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Excellent trotting at Paris-Vincennes this Tuesday evening was highlighted by a Groupe II and two Groupe III harness racing contests. The Gr. II Prix Ville de Cherbourg (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven starters) saw 2.3/1 second choice and 7.4/1 Ducato Bourbon disqualified for breaks, enabling 7/10 favorite Django Riff to hold on for a narrow victory. This three year-old colt by Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine was handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire, clocked in 1.13.5kr. 25/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) rallied for second reined by J.L.Cl Dersoir. The Joel Hallais trainee is Ecurie Rib owned. 20/1 Del Piero de Lou (3m Sam Bourbon-Lola de Lou) was third for Alexandre Abrovard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner is named after long-past jazz guitar legend Jean “Django” Reinhardt, the Belgian born leader of the French Gypsy culture and, with violinist Stephane Grappelli, coleader of the legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France. Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took the Gr. III Prix Ville de Graignes (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) at 1.8/1 odds for Eric Raffin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Eurocolor SRL of Italy. The 1.14.1kr timed winner bested fast closing Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Yves Boireau and Jean-Pierre Dubois. Third went to 9/10 favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) with J-M Bazire driving. Italy also scored when 4.1/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took the Gr. III Prix Ville d’Argentan timed in 1.14.3kr for driver Christophe Martens and owner Ecurie Bivans SRL. 8.3/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was a just short rallying second for Oscar Raffin, driver/trainer, and Norwegian owner K.O. Molander. 59/1 outsider Theodor Grif (4m Varenne-Eva di Jesolo) held third on the pegs for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and Italy’s Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS. Bohemian Rhapsody took the monte Prix Ville Mont Saint-Michel (purse €50,000, 2200 meters, nine starters, apprentice jockeys) this evening timed in 1.15.4kr for Th. Dromigny. The five year-old Angus Hall mare from Bahama is trained by Thomas Levesque for Pierre Levesque, owner. 4.7/1 Belmis des Tours was second for Nils Pacha. Monte action also was highlighted in the Prix Ville de Lisieux (purse €60,000, 2200 meters, 10 monte starters) and 7/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool du Caux-La Carella) scored in 1.13.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. Trainer Joel van Eeckhaute owned this winner that bested 1.7/1 Cigate Castelets with Eric Raffin in the irons and 10/1 Candie d’Atout with Matthieu Abrivard up. The Anders Lindqvist co-owned (with Peter Gerry of the US’ Arden Homestead Stable) and trained Angel Dark (6g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) took this evening’s Prix Ville de Vire for amateur drivers (purse €14,000. 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr at 3.3/1 odds for Mlle. Evelina Mansson. Angel Darlk recorded his eighth career win in 41 starts for earnings of €97,670. 3/2 favorite Univers du Croq was second for Sebastien Leboutique and 14/1 Vivoli ended third with Pascal-Maurice Allais driving, It was also fitting that at Yonkers Raceway NY an Arden Homestead (Gerry family) trotter Doubleday (son of Crazed) took the Prix Boulevard Saint Michel (purse €29,117, 2011 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.13.64kr for teamster Jason Bartlett. This Marcus Melander trainee is also co-owned by Jan Johnson and Holly Lane Stud East., and scored at 10.8/1 odds on the PMU network as this race began wagering pools comingling of the Yonkers signal. The day’s FR action also included the Prix Marisol (purse €34,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Hyeres that 4.4/1 Un Roi d’Atout (8g Ganymede-Gunillla) won in 1.16.4kr for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. At Nantes the Prix du Tertre (purse €26,000, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to 4.7/1 winner Vivien Peo (7g Neutron du Cebe-Maria Carnaval) timed in 1.15.4. Both were Pick5 wagering events. Thomas H Hicks

Three final 2016 Elitloppet additions to the harness racing field occurred on the weekend (Billie de Montfort, Mosaique Face and Royal Fighter) and Sunday the elimination draws took place as shown below: Elitlopp (Sunday May 29) Elim  1 - 1.609 meters 1. Oasis Bi - Johnny Takter - S.P.Pettersson 2. Resolve - Åke Svanstedt - Å.Svanstedt 3. Propulsion - Örjan Kihlström - D.Redén 4. Timoko - Björn Goop - R.Westerink 5. Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini - L.Kolgjini 6. Volstead - Stefan Melander - S.Melander 7. Your Highness - Franck Nivard - F.Souloy 8. Voltigeur de Myrt - Gab. Gelormini - R.Donati Elim 2 2 - 1.609 meters 1. Royal Fighter - Jennifer Tillman - P.K.Eriksson 2. Nuncio - Örjan Kihlström - S.Melander 3. On Track Piraten - Johnny Takter - H.R.Strömberg 4. Un Mec d'Heripre - Jos Verbeeck - F.Souloy 5. Call Me Keeper - Franck Nivard - D.Redén 6. B.B.S.Sugarlight - Peter Untersteiner - F.Solberg 7. Magic Tonight - Erik Adielsson - R.Walmann 8. Billie de Montfort - David Thomain - S.Guarato The draws also took place for Saturday’s featured Sweden Cup. Sweden Cup (Saturday May 28) Elim 1 - 1.609 meters 1. Probo O.P. - Edoardo Moni - Edoardo Moni 2. Brilliantissime - Gabriele Gelormini - Phillippe Allaire 3. Dante Boko - Lutfi Kolgjini - Lutfi Kolgjini 4. Gigant Slugger - Jeppe Juel - Peter Jensen 5. Tano Bork - Christian Lindhardt - Christian Lindhardt 6. Boys Going In - Johan Untersteiner - Johan Untersteiner 7. Nothing But Class - Peter Untersteiner - Peter Untersteiner Elim 2 - 1.609 meters 1. Luckycharm Hanover - Örjan Kihlström - Daniel Redén 2. Opulent Yankee - Åke Svanstedt - Julie Miller 3. Rosemary Gar - Mario Jr Minopoli - Salvatore Minopoli 4. Reven D'Amour - Yannick Gingras - Fredrik B Larsson 5. Magiccarpetride US - Erik Adielsson - Anders Pedersen 6. Pascià Lest - Björn Goop - Fabrice Souloy 7. Global Money - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh Elim 3 - 1.609 meters 1. As Dore - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh 2. Quid Pro Quo - Erik Adielsson - Svante Båth 3. Quick Fix - Adrian Kolgjini - Lutfi Kolgjini 4. Anna Mix - Pierre Vercruysse - Franck Leblanc 5. Royal Ice - Torbjörn Jansson - Frode Hamre 6. Ringostarr Treb - Wilhelm Paal - Holger Ehlert 7. Tycoon Conway Hall - Steen Juul - Steen Juul The Elite race is expected to match Nuncio and Timoko in a final, assuming they survive competitive eliminations. Timoko with Bjorn Goop up starts from post four in elim 1 against Oasis Bi (Johnny Takter) from post one, Resolve (Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren) from post two, Propulsion (Orjan Kihlstrom) from post three and Your Highness (Franck Nivard) from post seven. The next elim has favored Nuncio (Orjan Kihlstrom) from two post against prime adversaries Un Mec d’Heripre (Jos Verbeeck) from post four and Royal Fighter (Jennifer Tillman) from the rail. Saturday’s Sweden Cup is always a fan and wagering friendly event that has three elims led by last year’s winner Ringostarr Treb (Wim Paal) against others worth watching such as Andy Miller’s USA trainee Opulent Yankee (Ake Svanstedt), part owned by Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural, Pasia’Lest, Anna Mix and Tycoon Conway Hall. Thomas H. Hicks

The long 1,950-metre harness racing track at Caen, Normandy, was the theatre for the very first qualifying session for the 2-yo. crop, on Friday 20th May. 57 colts and fillies qualified out of 78 presented (73%) on the 2,000-metre course which they had to trot in 1'21''5 k/r minimum. The fastest of the session was an incredible Esko de Rebomard (Extreme Aunou) who trotted 1'16''5 k/r-- an all-time record at this age and at this time of the year! Sebastien Guarato qualified two impressive colts: Eturn Money (1'16''9), a nephew of Return Money and of the good Cristal Money; and Eridan (1'17''1) by Ready Cash and a mare by Coktail Jet. Next session will be on Friday, May 27, at Caen. Mark Kentell

Stefan Melander’s Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) took today’s 1640 meter autostart HKH Prins Daniel V75 Gold (400,000SEK to the winner) clocked in 1.09.8kr (1:52.31 mile rate). Melander drove the 4.8/1 odds third choice and earned an Elitloppet invitation as a result of the win, his 13th in a career that also shows six seconds in 30 starts for earnings of 2,937,250SEK. Volstead was bred in the US by Arden Homestead Stable. 1.1/1 Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baine) was second today for Erik Adielsson, ahead of 13/1 Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. 8/1 Mosaique Face with Lutfi Kolgjini up and 12/1 Food Money reined by Jennifer Tillman ended fourth and fifth with Magic Tonight sixth for Orjan Kihlstom and Cool Keeper seventh. Today’s HKH Prins Daniels resulted in the winner Volstead and Magic Tonight to be added to the Elitloppet lineup. The group named so far follows: Magic Tonight Volstead Call Me Keeper On Track Piraten BBS Sugarlight Nuncio Voltigeur de Myrt Resolve Propulsion Un Mec d’Heripre Oasis Bi Your Highness Timoko The Elite race is shaping up to be competitive and interesting to see Nuncio and Timoko do battle. Thomas H. Hicks  

Akido (6g Love You-Isba) took tonight’s Quinte+ Prix St. Sauveur at Vincennes with harness racing trainer Franck Nivard up. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. The purse was €72,000 and 14 Europeans contested the event over 2700 meters with the winner timed in 1.13.7kr. 12/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was second for Matthieu Abrivard with 6/1 Duke of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) third for driver Hugo Langeweg Jr, and trainer Peter J. Strooper. On the same evening card the 3/2 favorite Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) took the €55,000 purse Prix Dejanira (2700 meters, 12 starters) clocked in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Pierre Levesque is the owner. 9/1 Belline d’Urzy (5f Otgello Pierji-Querida d;Urzy was next with Franck Ouvrie up and 11/1 Action du Chatelet (6f Opium-Olvera du Chatelet was third. Thursday’s  (May 19) Lyon-Parilly feature was the Prix de Dax (purse €28,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) and 5.7/1 odds Bonheur d’Occagnes scored timed in 1.15.2kr for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.P. Micholet. This five year-old son of Diamant Gede-Onaka defeated 6/1 Bolde Major (5m Hulk des Champs-Nuit de France). At Chartres the Prix Opal Chartres for a €35,000 purse (2800 meters, 16 starters, Pick5) went to the 1.6/1 favorite Victoire de Levres (7f LOntzac-Eve Linu) with Franck Nivard piloting. Timed in 1.13.7kr this winner bested 11/1 Tikuor de Beylev (9f Sancho Panca-Jasmine du But) with Vh. Dreux aboard. Third was 28/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France). Also at Chartres was the monte Prix Chartrexpo (purse €23,000, 2800 meters, 15 European participants). Eric Raffin rode 25/1 Toscan de Carel (9g Ipsun de Mormal-Kiwadatta) to the 1.14.9kr victory for owner/trainer Mlle. M-A Goetz. 11/1 Alezane d’Urzy (6f Oiseau de Feux-Jepes) was second ahead of 10/1 Voiseau Smiling (7g Oiseau de Feux-Milady d’Ombree). On Wednesday May 18 there was interesting trotting action at Solvalla and Jagersro. 1.9/1 My Gliding Angel (6f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) won a mares event worth 80,000SEK to the winner as Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner to a 1.13.2kr score over 2140 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop trains this one that defeated 4/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) that Ulf Ohlsson teamed for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Flight Plan (3f Scarlet Knight-Dana di Ala-Supergill) took at three year-old filly event that earned her 40,000SEK first money. Owner/trainer/driver was Stefan Melander in this 2140 meter autostart contest that was off at 3.9/1. 10/1 Rio Rita Face (3f Joke Face-Musclesonbroadway-Muscles Yankee) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Liljendahl. The race was clocked in 1.15.7kr. Also at Solvalla an 80,000SEK first money event for four year-old mares went to 3/10 favorite Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden, The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr and recorded her first 2016 win in her second start. Wild Honey’s career slate is 18-8-0 in 30 outings. Salmo Silvio (4f Ken Warkentin-Almo Silvio-Copiad) was second for  driver Magnus Jakobsson.  Shortly thereafter a 60,000SEK first money race went to Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson and trainer Melander, off at 13.5/1 amd timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart. Nato Dream increased his career earnings to 1,822,085SEK. 4/1 Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) was second for driver Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. At Jagersro a 70,000SEK first prize test over 1640 meters autostart went to even-money favorite Royal Fighter (8m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman up for trainer Per K. Eriksson. The Per Rodent and Christina Nilsson owned veteran scored in 1.10.1kr to defeat 2.3/1 Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) and trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. Stand and Deliver was third for Birger Jorgensen ahead of Harry Haythrow, Kash’s Cantab and Rod Stewart. The winner scored career victory 15 in 70 starts for earnings of 2,564,500SEK. He’s been 1-2-3 in the last six starts and raced barefoot in this one and certainly seeks an Elitloppet invitation. Elitloppet 2016 Prep Video: Thomas H. Hicks

The Philippe Allaire trained, Elisabeth Allaire owner Bird Parker rallied late and drew away for an easy harness racing score in today’s Quinte+ Ducs du Normandie (Gr. II, purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 15 starters) at Caen. The J-Ph Monclin teamed winner was timed in a sharp 1.11.2kr to prevail by five lengths at 9.6/1 odds. 3.8/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) made much of the pace and held for second driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie d’Heripre. 6.4/1 Tiego d’Etang (9m Chaillot-Harolene) was third for Ch.J. Bigeon, trainer Christian Bigeon and owner F.L. Adam. 25/1 Swedishman was fourth for Thierry Duvaldestin with fifth to Moving On reined by Bjorn Goop. Sierra Leone and Very Nice Marceaux, also an Allaire trainee, rounded out the top seven check earners. Univers de Pan was a non-starter, Uhlan de Val was a miscue dq and heavily backed Lionel, the even-money favorite, and Billie de Montfort were unplaced. Reportedly the “Jazzman” Bird Parker (Charlie Parker, a legendary jazz stalwart) will travel to Solvalla to contest the Harpers Hanover on Elitlopped weekend. Un Mec d’Heripre was an earlier Elite Race accepted invitee. Eleven horses have been accepted in Sweden’s top race at month end: Elitloppet Entrants at May 18 (11 of 16 positions filled) are listed below: Call Me Keeper On Track Piraten BBS Sugarlight Nuncio Voltigeur de Myrt Resolve Propulson Un Mec d’Heripre Oasis Bi Your Highness Timoko Call Me Keeper, trained by Daniel Reden, is the most recent to enter the field. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s excellent Caen program included the Prix Georges Dreux (purse €43,000, 2450 meters, 18 European starters)  and it resulted in a harness racing battle to the line with 20/1 Raul Breed (6m Yankee Slide-Flamma d’Asolo) prevailing for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Az. Agr. Purlari SRL of Italy. 1.6/1 favorite Astre d’Eglefin (6g Orlando Sport-Quoline Turgot) held second for A.G. Maillard, also the trainer. 11/1 Arlequine d’EWm (6f Nahar de Beval-Quarina Rose) rallied for third with Tony Le Beller aboard for trainer J.P. Allix. The race winner stopped the timer at 1.15kr.                                                                                       3a corsa - 14:50 - PRIX GEORGES DREUX - € 43.000 Course B - Attelé - 2 450m - Pour 6 et 7 ans, n'ayant pas gagné 260.000. - Recul de 25 m. à 127.000. 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.   n° Cheval     S A distance Driver Entraîneur Réd. km Alloc. € 1° 11 RAUL BREED M 6 2450 M. Abrivard J. Lindqvist 15.0 19.350 2° 6 ASTRE D'EGLEFIN H 6 " A.g. Maillard A.g. Maillard 15.1 10.750 3° 8 ARLEQUINE D'EM F 6 " T. Le Beller J.p. Allix 15.2 6.020 4° 12 ANOTHER M 6 " C.a. Mary C.a. Mary 15.2 3.440 5° 4 VERSO DE MADE H 7 " P. Vercruysse J.m. Souici 15.2 2.150 6° 7 AMEDEO DE JELMA H 6 " A. Garandeau A. Garandeau 15.3 860 7° 5 ALGUE D'OCCAGNES F 6 " F. Nivard A. Ripoll Rigo 15.4 430 8° 3 VALETTA STRIX F 6 " D. Pieters L. Kolgjini 15.5   9° 17 ALPINE DU RIB F 6 2475 C. Hallais-dersoir J. Hallais 14.8   0 2 VENISE QUESNOT F 7 2450 F. Anne F. Blandin     0 9 VIVA WELL F 7 " S. Tribourdeau A. Wilderbeek     0 10 ARIANE GYR F 6 " G. Delacour A. Le Brun     0 13 AUZIO DU CAUX H 6 " J.l.c. Dersoir J.l.c. Dersoir     0 15 VEGAS D'AMOS H 7 2475 G. Blandin F. Blandin     0 16 VALTO DES LANDIERS H 7 " D. Cheradame D. Cheradame     0 18 ACTION PARTAGE F 6 " P. Levesque T. Levesque     DA 14 VIKING AMERICA H 7 2450 D. Locqueneux L. Kolgjini     CV NP ALIENOR DE ROCHE F 6 " A. Lenoir A. Lenoir         Replay: 4.8/1 odds  Amour Fou (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) won the monte Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse 60,000, 2450 meters, 14 European monte starters) timed in 1.13.8kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 9/10 favorite Ulka des Champs (8f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) was second for Eric Raffin and third went to 9/1 Ultra Or (8g Orlando Vici-Petra du Chese) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie AB Trot. Well-regarded fourth place finisher was Tischendorf Pad. The Prix Hubert Hardy (purse €35,000, 2200 meters autostart, 16 national starters) went to a sharp 1.12.8kr winning, 11/1 odds Bise du Coglais (5f Prince gede-Kiss Me du Coglais) with owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire teaming. 9/1 Belle de Cerpi (5f Prodigious-Pink Lady) held second for Francois Lagadeuc and 38/1 Belly Dance (5f Prodigous-Doina) rallied to be third for Julian Dubois, Ecurie Etoile and trainer Jean-Philippe Dubois. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Caen harness racing monte feature was the Saint Leger des Trotteurs (Gr. I monte, purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 13 starters) and another impressive victory it was for 3/2 odds favorite Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and jockey Joann Lebourgeois, timed in 1.14.2kr. 8.6/1 Diva Charentaise (3f Prince Gede-Jessie Charentaise) took second for Francois Lagadeuc ahead of 12/1 Dragon du Fresne (3m Saphir Castelets-Rosee des Bois) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Replay: Allaire posted another owner/trainer victory late in the Caen card as an impressive winner was Direct Way (3m Quaker Jet-Queen Flore), off at 1.9/1 odds for driver David Thomain. This Allaire trainee (he developed Ready Cash) scored in 1.15.9kr in the Prix de la Touques (purse €38,000, 2200 meters autostart, 10 entrants) Another monte contest was the Prix Henri Balliere, a Gr. II event. The Prix Henri Balliere (purse €120,000, 2450 meters, 15 starters) went to an easy winner, as owner-Pierre Barjon’s Chanceliere Citrus (4f Goetmals Wood-Noblesse du Corta) scored for Alexandre Abrivard timed in 1.12.7kr at 5.1/1 odds. This L.Cl. Abrivard trainee bested 1.6/1 Clegs des Champs (4m Legs du Clas-Proserpine) with Damien Bonne up for Thierry Raffegeau. Third went to 5.9/1 Cocktail Meslois (4m Roc Meslois-Ocarina Meslpoise) with Franck Nivard up for Pierre Belloche. Thomas H. Hicks

2/1 odds Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-LaBelle Lady-Conway Hall)  rallied from the back to sweep past for a half-length victory in the Gr. I UET Masters Series 2016 Broline Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund, the 2011 meter autostart contest was timed in 1,11,5kr by the Bjorn Goop reined, Fabrice Souloy trained winner. This special V75 day harness racing feature rewarded the winner with 375,000DKK. Total purse in euros was €100,500. 12/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) raced gallantly on the front for Erik Adielsson and trainer Dan Widegren and was second ahead of Spains 8/1 Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic), reined by Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou, that raced on the outer throughout, first without cover and later covered by El Mago Pellini that gained the death seat and held for fifth. Gigant Slugger was fourth after a ground saving journey on the pegs from post one. US import Solvato finished tenth. Your Highness was a previously accepted Elitloppet 2016 invite and there are now eight others on the roster including On Track Piraten, Nuncio, Voltigeur de Myrt, Resolve, Propulsion, Un Mer d’Heripre, Oasis Bi, and Timoko. Also on the card was the Aringseliten for 150,000DKK and contested over 2000 meters autostart. The 1.12.6kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Vincent Lacroix. 28/1 DD’s Hitman (5m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Petri Puro.  2.7/1 second choice Je d’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Mauror-Sugarcane Hanover) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Thomas H. Hicks

6/1 odds Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candella-Armbro Goal) won today’s Konung Gustaf W:s Pokal (928,830SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International) clocked in 1.12.7kr and driven by Peter Untersteiner, also the trainer. Italy’s 34/1 Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) landed second for Enrico Bellei with third to 35/1 Payas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) with Johnny Taker driving. US import Uncle Lasse was unplaced. The fillies battled in the Gr. I International Drottning Silvia’s Pokal also for a winner’s prize of 928,830SEK. 2.3/1 second wagering choice Princess Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Mansia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) scored the victory timed in 1.13.1kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. 44/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comets Tail) took second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to 2.1/1 favorite Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. This one is USA/Canada owned by Jeffrey Snyder and David Goodrow. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s trotting excellence continued at Paris-Vincennes with three groupe contests and a quality harness racing undercard. The featured Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, a Gr. III event for monte specialists over 2700 meters, saw a field of ten vying for the €120,000 purse. 30/1 Tornado Bello (9m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) recorded a narrow rallying victory for Camille Levesque timed in 1.12.8kr. The Thomas Levesque trainee bested 3/10 favorite Scarlet Turgot (10f Dahir de Prelong-Noella de Massy) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons. This gallant mare is trained by Yannick Alain Briand for Mme. Th. Hoste, the owner. 22/1 Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) garnered the third spot for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. The opener for monte practitioners was the Prix de Rennes (purse €45,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) and 17/1 More Caviar (6m Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse) earned the win for P-Y Verna, trainer Arnold J. Mollema and Draviet Stable of Holland. 20/1 Urzo du Cap Vert (8g Sancho Panca-Jalna Grandchamp) was second for trainer/jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir with 29/1 Ubac (8g Lynx de Bellouet-Kazaria du Val) third on the pegs for Franck Nivard. The Q+ this day was the Prix Jean Gabin (purse €64,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 1.4/1 favorite Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) prevailed with the 1.13.5kr score driven by Jean-Philippe Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 6/1 Veritable Crack (7g Little Crack-Vavale Somolli) was second for Christophe Martens ahead of 74/1 Team Job (9g Buvetier d’Aunou-Just Love-Coktail Jet) for teamster Pierre Vercruysse, 16/1 Ulf du Noyer and 32/1 Venus de Bailly were next across the line. Uza Josselyn (5m L’As de Viretaute-Hada), the 3/5 favorite with trainer J-M Bazire driving, took the Gr. III Prix du Perreux (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters). Timed in 1.12.4kr Uza Josselyn is owned by Yvan Bernard and scored by a length. 33/1 Styaro Haly (5m Make It Happen-Irene Bi) took second for Christophe Martens with 7/1 El Catwalk (5f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena) third for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The fourth and fifth finishers were 5/1 Montdore (6m Love You-Self Made Woman) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and 14/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) for driver Tony LeBeller and trainer Bergh. The Gr. II Prix du Gatinais (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to the 7/10 odds favorite, 1.13.3kr clocked, Viking Va Bene (6m Rite On Line-Itiana du Mont) with Franck Nivard driving. This Fabrice Souloy trainee defeated stablemate Indigious (7m Prodigious-Indication) and Eric Raffin, this one off at 7.1/ 83/1 outsider Seduisant Fonteau (10m Gazouillis-Elisalde) was third for Ch. Dreux. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Aby (SWE) harness racing program was a dandy V75 led by the Gold Division Algot Scotts Minne over 1609 meters autostart with 150,000SEK to the winner. The 1.10.1kr clocked winner was veteran 2.6/1 odds On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) with Johnny Takter driving for H.A. Stromberg. On Track Piraten now shows 26 wins in 84 career starts for 10,504,211SEK earned. 5.6/1 Nahar was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin. 2.6/1 Papagayo E (6f Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomoli) landed third for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Repay Merci (8m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News) and trainer/driver Knud Monster at 28/1 and 31/1 Reven d’Amour (11m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop teaming. The card’s Silver Division for 125,000SEK to the winner over 2650 meters volt start, went to 3.1/1 Sir Ratzeputz (8m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) for Bjorn Goop and clocked in 1.13.6kr. The Euro Classic Next Year,  for 75,000SEK to the winner, resulted in a 1.14.3kr victory for 6/1 R0binia Face (3f Joke Face-Lady Pine-Pine Chip). Erik Adielsson piloted the Lutfi Kolgjini trainee in this 2140 meter autostart event. The program also included the Solvato’s Mares for four year-olds with the winner earning 50,000SEK. The 1.13.9kr winner was 25/1 Ninepoints Gaagaa (4f Steinlager-Ninepoints Kelly-Scarlet Knight) with Jorgen Westholm aboard in this 2140 meter autostart race. 17/1 Ldees Maggiesbest (4f Explosive Matter-Ldees Maggie-Conway Hall) earned second for Stefan Soderkvist and trainer Petri Puro, ahead of another outsider 19/1 Bear Glide (6f Angus Hall-Yankee Drummer-Yankee Glide) and driver Bjorn Goop. Elitloppet 2016 accepted invites to date are: Voltiguer de Myrt Nuncio Resolve Propulsion Un Mer d’Heripre Oasis Bi Your Highness Timoko Remaining prep tests are the May 15 Copenhagen Cup, and the May 21 Prins Daniels. Thomas H. Hicks

May 13 at Paris-Vincennes saw a fine evening program of trotting action led by the €55,000 purse Prix Leo over 2100 meters autostart. 18 European harness racing registrants faced the starter. The 1.11kr clocked (mile rate 1:54.24) impressive winner was 18.6/1 Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Orika Lep) with Matthieu Abrivard up for owner Stall Torpet HB. 6/1 Tell Me No Lies (7g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) was second for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and KLV Holding AB. Third went to the rallying 73/1 Pick Kronos (7m Cantab Hall-Crown Kronos) with J-Ph Monclin up for trainer Souloy and Getin E. Ele SRL. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €10 million. May 12 action at Meslay du Maine featured the Pick5 Prix Jacques Paillard for €30,000 over 2875 meters. 16 European registrants contested with the 1.14.4kr timed win to even-money choice Apollon de Kacy (6m Prince Gede-Nefertiti Kids) with Gabriel Gelormini up for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm. 18/1 Pike River (9g Likeable River-Ocala As) landed second for reinsman Antoine Wiels, trainer Marku Vartainen and By The River Stable of Finland, ahead of 11/1 Vanetta d’Azur (7f Lejacque d’Houlbec-Nerminetta de Line) and driver Arnaud Desmottes. May 10 at Paris-Vincennes showcased the Gr. II Prix Fama over 2700 meters for a purse of €66,000. 1.7/1 favorite Deesse Port (3f Uniclove-Mania Port) recorded the 1.16.3kr victory for owner/trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. 38/1 Dista Love (3f Royal Dream-Usita Love) was second for Pierre Levesque in the blanket finish with the top four close at the line. Mike Lenders trains Dista Love, that nosed out 6.4/1 Daylight Jet (3f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) driven/trained by Pierre Vercruysse for Jean-Etienne Dubois Sunday a major event in Europe is the Gr. I International 2016 Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund Denmark. The 2011 meter autostart classic drew ten starters for the purse of €100,500. From this contest could come more Elitloppet invites. The field is shown below: (pp, horse, age/sex, driver/trainer, distance, last five outs, career earnings in euros) 1 Gigant Slugger     H 9 Jeppe. Juel P. Jensen 2011 0a1a2a1a4a 225 349 € 2 Spring Erom     M 11 Erik. Adielsson D. Widegren 2011 4a3a2a2a1a 654 551 € 3 Trebol     M 9 G.A. Pou Pou G.A. Pou Pou 2011 5aDa7a1a7a(1 557 862 € 4 Solvato     M 7 Stefan. Soderkvist A. Zukanovic 2011 1a0aDa(15)6a 644 368 € 5 Dreams Take Time     M 7 Peter. Untersteiner P. Untersteiner 2011 5a2a0a1a2a 504 525 € 6 Princess Grif     F 7 Orjan. Kihlstrom F. Souloy 2011 3a2a2a1a(15) 784 591 € 7 El Mago Pellini     M 7 Adrian. Kolgjini L. Kolgjini 2011 1a2mDa5mDa(1 624 600 € 8 Your Highness     F 7 Bjorn. Goop F. Souloy 2011 1a1a1a1a1a1a 711 038 € 9 Obi-Wan     H 10 Flemming. Jensen F. Jensen 2011 0a2a6a0a(15) 343 232 € 10 Opitergium     M 8 Robert. Bergh R. Bergh 2011 7a1a2a1a 231 215 € Thomas H. Hicks

Jerry Riordan’s trainee Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) won today’s harness racing 60 Dagar Kvar (60,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, five starters) at Halmstad with Johnny Takter driving. The Italian registered trotter is owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli and was breed by Agr. Biasuzzi. Twister Bi was clocked in 1.095kr (mile rate 1:51.83) that was the fastest European timing this year when made, and now has a 12-3-1 slate in 27 career outings for earnings of 673,221SEK. Off as the 1.45/1 favorite he defeated Flash Haleryd (by Conway Hall) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up and Aron the Baron with Christopher Eriksson teaming for Tomas Malmqvist and Panamera Racing Ltd. Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) won Solvalla’s Kat 1 on the V64 Wednesday harness racing program over 1640 meters autostart with 100,000SEK to the winner. Owner/trainer Stefan Melander was again at the lines as the 2/5 odds favorite scored timed in 1.10.3kr (mile rate 1:53.11). 7/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) was second for Daniel Reden ahead of third finishing 3/1 Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. Food Money and I Saw You were fourth and fifth.  Nuncio, bred by Russell C. Williams of Hanover, PA USA, now has a 30-12-1 slate in 44 career outings for 18,472,726SEK earned. Today’s victory was his sixth straight and 12th in the last 13 starts since being 2-3 in the 2015 Elitloppet. Nuncio scored on April 27 timed in 1.09.9kr (1:52.47), his best of the year. The Elitloppet accepted invites now include Nuncio, Timoko, Your Highness, Oasis Bi, Un med d’Heripre, Propulsion, Resolve and Voltigeur de Myrt.. Thomas H. Hicks  

Sunday’s Grand Prix SVA Jean Roze at Vitre saw 18 starters in the €45,000 purse, 3225 meters event on the turf. 5.9/1 Uniflosa Bella (8f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede) earned the win timed in 1.16.2kr for Antoine Wiels driving for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. 57/1 Uni de Travouille (8g If Only-Unika du Septel) was a solid second for owner/trainer/driver J, Dubreil with third  to 82/1 Tresor des hayes (9g Islero de Bellouet-Eluka) with driver/trainer/owner M.G. Baroy in the sulky. Ah Quel Micha (6m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phase) won the May 6th Prix Bettina at Paris-Vincennes, the Q+ race of the day. The purse was €48,000 in this 2100 meters autostart event with 18 European entrants. Jean-Philippe Dubois teamed the winner for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, clocked in 1.11.7kr. 99/1 Yankee’s Photo (8m SJ’s Photo-Yankee Tracer) was second for Franck Ouvrie with a strong stretch kick for Norway’s Bjorn Gulbrunsen. 9.5/1 Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valuta Lavec) held the third spot for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Catello Savarese and Scuderia Stecca STR. 2.6/1` Ah Mon Idylle (6f Meaulnes du Corta-Idylle du Bouquet) eas foruth for Matthieu Mottier ahead of 9.3/1 Namale Kronos )9g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for owner Stall Courant AB. On May 7 action at Orebro SWE was excellent also. The Gr. Orebro International  Stayerlopp over 3140 meters distance handicapped (400,000SEK to the winner) went to Mellby Viking (8m Viking Kronos-Naumi de Lou-Extreme Dream) for driver Jorman Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. This one overcame a 40 meter penalty to score in 1.13.4kr at 2.2/1 odds. 48/1 Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haven-Supergill) was next for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, also penalized 40 meters, and third was 20 meter handicapped 62/1 odds Coco de Vie (5f Chocolatier-Bliss-Angus Hall) for reinsman Torbjorn Jansson. The winner was making his initial 2016 start and the victory was his third straight and 10th lifetime in 33 outings. The same card’s Prix Glauke (purse €48,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 entrants) went to 1.13.2kr timed, 1.6/1 odds Classic Way (4m Prodigious-Pole Position) driven by Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains this one for Pierre Pilarski. 6.8/1 Cerenzo Turbo (4m Ganymede-Poesie de Vigne) ended second with a strong rally for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. 4.7/`1 Calin de Glassnet (4m Orlando Vici-Mallory de Glasnet) was third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux. The programs’ V75 Gold Division for 150,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meter autostart contest went to 1.1/1 Allaballakaitoz 98G Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up, timed in a sharp 1.11.1kr. 33/1 Kash’s Cantab (8m Cantab Hall-O’Cala Kash-Overcomer) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with third erned by 114/1 Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) with Per Lennartsson driving for Stefan Lemander. Spring Erom, Cool Keeper and Smilin Eli were next across the line with Magic Tonight and Quid Pro Quo unplaced. Mares contested the Enoch Karlssons Lopp for 100,000SEK forst prize over the 2100 meter autostart course. 2.7/1 Bethel Hanover (6f Donato Hanover-Beignet Hanover-Malabar Man) scored in 1.12.6kr for driver Johynny Takter and trainer Per Hedberg. 20/1 Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hann-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. 7/10 favporite Windy Ways (6f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) landed third for Erik Adielsson and treainer Daniel Reden. Finally the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2100 meters autostart) on the fine card went to 9/2 odds Global Patriot (6m Dream Vacation-I Dream The Dream-Victory Dream) and trainer/driver Magnus Jakobsson. He  bested 9/1 Al’s Winnermede (5m Olimede-Memory-Supergill) for trainer/driver Svante Ericsson. 1.1/1 favorite Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) garnered the third spot with Jorma Kontio up for Timo Nurmos. Timos also trains fourth finishing Sir Ratzeputz 96m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) that Goop teamed at 8/1 odds. Thomas H. Hicks

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