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 â‚¬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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The start of a great day of European trotting is underway at Napoli (Italy) with Grand Prix Lotteria Eliminations (each 20,900 euro purse, 1600 meters autostart) on the record with consolation and final to follow. Elimination #3 went to legendary Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) in 1.11.3kr for Franck Nivard. The Commander defeated the great Italian mare Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm) with Allesandro Gocciadoro aboard and Langdon Griff (8m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan) ended third. Elimination #1 went to 43/1 longshot Oibambam Effe(5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec) for Andrea Guzzinati in 1.11.1kr. The pair easily triumphed over Napolean Bar (6m Varenne-Delmazia) and Enrico Bellei with Marlon OM (7g SJs Photo-Zelata OM) third for Roberto Vecchione. Elimination #2 produced an expected victory for Italy’s top trotter Mack Grace SM (by CCs Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal)) and driver Roberto Andreghetti in a quick 1.10.8kr (fastest of the eliminations). Moses Rob (7g Ganymede-Etoile Rob) was second with Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egida Play) taking third with Franck Nivard up. The soon to come final will be worth 300,300 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Even as the triumphant announcement last week of the fields for the re-scheduled Gran Premio della Lotteria gave Italian trotting a shot in the arm, the timing of the announcement, on the weekend left empty by the postponement of the Italian Derby only served to highlight the parlous state of the sport on the boot-shaped peninsula. For in the middle of busy European Derby season, the Italian Derby was the Jewel in the crown, and not just because it was the richest age-group race of any kind in Europe being €700,000 until cut to €550,000 last year as part of the drastic cuts to purses imposed by the Italian government in response to its political and economic crisis. Even so, this still trumps any of the French Classiques (the richest is €240,000) and dwarfing all the other European kriterium/derbies such as the Finnish (€165K) and Danish (€100K) equivalents which were also raced last weekend. Even the next richest the Swedish Trav-Derby (for 4YOs) is still less (€470K). It was also because the Italian graduates, drawn from the world’s best bloodlines from both US and French lines that such riches attact, still reign supreme on the continent despite almost blanket access to all the top US sires. Varenne, the 1998 Italian Derby winner has been Italy’s Leading sire for the past three seasons while Viking Kronos (who was fifth in the same race) was the leading sire in the other non-Franco powerhouse, Sweden in 2010 and 2011. Varenne has sired four of the last five Italian Derby winners, and Derby or Kriterium winners in three other countries while Viking Kronos has sired 2 Swedish Trav-Derby winners, but has also sired 3 or 4YO classic winners in Denmark, Germany and Norway, plus European champions in all 3 age groups. Other former Italian Derby winning sires include Uronometro, Daguet Rapide and Infinitv who more than hold their own on their better known US contemporaries. The Derby Italiano has been postponed because its home, Rome’s historic Tor di Valle, was the latest in a series of tracks to be closed, in this instance to make way for the building of a soccer stadium. It is supposed to be re-scheduled to take place next month but one trainer dismissed the chances of the event going ahead. “It is supposed to be raced at a new track to be built at the Rome thoroughbred track,” the trainer emailed on condition of anonymity. “One of the turf tracks will be converted to a trotting track. “The racing direction will be clockwise, the same as the thoroughbreds. “It is a joke. And the racetrack - people claim the price tag is 3 million euros – only work has yet to begin and the elims are scheduled for 23 Nov.” “Only in Italy.” Another racetrack to close was Naples’ Agnano track earlier in the year - which led to the postponement of the Gran Premio della Lotteria to this weekend - as criminal investigations were conducted. A new administration is now in place, and the track reopened to much fanfare two weekends ago, as was the rescheduling of the Lotteria, for which a field of 24 will line up for in three “batteries” of eight which will decide the eight finalists, the same day on October 13. They have scored something of a coup in attracting Swedish superstar Commander Crowe and his Italian-bred stablemates Marielles and Napoleon Bar (who was third last year) but their mentor Fabrice Solouy is the only international trainer with enough faith in their ability to get paid to have made the trip, despite it being a quiet spot in the international schedule. There is a boycott of Italian thoroughbred racing by European trainers because of unpaid stakes. But the Lotteria which will run on the weekend is far from the event that once lived up to its billing as one of the four Grand Slams of European trotting and attracted the best trotters in the world in the 1980s and 90s. This event looks like a dual between Italian heavyweight Mack Grace Sm (CC’s Chucky T) and his Swedish behemoth Commander Crowe, who although getting well into veteran class at 10 years old, is still footing it with the younger brigade. Fabrice Souloy’s champ has the class to win this although he faces a local legend who is going for his second win in a row, and has a record unrivalled in Italy. Lucio Colletti’s Mack Grace Sm is almost unbeatable in Italy, with seven wins in a row and 10 out of 12 this year but has never fired away from the peninsula and has had the luxury of racing against fields devoid of any international quality this year. The major competition should come from Owen’s Club (Duke of York), Look Mp (Sugarcane Hanover) and Napoleon Bar(Varenne) in battery one, Looney Tunes (Ganymede) and Marielles (Kick Tail) in battery two and Linda de Casei (Uronometro) and Newyork Newyork (Supergill) in battery three. GRAN PREMIO DELLA LOTTERIA (3 BATTERY+ FINALE+CONSOLATION) Agnano 2013-10-13 Group I Int 4-10 €406 000 1600m BATTERY 1 €20 900 1 Lawyer As (8h S J's Photo - Ima Quick Luca Fierro Luca Fierro 2 Owen's Club (5h Duke Of York - Duse Tab Pietro Gubellini Pietro Gubellini 3 Marlon Om (7g S J's Photo - Zelata Om Roberto Vecchione Pietro Gubellini 4 Look Mp (8h Sugarcane Hanover - Atlantis Gar kusk ej klar Giorgio d'Alessandro S:r 5 Iper Roc (9h Lemon Dra - Banner Roc Michela Racca Giorgio Carini 6 Oibambam Effe (5m Classic Photo - Etna Sec Salvatore Carro Salvatore Carro 7 Lotar Bi (8h Toss Out - Laforet Park Alessandro Raspante Sabina Breccia 8 Napoleon Bar (6h Varenne - Dalmazia Enrico Bellei Fabrice Souloy BATTERY 2 €20 900 1 Mururoa As (7m Lemon Dra - Jade's Tiara) Dr: Giuseppe Pietro Maisto Tr: Giuseppe Pietro Maisto 2 Moses Rob (7h Ganymede - Etoile Rob) Dr: Giuseppe Luongo Tr: Salvatore Carro 3 Looney Tunes (8h Ganymede - Defi' de la Roche) Dr: Alessandro Gocciadoro Tr: Alessandro Gocciadoro 4 Mack Grace Sm (7h CC's Chuckie T - Ambro Grace Sm) Dr: Roberto Andreghetti Tr: Lucio Colletti 5 Marielles (7m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 6 Negresco Milar (6h CC's Chuckie T - Birmaniaz) Dr: Marco Guzzinati Tr: Marco Guzzinati 7 Orsia (5m Angus Hall - Tigre Om) Dr: TBA Tr: Holger Ehlert 8 Osasco di Ruggi (5h Varenne - Papaia Ral) Dr: TBA Tr: Holger Ehlert BATTERY 3 €20 900 1 Novarica (6m Allison Hollow - Bagutta Ok) Dr: Davide di Stefano Tr: Biagio Lo Verde 2 Linda di Casei (8m Uronometro - Comtesse Ferm) Dr/tr: Alessandro Gocciadoro 3 Maestrale Spin (7h Lindy Lane - Princess Godiva) Dr: Mario Minopoli J:r Tr: Team Minopoli 4 Orleans Om (5m Sj's Caviar - Deux de Mai) Dr: Giuseppe Lombardo J:r Tr: Lucio Colletti 5 Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star - Somack) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 6 Langdon Grif (8h Varenne - Meadowbranch Nan) Dr: Gaetano di Nardo Tr: Guiseppe Citarella 7 Newyork Newyork (6h Supergill - Viola d'Amore) Dr: TBA Tr: Holger Ehlert 8 Owen Cr (5h Cantab Hall - Boemia Cr) Dr: Pietro Gubellini Tr: Pietro Gubellini by Dave Sanders for Harnesslink.com
Pietro Gubellini engineered a championship day as his pupil Pitagora Bi (4m Self Possessed-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) took the 209,000 euro, 2060 meters autostart Grand Prix Continental (International Open) at Bologne, Italy. The winner, owned by Scuderia Verner SRL, scored in 1.13.1kr over Probo OP (4m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra) and trainer/driver Ed Moni. Princess Kronos (4f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) landed third for Lorenzo Baldi with Plutonio (4m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out) fourth and Per Amore Gual (4f Varenne-Palmatica Gual-Uronometro) fifth. The companion event, Grand Prix Continental Filly (55,000 euro purse, 1660 meters autostart), went to Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Gubellini in a stake record 1.11.9kr. She rallied from off the pace to draw away convincingly over runner-up Parinaz (4f Ganymede-CarmagnoleMB-Lemon Dra) handled by Enrico Bellei. Peace of Mind (4f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took third for Roberto Andreghetti with Petra Inn Ronco (4f Cantab Hall-Cynthia del Ronco) finishing fourth. The Bologne undercard featured the Prix Wayne Eden with two eliminations and a final. Elims went to Geox (10g Sugarcane Hanover-Gitana d’Asolo-Udet Hanover) in 1.13.3kr over 1660 meters autostart for a 9,900 euro purse. Gubellini drove the winner as he defeated Oncle Photo VL (5g SJs Photo-Balalaica SLM-Lemon Dra). The second elimination went to the Roberto Vecchione driven Occhiata Jet (5f Pine Chip-First Lady Jet-Supergill) in 1.12.5kr over Ortensia Gual with Enrico Bellei up. The 1660 meter autostart final, with a purse of 16,500 euro, produced a 1.12.9kr score for Occhiata Jet with Oncle Photo VL and Geox next across the line. The l’Europeo Gentlemen drivers contest was held this weekend in Moscow. Leading breeder/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi took the prize over 13 other contestants. Italy...MAURIZIO BIASUZZI 36 points Belgium...PIET VAN POLLAERT 36 Russia...VLADIMIR VARYGIN 34 Finland...JANNE MARKUS RAISANEN 33 Denmark...BJARNE HAAJENSEN 33 Germany...IMMO MULLER 32 Switzerland...JOEY VIGNONI 32 Netherlands...FRED HANDELAAR 30 Hungay...TAMAS KELEMEN 30 Spain...MIQUEL VICH CAPO 29 Ukraine...VOLODIMIR KUSHTAL 28 Sweeden...HÅKAN B JOHANSSON 26 Norway...TRULS PEDERSEN 25 Austria...THOMAS ROYER 18 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Cessena (Italy) hosted yesterday’s Superfrustino driver’s contest with Antonio Greppi prevailing in a race-off between the top three point winners from a series of six events on the card. Pierre Vercruysse (France) was the point leader from earlier races, with 26, that included two victories. Other elimination winners were Enrico Bellei with two and one each for Antonio Di Nardo and Antonio Greppi. Six race point winners: Pierre Vercruysse 26 Enrico Bellei 25 Antonio Greppi 22 Antonio Di Nardo 16 Roberto Andreghetti 11 Lorenzo Besana 9 Pietro Gubellini 7 Antonio Esposito 90 6 Giuseppe Lombardo jr 5 Vincenzo Luingo 5 The top three point winners picked their mounts for the race-off and Greppi selected Orfeo Jet who traveled 1700 meters. The Vercruysse driven Gauguin Ans was second (he covered 1680 meters) with Bellei finishing third with Gin Cast (1660 meters). Replay of the race-off can be seen clicking here Superfrustino winners, past and 2013, now include: 1995 Gubellini Edoardo 1996 Maisto Giuseppe Pietro 1997 Bellei Enrico 1998 Baldi Lorenzo 1999 Bazire Jean M. 2000 Bechicchi Luciano 2001 Gubellini Pietro 2002 Ciulla Fabrizio 2003 Gubellini-Minnucci 2004 Guzzinati Andrea 2005 Gubellini Pietro 2006 Gocciadoro Alessandro 2007 Bellei Enrico 2008 Vecchione Roberto 2009 Bellei Enrico 2010 Roberto Vecchione 2011 Alessandro Gocciadoro 2012 Roberto Andreghetti 2013 Antonio Greppi By Thomas H. Hicks
Italy's top harness racing driver, Enrico Bellei, repeated his victory of two years ago in the European Driving Championship, and thus will again represent Italy in the 2013 World Driving Championship, to be contested in France this coming June.