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February 3, 2018 - Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) took Saturday’s featured Imike DIJ (purse 600000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with harness racing owner/trainer Jozsef Rutkai aboard clocked in 1.21.1kr over a sloppy racetrack at Kincsem Park. 20 meter handicapped Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) rallied for second with Imre Fazekas up for the same owner/trainer Rutkai and another 20 meter penalized performer Milliondollar Lux (12m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill)  was third for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas. The race honored the well-regarded  and well-bred open class trotter Imike (Valley Guardian-Astalavista-Gus Lobell-Speedy Crown-Asta-Naturally Nevele), now retired, that was successfully campaigned by Dora Kovacs. The undercard included the Bettolakodo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with that victory earned by Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) with Andrea Nagyvary up. Imre Fazekas trains the repeat winner, also last week. Race time was 1.22.9kr over the off going. Kelvin AT (5m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) took second for Csaba Laskatos and third was Unigena Sun (5f Sholty Boko-Jeanne Sun-Grundy’s Ebony) for Tamas Tanczer. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 16, 2017 - The Saturday Kincsem Park featured Mikulasgya DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.19.1kr timed Passion Grif (8g Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) with trainer Laszlo Kolozsi up. The winner now has a 7-2 slate in nine 2017 starts. The 20 meter handicapped Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) was second for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas. This mare has a 7-4 slate in 13 seasonal starts. Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) was third for Andrea Nagyvary and trainer Imre Fazekas. Earlier in the program Longines (3f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) scored in the Nabob DIJ (360,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) timed in 1.17.3kr. The undefeated filly (three starts in 2017 at Kincsem Park) was reined by Andrea Fazekas and is trained by Imre Fazekas.  White Lady (3f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was second for Dejan Katanic and third went to Valentino (3m Frullino Jet-Chemise Cobra-Atlas Fighter L). Two year olds contested the Nyeretien for a purse of 500,000HUF over 1800 meters autostart. Zucker (2f Vioxx SR-Helicon-Awesome Goal) was victorious for trainer/driver Lajos Marton. Zsivanyka (2m Yankee Mustang) and inneno (2f Frullino Jet) trailed the winner. On Saturday, at Madinina Martinique, the Prix de Grosbois (purse €7,000, 2600 meters, turf) went to 1.20.6kr timed Boycott (6g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or)  reined by owner/trainer/driver  Christine Lebreton. The 25 meter handicapped stablemate Ussein Royal (9g Lilium Madrik) was second for J.F. Gate driving for owner/trainer Christine Lebreton. The Prix de Cabourg (purse €8,000, 2600 meters, turf) went to 1.19.6kr timed and 25 meter handicapped Unoki (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Madrine) driven by J.F. Gate, the second straight win by Unoki. 50 meter handicapped Usly des Visais (9g Defi d’Aunou-Pristine Jet) was second for owner/trainer/driver J.L. Langeron.  Stablemate Vlatou des Salines (8g Magnificent Rodney) was third for Alexandre Favre overcoming a 50 meter penalty. Saturday the 30 program winter meet began at Cagnes sur Mer and the feature was the Prix Varenne (purse €42,000, 2925 meters distance handicap, 17 starters) and 25 meter penalized Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctfiflosa Bella) scored with a powerful late rush timed in 1.14kr. J.Ch. Feron teamed the J-P Marmion trainee that Marmion also owns. Ursis des Caillons was second for Nicolas Ensch and Bering was third for Christophe Martens. Saturday’s SWE V75 action was at Gavle. The featured V75 Gold Gavle Store Prix (150,000SWEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to 2/1 Zenit Brick (6g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Timo Nurmos. 5.5/1 Digital Ink (8g Super Photo Kosmos-Leverda des Pres-Filou du Boscel) took second for driver Nicklas Westerholm and trainer Robert Bergh for Stall TZ. 20.6/1 Mind Your Face (8g Offshore Dream-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) was home third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Lars Friberg. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 10, 2017 - Trencsen (5m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) driven by Sandor Kolozsi took Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.19.9kr. Istvan Papp trains the winner that defeated Urban Legend (4m Gustav Diamant-Jasmin Diamant-Sugarcane Hanover) handled this day by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. Third was Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) for Sandor Varga driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. The undercard included the Idomero DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 12 starters) and Disney HR (4f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) scored in 1.20.1kr for Gyorgy Farkas driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Unigena Sun (4f Sholty Boko-Jeanne Sun-Grundy’s Ebony) was second for driver Tamas Tanczer and third was Rocky HR (5m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) reined by Andrea Fazekas. On Saturday in Sweden (Aby) the V75 Legolas Minne Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13kr timed and 3/2 odds Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Lars Brindeborg and owner Parkkoken. The winner now has 29 wins in 82 career starts for 4,494,295SEK earned. Geisha Sund (7f Love You-Kanadia-Canada) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, ahead of Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) and driver Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran BBS Sugarlight was fourth for Vidar Hop. Other interesting winners on the Aby program were Kash Brodda (5f Ready Cash-Kismetta Marc-Viking Kronos) for Peter Untersteiner in 1.12.9kr of 2140 meters autostart; Ulriika Highness (6f Love You-Camilla Highness-Super Arnie) for Stefan Soderkvist in 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters distance handicap – the winner traveled an added 20 meters; and Global Trust (4m Yankee Glide-Refuse to Lose-Conway Hall with Jorma Kontio up timed in 1.12.1kr over 1640 meters autostart. Sunday I viewed the evening program at Krieau (Austria), a racetrack that began in 1878 and is the second oldest in Europe after Central Moscow Hippodrome. The featured Prix Nastasia Noens (purse €5,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Palema Photo (9g Gidde Palema-Novels Photo) with Erich Kubes up for owner/trainer Marion Hope. Meilo Mo (7m SJs Photo-Miss Starchip Mo) was second for Mario Zanderigo and third was Lord Brodde (6g Mr. Pine Chip-Leonas Yessi) for Christoph Fischer for trainer Gregor Krenmmayr. Thomas H. Hicks      

November 18, 2017 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Menesek DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 3160 meters distance handicap) went to 10.3/1 Villam Ville (3g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Zsalek  Zsolt owns the winner. Vital RG (3m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) was second for Tibor Hajnal, ahead of 40 meter handicapped Urilany R (4f Maximus Lindy-Elegant Lady-Mill H) with Veljko Mazsity driving. Race time over the extended distance was 4:32.7, or 1.26.3kr. The solid card also included the Laszlo Torok Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with victory to the 1.3/1 favorite Victory Knick (5g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown. The recent import from Sweden is now trained and was reined by Emil Csordas. Race time was 1.20.1kr. Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) was second for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas. Oldtimer Diamant (7g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) was third for Emese Vezer. Other winners were 4.3/1 Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) in the Jozsef Radoki Memorial (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Andras Gasper teamed the Balasz Juhasz trainee to a 1.19.7kr timed score over Unreal Boss (4f Maximus Lindy) and Livi Kickoff (5f Sand Vic). T wo year olds contested the Ketevesek Versenye (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and 3.4/1 Zseneroz (2f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) scored for Gyorgy Horvath, driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz, timed in 1.26.1kr. This Kabala Menes Kft. bred filly bested Veritable Yankee (2m Yankee Mustang) and Zeffiri (2f Naglo). Plans continue for the exceptional annual Kincsem Park December 31 affair that featured a great racing, music, food and entertainment, before a gathering that usually numbers 10,000 irrespective of the winter weather. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 11, 2017 - Today’s Kincsem Park harness racing action was highlighted by the Szabadkai DIJ (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the impressive 1.15.8kr timed winner was Early Stardust (6f Orlando Vici-Timely Stardust-Super Arnie). The first time KP starter, after import from Netherlands, was driven by Andrea Fazekas for SRB bases trainer Damir Karin. Veteran Bronsvlinder (9m Castleton Bass-Jasmee Dene-Maza Buitenzorg) was second and Donato Luca (8m Donerail-High Weeds-Tagliabue) was third for Miodrag Pantic and SRB trainer Petrov Srbivoj. The undercard included the Adai DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.17.8kr timed winner was Timoteo (5m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity, a two time winner in six 2017 outings. Rafael Bit (7g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami-Keyser Lobell) took second for Vereb Zsolt and third was Samuel Becket AT (5m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorikeet-Pearsall Hanover). Earlier was the Csantaveri DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and Traffic Lux (5g Self Possessed-Buena di Jesolo-Supergill) scored timed in 1.18.1kr. Milan Kovacevic was the pilot for trainer Goran Zolneji. The winner posted his sixth win in eight 2017 starts plus two placings. Iago d’Amore (3m Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) was second for Branislav Mukity and third was Syria AT (3f Tony Oaks-Silent Yankee-Yankee Glide) for Josup Gadric for SRB trainer Laszlo Berenyl. Last Saturday’s featured winner of the Oszi Kiserleti Verseny (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters voltstart) resulted in a good 1.18.3kr timed victory for Veronica Fling (3f Racino-Cicciolina Fling) reined by trainer Veljko Mazsity. Vital RG and 40 meter handicapped Time To Say Goodbye (by Maximus Lindy) were the next two on the line. Kabala Menes bred and owns the winner.   The breeder Kabala Menes had a good day as Zanebono (2m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet) scored for Branislav Mukity in the 500,000Huf purse Nyaetlen. Their Utodlo (4f Maximus Lindy-Juss) took the Forest Sun for 400,000Huf. Veteran Conway Boko (8m Castleton Bass) later won the 1900 meter autostart Illetmeny DIJ timed in 1.18.2kr to earn the winners’ share of the 522,000Huf purse. Tibor Hajnal was his driver. Thomas H. Hicks

October 28, 2017 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing feature was the Fol-le DIJ raced over 1800 meters autostart for a 600,000Huf purse. The 1.19.3kr winner was Unreal Boss (4f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) with Veljko Mazsity up for owner Hico i. The winner now has five wins in nine 2017 starts. Villam Ville (3g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and his trainee, Tiara Boss (5f Wall Street Banker-Kosar), was third, driven by leading amateur teamster Andrea Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 16, 2017 - Gyorgy Horvath piloted his (co-owner) Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) to another harness racing victory Saturday (her fourth straight win and seventh in ten 2017 outings) in the featured Uli DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The winning team defeated Ordog Hegeduse (9g Medic Hanover-Dallar-Magnus) with Ferenc Nagi II up and third was Szacharin (6f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Istvan Papp. Race time was 1.19.1kr over the extended distance and the winner (#6) is pictured. The undercard showed the Istis Jerez DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.17.6kr timed winner was Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) for Balazs Juhasz. Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Third was Beatrix Galindo AT (4f Tony Oaks-Boa Vista Vita-Just Has A Vision) for Tibor Hajnal. Thomas H. Hicks

September 2, 2017 - An excellent afternoon of trotting accompanied a three day Food Truck Festival an Kincsem Park and it drew a fine audience, also on the Friday night twilight harness racing program. Saturday was highlighted by the Josef Marschall Memorial (purse 6Huf million, or US$23,300, 1800 meters autostart) and victory went to 1.13.9kr timed Rapido OK (7g Ganymede-Movida OK-Indro Park) handled by trainer Josef Franzl. The German invaders bested Othellovictory (6g Diamond Way-Victory Blue-Malhana Sascha) handled by Christopher Fischer for trainer Gregor Krenmayer. Bronsvlinder (9m Castleton Bass-Jasmin Dear-Manza Buitenzorg) took third catch driven by Hugo Langeweg Jr. for trainer Tibor Hajnal. The co-featured Hungaria DIJ (purse 4Huf million, US$15,533, 2560 meters distance handicap based on age, three and four year olds) went to 1.17.8kr timed Baxter Hill (3m Muscle Hill-Bentane Hanover-Andover Hall) reined by trainer Josef Franzl. Great day in Hungary for Franzl. Urilany R was second for Veljko Mazsity and Villam Ville (3b Beissinger Hanover) took the third spot for driver/trainer Imre Fazekas. The Istvan Szegedy Memorial for open trotters was contested over 1900 meters autostart for the 1.2Huf million purse and the 1.15.4kr winner was Underpaid Hanover (8m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) trained by Jozsef Rutkai and driven by Imre Fazekas. He rallied to lead and hold off Donato Luca (8m Donerail-High Weeds-Tagliabue) driven by Hugo Langeweg Jr. for trainer Csaba Lakatos. Local stalwart Milliondollar Lux (11m Ganymede-Dedaumpa Jet-Supergill) was third for driver/trainer Emil Csordas, the game pacesetter. Other noteworthy winners on the card were Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal timed in 1.16.6kr over 1800 meters autostart in the 600,000Huf purse Laszlo Fekete Memorial. Urania RG and Rocket Boy were next across the line. Earlier, two year olds contested the 1800 meter autostart Nyerfetlem Ketevesek and the 1.20.6kr timed winner was Zenit Charme (2m Offenbach Bigi-Jolly Beauty-Jolly Guardian) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Zseda (2f Frullino Jet) and Zseneroz (2f SJs Photo) were second and third. The program also included the second leg of the Budapest-NY Amateur Challenge. This day Sunny (6g Oncoming Hush-Vivian King-Crowning Point) scored timed in 1.19.4kr over the 1900 meter autostart course for Andrea Fazekas. Ms. Fazekas won an amateur event at Pompano Park last year. Ors (9m Pickaflick) was a rallying second for Andras Gaspar ahead of Primusz (8g Rajon Jet) driven by New York’s Paul Minore. Minore won the initial challenge leg Friday evening, driving Sholty Geri (6f Sholty Boko) to defeat Oklahoma Font, Andrea Nagyvary up, and Rozsakert (7f Wall Street Banker) with Joe Faraldo. Thomas H. Hicks

After a good day on Friday, Sept 1 the American harness racing amatuers faltered somewhat to the Hungarians on Saturday. The best Hungarian amateur driver, Ms. Andrea Fazekas (Sunny) spoiled the party. Bob Davis ( Nubia) found the front ahead of Paul Minore (Primusz) and then out popped the Hungarians riding shotgun. Andrea sat chilly and second over until she needed to blast around a tiring Bob Davis. Too late for Paul to treat us to a driving double and a solid win. Andrea was first, A Gaspar (Ors)was second and Paul Minore captured the third money with Peter Kleinhans (Red Stone) fourth. The ten American starters in the two races faced a total of fourteen Hungarians. The calculation had to have a curve applied to the European system we use, making the total 77 USA to 59 Hungary. But who cares who won or lost? A great time was had by all. The Hungarians have a great race track here and super barn area about 1000 meters long with clay roofs and cupolas atop each barn. The one thousand meters of barn area are in rows of two so count 2000 meters of barn area. There is a jogging track in the woods, four main tracks, two trotting tracks and two for t-breds; one grass, one dirt with the latter also used for the greyhounds. You can't hear these horses going over this piece of dirt and shows that only competitive races count, not speed and creature comforts, which are so important if just made available. In Italy it was a disco and free food that created the renaissance. Here there is a big crowd of young and old, children of all ages, picnic benches and food trucks to feed an army. Also some adult beverages. Giving people what makes them happy is important. The big race of the day(Saturday) was the Marshall Jozsef Emlekverseny for 6,000,000 Hungarian Fortins; nearly $ 24,000 US. That race was won by Rapido OK driven by Germany's Josef Franzl . The evening ended with presentations and the US extending an invite (for 2018 or 2019) to our Hungarian friends, through club Rep Tomas Keleman. The invite will be for four drivers, club reps and guests. All in all, we were treated like royalty and we look forward to return the amenities when we host our Hungarian friends in the near future. by Joe Faraldo with John Manzi  

After waiting on Greyhound and T- bred races the main harness racing event on the card at this 1200 meter sand track pitted Paul Minore (Sholty Geri ) against the Hungarian perennial champ Andrea Nagyvary steering the heavy favorite.(Oaklahoma Font). However, things turned out to favor Paul when Ferenc Leanyfalvi (Prodigy Gasti) decided to fight it out on the front end. And one couldn't take issue with Ferenc whose steed had not been worse than second on the card.   On this day we raced the wrong way, something not only the drivers had to compensate for but so did the horses. Perhaps racing the wrong way helped the US driving team as did the deepness along the rail.. After observing the dueling up front and steering around some traffic Paul tipped off the last turn and when he popped the ear plugs there was no doubt about what the outcome was sure to be. Joe Faraldo with Rozsakert, a Wall Street Banker gelding worked hard to catch the place but had to settle for third. Andrea's steed hung on the be second.   All and all a good day for team USA which started out at the famed Budapest baths where team American chilled out in over ten different pools containing assorted minerals, swam laps in an Olympic size pool and took in the steam and sauna rooms like civilized people do in Budapest.   The track has a three day food truck show and families with children and pets roamed to their hearts content while the adults feasted on various meats, fish, pastries and adult beverages. Kincsem Park has better demographics than most American track operators on non major stakes events days and the attendance proves it.   Tomorrow there will be harness races exclusively, and the competitors will race, what in North America, is the right way (counter-clockwise). It will be the final race in the two-country competition.Team American will once again will look to Paul and his mates to bring home the bacon. Fingers are crossed.   The video of the race at Kincsem Park in Budapest is included herein. by Joe Faraldo, with John Manzi

Five members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association are in Budapest, Hungary getting ready to clash with the harness racing Hungarian Amateurs in a race on Friday, (Sept. 1) and one on Saturday,(Sept. 2) The team consisting of Joe Faraldo, Alan Schwartz, Peter Kleinhans, Paul Minore and Bob Davis arrived in Budapest on Monday and are the guests of their counterparts and prior to the competition they have been treated to the wonders and history of Hungary. Below is from NAADA team leader, Joe Faraldo. "Buda, the earlier settled portion of this city established in 1245, was named after Attila the Hun's brother, and was joined with Pest a town on the other side of the beautiful Danube to become the capitol city of a Budapest. We are not in The Grand Budapest Hotel since it only exists in the movies. We landed in the Hotel Budapest safe and sound on Monday morning. Treated to a welcome dinner the first night by the Hungarian's team leader and an old friend Tamas Keleman. "Godollo castle was the first stop on Tuesday. A detailed tour was arranged and our guide whose knowledge of the castle and history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was exceptional in every detail, made the tour much more meaningful. After that we were off to The Lazar Equistrian Park which is 35 km from Budapest, in the heart of Domonyvolgy and is owned by the coach driving champions Vilmos and Zoltan Lazar. "The resort nestles among the picturesque lakes of the Godollo Hills and is home to the champion carriage horses in Europe. There are two trophy rooms and the Lazar brothers have won enough events to pack those rooms to the ceiling. The obstacle courses these men steer their four charges through against the clock demands very high talented driving skills . No wonder the horsemanship demonstrated there made us feel just a bit inferior as these pros, schooled, no doubt by the brothers, teamed four at high speeds while perched standing atop two in the second row. At other times riders performed fetes with horses that must have taken years to perfect. Just getting them used to the crack of bull whips above their heads, to sitting them down on their bottoms was amazing. "The Park also has an excellent restaurant and from there a trip to the "Las Vegas" casino, a stop at the Buda Palace and a nitecap at the Gresham Palace topped off the eve of the all important draw for the Friday and Saturday's races in the Hungarian American Friendship competition. "In Hungary there are only 500 trotters in the entire country but their industry is hard at work with features surrounding the races. Food trucks, entertainment for kids and adults and beer, plenty of beer. by Joe Faraldo with John Manzi

August 26, 2017 - Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) took today’s 600,000Huf purse Diamond River DIJ at Kincsem Park, raced over 1900 meters autostart, by the weekly open class trotters. Co-owner Gyorgy Horvath teamed the winner for co-owner Pimri and trainer Imre Fazekas. She returned after a two month layoff to record her sixth 2017 victory in nine starts, plus twice second. Race time was 1.17.8kr for the comfortable winning Sultana Jet. Samuel Becket AT (6m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) was second for Andor Angyal. Next weekend is the Food Truck Show Festival (September 1-3) and the USA-HU Amateur Drivers Challenge with raced Friday evening and Saturday. Earlier this week the Kincsem+ big ticket wagering superbet, available at 4500 locations, was won for a record 25.7Huf million. Thomas H. Hicks

For the second time in as many months members of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) will be traveling to Europe to again compete in an International Friendship Competition this time against their harness racing counterparts from Hungary. Races are slated at Kincsem Park in Budapest in early September. "It's been over 25 years since NAADA has competed in Hungary, which by the way, was the site of the World Cup of Amateur Racing last year," noted NAADA president, Joe Faraldo. "In those races Hannah Miller was the overall point leader until the final day of competition when the Italian amateur finished just one point better than her total. Still, a second place finish among the 12 participating countries was the best showing ever by an American in the prestigious World Cup of Amateur Racing." Although the upcoming races in Budapest can't be compared to the World Cup events still the participants are excited about the competition. Those competing for team USA will be Alan Schwartz (586 career wins), Peter Kleinhans ( 54 wins) Bob Davis (30 wins) and Paul Minore (89 wins) along with team leader, Joe Faraldo (143 wins), who won three races abroad-- including one at Vincennes in Paris-- when the Americans recently competed on European soil in both France and Italy. But the Hungarians will be no pushover. Among their drivers is Andrea Fazekas, one of the top amateurs in Hungary, and for that matter, in all of Europe. (she is pictured here driving her father's Ollyan Nincs winning a Free For All trot at Kincsem Park) Supplying support for Ms. Fazekas in the upcoming Friendship Competition will probably be Andrea Naqyvari, Tamas Bencze, Viktoria Kelemen, Sandor Hegedus, and Tamas Tanczer According to Budapest Trotting Association president Karog Kotun, they have a wonderful facility at Kincsem Park where there are three tracks; one at 1200 meters for the harness races, along with a dirt and turf course for the thoroughbreds. Karoj and his team also have a fine website as does their racetrack Kincsem Park: Action and/or further news can be followed on the following webites by John Manzi for NAADA

August 19, 2017 - Ubu Kiraly (4m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) won the first heat of the Istvan Sent DIJ (total purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap for three and four year olds) for Lajos Martin, harness racing trainer/driver for Amma i. timed in 1.18.5kr, as he won on disqualification of Villam Ville for that one being rough gaited in the late going. The placed winner overcame a 40 meter penalty. Urania RG (3m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) was placed second for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Villeneuve (3m Pilgrims Taj-Brisco Emma-Brisco Roberto) was placed third for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. The top point winners of the two heats earned their purse checks. Heat number two saw Ubu Kiraly end fourth, behind winner Vital RG (3m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) timed in 1.19kr for Tibor Hajnal, the trainer/driver. Villeneuve and 40 meters handicapped Urania RG were second and third in this effort. Ubu Kiraly was the overall point winner and he earned the trophy and first purse money of one million Huf. Early in the program two year olds contested the Janos Szalay Memorial (purse 1,100,000 Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.20.6kr timed winner was Zeal di Cirifalco (2m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) scoring his first win off a qualifier for Valjko Mazsity, the trainer/driver. Zenit Charme (2m Offenbach Bigi-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas ahead of Veritable Yankee (2m Yankee Mustang-Vega Zilelor-Komediart) for Csaba Lakatos. Among the weekly upper class event winners this Saturday afternoon were Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) in the Nardus DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) timed in 1.16.3kr for Andras Gaspar, driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. The Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to Salihamidzic (6m Wall Street Banker-Helikon-Awesome Goal), a half-brother to Ubu Kiraly, driven by Viktoria Nemeth for trainer Lajos Marton. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 29, 2017 - Veteran Oldtimer Diamant (7g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Super Hanover DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) timed in 1.16.8kr and driven by his trainer Emil Csordas. Bimbo de Chenu (6f Scipion du Goutier-Ovive de Chenu-Casino des Sports) took second for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal, ahead of Editor Rapida (6g Exploit Caf-Sierra Rapida-Express Ride) reined by trainer Sandor Varga. On the undercard was the Merengo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters) with the red-hot Insa (4f Alesi OM-Ines-Surry Lobell) scoring again for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Asterix Evo (5m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) earned the place spot for Csaba Lakatos and trainer Laszlo Toth. Third went to Euklid AT (4m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) for trainer/driver Hajnal. Thomas H. Hicks

July 22, 2017 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park co-featured Gral-Lovag DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to Insa (5f Alesi OM-Ines-Scurry Lobell) for harness racing trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. This one recorded her second victory in 17 starts. Saron (6g Huxtable Hornline-Malesana Jet-Bourbon) driven by Andr Angual for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Third was Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) reined by trainer Hajnal. Race time was 1.20.1kr.  The Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) was the co-headliner and Unreal Boss (4f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) took the headlined timed in 1.17.2kr for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was home second for Balazs Juhasz. Third was Une Dame (4f Vioxx SR-Ilonyos-Supergill). On the undercard were two 400,000Huf purse events, each raced over 1800 meters autostart. Uzsok (4f Maximus Lindy-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) won the first timed in 1.18.6kr for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. The other race went to 1.19.5kr timed Unique (4f Ata Star L-Bessie-Timberland) for trainer/driver Branislav Mukity. The dam Bessie was a top open class performer in her racing career. Thomas H. Hicks

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