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From Norway, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Italy, most every state and provience in the USA and Canada, Europe to South America, names for the harness racing Standardbred filly by Somebeachsomewhere from the mare, Put On A Show, are flying in from around the world. It is not too late for anyone who has yet to enter the contest to get their name choice submitted to try and win the $2,500 cash prize in Harnesslink’s “Name the Foal Contest.” So far nearly 600 names have been submitted for the foal. Her caretakers at Hanover Shoe Farms say, “She is a bold and brassy filly who has a mind of her own. She is very playful but never strays too far from her mother’s side.” There are new photos and also a video of the filly with this story so you can check her out while coming up with the prize winning name. The prize money has been sponsored by the owners of Put On A Show, Richard and Joanne Young of Florida, along with the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, PA. There is no purchase necessary to enter the contest. You must be age 18 or older and a legal resident of the country you live in. All entries must be submitted in English. Just click on the link below and fill out all the required information. The name cannot be more than 18 letters and/or spaces combined per the rules of the United States Trotting Association (USTA). Any name that has been used in the past 15 years cannot be entered. You can check on your name suggestion to make sure it has not yet been used by going to the free service at the USTA by clicking this link http://pathway.ustrotting.com/search/. Just type in the name of the horse and click. You will then see if the name is already being used. Contestants have until midnight on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to enter the contest. Contestants are allowed to enter only one name for the foal per email address and only one winner will be allowed per household. Within one week after the deadline date, owners Richard and Joanne Young will select up to five (5) approved names for the foal. They will draw by lot to declare the official name of the foal. If there is only one person that submitted the winning name, that contestant will be declared the official prize winner and receive the entire $2,500. If there are four (4) entries or less with the same name, there will be a drawing in descending order with those entrants dividing $1,000 evenly and the final name drawn being the ultimate winner and get $1,500. If there are more than 5 entries of the same name, all those entries will be placed in a drawing and the first four (4) names drawn will receive $250.each and the final name drawn will receive $1,500. To enter the “Name the Foal Contest” click on this link. The official rules for the competition (in detail) can be obtained by clicking on this link. Please take a moment and read the official rules so you are familiar with the regulations. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

It was a tough week in Eskilstuna, where we picked four legs and two outright winners (should have had four but I got cute) and so turned a might have been profitable week into a sour one. We picked Claes Boko in the first at $2.54 and  Maverick Man at  $2.88 in the last but they were favourites and we only got $10.84 from our $14 single wager spend. If I’d gone with the other first pick runners that we had in Legs 4 and 5, who both got home at $4.08 and $6.58 we would have been $21.76 better off, which would have come in handy offsetting our two blanks in Paris. Anyhoo we pick ourselves up again and dust off with this week’s racing at Enghien, France and Romme Sweden. V75-1 Bronze division   2140m:   From this draw BBS Sugarlight (3) looks an obvious anchor in this after starting off the year with four impressive wins on the trot in this company. Selection  3 V75-2 Klass II  2140m: I left this race until last to select because it was so open. Venkatash (8) is a good horse but I don’t like the draw, and so I think he can be beaten. Borga Effekt (5) with Bjorn Goop aboard  is my win selection but I’m also going to throw in Chippen As (1) Rigatoni (2) and Peking Duck (11) on to my ticket.  Selection 8-5-1-2-11 V75-3 Rommeheatet - Olympiatravet, (Gold)   2140m:   Elitloppet  winner Nahar (3) will be getting serious with the big races coming into view and will be ready for this, his second start back from a Winter break. World record holder Digital Ink (7) and reigning Swedish champion  On Track Piraten (8) are two seriously good horses and will have a say in this, so this is a three-way for mine. Selection  3-7-8 V75-4 Coldbloods,   2640m:  Manprinsen A.M. (10) and Stamping (12) are the two early favourites and these usually win in coldbloods and I’m going for the latter as my win pick.  Selection  12 (10) V75-5 Elite mares  2140m:   Caramella B.F (3). from the inside draw looks the one to beat but Hankypanky Pagan (7) and Blended Bellouet (8)  from the outside and Xena Brick (14) from the second line look like they can get in the play here. Selection  3-7-8-14 V75-6 Silver division  1640m:  The promising Prey Frontline (2) and the impressive last start winner Utility Bus (9) are the two that stand out in a strong field. Our two in that order. Selection  2 (9) V75-7 Klass I  2640m: We have to find an anchor somewhere with our system, and although this is no certainty, we will have to keep our fingers crossed that Asterix Hornline (1) keeps up his win streak. He’s got a great draw and three wins in a row although gate speed a worry.  Selection  1 R: 7 Prix de l’Atlantique (UET Masters) Group I, 2150m:  Super field here with the likes of the world’s best mare Roxane Griff, rising French stars Tiego d’Etang and Univers de Pan (the early favourite) , and the French trained European imports Pascia’ Lest (Italy)  and Caballion  (Sweden) fronting up at Paris’ second track. But Enghien is flat, and this is the realm of Timoko, who will have had an early morning exertion at stud prior to this race, although I’m sure he can handle it. Timoko it is at nice odds $5 and I’ll take that thanks. Selection: 2 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 SINGLE WAGERS  $2 Saturday Enghien R7: Timoko (2) Sunday Romme Race 5  BBS Sugarlight (3) Race 6  Borga Effekt (5) Race 7  Nahar (3) Race 8  Stamping (12) Race 9  Caramella B.F (3). Race 10  Prey Frontline (2) Race 11   Asterix Hornline (1)

Some of the heavyweights of Swedish racing have made the journey to Norway this weekend as the Scandinavian circuit kicks off with top group racing at Klosterskogen. The meeting is on Saturday is highlighted by the UET Masters Series Klosterskogen Grand Prix over 2100m for a purse of 74,000 euros, one of two group two races to be run, drawing highly competitive international fields. Lutfi Kolgjini's Mosaique Face is the current European Derby and Swedish Derby champion. The stallion son of Classic Photo made his season debut on the 4th of the month running fourth at Mantorp, so will be better for this. Erik Lindegren's Francais du Gull has been in very impressive form lately having won a V75 gold division heat last month and also run second at Momarken, here in Norway, earlier in the year. He won't be meeting the likes of Sanity and Raja Mirchi here as he did last start in the V75 final. These two have the early favouritism in the markets with US import I'm The Answer, a Credit Winner trained by local trainer Frode Hamre Another local hero Thai Broadway is also heavily supported with the only other in the market being Italian-bred Oasis Bi who is now in Sweden with Stefan Petterson and will have champion Swedish driver Bjorn Goop in the cart. The second race of note is the NO Habibs Minneløp, a group two for 4YOs over 2100m, a 200,000NOK (24,175 euros) which has drawn a strong Scandinavian field led by even money favourite Becky's Serious a Staro Showbiz stallion from the local barn of Vidar Holmlund. Frode Hamre has another with a chance here in Mucsles Yankee colt Mustoyevsky who will have Per Oleg Midtfjeld in the cart. Kolgjini never travels with a bad horse and Dante Boko is a colt by boom Swedish sire Going Kronos and is sure to be prominent here. KLOSTERSKOGEN GRAND PRIX Klosterskogen 2  19/04/14 UET Masters Series  Group II  Int  2100 3-12 74 000e 1         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:   Erik Lindegren  Tr:  Erik Lindegren     2100        2          Mosaique Face (h   Classic Photo - Iona L.B. )  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini     2100         3         Tourbillon (v   Ganymede - Inlaid Pine)  Dr:  Åsbjörn Tengsareid Tr:   Åsbjörn Tengsareid    2100        4         I'm The Answer (h   Credit Winner - Southwind Flanders)  Dr:  Vidar Hop  Tr:  Frode Hamre     2100        5          Oasis B   (h   Toss Out - Up Front Jm)   Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Stefan P Pettersson     2100        6          Thai Broadway (h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)   Dr: Gunnar Austevoll Tr:   Trond Anderssen     2100        7         Premance Simoni (s   S J's Photo - Amance Höjgård)   Dr: Bo Westergård  Tr:  Bo Westergård     2100        8         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg  Tr:  Mats Karlsson     2100        9         Broadway Legs (h   Broadway Hall - Classical Flirt)   Dr: Frode Hamre   Tr: Frode Hamre     2100        10         Orali (h   Great Challenger - Action Elpin)   Dr:  Jeppe Juel   Tr:  Jeppe Juel     2100        HABIBS MINNELØP Group II  Int  4YOS 2100m  24,175 euros 1         Mustoyevsky (h   Muscles Yankee - Olympic Cheers)   Dr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Tr:  Frode Hamre         2         Tano Bork (h   Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork)   Dr: Christian Lindhardt   Tr: Christian Lindhardt       3         Shocking Icon (h   Whitesand Titan - Bernadette's Cat)   Dr: Kai Johansen  Tr:  Anders L Wolden       4         Becky's Serious (h   Staro Showbiz - Bella Coal)   Dr: Eirik Höitomt   Tr: Vidar Holmlund             5         Dante Boko (h   Going Kronos - Margherita Rosa)  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini          6         Talking Story (h   Majestic Son - R. First Inquirer)   Dr: Torgeir Hagmann  Tr:  Torgeir Hagmann       7         Glad Hall T. (s   Boardwalk Hall - Glad Suit)   Dr: Björn Garberg   Tr: Björn Garberg           8         Duke of Greenwood (h   Otello Pierji - Nikki Groenhof)   Dr: Hugo Langeweg J:r   Tr: Peter Strooper          9         Boys Going In (h   Going Kronos - Namura)   Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Fredrik Persson          10         Bullish U.S. (v   Cantab Hall - Upmarket Hanover)   Dr: Frode Hamre   Tr: Frode Hamre by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Last year's winner Neste Effe is the overwhelming favourite for this year's running of Finland's Prix d'Etain Royal one of three UET Masters Series races on Easter weekend, as the European spring-summer circuit hits the track running. The Group one event worth 110,000 euros has been brought forward a couple of weeks this year which surprisingly puts the race head to head with other big international races in France and Norway. Nesta Effe was supreme in the early part of last season, with wins in the opening two of the five Finnish international Group ones for elite aged horses. The Italian-bred stallion son of Sweden's Naglo followed up the win in the Prix d'Etain Royal, with a win in the FInlandia Ajo and a second in Norway's Oslo Grand Prix before a win in a heat of Sweden's Elitloppet highlighted a fine Spring programme. An unplaced effort when hampered for a run in the final heralded two further unplaced starts before being put aside until January when he prepared for an unsuccessful shot at the Prix d'Amerique with a warm up race in Florence Italy. Neste Effe fronted up in Turin in mid February to take out the Italian Group two Gran Premio Mario Locatelli before returning to France where he was unplaced in the Grand Criterium de Vitesse at his last start on March 9. None of the others in this field have been competing at this level and Holger Ehlert's handsome chestnut , who will be driven by usual pilot Roberto Vecchione will be at very short odds, being at less than even money in early markets. Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath's well-performed Quid Pro Quo has been a group one performer since a 2YO when he ran third in the only Group 1 for babies in Sweden, the tongue-twisting Uppfödningslöpning. He followed that up with a win in Italy's Group 1 Orise Mangelli for 3YOs and last year was the Swedish Group one Sprintermasteren final winner for 4YOs. The son of Yankee Glide has also had group one placings in Norway and Germany to prove that travel will not bother him, although just an early 5YO, it is age that might be against the rising star in an aged group one. B.W.L Champion is a veteran journeyman with 20 race wins capped off with a win in Norway's group two Radio Metro Cup last year, his only win in group company in seven seasons on the track. But the 9YO son of Pine Chip is a tough old campaigner and as followers of European trotting know, these guys can keep their speed well into their second decade. Ex-pat Finn Reijo Liljendahl who was Swedish legend Stig Johansson's right-hand man for 35 years until abruptly going out on his own last year at the age of 58 has the classy Monster Drive entered, and the son of Tap In has come in for a lot of support. Other local hopes will be on Jarno Kauhanen's Swedish Import Womanizer, a 10YO roan journeyman who is as tough as old boots And the Finns also have two other local stars in the race, including last season's Finnish TravDerby winner Quite an Avenger who has had two second this term and a former Finnish St Leger winner She Loves You who will have star Swedish driver Johnny Takter hooking up again. The group one winning mare who has won big races in Sweden and raced in France and returned to winning form last start after a long absence. PRIX D'ETAIN ROYAL Seinäjoki 19/04/14 GROUP 1 UET MASTERS SERIES Int 4-12 2100m  €110 000   1         Nesta Effe (h   Naglo - Etna Sec)  Dr:  Roberto Vecchione   Tr: Holger Ehlert     2100         2         Quite An Avenger (v   Quite Easy - Nobes Hanover)   Mika Forss  Dr:  Markku Nieminen     2100         3         Monster Drive (h   Thai Tanic - Kewpie)  Dr:  Per Lennartsson   Tr: Reijo Liljendahl     2100         4         Womanizer (v   Tap In - Sandra Nibs)   Dr: Tommi Kylliäinen  Tr:  Jarno Kauhanen     2100         5         She Loves You (s   Love You - Sj's Shad Roe)  Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr:  Jörgen Westholm     2100         6         Surprise Lord (h   Classic Response - Beauty Bro)  Dr:  Iikka Nurmonen   Tr: Timo Hulkkonen     2100         7         Prussia (s   Ken Warkentin - Elvezia)  Dr:  Pietro Gubellini Dr:   Tr: Pietro Gubellini     2100         8         Quid Pro Quo (h   Yankee Glide - Hostage)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth     2100         9         Pitch Command (v   Scarlet Knight - Magyare Turgot)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Mia Kjellman     2100         10         B.W.L.Champion (v   Pine Chip - Lovely )  Dr: Ville Karhulahti   Tr: Petri Salmela     2100          by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com  

Sebastien Guarato's Prix de Selection winner Aladin d'Ecajeul heads the nine-horse field in the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Gaston Brunet, the final male lead-up race to next month's Criterium des 4 Ans at Vincennes in early May. The son of the royally bred Quaker Jet Aladin added the intergenerational Prix de Selection recently to his Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr1) and two other Group twos and has established himself firmly as the pre-eminent 4YO in France. However Matthieu Abrivard's Aldo des Champs has been making steady progress, running third in the Prix de Selection and was third in the Prix Phaeton, the first of the prep races last start. The son of Prince d'Espace is a group one place getter, Prix Albert Viel, and is one who is certainly capable of adding to his four career victories thus far. Third in the market is Vincent Collard Africain, a very consistent horse who has been in the money on a frequent basis without looking likely to win. The son of Oardo will be driven by Franck Nivard There are few horses with a CV as strong as Franck Anne's Akim du Cap Vert. The son of First de Retz won the top 2YO race in France, the Prix Emmanuel Margouty and was second in the Criterium Des Jeunes (Gr1), and a gallant third in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr1). He has won two at group two level including the Prix De Tonnac-Villeneuve (G2) in January and has been placed in three other races at group level. Joel Van Eeckhaute's Ganymede colt Athos des Elfes won the Prix Phaeton at odds of 30/1 last start, his first attempt at group company. The field was minus the likes of Aladin d'Ecajeul, but this was his fifth win in 23 starts, and he has been a consistent improver thus far. PRIX GASTON BRUNET Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Group 2 Nat 2100 4M 120,000e 1 Adio Josselyn (h And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 2100 2 Africain (h Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 2100 3 Ah Quel Micha (h Rocklyn - Oceane du Phare) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2100 4 Adonis du Goutier (h Coktail Jet - Quintaescencia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 5 Akim du Cap Vert (h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2100 6 Ausone du Kastel( h Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 2100 7 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2100 8 Athos des Elfes (h Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 2100 9 Aladin d'Ecajeul (h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

It will be a case of the Dubois' second generation stars battling it out for favouritism in the Prix Gaston De Wazieres (G2) a 120,000 euros preparatory race for the Criterium des 4 Ans, over 2100m in Good Friday racing at the Temple du Trot in France. Jean-Philippe Dubois will have son Julien on board favourite Atlessima, a daughter of Rocklyn - a son of Love You, the world champion sire owned and raced by the clan's patriarch, Jean-Pierre Dubois. Atlessima was second in the Prix Paul Leguerney (G2), which was the first prep, earlier in the month. She is already a group one winner, although under saddle in the Prix de Vincennes. Vying for favouritism is the winner of the Prix Paul Leguerney (G2), Africaine, who is owned and driven by Jean-Pierre's younger son Jean Etienne Dubois . She is a daughter of French-bred sire Oiseau de Feux, an unheralded former European Derby winner who was second in both the Elitloppet and Lotteria, the Premier races of Sweden and Italy respectively. The pair were the first two favourites the last time out and the public have stuck with them in early markets. The well-credentialled Avila a daughter of Ready Cash in the care of the champion's former trainer Thierry Duvaldestin is third inearly betting despite not having risen to the heights she showed as a juvenile when she won two group one races. Also getting support is Alesia d'Atout, a mare by in the stable of Dominique Mottier, who won the Prix Charles Tiercelin (G2) in January and was third favourite in the Prix Paul Leguerney. The proudly French-bred chestnut Prince Gede (83% French trotter) was a wonderful performer on the track (a winner of the French triple crown marathon Prix de Paris no less) and his daughter from his first crop Athena de Vandel has certainly inherited a lot of his traits,and will also come in for plenty of support. And Ganymede has proven to be one of France's unheralded heroes in the breeding barn, a proven producer of top class performers in France and Italy, and throughout Europe. He is represented by Adelie who will be driven by Alexandre Abrivard for Laurent Claude Abrivard. PRIX GASTON DE WAZIERES Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Nat Group 2 100 4F 120 000e 1 Avila Ready Cash (Encombevineuse) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Alesia d'Atout (Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 3 Almira Marancourt (Lilium Madrik - Elmira) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Sebastien Hervalet 4 Adelie (Ganymede - Linea Dream) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 2100 5 Africaine (Oiseau de Feux - Italienne) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 6 Alizea du Kastel (Quaker Jet - Kalida Jet) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 7 Athena de Vandel (Prince Gede - Maelia de Vandel) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 8 Asana Trembladaise (Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Dr: Anthony Dollion Tr: Anthony Dollion 9 Atlessima (Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Agora (Prodigious - Ibiza des Brisants) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Alexandre Buisson 11 Aosta de Lou (Goetmals Wood - Prima Dona de Lou) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 12 Agneska (Quaker Jet - Pocahontas) Dr: Gregory Simon Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 13 Altesse des Brumes (Jasmin de Flore - Fleur de Leau) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Harel by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com  

Evening action last night at Paris-Vincennes featured the Prix Cornelia, an 85,000e European monte test with 12 starters. Italy's Nene'Degli Ulivi was an impressive winner in 1.12.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. The favored veteran gelded son of Uconn Roc defeated Ursula Speed and Remember Jihim. Race summary follows: April 15, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Cornelia, European monte, £85,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters, 1.12.9kr 1st Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Vincent Lacroix, 1.2/1, Italy, his 23rd win for £395,586. Uconn Roc is by Lemon Dra-Enotria Roc 2nd Ursula Speed (6f Ludo de Castelle-Johanna Dream), Edric Raffin at 18/1 3rd Remember Jihim (9m Jad de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence at 5.3/1 4th Nena'Degli Ulivi w/ Alexandre Abrivard On the undercard As Dore, a four year-old son of Coktail Jet, won the 60,000e Prix Henrietta for trainer Franck Leblanc and reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. The 12/1 outsider's win increased his career earnings to over 109,000e. Attila Berry was second for J-M Bazire with Arpent d'Ostal home third in the contest of 13 starters timed in 1.14.6kr over 2850 meters on the lighted petite piste. The hotly contested three-year-old females only Prix Phaeo for 40,000e went to 78/1 longshot Baraka de Bellou and Mathieu Abrivard. The three-year-old daughter of Prodigious scored in 1.15.9kr over 2850 meters on the petite track to defeat nine rivals. Black Rosa France was second for Eric Raffin with 3/5 favorite Blanche Mencourt home a fast-closing third with Joseph Verbeeck up. That one is a daughter of Ready Cash trained by Philippe Allaire. Today's Quinte+ at Pontchateau was the 40,000e Grand Prix du Conseil General des Pays de Loire over 2800 meters. Ti Arno de Carly, a seven year-old gelded son of In Love With You secured the win over 16 rivals in 1.14.4kr. Arnaud Desmottes teamed the winner that he also trains. The victory boosted his earnings to 152,530e. The Quinte+ jackpot today was 7.35 million euros. The exact top-five payoff was 2,380e for a 2e play. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. This time of year we focus on those that caught our attention throughout spring training and will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) after another review trip. Here we go for recap #1: #24 A Schocker (2ct Andover Hall-Stretch The Limit-Tom Ridge) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of dam and first by Andover Hall. #127 Morcredit Blue Chip (2ct Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor-Malabar Man) - Charles Sylvester. Full brother to Maud Blue Chip (2, 1:58s, $222,203 in 2013), a returning three year-old performer for 2014 stakes that qualified last weekend. #77 Feel Lucky (2ct Lucky Chucky-Classic N Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Classic Casette by Florida Pro. Dam is 100% producer from the first three foals (all geldings) including Super Classic 3,2:00.1h ($91,303), Lindy's Best Yet 4,1:56.1f ($85,904) and Lindor 4,1:56.3f ($21,882) He looks like a prospect! #145 Talbot Hercules (2ct Muscles Yankee-Northern Flare-Andover Hall) - Charles Sylvester. First foal of the mare she with record 4,1:58.1f ($69,161) and daughter of Flame Tamer by Super Pleasure. #3 Madrid (2ct Credit Winner-Starcelona-Muscles Yankee) -Paul Kelley. First foal of Starcelona (2, 1:55.1, $44,750). Solid trainee from Paul Kelley's well-bred trotting collection. #23 Aldebaran Eagle (2ct Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of dam with 4, 1:56.1s mark and $56,338 earned. Her 2011 foal, Walk The Walk, by Muscle Hill just earned a qualifying record of 3, q1:57.2. #33 Keystone Bodacious (2ct Muscle Massive-Balanced Action-Balanced Image) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-brother to three $100,000 plus winners including Logan's Hero (6,1:54.2s, $379,425), Manningly (4,1:52.3f, $344,631) and Keystone Bernard (3,1:55.3f, $213,441). Grand looking individual. #48 Total Darkness (2ct Muscles Yankee-Leila-Andover Hall) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of unraced daughter of CR Royal Jeannie. #45 Stirling Diva (2ft Muscle Massive-Shan Riches) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-sister to Ellen's Isle (4, 1:53,2f, $264,080) and Loch Katrine (5, 1:56.1f, $214,953). #50 Walk Over Water (2ft Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) - Jonas Czernyson. Full-sister to Falls For You (4, 1:52.2, $1,311,152). 8 Total Darkness, 45 Stirling Diva, 50 Walk Over Water Itsabouttimebaby (2ct Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed) - Ron Gurfein Stable. First foal of stakes winning dam with record 4,q1:55.3f ($297,989), she from True Love by Pine Chip. This one has trained well all spring - impressive. Very Much So (2ft Donato Hanover-Bedswerver-SJ's Photo) - Fred Grant. Half-sister to Marat (3, 1:56.2f, $59,621) #5 Iron (2ct Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou) - Lindy Farms. Full-brother to Lindy's Jersey Boy (4, 1:52.4f, $268,247) from a franco-american dam. #4 Mesmerized (2ct Cantab Hall-Gift Card-Credit Winner) - Lindy Farms. Second foal of multiple NYSS and final winner Gift Card (2, 1:55.2, $253,733), she a sister to World Champion and million-dollar plus winner Crazed. Interested owners and visitors have been attentive to the action, and their investments, throughout spring. The Sunshine Meadows three year-olds and up continue to progress as well, including Sylvester's Spider Blue Chip and Toss Cartwright. Many of the two year-olds are now at 2:20 or below - we expect the favorites might change again as they move north to approach qualifying tests. Dreams sometimes come true. Spider Blue Chip (outside), Toss Cartwright (inside) for the Sylvester Stable. Toss Cartwight 2,1:57f ($46,749) by Muscles Yankee-Toss Up-Supergill, Toss Up the dam of six winners in 1:57 or better including Tawesome 3,1:53.3 ($103,120) by Thomas H. Hicks

A solid field of 11 will contest Saturday's Prix de l'Atlantique at Hippodrome Enghien. Race seven on the card features the exceptional mare Roxane Griff with Eric Raffin at the lines and other international stalwarts Timoko, Tiego d'Etang, and Univers de Pan. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event is over the 2150 meters autostart course for a purse of 200,000 euros. Six of the starters have career earnings of over 1 million eduros. Timoko will have a driver change as Pierre Vercruysse replaces Joseph Verbeeck behind the Richard Westerink trainee. Italy sends two hopefuls to the race including Pascia'Lest with Enrico Bellei to drive and Olmo Holz with Christophe Martens up.  The FR program page summary is shown below. 7 ème (15H40) : Prix de l'Atlantique (Trio, Classic Tiercé, Mini Multi, 2 sur 4, Couplé Ordre, Trio Ordre) European Trotting Masters Series 2014 Groupe I Course Internationale 1 TIEGO D'ETANGCH. BIGEON 8a2a3a9a2m134a6a3a1a1'10"4(Vinc.) (CHAILLOT - HAROLENE) - Propriétaire : F.L. ADAM - Entraineur : CH. BIGEON - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 1259980 € 2 TIMOKOP. VERCRUYSSE 0a5a139a0a2a1a2a1a1a1'10"0(Vinc.) (IMOKO - KISS ME COULONCES) - Propriétaire : R. WESTERINK - Entraineur : R. WESTERINK - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 2149590 € 3 PASCIA' LESTE. BELLEI 2a3a137a0a3aRa1'10"3(homol) (VARENNE - SUPERIORS SUN) - Propriétaire : S. QUERCI (ITY) - Entraineur : TH. DUVALDESTIN - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 829382 € 4 QUINOA DU GERSF. NIVARD 4a6a7a4m8a0a136a0a0a1'10"6(homol) (GANYMEDE - TARGA DU CHALANGE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie LE TREMONT - Entraineur : F. SOULOY - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 1001543 € 5 QUOUMBA DE GUEZJ.M. BAZIRE 0a5aDa2a138a7a0a5a1a1'10"6(homol) (URFIST DES PRES - VANINA DE MAREUIL) - Propriétaire : Ecurie VAUTORS - Entraineur : J.M. BAZIRE - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 1155569 € 6 UNIVERS DE PANPH. DAUGEARD 1a5a2a2a2a130a1a3a0a1'10"0(homol) (KENYA DU PONT - GYPSILORE) - Propriétaire : O. HORVATH - Entraineur : PH. DAUGEARD - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 1037530 € 7 ROXANE GRIFFE. RAFFIN 1m3a1m4a1m135a5m5a1m1'10"2(Vinc.) (TENOR DE BAUNE - JULIA MESLOISE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie GRIFF - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 2303118 € 8 TALICIA BELLAA. BARRIER 3a3a2a3a0aDa131a2a1a1'11"7(Vinc.) (GENERAL DU POMMEAU - ILLICIA BELLA) - Propriétaire : Ecurie Jean Paul MARMION - Entraineur : J.P. MARMION - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 606350 € 9 CABALLIONM. ABRIVARD 3aDa9a2a13Da9a2a110a1'12"0(Vinc.) (KESACO PHEDO - LADY BRICK) - Propriétaire : CABALLION AB (SWE) - Entraineur : F. LEBLANC - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 538281 € 10 OLMO HOLZCH. MARTENS 1a2a1a0a130aDa5a1a0a1'11"1(Vinc.) (URONOMETRO - VEUVE DU KRAS) - Propriétaire : F. DELMOTE (BEL) - Entraineur : V. MARTENS - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 401846 € 11 AISLE STANDJ. VERBEECK Da4a6a137a4a7a6a3a4a1'10"6(homol) (SCARLET KNIGHT - TWISTERELLA) - Propriétaire : Stall ESCAPADE AB (SWE) - Entraineur : R. KUIPER - Distance : 2150 - Gains : 391748 €    On Sunday at Turin Italy the Gran Premio Della Costa Azzura will be contested over 1600 meters autostart. This Gr. I International UET Masters Series contest attracted 11 entrants for the 132,000 euros purse. The lineup is shown below in position order with driver and career earnings in euros. Mack Grace SM headlines this group. 1. Op, Edourdo Moni, 319,999e 2. Napoleon Bar, Enrico Bellei, 585,187e 3. Oropuro Bar, Marco Smorgon, 418,277e 4. Oibambam Effe, Andrea Guzzinati, £309,542 5. Owen Cr, Pietro Gubellini, 545,838e 6. Mack Grace SM, Roberto Andreghetti, £1,324,238 7. Linda di Casei, Alessandro Gocciadoro, 689,331e 8. I Am Grif, Maurizio Cheli, 249,804e 9. Union Life, Joseph Verbeeck, 223,414e 10. Omas Np, Ferdinando Pisacane, 106,107e 11. Newyork Newyork, Lorenzo Baldi, 326,248e by Thomas H. Hicks,for Harnesslink.com

Savannah Bi (3f Ganymede-Dakota Bi-Toss Out) won today's Gran Premio Italia all-Arcoveggio at Bologna in 1.13.4kr over 1660 meters. Handled by Federico Esposito for trainer Erik Bondo and owner Allev. Biasuzzi Srl, the improving filly won her second straight in 2014 and has six wins in ten career appearances. Purse was 45,100e as the winner secured the second classic of the season for the three year-old Italian females, after the GP Etruria in Florence. Stankovic Ok led initially and then yielded to Suricato Jet, winner of Etruria. Stankovic Ok then regained the front before yielding in the stretch to Savannah Bi ( second in the nell'Allevatori Filly). Savannah won the first classic in her career. The team Bondo -Federico Esposito filly may be nearing the top of her class. BOLOGNA Arcoveggio - 804 mt 13/04/14     6 17.20 - PR.GP.ITALIA TR.AUTOVANTI E 45.100 mt 1660 - Trio   1° 1 SAVANNAH BI Fed.Esposito 13.4           2° 2 SABA DEL RONCO R.Vecchione 13.4           3° 5 SURICATO JET G.Di Nardo 13.6           4° 4 STANKOVIC OK E.Bellei 13.8           5° 8 SATCHMO AS G.Lombardo Jr 13.9           6° 3 SCOOP GRIF ITALIA M.Smorgon 14.0           7° 6 SOCRATE LASER E.Vessichelli 14.2           0° 7 SPECIALESS And.Vitagliano R.P.           0° 9 SMASH SLIDE SM R.Andreghetti R.P. Savannah Bi has Royal Prestige twice in her pedigree, as French sire Ganymede is by the prolific late Buvetier d'Aunou (Royal Prestige-Nesmile) and second dam Personal Banner is a US stakes winning daughter of Royal Prestige from Delmary Hanover. On a relatively quiet Sunday in France two interesting winners appeared at Agen le Passage. Legendary international horseman J-P Dubois won with his Bolero Love, a well-bred three year-old filly by Love You from Orelady-And Arifant in 1.15.4kr over 2050 meters autostart. It was her first career win for the Patrick Chevrier trainee. Later in the card Jean-Philippe Dubois won with his Unbridled Charm in 1.14.8kr, the sixth lifetime win for the son of Password-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn. The dam has produced monte star Vision Intense that raced well this weekend to sulky in graded action at Vincennes. April 13, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix d'Estillac, 22,000e, 2050 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.15.4kr 1st Bolero Love (3m Love You-Orelady-And Arifant), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Patrick Chevrier trainer, Ecurie D breeder, 1.8/1, first win for 18,900e earned 2nd Bilooka du Boscail(3f Look de Star-Mirza du Vivier), Yves Hurel trainer/driver, 13/1 3rd Berlioz Delouel (3m Qualmio de Vandel-Quamia du Rib), Manuel Criado, 11/1 April 13, 2014 Agen Le Passage, Prix de Bajamont, 22,000e, 2575 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.14.8kr 1st Unbridled Charm (6m Password-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), J-Ph Dubois up for Philippe Moulin trainer and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 0.9/1 favorite, his sixth career win for 88,050e 2nd Twistess (7f Game Jet-Malice Speed), M.X. Charlot up, 6/1 3rd Urfist Dolucio (6m Kid Blue-Lutteuse de Marray), F. Crozier aboard, 64/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Excellent graded events took place at Paris-Vincennes on the well-attended Friday "nocturne" card and again Saturday with the new 12 noon post-time. The two programs included the following graded events:   April 12 - Prix Hemine Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, three year-olds won by Baggio du Chatelet in 1.14.3kr over the Ready Cash son Bird Parker; April 12 - Prix Henri Levesque Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, five year-olds taken by Voltigeur de Myrt in 1.11.5kr over a stellar field that included monte star Vision Intense and pacesetter Vanika du Ruel; April 12 - Prix Beaumanoir Gr. II European 85,000e, 2700 meters monte won by Varum Boy in 1.14.5kr; April 11 - Prix Jamin Gr. III International 115,000e, 3525 meters secured by Une Fille d'Amour in 1.15.8kr over Vagabond du Mag and Sweden's Caballion; also on April 12 - Prix de la Lorraine 72,000e, European over 2100 meters won by the speedy Sometime in 1.11.1kr after a first 600 meters in 1.08kr, as the daughter of Blue Dream defeated a classy veteran field. Summaries of these events are presented below. April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Hemine, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet), Mathieu Abrivard up for Nicholas Raimbeaux trainer, 0.8/1 favorite, fourth win for 149,750e for owner Antonio De Sousa 2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Nature des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up, 36/1 4th Baggio du Chatelet and Mathieu Abrivard April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Henri Levesque, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 15 starters, 1.11.5kr 1st Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Murtille de Bois-Tenor de Baune), Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Roberto Donati, 9.1/1 2nd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 6.5/1 3rd Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin, 9/1 4th Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 1.8/1 5th Voltigeur de Myrt and Eric Raffin defeat a stellar field Advertising appeared quickly on this impressive winner as follows. Criterium des 4 ans (Gr1) winner VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT, the only sire grandson of three Prix d'AmÃmrique's winners (Jag de Bellouet, TÃNOR DE BAUNE and DRYADE DES BOIS). Congratulations to the winner of the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr.2) at Vincennes (2014/04/12) in 1'11"5 (2175m volt). April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Beaumanoir, Gr. III monte European, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.5kr 1st Varum Boy (5m Baccarat du Pont-Hawai Gril-Tenor de Baune), Damien Bonne up for owner/trainer Yves Dreux, 17/1, fourth career win for €133,160 lifetime earnings 2nd Volga Saltor (5f Fleuron Perrine-Glory d'Ariane), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.5/1 3rd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indira Bi), P-Y Verva aboard, 50/1, Italy 4th A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik), Nathalie Henry up for J-P Dubois 5th Palomar LB (5m Varenne-Gilly LB), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 5.5/1, Italy April 11, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jamin, Gr. III International, £115,000, 3525 meters, 11 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bosis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up for trainer/owner Cyril Raimbaud, her 11th win for 626,790e, 2/1 favorite 2nd Vagabond du Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary), J-M Bazire up, 5.8/1 3rd Caballion (8m Kesaco Phedo-Lady Brick), Franck Nivard teaming, 9/1, Sweden 4th Un Fille d'Amour with David Thomain April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Lorraine, European, 72,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters, 1.11.1kr, Quinte+ with a 7.15 million euro jackpot 1st Sometime (8f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere-Vikings Way), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens trainer for owner Ecurie du Haras de l'Orne, 6.2/1, her ninth win for 337,400e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene), Eric Raffin up for Herve-Philippe Gautier trainer, 3.8/1 3rd Sthieric (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Prouvee), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver, 11/1 odds 4th Beaten field included Aaron de Veluwe 4th, Nephenta Lux 5th, Decarone 6th, Tojima 7th, Krangel 8th, Quid du Vivier 9th (US owned by Jesmeral Stable) 5th Sometime with Christophe Martens win in 1.11.1kr by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Night Lady, the accomplished seven year-old daughter of Tony Oaks-Vas Lady, rallied to victory in the 1.5Huf million Pulay Kornel Memorial at Kincsem Park. Handled by Sandor Varadi for trainer Tibor Hajnal, Night Lady equaled the track record at 1.14.3kr over 1900 meters, set by the son of Valley Guardian, Illetmeny. The co-feature on the Saturday afternoon card went to the Love You mare Principessa Ovi reined by Mitja Slavic who trains for owner Equine MS Srl of Italy. The Credit Winner mare Pretty Paper was second in the 1800 meter autostart event for a 500,000Huf purse, timed in 1.16.1kr. April 12, 2014 Kincsem Park Pulay Kornel Memorial, 1.5Huf million purse, 1900 meters autostart,1.14.3kr equals track record for the distance 1st Night Lady (7f Tony Oaks-Vas Lady), Sandor Varadi up for trainer Tibor Hajnal, owner Illetmeny Kft, 9.6/1 2nd Ollyan nincs (6g Pickaflick-C'est la guerre), Andrea Fazekas,1.14.4kr, 2.8/1 3rd Orlando Bloom (6m Zador-Donna Summer), Imre Fazekas, 1.14.6kr, 11.3/1 4th Princess View (6f Igor Brick-Review As), Csabo Lakatos up, 8.5/1 April 12, 2014 Kincsem Park Platter Chatter DIJ, 500,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart, 1.16.1kr 1st Principessa Ovi (5f Love You-Goldy LB), Mitja Slavic trainer/driver, Equine MS Srl owner, 2.4/1 2nd Pretty Paper (6f Credit Winner-Anticipation), Csaba Lakatos up, 2.9/1 3rd Landlord (9m Baltic Bet-Holden Lady), Sandor Varga up, 8.8/1 Other winners on the card were: Saraville (3f What A Man-Izaville), Imre Fazekas up, 2.21.7kr, purse 330,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart Oldworld Mast (6g Pine Chip-Rika Nilema), Sandor Varga, 1.17.4kr, purse 380,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart Nick Nolte (7m Tony Oaks-Szineszno), Sandor Varadi, 1.16.9kr, purse 330,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com          

Solvato and reinsman/trainer Veijo Heiskanen took today's Olympiatravet trial #3, the V75-3 Gold event on the Eskilstuna card in Sweden. The import from the USA scored in 1.11.3kr over 2140 meters autostart to defeat nine rivals and earn 150,000SEK. It was the seventh lifetime win in 33 starts for the five year-old son of Donato Hanover. Other USA imports Kash's Cantab and Formula One ended second and third. April 12, 2014 Eskilstuna, Olympiatravet test 3 (final April 26), 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.11.3kr 1st Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver for owner Denco HB, USA. His first 2014 victory in four starts. 2nd Kash's Cantab, Bjorn Goop, USA 3rd Formula One, Orjan Kilhstrom, USA (recovered from early break) 4th Kaffir Face. Lutfi Kolgjini Solvato's victory set up the Olympiatravet field. Two horses qualified and one wildcard was handed out. "I'm very happy to be a part of Olympiatravet, especially at Aby as it by our home race track," said trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen. The gold division and the Olympiatravet qualification race was the main event of Saturday's V75. The race included the biggest favorite of the day, Formula One, but he went off stride just in the beginning of the race. Instead we saw a fantastic performance by USA-born Solvato. He got to the lead 600 meters into the race and was unstoppable with a clar victory. Trainer Heiskanen said about the race: "This time I drove him with high speed directly from the start. He felt great and when he crossed the finishing line he could have had the same speed for a couple of hundred meters more. I hope he can perform like this many years to come." Behind Solvato, the Stig H Johansson trained and Bjorn Goop driven Kash's Cantab grabbed second and was invited to the Olympiatravet. Jon Walter Pedersen, sports director of Ãby and in charge of Olympiatravet, was at Eskilstuna and was pleased with the result. He gave away one more wildcard to Olympiatravet, saying "We have sent an invite to Brad de Veluwe and Tuomas Korvenoja has returned with a yes answer! We have one more wildcard to hand out and we're hoping to bring in a French horse." The line-up for Olympiatravet to-date is: Sanity and Harry Haythrow (from qualification race 1) Noras Bean and Mr Picolit (from qualification race 2) Solvato and Kash's Cantab (from qualification race 3) Yarrah Boko and Brad de Veluwe (wildcards) Olympiatravet final take place at Ãby on April 26. On the same Saturday card the six year-old Pine Chip son K.L.M. Buymethemoon won the Bronze Division in 1.12.1kr over 1640 meters autostart. Kenneth Haugstad was the pilot as they defeated the USA import Sandra Volo and Photoshop. April 12, 2014 Eskilstuna, Bronze Div. 110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.1kr 1st K.L.M. Buymethemoon (6m Pine Chip-K.L.M. See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover), Kenneth Haugstad up, 5/1, Norway, second win in three 2014 starts and now eight for 40 lifetime 2nd Sandra Volo (5f Cantab Hall-Sandra Victory-Valley Victory), Johan Untersteiner for trainer Roger Walman, 2.3/1, imported from USA in 2012 3rd Photoshop, Jennifer Tillman up, 5.7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

J-Ph Ducher teamed his owned and trained Ugo du Loisir to victory in this weeks' third leg of the prestigious Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf at Saint Galmier, France. The six-year-old son of Niky won at 7.4/1 for his 11th career success and a bankroll of £264,920. The Gr. III event carried a purse of £90,000 for this 2650 meter right-handed course that he handled in 1.13.8kr. The race was todays Quinte+ with a £7 million jackpot. The exact order payoff, excluding jackpot, was £93,705 for a £2 wager. The J-M Bazire trained Trophee de Jaba was second for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard. 17 contestants battled for supremacy in this event. The co-featured Prix du Conseil General for £28,000 wen t to Norway invader H.M. Monocerus and teamster Damien Bonne. Geir Norbotten owns the winner and Thierry Duvaldestin trains. 18 starters were unable to match the rallying, nose-verdict winner that was timed in 1.14.6kr over 2675 meters. The successful seven year-old mare is by Staro Showbiz from the Super News mare Taxi Genova.Tempo de Carless ended second for Franck Jamard. Italy's Osiride Grif, a six year-old son of Varenne, was third at 28/1. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

First quarter 2014 revenues at PMU (Pari-Mutuel Urbain) in France declined 3.4% from last year, driven by a 4.5% decline in the horse wagering segment (France declined 7.4% and international increased 45.6%), despite an increase in supply including international. Gains in sports wagering (up 17%) and online poker (up 9.2%) helped partly offset the horse sector decline. 2013 full year net profit increased to £854 million from prior year's £852 million due to reported aggressive marketing that helped make sports wagering and poker profitable. Growth in international horse racing helped erase declines in French racing profits along with implementation of rigorous expense management under a plan to save £15 million according to published reports. PMU reported that despite the soft revenues, it met commitments to funding and support of horseracing. It was also reported that the results were not a surprise and expectations over the next several years will be reserved. After 15 years of growth on horserace betting, revenues dropped 1.8% versus a gain of 0.5% in 2012. Total revenues declined 0.9% from prior year. At a Monday press conference, PMU's CEO Philppe Germond stated that PMU had resisted horseracing weakness due to its "multidisciplinary" operations as sports wagering grew 22% to £199 million and poker increased 10% to £569.9 million. He further commented that PMU is now firmly established in these sectors following the 2010 opening of Paris-Online to diversify its business and that horse-wagering reflects weakness in "mature recreation" such as casino games (down 4.5%) and lotteries (down 8.3%). He attributed part of the horse-wagering weakness to reduction in the number of runners. International activity grew 93.6% to £638.3 million. Germond remarked that the strategy of exporting races and the PMU image is winning. In addition, he pointed to the positives of the acquisition of Eurotierce in Belgium in 2013 which quadrupled its activity in just a year. Regarding 2014 he expects further decline in the horse-betting segment in 2014 but at a slowing rate. The PMU press release (translated) is shown below. PMU reported 2013 net profit of 854 million euros The activity of the first quarter of 2014 was in line with forecasts. The PMU 2020 strategic plan is in active development phase. Despite the continuing difficult economic environment in France , the PMU has succeeded to stay the course of growth with an increase of the gross proceeds of games of 0.6 % in 2013. Strategic plan to 2020 has entered its implementation phase and reinforces fundamental business model changes. 2013 net income for the PMU , donated in full to the French horseracing , amounted to £854 million for the year 2013 and is in line with the objectives announced at the beginning of year 2013. PMU recorded year-on -year growth in gross gaming revenue of 0.6% to 2.542 billion euros, despite a slight decline of 0.9% total revenues to £10.405 billion. This performance was made possible thanks to an aggressive marketing strategy in France and abroad and strict management of the company. Diversified activities (i.e., Paris sports and poker) are now profitable and benefit directly to horseracing. The strong development of international (up 94 %) contributed also to the overall performance of the business in 2013. Strategic Plan PMU 2020: For five years, the PMU has largely turned to face many challenges, such as market opening of online games and horse betting globalization, initiated at the end 2012. The PMU 2020 strategic plan should allow the company to accelerate this transformation to ensure the future of equestrian activity and enable new growth such as international development and new gambling activities This plan is in its deployment phase, including the implementation of testing new outlets concepts. Tests are to be run in 30 cities in 2014 to validate the priority concepts and launch a broad deployment from early 2015. This ambitious strategy, aimed at diversifying and segmenting sales networks based on customer expectations, differentiated marketing offers and customer relations, will be fully modernized with high technological content. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The grass course trotting circuit "Tour de France des Trotters ser l'herbe" began this week with a win for Super Berry Chenou at Hippodrome de Tours. The veteran eight year-old gelded son of Jardy-Finaline-Quel Soro scored his tenth career win, now for earnings of £169,460 in this 3500 meter contest for a purse of £45,000. Jean-Philippe Monclin trains and drives the winner that defeated Sire de Janze and Ragtime du Parc. The winner raced unshod for the third time in his racing career and he accelerated quickly in the last lap to score easily. The grass circuit continues next on April 27. The Tour de France on grass is in its 14th edition. Established in 2001, the "Green Award" is now firmly rooted in the French racing calendar and its success, both in the public's eyes and for professionals, cannot be denied. The Green Award was created to save and upgrade the grass tracks. Good grass runways have been disappearing one after the other, explains Bernard Desmontils Bernard , vice -president of Cheval-Francais. And this circuit allows racing opportunities for horses that have not won a lot of money, gives them some tough fights to regain morale and a second youth running on the grass. The media has encouraged local communities, who have put their hands in their pockets, to help companies rebuild their race track or maintain them. The effort reinforces volunteering. The series has evolved and now has three feature races at each meeting that has given a breath of fresh air for grass track organizers. In sporting terms , the "Green Trophy" also acquired a feeling of nobility and is full of equine participants. Eliminations are now often required and at Tours there were 50 entrants initially and 16 started in the finale. Apprentices and amateurs also have their Green Trophy, and, new this year, the kids too! Green Ponies Trophy has been created and will be held at each venue. It is hoped that this may inspire new vocations for the young participants. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

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