Day At The Track
Bold Eagle and Timoko

Bold Eagle and Timoko likely foes in Prix d’Ete

August 15, 2017 - It’s just 25 days away from the September 9th Gr. II harness racing feature The Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. This classic event is also the Trotting Masters Final and the 2017 version likely will bring about the last contest at Vincennes matching perhaps the world’s best trotter Bold Eagle against the veteran class-master Timoko. They have faced off eight times before with Bold Eagle winning seven in which Timoko was second in four of those. Their last battle was in the 2017 Elitloppet Final where Timoko scored decisively with Bold Eagle fourth. Bold Eagle, conditioned by Sebastien Guarato for owner Pierre Pilarski, has already posted two wins in the Grand Prix d’Amerique and has 15 Gr. I victories. Timoko, now age 10, is the wealthiest French trotter of all time and a two-time Elitloppet winner for trainer Richard Westerink. The Prix d’Ete is always quite a race but, this, year, it simply cannot be missed. Thomas H. Hicks  

Midnight Hour

European feature - The Aby Stora Prix

The European harness racing featured event on August 12th was the Aby Stora Prix with two heats (post positions reversed) contested each over 1640 meters autostart. Each heat carried a 400,000SEK purse with the final purse being 1,200,000SEK. Midnight Hour (6g Diesel Don-Quanne Kemp-Express Ride) took the two-horse raceoff in well-rated fashion timed in 1.16.9kr. Iikka Normonen drove the winner for trainer Ossi Nurmonen as that team bested Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Muscle Hustle won the second heat timed in 1.11kr over Turno d’Azzurra (5m Love You) and third finishing Volstead. Midnight Hour won the first heat timed in 1.10.7kr over Turno d’Azzurra and BBS Sugarlight.  Aby Stora Prix organizers are reported to be considering a change to one heat over an extended distance in the future, in an effort to attract some of the better campaigners from France. Other winners of note on the August 12 Aby card included Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) for Robert Bergh timed in 1.12.5kr in an event worth 200,000SEK to the winner. Later the Lyon Grand Prix for 500,000SEK for first place went to 12/1 Spitcam Jubb (6g Campbell Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters and driven by Peter Ingves. Carla de Felliere (5f Quido du Goutier-Toccata du Bouffey) took Cabourg’s August 11 Quinte+ Prix Bruno Coquatrix (purse €45,000, 2750 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14kr for driver Anthony Barrier. J.P. Marmion  owns and trains this mare that was off at 10.5/1. 3.6/1 Bolt (6m Prince Gede-Souvola) secured second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier, ahead of 3/1 Comte du Vivier (5g Prince Gede-Jonque du Vivier) driven by Dominik Locqueneux. At Cagnes-sur-Mer was the Prix des Blevets (purse €46,000, 2925 meters, 13 European starters). Baby Lou Max (6g Gazouillis-Kamatie) scored timed in 1.13.8kr for Nicolas Mortagne. Zonguldak (8g Love You-Heartenings Crown) was second for Christophe Martens. That day at Enghien was the Prix de l’Odeon (purse €43,000, 2875 meters) and Erable du Vivier (3g Pine Chip Wood-Tendre du Vivier) was victorious for Clement Duvaldestin timed in 1.19.7kr. History of Aby Stora Prix since 1976 Year Winner HER Country Time Father Driver Second Third 2016 A Guy of Héripré M. 8  la France 1'11 " Orlando Vici Björn Goop Propulsion   2015 Support Justice M.6  Norway 1'11 "6 Kadabra Geir-Vegard Gundersen Västerbo Highflyer   2014 Order Crowe H.11  Sweden 1'12 "1 Juliano Star Örjan Kihlström Quid Pro Quo   2013 Sebastian K. M.7  Sweden 1'11 "5 Korean Jorma Kontio Save the Quick   2012 Sebastian K. M.6  Sweden   Korean Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2011 Fast Lebel H.6  la France   Ginger Somolli Eric Raffin (No finals)   2010 Lisa America F.5  Italy   Varenne Torbjörn Jansson (No finals)   2009 Torvald Palema M. 8  Sweden   Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2008 Garland Cronos H.5  Italy 1'13 "1 Viking Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini The Admiral Mauzun   2007 Giant Superman H.8  Sweden 1'13 "5 Giant Force Fredrik B Larsson Bird of Fire   2006 Red Chili Pirat M.7  Sweden   Giant Chill Örjan Kihlström (No finals)   2005 Gidde Palema M.10  Sweden 1'13 "3 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Steinlager   2004 Steinlager M.6  Norway 1'13 "5 Good As Gold Per Oleg Midtfjeld Infant of Bossis Giant Superman 2003 Gidde Palema M. 8  Sweden 1'12 "1 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Couch Doctor Scarlet Knight 2002 Victory Tilly cH7  Sweden 1'13 "5 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legendary Lover K. Royal Tin 2001 Royal Tin H.9  Sweden 1'13 "1 Ulf of Ombrée Jorma Kontio Com Hector Victory Tilly 2000 Victory Tilly H.5  Sweden 1'13 "3 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Frisky Frazer Gidde Palema 1999 General of Pommeau M.5  la France 1'14 "4 Sébrazac Jules Lepennetier Edu's Speedy Rite On Line 1998 Rite On Line M.7  Norway 1'14 "3 Supergill Atle Hamre Ezira Josselyn Zoogin 1997 Gentle Star M.5  Norway 1'15 " Speedy Tomali Gunleif Tollefsen Rite On Line Zoogin 1996 Zoogin M.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt His Majesty Abo Volo 1995 Zoogin M.6  Sweden 1'13 "6 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt copiad His Majesty 1994 Houston Laukko M.6  Finland 1'13 "8 Choctaw Brave Jorma Kontio copiad Sea Cove 1993 Queen L F.7  Sweden 1'13 "2 Crowntron Stig H Johansson Sea Cove Nordin Hanover 1992 Sea Cove M.6  Canada 1'14 "5 Bonefish Jos Verbeeck Kosar Somollison 1991 Prince Mystic M.5  United States 1'14 " Mystic Park Atle Hamre Peace Corps Nordin Hanover 1990 Dream of Udon M.7  la France 1'14 " Éjakval Yves Dreux Jet Ribb Red Rhone 1989 Quellou cH7  la France 1'14 "9 Bellouet Pierre Levesque Napoletano Lord Quick 1988 ourasi M. 8  la France 1'14 "5 Greyhound Jean-René Gougeon Sugarcane Hanover Napoletano 1987 Jet Ribb H.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Count's Pride Hans G. Eriksson Big Spender Grades Singing 1986 Utah Bulwark F.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Utah IX Stig Johansson Grades Singing Hallon Brunn 1985 Minou of the Dungeon M.7  la France 1'15 "4 Quioco Olle Goop Ellizar H. Noble Asset 1984 The Onion M.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legolas Shane T. Hanover 1983 Legolas H.5  Sweden 1'14 "6 Glasgow Thomas Nilsson Snack Bar Ideal of the Gazeau 1982 Ideal of the Gazeau M. 8  la France 1'15 "6 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Nino Blazing Keystone Patriot nineteen eighty one Ideal of the Gazeau M.7  la France 1'18 "4 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Mustard Dartster F 1980 Express Gaxe M.6  Sweden 1'15 " Express Rodney Gunnar Axelryd Lionel Minbar Ianthin 1979 Hadol of the Vivier M.6  la France 1'15 "5 Mitsouko Jean-René Gougeon Little Evander Tarok 1978 Charm Asserdal F.5  Sweden 1'16 "9 Train Bloc Heikki Korpi Express Gaxe Little Evander 1977 Micko Tilly M.7  Sweden 1'16 "3 Frances Nibs Olle Lindqvist Opal H Duke Iran 1976 Dines P F.6  la France 1'18 "9 Seddouk Michel Feuillet Arbont Clissa Thomas H. Hicks

Will the World Cup be the next big task for Nuncio?

World Cup next for Nuncio?

Nuncio has received an invitation to the harness racing $1 million International Trot (World Cup) at Yonkers Raceway on October 14th. "We received an invitation in the mailbox on Friday. Now let's take a stand if we are going or not, "says Stefan Melander. Previously, Jerry Riordan's Twister Bi has both been invited and thanked for the environmental dollar race in New York. On the other hand, both Bold Eagle and Timoko have already refused to participate and Nuncio is the second trainer, trained in Sweden, invited to Yonkers International Trot ($1,000,000) over the 2,011 meter distance. For Stefan Melander, the race is no news. He won the World Cup in 1995 with Swedish-born His Majesty. "There are many things I need to keep in mind before I decide, but it's definitely interesting to go to Yonkers. Nuncio feels still strong in training and now I have to wonder if we are going to the United States and then continue to the French winter meeting, or if we just aim at Vincennes or the United States, "says Stefan Melander. Nuncio has previously celebrated success on the Yonkers Raceway. As a three-year-old, he won both trials and finals in Yonkers Trot ($ 500,000) with John Campbell in sulky. By Claes Freidenvall Reprinted with permission of Sulky Sport

Arlington Dream

The €120,000 Prix de Londres at Enghien

August 10, 2017 - The Prix de Londres (monte. purse €120,000. 2875 meters, 12 starters) was the day’s featured harness racing event and 1.9/1 Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) rallied very wide to the lead at the halfway mark and held gamely for the 1.14.2kr timed victory. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons of this Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. 15.2/1 Ulk des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) took second for Matthieu Abrivard. 3.3/1 Tornade Bello (10m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) was a rallying third for Mlle. Camille Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. Gabriele Gelormini piloted 50/1 Vasco de Viette (8g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) to victory in today’s Quinte+ Prix de la Concorde (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.14.2kr. 2.3/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Lois) took the close second for Eric Raffin. Third was 3.6/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) for Christophe Martens. 10/1 Viking Fromento and 7/1 Unbridled Charm were fourth and fifth. Yesterday was the eighth leg of the Grand National de Trot (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2950 meters, 18 starters) this leg contested at Saint Malo. The winner, at 3.3/1 odds, was Bel Avis (6g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) that J-M Bazire trains for Wildenstein Stables Ltd.  This day Eric Raffin was at the lines. 1.3/1 favorite Aufor de Mire (g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) was second for Charles J. Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon, ahead of 7.1/1 Bolero des Vignes (6m Quai Bourbon-Poesie du Bouffey). Vlatka Madrik and Tiger Danover were fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

August 6, 2017 - Saturday, the very accomplished Bold Eagle (purse €180,000, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) scored at Mons Ghlin for harness racing driver Franck Nivard timed in 1.13.4kr over an off track at 1/10 odds, holding off 19/1 stablemate Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and David Thomain by a diminishing length. Sebastien Guarato owns this pair, the first owned by Pierre Pilarski and bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois, the second owned by Philippe Dauphin. 49/1 Booster Winner (6m Love You-Quille Viretaute) took third for Christophe Thierry and trainer Guarato. Ecurie Winner owns this one. Quick Fix and Zorro Photo finished fourth and fifth in a field outclassed by the top two. Bold Eagle now has posted 37 trotting victories in 43 starts for career earnings of €3,426,020. Bold Eagle The same day at Enghien was the monte Prix de Forges-les-Eax (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 2.4/1 Dreole Verderie (4g Kalusphenio-Reole Verderie) with Eric Raffin in the irons. 47/1 Coranie Lebel (5f Quido du Goutier-Star Lebel) rallied to be second ahead of the 3/5 favorite Jerry Mom (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) that rallied for the three spot. Dreole Verderie Yesterday the Enghien action was focused on the Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse €85,000, 1609 meters, ten starters). The punters liked 2/5 favorite Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) and he won the race on disqualification of Varieta’Luis (3m Ideal Luis) that rallied past the roughed up pacesetter than Enrico Bellei drove for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Scuderia Bivans SRL. Race time was 1.12.2kr. 34/1 Espoir des Vaux (3g Ubriaco-Marina des Vaux) was placed second, and 8/1 Euro du Chene (3m Neoh Jiel-Oseille du Chene) was placed third, a length back. The turf action this Sunday was leg 12 of the Trophee Vert raced at Carentan, the Prix Maurice de Folleville (purse €45,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). 3.7/1 Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) overcame a 50 meter penalty to win for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This team extinguished the handicap quickly, open a lengthy lead mid-race, and held game for victory as he tired and swerved to the fan side in the lane. Time was a good 1.16kr on the grass and Bugsy won for the 17th time in 33 career starts now for €522,810 earned. 51/1 Univers de Marzy (8h Look de Star-Lovelie de Marzy) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 7.4/1 Bon Copan (6m Love You-Haie) landed third. The prior week’s Trophee Vert at La Gacilly went to Bolt and driver Christophe Gallier but he was not entered today. Last week there was also a turf contest at Brehal for €35,000 purse and favored Authorized took that one for Pierre Levesque. Sweden’s Saturday V75 action was at Rattvik. The V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner) went to 1.8/1 Seedorf OMF (6g Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJs Caviar) timed in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart for Orjan Kihlstrom, driving for trainer Stig H. Johansson, another great active legend in the sport. The featured event of the day was the Gr. II National for 300,000SEK to the winner of the 2660 meter test. 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melody Not-Coktail Jet) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for Jan Norberg, driving for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Thomas H. Hicks

August 6, 2017 - Tsunami Diamant (3m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) rallied wide in the final bend for Robin Bakker and continued wide to the line as the Paul Hagoort trainee nosed out pacesetter Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna) reined by Christoffer Eriksson for harness racing trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Race time was 1.12.6kr over the 1900 meter autostart course that drew 12 starters aiming for the €251,408 purse of the 122nd edition of the Deutsches Traber-Derby. The winner earned €120,704. Ganyboy (3m Ganymede-Leibzig) was third for Thorsten Tietz. Mister Ed Haldia (3m Conway Hall-Lady Heldia) took fourth for Bjorn Goop. The outstanding Berlin Mariendorf program included the Super Trot Cup 2017 (purse €60,000, 2500 meters autostart, 12 starters) and Lighten Up Today (7g Love You-Celebrate Light) scored for Michael Nimczyk clocked in 1.16kr. This winner recorded his fifth victory in the last six outings. Amazing Dynamite (5m Great Challenger-Kibo Dynamite) was second for Ken Ecce ahead of Springfield reined by Christoffer Eriksson. Two year-olds contested the Breeders Course (purse €40,000, 1900 meters autostart) with Ze Doca (2g Self Possessed-Pandora Degli Dei) winning by three lengths timed in 1.16.2kr. Davide Nuti teamed this one for Italian trainer Holger Ehlert.  Nonas Kiss (2f Muscle Hill-Sparkling) earned second place for trainer/driver Christian Lindhardt, the trainer of yesterday’s Derby Filly winner. Four-year olds battled in the 2016 Derby Maturity (purse €25,000. 1900 meters autostart, seven male starters). The five-length winner was Orlando Jet (4m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) timed in 1.11.6kr for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Stall Team Neuhof. This classy performer now has four wins in his last six including one at Paris-Vincennes on June 25. Muscle Boy AS (4m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) took second for Gerhard Mayr. Earlier the Filly Maturity drew seven starters going 1900 meters autostart for a €8,000 purse. Gilda Newport scored for trainer/driver Dion Tesselaar clocked in 1.12.8kr. The Ready Cash-Harriet Frido mare Noble Dolly was second for Cees Kamminga, also her trainer. Mid-program was highlighted by the Trotting Derby Consolation (purse €20,000, 1900 meters autostart) and what a race it was. Jean-Pierre Dubois was a head winner with his owned and bred Classic Connection (3m Love You-Crys Dream-Taurus Dream) timed in 1.12.8kr with a sharp effort. He raced parked to the halfway point and then was on top thereafter. But, a parked out Mac Smily (3m Brioni-Smily) was left just short on the line for legendary Heinz Wewering and trainer Christian Lindhardt. The winner, from a black-type mare that won over US$840,000, recorded his second 2017 win to go with two seconds in a brief career (seven starts). He was unraced at age two.  Not to be outdone for the highlights, the veteran Banks (8g Abano As-Brisana) took the €15,000 purse Askania Derby Record Mile (1609 meters, ten starters) clocked in 1.11.4kr. Michael Nimczyk was the winning teamster as this team bested Stan Libuda (6g Beissinger Hanover-Etiana) with Dennis Spangeberg up. The Berlin Classic Yearling Sale took place Saturday night. The sale topper at €360,000 was hip 52; sold to Lennart Agren, who that day won the Hambletonian on a disqualification with the Ake Svanstedt teamed Perfect Spirit. Agren operates in the US as SRF Stable. This winning bid was a European yearling price record and Matchpoint Pellini is a 3/9/16 foaled colt by Bold Eagle from Prada Pelllini by Yankee Glide. The maternal family has produced Habit (US$171,000), Habitat, Habits Lady and the durable Take My Picture. Thomas H. Hicks

August 5, 2017 - Today’s classic Eduard Winter German mare Derby (purse €103,802, 1900 meters autostart) went to 5.2/1 Motion Pure (3f Muscle Hill-Alma-Grimaldi-Premium Yankee-Joie de Vie) driven by legendary harness racing driver Heinz Wewering for trainer Christian Lindhardt and owner/breeder Gestut Lasbek. 6.1/1 Charlotte Newport (3f Abano As-Color Schemes) was second for driver Rudolf Haller and trainer Thomas Holtermann. Third went to 11/1 Tijuana Diamant (3f Dream Vacation-Cocola Diamant) for Jorgen Sjunnesson, driving for Wolfgang Nimczyk. Wewering, a career winner of well over 16,800 races, presented this weekend signed Wewering whips to Canadian Hall of Famer Bill Galvin, for inclusion in the Canadian and US Hall of Fames. Galvin presented to the German Hall of Fame a whip signed by Hans Fromming in 1975 while in a drivers’ championship in Canada. EDUARD WINTER Deutsches Stuten-Derby 2017 Dreier- und Viererwette / Prämienausspielung / DD-2 / V5-5 Dotierung: 103.802 Distanz: 1.900 mAutostartStartzeit: 17:10 Uhr 1. Motion Pure Heinz Wewering 1.900 m 1:14,1 52 2. Charlotte Newport Rudolf Haller 1.900 m 1:14,3 61 3. Tijuana Diamant Jörgen Sjunnesson 1.900 m 1:14,3 110 4. Himoko Greenwood Hugo Langeweg 1.900 m 1:14,3 76 5. Madonna ST Christoffer Eriksson 1.900 m 1:14,5 281 6. Hera F Boko Dion P. Tesselaar 1.900 m 1:14,7 327 7. Honesty Newport Michael Nimczyk 1.900 m 1:14,7 87 8. Hazel Newport Robbin Bot 1.900 m 1:14,9 509 … Alegra B Conrad Lugauer 1.900 m dis.r. 17 … Handsome Starlake Hugo W. Langeweg 1.900 m dis.r. 243         Below are published comments regarding Heinz Wewering, the consummate driver/trainer. At the age 67, Heinz Wewering, the trotting champion horseman, is still one of the candidates for victory at Derby week in Mariendorf Berlin. Retirement? Heinz Wewering may be 67, but the driver does not want to know anything about retirement. In his sport he still does not count as too old, especially in important races. Wewering uses classic equipment because it fits him. He completed almost 51,000 races in his career, of which he won 16,844 - more than any other driver in Germany, and second in the world. For years the German master had the world record for race wins, but he has since lost to the American Dave Palone. This experience is noticeable.  29 times in a row, from 1977 to 2005, he won the title of German trotter champion for the most victories in a season. Since then he has been called "the eternal gold helmet". 17,000 victory is the big remaining goal for Wewering. At the German Traber (Trot)-Derby in Mariendorf he has won eight times as a driver and once again as a trainer, most recently in 2010 with Unikum. He has many stories, yet he says “I still have a little time." In fact, the age limitation for the drivers was lifted a few years ago and Wewering can now continue driving beyond 70 years. "I drive as long as I'm healthy," he says. He wants to reach the mark of 17,000 victories. Heinz Wewering is a legend still in action. On the first three days of Derby week, Wewering was able to build his win total further. Twice he entered the winners-circle and now today the Filly Derby is another classic race win. Quite a career!!! Berlin Mariendorf  Thomas H. Hicks

August 5, 2017 - Today’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Haromevesek Nagydija (purse 5,000,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) went to the Tibor Hajnal trained and driven Vital RG (3m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) timed in 1.17.8kr. Vakarcs RG (3m Racino-Victory Va Bene-Diablo Va Bene) was second for driver Mitja Slavic and conditioner Balazs Juhasz. Third went to the Imre Fazekas trainer and reined Villam Ville (3g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands). The top four events on the program carried combined purse of 11,200,000Huf. Today’s top class card also included the Otevesek Nagydija (purse 3,000,000Huf, 3000 meters autostart, six starters) and the consistent Titan Ville (5g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) scored for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas timed in 1.20.6kr over the extended distance. Zsalek Zsolt is the winning breeder/owner. Time To Say Goodbye (5m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) landed second ahead of Trencsen (5m Ata Star L-Eperges-Witsends Speedy) driven by Istvan Papp. The Kanca DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, six four year-old mare starters) saw a 1.17.3kr timed victory earned by Urilany R (4f Maximus Lindy-Elegant Lady-Mill H) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity and owned by Hico i. Uzsorcsno (4f Maximus Lindy-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) was second for Balazs Juhasz the trainer/driver for breeder/owner Radihazi. Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was third driven by Mitja Slavic for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Older campaigners battled in the Konta Dezsu Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters). Race time was 1.15.7kr for the winning Bronsvlinder (9g Castleton Bass-Jasmee Dear-Manza Buitenzorg) driven by Dejan Kataric for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Veteran classmaster Milliondollar Lux (11m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) was second with trainer Emil Csordas the reinsman. Orderly (10f Yankee Glide-Dearest Darling-Ultra Ducal) took third for trainer/driver Sandor Varga. Thomas H. Hicks

July 29, 2017 - Harness racing driver Johnny Takter teamed the Stefan Melander trained Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) to victory in Saturday’s Hagmyren V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in a sharp 1.10kr. Volstead now has 19 wins in 53 outings for 4,687,824SEK earned in his racing career. Magic Tonight (8m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom ahead of Francais du Gull (10m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) and driver Torbjorn Jansson. The USA winner was bred by Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY. The undercard included a victory in the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) by Zenit Brick (6g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) timed in 1.11.9 for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. Serious Try (6g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) was second for Henrik Svensson, also the trainer. Thomas H. Hicks

July 29, 2017 - Veteran Oldtimer Diamant (7g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Super Hanover DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) timed in 1.16.8kr and driven by his trainer Emil Csordas. Bimbo de Chenu (6f Scipion du Goutier-Ovive de Chenu-Casino des Sports) took second for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal, ahead of Editor Rapida (6g Exploit Caf-Sierra Rapida-Express Ride) reined by trainer Sandor Varga. On the undercard was the Merengo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters) with the red-hot Insa (4f Alesi OM-Ines-Surry Lobell) scoring again for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Asterix Evo (5m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) earned the place spot for Csaba Lakatos and trainer Laszlo Toth. Third went to Euklid AT (4m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) for trainer/driver Hajnal. Thomas H. Hicks

This day’s Quinte+ event was a headliner of the Enghien festival program today that brought out a nice audience for a well-rounded entertainment package. The Q+ race was the Prix de la Bourse (purse €44,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) and the 1.13.3kr timed winner was 10.8/1 Angelo AM (7g Gigant Neo-Armbro Deity) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens and Swedish owner Dumarc du Parc. The 2/1 Lets Dance BE (7m Oscar Schindler SL-Simione) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third was 55/1 Cuba Cohiba (8f Scarlet Knight-Havannas Hanna) reined by Bernard Piton. Picard del Ronco and Reve du Zack were next to the line. The Prix de Café Tabac de l’Abbaye (Gr. III, purse €85,000, 2150 meters autostart, nine four year-old starters) went to the 1.13kr timed and 4/1 Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) driven by Yoann Lebourgeois. Breeder Elisabeth Allaire owns this Philippe Allaire trainee. 5.4/1 Dragon des Racques (4m Love You-Quinte des Racques) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, the driver for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 7/10 favorite Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) was third with Bjorn Goop driving for Timoko’s trainer Richard Westerink. The co-featured Gr. III Prix Dominique Savary (purse €82,000, 2150 meters autostart, 10 starters) produced a dominating come from behind victory by the 1.1/1 favorite Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) timed in 1.12.5kr for driver Franck Nivard. Stall TJ Gamble of Norway owns the Philippe Billard trainee. 57/1  Romanesque (7m Love You-Guantanamera) was second for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Marc DeCock and Belgium’s Stall Campas RPF. 7.3/1 Caid Griff (5m Password-Savane Griff) took the third spot for Mathieu Mottier, Ecurie Griff and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Arazi Boko and Orient Horse finished fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Mariendorf Berlin trotting action featured the  Disheg Gockner Notre Dame (purse €10,000, 2500 meters, nine starters) with victory to 1.14.3kr timed and 3/5 favorite Abano H (10g Abano As-Countess Diamond). Thorsten Tietz teamed the Andreas Engl trainee. Helios (8g Tyips-Althea) was second for Michael Honemann ahead of SJs Junior C (6g SJs Photo-Freia Heikant) and driver Stefan Schoonhoven. At Cagnes-sur-Mer, their headliner, the Grand Prix de la Ville Cagnes-sur-Mer (purse €70,000, 2925 meters, 12 international participants), went to the impressive Tony Gio (5m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) timed in 1.13.4kr for Christophe Martens. This 4.3/1 second choice is trained by Vincent Martens for Scuderia Bivans SRL. 1.3/1 favorite Babylou Max (6g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) was second for David Bekaert and third was 23/1 Ultimate du Rib (9g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) for trainer/driver J.Ch. Feron and owner Ecurie Rib. At Cabourg was the Quinte+ Prix Henri Balliere (purse €36,000, 2750 meters, 16 starters) on a summer festival evening with a superb audience. 5.4/1 Baby Haufor (6g Ganymede-Newly Haufor) scored impressively on the front end with Charles J. Bigeon aboard. The trainer is Christian Bigeon, also breeder and owner. 14/1 Battant (6m Jasmin de Flore-Melusine Jiel) was second for owner/trainer/driver Stephane Bourlia. Third was 7.4/1 Blind Faith (6f Prince d’Espace-Kindliness) for Yoann Lebourgeois. Race time was 1.13.5kr.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 9 Baby Haufor Charles Bigeon Ecurie Christian Bigeon Ch. Bigeon 2ème 8 Battant S. Bourlier Ecurie Stéphane Bourlier S. Bourlier 3ème 1 Blind Faith Y. Lebourgeois L. Terbeche M. Dollion 4ème 4 Bambi d'Aubrac D. Thomain Mme A. Baudron F. Lamare 5ème 6 Va Joli P.-C. Jean Ecurie Danover S. Provoost At Biarritz was the featured Grand Prix Dynavera Maisagri  (purse €45,000, 2950 meters, 12 starters). The 1.9/1 favorite Breland du Vivier (6m Joker de Rozoy) was victorious timed in 1.16.74kr with Jerome Chavatte aboard. Twist Lie (10g Indy de Vive-Fiesole de Mareuil) was second at 7.2/1 and third was 22/1 Univers de Suce (9g Hugo de Mai-Kiva de Suce). On Thursday July 27 was the Prix Aix en Provence at Enghien for the monte trotters raced by 12 starters over 2250 meters for a purse of €50,000. The 1.14.3kr timed victorious trotter was 21.2/1 Cook Star (5m Look de Star-Originalite) with P-Y Verva in the irons for trainer and breeder Sebastien Guarato. Caravella (5f Quaro-Pania de Joudes) took the second spot for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Home third was Disco des Moland (4g Quitos du Mexqar-Quiche des Moland) teamed with Eric Raffin. On Wednesday (July 26) the Q+ and Enghien featured Prix du Medoc (purse €65,000, 2875 meters, 17 starters) went to 1.14.7kr timed and 7.8/1 Big Headache (7g EL Mikko-Southwind Roselle) reined by Philippe Dauguard, also trainer, for FI owner Timo Hulkkonen. Second was Tresor du Fan (10g Hermes Perrine-Joyeuse de Bade) for driver Franck Nivard, with third to Shogun DK (8g Gentle Star-Ladygill) and driver Eric Raffin. Also Wednesday was the featured Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Artin (purse €85,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and 2.3/1 favorite Chicago Blues (5m Prodigious-New Orleans) scored timed in 1.14.7kr for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin for Ecurie Bresil. 14.7/1 Comte du Vivier (5g Prince Gede-Jon1ue du Vivier) was next for Dominik Locqueneux. Third went to Cirrus Atout (5g Look de Star-Ire du Ciel) driven by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Saturday top trotting activity moves to Enghien with two groupe III contests and the Quinte+ Prix de la Bourse. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Oh, if only Joe Faraldo knew how many times he had to go around on the half mile track in a mile and a quarter race perhaps he could have won two races tonight (July 28) at Cesena and boosted the USA's chances to at least make things closer in the Italian-American Challenge. But thank goodness for Tony Verruso and Alan Schwartz yelling out "Joe, we got a another round to go," did Joe start to drive again before pulling up thinking he had won". In the end the very heavy favorite driven by one of the three Italian champions they threw at the Americans, just buggy rode past a newly awakened Faraldo who ended -up second" said Alan Schwartz who garnered the show dough in that contest. But Faraldo's mistake was indeed costly. But truthfully, no one was beating the Italian champion even with a fautless drive. Verruso and Ciufettelli faced a wall of blocking Italians who demonstrated the art of team racing and how to measure points. In the next race, at a one mile distance, Joe once again found the front with "Only One Diamond" and he backed into every challenger over a measured first half and then poured on the gas for a faster last half to win for the second time in the six race USA-Italy Challenge. Tony Verruso, the Billings capo finished third after a little traffic trouble. All in all, the lost ground on day one couldn't be made up but the American team was valiant in their efforts in the last four races of the challenge. "The Italians put a hurtin on us early as we got acclimated to their driving style and we had to wade through the myriad of detailed instructions" said Alan Schwartz, the American with the most wins of any US competing amateur today. After all was said and done, the Italians, from Moretti, Ruffato, Zorretto, the brothers Mecheloto and Stefano De Lano could not have been more understanding and accommodating to their American friends. Touring Venice and Padova, a trip to the most famous Scuderia of the Biauzzi , to the he most enjoyable lunches and dinners at some of the finest restaurants in the Veneto region, especially the Villa Italia, in Padova the Italians treated their visitors like royalty sparing no expense to make team America feel most welcome just as the French had recently for a team of Americans in May. The intent now is to have the Italians come to America, perhaps around the time of the famed Hambletonian in August of 2018 for a rematch and hopefully for America, some final revenge. Truly making friends abroad, cultivating interest in our product and hoping to see a renaissance in Italy's harness racing as well as worldwide, takes work nothing else suffices. Many of the Italians are still interested in American blood and also wish to see the books of America and France opened for the betterment of the sport. According to Joe Faraldo, " when you hear Italian or other languages spoken at a US sale, like Harrisburgh or Lexington, remember these are people who love our sport and in Italy they are demonstrating much patience and love for the sport as you can see from the note below, and how they are all coping with a less than ideal situation. 'An interesting aside to the Italian trip concerns the Hippodromo (racetrack in Padova ) which because of the government's pull back of support for the industry, initially was just shut down. But then after three years it reopened with a disco open every evening with live music to attract young people despite racing only two days a week. On those two days the food at the track is free, but for drinks you must pay. There is outdoor seating with umbrellas at each table and areas some for children to play. As one might imagine attendance is up and so is wagering. In short, the track has been resurrected from the dead. The government still has the industry in a state of limbo and the horsemen have to wait seven months to get paid purse money and there's always the chance in Italy, that it might never happen. Like horsemen all over the world who keep this game going, those in Italy are survivors, because they truly love this sport." In Cesana, the track was so soft and perfect for the horses, not so much just for the timer. One could not hear these beautiful animals as they navigated this half mile oval near the sea. While we will not be there Saturday evening we are told the place is sold out. Apparently they are still doing somethings very, very right." By John Manzi  

Hans Froemming would have liked this story. The World Record Holder was a globe-trotter and most important a good-will ambassador of the German trotting sport.   And Heinz Wewering likes Bill Galvin's spontaneous idea also. Bill Galvin is a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. For the German Trotting Derby, won by Hans Froemming eleven times and Heinz Wewering eight times and held at the historic Berlin-Mariendorf race track on August 6th, 2017, Bill Galvin has a whip in his luggage. It belonged to Hans Froemming, when he was at Greenwood Raceway, Toronto, for a driving contest between Germany's driving ace Hans Froemming and Canada's Champion Herve Filion on March 8th, 1975.   Hans Froemming was the most popular driver of trotting horses in Germany. With 5,592 wins he was the leading dash winner in the world. Heinz Wewering was his successor. He has been Germany's dash winning champion for 29 years and won four European and two World Championship titles. More than 17,000 sulky wins stand for his reference.   Hans Froemming and Weinz Wewering are members of the German Hall of Fame of the Trotting Sport since its foundation. It makes sense that a more than 40 year old memorabilia of Hans Fromming should be preserved in the German Hall of Fame.   Both German sulky aces are well known in America, too. Hans Fromming drove the legendary Delmonica Hanover for American colors to a stunning victory in the 1974 Prix d'Amerique. Heinz Wewering claimed a sensational fourth place with Toss Out in the Hambletonian Final 1993. As the leading dash winner of all time he always stood in competition with America's best drivers. Heinz Wewering's predecessor as World Record Holder was Herve Filion, and his successor is Dave Palone.   Linda Rainey, director of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, is delighted about the whip exchange. "As we celebrate the 250th anniversary of horse racing in Canada, we are honoured to be part of this symbolic exchange of memorabilia. It represents the international bond that exists within the sport of harness racing, and the importance of sharing the history of our great sport."   Linda Terhune of Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is also looking forward to one of Heinz Wewering's whips, that will find a place in the Hall of Fame and Museum in Goshen, N.Y. It is a symbol of friendship between North America and Germany.   For additional Information: Juergen Gassner: juergen.gassner@online.de   by Juergen Gassner  

The night of July 27th in northern Italy started off with the Italian team once again besting the Americans, scoring yet another victory. It came in the first event over Padova's half mile oval when Ortello Zorzetto piloted Urgara wire to wire which dashed hopes of any chance for team America. Aided by a teammate riding shotgun the Americans have yet to forego the individual sacrifice for a team effort, which is frowned upon by US regulators and bettors alike but seemingly acceptable on this side of the pond. Tony Ciuffetelli, the most consistent of the American team thus far, picked up a fourth place finish.in the first race. But depression was fast setting in. Then came the second chance in the next event and the least likely to emerge a winner after two horrible experiences the night before was the so called team leader, Joe Faraldo, who racketed a fractious Tieppo Mrs to the lead from her outside post at 21-1 and she never yielded and went on to win in 2:01:4.What was especially pleasing for Faraldo was that the fractious mare had made breaks in half of her previous 15 starts. According to Faraldo, " it was a long time since my first ever win with my P license which came here at this track, Padovanelle, 25 years ago with the horse Aggonismo from the stable of Mr. Valpo". Mario Greco the trainer and regular reinsman for Tieppo Mrs was shocked at Faraldo's win but very, very happy with the share of the win from his mare's most often unpredictability and her difficulty to drive, especially for an amateur. After his recent driving victory at Vincennes it was a little bit disquieting for Joe who claimed to get only wins across the pond . Alan Schwartz, got a taste of the Italian team racing as he was charging for second but got the tarantella from Team Italia pushing him so wide to rest second from his grasp and forcing him to to a third place finish. The evening ended with a visit from Walter Destro, the 15 year president of the Veneto club who started the friendship competition with The North American Amateur Drivers Association 25 years ago. That special treat and a super dinner at Villa D' Italia with Team Italia topped off a night when previously the US team was just treading water. Hopefully, Ciuffetelli,the most consistent point getter,will be picked up by Tony Verruso, Schwartz and Faraldo to pull the preverbal rabbit out of the hat. Tomorrow the American team meets the former Italian Champion Michele Canali and another team of Italian super amateurs at the beautiful Cesena racetrack by the sea. Frequented by large crowds, the Americans will need to be at their best and will need some bocca lupo for sure. by Joe Faraldo with assistance from John Manzi

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August 15, 2017 - It’s just 25 days away from the September 9th Gr. II harness racing feature The Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. This classic event is also the Trotting Masters Final and the 2017 version likely will bring about the last contest at Vincennes matching perhaps the world’s best trotter Bold Eagle against the veteran class-master Timoko. They have faced off eight times before with Bold Eagle winning seven in which Timoko was second in four of those. Their last battle was in the 2017 Elitloppet Final where Timoko scored decisively with Bold Eagle fourth. Bold Eagle, conditioned by Sebastien Guarato for owner Pierre Pilarski, has already posted two wins in the Grand Prix d’Amerique and has 15 Gr. I victories. Timoko, now age 10, is the wealthiest French trotter of all time and a two-time Elitloppet winner for trainer Richard Westerink. The Prix d’Ete is always quite a race but, this, year, it simply cannot be missed. Thomas H. Hicks  
The European harness racing featured event on August 12th was the Aby Stora Prix with two heats (post positions reversed) contested each over 1640 meters autostart. Each heat carried a 400,000SEK purse with the final purse being 1,200,000SEK. Midnight Hour (6g Diesel Don-Quanne Kemp-Express Ride) took the two-horse raceoff in well-rated fashion timed in 1.16.9kr. Iikka Normonen drove the winner for trainer Ossi Nurmonen as that team bested Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Muscle Hustle won the second heat timed in 1.11kr over Turno d’Azzurra (5m Love You) and third finishing Volstead. Midnight Hour won the first heat timed in 1.10.7kr over Turno d’Azzurra and BBS Sugarlight.  Aby Stora Prix organizers are reported to be considering a change to one heat over an extended distance in the future, in an effort to attract some of the better campaigners from France. Other winners of note on the August 12 Aby card included Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) for Robert Bergh timed in 1.12.5kr in an event worth 200,000SEK to the winner. Later the Lyon Grand Prix for 500,000SEK for first place went to 12/1 Spitcam Jubb (6g Campbell Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters and driven by Peter Ingves. Carla de Felliere (5f Quido du Goutier-Toccata du Bouffey) took Cabourg’s August 11 Quinte+ Prix Bruno Coquatrix (purse €45,000, 2750 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14kr for driver Anthony Barrier. J.P. Marmion  owns and trains this mare that was off at 10.5/1. 3.6/1 Bolt (6m Prince Gede-Souvola) secured second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier, ahead of 3/1 Comte du Vivier (5g Prince Gede-Jonque du Vivier) driven by Dominik Locqueneux. At Cagnes-sur-Mer was the Prix des Blevets (purse €46,000, 2925 meters, 13 European starters). Baby Lou Max (6g Gazouillis-Kamatie) scored timed in 1.13.8kr for Nicolas Mortagne. Zonguldak (8g Love You-Heartenings Crown) was second for Christophe Martens. That day at Enghien was the Prix de l’Odeon (purse €43,000, 2875 meters) and Erable du Vivier (3g Pine Chip Wood-Tendre du Vivier) was victorious for Clement Duvaldestin timed in 1.19.7kr. History of Aby Stora Prix since 1976 Year Winner HER Country Time Father Driver Second Third 2016 A Guy of Héripré M. 8  la France 1'11 " Orlando Vici Björn Goop Propulsion   2015 Support Justice M.6  Norway 1'11 "6 Kadabra Geir-Vegard Gundersen Västerbo Highflyer   2014 Order Crowe H.11  Sweden 1'12 "1 Juliano Star Örjan Kihlström Quid Pro Quo   2013 Sebastian K. M.7  Sweden 1'11 "5 Korean Jorma Kontio Save the Quick   2012 Sebastian K. M.6  Sweden   Korean Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2011 Fast Lebel H.6  la France   Ginger Somolli Eric Raffin (No finals)   2010 Lisa America F.5  Italy   Varenne Torbjörn Jansson (No finals)   2009 Torvald Palema M. 8  Sweden   Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2008 Garland Cronos H.5  Italy 1'13 "1 Viking Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini The Admiral Mauzun   2007 Giant Superman H.8  Sweden 1'13 "5 Giant Force Fredrik B Larsson Bird of Fire   2006 Red Chili Pirat M.7  Sweden   Giant Chill Örjan Kihlström (No finals)   2005 Gidde Palema M.10  Sweden 1'13 "3 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Steinlager   2004 Steinlager M.6  Norway 1'13 "5 Good As Gold Per Oleg Midtfjeld Infant of Bossis Giant Superman 2003 Gidde Palema M. 8  Sweden 1'12 "1 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Couch Doctor Scarlet Knight 2002 Victory Tilly cH7  Sweden 1'13 "5 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legendary Lover K. Royal Tin 2001 Royal Tin H.9  Sweden 1'13 "1 Ulf of Ombrée Jorma Kontio Com Hector Victory Tilly 2000 Victory Tilly H.5  Sweden 1'13 "3 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Frisky Frazer Gidde Palema 1999 General of Pommeau M.5  la France 1'14 "4 Sébrazac Jules Lepennetier Edu's Speedy Rite On Line 1998 Rite On Line M.7  Norway 1'14 "3 Supergill Atle Hamre Ezira Josselyn Zoogin 1997 Gentle Star M.5  Norway 1'15 " Speedy Tomali Gunleif Tollefsen Rite On Line Zoogin 1996 Zoogin M.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt His Majesty Abo Volo 1995 Zoogin M.6  Sweden 1'13 "6 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt copiad His Majesty 1994 Houston Laukko M.6  Finland 1'13 "8 Choctaw Brave Jorma Kontio copiad Sea Cove 1993 Queen L F.7  Sweden 1'13 "2 Crowntron Stig H Johansson Sea Cove Nordin Hanover 1992 Sea Cove M.6  Canada 1'14 "5 Bonefish Jos Verbeeck Kosar Somollison 1991 Prince Mystic M.5  United States 1'14 " Mystic Park Atle Hamre Peace Corps Nordin Hanover 1990 Dream of Udon M.7  la France 1'14 " Éjakval Yves Dreux Jet Ribb Red Rhone 1989 Quellou cH7  la France 1'14 "9 Bellouet Pierre Levesque Napoletano Lord Quick 1988 ourasi M. 8  la France 1'14 "5 Greyhound Jean-René Gougeon Sugarcane Hanover Napoletano 1987 Jet Ribb H.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Count's Pride Hans G. Eriksson Big Spender Grades Singing 1986 Utah Bulwark F.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Utah IX Stig Johansson Grades Singing Hallon Brunn 1985 Minou of the Dungeon M.7  la France 1'15 "4 Quioco Olle Goop Ellizar H. Noble Asset 1984 The Onion M.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legolas Shane T. Hanover 1983 Legolas H.5  Sweden 1'14 "6 Glasgow Thomas Nilsson Snack Bar Ideal of the Gazeau 1982 Ideal of the Gazeau M. 8  la France 1'15 "6 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Nino Blazing Keystone Patriot nineteen eighty one Ideal of the Gazeau M.7  la France 1'18 "4 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Mustard Dartster F 1980 Express Gaxe M.6  Sweden 1'15 " Express Rodney Gunnar Axelryd Lionel Minbar Ianthin 1979 Hadol of the Vivier M.6  la France 1'15 "5 Mitsouko Jean-René Gougeon Little Evander Tarok 1978 Charm Asserdal F.5  Sweden 1'16 "9 Train Bloc Heikki Korpi Express Gaxe Little Evander 1977 Micko Tilly M.7  Sweden 1'16 "3 Frances Nibs Olle Lindqvist Opal H Duke Iran 1976 Dines P F.6  la France 1'18 "9 Seddouk Michel Feuillet Arbont Clissa Thomas H. Hicks
Nuncio has received an invitation to the harness racing $1 million International Trot (World Cup) at Yonkers Raceway on October 14th. "We received an invitation in the mailbox on Friday. Now let's take a stand if we are going or not, "says Stefan Melander. Previously, Jerry Riordan's Twister Bi has both been invited and thanked for the environmental dollar race in New York. On the other hand, both Bold Eagle and Timoko have already refused to participate and Nuncio is the second trainer, trained in Sweden, invited to Yonkers International Trot ($1,000,000) over the 2,011 meter distance. For Stefan Melander, the race is no news. He won the World Cup in 1995 with Swedish-born His Majesty. "There are many things I need to keep in mind before I decide, but it's definitely interesting to go to Yonkers. Nuncio feels still strong in training and now I have to wonder if we are going to the United States and then continue to the French winter meeting, or if we just aim at Vincennes or the United States, "says Stefan Melander. Nuncio has previously celebrated success on the Yonkers Raceway. As a three-year-old, he won both trials and finals in Yonkers Trot ($ 500,000) with John Campbell in sulky. By Claes Freidenvall Reprinted with permission of Sulky Sport
August 10, 2017 - The Prix de Londres (monte. purse €120,000. 2875 meters, 12 starters) was the day’s featured harness racing event and 1.9/1 Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) rallied very wide to the lead at the halfway mark and held gamely for the 1.14.2kr timed victory. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons of this Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. 15.2/1 Ulk des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) took second for Matthieu Abrivard. 3.3/1 Tornade Bello (10m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) was a rallying third for Mlle. Camille Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. Gabriele Gelormini piloted 50/1 Vasco de Viette (8g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) to victory in today’s Quinte+ Prix de la Concorde (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.14.2kr. 2.3/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Lois) took the close second for Eric Raffin. Third was 3.6/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) for Christophe Martens. 10/1 Viking Fromento and 7/1 Unbridled Charm were fourth and fifth. Yesterday was the eighth leg of the Grand National de Trot (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2950 meters, 18 starters) this leg contested at Saint Malo. The winner, at 3.3/1 odds, was Bel Avis (6g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) that J-M Bazire trains for Wildenstein Stables Ltd.  This day Eric Raffin was at the lines. 1.3/1 favorite Aufor de Mire (g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) was second for Charles J. Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon, ahead of 7.1/1 Bolero des Vignes (6m Quai Bourbon-Poesie du Bouffey). Vlatka Madrik and Tiger Danover were fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

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