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January 21, 2017 - The 2017 Kincsem Park trotting season began Saturday on a chilly day at Budapest with the harness racing feature being the Evnyito DIJ raced over 1800 meters autostart for a 600,000Huf purse. Recent import and 1.1/1 favorite Sultana Jet scored easily in 1.19.1kr for driver and co-owner Gyorgy Horvath. Imre Fazekas trains the fine six year-old daughter of Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way that Pimri Bi co-owns. Sultana Jet was imported from Germany and was bred by Toniatti Giacometti SS Agricola. 15.8/1 Kozsakert (7f Wall Street Banker-Viragos-Surefire Lobell) was second for driver Andras Gaspar and third was 5.2/1 Ruby Reeves (7g Wall Street Banker-Jade-Valley Guardian) handled by Balazs Juhasz. On the undercard was a victory in the Hidalgo DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1980 meters distance handicap) in 1.20.3kr by 3/1 Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal). Overcoming a 40 meter handicap the recent import from Serbia was driven by trainer Imre Fazekas for owner Arizona d.o.o.. The lightly raced colt was bred by Stable Sport Line of Belgrad, Serbia. The Akos Handicap (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to the  1.21.1kr timed, 3.7/1 odds, veteran mare Mountain Bambi (10f Victor Victor-Give Me Five-Lindy’s Crown) that was reined by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. She is owned by Sun System Kft and Laura Pekker. Congratulations also to Kincsem Park for their excellent website redesign: Thomas H. Hicks    

December 26, 2016 - Veteran Masterpiece (10m Tony Oaks-Fairplay-Witsends Speedy) took today’s harness racing featured Janos Paulovitz Memorial (purse 800,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.21.4kr over an off track. The 4.4/1 winner recorded his 21st career victory in 100 starts for Amma I., now for 16,768,000HUF earned. Lajos Marton trains and drove Masterpiece. #6 Conway Boko (7g Castleton Bass-Waecon Boko-Conway Hall) just missed and was second for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal, and Orlando Bloom (8g Zador-Donna Summer-First Dust) was home in the third spot for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. The undercard included two year-olds competing in the Ketevesek Verseny (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.23.3kr winner was 5/2 odds Walking John M (2m Cigar Dan-Dream Broline-Alf Palema). SRG’s Branislav Mukity teamed the winner that he trains and owns. Walking John M now has three wins and two places in five career outings for 1,728,000Huf earned. Victory Lease (2f Illetmeny-Chippychip GT-Defi d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and third was Victoria Top Secret (2f Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) for owner Amma and trainer/driver Lajos Marton. The 500,000Huf purse Rablany DIJ (1900 meters autostart) went to 1.23.1kr timed and .6/1 Universal Boy (3m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady) for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. The same trainer/driver secured victory in the Vamba Handicap (400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) with9.4/1 Racing Athlete timed in 1.20.9kr. This six year-old son of Wall Street Banker-Atletano-Endless Sands defeated Kiskarcsi (12g Castleton Bass) with Csaba Lakatos driving. Other winners of interest were Utah River (3m Cigar Dan-The Asset Queen-Balanced Image) in the Csepeliu Baratok DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.22.9kr for the 9/2 odds victory with trainer Tibor Hajnal aboard. Later in the program, the Elefant Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 3.7/1 Rosamundi (8f Chipmate-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown) timed in 1.21kr for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos after a decisive closing surge, New Year’s Eve”Ugeto Szilveszter” is next up at Kincsem Park. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 17, 2016 - Dabano As (5m Abano As-Drati As-Pine Chip) rallied to win the harness racing featured Feiser Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park timed in 1.17.6kr. Csaba Lakatros teamed the winner for Goran Zolaji. Alvena Quickly (9f Victory Party-Gypsy Garland-Garland Lobell) was second with Sandor Kolozsi up for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Class-master Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) was third for Emese Vezer, at the lines for trainer Emil Csordas. On the undercard was the Latszat DIJ (purse 400,000HUf, 1900 meters distance handicap) and winner Unika Vik (3f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) recorded her fourth straight victory for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz timed in 1.19.2kr. Insa (4f Alesi OM-Inos-Scurry Lobell) took second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and third wasd Tajfun (4f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Jozsef Kolozsi. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing 3/5 favorite Timoteo (4m Abano As-Ghiranda Aas-Diamond Way) took Saturday’s Mikulasgyar DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) in Hungary, clocked in 1.18.2kr by two lengths for trainer/driver Valjko Mazsity. 5.7/1 Sultana Jet (5f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) was second for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas. Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) landed the third check for Emese Vezer, also trainer. The undercard’s Fekezz! DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) went to 6.7/1 Tucsok (4f Maximus Lindy-Astalavista-Gus Lobell). Trainer Lajos Marton teamed the Amma owned winner that defeated Tarkany (4g Incredible Cole-Rongor Silas-Jobie Tempest) with Daniel Bisbac up for trainer Zoltan Horvath. Universal Boy (3m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) with Balazs Jihasz up, he just second in the classic International Drivers event at Paris-Vincennes. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 26. 2016 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Viragos DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to Ordog Hegeduse (8g Medic Hanover-Dallam-Magnas) with harness racing trainer/driver Ferenc Nagy II aboard, timed in 1.17.9kr in a close finish. Under World (3m Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) rallied to just miss for driver Emil Csordas and trainer Dora Kovacs. Third was Philadelphia (7g Detroit-Gertrud-Rendfonoic) with trainer Lajos Marton up for owner Aquadrom in the blanket finish. The undercard topper was the Betgolakodo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.19.3kr winner was Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner). Tibor Hajnal was the driver/trainer forowner Animal Trade. Usain (3m Medic Hanover-Dolores-Yankee Yankee) was second for trainer/driver Ferenc Nagy II with third to Universal Boy (3m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) with trainer Balazs Juhasz at the controls. Thomas H. Hicks

November 19, 2016 - Saturday’s Menesek DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 3160 meters distance handicap) went to 40 meter handicapped Time To Say Goodbye (4m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) for harness racing trainer/driver Lajos Marton and owner AMMA. Timed in 1.19.7kr over the extended distance (1.99 miles), the winner surged in the final strides to best 60 meter penalized Speedy Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) and trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Another 40 meter penalized player, Titan Ville (4g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands), landed third for Imre Fazekas. The winner’s sire Maximus Lindy is a 2003 son of Conway Hall-Athenas Lucky Girl-Tagliabue that was a US$100,000 yearling at Tattersalls and stakes placed at age two. The dam also produced Gladiator Lindy 1 :55.4. On the fine program was also the API DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart), and 3/10 favorite Spartakus Ans prevailed for trainer/driver Sandor Varga and Czech owner Antioch Arani SRO. The five year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Volgenna OK-Lemon Dra scored in 1.18.3kr to defeat Rocket Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) with Imre Fazekas up and Royal Flesh (6m Wall Street Banker-Tameway Sweet L-Super Arnie) driven by Lajos Marton. Two year-olds contested the Ketevesek (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) and 1/5 favorite Celsius Evo (2m Pilgrims Taj-Daniellesine) scored for trainer Lajos Marton, driver Viktoria Nemeth and owner AMMA. The winner overcame a 40 meter penalty to defeat Vital RG (2m SJ’s Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) and driver Tibor Hajnal, timed in 1.23.3kr. Valentino (2m Frullino Jet-Chemise Cobra-Atlas Fighter L) was third for Sandor Varga. The Nebulo DIJ (purse 450,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) began the afternoon card with victory to 9/2 odds Uzorasno (3f Maximus Lindy-Hiutelezo-Witsends Speedy). Balazs Juhasz is the driver/trainer for breeder/owner Kabela Menes Kft. Under World (3m Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) was second for Emil Csordas and third went to Titus Liviors (4m Incredible Cole-Juci-Valley Guardian) with Sandor Kolozsi at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks

November 12, 2016 -Harness racing driver Imre Fazekas teamed 1.8/1 Underpaid Hanover (7m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) to a decisive rallying victory in Saturday’s Szabadkai DIJ (purse 1Huf million, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The Jozsef Rutkai trainee, owned by Prolongo Kft, was clocked in 1.19.3kr over a heavy racecourse on this rainy day. Amazing Koks (9g Jailhourse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Atar L) was second for Lajos Marton, ahead of third finishing Piera del Bar (7f Abano As-Exile Bar-Muscles Yankee) from Serbia with trainer Zoltan Ozvar driving. Real Bee Power (6f Love You-Lady Victory Fans-Credit Winner) was fourth with Istvan Papp up for trainer Rutkai. The solid undercard included the Csabtaveri DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). The 1.19.7kr timed victory went to 1.9/1 Timoteo (4m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) for trainer/driver Veijo Mazsity and Hico Versenyistallo Bt. Pablo Yet (7m Civil Action-Is Flying-SJ’s Photo) took second for Dejan Katanic. Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) landed third for Emese Vezer. The Adai DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) produced a 1.21.6kr timed victory for 3.9/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund). Dejan Katanic teamed the Tibor Hajnal trainee for Illetmeny Kft. Ironville (6m Timberland-Invest in November-Reado) was second for driver/trainer Dejan Petrovic. Passion Grif (7g Varenne-Sex Appeal Ok-Lanson) took third for Sandor Varga, also trainer. Other interesting winners this day were: Unika Vik (3f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) for Balazs Juhasz in 1.24.7kr Uljanow W (3m Like A Prayer-Ms. Tova-Chip Chip Hootray) for Viktoria Nemeth in 1.24.4kr Working Out (7m Muscles Yankee-Enjoy Our Nanny-Enjoy Lavec) in 1.22.8kr for Csaba Lakatos Sved Barat (5g Up Front Larry-Sembo Jessamine-Armbro Trick) for Judit Kele over 3000 meters   Thomas H. Hicks

November 5, 2015 - Time To Say Goodbye (4m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) overcame a 20 meter handicap and drew off to an easy score in the Oszi Kiserleti Verseny (purse 1.5Huf million, 1960 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.18.6kr for harness racing driver Mitja Slavic, trainer Lajos Marton and Amma I. The nifty colt now is 3-2-0 in six starts this year. Urania RG (3f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) took second for trainer/driver Balazs Johasz. Ubu Kiraly (3m Vioxx SR-Helikon-Awesome Goal) landed third for Lajos Marton, the trainer/driver. The co-featured Illetmeny DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.17.3kr timed (in heavy rain) Spartakus Ans (6g Cantab Hall-Valganna OK-Lemon Dra) with trainer Sandor Varga aboard. The pacesetter record his seventh win in 12 starts this year plus three placings. Debano As (5m Abano As-Drafi As-Pine Chip) just missed in a relentless stretch charge for owner/trainer/driver Goran Zolnaji. Rocket Boy (6g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) rallied from fifth to end third with trainer Imre Fazekas driving. The undercard included the Nyeretlea Ketevesek (purse 500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, two year-olds) and Vulcano Boy (2m Tony Oaks-Oracle-Lindy Lane) took the victory timed in 1.23.8kr for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal and owner Napsugar I. The winner has a 1-1-2 slate in four starts. Villeneuve (2m Pilgrims Taj-Briso Emma-Briso Roberto) took second for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. Third was Wotan (2g Maximus Lindy-Lezer-Baltric Bet) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Late in the program was the Forest Sun DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1960 meters autostart) and the 1.21.7kr winner was Saron ((5g Huxtable Hornline-Malesana Jet-Bourbon). Tibor Hajnal was the driver and trainer for owner Napsugar i. The well-respected Ragdoll(4f Ever To Excel-Woodhill’s Elvirah-Friendly Face) was second with trainer Csaba Lakatos driving. Third was Usain (3m Medic Hanover-Dolores-Yankee Yankee) for driver/trainer Ferenc Nagy II. Thomas H. Hicks

October 29, 2016 - Orinco (8f PS Dimo-Uxor-Witsends Speedy) took the Saturday afternoon featured Fol-Le DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at 4.4/1 for harness racing driver Arpad Lakatos and trainer Zoltan Horvath. Forrbtr Kft and Laszlo Burger own the winner. Second was Under World (3m Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) driven by Sandor Varga for trainer Dora Kovacs. Szacharin (5f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) took third for Sandor Kolozsi and trainer Balazs Johasz. The winner was timed in 1.20.4kr. The undercard included the Tizedes DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap). 1.7/1 Insa (4f Alesi OM-Ines-Scurry Lobell) from post seven took this victory for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Owned by Pimri-Tibor Varsei the SRO bred was timed in 1.21.2kr. Second place went to Universal Boy (3m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) and third was Titus Livius (4m Incredible Cole-Juci-Valley Guardian).  Other interesting winners on the program included: Harlynda (7f Abano As-Sparkling-Coktail Jet) in 1.20.8kt for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity; Laluna Comtesse (7f Daguet Rapide-La Comtessa-Super Arnie) in 1.21.1kr for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas Urosov M (3m Cigar Dan-Eurika-Witsends Speedy) for Laszlo Orso and trainer Tibor Hajnal Ivan Pavlov AT (3m Tony Oaks-Impromtu Hall-Like A Prayer) in 1.20.5kr for driver/trainer Tibor Hajnal and Illetmeny Kft and Tomislav Visnjic. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 22, 2016 - Kincsem Park’s superb Saturday program included three harness racing events with purse of 1.5Huf million or more. The Koztarsagagi DIJ (purse 2Huf million, 2400 meters) went to 1.15.5kr timed Romi Mms (6f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB-Self Possessed). The three time winner in her last four starts was reined by Mitja Slavic and trained by Marko Slavic. Recent SWE import Underpaid Hanover (7m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) was second for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Jozsef Rutkai for Prolongo Stable. He had posted 18 wins in 78 starts for earnings over 61Huf million, before arriving in HU, where in recent starts he competed against Tobin Kronos, On Track Piraten, Magic Tonight and Food Money. Amazing Koks (9g Jailhouse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Star L) was third for trainer/driver Lajos Marton Two year-olds contested the Katavesek Nagydija (purse 2Huf million, 1800 meters autostart) with victory to Walking John M (2m Cigar Dan-Dream Broline-Alf Palema) reined and trained by Branislav Mukity of Serbia. Timed in 1.20.3kr the winner bested Vulcano Boy (2m Tony Oaks-Oracle-Lindy Lane) with Tibor Hajnal the driver/trainer. Third went to VAQU EM Q (2m Beissinger Hanover-IQMQ-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. The 1.5Huf million purse Oszi Kanca DIJ was next, raced over 1960 meters and distance handicapped. The 1.19.3kr timed victory went to Urania RG (3f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip). The filly now has three wins in her last five starts for driver Mitja Slavic and trainer Balazs Juhasz. Unreal Boss (3f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) was second for trainer/driver Velska Mazsity and Uzsorasno (3f Maximus Lindy-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) landed the third spot. Veteran fast class performers took part in the Samson DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) scored again (five wins in last six) timed in 1.16.3kr for driver Mitja Slavic and trainer Balazs Juhasz. Time To Say Goodbye (4m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) placed for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Lajor Marton, ahead of Speedy Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands). The undercard this day produced some solid winners too. Trencsen (4m Aata Star L-Epenjes-Witsends Speedy) won the Omnia DIJ (purse 400,000HUf, 1800 meters distance handicap) with trainer Sandor Varga driving. Szilwas (5m Medic Hanover) was second and third went to Sllver Lady (5f Wall Street Banker). The 360,000Huf Cremonia DIJ, raced over 1900 meters autostart, went to the Sandor Varga trained and driven Astrix EVO (4m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell). This young mare is a perfect six wins in six starts in 2016, this victory clocked in 1.17.7kr. Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) was second for Tibor Hajnal, and third was Unique Boy ((3m Racino-Oracle Lindy Lane) with Laszo Orso at the lines. The Matroz Handicap (purse 360,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) early in the program went to Redwood Vita (m Ata Star L-Corsa de Gloria-Indro Park) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Timed in 1.19.3kr this winner bested Opal Lany (8f Happy Bluejay-Batolakodo-Yankee Yankee) with Arpad Lakatos up, and third was Bebops Cassandra (6f Bebop-Topaz Remington-Rosalinds Guy) teamed by Jozsek Karai for trainer Csaba Lakatos. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 15, 2016 - 2/1 Spartakus Ans (5g Cantab Hall-Volganna OK-Lemon Dra) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.9kr for harness racing trainer/driver Sandor Varga. Antioch Arani SRO of Czech Republic owns the winner. 1/5 favorite Sanger MS (6g Victory Dream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. 9/1 Rocket Boy (6g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was home third for veteran trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. The undercard’s Festival DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 9/2 Rafael Bit (6g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami-Keyser Lobell) clocked in 1.18.1kr for driver Zs. Vereb and trainer Sandor Varga. Antioch Arani SRO also owns this winner. The 4/5 favorite Passion Grif (7g Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) landed second for trainer/driver Sandor Varga with third to 5.9/1 Szilvas (5m Medic Hanover-Dios-Yankee Yankee). The Idomero DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.20.1kr timed and 9/2 odds Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) for trainer/driver Yibor Hajnal. Illetmeny Kft and Visnjic Tomislav share ownership of this emerging trotter. 6.3/1 Universal Boy (3m Maximus Lindy-Golden Lady-Endless Sands) was second with Balazs Juhasz at the lines. Third was 13.7/1 Tajfun (4f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for driver Jozsef Kolozsi and trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday’s Disco DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.7/1 favorite Sammi Ms (5g Chirome Dei-Sparkle N Shine-SJ’s Photo) for harness racing owner/trainer/driver Mitja Slavic of Slovenia. The 20 meter handicapped Amazing Koko (9g Jailhouse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Star L) for trainer/driver Lajos Marton in the 1.18.2kr timed contest. Third was another 20 meter handicapped Grumetti (8g Varenne-Tabura-Pine Chip) for trainer Aron Denes and reinsman Balazs Juhasz. The card also included the Nyeretlen Ketevesek Versenye (two year-olds, 1800 meters autostart, purse 500,000HUf) that went to 5.5/1 Valence R (2f Exploit Caf-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz for owners Jodlis Kft and Mihely Baesa. The 1.23.6kr timed winner was bred by Kabala Menes Kft. 4.4/1 Vesna (2f Maximus Lindy-Lornella-Valley Guardian) was second for Andrea Fazekas and trainer Imre Fazekas. The Bajok S DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.4/1 favorite Uptown Boy M (3m Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) timed in 1.18.8kr for trainer/driver Sandor Varga and Czech Republic owner Antioch Aranio SRO. The colt recorded his six victory in 2016. Sire Cigar Dan is a 1999 foal by Pine Chip-Nan Hanover-Speedy Count, Nan Hanover being the dam of Nan’s Catch that produced Moni Maker. Cigar Dan was an $85,000 yearling at Tattersalls 2000 and earned $121,264. Ugeto Hungary conducted its 10th annual yearling sale on the weekend comprised of a fine collection of HU-bred trotters. The top four sellers were bred and consigned by Kabala Menes Kft, Hungary’s leading breeder. They were: Hip  Horse and Pedigree  Price 19, Zidane (colt, Frullino Jet-Dalietta di Riolo-Profumo OM), US$14,438 37, Zalai Srac (colt, SJ’s Photo-Elegant Lady-Mill H), US$9,385 18, Zippy Boy (colt, Frullino Jet-Light Lady-Baltic Bet), US$8,663 25, Zero di Jesolo (colt,Frullino Jet-Diva de Jesolo-Sugarcane Hanover), US$7,941 Thomas H. Hicks

Trainer Imre Fazekas teamed Titan Ville (4g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) to victory in Sunday’s Kincsem Park featured Csepeli Baratek Kore DIJA (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.9kr for harness racing owner Zsolt Zsalerc. Titan Ville recorded victory three in eight starts this year, with four times second, for 2,923,000Huf earned in 2016 and 4,733,000Huf for the career. Oldtimer Diamand (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) took second ahead of Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund), the latter owned in Serbia by Animal Trade. The undercard featured Grammafon DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.18.1kr clocked Tarita Teriipia AT (4f Diablo Va Bene-Pretty Paige-Armbro Goal). Also owned by Animal Trade this one was reined by Dejan Katanic for trainer Tibor Hajnal. She’s Vivienne (5f Shoilty Boko-Alexandra M-Optician) was second for Sandor Turbucz and trainer Attila Budai. San Francisco (5m Medic Hanover-Kentucky Girl-LV Glory Bound) was third for trainer/driver Ferenc Nagy III. Thomas H. Hicks  

Romi Mms took Saturday’s Jozsef Marschall Memorial at Kincsem Park, contested over 1800 meters autostart for the 6Huf million purse. Timed in 1.13.8kr Romi Mms (6f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB-Self Possessed) was teamed by Mitja Slavic for trainer Marko Slavic of Slovenia. She now sports a 6-2 slate in nine starts this year. Piera del Bar (7f Abano As-Exile Bar-Muscles Yankee) took second for Imre Fazekas and third was Altrape Moi (9m Orlando Vici-Make My Day Pay-Atlas Fighter L) for Johann Lichtenworther  of Austria. The Hungaria DIJ (2560 meters distance handicap, purse 4Huf million) went to Gustavson Be (3m Juliano Star-Giolosa Caf-Sugarcane Hanover) for Germany’s trainer/driver Josef Franzl. 40 meter hancdicapped Timoteo (4m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) took second for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity and third went to Faitheful Ms (3g Muscles Yankee-Freda-Angus Hall) with Mitja Slavic up, again for trainer Marko Slavic. Time for the winner was 1.19.6kr. Also on the card was the 1Huf million, 1800 meter autostart, Istvan Szegedy Memorial that was taken by 1.17kr timed Milliondollar Lux (10g Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) with trainer Emil Csordas driving. Amazing Koks (9g Jailhouse Joey-Eugenic-Endless Sands) was second for Lajos Marton with third to Reste Premier (11g Laetenter Diem-Certitude Bertins-Kabak) handled by Istvan Papp. Open class trotters contested the Laszlo Fekete Memorial for 600,000Huf over 1900 meters autostart with speedster Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) the winner for trainer Imre Fazekas and driver Laszlo Koszeko Kovacs. Oldtimer Diamant was second for Emese Vezer and trainer Csordas with third to Henrik Ebsen AT (4m Worship) with trainer Tibor Hajnal up. Thomas H. Hicks  

The 2016 World Cup of Amateur Harness Racing kicked off on Friday, September 2 with three races at Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary. Besides the three World Cup races there were three greyhound races and three t-bred races. At the end of the first of two days of competitions the United States representative Hannah Miller, on the strength of a win and a second place finish, is the current point leader. Hannah Miller, the USA's leading amateur driver, along her parents Erv and Heidi Miller and Hannah's boyfriend, Nick Surick are joined by NAADA founder and president Joe Faraldo and his wife Yma for the six-race World Cup of Amateur Racing competition. Faraldo is also giving a hands-on account of the racing action in Budapest. Hannah Miller finished second in the first contest which was won by the Italian representative. The following is Faraldo's account of that race. "Hannah weaved from post ten in this 12 horse field behind a six horse gate and as a result, she cut the mile in this 1800-meter race over the 6/8ths mile oval. She rebuffed a challenge from Denmark's Ms. Bitten Jensen half way home and but Hannah got beat a length and a quarter at the wire finishing a solid second to the Italian entrant. Argentina was third. "The latter's driver is also the owner-breeder of Chucaro Acero BC who has raced at Meadowlands and Yonkers this year. Senor Leonardo Antonio Augusti of Argentina has a working relationship with Blue Chip Farms of NY which this year will send mares to Argentina this year we heard. Hannah did very well and just needs to compile points to stay in the hunt." In the second event Hannah drives the winner and the following is Faraldo's hands-on account of the action. "Hannah, driving third choice in the betting, Kincses, fought off being challenged after making the top and cutting the mile from post eight, once again starting from the second tier. "After fighting off early challenges a strong one came from a three- wide move by Alle Loman of the Czech Republic but Hannah and Kincses hung tough for the victory. This time the Italian Mikor Marini was second so the USA and Italy are tied with 24 points at this point." For the second time in the three races held at Budapest's Kincsem Park a woman emerged victorious in the third contest. "Ms. Bitten Jensen of Denmark won the third event adding to her lifetime 56 wins and the ladies stuck it to the boys capturing two of the three first night's events," Faraldo said via email. "Bitten steered Poeta to a three-length victory over my friend Piet van Pollaert of Belgium also besting a rising star in Finland's young driver Termu Keskitalo. "Our Hannah Miller got interfered with early on then taken out to the hot dog stand around the last turn. However, despite that bad racing luck the lead belongs to the USA. But like Yogi said' it ain't over till it's over'. "In spite of that admonition I say we sent our best to race with the best." At the half-way point in the World Cup competition the USA, with 30 points, is the leader. Italy, Belgium and Argentina, each with 25 points are tied for second. They are followed by Denmark (22), Finland (20), New Zealand (16), Austria (15), Czech Republic (15), Spain (9), Hungary (8) and Switzerland (3). "I 'd rather the USA be in this spot then at the opposite end of the standings," Faraldo lamented. "We have been there before. This is preferred for sure." Tomorrow the final three events in this year's World Cup will be contested. Tomorrow's races will be in the afternoon and the track expects to draw 20,000 fans. Tonight the races were contested clockwise while tomorrow's will be counter-clockwise. by John Manzi for NAADA

Next Friday September 2nd and Saturday 3rd in the Hungarian historic track of Kincsem Park in the capital city of Budapest will be held the FEGAT World Championship 2016 for harness racing amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers) in cooperation with the Hungarian amateur drivers Club the “Magyar Amatör Ügetö Hajtók Egyesülete”.    The championship will be played on two race days, with the participation of drivers from 12 different nationalities (4 women & 8 men) who will drive in 6 scoring races each.    The most important novelty in the World Cup will be the present for first time in the history of an Argentinian driver representative, in this case Mr. Leonardo Agusti, driver with more than 1.250 wins in his home country and at same time President of the Argentinian Breeders Association.    Other notables in the field will be the former World Cup Champion in 2008 in the USA, the Kiwi driver Mr. Gavin Cook, formers European Champions, the Finnish Teemu Keskitalo (Norway 2015) and Spaniard Miquel Vich Capó (Czech Republic 2012) and the new Yankee amateur driver star Hannah Miller. Will complete the field the Aussie Barbara Barry, Belgium Piet Van Pollaert, Czech Republic Alle Johannes Marinus Loman, Dannish Bitter Jensen, Hungarian Andrea Nagyvary, Italian Mirko Marini and Swiss Jean Claude Gardaz.     The official link of the FEGAT World Cup 2016 is   The official twitter of the FEGAT is @fegattrotting   The link to follow the championship in streaming:   FEGAT 

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