Day At The Track

July 15, 2017 - Dante Boko (7g Going Kronos-Margherita Kronos-Abo Volo) and driver Adrian Kolgjini held off a furious stretch rally from Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) with Orjan Kihlstom up and between horses Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) and Wim Pall, to score in the featured Arjang Stora Sprinterlopp (600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters). The winner recorded his 20th career victory in 67 starts for 6,272,776SEK earned. Dante Boko scored from post two versus eight and ten for his chief rivals, and was clocked in 1.09.6kr (1:51.99 mile rate). Lutfi Kolgjini trains Dante Boko for Stall be The Best. Dante Boko On the undercard was the Hall of Fame (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with the 1.12.1kr clocked victory going to 4.3/1 Cab Hornline (6g San Pellegrini-Perle Mauritas) reined by trainer Per Lennartsson. The V75 Bronze (110,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters voltstart) went to Torbjorn Jansson teamed Born In The USA (4m Muscle Hill-Christina Rose-Chocolatier) timed in 1.13.2kr. This one recorded his seventh career win in 11 starts. Open class mares raced earlier in the program with a fine 1.12.5kr timed score going to Evin Boko (6f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) in rein to Johnny Takter for Timo Nurmos, the trainer. The now retired Delicious was scratched from this event. Thomas H. Hicks

July 13, 2017 - Alexandre Abrivard teamed 8.6/1 Azaro d’Eva (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) to victory in Thursday’s Quinte+ at Enghien, the Prix de l’Opera (purse €58,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters). This J-M Bazire owned and trained performer was clocked in 1.14kr. 6.1/1 Venicio Pommereux (8g Love You-Noune du Pommereux) was second, driven by Franck Nivard, for trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Third was 86/1 Un Satin Rose (9g Ganymede-Dentelle Rose) for driver Franck Ouvrie. Mind Your Face and Paparazzi completed the top five and the exact order payoff exceeded €45,000 for a two euro wager. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Q+ was at Chateaubriand in the Prix Synergie (purse €35,000, 3000 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) with easy victory to 5.7/1 Twitter (8g Offshore Dream-Face For Ever) handled by Bjorn Goop, the owner and trainer. The 12.2/1 Venise (8f Nice Love-Okita) overcame a 25 meter handicap to be second for Clement Duvaldestin and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. Third was the 14.7/1 and 25 meter handicapped Valse Mika (8f Niky-Ellamika) reined by Matthieu Abrivard and trainer/owner Sylvain Roger. Two more 25 meter penalized entrants were fourth and fifth, Barbarella (6f Prince d’Espace) with J.Ph. Monclin, and Monas Invercote (8f Viking Kronos) for Pierre Vercruysse. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink

July 7, 2017 - Friday’s Grand Prix Champion Jarlsberg was raced in two eliminations and a final for Norway’s best harness racing four year-old trotters. The eliminations and final were raced over 1609 meters autostart (one mile) with the elims carrying a purse of 65,000NOk (30,000NOk to the winner. Purse for the final was 600,000NOk (300,000NOk to the winner). In the final 3.8/1 Phantasm SOA (4m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uxer LM), off at 3.8/1 second choice, raced third over for driver Asbjorn Tengsareid before starting a three wide move midway on the backside of the second lap. In the lane the winner surged forward to score by a length timed in a record 1.09.8kr (1:52.31 mile rate). Phantasm finished second in elim one to 1.10.5kr timed Cokstile (4m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) driven by Kars Anvar Kolle, the horse that was second, as the 2/1 favorite, in the final. Shotproof (4m Yankee Glide-Shadowshot-Malabar Man) was third in the final for driver Flemming Jensen, after winning elim two clocked in 1.11.5kr. In elim one Forever Peace (4m Muscle Hill-Peaceful Way-Angus Hall) finished third for Erlend Rennesvik. In elim two Always On Time (4m Revenue-Pimafarina-Windsongs Legacy) was second and third went to Chief Orlando (4m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) driven by Frode Hamre that was off as 2.6/1 favorite. Interestingly, the winning sire (Cromwell) has NY roots, being by Credit Winner-Skeptical Miss-Sir Taurus-Gilina-Speedy Somolli). This 2002 foal won the Zweig Memorial at age three, was exported and finished third in the Orsi Mangelli before competing in upper classes in Europe through age seven earning about US$500,000. He was a sharp individual with a slick gait that Phantasm reminds me of. Thomas H. Hicks

July 8, 2017 - Saturday harness racing action at Vichy was highlighted by the Gr. II Grand Prix Conseil Municipal (purse €120,000, 2850 meters distance handicap). The 25 meter penalized Aubrion du Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) rallied around the final bend for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire and held strong by two lengths plus in the rain, timed in 1.14.5kr. This classy campaigner recorded his 23rd career win and now has earnings of €1,050,372. Tallien (10g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) took second for driver/trainer/owner Herve Sionneau, ahead of Venus de Bailly (8f Chaillot-Oceane de Bailly) and reinsman Jean Boillereau. Finish is shown below. Also July 8 was the Prix Okwo (purse €25,000, 2700 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) at Graignes. The well regarded, 50 meter handicapped, 1.4/1 favorite, Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) scored timed in 1.14.5kr for driver Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner M.A. Thomas. This classy campaigner had been misque dq’d in five of his last six outings, but not today. He now has 10 wins in 31 starts for earnings in excess of €656,000. 46/1 Amarena Danover (7f Oiseau de Feux-Etoile du Cuglais) was second for P.Ch. Jean and 5/2 Citizen Kane (5g Orlando Vici-Queen of Viking) overcame a 25 meter penalty to earn third for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Turf action took place at Segre in the Prix Ozo (purse €25,000, 2700 meters distance handicap) and the 25 meter handicapped Chistor d’Iraty (5g Quick Wood-Irrintzina) scored for J.Ph. Monclin and owner/trainer Jacques Bodin. Equally handicapped Crepe de Satin (5f Le Retour-Ina d’Avril) was second ahead of Belicco Wild. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 9, 2017 - Today’s Jarlsberg feature event was the Gr. I Ulf Thoresen Grand International (2100 meters autostart, 750,000NOk to the winner). Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) was placed directly on the lead from post two by driver Christoffer Eriksson, rated comfortably, and drew off with 500 meters remaining to secure a five length victory for trainer Jerry Riordan, timed in 1.10.4kr. Twister Bi recorded his fourth win in eight 2017 starts, now for 4,907,005NOk earned in a successful and emerging career. An elated Riordan stated on post race interview that his charge is a happy horse that was just rolling along in the final 400. Oasis Bi (9m Toss Out-Up Front JM) sat the pocket for driver Erik Adielsson but lost the second spot to fast closing Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) and driver/owner Goran Antonsen for trainer Daniel Reden. The secondary feature this day was the Anders Jahres (2100 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to the winner) and the 1.11.2kr timed winner was Djali Boko (7m Ready Cash-Lucky Lavec) that moved decisively in the final bend and jetted off to an easy score for reinsman Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Nappa Scar (5m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) was the second horse home for trainer/driver Per Lennartson. Bjorn Goop piloted the Jerry Riordan trainee Tango Negro (5m Infinitif-Lisetta Real) to a third place finish. Also on the undercard was the Felleokjopets (2100 meters autostart, 75,000NOk to winner) with victory going to Ferrari BR (4m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite) timed in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Per Oleg Midtfjeld, who campaigned Cromwell (sire of Phantasm SOA) throughout most of his European racing career. Second in this event was the Jerry Riordan trainee Umberto Axe (4m Love You-Ira Furiosa Spin) driven by Tom Eric Solberg. Defy Anything (5f Cantab Hall-Flirtin Victory) took third for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

July 9, 2017 - Veteran classmaster Up And Quick (9m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) survived a speed duel early before taking the lead after 400 meters for driver Franck Nivard, and the race was over. This Prix de la Communaute de Comaunes (Gr. II, 1609 meters autostart, purse €100,000) was a rare on-mile dash for speed and Up And Quick did not disappoint with his 1.10.2kr victory, the mile rate 1:52.89. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Ecurie Quick Star and the victory today took the winners’ career earnings to €2,042,040 with 15 wins including a Prix d’Amerique. Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), at 3.8/1, rallied nicely to be second for driver David Thomain, trainer Sebastien Guraato and owner/breeder Philippe Dauphin, and the aforementioned early leader, 20/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (5m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve) held third for driver Marc Elias and trainer Conrad Lugauer. Booster Winner and Ave Avis were the next to reaching the line. Thomas H. Hicks

July 8, 2017 - Today’s Gran Premio Riccardo Grassi (purse €33,000, 1660 meters autostart) was raced over the 800 meter track in Cesena Italy and produced a convincing gate to wire victory for Tamure Roc (5f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra). Santo Mollo was the winning pilot in a time of 1.12kr and his charge now has 13 career wins in 45 starts. Second was Pancottina Bar (8f Varenne-Valuta Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by Enrico Bellei. Rue du Bac (7m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) was third for Federico Exposito and fourth went to Trendy OK (5f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) for driver Alessando Gocciadoro. Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - On Thursday at Halmstad (SWE) was the classic Sprintermaster for harness racing four year-olds, with three eliminations each for 125,000SEK to those winners, and a final with 977,000SEK to that winner. Each heat was raced over 1609 meters autostart.  The final went to 1.10kr timed and 2.9/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) that scored for Christoffer Eriksson driving for Robert Bergh, trainer for Forspro HB. The Bergh trained and teamed Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) was second ahead of Electric Light (4m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and his trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Makethemark was sixth in the final after winning an elim and Paul The Apostle was fifth after a second place finish in elimination two. The elims began with 1.5/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) taking the first timed in 1.10.4kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Racing Mange (4m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. The second elimination went to 2.2/1 Rajesh Face (4m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) for driver/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB. Paul The Apostle (4g Pastor Stephen-Blue Drop Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) was second here for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden in the 1.10.9kr timed event. Elimination three went to 3.1/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) timed in 1.10.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson driving for Petri Salmela. Electric Light was second for Peter Untersteiner and Muscle Hustle was third. Earlier in the program was the Elite Sprinter for amateur reinsman, over 1640 meters autostart for 50,000SEK to the winner. The 2.7/1 winner, timed in 1.11.3kr, was Niagara Broline (7g Pine Chip-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) driven by Peter Arnqvist for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

July 8, 2017 - Today’s V75 Gold at Halmstad (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to a very impressive Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) clocked in 1.10.5kr for driver Wim Paal and new harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan. Marco Scarton owns the winner, now with a slate of 26-10-14 in 72 career starts for 5,990,194SEK earned. Ringostarr left from past four, went immediately to the front only to go off stride in the first turn. Paal steadied his charge, caught the rivals and then started up three wide on the final lap backside. Off the last turn Ringostarr started “flying” said Pall on post race interview. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner with third to Cruzado Dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidada-Credit Winner) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander. On the terrific card was the StoSprintern Final (Gr. II International, 1609 meters autostart, 677,600SEK to winner) for four year-old mares. 2.9/1 Caddie Lisieux (4f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) scored timed in 1.10.6kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one for SRF Stable. Bugatti Brick (4f Andover Hall-Likeable Les-Yankee Glide) was next for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was Lavidaloca De Vie (4f Crazed-Bliss-Angus Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The card also included the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters). The 1.7/1 Tjacko Zaz (5g Crazed-Kinoras Zaz-Angus Hall) scored timed in 1.10.1kr for trainer Timo Nurmos, owner Kings Arms and driver Johnny Takter. Two lengths back was Bravo Navarone (6m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for driver Adrian Kolgjini. Third was King City (6m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares took place with ten aged mares traveling 1640 meters autostart for a 100,000SEK first prize. Italy’s Shadow Gar (5f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) scored for catch-driver Jorma Kontio for trainer Erik Bondo. She was timed in 1.10.9kr. Patricia Hastrup (10f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and third was Toohotforyou (5f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - The affect of Bold Eagle’s performance on the racetrack has translated to harness racing statistical leadership in the first half of 2017 in the categories of stallion, breeder and owner purse earnings. Ready Cash, breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois and owner Pierre Pilarski lead their peers due to Bold Eagle. Based on race wins the leaders are stallion Ready Cash, breeder Jean-Yves Lucuyer and owner Jean-Paul Marmion. Congratulations to all, and let’s hope Bold Eagle’s career continues to bring positive press to the trotting horse and influences the gene pool globally. Stallion Leaders Stallion Races Wins Places Earnings Ready Cash 916 125 147 4.339.390 € Love You 893 108 145 2.954.585 € Prodigious 956 105 151 2.793.710 € Ganymède 764 87 98 1.930.770 € Coktail Jet 874 82 137 1.679.195 € Jag de Bellouet 828 81 139 1.980.340 € Look de Star 747 74 129 1.722.225 € Saxo de Vandel 719 72 132 1.549.850 € Orlando Vici 937 65 143 1.564.250 €  Gazouillis 824 63 133 1.451.500 €    Breeder Leaders Breeders Ranked on Wins Wins Earnings Écurie Jean-Yves Lécuyer 47 825.560 € Jean-Philippe Dubois 44 860.850 € Écurie des Charmes 43 1.022.200 € Rémi Boucret 37 619.220 € Jean-Etienne Dubois 35 1.624.370 € Haras des Coudraies 33 532.220 € Louis Baudron 30 878.450 € S.C.A. La Barbottière 30 577.140 € Hugues Rousseau 26 636.900 € Écurie Rib 25 703.010 €   FR Breeders – First Half 2017 Ranked on Earnings Breeder Name Earnings Wins Jean-Etienne Dubois 1.624.370 € 35 Écurie des Charmes 1.022.200 € 43 Louis Baudron 878.450 € 30 Jean-Philippe Dubois 860.850 € 44 Écurie Jean-Yves Lécuyer 825.560 € 47 Écurie Yvan Bernard 742.880 € 24 Écurie Rib 703.010 € 25  Hugues Rousseau 636.900 €  26  Rémi Boucret 619.220 €  37  S.C. Élevage de Folleville 618.220 €  13    Owners Ranked on Wins: Owners Name Horses Starts Wins Places Earnings Écurie Jean-Paul Marmion 59 281 51 44 730.840 € Écurie des Charmes 72  306 41  50  767.610 € Écurie Danover 74  535  41  64  644.300 €  Écurie Victoria Dreams 73  337  35  59  792.550 €  Mauricette De Sousa 69 305 31 49 708.080 €  Écurie Sylvain Roubaud 54  299  30  62  671.360 €  Écurie Christian Boisnard 81  562  28  77  544.300 €  Écurie Luck 49  211  27  36  657.170 €  Écurie Christian Bigeon 44  148  25  39  621.570 €  Écurie Romuald Mourice 53  304  25  48  462.510 €    Owners Ranked on Earnings :  Owners Name Earnings Wins Écurie Pierre Pilarski 1.227.890 € 11  Écurie Loïc-Désiré et Matthieu Abrivard 862.870 €  24  Jean-Yves Rozé 826.350 €  17  Écurie Victoria Dreams 792.550 €  35  Écurie des Charmes 767.610 €  41  Écurie Jean-Paul Marmion 730.840 €  51  Claude Guedj 708.790 €  18  Mauricette De Sousa 708.080 €  31  Philippe Allaire 706.820 €  15 Écurie Rib 703.140 €  19  Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - Today’s Quinte+ was at Enghien on the Paris perimeter in the Prix de la Porte de Charenton (purse €54,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters). The 1.3/1 favorite Aufor de Mire (7g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dux) swept around the field and drew away easily for driver Charles J.Bigeon, timed in 1.13.7kr. Christian Bigeon trains the winner for Andre Francis Bigeon, the owner. 29/1 Uriano d’Hameline (9g Juliano Star-Una Maria) was second for David Thomain, and 20/1 Armada des Iles (7f Sancho Panca-Folle Normandie) was third for Eric Raffin. On the undercard was the Prix de la Madeleine (purse €75,000, 2875 meters, eight starters) for four year-olds and the 9/10 favorite Dunbar (4m Look de Star-Ima du Houx) held on bravely for Eric Raffin to win timed in 1.16.5kr. Sebastien Guarato trains the Pierre Pilarski owned performer. 18.5/1 Dancing Love (4m Uniclove-Sissi du Caieu) was second for Bernard Piton and breeder/owner/trainer Jean-Paul Piton. 2/1 Diego de Bomo (4g Prince d’Espace-Quinilana) took third for owner/trainer/driver Anthony Dillion. Thomas H. Hicks

July 5, 2017 - Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Vincennes at Vichy (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.4kr timed victory went to rallying on the stands side 3.9/1 Cronos d’Hameline (5g Echo-Rhea d’Hameline) reined by Matthieu Abrivard. 16/1 Black Rain (6f Niky-Quibble) was a close second for Alexandre Abrivard. 6.3/1 Cachou d’Occagnes (5m Islero de Bellouet-Jazza Bourbon) was third for harness racing trainer/driver Franck Nivard. Exact order payout for this Q+ was €6,334. Also at Vichy was the Prix Hotel de Barcelone (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.14.3kr winner was the 5/10 favorite Avrik de Guez (7g Joker de Rozoy-Quoumbaya du Guez) in rein to J-M Bazire for trainer J.Ph. Ducher. 10/1 Very Very Fast (8g Quaro-Nocturne de Bresse) was second for owner/trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. Third was 7/1 Anduro des Landes (7g Kesaco Phedo-Odemeraude) for Sebastien Hardy, the breeder/owner/trainer/driver. At Lisieux was the Prix Equip-Horse (purse €25,000, 2725 meters, 13 starters). This event went to 1.15.9kr timed and 1/5 favorite Cheltenham (5m Baccarat du Pont) teamed by Clement Duvaldestin for Ecurie Augustin Normand and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 16/1 Basque d’Iraty (6g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) was next for Anthony Barrier and third was 40/1 Concerto du Ruel (5g Prince Gede) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. On the past weekend in SWE were several interesting winners. The July 1 Silver Division at Bergsaker (220,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.11.6kr timed and 3.9/1 Whitehouse Express driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden. This six year-old son of Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell is a half-brother to the great SJ’s Photo. On the same card the Gr. I Fillies (925,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 16/1 Violet Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Fidui Bi-Lemon Dra) and she scored in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and owner Easy KB. 49/1 Callela Lisbeth and 57/1 White Lightning trailed the winner. On July 4 at Bolnas was the Bengt Ivarssons (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.12.4kr timed winner was even-money favorite Delicious (8f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. The same day and venue also hosted the Norrlands GP (35,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.13.9kr timed winner was 3.8/1 Valley Brodde (4g Ready Cash-Valeris-SJ’s Caviart) again reined by Kihlstrom, this time for trainer Roger Walmann. Milligan’s School was second. On July 5 at Landesberg was the Berncancerfondens (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the 1.10.7kr clocked winner was 1.9/1 Canari Match (5m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostral-Joel l’Amoroso), again for Kihlstom, Reden and Stall Zet. Food Money took second for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks

July 3, 2017 - Sunday’s turf action was led by the Trophee Vert Grand Prix BVS at Sable-Sur-Sarthe (purse €45,000, 2800 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). The 9.4/1 winner Virgious du Maza overcame a 50 meter handicap to score timed in 1.18.4kr for harness racing trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. Ecurie du Maza owns this winner on the ninth leg of the prestigious series. 23/1 Valeur Ges (8f Quatro-Paola du Maine) was second for owner/trainer/driver Sylvain Marmion. 73/1 Vanderlov (8g Orlando Vici-Maestria de Fligny) took third for Mme. Carole Delaunai as that one was penalized 25 meters. Tresor Wic was sixth and Bingo d’Attaque was seventh. These two are among the top Trophee Vert point winners. Turf action also took place in the Grand Prix d’Agon Coutainville (purse €32,000, 3450 meters distance handicap, 16 starters). That winner was 5/1 Viking Fromento (8g Capriccio-Orminda) driven by Thomas Levesque, also trainer, for owner Patrice Madar, that won despite at 25 meter handicap. 25/1 Boccaccio (6m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) also overcame a 25 meter penalty to earn second for driver Franck Nivard. 11/1 Vintage (8g Coktail Jet-Parabole) was third for Pierre Levesque, trainer Thomas, and traveling 3475 meters. Another one handling the same extra penalized distance was 13/1, fourth finishing, Vanychof (8g Offshore Dream-Manychaille) for David Thomain. On July 3 at Le Croise Laroche was the Prix Grande Kermese (purse €25,000, 2825 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) and the timed winner was 7/1Buzz Sly(6m Repeat Love-Riviera As). Trainer Pierre Vercruysse teamed the winner for Daniel Fitoussi. 13/1 Basic Instinct (6g Quaker Jet-Queenie Boko) reined by Geert Lannoo and trainer Arsene Lannoo. Third was the 1.2/1 favorite Chtiot de Bellande (5m Defi d’Aunou-Joyeuse Coulonces). The first and third placed horses traveled an extra 25 meters in this race. Thomas H. Hicks

July 1, 2017 - Today’s harness racing classic the Hungarian Trotting Derby (purse 10Huf million, 2500 meters autostart, 13 starters), the 103rd edition, went to Urilany R (4f Maximus Lindy-Elegant Lady-Mill H) timed in 1.17.4kr and driven by Veljko Mazsity, also trainer, and owned by Hico i. The winner has a fine 4-2 slate in six 2017 starts after going two for two last year. Uptown Boy M (4f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) was second for Csaba Lakatos driving for trainer Laszlo Toth. Third went to the Lajos Marton teamed and trained Ubu Kiraly (4m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal). The fans turned out in large numbers for the special Derby weekend. The undercard was a special one too. The Pannonia DIJ (purse 1.8Huf million, 1800 meters) was won by 1.16.4kr timed Speedy Boy (6g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands). Veljko Mazsity reined and trains this one for Hico i. Mazsity enjoyed quite a successful day at the races. Time To Say Goodbye (5m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was second for Lajos Marton, also trainer, and third went to Szacharin. The Jozsef Sinka Memorial (purse 1.2Huf million, 1800 meters autostart) was won by the 1.15.2 kr timed veteran Milliondollar Lux (11m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) expertly handled by trainer Emil Csordas. Bronsvlinda and Orderly were the next paid behind the winner. Also of great interest on the Derby program was the Prof Eaterhazy Miklos Morse Memorial (purse 1.8Huf million, 1800 meters autostart), for fillies, and the 1.17.4kr timed winner was Veronica Fling (3f Racino-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) teamed with trainer Veljko Mazsity. This filly defeated Villam Ville and Vital RG. The regular open class trotters later competed in the Daniel Bisbac Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). The 1.15.1kr clocked winner was the consistent Spartakus Ans (6g Cantab Hall-Valganna OK-Lemon Dra) reined by Csaba Lakatos and trainer by Laszlo Toth. Conway Boko and Vamos Kemp were the next two on the line. The winning son of Cantab Hall was bred in Italy. Thomas H. Hicks

July 1, 2017 - The grand Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) recorded a gate to wire harness racing victory in the Gr. II Prix de Washington (purse €120,000, 1609 meters, eight European starters) today at Enghien. Driver Bjorn Goop hustled the front stepping winning trainee of owner Richard Westerink to the lead off the gate and he was never challenged, permitting soft fractions, and setting up a blistering finishing kick (fractions 1.12.3kr at 1000 to go; 1.13.5kr at the 500 remaining mark; and 1.12.1 finish). The time was well off the 1.09.4kr race record held by Rapide Lebel. Timoko won the Washington for the second time and now has a 35-15-13 slate in 100 career starts, now for €4,925,731 earned in the stellar career. Paul Van Klaveren bred the winner that this day was off at 3/10 odds and bested 66/1 Venkatesh (8g Varenne-Honey Face) that Dominik Locqueneux drove for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 6/1 Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was third for Franck Nivard and 9/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied late for David Thomain to be fourth. On the undercard was the Prix de la Porte Saint-Martin (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, nine three year-old filly starters) and 4,4/1 Eureka du Chene (3f Rieussec-Mityzvu du Chene) held gamely for the 1.18.3kr timed win driven by Franck Nivard for the Julien Le Mer/Claude Guedj trainer/owner team. 3/1 Evolution (3f Love You-Upper Class) was second in rein to Eric Raffin for Philippe Allaire/Kevin Tebirent (also breeder). Third was 5/1 Valentina Wind (3f Muscle Hill-Norah Wind) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Why Not. The day’s Quinte+ was the Prix du Roussillon (purse €48,000, 2150 meters, 16 starters). 7/10 favorite Sir Ratzeputz (7m Love You-Celebrate) scored easily for Bjorn Goop, trainer Timo Nurmos and Guldsvarten AB. The winning time was 1.14.1kr. 88/1 Auch (7g Niky-Migraine) was second for Ch.J. Bigeon, ahead of 20/1 Mind Your Face (8g Offshore Dream-Mind Your Manners) driven by Franck Nivard. Later in the program the Prix de l’Observatoire (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart) went to 3.1/1 Global Respons (6g Credit Winner-Com Mission) handled by the red hot Bjorn Goop for owner/trainer Stefan Persson. 6/1 Tesauro (5g Filipp Roc-Imziale) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and third went to 16/1 Titty Jepson (5f Varenne-Laura di Costa) piloted by Jean-Philippe Monclin. Thomas H. Hicks