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Longines, harness racing

Longines wins again at Kincsem Park

July 20, 2019 - Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won for the 13th time Saturday in 14 harness racing career starts, this one in the Bizalmas DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.9kr. Andrea Fazekas perfectly teamed the winner for owner Pimri and trainer Imre Fazekas, as the team was away quickly to the front, rated the middle 800 meters, and sprinted away from rivals in the lane. It was Longines third win in four 2019 starts. Germany’s Kornelius Heitmann bred the winner. She was off the 1.8/1 favorite and bested 5.3/1 Iago d’Amore (5m Mego d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro  with Andor Angyal aboard. Third went to 12/1 Zaneboro (4m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe) handled by Serbia’s Branislav Mukity. The same day in France at Cagnes Sur Mer was the Prix de la Baie des Anges (orpurse 53,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) and that event went to 31/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Oquita d’Haricourt) with Stefan Stevens the pilot for trainer Mark De Cock. The victory raised the winner’s life earnings to 389,584€ although it was only his eighth career win in 143 starts. Even-money favorite Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) took second with Stephane Cingland her trainer/driver, ahead of 6.6/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (9m Magnificent Rodney) with Christophe Martens up. Race time was 1.14.3kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Dostoievski

Dostoievski and Ceylan Dairpet win at Cabourg

Friday’s harness racing Quinte+ race was the GP de la Ville de Cabourg at Hippodrome Cabourg (purse 44,000€, 2750 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory to 2.8/1 Dostoievski (6g Ganymede-Noor des Charmes). Dominik Locqueneux teamed this Jean Michel Bazire trainee for Ecurie des Charmes. He won for the eighth time in 33 career outings now for 250,970€ earned. 19/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame , ahead of 20/1 Cledere de L’SAirou (7f Clef des Chatelet) handled by Sebastian Ernault. 15/1 Deese de Gueron and 7/2 Classic Connection completed the top five and established an exact order payoff of 35,301.00 to 11 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3.437,120€ and the total race handle was 6,940,000€. The card included the monte Prix Fandango (purse 44,000€, 2750 meters, 14 starters) with victory earned by 2.2/1 Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Dairpet. Race time was 1.11.6kr and the winner now has life earnings of 510,460€ from 14 career wins in 44 starts. 3.9/1 Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 10/1 Al Capone Jet (9m Jag de Bellouet) rallied for third for jockey Francois Lagadeuc. Ceylan Dairpet Friday evening at Wolvega was the Super Trot Cup (purse 22,000€, 2100 meters autostart, ten starters) with the 1.12.7kr timed victory to 16/1 Durk M Boko (9g From Above-Vivian Boko) with Frans Van Der Blon up for trainer/owner H.A. Van Dljk. 13/1 Fabio Blanco (7g Ufo Kievitshof) was next with trainer Rob De Vlieger aboard and 4.6/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You) took third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer JWM Engwerda. Durk M Boko Thomas H. Hicks

Aron The Baron, harness racing

In Your Dreams and Cleangame win at Enghien

July 20, 2019 - Today’s harness racing card at Enghien was a good one showcasing the Quinte+ race of the day and two groupe events. First was the Q+ Prix Pte Montmartre (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and 15/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal) scored timed in 1.13.5kr. Eric Raffin teamed the winner for Stall Panamera Racing and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. The winner now has life earnings of 227,600€. 4/1 Bamour (8g Gazouillis) took second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. 5/2 odds Calvin Borel (9g Super Photo Kosmos)  was third for Marc Elias teaming for owner/trainer Conrad Lugauer. 15/1 Vastertbo Grobois and 59/1 Uncertain Age completed the top five leading to a Q+ exact order payoff of 56,504.40€ for six winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 2,427,144€ and the total wagered on the race was 6,389,000€. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) produced an upset 28/1 victory for In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady-Taurus Dream) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Bruni Racing Team AM. Her slate is now 2-2-2 in 12 appearances in France for Boireau and in Sweden for Jerry Riordan. In Your Dreams The victory today raised her life earnings to 73,089€. The filly was registered in Denmark and bred by Jean Pierre Dubois from the North American stakes winning Iron Lady. This day she defeated 9/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Phillipe Allaire that entered this race with eight wins in nine career starts. 11/1 General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec) took third for Alexandre Abrivard and 24/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker) was fourth for trainer Allaire and pilot J. Ph. Monclin. In Your Dreams Pedigree Today’s Enghien featured Gr. II Prix Buenos Aires (purse 100,000€, 4150 meters, 12 International starters) went to the very impressive Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) reined by Jean Michel Bazire to the 1.15.5kr timed victory, his 26th in 41 career starts. This 2/5 favorite increased his life earnings to 910,970€. Bazire trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule and Cleangame may be the next Aubrion du Gers for the Bazire team. 9/1 Ceranzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for Franck Nivard and 39/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) took third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. 25/1 Colorado Blue and 13/1 Vertige de Chenu completed the top five to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

Aubrion du Gers

Aubrion du Gers killed in training accident

July 17, 2019 - Champion Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was killed yesterday in a training accident at the harness racing training center of Jean Michel Bazire. Stablemate Cyrano du Pont succumbed to injuries in the same accident. Aubrion du Gers won 46 times in 73 career starts for earnings in excess of 2.5€ million. He won 16 straight at one point in 2018-19 before losing the final heat of the Elitloppet. The FR veteran trotteur will be greatly missed, and in many of the greatest International contests. He was to represent France in the 2019 Yonkers International Trot. Back to the racing scene, Sunday at Rojan was the 10th leg of the Trophee Vert series, this one raced on the turf over 3100 meters by 15 starters for the 45,000€ purse. 10/1 Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yalda) scored timed in 1.15.7kr with owner/trainer E Lamy aboard. The winner scored his 28th victory in 104 career starts. Aldo d’Argentre 39/1 Aribo Mix (9g Reve des Vallees) took second for D. Cordeau and 38/1 Calsaka de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Viking Dream and Blues des Landiers completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

The grand Spanish champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) took today’s Premi VI Memorial Guiem (2500 meters autostart, International, 200€ 9purse) at Hipodrom Torre del Ram, his 48th consecutive harness racing victory since returning from France in 2017.   He now sports a career slate of 80-5-9 in 142 outings, good for 686,766€ earned. Cuadra Sa Farola owns Trebol.     Today’s chart and Trebol’s resume follow:         Hipodrom Torre del Ram Thomas H. Hicks

On Saturday at Arjang was the Stora Printerlopp, a Gr. II International harness racing event raced over 1640 meters autostart for 600,000SEK first money.   The Danish registered, French bred Uza Josselyn scored in an impressive 1.09.3kr with Erik Adielsson up for Ecurie Rhythm & Blues and trainer Rene Aebischer.   Uza, off at 4.7/1, recorded her 30 th career win in 66 starts for 11,202,383SEK earned. She bested 4.1/1 Nadal Broline (9g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) with Bjorn Goop up and 19.5/1 Lionel (9m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) reined by owner Goran Antonsen. Well regarded Milligan’s School and Dante Boko were in the beaten field.   Thomas H. Hicks

Hotel Mystic (2m. Love You-Natchka d’Orgeres) topped Thursday’s Osaras-Trot Haras des Rouges Terres Sale. Jo Corbani was the winning bidder at 255.000€. He qualified in 1.19.1kr and is a full brother to Village Mystic. Another qualified two-year old, High Power (2m Village Mystic-Maflymede), was the runner up bringing 230,000€ from Langlais Bloodstock. He was clocked in 1.19kr recently at Caen. Many of consigned horses represented Baudron/Dubois bloodstock. There were 66 lots sold from 124 consigned and the average was 37,290€, up from 31,186€ a year ago. Sales statistics follow. The sale topper pedigrees are shown below. HOTEL MYSTIC Sexe / Col M / bf Date of birth 08/04/2017 Vendor ROUGES TERRES Haras des SOLD Purchaser CORBANI JO Price 255 000,00 € VET FILE VARIOUS INFORMATIONS UPDATES Dans la 1ère mère : Netchka d'Orgères est la mère de 12 produits, 11 en âge de courir, 10 qualifiés, 7 vainqueurs dont : American Dollar nouveau record 1'12 2e du PRIX D'ENGHIEN à MARSEILLE (04/07) 3e à AVIGNON - LE PONTET (23/06) EL VILLAGIO 5e du PRIX LOUIS JARIEL Gr.2 à VINCENNES et 195 830 € Good Mood (f. Love you) qualifiée (24/05) à CAEN en 1'18     Thomas H. Hicks          

July 13, 2019 - A great harness racing day this was at Enghien with the Q+ and two competitive G.III events on the menu. The action began with the Quinte+ Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap) and even-money favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) delighted the crowd with his Alexandre Abrivard teamed victory. This J-M Bazire trainee, a career winner 11 times in 33 starts for 226,230€ earned, was clocked in 1.12.9kr as he defeated 4.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) and pilot Eric Raffin, with third to 10/1 Doum Jenikou (6g Rancho Gede). 9/1 Baladin Hongrois and 17/1 Belardo completed the top five leading to a short Q+ payoff of 160.40€ to 9,680 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,323,741€ and over 8,686,000€ was wagered on the race. Defi de Retz The day’s featured Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (purse 80,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) went to 1.11.2kr timed and 12/1 odds Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet), a short nose winner for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As. The winner scored his eighth career win in 24 starts now for 391,775€ in life earnings. The 4/5 favorite Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers) was second handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner J.M. Rancoule. 9/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede) closed quickly for third handled by Franck Nivard. 8.9/1 Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller, ahead of 2.3/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne) and pilot Eric Raffin. This was a superb contest with several lead changes and a stirring finish in deep stretch. Drole de Jet    The Gr. III Prix du Louvre (purse 74,000€, 2875 meters, European eligible) saw 4.8/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) score timed in 1.15.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard up. Laurent Claude Abrivard bred, trains and owns the seven-time career winner in 32 starts that now has life earnings of 305,160€. 2.1/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 26/1 Electra Jet (5m Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) closed for third reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for owner Ecurie des AS. 2 .6/1 El Villagio and 9/1 Elena de Piencourt completed the top five. Excellent Another interesting race had an unusual ending, The Prix de Villiers (purse 43,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligible) saw 9/1 Very Impressive (4m SJs Caviar-Verify) declared the winner on the late dq of front trotting Hooters USA. The placed winner was teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer C.F. Kamminga and owner Ecurie Hodij Coatings. It was his first win in FR and he now has life earnings of 100,526€. The 19/1 outsider Fredo Griff (4m Love You) was placed second for Mathieu Mottier and 9/1 Innovation Love (4g Love You) was placed third with Robin Bakker up. Norton Commander, the 2/5 favorite, was also a dq. Race time was 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 12, 2019 - Friday’s Quinte+ race was the Prix du Sap (purse 32,000€, 2750 meters distance handicap, 15 harness racing starters) at Cabourg. The 1.14.2kr timed victory went to 12/1 Copain du Cedre (7g Orlando Vici) with David Thomain up. The winner recorded his seventh career win in 44 outings now for 109,550€ earned. 15/1 Boxeur des Baux (8g Lilium Madrik) was second with Paul Philippe Ploquin aboard and 9/2 odds Carioca de Lou (7g Jag de Bellouet) was third for Leo Abrivard. 50/1 Be Good and 17/1 Brihana completed the top five finishers and set up a sole Q+ winning ticket and payoff of 394,889.80€. The Q+ pool was 3,754,008€ and total wagered on the race exceeded 7,774,000€. Copain du Cedre The top race of the day was the GP de la Ville de Cagnes-Sur-Mer (purse 66,000€, 2925 meters, seven International starters). The 4/5 favorite Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) prevailed timed in 1.16.2kr with Mickael Cormy the driver/trainer for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Balbir won for the 29th time in a 69-race career and increased his life earnings to 715,930€. 1.9/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and 18/1 Creative Castelets (7f Pomerol de Laumac) took third for J.Ch. Feron. Baldi Star and Colonel Bond were next to the line. Balbir On the undercard at CSM was the Prix de la Promenade de la Plage (purse 39,000€, 2925 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.1kr timed victory went to 20/1 Carlo de Carsi (7g Ismael du Pont) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Laurent Gout and owner Gilles Baubier Canarelli. Carlo won for the ninth time in 50 lifetime starts, now for 300,750€ earned. 4.1/1 Diadam Atout (6m Timoko) was second for Christophe Martens and 7.4/1 American Dollar (9m Rocklyn) was third with Laurent Guy Richard aboard. Carlo de Carsi Thomas H. Hicks  

July 10, 2019 - US Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit (5m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) took yesterday’s harness racing Gotlandslopningen at Visby on the island of Gotland, Sweden, sponsored by AV Benders. Purse to the winner was 150,000SEK over the 2120 meter autostart course. Orjan Kihlstom teamed this 1.45/1 favorite for trainer Daniel Reden. He won for the 18th time in 34 career starts for life earnings of 9,938,079SEK and was timed in 1.11.7kr. 6.9/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above) took second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. 51/1 West Wing (11g Steinlager) took third for Ulf Ohlsson and owner/trainer Micael Broberg. 7.5/1 Antonio Tabac (7m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) was fourth, two lengths off the winner in this his first 2019 start, with trainer Oskar Kylin Bloom aboard. 9.5/1 Lucifer Lane was fifth. Top racing also took place last weekend at Jarlsberg and at Cesena ITY. On July 7 was the Ulf Thoreson Grand International, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event for a total purse of 149,883€ and raced over 2100 meters autostart. 4.6/1 Vitruvio (Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) scored timed in 1.10.7kr with Jorma Kontio teaming for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. He scored for the 16th time in a 36 race career. 3.1/1 Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was second with Ulf Ohlsson driving and 41/1 Voltaire Gifont (5m Quaker Jet-Realm of Fancy-Ginger Somolli) took third with trainer Pietro Gubellini at the lines. 7.4/1 Racing Mange was fourth and 5/1 Ringostarr Treb was a dq. Vitruvio On the same program was the Anders Jahres Pokallop (purse 41,347€, 2100 meters autostart) that went to 1.11.8kr timed and 3.4/1 odds Volnik du Kras (5m Varenne-Olijka des Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Pietro Gubellini the pilot for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Always On Time and Florlis Baldwin trailed the winner. Volnik du Kras On July 6 at Cesena Italy was the Gr.III GP Riccardo Grassi 17th Edition for a purse of 40,040€ and raced over 1660 meters autostart. The 1.11.7kr timed victory was earned by Tamure Roc with Santo Mollo at the lines. Sonia took second for Rene Legati and Tina Turner was third with Andrea Farolfi aboard. Tamure Roc Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s featured harness racing trot was the Prix de Meadowland (purse 30,000€, 2550 meters, 18 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne.   The 2/1 second choice Cap de Marmont (7m Islero de Bellouet) scored timed in 1.14.82kr with Dominik Cordeau up for trainer Denis Brossard. From post 18 he won for the 15 th time in 62 career starts.   The 1.1/1 favorite Dimoko de Jamal (6g Timoko) held second with Manuel Criado at the lines and 37/1 Brillant Madrik (8g Lilium Madrik) was third with Mme. Elise Lepage aboard. Cap de Narmont and Brillant Madrik raced from 25-meter handicaps.   On yesterday’s trots program at Enghien was the Quinte+ Prix de L’Opera (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters).   Victory went to 10/1 All Feeling (9m Otello Pierji) with Eric Raffin up timed in 1.12.2kr, his seventh career win in 58 outings. 19/1 Amour Orageux, Yoann Lebourgeois up, and Showmar (8m SJs Photo) was third for trainer/driver Andrea Guzzinati,   All Feeling   Even-money favorite Azur des Caillons and 19/1 Bauloise Haufor completed the exact order top five that paid 19,242,60€ to the 16 holders of a 2€ ticket.   The Q+ pool was 3,103,892€ and the race handle exceeded 6,774,000€. The day before (July 9) the Q+ was the Prix Synergie (purse 35,000€, 3000 meters, 16 European starters) at Chateaubriant. Usain Henna (9m Super Light-Kessandra Kuron) was the 1.14.4kr timed winner, his sixth score in 16 outings in FR now for 318.480€ in life earnings, for reinsman Mathieu Mottier and trainer Jorgen Westholm. Usain Henna The 4.8/1 Bleu Ciel was second for David Thomain and 52/1 Aperto Wild was third, ahead of 21/1 Atino de L’Ormerie and 7.1/1 Juvels Boy. There was two winning tickets that paid 158,602.60€ with the Q+ pool being 2,781,135€ and the race handle was above 6,420,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks  

The gallant veteran Swedishman (13m Gogo-Volgana-Myoto Barbes) took the Trophee Vert Suisse at Avenches, his 37th career harness racing victory in 106 starts.    Ten trotters were at the start in this 2750 meter autostart event for a total purse of 17,722€.   Patrica Felber trains and reined the million euro plus career winner for owner Carlo Pavone, as Swedishman won for the fourth time in five 2019 starts, He was off as the 4/5 favorite in this race.   The 2.7/1 Tabrouk de Payre (12g Meaulnes du Corta) took second with M.A. Bovay aboard and 26/1 Univaldi d’Aval (11g Vivaldi de Chenu) was third.   Thomas H. Hicks

Trotting harness racing action returned to Madinina Martinique last weekend on the monthly turf racing program of gallop and trots.   The Prix des Tulips (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, turf) began the day and Al Zamil (9g Goetmals Wood-Ivory Pearl) was a front-stepping winner timed in 1.21kr with Raymond Saint-Rose aboard.   It was his 10 th career win and his life earnings are now 78,600€. Unoki (11g Meaulmes du Corta) was second for pilot David Lepere and Ussein Royal (11g Lilium Madrik) overcame a 25-meter handicap to be third for J.F. Gate. The second and third place finishers are owned/trainer by Christine Lebreton. The Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, turf) completed the trots and the 1.19kr timed winner was Cytise de Neret (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Edila de Neret) for reinsman J.F. Gate. Cytise de Neret 25-meter handicapped Boycott (8g Goetmals Wood) was second for David Lepere and owner/trainer Christine Lebreton, and third went to 25 meter handicapped Bavarois du Varlet (8g Laetenter Diem) with J.L. Langeron up. Corinne Gleize owns and trains this one.   Thomas H. Hicks

Tomorrow trotting action returns to Cagnes-Sur-Mer with the featured event being the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Ville de Cagnes-Sur-Mer, an International harness racing contest.   Viking Fromentro and Citizen Kane are among the seven-horse field.   19:50 C4 - GRAND PRIX DE LA VILLE DE CAGNES-SUR-MER 66 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2925m Course Internationale Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, n'ayant pas gagné 750.000. Saturday trots are at Enghien with two groupe III events, the Prix de Bruxelles with Orlando Jet at the start, and the Prix du Louvre with Excellent and Electra Jet among the starters.   15:50 C4 - PRIX CANALTURF.COM (PRIX DE BRUXELLES) 80 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2150m Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000 mais pas 875.000 Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses dont dix au trot attelé (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel).     16:25 C5 - PRIX DU LOUVRE 74 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2875m Course Européenne Pour 4 et 5 ans, ayant gagné au moins 30.000, mais pas 291.000.   Sont seuls admis à participer à cette épreuve les chevaux n'ayant pas, dans les 12 mois précédant la course, été classés, au trot attelé, 1er, 2ème ou 3ème d'une épreuve de Groupe I.     Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2019 - This week the top aged trotters in Finland contested the Lamminveriset Rhymaajo at Jokimaa Finland. On June 29 there were two eliminations each raced for 10,000€ first prize over 2140 meters autostart and then the following day June 30 was the harness racing final. Each race was superbly competitive with the final worth 120,000€ to the winner with the total purse 258,000€. Hachiko de Veluwe (5g Timoko-Amazing Ride) won the final timed in 1.11.6kr by a head over the game Ranch Kelly (11m Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp). Jorma Kontio teamed the winner that now shows a career slate of 10-1-0 in 11 career starts. He is undefeated in three 2019 starts and has life earnings of 312,080€. Hanno Torvinen was the Ranch Kelly pilot. Finishing third was Atupem (6m Andover Hall-Rudy Rose) reined by Santu Raitala. To watch the replay click on this link. The first elim the day before the final was quite a battle won by veteran Ranch Kelly and driver Hannu Torvinen timed in 1.12.4kr. The veteran 35 time winner in 127 starts now has life earnings of 561,604€ with 324,680€ earned in 2018 from 11 wins in 25 starts. Ranch Kelly was parked throughout and just up for the win in the final stride. Benjamin EVO (6m Kadabra-China Tea Party) was a very close second with Mika Forss aboard. Sue’s Photo (7m Classic Photo-Muscles Sue) took third with Santtu Raitala the pilot. Lexus Dream was fourth. Ranch Kelly (outside), second elimination To watch the replay click on this link. Ranch Kelly pedigree is shown below, the maternal family of Spinster Hanover. The second elim went to Hachiko de Veluve timed in 1.12.8kr for Jorma Kontio. He was a length winner over Cameron Evo (5m Look de Star-China Tea Party) with Olli Korvunen up and Top of the World (8g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead) took third for reinsman Hannu Torvinen. Hachiko de Veluwe – 1st elimination The Hachiko de Veluwe pedigree follows, a nice Franco-American balance. Thomas H. Hicks  

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July 20, 2019 - Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won for the 13th time Saturday in 14 harness racing career starts, this one in the Bizalmas DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.9kr. Andrea Fazekas perfectly teamed the winner for owner Pimri and trainer Imre Fazekas, as the team was away quickly to the front, rated the middle 800 meters, and sprinted away from rivals in the lane. It was Longines third win in four 2019 starts. Germany’s Kornelius Heitmann bred the winner. She was off the 1.8/1 favorite and bested 5.3/1 Iago d’Amore (5m Mego d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro  with Andor Angyal aboard. Third went to 12/1 Zaneboro (4m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe) handled by Serbia’s Branislav Mukity. The same day in France at Cagnes Sur Mer was the Prix de la Baie des Anges (orpurse 53,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) and that event went to 31/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Oquita d’Haricourt) with Stefan Stevens the pilot for trainer Mark De Cock. The victory raised the winner’s life earnings to 389,584€ although it was only his eighth career win in 143 starts. Even-money favorite Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) took second with Stephane Cingland her trainer/driver, ahead of 6.6/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (9m Magnificent Rodney) with Christophe Martens up. Race time was 1.14.3kr. Thomas H. Hicks  
Friday’s harness racing Quinte+ race was the GP de la Ville de Cabourg at Hippodrome Cabourg (purse 44,000€, 2750 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory to 2.8/1 Dostoievski (6g Ganymede-Noor des Charmes). Dominik Locqueneux teamed this Jean Michel Bazire trainee for Ecurie des Charmes. He won for the eighth time in 33 career outings now for 250,970€ earned. 19/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame , ahead of 20/1 Cledere de L’SAirou (7f Clef des Chatelet) handled by Sebastian Ernault. 15/1 Deese de Gueron and 7/2 Classic Connection completed the top five and established an exact order payoff of 35,301.00 to 11 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3.437,120€ and the total race handle was 6,940,000€. The card included the monte Prix Fandango (purse 44,000€, 2750 meters, 14 starters) with victory earned by 2.2/1 Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Dairpet. Race time was 1.11.6kr and the winner now has life earnings of 510,460€ from 14 career wins in 44 starts. 3.9/1 Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 10/1 Al Capone Jet (9m Jag de Bellouet) rallied for third for jockey Francois Lagadeuc. Ceylan Dairpet Friday evening at Wolvega was the Super Trot Cup (purse 22,000€, 2100 meters autostart, ten starters) with the 1.12.7kr timed victory to 16/1 Durk M Boko (9g From Above-Vivian Boko) with Frans Van Der Blon up for trainer/owner H.A. Van Dljk. 13/1 Fabio Blanco (7g Ufo Kievitshof) was next with trainer Rob De Vlieger aboard and 4.6/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You) took third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer JWM Engwerda. Durk M Boko Thomas H. Hicks
July 20, 2019 - Today’s harness racing card at Enghien was a good one showcasing the Quinte+ race of the day and two groupe events. First was the Q+ Prix Pte Montmartre (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and 15/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal) scored timed in 1.13.5kr. Eric Raffin teamed the winner for Stall Panamera Racing and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. The winner now has life earnings of 227,600€. 4/1 Bamour (8g Gazouillis) took second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. 5/2 odds Calvin Borel (9g Super Photo Kosmos)  was third for Marc Elias teaming for owner/trainer Conrad Lugauer. 15/1 Vastertbo Grobois and 59/1 Uncertain Age completed the top five leading to a Q+ exact order payoff of 56,504.40€ for six winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 2,427,144€ and the total wagered on the race was 6,389,000€. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) produced an upset 28/1 victory for In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady-Taurus Dream) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Bruni Racing Team AM. Her slate is now 2-2-2 in 12 appearances in France for Boireau and in Sweden for Jerry Riordan. In Your Dreams The victory today raised her life earnings to 73,089€. The filly was registered in Denmark and bred by Jean Pierre Dubois from the North American stakes winning Iron Lady. This day she defeated 9/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Phillipe Allaire that entered this race with eight wins in nine career starts. 11/1 General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec) took third for Alexandre Abrivard and 24/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker) was fourth for trainer Allaire and pilot J. Ph. Monclin. In Your Dreams Pedigree Today’s Enghien featured Gr. II Prix Buenos Aires (purse 100,000€, 4150 meters, 12 International starters) went to the very impressive Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) reined by Jean Michel Bazire to the 1.15.5kr timed victory, his 26th in 41 career starts. This 2/5 favorite increased his life earnings to 910,970€. Bazire trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule and Cleangame may be the next Aubrion du Gers for the Bazire team. 9/1 Ceranzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for Franck Nivard and 39/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) took third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. 25/1 Colorado Blue and 13/1 Vertige de Chenu completed the top five to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  
July 17, 2019 - Champion Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) was killed yesterday in a training accident at the harness racing training center of Jean Michel Bazire. Stablemate Cyrano du Pont succumbed to injuries in the same accident. Aubrion du Gers won 46 times in 73 career starts for earnings in excess of 2.5€ million. He won 16 straight at one point in 2018-19 before losing the final heat of the Elitloppet. The FR veteran trotteur will be greatly missed, and in many of the greatest International contests. He was to represent France in the 2019 Yonkers International Trot. Back to the racing scene, Sunday at Rojan was the 10th leg of the Trophee Vert series, this one raced on the turf over 3100 meters by 15 starters for the 45,000€ purse. 10/1 Aldo d’Argentre (9m Qualmio de Vandel-Isabelle de Yalda) scored timed in 1.15.7kr with owner/trainer E Lamy aboard. The winner scored his 28th victory in 104 career starts. Aldo d’Argentre 39/1 Aribo Mix (9g Reve des Vallees) took second for D. Cordeau and 38/1 Calsaka de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac) was third for Nicolas Bazire and trainer JMB. Viking Dream and Blues des Landiers completed the top five. Thomas H. Hicks  

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