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August 29, 2015 - Santiago d’Ete (4m Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) won today’s €45,100 purse, 2040 meters autostart Grand Premio Nello Bellei at Montecatini ITY. Roberto Andreghetti teamed the winner to the 1.13.4kr victory in a closer verdict over Smeralda Jet (4f Gigant Neo-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride) and teamster Antonio DiNardo, with third to Saba del Ronco (4f Adrian Chip-Dedone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover). Saphire Bi (4f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi) was a length behind in fourth. The winner’s second dam Viola s’Amore (by Indro Park) has produced €375,315 winner Newyork Newyork. In separate news, 12 starters have been drawn into the September 5th European Championship (Gr. I UET Masters Series) at Cesena ITY. Orsia and Napoleon Bar are the headliners. € 187.000,00 - 1660 meters autostart – 4 year-olds and up 1ª Prova     2ª Prova 1 PROBO OP Moni Edoardo 12 2 STANDOUT Andreghetti Roberto 11 3 ROXANNE BAR xxx 10 4 RANIA LEST Gubellini Pietro 9 5 OLONA OK Di Nardo Gaetano 8 6 ROMBO DI CANNONE Gelormini Gabriele 7 7 ORSIA Di Nardo Antonio 6 8 POGGIO Cintura Natale 5 9 ONEGHIN DEL RONCO Minnucci Giampaolo 4 10 OSASCO DI RUGGI Vecchione Roberto 3 11 NAPOLEON BAR Bellei Enrico 2 12 NEWYORK NEWYORK Baldi Lorenzo 1     Thomas H. Hicks

August 30, 2015 -  Speedy Trader (7m Sugar Trader-Savvy Lobell-Speedy Crown) took today’s featured Vanessza DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) clocked in 1.15.8kr for harness racing driver Tomaz Osterc, trainer Zvonko Osterc and CRO owner Tamislav Gmajnic. The winner is the maternal family of Scully and Sherwood Lobell, with second dam the Mystic Park daughter Stardrift Lobell. Jogging (12g Valley Guardian-Sportlady) was second for Sandor Varga with third to Ordog Hegeduse (7g Medic Hanover-Dallam) driven by Ferenc Nagy II. The secondary featured Complex DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1980 meters distance handicap) went to the 1.17.1kr winner Sanger MS (5g Victory Dream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) driven by Mitja Slavic, trainer by Imre Fazekas and owned by Equine MS Srl. from Italy. The 4/5 odds winner scored his fourth straight victory. Oldtimer Diamant (by Arc de Triomphe) was second for driver Emese Vezer with third to Ostrom (by Wall Street Banker) for driver Pal Vicen. Thomas H. HIcks  

August 30, 2015 - The featured Dansk Trotting Derby 2015 (525,000DKK, US$79,267, to winner, 3000 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.8kr clocked winner Winston Sisa (4m ENS Snapshot-Keenness Sisa) driven by harness racing trainer Jan Dahlgaard. Wizard Simoni (4m Juliano Star-Kom Sa Simoni-Earthquake) was second driven  by Peter Untersteiner ahead of United KK (4m Carmondy Lobell-Erycina-Speed Merchant) driven by Gordon Dahl. The undercard today at Charlottenlund was a good one with performers of all ages. Winners of interest were Tycoon Conway Hall, Dark Xray and Stand And Deliver among others. Two year-olds contested an Open event on the Charlottenlund card with 50,000DKK (US$7,550) to the winner on the 2000 meters autostart course. The 1.15.9kr winner was Big Mac PD (2m Reinsman Hanover-Hot Dice-Dancer’s Victory) driven by Steen Juul for trainer Gordon Dahl. Second was Bali (2m The Liquidator-Omega Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) driven by Pauli Andersen with third to Breaking Point (2g Tritun Sund-Jeans Frokjer-Little Devil) for driver Birger Jorgensen. Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) took a fast class event for five year-olds clocked in 1.11.6kr over 1600 meters autostart. Steen Juul reined the winner, also one that he trains. He earned 50,000DKK with this victory over Caprino BR (5g Rotation-Desdemona Dei-Muscles Yankee) with Kim Pedersen aboard. This winner has performed consistently well against those of his age throughout Europe. The Subaru Summer Meeting Final (80,000DKK to winner, 2000 meters autostart) went to the Hakkan K. Persson reined Dark Xray (4m Crazed-Mascara-Spotlite Lobell) clocked in 1.13.1kr for owner/breeder Ann Kristen Johnsrud. US Dollars (4f Love You-Dallas Avenue-Neza Wenbo) was second for Birger Jorgensen ahead of Twin Peaks (5g Daguet Rapide-Liss Coktail-Coktail Jet) with Ken Ecce at the lines. US Dollars, undefeated in 2014, is now 8-2-1 in 13 career starts. The Rex The Great (100,000DKK to winner, 2000 meters autostart) for older fast-class trotters went to Stand And Deliver (6m Kadabra-Ghana Roland-Speedy Herve) clocked in 1.12.2kr for teamster Birger Jorgensen. Magiccarpetride US (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) was second for Johan Untersteiner with veteran O’Grady (9m SJ’s Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) home third for driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

August 30, 2014 - Today’s turf trotting specialists performed at Bernay in the Prix du Conseiller General (purse €35,000, 2800 meters, 18 European starters) with the 1.19.8kr victory earned by 1.9/1 odds Vasco du Graux (6g Modern Jazz-Kimie du Pont) reined b y J-Ph Monclin. 3.7/1 Viatka Madrik (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Natky Pride) held seconf with third to 9.7/1 Urkan des Landiers (7g Echo-Neva Star). Wolvega’s top trotting action today featured the Grand Prix Paris-Turf (€9.900 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) that  went to the 1.13.3kr winner Tiger Woods As (5m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip) with Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Gerrits Recycling Group. The 4/5 favorite defeated Staro Foot Loose (7m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease-Conway Hall) second at 19.8/1 and driven by Arnold Mollema. 20.4/1 Your Love Lois (10g Love You-Really Furniture-Incredible Crafts) held third for Rick Ebbinge. The Wolvega main feature event this day was the Grand Prix de Victoria Park (€50,000 purse, 2600 meters autostart, 11 entrants) with 18/1 Sirene de Feugeres (9f Infant du Bossis-Deesse de Feugeres) taking the victory for reinsman Rick Ebbinge and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The 18/1 odds winner scored in 1.14.1lkr to defeat 10.7/1 Sthieric (9g Alpha Barbes-Justice Prouvee) driven by owner/trainer Franck Ouvrie. 2/1 Solea Rivelliere (9f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) was third for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 29, 2015 - Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) circled the field and drew off in the Sundsvall Open after gaining the lead mid-stretch for patient reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. The Daniel Reden trained, Stall Zet owned import from the US now has a 17-9-7 slate from 41 career starts, with 4,916,572SEK earned. Clocked in 1.10kr (mile rate 1:52.63) the small athletic mare raced with shoes and trailed the field much of the way in this Gr. I International UET Masters Series Sundsvall Open (1SEK million to winner, 2140 meters autostart) during a quick pace set initially by Creatine driven by Johnny Takter. Creatine battled Royal Fighter early and then faded after several others including On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Torbjorn Jansson for trainer H-R Stromberg made a decisive move in the final turn and held second timed in 1.10.3kr. Third finishing Ringostarr Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsolo Egral-Supergill) at 24/1 for Wilhelm Paal and trained Holger Ehlert, first engaged Creatine in the last bend and took over with Oasis Bi in the hunt along with rallying On Track Piraten. None of these could match the quick closing speed of Delicious. Oasis Bi finished fourth for Bjorn Goop about seven lengths behind the winner with Royal Fighter a distant fifth for Jennifer Tillman and Creatine sixth. Traveling Man, El Mago Pellini and Global Money completed the field after the scratching of Rocky Winner. As noted the fast fractions were illustrated by a time of 1.05.2kr for the first 500 meters and 1.07.9kr at the 1000 meter mark. The field was underway after one recall. Bergsaker’s Sundsvall Monte Open (60,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Figaro Sanna with Jenny Brunzell aboard. Timed in 1.13.4kr this eight year-old gelded son of Spotlite Lobell-Strands Sparkling-Running Sea recorded his 12th career win in 50 starts for owner Happy People Racing AB. Also on the Bergsaker card was the Lars Lindsbergs (175,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters turning start distance handicap) and Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly-Coktail Jet) was the winner timed in 1.12.5kr for Oskar J. Andersson and trainer Jorgen Westholm. Unique Julia and Bethel Hanover were next to the line. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) contest today was won by Aristocat Boko (8g From Above-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) and teamster Johnny Takter timed in 1.12.6kr, his 15th lifetime win in 63 starts. Stall HGS owns this winner. Thomas H. Hicks

August 29, 2015 - Roxane Griff, albeit finishing third, and Ave Avis were headliners in today’s Paris-Vincennes program that included five groupe events and the Quinte+. Captain Crazy, Nene Degli Ulivi, Un Charme Fou, Villeroi and well-bred Calita Wood were also victorious. Race summaries follow. The Gr. II Prix Victor Regis (€120,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters) for three year-olds went to 5/2 odds Captain Crazy (3m Quaro-Quick Scarlet) driven by Tony Le Beller for trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Le Tremont. The length winner was clocked in 1.16.1kr to defeat 29/1 Cahal des Rioults (3m Password-Plessie des Rioults) with Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire. 43/1 Chant des Sirenes (3m Opus Viervil-Nice Quenny) was third for F-P Bossuet. 1.4/1 favorite Cristal Money finished fifth. The Gr. II monte Prix Camille Lepecq (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Nene Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli) for Alexandre Abrivard. Vincent Lacroix trains this one for owner Joe Cachia. Clocked in 1.14kr (fractions 1.17.2kr at 1500; 1.14.8kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500) the winner vanquished 3.9/1 Tess de Villeneuve (8f Goetmals Wood-Joie de Villeneuve) and David Thomain with 7/1 Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) and Eric Raffin home third. Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka) was fourth for Adrien Lamy at 21/1. Roxane earned €16,800 today and that placed her career earnings at €3,003,818.  The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.2 million) today was the Prix de Neuilly (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) and the winner was Un Charme Fou (7m Love You-Ma Crown) at 3.3/1 odds and reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Cl. Guedy. The winner recorded career victory 14 in 54 starts. Tina Jolie was a close second but was disqualified causing 4.3/1 Urus (7g Liwi-Trojka de Mai) to be placed second with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. Placed third was Rififi Nonantais (10g Kerido du Donjon-Info Nonantaise) with trainer/driver Romain Derieux up. Time for the winner was 1.13.1kroff rated fractions (1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.13.3kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500 to mark). The Gr. III Prix de Beaugency (purse €105,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to pacesetter Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas) for teamster Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. This 3/5 favorite held off 10/1 Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade) with returning to action Pierre Levesque up for trainer Mike Lenders. Dam Enfilade produced Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Third today went to 37/1 Ugor du Beauvoisin (7m Olitro-Klea du Beauvoisin) with Alexandre Abrivard driving and fourth was 26/1 Very Nice Marceaux (6m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna) for Pierre Vercruysse. The winner was timed in 1.13.2kr after reaching the 500 to go marker in 1.13.3kr. Today’s feature event was the Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (purse €240,000, 3000 meters, 13 starters) and after three recalls and the scratching of Anna Mix that refused to start, the field finally was underway and during the course were four more disqualifications including favorite Amiral Sacha just as he was surging to the lead. Ultimately, J-M Bazire and his barefoot trainee Ave Avis (5m Kasaco Phedo-Magna Avis) prevailed at 13/1 for owner Ottavia Roffi-Urano. 1.8/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retiz-Prima du Cap Vert) rallied to be second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne, also racing without shoes. 18/1 Africaine (5f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) was third for Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois despite being impeded by the breaking Amiral Sacha. Athena de Vandel (5f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel) was fourth at 128/1 for Cedrik Megissier with fifth to the Tony Le Beller reined, Anders Lindqvist trained 102/1 Anette du Mirel. Time of the race was a sharp 1.12.6kr over the extended distance with solid fractions (1.14kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000;1.12.8kr at 500 to go mark). The Gr. II Prix Uranie (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 15 three year-old female starters) went to the Jean-Pierre Dubois owned and reined Calita Wood (3f Goetmals Wood-Qualita Bourbon) at 4/1 and trained by Yves Boireau. This filly raced all of the contest on the outer and midway rallied three wide to the death-seat where she remained before surging to the front off the final turn. Once on the lead she held the front firmly under minimal urging. Calita Wood was timed in 1.15.1kr with steady, rated fractions. 23/1 Caline Elde (3f Laetenter Diem-OK Floride) was second for Mathieu Mottier ahead of 40/1 Cuise La Motte (3f Repeat Love-Onagra du Vivier) and Tony Le Beller. 4.2/1 Cere Josselyn (3f Kaisy Dream-Kate) was fourth for David Thomain and fifth went to 12.3/1 Couleur Citron (3f Coktail Jet-L’Aunou du Fier) for driver Pierre Levesque and owner J-P Barjon. The winner’s dam Qualita Bourbon earned $1,826,528 with victories at ages three and four in the Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l’Etoie, Prix Roquepine, Prix de Selection, Grand Prix de l’UET and Criterium Continental. At five she was a game third in the Prix d’Amerique. In a stellar career she won 21 times in 31 starts. Qualita Bourbon has also produced Tast of Bourbon 1:55.1 ($263,105) and Quel Bourbon 1:53.2 ($35,392) and her dam Etta Extra (Florestan-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) produced Mara Bourbon 1:53.4 ($1,967,940) and Sam Bourbon 1:55.1 ($443,397). Thomas H. Hicks  

Sweden - Robert Bergh’s trainee Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) took today’s Malabar Circle (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) at Bergsaker for driver Torbjorn Jansson and owner Stall Sedin, clocked in 1.11.5kr. Ed You recorded victory 26 in 68 career starts for almost 6SEK million earned. The length winner defeated Shaq Is Back (8m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream) with Daniel Reden aboard. Amaru Boko (8m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide) finished third for Robert Bergh. Smilin Eli ended fourth and Johnny B Kemp sixth in the beaten field. At Amiens in the Prix Fleurs des Pres (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 10 starters), the 2/5 favorite Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou) recorded his ninth straight victory and 10th in last 11 outings for driver Pierre Vercruysse. J.G.H. De Jong owns the winner that A. Posthumus trains and Ecurie D bred. Clocked in 1.15.5kr Violet now has 15 wins in 25 career starts for €162,820 earned. 15/1 Voltorb d’Oliverie was second with 18/1 Vicky du Bocage third. The winner’s dam has also produced Si Seulement 1:58.1 ($160,876), Red Girl 1:58.4 ($132,830) and To America 2:00.3v ($60,247). Second dam Auburn produced Out 1:58.3 ($223,355). A productive family! At Cabourg the day’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.15 million) was the Prix des Escallonias (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 16 entrants) and the 5/2 shot Archibald (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Lahore) took victory for Thomas Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Timed in 1.15.3kr Archibald defeated Anry de L’éclair and driver Tony LeBeller before a good evening audience.Archibald Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 4 Archibald T. Levesque Ecurie Pierre Levesque M. Lenders 2ème 6 Anry de l'Éclair T. Le Beller Ecurie Eclair N. Catherine 3ème 10 Voilà Péo F. Boudet M. Lecourt M. Lecourt 4ème 1 Volinko F. Lecanu Ecurie Danover S. Provoost 5ème 12 Ustou J.-P. Thomain R.-F. Dubois J.-P. Thomain    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.150.000 € - Numéro plus : 2742       Ordre :       2.010,00€       Désordre :       40,20€       Bonus 4 :       7,80€       Bonus 4sur5 :       3,90€       Bonus 3 :       2,60€                       Also at Cabourg the monte Prix Montbretias (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) went to the 1.14.1kr clocked, 5.9/1 odds, Theo de Gisse (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Flicka d’Anjou) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois in defeat of 1.1/1 favorite Ulhor du Beziau (7m Orsy Dream-Jipsie du Beziau) with David Thomain in the irons. 17/1 Utwo En Live was third. Two divisions of the Prix des Sunpatiens (purse €21,000, 2850 meters) took place for lightly raced three year-olds. The A Division went to 1.1/1 favorite Casualty Of Love (3f Goetmals Wood-Ma Crown) for reinsman Tony Le Beller and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini clocked in 1.18kr. The B Division went to 2.7/1 City Life (3f Let’s Go Along-Life Is Good) with Etienne Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin timed in 1.17.5kr Tomorrow, top flight action occurs at Paris-Vincennes and Bergsaker. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

August 27, 2015 - Vincennes’ Prix Legoux-Longpre (monte Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 8 starters) went to the 1.14.2kr winner, 18/1 odds Attentionally (5f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) with David Thomain up for trainer/owner Paul Viel, in a narrow photo finish. 17/1 Al Capone Jet (5m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgane) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois. 6/1 Baron du Bourg (4m Lilium Madrik-Pin Up du Bourg) was third for Camille Levesque and trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute ahead of 29/1 Amie Volo (5f Nelson de Vandel-Kurfa Volo) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Viel. The Gr. II Prix Jules Thibault (purse €120,000, 10 starters, 2700 meters) this day went to the 1.14kr consistent winner Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) at 1.2/1 odds for teamster Franck Nivard for Sebastien Guarato, trainer, and owner Pierre Pilarski. 34/1 Booster Winner (4m Love You-Quille Viretaute) was second for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Guarato and owner Philippe Oloisio. Second choice at 1.6/1 odds was third finishing Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) with Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allair and Mme. Elisabeth Allaire, owner. Guarato trained Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) was fourth at 6.6/1 for driver Eric Raffin. The Prix de l’Allier (purse €38,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to 9.7/1 odds Calicot du Vivier (3g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) clocked in 1.15.2kr for driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Three lengths behind was the 2.4/1 favorite Crack du Fruitier (3g Let’s Go Along-Jorade du Fruitier) with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer/owner Jacques Bruneau. 65/1 Classical Love (3g Repeat Love-Just In Love) was third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Yves Boireau for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Sire of the Dubois entry, Repeat Love (10m Coktail Jet-Guilty Of Love-And Arifant) was a winner of $345,142 and with a 1:57.5 record. The maternal family is one of Europe’s best as Guilty Of Love produced Love You ($1,681,942), Nice Love ($517,265), In Dix Huit ($291,873) and Perhaps Love ($141,900). Second dam Amour d’Aunou is a Speedy Somolli-Nesmile and she produced Private Love ($1,005,868), In Love With You ($267,272), Our Love ($267,121), Tes Amour ($217,917) and Keystone Dream ($206,543). Nesmile produced the great Defi d’Aunou ($2,828,830), Buvetier d’Aunou ($951,364) and Extreme Aunou ($292,233). What a family!!! Also at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix de Corbeil (purse €38,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and the winner was 2.8/1 Belle de la Vallee (4f Repeat Love-Anita de la Vallee) driven by Mathieu Abrivard for trainer S. Ferchaud. 9.4/1 Baraka Thieben (4f Kool du Caux-Hargne des Souvigne) was second for David Thomain and owner/trainer Jacques Bruneau. 9.3/1 Betty Quick (4f Carpe Dien-Kaline d’Arpel) was third for teamster J-M Bazire, owner Ecurie Quick Star and trainer C.J. De Leeuw. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr over the “sprinter distance”. Several good events also took place at Aby SWE. The Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to a two length winner Ariel Boko (8f Lemon Dra-Exciting Kronos-Viking Kronos), a 1.13.6kr timed score for Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer/owner Per Linderoth. This one recorded her 25th victory in 79 starts. Frutcake (7f Juliano Star-Comma Svebelle-Speed Merchant) was second for Claes Svebsson ahead of Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) and reinsman Bjorn Goop. On the card were two three-year old event. The Quick Pay (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.1kr length winner Crème de la Crème (3f Ready Cash-Wood Be Great-Yankee Glide) driven by Anders Svanstedt. She was six victories in eight starts. Second was Gematria (3f Explosive Matter-Gineve-SJ’s Caviar) driven by Stefan Soderkvist with third to L Dees Maggiesbest (3f Explosive Matter- L  Dees Maggie-Conway Hall) handled by Peter Ingves. The colts raced in the Count’s Pride (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.13.1kr victorious R.G’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy) and reinsman Johnny Takter took this one, his sixth win in 13 career starts. Tornatore Grif (3m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan-Pine Chip P took second for Peter Ingves ahead of Dolan Spring (3m Muscle Hill-High Class Gal-Broadway Hall) with Peter Untersteiner aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 26, 2015 - US-bred Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide-Missy’s Goal) rallied late for a nose win in tonight’s C Th Ericssons Memorial (100,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) for harness racing reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Clocked in 1.12.4kr the winner recorded victory ten in 20 career appearances, now for earnings of 2,073,250SEK. Volstead was bred in the US by Arden Homestead Stable and Adelaide J. Skoglund and exported by the US in October 2012. Today’s clocking was reported to be a new SWE record for the distance by a foreign-bred trotter. The winner’s dam Madame Volo has also produced High Bridge 1:52.3 ($271,910). Pacesetter Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third finishing veteran Spring Erom (10m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic), a 25 time career winner, another two lengths in arrears. Adams Hall, sire of Candor Hall, is a son of Garland Lobell-Amour Angus. US-breds Lucky Charm Hanover and Nato Dream were sixth and seventh in the field of seven. Thomas H. Hicks

August 26, 2015 - Today’s featured Gr. II Orix Guy le Gonidec (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to the Eric Raffin driven Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) easily by four lengths timed in 1.13.1kr. Sebastien Guarato trains this Philippe Dauphin owned mare that was off as the 4/5 favorite. 21/1 Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) was second for reinsman Mathieu Abrivard with third to 16/1 Balva Montaval (4f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou) driven by Gabriel Gelormini. Also on the afternoon card was the Prix des Cyclamens (€33,000 purse, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) and it was won by 5.1/1 odds Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. The 9/10 favorite Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) was second driven by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 33,000 purse, 2175 meters, 10 two year-old starters) and it was won by 5.1/1 odds Dista Love (2f Royal Dream-Usita Love) driven by Jean-Pierre Dubois, also owner, and trained by Yves Boireau. The 9/10 favorite Deep Purple (2f Prodigious-Ornella Rainbow) was second driven by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. 36/1 Dame du Campdos (2f Uaukir-La Conseillante) was third in the contest clocked in 1.18.1kr. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Goetmals Wood-Carmensite-Florestan. Carmensita, from 12 foals, has produced three winners of $100,000 or more including Marlene 1:58.5 ($296,318) by Goetmals Wood, Tensita Love 1:58.1 ($114,664) by Love You and Amensito 2:00.3 ($104,702) also by Love You. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 25, 2015 - At Jagersro SWE this evening was held Krafft Derby tests for females and males, four year-olds. Five mares divisions were contested over 2140 meters autostart each for 100,000SEK first money. The winners of the mares events were: Evelina Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Harmony Heart-Mack Lobell), 1.13kr, Erik Adielsson up Evin Boko (4f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell), 1.13.4kr, Jorma Kontio driving Empress Brodda (4f Viking Kronos-Elma Gold-Good As Gold), 1.13.8kr, Christoffer Eriicksson Olympia Gold (4f Olimede-Shella Gold-Good As Gold), 1.12.9kr, Per Linderoth driving Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra), 1.13.6kr, Stefan Soderkvist There were six divisions for the males, each going for 200,000SEK first money over the 2640 meters autostart course. The winners were as follows, four being largely US pedigrees: From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), 1.14.1kr, driver Johnny Takter Serious Try (4g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide), 1.13.6kr, Henrik Svensson up Vasterbo Éclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell), 1.13.9kr, Joakim Lovgren Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer), 1.14.1kr, Johnny Takter aboard Carabinieri (4m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline), 1.13.3kr, Peter Untersteiner Conlight As (4m Conway Hall-Delight As-Striking Sahbra), 1.13.2kr, Erik Adielsson On August 25 at Cabourg the Prix des Nerines (purse €13,000, 2050 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to the 1.17.3kr winner Daddy Wood (2m Ready Cash-Ushuaia Wood) for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Gabriel Gelormini. The winner was the 3/5 favorite. 9.3/1 Digne Et Droit (2m The Best Badrik-Plenty Pocket) for owner/trainer/driver  Joel Van Eeckhaute was second ahead of 33/1 Dragon Darche (2mRomero du Houlme-Topazedarche) for Sebastien Hardy and trainer A-P Schmitt. Thomas H. Hicks

Ribot EK (5g Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way) with driver Antonio Di Nardo aboard took Sunday’s Premio Basilio Matti (purse €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) by three lengths clocked in 1.12.3kr. Veteran classmaster Italiano (11g Giant Cat-Coming Up Cash-Baltic Speed) and teamster G.P. Minnucci was second in a close battle ahead of Ranymede FAS (5m Ganymede-Alias di Jesolo-Royal Troubador) driven by Santo Mollo. On Saturday’s August 29 the Gr. II Gran Premio Nello Bellei (€45,100, 2040 meters autostart, four year-olds) takes place at Montecatini. The solid lineup is shown below with Smeralda Jet a likely favorite: 1 Sing Halleluja Enrico Bellei 2 Santiago D’Ete Roberto Andreghetti 3 Smeralda Jet Antonio Di Nardo 4 Saba del Ronco Gennaro Casillo 5 Spinello Jet Romeo Gallucci 6 Saphire Bi (E) Tommaso Di Lorenzo 7 Sharon Gar Pietro Gubellini 8 Suricato Jet Vincenzo Luongo 9 Sereno Op (A) Antonio Velotti   Also on August 29 at Bergsaker will be held the Sundsvall Open (1SEK million to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and a good lineup it is with probable leading contenders being Creatine, Delicious, Oasis Bi and Royal Fighter. 1.       Global Money (Robert Bergh) 2.       Royal Fighter (Jennifer Tillman) 3.       Creatine (Johnny Takter) 4.       Ringostarr Treb (Wilhelm Paal) 5.       Rocky Winne (Jorma Kontio) 6.       El Mago Pellini (Adrian Kolgjini) 7.       On Track Piraten (Torbjörn Jansson) 8.       Delicious (Örjan Kihlström) 9.       Traveling Man (Erik Adielsson) 10.   Oasis Bi (Björn Goop) Recent past winners of this Gr. I classic include Quid Pro Quo (2014), Panne de Moteur (2013), Sebastian K (2012), Joke Face (2011), Lisa America (2010) and Commander Crowe (2009). Victory Tilly was a three time winner in 2000-2002 and Giant Diablo, dam of D’One, was victorious in 2006. Thomas H. Hicks

August 24, 2015 - Favorite Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idde Blue) took today’s Quinte+ Prix de Mortain (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux clocked in 1.14.6kr. Yannick A. Briand trains the favorite winner that was off at 1.7/1 odds. 4.8/1 Tina Vivanciere (8f Hermes Perrine-Giga Query) ended second for David Thomain and trainer J-P Thomain with third to 11/1 Volcanissimo (6m Oyonnax-Prime Way Carless) handled by A-A Chavatte. The Q+ jackpot this day was €2.9 million. Una des Ponnes (7f Jag de Bellouet-Inex de Naulliac) took the Prix de Puteaux (purse €82,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) clocked in 1.16.1kr for Adrien Lamy and trainer Bruno Marie. This 6.6/1 odds winner defeated 12.6/1 Ugolin du Maine (7g Hugo du Bossis-Oriane du Maine) and Richard Joly, with third to 9/10 odds favorite Surlando de Viette (9g Quadrophenio Jolimira) for Florian Prioul. At Mantorp SWE today the featured Sprinterkrevaden (50,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to veteran Harry Haythrow (9g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) with Ulf Ohlsson up for owner Birger Johansson clocked in 1.11.2kr as he defeated Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) driven by trainer Peter Untersteiner by an easy three lengths. Another length behind was third finishing Johnny B. Kemp (7m Credit Winner-Sarafina Hall-Garland Lobell) for Jan Ove Olsen aboard for trainer Daniel Reden. Prince Tagg was fourth. The winner earned career victory 11 in 96 starts for earnings now of 4,149,700SEK. Sunday’s action included interesting turf and monte action at Craon, Le Touquet and at Beaumont de Lomagne. The Prix Quest France (purse €28,000, 2775 meters, 17 turf starters) went to 1,24,6kr winner, 3.1/1 odds Vasco de Graux (6g Modern Jazz-Kimie du Pont) for J-Ph Monclin. 60/1 odds Trio du Calorne (8g Nuage Noir-Vallee du Meu) was second, driven by Sebastien Tribourdeau, with 12/1 Silion du Houlbet (9g Hermes de Pericard-Vadie) third for teamster Eric Raffin. The Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (€35,000 purse, 2550 meters, 15 European starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne went to 5.3/1 Tui de Narmont (8m Ipson de Mormal-L’Oree de Narmont_ with trainer/driver Denis Brossard at the lines. 5/2 Ultra des Voirons (7m Bassano-Gaelle des Voirons) was next for Alain Laurent, also owner/trainer. Tagaga Tagada (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) finished third for Emmanuel Varin, also owner/trainer. The winner was timed in 1.16.5kr. Back to the turf, at Le Touquet, the Prix Hotel Bar “Les Arcades” (purse €45,000, 2600 meters with 18 starters on grass) went to 5.7/1 Vegas Visais (6g Kid de Chenu-Jadine du Chatelet) for driver Guillaume  Marin and trainer Maxime Bezier that narrowly defeated second place 5.2/1 odds Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Laurent Simon. Third went to 7/1 Un Satin Rose (7g Ganymede-Dontella Rose) with P-Y Verva up. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 22, 2015 - Today’s 2Huf million purse Istvan Szent DIJ went to the three year-old Time To Say Goodbye (3m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) in the summary for driver/trainer Lajos Marton and owner Loverseny Kft. Time To Say Goodbye won the first heat clocked in 1.18.4kr, holding off Ollyan nincs (7g Pickaflick-C’est la guerre-Kalle Pil) teamed by Andrea Fazekas (am) for trainer Imre Fazekas. Ollyan nincs started 60 meters behind the three year-olds as did Night Lady that finished fifth for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Tornado Cole (3m Incredible Cole-Baby Yankee-Yankee Class) finished third in the first heat driven by Sandor Varadi. The second heat was won by Ollyan nincs timed in 1.16.8kr as he caught Time To Say Goodbye just before they reached the line. Night Lady (8f Tony Oaks-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) rallied for third with Tonnyo (3m Incredible Cole-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay) fourth for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. In the summary the top five were: Time To Say Goodbye 1-2 Ollyan nincs 1-2 Night Lady 5-3 Tornado Cole 3-5 Tonnyo 4-4 Maximus Lindy (Conway Hall-Athenas Lindy-Tagliabue), sire of the winner, was a US$100,000 yearling at Tattersalls and at age two was second in the Harriman Cup. The undercard included the 600,000Huf Diamond River DIJ that favorite Conway Boko (6m Castleton Bass-Waecon Boko-Conway Hall) won in 1.17.3kr for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal for Napsugar. Off Road (7g P.S. Dimo-Gala Rose-Yankee Yankee) took second for Sandor Varga ahead of Ordog Hegeduse (7g Medic Hanover-Dallam-Magnas) for trainer/driver Ferenc Nagy III. The two year-old battled in the 500,000Huf purse Nyeretlen Ketevesek with that victory earned by Ude Szepe (2f Beissinger Hanover-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) with trainer Imre Fazekas driving. Ukelele (2f Uclipse Boko-Karamela-Zador) took second for Andrea Nagyvary (am) also trained by Fazekas with third to Upser (2f Uclipse Boko-Kopogi-Zador) handled by Istvan Torok. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 22, 2015 - Today’s top harness racing events in Sweden were at Gavle, the E3 Finals for three year-old fillies and colts, each with 900,000SEK to the winners, raced over 1640 meters autostart, and both were Gr. I International contests. The ES Final for fillies went to Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) with Adrian Kolgjini up for owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini timed in 1.11.1kr for this length victory. This one now shows a slate of 3-3-0 in seven outings for 1,088,500SEK earned. Toohotforyou (3f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson and Ninepoints Gaagaa (3f Steinlager-Ninepoints Kelly-Scarlet Knight) with trainer Jorgen Westholm aboard were second and third in a close finish, both clocked in 1.11.2kr. The E3 for colts and geldings went to Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) with Kenneth Haugstad up for trainer Roger Walmann clocked in 1.10.9kr for a three length victory. The winner is owned by AB Svensk Reklamfinans and now has a 6-2-2- slate in 10 starts for 1,681,000 earned.  Camelot Sisu (3m Even Better Odds-Warrawee Karri-Dream Of Glory) handled by Ulf Ohlsson and Farzad Boko (3g Zola Boko-Kathy Silvio-Spotlite Lobell) with Johnny Takter teaming were second and third in another close finish. Also on the card was the Lars Axerlssons Gold Division worth 150,000SEK to the winner and contested over 2140 meters autostart. Italy’s Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) took this one in 1.11.4kr for trainer/driver Wim Paal, his first 2015 win and ninth lifetime in 53 starts for 2,419,480SEK earned.  Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was second for Christoffer Eriksson with third to veteran Lord Capar (10m Varenne-Foxy’n Rowdy-Rowdy Yankee) and teamster Thomas Dalborg. Kash’s Cantab, Nothing But Class and Hard Livin were in the beaten field. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 22, 2015 - Norway’s Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) took today’s Paris-Vincennes featured Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, eight European starters) with Franck Nivard up for harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. The even-money winner was timed in a sharp 1.12.9kr to defeat Sweden’s  5/2 odds Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) that raced well on the front for Dominik Locqueneux, driving for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Stall Be The Best, and that effort was half-length short of victory. 7/2 Vaisman (6m Memphis du RibIula du Donetil) was a distant third for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne ahead of Italy’s 18/1 Prince di Poggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) and teamster Eric Raffin. Fractions were 1.14.7kr at the first 500 meters; 1.12.9kr at the 1000 mark; 1.12.4kr at the 500 and 1.12.9kr at the finish. Also on the card was the Prix de Lury Sur Arnon (purse €38,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters) and it went to 7.7/1 odds Borsalino du Jal (4m Oyonnax-Riva Pellois) for trainer Sebastien Guarato and teamster Guillaume Jouve for owner RMC 2014. Second went to 13/1 Bambou de Calvi (4g Korean-Gramonde) for Matthieu Verva ahead of 3.7/1 Binky (4g Niky-Pristounette) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer J-M Baudouin. Winning time was 1.12.6kr. The well-bred Crazy Dream (3g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain-Speedy Somolli), off at 2/1, won the Prix de Lagny (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) in driven by trainer Yves Boireau for owner Ecurie D. 25/1 Clear Sky (3m Oyonnax-Tosea) was second for trainer/driver Charles Antoine Mary ahead of 65/1 Camel Griff (3g Nice Love-Reine Griff) reined by Gaetan Ligeron. Legendary broodmare Daily Chain has produced 16 foals, the last in 2013, 12 money winners and five with over US$100,000 earned including Kaisy Dream 1:56.2 ($1,205,145), Orsy Dream 1:56.2 ($257,337), Paisy Dream 1:59.2 ($170,861) and Nice Dream 1:59.1($134513) In Sweden on August 21 at Gavle the well-bred Tobin Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) took the E3 Consolation (80,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.3kr. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner to defeat Token Bi (3g Equinox Bi-Ida Grandi-Toss Out) with Columbus Sisu (3g Korean-I Enjoy Beinga Girl-Conway Hall). Zamia FC 1:58.1 ($500,352) was winner of the Gran Premio Citt’di Napoli and has produced eight foals, six money winner and six in 1:59.1 or better including Gift Kronos 1:51.2 ($358,901), Mint Kronos 1:55.1 ($271,513) and Namale Kronos 1:55.2 ($153,648). Second dam of the winner is Twiggy by Speedy Somolli from Dance Slipper by Noble Victory. Thomas H. Hicks

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