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The classy veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was a gate to wire harness racing winner of Sunday’s Pr. Costa Azzurra (purse 220,000€, 1600 meters autostart, nine starters) timed in 1.11.4kr with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro at the lines. Bel Avis (8m Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) was a game second with Andrea Guzzinati aboard for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. This was away near the back and moved three wide at the 600 meter mark to the death seat. He battled Arazi Boko the rest of the journey but could not gain an advantage, ending a length short. Victor Ferm (5m Nad Al Sheba-Gavina di Casei-Uronometro) landed third for trainer/driver Santo Mollo. Ursa Caf and Tamure Roc completed the top five.   Thomas H. Hicks

Guillermo Sport (3m Orlando Sport-Quoda Jesselyn) was an 11/1 upset harness racing winner of today’s Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) at Paris-Vincennes.   The winner, handled by a jubilant PJ Pascual Lavanchy for trainer MX Mestre Suner, won his fifth in nine starts, now for 162,750€ in life earnings.   Ecurie Bruni owned this winner that defeated 4.3/1 Gamble River (3m Un Mec d’Heripre) reined by Francois Lagadeuc for breeder/owner Gerard Manzi and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   10/1 Gamin des Perdrix (3m Booster Winner) was third for J-M Bazire. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 12/1 odds Gassman d’Esse and 69/1 Gilmour were fourth and fifth. 3.1/1 General du Parc and 13/1 Greenpeace took the last two checks.     The first groupe test of the day was the Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) with 17/1 IDS Boko (4g From Above-Celestial Boko) rallying for an upset victory timed in 1.14.7kr. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee that Running Stable owns.   The victory increased IDS Boko’s life earnings to 133,308€. 1.6/1 favorite Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik) was a close second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Richard Westerink. Third was 5/1 Zilath (4m Maharajah) with trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines for owner SC Leonardo Srl.   IDS Boko The Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) completed the day’s groupe contests. With Classic Connection a scratch, it was an open field and 2.7/1 Alcoy (5m Ready Cash- Divann) scored for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Ceke Farms BVBS. Alcoy was timed in 1.12.7kr off soft fractions as he defeated 1.6/1 favorite Portland (5m Ganymede) teamed with trainer Bjorn Goop. 13/1 Dollar Soyer (6g Phlegyas) took third for Anthony Barrier and trainer Gregory Thorel. 7.2/1 El Villagio (5m Love You) and 4.2/1 Epic Julry (5m Nice Love) completed the top five. Fast class veterans contested the Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European starters), also labeled the Prix de Grosbois. The 5.7/1 Diable de Vauvert (6m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) rallied on the pegs for victory timed in 1.11.7kr, with Gabriele Gelormini up for breeder/owner Franck Lemuet. It was the sixth career victory for the winner, in 47 starts, now for 351,130€ in life earnings. 1.7/1 Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) rallied to lead off the final bend and appeared for victory before bearing out mid stretch. Luc Roelens trains this brother to Traders for JPB Building BVBA and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. 2.2/1 Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) held third for Jean Michel Bazire. At the end of the card was the Prix de Nesles (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and this one went to the 1.10.9kr timed and 1.8/1 favorite Azur des Caillons (9m Quaker Jet-Douce Nuit) with owner/trainer Matthieu Abrivard aboard. This handsome, great gaited winning trotteur scored for the 13th time in his 62 race career, his third win in 2019. Azur’s life earnings increased to 281,910€ with this victory. The 5.4/1 Belle Louis Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) took second for breeder/owner/trainer/pilot Yves Dreux. Third was 189/1 Very First (10g Orlando Vici) with Julien Raffestein at the lines.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 23, 2019 - Today’s Q+ Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere at Vincennes (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International, Quinte+ race) had harness racing champions Bold Eagle, Dijon and Looking Superb in the lineup. Dijon was an early dq and that opened the door for a start to finish victory for Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethiu Rah Jet). Timed in 1.10.2kr, Bold Eagle, off at 2.1/1 and reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owned by Pierre Pilarski, gamely prevailed by a quarter length over the stalking 1.2/1 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) teamed with trainer Jean Michel Bazire. 20/1 Detroit Castelets (6m Neoh Jiel) rallied for third reined by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Luck and trainer J.L. Dersoir. 30/1 Orlando Jet (6g Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller and fifth was 18/1 Tessy d’Ete with Frnack Nivard up. Bold Eagle won for the 44th time in a 63 race career and he now has life earnings of 4,553,620€ with this his fourth consecutive Prix Rene Balliere victory. Bold Eagle This was the day’s Quinte+ race and a winning 2€ exact order ticket paid 4,539.20€ to 485 ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,637,919€and the total of all pools on this race esxceeded 10,290,000€ Recent winners of the Rene Balliere are shown below Gala Tejy wins 170,000€, Gr. I Prix d’Essai Today’s exceptional card at Paris-Vincennes had three year old monte performers on stage in the Gr. I Prix d’Essai (purse 170,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters) and the 9/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Joudes-Aurore des Charmes) prevailed clocked in 1.13kr. P. Ph. Ploquin was in the irons for Ecurie Chalon and trainer Christophe Chalon. He scored for the fourth time in a 12 race career and increased his life earnings to 253,640€. Gala Tejy  Gala relentlessly pursued 9/2 Gangster du Wallon (3m Lets Go Along) reined by Benjamin Rochard for owner/trainer Damien Lecroq. 37/1 Gepsonnia (3f Sun Ceravin) was placed third on the dq of Gee. Romain Marty reined Gepsonnia for trainer Cyril Raimbaud. Fleche Bourbon upset winner of Gr. I Prix du President de la Republique The Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters, four year olds) was this day’s Vincennes feature race. Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) was a very impressive and easy winner with Alexandre Abrivard her jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Alexandre Abrivard She won for the eighth time in 13 career starts and raised her life earnings to 279,060€.  Fleche Bourbon 5.3/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) took second for trainer Franck Leblanc and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. 13/1 Flicka de Blary (4f Sam Bourbon) was third with Camille Levesque in the irons. Due to a dq the 104/1 outsider Forever Speed (4m Uriel Speed) was placed fourth and 32/1 Fiona Gendreenne was placed fifth. The 5/10 favorite Fado du Chene  and 30/1 Fawley Buissonay were two dq’s in this race. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 21, 2019 - Top flight harness racing trotting action takes place today through Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. There are seven groupe level races and the Prix de Grosbois with many of Europe’s better horses on stage. Today was the monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais, a Gr. II event for five year olds, worth a  100,000€ purse and raced over 2175 meters. This one had 3.6/1 Et Voila de Muze (5m Royal Dream-Noloaila) score timed in a sharp 1.10.9kr with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Union Stable. The winner won for the 15th time in 27 career starts now for 212,276€ in life earnings. 7/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) was second for jockey Mme. D. Beaufils-Ernault, trainer Sebastien Ernault and Ecurie des Charmes. Far back in third was 1.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) for Mathieu Mottier. Et Voila de Muze Today’s card also included the Quinte+ Prix Clementine (purse 45,000€, 2850 meters, 14 European starters). The 1.14kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Bandit Brick (6m Yankee Glide-Blazing Kemp) trained and reined by Jean Michel Bazire. Stald Pimax of Denmark owns the handsome and great gaited winner that scored for the first time in France and raised his career earnings to 114,292€. 6.4/1 Dimoko de Jamac (6g Timoko) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and 86/1 Ulberto (6m Broadway Hall) took third with Pierre Vercruysse aboard. 26/1 Constantina Magic and 36/1 Dayan Winner completed the top five and set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 12,946.60€ for the 2€ wager. Bandit Brick The Q+ pool this day was 3,699,807€ and the total wagering pools on this race exceeded 7,582,000€ Sunday there are six groupe contests at Vincennes, as summarized below along with expected favorites: Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters led by Foxtrot Sea and Zucchino Roc) Gr. I Prix d’Escai (monte, purse 170,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) with Gala Tejy a likely favorite Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere (purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International) with champions Bold Eagle, Dijon and Looking Superb in the lineup Gr. I monte Prix du President de la Republique (purse 200,000€, 2850 meters. Four year olds) with Freeman de Houelle a probable favorite Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (purse 170,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) with a good field led by Good Boy Ligneries at the start Gr. III Prix de Grasse (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters, European starters) with Germany’s Portland and Jean Pierre Dubois’ Classic Connection in the field Prix Bertrand Deloison (purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European starters), also labeled the Prix de Groisbois, with Nancy America, Jerry Mom and Defi de Retz in the lineup Earlier in the week (June 18) was the Arqana Trot Mixed Sale at the Hippodrome de Cabourg. 90 head were presented for sale with 59 sold, averaging 12,390€ compared to 12,921€ a year ago. The two sale leaders were acquired by Christian LeBarbey (ITS) led by hip #85 Get Up Smart (2016 f Ready Cash-Una Bella Fier-Love You) in foal to Muscle Hill. Get Up Smart The runner-up was hip #84 Flower Power (2015 f Love You-Ornella Rainbow-Extreme Dream) that sold in foal to Bird Parker. Pedigree follows, a fine maternal family. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) took the Enghien monte featured Prix de la Place Belard (purse 48,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap, 13 monte starters) with another start to finish harness racing score timed in 1.13.5kr (1:58.26 mile rate). Melle Mathilde Collet was the jockey for trainer Vincent Jarry and Ecurie Nice Nasach. He won for the 10th time in a 53 race career to increase life earnings to 153,290€. Off as the 1.6/1 favorite Best Of Bourbon bested 3.6/1 Atout du Hainaut (9g Gazouillis) with Eric Raffin in the irons and 5/1 Barack (8g Ludo de Castelle) with Alexandre Abrivard up. 19/1 Bettina de Tillard and 10/1 Byrh Gede completed the top five in this 1.79 mile event. Best Of Bourbon Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15m 2019 - Saturday’s solid Kincsem Park trotting card included two events for harness racing three year olds and the featured Szeptevo DIKJ for veteran trotters. First, the two divisions of the All Stars DIJ (each for a 400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart). The first division with nine starters went to 1.21.8kr timed and 8.9/1 odds Andika (3f Calypso Capar-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) reined by her trainer Imre Fazekas. This paid defeated Angello (3g Dundee) with Emese Vezer up for trainer Emil Csordas. Third was Anna (3f Frullino Jet) with Balazs Juhasz aboard. The second All Stars division also presented nine starters and the 1.20.6kr timed winner was 4.1/1 Adamo Fling (3m Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) with trainer Emil Csordas up. He bested Ambrosia Gielle (3f Belami) handled by Sandor Varda and Aranypok (3m Yankee Mustang) was third with Laszlo Kolozsi at the lines. Adamo Fling The veteran classmasters competed in the Szeptevo DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart, six starters) and even-money favorite Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) scored impressively timed in 1.18.1kr, his fifth 2019 win in as many starts and 13th in his career that spans 15 outings. Zeal di Girifalco 29.2/1 Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was second for pilot Goran Zolnaji that finished ahead for Urania RL (6f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip). Zeal di Girifalco Thomas H. Hicks  

The eighth leg of the Trophee Vert harness racing series was the Grand Prix Montlucon-Communaute (purse 45,000€, 3000 meters, 14 starters) on the grass at Hipprodrome Montlucon before a large audience.   3.6/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) scored for Sebastien Hardy and breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Charadame, his 19 th career victory in 105 starts now for life earnings of 504,551€.   Time was not reported.   The 3/2 favorite Doberman (6m Prodigious) was a close second with Franck Nivard up for owner Richard Cohen. 4.7/1 Cromy (7g Baccarat du Pont) took third with trainer Tony LeBeller up.   Fourth was 17.1 Beerscott (8m General du Pommeau) with A.A. Chavatte aboard.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Monday’s Quinte+ at Vichy was the Prix de Gennat (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 18 starters) and 9/1 Cow Boy Tuilerie (7g Biesolo) scored for harness racing pilot Kevin Leblanc for owner/trainer Mlle. Cl. Desmontils timed in 1.14.3kr, the winners’ third career victory in 44 starts. 5.8/1 Clovis Montaval (7g Qualimo de Vandel) was a game second with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. 1.1/1 favorite Cobalt Chatho (7g Jam Pridem) was third, handled by Tony LeBeller. 45/1 Cetagvati and 11/1 Cantelliva completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 12,276.60€ for 14 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool this day was 2,800,116€ and the total of all wagering pool on this race was 6,092,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

Three year old harness racing fillies contested the Prix Eunyke (purse 47,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes. The 2.7/1 second wagering choice Giuletta Jet (3f Rolling d’Heripre-Ulla Jet) scored timed in 1.14.4kr with Franck Nivard up. Jarmo Niskanen trains the winner that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. It was her third triumph in seven career starts. 2.3/1 Gondole de Blary (3f Sam Bourbon) was a close second with Yoann Lebourgeois the pilot for owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato. 14/1 Geisha d’Em (3f Kiwi) was third for Tony LeBeller and trainer J.P. Allix.   Thomas H. Hicks

Delfino (6m Speedy Blue-Miss Volo) was a game winner of the seventh harness racing leg of the Gr. III GNT Paris-Turf, this day at Hippodrome Reims.   Off at 5.2/1 the winner was reined by Mathieu Mottier for breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Mottier and he won for the seventh time in 33 career starts.   Race time was 1.12.6kr. 4.7/1 Calaska du Guez (7F Pomerol du Guez) was a rallying second for Eric Raffin and trainer Jean Michel Bazire, almost overcoming a distance handicap of 25 meters and timed in 1.11.9kr.   Third was 8.1/1 Belle Louise Mabon (8f Derby du Gite) was third for breeder/owner/trainer/reinsman Yves Dreux. 13/1 Bamour, another Dominique Mottier entrymate, and 44/1 Chablis d’Herfraie completed the top five.   The winning 2€Q+ exact order tickets paid 11,434.20€ to 68 ticketholders.   The Q+ pool this day was 3,272,639 and total wagered on the race in all pools totaled 6,723,000€.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 15, 2019 - Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) took Boden’s harness racing featured Norbottens Stora Pris (Gr. I International UET Masters, 2140 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.11.7kr with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. Daniel Reden trains the Stall Zet stallion that won for the 35th time in 71 career starts now for 26,439,062SEK earned. The total purse today was 1.75SEK million with 1,000,000SEK to the winner. Propulsion defeated Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty) reined by Ulf Ohlsson. Third finishing was Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel) with trainer Robert Bergh driving. Propulsion Propulsion won this classic for the fourth consecutive time. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici - Kara Kickan) was an easy winner of today’s Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (purse 170,000€ with 100,000€ to the winner, 2100 meters autostart, 10 harness racing entrants with one scratch) clocked in a rated 1.11.7kr. Joakim Lovgren trains and reined the winner that now sports nine career wins in 44 starts for 362,165€ in life earnings. Trainer Lovgren stated in post-race interview that he was proud of the winner that is now at the best in his career. He was off at 29/1 odds on the PMU network and 8.8/1 at ATG. Finishing second was Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici / Be My Luxx) with Iikka Nurmonen aboard and third went to Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M) handled by Carl Johan Jepson. Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth with Bjorn Goop handling the lines. Racing Mange Racing Mange and happy connections The sire in the spotlight this day was Orlando Vici, a solid performing sire of winners in France, Sweden and Australia where is among the leading money winning sires. Siring three of the first four Kymi finishers today is testimony to his performance. Orlando Vici Orlando Vici has become one of the most popular young Sires in Europe. A two year old winner himself and winner of nine Group races at ages three and four, on the racetrack Orlando Vici won 12 times in 32 starts for 835,990€ earned. His progeny have won close to 32 Million Euros in Europe. With a 72 percent starters to live foals in France, progeny show an ability to both sprint and stay, with an exceptional clean gait. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied off cover for Jean Philippe Dubois to win today’s Enghien featured Prix New York (purse 75,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 European starters), the harness racing Quinte+ race of the day. Yves Boireau trains the winner for owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois as 12/1 Classic Connection won for the third time in 16 starts in France to raise his career earnings to 210,620€. His dam was an exceptional Grand Circuit winner in the US, Race time today was 1.10.9kr off steady fractions. Classic Connection was away from post 12 and secured a pegs position third before moving to the second tier with cover. He surged to a third tier position at top of stretch, gained and held advantage to the line. 6.4/1 Clarck Sotho (7g Oiseau de Feux) held third for Guillaume Martin. 9/1 Cicero Noa and 7.9/1 Viking d’Hermes completed the top five and set up a Quinte+ exact order payoff of 22,097.20€ that 29 winning ticketholders enjoyed. The Q+ pool was 4,100,259€ and the total pools for the Prix New York exceeded 8,802,000€. Classic Connection The undercard’s Prix de la Porte de la Plaine (purse 56,000€, 2875 meters, 16 European starters) was a competitive affair that went to 2.8/1 Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) timed in 1.13.2kr and reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Yves Desmet and owner Ecurie DSM Trotting. He won for the first time in France and increased his career earnings to 84,390€. The 3.7/1 odds City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) took second with Pierre Vercruysse the pilot for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Gerrits Recycling BV. This brother to Classic Connection has recorded five wins in his last seven starts including today. 3.2/1 Emilion (4m Sam Bourbon-Emily de Jesolo) was third for Michael Nimczyk. Lover Boy Thomas H. Hicks  

The Paris-Vincennes Tuesday featured Gr.II Prix Jean-Paul Fairand (purse 80,000€, 2175 meters, 13 starters, apprentice jockeys, monte) went to the impressive 2/5 harness racing favorite Carly (7g Rolling d’Heripre-Thea des Jelua) with Emeline Desmigueux in the irons.   Thierry Duvaldestin trains the winner for owner Michel Nardji as Carly won for fthe 20 th time now for 470,910€ in life earnings. He is now seven wins in eight starts in 2019. Race time was 1.11.2kr off quick fractions (1.08.5kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.09.7kr at the 1000 and 1.11kr with 500 remaining). 13/1 Vivier de L’Olsion (10g Prince de Montfort) was second handled by Cindy Saout for trainer Vincent Jarry. Third was 39/1 outsider Biooka du Boscail (8f Look de Star) with Sandy Treich aboard.   Today, trotting action was at Marseille-Borely and the feature was the Prix de Saint Tronc-Le Saint Michel (purse 28,000€, 3000 meters, 16 starters). The 1.13.9kr timed winner was 12/1 Viking Fromentro (10g Capriccio-Orminda) trained by Nicolas Ensch and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. He scored for the 10 th time in 82 career starts, now for 378,290€ in life earnings. The 3/5 favorite Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) was second with trainer Stephane Cingland the pilot. 10/1 Blue Label (8g Love You) was third. Top trotting on the weekend occurs on June 15. The top UET events are the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, Finland and the Norrbottens Stora Pris at Boden.     The lineups include several upper level performers as shown below. Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (total purse 174,000€, 2100 meters autostart) 1. Handsome Brad - CJ Jepson 2. Chief Orlando - B. Goop 3. Hickothepooh - V. Hop 4. Billie de Montfort - H. Jr Langeweg 5. Racing Mange - J. Lövgren 6. Jairo - P. Ingves 7. Eelis - O. Koivunen 8. Next Direction - I. Nurmonen 9. Caliu des Bosc - G. Pou Pou 10. Colonel - J. Verbeeck Billie de Montfort   Norrbottens Stora Pris at Boden (1,000,000Nokr purse, 2140 meters autostart) 1. Milliondollarrhyme – F.B. Larsson 2. Muscle Hustle – R. Bergh 3. On Track Piraten – R. Skoglund 4. Propulsion – O. Kihlstrom 5. Makethemark – U. Ohlsson 6. Vasterbo Fantast – H. Olofsson 7. Mindyourvalue WF – E. Adielsson 8. Digital Ink – Owe Lindqvist 9. Hesiod – P. Joki   Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s excellent Kincsem Park harness racing card showcased the two heat Dr. Jozsef Vecsekloy Memorial (purse 1,900,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, four starters, two heats best in placing determines the winner). Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy) with Laszlo Kolozsi up and Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover) with Goran Zolnaji aboard, each won a heat and finished second in the other, resulting in a split decision with each securing 750,000Huf for their efforts. Ujrazz! scored in 1.16.2kr in the first heat and his rival won the second heat in 1.18.7kr. Last year’s winner Time To Say Goodbye was third in the placing. Villam Ville              --Kincsem Park photo The co-featured Nemzeti DIJ (2,000,000Huf prese, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.18.9kr timed Sabath Black AT (3m Amiral Sund-Simb Lorikeet-Pearsall Hanover) with Csaba Lakatos the trainer/driver. Sabath Black AT                             --Kincsem Park photo         Race time was 1.18.9kr for this 8.5/1 outsider. The 1.7/1 favorite Aurum Ville was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and Zseneroz was third for Mitja Slavic, this one facing a 40 meter four year old handicap. On the undercard was the Butterfly DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) for the better aged campaigners. Herrik Ibsen AT                              --Kincsem Park photo   The 3.6/1 odds, 1.17.3kr timed winner was Henrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship-Her Only Child) reined by trainer Csaba Lakatos. Mitja Slavic teamed Sanger MS to a good second place finish ahead of Milady Amok paired with Laszlo Kolozsi. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) took today’s Oslo Grand Prix (purse 2,830,000Nokr, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters after Looking Superb was scratched.   Jorma Kontio teamed the winner to a rallying score for harnes racing trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, Vitruvio’s third 2019 win in four starts and 16th in his career that spans 36 appearances.   His life earnings are now 9,987,837Nokr. Bahia Quesnot was a game second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after racing first over and putting away the breaking pacesetter Ringostarr Treb at the end of the final bend.   Valokaja Hindo rallied for third with Christophe Martens teaming for trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. Former Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was also a miscue dq for his break into the first turn.   Vitruvio                                 --Bjerke Travbane, ATG, Rikstoto files/photos   Race time was 1.11.6kr for the 7.1/1 odds winner. The undercard action at Bjerke was excellent.   The 555,000Nokr total purse Energima Cup Final went to 1.11.3kr timed Gigant Invalley (Gigant Neo) with Gunnar Austevoll up. This one was third in his elimination. The two elimination winners were Une Etoile Gar (Varenne) clocked in 1.11.2kr and Donatomite (Donato Hanover-Malvictorian) in 1.12kr.   The Finn Tack Europamatch (565,000Nokr purse, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.12.9kr timed Heart of Steel (Cantab Hall) with Peter Untersteiner up. Gina Shermer (Varenne) took the Akershus Tracktors for Mares with a 410,000Nokr purse, clocked in 1.11.8kr over the 1609 meters autostart course.   The YesBox Trot (255,000Nokr purse, 1609 meters autostart) saw Reigning Moni (Donato Hanover) score in 1.11.6kr with Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer Daniel Reden.   Early in the program was the Kingsrod Trading Monte (195,000Nokr purse, 1609 meters autostart) and Be Mine de Houelle (Scipion du Goutier) scored for jockey Maria Bacsich timed in 1.11.6kr. Franck Leblanc trains this one that was recently third in Solvalla’s Monte Elite, a race she won in 2018.     Thomas H. Hicks

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