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With Robin Bakker aboard, the Biazussi SRL bred and owned Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) rallied in the stretch to win the 2013 edition of the Hacker Pschorr Bayern Pokal Monday at Munich. The winner scored in 1.12.1kr over the 1609 meters autostart course to win the 25,000 euro purse event. Paul Hagoort trains the winner. Fredericus (by Allison Hollow) was a good second for Thursten Tietz with Shoemaker (by Oscar Schindler SL) third for veteran teamster Heinz Wewering. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

Pietro Gubellini engineered a championship day as his pupil Pitagora Bi (4m Self Possessed-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) took the 209,000 euro, 2060 meters autostart Grand Prix Continental (International Open) at Bologne, Italy. The winner, owned by Scuderia Verner SRL, scored in 1.13.1kr over Probo OP (4m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra) and trainer/driver Ed Moni. Princess Kronos (4f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) landed third for Lorenzo Baldi with Plutonio (4m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out) fourth and Per Amore Gual (4f Varenne-Palmatica Gual-Uronometro) fifth. The companion event, Grand Prix Continental Filly (55,000 euro purse, 1660 meters autostart), went to Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Gubellini in a stake record 1.11.9kr. She rallied from off the pace to draw away convincingly over runner-up Parinaz (4f Ganymede-CarmagnoleMB-Lemon Dra) handled by Enrico Bellei. Peace of Mind (4f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took third for Roberto Andreghetti with Petra Inn Ronco (4f Cantab Hall-Cynthia del Ronco) finishing fourth. The Bologne undercard featured the Prix Wayne Eden with two eliminations and a final. Elims went to Geox (10g Sugarcane Hanover-Gitana d’Asolo-Udet Hanover) in 1.13.3kr over 1660 meters autostart for a 9,900 euro purse. Gubellini drove the winner as he defeated Oncle Photo VL (5g SJs Photo-Balalaica SLM-Lemon Dra). The second elimination went to the Roberto Vecchione driven Occhiata Jet (5f Pine Chip-First Lady Jet-Supergill) in 1.12.5kr over Ortensia Gual with Enrico Bellei up. The 1660 meter autostart final, with a purse of 16,500 euro, produced a 1.12.9kr score for Occhiata Jet with Oncle Photo VL and Geox next across the line. The l’Europeo Gentlemen drivers contest was held this weekend in Moscow. Leading breeder/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi took the prize over 13 other contestants. Italy...MAURIZIO BIASUZZI 36 points Belgium...PIET VAN POLLAERT 36 Russia...VLADIMIR VARYGIN 34 Finland...JANNE MARKUS RAISANEN 33 Denmark...BJARNE HAAJENSEN 33 Germany...IMMO MULLER 32 Switzerland...JOEY VIGNONI 32 Netherlands...FRED HANDELAAR 30 Hungay...TAMAS KELEMEN 30 Spain...MIQUEL VICH CAPO 29 Ukraine...VOLODIMIR KUSHTAL 28 Sweeden...HÅKAN B JOHANSSON 26 Norway...TRULS PEDERSEN 25 Austria...THOMAS ROYER 18 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Rotary OK (3m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) took today’s 154,000 euro Pris Marangoni at Torino, Italy with trainer Marco Smorgon driving. He scored in 1.14.4kr over 2100meters autostart. Miss Possessed is a daughter of the US$250,000 Kentucky Select Sale yearling Ms. Vic, she the dam of Chosen Voyageur, a $327,000 winner. Remo Gas (3m Varenne-Isotta Gas-Toss Out) was second for Roberto Vecchione with Rombo di Cannone (3m Varenne-Cannoniera-Diamond Way) third for Vincenzo P. Dell-Annunziata. The Gran Criterium Filly, for 55,000 euro over 1600 meters autostart, went to Rodeo Drive OK (3f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip) with Pietro Gubellini up. She prevailed in 1.13.2kr to nose out Romina d’Anzola (by Turbo Sund) with Robinia (3f Love You-Tagete) ending third. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Vegas Vacation set a new record of 1:48.3 in his division of the Simcoe stakes tonight Saturday the 7th of September at Mohawk Raceway. Harness racing driver Brian Sears swept the two divisions driving Fool Me Once to win the other division. The Champlain Stakes also featured on the night with Winds Of Change, Precious Beauty and Luck Be Withyou winning                   Race 1: 1st Shes Da Bomb (b,f,2 - Art Major-Armbro Bombay-Western Hanover 2nd Porsche Seelster (b,f,2 - Artistic Fella-Platinum Seelster-Western Hanover) 3rd Impatience (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover-The Panderosa) Race 2: 1st Your So Vain (b,c,3 - Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover-Muscles Yankee) 2nd Royalty For Life (b,c,3 - Rc Royalty-Bourbon N Grits-Donerail) 3rd Smilin Eli (b,c,3 - Muscles Yankee-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) Race 3: 1st Master Of Law (br,g,3 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic-Self Possessed) 2nd Punxsutawney (b,c,3 - Glidemaster-Sunseeker Kosmos-S Js Photo) 3rd Wheeling N Dealin (b,c,3 - Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) Race 4: 1st Ideal Race (b,g,7 - Western Terror-Eidette Hanover-Big Towner) 2nd Thepaninsulahotel (b,h,7 - No Pan Intended-Onenightinpangkok-Matts Scooter) 3rd Twin B Impressive (b,g,4 - Bettors Delight-Impeccant-Jate Lobell) Race 5: 1st Fool Me Once (b,c,3 - Art Major-Fool That I Am-Jennas Beach Boy) 2nd Captive Audience (b,c,3 - Art Major-Captiva Island-Western Hanover) 3rd Lucan Hanover (b,g,3 - Western Ideal-Lauren Order-Dragon Again) Race 6: 1st Winds Of Change (b,c,2 - American Ideal-Arts Temptress-Artsplace) 2nd Jet Airway (br,c,2 - Jeremes Jet-Aromatic-Artiscape) 3rd Crafty Master (b,c,2 - Mister Big-Cam Odie-Camluck) Race 7: 1st Bestofbest Hanover (b,h,5 - Western Hanover-Bunny Lake-Precious Bunny) 2nd Sparky Mark (b,h,6 - Astreos-Luckbealadytonite-Camluck) 3rd Shelbys Cobra (b,g,6 - Western Ideal-Sounds Perfect-Artsplace) Race 8: 1st Precocious Beauty (b,f,2 - Art Major-Precious Beauty-Jate Lobell) 2nd Beach Gal (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal-Dragon Again) 3rd Bahama Blue (b,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Isabella Blue Chip-Bettors Delight) Race 9: 1st Luck Be Withyou (b,c,2 - Western Ideal-Trim Hanover-Camluck) 2nd Fort Knox (b,c,2 - American Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace) 3rd Some Major Beach (b,c,2 - Major In Art-Wheres The Beach-Beach Towel) Race 10: 1st Aslan (b,g,4 - Mach Three-Skyview-Falcon Seelster) 2nd Ellis Park (br,g,4 - Rocknroll Hanover-Roller Cam-Cambest) 3rd Smokin Bear (gr,g,4 - Grinfromeartoear-Smokin Pistol-Jate Lobell) Race 11: 1st Vegas Vacation (br,g,3 - Bettors Delight-Dont You Smile-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd Sunshine Beach (b,c,3 - Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up-Artsplace) 3rd Sunfire Blue Chip (b,c,3 - American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip-Cams Card Shark) Race 12: 1st Grande Seelster (br,g,5 - Camluck-Glendale Kim-Troublemaker) 2nd Bestinthebusiness (b,g,5 - Another Mile-Tendin To Business-Lon Todd Hanover) 3rd Top Gear (b,g,6 - Real Desire-Trust Me Ashley-Ball And Chain) Race 13: 1st Bay Of Sharks (b,h,7 - Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay-Tylers Mark) 2nd Red Bugler (b,g,6 - Cammibest-My Friend Flicka-Firm Friend) 3rd Clic K (ch,g,5 - Shanghai Phil-Eclatante-Bullvons Dream) All videos are attached.  

Jagersro started the Derby weekend with excellent racing today, a glimpse of what is in store for harness racing fans, wagering patrons and the connections performing tomorrow. The Sunday program can be viewed using the link that follows and both Derby events promise exciting competition: http://www.jagersro.se/uploads/file/Banprogram%20(pdf)/130901.pdf Today’s action is summarized below with the featured Gold Division going to veteran Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Peter Untersteiner. He earned the 150,000SEK first prize with a 1.10.9kr victory over 1650 meters autostart, his third of the year in 15 starts. Magic Tonight (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and Kadett C.D. (6m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) took third for Robert Bergh. Strong Boy DE and Linda di Casei were in the beaten field. Other noteworthy winners today at Jagersro were: Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec), 150,000SEWK first money in the Jagersro Stora Tearingspris for Ake Svanstedt, 2140 meters in 1.13.3kr; Alama Boko (6m SJs Photo-Andiamo-Pine Chip), 110,000SEK winners share for his Bronze Division win in 1.14.3kr over 2640 meters autostart. Flemming Jensen is driver/trainer; No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering), 125,000SEK for winning a 2140 meter autostart test in 1.12.5kr, also for Flemming Jensen. The winner now has 24 career wins in 53 starts; Stylish Hanover (4f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) earned 100,000SEK for a 1.15.1kr win over 2140 meters turning start with Adrian Kolgjini up. The winner scored for the sixth time in 10 starts in 2013; Oxford SAS (5m Diamond Way-Glide By Nimble-Yankee Glide) took a 1.12.7kr win to earn 50,000SEK for driver Martijn de Haan and trainer Conrad Lugauer over the 1640 meter autostart course, in his initial 2013 start (he’s eight for 18 lifetime); Premier Kronos (4m Donato Hanover-Nordic Gold November-Viking Kronos) scored in 1.12kr to take home 50,000SEK in a 1640 meter autostart test. Adrian Kolgjini did the teaming for his training father. by Thomas H. Hicks  

There was great quality trotting action over the past weekend in addition to the Derby's in Germany and Hungary. Sunday at Amal the featured "The Right Way" for 100,000SEK first prize was taken by Lindus Key (9m Indus-Key To Me-Speedy Tomali) in 1.12.9kr over 1680 meters autostart. Magnus Jakobsson did the teaming. Saturday action was focused on Rattvik where the featured Sommartravels Finale was contested over 2140 meters for 400,000SEK first money. This Gr. II UET Masters Series event went to the Johan Untersteiner handled Zinedine Bob (7g Dahir de Prelong-Frost Energy Bob-Meadow Road) in 1.13.6kr. Other high-priced races at Rattvik included the following: Ego Boys Minne for 150,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart went to the classy Friction (6m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Stefan Melander. The winner of 17 races in 60 starts for earning of nearly 4.2 million SEK covered the course in a quick 1.10.7kr; Democrat (6gf Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) won over 1640 meters autostart in 1.11.3kr to earn 125,000SEK. Ulf Ohlsson drove the winner for trainer Conrad Lugauer; The Bronze Div. for 110,000SEK first money went to Overtaker By Sib (5g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) in 1.13kr over 2140 meters. The 11 time winner in 34 starts was piloted by Johan Untersteiner for trainer Roger Walman; The Witasp/Fricks Kat II for 100,000SEK to the winner over 1640 meters went to Headhunter (5g Gentle Star-Famous Christine-Ororek). He was handled by Magnus Jakobsson to the 1.12.4kr win, his fourth from eight starts in 2013. The August 3rd feature at Halmstad, for 25,000SEK to the winner, was captured by high-class veteran Strong Boy DE (10g Echo-Deary Liesbois-Liam Almahurst) and Joakim Lovgren. The classy international campaigner scored in 1.12.4kr over 1640 meters, his 36th win in 108 trips to the post. In France the featured action was at various venues. On August 5th at Meslay de Maine, a 35,000 euro contest over 2875 meters resulted in a victory by Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade) driven by Damien Bonne. The winner, a half-brother to double Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream, is owned and trained by Christian Bigeon. He scored for the 10th time in 45 outings in 1.14.9kr. At Cagnes-sur-mer on August 5th the Prix de Croisette, a Gr III event for 37,000 euro over 2925 meters, went to Armensito (3m Love You-Carmensito) with veteran Jean-Pierre Dubois driving. He owns the winner and Jean Baudron does the training. On the same card, the featured Prix Ville de Cannes (European, 60,000 euro, 2925 meters) resulted in a win for Quentin Rose (9g Carpe Diem-Gigi Rose) with Rik Dupuydt up. He scored in 1.13.4kr to record his 20th career win in 96 starts for earnings in excess of 495,000 euro. Enghien hosted fine racing on August 3rd. The European Prix Porte Pouchet went to highly respected Italian invader Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Upfront JM-Self Possessed) in 1.15.2kr for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer P.J. Hagoort. He earned the winners share of the 65,000 euro purse in this 2875 meter contest in an easy score. Another Italian performer, Rombo di Connone (3m Varenne-Cannoniere-Diamond Way) was second for Vincenzo P. Dell'Annunziata Jr. and Africaine (3f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) ended third for J-Etienne Dubois in this three year-old event. The monte feature, the Prix Forges les Eaux for 75,000 euro over 2875 meters, went to Valdice de Mars (4f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie) in 1.15.3kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. She rallied in the long Enghien stretch for an easy win. Univers de Pan (5m Kenya de Pont-Gypsilore) earned a victory in the Prix de la Haye, an International contest over 2875 meters for a purse of 120,000 euro. Philippe Daugeard was aboard the 1.15.5kr winner who scored for the 14th time in 40 outings for life earnings of over 640,000 euro. Roxana de Barbray was second for Dominik Locqueneux with the Franck Ouvrie driven Unabella Perrine landing the third spot. On August 2nd at Cabourg the Swedish invader Ouch (6g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough) took the 38,000 euro purse, 2050 meter Prix Conseil General in 1.12.5kr. Christophe Martens did the steering. Tomorrow is the eighth leg of the prestigious Grand National du Trot at Saint Malo. Thierry Duvaldestin's Swedishman is the series point leader to date. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Growing up in a big city there were few things to be envious of.  We had it all.  Well, as harness fans we had two of the sport’s most iconic tracks in Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceways, but when it came to the sport’s signature event, The Hambletonian, we were miles from where it was happening. In the fall of 1976 The Meadowlands ushered in a new era for the sport. For those of us “half-milers” the one-mile strip had the allure of all of those speedy tracks in the Midwest that annually held State Fairs accompanied by the greatest the sport had to offer. The Grand Circuit’s mile tracks gave the sport’s stars the opportunity to race in heats and generally race faster than they would anywhere else. It just seemed natural that industry leaders would find a way to blend our rich tradition with our obvious future. In 1981 the Hambletonian arrived at the Meadowlands under less than ideal weather conditions. It arrived with many of the same faces that graced the Grand Circuit. It also came with an advanced purse structure more befitting the character the sport had attained in the New York City region.  It would be simple to start the history lesson with Shiaway St. Pat’s victory. It’s nice that Ray Remmen, the winning driver remains one of the most respected horsemen at the Meadowlands to this day.  Yet my story begins with a man who never won a Hambletonian. However, Carl Allen was hardly a loser that afternoon. He guided longshot Olaf to victory in one heat of the Hambletonian and also guided Pams Key to victory in a heat of the Hambletonian Oaks.  Allen’s saga in the Hambletonian is similar to most trotting horsemen. He wanted to win the race more than any other. In 1995 most people thought his time had finally arrived. The homebred C R Kay Suzie was the best filly of her generation and an odds-on favorite to beat the boys in the Hambletonian after capturing the Yonkers Trot. Sure there was a genuine family story line with Carl’s son Rod driving the filly. There was also some dissent because C R Kay Suzie would race with trotting hopples. Purists far and wide (and most Europeans) believed that no true trotter should wear hopples and that they should be prohibited from use in the sport’s most elite race. Maybe like all great inventions, 1995 was too soon for the gear Carl Allen had modified and maximized to be fully accepted. That’s the only plausible reason I can imagine as to why C R Kay Suzie made a break that day as the 1-10 favorite in her Hambletonian elimination. Over the 32 years at the Meadowlands the race has evolved when necessary to more accurately resemble challenges of the day. What has never changed is the openness and availability of the race to those from North America and overseas. The universal appeal of the Hambletonian is something that was nurtured and grew at the Meadowlands. It’s hard to imagine another race having the same allure that would draw a Ulf Thoresen (Nuclear Kosmos 1986) or a Stefan Melander (Scarlet Knight 2001) to come to these shores and succeed.  One would have to think that location, location, location is a major reason why Canadians based in Ontario made the pilgrimage to East Rutherford and enjoyed the ultimate prize in 2000 (Yankee Paco), 2003 (Amigo Hall) and again in 2006 with Glidemaster. It is this type of diversity that has set the Hambletonian apart in its stay in New Jersey. In DuQuoin the greats of the sport were prominent with the Dancers and Haughtons winning with regularity. The canvas has been spread much wider since the race arrived in the Metropolitan New York area. While the race isn’t going anywhere for some time, the 2013 edition marks the last time the horses will cross the wire in front of the current grandstand. With building fast reaching its completion the 2014 Hambletonian’s finish wire will be on the current backstretch. Much like the Hambletonian, however, the shift in grandstand will do little to shift the drama and excitement the race creates for the sport each and every year. It’s hard not to look back and recall some of the greatest moments in the sport’s long history taking place in the Hambletonian or on Hambletonian Day. It’s a race that has been filled with epic drama. In 1983 for example Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer’s stable would suffer a crippling blow in July when likely Hambo favorite Dancers Crown would succumb to severe intestinal issues. Dancer enlisted his brilliant filly Duenna to fill the void and her victory was bittersweet to all. The 1983 Hambletonian was the first to offer a $1 million purse putting it on similar footing with many of the Meadowlands other signature events. It was hard to argue with the Meadowlands brass when they called upon the Hambletonian Society to shift eliminations to a week before the final. That move took place in 1997 and it was in response to the creation of a week-long Hambletonian Festival, adding Breeders Crown races, maximizing betting and attracting international simulcasting. Still it was sad at the time to see an end to what appeared to be a time-honored tradition of heat racing. One of the most exciting periods for the race in New Jersey came in the mid-90’s with the emergence of Valley Victory as a unique and powerful presence in the stallion ranks. Valley Victorys hit the ground trotting and changed the landscape dramatically with Victory Dream (1994), the filly Continentalvictory (1996) and Muscles Yankee (1997). But 1999 may stand out as one of, if not the greatest, crop of trotters the sport has seen. At least that’s the way it appeared to be shaking out leading up to the Hambletonian that year. Self Possessed’s (by Victory Dream) 1:51 3/5 record-setting performance on that afternoon still stands out not just for the final time but for the quality of the horses that the colt left in the dust that afternoon. Vivid Photo and Roger Hammer winning the 2005 edition was a moment in time few will forget. For me Roger Hammer seemed the least likely candidate to emerge from the fairs of Pennsylvania onto the big stage. What made this race special is the obvious miscalculation of the experts. Hammer had been known for most of his career as a driver who liked the front end. When he employed the opposite strategy in the first $1.5 million Hambletonian (of his or any other driver’s career) it fulfilled the “No Guts, No Glory” prophecy. It certainly seemed fitting that horses bred in New Jersey would be good enough to take on the world. Muscles Yankee had a streak of his own with his sons Deweycheatumnhowe (2008), Muscle Hill (2009) and Muscle Massive (2010) distinguishing themselves for varied reasons. Deweycheatumnhowe became the first colt to win the race wearing the trotting hopples Carl Allen had mastered. Muscle Hill set the world record of 1:50 1/5 in a dynamic performance that winning trainer Greg Peck still hasn’t stopped talking about. And Muscle Massive became the most expensive yearling ($425,000) to win the race. The race returns to eliminations and final on one afternoon, for two trips around the course this Saturday afternoon. Though the Hambletonian has moved venues in the past, the next chapter in the race’s rich history remains on sound footing. In an era were few things remain the same for long, it’s refreshing that in this case tradition has triumphed with New Meadowlands home sweet home for the Hambletonian. by Jay Bergman for the Hambletonian Society  

Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) was the decisive 4/1 winner of the Gr. I International UET Masters Series Hugo Abergs Memorial tonight at Malmo. Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Fabrice Souloy, the veteran international star won for the third time in eight 2013 starts for seasonal earnings of 1,794,000SEK. The Commander now has life earnings of 29,521,000SEK and 55 wins in 87 starts. He covered the 1609 meter autostart course in 1.10.7kr over a rain soaked racetrack to earn first prize of 1 million SEK. Purse was 199,500 euro. The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo) was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 10/1 with 26/1 Bagley (8g Bartoli Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) third for Conrad Lugauer. Brad de Veluwe was fourth and Owen Club ended fifth. Favored Sebastian K ended 7th with Raja Mirchi and Elitloppet winner Nahar disqualified after breaks. The Jagersro card included many other top class events with highlights below: Edward Ale (5g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) captured the Avena Service Pris in 1.10.5kr for Peter Ingves. The 1609 meter autostart test produced 150,000SEK for the winner who is now a 14 time victor in 34 starts; Picture F.H. (6f SJs Photo-Princess Tigerlilly-Speedy Crown) won 70,000SEK for her 1.10.8kr score in the 1609 meter autostart Miljofab event for driver Axel Jacobsen; Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) scored in 1.10.4kr over 1609 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK in the Vittsjoborgs Stolopp for mares. Alessandro Gocciadoro drove the Italian winner to defeat Miss Sue V (Daniel Reden up) Pantholops (Orjan Kihlstrom) and Mermaid As (Peter Untersteiner). The winner now has 26 wins in 101 lifetime starts for over 5.3 million SEK; Sem Jafet (5g SJs Photo-Persila-Pershing) captured the marathon 3140 meter Malmo Pris for Peter Unterste ner in 1.14.2kr. He earned 350,000SEK first money by defeating Juggle Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) and Save The Quick (Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Franck Leblanc); Please Perfect (6m Ens Snapshot-Perfect Cowboyland-Always A Way) captured the Casino Cosmopol Pris to earn 70,000SEK first money. Steen Juul drove the winner in 1.10.9kr over 1609 meters autostart. Next across the line were Berlusconi (Bjorn Goop), Nothing But Class (Ake Svanstedt) and Onirique (Jean-Etienne Dubois). The winner now has five 2013 wins in eight starts; Traveling Man (8m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) won 150,000SEK for his victory in the Telia Pris over 1609 meters autostart. Johan Untersteiner drove for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden, covering the course in 1.10.5kr; The Premio Going Kronos for 300,000SEK first money went to Boys Going In (3m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou) for Fredrik Persson in 1.12.2kr over Ivar Sanna (Jorma Kontio) and highly regarded Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan; The Pris Cagnes-sur-mer for 300,000 first money went to Magic Tonight (4m Andiver Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) for the Kihlstrom/Roger Walman combination. He scored in 1.10.8kr over Beer Summit (4m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl) and Ulf Ohlsson with third taken by Powell Bi (4m Toss Out-Gulfstream-Pine Chip) for Jorma Kontio and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Last weekend (July 27-28) preparations took place at Berlin-Mariendorf for the upcoming German Trotting Derby. The featured International Matadoren-Rennen for 100,000 euro purse over 2500 meters went to Amour d'Occagnes and driver Christophe Martens. The Diamant Gede stallion scored in 1.14.52kr to defeat Deuxieme Picsous (Johan Untersteiner), Main Wise As (Pierre Levesque) and Monster Drive (Ulf Ohlsson). The Monte Derby went to veteran class-master Prince de Montfort in 1.13kr over 1900 meters for jockey Quentin Seguin. Henk A.J. Griff now trains the monte champion for Stal de Groninger. Hannieball (Silvia Paspes) was second ahead of Reve de Servette (Michelle Kokkes). Five divisions of males went postward, for 20,000 euro purses, for spots in the famous Eduard Winter Deutsches TraberDerby for 120,000 euro on August 3rd with the best three year-olds participating. Winners over the 1900 meter autostart course were: More Caviar (Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse), 1.16.6kr for Arnold Mollema Nu I Nu (Love You-Noblesse Oblige), 1.14.84kr winner for Hugo Langeweg Jr. Duke Of Greenwood (Otello Pierji-Niki Groenhof), 1.16kr for Peter J. Strooper Stanislawski (Meaulnes du Corta-Welcome to Circus), 1.16.68kr for Robin Bakker Tiger Woods As (Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip, 1.14.37 for Bakker The fillies contested four divisions for 10,000 euro purses over 1900 meters autostart with winners being: Abasi (Love You-Abani W), 1.16.26 with Gerhard Mayr driving Fraulein Wunder (Love You-Fidelitas)m 1.16.11kr with Roland Hulskath up Red Riding Hood (Quite Easy-Heather Bi), 1.16.85kr for Conrad Lugauer Mustangs Sally (Quick Wood-Star Groenhof), 1.16.47kr for Robin Bakker The fillies will also battle on August 3rd for nearly 103,000 euro in the German Tote Deutsches Stuten-Derby. Considered Germany's most famous and modern harness racing sports venue, Mariendorf was launched in 1913 and first hosted the German Traber Derby in 1915. The current fan facility was built in 1972 and total attendance of the Derby is usually about 50,000 as the race is a top-class event for the equine athletes and as a social event. The coming weekend is clearly Derby weekend for trotters in Germany, Hungary and the USA's Hambletonian and companion Oaks for fillies. by Thomas H. Hicks  

The fine Jerry Riordan trained filly Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) won today’s Elitserien Final at Jagersro in 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart. Her winning effort was worth 150,000SEK first money. Driven by Johnny Takter, the winner defeated K.A. Olila (3f Upfront Larry-Darna Corleone-Super Arnie) with Jan Johansson aboard and Rue du Bac (3f Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) took third for trainer/driver Erwin Bott. On the same card the 60,000SEK first money Abergs Nasta went to veteran Bagley (8g Bartali Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) in 1.11.2kr for trainer/driver Conrad Lugaur. He nosed out Neo Holmsminde (8m Valley Sentry-Devils Lady-Little Devil) handled by Steen Juul with third going to Looney Toones (8m Ganymede-Defi de la Roche-Park Avenue Joe) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro in this featured aged event. Today at Eskilstuna, the 2013 US exported Fortune Again (4f Andover Hall-Fortuna Dream-American Winner) triumphed for Johan Untersteiner in 1.15.3kr over 2149 meters voltstart. She earned 25,000SEK first prize for owner ACL Stuteri AB and trainer Roger Walman, scoring her third win this year in six appearances. It was also reported (by Gaet) today that the comeback of Rapide Lebel has been unsuccessful and that he will likely be retired. A career winner of over 1.8 million euro, Rapide Lebel last earned a victory over a year ago in the Prix de Washington at Enghien and will long be remembered for a gallant second place finish to San Pail in the US Breeders’ Crown. He raced successfully to sulky and under saddle (monte). On July 15 at Rattvik, Ruby Ransom (7m CR Commando-Dreamlands Trophy-Armbro Goal) scored a quick 1.12.4kr win for Bill Svedlund to earn 25,000SEK. He defeated Jasper Lane with Jennifer Tillman up. The same day at Halmstad showcased a victory by Abba de Lou (3f Going Kronos-Sierra de Lou-Biesolo) for Johnny Takter. She scored in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 25,000SEK. The well regarded Riodan trained, Kenneth Haugstad reined Rare Wise As (3f Varenne-In Wise As-SJs Caviar) finished second. Also at Halmstad Jumble As (5f Tagliabue-Judy As-Mack Lobell) won over 1640 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr. She earned 30,000SEK by defeating Nesmil Hanover and Unleash Face. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing driver David Miller and breeder William Weaver will be on this summer's ballot for election to the Living Hall of Fame, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Monday.

Millionaire pacer Hyperion Hanover, the "senior citizen" in Pompano Park's winners over feature pace on Saturday night, cruised to a handy three length win for harness racing driver Andy Santeramo.

In C.K.G. Billings Series action on Wednesday, June 19th two harness racing amateur trots went to post at Monticello Raceway and when the results were official Howie "the Horse" Gelfand and Harvey "Doc" Stein each reined a winner in driving finishes.

Matthieu Abrivard, a leading international and French harness racing driver, was seriously injured in a pre-race accident Monday at Chartres.

US bred Having Said That (10g SJs Photo-Pay TV-TV Yankee) was a 29/1 upset winner in the 300,000SEK Monte Elite (1609 meters autostart) today at Solvalla, riden by Christina Lindhardt and trained by Christian Lindhardt.

Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes today hosted an exceptional trotting card highlighted by the Gr. III International Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, a monte event over 2700 meters for a 120,000 euro purse.

Smart 2yo trotter Boundary Row won the time honoured Parker Classic on Monday at Globe Derby Park and in doing so recorded his third win from just four starts this season.

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