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Today was a superb trotting day at Aby highlighted by the Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International, purse to winner 1,150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) that went to 1.10.6kr timed Campo Bahia (4m Muscle Hill-Americandream AT-Extreme Dream) reined by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Thomas Berchtold et.al.   Campo Bahia won for the sixth time in nine harness racing career starts and raised his life earnings to 3,754,000SEK.   He was off at 2.3/1 odds and bested Attraversiamo (4m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos- Viking Kronos) with Erik Adielson aboard. Third was Thrust Control (4m Cantab Hall-Ideal Harbor-SJs Caviar) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander.   The filly classic Drottning Silvias Pokal (Gr. I International, 1,150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) this day went to 1.11.6kr clocked Activated (4f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) with Carl Johan Jepson up for owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin.   Activated                                             --ATG photo   This mare earned her sixth career victory in 19 outings now for 2,213,630SEK earned. She was off at 62.4/1 odds and defeated the 1.2/1 favorite Conrads Rodluva (4f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden.   Third was 140.4/1 Convivial Church (4f Pastor Stephen-MT Halleluja-Kadabra) teamed with Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Reden.   Thomas H. Hicks

The Friday opener at Paris-Vincennes was the €52,000 purse Prix Atropos raced over 2850 meters by 16 European contestants. The 1.4/1 favorite King Sir Kir (5m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) scored, timed in 1.13.3kr for harness racing driver J-M Bazire. Fabrice Souloy is the winners’ trainer and Ecurie IC Equine AM is the owner. 10.9/1 Super Fez (5m Love You-Lucia FI) was second, driven by Gabriel Gelormini for Scuderia Cumana Group SRL and trainer H.E. Bondo. Third went to 12.6/1 Balando (5m Nijinski Blue-Quitalia) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for Alphonsee Vanberghen, the breeder/owner/trainer. The featured Quinte+ Prix Charlie Mills (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to impressive 1.12.9kr timed and 40.3/1 odds Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur) with trainer Conrad Lugauer teaming. Team Art On Line AB of Sweden owns this winner. 1.8/1 favorite Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) held for second for Pierre Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Mme. Bruni of Italy. 53.2/1 Prince di Poggio (7m Varenne-Moon Shadow) took third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Fourth was another Souloy trainee, the 2.9/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) with J-M Bazire up for owner Ecurie Pirat. 10.9/1 Vanese de Mirel (7g Laetenter Dien-Melia Monochrome) was fifth with Tony LeBeller driving. Race namesake Charlie Mills was the legendary German horseman born of an Irish horse trainer father, Anthony Mills. Mills won his first race in 1903 and influenced European trotting after WWII through the FR-bred Gelinotte that won the 1956 and 1957 Prix d’Amerique classiques, the Lotteria and the 1957 Copenhagen Cup. Earlier he won the 1934 Prix d’Amerique with US-bred Walter Dear with which he captured the 1931 and 1932 Copenhagen Cup. Mills won 4,354 races as driver/trainer/breeder. The Prix Rouanier (purse €46,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 30.9/1 odds Caprice du Bission (4g Meaulnes du Corta-Pamela du Bisson) with owner/trainer Franck Anne driving. 25.5/1 Christo (4g Rieussec-Panacee) was next with trainer Michel Lenoir up for Ecurie des Amis. Third was 20.9/1 Crazy Dream (4g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain) with trainer Yves Boireau up for breeder/owner Ecurie D (Jean Pierre Dubois). The monte Prix Homoria (purse €48,000, 2200 meters, 13 European starters) went to the 1.13.5kr timed and 18.8/1 odds Vamp Gede (7f Capriccio-Feerie Gede). Damien Bonne was in the irons. 17.3/1 Queasy (7g Donato Hanover-Marinated Herring) landed second for Guillaume Martin, trainer Ronny Kuiper and Travkompaniet Stall SB of Sweden. 1.9/1 favorite Volcan du Moulin (7g Jomo du Rib-Lune des Geneta) ralled for third. Thomas H. Hicks    

Sweden’s Calvin Borel (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Foran) with harness racing owner/trainer Conrad Lugauer driving took today’s Quinte+ Prix du Conseil Departmental (purse €38,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) at Cabourg. Racing barefoot the rallying winner was off at 2/1 and was timed in 1.14.9kr. 18/1 A Nice Boy (6g Niky-Pretty Perle) held on for second, driven by David Thomain, and third was Finland’s 32/1 Big Headache (6g EL Mikko-Southwind Roselle) with trainer Philippe Daugeard up. The Q+ jackpot this day was €3,150,000 and the exact order payout was €48,430. The Pornichet featured Grand Prix de la Ville de Pornichet (purse €34,000, 2725 meters, 18 European starters) went to Italy’s  13/1 Paparazi (7g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Cete Trav AB. Timed in 1.14.3kr this one bested 13/1 Tsunami (9g Defi d’Aunou-Lais de la Duchee) handled by Mathieu Mottier and 2.6/1 Ulyssee de Fountain (8g Neutron du Cebe) with owner/trainer Y.R. Le Mee up. Thomas H. Hicks

September 2, 2015 - The Quinte+ (jackpot €2 million after a recent hit) was the Prix de la Ville de Saint-Maurice (purse €56,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes this evening. The 1.12.8kr impressive winner was 1.6/1 Calvin Borel (5m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan) for owner/trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. This one had been racing effectively in FR and appears to be emerging as a top trotter with this start to finish seven length score, his third in five FR appearances. 9.4/1 Red Team Rex (5m Cantab Hall-Ca;amit Rex) was second, driven by Franck Nivard for owner Frederil Holth (Norway) and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 56/1 Adman Perrine (5g Njinski Blue-Pretty Perrine) was third for reinsman Mathieu Abrivard with 10/1 Ah Quel Micha (5f Rocklyn-Oceane du Phare) fourth for Jean-Philippe Dubois and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Calvin Borel SWE C. Lugauer C. Lugauer C. Lugauer 2ème 2 Red Team Rex ITY F. Nivard F. Holth F. Souloy 3ème 16 Adman Perrine M. Abrivard J.-F. Mary J.-F. Mary 4ème 14 Ah Quel Micha J-Ph. Dubois Ecurie Victoria Dreams Ph. Moulin 5ème 6 Astral Viretaute B. Piton J.-P. K'Dual P. Godey  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 2.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0049     Ordre :       24.200,00€     Désordre :       484,00€     Bonus 4 :       45,00€     Bonus 4sur5 :       18,00€     Bonus 3 :       12,00€                     The €72,000 purse feature was the Prix Charley Mills (2850 meters, 11 European starters) and the 1.12.6kr winner was 44.5/1 odds Shadow d’Odyssee (9m Urfist des Pres-Battante d’Odyssee) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Pierre Bellache and Ecurie Percheronne. 3.4/1 Venose de Minel (6g Laetenter Diem-Melia Monochrome) was next for Joseph Verbeeck with third to 9.6/1 Vigious du Maza (6g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) and reinsman Sebastien Ernault with 1.2/1 favorite Ulster Perrine (7m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) fourth for J-M Bazire. At Pont de Vivaux today a three year-old event named the Prix de Vire (€20,000, 2650 meters, 14 starters) went to 62/1 longshot Conquete A Deux (3f Sam Bourbon-Nina Madrik) for Kevin Vanderschelden, trainer Yves Boureau and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. This 1.19kr winner defeated 30/1 Cyrus Decouriere (3g Himo Josselyn-Quismie Decouriere) and 22/1 Concino Vici (3m Scipion du Goutier-Irlande du Nord). The winner earned her second victory in nine career starts. Two year-olds battled at Enghien-Soisy Thursday in the Prix du Haut Rhin (purse €35,000, 2150 meters autostart, 9 starters) with 1.1/1 favorite Don Mayjc (2m Baccarat du Pont-Mammy Blue) holding on for victory in 1.17kr. Eric Raffin teamed the winner for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. Da Vinci Bond (2m Quaker Jet-Joliette d’Atout) was second, also a Guarato trainee, with third to 2.5/1 FDream Darling (2m Sam Bourbon-Let’s Go Darling) driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The Prix de Champillon at Enghien-Soisy went to 5.4/1 odds Capital Charm (3g Password-Melly Charm) for Francois Lecanu and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. He earned the winners share of the €40,000 purse by traveling 2150 meters autostart timed in 1.15.7kr in defeat of nine rivals. 2/1 Coup de Poker (3m Coktail Jet-Tacticienne) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier and third went to 27/1 Caviar du Vivier (3m Kiwi-Kea du Vivier) and trainer/driver Stephane Meunier. Thomas H. Hicks

June 8, 2015 - Spartan Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) secured today’s Ina Scots Ara (200,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, four year-olds) at Mantorp with harness racing trainer Conrad Lugauer driving. He scored in 1.12.8kr for a length verdict over Explosive de Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) with Jim Oscarsson up. Origo Tilly (4g Super Arnie-Regina Tilly-Speedy Crown) took third for teamster Torbjorn Jansson. The winner has a 2-1-2 slate in five 2015 appearances for owner Thomas Berchtold et.al. and breeder Allev. Kronos Srl. This day, also at Mantorp, Guiding Solo (3m Yankee Glide-Sole Mate-Self Possessed-Sole To Sole-Royal Prestige) took a 1640 meter autostart event for Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.14.4kr. This Kentuckiana Farms pedigree has been consistently productive. The dam Sole Mate was a US$145,000 yearling and was third at age two in the Lexington Filly and Johnston Memorial. She produced Flashback and Mr. Jim Dandy and this maternal family produced Duke Rodney (from Duke’s Dutchess), Courtly, Jermyn Street and Trapped (from Kimberly Dutchess) and other top performers including Justice Hall, Springboard, All About Justice, Just A Con Man, Diva Diva and Top Chef. Thomas H. Hicks

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