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Trotting harness racing action returned to Madinina Martinique last weekend on the monthly turf racing program of gallop and trots.   The Prix des Tulips (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, turf) began the day and Al Zamil (9g Goetmals Wood-Ivory Pearl) was a front-stepping winner timed in 1.21kr with Raymond Saint-Rose aboard.   It was his 10 th career win and his life earnings are now 78,600€. Unoki (11g Meaulmes du Corta) was second for pilot David Lepere and Ussein Royal (11g Lilium Madrik) overcame a 25-meter handicap to be third for J.F. Gate. The second and third place finishers are owned/trainer by Christine Lebreton. The Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, turf) completed the trots and the 1.19kr timed winner was Cytise de Neret (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Edila de Neret) for reinsman J.F. Gate. Cytise de Neret 25-meter handicapped Boycott (8g Goetmals Wood) was second for David Lepere and owner/trainer Christine Lebreton, and third went to 25 meter handicapped Bavarois du Varlet (8g Laetenter Diem) with J.L. Langeron up. Corinne Gleize owns and trains this one.   Thomas H. Hicks

Tomorrow trotting action returns to Cagnes-Sur-Mer with the featured event being the Gr. III Grand Prix de la Ville de Cagnes-Sur-Mer, an International harness racing contest.   Viking Fromentro and Citizen Kane are among the seven-horse field.   19:50 C4 - GRAND PRIX DE LA VILLE DE CAGNES-SUR-MER 66 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2925m Course Internationale Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, n'ayant pas gagné 750.000. Saturday trots are at Enghien with two groupe III events, the Prix de Bruxelles with Orlando Jet at the start, and the Prix du Louvre with Excellent and Electra Jet among the starters.   15:50 C4 - PRIX CANALTURF.COM (PRIX DE BRUXELLES) 80 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2150m Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000 mais pas 875.000 Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses dont dix au trot attelé (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel).     16:25 C5 - PRIX DU LOUVRE 74 000€ Groupe III - Attelé - 2875m Course Européenne Pour 4 et 5 ans, ayant gagné au moins 30.000, mais pas 291.000.   Sont seuls admis à participer à cette épreuve les chevaux n'ayant pas, dans les 12 mois précédant la course, été classés, au trot attelé, 1er, 2ème ou 3ème d'une épreuve de Groupe I.     Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2019 - This week the top aged trotters in Finland contested the Lamminveriset Rhymaajo at Jokimaa Finland. On June 29 there were two eliminations each raced for 10,000€ first prize over 2140 meters autostart and then the following day June 30 was the harness racing final. Each race was superbly competitive with the final worth 120,000€ to the winner with the total purse 258,000€. Hachiko de Veluwe (5g Timoko-Amazing Ride) won the final timed in 1.11.6kr by a head over the game Ranch Kelly (11m Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp). Jorma Kontio teamed the winner that now shows a career slate of 10-1-0 in 11 career starts. He is undefeated in three 2019 starts and has life earnings of 312,080€. Hanno Torvinen was the Ranch Kelly pilot. Finishing third was Atupem (6m Andover Hall-Rudy Rose) reined by Santu Raitala. To watch the replay click on this link. The first elim the day before the final was quite a battle won by veteran Ranch Kelly and driver Hannu Torvinen timed in 1.12.4kr. The veteran 35 time winner in 127 starts now has life earnings of 561,604€ with 324,680€ earned in 2018 from 11 wins in 25 starts. Ranch Kelly was parked throughout and just up for the win in the final stride. Benjamin EVO (6m Kadabra-China Tea Party) was a very close second with Mika Forss aboard. Sue’s Photo (7m Classic Photo-Muscles Sue) took third with Santtu Raitala the pilot. Lexus Dream was fourth. Ranch Kelly (outside), second elimination To watch the replay click on this link. Ranch Kelly pedigree is shown below, the maternal family of Spinster Hanover. The second elim went to Hachiko de Veluve timed in 1.12.8kr for Jorma Kontio. He was a length winner over Cameron Evo (5m Look de Star-China Tea Party) with Olli Korvunen up and Top of the World (8g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead) took third for reinsman Hannu Torvinen. Hachiko de Veluwe – 1st elimination The Hachiko de Veluwe pedigree follows, a nice Franco-American balance. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 6, 2019 - The 9/10 favorite Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) continued his improvement as this full-brother to Traders scored in today’s Enghien harness racing featured Quinte+ Prix de la Manche (purse 80,000€, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) clocked in 1.13.2kr. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the Luc Roelens trainee that is owned by JPB Building BVBA, to his fifth career win in 28 starts in France. His slate for the last eight starts is an impressive 4-3-1 and his life earnings have reached 332,446€. 5.2/1 Cerenzo Turbo (7m Ganymede) was second for Franck Nivard, with 15/1 Colorado Blue (7g Que Je T’Aime) third with Francois Lagadeuc the pilot. 12/1 Bachar and 10/1 Cocktail Julino completed the top five finishers. The Q+ exact order payoff was 744.00€ to 1405 recipients. The Q+ pool was 3,996,436 and 8,547,000€ was wagered on this race. On the undercard was the Gr. III Prix de Berlin (purse 70,000€, 2875 meters, 13 European starters) and 28/1 Godfather (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) scored a narrow victory with trainer Louis Baudron teaming for owner Mauricette De Sousa. The winner recorded his third win in 13 career starts. Godfather 78/1 Guerner Royal (3m Very Nice Marceaux) and 12/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious) completed the top three as the 9/10 favorite Aramis Bar was a dq. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 6, 2019 - It was a JMB harness racing sweep today at Vichy in the Grand Prix du Conseil Municipal (Gr. II, purse 90,000€, 2950 meters, 10 International starters). Jean Michel Bazire won the race for the sixth time starting in 2010 (Aubrion du Gers won the 2017-18 editions) and his trainees finished 1-2-3 with son Nicolas Bazire catch driving the fourth-place finisher. The 6/10 favorite Cleangame (7g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) scored with Jean Michel Bazire aboard for owner J-M Rancoule, his 25th victory in 40 career starts now for 865,970€ in life earnings. Cleangame now has posted six wins in seven 2019 starts with a second-place finish. Race time was 1.14.4kr. 4.4/1 Ble de Gers (8g Quinoa de Gers) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, teaming for the Bazire-Rancoule team. Third was another JMB trainee, 4.1/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger), with Christophe Martens up. Nicolas Bazire teamed 22/1 Cicero Noa (7g Mandarino Blue) to a fourth-place finish for breeder/owner/trainer Jan Van Houcke. 27/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede) took fifth money with trainer Mickael Cormy at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 4, 2019 - Tae Kwan Deo (4m Muscle Hill-Brigham Dream-Kaisy Dream) took this week’s harness racing Sprintermastaren Final (referred to as the Sweden Hambletonian), a Gr. I event raced over 1609 meters autostart for a prize to the winner of 1.2SEK million. Adrian Kolgjini teamed the winner from post nine in the final, that was off at 5.6/1 and is owned by Lutfi Kolgjini and Whap Capital. He was timed in 1.10.9kr in defeating 9.7/1 Pinto Bob (4g Maharajah-Harkerods Wilma-Dreamaster) reined by his trainer Robert Bergh and 3.5/1 Evaluate (4m Andover Hall-Blathin-Classic Photo) that had Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer Stefan Melander. The eliminations (each raced over 1609 meters autostart for 150,000SEK to the winners), and there were three, first saw Pinto Bob win for Robert Bergh off at 20.8/1 and timed in 1.11.3kr. He bested 28.7/1 Tae Kwan Deo and pilot Adrian Kolgjini and third finishing 11.5/1 Alone (4m Maharajah-Quarantine-Varenne) handled by Pasi Aikio. The second elim went to 1.12kr timed, and 41.2/1 odds Frenchnorwegian ID (4m Saxo de Vandel-Private Melody-Hermes de Pericard) with trainer Robert Bergh up. 16.1/1 Night Rhythm (4m Muscle Hill-Tail of Night-Andover Hall) took second for Orjan Kihlstrom with 1.6/1 favorite Evaluate home third for Bjorn Goop. Elimination three went to 12.6/1 Adde S.H. (4g Nu Pagadi-Fast Allegro-Fast Photo) timed in 1.11.6kr. Trainer Peter Untersteiner was the pilot and this pair defeated 29.9/1 Jula Dounton (4m Kadabra-Abbey Craig-Muscles Yankee) handled by Carl Johan Jepson and 3.3/1 Thrust Control (4m Cantab Hall-Ideal Harbor-SJs Caviar) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Melander. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 5, 2019 - The 2.3/1 harness racing favorite Denzo Montaval (6f Laetenter Diem) took today’s Quinte+ Prix du Mont Saint Michel at Cabourg, the race for a purse of 32,000€ and contested by 14 starters over 2750 meters. Gabriele Gelormini teamed the winner timed in 1.14.4kr, to this ninth career win in 41 outings. 14/1 Domingo Bello (6g Look de Star) was second for Mathieu Mottier and 6.2/1 Dassero (6g Ubriaco) took third, ahead of 9/2 Daddy Cut (6g Coktail Jet) and 21/1 Denys Davsson (6f Meaulnes du Corta). There were 128 winning Quinte+ tickets that paid 5,122.80€ each. The Q+ pool this day Was 3,683,777€ and the total handle on the race exceeded 7,426,000€ Two days prior, the Q+ was at Enghien and longshots prevailed in the Prix Porte Charenton (purse 51,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) as 38/1 Benuro d’Auvillier (8g Laetenter Diem) scored timed in 1.14.4kr. Dominique Mottier trains the winner and Antoine Dubouis was the pilot. 89/1 Baileyse (8f Opus Viervil) was second for Alexis Garandeau, overcoming a 25 meter handicap. 9/1 Amour du Coglais (9g Ganymede) tool third with Franck Nivard up. 12/1 Azar d’Azif and 16/1 Be One des Thirons completed the top five and there were no winning exact order Q+ tickets. The top five disorder paid 35,202€ to 26 ticketholders in this race that showed a Q+ handle of 2,978,786€. Total handle on this race exceeded 6.653,000€. Benure d’Auvillier Later on the Enghien card was the Prix de la Madeleine (purse 53,000€, 2875 meters, 10 starters) with victory to the well-bred and 3/2 favorite City Guide (4m Love You-Crys Dream) that was reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Erwin Bot and owner Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV. The winner was timed in 1.13.5kr while recording his fourth victory in 10 starts in France, now for 130,980€ in career earnings. The 2.1/1 second choice Lover Boy (4m Conway Hall-Merlot DK) was second with Alexandre Abrivard aboard and 27/1 Florida Sport (4f Tornado Bello) was third handled by M.X. Mestre Suner. City Guide On July the Q+ race at Vichy produced another exact order non-winning ticket day in the Prix Jean Michel Bazire (purse 31,000€, 2950 meters, 15 starters. The disorder winning tickets paid 14,016.40€ to 64 ticketholders as the top five finishers went off at 6.4, 72, 12, 10 and 99/1 respectively. The Q+ pool was 3,045,459€ and total handle on the race exceeded 6,456,000€. The winner was Alinea (9g Baccarat du Pont) reined by Charles J. Bigeon, for trainer Christian Bigeon, to his 18th lifetime win in 92 starts. Alinea Thomas H. Hicks  

John Calabrese kept the ball rolling with a win at Cesena. For sure for the affable John it was his first on the soil of his ancestors. this harness racing win, coupled with his smile, brought him many female admirers, especially when they somehow heard that he owned five racetracks in the USA. In the next event though the Italians scored a 1-4 placing over a really slow half pulled off by an Italian wall built up front mirroring those built in ancient times. They could have waited no longer to spoil our fun but took the cruelest path to deflate the American plans for a victory party. It did not matter though because the Americans were treated so royally well that if they had been beaten by 100 instead of by a mere six points. Truthfully the Americans were the big winners. With the care the Americans received from their hosts and friends, Stefano, Rafaello, Roberto Piergiovanni, and Daniele Ortello from amateur clubs from Venezia, Tuscano and Emiglia Romano ( Cesena), we certainly came out on top. Two more days until home for the USA team and all the baggage will be jam packed and brimming over with fond memories of the good times and our friends, both old and new. Coming next on the NAADA schedule will be friends from Torino arriving on US soiled in August. Their mission to compete and win some amateur races and see the famed Hambletonian. As Danile Orsini said we need to keep ties between our countries, as Italy and America have a lot in common, like between Phillip Mazzei and Thomas Jefferson. We must keep the game going at home and with our old Italian friends abroad. Italian horsemen have a great spirit in keeping the game going when you learn that purse money is delayed by six or more months. Yet these dedicated people come to Lexington and Harrisburg and they proudly displayed their Chapter Sevens, Donato's, Trixtons, and talked of the many others when displaying them. The American industry, as well as the global industry owes these people a lot. Bona note Bella Italia for now and benvenuti from USA to our guests coming from Torino.. by Joseph Faraldo

After two days on the beach under wispy clouds and 90 + degree heat the USA harness racing team was scooted off to the Padovanella Hippodromo in Padova Italy.   There USA team members Joe Faraldo and Alan Schwartz duked it out down the lane of this historic half mile track. When the dust and shouting was over Joe Faraldo emerged victorious. For Joe it was a return to the place where he got his 1st pari-mutuel win many years ago. Alan took the place dough and the Americans were on top.   In the next event Alan dropped his longshot into the two hole and though shuffled back a bit emerged on the top of the lane to garner yet another second. As a result the USA team had 64 points to Italy's 40. Truly rewarding but as Yogi Berra use to say: "it ain't over till it's over."are e Italians have 4 more races to close the gap and try to surge a comeback which they are very capable of doing. The cherry on top of the cake for team USA was seeing our dear friend Mauritzio Biasuzzi and his lovely wife Marinella and competing and chatting with the former World Champion amateur driver who has nearly 1,000 wins.   The competition moves on to Montecatini then Cesena Thursday and Friday.   by Joseph Faraldo

June 30, 2019 - Sunday’s GP Citta’ di Napoli (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Napoli Agnano racecourse saw an impressive harness racing performance by the 1.13.9kr timed Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) reined by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. He took the lead after 400 meters and maintained advantage throughout. Johan Sjoestrand owns the winner of 230,146€. Al Capone Stecca (3m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar-Ganymede) was second, handled by G.P. Minnucci, and Alrajah One (3m Maharajah-Mariu’-Varenne) took third with Enrico Bellei up. The companion GP Citta’ di Napoli Filly (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.3kr timed Audrey Effe (3f Up And Quick-Simphony Effe-Going Kronos) reined by Andrea Farolfi. She held off second finishing Alouette and Amber Prad (3f Timoko-Sinead Prad-Love You) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. Audrey Effe The prior day trotting action was at Roma Capannelle. The four year old mares contested the Pr. Antonio Carena (purse 88,000€, 1640 meters autostart) with pacesetting Zabriskie OK (4f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip) holding on for the victory timed in 1.12.3kr. Roberto Vecchione teamed the Holger Ehlert trainee to her eighth win in 14 outings for 160,524€ earned. The threatening Zaniah Bi was a dq (finished second) for a brief miscue in the lane. That enabled Zima Jet (4f Igor Font-Rebecca Lag-Supergill) to be second and placed third was Zuid Afrika Jbay (4f Nad Al Sheba-Il Faut Le Faire-Kaisy Dream). Zabriskie OK, (inside) The companion for four year olds males was the Pr. Tino Triossi (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.11.3kr timed (a new record) winner was the very impressive Zacon Gio (4m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM-Yankee Glide) reined by Vecchione for trainer Ehlert. Zacon BI had defeated Face Time Bourbon in his previous endeavor. Zaccaria Bar (4m Ready Cash-Filanda-Lindy Lane) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and Zefiro d’Ete (4m Mago d’Amore-Isotta Fraschini-Angus Hall) took the third spot. Zacon Gio Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2019 - Sunday’s 9th leg of the Trophee Vert series was the harness racing Grand Prix BVS held at Sable-Sur-Sarthe. 18 trotteurs contested this 2800 meter distance handicap events for a total purse of 45,000€. The 1.16.8kr timed victory went to Derby du Dollar (6m Rodrigo Jet-Magalie du Dollar) that overcame a 25 meter handicap teamed by Matthieu Abrivard. Sylvain Roger trains the eight time career winner in 35 starts for owner Thierry Coupireau. His career earnings advanced to 233,070€. Baladin Hongrois (8g Bon Conseil) overcame a 50 meter handicap to be second for trainer/driver Arnaud Desmottes. Berry Felin (8m Nahar de Beval) was third for Gilles Delacour, this one handicapped 25 meters. Braquo, Ali de Saint Marc, Citizen Kane and Absolut Perfect completed the top seven and earned checks. Click on this link for Replay The next leg of the Trophee Vert is July 14 at Royan-la-Palmyre. Thomas H. Hicks  

On a beautiful day at Kincsem Park (Budapest) this afternoon was held the 105 th edition of the Hungarian Trotting Derby and a host of other harness racing stakes events.   The big race today was the 105 th edition of the Magyar Ugeto Derby (purse 10,000,000Huf, 2500 meters autostart, four year olds, 12 starters).   The 1.18kr timed victory went to 12/1 Zsenoz (4f SJs Photo- Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) that was bred by Kabala Menes Kft. Mitja Slavic teamed the winner.   Zapato (4m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) was a game front end performer and held second with Imre Fazekas aboard for trainer Csaba Lakatos.   Third Was Zotta (4m Naglo-Gazza Jet-Supergill) with Veljko Mazsity up and Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) took fourth for Lakatos. Earlier, the Daniel Bisbac Memorial (purse 600,000aHuf, 1900 meters autostart) began the higher level action with a victory on the wire for 3.7/1 Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) clocked in 1.16.6kr. Veljko Mazsity teamed the winner to the narror win over Hennrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship) with Csaba Lakatos aboard and Lago d’Amore (5m Mago d’Amore) piloted by Mitja Slavic. Unique Vil (6m Conway Hall) was fourth for Roland Balogh. Timoteo There were two division of the Grof Esterhazy Miklos Moris Memorial, each for a purse of 1,800,000Huf and each raced over 1800 meters autostart. The open division for three year olds went to 1.18.9kr timed and 3.4/1 Aurum Ville (3g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands).  Gyorgy Horvath teamed the Imre Fazekas trainee to the win for Silver & Black Racing. Second was Aronville (3g Calypso Capar-Saraville- What A Man) that had the lead early in the lane but yielded to his rival on the line. Imre Fazekas trains and reined Aronville. Aronville Third was Sabath Black AT (3m Amiral Sund-Simb Lorikeet-Pearsall Hanover) with Csaba Lakatos up. The battle of the five and six year olds under the same race name saw 11/1 Ujrazz! (6m Maximus Lindy- Gyorsulj!-Witsends Speedy) score timed in 1.15.7kr for trainer/driver Laszlo Koloizsi. Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) was second for reinsman Veljko Mazsity and Urzulina (6f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) took the third spot with Csaba Lakatos aboard. This competitive event saw the winner gain the lead mid-stretch and gamely hold off her main rivals at the line. Ujrazz Veteran aged trotters then battled in the Jozsef Sinka Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.15kr clocked victory went to 3.7/1 Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) with Imre Fazekas at the lines for Prolongo Trading and trainer Joszef Rutkai. Aileron won for third time in five 2019 starts at Kincsem Park. Time To Say Goodbye (7m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was a game second ahead of Alexander UR (5g Infinitif-Hoily TRFoily Fau-Egon Lavec) with Csaba Lakatos driving for trainer Rutkai. The Rutkai/Prolongo team sent out four of the eight starters in this fast class event. On the non-betting early races the two year old qualifiers continued. The impressive Coumba (3f Ready Express-Namibia-Varenne) scored timed in 1.22.4kr for traier Rutkai and pilot Imre Fazekas. This filly is by the recently retired International star Readly Express and was bred in by Menhammar Stuteri AB (Stockholm). She is worth consideration when the two year old racing begins.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 29, 2019 - Today’s Enghien harness racing action featured the Quinte+ Prix du Roussillon (purse 48,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters). Conrad Lugauer was back in the winner’s circle with his trainee winner, 28/1 Calvin Borel (9g Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan), a horse he also owns, timed in 1.12.4kr. Lugauer won yesterday at Vincennes with Norton Commander. Calvin Borel now has life earnings of 249,476€. 3/1 Calou Renardiere (7g Lets Go Along) took second for Eric Raffin and 7.4/1 Crescendis (7f Querido de Blary) was home third with J.F. Senet the trainer/driver. 21/1 Vasterbo Grosbois and 18/1 Beloit Royal completed the top five. That set up an exact order Q+ payoff of 74,782.40€ for seven winning 2€ ticket holders. The Q+ pool today was 3,848,175€ and the total wagered on the race exceeded 8,172,000€. On the card was also the Prix de l’Observatoire (purse 52,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) that drew a fine field. The quick timed 1.10.9kr winner was 2.8/1 Violetto Jet (5m From Above-Nocciolara Jet) with Franck Nivard the pilot for trainer Philippe Billard. Violetto Jet The 23,400€ first money improved the winner’s career earnings to 141,492€. The 1.6/1 favorite Ghazi BR (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip) was second with trainer Jean Michel Bazire aboard. 10/1 Docteur d’Erable (6g Ganymede) was third for David Thomain ahead of 3.6/1 Hambo Transs R (5g Love You) and 19/1 Ursa Caf (6m Toss Out). Thomas H. Hicks  

June 29, 2019 - Aetnos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will If A Woman-Muscles Yankee) rallied late for a nose victory in the E3 Final at Eskilstuna, a harness racing Gr. I International event. Race timed was 1.11.8kr for the winner that now has a 3-1-4 slate in nine career starts. Orjan Kihlstom teamed the winner to this record performance for trainer Jerry Riordan and the Snyder-Aetnos ownership. First prize was 1,000,000SEK in this 2140 meters autostart contest. Aetnos Kronos trailed sixth for much of the way before making a three-wide surge on the backstretch of the second lap. Off at 3.7/1 he wore down the 4.8/1 odds leader Bythebook (3g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Third went to 44/1 Zola Key (3g Zola Boko-Jennie J-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop up. Thomas H. Hicks  

In 2015 the Finnish breeder Saku Mikkola bought the mare Captivation in foal to Muscle Mass at the mixed sale in Harrisburg for $3,500. Back in Finland Captivation foaled a filly, who was called Mascate Match. She has turned out to be perhaps the best 3-year-old filly in Scandinavia so far. Saturday afternoon (June 29) Mascate Match easily won the filly division in the E3 final at Eskilstuna with a purse for the winner of $107,500. Trainer/driver Pekka Kopri controlled the race every step and Mascate Match was an easy winner of the 1-5/16 mile event in 1:56.2f (mile rate). This was her eight start and seventh win. The colt division went faster; in fact, the winner Aetos Kronos trotted to a world record. Aetos Kronos, sired by top French trotter Bold Eagle  and driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, fought bravely to beat the leader Bythebook (sired by Googoo Gaagaa) with Erik Adielsson to win in 1:55.3f (mile rate). While the mile rate is the same, as reported when Aetos Kronos won at Solvalla on May 26, in Europe records are measured by an average of 1,000 meters and Aetos Kronos lowered his own record from 1.11.9 to 1.11.8. Aetos Kronos is trained by Jerry Riordan and is the richest 3-year-old in Sweden so far with winnings of $270,000. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

June 28, 2019 - Today’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing featured Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (monte, 2850 meters, 90,000€ purse, European starters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 9/10 favorite Clegs des Champs (7g Kegs du Cloc-Prosepine) with David Thomain in the irons. Thierry Raffegeau trains the J.Y. Roze owned gelding that won for the 16th time in 30 career starts. His life earnings are now 680,580€. 15/1 Vertige de Chenu (10g Lynx de Bellouet) was second with Eric Raffin up for trainer J.M. Baudouin. 37/1 Al Capone Jet (9g Jag de Bellouet) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois, 7.6/1 Daida de Vandell and 61/1 Baron du Goutier completed the top five. On the undercard was the Quinte+ Prix Eva (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) that went to 32/1 Vipera Killer G (5f Varenne-Uakland) in rein to Eric Raffin. Vincent Lacroix trains the winner for Scuderia Fioredigio. This mare now has career earnings of 105,398€. 5.6/1 Zoe Grif Italia (4f Ready Cash-One Dream Grif) rallied for second with J-M Bazire her pilot and trainer. 2.9/1 Hillary Queen (5f Quick Wood) took third for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 4.8/1 Feerie Wood and 19/1 Voyage d’Amour rounded out the exact order top five that paid 49,019.60€ to seven holders of winning 2€ Quinte+ tickets. The Q+ pool was 3,437,733€ and 7,060,000€ was wagered on the race (all betting options). Vipera Killer Also on today’s card was the Prix Nemausa (purse 45,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) and the 1.1/1 favorite Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button) was victorious, teamed with trainer Conrad Lugauer. This 1.10.9kr timed winner increased his life earnings to 105,219€ with the victory. 18/1 Emphasis Turbo (5m Jet Fortuna) was second for Franck Nivard and 36/1 Fakir de Mahey (4m Reve de Baylev) was third with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. 8.5/1 Inspector Bros finished eighth and 2.9/1 Follow Me was sixth in the competitive field. Norton Commander Thomas H. Hicks  

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