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It was two years ago during a dinner in Lexington when harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci and driver Scott Zeron first discussed the idea of Zeron wearing the Antonacci family's Lindy Farms colors sometime in the future. Antonacci and Zeron both thought it would be a fun idea with the right horse at the right time. International Moni proved to be the right horse. The Hambletonian Stakes trail proved to be the right time. And on Saturday, Zeron will put aside his own blue, white and red colors for the black, blue and white of Lindy Farms and sit behind International Moni in the first of two $100,000 Hambletonian eliminations as the 5-2 morning-line favorite at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. "A lot of times it doesn't work out this way," Antonacci said with a laugh, "but so far it's been OK." International Moni, who is undefeated in three races this year, is a son of French stallion Love You out of the two-time Horse of the Year Award-winning mare Moni Maker. Moni Maker was a star for the Antonacci family and owned by the Moni Maker Stable until her passing in 2014. International Moni is also owned by the Moni Maker Stable, which bred the colt. The Moni Maker Stable includes Antonacci's father, also Frank, Gerald Antonacci, and David Reid. The Antonacci family and/or its Lindy Racing have been involved in the ownership of five Hambletonian winners: Lindy's Pride (1969), Speedy Crown (1971), Probe (1989), Harmonious (1990) and Victory Dream (1994). "This horse means so much to them, he's such a global horse," Zeron said about International Moni. "We both agreed (wearing the Lindy colors) would be something cool. It was never an issue. I don't mind representing them. I'm racing for them and they've been so good to me over the years. I love driving for them and this means a lot to them." Said Antonacci, "This is a collaboration. Scott has been a great sport about it and is willing to try new things. This is a fun endeavor that I think is one worth talking about as a sport and put out there as an option for owners. Not everybody has to do it, but it should be something that's on the table for people, especially with their very good horses." Harness racing drivers typically wear their own colors, unlike Thoroughbred jockeys who wear the colors of each horse's owner. The Lindy colors worn by Zeron are similar to jockey silks in that they are skin tight rather than the looser fitting colors worn regularly by drivers. "(Antonacci) said our racing colors are like parachutes, and they are kind of baggy," Zeron said. "He's looking for every inch he can get on that racetrack. He said, if this will give us one extra inch, it's worth it." Of course, the first time Zeron wore the Lindy colors with International Moni, the colt won his elimination for the Goodtimes Stakes at Mohawk by a neck after charging through the stretch to overcome a six-length deficit. "That was irony," Zeron said with a laugh. International Moni won the Goodtimes Stakes final on June 17, but suffered a bout of colic in early July that forced him to miss the Stanley Dancer Memorial, expected to be the colt's final Hambletonian prep, at the Meadowlands on July 15. He bounced back with a career-best 1:52 win July 22 in a 3-year-old open at the Meadowlands. He will start his Hambletonian elimination from post five. "It's nice to be in the middle of the pack," Antonacci said. "I think we're in a good spot. He's a really handy horse, so whatever Scott is going to want to do he's going to be able to do from there, which is nice. "He's just a really, really good horse, hopefully on his way to being a great horse. The great ones, and the very good ones, they overcome adversity. He did that. I think that bodes well for his future." Zeron won last year's Hambletonian, and eventually the Trotting Triple Crown, with Marion Marauder. He is attempting to become the first driver to win the Hambletonian in consecutive years since John Campbell in 1987-88. Antonacci also sends out Shake It Off Lindy, in the second Hambletonian elimination. Shake It Off Lindy and driver Brett Miller will start from post four and are 20-1 on the morning line. "He's just an honest, good horse," Antonacci said. "He's never really gotten a spot where he's gotten a trip. I think he's the type of horse that if he trips out he could grab a big piece. Hopefully we make the final and get a good trip worked out and maybe surprise people or pick up a bunch of pieces." The Hambletonian format calls for eliminations to be contested the same day as the final. A total of 19 horses entered this year's event, requiring two $100,000 eliminations from which the top five finishers in each division advance to the final. Elimination winners draw for inside posts 1-5 and all other finalists will then be placed in an open draw. The winner of the $1 million final is the Hambletonian champion. CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of the Hambletonian from 4:00-5:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. The Sam McKee Memorial (formerly U.S. Pacing Championship) and Hambletonian Oaks also will be featured during the 90-minute broadcast. First race post time on Hambletonian Day is noon. The Hambletonian final is 5:11 p.m. Following are the Hambletonian elimination fields. Hambletonian Elimination (race eight) PP-Horse-Sire-Dam Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Southwind Woody by Muscle Hill from a Pine Chip mare - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 12/1 2 - Bill’s Man by Credit Winner from a Yankee Glide mare - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 5/1 3 - Guardian Angel AS by Archangel from an Allstar Hall mare - Jason Bartlett - Anette Lorentzon - 10/1 4 - Giveitgasandgo by Yankee Glide from an Andover Hall mare - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 8/1 5 - International Moni by Love You from a Speedy Crown mare - Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci - 5/2 6 -Stealth Hanover by Andover Hall from a Credit Winner mare - Francisco Del Cid - Francisco Del Cid - 30/1 7 - Victor Gio It by Ready Cash from a Pine Chip mare - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 6/1 8 - Long Tom by Muscle Hill from a Windsong’s Legacy mare - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 3/1 9 - Jake by Muscle Hill from an Andover Hall mare - Dan Dube - Luc Blais - 8/1   Hambletonian Elimination (race nine) PP-Horse-Sire-Dam Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - What The Hill by Muscle Hill from an Angus Hall mare - David Miller - Ron Burke - 3/1 2 - Seven And Seven by Chapter Seven from a Kadabra mare - David Miller - Tom Durand - 8/1 3 - Sortie by Explosive Matter from a Tagliabue mare - Andy McCarthy - Noel Daley - 10/1 4 -Shake it Off Lindy by Crazed from a Love You mare - Brett Miller - Frank Antonacci - 20/1 5 - Dover Dan by Andover Hall from a Royal Troubador mare - Brian Sears - John Butenschoen - 8/1 6 - Enterprise by Chapter Seven from a SJ’s Caviar mare - Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander - 9/2 7 - Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill from a Broadway Hall mare - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 15/1 8 - Achille Duharas by Andover Hall from a Pine Chip mare - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 20/1 9 - Devious Man by Credit Winner from a Garland Lobell mare - Andy Miller - Julie Miller-5/2 10 - Perfect Spirit by Andover Hall from a Kadabra mare - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 12/1   Ken Weingartner

June 21, 2017 - Reims hosted the latest GNT Paris-Turf leg (Gr. III purse €90,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters), the seventh, on Wednesday, with victory to 13/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Harie) timed in 1.12.7kr, Francois Lecanu was the pilot for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J.Y. Roze. 7/1 Africain (7m Oardo-Kamine) was second for Romain Derieux and breeder/owner/trainer Vincent Collard. 6/1 Atout du Lerre (7g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) took the third spot for trainer/driver Franck Anne. 5/2 Belline d’Urzy was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard and Vanae des Voirons was fifth. The Prix du Bon Accueil at Reims (purse €26,000, 2600 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed eastern European invader Romi Mms (7f Turbo Sund-Goldy LB) at 2.8/1 odds. Franck Nivard teamed the winner, owner by Marko Slavic, and trained by Philippe Billard. 12/1 Orleans Font (9m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) took second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. 2.9/1 Banco des Amazones (6m Orlando du Choquel-Orie de la Besure) was a rallying third for Eric Raffin. Thomas H. Hicks

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 17 - Lindy Farms' International Moni captured the winner's share of the $251,000 Goodtimes Stakes purse on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Driver Scott Zeron was able to engineer a second-over trip for the Frank Antonacci trainee to come through and win in 1:52.4. Enterprise, the 3/5 favourite, made a second-quarter move to the lead and posted middle-fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.3 to lead into the lane. International Moni, who was racing sixth in the early stages, caught the cover of stablemate Shake It Off Lindy heading around the far turn. International Moni surged to the lead in the lane and was able to hold off a late-rally from Mass Production, driven by Scott's father, Rick, to win by _ lengths. "I didn't mind where I got away, my horse is really handy," said Scott Zeron about getting away sixth. "I was very happy with where I was sitting...and when I angled him over I felt like I was an easy winner and I didn't even pull the plugs, but good thing I can hear my Dad screaming behind me, so I pulled them and he went on again." Seven And Seven came on to finish third, while Enterprise dropped back to finish fourth. A son of French Stallion Love You and former Horse of the Year Moni Maker, International Moni is now two for two this season to bring his career numbers to three wins and over $330,000 earned for owners Moni Maker Stable. International Moni paid $7.60 to win. Mark McKelvie / Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

June 2, 2016 - Tonight’s co-featured Gr.  II Prix Chambon P (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, seven International contestants) went to 4/5 odds favorite Belina Josselyn (f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) up on the outside for J-M Bazire at the line for the victory. Bazire trains this mare for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard as she recorded her 17th win in 44 starts for €1,177,180 earned. 2/1 Amiral Sacha (7m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was second for Gabriele Gelormini and Ecurie Sidere. Third was 23/1 Best Of Jets (6m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) for Tony LeBeller and owner/trainer Jean-Michel Baudouin. Race time was 1.12.2kr. The Groupe II Prix Lavater (monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) resulted in a narrow 1.15.3kr timed score for even-money favorite Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine). Yoann Lebourgeois was the pilot this day for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. The “colt” produced his 13th career win and now has earnings of €949,700. 23/1 Darlhey du Rib (4f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) took the second spot for jockey Alexia Collette, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 24.3/1 Dragon d’Avril (4m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirene d’Avril) was home third for Adrien Lamy, and trainer/owner Sebastien Houyvet. Django has been an inconsistent sort of late and seemed to respond well to the monte conditons. The evening’s Q+ was the Prix Pythia (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters). The 1.13.2kr timed by a head victory went to 1.8/1 Cash Gamble )6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) reined by Franck Nivard for STJ Gamble. 3.4/1 Uza Josselyn (6f Love You-Teza Josselyn) was second for J-M Bazire, Ecurie Rhythm & Blues and conditioner Rene Aehischer. Third was 44/1 Pioneer Gar (8m Varenne-Follia) teamed by trainer Matthieu Abrivard for Yury Sutyaginskly, 8/1 Bad Boy du Dollar and 10/1 Vulvania de Godrel completed the Quinte+ top five for a modest payout. Thomas H. Hicks

May 27, 2017 - Franck Nivard teamed 12/1 Vic du Pommereux (9m Love You- Kubrune) to victory this day at Enghien in the Quinte+ Prix d’Oblisque (purse €64,000, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles). The Sylvain Roger trainee is owned by Noel Lolic and recorded his ninth career victory for earnings now of €361,600. 41/1 Atout du Lerre (7g Oakwood du Closet-Haquismie) was second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Third went to even-money favorite Attacus (7g Hand du Vivier-Neloca Ta) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Super Ariel and 122/1 Vasco de Viette completed the top five. On the program, Ble du Gers (6g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) took the Prix du Rhone (purse €75,000, 2875 meters, 15 starters) timed in 1.13.5kr for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato (tomorrow at Solvalla with Bold Eagle) and owner J.M. Rancoule. This 22/1 outsider bested 2.4/1 Chart des Sirenes (5m Opus Viervil-Nice Quenny) and teamster F.P, Bossuet. Third was 13/1 Cathy A Quira (5f Password-Quinra des Jacquets) handled by David Thomain for trainer Jarmo Niskanen. Thomas H. Hicks    

April 14, 2017 - Today’s Q+ Paris-Vincennes featured Prix Jean Riaud (Gr. III, purse €115,000, 3535 meters distance handicap) went to the very impressive 4/5 favored Belina Josselyn (6f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) reined by harness racing trainer Jean-Michel Bazire for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. The winning mare overcame a 25 meter handicap to score in record time for the 3525 meters (2.19 miles) distance of 1.12.8kr (mile rate 1:57.13, race time 4:18.5). Belina now has 16 career victories and earning of €1,109.980. Finishing second was 18.5/1 Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato, also handling a 25 meter penalty. Third went to 3.6/1 Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) teamed with Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Daniel Reden, he also faced a 25 meter handicap as did fourth finishing Best Of Jets (6m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) at 24/1 for Tony LeBeller and trainer J-M Baudouin. Fifth was 13/1 Orient Horse (9m Abano As-Irma del Rio) for Pierre Levesque. Ludo’s Oiler, Your Highness (+25 meters) and Up And Quick (+50 meters) were the next three home in this classic contest that honored the legendary trainer/driver of Jamin. Thomas H. Hicks    

March 24, 2017 - 5/2 odds Bon Copine (6f Love You-Joie Baroque) took today’s Quinte+ Prix Maia (purse €52,000,, 2850 meters, 18 starters) timed in 1.1.2kr and driven by J-M Bazire. Thierry Raffegeau trains the winner for J-Y Roze. 36/1 Agrippa Mesloise (7f Jasmin de Flore-Jessie Mesloise) was second for Pierre Belloche, also the trainer. 4.8/1 Brunes des Forges (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) was third for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The program’s €43,000 Prix Anceladus (2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.9kr clocked and 18.5/1 odds Cryriel d’Atom (5g Otello Pierji-Oliga d’Atom) for Pierre Vercruysse, the pilot for breeder/owner/trainer Aime de Graeve. 13.2/1 Choriste du Trio (5g Roc Meslois-Klameur du Trio) was next for Franck Ouvrie and third was 29.4/1 Chemsak Vedaquais (5f Coktail Jet-Jupilles) reined by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh. At Ebreichsdork Austria the featured Grand Prix de Magna Racino (purse €8,500, 1640 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.15kr timed and 2.4/1 odds Wild Viking (9g Mandarino Blue-Lucie Justive) reined by Rudolf Haller, also trainer for Stall Weiserhof. 9.2/1 Attrape Moi (10m Orlando Vici-Make My Pay Day) was home second for trainer/driver Wolfgang Ruth. Third was 18/1 Super Toft (8g Dream Vacation-Tas Shamrock) for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr. Thomas H. Hicks

February 25, 2017 - Rafolo (9g Love You-Farola) won the harness racing  featured Prix de Grobois (purse €28,000, 2750 meters autostart, European eligibles) at 3.2/1 odds at Toulouse. Dominik Locqueneux teamed the barefoot Robert Bergh trainee that is owned by J.O. Jensen. The 1/2 odds favorite Very Very Fast (8g Quaro-Nocturne de Bresse) was second for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. 36/1 Un Reve d’Haufor (9g Jasmin de Flore-Jolie Haufor) took third for trainer/driver M.X. Charlot. At Cagnes-sur-Mer the featured Prix Mimizan (monte, purse €70,000, 16 European starters, 2250 meters) went to 13.2/1 Vinci Pierji (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Cyril Sevestre owns the winner was clocked in 1.13kr. 23/1 Vittorio de Carly (8g Quaro-Gamine des Sarts) was second for Guillaume Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes. 7.9/1 Radieux (7g Love You-Dordogne) was third for Cedrik Terry and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

January 9, 2017 - 2.7/1 Voice Dream (8f Love You-Lovely de Paris), with J-M Bazire driving, took today’s harness racing Quinte+ Prix de l’Aveyron (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Timed in 1.15.3kr, the winner, trained by Ph. Billard for owner/breeder David Berchetrit, bested 4.9/1 Vahine de Felliere (8f Jasmin de Flore-Orista Jet) with Antoine Wiels the pilot for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. 6.6/1 Azela des Pleignes was third. The Prix Christelle Zimmer (monte, purse €88,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters with apprentice jockeys) went to 1.14.6kr timed and 14.4/1 odds Ulster Perrine (9m Tenor de Baune-Nana Perrine) for jockey Mme. Charlene Callico and trainer J-M Baudouin. 18.2/1 Vaisseau (8g Le Retour-Nausicaa Sautanne) took second for Gael Gervais, ahead of 12.9/1 Utwo En Live (9g Milord Drill-Eau Proide) with Antoine Dabouis up. 40 trotters have been engaged for Sunday’s Prix de Belgique (Gr. II, purse €120,000), a path to the Prix d’Amerique. This group includes Traders, Call Me Keeper, Charly du Noyer, Propulson, Trebol, Beline Josselyn, Lionel, Bird Parker, Wild Honey, Oasis Bi, Univers de Pan and Up And Quick. Thomas H. Hicks

December 25, 2016 - Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) won today’s Gr. II Prix Tenor de Baune (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.13.2kr as the 9/10 harness racing favorite. She earned an Prix d’Amerique invite for the victory teamed by trainer J-M Bazire for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. 6/1 Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) was second for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Third was 10.7/1 Bolero Love (5m Love You-Orelady) with Gabriel Gelormini up. 33.5/1 Briac Dark (5m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took fourth for David Thomain and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin but was disqualified and thus fourth placed was 60/1 Brillantissime (5m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victorire) and pilot Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Allaire and breeder/owner Frederic Sauque. The winning Belina Josselyn now has 15 wins in 38 starts for over €776,000 earned.   Thomas H. Hicks

December 20, 2016 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de la Tremblade (purse €66,000, 2850 meters, 15 European starters) went to a charging Vic du Pommereux (7m Love You-Kubrune) timed in Franck Nivard piloted the Sylvain Roger trainee that is owned by breeder Noel Lolic. The 4.1/1 odds winner bested 17/1 Urus (8g Kiwi-Troika de Mai) and J-M Bazire with third to 4.6/1 Ustov (8g Niky-Oh Maron)  driven by David Thomain, trained by J-P Thomain and owned by breeder Roger Francois Dubois. Shadow Gar (5f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) won the €55,000 purse, 250 meter Prix de Fos Sur Mer at 26.4/1 odds. David Thomain teamed this winner for Italy’s famed trainer/owner Pietro Gubellini timed in 1.15.4kr off even fractions albeit Shadow Gar closed swiftly after 1.16.5kr rate with 500 meters remaining. 2.1/1 Bauloise Haufor (5f Kool du Caux-Hotesse des Pres) was second for Ch.J. Bigeon and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. Third went to 7.8/1 Seibella Park (5f Varenne-Grandera Park) with Franck Ouvrie driving for trainer Salvatore Minopoli and owner Team Minopoli. The day’s feature event was the monte Prix Pierre Giffard (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 12 European starters). 44.7/1 longshot winner was Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way). P.Ch. Jean was in the irons for trainer St. Provoost and owner Ecurie Danover. 10/1 Tripolla (9f Sancho Panca-Garivane) was a close econd and third went to Frank Nivard ridden Volcan d’Occagnes (7g Quido de Goutier-Hermina Beauces) at 4.8./1 odds. Race time was 1.14.4kr off even fractions, the rate with 500 meter to go was 1.14.9kr. The Prix de Sable Sur Sarthe (purse €46,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 four year-old starters) went to 1.12.7kr quick-timed and 21.6/1 odds Cherif Griff (4m Orlando Vici-Qualane Griff). Pierre Vercruysse reined the Sebastian Guarato trainee for breeder/owner Ecurie Griff. 19.8/1 Callicot du Vivier (4g Repeat Love-Kalika du Vivier) was second with Yoann Lebourgeois driving for trainer Yves Boireau. Jean-Pierre Dubois owns this one that was bred by legendary Jean-Yves Lucuyer. 16.3/1 Crusoe d’Anama (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Jarifa d’Em) was home third for Tony LeBeller and trainer Mme. Aude Lemoine. Thomas H. Hicks

Two year-old fillies began the harness racing action in the Prix des Hortensias (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) with victory to 7/1 Exotic Destination (2f Love You-Quiromartica) with Franck Ouvrie up. Yves Boireau trains the filly for owner/breeder Jean-Pierre Dubois that was timed in 1.17kr. The dam is by Emil Suede-Bomecombe-Jet du Vivier with Emil Suede being by Napoletano from a Florestan mare. 2.8/1 El Si Seulement (2f Goetmals Wood-Si Seulement) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Ronny Kuiper and breeder/owner Ecurie D. The dam, a US$152,000 winner, is a daughter of Coktail Jet-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou that produced Red Girl and Violet, both winners of over US$125,000. Third was 60/1 Ebene du Logis (2f Titan d’Occagnes-Jazza Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop driving. Today’s Quinte+ was the Prix de Tourcoing (purse €70,000, 250 meters, 18 starters). The 1.15.1kr timed winner was 3/1 Vison Fromentro (7g Ganymede-Princess Natacha) with Dominik Locqueneux up. Jorgen Westholm trains this one for Ecurie Anders Van Dapperen HB. Second was 15/1 Tema du Bassiere (9f Hulk des Chamos-Kelly de Corday) and third went to 56/1 Tresor d’Egypte (9g Nelson de Vandel-Image Folle) with P-Y Verva aboard for owner/trainer Franck Boismartel. Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) took the monte Prix du Neubourg (purse €80,000m 2700 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.13.7kr for jockey J. Balu, trainer J.L. Bigeon and breeder/owner Joel Seche. Off at 5.3/1 the Belle bested 1.9/1 favorite Banbina Blue (5f Lucky Blue-Quea Blue) and 13/1 Boardo (5g Niky-Oroadauna) that Alexandre Abrivard piloted. The Prix de Lussac A division (purse €34,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.15.3kr clocked and 2/5 odds favorite Cash And Go with Franck Nivard up. The Sebastian Guarato trainee is owned by Pierre Pilarski. The four year-old stallion was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois and is a full brother to Bold Eagle, he being by Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet. 19/1 Chorus de l’Iton (4g OBrillant-Monre de l’Iton) was second for trainer Hughes Levesque and third was 6/1 Clown de Locq (4g Pitt Cade-Rencontre Inopinee) for driver Franck Ouvrie. Charly de l’Aunay (4g Qualmio de Vandel-Fleur Viniere) at 100/1 took the Prix de Lussac A (purse €34,000, 2700 meters 18 starters)  this day at Vincennes. L.M. David teamed this winner clocked in 1.15.4kr, he also owner/trainer. 1.2/1 favorite Caleo Josselyn (4m Scipion du Goutier-Lezira Josselyn) took second for driver J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. 27/1 Cador de Romaz (4g Jasmin de Flore-Perle de Bouliere) was third for Lorenzo Donati, trainer Roberto Donati and breeder/owner Marie Reine Peltier. Thomas H. Hicks

Rania Lest (6f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) took the prestigious Gran Premio Royal Mares (purse €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) at Napoli’s harness racing 1000 meter track. Timed in 1.13.1kr this Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee won by a length with her trainer at the lines for her 21st career victory in 58 starts for earnings in excess of €191,000. Her second dam is a Speedy Crown daughter. Terra Dell’Est (4f SJ’s Photo-For Fathalsty-Uronometro) was second for Pietro Gubellini and third was Paris Dany (7f Varenne-Elinor King-Lindy Lane). On Saturday at Palermo’s 1000 meter track, the Gran Premio Mediterraneo (purse €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) went to 1.14.2kr timed Uragano Trebi’ (3g Nad Al Sheba-Istria Bi-Toss Out) with Gaspare LoVerde. The second dam of the winner is Traffic Jam by Speedy Crown. Uma Dany Grif (3f Varenne-Alba Jet-Supergill) was second for G.P. Minnucci and third was Ucci Ucci Play (3m Conway Hall-Yankee Calypso-Lindy Lane). Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Prix des Gardenias (two year-olds, purse €33,000. 2100 meters autostart) went to 9/10 favorite Estella Love (2f Love You-Shucca) and driver Franck Ouvrie. Yves Boireau trains this filly for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie Dream With Me. The open-lengths winner was timed in 1.15.1kr in the defeat of 5.8/1 Extasia Bella (2f Prodigious-Rare Perle) driven by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Third was 14.5/1 Eternity du Belver (2f Coktail Jet-Sindy de la Noe) reined by A.A. Barassin and trainer Robert Chauvin. The winners’ dam Shucca (Goetmals Wood-Hucca-Kimberland) was a US$226,000 winner. The day’s Quinte+ Prix des Pyrenees (purse €50,000, 2850 meters,14 European starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed and 1.2/1 odds Acefor de Mire (6g Notre Haufor-Hilda Dry). Christian Bigeon reined his trainee for owner A.F. Bigeon. 5.6/1 Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) was a close second for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Holland’s Ecurie Mille Fleurs. 40/1 Panoramic (6g Scarlet Knight-Cartolina Spin) was third for trainer/driver Ch.C. Degiorgio and owners M&G Scicluna (Malta). The 3/5 favorite Dear Lover (3m Love You-Luna du Goutier), a striking chestnut, won the Prix de Quincy Sous Denary (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) timed in 1.16.4kr. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastian Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans SRL. 16/1 Derby du Dollar (3m Rodrigo Jet-Magalie du Dollar) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger and 20/1 Darling Atout (3m Timoko-Opaline d’Atout) was third for driver Mathieu Abrivard and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Three year old fillies contested the Prix de la Ferte-Vidame A (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with the 1.17kr victory earned by 5.6/1 Diane d’Haufor (3f Paris Haufor-Diane des Essarts). Breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon was the teamster. Danae de la Frette (3f Quaro-Queen de la Frette) was second with Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Franck Leblanc and third went to Daisy Team (3f Timoko-Daisy Chain) for owner/trainer/driver Julian Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one. Her dam Daisy Chain (Speedy Somolli-Kravotte) produced US$1.14 million winner Kaisy Dream and also Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream, all useful stallions. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 1, 2016 - The impressive Unicka (3f Love You-Bachar-Armbro Goal-Drona-Granit-Elamy-Pro Hanover) won her Mangelli elimination and final, both easily, today for harness racing driver Pietro Gubellini and trainer Erik Bondo. In the final she scored easily timed in 1.12.2kr (1:56.07 mile rate), drawing off at top of the stretch to secure the Gran Premio Paolo E. Orsi Mangelli (purse €220,000, distance 1650 meters autostart over the 1050 meter track in Milano). Uncorno SLM (3m Love You-CL Brightness-King Conch-Armbro Brilliance-Dream of Glory-Armbro Regina) was second for Robert Vecchione after being second in his elimination. Third was Ubertino Grif (3m Libessio Grif-Nebraska Grif-Varenne) with Alessandro Gocciador up. Norway’s Phantasm SOA (3m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uxer LB) ended fourth for Bjorn Goop after a pocket journey and fifth was Uma Francis (3f Exploy Caf-Fashion Dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) for Enrico Bellei. As stated, Unicka (below photo) took the first elimination timed in 1.11.5kr (1:55.04 mile rate) by six lengths for Gubellini. Unicorno SLM was second for Vecchione and Netherland’s Blackhawk (3m Dream Vacation-Elegante Frokjar) took third for reinsman Robin Bakker, and trainer Arnold J. Mollema. Unicka Elimination two went to 1.13.6kr (1:58.42 mile rate) timed Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) for Dominik Locqueneux (shown below). Two lengths back was Urali OP (3m SJ’s Photo-Maya del Ronco-Toss Out) and third was Uma Francis (3f Explot Caf-Fashion dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) for Enrico Bellei. The Gran Premio Orsi Mangelli Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.13.2kr (1:57.78 mile rate) timed Ultra Light (3f Gruccione Jet-Olera Luis-Bon Vivant) for Mario Minopoli Jr. Four lengths back was Ugolinast (3f Civil Action-Gast-Piccardo) ahead of Uttramar Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) for Bjorn Goop. Unica Donna was fifth after an outside battle and pacesetter Unison Kronos ended unplaced. Thomas H. HIcks  

Impressive in victory at Roma Capannelle in the 89th Derby Italiano de Trotto (purse €770,000, 2100 meters autostart) was 1.12.2kr (1:56.17 mile rate) timed (a Derby record) Unicka (3f Love You-Bachar-Armbro Goal) with harness racing driver Pietro Gubellini up. The grand chestnut filly drew off from second finishing Usque DL (3m Equinox Bi-Gritta BI-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Vincenzo Luongo aboard and third placed Uma Francis (3f Explot Caf-Fashion Dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) with Enrico Bellei teaming. Erik Bondo trains the winner (now with 11 wins in 13 starts) for Scuderia Wave, and her second dam Drora is a daughter of Granit (Ayres-Roquepine) The co-featured Premio Oaks del Trotto (purse €220,000, 1640 meters autostart) went to fast-closing UET Wise As (3f Daguet Rapide-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) clocked in 1.12.3kr (mile rate 1:56.33) with Federico Esposito at the lines. She recorded career win eight in 15 outings. Unica Donna (3f Donato Hanover-Hangone-Workaholic was second for Enrico Bellei and breeder/owner J-P Dubois with third to Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabrei Dei-Victory Dream) with Roberto Andreghetti the reinsman. Unison Kronos is a half-sister to Lisa America. The top three broodmares are a top bunch also. Garden Variety produced In Wise As, Mind Wise As and Swan Wise As, all winner of more than US$156,000. Hangone is dam of Daguet Rapide US$1,777,359 and Poker Dream and Quatre Juillet US$371,991. Zagabria Dei produced aforementioned Lisa America US$1,570,116 plus the US$180,000 and up winners OK America, Radysin America and Guida America. On the Roma Capannelle program was the Premio Turilli UET Masters (purse €187,000, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.12.1kr timed victory to Tesoro Degli Dei (4m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) with V.P. Dell’Annunziata up. Radiofreccia FI (6f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) was second for Enrico Bellei and third went to veteran Pascia’Lest (7m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way). The Derby Consolation (purse €45,100, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed UFO Robot HP (3m Varenne-Lili-Coktail Jet) with E.A. Maiosto driving. Uragano Star (3m Gruccione Jet-Gilda Luis-Lemon Dra) was second and Up Right Bi (3m Equinox Bi-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) was third for Maurizio Biasuzzi. The mare Up Front JM is also dam of Oasis Bi US$1,590,748 and Robert Bi US$864,575. Oasis Bi starts in the International at Yonkers the coming weekend. The Oaks Consolation (purse €25,300, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.13.3kr timed Ultramar Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) for Robert Andreghetti. Una Bella Gar (3f SJ’s Photo-Georgette Gar-Lemon Dra) took second ahead of Ugolinact (3f Civil Action-Gast-Picardo). Also on the card was the Premio Aste ITS (purse €20,900, 1640 meters autostart, invitational) that produced a quick 1.11.3kr (mile rate 1:54.72) five-length victory for Santo Mollo driven Pace del Rio (7m Varenne-Urban d’Asolo-Ata Star L). Three elims of the Premio Anact (each for €10,450 purse and raced over 1640 meters, two year-olds). The first elim went to 4/4 undefeated Von Wise As (2m Muscle Massive-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) for Alessandro Gocciadoro clocked in 1.14.4kr. Vaprio (2m Adrian Chip-Namiba-Cantab Hall) was second for Enrico Bellei ahead of Videole FAS (2m Ideale Luis-Leda SF-Toss Out). The second elim went to Varden Baba (3m From Above-Nanta Baba-Varenne) timed in 1.15.7kr for driver M. Pistone. Very Much MMG (2f Ganymede-Ethel Blak-Indro Park) was second and third was Vitesse Mabel (2m Ideale Luis-Noble As-SJ’s Photo).  Elim three went another 4/4 undefeated winner, this one Vanguardia (3f Goetmals Wood-Garganta-Tarass Boulba) timed in 1.15.2kr for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill) was second and Vogue Bi (2f Ganymede-Ida Grandi-Toss Out) was third. Note that sire Ideal Luis is a son of Lemon Dra that won at age three the Grand Premio Italia and Grand Premio Tito Giovanandi. Gocciadoro also won two days prior at Milano in the Premio Dominique (purse €14,350) with Vera Wise As (2f Muscle Massive-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall) timed in 1.14.2kr. Viola Grif (2f Algiers Hall-Perla Nera Grif-Varenne) was second for Man. Matteini ahead of Violetta Holz (2f Nad Al Sheba-Obetti Holz-Varenne) for Roberto Vecchione. Thomas H. Hicks

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