Day At The Track

The 2.4/1 Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda As) took the Kincsem Park, Hungary featured Uli DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.6kr and reined by trainer Veljko Mazsity.  The 9.7/1 Villam Ville was second for Goran Zolnaji and third was 8.4/1 Henrik Ibsen AT reined by Csaba Lakatos. A race later Mazsity scored again with 1.7/1 Zolta (4m Naglo-Gazza Jet) timed in 1.17.4kr in the Eugenia DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). Kabala Menes Kft. bred this one. On the undercard the Platan DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw 4.3/1 Atom Szepe (3f Calypso Capar-Rona Szepe) score for Andrea Nagyvary clocked in 1.20.3kr. Imre Fazekas trains this one. Before the wagering card the two year old Balerina R (2f SJs Photo-Campala RAL) scored in a 1.24kr timed qualifienkr with Csaba Lakatos the teamster. The 13th annual Yearling Sale is set for September 28 at Kincsem Park.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

The 25.9/1 outsider Vetige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet-Nerge de Chenu) held firm to win the monte Gr. III Prix Georges Dreux (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, international) at Vincennes, timed in 1.13.1kr over a rain soaked course with jockey Eric Raffin up. J.M. Baudouin trains and owns the now winner of 610,930€. Clegs des Champs (7g Legs du Clos-Prosperine) took second money for David Thomain and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Third was the 25 meter handicapped Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire. Earlier in the week the Prix de Taverny (Gr. III, purse 66,000€, 2700 meters, three year old fillies) went to 1.15.5kr timed Jonah Vredebest (3f Muscle Mass-You’re Vredebest) with Rick Ebbinge up for trainer Jerome Engwerda and owner JFM Westgeest. The victory increased her life earnings to 83,355€. Go Along (3f Ready Cash-Oxana de Chanterne) was second for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and third was Gondole Jenilou (3f Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) for Louis Baudron.Jonah Vredebest On September 24th Vincennes will host two eliminations of the Grand Prix de L’UET and the Gr. III Prix Emile Beziere for five-seven year olds. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 6.8/1 outsider Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied to win today’s Gr. III Grand Prix de la Federation Regionale du Nord (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters autostart, eight starters) held at La Croise Laroche in France. He was clocked in 1.10.8kr. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl to his seventh career victory in 51 starts now for life earnings of 867,815€. The winner exploded past early pocket sitter, 1.6/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski, that had followed 47/1 leader Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) until top of the stretch. Bold Eagle was second beaten two lengths. The 8/10 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) with J-M Bazire aboard was away last before making a halfway point move to the death seat alongside Express Jet. But his effort was futile and he finished a tired fourth with Express Jet fifth for Pierre Vercruysse. Bazire’s stablemate, 18/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) rallied late to be third for Alexandre Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Six Trav Oaks events took place this evening at Solvalla, each raced over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK to each winner.  The fastest leg went to Alaska Kronos (3f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) timed in 1.13.3kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. It was her third career win in seven starts now for 357,500SEK earned. The 6.9/1 winner bested 60/1 Mellby Marissa (3f Maharajah) and 3.1/1 Milady Grace (3f Ready Cash). Recaps of the other five Oaks races are shown below: Race 3 1st Diana Zet (3f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy). 1.13.4kr Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Daniel Reden 2nd – Gina Mearas (3f Cantab Hall) 3rd - 3rd – Osoma (3f Trixton) Fourth win in seven starts. Race 5 1st - Ganga Bae (3f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall), 1.13.6kr Driver: Jorma Kontio Trainer: Stefan Melander at 54/1 2nd – Heavenly May (3f Yarrah Boko) 3rd – Ies Elisabet (3f Super Photo Kosmos) Third win in five career starts for the winner. Race 7 1st - Dontlooseallmoney (3f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier), 1.14.5kr Trainer/Driver: Jim Oscarsson  2nd – Kentin Day (3f Ken Warkentin) 3rd – Strangerinthenight (3f Ready Cash) Race 10 1st - No Limit Queen (3f Trixton-Marta Tilly-Kadabra), 1.14.6kr Trainer/Driver: Bjorn Goop 2nd – Golden Girl DT (3f Pojke Kronos) 3rd – Zolly (3f Zola Boko) Third win in six career outings for the winner. Race 12 1st - Award Kronos (3f Father Patrick-Nordic GoldNovember-Viking Kronos), 1.14.7kr Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Daniel Reden 2nd – Mad Princess (3f Nu Pagadi); 3rd – Greta Sisu (3f Explosive Matter) Winner’s fourth victory in six career starts. The September 29 Kriterium and Oaks finalists are shown below. Startlista Svenskt Travkriterium 2640 meter autostart Häst – Tränare 1) Upset Face – Adrian Kolgjini 2) Marvellous Tooma – Frode Hamre 3) Power – Robert Bergh 4) Ubiquarian Face – Adrian Kolgjini 5) Aetos Kronos – Jerry Riordan 6) Usain Töll – Admir Zukanovic 7) Brother Bill – Timo Nurmos 8) Exodus Brick – Jörgen Westholm 9) Bythebook – Svante Båth 10) Djokovic - Mattias Djuse 11) Criterion – Fredrik Wallin 12) Staro Nashville – Joakim Lövgren Startlista Svenskt TravOaks 2140 meter bilstart Häst – Tränare 1) Ganga Bae - Stefan Melander 2) Diana Zet – Daniel Redén 3) Award Kronos – Daniel Redén 4) No Limit Queen – Björn Goop 5) Alaska Kronos – Daniel Redén 6) Heavenly May – Thomas Lönn 7) Kentin Day – Claes Sjöström 8) Golden Girl D.T. – Mats Rånlund 9) Dontloosallmoney – Jim Oscarsson 10) Mad Princess – Peter Untersteiner 11) Mellby Harissa – Robert Bergh 12) Gina Merans – Johan Untersteiner by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) was an impressive winner of one of the six colt divisions of today’s Swedish Kriterium. Drivver Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Jerry Riordan trainee for Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB to his sixth career victory in 12 starts. Each leg was worth 150,000SEK to the winner and was raced over 2640 meters. Aetos was clocked in 1.13.9kr.  Race 2 1st - Power (3m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici), 1.14kr Driver/rainer: Robert Bergh 2nd – Brother Bill (3g From Above 3rd - Juncio Boko (3m Donato Hanover) His seventh career win in 12 starts for 1,347,500SEK earned Race 4 1st - Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star), 1.13.3kr Trainer/Driver: Adrian Kolgjini  2nd – Usain Toll (3g Googoo Gaagaa) 3rd - Gardner Shaw (3g Ready Cash) Race 6 Bythebook (3g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos), 1.14.2kr Driver: Erik Adielsson Trainer:Svante Bath 2nd – Staro Nashville (3m Sebastian K) 3rd – Gulfstream AM (3m Trixton) His eighth career win in 13 starts now for 2,485,300SEK earned. Race 8 1st - Marvellous Tooma (3m Dream Vacation-Marvellous-Donerail), 1.13.8kr Driver: Uld Ohlsson Trainer:Frode Hamre 2nd – Exodus Brick (3m Make It Happen); 3rd – Guzz Mearas (3m Muscle Mass) Race 9 1st - Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill), 1.14.2kr Driver/Trainer: Adrian Kolgjini  2nd – Djokovic (3g Bold Eagle) 3rd – Gargamel Sisu (3g Classic Photo) His seventh career win in 10 starts for 780,500SEK earned. Race11 1st - Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscle Yankee), 1.13.9kr, Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Jerry Riordan 2nd – Criterion (3m Jacose); 3rd Alien Kronos (3m Infinitif) His sixth win in 12 career starts now for 4,105,050SEK earned. This is a slick gaited classy individual. Trainer Riordan said pre-race that he is getting stronger with each race and warmed up perfectly. He raced perfectly after a stinging first 500 in 1.08.4kr and a first 1000 meters in 1.10.9kr. Kihlstrom rated his down in the middle 1000 and the colt first well in the lane. This Italian-bred is made for championships. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Zanebono (4m Frullino Jet-Carolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe) took Saturday’s harness racing Lucky Luke DIJ at Kincsem Park (purse 600,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap).   Branislav Mukity trains and reined the 1.18.3kr timed winner that was off at 4/1 odds. He was bred by Kabala Menes Kft.1.3/1 Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall) was second with Andor Angyal aboard and 5.3/1 White Lady (5f Toss Out) was third overcoming a 20 meter penalty.   On the undercard was the Nyeretlen Ketevesek (two year olds, 400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) and 2.1/1 Brom Lady (2f Maximus Lindy-Titan Lady-Ata Star L) scored for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz aboard.   Kabala Menes bred this winner as well.   Thomas H. Hicks

September 14, 2019 - Nadal Broline (9g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) took today’s harness racing Delicious US V75 Gold at Bollnas timed in 1.10.6kr to earn 200,000SEK first money (total purse 900,000SEK). Bjorn Goop teamed the winner that now has 24 career victories in 58 starts for 6,915,415SEK in life earnings. He was at 4.08/1 odds in this 1640 meters autostart test and bested 2.8/1 Sorbet reined by Orjan Kihlstrom and 17/1 Disco Volante piloted by C.J. Jepson. Global Trustworth, Makethemark (early pacesetter), Super Zantos and Antonio Tabac followed the winner. On September 8th at Bjerke were the Norsk TravDerby for colts and fillies (four year olds) and the Kriteriet colt and filly races for three years olds. The most impressive winner was Hillary B.R. (4f Muscle Hill-Fiery Chip-Pine Chip) in the filly Derby, as she remained undefeated in 15 starts for life earnings of 3,887,236Nokr earned and timed this day in 1.11.9kr. The distance was 2100 meters autostart with 2,000,000Nokr to the winner. Rebella Matters and Blueridge Star took the next two spots. TIPSTER NORSK TRAVDERBY - HOPPEAVDELING Premiesum:  4 145 000,- - Distanse:  2 100 Startmetode:  Auto     V4-2 Duo Plass Trippel Tvilling Vinner     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Spor Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 2 Hillary B.R. 2 100 2 11,9a Magnus Teien Gundersen 2 000 000,- 11 2 1 Rebella Matters 2 100 1 12,9a Frode Hamre 1 000 000,- 150 3 3 Blueridge Sun 2 100 3 13,0a Geir Vegard Gundersen 560 000,- 254 4 4 Lastsundayinmay 2 100 4 13,0a Erlend Rennesvik 175 000,- 373 5 7 Thankful 2 100 7 13,0a Øystein Tjomsland 250 000,- 382 6 9 Delight Classic 2 100 9 13,0a Kristian Malmin 40 000,- 360 6 12 I.D. Entity 2 100 12 13,0a Tom Erik Solberg 80 000,- 1365 8 5 Wanda Classic 2 100 5 13,1a Dag-Sveinung Dalen 10 000,- 495 9 11 Catherine's Chic 2 100 11 13,2a Svein Ove Wassberg 10 000,- 1117 10 6 Tiffany Yellow 2 100 6 13,6a Adrian Solberg Akselsen 10 000,- 782 11 10 Panama Rags 2 100 10 15,4a r Noralf P. Brækken 5 000,- 508 12 8 Ilenna Bonanza 2 100 8 15,7a g Per Oleg Midtfjeld 5 000,- 760 Hillary B.R. pedigree The colt TravDerby  (four year old males, 2600 meters autostart, 2,000,000Nokr to the winner) went to Max Brady (4m Cantab Hall-Hope Brady-Ganymede) timed in 1.14.5kr. Geir Vegard Gundersen teamed the winner to his seventh life win in 13 starts now for 3,264,000Nokr earned. Eye Of The Tiger and Noble Superb were next to the line. Totalisatorløp 12 08.09.2019 Bjerke Travbane TIPSTER NORSK TRAVDERBY Premiesum:  4 185 000,- - Distanse:  2 600 Startmetode:  Auto     DD-2 V5-5 V75-7 Duo Plass Trippel Tvilling Vinner     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Spor Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 4 Max Brady 2 600 4 14,5a Geir Vegard Gundersen 2 000 000,- 49 2 2 Eye Of The Tiger 2 600 2 14,5a Dag-Sveinung Dalen 1 000 000,- 139 3 1 Noble Superb 2 600 1 14,6a Magnus Teien Gundersen 560 000,- 47 4 3 Stoletheshow 2 600 3 14,6a Ulf Ohlsson 175 000,- 31 5 10 Sam The Man 2 600 10 14,7a Bjørn Goop 250 000,- 82 6 7 Gogo Hall 2 600 7 14,7a Frode Hamre 150 000,- 399 7 6 Cry Wolf 2 600 6 14,7a Vemund Madsen Drolsum 10 000,- 138 8 9 Broad Vision 2 600 9 14,7a Adrian Solberg Akselsen 10 000,- 855 9 11 Strong Case 2 600 11 14,8a g Åsbjørn Tengsareid 10 000,- 564 10 12 Hendrix B.R. 2 600 12 14,9a Lars Anvar Kolle 10 000,- 899 11 5 S.K.'s Mystic Titan 2 600 5 14,9a Tom Erik Solberg 5 000,- 137 12 8 Don Cash 2 600 8 15,0a Jeppe Juel 5 000,- 204 Max Brady Pedigree Three year olds battled in the colt and filly divisions of the Kriteriet (each for 750,000Nokr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart). Custom Colt (3m Offshore Dream-Kentucky Avenue-Viking Kronos) score over his colt rivals timed in 1.14kr with Svein Ove Wassberg the pilot. The one now has six lifetime wins in 14 starts for 1,539,012Nokr earned. Chart and winner’s pedigree follow. FINN-TACK NORSK TRAVKRITERIUM Premiesum:  1 685 000,- - Distanse:  2 100 Startmetode:  Auto     V5-2 V75-4 Duo Plass Trippel Tvilling Vinner     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Spor Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 8 Custom Colt 2 100 8 14,0a g Svein Ove Wassberg 750 000,- 216 2 11 Te Amo Corazon 2 100 11 14,0a Tom Erik Solberg 375 000,- 1100 3 9 Photo Fighter 2 100 9 14,0a Bjørn Duestad 225 000,- 441 4 3 Ivan B.R. 2 100 3 14,1a Geir Vegard Gundersen 150 000,- 33 5 12 Admiral Knick 2 100 12 14,1a Frode Hamre 100 000,- 378 6 6 Chinetti 2 100 6 14,2a Örjan Kihlström 65 000,- 61 7 7 Kvåles Ruin 2 100 7 15,1a Gunnar Austevoll 5 000,- 1012 8 5 Thai Eros 2 100 5 16,7a g Dag-Sveinung Dalen 5 000,- 343 9 10 Gliding Sun 2 100 10 16,9a g Andre H. Stensen 5 000,- 1747 10 1 Easy Winner 2 100 1 19,0a g Eirik Høitomt 5 000,- 332 - 2 Iggy B.R. 2 100 2 dg Magnus Teien Gundersen   21 - 4 Dream Creation 2 100 4 dg Kristian Malmin   154 Custom Colt Pedigree   The filly Kriteriet went to Lady Ann (Credit Winner-Peaceful Way-Angus Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr to record her second career victory in five outings to pick up 750,000Nokr and raise her life earnings to 797,190Nokr. This daughter of the exceptional North American stakes winning Peaceful Way drew off to a four length score. FINN-TACK NORSK TRAVKRITERIUM - HOPPEAVDELING Premiesum:  1 690 000,- - Distanse:  2 100 Startmetode:  Auto     V4-4 Duo Plass Trippel Tvilling Vinner     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Spor Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 6 Lady Ann 2 100 6 14,6a Erlend Rennesvik 750 000,- 147 2 10 Amazing Street 2 100 10 15,0a Åsbjørn Tengsareid 375 000,- 148 3 9 Another Creation 2 100 9 15,0a Kristian Malmin 225 000,- 51 4 1 Catch A Volo 2 100 1 15,1a Vidar Hop 150 000,- 286 5 8 Sassy Girl 2 100 8 15,1a Dag-Sveinung Dalen 100 000,- 193 6 2 Sweet Lins 2 100 2 15,1a Eirik Høitomt 65 000,- 61 7 12 Fast Cash 2 100 12 15,5a Tom Erik Solberg 5 000,- 419 8 7 Beak's Lively 2 100 7 15,7a Örjan Kihlström 5 000,- 369 9 5 Lucky Queen Soa 2 100 5 15,7a Lars Anvar Kolle 5 000,- 113 10 3 H.M. Lovely Comers 2 100 3 16,0a Ole Johan Østre 5 000,- 35 11 11 Ayita 2 100 11 16,0a Kristine Kvasnes 5 000,- 641 - 4 Oh U. Sexylady 2 100 4 dg Alexander Heisholt   61 Lady Ann Pedigree Thomas H. Hicks  

The Paris-Vincennes groupe action today started early with the Gr. III Prix de Montelimar (purse 66,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with victory to 14/1 Gipson Creek (3m Rieussec-Ultifeda) that held strong for a nose score with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Nathalie Godin of Switzerland. The 1.14.7kr timed winner recorded his 10th career victory in 13 starts now for 94,074€ in career earnings. The 1.3/1 favorite Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was a rallying second for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 14/1 Golfe Juan (3m Jam Pridem) was third for Joann Lebourgeois. The monte specialists were next, competing in the Prix Ceneri Forcinal (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, monte, distance 2175 meters, nine starters). The 7/10 favorite Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) prevailed timed in 1.10.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato. This Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin owned mare recorded her 10th career win in 15 starts and raised her life earnings to 369,050€. The 7/2 odds Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 7.6/1 Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Woos-Avenue Victoria) was third with Mathieu Abrivard up. Yves Boireau trains this one for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 60/1 Flora de Janeiro and 17/1 Flacca de Blary secured the fourth and fifth checks. Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix d’Avallon (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters). The winner was 3.6/1 Vipera Killer Gar (5f Varenne-Uakland) with a front end victory reined by Eric Raffin. The legendary Anders Lindqvist trains the winner for Scuderia Fioredigio and the time was a sharp 1.10kr (fractions 1.07.7kr at the 1500; 1.08.8kr at the 1000 and 1.09.8kr with 500 meters remaining). The 19/1 Ugolinast (6f Civil Action-Gast) was second for trainer/driver Santo Mollo of Italy. 78/1 Helena du Quattro (5f Un Mec d’Heripre), 28/1 Dynastie Grammont (6f Obrillant) and 99/1 Dream Lane completed the top five and caused an exact order Q+ payoff of 73,125.20 to ten winning ticketholders. The Quinte pool was 4,525,794€ and over 9.01€ million was wagered on the race. The 21/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) took the Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters three to five year olds) clocked in a quick 1.10.2kr (fractions 1.10.3kr at the 1500; 1.09.8kr with 1000 meters remainingl 1.11kr at 500 to go). Philippe Allaire trains the now eight time winner in 26 starts for life earnings of 395,790€. Eciurie des Charmes owns the winner that defeated 6.7/1 Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) reined by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 57/1 Estola (5f Nectar-Nika) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Rualt and owner Ecurie Comte de Montesson. The 25/1 Excellent (5m Real du Lou) was placed fourth with Alexandre Abrivard up, on the dq of 2.1/1 Good Boy Ligneries. Favorite Fligny, Epic Julry and Elite du Ruel were placed fifth through seventh. The Gr. I Prix de Normandie (purse 200,000€, monte, 3000 meters, 12 starters all five year olds) was a superb race between four excellent five year old trotteurs. At the end it was 8.6/1 Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse-Reinette du Tijas) prevailing on the line with jockey Adrien Lamy at the controls for owner/trainer Charles Dreux. It was only her fifth score in 31 career starts now for 390,670€ earned. Race time was 1.13.5kr off even fractions. The 16/1 Evening Star (5f Magnificent Rodney-Pay The Bill) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer Gregory Thorel. 3.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer J.P. Mary. Fourth at the line was Exotica de Retz that was an inquiry dq that moved 45/1 Excessive Well (5f Gobernator) and 45/1 Estabane Sacha (5f Gazouillis) to placed fourth and fifth. Early leaders Eye of the Storm went offstride in the final bend and was dq’d. Late in the program was the Prix de Moulins La Marche (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with a field of veteran performers on stage. The 3/5 favorite Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. It was her third straight victory and her 21st lifetime in 49 outings now for 438,150€ earned. Race time was 1.13.2kr. The 16/1 Balando (8m Nijinski Blue) rallied for second with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Alphone Vanberghen. Third was 5.3/1 Baladin Hongrois with Arnaud Desmottes aboard. Bazire returned a race latter to win as catch driver with 9/2 Flower by Magalou (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) clocked in 1.14.4kr in the 33,000€ purse Prix de Vimoutiers. Two good Vincennes weekends are upcoming with activities for the entire family by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cable Wise AS (3/14/18 male. Bold Eagle-Gabby’s Dream-Dream Vacation) led the September 9-10 ITS Yearling Sale bringing 175,000€ from Scuderia Bivans.   Bivans also bought the 145,000€ priced Cash Wind (m, Ready Cash), the second among sale toppers.   Overall there were 199 lots offered for sale with 159 selling (79.4%) for 5,441,000€, an average of 34,437€.   The offspring by Muscle Hill, Ready Cash, Bold Eagle and Readly Express were the sire sale leaders based on median.          by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Jerry Riordan trained and C.J. Jepson trained Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) took the Stoeliten (purse 23,997€, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla this day clocked in 1.11.4kr. She recorded her 26th career victory in 95 appearances and increased her life earnings to 5,590,458SEK.. Off at 5.2/1 odds Shadow Gar bested 1.7/1 favorite Dear Friend (6f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline) teamed by Erik Adielsson for trainer Johan Untersteiner and 20.6/1 Global Upper Style (5f SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine) with Peter Untersteiner aboard.  In other news it was reported that Jerry Riordan’s superb trainee Lisa America (f, Varenne-Zagabria Dei) has been sold in the Lutfi Kolgjini breeding stock dispersal to SRF Stable. This mare was bred and owned during her racing career by the late Lou Guida, and she competed at the highest level winning the Oslo Grand Prix, Aby Stora Pris and Sundsvall Open. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Marcel Bousseau (purse 36,000€, 2775 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) at Hippodrome Les Sables d’Olonne went to the 9/10 harness racing favorite Ghazi Br (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip). Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner clocked in 1.14.2kr over the stated distance to his second win in France. The Norwegian owned trotteur now has career earnings of 194,734€. The 25-meter handicapped and 2.1/1 second choice Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) raced superbly and was second beaten three lengths with owner Jean Pierre Dubois up for trained Yves Boireau. The 15/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Tinamo Jet (7m Naglo-Iitvania Jet) took third for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc. On September 9 at Vincennes the emerging mare Fleche du Vucca (4f Prodigious-Vincenza) scored again timed in 1.15.1kr with Jean Philippe Dubois aboard. She won for the sixth time in her last eight starts and now sports eight career victories in 15 appearances. Philippe Moulin trains her for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and the latest win raised her career earnings to 82,420€. The race was the Prix d’Asnieres (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and the winner was the 1.1/1 favorite. The 6.6/1 Fidele du Goutier (4g Prodigious-Salima du Goutier) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 5.9/1 Fine Colline (4f Village Mystic-Pretty Colline) took third for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, N.Y. - Junior Guelpa has traveled New York City in the past, but his next trip to the Big Apple will be nothing like his previous visits. The French trainer and driver will bring trotting mare Bahia Quesnot across the Atlantic to compete in the Yonkers International Trot. The $1 million stakes, slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, will be Guelpa’s first time competing in the United States. “I want to see the Statue of Liberty again,” Guelpa said with a laugh last Saturday (Sept. 7) at Hippodrome de Vincennes. “No, seriously, it's a privilege to be able to participate in such a big race in the United States. “I have never had a chance to drive there and I do not know Yonkers, but I went to the United States and to New York City on holidays, to take some rest,” Guelpa continued. “There, it will not be the same. But I can't wait.” Guelpa’s excitement about the trip ahead was bolstered by Bahia Quesnot’s second-place finish in the Group 2 European Trotting Masters Series Final. Guelpa sent the 8-year-old straight to the lead at the start of the 2,700-meter stakes, beating Bold Eagle and Queer Fish to the top as the field exited the chute and joined the big track at the Paris racecourse. Racing into the stretch the first time, Bold Eagle and Björn Goop glided up on the outside and took the lead, crossing over to the pylons in front of Bahia Quesnot. However, Mindyourvalue W.F. and Bel Avis ranged up on the outside and peeled away in a speed duel. Soon, Bahia Quesnot found herself four back along the pylons and pinned in. Racing up the backstretch, Bahia Quesnot kept her nose pressed to Goop’s helmet and raced just to Propulsion’s inside. When the Swedish star tipped three-wide nearing the final turn, Guelpa yanked on the right line and slid out, looking to keep Bold Eagle jailed. However, as Queer Fish back peddled on the rim, Guelpa dove back to the pylons. With Queer Fish fading, Bold Eagle slid out and Bahia Quesnot followed the champion’s move. Guelpa angled Bahia Quesnot four-wide into the lane outside of Propulsion and for the first time in the race, the driver became animated. He leaned forward in the bike, prodding and swiping at his mare with the whip in his right hand and hitting the sulky shaft. While rival Cleangame made a break in the final 200 meters, Propulsion inherited the lead, but Bahia Quesnot kept coming as her driver kept asking. Although Propulsion’s nose hit the finish first, Bahia Quesnot was just a head behind. She trotted out past the post well ahead of the field. “Fantastic,” Guelpa exclaimed after the race. “Once again, she was great. She was the fastest horse in the race over three sections so it's fantastic. She recovered so easily too. I turned around after the post, I went back to the clubhouse and by the time she headed to the stables, she was breathing normally. She’s amazing.” By multiple Group 1 winner Scipion du Goutier out of the Install mare Queen Ines, Bahia Quesnot was bred by Alain Léon Lefebvre and is owned by Tahar Ait-Hamouda. Bahia Quesnot began her career in Cédric Herserant’s stable, winning six races including the Group 3 Grand National du Trot in 2016. However, after a 35-race losing streak, the mare found her way to Guelpa. “I had befriended her owner during a trip to Norway, where we each had a horse to run. We met there and got along pretty well,” Guelpa said. “A few years later, the mare needed a change of scenery. That's when she was sent to me.” Bahia Quesnot made her first start for Guelpa in the Group 3 Grand Prix de Noel at Cagnes-sur-Mer December 23, 2018. She won at first asking with her new conditioner in the sulky. “I knew she was already very good because she had achieved great performances. At work, she quickly became very good too,” Guelpa said. “She won straight out at Cagnes-sur-Mer. She’s not that good in the winter, but I was lucky that she’s still improving. “She has got her ways; she is a lady you know,” Guelpa said. “But she is kind and endearing. The people who care for her are in love with her. My sister Paola and Christophe Ceccareli take care of her on a daily basis.” Although Bahia Quesnot finished ninth second time out for Guelpa in the Prix Ourasi at Cagnes-sur-Mer January 3, Guelpa entered the mare back in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Belgique at Vincennes 10 days later. She finished second in the “B” race, punching her ticket to the Grand Prix d’Amérique in the process. Bahia Quesnot finished 10th in France’s biggest trotting race and after thirds in Group 1 company in the Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin and Olympiatravet and a win in a Gold Division leg this spring, took a shot in the Elitloppet. Although she finished sixth in her Elitloppet elimination and didn’t advance to the final, Guelpa, who has 239 training victories since launching his career in 2012, was thankful to compete on such big stages. “It is fantastic to already have a horse of her class in your stable for a little trainer like me,” he said. “It's a privilege. She has allowed me to take part in the most beautiful races.” Since the Elitloppet, Bahia Quesnot has been the runner up in five grouped stakes: the Oslo Grand Prix, the Grand Prix de la Ville de Cagnes-sur-Mer, the Prix Maharajah, the Grand Prix du Département des Alpes-Maritimes, and the European Trotting Masters Final. Although her earnings swelled to 878,346€ from 84 starts, making her the richest horse Guelpa has trained, the defeats can be disappointing. “It's frustrating, that's for sure. But you know, the most important thing is that she continues to progress and repeat her best form,” Guelpa said. “I would prefer to be second six times rather than win once and not see her again. Sometimes, she didn’t miss by much, like the last time in Vincennes.” Guelpa will bring Bahia Quesnot to New York to represent France in the World Cup of trotting, the 10-furlong Yonkers International Trot. After she endured long land-based travel across Europe, Guelpa is confident about the trans-Atlantic flight. He is also confident about Bahia Quesnot adapting to the half-mile track at Yonkers based on her performance on the five-eighths ovals in Sweden. “The trip does not worry me because it will take less time to go to the United States than to go to Sweden. To race in Scandinavia, she had to stand 26 hours in a truck,” Guelpa said. “(The half-mile track) will not be a problem because she has shown that she is able to cope in Sweden. In addition, (the race) will be over a mile-and-a-quarter, so it will be perfect for her.” Once extended an official invitation by the race office, Bahia Quesnot will join defending Yonkers International Trot winner and Swedish representative Cruzado Dela Noche and Hambletonian winner Atlanta, who will race for the United States, as confirmed starters for the storied stakes. The remaining invitees will be announced over the coming weeks. Both Atlanta and Bahia Quesnot will vie to become the ninth mare to win the International. Bahia Quesnot looks to join 13 previous French winners of the International. “It's a great opportunity, a challenge and a reward,” Guelpa said. “There are many ways to look at things, but one thing is certain: it's fantastic, especially since I just settled with my horses on the training center of Grosbois to try to improve my career again and this race could also help me to reach new heights.” The $1 million Yonkers International Trot is slated for Saturday, October 12 at Yonkers Raceway. The card will also feature a pair of $250,000 invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot and Dan Rooney Pace. For more information on the event and its participants, click here. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Win streaks make remembering forever sports and sports hero. Even young people today recall Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting spreak in baseball. Well, Spain’s harness racing trotting champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) kept his streak alive this day at 53, defeating 12 rivals from post 10 in the Premi XVII Ciutat de Mao (2280 meters autostart, purse 300€) at the Hipodromo Municipal de Mao in Menacor. It was a battle as Trebol with J.P. Carraras aboard started from the outside second tier on the narrow half mile track and it took nearly a lap for him to reach the front, much of that raced three wide. Once on the lead pilot Carreras slowed the pace until challengers emerged with a lap to go. Then the race was on amd Trebol accelerated and scored in 1.20.4kr over Caviar d’Occanges and Appo de Parne. With the victory, the Cuadro sa Farola owned veteran won for the 53rd straight time since returning from France in 2017 and he has 85 victories in a 145 race career. Trebol’s career earnings are now 687,366€ and he sports a speed mark of 1.11kr taken at Paris-Vincennes. He has 17 victories this year and a 1.14.8kr fastest win time. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

September 7, 2019 - The grand harness racing veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride-Keystone Sheena) won today’s PR Campianato Europa at Cesena’s 800 meter track. This race is contested in two heats with reversed post positions (each for a purse of 11,000€ over 1660 meters autostart) and a match race finale if needed for 132,000€ purse raced over the same distance. The Finale saw Arazi Boko victorious timed in 1.11.1kr reined by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in wire to wire fashion. He won the second heat and in the raceoff bested the other heat winner, Cokstile (6m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) teamed with Antonio DiNardo. The race replay of the Finale can be seen by clicking here. The heats were also superb with Cokstile taking the first timed in 1.12kr for his 14th career score in 39 outings. He bested Urgano Trebi’ (6m Nad Al Sheba - Istria Bi-Toss Out-Traffic Jam) and pilot Roberto Vecchione and third finishing Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe). The second heat went to 1.12kr timed Arazi Boko over Vernissage Grif and Uragano Trebi’. The race format, found in some European classic events, is an exciting alternative. Thomas H. Hicks

September 7, 2019 - Today’s harness racing V75 Gold Silverornen Stora Group (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the Emelia Leo reined and Oscar Berglund conditioned Shocking Superman (6m Orlando Vici-Bernedette’s Cat-Pine Chip). The winner, off at 6.4/1 odds, was timed in 1.10.7kr to record his fifth victory in 25 starts now for 1,926,988SEK earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 71.8/1 outsider Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) with Ulf Eriksson up and Apollon de Kacy was fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

The annual Arqana Trot Yearling Sale at Deauville has been completed with good results. There were 328 lots sold at an average 25,077€ with gross proceeds in excess of 8.2€ million. There were five lots sold for over 100,000€ led by sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle, Carat Williams and Bird Parker. Catalog pages of the two sale toppers are attached. The third sale session featured yearlings sired by first and second crop stallions. 120 lots sold in session three for an average of 38,658€ (gross sales 4,639,000€). Offspring of Charly du Noyer and Cristal Money averaged 42,000€ and 33,500€respectively. 15 lots by Carat Williams sold for an average of 38,000€ led by hip 416, Iceman du Klau and the offspring by Django Riff and Dollar Macker were well sold. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink