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Today, over the 1000-meter track at Firenze, saw two-year-old fillies and colts contest the Premio GP Anact 2018, with both divisions raced for a purse of 110,000€ over 1600 meters autostart. The filly division went to the 1.15.9kr timed Ariala Cash SM (2f Ready Cash-Carol SM-Armbro Goal) driven by Roberto Andreghetti. She was a decisive and powerful winner over Antella CLA (2f Daguet Rapide-Nada mas-Ganymede) handled by Fr. Facci, with third to Artemide de Zack (2f Rotary OK-Lucille Grif-Varenne) The colt contest produced a 1.15.3kr timed victory for Amancio (2m Love You-Mania-Lemon Dra) with Antonio Greppi at the lines. He bested Aurt Mede SM (2m Ganymede-Ioss Court SM-Toss Out) with G.P. Maisto up and third finishing Alchemist Bi (2m Manofmanymissions-Fidji Bi-Lemon Dra) reined by Roberto Andreghetti. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

October 8, 2017 - Sunday harness racing trotting action of note took place throughout Europe, at Roma Capannelle, Charlottenlund DE and in Finland. The top race was the Italiano del Trotto for a purse of €1,001,000, a Gr. I event contested at a 2100 meter distance autostart. The Ideale Luis filly Vanchiria OP was victorious driven by Roberto Andreghetti timed in 1.14.8kr by two lengths. Vertigo Spin and Villa Santina Jet were the next two on the line. Roma Capannelle – Pr. Derby Italiano del Trotto (purse €1,001,000, 2100 meters autostart) Race time 1.14.8kr Valchiria OP (3f Ideale Luis-Maya del Ronco-Toss Out), Roberto Andreghetti up Vertigo Spin (3m Nad al Sheba-Gail Lindy-Donerail), V.P. Dell’Annunziata driver Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill), Santo Mollo aboard Note- Vivid Wise As finished seventh The undercard featured the Oaks del Trotto Finale for a purse of €253,000 and raced over 1640 meters autostart. Venesia EL scored for Pietro Gubellini in the three horse photo timed in 1.12.6kr from between horses, after sitting third on the pegs during the race. Viscardra Jet and Vale Capare were second and third respectively. Roma Capannelle – Premio Oaks del Trotto (purse €253,000, 1640 meters autostart) Race time 1.12.6kr Vanesia EK (3f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne), Pietro Gubellini up Viscardra Jet (3f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo), F. Piscane driving Vale Capare (3f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill), Enrico Bellei up Note: winner closed from third on the pegs to defeat leader Vale Capare Older trotters battled in the Gran Premio Torilli for a purse of €110,000. The impressive 1.12.4kr timed winner over 2100 meters autostart, Timone OK,  was reined by Enrico Bellei and increased his career earnings past the €950,000 level with his 24th victory. Peace Of Mind and Tamure Roc were next. Roma Capannelle - Pr Gran Premio Torilli (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart) Race time 1.12.4kr Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra), Enrico Bellei up Peace Of Mind (8f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover), Pietro Gubellini driving Tamure Roc (5f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra), Santo Mollo up Note: winner scored gate to wire by two lengths, his 24th win in 34 starts now for earnings in excess of €950,000; Roma Capannelle is a 1000 meter track In Finland was the Kriterium raced at Teivo for a purse of €247,875 (the winner earned €112,500). Run For Royalty scored timed in 1.17.4kr driven by Hannu Torvinen, as the son of NY based RC Royalty, bested Builders Caviar and another RC Royalty sired performer, the third finishing Piece Of Rock. This race was a Gr. I UET contest. Teivo FI – Finland Kriterium (purse €247,875 with €112,500 to the winner, 2600 meters autostart, three year olds) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.17.4kr Run For Royalty (3m RC Royalty-Run For The Bank-Conway Hall), Hannu Torvinen up Builders Caviar (3m SJs Caviar-Ranch Keep On Ice-Love You), Erik Adielsson driver Piece Of Rock (3m RC Royalty-Piece By Piece-Rite On Line), Juha Utala up At historic Charlottenlund Denmark was the Menhammer Stuteri Kriterium raced for a purse of 300,000Dkr. The 1.14.3kr timed winner was 19/10 odds Cuba Libre Ice, a three year old gelded son of Great Challenger, that Johan Untersteiner teamed. Another Great Challenger gelding, Confidence, earned second ahead of the Andover Hall colt Cocky. Summary follows. Charlottenlund DE – Menhammar Danish Kriterium (purse 300,000Kr, 2500 meters autostart, three year olds) Race time 1.14.3kr 19/10 odds Cuba Libre Ice (3g Great Challenger-Global Acceptance-Giant Chill), Johan Untersteiner up Confidence (3g Great Challenger-Uni Haleryd-Alf Palema), Ken Ecce driver Cocky (3m Andover Hall-Perilous-Pine Chip), Erik Adielsson up Note: Cuba Libre Ice was bred by Stutteri Ice on Bornholm. Driver Untersteiner commented post race that longer distances are an advantage to his mount. On the same card the Masters was raced over 2000 meters for a purse of 100,000Kr and veteran Oni Wan scored timed in 1.12.5kr for driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

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

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

2.6/1 Seattle Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) took Tuesday’s Quinte+ Prix de Laqoubran (purse €25,000, 2650 meters autostart, 13 European starters) at Hyeres, France, scoring in 1.14.9kr for harness racing driver Roberto Andreghetti. Scuderia Dielle SRL of Italy owns the winning mare that Alessandro Gocciadoro conditions. 19/1 Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) took second in a close finish for driver Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Ecurie du Domaine du Parc. 10/1 Venus Castelets (7f Jasmin de Flore-Natural  Pearl) earned third for J-Ch Feron and Ecurie de Rougemont. 1.8.1 favorite Conway Fortuna (7m Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee) captured fourth for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Henk Grift and Gerrits Recycling BV of Holland. In other European action the Championnat des Indigena (purse €13,850, 2000 meters autostart, five turf starters) at Avenches (Suisse) went to 1/5 favorite Attenarco (6g Ready Cash-Mattmara) timed in 1.16.4kr, quick clocking on the grass. Henri Turrettini drove the winner that he owns and Nunes du Oliveira V trains. Tango du Martza (9g Jag de Bellouet) rallied for second with Fra Quatreuil up. The Prix de Vitre Suisse (purse €9,233, 2000 meters autostart, six turf starters) went to the 1.19.3lr timed, open lengths winner Semola GK (5f Allison Hollow-Gary MP). This 1.1/1 choice was reined by Jean Matthey. 2.3/1 Fast And Furious (4m Main Wise As-You’ve Got Mail) was second for owner/trainer/driver Andre Humbert Back on dirt the Cabourg feature was the Prix des Lupins B (purse €26,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters). 53/1 Caballis (4g In Love With You-Republica) scored timed in 1.17.3kr for Ch-A Mary, also trainer to owner/breeder Bernard Giraudon. Racing barefoot, second was 2.6/1 Capitano de Lou (4g Ready Cash-Riviera de Lou) for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 3/1 shoeless Cedre de Bellouet (4g Quel Amour Dudel-Saga de Bellouet) handled by David Thomain. Thomas H. Hicks  

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

December 29, 2015 - Tuesday’s Quinte+ was at Paris-Vincennes and the €64,000 Prix de Craon (2700 meters, 16 European starters) went to 14/1 Italian invader Only One Glory (7m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) handled by Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Scuderia RPR. Clocked in 1.14kr the winner defeated Pioneer Gar (m Varenne-Follia) with Eric Raffin up for Scuderia Super Chico SAS and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. Another invader the 4.7/1 Tell Me No Lies (g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) landed third in a photo for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Fabrice Souloy and KLV Holding AB. Franck Nivard steered 11.3/1 Unero Montaval (7g Nem-Heroine du Loir) to fourth ahead of 73/1 Plutonio (6m Self Possessed-Indra Bi) with Damien Bonne up for Vincent Martens (trainer). This day the top monte event was the €70,000 Prix de Gambais (2175 meters, 8 monter starters) and 2.4/1 Bolide Jenilou (4g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) took victory with ease for Damien Bonne. The 2.6/1 second choice Brut de la Cote (4g Kepler-Ombra Mai Fu) landed second for Antoine Lamy and trainer Sebastien Guarato with the Franck Leblanc trained, Franck Nivard ridden, 7.8/1 odds, Baron du Chene (4m Goetmals Wood-Imperiale du Chene) on the line third. The race time was a quick 1.12.9kr. Two year-olds contested the Prix des Freesias (purse €35,000, 2175 meters, 14 entrants) and this 1.1.7kr winner was 1.7/1 favorite Difa Girl (2f Love You-Rifa Rainbow) reined by J.Ph Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner G.Poulsen-Allaire. 144/1 longshot Dunka de Perthuis (2f So Lovely Girl-Pepita Ra) finished second for J-F Senet with third to 21/1 Dolga du Pommereux (2f Coktail Jet-Salsa du Pommereux). There are large number of productive FR two year-olds in this crop led by the offspring of Ready Cash and Love You. The dam of winner Difa Girl is a daughter of Kaisy Dream-Ica du Pas-Workaholic and Difa Girl is her third foal. The Prix de Limay (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) was a victory for 52/1 Cayenne de Houelle (3f Scipion du Goutier-Irinade la Frette)) timed in 1.16.4kr for driver Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc. 7/2 Clef de Fe (3f Fleuron Perrine-Rivendell) took second for trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard with 43/1 Cible du Bouffey (3f Password-Illusion du Coq) earning third for P-Y Verva. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 10, 2015 - 10.7/1 Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) rallied to win today’s Prix de Blois (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 European starters) timed in 1.11.6kr for driver Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Bologna 2011. 5.8/1 Trophees de Jabe (8g Kesaco Phedo-Otika Vita) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Mme. Daniele Gozlan. Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kadaizia du Gite) finished third at 16/1 for driver David Thomain ahead of 31/1 Oropuro Bar (7m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks) for Pierre Vercruysse, Scuderia 4AB and trainer Harry Rantanen with fifth to 27/1 Global Midnight (8f Ganymede-Global Business) for teamster Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Global Farm AB. This event was the day’s Quinte+ race (jackpot €4.05 million, exact order payoff €15,330). Today’s Prix Jussy at Paris-Vincennes (purse €80,000, 2175 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.12.6kr winner, 5.5/1 odds Biwa Nectar (4m Nectar-Nika ) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. 10/1 Armstrong Jet (5m Love You-Jenny Jet) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 11/1 Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) rallied to be third for Mathieu Mottier. On December 8 ay Roma was the prestigious Prix Tino Triossi (purse €209,000, 2100 meters autostart) and it went to pacesetter Sugar Rey (4m Look de Star-Aurora Boreale-Indro Park) timed in 1.14.1kr for Pietro Gubellini. The three-quarter length winner score victory nine in 29 career starts for €425.960 earned. Sereno OP (4m From Above-Grandinat-Crown’s Invitation) was second for Antonio Veloti with third to Stankovic OK (4m Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) and driver Enrico Bellei. Santiago d’Ete (4m Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) ended fourth for Roberto Andreghetti. Thomas H. Hicks

November 26, 2015 - The invasion of trotters Italia to Paris-Vincennes continued this day as Specialess (4m Ganymede-Enna Dra) took the €90,000 purse, 2700 meters Prix de Picardie at Paris-Vincennes as 18 European contestants battled in the Quinte+ event (jackpot €3.35 million). Timed in 1.13.9kr, 2.7/1 odds Specialess scored by nearly two lengths for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Nevi.  Italy’s 10.2/1 Saphire Bi (4f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi) took second for reinsman Eric Raffin, Sebastien Guarato trainer and Scuderia Della Casa. Sweden’s Carabinieri (4m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) was third driven by Johan Untersteiner and trainer Peter Untersteiner. The next two horses to the line were 44/1 Blue d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) driven by Mathieu Mottier and Italy’s Satchmo As (4m Daguet Rapide-Gelosia dei Fiori) for driver Christophe Martens at 89/1. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 16 Specialess ITY R. Andreghetti Scuderia Nevi F. Souloy 2ème 7 Saphire Bi ITY E. Raffin Scuderia Della Casa S. Guarato 3ème 1 Carabinieri SWE J. Untersteiner AB Ybena P. Untersteiner 4ème 6 Blues d'Ourville M. Mottier D. Marcon Mme V. Lecroq 5ème 3 Satchmo As ITY C. Martens Scuderia Gilirida V. Martens  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 0592     Ordre :       40.280,00€     Désordre :       805,60€     Bonus 4 :       51,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       25,60€     Bonus 3 :       5,20€                     The Prix de Sille La Guillaume (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) went to the 1.13.4kr winner Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil-Jilansca) for Eric Raffin at 62.3/1 odds. 13.5/1 Berry’s Boy (7g Love You-Realy Furniture) was next for Genny Delaune and trainer Sebastien Guarato and third went to 54/1 Unu de Daint Marc (7g Kidde Chenu-Ninade Saint Marc) reined by Anthony Barrier. The monte featured Prix de L’Ile de Re (purse €95,000, 2850 meters, 20 European starters) produced an impressive victory for the 1.13.6kr winner, 23.6/1 odds Ukerlza du Banjo (7f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Abbevilloise) for jockey Mathieu Mottier. Favorite 1.7/1 Veloce du Banney (6g Quaro-Viva du Banney) was second with Franck Nivard aboard for Ecurie du Grand Buisson. Third was 9.6/1 Un Gars du Large (7g Memphis du Rib-Gorgones du Large) ridden by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Palmyr Racing. The €36,000 purse Prix de Mirecourt over 2100 meters autostart went to 1.9/1 favorite Come On Jet (3f Goetmals Wood-Jenny Jet) that Gabriele Gelormini teamed for owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. Timed in 1.15.7kr the winner defeated 25.1/1 Capucine Dancer (3f Niky-Katherine) and teamster Mathieu Abrovard. Third went to 12.3/1 Comete (3f Niky-L’Aventuriere). Thomas H. Hicks    

August 29, 2015 - Santiago d’Ete (4m Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) won today’s €45,100 purse, 2040 meters autostart Grand Premio Nello Bellei at Montecatini ITY. Roberto Andreghetti teamed the winner to the 1.13.4kr victory in a closer verdict over Smeralda Jet (4f Gigant Neo-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride) and teamster Antonio DiNardo, with third to Saba del Ronco (4f Adrian Chip-Dedone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover). Saphire Bi (4f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi) was a length behind in fourth. The winner’s second dam Viola s’Amore (by Indro Park) has produced €375,315 winner Newyork Newyork. In separate news, 12 starters have been drawn into the September 5th European Championship (Gr. I UET Masters Series) at Cesena ITY. Orsia and Napoleon Bar are the headliners. € 187.000,00 - 1660 meters autostart – 4 year-olds and up 1ª Prova     2ª Prova 1 PROBO OP Moni Edoardo 12 2 STANDOUT Andreghetti Roberto 11 3 ROXANNE BAR xxx 10 4 RANIA LEST Gubellini Pietro 9 5 OLONA OK Di Nardo Gaetano 8 6 ROMBO DI CANNONE Gelormini Gabriele 7 7 ORSIA Di Nardo Antonio 6 8 POGGIO Cintura Natale 5 9 ONEGHIN DEL RONCO Minnucci Giampaolo 4 10 OSASCO DI RUGGI Vecchione Roberto 3 11 NAPOLEON BAR Bellei Enrico 2 12 NEWYORK NEWYORK Baldi Lorenzo 1     Thomas H. Hicks

August 17, 2015 - Today’s Premio Citta’ di Follonica (Gr. II, purse €45,100, 2200 meters autostart) for four year-olds went to the Roberto Andreghetti driven Santiago d’Ete (4m Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) with a late closing two-length victory timed in 1.13.6kr. The score was his eighth in 26 outings. Savannah Bi (4f Ganymede-Dakota Bi-Toss Out) set the pace for Fed. Esposito and gamely held second with third going to Serena OP (4m From Above-Grandinat-Crown’s Invitation) with Ant. Velotti aboard. Saba del Ronco made a late run but went offstride late in the lane. Sister Dany Bar made an early miscue and others in the beaten field included Sugar Rey and Skyline Dany. Data: 17/08/2015 - Ippodromo: FO - Num. Corsa: 5 - Cat.: T  VIDEO  N.P. N.A. Nome Dist Tempo Guidatore Part. Premio   1 SANTIAGO D`ETE 2200 1.13.6 R.ANDREGHETTI 2/14 16.974 6 2 SAVANNAH BI 2200 13.8 FED.ESPOSITO 6/14 8.118 14 3 SERENO OP 2200 13.9 A.VELOTTI 14/14 4.428 1 4 SUPERMAR 2200 14.0 L.BALDI 1/14 2.214 9 5 SMASH SLIDE SM 2200 14.1 A.DI NARDO 9/14 1.476 8 6 SUGAR REY 2200 14.1 G.P.MINNUCCI 8/14 0   7 SOGNO D`AMORE 2200 14.1 T.DI LORENZO 5/14 0 3 8 SANSONE BAR 2200 14.2 E.BELLEI 3/14 0 13 9 SIRENA DEL SILE 2200 14.3 G.LOMBARDO JR 13/14 0 7 10 SAPHIRE BI 2200 14.7 R.VECCHIONE 7/14 0 12 11 SIRDREIK 2200 14.8 G.D`ALESSANDRO SR 12/14 0 11 12 SKYLINE DANY 2200 20.2 M.MINOPOLI JR 11/14 0 10   SABA DEL RONCO 2200 RA G.CASILLO 10/14 0 4   SISTER DANY BAR 2200 RP SANTO MOLLO 4/14 0 On August 16 the Gr. II Gran Premio Marche (€45,100 purse, 2200 meters autostart, 11 starters) was conducted at Montegiorgio. Mario Minopoli Jr. directed Totoo del Ronco (3m Ganymede-Magic Vision LF-Uronometro) to victory by seven lengths clocked in 1.13.6kr. Tale Inno (3m Self Possessed-Girofle-Lemon Dra) took second ahead of Tulum (3m Algiers Hall-Image OM-Lemon Dra). The August 16 action at Kalmar SWE was headlined by the Zerberus Trot (35,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) and well regarded Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) scored in 1.10.5kr for driver Thomas Uhrberg. The winner recorded victory 16 in 35 lifetime starts. Clear Sign (11g Smok’n Lantern-Atas Nice Sun L-Spotlite Lobell) was a close second for Kim Eriksson with third to Capello Bob (9g Trade Balance-Yroflickan-Ron B. Hanover) with Andre Eklundh aboard. The beaten field also included Truculent, Monster Drive and Bagley. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 9, 2015 - Today’s Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie (UET Masters Series, 2300 meters autostart, purse €180,000, nine starters International) went to Princess Grif (6f Varenne-Fauve Grif) for driver Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, timed in 1.14.4kr. Off at 5.3/1 odds the winner benefitted from the scratch of Aladin d’Ecajeul and disqualification of favored Roi du Lupin and Olmo Holz. 41/1 Paladin Bleu (13m Jag de Bellouet-Uno Picolina) was second with Marc Huygens up and third went to 35/1 Onyx D’em (13g Uranes Sautonne-Becilia) for Rik Depuydt. Other longshots 24/1 Nene’degli Ulivi and 48/1 Roller Quick were next to the line in this contest. The turf contestants battled today at Royan in the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (€32,000 purse, 2475 meters, 13 starters) with the 1.19.6kr win going to 3/2 favorite Univers de Marzy (7g Look de Star-Lovelie de Marzy) for J-Ph Monclin and trainer/owner B.R. Plaire. 17/1 Tui de Narmont (8m Ipson de Mormal-d’Oree de Narmont) was second in a good effort, ahead of third finishing 48/1 Telfanto de Coudde (9g Orlando Vici-Jalna de Couddes) Also on grass, at Carentan, was the Grand Prix de la Ville de Carentan (€45,000 purse, 2850 meters distance handicap, Trophee Vert series) and the 1.17.1kr winner was 19/1 Un Soir Baroque (7g Hand du Vivier-Joie Baroque) for Flavien Michot. Thierry Raffegeau is the trainer. 7/1 Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) was next for Anthony Barrier with third to 36/1 Uno de Guinette (7g Kaiser Soze-Isis de Guinette) for trainer/driver Sebastien Hardy. At Enghien the Prix Café de la Mairie de Groussainville (€56,000 purse, 2875 meters) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin trained 13/1 odds Cere Josselyn (3f Kaisy Dream-Kate) with Damien Bonne driving. Time was 1.18.8kr with second to 2/1 Currency (3f Orlando Vici-Precious of Fee) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 43/1 Cana de Bailly was home third for pilot Franck Ouvrie. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 11, 2015 - The Saturday July 11,the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (€95.000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) at Enghien presented a top flight harness racing lineup on a sunny day before a fine audience: Nene’Degli Ulivi, Pierre Vercruysse Olmo Holz, Ch. Martens Ru de l’Airou, FranckOuvrie Texas de l’Iton, T. De Genouil Scarlet Turgot, Eric Raffin Princess Grif, Roberto Andreghetti Tornado Bello, Thomas Levesque Beckman, Franck Nivard Tornade du Digeon, Jos. Verbeeck Rue du Bac, Tony Le Beller (Italy) Moses Rob, Andrea Guzzinati Italian-bred Princess Grif (6f Varenne-Fauve Grif), at 6/1 odds, staged a victorious late rally for teamster Roberto Andreghetti to score in 1.12.8kr, by two lengths, for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi, from pacesetter Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) handled by trainer Christophe Martens, also Italian-bred. Italy’s Moses Rob (9m Ganymede-Etoile Rob) was third for teamster Andrea Guzzinati and owner Scuderia Sole Che Sorgi. The fractions were moderate and speed steadily increased during the contest (1.13.4kr at 1000; 1.13kr at 500). It was an Italian clean sweep. The first of several other top class races July 11 at Enghien was the Prix du Louvre (Gr. III €85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 10 European starters) and after a mid-race no contest ruling the race was re-started and the 0.5/1 favorite prevailed. Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) scored in 1.15.5kr for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. 6/1 Red Rose America (Italian-bred by the late Lou Guida, followed to be second for Tony Le Beller, trainer Souloy and owner Stall Panamera Racing. 13/1 Alpha Saltor (5m Paris-Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was third for Mathieu Abrivard. Race fractions were modest (1.16.3kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500) with Lionel controlling the affair throughout. The Prix de Villiers (€48,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) was the day’s Q+ event (€4.35 million jackpot) and it went to the 9/10 favorite, Sweden-bred, Calvin Borel (5m Super Photo Kosmos-Ulrika Furan) with owner/trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer driving. The winner led for much of the race and barely held on for the 1.13.6kr victory (fractions 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.4kr at 500). Mathieu Mottier teamed 11/1 Blues d’Ourville (4g Password-Pursuit of Charm) to second ahead of 43/1 Arlequin (5m Hasting-Imagine) with Joseph Verbeeck up for trainer Luc Roelens.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.350.000 € - Numéro plus : 1644   Ordre :       80.760,00€   Désordre :       1.615,20€   Bonus 4 :       159,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       42,00€   Bonus 3 :       11,20€ The Prix du Palais de Chaillot (€68,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 European starters) went to Sweden-bred Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Forty Two) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard for trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Nortronic KB. Off at 7/1 odds the winner was clocked in 1.14.4kr over the extended distance with accelerating speed (fractions 1.15.5kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500). Tina Jolie (8f Jasmin de Flore-Mirea des Picares) was next for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Helena Krom with third to Urgos (7m Kesaco Phedo-Orcieres) and teamster Joseph Verbeeck and trainer J-M Bazire.  Thomas H. Hicks  

June 27, 2015 - Enghien-Soisy hosted today’s harness racing Quinte+ (jackpot €3.65 million) named the Prix du Roussillon (€48,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, European) with the win going to 1.14.2kr clocked Oro Fks (7m Uronometro-Fuschini America) and teamster Roberto Andreghetti. The Italian-bred stallion is owned by Stephano Bernardini and Fabrice Souloy is the FR trainer. He was off at 5.9/1 odds in the defeat of 10.6/1 Shamfalla (9f Den des Sark-Feria du Ringeat) with Eric Raffin up. 2.9/1 Undici (7g Kaiser Soze-Jobeth) was third for J-M Bazire, trainer Alain Roussel and owner Ecurie Roussel & Co. The Q+ exact order payoff without jackpot exceeded €5,500. The Prix de la Porte Saint-Martin (€55,000 purse, 2875 meters, 12 European starters) at Enghien this Saturday went to 1.16.8kr winner, 14/1 odds, Chanson d’Amour (3f Sam Bourbon-Song Of Love) for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. Song Of Love is a 2006 foal of Coktail Jet-Guilty Of Love she the dam of Tonato Of Love (1:55 by Donato Hanover). Guilty Of Love is dam of Love You, Nice Love, In Dix Huit, Repeat Love and Perhaps Love, all winners of US$141,000 or more. 3.6/1 Tresor Dream (3f Andover Hall-Rafaele) from Italy was next for trainer/driver Santo Mollo and owner Scuderia Dream SAS. 5.2/1 Cathy A Quire (3f Password-Quira des Jacquets) was third with Franck Nivard teaming for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Belgium owner M.E. Desmet. The Prix de l’Observatoire (€55,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) at Enghien went to 7.3/1 odds, barefoot Prince Wind (6m Glidemaster-Solairesse) with trainer/driver Pipo Gubellini aboard for owner Scuderia Faillian of Italy. He scored in 1.13.9kr to defeat 3.8/1 Argol (5m Kool du Caux-Graminee) for Franck Ouvrie and trainer Vincent Jarry, also racing shoeless. 9.8/1 barefoot Verano du Reynard (6m Insert Gede-Nuranie des Noes) was third for Eric Raffin and conditioner Gregory Laurent. Fourth and fifth were Peace Of Mind and Pioneer Gar. Bionella (4f Jam Pridem-Hiona-Biesolo) was victorious at Enghien in the Prix de la Place des Alpes (€36,000 purse, 2875 meters, 15 female starters) clocked in 1.17.2kr. Franck Ouvrie was the pilot for trainer Anders Lindqvist, the third career win for Bionella, off at 18/1. 17/1 Belle de Marche (4f Legs du Clos-Neigede Marche) was second for Thibaut Le Floch, trainer/driver. 2.5/1 Bea Ecus (4f Quick Wood-Iffrida) was third for trainer/driver Markku Vartianen. Vire’s Prix de Neuilli-Levallois (monte females, €34,000 purse, 2250 meters, 10 starters) went to the 1.17kr winner, off at 2.9/1 odds, Coconut Citrus (3f Jag de Bellouet-Quize Sun) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L-Cl. Abrivard and owner J-P Barjon.  22/1 Chiurfa de Visais (3f Mood West-Perle d’Ouxy) was second for A.Tintillier and third finisher was 4.8/1 Cobrizia du Gite (3f Quatre Juillet-Hobrizia du Gite) with Eric Raffin in the irons. Also at Vire, the Prix Agrial (€22,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart), 14 entrants) went to 3/2 odds favorite Vacate Money (6f Prodigious-Making Money) for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, clocked in 1.13.6kr. 7/2 Valiant du Lamee (6g Karikal-Gouache de Girai) was second for teamster Sebastien Ernault and trainer Loic-Marie Dalifard with third to 5/1 Venus Castelets (6f Jasmin de Flore-Natural Pearl) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for Loic Peschet trainer. In Sweden, at Farjestad, this day the E3 Final Mares (Gr. I, 2140 meters autostart, 900,000SEK first money) went to Timbal (3f From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) with Robert Bergh teaming for Stall Gaffelby. The winner, clocked in 1.12.5kr, now has a career slate of 9-0-0 in 11 starts for earnings in excess of 1,242,000SEK. Tunika (by Zola Boko) was second for Bjorn Goop with third to Facile Boko (by Virgil Boko) driven by Erik Adielsson. The E3 Gr. I Final International for males (2140 meters autostart, 900,000SEK to winner) became a four length victory for Poet Broline (3m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) for Peter Untersteiner. Sucre (ny Jacose) was second for Christoffer Eriksson with third to Heavy Sound (gelded son of Ken Warkentin) and Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Roger Walmann. The winner was timed in 1.12.4kr. The aged trotters at Farjestad contested the Karlstad Metelisering AB (2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to winner) and the length victor was Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laure Kemp=Express Ride) with Christoffer Eriksson up clocked in 1.11.2kr. Hard Livin (8m SJ’s Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was next for Erik Adielsson and Stall Zet with third to Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Thomas H. Hicks

May 3, 2015 -  Today (Sunday) the Gr. I International UET Masters Grand Premio Lotteria was conducted at Ippodromo Agnano (Naples). Five heats were presented each over 1600 meters autostart with three eliminations followed by a consolation and harness racing finale. The total purse was €506,000 with the three eliminations carrying a purse of €20,900, the consolation €42,900 and finale €400,400. The three eliminations produced the following winning results: Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess-Crowntron) with Christophe Martens in 1.11.8kr over Radiofreccia FL (5m Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) and Federico Esposito Vincennes (7f Spotlite Lobell-Lina Trot-Firm Tribute) with Roberto Andreghetti in 1.11.1kr over Mack Grace SM (8m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) and Roberto Vecchione. Vincennes is trained by Fabrice Souloy. Neste Effe (8m Naglo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) and Roberto Vecchione in 1.12.7kr to defeat Pascia’Lest (6m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) and Andrea Guzzinati Twelve contested the consolation with that victory for Pace del Rio (6m Varenne-Urben d’Asolo-Ata Star L)  and Santo Mollo with a rallying stretch score in 1.11.5kr over Nonant le Pin (8f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) and Alessandro Gocciadoro The €400,400 finale was a dandy with Mack Grace SM setting that pace for Pippo Gubellini to late stretch when that pair were overcome by pocket sitting Vincennes and Roberto Andreghetti by less than a length clocked in 1.11.8kr. Chapeau sat the death seat before tiring late and going offstride when touched by the winner. Mack Grace SM was seeking his fourth Lotteria victory in a superb career. Thomas Hicks

Oropuro Bar (7m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal) took Easter Sunday’s Torino featured Gr. I Premio Sociata Campo di Mira Fioro (€110,000, 1600 meters autostart), rallying from back off the last bend to victory clocked in 1.12.7kr for Roberto Andreghetti. Pocket sitting Pascia’Lest (6m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) escaped late to garner second for Andrea Guzzinati ahead of veteran pacestetter Mack Grace SM (9m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) and Roberto Vecchione. This 55 time career winner raced gamely on the front holding off challengers until late in the lane. Today’s Lotteria Wild Card, named the Premio G. Compili (€13.200, 1600 meters autostart, two eliminations and raceoff) at Napoli, went to Rombo di Cannone (5m Varenne-Cannoniera-Diamond Way) clocked in 1.11.4kr for the raceoff victory teamed by V.P. Dell’Annunziata. This one took his elimination in 1.12.3kr. In the two-horse raceoff he defeated Miguel WF (9m Super Arnie-Dinastia OR-Lemon Dra) that won his earlier test in 1.14.6kr. Thomas H. Hicks

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