3m Donato Hanover-Lorraine Bi) and pilot Alessandro Gocciadoro. Fourth was Bubble Effe (3m Nesta Effe-New York Effe) with Orjan Kihlstrom at the lines. Mister JP pedigree, the product of Jean Pierre Dubois. Below is a photo grouping of the Ehlert family. Great work of their team. The companion Oaks del Trotto (purse 253,000€, 1640 meters autostart) saw Betta Zack (3f Rotary OK-Martina Griff-Varenne) score in 1.12.6kr with Andrea Guzzinati the teamster. Betta won for the ninth time in 14 appearances. Two lengths back second was Bonneville Gifont (3f Varenne-Fedora Caf) with Ant. Velotti up and third was Bolen Hall FAS (3f Conway Hall-Show Grif Italia) handled by Roberto Vecchione at the lines. The winner’s pedigree follows. The day before at Follonica Del Pini was the GP Citta’ di Follonica (purse 50,050€, 2200 meter autostart) and the 1.13.7kr timed winner was Allegra Gifont (4f Maharajah-Realm of Fancy) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Two back second was Aura (4f Yankee Slide-Dora d’Alfa) for Antonio DiNardo and third home was Akela Pal Ferm (4f Maharajah). Gaet, Ehlert, Ippodrome Roma Capannelle files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Very Kronos (6m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was a 1.11.6kr timed winner of Aby’s featured Gr. I National Svensky Masterkop (purse 97,630€, 2640 meters autostart) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and Kjell Johansson.  He was bred by Allev. Kronos Srl and this day defeated Milljondollarrhyme (6g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) with trainer F.B. Larsson up. Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi) was third for Johan Untersteiner with Global Welcome (5m SJs Caviar) fourth for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Bath. On the undercard was the STL Stoeliten (purse 97,630€, 2140 meters autostart) and Hevin Boko (6f Going Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) scored in 1.12kr for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. A length back second was Wild Love (6f Love You-Turins Vilda-Dreamaster) for Kevin Oscarsson. Mellbyh Free (6f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket-Windsong’s Legacy) was third handled by trainer Bjorn Goop.                         Hevin Boko   ATG, Aby siles/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Even money harness racing favorite Bugsy Malone (9g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took the Gr. II GP du Sud Quest (purse 130,000€, 2575 meters) at Agen la Garenne in France with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bugsy won for the 31st time to post earnings of 939,930€. 20/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream) held second for Nicolas Bazire and Stall Oberkracher. Third was 10/1 Ce Bello Romain (8g Jam Pridem) for Anthony Barrier. Trailing the top three were Bahia Quesnot, Aribo Mix and Billie de Montfort. Bugsy Malone At Reims was the featured GP du Grand Reims (purse 22,000€, 2550 meters) and Domingo de Lou (7g Real de Lou) scored in 1.13kr for Leo Abrivard and trainer L. Cl. Abrivard. He held off fast closing Tjacko Zaz (8g Crazed) with Guillermo Horrach Vidal up for trainer J.M. Bazire. Third was O’Sunday (9g Here Comes Joey) for Franck Ouvrie. Domingo de Lou LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Czak A Szel (2f Ken Warkentin-Nana-Tony Oaks) easily scored in the Ketevesek Nagydija at Kincsem Park  (purse 2,000,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.21.7kr with trainer Imre Fazekas at the lines. Naura BT bred this winner and the victory gave trainer/driver Fazekas three straight in this classic Grand Prize for two-year olds. He won in 2019 and 2018 with Bazsiville and Arum Ville, both sired by Calypso Capar. The winner was off as the 1.1/1 odds favorite and she defeated 5.4/1 Chokito (2f Yankee Mustang-Virgi-Americas Dust) and 6.2/1 Csoban M (2m Cigar Dan-Chipitita-Pine Chip). Csak a szel On the Kincsem Park undercard 3.9/1 Chocolina (3f The Bank-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) scored in the 500,000HUf purse Nyeretlenek for three-year olds. Raced over 1800 meters autostart, this Csaba Lakatos piloted filly was timed in 1.21.8kr for trainer Tibor Hajnal. She is a half-sister to the successful mare Longines. In the Zapolya DIJ (700,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap) the 20 meter penalized and 2.5/1 odds Zitti Tutti (5f Napoleon-Isola d’Arno-Coktail Jet) scored for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity timed in 1.18.8kr. Zeno Boko and Violetta took the next two checks in this event. Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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Mellby Jinx (2g Ready Cash-Heavens Door-Muscle Hill) took the Breeders Course Two Year Olds Final (Gr. II International 600,000SEK first prize, 640 meters autostart) at Jagersro clocked in 1.13.4kr. Erik Adielsson teamed this Svante Bath trainee for Mellby Gard AB to his first career win ion three starts. He was off at 5/1 odds and just got up late to best 4.7/1 Good Vibes (2f Django Riff-Morgana Bi-Donato Hanover) with third to 7/3! Gigi Barosso (2f Ready Cash-Bibi Barosso-Ken Warkentin). Mellby Jinx The same day at Solvalla was the Kriterium Consolation (100,000SEK first prize, 2640 meters autostart) and 7.7/1 Global Bootleg (3g SJs Caviar-Aquamarine Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere) scored in 1.14.8kr for Daniel Wajensten and trainer Svante Bath. This was his second career victory. Note the pedigree.Global Bootleg The Oaks Consolation (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 3.3/1 Hill’s Angel (3f Muscle Hill-Gossip Gal-SJs Caviar) timed in 1.13kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. She won for the seventh time in 11 career appearances. Jagerso and Solvalle.se files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Rick Wahlstedt owns fine-dining restaurants across the U.S., so his ownership of harness racing horses provides a welcome distraction from the demands of his everyday business life. Even if it's not always a relaxing distraction. "I'm more nervous at a horse race than I am opening a restaurant," Wahlstedt said with a laugh. "The restaurant, I can control. I can't control the horse. "But it's a great hobby. I was brought up with it. I enjoy speaking to my partners about it in the racing business, and I enjoy speaking to the trainers. I guess you could say it's a bit of a therapy from the restaurant world." Wahlstedt is among the owners of 2-year-old male trotter In Range, who competes in Friday's second of three Bluegrass Stakes divisions for freshman colt-and-gelding trotters at the Red Mile. In Range, trained by Marcus Melander, has won four of six races this season and finished second twice, most recently in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship behind undefeated Captain Corey. A 58-year-old native of Sweden, Wahlstedt began following harness racing as a child. "My dad used to take me as a little boy to our small country track," Wahlstedt said. "First, it was just to go to the track, have a nice lunch, do some gambling. Then my father started to buy some horses, and I followed that." Participation in another sport, squash, brought Wahlstedt to the U.S. when he was in his early 20s and, ultimately, led to his career as a restauranteur. Wahlstedt was playing squash professionally and visited New York for the U.S. Open Squash Championships, after which he was offered a job in Dallas as a teaching pro. "I had nothing better to do at the time, so I did that," Wahlstedt said. "I moved back to New York after about a year and continued playing the (squash) tour. Squash sort of brought me into the restaurant business. I was teaching an English guy, a great restauranteur in New York, Keith McNally. He loved squash. He was a client of mine and he gave me my first job in the restaurant industry. "It was perfect. I could work at the restaurants late at night and make some money and during the day I was practicing and training for the tournaments on the weekends. It was a perfect combination. I took a liking to it and started to open my own restaurants in the late 1980s. They're all fine-dining restaurants of different types." Wahlstedt's involvement in harness racing lapsed but he returned to the sport a decade ago when he partnered with a cousin to start a stable in Sweden. In 2016, his trainer, Reijo Liljendahl, bought filly trotter Bay View at the Lexington Selected Sale and asked Wahlstedt if he wanted to join the ownership group. The horse went to Melander, who was in his second year as a trainer in the U.S., and launched Wahlstedt's involvement in the States. "Marcus has done great," Wahlstedt said. "He's a talented young man, and a modest young man. When I started with him, he had just started with the farm. He's done very well. The proof is in the pudding with horses like In Range." In Range is a son of Bar Hopping out of Ilia. He was purchased for $185,000 at last November's Standardbred Horse Sale and his family includes Grand Circuit stakes winner Long Tom, who was trained by Melander, and state-bred stakes winner Tight Lines. All his races this season have been Pennsylvania state-bred stakes. Now on the Grand Circuit, he is eligible to the International Stallion and Breeders Crown in addition to Friday's Bluegrass Stakes. "In Range is not that focused before a race, but once the race starts, he certainly knows where the finish line is, and he certainly likes to pass horses," Wahlstedt said. "A horse that knows where the finish line is and wants to be the first over the finish line is something special. I think he might be one of them. I'm not sure we've seen everything he can do. I think he can do better than what we've seen so far." In addition to following his horses and running his restaurants, Wahlstedt continues to play squash. In March, he won his age group's title at the U.S. Squash Doubles Championships in Minnesota. "I'm still competitive," Wahlstedt said, adding with a laugh, "I probably want to win more than ever. The older you get, the more of a sore loser you are." As for his hectic schedule and love of racing, he said, "I'm busy, but it's a good busy. I've been fortunate. The racing stable in Sweden has done well, and when I say well, I mean it breaks even or makes a little bit of money. If you can break even, for me, that's a big win and it brings a lot of pleasure and excitement. "I'm really enjoying the racing in America. I'm not a big gambler, have never been. Racing for me, it's about the beauty of the horse. In the old days, I was taking my kids out to see them train. There is something very special about that. It's more about the excitement of racing, and winning, than it is about making money. Once you start to think you're going to make money with it, or you are going to get upset because you are losing money, then it is probably time to exit." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) at Red Mile. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

The Solvalla Saturday classic card included the three year old major events, the Svenskt Trav Oaks and Kriterium. To set that stage was the Diamantstoet Final (purse to winner 220,000€, 2140 meters voltstart) went to 1.7/1 odds Lipstick Tooma (5f SJs Caviar-Finish Tooma-Windsongs Legacy) handled by Johan Untersteiner for the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. She overcame a 20-meter handicap to record he sixth 2020 victory in eight starts and 11th career win in 31 appearances. Valetta (5f Going Kronos-Tigger-Extreme Dream) was second for Stefan Persson and third was Unique Juni (7f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill) with Jorgen Westholm at the lines, Lipstick Tooma The Svenskt Trav Oaks (Gr. I National, purse to winner 1,400,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) saw 24.8/1 Eagle Eye Sherry (3f Bold Eagle-Sherry-Credit Winner) score for Stefan Persson, trainer Bjorn Goop and owners Annika Goop and Henrik Hobik. This was her fourth win in ten 2020 starts. Race time was 1.13.1kr. Hokoken AM (3f Muscle Hill-My Love di Quattro-Love You) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Barbro Kronos (3f Trixton-Fama Currit-Viking Kronos) took third for Erik Adielsson and Svante Bath. Eagle Eye Sherry And finally, the 2020 Svenskt Trav Kriterium (Gr. I National, 2,000,000SEK first prize, 2640 meters autostart) saw 8.6/1 Brambling (3m Bold Eagle-Deepdish-Muscle Hill-Pizza Dolce) score in 1.13.1kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. This was his fifth 2020 win in eight starts. San Moteur (3m Pan de Moteur-Gung San Suu Kti-Ready Cash) was second with Per Lennartsson up for trainer Goop. Henry Flyer Sisu (3g Bold Eagle-Marque Bluestone-Windsongs Legacy) took third money for reinsman Jorma Kontio and conditioner Timo Nurmos. Brambling These races again illustrated the presence of Ready Cash, his son Bold Eagle, Love  You and Muscle Hill (and his son Trixton). This group is making a trotting difference and its also present in North America with Mohawk Million winner Venerate and Lexington winner Cuatro de Julio, these important two year-olds. ATG, Solvalla.se files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Diamond Ville (m, Maximus Lindy-Izaville-Endless Sands) led Saturday’s Ugeto Yearling Sale at Kincsem Park, with a winning bid of 7.500,000Huf (20,610€). The dam is proven producer of recent stakes winners. The catalog and profile of the sale topper follow. Catalogue  http://ugeto.com/sites/default/files/users/user25/KatARV-20-VegsoJav.pdf 17. Diamond Ville (Maximus Lindy-Izaville) Breeder: Zsolt Zsálek Opening price: HUF 6.000.000 Sales price: HUF 7.500.000 New owner: Miskolcsik Valentin   On the Kincsem Park racetrack was the featured Golden Lady DIJ (700,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap) that 3.9/1 odds Unika Vik (7f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM), racing with trotting hopples, took timed in 1.20.1kr. Goran Zolnaji teamed the winner that defeated 6.9/1 Villam Ville with Csaba Lakatos up and third finishing 27.8/1 Grand Illusion with Emese Vezer at the lines Unika Vik On the undercard was the Milliomos Handicap (600,000€ purse, 1800 meters autostart) and 5.4/1 Adamo Fling (4m Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling) scored on 1.17.3kr with trainer Emil Csordas at the lines. Adamo Fling Kincsem Park and Ugeto.com files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The annual Aste Its yearling sale was held on September 28-29 in Italy with 218 lots catalogued and 155 lots sold. The sale included well-bred yearlings by many of the leading sires in the sport. Five lots sold for 100,000€ or more. Profiles of the top two selling yearlings are shown below: Video:  https://vimeo.com/457471684 Dear Wise As Reijo Liljendahl buyer of this and several lots Diabolik Gio Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lH-F85esIfE&feature=youtu.be Aste ITS files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Two eliminations for the Grand Prix de L’Uet were raced today at Paris-Vincennes, each for a 60,000€ purse and raced over 2100 meters autostart. The first saw 6/10 favorite Gotland (4m Ready Cash-Sanawa) score in 1.12.5kr with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This J.P. Guay bred performer won for the 12th time in his career now for 547,500€ earned. The 6/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) with David Thomain up was second for trainer Allaire and owner Michel Tessier. 6.3/1 Goulette (4f Up And Quick) was third for Franck Nivard, Ecurie AB Trot and trainer Philippe Billard. Gotland The second elim saw 5/10 favorite Gu d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) record a 1.11.7kr timed victory. Franck Nivard teamed this Billard trainee for Ecurie d’Heripre. This was the winners’ 11th career victory for 435,550€ earned. 25/1 Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was second with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Allaire and legendary journalist owner/breeder Jacques Pauc. Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling), off at 7.8/1 odds, finished third for pilot Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Sebastian Dewulf. Gu d’Heripre On the undercard trainer Philippe Allaire won three, first in the Prix Myrrha (27,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart, two year olds) with Iacari des Maurins (2m Very Nice Marceaux) teamed with David Thomain for owner Allaire and clocked in 1.16.3kr for his maiden victory. In the Prix Diotina (29,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, three-year olds) Heafle Cash (3m Ready Cash-Bambola) scored in 1.14.1kr for pilot Francois Lagadeuc, trainer Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes, his third career win. Next was the Prix les Echos Week End Le Parisien (purse 55,000€, 2100 meters autostart, European three-year olds) and Hohneck (3m Royal Dream-Caranca) scored for owner/trainer Allaire. J.P. Guay bred this now five time career winner that was timed in 1.12.5kr. Subsequently legendary J.P. Dubois had a winner in the Prix Alkmere (purse 29,000€, 2100 meters autostart, four year olds) as Go Quickly (4g Up And Quick-Trotting Race) scored gate to wire in 1.12.5kr with Eric Raffin up. This Ecurie D bred trotter is trained by J.A. Hernandez-Navarro and he now has three career victories. Go Quickly LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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Several top-level trots were on stage today on a rainy day at Kincsem Park but the action was brisk. The Laszlo Fekete Memorial started the action (purse 700,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with a rallying nose victory by 63.9/1 Grand Illusion (7g Andover Hall-Maryanna K-Yankee Glide) in 1.17.3kr. Thorsten Tietz catch drove the winner for trainer Emil Csordas, the first win in seven 2020 starts. Another long shot, 64.8/1 Longines (6f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) set the pace and held gamely for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas for second place. 12.7/1 Zapato (5m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) was third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Grand Illusion a nose winner vs. Longines   The Istvan Szegedy Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) saw Alfa Boy (4m Racino-Chippychip T-Defi D’Aunou) score is 1.18.1kr with Csaba Lakatos up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Off at 72.4/1 the winner rallied past 3.5/1 Zitti Tutti (5f Napoleon-Isolo d’ASrno-Coktail Jet) reined by Veljko Mazsity. Third was 2.7/1 Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) handled by Tibor Hajnal.   Alfa Boy The Hungaria DIJ (purse 3,480,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap) went to the 40-meter penalized 7.4/1 odds Maugli (4g El Nino-Mariska Vita-Zerberus) clocked in 1.19.3kr and reined by trainer Janko Sagaj. He now has two wins in Hungary from two starts this year for this grand gaited performer. The 11/1 odds Banaparte Boss (3g Napoleon-Nikita-Crown Sweep) was second for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity and he traveled the programmed distance. The 27.5/1 odds and 40-meter age handicapped Atomanti M (4m Cigar Dan-Step By Step-Allison Hollow) took third for Goran Zolnaji. Maugli The previous winners of the Hungaria DIJ are shown below. The featured Jozsef Marschell Memorial (Gr. III, purse 9,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed and 4.3/1 odds Victory Knick (8g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick) handled by Thorsten Tietz for German trainer Robert Gramuller. This was his first win in Hungary from three starts after recently winning at Bologna and Torino. The 3.7/1 Amy del Duomo (4f Daguet Rapide-Lily dei Duomo-Muscles Yankee) took second for Vladimir Pribic, also her trainer. Third was 8.3/1 Zeal di Girifalco (5m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Past winner of this race are shown below. Winner driver Tietz, a leading driver in Germany, also won the nightcap with Under World (7g Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) in 1.19.4kr for trainer Emil Csordas. Victory Knick   Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    
Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer-Baaria), off at 8/10 favorite odds, captured the Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 3 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Paris-Vincennes with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Marial Turbiaux bred the winner that posted his ninth career harness racing victory now for 356,400€ earned. Race time was 1.13.9kr. The 22/1 Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner J.L. Baraud. 11/1 odds Wilds West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) was third for pilot Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 16/1 Custom Cheval (3m Farifant-La Brosse) was fourth for Jean Michel Bazire, ahead of Kuyt F. Boko (3m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi) with Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for trainer Hagoort. Helgafell The Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 5 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) went to 13/1 odds Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee) clocked in 1.12.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the pilot and owner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. This mare was bred by Ecurie D and now has six career wins for 285,000€ in lifetime earnings. The 5/10 favorite Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was second for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 3.5/1 Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romaine d’Urzy) took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecuie Marechal. The 77/1 A Sweet Dance (5f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was a fast closing fourth for Alexis Prat, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner S. Kristenssons Akerie AB. Feydeau Seven, Stoletheshow and Msiter F Daag completed the top seven. Feerie Wood  LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    
Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici) rallied to win today’s Grand Prix de L’Uet (purse 400,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Vincennes at 21/1 odds. Trainer Robert Bergh teamed the winner for In The Zone AB timed in 1.11.2kr. Power won for the 12th time in 25 career starts now for 806,491€ earned. 45/1 Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) was a close second for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien DeWulf, and 68/1 Guzz Mearas (4m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos) was third for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and Stall Kennys. The 9/1 odds Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) closed for a close fourth from far back timed in1.08.3kr for the last 500 meters with Orjan Kihlstrom up, for trainer Jerry Riordan. Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was fifth for Anthony Barrier at 78/1 and sixth was 66/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) handled by David Thomain ahead of 18/1 Gotland (4m Ready Cash-Sanawa) and reinsman Eric Raffin. The 4/10 favorite Ecurie D was a miscue dq in late stretch and so was 3.6/1 Gu d’Heripre after a tough death seat journey. There were no exact order Q+ winning tickets in this Quinte+ wagering event. Power and Robert Bergh Power (#1) Power pedigee – the maternal family of Lady Lexington This evening in the USA saw two more Googoo Gaagaa offspring race successfully. The 1/9 favorite Captain Corey (2m Googoo Gas-Luv U All-Angus Hall) score in the WN Reynolds Memorial (purse USD61,500, 1609 meters autostart). He was timed in 154.1 with a final quarters in 27.0 to defeat rivals in a four horse field. The winner is owned by Svanstedt Inc., SRF Stable, Knutsson and Midnight Sun. Captain Corey At Harrah’s Philadelphis was the Simpson Memorial (purse USD56,000, 1609 meters autostart, two year old fillies) and Love Muffin (2f Andover Hall-Pine Yankee) scored in 1:57.0 for Corey Callahan, trainer David Wiest and owner/breeders Don Wiest (90 years young) and Ed Kimmel. Second here beaten a nose was Goo Doo Doll (2f Googoo Gaagaa-Jordanna Paige-Lindy Lane) reined by Russell Foster for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. and owner Frank Canzone. Her breeder was Richard Hans that bred and developed the sire and this filly. Her dam has produced nine winners from nine foals, five in 1:55 or better. LeTrot, PMU. MI files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
On October 16th at Paris-Vincennes will present three classic events for three through five year olds and those fields include the best of Europe. See the fields below: GRAND PRIX DE L'U.E.T. 400 000€   Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste FINALE Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 ans, hongres exclus.   CHAMPIONNAT EUROPEEN DES 3 ANS 100 000€    Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 3 ans, hongres exclus, inscrits au Stud-Book d'une Fédération membre de l'U.E.T. et pour lesquels les Fédérations membres suivantes ont engagé l'ensemble de la production dans le Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. : Autriche, Allemagne, Belgique, Danemark, Espagne, Finlande, France, Italie, Lituanie, Pays-Bas, Norvège, République Tchèque, Slovénie, Suède et Suisse. CHAMPIONNAT EUROPEEN DES 5 ANS 100 000€   Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 5 ans, hongres exclus, inscrits au Stud-Book d'une Fédération membre de l'U.E.T. et pour lesquels les Fédérations membres suivantes ont engagé l'ensemble de la production dans le Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. : Autriche, Allemagne, Belgique, Danemark, Espagne, Finlande, France, Italie, Lituanie, Pays-Bas, Norvège, République Tchèque, Slovénie, Suède et Suisse. These events showcase the best trotteurs in Europe and in a very competitive setting. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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