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2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won for the 28th time in his career for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Nahar scored today at Solanget in 1.13.6kr over 2650 meters autostart for a 40,000SEK award to the winner. This latest comeback effort followed two disappointing appearances earlier in the month. Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern-Atas Nice Sun L-Spotlite Lobell) was second for reinsman/trainer Henrik Svensson. Nahar's victory increased his lifetime earnings to 10,250,098SEK for owner Stall Sedin HB (NHL professional hockey stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin). Also in Sweden today there were two interesting winners. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) scored at Aby in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart. Trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the winner to her second 2014 victory in seven starts, this one that the winner earned 30,000SEK. Also at Aby, Italy's Overtaker by Sib (6g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) won for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner to earn 25,000SEK. The winner was timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, as he recorded victory 15 in 47 starts for life earnings of 1,249,700SEK. He narrowly scored over Ted Blagul reined by Bjorn Goop with US-bred Call Me Hanover home third for Andre Eklundh. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini's trained and reined Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole) won today's Gr. II International Fyraaringstest at Eskilstuna, earning 300,000SEK first money for owners Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and St. Behall AB. The winner recorded his sixth 2014 victory in nine starts and he has earned 702,000SEK lifetime with eight career wins. He scored in a close battle timed in 1.12.9kr over 2640 meters autostart, defeating Screen Height (4m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) trained and driven by Stefan Melander and Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) teamed by Erik Adielsson. US-bred Kincannon Hanover and Dewey Luvs Britt finished sixth and eighth. Other winners of interest on the Eskilstuna card included Explosive Dust (3m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip) for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in 1.13.2kr over 1640 meters autostart, to earn 50,000SEK; Tom Raider (10g Staro Showbiz-Tamina NR-Tamin Sandy) for Daniel Olsson in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart to also earn 50,000SEK, and increase his career earnings to 2,208,778SEK with this 17th lifetime win. He narrowly defeated Orjan Kilhlstrom with Disco AE and other fast class aged performers Global Investment and BWL Champion; and Pamona US (4f Credit Winner-Athena-Malabar Man) with Micael Lindblom aboard in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 20,000SEK, her fourth 2014 win in eight starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lambert SAS (9m Diamond Way-Agena LB-Indro Park) won his sixth straight race (three in Budapest) on Saturday in the Kincsem Park featured Konta Dezso Memorial over 1900 meters autostart for a purse of 750,000HUf. The veteran trotter was teamed by trainer Joze Sagaj for owner Alfred Hossmann II (SLO), and he scored in 1.14.6kr as the 3/2 odds pacesetter. The victory increased the winners' earnings to over US$93,000. Principessa Ovi (5f Love You-Goldy LB) was a solid second for trainer/driver Mitja Slavic with Rose's La Nena (7f Pearsall Hanover-O'Hill's Rose) home third for trainer/driver Ire Dome. Nine aged trotters contested this event. Earlier on the card HU Derby (August 3rd) hopeful San Francisco (3m Medic Hanover-Kentucky Girl-LV Glory Bound) was victorious over 1900 meters autostart in 1.18.9kr. He was an easy three-length winner at 19/1 for trainer/driver F. Nagy II. Sire Medic Hanover is a son of Meadow Road from Melon Hanover. A solid group of HU-bred three year-old open trotters are primed to contest the Hungarian Trotting Derby onSunday August 3 at Kincsem Park. Of the top 20 contestants, nine are sired by Valley Victory’s full-brother Wall Street Banker (Baltic Speed-Valley Victoria-Bonefish) whose progeny also represent five of the top six based on speed, three of which were bred by legendary commercial breeder Kabala Menes Kft. Medic Hanover (by Meadow  Road) and Sholty Boko (by Spotlite Lobell) are sires of two each of the top 20, while those with one possible starter include Oncoming Hush (Sierra Kosmos), Incredible Cole (Incredible Abe) and What A Man (Conway Hall). The aforementioned top six are listed below (name, color/sex, sire/dam, breeder, kr time) Szerelmes R. pm (bay, male) Wall Street Banker Virágos Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.16,2 Salihamidzic pm Wall Street Banker Helikon AMMA Kft, Budapest 1.16,5 Speedy Boy pm Wall Street Banker Vas Lady Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.16,6 Shergar pm Wall Street Banker Jungfrau AMMA Kft, Budapest 1.16,8 Szacharin pk (bay female) Vanito Inzulin Kulik Ferenc, Orosháza 1.16,9 Sikerdíj pm Wall Street Banker Juss Kabala Ménes Kft, Rádiháza 1.17,0 Sport TV will carry the festivities that annually bring out a large and enthusiastic on-track audience. In a related matter, on July 18 the HU version of the FR Quinte+ produced a large winning ticket worth US$45,900. It was reportedly the second winner of over 10 million HUf since the bet began five months ago and it occurred on a simulcast race from Cabourg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) took today’s Gr. I International €140,000 purse Prix Saint Michel, contested over 1609 meters (one mile) at the fast Mikkeli Finland racetrack. The race was a UET Masters Series event. Seven starters battled in this one after the scratch of Joke Face. Prussia and She Loves You were out early, disqualified for miscues. Monster Drive gained the front early for Jorma Kontio and controlled the pace until top of stretch when second over Reven d’Amour rallied wide to win comfortably in 1.10.3kr (1:53.1 mile time). The Swedish registered trotter was driven by Mika Forss for trainer Fredrik B. Larsson and owner Stall Harriet. The winner now has 21 career wins in 77 starts for €700,629 earned. The victory cements a solid 2014 comeback for Reven d’Amour and also for the Larsson family who suffered a 2014 Copenhagen Cup reported disqualification of Caballion for a banned substance in Denmark. Caballion was trained for that race by Franck Leblanc. Finland’s Surprise Lord (8m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer) finished second today for IIkka Normonen driving for Mme. K. Kindsberg trainer. Another Finland trotter Super Frido (6m Love You-Empress Kemp) closed for third for trainer/driver Markku Nieminen. Monster Drive faded to fourth with USA’s Beer Summit fifth. The card today at Mikkeli also showcased wins by Vesuvio As (8m Windsong’s Legacy-Remini As-Mack Lobell), Dance Photo (10m SJ’s Photo-Dancing Trout-Dancer’s Victory) and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem). By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Today’s featured Prix de Beunos-Aires (Gr. II, €120,000 purse, 12 starters) was over the marathon distance of 4150 meters (just over 2-1/2 miles). The 52 to 1 rank outsider Quarlos (10m L’as de Viretaute-Cette Abgevire-Workaholic) rallied late from eighth place in mid-stretch to secure an easy surprise win in 1.14.9kr for Mathieu Mottier and trainer/owner Michel Dabouis. The veteran earned his 12th win for career bankroll of €618,800. Holland’s Amour d’Occagnes (7m Diamant Gede-Naomi November) finished second at 5.3/1 for Christophe Martens with third going to Shadow d’Odyssee and J-M Bazire at 5.2/1. Favorite Swedishman, at 2.5/1, and teamster Franck Ouvrie, had swept the field to lead nearing top-stretch over early leader Global Manhattan, and Roberto Andreghetti, but the best these could do was fourth and fifth. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Rome for €85,000 (2875 meters, 12 starters) went to second choice Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier) and reinsman Yohan Lebourgeois, for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire. Coming off four straight monte starts, in which he had two wins and two seconds, today Bird Parker was the best to sulky as he scored in 1.16.7kr for his third career win and €311,980 earnings. Off at 4.5/1 Bird Parker was the early leader and then allowed Booster Winner to take over before doing the re-take and setting a leisurely pace (1.19.8kr at 1000; 1.18.1kr at 500). Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute) was a game second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato as the 2.1/1 favorite but could not gain the advantage in fast late race fractions. Another Ready Cash offspring won the Prix de Notre Dame (females, €42,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) as Bianca de Lou (3f Ready Cash-Prima Dona de Lou-Coktail Jet) scored in 1.14.5kr for Christophe Martens, owner Ecurie Olmenhof and trainer Vincent Martens. The win, at 4/1 odds, was her third for €49,500 career earnings. Bubble Jet (3f Password-No Limit Jet) was a gaining second for teamster Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois at 8.3/1 Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €5,550,000) at Enghien-Soisy was the Prix de la Porte Montmartre for €55,000 (2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and it went to Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill) and reinsman Roberto Andgrehetti, for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Stald Independence from Denmark. The 3.3/1 odds winner scored in 1.12.1kr for his eighth career victory, good for €169,126 earnings. Longshot 31/1 Rififi Nonantais was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux with 12.3/1 Noir d’Ete third with David Thomain aboard. Holders of exact order ticket (without the winning jackpot number) enjoyed a payoff in excess of €15,000 for the €2 play. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Driver Jimmy Whittemore wasted no time Thursday night capturing three of the first four races and in doing so notched career win 1,000. In Race 1 Whittemore guided Love You Bye to a last to first victory in 1:52:2. The 5 year old McArdle-Cam’s Genious mare is owned by Jimmy Whittemore and trained by his father Dennis Whittemore. Love You Bye is closing in on $200,000 in career earnings. Race 3 saw Campbell Muscles (Muscles Yankee-Millennium Chip) score her first career win and give Jimmy a driving double and career win 999. Campbell Muscles scored by 3 ¼ lengths in 2:00 for owner-trainer Scott West.   Misty Major went wire to wire in Race 4 to give Jimmy Whittemore his 1,000th career driving win. Misty Major (Major In Art-Lady Artemise) tied her career mark 1:54:3 and is conditioned by Angus Mac Donald and owned by E J Treadway. Jimmy Whittemore, a native of Norway, Maine is a three time driving champion at the Miracle Mile and currently sits fourth in the Vernon Downs driver’s standings. By Scott Warren, for Vernon Downs

The Gr. I UET Masters Series International Prix St. Michel AJO is set for Sunday at Mikkeli (Finland). The scratch of Joke Face reduces the field to seven in this one mile test for a purse of €140,000. Prussia (by Ken Warkentin) and Pietro Gubellini have won here before in 2013 (the Prix d’Etain Royal) over the fast track where Varenne holds the record of 1.09.3kr set in 2002. Gubellini won this event last year with Owens Club. Jorma Kontio will pilot one of the favorites, Monster Drive, and other potential leading competitors include the Mika Forss teamed Reven d’Amour (by Revenue) and Beer Summit to be handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Sunday, July 20 - Mikkeli  Off time15:50 - St-Michel Ajo  €140,000 purse - 1609 meters autostart 1. Joke Face - scratched 2. Monster Drive, 8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover (Jorma Kontio)  3. Prussia, 5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip (Pietro Gubellini)  4. Surprise Lord, 8m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer (Iikka Nurmonen)  5. She Loves You, 7f Love You-SJ’s Shad Roe-SJ’s Photo (Seppo Markkula)  6. Frido Super, 6m Love You-Empress Kemp-Super Bowl (Markku Nieminen)  7. Reven d'Amour, 9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie (Mika Forss)  8. Beer Summit, 5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl (Ulf Ohlsson) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

International trotters headlined today’s card at Les Sables d’Olonne with their Grand Prix for €50,000 going to Uhlan de Val reined by trainer Cedric Megissier. The six year-old son of Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli scored narrowly for his eighth career win, now for €815,390. The 1.7/1 favorite, a winner in 1.14.8kr over 2775 meters, held off veteran Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint-Pol) with J-M Bazire at the lines for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. He’s a 27 time winner of almost €1.7 million. The day’s Quinte+ race of the day had a jackpot of €5.4 million. That race was the Gran Prix de Pontorson atHippodrome de la Mont-Saint Michel. 18 starters battled for the €35,000 purse over 2675 meters, and Sullighan scored in 1.14.4kr as the 1.7/1 favorite for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. JLC Dersoir trains the winner for Ecurie Jeloca. He’s an eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca-Terre de Sauoreuil and he defeated the Damien Bonne teamed Samourai Purple. Good racing has also taken place at various European venues this week. Today at Skelleftea, Juliano Rags (6m Juliano Star-Julia Rags-Super Arnie) took the 3140 meters feature worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Noralf Braekken teamed this winner to his 13th career victory now for earnings of 1,833,026SEK. The Norwegian entrant was timed in 1.14kr over the extended distance as he defeated Mellby Vargtass and Bo Eklof, with third to Denmark’s Bradley reined by Robert Bergh. On the same card Valnes Chilly took the co-feature, also with 100,000SEK first prize, as the six year-old mare by Fill V-Chilly Creek-Giant Chill scored over 2140 meters (turning start) in a good 1.12.9kr, her third 2014 victory. Yesterday at Jagersro (SWE) the featured Elitserien Final (100,000SEK to the winner) over 2140 meters autostart went o favored From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Johnny Takter at the lines for Dusty Stables. He scored in 1.15kr for his fourth career win in just seven starts. His dam Emotional Dust was a good one (1:56, US$195,683) and is from Web Dust (Sugarcane Hanover-US Sushi). On that card the co-featured mile autostart event for older trotters went to I Won’t Dance (8g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory). He scored in 1.11.4kr for Joakim Lofgren to record his 23rd career win in 78 starts for earnings of 6,435,387SEK. Obi Wan was second for Flemming Jensen. Lofgren also scored with lightly raced Bella Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Stella Pride-Love You) in 1.15.7kr over 2140 meters from the turning start. On July 14 at Beaumont de Lomagne (FR) trainer Vincent Martens won both of the top races. Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough-Malabar Man) took the €35,000 purse Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duren in 1.14.8kr over 2550 meters. Christophe Martens reined the winner to his 13th career win as the 2.8/1 choice. The Menhammer Stuteri -bred winner defeated 61/1 longshot Renato Alstare. The monte Prix de Caen went to Martens conditioned United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Jesolo) as the even-money choice with Damien Bonne aboard  in 1.15.2kr over 2550 meters for a purse of €25,000. On July 13 at Amiens (FR) the Prix Vismie for €35,000 drew 16 European starters. Sweden’s Head Line (7g Rite On Line-Farapoli IT-Napoletano) scored for Anthony Duperche, driving for trainer Antonio Ripoll-Rigo. This pair overcame a 25 meter handicap to win timed in 1.16kr. The same day grass-turf experts (16 starters) contested the Saint Jean de Monts for €25,000 over 2625 meters. Super Berry Chenou (8g Jardy-Finaline-Quel Soro) scored at 4.4/1 for J-P Monclin driving for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Ecurie Etoile NV  to earn his 11th win for €193,960 career earnings. Ulk Blue (6m Love You-Just Blue-Cygnus d’Odysse) ended second for Eric Raffin. At L’isle/Sorgue the Gran Pris de Trot de la Ville sur la Sorgue for €32,000, over 2650 meters, went to 3/1 odds Uppercut du Gui (6g Opus Viervil-Altesse du Maroif) reined by Stephane Cingland for Ecurie Franck Anne. He scored in 1.17.2kr for victory eight in his career. At Francheville (FR) J-P Dubois won with homebred Bella Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Queen Flore-Vikings Way) in the Prix Vanika du Ruel over 2475 meters. Patrick Chevrier trains this one as she recorded the maiden win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Fire To the Rain was the 15.6/1 upset winner of today’s €118,600 purse International Ulf Thoresens Minnelop for three year-olds at Jarlsberg Norway. Reined by Ulf Ohlsson, for trainer Reijo Liljendahl and owner Onkel Invest Oy (Sweden), Fire To The Rain scored in 1.12.52kr over the 2100 meters autostart course. The US bred (by Kentuckiana Farms) is a three year-old colt by Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall and the maternal family of Duchess Faye that has yielded other top-flight performers such as Delray Lobell ($549,928), Flex The Muscle ($843,416), All Laid Out ($432,460 also from Adelaide Hall), Undercover Lover ($240,528) and the current North American FFA star Undercover Strike ($378,389). Adelaide Lobell, at age two, was second in the Johnston Memorial, Breeders Crown, International Stallion Stake and the Kentucky Standardbred Sales Company Stake. Fire To The Rain defeated some hot horses as second place Jontte Boy had won five straight and Juniata Hanover and Spartan Kronos entered the contest off three straight wins. Other US-bred performers finished third (Juniata Hanoover, 3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling) and fourth (Chocolate Day, 3m Chocolatier-Day For Night). Finish Postr Horse Dist. Time Kr Driver Premie Kr 1 3 Fire to the Rain (US) 2 100 12,5a Ulf Ohlsson 500 000,- 2 4 Jontte Boy (FI) 2 100 12,6a Tuomas Korvenoja 250 000,- 3 10 Juniata Hanover (US) 2 100 12,9a Frode Hamre 125 000,- 4 9 Chocolate Day (US) 2 100 13,3a Vidar Hop 65 000,- 5 1 Spartan Kronos (IT) 2 100 13,3a Conrad Lugauer 40 000,- 6 5 Da Vinci B.R. 2 100 13,4a Lars Anvar Kolle 20 000,- - 8 Catherine's Cavalli 2 100 14,1a Eirik Høitomt   - 6 Explosive de Vie (US) 2 100 14,3a Jim Oscarsson   - 7 Othello Tilly (SE) 2 100 14,6a g Bjørn Goop   - 2 Snow Breeze W.F. (SE) 2 100 17,6a g Robert Bergh   Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover) set a torrid early pace for Thomas Korvenoja and it set up the longshot winner in good order. Today’s Ulf Thoresens undercard was an excellent one and showcased solid performances by more US-bred trotters. Winners were Ja El Tomcat (5m Chocolatier-Topcat Hall-Conway Hall) in 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters by disqualification of a rival, Spit For Spat (3m Explosve Matter-Ucalthisahoneymoon-Yankee Glide) in 1.15.3kr over 2100 meters and Attorney Hanover (6m Angus Hall-Astrea Hanover-Valley Victory) in 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters. Other US-breds were prominent this day with six finishing second or third, including Moon Dreamer (9g Dream Vacation-Moonwood-Mr. Vic) second in the monte elite, Peel And Stick (4m Donato Hanover-Reinvest-Malabar Man) second as wasWorldrecordsweeper (3m Muscles Yankee-Locksweeper-Lockkeeper) and third place finishers Il Pizzaiolo (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Pizza Dolce-Conway Hall), I’m The Answer (6m Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane), Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Oamaru Raceway could have easily been mistaken for the North Pole today. Not only was it was it freezing cold but Father Christmas was there. And, like every Decemeber, he didn’t disappoint. After starting from the unruly, Father Christmas and driver Brad Williamson looped the field three wide with cover with a lap to go, before surging to the front down the back straight. He then kicked strongly in the home straight to hold off a late challenge from Foreverman. Little Bro was a further two lenghts away in third. The Phil Williamson trained three-year-old, who was greeted in the winners’ circle by a syndicate of owners wearing Santa hats, has now won three of his six starts and placed on a further two occasions. However, had it not been for a couple of mistakes his record could be even more impressive. “Phil (Williamson) has always had a big opinion of him and he seems to be getting more full-proof all the time,” said wife Bev Williamson. “We think he has a pretty big future and he should still get better as he is only three,” she added. By top French stallion Love You, Father Christmas was bred to be good and should continue to get even better. He hails from a family of smart trotters including Dependable, Jo Anne, Shirley Temple, Ima Gold Digger, and Doctor Mickey. Meanwhile, junior reinswomen Samantha Ottley and Kimberly Butt both won two races on the card today and tied for first in the Streamline Freight Drivers Challenge. Kim was successful aboard the Tim Butt trained Pantheon and the Robbie Holmes trained Lurah, who provided her with not only her first double but also her first outside win “Before today I had only ever driven winners for Tim Butt (uncle) and Mark Jones (employer-second cousin),” explained Butt. Ottley was victorious aboard Valmagne and Joe The Hunter and now has a four win lead in the Junior Drivers Premiership over northern reinsman Sailesh Abernethy. By Mitchell Robertson

Four excellent events graced today’s Enghien-Soisy card, including this days’ Quinte+ race. The feature race was the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles for €95,000 contested by 11 European starters over 2150 meters autostart. Timed in 1.11.3kr, the Louis Baudron owned, trained and teamed Village Mystic scored a 12.5/1 upset. The five year-old son of Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account, bred by M.L. Baudron, nailed tiring favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) on the line, by a neck, the latter off at 3/5 for reinsman Franck Nivard. Voltigeur de Myrt was third for Eric Raffin. Winning Village Mystic now has 11 career wins for €720,320 earned. The secondary feature was the €85,000 Gr. III Prix du Louvre over 2875 meters for five year-old Europeans. 11 horses were at the start with the favorite Arlington Dream off at 4.3/1 in a wide-open affair. Clint W. Boko prevailed for the win handled by Robin Bakker in 1.15.1kr. The winner is a five year-old son of Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell, trained by Paul Hagoort for Stable Unlimited. The winner secured his 10th career win now for €297,157. Germany’s Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d’Aunou) was a close second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Josef Franzl and Vive Majyc ended third for Louis Baudron. Plutonio was fourth with J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover) fifth and was  not a factor for Damien Bonne. Arlington Dream was a dq for a miscue.   The Q+ race (jackpot €5.2 million) was the €68,000 Prix du Palais de Chaillot over 2875 meters for Europeans. 18 went postward and the race handled €1,166,918 for win and place only. Italy’s Olimpus Caf scored the victory in 1.14.3kr for Damien Bonne. He’s a six year-old son of Varenne-Eviola’caf-Supergill, owned by Scuderia Mantaro and trained by J-E Le Bec. The win today was his 12th lifetime for €203,259. Germany’s Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux with Tempo (7m Coktail Jet-Haute Voltige) flying  home third for David Thomain. Replay follows: A host of outsiders in the top five exact order generated a great outcome for winning punters. This exact order crew was off at odds of 5,5. 12, 74, 46 and 9/1 respectively. Big fields make for unexpected results and payoffs. The other interesting contest today, also for European entrants, was the €48,000 Prix de Villiers that drew 16 starters over the 2150 meter autostart course. Italy’s Painting Wise took the victory in 1.12.9kr for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi owns the five year-old son of Equinox Bi-Catalina Wise-Supergill as the 1.2/1 favorite defeated Adman Perrine with Franck Nivard and Amiral du Bission and teamster P-Y Verva. The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Wise H and the win today was his 13th in a career that has earned €96,610. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

 Following on from another week's racing the chase for 100 seasonal wins has become that much easier for the Robert Dunn stable. Wins by Florin - Addington Friday and I've Got This - Timaru Sunday, now take the winning tally to 96, just four shy of the ton. The 4yr old Holmes Hanover mare Florin, was having her first start for the Dunn’s after having been at the Woodend stable for just six days. The manner of her winning performance, winning easing down by 2 lengths, suggests that there is far more in store for her and connections before the winter is over. At yesterday's Timaru meeting, it was stable junior reinsman Matt Purvis and I've Got This, that looked a very progressive combination over the upcoming season. Having just his 5th race start, the 3yr old Love You gelding was driven confidently by Purvis throughout.  While the margin was a narrow half head, this was a perfectly executed drive by Matt, who was recording his 5th winning drive for the season from just 63 opportunities. From the same family as top trotter Dr Hook (15 wins) and the well performed Moment Of Truth (22 wins), this guy is one to definitely keep an eye for in future months.      Meanwhile in other premiership news: - Samantha holds a 3 win lead in the junior drivers' - John is now on 90 wins for the season and a chance to get back to back 100's - Dexter is just 4 wins shy of another double-century   By Mike Drury (ROBERT DUNN RACING)

The Robin Bakker teamed, Paul Hogoort trained, Gerrits Recycling owned Tiger Woods As prevailed in today’s £209,000 purse Gr. I Gran Premio Tino Triossi Nazionale at Rome’s Campanelle racecourse. The winner led early, yielded to favorite Rue du Bac to sit the pocket, before storming home in 1.12.6kr over the 2100 meter autostart distance. The son of Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip-Yankee Glide was bred by legendary breeder/owner and Olympian Alwin Schockemohle. The winner inched by Rue du Bac in deep stretch, that ended third for Roberto Andreghetti, as Royal Blessed rallied hard to be second for trainer/driver Wm. Paal. June 29, 2014 Campanelle Rome, Gran Premio Tino Triossi Nazionale, Gr. I, £209,000, 2100 meters autostart, 1.12.6kr 1st Tiger Woods As (4m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip-Yankee Glide), Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Ecurie Gerrits Recycling BV, Denmark – the winner of the 118th German Derby in 2013, breeder Alwin Schockemohle 2nd Royal Blessed (4m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos), Wilhelm Paal trainer/driver 3rd Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way), Robert Andreghetti up for owner J-P Dubois The companion filly Gran Premio Carena Tris went to Rodeo Drive OK (by Conway Hall) in 1.12.8kr over 1600 meters autostart. Pippo Gubellini teamed the winner that defeated Radiofreccia FI (by Ganymede) and Robinia (a daughter of Love You) to earn the winners share of the £55,000 purse. June 29, 2014 Campanelle Rome, Gran Premio Carena Tris Filly, £55,000, 1600 meters autostart, 1.12.8kr 1st Rodeo Drive OK (4f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor), Pietro Gubellini up 2nd Radiofreeccia FI (4f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra), Roberto Vecchione aboard 3rd Robinia (4f Love You-Tagete-Lurabo Blue), Giovanni Fulici up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.

In Sweden trainer Jerry Riordan has experienced a super week to-date. On June 24 at Jagersro, Riordan trainee Rare Wise As scored in 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 15,000SEK first prize.  The four-year-old daughter of Varenne-In Wise As- SJ’s Caviar is owned by Lisa Riordan and was steered by Linda Allercrantz. The Riordan team also won with Paolo America in 1.15.3kr to earn 15,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start contest. Paolo America is a five year-old gelded son of Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell, owned by Lisa Riordan and reined by Allercrantz to her 11th career victory. On June 26 at Aby the Riordan trained, Allercrantz reined Riordan Kronos scored in 1.15.3kr to earn 10,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. The four-year-old gelded son of Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed is owned by Lisa Riordan and secured his first 2014 win in four starts.  Trainer Riordan was also third in the Aby featured Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner) for mares with Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) for owner Francesco Rosselli and driven by Thomas Uhrberg. Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) won this event in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop reined the winner, to her 11th career victory, that defeated Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) with Jorgen Sjunnesson aboard in a close finish. This one was developed in the US by Dan Daley Global Midnight and reinsman Christophe Martens won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance at Enghien. The winner secured her 16th career win for earnings of €274,621 for trainer Vincent Martens. Global Midnight is a seven year-old mare by Ganymede from Global Business by Victory Dream. Take and Tabby Point trailed the winner across the line. The day’s Quinte+ paid €188,246 for an exact order €2 wager. Jackpot this day was €4.4 million. June 26, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Plaisance, European €56,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €4.4 million, 1.14kr 1st Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Christophe Martens, 4.4/1 odds, Victor Martens trainer, 16th lifetime win for €274,621 2nd Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole), Franck Nivard, 6.8/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer 3rd Tabby Point (7m Coktail Jet-Nobody Else), Sebastien Ernault, 70/1, Ulf Nordin trainer At Vichy the €80,000 purse International Prix Pierre Coulon went to favored Uprince with Eric Raffin aboard. Thierry Raffegaeu trains the winner that is now a career earner of over €377,000 from 11 victories. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr to defeat Italy’s 89/1 outsider Oibambam Effe. June 26, 2014 Vichy, Prix Pierre Coulon, International €80,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Eric Raffin, 2.5/1, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 11th career win  for €377,470 2nd Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Salvatore Carro up, 89/1 3rd Sophie du Vif (8f Jenko-Lavalliere de Vif), Aymeric Thomas up, 22/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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