Day At The Track
Jonathan Groizeau, harness racing

17-1 Dynamite Marceaux upsets at Enghien

Dynamite Marceaux (7f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) took this day’s Gr. II monte Prix de Londres (purse 85,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.5kr with jockey Christopher Corbin in the irons. Jonathan Groizeau owns and trains the now 11-time winner in 55 career starts. Off at 17/1 odds the winner increased her life earnings to 285,650€ as she won her second straight and now has a 3-3-0 slate in her last six outings. She raced with shoes on. Coreil d’Aure (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and Al Capone Jet (10m Jag de Bellouet) took third with David Thomain up. Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) and Evangeline Blue (6f Speedy Blue) completed the top five. Dynamite Marceaux LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Longines, harness racing

Dore DIK to Longines at Kincsem Park

Longines (6f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) was an impressive conclusive gate to wire winner of today’s featured Dore DIJ (purse 600,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. Off at 1.5/1 driver Gyorgy Horvath steered Longines directly to the front from pasgt five and she led throughout for an open lengths 1.15.8kr victory, her third in four 2020 starts with one second. For her career the slate is now 18-2-0 in 20 appearances for 4,385,000Huf earned. She was bred in Germany by Kornelius Heitman of Munster and is owned by Pimri i. The 4.1/1 odds Pan Globe Jaycee (4f Muscles Yankee-Impala Jaycee-Othello Vivant) was second for Goran Zolnanji. Third was 3.8/1 Valentino (6g Frullino Jet-Chemise Cobra-Atlas Fighter L) for Ferenc  Nagy II. What a mare Longines is!!! Longines   Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Gwenn Junod, harness racing

Hidden Texas wins at Cagnes

Hidden Texas (3m Brillantissime-Texas Style) scored on a dq of Hailo Dream in the Prix de Jonquilles (purse 27,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap) at Cagnes sur Mer in France. The winner overcame a 25 meter handicap and was handled by Gwenn Junod. Louis Baudron trains this winner for Mauricette De Sousa as he won for the fifth time in his career now for 70,370€ earned. Hussarde (3f Kaisy Dream-Uriska Royale) was placed second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch with Hotesse Darling (3f Quaker Jet-Apple Darling) placed third with Jean Pierre Dubois the pilot. She raced from a 25 meter handicap as did her stablemate Hotika Blue (3f Singalo-Perle d’Aunou) that was placed fourth with David Bekaert at the lines.        Hidden Texas   On August 6 at Enghien the Prix de la Concorde (purse 49,000€, 2875 meters) saw Dona Viva (7f Love You-Kuza Viva) score in 1.14.0lr with Gabriele Gelormini up for Ecurie Lucky 8 Racing and trainer Dominik Locqueneux. Off at 11/1 she defeated 25 meter handicapped Dream de Lasserie and 25 meter penalized Cash du Rib.   Dona Viva   On the same card was the Prix de la Haute Saone (purse 37,000€, 2150 meters autostart) and 1.4/1 odds Vincent Ferm (6g Mago d’Amore-Lindyliana Font) scored in 1.13.1kr with G.P. Minnucci up for trainer Vitale Ciotola and S. Guida Edoardo. 10/1 Eadshot Josselyn was second for driver Eric Raffin.   LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Moni Viking, harness racing

Moni Viking wins Aby Stora Pris

August 8, 2020  - The 3.1/1 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet) rallied boldly to win the harness racing Gr. I International Aby Stora Pris (purse 3,580,000SEK total purse with 2,000,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters autostart, 12 starters). Bjorn Goop trains and drove the winner for Jan Lyng of Norway as he won for the sixth time in nine 2020 starts and 13th career win in 43 appearances now for life earnings of 5,894,440SEK.  Who’s Who (6m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) was second with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Pasi Aikio. Third was Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) with Johan Untersteiner at the lines. Race time was 1.12.4kr with quick later speed. Watch the race here. The time at the 2000 meter post was 1.13.7kr. Cokstile and Pacific Face finished fourth and fifth. Moni Viking   Earlier in the day was the Regnar Thorngrens (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with a rallying victory to Aramis Bar (4m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar-Bon Vivant) with trainer Bjorn Goop at the lines for owner Forspro AB.   This was his third 2020 win in six outings and 10th in a 21 race career. Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) held gamely from his front trotting duty to be second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third was Galantis (4m Zola Bokoi) with Johan Untersteiner up. Aramis Bar The Bertil Knutssons Minne (STL Diamantstoet Final, 220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart) saw Argbiggan (5f Maharajah-Kemp’s Emilie-Enjoy Lavec) score in 1.12.5kr with trainer Rickard Svanstedt up. This was the third 2020 victory in 11 starts for the Lennart Johansson owned mare. Divine (8f Dream Vacation-Barbie Do-Ken Warkentin) was next for Erik Adielsson and third was Princess Kloster (4f Classic Photo-Perfekta Kloster-Carmody Lobell) for Peter Untersteiner. The winner and third mares overcame 20-meter handicaps. Arbiggan   Vagabond Bi (6g Varenne-Felicity Bi-Toss Out) took the STL Bronze Final (purse to winner 220,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.10.8kr with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer David Persson and owner Stall Skaven HG.   Off at 5.5/1 the winner recorded his 14th career victory in 56 starts. Adde SH (5g Nu Pagadi-Fast Allegro-Fast Photo) took second for Peter Untersteiner and Twigs Ceasar (8g Muscle Mass-Twigs Goldie-Texas) took third for Bjorn Goop, also the trainer. Vagabond Bi The STL Silver Final (250,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Pastor Power (6g Pastor Stephen-Tobina Pazzione-JR Broline) win in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. He was off at 9.2/1 odds and he won for the 11th time in 42 career starts, Zap di Girifalco (5m Dream Vacation-Bea di Girifalco-Waikiki Beach) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with the third check earned by Man At Work (7g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) for Orjan Kihlstrom. Pastor Power Several other interesting winners today included Stoletheshow (5m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) in the Linsons Stora Sprinterpris (purse 220,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) for Rikard N. Skoglund timed in 1.10.6kr and off at 5.7/1. Staro Leonardo (6g Make It Happen) was second for Peter Ingves. The Aby Stora Trearingspris (three year olds, purse 125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) went to 16.5/1 Hopeusteponalego (3m Donato Hanover-Gliding Phoebe-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom timed n 1.13.4kr. Stall Courant AB owns this one. The Klass II Final (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12,4kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Newport Beach (5m Ready Cash-Sugarbush Hanover-Andover Hall) for driver Peter Ingves and trainer Josef Franzi. Gunter Herz owns the winner that now has six 2020 wins in seven starts and 10 career victories in 13 outings. At the start of this exceptional program was the Aby Stora Monte Prix 2020 (125,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) and post 10 Rajesh Face (7g Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored easily in a new SWE record 1.10.1kr (mile 1:52.4F). Rajesh Face Thomas H. Hicks  

Saint Malo hosted the 8th Leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2950 meters distance handicap) and 1.2/1 odds Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romane d’Urzy) scored in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin at the lines. Ecurie Marechal owns the now 11- time career winner and Jean Michel Bazire is the trainer. His life earnings reached 264,030€ with this victory. The 3/1 Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream-Nolaila) was second for pilot Hugues Monthule, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. Echo de Chanlecy (6g Quinoa du Gers) was third for E.G. Blot, ahead of Balzac de L’Iton with Franck Nivard up and Derby du Dollar was fifth for Gilles Delacour      Fairplay d’Urzy Trotting action on August 4 was at Cabourg before a huge live audience. The featured Prix des Hetres (purse 34,000€, 2700 meters, five year olds) saw the well-regarded 8/10 favorite Fleche du Yucca (5f Prodigious-Vencenza) score in 1.13.7kr. Jean Philippe Dubois teamed this one for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. She recorded her 13th career victory and increased life earnings to 339,470€. Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) was second for Cedrik Megissier, also his trainer. Third home was Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner.        Fleche du Yucca Jean Philippe Dubois won again at Cabourg with 5.6/1 Grande Edition (4f Royal Dream-All Edition) in the Prix des Eglantines (purse 17,000€, 2050 meters autostart). Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner recorded his fourth career win now for 28,130€ earned. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Gina Costardiere (4f Quicky Oa-Petit Costardiere) was second for Adrien Lamy and Great Touch (4f Royal Dream-Touch of Charm) was third with Eric Raffin for trainer Etienne Dubois.       Grande Edition LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up, took the lead from post seven in the first lap and continued on the lead throughout for an easy 1.11.0kr timed score in today’s Grand Prix de Wallonie  in Belgium (purse 120,000€, 2300 meters autostart, 10 starters). Face TimeBourbon now has recorded 22 career victories in 26 starts for 1,773,900€ earned. He was off at 1/10 odds. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Scuderia Bivans Srl. The 25/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was a solid second with Christophe Martens teaming this Jean Michel Bazire trainee that Eirik Djuve owns. The 87/1 Viking d’Hermes (11g Sancho Panca-Norina Way) took third for Christophe de Groote, narrowly ahead of fourth finishing 6.9/1 Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) that Hugues Montule piloted for trainer Guarato and owner Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. Bold Eagle earned 9,500€ today and increased his life earnings to 5,000,467€, just behind the all-time earnings record for a FR trotteur set by Timoko at 5,006,731€. Timoko won 36 times in his racing career while Bold Eagle secured 46 victories in 76 starts. Below is a photo gallery of this action today at Hippodrome de Wallonie. Face Time Bourbon Bold Eagle and Hugues Monthule     It was quite a career for Bold Eagle and today’s salute to his accomplishments also gave thanks to longtime lad Hugues Monthule who teamed the champion.   Hippodrome de Wallonie and LeTrot files/photos   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 3/5 odds favorite Espoir du Marney (6g Village Mystic-Queens du Marney) took today’s GP de Savoie (purse 40,000€, 2700 meters distance handicap, There were 16 starters on the turf) at Aix-les-Bains in France, the 11th leg of the Trophee Vert series. Kevin Thommerieux trains and reined the winner for owner Jean Corrompt. Espoir now has 12 career wins in 39 outings for 183,130€. The 21/1 Cognard de Betton (8g Ludo de Castelle) was second for Y.A. Briand and owner Jean Luc Bigeon. 8.1/1 Astor de Rozoy (10m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) overcame his 25 meter handicap to be third for Luc Jerome Legros. Race time was not reported. Espoir du Marney LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Arazi Boko (13g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) continued his storied career with a victory in the Gran Premio Riccardo Grassi (purse 50,050€, 1660 meters autostart, 12 starters) on the Cesena 800 meter oval in Italy. He was timed in 1.11.9kr and reined by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. His fifth dam is the legendary Stenographer. Three lengths back second was Vesna (6f Libeccio Grif-Immagine Lunare-Toss Out) with third to Ua Huka (7f Muscle Yankee-Fancy Bi-Toss Out). Arazi Boko Gaet, Blodbanken files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

It is with great sadness that Knutsson Trotting announces that Sebastian K. has passed away from colic. He arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday morning 28th July to stand stud and he had seemingly taken the flight from USA well. The next few days he ate and drank as normal, but on Saturday 1st August he developed colic and whilst every effort was made at the Mickleham Quarantine and Veterinary Centre to save his life the attending physicians were unsuccessful in their endeavours. Given the time elapsed since the flight, it is unlikely the colic was caused by air travel, but the exact cause of the colic will most likely never be known. ‘ Sebastian’ won numerous Group I and Group II races around the world, but he will most probably be best remembered for that ‘command performance’ at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in July 2014 when he shattered the existing all-aged World Record in a blistering 1:49. It is still the fastest mile ever recorded on a 5/8ths track. He was voted Horse of the Year in Sweden in 2012 and won Dan Patch Horse Trotter of the Year in 2014. Sebastian K. was bred and owned throughout his career by Knutsson Trotting, who also bred his dam Gabriella K. Upon retiring from racing in 2015 he stood at Hanover Shoe Farms for 4 years before relocating to Abby Stables in Ohio for the 2020 North American breeding season. From his first North American crop, the filly Next Level Stuff (out of Nantab) 1:53.2F $221,461 will compete in the Hambletonian Oaks from post 2 on the 8th August at The Meadowlands. Needless to say, we will keep all our fingers crossed for her and her connections. Knutsson Trotting Further Information: bernie@knutsson.se 

An excellent card graced the Kincsem Park oval today at in Budapest, Hungary. The Dr. Thomas Borostyankoy Memorial led the way with two eliminations, each for 500,000Huf, and a 1,800,000Huf purse final. The elims were raced over 1800 meters autostart with the final contested over 1960 meters distance handicap. That final went to 2.3/1 Zitti Tutti (5f Napoleon-Isula d’Arno-Coktail Jet) in a very slowly rated 1.21.0kr with a last 500 in 1.12.0kr. Hico owns this speedster that was bred by Riccardo Sculco and Zitti Tutti now sports a 10-1-0 slate in 11 lifetime starts. He has earned 3,075,000Huf. The 13.8/1 White Lady (6f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was a solid second for Imre Fazekas. 17.3/1 odds and 20 meter penalized Villam Ville (6g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) took third with Goran Zolnaji up. The race record for this classic is 1.16.8kr set in 2019 by Zeal di Girifalco. Zitti Tutti in the finale In his elimination, Zitti Tutti scored in 1.17.1kr at 2.1/1 odds with trainer Mazsity up. 7.8/1 Urania RG (7f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was second for Andor Angyal. Third was 5.2/1 Zseda (5f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) for Csaba Lakatos. The second elimination went to 4.8/1 Timoteo (8m Abano As-Ghirlanda As-Diamond Way) clocked in 1.18.6kr for driver Veljko Mazsity. Timoteo won for the 29th time in 51 lifetime starts. 4.2/1 Villam Ville, third in the finale from a distance handicap, was second in his elim for Goran Zolnaji. Third was 3/2 favorite Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) with trainer Tibor Hajnal the reinsman. Timoteo in elim 2 Three year olds contested the Istvan Szent DIJ (purse 2,000,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with victory to the 1.17.6kr timed and 3.6/1 Borutka (3f Illetmeny-Night Lady-Tony Oaks) for Illetmeny Kft. The race record remains 1.15.9kr set in 2019 by Ujrazzs!. The winner scored for the third time in seven career starts. 3.4/1 Bazsiville (3g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) was a game second for Imre Fazekas, also trainer. Third was 2.4/1 Bonaparte Boss (3g Napoleon-Nikita-Crown Sweep) with Veljko Mazsity at the lines. Borutka (1) in front Today’s co-featured Hippodrom ES Lovanda Sprinter Kupa (purse 2,000,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 3/1 odds Amy del Duomo (3f Daguet Rapide-Lily del Duomo-Muscles Yankee). Valjko Mazsity teamed the winner in this her first start in Hungary. 8.9/1 Zseneroz (5f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) was second for Andor Angyal with 2.1/1 Take Me Home (8g Lets Go-Majestic Angel-Broadway Hall) landing third for Joze Sagaj. 8.6/1 Tars Starr (9m Persugill-Ten Stars Vita-Ata Star L) was fourth for pilot Janko Sagaj. The stake record was set in 2012 by the gallant then 16 year old Lester (by Gridiron Lad) in 1.13.3kr. Amy del Duomo   Kincsem Park files/photos   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Diamanten (7m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L), off at 3.4/1 odds and reined by Erik Adielsson for Forspro AM and legendary trainer Stig. H Johansson, took the Ego Boys STL Gold (150,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Rattvik in Sweden.  Race time was a quick 1.09.8kr, career mark for the winner that had been winless for two years. Diamanten now has 24 career victories in 52 starts for 7,488,231SEK earned. He was impressive today in defeating Chianti (6m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever-Viking Kronos) and his trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third to Globalsatisfaction (8g Kadabra-Glide Path-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstom. Diamanten The day’s Gr. II ATG Sommartravet Final (Gr. II International, 300,000SEK to the winner, 14 starters, 2640 meters voltstart distance handicap) saw an impressive 1.93/1 odds favorite Vae Victis Club (6m Mago d’Amore-Efra-Biesolo) score in 1.12.3kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet Italian bred performer that was handicapped 20 meters. He recorded a third victory in four 2020 starts and now has 22 career wins in 54 outings for 1,251,870 earned. 40 meter handicapped Racing Brodde (5f Prodigious-Ronda Brick-Super Arnie) was second for Rikard N. Skoglund and 20 meter penalized Vagabond Bi (6g Varenne-Felicity Bi-Toss Out) was third with Carl Johan Jepson at the lines. Vae Victis Club photos below:    On the Rattvik card was also the Jim Fricks Minne V75 Silver that honored the recently deceased great horseman Jim Frick. This race was conducted over 2140 meters autostart for a 125,000SEK first prize. Flash Haleryd (8g Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) won for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Ulf Stenstomer in 1.11.4kr at 13.2/1 odds. He won for the 10th time in 65 career starts while defeating Aron Palema (8g Symphonic Hanover) with Stefan Persson up and Man At Work (7g Ken Warkentin) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom. Flash Haleryd On July 30 at Aby was the Red Mile Prize (100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) and 2/1 odds Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) scored in 1.10.0kr with Johan Untersteiner up. Stepping Spaceboy (7m Dream Vacation-Stepping Space-Fast Photo) followed and was two lengths back for trainer/driver Wim Paal. Third was Toddler (8g From Above-Infanta-Express Ride) for Marc Elias. Cyber Lane Replay  - https://www.atg.se/video/archive/530678853098/vinnare_2020-07-30_6_5 See Toddler’s interesting pedigree below: Ahead on August 8 at Aby is the prestigious Aby Stora Pris with 10 top flight performers expected. ATG, Maharajah, Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today’s Enghien featured Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse 60,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to front stepping 1.9/1 favorite Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner Michel Aladensie. Race time was 1.10.6kr (mile 1:53.66) and the winner secured his third harness racing victory in 12 outings now for 201,920€ earned. The 2.3/1 Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) closed well for second with owner Jean Pierre Dubois up for trainer Kevin Vanderschelden. Joelle Laroche bred this one. 6.8/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette-Reine Normande) was third for trainer/driver Luc Roelens and fourth was 10/1 Bandlo Roc (3m Filipp Roc-Prestige Roc) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Hooker Berry Replay -https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-08-01/7502/7   Yesterday at Meslay du Maine the Prix de L;Enterprise Coulon (purse 30,000€, 2875 meters, monte) saw Delta Fac (7g Tucson-O Beauty-Éclair de Vandel) score in 1.13.1kr for Eric Raffin, his 10th career win now for 153,450€ earned. Best of Bourbon (9g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant) was a game second with Mathilde Chollet up and Daniel Bon (7g Severino-Quiriance-Tenor de Baune) was third.      Delta Fac outlasts Best of Bourbon At Graignes was the Prix de Normandie (purse 24,000€, 2700 meters distance handicap, International) and the top three were 25-meter penalized horses. First was the veteran classmaster Carat Williams (8m Prodigious-Miss Williams) for his 19th career victory and he was handled by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. His career earnings are now 1,094,289€. Blues d’Ourville (9g Password-Pursuit of Charm) was second for Pierre Houel with Falcao de Laurma (5m Uniclove) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Carat Williams LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Enrico Bellei teamed Barbaresco Grif (3m Conway Hall-Maura Grif-Varenne) to a 1.12.8kr victory in the GP Citta’di Napoli (purse 200,200€, 2100 meters autostart, three-year olds) at Agnano’s 1000 meter racetrack in Italy. Bonjovi MMG (3m Ganymede-Ethel Blak-Indro Park) was second ahead of Bengurion Jet (3m Maharajah-Love Me Tender-Supergill). Barbaresco Grif On the same card was the GP Freccia d’Europa (purse 180,180€, 1600 meters autostart) and Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) scored in record time 1.10.4kt with Alessandro Gocciadoro at the lines. Zefiro d’Ete (5m Mago d’Amore-Isotta Fraschini-Angus Hall) was second for Gaetano DiNardo. Third went to Deimos Racing (7g Quite Easy-Athena Haleryd-Pine Chip) with Antonio DiNardo aboard. Vivid Wise As The GP Regione Campanio Males (purse 80,080€, 2100 meters autostart, four year old males) went to the 1.12.5kr timed Antony Leone (4m Libeccio Grif-Gasping Ferm-Lemon Dra) with Gaetano Di Nardo the pilot. This pair prevailed over Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK-Varenne) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro and third finishing Aramis EK (4m Nad Al Sheba-Freedom EK-Bon Vivant) with Pietro Gubellini at the lines. Antony Leone tingOn the same program was the GP Regione Campania Filly (purse 80,080€, 2100 meters autostart, four- year old females) and the 1.13.0kr clocked winner was Allegra Gifont (4f Maharajah-Realm of Fancy-Ginger Somolli) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Arnas Cam (4f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne) took a close second for Santo Mollo, ahead of third finishing Allegra WF (4f Varenne-Formosa Jet-Pine Chip) with Mario Minopoli Jr. aboard. Allegra Gifont   Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

What was billed as the final race for champion Bold Eagle on August 1 shapes up as just that as nine rivals will challenge the Hugues Monthule driven and Sebastien Guarato trained winner of 46 races for 4,990,967€ earned and a speed record of 1.08.9kr. Driver Monthule is a long time lad that has looked after Bold Eagle during his career and who now is driving regularly and has 58 victories. The race is the Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie to be raced over 2300 meters at Mons Ghlin (Belgium) for a purse of 120,000€. Bold Eagle, the nine-year old son of Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet will face a top field that includes his son Face Time Bourbon (5m Bold Eagle-Vita Bourbon) that will have Bjorn Goop at the lines along with Valokaja Hindo and Tony Gio among the contestants. FTB has posted 21 victories so far worth 1,716,300€ in career earnings. Hippodrome de Wallonie Mons Ghlin files/images by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Gr. III GP Riccardo Grassi (purse 50,050€, 1660 meters autostart) is set for August 1 at Cesena in Italy with 11 horses to be at the start including Arazi Boko, the gallant 13 year old war horse, and Timone EK. It shapes up as a competitive event among leading aged campaigners in Italy. Stay tuned for the great trotting action. Gaet, Cesena files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

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Dynamite Marceaux (7f Ready Cash-Nariane Marceaux) took this day’s Gr. II monte Prix de Londres (purse 85,000€, 2875 meters, 13 starters) clocked in 1.12.5kr with jockey Christopher Corbin in the irons. Jonathan Groizeau owns and trains the now 11-time winner in 55 career starts. Off at 17/1 odds the winner increased her life earnings to 285,650€ as she won her second straight and now has a 3-3-0 slate in her last six outings. She raced with shoes on. Coreil d’Aure (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and Al Capone Jet (10m Jag de Bellouet) took third with David Thomain up. Caban Prior (8g Sancho Panca) and Evangeline Blue (6f Speedy Blue) completed the top five. Dynamite Marceaux LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    
Longines (6f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) was an impressive conclusive gate to wire winner of today’s featured Dore DIJ (purse 600,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. Off at 1.5/1 driver Gyorgy Horvath steered Longines directly to the front from pasgt five and she led throughout for an open lengths 1.15.8kr victory, her third in four 2020 starts with one second. For her career the slate is now 18-2-0 in 20 appearances for 4,385,000Huf earned. She was bred in Germany by Kornelius Heitman of Munster and is owned by Pimri i. The 4.1/1 odds Pan Globe Jaycee (4f Muscles Yankee-Impala Jaycee-Othello Vivant) was second for Goran Zolnanji. Third was 3.8/1 Valentino (6g Frullino Jet-Chemise Cobra-Atlas Fighter L) for Ferenc  Nagy II. What a mare Longines is!!! Longines   Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    
Hidden Texas (3m Brillantissime-Texas Style) scored on a dq of Hailo Dream in the Prix de Jonquilles (purse 27,000€, 2925 meters distance handicap) at Cagnes sur Mer in France. The winner overcame a 25 meter handicap and was handled by Gwenn Junod. Louis Baudron trains this winner for Mauricette De Sousa as he won for the fifth time in his career now for 70,370€ earned. Hussarde (3f Kaisy Dream-Uriska Royale) was placed second for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch with Hotesse Darling (3f Quaker Jet-Apple Darling) placed third with Jean Pierre Dubois the pilot. She raced from a 25 meter handicap as did her stablemate Hotika Blue (3f Singalo-Perle d’Aunou) that was placed fourth with David Bekaert at the lines.        Hidden Texas   On August 6 at Enghien the Prix de la Concorde (purse 49,000€, 2875 meters) saw Dona Viva (7f Love You-Kuza Viva) score in 1.14.0lr with Gabriele Gelormini up for Ecurie Lucky 8 Racing and trainer Dominik Locqueneux. Off at 11/1 she defeated 25 meter handicapped Dream de Lasserie and 25 meter penalized Cash du Rib.   Dona Viva   On the same card was the Prix de la Haute Saone (purse 37,000€, 2150 meters autostart) and 1.4/1 odds Vincent Ferm (6g Mago d’Amore-Lindyliana Font) scored in 1.13.1kr with G.P. Minnucci up for trainer Vitale Ciotola and S. Guida Edoardo. 10/1 Eadshot Josselyn was second for driver Eric Raffin.   LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    
August 8, 2020  - The 3.1/1 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet) rallied boldly to win the harness racing Gr. I International Aby Stora Pris (purse 3,580,000SEK total purse with 2,000,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters autostart, 12 starters). Bjorn Goop trains and drove the winner for Jan Lyng of Norway as he won for the sixth time in nine 2020 starts and 13th career win in 43 appearances now for life earnings of 5,894,440SEK.  Who’s Who (6m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) was second with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Pasi Aikio. Third was Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) with Johan Untersteiner at the lines. Race time was 1.12.4kr with quick later speed. Watch the race here. The time at the 2000 meter post was 1.13.7kr. Cokstile and Pacific Face finished fourth and fifth. Moni Viking   Earlier in the day was the Regnar Thorngrens (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with a rallying victory to Aramis Bar (4m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar-Bon Vivant) with trainer Bjorn Goop at the lines for owner Forspro AB.   This was his third 2020 win in six outings and 10th in a 21 race career. Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) held gamely from his front trotting duty to be second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third was Galantis (4m Zola Bokoi) with Johan Untersteiner up. Aramis Bar The Bertil Knutssons Minne (STL Diamantstoet Final, 220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart) saw Argbiggan (5f Maharajah-Kemp’s Emilie-Enjoy Lavec) score in 1.12.5kr with trainer Rickard Svanstedt up. This was the third 2020 victory in 11 starts for the Lennart Johansson owned mare. Divine (8f Dream Vacation-Barbie Do-Ken Warkentin) was next for Erik Adielsson and third was Princess Kloster (4f Classic Photo-Perfekta Kloster-Carmody Lobell) for Peter Untersteiner. The winner and third mares overcame 20-meter handicaps. Arbiggan   Vagabond Bi (6g Varenne-Felicity Bi-Toss Out) took the STL Bronze Final (purse to winner 220,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.10.8kr with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer David Persson and owner Stall Skaven HG.   Off at 5.5/1 the winner recorded his 14th career victory in 56 starts. Adde SH (5g Nu Pagadi-Fast Allegro-Fast Photo) took second for Peter Untersteiner and Twigs Ceasar (8g Muscle Mass-Twigs Goldie-Texas) took third for Bjorn Goop, also the trainer. Vagabond Bi The STL Silver Final (250,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Pastor Power (6g Pastor Stephen-Tobina Pazzione-JR Broline) win in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. He was off at 9.2/1 odds and he won for the 11th time in 42 career starts, Zap di Girifalco (5m Dream Vacation-Bea di Girifalco-Waikiki Beach) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with the third check earned by Man At Work (7g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) for Orjan Kihlstrom. Pastor Power Several other interesting winners today included Stoletheshow (5m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) in the Linsons Stora Sprinterpris (purse 220,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) for Rikard N. Skoglund timed in 1.10.6kr and off at 5.7/1. Staro Leonardo (6g Make It Happen) was second for Peter Ingves. The Aby Stora Trearingspris (three year olds, purse 125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) went to 16.5/1 Hopeusteponalego (3m Donato Hanover-Gliding Phoebe-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom timed n 1.13.4kr. Stall Courant AB owns this one. The Klass II Final (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12,4kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Newport Beach (5m Ready Cash-Sugarbush Hanover-Andover Hall) for driver Peter Ingves and trainer Josef Franzi. Gunter Herz owns the winner that now has six 2020 wins in seven starts and 10 career victories in 13 outings. At the start of this exceptional program was the Aby Stora Monte Prix 2020 (125,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) and post 10 Rajesh Face (7g Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored easily in a new SWE record 1.10.1kr (mile 1:52.4F). Rajesh Face Thomas H. Hicks  

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