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A field of 14 will contest the September 22 Gr. I Derby Italiano del Trotto (purse 847,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Napoili led by the August 31 elimination winners Axl Rose, Aramis Bar and Alex Mede SM. The elims were raced at Roma Capannelle each for a 22,000€ purse over the 2100 meter autostart course. Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei) won the first batteria for Alessandro Gocciadoro clocked in 1.13.8kr, his ninth victory in 11 starts for 353,019€ earned. Anthony Leone (3m Libreccio Grif) and Ayrton Treb (3m Majestic Son) trailed this winner. Batteria two saw Aramis Bar (3m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar) score in 1.13.3kr for Andrea Guzzinati. He bested Al Capone Steca (3m Napoleon Bar) and Alrajah One (3m Maharajah). Aramis Bar Batteria three went to Alex Mede SM (3m Ganymede-Non Plus SM) timed in 1.15kr with Roberto Vecchione the pilot for trainer Holger Ehlert. Argentovivo (3m Varenne) and Anthony Gar (3m Love You) chased this winner, and also qualified for the Finale. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by two groupe level contests. The first was the Prix Pierre Gamare (Gr. II, monte, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for three-year olds).  Here the 10/1 odds Gainsborough (3m Bird Parker-Redemption Song) sat patiently in the pocket for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois before emerging late for the 1.15.6kr timed length victory over 6/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Judes). Gala was in this event off four straight wins and Paul Pierre Ploquin had this Christophe Chalon trainee on the front from the start until late stretch. The 21/1 Gaia du Pont (3f Memphis du Rib) was a game third with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Franck Bombot. The longshot race winner, trained by Romain Derieux for owner Jan Stins, scored only his third career victory in 14 starts while increasing his life earnings to 100,220€. The Gr. II Prix de Provence (Gr. III, purse 74,000€, 2700 meters voltstart for European five and six year olds) saw the well-bred 4/1 odds Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) score timed in 1.13kr for breeder/owner/pilot Jean-Pierre Dubois. Classic Connection patiently worked his way to the front in front of the grandstand, yielded to 1.3/1 favorite Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) reined by Eric Raffin, and then rolled from the pocket off the final turn to an eventual three length victory. Classic Connection won for the fourth time in his last ten starts, now for 255,120€ in life earnings. The 39/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbro Prestige-Gossip Gal) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Panamera Racing. Third was 21/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Jerry Mom held fourth and fifth was 83/1 Discours Joyeux (6m Goetmals Wood). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Acciaio (3m Love You-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) took this evening’s Premio Going Kronos (purse 600,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) at Jagersro, Sweden, clocked in 1.11.3kr. It was his third 2019 victory in seven starts for the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee that Orjan Kihlstrom piloted for Scuderia Pink and Black. He was off at 1.36/1. Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star) took second for Adrian Kolgjini, also the trainer, and Arden Wise As (3m Ready Cash-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) was third for trainer/driver Gocciadoro. Acciaio pedigree is attached. The undercard to the Gr. I UET Hugo Abergs was a good one and also included the Malmo Stora Prix – Summer Meeting Stayer (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap, 13 starters). Reckless (9m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) scored overcoming a 40 meter handicap, timed in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Dragster (7g Micro Mesh) was second, handicapped 20 meters, and Juan (8g Love You) was third, also penalized 20 meters. Esprit Sisuy (5g Ready Cash-Yankee TL-Cantab Hall) took the Prix La Capelle (100,000SWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.12.4kr with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath. Off at 5.7/1 the winner took his fourth 2019 trip to the winner’s circle in seven starts. Commanche Moon (6m Love You) was second for Joakim Lovgren and Kung Edward (6g Orlando Vici) was third for Peter Ingves. Earlier on the program was the YesBox Mares (200,000SEK first money, 1640 meters, eight starters). The 1.11.1klr timed victory went to 1.3/1 Double Exposure (6f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. She won for the fifth time in eight 2019 appearances. Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) was second for Kim Eriksson and Virginia Grif (5f Varenne) was home third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The classy colt Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) sat the pocket before rolling to victory in Sunday’s Pr Carlo Marangoni Memorial (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Torino, Italy. The Alessandro Gocciadoro trained and reined pupil was timed in 1.12.8kr after Alrajah One set the pace for Enrico Bellei, only to be off the board. Amon You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’SM-Lemon Dra) was second with Antoni0p Greppi at the lines and Antony Leone (3m Libeccio Grif-Gasping Ferm-Lemon Dra) was third. Al Capone Stecca and A Sexygirl Par completed the top five. The winning pedigree photo shows that the first dam was an exceptional winner of over 706,000€. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Tuesday tro,tting action at Paris-Vincennes included the Quinte+ Prix de Chateau-Gontier (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) with that victory to 18.8/1 Popeye Diamant (8g Love You-Jasmin Diamant) reined by trainer Gerhard Biendl for Stall MS Diamanten. Timed in 1.12.1kr the winner increased his life earnings to 130,489€. The 11.1/1 Thor di Girifalco (7g Dream Vacation-Iduna November) with Franck Nivard up was second for trainer/owner Jens Bergmann. The 4.8/1 Ready Ribb (8g Ready Cash-Joyous Sound) took the third check for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of the Goop trained stablemate 108/1 Juvels Boy (8g Olimede) that Matthieu Abrivard teamed. Fifth was the 3/2 favorite DaVinci BR (8g Ken Warkentin-Armbro Barefoot) with Jean Michel Bazire aboard for Mme. Helene Kolle of Norway. The exact order Q+ payoff was 90,583.20€ for a 2€ wager. The Q+ pool was 3,635,583€. On the card was also the Prix de Bercy (purse 39,000€, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) that resulted in a 1.14.1kr timed victory for 8.3/1 Gustafson (6g Quick Wood-Ultimate Lady) with Rick Ebbinge the pilot for trainer Jeroen Engwerda and owner J.A.M. Knipscheer. 4.4/1 Don Salluste (6g Un Amour d’Haufor) took the second check for pilot Francois Lagadeuc, ahead of the 13.1/1 outsider Domino Dream (6g Blue Dream) handled by Franck Nivard. There are a host of groupe contests on February 14th and 17th as shown below. Gotland, Green Grass and General du Parc are in the Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson, a Gr. I event. February 14 Prix Edouard Marcillac (monte Gr. III, 60,000€ purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters) Prix Holly du Locton (Gr. III, 60,000€, 2175 meters, 12 starters) Prix de Nevers (Gr. III, purse 90,000€, 2850 meters, six starters) February 17 Prix Ovide Moulinet (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters) Prix d’Orthez (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2700 meters) Prix du Pontavice de Heussey (Gr. III monte, purse 90,000€, 2175 meters) Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (Gr. I, three year old open, 170,000€ purse, 2700 meters) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Senlis (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The 4.4/1 third choice Cidjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Prima du Guez) scored timed in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. It was her 12th career victory in 45 starts now for 166,780€ earned. The 3.1/1 Caresse (7f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover) was next for David Thomain and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 4.3/1 Celestial Light (8f Love You-Celebrate Light) fir trainer/driver Gerhard Biendl and owner Thomas Kestel. 29/1 Bona Fide (8f Kesaco Phedo) and 13/1 Merles Simone completed the top five. The 2€ exact order Quinte+ payoff was 18,546.20 and the Q+ pool was 3,286,255€. Lightly raced three year olds fillies contested the Prix d’Oloron (purse 38,000€, 200 meters, 11 starters) this day with the 1.16kr timed victory earned by 18/1 Gazelle du Corta (3f Love You-L’Aunou du Fier) with Mathieu Mottier up. The 2.1/1 Goldy Mary (3f Ready Cash-Bloody Mary) was a four length back second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard, and third was 2.1/1 Gloranie des Noes (3f Uniclove) with Thierry Duvaldestin aboard. Yesterday at Krieau (Austria) their featured Prix Jean Pierre Vidal (purse 5,000€, 3100 meters autostart, seven starters) produced a three horse exciting finish timed in 1.1.4kr by the winning 1.6/1 Cashback Pellini (6g Ready Cash-Gulietta Broline) with trainer Gerhard Mayr aboard for Stall Antonshof. The even-money favorite Lord Brodde (8g Mr Pine Chip) took second for trainer/driver Christoph Fischer, and third was 5.1/1 Global Player (12g Ditka Hanover), ahead of 10/1 Sammi Ms (8g Chrome Dei) and 27/1 Vrai Lord (10m Meaulnes du Corta). Also on Sunday was trotting action on the mixed card at Madinina Martinique where the Prix des Tulips (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap, six starters) went to Usly de Visais (11g Defi d’Aunou-Pristina Jet). Clocked in 1.20kr on the turf, he was reined by Alexandre Faive for owner/trainer Corinne Gleize, and increased his career earnings to 154,150€, Ussein Royal (11g Ilium Madrik) was second for driver J.F. Gate and Bonheur Toujour (8g Pablo) took third for driver Manuel Dupelin. The Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000€, 3800 meters distance handicap) went to Boycott (8g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or) that battled back along the inside to win for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton clocked in 1.20.1kr. Boycott earned his eighth career victory and now sports life earnings of 49,060€. Avis Contraire (9g Infant du Bossis) was second with owner/trainer Alexandre Faive at the lines. Third was Argan de Vandel (9g Look de Star) that Miguel Dupelin piloted. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 27, 2019 -  Favorite 5/2 odds Belina Josselyn (8f Love You-Lezira Josselyn-Workaholic) rallied late in the lane for harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire to win the 98th Prix d’Amerique (Gr. I International UET Masters Series 2019, purse 900,000€, 2700 meters) timed in 1.11.7kr. The victory was career number 20 in 63 starts for the now winner of 2,127,430€. The great mare was bred and is owned by Yvan Bernard. Stablemate and 66/1 outsider Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) was second after rallying from behind Readly Express with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Bazire and owner Kolbjoern O. Selmer. Third was 3.2/1 third wagering choice Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) that Bjorn Goop teamed for trainer Timo Numos. The 2018 Amerique held game to the end after enduring the death seat for the final half of the race to nip the tough 14/1 Davidson du Pont (6m Pacha du Pont) that Frank Ouvrie piloted for trainer J-M Bazire, as he raced on the front inner in the later stages after Uza Josselyn led early. The 5.1/1 Propulsion was fifth ahead of 2.8/1 second choice and double Amerique champion Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash) that was sixth after getting away near the end and was sixth over in tier two before making a late attempt to engage the leaders. 191/1 Uza Josselyn (8f Love You) ended seventh. Grand Prix d'Amérique 2019 - La course - Victoire du couple Belina Josselyn & Jean-Michel Bazire Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) battled successfully as the 4/10 favorite to win the Prix Association SIS Autisme France (“Charles Tiercelin”) timed in 1.11.2kr for reinsman Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato, owner Scuderia Bivans and breeder SARL Haras Saint-Martin. This exceptional colt won for the 10th time in 12 career starts now for 397,150€ earned. He was timed in 1.09kr over the final 500 meters as he swept three wide to engage the leader in the final bend. The 7.5/1 Fakir du Lorault (4m Vaillant Cash) was second for Francois Lecanu and trainer Frederic Heon. Third went to 91/1 Fric du Chene (4m Nobody du Chene) for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Julien LeMer. Holy Water (4m Pastor Stephen) at 21/1 and Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove) completed the top five. Face Time Bourbon is cited by some a likely successor to Bold Eagle and Ready Cash as the top International trotteur. Face Time Bourbon on the final bend Face Time Bourbon An explosive rainstorm during the Prix Lalique, also the Prix de Montreal (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) did not deter the winning 9/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Laurent Claude Abrivard. Excellent recorded his fifth career victory now for 177,760€ in career earnings. Race time was a quick 1.11.7kr off very fast fractions set by second finishing 11/1 Elnino Montaval (5m Magnificent Rodney) with Eric Raffin up. The kr rate at the 1500 mark was 1.06.9 and at the 1000 it was 1.09.5kr; 1.11.6kr with 500 meters remaining). Germany’s Portland (5m Ganymede) was third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of 78/1 Eugenito du Noyer (5m Saxo de Vandel) and 163/1 Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream), the latter with legendary Jean-Pierre Dubois driving a shore he bred and owns. Excellent Evangelina Blue winning the Prix Harley-Davidson (the “Camille Blaisot”, Gr. II, 100,000€ purse, monte, 2850 meters, eight starters, harness racing five year olds) began the Prix d’Amerique day at Paris-Vincennes before a huge crowd despite rain and clouds. The winner scored her second straight win at Vincennes and fifth of her career, timed in 1.13.8kr (she won in 1.11.8kr on January 5). Mathieu Mottier was in the irons for owner/trainer Jean Philippe Mary on this five year old daughter of Speedy Blue-Happy Blue who now has life earnings of 220,800€, and today was off at 3.1/1. Easy des Racques (5m Rodrigo Jet) was a 25/1 second for Anthony Barrier and 9/1 Exotica de Retz (5f Prodigious) was a distant third with Delphine Beaufils-Ernault the jockey. The 5/10 favorite Ekeren finished fourth. Evangelina Blue Thomas H. Hicks

Youth was on stage this evening at Paris-Vincennes. The two year-old fillies battled in the Prix Marcel Dejean (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2200 meters autostart, seven starters) with 1.4/1 Girls Talk (2f Brillantissime-Be My Girl) scoring for driver Eric Raffin. Girls Talk is trained by Philippe Allaire for breeder/owner Mme. G. Poulsen-Allaire. The winner is now 4 for 4 in her brief career for 88,200€ earned. The 8.4/1 odds stablemate Graine de Crack (2f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP) took second for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire.  The 8.5/1 Gloria Berry (2f Quaker Jet-Tequila Berry) landed third with owner/trainer Jean-Michel Bazire at the lines. 10/1 Gee (2f Brutus de Bailly) and 1.1/1 favorite Green Grass (2f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) completed the top five. Green Grass raced alongside the winner for much of the contest and weakened late with trainer Sebastien Guarato driving. The three year-old fillies contested the Prix Lameia (purse 42,000€, 2850 meters, 15 three year-old filly starters) with 14/1 outsider Fiorentina Somolli (3f Love You-Quitalia Somolli) prevailing for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard, breeder/owner Ecurie Somolli and trainer Jerome Compas. Race time was 1.15.9kr. The 48/1 Fast Lane (3f Voyage de Reve-Riviera Italienne) rallied for second with owner/trainer Julien Dubois up. Mme. Etiennette Dubois bred this filly. The 9/2 odds Frostie Love (3f Sam Bourbon-Ustie Love) was third with Eric Raffin up for owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Ecurie D bred this one. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Saturday Enghien, France superb harness racing card led off with the Prix St. Martin (purse 55,000 euro, 2875 meters, 11 starters) and the 1.15.7kr timed Italian winner was 5.4/1 Zaniah Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi) with Gabriele Gelormini up for Edwin Legas training for Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi. The 7.4/1 Fable du Plessis (3f Neutron du Cebe) was second for P.Ph. Ploquin, and third was 32/1 Flicka Luxaxelo (3f Mourotais) for driver Franck Ouvrie. The Prix l’Observatoire (prse 55.000 euro, 2150 meters, 15 starters) went to 1.12.1kr timed and 4.8/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet-Une de Bussy) for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. The 5/2 United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) was next for David Thomain and trainer Hans Bot, with 39/1 MY King Of Cash (6g Ready Cash-Inside Broline) third for Gabriele Gelormini. Token Bi (6f Equinox Bi) took fourth for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Edwin Legas and Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, this team a winner earlier. The Saturday Q+ was the Prix Roussillon (purse 48.000 euro, 16 starters, 2150 meters) with a narrow score to 1.12.9kr timed and 15/1 odds Balzac de Sauvigne (7g Lontzac). Michel Lenoir drove and trains the winner that setoff a 25,296 euro exact order payoff. 6.9/1 Romi Mms (8f Turbo Sund) was a game second for J.Ph. Monclin, owner Mitja Slavic (SLO) and trainer Philippe Billard. The 3/1 Azur des Caillons (8m Quaker Jet) was third for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. 3.7/1 Baileyse and 6.2/1 Angelo Am completed the Q+ top five. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Washington (purse 120,000 euro, 1609 meters, 12 starters) produced a track and France mile record 1.08.7kr (1:50.60) by the 3/1 winning Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn). Alexandre Abrivard reined the winner for trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. She now has 17 career wins ion 29 starts for 824,924 euro earned. Uza led and the start and parked 1.2/1 favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici) with Franck Nivard up. Eventually she let Un Mec pass after a brutal struggle and the emerged at top of stretch to put the rival away to easily hold off 15/1 Dijon (5m Ganymede) with Romain Derieux up, and 5.9/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede) reined by Gabriele Gelormini. Un Mec salvaged fourth ahead of 10/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore) with David Thomain driving. Un Mec has career earning of almost 1.9 million euro and Billie has over 1.6 million euro on her card. Sunday action in France includes the eighth Trophee Vert led with Bugsy Malone the favporite despite a 50 meter handicap. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Love You trotter Habibi Inta has taken out the Gr1 $125,000 4yo Trotters Ruby with a dominant all the way performance for Leeston harness racing trainer Paul Nairn. Driven by leading driver Blair Orange Habibi Inta led from the outset and kept up a solid clip for the duration of the race, winning well and beating Izmock and Colin DeFilippi who trailed all the way with the Australian invite Dance Craze running home late into third in the hands of David Butcher.  The race had a sensation at the start with the favourite Enghien causing a false start by galloping in the score up and then being sent to the outside for the second start.  Enghien galloped again in the re-start and his chances were extinguished. Blair Orange said after the race that the draw had worked out well for him with Habibi Inta. "The one draw definitely helped and Paul had the horse in the right space today," he said Habibi Inta trotted the mobile 1609m in 1-56.5 Harnesslink Media   Here is the interview with Julie Maghzal Habibi Inta CROWE HORWATH 4YO RUBY (MOBILE TROT) (Gr1), $125,000, 4YO, 1609m   For 4-year-old trotters. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 1 Habibi Inta 1 fr 62,500.00 2/1 1-56.5   B N Orange P C Nairn 2 9 Izmok 9 fr 18,750.00 7/5 1-56.7 1.40 C J DeFilippi C J & J DeFilippi 3 10 Dance Craze 10 fr 12,500.00 4/4 1-56.8 1.80 D J Butcher A M Golino 4 5 War Machine 5 fr 5,315.00 5/6 1-56.9 2.20 D J Dunn A L Stratford 5 3 Enghien 3 fr 3,955.00 1/2 1-57.2 3.90 R T May G P & Mrs N M Hope 6 11 BD Khaosan 11 fr 3,140.00 11/10 1-57.4 4.60 J W Cox T D Bagrie 7 2 Sertorius 2 fr 3,140.00 8/9 1-58.5 10.40 J I Dickie J W Dickie & J I Dickie 8 7 Smokey Mac 7 fr 3,140.00 6/7 1-59.3 14.40 B G Barclay B R Gray 9 4 Musculus 4 fr 3,140.00 3/3 2-00.5 20.30 Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 10 6 Galleons Victory 6 fr 3,140.00 9/8 2-06.1 48.20 J R Dunn Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett 11 13 Massive Metro U1 fr 3,140.00 12/12 2-07.2 53.90 T W Mitchell Ms M J Wallis & B P Hackett 12 12 Bonnie Highlander 12 fr 3,140.00 10/11 2-21.1 123.00 G D Smith R J Dunn $125,000.00   Scratchings SCR 8 Credit Master 8                     Divs: $2.70. $1.30. $3.30. $2.40. Quinella $30.60. Trifecta $209.70. TAB Double[races-4,5]:(13,1) $9.90. TAB Conc.:(13,9) $41.20. First4 $2655.10. Quaddie[races-2,3,4,5]:(4,5,13,1) $33.30. Margins: 1 1/2 lengths, 1/2 neck, 1/2 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-56.5 Last 800m: 58.2 Last 400m: 29.0 Placed Horses:       Habibi Inta 2013 4 B h Love You - Ten To One   (by Sundon)    Trainer: P C Nairn, Leeston    Owner: Julie Maghzal    Breeder: Gaby Maghzal,Julie Maghzal    Izmok 2013 4 B g Muscles Yankee - Belle Galleon   (by Sundon)    Trainer: C J & J DeFilippi, Broadfield    Owner: C J DeFilippi, Templeton Family Trust, C C Alcock, Mrs C A Alcock    Breeder: K K Chapman    Dance Craze 2013 4 Br m Muscle Hill - La Coocaracha   (by Safely Kept)    Trainer: A M Golino, Victoria    Owner: Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd    Breeder: Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd

VINCENNES, FR - The great mare Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Joselyn), off at 5.2/1, with trainer J-M Bazire up, won the Grand Prix de France today, the second leg of the 2018 France Triple Crown, with a powerful stretch drive to nip the game pacesetter Bold Eagle on the line. Timed in 1.10.2kr (fractions 1.06.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.08.9kr at the 1000; 1.10.3kr with 500 remaining), a new race record having lowered the 1.10.3kr of Ready Cash in 2011. Belina rallied late and five wide after being shuffled back from post three to record her 18th career win in 46 starts now for €1,442,230 earned for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. Timone EK led early and then 1.2/1 favorite Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) moved three wide to the lead for Franck Nivard on a quick front 600 meters.  The Eagle continued on the lead with 46/1 Wild Honey, Timone EK and then 2.1/1 Propulsion in pursuit, with 54/1 Ringostarr Treb working closer from post 15.  Belina then got loose for Bazire and mounted her relentless wide charge in the lane for the narrow score over Bold Eagle. Between these two horses going to the wire was Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae) for the Orjan Kihlstom, Daniel Reden and Stall Zet team to grab third place by just a half length. The 31/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Guy Barou. Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral) flattened to be fifth for Gabriele Gelormini, Jerry Riordan and EVAM Racing. The 39/1 Uza Josselyn (7f Love You-Teza Josselyn) and 46./1 Wild Honey (6f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy) completed the top seven. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - The regally-bred International Moni showed his grit to win Saturday's $165,838 Simcoe Stakes for harness racing sophomore trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of 12 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings competed in the annual Grand Circuit event. International Moni, a son of Love You-Moni Maker, was made the 3/5 favourite and lived up the hype. The Frank Antonacci trainee and driver Scott Zeron got away fifth in the early going, while R First Class pocket-pulled and secured the lead heading to the half. R First Class posted a half of :57.1 and led into the far turn, while International Moni came first up and grinded his way up to the leader at three-quarters in 1:26. The stretch drive was a duel between R First Class and International Moni, as neither wanted to give in. At the wire, International Moni prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Magic Night finished third, while Dunbar Hall was fourth. "Heading into the first turn I didn't know what was going to happen," said Zeron post-race. "We had a lot of us heading into there, so I just protected my position, was able to control when I came first up with him and he had to work today coming first up and coming home in :27.3, it was big." Owned and bred by Moni Maker Stable, International Moni is now five for seven this season to bring his career totals to six wins and over $500,000 earned. The Lindy Farms star will now prepare for next Saturday's Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. International Moni paid $3.20 to win. Mark McKelvie

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

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