Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted three graded events on a well-rounded top-class card. The Prix Joseph LeFosse (Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to the 2/1 second-favorite Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) with Thomas Levesque aboard. He covered the classic distance in 1.13.9kr to win for owner Ecurie des Pommiers and trainer Mike Lenders, scoring his ninth career victory for earnings of 444,530 euro. Un Team de Nacre (5m First de Retz-Laqune de Nacre-Dream With Me) was second with Damien Bonne up with 3/2 favorite Utoky (5m Cygnus d'Odyssee-Epopee-Kimberland) third for Franck Nivard. Denmark invader New Line(8g King Conch-Pa'En Igan Frokjaer-PayDirt) took the Prix des Landes (Gr. III European, 110,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) for Pierre Levesque, catch driving the Anders Svanstedt trainee. New Line, the 1.3/1 favorite, won for the 18th time to increase his bankroll to 361,356 euro. He scored easily in 1.14.4kr to defeat Turbo Jet (6m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover) handled by Jean-Etienne Dubois with Quebir de Leau (9g Elcir de Leau-Defensive Gede-Sancho Panca) home third for Franck Nivard. The chestnut trotter led most of the way before drawing clear down the lane. The Prix Urgent (Gr. III Monte, 90,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Atlessima (3f Rocklyn-Noblessima-Goetmals Wood) with Eric Raffin in the irons for Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Phillipe Moulin trains the winner who scored in 1.15.9kr. Atlessima now sports four lifetime wins for earnings of 135,540 euro. Air de Marine (3g Caroy-Hydre de Marne-Verdict Gede) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, off at 5/2 odds. with Al Capone Jet (3m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgagne-Coktail Jet) third for Matthieu Abrivard. Several other races caught our attention. The Prix de Saint-Aubin-Les Elbeuf (males, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went to the Matthieu Abrivard driven, 23/1 outsider, Ut Viniere (5m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere-Quarsenis). He was timed in 1.14kr in what was his sixth win for 224,180 euro career earnings. Up The Green (5m Espeyrac Sun-Neimenine-Cezio Josselyn) ended second for J-M Bazire. The Prix de la Comarque (european, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) produced a victory for Teatro (6m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) handled by Christian Bigeon. Off at 2.6/1 Taetro won for the eighth time good now for 201,410 euro as he scored in 1.13.2kr. Favored Ed You broke stride and was disqualified. Tiva de la Frette (6f Indy de Vive-Kiva de la France-Turquetil) was second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. Trinity Jiel (6f Goetmals Wood-Flaya de Jiel-Ourasi) was third for Joseph Verbeeck at 79/1. The Prix de Beauvoir (females, 44,000 euro purse, 2850 meters) wen t to 19/1 outsider Vicky Love (4f Love You-Oeuvre Choisie-Quadrophenio) with Jean-Etienne Dubois aboard. Jean Baudron owns and trains the winner that defeated 13 rivals in 1.15.4kr for her first win. Venus de Fromental (4f Joker de Rozoy-Quinne du Vivier-Cedre du Vivier) was second at 13/1 for Franck Anne with 82/1 longshot Verona du Chep (4f Ganymede-Kira Pride-Bolide d'Odyssee) third for reinsman Sylvain Roger. The Prix de Mirecourt (female three year-olds, 35,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) was taken by Anais d'Olaine (3f Gogo-Melodie d'Olaine-Vivaldi de Chenu) with Alexandre Dessartre up. The 11/1 outside scored in 1.15.8kr over 43/1 Alma Dream (Lets Go Along-Orneria-Cygnus d'Odyssee) with Julien Dubois aboard for trainer Phillipe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Anoella des Landes (3f Paisy Dream-Janoela des Landes) was third for teamster Sebastien Hardy. She was off at 22/1 to complete the list of high-odds placings. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Main Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) has been retired after an excellent career that began in Italy (where he was registered) and then extended throughout Europe. Owned by Scuderia Wise H. Sas and trained by Mike Lenders for the Pierre Levesque stable, the international top-class campaigner earned 1,447,964 euro (US$ 2,006,010). That makes him the second highest earning offspring of Yankee Glide, behind Passionate Glide's US$2,060,447 and above the highest earning North American son of Yankee Glide, that being Glidemaster with US$1,968,023. Major wins and placings on the resume of Main Wise As include the Gran Criterium (Memorial Piero Biondi) victory at age two, the Gran Premio Italia and Trearingsseliten at three, and the Prix Rene Balliere at age six. He was also second in the 2012 Prix de France and third in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique behind Royal Dream and Ready Cash. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Uhlan du Val (5m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful-Beautiful Somolli) was an easy 10/1 upset winner of the first “B” leading to the 2014 Prix d’Amerique in January. He scored in 1.12.9kr in a race in which the pace quickened with each 500 meter clocking. Time at the 1500 meter mark was 1.14.2kr. This Gr. II International UET Masters Series contest, over 2700 meters for 120,000 euro purse, may signal a changing of the guard (albeit Ready Cash and other international stars were not starters) as veterans Roxanne Griff, Quinoa du Gers and Reve de Beylev ended fifth, sixth and seventh in the 13 horse field (other well-known players Quoumba du Guez, Singalo, Main Wise As, Vanika du Ruel and early leader Kadett CD were either back in the pack or disqualified). The long-striding, great-gaited winner scored for the sixth time in his career, good for over 560,000 euros. Cedric Megissier drove Uhlan du Val for owner J-P Megissier. Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral) raced well again to be second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. Favorite Tiego d’Etang (6m Chaillot-Harolene-Vroum d’Or) was third for Christian Bigeon with Treskool du Caux (6m Kool du Caux-Intervista-Off Gy) fourth with Tony LeBeller aboard. The Quinte+ race of the day (1.2 million euro jackpot) was the Prix de Cosse-Le-Vivien (2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 72,000 euro purse) with the winner being the Denmark registered New Line (8g King Conch-Pa’En Igen Frokjaer-Pay Dirt) with Pierre Levesque catch-driving for trainer Ake Svanstedt. He scored in 1.12kr to record his 17th career win good for 311,000 euros banked. Off at 3/1, the winner (who reminds this writer of Pay Dirt) defeated Tornade du Digeon (6f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme-Kimberland) and reinsman J-M Bazire with Sweden’s Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) third for Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin HB. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
The road to the 2014 Grand Prix d’Amerique officially kicks off at Vincennes on Saturday with the running of the first of the four ‘B races’ the Prix de Bretagne, which gives the winner a ticket to the great race on the last Sunday in January. The winners prize of €54,000is secondary. Two Swedish horses are among the 13 nominated for the 2700m volt start event, both with varying amounts of French breeding in their pedigree, while there is one Italian bred of pure American stock – the grand old campaigner Main Wise As, who was third in last year’s Prix d’Amerique. Last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner Royal Dream was a nomination for this race but has withdrawn as has highly rated Texas Charm, while Ready Cash has chosen to bypass the race as he did last year, when he ran second to Royal Dream. Ready Cash won the Prix de Breatgne in 2011 on his way to winning the Prix d’Amerique for the second time the following January. But last year’s winner Roxane Griff, the best mare of the stunning R generation is once again back – she was also the runner-up in 2011 – fresh from a win under saddle in the opening semi-classique (Group II) race of the Vincennes Winter Series, the Prix Reynolds. Two well-credentialled Swedes are in the line up with Anders Lindqvist-trained Pato, a former Swedish Trav-Derby and Trav-Kriterium winner who has fouled out of both his starts in France, including last time out at Vincennes recently. But he is a very talented son of Orlando Vici and was bred by the Finnish master breeder Petri Puro, who of course bred Commander Crowe on a similar Franco American cross – a French sire with a dam of pure American bloodlines. Robert Bergh’s Kadett C.D. was second in the Criterium Continental on this track last year, a rare international intrusion into the placegetters of France’s Criteriums. He has won the European Derby (Grand Prix De l'Uet (Gr1)) and the Swedish Breeders Crown and is fashionably Franco-American bred, being by former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight out of a half-French mare. Franck Leblanc’s exceptionally talented young stallion Up And Quick makes first start since his brilliant win in the Criterium des 5Ans in mid-August. He has a strong record of being in the money in big races in both Sweden and France. The field also includes the multi-talented Tiego d'Etang sixth in last year’s Prix d’Amerique and second in the Prix de Paris, but is also a group two monte winner, and the afore-mentioned super Italian-bred Main Wise As, a multiple group one winner in France and Italy, and a place getter in the Prix d’Amerique and Prix de France. The only horse in the race of pure American bloodlines, he has been an outstanding ambassador for the breed. There is also the reappearance of the four-time Group one winning mare Vanika du Ruel who was an entrant in this year’s Prix d’Amerique at the youngest possible age. Of the older brigade Quoumba de Guez was second in this race last year and is a grand old campaigner while the only representative of the S generation is Singalo, a monte specialist who won this year’s Prix De Cornulier and has also won the group one Prix de l’Ile-de-France. All his 15 victories have been under saddle. He may be aiming at one last tilt at the big race to add to his already solid stud credentials. The Prix d’Amerque is not a race the S generation has excelled in with only two horses ever competing in it, with Severino’s sixth its best effort. By contrast the R generation has eight representatives in the big race for three winners, two runners-up and another in the top five – which is why the French consider it one of the two greatest generations. The road to the greatest race in trotting starts on Saturday. PRIX DE BRETAGNE Vincennes 16/11/13 FR (G2) Int 2700m volt 4-9 120,000 1 Pato (SWE) (5h Orlando Vici- She's My Pie) Dr : Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Anders Lindqvist 2 Uhlan du Val (5h Islero de Bellouet- Indiana Beautiful) Dr : Cédric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 3 Treskool du Caux (6h Kool du Caux-Intervista) Dr : Tony le Beller Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Kadett CD (6h Scarlet Knight - Kiss Of Life) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr : Robert Bergh 5 Up And Quick (5h Buvetier d'Aunou- Fichtre) Dr : Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 6 Tiego d'Etang* (6h Chaillot- Harolene) Dr : Christian Bigeon Tr: Christian Bigeon 7 Vanika du Ruel* (4m Jardy-Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr : Franck Anne 8 Quinoa du Gers (Ganymede-Targa du Chalange) Dr : Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Rêve de Beylev (8h Fortuna Fant- Heloise Poterie) Dr : Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 10 Singalo (7h Goetmals Wood- Ingala) Dr : David Thomain Tr: Louise Baudron 11 Quoumba de Guez* (9m Urfist des Pres- Vanina de Mareuil Dr : Jean-Michel Bazire ) Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 12 Main Wise As* (7h Yankee Glide-Desert Flower K) Dr : Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 13 Roxane Griff* (8m Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) Dr : Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato "B-races" at Vincennes: Prix de Bretagne - 16 November Prix du Bourbonnais - December 7 Prix du Bourgogne - December 29th Prix de Belgique - January 12 Dave Sanders
Ulysse (5m Love You-Loctudy-Extreme Dream) took today’s Gr. I Monte Prix de Normandie at Paris-Vincennes for a purse of 240,000 euro. Thomas Levesque was aboard the winner, timed in 1.14.5kr over the 3000 meter course rain soaked surface. Off at 3/1, Levesque and Ulysse took command late and stretched his lead heading for home despite drifting wide. Mike Lenders trains the winner (Pierre Levesque stable) for owner Ecurie des Pommiers. SNC Jean Levesque bred Ulysse, now with eight career victories in 28 outings, for earnings in excess of 350,000 euro. Utopie Imperiale (5f Kepler-Joie Imperiale) finished second for Mlle. Nathalie Henry with Unikaranes (5f Montecatini-Pivoine des Hayes) third for Alexandre Abrivard. Favored Un Mec d’Heripre was fifth after stalking the leaders throughout from the outside. Yesterday at Grobois, two year-old qualifiers took place and produced interesting successful participants : Before You (Coktail Jet-Kidea), Phillipe Allaire driving, 1.20kr, this one from the dam of Ready Cash Booster Winner (Love You-Quille Viretoute), 1.20.8kr with Allaire up Bugsy Malone (Ready Cash-Night Captain), 1.20.7kr also for Allaire Blue Label (Love You-Mary Lou Wic), 1.18.7kr for J-M Bazire Bakov de Vandel (Love You-Kalmiade de Valdel), 1.19.4kr with Christophe Martens aboard Bianca Nostra (Goetmals Wood-Idumee du Dollar), 1.18.4kr for Martens by Thomas H. Hicks
Top flight undercard races from Paris-Vincennes on Saturday are summarized below, along with fast-class events at Bollnas: Prix Berck-Sur-Mer, 40,000 euro purse, 2100 meters, 1.15.1kr 1. Union des Pres (5f Indy de Vive-Kerrie du Prieur), M. Bezier up (odds 27/1) 2. Une Dame (5f Jeanbat du Vivier-Girl Begonia), Jacques Bruneau driving 3. Ultima de Carsi (5f Hulk des Champs-Heenike de Carsi), Anthony Barrier aboard Prix Emile Wendling, 85,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 1.14.4kr 1. Rori Axe (3f Ready Cash-Gamine Grif), Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Phillipe Allaire, owner Scuderia Colibri 2. Jonesy (3m Muscles Yankee- Ripley), Tomas Korvenoja, owner Ecurie OY Trot AB 3. Tast of Bourbon (3f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver and owner, Jean Baudron trainer 4. Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Upfront JM), Dominick Locqueneux, R. Hagoort trainer, owner K.K. Bijerk (Holland) Prix Joseph Aveline, 80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 1.17.2kr 1. Vassila D'Orgeres (4f Love You-Falamine), Louis Baudron driver/trainer 2. Violetta Mauzin (4f Love You-Ouely de la Merite), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin 3. Viva Island (4f Goetmals Wood-Island Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois (plus 25 meter handicap) 4. Very Nice Girl (4f Jasmin de Filore-Pocanontas de Line), B. Groult driver Prix de Basly, Gr. II monte, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 1.14kr winning time 1. Alexiandu Cherisay (3f The Big Boss-Precious Thing), Pierre-Yves Verva the winning jockey at 21/1 odds 2. Antara Buissonay (3f La Retour-Jadelle Buissonay), P-Edouard Maryaboard 3. Asana Trembladaise (3f Kuadro Wild-Passion d'Alban), Anthony Barrier up was third Prix Montier en Der. European, purse 75,000 euro, 2700 meters, 1.13.5kr winning time 1. Upman (5g Keplar-Niyafi), B. Mascle up in a driving finish 2. Orione Degli Dei (5g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei), Pierre Vercruysse up was second, trainer Mario Baroncini, owner Ecurie Balogna 3. Lobell Countess (5f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Hugo Langeweg Jr. up was third 4. Oibambam Effe(5f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Pierre Levesque driving ended fourth 5. Torrcelli (6m First de Retz-Olympic Star), Joseph Verbeeck up was fifth 6. Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire was sixth Prix du Mont Saint Michel, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, Quinte+ race of the day 1. Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade-Tarass Boulba), Damien Bonne aboard at 10/1 odds - this is a 12 time career winner of 329.000 euro and half-brother to Offshore Dream 2. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau du Loir), W. Bigeon up was second 3. Tintin d'Ecouves (6m Lucky d'Hilly-Oasis de la Basie), J-M Bazire up ended third As noted, excellent racing also took place this day at Bollnas with exceptional winners being: True Advantage (6f Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec) for Ulf Ohlsson in 1.10.7kr in the Bollnas Kommun for mares; winners share of purse was 125,000SEK over 1640 meters autostart, her 18th lifetime win good for over 2.75 million SEK. Gisela As (4f Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) was second for Ake Svanstedt; Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-Mr Nevele), a 1.10.9kr winner for Magnus Jakobsson in a Silver Division contest over 1640 meters for 125,000SEK first prize; New Line (8g King Conch-Pa'en Igen Frokjar-Pay Dirt) a 1.11.6kr winner over 2140 meters autostart in a Gold Division affair worth 150,000SEK to the winner. Ake Svanstedt piloted New Line that now has 16 wins and 2,392,000SEK earned; Royal Apanage (5m Offshore Dream-Queen Apanage-Alf Palema), a 1.12.2kr winner in a Class II event for 100,000SEK first money over the 1640 meter autostart course. Ulf Ohlsson was the pilot. Thomas H. Hicks
The Arqana-Trot Yearling Sale at Deauville was completed today. The third session produced aggregate sale proceeds of 3,091,500 euro as 125 head sold from 179 offered (69.83%). Aggregate proceeds for the session dropped 18.3% from prior year when the 130 head sold grossed 3,786,000 euro. The last day average was 24,732 euro this year compared to 29,015 euro in 2012. Day three did yield the overall sale topper, hip 487 Chambord (male 2-24-12 by Saxo de Vandel-Encombenineuse-Workaholic) to Jean Luck for 200,000 euro. This colt is half-brother to Kinder Jet (467,000 euro winner) and to the Ready Cash filly Avila, already a classic winner. Other leading yearlings on the last session were: Hip 529 – Clezio Josselyn (male 5-11-12 by The Best Madrik-Ezire Josselyn-Royal Prestige) to Neuilly Bloodstock for 160.000 euro. This one is half-brother to 367,000 euro winner Pezia Josselyn Hip 444 – Carbure (male 4-27-12 by Sam Bourbon-Olvera Jet-Defi d’Aunou) to Stefan Hultman for 65,000 euro Hip 429 – Cantal de la Giro (male 1-1-12 by Rieussec-Nelly des Feux-Buvetier d’Aunou) for 60,000 euro to Jean-Etienne Dubois Hip 213 – Cahal des Rioults (male 2-22-12 by Password-Plesse des Rioults-Coktail Jet) for 60,000 euro Hip 504 – Chianti Premium (male 4-7-12 by Sam Bourbon-Prima Bourbon-Coktail Jet) for 56,000 euro to Vincent Martens. This colt is half-brother to Virginie Prime and from a strong maternal family Hip 437 – CaptainMarancourt (male 3-25-12 by The Best Madrik-Perle Magique-Buvetier d’Aunou) to Stall Courant AB for 55,000 euro Hip 535 – Clovis (male 1-22-12 by Sam Bourbon-Reine de la Loge) for 55,000 euro to an unreported buyer The final session, which represented young stallions, produced winning bids from leading European trainers and owners such as Lutfi Kolgjini, Stefan Melander, Louis Baudron, Pierre Levesque, Jean-Etienne Dubois, Thierry Duvaldestin, Pierre Vercruysse and Neuilly Bloodstock. For the three days combined, the sale of 358 yearlings (from 511 offered, 70%) produced aggregate sales of 8,802,500 euro, averaging 24,588 euro each. Total aggregate sales were down 0.11% from prior year and average was down 2.2%. 349 yearlings sold in 2012. Top 20 Products 1. Lot 487: Chambord (M.) Saxo de Vandel / Encombevineuse 200 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : LUCK Jean. 2. Lot 63: Cappriccio Face (M.) Coktail Jet / Matsuyama 170 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 3. Lot 107: Chicago (M.) Jag de Bellouet / Hermine d'Urga 170 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : ERNAULT Sébastien. 4. Lot 98: Chaparal de Vandel (M.) Ready Cash / Maélia de Vandel 160 000 € Vendor : Tour De Vandel, Buyer : TOULORGE Christophe. 5. Lot 103: Chemsak Vedaquais (M.) Coktail Jet / Jupilles 160 000 € Vendor : Védaquais, Buyer : STALL COURANT AB. 6. Lot 529: Clezio Josselyn (M.) The Best Madrik / Ezira Josselyn (us) 160 000 € Vendor : Bois Josselyn, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 7. Lot 6: Colbert d'Am (M.) Goetmals Wood / Kalmie Melody 150 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : Ecurie Lutfi Kolgjini AB. 8. Lot 26: Cristal Money (M.) Coktail Jet / Making Money 110 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : . 9. Lot 30: Cross Dairpet (M.) Quaker Jet / Passion du Cèdre 110 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : CORMY Mickaël pr : ECURIE MICHEL SARDOU. 10. Lot 3: Cocktail du Biwetz (M.) Coktail Jet / Olga du Biwetz 100 000 € Vendor : Sassy, Buyer : DE JONG Jack G.H. pr : DRAGON TROTTERS BV . 11. Lot 374: Corot de Vandel (M.) Scipion du Goutier / Ophélia de Vandel 92 000 € Vendor : Tour De Vandel, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 12. Lot 84: Casta Madrik (F.) Goetmals Wood / Pretty Jet 90 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : BIGEON Jean-Luc. 13. Lot 11: Connecticut (M.) Love You / Qualie Flore 85 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : . 14. Lot 8: Colonel de Reux (M.) Coktail Jet / La Rouge 76 000 € Vendor : Reux, Buyer : MANCEAU Pascal-Maurice pr : CHAMPIE Gilbert. 15. Lot 85: Casualty Of Love (F.) Goetmals Wood / Ma Crown 75 000 € Vendor : Brosse, Buyer : Ecurie Lutfi Kolgjini AB. 16. Lot 110: Ciel d'Azur (M.) Gazouillis / Perle de Mai 75 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 17. Lot 75: Carmin (M.) Jag de Bellouet / Tina Perle 67 000 € Vendor : Trois Rivières, Buyer : BIGEON Jean-Luc. 18. Lot 38: Cyrano (M.) Goetmals Wood / Queen Bird 65 000 € Vendor : Ecajeul, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. 19. Lot 43: Cyrus des Roseaux (M.) Jag de Bellouet / My Love Lady 65 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : STALL COURANT AB. 20. Lot 362: Comme un Fou (M.) Repeat Love / Night Shade 65 000 € Vendor : Madrik, Buyer : Neuilly Bloodstock. by Thomas H. Hicks
The French are preparing for an invasion, and they’ve called for the cavalry to protect honour, glory and the small matter of half a million euros in the final of the UET Masters Series. The French legion which will attempt to win the first ever Masters Series final at Vincennes is headed by the world’s best trotter Ready Cash, his heir apparent Timoko plus a recent world record breaker Save The Quick in what must be admitted is a much stronger race than last year’s inaugural running in Solvalla. The Masters Series is a brilliant concept and It has certainly been enhanced with the inclusion of such highly rated French horses such as Ready Cash who has won two Prix D’Amerique and was also runner-up in the world’s greatest race in a career in which he has won 35 times in 57 starts and amassed over €4million. This season he relinquished his Prix D’Amerique crown to Royal Dream, another from the remarkable R generation, but then bounced back the following week to beat his rival in the Group I Grand Prix de France, his third win in that event. He then won the Grand Prix de Paris - another Group I over the marathon 4000m - before settling down to stud duties. The 8-year-old son of Imoko resumed his racing career in July with another win, in a low level race. Thierry Duvaldestin’s champion warmed up for this event in the Group I GP de Wallonie at Mons in Belgium where he went off stride when being switched from the trail by regular pilot Jos Verbeeck to try and pass Timoko when full of running. It was a rare mistake by the French superstar who will be right at home in Vincnnes and keen to make amends against his younger rival, the undisputed star of the T generation, which is also fashioning a glowing reputation. Timoko, like Ready Cash, is already performing stud duties, and very popular as a winner of both the Criterium des 3 and 4 Ans, but he does not take a break while performing them, still managing to fit in a full racing schedule which included a trip to Solvalla for the Elitloppet, where he finished third in the final. Richard Westerink’s star is an accomplished sprinter, with his wins this season having been all over the shorter distances, 2300m in the GI Prix de Wallonie, 2100 in the Prix d’Atlantique at Enghien and a mile in both the Prix de Washington (Vincennes) and Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes Sur Mer. He finished third to Ready Cash in the GP de France over 2100m. And Timoko has also never finished better than fourth in this company over the 2700m distances with a fourth in Prix Kerjacques and he was seventh in the Prix d’Amerique. The 2700m may still be beyond him, especially when the pace is likely to be forced with the likes of Save The Quick in the field Franck LeBlanc’s world record breaking mare stunned the world with her run in the European Championship for mares. She has a string of second placings in some of the biggest races in the world, including last year’s Prix Du Cornulier (the world’s richest monte at 700,000) and also in the first UET Masters Series final in Solvalla last year. She was also second in the European Championship for mares the previous year too. Can she go one better in this race too. She is certainly capable, if Ready Cash has an off day. Roxane Griff is the best mare of the great R generation, lying third overall in earnings to Ready Cash and the recently retired gelding Rapide Lebel. She may have had only 14 wins in 62 career starts but several have been at this track, at this distance, in this company. She has also amassed a string of placings in the world’s biggest races – including a second in the Prix D’Amerique. She is a dead set stayer (due no doubt to her 85% French bloodlines) and even though she has not had one of her best years, this is the sort of race she excels in. The Best Madrik is Jean Etienne Dubois’ stable star – he ranks number two on earnings behind his great rival Timoko, the pair being the only millionaires so far in this generation, although Texas Charm will soon join them. The Best Madrik won the Criterium des 5 Ans after finishing third in the Prix d’Amerique earlier in 2012 and this year finished second in the Hugo Abergs Memorial in July and finished fifth a fortnight ago in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Enghien in a warm up for this race. A rising star but perhaps a year too early. Reve de Beylev is another R generation and the sixth millionaire from the crop and has had a stellar year with second placings in his last five outings, all Group II s worth over €100,000 . He has been a model of consistency without cracking a big win in the top echelon, one of those unfortunates to be in a generation without peer. He is the outsider of the French contingent but deserves his place on this year’s form. This may be the best field ever assembled in Europe, with the best geldings like Elitloppet winners Commander Crowe and Nahar getting a rare chance at the Temple of Trot to run on the great track, for a great prize, in a great field. Sit back and enjoy European and world trotting at its finest on Saturday, at Vincennes , Paris, France. FINALE UET TROTTING MASTERS 2013 Vincennes, FRANCE 500,000 Group I 4-10 2700m 1. BAGLEY (GERMANY, UET rank: 27) (8g Bartali Ok (IT)-Novel Boshoeve (DE)) Owner: Dagmar & Thomas Bosner Trainer: Conrad Lugauer, Jagersro 74 starts 18 wins €368,582 Best kilometer rate: 1'09"9 SEASON’S FORM: 51534221132 2. ON TRACK PIRATEN (SWEDEN, UET rank: 33) (5g Kool du Caux (FR)-Monrovia (SE)) Owner: Stall Mörkermasse Trainer: Hans Strömberg , Rattvik Driver: Pierre Vercruysse € 393,411 42 starts 9 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'11"3 SEASON’S FORM: 06036103301 3. SANITY (SWEDEN, UET rank: 27) (7g Love You (FR)-Flash Light (SE)) Owner: Stall Sanity Trainer: Malin Lofgren, Solvalla Driver: Jarmo Niskanen €716,395 59 starts 25 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'09"2 SEASON’S FORM: 32d623340310 4. NAHAR (SWEDEN, UET rank: 5) (8g Love You (FR)-Mahonny Broline (SE)) Owner: Stall Sedin Trainer: Robert Bergh, Bergsaker Driver: Robert Bergh €1,031,825 70 starts 24 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'09"7 SEASON’S FORM: 5d26114d12112d10 5. REVE DE BEYLEV (FRANCE, UET rank: 17) (8h Fortuna Fant (FR)-Heloise Poterie (FR)) Owner: Ecurie D.H. du Haras de l'Epinay Trainer: Sebastien Guarato Driver: Dominik Locqueneux €1,089,260 77 starts 14 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'09"5 SEASON’S FORM: 591d36822222 6. BRAD DE VELUWE (FINLAND, UET rank: 6) (5h Andover Hall (US)-Amazing Ride (FI)) Owner: Lars Ingman Trainer: Tomas Korvenoja Driver: Tomas Korvenoja €1 091 655,00 34 starts 23 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'09"7 SEASON’S FORM: 1221431544 7. THE BEST MADRIK (FRANCE, UET rank: 14) (6h Coktail Jet (FR)-Lady Madrik (FR)) Owner: Ecurie Victoria Dreams Trainer: J.E. Dubois Driver: Jean Etienne Dubois €1,294,110 52 starts 13 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'10"1 SEASON’S FORM: 65525863325 8. SAVE THE QUICK (FRANCE, UET rank: 7) (Jasmin de Flore (FR)-Heureuse Duchesse (FR)) Owner: Ecurie E. Quick Star Trainer: Franck Leblanc Driver: B Goop €1,395,079 62 starts 11 wins : Best kilometer rate: 1'10"5 SEASON’S FORM: 0d68664460313 9. MAIN WISE AS (ITALY, UET rank: 11) (7h Yankee Glide (US)-Desert Flower K (US)) Owner: Ecurie Gerrits Recycling Trainer: Mike Lenders Driver: Pierre Levesque €1,473,080 48 starts 10 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'10"5 SEASON’S FORM: 03ddd84296433 10. ROXANE GRIFF (FRANCE, UET rank: 27) (8m Tenor de Baune (FR)-Julia Mesloise (FR)) Owner: Ecurie Griff Trainer: S. Guarato Driver: Eric Raffin €1,605,118 79 starts 14 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'10"2 SEASON’S FORM: 000334dd3 11. TIMOKO (FRANCE, UET rank: 2) (6h Imoko (FR)-Kiss Me Coulonces (FR)) Owner: Richard Westerink Trainer: Richard Westerink Driver: Jos Verbeeck €1,832,230 48 starts 19 wins Best kilometer rate: 1.10.0 SEASON’S FORM: 3737114312111 12. COMMANDER CROWE (SWEDEN, UET rank: 9) (10g Juliano Star (FR)- Somack (FI)) Owner: Smogarps Gard AB Trainer: Fabrice Solouy Driver: Jean Michel Bazire €3,410,612 89 starts 55 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'08"9 SEASON’S FORM: d100261126 13. READY CASH (FRANCE, UET rank: 3) (8h Indy de Vive (FR) - Kidea (FR)) Owner: Philippe Allaire Trainer: Thierry Duvaldestin Driver: Franck Nivard €4,014 300 57 starts 35 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'10"3 SEASON’S FORM: 2111d by David Sanders
Quoumba de Geuz (9f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil) with trainer J-M Bazire aboard for Ecurie Vautors scored an upset victory in the 150,000 euro Gr. II International UET Masters Prix J.L. Lagardere. The game mare, a winner of 1.1 million euro lifetime, nailed Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) and Franck Ouvrie at the line in 1.15.5kr. Roxane Griff was third for Eric Raffin with Quinoa du Gers (Franck Nivard) and The Best Madrik (J. Et. Dubois) finishing fourth and fifth. The undercard was also closely contested. The Gr. III Prix Presse Hippique (2875 meters. Gr. II European, 85,000 euro purse) went to Vagabond du Mag (4g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary) and J-M Bazire over Village Mystic (4m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres) and Louis Baudron in 1.14.4kr. Voltigeur de Myrt (Dominik Locqueneux), Clint W. Boko (Robin Bakker) and Villeroj (J-Et. Dubois) took spots three through five in a driving finish among this talented group of four year-olds. The Gr. III Prix de la Porte Versailles (75,000 euro purse, 2150 meters autostart) produced an all Italy finish with the top five being Italian registered invaders. Nephenta Lux (6f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM) won this event with relative ease for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy, over Noir Desir (6g Daguet Rapide-Ocanelle) with Michel Lenoir up. Nene'Degli Uliva (Alexandre Abrivard), Oibamba Effe (Pierre Levesque) and Orione Degli Dei (Pierre Vercruysse) were next across the line. by Thomas H. Hicks
Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) was the decisive 4/1 winner of the Gr. I International UET Masters Series Hugo Abergs Memorial tonight at Malmo. Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Fabrice Souloy, the veteran international star won for the third time in eight 2013 starts for seasonal earnings of 1,794,000SEK. The Commander now has life earnings of 29,521,000SEK and 55 wins in 87 starts. He covered the 1609 meter autostart course in 1.10.7kr over a rain soaked racetrack to earn first prize of 1 million SEK. Purse was 199,500 euro. The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo) was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 10/1 with 26/1 Bagley (8g Bartoli Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) third for Conrad Lugauer. Brad de Veluwe was fourth and Owen Club ended fifth. Favored Sebastian K ended 7th with Raja Mirchi and Elitloppet winner Nahar disqualified after breaks. The Jagersro card included many other top class events with highlights below: Edward Ale (5g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) captured the Avena Service Pris in 1.10.5kr for Peter Ingves. The 1609 meter autostart test produced 150,000SEK for the winner who is now a 14 time victor in 34 starts; Picture F.H. (6f SJs Photo-Princess Tigerlilly-Speedy Crown) won 70,000SEK for her 1.10.8kr score in the 1609 meter autostart Miljofab event for driver Axel Jacobsen; Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) scored in 1.10.4kr over 1609 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK in the Vittsjoborgs Stolopp for mares. Alessandro Gocciadoro drove the Italian winner to defeat Miss Sue V (Daniel Reden up) Pantholops (Orjan Kihlstrom) and Mermaid As (Peter Untersteiner). The winner now has 26 wins in 101 lifetime starts for over 5.3 million SEK; Sem Jafet (5g SJs Photo-Persila-Pershing) captured the marathon 3140 meter Malmo Pris for Peter Unterste ner in 1.14.2kr. He earned 350,000SEK first money by defeating Juggle Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) and Save The Quick (Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Franck Leblanc); Please Perfect (6m Ens Snapshot-Perfect Cowboyland-Always A Way) captured the Casino Cosmopol Pris to earn 70,000SEK first money. Steen Juul drove the winner in 1.10.9kr over 1609 meters autostart. Next across the line were Berlusconi (Bjorn Goop), Nothing But Class (Ake Svanstedt) and Onirique (Jean-Etienne Dubois). The winner now has five 2013 wins in eight starts; Traveling Man (8m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) won 150,000SEK for his victory in the Telia Pris over 1609 meters autostart. Johan Untersteiner drove for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden, covering the course in 1.10.5kr; The Premio Going Kronos for 300,000SEK first money went to Boys Going In (3m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou) for Fredrik Persson in 1.12.2kr over Ivar Sanna (Jorma Kontio) and highly regarded Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan; The Pris Cagnes-sur-mer for 300,000 first money went to Magic Tonight (4m Andiver Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) for the Kihlstrom/Roger Walman combination. He scored in 1.10.8kr over Beer Summit (4m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl) and Ulf Ohlsson with third taken by Powell Bi (4m Toss Out-Gulfstream-Pine Chip) for Jorma Kontio and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Last weekend (July 27-28) preparations took place at Berlin-Mariendorf for the upcoming German Trotting Derby. The featured International Matadoren-Rennen for 100,000 euro purse over 2500 meters went to Amour d'Occagnes and driver Christophe Martens. The Diamant Gede stallion scored in 1.14.52kr to defeat Deuxieme Picsous (Johan Untersteiner), Main Wise As (Pierre Levesque) and Monster Drive (Ulf Ohlsson). The Monte Derby went to veteran class-master Prince de Montfort in 1.13kr over 1900 meters for jockey Quentin Seguin. Henk A.J. Griff now trains the monte champion for Stal de Groninger. Hannieball (Silvia Paspes) was second ahead of Reve de Servette (Michelle Kokkes). Five divisions of males went postward, for 20,000 euro purses, for spots in the famous Eduard Winter Deutsches TraberDerby for 120,000 euro on August 3rd with the best three year-olds participating. Winners over the 1900 meter autostart course were: More Caviar (Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse), 1.16.6kr for Arnold Mollema Nu I Nu (Love You-Noblesse Oblige), 1.14.84kr winner for Hugo Langeweg Jr. Duke Of Greenwood (Otello Pierji-Niki Groenhof), 1.16kr for Peter J. Strooper Stanislawski (Meaulnes du Corta-Welcome to Circus), 1.16.68kr for Robin Bakker Tiger Woods As (Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip, 1.14.37 for Bakker The fillies contested four divisions for 10,000 euro purses over 1900 meters autostart with winners being: Abasi (Love You-Abani W), 1.16.26 with Gerhard Mayr driving Fraulein Wunder (Love You-Fidelitas)m 1.16.11kr with Roland Hulskath up Red Riding Hood (Quite Easy-Heather Bi), 1.16.85kr for Conrad Lugauer Mustangs Sally (Quick Wood-Star Groenhof), 1.16.47kr for Robin Bakker The fillies will also battle on August 3rd for nearly 103,000 euro in the German Tote Deutsches Stuten-Derby. Considered Germany's most famous and modern harness racing sports venue, Mariendorf was launched in 1913 and first hosted the German Traber Derby in 1915. The current fan facility was built in 1972 and total attendance of the Derby is usually about 50,000 as the race is a top-class event for the equine athletes and as a social event. The coming weekend is clearly Derby weekend for trotters in Germany, Hungary and the USA's Hambletonian and companion Oaks for fillies. by Thomas H. Hicks
The 7-year-old Italian trotter Leben RL, driven by Pierre Levesque, made the harness racing headlines yesterday at Vincennes by winning the Prix de Bois de Vincennes over 1-11/16 miles -- the same distance as the Prix d'Amerique -- in 1:56 (mile rate), just one-fifth of a second short of the race and track record.
The two-time winner of the Prix d'Amerique, harness racing trainer/driver Pierre Levesque, has won an appeal in a civil court and will return to racing within the next week.