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October 8, 2017 - Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall) was first off the gate for harness racing driver Kim Eriksson and prevailed throughout for a 1.12kr score in the €150,000 purse Grosser Preis von Deutschland raced over 2200 meters autostart at Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Forspro AB and he record career win number 19 in 26 starts. The 2.13/1 favorite bested late rallying Generaal Bianco reined by Peter Untersteiner. Third went to Django Riff and Joseph Verbeeck than enjoyed a pocket spot after a bold sweeping move at the midway point of the contest.  Hamburg-Bahrenfeld (Grosser Preis von Deutschland, purse €150,000, 2200 meters autostart, four year olds, 14 starters less two scratches) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.12kr (top five finishers below listed) 2.13/1 odds Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall), Kim Eriksson driver, Robert Bergh trainer, Forspro AB owner, his 8th win in 12 starts in 2017 and 19th win in 26 career starts Generaal Bianco (4g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine), Jos. Verbeeck driver, Philippe Allaire trainer, Elisabeth Allaire owner Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa), Michael Nimczyk driver, Philippe Allaire owner/trainer Orlando Jet (4m Orlando Vici-Chicolina), Rudolf Haller trainer/driver   Earlier Broadwell (3m Conway Hall) easily took the Lord Pit for three year-olds. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee to victory over the Johnny Taker teamed Mac Smily. Summary: Hamburg Bahrenfeld – Lord Pit (purse €25,000, 2200 meters autostart, eight starters all three year olds) October 8, 2017 Race time – NR 2.61/1 odds Broadwell (3m Conway Hall-Boria), Robin Bakker driver, Paul Hagoort trainer, fourth win in five career starts Mac Smily (3m Brioni-Smily), Johnny Takter driver, Christian Lindhardt trainer McArthur (3m Infinitif-Millet LB), Michael Nimczyk up, breeder Jean Pierre Dubois   Other important winners on this Grand Prix Day at historic Hamburg-Mariendorf were: 3.68/1 Urbanio (4m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip), Rick Ebbinge up, the €50,000 purse Deutschland Cup raced over 2200 meters autostart 6.56/1 Uzo Josselyn (9m Love You-Lezira Joselyn), Bjorn Goop driver, Robert Bergh trainer, Ecurie des Charmes owner, in the Hamburg Cup raced over 1680 meters autostart for a purse of €30,000 4.85/1 Northern Charm (2m Muscle Hill-Clothie), Christian Lindhardt trainer/driver, in the €25,000 purse Orakel der Zweijahrigen for two year olds 12.5/1 Noble Dolly (4f Ready Cash-Harriet Frido), Cees F. Kamminga trainer/driver, winner of the €22,000 purse Klass I, raced over 2200 meters autostart   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

October 16, 2016 - Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) took today’s Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen (purse €50,000, 2600 meters autostart, 10 International starters) in Germany, driven for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin by Clement Duvaldestin and clocked in 1.14.7kr. The 9/10 favorite, owned by breeder Gaylor Chaudemanche, started from post six and defeated 6.2/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere)with trainer Philippe Daugeard driving for breeder/owner Jean Claude Robert Lucas. Third was 5.1/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) with J.Cl. Hallais up, he also breeder/owner for trainer J.W. Hallais.. Athos des Elfes and Un Nuage d’Osmoz were next to the line for their reinsman Joseph Verbeeck and Emmanuel Allard. The veteran Swedishman now has 29 wins in 87 starts for earnings of €1,059,155. Thomas H. Hicks

1.7/1 Zonguldak (7g Love You-Heartenings Crown) rallied to win today’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ville de Feurs FR clocked in 1.17kr for harness racing driver Christophe Martens. The 3500 meter contest drew 18 European starters competing for the €35,000 purse. Vincent Martens conditions the Belgium owned winner. 8.3/1 Vedette Americaine (7f Jade Bocain-Irene du Jasmin) was second for Junior Guelpa and 21.8/1 Thorgan Aimef (9g Onyx du Goutier-Hammonie du Fosse) took third. At Enghien the Prix du Haut Rhin (purse €35,000, 2150 meters autostart, 10 two year-old starters) went to the prohibitive .5/1 favorite Esprit Delo (2m Royal Dream-Fessy d’Ar) with David Thomain up. Philippe Allaire owns the winner now of two of three career starts. 10.7/1 Ecrin Turgot (2m Rieusssc-Texane Turgot) was second for Franck Nivard ahead of 16.6/1 Express Evening (2m Nahar de Beval-Trviata de Star) with Alexandre Abrivard up. On Sunday at Krieau Austria was the Graf Kalman Hunyady for a purse of €25,000 raced by ten starters over 2600 meters autostart. The .5/1 favorite Stark Bi (5m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) secured the 1.14.3kr timed victory for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and owner Team Neuhof, 7.3?1 Oncoming Diamant (8g SJ’s Photo-Orischia Diamant) was next for trainer/driver Gerhard Biendel. Third was 33.2/1 Attrappe Moi (9m Orlando Vici-Make My Pay Day) for trainer Mats Strandquist and Peter Sykora the reinsman. King Of The World, Wild Viking and Romi Mms were next to the line. Sunday action was also at Hambourg Germany with the €200,000 purse Grosser Preis Von Deutschland 2016 where 15 international trotteurs battled over 1680 meters autostart. Victory went to 10.2/1 Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Glidatte) with Per Linderoth up. Stefan Melander does the training for Stall Courant AB. 18.7/1 Cash Hanover (4m Love You-Impasse) was second for Michael Nimczyk and owner Ulrich Mommert. 32/1 Gijun (4m Ready Cash-Centuria) was third for Johan Untersteiner and fourth was 4/1 Sugarmakesmecrazy (4g Crazed-Maple Frosting) for Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and Mellby Gard AB. 1.2/1 favorite Sahara One  was unplaced. At Angouleme FR was the €40,000 Grand Prix des Trotteurs raced over 2750 meters by 15 European eligibles. The 1.4/1 favorite Azela des Pleignes (6f Lilium Madrik-Ibiza des Pleignes) scored in 1.18.1kr for trainer/driver Denis Brossard. Second was 14/1 As de Crepon (6g Echo-Made in Crepon) for trainer/driver Beloit Robin and third went to 60/1 Vivario du Bellay. 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqxQTgwEl9E&list=TLfr83qXUb6J4zMTA3MjAxNg 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDfzRFJ-8wc&index=2&list=TLfr83qXUb6J4zMTA3MjAxNg. 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=445ygcgqcKE 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kbxtKTq_PY 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: http://ebooks.reckionline.de/DerbyAuktion2016_ebook/#/1/ Thomas H. Hicks

This day at Berlin Mariendorf was held the European Drivers Championship with ten of harness racing's best at the start in six races. The participants were Eririk Hoitomt (NO), Bjorn Goop (SW), Rik Depuydt (HOL), Michael Nimczyk (GE), Birgir Jorgensen (DK), Matthieu Abrivard (FR), Noel Baldacchino (SP), Gerhard Mayr (AU), Rick Ebbinge (NLD), Enrico Bellei (ITY), Csaba Lakatos (HU) and Mika Forss (FI). Each race produced a separate winner (Hoitomt, Forss, Ebbinge, Bellei, Numczyk and Dupuydt. Forss also finished second twice and this earned the points victory. The fastest race (each for a purse of €10,000 and over 1900 meters autostart) was taken by Ebbinge driving the 1.14.1kr winning, 2.7/1 odds, Ufo de Valle (8g Yankee Matador-Yankee Dee). The winning driver earned a spot in the next World Driving Championship. Each drivers’ challenge race on the Mariendorf card was named after a former winner: ( Knud Monster – 2014), Roland Hulskath (2008), Christophe Martens (2006), Jorma Kontio (1998), Hugo Langeweg (2002), and Juan Antonio Riera Rossello (2004). The program also featured the Summer Championship (purse €10,000, 2000 meters distance handicap) with victory to 1.9/1 odds, 1.13.7kr timed, Abano H (9g Abano As, Countess Diamond) for driver Thorsten Tietz. 3/1 Montecore Mo (7g Joker Mauriotz-Mystere Hanover) took second for Michael Nimczyk ahead of 22/1 New Generation (7m Oscar Schindler SL-Nuke It Linsay) driven by legendary teamster and trainer Heinz Wewering. Archibald wins Q+ at Cabourg Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €2,600,000) was at Cabourg in the Prix Henri Balliere (purse €36,000, 2850 meters distance handicap) with the win earned by 25 meter penalized, 6.1/1 odds, Archibald (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Lehore) with Thomas Levesque teaming. Thomas trains the Pierre Levesque owned campaigner that was timed in 1.14.6kr over his 2875 meter course. 6.3/1 Arythmie du Triv (6f Lontzac-Pomone du Trio) took second for Tony LeBeller ahead of 3.8/1 Astre d’Eglefin (6g Orlando Sport-Quaoline Turgot), also handicapped 25 meters, with A,G, Maillard the trainer/driver. Thomas H. Hicks

Variety – venue, track surface (including turf), distance, direction – defined the mid-week trotting action in France. Germany and Switzerland and defined what attracts harness racing fans and wagering. The industry should open eyes and ears and invite successful racing elements to be included in their programs. Vire FR hosted the Q+ Prix Ville de Vire-Normandie (purse €35,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) and 13.8/1 Arno de Bossens (6g One du Rib-Quaifa du Rib) emerged for victory with reinsman J.L. Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 5.8/1 Arlequine d’Em (6f Nahar de Beval-Quarina Rose) took second for trainer/driver Tony Le Beller and Ecurie d’Em. 9.2/1 Al Capone Jet (6m Jag de Bellouet-Passion du Morgane) was third for David Thomain. 46/1 Bruyere du Rib (5f Kaiser Soze-Inopaline) was fourth forJoel Hallais. Fifth was 4.9/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) with Eric Raffin aboard. Even-money favorite Bugsy Malone was a dq for being off-stride. This day’s Gelsenkirchen Germany program brought out several highly recognized performers. The Preis Von Wolvega (purse €5,000, 2000 meters autostart, nine International starters) went to 3/10 favorite Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) timed in 1.14.1kr. Cees F. Kamminga drove the Ecurie Commander owned veteran. The Gelsenkirchen Jugerd Preis Trial 2 (purse €8,000, 1609 meters autostart, 10 international starters) went to Stall Habo owned and 9/2 odds On Vogue (2f Cantab Hall-Olly Lane). H.U. Bornmann trained the 1.17kr timed winner that was piloted by legendary Heinz Wewering. 5.1/1 Masters Design (2g Marco di Jesolo-Bonafide Bo Bo) took second for trainer/driver Dion P. TResselaar. 3/1 Mary Ann J (2f Love You-Mariann) was third for driver Korelli Kluth ad trainer/owner Marion A. Jaub. Well regarded Cash Hanover (4m Love You-Impasse) at 1.7/1 took the Preis Von Son Pardo (purse €5,000, 2000 meters autostart, 19 International starters) for driver Michael Nimczyk. Ulrich Mommert owns the 1.15.6kr clocked winner that began from post 10. 1.8/1 Falcon Dragon (4m Love You-Marianne Dragon) took second for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg and Dragon Trotters BV. 32/1 Paolendry Like (7g Enjoy Lavec-Volterra Bi) was third for owner/driver Huibert V.D. Heuvel. Marseille-Borely showcased good racing this day with the Prix du Verdon (purse €26,000, 3000 meters, 15 starters). 49/1 Arezzo Vici (6g Look de Star-Orizaba Vici) scored in this one for Denis Bekaert, trainer Yannick Briand and Ecurie des Charmes. At Avenches turf trotting was on display in the Trophee des Espoirs Suisse (purse €11,080, 2000 meters autostart, 10 starters). The 1.22kr clocked victor was 12/1 Dal Cuore (3g Real de Lou-Senora de Lou) for trainer/driver Adrian Burger for Stall Nyburg. Monte specialists were at Cabourg this day as 14 contested the Prix des Jusquiames (purse €55,000, 2850 meters distance handicapped, four year-olds). 2.7/1 odds, 1.15.4kr timed, Corona Gede (4f Insert Gede-Exquise Gede), racing barefoot, took victory for Yoann Lebourgeois. Tony Le Beller trains the winner for Ecurie Nicolas Ensch. 17/1 Casting de l’Aumoy (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Qualla de Vive) was second and third went to 37/1 Campus du Rib (4m One du Rib-Oraison du Rib) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais. Clairefontaine-Deauville FR hosted turf trotting this day and the Prix Scipion du Goutier (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 16 starters) went to 5.7/1, 1.18.9kr timed, Compromise de Laval (4m Opium-Geribin du Donjon) with trainer Thomas Levesque aboard. Pierre Levesque owns this winner. 6.7/1 Cauziki du Rib (4g Ouragan de Celland-Oclara du Rib) was second for Mme. Carine Hallair-Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, the owner/breeder. 2.7/1 Cho Oym Vedaquais (4g Saxo de Vandel-Rotonde) finished third for driver Clement Duvaldestin and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The Prix Repeat Love at Clairefontaine (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.19.4kr timed, 3/1 odds Arthuro Boy (6m Le Retour-Guyana) with breeder/trainer/owner/drivcer Yves Dreux. 16.5/1 Anti Doctor (6g Gazouillis-Miss Olympia) landed second with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Daugeard. 50/1 Vanillette (7f Lord du Pin-Etoile de Rivray) was third for trainer/driver Jean Morice. The turf monte Prix Unique Quick Et Tango Quick (purse €18,000, 2200 meters, 11 starters, apprentice jockeys) went to 1.198kr timed, 11.6/1 odds American Love (6g Quick de la Loge-Madone du Pin). Mlle. Neomie Hardy teamed the winner for trainer Sebastien Hardy and breeder/owner Thierry Lucuyer. 13.8/1 A Way To Paris (6g One du Rib-Prime Way Carless) took the second spot for Pierre Sorais and owner/trainer Willy Michel, ahead of 17.4/1 Banco Piya (5g Milord Drill-Oh Monika) teamed by Mille. Emeline Desmigneux for trainer Patrick Bac. This day’s action at Pornichet FR included several interesting winners. The Prix de Guerande (purse €32,000, 2725 meters, 12 starters) went to 4.9/1 Amazone du Mont (6f Derby du Gite-Ostia du Mont). Trainer Franck Delanue teamed the 1.15.1kr clocked winner. The Prix de Challans (purse €20,000, 2725 meters, 11 starters) went to 5/1 Codex Bourbon (4g Ready Cash-Smara Bourbon) timed in 1.16.7kr. Matthieu Abrivard piloted the winner, one that he also trains, for breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The winner’s second dam Herba Bourbon (And Arifant-Cartinoa-Granit) was a US$550,000 earner. The monte Prix Echo de la Presquile (purse €30,000, 2725 meters, 14 European starters) went to quick timed 1.13.5kr winner Arius de Douet (6g Oyonnax-Nakita du Douet) that Eric Raffin teamed for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks

Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) scored a comfortable length victory for trainer/driver J-M Bazire in today’s Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet at Paris-Vincennes. Nine five year-olds battled over 2700 meters for the €120,000 purse. Belina Josselyn was away last after a false start and steadily move up to take the front from Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and Eric Raffin. Bazire slowed the pace and Bolero Love made a move to get alongside before making a miscue at top of stretch. Billie rallied steadily but could not threaten and Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) moved along the pegs to be third. The winner was off as the 1.2/1 odds favorite and Billie was 2.4/1 second choice. Time for the winner was 1.13.6kr off slow fractions (1.14.3kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.8kr at the 1000; 1.14.7kr with 500 remaining) as Bazire carefully rated the front-end speed. Yvan Bernard owns Belina Josselyn. Today’s Q+ was the Prix de Cahors at Paris-Vincennes and 18 faced the starter going for a €60,000 purse in the 2700 meter test. 24/1 Brune des Forges (5f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) recorded the 1.15.1kr clocked victory for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Belle Louis Mabon (5f Derby du Gite-Nefertiti Mabon) landed second for Yves Dreux at 12/1, Dreux also is owner/trainer. Sheyla EK (5f Varenne-Camargue OM) ended third for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Cristian Rizzo and Scuderia RB Team Srl. Spain’s Boira de Llevant was fourth at 103/1 and 16/1 Bianca Thepol was fifth, setting up a huge exact order payoff without the jackpot. The €56,000 purse Prix de Bracieux over 2700 meters saw 17 European eligibles at the start. Aero King (6f Hooper-Quarmina du Hour) took this win timed in 1.13.5kr for Anthony Barrier at the lines. This 7/1 winner defeated 22/1 Tack Wee (6g Armbro Goal-Exel Hjordal) and Pierre Vercruysse with third to Athos des Volos (6m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) and reinsman J-M Bazire. Alain d’Occagnes and As de Kara were fourth and fifth. The monte Prix de Mortagne (purse €46,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) went to an impressive Benjamine Gede (5f Insert Gede-Niquette Gede) for Damien Bonne at 2.4/1 odds and timed in 1.12.9kr off fast fractions (1.03.3kr at 1500; 1.10kr at the 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500 to go). 19/1 pacesetter Bastelica Phedo (5f Kesaco Phedo-Orezza Phedo) was a game second with third to 11/1 Bogota Mali.Benjamine Gede. At Dinslaken Germany the €4,500 purse Prix Equileo over 2100 meters autostart went to 1.4/1 favorite Sabsevar As (5f Donato Hanover-Galiera As) timed in 1.17.55kr for trainer/driver Thomas Kooyman. Peter Aleman owns the winner. Special Sama abd Dahing Dragin were second and third, well behind the dominant winner in the 11 horse field. Thomas H. Hicks

January 7, 2016 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3 million) was at Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Hersilie (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles), and 2/1 Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers-Baccarat du Pont) took victory with ease timed in 1.11.1kr for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The eight length winner bested 13/1 Air Frame (6f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ’s Photo) handled by Bjorn Goop. Ronny Kuiper trains Air Frame for Stefan Melander. Third was 3/1 Akido (6g Love You-Isha-Big Prestige) for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and owner Comte P de Montesson. Fourth went to 70/1 Alto de Viette (6m Ready Cash-Mini Ceinture-Dahir de Prelong) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Peter Berycke and Ecurie Masus with fifth to 16/1 Sahara Fairytale (7f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow-Graduate Student) for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Manocap AB. A winning €2 ticket, excluding jackpot, returned €9,700. Cayenne de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Imina de la Frette-Carpe Diem) took the Prix de Douai (purse €38,000, 2700 meters, four year-old female starters) timed in 1.15.8kr at 12/1 odds. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the winner for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Gerard Leblanc. Even-money favorite Charmeuse Royale (4f Duc de Jiel-Lea Royale-Capitole) finished second for Mathieu Abrivard, also trainer, for owner L-D-M Abrivard. 18/1 Clef de Fa (4f Fleuron Perrine-Rivendell) was third for Alexandre Abrivard driving for trainer Mathieu Abrivard. At Berlin-Mariendorf this day was the Prix d’Oberstdorf (purse €5,000, 1900 meters autostart, 11 starters) and the 1.17.9kr winner in the snow was 4/5 favorite Replay Diamant (4f SJ’s Photo-Jeansandatshirt) for driver/trainer Michael Nimczyk and owner St.MS Diamanten. 6.2/1 Herbie Dot (4g Here Comes Joey-Happy Go Lucky) was a close second for trainer/driver Manfred Zwiener with third to 6.4/1 Otti (6f Diamond Way-Victory Serenade). Michael Nimczyk scored a driving double later in the card teaming 2.2/1 Skyfall (4g Kings Best-Snow Lady-Vision) to victory in the €5,000 Prix Richard Freitag over 1900 meters autostart. Timed in 1.16.9kr this Nimczyk driven winner is owned by Ulrich Mommert. Thomas H. Hicks

December 30, 2015 - Michael Nimczyk teamed 6.1/1 Montecore Mo (6g Jpoker Mauritz-Mystere Hanover) to victory in the Prix Champions Series Finale at Berlin Mariendorf. Mommert Ulrich owns the winner that scored in 1.12.8kr over 1900 meters autostart against nine rivals for the €15,000 purse. 3.9/1 Wild Viking (7g Mandarino Blue-Lucie Justice) was second for Rudolf Haller with third to 7.2/1 Abano H with Jochen Haide driving. Also this evening at Mariendorf was the Prix Dinner For One (purse €5,000, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 11/1 Jana (5f Franic-Tille Lobell) took victory timed in 1.16.6kr for driver Heinz Wewering and owner/trainer H-J Ganschow. 3/1 Abano W (5g Abano As-Countess Diamond) was second for Michael Nimczyk with 20/1 Dolomit R (8g Ghiotto-Dodona) third for driver Norbert Bieman. Wewering was back in the winners’ circle with Impulsiv (3g Muscles Yankee-L’Amica) at 4.9/1 timed in 1.15.6kr in the €6,000 Prix Mr. Pommeroy over 1900 meters autostart (11 starters). Heinz Wewering trains this winner for owner Schmeer Schiffler. 1.8/1 favorite Holy Wood Star (3f Goetmals Wood-Hello Merrylou) was next for Micael Nimczyk with 3.4/1 Hera (3f Alesi OM-Divina) third to the line for teamster Thomas Panschow. At Paris-Vincennes amateur drivers contested the €14,000 Prix de Saint-Denis (2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) and the 1.13.6kr winner was 2.4/1 Unrefundable (7g Offshore Dream-Lilyjessbrand) with Romain Poree up. Pierre Vercruysse trains Unrefundable that defated 10.1/1 Soprano de Mai (9g Lucky d’Hilly-Chinson de Mais) for Jean-Charles Piton. Third was 65/1 Safie Pont Vautier (9f Jolmeto-Lisa Pont Vautier) for owner/driver Franck Lair. Thomas H. Hicks

Next sunday 25th of October in the German track Gelsentrab Arena in the city of Gelsenkirchen will be held the FEGAT Europa Cup 2015 for amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers). The championship will be played on 2 scoring races, with the participation of drivers from 14 different nationalities (4 women & 10 men), members of FEGAT. The most important novelty in the rules for this champioship is that the winner country will obtain a wild card for the 2016 World Championship in Hungary. The official link of the FEGAT Europa Cup 2015 is http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2015/europa-cup/ Other links to follow the championship: http://gelsentrabpark.de/  and http://www.hvt.de/ For more information you can check the official website of FEGAT www.fegat.com and don’t hesitate to contact with us to solve your doubts about the championship at fegatsecretary@gmail.com     Country First Name Name Date of birth License since Last year victories This year victories Total wins Austria Karl Gruber 22.11.1970 1988 8 8 117 Belgium Johan Neels           Czech Republic Alena Tvrzová 09.12.1979 1997 3 1 45 Denmark  Bjarke Haagensen  31.05.1975 1994 5 3 220 Finland Henna-Riikka Puolakka  1981 2004 12 3 55 Germany  Jörg Hafer  18.08.1959 1989 27 9 1316 Hungary  Attila Kurucz  02.05.1986 2005 0 0 11 Italy Daniele  Orsini  23.03.1966 1990 4 7 193 The Netherlands Leonie   Kaliss 04.01.1984 2005 3 1 39 Norway Kristian Lamoy 13.10.1975 1999 13 5 26 Russia Stanislav  Trufanov  10.12.1984 2010 3 6 65 Spain Bartolomé Mascaró Pou  20.04.1977 1993 19 21 171 Sweden Hanna Lähdekorpi 13.12.1989 2007 3 5 84 Switzerland Nicole Schneider 14.12.1985 2001 1 0 12  

October 11, 2015 - Philippe Daugeard reined his trainee Solea Rivelliere (9f Califde des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) to victory in the special Gr. II Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen Germany (purse €50,000, 2600 meters autostart, 15 international entrants) clocked in 1.13.2kr and off at 3.3/1 odds. The winner secured her 18th lifetime win now for earnings of €751,031. Jean Claude Robert Lucas owns the winning mare. Roller Quick  was second at 14/1 beaten two lengths with 8/1 Sierre Leone third. Ricimer, Roxana de Barbray, Sthieric and Paladin Bleu were in the well-regarded beaten field. The same day at Krieau Vienna Austria was held the 116th Graf Kalmar Hunyady-Gedenkrennen Autriche for €30,000 purse over 2600 meters autostart. 11 International starters faced the mobile barrier. 9.9/ odds Oncoming Diamant (7g SJ’s Photo-Oruscher-Shogun Lobell) secured the 1.14.7kr win for driver Detlef Fleischer and trainer Gerhard Biendl. The open lengths winner bested 16/1 New Generation (6m Oscar Schindler SL-Nuke Iy Linsay-Garland Lobell) handled by trainer Hubert Brandstatter Jr. with 1.1/1 favorite King of the World (6m Magnificent Rodney-Queen of Hearts) third for driver Deanis Spangenberg and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk. This day at Hambourg-Bahrenfled Germany Exodus Hanover (4m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination) took the classic Gr. II Grosser Preis Von Deutschland (€90,000 to the winner, 1680 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.79kr. Kenneth Haugstad drove the winner for trainer Roger Walmann and owner Svensk Reclamfinans AB. Two lengths in arrears was British Steel (4g Kadabra-Come Home ET) with trainer Marcis Lindgren up timed in 1.11.9kr. Sing Hallelujah (4m SJ’s Caviar-Mystic Hanover) was third for Wim Pall and trainer Holger Ehlert’s Scuderia Niss di Holger Ehlert. On this card Gilda Newport (3f Donato Hanover-Color Schemes-Dream Vacatiion) was also a winner, covering 1680 meters autostart in 1.14.46kr for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar to earn €12,500 first prize. At Kincsem Park Budapest the featured Riano DIJ (600,000HUf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.7/1 favorite Conway Boko (6g Castelton Bass-Waecon Boko) clocked in 1.16.5kr for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. The winner is owned by Illetmeny Kft. and Szilvia Hajnal. Orifiamma Jet was second for Sandor Varadi with third to Orlando Bloom teamed by Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 27, 2015 - Eight divisions of Germany’s Breeders Crown were held Saturday-Sunday at Berlin-Mariendorf. Summaries of the results of these races, each conducted over 1900 meters autostart, follow: Saturday September 26: Firefanz Cup for 5-7 year-old males (purse €56,724) went to Punk (6m Angus Hall-Primavera) for Jorgen Sjunnesson for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Greenspan (5g Oscar Schindler SL-Gravitat) was second for Victor Gertz and trainer Kirsten A. Kleinbrahm ahead of Montecore Mo (6g Jokes Mauritz-Mystere Hanover) with Michael Nimczyk up for trainer Michael Larsen. Wild Viking was fourth for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller. The winner scored in 1.12.26kr. Clemes Huye Jubilaums Cup for 5-7 year-old females (purse €56,724) produced a Sjunnesson driving double as he piloted Elma Lane (5f Lindy Lane-Miss Super Elma) to victory for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Georgina Corner (6f Love You-Georgetown) was second for Thorsten Tietz and trainer Heinz Wilhalm. Abasi (5f Love You-Ghani W) was third for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr. Ontheway Diamant (5f Cantab Hall-Norway But My Way) was fourth for Michael Nimczyk and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk. Elma Lane was timed in 1.13.21kr. Sunday September 27: Restaurant Adlermuchle for 2 year-old males (purse €22,988) was won by Laskari (2m Tschagga-Dodoma) with Dennis Spengenberg up for trainer Mark Esper. Dreambraker (2m Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) was second for Josef Franzl with Blackhawk (2m Offshore Dream-Bestof Limburgia) third driven by Robin Bakker for trainer Arnold J. Mollema. Laskari scored in 1.14.6kr, Preis der Bergmann Eventgas Trononie for 3 year-old females (purse €35,278) went to Flori Dragon (3f Sam Bourbon-Odilia Dragon) for trainer/driver Mark Esper and Dragon Trotters BV clocked in 1.13.4kr. Indira Bo (3f Revenue-Olivera) was second for Roland Hulkskath and trainer Hans U. Bornmann with third to Fygi Bros (3f Federal Flex-Rosetta Limburgia) for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselar. Ratskeller Rheinsberg for 4 year-old females (purse €57,924) produced a victory for Emma di Quattro (4f Ganymede-Lucy di Quattro) for Dennis Spangenberg, trainer Dennis Wilhalm and owner Klaus Bockhoff timed in 1.13kr. Stall Germania’s Stacelita (4f Infinitif-Beltane Hanover) was second for Josef Franzl Jr. with third to Star Potential (4f So Lovely Girl-Star Groenhof) and Thorsten Tietz for trainer Wilhalm. Preis der Schultheiss Brauerci for 4 year-old males (purse €46,339) went to Ginger Heldia (4m Virgill Boko-Lady Heldia) for driver Michael Nimczyk and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk. Nileo (4m Jillis Joker-Ciessa) was second for Josef Franzl Jr. Stan Libuda (4g Beissinger Hanover-Etiana) was third for Dennis Spangenberg and Dennis Wilhalm, trainer. The winner was clocked in 1.12.9kr. Cash Hanover (3m Love You-Impasse) took the €30,868 Andy’s Diners Cup for 3 year-old males. The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr in this five length victory. The Thorsten Tietz reined, Dennis Wilhalm trained winner defeated Halva Von Haithabu (3m Here Comes Joey-Ada) for Thomas Panschow and trainer Holger Neumann with third to Raffaelo Diamant (3m Chocolatier-Glide Chip) for Michael Nimczyk and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk. Falcon Dragon (3m Love You-Marianne Dragon) was fourth for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg and owner Dragon Trotters BV. The 2 year-old fillies battled in the €22,988 purse Selters Breeders Crown event. Gilda Newport (2f Donato Hanover-Color Schemes) for Dion P. Tesselaar for owner/breeder P.S. Borgh. Danedream (2f Pablo As-Oh La La) was second for driver Heinz Wewering and trainer Thomas Malmqvist. Gaia F. Boko (2f Conway Hall-Gala del Bessi) wss third for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. Gilda Newport was timed in 1.15.5kr. 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    

July 9, 2015 - During that last ten days there has been interesting harness racing action in Europe (FR, SWE, Germany), as summarized below. Marseille-Borely’s Prix d’Enghien (€32,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, 15 entrants) on June 30 went to 9/10 odds Volare de Lou (6g Korean-Pareastern de Lou) for trainer/driver Christophe Martens. Univers Love (7m Love You-Itarazine) was second at 3.9/1 for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy. 49/1 Samba Doree (9f Jet Fortuna-Italienne Turgot) landed third in the race with the winner clocked in 1.13.6kr. Marseille-Borely’s Prix d’Angers (€20,000 purse, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.17kr winner Baywatch (4g Password-Oxford Street) at 2.8/1 for Pierre Vercruysse. Eric Pridhon trains this one. 46/1 Bottarus (4g Orlando Vici-Richesse d’Orient) was second for Martin Cormy and trainer Mickael Cormy. 36/1 Big Mately (9g Le Retour-Bollsdo Tonnerre) was third. The Prix Callisto (€56,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 monte starters) at Vincennes went to the 1.14.4kr winner Uargane Montaval (7f First de Retz-Jiavanne de’Prelong) with Franck Nivard up at 4.6/1 odds. Vulcan d’Occagnes (6g Quido du Goutier-Hermine Beauces) was next at 4.1/1 for Yoann Lebourgeois with third to Ti Amo de Carly (8g In Love With You-Native de Carly). Classic Way (3m Prodigious-Pole Position) took the Prix Gudrun (€40,000 purse, 2200 meters, 12 starters) this day at Vincennes scoring in 1.15.5kr at 5/1 for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 4.7/1 Cupidon du Vivier (3m Love You-Odessa du Vivier) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Yannick A. Briand and owner Jean-Yves Lucuyer. Favorite 3/2 odds Clezio Josselyn (3m The Best Madrik-Ezire Josselyn) was third for O. Raffin, trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois and owner Jean-Frederik Slawinski. The June 30 Bollnas SWE feature was the Bergt Ivarssons Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) was a victory for the 1.12.8kr clocked Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) with Robert Bergh up for Stall Sedin HB. The winner secured win 25 in 63 starts for earnings of over 5.7SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (6m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson. The Quinte+ on July 1 at Vichy was the Prix de Vincennes (€42,000 purse, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Q+ jackpot €3.85 million) and it went to 44/1 outsider Avenir (5m Kiwi-Musique de Mai) clocked in 1.14.4kr with Serge Peltier up for trainer Jerome Huguet. 18/1 Aladin du Tijas (5g Niky-Nymphes d’Hermes) was second for Arnaud Desmotties with third to 11/1 Vespa de Bourgogne (6f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) and trainer/driver Pierre Callier. The latter traveled an extra 25 meters in this handicap event. The parade of longshots set up an exact order payoff in excess of €142,800 excluding the jackpot. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 4 Avenir Serge Peltier J. Davet J. Huguet 2ème 7 Aladin du Tijas A. Desmottes A. Desmottes A. Desmottes 3ème 16 Vespa de Bourgogne P. Callier P. Callier P. Callier 4ème 12 Ariane de Caponet H. Chauve-Laffay R. Gaja H. Chauve-Laffay 5ème 14 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.850.000 € - Numéro plus : 2005       Ordre :       142.848,00€       Désordre :       1.190,40€       Bonus 4 :       222,20€       Bonus 4sur5 :       31,80€       Bonus 3 :       21,20€                     On July 1 at Lindesberg SWE the Bergslagsloppet (1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner) went to the US export Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsar LB-Lemon Dra) in 1.10.2kf for trainer Daniel Reden and teamster Orjan Kihlstrom. The winner now has a 13-9-7 slate in 37 starts for earnings in excess of 3.14SEK million. I Saw You (10g Love You-I Saw Molly-Lindy’s Crown) was a distant second timed in 1.11.6kr for Ake Lindblom with third to Friction (8m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) for Ulf Ohlsson and owner Stefan Melander. Prince Tagg was fourth, Lord Capar sixth and US export Corky seventh in the field. On July 5 the action switched to Berlin Mariendorf with preps for the August 2 Deutsches Traber Derby that will carry a purse of over €80,000. This day the three year-old colts contested the €25,000 purse Buddenbrock Rennen over 1900 meters autostart. The 1.12.6kr winner was the Thorsten Tietz reined Cash Hanover (3m Love You-Impasse-Enjoy Lavec) over Floyd Fortuna (3m Yankee Glide-Jane O’Donnell-SJ’s Photo) with Conrad Lugauer up and third finishing Rene M. Newport (3m Conway Hall-Midnight Lace-Muscles Yankee) teamed by Michael Nimczyk. The fourth dam of the winner is Delmonica Hanover, the Prix d’Amerique winner. The fillies battled in the Stutenlauf for its €12,500 purse also over the 1900 meters autostart distance. The 11.14kr winner was Global Fun (3f SJ’s Photo-Global Winner-Lindy Lane) driven by Heinz Wewering, who posted a driving double on the card. Second, two lengths behind was Gorgeous Love (3f Love You-Georgetown-Kramer Boy) with Rob De Vlieger up (this one with fourth dam being Tarport Lady Ann) and third went to April Love (3f Muscles Yankee-Aprilliebe-Diamond Way) for teamster Jorma Oikarinen. July 6 at Vichy the Prix de Pontgibaud (€30,000 purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) went to Authentic Charm with trainer Romain Derieux aboard, timed in 1.16.4kr at 21/1 odds. Antonio De Sousa is the owner. Favorite 4/5 odds Ambassadeur d’Am (5g Orlando Vici-Halette des Acres) was second for trainer/driver Christophe Martens and Stall Label HB. 6/1 Alik Julry (5m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Malika Julry) was third for J-P Gauvin and Ecurie Julry. The Prix Roger at Guy Boillereau (€20,000 purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Vichy the same day went to the 1.17.8kr winner Carla (3f Love You-Pin Up de la Loge) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux at 2.2/1 odds. Comete Jet (3f The Best Madrik-Quinine Jet) was second at 6/1 for Martial Gauvi with third to 10/1 Chenelle de Saga (3f Quinoa du Gers-Quabellia de Couet) for owner/trainer/driver Philippe Gaillard. July 6 at Hyeres carded the Prix J-M Marguin (€26,000 purse, 2050 meters autostart, 12 entrants) and 9/1 September (9g Gogo-Iacoute de Beval) recorded the 1.14.2kr victory for David Bekaert, teaming for trainer J-M Roubaud and owner Ecurie de Rougemont. 8/1 Ut des Dampierre was second ahead of 28/1 Taguin du Bellay. July 7 Chateaubriant’s Prix Synergie (Quinte+ jackpot €4.15 million, €35,000 purse, 3000 meters, 18 European starters) went to the 1.15.6kr winner Tagada Tagada (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) at 18/1 for Mathieu Abrivard. 2.7/1 Vaisman (6m Memphis du Rib-Lula du Douetil) was next for trainer/owner/driver Franck Anne. Italy’s 2.9/1 Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) was third for Franck Nivard teaming for Fabrice Souloy, trainer, and KLV Holding AB, owner. Next was Italy’s Paparizzi (6g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) at 6/1 for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini with fifth to 26/1 Udson de Retz (7g And Arifant-Osima) for Loic Guinoiseau, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie de l’Empereur.Tagada Tagada 7-7-15 The Prix Tenor de Baune (€26,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, 16 European starters) at Chateaubriant was taken by the 1.16.6kr winner Urasi de la Vallee (7g Onyx du Goutier-La Vallee) for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault at 7/1 odds. 6/1 Uriano (7g Esotico Star-Kaline de Nuit) was second for Mathieu Abrivard with 10/1 Une Tosca (7f Cezio Josselyn-Ma Toscano) third for teamster Jacques Bruneau. July 8 at Visby (SWE) the Gotlandsloparingen (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) produced a fine win clocked in 1.11.7kr by Traveling Man (10m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Ulf Ohlsson, teaming for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Reden also was second this time, driving his trainee Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) and Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Agricat-Giant Cat) was third home with Thomas Uhrberg driving. July 9 at Vaggeryd SWE the Jerry Riordan trainee and Italian-bred The Yankee (3g Muscles Yankee-Madeira Bi-Toss Out) won a 2140 meters autostart event winning 15,000SEK first prize. Frank Nilsson teamed The Yankee for co-owners Al. Folli SRL and Lisa Riordan to the 1.16.8kr clocked victory. Thomas H. Hicks  

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