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August 26, 2017 - The gallant veteran Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) was parked every step from post seven (by Dante Boko) but inched to the front in mid-stretch for Bjorn Goop to win the Gr. II Grand Prix Departement Alphes-Martimes (purse €180,000, 1609 meters autostart – one mile, 11 starters). This was the Cagnes-sur-Mer featured race and Timoko attracted a huge crowd as he recorded victory 36 in 101 starts now for €5,006,731 in career earnings. Richard Westerink trains and owns Timoko that Paul Van Klavern bred. Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied for second driven by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin. Bocage d’Ortige (6m Mirage de Goutier-Providence D’Ortige) was third for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Dante Boko and Diadora BR were fourth and fifth respectively.  Earlier in the week Timoko was on-hand to meet the racing fans at Cagnes-sur-Mer and promote today’s superb program. Thomas H. Hicks

July 1, 2017 - The grand Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) recorded a gate to wire harness racing victory in the Gr. II Prix de Washington (purse €120,000, 1609 meters, eight European starters) today at Enghien. Driver Bjorn Goop hustled the front stepping winning trainee of owner Richard Westerink to the lead off the gate and he was never challenged, permitting soft fractions, and setting up a blistering finishing kick (fractions 1.12.3kr at 1000 to go; 1.13.5kr at the 500 remaining mark; and 1.12.1 finish). The time was well off the 1.09.4kr race record held by Rapide Lebel. Timoko won the Washington for the second time and now has a 35-15-13 slate in 100 career starts, now for €4,925,731 earned in the stellar career. Paul Van Klaveren bred the winner that this day was off at 3/10 odds and bested 66/1 Venkatesh (8g Varenne-Honey Face) that Dominik Locqueneux drove for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 6/1 Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was third for Franck Nivard and 9/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied late for David Thomain to be fourth. On the undercard was the Prix de la Porte Saint-Martin (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, nine three year-old filly starters) and 4,4/1 Eureka du Chene (3f Rieussec-Mityzvu du Chene) held gamely for the 1.18.3kr timed win driven by Franck Nivard for the Julien Le Mer/Claude Guedj trainer/owner team. 3/1 Evolution (3f Love You-Upper Class) was second in rein to Eric Raffin for Philippe Allaire/Kevin Tebirent (also breeder). Third was 5/1 Valentina Wind (3f Muscle Hill-Norah Wind) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Why Not. The day’s Quinte+ was the Prix du Roussillon (purse €48,000, 2150 meters, 16 starters). 7/10 favorite Sir Ratzeputz (7m Love You-Celebrate) scored easily for Bjorn Goop, trainer Timo Nurmos and Guldsvarten AB. The winning time was 1.14.1kr. 88/1 Auch (7g Niky-Migraine) was second for Ch.J. Bigeon, ahead of 20/1 Mind Your Face (8g Offshore Dream-Mind Your Manners) driven by Franck Nivard. Later in the program the Prix de l’Observatoire (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart) went to 3.1/1 Global Respons (6g Credit Winner-Com Mission) handled by the red hot Bjorn Goop for owner/trainer Stefan Persson. 6/1 Tesauro (5g Filipp Roc-Imziale) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and third went to 16/1 Titty Jepson (5f Varenne-Laura di Costa) piloted by Jean-Philippe Monclin. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) blasted to the front from post five and scored easily by three lengths for Bjorn Goop and trainer/owner Richard Westerink in today’s Benders Elitloppet Final (3SEK million to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters). He was clocked in 1.09kr (1:51.02) at 31/1 to pin a stunning defeat on Propulsion and Resolve at 16/1 and 11/1 respectively. Heavily backed Bold Eagle was fourth and Nuncio was fifth. Neither had anything left and had no excuses. Timoko was simply the best this day as he recorded career victory 34 in 98 starts for 47,248,058SEK (that is US$5,432,318 at today’s conversion rate). Quite a feat for quite a horse!!! Timoko Elimination 1 Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) easily took the first Benders Elitloppet 2017 elimination by six lengths timed in 1.08.4kr (mile rate 1:50.05) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The winner sat alongside pacesetter Delicious, in the death seat, with Resolve second over until top of stretch when the Eagle motored away under little urging. Bred by Jean Etienne Dubois the Eagle was off at 3/2 odds and bested 9/1 Resolve (6m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) handled by Ake Svanstedt with third to 13/1 DD’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee). Veteran Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) landed fourth for Christopher Eriksson. Bold Eagle Elimination 2 Elimination #$2 went to home town favorite Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Propulsion was a game second for Johan Untersteiner, beaten half-length in the 1.10.1 clocked event (1:52.79). Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) held third after traveling wide all the way for Bjorn Goop. The fourth spot to the final went to In Vain Sund (5m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) for Erik Adielsson. Nuncio Bold Eagle will get first choice in the final post position by virtue of the fastest elim time. The big crowd of over 30,000 is enjoying the action on this warm day. Thomas H. Hicks

Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) and harness racing driver Bjorn Goop left alertly and raced forwardly place as he, Oasis Bi (Johnny Takter) and Brillantissime (Pierre Vercruysse) tussled for the front throughout, until Timoko took the lead in the final bend. Timoko led during the long Cagnes-sur-Mer stretch to prevail by a length in this Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur (purse €200,000, 1609 meters autostart, 13 starters). Timoko has now won this prestigious event four times and today set the race record 1.09.5kr (1:51.76) at the mile distance, unusual in France. Off as 9/10 favorite the Richard Westerink owned/trained pupil was bred by Paul Van Klaveren and now has career earnings of €4,491,098 from 32 victories in 84 starts. 2.6/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (9m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) rallied to be second for J-M Bazire ahead of 90/1 Red Rose America (7f Varenne-Armbro Voice) reined by Pietro Gubellini.. The Lou Guida bred mare held off North American owned and Jerry Riordan trained Treasure Kronos (5f Raja Mirchi-Glide About) driven by Christoffer Eriksson from post 13, and fifth finishing Up And Quick (9m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) with Mathieu Mottier up. Next to the line were Timone EK, Oasis Bi, Rod Stewart, Anna Mix and Brillantissime. A full-house was on-hand for the classic event and a fine trotting card. Thomas H. Hicks

Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) returned from stallion duty to win today’s harness racing Gr. II Grand Prix du Sud Quest (purse €200,000, 2575 meters autostart, 11 starters) at Agen La Garenne. Bjorn Goop reined the winner for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The Paul Van Klaveren bred veteran recorded his 31st victory in 88 career starts now for €4,236,538 earned. Timed in 1.11.6kr, Timoko was quick to the lead with Dante Boko in the pocket. Brissac, from post 11, came alongside and raced much of the way in the death seat before giving way as Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) rushed forward in the final turn for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. This Christophe Toulorge bred speedster took the lead and held it to the line under heavy urging albeit Timoko re-rallied to a just-beaten second. But, as Timoko closed on the pegs, Bird Parker moved right despite his teamster leaning to the outside, with his right wheel placed under Timoko’s left, impeding his progress and forcing driver Goop inside the pylons. Thus, Bird Parker was a dq placed second. 20.3/1 Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was third for driver/trainer J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. Comte de Bellaige bred this one. Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) was an all out fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was a fast closing fifth for Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. The third through fifth finishers were together timed in 1.11.9kr. Replays follow. The fine Agen program also included the Grand Prix Baron d’Ardeuil (purse €21,000, 2575 meters autostart, 14 European starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory to 35.7/1 Royal Roc (5f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) with Mathieu Abrivard the trainer/driver for Scuderia Sant Eusebio. 32/1 New Approach was second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Bel Avis (5g Ganymede-Alorca Maris) took the €19,000 Prix de l’Agglomeration over the 2625 meters distance, besting nine rivals timed in 1.13.9kr. Bel Avis was off as 2/5 favorite for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner that defeated 9.6/1 Bolero d’Houlbec. The Prix President Dominique de Bellaigue (purse €23,000, 2625 meters, 11 European starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 4/1 odds Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia). Dominik Locqueneux reined this winner for trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. 9.4/1 Unetelle d’Artease (8g Capriccio-Escapade) was second for Franck Nivard and third was 57/1 Univers d’Enfer. On Friday evening at Enghien two year-olds (11) contested the Prix du Pont de la Tournelle (purse €32,000, 2150 meters autostart). The 1.20.5kr timed winner was 1.1/1 Envieux (2m Kaisy Dream-Vista Wood) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois driving for trainer Yves Boireau. Ecurie D bred this one. 7/1 Evariste du Bourg (2m Jasmin de Flore-Saratoga du Bourg) was second for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato and driver Ch. Thierry. 42/1 Etendard Majuro was third. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulounces) took today’s Gr. II Prix Kerjacques (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) at Paris Vincennes to increase his harness racing career earnings to €4,037,993 with his 29th victory in 84 outings. Note that Ready Cash retired with earnings of €4,282,300. The Richard Westerink trained and owner international superstar was off at 2.6/1 and raced on or near the lead throughout and took the field into the legendary Vincennes lane. The 3/5 favorite hotly contested with Timoko in the stretch and eventually made a miscue under heavy urging when he began traveling in less than a straight line. His disqualification along with the same for Ustinof du Vivier (5.4/1) and Olmo Holz enabled outsiders to garner good shares of the purse. 17.6/1 Africaine (6f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) rallied for second driven by Pierre Vercruysse for owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. 50.6/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore) and trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard raced well to land third (he appears to be regaining good form) and 50/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) was fourth for trainer/driver J.W. Hallais with fifth to 70/1 Anette du Mirel (6f Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel) for reinsman Eric Raffin and trainer Anders Lindqvist. The sixth and seventh checks went to Treskool du Caux and Beckman. Fractions during today’s Prix Kerjacques were modest with the final time 1.12.3kr (1.13.6kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.12.8ikr at 1000 mark and with 500 remaining) being a new race record nevertheless. Now its three weeks for Timoko until the Elitloppet. Race replay follows: Timoko had previously earned and accepted an Elitloppet invitation. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-Mer went to veteran Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) with harness racing driver Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The purse was €200,000 with 45% to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart sprinter contest, the last major trotting race of the winter season in France. Timoko was away quickly from post seven in the 13 horse field, following scratch of Un Mec d’Heripre, as was first to lead Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) with Johnny Takter up for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Takter parked Timoko for about three-eighths mile before yielding to the winner. Goop then rated the pace craftily and kept Oasis Bui boxed in the pocket until into the stretch when Timoko pulled away for two lengths plus victory. Off as 4/5 favorite, Timoko and 6.8/1 second finishing Oasis Bi bested 159/1 Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover) that closed strongly along the pegs for Yannick Alain Briand. Spain’s Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) rallied from far back to nab fourth at 13/1 for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. The 162/1 outsider Vicomte Boufarcaux was fifth. Kadett CD and Going For Gold Zaz were disqualified for breaks and Anna Mix was unplaced at 14/1 while 4/1 Voltigeur de Myrt finished seventh behind longshot Air Frame at 143/1. Time for the winner was 1.10.2kr (race record 1.09.6kr in 2002 by Varenne). Timoko also won this classic event in 2015 and 2013. His now three wins compares well with legendary Une de Mai, a five time winner from 1969-84, and Ourasi that won four times from 1986-89. Thomas H. Hicks

January 3, 2015 - The barefoot Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) rallied to score impressively in the Gr. II International Prix de Bourgogne (purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 entrants with 13 at the start after Texas Charm was scratched) for harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. Timed in 1.11.7kr over the rain soaked Paris-Vincennes cinders Timoko was off the 1.3/1 favorite. 11.3/1 Amiral Sacha (6m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was a good second for Gabriel Gelormini, Ecurie Sidere and trainer Florent Lamare. Moses Rob was third but disqualified for being rough-gaited and that placed 18.4/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore) third for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard. Placed fourth was the 2015 Prix d’Amerique winner Up And Quick (8m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) driven by J-M Bazire with fifth placed to Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) for Roberto Andreghetti. Uhlan de Val was placed sixth. The race was the day’s Quinte+ with a jackpot of €5.25 million and the win/place handle alone exceeded €1.1 million. Stretch replay: The gala event this Sunday showed that Timoko has the Prix d’Amerique in sight. From the start, Mosaique Face (1 - Lutfi Kolgjini) moved ahead and then Timoko (3 - Björn Goop) took the lead into the wind. Then, Up And Quick (2 - Jean-Michel Bazire) provided a big effort to reach the front until the final phase when detached from his rivals for an open-lengths victory. Timoko’s trainer Richard Westerink was quoted after the race: "My pupil was really good at work. Björn Goop has chosen to shift the soon enough. He knew what he was doing. It always surprises me. He knows some inexplicable success. The Prix d'Amérique looks good. We will try to do better than third. He is ready. " Thomas H. Hicks  

May 25, 2015 - On a relatively quiet day in France harness racing drivers Romain Derieux and Antoine Wiels each celebrated a triple-win day. Derieux piloted Yankee’s Photo (7m SJ’s Photo-Yankee Trader) to victory in Reims’ Grand Prix Champagne Maurice Philippart (€32,000 purse, 2575 meters distance handicapped, 14 European starters) clocked in 1.14.1kr over the standard distance. The 2.2/1 favorite is trained by Bjorn Gulbrensen for Norway’s Sisset Vatnoy. 14/1 Ulhior du Beziau (7m Orsy Dream-Jipsue du Beziau) was next for Ganriele Gelormini timed in 1.13.6kr over an extended distance. Sweden’e Omaha (8g Varenne-Chops) was third for Pierre Vercruysse.  Derieux also won as trainer/driver with Chess d’Or (3m Orlando Vici-Tess La Chesnsie) for owner Ecurie AB Trot and with Cornaline d’Orient (3f Coktail Jet-Topaze d’Orient), both as favorites. He was also third in a monte event as jockey at 27/1 with Ariwa. At Chatelaillon Antoine Wiels had three wins, three seconds and a third. His wins came with Vanessa Bella, Be Happy and Ulula Bella in 1.15.4kr for well-respected owner/trainer J-P Marmion. Also at t Montauban their Grand Prix de Montauban (€32,000 purse, 2400 meters, 13 European starters) went to the 1.16.5kr winner Saint Malo Rush (9g Hand du Vivier-Jolie du Vaumcel) and Roland Jeffrelot trainer/driver at 2.4/1 odds. Second Favori (9g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree0France de Vaiges) was next for driver/trainer/owner J-H Treich at 16/1 over 5/1 Umoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Counonces) and owner/trainer/pilot Richard Westerink. The latter is a full brother to Elitloppet bound Timoko. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer/driver Richard Westerink showcased lightly raced Cocomoko (3m, Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) today at Le Cepiere and it produced a comfortable win clocked in 1.17.3kr in the Prix Aerocons Tellation (€22,000 purse, seven starters) as the 9/10 favorite. 2.8/1 Cristal des Baux was second ahead of 11.7/1 Carl des Penguen. The winner is worth tracking for the future. At Vincennes the Prix Regulus (€55,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to As Dore (5m Coktail Jet-Dragee d’On) for teamster Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Franck Leblanc. Timed in a sharp 1.12.7kr the 10.1/1 odds winner handled Arpont d’Ostal (5m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine) and J-Ph Mary ahead of third finishing Valmayor (5g Le Retour-Kornnaya du Bac) for Joseph Verbeeck at 4.7/1. The card also featured the Prix Leo (€55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) resulted in a 1.11.6kr victory for 9.1/1 odds Toopie du Hetre (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixla de Perthos) and Eric Raffin. Favorite at 1.3/1 odds Universal Rider (7m Nahar de Beval-Hanska) ended second for Mathieu Mottier with Ucapata third at 14/1. Thomas H. Hicks

March 8, 2015 - Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop teamed the Richard Westerink trained Timoko (8m Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces - And Arifant) to a two length score in today’s Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur (Gr. I UET Masters Series, 12 international starters, €200,000 purse, 1609 meters autostart) . Away alertly Timoko, racing barefoot, yielded to Pascia’Lest and then regained the front that he never relinquished. Scoring his 26th career victory, Timoko improved life earnings to €3,235,478. Off at 7/10 favorite odds Timoko held off a determined Maven (6f Glidemaster - M. Stewart) with Johnny Takter up. Maven was taken off the gate at the start from post eight and followed the field in the second tier until moving four wide off the final bend. She finished steadily, easily circling the balance of the field. She was off at 5.7/1 and raced with no shoes in front. Vanika du Ruel (6f Jardy - Jacarandine) was third at 18/1 for trainer/driver Franck Anne ahead of Une Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) at 23/1 for David Thomain, with fifth to 45/1 Linda di Casei (10f Uronometro - Comtesse Ferm) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Timoko reportedly will travel to the US later in 2015 to contest the International and the Breeders Crown. Today Timoko was clocked in 1.11.3kr (1:54.72 mile time), well off the race record held by Varenne (1:52 established in 2002). Timoko captured this race in 2013 timed in 1.10.2kr. Thomas H. Hicks

February 8, 2015 - The Gr. I International UET Masters Series Grand Prix de France (€400,000, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to 6/1 Timoko (8m Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces - And Arifant) with Bjorn Goop piloting for harness racing trainer/owner Richard Westerink. This 25th career victory for Timoko increased his earnings to €3,145,478. Timoko was away alertly, yielded to Texas Charm that appeared to be a winner at the top of the stretch with several lengths advantage, and then the game Timoko wore down his rival nearing the line for a narrow victory. The winner was clocked in 1.11.4kr off even fractions (1.10.3kr at 1500; 1.10.8kr at 1000; 1.11kr at 500). Texas Charm (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee - Kamela Charm) was second for 22 year-old Julien Dubois and trainer Philippe Moulin (Ecurie Victoria Dreams owner) with 167/1 outsider Linda de Casei (10f Uronometro - Comtesse Ferm) rallying third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro, the one from Italy. 21/1 Tiego d’Etang (6m Chaillot - Harolene) ended fourth for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon with early pegs sitting Maven (6f Glidemaster - M Stewart) fifth at 15/1 for pilot Johnny Takter.  The 4/5 favorite Up And Quick raced second over on the outer for most of the contest and appeared to be struggling before going off-stride off the final turn. Also disqualified for miscues were Vanika du Ruel and Kadett CD. Solvato finished sixth, Severino seventh and  defending champion Noras Bean ended eighth. The race was the Quinte+ race of the day. We’ll be back with coverage of today’s card shortly. Thomas H. Hicks

Sweden’s Ed You benefitted from a masterful drive by Torbjorn Jansson to storm home past compatriot Mosaique Face to became the third winner of the Group 1 UET Trotting Masters Final (500,000 euros) at Denmark’s Charlottenlund racetrack. Three of the top four UET Masters’ Series ranked Swedish horses were in the field for the 2500m race including French-trained Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), in his very last start of stellar career in Europe before embarking on a swansong to the Untied States Indeed it was Fabrice Soulouy’s 11-year-old chestnut who began the fastest holding off Ed You (Love You) in the initial speed duel, the latter settling into the trail. Into the straight for the first time Europe’s highest ranked horse Timoko (Imoko) of France sprinted up from the back to try and outflank Commander Crowe, but was forced to sit parked and then ended up in the one-one when Lutfi Kolgjini moved up with last year’s Swedish TravDerby winner Mosaïque Face(Classic Photo) a lap out. Commander Crowe kept up the tempo as Mosaïque Face applied the pressure and the two accelerated out of the turn of the back straight for the last time, with Prussia (Ken Warkentin) and Solvato (Donato Hanover) also sprinting hard three and four wide turning for home. Timoko found himself in a difficult position as these attacks occurred, unable to move out and and lost ground and momentum. In the home straight, Commander Crowe’s brave bid faded as Mosaique Face got to the front but Jansson found room to get Ed You off the fence, and used the kinder inside run to his advantage to get by Mosaïque Face with a irresistible burst. Canaka B.F. (Jobie Tempest) found room on the inside ahead of Commander Crowe to grab third just ahead of Timoko, who came on strongly with a stayer’s run for fourth. For Ed You, a late bloomer and controversial winner in July of the prestigious Hugo Abergs Memorial after Un Mec d'Héripré's disqualication, this was best result of his career. He is trained by the Swede Robert Bergh. In the supporting N.J. Kosters Memorial Fredrik Solberg’s BBS Sugarlight (Super Light) shot out of the gate to take a lead he never relinquished. From ther Peter Untersteiner took control of the race from the front with Amour Rapide (Love You) and top Swedish driver Johnny Takter in the bike settling into the trail. Untersteiner released the brakes off BBS Sugarlight at the top of the final bend and he responded superbly and cruised to the line with ease, covering the 1600m journey in a 1.12.0 kilometre rate (1.55.8MR). Flemming Jensen’s veteran warhorse O’Grady (SJ’s Photo) who had sat second-over for most of the race, charged home to nose out Amour Rapide for second money. The previous day at Vincennes, there were two national Group ones, the most prestigious races on the French calendar, with a placing from first to seventh enough to earn prestigious black type in France and coveted Classique status. In the Prix de l'Etoile, an intergenerational race over the Vincennes sprint distance of 2150m, which brings the cream of the 3, 4 and 5 year-old crops together in a handicap setting similar to weight for age racing, Brillantissime (Ready Cash) and Black d’Avril (Oceano Nox ) fought for the early lead, with the inside horse handing up to Brillantissime before the turn into the Joinville plain. Favourite Biche des Clos (Rolling d'Heripre ) moved up prominent outside Brillantissime up the hill and these two led the field down the sweeping turn and into the front straight. Biche des Clos poured on the pressure and Brillantissime could not respond, while Black D’Avril pulled out of the trail and once clear showed terrific acceleration to swoop past Biche des Clos and claim the coveted Group one. Former age group star Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore ) nabbed Brillantissime on the line for third place. The Prix d’Normandie, one of the top three monte races in the world, for 5YOs, is raced over 3000m for 240,000 euros and here it was Vittel de Brevol (Jag de Bellouet) who took control of the race down the straight for the first time, while hot favourite Vision Intense (Prodigious) got parked three wide and five back. At the top of the hill David Thomain pressed the go button on Vittel de Brevol and by the crossroads where the flat inside floodlit track joins the “grand piste” had slipped clear by seven lengths. Vittel de Brevol still had a handy lead into the straight and though Vision Intense tried desperately to close the gap, the line came up too quickly. Valse Castelets was a long way back third ahead of Viva Forest. The winner recorded a slick 1.13,9 (1.58.9MR) for the 3000m, just a little outside Prince Gede’s record 1.13.6 (1.58.4MR) which was set in 2009. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

Timoko leads an excellent field that will contest the €500,000 purse UET Masters Final on Sunday over the 2500 meter course at Charlottenlund (Denmark). Bjorn Goop will drive Richard Westerink’s champion Timoko, that has earned €2,770,690, as he will attempt to overcome post 12 against Commander Crowe. The Commander, with career earnings €3,645,286, will start from post two for teamster Orjan Kihlstrom. The contestants also include Italy’s Oasis Bi, Prussia, Owen CR and Pascia’Lest. The team from Sweden is also strong. In addition to the Commander, trained in France by Fabrice Souloy, Ed You and Canaka BF are among the SWE starters. September14 - Charlottenlund Finale UET Trotting Masters – euro 500,000, 2500 meters 1.            Canaka B.F (Ulf Ohlsson), SWE 2.            Commander Crowe (Örjan Kihlström), SWE 3.            Oasis Bi (Claes Svensson), ITY 4.            Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini), SWE 5.            Ed You (Torbjörn Jansson), SWE 6.            Prussia (Pietro Gubellini), ITY 7.            Solvato (Veijo Heiskanen), USA 8.            Owen Cr (Jorma Kontio), ITY 9.            Orali (Jeppe Juel), DK 10.          Quid Pro Quo (Erik Adielsson), SWE 11.          Pascia’ Lest ( Roberto Andreghetti), ITY 12.          Timoko (Björn Goop), FR by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Arqana-Trot completed its three day select yearling sale at Deauville today. 302 French yearling trotteurs sold for €7,206,000, an average of €23,861, 2.2% below prior year for the three session event. 63.6% of the 475 offered actually sold (after outs). Last year 70.5% sold from the 512 offered. Session #3 featured offspring of new stallions and this group of 128 sold averaged €23,000. Hip #398 (Dakota Race), a Texas Charm-Trotting Race filly, led the final session, bringing €100,000 from SCEA Ecurie Le Tremont. Sons of Timoko were next at the top today. Sale summary and final session leader profiles are shown below.     The top 10 of the total sale are shown below: (Vendeur=consignor; acheteur=buyer; high bid in euros) 1. Lot 0371 : DREAM MADRIK ROYAL DREAM / ELITE GÉDÉ Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : Neuilly Bloodstock   120 000 € 2. Lot 0115 : DOLCE NOTTE COKTAIL JET / TES AMOURS Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : TAIPALE Heikki   115 000 € 3. Lot 0122 : DON'T CRY FOR ME NIKY / USHA DREAM Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : SCEA Ecurie Le Trémont   103 000 € 4. Lot 0008 : DREAM ISLAND SAM BOURBON / ISLAND DREAM Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : LE BARBEY Christian   100 000 € 5. Lot 0398 : DAKOTA RACE TEXAS CHARM / TROTTING RACE Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : SCEA Ecurie Le Trémont   100 000 € 6. Lot 0073 : DERBY DU BIWETZ COKTAIL JET / UNE DU BIWETZ Vendeur : Sassy, Acheteur : Neuilly Bloodstock   85 000 € 7. Lot 0096 : DINGUE DE LOISIR READY CASH / INGODA PIERJI Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : ROBERT BERGH TRAVSTALL AB   80 000 € 8. Lot 0030 : DADDY CUT COKTAIL JET / IVIDA Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : TOULORGE Christophe   77 000 € 9. Lot 0041 : DALSHIM DU NOYER READY CASH / PAGODA Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : Ecurie Thomas Bernereau   75 000 € 10. Lot 0112 : DO IT FOR ME GOETMALS WOOD / SI SEULEMENT Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : DENECHERE Richard-William   75 000 €   Thomas H. Hicks

Session #2 at the Argana Trot Sale was expectedly weakened after a solid first day featuring proven stallions, but was comparatively solid. Of the 140 sold from 233 cataloged and 230 offered after outs.  Gross proceeds totaled €2,066,000, almost identical to the 2012 and 2013 sessions #2 of the sale. The average sale price was €14,757, up by 5.4% vs. 2013 and the median also gained from prior year same session. Percent of those sold to the number offered (after outs) increased slightly from the first session. Hip #271, a Sancho Panca colt, led the session at €60,000 with the final bid to Damien Bonne. Several other lots were the source of competitive bidding including most notably lot 331, Djin de Corday a son of Opus Viervil which Michel Gasselin (Normandie Trot) bought for €47,000, as well as Diablo du Noyer (lot 272), a son of Jasmin de Flore sold for €44,000 to Franck Amar (Neuilly Bloodstock) and will be trained by William Bigeon. Tomorrow’s third session should close the sale positively as it features new and emerging stallions such as Royal Dream, The Best Madrik, Texas Charm, Timoko, Rodrigo Jet, Tucson, Severino, Singalo and Treskool du Caux. Summaries over pictured leaders today are presented below. #271 Diable Blanc (m, Dancho Panca-Java Blanche-Viking’s Way), first dam has produced Astre Blanc (€86,680), Un Diablo Blanc (€85,710) and Vif d’Or Blanc (€85,710) and this is the family of Rachmaninov Seven (€418,975) and Historien (€485,457). #272 Diablo du Noyer (m, Jasmin de Flore-Une Et Indivisible-Jag de Bellouet), second dam a winner of €183,914 and dam of 12 foals including Statue of Liberty (€260,130), Jitterbug (€163,314) and Possession (€148,920) #210 Darshan (m, Jag de Bellouet-Tinou Madrik-Ganymede), second dam a semi-classique winner, third dam produced classique winner Sinou Madrik (1,579,299SEK), Tison Madrik (€260,270) and Orelie Madrik (€221,820). by Thomas H. Hicks, for

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