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September 22, 2015 - Top flight harness racing action is on schedule in Italy starting tomorrow at the 5/8 mile track at Modena Ghirlandina where the Premio Ghirlandina (€9,640 purse, 1600 meters autostart) takes place. Favorite Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei aboard garners pre-race attention in the six horse lineup. Stankovic OK is a four year-old son of Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo. Second dam is Rose Kronos by Sugarcane Hanover. This is the family of Crystal Lobell, dam of Cougar Lobell ($875,000), Camelia Lobell ($438,000) and Cobra Lobell ($229,000). The race lineup is shown below: Sissi Mamma, D. Dallolio Sanrunner, G. d’Ambruoso Seleniost, G. Targhetta Stankovic OK, E. Bellei Shiraz Roc, G. Garini Samba Bi, T. Di Lorenzo On Saturday three eliminations of the 88th Italian Derby take place leading to the Gr. I Derby on October 11. A solid lineup is set for the elims with top drivers on-hand from throughout Europe. Elimination A 1. TALENT BI (O. Kihlstrom) Cantab Hall-Dakota Bi-Toss Out 2. TONY GIO (R. Vecchione) 3. THEODOR GRIF (x) 4. TAURUS DEL RONCO (G. Di Nardo) 5. TIMONE EK (Fed. Esposito) Mr. Vic-Gemina-Lemon Dra 6. TRESOR ZS (A. Farolfi) 7. TOLL FREE BI (x) 8. TIMBUCTU BI (S. Minopoli) 9. TIZIANO (M. Guzzinati) 10. THE KING GRIF (x) 11. TIMOZ (R. Andreghetti) 12. TANTALIO (x)   Elimination B 1. TROJA D’ASOLO (Renè Legati) 2. TOTOO DEL RONCO (S. Minopoli) 3. THOR DI GIRIFALCO (B. Lo Verde) 4. TELECOMANDO OK (E. Bellei) 5. TOSELAND KYU (Santo Mollo) 6. TANGO NEGRO (R. Andreghetti) 7. TOBIN KRONOS (O. Kihlstrom) Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover 8. TODAY WINNER FONT (V.P. Dell'Annunz.) 9. TEDO FKS (G. Minnucci) 10. TOBIAS DEL RONCO (A. Di Nardo) 11. TEMON YOUR SM (G.P. Maisto) 12. TINTO (A. Farolfi)   Elimination C 1. TULUM (Mass. Castaldo) 2. TESORO DEGLI DEI (P. Gubellini) Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip 3. TINO ROC (A. Guzzinati) 4. TUONOBLU REX (R. Bakker) Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Lane-CR Kay Suzie 5. TINAMO JET (V. Luongo) 6. TOM FORD BI (V.P. Dell'Annunziata) 7. TURNO DI AZZURRA (R. Andreghetti) 8. TERRA DEL RIO (Santo Mollo) 9. THIAGO THREE (R. Vecchione) 10. TUDOR DANY GRIF (A. Di Nardo) 11. TRILLO PARK (x) 12. TESTIMONIAL OK (E. Bellei)   On Sunday will be held the Gr. II Gran Premio Ivone Grasetto (purse €45,100, 1640 meters autostart). A fine field includes last week’s Citta di Treviso winner Nephenta Lux, Rossella Ross in from SWE and Romi Mms from HU. 1.       Nephenta  Lux (A. Gocciadoro) 2.       Rossella Ross  (A.Guzzinati) 3.       Oneghin Del Ronco (G. Minnucci) 4.       Radiofreccia Fi (Fed. Esposito) 5.       Papandreu  (x) 6.       Osasco Di Ruggi (H. Ehlert) 7.       Reine Du Zack  M. Smorgon) 8.       Pantera Del Pino (Renè Legati) 9.       Standout (Dk) (A. Farolfi) 10.   Romi Mms (M. Slavic) 11.   Newyork Newyork (L. Baldi) Thomas H. Hicks

Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg II took no prisoners and made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:59.3 harness racing victory with King Trut in a Billings trot at Scioto Downs on Friday night, June 26. But in doing so King Trut had to rebuff a strong late challenge from YF Crasher and driver "Marlin the Magician" Smith. "The complexion of the race changed dramatically when Steve Oldford's trotter (Bold Strike) made a break before the start which allowed my horse get away with soft early fractions," Ehrenberg explained. Bold Strike, the 1-2 betting favorite- was riding a two race win streak where he was victorious on the front end both times. However with him a non-factor King Trut and Ehrenberg were able to dictate their own fractions. They passed the quarter in :29 and by the half in 1:00 flat. However Smith had YF Crasher on Ehrenberg's back from the get go and when the two leaders rounded the final turn and headed for paydirt Smith had his trotter neck and neck with King Trut. They came down the stretch like a team hooked -to-pole but YF Crasher couldn't pass the pace-setter and King Trut valiantly fought off his challenger to score a neck decision. In third place three lengths further back was Hometown Jeff driven by Michelle "the Belle" Ruvola. King Trut, a 10 year old Self Possessed gelding owned by Aimee Ranger and trained by Chris Short returned a $19.80 win mutuel. It was King Trut's sixth seasonal triumph and Ehrenberg's 47 career driving victory. With his victory Ehrenberg, now with 24 points, moves into second place on the CKG Billings mid-west region leaderboard behind Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford's 45. In third placewith 17 points is "Lawbook Larry" Farley followed by "Hurricane Hannah" Miller's 16. "Bullet Bob" Davis and Kelly "Sky" Walker are tied for fifth, each with 13 points. John Manzi

March 15, 2015 - Group II action at Ippodromo Padova resulted in victory by Santiago D’ete (4m Daguet Rapide - Love Me Tender) in the Gr. II Prix Citta di Padova for four year-olds on Sunday. The winner, reined by Roberto Andreghetti, scored in a record 1.11.5kr to record career victory seven in 24 starts for earnings of €118,529. The purse was €45,100 for this 1640 meter autostart test over the half-mile track. Sharon Gar (4f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) was second for Pietro Gubellini with third to Superbo Capar (4m Calpso Capar-Dark Degli Ulivi-Indro Park). The card also included the Gr. II Prix le Padovanelle (purse €45,100, 1640 meters autostart) that went to Re Italiano Ur (5m Ganymede - Dark Lux SM) clocked in 1.12.4kr for Enrico Bellei. The 11 time winner in 35 starts has earned €272,641. Royal Blessed (5m Varenne - Ivory Kronos) was second for Wim Paal ahead of Per Amour Gual and teamster Roberto Andreghetti. While conducted at Halmstad (SWE) Italy’s Rossella Ross (5f Self Possessed - Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell), trained by Jerry Riordan and driven by Johnny Takter, took the 40,000SEK first money Lars B Persson Foto for five year-old mares. The winner is owned by breeder Francesco Rosselli and she recorded her ninth career win in 25 outings. Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo was second for Christoffer Eriksson. Whoopie As is a daughter of Why Indeed by Speedy Crown. Fascination ended third for Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

March 14, 2015 - Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Digital Ink (6g Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres - Filou du Boscail) to victory today on the Eskilstuna card in Sweden in the 2640 meter autostart Gold Division to secure the 150,000SEK first prize. The pair were clocked in 1.12.6kr in a close verdict over Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop up. Porthos Amok was third for Torbjorn Jansson. The winner, owned by Stall TZ (Stefan Melander), now has 23 wins in 47 career outings and is undefeated in four 2015 starts. His earnings increased to 5,032,800SEK. Digital Ink could be a factor in the 2015 Elitloppet. The excellent Eskilstuna card also showcased a win by US bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover - Letsjusttalkaboutme - Self Possessed) timed in 1.13.5kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner Stall TZ. The 2640 meter autostart Bronze Division carried 110,000SEK to the winner. Canada’s Melvin Hartman bred the winning mare, that now has nine wins in 33 career starts, and three straight victories this year. Super Otto was second for Kenneth Haugstad. The Klass I event, for 100,000SEK to the winner, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the Johnny Takter teamed Folli (6g Self Possessed - M.T. Angel - Juliano Star) clocked in 1.12.2kr. Fredrik Persson trains the winner, now with seven wins in 12 lifetime starts and his second straight in 2015. Johan Roc was second for Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

LEXINGTON, KY-- Despite an hour-and-a-half delay provoked by a blown transformer near the first turn, the $336,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters was contested in four divisions on Thursday, September 25. The wait was worth it as a world record was tied. Jolene Jolene, sent off the 8/5-second choice, equaled the world record for freshmen filly trotters of 1:52.1 in division two of Bluegrass action.   Classical Annie circled around Scented Roses to secure command through a :28.2 first quarter. Passing three-eighths, Jolene Jolene made a furious bid from fourth to commandeer the field. Clearing in a :56.3 (:28.1) half-mile, her lead began to grow into the far turn.   Leading by 5 lengths through a 1:24 (:27.2) third quarter, driver David Miller kept Jolene Jolene to task while Lock Down Lindy tried to close, as well as Gold Cora and Sweet Thing. As Lock Down Lindy broke, Gold Cora and Sweet Thing took over second and third while Jolene Jolene was striding to an 8-length victory in 1:52.1 (:28.1).   Returning $5.40 to win, the Muscle Hill-Celebrity Speedie-Malabar Man daughter is owned by William Donovan and trained by Jonas Czernyson. The 1:52.1 effort is a lifetime mark for the filly trotter, and this win puts her season's earnings at $207,527. Scratched down to a field of four in the pari-mutual spectrum, Wild Honey, off a world-record 1:55.2 mile at Delaware, Ohio, coasted around the Lexington oval to win in 1:55.2, with a :26.3 final quarter.   Able to put up fractions of :29.2, :59.3 (:30.1), and 1:28.4 (:29.1), Wild Honey led foes Onda Di Mare, Love Me Madly, Shafina Hanover, and Hot Stuff, respectively, in her gate-to-wire performance. They remained in that order as Wild Honey sprinted to the wire in :26.3 to win in 1:55.2.   Owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, the Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-S J's Photo daughter paid $2.10 to win. She's trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras. Winning seven of eight starts, the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion has now amassed $312,656 in earnings.   Fresh off a victory in the Kindergarten Series, Lilu Hanover claimed victory in the third division of the Bluegrass in 1:54.2.   Getting away on the lead, Lilu Hanover led Armatrading, That's So Ironic, and Annaliina as she marched to the quarter. Passing that station in :29, Annaliina was sent two wide and began to brush by her competition. She took the lead from Lilu Hanover through a half of :57.2 (:28.2).   Around into the far turn, Armatrading pulled first over to challenge Annaliina for control. Lilu Hanover sat steady In The Pocket through a 1:27.1 (:29.4) third-quarter. Midway into the stretch, Lilu Hanover pulled the pocket and managed to split Annaliina and Armatrading to get a nose in front and extend to a length in 1:54.2 (:27.1). Annaliina was second, Concentration was third and Armatrading was fourth.   A daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail, she is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, trained by Jimmy Takter and Scott Zeron guided her to victory. Paying $5.20 to win, the 1:54.2 mile is a lifetime mark for Lilu Hanover.   Bee The Queen capped the stakes action with a 1:54.1 victory over   Allerage Star and Crunchess Finale dueled for control through a :27.3 first quarter. Clearing the front into the backstretch, Allerage Star maintained her lead past the half in :55.2 (:27.4). Driver Brian Sears gave Bee The Queen the cue to go entering the far turn, flushed from fourth by Sarcy.   Within a matter of strides, Bee The Queen secured control. Sarcy stalked uncovered while Allerage Star was to her inside In The Pocket. Bee The Queen trotted by three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:29.1).   Sarcy broke turning for home, and Allerage Star swung out of the pocket, but failed to rally by Bee The Queen. Wiclet Hanover from the back closed into second, as well as Kirsi Hanover into third as Bee The Queen was victorious in 1:54.1 (:29.3).   Owned by Alfred Ross and trained by George Ducharme, the Donato Hanover-Bee Line-Self Possessed filly paid $5.40 to win. Her 1:54.1 victory is a lifetime best, and her season's earnings are now at $63,392.   Live racing resumes Friday, September 26 with the $287,600 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly pacers and the $393,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old colt trotters. With three divisions for the fillies and four for the colts, post time is set at 7:00pmEDT.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Sunday's Morrisville Sale featured overall numbers close to last year’s; five more yearlings were sold for a similar average of more than $10,000. Still, the number sold is down about 37% from 2011. Last year the first crop sales of high profile New York stallions Rock N Roll Heaven and Lucky Chucky created some buzz, while this year it was 2011 sophomore division winner Roll With Joe who was experiencing his first auction. Only five by that stallion sold at Morrisville, for a very modest $8,700 average. Most of the initial action on RWJ will come at Lexington, where nine fillies and eight colts will be sold, and in Harrisburg, where nineteen fillies and eighteen colts will be hammered down. Last year only six from Lucy Chucky’s first crop sold at Morrisville, for an encouraging $22,000 average—high for this sale. The $450,000 the Cancelliere brothers paid for a brother to Muscle Massive and Muscle Mass skewed the results at Lexington, but at Harrisburg 32 averaged more than $32,000. Overall, the Chuckys were well received. Lucky Chucky ranked third behind Conway Hall and Crazed on the NYSS 2-year-old earnings list; Nunkeri, who finished second in the Championship Final, was his top filly and Gabe The Bear Dean and Mambo Blue Chip were two of the better colts. All in all Chucky was competitive in the program but hasn’t made his mark on the Grand Circuit. Granted, opportunities for the latter have been limited. Twice as many sold at Morrisville this year—13—and they averaged about half of what they did last year--$12,423. A dozen Lucky Chuckys will sell in Lexington and 17 will be available at Harrisburg. Like Lucky Chucky, Rock N Roll Heaven keeps a low profile at the Morrisville Sale. Five sold for a $15,000 average last year while three averaged almost $13,000 today. What happened at Morrisville gave no clue about Heaven’s future sale prospects in 2013: 33 of them averaged a hefty $48,000 at Harrisburg. Twenty-five will be available there this year and 30 will sell at Lexington. Heaven ranked third in his division, behind Bettor’s Delight and Art Major, on the NYSS 2-year-old pacing money list. His daughters Sassa Hanover and Band Of Angels were dominant players in the division for Ron Burke, but in the Championship final at Yonkers, the leader in both age groups, Bettor’s Delight, stepped up for the win in the form of his daughter Mosquito Blue Chip. Heaven was a decidedly gyno-centric stallion; his colts were no factor. Prediction: nobody will be writing a $450,000 check for one this year. RC Royalty stands at Morrisville and topped the sale in the number available, as 17 brought an average of more than $13,000. This was down 27% from last year when 20 sold on the wave of Royalty For Life’s division championship. RC Royalty ranked fourth on the 2-year-old money list and fifth on the 3-year-old list. The sophomore filly Avalicious and the freshman colt Royal Deceptor were probably his best. There were no budding Royalty For Life’s in the mix. He sells one at Lexington and none at Harrisburg. His brush with fame did not propel the eleven-year-old beyond his regional stallion status. But the sales topper on Sunday was one of his daughters, Royal Encore, who brought $85,000. Cash Hall, the Self Possessed stallion who now stands in Ohio for $3,000, raised his profile markedly in the NYSS with his outstanding freshman filly Market Rally and her paternal brother Buen Camino. The former crushed the opposition on the Night of Champions. Premium performers will always garner a stallion more love than healthy averages. Last year Cash Hall, who still has NYSS eligibility, had 13 sell at Morrisville for an $8,800 average. This year only four sold, but they averaged three times that. Cash Hall is in a no man’s land between New York and Ohio right now. The young Credit Winner stallion, Crazed, is about to stand his third season at Hanover in Pennsylvania. His fee was dropped from $6,000 to $4,000 last year. Crazed, who still has NYSS eligibility, sold seven for $16,571 today, up from the 12 he sold for an average of $9,200 in 2013. He was second to Conway Hall among two and three-year-old trotters in the NYSS this year. Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow, both winners of their respective finals, were crazy good this year. Nineteen by Crazed sell at Harrisburg. The buyers haven’t been particularly receptive up until now, but we should see more enthusiasm for him this year. Credit Winner, Art Major and Bettor’s Delight play a very limited role in this sale.  The latter, who now resides in Pennsylvania, has exhausted his two-year-old eligibility which will transfer to Ontario next year. He won’t be missed by the other stallions. We’ll find out at Lexington and Harrisburg whether or not the buyers consider his little brother, Roll With Joe, a suitable substitute. Conway Hall, leader of both the two and three-year-old divisions, and the most underrated stallion in the sport, sold seven for a $19,000 average, just like last year. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com

Three eliminations for the October 5th 87th Italian Derby took place today at Roma Campanelle, in the right-handed direction. Each elimination was raced over 2100 meters autostart for €22,000. Stankovic OK (3m Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) romped by six lengths in 1.13.3kr in the first battery for Enrico Bellei. Specialess and Swan Wise As trailed the impressive, bold striding winner. This elim was the fastest of the day. Stankovic Ok Pietro Gubellini teamed Sharon Gar to victory in the second elimination timed in 1.14kr. The pair ended two lengths up over Saba de Ronco and reinsman Enrico Bellei with Skyline Dany third. The winner is a three year-old daughter of Varenne from Geneve Gar by Lemon Dra. Sharon Gar The impressive Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta-Viking Kronos) took the final elimination in 1.13.8kr by open lengths for Andrea Guzzinati over Sansone Bar and Santiago d’Ete. The impressive chestnut is a likely favorite in the final, that should be a very competitive affair. Sceicco   Thomas H. Hicks

LEXINGTON, KY-- Freshmen filly trotters gathered for four divisions of the Kindergarten Classic Series at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 18. The fourth preliminary of the harness racing series attracted 38 contestants for purses totaling to $40,000. Allerage Star, despite galloping at the start, recovered nearly 13 lengths to weave past rivals and get a nose in front of Saturday Mornings and Cocoacabana in 1:56.2.   Cocoacabana was the pacesetter with Sweet Thing and Fly Angel Fly sitting behind. She set fractions of :29.1 and :57.4 (:28.3). Challenged around the far turn by Sweet Thing, Cocoacabana remained in control as the backfield approached. Fanning three wide came Fly Angel Fly, with Lady Winona four wide and Saturday Mornings five wide.   After a 1:27.3 (:29.4) third-quarter, Saturday Mornings rallied down the center of the course, while Allerage Star strolled onto the scene from in-between horses. Cocoacabana battled Allerage Star and Saturday Mornings up to the finish, where Allerage Star got a nose in front, going a mile in 1:56.2 (:28.4).   Returning $3.20 to win, the daughter of Angus Hall-Starry Eyed-Muscles Yankee is owned by Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, A. Geiger and D. Stolz, trained by Jessica Okusko and Corey Callahan was aboard.   Lilu Hanover rebounded after failing as the favorite in last week's prelim with a 1:55.3 victory over 24-1 Annaliina.   Scott Zeron piloted Lilu Hanover to the front, while Aarena Hanover gunned for the pocket from post 10. Lilu Hanover set a opening quarter of :27.4. She remained uncontested through a :57.3 (:29.4) half.   Rules Of The Road was flushed first over entering the far turn, with Annaliina drafting 2 ¾ lengths off the lead. Rules Of The Road remained at Lilu Hanover's throat through a 1:27 (:28.2) third-quarter.   Kicking to a 2-length lead into the stretch, Lilu Hanover kept to her task as Annaliina gradually progressed towards the leader. Starting her bid a few yards too late, Lilu Hanover had a neck advantage at the wire over Annaliina, with Waiting Room and Lady Clarabella rounding out the top four respectively.   Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, the daughter of Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail paid $5.00 to win.   Sarcy, upon brushing to the top after the first quarter, led the field to the finish in 1:55.3.   Bright Baby Blues swept across the track to claim command around the first turn, while Josie's Joy sat the pocket and Sarcy trotted third. After a :28.2 quarter, Jimmy Takter pulled Sarcy two wide to claim command before three-eighths. She was uncontested at the half, timed in :57.1 (:28.4).   Sarcy remained unchallenged around the far turn. Bright Baby Blues, stalking from the pocket, tipped first over at three-quarters, with Josie's Joy and Armatrading tracking her move. Timed in 1:26.1 (:29), Sarcy remained in control. Despite bids from Bright Baby Blues, Josie's Joy, Armatrading and Fashion Lover in the late stages of the mile, Sarcy held command and sailed to a 1:55.3 (:29.2) victory; Fashion Lover finished second, Armatrading was third and Josie's Joy was fourth. Sarcy, sent off the second choice, is owned by Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding and trained by Jimmy Takter. The Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire-Valley Victory daughter paid $7.20 to win. Bee The Queen, entering off a 30-1 upset in the Kindergarten last week, was victorious at odds of 1/5 in 1:56.1. Catherine's Melody showed early speed, while Bee The Queen floated towards the front, and Bright Eyes sat behind in third. The opening quarter was timed in :29.3. Bee The Queen made her move before the half, trying to sweep around Catherine's Melody as Bright Eyes, Flirting Filly and Shafina Hanover began their bids. Bee The Queen had a head in front through a :58.3 (:29) half. Although Flirting Filly broke traveling first over, Shafina Hanover made her way to Bee The Queen's wheel through a 1:26.1 (:27.3) third-quarter. Corey Callahan pulled the plugs on Bee The Queen and she kicked 3 lengths clear of Shafina Hanover, Bright Eyes and Catherine's Melody, and eventually winning by 3 ½ lengths in 1:56.1 (:30). A daughter of Donato Hanover-Bee Line-Self Possessed, Bee The Queen is owned by Alfred Ross and is trained by George Ducharme. She returned $2.60 to win. Bee The Queen extended her lead on the Kindergarten leaderboard with 158 points, with Allerage Star second with 125 points and Lady Clarabella in third with 111 points. Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 25, with the Grand Circuit meeting, commencing with the $300,000 Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters. Declaration time is 9:30 A.M. on Monday, September 22. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche-Coktail Jet) easily took today's Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix de Londres (€120,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) monte test at Hippodrome Enghien-Soisy. Damien Bonne reined the winner (to his 12th career win for €294,450 life earnings), trained by Thierry Reffegeau for owner Jean-Yves Roze. Timed in 1.13kr, the winner, off at 2.1/1 odds, vanquished veteran ten year-old Quarlos with Mathieu Mottier aboard, with 68/1 Risque Tout third for Philippe Masschaele, who rode in Canada this past weekend. Well-regarded Sam Gibus and Rapide Lebel were disqualified. The exceptional Enghien card today also included the €80,000 Prix de la Porte d'Italie (European, 2875 meters, 11 starters) that went to Ravenna with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Denmark registered six year-old son of Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill scored in 1.14.3kr at 4.7/1 odds to record his ninth career win, now for €205,126 earnings. Vabellino, the 9/10 favorite, was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Fabrice Souloy, with Italian invaders Plutonio (5m Self Possessed) third for Franck Ouvrie and Olimpus Caf (6m Varenne) fourth for Damien Bonne. The €70,000 Prix de la Concorde (European, 2875 meters, 12 starters) went to Sometime (8f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere-Vikings Way) at 2.6/1 odds for reinsman Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. The mare recorded her 10th career win for €395,360 as she overcame a 25 meter handicap. Recital du Lys was second for Damien Bonne and Saphir de Fille, also handicapped 25 meters, ended third for Eric Raffin. Well-regarded Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou) took the Prix de Nouzonville (€65,000 purse, 2875 meters, 14 starters) that was the Quinte+ race of the day, with a €3 million jackpot. Owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois teamed the winner, timed in 1.15.1kr, to his sixth career win, now for earnings of €145,370. Off at 3/1, Alex The Winner defeated Atout du Lerre, with trainer Franck Anne aboard at 16/1, and third place Act Of Love, at 24/1 for Mathieu Mottier. The fourth and fifth place finishers were off at 14/1 and 28/1 and the exact order €2 ticket interestingly paid only €11,590. Win/place only handle on the Q+ race was over €998,600. Thomas H. Hicks

The hotly contested Gr. I International Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden for 1SEK million first prize, was decided by the judges in favor of Ed You, the seven year-old gelded son of Love You. Robert Bergh is trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB (also owner of Nahar) as Ed You closed on the outside to nip Occhione Jet on the line. Ed You won for the 22nd time in 58 career starts. Actual winner Un Mec d'Heripre, handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy, was disqualified for interference against Magic Tonight and Johan Untersteiner in mid-stretch. The pacesetter was Truculent and Johnny Takter as they parked out veteran Commander Crowe and his teamster Robin Bakker. Un Mec d'Heripre followed the Commander, his Fabrice Souloy trained stablemate, as the veteran eventually put away Truculent at top of stretch and appeared toward a popular victory until flattening out in the final 100 yards. The whole field seized the moment and Un Mec d'Heripre left second on the outer behind the tiring Commander Crowe and moved to the lead scoring easily by a length. Ed You and Occhione Jet flashed up on the outside to be second and third. Judges immediately signaled inquiry and then disqualified Un Mer d'Heripre alleging that he forced out, affecting Magic Tonight . Well regarded Orecchietti make a miscue early and was disqualified. Summary follows for the V75-6 event: Hugo Abergs Memorial Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 1,000,000SEK to winner, 1.10.1kr, winner by disqualification of Un Mec d'Heripre for interference in stretch 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB, 22nd win in 58 for 3,220,685SEK 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop Today was an historical day in European trotting racing. Jägersro (Malma) hosted the initial Breeders Course Final, this with ten three year-old open trotters racing for 550,000SEK first money. The international field included five Italian-breds, three Swedish-bred, one French and one Finnish horses. The contestants are trained in Sweden, Holland, France and Finland, and owned in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Holland and Finland. Winter's Iceman, a three year-old gelded son of Love You, owned in Finland, took the prize for teamster Jorma Kontio timed in 1.11.6kr over the 1609 meter autostart course. Italy's Spartan Kronos ended second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. That son of Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos was a 2013 import from Germany. The Jerry Riordan trained, Orjan Kihlstrom reined, Conway Hall filly Saphire Bi was third for Italian owner Maurizio Cavezzzali with From Dust To Dawn home fourth. Race summary follows: Premio Going Kronos, Final Breeders Course for three year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 550,000SEK to winner (€60,000), 1.11.6kr 1st Winter's Iceman (3g Love You-Catch The Lady-Running Sea), Jorma Kontio up, third career win in 12 starts for 776,501SEK 2nd Spartan Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for Jerry Riordan trainer 4th From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), Johnny Takter Tumble Dust, a son of Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream, wired a solid field to win the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer at Jagersro, defeating heavily favored Corky and Erik Adielsson in making his first start for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Tumble Dust was quick away from post one for Bjorn Goop in this V75-4 event and parked Corky (4m Muscles Yankee) throughout, holding that one safe by a neck in 1.10.5kr over the 1609 meters autostart course. He secured 200,000SEK first money for Stall Tumble Boys and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Tumble Dust is model of consistency as he scored victory five in 21 career starts, with five times second and six thirds, for earnings of 2,264,059SEK. The Conway Hall son Tycoon Conway Hall was third for Steen Juul. Prix Cagnes sur Mer for four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner Fractions: first 500 meters 1.08.9kr; 1.10.7 at 1000 meters, finish 1.10.5kr (1:53.43) 1st Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Bjorn Goop, Tomas Malmqvist trainer, fifth career win in 21 starts for 2,264,059SEK for owner Stall Tumble Boys, career slate now 5-5-6 in those 21 appearances 2nd Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Erik Adielsson, Stig H. Johansson trainer 3rd Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill), Steen Juul up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Perfect Power took today's Mantorpsloppet Final in Sweden over 1640 meters for 100,000SEK first money. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner that scored in 1.105kr to defeat Henke Diablo with Jorma Kontio up. The winner is a five year-old gelded son of Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos owned by Deseks AB, and the victory was his sixth lifetime in 35 starts. He finished second in his elimination this day. Also at Mantorp, Namale Kronos (7g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) scored over Perfect Power in an Mantorpsloppet elimination, timed in 1.11.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for owner Stall Courant AB and reinsman Johan Untersteiner, as he won for the 17th time in 37 career starts. Namale Kronos was seventh in the final. US-winners today included, also at Mantorp, Roses Glory (3f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. She won for the third time in six starts and earned 35,000SEK. Dakota Chip (4m Donato Hanover-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip) earned 30,000SEK as he won in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for Thomas Dalborg. Owned by Pepper AB the winner now has six victories in 17 starts. Covington As (8g Like A Prayer-Nilema Fine-Nevele Pride) scored in 1.13.9kr for Jorma Kontio to earn 30,000SEK as he recorded victory 19 in 36 starts for career earnings of 1,799,950SEK. He was unraced in 2013. Matchmaker As (5m Chocolatier-Raging Goal-Armbro Goal) also won at Mantorp in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters, turning start, with first money 20,000SEK. He won for the third time in six career starts for trainer/driver Goran Jansson. At Rattvik, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) won in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters turning start. The win was his third in six appearances for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Saturday’s €45,100 purse Gran Premio Terme di Montecatini (three year-olds) in Italy went to Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei aboard. The Holger Ehlert trainee is a son of Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo and bred by Scuderia Branchini. Domino Stables owns this winner. After an early speed battle with Superbo Capar (Calypso Capar-Dark Degli Ulivi-Indro Park), Bellei gained command and rated the pace carefully. The winning team ended the affair swiftly, scoring in a race record 1.13.8kr over the 2040 meter distance. Superbo Capar (handled by G. Lombardo Jr.) held second with Santiago D’Ete (Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) a distant third for Roberto Andreghetti. The winner recorded his sixth career victory in 13 starts for life earnings of €76,725. Skyline Dany, Sogno d’Amore and Shiraz Roc went off-stride early and were disqualified. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Solvato and reinsman Peter Ingves lead tomorrow's field in the 150,000SEK (to winner) Gold Division at Axevalla. The five year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide is the early favorite in the eight horse group that also includes On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) that Erik Adielsson will drive and Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos0Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscall) that Orjan Kihlstrom will handle for trainer Stefan Melander. Kaffir Face, Haraldinho, Manalapan, Porthos Amok and Putte Topline complete the field. Interesting winners this week in Scandinavia included a victory on July 16 at Skelleftea by the Jan Norberg reined Top Of The World (3m Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) in 1.15.8kr. He scored over 2140 meters turning start to earn 25,000SEK first money and remains undefeated in three starts. Yesterday at Bergsaker veteran Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) earned 50,000SEK by winning the Lajon Konsult Services, a 1640 meter autostart event for 50,000SEK to the winner. The winner earned his 23rd career win in 55 starts with the 1.11.8kr victory over Occhione Jet by Pine Chip. On that card Deal Or No Deal (8f Self Possessed-Bankers Review-Wall Street Banker) won the Gran Prix Stoet to earn 60,000SEK with the 1.13.3kr win over 2140 meters turning start. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner, her 14th career win. The Norrlands GP Final for 250,000SEK to the winner went to Leif Witasp's Cool Keeper (4m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) in 1.12.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Cool Keeper won for the eighth time in 23 career appearances. Today at Solvalla Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) became one of the first two year-old winners in Europe as he scored in 1.16.5kr to earn 50,000SEK in his initial start. Bjorn Goop reined the winner over the 1640 meter volt start course. He's owned by J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus and was acquired at Harrisburg from legendary breeder J-P Dubois. On the Solvalla card Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salmo Boko-Express Ride) won an event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Erik Adielsson drove this one to a 1.12.8kr win, his 11th in 26 starts. Part Boat Hanover also won today for trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.15.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 30,000SEK. The winner recorded his second win in four starts and is a three year-old male by Cantab Hall-Princess Cruise-Donerail. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) easily won today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Stora Sprinterslopp over 1640 meters autostart in Sweden. The Roger Walmann trainee was reined by Johan Untersteiner to victory in 1.09.9kr to earn 600,000SEK first prize. The talented trotter now has 14 wins in 44 outings for earnings of 4,875,831SEK. Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) was second for Adrian Kolgjini. Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) finished third for Ulf Ohlsson. The beaten field in order of finish also included Oasis Bi, Ed You, Mr. Picolit, Orecchietti, Nahar (2013 Elitloppet winner), Digital Ink, and Democrat. The card at Arjang also showcased a win by KLM Buymethemoon (6m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) and Erik Adielsson up. He scored in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart in the Bronze Division worth 110,000SEK to winner. The US import Curtsy Hanover (4f Cantab Hall-Chiptease-Pine Chip) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom. The Silver Division, worth 125,000SEK to the winner, went to Arazi Boko (7g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) and Orjan Kihlstrom. He scored in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. The J-P Dubois bred Nato Dream (5m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) was second for Stefan Melander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

This week excellent trotting action took place at Rattvik, Eskilstuna, Bollnas and Tingsryd. Victories of note went to US exports Lindys Jersey Boy and Mystic Illusion while trainer Jerry Riordan scored with the Varenne three year-old Sylvester America. The Ready Cash four year-old Ready After also secured a victory and veteran Montgomery Hill defeated a solid aged trotting field at Tingsryd for his 33rd career win. This Saturday promises to be exciting as Nahar, Ed You, Orecchietti and Mosaique Face square off in a Gr. II International UET Masters Series event named the Arjang Stora Sprinterslopp worth 600,000SEK to the winner. July 7, 2014 Rattvik SWE Winners Lindys Jersey Boy (5m Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou), Ulf Ohlsson up in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK first money. The winner now sports nine victories in 43 outings for 1,912,294SEK and his first in 2014. Chapeau and Time Machine trailed the winner Circles (5f Majestic Son-Merles Image-Balanced Image), Magnus Jakobsson trainer/driver in 1.12.4kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 35,000SEK. The winning mare now has nine wins in 30 tries for 2,783,398SEK as she defeated US-bred Lady Broadway for Jorma Kontio and Ready Steady Go for Kihlstrom. July 7, 2014 Eskilstuna SWE Winner Mystic Illusion (3f Muscles Yankee-Mystical Oaks-Donerail), Kenneth Haugstad up for Roger Walmann with this 2014 US import acquired from Jan Johnson. She recorded her fourth win, timed in 1.13.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, in just six career starts and her second straight victory in Europe. July 8, 2014 Bollnas SWE Winner Quality Questioned (5g Andover Hall-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB, 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for 25,000SEK first prize, his seventh win in 17 career starts for 554,000SEK. The winner, from a producing Hambletonian Oaks winner, defeated Beeboop Laday and Monas Inversote in a close battle. July 9, 2014 Tingsryd SWE Winners Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell), Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.13.4kr victory over 1609 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Italy registered Alpha de Vandel (4m Coktail Jet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), Johan Untersteiner up, 1.13.6kr over 1609 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner. Second was the Allercrantz/Riordan/Riordan aptly named Riordan Kronos (5g Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Fredrik Persson owner/trainer/driver, 1.11kr winner over 1609 meters autostart for 60,000SEK to winner, his 12th win in 52 starts for 1,287,025SEK Ready After (4m Ready Cash-Crowning Flower-Crowning Point), Johan Kjellman, 1.12.3kr winner over 1609 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner, Italy registered. Replay follows http://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20140709-tingsryd-v86?id=1 Montgomery Hill (10g SJ's Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic), Flemming Jensen, 1.10.2kr score over 1609 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to winner, Denmark, his 33rd win in 78 starts for 2,778,125SEK. The beaten field in order of finish was Truculent, I Won't Dance, Kaffir Face, Photo Sea, Rutger Raket, Livi Barcelona, Max Prix, Ldees Creditreport The upcoming weekend showcases top-level campaigners at Arjang in the Gr. II Stora Sprinterlopp. Nahar heads this group as he will battle with Orecchietti, Ed You, Digital Ink and an overall solid group. July 12, 2014 Arjang SWE Entries Arjangs Stora Sprinterlopp, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart Ed You, T. Jansson Oasis Bi, C. Svensson Mosaique Face, A. Kolgjini Democrat, P. Lennartsson Magic Tonight, J. Untersteiner Reven d'Amour, U. Ohlsson Mr. Picolit, E. Adielsson Orecchietti, O. Kihlstrom Nahar, R. Bergh Digital Ink, S. Melander Ed You and Digital Ink by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

July 4, 2014. Timoko next tests the starter on Sunday at La Capelle and Philippe Allaire's Brillantissime leads the field Saturday at Enghien in the Prix de Berlin against a competitive group of three year-olds. See the entries below for these weekend headliners. July 5, 2014 Enghien-Soisy Features Prix de la Marche, £85,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters. Field includes Indigious (by Prodigious) with Eric Raffin up for Stig H. Johansson and Swedishman with Franck Nivard steering for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. Prix de Berlin, £85.000, 2150 meters autostart, European, 9 starters for three year-olds. This group includes Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire, Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) with Erik Raffin aboard, Secretariat (Ganymede) for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, Scoop Grif Italia (Varenne) for Pierre Vercruysse/Marco Smorgon, and Silverado Lux (Amigo Hall) for the Nivard/Souloy team. July 6, 2014 La Capelle Feature Prix der la Communaute de Communes, 1609 meters autostart, £100,000, Gr. II International, field in post position order below (horse, driver, trainer): Reve de Beylev, Raffin/Guarato Oibambam Effe, Carro/Carro Spirit Beji, Bullier/Provost Quinoa du Gers, Ouvrie/Souloy Roi du Lupin, Barrier/Marmion Krangel, Locqueneux/Westholm Timoko, Goop/Westerink Quick Viervil, Gallier/Gallier Viscaria, Piton/Gillot Timoko and Richard Westerink Earlier this week solid action took place in Sweden with Happy Days winning his elimination and the final of the Sprinter Masters. In the final Express Duo and Tumble Dust trailed the winning horse/driver pair that were timed in 1.10.7kr. On July 2 at Lindesberg Mr. Picolit took the aged main event in 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. US entrant Uncle Peter was scratched. July 3, 2014 Halmstad Sprinter Masters 1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money each elimination, Elim 1, 1.11.7kr Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem), Pekka Korpi, Finland, 20th win in 32 starts for 3,494,704SEK Elim 2 1.12.0kr Dream With Me (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Lutfi Kolgjini, Netherlands, 6th win in 20 for 649,172SEK Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Dream Vacation), Bjorn Goop, Denmark, now in 20 starts 4-5-6 slate for 2,064,059SEK Elim 3, 1.10.l9kr Happy Days (4g Dream Vacation-Kiss Me Once-Varenne)m Johnny Takter, eighth win in 11 for 1,179,300SEK Final, 1.10.7kr, first money 902,660SEK Happy Days, Johnny Takter, first on the line Express Duo, Pekka Korpi TumbleDust, Bjorn Goop Other relevant winners on the Halmstad card were: Oliver Kronos (6g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop, 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 100,000SEK first money, eighth win in 18 appearances. Your Highness (5f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop, 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first prize, 10th win in 20 tries for 1,461,904SEK career earnings. July 2, 2014 Lindesberg Winners Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed), Daniel Olsson up for Stefan Melander, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 60,000SEK to winner. Paris Metro (3f Cantab Hall-Mrs Ronerail-Donerail), Bjorn Goop for trainer Melander, 1.12.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK winners prize. Paducah Dream (4f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.13.8kr, 1640 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner. High Speed Call (6g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Carl-Erik Lindblom up, 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner. Mr. Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money, defeating Occione Jet with Erik Adielsson and Bagley with Conrad Lugauer. Uncle Peter was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks

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