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Ursa Caf (7f Explot Caf-Crismar-Campo Ass) took today’s Pr. Encat (purse 55,000€, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano La Maura. Timed in 1.13.2kr the winner had Antonio DiNardo as her pilot, she a winner of over 338,000€. Deimos Racing S (7g Quite Easy-Athena Haleryd-Pine Chip) was a game second for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti, ahead of Sonia (9g Donato Hanover-Ele Code-Uronometro) with Rebe Legati up. Toscarella (8f Varenne-Day Love Blue-Ganymede) took fourth for Mas Castaldo. Ursa Caf  The Ursa Caf pedigree is shown below. . Gaet, Blodbanken files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Cokstile (Norwegian bred) took the prestigious Grand Premi Delle Nazioni – Edy Gubellini (purse 275,000€, 2250 meters autostart) this weekend at Milano La Maura’s 1050 meter track. The six year old son of Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was reined by Antonio DiNardo for trainer Gennaro Casillo to the 1.11.2kr timed victory, a record for the distance. Starting from post two Cokstile was in front for much of the journey and was an easy winner by three lengths over Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) teamed with Alessandro Gocciadoro who sent five trainees in this event. Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took third money for V.P. Dell’Annunziato with fourth to the Jean Michel Bazire trainee Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) that Andrea Guzzinati catch drove. The race honored the late Edy Gubellini that developed and piloted numerous classic winners and internationally renowned performers. He won the Lotteria Prize twice, the Italian Derby and the Nazioni (with Micron Hanover). The GP Nazioni has been of special history to special horses that graced its victory celebration (Icare IV, Quick Song, Timothy T and Wayne Eden among others). It is relevant that today the post positions were drawn for the 60th edition of the International Trot scheduled for October 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Italy has a starter in Zacon Gio to be teamed with Roberto Vecchione for trainer Holger Ehlert. He will start from post five in this race for a US$1 million purse. He was expected to battle Face Time Bourbon in the UET Finale at Helsinki before the International invitation. The lineups for the International and UET Finale are shown below.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Veteran mare Orsia (7f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu) won Sunday’s €110,000 purse Gran Premio Freccia d’Europa over 1600 meter autostart. Antonio DiNardo piloted the 1.11.8kr winner for her 25th victory in 76 career starts. Ribot EK (5g Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way) was second for A. Farolfi in a close finish with third to Ravenna DK (5f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Dinan-Indro Park) driven by Roberto Andreghetti. On the Napoli card was the Gran Premio Anact Finale for male two year-olds. This event carried a purse of €50,600 and contested over 1600 meters autostart. Uno Italia (2m Conway Hall-Italia Uno-Varenne) recorded the narrow victory for driver G.P. Minnucci timed in 1.14.1kr. Universale (2m Ganymede-Cannoniera-Diamond Way) secured second for Enrico Bellei at his lines and third went to Ubimajor Bi (2m Toss Out-Fidji Bi-Lemon Dra) driven by Roberto Vecchione. The Gran Premio Anact Finale Filly (purse €50,600, 1600 meters autostart) went to Upper Dany (2f Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) driven by Mario Minopoli Jr. clocked in 1.14.kr in this two-length score from Urgania (2f Cantab Hall-Damia-Malabar Man) handled by Roberto Andreghetti and Urra’Bi ended third for V .P. Dell’Annunziata. Italian trotters have enjoyed a superb 2015 in the home country and elsewhere in Europe. As the Paris-Vincennes Winter Meet begins this week it will be worth watching to see if the Italian invaders continue excellent performance there. The October 28 featured Prix des Cevannes for €110,000 purse includes Nefertite del Rio (by Varenne) and a host of fast-class performers such as Spain’s Trebol plus Beckman, Olmo Holz, Juggle Face and Ustinof du Vivier. Thomas H. Hicks  

Smeralda Jet (4f Giganty Neo-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride-JJs Springsong) took today’s €45,100 Gran Premio San Paolo at Montegiorgio Italy, scoring by two lengths, clocked in 1.13kr, for harness racing driver Antonio DiNardo. Her second dam is by Speedy Crown-Keystone Adele-Hickory Pride-Adelaide Rodney. The winner gained the front with 1000 meters to go in the 1600 meters autostart event after being first up. Pocketed Spinello Jet (4f Ken Warkentin-Isolde Jet-Supergill) was a good second with third to Shasa ) 4m Zinzan Brooke Tur-Iosi di Ceo-Toss Out). Thomas H. Hicks

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