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Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre) scored a decisive upset (11/1 odds) victory in today’s (Sunday's) Gr. I 240,000 euro Criterium for Five Year-Olds at Paris-Vincennes over 3000 meters. After two false-starts, the starter sent 17 trotters on their way and driver Franck Nivard steered the winner (head number 16) directly to the front from his outside starting position. The Franck Leblanc trained, Ecurie Quick Star owned “youngster” repulsed all challengers and then opened a huge lead with about 1,000 meters remaining. Despite drifting across the track in the closing stages, Up And Quick was an easy winner in an eye-popping 1.11.5kr (1:55 mile rate) over the 1-7/8 mile course and from the turning start. Uhland du Val and Univers de Pan took the next two spots. This race, the Quinte+ of the day, paid 5,904 euros for a two euro wager. The jackpot was 5.25 million euro this day. There were four other top class events on the well-attended card.  The Gr. II Prix Uranie (2700 meters, 120,000 euro purse) for three year-old fillies went well-regarded Axelle Dark ( 3f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes) driven by Joseph Verbeeck for owner/trainer Phillipe Allaire. This beautiful filly scored in 1.14.7kr at 2/1 odds to raise her career earnings close to the 450,000 euro mark. Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood-Jeann’s Fella) was second for Franck Nivard while Avila (3f Ready Cash-Encombevineuse) took third for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The Dubois family finished fourth through sixth with Amandine Fly (by Rocklyn), Alisma du Corta (by Love You) and Africaine (by Oiseau des Feux). The three year-old males contested the Gr. II Prix Victor Regis for 120,000 euro over the 2700 meter course. Even money favorite Akim du Cap Vert (3m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) won this event for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne in 1.13.5kr to increase his earnings to over 360,000 euro, in this his fifth win in 17 starts. All Feeling (3m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) took second for Christophe Martens with Alberic (3m Goetmals Wood-Oublies Moi) third with Franck Nivard aboard. The monte featured Prix Camille Lepecq for 120,000 euro purse over 2700 meters (the “grande piste”) resulted in a 7/1 odds victory for  Sourire du Voutre (7g Gazouillis-Goella) and jockey Franck Nivard who enjoyed a very successful day. He scored in 1.13.7kr for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc (also with a top performing day at the races) over a classy field. Top mare Santa Rosa France (7f Kaisy Dream-Helise France) took second for Pierre-Yves Verva with Paladin Bleu (10m Jag de Bellouet-Une Picolina) third for Mlle. M. Grolier. Horses finishing fourth through sixth were Tiaga du Rib, Rive Droite and Pluto du Vivier, all winners of over 500,000 euro lifetime. The 105,000 euro Prix de Beaugency over 2850 meters went to the great mare Quoumba de Guez (9f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil) for owner Ecurie Vautors and trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire. She scored easily in 1.14.3kr at 3/1 odds over an excellent European field to raise her career earnings to just under 1.2 million euro. She now has 18 career wins in 91 starts. The next six finishers all started the day with earnings of over 425,000 euro. Twist des Caillons (6m Jam Pridem-Hayra des Caillons) was second for Eric Raffin with Marielles (7f Kick Tail-Egido Play) third for David Thomain. Franck Nivard piloted Napolean Bar (6m Varenne-Dalmazia) home fourth.  by Thomas H. Hicks  

Four graded events took place today at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes as afternoon racing returned to the “Temple of Trot”. The Prix de Jockey (2700 meters, Gr. II 120,000 euro purse) for five year-olds was won by Un Mec d’Heripre (5m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) with J-M Bazire aboard. The 9/10 favorite scored in 1.13.7kr over the grande piste for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The 12 time career winner now has earnings of over 598.000 euro. Univers de Pan finished second. The Prix Guy Deloisin for three year-old fillies (2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse, Gr. II) produced a  1.12.7kr win for second wagering choice Avila (3f Ready Cash-Encombenineuse-Workaholic) with Thierry Duvaldestin teaming. He also trains this one. The powerful filly scored easily over another Ready Cash filly, favorite Axelle Dark (3f Ready Cash-Queen des Charmes-Look de Star), handled by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer/owner Phillipe Allaire, also owner of Ready Cash. Axelle Dark was shuffled back mid-race and was free late to rally for second. The next graded event was the Gr II monte Prix Herve Ceran-Maillard (2175 meters, 120,000 euro purse) that went to 8/1 outsider Unikaranes (5f Montecatini-Pivoine des Hayes-Go Lucky) in 1.12.1kr for Alexandre Abrivard. Trained by L.C. Abrivard, the winner convincingly scored over Udayama (5f Echo-Lancia du Pont-Le Loir) and Gaetan Prat.  Unikaranes now has career earnings in excess of 288,000 euros. The Gr. II Prix Pierre Plazen (2175 meters, purse 120,000 euro, three year-old males) resulted in a victory for 4/1 Ausone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont) with Emmanuel Allard driving. He scored in 1.13.7kr for his fifth career win and earnings of 107,000 euro. Alberic was second for Franck Nivard. Good older trotters battled in the Prix de Beaune (2700 meters for 55,000 euro) with veteran Global Money (6g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) the winner for Hugo Langeweg Jr. in 1.12.8kr. The win was number 21 in the career of the Sweden registered winner, off at 27/1 in this contest. Sam Gibus finished second for Sebastien Ernault. by Thomas H. Hicks      

Solid trotting took place during the weekend at various venues starting with Cagnes-sur-mer where on Saturday a series of 2925 meter events took place, following similar contests over the mile distance two weeks ago. The longer distance created interesting strategic and pace judgments by the drivers. The Prix Ville de Nice (2925 meters, purse 75,000 euro) saw Quentin Rose (9g Carpe Diem-Gigi Rose) prevail easily for Rik Dupuydt in 1.14.1kr for his 22nd win in 98 starts. Rambo Jet (8g Goetmals Wood-Elite d’Atout) finished second for Joseph Verbeeck with third to Quickly Paris (9m And Arifant-Belle Colline). The Prix Promenade des Angalis (2925 meters, purse 32,000 euro) resulted in a comfortable score for Klondike BB (7m Dream Vacation-Super Sleek) with Christophe Martens up. The son of US bred Dream Vacation scored in 1.16kr over Sire de la Creuse and driver J-F- Senet with German invader Let’s Go On third for trainer/driver  Conrad Lugauer. The Prix de la Lanterne (2925 meters, 32,000 euro purse for females) was taken by Sinesga (7f Jam Pridem-Ines Charmante) with Loic Lerenade driving. They scored in a driving finish over Ludwine (8f Daguet Rapide-Zoom Image-Balanced Image) and Romain Derieux in 1.18.1kr. This race reflected strategic moves by several contestants. Favored Ludwine trailed the field in a slow rated pace before circling quickly for the lead a half-mile out and then battling the determined winner to the line in fast finishing fractions. The Prix de Cimeix (2925 meters, purse 34,000 euro) went to Ubrine (5f Podosis-Ebrine) for Joseph Verbeeck in 1.15.8kr. The winner is owned and trained by Yannick Briand. At Graignes, the featured Prix Maitres Laitier (2700 meters, 25,000 euro purse) went to Always Perfect (3f Prodigious-Oh Butterfly) with Julien Dubois teaming. At Le Mont Saint Michel on Sunday the Dubois clan scored twice more. Jean-Etienne Dubois drove his owned/trainer Ascot Drive (3g Phlegyas-North Lane) to victory in the Prix Federation Reg. Course for a 20,000 euro purse over 2600 meters. The winner was clocked in 1.17.8kr to defeat Argos with Thomas Levesque aboard. In the Prix Maurice Jan (24,000 euro purse, 3250 meters) Julien Dubois won with Very Pleasant (4m Goetmals Wood-Feraire d’Occagnes) in 1.20.3kr. The winner is owned by Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trained by Phillipe Moulin.  At Kincsem Park on Saturday, the featured Istvan Szent DIJ for a purse of 2 million HUf went to Orlando Bloom (5m Zador-Donna Summer) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Owned by Pimri Bt. the winner earned the trophy for his best placing in the two heat event over three year-old Radium Boy. Orlando Bloom took the first heat in 1.16.7kr over 2020 meters (including his 60 meter handicap) defeating another three-year old Racing Athlete. Radium Boy (1960 meters), by Wall Street Banker, made a disqualifying miscue in this heat but he recovered to win the second heat in 1.18.8kr over Palko (2000 meters) and Masterpiece (2020 meters), by Tony Oaks, with Orlando Bloom fifth. The secondary feature, the Diamond River DIJ (1900 meters, 500,000 HUf purse) for open aged trotters, went to Slovakia invader Vic Attack (10g Hans Boshoeve-Iris Attack) in 1.15.2kr. The Alfred Hossman owned campaigner defeated Pina Starlight and Leonidas OZ. by Thomas H. Hicks  

An excellent card of trotting action graced the Orebro Sweden racecourse on Saturday that included two events worth 800,000SEK to the winning connections. The E3 Final (Gr. I International) for three year0old colts went to Tiberius F (3m Going Kronos-Peace Kronos-Sugarcane Hanover) in a quick 1.11.9kr over the 1609 meter autostart distance. Bjorn Goop did the teaming for owner Falkbolagen AB. He earned the 800,000SEK first money by winning for the first time in his career in 12 starts. The Denmark bred Crazed colt Tumble Dust (3m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johnny Takter and he now has a 6-2-2-1 slate in 2013 for earnings of 838,873SEK. Kanha (3m Super Arnie-Lady New Dawn-JR Broline) took the third spot for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm. The E3 Final of fillies (Gr. I International, 1609 meters autostart, 800,000SEK first prize) was won by Amazon AM (3f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet) in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She scored over Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJ’s Caviar) with Erik Adielsson up for owner Linne Trav HB. Roaring Drunk (3f Viking Kronos-Bourbon Eyes-Smokin Yankee) was third with Ake Svanstedt aboard for trainer Robert Bergh. Saturday’s Silver Final for 250,000SEK first money went to Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-My Nevele) for trainer/driver Magnus Jakobsson in 1.12.5kr over 2100 meters autostart. The win was his 16th in 43 lifetime starts. No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering) took the second spot for Johnny Takter and Kaka A.T. (6m November-Elegance Real-Dale Qui) finished third for Erik Adielsson. The Gold Express Gaxe (new Hall of Fame inductee) for free-for-all trotters included several starters in the upcoming Bergsaker featured event on August 24th, the Sundsvall Open. The Gold on Saturday offered 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Sanity (7g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) took the win for Johnny Taker in 1.12.3kr, his 25th victory in 58 career appearances for earnings approaching 6.3 million SEK. Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Peter Untersteiner with the Bjorn Goop handled Monster Drive (7m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) taking the third spot. Other upper class events on the Orebro card showcased the following winners: Twin’s Fairytail (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) in the Category II worth 200,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Ake Svanstedt was driver/trainer of the winner in 1.12.6kr; You Talking To Me (5g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec-Ata Star L) won the Category I event in 1.12.9kr, also worth 200,000SEK to the winning connections in this 2100 meter autostart course. Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of the winner; Le Mat (6g Juliano Star-La Concours-Super Arnie) won the Bronze Final worth 220,000SEK to the winner. He scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and it was his 15th career win in just 32 starts. The August 24th classic Sundsvall Open (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart) was drawn and features a competitive field on V75 Weekend at Bergsaker. Sundsvall Open – August 24 Bergsaker Friction, S. Melander Nahar, R. Bergh Sanity, Johnny Takter Raja Mirchi, E. Adielsson Sebastian K, A. Svanstedt Formula One, Jorma Kontio Save The Quick, B. Goop Shaq Is Back, D. Reden Panne de Moteur, Orjan Kihlstrom Monster Drive, Johan Untersteiner The history of the Sundsvall Open is rich in its past winners and we expect 2013 to continue the tradition.   Year Winner Driver Trainer Owner Kr time 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson Stall Stand In 1.13,6 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund  Gunnars Kiosk i Piteå AB 1.13,5  1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Håkan Andersson i Sundsvall AB 1.14,6  1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof  Marquise de Moratalla  1.13,0  2000 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson  Stall Kalas  1.12,7  2001 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,2  2002 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,1  2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Stall Palema  1.13,5  2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander  Martin Jean Raymond  1.12,0  2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson  Jägersklass KB  1.12,7  2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann  Stall Zenith HB  1.12,5  2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B Larsson Fredrik B Larsson  Stall Geidermark AB  1.12,7  2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman  Yvonne & Olle Lindström  1.11,6  2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro  P.P.Travträning AB (P Puro)  1.12,1  2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan  Guida Italia SRL  1.12,2  2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini  Stabb Behåll AB & Lutfi Kolgjini AB  1.11,7  2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Knutsson Trotting AB  1.11,6    by Thomas H. Hicks  

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