Day At The Track

Tonnyo wins 101st Hungarian Trotting Derby

04:36 AM 06 Jul 2015 NZST
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Tonnyo and Lazslo Kolozsi
Tonnyo and Lazslo Kolozsi
Nlkft/Ugeto/Racing Post files/photo

July 4, 2015 - Today’s 101st edition of the Magyar Ugetoderby (purse 10Huf million, 1900 meters autostart) went to 2.2/1 harness racing favorite Tonnyo (3m Incredible Cole-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay) with trainer Lazslo Kolozsi aboard for owner Kulik Farm Kft.

The winner led much of the way and scored by four lengths in 1.16.6kr over fast closing Time To Say Goodbye (3m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) with Lajos Marton driving. 26/1 Tornado Cole (3m Incredible Cole-Baby Yankee-Yankee Class) was another two lengths back finishing third for Pal Vicen.

Incredible Cole, a Meadowlands US $30k claim for export, has become a useful sire after racing in upper classes at Kincsem Park. He’s sired by Incredible Abe from Front Seat by Power Seat, she from the Speedy Somolli daughter Somolli Bay.


The Kincsem Park undercard was a good one, as summarized below, with replays, for the winners and their connections:

Andal DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) – won by Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) for Mitja Slavic in 1.15.4kr. Imre Fazekas is the trainer.

Imre Soos Memorial Handicap (400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) – Rafael Bit (5g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami) the 1.16.9kr winner, Zs. Vereb up for trainer Sandor Varadi and owner BalatanEurotrade Kft.

Daniel Bisbac Memorial (600,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) – Conway Boko (6m Castleton Bass-Waecon Boko-Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal clocked in 1.16.1kr at 2.5/1 odds. Illetmeny Kft and Szilvia Hajnal share ownership.

Arena Plaza Pannonia DIJ (1.8Huf million purse, 1800 meters autostart) – Rocket Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was the winner for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas in 1.16kr at 13.8/1 odds. Pimri Rt and Tamas Bezsonyl share ownership.

Jozsej Sinica Memorial (1.5Huf million purse, 1800 meters autostart) – Rinette Streamline (8f Kashner Hanover-Keys Praise-Prakas) was the gate to wire winner in 1.15.3kr at 4/1 odds for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Drimwind 2001 Kft and Stable Magic Square share ownership. The winner’s dam has a superb pedigree with second dam Keystone Crown, she by Speed Bowl from Fancy Donut.

The three day Derby Racing, Food and Entertainment Festival was very well attended and attracted a wide ranging family clientele of all ages. Unfortunately the mood was a bit somber with the July 1 death from colic of the “Budapest Bullet” thoroughbred sprinter Overdose. Hungary’s greatest modern-day racehorse, the 10-year-old stallion stood at Gestut Lindenhof in Germany. Purchased for 2,000 guineas at Tattersalls by owner Zoltan Mikoczy, Overdose won throughout Europe during a long winning streak. Injury ended his racing career in 2012.

In that controversial career, Overdose captured what would have been his only Group 1 victory when he romped home to win the 2008 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp. That race was declared void when the stall doors failed to open for another top runner in the race. The race was re-run later that day, but Overdose’s connections did not re-enter him due to his earlier effort. Overdose’s time for the race was faster than the time for the subsequent official race winner. Overdose captured his country’s sporting imagination and attracted global media attention as well.

Thomas H. Hicks


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