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Do we need to have Starting Gate safety checks?

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great new newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Just click here and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. This week’s newsletter contains the following feature stories: Do we need to have safety checks for Starting Gates? – With the accidents this season at Freehold Raceway and now Summerside Racetrack with starting gates is it time for mandatory safety checks? Well Said Pedigree/Review – Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the very good racehorse and stallion Well Said p,3,1:47.4m ($2,690,693). Bitter-Sweet Meadowlands Closing Weekend - It is a bitter-sweet week for harness racing fans world-wide this coming weekend as the Meadowlands features its final weekend of harness racing action for their summer meet. The need for change in NZ Harness Racing Clubs -  With a structure and government that is a relic of a different time and clubs that can only make a change in format once a year at their annual meetings it is time for a change. Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

Orifiamma Jet, harness racing

Orifiamma Jet wins Super Hanover DIJ feature

Orifiamma Jet with trainer Tibor Hajnal aboard rallied late to win Saturday's Kincsem Park feature, the 500,000HUf Super Hanover DIJ, contested over 1960 meters turning start. The six year-old daughter of Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride scored narrowly over Orinoco and the 20 meter distance handicapped Super Arnie mare Vilja Brick. The winner is from the stable of longtime owner Napsugar I. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Jagersro, Sweden, harness racing

Ed You takes Hugo Abergs Memorial on DQ

The hotly contested Gr. I International Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden for 1SEK million first prize, was decided by the judges in favor of Ed You, the seven year-old gelded son of Love You. Robert Bergh is trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB (also owner of Nahar) as Ed You closed on the outside to nip Occhione Jet on the line. Ed You won for the 22nd time in 58 career starts. Actual winner Un Mec d'Heripre, handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy, was disqualified for interference against Magic Tonight and Johan Untersteiner in mid-stretch. The pacesetter was Truculent and Johnny Takter as they parked out veteran Commander Crowe and his teamster Robin Bakker. Un Mec d'Heripre followed the Commander, his Fabrice Souloy trained stablemate, as the veteran eventually put away Truculent at top of stretch and appeared toward a popular victory until flattening out in the final 100 yards. The whole field seized the moment and Un Mec d'Heripre left second on the outer behind the tiring Commander Crowe and moved to the lead scoring easily by a length. Ed You and Occhione Jet flashed up on the outside to be second and third. Judges immediately signaled inquiry and then disqualified Un Mer d'Heripre alleging that he forced out, affecting Magic Tonight . Well regarded Orecchietti make a miscue early and was disqualified. Summary follows for the V75-6 event: Hugo Abergs Memorial Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 1,000,000SEK to winner, 1.10.1kr, winner by disqualification of Un Mec d'Heripre for interference in stretch 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB, 22nd win in 58 for 3,220,685SEK 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop Today was an historical day in European trotting racing. Jägersro (Malma) hosted the initial Breeders Course Final, this with ten three year-old open trotters racing for 550,000SEK first money. The international field included five Italian-breds, three Swedish-bred, one French and one Finnish horses. The contestants are trained in Sweden, Holland, France and Finland, and owned in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Holland and Finland. Winter's Iceman, a three year-old gelded son of Love You, owned in Finland, took the prize for teamster Jorma Kontio timed in 1.11.6kr over the 1609 meter autostart course. Italy's Spartan Kronos ended second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. That son of Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos was a 2013 import from Germany. The Jerry Riordan trained, Orjan Kihlstrom reined, Conway Hall filly Saphire Bi was third for Italian owner Maurizio Cavezzzali with From Dust To Dawn home fourth. Race summary follows: Premio Going Kronos, Final Breeders Course for three year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 550,000SEK to winner (€60,000), 1.11.6kr 1st Winter's Iceman (3g Love You-Catch The Lady-Running Sea), Jorma Kontio up, third career win in 12 starts for 776,501SEK 2nd Spartan Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for Jerry Riordan trainer 4th From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), Johnny Takter Tumble Dust, a son of Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream, wired a solid field to win the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer at Jagersro, defeating heavily favored Corky and Erik Adielsson in making his first start for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Tumble Dust was quick away from post one for Bjorn Goop in this V75-4 event and parked Corky (4m Muscles Yankee) throughout, holding that one safe by a neck in 1.10.5kr over the 1609 meters autostart course. He secured 200,000SEK first money for Stall Tumble Boys and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Tumble Dust is model of consistency as he scored victory five in 21 career starts, with five times second and six thirds, for earnings of 2,264,059SEK. The Conway Hall son Tycoon Conway Hall was third for Steen Juul. Prix Cagnes sur Mer for four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner Fractions: first 500 meters 1.08.9kr; 1.10.7 at 1000 meters, finish 1.10.5kr (1:53.43) 1st Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Bjorn Goop, Tomas Malmqvist trainer, fifth career win in 21 starts for 2,264,059SEK for owner Stall Tumble Boys, career slate now 5-5-6 in those 21 appearances 2nd Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Erik Adielsson, Stig H. Johansson trainer 3rd Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill), Steen Juul up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Kenneth Haugstad, harness racing

Perfect Power scores in Mantorpsloppet Final

Perfect Power took today's Mantorpsloppet Final in Sweden over 1640 meters for 100,000SEK first money. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner that scored in 1.105kr to defeat Henke Diablo with Jorma Kontio up. The winner is a five year-old gelded son of Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos owned by Deseks AB, and the victory was his sixth lifetime in 35 starts. He finished second in his elimination this day. Also at Mantorp, Namale Kronos (7g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) scored over Perfect Power in an Mantorpsloppet elimination, timed in 1.11.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for owner Stall Courant AB and reinsman Johan Untersteiner, as he won for the 17th time in 37 career starts. Namale Kronos was seventh in the final. US-winners today included, also at Mantorp, Roses Glory (3f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. She won for the third time in six starts and earned 35,000SEK. Dakota Chip (4m Donato Hanover-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip) earned 30,000SEK as he won in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for Thomas Dalborg. Owned by Pepper AB the winner now has six victories in 17 starts. Covington As (8g Like A Prayer-Nilema Fine-Nevele Pride) scored in 1.13.9kr for Jorma Kontio to earn 30,000SEK as he recorded victory 19 in 36 starts for career earnings of 1,799,950SEK. He was unraced in 2013. Matchmaker As (5m Chocolatier-Raging Goal-Armbro Goal) also won at Mantorp in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters, turning start, with first money 20,000SEK. He won for the third time in six career starts for trainer/driver Goran Jansson. At Rattvik, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) won in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters turning start. The win was his third in six appearances for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Veteran Mack Grace SM and teamster Roberto Andreghetti won tonight’s co-featured Gran Premio Due Marie at Taranto, Italy for a €45,100 purse event over 1600 meters autostart. The son of CC’s Chuckie T scored easily in 1.11.8kr over Louvre and reinsman Federico Esposito. Andreghetti remarked post-race that he had lost count of the number of Gran Prix events Mack Grace SM had won in his storied career. On the same card the companion event for four-year-olds (Gran Premio Citt di Taranto, €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) also went to Andreghetti aboard Ribot Ek in a sharp 1.11.3kr, a new record for the course. The winner defeated Radiofreccia FI with Esposito up. Ribot Ek is a four year son of Varenne from Gianna di Jesolo by Diamond Way. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Sweden’s Vincennes rallied to win today’s Gr. III €82,000 Prix Dominique Savary for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. The Ecurie Commander owned, Fabrice Souloy trained, six year-old daughter of Spotlite Lobell-Lina Trot-Firm Tribute covered the 2150 meter autostart course in 1.12.7kr, storming home after the field reached the 500 meters to go mark in 1.14.2kr. The win in this co-feature at Enghien-Soisy, France was her 13th for career earnings of €482,681. The winner was off at 24/1. She defeated Olmo Holz and Christophe Martens that was well-placed throughout. Favored Voltigeur de Myrt ended third for Eric Raffin. Well-regarded Beckman was disqualified for a miscue and Oibambam Effe ended ninth. At Bollnas (SWE) the V75 Gold went to Standout, a five year-old son of Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador trained by Stefan Melander and reined today by Orjan Kihlstrom. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first money that raised his career earnings to almost 2.4SEK million. Kadett CD (by Scarlet Knight) ended second for Robert Bergh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Athos des Elfes crushed a solid four year-old group in today’s Gr. III Prix du Milan at Enghien-Soisy. Twelve contested the €85,000 European event over 2150 meters autostart and Jean-Pierre Dubois made the pace from post one with his Tast of Bourbon. The Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon miss took the field through solid fractions (1.11kr at 1000; 1.10.7 kr at 500) before yielding to favored (odds 7/10) Robert Bi with Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Paul Hagoort. However, the field closed in and the most powerful finisher was Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) handled by trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute who recorded his 600th driving win, as the pair scored in 1.11.3kr at odds of 3.3/1. The winner secured his sixth career win, now for €229,530.  Alizea du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kaldida Jet) was second for trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard at 32/1. Italian outsider Ruty Grif (4m Varenne-Courer By Pass) was third at 97/1 for Anthony Barrier, teaming for trainer Marco Smorgon. Two other Italians were next across the line with fourth to aforementioned Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and fifth to Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici) for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Well respected Akim du Cap Vert finished sixth, Tast Of Bourbon faded to eighth and Rod Stewart was unplaced. The winner’s dam, Lazio du Bourg (Tadzio de la Motte-Fee de Marancourt-Tarass Boulba), was a classic winner of US$1,287,917 and a record of 1:55.1 as she won the Criterium des Ans and was second in the Criterium Continental. Tarass Boulba is a son of Speedy Somolli and he sired the dam (Enfilde) of Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Athos des Elfes pedigree is 65% French trotteur and 35% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

 Three-year-old pacing fillies lined up in five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack, and it was a host of fillies who had yet to taste Ontario Sires Stakes success in 2014 emerging with victories. Mea Lilley Mark (Mike Saftic), who hadn’t been to the winner’s circle since last November, was the fastest winner, turning in a 1:52 spin of the seven-eighths mile oval in the Grassroots finale. After a first-over trip in the final three-eighths of the mile, Mea Lilley Mark wore down leader and favourite Artful Impulse (Steve Condren) to post the victory by half a length. An Angel Shes Not (Paul MacDonell) finished third. Sue Marie Gangell trains the victorious Whosurboy filly for owner/breeder Kimberly Mark of Simcoe, Ont. Mea Lilley Mark is a two-time winner from 21 career starts and she has earned $39,368. Driver Chris Christoforou scored a pair of off-the-pace wins, guiding Dana Dearest to a 1:53 triumph in the first Grassroots test and then overcoming post 10 to get a 1:54.4 tally with Shadows Wonder in the fourth split. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, was making her first start in the Casie Coleman stable for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ont. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going five-for-nine. She has a career bankroll of $48,148. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph, Ont. also bred and co-owns Shadows Wonder, a filly by Shadow Play, with partners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, N.B. and Hockey Hall of Famer Serge Savard of Saint-Bruno, Que. Shadows Wonder, who won last year’s Grassroots Championship for two-year-old pacing fillies and this year’s Kin Pace at Clinton Raceway, picked up her sixth career win and she has now put away $107,020.   Murrayfield (James MacDonald) and Badlyinclined (Jack Moiseyev) were the other winners, and both of them stopped the clock in 1:53. Murrayfield, who was positioned eighth at the half and sixth at three-quarters, rallied through the lane and got up in the final stride to nail leader Alibi Seelster (MacDonell) to win by a neck while Badlyinclined led through panels of :27, :55.3, and 1:24 on her way to a half-length decision over Nefertiti Bluechip (Jody Jamieson). Ben Wallace trains Murrayfield, a Jeremes Jet filly, for owner Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont. She has seven wins from 15 career tries and she has now pocketed $78,964. John Kopas handles the training of Badlyinclined, a daughter of Badlands Hanover, for co-owner/breeder Big Als Stables Inc. of Woodbridge, Ont., Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Ont., and LLK Stable of Mississauga, Ont. She has won four times from 19 attempts in her racing career and she has banked $98,994. Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series action for three-year-old pacing fillies will take place next on August 3 at Clinton Raceway.   From the Ontario Sire Stakes

2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won for the 28th time in his career for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Nahar scored today at Solanget in 1.13.6kr over 2650 meters autostart for a 40,000SEK award to the winner. This latest comeback effort followed two disappointing appearances earlier in the month. Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern-Atas Nice Sun L-Spotlite Lobell) was second for reinsman/trainer Henrik Svensson. Nahar's victory increased his lifetime earnings to 10,250,098SEK for owner Stall Sedin HB (NHL professional hockey stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin). Also in Sweden today there were two interesting winners. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) scored at Aby in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart. Trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the winner to her second 2014 victory in seven starts, this one that the winner earned 30,000SEK. Also at Aby, Italy's Overtaker by Sib (6g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) won for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner to earn 25,000SEK. The winner was timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, as he recorded victory 15 in 47 starts for life earnings of 1,249,700SEK. He narrowly scored over Ted Blagul reined by Bjorn Goop with US-bred Call Me Hanover home third for Andre Eklundh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini's trained and reined Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole) won today's Gr. II International Fyraaringstest at Eskilstuna, earning 300,000SEK first money for owners Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and St. Behall AB. The winner recorded his sixth 2014 victory in nine starts and he has earned 702,000SEK lifetime with eight career wins. He scored in a close battle timed in 1.12.9kr over 2640 meters autostart, defeating Screen Height (4m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) trained and driven by Stefan Melander and Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) teamed by Erik Adielsson. US-bred Kincannon Hanover and Dewey Luvs Britt finished sixth and eighth. Other winners of interest on the Eskilstuna card included Explosive Dust (3m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip) for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in 1.13.2kr over 1640 meters autostart, to earn 50,000SEK; Tom Raider (10g Staro Showbiz-Tamina NR-Tamin Sandy) for Daniel Olsson in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart to also earn 50,000SEK, and increase his career earnings to 2,208,778SEK with this 17th lifetime win. He narrowly defeated Orjan Kilhlstrom with Disco AE and other fast class aged performers Global Investment and BWL Champion; and Pamona US (4f Credit Winner-Athena-Malabar Man) with Micael Lindblom aboard in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 20,000SEK, her fourth 2014 win in eight starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lambert SAS (9m Diamond Way-Agena LB-Indro Park) won his sixth straight race (three in Budapest) on Saturday in the Kincsem Park featured Konta Dezso Memorial over 1900 meters autostart for a purse of 750,000HUf. The veteran trotter was teamed by trainer Joze Sagaj for owner Alfred Hossmann II (SLO), and he scored in 1.14.6kr as the 3/2 odds pacesetter. The victory increased the winners' earnings to over US$93,000. Principessa Ovi (5f Love You-Goldy LB) was a solid second for trainer/driver Mitja Slavic with Rose's La Nena (7f Pearsall Hanover-O'Hill's Rose) home third for trainer/driver Ire Dome. Nine aged trotters contested this event. Earlier on the card HU Derby (August 3rd) hopeful San Francisco (3m Medic Hanover-Kentucky Girl-LV Glory Bound) was victorious over 1900 meters autostart in 1.18.9kr. He was an easy three-length winner at 19/1 for trainer/driver F. Nagy II. Sire Medic Hanover is a son of Meadow Road from Melon Hanover. A solid group of HU-bred three year-old open trotters are primed to contest the Hungarian Trotting Derby onSunday August 3 at Kincsem Park. Of the top 20 contestants, nine are sired by Valley Victory’s full-brother Wall Street Banker (Baltic Speed-Valley Victoria-Bonefish) whose progeny also represent five of the top six based on speed, three of which were bred by legendary commercial breeder Kabala Menes Kft. Medic Hanover (by Meadow  Road) and Sholty Boko (by Spotlite Lobell) are sires of two each of the top 20, while those with one possible starter include Oncoming Hush (Sierra Kosmos), Incredible Cole (Incredible Abe) and What A Man (Conway Hall). The aforementioned top six are listed below (name, color/sex, sire/dam, breeder, kr time) Szerelmes R. pm (bay, male) Wall Street Banker Virágos Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.16,2 Salihamidzic pm Wall Street Banker Helikon AMMA Kft, Budapest 1.16,5 Speedy Boy pm Wall Street Banker Vas Lady Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.16,6 Shergar pm Wall Street Banker Jungfrau AMMA Kft, Budapest 1.16,8 Szacharin pk (bay female) Vanito Inzulin Kulik Ferenc, Orosháza 1.16,9 Sikerdíj pm Wall Street Banker Juss Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.17,0 Sport TV will carry the festivities that annually bring out a large and enthusiastic on-track audience. In a related matter, on July 18 the HU version of the FR Quinte+ produced a large winning ticket worth US$45,900. It was reportedly the second winner of over 10 million HUf since the bet began five months ago and it occurred on a simulcast race from Cabourg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Turf Trophy trotting action continued this weekend in France with three races at Royan La Palmyre and three at La Gacilly. Royan La Palmyre carded three races, one each for apprentice, amateur and the professional drivers, for excellent purses on the grass courses. The Royan venue is one of 14 stops (this the ninth) on the Trophee Vert circuit with five more to follow. The equine participants must be five to ten years old and non-winners of €550,000. The circuits purses to be allocated total €665,000, with €67,000 this day on the three races. The Royan featured Grand Prix M.M.A. Royan (3075 meters, €45,000 purse) saw Matthew Abrivardwin with Tiburce de Brion, to defeat Souveraine D’aimte and teamster Eric Audebert.  Eighteen starters contested this ninth stage of the Trophée Vert at  Royan-Palmyra and they provided a great show.Tiburce de Brion (1 - Matthew Abrivard) was the first to take the lead and then settled in the pocket, ultimately trapped in the second half of the pack. Thereafter, Rionero (11 - Alain Laurent) led beforerelinquishing to make way for, among others, Trophy Jaba (13 - Jean-Michel Bazire) installed as the favorite. The latter weakened and alongside ranged Sablon Cesny (2 - Loïc Desire Abrivard). Behind them, assaults were launched, starting with Sovereign d’Aimte (9 - Eric Audebert).  Tiburce de Brion finally escaped traffic and, with Matthew Abrivard, won outright. This seven year-old gelded son of Ganymede is a lion on the grass, having been eight times in the top four on that surface.  He earnedfifteen points as the winner of this leg, and provided driver/trainer Abrivard a double after he won the third race on the card. Wagering on the three Royan featured turf trotting events was brisk with €271,630 wagered to win only. July 20, 2014 - Royan La Palmyre, Gran Prix MMA Royan, €45,000, 3075 meters, 18 starters, 1.20.2kr, win pool €111,948 1st Tiburce de Brion (7g Ganymede-Macapu du Vivier-Capriccio), Matthieu Abrivard driver/trainer, 4.6/1, 10th career win for €193,090 2nd Souveraine d’Aimte (8f Chef du Chatelot-En Finale), Eric Audebert, 29.5/1, 25 meter handicap Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i896JCQeQrM&list=UU3SoX3-qGjCpEZ6YMEBLNbA Schedule of remaining legs of the turf series is shown below. Separately, La Gacilly carded three turf trots with purses totaling €81,000. Win wagering only on these events totaled €148,345. The featured €36,000 purse Prix Yves Roches-La Gacilly went to Tenor du Moustoir and teamster Arnaud Leduc. The seven year-old gelded son of Kenor du Cosse scored in 1.17.2kr over 2100 meters to defeat 17 rivals. Off at 15.4/1 the winner recorded career victory seven for earnings now at €181,940. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Saturday’s €45,100 purse Gran Premio Terme di Montecatini (three year-olds) in Italy went to Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei aboard. The Holger Ehlert trainee is a son of Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo and bred by Scuderia Branchini. Domino Stables owns this winner. After an early speed battle with Superbo Capar (Calypso Capar-Dark Degli Ulivi-Indro Park), Bellei gained command and rated the pace carefully. The winning team ended the affair swiftly, scoring in a race record 1.13.8kr over the 2040 meter distance. Superbo Capar (handled by G. Lombardo Jr.) held second with Santiago D’Ete (Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) a distant third for Roberto Andreghetti. The winner recorded his sixth career victory in 13 starts for life earnings of €76,725. Skyline Dany, Sogno d’Amore and Shiraz Roc went off-stride early and were disqualified. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The July 29th edition of the Hugo Abergs Memorial is set and includes prior multiple winner Commander Crowe and  rivals Magic Tonight (bred by Canadians Libfeld and Katz), Un Mer d'Heripre and Oasis Bi. This famous international event, contested over 1609 meters, started in 1970, has a rich history with many US-bred winners including Peace Corps (a two-time winner), Sea Cove, Kosar, Mack Lobell, Pershing, Citation and others. Two-time winners, in addition to those noted above, include Lavec Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. With good weather they expect a competitive and fast race over the 1000 meter course at Jagersro (Malmo, SWE) as the combatants seek the winners' share of the 1.75SEK million purse in this Gr. I International test. Horse-Trainer (Driver) Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini (also driver) Truculent - Lars I Nilsson (Johnny Takter) Orecchietti - Stefan Hultman (Örjan Kihlström) Magic Tonight - Roger Walmann (Johan Untersteiner) Un Mec d’Heripre - Fabrice Souloy (Franck Nivard) Commander Crowe - Fabrice Souloy (Robin Bakker) Ed You - Robert Bergh (also driver) Oasis Bi - Stefan P Pettersson (Björn Goop) Occhione Jet - Stig H Johansson (Erik Adielsson) Mr Picolit - Raoul Engblom (Torbjörn Jansson) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

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Orifiamma Jet with trainer Tibor Hajnal aboard rallied late to win Saturday's Kincsem Park feature, the 500,000HUf Super Hanover DIJ, contested over 1960 meters turning start. The six year-old daughter of Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride scored narrowly over Orinoco and the 20 meter distance handicapped Super Arnie mare Vilja Brick. The winner is from the stable of longtime owner Napsugar I. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  
The hotly contested Gr. I International Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden for 1SEK million first prize, was decided by the judges in favor of Ed You, the seven year-old gelded son of Love You. Robert Bergh is trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB (also owner of Nahar) as Ed You closed on the outside to nip Occhione Jet on the line. Ed You won for the 22nd time in 58 career starts. Actual winner Un Mec d'Heripre, handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy, was disqualified for interference against Magic Tonight and Johan Untersteiner in mid-stretch. The pacesetter was Truculent and Johnny Takter as they parked out veteran Commander Crowe and his teamster Robin Bakker. Un Mec d'Heripre followed the Commander, his Fabrice Souloy trained stablemate, as the veteran eventually put away Truculent at top of stretch and appeared toward a popular victory until flattening out in the final 100 yards. The whole field seized the moment and Un Mec d'Heripre left second on the outer behind the tiring Commander Crowe and moved to the lead scoring easily by a length. Ed You and Occhione Jet flashed up on the outside to be second and third. Judges immediately signaled inquiry and then disqualified Un Mer d'Heripre alleging that he forced out, affecting Magic Tonight . Well regarded Orecchietti make a miscue early and was disqualified. Summary follows for the V75-6 event: Hugo Abergs Memorial Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 1,000,000SEK to winner, 1.10.1kr, winner by disqualification of Un Mec d'Heripre for interference in stretch 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB, 22nd win in 58 for 3,220,685SEK 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop Today was an historical day in European trotting racing. Jägersro (Malma) hosted the initial Breeders Course Final, this with ten three year-old open trotters racing for 550,000SEK first money. The international field included five Italian-breds, three Swedish-bred, one French and one Finnish horses. The contestants are trained in Sweden, Holland, France and Finland, and owned in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Holland and Finland. Winter's Iceman, a three year-old gelded son of Love You, owned in Finland, took the prize for teamster Jorma Kontio timed in 1.11.6kr over the 1609 meter autostart course. Italy's Spartan Kronos ended second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. That son of Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos was a 2013 import from Germany. The Jerry Riordan trained, Orjan Kihlstrom reined, Conway Hall filly Saphire Bi was third for Italian owner Maurizio Cavezzzali with From Dust To Dawn home fourth. Race summary follows: Premio Going Kronos, Final Breeders Course for three year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 550,000SEK to winner (€60,000), 1.11.6kr 1st Winter's Iceman (3g Love You-Catch The Lady-Running Sea), Jorma Kontio up, third career win in 12 starts for 776,501SEK 2nd Spartan Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for Jerry Riordan trainer 4th From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), Johnny Takter Tumble Dust, a son of Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream, wired a solid field to win the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer at Jagersro, defeating heavily favored Corky and Erik Adielsson in making his first start for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Tumble Dust was quick away from post one for Bjorn Goop in this V75-4 event and parked Corky (4m Muscles Yankee) throughout, holding that one safe by a neck in 1.10.5kr over the 1609 meters autostart course. He secured 200,000SEK first money for Stall Tumble Boys and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Tumble Dust is model of consistency as he scored victory five in 21 career starts, with five times second and six thirds, for earnings of 2,264,059SEK. The Conway Hall son Tycoon Conway Hall was third for Steen Juul. Prix Cagnes sur Mer for four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner Fractions: first 500 meters 1.08.9kr; 1.10.7 at 1000 meters, finish 1.10.5kr (1:53.43) 1st Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Bjorn Goop, Tomas Malmqvist trainer, fifth career win in 21 starts for 2,264,059SEK for owner Stall Tumble Boys, career slate now 5-5-6 in those 21 appearances 2nd Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Erik Adielsson, Stig H. Johansson trainer 3rd Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill), Steen Juul up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  
Perfect Power took today's Mantorpsloppet Final in Sweden over 1640 meters for 100,000SEK first money. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner that scored in 1.105kr to defeat Henke Diablo with Jorma Kontio up. The winner is a five year-old gelded son of Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos owned by Deseks AB, and the victory was his sixth lifetime in 35 starts. He finished second in his elimination this day. Also at Mantorp, Namale Kronos (7g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) scored over Perfect Power in an Mantorpsloppet elimination, timed in 1.11.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for owner Stall Courant AB and reinsman Johan Untersteiner, as he won for the 17th time in 37 career starts. Namale Kronos was seventh in the final. US-winners today included, also at Mantorp, Roses Glory (3f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. She won for the third time in six starts and earned 35,000SEK. Dakota Chip (4m Donato Hanover-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip) earned 30,000SEK as he won in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for Thomas Dalborg. Owned by Pepper AB the winner now has six victories in 17 starts. Covington As (8g Like A Prayer-Nilema Fine-Nevele Pride) scored in 1.13.9kr for Jorma Kontio to earn 30,000SEK as he recorded victory 19 in 36 starts for career earnings of 1,799,950SEK. He was unraced in 2013. Matchmaker As (5m Chocolatier-Raging Goal-Armbro Goal) also won at Mantorp in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters, turning start, with first money 20,000SEK. He won for the third time in six career starts for trainer/driver Goran Jansson. At Rattvik, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) won in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters turning start. The win was his third in six appearances for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com