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International trotters headlined today’s card at Les Sables d’Olonne with their Grand Prix for €50,000 going to Uhlan de Val reined by trainer Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli scored narrowly for his eighth career win, now for €815,390. The 1.7/1 favorite, a winner in 1.14.8kr over 2775 meters, held off veteran Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint-Pol) with J-M Bazire at the lines for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. He’s a 27 time winner of almost €1.7 million. The day’s Quinte+ race of the day had a jackpot of €5.4 million. That race was the Gran Prix de Pontorson atHippodrome de la Mont-Saint Michel. 18 starters battled for the €35,000 purse over 2675 meters, and Sullighan scored in 1.14.4kr as the 1.7/1 favorite for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. JLC Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Jeloca. He’s an eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca-Terre de Sauoreuil and he defeated the Damien Bonne teamed Samourai Purple. Good racing has also taken place at various European venues this week. Today at Skelleftea, Juliano Rags (6m Juliano Star-Julia Rags-Super Arnie) took the 3140 meters feature worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Noralf Braekken teamed this winner to his 13th career victory now for earnings of 1,833,026SEK. The Norwegian entrant was timed in 1.14kr over the extended distance as he defeated Mellby Vargtass and Bo Eklof, with third to Denmark’s Bradley reined by Robert Bergh. On the same card Valnes Chilly took the co-feature, also with 100,000SEK first prize, as the six year-old mare by Fill V-Chilly Creek-Giant Chill scored over 2140 meters (turning start) in a good 1.12.9kr, her third 2014 victory. Yesterday at Jagersro (SWE) the featured Elitserien Final (100,000SEK to the winner) over 2140 meters autostart went o favored From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Johnny Takter at the lines for Dusty Stables. He scored in 1.15kr for his fourth career win in just seven starts. His dam Emotional Dust was a good one (1:56, US$195,683) and is from Web Dust (Sugarcane Hanover-US Sushi). On that card the co-featured mile autostart event for older trotters went to I Won’t Dance (8g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory). He scored in 1.11.4kr for Joakim Lofgren to record his 23rd career win in 78 starts for earnings of 6,435,387SEK. Obi Wan was second for Flemming Jensen. Lofgren also scored with lightly raced Bella Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Stella Pride-Love You) in 1.15.7kr over 2140 meters from the turning start. On July 14 at Beaumont de Lomagne (FR) trainer Vincent Martens won both of the top races. Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough-Malabar Man) took the €35,000 purse Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren in 1.14.8kr over 2550 meters. Christophe Martens reined the winner to his 13th career win as the 2.8/1 choice. The Menhammer Stuteri -bred winner defeated 61/1 longshot Renato Alstare. The monte Prix de Caen went to Martens conditioned United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Jesolo) as the even-money choice with Damien Bonne aboard  in 1.15.2kr over 2550 meters for a purse of €25,000. On July 13 at Amiens (FR) the Prix Vismie for €35,000 drew 16 European starters. Sweden’s Head Line (7g Rite On Line-Farapoli IT-Napoletano) scored for Anthony Duperche, driving for trainer Antonio Ripoll-Rigo. This pair overcame a 25 meter handicap to win timed in 1.16kr. The same day grass-turf experts (16 starters) contested the Saint Jean de Monts for €25,000 over 2625 meters. Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline-Quel Soro) scored at 4.4/1 for J-P Monclin driving for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Ecurie Etoile NV  to earn his 11th win for €193,960 career earnings. Ulk Blue (6m Love You-Just Blue-Cygnus d’Odysse) ended second for Eric Raffin. At L’isle/Sorgue the Gran Pris de Trot de la Ville sur la Sorgue for €32,000, over 2650 meters, went to 3/1 odds Uppercut du Gui (6g Opus Viervil-Altesse du Maroif) reined by Stephane Cingland for Ecurie Franck Anne. He scored in 1.17.2kr for victory eight in his career. At Francheville (FR) J-P Dubois won with homebred Bella Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Queen Flore-Vikings Way) in the Prix Vanika du Ruel over 2475 meters. Patrick Chevrier trains this one as she recorded the maiden win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

US reinsman David Miller (two drives) and Yannick Gingras (one) were off the board in their initial drives today at Solvalla. Miller drove Next Kronos in race 1 (dq) and Potemkin in race 4 (unplaced). Gingras teamed Oldschoolmare in race 2 and ended sixth, timed in 1.12.8kr over the mile distance. Alvena Take It won that event in 1.12kr for Peter Untersteiner. Race winners today are listed below in race order: Ametrin, 1.10.2kr, 1609 meters autostart, Hans-Owe Sundberg (5f Oiseau de Faux-Ametist WG-Texas) Alvena Take It, 1.12kr, 1609 meters autostart, Peter Untersteiner (4f Make It Happen-Impulsive-Mack Lobell) Spartan Kronos, 1.12.9kr, 2140 meters autostart, Conrad Lugauer (3m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) Financial Dust, 1.12.5kr, 2140 meters autostart, Robert Bergh (4m Ready Cash-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) Palermo Caesar, 1.13.7kr, 3140 meters turning start, Ville Nisonen (7g Alf Palema-Puk Paradiso-Hairos) Elegance Brode, 1.15.3kr, 2140 meters autostart, Emilia Karlsson (5g Sugar Trader-Emily Safir-Buck Newton) Baharat, 1.16.3kr, 2140 meters voltstart, Fredrik B. Larsson (3f Scarlet Knight-Hot Peppers-Muscles Yankee) Sebastien Sund, 1.16kr, 2140 meters voltstart, Robert Bergh (3g Adrian Chip-Mamsell Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) Dominator, 1.13.9kr, 2140 meters autostart, Bjorn Goop (4m Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) - undefeated in three starts by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com        

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2014 ballot. A total of 36 horses and people, including 18 Standardbred racing candidates and 18 Thoroughbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on this year’s ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will declare the winners in their respective categories.  Results will be announced Tuesday, April 8.   On the Standardbred ballots representing this year’s six voting categories are as follows: Male horse category, Blissfull Hall, J M Vangogh and Rocknroll Hanover In 1999, Blissfull Hall captured harness racing’s elusive Pacing Triple Crown.  Owned by Ecuries Daniel Plouffe, Inc. of Bromont, QC, this champion was trained by Ben Wallace with Ron Pierce as regular driver.   A 31 race career over two seasons amassed a record of 19-4-6, a mark of 1:49.2 and earnings of $1.4 million before embarking on a successful career as a stallion. J M Vangogh, purchased as a yearling for $4,500 by Paul Chambers of Harrington, Delaware, made a remarkable recovery from an accident in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final as a two year old to earn $2.28 million in 206 starts over 8 seasons and the nickname “The Comeback Kid”.  Rocknroll Hanover banked more than $3 million during his race career, for owners Jeffrey Snyder of New York; Lothlorien Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, ON; and Perretti Racing Stable, LLC.  Career highlights include victories in Canada’s most prestigious races for two and three year olds, the Metro Pace and the North America Cup.  He then embarked on a second career, becoming one of North America’s most prolific stallions before passing away in 2013. Female horse category: B Cor Tamara, Dreamfair Eternal and J Cs Nathalie Before embarking on her second career as a broodmare, B Cor Tamara enjoyed a productive racing career, earning more than $185,000.  Bred and owned by Peter Core of Dresden, ON, the daughter of Dream Of Glory was the dam of 19 foals, including star trotter B Cor Pete, and granddam of two champion juveniles, Banker Hall and Broadway Hall.  Her offspring have earned in excess of $2.7 million. Dreamfair Eternal retired from racing in 2012 after a career spanning seven years, 56 victories, including every stake event on the older pacing mare schedule, earning over $2.5 million and being named Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010.  The daughter of Camluck was bred, raised and owned by John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON with Patrick Fletcher receiving training credit. As a broodmare, J Cs Nathalie has produced two millionaires for owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON -- pacing colt Dreamfair Vogel, and pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal.  Dreamfair Vogel was a winner of 19 races and over $1.1 million with a mark of 1:49.3.  Dreamfair Eternal, a winner of 56 races and over $2.5 million in purse earnings was Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2010. The trainer-driver category: Yves Filion, William Gale, and Wally Hennessey. Yves Filion, 67 of Saint-Andre-D’argent, Quebec was one of his province’s premier trainer-drivers for close to 30 years driving in almost 18,000 races with 4,362 wins and $26.5 million in earnings.   Training credits include 248 winners and horses earning in excess of $3.4 million.   Pacing colts Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama each became millionaires with Filion responsible for both training and driving. William Gale, 65 of Woodstock, Ontario, was one of Canada’s leading drivers for a period that spanned the 70s, 80s and 90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million+ seasons.  During his career, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million. Wally Hennessey, 56, of Prince Edward Island, has more than 8,200 victories to his name and has banked earnings in excess of $55 million.  In the late 1990s, he enjoyed success with the trotter Moni Maker, a winner of $5.5 million and numerous stakes including the Nat Ray in three different years, the Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown.  In the summer of 2007, Hennessey was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. Candidates in the builders’ category: Dr. Ted Clarke, John B. Ferguson and Robert Murphy. Dr. Ted Clarke is recognized by his peers as a visionary in the horse racing industry.  Highly regarded for his thoughtful insights, Clarke’s strong and steady leadership has helped guide Grand River Raceway to be a leader in innovation and growth.  Before Grand River, Clarke led numerous initiatives to put Elmira Raceway on the path to stability, including the inauguration of Industry Day, the Battle of Waterloo and the establishment of the Ontario Teletheatre Network. John B. Ferguson may be best known for his time in the National Hockey League, but his passion for Canadian horse racing was drawn from early years spent with his father and grandfather at old Hastings Park in Vancouver, BC.  In addition to his role as a very active owner and breeder, Ferguson also took a role in track management.  He was hired by Blue Bonnets in Montreal and after leaving hockey became the President of Windsor Raceway.  He was also one of driving forces behind the formation of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The late Robert Murphy, a native of Vancouver, BC, one of Canada’s most respected horse breeders and owners, was known by his popular Red Star moniker.  First introduced to racing at Cloverdale Raceway in 1980, he rapidly became one of Canada’s most prolific owners.   He averaged 935 starts as an owner each year between 2005 and 2009.  In 2007, at the age of 74, Murphy owned more Standardbreds than anyone else in Canada. Outstanding Standardbreds: Albatross, Artsplace, and Happy Lady Albatross was voted US Harness Horse of the Year in 1971 and 1972.  He won 59 of 71 starts, including the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes in 1971, and earned in excess of $1.2 million.  As a sire, Albatross's thousands of sons and daughters have won more than $100 million. Artsplace was the1992 O’Brien Award and Dan Patch Award winner as Horse of the Year following an undefeated four-year-old season.  He was a two-year-old world record holder winning the Breeders Crown in a time of 1:51.1 at Pompano Park in Florida, soundly defeating champion Die Laughing.  He won 37 races and bankrolled over $3 million during his racing career which saw him race many times in Canada before becoming a world class sire. Happy Lady, a daughter of Most Happy Fella, raced in 1977 and 1978 for owners Myra Masterson of St. Catharines, ON and Linda Lockey of Ridgeville.  Though her race career was brief, she won $528,825 in purse earnings and attained a mark of 1:55.2.  Trained and driven by the late Jim Rankin, she was almost flawless in her juvenile campaign, winning 15 of 16 races.  As a sophomore she won 19 of 24 starts. Communicators category selections: Harry Eisen, Bill Galvin and Frank Salive. The late Harry Eisen spent a lifetime loving and covering horse racing in Ontario.  As a lifelong journalist, he spent many years exposing the sport to the public, including the majority of his 40 years at the London Free Press.  Eisen who once said he saw his first harness race when he was “three or four years old”, sold tip sheets at Dufferin Park Racetrack as a boy.  He was inducted into Western Fair’s Wall of Fame in 1980. As a publicist, promoter and author, Bill Galvin, a native of Arnprior, ON made a tremendous impact on horse racing in Canada. Galvin’s promotions transcended racing.  He led a charge to bring ice horse racing to the Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans.  He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the health of horse racing during his career. Leamington, ON native Frank Salive was known for over 35 years as “The Voice” of Canadian harness racing.  During his career it is estimated he called over 100,000 races, becoming a fan and industry favourite for his knowledgeable and informative calls and silky voice.  Frank’s career as a track announcer began at Sudbury Downs in the late 70’s and continued at tracks throughout Ontario,  includin  fourteen years at Ontario Jockey Club/Woodbine Entertainment Group harness tracks and concluding at Pompano Park, Florida.  Salive was also a regular writer for the Canadian Sportsman for several years. From the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Maharajah showed that he is back in good form and perhaps very competitive in the late January Prix d'Amerique. Today he was away fourth before moving decisively to the lead after 400 meters and he raced comfortably on the lead before drawing away from the competition for a seven length win in 1.13.1kr over pocket sitter Harry Haythrow that was making his 56th start in V75 action. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Hultman trainee for owner public company Travkompaniets Stall AB. The winner scored for the 30th time in 56 career starts, now for earnings of 19,407,453SEK. Maharajah sports a 4-1-1 slate in 11 starts this year, earning 2,836,656SEK. His next start is planned for January 11th. Solvalla Gold Final UET Master Series, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. II, 300,000SEK to winner 1.13.1kr Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), Orjan Kihlstrom Harry Haythrow (7g Rote On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), Peter Untersteiner Francois du Gull (6m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Eric Lindegren The co-featured Krafft Winterfavoritem for two year-olds went to longshot Snowflake Goj with Torbjorn Jansson up. She rallied late along the pylons to defeat well-bred Global Reality and How Amazing Tooma in a close finish. Solvalla Krafft Winterfavoritem Two Year-Olds, 2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner.17.2kr Snowflake Goj (2f Goetmals Wood-Mrs Meyer Landsky-Sugarcane Hanover), Torbjorn Jansson Global Reality (2m Federal Flex-Lookout Victory-Valley Victory), Bjorn Goop aboard How Amazing Tooma (2f Banker Hall-Amazing As-Enjoy Lavec), Ulf Nordin up Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.        

American breeding is well represented in a field of four colts and eight fillies which line up for the top two-year-old race in Sweden, the Uppfödningslöpning  worth 141,000 euros  to the winner and over 1640m at Jagersro on Saturday. US resident Broadway Hall has two fillies in the race including the likely favourite, Solvalla’s Breeders Crown winner Enya Boko,  bred by the massive Boko Stables and a winner of five of her six starts. Broadway Hall’s other entrant is the Dutch-bred Everreach Draviet who is trained by Ola Samuelsson     and will have the advantage of Johnny Takter in the bike. Popular first season US-resident sire Muscle Hill also has two fillies in Eileen Boko, a winner of her Uppfödningslöpning heat for Lufti Kolgjini and non-winner Catwalk In, who is out of a mare by French sire Buvetier d’Aunou and coincidentally a half-sister to Kolgjini’s promising Orion Kronos who is now racing in France. Catwalk In is trained and driven by Fredrik Persson.      The other US sires are both ex-pats and include former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, who was a top racehorse in Europe and a very successful sire already, and he has the colt Al Dente in the field, the winner of one of his four starts for trainer Tommy Hanne, who has given up the drive for Erik Adielsson. US Breeders Crown 2YO champ Banker Hall has the filly How Amazing Tooma, the winner of one from four for trainer-driver Jan Nordin. American National winner Clerk Magistrate is the sire of  Per Lennartsson’s colt Orion Tilly, the winner of the first two of his five starts including the Breeders Crown in Bergsaker. His granddam Icora Tilly, a fine racemare herself was an even better broodmare producing one of Sweden’s greatest horses, Victory Tilly, and five other winners of between $585,000 and $105,000. In total she produced 11 winners from 14 foals.     Roger Malmquist’s Going Kronos colt Soonerorlater, who won his qualifier for the Uppfödningslöpning and has been placed in both his Breeders Crown races this year. He is a product of Menhammar Stuteri, which stands Going Kronos, a promising Swedish-bred son of Viking Kronos. Viking  Kronos is represented himself in the race with Lutfi Kolgjini’s second entrant in the race, a who won his qualifier for the Uppfödningslöpning for the popular Swedish horseman. Lars I Nilsson’s filly  Si See Sea is another product of Swedish breeding, being by the Franco-American Jocose, a winner of the equivalent of $750,000 and had a record of 1.53.4. French sires are represented by the winner Bullyoung (c Love You) and  M.T.Jest (c Magnificent Rodney)  who are both out of American standardbred mares, a mix that is very successful in Scandinavia. SVENSK UPPFÖDNINGSLÖPNING   Jägersro 30/11/13 Group1) Nat 2YOs  1640m  €141 000 Svensk Uppfödningslöpning 2013-11-30 1  Eileen Boko (f   Muscle Hill - Another Chip) Dr:   Christoffer Eriksson  Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini          2  Enya Boko (f   Broadway Hall - Victor's Finesse) Dr:   Per Lennartsson  Tr: Per Lennartsson              3  Soonerorlater (f   Going Kronos - Inkasso) Dr:   Roger Malmqvist  Tr: Roger Malmqvist     4  Orion Tilly (c   Clerk Magistrate - Infra Tilly) Dr:   Torbjörn Jansson Tr:  Per Lennartsson              5  Onceforall Face( h   Viking Kronos - Lemonsoda Om) Dr:   Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini            6  Everreach Draviet (f   Broadway Hall - Junior Miss) Dr:   Johnny Takter Tr:  Ola Samuelsson             7  M.T.Jest (c   Magnificent Rodney - Vendela Palema) Dr:   Jörgen Sjunnesson  Tr: Svante Båth           8  Al Dente (c   Scarlet Knight - Mollie's Photo) Dr:   Erik Adielsson Tr:  Tommy Hanné              9  Si See Sea (f   Jocose - Solo for Two) Dr:   Jorma Kontio Tr:  Lars I Nilsson     10  How Amazing Tooma (f   Banker Hall - Amazing Ås) Dr:   Jan Nordin Tr:  Jan Nordin             11  Bullyoung (c   Love You - Greenhill's Beauty) Dr:   Peter Ingves Tr:  Anders Svanstedt             12  Catwalk In (f   Muscle Hill - Ellie America)   Fredrik Persson  Tr: Fredrik Persson by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Hippodrome Reims hosted today's Grand National du Trot seventh leg, with Sthieric (7g Alpha Barnes-Justine Pouvee-Cash d'Occagnes) winning in 1.13.5kr as 1.4.1 favorite for harness racing owner, trainer, driver Franck Ouvrie.

Harness racing driver Jean-Pierre Dubois scored a double yesterday at Marseille-Borely, continuing his remarkable driving return in France.

Three more entrants were announced for the May 26 Elitloppet 2013 (from Sweden Raja Mirchi, Commander Crowe and Panne de Moteur).

A major upset occurred in the Criterium des 4 Ans today at Paris-Vincennes today, as 16/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (4m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) won this Gr. I 240,000 euro event contested over 2850 meters.

In addition to today at Aby (Olympiatravet Final) and Enghien (Prix de l'Atlantique), where Maharajah and Timoko posted impressive victories, there was other interesting harness racing today and over the past few days.

The first leg of this year's North American Amateur Drivers Spring Trotting Series kicks off on Friday afternoon, March 31 at Monticello Raceway with seven horses going to post in the fifth race on the 11-race harness racing card that day.

Dean Beachy's Quantum King Leo ($62.00) shocked the harness racing field in Saturday's $6,000 Open Trot at Northfield, grinding out a 1:58.4 win that saw driver Dan Charlino follow cover from Celebrity Wonder and then go three-wide at three-quarters to challenge leader Carolina Raider before getting up by half a length at the wire.

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