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This day’s featured Prix du Parc des Princes (purse 67,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ race of the day) at Enghien was a battle to the line with 7/2 odds Calaska de Guyez (7g Pomerol de Laumac) victorious for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. The winner now shows 18 career victories in 45 starts for life earnings of 355,800€. The 4/5 favorite Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella), a full-brother to Traders, was a close second with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Luc Roelens and owner JPB Building BVBA, this horse 4-3-1 in last eight starts. The 7.8/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue-Camargue) was third with Franck Nivard aboard. 22/1 Coktail Julino and 47/1 Crepe de Satin completed the top five setting up a Q+ exact order payoff of 958.60€ to 456 winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 2,967,161€ and the total wagered on this race exceeded 6,595,000€. Race time was 1.13.3kr. Two year olds appeared on the card with the Prix de la Porte de Choisy (purse 27,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) showcasing the 7/10 winning favorite Holzarte Vedaquais (2m Brillantissime-Chikka Vedaquais) as this Philippe Allaire trainee won his second in as many starts. Race time was 1.17.4kr, J-F Guay bred this one that bested 5/2 Heartbreaker One (2m Alto de Viette) handled by Franck Nivard. 26/1 Hazard du Gite (2m Unwavering du Gite) was third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

After watching his two Hambletonian Oaks finalists on Tuesday draw posts eight and nine in the $500,000 event's 10-horse field, trainer Lucas Wallin, a 26-year-old in only his third season of racing his own stable, handled the outcome with the philosophical aplomb of a veteran. "We could be happier after the draw, but someone has to race from eight and nine, I suppose," said Wallin, who sends Queen Of Trixs (post eight) and Princess Deo (post nine) into the sport's top race for 3-year-old female trotters Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands. "There's nothing you can do. We just have to deal with it. "Both horses came out of their eliminations very good. I couldn't be happier with them. We need a little more luck and hopefully (the field) races to the half so we can get into it. There are a couple of horses in there that can mix it up a little bit. It's hard from out there, that's for sure. But anything can happen." Wallin grew up in Sweden, where he was driving ponies at the age of 8. Several years later, he began helping at his uncle Joakim Wallin's stable. In mid-2014, he was alerted to an opportunity to work for Ake Svanstedt's stable in the U.S. by childhood friend Oskar Florhed. Wallin spent two years with Svanstedt before deciding to go on his own. Since then, Wallin's stable has won 59 of 362 races and earned $789,548 in purses. Saturday's trip to the Oaks will put him on harness racing's big stage, not only within the sport but beyond. The Oaks and $1 million Hambletonian final will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network as part of a 90-minute show beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT). "It's very, very big for me," said Wallin, who is the only trainer with multiple horses in this year's Oaks. "You know you're doing something right. We're very lucky to get nice horses to work with. "It's tough to describe how big it is. A lot of trainers have done this longer than me and have never been to the Oaks, so I'm very fortunate and happy to be there. The whole team has worked so hard, so it feels very good for everyone to get in the final like this. It gives you a real boost, that's for sure." Queen Of Trixs finished third in her Oaks elimination, behind undefeated Millies Possesion and Evident Beauty. For the year, she has won two of six races and earned $57,125 for Mario Mazza's Mazza Racing Stables. One of her victories came in a preliminary round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. She finished sixth in the final. "She got a little tough trip in the final," Wallin said. "These two last races, she's really improved. She is a really honest horse and very nice to be around. She is very small, but she's really, really fast. So, coming into this season we had big hopes for her. She always gives a hundred percent. When you look at her, she doesn't look like a top filly, nothing you would keep your eyes on. But she knows what to do." Queen Of Trixs raced barefoot in her Oaks elimination and Wallin plans to keep the shoes off Saturday. "That has been the plan for a couple of months, so we have prepared for that," Wallin said. "It should not be a problem. But now they say it is going to rain Saturday, so we'll see about the track. The track sometimes gets a little hard after the rain. But that's the plan at least now." Princess Deo is a newcomer to Wallin's barn, having spent the beginning of the season with trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. The filly has raced twice for Wallin, finishing fifth in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes and third in her Oaks elimination, which was won by When Dovescry. Princess Deo started from post 10 in the elim. "I have to thank the owners for giving me the chance to train this nice filly, they could send her to anyone," said Wallin, who trains the filly for owners Deo Volente Farms, Tom Pontone, and John Fodera. "Nifty did a really good job with her all winter. He's the one that trained her, we haven't done too much." Princess Deo is winless in six races this year, but she was second in last year's Goldsmith Maid and Kindergarten Classic Series final. "You feel right away it's a special filly," Wallin said. "She has a very big personality. She wants things in her own way, you just have to listen to her. That's what the groom has done and when we drive her, we let her be. She's the boss. But you feel when you train that she is something special. She showed it last year. "We probably got her at the right time. We haven't done too much work. We do our routines, and she likes it. It feels like she is going to be better and better for each race. She hasn't raced too much this year. I wasn't sure if this race came a little too early, but she really showed that she belongs here." Racing begins at noon Saturday at The Meadowlands. For the day's complete entries, click here. Following is the field for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. PP-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Southwind Casha-Scott Zeron-John Bax-15/1 2-Millies Possesion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell-9/5 3-Sonnet Grace-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 4-Evident Beauty-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman-7/2 5-When Dovescry-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-5/2 6-Sweet Chapter-Matt Kakaley-Blake MacIntosh-20/1 7-Asiago-Tim Tetrick-Per Engblom-15/1 8-Queen Of Trixs-Andrew McCarthy-Lucas Wallin-15/1 9-Princess Deo-Andrew McCarthy-Lucas Wallin-12/1 10-Miss Trixton-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-30/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Acciaio (3m Love You-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) took this evening’s Premio Going Kronos (purse 600,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) at Jagersro, Sweden, clocked in 1.11.3kr. It was his third 2019 victory in seven starts for the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee that Orjan Kihlstrom piloted for Scuderia Pink and Black. He was off at 1.36/1. Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star) took second for Adrian Kolgjini, also the trainer, and Arden Wise As (3m Ready Cash-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) was third for trainer/driver Gocciadoro. Acciaio pedigree is attached. The undercard to the Gr. I UET Hugo Abergs was a good one and also included the Malmo Stora Prix – Summer Meeting Stayer (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap, 13 starters). Reckless (9m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) scored overcoming a 40 meter handicap, timed in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Dragster (7g Micro Mesh) was second, handicapped 20 meters, and Juan (8g Love You) was third, also penalized 20 meters. Esprit Sisuy (5g Ready Cash-Yankee TL-Cantab Hall) took the Prix La Capelle (100,000SWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.12.4kr with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath. Off at 5.7/1 the winner took his fourth 2019 trip to the winner’s circle in seven starts. Commanche Moon (6m Love You) was second for Joakim Lovgren and Kung Edward (6g Orlando Vici) was third for Peter Ingves. Earlier on the program was the YesBox Mares (200,000SEK first money, 1640 meters, eight starters). The 1.11.1klr timed victory went to 1.3/1 Double Exposure (6f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. She won for the fifth time in eight 2019 appearances. Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) was second for Kim Eriksson and Virginia Grif (5f Varenne) was home third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The classy colt Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) sat the pocket before rolling to victory in Sunday’s Pr Carlo Marangoni Memorial (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Torino, Italy. The Alessandro Gocciadoro trained and reined pupil was timed in 1.12.8kr after Alrajah One set the pace for Enrico Bellei, only to be off the board. Amon You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’SM-Lemon Dra) was second with Antoni0p Greppi at the lines and Antony Leone (3m Libeccio Grif-Gasping Ferm-Lemon Dra) was third. Al Capone Stecca and A Sexygirl Par completed the top five. The winning pedigree photo shows that the first dam was an exceptional winner of over 706,000€. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The gallant veteran Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill), off at 5.6/1, took tonight’s Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden (purse 303,128€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) with pilot Wilhelm Paal aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner EVAM Racing Trotter SRLS, his second 2019 victory in five starts. Paal left the car rapidly and then yielded to Uza Josselyn that set the pace until past the 1200-meter mark. Then, Paal took chase of the leader, eventually wore her down and opened an advantage in the upper stretch. The 7/10 favorite Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall), with Orjan Kihlstrom driving, then closed rapidly from eighth on the far outside to fall a length short at the line. 34/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above-Estrada OR-Supergill) was third for Mika Forss and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Ringo raced barefoot to score his 32nd career victory in 92 starts now for 15,143,364SEK in life earnings. On post-interview trainer Riodan said Ringo is not what he once was but he is aging gracefully and he knew he was ready tonight after a first 500 meters in 1.05.5kr. He is quite a horse, campaigned and raced beautifully by Riordan and Paal. Race time was 1.09.4kr (mile race 1:50.90). Earlier on the card Riordan’s Classichap (4m Chapter Seven-Classical Flirt-Yankee Glide) won the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer (200,000SEL first  prize, 1640 meters autostart, nine starters) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard for trainer Riordan, his first win in seven 2019 starts, and he was off at 53.8/1 odds. This one was clocked in 1.10.3kr. He last won on September 10th of 2018 at the Meadowlands in 1.10.5kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) won Saturday’s featured Super Hanover DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) at Kincsem Park, covering the course timed in 1.17.3kr, with Sandor Varga aboard. Veljko Mazsity trains the winner that is unbeaten in six 2019 starts and has earned 14 wins in 16 career starts in HU. This day he bested Disney HR (6f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) reined by Andrea Fazekas and third went to Zapato (4m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) handled by Tibor Hajnal. Earlier this day the emerging two year olds were on display. In a qualifier Brilians BD (2f Brillantissime-Ici Love-Love You) scored for Imre Fazekas timed in 1.26.1kr over 1800 meters. On the main card was the Nyeretlen Ketevesek (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and that event went to 5/1 Beautiful Barbie (2f Calypso Capar-Jolly Beauty) clocked in 1.20.5kr with Gyorgy Horvath aboard for trainer Imre Fazekas. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) have been making plans to host their Italian counterparts from Torino in early August after being guests of the Italians from the Venice area in July. "Besides competing against our NAADA teams at Yonkers on Monday(Aug. 5) and at Monticello on Tuesday (Aug. 6) we are in the process of securing drives for the visiting Italians in the Hamiltonian Amateur Trot at the Meadowlands on Friday, Aug. 2," said NAADA president Joe Faraldo. "And at this time,with the assistance of many, it appears that that the Italians will be able to participate over the famed mile-oval." The visiting Italians team includes; Senor Michele Bechis (461 lifetime wins), Jacopo Brischetto (27 wins), Gianni Scrima (27 wins) and Enrico Colombino (367 wins). "The Italian team leader, Enrico Colombino is a well know Italian amateur and a true gentleman. Alan (Schwartz) and I know him for more than 25 years," Faraldo said. "His dad and mom always brought us homemade soppressata and homemade wine. Enrico's dad did that so many times that we nicknamed him "Vino Colombino" and of the entire family we have very fond memories. It will be great to see a friend from years ago and compete with him on American soil." The following is the scheduled itinerary: Thurs. Aug.1--Italians arrive at JFK and have dinner at Sel et Poivre in NYC Fri Aug. 2--Italians get licensed at the Meadowlands for Hambletonian Amateur Sat. Aug 3-- Italians taken to the Meadowlands,to watch Hambletonian, dinner at Pepolinos Sun. Aug 4-Guided tour of NYC and dinner st Fraunces Tavern where President George Washington gave his farewell address Mon. Aug 5-Race at Yonkers..dinner at Roberto's in the Bronx Tues. Aug 6-Picked up from their hotel in NYC and stop at the Hall of Fame in Goshen; then race at Monticello. dinner at the River Palm in Mahwah, NJ Wed. Aug 7 Italians depart for home by John Manzi, for NAADA  

July 26, 2019 - Friday’s harness racing Q+ was the Prix Henri Balliere (purse 32,000€, 2750 meters, 16 starters) at Cabourg. The 5.3/1 odds Carat du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier) scored over the off track for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Marku Vartainen and Ecurie Fincumet Group OY, his seventh career victory in 41 starts. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 9/1 Av Nid de Gassard (9g Le Retour) was secomd with Alexandre Abrivard up and 25/1 Baron de l’Orne (8g Memphis du Rib) was third ahead of 4/1 Divine di’Leone and 7.9/1 Donuts Delador. The Q+ e-payoff was 18,515.20€. Carat du Goutier At Chatelaillon this day Jean Michel Bazire scored with three of his trainees. The Prix de Chatelaillon Plage (purse 17,000€, 2625 meters, 10 starters) went to 4/10 favorite Gitan de Guez (3m Niky-Allure de Star) timed in 1.15.7kr. Ecurie Vautors owns this youngster. Gitan de Guez The trainer/driver anjd owner team was back on top in the Prix Aubrion du Gers (piurse 17,000€, 2500 meters, 14 starters) with victory to the 4/10 favorite Denzo de Guez (6g Look de Star-Odyssee de Guez), his eight career win in 15 outings, and timed in 1.14.1kr for Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. Denzo de Guez Finally, in the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 35,000€, 2625 meters, 12 starters) it was Bazire again in the winner’s circle with 1.4/1 favorite Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) clocked in 1.12.6kr. Ghazi BR Thomas H. Hicks  

July 27, 2019 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy featured Prix de Washington (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 9/10 favorite Bel Avis (8g Gamymede-Gloria Maris) get up late for the 1.10kr timed victory with harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines. He scored for the 21st time in 58 career starts and the win raised his career earnings to 1,037,663€. New Blue 1 LLC (USA) owns the winner that was bred by Comte de Bellaigue. 12/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) was a head back second for Franck Nivard, owner Scuderia Eurocolor Srl and trainer Philippe Billard, 6.9/1 Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) gamely set the pace for Gabriele Gelormini and held third . 2.3/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was a disappointing pocket sitting fourth for Romain Derieux and fifth was 15/1 Valko Jenilat (10m Kepler) with Paul Philippe Ploquin up. The fractions were well rated (1.09.9kr with 1000 meters remaining; 1.11.2kr at the 500). Bel Avis The Gr. III Prix de Milan (purse 80,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) was also on the card as secondary feature.  Victory went to the 9/1 odds Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) timed in 1.11.3kr for a three-length victory. Eric Raffin was the pilot for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. Feliciano won for the sixth time in 23 career starts now for 269,790€ earned. 4.8/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) chased for second and the 4/5 favorite Mister F Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love) was third for Robin Bakker. 6.2/1 IDS Boko and 25/1 Florida Sport completed the top five. Feliciano Three year old fillies began the day’s action in the Prix de la Porte Pouchet (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, nine starters) and the 1.16.6kr clocked winner was 7/10 favorite Galaxie du Goutier (3f Kaisy Dream-Idole de Tugeras) handled by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin for Ecurie Saint Martin. This filly won for the fifth time in nine career starts. 10/1 Gesira (3f Baccarfat de Simm) was second and 9/1 Gazelle du Corta (3f Love You) was third. Galaxie du Goutier Three year old males contested the Prix de Roule (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters) with victory to the 6.6/1odds Golfe Juan (3m Kam Pridem) that scored for the third time in eight outings for pilot Yoann Lebourgeois. 3/2 favorite Good Friday (4m Village Mystic-Maflymede) held second after a courageous journey for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Luc Roelens. Thiurd was 23/1 General Sport (3g Kaisy Dream) for M.X. Mestre Suner. Race time was 1.16.6kr. Golfe Juan The day’s e-Q+ was the Prix Dominique Savary (purse 51,000€, 2150 meters, 14 starters) that saw a contested finish led by 6.3/1 Coalinga City (7f Coktail Jet-Mamaora) reined to the 1.12.3kr score by Franck Nivard for trainer Francois Senet. The now seven-time winner is 64 appearances defeated 2.1/1 Classic Haufor (7m Jag de Bellouet) and Ch. J. Bigeon and 9/1 Brandeis Jet (8m Coktail Jet-Qasida Jet) with Pierre Vercruysse up. 22/1 Bois de Bosnet and 10/1 Ballais d’Ourvfo completed the exact order top five that paid 4,597.40€. Coalinga City   Best Of Bourbon Wins Prix de Bunny Sur Loire Enghien-Soisy’s Prix de Bunny Sur Loire (monte, purse 49,000€m 2875 meters, 12 starters) was the Thursday featured event this evening and monte specialist Best Of Bourbon (8g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) won again for Mlle. Mathilde Cullet at 1.4/1 odds. As usual Mlle. Collet went right to the front and never looked back in the 1.14kr timed journey. This Vincent Jarry trained, and Ecurie Nice Nasach owned, performer won for the 11th time in 55 career starts, now for 175,540€ earned. SARL Haras Saint Martin bred the winner that defeated 8.4/1 Diktat du Start (6g Quaker Jet) handled by Matthieu Abrivard and 3.2/1 Delta Fac (6g Tucson) piloted by Franck Nivard. Best of Bourbon For a video replay click on this link.    Thomas H. Hicks  

The harness racing gallant Spanish stallion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) won his 49th straight race in Spain since returning home from France during 2017. The latest victory was in the Premi Jorky Das Pont (200€ purse, 1700 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.8kr, his best of 2019, with C. Riera aboard for Cuadra Sa Farola. The latest win was his 13th in 2019 following 28 for 28 last year and eight wins in 2017. His career earnings are now 686,866€ from 81 lifetime victories in 143 outings. What a horse!!! Thomas H. Hicks  

July 24, 2019 - Harness racing trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse took three victories at Enghien this day including the Quinte+ race of the day and the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin. The Q+ Prix de Picpus (purse 38,000€, 2875 meters, 14 starters) began the streak with victory to 2.9/1 Funky Jet (4m Sam Bourbon-Pine Apple Jet) clocked in 1.14.8kr with trainer Vercruysse at the lines for Ecurie Augustin-Normand. This Jean Etienne Dubois bred trotter now has three wins in three 2019 starts and he is six for seven for the career. His life earnings are now 76,050€. 62/1 Futur du Chene (4g Milord du Chene) was second ahead of 22/1 Franklin Park (4g Prince Gede). 32/1 Fynio du Pommereux (4g Timoko) and 32/1 Falco Somolli (4m Tropic Jet) completed the top five and set up a Q+ payoff of 78,501.80€ to six winning 2€ tickets. The Q+ pool was 2,669,498€ and the handle on the race from all wagers exceeded 5,677,000€. Funky Jet Vercruysse was back shortly for a victory with 3.3/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious-Know How) timed in 1.13.5kr in the Prix du Medoc (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters, 11 starters). This one is also owned by Ecurie Augustin-Normand and was bred by Jean Philippe Dubois. He now has 14 career wins in 40 starts for 204,970€ earned. 21/1 Gross Weight (8g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) took second for Clement Duvaldestin and third went to 3.4/1 All Feeling (9m Otello Pierji) for pilot Eric Raffin. Crazy Charm The day’s feature race was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin (purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, eight starters) and the 7/10 favorite Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet) scored timed in 1.12.9kr for trainer/driver Vercruysse. It was the winner’s second straight victory and he is now a nine-time winner in 25 starts good for 427,775€. Ecurie des As owns Drole de Jet that was bred by Jean Etienne Dubois. 2/1 Etonnant (5m Timoko-Migraine) was second with Bjorn Goop teaming for owner/trainer Richard Westerink. 10/1 Dascalia (6f Norginio) took third with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Alphonse Vanderghen. Drole de Jet   Thomas H. Hicks     Thomas H. Hicks  

July 25, 2019 - The field of 12 harness racing trotters is set for the August 4th Deutschlands Traber Derby to be raced at Berlin Mariendorf, Germany. Four eliminations took place on July 21 with the following winners set to contest the final along with their chief rivals. The eliminations, each for a 20,000€ purse, saw the fastest winner being River Flow (Biltmore As-Annabelle As) timed in 1.13.11kr with Thorsten Tietz aboard. Juan les Pins (Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) took the second elimination for Jaap Van Rijn clocked in 1.13.26kr. Arnold J. Mollema trains this winner. The third contest went to the Alessandro Gocciadoro piloted Juan Bros (Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) stopping the timer in 1.13.37kr. Juan Bros And finally, in elimination four, Velten Von Flevo (Ganymede-Babette Flevo) scored for reinsman Rick Ebbinge and trainer JWM Engwerda clocked in 1.14.58. The Derby Festival should be a good one with quality racing on the weekend. Thomas H. Hicks  

Sunday’s St. Michel AJO at Mikkeli (Finland) went to 2/1 Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for harness racing trainer Petri Salmala timed in 1.10.2kr over 1609 meters autostart. The purse was 141,000€ and the winner recorded his 22nd career win in 51 starts now for life earnings of 746,133€. He was a 2-3-1 slate in seven starts in 2019. 5.8/1 Next Direction (6m Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx) took second for iikka Nurmonen and third was 12/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above-Estrado OR) handled by Mika Forss. Mikkeli files Thomas H. Hicks  

July 20, 2019 - Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won for the 13th time Saturday in 14 harness racing career starts, this one in the Bizalmas DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.9kr. Andrea Fazekas perfectly teamed the winner for owner Pimri and trainer Imre Fazekas, as the team was away quickly to the front, rated the middle 800 meters, and sprinted away from rivals in the lane. It was Longines third win in four 2019 starts. Germany’s Kornelius Heitmann bred the winner. She was off the 1.8/1 favorite and bested 5.3/1 Iago d’Amore (5m Mego d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro  with Andor Angyal aboard. Third went to 12/1 Zaneboro (4m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe) handled by Serbia’s Branislav Mukity. The same day in France at Cagnes Sur Mer was the Prix de la Baie des Anges (orpurse 53,000€, 2925 meters, 11 starters) and that event went to 31/1 Voeland (10m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Oquita d’Haricourt) with Stefan Stevens the pilot for trainer Mark De Cock. The victory raised the winner’s life earnings to 389,584€ although it was only his eighth career win in 143 starts. Even-money favorite Bulle de Laumont (8f Hand du Vivier) took second with Stephane Cingland her trainer/driver, ahead of 6.6/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (9m Magnificent Rodney) with Christophe Martens up. Race time was 1.14.3kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday’s harness racing Quinte+ race was the GP de la Ville de Cabourg at Hippodrome Cabourg (purse 44,000€, 2750 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory to 2.8/1 Dostoievski (6g Ganymede-Noor des Charmes). Dominik Locqueneux teamed this Jean Michel Bazire trainee for Ecurie des Charmes. He won for the eighth time in 33 career outings now for 250,970€ earned. 19/1 Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas) was second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Dominique Cheradame , ahead of 20/1 Cledere de L’SAirou (7f Clef des Chatelet) handled by Sebastian Ernault. 15/1 Deese de Gueron and 7/2 Classic Connection completed the top five and established an exact order payoff of 35,301.00 to 11 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 3.437,120€ and the total race handle was 6,940,000€. The card included the monte Prix Fandango (purse 44,000€, 2750 meters, 14 starters) with victory earned by 2.2/1 Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy MIP) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Dairpet. Race time was 1.11.6kr and the winner now has life earnings of 510,460€ from 14 career wins in 44 starts. 3.9/1 Daida de Vandel (6f Real de Lou) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third was 10/1 Al Capone Jet (9m Jag de Bellouet) rallied for third for jockey Francois Lagadeuc. Ceylan Dairpet Friday evening at Wolvega was the Super Trot Cup (purse 22,000€, 2100 meters autostart, ten starters) with the 1.12.7kr timed victory to 16/1 Durk M Boko (9g From Above-Vivian Boko) with Frans Van Der Blon up for trainer/owner H.A. Van Dljk. 13/1 Fabio Blanco (7g Ufo Kievitshof) was next with trainer Rob De Vlieger aboard and 4.6/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You) took third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer JWM Engwerda. Durk M Boko Thomas H. Hicks

July 20, 2019 - Today’s harness racing card at Enghien was a good one showcasing the Quinte+ race of the day and two groupe events. First was the Q+ Prix Pte Montmartre (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and 15/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal) scored timed in 1.13.5kr. Eric Raffin teamed the winner for Stall Panamera Racing and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. The winner now has life earnings of 227,600€. 4/1 Bamour (8g Gazouillis) took second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. 5/2 odds Calvin Borel (9g Super Photo Kosmos)  was third for Marc Elias teaming for owner/trainer Conrad Lugauer. 15/1 Vastertbo Grobois and 59/1 Uncertain Age completed the top five leading to a Q+ exact order payoff of 56,504.40€ for six winning ticket holders. The Q+ pool was 2,427,144€ and the total wagered on the race was 6,389,000€. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 70,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) produced an upset 28/1 victory for In Your Dreams (3f Donato Hanover-Iron Lady-Taurus Dream) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Bruni Racing Team AM. Her slate is now 2-2-2 in 12 appearances in France for Boireau and in Sweden for Jerry Riordan. In Your Dreams The victory today raised her life earnings to 73,089€. The filly was registered in Denmark and bred by Jean Pierre Dubois from the North American stakes winning Iron Lady. This day she defeated 9/10 favorite Gotland (3m Ready Cash-Sanawa) reined by Eric Raffin for trainer Phillipe Allaire that entered this race with eight wins in nine career starts. 11/1 General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec) took third for Alexandre Abrivard and 24/1 Gatsby Perrine (3m Bird Parker) was fourth for trainer Allaire and pilot J. Ph. Monclin. In Your Dreams Pedigree Today’s Enghien featured Gr. II Prix Buenos Aires (purse 100,000€, 4150 meters, 12 International starters) went to the very impressive Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) reined by Jean Michel Bazire to the 1.15.5kr timed victory, his 26th in 41 career starts. This 2/5 favorite increased his life earnings to 910,970€. Bazire trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule and Cleangame may be the next Aubrion du Gers for the Bazire team. 9/1 Ceranzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for Franck Nivard and 39/1 Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) took third for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. 25/1 Colorado Blue and 13/1 Vertige de Chenu completed the top five to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

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