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Cokstile (Norwegian bred) took the prestigious Grand Premi Delle Nazioni – Edy Gubellini (purse 275,000€, 2250 meters autostart) this weekend at Milano La Maura’s 1050 meter track. The six year old son of Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was reined by Antonio DiNardo for trainer Gennaro Casillo to the 1.11.2kr timed victory, a record for the distance. Starting from post two Cokstile was in front for much of the journey and was an easy winner by three lengths over Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) teamed with Alessandro Gocciadoro who sent five trainees in this event. Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took third money for V.P. Dell’Annunziato with fourth to the Jean Michel Bazire trainee Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) that Andrea Guzzinati catch drove. The race honored the late Edy Gubellini that developed and piloted numerous classic winners and internationally renowned performers. He won the Lotteria Prize twice, the Italian Derby and the Nazioni (with Micron Hanover). The GP Nazioni has been of special history to special horses that graced its victory celebration (Icare IV, Quick Song, Timothy T and Wayne Eden among others). It is relevant that today the post positions were drawn for the 60th edition of the International Trot scheduled for October 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Italy has a starter in Zacon Gio to be teamed with Roberto Vecchione for trainer Holger Ehlert. He will start from post five in this race for a US$1 million purse. He was expected to battle Face Time Bourbon in the UET Finale at Helsinki before the International invitation. The lineups for the International and UET Finale are shown below.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

April 25, 2019 - The Gran Premio Nazionale Open and Filly divisions took place Thursday at Milano La Maura (1050 meter track) with the Gr. II Nazionale Filly (purse 88,000€, 1650 meters autostart, 14 starters) beginning the harness racing action. In that one Audrey Effe (3f Up And Quick-Simphony Effe-Going Kronos) drew off to an easy 1.13kr score for pilot Andrea Farolfi. Rallying for second was A Sexygirl Par (3f Varenne-Fight For Lux) reined by V.P. Dell’Annunziata. Third went to Alouette (3f Village Mystic-Dordogne-Viki Audrey Effe http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/65413/# The Nazionale Open (Gr. I, purse 154,000€, 2250 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to the favored winner Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) clocked in 1.12.3kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner to a decisive score over Al Capone Stecca (3m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar-Ganymede) handled by G.P. Minnucci and third finishing Aladin Effe (3m Maharajah-Imperfection Effe-Varenne).  Axl Rose    http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/65422/ On the undercard was the Gr. III Ettore e Mario Barletta (Gr. III, purse 40,040€, 2700 meters) with that 1.14.2kr timed victory to Showmar (8m SJs Photo-Lucemar-Lemon Dra) with Andrea Guzzinati aboard. He defeated Santiago de Leon (8m Ganymede-Lady Caf-Lindy Lane) with Roberto Vecchione the pilot. Third went to Tornado Del Vento (7g Light Kronos-Gara Del Vento-Toss Out). Alessandro Gocciadoro enjoyed a fine day at Milano winning five including the GP Nazionale. His other wins were with Afrodite Grif (3f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos) in 1.12.7kr; Tantalio (7m Le Touquet-Powerful Victory-Valley Victory) in 1.11.5kr; Zaniah Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) in a record 1.10,5kr; and the 1.11.3kr clocked Visia Spin (5f Varenne-Karisma Jet-Enjoy Lavec). The batterias have been announced for the May 1 running of the Gr. I UET Masters Series Gran Premio Lotteria, its 70th edition and with a total purse of 765,900€. There are three batterias and eight upper level trotters in each, followed by the final and a consolation raced at the Agnano racecourse. The lineups include the J-M Bazire teammates Bel Avis and Abydos du Vivier that will face a host of locals in their respective eliminations. Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday’s harness racing action at Milan Italy featured the Grand Premio Nazionale Prep (purse 13,200€, 2250 meters autostart) and Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) impressed with a 1.13kr seven-length victory with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro driving.   The career winner of 170,714€ defeated Adelante (3m Ready Cash-Iniziale) reined by Marco Smorgon and third finishing Ares Caf (3m Ideale Luis-Ira Caf) with Andrea Guzzinati the pilot. The in the Premio Lana del Rio (purse 13,200€, 1650 meters autostart) the winner was Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) clocked in 1.11.3kr. He was a five length winner after rallying from fifth with a three-wide move into the final turn. Trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro reined the winner of 697,196€. Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) and Unicorno SLM (6m Love You-CL Brightness-King Conch) followed the winner.   Thomas H. Hicks

April 25, 2018 - Top trotting was Wednesday at Milano headed by the Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €154,000, 2250 meters autostart, 14 three year old colts). Victory in a close brush at the line was post 12 Zaccaria Bar (3m Ready Cash-Finlanda-Lindy Lane) reined by Federico Esposito and timed in 1.13.6kr. This colt recorded his second victory in three 2018 starts and now has five wins in eight career appearances. Zilath (3m Maharajah-Only LB-Conway Hall) was a close second driven by Andrea Guzinatti. His third dam is Winky’s Goal. Third was Ze Doca (3m Self Possessed-Pandora Degli Dei-Varenne with Roberto Vecchione up. Second dam of this one is Donnina that is the maternal family of Lisa America The Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €88,000, 1650 meters autostart, 12 three year old filly starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed and first time 2018 starter Ziva EK (3f Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way) with Roberto Vecchione up. This filly, that started from post 11, now has three career wins in seven outings. Ziman (3f Nad Al Shaba-Iman Bi-Ganymede) was second for Fr. Facci, ahead of Zelda Zack (3f Libeccio Grif-Lagacy Grif) Earlier in the program was the Pr. Giula Grif (purse €7,700, 1650 meters autostart) and the winner Zabriskie OK (3f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip) scored, reaching the line in an impressive1.12.8kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner, now two for two in 2018, and four wins in six career starts). Second dam of this filly is Dasooner Dabettor and third dam is Armbro Brilliance. Two quick life speed records occurred on the card. Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba-Gavina di Casei-Uronometro) scored for Andrea Guzzinati clocked in 1.11.5kr, his eighth career win in 28 starts. Tano Fohle SM (6m Ganymede-Fohle BSM-Sugarcane Hanover) took a 1.11.1kr victory driven by Enrico Bellei, the winner’s 20th victory in 35 career starts. Gran Premio Nazionale-Mem. G. Ferraris 2018 - Milan / Zaccaria Bar Thomas H. Hicks

December 7, 2017 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Blois (purse 95,000 euro, 2100 meters, 18 European starters) went to 3.4/1 Une Serenade (9f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) driven by Eric Raffin for harness racing trainer Serge Peltier. Race time was a sharp 1.11kr. Une Serenade recorded her 17th career win in 75 starts now for 553,180 euro earned. 5/1 Vulcain de Vandel (8m Jag de Bellouet) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Benjamin Goetz. Third was 2.3/1 Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America) for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. 51/1 Caduceus des Baux and 39/1 Romanesque were fourth and fifth.The Prix de Murat (purse 54,000 euro, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) at Vincennes went to 1.1/1 Bauloise Haufor (6f Kool du Caux-Hutesse des Pres) for Charles J. Bigeon and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon, continuing a stream of Bigeon victories. Race time was 1.13.9kr. 12/1 Babylone Seven (6f Oiseau de Feux) was second for J-M Bazire, also trainer. 10/1 Easytowin (6f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way) took third for Dion P. Tesselaar, the trainer/driver. The Prix de Saint-Aubin les Elbeuf (purse 85,000 euro, 2850 meters, 11 starters) went to 2.1/1 Cash Maker (5g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. NV Hicewa is breeder/owner of the winner. 19/1 Candidat d’Ortige (5m Giant Cat) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. 5.4/1 Cerenzo Turbo (5m Ganymede) was third for J-M Bazire. Sunday’s Prix du Bourbonnais field is now complete with the following lineup: December 10 Course 6 - Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II International, purse 120,000 euro, 2850 meters Starter/Driver/Trainer Spartan Kronos, Conrad Lugauer driver/trainer Uza Josselyn, Alexandre Abrivard, R. Aebischer Briac Dark, Matthieu Abrivard, Thierry Duvaldestin Charly du Noyer, Yoann Lebourgeois, Philippe Allaire Carat Williams, David Thomain, Sebastien Guarato Ringostarr Treb, Gabriele Gelormini, Jerry Riordan Bilibili, L.Cl. Abrivard trainer/driver Booster Winner, Mathieu Mottier, Sebastien Guarato Valko Jenilat, Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato Propulsion, Orjan Kihlstrom, David Reden Belina Josselyn, J-M Bazire trainer/driver Akim du Cap Vert, Franck Anne trainer/driver Lionel, Bjorn Goop, David Reden Votigeur de Myrt, Lorenzo Donati, Roberto Donati Wild Honey, Franck Ouvrie, Daniel Reden Bird Parker, J.Ph. Monclin, Philippe Allaire Bold Eagle, Franck Nivard, Sebastien Guarato   The upcoming weekend Paris-Vincennes program includes six groupe events: December 9 Prix Raoul Balliere, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters Criterium des 3 Ans, Gr. I, 240,000 euro purse, 2700 meters Prix Ariste Hemard, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters Prix Narquois, Gr. III, purse 95,000 euro, 2700 meters December 10 Prix Octave Douesnel, Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters Grand Prix du Bourbonnais, Gr. II, purse 120,000 euro, 2850 meters Today’s top action in Italy was at Milano for two year olds. The Gran Criterium Filly (purse 77,000 euro, 1650 meters autostart) went to pacesetting Ziva EK (2f Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way) timed in 1.15.4kr for a four length victory. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner. Zarina Roc (2f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc-Crowning Classic) and Zenobia Font (2f Ganymede-Dionea-Park Avenue Joe) were second and third, The companion Gran Criterium Open (purse 187,000 euro, 1650 meters autostart) went to Zarenne FAS (2m Varenne-Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee)  with Federico Minopoli up. Zazza’Del Pino (2f Nad Al Sheba-Galaxy del Pino-Lemon Dra) and Zekante EK (2m Saxo de Vandel-Freedom EK-Bon Vivant)  finished second and third. On December 6 the Q+ Prix de Saint-Jean de Monts (purse 42,000 euro, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to 1.14.6kr clocked and 9/1 Daisy Team (4f Timoko-Daisy Chain) reined by owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. 15/1 Donostia de Lou (4f Real de Lou) was second for trainer/driver Anthony Dollion. 40/1 Dune de L’Aunay (4f Loulou Jet) took third for Anthony Barrier and owner/trainer Vincent Raimboult.  Daytona Dodville and Drajanie were fourth and fifth.The Prix de la Ville de Royan (purse 50,000 euro, 2850 meters) on this card went to 1.4/1 Bahamas Quick (6f Pim Quick-Koorla Kine) teamed by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner. 3.2/1 Siebella Park (6f Varenne-Grandera Park) took second for J-M Bazire and Team Minopoli. 78/1 Bodega Chenevie was third. On December 5 at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix des Gardenias (two year olds, purse 33,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart) produced victory for Future Darling (2f Goetmals Wood-Romance Darling), her second straight, for driver Matthieu Abrivard. The 1.16.1kr timed winner is trained by Yves Boireau for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. The Q+ this day was the Prix des Pyrenees (purse 50,000 euro, 2850 meters) and the 1.14kr timed winner was Be Bop Haufor for the red hot Bigeon stable, this one handled by owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 1, 2017 - A super harness racing program was held Wednesday at Milano, including the Orsi Mangelli Open and Filly, the Gran Premio Delle Nazioni and the Coppa de Milano. Recaps of those events follow. The Orsi Mangelli Filly (Gr. I, purse €77,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.11.9kr Vallecchia DR (3f Adrian Chip-Fiammetta DX-Uronometro)  with an easy front end score for Alessandro Gocciadoro,  Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigianna Jet-Supergill) was second for Santo Mollo and third was Vanatta (3f Pascia’Lest-Classic Toy-Malabar Man) driven by Roberto Vecchione. The Gr. I Gran Premio Delle Nazioni (purse €308,000, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.12.2kr timed Uze Josselyn (6m Love You-Teza Josselyn-Ganymede-Ezira Josselyn-Royal Prestige) with Alexandre Abrivard up. He race fourth on the inner throughout and was seventh in the final bend, before escaping blockage and he surged late to victory. Pacesetter Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) and Enrico Bellei held second and Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) was third for Edourard Loccisano. Toseland Kyu and Trendy OK were fourth and fifth. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVzDuntbA5s The Gr. I Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli (purse €308,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.11.8kr timed Vitruvio (3m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro that scored narrowly on the front. Vanesia EK (3f Explot Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) was a rallying second for Pietro Gubellini and third was Valdivia (3f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail). The two eliminations went first to 1.11.9kr timed Venesia EK with Pietro Gubellini up as they defeated Valdivia and Von Wise As. The second elim went  to 1.12.1kr timed Vitruvio with Alessandro Gocciadoro up, as they bested Voltare Gifant and Voyager Grif. Later the Orsi Mangelli Consolation (purse €22,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.12.4kr timed Vessillo As (3m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) for Enrico Baldi. Vicino Mec (3m Chiaccio del Nord-Dance Speed-Lagerfeld OM) was second  and Vienvia Font (3m Conway Hall-Issima OK-Pine Chip) was third for Andrea Guzzinati. Also on the card was the Premio Coppa de Milano raced in two elim and a finale (purse €40,040, 1650 meters autostart). Arazi Boko (10g  Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride-Keystone Sheena), fifth dam Stenographer, took the finale timed in 1.11.5kr for Enrico Bellei. Terra del Rio (5f Varenne-Urbem d’Asolo-Ata Star L) was second for Santo Mollo and Shatar Club (6m Love You-Iana Club-Uronometro) was third for Alessandro Gocciadoro. The eliminations went to 1.12.2kr timed ShatarClub with Gocciadoro up, over Troja d’Asolo and Terra del Rio; and the second elim went to 1.12.2kr timed Arazi Boko  for Bellei, over Sugar Rey and Sonia, the resulting finale winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 23, 2017 - Uno Italia (4m Conway Hall-Italia Uno-Varenne) scored an easy harness racing victory in the Prix Ubatuba Oaks (purse €13,200, 1650 meters autostart) at Milano on Friday. Lorenzo Baldi teamed the winner of this four year old event that was timed in a sharp 1.10.9kr (mile rate 1:54.08) as Uno Italia was victorious by open lengths. Uisconsis Vol (4m Napoleon-Georgia EK-Bon Vivant) was second ahead of Ulberto (4m Broadway Hall-Depuis Blue-Esotico Prad). Thomas H. Hicks

June 17, 2017 - The great Vivid Wise As (3m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took Saturday’s Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €187,000, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano over their 1050 meter oval. Enrico Bellei was the pilot for trainer Marco Smorgon. Allev. Della Serenissima SS bred the front-stepping winner of 10 of 11 career starts, and three for three this year, now for €260,821 earned. Timed in 1.12.7kr, the winner bested Vitruvio (3m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) driven by Pietro Gubellini and third went to Vessillo As (3m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) with Edouardo Baldi at the lines. This one was bred by the same farm as the winner. The undercard showcased the Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) and the 1.13.7kr timed winner was Valdivia (3f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail) driven by Roberto Vecchione. The winner recorded her fifth career victory in 13 starts, as she defeated Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill) and Vale Capar (3f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill).  Scuderia Sant’Andrea SM bred the winning filly. Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2017 - Today’s Gran Premio Encat (purse €25,300, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed Tano Fohle SM (5m Ganymede-Fohle BSM-Sugarcane Hanover) with harness racing driver Roberto Vecchione up. The sharp trotting colt recorded his 15th victory in 22 starts. Showmar (6m SJ’s Photo-Lucemar-Lemon Dra) rallied from his third spotted position to be second and Sharon Gar (6f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) held on for third after being the pacesetter. At Jagersro on the January 14 V75 program, aged mares raced for 100,000SEK first money over 2140-2180 meters distance handicapped. Victory was impressively earned by 40 meter penalized Red Rose America (7f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) clocked in 1.13.6kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the 5.4/1 winner for trainer Jeanette Hansen for her 18th win in 45 starts, now for 3,858,474SEK earned. Sangria Knight (5f Scarlet Knight-Yahaa Brodda-Varenne) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, with third to the pacesetter Mulligan (4f Maharajah-Music la Marc-Dream Vacation) handed by trainer Thomas Uhrberg. JetSet was fourth for Johan Untersteiner. Also on the Jagersro card was the V75 Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.13.3kr timed winner was 42/1 Obi Wan (11g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) for Flemming Jensen, his 25th win in 87 starts for 3,710,565SEK earned. Dreams Take Time (8m Andover Andover) took second for Peter Untersteiner, ahead of Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star) and Torbjorn Jansson. The Prix d’Amerique qualified Anna Mix finished seventh and veteran Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.13.2kr timed (distance 1640 meters autostart) and 1.3/1 Aron The Baron (5g Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJ’s Caviar) for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Jeanette Hansen and owners Panamera Racing/J.G. Hansen. British Steel (6g Kadabra) was next for driver Erlend Rennesvik, ahead of Even’s First Boy (8g Ken Warkentin) with driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

Vampire Dany (2m Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) impressively won Wednesday’s harness racing Gran Criterium Finale at Milan’s 1050 meter track (purse €187,000, 1650 meters autostart), a six length score timed in 1.13.7kr for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. Volturina Jet (2f Ken Warkentin-Eterea-Indro park) was a distant second for V.P. Dell’Annunziata and Vincero Gar was third for Pietro Gubellini. The winner now has six wins in seven career starts, and is one to watch in the future. The Gran Criterium Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.14kr clocked Vanesia EK (2f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) for reinsman Gubellini.  Vanatta (2f Pascia’Lest-Classic Toy-Malabar Man) took second for Roberto Vecchione, this one from the first crop of Pacia’Lest, and third went to Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill).   Thomas H. Hicks    

November 6, 2016 - Today’s rain soaked Gr. I Grand Premio Delle Nazioni (purse €308,000, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed Princess Grif (7f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos) for harness driver Roberto Andreghetti. Timone EK (4m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) was second for Joseph Verbeeck. Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss me Coulonces-And Arifant) was a game third for Bjorn Goop after a death-seat trip that he attained with a big early move after getting way near the back. He then battled pacesetter Ringostarr Treb that weakened. Pascia’Lest was fourth for Pietro Gubellini and Tesoro Degli Dei was fifth for V.P. Dell’Annunziata. The undercard featured the Coppa di Milano raced with three eliminations (each with €13,200 purse, 1650 meters autostart) and a final over the same distance for a €55,000 purse. The final went to 1.11.8kr timed Tamure Roc (4f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) for driver V.P. Dell’Annunziata. Showmar (5m SJ’s Photo-Lucemar-Lemon Dra) landed second for Mass. Castaldo and third went to game pacesetterLouvre (11m Piccardo-Defile’-Ganymede) for Federico Esposito. The three elims were good races too. The first went to 1.13.2kr timed Sky Dancer (5m Ganymede-Croatass-Indro Park) for driver Alessandro Gocciadoro as they defeated Radio Wise (6f Turbo Sund-Mathers Grincheuse-Garland Lobell) with Enrico Bellei aboard and Totoo del Ronco (4m Ganymede-Magic Vision LF-Uronometro) for Mario Minopoli Jr. Elim two went to 1.12.8kr clocked Rania Lest (6f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) for Gocciadoro. Oncle Photo VL (8m SJ’s Photo-Balalaica-Lemon Dra) was second for Bellei and third went to Stella di Azzurra (5f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip) for Pietro Gubellini The third elimination went to the final winner Tamure Roc timed in 1.12.7kr for Della’Annunziata ahead of the Esposito teamed Louvre and Running Allmar (6m Ganymede-Hialeah Hanover-Lindy Lane) reined by Minopoli Jr. Thomas H. Hicks

November 4, 2016 - Tonight’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ligue Nationale (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 6.6/1 Atout de Kacy (6g Orlando Vici-Pretty des Charms) with harness racing trainer Aymeric Thomas driving. This pair defeated 14.6/1 Afghan Barbes (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) teamed by David Thomain and trainer Christian Bigeon. The 11.8/1 Alf de Melandre (6g Panache de l’Iton-Luciole de Bisoir) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard. The Pick5 at Le Croise LaRoche was the Grand Prix du Nord des 5 Ans and 15.4/1 Best du Hauty (5g Roc Meslois-Nadreria) took victory timed in 1.14.5kr for owner/trainer/driver Olivier Bizoux. 21.3/1 Baute en Train (5g Love You-Nanyitiere) for driver/trainer P.Y. Verva. 2.3/1 Black d’Avril (5m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) landed third. Sunday at Milano, La Maura is superb racing led by the Gr. I Gran Premio Della Nazione. Lineup follows. The card also includes the Coppa de Milano with three eliminations (each over 1650 meters for a €13,200 purse) and the €55,000 final at end of program. A fine group of upper level trotters will participate including Sky Dancer, Rossella Ross, Rania Lest, Sundance Bi, Newyork Newyork and Louvre. 8 15.45 - PR. GRAN PREMIO DELLE NAZIONI - gruppo 1 E 308.000 - mt 2250   1 SEATTLE BI 2250 A.Gocciadoro           2 PAPALLA " M.Barbini           3 TRUMAN DAIRPET-F- " N.Ensch           4 TROJA D'ASOLO " Rene' Legati           5 RINGOSTARR TREB " R.Vecchione           6 RADIOFRECCIA FI " E.Bellei           7 TESORO DEGLI DEI " V.P.Dell'Annunziata           8 SHARON GAR " G.Di Nardo           9 TIMOKO " B.Goop           10 TIMONE EK " J.Verbeeck           11 PASCIA' LEST " P.Gubellini           12 PRINCESS GRIF " R.Andreghetti             Thomas H. Hicks    

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

Uma Francis (3f Exploit Caf-Fashion dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) defeated open harness racing rivals this day to win the Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €220,000, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano, Italy, timed in 1.14.8kr for the length victory over the 1000 meter (5/8 mile) track. Enrico Bellei teamed the winner that defeated United Roc (3f Filipp Roc-Estasi Roc-Princely Fellow) with V-P Dell’Annunziata aboard. Third went to Usque DL (3m Equinox Bi-Gritta Bi-Buvetier d’Aunou), this one the second dam Graphite Rod is a Supergill-Anamosa Hanover daughter. The Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) resulting in an easy open-lengths victory for the 1.12.6kr timed Unicka (3f Love You-Bachar-Armbro Goal) teamed also by Enrico Bellei. The second dam of this filly is Dropa, sired by Granit (Ayres-Roquepine). Second in the Filly was Ulala’ Degliulivi (3g Gruccione Jet-Gioiamar-Supergill) with Santo Mollo driving, ahead of third finishing Unique du Kras (3f Varenne-Oljka du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Gran Premio Nazionale 2016 - Uma Francis Thomas H. Hicks

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