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March 2, 2019 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing program featured the Tavaszi Handicap (purse 1,100,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap. The 3.8/1 Asterix Evo (7m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) scored timed in 1.21.1kr with Sandor Turbucz driving for trainer Laszlo Kolozsi, his second victory in three 2019 starts. 3.1/1 Kelvin AT (6m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) was second with trainer Csaba Lakatos aboard. The 20 meter handicapped and 8.8/1 odds Uncia (6f Medic Hanover-Fenicia-Yankee Yankee) took third with Branislav Mukity at the lines. Asterix Evo The top undercard race was the Pipacsos DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters) with the veteran Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) victorious at 8.1/1 odds, timed in 1.18.1kr. Goran Zolnajz was the driver and also the trainer of Sanger MS that now has three 2019 wins in as many starts. 2.1/1 favorite Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was second with trainer Balazs Juhasz aboard and 16.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) took the third check with Andor Angyal driving for trainer Emil Csordas. Sanger MS Also on the wagering card was the Uveg Tigris DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.1/1 favorite Queen Of Korea BD (4f Korean-Queen Cape) prevailed timed in 1.20.7kr for Goran Zolnaji aboard. The Korean daughter, he the sire of now US based Sebastian K, was bred in Romania by Albisor Marius. Of particular interest this day was the reappearance of undefeated Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) that Gyorgy Horvath piloted in a qualifying event. The Imre Fazekas trainee scored in 1.17.5kr on the front from the first step off the gate as she won by some 20 lengths. This fine mare was bred in Germany by Munster based Kornelius Heitmann, and she posted three wins in the fall of her three year old year and another seven straight at age four. Thomas H. Hicks  

February 9, 2019 - Trots at Kincsem Park on a perfect sunny day saw the Deer Dust Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) go to the game 1.7/1 favorite Titan Ville (7g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) that overcame a 20 meter penalty to win for  trainer Imre Fazekas. Titan Ville went from last to first, was passed in the lane before battling back to win. Race time was 1.18.8kr. 9/1 Prometheus (10m Fabulous-Istis Toujou-Dylan Lobel) was second for teamster Kalman Papp, and third went to 12.6/1 Serafina Ketti (8f Farketti-Biz-Taurard) for Adel Szeanovitz, driving for trainer Judit Kelle. Titan Ville The Laszlo Tolnay Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap) was another hard fought finish, this one between two tablemates. The winner was 10.7/1 Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina) with trainer Robert Varhidi aboard, up in the final strides to defeat 1./1 favorite Villeneave (5m Pilgrims Taj-Brise Emma-Brise Robatto) with this Varhidi trainee handled by Gyorgy Horvath. 15/1 Oldtimer Diamant (9g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) was third in a photo, overcoming a 20 meter handicap, for Andor Angyal. Timoko RL Thomas H. Hicks    

January 27, 2019 - Racing and wagering harness racing action returned on Sunday to Kincsem Park following their December 31 Festival. The return coincided with the Prix d’Amerique and wagering options were in part synched to the big race in Paris. Program cover page follows. The top races at Kincsem Park were the Evnyito DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the January Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The former went to 9/2 odds Ujrazz (6m Maximus Lindy-Gyorjuli!) with trainer Laszlo Kolozsi up. Kabala Menes Kft bred the winner that was timed in 1.17.6kr. 2/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-Sjs Photo) was second for Andrea Fazekas and third went to 7.1/1 Timoko RL (6m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) reined by trainer Robert Varhidi. Ujrazz The top undercard race was the January Handicap and veteran classmaster Sanger MS (9g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) scored on the front end at 2.2/1 odds. Andor Angyal teamed the Goran Zolnaji trainee that was timed in 1.18.8kr. 26.5/1 odds Ugyeske (6f Ata Star L-Franciska-Witsends Speedy) was second for driver Balint Nyilasi and trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. The 2.6/1 second choice Utodlo (6m Maximus Lindy-Juss-Valley Guardian) was third handled by amateur pilot Tamas Tanczer for trainer Zoltan Horvath. Sanger MS Of interest regarding Hungarian trotting was a purchase at Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale on Friday evening. A lot offered by Philippe Allaire was acquired for 27,000€ by Prolongo Import Export Kft that campaigns for Joszef Rutkai at Kincsem Park. He has previously made purchases in Paris such as the good Conway Hall son What A Man. This one, the five year old stallion Dhitkti Vedaquais, was an excellent three year old in France and has earned 358,350€ as a groupe I and II winner. He was unraced in 2017, but returned in 2018 and was winless in eight starts. Dhikti Vedaquais Qualifié 27/11/2015 - GROSBOIS - Attelé - 1'19"0 Musique (18) 7a 8a 8a Da 8m 5m 8a 7a ra (16) 1m Sexe M Année de naissance 2013 Robe BAI Victoires 5 Crack Series 5236ème Gains 358 350 € Record 1'12"9 Père THORENS VEDAQUAIS Mère MARIE BLANQUE Eleveur Jean Pierre GUAY Entraineur P. ALLAIRE Propriétaire P. ALLAIRE   Thomas H. Hicks  

December 31, 2018 - Perhaps the best annual New Year’s Eve celebration of harness racing took place at Kincsem Park. The event featuring racing, entertainment, food and family fun was well-presented and well-attended in a nice evening for the fans. https://lovifogadas.hu/web/data/uturf/ugeto_2018_12_31.pdf The Kincsem Park trotting features included the Tamas Pinter Memorial (purse 1,600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 14 starters) that saw 25/1 Tangelic (6f Incredible Cole-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sacha) score timed in 1.17.8kr with amateur driver Sandor Hegedus aboard for trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. 13.8/1 Betty Evo (5f Orlando Vici-Grant Me Glory-Yankee Glide) was second driven by trainer Laszlo Kolozsi, and third went to 3/1 Under World (5g Racino) with trainer Emil Csordas up. Tangelic Also for a 1.6Huf million purse was the Pancho DIJ (1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) and the 1.18.3kr timed victory went to 5.8/1 Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) by a short nose, with trainer Tibor Hajnal driving. Napsugar et.al. owns the winner that was bred by Kabala Menes Kft. 2.9/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was a just-missed second for  trainer Balazs Juhasz. Third went to 9.2/1 Disney HR (5f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo). Zapato (inside) The big evening feature was the 2.1Huf million purse Lovaregyleti DIJ (2560 meters distance handicap, nine starters). 18.9/1 outsider  Vital RG (4m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) staged a furious stretch run that resulted in a 1.19.3kr victory for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Aquadrom Kft bred and co-owns the winner that defeated 2.7/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (6m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) that Hajnal trains and Csaba Lakatos drove. 3.7/1 Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi-Equinox Bi) was third for Imre Fazekas ahead of Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall) and the 20 meter handicapped Velvet Dancer. Vital RG A number of 2018 award winner were named including amateur driver Tamas Tanczer (nine wins in 30 starts), breeder Kabala Menes Kft (76 wins for over 48Huf million earned), owner Hico Verseny (36 wins for over 21Huf million) and horse of the year Veronica Fling (6,780,000Huf earned). The event was exceptionally promoted and may serve as a roadmap for the future in other markets. Thomas H. Hicks

December 26, 2018 - 10/1 Turaco Jet (6m Naglo-Fenice Jet-Park Avenue Joe) rallied in late lane for harness racing trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal to win the day’s featured Paulovitz Memorial (purse 800,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. Race time was 1.18.2kr and Turaco recorded his first win in Hungary in eight appearances. 7/2 odds Sanger MS (8g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) was a close second for driver Andor Angyal and trainer Goran Zolnaji. Third home was the 4/1 Titan Ville (6g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) with Imre Fazekas driving. Fazekas was back with a victory in the undercard’s Istvan Vicen Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) driving the 3/2 favorite Iago d’Amore (4m Mayo d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) clocked in 1.18.5kr. The victory was his third in four 2018 starts in HU. 2/1 Disney HR (5f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) was second with Gyorgy Farkas driving and third was 8.8/1 Betty Evo (5f Orlando Vici-Grant Me Glory-Yankee Glide) handled by Laszlo Kolozsi. Two-year olds were back in action in the Nyeretiem Ketevesek (purse 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.21.6kr timed winner was the fast finishing 20.8/1 outsider Sugar Babe AT (2f Amiral Sund-Silent Yankee-Yankee Glide) in her first career start for money. Csaba Lakatos teamed the Tibor Hajnal to the victory. 7.8/1 Anasztazia (2f Com Muscle-Keep Smiling-Valley Guardian) was second for Lajos Marton and third was 2.7/1 Atomanti M (2m Cigar Dan-Step By Step-Allison Hollow) with Branislav Mukity at the lines. The New Year’s Eve festival and racing, dance, music, food and beverage in late in the planning stage and expects to draw its usual full house. Be there for a great time and to applaud the 2018 racing stalwarts. Thomas H. Hicks

December 15, 2018 - Saturday’s snowy Kincsem Park trots featured the Ketevcsek Versenye for harness racing two year olds (800,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap). The 40 meter handicapped and even-money favorite did not disappoint as Ann Bella M (2f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) scored for trainer/driver Branislav Mukity timed in 1.26.6kr. This filly now has four wins and two placings in six career starts. Stablemate Atomantic M (2m Cigar Dan-Step By Step-Allison Hollow) was second at 4.6/1 with Sandor Varga teaming for trainer Mukity. 16/1 Alom Szepe (2f Calypso Capar) took third for Andrea Nagyvary. The co-featured Mikulasgyar DIJ (800,000Huf purse, 1800 meters repulostart – no starting gate). The 1.19.8kr timed winner was 30.6/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) with Andrea Fazekas driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. This consistent campaigner earned his seventh win in 17 starts this year, plus seven placings. 5.1/1 Villeneuve (4m Pilgrims Taj) and 7.6/1 Under World (5g Racino) trailed the winner. Thomas H. Hicks

December 1, 2018 - Saturday’s featured Baka Handicap (purse 1,200,000Huf, 4200 meters distance handicap) at Kincsem Park is an annual marathon harness racing classic. This year’s edition was highly competitive, with the blanket finish uncovering the 10.2/1 odds winner Wonderchild (4m Miguel Duhamel-Klarissza-Valley Guardian) reined by his trainer Goran Zolnaji. Race time was 1.24.3kr and second behind the 60 meter handicapped winner was another 60 meter penalized performer, 8.7/1 Volcano Boy (4m Tony Oaks-Oracle-Lindy Lane) with trainer Tibor Hajnal up. Third was the 40 meter penalized and 5.5/.1 odds Timiko (6m What A Man-Gesa-Rendfonok) handled by trainer Kalman Papp. Two year olds contested the Nyeretlen Ketevesek (purse 500,000Hufm 1900 meters autostart) with victory to 4.4/1 Sabath Black AT (2m Amiral Sund-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) timed in 1.20.8kr and reined by trainer Tibor Hajnal. The 61.8/1 outsider Atom Maki (2m PJ Punjab-Gese-Rendtonok) was second for Gabor Zalai and third was 2.9/1 Atomarti M (2m Cigar Dan-Step By Step-Allison Hollow) with  Branislav Mukity aboard. Fast class aged performers contested the Oroghaza Varos Nagydija (purse 800,000Huf, 1960 meters autostart) with victory to 6.5/1 Ubu Kiraly (5m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) timed in 1.17.8kr and reined by trainer Lajos Marton for owner Amma I. 2.3/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (6m Worship-Her Own Child) took second for Tibor Hajnal and third was 4.4/1 Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) with Goran Zolnaji driving. Thomas H. Hicks

November 24, 2018 - Today’s Kincsem Park harness racing program featured the Ketevesek Versenyre (two year olds, purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with the impressive gate to wire score by 1.1/1 odds favorite Ann Bella M (2f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) reined by trainer Banislav Mukity. The fine filly now has three wins and two placings in five HU appearances. Race time was 1.21.6kr. 11.5/1 Atom Maki (2m PJ Punjab-Gesa-Rendtonok) took second money and third was 3.8/1 Always Yankee BD (2f Yankee Mustang-Vraja Zilelor-Komediant). On the undercard was the Harsa DIJ (purse 348,000Huf, 1980 meter voltstart) and the winner was 1.1/1 Wyoming River (4m Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) with trainer Sandor Varga driving. Race time was 1.21.4kr for the full brother to Ann Bella M that won earlier on the program. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 25, 2018 - Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady), off at 5/1 odds, won Saturday’s Diamond River DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. Timed in 1.16.5kr, the Veljko Mazsity trainee is owned by Hico Versenyistallo, was bred by the country’s leading breeder Kabela Menes Kft. Henrik Ibsen AT and Unique Vil trailed the mare that scored comfortably. Thomas H. Hicks

May 19, 2018 - Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won her seventh straight on Saturday afternoon over Kincsem Park’s rain soaked surface in the Z Sigmond DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The undefeated mare is owned by Pimri i., trained by Imre Fazekas and driven this day by Andrea Fazekas. This pair left from post five, went to the front and continuously widened the margin that was about 60 meters at the line. The 1.7/1 favorite, bred in Germany, was timed in a sharp 1.16.6kr. The Kali DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters repulostart – no gate due to weather) went to 7.7/1 Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) clocked in 1.19.4kr and driven by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. The winning team posted a second win in 2018 in 10 starts with six other placings. Veronica Fling, Trencsen and Villam Ville were next to the line in this good field. The featured Williams DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters  repulostart – no gate due to weather) went to 1.6/1 Speedy Boy (7g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) with Veljko Mazsity up, timed in 1.19.1kr. This one has two wins in three 2018 outings. 5/1 Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was second in his first start of the year, with Lajos Marton aboard. Landlord was third Thomas H. Hicks

Hightstown, NJ --- After a journey of more than 5,000 miles, the harness racing starting gate used for the prestigious Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio, is now safely in the least likely of racing locations, Budapest, Hungary. The starting gate is used to start the harness races. It has a special attachment with long wings that open up and close. The horses get behind the gate at their assigned post position numbers and follow the gate to the starting point of the race and then the vehicle accelerates away from the field of horses and then follows them on the outside of the track throughout the race. The extensive journey for the unique Ford F-150 pickup truck with its starting gate attachment began in early July of 2017 when Petronella Kovács, an equine photographer and assistant manager at Kincsem Park in Budapest, contacted harness racing publicity consultant and Hall of Famer, Steve Wolf, in Coral Springs, Fla. Kincsem Park is a major events facility in Budapest that features not only harness racing, but also Thoroughbred and greyhound racing, concerts and festivals. “I received an email from Petronella,” Wolf said, “asking if I could assist them in purchasing a good used starting gate and having it shipped to Budapest. Little did I know the kind of journey this would take us on. “Thank goodness for Google translate, as I do not speak Hungarian, and Petronella speaks some English. We had some minor situations where we did not understand each other, but always were able to work it out.” “I speak English somewhat,” Kovács said. “Our communication was the best I think, easy, fluent and simple. “I was searching for a company or a person who could arrange these kinds of things like this. I wrote to some companies, and only Steve said he can and wanted to help me.” So Wolf began searching for a good used starting gate, which was no easy task. “I contacted the two major companies that build starting gates in the USA,” Wolf said. “And either they did not have any used vehicles for sale or they were too old for what they wanted at Kincsem Park. I contacted race tracks and found a couple of used starting gates, but again, too old for what they wanted.” Then Wolf went to Mike Woebkenberg of Superior Sulky in Farmerville, Ohio. Mike and Steve had never met before, but through talking on the phone, had become friends. “I realized that Steve really wanted to help find a starting gate for the people at Kincsem Park,” Woebkenberg said. “And I wanted to help him, so we looked into building a new one, but that became too costly with shipping and import taxes. We tried all sorts of scenarios and then I said to myself, why not sell them the main starting gate I use at the Little Brown Jug and other tracks and just build a new one for myself.” After working out a price, a deal was reached between Woebkenberg, Wolf and Kovács that was acceptable to Kincsem Park management. But then came the paperwork for the Ford F-150 starting gate. “I thought at first that this would be an easy purchase agreement,” Wolf said. “Then came an 18-page bidding form in Hungarian! It took some time as Google translate was not as helpful, but Petronella worked with me and soon enough I had it done. I nicknamed her my “Job Angel” and Mike also was a major help as we had to include all dimensions of the truck and the starting gate mechanisms in kilometers, etc.” Because Kincsem Park is owned and run by the Department of Agriculture in Hungary, bids must be done for all major machinery purchases. So next came the waiting game for Wolf to see how the bidding would go. It was early July when the adventure first started and then on Oct. 13, Wolf received via email a document from the Hungarian government with an official seal on it. “I thought at first it was the official notice that my bid was successfully submitted,” Wolf said. “So, I forwarded it to Petronella and she got back to me and said ‘Congratulations Steve, your bid is the winning one,’ and I was ecstatic about it.” Of course, more work remained. Arrangements were made to have the starting gate shipped from Ohio to an East Coast port, then across the Atlantic to a port in Europe, and then to have the vehicle transported to Budapest, which is totally landlocked from any major shipping port by hundreds of miles. “I had done pricing on all facets needed to get the starting gate to Budapest for the bidding contract,” Wolf said. “And now I was able to negotiate final deals with the different transport companies.” So, Woebkenberg began preparing the truck for a long trip to Europe. “I had the truck totally detailed,” Woebkenberg said. “New tires and an extra new spare, new brakes, extra spare parts and prepared the truck for being in a container for a while and how the salt air could affect it. I also wrote out instructions for basic repairs and maintenance for the truck and starting gate and made sure that the company folded in the big side-view mirrors in order for it to fit inside the container.” The starting gate was then transported from Farmerville, Ohio to the port in Jersey City, N.J., then shipped to the port at Bremerhaven, Germany and transported 740 miles to Budapest, Hungary. “I had all the information,” Wolf said. “The name of the ship, the route it was going to take, when it might arrive, but still I was nervous waiting for it to finally arrive in Germany. I even learned how to track a vessel at sea provided it passed near some of the tracking stations across the Atlantic. “And then I got an email on Monday, Jan. 22, from my customs agent that the ship had docked the night before,” Wolf added, laughing. “So, my worries about the starting gate sinking were over with!” “I did not think it would take so long,” Kovács said. “With the truck coming from America, it is not the closest or the easiest way to Hungary. A good job takes time. “My colleagues and I were so excited when I got the message on my phone that the truck had arrived. I finally felt calm and secure. Everyone was so excited and could not wait to see the truck at work.” Both Steve Wolf and Mike Woebkenberg are hopeful that this experience will be repeated with other tracks around the world that are interested in getting either a new or used starting gate. They can be reached via email at stevenwolf1956@gmail.com or mike@superiorsulky.com. “I’m ready to do it all over again,” Wolf said. “It was most certainly a life experience that I really enjoyed doing, made new friends around the world and now I can add international exporter to my resume.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

May 5, 2018 - Superb harness racing, weather and Food Truck Festival Weekend made for an excellent Saturday afternoon at Kincsem Park. Timoteo (6m Abano As) and driver Veljko Mazsity took the two heat Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial with decisive wins in both heats. Three year olds battled in the Laszlo Ferge Memorial with an easy victory earned by Zapato (3m Frullino Jet) driven by Tibor Hajnal. Finally, the fast class campaigners contested the Lajos Matucza Memorial with quick closing Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue) the winner for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. Summaries of the major races. Race 3 Heat #1 Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial (total purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, heat placing determine race results) Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi-Equinox Bi), Imre Fazekas driver for trainer Jozsef Rutkai, 20 meter handicapped Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall), Emese Vezer up for trainer Emil Csordas Race 6  Lajos Matucza Memorial (purse 1,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane), Imre Fazekas driver for owner Prolongo and trainer Jozsef Rutkai, 3.8/1 odds, race time 1.15.8kr Part Two (9f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine), Csaba Lakatos Milliondollar Lux (12m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill), Emese Vezer up for trainer Emil Csordas Race 8  Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial Heat #2 (total purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, heat placing determine race results) Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way), Veljko Mazsity at 1.3/1, time 1.17.9kr Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund), Tibor Hajnal Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi-Equinox Bi), Imre Fazekas, 20 meter handicapped   Final Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial Placings Timoteo. Vellko Mazsity Vortice Bi, Imre Fazekas Henrik Ibsen AT, Tibor Hajnal   Race 10 Laszlo Ferge Memorial (purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Oklahoma PT-Friendly Face), Tibor Hajnal, owner Napsugar at 1.6/1, time 1.18.8kr Zsozsoka (3f Yankee Mustang-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay), Laszlo Kolozsi Zanebono(3m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe), Branislav Mukity, from 20 meter handicap In pre-program action, veteran Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau) won a qualifier timed in 1.18.8kr for Lajos Marton. The two year old ArunChupa (2m Calypso Capar-Norah Jones) won his first qualifying effort for Imre Fazekas clocked in 1.26.3kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 21, 2018 - 5.2/1 Villam Ville (4g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) rallied to score an easy 1.17.5kr timed harness racing victory in Saturday’s 600,000Huf Soldo DIJ, raced over 1900 meters autostart. Imre Fazekas trains and drive the winner that Pimri owns. Uzsorasno (5f Maximus Lindy) got up for second driven by Balazs Juhasz and third was Vital RG (4m SJs Photo) with Tibor Hajnal aboard. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L) took the fourth check for Laszlo Kolozsi. The undercard included several interesting victories, first in the Evi Amator Kupa Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) where Beatrix Galindo AT (5f Tony Oaks-Boa Vista Vita-Just Had A Vision) scored for Zoltan Gyolai and trainer Istvan Papp. Animal Trade Racing of Szerbia owns this 1.18.5kr timed winner. Earlier the Cicero DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Ciccolina Fling-Supergill) clocked in 1.18.2kr for driver/trainer Tibor Hajnal. Napsugar owns this one that Kabala Menes Kft bred. Another Kabala Menes Kft product won the Dalias DIV (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) as White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) scored in 1.17.5kr with Dejan Katanic driving for SRB trainer Mihajlo Kuzmanov. White Lady has three wins and a placing in only four HU career starts. Thomas H. Hicks

For the second consecutive day the Hungarians and the NAADA members competed in inclement weather in round two of their international amateur driving competition which was presented at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday, April 16. And like in the contest yesterday at Monticello Raceway, each country emerged victorious in the two event races. In the first contest -race 2 on the betting card -the Hungarian's Ferenc Leanyfalvi rallied Multitaskr Hanover to a come-from behind neck triumph in 1:59.2 while in the other division--race 4- Dr. John Kokinos used the overland route from the half with Lucky Colby and held on for a nose victory in a 1:58.3 clocking. In his contest, Leanyfalvi ducked to the pylons as the wings of the mobile gate folded and was content to follow the leaders until they approached the back stretch the second time around where he moved Multitaskr Hanover to the outside and they began to move up. Fifth, as they passed the third stanza Leanyfalvi and his trotter were in third place as the field headed for paydirt. Then in the lane, under mild urging, Multitaskr Hanover passed the race leader I'm Fabulous (USA-Joe Lee) and at the wire they collared Powerful Yield driven by Hungary's Krisztian Takas for a neck triumph. I'm Fabulous faded and finished third. The winner, a 5-year Explosive Matter gelding, is owned and trained by Jennifer Lappe. He paid $11.80 for win. It was Multitaskr Hanover's 6th win in just 11 seasonal starts. For Doctor John the Medicine Man his journey was similar to Leanyfalvi's in that he had to also come from behind. After starting from the seven-hole Kokinos angled Lucky Colby to the pylons and was in fourth position as the USA's Joe Lee showed the way with Springback Sam N. As the field approached the half Kokinos moved his charge first-up and they ground their way forward picking up horses until they had command as the fielded home. In the deep stretch Dr. John was after his tiring trotter and looking for the wire. It came just in time because Hungary's Ferenc Leanyfalvi was charging with Madhatter Blue Chip only to fall short of victory by a nose. "I wasn't much more than a passenger behind Lucky Colby tonight," Kokinos said. "Actually, he knows how to win more than I do!" Andrea Fazekas, a division winner yesterday at Monticello, finished third with Cresurrey. Lucky Colby, an 8-year-old Jailhouse Jessie gelding, is owned and trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrara. He returned a $13.60 win mutuel. The final event in the Hungary v NAADA competition will be at Saratoga Raceway on Thursday afternoon. by John Manzi        

April 7, 2018 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Mount DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap, six starters) went to the 40 meter handicapped and even money favorite Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi) reined by Sandor Varga for owner Prolongo and trainer Jozsef Rutkai timed in 1.19.7kr. This one recorded his second 2018 victory in as many starts. The dam Rhode Island Bi is a 2010 foal of Equinox Bi-No Nonsense Woman, the latter at €225,497 career winner of 10 races from 34 outings. 7.2/1 Insa (6f Alesi OM-Ines-Scurry Lobell) set the pace and was just caught on the line. Andrea Fazekas drove Insa for trainer Imre Fazekas. King’s Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) was third driven by Emese Vezer. Earlier in the day Violetta (4f Racino-Franciska) was a 1.18.1kr winner in the 400,000Huf Delores DIJ and many good trotters faced the gate in a qualifier with Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL) winning in 1.18.2kr for driver Tibor Hajnal over Veronica Fling and Villam Ville. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 24, 2018 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park trotting program included the Pityke DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.17.1kr timed winner, her sixth straight at Kincsem Park, was Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) driven by Gyorgy Horvath. Imre Fazekas trains the impressive Longines along with second finishing Ultimate Force (5m Connecting People-Kamilla-Valley Guardian) that he drove this day. Third was Show Kronos (7m Varenne-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) handled by Andor Angyal for trainer Goran Zolnaji. The afternoon feature race was the Cyrano DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) with that 1.19.3kr victory earned by Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) with trainer Veljko Mazsity aboard. Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) was second driven by Sandor Varga for trainer Jozsef Rutkai. Third went to Trencsen (6m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) with Sandor Kolozsi driving. Thomas H. Hicks  

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