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May 17, 2020 -The 27/1 outsider Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) took today’s harness racing Menhammar Copenhagen Cup (purse to the winner 250,000DKK 2011 meters autostart, nine starters) held at the Charlottenlund racecourse. Timed in 1.12.3kr, this Peter Untersteiner trained and reined performer won for the first time in three 2020 starts and it was his 14th career victory in 48 outings. He rallied late along with second finishing Milligan’s School (7m Yankee Glide) with Ulf Eriksson up and third finishing Mister F Daag (5m Conway Hall-Miss Love-Love You) for Robin Bakker, as this group along with Makethemark descended on then pacesetting heavy favorite Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif). Zacon Gio, a winner of ten straight going in, was very rank in the scoring and after settling third on the pegs, surged three-wide past the quarter to what appeared to be a commanding lead. However, late in the final bend he showed signs of tiring and then weakened in late stretch under urging. The other well-regarded Italian invader Vitruvio was a miscue dq. Heart Of Steel The Copenhagen Cup began in 1928 and has staged some impressive victories by the likes of Robert Bi (1.10.0kr in 2015), Victory Tilly, Moni Maker, SJs Photo, Meadow Roland (three time winner), Ideal du Gazeau, Walter Dear (twice), Roquepine, Gelinotte, Elaine Rodney and Mara Bourbon. Thomas H. Hicks

May 13. 2020 - Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana), with Franck Ouvrie up, powered away from his rivals to win today’s harness racing Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse 110,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, 16 starters) at Caen in a quick 1.11.0kr. Off at 10/1 Earl Simon was away to the lead that he wrested from first leading Bold Eagle and then yielded to Bugsy Malone. Ouvrie then moved the winner to the front in early stretch and they jetted away to an easy victory. Jorma Niskanen trains Earl Simon for Ecurie Skytten and he now shows a 2-2-2 slate in six 2020 starts. He is 15 for 33 in the career. Enino du Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) was second for pilot Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Sylvain Roger at 26/1. Stablemate Delia du Pommereux was third but disqualified for interference in mid stretch. That placed Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) third at 12/1 with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was placed fourth at 134/1 and handled by David Thomain for Philippe Allaire. His 12/1 stablemate Bugsy Malone (9g Ready Cash-Night Captain) was placed fifth with Yoann Lebourgeois aboard. Ceylan Dairpet was a dq and the big favorite 3/10 Cleangame was unplaced. Cleangame was away toward the back on the far outside and moved up by the top of stretch before weakening. There was a “false depart” that appeared to have been Bold Eagle caused. Earl Simon Replay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbg0SJT04Xc   Racing in France resumed on Monday with a card at Vichy. Germany also opened with racing at Munich Daglfin. Next up for the top rung of trotteurs is May 17 at Charlottenlund with the Copenhagen Cup that drew a good field as shown below. Expect more Elitloppet invites to flow from this event to join the current invitees Cokstile, Makethemark, Looking Superb, Missile Hill, Tae Kwon Deo, Attraversiamo, Elian Web, Chief Orlando and Vivid Wise As. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Friday evening featured harness racing event at Wolvega was the Prix Geants (purse 66,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) and the 4.6/1 Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) scored timed in 1.12.4kr.   Joseph Verbeeck teamed this Jean Michel Bazire trainee to his 20 th career victory in 65 starts, now for life earnings of 876,800€. 31/1 Tsunami Diamant (5g Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) took second money for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 60/1 Norton Commander (5g Gift Kronos) was third with trainer Conrad Lugauer at the lines.   10/.1 Generaal Bianko (6g Ufo Kievitshof), 53/1 Hambo Transs R and 27/1 Lionel took the next three spots. Behind the top six were Eridan, Thaiu Investment and the favorite Violetto Jet.   Ble du Gers after winning the Prix Geants There were several good races on the undercard with the Giganten Finale (purse 7,700€, 2100 meters autostart) going to 1.14.5kr timed and 1/5 favorite Ida Schermer (4g Yield Boko) reined by Rick Ebbinge for trainer JWM Engwerda. The Maasland Gigantenmarathon (purse 8,800€, 3100 meters, 16 starters) saw 1.4/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You-Iberia Bi) score for Rick Ebbinge and trainer Engwerda timed in 1.15.8kr and the Giganten Finale Boko Champions (purse 8,800€, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) produced another Ebbinge/Engwerda team victory as 5/10 favorite Zion Font (4g Village Mystic-Silhouette Spin) scored in 1.14.4kr for owner P.P. Davidson.   Thomas H, Hicks

Wolvega’s Championnat d’Ete (purse 11,000€, 2100 meters autostart) brought eight upper level trotters to the start on Friday and 4.2/1 Tuxedo Bi (7g Love You-Iberia Bi) scored timed in 1.13.7kr with Rick Ebbinge at the lines for harness racing trainer J.W.M. Engwerda.   The 9/10 favorite Hambo Tranns R (5g Love You- Bewitched) was second for the driver/trainer team of Robin Bakker and Paul Hagoort. 2.8/1 Durk M Boko (9g From Above-Vivian Boko) took third with Frans Van Der Blom aboard for owner/trainer H.A. Van Djik.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Post one was where it started and that’s where the 5.7/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M- Red Xing) finished as Carl Johan Jepson put this harness racing winner on the front throughout and the Ulf Stenstromer trainee was a length the best on the line in the Copenhagen Cup timed in 1.11.4kr.   The victory was Brad’s 12th career win in 45 starts now for 3,487,543dkr earned for this Menhammar Copenhagen Cup 2019 winner (purse 375,000dkr to the winner, 2011 meters autostart, 10 starts in this Gr. I UET Masters Series event).   Cyber Lane (6g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and 36/1 Generaal Bianco (6g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna-Coktail Jet) took the third check for reinsman and trainer Peter Untersteiner.     Earlier in the exciting, well-attended program was the Scarlet Knight Open (75,000dkr to the winner, 1600 meters autostart) and 15/1 odds veteran O Grady (13m SJs Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasker) toughed out a victory timed in 1.10.8kr with Kaspar K. Anderson the pilot for owner/trainer Torben Horgaard.   O Grady won for the 47 th time in 127 career starts now for 5,172,636dkr earned. 4.7/1 Slide So Easy (10g Quite Easy) was up for second ahead of pacesetter 1.8/1 favorite Vasterboonthenews (11g Credit Winner) reined by Johnny Takter.     Other interesting winners on the program included Zahra ML (4f Nad Al Sheba-Cleo d’Alfa-Armbro Goal) in a 2000 meter autostart race for mares.   The 50,000dkr first prize winner was timed in 1.14.1kr for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan.   This mare has three wins in four starts this year. A Mares Elite race for 75,000dkr to the winner went to Queen Of Sand (5f Maharajah-Frillanj Filiokus-Malabar Circle As) timed in 1.13.4kr over 2000 meters autostart, for teamster Stefan Soderkvist. The 100,000dkr first prize in a four year old contest went to 1.4/1 favorite Mister F. Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love- Love You) timed in 1.13kr and teamed with pilot Robbin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort.   This was his first start in 2019 and eighth career win in 13 starts. Jozef Vanduffel owns this one. The V75 Silver for 110,000dkr to the winner, saw Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) secure this 1.12.5kr timed victory. Peter Untersteiner trains Heart Of Steel and he teamed her to an eighth career victory in 34 appearances.   Thomas H. Hicks

October 22, 2017 - Tyrolean Dream took today’s Graf Kalman at Krieau Austria timed in 1.14.6kr and reined by Rudolf Haller. The six year old harness racing son of Dream Vacation is owned by Stall Wiesenhof. He defeated 57/1 Palema Photo and 34/1 Oncoming Diamant to earned the winners share of the €25,000 purse. Graf Kalman Hunyady (purse €25,000, 2600 meters autostart, 11 starters) Race time 1.14.6kr 4.8/1 Tyrolean Dream (6m Dream Vacation-Super Dream), Rudolf Haller trainer/driver for Stall Wiesenhof 57.5/1 Palema Photo (9g Gidde Palema-Novels Photo), Erich Kubes driver, Marion Hoppe trainer/owner 34.4/1 Oncoming Diamant (9g SJs Photo-Oruscha Diamant), Christoph Schwarz up, Gerhard Biendl trainer King of the World and Popeye Diamant were fourth and fifth. Two year olds contested the Breeders Course Final at Wolvega today and 5.6/1 Avalon Mists was victorious timed in 1.14kr for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. The daughter of Pastor Stephen is owned by Stall Why Not and she bested 4/5 favorite Smokin Joe reined by trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The Explosive Matter gelding Filur Sisu took third. Summary follows: Breeders Crown Final (purse €70,000, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) Race time 1.14kr 5.6/1 Avalon Mists (2f Pastor Stephen-Sunshibe Bi), Robin Bakker up for Stall Why Not, trainer Paul Hagoort 4/5 Smokin Joe (2g Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face), Lutfi Kolgjini trainer/driver/co-owner 7.9/1 Filur Sisu (2g Explosive Matter-Dream Boy), Per Nordstrom trainer/driver In France action this day was at La Capelle with two nice victories by Decidement and Ecume du Reville is races each carrying purses of €25,000. See below: Prix Douceur (purse €25,000, 2750 meters, 13 starters) Race time 1.15.7kr 4/1 Decidement (4m Iton du Gite-QWuordoba), Jarma Niskanen owner/trainer/driver Prix l’AisneNouvelle (purse €25,000, 2750 meters, 12 starters) Race time 1.15.8kr 8/1 Ecume de Reville (3f Hand du Vivier-Perle Villetot), Alexis Prat up, Fredric Prat trainer Thomas Hicks  

May 20, 2017 - Top level youngsters led the harness racing action Saturday evening at Wolvega with the Criterium des 4 Ans (purse €13,200, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) going to 1.8/1 Gaz Occagnes (4m Gazouillis-Rosy Pierre) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer H.A.J. Grift. Grift Jr. (4m Zola Boko-Memory Boko) was second for Robin Bakker driving for trainer Paul Hagoort. Third was Bringo Boko (4g From Above-Staro Almighty) for Jaap Van Rign. Race time was 1.15kr. The Breeders Course (purse €11,000, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed and 5/2 favored Hambo Transs R (3m Love You-Bewitched) reined by Hugo Langeweg Jr, for Paul Hagoort training for Stal Fleurs BV.. The well-bred 6.4/1 Classic Connection (3m Love You-Crys Dream) was second in his first start for owner Jean Pierre Dubois, the pilot too. Yves Boireau trains for owner Dubois. This one is a son for US$840,000 winner Crys Dream (Taurus Dream-Crystas Image-Balanced Image), she third in the Hambletonian Oaks. The dam Crystas Image also produced US$639,000 winner Brigham Dream, a Breeders Crown winner at age four in the US. Third this day was Vincent (3m Classic Photo-Olga LP) reined by Rick Ebbinge for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. Thomas H. Hicks

November 13, 2015 - Vidar Hop teamed Norway’s B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid) to a gate to wire harness racing victory in today’s Prix des Geants (purse €61,600, 2100 meters, 11 starters before two scratches – Coldtown and Voltigeur de Myrt) at Holland’s Wolvega Victoria Park racecourse. The Frederick Solberg trainee, at 6.9/1, scored narrowly timed in 1.13.4kr for Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlsen, a photo finish victory over 8.1/1 Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) driven by Robin Bakker for trainer P.J.P Hagoort and owner Stal Mille Fleurs BV. 9.7/1 Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo) was third for Gabriel Gerlormini and trainer Jorgen Westholm with fourth to 14/1 Duke Of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) with Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Peter J. Strooper. The beaten field also included Solea Rivelliere, Ustinof du Vivier, Booster Winner, Rod Stewart and Zorba Oldeson. Thomas Hicks  

Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) took Saturday’s Wolvega Breeders Crown (purse €14,280, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) clocked in 1.14.7kr for reinsman Robin Bakker, harness racing trainer P.J.P. Hagoort and Stal Mille Fleurs BV. The 6.4/1 odds winner bested 3.9/1 Exceptional Boko (5g Virgill Boko-Uncommon Boko) and driver Dion P. Tesselaar, also trainer. 23.3/1 Eagle B Butcher (5m Pagasus Boko-Iwema’s First) took third for John De Leeuq and trainer J.C. Bot. At Le Cepiere the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €35,000, 2950 meters, 13 European starters) went to 1.16.2kr timed 6.4/1 odds Aribo Mix (6g Reve des Vaillees-Hardness) for trainer/driver D. Cordeau. 45/1 Topaze de Canderie (9f Legs du Clos-Oree Line) was second for J.Ph. Monclin ahead of 3.4/1 Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) and reinsman Christophe Martens. At LeCroise Laroche on Saturday was the Prix de France (purse €30,000, 1800 meters autostart, 15 entrants) and victory was earned by 7.6/1 Tesaco de Pont (9g Kesaco Phedo-Ma Soiree du Pont) timed in 1.11.6 for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 4.3/1 Vulcain (7g Diamant Gede-Nouvelle Perle) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Third was the even-money choice Uzo Josselyn (8m Love You-Lezire Josselyn) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie des Charmes. At Kincsem Park their featured Ketevesek Versenye for two year-olds (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 4.7/1 Celsius Evo (2m Pilgrims Taj-Daniellesine-Donerail) clocked in 1.20.1kr for driver Viktoria Nemeth, trainer Lajos Marton and AMMA Loversenmy Kft. The 1/5 favorite Villam Ville (2g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) took second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Third went to Vulcano Boy (2m Tony Oaks-Oracle-Lindy Lane) with Dejan Katamic up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. The undercard included the co-featured Zapolya DIJ (purse 600,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) and victory was earned by the 2/5 favorite Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) with Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs up for trainer B. Johasz and owners Horses and Houses Kft and the driver. 5.6/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Impossant Sund) was second for Dejan Katanic and trainer Hajnal with third to 4.1/1 Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) with Emese Vezer aboard for trainer Emil Csordas. Also on the card was the 400,000Huf Early Harvester DIJ raced over 1960 meters distance handicapped. The 1.19.9kr timed victory went to 5.4/1 Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) for driver Dejan Katanic. Tibor Hajnal trains this one for Illetmeny Kft and Tomislav Viscjic. 5.4/1 Tequila Hush (4m Oncoming Hush-Lady Shatterley-Bourbon) took second for trainer/driver Pal Arokszallasi and third went to 18.3/1 Unipress (3f Incredible Cole-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. Leading FR dash winning trot drivers/jockeys are as follows through October 1st: Drivers: J-M Bazire 196, Eric Raffin 129, Franck Nivard 128, Mathieu Abrivard 108, Gabriel Galormini 98 Monte Jockeys: Eric Raffin 57, Alexandre Abrivard 41, Yoann Lebourgeois 40, Anthony Barrier 32, Matthieu Mottier 30. Thomas H. Hicks

2/1 odds Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-LaBelle Lady-Conway Hall)  rallied from the back to sweep past for a half-length victory in the Gr. I UET Masters Series 2016 Broline Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund, the 2011 meter autostart contest was timed in 1,11,5kr by the Bjorn Goop reined, Fabrice Souloy trained winner. This special V75 day harness racing feature rewarded the winner with 375,000DKK. Total purse in euros was €100,500. 12/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) raced gallantly on the front for Erik Adielsson and trainer Dan Widegren and was second ahead of Spains 8/1 Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic), reined by Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou, that raced on the outer throughout, first without cover and later covered by El Mago Pellini that gained the death seat and held for fifth. Gigant Slugger was fourth after a ground saving journey on the pegs from post one. US import Solvato finished tenth. Your Highness was a previously accepted Elitloppet 2016 invite and there are now eight others on the roster including On Track Piraten, Nuncio, Voltigeur de Myrt, Resolve, Propulsion, Un Mer d’Heripre, Oasis Bi, and Timoko. Also on the card was the Aringseliten for 150,000DKK and contested over 2000 meters autostart. The 1.12.6kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Vincent Lacroix. 28/1 DD’s Hitman (5m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Petri Puro.  2.7/1 second choice Je d’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Mauror-Sugarcane Hanover) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Thomas H. Hicks

January 15, 2016 - Philippe Allaire’s owned and trained Bugsy Malone (5g Ready Cash-Night Captain) easily scored for driver Yoann Lebourgeois in the Q+ (jackpot €2.4 million) Prix de Mauriac (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) timed in 1.13kr even thought this pacesetter drifted wide in the stretch. Fractions were even (1.12.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13kr at 1000; 1.12.8kr at 500). Bugsy was off at 5/2 odds. 19/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) was second in a photo for Anthony Barrier with third to 16/1 Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) handled by William Bigeon. 38/1 Berry Felin (5m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois) was fourth ahead of 25/1 Baron du Chene (5m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene). A €2 exact order ticket paid over €25,000 (excluding jackpot). The Prix de Bollene (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 10 monte starters) went to 3/10 favorite Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Bianque) riden by Yoann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and timed in 1.18.2kr. 8.9/1 Drole de Gosse (3m Gazouillis-Peur Bleue) was next for Franck Nivard with 23/1 Driverigo d’Eam (3g Rodrigo Jet-Topoze d’Eronville) landing third. 3.3/1 Peace Of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa) with Roberto Andreghetti aboard took the €54,000, 2700 meter Prix de Ranes. 18 European starters contested this event with the impressive 1.13.4kr winner trained by Fabrice Souloy. 15/1 Voice Dream (7f Love You-Lovely de Paris) ended second with Anthony Barrier driving with 2.7/1 Valentine’s Day (7f Carpe Diem-Haie du Bauvatier) third and 14.5/1 Pancottina Bar (7f Varenne-Valuta Lavec) fourth. At Wolvega this day the Grand Prix W.H. Geersen (purse €9,900, 2600 meters, 13 starters) was to be a easy race for well-respected Robert Bi. But, the 2/5 favorite could only manage fourth dealing with a 20 meter handicap for driver Robin Bakker. 37/1 SJ’s Junior and driver Stefan Schoonoven nosed out 20/1 Banker Transs RB and Nico d’Haenen for the victory with third to 24/1 Crizzly Bear and driver Jos. Verbeeck. The winner clocked in 1.15.4kr as was  the second place finisher and the handicapped Robert Bi. Thomas H. Hicks

January 1, 2016 - Italy’s invaders won a pair New Year’s Day at Wolvega, Netherlands. Race summaries follow: Prix TrotPlaza.com, purse €5500, 2100 meters autostart, 8 starters. Rick Ebbinge teamed 1/10 favorite Trecciadoro Rex (4f Cantab Hall-Freedream Rex) to victory clocked in 1.16.8kr for trainer JWM Engwerda and owner AW Mollema. 16/1 Farah Diba River (4f Passing Renka-Zoelaj River) was second for the same trainer and driver Andre Bakker with third to 8/1 Velten Swan Lake (4f Federal Flex-La Beach) with Hugo Langeweg up for trainer AJ Mollema. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-nEcMK6Bk8 Prix Meno Hornstra, purse €6600, 2100 meters autostart, 11 entrants. 3/10 favorite Toscanini Font (4g Conway Hall-Dora Park) took this contest for driver Robin Bakker timed in 1.16.4kr. Paul Hagoort trains this winner for JAG Vanduffel. 45/1 Blossom Energy (8f Kepler-Pearl de Prez) was second for Danny Brouwer and 24/1 Deposito landed third for Luit De Vries. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oDaYc3RMJs Thomas H. Hicks  

December 25, 2015 - Wolvega (Netherlands) hosted a solid Christmas evening harness racing card that included three top flight races. The Grand Prix de Noel Pays Bas (purse €9,900, 2600 meters, eight contestants) went to 1/10 favorite Voltigeur de Myrt (6m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) with Gabriel Gelormini teaming for Ecurie Donati and trainer Roberto Donati. 29/1 Radamarte (5m Ganymede-Tenderembrace) was second for Andre Bakker, trainer A.J. Mollema and AGM Groot Beheer BV. 18/1 Secret Boy (7g Allison Hollow-Sugarcanes Riviera) was third with Dion Tesselaar aboard. The winner was clocked in 1.14.6kr. The Championnat de Marathon (purse €10,000, 3100 meters, nine starters) went to the 1.16.7kr timed,.5/1 odds, As des Jacquets for trainer/driver Robbin Bott for owner Stall Cortina. Second was 4.6/1 Vramdao (6m Quido du Goutier-Kiss Me Coulonces) with Andre Bakker up for trainer A.J. Mollema and PM Van Klaveron. 5.3/1 Tournis Chouan was third for Jos. Verbeeck and trainer H.A.J. Grift. The Championnat des Trotteurs Francais (purse €12,500, 2600 meters autostart, eight starters) went to the 1.15.9kr winning Vinochka (6f Milford du Chene-Miss du Chene) reined by Jos. Verbeeck. 8.9/1 Automatic Gear (5f Joker de Rozoy-Perle de Fael) was second for Andre Bakker and trainer JWN Enguerda with 2.4/1 Athena d’Hoa (5f Norman Jet-Harpe de Beaufort) also trained by Engwerda and reined by Rick Ebbinge. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 1, 2015 - At Wolvega in The Netherlands, was their featured Breeders Crown for two year-olds (purse €15,000, 1609 meters autostart, 13 starters) and the sharp 1.14kr winner (mile rate 1:59.06) was 36/1 odds Generaal Bianco (2m Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna) handled by trainer/driver Rob De Vlieger for owner Merwestall Moerdijk BV. Stablemate and 9/10 favorite Galvani Boko (2m Eilean Donon-Azeri Boko) was a close second for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar for the same owner as the winner. 10/1 Griff Jr. (2m Zola Boko-Memory Boko) was third for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Rataplan Stable. Interestingly the winner’s sire Ufo Kievitshof (Supergill-She’s Got It All-Balanced Image) was a winner of US$228,314 and his dam is a daughter of Yentl, dam of Yentls Image (US$234,909), Amesbury (US$366,240) and the great Yentls Iceman (US$443,925), this one third in the Maple Leaf Trot at age five and a year later winner of the Su Mac Lad. The dam of the third finisher, Memory Boko, is a daughter of Barbeque-Kate Lobell, Kate Lobell being a 1988 foal of Speedy Somolli-Keystone Pioneer (US$1,071,927), Pioneer the winner of the Hambletonian Oaks and Kentucky Futurity and later in a storied racing career the winner of the Canadian Trotting Classic, Copenhagen Cup, and Titan Cup. Pioneer’s dam, Passing Speed, also produce Keystone Patriot 9US$1,094,100) that won the Sweden Cup and Italy’s Lotteria. Valet d’As took the Wolvega Championnat des Trotteur Francais Finale (purse €12,500, 2600 meters autostart, 8 entrants) clocked in 1.16.3kr for driver Hugo Langeweg Jr. 4.9/1 Tournis Chouan was second for Jos. Verbeeck and trainer H-A-J Grift with third to the 2.3/1 Barolo Bleu teamed by Rick Ebbinge. Today’s Paris-Vincennes Prix de Gisors (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.1/1 favorite Boss du Meleuc (4g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) reined by Eric Raffin for owner/trainer Y-A Briand. 4.1/1 Bolide Jenilou (4g Kesaco Phedo-Meloidie Jenilou) took second for Anthony Barrier in a driving finish that just missed. A length back in a photo was third finishing 19.3/1 Baron du Chene (4m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene) for Mathieu Mottier, the pilot for trainer Franck Leblanc. The winner was clocked in 1.13.2kr. The Quinte+ (jackpot €3,6 million) of the day was the Prix des Pyrenees at Paris-Vincennes (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) and the 1.13.5kr timed winner was 15/1 Viking du Pilet (6g Kuadro Wild-Indra du Pilet) handled by Franck Ouvrie. 10/1 Donttellmeanymore (6g Andover Andover-Possessive Lilly) from Sweden’s Wallen Invest was second teamed by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 45/1 Volean du Garabin (6g Norman Jet-Dulcinee Gibus) was a close third for reinsman Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Mmr. A.F. Donati. Longshots at the top if the ticket generated a favorable exact order payoff. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 11 Viking du Pilet F. Ouvrie Y. Docquin Y. Docquin 2ème 5 Donttellmeanymore SWE F. Nivard Wallén Invest i Västervik F. Souloy 3ème 18 Volcan du Garabin G. Gelormini C. Pousse Mme A.-F. Donati 4ème 16 Vichenko Chef C. Dreux C. Dreux C. Dreux 5ème 9 Painting Wise ITY R. Andreghetti Az.Agr.Biasuzzi Srl E. Lagas  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.600.000 € - Numéro plus : 2704     Ordre :       100.992,00€     Désordre :       841,60€     Bonus 4 :       55,80€     Bonus 4sur5 :       27,90€     Bonus 3 :       18,60€                     The Prix de Luon (purse €38,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.14.4kr winner Be Unlimited (4g Prodigious-Limited Edition) driven by Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Off at 49/1 Be Unlimited defeated 8/1 Bolido Bello (4g Roc Meslois-Hedera de Bellouet) handled by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer/owner L.Cl. Abrivard. Third was 35/1 Brio de Faverol (4g Nahar de Beval-Pallida de Faverol) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. At Son Pardo (Spain) the featured Final Torneig 2015 (purse €12,000, 2650 meters, 10 starters) went to 4/5 favored Suzuka (9f Kitko-Judith du Bouffey) for driver/trainer J-A Riera and the jubilant team defeated 20/1 Uka sw Clarlande (7f Gazouillis-Lara de Clerlande). Third was 8.3/1 Sister Kin (9f Jam Pridem-Barkorea). The winner was clocked in 1.17.3kr, Thomas H. Hicks

Norwegian harness rcing amateur lady driver Anette Frones is the new champion of the ladies European champion organized by the flag of FEGAT in the Danish race courses of Aalborg and Skive.   With 3 second places and 1 third in 4 races, Anette Frones obtains a total of 47 points for a comfortable winning.   In the podium was accompanied by the Austrian driver Heidemarie Heinzer who gets a total of 37 points to keep the silver medal, and the Dutch driver Hiltje Tjalsma who with 36 points obtain the bronze medal.   Next FEGAT competitions will be in 2016, the gentlemen European Championship in The Netherlands, the ladies European championship in Finland and the World Championship in Hungary. 

October 18, 2015 - Ecurie Pierre Pilarski’s Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Jet-Love You) easily took today’s €350,000 purse Grand Prix de l’UET at Victoria Park Wolvega (Netherlands) over 2100 meters autostart. A big crowd was on hand despite rain and cold to see a dominant performance by the Sebastien Guarato trainee driven by Franck Nivard. Bold Eagle was away on top from post three and briefly let stablemate Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) gain the front before retaking quickly on the back stretch. Billie kept pace in the pocket until off the final bend when Bold Eagle opened a five length advantage to the line, timed in 1.12kr. The 3/10 odds favorite was impressive and may well be the world’s best trotter currently racing. Billie de Montfort was second clocked in 1.12.5kr for Eric Raffin as the FR-bred, trained and owned pair made a shambles of this field. Sorbet (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) was third for trainer/driver Daniel Reden with Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall) fourth for Christoffer Eriksson and Cash Gamble (4f Ready Cash-No Way Back) was fifth for reinsman Per Lennartsson. Stretch replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gf7-EpABn0I The Bold Eagle victory was his 17th in 20 career starts, now for €835,800 earned. He was bred by Jean-Etienne Dubois and race for Dubois through August 2014. First dam Reethi Rah Jet is a US$150,796 winner by Love You-Hippodamia-Workaholic and also dam of Anantara Jet 2:00.1 (US$95,704). Hippodamia produced nine foals seven of which were money winners including Quai Bourbon 1:56.1 (US$217,233). Aladin d’Ecajeul Wins Faber Audiovisiuals Elite Trophy at Wolvega Classy Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul-Halimede) won today’s €13,200 purse Faber Audiovisuals Elite Trophy at Wolvega for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ph. Dewulf. Away from the outside post eight in this 2100 meter autostart contest, Raffin took the pocket with the winner behind pacesetter Your Love Lois driven by Rick Ebbinge. Zenyatta raced third for Cess F. Kamminga until making a move in the final bend to finish second beaten 1-1/2 lengths to Aladin d’Ecajeul, that sprinted past leading Your Love Lois for the comfortable victory clocked in 1.13kr or 2:33.20. The winner secured his 14th career win, now for earnings of €950,140, as the FR connections swept the Wolvega featured events. Ouch finished fourth for teamster Jorma Kontio. Sire of the first dam of the winner is a son of Buvetier d’Aunou from Udames, dam of US$857,889 winner and top sire Ganymede. Second dam of the winner is the Florestan mare Gathia d’Ecajeul. Thomas H. Hicks

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