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Napoleon Bar (7h Varenne-Dalmezia-Coktail Jet) easily took today's Gr. I International UET Masters Series Gran Premio Costa Azzura at Turin. The Enrico Bellei teamed, Catello Savarese trained son of Varenne was timed in 1.11.3kr over 1600 meters autostart to earn the winners share of the 132,000 purse over 10 rivals. The M.L. Truccone bred campaigner, now a 13 time career winner of 632,107, easily dispatched Mack Grace Sm (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace Sm) with Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Antonio Porzio. Owen CR (6m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR) was third for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini with I Am Grif (10g Viking Kronos-O'Hara Park) fourth for Maurizio Cheli and Newyork Newyork (7m Supergill-Viola d'Amore) landed fifth with Lorenzo Baldi up. Postions were drawn for the April 25 Gran Premio Citta’Di Torino, a Gr. II European four year-old event over 2060 meters. 13 trotters will contest this one for the €77,000 purse. J-P Dubois brings Tast Of Bourbon, a son of Donato Hanover, to the event against a solid group at Torino. Gran Premio Citta' Di Torino (Gr. 2)- € 77.000 Ringostarr Treb (R. Vecchione) Renoir Dany (G.P. Minnucci) Radiofreccia Fi (Fed. Esposito) Royal Blessed (Lor. Baldi) Re Degli Dei (T. Di Lorenzo) Ruty Grif (A. Buzzitta) Rori Axe (A. Guzzinati) Romanesque (M. Smorgon) Tast Of Bourbon (J.P. Dubois) Radio Wise (x) Rue Du Bac (R. Andreghetti) Rania Lest (E. Bellei) Roberto Grif (A. Greppi) byThomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Hippodrome Enghien in France today played host to the Gr. I International Prix de l'Atlantique with a 200,000e purse over the 2150 meters autostart sprinter distance (1-5/16 miles). Italy's Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) prevailed in a race record 1.11.3kr as he received a perfect pocket trip from reinsman Enrico Bellei for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci. The winner was off at 10/1 odds and scored his 13th career win now for earnings of 919,382e. Bellei was able to take the early lead away from Univers de Pan (Philippe Daugeard). In front briefly, the winner then pocketed when Univers de Pan was quick on the retake. Timoko sat third for Pierre Vercruysse but could not keep with the leading pair in the drive. Bellei waited and then sprung to the attack, finally gaining superiority as the wire approached. Univers de Pan was a brave second with Caballion third but disqualified. Tiego d'Etang was placed third for Christian Bigeon with Timoko and Olmo Holz awarded spots four and five. In the beaten field were Quinoa du Gers (sixth), Quoumba de Guez (eighth) and Roxane Griff (a fading ninth). Pascia'Lest has been under the tutelage of Thierry Duvaldestin since November, but had never passed the winning pole for the new trainer until today, and in a superb manner. Duvaldestin was at Saint -Malo today and posted four winning drives with his pupils. Pascia'Lest became one of the sprinter kings of Enghien- Soisy, including Main Wise As and Exploit Caf , other Italian champions that had won the "Atlantic " in their racing careers. This son of Varenne , timed today in 1.11.3kr, set a track record for the event , which had been held by Jag de Bellouet with 1.11.4kr in 2005. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de l'Atlantique, UET Masters Series Gr. I International, 2150 meters autostart, 200,000e, 1.11.3kr new race record Fractions: 1.12.3kr at 1000; 1.11.6kr at 500 1st Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Enrico Bellei up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 10/1 Italy, his 13th career win 2nd Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver, 9/10 favorite 3rd Tiego d'Etang (7m Chaillot-Harolene), Christian Bigeon driver/trainer, 9/1 4th Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces), Pierre Vercruysse, 9/1 5th Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kros), Christophe Martens, Italy, 11/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

A solid field of 11 will contest Saturday's Prix de l'Atlantique at Hippodrome Enghien. Race seven on the card features the exceptional mare Roxane Griff with Eric Raffin at the lines and other international stalwarts Timoko, Tiego d'Etang, and Univers de Pan. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event is over the 2150 meters autostart course for a purse of 200,000 euros. Six of the starters have career earnings of over 1 million eduros. Timoko will have a driver change as Pierre Vercruysse replaces Joseph Verbeeck behind the Richard Westerink trainee. Italy sends two hopefuls to the race including Pascia'Lest with Enrico Bellei to drive and Olmo Holz with Christophe Martens up.  The FR program page summary is shown below. 7 ème (15H40) : Prix de l'Atlantique (Trio, Classic Tiercé, Mini Multi, 2 sur 4, Couplé Ordre, Trio Ordre) European Trotting Masters Series 2014 Groupe I Course Internationale 1 TIEGO D'ETANGCH. BIGEON 8a2a3a9a2m134a6a3a1a1'10"4(Vinc.) (CHAILLOT - HAROLENE) - Propriétaire : F.L. ADAM - Entraineur : CH. BIGEON - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 1259980 € 2 TIMOKOP. VERCRUYSSE 0a5a139a0a2a1a2a1a1a1'10"0(Vinc.) (IMOKO - KISS ME COULONCES) - Propriétaire : R. WESTERINK - Entraineur : R. WESTERINK - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 2149590 € 3 PASCIA' LESTE. BELLEI 2a3a137a0a3aRa1'10"3(homol) (VARENNE - SUPERIORS SUN) - Propriétaire : S. QUERCI (ITY) - Entraineur : TH. DUVALDESTIN - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 829382 € 4 QUINOA DU GERSF. NIVARD 4a6a7a4m8a0a136a0a0a1'10"6(homol) (GANYMEDE - TARGA DU CHALANGE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie LE TREMONT - Entraineur : F. SOULOY - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 1001543 € 5 QUOUMBA DE GUEZJ.M. BAZIRE 0a5aDa2a138a7a0a5a1a1'10"6(homol) (URFIST DES PRES - VANINA DE MAREUIL) - Propriétaire : Ecurie VAUTORS - Entraineur : J.M. BAZIRE - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 1155569 € 6 UNIVERS DE PANPH. DAUGEARD 1a5a2a2a2a130a1a3a0a1'10"0(homol) (KENYA DU PONT - GYPSILORE) - Propriétaire : O. HORVATH - Entraineur : PH. DAUGEARD - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 1037530 € 7 ROXANE GRIFFE. RAFFIN 1m3a1m4a1m135a5m5a1m1'10"2(Vinc.) (TENOR DE BAUNE - JULIA MESLOISE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie GRIFF - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 2303118 € 8 TALICIA BELLAA. BARRIER 3a3a2a3a0aDa131a2a1a1'11"7(Vinc.) (GENERAL DU POMMEAU - ILLICIA BELLA) - Propriétaire : Ecurie Jean Paul MARMION - Entraineur : J.P. MARMION - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 606350 € 9 CABALLIONM. ABRIVARD 3aDa9a2a13Da9a2a110a1'12"0(Vinc.) (KESACO PHEDO - LADY BRICK) - Propriétaire : CABALLION AB (SWE) - Entraineur : F. LEBLANC - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 538281 € 10 OLMO HOLZCH. MARTENS 1a2a1a0a130aDa5a1a0a1'11"1(Vinc.) (URONOMETRO - VEUVE DU KRAS) - Propriétaire : F. DELMOTE (BEL) - Entraineur : V. MARTENS - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 401846 € 11 AISLE STANDJ. VERBEECK Da4a6a137a4a7a6a3a4a1'10"6(homol) (SCARLET KNIGHT - TWISTERELLA) - Propriétaire : Stall ESCAPADE AB (SWE) - Entraineur : R. KUIPER - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 391748 €    On Sunday at Turin Italy the Gran Premio Della Costa Azzura will be contested over 1600 meters autostart. This Gr. I International UET Masters Series contest attracted 11 entrants for the 132,000 euros purse. The lineup is shown below in position order with driver and career earnings in euros. Mack Grace SM headlines this group. 1. Op, Edourdo Moni, 319,999e 2. Napoleon Bar, Enrico Bellei, 585,187e 3. Oropuro Bar, Marco Smorgon, 418,277e 4. Oibambam Effe, Andrea Guzzinati, £309,542 5. Owen Cr, Pietro Gubellini, 545,838e 6. Mack Grace SM, Roberto Andreghetti, £1,324,238 7. Linda di Casei, Alessandro Gocciadoro, 689,331e 8. I Am Grif, Maurizio Cheli, 249,804e 9. Union Life, Joseph Verbeeck, 223,414e 10. Omas Np, Ferdinando Pisacane, 106,107e 11. Newyork Newyork, Lorenzo Baldi, 326,248e by Thomas H. Hicks,for Harnesslink.com

Italy's top trotter Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) took today's £110,000 Gr. I Gran Premio Societa Campo di Mirafiori at Torino Vinovo, Italy. Reinsman Roberto Andreghetti rated the front-end pace and held off onrushing Pascia'Lest and Enrico Bellei to secure the 1.11.8kr win over 1600 meters autostart. Owen CR took third for Pietro Gubellini after a pocket perfect journey. Next in line in the nine horse field were Oibambam Effe, Pace Del Rio and Marielles. The victory was the 22nd graded win for Mack Grace SM and 13th Group I score in his outstanding career. The excellent undercard saw victories recorded by Re Degli Dei (4m Conway Hall-Blitz-Sugarcane Hanover) in the Premio Le Mage Del Maes (£13,200, 2060 meters) for T. Di Lorenzo in 1.13.5kr and Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) in the Premio Le Delizie di Caffarel (£13,200, 1600 meters). She scored in 1.12.1kr for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini, the winners' 12th career win and seventh in the past year in eight starts in Italy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The incomparable Mack Grace SM heads a strong field for the 110,000 euro Gran Premio Societa Campo Mirafiori, an Italian national group one for horses 5years and older at Turin on Sunday. It is the champion stallion's first appearance since he made a cameo appearance in the Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes, which was, as expected a good deal too far for the Italian speedster, who is all but invincible at home at distances under 2100m. To date the Antonio Porzio-trained son of unheralded US export CC's Chuckie T and Ambro Grace has amassed 1,286,719 euros following 46 victories from 92 attempts which included an amazing 17 out of 18 prior to his Prix d'Amerique failure. Indeed, he had a stellar 2013, in which he won 11 group races last year including six at group one level including the Grand Slam jewel Lotteria di Agnano final for the second time. But all his major wins have been at home, although with his record over multiple heat races on the same day, you would think a race like Sweden's Elitloppet would be right up his ally. This is a superb field for this year's renewal of the Turin classic, with top French trainers Fabrice Souloy (Marielles) and Thierry Duvaldestin (Pascia' Lest) fronting up with their Italian-bred charges which are now trained from their Normandy bases. Marielles won the group one Gran Premio Nazioni on this track in November, beating French champ Timoko and has been competing in France during the Winter Meeting, where she picked up several decent checks, including one for third in the prestigious Prix de Bourbonnais. She also raced under saddle in the World Championship for monte, the Prix du Cornullier, although she galloped. Pascia' Lest, a former Italian Derby winner, is coming off some super form in France, where he ran second to Univers de Pan in the Grand Criterium Nice-Matin in early March. The son of Varenne also ran third twice in French group twos at Vincennes in the just completed Winter Meeting, which speaks volumes for his potential ability at the very highest level. Napolean Bar is another with more than half a million euros in winnings from 12 wins from 42 starts, including six at group level. This son of Varenne was second in last year's Lotteria final and also has some very credible French form with a group two runners-up and a fifth placing in the Criterium Continental , the year it was won by French superstar Timoko (2011). He has just come back from a brief excursion to France, but was second in his last Italian start, to none other than Mack Grace SM. The other with perhaps a chance in this is Cantab Hall stallion Owen CR, another with French experience, a winner of seven of his 42 start, 4 at group level for 537,219 euros with an uncanny ability to get in the money in the big races. He won the GP Giorgio Jegher last year, which although his only win in 2013 was one of 11 top three placings including eight runners-up checks. GRAN PREMIO SOCIETA CAMPO MIRAFIORI Turin, Italy 2014-04-06 Group 1 Nat 1600m  110 000 euros 1 Owen Cr (h Cantab Hall - Boemia Cr) Dr: Pietro Gubellini Tr: Pietro 2 Marielles (m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Napoleon Bar (h Varenne - Dalmazia) Dr: Giampaolo Minnucci Tr: Catello Savarese 4 Mack Grace Sm (h CC's Chuckie T - Ambro Grace Sm) Dr: Roberto Andreghetti Tr: Antonio Porzio 1 5 Pascia' Lest (h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Orione Degli Dei (g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) Dr: Mauro Baroncini Tr: Mauro Baroncini 7 Probo Op (h From Above - Elimara) Dr: Edoardo Moni T Tr: eam Moni 8 Oibambam Effe {m Classic Photo - Etna Sec) Dr: Andrea Guzzinati Tr: Salvatore Carro 9 Newyork Newyork (h Supergill - Viola d'Amore) Dr: Lorenzo Baldi Tr: Lorenzo Baldi 10 Pace del Rio (h Varenne - Urbem d'Asolo) Dr: Santo Mollo Tr: Santo Mollo by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Veteran mare Linda di Casei with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro at the lines won today's £45,100 Grand Premio Padovanelle in Italy. Timed in a leisurely 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart, she easily defeated favored Mack Grace SM with Roberto Andreghetti aboard and third place I Am Grif. Gocciadoro collared I Am Grif and got a tactical jump on Mack Grace SM who lost for the first time in Italy since April 2013. The winner is a nine year-old mare by Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm and she recorded her 28th win in 119 lifetime starts. The co-featured £45,100 Grand Premio Citta di Padova produced an easy victory for Re Italiano UR handled by Enrico Bellei. The four year-old son of Ganymede-Dark Lux SM-Park Avenue Joe scored in 1.12.7kr over the 1640 meter autostart course. Royal Blessed and Rufoli Lung trailed the winner that now shows seven wins in 20 career starts. Re Italiano UR is now offered at stud for 2014. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com          

Anticipating Sunday's 1609 meters autostart (one mile) Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse, sprinters have emerged at Cagnes sur mer to contest mile distance events. Today three such races took place with two won by Italy's invaders Oronte di Cesato in 1.11.9kr in the Prix de Bologne and Onorio in the Prix de Pise timed in 1.11.7. The other sprinter race, the Prix de Naples, went to Quezio de Cayola in 1.13.2 as that veteran defeated a group of claimers in the Prix de Naples. March 7, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Bologne, 25,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.11.9kr (1:55.68) 1st Oronte di Cesato (6m Allison Hollow-Enzaran-Lurabo Blue), Roberto Andreghetti, 1.9/1 favorite, 20th career win for 93,815e lifetime earned, (Italy) 2nd Okay Dei Ronchi (6g From Above-Filu of Brown-Lemon Dra), Eduardo Baldi, 7.3/1, (Italy) 3rd Only One Glory (6m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar-Indro Park), Eduardo Moni, 30/1, (Italy) March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Naples, 16,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.13.2kr (1:57.83) 1st Quezio de Cayola (10g Cezio Josselyn-Deesse du Plessis-Sebrazac), Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer/owner Benjamin Goetz, 5.1/1, his 13th win for 318,348e in lifetime earnings. 2nd Quiet du Chene (10g Horse du Chene-Flo du Chene-Florestan), Yannick A. Briand up, 2/1 odds 3rd Sam Turgot (8m Look de Star-Kalinka d'Arbaz-Tarass Boulba), Lorenzo Baldi up, 82/1 4th Quoriace Stop (10m Horse du Chene-Herado Chene-Nobody de Retz), Jean-Christophe Sorel up for owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist, 54/1 March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Pise, 25,000e, females, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.11.7kr (1:55.40) 1st Onoria (6f Pine Chip-Noega-Ghendero), Andrea Forolfi up, 1.7/1, (Italy), her 22nd victory for 91,394e earnings 2nd Olivia di Casei (6f Love You-Zinia di Casei-Lemon Dra), 21/1, (Italy), Andrea Guzzinati up 3rd Orki Dea Dus (6f Conway Hall-Antartide Dus), Enrico Bellei up, 3.5/1, (Italy) 4th Open (6f Uronometro-Zufola), Dominik Locqueneux up, 20/1, (Italy) At Gelsenkirchen in the Prix de la Cote d'Azur, Robin Bakker piloted the Paul Hagoort trained Diamond to victory. The gelded son of Classic Photo, from the Yankee Glide mare Gala dei Bessi, scored in 1.14.9kr over 2000 meters autostart. The top three finishers represented Holland. March 7, 2014 Gelsenkirchen, Prix de la Cote d'Azur, 7,000e, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.14.9kr 1st Diamond (4g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort trainer, 2.5/1 (Holland), fourth career win for 12,200e 2nd Crazy Lover (5g Ufo Kievitshof-Kathleen Dragon-Super Way), Robbin Bot, 10/1 (Holland) 3rd Dream Well (4f Love You-Resi Bes), Rudolf Pools up, 11/1 (Holland) Gelsenkirchen, Germany by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Enrico Bellei steered the game two year-old filly Saba Del Ronco (2f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover) to a rain soaked victory in today’s 66,000 euro, 1600 meter autostart Gran Premio Allevatori Filly at Napoli. She overcame a long journey on the outer behind both Swami Gams and then second place finisher Savannah Bi before prevailing by a length. He juvenile slate is now eight starts with four wins and four placings, good for earnings in excess of 55,000 euro. The winners’ sire Adrian Chip (9m Andover Hall-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip-Spinning Reel) earned over US$1.57 million and scored 23 wins in 45 lifetime starts, winning the Orsi Mangelli, Ulf Thorsens Minneslopp, Solvalla Grand Prix and Axel Jensens Minneslopp. In the US he was an impressive second in the Hambletonian, World Trotting Derby and Matron Final (age two) and third in the Yonkers Trot and Breeders Crown (age two). He was handled during his racing career by Sweden’s Robert Bergh. For driver Bellei, the win with Saba Del Ronco capped a solid day in which he also won with the Riordan/Guida filly Red Rose America and had two second place finishes with Rod Stewart and Napoleon Bar. Napoli, Gran Premio Allevatori Filly, 66,000 euro purse, 1600 meters autostart 1.14.6kr Saba Del Ronco (2f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up for trainer Gennaro Casillo Savannah Bi (2f Ganymede-Dakota Bi-Toss Out –Personal Banner), Federico Esposito driving Swami Gams (2f Uronometro-Dada Bieffe-Toss Out), Roberto Vecchione at the lines Replay http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-07-T-261213.wmv At Kincsem Park today the featured 500,000Huf Paulovitz Janos Memorial, over 1960 meters, went to Lady Luna (8f Sierra Ranger-Luna) for Josef Sagaj in 1.18.4kr. Ollyan Nincs was second for Andrea Fazekas overcoming a 20 meter handicap and Orangyal ended third for Pal Vicsen. The Fazekas stable had a productive day as Platina Lady (4f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady) won for  trainer Imre Fazekas and Andrea Fazekas earned two wins on the card with Jegyzono (10f Valley Guardian-Atletano) and Pretty Dancer (4f Daguet Rapide-Croatass). Thomas H. Hicks

Mack Grace SM (7m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Gace SM-Armbro Goal) dominated a good field for a five length victory in the 297,000 euro Gran Premio Turilli Nazzione at Napoli today. He completed the 2100 meter autostart course in 1.14.kr (in the rain) under no urging from teamster Roberto Andreghetti. Mack Grace SM now has 46 wins in 88 career starts for earning in excess of 1.29 million euro. In the last twelve months he has 17 wins in 18 appearances exhibiting performance that may warrant a Prix d'Amerique try. Napoleon Bar gave a good effort chasing the winner for Enrico Bellei and held second from Oibambam Effe and Laika EK. Napoli, Gran Premio Turilli C. Nazzione, Gr. I, 297,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart   1.14kr 1st Mack Grace SM (7m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal), Roberto Andreghetti 2nd Napoleon Bar (6m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Enrico Bellei 3rd Oibambam Effe (5m Ckassic Photo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos), Andrea Guzzinati 4th Laika EK (8f Atlas Fighter L-Antifaz-Cezio Josselyn), Pietro Gubellini Replay: http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-06-T-261213.wmv Two year-olds went to battle in the 187,000 euro Gran Premio Allevatori and Sceicco (2m Look de Star-Iitu-Viking Kronos) with Andrea Guzzinati up wore down pacesetter Specialess and drew off for the three length win over Satchmo As (that was six for eight going into this race). Specialess held third in the event with the winner clocked in 1.15.3kr. Napoli, Gran Premio Allevatori Tris Gr. I, two year-olds, 187,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart  1.15.3 1st Sceicco (2m Look de Star-Iutu-Viking Kronos), Andrea Guzzinati 2nd Satchmo As (2m Daguet Rapide-Gelosia dei Fiori-Waikiki Beach), Robert Andreghetti driving, winner of six in eight starts before today 3rd Specialess (2m Ganymede-Enna Dra-Indro Park), And. Vitagliano Replay: http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-05-T-261213.wmv by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) with Robin Bakker aboard, easily took the Gr. I Italian Derby in 1.12.7kr for owner Allevento G. Biasuzzi Srl. The 2100 meter autostart event carried a purse of 770,000 euro. Jerry Riordan's trainee Rod Stewart earned second for Enrico Bellei and the other Riordan entrant, the filly Rossella Ross, was fourth behind third place finisher Royal Blessed. Robert Bi went off as the overwhelming favorite and did not disappoint punters and fans with his three length score. Napoli, 86thGran Premio Derby Italia del Trotto, Gr. I Finale, 2100 meters autostart, 770,000 euro purse  1.12.7kr 1st Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Robin Bakker up, owner Allevemento G. Biasuzzi Srl 2nd Rod Stewart (3m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane), Enrico Bellei up for trainer Jerry Riordan 3rd Royal Blessed (3m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos), Lorenzo Baldi up 4th. Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Riordan 5th Remo Gas (3m Varenne-Isotta Gas-Toss Out), Roberto Vecchione driving The companion Gran Premio Oaks del Trotto for a purse of 220,000 euro over 1600 meters autostart went to the Riordan trained, Guida Italia Srl developed Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) in 1.12.9kr. Enrico Bellei did the teaming and led virtually all the way to win by two lengths. Rodeo Drive was second for "Pippo" Gubellini ahead of Roxanne Bar and reinsman Robert Andreghetti. Napoli, Gran Premio Oaks del Trotto, Gr. I, 220,000 euro, 1600 meters autostart  1.12.9kr 1st Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell), Enrico Bellei up, trainer Jerry Riordan, owner Guida Italia Srl 2nd Rodeo Drive OK (3f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip), Pietro Gubellini 3rd Roxanne Bar (3f Exploit Caf-Guendalina Bar-Bon Vivant), Robert Andreghetti Replay below: http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-03-T-261213.wmv Earlier in the card the Derby Consolation, worth 45,100 euro, went to Radieux (3m Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) in 1.13.4kr for Andrea Guzzinati. He prevailed in a close encounter over Reby di Celo and Rombo di Cannone. Napoli, 86 Derby del Trotto Consolation, 45,100 euro, 2100 meters autostart  1.13.4kr 1st Radieux (3m Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos), Andrea Guzzinati 2nd Reby di Celo (3m Self Possessed-Mely di Ceco-Lindy Lane), Pietro Gubellini 3rd Rombo di Cannone (3m Varenne-Cannoniera-Diamond Way), V.P. Dell'Annunziata by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com       

The Criterium Continental is the season finale for Europe's top entires and mares, a group one over 2100m and for a purse of 240,000 euros. French horses have dominated this event for the past 12 years, with the winners all coming from the Republic in that period including super young sires Prodigious and Love You, who both have progeny in the race. Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt heads a field which includes no less than nine horses who competed in the French classic including second placed Volcan d'Urzy and third placed Vigove and which also includes six of the first seven home which speaks volumes for the quality of this field. Furthermore Vaux le Vicomte, who was third in the Grand Prix de l'UET is also in the field as is Prix de Selection (Group I) winner Village Mystic who won the Prix Octave Douesnel earlier in the meeting, with Voyage de Reve and Vigove, who are also both entered here, following him home. The there is former Criterium 3 Ans winner Vanika du Ruel, who has not won in more than 12 months, and seems to have gone off the boil after sweeping all before her as a juvenile and 3YO, winning four group ones. The favourite though will be Danielle Mottier's mare Victoire, who is starting to live up to the promise she showed when third in the Criterium des 3 Ans, this time last year. She beat much of this field, including the internationals, in the Prix Marcel Laurent at the beginning of the winter meeting, and then followed it up next start with a win in the Prix Ariste Hemard. The last non-French horse to win this event was the German superstar Abano As, and this year there is another German-bred entry Indigious (German Breeders Crown winner), who is a son of previous winner Prodigious. Coincidentally, he is trained in Sweden by Stig Johansson, who also trained Abano As for a time in his career, although he won the Criterium Continental from the stable of Gerd Holtermann. Sweden is also well represented by Dreams Take Time (Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, Group I), and the well performed System Performance (E3, Group I winner) and Porthos Amok (Swedish Travderby runner-up). Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest who is now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin is another who is hoping to make the switch from 1000m sprint racing to success on the unique test which is Vincennes, and this shorter distance will suit his breeding. A son of Italian former Prix d'Amerique winner Varenne, and very talented, he is one of the early favourites for the race although it remains to be seen whether he can reverse the perception that horses with predominantly US bloodlines struggle to cope with the undulating test which is Vincennes with two downhill and one testing uphill sections. Another international runner with claims is Italian group one winner, Princess Grif, who was a brave third to Save The Quick in the European Mares Championship at Solvalla, which was won in World Record time. She is also now in a French stable, that of Fabrice Souloy. CRITERIUM CONTINENTAL Vincennes 22/12/13 Group I Euro 2100m 4YO €240 000 1 Princess Grif (4m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Vanika du Ruel (4m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 4 Victoire (4m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 5 Pascia' Lest (4h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 7 Vera Pierji (4m Otello Pierji - Odyssee Pierji) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 10 Porthos Amok( 4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 11 Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H. Johansson 12 Votka Bleue (4m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Emmanuel Ruault 13 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 14 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 16 System Performance (4m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 17 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 18 Viva Island* (4m Goetmals Wood - Island Dream) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Jean Pierre Dubois by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

On a sensational card at Napoli's Ippodromo di Agnano, pacesetter Princess Grif (4f Varenne-Fauvre Grif-Viking Kronos) captured the prestigious Gr. I Gran Premio Tino Triossi (2100 meters autostart, 209,000 euro purse) for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti and owner Allevamento IL Grifone SRL. She scored over Papadreu (4f Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Enrico Bellei. One of the favorites, 2/1 Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) battled the pacesetter mid-race until top of stretch when she gave way after an aggressive drive by Pietro Gubellini. Pioneer Gar (4f Varenne-Follia-Pine Chip) ended fourth for Roberto Vecchione after getting a perfect two-hole journey. Princess Grif was the 3/2 favorite in the contest that was widely carried on simulcast wagering networks throughout Europe as she recorded a sharp 1.12.4kr score over the 1-5/16 mile course. The Gr. II Royal Mares (1600 meters autostart, 45,100 euro purse) went to the superb mare Orsia (5f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu) in 1.12.6kr for Roberto Vecchione. The Scuderia Sant Andrea SRL owned stalwart increased her career earnings to 391,000 euro as she defeated Oibambam Effe (5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) and Andrea Guzzanati at the reins. Mururoa As (7f Lemon Dra-Jade's Tiara-Crysta's Crown) ended third for G-P Maisto. The winner's time was only two-tenths off the race record held by Linda di Casei. Elimination #2 of the Derby (2100 meters autostart, 22,000 euro purse) ended in a comfortable 1.12.9kr score for highly favored Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) with Robin Bakker aboard for trainer Paul Hagoout. The "awesome" trotting winner is owned by Allevamento G. Biasuzzi and may be the favorite for the Derby Final on December 26. Rotary OK (3m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Marco Smorgon and third went to Royal Blessed (3m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) with teamster Lorenzo Baldi. The Lou Guida owned, Jerry Riordan trained Raise Wise As (by Donato Hanover) was fifth reined by Enrico Bellei. Italian Derby Elimination #3 (2100 meters autostart, 22,000 euro purse) went to Red Baron (3m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) in 1.13.5kr for owner Pella Matteo and reinsman Federico Esposito. He received the benefit of a Riordan stable battle. Rod Stewart (3m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane), parked by stablemate and filly Rossella Ross, was a game second for trainer Jerry Riordan with Enrico Bellei up. The second dam of this one is Desdemona Hanover (Super Bowl-Descent). Ruty Grif (3m Varenne-Correr By Pass-Donerail) finished third for G-P Maisto ahead of the other Riordan trainee Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Balanced Image) in rein to Roberto Andreghetti. She set the pace and weakened late after taking a toll on Rod Stewart. Along with first batteria winner Re Degli Dei (pictured below) the Derby looks to be a competitive affair where racing luck might be a factor in the end result. The final graded event on the outstanding card today was the Gr. II Gran Premio Carena (1600 meters autostart, 55,000 euro purse, four year-old mares) and it went to Peace of Mind (4f Uronometro-Efrica d'Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) in 1.12.8kr for Andrea Guzzinati and owner Cecchi Leonardo. Close second went to Priscilla Zak (4f Varenne-Flute Grif-SJs Photo) with third to Petra Inn Ronco (4f Cantab Hall-Cynthia del Ronco-Sugarcane Hanover) in a blanket finish in which the top five were clocked in 1.12.9kr or better. Petra Axe (4f Daguet Rapide-Image Deimar-Indro Park) finished fourth ahead of Panthea Club (4f Revenue-Alidora-Probe). by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            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.        

Anthony Barrier smartly steered the Jean-Paul Marmion owned/trained Triode de Felliere (f6 Derby du Gite-Linea de Vandel-Cezio Josselyn) to a rallying win in the second "B", the Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix du Bourbonnais. The 52/1 longshot prevailed over 7/1 Uhlan du Val (m5 Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli) with Cedric Megissier aboard. Pacestter Soleil du Fosse (m7 Jag de Bellouet-Fortune du Fosse) handled by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, at 47/1, ended third in a dead heat with the 28/1 Marielles (Italy, f7 Kick Tail-Egida Play-Waikiki Beach) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Texas Charm (m6 Cygnus d'Odyssee-Kamela Charm-Coktail Jet) rallied for fifth for Julien Dubois. The winner's time was 1.14.6kr in what was a slowly-rated pace with time at the 1500 meter mark of 1.16.8kr, 1.15.7kt at the 1000 and 1.15.8kr at the 500. Most of the field sprinted home but the 25 meter handicapped horses (those with life earnings of 1,076,000 euro and above) had little chance. Finishers 6-10 were Tiego d'Etang, Ready Cash, Santa Rose France, Royal Dream and Roxana de Barbray. Singalo was disqualified for a miscue while contesting the lead early and Timoko showed little and ended unplaced. Ready Cash raced toward the end following Texas Charm and closed smartly in what seemed to be a training exercise. Royal Dream raced on the inside toward the back after catching the 2850 meter pack and also closed with trot between horses. The other Italian contestant Pascia Lest led briefly at the start before yielding for a two-hole position but the Enrico Bellei handled trotter faded badly when the pace quickened. Photos of the stretch drive follow and the race replay may be seen on www.equidiavideo.fr as this race served as the Quinte+ race of the day. The Q+ returned 42,747 euro (exact order) for a two euro wager with the jackpot being 2.6 million euro to a ticketholder having the system generated 4-digit number 1547 on the exact order mutuel ticket. Graded Races Kickoff Strong Paris-Vincennes Weekend On a weekend featuring the Prix de Bourbonnais and the Gran Criterium 3 Ans on Sunday, a myriad of excellent graded events are also taking place. Today’s Prix Narquois (Gr. III, 2700 meters, 90,000 euro purse) began the action with a win by Ultimate du Rib (5g Dahor de Prelong-Kara Pellois) and teamster Jean Lois Claude Dersoir.  Joel Hallais trains the winner for Ecurie Rib. The 20/1 upsetter scored in 1.13.2kr over Un Amour d’Haufor (5m Love You-Glamour d’Haufor) for Christian Bigeon with third to pacesetter Un Charme Fou (5m Love You-Ma Crown) and Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc. The Gr. II Prix Artiste Hemard (2700 meters, 120,000 euro purse) for four year-old mares went to fast finishing Victoire (4f Kitko-Juventa Blue) for J-P Mary over Vive Daidou (4f Ouragan de Celland-Orange Douce) with trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin up. Pacesetter Viva Island (4f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream) raced tough to hold for a close third with owner/trainer/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois aboard. The winner scored in 1.14.8kr for the 5/1 odds win. The evenly rated pace picked up steam markedly in the final 500 meters as the time after 2200 meters was 1.15.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks    

Many of the international trotting leaders face off Saturday in the second "B" leading to the 2014 Prix d'Amerique. The UET Masters Series' Prix du Bourbonnais (Gr. II International, 2850 meters, distance handicap, 120,000 euro purse, 15 starters) features Ready Cash, Timoko, Royal Dream, Save The Quick and Singalo, all starting with a 25 meter handicap. The front group includes possible victors Texas Charm, Roxana de Barbray and two Italy invaders Marielles and Pascia Lest (a son of Varenne from a Diamond Way dam), the only four year-old in the field. Horse, Sex/Age, Distance, Driver, Record, Earnings (euros) Triode de Felliere, f6, 2850, A. Barrier, 1.10.8kr, 607,190 Uhlan du Val, m5, 2850, C. Magissier, 1.10.5kr, 614,290 Soleil du Fosse, m7, 2850, T. Duvaldestin, 1.11.4kr, 633,180 Santa Rosa France, f7, 2850, W. Bigeon, 1.10kr, 705,950 Marielles (Italy), f7, 2850, M. Abrivard, 1.10.7kr, 706,014 Renommee d'Obret, f8, 2850, F. Ouvrie, 1.09.5kr, 739,762 Pascia Lest (Italy), m4, 2850, Enrico Bellei, 1.10.5kr, 741,482 Roxana de Barbray, f8, 2850, D. Locqueneux, 1.11.7kr, 863,828 Tiego d'Etang, m6, 2850, Ch. Bigeon, 1.10.9kr, 916,980 Texas Charm, m6, 2850, Julien Dubois, 1.09.9kr, 956,50 Singalo, m7, 2875, L. Baudron, 1.11.2kr, 1,140,620 Save The Quick, f7, 2875, J-M Bazire, 1.10.3kr, 1,503,479 Royal Dream, m8, 2875, J.Philippe Dubois, 1.10.7kr, 1,573,310 Timoko, m6, 2875, Jos. Verbeeck, 1.10kr, 2,099,590 Ready Cash, m8, 2875, F. Nivard, 1.10.3kr, 4,264,300 Singalo is a previous Prix du Cornulier winner (monte) with Royal Dream and Ready Cash being past Prix d'Amerique winners in what is a well-matched elite group (with combined earnings in excess of 18 million euro, or US$24.6 million). Another Prix d'Amerique hopeful, Franck Leblanc's Up And Quick, is not in the field. They plan to take a different path to the big race that includes the December 15th Prix Jean Dumouch, Prix Burgandy on December 29 and the Prix Tenor de Baune on January 12. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Today at Paris-Vincennes the 120,000 euro Prix Marcel Laurent (UET Masters Series, Gr. II for European four year-old mares) over 2100 meters autostart went to 5/2 favorite Victoire (4f Kitko-Juventa Blue-Boy du Pre) with a jubilant Mathieu Mottier aboard. She scored in 1.12.kr for owner/trainer Mme. D. Mottier by two lengths over fast closing Valse Darling (4f Prodigious-Fly Darling) with Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Italian invader Pascia Lest (4f Varenne-Superiors Sun) was third for Enrico Bellei driving for her FR trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 17 contestants lined up off the mobile gate in this sprinter distance event that was the Quinte+ race of the day featuring a jackpot now up to 8.6 million euros. The winner posted her ninth career victory and raised her lifetime earnings to 435.390 euro. The previous day at Nantes the 12th leg of the Grand National du Trot (3000 meters distance handicapped, Gr. III National, 90,000 euro purse) went to favored Ru de L'Airou (8g Cygnus d'Odyssee-Cour d'intheville) handled by Sebastien Ernault. Off at 7/2 odds the winner scored in an impressive 1.13.7kr to record his 18th career win, good for 570,320 euro in career earnings. He traveled 3025 meters. Triode de Felliere (6f Derby du Glitz-Linea des Vandel) was second for Anthony Barrier driving for trainer/owner monte specialist J.P. Marmion. Sthierics was third for Franck Ouvrie. Series point leader Swedishman ended fifth for Thierry Duvaldestin. At Marseille-Borely the featured Prix Quatre 4Ans (3000 meters distance handicapped, 22.000 euro purse) went to favored Viva Island (4f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream-Coktail Jet) for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois. Patrick Chevrier trains the well-bred mare that scored easily in 1.16.2kr for her 10th lifetime win and career earnings now at 282,120 euro. Verano du Reynard (4m Insert Gede-Nuranies des Noes-Coktail Jet) took the second spot for Loris Garcia. Thomas H. Hicks  

One of the great strengths of the European, and especially French trotting scene is their acknowledgement of the need to carefully nuture the talent pool so that there is a steady  stream of stars to attract the spectators to the racetrack. Trotting horses mature at different rates but the rule of thumb is that they are normally not fully mature until the age of six, and that at that age they can look to have four or five seasons of top level racing ahead. So Europe provides attractive racing opportunities to bridge the gap between the traditional age-groups and the international elite level racing for aged horses since it is very rare that a horse can compete successfully against the older elite horses at age four, and only the exceptional are even ready to do so at age five, which is where Ready Cash and Offshore Dream started showing their champion qualities. Both are previous winners of the  Prix Marcel Laurent which is one of a series of restricted age  €120,000 Group two international races for 4 and 5YOs and brings together the best of the crops from the breeding powerhouses of France,  Scandinavia and Italy. Later this month the Prix Edmond Henry (5&6) and Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin (5YO), in later in the Winter series there is Prix de Croix and Prix Jean Le Gonidec(5YO) and Prix Tenor Baune (6YO). Next seasons  four-year-olds will race in the first of these races, the Prix Charles Tiercelin in January. Italian Derby winner Pascia’ Lest, now at Thierry Duvaldestin’s stable heads a stellar international field which also includes fellow Italian and Group one  GP d’Europa winner Princess Grif, who is now with Fabrice Solouy, in France. The sprint distance should suit the Italian pair, who mainly race over this distance at home. Sweden has two representatives in including Standout, a son of Ganymede, the winner of last season’s Group one E3 Final, and this season’s Norrlands Grand Prix and the winner from last year Vincennes,  a dual Swedish Breeders Crown champion. They will have to improve on recent form to figure  But the French contestants are headed by the likes of Criterium des 3 Ans runner-up Vaux le Vicomte and third placegetter Victoire and multiple group winners Village Mystic and Voltigeur de Myrt and in recent years the French horses have dominated this race. PRIX MARCEL LAURENT Vincennes 07/11/13 FR Euro (G2) 2100m 4 & 5YOS €120 000 1 Vincennes (SWE) (m Spotlite Lobell - Lina Trot) Dr:  Johanna Lindqvist Tr:  Sören Lennartsson  2 Victoire (4m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr:  Mathieu Mottier Tr:  Danielle Mottier  3 Pascia' Lest  (ITA)  (4h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr:  Enrico Bellei Tr:  Thierry Duvaldestin  4 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr:  Jean Michel Bazire Tr:  Jean Michel Bazire  5 Valse Darling (4m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr:  Julien Dubois Tr:  Philippe Moulin  6 Vera Pierji (4m Otello Pierji - Odyssee Pierji) Dr:  Nicolas Bazin Tr:  Thierry Duvaldestin  7 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr:  Louis Baudron Tr:  Louis Baudron  8 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr:  Dominik Locqueneux Tr:  Roberto Donati  9 Vive Daidou (4m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr:  Thierry Duvaldestin Tr:  Thierry Duvaldestin  10 Olaz (ITA) (5m Ganymede - Ialaz) Dr:  Emma Mary Tr:  Jean Marie Roubaud  11 Olimpus Caf (ITA) (5h Varenne - Evoila' Caf) Dr:  Damien Bonne Tr:  Jean Etienne Le Bec  12 Standout (SWE) (4h Ganymede - Ebony D.K. ) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:  Stefan Melander  13 Princess Grif (ITA) (4m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr:  Mathieu Abrivard Tr:  Fabrice Souloy  14 Unabella Perrine (5m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr:  Franck Ouvrie Tr:  Jean François Mary  15 Very Look (4h Look de Star - Milady Wood) Dr:  Alexandre Abrivard Tr:  Jean Michel Bazire  16 Un Amour d'Haufor (5h Love You - Glamour d'Haufor) Dr:  Christian Bigeon Tr:  Christian Bigeon  17 Vigove (4h Gazouillis – Govive) Dr:  Pierre Vercruysse Tr:  Franck Leblanc  by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

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