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October 23, 2016 - Sunday’s Breeders Course Two Year-Old Finale was held at Wolvega with victory to FR-bred Ethien du Vivier (2m Sancho Turgot-Nomiva du Vivier-Hand du Vivier) with Wim Pal up for Swedish harness racing trainer Tomas Malmqvist. The field covered 1609 meters autostart with the winning time 1.14.6kr. Ethien du Vivier earned €35,000 first money for the two length victory after securing the front at the half-way point. Another Malmqvist trainee, Flying Fortuna (2m Muscles Yankee-Nakita Fortuna-Kameraadi) was second (her fifth dam Desira Hanover) and Italy’s Volturina Jet (2f Ken Warkentin-Eterea-Indro Park) was third for V.P. Dell’Annunziata.   BREEDERS COURSE FINALE Draverij van meet voor tweejarige paarden.  23-10-16, Wolvega  Drafsport - 1609 mtr - Autostart     nr. Paard Tijd Prijs     Rijder Afstand COTE start nr 1 Ethien du Vivier 1.14,6 € 35.000     W. Paal 1609 9,5 7     2 Flying Fortuna 1.14,8 € 16.500     H. Ebbinge 1609 5,4 6       3 Volturina Jet 1.15,0 € 7.500     V.P. Dell'Annunziata 1609 4,3 4       4 Tiger Hill Diamant 1.15,2 € 5.000     R. Bakker 1609 2,6 5       5 Staro Litchi 1.15,6 € 2.500     E. Bot 1609 91,5 9       6 Exquisite Sisu 1.15,6 € 3.500     P. Nordström 1609 57,2 10       A Happy Steel   € 0     D.P. Tesselaar 1609 9,4 2       A Speedy Face   € 0     A. Bakker 1609 53,4 8       A Saranda Face   € 0     L. Kolgjini 1609 8,3 1         Thomas H. Hicks    

October 24, 2016 - 8.9/1 Amour de la Vie (6g Diamant Gede-La Vie Est Belle) won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Pomarez (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters) at Enghien, racing barefoot and reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for harness racing breeder/trainer Didier Brohier. Timed in 1.15.8kr the winner defeated 9.1/1 Vision Fromentro (7g Ganymede-Princesse Natacha) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for Ecurie Anders Van Dapperen HB and trainer Jorgen Westholm. 45/1 Al Capone (6g Jade Bocain-Carica de Mareuil) landed third for Mathieu Abrivard. Also at Enghien was the Prix du Palais Royal (purse €68,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters) with the win earned by 1.14.8kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Ceylan Dairpet (4g Ouragan de Celland-Rosy MIP). Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the barefoot winner for trainer Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Daidou. 10.4/1 Citizen Kane (4g Orlando Vici-Queen of Viking) was second for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque and trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Third went to 17/1 Colorado Blue (4g Que Je T’aime-Star de Gueron) for Adrian Lamy and trainer Bruno Marie. On Saturday at Romme SWE was the Gold Division American Trot (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart). The 1.11.2kr timed winner was 1.6/1 Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) with Orjan Kihlstrom driving for Stall TZ. Arden Homestead Stable was co-breeder of the winner. 3/1 Coldtown finished second for Jorma Kontio and third was 4/1 Thai Broadway with Bjorn Goop up. French Laundry was unplaced. The winner now has 16 victories in 39 career outings for 3,676,378SEK earned. On the same program was the Charlie Mills Stayer Trot (100,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart). The 1.15.7kr timed winner was 3/1 Tellmeastory (4g Zola Boko-Katydid-Fast Photo) with Veijo Heiskanen driving. 17/1 Picaso Tilly finished second for driver Torbjorn Jansson and Usain Henna was third for Erik Adielsson. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 22, 2016 - Kincsem Park’s superb Saturday program included three harness racing events with purse of 1.5Huf million or more. The Koztarsagagi DIJ (purse 2Huf million, 2400 meters) went to 1.15.5kr timed Romi Mms (6f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB-Self Possessed). The three time winner in her last four starts was reined by Mitja Slavic and trained by Marko Slavic. Recent SWE import Underpaid Hanover (7m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) was second for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Jozsef Rutkai for Prolongo Stable. He had posted 18 wins in 78 starts for earnings over 61Huf million, before arriving in HU, where in recent starts he competed against Tobin Kronos, On Track Piraten, Magic Tonight and Food Money. Amazing Koks (9g Jailhouse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Star L) was third for trainer/driver Lajos Marton Two year-olds contested the Katavesek Nagydija (purse 2Huf million, 1800 meters autostart) with victory to Walking John M (2m Cigar Dan-Dream Broline-Alf Palema) reined and trained by Branislav Mukity of Serbia. Timed in 1.20.3kr the winner bested Vulcano Boy (2m Tony Oaks-Oracle-Lindy Lane) with Tibor Hajnal the driver/trainer. Third went to VAQU EM Q (2m Beissinger Hanover-IQMQ-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. The 1.5Huf million purse Oszi Kanca DIJ was next, raced over 1960 meters and distance handicapped. The 1.19.3kr timed victory went to Urania RG (3f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip). The filly now has three wins in her last five starts for driver Mitja Slavic and trainer Balazs Juhasz. Unreal Boss (3f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) was second for trainer/driver Velska Mazsity and Uzsorasno (3f Maximus Lindy-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) landed the third spot. Veteran fast class performers took part in the Samson DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) scored again (five wins in last six) timed in 1.16.3kr for driver Mitja Slavic and trainer Balazs Juhasz. Time To Say Goodbye (4m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) placed for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Lajor Marton, ahead of Speedy Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands). The undercard this day produced some solid winners too. Trencsen (4m Aata Star L-Epenjes-Witsends Speedy) won the Omnia DIJ (purse 400,000HUf, 1800 meters distance handicap) with trainer Sandor Varga driving. Szilwas (5m Medic Hanover) was second and third went to Sllver Lady (5f Wall Street Banker). The 360,000Huf Cremonia DIJ, raced over 1900 meters autostart, went to the Sandor Varga trained and driven Astrix EVO (4m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell). This young mare is a perfect six wins in six starts in 2016, this victory clocked in 1.17.7kr. Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) was second for Tibor Hajnal, and third was Unique Boy ((3m Racino-Oracle Lindy Lane) with Laszo Orso at the lines. The Matroz Handicap (purse 360,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) early in the program went to Redwood Vita (m Ata Star L-Corsa de Gloria-Indro Park) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Timed in 1.19.3kr this winner bested Opal Lany (8f Happy Bluejay-Batolakodo-Yankee Yankee) with Arpad Lakatos up, and third was Bebops Cassandra (6f Bebop-Topaz Remington-Rosalinds Guy) teamed by Jozsek Karai for trainer Csaba Lakatos. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 21, 2016 - Nelson Nora opened the Friday evening harness racing program at Paris-Vincennes with victory in the Prix Klymene (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) clocked in 1.13kr for Bjorn Goop. Vincent Lacroix trains this five year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee-Lindy’s Holiday that raced barefoot at 5.2/1 odds. 7.2/1 Cedea  Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) took second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. Third was 18/1 Easytowin (5f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way-Koos Van Canstra) with driver/trainer Dion P. Tesselaar up for Holland’s Gerrits Recycling BV, the breeder/owner. Tonight’s Quinte+ Prix le Parisien (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) was won by the 1.12.5kr timed and 3.7/1 odds Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) that raced barefooot for driver Pierre Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and Mme. S, Bruni of Italy. 9.9/1 Vacate Money (7f Prodigious-Making Money) took second for Jean Philippe Dubois, driving for trainer Philippe Moulin and Dubois’ Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 96/1 Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) from Denmark was a rallying third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 17/1 Reine du Zack (6f Zinzan Brooke Tur) was fourth for Marco Smorgon, also trainer, and fifth was 9/2 Avrik de Guez (6g Joker de Ruzoy) for J-M Bazire. The Prix Arethusa (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 14 starters) this evening went to 2.7/1 Diablo Castelets (3m Sam Bourbon-Kandie du Rib) handled by trainer Marco Smorgon for Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS.  Timed in 1.15.1kr the winner bested 7.2/1 Dancing Love (3m Uniclove-Sissi du Caieu) for Bernard Piton, driving for breeder/owner/trainer Jean Paul Piton. Third was 17/1 Daan Veloce (3m Saxo de Vandel-Quayotte) driven by Pierre Vercruysse for breeder/owner Zitaluna BVBA in a blanket finish. The October 21 Vincennes evening test for two year-old fillies was the Prix Aludra (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters). The 1.17kr timed winner was 2.3/1 Epice Turgot (2f Orlando Vici-Kippa Turgot) driven by J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy, the trainer for owner/breeder Mme. Th. Hoste.  The one is now unbeaten in two outings. 25/1 Ecume des Lovanges (2f Gazouillis-Jolie Lily) was second driven by Franck Ouvrie and third was 124/1 Et Si Seulement (2f Goetmals Wood-Si Seulement) with trainer Ronny Kuiper aboard for breeder/owner Ecurie D. October 20 at Enghien was led by the Pick5 Prix de la Porte Brarrion (purse €60,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters) with victory earned by the 1.15.8kr timed and 9/10 favored Baila Sport (5f Jag de Bellouet-Koea Josselyn). Mathieu Abrivard teamed the winner. 67/1 Bettina de Tillard (5f Ouragon de Celland-Rolls de Tillard) took second for Eric Raffin and third was 23/1 Bocsa de Lespi (5f Kepler-Maite Phil) with Dominik Locqueneux up for Scuderia Super Chico SAS and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. October 19 at Salon de Provence was the Q+ Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf for a purse of €90,000 and raced by 16 contestants over 2950 meters. The 1.9/1 favorite Balbir (5g Ganymede-Manzir) scored timed in 1.15.3kr for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy for Ecurie du Vieux Chene.Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner. Second was 31.5/1 Sprint Final (10g And Arifant-Tyron Pellois) with trainer Junior Guelpa aboard, ahead of 3.3/1 Viking Blue (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue) and trainer/driver Yannick A. Briand.4.4/1 Topaze Jef and 23.7/1 Verano du Reynard were fourth and fifth. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 17, 2016 - Today’s €54,000 Prix de Gobelins (2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) Quinte+ event went to 5.4/1 Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Qrika Lep) clocked in 1.12kr. Harness racing driver Mathieu Avrivard reined the winner that is owned by Stall Torpet HB of Sweden. 16/1 Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, ahead of 5.3/1 Opitergium (8m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte) handled for trainer Robert Bergh by Dominik Locqueneux. Stall Courant AB owns Opitergium. 11/1 Xea Venus (8f Charmy Skeeter-Xea Lobell) was fourth for Bjorn Goop and fifth was 13/1 African with Franck Nivard up. The Enghien program also included the Prix du Pont Mirabeau (purse €32,000, 14 two year-olds, 2150 meters autostart) and 5.7/1 Elevation (2f Sam Bourbon-Quick Scarlet) was victorious for driver J-M Bazire, trainer Fabrice Souloy and breeder/owner Ecurie de Tremont. Timed in 1.17.4kr the winner was victorious in her first start in defeat of 56/1 Eclipse du Poret (2f Oinous Madril-Une Pluie du Poret) for A.A. Barassin, the owner/trainer/driver. 9/1 Elsa du Pommereux (2f Coktail Jet-Salsa su Pommereux) took third for Franck Nivard and trainer Sylvain Roger Thomas H. Hicks  

October 15, 2015 - Ivar Sanna (6m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) won Saturday’s Swedish Masters (500,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart), the V75 Gold, clocked in 1.13.3kr. Harness racing driver Jomar Blekkan teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that Happy People Racing AB owns. Ivar Sanna won his fifth straight and 16th career victory in 55 starts for 3,660,431SEK earned. Mosaique Face was second for Adrian Kolgjini with third to Vasterboonthenews with Thomas Uhrberg driving. The winner’s share of the purse is $56,676 in US dollars. The undercard included the Gr II National Mares (500,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and JetSet (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) scored for Peter Untersteiner, also her trainer. Timed in 1.13.7kr JetSet recorded her 13th career win in 44 starts for 2,016,937SEK earned. She has a 4-6-3 slate in 14 starts this year. The V75 Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Finland’s Top Of The World (5g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) clocked in 1.11.3kr for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. He now sports 19 wins in 42 career starts. The Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) this day went to Heartbreaker V.S. (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive-Nevele Pride) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. The 1.13.7kr timed winner now has 15 career wins in 38 starts. The Larlings SM (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Angelica Holm and trainer Robert Bergh. The 2140 meter autostart Euro Classic Next Year (40,000SEK to winner) went to Get Lucky Pellini (3f SJ’s Photo-Hawaiian Sierra-Sierra Kosmos) timed in 1.14.4kr for reinsman Joakim Lovgren. Two monte contests were on the program with the 250,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart, race won by Brasil Boko (8m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) with Jennifer Oscarsson up. The winner was timed in 1.13.4kr and earned his third straight monte victory for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The other monte contest (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to heavily favored Viking Olympic (8g Trophy Catch-Laika H-Earthquake) timed in 1.13.8kr and ridden by Clara Jonasson. The Denmark registered winner record his second straight win. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 15, 2016 - 2/1 Spartakus Ans (5g Cantab Hall-Volganna OK-Lemon Dra) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.9kr for harness racing trainer/driver Sandor Varga. Antioch Arani SRO of Czech Republic owns the winner. 1/5 favorite Sanger MS (6g Victory Dream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. 9/1 Rocket Boy (6g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was home third for veteran trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. The undercard’s Festival DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 9/2 Rafael Bit (6g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami-Keyser Lobell) clocked in 1.18.1kr for driver Zs. Vereb and trainer Sandor Varga. Antioch Arani SRO also owns this winner. The 4/5 favorite Passion Grif (7g Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) landed second for trainer/driver Sandor Varga with third to 5.9/1 Szilvas (5m Medic Hanover-Dios-Yankee Yankee). The Idomero DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.20.1kr timed and 9/2 odds Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) for trainer/driver Yibor Hajnal. Illetmeny Kft and Visnjic Tomislav share ownership of this emerging trotter. 6.3/1 Universal Boy (3m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) was second with Balazs Juhasz at the lines. Third was 13.7/1 Tajfun (4f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for driver Jozsef Kolozsi and trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Thomas H. Hicks  

Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) returned from stallion duty to win today’s harness racing Gr. II Grand Prix du Sud Quest (purse €200,000, 2575 meters autostart, 11 starters) at Agen La Garenne. Bjorn Goop reined the winner for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The Paul Van Klaveren bred veteran recorded his 31st victory in 88 career starts now for €4,236,538 earned. Timed in 1.11.6kr, Timoko was quick to the lead with Dante Boko in the pocket. Brissac, from post 11, came alongside and raced much of the way in the death seat before giving way as Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) rushed forward in the final turn for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. This Christophe Toulorge bred speedster took the lead and held it to the line under heavy urging albeit Timoko re-rallied to a just-beaten second. But, as Timoko closed on the pegs, Bird Parker moved right despite his teamster leaning to the outside, with his right wheel placed under Timoko’s left, impeding his progress and forcing driver Goop inside the pylons. Thus, Bird Parker was a dq placed second. 20.3/1 Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was third for driver/trainer J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. Comte de Bellaige bred this one. Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) was an all out fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was a fast closing fifth for Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. The third through fifth finishers were together timed in 1.11.9kr. Replays follow. The fine Agen program also included the Grand Prix Baron d’Ardeuil (purse €21,000, 2575 meters autostart, 14 European starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory to 35.7/1 Royal Roc (5f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) with Mathieu Abrivard the trainer/driver for Scuderia Sant Eusebio. 32/1 New Approach was second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Bel Avis (5g Ganymede-Alorca Maris) took the €19,000 Prix de l’Agglomeration over the 2625 meters distance, besting nine rivals timed in 1.13.9kr. Bel Avis was off as 2/5 favorite for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner that defeated 9.6/1 Bolero d’Houlbec. The Prix President Dominique de Bellaigue (purse €23,000, 2625 meters, 11 European starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 4/1 odds Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia). Dominik Locqueneux reined this winner for trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. 9.4/1 Unetelle d’Artease (8g Capriccio-Escapade) was second for Franck Nivard and third was 57/1 Univers d’Enfer. On Friday evening at Enghien two year-olds (11) contested the Prix du Pont de la Tournelle (purse €32,000, 2150 meters autostart). The 1.20.5kr timed winner was 1.1/1 Envieux (2m Kaisy Dream-Vista Wood) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois driving for trainer Yves Boireau. Ecurie D bred this one. 7/1 Evariste du Bourg (2m Jasmin de Flore-Saratoga du Bourg) was second for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato and driver Ch. Thierry. 42/1 Etendard Majuro was third. Thomas H. Hicks

October 16, 2016 - Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) took today’s Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen (purse €50,000, 2600 meters autostart, 10 International starters) in Germany, driven for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin by Clement Duvaldestin and clocked in 1.14.7kr. The 9/10 favorite, owned by breeder Gaylor Chaudemanche, started from post six and defeated 6.2/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere)with trainer Philippe Daugeard driving for breeder/owner Jean Claude Robert Lucas. Third was 5.1/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) with J.Cl. Hallais up, he also breeder/owner for trainer J.W. Hallais.. Athos des Elfes and Un Nuage d’Osmoz were next to the line for their reinsman Joseph Verbeeck and Emmanuel Allard. The veteran Swedishman now has 29 wins in 87 starts for earnings of €1,059,155. Thomas H. Hicks

The Gr. I Grand Prix de L’UET (purse €400,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to the 0.5/1 favorite Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) for driver Jorma Kontio, trainer Timo Normos and Brave AB of Sweden. The 1.12kr quick timed winner over the rain soaked harness racing track now has earnings of €799,275. 10.1/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC) was a brave second for Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Brixton Medial. Third was 30.4/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine), also a Reden trainee and handled today by Kenneth Haugstad. 74/1 Nappa Scar (4m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) was fourth for Per Lennartsson and 57/1 Breidablicks Nubbe was fifth for Conrad Lugauer. Cash Gamble (5m Ready Cash-No Way Back) started top class action with a 6.7/1 victory timed in 1.13.4kr in the Quinte+ Prix Bohemia (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters). J-M Bazire teamed the Fabrice Souloy trainee that Norway’s Stall TJ Gamble owns. 30.4/1 Blues d’Ourville (5g Password-Pursuit Of Charm) captured second for Mathieu Mottier ahead of 9.2/1 Super Fez (5m Love You-Lucia FI) for Gabriel Gerlormini and H.E. Bondo training for Italy’s Scuderia Cumana Group SRL. 142/1 Tiger di Poggio (4m Andover Hall-Idole di Poggio) and 35/1 Owen Face (5g Gift Kronos-Muscles Mcnuggets) were fourth and fifth, this pair teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom and Pierre Vercruysse. The Gr. I Championnat Europeen for 3 Year-Olds (purse €100,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to the 0.5/1 impressive favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) for driver Joann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the three-length winner for breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. Timed in 1.14.1kr off modest steady fractions in the pouring rain, Django Riff bested 14.2/1 Phantasm SOA (3m Cromwell-Ulver H) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer A. Lundstrom Wolden and Norwegian owner Gudbrand ALM Skiaker. 23..6/1 Moni Viking (3m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Frode Hamre and Jen Lyng also from Norway. 3.5/1 Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) was fourth for Gabriel Gelormini and 8.6/1 Jerry Mom (3m Ready Cash-Gaziella) was fifth, these two also Allaire trainees. The monte featured Prix Gordonia (purse €82,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) went to 169.2/1 outsider Safari Dream (10g Fai Brillant-Le Memonia) that swept to the front at head stretch, drew off and held on for easy score timed in 1.13.3kr. J-Y Ricard was in the irons foe Ecurie de Rougemont. 32.5/1 Sydney du Rib (10g First de Retz-Eva du Rib) held second for PY Verva, trainer A. Ripoll Rigo and Cuadra Hermanis Ibigeuz, the owner. 6.2/1 Americaine (6f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) ended third for J-P Minclin. Favorite at 1.2/1 was Ulka des Champs that was unplaced. Thomas H. Hicks  

Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet), off at 1/10 odds, held off determined 7.9/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) to win the Gr. I Championnat Europeen for harness racing 5 Year-Olds (purse €100,000, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.13.8kr off slow fractions at Paris-Vincennes. Franck Nivard teamed the Sebastian Guarato trained winner that Pierre Pilarski owns. Jean-Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle, now with 28 wins in 32 starts for €2,155,300 earned. Bold Eagle and Bolero Love traded the lead on several occasions before Bold Eagle took over in the second lap and appeared to draw clear mid-stretch until Bolero Love surged late for Gabriel Gelormini to get within a half-length on the line. Guarato trains Bolero Love for owner Mme. Mauriette De Sousa. Ecurie D bred Bolero Love. Third was 15/1 Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikovo) that closed strongly for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner St. Szwarc. Jean-Philippe Dubois bred Baltic Charm. 62/1 Nelson Nora (5f Muscles Yankee-Lindy’s Holiday) was fourth for Bjorn Goop and 53/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) landed fifth for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato. The top three in this contest were bred by the Dubois family and Sebastian Guarato trains them all. Sire Ready Cash’s offspring had quite a rainy evening at Vincennes as the three Gr. I events all went to sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle in the Championnat European for 5 Year-Olds, Readly Express in the Grand Prix de L’UET and Django Riff in the Championnat European for 3 Year-Olds. The Quinte+ Prix Bohemia also went to a five year-old Ready Cash son, Cash Gamble. Thomas H. Hicks

To say harness racing needs to get creative and break away from the same old and tired ways of doing business is an understatement. It's past the time for an effective marketing plan with an emphasis on growing a depleted fan base. Albert Einstein gets the credit for the definition of insanity, although I'm not certain he is the one who said it first. But as the story goes Einstein's accurate definition of insanity is...Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Well in many ways that saying applies to the road harness racing has taken as generation after generation of potential fans are lost.  It shouldn't be difficult to understand when popularity wanes and the fan base shrinks different ideas are needed. In the real world often when things go south they stay in a death spiral for a long time. In some cases there isn't a bounce or a recovery. If harness racing doesn't bounce with an injection of new fans it very well could disappear someday. Unfortunately it appears many don't see the urgency for change and a need for a new direction.  Anthony MacDonald who has been in the harness racing business in Canada for the past 25 years, wrote a great blog about an observation he made on a visit to Keeneland this past weekend. I will provide the link at the end of my article and the blog is well worth reading. MacDonald picks up on the fact there isn't a concerted effort to schedule prime racing in an effective way to attract the most attention. Harness racing is not in a position to bump heads with thoroughbred racing, college football or anything else that would stop or inhibit new, younger fans from seeing a great show. That should be obvious, but what happened last weekend in Kentucky was another missed opportunity to grow a shrinking fan base.  Harness racing in the US has been around since the 1800's. That said, there is no one race that garners enough interest to be considered a destination trip or a must see. There's nothing close to a Triple Crown race, even the Hambletonian falls way short. Maybe the only race that is steeped in tradition and would be considered sort of a destination event is the Little Brown Jug. What should be noted is the Jug happens in the afternoon on the third Thursday following Labor Day, and doesn't have to fight for attention.  McDonald correctly pointed out, scheduling Grand Circuit racing at the Red Mile during the day on a Saturday of the opening weekend of Keeneland makes little sense. There is no doubt Keeneland packs fans in and the opening weekend is considered by many as a destination event. Why not take advantage of the many racing fans who traveled to Kentucky and schedule the Red Mile races at night? Instead prime Grand Circuit racing was scheduled during the day and had to compete with the Keeneland card and a University of Kentucky football game.  Growing a fanbase requires an effective marketing plan which is not necessarily steeped in tradition. The plan shouldn't stay the same when it repeatedly fails to work. When twenty something adults aren't interested in harness racing, if they have children someday they too most likely won't have any interest. The lack of interest keeps snowballing generation after generation, and popularity will fade for decades. That should sound familiar to anyone who has seen the decline in the harness racing fan base over the last 30 years.  When doom and gloom abounds apathy is so thick it can be cut with a knife, then marketing programs fall by the wayside and money isn't spent on promotion. As time goes on it's just business as usual, as those who are making good money don't need to stick their nose into "fixing" the sport. They are content, and those in a position to change the direction either don't know enough, don't have enough energy, or are also content. Maybe some of the reason the bar is set so low and things don't improve is becasue those that could help plot a corrective course don't want to share in the blame.  The point I'm making and the issue MacDonald correctly identified is the same. The future of harness racing lies with young adults who need to be exposed to the thrills of watching, betting on and owning standardbreds. It's essential for harness racing to have an effective plan and a coordinated effort to grow the sport. In reality there's a need for a new course, and also for those who want change to criticize what is backwards and should be fixed.  When MacDonald found fault with the sport he loves, it was thought of as being sacrilegious and he was then criticized. In reality MacDonald was trying to fix harness racing because he's afraid it may not be around long enough for his kids to enjoy. The link is below and the blog should be read by anyone interested in harness racing having a future.  By Al Cimaglia Xpress Blogs Article Anthony MacDonald's blog click here  

The coming weekend in Paris should be sensational on October 14 as Vincennes hosts three harness racing Gr. I contests. Championnat Europeen 3 Year Olds (Gr. I, 100,000€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) Deesse de Gueron, Anne Phantasm SOA, Kihlstrom Ratu Royale, Koivunen Muscle Scott, Bakker Jerry Mom, Thomain Shocking Superman, Goop Moni Viking, Vercruysse Django Riff, Lebourgeois Dawana, Gelormini Douce Ligneries, Marigliano Drop, A. Abrivard   Grand Prix de L’UET (Gr. I, €400,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart) In Vain Sund, Haugstad Caly Loulou, M. Abrivard Readly Express, Kontio Toseland Kyu, A. Abrivard Nappa Scar, Lennartsson Tobin Kronos, Kihlstrom Copimade, Nivard Cuise la Motte, E. Raffin Bryssel, Goop Breidablika Nubbe, Lugauer Cahal des Rioults, J.P. Monclin Clif du Pommereux, S. Roger   Championnat Europeen 5 Year Olds (Gr. I, purse €100,000, 2100 meters autostart) Booster Winner, M. Abrivard Ginger Heldia, Nimczyk Nelson Nora, Goop Brillantissime, Vercruysse Bold Eagle, Nivard Billie de Montfort, Thomain Bolero Love, Gelormini Sugar Rey, Andreghetti Specialess, Bazire Baltic Charm, E. Raffin   Aprion (6g Nahar de Beval-Idole Verte) scored in today’s Quinte+ Prix du Pont des Arts (purse €44,000, 2150 meters autostart) at Enghien. The 8.8/1 winners was driven by J-Ph Monclin to the 1.14.1kr timed victory for owner/breeder Michel Candillier. 1.1/1 favorite Vitesse du Val (7f Super Photo Kosmis-Jenny Kici) was second for pilot Franck Ouvrie ahead of 15.6/1 Bandit Hornline with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Sayobo AB. The top three finishers raced without shoes. Thomas H. Hicks  

Impressive in victory at Roma Capannelle in the 89th Derby Italiano de Trotto (purse €770,000, 2100 meters autostart) was 1.12.2kr (1:56.17 mile rate) timed (a Derby record) Unicka (3f Love You-Bachar-Armbro Goal) with harness racing driver Pietro Gubellini up. The grand chestnut filly drew off from second finishing Usque DL (3m Equinox Bi-Gritta BI-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Vincenzo Luongo aboard and third placed Uma Francis (3f Explot Caf-Fashion Dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) with Enrico Bellei teaming. Erik Bondo trains the winner (now with 11 wins in 13 starts) for Scuderia Wave, and her second dam Drora is a daughter of Granit (Ayres-Roquepine) The co-featured Premio Oaks del Trotto (purse €220,000, 1640 meters autostart) went to fast-closing UET Wise As (3f Daguet Rapide-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) clocked in 1.12.3kr (mile rate 1:56.33) with Federico Esposito at the lines. She recorded career win eight in 15 outings. Unica Donna (3f Donato Hanover-Hangone-Workaholic was second for Enrico Bellei and breeder/owner J-P Dubois with third to Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabrei Dei-Victory Dream) with Roberto Andreghetti the reinsman. Unison Kronos is a half-sister to Lisa America. The top three broodmares are a top bunch also. Garden Variety produced In Wise As, Mind Wise As and Swan Wise As, all winner of more than US$156,000. Hangone is dam of Daguet Rapide US$1,777,359 and Poker Dream and Quatre Juillet US$371,991. Zagabria Dei produced aforementioned Lisa America US$1,570,116 plus the US$180,000 and up winners OK America, Radysin America and Guida America. On the Roma Capannelle program was the Premio Turilli UET Masters (purse €187,000, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.12.1kr timed victory to Tesoro Degli Dei (4m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) with V.P. Dell’Annunziata up. Radiofreccia FI (6f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) was second for Enrico Bellei and third went to veteran Pascia’Lest (7m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way). The Derby Consolation (purse €45,100, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed UFO Robot HP (3m Varenne-Lili-Coktail Jet) with E.A. Maiosto driving. Uragano Star (3m Gruccione Jet-Gilda Luis-Lemon Dra) was second and Up Right Bi (3m Equinox Bi-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) was third for Maurizio Biasuzzi. The mare Up Front JM is also dam of Oasis Bi US$1,590,748 and Robert Bi US$864,575. Oasis Bi starts in the International at Yonkers the coming weekend. The Oaks Consolation (purse €25,300, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.13.3kr timed Ultramar Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) for Robert Andreghetti. Una Bella Gar (3f SJ’s Photo-Georgette Gar-Lemon Dra) took second ahead of Ugolinact (3f Civil Action-Gast-Picardo). Also on the card was the Premio Aste ITS (purse €20,900, 1640 meters autostart, invitational) that produced a quick 1.11.3kr (mile rate 1:54.72) five-length victory for Santo Mollo driven Pace del Rio (7m Varenne-Urban d’Asolo-Ata Star L). Three elims of the Premio Anact (each for €10,450 purse and raced over 1640 meters, two year-olds). The first elim went to 4/4 undefeated Von Wise As (2m Muscle Massive-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) for Alessandro Gocciadoro clocked in 1.14.4kr. Vaprio (2m Adrian Chip-Namiba-Cantab Hall) was second for Enrico Bellei ahead of Videole FAS (2m Ideale Luis-Leda SF-Toss Out). The second elim went to Varden Baba (3m From Above-Nanta Baba-Varenne) timed in 1.15.7kr for driver M. Pistone. Very Much MMG (2f Ganymede-Ethel Blak-Indro Park) was second and third was Vitesse Mabel (2m Ideale Luis-Noble As-SJ’s Photo).  Elim three went another 4/4 undefeated winner, this one Vanguardia (3f Goetmals Wood-Garganta-Tarass Boulba) timed in 1.15.2kr for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill) was second and Vogue Bi (2f Ganymede-Ida Grandi-Toss Out) was third. Note that sire Ideal Luis is a son of Lemon Dra that won at age three the Grand Premio Italia and Grand Premio Tito Giovanandi. Gocciadoro also won two days prior at Milano in the Premio Dominique (purse €14,350) with Vera Wise As (2f Muscle Massive-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall) timed in 1.14.2kr. Viola Grif (2f Algiers Hall-Perla Nera Grif-Varenne) was second for Man. Matteini ahead of Violetta Holz (2f Nad Al Sheba-Obetti Holz-Varenne) for Roberto Vecchione. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s Disco DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.7/1 favorite Sammi Ms (5g Chirome Dei-Sparkle N Shine-SJ’s Photo) for harness racing owner/trainer/driver Mitja Slavic of Slovenia. The 20 meter handicapped Amazing Koko (9g Jailhouse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Star L) for trainer/driver Lajos Marton in the 1.18.2kr timed contest. Third was another 20 meter handicapped Grumetti (8g Varenne-Tabura-Pine Chip) for trainer Aron Denes and reinsman Balazs Juhasz. The card also included the Nyeretlen Ketevesek Versenye (two year-olds, 1800 meters autostart, purse 500,000HUf) that went to 5.5/1 Valence R (2f Exploit Caf-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz for owners Jodlis Kft and Mihely Baesa. The 1.23.6kr timed winner was bred by Kabala Menes Kft. 4.4/1 Vesna (2f Maximus Lindy-Lornella-Valley Guardian) was second for Andrea Fazekas and trainer Imre Fazekas. The Bajok S DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.4/1 favorite Uptown Boy M (3m Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) timed in 1.18.8kr for trainer/driver Sandor Varga and Czech Republic owner Antioch Aranio SRO. The colt recorded his six victory in 2016. Sire Cigar Dan is a 1999 foal by Pine Chip-Nan Hanover-Speedy Count, Nan Hanover being the dam of Nan’s Catch that produced Moni Maker. Cigar Dan was an $85,000 yearling at Tattersalls 2000 and earned $121,264. Ugeto Hungary conducted its 10th annual yearling sale on the weekend comprised of a fine collection of HU-bred trotters. The top four sellers were bred and consigned by Kabala Menes Kft, Hungary’s leading breeder. They were: Hip  Horse and Pedigree  Price 19, Zidane (colt, Frullino Jet-Dalietta di Riolo-Profumo OM), US$14,438 37, Zalai Srac (colt, SJ’s Photo-Elegant Lady-Mill H), US$9,385 18, Zippy Boy (colt, Frullino Jet-Light Lady-Baltic Bet), US$8,663 25, Zero di Jesolo (colt,Frullino Jet-Diva de Jesolo-Sugarcane Hanover), US$7,941 Thomas H. Hicks

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission and Standardbred Horse Sales Company are proud to promote Standardbred yearling ownership to “new” International buyers from outside North America at our Annual Sale in Harrisburg! “New” International harness racing yearling buyers are eligible for a $1500 incentive award through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission. Never been to Harrisburg, or haven’t purchased a yearling at Harrisburg in at least three years? Have you hesitated because of the expense of travel? Now you can easily attend the Harrisburg Sale! THE INCENTIVE PROGRAM Eligibility: International buyers from outside North America who have not purchased a Standardbred yearling at the Harrisburg Sale for three years (2016: no yearling purchases 2013 – 2015). Qualified yearlings: All yearlings in the Harrisburg Sale! Award: $1500 incentive award, to be paid by Standardbred Horse Sales Company by check after the Sale. Checks will be mailed to the buyer at his home address. One award per buyer! Total Awards: Limited to the first 20 International buyers submitting approved and completed registration forms. Registration forms are submitted after the yearling is purchased. “First come, first serve” conditions. HOW TO REGISTER Register at the Harrisburg Sale: Visit the Incentive Program representative in the Main Hall next to the Information Booth. Registration forms and informational materials will be available. Not sure if you are eligible? Confirm your eligibility with our representative before bidding.  Buy your yearling, and return to the Incentive Program table with your “sale ticket” for initial processing. Visit the Sale Credit Manager’s Office for final approval. Return the completed and approved Registration form to the Incentive Program representative. You will receive your $1500 incentive award from Standardbred Horse Sales Company at home by mail. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM? If you have questions about the program, please contact Paul Spears at  For details on the Harrisburg Sale click here.  

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