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Vabellino (5m Ouragon de Celland-Girl de Chartepie) and reinsman Eric Raffin won today’s €240,000 Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (five year-olds) today at Paris-Vincennes at 11/1 odds. This race was the feature on a great card and the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €4.1 million. 14 starters contested this “classique” event over 3000 meters on the grande piste. Vulcain de Vandel was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard in a close finish with third place to Viking de Val and Eric Lambertz and favorite Very Nice Marceaux (at 1.8/1 odds) with Pierre Vercruysse up ended fourth. The winner is owned by Ecurie Podium and trained by Sebastian Guarato. Vabellino recorded his 13th victory in 29 starts for €356,300 earned after today. Time of the contest was a quick 1.12.7kr after the field reached the 1000 meter to go post in 1.13.6kr. The Prix de Beaugency (Gr. III European, €105,000 purse, 2850 meters) for aged campaigners went to 2.4/1 odds favorite Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens. Frans Delmonte owns the winner, who recorded his seventh win in 29 starts, now for €609,440 earned. Sirocco Jibace and Franck Ouvrie ended second with Global Manhattan third for pilot Franck Nivard. Tornado Bello was forwardly placed early and then was disqualified for a miscue. Time of the race was 1.14.1kr with rated fractions until late. Time with 500 meters to go was 1.14.9kr. The Gr. II Prix Uranie for three year-old fillies went to 1.7/1 odds Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d-Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier up. She took the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse by completing 2700 meters in 1.15.1kr to narrowly defeat Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow) with Jos. Verbeeck aboard. Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was third for J-M Bazire as the 1.2/1 odds favorite. Biche des Clos remains undefeated in seven starts, now for earnings of €182,250. At Charlottenlund (Copenhagen) today’s feature was the Dansk Filly (four year-old) Derby, a 2000 meter autostart test for 350,000kr to the winner.  Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) took the trophy easily in a new Danish record for the distance 1.12.2kr for 74 year-old veteran owner/breeder/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois. Jean Baudron is the trainer and fleet front stepping filly  recorded her second straight at Charlottenlund after scoring initially on August 17. The great gaited mare now has a slate of 4-2-3 in 14 starts for 1,512,997kr earned. Officials said the win by Tast of Bourbon was one of the most decisive victories ever in the Filly Derby. Dubois finished second early on the card with first-time two year-old starter Toutefois (2f Infinitif-Ziniaz-Buvetier d’Aunou) that is bred and owned in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. On the Charlottenlund undercard the Prix Orali for aged mares went to well-regarded Britt Hudson (8f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) in rein to Johnny Takter. She scored for the 12th time in 61 career starts, today earning 50,000kr first money. Rolf Ramnegard owns and trains the winner that completed the 2000 meters autostart in 1.13.3kr. MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) was second in a close decision, driven by Peter Untersteiner, with Sunbeam (by Dream Vacation) third for Nicolaj Andersen. Hungarian shippers Racerstina and Princess View were unplaced. The Dansk Filly Derby Consolation for 50,000kr to the winner, was contested by 12 entrants over 2000 meters autostart.  Tut AP (4f Quite Easy-Nasa Haleryd-Lindy’s Crown) took the win for Rene Kjaar. Morten Juul trains this winner that covered the course in 1.15.1kr for a length victory over The Negotiator (by Varenne) with Birger Jorgensen up with third to Tourmalet (by ENS Snapshot) driven by Ken Ecce. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Well known and respected trainer/driver Richard Brosnan caused a real stir recently when he went public with his concerns about the problems facing the harness racing industry and that he was seriously thinking of giving the game away. Tonight at Alexandra Park he let his horses do the talking and showed that he had lost none of those training skills honed by over forty years in the industry.  The six year old Dream Vacation gelding Torbjorn was off 20 meters in the C1/C3 2700 meters stand trot and came into the race with a last start third to his credit. With regular pilot Peter Ferguson in the bike, Torbjorn made his usual safe beginning and settled three back in the running line in the ten horse field and that's where he stayed until 400 meters from home where Peter Ferguson sent him forward three wide in search of the leaders. All the way up the straight Torbjorn kept making ground and grabbed the leader Sastre in the shadows of the post for a narrow but deserved victory. He trotted the 2700 meters from a stand in 3:30.7, with closing sectionals of 60.4 and 29.6. It was Torbjorn's fourth win in 30 starts along with 10 placings and took his stake earnings to $44,527 Torbjorn was bred and is raced by Bernie Lim who has been a long time stable client of Richard Brosnan's. Torbjorn is from Sun Lamp, a Sundon daughter of the Bonefish mare Kiwi Kipper who was imported to New Zealand by the late Sir Roy McKenzie. Sun Lamp is closely related to the outstanding age group trotter Royal Aspirations 1:56.5 ($282,999) and the top trotting mare Aspiring Lass (12 wins) ($107,065). Tonights win by Torbjorn proved once again that when it comes to training winners, Richard Brosnan has always been one of the best in the business and can still find his way to the winners circle. Harnesslink Media    

Back From Vacation (Dream Vacation) recorded his second consecutive victory on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Heidi Rohr-trained trotter finished third in his local debut a few weeks back but dominated his competition last week upon dropping into the $5,000 claiming level. The six year old trotter coasted out to the early lead once again on Tuesday night and never had an anxious moment before drawing out to win in 1:58.4 with driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. The win was one of two on the card for the Rohr-Aldrich tandem who also teamed up for a victory with heavily favored Teach Me To Bucky (Crazed) who prevailed in his local debut in the evening's opener. Rohr currently sits second in the trainer standings just a few wins behind leading conditioner Jordan Derue while Aldrich is second in the driver standings albeit a long ways back from leading reinsman Billy Dobson. Aldrich piloted three winners on the Tuesday card. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Harness racing can always throw up the unexpected from time to time and the Safely Kept mare Cyclone Vance would seem to fit that description beautifully. Cyclone Vance is from the Vance Hanover mare Cyclone Betsi who is from a family that has produced some very smart pacers in the last 30 years such as Running On Faith 1:56.1 ($326,890)  Thunder Storm 1:51.8 ($343,340) and Atlas Alliance 1:53.4 ($138,623) to name just three. Not a trotter to be found anywhere but Cyclone Vance wanted to trot and was quite handy at it to boot, winning six races and $44,983 on the track. Then when she went to stud, Cyclone Vance was bred to high class trotting sires and the results have been a succession of talented trotters. Her first foal was the Muscles Yankee horse Cyclone Jake 1:55.6 ($173,342) and that was followed by the son of Dream Vacation in Cyclone Dream 2:00 ($74,734) The next winner from the mare was another son of Dream Vacation in the very talented Cyclone U Bolt 1:54.5 ($240,393) and the fourth winner was the promising son of Majestic Son in Glenferrie Typhoon 2:01.1 ($45,144) who is in the 4 year Trotters final of the Breeders Crown on Sunday at Melton. The latest foal from Cyclone Vance to hit the track is Cyclone Lucky Seven who made his debut tonight at the Harness Racing Waikato meeting at Cambridge. Trained by Todd Macfarlane and Craig Sharpe and driven tonight by Todd, Cyclone Lucky Seven stepped away well from barrier one in the 2700 meters standing start event. After leading early the son of Majestic Son ended up three back on the inner for most of the journey, Off the back straight, the horse in the trail broke allowing Cyclone Lucky Seven to get up on to the leaders back. From there Cyclone Lucky Seven shot up the passing lane for a stylish win on debut. Cyclone Lucky Seven trotted the 2700 meters from a stand in 3:40.8 with closing sectionals of 61.2 and 30. Going by his faultless debut performance, this won't be the last time that Cyclone Lucky Seven is seen in the winners circle. Harnesslink Media  

John-Michael (6g Dream Vacation-Imatagtoo-Tagliabue) won Tuesday's $2,000 NY State Monte Fair Final at Trumansburg. Reined by Tara Hynes for trainer Michael Miller and owner Terry Miller, John-Michael scored in 2:09.1h over the Karen Isbell trained and ridden Truth In Action with My Irish Molly third for Jocelyn Lavigne in the field of six. At Georgian Downs, their pari-mutuel monte contest for C$3,200 went to a previous monte winner Radical Dreamer (5f Majestic Son-Paidindreams-Royal Strength) with Marit Valstad aboard for trainer and co-owner Ron O'Neill of Cambridge. Well-known breeder/owner Doug Millard of Woodstock is the other co-owner. Radical Dreamer scored in 2:00.4f by a head over Hettie's Honey with Tymal Oh So Nice home third in the nine horse field. C$9,540 was wagered on the monte contest including exactor, superfecta and triactor wagers. by 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

The Hambletonian Monte Series Final at the new Meadowlands and two Ontario pari-mutuel races at Grand River Raceway showcased North American monte activities this weekend. On Friday evening the $27,500 Hambletonian Monte Final took place (non-wagering) at the new Meadowlands. Sponsors were Jeff Gural, Valley High Stable, Back On Track, Ron Burke Stable, Arden Homestead Stable, Crawford Farm, Aldrich Properties, George Ducharme and Winners Circle Blueberries. The final followed two $10,000 legs the previous two weekends. This week, A Penny Earned (5g Conway Hall-Penny Dream-Dream Vacation) scored for Michelle Crawford and trainer George Ducharme in 1:57.2 (last quarter :28.2), just short of the north American speed race record set by Master Pine two years ago in 1:57.1. The winner was second in a July 18 leg behind Take My Picture that was second in the final for Therese Lindgren and trainer Nikolas Drennan. O U Gus (the July 25 winner) ended third for Stephanie Werder and trainer Whitney Richards. Master Pine finished fourth for Helene Gregory and trainer Julie Miller in the competitive (seven starters timed in 2:00.1 or better) ten horse field. In Ontario, Grand River Raceway hosted two pari-mutuel events on August 1st and 4th. The August 4th International Monte was part of the raceway's Industry Day and attracted riders from Canada, Belgium and Finland. The US rider-entrant Jennifer Connor was a scratch due to travel problems. Previous monte winner Radical Dreamer (Marit Valstad) made the fast pace, tracked and battled by eventual winner Tragically Shipp (Saara Jalasti aboard), that pulled away late for an comfortable win over Angies Lucky Star (Philippe Massachaele) in 2:02.4h over a rain soaked surface. Tragically Shipp (8g Shipps Speed-CH On Tour-Armbro Laser) is trained by Lee Watson for owners Lynne and David Magee. Jalasti and Massachaele regularly ride in monte races in Europe, where monte is very popular and part of most pari-mutuel racing cards at French and Scandinavian tracks. Race replay follows: The August 1 race at Grand River was billed as the Canada vs. Norway Challenge and it went to Callie Magoo (5g Magoo-Callie Alyssa-Wesgate Crown) with Norway's G. Berg up for trainer John Braid. This pair scored in 2:04.3h over King Tut (Sarah Town up for Canada) and Charlie Tuna. Both Grand River races were well received in the pari-mutuel wagering, as had been the case in previous Ontario pari-mutuel monte races. Standardbred Canada and Meadowlands files Thomas H. Hicks  

There is waiting a long-time between drinks and then there is dying of thirst and Tim Trathen probably came close to later. But if he continues to drive his promising trotter Summer Vacation and drives him in the way he did at Rangiora on Sunday he probably won’t have to wait another ten years before driving his next winner. The popular farrier trained a winner earlier in the season and one back in 2011 but on Sunday it was the first time Trathen had driven a winner since 2004. Sent straight to the front by Trathen, Summer Vacation was allowed to dictate terms in front before sprinting strongly in the straight to hold off the talented Commander Paris. He came his last half in 59.8 and his last quarter in 29.2 to hold on for a game win. By Dream Vacation out of five win mare In Command, Summer Vacation is a close relation to top race mare Meniscus. He was now had six starts for a win and a further three placings and has been driven by Trathen on each of those six occasions. Trathen has now trained 15 winners and driven 26 (since 1986) but is more widely known for his work as a blacksmith and a breaker. He did the early educating of Jewels winner Cowgirls N Indians before selling his share in the boom filly. Meanwhile, Madiba Magic broke the track record at Rangiora for a 2000 metre mobile when pacing the distance in a slick 2-24.8. Driven by Sam Ottley, the erratic Christian Cullen four-year-old was kept back from the gate early before lobbing the one-one. He then unleashed a powerful sprint in the home straight to overhaul stablemate Lumos and favourite Explosive Art. Madiba Magic is out of superstar Washington VC mare Foreal, who notched up a double for the weekend. Her smart Art Major two-year-old son Field Marshal was an impressive winner at Cambridge on Thursday and will now head to Australia for the Breeders Crown. By Mitchell Robertson

Four excellent events graced today’s Enghien-Soisy card, including this days’ Quinte+ race. The feature race was the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles for €95,000 contested by 11 European starters over 2150 meters autostart. Timed in 1.11.3kr, the Louis Baudron owned, trained and teamed Village Mystic scored a 12.5/1 upset. The five year-old son of Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account, bred by M.L. Baudron, nailed tiring favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) on the line, by a neck, the latter off at 3/5 for reinsman Franck Nivard. Voltigeur de Myrt was third for Eric Raffin. Winning Village Mystic now has 11 career wins for €720,320 earned. The secondary feature was the €85,000 Gr. III Prix du Louvre over 2875 meters for five year-old Europeans. 11 horses were at the start with the favorite Arlington Dream off at 4.3/1 in a wide-open affair. Clint W. Boko prevailed for the win handled by Robin Bakker in 1.15.1kr. The winner is a five year-old son of Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell, trained by Paul Hagoort for Stable Unlimited. The winner secured his 10th career win now for €297,157. Germany’s Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d’Aunou) was a close second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Josef Franzl and Vive Majyc ended third for Louis Baudron. Plutonio was fourth with J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover) fifth and was  not a factor for Damien Bonne. Arlington Dream was a dq for a miscue.   The Q+ race (jackpot €5.2 million) was the €68,000 Prix du Palais de Chaillot over 2875 meters for Europeans. 18 went postward and the race handled €1,166,918 for win and place only. Italy’s Olimpus Caf scored the victory in 1.14.3kr for Damien Bonne. He’s a six year-old son of Varenne-Eviola’caf-Supergill, owned by Scuderia Mantaro and trained by J-E Le Bec. The win today was his 12th lifetime for €203,259. Germany’s Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux with Tempo (7m Coktail Jet-Haute Voltige) flying  home third for David Thomain. Replay follows: A host of outsiders in the top five exact order generated a great outcome for winning punters. This exact order crew was off at odds of 5,5. 12, 74, 46 and 9/1 respectively. Big fields make for unexpected results and payoffs. The other interesting contest today, also for European entrants, was the €48,000 Prix de Villiers that drew 16 starters over the 2150 meter autostart course. Italy’s Painting Wise took the victory in 1.12.9kr for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi owns the five year-old son of Equinox Bi-Catalina Wise-Supergill as the 1.2/1 favorite defeated Adman Perrine with Franck Nivard and Amiral du Bission and teamster P-Y Verva. The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Wise H and the win today was his 13th in a career that has earned €96,610. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

As we get closer to the breeding season once again, we have been looking through the credentials of some of the harness racing sires available in Australasia. Most results have been in line with what we thought they would be until we did an analysis of the trotting stallion Dream Vacation. Only ever available in the Southern Hemisphere via frozen semen, this well bred son of Pine Chip has an unbelievable record down under. In New Zealand Dream Vacation has been available since 2003 and his oldest crop is now ten years old. In that time he has only sired 88 live foals of which 67 have started and 56 of those have been winners. His best winner to date has been this years Trotting Masters Champion Stent 1:56 ($471,572)  while he also has seven other $100,000 winners including such smart types as Real Deal Yankee 1:57.4 ($301,382), Leighton Hest 1:56.7 ($205,242), Cyclone U Bolt 1:54.5 ($194,862) and Dream Machine 1:57.6 ($159.453). Overall he has 19 trotters that have earned more than $50,000 and 12 in 2:00 with total stake earning in New Zealand to date of $ 2,682,819. Foals    Winners     % Winners/Foals    $50,000 Winners   % $50,000 Winners/Foals    88             56                   63.63                           19                                   21.59 In Australia Dream Vacation has also been available since 2003 and his oldest crop is currently ten years old. In that time he has sired just 35 live foals that are three years or older for 25 starters and 23 winners including such smart types as King Kong Cooma 2:00 ($100,348), Likeaplay Boy 2:02.1 ($96,444), Dougie 1:57.5 ($89,464), Aldebaran Maori 2:01.7 ($74,581) and Purplepeopleater 2:00.7 ($64,288). Overall Dream Vacation has 6 $50,000 winners and total stake earnings are $1,004,948. Foals     Winners     % Winners/Foals    $50,000 Winners   % $50,000 Winners/Foals   35            23                       65.71                        6                                   17.14 We are unaware of any other stallion available to trotting breeders in Australasia that comes anywhere close to these numbers. Available to New Zealand breeders again this season through Nevele R for $5,000 on 42 day positive test, Dream Vacation continues to be great value for money for down under breeders. Harnesslink media

Veteran Mack Grace SM recorded another victory in Italy today as he won the GP Citta'di Treviso over 1609 meters autostart. The purse was £45,100 in this event for aged campaigners. Roberto Andreghetti was the pilot as the winner battled with Orsia early in the contest before putting her away (she ended third) and also second place Perkins Grif. The eight year-old winning son of CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal recorded his 50th career win in 95 outings for career earnings of £1,484,962, In the past twelve months the classy campaigner was been victorious 16 times in 19 starts for £633,012 and he now has over 30 wins in Grand Premio races and their eliminations. 6 GR.PR.CITTA' DI TREVISO E 45.100 mt 1609 - Trio   1° 3 MACK GRACE SM R.Andreghetti 11.7 2° 5 PERKINS GRIF A.Farolfi 11.9 3° 1 ORSIA A.Gocciadoro 11.9 4° 2 LA VIDA LOCA T.Di Lorenzo 12.0 5° 6 ISAAK BI A.Raspante 12.2 6° 7 PRIDE WISE AS A.Greppi 12.6 0° 4 NO MAN'S LAND P.Gubellini rc 0° 8 PAPALLA G.Lombardo Jr   On Saturday high-class racing took place at Halmstad SWE. Winners of interest included Orecchietti (by From Above) in the Gold Division for aged trotters as he scored for Orjan Kihlstom. Air Frame (by Scarlet Knight) won what may be referred to as the Swedish Oaks for four year-old mares. See below. Alibabba J (7g Paparazzy-Goldwell-Diamond Way), Asa Svensson up, 1.12.7kr, 40,000SEK first money over 1609 meters autostart monte Recation (6f Dream Vacation-Alexia Hammering-Smasher), Johan Untersteiner up, 1.10.7kr, 100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart. Bold And Fresh was second as the former Hambo Oaks winner is racing better Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar), Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 75,000SEK to winner BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover), Peter Untersteiner aboard, 1.10.5kr over 1609 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ's Photo), Per Lennartsson up, 1.10.9kr over1609 meters autostart, The Sprinter Masters Mares Final (four year-olds) with 541,596SEK to winner Orecchietti (7m From Abover-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom up, 1.11.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner of this Gold Division, that recorded his 19th victory in 37 outings for 4,352,860SEK and his fourth straight win (two in 2014). Solvato and Monster Drive ended next in line Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two), Bjorn Goop up, 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters autostart in the ECT Next Year event with 75,000SEK to the winner, her ninth career win in 16 starts for 1,175,426SEK By Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

July 4, 2014. Timoko next tests the starter on Sunday at La Capelle and Philippe Allaire's Brillantissime leads the field Saturday at Enghien in the Prix de Berlin against a competitive group of three year-olds. See the entries below for these weekend headliners. July 5, 2014 Enghien-Soisy Features Prix de la Marche, £85,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters. Field includes Indigious (by Prodigious) with Eric Raffin up for Stig H. Johansson and Swedishman with Franck Nivard steering for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. Prix de Berlin, £85.000, 2150 meters autostart, European, 9 starters for three year-olds. This group includes Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire, Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) with Erik Raffin aboard, Secretariat (Ganymede) for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, Scoop Grif Italia (Varenne) for Pierre Vercruysse/Marco Smorgon, and Silverado Lux (Amigo Hall) for the Nivard/Souloy team. July 6, 2014 La Capelle Feature Prix der la Communaute de Communes, 1609 meters autostart, £100,000, Gr. II International, field in post position order below (horse, driver, trainer): Reve de Beylev, Raffin/Guarato Oibambam Effe, Carro/Carro Spirit Beji, Bullier/Provost Quinoa du Gers, Ouvrie/Souloy Roi du Lupin, Barrier/Marmion Krangel, Locqueneux/Westholm Timoko, Goop/Westerink Quick Viervil, Gallier/Gallier Viscaria, Piton/Gillot Timoko and Richard Westerink Earlier this week solid action took place in Sweden with Happy Days winning his elimination and the final of the Sprinter Masters. In the final Express Duo and Tumble Dust trailed the winning horse/driver pair that were timed in 1.10.7kr. On July 2 at Lindesberg Mr. Picolit took the aged main event in 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. US entrant Uncle Peter was scratched. July 3, 2014 Halmstad Sprinter Masters 1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money each elimination, Elim 1, 1.11.7kr Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem), Pekka Korpi, Finland, 20th win in 32 starts for 3,494,704SEK Elim 2 1.12.0kr Dream With Me (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Lutfi Kolgjini, Netherlands, 6th win in 20 for 649,172SEK Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Dream Vacation), Bjorn Goop, Denmark, now in 20 starts 4-5-6 slate for 2,064,059SEK Elim 3, 1.10.l9kr Happy Days (4g Dream Vacation-Kiss Me Once-Varenne)m Johnny Takter, eighth win in 11 for 1,179,300SEK Final, 1.10.7kr, first money 902,660SEK Happy Days, Johnny Takter, first on the line Express Duo, Pekka Korpi TumbleDust, Bjorn Goop Other relevant winners on the Halmstad card were: Oliver Kronos (6g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop, 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 100,000SEK first money, eighth win in 18 appearances. Your Highness (5f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop, 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first prize, 10th win in 20 tries for 1,461,904SEK career earnings. July 2, 2014 Lindesberg Winners Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed), Daniel Olsson up for Stefan Melander, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 60,000SEK to winner. Paris Metro (3f Cantab Hall-Mrs Ronerail-Donerail), Bjorn Goop for trainer Melander, 1.12.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK winners prize. Paducah Dream (4f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.13.8kr, 1640 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner. High Speed Call (6g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Carl-Erik Lindblom up, 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner. Mr. Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money, defeating Occione Jet with Erik Adielsson and Bagley with Conrad Lugauer. Uncle Peter was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks

Top trotting action took place Sunday at Napoli, Italy and Kalmar (SWE). In Italy, the Premio Citta’Di Napoli Filly for €55,000 went to Sweat OK and Tommaso Di Lorenzo. She was timed in 1.12.4kr over 1600 meters autostart to defeat Sunrise Dancer and Sharon Gar. The three-year-old daughter of Dream Vacation now has six wins and six placings in 17 starts for earnings in excess of €83,000. The Napoli feature this day was the Grand Premio Citta’Di Napoli for colts over 2100 meters autostart for a purse of €154,000. Sceicco (by Look de Star by Coktail Jet) scored for Andrea Guzzinati in 1.14.3kr to defeat Skyline Dany and Stankovic OK. The winner posted his fourth win in 14 starts, plus eight placings, to increase career earnings to over €196,000. Sceicco resumed leadership among the three year-old crop after a terrific 2013 season. The Giampaolo Minnucci trainee likely benefitted from miscues at the start by Suricato Jet, Satchmo As and Sing Hallelujah. The same day at Kalmar saw the rejuvenated Reven d’Amour win the V75-Gold Division for reinsman Bjorn Goop. Fredrik B. Larssen trains the nine year-old son of Revenue that won for the 20th time in a career that has produced over 5.5SEK million in earnings. Monster Drive and Obi Wan trailed the winner. June 22, 2014 Kalmar SWE, Gold, 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.11.3kr 1st Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie), Bjorn Goop for trainer Fredrik B. Larssen, his 20th win in 75 starts for 5,584,474SEK 2nd Monster Drive (8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover), Ulf Ohlsson aboard 4rd Obi Wan (8g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve), Thomas Uhrberg up Other starters in order of finish – Oasis Bi, Kash’s Cantab, Magic Tonight. Nothing  But Class, O’Grady, Mr. Picolit, Alvena Pele, El Mago Pellini, Truculent by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

This is the time of the season for Vicbred horses to shine. Over the next few weeks you will see many heats for Vicbred eligible horses leading into a fantastic weekend of Group 1 Finals on July 4 & 5. Our appreciation to sponsor Empire Stallions who do a great job in promoting themselves during this series.   Growth of 2YO Trotters The growth in trotting ranks has been highlighted by the number of two-year-olds who have presented at the races so far this season. By the end of May, 55 two-year-old trotters had raced (of which 50 are Vicbred). At the same time last year 33 two-year-old trotters had raced. A 67% increase in the number of starters can in part be credited to the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown series which recently boasted separate $50,000 finals for both colts and fillies. Those two finals included five graduates from the inaugural Australasian Premier Trotting Sale (APTS) in March 2013. The first winner purchased from the APTS was Dream Vacation gelding Livin The Life which won at Kilmore on June 10. Well done to all involved at the Cranbourne Club. Fastest Last Half Ever David Lewis trained Amajorjo may not have won a major race yet, but he does now lay claim to the fastest last half mile in Australian history. At Maryborough on May 16, Amajorjo won The Leo Crameri, finishing off in a last half mile of 53.3 seconds, the quickest on record. Victorian tracks hold the first five places on the national speed chart with Chilli Palmer, Ideal Scott, Macha and Bling It On all recording sub 54 second last halves at Tabcorp Park Melton. Harness Racing worth $422m in Victoria During May the Premier and Minister for Racing Dr Denis Napthine released a Size and Scope Study into the Victorian Racing Industry - conducted by experts IER. The report concluded that harness racing in Victoria generates $422m for the Victorian economy - a 63% increase since the previous study eight years ago. Some of the other highlights specific to harness racing in the study included: 4,000 full time equivalent jobs; 19,000 people involved as employees, participants or volunteers; 8,000 owners and syndicate members; 3,000 breeders; Highest Regional Contribution comes from the Goulburn Valley ($58m) followed by Loddon ($50m). A full copy of the 96 page study is available by clicking here. Ballarat Stakes Reduction The Ballarat & District Trotting Club is the first Club to announce a reduction in its contribution to stakes due to the impost of a new State Government gaming tax. The new tax will cost the Ballarat Club an extra $200,000 per year so the Club has decided to cut approximately $100,000 from its contribution to stakes. Most affected will be the Ballarat Pacing Cup, which reduces from $175,000 to $100,000. Admirably, the Ballarat Club will continue to invest heavily in its community and charity work, neither of which will be impacted by the new gaming tax. For the full statement from Ballarat click here. Incidentally, the new tax will have a $400,000 impact on HRV. Management is currently working through next year's budget in order to minimise the impact on overall stakes. Queen's Birthday Honours A pair of harness racing identities were awarded Queen's Birthday Honours earlier this week. Keith McGowan OAM Keith received an OAM for services to the media, however the honour also recognised his "ownership of Harness horses for in excess of 25 years and his support for the industry over many years". Despite Keith's passing late last year we are all proud of Keith's award, and in particular for his family, including son Nathan. John Ballestrino OAM John received an OAM for services to the community, particularly sporting organisations. One of the sports John is associated with is harness racing, in his role as Vice President of the Geelong Harness Racing Club. Congratulations to John and the McGowan family on being recognised in such a way. Vale HRV was saddened to learn of the passing of two industry stalwarts. Norm Fear Norm was a trainer back in the 60's and 70's and later a HRV Board member from 1984 to 1988. He loved harness racing and was always positive about the sport. The most appropriate comment I have read is from Russell Edwards on Facebook. Quote "Norm was a true gentleman who volunteered countless hours to the game he loved....I never heard anyone utter a bad word about him". And as the Shepparton Club said on their Facebook page "Norm was simply the best". Edo Bettiol Edo had a long term interest in harness racing and previously owned several horses. He was also an esteemed member of the Caduceus Club. His son Greg is equally passionate about the sport and is a member of HRV's Pegasus Club. Our condolences to Greg and Edo's family. First Winners Harness racing in Victoria continues to be the breeding ground for young participants becoming involved in the sport. During the month of May a couple of young drivers experienced the thrill of driving their first winners: Robert Caton (19) drove his first winner on Lombo Mini Lamouch at Bendigo on May 8; and Zac Steenhuis (16) drove his first two winners, Village Spirit and Tallulah Bay, at Terang on May 18. Not so young, but still enjoying his first win was Darren Manton on Prettyboytoby at Ballarat on May 10. Josh Aiken Josh is quickly becoming a young star of the industry. Son of David, Josh has had a roller coaster ride over the past two weeks. Here is a summary: Drove his first Metropolitan winner at Tabcorp Park on May 30 on Composed; Became the youngest person (at 20 years of age) to drive a treble at Tabcorp Park on June 6; Celebrated his 21st birthday on June 10; Appeal against a three week suspension dismissed by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on June 10. Milestones Amanda Turnbull With her win on Tezz Khora at Charlton on June 12 Amanda, now residing in Victoria, has driven 999 winners. If she makes it to 1,000 in the next couple of days, she will become the youngest ever to achieve the feat in Australia. Brian Kiesey Brian trained the first two winners at Charlton on June 12, his first double since Elmore in 2001. The first of the double was Candy Digger, which hadn't won since March 2012 at Warragul. Since then she had 132 starts without success. Second placegetter in the same race Master Kiesey, also trained by Brian, achieved the milestone of 300 starts in a race. Geoff Kay Dr Napthine has advised that Board member Geoff Kay's term has been extended for a three year period - until May 2017.

The final Grand Slam event of the UET Masters Series,  takes place this Sunday at the Oslo track of Bjerke, with the running of the  Oslo Grand Prix, one of four UET Masters Series group races on the day. The Oslo Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of 340,000 euros, has an illustrious honour roll, the last two events being won by Elitloppet champions of the previous year, in Sebastian K (Korean) and Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), while US warhorse Arch Madness a two-time Elitloppet runner up was the winner over the 2011 contest. Students of European racing and breeding will recognize the names of Sugarcane Hanover (USA) , Ourasi (FRA), Giant Cat (FRA),  Zoogin (SWE), Peace Corps (USA), Victory Tilly Zoogin (SWE), and Steinlager Zoogin (SWE),  who are all past winners of the event as is a horse who has been available in Australia, Ganymede (FRA), the sire of rising NSW trotter Vincennes, the winner of 8 of his last 11 races. Norwegian star Juliano Rags (Juliano Star), who missed the Elitloppet final by one position and Raja Mirchi (Viking Kronos) who set the blistering pace in the first heat, only to be caught on the line are the only two entrants who are making back to back Grand Slam starts. But the big coup for Oslo is the appearance of genuine French heavyweights in Univers de Pan (Kenya du Pont)  and Un Mec d’Heripre (Orlando Vici), two rising stars of the French scene. Both are multiple group one  winners, Philippe Daugear’s Univers de Pan the  winner of this year’s Finlandia Ajo,  while Un Mec d’Heripre is the Criterium des 4 Ans runner up and last year’s  European five-year-old champion and comes from the barn of Fabrice Souloy. Another French horse with serious credentials is Jean Paul Marmion’s Roi du Lupin, who being a gelding is ineligible for most of the big group races in France but has still amassed a credible 1.56million euros. He is the recent winner of the 150,000 euro Prix des Ducs de Normandie in the bike but is also one of the very best under saddle trotters in France. The day also features the UET Masters Series group two Berke Cup, an Elitloppet style event with two heats and a final over a mile on the same day, for the region’s sprinters. Prominent Swedish trainer Lutfi Kolgjini has good chances in both heats with Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown winner Barracuda River (Express It), who has won on this track before in the first heat and old warhorse, with a name that does not translate well down under, Kaffir Face, entered in the second and rated a good chance. Top Norwegian trainer Frode Hamre has two in each heat, with two Credit Winner sons Winmecredit and  the strongly fancied I’m the Answer in the first, and VC Chocoholic (Chocolatier) and Broadway Legs (Broadway Hall) in the second. The favoured runners in the first heat are Herve Philippe Gautier’s French entrant Saphir de Fille (Ipsos de Montfort) and Finnish trainer Markku Nieminen’s Dutch-bred Bret Boko (Yankee Glide) while Reijo Liljendahl’s  Angelo also has some strong support. In the second heat Nieminen’s other entrant Finnish Derby winner Quite an Avenger and Swede Anders Pedersen’s US import MagicCarpet Ride are the two early favourites on the tote with the latter having the services of Bjorn Goop in the bike. There are two other UET Masters Series group two races on the day, The Summer Meeting Stayers race (3140m) and the Europamatch, a 2100m race for  four and five-year-olds. The Europamatch features some of Europe’s top younger horses headed by Swedish legend Stig Johnasson’s German star Indigious, a son of French sire Prodigious who was second in Germany’s big race last year the Grosser Preis von Deutchland. He will face stiff competition from former Dutch Derby winner Clint Boko (Abano As), former European and Norwegian Derby runner-up  Thai Broadway (Thai Thanic) and Swedish group winner Stelton (Dream Vacation). The Stayers race has attracted Pas Sans Toi a French horse who at 11-years-old has been pensioned off in France but is eligible for two more seasons in the rest of Europe. Lieven de Groote’s son of In Love With You is the winner of more than 550,000 euros but will be at long odds from a 60m handicap even with Jorma Kontio in the bike. Bjorn Goop’s Swedish bred Roobois  (Rotation) was a fast finishing second on Elitloppet weekend and will enjoy the extra distance here even with a 40m handicap, while Reijo Liljendahl’s Italian import Nescafe (Daguet Rapide) off 20m and Dutchman Hugo Langeweg Jnr’s  Capitole (Offshore Dream) off the front will also be in the mix here. by David Sanders Harness Racing Victoria

News from Italy and Hungary highlights this report of  weekend activity. Italy staged several graded events at Montegiorgio on Saturday and Modena on Sunday. Four-year-olds battled Saturday with Roger Prav (by Daguet Rapide) winning in a quick 1.12.5kr for Antonio Greppi in the €45,100 Grand Prix San Paolo. On Sunday the three year-olds took center stage with the €154,000 Tito Giovanardi Open going to the Holger Ehlert trained Sing Hallelujah (by SJs Caviar). The €55,000 Carlo Carriari for fillies  went to the Dream Vacation sired Sweat OK with Tommaso Di Lorenzo at the lines. May 10, 2014 Montegiorgio, Premio Grand Prix San Paolo, €45,100, 1600 meters, 1.12.5kr 1st Roger Prav (4m Daguet Rapide-Fancy Prav-Sugarcane Hanover), Antonio Greppi up, eighth win in 42 starts 2nd Rosemary Gar (4f Donato Hanover-ASllstar FC-Indro Park), M. Minopoli Jr. up 3rd Ribot EK (4m Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way), G.L. Cicognani driving May 11, 2014 Modena, Gran Prix Tito Giovanardi, €154,000, 2060 meters, 1.14.5kr 1st Sing Hallelujah (3m SJs Caviar-Mystic Hanover-Donerail), Roberto Vecchione up for Holger Ehlert trainer and breeder, and owner Walther Larsen, his fifth win in 10 career starts; victorious in a close photo 2nd Satchmo As (3m Daguet Rapide-Gelosia dei Fiori-Waikki Beach), Enrico Bellei aboard 3rd Swan Wise As (3f Varenne-Garden Variety-Tagliabue), A. Buzzitta up May 11, 2014 Modena, Grand Prix Carlo Cacciari, €55,000, 1600 meters, 1.15.6kr 1st Sweat OK (3f Dream Vacation-Zinbgara OK-Crowning Point), Tommaso Di Lorenzo up in a tight finish 2nd Saba del Ronco (3f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up 3rd Smeralda Jet (3f Gigant Neo-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride), V.P. Dell’Annunziata aboard At Kincsem Park (Budapest) the featured Speedy Foster Handicap went to Tibor Hajnal’s Italian import Orifiamma Jet, an easy winner in 1.15.4kr over 1800 meters autostart. She is a half-sister to third place Smeralda Jet on Sunday at Modena in the Carlo Cacciari for fillies. May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, Speedy Foster Handicap, 1800 meters autostart, 1.15.4kr, purse 500,000HUf 1st Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele  Pride), Tibor Hajnal up for Illetmeny Kft., 3.7/1 2nd Orinoco (6f P.S. Dimo-Uxor), L. Veres trainer/driver 3rd Alverna Quickly (7f Victory Party-Gypsy Garland), Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver Interesting winners on the Saturday card also included those sired by SJs Caviar and Wall Street Banker. May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, Half Pint Handicap, 1800 meters autostart, 1.15.8kr, purse 330,000HUf 1st Stone Capes Judy (7f SJ’s Caviar-Kallasy), Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver, Csabika & Adrienn owners, 2.3/1 May 10, 2014 Kincsem Park, UBUL DIJ, 1800 meters autostart, 1.16.2kr, purse 380,000HUf 1st Royal Flesh (4m Wall Street Banker-Tameways Sweet L), L. Marton trainer/driver for AMMA Loverseny, Kft., 7.8/1 odds The prior weekend (May 3) a classic heat race, the Majusi Nagydij over 1960 meters distance handicap, went to the Wall Street Banker mare Orangyal in consecutive heats for trainer/driver Pal Vicen. Purse was 1.8HUf million. Nick Nolte took second placing with his 3-2 finish in the heats. May 3, 2013 Kincsem Park, Majusi Nagydij heat 1, 1960 meters distance handicap, total purse 1.8HUf million, 1.17.9kr 1st Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands), Pal Vicen trainer/driver, Bakonyko Kft. owner, 1960 meters, 7/1 2nd  Pretty Paper (6m Credit Winner-Anticipation-Donwerail, Dora Kovacs up, 1980 meters, her third dam Les Celestes is the dam of Backstreet Guy 3rd Nick Nolte (7m Tony Oaks-Szines Zno-Mill H), Sandor Varadi, 1960 meters May 3, 2014 Kincsem Park, Majusi Nagydij heat 2, 1960 meters distance handicap, 1.17.6kr 1st  Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo- Endless Sands), Pal Vicen trainer/driver, Bakonyko Kft., owner, 1960 meters, 4.4/1 2nd Nick Nolte (7m Tony Oaks-Szines Zno-Mill H), Sandor Varadi, 1960 meters 3rd Ollyan Nincs (6m Pickaflick-C’est la Guerre-Kalle Pil), Imre Fazekas, 1980 meters Final placings in two heat format – Orangyal, Nick Nolte, Ollyan nincs, Pretty Paper, Jackpot Star The companion feature that day, the 1.8HUf million Laszlo Fergy Memorial for three year-olds, went to Salt Lake City with veteran trainer/driver Imre Fazekas up for owner/breeder Pimri Bt. Fazekas has represented his country in past driver’s world championship competition. Two Wall Street Banker offspring, bred by legendary commercial breeder Kabela Menes Kft., took the next two spots. May 3, 2014 Kincsem Park, Laszlo Fergy Memorial, purse 1.8HUf million, 1960 meters distance handicap, 1.20.1kr 1st Salt Lake City (3m Detroit-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian), Imre Fazekas trainer up, Pimri Bt. owner, 2.9/1 2nd Silver Lady (3f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady-Endless Sands), V. Mazsity up, breeder Kabela Menes Kft. 3rd Sebes (3m Wall Street Banker-Franciska-Witsend’s Speedy), L. Kolozsi up, breeder Kabela Menes Kft. Witsend’s Speedy is a son of Green Speed-Linda Lobell. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com  

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