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July 4, 2015 - Today’s Enghien harness racing feature was the Gr. III Prix de Berlin (€85,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 10 European starters) and it went to 4/5 odds favorite Coquin Bebe (3m Rancho Gede-Noble Nanette-Gazouillis) clocked in 1.13.8kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Mme. Annie Bezier. Fast closing 17/1 Chateauroux (3m Sam Bourbon-Only Way-Vikings Way) rallied late for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau for second. Eric Raffin piloted Caid Griff (3m Password-Savane Griff-Tenor de Baune) was third at 8/1 for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie Griff. Italy’s Toseland Kyu (3m Love You-Zorayo Kyu), trained by Catello Savarese and driven by Santo Mollo, was fourth ahead of Tantalio (3m Le Touquet-Powerful Victory) trained by Fabrice Souloy and handled by Anthony Barrier, this one also from Italy. Replay: Also on the fine Enghien card was the Quinte+ (€4 million jackpot) Prix de la Manche (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 15 European starters) and it went to the 1.15.3kr easy winner Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera-Viking Kronos). Trainer Christophe Martens was aboard for owner BVBA Campus RPF. Marco Smorgon bred this one that was off at 2.4/1 odds. Romanesque recorded career win 11 for €203,748 earned. Perkins Grif (6m Classic Photo-Radiant Victory) was second at 4/1 for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 9/1 Uranie Lorraine (7f Goetmals Wood-Garonnaise) was third for reinsman Franck Nivard, with fourth to 9/1 Tischendorf Padd (8g Baccarat du Port-Milady de Padd) and Mathieu Abrivard ahead of 26/1 Unice de Guez (7f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) for Eric Raffin and trainer J-M Bazire. Thomas H. Hicks

July 4, 2015 - Timone EK (3m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) took today’s €220,000 purse, 2250 meters autostart, Nazionale Gianni Memorial at Milan (San Siro). Federico Esposito teamed the winner, clocked in 1.14.9kr for his ninth win in 12 starts. Tesoro Degli Dei (3m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) was second for teamster Pietro Gubellini, the controlled pacesetter, with Tulum (3m Algiers Hall-Image OM-Lemon Dra) home third. The Premio Nazionale Filly (€66,000 purse, 1650 meters autostart) went to Tuscania Pal (3f Nad Al Sheba-Fata dei Bessi-Yankee Glide) for Tommaso Di Lorenzo and clocked in 1.12.9kr. Tiffany Caf (3f Cantab Hall-Elaine Caf-Supergill) was second for David Di Stefano beaten a length with Tessa OB Sonic (3f Exploit Caf-Ilide-Piccardo) third for Gennaro Casillo in the bike. The winner is trained by Mauro Baroncini and the time was 0.7kr off the race record set in 2012. Thomas H. Hicks

July 2, 2015 - At Halmstad Sweden a large crowd estimated at 10,000 watched and wagered on a great harness racing card headed by the Gr. I International Sprinter Masters contested in three eliminations and a 10-horse final. Each event was 1609 meters autostart with elim winners earning 100,000SEK and the final winner earning 940,960SEK. Stefan Melander’s Nuncio swept to victory by winning the first elimination in a mile rate of 1:54.08 by three lengths in gate to wire fashion over Whitehouse Express. After the next two elims went to Hillustrious in a close heated battle with Valstead in 1:52.31 and Jontte Boy in 1:55.52 in elim three, the ten finalists faced the starter in the final with Hillustrious from post one for Johnny Takter, Nuncio from post two and Valstead from post five for Orjan Kihlstrom. As in the second elim Hillustrious and Valstead faced off as a pair with Valstead on the outer followed by stablemate Nuncio. Off the top turn Melander moved Nuncio three-wide to attack and he out-sprinted the leading pair for a neck win in 1:52.63 with Valstead and Hillustrious next. It was quite a race and a special night of racing overall. Below recaps the eliminations won by Nuncio, Hillustrious and Jontte Boy with the top three finishers: Elim 1 (1.10.9kr, or 1:54.08) Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), trainer/driver Stefan Melander for Stall TZ, now 19-11-2 in 32 starts for 15,517,726SEK earned as he led comfortably throughout for a three length score Whitehouse Express (4m Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell), Erik Adielsson up for Daniel Reden trainer for Stall Zet was second King City (4m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall), Orjan Kihlstrom for Roger Walmann trainer for AB Svensk Reklamfinons. Nuncio winning his heat Elim 2 (1.09.8kr, or 1:52.31) Hillustrious (4m Muscle Hill-Mom’s Millionaire-Pine Chip), Johnny Takter up for owner SMUAB Smolandsugar AB, a head winner after a lengthy alongside battle with parked Valstead (this one a half-brother to Snow White, multiple dominant two year-old winner in US – Acorn, Breeders Crown, Goldsmith Maid, Oakville, NJSS and International Stallion Stake) Valstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ owner, with a game death-seat situation Elton Attack (4m Gigant Neo-P Bird Mon Amie-Prince Mystic), Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owners Malmqvist and Baltic Stable Elim 3 (1.11.8kr, 1:55.52) Jontte Boy (4m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall), driver/trainer Toumas Korvenoja up Be Spontaneous (4m Andover Hall-Inspired Society-Self Possessed), Erik Adielsson up for Daniel Reden Explosive Dust (4m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann Nuncio rallied late to capture the final from post two at 1.34/1 odds. He followed stablemate Valstead on the outer as Valstead boldly battled pacesetter Hillustrious throughout. The top three finishers were within a long neck of each other on the line. Nuncio recorded his 20th career victory in 33 starts now with earnings of 16,458,686SEK earned. Final (1.10.1kr, or 1:52.63 mile rate) Nuncio, Stefan Melander up Valstead, Orjan Kihlstrom Hillustrious, Johnny Takter King City, Kenneth Haugstad Whitehiouse Express, Erik Adielsson Sylvester America, Bjorn Goop Nuncio winning the Final Nuncio again proved his versatility and toughness at the sprinter distance and in multiple-heats, Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2015 - On Thursday at Halmstad Sweden the Gr. I Sprinter Masters takes stage with three harness racing eliminations and a final. The final is worth over 940,000SEK to the winner. The elims include some well-respected contestants including Nunco, Sylvester America, Hillustrious, Volstead and Jontte Boy. A large crowd is expected for the classic event, with elims on Thursday going as races eight though 10 with the final race 13. Sprinter Masters Gr. I 1609 meters autostart, eliminations 100,000SEK to each winner; final same day with purse to winner 940,960SEK with 10 starters Elimination 1 Drive Launcher, Sedstrom Sylvester America, Goop/Jerry Riordan trainer Whitehouse Express, Adielsson Nuncio, Melander Caztor, Kontio King City, Kihlstrom Explosive de Vie, Jim Oscarsson Elimination 2 Hillustrious, Takter Volstead, Kihlstrom Stand Bayou, Reden (4m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec), slate 4-2-2 in nine starts British Steel, Lindgren Elton Attack, Christoffer Eriksson Warrawee Perseus, Ulf Ohlsson ThewayIam, Goop Elimination 3 Explosive Dust, Kihlstrom (4m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip-Enlightenment-Mack Lobell-Classical Way-Speedy Scot-Kerry Way) Secret Mission, Ingves Jontte Boy, Korvenoja Be Spontaneous, Adielsson Party Boat Hanover, Takter Abaz America, Kolgjini Spartan Kronos, Lugauer Thomas H. Hicks    

June 28, 2015 - The turf specialists took stage Sunday first at Segre in their Prix du Credit Agricole (€35,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters on the turf) with victory to 52/1 Undevenis Javanais (7g Diamant Gede-Grande Java) for Antonio Triho in 1.19.4kr. Tony Le Beller trains this winner for P-A Viel. 10/1 Thaipan (8g Magot du Ravary-Limelight) was second ahead of 3.1/1 Ulyssee du Ravary (7g Hugo du Bossis-Epee) with Sebastian Hardy up. At Landivisiau the Prix de la Ville de Landivisiau (€45,000 purse, 2600 meters, 18 starters on the turf) went to 6.8/1 Valto des Landiers (6g Kesaco Phedo-Oretanes du Louvet) clocked in 1.20.2 for owner, trainer/driver D. Charadame. 7/1 Urfee Jailerie (7f Neutron des Cebe-Nana du Domaine) was second for Damien Bonne with 1.2/1 favorite Verrazano Bridge (6g Offshore Dream-Kuala Lampur) third for Thomas Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Also June 28 at Duindigt (Netherlands) the Grand Prix des Pays Bas Pays Bas (€33,000 purse, 2600 meters, Gr. II with 16 starters) went to the 1.15.73kr clocked winner Caen OIdseon at 3.3/1 for teamster John De Leeuw, trainer C-A Westerveld and owner Jachthaven de Groot B.V. 3.9/1 Zorro Photo (9m SJ’s Photo-Zarrasotha) was second for Jos. Verbeeck and trainer/owner Mw, S. Lepetit. Third went to 8/1 Zorba Oldeson (9g Love You-Trond’s Mari) with Rob De Viege up for trainer R-I De Vliegen and owner Merwe Staal Moerdiljk B.V. Thomas H. Hicks    

June 27, 2015 - Enghien-Soisy hosted today’s harness racing Quinte+ (jackpot €3.65 million) named the Prix du Roussillon (€48,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, European) with the win going to 1.14.2kr clocked Oro Fks (7m Uronometro-Fuschini America) and teamster Roberto Andreghetti. The Italian-bred stallion is owned by Stephano Bernardini and Fabrice Souloy is the FR trainer. He was off at 5.9/1 odds in the defeat of 10.6/1 Shamfalla (9f Den des Sark-Feria du Ringeat) with Eric Raffin up. 2.9/1 Undici (7g Kaiser Soze-Jobeth) was third for J-M Bazire, trainer Alain Roussel and owner Ecurie Roussel & Co. The Q+ exact order payoff without jackpot exceeded €5,500. The Prix de la Porte Saint-Martin (€55,000 purse, 2875 meters, 12 European starters) at Enghien this Saturday went to 1.16.8kr winner, 14/1 odds, Chanson d’Amour (3f Sam Bourbon-Song Of Love) for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Song Of Love is a 2006 foal of Coktail Jet-Guilty Of Love she the dam of Tonato Of Love (1:55 by Donato Hanover). Guilty Of Love is dam of Love You, Nice Love, In Dix Huit, Repeat Love and Perhaps Love, all winners of US$141,000 or more. 3.6/1 Tresor Dream (3f Andover Hall-Rafaele) from Italy was next for trainer/driver Santo Mollo and owner Scuderia Dream SAS. 5.2/1 Cathy A Quire (3f Password-Quira des Jacquets) was third with Franck Nivard teaming for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Belgium owner M.E. Desmet. The Prix de l’Observatoire (€55,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) at Enghien went to 7.3/1 odds, barefoot Prince Wind (6m Glidemaster-Solairesse) with trainer/driver Pipo Gubellini aboard for owner Scuderia Faillian of Italy. He scored in 1.13.9kr to defeat 3.8/1 Argol (5m Kool du Caux-Graminee) for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Vincent Jarry, also racing shoeless. 9.8/1 barefoot Verano du Reynard (6m Insert Gede-Nuranie des Noes) was third for Eric Raffin and conditioner Gregory Laurent. Fourth and fifth were Peace Of Mind and Pioneer Gar. Bionella (4f Jam Pridem-Hiona-Biesolo) was victorious at Enghien in the Prix de la Place des Alpes (€36,000 purse, 2875 meters, 15 female starters) clocked in 1.17.2kr. Franck Ouvrie was the pilot for trainer Anders Lindqvist, the third career win for Bionella, off at 18/1. 17/1 Belle de Marche (4f Legs du Clos-Neigede Marche) was second for Thibaut Le Floch, trainer/driver. 2.5/1 Bea Ecus (4f Quick Wood-Iffrida) was third for trainer/driver Markku Vartianen. Vire’s Prix de Neuilli-Levallois (monte females, €34,000 purse, 2250 meters, 10 starters) went to the 1.17kr winner, off at 2.9/1 odds, Coconut Citrus (3f Jag de Bellouet-Quize Sun) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L-Cl. Abrivard and owner J-P Barjon.  22/1 Chiurfa de Visais (3f Mood West-Perle d’Ouxy) was second for A.Tintillier and third finisher was 4.8/1 Cobrizia du Gite (3f Quatre Juillet-Hobrizia du Gite) with Eric Raffin in the irons. Also at Vire, the Prix Agrial (€22,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart), 14 entrants) went to 3/2 odds favorite Vacate Money (6f Prodigious-Making Money) for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, clocked in 1.13.6kr. 7/2 Valiant du Lamee (6g Karikal-Gouache de Girai) was second for teamster Sebastien Ernault and trainer Loic-Marie Dalifard with third to 5/1 Venus Castelets (6f Jasmin de Flore-Natural Pearl) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for Loic Peschet trainer. In Sweden, at Farjestad, this day the E3 Final Mares (Gr. I, 2140 meters autostart, 900,000SEK first money) went to Timbal (3f From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) with Robert Bergh teaming for Stall Gaffelby. The winner, clocked in 1.12.5kr, now has a career slate of 9-0-0 in 11 starts for earnings in excess of 1,242,000SEK. Tunika (by Zola Boko) was second for Bjorn Goop with third to Facile Boko (by Virgil Boko) driven by Erik Adielsson. The E3 Gr. I Final International for males (2140 meters autostart, 900,000SEK to winner) became a four length victory for Poet Broline (3m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) for Peter Untersteiner. Sucre (ny Jacose) was second for Christoffer Eriksson with third to Heavy Sound (gelded son of Ken Warkentin) and Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Roger Walmann. The winner was timed in 1.12.4kr. The aged trotters at Farjestad contested the Karlstad Metelisering AB (2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to winner) and the length victor was Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laure Kemp=Express Ride) with Christoffer Eriksson up clocked in 1.11.2kr. Hard Livin (8m SJ’s Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was next for Erik Adielsson and Stall Zet with third to Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Thomas H. Hicks

June 26, 2015 - Friday’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.6 million) Prix de Parisien (€58,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to Sweden’s Calvin Borel (5m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan-Lindy’s Crown) with Conrad Lugauer aboard as owner/trainer/driver. The 15/1 winner recorded his eighth career victory timed in 1.11.4kr to vanquish 7/1 Bolide de l’Oison (4m Paris Haufor-Punaise) with Franck Ouvrie teaming for trainer Christine Delamare. 5/1 American Jet (5m Quaker Jet-Marlena) was third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Antonio Dee Sousa. 2/1 favorite Fredericus (5g Allison Hollow-Fridericia) was fourth for reinsman Michael Nimczyk and German owner Ecurie Preusen. The monte Gr. III Prix Paul Delanoe (€110,000 purse, 2700 meters, 8 European starters) went to Italy’s 3/10 favorite Nene’ Deglo Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia. The winner scored in 1.13.9kr (fractions 1.16.7kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500) and recorded his 28th career victory for earnings of €685,385. 16/1 Udayama (7f Echo-Lencia du Pont) was second for jickey G. Prat and owner/trainer Loic Groussard. 15/1 Texas de l’Iton (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iladia de l’Iton) was third for Joann Lebourgeois, trainer Hughes Levesque and owner Ecurie de l’Iton. Recent new mile distance monte record holder Torre Crepin raced second on the outer before fading to last out of the final bend. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 27, 2015 - Spain now has its initial Gr. I winner as Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) rallied from third on the outer for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou to wear down leading Maven (6f Glidemaster-M.Stewart-American Winner), that ended third at 1.7/1 odds, and then easily held off 4.7/1 Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and harness racing driver Antti Teivainen to win this Gr. I UET Master Series Kymi Grand Prix Finlande at Kouvola. Purse was €150,000 for this 2100 meter autostart contest scratched down to eight particpants. Red Rose America and Ringostar Treb were scratched. Maven was away fourth and moved early to gain the front. Co-favorite Timoko followed but gapped and under strong urging from Pierre Vercruysse could not get alongside Maven and Johnny Takter. Trebol’s strong winning stretch rally resulted in his 30th career win for now earnings of €490,662, as he scored in 1.11.80 for owner Mme. C. Crespi Perez at odds of 8.8/1. Oasis Bi was timed in 111.95 with the tiring Maven clocked at 1.12.09kr. Seabiscuit was fourth and Timoko ended fifth. Replay follows:  Kymi Grand Prix 2015 Thomas H. Hicks

Enghien-Soisy’s Prix de Washington (Gr. II UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, purse €120,000, 12 starters scratched to 11 by departure of A Nous Deux) went to 1.2/1 favorite Robert Bi (5m Toss Out-Up Front JM) with Robin Bakker teaming for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner K.K. Bljkerk of Holland. Robert Bi led much of the way in this sprinter contest to defeat Uprince (7g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia) at 6/1 for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Raffegeuu with third to Germany’s 10/1 Chapeau (6m Love You-Crowntess) with trainer/driver Christophe Martens up for Italian owner Renato Bruni. Italy’s Pascia’Lest, at 13/1, and Sweden’s Beckman, at 45.1, finished fourth and fifth in this event in which the winner was clocked in a sharp 1.10.6kr (1:53.60 mile rate). The pace was quick, at 1.07.4kr at 1000 and 1.10.4kr with 500 meters to go. Roi du Lupin, Princess Grif and Rue du Bac were all disqualified for miscues. Robert Bi’s full-brother Oasis Bi was second today in the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola. Replay follows: Prix de Washington Thomas H. Hicks

June 25, 2015 - Today’s Enghien harness racing card included the Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance (€56,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 14 European starters) with the Q+ jackpot of €3.55 million. The 1.13.3kre winner was 9/1 Tropic du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthurs) with Eric Raffin piloting for trainer Bruno Bourgoin, the winners’ 15th career score in 61 starts. 7/1 Olimpus Caf (7m Varenne-Evoila Caf) was second for Julien Dubois, trainer Jean-Etienne Le Bec and Ecurie Montaro of Italy. 12/1 Nantucket (9m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady) was third witjh Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Sofia Aronsson and Stall Express of Sweden. The top three finishers raced without shoes. At Vichy this day the Prix Pierre Coulon (€70,000 purse, 2150 meters, 13 International starters) went to 2.1/1 Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) for David Thomain and trainer Jean Lelievre, racing barefoot as did the next two finishers. 43/1 Ugo du Loisir (7m Niky-Isla Bonita) was second for owner/trainer/driver Jean-Philippe Ducher ahead of 12/1 Sophie du Vif (9f Jenko-Lavalliere du Vif) handled by owner/trainer Aymeric Thomas. The time of the winner was 1.12.3kr and the beaten field included notables Global Midnight, Probo OP, Nefertite del Rio, Anette du Mirel and Armando Kievitshof. At Aby (SWE) trainer Jerry Riordan enjoyed a successful day with three wins, a second and a third. In a three year-old event Riordan finished first and second, with the winner Tornatore Grif (3m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan-Pine Chip) handled by Peter Ingves for owner Mauro Prospero of Italy. This 1.15kr victor defeated stablemate Tres Bien IT (3g Daguet Rapide-Imatra Bi-Supergill) for reinsman Frank Nilsson and owners Lisa Riordan and Al. Folli Srl in this  event over 2140 meters autostart with 35,000SEK first money. Riordan stables’ Super Bull (4m Yankee Slide-What A Joy-Alf Palema) won the Molndals Postens (30,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Christoffer Eriksson by six lengths. Mauro Prospero also owns Super Bull. Quantum Gliding and Bennet finished second and third. Prospero owns another Riordan trainee, Superfly Effe (4m Varenne-Chipping Image-Pine Chip), that scored in 1.14.7kr in the Grillnatta (2140 meters autostart, 12,000SEK to winner). Scuderia Gardesana Srl bred this winner. Carbon Launcher and Renoir Bi finished behind the Riordan trainee. Riordan was later third in the Moindals (2640 meters distance handicap, 40,000SEK to winner) with owner Prospero’s Spitfire Effe (4m Varenne-Victorian Bride-Valley Victory, a length behind winner Light Brode (5m Classic Photo-Luck Of the Day-Mr. Lavec) for Lutfi Kolgjini and second place Vasterbo Eclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell) with Joakim Lovgren driving. On the same Aby card the Coop Forum Kallereds (40,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to US-bred (by Polly and William Hilliard) My Gliding Angel (5f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man-Bedell-Speedy Crown) trained and driven by Bjorn Goop, timed in 1.11.2kr. The winner has a 8-4-3 slate in 24 career starts. Pin Kronos (6f Cantab Hall-Luck Of The Day-Mr. Lavec) was second for teamster Johan Untersteiner and owner Stall Courant AB. Paducah Dream (5f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner) was third for Peter Ingves and trainer/owner Jenny Nordensson. Ecurie Reve Avec Moi bred this one. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 20, 2015 - Harness racing trainer Imre Fazekas teamed veteran Ollyan nincs (7g Pickaflick-C’est la guerre) to a straight heat victory in the Dr. Jozsef Vecsekloy Memorial (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park on Saturday. Fazekas gained command early in both heats and led throughout with the times being 1.17.4kr and 1.16.4kr. Post positions in this classic are pre-drawn. Ollyan nincs is owned by Kaszas Gergo-Nauru Bt. and his pedigree traces back to Bill Shehan in Lexington. Pickaflick is a son of Mr. Lavec-Miss Photogenic-Crowning Point-Rose Bower-Florlis-Lovester and the dam C’est la guerre is by Kalle Pil-Arienne I.T.-Ideal du Gazeau-Rosie’s Girl, she by Super Bowl from Bert’s Gesture. The dam also produced the excellent mare Nana by Tony Oaks. Night Lady and teamster Tibor Hajnal finished 2-3, Nobody (Emil Csordas driving) was 3-5 and Orangyal (Csaba Lakatos up) was 4-2 in the heats. Friday evening Kincsem Park presented its twilight card featuring entertainment and racing (trots, gallop and greyhounds). Kisasszony with Laszlo Kolozsi aboard won the 200 meter sprinter trotting event and Andorra Gold (7f Andover Hall-Olympics) win the first heat of the Cinnia Handicap (500,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart, clockwise) in 1.19.6kr for Csaba Lakatos. The second heat was raced the next day and Andorra Gold won again, this time in 1.18.3kr. Replays follow: R2 Andorra Gold – heat 2 Cinnia Handicap R3 Ollyan nincs heat 1 Vecsekloy Memorial R7 Ollyan nincs heat 2 Vecsekloy Mamorial Kincsem Park is preparing for the July 3-5 weekend that includes a glorious food festival and the Trot and Gallop Derby races. Promotional activity is well underway for what promises to be great racing and great fun for the entire family. Promotional video Thomas H. Hicks    

June 24, 2015 - The June 23 (Tuesday) activity at Marseille-Borely began with the Prix d’Allauch (€22,000 purse, 2400 meters, 13 European starters) and the 6/1 veteran Super G (10g Gidde Palema-Super Jacqueline) won for Kevyn Thonnerieu, trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia (Malta). The winner scored in 1.13.6kr to defeat Ulex Gede (7m Diamant Gede-Fouine du Ruisseau) with Quentin Seguin up for trainer Yannick A. Briand and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 8/1 Siriuis de Felliere (9g Ganymede-Jamaique du Pont) was third for Virgile Foucault, trainer ean-Maris Roubaud and owner Ecurie Sylvain Roubaud. Ubanji (7g Jag de Bellouet- Perle d’Aunou) at 12/1 took the Borely featured Prix de Martigues (€32,000 purse, 3000 meters, 16 starters) timed in 1.15.3kr for Stephane Cingland. Jerome Huguet trains the winner for Ecurie de Vieux Chene. 20/1 Rose de Briouze (10f Look de Star-Sina) was second for Jean-Charles  Feron with 8/1 Un Roi d’Atout (7g Ganymede-Gunilla) third for Jerome Chavette. The Prix de Fontvielle (€22,000 purse, 3000 meters, 11 starters) at Borely went to 8/1 Blackbird Wood (4m Ready Cash-Revolution) with Laurent Lamaziere up for trainer Guillaume-Richard  Huguet and owner Ecurie D. The 1.16kr winner defeated 52/1 Breviana (4f Lann Bihove-Nuit de la Masree) and Emile Gout, also trainer, with third to 2.2/1 Babas du Melevc (4g Kenor de Cosse-New Star Rush) and reinsman Christophe Martens for owner/trainer Yannick A. Briand. The Prix de Gignac (€22,000 purse, 2300 meters, 12 European starters) at Marseille-Borely went to the 1.16.2kr winner Oronte di Cesato (7m Allison Hollow-Enzaran) at 1.2/1 odds teamed by trainer Christophe Martens. Italy’s Onorio Perfetti is the owner. 5/1 Tamaris Becceur (8m Jam Pridem-Kinsesic Berceuse) was next for Junior Guelpa up for owner/trainer Stephane Guelpa. 68/1 Olaz (7f Ganymede-Ialaz) was third with Stephane Cingland driving for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Joe Cachia from Malta. The Prix du Perche (€23,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) at Vichy resulted in a 1.17.3kr clocked victory for Broadway (4m Baccarat du Pont-Perle d’Aunou) at 8/1 for reinsman/trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Tony Le Beller teamed 10/1 Bravo la Revelle (4g Islero de Bellouet-Jiranica la Ravelle) home second for owner/trainer Eric-Gilles Blot with 7/1 Bonheur Nocturne (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Rencontre) third for trainer/driver Guy Verva. The Prix Marcel Gougeon (€38,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) at Vincennes went to 11/1 Australia Beco (5f Jam Pridem-High Star) with Guillaume Marin up for trainer Maxime Bezier timed in 1.16.7kr. 8/1 Arisa de Tilou (5f Pagalor-New Sommer Dream) was second ahead of 1.7/1 Avoine (5f Pine Chip Wood-Grege) for Guillaume Blanchard, trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. At Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Thalia (€37,000 purse, 2850 meters, eight starters) victory went to .5/1 favorite Currency (3f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) with Franck Nivard up. Fabrice Souloy is the trainer for Ecurie le Tremont as the winner was clocked in 1.16.1kr. 4/1 Callas de Marzy (3f Lynx de Bellouet-Sultane de Marzy) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer B-R Plaire. 5/1 Creation (3f Rieussec-Ovation) was third for trainer/driver J.G. Van Ecckhaute. This day at Lavel the Prix de la Cote de Jade (€21,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 14/1 Aurore Sautonne (5f Ready Cash-Galaxie Sautonne) for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and owner Ecurie de Sautonne. The 1.15kr winner easily handled 7/1 Alamo du Goutier (5g Quido du Goutier-Opoa de Tourelle) with Vincent Hebert up and 12/1 Ablette Jihem (5f Gros Grain-Poesie du Vivier) for teamster Jean-Philippe Minclin. Today at Nancy-Brabois the Prix (€21,000 purse, 2600 meters, 12 starters) was won by 4/1 odds Caresse d’Occagnes (3f Nice Love-Rari Pierre) for Spain’s trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Clocked in 1.17.2kr the winner easily defeated 10/1 Cyploa Calendar (3f Oiseau Feux-Quela de Calendes) for reinsman Yann Gerard and 27/1 Caret Jiel (3g Nobilis Jiel-Quarindia Jiel) for Christophe Croix. Saturday June 27 Enghien hosts a fine racing card led by the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix de Washington. Conditions and entries are shown below. The well balanced field includes Roi du Lupin, Vincennes, Robert Bi, Pascia’Lest and Chapeau. UET Masters Series - Groupe II - International - Attelé - €120.000 purse - - 1.609 mètres  autostart Primes : 6 750 €, 3 750 €, 2 100 €, 1 200 €, 750 €, 300 €, 150 € Prix : 54 000 €, 30 000 €, 16 800 €, 9 600 €, 6 000 €, 2 400 €, 1 200 € For 4-10 year-olds winners over €160,000 ; 12 starters 1. Roi du Lupin : Jean-Michel Bazire 2. Beckman : Franck Ouvrie 3. Vincennes : Jos Verbeeck 4. Robert Bi : Robin Bakker 5. Pascia' Lest : Andréa Guzzinati 6. Princess Grif : Roberto Andreghet 7. Rêve de Beylev : Eric Raffin 8. Rue du Bac : David Thomain 9. Uprince : Franck Nivard 10. A Nous Deux : Jean-Pierre Dubois 11. Moses Rob : Dominik Locqueneux  12. Chapeau : Christophe Martens  Thomas H. Hicks  

On June 21 at Naples Italy Thor di Girifalco (3m Dream Vacation-Iduna November-Coktail Jet) took the Gr.I Premio Grand Prix Citta di Napoli (€154,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.15.4kr for harness racing  reinsman Davide DiStefano. The winner has eight wins in 18 career outimgs. Beaten in a photo was second finishing Tesora Degli Dei (3m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) with Pietro Gubellini up. Third was Timone EK (3m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) for Enrico Bellei. The Grand Prix Citta di Napoli Filly (€55,000 purse, 1600 meters autostart, Gr. II) went to Talabarteria (3f Love You-Claire Barb-Yankee Glide-Giant Playmate) by a length for Natale Cintura. This winner scored her 11th win in 17 starts. Tessa OB Sonic (3f Exploit Caf-Ilide-Piccardo) was second ahead of Tiffany Dany (3f Varenne-Nikita November-Viking Kronos). .............................................. June 22, 2015 - J-M Bazire teamed his trainee Viatik du Loir (6g Kaisy Dream-Infante du Loir) to victory today at 1.7/1 favorite in the €26,000 purse Prix du Conseil General du Calvados at Caen. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr in this 2450 meter test for 18 starters. 3.6/1 Ustin de Littry (7g Lilas Bleu-Dora Gabriella) was second for reinsman Franck Nivard ahead of 3.7/1 Viborg (6m Mercenaire-Ocanelle) with Gabriel Gelormini up. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 23, 2015 - Ten solid harness racing performers will contest the Gr. I Kymi Grand Prix (€150,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart) on Saturday at Kouvala. US bred and owned Maven starts from post one for Johnny Takter, her first good draw in major European events. Chief contestants will likely be Oasis Bi, Timoko (Pierre Vercruysse up), Bret Boko, Red Rose America (bred by the late Lou Guida), Ringostar Treb (winner of May 30 Sweden Cup) and Spain’s Trebol. Be there in person or online for a superb classic trotting event. Timoko was the 2014 winner timed in 1.13kr.  June 27 – Kouvala Off 11:45 eastern - Kymi Grand Prix Maven (Johnny Takter) Stormysky (Jukka Torvinen) Oasis Bi (Claes Svensson) Seabiscuit (Mika Forss) Timoko (Pierre Vercruysse) Bret Boko (Ari Moilanen) Red Rose America (Tony Le Beller) Ringostarr Treb (Wilhelm Paal) Windy Ways (Daniel Reden) Trebol (Gabriel Pou Pou) The race record is 1.11.1kr set in 2006 by Jan de Bellouet. Started in 1998 the past winners are listed below for 1998-2013 Year Winner Country Driver Time kr 1998 Dryade des Bois Jos Verbeeck 14,6 1999 Defi d’Aunou Jean-Etienne Dubois 14,9 2000 BWT Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko 14,9 2001 Exchequer Aki Antti-Roiko 13,5 2002 Legendary Lover K Steen Juul 14,0 2003 Flambeau des Pins Mathieu Fribault 13,2 2004 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire 13,2 2005 Prime Prospect Andrea Guzzinati 13,8 2006 Jag de Bellouet Christophe Gallie 11,1 2007 Camilla Highness Peter Ingves 12,8 2008 L´Amiral Mauzun Jean-Michel Bazire 12,3 2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves 13,0 2010 Brioni Joakim Lövgren 12,7 2011 Rapide Lebel Eric Raffin 12,8 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens 12,0 2013 Womanizer S Tommi Kylliäinen 12,2 Thomas H. Hicks  

June 22, 2015 - Sunday’s harness racing undercard at Vincennes also included two Gr.III events and the day’s Quinte+ with a €3.35 million jackpot. Starting that action  was the Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (€85,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) was clocked in 1.13.7kr by the victorious 1.6/1 favorite Beau Gamin(4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Jean Michel Rancoule. The winner recorded his eighth win now for earnings of €227,440. 7/1 Balva Montaval (4f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou) finished second for Franck Nivard with 44/1 Bolide de Gueron (4m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia) third for Franck Anne, the driver/trainer/owner. The Prix de Gresse (Gr. III, €80,000 purse, 2700 meters, 12 European starters) went to the 1.12.5kr winning Norwegian Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Dign-Smokn Lantern) for J-M Bazire. The 3/1 winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Goran Antonsen. Lionel scored his ninth career win for earnings of €203,216. 25/1 Red Rose America (5f Varenne-Armbro Voice) was second for Tony LeBeller driving for trainer Souloy and the Denmark owner Stall Panamera Racing. This one was bred in Italy by the late Lou Guida. 39/1 Atout du Lorre (5g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) was third for Franck Anne also trainer/owner. Rooibus and Rember Mail finished fourth and fifth while As Dore and Arlington Dream were disqualified. The Quinte+ Prix Bertrand Deloison (€90,000 purse, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) went to the 1.13.8kr timed, 2.3/1 odds Val Royal (6m Capriccio-Quarda du Rib) for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner/breeder Ecurie des Charmes. The winner posted his 11th career victory now for €353,720 earned. Germany’s 3/1 Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess) was second for trainer/driver Christophe Martens and Italian owner Renato Bruni. 29/1 Urgos (7m Kesaco Phedo-Orcieris) was third for Joseph Verbeeck driving for trainer Bazire. Italy’s Perkins Grif was fourth. Win-place handle alone on the W+ race exceeded €1,147,000.      Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 0397     Ordre :       1.281,80€     Désordre :       23,40€     Bonus 4 :       7,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       3,60€     Bonus 3 :       2,40€           Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 7 Val Royal J.-M. Bazire Ecurie des Charmes J.-M. Bazire 2ème 11 Chapeau GER C. Martens R. Bruni C. Martens 3ème 10 Urgos J. Verbeeck M. Moureaux J.-M. Bazire 4ème 4 Perkins Grif ITY F. Nivard Scuderia Futura 2004 Srl F. Souloy 5ème 16 Scarlet Turgot E. Raffin Mme T. Hoste Y.-A. Briand               Thomas H. Hicks  

June 21. 2015 - The Gr. II Prix Xavier de Saint Paris (monte, €120,000 purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters) went to 2.2/1 Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel-Coktail Jet) for jockey Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Cedrik Megissier. The winner scored in 1.11.3kr for career win number nine and earnings of €401,600. The owner/breeder is Ecurie la Tour de Vandel. Second at 10/1 was Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qjualinka du Quenne) for Eric Raffin with third to 57/1 Amiral du Poitou (5m Oxford du Rib-Katia de Loimade) handled by Damien Bonne The Gr. I International UET Masters Series Prix Rene Balliere (€200,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) started the Gr. I events and it went to 6/1 Voltigeur de Myrt (6m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) with Gabriel Gelormini up for owner/trainer Roberto Donati. The top-performing winner was clocked in 1.10.3kr (race time 2:27.59, mile rate 1:53.11) for his ninth career victory good for €1,040,083 earnings. 3/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. 5/1 Vinci de l’Abbaye (6m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette) ended third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. Roxane Griff was a miscue disqualification and Italy’s Olmo Holz and Pace del Rio finished fourth and fifth. Bilibili (4m Niki-Quetty du Donjon) and Alexandre Abrivard took the Gr. I Prix du President de la Republique (monte, €240,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) clocked in 1.13kr (race time 3:27.97). The victory was his fourth in a career that now shows €273,700 earned. L. Cl. Abrivard trains Bilibili for owner/breeder J-P Barjon. 4/1 Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato with third to 1.9/1 Best Of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) for Francois Lagadeuc and trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin. Bird Parker was disqualified for a miscue. The Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (€200,000 purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to the Pierre Vercruysse trained/driven 10/1 odds Cobra Bleu (3m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee). He scored in 1.13.6kr for owner/breeder G.E. Morin. The winner recorded his sixth career victory for €204,340 earned. 29/1 Coktail Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ocarino Mesloise) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Belloche ahead of 6/1 Cristal Money (3m Coktail Jet-Making Money) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 1/1 odds favorite Captain Crazy was a dq early for a break. The Gr. I Prix d’Essai (monte, €200,000 purse, 2175 meters, 14 starters) went to 2/1 Carlos des Caux (3m Mien-Star Dodienville) with Mathieu Abrivard aboard. Jacques Bruneau trains this one for Jean-Louis Postel that scored in 1.13.9kr (race time 2:40.72). 3/1 Che Jenilou (3m Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Antonio de Sousa. 49/1 Cincinnati Bond (3f Prince Gede-Miranda d’Odyssee) was third for Anthony Barrier. The Group races were well received by a huge crowd this day under sunny skies. Thomas H. Hicks

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