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Friday night harness racing returned to Paris-Vincennes headlined by the e-Quinte+ Prix Amalthea (purse 56,000€, 2100 meters, 16 European starters).   The 1.6/1 favorite Angle Of Attack (7g Scarlet Knight-Magyane Turgot) scored impressively timed in 1.12.5kr with Gabriele Gelormini up.   Robert Bergh trains the now career winner of 235,588€ for Roland Wiksten.   18/1 Balzac de l’Iton (8g Panache de L’Iton) took second for reinsman Romain Derieux and 29/1 Brasil de Baily (8g Baccarat du Pont) was third for Mathieu Mottier.   43/1 Montdore (9m Love You) for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Bergh was fourth ahead of 5.9/1 Christo (7g Rieussec) with Michel Lenoir the trainer/driver. The e-Quinte+ payoff was 26,983.60€.   The card’s Prix Aemilia (purse 45,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) was among several good undercard contests. 1.8/1 Empire City (5m O’Donnell-Octopus) scored timed in 1.13.2kr with breeder/owner/trainer Nicolas Roussel at the lines.   The now winner of 101,440€ defeated Ejag (5g Jag de Bellouet) handled by Pierre Vercruysse and 98/1 Esquire (5m Qwerty) with breeder/owner/trainer Adrien Lamy aboard.   Empire City                -LeTrot photo   Four year olds followed to contest the Prix Adrastea (purse 35,000€, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with undefeated, now in four starts, 1.6/1 favorite Ferry Jet (4m Uriel Speed-Ulla Jet-Love You) winning timed in 1.13.3kr.   Luc Roelens trains the Yannick Desmet owned colt that Pierre Vercruysse teamed. Jean Etienne Dubois was the breeder of this 46,800€ winner. 8.3/1 Flyer du Noyer (4g Roc Meslois) took second for Benoit Robin and 22/1 Fresh Bidder (4g Quaker Jet) was third for Eric Raffin.   Thomas H. Hicks

November 29, 2017 - Yoann Lebourgeois drove 7.2/1 Mindyourvalue WF (4g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Business) to a 1.13.6kr timed victory in today’s  harness racing Quinte+ Prix de Picardie (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. This Robert Bergh trainee is owned by Christer Englund and the winner bested 9/2 Direct Way (4g Quaker Jet-Queen Flore) handled by Anthony Barrier for trainer Philippe Allaire. 27/1 Diable de Vauvert (4m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) was third for David Thomain. 15/1 Dream de Nilrem and 1.8/1 Rajesh Face were the next pair to the line creating a €6,755 payoff for a €2 play. Other winners on the Vincennes program included 17/1 Ezio Josselyn (3m Prodigious-Lezira Josselyn) for driver Bjorn Goop in the €60,000 Prix Jean Maurice Beteau. Ronny Kuiper is the trainer of the 1.15.8kr timed Ezio Josselyn. The €58,000 Prix de Bouville went to 1.12.8kr timed (over 2175 meters) and 2.3/1 odds Callijo Delbi (5g Rieussec-Joliette de Manvez) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer H.N. Bihel. Two year olds were on display in two divisions of the (€38,000 A Division and €35,000 B Division) Prix des Anemones  each raced over 2200 meters. Groupe A went to 1.18.1kr timed and 3.8/1 odds Fantastic Life (2f Prodigious-True Life) driven by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The B groupe went to 1.17kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Flower Power (2f Love You-Ornella Rainbow). Thomas H. Hicks    

October 8, 2017 - Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall) was first off the gate for harness racing driver Kim Eriksson and prevailed throughout for a 1.12kr score in the €150,000 purse Grosser Preis von Deutschland raced over 2200 meters autostart at Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Forspro AB and he record career win number 19 in 26 starts. The 2.13/1 favorite bested late rallying Generaal Bianco reined by Peter Untersteiner. Third went to Django Riff and Joseph Verbeeck than enjoyed a pocket spot after a bold sweeping move at the midway point of the contest.  Hamburg-Bahrenfeld (Grosser Preis von Deutschland, purse €150,000, 2200 meters autostart, four year olds, 14 starters less two scratches) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.12kr (top five finishers below listed) 2.13/1 odds Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall), Kim Eriksson driver, Robert Bergh trainer, Forspro AB owner, his 8th win in 12 starts in 2017 and 19th win in 26 career starts Generaal Bianco (4g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine), Jos. Verbeeck driver, Philippe Allaire trainer, Elisabeth Allaire owner Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa), Michael Nimczyk driver, Philippe Allaire owner/trainer Orlando Jet (4m Orlando Vici-Chicolina), Rudolf Haller trainer/driver   Earlier Broadwell (3m Conway Hall) easily took the Lord Pit for three year-olds. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee to victory over the Johnny Taker teamed Mac Smily. Summary: Hamburg Bahrenfeld – Lord Pit (purse €25,000, 2200 meters autostart, eight starters all three year olds) October 8, 2017 Race time – NR 2.61/1 odds Broadwell (3m Conway Hall-Boria), Robin Bakker driver, Paul Hagoort trainer, fourth win in five career starts Mac Smily (3m Brioni-Smily), Johnny Takter driver, Christian Lindhardt trainer McArthur (3m Infinitif-Millet LB), Michael Nimczyk up, breeder Jean Pierre Dubois   Other important winners on this Grand Prix Day at historic Hamburg-Mariendorf were: 3.68/1 Urbanio (4m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip), Rick Ebbinge up, the €50,000 purse Deutschland Cup raced over 2200 meters autostart 6.56/1 Uzo Josselyn (9m Love You-Lezira Joselyn), Bjorn Goop driver, Robert Bergh trainer, Ecurie des Charmes owner, in the Hamburg Cup raced over 1680 meters autostart for a purse of €30,000 4.85/1 Northern Charm (2m Muscle Hill-Clothie), Christian Lindhardt trainer/driver, in the €25,000 purse Orakel der Zweijahrigen for two year olds 12.5/1 Noble Dolly (4f Ready Cash-Harriet Frido), Cees F. Kamminga trainer/driver, winner of the €22,000 purse Klass I, raced over 2200 meters autostart   Thomas H. Hicks  

July 6, 2017 - On Thursday at Halmstad (SWE) was the classic Sprintermaster for harness racing four year-olds, with three eliminations each for 125,000SEK to those winners, and a final with 977,000SEK to that winner. Each heat was raced over 1609 meters autostart.  The final went to 1.10kr timed and 2.9/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) that scored for Christoffer Eriksson driving for Robert Bergh, trainer for Forspro HB. The Bergh trained and teamed Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) was second ahead of Electric Light (4m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and his trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Makethemark was sixth in the final after winning an elim and Paul The Apostle was fifth after a second place finish in elimination two. The elims began with 1.5/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) taking the first timed in 1.10.4kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Racing Mange (4m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. The second elimination went to 2.2/1 Rajesh Face (4m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) for driver/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB. Paul The Apostle (4g Pastor Stephen-Blue Drop Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) was second here for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden in the 1.10.9kr timed event. Elimination three went to 3.1/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) timed in 1.10.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson driving for Petri Salmela. Electric Light was second for Peter Untersteiner and Muscle Hustle was third. Earlier in the program was the Elite Sprinter for amateur reinsman, over 1640 meters autostart for 50,000SEK to the winner. The 2.7/1 winner, timed in 1.11.3kr, was Niagara Broline (7g Pine Chip-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) driven by Peter Arnqvist for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

June 3, 2017 - Saturday the V75 harness racing action was at Mantorp, Sweden, headed by the Ina Scots (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). Victory was secured by 29/1 Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Bergh co-owns this one with Ecurie des Charmes. Brittany Farms bred the 1.12.3kr timed winner. 3.3/1 Policy Of Truth (4g Explosive Matter-Champagne-Supergill) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl, with the third spot going to 15/1 Baron Gift (4m Gift Kronos-Countesse Photo-Fast Photo) for trainer/driver Rikard Svanstedt. Also at Mantorp was the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart), taken by 1.12.3kr timed and 1.9/1 favorite Carabinieri (6m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) with trainer Peter Untersteiner aboard. 9/1 Alfas da Vinci (9g Orlando Vici-Hilary Clinton-And Arifant) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren, and third was 7/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. Billy Flynn, a US import, finished fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

April 1, 2017 - Today’s Solvalla harness racing featured Gr. II International Tritun Sunds V75 Gold (purse 250,000SEK to winner, total purse 505,500SEK, 2140 meters autostart, eight starters) went to 63.36/1 outsider Kadett C.D. (10m Scarlet Knight-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) with trainer Robert Bergh aboard. In The Zone AB owns the winner, now with a 1-1-0 slate in four 2017 starts after going winless in 16 starts last year and only hit the board once. The winning veteran now has 25 career wins in 91 starts for 8,211,320SEK earned. The Kadett enjoyed a pocket trip behind pacesetter El Mago Pellini (8m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) with Lutfi Kolgjini up and he lasted for fourth. Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) was second over throughout and then was shuffled behind dead cover to be five lengths off midway in the final bend. Nuncio then, with Orjan Kihlstrom up, mounted a rally that ended over a length short. Thai Broadway (8m Broadway Hall-Isabelle Knick-Tap In), with Bjorn Goop the trainer and pilot, followed Nuncio and almost earned the second spot. Nuncio now has a 39-13-2 slate in 54 starts for 27,928,230SEK in career earnings. This day Nuncio did not have his usual kick and appeared uncomfortable throughout  and perhaps off behind nearing the finish. Fractions were well-rated (1.10.1kr at the first 500 meters, 1.12.7kr at the 1000 mark, 1.11.7kr at the 1500, the finish 1.11.5kr). On Track Piraten faded badly, and finished sixth after recording nine straight victories, racing this day first over.

February 25, 2017 - Rafolo (9g Love You-Farola) won the harness racing  featured Prix de Grobois (purse €28,000, 2750 meters autostart, European eligibles) at 3.2/1 odds at Toulouse. Dominik Locqueneux teamed the barefoot Robert Bergh trainee that is owned by J.O. Jensen. The 1/2 odds favorite Very Very Fast (8g Quaro-Nocturne de Bresse) was second for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. 36/1 Un Reve d’Haufor (9g Jasmin de Flore-Jolie Haufor) took third for trainer/driver M.X. Charlot. At Cagnes-sur-Mer the featured Prix Mimizan (monte, purse €70,000, 16 European starters, 2250 meters) went to 13.2/1 Vinci Pierji (8g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. Cyril Sevestre owns the winner was clocked in 1.13kr. 23/1 Vittorio de Carly (8g Quaro-Gamine des Sarts) was second for Guillaume Martin and trainer Arnaud Desmottes. 7.9/1 Radieux (7g Love You-Dordogne) was third for Cedrik Terry and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - While his harness racing owners are preparing for the World Cup of Hockey, Nahar has been preparing for the Maple Leaf Trot and getting used to his new surroundings. The 11-year-old Swedish trotting star arrived in Canada last week and has been stabled at Blair Burgess' farm near Mohawk Racetrack. Nahar, who is owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, was accompanied to Canada by his trainer Robert Bergh's daughter, Isabella. Earlier this week, Nahar made a visit to First Line Training Centre to put in some work ahead of Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot eliminations. The 2013 Elitlopp winner last raced on August 27th before traveling to Canada. Nahar is a 39-time winner with over $1.8 million in career earnings. He will be driven by Ake Svanstedt in Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot elimination. The Sedin brothers will be playing in a World Cup of Hockey Pre-Tournament game on Saturday in Gothenburg, but will be traveling to Toronto next week for the start of the tournament. If Nahar qualifies for the Maple Leaf Trot Final, the brothers are expected to be in attendance at Mohawk on September 17th to watch their star trotter compete. The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations are carded as Races 6 and 9 on Saturday's 13-race program. Nahar will compete in the second elimination. Race 6: Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #1 - Purse: $40,000 1. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 2. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Whiskey Tax - Revenue S - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 4. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Chris Christoforou - Rene Dion 5. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 6. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hall - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Race 9: Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #2 - Purse: $40,000 1. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 2. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 3. Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 4. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 5. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Nahar - Love You - Ake Svanstedt - Robert Bergh Mark McKelvie

On July 21 at Bergsaker in Sweden harness racing action showcased another victory by unbeaten even-money favorite Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Lata Kell-Ata Star L) with trainer Robert Bergh up. The winner scored in the 250,000SEK first money Norrlands Elitserie Final for three year-olds over 2140 meters, to remain perfect in eight career starts, five in 2016. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat 2.4/1 Electric Light (3m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and Per Lennartsson with 8.6/1 Mindyouvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) third, driven by Ulf Eriksson. On that card, the Gr. II International Norrlands Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 4/5 favorite Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldade-Credit Winner) for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Courant AB. He scored in 1.11.4kr to improve his career slate to 8-3-7 in 30 starts for earning of 3,024,736SEK. 2.6/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 32/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson. Earlier aged trotters contested the 100,000SEK first money Mittoljor over 2640 meters autostart and the 1.14.4kr winner was 1.8/1 Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson. 42/1 Kung Toll (10g Giant Cat-Flossy Lobell-Speedy Somolli) was second for Krister Soderholm ahead of 4.9/1 Poochai handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Luckycharm Hanover was unplaced in this event. Also, the Grand Prix Sprint (50,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 1.12.7kr timed 5/2 odds Bloody Valentine (5f Dream Vacation-Excellent-Supergill) with Stefan Edin driving. Castle Rose and Pandora Diamant were next to finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Hippodrome Cordemais featured Prix Bernard Babin (purse €35,000, 2825 meters, 16 European entrants) today went to 3.8/1 Aristocrat Boko (9g From Above-Big Blue Kitten) for harness racing teamster Domink Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall HGS. 4.2/1 Super Ariel (7f Super Arnie-Qrika Lep) was second for Mathieu Abrivard and third was even-money favorite Vacate Money (7g Prodigious-Making Money) that overcame a 25 meter handicap for driver Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The winner was clocked in 1.15.6kr. Today’s Hippodromo Son Pardo (Spain Majorca) feature was the €6,000 purse, 2650 meters autostart, nine starters) Premi Bordeaux-Boscat Espagne. The 1.16.7kr timed winner was the 0.5/1 odds, €376,000 career earner Quarass Rose (12g Tarass Boulba-Ugada) for driver Antonio Tur Rosello. 12/1 Rambo de Morgane (11m Jasmin de Flore-Jorka de Morgane) was second for Antonio Frontera Pacori and third was earned by 5.6/1 Show d’Hermes (10g Tenor de Baune-Gardaia de Tolonay) reined by Patrick-Joel PascuelLavarchy The Cagnes-sur-Mer featured Prix de Badoue (purse €32,000, 1609 meters autostart, 14 European starters) went to the 1.12.3kr timed, 5.9/1 odds Oncle Photo VI (8g SJ’s Photo-Balalaica SLM) for driver Federico Esposito, trainer H.E. Bondo and Ecurie Wave SRL. 7.6/1 By Air (9g From Above-Come Fly With Me) finished second for Y-A Briand, trainer Guillaune-Richard Huguet and owner Stall Table609. 2.4/1 favorite Rico Follo (8g Gentle Star-Effi Follo) landed third for Bjorn Goop, trainer Svante Bath and AB Torp OCH Smahus, the owner. The Prix de Naples (purse €16,000, 1609 meters autostart, 14 European starters) went to 4.3/1 SHT’s Playmate (10f Gigant Neo-Lindy’s Opal) for Stephane Cingland and owner/trainer Guillaume-Richard Huguet. 37/1 Sirius Atao (10g Ulf d’Ombree-Melodie) was a close second for Nicolas Mourot and owner/trainer Jean Uroz. 4.7/1 Utopiste (8g Offshore Dream-Kilibisa) was third for J-Ch Feron and trainer J-P Ensch. The winner was clocked in 1.12.9kr. 4/5 favorite Reine du Zack (6f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grif) with trainer Marco Smorgon driving took the €25,000 Prix de Pise over 1609 meters autostart. Ten European registered trotters contested this event and the 1.12.2kr timed winner defeated 2.7/1 Azalee d’Azur (6f Land du Coglais-Mareva de Sulpice) handled by Stephane Cingland, also trainer. Third went to 62/1 A Queen Of Glory (6f Kaisy Dream-Ladora Deta) and driver Nicolas Ensch for trainer Mme. Ruth Orfala Calafat. 4/5 favorite Rum E Coca Day (6m Brad’s Photo-Ula) took the 25,000 Prix de Bologne over 1609 meters autostart on this day when many races were contested over the sprinter distance, setting up for the Grand Criterium de Vitesse on Sunday. Roberto Vecchione teamed this winner, timed in 1,13,3kr, for trainer Holger Ehlert and owner Scuderia Paggetti Gabriele. 3.5/1 More Caviar (6m Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse) landed second for Bjorn Goop, trainer Arnold J. Mollema and Draviet Stable of Holland. 12/1 Amadeus des Obeaux (6g Rocklyn-Leila) finished third for trainer/driver David Bekaert and Ecurie Jaeckin. This days’ Quinte+ on the gallop went to the primarily trotter owned (Louis Baudron) and trained (Jean Baudron) Love Spirit, a GB registered runner, that captured the Prix de la Seine et Marne for a purse of €52,000 over 1200 meters. The handicap race had 16 participants. The Q+ exact order payoff (without the jackpot) was €52,056 for a €2 wager. Thomas H. Hicks

Vichenko Chef (7g Chef du Chatelet-Incertaine Mabon) took today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4 million) €50,000 purse Prix de L’ille-et-Vilaine at Vincennes, in which 18 European participants traveled the 2100 meter course. The winner was timed in 1.12.1kr and Ch. Dreux was the driver and is owner/trainer. Off at 3.4/1 the winner defeated 10.5/1 Viking Dream (7g Iserio-Helfie) and Eric Raffin with third to 6/1 Viking du Pilet (7g Kuadro Wild-Indra du Pilet) and Franck Ouvrie. 37/1 Pike River finished fourth with Antoine Wiels aboard with 165/1 Violine Mourotaise fifth with David Thomain up. Maffioso Face finished eighth in this contest. On this card the monte Prix de Douvres (purse €60,000, 2175 meters, 15 starters with apprentice lad jiockeys) went to 4.5/1 A Mery des Chahains (f Password-Neuit du Plainville) timed in 1.13.8kr for jockey Luca Donati for trainer/owner Cedrik Megissier. 3/2 odds Alexane d’Urzy (f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was next for Leo Abrivard teaming for L.Cl. Abrivard trainer for Ecurie Augustin Normand. 5.4/1 Aviva Aimef (f Love You-Harmonie du Fosse) was third for Niels Pacha and trainer Mathieu Abrivard. The Europeans contested the €64,000 purse Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (2700 meters, 12 starters) with Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia) recording a 1.14.5kr victory at 2.2/1 odds for Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh and Etoile Sweden HB. Finishing second at 9.5/1 was Rugiada dei Rex (f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex) with J-M Bazire aboard for trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Arnold Mollema. 6.4/1 Royal Roz (f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) landed third in the blanket finish with Mathieu Abrivard trainer and driver for owner Scuderia Sant Eusebio. Defi Dream (3m Royal Dream-Quelea MIP) took the Prix de Vibraye (purse €33,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.18.2kr with Franck Nivard up. Fabrice Souloy trains Defi Dream that Ecurie Mexique Ranch owns. 39.2/1 Djimmy de Vive (3m Un Amour d’Haufor-Jezira de Mormal) was second for P-Y Verva and third was 27/1 Django Justice (3g Osvaldo Bello-Perle de Meauce). This afternoon Camille Levesque piloted 7/2 odds Bohemian Rhapsody (5f Angus Hall-Bahama) to victory in the €50,000 purse Prix de la Geneuraye over 2700 meters. 14 contested this monte event. The 1.15.2kr winner is trained by Thomas Levesque and owned by Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 74.3/1 Bambolina (5f Kaiser Soze-Sims Thai) was second for Antoine Lamy and trainer Alain Roussel. 52/1 Brise des Noels  was third with 2.4/1 favorite Belebrine fourth for Eric Raffin. This day the runners were at Cagnes-sur-mer and American trainer Mme Gina Rarick saddled a training winner with 18/1 odds King Driver in the €17,000 purse Prix de la Napoule. Mme Rarick has been writing for The Paulick Report with Alan Shuback, a fabulous diary covering her current experiences at Cagnes-sur-mer. It is well worth reading. Congrats to Mme. Rarick. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 29, 2015 - Dominik Locqueneux piloted the shoeless  1.4/1 odds Montdore(5m Love You-Self Made Woman) to victory in today’s Pick-5 Grand Prix de Reims (purse €28,000, 2600 meters, 14 European entrants). Clocked in 1.15.6kr the winner is trained and owned by Robert Bergh. 5.1/1 odds Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Jorgen Westholm and Swedish owner Bengt Johansson with third to 23/1 Fortuna Sund (6f Angus Hall-Nanny As) driven by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Peter G. Norman and owner Peter Eriksson, also from Sweden. First dam of the winner is a nine year-old daughter of Self Possessed-Armbro Rouge-Balanced Image and her first foal, Montdore, is now a career winner of over €156,000 Third dam Noah Lobell has produced six winner of US$100,000 or more including Armbro Hinter, a US$650,000 winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 26, 2015 - Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) and harness racing trainer/driver Robert Bergh took today’s 2140 meter autostart Frances Bulwarks at Solvalla with 250,000SEK to the first place finisher. The winner, owned by Stall Lars Vegard, rallied stoutly to score clocked in 1.11.6kr over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) in rein to trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Ringostarr Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) hugged the pegs to land third for Wim Pall, trainer Holger Ehlert and Scuderia Scarton Stable. Beau Mec was fourth for trainer Bergh and teamster Torbjorn Jansson. Favorite Knows Nothing set the pace for Ulf Ohlsson before weakening in the last bend. Fractions were well rated (1.09.8kr after 500 meters; 1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 1500 and home in a quick 1.11.6kr). The scratch of the fast Delicious from the Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) left the door open for well-regarded winner Youana (6f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) that scored gate to wire clocked in 1.11.7kr for Erik Adielsson. Stall Fagerhult owns Youana. Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) ended second for trainer/driver/owner Stefan Melander with Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo). Co-favorite Eketorpets Tess made an early miscue for disqualification. The John Deere Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner) was also a solid event with this victory going to Ochongo Face (4g Kiss Francis-Jubel Kemp-Joie de Vie) handled by trainer Erik Lindegren. He was timed in 1.12.6kr to defeat Space Photo (7g Fast Photo-Lady Toscana-Peace On Earth) and Make It Quick (4g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK-Carmody Lobell). Serious Try, a recent winner of a Derby elimination, closed well for fourth from post 11. Thomas H. Hicks

August 21, 2015 - Robert Bergh’s trainee Going For Gold ZAZ (7m Scarlet Knight-Sprite ZAZ) won today’s Cagnes-sur-mer featured event, the Gr. II International Prix du Departement des Alpes Maritimes carrying a purse of €180,000 and raced over 1609 meters (one mile) autostart. 13 starters contested the event and Dominik Locqueneux rallied the winner, owned in Sweden by Kings Arms/Avesta AB, late in the lane for a length and a half score over 73.3/1 Roller Quick (10m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse) with trainer Jean Uroz up and 5.5/1 Pascia’Lest (6m Varenne-Superiors Sun) with Roberto Andreghetti aboard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Pacesetter Vincennes (7f Spotlite Lobell-Lina Trot) settled for fourth driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Souloy at 9.2/1 and fifth went to 97/1 Nando Font  (8m Yankee Slide-Lady Essie) and trainer/driver Lucio Becchetti. Time for the mile was 1.09.7kr (1:52.15). 2/5 odds favorite Roi du Lupin finished a sluggish seventh beaten more than ten lengths with Stefan Melander’s Standout home eighth. 8/1 Turbo Jet made an early miscue and was disqualified. Replay link follows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2hk25WESVA Thomas H. Hicks  

August 8, 2015 - The 2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (10g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) scored a front-stepping victory in today’s Gold Division Kramfors Kommun (150,000SEK to winner, 2150 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Stall Sedin HB owns the veteran, now with a career slate of 35-14-2 in 102 starts for 11,543,598SEK earned. He now has three wins in 2015 for earnings in excess of 406,000SEK. US-bred Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Lucky Charm Hanover (7m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) with trainer Daniel Reden aboard. The beaten field included Shas Is Back, Hard Livin and Friction in the twelve horse contest.  At Enghien the interesting Prix de l’Odeon (€56,000 purse, 2875 meters, 12 three year-old starters) went to 11/1 odds Christo (3m Rieussec-Panacee) for trainer/driver Michel Lenoir.  9/1 Cochise Griff (3m Lets Go Along-Jipsie du Breucq) was next for Gabriel Gelormini, aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Griff. 20/1 Coupe Droit (3m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) ended third for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Topkip BV. Two other Guarato trainer, Ecurie Griff owned colts were fourth and fifth, namely 15/1 Cow Boy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Boisney) with Pierre Vercruysse and 2/1 Cherif Griff (3m Orlando Vici-Qualore Griff) with Eric Raffin driving. Time was 1.16.7kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 9, 2015 - Today’s V75 hasrness racing card at Umaker was a dandy, headed up by the Gold Division victory by former Elitloppet winner Nahar (10g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) and trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Timed in 1.11.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, the veteran rallied from near the back to sweep around the field in late stretch for owner Stall Sedin HB. Nahar has 34 career wins in 98 starts for earnings of over 11.3SEK million. Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl ahead of Panne de Moteur (7h Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), making his initial 2015 start, handled by Orjan Kihlstrom. The winner earned 200,000SEK first money. While Nahar is a likely Elitloppet invitee, the race leadership wants to wait until all major weekend races are complete before extending more bids.  The co-feature Berth Johanssons Memorial (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to the winner) went to Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and driver/trainer Leif Witasp, timed in 1.12.6kr with a very quick last 1140 meters. The winner recorded career victory 12 in 29 starts for earnings of over 1.9SEK million. Stall Mamsen owns the winner. Special Topgear (5m Love You-Pan Seared Tuna-Andover Hall) was next for John Ostman with Screen Height (5m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) third for Torbjorn Jansson. Jerry Riordan’s trainee Rod Stewart was sixth, Creatine eighth and Vasterbo Loveboat ninth as these well-regarded starters failed to hit the board. Creatine was fourth, parked with cover, before making a three wide backstretch move that stalled after reaching second. The Silver Division (2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner) went to Coldtown (6g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) with Jorma Kontio up, timed in 1.13kr for trainer Timo Nurmos. The pace was well-rated in this event. Stein Daylight (7m Steinlager-Danilova-Anders Crown) was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp with US bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) third with Ulf Ohlsson driving for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Radysin America was eighth after a parked with cover trip with dead cover. Thomas H. Hicks

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