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Tonight’s Paris-Vincennes program featured excellent trotting and the celebration of the Franco-Chinese relationship.    The featured Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park was contested over 2700 meters.  This  Gr.  III monte test carried a purse of €110,000 and went to the Franck Nivard teamed, Franck Leblanc owned and trained Sourire de Voutre. The eight year old gelded son of Gazouillis scored in 1.13.7kr over Italy’s Nene’Degli Ulivi with Alexandre Abrivard in the irons, as the slight favorite. The winner recorded his 16th career victory. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix China Horse Industrial Park-Trophee Yida, €110,000, monte, Gr. III, 2700 meters, 9 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Sourire de Voutre (8g Gazouillis-Goella), Franck Nivard up for trainer/owner Franck Leblanc, 2.1/1, his 16th career win for €703,340 lifetime earnings 2nd Nene’Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell-Speedy Somolli), Alexandre Abrivard up, 1.1/1 3d Quarnac de L’Iton (10g Ideal de L’iton-Classic Meslois), Mathieu Mottier up, 67.8/1 The secondary feature, the Grand Prix de L’Annee du Cheval for €58,000 purse, went to Italy’s Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover) trained by Catello Savarese for owner Scuderia Stecca. The winner scored for teamster Pierre Vercruysse in 1.12kr over 2100 meters autostart. Vulcania de Godrel  finished second for Franck Ouvrie and Porpora Lux, another Italian entrant, ended third for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix de l’Annee du Cheval, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.12kr 1st Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuto Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Catello Savarese and owner Scuderia Stecca, 6.9/1, Italy, 14th win for €112,939 2nd Vulcania de Godrel (5f Memphis du Rib-Julietta), Franck Ouvrie up, 12.5/1 3rd Porpora Lux (5f Self Possessed-Geladrier PL), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 107/1 The evening’s Quinte+ race of the day in France (jackpot €4.450,000) was the Grand Prix L’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, This 2100 meter autostart event carried a purse of €58,000 for European starters of which there were 18. Germany’s pacesetting King Of The World scored in 1.12.7kr at 19.8/1 odds for driver Michael Nimczyk, trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and owner Johann Lenz. King Of The World is an accomplished five year-old son of Magnificent Rodney (Nordin Stable star of a few years ago) that now has 15 career wins for €88,007 as most of his racing has been in Germany for low purses. In fact, King Of The World has posted, since May 6, 2013, 12 wins and 4 placings in 16 appearances. Italy’s Ringostarr Treb, a four year-old son of Classic Photo, was second for driver Vercruysse and trainer Holger Ehlert. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was over €116,000 for a €2 play. June 27, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix l’Amitie Franco-Chinoise 50eme Anniversaire, €58,000, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ with jackpot €4.45 million 1st King Of The World (5m Magnificent Rodney-Queen of Hearts-Hermes de Pericard), Michael Nimczyk driver for owner Johann Lenz  and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk (Germany), 19.8/1, 15 wins for €88,007, last 15 starts since May 6, 2014 with slate 12-2-1 and one fifth place finish 2nd Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral), Pierre Vercruysse for Holger K. Ehlert, 6.2/1 3rd Vanychef (5m Offshore Dream-Manychaille), Michel Lenoir trainer/driver, 32.1/1 Later in the card three year-old fillies contested the Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom for a purse of €36,000. Sixteen starters battled over 2100 meters autostart with the win going to 5.8/1 odds Braga (by Oiseau de Feux), owned and trained by J.M.A. Roussel and reined by Pierre Vercruysse. The winner recorded her second lifetime win. The Quaker Jet filly Bakerloo Line was second in this event, timed in 1.14.4kr. June 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Grand Prix des Enterprises Chinoises en France – Trophee China Telecom, €36,000, three year-old females, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters, 1.14.4kr 1st Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Joie), Pierre Vercruysse up for owner/trainer J.M.A. Roussel, 5.8/1, her second career victory for €31,610 earned 2nd Bakerloo Line (3f Quaker Jet-Fenatoria), J. Koubiche, 5.7/1 3rd Bienvenue du Gers (3f Quinoa du Gers-La Chasse Verte), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 61.5/1 Other venues in France and Switzerland also hosted good racing this day. Sullighan took the €34,000 Prix Credit Agricole Normandie at Cherbourg. The veteran eight year-old gelded son of Sancho Panca scored in 1.14.2kr over 2625 meters for Mme. C. Hallais-Dersoir. At Toulouse Le Capiere, the G.P. Dynavenu Maisagri Duran for €35,000 went to Rambo Jet reined by R.W. Denecher. The nine year-old son of Goetmals Wood scored at 23.6/1 over Jean-Etienne Dubois’ Turbo Jet (by Joyau d’Amour). At Avenches (Switzerland) the €16,378 Coupe des 5 Ans Suisse went to 3/5 favorite Playboy Wind with trainer Wilhelm Paal aboard for Stall Allegra Racing. The five year-old son of In Love With You scored in 1.16kr over the 2350 meter course. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com 

In Sweden trainer Jerry Riordan has experienced a super week to-date. On June 24 at Jagersro, Riordan trainee Rare Wise As scored in 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 15,000SEK first prize.  The four-year-old daughter of Varenne-In Wise As- SJ’s Caviar is owned by Lisa Riordan and was steered by Linda Allercrantz. The Riordan team also won with Paolo America in 1.15.3kr to earn 15,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start contest. Paolo America is a five year-old gelded son of Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell, owned by Lisa Riordan and reined by Allercrantz to her 11th career victory. On June 26 at Aby the Riordan trained, Allercrantz reined Riordan Kronos scored in 1.15.3kr to earn 10,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. The four-year-old gelded son of Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed is owned by Lisa Riordan and secured his first 2014 win in four starts.  Trainer Riordan was also third in the Aby featured Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner) for mares with Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) for owner Francesco Rosselli and driven by Thomas Uhrberg. Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) won this event in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop reined the winner, to her 11th career victory, that defeated Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) with Jorgen Sjunnesson aboard in a close finish. This one was developed in the US by Dan Daley Global Midnight and reinsman Christophe Martens won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance at Enghien. The winner secured her 16th career win for earnings of €274,621 for trainer Vincent Martens. Global Midnight is a seven year-old mare by Ganymede from Global Business by Victory Dream. Take and Tabby Point trailed the winner across the line. The day’s Quinte+ paid €188,246 for an exact order €2 wager. Jackpot this day was €4.4 million. June 26, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Plaisance, European €56,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €4.4 million, 1.14kr 1st Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Christophe Martens, 4.4/1 odds, Victor Martens trainer, 16th lifetime win for €274,621 2nd Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole), Franck Nivard, 6.8/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer 3rd Tabby Point (7m Coktail Jet-Nobody Else), Sebastien Ernault, 70/1, Ulf Nordin trainer At Vichy the €80,000 purse International Prix Pierre Coulon went to favored Uprince with Eric Raffin aboard. Thierry Raffegaeu trains the winner that is now a career earner of over €377,000 from 11 victories. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr to defeat Italy’s 89/1 outsider Oibambam Effe. June 26, 2014 Vichy, Prix Pierre Coulon, International €80,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Eric Raffin, 2.5/1, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 11th career win  for €377,470 2nd Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Salvatore Carro up, 89/1 3rd Sophie du Vif (8f Jenko-Lavalliere de Vif), Aymeric Thomas up, 22/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

It’s beginning to look like Ake Svanstedt’s trotter Sebastian is so superior to the competition that he’s racing only against the clock. There was a time when time was privileged over purse money in the pursuit of assessing a stallion or mare’s suitability for the breeding ranks, but those days are long gone. Bob Marks never had much use for them, although he says he did “use them occasionally to get marks on horses that could never accomplish much in actual races.” Flip through the latest edition of the Breeder’s Book and you’ll find a couple of pacers with time trial marks—Jereme’s Jet and 26-year-old Cambest—and the Indiana stallion Jailhouse Jesse on the diagonal side. How sweet it would be to see Sebastian take to the track during the Red Mile meet with a pair of t-breds or pacers behind him and a jacked-up crowd cheering him home. He’d surely rid us of the 1:50 burden as well as Enough Said and his Colonial Downs asterisk. Fifty years ago just about every premium stallion and mare was measured against the clock at some point. Rodney, Fancy Crown, Most Happy Fella, Scotland, Yankee Lass, Bullet Hanover, Bye Bye Byrd, Dancer Hanover, Cheer Honey, Dayan, Hickory Pride, Elma, Isle Of Wight, Steady Beau and Sampson Direct all carry time trial marks. Some drivers specialized in handling the time trialing horses, while others were good with the prompters. When Adios Butler knocked two ticks off Billy Direct’s 22-year-old mark, which was set the day before Greyhound’s at The Red Mile on October 4, 1960, owner Paige West drove the 4-year-old while Del Miller and trainer/driver Eddie Cobb drove the t-bred prompters. When the 4-year-old Cash Hall went after Pine Chip’s 1:54 world record at Delaware in 2006, John Campbell drove the son of Self Possessed while Dave Palone chased after him with the Real Artist mare, Valentine. Cash Hall annihilated the mark with a 1:51.1 mile. On the trotting side, Greyhound’s TT1:55 ¼ mark, set on September 29, 1938 for Sep Palin, held fast for 31 years, until Nevele Pride dropped it to TT1:54.4 for Stanley Dancer at Indianapolis on Sunday August 31, 1969. Twelve thousand enthusiastic fans were in attendance that day. Coincidentally enough, a longstanding pacing mark of 1:55 was also set at that same Lexington meet in 1938: Billy Direct time trialed free-legged in 1:55 for Vic Fleming on September 28, 1938. That mark remained untouched during the 1940s. Frank Ervin put a 1:57.1 mark on 5-year-old Adios in a time trial when he was offered $500 to break the track record, and four years later another great progenitor, Gene Abbe, time trialed in 2:00.3, also at age five. But it took a race mark of 1:55 from Adios Harry in the American Pacing Derby at Vernon Downs on July 16, 1955, with the owner’s son Luther Lyons in the bike, to match Billy Direct’s mark. Adios Butler undercut the 1:55 standard five years later in the time trial referenced above. That 1:55 barrier was finally shattered. The great Speedy Crown didn’t break any records when he time trialed in 2:01.2 as a freshman in 1970, but after winning just four of eight starts and earning a paltry $2,000, he did prove that good things were on the way. Actually the first significant time trial for trotters in the 1970s came from Arnie Almahurst, a crazy fast son of Speedy Scot, who pretty much won every start he didn’t break stride in. He had little in common with his paternal brother, Speedy Crown, who never broke stride—not ever. Arnie time trialed in 1:57.2 at The Red Mile for Joe O’Brien and became the sixth fastest trotter behind Super Bowl, Nevele Pride, Ayres, Speedy Scot and Speedy Crown. Nine years later his 3-year-old son Arndon trotted the fastest mile ever by a trotter when he hit the wire in TT1:54 for Del Miller at The Red Mile. And twelve years after that Arndon’s 4-year-old son Pine Chip became the world record holder when he time trialed in 1:51 for John Campbell at Lexington. Arndon and his dad both retired as the fastest ever. Another important trotting time trial in the ‘70s was ABC Freight’s TT1:57.1 as a 2-year-old for Joe O’Brien at Hollywood Park in 1976. The sire of Garland Lobell topped Nevele Pride’s 1:58.2 freshman mark and became the fastest 2-year-old trotter ever. ABC set his lifetime mark of 1:56.3 the following year in a time trial. The market for blockbuster trotting time trials pretty much dried up after that, although Cash Hall did crush the half-mile mark with that 1:51.1 mile for John Campbell at Delaware in 2006 that was referenced above. The time trials involving Standardbred trotters under saddle has been less prevalent, nonetheless, it has played a prominent role due to the horses and people involved. In 1940 Greyhound ended his racing career under saddle at Lexington. Frances Dodge rode him to a world record of 2:01 ¾. That mark stood for 54-years, until Preferential and Brooke Nickells broke it in 1994 with a 1:58.2 mile. And six years later the mighty Moni Maker, like Greyhound, ended her career under saddle at The Red Mile. Jockey Julie Krone, with Jimmy Takter and Wally Hennessey following with prompters, trotted in an incredible 1:54.1. In the pacing camp it was up to Bret Hanover to continue the assault on the longstanding 1:55 standard that his paternal brother, Adios Butler, had begun. In early September of 1966, 4-year-old Bret, who was within a few months of being retired, time trialed in 1:54 at Vernon Downs for Frank Ervin with a single prompter chasing him. Five weeks later in Lexington Ervin put the TT1:53.3 mark on the big guy that would serve as his lifetime mark. Dancer preferred to put race marks on Albatross so there are no flashy time trials on Super Bird’s resume. He did become the fastest ever in a race when he won both heats of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile in 1:54.4, topping Adios Harry’s race mark, which Bret had matched. He also won in 1:55.3 at Delaware, matching Adios Butler’s time trial mark and eclipsing Bret’s 1:57 half-mile track race mark. Steady Star, a free-legged son of Steady Beau,  who was a year older than Albatross, cornered the time trial market in that era. At three he circled The Red Mile in 1:54 for Joe O’Brien and the following year, on October 1, 1971, he time trialed in a head turning 1:52. Later on, in 1976, 4-year-old Nero time trialed in 1:55.1 and the following year Warm Breeze was race timed in 1:53.1 at Golden Bear in Sacramento. Two years later Meadow Skipper’s son Falcon Almahurst became the fastest 3-year-old pacer ever with a 1:52.2 time trial at Lexington for Bill Haughton. Only Steady Star had gone faster. Then came the game changer: 3-year-old Niatross’s TT1:49.1 at The Red Mile on Oct 1, 1980. It was the sport’s first sub-1:50 mile and, while it parallels Adios Butler’s breach of the 1:50 point, it was so much more. The closest thing to it was Steady Star going 1:52, but the sleek son of Steady Beau didn’t win a single open stakes race during his career—not so for Niatross. His son Nihilator was later positioned to outdo dad in a time trial at Springfield but the weather didn’t cooperate and he was unable to lower his 1:49.3 race mark in a time trial at DuQuoin.  Matt’s Scooter went after the 1:49.1 mark at The Red Mile in 1988 and knocked four ticks off of it. His 1:48.2 time trial for Mike Lachance established a new world record. Matt’s Scooter beat Niatross’s mark but 5-year-old Cambest blew it out of the water with his 1:46.1 time trial at Springfield. The problem was that he wasn’t tested afterwards and not long after that his 1:52.1 win in the Senior Jug was disqualified due to elevated bicarbonate levels. Cambest was slated to stand at Hanover Shoe Farms but in light of the controversial final chapter of his career they passed. So stick Jimmy Takter and Bernie Noren behind a couple of fast pacers and let’s see if Ake can wheel Sebastian around The Red Mile in a time that will cause the crowd to gasp the way they did for Steady Star’s 1:52 mile and Niatross’s 1:49.1. Speed has always sold in this game; time to pump it up via the time trial. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) took Saturday’s AZ Turf Summer Cup at Victoria Park Wolvega (Netherlands) for reinsman Robin Bakker. The 2100 meter autostart course was negotiated in 1.15.7kr. Bakker put the champion, a career winner of over US$4.7 million, on the lead, yielded briefly and then regained the front that he held to the line by less than a length. Purse was €5,000. Andrly Fortune and Zorba Oldeson trailed the winner. Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Upfront JM-Self Possessed) also continued his comeback at Wolvega in the Halve Finale Criterium der Vierjarigen. The Italian Derby winner and  2013 Horse of the Year in Italy won easily on the front-end by two lengths. Bakker teamed this winner for trainer Paul Hagoort. Robert Bi negotiated 2100 meters autostart in 1.14.1kr, defeating Davy Boko and Diamond. Purse was €3,000. Italian’s were further evident on the Wolvega card. Hugo Langeweg Jr. teamed Sammath Naur Baba (3f Love You-Elizabeth Bi-Toss Out) to victory. Second dam of this winner is the Sugarcane Hanover mare Zvetland Bi. Regina dei Rex (4f Self Possessed-Ellymay-Supergill) and Rovero d’Asolo (4m Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) were also victorious. Replays of all the race are attached. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Mosaique Face with jubilant Adrian Kolgjini up, for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holding AB, took today's Gr. II Jamtlands Stora Pris, an International UET Masters Series event. The winner earned 750,000SEK in this 2140 meter race, timed in 1.12.1kr over a rain soaked Ostersund surface. Uncle Peter and Johnny Takter were first to the lead and reluctantly yielded to On Track Piraten and Jorma Kontio. The leading pair opened distance on third sitting Oasis Bi for much of the first lap. Mosaique Face move first up as the field passed the stands and eventually caught and wore down the pacesetter with Uncle Peter In The Pocket. Off the last turn On Track Piraten tired and Uncle Peter got out late and darted inside but could not threaten. Sanity rallied for second with Kenneth Haugstad aboard and Oasis Bi was a solid closing third for Bjorn Goop. Amaru Boko ended fifth behind Uncle Peter. June 7, 2014 Ostersund SWE, Jamtlands Stora Pris, Gr, II International, UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 750,000SEK first money, 1.12.1kr 1st Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill), Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, owner Tommy Nilsson Holding AB, 12th career win in 33 starts for 6,274,230SEK 2nd Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Kenneth Haugstad, owner Stall Sanity 3rd Oasis Bi (6h Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop, owner Frackstad Lantbruks AB 4th Uncle Peter, Johnny Takter 5th Amaru Boko. Ulf Eriksson Rest of finishers in order: Nahar, Monster Drive, Kash's Cantab, On Track Piraten, Digital Ink by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

It was announced over the weekend that American trotting star Corky will stay in Sweden for a couple of months. Today it was decided that Uncle Peter will also remain in Scandinavia. Uncle Peter has earned 7.8 million SEK during his career and is one of the top horses in the USA. In Scandinavia he hasn't showed full potential, finishing fifth place in the Copenhagen Cup and tiring in his Elitloppet elimination to fail qualifying for the final. Uncle Peter hopes to obtain a start in the Oslo Grand Prix. Uncle Peter will join Corky at Daniel Reden's Stable Zet where they will be trained by Tobias J. Gustafsson. Backfire (4f by Offshore Dream) and Poochai (4m Make It Happen) took tonight’s companion Gr. I International events at Aby. Gothenburg, the Drottning Silvias Pokal for four year-old mares and the Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal for four year-old males. Both carried a purse of €199,930 with the winners’ share being €99,970. Backfire scored in 1.12.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, driven by Johnny Takter for a two length victory from Air Frame and Bjorn Goop. Heavily supported D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) came from far back to be third. Summary and video replay link are shown below with official program that follows: http://abytravet.se/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/140528_aby_Web.pdf May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Drottning Silvia Pokal, Gr. I International, four year-old mares, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.6kr, purse €199,939 with €99,970 to winner 1st Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ’s Caviar), Johnny Takter, owner Linne Trav AB, 11/1 odds, her eighth win in 21 starts now for earnings of 2,384,350SEK 2nd Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ’s Photo), Bjorn Goop up for trainer owner Stefan Melander and Stall TZ 3rd D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill), Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Kennys and trainer Roger Wahlman The four year-old males contest ended with 6.6/1 Poochai  scoring for Erik Adielsson in 1.11.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. The son of Make It Happen (son of Conway Hall that successfully raced in the USA) rallied in the lighting lane for the win over Sir Ratzeputz and teamster Jorma Kontio. Poochai was first to lead and then settled in the pocket behind Boys Going In with Amazing Man in the death seat. Sir Ratzeputz was first to advance three wide. Poochai waited for the inside passing lane and rallied to victory. Rolex Bigi, and reinsman Anders Svanstedt, was third over and empty in the drive, ending eighth. May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal, Gr. I International, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, purse €199,939 with €99.970 to winner (six places paid), 1.11.9kr 1st Poochai (4m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride), Erik Adielson for trainer Svante Bath, owner Roxy Horses KB, 6.6/1 odds, his sixth win in 19 starts for earnings of 1,911,460SEK 2nd Sir Ratzeputz (4m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown), Jorma Kontio up for Timo Nurmos trainer and owner Thors Trading AB 3rd Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d’Aunou), Fredrik Persson trainer/driver The fast class event for older trotters was the Algot Scotts Minne. Magic Tonight set the track record of 1.09.3kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, taking advantage of the early fast pace set by I’m The Answer. Favored Solvato made a miscue early. May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Algot Scotts Minne, purse €21,762, distance 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.09.3kr a track record 1st Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Wahlman, owner 2nd AB Svensk Reklamfinans, his 13th victory in 42 starts for 4,767,831SEK earned, off at 1.8/1 odds 3rd Obi Wan (8g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve), Flemming Jensen trainer/driver 4th Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Jorgen Sjunnesson up for Flemming Jensen trainer I’m The Answer was the rapid pacesetter and faded to fifth, Solvato was offstride early and was last. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Jonette Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall) with Toumas Korvenoja up took this co-featured Hakan Wallner Memorial on the Elitloppet card in 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters autostart. He earned 300,000SEK first money for this his fourth win in five career starts for 461,215SEK. US breds were next in line. Fire To the Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) and Ulf Ohlsson finished second with Explosive De Vie (3g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) third for Kevin Oscarsson. Other winners so far on the card are shown below (C=course or race): C2-For Pleasure As (5m Abano As-Frill Aas-Pine Chip), Conrad Lugauer driver/trainer, 1.09.7kr C3-Howthehaloareyou (8g Yankee Glide-Flickering Halo-Bonefish), Torbjorn Jansson, 0.59.3kr over 140 meters autostart in Sisyfos Speed Race contested by three heat winners Tourbillon with Bjoirn Goop, Garland Kronos and Per Oleg Midtfjeld and Howthehaloareyou. C4-Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit), Sandra Svensson, 1.11.8kr over 1609 meters autostart in this Monte Elite race, his 10th win in 40 starts for 3,223,829SEK. Previously undefeated in 2014 with five straight victories, second place Muskelmann GT (9g Muscles Yankee-Aino Lady-Dallas Lobell) raced well, beaten two lengths for Siv Emilie Lovvold C5-Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two), Bjorn Goop for trainer Frode Hamre, 1.11.6kr over 1609 meters autostart for three year-old fillies, 150,000SEK to winner, her seventh win in 14 starts for 899,816SEK; second Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee) and Robin Bakker; third to Arctic Model (3f Classic Photo-Secret Mistress-Self Possessed) and Pekka Korpi; Jan Johnson's Mystic Illusion (3f Muscles Yankee-Mystical Oaks-Donerail) fifth for Yannick Gingras after being pacesetter C6- Jarl AF Solnas (4m Olimede-Jaffa Oui-Count's Pride), Peter Untersteiner, 1.12.5kr over 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, fifth win in 15 starts for 190,700SEK in this race for four year-olds by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tonight’s excellent Paris-Vincennes card featured European eligible and Gr. III action for four-year-old males and females plus the Gr. II €120,000 Prix Kalmia for three year-old colts. Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) and favorite Duke of Greenwood scored victories and Athena de Vandel won the four year-old mares contest defeating favorite Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover). Coverage follows. The Gr. III Prix Heraclite (Gr. III European four year-old females, purse €80,000) went to Athena de Vandel and trainer/driver Cedric Megissier. The Prince Gede mare scored her sixth career victory in 1.14.6kr over 2700 meters raising career earnings to €190,500. The fast closing favorite Tast of Bourbon (Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) just missed for Jean-Pierre Dubois after escaping traffic trouble too late in the contest. Her stablemate Alisma du Corta (by Love You) was a very competitive third for reinsman Franck Nivard. Jean Baudron trains the Dubois pair. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Heraclite, Gr. III European, €80,000, females, 2700 meters, 11 starters, 1.14.6kr Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia de Vandel-Coktail Jet), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 3.4/1, owner Ecurie La Tour de Vandel, sixth win for €190,500 earnings 1st Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner, Jean Baudron trainer, Denmark, 1.3/1 favorite, first foal of dam she a winner of 21races for €1,538,050 and third in Prix d’Amerique 2nd Alisma du Corta (4f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way), Franck Nivard for Jean Baudron trainer, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, 20/1 3rd Rori Axe (4f Ready Cash-Gamire Grif-Kaisy Dream), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire, 9/2, Italy 4th Mustang’s Sally (4f Quick Wood-Star Groenhof-Malabar Man), Robin Bakker up for trainer P.J.P, Hagoort, 11/1, Germany The €80,000 Gr. III Prix Camilla for four year-old males went to favorite Duke of Greenwood (4, Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road). Peter J. Strooper trains the Germany bred campaigner and Hugo Langeweg Jr. engineered the front end victory, his fourth for earnings of €174,698. The 2700 meter course was covered in 1.15.3kr. Regio (by Varenne) and Romanesque (by Love You) trailed the winner home. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Camilla, Gr. III European males, €80,000, 2700 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Grounhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg Jr. for Peter J. Strooper trainer and M. Rothengatter owner, fourth win for €174,698, 1.2/1, Germany 2nd Regio (4m Varenne-Leopardia-Muscles Yankee), 9/2 odds, Robin Bakker for P.J.P Hagoort, Italy 3rd Romanesque (4m Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 29/1, Italy 4th Ah Quel Micha  (4m Rocklyn-Oceana du Phare-Vroum d’Or), Julien Dubois up for Philippe Moulin trainer, 6.5/1 5th Arpent d’Ostel (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Quina Perrine-Buvetier d’Aunou), J-Ph. Mary trainer/driver, 16/1 The Prix Kalmia, a Gr. II event for three-year-old colts over 2175 meters went to great gaited  Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) for teamster Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire. The owner/breeder is Frederic Saugue of this seven time winner of €318,950. He slipped through on the inside late to score a narrow win. Another Allaire pupil Boccador de Simm (by Rieussee) was a solid second for Pierre Vercruysse with third to favorite Brutus de Bailly (by Niky) and J-M Bazire. Purse was €120,000 and winning time was 1.13kr. May 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Kalmia Gr. II males, €120,000, 2175 meters, 9 starters, 1.13kr 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou),  Joseph Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner/breeder F. Saugue, 2/1 odds, seventh win for €318,950 2nd Boccador de Simm (3m Rieussee-Poupee Charmeuse-Hetre Vert), Pierre Vercruysse for Philippe Allaire, 3.5/1 odds 3rd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly-Carnac), J-M Bazire, 1/1 favorite 4th Bolide du Gueron (3m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Olivia-Jenko), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 42/1 5th Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Ketty Mesloise-Blue Dream), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver,  18/1 odds The Prix Firmament for aged European eligibles went to Sweden’s Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night) in 1.14.3kr over 2100 meters autostart. Franck Nivard drove the winner for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner I.C. Equine AB. Moving On recorded her tenth win now for earnings of €179,966. Italy’s Plutonio (by Self Possessed) was second for Christophe Martens in this €56,000 event. May 20, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Firmament, European, €56,000m 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Moving On (5f Quite Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night), Franck Nivard up for Fabrice Souloy, 7.5/1 odds, Sweden, owner I.C. Equine AB, tenth win for €179,966 2nd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out), Christophe Martens for trainer Ake Kristofferson, 4/1 odds, Italy 3rd Vertige d’Avril (5g Historien-Katia de Mai0Uhlan de Cocherel), M. Bezier up for Pascal A. Geslin 4th Staro Foot Loose (6m Daguet Rapide-Ideal Lease-Conway Hall), Robin Bakker for trainer Arnold J. Mollema, 4.8/1, Sweden 5th Revenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill), Mathieu Mottier for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 25/1, Denmark by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

UNCLE PETER LEADS RACE, FADES TO FIFTH

Rotary OK (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) took his elimination (1.11.7kr over 1600 meters autostart) and race-off (1.13.2kr over 1600 meters) of the Premio Campili today at Napoli, Italy to earn a wildcard spot in the Grand Prix Lotteria di Agnano in twelve days. The well-bred youngster was reined and trained by Marco Smorgon as the pair defeated veteran La Vida Loca (9m Ganymede-Diasia-Arndon) that took his elimination in 1.11.9kr for Bo LoVerde. Purse of the three rounds was 13,200e. In the final, La Vida Loca led from the start in an even pace and then was engaged by Rotary OK with 600 meters remaining. The pair battled nose to nose until just before the line when the winner rolled on for a length score in front of the very enthusiastic crowd reported at 12,000 that hopes to revive horse racing there. La Vida Loca is likely to start in the Lotteria Consolation on May 4th. Pedigrees of the race-off battlers are worthy of note. First dam Miss Possessed is 100% from her first three foals including today's winner plus Magic Tonight, a recent fast winner in SWE, and Complete Control. Second dam of the winner is Ms Vic (Valley Victory-Higher Love) and it's the family of many stalwarts such as Lookout Victory, Possess The Magic, Magic Swan, Nights Jazz, Swan Image, Mystical Ann, Swan For All and Lindys Jersey Boy, just to name a few. Magic The family of La Vida Loca is a solid one also, with his dam being Diasia (Arndon-Calypso Lobell-Speedy Somolli-Cami Almahurst). Also today at Momarken (Norway), the US import Winmecredit (Credit Winner-Lamitech Dancing-Valley Victory) easily handled a veteran field in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart for reinsman Frode Hamre. He earned 15,000NOkr for the victory over Garland Kronos (Viking Kronos-Treccia Kramer-Speedy Somolli-Kramer de Capo-Allen Hanover) with Per Oleg Midtfjeld up. Another US import V.C. Chocoholic ended third for Thor Borg and the beaten field contained US imports Frameable, Priority Photo, Fraternity Party and Hard Cider. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Oasis Bi won Saturday's Grand Prix Klosterskogen in Norway under the guidance of Bjorn Goop. The six-year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed was Biasuzzi bred in Italy. He scored in 1.13.2kr over the 2100 meter autostart course to defeat Lutfi Kolgjini's Mosaique Face and Orali with Jeppe Juel at the lines. April 19, 2014 Klosterskogen NO, Grand Prix Klosterskogen, 2100 meters autostart, 565,000NOkr purse, 10 starters. 1.13.2kr 1st Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed, Bjorn Goop driving, Italy 2nd Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill), Lutfi Kolgjini up, Sweden, fourth dam of Iona LB is the great Prix d'Amerique winner Delmonica Hanover 3rd Orali (8m Great Challenger-Action Elpin-Buckfinder), Jeppe Juel, Denmark 4th Beaten field included Broadway Legs and I'm The Answer, USA imports, and Italy's Lord Capar The Klosterskogen undercard was excellent and showcased wins by Dante Boko (Going Kronos) and Megamuscle (Muscles Yankee), as profiled below. April 19, 2014 Klosterskogen, Habibs Minnelop, 400,000NOkr purse, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.13.9kr 1st Dante Boko (4m Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo), Lutfi Kolgjini up, Sweden 2nd Duke Of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg Jr., Denmark 3rd Tano Bork (4m Great Challenger-Frederikke Bork-New Quick), Christian Lindhardt up, Denmark April 19, 2014 Klosterskogen NO, Jorkjend K2, 1700 meters autostart, 135,000NOkr purse, 11 starters. 1.13.4kr 1st Megamuscle (5m Muscles Yankee-Armbro Vitality), Frode Hamre trainer/driver, his 11th win in 22 lifetime starts, USA 2nd More Than Enough (9g Coktail Jet-Enough Is Enough), Jeppe Juel trainer/driver, Sweden 3rd Out Of Nowhere (8m Great Challenger-Gladstone), Tom Erik Solberg up for trainer Morten M. Ottersen, Denmark by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Robert Bergh trained, Bjorn Goop reined Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) nailed favored Digital Ink on the line to win today's Olympiatravet Prep at Romme. Owned by Stall Sedin HB, Ed You earned his 20th career win in 52 appearances. Digital Ink raced bravely on the outer teir and almost held on for Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten got a pocket trip for Johnny Takter but escaped too late to challenge. April 20, 2014 Romme SWE, Olympiatravet Prep, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.11.9kr 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), owner Stall Sedin HB, Bjorn Goop for Robert Bergh trainer, 20th win in 52 starts for 1,861,959SEK earned, come from behind nose winner, made five starts during Paris-Vincennes winter meet with one each second, third, fourth and fifth. 2nd Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, tough journey on outside, now 1-2-0 in three 2014 starts and 15 of 29 lifetime. 3rd On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Johnny Takter up Next: Bagley, Hard Livin finished four-five Other interesting SWE racing this weekend is summarized below with imports from US performing well. April 19 Gavle, Blue Martini As (5f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) 1.12.5kr winner for Orjan Kihlstrom in first SWE start; last raced 11/9/2013 at Hoosier Park; trainer Roger Walman AB Svensk Reklamfinans, distance 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK first money. April 19 Gavle, Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjustalkaboutme-Self Possessed), 1.13.7kr winner for Daniel Olsson and Stefan Melander trainer and owner Stall T.Z., distance 2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK first prize. April 19 Dannero, Kadett C.D. ( 7m Scarlet Knight-Koss of Life-Tenor de Baune), 1.12.6kr winner for Robert Bergh driver/trainer, his 22nd win in 49 career starts for earnings 6,281,744SEK April 18 Dannero, Navaronne (7g Jag de Bellouet-Com Racing Lady-General November), 1.12.7kr winner for Jessika Sidback (also co-owner and trainer), 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner. April 18 Jarjestad, Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), sparkling 1.09.5kr for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Roger Walman for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. Second went to Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) for Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.09.6kr and third to Mr. Chicago (5m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec) and Carl-Erik Lindblom. Distance was 1640 meters autostart for 250,000SEK first money. Beaten field also included Nato Dream and Lindys Jersey Boy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Two-year-olds at Sunshine Meadows are ready for their next step in their advancing careers. This time of year we focus on those that caught our attention throughout spring training and will seek to pick a top 10 (for evaluation in December) after another review trip. Here we go for recap #1: #24 A Schocker (2ct Andover Hall-Stretch The Limit-Tom Ridge) - Charles Sylvester. Second foal of dam and first by Andover Hall. #127 Morcredit Blue Chip (2ct Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor-Malabar Man) - Charles Sylvester. Full brother to Maud Blue Chip (2, 1:58s, $222,203 in 2013), a returning three year-old performer for 2014 stakes that qualified last weekend. #77 Feel Lucky (2ct Lucky Chucky-Classic N Lindy-Dream Vacation) - Charles Sylvester. Fourth foal of the dam, she a daughter of Classic Casette by Florida Pro. Dam is 100% producer from the first three foals (all geldings) including Super Classic 3,2:00.1h ($91,303), Lindy's Best Yet 4,1:56.1f ($85,904) and Lindor 4,1:56.3f ($21,882) He looks like a prospect! #145 Talbot Hercules (2ct Muscles Yankee-Northern Flare-Andover Hall) - Charles Sylvester. First foal of the mare she with record 4,1:58.1f ($69,161) and daughter of Flame Tamer by Super Pleasure. #3 Madrid (2ct Credit Winner-Starcelona-Muscles Yankee) -Paul Kelley. First foal of Starcelona (2, 1:55.1, $44,750). Solid trainee from Paul Kelley's well-bred trotting collection. #23 Aldebaran Eagle (2ct Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of dam with 4, 1:56.1s mark and $56,338 earned. Her 2011 foal, Walk The Walk, by Muscle Hill just earned a qualifying record of 3, q1:57.2. #33 Keystone Bodacious (2ct Muscle Massive-Balanced Action-Balanced Image) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-brother to three $100,000 plus winners including Logan's Hero (6,1:54.2s, $379,425), Manningly (4,1:52.3f, $344,631) and Keystone Bernard (3,1:55.3f, $213,441). Grand looking individual. #48 Total Darkness (2ct Muscles Yankee-Leila-Andover Hall) - Jonas Czernyson. Third foal of unraced daughter of CR Royal Jeannie. #45 Stirling Diva (2ft Muscle Massive-Shan Riches) - Jonas Czernyson. Half-sister to Ellen's Isle (4, 1:53,2f, $264,080) and Loch Katrine (5, 1:56.1f, $214,953). #50 Walk Over Water (2ft Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) - Jonas Czernyson. Full-sister to Falls For You (4, 1:52.2, $1,311,152). 8 Total Darkness, 45 Stirling Diva, 50 Walk Over Water Itsabouttimebaby (2ct Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed) - Ron Gurfein Stable. First foal of stakes winning dam with record 4,q1:55.3f ($297,989), she from True Love by Pine Chip. This one has trained well all spring - impressive. Very Much So (2ft Donato Hanover-Bedswerver-SJ's Photo) - Fred Grant. Half-sister to Marat (3, 1:56.2f, $59,621) #5 Iron (2ct Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou) - Lindy Farms. Full-brother to Lindy's Jersey Boy (4, 1:52.4f, $268,247) from a franco-american dam. #4 Mesmerized (2ct Cantab Hall-Gift Card-Credit Winner) - Lindy Farms. Second foal of multiple NYSS and final winner Gift Card (2, 1:55.2, $253,733), she a sister to World Champion and million-dollar plus winner Crazed. Interested owners and visitors have been attentive to the action, and their investments, throughout spring. The Sunshine Meadows three year-olds and up continue to progress as well, including Sylvester's Spider Blue Chip and Toss Cartwright. Many of the two year-olds are now at 2:20 or below - we expect the favorites might change again as they move north to approach qualifying tests. Dreams sometimes come true. Spider Blue Chip (outside), Toss Cartwright (inside) for the Sylvester Stable. Toss Cartwight 2,1:57f ($46,749) by Muscles Yankee-Toss Up-Supergill, Toss Up the dam of six winners in 1:57 or better including Tawesome 3,1:53.3 ($103,120) by Thomas H. Hicks

Excellent graded events took place at Paris-Vincennes on the well-attended Friday "nocturne" card and again Saturday with the new 12 noon post-time. The two programs included the following graded events:   April 12 - Prix Hemine Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, three year-olds won by Baggio du Chatelet in 1.14.3kr over the Ready Cash son Bird Parker; April 12 - Prix Henri Levesque Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, five year-olds taken by Voltigeur de Myrt in 1.11.5kr over a stellar field that included monte star Vision Intense and pacesetter Vanika du Ruel; April 12 - Prix Beaumanoir Gr. II European 85,000e, 2700 meters monte won by Varum Boy in 1.14.5kr; April 11 - Prix Jamin Gr. III International 115,000e, 3525 meters secured by Une Fille d'Amour in 1.15.8kr over Vagabond du Mag and Sweden's Caballion; also on April 12 - Prix de la Lorraine 72,000e, European over 2100 meters won by the speedy Sometime in 1.11.1kr after a first 600 meters in 1.08kr, as the daughter of Blue Dream defeated a classy veteran field. Summaries of these events are presented below. April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Hemine, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet), Mathieu Abrivard up for Nicholas Raimbeaux trainer, 0.8/1 favorite, fourth win for 149,750e for owner Antonio De Sousa 2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Nature des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up, 36/1 4th Baggio du Chatelet and Mathieu Abrivard April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Henri Levesque, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 15 starters, 1.11.5kr 1st Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Murtille de Bois-Tenor de Baune), Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Roberto Donati, 9.1/1 2nd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 6.5/1 3rd Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin, 9/1 4th Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 1.8/1 5th Voltigeur de Myrt and Eric Raffin defeat a stellar field Advertising appeared quickly on this impressive winner as follows. Criterium des 4 ans (Gr1) winner VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT, the only sire grandson of three Prix d'AmÃmrique's winners (Jag de Bellouet, TÃNOR DE BAUNE and DRYADE DES BOIS). Congratulations to the winner of the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr.2) at Vincennes (2014/04/12) in 1'11"5 (2175m volt). April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Beaumanoir, Gr. III monte European, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.5kr 1st Varum Boy (5m Baccarat du Pont-Hawai Gril-Tenor de Baune), Damien Bonne up for owner/trainer Yves Dreux, 17/1, fourth career win for €133,160 lifetime earnings 2nd Volga Saltor (5f Fleuron Perrine-Glory d'Ariane), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.5/1 3rd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indira Bi), P-Y Verva aboard, 50/1, Italy 4th A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik), Nathalie Henry up for J-P Dubois 5th Palomar LB (5m Varenne-Gilly LB), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 5.5/1, Italy April 11, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jamin, Gr. III International, £115,000, 3525 meters, 11 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bosis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up for trainer/owner Cyril Raimbaud, her 11th win for 626,790e, 2/1 favorite 2nd Vagabond du Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary), J-M Bazire up, 5.8/1 3rd Caballion (8m Kesaco Phedo-Lady Brick), Franck Nivard teaming, 9/1, Sweden 4th Un Fille d'Amour with David Thomain April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Lorraine, European, 72,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters, 1.11.1kr, Quinte+ with a 7.15 million euro jackpot 1st Sometime (8f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere-Vikings Way), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens trainer for owner Ecurie du Haras de l'Orne, 6.2/1, her ninth win for 337,400e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene), Eric Raffin up for Herve-Philippe Gautier trainer, 3.8/1 3rd Sthieric (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Prouvee), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver, 11/1 odds 4th Beaten field included Aaron de Veluwe 4th, Nephenta Lux 5th, Decarone 6th, Tojima 7th, Krangel 8th, Quid du Vivier 9th (US owned by Jesmeral Stable) 5th Sometime with Christophe Martens win in 1.11.1kr by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Saturday's Kincsem Park featured Ezerjo DIJ went to the five year-old Love You mare Principessa Ovi with Mitja Slavic at the lines in Budapest, Hungary. She scored in 1.17kr over 1900 meters autostart on a rain soaked raceway. The Slovakia owned winner has been recently racing well in Italy where she was first and second in her two appearanced before the Kincsem Park victory. This one is from Goldy LB (11f Self Possessed-Rialba LB-Speedy Crown), the maternal family of Tarport Lady Ann, a daughter of legendary Lady Ann Reed. The Hungarian bred Orangyal (a daughter of Wall Street Banker) nosed out US import Andorra Gold, a Andover Hall daughter of Olympics, as this pair took second and third in hotly contested stretch battle. March 15, 2014 Kincsem Park, Ezerjo DIJ, 500,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart, 1.17kr 1st Principessa Ovi (5f Love Youi-Goldy LB), Mitja Slavic trainer/driver, Slavic I. owner (Slovakia) 2nd Orangyal (6f Wall Street Banker-Derengo), Pal Vicen up 3rd Andorra Gold (6f Andover Hall-Olympics),Csaba Lakatos trainer/driver aboard 4th Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for Napsugar i. owner Prior weeks' Kincsem Park top trotting events went to Magic Diamond Way, Orinoco, Zavita Meerswal, Pretty Paper (by Credit Winner) and veteran Kiskarcsi. Kincsem Park, with its new French pari-mutuel partners, recently introduced its Pick Five Plus that is patterned after the Quinte+. The jackpot has now reached in excess of £30,000. Feature trotting results from February 22-March 8 are profiled below. March 8, 2014 Kincsem Park, Tavaszi Handicap, 1,100,000Huf, 1960 meters, 8 starters; time 1.18.5kr 1st Magic Diamond Way (8m Francis Diamond-Erika), Laszlo Kolozsi driver/trainer, Gazza Kft owner 2nd Orient Boy (6m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady), Sandor Varga 3rd Ors (6m Pickaflick-Celia), A. Denes March 8, 2014 Kincsem Park, Varga Henriett Emlekverseny, 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart,9 starters; time 1.16.5kr 1st Orinoco (6f P.S. Dimo-Uxor), L Veres trainer/driver, Rikko Flash Kft owner 2nd Jogging (11g Valley Guardian-Sportlady), Sandor Varga 3rd Noraville (7f Tony Oaks-Izaville), Istvan Papp aboard March 1, 2014 Kincsem Park, Margaret Glass DIJ, 500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap; 1.17kr 1st Zavita Meerswal (8f Good As Gold-Davidia Storm), Dora Kovacs trainer/driver, Drimwind 2011 Kft owner 2nd No Fear (7m Crown Sweep-Naughty Lobell), B. Juhasz 3rd Rosamundi (6f Chipmate-Kama Sutra), Cs. Lakatos trainer/driver February 22, 2014 Kincsem Park, SennyeyGeza Emlekverseny, 1.5 million Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters; race time 1.15.6kr 1st Pretty Paper (6f Credit Winner-Anticipation), A. Szucs, trainer Csaba Lakatos, owner Drimwind 2011 Kft 2nd Ollyan Nincs (6g Pickaflick-C'est la Guerre), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver 3rd Night Lady (7f Tony Oaks-Vas Lady), Tibor Hajnal February 22, 2014 Kincsem Park, Globus DIJ, 500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart, 8 starters; 1.16.2kr 1st Kiskarcsi (10g Castelton Magic-Best Love), Istvan Papp up for Joseph Rutkai trainer, Prolongo Kft owner 2nd Zappadeo (7g Fast Photo-Chingola), H. Honemann (Austria) 3rd Nobody (7m Tony Oaks-Gunnel Diadem), Emil Csordas At Farjestad (Sweden) on Saturday March 15, the Scuderia Bolgheri (Jean-Pierre Dubois) bred Ne Me Quitte Pas won for reinsman Carl Johan Jepson. The seven year-old lightly raced son of Daguet Rapide scored his ninth career win in 32 starts. He's from Continental Victory (US) 1993; 1:52.1a; $ 1,611,170; 29 19-3-1. At 2, Continental Victory was winner of Johnston Memorial, Kentucky Standardbred Sale Company, American-National, International Stallion Stake/Lexington Filly Stakes, Breeders' Crown, second in Goldsmith Maid, New Jersey Sire Stake. At 3, she won the World Trotting Derby, Hambletonian, American-National, Yonkers Trot, New Jersey Sire Stake, third in Stanley Dancer Trot. She sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1994 for 100,000 USD and produced several high-priced yearlings. 1999 Continentalman (US)        1:54.4a   $ 595,349           h, by Malabar Man (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2000 for 450,000 USD; 3,q1:57 in US 2000 Ball Field (US)                    h, by Pine Chip (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2001 for 300,000 USD; 3, 1:55.3s $46,066 in US 2003 Continental Dream (US) -                   m, by Garland Lobell (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2005 l'Arpege (IT)        1:56.4a   $ 19,011           h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2005 Larpege (US)                    h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)     At 2, third in Champlain Stakes Open.; 2, 1:58.2 $22,108 in North America 2006 Maradria (IT)           $ 0           m, by Love You (FR)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2007 Ne Me Quitte Pas (IT) 115  0.74     2:00.5v  1:57.4a   $ 57,406   24  7- 3- 3   (p)     h, by Daguet Rapide (IT)   - Continentalvictory (US)       2009 Universal Success (US)                    m, by Andover Hall (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)     3, 1:58.3f $4,650 in US 2011 Continental Divide (US)                    h, by Muscle Hill (US)   - Continentalvictory (US)   Continental Victory also has a 2012 colt foal by Donato Hanover named Little Round Top. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

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