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Today’s Deutsches Traber Derby at Berlin Mariendorf in Germany (purse 200,050€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 4.4/1 Wild West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) timed in 1.12.1kr and reined by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stabke Why Not. This was his second 2020 victory in six starts and raised his lifetime earnings to 135,811€. 11/1 Straight Flush (3m Pastor Stephen-Pantsnsox Diamant) took second for Michael Nimczyk and owner Ulrich Mommert. 6.5/1 Toto Borosso (3m Ready Cash-Bibi Borosso) was third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Gold Cap BR (3m Prodigious-Baccara BR) was fourth for Cees F. Kamminga. The 5/10 favorite Keytothehill was a miscue dq along with Cunningham and Venture Capital. Wild West Diamant Wild West Diamant  On the undercard was the Traber-Derby B Finale (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) and Body N Soul (3m Maharajah-Reve d’Amour) scored in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Mike Lenders for Stall Soulmate. Winnetou Diamant (3m Conway Hall) was next for the Bakker/Hagoort team and Knock On Wood (3g Expo Bi) was third for Jaap van Rijn. Body N Soul Yesterday was the annual Derby Auktion Berlin. The catalog, videos and results follow. There were 84 lots sold. The sale topper was hip 9, Lauria Inferior S (f, Muscle Hill-Linda di Casei-Uronometro), that brought 100,000€. Her first dam was a great racemare that won 841,937€ in her exceptional career and now the dam of Axl Rose, a winner of 576,935€. Laura Inferior S   Other sale leaders included hip 10, Hurricane (m, Father Patrick-Scully’s Girl-Muscle Hill-Scully FBI), for a 90,000€ winning bid. Hip 54, Matt A Fortuna (m, Southwind Franck-Freeway Fortuna-Conway Hall) was next at 65,000€., Berlin Marienndorf files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The even-money harness racing favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) took today’s Breeders Crown (males, purse 50,063€, 1900 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller. He raced in the pocket until the final turn after being denied the front, and he held off 10/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Golde Chip) reined by Jorgen Sjunnesson in the final strides. Orlando Jet raised his career earnings to 370,751€. Third was pacesetter 9/1 Halva Von Haithabu (7m Here Comes Joey) and teamster Thorsten Tietz. The undercard included the Breeders Crown Mares (purse 57,215€, 1900 meters autostart, 11 starters) and it saw 1.13.1kr timed and 5.9/1 odds Alegra B (5f Andover Hall-Galea) score for Conrad Lugauer. The 1.9/1 Goldy Stardust (6f Quick Crown-Timely Stardust) was second for Michael Nimczyk. Third was 21.9/1 Super Queen C (6f Offshore Dream-Freiha Haikant) teamed with Jaap Van Rijn. Aged performers also were on stage for the Thomas Philipps (purse 10,728€, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.13.3kr timed victory went to Muscle Boy As (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Perj) with trainer Gerhard Mayr at the lines. Khalid (6f Lets Go-Lisboa) took second for Roland Hulskath and Gustavson Be (6g Juliano Star-Gioioca Caf) was third for Victor Gentz. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Jean Pierre Dubois bred La Grace (3f Muscle Hill-Le Reve) took the Saturday Berlin Mariendorf featured Deutsches Stuteri Oaks (purse 82,775€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) as the 1.2/1 favorite. Michael Nimczyk teamed the winner for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk.  The 6/1 Rock My Dreams (3f Gustav Diamant-Nucedicocio Rex) was second for Josef Franzl, ahead of 12.6/1 outsider Jetway Fortuna (3f Donato Hanover-Saratoga Yankee). Race time was 1.13.4kr. The excellent Saturday program also showcased the Super Trot Cup (purse 70,000€, 2500 meters autostart) that went to 13.6/1 Fabio Bianco (Ufo Kievetshof-Waterlily Bochoeve) handled by Rob T. De Vlieger. Zefiro Dei Cedr (Wishing Stone-Ninfa Degli Dei) was second for Joakim Lovgren and third went to Pocahontas Diamant (Look de Star-Ianira Dei) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Race time was 1.13.8kr. The Monte Derby (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart) saw 2/1 Zauni (g, Quite Easy-Nice Try Diamant) score for Ronja Walter for trainer Manfred Walter. Hambo Transs R was next with jockey Michelle Monster aboard for trainer Paul Hagoort. Third was O’Sunday with Stephanie Werder in the irons. Race time was a record 1.11.5kr. Earlier on the card was the Eduard Winter Deutsches Stuten Derby Finale B (10,000€ purse, 1900 meters, 12 starters) that went to 6.2/1 Marylan Monroe with Michael Nimczyk aboard. She bested Versailles Diamant and reinsman Robin Bakker and third finishing Jamaica Ferr that was piloted by Rob T. De Vlieger. Race time was 1.15.4kr. The August 3rd Auktion Berlin produced several well-received sale leaders: Leroy Scott (Trixton) 85,000€ to Leendert Gerrits Latina di Baia S (Trixton) 75,000€ to Stall Antonshof Obsession Bo (Muscle Hill) 65,000€ to Chelsea Srls Silvertail (Ready Cash) to Tramontom Srl The sale average was 19,677€ Berlin-Mariendorf, Berlintrab,, Auktion Berlin files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

July 25, 2019 - The field of 12 harness racing trotters is set for the August 4th Deutschlands Traber Derby to be raced at Berlin Mariendorf, Germany. Four eliminations took place on July 21 with the following winners set to contest the final along with their chief rivals. The eliminations, each for a 20,000€ purse, saw the fastest winner being River Flow (Biltmore As-Annabelle As) timed in 1.13.11kr with Thorsten Tietz aboard. Juan les Pins (Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) took the second elimination for Jaap Van Rijn clocked in 1.13.26kr. Arnold J. Mollema trains this winner. The third contest went to the Alessandro Gocciadoro piloted Juan Bros (Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) stopping the timer in 1.13.37kr. Juan Bros And finally, in elimination four, Velten Von Flevo (Ganymede-Babette Flevo) scored for reinsman Rick Ebbinge and trainer JWM Engwerda clocked in 1.14.58. The Derby Festival should be a good one with quality racing on the weekend. Thomas H. Hicks  

Robin Bakker teamed Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love) to victory in today’s 123rd edition of the Deutches Traber Derby (purse 215,633 euro with 102,816 euro to the winner, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters). Paul Hagoort trains the winner of now five career wins in eight starts that Joseph Vanduffel owns. This 7/10 favorite, bred by Jean Huls, was timed in 1.12.3kr as he defeated Ids Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko) with Rick Ebbinge driving for trainer Hagoort and Running Stable that was off at 4.3/1. The 8.3/1 Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way) took third for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar and 12/1 Chapter One (3g Donato Hanover-C’est Facile) was fourth for Michael Nimczyk. This one was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois and the dam C’est Facile (2009 f In Dix Huit-Crysta’s Image) showed promise racing briefly in the USA and is a half-sister to the sensational Brigham Dream and Crys Dream. The excellent undercard included first the Askania Derby for a 15,000 euro purse and raced over 1609 meters autostart. The 1.10l5kr timed victory went to Gilda Newport (5f Donato Hanover0Color Schemes) with trainer Dion P. Tesselaar driving for owner Marion A. Jaul. Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) was a game second for Michael Nimczyk and SJs Junior C (7g SJs Photo-Freiha Hailant) took the third check for Stefan Schoonhoven. The winning Gilda Newport now has career earnings of 11.931 euro. The 20,000 euro purse Deutches Traber Derby Consolation (B) was raced over 1900 meters autostart and went to 1.10.9kr timed Great Gatsby As (3m Abano As-Glide Be Nimble) with  the legendary Heinz Wewering up for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Leendert G. Gerrits. Cesare W (3m Dream Vacation-New Hanke Hall) took second for Kurt Roeges and Nashua (3m Brioni-Camarque) was third for trainer Christian Lindhardt at the lines. The 70,000 euro purse Super Trot Cup (2500 meters autostart) went to 9/8/1 Bijou Bourbon HM (6f Sam Bourbon-Venzy Way) with owner Marc Elian up for trainer Conrad Lugauer. Tyrolean Dream (g Dream Vacation-Super Dream) was second for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Stall Wieserhof. Touch Of Wind Bi (5f Varenne-Catch The Wind) got up to earn third narrowly with Rick Ebbinge up. Several other winner of note on a program that saw Hunterton Farm and Diamond Creek Farm sponsor conditioned races, included the Spielbank Berlin Derby (four year old mares, 8,000 euro purse, 1900 meters autostart) with that victory to Charlotte Newport (4f Abano As-Color Schemes) for driver Michael Nimczyk. Thomas Holterman trains this half-sister to Gilda Newport that won earlier today. The 25,000 euro purse Kaffee Derby Maturity (four year old males, 1900 meters autostart) saw Tsunami Diamant (4m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) score at 2.8/1 for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort, to defeat Portland (4m Ganymede) for Bjorn Goop and Mac Smily (4m Brioni) with Christian Lindhardt aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Ids Boko, Very Impressive S, Chapter One, Mister F Daag Win Deutsches Derby Eliminations July 29. 2018 Sunday’s German Trotting Derby eliminations took place at Berlin Mariendorf with each of the four elims raced over 1900 meters autostart for purses of 20,000 euro. The final will be raced on August 5, the 123rd edition of the classic that will have 12 starters going 1900 meters autostart to be crowned 2018 champion. The elims results follow along with the August 5 starting assignments: Elim 1 – 1.12.1kr Ids Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and Running Stable Laurel Park (3m Love You-Le Reve), Jean Pierre Dubois for Yves Boireau and Dubois the owner Crazy And Quick (3m Love You-Crazy For You), Dion Tesselaar driver/trainer for Stall Habo Elim 2 – 1.12.6kr Very Impressive S (3m SJs Caviar-Verify), Cees Kamminga driver/trainer for Hodij Coatings BV Charmeur Royal (3m Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and owners Isliker and Thomaskamp, this colt from the dam of undefeated Longines Standbyme (3m Muscles Yankee-Servus), Bjorn Goop for Dirk Hafer and Marion Jauls Elim 3 – 1.13.6kr Chapter One (3g Donato Hanover-C’est Facile), Michael Nimczyk for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and owners Brocker and Mommert. Jean Pierre Dubois was the breeder Inspector Bros (3g Pastor Stephen-Zecile Boko), Stefan Schoonhoven trainer/driver for Gerrits and Thomaskamp the owners Officer Stephen (3m Pastor Stephen-Gondolin), Dion Tesselaar trainer/driver for Carpe Diem Stables Elim 4 – 1.12.8kr Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and owner Joseph Vanduffel Velten von Polly (3m Varenne-Eternity Rex), Hugo Langeweg Jr. trainer/driver for Sigrid Velten, this colt from the dam of Tuonoblu Rex racing at FFA level in USA Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way), Dion Tesselaar driver/trainer for Jan Reugebrink The August 5th Derby lineup is shown below.  Deutsches Traber-Derby 2018 Dotierung: - Distanz: 1.900 m Autostart 1 Inspector Bros 3j. W. 14,0 1.900 m Stefan Schoonhoven 10.715,- 2 Chapter One 3j. W. 13,5 1.900 m Michael Nimczyk 27.000,- 3 Very Impressive S 3j. H. 12,6 1.900 m Cees Kamminga 40.950,- 4 Mister F Daag 3j. H. 12,8 1.900 m Robin Bakker 77.823,- 5 Ids Boko 3j. W. 12,1 1.900 m Rick Ebbinge 23.250,- 6 Charmeur Royal 3j. H. 13,5 1.900 m Heinz Wewering 7.850,- 7 Standbyme 3j. H. 13,7 1.900 m Björn Goop 7.250,- 8 Fabio de Pervenche 3j. H. 13,2 1.900 m Dion Tesselaar 10.500,- 9 Velten von Polly 3j. H. 13,0 1.900 m Hugo Langeweg jun. 5.550,- 10 Laurel Park 3j. H. 12,2 1.900 m Jean-Pierre Dubois 18.257,- 11 Crazy and Quick 3j. H. 12,6 1.900 m Jaap van Rijn 5.250,- 12 Officer Stephen 3j. H. 14,2 1.900 m Karel Gerrits 7.850,- Also on the Derby Elims card was the Monte Derby raced over 1900 meters autostart for 20,000 euro total purse and with 10 starters. The 1.13.2kr timed winner was Zauni (5m Quite Easy-Nice Try Diamant) with Ronja Walter in the irons for trainer Manfred Walter. Victorious Star (7g Juliano Star) was second for jockey Henriette Larsen and trainer Conrad Lugauer. Third was Star Advisor Joli (9g Look de Star) ridden by Josefine Ivehag for trainer Sofia Aronsson.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Berlin Mariendorf (Germany) hosted two three year old events today each for a total purse of 10,000 euro and raced over 1900 meters autostart. The filly division went to Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) driven by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner AGM Groot Beheer BV. The 111.9 timed winner defeated Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) with Dion P. Tesselaar up and Laura Vici (3f Orlando Vici-Lavaletta) for Michael Nimczyk. The colt division went to Very Impressive S (4m SJs Caviar-Verify) reined by Cees F. Kamminga in 1.13.4kr. Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way) was second for driver Danny Brower for trainer Paul Hagoort and stablemate CDs Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko) was third with Robin Bakker aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Today began the main harness racing action leading to next weekend’s German Trotting Derby, preceeded by the annual Yearling Auction the prior day. Four Derby eliminations for colts took place today, along with the Charlie Mills Memorial. Each carried at purse of €20,000 and was contested over 1900 meters autostart. A summary of the elims follows. The Brandenberg Cup elimination went to 1.3/1 Fiobano (3m Abano As-Fiona KO) for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz to remain unbeaten in six starts this year and for the career. Stall Pretty Woman is the owner. Guccio Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-She’s A Flirt) was second for Maik Esper and Muscle Boy As (3m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) took third for Gerhard Mayr.Fiobano was clocked in 1.14.47kr.  German Derby Elim - Fiobano, Thorsten Tietz replay  follows The Florida Eis Cup elim went to 1.3/1 Dreambreaker (3mOffshore Dream-Brooke Boko) for driver Michael Nimczyk and trainer Arnold J. Mollema. This winner scored for the second time in 2016 with four placings in six starts. Gigant Greenwood (3m Mr. Pine Chip-Urielle Kievitshof) was second for Stefan Schoonhoven. Third went to Mr. Shorty (3m Here Comes Joey-Escape) with Thorsten Tietz driving. Thewinner was clocked in 1.13.37kr. German Derby Elim – Dreambreaker, Michael Nimczyk/Arnold Mollema replay folows Stall Oberkracher owns the winner The Estrel Hotel Berlin elim went to even money choice Geronimo T (3m Uranus-Zita Jones) for driver Thorsten Tietz for trainer Hans Joachim Tipke. Muscle Scott (3m Muscle Mass-What A Spirit) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort, with third to Laskari (3m Tschagga-Dodoma) with Joseph Verbeeck aboard for trainer Maik Esper. Geronimo T now has five wins and one placing in seven starts and was timed in 1.14.21kr. German Derby Elim – Geronimo T, Thorsten Tietz, H. Tipke replay follows: The Movenpick Hotel Berlin German Derby elim was won by Orlando Jet (3m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Stall Team Neuhof. Off at 3.6/1 this one recorded his fourth win in five starts plus one placing and was timed in 1.12.89kr. Jauni (3m Quite Easy-Niutty Diamant) was next in this test for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz. Third was Comanche Moon (3m Love You-Norwegian Dream) with Torbjorn Jansson driving for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. This elim replay follows -Orlando Jet, Rudolf Haller Othello Victory Wins the Charlie Mills Memorial Aged class masters battled in the Charlie Mills Memorial, with the field including the 2015 winner Vrai Lord (1.12.6kr) and 2014 winner Dream Magic BE (1.13.2kr). This year was a different result as 3.4/1 Othello Victory (5g Diamond Way-Victorya Blue) was victorious for driver Rudolf Haller and trainer Gregor Krenmayr. This comeback story now has three wins and a placing in five 2016 starts after not racing last year. 51/1 New Generation (7m Oscar Schindler SL-Nuke It Linsay) was second for Heinz Wewering, also the trainer. 8/1 Dream Magic BE (7m Dream Vacation-Dantesca Cla) ended third for Josef Franzi Jr. and fourth was 17/1 Vrai Lord (7m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) with trainer Gerhard Mayr driving. The 9/10 favorite King Of The World was unplaced. The winner was timed in 1.13.47. The Derby Auction is set for August 6 and represents a fine selection of trotting future talent. Catalogue link follows: Thomas H. Hicks

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