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Veteran Mack Grace SM and teamster Roberto Andreghetti won tonight’s co-featured Gran Premio Due Marie at Taranto, Italy for a €45,100 purse event over 1600 meters autostart. The son of CC’s Chuckie T scored easily in 1.11.8kr over Louvre and reinsman Federico Esposito. Andreghetti remarked post-race that he had lost count of the number of Gran Prix events Mack Grace SM had won in his storied career. On the same card the companion event for four-year-olds (Gran Premio Citt di Taranto, €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) also went to Andreghetti aboard Ribot Ek in a sharp 1.11.3kr, a new record for the course. The winner defeated Radiofreccia FI with Esposito up. Ribot Ek is a four year son of Varenne from Gianna di Jesolo by Diamond Way. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Sweden’s Vincennes rallied to win today’s Gr. III €82,000 Prix Dominique Savary for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. The Ecurie Commander owned, Fabrice Souloy trained, six year-old daughter of Spotlite Lobell-Lina Trot-Firm Tribute covered the 2150 meter autostart course in 1.12.7kr, storming home after the field reached the 500 meters to go mark in 1.14.2kr. The win in this co-feature at Enghien-Soisy, France was her 13th for career earnings of €482,681. The winner was off at 24/1. She defeated Olmo Holz and Christophe Martens that was well-placed throughout. Favored Voltigeur de Myrt ended third for Eric Raffin. Well-regarded Beckman was disqualified for a miscue and Oibambam Effe ended ninth. At Bollnas (SWE) the V75 Gold went to Standout, a five year-old son of Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador trained by Stefan Melander and reined today by Orjan Kihlstrom. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first money that raised his career earnings to almost 2.4SEK million. Kadett CD (by Scarlet Knight) ended second for Robert Bergh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Athos des Elfes crushed a solid four year-old group in today’s Gr. III Prix du Milan at Enghien-Soisy. Twelve contested the €85,000 European event over 2150 meters autostart and Jean-Pierre Dubois made the pace from post one with his Tast of Bourbon. The Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon miss took the field through solid fractions (1.11kr at 1000; 1.10.7 kr at 500) before yielding to favored (odds 7/10) Robert Bi with Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Paul Hagoort. However, the field closed in and the most powerful finisher was Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) handled by trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute who recorded his 600th driving win, as the pair scored in 1.11.3kr at odds of 3.3/1. The winner secured his sixth career win, now for €229,530.  Alizea du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kaldida Jet) was second for trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard at 32/1. Italian outsider Ruty Grif (4m Varenne-Courer By Pass) was third at 97/1 for Anthony Barrier, teaming for trainer Marco Smorgon. Two other Italians were next across the line with fourth to aforementioned Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and fifth to Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici) for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Well respected Akim du Cap Vert finished sixth, Tast Of Bourbon faded to eighth and Rod Stewart was unplaced. The winner’s dam, Lazio du Bourg (Tadzio de la Motte-Fee de Marancourt-Tarass Boulba), was a classic winner of US$1,287,917 and a record of 1:55.1 as she won the Criterium des Ans and was second in the Criterium Continental. Tarass Boulba is a son of Speedy Somolli and he sired the dam (Enfilde) of Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Athos des Elfes pedigree is 65% French trotteur and 35% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

 Three-year-old pacing fillies lined up in five $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack, and it was a host of fillies who had yet to taste Ontario Sires Stakes success in 2014 emerging with victories. Mea Lilley Mark (Mike Saftic), who hadn’t been to the winner’s circle since last November, was the fastest winner, turning in a 1:52 spin of the seven-eighths mile oval in the Grassroots finale. After a first-over trip in the final three-eighths of the mile, Mea Lilley Mark wore down leader and favourite Artful Impulse (Steve Condren) to post the victory by half a length. An Angel Shes Not (Paul MacDonell) finished third. Sue Marie Gangell trains the victorious Whosurboy filly for owner/breeder Kimberly Mark of Simcoe, Ont. Mea Lilley Mark is a two-time winner from 21 career starts and she has earned $39,368. Driver Chris Christoforou scored a pair of off-the-pace wins, guiding Dana Dearest to a 1:53 triumph in the first Grassroots test and then overcoming post 10 to get a 1:54.4 tally with Shadows Wonder in the fourth split. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, was making her first start in the Casie Coleman stable for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ont. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going five-for-nine. She has a career bankroll of $48,148. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph, Ont. also bred and co-owns Shadows Wonder, a filly by Shadow Play, with partners R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, N.B. and Hockey Hall of Famer Serge Savard of Saint-Bruno, Que. Shadows Wonder, who won last year’s Grassroots Championship for two-year-old pacing fillies and this year’s Kin Pace at Clinton Raceway, picked up her sixth career win and she has now put away $107,020.   Murrayfield (James MacDonald) and Badlyinclined (Jack Moiseyev) were the other winners, and both of them stopped the clock in 1:53. Murrayfield, who was positioned eighth at the half and sixth at three-quarters, rallied through the lane and got up in the final stride to nail leader Alibi Seelster (MacDonell) to win by a neck while Badlyinclined led through panels of :27, :55.3, and 1:24 on her way to a half-length decision over Nefertiti Bluechip (Jody Jamieson). Ben Wallace trains Murrayfield, a Jeremes Jet filly, for owner Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont. She has seven wins from 15 career tries and she has now pocketed $78,964. John Kopas handles the training of Badlyinclined, a daughter of Badlands Hanover, for co-owner/breeder Big Als Stables Inc. of Woodbridge, Ont., Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Ont., and LLK Stable of Mississauga, Ont. She has won four times from 19 attempts in her racing career and she has banked $98,994. Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series action for three-year-old pacing fillies will take place next on August 3 at Clinton Raceway.   From the Ontario Sire Stakes

2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won for the 28th time in his career for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Nahar scored today at Solanget in 1.13.6kr over 2650 meters autostart for a 40,000SEK award to the winner. This latest comeback effort followed two disappointing appearances earlier in the month. Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern-Atas Nice Sun L-Spotlite Lobell) was second for reinsman/trainer Henrik Svensson. Nahar's victory increased his lifetime earnings to 10,250,098SEK for owner Stall Sedin HB (NHL professional hockey stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin). Also in Sweden today there were two interesting winners. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) scored at Aby in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart. Trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the winner to her second 2014 victory in seven starts, this one that the winner earned 30,000SEK. Also at Aby, Italy's Overtaker by Sib (6g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) won for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner to earn 25,000SEK. The winner was timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, as he recorded victory 15 in 47 starts for life earnings of 1,249,700SEK. He narrowly scored over Ted Blagul reined by Bjorn Goop with US-bred Call Me Hanover home third for Andre Eklundh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini's trained and reined Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole) won today's Gr. II International Fyraaringstest at Eskilstuna, earning 300,000SEK first money for owners Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and St. Behall AB. The winner recorded his sixth 2014 victory in nine starts and he has earned 702,000SEK lifetime with eight career wins. He scored in a close battle timed in 1.12.9kr over 2640 meters autostart, defeating Screen Height (4m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) trained and driven by Stefan Melander and Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) teamed by Erik Adielsson. US-bred Kincannon Hanover and Dewey Luvs Britt finished sixth and eighth. Other winners of interest on the Eskilstuna card included Explosive Dust (3m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip) for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in 1.13.2kr over 1640 meters autostart, to earn 50,000SEK; Tom Raider (10g Staro Showbiz-Tamina NR-Tamin Sandy) for Daniel Olsson in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart to also earn 50,000SEK, and increase his career earnings to 2,208,778SEK with this 17th lifetime win. He narrowly defeated Orjan Kilhlstrom with Disco AE and other fast class aged performers Global Investment and BWL Champion; and Pamona US (4f Credit Winner-Athena-Malabar Man) with Micael Lindblom aboard in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 20,000SEK, her fourth 2014 win in eight starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lambert SAS (9m Diamond Way-Agena LB-Indro Park) won his sixth straight race (three in Budapest) on Saturday in the Kincsem Park featured Konta Dezso Memorial over 1900 meters autostart for a purse of 750,000HUf. The veteran trotter was teamed by trainer Joze Sagaj for owner Alfred Hossmann II (SLO), and he scored in 1.14.6kr as the 3/2 odds pacesetter. The victory increased the winners' earnings to over US$93,000. Principessa Ovi (5f Love You-Goldy LB) was a solid second for trainer/driver Mitja Slavic with Rose's La Nena (7f Pearsall Hanover-O'Hill's Rose) home third for trainer/driver Ire Dome. Nine aged trotters contested this event. Earlier on the card HU Derby (August 3rd) hopeful San Francisco (3m Medic Hanover-Kentucky Girl-LV Glory Bound) was victorious over 1900 meters autostart in 1.18.9kr. He was an easy three-length winner at 19/1 for trainer/driver F. Nagy II. Sire Medic Hanover is a son of Meadow Road from Melon Hanover. A solid group of HU-bred three year-old open trotters are primed to contest the Hungarian Trotting Derby onSunday August 3 at Kincsem Park. Of the top 20 contestants, nine are sired by Valley Victory’s full-brother Wall Street Banker (Baltic Speed-Valley Victoria-Bonefish) whose progeny also represent five of the top six based on speed, three of which were bred by legendary commercial breeder Kabala Menes Kft. Medic Hanover (by Meadow  Road) and Sholty Boko (by Spotlite Lobell) are sires of two each of the top 20, while those with one possible starter include Oncoming Hush (Sierra Kosmos), Incredible Cole (Incredible Abe) and What A Man (Conway Hall). The aforementioned top six are listed below (name, color/sex, sire/dam, breeder, kr time) Szerelmes R. pm (bay, male) Wall Street Banker Virágos Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.16,2 Salihamidzic pm Wall Street Banker Helikon AMMA Kft, Budapest 1.16,5 Speedy Boy pm Wall Street Banker Vas Lady Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.16,6 Shergar pm Wall Street Banker Jungfrau AMMA Kft, Budapest 1.16,8 Szacharin pk (bay female) Vanito Inzulin Kulik Ferenc, Orosháza 1.16,9 Sikerdíj pm Wall Street Banker Juss Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.17,0 Sport TV will carry the festivities that annually bring out a large and enthusiastic on-track audience. In a related matter, on July 18 the HU version of the FR Quinte+ produced a large winning ticket worth US$45,900. It was reportedly the second winner of over 10 million HUf since the bet began five months ago and it occurred on a simulcast race from Cabourg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Turf Trophy trotting action continued this weekend in France with three races at Royan La Palmyre and three at La Gacilly. Royan La Palmyre carded three races, one each for apprentice, amateur and the professional drivers, for excellent purses on the grass courses. The Royan venue is one of 14 stops (this the ninth) on the Trophee Vert circuit with five more to follow. The equine participants must be five to ten years old and non-winners of €550,000. The circuits purses to be allocated total €665,000, with €67,000 this day on the three races. The Royan featured Grand Prix M.M.A. Royan (3075 meters, €45,000 purse) saw Matthew Abrivardwin with Tiburce de Brion, to defeat Souveraine D’aimte and teamster Eric Audebert.  Eighteen starters contested this ninth stage of the Trophée Vert at  Royan-Palmyra and they provided a great show.Tiburce de Brion (1 - Matthew Abrivard) was the first to take the lead and then settled in the pocket, ultimately trapped in the second half of the pack. Thereafter, Rionero (11 - Alain Laurent) led beforerelinquishing to make way for, among others, Trophy Jaba (13 - Jean-Michel Bazire) installed as the favorite. The latter weakened and alongside ranged Sablon Cesny (2 - Loïc Desire Abrivard). Behind them, assaults were launched, starting with Sovereign d’Aimte (9 - Eric Audebert).  Tiburce de Brion finally escaped traffic and, with Matthew Abrivard, won outright. This seven year-old gelded son of Ganymede is a lion on the grass, having been eight times in the top four on that surface.  He earnedfifteen points as the winner of this leg, and provided driver/trainer Abrivard a double after he won the third race on the card. Wagering on the three Royan featured turf trotting events was brisk with €271,630 wagered to win only. July 20, 2014 - Royan La Palmyre, Gran Prix MMA Royan, €45,000, 3075 meters, 18 starters, 1.20.2kr, win pool €111,948 1st Tiburce de Brion (7g Ganymede-Macapu du Vivier-Capriccio), Matthieu Abrivard driver/trainer, 4.6/1, 10th career win for €193,090 2nd Souveraine d’Aimte (8f Chef du Chatelot-En Finale), Eric Audebert, 29.5/1, 25 meter handicap Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i896JCQeQrM&list=UU3SoX3-qGjCpEZ6YMEBLNbA Schedule of remaining legs of the turf series is shown below. Separately, La Gacilly carded three turf trots with purses totaling €81,000. Win wagering only on these events totaled €148,345. The featured €36,000 purse Prix Yves Roches-La Gacilly went to Tenor du Moustoir and teamster Arnaud Leduc. The seven year-old gelded son of Kenor du Cosse scored in 1.17.2kr over 2100 meters to defeat 17 rivals. Off at 15.4/1 the winner recorded career victory seven for earnings now at €181,940. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Saturday’s €45,100 purse Gran Premio Terme di Montecatini (three year-olds) in Italy went to Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei aboard. The Holger Ehlert trainee is a son of Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo and bred by Scuderia Branchini. Domino Stables owns this winner. After an early speed battle with Superbo Capar (Calypso Capar-Dark Degli Ulivi-Indro Park), Bellei gained command and rated the pace carefully. The winning team ended the affair swiftly, scoring in a race record 1.13.8kr over the 2040 meter distance. Superbo Capar (handled by G. Lombardo Jr.) held second with Santiago D’Ete (Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) a distant third for Roberto Andreghetti. The winner recorded his sixth career victory in 13 starts for life earnings of €76,725. Skyline Dany, Sogno d’Amore and Shiraz Roc went off-stride early and were disqualified. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The July 29th edition of the Hugo Abergs Memorial is set and includes prior multiple winner Commander Crowe and  rivals Magic Tonight (bred by Canadians Libfeld and Katz), Un Mer d'Heripre and Oasis Bi. This famous international event, contested over 1609 meters, started in 1970, has a rich history with many US-bred winners including Peace Corps (a two-time winner), Sea Cove, Kosar, Mack Lobell, Pershing, Citation and others. Two-time winners, in addition to those noted above, include Lavec Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. With good weather they expect a competitive and fast race over the 1000 meter course at Jagersro (Malmo, SWE) as the combatants seek the winners' share of the 1.75SEK million purse in this Gr. I International test. Horse-Trainer (Driver) Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini (also driver) Truculent - Lars I Nilsson (Johnny Takter) Orecchietti - Stefan Hultman (Örjan Kihlström) Magic Tonight - Roger Walmann (Johan Untersteiner) Un Mec d’Heripre - Fabrice Souloy (Franck Nivard) Commander Crowe - Fabrice Souloy (Robin Bakker) Ed You - Robert Bergh (also driver) Oasis Bi - Stefan P Pettersson (Björn Goop) Occhione Jet - Stig H Johansson (Erik Adielsson) Mr Picolit - Raoul Engblom (Torbjörn Jansson) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) capped off an excellent racing day and weekend at Axevalla, today also an extra V75 wagering card. Johan Untersteiner drover the winner to a 1.13.7kr victory for trainer Peter Untersteiner,  who had quite a great day as he recorded five more wins within the V75. The 2640 meter autostart event was worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner in this StoChampiontet for four year-old females. Neona Princess recorded her 11th career win now for earnings of 2,267,360SEK. She has three wins and three second place finishes in eight 2014 starts. Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ's Caviar) was second for Johnny Takter in a close battle to the line. The outstanding card also featured victories by the following: M.T. Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver for Misty Trotting AB. Snabba Cash (4g Ready Cash0Scarlet Diablo-Pine Chip) in 1.14.kr over 2140 meters turning start to earn 110,000SEK for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Speediablo AB. Digital Frame (3m Super Photo Kosmos-Sliding Window-Scarlet Knight) in 1.13.2kr for 125,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. He was a photo-finish winner for his fourth score in seven career appearances. Perfect Cash (4f Ready Cash-Icy Shadow-Starchip Enterprise) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.1kr in this StoChampiontet Consolation over 2140 meters autostart. The victory was worth 100,000SEK to owner KAK Forvaltning AB. Rigatoni (4f Deweycheatumnhowe-Canneloni-Mack Lobell) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann as they earned 100,000SEK for owner Team SHF-Easy. Rigatoni scored in 1.13.9kr over 2140 meters turning start. Eketorpets Tess (7f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner for owner Torn Roger. The winner scored in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart for her fourth win in eight starts in 2014, and this victory earned 100,000SEK. US-bred Proud Victory Rose (6m Yankee Glide-Starlet Rayne-American Winner) also posted a victory today worth 50,000SEK to owner Victory Racing Stable and reinsman Hakan B. Johansson. He scored in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, his third 2014 win in five outings. Yesterday at Axevalla, the Silver Division (125,000SEK to the winner) over 1640 meters autostart, went to Time Machine (5m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) in 1.11kr for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and owner Stall Ignarus. He scored his fifth 2014 win in eight starts and he's now 11 for 33 lifetime. US-bred Sandrngham Hanover was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp, this one is a seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover. The three year-old gelded son of Allstar Hall-Harmonica As-Mack Lobell, Michelangelo As, won for Johnny Takter in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters turning start. This promising colt now has three wins and two seconds in six career starts, all in 2014. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) took today’s Gr. I International €140,000 purse Prix Saint Michel, contested over 1609 meters (one mile) at the fast Mikkeli Finland racetrack. The race was a UET Masters Series event. Seven starters battled in this one after the scratch of Joke Face. Prussia and She Loves You were out early, disqualified for miscues. Monster Drive gained the front early for Jorma Kontio and controlled the pace until top of stretch when second over Reven d’Amour rallied wide to win comfortably in 1.10.3kr (1:53.1 mile time). The Swedish registered trotter was driven by Mika Forss for trainer Fredrik B. Larsson and owner Stall Harriet. The winner now has 21 career wins in 77 starts for €700,629 earned. The victory cements a solid 2014 comeback for Reven d’Amour and also for the Larsson family who suffered a 2014 Copenhagen Cup reported disqualification of Caballion for a banned substance in Denmark. Caballion was trained for that race by Franck Leblanc. Finland’s Surprise Lord (8m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer) finished second today for IIkka Normonen driving for Mme. K. Kindsberg trainer. Another Finland trotter Super Frido (6m Love You-Empress Kemp) closed for third for trainer/driver Markku Nieminen. Monster Drive faded to fourth with USA’s Beer Summit fifth. The card today at Mikkeli also showcased wins by Vesuvio As (8m Windsong’s Legacy-Remini As-Mack Lobell), Dance Photo (10m SJ’s Photo-Dancing Trout-Dancer’s Victory) and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem). By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Today’s featured Prix de Beunos-Aires (Gr. II, €120,000 purse, 12 starters) was over the marathon distance of 4150 meters (just over 2-1/2 miles). The 52 to 1 rank outsider Quarlos (10m L’as de Viretaute-Cette Abgevire-Workaholic) rallied late from eighth place in mid-stretch to secure an easy surprise win in 1.14.9kr for Mathieu Mottier and trainer/owner Michel Dabouis. The veteran earned his 12th win for career bankroll of €618,800. Holland’s Amour d’Occagnes (7m Diamant Gede-Naomi November) finished second at 5.3/1 for Christophe Martens with third going to Shadow d’Odyssee and J-M Bazire at 5.2/1. Favorite Swedishman, at 2.5/1, and teamster Franck Ouvrie, had swept the field to lead nearing top-stretch over early leader Global Manhattan, and Roberto Andreghetti, but the best these could do was fourth and fifth. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Rome for €85,000 (2875 meters, 12 starters) went to second choice Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier) and reinsman Yohan Lebourgeois, for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire. Coming off four straight monte starts, in which he had two wins and two seconds, today Bird Parker was the best to sulky as he scored in 1.16.7kr for his third career win and €311,980 earnings. Off at 4.5/1 Bird Parker was the early leader and then allowed Booster Winner to take over before doing the re-take and setting a leisurely pace (1.19.8kr at 1000; 1.18.1kr at 500). Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute) was a game second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato as the 2.1/1 favorite but could not gain the advantage in fast late race fractions. Another Ready Cash offspring won the Prix de Notre Dame (females, €42,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) as Bianca de Lou (3f Ready Cash-Prima Dona de Lou-Coktail Jet) scored in 1.14.5kr for Christophe Martens, owner Ecurie Olmenhof and trainer Vincent Martens. The win, at 4/1 odds, was her third for €49,500 career earnings. Bubble Jet (3f Password-No Limit Jet) was a gaining second for teamster Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois at 8.3/1 Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €5,550,000) at Enghien-Soisy was the Prix de la Porte Montmartre for €55,000 (2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and it went to Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill) and reinsman Roberto Andgrehetti, for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Stald Independence from Denmark. The 3.3/1 odds winner scored in 1.12.1kr for his eighth career victory, good for €169,126 earnings. Longshot 31/1 Rififi Nonantais was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux with 12.3/1 Noir d’Ete third with David Thomain aboard. Holders of exact order ticket (without the winning jackpot number) enjoyed a payoff in excess of €15,000 for the €2 play. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Heavily favored Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) won today's V75 Gold Division at Axevalla, Sweden over 2640 meters autostart for a 150,000SEK first prize. Peter Ingves was in the sulky for trainer Veijo Heiskanen as that pair scored in 1.13.4kr by a comfortable two lengths. Ingves drove the race to perfection from post two as he was away fourth and patiently waited for the pace to relax at which time he jetted to the front after 1000 meters and led the remainder of the contest. Solvato won for the ninth time in 40 career outings, now for earnings of 4,577,341SEK. On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) stayed covered In The Pocket much of the way and secured second for Erik Adielsson as Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane) had rallied from the back gain second in the lane but flattened in late going to finish third for Lutfi Kolgjini. Earlier on the Axevalla card (before a huge crowd on a bright sunny day) the Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner went to Jeppas Maxi (5g Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image) with Torbjorn Jansson up. This emerging campaigner scored in 1.12.6kr in a close battle with Acriter (5m Gentle Star-Puttan Fri-Super Arnie) and Jorgen Westholm. Italy's Naglo'del Nord (7g Naglo-Entita'del Nord-And Arifant) was third for Peter Ingves. Jeppas Maxi is undefeated in six 2014 starts and has won eight times in nine career starts for 609,897SEK. He's owned by Robert Ekstrom and Aland Pia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Festival of Cabourg brought out a large, enthusiastic crowd, aggressive wagering and superb racing Friday in France. The €54,000 Gran Prix de la Ville de Cabourg was the feature, over 2850 meters distance handicapped,  and it saw 16 entrants contest this Quinte+ race of the day with a €5.5 million jackpot. J-M Bazire piloted even money favorite Vinci de l’Abbaye to victory in 1.15.6kr over hard charging 11/1 odds Tamisso and Cedric Megissier with Tarass d’Amour third with Eric Raffin aboard. The winner is a five year-old son of Otello Pierji from Kyboumette and is trained by Jean-Michel Bazire. The monte Prix Fandango for €52,000 went to David Thomain and his mount Ton Reve de Cahot  in 1.13kr over 2850 meters, standard distance, plus his 25 meter handicap. The seven year-old gelded son of Hand du Vivier is trained by J-P Thomain and he scored at 4.6/1 odds. Titan du Closet was second with Richard Joly aboard and Quorum Quick was third for Olivier Touvais in the 17 horse field. Jean-Michel Bazire scored a double in the Prix de la Ville de Gronneville for €34,000 over 2850 meters. Vertigo (5g Kool du Caux-Quenza de Bellouet) won it for Bazire and trainer Fabrice Souloy in 1.15.5kr over 14 rivals, overcoming a 25 meter handicap. 18/1 Viborg was second for Guillaume Moinon and he too overcame the 25 meter penalty imposed on the highest career earners. An impressive, great gaited, lightly raced mare, A Special Night (4f Quaker Jet-Only One Night-Defi d’Aunou), took the Prix de la Ville d’Auberville for pilot Guillaume Blanchard and trainer Jorma Niskanen. The winner was off at 4.1/1 and she scored in 1.17.7kr over 2850 meters. 14 starters contested this event with the four year-old Insert Gede mare Annee Joyeuse second for Christopher Levaufre and trainer Tony Le Beller. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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