Coin Perdu

Gr. I National Svensk for two-year-olds

Coin Perdu (2m SJ’s Caviar-Provo Kronos-Viking Kronos) remained undefeated in five career starts by winning the Gr. I National Svensk 2016 (harness racing two year olds) at Jagersro. Timed in 1.12.7kr over 1640 meters autostart the Erik Adielsson teamed winner is trained by Svante Bath. He earned 700,000SEK first prize. The winner’s second dam is Pine Dust (Pine Chip-Web Chance) and is from the family of Sushi (by Speedy Crown) and Ah So, dam of Workaholic. Executive Caviar (2m SJ’s Caviar-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Dats Cabello (2m Jacose-No Entry-Windsong’s Legacy) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for Tomas Malmqvist, trainer. The program also included the V75 Gold Meadow Prophets for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.12.5kr timed 4.6/1 Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) from Denmark was victorious for Steen Juul. Je’t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je’t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover) for Johan Untersteiner. 4.2/1 Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money was raced over 2140 meters autostart. The 1.7/1 choice Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) won for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.13.4kr. Ni Talar Bra Latin (6g Kiss Francais-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was second with Erik Adielsson up and third went to Bartenders In (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

Brillantissime

€110,000 70th Premio Duomo UET Masters

Phillipe Allaire’s Brillantissime (5m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) took today’s Gr. I Premio Duomo UET Masters (purse €110,000, 1600 meters autostart) at Firenze, Italy (1000 meter track) in gate to wire fashion timed in 1.12.4kr. Pierre Vercruysse reined the winner that easily held off Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) driven by Gaetano Di Nardo and third to Stella di Azzura (5f Supergill-Genny de Azzurra-Pine Chip) for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Note, the second dam of Sharon Gar is Happy Diamonds (Diamond Exchange-Sharon’s Streak-Sirloin).  Interesting to me was the naming of the undercard races after well-known trotters Toss Out, Keystone Patriot, Friendly Face, Intact Hornline, Italiano, Crowns Invitation and Brads Photo. Two undercard winners were Trillo Park (4m Varenne-Mystery Flight-Balanced Image) for Enrico Bellei timed in 1.12.2kr over 1600 meters, and Velvet Dancer (2m Mondiale OK-Natalie Starlight-Self Possessed) in another 1600 meter autostart contest with a purse of €13,200. This winner was clocked in 1.13.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Nuncio

Nuncio returns at Solvalla

Nuncio returns to action next Wednesday at Solvalla, where the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion will be teamed with regular pilot Orjan Kihlstrom in the Gosta Nordins. A field of seven will race over 2140 meters autostart (field below). Divisionist will also take part in the Gunnar Nordins on the card. Nuncio may be pointed toward the Prix d’Amerique the last week in January. December 7, 2016 – Solvalla - R7 Gosta Nordins 2140 meters autostart Nuncio - Kihlstrom Knows Nothing - Ohlsson Attack Diablo - Eriksson Nato Dream - Haugstad Partout Simoni - Kern Charrva Forlan - Goop Claes Boko - Adielsson   R4 Gunnar Nordins 2140 meters autostart Floyd Fortuna - Adielsson Camelot Sisu - Goop Barthechocoate - Haapio Divisionist - Kontio Global Satisfaction - Ohlsson Cupido Sisdu - Kihlstrom   Thomas H. Hicks  

Utrillo d'Amour

Utrillo d’Amour takes Baka Handicap

Andrea Nagyvary (a) piloted Utrillo d’Amour (8g Balexis du Mouty-Jorgane d’Amour-Tak Tak) to victory in today’s featured Baka Handicap (purse 1,100,000Huf, 4200 meters distance handicap), overcoming a 40 meter handicap. The 1.24kr timed win, for harness racing trainer Imre Fazekas, over the marathon distance, was over second finishing Oszi Feny (8m Wall Street Banker-Sugar-Mill H) and trainer/driver Imre Fazekas, that overcame a 60 meter penalty. Third was 40 meter handicapped Ruby Reeves (6g Wall Street Banker-Jade-Valley Guardian) driven by Mitja Slavic for trainer Balazs Juhasz, who was in Paris this day finishing second in the annual international drivers competition. The undercard included the Oroshaza Varos DIJA (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) and favorite Romi Mms (6f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB-Self Possessed) prevailed in 1.16.7kr for driver Mitja Slavic and trainer Marko Slavic, of SLO. Amazing Koks (9g Jailhouse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Star L) took second for trainer/driver Lajos Marton, ahead of Orderly (9f Yankee Glide-Dearest Dimling-Utra Ducal) and trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Two year-olds battled in the GY&GY Istallo DIJA (purse 500,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart) with victory to Wotan (2g Maximus Lindy-Lezer-Baltic Pet) timed in 1.23.1kr for Imre Fazekas, also trainer. Violetta (2f Racino-Franciska-Witsends Speedy) was second for Zsokt Vereb and trainer Sandor Varga. Villeneuve (2m Pilgrims Taj-Brisco Emma-Briso Robertto) earned third for Sandor Kolozsi and trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. The Oroshazi Lovas DIJA (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) for aged performers went to 1.20kr timed Oklahoma Font (8f Toss Out-Divine Child-Mr. Lavec) with Lilla Horvath the pilot for trainer Judit Kele. Titus Livius (4m Incredible Cole-Juci-Valley Guardian) was second and third went to San Francisco (5m Medic Hanover-Kentucky Girl-LV Glory Bound) for Ferenc Nagy II. Plans are in place for the annual December 31 celebration “Ugeto Szilveszter”. Thomas H. Hicks    

The featured Gr. II Masters Grand National du Trot Finale (purse €150,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 0.5/1 favored Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers). Owner/trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire was the pilot. 41/1 Bahia Quesnot (5f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) took second for Mathieu Abrivard and 12/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) was third for Anthony Barrier. Alienor de Godrel and Al Capone Jet were fourth and fifth with Swedishman and Val Royal next to the line. The Prix de l’Eure (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.15.6kr timed and 2.2/1 Shiraz Brodde (7g Love You-Stephanie Brodda). Christophe Martens reined the winner for owner Olof Brodin AB (Sweden) and trainer Vincent Martens. 4.7/1 King Of The World (7m Magnificent Rodney-Queen Of Hearts) was second for Bjorn Goop, teamster for William Nimczyk and owner Johann Lenz. 72/1 Okay dei Ronchi (8g From Above-Faboui’of Brown) was third. The last of the LeTrot Open du Regions was for four year-olds vying over 2850 meters for a purse of €85,000. The field of 12 ended with victory for 8.7/1 Callijo Delbi (4g Rieussec-Joliette de Marvez) timed in 1.14.6kr. Franck Nivard was the pilot for owner/trainer H.N. Bihel. 12/1 Capitaine France (4g Modern Jazz-Quanta Rosa Sun) took second for owner/trainer/driver William Bigeon, and third was the 3/2 favorite and Gabriel Gelormini reined Cantin de L’éclair (4g Jet Fortuna-Nice Joyeuse). The first of the LeTrot Open des Regions was a Gr. III event for three year-olds for a purse €85,000. 16 entrants battled over 2850 meters with the 1.14.8kr timed winner being 5.6/1 Dream de Nilrem (3g Jet Fortuna-Naomi de Chamant). Eric Raffin teamed the Frederic Prat trainee. 1.6/1 Doberman (3m Prodigious-Quietude Mesloise) was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. Third went to 8.8/1 Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) with breeder Jean-Philippe Dubois driving. Philippe Moulin trains for Ecurie Victoria Dream. Five year-olds competed in the Gr. III LeTrot Open des Regions, also over 2850 meters for an €85,000 purse. 16 starters lined up and 30/1 Banjo de la Noemie (5g Planbeau des Pins-Prima de la Noemie) emerged victorious for Mathieu Mottier timed in 1.14kr. 3/2 favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Paix de Villeneuve) was placed second, driven by Tony LeBeller, after Black Jack From was disqualified. 36/1 Best du Hauty was third ahead of 31/1 Berry Felin. Clara du Pontseuil Wins Monte Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozier at Vincennes Today’s opener, the Gr. II Prix Philippe du Rozeir (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters), went to 16/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) with Anthony Barrier in the irons. This pair were up in the final strides timed in 1.13.5kr (off even fractions 1.13.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.12.7kr at the 1000; 1.13.5kr at 500 remaining) ahead of 5.7/1 Cyprien cdes Bordes (4m Ouragon de Cellard-Perle des Bordes) with J.L.Cl, Dersoir up for legendary trainer Joel Halais and Ecurie Rib. The 0.5/1 favorite Canadien d’Em (4m Ready Cash-Kanada) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Franck Leblanc. The Masters Grand National des Amateurs (purse €17,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.16.9kr timed and 2.1/1 favorite Tenor du Passage (9g Gazouilis-Glynis Vandrin) with Mickael GillesLemarchand up for trainer St. Provoost and Ecurie Danover. The winning amateur pilot now has 23 wins in 2016 from 136 starts and 33 career victories Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing trainer/jockey Mathieu Abrivard teamed 2.4/1 Bellissima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun) to an impressive 1.14.2kr score in the Gr. II monte Prix Joseph LaFosse (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2700 meters) at Paris-Vincennes. Ecurie L.D.M. Abrivard owns the fine mare. 8/1 Bilibili (5f Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner/breeder Jean Pierre Barjon, Third was 4/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Ecurie Winner The Quinte+ Gr. II Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) resulted in an easy win for 7/10favorite and barefoot Cash Gamble (5m Ready Cash-No Way Back). Jean-Michel Bazire piloted the Fabrice Souloy trainee for Norwegian owner Stall TJ Gamble. Second was 29/1 Beau Gamin (5m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette), also barefoot, with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.M. Rancoule. 30/1 Sugar Rey (5m Look de Star-Qurona Boreale) from Italy landed third for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer H.E. Bondo and Ecurie Tre Cer of Italy. Boeing du Bocage and King Sir Kir ended fourth and fifth. The winner’s time was 1.13.2kr off even fractions Thomas H. Hicks  

Service Secret (10g Look de Star-Kalamita) took today’s Prix des Recontres Internationale (purse €22,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) with harness racing driver Franck Nivard up representing France. The 5/2 favorite scored in 1.15.9kr to survive in a close finish with 4.1/1 Sire de la Creuse (10g Ildo de Fleurac-Hanna de la Creuse) handled by Hungary’s Balazs Juhasz for trainer J.F. Senet. Third was 18/1 Tonio du Vivier (9g General du Pommeau-Melba du Vivier) with Rick Wester up. This international drivers contest is an annual fixture during the winter meet at Vincennes. Saturday’s Prix de Saint Georges de Didonne (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) went to 9/10 betting favorite Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) with breeder/owner/trainer Tony LeBeller aboard. Timed in 1.14.6kr this winner defeated 16/1 Aulis du Courtilfe (6g Buvetier d’Aunou-Miss du Courtille) with J-M Bazire driving and third finishing 34/1 Au Clair de Lune (6g Capriccio-Queen de Beaulieu) The Gr. II Prix Vourasie (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 13 two year-old fillies) went to a very impressive 34/1 Elea Madrik (2f Goetmals Wood-Duelea Madrik). Trainer William Bigeon teamed the winner for owner Cl. Guedj. 7/10 favorite Epice Turgot (2f Orlando Vici-Kippa Turgot) was next to the line for driver J-M Bazire. Fabrice Souloy trains this second place finisher for owner Mme. Th. Hoste. Third was 31/1 Elite du Ruel (2f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) handled by David Thomain for trainer Franck Anne and owner/breeder Annick Bazin. The winner was clocked in 1.15.3kr with a quick finishing kick. Thomas H. Hicks

Two year-olds harness racing colts contested the Gr. II Prix Ourasi (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters) Friday evening with 6.2/1 Eridan (2m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout-Coktail Jet) posting an impressive 1.15.7kr timed victory. David Thomain teamed the Sebastian Guarato trainee that is owned by Ph. Dewulf. The winner’s dam was a career winner of €179.541 with a 1.12.7kr record. The 4/5 favorite Everest Vedaquais was a dq. Finishing second was 17/1 Everest de Ginai (2m Love You-Nymphe de Ginai) handled by Gabriel Gelormini for trainer Philippe Allaire and Finland owner Reima Kuisla OY. Third was Eros du Chene (2m Un Amour d’Haufor-Oulanova) for Franck Nivard. The evening’s Quinte+ Prix Hilda (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.15.7kr timed and 4.8/1 odds Aurore de Chloee (6f Islero de Bellouet-Loisiane de Nacre). Anthony Barrier piloted this winner for trainer Emmanuel Varin inn defeat of 85/1 Ariane du Nil (6f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Melby du Lin) with Maxime Bezier the trainer/driver. 4.9/1 Azela des Plaignes (6f Lilium Madrik-Ibiza des Plaignes) was third in a photo for trainer/driver Denis Brossard, also trainer. Secret Boy (8g Allison Hollow-Sugarcanes Riviera) took tonight’s Winter Cup at Wolvega (purse €6,960, 2100 meters autostart, 8 starters) timed in 1.15kr at 5/1 for Dion P. Tesselaar.  The 9/10 favorite Olympic Kronos (8g Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos) was second for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Third was 29/1 Radamante (6g Ganymede-Tenderembrace) Thomas H. Hicks  

December 1, 2016 - 1.2/1 favorite Daida de Vandel (3f Real de Lou-Gallia de Vandel) held off two others to secure victory in the harness racing Gr. III monte Prix Urgent (purse €90,000, 2700 meters, 8 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Alexandre Abrivard reined the winner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner Ch. Germain. 23/1 Dino de Jilme (3g Orsy Dream-Une du Maine) was a close second for P.Y. Verva and 9/1 Dragon d’Avril (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirene d’Avril) landed third for jockey Adrien s’Avril and owner/trainer Sebastian Houyrey. The winner was clocked in 1.16.5kr off even fractions. The Gr. II monte Prix Paul Buquet (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) for upper class trotters went to 7.7/1` Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Java du Banney) and jockey Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie du Grand Buisson. 2.9/1 Nene’Degli Dei (9g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) from Italy was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard, and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 12/1 Texas de l’Iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliadra de l’Iton) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque, ahead of 4/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Bazire. 1.9/1 The Tiger (9g Nelson de Vandel-Notre Dame Bourbon) was fifth for Damien Bonne and owner/trainer Benjamin Goetz. Time for the winner was 1.14.5kr. Veloce du BanneyThe Prix d’Angles (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters) went to 51/1 Douceur de Vivre (3f Rocklyn-Resless) that rallied between rivals to win for breeder/driver Jean-Philippe Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this one for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 5.4/1 Diamond Crown (3f Repeat Love-Ma Crown) was second for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastian Guarato, owner Lady O’Reilly and breeder Ecurie D. 6.1/1 Doria Desbois (3f In Love With You-Ivaniez) was third Action returns to Vincennes tomorrow with the Gr. III Prix Ourasi for two year olds. Everest Vedaquais is the likely favorite. On Saturday three groupe events highlight the program along with the eighth edition of the Prix des Rencontres Internationale. Sunday’s program include five groupe contests headed by the €150,000 purse Grand National du Trot Finale. Swedishman, Val Royale and Ultimate du Rib are in the Gr. II field that will battle over 2850 meters. Thomas H. Hicks    

November 30, 2015 - Today’s Quint+ Prix de la Camarque (purse €62,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to 13/1 odds and 1.16kr timed Avrik de Guez (6G Joker de Rozoy-Quoumbaya de Guex), racing barefoot for harness racing driver Gabriel Gelormini and owner/trainer J.Ph. Ducher. 2/1 A Nice Boy (6g Niky-Pretty Perle) took second with David Thomain up and third went to 4/1 Auch (6g Niky-Migraine) for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. This day the Prix de Picardie (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.15.8kr timed Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender). Anthony Barrier was the pilot of this 7.3/1 winner that Fabrice Soulot trains for Scuderia Eurocolor SRL. The next two across the line were also Souloy trainees. Second was 4.3/1 Classic Way (4m Prodigious-Pole Position) for driver Franck Nivard and owner St. Szwarc. 3.6/1 Currency (4f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) was third with J-M Bazire aboard for owner Ecurie Le Tremont. The Prix Jean Maurice Beteua (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 5/2 odds Dunbar (3m Look de Star-Ima du Houx) timed in 1.15.1kr. Eric Raffin teamed the winner for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. 1.7/1 Diego du Guelier (3f Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) was second for Mathieu Mottier and owner/trainer Denise Mottier. 7.8/1 Derby de Sauvigne (3g Othello Bourbon-Sata Josselyn) was third for Michel Lenois. On the evening November 29 program the featured Prix Lachesis (purse €58,000, 2200 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.13.1kr clocked, 5/1 odds Bonne Copine (5f Love You-Joie Baroque) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 3/1 Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) and third was 3.1 Barbue (5f Hermes du Buisson-Harengere) The comping weekend at Vincennes includes  multiple upper class events, worth watching. Thursday is the Gr. II Pix Paul Buquest and Gr. III Prix Urgent, both for monte trotters. Friday is the Gr. III Prix Ourasi for two year olds. Saturday includes three groupe events and Sunday has four groupe trots including the Masters Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 28, 2016 - 5.8/1 odds Valse d’Avignere (7f Look de Star-Hermine d’Avignere) took today’s Quinte+ Prix de Meslay du Maine (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 18 entrants) timed in 1.13.7kr with owner/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. 2.2/1 Vasco Flower (7g Niky-Nimea) was second for driver/owner Christian J. Bigeon. 34/1 Verso du Jaar (7g Ico Kiki-Paola d’Or Fix) landed the third spot. Two year-olds were in action in the Prix des Giroflees (purse €36,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters). 1.6/1 favorite Erming d’Oliverie (2f Scipion du Goutier-There d’Oliverie) scored in 1.16.5kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and breeder/owner Ecurie de l’Oliverie. 14/1 Envolee Desfinee (2f Uniclove-Oceanara) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and breeder/trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 38/1 Elisione Mag (2f Quaker Jet-Perle du Ravary) was third with David Thomain up for breeder/owner Michel Agostini. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 26, 2016 - Harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) at 1.6/1 took Saturday’s Gr. II International Konung Carl XVI at Solvalla, timed in 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart with a front-end performance. The Hans R. Stromberg trainee was driven by Johnny Takter for Stall Morkermasse. The winner earned 250,000SEK with the victory. 5/1 Nadal Broline (6g Yankee Glide-Aimees Promise-American Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Third went to 13/1 Thai Broadway (7m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Explosive de Vie finished sixth and Coldtown was scratched. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq939ODZP0s The day’s feature was the Solvalla Grand Prix (Gr. II International, 2140 meters autostart. 400,000SEK to winner). 11/1 Workout Wonder (4m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was victorious timed in 1.13.2kr for Tommi Kylliainen and trainer Jarno Kauhanen, rallying wide off the final bend to score easily. Fractions were modest (1.12.7kr after 500 meters, 1.12.9kr at the 1000 completed mark, 1.13kr at 1500 post). 13/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yankee-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden, ahead of 29/1 Globalsatisfaction (4m Kadabra-Glide Path-Yankee Glide). Ulf Ohlsson teamed this Timo Nurmos trainee. Wild Honey finished fourth. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yy6la7x-kg Other fast class events at Solvalla were as follows: Grabber Silver Final (220,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) to 4/1 Carabinieri (5m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.6kr; Finn-Tack Klass II (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) to 9/1 Island Life (5g Pine Chip-Gossip-The Onion) in 1.14.7kr for driver Erik Adielsson. Peter G. Norman trains this one for Stall H&T Kompaniet; Top Seven Klass I Final (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) to 3/1 Aron Palema (4g Symphonic Hanover-Rosalinde Palema-Alf Palema) for trainer Par Hedberg and reinsman Johnny Takter, timed in 1.14.2kr; Lyle & Scott Mares (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters voltstart) that 69/1 Okrkide CD (5f Mythical Lindy-Floating Market-Kosar) won in 1.14.7kr with Torbjorn Jansson driving. The owner/trainer is Cathrin Bergstrom. Pandora Face (4f Muscle Hill-Concher-Pine Chip) was second for Adrian Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

November 27, 2016 - Ubertino Grif (3m Libeccio Grif-Nebraska Grif-Varenne) took today’s Premio del Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia (purse €45,100, 1660 meters autostart) at Trieste in Italy over the half-mile harness racing track. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner, now with eight wins in 23 outings for career earnings in excess of €110,000. He was timed in 1.15.1kr in the defeat of Universo d’Amore (3m Mago d’Amore-Ninfa Degli Dei-Armbro Goal) and pilot V.P. Dell’Annunziata. Third went to Ulala Degliulivi (3f Gruccione Jet-Giolamar-Supergill) with Santo Mollo aboard. Thomas H. Hicks

November 26. 2016 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Viragos DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to Ordog Hegeduse (8g Medic Hanover-Dallam-Magnas) with harness racing trainer/driver Ferenc Nagy II aboard, timed in 1.17.9kr in a close finish. Under World (3m Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) rallied to just miss for driver Emil Csordas and trainer Dora Kovacs. Third was Philadelphia (7g Detroit-Gertrud-Rendfonoic) with trainer Lajos Marton up for owner Aquadrom in the blanket finish. The undercard topper was the Betgolakodo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.19.3kr winner was Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner). Tibor Hajnal was the driver/trainer forowner Animal Trade. Usain (3m Medic Hanover-Dolores-Yankee Yankee) was second for trainer/driver Ferenc Nagy II with third to Universal Boy (3m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) with trainer Balazs Juhasz at the controls. Thomas H. Hicks

November 26, 2016 - Today’s Gr. III Prix de Chenonceaux (purse €100,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to hot-trotting Traders (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) at 2/5 odds for David Thomain. Philippe Allaire trains the seven-time harness racing winner, now with earnings of €339,910 for owner Scuderia Colibri SAS. The front-end winner stormed home clocked in 1.13.3kr off even fractions (1.14.4kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.9kr at 1000; 1.14kr with 500 remaining). 9.7/1 Glen Ord Superb (5m Orlando Vici-Orions Hilda) was second for Christophe Martens and 12/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap) was third for Loic Guinoiseau and trainer Franck Leblanc. Traders rallied past Bold Eagle is his last outing prior to today. The Saturday afternoon program also included the €90,000 purse Prix de Quimper contested over 2850 meters by 12 European entrants. 3.6/1 Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) scored in 1.13.5kr for driver/trainer/owner Tony LeBeller. 43/1 Amiral du Bisson (6g Jeanbat du Vivier-Melodie du Bisson) was a distant second for David Thomain and third was 10/1 Arthuro Boy (m LeRetour-Guyane) for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Yves Dreux. The Prix de Bagnoles de l’Orne (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed and 12/1 Une Serenade (8f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade). Eric Raffin teamed the Serge Peltier trainee. 18/1 Ustie Haufor (8f Niky-Lara du Houlbet) was second for Christian Bigeon and third went to Thierry Duvaldestin teamed 7/1 Univers de Daidou (8g Jag de Bellouet-l’Absinthe). The day’s monte featured event was the Prix de Thoissey (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) and the impressive Talikser Horse with Camille Levesque up was sidetracked by a dq. This the winw as awarded to 32/1 Caid de Bangale (4g Loulou Jet-Tierce de Bangale) with Eric Raffin up. 9/1 Concerto du Ruel (4g Prince Gede-Jacarendine) was second for David Thomain and trainer Franck Anne. 26/1 Codie de Beaulieu (4f Oyonnax-Melody d’Arcy) was third after the placings. Thomas H. Hicks  

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Coin Perdu (2m SJ’s Caviar-Provo Kronos-Viking Kronos) remained undefeated in five career starts by winning the Gr. I National Svensk 2016 (harness racing two year olds) at Jagersro. Timed in 1.12.7kr over 1640 meters autostart the Erik Adielsson teamed winner is trained by Svante Bath. He earned 700,000SEK first prize. The winner’s second dam is Pine Dust (Pine Chip-Web Chance) and is from the family of Sushi (by Speedy Crown) and Ah So, dam of Workaholic. Executive Caviar (2m SJ’s Caviar-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Dats Cabello (2m Jacose-No Entry-Windsong’s Legacy) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for Tomas Malmqvist, trainer. The program also included the V75 Gold Meadow Prophets for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.12.5kr timed 4.6/1 Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) from Denmark was victorious for Steen Juul. Je’t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je’t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover) for Johan Untersteiner. 4.2/1 Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money was raced over 2140 meters autostart. The 1.7/1 choice Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) won for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.13.4kr. Ni Talar Bra Latin (6g Kiss Francais-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was second with Erik Adielsson up and third went to Bartenders In (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks
Phillipe Allaire’s Brillantissime (5m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) took today’s Gr. I Premio Duomo UET Masters (purse €110,000, 1600 meters autostart) at Firenze, Italy (1000 meter track) in gate to wire fashion timed in 1.12.4kr. Pierre Vercruysse reined the winner that easily held off Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) driven by Gaetano Di Nardo and third to Stella di Azzura (5f Supergill-Genny de Azzurra-Pine Chip) for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Note, the second dam of Sharon Gar is Happy Diamonds (Diamond Exchange-Sharon’s Streak-Sirloin).  Interesting to me was the naming of the undercard races after well-known trotters Toss Out, Keystone Patriot, Friendly Face, Intact Hornline, Italiano, Crowns Invitation and Brads Photo. Two undercard winners were Trillo Park (4m Varenne-Mystery Flight-Balanced Image) for Enrico Bellei timed in 1.12.2kr over 1600 meters, and Velvet Dancer (2m Mondiale OK-Natalie Starlight-Self Possessed) in another 1600 meter autostart contest with a purse of €13,200. This winner was clocked in 1.13.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  
Nuncio returns to action next Wednesday at Solvalla, where the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion will be teamed with regular pilot Orjan Kihlstrom in the Gosta Nordins. A field of seven will race over 2140 meters autostart (field below). Divisionist will also take part in the Gunnar Nordins on the card. Nuncio may be pointed toward the Prix d’Amerique the last week in January. December 7, 2016 – Solvalla - R7 Gosta Nordins 2140 meters autostart Nuncio - Kihlstrom Knows Nothing - Ohlsson Attack Diablo - Eriksson Nato Dream - Haugstad Partout Simoni - Kern Charrva Forlan - Goop Claes Boko - Adielsson   R4 Gunnar Nordins 2140 meters autostart Floyd Fortuna - Adielsson Camelot Sisu - Goop Barthechocoate - Haapio Divisionist - Kontio Global Satisfaction - Ohlsson Cupido Sisdu - Kihlstrom   Thomas H. Hicks  
Andrea Nagyvary (a) piloted Utrillo d’Amour (8g Balexis du Mouty-Jorgane d’Amour-Tak Tak) to victory in today’s featured Baka Handicap (purse 1,100,000Huf, 4200 meters distance handicap), overcoming a 40 meter handicap. The 1.24kr timed win, for harness racing trainer Imre Fazekas, over the marathon distance, was over second finishing Oszi Feny (8m Wall Street Banker-Sugar-Mill H) and trainer/driver Imre Fazekas, that overcame a 60 meter penalty. Third was 40 meter handicapped Ruby Reeves (6g Wall Street Banker-Jade-Valley Guardian) driven by Mitja Slavic for trainer Balazs Juhasz, who was in Paris this day finishing second in the annual international drivers competition. The undercard included the Oroshaza Varos DIJA (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) and favorite Romi Mms (6f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB-Self Possessed) prevailed in 1.16.7kr for driver Mitja Slavic and trainer Marko Slavic, of SLO. Amazing Koks (9g Jailhouse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Star L) took second for trainer/driver Lajos Marton, ahead of Orderly (9f Yankee Glide-Dearest Dimling-Utra Ducal) and trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Two year-olds battled in the GY&GY Istallo DIJA (purse 500,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart) with victory to Wotan (2g Maximus Lindy-Lezer-Baltic Pet) timed in 1.23.1kr for Imre Fazekas, also trainer. Violetta (2f Racino-Franciska-Witsends Speedy) was second for Zsokt Vereb and trainer Sandor Varga. Villeneuve (2m Pilgrims Taj-Brisco Emma-Briso Robertto) earned third for Sandor Kolozsi and trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. The Oroshazi Lovas DIJA (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) for aged performers went to 1.20kr timed Oklahoma Font (8f Toss Out-Divine Child-Mr. Lavec) with Lilla Horvath the pilot for trainer Judit Kele. Titus Livius (4m Incredible Cole-Juci-Valley Guardian) was second and third went to San Francisco (5m Medic Hanover-Kentucky Girl-LV Glory Bound) for Ferenc Nagy II. Plans are in place for the annual December 31 celebration “Ugeto Szilveszter”. Thomas H. Hicks    

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