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April 6, 2017 - Today’s interesting harness racing action was at Mons Ghlin (BE) and LaCapelle (FR). The former included the Prix de Paques Balgique (purse €7200, 2850 meters, nine international contestants). The 1.14.5kr timed winner was veteran  1:2 odds favorite Truman Dairpet (10g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) reined by Piet Van Poll for Union Stable. This campaigner recorded his 22nd victory in 96 career starts for €589,000 earned. 4.3/1 Duke Of Greenwood (7m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) held second for trainer Peter J. Strooper and reinsman Hugo W. Langeweg. 30/1 Bi Vivant (12g Armbro Kaiser-Elady) was third. The Prix Journal Eurotierce (purse €5,400, 1750 meters autostart, 11 international starters) went to  quick-stepping, 1.12.2kr timed,  favorite 9/10 odds, Touch Of Wind Bi (5f Varenne-Catch The Wind) reined by Rik Ebbinge.  J.W.M. Engwerda trains the winner that defeated 15/1 Darcy River (7f Incredible Crafts-Virginia River) and driver Rik Weuters with third to 54/1 Proud Of My Face (5f Gift Kronos-Armbro Daffodil) and reinsman Guido Laureys. At LaCapelle (FR), the Prix les Etangs (purse €21,000, 2750 meters autostart, 15 starters) went to even-money favorite Canadair (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Sissi de la Vallee) reined by  trainer Dion P. Tesselaar for breeder/owner Nicolas Handrikus Dekker. 12/1 Cuba Libre (5g Nahar de Beval) was second for J.Ch Piton and 49/1 Cesar Leniwen (5f Riussec) was third. Winning time was 1.14.4kr. The Prix Bofferding (purse €20,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 7/2 odds Bonheur Nocturne (6g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Rencontre Joyeuse). Pierre Vercruysse reined this winner that bested 6/1 Alter Ego (7m Goetmals Wood-Gissi James) driven by Yann Lorin and third finishing 7.4/1 Bourbon Jab (6m Kaisy Dream) with Bernard Piton aboard. Thomas H. Hicks    

December 11, 2015 - Herve Soinneau teamed his owned/trained Tallien (8g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) to victory at 9/2 odds at Vincennes in the Quinte+ (jackpot €4.1 million jackpot) Prix de Genozac  (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters). Timed in 1.14.1kr the winner bested 4.4/1 Triton de Meunier (8g Camelia du Donjon-Ora de Meunier) and driver Franck Nivard with third to 10.4/1 Ultra du Gede (7g Memphis du Rib-Bayonne) and Olivier Raffin. At Cagnes sur mer the Prix Varenne (purse €42,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters) went to Truman Dairpet (8g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch at 3.2/1 odds. Owned by Ecurie du Haras de L’Epinay the winner scored in 1.14.4kr for his 18th victory in 70 starts, now foe earnings in excess of €408,000. 12.3/1 Urial d’Harcouel (7m Tenor de Baune-Nelline d’Harcouel) was next for David Bekaert and third to 5/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) and Pierre Vercruysse. On Wednesday, December 9, major events took place at Bergsaker and Solvalla as both tracks were part of the V86 program. The Gr. II International Electroskandia at Bergsaker (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, three year-old fillies) went to favorite and Robert Bergh teamed Timbal (3f From Above-Clear as a Bell-Super Arnie). Tro Lo Lo (3f Pine Chip-Tra La La-Valley Victory) was second for Leif Witasp with Cayenne Ovel (3f From Above-Piova Kronos-Viking Kronos) third for Jorma Kontio. Fourth was Treasure Kronos (3f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) handled by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. Bred by Allev. Kronos this one is owned by north American based David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. At Bergsaker the Jason Montage for 60,000SEK to the winner of the 1640 meter autostart event, went to the Leif Witasp trained/driven Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) as that one defeated David Sisu (7m Lindy Lane-Keystone Delicious-American Winner) handled by Jorma Kontio. Third was Labero Broline (7m Pine Chip-Armbro Natural-Speedy Crown) and teamster Daniel Wajersten. Two year-olds contested Solvalla’s Vinterfavoritem over 2140 meters autostart with 200,000SEK to winner. Undine (2f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) took this event for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Second was Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson with third to Detroit Rock Sisu (2m Scarlet Knight-Klara Sisu-Fleuron Perrine) and driver Tuomas Korvenoja. Thomas H. Hicks

November 28, 2015 - Today’s Prix de Saint Loup (purse €20,000, 2650 meters, 16 starters) for three year-old fillies went to 15/1 Cybele Castelets (3f Quaker Jet-Elide) for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and owner Patrick Aubin. The 1.18.9kr winner defeated 8.3/1 Conquete A Deux (3f Sam Bourbon-Nina Madrik)  along the pegs driven by Kevin Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 4.4/1 Carla de Flosaille (3f Rapidedu Bois-L’Epopee) was third. Trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch won the Prix Genera;l Bonnafe (purse €34,000, 2650 meters, 16 European starters) with 1.15.8kr timed, 3.2/1 odds Truman Dairpet (8g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie), owned by Ecurie du Haras de l’Epinay. The classy veteran defeated 27.2/1 Verdict d’Honneur (6g Prodigious-Place d’Honneau) drivemn by trainer Anthony Laigrom and third finishing 2.2/1 odds Potenza OM (6f Yankee Glide-Francee di Jesolo) driven by trainer Pietro Gubellini. The Prix Oscar RL (purse €22,000, 2650 meters, 12 starters) at Pont de Vivaux went to 3.6/1 Amtao (5g Rocklyn-Melia Clairchamp) clocked in 1.16.9kr for Kevin Van The Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The winner defeated 13.4/1 Aubin de Larcy (5g Assaim Laurent-Quismie de Bavent) and 3.8/1 Astre de Feu (5m Diamant Gede-Nuit de Feu) the latter owned/trained/driven by Nicolas Ensch. Attenarco(5g Ready Cash-Mattmarra(  won today’s Prix du Cheval Francias at Avenches carrying a purse of €12,489 and contested by seven over 3000 meters autostart. This 3/10 favorite scored in 1.17.2kr for He. Turrettini, owner/driver. 9.5/1 Scoop de Bellouet (8g Jag de Bellouet-Muse de Bellouet) was second for Pascal Schneider with third to 23/1 Une du Martz (7f Carpe Diem-L’Aventure). Avenches’ Swiss Champions contest (purse €16,652, 2350 meters autostart, nine starters) went to the 1.16.3kr winner Podium du Rib (12g Giant Cat-Gallia de Vandel) reined by Mme. Rene Aebischer and owner Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Qudeko d’Ete (11g Off Guy-Vitesse) was second for Heniz Gubler and third went to Rebus (7g In Love With You-Kattnouga) for Marcel Humbert and Stall Allegra Racing Club. Thomas H. Hicks

March 6, 2015 - Racing at Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur (Cagnes sur mer) this weekend features Sunday’s Criterium de Vitesse, but the Friday evening seven race card began the festivities with five events at the 1609 meters autostart (one mile) distance. European performers won the first four races for the sprinters. Leticia Bi (10f Sugarcane Hanover - Amerique Top - Coktail Jet) took the Prix de Naples (€18.000, European starters) in 1:57.91 as the  0.8/1 favorite. Trainer Edoardo Moni teamed the Italian invader to victory for owner Scuderia Pari, her 38th career win for €336.692 earned. Marshal Hackstable (10m Power to Charm - Melodic Hackstable - VIP Tilly) took the Prix de Padoue (€32,000, European eligibles) at 6.2/1 for Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Sofia Aronsson. The Frakstad Lantbruss AB owned mare from Sweden scored in 1:55.87 for her eighth career win good for €147,450 earned. The Prix de Pise (€25,000, European females) went to Italy’s Princess Kronos (6f Donato Hanover - Malibus Princess - Malabar Man) timed in 1:56.96 for reinsman Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ecurie du Domaine du Pak. The even-money favorite recorded her 10th career win for €98,355 earned. The Prix de Bologne (€25,000, European males) went to 12/1 Pacha dei Greppi (6m Juliano Star - Dresda dei Greppi-Cougar Lobell) with Antonio Greppi up for trainer Holger Ehlert and owner Nicola del Rosso. This Italian raider scored in 1:56.42 for career win 20 and €94,312 earned. The Prix de Modena (€8,000, Amateur drivers) ended the evening of speed with a 1:57.29 victory by Ultorius (7g Biesolo - Novelty - Lutin d’Isigny) and teamster Sophie Blancheiere. Yannick A. Briand trains the winner, favored at 1.4/1, for owner Ecurie Aime Gavin, that recorded career win seven for €75,710. Thomas H. Hicks

Reve de Coeur (9g Kiwi-Fine Perle) took today’s featured €16,378 Prix Trophee Vert Suisse at Avenches in France. Timed in 1.17.6kr over 2000 meters on the turf, the winner recorded victory 14 in 90 starts for earnings of €220,045. Jean Matthey drove the 7.2/1 odds winner that defeated a pair of Giant Cat sired veterans Negotians d’Oritige and Padium du Rib. At Cabourg, Couleur Citron took a two year-old fillies event for €13,000 over 2050 meters autostart, the Prix d’Argentan. Eleven contested this one with Couleur Citron home first in her maiden effort for Yohan Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire timed in 1.19.6kr. The daughter of Coktail Jet-L’aunou du Fier is owned by J-P Barjon  and was 7/10 favorite, Barjon the owner of Prix d’Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta. Louis Baudron was second with his trained and owned C’est Facile (2f Rocklyn-Maflymede) at 10.9/1 As the sun set at Cabourg, the €24,000 Prix du Vira (2840 meters, 14 starters) went to Baron de Fleur in 1.18kr for Johanna Lindqvist, driving for trainer/owner Anders Lindqvist, her father. The three year-old son of Biesolo-Oseille Folie scored at 6.8/1 over Bellinissimo (3m Baccarat du Pont-Jaconde) handled by Thomas Levesque for trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Defending Finlandia-Ajo champion Nesta Effe faces a stiff challenge to his crown from rising French star Univers de Pan and Swedish star Sanity at Vermo , Saturday night. The group one Finnish race is over the mile distance and Holger Ehlert will have his Italian-bred chestnut journeyman primed for a race in a country in which he has excelled. Neste Effe not only won this race last year,but he also won the Prix Etain Royal the first of the Scandinavian big spring races which was won this year by Warkentin mare Prussia in stunning fashion. She lines up again, but there is a feeling that on paper, last year's was a much stronger field, perhaps due to the untimely clash this season with the Copenhagen Cup. Mr Picolit, who ran third last year is defending his Copenhagen Crown, while Monster Drive who was fourth, chose a trip to Italy last weekend for the Lotteria where he made the final. Commander Crowe, who also appeared in both races last year, has not also reappeared for his 11th season. So this leaves the big three, really looking a class above the opposition in this race. Malin Lofgren's Sanity won four races in France over the lucrative winter period, and also finished second and third, and has a win and two second since he returned to Scandinavian racing. The son of Love You is just a super tough competitor and demands the ultimate respect here. Philippe Daugeard's Univers de Pan is one of the French elite ranks, and the fact that he is racing on the 1000m Scandinavian is something of a coup for the organizers of the race. A true French bred son of Kenya du Pont, the only American bloodlines in his pedigree ironically stem from his sireline, his great-great grandsire being Star's Pride. He is the only one of his fifth line 32 descendants who is American. Not one of the other five lines of pedigree is of US breeding. But that is of interest only to the breeding buff, he was second in the Prix de France and has no less than four group two victories. On a wide open track he'd street this field. The fact that he is putting his credentials on the line on a 1000m track, and an acknowledged hard track at that, speaks of a greater goal. A fast mile time, perhaps with the lucrative Swedish breeding market taking not of performance above such a "French" pedigree. This is a race which has been run since 1980, and is regarded as Finland's biggest trotting event. A few facts Horses with most wins 2 - Giesolo de Lou (1999, 2000) 2 - Napoletano (1988, 1989)[3] Drivers with most wins 3 - Jean-Michel Bazire (2005, 2008, 2009) 3 - Stig H. Johansson (1988, 1989, 2004) 3 - Jorma Kontio (1985, 1986, 2007) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) 2 - Joseph Verbeeck (1998, 2003) Trainers with most wins 3 - Fabrice Souloy (2003, 2008, 2009) 2 - Jean-Etienne Dubois (1999, 2000) 2 - Stig Engberg (1988, 1989) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) Sires with most winning offsprings 2 - Biesolo (Giesolo de Lou, Oiseau de Feux) 2 - Quick Pay (Atas Fighter L., Born Quick) 2 - Texas (Grades Singing, Copiad) 2 - Super Bowl (Davidia Hanover, Napoletano Countries, number of wins 10 - United States 9 - France 7 - Sweden 4 - Finland Fastest winners 1:10.6 (km rate) - Quarcio du Chene (2010) All winners of Finlandia-Ajo[edit] Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. Torbjörn Jansson Torbjörn Jansson Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David France 1:15.6 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The second session of Arqana Trot's Prix d'Amerique Mixed Sale was devoted exclusively to stallion breeding shares. A total of 77 lots were offered with 52 sold for an average of 13,725 euro. Aggregate sale value was 713,700 euro, up 9.3% from last year. Shares of 2014 Prix d'Amerique starter The Best Madrik (2007 Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo) led the way. Two shares sold for 58,000 euro each and one for 59,000 euro. The share buyer owns 1/90th and is entitled to one breeding annually. The Best Madrik stands for 10,500 euro (500 euro being a booking fee) at Haras de Perriere. He is a well-regarded "classique" winner of Gr. I events and entered the stud in 2011. One share of Texas Charm sold for 45,000 euro; one share of recently retired Quaker Jet for 40,000 euro and one share of Up And Quick for 36,000 euro. Up And Quick (2008 Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), also a Prix d'Amerique starter, entered stud in 2013 and stands at Haras de Sassy for 7,000 euro (including 1,000 euro reservation fee). Arqana Trot was formed on 2012 as a result of the merger between Arqana's two subsidiaries Trotting Promotion and l'Agence Française du Trot. Arqana Trot has produced a more streamlined sales calendar made up of eight yearly sales spread out to best effect on its three sales complexes, Paris-Vincennes, Cabourg and Deauville. The final sale session at Paris-Vincennes on Friday evening features a host of current and future racing prospects. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) scored a rallying victory in today's fourth "B", the 120,000 euro purse Prix de Belgique over 2850 meters turning start, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters. Strategically handled by Pierre Vercruysse, Yarrah Boko scored in 1.14.4kr and repeated his performance of winning this event a year ago. Trond Anderssen trains the winner for owner Jan Erik Anderssen. Holland's Boko Stables bred the winner, now with 36 career wins for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro. Vercruysse left alertly with Yarrah Boko to take the lead and then yielded to race in third on the inside until top of the long Paris-Vincennes lane. Blocked briefly, the pair escaped and moved three wide to wear down the leaders. Yarrah Boko did not start in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique due to injury and then returned to racing on July 14 with three straight wins. He last raced October 26 at Jagersro finishing third in the C.L. Mullers Memorial Several competitors also raced well today including the six year-old youngster Univers de Pan, the race favorite, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik both of which finished strongly after overcoming 25 meter handicaps. Vanika du Ruel, the speedy five year-old mare handled by Franck Anne, made a strong push at the leaders around the last bend to get into contention before fading to seventh. A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the excellent racing card with the Prix de Belgique being today's Quinte+ race of the day. Dam of the winner, Big Blue Kitten (1997, Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor-Meadow Road) took a 3, 2:00.4h record at Freehold and at three won the Lady Suffolk and in Sweden the Elitsto. She was bred by UK and NBA basketball legend Sam Bowie and sold November 10, 2001 to Boko Stables. The $80,000 yearling at Kentucky Select Sale thus disappeared from USTA records. She has produced six foals in Europe, five winners, six money winners including Yarrah Boko, Wolf Boko (by Lemon Dra), Zola Boko (by Goetmals Wood), Aristocrat Boko )by From Above), Boa Boko (by Express It) and Nostradamos Face (by Varenne). January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Belgique, 120,000 euro purse, Gr. II, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters 1.14.4kr Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish 1st Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), Pierre Vercruysse up for Trond Anderssen trainer, owner Jan Erik Anderssen and breeder Boko Stables, his 36th career win for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro, off at 5.8/1, winner of this "B" event last year in 1.13.3kr, injured and non-starter in Prix d'Amerique, returned to racing July 14, 2013 and posted three straight wins, last started October 26 finishing third in C.L. Mullers Memorial at Jagersro 2nd  Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudiere), Philippe Daugeard up at 1.8/1 favorite 3rd Soleil du Fosse (8m Jag de Bellouet-Fortune du Posse-Neric Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin up at 9/1 4th Save The Quick (8f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchess-Blue Dream), J-M Bazire up at 26/1 for Ecurie Quick and trainer Franck Leblanc, finished well 5th Roxana de Barbray (9f Speed Clayettois-Iriana des Enclos-Vrai Lutin), Eric Raffin up at 14/1 6th The Best Madrik (7m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois up, raced superbly overcoming 25 meter handicap by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Quel Instant, with Francois Lagadeuc up, scored a 59/1 upset victory in today's 150,000 euro Prix de la Cote d'Azur at Cagnes sur Mer. The winner, a ten year-old Instant Gede gelding, stormed home to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1.14.1kr over 2925 meters. Urella was second for J-M Bazire with 58/1 outsider Speed du Lombart finishing third in this International event. The longshots set up a Quinte + payoff of 147,936 euro for a two euro wager, excluding the jackpot that was 2 million euro this day. January 10, 2014 Cagnes sur Mer - Prix de la Cote d'Azur, International, 150,000 euro purse, 2925 meters + 25 meter handicap to highest earners, 16 starters, Quinte+ 2 million euro jackpot  1.14.1kr 1st Quel Instant (10g Instant Gede-Inimaginable-Carpe Diem), Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer Randolphe Lagadeuc, owner Ecurie des Essarts, 59/1 odds, his 14th career win for 350,870 euro earned 2nd Urella (6f Ganymede-Jirella-Cedre du Vivier), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4.8/1 odds 3rd Speed du Lombart (8g Biesolo-Aldouza-Le Loir), Kristof Depuydt up, 58/1 odds 4th Viva Island (5f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream-Coktail Jet), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, trainer, driver, breeder Scuderia Bolgheri, 5.5/1 odds The co-featured Prix de Cagnes sur Mer over 2925 meters for 50,000 euro purse went to veteran Tango Somolli with Claude Mathe aboard at 18/1 odds. He scored in 1.14.2kr over Toscan de Carel that was off at 14/1. January 10, 2014 - Cagnes sur Mer - Prix de Cagnes sur Mer, 17 starters, European, 50,000 euro purse, 2925 meters plus distance handicap 1.14.2kr 1st Tango Somolli (7m Full Account-Moonlight Somolli-And Arifant), Claude Mathe trainer/driver, 18/1 odds 2nd Toscan de Carel (7g Ipson de Mormal-Kiwadatta-Carpe Diem), Loris Garcia up, 14/1 3rd Tofilo (7g Coktail Jet-Light of Morning-Extreme Dream), Yannick A. Briand trainer/driver for Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 8/1 odds Saturday action includes Maharajah at Solvalla and two graded events at Paris-Vincennes where Village Mystic will try to overcome a 25 meter handicap in the 120,000 euro Gr. II Prix de Croix. The Gr. II Prix Maurice de Gheest for 120,000 euro over 2750 meters attracted a fine field headed by the Jos. Verbeeck reined, Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime, Frank Anne's Bolide des Gueron and Bird Parker, another Allaire trainee that Pierre Vercruysse will direct. Saturday January 11, 2014 Solvalla - Lindahls Gold Div, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner On Track Piraten, Johnny Takter, favorite Really Queen, R. Bergh Kash's Cantab, T, Jansson BWL Champion, V. Karhulahti Bob Hope, J. Kontio Pactole de L'Iton, J. Untersteiner True Advantage, P, Lennartsson Maharajah, O. Kihlstrom, second favorite Mr. Golden, K. Frick El Sueco, U. Ohlsson by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Texas Charm (second choice in wagering, son of Cygnus d'Odyssee) rallied to win today's third "B" leading to January 26th Prix d'Amerique. Julien Dubois expertly handled the winner for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Triode de Felliere was a solid second for Anthony Barrier driving for J-P Marmion owner/trainer. Favored Ready Cash was third after a two-hole trip behind pacesetter Timoko (Jos. Verbeeck up) who faded to ninth after a very fast pace (race time 1.10kr, mile rate 1:52.63) in which he parked Vanika du Ruel and Franck Anne. Ready Cash had no excuse and was unable to close on the leaders in the late going and held off fourth place finisher Tiego d'Etang. Timoko took the field to the first 600 meters in a mile rated time of 1:45.55 and held the pace to 1:49.25 with 1000 meters to go in the 2100 meter autostart contest (1-5/16 miles). Race summary follows showing the top 10 order of finish. Vincennes - Prix de Bourgogne, 120,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 17 starters, Quinte+ 1.10kr (mile rate 1:52.63, race time 2:27.10) Fractional times: 1.05.6kr at 1500; 1.07.8kr at 1000; 1.09.7kr at 500 meter to go post 1st Texas Charm (6m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Kamela Charm-Coktail Jet), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, odds 2.1/1 2nd  Triode de Felliere (6f Derby du Gite-Linea de Vandel-Cezio Josselyn), Anthony Barrier up for J-P Marmion 3rd Ready Cash (8m Indy de Vive-Kidea-Extreme Dream), Franck Nivard aboard for owner Philippe Allaire, Thierry Duvaldestin trainer 4th Tiego d'Etang (6m Chaillot-Herolene-Vroum d'Or), Ch. J. Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon 5th Roxane Griff (8f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise-Sancho Panca), Eric Raffin driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato 6th Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach), Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy 7th The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard 8th Up And Quick (5f Buvetier d'Aunou- Fichtre-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc 9th Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces -And Arifant), Jos Verbeeck driving for Richard Westerink owner/trainer 10th  Univers de Pan (5m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere), Philippe Daugeard driver/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Today's Paris-Vincennes Gr. III featured Prix Jean Dumouch (2850 meters, 115,000 euro purse, European) went to 2/1 favorite Septour (7g Love You-Kenitra-Capriccio) in 1.14kr with Julien Dubois aboard. He scored for the 16th time in 51 career appearances, now with earnings of 474,000 euro. Dubois used patient pylon hugging tactics before escaping between horses in mid-stretch to defeat Une Fille d'Amour (5f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain. Possible Prix d'Amerique entrant Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre) was third for driver J-M Bazire, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and timed faster that his competitors today. Up And Quick is trained by Franck Leblanc for Ecurie Quick Start and closed powerfully in the late going. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day with a 1.2 million euro jackpot, after it was hit several days ago by a lucky player. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Vaumas (2700 meters, 76,000 euro purse) for three year-old females went to Alisma du Corta (3f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way) handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The victory was her fifth lifetime and increased her earnings to 108,000 euro. She scored in 1.16.9kr and held off determined Agora (3f Prodigious-Ibiza des Brisarts) and Matthieu Abrivard. Agora du Gauthier (3f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) was third for Franck Nivard. J-P Dubois drove a stablemate of his winner to a sixth place finish with Alike That (3f Love You-Just Like That) trained by Patrick Chevrier. The Prix de Limeil (2700 meters, 70,000 euro purse) was the monte headliner on today's card. Camille Levesque piloted Tolima (5f Ganymede-Ironie Jet-Coktail Jet) to the 1.14.4kr win, her eighth lifetime now for career earnings of 304,000 euro. The winner is owned by Ecurie des Pommiers and trained by Mike Lenders. Torricelli (6m First de Retz-Olympe Star) was second for David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The top event for older contestants was the Prix de Briare (European, 2700 meters, 54,000 euro purse) and Trophee de Jaba (6g Kasaco Phedo-Otika Vita) secured the win for J-M Bazire as trainer/driver. The winner won for the 12th time in his career and increased his earnings to 230,000 euro. Truman Dairpet (6m Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) took second for P-Y Verva and trainer Guarato. Spanish invader Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) raced very well, took the lead entering the stretch and ended third for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Conrads Fredrik (6g by Credit Winner) was fourth for Franck Ouvrie and owner Ecurie Skyttes and Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick) was fifth for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin. Two other Dubois family two year-old trainees won today elsewhere. Best Life (2f Goetmals Wood-New York) won the Prix la Sevre at Nantes with Jean Baudron aboard. The winner secured the 10,000 euro purse over 2,275 meters. Louis Baudron is owner/trainer. Blister Jibi (2m Repeat Love-Nanda du Vivier) won the Prix Coupe des 2 Ans (14,000 euro purse, 2100 meters) at Lyon-Parilly. This one is owned and trained by Jean Baudron. The field was set for the December 26 Italian Trotting Derby Final, the 86th edition, and is shown below: Ippodromo di Agnano (Napoli) 86° Derby Italiano del Trotto - Finale € 770,000, Gr. I, 2,100 meters Red Baron Re Degli Dei Rod Stewart - Riordan, trainer Rotary Ok - Smorgon, trainer Robert Bi - Smorgon, trainer Remo Gas - Smorgon, trainer Rodin Inn Ronco Re Italiano Ur Royal Blessed Ruty Grif - Smorgon, trainer Roi De Coeur Rossella Ross - Riordan, trainer Jerry Riordan starts two of the entrants and Marco Smorgon sends three to the start. Robert Bi was the most impressive of the three elimination winners in yesterday's contests. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Quarnac L’iton (9g Ideal de L’iton-Classic Meslois-Muskateer) captured Monday's Gr. III Prix Alfred Lefevre (95,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, monte European, 11 starters) with Simon Laloum aboard for trainer Henri Levesque. The winner scored for the 12th time in his career for earnings of 396,200 euro. Torre Crepin was second with Satin d’Avril third in a race in which the top five finishers were off at odds of 112, 18, 25, 14 and 67/1. The upset winner was timed in 1.13.7kr. Three of nine Paris-Vincennes races today were well contested monte events. The Prix de Pontivy(48,000 euro, 2175 meters, 12 starters, monte) produced a sharp 1.12.3kr win for Soleil d’Argent (7g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Icellia d’Argent), off at 2.4/1 odds with Caroline Cheradame up, his 11th career win for 190,030 euro in the bank. Second went to Reve d’Aure (8g Love You-Jessica s’Aure-Podosis), P-Y Verva aboard, with third to Roi Arthur (8g Biesolo-Kawabata-Dream With Me) for trainer Alain Roussel. The Prix de Bagneres (46,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters, monte) produced a nice win for Aquarelle de Fael (3f Look de Star-Nadia Pierji-Vikings Way) in 1.16.kr. The Look de Star filly was off at 1.6/1 and produced her fifth career win with Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) was the decisive 4/1 winner of the Gr. I International UET Masters Series Hugo Abergs Memorial tonight at Malmo. Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Fabrice Souloy, the veteran international star won for the third time in eight 2013 starts for seasonal earnings of 1,794,000SEK. The Commander now has life earnings of 29,521,000SEK and 55 wins in 87 starts. He covered the 1609 meter autostart course in 1.10.7kr over a rain soaked racetrack to earn first prize of 1 million SEK. Purse was 199,500 euro. The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo) was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 10/1 with 26/1 Bagley (8g Bartoli Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) third for Conrad Lugauer. Brad de Veluwe was fourth and Owen Club ended fifth. Favored Sebastian K ended 7th with Raja Mirchi and Elitloppet winner Nahar disqualified after breaks. The Jagersro card included many other top class events with highlights below: Edward Ale (5g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) captured the Avena Service Pris in 1.10.5kr for Peter Ingves. The 1609 meter autostart test produced 150,000SEK for the winner who is now a 14 time victor in 34 starts; Picture F.H. (6f SJs Photo-Princess Tigerlilly-Speedy Crown) won 70,000SEK for her 1.10.8kr score in the 1609 meter autostart Miljofab event for driver Axel Jacobsen; Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) scored in 1.10.4kr over 1609 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK in the Vittsjoborgs Stolopp for mares. Alessandro Gocciadoro drove the Italian winner to defeat Miss Sue V (Daniel Reden up) Pantholops (Orjan Kihlstrom) and Mermaid As (Peter Untersteiner). The winner now has 26 wins in 101 lifetime starts for over 5.3 million SEK; Sem Jafet (5g SJs Photo-Persila-Pershing) captured the marathon 3140 meter Malmo Pris for Peter Unterste ner in 1.14.2kr. He earned 350,000SEK first money by defeating Juggle Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) and Save The Quick (Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Franck Leblanc); Please Perfect (6m Ens Snapshot-Perfect Cowboyland-Always A Way) captured the Casino Cosmopol Pris to earn 70,000SEK first money. Steen Juul drove the winner in 1.10.9kr over 1609 meters autostart. Next across the line were Berlusconi (Bjorn Goop), Nothing But Class (Ake Svanstedt) and Onirique (Jean-Etienne Dubois). The winner now has five 2013 wins in eight starts; Traveling Man (8m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) won 150,000SEK for his victory in the Telia Pris over 1609 meters autostart. Johan Untersteiner drove for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden, covering the course in 1.10.5kr; The Premio Going Kronos for 300,000SEK first money went to Boys Going In (3m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou) for Fredrik Persson in 1.12.2kr over Ivar Sanna (Jorma Kontio) and highly regarded Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan; The Pris Cagnes-sur-mer for 300,000 first money went to Magic Tonight (4m Andiver Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) for the Kihlstrom/Roger Walman combination. He scored in 1.10.8kr over Beer Summit (4m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl) and Ulf Ohlsson with third taken by Powell Bi (4m Toss Out-Gulfstream-Pine Chip) for Jorma Kontio and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Last weekend (July 27-28) preparations took place at Berlin-Mariendorf for the upcoming German Trotting Derby. The featured International Matadoren-Rennen for 100,000 euro purse over 2500 meters went to Amour d'Occagnes and driver Christophe Martens. The Diamant Gede stallion scored in 1.14.52kr to defeat Deuxieme Picsous (Johan Untersteiner), Main Wise As (Pierre Levesque) and Monster Drive (Ulf Ohlsson). The Monte Derby went to veteran class-master Prince de Montfort in 1.13kr over 1900 meters for jockey Quentin Seguin. Henk A.J. Griff now trains the monte champion for Stal de Groninger. Hannieball (Silvia Paspes) was second ahead of Reve de Servette (Michelle Kokkes). Five divisions of males went postward, for 20,000 euro purses, for spots in the famous Eduard Winter Deutsches TraberDerby for 120,000 euro on August 3rd with the best three year-olds participating. Winners over the 1900 meter autostart course were: More Caviar (Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse), 1.16.6kr for Arnold Mollema Nu I Nu (Love You-Noblesse Oblige), 1.14.84kr winner for Hugo Langeweg Jr. Duke Of Greenwood (Otello Pierji-Niki Groenhof), 1.16kr for Peter J. Strooper Stanislawski (Meaulnes du Corta-Welcome to Circus), 1.16.68kr for Robin Bakker Tiger Woods As (Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip, 1.14.37 for Bakker The fillies contested four divisions for 10,000 euro purses over 1900 meters autostart with winners being: Abasi (Love You-Abani W), 1.16.26 with Gerhard Mayr driving Fraulein Wunder (Love You-Fidelitas)m 1.16.11kr with Roland Hulskath up Red Riding Hood (Quite Easy-Heather Bi), 1.16.85kr for Conrad Lugauer Mustangs Sally (Quick Wood-Star Groenhof), 1.16.47kr for Robin Bakker The fillies will also battle on August 3rd for nearly 103,000 euro in the German Tote Deutsches Stuten-Derby. Considered Germany's most famous and modern harness racing sports venue, Mariendorf was launched in 1913 and first hosted the German Traber Derby in 1915. The current fan facility was built in 1972 and total attendance of the Derby is usually about 50,000 as the race is a top-class event for the equine athletes and as a social event. The coming weekend is clearly Derby weekend for trotters in Germany, Hungary and the USA's Hambletonian and companion Oaks for fillies. by Thomas H. Hicks  

The fine Jerry Riordan trained filly Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) won today’s Elitserien Final at Jagersro in 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart. Her winning effort was worth 150,000SEK first money. Driven by Johnny Takter, the winner defeated K.A. Olila (3f Upfront Larry-Darna Corleone-Super Arnie) with Jan Johansson aboard and Rue du Bac (3f Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) took third for trainer/driver Erwin Bott. On the same card the 60,000SEK first money Abergs Nasta went to veteran Bagley (8g Bartali Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) in 1.11.2kr for trainer/driver Conrad Lugaur. He nosed out Neo Holmsminde (8m Valley Sentry-Devils Lady-Little Devil) handled by Steen Juul with third going to Looney Toones (8m Ganymede-Defi de la Roche-Park Avenue Joe) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro in this featured aged event. Today at Eskilstuna, the 2013 US exported Fortune Again (4f Andover Hall-Fortuna Dream-American Winner) triumphed for Johan Untersteiner in 1.15.3kr over 2149 meters voltstart. She earned 25,000SEK first prize for owner ACL Stuteri AB and trainer Roger Walman, scoring her third win this year in six appearances. It was also reported (by Gaet) today that the comeback of Rapide Lebel has been unsuccessful and that he will likely be retired. A career winner of over 1.8 million euro, Rapide Lebel last earned a victory over a year ago in the Prix de Washington at Enghien and will long be remembered for a gallant second place finish to San Pail in the US Breeders’ Crown. He raced successfully to sulky and under saddle (monte). On July 15 at Rattvik, Ruby Ransom (7m CR Commando-Dreamlands Trophy-Armbro Goal) scored a quick 1.12.4kr win for Bill Svedlund to earn 25,000SEK. He defeated Jasper Lane with Jennifer Tillman up. The same day at Halmstad showcased a victory by Abba de Lou (3f Going Kronos-Sierra de Lou-Biesolo) for Johnny Takter. She scored in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 25,000SEK. The well regarded Riodan trained, Kenneth Haugstad reined Rare Wise As (3f Varenne-In Wise As-SJs Caviar) finished second. Also at Halmstad Jumble As (5f Tagliabue-Judy As-Mack Lobell) won over 1640 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr. She earned 30,000SEK by defeating Nesmil Hanover and Unleash Face. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Axelle Dark (3f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes-Look de Star), handled by cagey veteran Joseph Verbeeck, emerged from heavy traffic to shake loose late on the far outside and get up to win on the line in the prestigious Prix Albert Viel for three year-olds.

Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted an exceptional trotting card highlighted by the Gr. III International Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, a monte event over 2700 meters for a 120,000 euro purse.

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