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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

YONKERS, N.Y. – When the European harness racing contingent for the Yonkers International Trot bedded down at Yonkers Raceway Friday afternoon, Slide So Easy wasn’t among their ranks. Denmark’s representative flew to the U.S. ahead of the pack this year. Accompanied by his caretaker Martin Bjerregaard, Slide So Easy arrived stateside last week and shipped to Åke Svandstedt’s Legend Farm in Wrightstown, New Jersey. “We went over a little earlier this year,” Bjerregaard said. “He’s not really that good when you have to do a long travel like that. We just wanted to come over a little earlier so that maybe he would settle in a little better.” Slide So Easy competed in last year’s renewal of the Yonkers International Trot, finishing eighth for trainer and driver Flemming Jensen. The long journey from Jensen’s stable just west of the northern Denmark town of Hjallerup to Yonkers proved tough on the trotter. “We’ve been doing travel to Sweden and Norway and he’s been OK about that. But being on a plane for eight hours, it was hard on him.” Bjerregaard recalled. “We were at the farm last Thursday, so a week ago. It’s good up here and he’s likes it, too. They have a lot of good paddocks and a nice trail, so that’s really good being up here. “He’s better this year, he really is,” Bjerregaard continued. “For him to be able to settle in, that’s good for him.” Not only has Slide So Easy settled in better, he’s also been better on the track this year. Now 10 years old, the son of Quite Easy out of the Smokin Yankee mare Elegante Frokjar is 7-for-11 overseas, racing in Sweden and Norway, in addition to his home country for owners Team Clemmensen & Christensen. Slide So Easy’s biggest wins this season each produced lifetime marks. He trotted a 1:10.3 kilometer rating when besting Coktail Fortuna by a neck in a 1640-meter Gulddivisionen leg at Kalmar June 23. Slide So Easy lowered his mark again to 1:10.2 in a 1600-meter League 1 trot at Charlottenlund Aug. 25. Slide So Easy has only been worse than second in one start this year, when seventh in the Group 1 Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke June 9. “This is maybe his best season since we’ve had him,” Bjerregaard said. “Either he wins or he’s second and he’s been winning against really nice horses in Sweden. He did two new lifetime marks this year as well. He’s just been really good this year. “It is kind of a surprise,” Bjerregaard continued. “He is 10 years old and it seems like he’s the best he’s ever been. It is kind of surprising for him to be in that good shape as a 10-year-old.” Bjerregaard has worked with Slide So Easy since the gelding came to Jensen’s barn from Kenneth Nielsen in early 2016. Two key factors come to mind when the caretaker considered Slide So Easy’s success. “First of all, he really loves his job. That’s the main thing,” Bjerregaard said. “He’s easy going, he’s got a really good gait to him. He goes easy over the ground. That’s the main thing for him. Everything is just easy for him.” Bjerregaard grew up taking care of ponies. However, he dreamed of doing more with horses and began working in a racing stable as an after-school job. The pursuit of his passion led him to Jensen’s stable in 2015. “When I was 11 or 12, I wanted to be working after school. I got in touch with a trainer in Denmark and I started coming to his barn after school,” Bjerregaard said. “I did that for a few years, I was with him for two years full time. “I just went on with it, working for a couple of different trainers. I worked for Lindy Farms for two years over here and then when I went back, I called up Flemming. He was looking for people and I called him and he said, ‘let’s try it.’ I’ve been there for the last four years now.” Over those years, Bjerregaard has learned it’s better to cooperate with Slide So Easy than to fight him. “He’s a gentleman. Sometimes he can act a little spoiled, but I guess that’s me spoiling him. He’s good to be around. He’s a nice horse,” the caretaker said. “There are things you have to do his way and you don’t really want to fight with him about it. "Sometimes when you come back from jogging, he just wants to push you around and he wants to push his head up against you. You just have to let him do it. If you want to fight him, he just gets all mad, so that’s one of his things.” After arriving at Legend Farm, Slide So Easy got one day off in the field before returning to work. Bjerregaard likes the way Slide So Easy is training ahead of his second Yonkers International bid. “The first day we were here, I just turned him out in the paddock. He had been on a plane for many hours and he just wanted to get outside, so the first day he was only in the paddock. The next couple days, I jogged him a few miles. And then he trained Monday (Sept. 30) and he did train (Thursday, Oct. 3) as well. He’s just been jogging all the other days,” Bjerregaard said. “He’s doing intervals on the sand over here at Åke’s farm. I think Åke is going to take him a mile on his track maybe Monday (Oct. 7) just to see what he feels like,” Bjerregaard continued. “He’s been really good. He’s used to the sand from home, but still it’s different. He’s been doing it really in a good way, so I’m happy with him.” Slide So Easy will compete against nine trotters in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot Saturday, Oct. 12, including Cruzado Dela Noche, who beat Slide So Easy and nine others in last year’s edition and returns as the defending champion for Sweden. 2018 Hambletonian winner Atlanta and Guardian Angel AS will each represent the U.S. while Marion Marauder will race for Canada. The other European invaders are Bahia Quesnot (France), Lionel (Norway), Norton Commander (Germany), Uza Josselyn (Switzerland), and Zacon Gio (Italy). “It is really good horses this year. Last year, we drew the 10 hole and it wasn’t really good, but hopefully, we’ll get a better draw this year and maybe we can get a check or something. It is really good horses he’s competing against,” Bjerregaard said. “To win would be absolutely crazy,” he continued. “I don’t know what it would feel like, but of course it would be amazing. For us to just be here and competing against these great horses and hopefully he’s going to get a nice race and get a check or something. That would be really nice, too.” Win or lose, the experience of competing in the Yonkers International Trot isn’t lost on Bjerregaard. “It’s a good experience to be a part of. Everybody is good to you and it’s a big thing for us to come over here and compete in this big race. They’re just doing everything they can to make you feel at home, so it’s a really good experience and it’s a lot of fun.” The $1 million Yonkers International Trot is slated for Saturday, October 12 at Yonkers Raceway. The card will also feature a pair of $250,000 invitationals, the 1 1/4-mile Harry Harvey Trot and 1-mile Dan Rooney Pace. For more information on the event and its participants, click here. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races and full results, click here. by Brendon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

No matter the outcome for Denmark's Slide So Easy in Saturday's (Oct. 13) $1 million Yonkers International Trot, owners Soren Christensen and Thomas Clemmensen are going to enjoy the experience of participating in the event. Christensen readily admits his 9-year-old gelding is the race's underdog, but is hoping for a strong effort and a little luck. Slide So Easy has won 30 of 78 career races and earned $286,054. He will start the 10-horse International Trot from post 10, in the second tier, with driver Flemming Jensen and is 15-1 on the morning line. The gelding is a son of stallion Quite Easy, whose nine victories included the 2007 Goodtimes Stakes at age 3 and divisions of the International Stallion and Champlain at age 2. "This is our first time that we have a horse in an international race," said Christensen, who has been involved in racing for 30 years. "Denmark is a very small country in trotting. He will be the underdog in the field; he has not earned the money of the other horses. But we are proud to be here and start a horse in the race." Denmark has had one winner in the International Trot, Habib in 1986. This is the 40th edition of the race, which began in 1959 and was contested until 1995 before a 20-year hiatus. The event, held at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway, was resurrected in 2015. Canada's Marion Marauder, who finished second in last year's International Trot, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's race. Elitloppet winner Ringostarr Treb, representing Italy, is the 4-1 second choice followed by Ariana G, the U.S. representative and lone mare in the race, at 5-1. Marion Marauder, who captured the Trotting Triple Crown in 2016 and was named Trotter of the Year, and Ariana G are both two-time Dan Patch Award winners. Will Take Charge, Canada's second representative in the race and 6-1 on the morning line, is a Grand Circuit winner. Of the seven European horses in the race, all but Slide So Easy have at least one Group 1 win. Slide So Easy, though, enters the International Trot with six wins and nine on-the-board finishes in his past 10 races. The horse was sold in early 2016, at which time Jensen took over the training and driving. Slide So Easy has won 18 of 32 races and $211,628 since the beginning of 2016. "He's a very complete horse, I think," said Christensen, who owns three horses with Clemmensen in their Team Clemmensen and Christensen stable. "He can do everything. He does not get stressed. He has a very easy way (of trotting). We hope to take off his shoes on Saturday. He's much better (with no shoes) than with shoes. I hope he will be able to race without them. "I think it will be a very hard race; they will drive a lot of horses right from the start. We're hoping we can get a good trip and come on the latter half of the race. That would be fantastic." And if Slide So Easy were to win? "I can't say," Christensen said, laughing. "It's dreaming. But a horserace is a horserace, and we are one of the 10." Racing at Yonkers begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. The International Trot is race No. 8 on the card and scheduled for 3:40 p.m. The day also includes the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, featuring the fastest trotter in history, Homicide Hunter, plus the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace, featuring the continued rivalry between McWicked and New Zealand-bred Lazarus. Following is the field in post-position order for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-3/1 2-Up And Quick-Jason Bartlett-Antoine Lherete-10/1 3-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/1 4-Ringostarr Treb-Wim Paal-Jerry Riordan-4/1 5-Pastore Bob-Johan Untersteiner-Johan Untersteiner-8/1 6-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-12/1 7-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis-6/1 8-Arazi Boko-Alessandro Gocciadoro-Alessandro Gocciadoro-15/1 9-Lionel-Goran Antonsen-Daniel Reden-10/1 10-Slide So Easy-Flemming Jensen-Flemming Jensen-15/1 * Lionel and Slide So Easy start from the second tier. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

April 14, 2017 - 4.8/1 Poet Broline (5m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal), on the pegs, held off oncoming 2/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) for harness racing driver/trainer Peter Untersteiner to win the Farjestad featured Prins Carl Philips (purse 250,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart). The winner scored, timed in 1.11.4kr (1.10,3kr at the first 500 and 1.12.kr at the first 1000), over a water drenched raceway in his first 2017 appearance and he now shows 10 career wins in 30 starts for 3,693,778SEK earned. Bjorn Goop teamed second finishing Twister Bi for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pasquale Ciccarelli. 7.7/1 Target Kronos (5g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) rallied for third reined by Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The solid card also included the Folke Halmarssons (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and that event went to 2.1/1 Pasithea Face (5f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionnant) for the Adrian (driver) and Lutfi (trainer) Kolgjini team. Timed in 1.13.5kr the Courant AB owned mare is now three for four in 2017 and has 10 wins in 30 career appearances for 2,424,575SEK earned. 11.7/1 Trecciadoro Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Freedream Rex-CR Track Master) took second for Veijo Heiskanen and third was 17/1 Diva Deo(5f Muscles Yankee-Doris Deo-Andover Hall) for Mikael J. Andersson. Well-regarded Treasure Kronos was scratched. The marathon distance Langfredagsstayern (100,000SEK first prize, 3140 meters voltstart and distance handicapped) went to 1.15kr timed and 3.8/1 Alfas da Vinci (9g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. 3.1/1 Candor Hall (9g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) was second for driver/trainer Bjorn Goop. The top two on the line overcame 60 meter handicaps. 71.6/1 Yankee Frecel (6g Magnetic Power-She’s A Model-Lindys Crown) was third for reinsman Ole Johan Ostre. Thomas H. Hicks    

6/1 odds Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candella-Armbro Goal) won today’s Konung Gustaf W:s Pokal (928,830SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International) clocked in 1.12.7kr and driven by Peter Untersteiner, also the trainer. Italy’s 34/1 Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) landed second for Enrico Bellei with third to 35/1 Payas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) with Johnny Taker driving. US import Uncle Lasse was unplaced. The fillies battled in the Gr. I International Drottning Silvia’s Pokal also for a winner’s prize of 928,830SEK. 2.3/1 second wagering choice Princess Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Mansia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) scored the victory timed in 1.13.1kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. 44/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comets Tail) took second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to 2.1/1 favorite Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. This one is USA/Canada owned by Jeffrey Snyder and David Goodrow. Thomas H. Hicks

With the yearling sales just ten days away now, all the vendors at this years sales have long ago finalized all their advertising and promotion of their stock. The photos and videos are up and all the vendors can hope for is that the prospective buyers are as taken with their yearlings as they are. One way that the odd vendor can get a lift in the last ten days or so before a sale is if close relatives to their offerings make a bit of a splash on the racing scene. Last weekend the very successful broodmare Juverna had stock winning races all over Australasia which can only bode well for the sale prospects of her Majestic Son filly on the first day of this years New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch. Selling as Lot 250, The Best Moment Yet had three siblings salute the judge on both sides of the Tasman in the space of 24 hours. First up was Quite A Moment who was ultra impressive winning a $20,000 trot at Melton where she easily accounted for the very smart Maori Time and One Over Da Moon. The daughter of Quite Easy simply bolted in and it was a run that really impressed driver Ricky May. " She won that so easily the other night I think she would be more than competitive against the best trotters going around and I think Greg is considering that option," Ricky told Harnesslink earlier in the week. It was her 14th career victory and took her earnings over the $258,000 mark. Two hours later at Albion Park, Duke Of The Moment kept the momentum going when he took out the trotters handicap. The son of Monarchy was recording his 18th career victory which took his lifetime earnings to just shy of $158,000. Come Sunday in New Zealand and the icing on the cake for Juverna was the performance of her Love You daughter Moment Of Love, who brained them by eight and a half lengths at the Wairarapa meeting at the Manawatu Raceway. Grant Beckett, the vendor of The Best Moment Yet at this years sales is still shaking his head over the three progeny winning last weekend. " With the sales just around the corner, to have three winners from the mare in just one weekend was a huge thrill. " The best advertising you can ever get is the progeny winning races and to have three do it together is a great achievement." " I already thought that The Best Moment Yet would sell well because I think she is best yearling on type that Juverna has produced so the three winners is really a bonus," Grant told Harnesslink earlier today.  Grant has a second yearling from the family that he is selling on the second day of the New Zealand Premier Sale at Christchurch as Lot 432 A daughter of Lucky Chucky 1:50.8 ($2,099,973) who sired a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner from his first crop, the filly is named Luck Of The Moment and is from a Sundon daughter of Juverna. " She has just been a bit behind the other filly all the way through but has closed the gap just lately and has a lot of the family traits of Juverna so I have a bit of time for her," was Grant's opinion of her when talking to us today. Juverna has since produced a colt by Peak but it has already been sold. " Tim Butt was very keen to buy him so he has changed hands already and I put her back in foal to Peak." "Sunny Moment didn't have a foal this year but she is safely in foal to Andover Hall now," Grant said.  Juverna is from as good a trotting family results wise over the last twenty years as there is in the New Zealand stud book. The three winners last weekend is just a timely reminder to yearling buyers of how good this family is. Harnesslink Media

December 16, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix Guy Lux (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters, Q+ jackpot €4.35 million) went to the impressive, rallying 10.6/1 odds Teatro (8m Ganymede-Josette) driven by owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 16.3/1 Tellement Haufor (8f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor) was next for Ch-J Bigeon, this one owned by trainer Christian Bigeon as well. Third went to 20.7/1 Un Satin Rose (7g Ganymede-Dentelle Rose) for driver Franck Ouvrie in this Ganymede-sired sweep, Ulster Perrine was fourth at 1.7/1 and 10.7/1 Unique de l’Iton was fifth. Fractions were even in this 2850 meter test (1.16.4kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.15.3kr at 1000; 1.15.1kr at 500) with the winner clocked in 1.14.1kr after a quick last 500 meters. The €85,000 purse Prix de Rostrenen (2700 meters, 8 starters, monte) was won by 3/5 favorite Boss du Meleuc (4g Lucky Blue-Rafale du Meleuc) ridden by Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Yannick Alain Briand. 4/1 Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) landed second  for Clement Frecelle and trainer Jean-Luc Bigeon, with 6.7/1 odds Bijou d’Auvillier (4g Kepler-Olive d’Auvillier) home third for jockey Caroline Cheradame and trainer Aleandre Lebourgeois. The winner was timed in 1.13.9kr (1.12.8kr at 1500, 1.12.9kr at 1000, 1.13.8kr at 500). The winner led from the start and by 20 lengths through the 1000 meters to go mark. 2.4/1 odds Bugsy Malone (4g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took the €65,000 purse, 2700 meters Prix de Luxe ahead of 17 rivals. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the trainee of Philippe Allaire, also owner. 8.2/1 Black d’Arjeanc (4g Prince d’Espace-Perle de Riviere) was second for Damien Bonne and trainer Sebastien Guarato ahead of the Franck Nivard teamed, Franck Leblanc trained, 30/1 odds Baron du Chere (4m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene). Fractions were even (1.14.7kr at 1500 to go, 1.13.9kr at 1000, 1.13.8kr at 500 to go, 1.13.7kr finish). The featured Gr. III Prix Auguste Francois (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 odds favorite Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) that rallied late to gain advantage and then held on for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie IC Equine. Timed in 1.11kr (mile rate 1:54.24) the winner prevailed from fast-closing Texas de l’Iton (8g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliada de l’Iton) with Mathieu Mottier aboard at 48/1. Hughes Levesque trains this one. Third was 7/1 Udayama (7f Echo-Lancio de Pont) for trainer/owner Loic Groussard and jockey Gaetan Prat,  beaten just a length with fourth to 13/1 odds Vagabondu Mag (6g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary) and Eric Raffin for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. Veteran Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka) ended fifth at 16/1 for Adrien Lamy and trainer Bruno Marie with fast pacesetter Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) sixth for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Stephani-Catherine Lepetit at 12/1. The fractions were wicked from the start (1.07.6kr at 1500 meters to go, 1.08.2kr at 1000, 1.10.3kr at 500, 1.11kr finish). The €55,000 purse Prix de Fos Sur Mer (2700 meters, 15 European starters) for five year-old mares went to 1.15.7kr timed, 8.5/1 odds Rosemary Gar (5f Donato Hanover-Allstar FC) for Mario Minopoli Jr, trainer Salvatore Carro and Scuderia Allevemento Team Minopoli. 40/1 Valetta Strix (5f Going Kronos-Afrodite Sund) was next for Eric Raffin and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini ahead of a pack that included third finishing 5.5/1 Agrippa Mesloise (5f Jasmin de Flore-Jessie Mesloise) for Pierre Beloche, also trainer. Thomas H. Hicks

Caen’s harness racing feature today was the Prix de Saint-Martin (monte, €38,000 purse, 2450 meters, 13 starters) and jockey Eric Raffin rode Tamerlan(8g Capriccio-Hematite) to a 1.14kr victory, his seventh in 66 career starts. The 6/1 winner is owned by Ecurie Danover and trained by St. Provoost. Salieri (9g Hermes des Pericard-Lysanxia) was second for David Thomain at 4/1 with third to 12/1 Ulpia des Jipes (7f Mon Bellouet-Obiga des Jipes) for trainer/jockey Franck Nivard. At Solvalla, their Elitloppet weekend began with a series of ASVT Trottex Auktionsloop events each with a winner’s reward of 110,000SEK. The three year-old females battled over 2140 meters autostart and Bjorn Goop teamed Tunika (3f Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) to an easy 1.14.3kr victory. Tomas Malmqvist trains for owner Stall Tumble Boys-Easy and Tunika was bred by Menhammer Stuteri AB. The winner is 5-2-1 in nine career starts. Magnesia (3f Magnetic Power-Mertensia-Super Arnie) with Oskar J. Andersson up was second for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Second dam is by Speedy Spin. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed Teeter Totter (3f Jaded-Marelle-VikingKronos) home third. This one was also a Menhammer Stuteri AB bred. The three-year old males also fought over 2140 meters autostart for 110,000SEK first money with Poet Broline (3m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) victorious for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner clocked in 1.14.1kr by open lengths. Broline International AB bred the winner that is owned by Sven-Goran Sjostrom. Another colt division (same distance and purse) went to Bjorn Goop reined Pacific Broline clocked in 1.14.3kr. Goop is also trainer of the Franck Leblanc owned, Broline International AB bred winner, now 4-1-0 in six starts lifetime, all in 2015. Another filly division (same distance, purse) went to Facile Boko (3f Virgill Boko-Zacile Boko-Muscles Yankee) with Erik Adielsson up timed in 1.14.1kr. She was an easy winner for owner Easy KB and trainer Svante Bath. Boko Stables Holland BV bred this one, now 5-5-1 in 13 career appearances. Also on the Solvalla card was the Gotlandssnus for mares (2140 meters autostart, 50,000SEK first money) and Ulf Ohlsson teamed Faith Hill (4f Muscle Hill-A Girl Named Sugar-Pine Chip) to a close there horse finish timed in 1.14.8kr. Stefan Melander trains the winner for his Stall TZ. Lebanon, Kentucky’s Jim Avritt bred Faith Hill. The mares also contested the E-trafik (1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK first money) and Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Denmark’s Speed Hill (6f Goetmals Wood-Funny Hall-Mr. Vic) to a 1.11.6kr win. Roger Walmann trains the winner for Stuteri Sun Hill, also breeder. Speed Hill is 10-3-4 in 28 career starts. Thomas H. Hicks

Arlington Dream (5m Ready Cash - Ialla Clairchamp) took Saturday’s Gr. II Prix Robert Auvray (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 10 starters) for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Phillipe Allaire. The Fredric Sauque owned high-stepper was off at 16/1 in the defeat of Aloa de la Mortrie (5f Drag-Queen d’Acanthe) with Anthony Barrier up for trainer/owner S.G. Dupont at 7/1 odds. 7/1 Ave Avis (5m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. 22/1 outsider Anette de Miral (5f Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel) was fourth for trainer Anders Lindqvist and jockey Eric Raffin. Amiral Sacha was disqualified for a miscue. The winner scored in 1.12.8kr off solid, even fractions. The Gr. II monte Prix Louis Forcinal (€120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to 9/10 favorite Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Stablemate Astor du Quenne (5m Opus Viervil-Qualinn des Quenne) was second at 3.1/1 for Mathieu Abrivard and trainer Guarato with 7/1 Agrippinne (5f Hasting-Moquese) third for Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner was clocked in 1.13.8kr. The Gr. III Prix du Bois de Vincennes (€115,000, International, 2700 meters, 14 starters) went to veteran Beckman (8g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) clocked in 1.14kr for Franck Nivard aboard for Fabrice Souloy, training this 38.4/1 outsider. 56/1 Talicia Bella (8g General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella) was second for Mathieu Abrivard on the lines for J-P Marmion trainer. 4.2/1 Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert took third for driver/trainer/owner Franck Anne. Aladin d’Ecajeul (5m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul was fourth at 9/10 odds for teamster Eric Raffin and trainer Guarato. Well regarded Uprince was disqualified as offstride. The €2.1 million jackpot Quinte+ Prix Jean Cabrol (€72,000, 2700 meters, 17 European starters) went to Sweden’s Moving On (6f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie) at 9/10 odds for Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner romped home in 1.13.1kr after a solid finish for owner Ecurie LC Equine AB. Second was Triskell Pasha (8g Clio Josselyn-Decose de la Butte) at 6/1 for Anthony Barrier. Spain’s consistent Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) was third at 15/1 for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. The Prix de Gueugnon (€65,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) on the excellent undercard went to 8/1 Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and owner Ecurie J.M. Rancoule. Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) was second at 127/1 for Mathieu Mottier in the bike, ahead of Bon Copain (4m Love You-Haie) for Damien Bonne and trained by Thierry Raffegeau at 6/1. Thomas H. Hicks

January 24, 2015 - The Prix Ready Cash (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 European harness racing six year-old males and geldings) went to Rooibus (6m Rotation-Miss Tresami) ) in 1.14.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Off at 5/1 the winner handled another 5/1 shot, Italy’s Paparazzi (6g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) with Adrian Kolgjini up. 2.3/1 favorite Princes di Paggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) was third for Franck Nivard. The Prix Varenne (€55,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte with eight European starters) went to Scoot To Score (6g Quite Easy-Twilight Sund) at 19/1. Vincent Martens trains the winner and Jonathan Carre was up as he scored in 1.14.4kr to defeat Valentino Neige (6g Norman Jet-Notre Neige) and Mathieu Mottier. Viking Dream was third for Eric Raffin. Bjorn Goop teamed the Daniel Reden trainee Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Aliza Keeper), at 1.2/1 odds, to victory in the Prix de Chateaubriant (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters). Stall Zet owns the winner. Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) was second for Frank Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen, ahead of Aventin Belri (5m Fortuna Fant-Kolarkie) at 13/1. Time was 1.14.5kr. The Prix Offshore Dream (€70,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 European monte starters) went to 1.7/1 Argan du Loulay (5m Jam Pridem-Ma Bella Ile) with Alexandre Abrivard up for J-M Bazire, trainer. The winner scored in 1.14.1kr over As de Godisson (5g Gai Brillant-Deese de Godisson) and David Thomain. Astre Blanc was third at 26/1 for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The final of the sunny afternoon at Paris-Vincennes (Prix Moni Maker) was the second drive of the day for US reinsman Yannick Gingras and first at the volt start. Teaming Franck Anne’s Bahira Buissunay at 22/1, Gingras found an excellent starting spot and was away nicely until the false-start siren sounded. On the second start the mare was among a cluster of horses trying to depart from the inside and she was forced toward the back. The race developed with three tiers and when Gingras  sought to make a backside brush on the petite piste his mare made a miscue and was disqualified. At least he had two volt experiences and will likely have a bit more luck when it counts tomorrow. Thomas H. Hicks

Quite A Moment’s strong affiliation with Victorian harness racing’s trotting capital has continued. Already a feature race winner at Maryborough, Quite A Moment returned to the provincial circuit this afternoon to annex the club’s Trotters’ Cup. Quite A Moment’s two other appearances at Maryborough netted thirds in the Victoria Derby and Central Championship Final. As for her latest victory, the Ross Sugars-trained squaregaiter began badly from the tapes to settle at the tail of the field as Action Kosmos, then Kvintet Avenger led. Gaining a three-wide trail during the latter stages, Quite A Moment sprinted to an eye-catching metre-and-a-half win from Action Kosmos, with Kvintet Avenger three-and-a-half metres away third. With Sugars’ reinsman-son, Greg, in the cart, Quite A Moment rated 2:03.8 for the 2690-metre stand. Bridesmaid in four of her last seven starts – including last week’s Kilmore Trotters’ Cup – the daughter of Quite Easy broke a drought from the winners’ circle to take her record to 12 wins and 24 placings from 54 starts. Pleased with the five-year-old’s performance, Sugars will continue to aim Quite A Moment at the rich country cups circuit. PAUL COURTS

Vabellino (5m Ouragon de Celland-Girl de Chartepie) and reinsman Eric Raffin won today’s €240,000 Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (five year-olds) today at Paris-Vincennes at 11/1 odds. This race was the feature on a great card and the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €4.1 million. 14 starters contested this “classique” event over 3000 meters on the grande piste. Vulcain de Vandel was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard in a close finish with third place to Viking de Val and Eric Lambertz and favorite Very Nice Marceaux (at 1.8/1 odds) with Pierre Vercruysse up ended fourth. The winner is owned by Ecurie Podium and trained by Sebastian Guarato. Vabellino recorded his 13th victory in 29 starts for €356,300 earned after today. Time of the contest was a quick 1.12.7kr after the field reached the 1000 meter to go post in 1.13.6kr. The Prix de Beaugency (Gr. III European, €105,000 purse, 2850 meters) for aged campaigners went to 2.4/1 odds favorite Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens. Frans Delmonte owns the winner, who recorded his seventh win in 29 starts, now for €609,440 earned. Sirocco Jibace and Franck Ouvrie ended second with Global Manhattan third for pilot Franck Nivard. Tornado Bello was forwardly placed early and then was disqualified for a miscue. Time of the race was 1.14.1kr with rated fractions until late. Time with 500 meters to go was 1.14.9kr. The Gr. II Prix Uranie for three year-old fillies went to 1.7/1 odds Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d-Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier up. She took the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse by completing 2700 meters in 1.15.1kr to narrowly defeat Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow) with Jos. Verbeeck aboard. Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was third for J-M Bazire as the 1.2/1 odds favorite. Biche des Clos remains undefeated in seven starts, now for earnings of €182,250. At Charlottenlund (Copenhagen) today’s feature was the Dansk Filly (four year-old) Derby, a 2000 meter autostart test for 350,000kr to the winner.  Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) took the trophy easily in a new Danish record for the distance 1.12.2kr for 74 year-old veteran owner/breeder/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois. Jean Baudron is the trainer and fleet front stepping filly  recorded her second straight at Charlottenlund after scoring initially on August 17. The great gaited mare now has a slate of 4-2-3 in 14 starts for 1,512,997kr earned. Officials said the win by Tast of Bourbon was one of the most decisive victories ever in the Filly Derby. Dubois finished second early on the card with first-time two year-old starter Toutefois (2f Infinitif-Ziniaz-Buvetier d’Aunou) that is bred and owned in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. On the Charlottenlund undercard the Prix Orali for aged mares went to well-regarded Britt Hudson (8f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) in rein to Johnny Takter. She scored for the 12th time in 61 career starts, today earning 50,000kr first money. Rolf Ramnegard owns and trains the winner that completed the 2000 meters autostart in 1.13.3kr. MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) was second in a close decision, driven by Peter Untersteiner, with Sunbeam (by Dream Vacation) third for Nicolaj Andersen. Hungarian shippers Racerstina and Princess View were unplaced. The Dansk Filly Derby Consolation for 50,000kr to the winner, was contested by 12 entrants over 2000 meters autostart.  Tut AP (4f Quite Easy-Nasa Haleryd-Lindy’s Crown) took the win for Rene Kjaar. Morten Juul trains this winner that covered the course in 1.15.1kr for a length victory over The Negotiator (by Varenne) with Birger Jorgensen up with third to Tourmalet (by ENS Snapshot) driven by Ken Ecce. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) capped off an excellent racing day and weekend at Axevalla, today also an extra V75 wagering card. Johan Untersteiner drover the winner to a 1.13.7kr victory for trainer Peter Untersteiner,  who had quite a great day as he recorded five more wins within the V75. The 2640 meter autostart event was worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner in this StoChampiontet for four year-old females. Neona Princess recorded her 11th career win now for earnings of 2,267,360SEK. She has three wins and three second place finishes in eight 2014 starts. Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ's Caviar) was second for Johnny Takter in a close battle to the line. The outstanding card also featured victories by the following: M.T. Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver for Misty Trotting AB. Snabba Cash (4g Ready Cash0Scarlet Diablo-Pine Chip) in 1.14.kr over 2140 meters turning start to earn 110,000SEK for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Speediablo AB. Digital Frame (3m Super Photo Kosmos-Sliding Window-Scarlet Knight) in 1.13.2kr for 125,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. He was a photo-finish winner for his fourth score in seven career appearances. Perfect Cash (4f Ready Cash-Icy Shadow-Starchip Enterprise) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.1kr in this StoChampiontet Consolation over 2140 meters autostart. The victory was worth 100,000SEK to owner KAK Forvaltning AB. Rigatoni (4f Deweycheatumnhowe-Canneloni-Mack Lobell) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann as they earned 100,000SEK for owner Team SHF-Easy. Rigatoni scored in 1.13.9kr over 2140 meters turning start. Eketorpets Tess (7f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner for owner Torn Roger. The winner scored in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart for her fourth win in eight starts in 2014, and this victory earned 100,000SEK. US-bred Proud Victory Rose (6m Yankee Glide-Starlet Rayne-American Winner) also posted a victory today worth 50,000SEK to owner Victory Racing Stable and reinsman Hakan B. Johansson. He scored in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, his third 2014 win in five outings. Yesterday at Axevalla, the Silver Division (125,000SEK to the winner) over 1640 meters autostart, went to Time Machine (5m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) in 1.11kr for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and owner Stall Ignarus. He scored his fifth 2014 win in eight starts and he's now 11 for 33 lifetime. US-bred Sandrngham Hanover was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp, this one is a seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover. The three year-old gelded son of Allstar Hall-Harmonica As-Mack Lobell, Michelangelo As, won for Johnny Takter in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters turning start. This promising colt now has three wins and two seconds in six career starts, all in 2014. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The competing amateurs in the C.K.G. Billings Trotting Series stepped back in time this weekend when they traveled to the Cradle of the Trotter in the Land O' Goshen and compete over Historic Track, the National Historic Landmark and the world's oldest harness track. It was back to the way racing used to be over the track that has been in existence since the late 1830's and the place where the sports great progenitor, Hambletonian was shown to the attending crowds. Three Billings trots were contested on July 5 and the winning drivers included, "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio, Dave "Steady As" Yarock, and Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff. In his contest, which was the first of the three, Pennacchio got to drive Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford's old warrior, Celtic Merchant, since Oldford is in Finland representing the U.S. in the World Cup of Amateur Racing. And Pennacchio did him proud. When the gate sprung he sent Celtic Merchant to the lead and they were never in trouble as the old warrior trotted through fractions of :30.0; 1:01:1 and 1:31.2 before finishing in 2:01.3 some four lengths ahead of Drill Sergeant Sam and driver Tony "the Capo" Verruso. Two lengths farther back in third place was Some Kinda Spunky, driven by "Johnny On The Spot" Kolkowski. The second Billings trot was inundated with breaking horses with four of the seven trotters going off-stride in the race which made it Quite Easy for Rompaway Alvin (Dave Yarock), the eventual winner. Rodeo Red and "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo took command after they left from the four hole and they were comfortable on the lead especially when Keystone Sadie driven by Peter "Sycamore Ventures" Gerry made a break at the half and caused problems for two others. Although Yarock pulled the two hole going to the half with his trotter Rompaway Alan proved to be stronger than Faraldo's Rodeo Red when the two trotters raced eyeball to eyeball up the backside and when Rodeo Red went off-stride on the final turn Rompaway Alvin romped away to a 19-length triumph in a time of 2:01:1. Rodeo Red got back on stride and took home second money while Martz Creek Rex finished third for Scott "the Money Man" Price A final Billings trot saw Bob Hechkoff leave swiftly with Get Packin from the pole and go wire to wire for a 2:02.4 triumph. But victory came hard at the end of the mile as Scott "the Driving Doctor" Woogen and Armstead Kyra charged at the leader at the top of the stretch and they slowly erased the two-length lead that Get Packin had. However, Hechkoff's trotter hung gamely and rebuffed Armstead Kyra to score a neck victory over the good doctor's mare. Third place went to Nearly Uncle driven by "Bullet Bob" Davis. By John Manzi

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

The fields are out for the 2014 Harness Jewels to be run at Cambridge on May 31st and the barrier draws look to have added plenty of spice to the $1.2 million-dollar raceday. Favoured runners that have drawn on the second-line include ,Venus Serena, Sky Major, Elios, Franco Nelson, Sheemon, and $1.25 favourite Follow The Stars, who will have to loop the whole field after drawing the outside of the second-line. However, the other hot favourite for Jewels Day, Adore Me, looks set to lead and win after drawing well in barrier five. To view the fields for the 2014 Harness Jewels click here.

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