Day At The Track

August 26, 2017 - The gallant veteran Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) was parked every step from post seven (by Dante Boko) but inched to the front in mid-stretch for Bjorn Goop to win the Gr. II Grand Prix Departement Alphes-Martimes (purse €180,000, 1609 meters autostart – one mile, 11 starters). This was the Cagnes-sur-Mer featured race and Timoko attracted a huge crowd as he recorded victory 36 in 101 starts now for €5,006,731 in career earnings. Richard Westerink trains and owns Timoko that Paul Van Klavern bred. Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied for second driven by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin. Bocage d’Ortige (6m Mirage de Goutier-Providence D’Ortige) was third for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Dante Boko and Diadora BR were fourth and fifth respectively.  Earlier in the week Timoko was on-hand to meet the racing fans at Cagnes-sur-Mer and promote today’s superb program. http://www.pmu.fr/turf/live-et-replay/?num-reunion=5&num-course=5&date-fr=26082017 Thomas H. Hicks

August 26, 2017 - Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) took today’s 600,000Huf purse Diamond River DIJ at Kincsem Park, raced over 1900 meters autostart, by the weekly open class trotters. Co-owner Gyorgy Horvath teamed the winner for co-owner Pimri and trainer Imre Fazekas. She returned after a two month layoff to record her sixth 2017 victory in nine starts, plus twice second. Race time was 1.17.8kr for the comfortable winning Sultana Jet. Samuel Becket AT (6m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) was second for Andor Angyal. Next weekend is the Food Truck Show Festival (September 1-3) and the USA-HU Amateur Drivers Challenge with raced Friday evening and Saturday. Earlier this week the Kincsem+ big ticket wagering superbet, available at 4500 locations, was won for a record 25.7Huf million. Thomas H. Hicks

August 26, 2017 - Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) raced second over for Wim Paal and then moved swiftly down the middle in the stretch to capture today’s harness racing €179,200 purse Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, Sweden, over the 2140 meters autostart course. Race time was 2:32.15 (1.11.1kr; 1:54.39 mile rate) for the Jerry Riordan trainee, owned by Marco Scarton. Off the 6.4/1 in SWE (16/1 on the PMU) the winner bested 9/1 Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) and Ulf Ohlsson. 1.5/1 favorite (3/10 on PMU) Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) trailed throughout until a too late brush in the lane, a mysterious drive by Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten and Spitcam Jubb finished fourth and fifth.  Thomas H. Hicks

It's been more than 25 years since the North American Amateur Drivers Association has competed against their Hungarian counterparts but on Friday, Sept 1 and Saturday Sept. 2 a five-man harness racing NAADA team will renew the challenge at Kincsem Park in Budapest. The participating members of NAADA team traveling to Hungary for the International Friendship Competition next weekend include, NAADA president, Joe Faraldo, NAADA vice president, Alan Schwartz, along with Peter Kleinhans, Paul Minore and Bob Davis. "This will be our third overseas International Friendship Competition since the late spring," noted president, Faraldo. "Earlier this year we raced against our counterparts from France and from Italy and as usual we were treated like Royalty. We're now making plans to offer the French, the Italians, and the Hungarians a chance to come to America and let us entertain them and race against us on our dirt." As usual, winning is secondary in International competitions. According to Faraldo "Winning or losing is incidental in these international driving competitions.. It's all about sharing the comradery we've fostered over the years and we, and they, look forward to these annual races in each of our countries." Below is the itinerary for the upcoming NAADA vs Hungary Friendship Competition.   Monday, Aug. 28 18:00 welcome dinner   Tuesday, Aug 29 11:00 Gödöllő castle 17:00 Lázár Lovaspark- Domonyvölgy   Wednesday, Aug. 30 Budapest sightseeing Lunch- Trófea restaurant Dinner in the center- Gozsdu   Thursday, Aug.31 Balaton trip Siófok- Balatonfüred 18:00 Dinner- Kocor Winery   Friday, Sept 1 Free time 18:00 Kincsem Park- Evening Race   Saturday, Sept. 2 12:00 Kincsem Park- Race

For the second time in as many months members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) will be traveling to Europe to again compete in an International Friendship Competition this time against their harness racing counterparts from Hungary. Races are slated at Kincsem Park in Budapest in early September. "It's been over 25 years since NAADA has competed in Hungary, which by the way, was the site of the World Cup of Amateur Racing last year," noted NAADA president, Joe Faraldo. "In those races Hannah Miller was the overall point leader until the final day of competition when the Italian amateur finished just one point better than her total. Still, a second place finish among the 12 participating countries was the best showing ever by an American in the prestigious World Cup of Amateur Racing." Although the upcoming races in Budapest can't be compared to the World Cup events still the participants are excited about the competition. Those competing for team USA will be Alan Schwartz (586 career wins), Peter Kleinhans ( 54 wins) Bob Davis (30 wins) and Paul Minore (89 wins) along with team leader, Joe Faraldo (143 wins), who won three races abroad-- including one at Vincennes in Paris-- when the Americans recently competed on European soil in both France and Italy. But the Hungarians will be no pushover. Among their drivers is Andrea Fazekas, one of the top amateurs in Hungary, and for that matter, in all of Europe. (she is pictured here driving her father's Ollyan Nincs winning a Free For All trot at Kincsem Park) Supplying support for Ms. Fazekas in the upcoming Friendship Competition will probably be Andrea Naqyvari, Tamas Bencze, Viktoria Kelemen, Sandor Hegedus, and Tamas Tanczer According to Budapest Trotting Association president Karog Kotun, they have a wonderful facility at Kincsem Park where there are three tracks; one at 1200 meters for the harness races, along with a dirt and turf course for the thoroughbreds. Karoj and his team also have a fine website as does their racetrack Kincsem Park: Action and/or further news can be followed on the following webites www.ugeto.com www.nlkft.hu by John Manzi for NAADA

August 21, 2017 - Top flight trotting action today at Paris-Vincennes shined the harness racing spotlight on four Groupe II events. In the Prix Pierre Plazen (Gr.II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters-three year old colts) 7.4/1 Eridan (3m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) was an impressive 1.14.3kr timed winner for David Thomain. Sebastien Guarato trains the property of Philippe Dewulf that now sports career earnings of €195,950. 7/10 favorite Ecu Pierji (3m Tucson-Tosca Pierji) took second money for Mathieu Mottier driving for Guarato/Dewulf. 3.7/1 Eros du Chene (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Ouknova de Lou) was third for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. Classic Connection (3m Love You-Crys Dream) was sixth for J-P Dubois after winning his previous start. The monte Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.12.6kr timed and 16/1 odds Cyprien des Bordes (5m Ouragon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) scored for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib.  Several highly respected entrants were miscue dq’s. 4.1/1 Cassate (5m Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) was second ridden by Adrien Lamy for J.L. Dersoir and Ecurie Luck. 3/2 Catalogne (5f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) landed third for Mathieu Mottier Next was the Prix Guy Deloisin (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 11 starters) and it yielded a victory by 1.3/1 Erming d’Oliverie (3f Scipion du Goutier-These d’Oliverie) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie de d’Oliverie). Race time was 1.12.2kr. 39/1 Exotic Destination (3f Love You-Quitomantica) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 5/1 Elite du Ruel (3f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) was third for trainer/driver Franck Anne. The final Gr. II event was the Prix Jockey (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) and 2/5 favorite Carat Williams (5m Prodigious-Miss Williams) scored for David Thomain, trainer Guarato and owner Mme. Florence Deboudaud. 8.7/1 Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was second with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Marie Anne Thomas. 6.3/1 Cash And Go (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), the brother to Bold Eagle, was third handled by Franck Nivard for the trainer/owner team of Guarato and Pierre Pilarski. This group is maturing and at least some will move to the elite level in 2018. Thomas H. Hicks

August 20, 2017 - The 7/10 favorite Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was clearly the best in the Prix Montier (turf, purse €45,000, 3000 meters, 11 starters) at Montier en Der. He started from the back and raced that way for a lap before starting a following three wide move to the front with a lap remaining. Under little urging from Yoann Lebourgeois, Bugsy rolled to a huge lead stopping the clock in 1.15.6kr, quick for turf and the distance. Bugsy now has 18 career wins in 34 starts for €543,060 earned. Philippe Allaire owns and trains this winner. 2.6/1 Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) was second for Antoine Wiels and 24/1 Ugo Dacheux was third for Franck Ouvrie. Bolt took the Cherbourg Grand Prix de la Clacere (purse €27,000, 2550 meters autostart, 13 starters) clocked in 1.14.7kr for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. Off at 1.1/1 the hard working six year old son of Prince Gede-Souvola led most of the way and just held off the late charge of 23/1 Un Cher Ami (8g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) and Alexis Prat for a head victory. Earlier at Cherbourg was the Grand Prix Credit Agricole de Normandie (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.16.3kr winner was 4.3/1 Dorus Weil (4g Gogo-Parama) with David Thomain up for breeder/owner/trainer Antonius Wilderbeek. Tomorrow racing returns to Paris-Vincennes as that great venue hosts four Gr. II events each with a purse of €120,000: Prix Pierre Plazen (2175 meters, 8 three year old colt starters) Prix Herve Cran-Maillard (monte, 2175 meters, 12 five year old starters) Prix Guy Deloison (2175 meters, 11 three year old filly starters) Prix Jockey (2700 meters, 10 five year old male starters) Thomas H. Hicks  

August 19, 2017 - Ubu Kiraly (4m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) won the first heat of the Istvan Sent DIJ (total purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap for three and four year olds) for Lajos Martin, harness racing trainer/driver for Amma i. timed in 1.18.5kr, as he won on disqualification of Villam Ville for that one being rough gaited in the late going. The placed winner overcame a 40 meter penalty. Urania RG (3m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) was placed second for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Villeneuve (3m Pilgrims Taj-Brisco Emma-Brisco Roberto) was placed third for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. The top point winners of the two heats earned their purse checks. Heat number two saw Ubu Kiraly end fourth, behind winner Vital RG (3m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) timed in 1.19kr for Tibor Hajnal, the trainer/driver. Villeneuve and 40 meters handicapped Urania RG were second and third in this effort. Ubu Kiraly was the overall point winner and he earned the trophy and first purse money of one million Huf. Early in the program two year olds contested the Janos Szalay Memorial (purse 1,100,000 Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.20.6kr timed winner was Zeal di Cirifalco (2m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) scoring his first win off a qualifier for Valjko Mazsity, the trainer/driver. Zenit Charme (2m Offenbach Bigi-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas ahead of Veritable Yankee (2m Yankee Mustang-Vega Zilelor-Komediart) for Csaba Lakatos. Among the weekly upper class event winners this Saturday afternoon were Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) in the Nardus DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) timed in 1.16.3kr for Andras Gaspar, driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. The Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to Salihamidzic (6m Wall Street Banker-Helikon-Awesome Goal), a half-brother to Ubu Kiraly, driven by Viktoria Nemeth for trainer Lajos Marton. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 16, 2017 - The Wenngarn SWE Sale, mostly harness racing yearlings, was held August 14-15 at historic Wenngarn, north of Stockholm. Two sessions of yearlings were presented, along with a few mixed horses and stallion shares, the most expensive being a Muscle Hill share that Ecurie de Lempeur acquired for US$184,000 from seller John Bootsman. The mixed session also included shares of Southwind Frank, Creatine and Father Patrick along with a weanling colt foaled 1/23/17 named Body Builder by the currently racing and winning Readly Express, in fact a Gr. I winner August 16th at Solvalla. The top five selling yearlings are listed below: Hip/Horse/Sex/Sire and Dam/Price 94-Champ Lane (colt, Bold Eagle-Citron-Varenne-Dame Edith Hanover), US$173,363, Timo Nurmos 59-High Roller Sox (colt, Ready Cash-Dicey Spicey-Broadway Hall), US$147,950, Peter Untersteiner 97-Gaylord AM (colt, Muscle Hill-Deese d’Inverne-Korean). US$136,259 2 – Someone Special AS (filly, Trixton-Fortunes Dream-CantalbHall), US$135,631 15-Eaglemaniac Sox (colt, Bold Eagle-Jolie Reve-Lindy Lane), US$117,139 Catalog pages of these and others may be found here For full results of the sale click here ABOUT WENNGARN The oldest kept letter in Sweden dates from 1164 and tells about the area around Wenngarn, through the centuries, the Vasa dynasty, statesmen, knights and councilors have lived and ruled in Wenngarn. Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie's magical castles and picturesque baroque park are some of the gems of a place where a community once was built during the 1900s, becoming Sweden's first institution to treat alcohol addiction. Wenngarn is today a vibrant village community adapted to human needs and conditions. A magical place with 1000-year-old history. Following the sale was racing the next evening at Solvalla. The August 16 program was a good one led by the Gr. I Prix Maharajah European Championship (purse €163,840, 2140 meters. 12 starters) and 40/1 I Love Paris (7g Steinlager-Maria Dulcinia) was victorious for catch-driver Johnny Takter, taking over for trainer Bjorn Goop who is in Canada competing in the World’s Drivers Championship. G. Sem Morten owns I Love Paris. This winner was clocked in 1.11.09kr. The 3/2 favorite Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was second driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. 339/1 Mountain Clever (7f The Bosses Lindy-U Go Hornline) was home third. The Gr. I  Jubliesumspokalen  (purse €179,200, 2140 meters, 12 starters) at Solvala produced an exciting finish won by 1/5 favorite Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Drean) reined by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos and BRO Bygonads AB. A game second after a first over lengthy try was 8.2/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) driven by Christoher Eriksson for owner Pasquale Ciccarelli and conditioner Jerry Riordan. 31/1 Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs) took the third spot ahead of Cruzado dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive), Tango Negro (5m Infinitif and also a Riordan trainee) and Tjacko Jaz (5g Crazed). Race time by the winner was 1.09.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks

August 19, 2017 - Romme, Borlänge, Sweden hosted the V75 Gold and two E3 Gr. I International Finals on Saturday. The V75 Gold with 150,000SEK to the winner went to 18/1 Order To Fly (7g Order by Fax-Too Fat To Fly-Flying Irishman) with trainer Per Lennartson aboard. Charrua Forlan was second for trainer/driver Hans Owe Sundberg and third was Beppe Am with Kenneth Haugstad driving for Roger Walmann. Race time was 1.12.6kr. The three year-old fillies contested the E3 Final (Gr. I International, purse to winner 925,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 11 filly starters) with victory earned by 6.3/1 Calamara’s Girl (3f Raja Mirchi-Calamara Donna-Pine Chip) timed in 1.11.4kr for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. This one rallied past White Lightning (3f Maharajah-Mountain Dew-Fast Photo) with Jorgen Westholm aboard. Bellatrix Zet (3f Hard Livin-Kentucky Kery-Diesel Don) took the third check for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team. The companion E3 Final for the colts (Gr. I International, 925,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) went to 33.4/1 odds and 1.11.8kr timed Capitol Hill (3g Muscle Hill-Dreamalittledream-Kadabra), also a Svante Bath trainee and piloted by Ulf Ohlsson. Stall Concho HB and AB Corpus Christi share ownership. 15/1 Twist of Fate (3m SJs Caviar-Daniela Ara-Kadabra) was next for trainer/driver Pekka Korpi. Third was 5/1 Van Kronos (3f Timoko-Mythical Kronos-Yankee Glide) for the Adielsson/Bath combination. Thomas H. Hicks

August 15, 2017 - It’s just 25 days away from the September 9th Gr. II harness racing feature The Prix d’Ete at Paris-Vincennes. This classic event is also the Trotting Masters Final and the 2017 version likely will bring about the last contest at Vincennes matching perhaps the world’s best trotter Bold Eagle against the veteran class-master Timoko. They have faced off eight times before with Bold Eagle winning seven in which Timoko was second in four of those. Their last battle was in the 2017 Elitloppet Final where Timoko scored decisively with Bold Eagle fourth. Bold Eagle, conditioned by Sebastien Guarato for owner Pierre Pilarski, has already posted two wins in the Grand Prix d’Amerique and has 15 Gr. I victories. Timoko, now age 10, is the wealthiest French trotter of all time and a two-time Elitloppet winner for trainer Richard Westerink. The Prix d’Ete is always quite a race but, this, year, it simply cannot be missed. Thomas H. Hicks  

The European harness racing featured event on August 12th was the Aby Stora Prix with two heats (post positions reversed) contested each over 1640 meters autostart. Each heat carried a 400,000SEK purse with the final purse being 1,200,000SEK. Midnight Hour (6g Diesel Don-Quanne Kemp-Express Ride) took the two-horse raceoff in well-rated fashion timed in 1.16.9kr. Iikka Normonen drove the winner for trainer Ossi Nurmonen as that team bested Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Muscle Hustle won the second heat timed in 1.11kr over Turno d’Azzurra (5m Love You) and third finishing Volstead. Midnight Hour won the first heat timed in 1.10.7kr over Turno d’Azzurra and BBS Sugarlight.  Aby Stora Prix organizers are reported to be considering a change to one heat over an extended distance in the future, in an effort to attract some of the better campaigners from France. Other winners of note on the August 12 Aby card included Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) for Robert Bergh timed in 1.12.5kr in an event worth 200,000SEK to the winner. Later the Lyon Grand Prix for 500,000SEK for first place went to 12/1 Spitcam Jubb (6g Campbell Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters and driven by Peter Ingves. Carla de Felliere (5f Quido du Goutier-Toccata du Bouffey) took Cabourg’s August 11 Quinte+ Prix Bruno Coquatrix (purse €45,000, 2750 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14kr for driver Anthony Barrier. J.P. Marmion  owns and trains this mare that was off at 10.5/1. 3.6/1 Bolt (6m Prince Gede-Souvola) secured second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier, ahead of 3/1 Comte du Vivier (5g Prince Gede-Jonque du Vivier) driven by Dominik Locqueneux. At Cagnes-sur-Mer was the Prix des Blevets (purse €46,000, 2925 meters, 13 European starters). Baby Lou Max (6g Gazouillis-Kamatie) scored timed in 1.13.8kr for Nicolas Mortagne. Zonguldak (8g Love You-Heartenings Crown) was second for Christophe Martens. That day at Enghien was the Prix de l’Odeon (purse €43,000, 2875 meters) and Erable du Vivier (3g Pine Chip Wood-Tendre du Vivier) was victorious for Clement Duvaldestin timed in 1.19.7kr. History of Aby Stora Prix since 1976 Year Winner HER Country Time Father Driver Second Third 2016 A Guy of Héripré M. 8  la France 1'11 " Orlando Vici Björn Goop Propulsion   2015 Support Justice M.6  Norway 1'11 "6 Kadabra Geir-Vegard Gundersen Västerbo Highflyer   2014 Order Crowe H.11  Sweden 1'12 "1 Juliano Star Örjan Kihlström Quid Pro Quo   2013 Sebastian K. M.7  Sweden 1'11 "5 Korean Jorma Kontio Save the Quick   2012 Sebastian K. M.6  Sweden   Korean Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2011 Fast Lebel H.6  la France   Ginger Somolli Eric Raffin (No finals)   2010 Lisa America F.5  Italy   Varenne Torbjörn Jansson (No finals)   2009 Torvald Palema M. 8  Sweden   Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2008 Garland Cronos H.5  Italy 1'13 "1 Viking Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini The Admiral Mauzun   2007 Giant Superman H.8  Sweden 1'13 "5 Giant Force Fredrik B Larsson Bird of Fire   2006 Red Chili Pirat M.7  Sweden   Giant Chill Örjan Kihlström (No finals)   2005 Gidde Palema M.10  Sweden 1'13 "3 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Steinlager   2004 Steinlager M.6  Norway 1'13 "5 Good As Gold Per Oleg Midtfjeld Infant of Bossis Giant Superman 2003 Gidde Palema M. 8  Sweden 1'12 "1 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Couch Doctor Scarlet Knight 2002 Victory Tilly cH7  Sweden 1'13 "5 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legendary Lover K. Royal Tin 2001 Royal Tin H.9  Sweden 1'13 "1 Ulf of Ombrée Jorma Kontio Com Hector Victory Tilly 2000 Victory Tilly H.5  Sweden 1'13 "3 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Frisky Frazer Gidde Palema 1999 General of Pommeau M.5  la France 1'14 "4 Sébrazac Jules Lepennetier Edu's Speedy Rite On Line 1998 Rite On Line M.7  Norway 1'14 "3 Supergill Atle Hamre Ezira Josselyn Zoogin 1997 Gentle Star M.5  Norway 1'15 " Speedy Tomali Gunleif Tollefsen Rite On Line Zoogin 1996 Zoogin M.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt His Majesty Abo Volo 1995 Zoogin M.6  Sweden 1'13 "6 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt copiad His Majesty 1994 Houston Laukko M.6  Finland 1'13 "8 Choctaw Brave Jorma Kontio copiad Sea Cove 1993 Queen L F.7  Sweden 1'13 "2 Crowntron Stig H Johansson Sea Cove Nordin Hanover 1992 Sea Cove M.6  Canada 1'14 "5 Bonefish Jos Verbeeck Kosar Somollison 1991 Prince Mystic M.5  United States 1'14 " Mystic Park Atle Hamre Peace Corps Nordin Hanover 1990 Dream of Udon M.7  la France 1'14 " Éjakval Yves Dreux Jet Ribb Red Rhone 1989 Quellou cH7  la France 1'14 "9 Bellouet Pierre Levesque Napoletano Lord Quick 1988 ourasi M. 8  la France 1'14 "5 Greyhound Jean-René Gougeon Sugarcane Hanover Napoletano 1987 Jet Ribb H.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Count's Pride Hans G. Eriksson Big Spender Grades Singing 1986 Utah Bulwark F.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Utah IX Stig Johansson Grades Singing Hallon Brunn 1985 Minou of the Dungeon M.7  la France 1'15 "4 Quioco Olle Goop Ellizar H. Noble Asset 1984 The Onion M.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legolas Shane T. Hanover 1983 Legolas H.5  Sweden 1'14 "6 Glasgow Thomas Nilsson Snack Bar Ideal of the Gazeau 1982 Ideal of the Gazeau M. 8  la France 1'15 "6 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Nino Blazing Keystone Patriot nineteen eighty one Ideal of the Gazeau M.7  la France 1'18 "4 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Mustard Dartster F 1980 Express Gaxe M.6  Sweden 1'15 " Express Rodney Gunnar Axelryd Lionel Minbar Ianthin 1979 Hadol of the Vivier M.6  la France 1'15 "5 Mitsouko Jean-René Gougeon Little Evander Tarok 1978 Charm Asserdal F.5  Sweden 1'16 "9 Train Bloc Heikki Korpi Express Gaxe Little Evander 1977 Micko Tilly M.7  Sweden 1'16 "3 Frances Nibs Olle Lindqvist Opal H Duke Iran 1976 Dines P F.6  la France 1'18 "9 Seddouk Michel Feuillet Arbont Clissa Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio has received an invitation to the harness racing $1 million International Trot (World Cup) at Yonkers Raceway on October 14th. "We received an invitation in the mailbox on Friday. Now let's take a stand if we are going or not, "says Stefan Melander. Previously, Jerry Riordan's Twister Bi has both been invited and thanked for the environmental dollar race in New York. On the other hand, both Bold Eagle and Timoko have already refused to participate and Nuncio is the second trainer, trained in Sweden, invited to Yonkers International Trot ($1,000,000) over the 2,011 meter distance. For Stefan Melander, the race is no news. He won the World Cup in 1995 with Swedish-born His Majesty. "There are many things I need to keep in mind before I decide, but it's definitely interesting to go to Yonkers. Nuncio feels still strong in training and now I have to wonder if we are going to the United States and then continue to the French winter meeting, or if we just aim at Vincennes or the United States, "says Stefan Melander. Nuncio has previously celebrated success on the Yonkers Raceway. As a three-year-old, he won both trials and finals in Yonkers Trot ($ 500,000) with John Campbell in sulky. By Claes Freidenvall Reprinted with permission of Sulky Sport

August 10, 2017 - The Prix de Londres (monte. purse €120,000. 2875 meters, 12 starters) was the day’s featured harness racing event and 1.9/1 Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) rallied very wide to the lead at the halfway mark and held gamely for the 1.14.2kr timed victory. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the irons of this Philippe Allaire trainee that Fredric Sauque owns. 15.2/1 Ulk des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) took second for Matthieu Abrivard. 3.3/1 Tornade Bello (10m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) was a rallying third for Mlle. Camille Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque. Gabriele Gelormini piloted 50/1 Vasco de Viette (8g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) to victory in today’s Quinte+ Prix de la Concorde (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.14.2kr. 2.3/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Lois) took the close second for Eric Raffin. Third was 3.6/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) for Christophe Martens. 10/1 Viking Fromento and 7/1 Unbridled Charm were fourth and fifth. Yesterday was the eighth leg of the Grand National de Trot (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2950 meters, 18 starters) this leg contested at Saint Malo. The winner, at 3.3/1 odds, was Bel Avis (6g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) that J-M Bazire trains for Wildenstein Stables Ltd.  This day Eric Raffin was at the lines. 1.3/1 favorite Aufor de Mire (g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dix) was second for Charles J. Bigeon and trainer Christian Bigeon, ahead of 7.1/1 Bolero des Vignes (6m Quai Bourbon-Poesie du Bouffey). Vlatka Madrik and Tiger Danover were fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks

August 6, 2017 - Saturday, the very accomplished Bold Eagle (purse €180,000, 2300 meters autostart, 12 starters) scored at Mons Ghlin for harness racing driver Franck Nivard timed in 1.13.4kr over an off track at 1/10 odds, holding off 19/1 stablemate Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and David Thomain by a diminishing length. Sebastien Guarato owns this pair, the first owned by Pierre Pilarski and bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois, the second owned by Philippe Dauphin. 49/1 Booster Winner (6m Love You-Quille Viretaute) took third for Christophe Thierry and trainer Guarato. Ecurie Winner owns this one. Quick Fix and Zorro Photo finished fourth and fifth in a field outclassed by the top two. Bold Eagle now has posted 37 trotting victories in 43 starts for career earnings of €3,426,020. Bold Eagle The same day at Enghien was the monte Prix de Forges-les-Eax (purse €70,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.17.2kr timed winner was 2.4/1 Dreole Verderie (4g Kalusphenio-Reole Verderie) with Eric Raffin in the irons. 47/1 Coranie Lebel (5f Quido du Goutier-Star Lebel) rallied to be second ahead of the 3/5 favorite Jerry Mom (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) that rallied for the three spot. Dreole Verderie Yesterday the Enghien action was focused on the Gr. III Prix Henri Cravoisier (purse €85,000, 1609 meters, ten starters). The punters liked 2/5 favorite Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) and he won the race on disqualification of Varieta’Luis (3m Ideal Luis) that rallied past the roughed up pacesetter than Enrico Bellei drove for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Scuderia Bivans SRL. Race time was 1.12.2kr. 34/1 Espoir des Vaux (3g Ubriaco-Marina des Vaux) was placed second, and 8/1 Euro du Chene (3m Neoh Jiel-Oseille du Chene) was placed third, a length back. The turf action this Sunday was leg 12 of the Trophee Vert raced at Carentan, the Prix Maurice de Folleville (purse €45,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). 3.7/1 Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) overcame a 50 meter penalty to win for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This team extinguished the handicap quickly, open a lengthy lead mid-race, and held game for victory as he tired and swerved to the fan side in the lane. Time was a good 1.16kr on the grass and Bugsy won for the 17th time in 33 career starts now for €522,810 earned. 51/1 Univers de Marzy (8h Look de Star-Lovelie de Marzy) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 7.4/1 Bon Copan (6m Love You-Haie) landed third. The prior week’s Trophee Vert at La Gacilly went to Bolt and driver Christophe Gallier but he was not entered today. Last week there was also a turf contest at Brehal for €35,000 purse and favored Authorized took that one for Pierre Levesque. Sweden’s Saturday V75 action was at Rattvik. The V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner) went to 1.8/1 Seedorf OMF (6g Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJs Caviar) timed in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart for Orjan Kihlstrom, driving for trainer Stig H. Johansson, another great active legend in the sport. The featured event of the day was the Gr. II National for 300,000SEK to the winner of the 2660 meter test. 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melody Not-Coktail Jet) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for Jan Norberg, driving for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Thomas H. Hicks

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