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Velten von Flevo (3m Ganymede-Babette Flevo) took Sunday’s 124th edition of the Deutsches Traber Derby (purse 188,325€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Berlin-Mariendorf in Germany. Rick Ebbinge was the winning pilot for trainer Jeroen Engwerda and owner Pine Point Equine. Off at 5.5/1 Velten von Flevo was clocked in 1.13kr as he won his third consecutive race. Juan Bros (3m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) was second with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard for Scuderia Tramontom Srl. Third went to Rancoon (3m Orlando Vici-Night Club) for trainer/driver Rudi Haller and Stall Wieserhof. Velten von Flevo  On the superb undercard, the IDEE Kaffee Derby (four-year olds, purse 25,000€, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 15.2/1 Free Bird (4m Ready Cash-Zandra Sib) score in 1.13.7kr for Robbin Bot in a terrific race. Wolfgang Nimczyk trains this one for Hans Brocker as he won his third straight. Cahaya (4f Love You-C’est la Vie) took second for Jeffrey Mieras and trainer Dion Tesselaar. Officer Stephen (4m Pastor Stephen-Gondolin) was third for trainer/driver Dion Tesselar. Free Bird The Deutsches Traber-Derby Consolation (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw 1.53/1 Otero (3m Muscle Hill-Sparkling) score for Josef Franzl timed in 1.14.2kr, Gladiatuer (3m Bird Parker-Esperance) was second for Robbin Bot, the pilot for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk. Third in a dead heat were JFK (3m Expo Bi-Excepotionell) for Jaap van Rijn and Man U (3m Manofmanymissions-Yes I Can) handled by Michael Nimczyk. Otero The ASKANIA-Record mile (purse 15,000€, 1609 meters autostart, seven aged starters) went to local favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) clocked in 1.11.1kr with trainer Rudi Haller aboard for Stall Team Neuhof. This veteran has faced many of the best in Europe in his most recent four appearances in France where he was second, third and twice fourth against Bold Eagle and others. He was off as the 1.19/1 favorite here and defeated Halva von Haithabu (7m Here Comes Joey-Ada) with Roland Hulskath aboard and Out Of The Slums (7m Muscles Yankee-Sugar) reined by Michael Nimczyk. Orlando Jet Two-year olds faced the starter in the Gerhard Kruger Memorial (12,000€ purse, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) and 7/2 Baltic Star (2m Revenue-Baltica de Bellouet) prevailed timed in 1.19kr with Thomas Panschow aboard for trainer Holger Neumann in his first start for money. The Gino Lutz owned colt defeated Fraulein Trixie (2f Trixton-Fraulein Wunder) handled by Kornelius Kluth and Emoji (2f Wishing Stone-Indoo) piloted by Hannu Voutilainen.  Quite a day and weekend of trotting conducted in front of a great audience. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Jean Pierre Dubois bred La Grace (3f Muscle Hill-Le Reve) took the Saturday Berlin Mariendorf featured Deutsches Stuteri Oaks (purse 82,775€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) as the 1.2/1 favorite. Michael Nimczyk teamed the winner for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk.  The 6/1 Rock My Dreams (3f Gustav Diamant-Nucedicocio Rex) was second for Josef Franzl, ahead of 12.6/1 outsider Jetway Fortuna (3f Donato Hanover-Saratoga Yankee). Race time was 1.13.4kr. The excellent Saturday program also showcased the Super Trot Cup (purse 70,000€, 2500 meters autostart) that went to 13.6/1 Fabio Bianco (Ufo Kievetshof-Waterlily Bochoeve) handled by Rob T. De Vlieger. Zefiro Dei Cedr (Wishing Stone-Ninfa Degli Dei) was second for Joakim Lovgren and third went to Pocahontas Diamant (Look de Star-Ianira Dei) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Race time was 1.13.8kr. The Monte Derby (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart) saw 2/1 Zauni (g, Quite Easy-Nice Try Diamant) score for Ronja Walter for trainer Manfred Walter. Hambo Transs R was next with jockey Michelle Monster aboard for trainer Paul Hagoort. Third was O’Sunday with Stephanie Werder in the irons. Race time was a record 1.11.5kr. Earlier on the card was the Eduard Winter Deutsches Stuten Derby Finale B (10,000€ purse, 1900 meters, 12 starters) that went to 6.2/1 Marylan Monroe with Michael Nimczyk aboard. She bested Versailles Diamant and reinsman Robin Bakker and third finishing Jamaica Ferr that was piloted by Rob T. De Vlieger. Race time was 1.15.4kr. The August 3rd Auktion Berlin produced several well-received sale leaders: Leroy Scott (Trixton) 85,000€ to Leendert Gerrits Latina di Baia S (Trixton) 75,000€ to Stall Antonshof Obsession Bo (Muscle Hill) 65,000€ to Chelsea Srls Silvertail (Ready Cash) to Tramontom Srl The sale average was 19,677€ Berlin-Mariendorf, Berlintrab,, Auktion Berlin files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

August 5, 2017 - Today’s classic Eduard Winter German mare Derby (purse €103,802, 1900 meters autostart) went to 5.2/1 Motion Pure (3f Muscle Hill-Alma-Grimaldi-Premium Yankee-Joie de Vie) driven by legendary harness racing driver Heinz Wewering for trainer Christian Lindhardt and owner/breeder Gestut Lasbek. 6.1/1 Charlotte Newport (3f Abano As-Color Schemes) was second for driver Rudolf Haller and trainer Thomas Holtermann. Third went to 11/1 Tijuana Diamant (3f Dream Vacation-Cocola Diamant) for Jorgen Sjunnesson, driving for Wolfgang Nimczyk. Wewering, a career winner of well over 16,800 races, presented this weekend signed Wewering whips to Canadian Hall of Famer Bill Galvin, for inclusion in the Canadian and US Hall of Fames. Galvin presented to the German Hall of Fame a whip signed by Hans Fromming in 1975 while in a drivers’ championship in Canada. EDUARD WINTER Deutsches Stuten-Derby 2017 Dreier- und Viererwette / Prämienausspielung / DD-2 / V5-5 Dotierung: 103.802 Distanz: 1.900 mAutostartStartzeit: 17:10 Uhr 1. Motion Pure Heinz Wewering 1.900 m 1:14,1 52 2. Charlotte Newport Rudolf Haller 1.900 m 1:14,3 61 3. Tijuana Diamant Jörgen Sjunnesson 1.900 m 1:14,3 110 4. Himoko Greenwood Hugo Langeweg 1.900 m 1:14,3 76 5. Madonna ST Christoffer Eriksson 1.900 m 1:14,5 281 6. Hera F Boko Dion P. Tesselaar 1.900 m 1:14,7 327 7. Honesty Newport Michael Nimczyk 1.900 m 1:14,7 87 8. Hazel Newport Robbin Bot 1.900 m 1:14,9 509 … Alegra B Conrad Lugauer 1.900 m dis.r. 17 … Handsome Starlake Hugo W. Langeweg 1.900 m dis.r. 243         Below are published comments regarding Heinz Wewering, the consummate driver/trainer. At the age 67, Heinz Wewering, the trotting champion horseman, is still one of the candidates for victory at Derby week in Mariendorf Berlin. Retirement? Heinz Wewering may be 67, but the driver does not want to know anything about retirement. In his sport he still does not count as too old, especially in important races. Wewering uses classic equipment because it fits him. He completed almost 51,000 races in his career, of which he won 16,844 - more than any other driver in Germany, and second in the world. For years the German master had the world record for race wins, but he has since lost to the American Dave Palone. This experience is noticeable.  29 times in a row, from 1977 to 2005, he won the title of German trotter champion for the most victories in a season. Since then he has been called "the eternal gold helmet". 17,000 victory is the big remaining goal for Wewering. At the German Traber (Trot)-Derby in Mariendorf he has won eight times as a driver and once again as a trainer, most recently in 2010 with Unikum. He has many stories, yet he says “I still have a little time." In fact, the age limitation for the drivers was lifted a few years ago and Wewering can now continue driving beyond 70 years. "I drive as long as I'm healthy," he says. He wants to reach the mark of 17,000 victories. Heinz Wewering is a legend still in action. On the first three days of Derby week, Wewering was able to build his win total further. Twice he entered the winners-circle and now today the Filly Derby is another classic race win. Quite a career!!! Berlin Mariendorf  Thomas H. Hicks

Today began the main harness racing action leading to next weekend’s German Trotting Derby, preceeded by the annual Yearling Auction the prior day. Four Derby eliminations for colts took place today, along with the Charlie Mills Memorial. Each carried at purse of €20,000 and was contested over 1900 meters autostart. A summary of the elims follows. The Brandenberg Cup elimination went to 1.3/1 Fiobano (3m Abano As-Fiona KO) for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz to remain unbeaten in six starts this year and for the career. Stall Pretty Woman is the owner. Guccio Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-She’s A Flirt) was second for Maik Esper and Muscle Boy As (3m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) took third for Gerhard Mayr.Fiobano was clocked in 1.14.47kr.  German Derby Elim - Fiobano, Thorsten Tietz replay  follows The Florida Eis Cup elim went to 1.3/1 Dreambreaker (3mOffshore Dream-Brooke Boko) for driver Michael Nimczyk and trainer Arnold J. Mollema. This winner scored for the second time in 2016 with four placings in six starts. Gigant Greenwood (3m Mr. Pine Chip-Urielle Kievitshof) was second for Stefan Schoonhoven. Third went to Mr. Shorty (3m Here Comes Joey-Escape) with Thorsten Tietz driving. Thewinner was clocked in 1.13.37kr. German Derby Elim – Dreambreaker, Michael Nimczyk/Arnold Mollema replay folows Stall Oberkracher owns the winner The Estrel Hotel Berlin elim went to even money choice Geronimo T (3m Uranus-Zita Jones) for driver Thorsten Tietz for trainer Hans Joachim Tipke. Muscle Scott (3m Muscle Mass-What A Spirit) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort, with third to Laskari (3m Tschagga-Dodoma) with Joseph Verbeeck aboard for trainer Maik Esper. Geronimo T now has five wins and one placing in seven starts and was timed in 1.14.21kr. German Derby Elim – Geronimo T, Thorsten Tietz, H. Tipke replay follows: The Movenpick Hotel Berlin German Derby elim was won by Orlando Jet (3m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Stall Team Neuhof. Off at 3.6/1 this one recorded his fourth win in five starts plus one placing and was timed in 1.12.89kr. Jauni (3m Quite Easy-Niutty Diamant) was next in this test for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz. Third was Comanche Moon (3m Love You-Norwegian Dream) with Torbjorn Jansson driving for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. This elim replay follows -Orlando Jet, Rudolf Haller Othello Victory Wins the Charlie Mills Memorial Aged class masters battled in the Charlie Mills Memorial, with the field including the 2015 winner Vrai Lord (1.12.6kr) and 2014 winner Dream Magic BE (1.13.2kr). This year was a different result as 3.4/1 Othello Victory (5g Diamond Way-Victorya Blue) was victorious for driver Rudolf Haller and trainer Gregor Krenmayr. This comeback story now has three wins and a placing in five 2016 starts after not racing last year. 51/1 New Generation (7m Oscar Schindler SL-Nuke It Linsay) was second for Heinz Wewering, also the trainer. 8/1 Dream Magic BE (7m Dream Vacation-Dantesca Cla) ended third for Josef Franzi Jr. and fourth was 17/1 Vrai Lord (7m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) with trainer Gerhard Mayr driving. The 9/10 favorite King Of The World was unplaced. The winner was timed in 1.13.47. The Derby Auction is set for August 6 and represents a fine selection of trotting future talent. Catalogue link follows: Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s (July 26th) excellent Berlin-Mariendorf card featured four GermanTrotting Derby eliminations for the August 2 classic, each was raced over the 1900 meter autostart course for a €20,000 purse. Favorites captured three of the events as summarized below: Elim 1 Halva Von Haithabu (3m Here Comes Joey-Ada) with Thomas Panschow driving for trainer Holger Neumann and owner Ivic Mijo, recorded his first 2015 victory. Falcon Dragon by Love You and Ingmar Flevo by Ganymede) were next across the line. Elim 2  Ferrari Kievitshof (3m Credit Winner-Shes Got It All) the winner for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Gerrits Recycling Group. The winner is undefeated in five career appearances, this a 1.13.6kr win over Tokay by Timberland and Ivo by Turbo Sund. Elim 3 Cash Hanover (3m Love You-Impasse) was the 1.2/1 odds winner for pilot Thorsten Tietz, trainer Heinz Wilhalm and owner Franck Zickmantel. The winner scored by a diminishing neck for his fourth victory in five starts. Nikkei by Muscles Yankee was second ahead of Friendship Newport by Main Wise As. Cash Hanover Elim 4 Flashback (3m Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) was an impressive three-quarter length winner after a front stepping trip engineered by Hugo Langeweg for trainer/breeder Arnold J. Mollema and owner Draviet Stables. Fox Dragon by Goetmals Wood ended second and Raffaelo Diamant by Chocolatier was third. The winner recorded his third straight victory. The card also included the €20,000 Charlie Mills Memorial over 1900 meters autostart. This international test went to front stepping Vrai Lord (6m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr and owner Stall Antonshof. Zorba Oldeson by Love You, Best Well a mare by Love You and Shoemaker by Oscar Schindler SL were across the line second through fourth. Time 1.14.6kr. The Saturday (July 25) card showcased four Derby Filly eliminations (each €10,000 purse over 1900 meters autostart) and the Monte Derby (purse €20,000 over 1900 meters autostart). A summary of these contests follows: Filly Elim 1  Flori Dragon (3f Sam Bourbon-Odilia Dragon) the winner for trainer/driver Malk Esper and owner Dragon Trotters BV. Filly Elim 2 Gorgeous Love (3f Love You-Georgetown) scored for trainer/driver Rob T. De Vlieger and owner Merwestaal Moer BV. Filly Elim 3 Indira Bo (3f Revenue-Olivera) won this elim for driver Roland Hulskath, trainer Hans-U Bornmann and owner Stall Habo. Filly Elim 4 Janske (3f Offshore Dream-Kosmos Queen) took this final elim for trainer/driver Erwin Bot and owner Gerrits Recycling Group. Monte Derby  Greenspan (5g Oscar Schindler SL-Gravitat) took the victory for Lea Ahokas and owner/trainer Kirsten A. Kleinbrahm timed in 1.13.2kr, just off the 1.13kr record of Prince de Montfort. Valdenburg was second for Jonathan Carre and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux, ahead of Armando Kievitshof for Philippe Masschaele up for owner/trainer Henk A.J. Grift. Next weekend promises to be a special one at Berlin-Mariendorf and includes their annual yearling sale.  Thomas H. Hicks

July 24, 2015 - Derby Week is underway at Berlin-Mariendorf with today’s Vis-à-Vis Champions (€10,000 purse, 2000 meters distance handicap, nineinternational starters) the featured event. Overcoming a 20 meter penalty, along with Abano As, the Josef Franzl trained and reined Dream Magic BE (6m Dream Vacation-Dantesca Cla) gained a good inner position shortly after the start, and circled wide in the final bend to wear down the leaders to score a narrow victory clocked in 1.13.2kr (race time 2:27.8). The winner, owned by Stall AMB, was off at 2.7/1 odds and increased his career earnings to €287,984. Daydream (7f Gigant Neo-Maydream Meter) was second at 18.2/1 for Michael Nimczyk and owner/trainer Charlotte Jung. 25/1 Man In Black (6g Lets Go-Vasterbo Bodyguard) was third for Herbert Strobl, and owner Stall Marcus. Earlier in the card the Die Brandenburds Allemagne (€5,000 purse, 2500 meters, 10 international starters) went to 6.6/1 Venise des Lucas (6f Defi d’Aunou-Gloria Song). Heinz Wewering drove this winner to an impressive score in 1.16.2kr for trainer Henk AJ Grift and owner Jean F. Senet. Tomorrow action continues with three Derby Filly eliminations and the Monte Derby. Sunday the card includes two Derby Open elims and the Charlie Mills Memorial. Cash Hanover and Thorsten Tietz  headline the Derby hopefuls Sunday. Thomas H. Hicks    

Muscle Boy AS, a yearling colt sired by Muscle Hill and out of the Italian mare Zelda Per, fetched the top price of $175,000 at the annual harness racing Derby Sale, held at the Mariendorf Racetrack in Berlin. Muscle Boy AS was raised and bred by Alwin Schockemühle, who for many years was the leading breeder in Germany, but he has now scaled down and has only eight mares at his stud farm. Muscle Buy AS was bought by the Austrian Serena Hamberg, who owns an elder brother to Muscle Buy AS named Istogramma SAS (sired by Diamond Way), who has a mark of 1:55.3 and earnings of $200,000. The average price at the Derby sale, dropped 18 percent to $13,710. The German Trotting Derby, the 119 Deutsches Traber Derby raced over the 1-3/16th mile distance, was won by the favorite, Expo Express, driven by his breeder and trainer Arnold Mollema from The Netherlands. Expo Express had to trot outside without cover for most of the trip, but was an easy winner in 2:01 (mile rate). The purse for the winner was $145,000. Expo Express is sired by the Italian stallion Expo Bi (he by Toss Out) and out of Pine Spirit (she by Pine Chip). Pine Spirit is also the dam of Unforgettable (sired by Diamond Way), who Mollema guided to victory in the Derby in 2005. The filly division, raced over the same distance and with a purse for the winner of $65,000, was won by another Dutchman, Hugo Langeweg Jr., who was in the bike behind Pippi Barosso (she by Goetmals Wood). Pippi Barosso was timed in a new race record of 1:58.2 (mile rate). By Karsten Bensdorf USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent  

Tiger Woods As (3m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip) won today's (Sunday) Eduard Winter 118th Deutsches Traber-Derby over 1900 meters for a purse of 120,000 euro. The Alwin Schockemohle bred and owned colt was driven by Robin Bakker and trained by Paul Hagoort. He remains undefeated in five career starts and covered the course in 1.14.26kr. Duke of Greenwood (3m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) was second for Peter J. Strooper with Stanislawski (3m Meaulnes du Corta-Welcome To Circus) third for Dominik Locqueneux. Ni I Nu (by Love You) ended fourth for Hugo Langeweg with fifth to Most Wanted As and Michael Schmid and owner/breeder Schockemohle, an Olympic gold medalist. The German Traber-Derby is the most important classic race in Germany. The initial Derby was held on March 23, 1895 and Berlin-Mariendorf has been the host since 1952. The Derby is the cornerstone of trot racing, for its owners, breeders, drivers/trainers and spectators in Germany and it attracts European coverage via broadcast media where the race can be watched and wagered on. The PMU network included the Derby in their racing/wagering menu and it attracted solid handle.Berlin supports the Derby with many posters, banners and media support. The undercard also showcased solid performances, first in the Derby-Marathon over 3200 meters for 15,000 euro purse. Abano As (7m Abano Boy-Countess Diamond) captured this event in 1.16.64kr for veteran Heinz Wewering, also trainer. He covered 3240 meters to defeat Yesterday (8g Incredible Hulk-Enola Gay) and driver Stefan Schoonhoven that traveled 3260 meters in 1.16.2kr. Aries (6m Look de Star-Unau) traveled 3220 meters to end third for Hugo Langeweg. The Derby Sprint over 1609 meters for 15,000 euro purse produced a win for Top Of The Rocks (8m Love You-On The Rocks) in 1.12.96kr for Gerhard Biendl. Instogramma Sas (9m Diamond Way-Zelda Per) was second for Cornelia Mayr. The companion Derby event for three year-old fillies, held on Saturday August 3rd, went to Fraulein Wunder (3f Love You-Fidelitas) for owner/trainer Marion A. Jaul and driver Roland Hulskath. She took the German Tote Deutsches Stuten-Derby (102,958 euro purse, 1900 meters) for her second 2013 win in six appearances. Abasi (3f Love You-Abani W) finished second for Gerhard Mayr with Fairness (3f Pablo As-Fidelia) third for driver Michael Nimczyk. Another Love You filly, Grande Dame (3f Love You-Glamour Pur), landed fourth for Josef Franzi. by Thomas H. Hicks  

The Gr. I German Tote Deutsches Traber-Derby goes postward at historic Berlin-Mariendorf on Saturday. A field of ten, determined by last weekend's eliminations, will go 1900 meters for a purse of 120,000 euro. The field and an international group of drivers line up as follows: 1. Nu I Nu (3g Love You-Noblesse Oblige), Hugo Langeweg 2. More Caviar (3m Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse), Arnold J. Mollema 3. Duke Of Greenwood (3m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof), Peter J.Strooper 4. Tiger Woods As (3m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip), Robin Bakker 5. Stanislawski (3m Meaulnes du Corta- Welcome To Circus), Dominik Locqueneux 6. Shoemaker (3m Oscar Schindler SL-Solaffaire), Heinz Wewering 7. Hallo Again (3m Daguet Rapide-Here She Comes), Thomas Panschow 8. Lord Phillip (3m Love You-Racy Rose), Michael Nimczyk 9. Easy Lover (3m Love You-Easy Way SL), Roland Hulskath 10. Most Wanted As (3m Ganymede-Mondena), Michael Schmid The companion Gr II Deutsches Filly-Derby also has a 10 horse field going 1900 meters for a purse of 102,958 euro. This group includes the 2013 undefeated Mustang's Sally and five-time winner Abasi. The entrants are listed below in post-position order: 1. Red Riding Hood (3f Quite Easy-Heather Bi), Conrad Lugauer 2. Abasi (3f Love You-Abani W), Gerhard Mayr 3. Fraulein Wunder (3f Love You-Fidelitas), Roland Hulskath 4. Mustang's Sally (3f Quick Wood-Star Geoenhof), Robin Bakker 5. Grand Dame (3f Love You-Glamour Pur), Josef Franzi 6. Fairness (3f Pablo As-Fidelia), Michael Nimczyk 7. Dear Butcher (3f Pablo As-Rens Butcher), Heinz Wewering 8. Delisa de Quattro (3f My Love Jet-Spirit Kievitshof), Patrick de Haen 9. Annabelle As (3f Pablo As-Armbro Junction), Michael Schmid 10. Donna Kievitshof (3f Love You-Sweet Home Alabama), Maik Esper Recent winners of this classic race have been: 2012 - Dream Magic (BE) - Video attached 2011- Nobell Countess 2010 - Unikum 2009 - Zar As 2008 - Nu Pagadi 2007 - Lotis Photo 2006 - Russel November 2005 - Unforgettable 2004 - Ambassador As 2003 - Nelson November The 2013 Derby will be covered internationally on this Derby and Hambletonian Weekend. Thomas H. Hicks  

The German Trotting Derby, raced at the historic Mariendorf track in Berlin, was won by Dream Magic Be with Josef Franzl, who actually was second past the post. The winner was disqualified for being owned by the same harness racing owner and trained by the same trainer as another horse in the race that made a break at the last corner.

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