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Tsunami Diamant wins €251,408 Germany Derby

09:13 AM 08 Aug 2017 NZST
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Tsunami Diamant (the winner on the far side) Classic Connection and Dubois on the inside
Tsunami Diamant (the winner on the far side)
Berlin Mariendorf Photos
Classic Connection and Dubois on the inside
Berlin Mariendorf Photos

August 6, 2017 - Tsunami Diamant (3m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) rallied wide in the final bend for Robin Bakker and continued wide to the line as the Paul Hagoort trainee nosed out pacesetter Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna) reined by Christoffer Eriksson for harness racing trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Race time was 1.12.6kr over the 1900 meter autostart course that drew 12 starters aiming for the €251,408 purse of the 122nd edition of the Deutsches Traber-Derby. The winner earned €120,704. Ganyboy (3m Ganymede-Leibzig) was third for Thorsten Tietz. Mister Ed Haldia (3m Conway Hall-Lady Heldia) took fourth for Bjorn Goop.

The outstanding Berlin Mariendorf program included the Super Trot Cup 2017 (purse €60,000, 2500 meters autostart, 12 starters) and Lighten Up Today (7g Love You-Celebrate Light) scored for Michael Nimczyk clocked in 1.16kr. This winner recorded his fifth victory in the last six outings. Amazing Dynamite (5m Great Challenger-Kibo Dynamite) was second for Ken Ecce ahead of Springfield reined by Christoffer Eriksson.

Two year-olds contested the Breeders Course (purse €40,000, 1900 meters autostart) with Ze Doca (2g Self Possessed-Pandora Degli Dei) winning by three lengths timed in 1.16.2kr. Davide Nuti teamed this one for Italian trainer Holger Ehlert.  Nonas Kiss (2f Muscle Hill-Sparkling) earned second place for trainer/driver Christian Lindhardt, the trainer of yesterday’s Derby Filly winner.

Four-year olds battled in the 2016 Derby Maturity (purse €25,000. 1900 meters autostart, seven male starters). The five-length winner was Orlando Jet (4m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) timed in 1.11.6kr for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Stall Team Neuhof. This classy performer now has four wins in his last six including one at Paris-Vincennes on June 25. Muscle Boy AS (4m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) took second for Gerhard Mayr. Earlier the Filly Maturity drew seven starters going 1900 meters autostart for a €8,000 purse. Gilda Newport scored for trainer/driver Dion Tesselaar clocked in 1.12.8kr. The Ready Cash-Harriet Frido mare Noble Dolly was second for Cees Kamminga, also her trainer.

Mid-program was highlighted by the Trotting Derby Consolation (purse €20,000, 1900 meters autostart) and what a race it was. Jean-Pierre Dubois was a head winner with his owned and bred Classic Connection (3m Love You-Crys Dream-Taurus Dream) timed in 1.12.8kr with a sharp effort. He raced parked to the halfway point and then was on top thereafter. But, a parked out Mac Smily (3m Brioni-Smily) was left just short on the line for legendary Heinz Wewering and trainer Christian Lindhardt. The winner, from a black-type mare that won over US$840,000, recorded his second 2017 win to go with two seconds in a brief career (seven starts). He was unraced at age two. 

Not to be outdone for the highlights, the veteran Banks (8g Abano As-Brisana) took the €15,000 purse Askania Derby Record Mile (1609 meters, ten starters) clocked in 1.11.4kr. Michael Nimczyk was the winning teamster as this team bested Stan Libuda (6g Beissinger Hanover-Etiana) with Dennis Spangeberg up.

The Berlin Classic Yearling Sale took place Saturday night. The sale topper at €360,000 was hip 52; sold to Lennart Agren, who that day won the Hambletonian on a disqualification with the Ake Svanstedt teamed Perfect Spirit. Agren operates in the US as SRF Stable. This winning bid was a European yearling price record and Matchpoint Pellini is a 3/9/16 foaled colt by Bold Eagle from Prada Pelllini by Yankee Glide. The maternal family has produced Habit (US$171,000), Habitat, Habits Lady and the durable Take My Picture.

Thomas H. Hicks

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