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May 17, 2020 - Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea-Baccarat du Pont) rallied three wide early in the last lap from his 40 meter handicap to win the harness racing Summer Meeting Stayer (purse to the winner 100,000DKK, 2950 meter distance handicap, voltstart, 14 starters) at Charlottenlund. He scored timed in 1.14.8kr and went off as the 2.33/1 favorite. There were four false starts. This Jean Michel Bazire trainee was reined superbly by Joseph Verbeeck. Ble du Gers won for the first time in three 2020 appearances and now shows a 21-13-6 slate in 70 career starts. His life earnings increased to 8,935,242DKK. Tuxedo Bi (8g Love You-Iberia Bi-Supergill) was second with a strong late run for pilot Rick Ebbinge and far back third was Peakadilly (6m Mythical Lindy) with trainer Steen Juul aboard. Ble du Gers Replay Thomas H. Hicks  

May 17, 2020 -The 27/1 outsider Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) took today’s harness racing Menhammar Copenhagen Cup (purse to the winner 250,000DKK 2011 meters autostart, nine starters) held at the Charlottenlund racecourse. Timed in 1.12.3kr, this Peter Untersteiner trained and reined performer won for the first time in three 2020 starts and it was his 14th career victory in 48 outings. He rallied late along with second finishing Milligan’s School (7m Yankee Glide) with Ulf Eriksson up and third finishing Mister F Daag (5m Conway Hall-Miss Love-Love You) for Robin Bakker, as this group along with Makethemark descended on then pacesetting heavy favorite Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif). Zacon Gio, a winner of ten straight going in, was very rank in the scoring and after settling third on the pegs, surged three-wide past the quarter to what appeared to be a commanding lead. However, late in the final bend he showed signs of tiring and then weakened in late stretch under urging. The other well-regarded Italian invader Vitruvio was a miscue dq. Heart Of Steel The Copenhagen Cup began in 1928 and has staged some impressive victories by the likes of Robert Bi (1.10.0kr in 2015), Victory Tilly, Moni Maker, SJs Photo, Meadow Roland (three time winner), Ideal du Gazeau, Walter Dear (twice), Roquepine, Gelinotte, Elaine Rodney and Mara Bourbon. Thomas H. Hicks

The harness racing trotter Empire (3m Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJs Caviar) took this day’s Dansk Trav Kriterium at Copenhagen’s Charlottenlund racecourse. Ken Ecce teamed the 1.14.1kr timed winner for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Panamera Racing. The race was contested over 2500 meters autostart for a purse of 680,000 krona with 340,000kr to the winner. The big chestnut colt now has six victories in 2019 and for his career with 651,860kr in life earnings. Emoji (3m Broad Bahn-Shelovesyoubutcher-Love You) was second for pilot Birger Jorgensen and Extreme (3m Chocolatier-Swiss Watch-From Above) took third money with Jeppe Juel at the lines. Denmark sends its Slide So Easy to the Yonkers International from post one with Ake Svanstedt listed as the pilot. Replay: by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tomorrow at Charlottenlund there are ten starters in the 2019 Copenhagen Cup where perhaps an Elitloppet invitation will result. Cyber Lane, Makethemark and Handsome Brad are the likely headliners in this event. Already invited to the Elite Race are Bahia Quesnot, Makethemark, Heavy Sound, Looking Superb, Propulsion, Readly Express, Aubrion du Gers, Uza Josselyn, Double Exposure, and Dijon. Bahia Quesnot won the V75 Gold today at Aby for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and Looking Superb won a Gr. III test at Vincennes in impressive fashion with J-M Bazire the trainer/driver. At Caen on May 15 is the Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie where Aubrion du Gers and Bold Eagle are in the lineup along with the fine mare Billie de Montfort. Bold Eagle has been in a recent slump with one victory in his last six appearances.        

May 14, 2017 - Cruzado Dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidada-Credit Winner) rallied from between harness racing rivals to win today’s Gr. I International UET Series Broline Copenhagen Cup 2017 (375,000DKK to the winner, 2011 meters autostart) at Charlottenlund racecourse. Race time was 1.11.1kr at driver Per Linderoth prevailed with the Stefan Melander trainee owned by Stall Courant AB. In Vain Sund was alongside the winner on the line, as shown below, but was off-stride and this disqualified. Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) held on after being the pacesetter and was placed second , with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Third placed was Buzz Mearas (6g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Pierre Pilarski, the Bold Eagle owner. The winning Cruzado Dela Noche now has 12 wins in 40 career starts for 4,783,580DKK earned. The undercard was a dandy too. The V75 Silver (100,000DKK first money, 2000 meters autostart) went to Re Doc (7g Love You-Glenga AL-Bon Vivant) for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Robero KB. Just missing and a good second was Germany’s Cash Hanover (5m Love You-Impasse-Enjoy Lavec) with Michael Nimcyk. Third home in the 1.12kr timed event was Photo Lavec (5m SJ’s Photo-Joyful Lavec-Enjoy Lavec) for Bjorn Goop, the catch-driver.  The four year-old Fyrodringslopp (150,000DKK first money, 2000 meters autostart) went to 1.12.9kr timed Shotproof (4m Yankee Glide-Chorine Hanover-Malabar Man) with trainer Flemming Jensen driving. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares was held for 125,000DKK to the winner and this group of ten traveled 2000 meters autostart. The 1.13.1kr timed winner was Patricia Hastrup (10f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover). Lars Anvar Kolle teamed this mare to her 33rd career win in 129 outings; Diadora BR (5f Ken Warkentin-Bauxite-SJs Caviart) took the second spot for Christophe Martens. The day’s race program is worth a look, full of history and sponsors ads. Copenhagen Cup - Charlottenlund Thomas H. Hicks    

Axel (4g Love You-Hioubov Lykke-Buckfinder) impressively secured Saturday’s Danish Trotting Derby over 3000 meters autostart, timed in 1.15.5kr, at Charlottenlund, at 1.7/1. The winner took home 560,000DKK with the victory for elated driver Rene Kjaer (“Mr. Green”) and trainer Karsten Holm. Franck and Preben Sorensen own the winner, now undefeated in six 2016 appearances and with a career slate of 9-1-0 in ten starts. Aron The Baron (4g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJ’s Caviar) was a game second for Birger Jorgensen and trainer Tomas Malmqvist for Panamera Racing.  Third was Albatros (4g Andover Hall-Sweet As Candy-Smasher) handled by Marc Baek Nielsen. Axel replay The Derby Consolation (50,000DKK to winner, 2000 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed A Perfect Torkdahl (4g Andover Hall-Moonwalk Shadow-Buvetier d’Aunou) with trainer Steen Juul up. Adam Rush (4g Great Challenger-Jamie Rush-Buckfinder) was second for Nicolaj Andersen and third was Among Hastrup (4m Great Challenger-Ghita Hastrup-King Of The Sea) with Rene Kjaer aboard. The excellent program also showcased aged campaigners in a 100,000DKK first money event over 1600 meters autostart. The quick 1.11.3kr winner was 4.5/1 Gigant Slugger (9g Giganty Neo-Aida Slugger-Yankee Slugger) with Jeppe Juul up for trainer Peter Jensen. O’Grady (10m SJ’s Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) held second after being pacesetter for Birger Jorgensen and trainer Fleming Jenses. Third was the Joakim Lovgren trained and reined Kash’s Cantab (8m Cantab Hall-O’Cala Kash-Overcomer). The Copenhagen Summer Meeting Final for 80,000DKK to the winner over 2000 meters autostart, went to Pense Kloster (5f Olimede-Play Kloster-Jobie Tempest) timed in 1.14.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Forniu Boko (4g Zola Boko-Vision Boko-Donerail) was second for Christoffer Eriksson and third was Adriano BR (4m Adrian Chip-Bartume-Glass Hanover) with Nicolaj Andersen up. Earlier 12 three year-olds battled for 75,000DKK first prize over 2000 meters. New Lexington (3m Infinitif-Night Owl-Yankee Glide) scored in 1.13kr with Christoffer Eriksson driving for trainer Conrad Lugauer, with third to Blachman (3m The Liquidator-Jlo Monsterbabe-Starchip Entrprise) for Morten Juul. Early career two year-olds went 2000 meters autostart for 50,000DKK first money this day. The 1.15.8kr impressive death seat winner was Summer Wein (2m Weingartner-Angel Nicole-Dahir de Prelong) with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Cinderella (2f Donato Hanover-Delila Sund-Credit Winner) was second for trainer Gordon Dahl and driver Steen Juul, Third was Speedy Face (2m Joke Face-Feelin Feisty-Yankee Glide) that Adrian Kolgjini teamed for Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks    

Long-striding Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nylan-Lindy’s Crown) at 6.5/1 odds and driven by harness racing trainer Thomas Uhrberg won today’s Summer Mares (125,000DKK to winner, 2000 meters autostart) in a quick 1.12.1kr with a front-end verdict over 4/5 favorite Donna de Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) and driver Bjorn Goop for conditioner Tomas Malmqvist. 8/1 Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) had a three-hole trip for Christopher Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan but their stretch surge could not close and she ended third. The V75 Silver Division (100,000DKK first prize, 2000 meters autostart went to the 1.12.2kr timed Takethem (6m From Above-d’Cherce-New Quick). Off at 4/5 odds this Steen Juul reined and trained pupil defeated 32/1 Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missysmandarine-Malabar Man) with Johan Untersteiner up. Lars Nilsson trained Georgie Mae that bested 7/1 Tripolini VP (6g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magiuc-Shane Scottseth) that ended third for trainer/driver Jeppe Juul. The Scarlet Knight for three year-olds (100,000DKK to the winner, 2000 meters autostart) went to 9/1 Racing Mange (3m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema). Joakim Lovgren trains and drove the 1.13.8kr clocked winner. 7/1 Bad Moon Rising (3m Muscles Yankee-Ancott Steal-Meadow Road) was second for Birger Jorgensen with 54/1 Beyblade (3m Trophy Catch-Joy Star-Mr. Flirt) third for Kenneth Anderson. Other races of interest on the Charlottenlund card were the Klass II for 80,000DKK to the winner over 2000 meters autostart. The 1.13kr timed winner was 8.3/1 Donato E (5g Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) with Bjorn Goop teaming for Ulf Stenstromer. 4/1 Trecciadoro Rex (4f Cantab Hall-Freedom Rx-CR Track Master) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with 1.2/1 favorite Stronghold (5g From Above-Glued-Sugarcane Hanover) third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Summer Stayer was also on the program for 100,000DKK first money in the 2950 meters volt start distance handicapped event. 22/1 Nakoda (7g Juliano Star-Timeless Sakra-Yankee Glide) prevailed, overcoming a 20 meter penalty, to score for Bjorn Goop and trained Reljo Liljendahl. Thomas H. Hicks  

2/1 odds Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-LaBelle Lady-Conway Hall)  rallied from the back to sweep past for a half-length victory in the Gr. I UET Masters Series 2016 Broline Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund, the 2011 meter autostart contest was timed in 1,11,5kr by the Bjorn Goop reined, Fabrice Souloy trained winner. This special V75 day harness racing feature rewarded the winner with 375,000DKK. Total purse in euros was €100,500. 12/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) raced gallantly on the front for Erik Adielsson and trainer Dan Widegren and was second ahead of Spains 8/1 Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic), reined by Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou, that raced on the outer throughout, first without cover and later covered by El Mago Pellini that gained the death seat and held for fifth. Gigant Slugger was fourth after a ground saving journey on the pegs from post one. US import Solvato finished tenth. Your Highness was a previously accepted Elitloppet 2016 invite and there are now eight others on the roster including On Track Piraten, Nuncio, Voltigeur de Myrt, Resolve, Propulsion, Un Mer d’Heripre, Oasis Bi, and Timoko. Also on the card was the Aringseliten for 150,000DKK and contested over 2000 meters autostart. The 1.12.6kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Vincent Lacroix. 28/1 DD’s Hitman (5m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Petri Puro.  2.7/1 second choice Je d’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Mauror-Sugarcane Hanover) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Thomas H. Hicks

August 30, 2015 - The featured Dansk Trotting Derby 2015 (525,000DKK, US$79,267, to winner, 3000 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.8kr clocked winner Winston Sisa (4m ENS Snapshot-Keenness Sisa) driven by harness racing trainer Jan Dahlgaard. Wizard Simoni (4m Juliano Star-Kom Sa Simoni-Earthquake) was second driven  by Peter Untersteiner ahead of United KK (4m Carmondy Lobell-Erycina-Speed Merchant) driven by Gordon Dahl. The undercard today at Charlottenlund was a good one with performers of all ages. Winners of interest were Tycoon Conway Hall, Dark Xray and Stand And Deliver among others. Two year-olds contested an Open event on the Charlottenlund card with 50,000DKK (US$7,550) to the winner on the 2000 meters autostart course. The 1.15.9kr winner was Big Mac PD (2m Reinsman Hanover-Hot Dice-Dancer’s Victory) driven by Steen Juul for trainer Gordon Dahl. Second was Bali (2m The Liquidator-Omega Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) driven by Pauli Andersen with third to Breaking Point (2g Tritun Sund-Jeans Frokjer-Little Devil) for driver Birger Jorgensen. Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) took a fast class event for five year-olds clocked in 1.11.6kr over 1600 meters autostart. Steen Juul reined the winner, also one that he trains. He earned 50,000DKK with this victory over Caprino BR (5g Rotation-Desdemona Dei-Muscles Yankee) with Kim Pedersen aboard. This winner has performed consistently well against those of his age throughout Europe. The Subaru Summer Meeting Final (80,000DKK to winner, 2000 meters autostart) went to the Hakkan K. Persson reined Dark Xray (4m Crazed-Mascara-Spotlite Lobell) clocked in 1.13.1kr for owner/breeder Ann Kristen Johnsrud. US Dollars (4f Love You-Dallas Avenue-Neza Wenbo) was second for Birger Jorgensen ahead of Twin Peaks (5g Daguet Rapide-Liss Coktail-Coktail Jet) with Ken Ecce at the lines. US Dollars, undefeated in 2014, is now 8-2-1 in 13 career starts. The Rex The Great (100,000DKK to winner, 2000 meters autostart) for older fast-class trotters went to Stand And Deliver (6m Kadabra-Ghana Roland-Speedy Herve) clocked in 1.12.2kr for teamster Birger Jorgensen. Magiccarpetride US (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) was second for Johan Untersteiner with veteran O’Grady (9m SJ’s Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) home third for driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

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