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The impressive Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed By The Sand-Western Terror) took his elimination and the final of today’s Sprintermastaren held at Halmstad in Sweden. Reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden/Stall Zet, the winner took his elimination (150,000SEK first money, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) timed in 1.10.5kr. He was off at 1.28/1 odds and defeated 3.8/1 Click Bail (4m Cantab Hall-Fun At Parties-Lindy Lane) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Stefan Melander. 40.3/1 Vasterbo Lexington (4m Muscle Mass-Temple Street-Coktail Jet) took third for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Don Fanucci Zet In the finale that was race 14 on the card (1,200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, Gr. I International) Don Fanucci Zet  was an impressive 1.09.6kr clocked winner (mile rate 1:51.99) for the Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall Zet team after a three wide battle to the top on the backstretch of lap two. The pair of wins today improved his 2020 card to six wins in eight starts for 2,641,000SEK in seasonal earnings. For the career he now sports 10 wins in 14 appearances for 2,813,000SEK. He was off at 1.82/1 and bested 14.1/1 Guzz Mearas (4m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kromos-Viking Kronos) that Johan Untersteiner handled. 11.8/1 Click Bait (4m Cantab Hall-Fun At Parties-Lindy Lane) was third for Bjorn Goop and 80.7/1 Osteric (4m Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Herehecomes-Muscles Yankee) was fourth for C. J. Jepson and trainer Helena Burman.  Finale race replay Don Fanucci Zet in Finale   In the other elims it was 2.4/1 Guzz Mearas (4m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos-Viking Kronos) that took race eight timed in 1.10.8kr with trainer Johan Untersteiner up. 3.8/1 Upset Face (4m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) was seconmd for Adrian Kolgjini. Third was 2.7/1 Osteric for Erik Adielsson. This elim winner earned 150,000SEK for his work. Guzz Mearas The other elim was race seven and 2.4/1 Bythebook (4g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) scored in 1.10.7kr for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. 2/1 Green Manalishi (4m Muscle Hill-Naja Morich-Enjoy Lavec) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Stefan Melander. 10/1 Usain Toll (4g Googoo Gaagaa-Cotton Waste-Smok’n Lantern) was third for Wim Paal. Bythebook Recent (2015-2019) winners of this classic race have been Tau Kwon Deo, Perfect Spirit, Diamanten, Uncle Lasse and Nuncio. Program link below: On the undercard was the Gr. II International Stosprintarn Final (800,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) with that victory to 10.8/1 Grande Diva Sisu (4f Ready Cash-Super Model-Daguet Rapide) for Per Nordstrom. She defeated 1.9/1 Golden Tricks (4f Trixton-Golden Goose-SJs Photo) for the Kihlstom/Reden/Zet team and 24.4/1 Galant Sisu (4f Muscle Hill-Donatomesswithme-Donato Hanover) with Bjorn Goop up.    Grande Diva Sisu   The Emin Finale (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to 3.9/1 Racing Brodda (5f Prodigious-Ronda Brick-Super Arnie) for Rikard N, Skoglund. 5.2/1 Zaniah Bi (5f Equinox Bi) and 17.6/1 Rebella Matters (5f Explosve Matter). Early on the program was the Euro Classic Next Year (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 2.1/1 Elegant Ima (3m Maharajah-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored handled by Magnus Teien Gundersen. ATG, Halmstad Travet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took the Gr. I Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli at Roma Capannelle (purse 180,180€, 2100 meters autostart, four-year olds and up) clocked in 1.13.9kr. This Alessandro Gocciadoro trained and reined campaigner sat the pocket and rallied to a close victory in the lane over pacesetter Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glide Font SM-Yankee Glide) with Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert. Third was the Ehlert trainee Sharon Gar (9f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Gar) handled by VP Dell-Annunnziata. Replay           Vivid Wise As On the same June 29 Capannelle card was the Gr. I Grad Premio Tino Triossi (purse 180,180€, 2100 meters autostart, 2100 meters autostart, four year old females) and 1.12.5kr timed Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK-Varenne) scored for Andrea Guzzinati. Four lengths back was Alrajah One (4m Maharajah-Mariu!-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei up and third was Arnas Cam (4f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne) for Santo Mollo. The Pr Flamingo OK (purse 13,200€, 1600 meters autostart) at Torino saw Vernissage Grif (6m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) score in a quick 1.09.4kr (mile rate 1:51.66) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. He defeated Showmar and Vanvitelli. The winners’ pedigree follows. Gaet files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Gu d’Heripre (4m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) was an impressive winner this day at Paris-Vincennes in the Gr. II Prix Phaeton (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, four-year old males). Off at 1.6/1 odds the 1.13.4kr timed winner was teamed with Franck Nivard by trainer Philippe Billard for Ecurie d’Heripre. This was his ninth career victory now for 326,000€ earned. 2.2/1 Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) was second for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer R.C. Larue. 14/1 Girolamo (4m Uriel Speed-Seduction d’Anama) took third for pilot Franck Ouvrie and the Sylvain Roger/Noel Lolic team. Gu d’Heripre The Q+ Prix Paul Leguerney (Gr. II, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, four year old females) was next up and victory went to 3.2/1 Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) clocked in 1.13.1kr and in rein to Mathieu Mottier. Sebastien Guarato trains this winner for owner Sebastien Dewulf. She earned her ninth career victory and raised her career earnings to 457,650€.  The 7/1 Gemme de Busset (4f Brillantissime-Ovelinotte d’Ylea) and reinsman David Thomain was second with third to 14/1 Goulette (4f Up And Quick-Talida du Vivier) teamed with Franck Nivard. Green Grass The Quinte+ payoff was 30,996.80€ and the Q+ pool was 2,802,119€. Ahead on the weekend is the re-emergence of Cleangame in a Gr. II event at Vichy. His chief rivals are likely his JMB stablemates Bel Avis and Dreambreaker. See below. 19:15 C1 - GRAND PRIX DU CONSEIL MUNICIPAL 90 000€  - July 4 at Vichy Groupe II - Attelé - 2950m Course Internationale Pour 4 à 10 ans inclus. - Recul de 25 m. à 450.000. Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses (en étant titulaire d'une autorisation de monter à titre professionnel). A race previously missed was Best Of Bourbon (9g Ready Cash-Herba Bourbon) in the monte Prix de Coulombs at Caen (purse 24,000€, 2450 meters distance handicap). In this race he overcame a 25-meter handicap to win in record time of 1.12.1kr over 2475 meters. Morgane Blot was the winning jockey for trainer Vincent Jurry. He was off at 126/1 odds and secured his 12th career win now for 211,950€ earned. LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The four Margaretas Tidiga divisions were raced at Solvalla and they produced interesting and well-bred winners. Each division for three and four year olds, separated by age, colts and fillies, had a first prize of 300,000SEK and the distance of each division was 2140 meters autostart. The three-year old colt division saw 1.1/1 Hell Bent For AM (3m Muscle Hill-Nalda Nof-Supergill) score in 1.14.3kr with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard for trainer Stefan Melander. 8.4/1 Hector Sisu (3g Zola Boko) was next for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Petri Salmela. Third went to 13.9/1 Hulker Sisu (3m Readly Express) for pilot Magnus Djuse and trainer Jerry Riordan. The three-year old fillies group went to the 1.14.5kr timed and 8.5/1 odds Aperfectttric (3f Aperfectyankee-Tricolore-Viking Kronos) reined by trainer Jim Oscarsson. 17.5/1 outsider Clockwork (3f Zola Boko) was second for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Juakim Elfring. 29.9/1 Chiffchoff (3f From Above) was third with Erik Adielsson at the lines for trainer Ola Samuelsson. American Hill (4f Muscle Hill-Americandream AT-Extreme Dream) captured the four-year olds mares division of the Margaretas, at 2.2/1 odds and clocked in 1.13.2kr. Trainer Conrad Lugauer teamed the winner that defeated 6.5/1 La Plus Belle (4f Muscle Hill) driven by Ulf Eriksson. Third was 94/1 Strangerinthenight (4f Ready Cash) for Rikard N. Skoglund. Gowestyoungman (4g Jacose-Out Of The Game-Muscles Yankee) took the four-year old male division clocked in 1.12.9kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined this Stefan Pettersson trainee that was off at 5.1/1 odds. 32/1 Stonecapes Superb (4g Ready Cash-Nesmile Will-Defo d’Aunou) took second for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. His 25/1 stablemate, Mr. Marvelous (4g Ready Cash-Alohadoodle-Credit Winner), was third with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Liljendahl. On the same card was the 100,000SEK first prize Hartagarna Sommarpris raced over 1640 meters autostart. The fast 1.10.9kr clocked winner was 9/1 Hill Street (5g Muscle Hill-Think Twice) with trainer Daniel Reden aboard. 4.8/1 Alone (5m Maharajah) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Pasi Aikio and 10.7/1 Grainfield Aiden (6g Andover Hall) took third for trainer/driver Hannu Korpi. ATG, files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The 4.6/1 odds Doctuer d’Erable (7g Ganymede-Rue d’Erable) took today’s Prix du Roussillon at Enghien-Soisy (purse 44,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 14 starters) clocked in 1.13.6kr with David Thomain at the lines.  J.P. Thoman trains this one for Ecurie du Haras d’Erable. The winner scored for the sixth time in 27 starts. 13/1 Divine de Navary (7f Memphis du Rib) took second for Alexandre Abrivard and third was 102/1 outsider Dreamer des Chenu (7g Timoko). The even money favorite Goofy Greenwood was fourth and 109/1 Panoramic was fifth. Docteur d’Erable Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Paul Delanoe (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, monte, 2850 meters) went to 1.12.5kr timed Boss de Meuluc (9g Lucky Blue-Rafale di Meleuc) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for owner/trainer Y.A. Briand. This was his 21st career victory that increased his career earnings to 855,600€. The 5.3/1 CabanErable Prior (8g Sancho Panca-Fita Prior) was a good second for jockey Aurelien Desmarres and owner/trainer Sylvain Demarres. Third was the 3/2 favorite Etoile de Bruyere (6f Kenor de Cosse) for Adrian Lamy and trainer Charles Dreux. Boss de Meuluc LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) took the first heat and was second in heat two, for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal, to be the best in summary winner of the Dr. Jozsef Vecsekloy Memorial (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart each heat) Saturday at Kincsem Park. Zseneroz (5f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) won heat two in 1.19.1kr and was second in summary for pilot Andor Angyal. Third in summary was Ujrazz! (7m Maximus Lindy-Gyorsulji) that was third in both heats for reinsman Laszlo Kolozsi. Vital RG, shown below, took heat one in 1.16.7kr at 2.8/1 odds over 7.4/1 Villam Ville (6g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands), with Goran Zolnaji aboard, and 4/1 Ujrazz!.   Vital RG      Zseneroz, shown below, took heat two timed in 1.19.1 and at 4.1/1 odds as he held off the charginf first heat winner Vital RG that was 2/1. Ujrazz! was a game third.   Zseneroz   About the story of the day, SJs Photo (Photo Maker-Sassy Jane-Kawartha Mon Ami) was a great racehorse in the US and Internationally for his developer and driver David Wade. This reporter vividly remember seeing him win at the Pinehurst matinee trotting under 2:00 on their sand half mile track. He then went to Europe where he won the Copenhagen Cup and Finlandia AJO. He bred numerous offspring in many countries especially in the US, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Norway.       One of those greats was SJs Caviar (SJs Photo-Spawning-TV Yankee) that so far has produced 1,829 registered foals and many champions and he is 22 years young. He was developed, trained and reined in the US by Bob Blanton.     These great horses were probably defined as horses of the poor man, but, they made people a lot of many and brought many smiles to their connections. Thanks for SJs Photo and SJs Caviar.   Kincsem Park and Blodbanken files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

June 27, 2020 - Today’s Gr. I International Kymi Grand Prix (UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters with the scratch of Racing Mange) at Kouvola Finland, went to Vitruvio (6m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Xebu) reined by harness raqcing trainer Bjorn Goop for Scuderia Pink and Black Srl. He was timed in 1.11.6kr and was on the front fairly early taking the lead for then leading stablemate Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet) and reinsman Pierre Vercruysse that ended third. Vitruvio, off at 1.3/1 on the PMU network, won for first time in 2020 from five starts and he now sports 18 career wins in 47 starts for 1,355,820€ earned. Second went to stalking Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) that was a shork neck short for Christoffer Eriksson. Fourth home was Handsome Brad (7m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M-Red Xing). Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers) was fifth for Jos Verbeeck after racing on the outer throughout and sixth was Antonio Tabac (8m Crazed) that was blocked on the pegs after first being in the pocked. Vitruvio Replay Thomas H. Hicks  

For the fourth consecutive year the Osarus Trot – Haras des Rouges Terres sale will take place at Haras des Rouges Terres in Saint Léonard des Parcs (Normandy, France) and will take place on August 28. Following the same format as in previous years, approximately one hundred horses, mainly “in training”, will be offered for sale by the famous French Baudron-Dubois family during a lunch-sale which is staged at the stables of Louis Baudron. The sale will be broadcast live on the Osarus Trot website at Since its creation in 2017, the sale has produced a great number of winners on the track such as FIASCHETTO 1’13m, winner of the Gr.3 Prix Dido and placed second in the Gr.2 Prix Félicien Gauvreau, GRAND ART 1’12, winner and placed several times at group level at Vincennes and Enghien and who took a fourth place in the Gr.3 Prix Camilla at the end of May, Good Friday 1’13, winner of 6 races, Dream 1’13, winner of 7 races and 150.000 € since he was purchased in 2018, Fame Music 1’13 winner of 6 races including 3 in Paris, Hotika Blue 1’15 (winner at Vincennes last winter) or recent winners Hotel Mystic, top price of the 2019 edition, and Gabella, impressive winner at the beginning of June at Argentan.  Osarus Trot – Haras des Rouges Terres sale Contact : rnaud Angeliaume +33 (0) 6 07 57 06 00 / Marie Le Roux

June 23, 2020 -With Paris-Vincennes and Enghien now open to host its own harness racing programs, there are a number of Groupe races on the schedule through July 4 These top level races are worth our attention: Vincennes June 26 – Gr. III Prix Paul Delanie (purse 75,000€, monte, 2850 meters European eligibles); Vincennes June 30 – Gr. II Prix Paul Leguerney (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds); Vincennes June 30 – Gr. II Prix Phaeton (purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, four year olds); Enghien July 4 – Gr. III Prix de Berlin (purse 60,000€, 2875 meters, three year olds)   Thomas H. Hicks  

Halmstad hosted yesterday the Stosprintern 2020 eliminations, each raced over 1609 meters autostart and each providing 100,000SEK to the four elim winners.   The top 10 elim harness racing performers are now on the stage for the big ticket final with these horse shown below. The four elims generated the following results. Elim 1 went to 1.6/1 Golden Tricks (4f Trixton-Golden Goose-SJs Photo) for the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden team, her second 2020 victory in four starts. Waiting Hill Hall (4f Muscle Hill-Captivating As-Conway Hall) for Steen Juul and Global Anarchy (4f SJs Caviar-Celebrity Tribute-Yankee Glide) for Joakim Lovgren completed the top three.   Elim 2 saw 4.2/1 Sashay My Way (4f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) score with Adrian Kolgjini up, her second 2020 win in seven appearances. Grande Diva (4f Ready Cash-Super Model-Daguet Rapide) was next for Per Nordstrom. Boxer Shrimp (4f Yankee Glide-Decapode-Cumin), a Robert Bergh trainee, was third for Kim Eriksson. Sashay My Way Elim 3 had 3/1 Gina Mearas (4f Cantab Hall-Innocent Face-Enjoy Lavec) score for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. Matter of Fact (4f Explosive Matter-Chips N Caviar-SJs Caviar) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was Visual Condition (4f Scarlet Knight-Digital Media-Super Photo Kosmos) for Torbjorn Jansson. Gina Mearas The final Elim 4 went to 24/1 Digital Pro (4f Super Photo Kosmos-So Here I Am-Scarlet Knight) that is trained by Stefan Melander and reined by Torbjorn Jansson. Galant Sisu (4f Muscle Hill-Donatomesswithme-Donato Hanover) took second for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom, ahead of third finishing Sideslip (4f Scarlet Knight-Dots Veronica-Credit Winner) and her pilot Mika Forss. Melander also trains this filly.   ATG, Sulkysport files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

Tae Kwon Deo (5m Muscle Hill-Brigham Dream-Kaisy Dream) took the V75 Gold Kalmarsundspokalen this day at Kalmar (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) clocked in 1.09.6kr. This Deo Volente Farm bred harness racing campaigner, reined by Adrien Kolgjini for Whap Capital, won for the second time in three 2020 starts. He was off at 3.2/1 odds and defeated 4/1 Tycoon Conway Hall (10m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with Flemming Jensen up. Third was 31/1 Monark Newman with Fredrik Persson aboard. Watch the race replay here. On the  card was the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 2.9/1 Zap di Girifalco (5m Dream Vacation-Bea di Girifalco-Waikiki Beach) scored in 1.11.6kr with C.J. Jepson at the lines for trainer Bjorn Goop. Man At Work (7g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) took second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was Pastor Power (6g Pastor Stephen). Island Life (9g Pine Chip) was fourth. Zap di Girifalco Kalmar also hosted the Viola Silas (110,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) with victory to 1.3/1 Double Exposure (7f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. This J&T Silver bred mare posted her third win in four 2020 outings. 5.1/1 Une Etoile Gar (7m Varenne) and Sharp Dream (7m Royal Dream) trailed the winner. ATG, Kalmar files/photos Thomas H. Hicks  

June 23, 2020 - The lineup is set for Saturday June 27 Gr. I UET Masters Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, that includes ten solid harness racing performers including recent important winners, Antonio Tabac (Norrbottens Stora Prix), Handsome Brad (Jamtlands Stora Pris), Moni Viking (Harper Hanovers) and Ble du Gers (Oslo Grand Prix). The speed record is 1.11.0kr set in 2017 by Carabinieri handled by Johan Untersteiner. Last year the winner was Racing Mange in 1.11.7kr with Joakim Lovgren up. Multiple race winners are the Spanish champion Trebol in 2015 and 2016 and Commander Crowe in 2009 and 2012. Kymi Grand Prix 2,100 meter autostart 1) Moni Viking – Pierre Vercruysse 2) Ble du Gers – Jos Verbeeck 3) Vitruvio – Björn Goop 4) Makethemark – Santtu Raitala 5) Handsome Brad – Carl Johan Jepson 6) Whole Lotta Love – Philippe Daugeard 7) Antonio Tabac – Olli Koivunen 8) Racing Mange – Joakim Lövgren 9) Cokstile – Christoffer Eriksson 10) Chief Orlando – Antti Teivainen Förstapris: drygt en miljon kronor Thomas H. Hicks  

June 21, 2020 - Prix du President de la Republique (Gr. I, monte, purse 170,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters all four year olds) completed the Groupe I harness racing action this day and what a race it was. The 53/1 odds upsetter was Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetus de Vaujours) for jockey Mathieu Mottier, trainer Gilles Curens and owner Augustin Radu. She was clocked in 1.12.5kr off steady fractions to score her third victory in 18 starts, now for 249,670€ in career earnings. She defeated the even money favorite Guide Moi Forgan (4m Neutron du Cebe-Trajane) that was reined by jockey Christopher Corbineau for trainer Pascal Castel. The 6.5/1 Grace de Fael (4f Sam Bourbon) took third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 34/1 Gainsborough and 29/1 Galilea Money completed the top five.   Gladys des Plaines Groupe tests continued with the Prix de Grasse (Gr. III, 70,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters European) and the 9/10 favorite Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) prevailed timed in 1.13.0kr for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Vitale Ciotola and Scuderia Fioredigio. The victory raised her life earnings to 261,848€. 14/1 Filou d’Auvergnier (5m Real de Lou) was second with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 5.6/1 Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) took third for owner/trainer/driver Cedrik Megissier. 18/1 Fun Quick (5m Carpe Diem) was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Maik Esper and Ecurie Quick Star. ​Vipera Killer Gar   The great racing of the day ended with the Prix de Nesles (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart) where the 15/1 Altea de Piencourt (10f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Moonlight Isques) scored in a quick 1.10.4kr, her 14th career victory and it pushed her life earnings to 273,580€. Junior Guelpa reined and trains this winner. 5.1/1 odds Brindor (9g Mage de la Merite) took second money for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer David Alexandre, ahead of 8.3/1 Bonheur de Nay (9g Hasting) with Franck Nivard up. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Prix Raymond Fouard (Gr. III, purse 70.000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) saw 17/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) score for reinsman David Thoman, harness racing trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Michel Tessier. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr off even fractions and the victory raised his career earnings to 243,450€. The was the first of three groupe wins this day for trainer Philippe Allaire. The 8/10 favorite Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer R.C. Larue and Ecurie de Windcut. 3/1 odds Girolamo (4m Uriel Speed) took third for pilot Franck Ouvrie.  Golden Bridge   Next up was the Prix d’Essai (Gr. I Monte, purse 145,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters three year olds) and Allaire’s owned and trained Hudson Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Bielsa Vedaquaise) was victorious for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois at 3.1/1 odds. This J.P. Guay bred colt won for the fourth time in nine starts now for 132,930€ earned. Race time was 1.12.6kr off very fast early fractions (the mark with 1000 meter remaining was 1.08.9kr). 25/1 Hera Landia (3f Ludo de Castelle) was a narrowly edged second for P.Ph. Ploquin and owner/trainer Ph. Girmault after setting the wicked pace. 26/1 Hispanien (3m Magniificent Rodney) was third for Anthony Barrier with 75/1 Hook Up Absolute finishing fourth. Hudson Vedaquais Allaire won his third of the day in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr. I, purse 145,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) as 8/10 favorite Helgafell (3f Charly du Noyer-Baania) scored timed in 1.13.7kr off rated fractions. Eric Raffin teamed this one for Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Helgafell has now won eight times in 11 outings good for 311,400€ in life earnings. 10/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) was up late for second reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Jean Miche Bazire. Third was the Jean Pierre Dubois owned and reined Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) that was off at 10/1 and coming in off four straight wins. He raced well. 25/1 Hokkaito Jiel (3m Brillantissime) and 76/1 Hakim Griff (3m Brillantissime) completed the first five to the line.   Helgafell LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Today the exceptional 2020 Prox d’Amerique winner Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) scored at Vincennes in the Prix Rene Balliere (Gr. I Intermational UET Masters, purse 145,000€, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.09.4kr (mile race 1:51.66) for pilot Bjorn Goop, harness racing trainer Sebastiem Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. He was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. Face Time, off at 5/10 odds,  took the lead from  Enino de Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) and first leading Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and took it all the way in the fast fractions (1:06.4kr with 1500 meters remaining; 1.08.2kr at the 1000 to go mark; 1,10kr with 500 meter remaining). He was tested with over 1000 meters remaining by first up and 62/1 Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet-Defi d’Aunou) who maintained the pressure all the way, falling a length and a half back at the line, with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard for Ecurie Hunter Valley. This one, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois, won the GP l’Uet in 2017. Third home was 9/1 Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. 33/1 Valokaja Hindo and 49/1 Bahia Quesnot completd the top five. 4.6/1 Enino de Pommereux and 7.7/1 Bold Eagle finished sixth and seventh. Watch the replay click here. Face Time Bourbon Face Time Bourbon won for the 21st time in 25 career starts now for 1,716,300€ for this five year old that today set a speed record for the distance. In comparison, as the great Ready Cash, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois and trained by Sebastien Guarato, likely is winding down his racing career at age nine,  has 46 victories in 73 starts for 4,980,467€ earned.   LeTrot, Vincennes files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

June 20, 2020 - Longines (6 Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) took today’s featured Mount DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.3kr with a gate to wire journey engineered by harness racing driver Gyorgy Horvath. Imre Fazekas trains Longines that now has a 16-2-0 slate in 18 career starts. Unika Vik (7f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was second for Goran Zolnaji and Urzulina (7f Maximus Lindy) took third reined by Tibor Hajnal. Longines by four lengths Gyorgy Horvath Earlier pilot Andrea Fazekas won a pair, first with Tifany V (3f Oceano d’Elite-Tweety V) clocked in 1.19.6kr and then with Lingot AT (5n Jasmin d’Odyssee-Likviditus-Gills Victory) in 1.19.7kr. Quite a day for the Fazekas/Horvath family team. Kincsem Park June 20 Program link follows”   Thomas H. Hicks    

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