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Columbus, OH --- Racing fans looking to cheer on USA representatives Maven and Uncle Peter in Sweden’s Elitlopp on Sunday morning, May 25, can do so from home by accessing this link, Maharajah.se., to a Swedish site that is broadcasting the race live. There is a translate to English button on the site's home page. The Elitlopp can also be viewed and wagered on at The Meadowlands Racetrack, which will open its doors at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday for the simulcast from Sweden. Contested at Stockholm’s Solvalla Racecourse, The Elitlopp, is considered one of the most prestigious harness races in the world. Each year, 16 star equine athletes from around the globe are invited to Stockholm for the event. Two U.S. representatives got the invite for 2014. Top class U.S. trotters Maven, trained by Jonas Czernyson, and Uncle Peter of the Jimmy Takter Stable look to bring Elitlopp victory to the U.S. for the first time since the great Moni Maker’s win in 1998. Arch Madness gave strong performances in the Elitlopp in 2012 and 2013, but never won the race, finishing second both times. The first elimination race, featuring Maven and regular driver Yannick Gingras from post six will be contested at 8:55 a.m. (EDT). The second elimination, in which Uncle Peter will start from post three with David Miller, is slated for 9:22 a.m.  The top four horses from each race will then compete in the Elitlopp final, set to go off at 11:35 a.m. by Allison Conte, for the USTA

Today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix des Ducs de Normandie went to the legendary veteran trotter Roi de Lupin for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. J-M Bazire teamed the winner to victory in 1.12.7kr over 2450 meters. He earned his 26th career win and the winner’s share of the €150,000 purse raised lifetime earnings to €1,636,450. Swedishman and Reve de Beylev followed the winner home in a good field that also included Turbo Jet, Uhlan du Val, Tiego d’Etang and other upper-class “trotteurs”. Summary follows. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, €150,000, 16 starters over 2450 meters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ jackpot €8.75 million 1st Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer/owner/breeder J-P Marmion, his 26th win for €1,636,450, 2.3/1 odds 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver, 4/1 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 28/1 4th Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d’Amour-Elite d’Atout), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 20/1 5th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 7/1 Beaten field included 3.8/1 Tiego d’Etang, Quinoa du Gers, Axelle Dark, Valse Darling, Sam Gibus, Valse Castelets, Talicia Bella. The Caen undercard, conducted on this perfect May day before a huge gathering, featured graded monte action. Four year-old Love You stallion Airport took the Gr. II Prix Henri Balliere with a €120,000 purse. The winner was handled by Eric Raffin and scored in 1.13.7kr by open lengths for trainer Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes. The favorite winner boosted his lifetime earnings to over €197,000. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Henri Balliere, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2450 meters, 13 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Eric Raffin up for Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes, 1.5/1 favorite, his fifth win for €197,400 2nd Albertains (4m Power Jet-Nymphe de Feugeres), Julien Raffestan up for J-E Senet, 41/1 3rd Athos du Roc (4m Odeisis de Vandel-Herbe des Brouets), Franck Nivard up for trainer D-J Brault, 14/1 The Gr. I Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteurs for €150,000 went to the “jazzman”, Bird Parker with Yohan Lebourgeois up. Phillipe Allaire trains the winner for Elisabeth Allaire, as he crushed his foes to score in 1.13.8kr. Career earnings of this one are now just short of €262,000. Bird Parker has favorably responded to the switch to monte competition as his last three monte starts have been exceptional. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteur/Prix Jeux Equestres Mondiaux, Gr. I monte, €150,000, 14 starters, 2450 meters, 1.13.8kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire, breeder M.C. Toulorge, 1.1/1 odds, his third win for €261,980 2nd Barbar des Brouets (3m Giant Cat-Pin Up des Brouets), Philippe Masschaele up, 9/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy aboard, 64/1 Aged monte campaigners, 19 of them in fact, battled in the €65,000 Prix du Calvados ov2nd er 2450 meters. Uppercut de Manche took the inside route to victory for Damien Bonne, in the irons for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, to score in 1.13.8kr to pick up his 11th lifetime win, now with earnings of €240,450. He was the even money favorite and defeated the 13/1 Tun Winner, a son of Kaisy Dream that stood one season in North America. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix du Calvados, European monte, €65,000, 2450 meters, 19 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche-Coktail Jet), Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, 1/1 odds, 11th career win for €240,450 2nd Tun Winner (7g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere), S-E Pasquier up, 13/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence, 33/1 Good three year-olds took to the sulky in the €36,000 Prix de la Touques over 2200 meters autostart. The Ready Cash sired Bold Eagle took this one impressively for Jean-Etienne Dubois as the 4/5 favorite. He recoded victory five in a brief career with the win over Black Gold, a son of Sam Bourbon and now trained by Franck Leblanc after being recently acquired at public auction. May 14, 2014, Caen, Prix de la Touques, three year-olds, €36,000, 2200 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.15kr 1st Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean Etienne Dubois, driver/trainer/owner/breeder, 4/5 favorite, fifth win for €52,550 2nd Black Gold (3m Sam Bourbon-Seldovia), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer 3rd Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), G. Delacour trainer/driver On the May 13 evening card at Paris-Vincennes three year-olds did battle with J-M Bazire winning both the female and male contests with Babylone Seven and Bandit Charentais. Summaries follow: May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Murzim, €42,000, 2700 meters for females, 9 starters, 1.17.3kr 1st Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Faux-Nyala), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 2.7/1 2nd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 7/10 favorite 3rd Balva Miontaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Eric Raffin up, 46/1 4th Belle d’Hommeur (3f Password-Place l’Honneur), Julien Dubois trainer/dri ver, 8/1 May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Hesperia, €36,000 for males, 2200 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Bandit Charentais (3m So Lovely Girl-Here I Am), J-M Bazire up for J-M Baudouin, 9/10 favorite 2nd Bambino du Mont (3m Quitus de Mexique-Porta Mag), Pierre Vercruysse up for A-P Schmitt trainer, 50/1 3rd Bazooka Nep (3m Quatre Juillet-Star de Gautiers), Damien Bonne for Sebastian Guarato trainer, 20/1 Of other interesting note the veteran 11 year-old Commander Crowe makes his first 2014 start on May 17 at Wolvega. 1 Oaks de Villeneuve, L.G.M. De Groote 2 Lobell Countess, M.F. Rothengatter 3 Commander Crowe, R. Bakker 4 Sage de Bresles, H.W. Langeweg jr. 5 Quito de Roche, J.H. Schwarma 6 Picardo, C. De Groote 7 Attrape Moi, C.F. Kamminga 8  Andriy Fortuna, P.J. Strooper UET Masters Series point leaders were also announced. The final will be in September in Copenhagen. Elitloppet starter Timoko ranks second with other last weekend winners Univers de Pan and Roxane Griff near the top. 1 ITALIE MACK GRACE SM(M 8) 3300 2 FRANCE TIMOKO(M 7) 3050 3 FRANCE ROXANE GRIFF(F 9) 2275 4 FRANCE UNIVERS DE PAN (M 6) 2100 5 SUEDE COMMANDER CROWE(H 11) 2000 6 SUEDE NAHAR(H 9) 1900 7 FRANCE UP AND QUICK(M 6) 1650 8 FRANCE SAVE THE QUICK(F 8) 1600 9 SUEDE SANITY(H 8) 1550 10 ITALIE NAPOLEON BAR(M 7) 1500 11 SUEDE PANNE DE MOTEUR(M 6) 1400 12 FRANCE TEXAS CHARM(M 7) 1275 13 SUEDE MAHARAJAH(M 9) 1250 14 ITALIE PASCIA'LEST(M 5) 1200 15 FRANCE TIEGO D'ETANG(M 7) 1150 16 ITALIE OWEN CR(M 6) 1150 17 FRANCE READY CASH(M 9) 1100 – retired or is he ? 18 SUEDE SEBASTIAN K.(M 8) 1050 – now in USA 19 FRANCE THE BEST MADRIK(M 7) 1025 - retired 20 SUEDE DEUXIEME PICSOUS(M 7) 1000 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

US import Beer Summit took today's Berth Johanssons Memorial at Umaker, Sweden for driver Ulf Ohlsson. The five-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl scored in 1.13.3kr over the 2140 meters autostart course to record his eighth career success. Blended Scotch and Quid Pro Quo trailed the winner. The race could produce an Elitloppet starter. Beer Summit joins an exceptional group of winner of this race including 2014 Prix d'Amerique victor Maharajah. On the same card another US import, Hard Livin, scored in the Gold Division for Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. The son of SJ's Caviar is a consistent upper level performer in Sweden and today he was victorious in 1.11.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance. May 10, 2014 Umaker SWE, Berth Johanssons Memorial, 200,000SWEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.3kr 1st Beer Summit (5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl), Ulf Ohlsson up, his eighth win in 35 outings for earnings of 3,242,011SEK 2nd Blended Scotch (5f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit), Per Linderoth the reinsman 3rd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson up on this winner of 11 in 28 starts for 4,374,707SEK PRIOR WINNERS 2013-04-27 David Sisu h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious Johnny Takter Petri Salmela 1.12,8a 2140 18.62 150 000 Panne de Moteur On Track Piraten 2012-04-28 Formula One h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of Erik Adielsson Stig H Johansson 1.12,4a 2140 1.78 200 000 Kadett C.D. Haraldinho 2011-04-30 Caballion h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick Fredrik B Larsson Henrik Larsson 1.12,6a 2140 6.00 200 000 Select Yankee Monster Drive 2010-04-24 Maharajah h Viking Kronos - Chili Khan Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 1.13,4a 2140 1.08 200 000 Calamara Donna Lord Capar May 10, 2014 Umaker SWE, Gold 200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 1.11.4kr 1st Hard Livin (7m SJ's Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream), Daniel Reden trainer/driver 2nd David Sisu (6m Lindy Lane-Keystone Delicious-American Winner), Ulf Ohlsson up 3rd Trustworthy As (10g, Dream Vacation-Keep the Word-Nevele Pride), Henrik Svensson the driver by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Gros Bios-based Dutchman Ron Kuiper looks to have a rising monte star in his stable in A Nous Deux who heads the field in the 120,000 euro Group two Prix Rene Palyart at Vincennes tonight. The mare is owned by legendary French breeder Jean Pierre Dubois and is one of two in the race by Goetmals Wood. The well-travelled Kuiper was introduced to the Fabulous Gros Bois training centre when a stable lad for Stefan Hultman, the trainer for the powerful Travkompianet Stall AB, when they would rent boxes of Pierre Vercruysse in the early 2000s. Now established in France on his own account, Hultman's stable star Maharajah is still a regular winter visitor to Kuiper's training barn as Hultman and Kuiper maintain a close relationship. A Nous Deux is coming off a last start fourth in the Prix Beaumanoir a 4-5YOs event at Vincennes, after beating her own age group in the last two montes that have been contested for the A-generation, the Prix Louis le Bourg and Prix de Pardieu. These were her first two attempts at group racing, and she will be once again partnered with top rider Nathalie Henry, and they are at short odds to go three from three. His likely toughest opposition comes from ex-pat Swede's Ake Kristoffersson's Airport, a Love You stallion from the powerful Ecurie des Charmes. Airport, was a close second in the Prix Louis le Bourg after leading for most of the journey and then ran down the field under harness in the Prix Phaeton, his first attempt at group racing in the bike. Eric Raffin will be up for the stallion's second group race under saddle, who looks bred for the part. Airport is from the same family as top monte specialist Quarry Bay, a runner-up in the Prix de Cornulier. Laurent Claude Abrivard is represented by the well supported Agrippine a mare by Hasting who will be ridden by Alexandre Abrivard. She was a runner up in the group one monte, Prix de Vincennes but has galloped in her last two monte races and was a distant ninth last start in the Prix Phaeton under harness. Pierre Coignard lines up group two Prix Camille de Wazierres winner Al Capone Jet a son of Jag de Bellouet who will be ridden by Matthieu Abrivard. He has galloped both times since his prestigious group two win in January. Asana Trembladaise, a well performed daughter of Kuadro Wild steps out with trainer Anthony Dollion in the saddle. A runner up in the group one Saint-Leger Des Trotteurs last year, she had two group two monte wins in a row at the start of the winter meeting, but has been unplaced in three starts since the start of the year. Thierry Duvaldestin has entered Aquarelle de Fael a daughter of Look de Star who, has a group two placing under saddle, and will be ridden by Franck Nivard. PRIX RENE PALYART Vincennes 29/04/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 4YO €120,000 1 Arabole du Varlet (s Magnificent Rodney - Gabole du Varlet) Rd: Jerome Dave Tr: Martial Dupuis 2 Aureness (s Mercenaire - Ornaise de Morgane) Rd: Romain Christian Larue Tr: Romain Christian Larue 3 Airport (h Love You - Pivoine) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Ake Kristoffersson 4 Agrippine (s Hasting - Moqueuse) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 5 Aston Fly (h Hermes de Montfort - Quie Daidou) Rd: Jonathan Carre Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 6 Aquarelle de Fael (s Look de Star - Nadia Pierji) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 7 Al Capone Jet (h Jag de Bellouet - Passion de Morgane) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Pierre Coignard 8 A Nous Deux (s Goetmals Wood - Nina Madrik) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Ronny Kuiper 9 Atwood Griff (h Goetmals Wood - Qualane Griff) Rd: Damien Bonne Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Asana Trembladaise (s Kuadro Wild - Passion d'Alban) Rd: Anthony Dollion Tr: Anthony Dollion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Olympiatravet, or the Olympia Trot is the first Group One of the new season for harness racing in Sweden and befitting its history it has drawn a stellar field of Scandinavian trotters. The UET Masters Series race, which has been a fixture at Aby since 1984 is worth 1.5 million SEK (330 000 euros) and is raced over two laps, or 2140m. This is a race whose alumni present a creme de la creme of European racing. Last year's winner was none other than Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah, while the two previous winners were both Elitloppet winners, Commander Crowe and Brioni. The greatest trotter of all time Varenne won the race twice (2000 and 2002), while US champions who have had a marked impact on the breed in Europe such as Pershing (1979) and Sugarcane Hanover (1988) have etched the name on the honour roll. And a Swedish horse who has repaid some of that debt and influenced modern North American breeding, Meadow Road (the sire of Kadabra), also won the race, back in 1985. A US stallion Texas, is joint top sire with three individual winners in Grades Singing (1987), Karate Chop (1991) and dual winner Copiad (1996-7). Italian-bred but of pure US bloodlines, and the most influential sire of the millennium in Sweden, Viking Kronos also has three winners including Maharajah (who holds the record with 1.11.0 (1.54.1MR)), with stallion sons Triton Sund (2009) and Thai Thanic (2006). Swedish star Gidde Palema with 3 wins in a row from 2003 has won the race more times than any other although four horses have won it twice. Leading the trainers and drivers' honours are legendary horseman Stig Johansson and an addition to US ranks, champion mentor Ake Svanstedt, who have both trained four winners of the race, who by virtue of driving their charges each time, both also top the drivers honours with four. Stig Johansson is back again this year with Kash's Cantab (by Cantab Hall), although he leaves the driving these days to Erik Adielson. Svanstedt of course is busy with Sebastien K, who ran third in this race last year, and the rest of his team ready for a campaign in the States at his Florida base. But there is certainly plenty of stars left in Europe to provide a stellar lineup. How about last year's Elitloppet winner Sanity? Check. This year's Prix de France winner (the biggest race in France over the same distance) Noras Bean? Check. The best horses in Norway (Yarrah Boko ) and Finland (Brad de Veluwe)? Check. Raja Mirchi, who won the top races in Sweden for both 2YO and 3YO and also won this year's Prix Tenor de Baune in France, is also in the lineup. Throw in the in form V75 stalwarts Mr Picolet, Harry Haythrow and Ed You, and the stage is set for a super showdown. OLYMPIATRAVET Abby 26/04/14 SE UET Masters Series Group I Int 2 140 All 330,000 euros 1         Kash's Cantab h   Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash   Erik Adielsson   Stig H Johansson      2         Ed You v   Love You - Lancia Brick   Robert Bergh   Robert Bergh            3         Mr Picolit h   Scarlet Knight - Good Enough   Jorma Kontio   Raoul Engblom            4         Brad de Veluwe h   Andover Hall - Amazing Ride   Tuomas Korvenoja   Tuomas Korvenoja      5         Raja Mirchi h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec   Lutfi Kolgjini   Lutfi Kolgjini          6         Solvato h   Donato Hanover - Solveig   Veijo Heiskanen   Veijo Heiskanen     7         Sanity v   Love You - Flash Light   Örjan Kihlström   Malin Löfgren     8         Yarrah Boko h   Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten   Ulf Ohlsson   Trond Anderssen        9         Harry Haythrow v   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda   Peter Untersteiner   Johnny Johansson     10         Noras Bean h   Super Arnie - Easy Bean   Stefan Söderkvist   Ulf Stenströmer   by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

This year we might have the chance to see American trotters participate, like Market Share and Maven! Make your plans now! There's an old saying that you can't get people in horse racing to agree on just about anything, but anyone who's ever been to Stockholm for the Elitlopp agrees it's an experience no harness racing devotee should miss. Quite literally, you've never seen anything quite like it. It's a bit like the Little Brown Jug as you have over 35,000 enthusiastic Swedes and other Europeans cheering on 16 of the best trotters in the world. And the Elitlopp takes place in Stockholm, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, at a time of year when the weather is unbeatable. Many people also enjoy the chance to visit the resplendent Menhammar Stud, Sweden's largest breeding facility, just outside the city. You'll certainly be familiar with many of the stallions there (Maharajah, From Above, Going Kronos, Chocolatier and others). Maybe the best part of the Equitours Elitlopp Tour is that all the details of the trip---lodging, transportation, sightseeing tour----are taken care of for you. All you need to do is enjoy! If you want a reference on Equitours, contact us and we'll be happy to give you the names of others have who enjoyed the Equitours experience, or contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society: (+1) 609 371 2211 or email to moihambs@aol.com * You can get full details on the 5-day trip (4 nights) by clicking here. * If you prefer to have a light program of 3-nights please click here. * If have any questions, or wish book the tour please email info@equitours.se The entire Elitlopp experience in Stockholm will be one you'll never forget. Equi Tours Sweden AB | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | www.equitours.se info@equitours.se | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Fax: +46 (0)40 30 58 05 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

Beer Summit (5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl) won today's Kat. 3 event at Bollnas, Sweden earning 30,000SEK first prize with his 1.14.8kr score over 2140 meters autostart. Missing from the field was the scratched Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah. Beer Summit was reined by Jorma Kontio for the Arctic Light Stable. The 2013 import from the US last raced there on May 22, 2013 and won for driver Andrew McCarthy in 1.10.1kr. He was making his initial 2014 appearance and now has posted seven career wins in 33 starts for 3,199,011SEK earned. Beer Summit won the Standardbred Stake at Delaware, OH in 2012 timed in a stakes record 1:56.1h for trainer Noel Daley, Trustworthy As was second today for Henrik Svensson with Miss Sue V third for Daniel Reden. Nobody takes feature at Kincsem Park, Hungary Nobody, a six year-old son of Tony Oaks took Saturday’s featured Scott Palmer DIJ at Kincsem Park. Owned, trained and driven by Emil Csordas, the veteran wore down the leader in late stretch and  scored in 1.16.5kr over 1900 meters autostart, to secure the winners’ share of the 500,000Huf purse as the narrow 2.7/1 favorite. The Allison Hollow stallion, Jackpot Star, rallied late to be second over pacesetting Orangyal, a six year-old Wall Street Banker mare. April 5, 2014 Kincsem Park, Scott Palmer DIJ, 500,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart, 7 starters, 1.16.5kr 1st Nobody (7m Tony Oaks-Gunnel Diadem), Emil Csordas owner/trainer/driver, 2.7/1 2nd Jackpot Star (11m Allison Hollow-Aniko Star), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver up, 12.8/1 3rd Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo), Balazs Juhasz up for trainer Pal Vicen, 2.8/1 The undercard saw victories engineered by the good mares Amazing Lobell (by Incredible Crafts) in 1.15.6kr over 1800 meters in the Demure Handicap (an impressive gate to wire score) and Oklahoma Font (by Toss Out) in the Colocaid DIJ over 1960 meters autostart. The Muscles Yankee five year-old mare PS I Love You was second in this contest with the Love You filly Raffaella SM ending third by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Stefan Hultman's Maharajah makes his first appearance since his dramatic Prix d'Amerique victory on Friday at Bollnas, Sweden after a brief stallion duty season. An apparent over-matched group faces the champion over 2140 meters autostart for 30,000SEK first money. Orjan Kihlstrom will pilot Maharajah. Reportedly , trainer Hultman will point Maharajah to the Olympiatravet in Sweden and then later in August come to the United States to compete in the John Cashman Memorial at the new Meadowlands. April 11, 2014 - Bollnas, 30,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 7 starters Ed You, Robert Bergh Lamal Jubb, Kajsa Frick Beer Summit, Jorma Kontio Miss Sue V, Daniel Reden Trustworthy As, Hanrik Svensson Maharajah, Orjan Kihlstrom Angelo, Johan Untersteiner by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

With the first Group Swedish one of the season, the 300,000 euro Olympiatravet or Olympia Trot only three weeks away, the big guns of Scandinavian racing are emerging, including Noras Bean, the winner of this year's French group one Prix de France, who will take his place in the LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro this weekend. Axevalla trainer Ulf Stenstromer will line up his son of Super Arnie for the first time since his lightning raid to France in February, where he carried off the second of the prize jewels of the French triple crown, with another Swede, Maharajah, of course, winning the first, the Prix d'Amerique. He has drawn two which will give him well placed to get off to a flying start in this 2140m race, a sprint in Scandinavian terms, and the same distance he won the Prix de France so brilliantly. Reigning Swedish champion On Track Piraten will have Erik Adielsson at the helm for Rattvik trainer Hans R Stromberg and will be looking to continue the excellent recent form. "The Pirate" capped off a breakthrough 2013 year when he captured his first international group one with a win in the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland(G1) in Hamburg, which he added to his first group two in Sweden, the C.L.Müllers Memorial before capping it off with his win in the Svenskt Mästerskap(Gr2) or Swedish Championshiop in Aby in December. The altered son of Kool du Caux then travelled on to his sire's birthplace France in January and picked up two meritorious second placings in rich international group three races in Vincennes, to take his earnings past the 600,000 euro mark. This will be his first race since returning to Sweden for a short spell although he has drawn the outside of the front line. Jorma Kontio will be aboard last year's Group one Copenhagen Cup winner Mr Picolet a son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight. Mr Picolet , who had three wins and three placing from seven starts last season proved his sharpness when he ran second in his first start back for 2014 at his home track Axevalla a fortnight ago to US import Shaq Is Back. Something of a late bloomer, as many of these Franco-Americans are (there is not one pureblood US standardbred in the race), the now seven-year-old Mr Picolet has won exactly half (18) of his 36starts and accumulated just over 380,000 euros. Anders Svanstedt, whose father Ake won this event last year with Sebastien K, lines up with New Line, a Danish-bred son of King Conch who ran second in the Hambletonian, and a successful siring half-brother to Swedish supersire Viking. Group one winner Deuxieme Picsous will have Johnny Takter this week in the bike for Johan Lejon and will be looking to improve on March 15th seventh placing in the gold division heat. Also in that race was tough German horse Bagley, who will also line up here for Conrad Lugauer and will be better for his two recent runs . LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro 05/04/14 V75 gold division 2140m 301,500SEK (33,816.69 EUR) 1 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Christoffer Eriksson Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 2 Noras Bean (h Super Arnie - Easy Bean) Dr: Stefan Söderkvist Tr: Ulf Stenstromer 3 New Line (g King Conch - Pa'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Orjan Kihlström Tr: Anders Svanstedt 4 Lord Capar (h Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr: Thomas Dalborg Tr: Mats Karlsson 5 Bagley (g Bartali Ok - Novel Boshoeve) Dr: Conrad Lugauer Tr: Conrad Lugauer 6 Mr Picolit (h Scarlet Knight - Good Enough) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Raoul Engblom 7 Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr: Johnny Takter Johan Lejon 8 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Hans R Stromberg 9 Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini’s star Raja Mirchi, is seen by many as the heir apparent to another Swedish star with a name reminiscent of Subcontinent royalty, Maharajah. There are many similarities. Both are sons of Viking Kronos, Raja Mirchi out of  a half French mare in Dame Lavec, by Quito de Talonay (Florestan) out of a mare by Speedy Crown,  while Maharajah is out of Chilli Khan by a son of Speedy Crown out of a half-French mare by Tibur. Both are former Swedish Travkriterium winners and both  won big races in France as six-year-olds  to earn their first places in the Prix d’Amerique, Maharajah winning the Prix de Belgique in 2011, finishing second in that year’s PDA while Raja Mirchi won the Prix Tenor de Baune  in 2013 before finishing 11th, a place in front of Maharajah in Royal Dream’s 2013 PDA win. Raja Mirchi has some way to go before he gets close to the “Emperor” but the 2012 Masterkap winner (Swedish Champion) has already won group races in Sweden, France, Norway and Italy  indeed has  something of a point to prove after a disappointing 6YO season, which had started so well, with that Prix  Tenor De Baune victory. But his seven-year-old campaign (which actually started in December) has started brightly with two wins out of last three starts, and though he did not go to France as intended, he will be primed to continue his good run with a great draw in the Olympiatravet qualifier, Group II UET Masters Series at Solvalla which is also the Gold division final of March’s V75 series. He will meet the inform Sanity and his conqueror from last week, Harry Haythrow, the grand warhorse and the up and coming force that is Dreams Takes Time, a Breeders Crown champion  last year in a very good field. Olympiatravet qualifier Solvalla 2014-03-29 Group II UET Masters Series, 2140m 1         Labero Broline (h   Pine Chip - Armbro Natural)  Dr: Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth               2         Raja Mirchi (h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini                3         Sanity (g  Love You - Flash Light)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Malin Löfgren               4         Yanantin Boko (g   Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko)   Dr: Darren Mizzi   Tr: Olle Alsén           5         Harry Haythrow (g   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda)   Dr: Peter Untersteiner   Tr: Johnny Johansson             6         Montgomery Gel (h   Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Timo Nurmos                7         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg   Tr: Mats Karlsson                8         Dreams Take Time (h   Andover Andover - B.My Honey)   Dr: Johnny Takter   Tr: Lars I Nilsson                9         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull)   Dr: Torbjörn Jansson   Tr: Erik Lindegren         Dave Sanders

Orjan Kihlstrom today piloted Panne de Moteur to victory at Solvalla in the featured Kentucky Fibber. The pair covered 1640 meters autostart in 1.13.5kr to secure the first prize of 100,000SEK. The winner now has 16 career wins for earnings of 6.79SEK million. Panne de Moteur is owned by Travkompaniets Stall (owner of Maharajah) and Menhammar Stuteri and is a six year-old son of Credit Winner from Hambletonian Oaks winner Jalopy by Donerail. At Jagersro (Sweden) Dreams Take Time, a five year-old son of Andover Andover, took the featured Kvallspostens Marspokal in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Johnny Takter teamed the winner to his 17th career win in 35 starts. He earned 70,000SEK first money with this victory. Propeller (by SJ's Photo) was second for Kenneth Haugstad. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

It is common practice in France, but standing a stallion at stud while pursuing an active racing career is a rarity in the United States. So when Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, New Jersey decided to stand their $2.2 million trotting star Wishing Stone at stud while also continuing his track career, it sent a buzz of excitement through the industry. Keeping stars racing is a proven formula for maintaining the public interest in Europe, and of course Wishing Stone himself has already proven himself highly competitive on both sides of the ditch, even more so considering his European sojourn was conducted when he was just four and five-years-old, a mere baby in European terms. And the news that he will also be available to European breeders has been warmly received – he has been oversubscribed already in Europe for services for the upcoming season – aware as they are that many of the top sires in Europe have competed successfully as an aged horse there – with Scarlet Knight and SJ’s Photo prime examples. “Wishing Stone brings to breeders, durability and longevity.   An exceptional colt and aged performer, it is likely his offspring will inherit those qualities,” says Sue Agopian, managing partner at Deo Volente Farms. Wishing Stone certainly ticks all the boxes as a potential stallion, a world record holder with major wins in four countries, the United States, France, Sweden and Denmark – he also competed in some of the very best races in Europe –where only the elite are invited. In France they pay down to seventh, and a placing in a group one event is the equivalent of a black type credential, with many going on to successful stud careers simply with the words classique or semi-classique on their CV. It showed they were good enough to race against the very best. Take Wishing Stone’s seventh placing in the 2011 Prix de France, one of the French Triple Crowns, the absolute jewels in the sparkling European circuit where the royally-bred French, Swedish and Italian elite race The winner of the Prix de France in 2011 was none other than Ready Cash, the greatest horse of a great generation in France. A dual Prix d’Amerique winner and winner of last year’s Masters du Trot grand final, he retired last month as the richest trotter in history with earnings of 4,282,300 euros (US $5,953,675).  . Second was Maharajah, the greatest horse that Sweden has produced in decades and the winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique, while third was Lana Del Rio, a multiple Group One winning Italian millionaire mare, who beat the boys in Italy’s richest race, the Italian Derby. Fifth was Olga du Bewitz who retired as the twelfth richest horse of all time in France, and the best of her generation with wins in the world championship of saddle racing, the Prix du Cornulier and under harness a win in the Prix de Bretagne and a third placing in the Prix d’Amerique. These races mean little to American breeders, but mean plenty to those in Europe and again Wishing Stone appeared in this blue ribbon event as a 4YO, which is incredibly young in European terms. Wishing Stone not only competed against the best trotters in the world on their own turf, he won several of their biggest races. When he came from an almost impossible position, with a withering sprint to win the Copenhagen Cup, he ran down Quarcio du Chene, a Group One winner (Finlandia-Ajo) and one of Sweden’s best aged performers, with Group Two victories in France, Norway and Sweden. In the process he also beat the German sensation Brioni , the winner of the Elitloppet and Olympiatravet – the two biggest open Group One races in Sweden, and French star, and popular stallion Oynonnax (who won the Prix d’Amerique) and also another brilliant French horse Rapide Lebel, the greatest gelding of the R generation who was second in the Elitloppet by a whisker and earned 2.5 million euros. When Wishing Stone won the Group One King Gustav Pokal, he beat Kadet C.D and Raja Mirchi, two of the brightest young stars in Sweden and when he won the Grand Prix de Sud-Ouest in France, he beat Premiere Steed  a multiple Group One winner, who won the prestigious French Prix Rene Balliere and Finland’s prestigious St Michel Ajo. In the USA he is a world record holder at 6 in 1:51.2f beating Uncle Peter,  Arch Madness and Market Share. As a 5YO he was winner of the Maxie Lee in 2013 (again over Uncle Peter) and before he left for his two-year-stint in Europe he was a top colt, winning the 2010 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats with a final time of 1:51.2. The same year he won the Matron, the American National and was third in the Hambletonian. Wishing Stone was also a winner as a 2YO with victories in the International Stallion Stake, the Bluegrass Stakes, and the NYSS at Monticello.  He has a super pedigree, especially for Europe, being the best son of Conway Hall, who is the brother of four successful stallions in Europe and closely related to several more. Wishing Stone is out of the super broodmare Meadowbranch Magic, a $330,000 yearling and the granddaughter of $1.1 Million winning Davidia Hanover. Wishing Stone’s full brother, Make It Happen, nearly a $1 million winner, has become a sought after stallion in Europe after producing two near Swedish  millionaires from his first crop including TravKrterium (Sweden’s top 3YO race)  second place finisher Final Oak.  Wishing Stone is also a sibling of three other $100,000 winners, which is always a great guide to prepotency. His durability says volumes for his physique and conformation and he is blessed with a perfect gait, which is a necessity for competition in France, where rough gaits lead to disqualifications. He has a wide-striding front action which will remind Swedes of the likes of Maharajah, the winner of this year’s Prix d’Amerique. With services to stallions in Europe heavily regulated, his popularity already is such that he is over-subscribed for his first season, for which he is in Maryland at SBS for frozen semen collection serving the non-US market.  He is to be distributed through Offspring Management in Sweden, Allevamenti Toniatti sas in Italy, ENS Snapshot in Denmark and Stallions Australasia  for Australia and New Zealand. “We plan to bring him home to New Jersey at Deo Volente Farms this week to serve the US breeding market,” says Sue Agopian.  “We will be breeding the mare Yalta Hanover dam of horse of the month Perfect Alliance to Wishing Stone this year. “He will continue breeding and start jogging and training at the training facility few miles from our farm and will be racing come summer. Breeding is part of his daily life, when we need to serve the US breeders we will bring him to the farm for collection.” Wishing Stone  will be breeding until June and his immediate racing programme is likely to  be focused on the the U.S looking towards the Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown. However, the Copenhagen Cup & TVG trot are also on the future agenda.  “Our strategy is for him to have a global career. With Ron [Burke] as his trainer we have all the confidence that he will have a well rounded global career,” says Sue Agopian.  There are no plans for how long  Wishing Stone can continue combining a race career and breeding, it is common in Europe for racing stallions to continue until nine and ten if their form holds up, Ready Cash a great example, retiring recently at nine, just as his first progeny were cleaning up group races in France.  “He will tell us how long to continue breeding and racing him.  He had an exceptional season at age 6 setting world records in the process.. As long as he is able to compete at that lofty level, we will breed and race. He has a phenomenal legacy and we want to make sure it remains that way!” By David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Ever been to Paris? Ya' know, Paris- like in France. I always wanted to visit the city of lights, and just recently I had an opportunity to do so. And whatever you've heard about Paris probably doesn't do it justice. With magnificent attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee du Louvre, Notre Dame , the new giant Ferris Wheel sticking out high above the river Seine, and all the other glorious attributes the city has to offer, I was mystified, and you'd be, too. I was lucky to go with a contingent of horse people who were invited guests of France's Harness Racing Association(Le Trot) and its Chairman of Cheval Francois, the very gracious Dominque de Bellaigue. The dozen, or so, who made the trip were from the U.S Trotting Association, the Standardbred Owners Association of NY, Yonkers Raceway, and the New York State Breeders Association, along with other dignitaries. The major purpose of that French trip was to work with Le Trot to set up simulcasting from the US to France and eventually co-mingling of wagering pools so the French would be able to bet directly into American pools. And with Yonkers president, Tim Rooney and SOANY president, Joe Faraldo among us, they also are working to reinstate the International Trot, won twice by both Roquepine and Une de Mai, which the French were quick to remind us of. The International Trot was very popular decades ago and it may return to Yonkers Raceway before you know it . And it appears that both objectives will come to fruition. Perhaps the best part of that journey was that we went as V.I.P.'s, and as guests of Le Trot we were chauffeured all around, wined and dined, but for airfare and money spent out of pocket. On the evening of our arrival our contingent were guests at a gala Le Trot Banquet and the next two days were spent at the races at Vincennes-their magnificent racetrack-where France's premier trotting event, the Prix d' Amerique-- a 1.2 Million Euro spectacle-- is raced. And both days we were treated to outstanding luncheons at the track and the Moet Champagne flowed like water. Prior to the races on Prix d' Amerique Day the afternoon began with a grand spectacle on the racetrack of different breeds of horses, men on big-high stilts and a Corvette automobile parade with the Prix D' Amerique drivers waving to the huge crowd. That race is the French way of paying homage to the Americans who helped free France during World War I. Even though I'm not a betting man, on the day of the big race I wanted a souvenir so I wagered five Euros on a pick that I made from the 18 starters figuring I'd have a ticket to remember my trip by. But, lo and behold, the horse I picked, Maharajah, won the race and I won nearly fifty U.S. bucks, which was a heck of a lot better than a souvenir losing ticket. We spent three nights in Paris and on the fourth day we were taken by bus to Gros Bois, the unbelievably magnificent training center on the outskirts of Paris, where over 2500 horses are stabled and trained on five or six different size tracks. I even got to meet and take a photo with Maharajah, who was stabled there. After a wonderful luncheon at Gros Bois -with Moet flowing again- we had a three hour trip north to Normandy and for the next two days we visited many training facilities in that part of France. On our last night in Normandy we stayed in Caen, a city rebuilt after it was devastated in World War II, and our group dined at a fine restaurant with the officials of Le Trot who joined us to solidify a co-mingling betting agreement. (And guess what? The Moet flowed there, too. ) On our way back to the airport on our final day of the trip we went by the race track in Caen as our hosts explained that there are over 234 different hippodromes in France, which surprised everyone in the group. It took more than three hours for us to get to the airport in Paris for our return to the USA. While traveling through the city I was amazed at the amount of graffiti that seemed to be everywhere, similar to what you might see in our subways in New York City. We made it to the plane on time and then we prepared for the nine-hour trip back home to JFK. Although I had been to Europe in the late 1980's on two different occasions as publicist for the North American Amateur Drivers Association visiting various cities in Holland, Belgium, as well as Berlin, then in West Germany and before the Wall was taken down. As wonderful as those cities were--- there is only one Paris! John Manzi is the Director of Racing Publicity at Monticello Raceway  

Sanity and On Track Piraten's one-two of last weekend's Prix de l'Union Europeenne brought to a close Sweden's most successful ever raid on the French winter racing season which included triumphs in two of the three French triple crown races. Headed by Maharajah's win in the Prix d'Amérique and Noras Bean's Prix de France victory Swedish trotters won 19,052,124SEK (2,150,888 euros). This compared with last winter season of 10,113,095 SEK (1,141,728 euros the 2011-2012 where the Swedes took home 11,145,315SEK (1,258,262 euros) of French prize money. "The Swedish steel bites good," said Ulf Stenströmer in true Viking fashion after the victory in the Prix de France with his Noras Bean. And his forebears would have been proud of the riches brought home to Scandinavia following the succession of successful raids. In Total did the Swedish horses made 320 starts in France in the period. The Swedish trotting association website listed the 40 biggest prizes won by the Swedes during the winter meeting of 2013-2014. All statistics from this winter has been restated as of September 1, 2013 to effective 2 March 2014. Course & Date Horse Place Time PRIZE MONEY (SEK) Odds Trainer V 26/1-14 Maharajah 1 1.13,3 4061970 97 Stefan Hultman V 9/2-14 Noras Bean 1 1.12,1 1624788 220 Ulf Stenströmme V 1/3-14 Sanity 1 1.14,5 649915 23 Malin Löfgren V 18/1-14 Sanity 1 1.13,2 487436 56 Malin Löfgren V 28/11-13 New Line 1 1.14,4 434328 23 Anders Svanstedt V 26/1-14 Oasis Bi 1 1.12,6 406197 95 Stefan P Pettersson FR 18/9-13 Sanity 1 1.14,1 394844 170 Malin Löfgren FR 2/10-13 Sanity 1 1.12,3 394844 47 Malin Löfgren V 14/11-13 Rocky Winner 1 1.12,1 375101 26 Jörgen Westholm V 13/1-14 Armando Kievitshof 1 1.14.7 365577 260 Lutfi Kolgjini V 1/3-14 On Track Piraten 2 1.14,6 361064 51 Hans R Strömberg V 29/9-13 Juggle Face 1 1.14,0 315875 44 Lutfi Kolgjini V 16/11-13 New Line 1 1.12,0 284 287 40 Anders Svanstedt V 20/2-14 On Track Piraten 2 1.11,3 248232 63 Hans R Strömberg FR 13/10-13 Sanity 3 1.13,6 245680 26 Malin Löfgren V 30/10-13 Sanity 2 1.13,7 241293 26 Malin Löfgren V 5/1-14 Caballion 2 1.12,0 236948 200 Fredrik B Larsson V 25/1-14 Olympic Kronos 1 1.14,5 235594 41 Lutfi Kolgjini V 17/2-14 Olympic Kronos 1 1.14,3 223408 64 Lutfi Kolgjini V 7/9-13 Bagley 5 1.12,2 219358 1 200 Conrad Lugauer V 23/11-13 Red Red Red 2 1.15,1 219358 770 Sofia Aronsson V 10/2-14 Jacky Glide 1 1.12,4 219346 140 Stig H Johansson V 11/11-13 Caballion 2 1.13,6 208390 210 Fredrik B Larsson V 12/12-13 Sem Jafet 1 1.15,5 205319 43 Peter Untersteiner V 31/12-13 Simoun 1 1.15,8 197422 109 Robert Bergh V 16/2-14 Simoun 1 1.15,3 194975 51 Robert Bergh V 22/12-13 Dreams Take Time 4 1.12,5 168467 260 Lars I Nilsson V 23/1-14 Amiral Forest 1 1.16,5 146231 43 Robert Bergh V 8/2-14 Apollon de Kacy 1 1.15,8 146231 88 Jörgen Westholm V 16/1-14 Amiral Forest 1 1.16,6 142169 190 Robert Bergh V 20/1-14 Viking Blue FR 1 1.15,8 142169 110 Robert Bergh V 18/10-13 Ed You 2 1.13,9 136002 57 Robert Bergh A 23/10-13 Apollon de Kacy 1 1.16,8 134247 32 Jörgen Westholm V 11/2-14 Joker Stursk 2 1.12,3 121859 85 Torbjörn Larsson V 29/9-13 Winning Love 2 1.12,7 114066 66 Ã…ke Lindblom V 2/1-14 Elles W.Phedo 3 1.12,1 113735 380 Thomas Claesson V 22/12-13 Porthos Amok 5 1.12,5 105292 200 Stefan Melander V 11/2-14 Ninepoints Charlie 2 1.16,5 103806 81 Jörgen Westholm FR 23/2-14 Orderly 1 1.16,7 101549 64 Sofia Aronsson FR 20/10-13 Omaha 1 1.15,8 98711 120 Sofia Aronsson by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com      

Master reinsman Jean Micel Bazire steered race favourite Up And Quick to a record-breaking win in the last race of the Triple Crown, the 400,000 euro Grand Prix de Paris on Sunday at the Hippodrome de Vincennes over the marathon distance of 4150 meters, Bazire made his move at the 1000m mark and Franck Leblanc's champion showed devastating acceleration to put a break on the field to give JMB his first group one win in France since 2009. After the Grand Prix of America and the Grand Prix of France, the Grand Prix de Paris Group I was the last of the winter meeting of Vincennes. Fifteen competitors faced the marathon distance of 4150 meters in an attempt to succeed recently retired Ready Cash . Second in the Grand Prix of America won by Maharajah and unplacedin the Grand Prix of France, Up and Quick was the favorite and has consistently been in form for the winter. During this ultimate staying test over two laps of the track Vincennes, things got serious at the start of the last time up the famous climb about 1000 meters from the finish as Jean-Michel Bazire set Up and Quick alight . At this time, the son of Buvetier Aunou placed a devastating acceleration to propel to the lead and is then easily broke away for an easy win in reducing mileage of 1'13'' 8 f 1.13.8 (1.58.4MR/4150m) a new record for the event. Tiego Etang has as usual finished well forsecond before the courageous Roxane Griff . Taormina d'Em and Son Alezan took fourth and fifth places. Up And Quick has therefore gained his second Group I about six months after capturing the Critérium des 5 years crown. Jean-Michel Bazire took to win for the fourth time in his career this prestigious event, he won the 2005, 2006 and 2007 with Jardy but mostly landed his first Group I in France since December 2009 and his victory in Criterium Continental with Rolling deHéripré. In the other group race of the day, the Prix Paul Bastard was also won easily by the favourite Vision Intense from Valdice de Mars and Valse Castelets. The Philippe Moulin trained daughter of Prodigious won the 120,000 euro monte for 5YOs in a time of 1'14"8 or 2min flat for the 2700m journey. GRAND PRIX DE PARIS Gr 1 4 150m 400 000€ 1 Up And Quick (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) J.M. Bazire 2.8/1 1'13"8 2 Tiego d'Etang (7h Chaillot - Harolene) C. Bigeon 8.1/1 1'14"0 3 Roxane Griff (9m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) E. Raffin 6.8/1 1'14"0 PRIX PAUL BASTARD Gr2 Monté 2 700m 120 000€ 1 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) N. Henry 1.4/1 1'14"8 2 Valdice de Mars (5m Lynx de Bellouet - Tiphanie) Y. Lebourgeois 6/1 1'14"9 3 Valse Castelets (5m Memphis du Rib - Elide) J.L.C. Dersoir 9.1/1 1'15"3 By David Sanders  

Is there a tougher race in harness racing. Certainly not at the elite level. The third leg of the French triple crown, the Prix de Paris, is a monster. Twice around the Grand Piste, twice up the famed monte, the killer rise up the back straight at Vincennes, which separates the pretenders from the contenders in any race at this great track. And these equine superstars can churn through the demands of the 4150m trip in around 2min time - indeed Private Love went under a 2min time when she won in 2010 as did Gobernador in 2001, General du Pommeau in 2002, Insert Gede in 2003 and Jardy went a flat 2.00 rate the third time he won the race in 2007. Vourasie also won the race three times, as did the great Bellino II and some of the true greats of the sport have also saluted the judge including Rooseveldt International Trot winners Jamin in 1960, Une de Mai in 1973, Ideal du Gazeau in 1982 and Lutin d'Isigny in 1984. Three Swedish horses have won the race, the first Piper Club, a son of French export sire Tibur, who is also in the pedigree of the last Swede to win the race, Maharajah in 2011. The third horse was the champion Remington Crown, the only horse to win the race with 100% American bloodlines - although his dam was from a Danish family which had been in Europe since the 1930s. Maharajah also set of a sequence of three wins by horses who were born in 2005 who have dominated the Triple Crown in the past four years. This is the 12th triple crown race since the Prix d'Amerique was won by Ready Cash in 2011. All previous 11 have been won by a foal of 2005, including Noras Bean, the Swedish raider who won the Prix de France two weeks ago. And don't bet against them continuing the sequence again on Sunday. Second favourite Roxane Griff is a former winner of the race, won the monte Prix du Cornulier the week before running a gallant fourth in the PDA, then won her second group one monte of the meeting, the Prix de l'Ille de France on February 2. Fourth favourite and third place getter in the Prix d'Amerique Yarrah Boko is a Swedish bred son of a great French sire in Coktail Jet who now competes for Norway, and is due a win in a big group one. He was bravery personified in the Prix de Paris being one of the three horses which set a sensational 1.03.9k/r for the opening 600m and then stayed on in the straight some 1500m later to finish fourth. "Four kilometers is new for him, but I have a feeling that he manages the distance. We must believe in our horse", said Norwegian trainer Trond Anderssen on Sweden's atg.se website. The other 9YOs in the race include former Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream and Roxana de Barbray, trained by ex-pat Italian Roberto Donati, and who was fourth in this event last year. The daughter of Speed Clayttois also ran fourth in that year's Prix d'Amerique in her only start in the great race. Favouritism will go to the rising star Up And Quick in the hands of master driver Jean Michel Bazire, while fourth favourite is Cedric Megissier's Uhlan du Val, who ran fifth and sixth in the Prix de France and Prix d'Amerique, which are fine performances for a young horse in French terms - six is regarded as the entry year for elite level horses after four seasons of age group racing. Fifth favourite is Christian Bigeon's Tiego and he is a really good chance in this, having ran second in this race last year, and ran a great third in the Prix de France a fortnight ago. PRIX DE PARIS Vincennes 2014-02-23 Group 1 4-10 4150m Euro 400 000 1 Titi Quick (7h Extreme Aunou - Gazelle d'Aussy) Dr: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Clement Casseron 4150 2 Taormina d'Em (7m Cedre du Vivier - Nevadara d'Em) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Jean Pierre Allix 4150 3 Son Alezan (8h First de Retz - Kelle Ile) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 4 Utoky (6h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Epopee) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 5 Soleil du Fosse (8h Jag de Bellouet - Fortune du Fosse) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 4150 6 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 4150 7 Santa Rosa France (8m Kaisy Dream - Helice France) Dr: William Bigeon Tr: Jean Luc Bigeon 4150 8 Roxana de Barbray (9m Speed Clayettois - Iriane des Enclos) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Roberto Donati 4150 9 Severino (8h Gobernador - Katia de Tillard) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Roger Coueffin 4150 10 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4150 11 Up And Quick 6(h Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Franck Leblanc 4150 12 Tiego d'Etang (7h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 4150 13 Yarrah Boko (9h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Trond Anderssen 4150 14 Royal Dream (9h Love You - Ida Bourbon) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4150 15 Roxane Griff (9m Tenor de Baune - Julia Mesloise) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 4150 Dave Sanders

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