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Harness racing trainer, breeder, owner Philippe Allaire had a superior day at Paris-Vincennes on the Prix Jockey card. Allaire won three Groupe II events starting with the Prix Pierre Plazen (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 14 starters) that he won with trainee Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) driven by J-Ph Monclin. Olivier Henri Thomas owns the winner that was timed in 1.12.6kr. 5.8/1 Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall) was next for trainer/driver Robert Bergh for Ecurie Forspro AB of Sweden. 36/1 United Love (3m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) was third with Eric Raffin aboard. 13/1 Muscle Scott (3m Muscle Mass-What A Spirit) was fourth for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Mastro Wire Service As of Holland and fifth was 59/1 Usago Luis (3m Ubresson Luis-La Pompadour Luis) with Bjorn Goop up for Fabrice Souloy, trainer for My Horse SRL of Italy. Germany’s Geronimo T (3m Uranus-Zita Jones) was sixth for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer/owner H.J. Tipke. The 7/10 favorite Django Riff was a dq for miscues, that one an Allaire trainee too. The Gr. II Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (monte, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight starters) went to trainer Allaire’s 4.6/1 Baraka d’Henlou (5f Diamant Gede-Laura d’Etangville) clocked in 1.12.4kr for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois and owner Gildo Carnesecca. The 2/5 favorite Best Of Jets (5m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) took second for Francois Lagadeuc and owner/trainer Jean Michel Baudouin. Third was 5.3/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie Winner. 33/1 Be Mine de Houelle was fourth. The Gr. II Prix Guy Deloison (purse €120,000,  2175 meters, 13 starters) produced another victory for the impressive, well-bred,  9/10 favorite Dawana (3f Ready Cash-Sanawa) with Gabriel Gelormini up. Philippe Allaire is owner/trainer of the well-bred filly created by Jean Pierre Guay.The open lengths winner scored in 1.12.8kr off rated fractions (1.089kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.11.3kr at the 1000; 1.13.5kr at 500 to go). 21/1 Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) was second with Roberto Andreghetti up for owner J-M Saguin and trainer Mlle. Stephanie Lepetit. Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed his 5/2 odds Douce Rebelle (3f Sam Bourbon-Rebelle) to a game third after a death seat journey. Yves Boireau trains this one that Dubois bred in Italy through Scuderia Bolgheri SRL. 11.8/1 Don’t Explain (3f Prodigious-Quarmen du Gite) was fourth for Mathieu Abrivard and breeder/owner/trainer Allaire. 8.8/1 Daylight Jet (3f Jag de Bellouet-Ocarina Jet) was fifth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner/breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois. Between these events was the Prix de Dole (purse €39,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) that resulted in a 1.15kr win for 9/2 odds Capria (4f Jag de Bellouet-Ocapri) with Franck Nivard up. Thierry Raffegeau trains this J-Y Roze property. 5.6/1 Calinka Gwen (4f Orlando Vici-Kaline de Tellor) took second for Eric Raffin and trainer Anthony Dollion with 1.9/1 favorite Clara Sautonne (4f Rieussec-Sara Sautonne) home third for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks

Franck Nivard was reunited today at Paris-Vincennes with Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and it produced a length victory in a rated 1.13.8kr (soft fractions 1.17kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.9kr at 1000 remaining, 1.15.1kr at the 500) over the harness racing classic 2700 meter grande piste. Off at 1/10 odds, Bold Eagle recorded his 26th win in 30 career starts, now for earnings of €2,002,300, in the Gr. II Prix Jockey (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters). Bold Eagle was away on the lead, yielded and then retook for the balance. Sebastian Guarato trains the winner for owner Pierre Pilarski and Jean-Etienne Dubois was the breeder of Bold Eagle. 8.3/1 Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn( rallied strongly to be second for J-M Bazire, also the trainer for owner/breeder Yvan Bernard. Third was 18/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Guarato and owner Franck Amar. 44/1 odds  Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was fourth after a peg hugging journey for David Thomain, trainer Guarato and breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin. 50/1 Beau Gamin was fifth for Eric Raffin, who had driven the race winner in his prior endeavor. Next up for Bold Eagle is the September third Criterium des 5 Ans. Thomas H. Hicks

Stefan Melander’s owned and trainer of Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) headlines next Saturday’s harness racing Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, a UET Masters Series race. Ten are slated to contest this classic against the Russell Williams bred Nuncio, with 1SEK million to the winner (total purse 1,750,000SEK) over the 2140 meter autostart course on the 1000 meter track. The Sundsvall began in 1996 and ranks alongside the Elitloppet, Aby Stora Prix and Hugo Abergs Memorial as the top trots in Scandinavia during spring season. The fastest winner was Delicious timed in 1.10kr in 2015 with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. Second finishing On Track Piraten will be at the start this year along with Oasis Bi and recent winning mare Anna Mix. The field sets up as follows in post order: Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom Volstead, Per Lennartsson Call Me Keeper, Johan Untersteiner D.D.’s Hitman, Jorma Kontio Nahar, Robert Bergh Oasis Bi, Bjorn Goop Anna Mix, Erik Adielsson Shadow Woodland, Ulf Ohlsson On Track Piraten, Joseph Verbeeck Explosive De Vie, Kevin Oscarsson   År Häst Kusk Tränare Vinnarodds Vinnartid Tvåa Trea 2015 Delicious U.S. Örjan Kihlström Daniel Redén 2.88 1.10,0 On Track Piraten Ringostarr Treb 2014 Quid Pro Quo Erik Adielsson Svante Båth 14.56 1.11,2 Oasis Bi Canaka B.F. 2013 Panne de Moteur Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 6.74 1.10,9 Sebastian K. Save The Quick 2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 2.38 1.11,6 Amaru Boko Viola Silas 2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini 5.44 1.11,7 Iceland Noras Bean 2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan 9.29 1.12,2 Beanie M.M. Torvald Palema 2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro 4.30 1.12,1 Torvald Palema Adrian Chip 2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman 5.57 1.11,6 Jaded Giant Superman 2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson Fredrik B. Larsson 62.50 1.12,7 Going Kronos Jocose 2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann 10.39 1.12,5 Digger Crown Gazza Degato 2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson 6.77 1.12,7 Gidde Palema Malabar Circle Ås 2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander 5.49 1.12,0 Giant Superman Kart de Baudrairie 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 1.23 1.13,5 Digger Crown Couch Doctor 2002 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.07 1.12,1 Etain Royal Com Hector 2001 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.27 1.12,2 Giesolo de Lou Igor Brick 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.92 1.12,7 Petit Aubiose Giesolo de Lou 1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof 2.65 1.13,0 Fridhems Ambra Edu's Speedy 1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 1.72 1.14,6 Scandal Play Rite On Line 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund 9.13 1.13,5 Petit Aubiose Zoogin 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson 9.12 1.13,6 Zoogin Rite On Line                                               The 2015 replay can be seen at this link.       The excellent card also includes the Lars Lindbergs for 250,000SEK first prize, led by Windy Ways and Monas Invercote, both facing 20 meter handicaps (the standard distance is 2140 meters); and the Svenskt Masters for coldbloods also for 250,000SEK first money over 2640 meters autostart. It was also reported that D’One will return to the US to compete at Lexington’s Red Mile in the Allerage, a race she won last year. She will undergo a vet exam and then head for the US so says trainer Roger Walmann. Last year won D ' One four of five starts in North America and in 2106 she posted three wins in Sweden albeit she was unplaced in the recent European Championship for Mares.  Walmann believes she is best suited for the mile distance and the Red Mile was kind to her, dam Giant Diablo and sire Donato Hanover, both of which set world records in 2007.  In North America she might face enhanced competition from the Swan For All daughter Hannelore Hanover and Shake It Cerry. Thomas H. Hicks    

On August 20 at Cagnes sur Mer the Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice (purse €75,000, 2925 meters, 11 European starters) went to the barefoot 7/10 harness racing favorite Baby Lou Max (5g Gazouillis-Kamaxie) for Nicolas Mortagne and trainer Philippe Mortagne. 8/1 Varus du Bocage (7, Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was second ahead of 4.7/1 Slow duBeauvoisin (10g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin). The winner was timed in 1.14.1kr. August 20 at Graignes included the Prix de Saint-Hilaire-Petitville (purse €25,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) with the 1.16.6kr clocked win to 13.6/1 Calicot du Vivier (4g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois driving. Yves Boireau trains the wined bred by Jean Yves Lucuyer. 14/1 Cow Boy Senoville (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Rive Magic) took second and 15/1 Caucasien (4g Rocklyn-Nuce de Plantine( ended third. That day at Les Sables d’Olonne was the Prix de Talmont Saint Hilaire (purse €25,000, 2650 meters autostart, nine European starters). The 1.14.9kr timed win went to 1.3/1 favorite Anua (6g Coktail Jet-Nuit de Reve) racing shoeless for Eric Raffin. Ecurie Serge Bernereua is owner/breeder. 5.5/1 Speed Delicious (6m Fast Photo-Ala Delicious) was second for Yann Lorin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Mattias Ludvigsson of Sweden. 4.6/1 Aprion took third. Craon turf trotting on Sunday August 21st included the Prix Ianthin (purse €28,000, 2775 meters, 15 turf trotters) with the 1.22.5kr timed victory to 22/1 Ugophenio (8g Quadrophenio-Kia du Fossey) for trainer/driver Denis Bethouart for owner Ecurie P.G. David. 7/10 favorite Arthuro Boy (6m Le Retour-Guyane) was second for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Yves Dreux. Third went to 38/1 Veleury Derro (7g Kesaco Phedo-Jestine Derro) for the Leblanc team. Thomas H. Hicks

The 1SEK million first money Gr. I International E3 Finals at Orebro, each contested over 1609 meters autostart, produced exceptional harness racing victories by Unique Juni and Donatello Sisi. 8.8/1 odds Unique Juni (3f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill) took the filly division timed in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer H.R. Stromberg. Jan Spals Invest AM owns the winner, now with a 2-3-1 slate in nine 2016 starts for earnings of 1,160,000SEK. Her sire is a son of Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie. Zahara Goj (3f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel-Self Confident) took second for Torbjorn Jansson with third to Greece Boko (3f Zola Boko-Ouzo Boko-Victory Dream) and driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Robert Bergh. The colt division went to 1.11.7kr timed Donatello Sisu (3m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) handled by Stefan Soderkvist for Denco HB and trainer Admir Ziukanovic. This winner, unraced last year, is now 5-0-0 in nine starts in 2016 for 1,254,100SEK earned. Makethe mark (3m Moharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was second for Ulf Ohlsson, only his fourth loss in 17 starts (13-1-1 slate). Third was Norway’s Fernandinho B.R. (3m Raja Mirchi-Metior Missy-Tagliabue) with trainer Peter Untersteiner at the lines. Other prominent winners on the card included 6.9/1 odds Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) in the Express Gaxe Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner. Jorma Kontio teamed the 1.11.1kr timed winner, over 2100 meters autostart, for trainer Timo Nurmos. Coldtown has a 17-4-5 slate in 34 career starts. Knows Nothing and Radieux trailed the winning Coldtown. The Silver Division, 125,000SEK to the winner in the 2100 meter autostart contest, went to 2.9/1 Tripolini V.P. (6g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) of Denmark with trainer Jeppe Juel aboard. The 1.13kr clocked winner sired by a son of Express Ride-Emilie Cas El, owned by Team Juel, defeated Clara R.C. and Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele), the latter a half-sister to Scarlet Knight. The Orebro Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner over 2650 meters voltstart, went to 3.5/1 Springover (5m Going Kronos-Malabara-Supergill) timed in 1.14.2kr for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. Eder Bob (5m Crazed-Keystone Blaze-Angus Hall) was second for trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen, a week after this one took an Ahlsell Legends for Per Henriksen. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s harness racing classic Istvan Szent DIJ, a two heat contest over 1960 meters distance handicap for a 2Huf million purse, went to straight heat winner Ubu Karily (3m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) with trainer Lajos Marton up for owner Amma i. The three year-old winner raced over the stated distance and he scored in 1.19.9kr in the first heat and 1.22.8kr in heat two. Under World (3m Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) was second in heat one for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos and fourth in the second heat to receive a second place two heat placing. Titan Ville (4g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) overcame a 40 meter penalty to be third in the first heat for Imre Fazekas, with Ugeto Star and Orlando Bloom being fourth and fifth. In heat two, Orlando Bloom (8g Zador-Donna Summer-First Dust) overcame a 60 meter handicap to be second for Andrea Nagyvary and received a third placing in the two heat summary. Ugeto Star was third in heat two. The undercard included the Janos Szalay Memorial (purse 1.1Huf million, 1800 meters autostart, two year-olds) that went to 6/1 Villam Ville (2g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and owner/breeder Zolt Zsaket. Celsius Evo (2m Pilgrims Taj-Daniellesire-Donerail) took second for Viktoria Nemeth and trainer Lajos Marton with third to Walking John M (2m Cigar Dan-Dream Broline-Alf Palema) with Branislav Mukity up. The winner was timed in 1.23.4kr. The 600,000Huf purse Ostschweizer Traberclub DIJ raced over 1960 meters went to 2.1/1 Breve des Baux (5f Querido des Baux-Milady des Baux-Classic Rodney) with Joze Sagai the trainer/driver from SLO. SRB based YUM Commerce is the owner. Twenty meter penalized Milliondollar Lux (10m Ganymede-Dadaumpa-Supergill) was second for trainer/driver Emil Csordas and another twenty meter handicapped performer, Salome’ Bar (5f Ganymede-Acquavite Bar-Crowning Point), was third for Bernadett Balogh, trainer Jozsef Rutkai and owner Prolongo. Race time was 1.17.9kr. The 400,000Huf purse Pasztilla DIJ over 1800 meters autostart went to the 0.5/1 favorite Timoteo (4m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity clocked in 1.20.1kr. Magiszter (10m Tony Oaks-Annyrosa-Witsends Speedy) took second for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos with third to Oldtimer Diamant (6g Ard de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas. On Friday evening the popular gallop, greyhound and trots program continued. The Pentek Esti Super Sprint went to 08.5kr timed (over 200 meters) Kairo Sun (12m Quick Lobell-Istis Didia) with Karoly Molnar up for trainer Dora Kovacs and owner Oris Horse Rescue Kft. Oldtimer Diamant was second, this one third on Saturday in the Pasztilla DIJ. Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rallied off stablemate Volstead’s death seat cover to easily win the 2016 Solvalla Gr. I Jubileumspokalen for a total purse of €188,475. Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom reined the winner owned and trained by Stefan Melander. He recorded his seventh 2016 victory in nine starts to go along with two seconds, raising his seasonal earnings to 5,798,650SEK and career earnings of 23,931,376SEK. The career slate is 33-14-2 in 49 starts. Off at 3/10 the winner bested 23/1 Explosive De Vie (5g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) for Kevin Oscarsson with third to 9/1 Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Scellino Luis, another son  of Andover Hall, ended fourth. Time was 1.10.7kr off even fractions (1.09.5kr at the first 500 meters; 1.10.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.3kr after 1500) in the 2140 meter autostart course. Nuncio was four wide in the first turn, settled on the outer and then was covered by Volstead that ended fifth. Earlier in the card The Queen L for aged mares (purse €21,702) went to 1.14.1kr (2640 meters autostart) timed Bostonz Credit (6f Credit Winner-Pleasecometoboston-Cumin) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The Kelley Racing Stable US product won for second time in 2016 in six starts. Off at 9/2 the winner defeated 1.2/1 Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Third was 30/1 Coco De Vie (5f Chocolatier-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Melander. The Solvalla program also included the Breeders Course for two year-olds raced over 1640 meters autostart. The easy gate to wire victory went to 1.1/1 favorite Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindy’s Crown) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Kiss Me Tooma (2f Dream Vacation-Jument D’or-Super Arnie) was next for Jennifer Tillman. Timed was 1.15.9kr for the winner that earned 50,000SEK for her second win in as many starts. Thomas H. Hicks

The game FR mare Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune), off as the 3/5 favorite, captured the €172,320 total purse Gr. I Prix Maharajah European Mares Championship at Solvalla. Erik Adielsson was the pilot for harness racing trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. She was clocked in 1.11.5kr over 2140 meters autostart off even fractions and she raced in the death seat throughout (1.09.8kr after 500 meters, 1.11.5kr at the 1000; 1.11.9kr after 1500). 4.2/1 Some Summit (5f Dream Vacation-Graceland Summit-Armbro Trick) set the pace, for trainer Veijo Heiskanen and reinsman Jorgen Sjunnesson, and just missed the win. Third was 7/1 Venice (7f Quite Easy-Vivace-Express Ride) from Finland and reined by Mika Forss. Oibambam Effe ended fourth and Nelson Nora was fifth. Well-regarded D’One raced second over for Orjan Kihlstrom and faded in the lane to be unplaced. The Big Noon for three and four year-olds (purse €43,457) went to 9/1 French Laundry (4m Muscles Yankee-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) for Kihlstrom/Melander timed in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters. He earned his first 2016 win in seven starts and 12th in 37 career outings, now for 5,831,243SEK earned. Jerry Riordan trainee Tango Negro (4m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) raced well for driver Christoffer Eriksson to be a close second as the winner rallied on the pegs. Pacesetter Mellby Emeralds (3g Muscle Hill-Mellby Rubin-Pine Chip) lasted for third with Ulf Ohlsson up. 4/5 favorite Cruzado Dela Noche was unplaced. The Ahlsell Legends (purse €21,701, 2140 meters autostart) brought out great drivers from the past and one of the best, Stig H. Johansson, won with Robert Bergh’s trainee Michelangelo As (5g Allstar Hall-Harmonica As-Mack Lobell) timed in 1.12.8kr gate to wire. The 9/10 favorite bested Pepe di Jesolo (7f Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltix Speed) driven by Giampaolo Minnucci with 34/1 Petter Rags (9g Mr. Commissioner-Julia Rags-Super Arnie) third home for Mihail Koslov. Unique Julia was fourth for Olle Goop. The other legend drivers included William O’Donnell, Peter Gerry, Helen A. Johansson, Will Rode, Anders Lindqvist and Bo Eklof. The undercard also produced a victory for Caddie Lisieaux (3f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in the Wallenius Cup. She was clocked in 1.11.3kr to defeat Rato Royale, a three year-old Credit Winner filly. The Energetics Monte race led off the program as Tsar De Houelle (9g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit) scored for FR owner Franck Leblanc and trainer/jockey Sofia Aronsson, a super day for her. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s classic Grand Premi Citta’ di Montecatini was held Monday at Montecatini with the two harness racing eliminations and final, the final win going to Ringostarr Treb that also took the second battery. The winner was teamed by Roberto Vecchione and is a six year-old stallion by Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill. He took battery two timed in 1.13kr over 1640 meters autostart, by five lengths over Radio Wise (6m Turbo Sund-Matrhers Grincheause-Garland Lobell) and driver Federico Esposito, with third to Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei up. Battery one over the same 1640 meters autostart with a purse of €14,300 went to 1.13.9kr timed Newyork Newyork (9m Supergill-Viola d’Amore-Indro Park) with Lorenzo Baldi driving. Saba del Ronco and Radiofreccia FL trailed the winner. The final, with a purse of €103,400 and over 1640 meters autostart, was a easy five length victory for the 1.12.2kr timed Ringostarr Treb, that started from post one for driver Vecchione. Radio Wise was second ahead of Osiride Grif (8m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) that Antonio Grepi teamed. Newyork Newyork finished fourth in an race in which the winner was dominant. Replay of the final is here. On August 13 at Cesens was held the Breeders Course Prix Allevamento Folli for €18,700 for two year-olds. The 1.15.7kr timed winner was Vash Top (2f Ready Cash-Melody del Rio-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei driving. Villa Santina Jey (2f Igor Font-Lunigianna Jet-Supergill) was second ahead of Vera Wise As (2f Muscle Massive-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall-PCQ Miriam) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Next Breeders Course events for this group are at Berlin, Aby, Charlottenlund and Solvalla. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing two year-olds were on display Monday at La Capelle in the Prix Claude Mathieu (2000 meters, eight starters, purse €15,000), and the 0.5/1 odds Electro Cadence (2m Kaisy Dream-Potuna Saint Andre) was an impressive open-lengths winner in 1.19kr for Emmanuel Allard and Ecurie Cadence 3. 3.7/1 Egerie de Courtis (2f Lets Go Along-Quessy de Courtis) rallied for second ahead of 12/1 Emeraude d’Idef (2f Opium-Rincette) that Ulf Nordin trains. Same day, same program was the Pick 5 Prix Raymond Chotte (purse €30,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) and this victory was earned by Beverly Boulevard (7f Quite East-Long Beach) with Yann Lorin driving for Fabrice Souloy, trainer for Camilla Vikstrom. Caen Oldeson (7m Offshore Dream-Krona Oldeson) took second for John De Leeuw and trainer F.A. Westerveld, ahead of Twin’s Fairtail (7m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline) that Sofia Aronsson trains.Time of the winner was 1.14.7kr. At Meslay du Maine that day was held the Grand Prix du Groupe Romet (purse €28,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) and 4/5 favorite Azaro D’Eva (6m Lynx de Bellouet-Iomolly) prevailed for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. The Prix de la Ville de Luneray at Dieppe (purse €25,000, 2550 meters, 17 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Vigano Jet (7g Offshore Dream-Hippodamia) with owner Christophe Jariel up. This one is trained by breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois. Pierre Levesque teamed Uno de Duffel to a second place finish. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s Roxanne Bar (6f Expolot Caf-Guendaline Bar) took today’s Q+ at Enghien with Alexandre Abrivard up for harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy and Stall TJ Gamble of Norway.   The Prix de l’Union der la Presse Hippique was a Gr. IIi event over 2150 meters autostart for a total purse of €70,000 and 16 European trotters contested.   Off at 5.4/1 the winner defeated 10.1/1 Cash Gamble (5m Ready Cash-No Way Bork) with Franck Nivard aboard for trainer Vitale Ciotola and Scuderia Stecca SRL.  The winner was clocked in 1.12.3kr off soft fractions (1.12.9kr with 500 meters to go and 1.13.5kr after 1000). 9/2 As Dore (6m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’Or) was third for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. Diamond (6g Classic Photo) took fourth for Mathieu Abrivard and fifth was Tano Bork (6g Great Challenger) for Pierre Vercruysse. The Prix de l’Association Nationale des Turfistes (Gr. III, purse €85,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) went to the heavily favored 1.2/1 Traders (4m Ready Cash-Graziella) with David Thomain up. The 1.14.9kr timed winner (1.16.5kr with 1000 to go ; 1.15.8kr with 500 meters remaining) is trained by Philippe Allaire for Scuderia Colibri SRL of Italy. 4.1/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie Bivans SRL. 23/1 Tuonoblu Rex (4m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) was up for third with Franck Nivard driving for Stable Why Not (Holland) and trainer Paul Hagoort. 42/1 stablemate Coup Droit (4m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse after being blocked late and fifth was 56/1 Toseland Kyu (4m Love You-Zoraya Kyu) for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Vitale Ciotola and Scurderia 4 AB SAS of Italy. Thomas H. Hicks  

Philippe Allaire trainee Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) took today’s Enghien-Soisy featured Gr. II Prix de la Federation Nationale des Turfistes (purse €150,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) with a decisive 1.14kr victory with J.Ph. Monclin up. The winner moved to the front after 600 meters and led thereafter in rated fractions (1.16.4kr with 1000 meters to go ; 1.15kr with 500 remaining). This 4.9/1 second betting choice held off fast-closing even-money favorite His Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) and Franck Nivard. This Fabrice Souloy trainee for PV Racing HB of Sweden was away sixth and remained that was then behind stalled cover before moving three wide in late last bend and when clear she gained momentum to miss by a length. 23/1 Rocky Winne (8m Credit Winner-Level Forthtwo) rallied for third with Gabriel Gelormini up for Jorgen Westholm and Nortronic KB of Sweden. 56/1 Olmo Holz (8m Uronometro) was fourth for Christophe Martens ahead of Ave Avis, Sierra Leone, Brillantissime, Akim du Cap Vert and Tiego d’Etang in a talented field. Winning Bird Parker now has 11 wins in 41 appearances for career earnings of €1,066,080. His next test is likely to be against Bold Eagle on August 22 at Paris-Vincennes in the Gr. II Prix Jockey over 2700 meters for the €120,000 purse. 25 have been preliminarily named for this event for five year-olds. The Vincennes card that day includes three other Gr. II races, for €120,000 each, two for three year-olds and the monte Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard for five year-olds. Thomas H. Hicks

Even-money choice Amiral Sacha easily won today’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin Belgium clocked in 1.10.4kr (mile rate 1:53.27) over the 2300 meter autostart course. The total purse was €180,000 and 11 started after two scratches (El Mago Pellini and Aladin d’Ecajeul). The winning six year-old son of Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha was reined by Gabriel Gelormini for Ecurie Sidere and trainer Franck Lamare. 19/1 On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia) was second for Joseph Verbeeck with third to 161/1 Zorro Photo (10m SJ’s Photo-Zarrasatha) and Roberto Andreghetti for Ecurie GSL Trotting and trainer Stephanie Lepetit. 3.4/1 second choice Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM) ended fourth for Robin Bakker and fifth was 11/1 Romanesque for Christophe Martens. The beaten field included Solea Rivelliere, Trebol and Univers de Pan. Thomas H. Hicks

Next Wednesday shapes up as a good harness racing program at Solvalla, featuring Nuncio, D’One, Anna Mix and the next Ahlsell Legends contest. Nuncio departs from post six in the Jubileumspokalen Gr. I International (1SEK million to the winner, 2140 meters autostart), race ten on the card. The field follows in post order: DD’s Hitman, Jorma Kontio Spartan Kronos, Conrad Lugauer Scellino Luis, Erik Adielsson Explosive de Vie, Kevin Oscarsson Fire To The Rain, Ulf Ohlsson Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom Volstead, Bjorn Goop Whitehorse Express, Ulf Eriksson Je T’Aime Express, Peter Untersteiner Trinity Zet, Daniel Reden Exodus Hanover, Kenneth Haugstad Victory Bonsai, Mika Forss The mares will be on stage for race eight, the Gr. I Prix Maharajah European Championship for Mares (800,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 entrants). The well matched group includes recent winners Indria Bo, Venice, Anna Max, D’One and Patricia Hastrup. The post order lineup follows: Demi De Veluwe, Erkki-Pekka Makinen Indira Bo, Peter Untersteiner Nelson Nora, Per Oleg Midtfjeld Oibamam Effe, Andrea Guzzinati Venice, Mika Forss Anna Mix, Erik Adielsson Soho, Bjorn Goop D’One, Orjan Kihlstrom Patricia Hastrup, Lars Anvar Kolle Some Summit, Veijo Heiskanen I Love Paris, Ulf Ohlsson Aroma Grim, Johan Untersteiner Race five will be the Ahlsell Legends (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) and many of world’s best will be at the start. Saturday’s Aby Legend winner Per Henriksson is absent, replaced by US amateur reinsman Peter G. Gerry (Arden Homestead Stable). That lineup is shown below in post order: Michelandelo As, Stig H. Johansson Pepe di Jesolo, Giampaolo Minnucci Victor AU, William O’Donnell Wannabe Kemp, Peter G. Gerry (a) Unique Julia, Olle Goop Dewey Luvs Britt, Helen A. Johansson Global Option, Willi Rode Panoramic, Anders Lindqvist Petter Rags, Mihail Kozlov MT Fortune Winner, Bo Eklof Be there for super Solvalla racing. Last Wednesday at Solvalla included two events worth 200,000SEK to the winners. The Owners Trophy, raced over 2140 meters, went to the 1.12.1kr timed 1.1/1 odds favorite Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. Drancy and Chelsea Boko finished two-three. The Sommar Favoriten (2640 meters autostart, three year-old colts) went to 1.13.8kr timed Bucks To Burn (3m Ready Cash-Staro Yours Truly-Supergill) at 8.2/1 for Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Favorite Super Nice and 5/1 Gareth Boko were next home. The Sommar Favoriten Fillies (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.12.9kr timed and 2/5 odds favorite Undine (3f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) for Kihlstrom and trainer Catarina Lundstrom. Geisha Boko, also a daughter of Zola Boko, was second and Nouvelle Avenue (by Love You) ended third. The Menhammar Stuteri Mares (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters) was won by 5.9/1 Gloria Sund (6f Enjoy Lavec-Mamsell Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) with Ulf Ohlsson up, timed in 1.13.7kr. Andrianna Chip (by Adrian Chip) was second ahead of Sundsvik Mayday (by Diamond Circle). Thomas H. Hicks

Friday’s Q+ Prix Bruno Coquatrix (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) at Cabourg went to 11.2/1 Vasco de Viette (7g Capriccio-Nonette Tivoli) with harness racing driver Vincent Seguin up, his first Quinte+ victory. 8.1/1 Vramdao (7m Quido du Goutier-Kiss Me Coulonces) was second for Tony LeBeller, trainer Arnold J. Mollema and breeder/owner Pail Van Klaveren. The dam of Vramdao also produced international star Timoko, Umako and 10 money winners from 11 foals. She is a daughter of And Arifant-Allez Coulonces-Lutin d’Isigny. Second dam Vanina B was winner of the Prix de France and second in the Prix d’Amerique. Third today was 148/1 Viking du Pommeau (7g Biesolo-Actrice du Pommeau). The winner was clocked in 1.13.7kr for the open lengths score. Two year-olds contested the Prix des Souris (purse €13,099, 2050 meters autostart, eight participants) with victory to 1.17.9kr timed Evert de Ginai (2m Love You-Nymphe de Ginai). Off at 1,2/1 odds this Philippe Allaire trainee is owned by Ecurie Reimo Kursla OY. Second was 2.1/1 Eridan (2m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout), a Sebastian Guarato trainee for Philippe Dewulf and driven this day by Ch. Lefarx, finishing ahead of 10.6/1 Easy Turgot (2m Orlando Vici-Tamise Turgot) with trainer Sylvain Roger up. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Enghien feature was the monte Prix de la Pace de Valoius (total purse €50,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters). The 2.8/1 Corona Gede (4f Insert Gede-Exqoise Gede) took the 1.16.4kr victory with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for trainer Tony LeBeller. Nicolas Ensch owns the winner that now posts four wins in ten starts for over €67,000 earned in a brief career. 21/1 Crack de Pebrisy was second for Clement Frecelle and Callisto Marjack ended third at 9/1. Friday at Bollnas SWE the Lindy Farms US-bred Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) returned to the races and was victorious at 1.1/1 in the John Deeres Pokal for 75,000SEK to the winner. She was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet, timed in 1.12.3kr to defeat veteran Reven d’Amour (11m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Fredrick B. Larsson. Poochai (6m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) was third for Jimmy H. Andersson in the five horse field. Delicious won for second time in 2016 in this her second start. She last raced April 21st after a 2015 year in which she was 6-1-0 in just nine appearances.  The most recent victory was Delicious’ sixth straight albeit during the streak she was scratched three times. Her career slate is 21-9-7 in 46 starts for 5,776,572SEK earned. For trotting fans that missed Saturday’s Aby Stora Pris, won by Un Mec d’Heripre, and today’s Grand Prix de Wallonie in Belgium, won by Amiral Sacha, below are the video replay links. Also below is the Ahlsell Legends race at Aby won by Eder Bob and Canada’s Per Henriksen. Aby Stora Pris Finale-Un Mec d’Heripre 8-13-16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZuWGsZHGlk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgpYxaNZSfc Aby Stora Prix Heat 2-Un Mec d’Heripre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QknptuqwCV0 Aby Stora Pris Heat 1-Propulsion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLoeKvr6rAs Grand Prix de Wallonie –Amiral Sacha 8-14-16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGXd490aVkM Eder Bob with Per Henriksen – The Ahlsell Legends at Aby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnSfAUnbUQk Thomas H. Hicks

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