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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

Dumbo (4m Wishing Stone-Lipstick Jungle-Varenne) won today’s Dansk Trav Derby at Charlottenlund in Denmark to secure the 650,000Dkr first money, timed in 1.14.3kr over the 3000 meter autostart course. Trainer Gordon Dahl teamed with winner to his third career victory in 23 appearances, now for 1,168,070Dkr earned. He was off at 20.5/1 odds. The 10/1 Donatello Garbo (4m Wishing Stone-Ganya Garbo-Earthquake) was second for Rene Kjaer and third Was 5/1 Dortmund (4g Timoko) with trainer Marc Baek Niuelsen aboard. Diamant Ostenvang and Diamond Winds completed the top five. The 2.7/1 favorite Daytona was a dq. The Derby Consolation also was raced over 3000 meters autostart (purse 50,000kr) and it went to 1.13.8kr timed and 4.9/1 odds Da Vinci Peak (4g Gift Kronos-Nikaia-Prince Mystic) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard. 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.        

October 8, 2017 - Sunday harness racing trotting action of note took place throughout Europe, at Roma Capannelle, Charlottenlund DE and in Finland. The top race was the Italiano del Trotto for a purse of €1,001,000, a Gr. I event contested at a 2100 meter distance autostart. The Ideale Luis filly Vanchiria OP was victorious driven by Roberto Andreghetti timed in 1.14.8kr by two lengths. Vertigo Spin and Villa Santina Jet were the next two on the line. Roma Capannelle – Pr. Derby Italiano del Trotto (purse €1,001,000, 2100 meters autostart) Race time 1.14.8kr Valchiria OP (3f Ideale Luis-Maya del Ronco-Toss Out), Roberto Andreghetti up Vertigo Spin (3m Nad al Sheba-Gail Lindy-Donerail), V.P. Dell’Annunziata driver Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill), Santo Mollo aboard Note- Vivid Wise As finished seventh The undercard featured the Oaks del Trotto Finale for a purse of €253,000 and raced over 1640 meters autostart. Venesia EL scored for Pietro Gubellini in the three horse photo timed in 1.12.6kr from between horses, after sitting third on the pegs during the race. Viscardra Jet and Vale Capare were second and third respectively. Roma Capannelle – Premio Oaks del Trotto (purse €253,000, 1640 meters autostart) Race time 1.12.6kr Vanesia EK (3f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne), Pietro Gubellini up Viscardra Jet (3f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo), F. Piscane driving Vale Capare (3f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill), Enrico Bellei up Note: winner closed from third on the pegs to defeat leader Vale Capare Older trotters battled in the Gran Premio Torilli for a purse of €110,000. The impressive 1.12.4kr timed winner over 2100 meters autostart, Timone OK,  was reined by Enrico Bellei and increased his career earnings past the €950,000 level with his 24th victory. Peace Of Mind and Tamure Roc were next. Roma Capannelle - Pr Gran Premio Torilli (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart) Race time 1.12.4kr Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra), Enrico Bellei up Peace Of Mind (8f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover), Pietro Gubellini driving Tamure Roc (5f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra), Santo Mollo up Note: winner scored gate to wire by two lengths, his 24th win in 34 starts now for earnings in excess of €950,000; Roma Capannelle is a 1000 meter track In Finland was the Kriterium raced at Teivo for a purse of €247,875 (the winner earned €112,500). Run For Royalty scored timed in 1.17.4kr driven by Hannu Torvinen, as the son of NY based RC Royalty, bested Builders Caviar and another RC Royalty sired performer, the third finishing Piece Of Rock. This race was a Gr. I UET contest. Teivo FI – Finland Kriterium (purse €247,875 with €112,500 to the winner, 2600 meters autostart, three year olds) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.17.4kr Run For Royalty (3m RC Royalty-Run For The Bank-Conway Hall), Hannu Torvinen up Builders Caviar (3m SJs Caviar-Ranch Keep On Ice-Love You), Erik Adielsson driver Piece Of Rock (3m RC Royalty-Piece By Piece-Rite On Line), Juha Utala up At historic Charlottenlund Denmark was the Menhammer Stuteri Kriterium raced for a purse of 300,000Dkr. The 1.14.3kr timed winner was 19/10 odds Cuba Libre Ice, a three year old gelded son of Great Challenger, that Johan Untersteiner teamed. Another Great Challenger gelding, Confidence, earned second ahead of the Andover Hall colt Cocky. Summary follows. Charlottenlund DE – Menhammar Danish Kriterium (purse 300,000Kr, 2500 meters autostart, three year olds) Race time 1.14.3kr 19/10 odds Cuba Libre Ice (3g Great Challenger-Global Acceptance-Giant Chill), Johan Untersteiner up Confidence (3g Great Challenger-Uni Haleryd-Alf Palema), Ken Ecce driver Cocky (3m Andover Hall-Perilous-Pine Chip), Erik Adielsson up Note: Cuba Libre Ice was bred by Stutteri Ice on Bornholm. Driver Untersteiner commented post race that longer distances are an advantage to his mount. On the same card the Masters was raced over 2000 meters for a purse of 100,000Kr and veteran Oni Wan scored timed in 1.12.5kr for driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 9, 2017 -- Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, (LSE: SPO), has been selected to provide pari-mutuel betting technologies and services to Dansk Hestevæddeløb ApS ("DHV"), the joint operating company for horse racing and operator of all nine racetracks in Denmark.  Sportech Racing and Digital has had a presence in Denmark for many years, providing Danske Spil A/S, the national lottery in Denmark and a valued long-term customer, with pari-mutuel betting technology for land based and digital channels. DHV's selection of Sportech follows the Danish Government's decision to liberalize horse race betting effective January 2018.  Sportech will provide a suite of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services including the central system that will act as the Danish national host to consolidate all betting from private betting operators, including Danske Spil.   The package will comprise Sportech's Quantum™ System, the most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting software in the world, and hosting services from Sportech's worldwide service delivery network.  The Quantum™ configuration will also facilitate the implementation of digital betting solutions, such as Sportech's G4 website and Digital Link™ mobile, by future private operators. Henrik Friis, CEO of Dansk Hestevæddeløb ApS, stated, "We sought a technology partner with an exceptional suite of products and services, strong options for digital and self-service betting, and direct access to global commingling markets.  Sportech met these requirements, and their well-established track record and presence in Europe assures us that we will receive excellent support. We are looking forward to working with Sportech to offer a reliable and satisfying betting experience to our private betting operator partners." Andrew Gaughan, President of Sportech Racing and Digital, stated: "We at Sportech are very pleased to have been selected by Dansk Hestevæddeløb as their tote technology provider and look forward to working with them to help grow betting on horse racing under Denmark's newly liberalizing horse racing environment.  We are pleased to note that this agreement further cements Sportech's position as the leading independent provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services in Europe, building upon Sportech's already strong position in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, and Cyprus." About Sportech Racing and Digital and Sportech PLC Sportech Racing and Digital is a leading global provider of wagering technology solutions to licensed betting operators and a division of Sportech PLC, one of the world's leading operators and suppliers of pools betting services.  The Sportech Racing and Digital footprint is international in scope, with significant market positions in The Americas and Europe and a growing presence in Asia. Globally we process $11.6 billion in bets annually, with a presence in 37 countries, and customers in most US states that permit such betting. In addition to software, hardware, and services that facilitate land-based pari-mutuel wagering, Sportech is one of the largest internet and mobile wagering technology providers in the U.S.  Sportech's Bump 50:50 division provides technologies and services to allow charitable foundations affiliated with professional sports teams to implement 50/50 raffles.  This year, Sportech Racing and Digital is proud to celebrate its Centennial Anniversary.  For more information on Sportech Racing and Digital, please visit  For more on Sportech PLC, please visit Jennifer Conning, Vice President Marketing and Communication

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

May 13 at Paris-Vincennes saw a fine evening program of trotting action led by the €55,000 purse Prix Leo over 2100 meters autostart. 18 European harness racing registrants faced the starter. The 1.11kr clocked (mile rate 1:54.24) impressive winner was 18.6/1 Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) with Matthieu Abrivard up for owner Stall Torpet HB. 6/1 Tell Me No Lies (7g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and KLV Holding AB. Third went to the rallying 73/1 Pick Kronos (7m Cantab Hall-Crown Kronos) with J-Ph Monclin up for trainer Souloy and Getin E. Ele SRL. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €10 million. May 12 action at Meslay du Maine featured the Pick5 Prix Jacques Paillard for €30,000 over 2875 meters. 16 European registrants contested with the 1.14.4kr timed win to even-money choice Apollon de Kacy (6m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) with Gabriel Gelormini up for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm. 18/1 Pike River (9g Likeable River-Ocala As) landed second for reinsman Antoine Wiels, trainer Marku Vartainen and By The River Stable of Finland, ahead of 11/1 Vanetta d’Azur (7f Lejacque d’Houlbec-Nerminetta de Line) and driver Arnaud Desmottes. May 10 at Paris-Vincennes showcased the Gr. II Prix Fama over 2700 meters for a purse of €66,000. 1.7/1 favorite Deesse Port (3f Uniclove-Mania Port) recorded the 1.16.3kr victory for owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. 38/1 Dista Love (3f Royal Dream-Usita Love) was second for Pierre Levesque in the blanket finish with the top four close at the line. Mike Lenders trains Dista Love, that nosed out 6.4/1 Daylight Jet (3f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) driven/trained by Pierre Vercruysse for Jean-Etienne Dubois Sunday a major event in Europe is the Gr. I International 2016 Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund Denmark. The 2011 meter autostart classic drew ten starters for the purse of €100,500. From this contest could come more Elitloppet invites. The field is shown below: (pp, horse, age/sex, driver/trainer, distance, last five outs, career earnings in euros) 1 Gigant Slugger     H 9 Jeppe. Juel P. Jensen 2011 0a1a2a1a4a 225 349 € 2 Spring Erom     M 11 Erik. Adielsson D. Widegren 2011 4a3a2a2a1a 654 551 € 3 Trebol     M 9 G.A. Pou Pou G.A. Pou Pou 2011 5aDa7a1a7a(1 557 862 € 4 Solvato     M 7 Stefan. Soderkvist A. Zukanovic 2011 1a0aDa(15)6a 644 368 € 5 Dreams Take Time     M 7 Peter. Untersteiner P. Untersteiner 2011 5a2a0a1a2a 504 525 € 6 Princess Grif     F 7 Orjan. Kihlstrom F. Souloy 2011 3a2a2a1a(15) 784 591 € 7 El Mago Pellini     M 7 Adrian. Kolgjini L. Kolgjini 2011 1a2mDa5mDa(1 624 600 € 8 Your Highness     F 7 Bjorn. Goop F. Souloy 2011 1a1a1a1a1a1a 711 038 € 9 Obi-Wan     H 10 Flemming. Jensen F. Jensen 2011 0a2a6a0a(15) 343 232 € 10 Opitergium     M 8 Robert. Bergh R. Bergh 2011 7a1a2a1a 231 215 € Thomas H. Hicks

Freehold, NJ --- A spokesman for the Fayette County (Kentucky) Coronor’s office has confirmed the death of Ole Bach, 57, following a motor vehicle accident Thursday night (Oct. 1) on Red Mile Road in Lexington. Bach, a bloodstock agent and owner of Danam Bloodstock, was struck by a car while crossing Red Mile Road Thursday night at about 10:45 p.m. He was treated at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, but did not survive his injuries. A native of Denmark, Bach lived in the United States for several decades, and made his home in New Jersey. He leaves a wife, Becky and three children, a young adult son and twin daughters in elementary school. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

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

Sweden’s Ed You benefitted from a masterful drive by Torbjorn Jansson to storm home past compatriot Mosaique Face to became the third winner of the Group 1 UET Trotting Masters Final (500,000 euros) at Denmark’s Charlottenlund racetrack. Three of the top four UET Masters’ Series ranked Swedish horses were in the field for the 2500m race including French-trained Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), in his very last start of stellar career in Europe before embarking on a swansong to the Untied States Indeed it was Fabrice Soulouy’s 11-year-old chestnut who began the fastest holding off Ed You (Love You) in the initial speed duel, the latter settling into the trail. Into the straight for the first time Europe’s highest ranked horse Timoko (Imoko) of France sprinted up from the back to try and outflank Commander Crowe, but was forced to sit parked and then ended up in the one-one when Lutfi Kolgjini moved up with last year’s Swedish TravDerby winner Mosaïque Face(Classic Photo) a lap out. Commander Crowe kept up the tempo as Mosaïque Face applied the pressure and the two accelerated out of the turn of the back straight for the last time, with Prussia (Ken Warkentin) and Solvato (Donato Hanover) also sprinting hard three and four wide turning for home. Timoko found himself in a difficult position as these attacks occurred, unable to move out and and lost ground and momentum. In the home straight, Commander Crowe’s brave bid faded as Mosaique Face got to the front but Jansson found room to get Ed You off the fence, and used the kinder inside run to his advantage to get by Mosaïque Face with a irresistible burst. Canaka B.F. (Jobie Tempest) found room on the inside ahead of Commander Crowe to grab third just ahead of Timoko, who came on strongly with a stayer’s run for fourth. For Ed You, a late bloomer and controversial winner in July of the prestigious Hugo Abergs Memorial after Un Mec d'Héripré's disqualication, this was best result of his career. He is trained by the Swede Robert Bergh. In the supporting N.J. Kosters Memorial Fredrik Solberg’s BBS Sugarlight (Super Light) shot out of the gate to take a lead he never relinquished. From ther Peter Untersteiner took control of the race from the front with Amour Rapide (Love You) and top Swedish driver Johnny Takter in the bike settling into the trail. Untersteiner released the brakes off BBS Sugarlight at the top of the final bend and he responded superbly and cruised to the line with ease, covering the 1600m journey in a 1.12.0 kilometre rate (1.55.8MR). Flemming Jensen’s veteran warhorse O’Grady (SJ’s Photo) who had sat second-over for most of the race, charged home to nose out Amour Rapide for second money. The previous day at Vincennes, there were two national Group ones, the most prestigious races on the French calendar, with a placing from first to seventh enough to earn prestigious black type in France and coveted Classique status. In the Prix de l'Etoile, an intergenerational race over the Vincennes sprint distance of 2150m, which brings the cream of the 3, 4 and 5 year-old crops together in a handicap setting similar to weight for age racing, Brillantissime (Ready Cash) and Black d’Avril (Oceano Nox ) fought for the early lead, with the inside horse handing up to Brillantissime before the turn into the Joinville plain. Favourite Biche des Clos (Rolling d'Heripre ) moved up prominent outside Brillantissime up the hill and these two led the field down the sweeping turn and into the front straight. Biche des Clos poured on the pressure and Brillantissime could not respond, while Black D’Avril pulled out of the trail and once clear showed terrific acceleration to swoop past Biche des Clos and claim the coveted Group one. Former age group star Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore ) nabbed Brillantissime on the line for third place. The Prix d’Normandie, one of the top three monte races in the world, for 5YOs, is raced over 3000m for 240,000 euros and here it was Vittel de Brevol (Jag de Bellouet) who took control of the race down the straight for the first time, while hot favourite Vision Intense (Prodigious) got parked three wide and five back. At the top of the hill David Thomain pressed the go button on Vittel de Brevol and by the crossroads where the flat inside floodlit track joins the “grand piste” had slipped clear by seven lengths. Vittel de Brevol still had a handy lead into the straight and though Vision Intense tried desperately to close the gap, the line came up too quickly. Valse Castelets was a long way back third ahead of Viva Forest. The winner recorded a slick 1.13,9 (1.58.9MR) for the 3000m, just a little outside Prince Gede’s record 1.13.6 (1.58.4MR) which was set in 2009. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) was an easy winner of today's TeleBolaget Grand Prix for 150,000SEK first prize at Orebro. Eleven contested this 2100 meter autostart event with the Stig H. Johansson trained recent US import scoring in 1.13.5kr for teamster Erik Adielsson. Corky is now owned by Stall Corkad and he posted his third 2014 victory in six starts and 10th in 30 career appearances, now with earnings of 6,757,773SEK. Jonesy was second for Tuomas Korvenoja with Finally Famous home third for Torbjorn Jansson. Peter Haughton winner Aperfectyankee was eighth for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson. The undercard saw O'Grady take a fast-class event for 50,000SEK first money in 1.13.5kr for Flemming Jensen. Denmark's veteran eight year-old son of SJ's Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher recorded his 34th career win in 65 starts for 3,139,064SEK as he defeated Zlatan Blou with Jorma Kontio up and Classic Son handled by Peter Untersteiner. The Orebro card also saw First Visit (3f Muscle Hill-Falls For You-Yankee Glide) win for owner/trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters volt start, her first win in her first start. Two Italian imports also recorded impressive wins. Polar LB (5m Classic Photo-Electa LB-Supergill) scored over 1640 meters autostart for Bjorn Goop in 1.12.6kr, his ninth win in 36 tries. The Breeders Course for two year -olds, worth 70,000SEK to the winner, went to Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) with Rene Legati up for trainer Holger Ehglert in 1.14.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. This was her second win in only two starts. Tunika was second for Erik Adielsson with Pasithea Face home third for Adrian Kolgjini. The Breeders Course final for two year-olds is September 9th at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

Un Mec d'Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d'Aunou) won today's E150,000 Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix d'Europe, over 28765 meters, at Enghien-Soisy, gaining sweet victory after his July 29 disqualification in the Hugo Abergs Memorial. Trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined today by Franck Ouvrie, the 4/5 favorite emerged late along the pegs to secure his 16th win in 29 starts now for E911,780 earned. Veteran Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) battled bravely to be second for Eric Raffin with 28.5/1 Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee) third for Roberto Andreghetti. Quoumba de Guez and Reve de Beylev ended fourth and fifth in the top field. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The undercard was a good one at Enghien-Soisy with the Quinte+ Prix l'Union de la Presse Hippique going to Italy's Romanesque with trainer Marco Smorgon up. The four year-old son of Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos won at 25.4/1 for owner Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. Purse was E85,000 and 15 Europeans contested this one with 7/10 favorite Athos des Elfes (4m Ganemede-Iazio du Bourg) a game second for Jan Van Eeckhaute (trainer/driver) and J-P Dubois' Tast Of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon) was a good, competitive third at 33/1 odds. The special E10 million Quinte+ jackpot produced strong wagering (win/place handle alone was over E971,300) and an exact order payoff of E182,616 for a two euro wager. The Prix de l'Association National des Turfistes, a Gr. III E80,000 purse test over 2150 meters, drew 10 starters and the 1.14.1kr winner was Denmark's Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill) handled by Robert Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Independence. The 9/10 favorite, now a 10 time winner for E241,126, defeated Germany's Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dantesca CIA) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Josef Franzl. Plutonio was third for Franck Ouvrie at the lines for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. Thomas H. Hicks

Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche-Coktail Jet) easily took today's Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix de Londres (€120,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) monte test at Hippodrome Enghien-Soisy. Damien Bonne reined the winner (to his 12th career win for €294,450 life earnings), trained by Thierry Reffegeau for owner Jean-Yves Roze. Timed in 1.13kr, the winner, off at 2.1/1 odds, vanquished veteran ten year-old Quarlos with Mathieu Mottier aboard, with 68/1 Risque Tout third for Philippe Masschaele, who rode in Canada this past weekend. Well-regarded Sam Gibus and Rapide Lebel were disqualified. The exceptional Enghien card today also included the €80,000 Prix de la Porte d'Italie (European, 2875 meters, 11 starters) that went to Ravenna with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Denmark registered six year-old son of Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill scored in 1.14.3kr at 4.7/1 odds to record his ninth career win, now for €205,126 earnings. Vabellino, the 9/10 favorite, was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Fabrice Souloy, with Italian invaders Plutonio (5m Self Possessed) third for Franck Ouvrie and Olimpus Caf (6m Varenne) fourth for Damien Bonne. The €70,000 Prix de la Concorde (European, 2875 meters, 12 starters) went to Sometime (8f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere-Vikings Way) at 2.6/1 odds for reinsman Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. The mare recorded her 10th career win for €395,360 as she overcame a 25 meter handicap. Recital du Lys was second for Damien Bonne and Saphir de Fille, also handicapped 25 meters, ended third for Eric Raffin. Well-regarded Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou) took the Prix de Nouzonville (€65,000 purse, 2875 meters, 14 starters) that was the Quinte+ race of the day, with a €3 million jackpot. Owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois teamed the winner, timed in 1.15.1kr, to his sixth career win, now for earnings of €145,370. Off at 3/1, Alex The Winner defeated Atout du Lerre, with trainer Franck Anne aboard at 16/1, and third place Act Of Love, at 24/1 for Mathieu Mottier. The fourth and fifth place finishers were off at 14/1 and 28/1 and the exact order €2 ticket interestingly paid only €11,590. Win/place only handle on the Q+ race was over €998,600. Thomas H. Hicks

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