Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) easily took today’s Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to winner, 1649 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla for harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden trains the undefeated mare in 2016 (five straight) for Stall Zet. She recorded career win 24 in 49 starts, now for 6,111,572SEK earned. Patricia Hastrup (9f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Bjorn Goop and Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missymandarine-Malabar Man) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Delicious left alertly from post one, settled on the pegs and then made a decisive move to the lead at the three-eighths pole. From there she was a good four lengths or more in the clear. Time was 1.09.8kr after quick steady fractions (1.09.5kr after 500 meters and 1.09.3kr at the 1000 mark). Delicious win today starts the speculation of her, Nuncio and Bold Eagle in the 2017 Prix d’Amerique, now four months away. Earlier in the program there was several US-bred/CAQ-sired and exported winners: Barbara L. Hanover (3f Explosive Matter-Box of Dreams-Dream Vacation), Pokeman As (4g Kadabra-Oblige As-Scarlet Knight) and Ioana Hanover (3f Muscle Hill-In Dreams-Dream Vacation). Thomas H. Hicks
PARIS, France - Jean-Michel Bazire teamed 6.3/1 Ambree Ludoise (6f Mambo King-Ostia Ludoise) to victory in tonight’s Quinte+ Prix Cleomede (purse €44,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Timed in 1.14.1kr the shoeless winner is owned/trained and bred by Ecurie Stephane Bourlier. The 8.9/1 Affable d’Occagnes (6f Niky-For Ever Galaxie) was second for driver Mathieu Abrivard. Third was 13.2/1 Argovie (6f Gogo-Nymphe Jet) for teamster Antoine Wiels, trainer Salvatore Campolo and Ecurie Z. The Pick5 Prix Bruna (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) drew 16 starters this evening and victory went to 14.6/1 Baraka de Bougy (5f Norginio-Piccata de Bougy). Alexandre Abrivard was the pilot for Ecurie Brindor and trainer Ch. Ecalard.16.8/1 Balzane Roudourou (5f Oakwood du Closet-Romane de Mael) was next for Anthony Barrier ahead for third finishing 25.3/1 Bodega Cheneviere (5f Prince de Charme0Olina des Caillons). Late card was the Prix Aquitania (purse €33,000 for two year old fillies, 12 starters over 2200 meters) and the 1.17.9kr winner was 1.6/1 Etincelle Destinee (2f Saxo de Vandel-Popinee de Timbia) handled by owner/breeder/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The 4.3/1 Epatante Star (2f Lets Go Along-Star de Gautiers) took second with Jean-Michel Bazire up and third was 2.2/1 second choice Elite du Ruel (2f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) with trainer Franck Anne driving for breeder/owner Mme. Annick Bezin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
Wednesday’s harness racing Quinte+ Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord (purse €100,000, 2700 meters autostart, 14 international starters) resulted in an impressive 1.11.4kr win for 13/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa). This one raced barefoot and was an open length winner for Adrian Kolgjini, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. 4.1/1 Briac Dark (5m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took second for Franck Anne, also trainer, for Ecurie Guy Barou. 1.7/1 favorite Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was third for owner/driver Franck Leblanc and driver Franck Nivard. Duke of Greenwood, Valko Jenilat and Voltigeur de Myrt were the next three across the finish line. Also at Le Croise Laroche was the Prix Leopold Verroken (purse €32,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and the 1.13.7kr winner was barefoot 3/2 favorite Vitesse du Val (7f Super Photo Kosmos-Jenny Kiss) with Franck Ouvrie up. 48/1 Cuba Cohiba (8f Scarlet Knight-Hananna’s Hanna) was second ahead of 63/1 Tesaco de Pont (9g Kesaco Phedo-Ma Soiree du Pont) with trainer Alexis Garandeau driving. Wednesday at Solvalla was the ASVT Trottex Auktionslopp for 240,000SEK to the winner, one division for the fillies and colts, raced over 1640 meters autostart, each for the same first money. The filly division went to 1.16.3kr timed Staro Lochlyn (2f Varenne-Loch Ness Broline-Andover Hall) trained by Svante Bath and teamed by Erik Adielsson at 5.7/1. This was her initial career. Vasterbo Rainbow (2f Brioni-Victoria ROK-Super Arnie) took second for Joakim Lovgren, also trainer, and third was Restless (2f Ready Cash-Grail Lady Ann-Supergill) for trainer/driver Ake Lindblom. The colt division went to 24.6/1 Mr. Deauville (2g Prodigious-Glimma du Ling-Running Sea) for trainer/driver Mattias Djuse. Timed in 1.15kr this one bested Ripkin Joe (2m Ken Warkentin-Maggie Qvickstep-Wired Pine) handled by Bjorn Goop with third to Chapuy (2g Quite Easy-Popcorn Lavec-Enjoy Lavec) for Ake Lindblom, trainer/driver. Today’s Paris-Vincennes featured Quinte+ Prix de Mehun Sur Yavre (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to 51/1 Ochongo Face (5g Kiss Francais-Jubel Kemp) for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Abron 35 AB. 8.4/1 Bar d’Or (5g Orlando Vici-Star du Donjon) was second for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 4.2/1 King Sur Kir (5m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) was third with Franck Nivard aboard. Ecurie IC Equine AB owns this one and Fabrice Souloy trains. Time for the winner was 1.12.1kr. The Prix Bernard le Quellec (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 european starters) went to 1.14kr timed 3/5 favorite Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) with Jean-Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Pirat. Fabrice Souloy trains this horse. 4.7/1 Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. 7.9/1 Tabrouk de Payre (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre) was a close third for J-Ph Monclin. Today’s Prix de Taverny (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 12 european starters) went to 1.15kr timed and even-money favorite Draft Life (3f Ubriaco-Maflymede). Eric Raffin teamed this Louis Baudron owned, bred and trained filly. 3.2/1 Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) took second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 28.5/1 Danse Cadence (3f Un Amour d’Haufor-Potuna Saint Andre) was third for Emmanuel Allard, owner/trainer/driver. Thomas H. Hicks
Harness racing's latest edition of Harnesslink's email feature 'Insider Access' is out. In this edition, we look at: Bettor’s Delight, top stallion in North America and Down Under Bettor's Delight has bred 29 millionaires to date world-wide. Four of those have earnings of over $2 million. He has bred nearly 7,000 mares and the results of his progeny are outstanding. Three Cheers to Gordon Banks on his letter This letter to the editor was submitted by prominent owner and breeder, Gordon Banks, and the staff at Harnesslink agrees 100% with what he says. We applaud Mr. Banks for taking the time to “tell it like it is” and we encourage everyone to please read his letter and act on it before it is too late. Harnesslink’s Steve Wolf elected to Hall of Fame The staff and management at Harnesslink are pleased to no end that our Director of Operations for North America and Europe, Steve Wolf, has been elected to harness racing’s Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. To read the latest edition of INSIDER ACCESS click here to sign up! Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe
The 3/10 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle) took todays Gr. I UET Masters Finale (purse €399,908, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) by two lengths clocked in 1.10.66kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion. 9/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) took second for Erik Adielsson, trainer Stefan Pettersson and Ecurie Frackstad Lantbruks AB. Third was 16/1 Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB) with Adrian Kolgjini up for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Spring Erom and Explosive De Vie were fourth and fifth. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) G1 UET Masters Final 18/09/2016 Finale U.E.T Trotting Masters NUNCIO On the Bjerke program was also the VG Norsk Derby (purse €226,922, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) with victory to 1.9/1 El Diablo BR (4m Muscle Hill-Fiery Chip) for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. The winner was clocked in 1.13.42kr and is owned by Brinvest Danmark APS. 5/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was second for G.V. Gundersen with third earned by 5/1 Ultimate Photo (4m SJ’s Photo-Madam Lavec) and Bjorn Goop. Fourth was the Jeppe Juel driven and trained Akermann (4g Crazed-Ta Ta Hall). The Finn Tack Norsk Criterium (purse €175,325, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced a 1.12.71kr timed winner in 14.3/1 Shocking Superman (3m Orlando Vici-Bernadette’s Cat). Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of this Tar Stable KB owned performer. 19.5/1 Mini Viking (3m Maharajah-Jeunesse Defee) was second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre and third was 15/1 Evil Enok ME (3m Magnetic Power-Topaz Dragon) for trainer/driver N.P. Braekken. Thomas H. Hicks
There are not that many mystery novels on the bookshelves (or internet) that center around harness racing, but recently author Tina Sugarman penned Horse Flesh, a novel that for many will be an enticing read. This fiction novel enters the highly competitive world of Standardbred horse racing, and is an exhilarating debut from an insider. While many in the industry may take offense to the outright knocks on the industry, one must remember this is fiction and the author’s right to “jazz it up” to make it a riveting read to outsiders, should be taken into consideration. Then again, with all the recent controversy surrounding the Little Brown Jug last week, the events in this novel may seem to be spot on. The story features a brilliant harness racing driver whose drug habit risks costing him everything, his cousin, a trainer who refuses to compromise her integrity, a mysterious individual known only as the Scorpion, lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings, the Director of Racing trying desperately to clean up the industry, his mentor and best friend who has his own agenda, a low life groom who knows too much for his own good, the Canadian Mountie who inadvertently gets involved, with unforeseen consequences, and a veterinarian caught between two worlds. These are just some of the players in Horse Flesh, where passions run high and where the distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, is always blurred. I found the book to be fascinating, very fast paced and with shocking twists and turns. At first I was turned off as the book did not “grab me” right off the bat and I was not happy with some of the demeaning references to the industry as an insider. As I read on and understood the characters that made up the novel, I had trouble at times to put the book down. It drew me into the read to see where the story was going, what was going to happen to some of the stars and how was author Tina Sugarman going to tie this all together in the end. She did a superb job with some great insights that people in the industry should consider. She got the job done and her HORSE FLESH is a breakthrough debut novel set to entertain not only horse and racing enthusiasts, but fiction fans looking for a fresh read. Tina’s blending of the life events of four yearlings into becoming racehorses was very well done and woven nicely into the novel. The paperback version is very thick, over 700 pages of small type, so some might want to get the Kindle or Nook version. And don’t expect to read this one overnight! Tina Sugarman writes from her personal experiences and gives a compelling insight into the world of harness racing. She has been involved with Standardbred horse racing in Ontario for nearly two decades, spending summers on a horse farm nearby Mohawk Raceway, the premier harness racing track in Canada. This novel is available through all major booksellers. by Steven Wolf, for Harnesslink
One of the most amazing harness racing stallions ever with 7,000 mares bred to date, 29 millionaires produced and $234 million in progeny earnings world-wide, Bettor's Delight has nothing left to prove. Click on the link below to see what this stallion has achieved throughout the world because I do not believe any other stallion has even got close. Bettor's Delight is the current leading money winning sire in four countries, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Not just for this year but for the last four years running. Thats unreal and incredible. No other stallion in history has achieved that feat. Enjoy the read on Stallion Sphere here.
Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) was the 3.7/1 upset harness racing winner of the Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile at Vincennes (€240,000 purse, 2200 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.10.4kr for teamster Gabriel Gelormini. Racing barefoot this Sebastian Guarato trainee (bred by Ecurie D) defeated 7/10 favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) and Yoann Lebourgeois. This Philippe Allaire trainee was bred and is owned by Elisabeth Allaire. 6.1/1 Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City), another Allaire trainee, was third for J-Ph Monclin and owner Olivier Henri Thomas. Prix de l'Etoile G1 BOLERO LOVE The excellent Vincennes card also included the €50,000 Prix d’Avallon (2100 meters autostart, 12 European starters) went to 1.11.5kr timed and 11.7/1 odds Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi). Roberto Andreghetti teamed the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee owned by Scuderia Dielle. 22/1 Blue Sky (5f Opium-Loumana Flor) took second for Pierre Levesque (trainer Thomas Levesque) and third was 123/1 Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) with Alexis Garandeau up for breeder/trainer Christian Douillet. Thomas H. Hicks
Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) won today’s Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux for harness racing monte performers at Vincennes racing barefoot. The €105,000 purse event has nine starters. The winner, with David Thomain up for trainer/breeder/owner Paul Viel, was timed in 1.13.1kr and was off at 7.6/1 odds. 6.6/1 Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) was second with Franck Nivard in the irons for Thierry Raffegeau trainer and owner J-Y Roze. 1.7/1 favorite Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Y-A Briand. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrmJ1BlBgpQ Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Moulins la Marche (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) and the 1.15.1kr timed victory went to 4.2/1 Univers de Daidou (8g Jag de Bellouet-L’Absinthe) for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin, also racing shoeless. Ecurie Daidou is the owner and breeder. 32/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur) held second for Conrad Lugauer, the trainer/driver, ahead of 2.4/1 Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) for Gabriel Gelormini and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. The featured Groupe I Prix de Normandie (monte, purse €240,000, 3000 meters, 14 starters) went to an impressive 1.13.7kr timed and 15.9/1 odds Bellissima France (5f Blue Dream-Quanta Rosa Sun). Mathieu Abrivard teamed and trains the winner for Ecurie L.D.M. Abrivard and she too raced barefoot on the Vincennes surface. 13.7/1 Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Franck Leblanc, with third to 16/1 Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Laura d’Etangville) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Gildo Carnesecca. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glKTNA_BsRg Thomas H. Hicks
Finish harness racing driver Janne Räisänen becomes the new European Gentlemen trotting driver champion with a great performance in the event with two wins and two second places in the four races started, beating his rivals with a comfortable difference of 10 points and completing a nice circle for him after winning the World Championship in Finland in 2014. The silver medal goes to Austria for Thomas Royer with 46 points and also two wins in the Championship is going into the podium for first time in his career, followed by the Belgian Sebastian Grisez with 43 points and completing the honour podium of this Gentlemen drivers European Championship. Attached you have the document with the final points table and a photo of the drivers in the podium. FEGAT
After the first day of the 2016 gentlemen European Championship, the former World Champion Jaane Raisanen from Finland leads the competition with 28 points got with a win and a second place in the first two events of the competition, he is followed with 23 points by the Belgian Sebastian Grisez and Danish Degn Flemming. The last stage will be on Sunday 18th at the racetrack of Alkmaar.