Tomas Malmqvist, harness racing

European Derby elims to Tumble Dust & Vasterbo Loveboat

Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) won tonight's first elimination for the October 4 European Derby to be held at Mauquenchy (France). The Tomas Malmqvist trained, Stall Tumble Dust owned colt, record his fourth straight win and increased his earnings to 3,164,197SEK (over US$444,000) as the prohibitive favorite. The handy colt, a recent Danish Derby winner, led start to finish for Orjan Kihlstrom and won by two lengths in 1.13.3kr under no urging. Radieux (4m Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) was second for Erik Adielsson and Dominator (4m Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) ended third for Kenneth Haugstad. The winner earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. The second European Derby elimination went to fast closing Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and owner Olof Brodin Chartering AB. D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) was a close second for Orjan Kihlstrom after setting the pace for trainer Roger Walmann. Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou) was third for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr over the 2140 meter autostart course to secure 150,000SEK first money, and now has 14 wins in 25 starts for career earnings of 1,522,000SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Swedishman upsets in €100,000 Federation du Nord

Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), with veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck aboard, worked out a perfect pocket trip in this 2700 meter autostart contest before closing along the pegs to win the €100,000 Gr. III Grand Prix Federation du Nord in 1.12.8kr at La Capelle. He went off at odds of 8-1. Swedishman was first to the front before yielding to favorite Roi du Lupin handled by Anthony Barrier. Roi du Lupin led into the stretch after holding off a first over bid, from sixth, by the great mare Roxane Griff and Eric Raffin. Roxane Griff was unable to reach the leader and ended a tiring fifth. Roi du Lupin held on bravely for second ahead of Reve de Baylev with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Quinoa du Gers was fourth for Franck Ouvrie. Swedishman recorded his 24th win now for earnings of €756,300. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that earlier took the 2013 Grand National du Trot. Gaylor Chaudemanch owns the winner. Race summary and stretch drive video follow. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Grand Prix Federation du Nord, International Gr. III, €100,000, 8 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Jos Verbeeck up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche, 8.2/1 2nd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Anthony Barrier aboard for J-P Marmion owner/trainer, 1.6/1 favorite 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 12.6/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Tanga du Chalange), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 33.7/1 5th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 2.4/1 The La Capelle undercard included the Prix du Department de l’Aisne, a European eligible event for €32,000 over 2700 meters autostart. Twelve contested this race and the 1.14.3kr winner was Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) in rein to Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg of Sweden. The winner scored his 14th victory for earnings of €192,287. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Prix du Department de l’Aisne, European, €32,000, 12 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.14.3kr 1st Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg (SWE), 3.4/1 odds 2nd Tina du Pont (7f Urfist des Pres-Dona du Pont), Thibault Viet up for trainer J-Y Rayon, 2.3/1 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune up for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.9/1 favorite by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Ray Schnittker, harness racing

Schnittker trio takes aim in Green Acres Final

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 16, 2014 - Three of the six entrants in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts will carry the banner of trainer Ray Schnittker on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Schnittker will handle Broken Record, who leaves from post six while Jack Baggitt Jr. gets the call on Cruizinwithmuscles and Steve Smith will pilot Switchblade Hall in the non-wagering event scheduled for 12:10 p.m. All three of the Schnittker trainees are sons of Muscles Yankee, who sired five of the six finalists. Mountain Top, who won the first leg of the Green Acres, is by Muscle Hill, a son of Muscles Yankee. He is trained and driven by Francisco Del Cid. Broken Record is the richest of the six trotters with earnings of $47,013 thanks to three wins, one second and three thirds in eight starts. He posted a mark of 2:00.1 in the second leg of the Green Acres when he won by 27 ½ lengths over the Julie Miller-trained Firestop. With Broken Record sitting out the third leg of the Green Acres, it was left to Switchblade Hall to collect top money. Cruizinwithmuscles was fourth in the first leg and third in both the second and third legs. The field for the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final [from the rail out with driver and trainer]: Cruizinwithmuscles, Jack Baggitt Jr., Ray Schnittker; Wolfpack Muscle, David Pinkney Jr., Colleen Chambers; Switchblade Hall, Steve Smith, Ray Schnittker; Firestop, Eric Abbatiello, Julie Miller; Mountain Top, Francisco Del Cid, Francisco Del Cid and Broken Record, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker. A $7,000 opening leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies, will be the second of two non-wagering events with a quartet of entrants: Fiyonce, Fanticipation, Ideal Helen and Mona Mona. Ideal Helen is by Western Ideal while the other three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Trotting fillies will be featured in second leg Green Acres events on Friday, September 19. In the sixth race for two-year-old trotting fillies, first leg winner Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee] will face off against Contraire [Muscles Yankee], Prinsessa [Muscle Hill], Showy Starlet [Muscles Yankee], Shes On Fire [Muscle Hill], Starter Up [Muscles Yankee] and Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill]. Only a trio of three-year-old trotting fillies will meet in a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. in a rematch of the opening leg won by Shelikescandy [Chocolatier], who has the rail. Runner-up Revergreen [Revenue] drew post three. Coin Collector [Chocolatier], who was third last week, leaves from post two. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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FEGAT European Amateur Championships next week

During the 22nd and 23rd of September in the Swedish racecourses of Halmstad and Jagersro (Malmö) will be held the Men European Harness Racing Championships for amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers).    The championship will be played on four scoring races, two in each racecourse, with the participation of drivers from 13 different nationalities, members of FEGAT. the most important achievements of some of the drivers participating in the European  Championship 2014 are:    Italian Maurizio Biasuzzi, 2 times World Champion in 1996 (Australia) & 2005 (Austria) and European Champion in 2013 (Russia) and with 725 wins in his career.  German Heinrich Gentz, 2 times European Champion in 1990 (Hungary) & 1991 (Finland) with 1237 wins in his career.  Swiss Joey Vignoni and Spanish Damian Oliver Oliver, silver medals in the 2 last World Championships in Finland 2014 and New Zealand 2012 Belgian Piet Van Pollaert, vice champion behind Maurizio Biasuzzi in the European Championship 2013.  The official link of the European Championship 2014 is http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2014/gentlemen-european-championship-in-sweden/    For more information you can check the official website of FEGAT www.fegat.com and don’t hesitate to contact with us to solve your doubts about the championship at fegatsecretary@gmail.com.   The official list of the drivers for this 2014 FEGAT European Championship for amateur drivers are below:   Country       Driver                License since  2013 wins   2014 wins     Total Wins   Austria     Thomas Royer               1997                  19                  19           173  Belgium    Piet Van Pollaert           1998                  25                  15           135  Denmark   Torben Nygaard           1987                    9                     1          104  Finland      Mikael Niva                   1997                  10                    4            55  Germany    Heinrich Gentz             1969                  17                   10         1237  Hungary      Tamas Kelemen           1991                  4                     2            234  Italy           Maurizio Biasuzzi          1972                  25                    7            725  Netherlands Jaap Terstal                 2003                 8                    11             60  Norway          Bernt Oksnevad         1983                 5                      8           113  Russia           Ivan Serik                   1994                 7                      2           134  Spain             Damian Oliver            1997                 7                      6             70  Sweden     Hakan B. Johansson      1993                 9                      3           216  Switzerland   Joey Vignoni                2008              14                      3             33    From FEGAT

Jerry Riordan's Radysin America, handled by JohnnyTakter, took the Vilhelm Johanssons Prize for 150,000SEK to the winner. Timed in 1.11.9kr over the 2140 meter autostart course, the winner recorded her fourth straight and ninth in 20 career starts. Lisa Riordan owns the Guida Italia Srl bred four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream, she a half-sister to Lisa America. Sahara Fairytale with Christoffer Eriksson aboard and Your Highness with teamster Ulf Ohlsson ended two-three in a close encounter. On the same card US-bred Fawkes scored for Peter Untersteiner in 1.11.1kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 50,000SEK. Fawkes (6m SJ's Caviar-Up Front Peg-Andover Hall) was an open lengths winner over Prawns and Kenneth Haugstad and Kaffir Face with Lutfi Kolgjini up. Fawkes now has 10 wins in 43 outings for 2,714,823SEK earned. No Deal and reinsman Flemming Jensen scored in the ICA Nara Lidkopting Klockans timed in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner is a Danish bred nine year-old son of Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering that was making his first 2014 start and now has 25 victories in 58 starts for 1,476,374SEK. Nantucket was second for reinsman Thomas Dalborg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The monte classic Gr. I Prix de Normandy today went to favorite Vittel de Brevol ridden by David Thomain for trainer Sebastian Ernault. The E240,000 purse event, over 3000 meters, was timed in 1.13.9kr with the winner recording his 13th victory in 19 starts now for career earnings over E323,000. The great monte mares Vision Intense (Nathalie Henry aboard) and Valse Castelets (JLC Dersoir) were next on the line. Vision Intense raced superbly and gained steadily after a slow start, finally staging an inside rally in late stretch. Gr. I Prix de Normandie, E240,000 purse, 3000 meters monte, 14 starters Fractions: 1.14.9kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 and finish Vittel de Brevol (5m Jag de Bellouet-Lady de Brevol), David Thomain, trainer Sebastian Ernault, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 19 starts for earnings E323,850 Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 2.2/1 odds Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), JLC Dersoir, 7/1 odds The secondary monte feature today was the E105,000 Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux over 2850 meters. Eight contestants were at the start and it ended in a dead-heat in 1.14kr with Uppercut de Manche and Sourire de Voutre inseparable. Uppercut de Manche with DamienBonne was off at 2/1 while Sourire de Voutre was the 7/10 favorite for jockey Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Prix Georges Dreux, Gr. III purse E105,000, 2850 meters, 8 starters, monte Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500; 1.14.9kr at 1000; 1.14.1kr at 500; 1.14kr finish Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Ceba-Nuit de Manche), Damien Bonne, 2/1 odds, 13th win in 59 starts for E364,500. Dead heat for win Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Guella), Franck Nivard for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 7/10 favorite in dead heat for win Quarnac de L'iton (10g Ideal de L'iton-Classic Mesloise), Mathieu Mottier, 47.2/1 Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil), 8.1/1 odds Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) rallied late to score a 1-1/2 length victory in the Gr. I UET Masters Series International Final at Charlottenlund (Copenhagen). The purse for this 2500 meters autostart event was €500,000. Stall Sedin HB owns the winner, timed in 1.12.4kr, that is trained by Robert Bergh as he scored for the 24th time in a career spanning 61 starts. It was Ed You’s fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts. Torbjorn Jansson was the driver today and Ed You was off at 21.2/1 odds Second wagering choice on the PMU network (favored on ATG) Commander Crowe took the early lead for Orjan Kihlstrom and held the front until the top of stretch when he faded rapidly to the end, after being pressured by the Lutfi Kolgjini reined Mosaique Face for the last lap. Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) battled bravely to the end under heavy urging to hold second (at 9.4/1) ahead of fast closing Canaka BF and Ulf Ohlsson (at 26.9/1). Second ATG wagering choice (and PMU favorite) Timoko, and teamster Bjorn Goop, finished fourth after departing from post 12 and making an early three-wide move that eventually placed him second over behind Mosaique Face. Timoko offered no challenge in deep stretch. The undercard showcased the Koster Memorial with 125,000kr to the winner. BBS Sugarlight(5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) took this one for Peter Untersteiner in 1.12kr over O’Grady (8m SJ’s Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) with Flemming Jensen up and third place finisher Amour Rapide (7m Love You-Vouge-Firm Tribute) with Orjan Kihlstrom driving. Earlier on the card a two year-old event went to Clemenza AM (2m Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos-Varenne) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Stall Courant AM. The victory, timed in 1.15.3kr over 1600 meters autostart, was his second in three career starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tibor Hajnal teamed his pupil Orifiamma Jet to victory in Saturday's featured 500,000HUf Uli Dij at Kincsem Park. Timed in 1.16.7kr over 1900 meters autostart, the six year-old mare by Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride, scored by a length from Amazing Lobell (Zoltan Horvath up)and Reine d'Illiatt (Istvan Papp driving). Napsugar i. owns the winner, now with five 2014 victories in Hungary in 12 starts. Orifiamma Jet is a full-sister to Drago Jet ($405,951). The card also provided wins for the two year-old colt Torres (2m Maximus Lindy-Helikon), first crop by Maximus Lindy, Let It Be TN (4f World By The Tail-Crewel Hanover), and Ramona Vita (4f Diamond Way-Dorina Vita). World By The Tail is a son of Lindy Lane from Victorious Tail, she dam of Kick Tail ($1,123,128), Comets Tail ($380,601), Chasing Tail ($800,056), Day For Night ($606,907) and Tiba Lavec ($213,348). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Today's Quinte+, with a special jackpot of E10 million, went to 1.4/1 favored Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette) with Christian J. Bigeon aboard in 1.13.1kr over 13 rivals in this 2700 meter test named the Prix RMC. The exact order payoff excluding jackpot was €2,570 for a €2 wager. Q+ Prix RMC, European, E58,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.13.1kr Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette), Ch.J. Bigeon up at 1.4/1 odds for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon, 10th win in 40 starts for E294,800 earned Noir d'Ete (7m Ganymede-Essenza d'Ete), Eric Raffin aboard, 5.1/1 Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Antonio Wiels up, 7.8/1 Bugsy Malone also won on the Vincennes card, taking the E62,000 Prix de Montelimar for three year-olds over 2700 meters with nine starters. The consistent colt recorded his sixth win in nine starts for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The victory, by open lengths, raised his career earnings to over E101,000. Prix de Montelimar, purse E62,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.16.2kr at 1000; 1.15.5kr at 500, 1.15.2kr finish Bugsy Malone (3m Ready Cash-Night Captain), Yohan Lebourgeois for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 3/5 favorite, sixth win in nine starts for E101,460 earned Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), Franck Ouvrie, 10.8/1 Bajazet (3m Qwerty-Perkine), Jacques Bruneau owner/trainer/driver, 6.2/1 odds V75 action took place today at Farjestad SWE. The Gold Division with 150,000SEK to the winner, over 2140 meters autostart, went to On Track Piraten in 1.13.3kr in an easy score for Johnny Takter. Porthos Amok was second for Bjorn Goop (trained by Stefan Melander) ahead of another Melander trainee, Tidied Accelerator handled by Ulf Ohlsson. The winning six year-old gelded son of Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line took his 13th victory in 58 tries, increasing career earnings to over 5.8SEK million. The Silver Division, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the US bred Magiccarpetride and Jorma Kontio timed in 1.10.9kr. Another US-bred, Mr. Chicago, was second for Carl-Erik Lindblom. The winner earned 125,000SEK and the eight year-old son of Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory now has 13 wins and earnings in excess of 1.6SEK million. The Bronze Division, for 110,000SEK to the winner, contested over 2140 meters autostart, resulted in a 1.11.8kr win for Jeppas Maxi and Torbjorn Jansson. He narrowly defeated Riff Kronos and Viejo Heiskanen with Pedro Bi a distant third. Jeppas Maxi is a five year-old gelded son of Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image that now has nine wins in 11 starts lifetime. This one looks to have a fine future. Thomas H. Hicks

Ouch, in rein to Christophe Martens, took today’s Quinte+ feature at Le Cepiere, France, covering the 2950 meter course in 1.16.1kr to record a rallying score over 14 European rivals in the Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for a €40,000 purse. The Danish invader, trained by Vincent Martens, is an eight-year-old gelded son of Ganymede and was off as the 2.1/1 favorite. Thoury le King was second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of Brasil Boko driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh. The Q+ exact order payoff was €680 for a €2 wager and the jackpot this day was €4.6 million and was not hit, thus carrying over to €4.65 million the next day. Race summary is shown below as well. September 9, 2014 Le Cepiere, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri, purse €40,000, European, 2950 meters, Q+, 1.16.1kr 1st Ouch (8g Ganymede-Juvel Gill), Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens, 2.1/1 odds, Denmark 2nd Thoury le King (7g Melchoir Jet-Kasines de Thoury), Alexandre Abrivard, 6.8/1 3rd Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh, 6.4/1 At Vincennes a familiar name, Ulf Nordin, scored with his two year-old pupil Captain Sparrow at nearly 21/1 odds. The son of Ready Cash-Holly du Locton scored easily in the €32,000 purse Prix 70 Ans du Parisien. Race summary follows: September 9, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix 70 Ans du Parisien, purse €32,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters, 1.18.1kr 1st Captain Sparrow (2m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton), Ulf Nordin trainer/driver, 20.8/1 2nd Cachou de Malac (2m Nahar de Breval-Papeete), A. Gougeon up, 14.5/1 3rd Carlos des Caux (2m Mien-Star Dodienville), Jacques Bruneau up, 6.6/1 The prior day (September 8) at Mantorp (SWE) the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) scored in 1.14.5kr over 2140 meters autostart to capture the 35,000SEK first prize in a three year-old event. Johan Untersteiner drove the winner (now a four time winner in 10 starts) as he defeated two Stefan Melander trainees. Iponema (3f Muscles Yankee-Beachcomber-Conway Hall) was second for Bjorn Goop while the Melander driven Party Boat Hanover (3m Cantab Hall-Princess Cruise-Donerail) took third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Black d’Avril scored at 25/1 in today’s Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile at Paris-Vincennes, France. After several lead changes throughout the 2200 meter contest, reinsman Franck Ouvrie rallied the three year-old son of Oceano Nox to a length victory in 1.12.8kr for trainer Frederic Platt, the winner’s third career score in 18 outings. The victory in the €240,000 purse event increased his life earnings to over €306,000. Previously undefeated (in seven starts) Biche de Clos was a solid second for Mathieu Mottier ahead of Billie de Montfort and Brillantissime. Race summary follows. Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile, purse €240,000, 2200 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.11.8kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 500; 1.12.8kr finish 1st Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril),Franck Ouvrie for trainer Frederic Platt and owner J.J. Rahier, his third win in 18 outings for earnings €306,070, 25/1 odds 2nd Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Moon d’Eronville), Mathieu Mottier, 2.1/1 odds. Her first loss after a perfect seven straight victories 3rd Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 2.6.1 odds 4th Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 3/1 odds by Thomas H.Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The ITS Super Select Sale was conducted on September 11 with 98 sold (62%) from 157 cataloged. 14 yearlings brought €30,000 or more with hip 25 Unica Gio(filly, 3/24/13, Donato Hanover-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) leading the way at €85,000 with final bid to Rejo Liljendahl. This filly is the second foal of Ilaria Jet, a winner of €1,074,039. The Cantab Hall-Dakota Bi colt, Untouchable Bi, was next at €70,000 with Roger Walmann signing this ticket. Summary of sale is shown below along with links to the catalog and full sale results. Italy continues to produce effective performers on the tracks throughout Europe.   Catalog and Results links below: http://www.its-aste.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/catalogo11sett2014.pdf http://www.its-aste.com/aste/asta-super-selezionata-yearlings-trottatori-2/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Hippodrome Craon showcased a mixed card of cross country and trots on the turf course Sunday. The top trotting event was the €80,000 Gr. III Prix des Sulkys that went to Tenor de Legende (7g Carpe Diem-Nony Maker-Vikings Way) with trainer Frank Nivard aboard. 18 turf specialists contested this one over 2775 meters, distance handicapped. The winner, off at 6.4/1, overcame a 25 meter penalty to record his tenth victory for career earnings of €395,420. Ubu de Saint Marc was second for Damien Bonne and Super Berry Chenou was third for J-P Monclin. This eight year-old gelded son of Jardy has been a regular on the turf circuit. Antipasto (4m Quaker Jet-Nouba-Tenor de Baune), shown above, won for Pierre-Etienne Dubois, the first career win for the 16 year-old reinsman. The Antipasto/Dubois pair won the €20,000 Prix du Cheran over 2775 meters on 1.23.1kr on the turf. The winner, owned and trained by Jean-Etienne Dubois, recorded his sixth career victory now for earnings of €60,060 as he scored in a 13 horse field. Monte specialists also performed on the turf this day in the European Prix Huntington Avenir et Ouest France and 49.4/1 outsider Riton du Braud was victorious for Mlle. Marion Lemonnier over the 2775 meter distance for a purse of €32,000. The nine year-old gelded son of Ipson du Moumel-Kita du Braud defeated 15 rivals to record his tenth win in 77 starts. Un Aller (Alexandre Abrivard up) and Topaze Royale (Damien Bonne aboard) ended two-three in the contest. Twist Lie won the Amateur €8,000 Prix du Credit Agricole over 2775 meters. The seven year-old gelded son of Indy de Vivce-Fiesole de Mareuil) scored in a 12 horse field for owner/trainer/jockey Cyril Baty for his 16th win in 61 outings. All 12 starters stayed on gait and ended in the picture. The Craon card included six sulky trots, one monte, two steeplechase and one cross-country races on the well-bet card. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Timoko leads an excellent field that will contest the €500,000 purse UET Masters Final on Sunday over the 2500 meter course at Charlottenlund (Denmark). Bjorn Goop will drive Richard Westerink’s champion Timoko, that has earned €2,770,690, as he will attempt to overcome post 12 against Commander Crowe. The Commander, with career earnings €3,645,286, will start from post two for teamster Orjan Kihlstrom. The contestants also include Italy’s Oasis Bi, Prussia, Owen CR and Pascia’Lest. The team from Sweden is also strong. In addition to the Commander, trained in France by Fabrice Souloy, Ed You and Canaka BF are among the SWE starters. September14 - Charlottenlund Finale UET Trotting Masters – euro 500,000, 2500 meters 1.            Canaka B.F (Ulf Ohlsson), SWE 2.            Commander Crowe (Örjan Kihlström), SWE 3.            Oasis Bi (Claes Svensson), ITY 4.            Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini), SWE 5.            Ed You (Torbjörn Jansson), SWE 6.            Prussia (Pietro Gubellini), ITY 7.            Solvato (Veijo Heiskanen), USA 8.            Owen Cr (Jorma Kontio), ITY 9.            Orali (Jeppe Juel), DK 10.          Quid Pro Quo (Erik Adielsson), SWE 11.          Pascia’ Lest ( Roberto Andreghetti), ITY 12.          Timoko (Björn Goop), FR by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Sciecco (3m Look de Star-Iuta-Viking Kronos) took Saturday’s €154,000 Carlo Marangoni Memorial Open at Torino, Italy for Andrea Guzzinati. The long-striding chestnut winner recorded his fifth win in 16 outings, now for earnings over €265,000. Sciecco covered the 2100 meter autostart course in 1.14.9kr. Sing Hallelujah (3m SJ’s Caviar-Mystic Hanover-Donerail) was second for Roberto Vecchione Jr. with third to Superbo Capar (3m Calypso Capar-Dark Degi Ulivi-Indro Park) with Jos. Lombardo Jr. aboard. The filly Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner) ended fourth for Marco Smorgon. The €55,000 Carlo Marangoni Filly went to Simona Om (3f Uronomtro-Keystone Frizzle-Balanced Image) in rein to Roberto Andreghetti. Simona Om won for the sixth time in 17 starts, covering 1600 meters autostart in 1.13.8kr in a rousing finish with three other rivals in the picture. Saba del Ronco (3f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Enrico Bellei with Sangria Bi (3f Toss Out-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) home third for owner/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi. Sirena d’Asolo finished fourth. by Thomas H.Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) won tonight's first elimination for the October 4 European Derby to be held at Mauquenchy (France). The Tomas Malmqvist trained, Stall Tumble Dust owned colt, record his fourth straight win and increased his earnings to 3,164,197SEK (over US$444,000) as the prohibitive favorite. The handy colt, a recent Danish Derby winner, led start to finish for Orjan Kihlstrom and won by two lengths in 1.13.3kr under no urging. Radieux (4m Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) was second for Erik Adielsson and Dominator (4m Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) ended third for Kenneth Haugstad. The winner earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. The second European Derby elimination went to fast closing Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and owner Olof Brodin Chartering AB. D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) was a close second for Orjan Kihlstrom after setting the pace for trainer Roger Walmann. Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou) was third for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr over the 2140 meter autostart course to secure 150,000SEK first money, and now has 14 wins in 25 starts for career earnings of 1,522,000SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  
Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), with veteran reinsman Joseph Verbeeck aboard, worked out a perfect pocket trip in this 2700 meter autostart contest before closing along the pegs to win the €100,000 Gr. III Grand Prix Federation du Nord in 1.12.8kr at La Capelle. He went off at odds of 8-1. Swedishman was first to the front before yielding to favorite Roi du Lupin handled by Anthony Barrier. Roi du Lupin led into the stretch after holding off a first over bid, from sixth, by the great mare Roxane Griff and Eric Raffin. Roxane Griff was unable to reach the leader and ended a tiring fifth. Roi du Lupin held on bravely for second ahead of Reve de Baylev with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Quinoa du Gers was fourth for Franck Ouvrie. Swedishman recorded his 24th win now for earnings of €756,300. Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner that earlier took the 2013 Grand National du Trot. Gaylor Chaudemanch owns the winner. Race summary and stretch drive video follow. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Grand Prix Federation du Nord, International Gr. III, €100,000, 8 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes), Jos Verbeeck up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Gaylor Chaudemanche, 8.2/1 2nd Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol), Anthony Barrier aboard for J-P Marmion owner/trainer, 1.6/1 favorite 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 12.6/1 4th Quinoa du Gers (10m Ganymede-Tanga du Chalange), Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 33.7/1 5th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 2.4/1 The La Capelle undercard included the Prix du Department de l’Aisne, a European eligible event for €32,000 over 2700 meters autostart. Twelve contested this race and the 1.14.3kr winner was Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) in rein to Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg of Sweden. The winner scored his 14th victory for earnings of €192,287. September 17, 2014 La Capelle, Prix du Department de l’Aisne, European, €32,000, 12 starters, 2700 meters autostart, 1.14.3kr 1st Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and owner Goran Kjellberg (SWE), 3.4/1 odds 2nd Tina du Pont (7f Urfist des Pres-Dona du Pont), Thibault Viet up for trainer J-Y Rayon, 2.3/1 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune up for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato, 1.9/1 favorite by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com
MANALAPAN, NJ - September 16, 2014 - Three of the six entrants in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts will carry the banner of trainer Ray Schnittker on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Schnittker will handle Broken Record, who leaves from post six while Jack Baggitt Jr. gets the call on Cruizinwithmuscles and Steve Smith will pilot Switchblade Hall in the non-wagering event scheduled for 12:10 p.m. All three of the Schnittker trainees are sons of Muscles Yankee, who sired five of the six finalists. Mountain Top, who won the first leg of the Green Acres, is by Muscle Hill, a son of Muscles Yankee. He is trained and driven by Francisco Del Cid. Broken Record is the richest of the six trotters with earnings of $47,013 thanks to three wins, one second and three thirds in eight starts. He posted a mark of 2:00.1 in the second leg of the Green Acres when he won by 27 ½ lengths over the Julie Miller-trained Firestop. With Broken Record sitting out the third leg of the Green Acres, it was left to Switchblade Hall to collect top money. Cruizinwithmuscles was fourth in the first leg and third in both the second and third legs. The field for the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final [from the rail out with driver and trainer]: Cruizinwithmuscles, Jack Baggitt Jr., Ray Schnittker; Wolfpack Muscle, David Pinkney Jr., Colleen Chambers; Switchblade Hall, Steve Smith, Ray Schnittker; Firestop, Eric Abbatiello, Julie Miller; Mountain Top, Francisco Del Cid, Francisco Del Cid and Broken Record, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker. A $7,000 opening leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies, will be the second of two non-wagering events with a quartet of entrants: Fiyonce, Fanticipation, Ideal Helen and Mona Mona. Ideal Helen is by Western Ideal while the other three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Trotting fillies will be featured in second leg Green Acres events on Friday, September 19. In the sixth race for two-year-old trotting fillies, first leg winner Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee] will face off against Contraire [Muscles Yankee], Prinsessa [Muscle Hill], Showy Starlet [Muscles Yankee], Shes On Fire [Muscle Hill], Starter Up [Muscles Yankee] and Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill]. Only a trio of three-year-old trotting fillies will meet in a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. in a rematch of the opening leg won by Shelikescandy [Chocolatier], who has the rail. Runner-up Revergreen [Revenue] drew post three. Coin Collector [Chocolatier], who was third last week, leaves from post two. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ
During the 22nd and 23rd of September in the Swedish racecourses of Halmstad and Jagersro (Malmö) will be held the Men European Harness Racing Championships for amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers).    The championship will be played on four scoring races, two in each racecourse, with the participation of drivers from 13 different nationalities, members of FEGAT. the most important achievements of some of the drivers participating in the European  Championship 2014 are:    Italian Maurizio Biasuzzi, 2 times World Champion in 1996 (Australia) & 2005 (Austria) and European Champion in 2013 (Russia) and with 725 wins in his career.  German Heinrich Gentz, 2 times European Champion in 1990 (Hungary) & 1991 (Finland) with 1237 wins in his career.  Swiss Joey Vignoni and Spanish Damian Oliver Oliver, silver medals in the 2 last World Championships in Finland 2014 and New Zealand 2012 Belgian Piet Van Pollaert, vice champion behind Maurizio Biasuzzi in the European Championship 2013.  The official link of the European Championship 2014 is http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2014/gentlemen-european-championship-in-sweden/    For more information you can check the official website of FEGAT www.fegat.com and don’t hesitate to contact with us to solve your doubts about the championship at fegatsecretary@gmail.com.   The official list of the drivers for this 2014 FEGAT European Championship for amateur drivers are below:   Country       Driver                License since  2013 wins   2014 wins     Total Wins   Austria     Thomas Royer               1997                  19                  19           173  Belgium    Piet Van Pollaert           1998                  25                  15           135  Denmark   Torben Nygaard           1987                    9                     1          104  Finland      Mikael Niva                   1997                  10                    4            55  Germany    Heinrich Gentz             1969                  17                   10         1237  Hungary      Tamas Kelemen           1991                  4                     2            234  Italy           Maurizio Biasuzzi          1972                  25                    7            725  Netherlands Jaap Terstal                 2003                 8                    11             60  Norway          Bernt Oksnevad         1983                 5                      8           113  Russia           Ivan Serik                   1994                 7                      2           134  Spain             Damian Oliver            1997                 7                      6             70  Sweden     Hakan B. Johansson      1993                 9                      3           216  Switzerland   Joey Vignoni                2008              14                      3             33    From FEGAT

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