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The classy harness racing mare Billie de Montfort (8f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) took today’s third leg of the traveling series named the Tour Europeen du Trotteur Francias.   This event was held at Spain’s Son Pardo course in the Grand Prix des Baleares Espagne (purse 50,000€, 2650 meters autostart, 16 starters).   Gabriele Gelormini teamed the 2.2/1 favorite for trainer Sebastien Guarato and breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin that was timed in 1.14.4kr. Billie recorded her 17 th lifetime victory in 94 starts now for 1,940,121€ earned during her illustrious career. 5.8/1 Blues d’Ourville (8m Password-Pursuit of Charm) was second for Pierre Houel and third went to the Guarato trainee Eridan (5m Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout) reined by Hugo Langeweg Jr. for owner Philippe DeWulf.   Thomas H. Hicks

Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) returned to Hippodrom Torre del Ram on Sunday to win the Premi Junior (purse 200€, 2500 meters distance handicap) as he overcame a 50 meter handicap to score timed in 1.17.1kr for harness racing driver C. Riera M and owner Cuadra Sa Farola.   Riera last teamed Trebol to a 1.14.8kr victory on July 21, his fastest score so far this year. The veteran earned his 51 st consecutive victory since returning from France in 2017.   Thereafter he has posted 8, 28, 15 in the years 2017-19 to increase his career slate to 83 victories in 145 starts, now for 687,066€ in life earnings to go along with a 1.11kr speed mark set in 2016 in France.   The multiple Gr. I European winner this day defeated Bequia d’Usseda and Elian PR.     Thomas H. Hicks  

The harness racing gallant Spanish stallion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) won his 49th straight race in Spain since returning home from France during 2017. The latest victory was in the Premi Jorky Das Pont (200€ purse, 1700 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.8kr, his best of 2019, with C. Riera aboard for Cuadra Sa Farola. The latest win was his 13th in 2019 following 28 for 28 last year and eight wins in 2017. His career earnings are now 686,866€ from 81 lifetime victories in 143 outings. What a horse!!! Thomas H. Hicks  

The grand Spanish champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) took today’s Premi VI Memorial Guiem (2500 meters autostart, International, 200€ 9purse) at Hipodrom Torre del Ram, his 48th consecutive harness racing victory since returning from France in 2017.   He now sports a career slate of 80-5-9 in 142 outings, good for 686,766€ earned. Cuadra Sa Farola owns Trebol.     Today’s chart and Trebol’s resume follow:         Hipodrom Torre del Ram Thomas H. Hicks

June 9. 2019 - The gallant Spanish champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) won again tonight at Ippodrom Torre del Ram with J.P. Carreras aboard. He scored in 1.17.2kr from post eight in the Premi Sirgio (purse 200€, 2500 meters autostart, eight International starters) and recorded his 10th 2019 victory in as many starts. Trebol has now posted 46 consecutive wins from 2017 forward in his home country for owner Cuadra SA Farola and he has 78 career wins in 140 starts for 686,416€ in life earnings. Three lengths back second was Caviar d’Occagnes and it was another three back to Andronic. Trebol has a career best time of 1.11kr and is Spain’s only Groupe I European winner. Spanish champion trotter Trebol Thomas H. Hicks  

Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) reined by J.P. Carreras won Saturday’s Premi ID Jet Mab at Hipodrom Torre del Ram (400€ to winner, 2100 meters autostart, International) timed in 1.17.3kr, his 44 th consecutive win in Spain (eight in 2019) and he now sports 76 career wins in 138 appearances for life earnings of 686,216€.   Cuadra Sa Farola owns the champion of Spain, and a multiple Gr. I winner in Europe.   Trebol, from post seven, followed cover from the 600 meters mark and surged forward with 400 meters remaining to draw clear in the lane.   Ultra du Lovet and Caviar d’Occqagnes finished second and third.   His win streak exceeds the prior record of 42 set by the coldblood champion Jarvsofaks.   Thomas H. Hicks

Right on the heels of hosting the Hungarian amateurs the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) is preparing for a visit from the Spanish harness racing amateur drivers beginning next week. "The Spaniards, from Palma de Mallorca, will be with us from Monday, May 7 through Sunday, May13 and we are preparing to entertain them with races, sightseeing and good food and we'll continue the great camaraderie started many years ago," noted Alicia Schwartz, NAADA's event planner. During the week races are planned at Yonkers Raceway, Monticello Raceway and Tioga Downs as well as a visit to "Trot Town USA" ,better known nowadays as Goshen, NY, where the visitors will tour both Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum. Along the way the Spaniards will be treated to good food and wine and will spend a couple of nights enjoying "the Big Apple" (New York City) before returning home. During the competitions drivers for the visiting Spaniards will remain the same at each venue. They include club president Jaume Bassa Riera, Guillermo Busquets Liull, Francisco Liabres Ramis, Pau Roig Moll and Santi Roig Moll. However, at each event the hometowners will field a different team. Tentatively slated to drive for NAADA at Yonkers on Tuesday (May8) are Alan Schwartz, Joe Lee, Peter Kleinhans and Monica Banca. At Monticello on Thursday (May 10) the USA team will consist of Bob Davis, Tony Ciuffitelli, Paul Minore nd Alan Schwartz. The NAADA team at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 12) is yet to be announced. "It's a lot of work putting these competitions together and we're always happy to host our foreign friends. Everyone knows that winning is not the primary reason for the international events... and that's a good thing because it seems that everybody wins against us,"Mrs. Schwartz added with a chuckle. Just a couple of weeks ago, at the end of April, amateur drivers from Hungary were here for an international competition and after the Spaniards contests are completed NAADA will entertain amateurs from Italy and France later this year. by John Manzi, for NAADA        

Spain’s Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) repeated his historic harness racing victory a year ago in this Gr. I UET Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, Finland. Timed in 1.11.95kr over a rain soaked course on a foggy day the Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou trained and driven veteran increased his career earnings to €654,922 (now with 32 career wins) in this 2100 meter autostart test with a purse of €150,000. Ten international starters were at the start. Trebol was off at 12.3/1 odds and he raced in the outer tier with cover all the way before staging a four wide assault deep in the final bend that ended in a neck score on the line. 11.5/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore) was a fast closing second for Philippe Daugeard and owner Olivier Horvath, this one racing first on the outer until being covered by Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss me Coulonces) and Bjorn Goop at the halfway point. The Richard Westerink owned/trained veteran started on the outside of the first tier and was rough gaited at the start, getting away eighth. Goop then made a bold three wide brush after 800 meters but could not clear the leading Oasis Bi in turn three and thereafter went a brutal trip. He finally passed tiring Oasis By out of turn four but under heavy urging could not hold off the top two. The top three finishers were all timed the same. Mellby Viking finished fourth for Jorma Kontio/trainer Turmo Nimos) and Pascia’Lest was fifth for Pietro Gubellini/trainer Fabrice Souloy. The victory by Trebol was his and Spain’s second Gr. I international victory.  Earlier in the Kouvola card Philippe Daugeard teamed 2.7/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere-Pelops) to victory in a 2100 meter autostart contest. This multiple Prix d’Amerique starter was impressive in today’s victory. Thomas H. Hicks  

On February 27 at Son Pardo (Spain) the  Gran Premi Govern de les Illes Balears (purse €9,000, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.1.7kr winner, 4.9/1 odds Vitorino Mar (7m Captain Cook-Stina Sas) for G. Andreau over 1/1 Vastervik Jazz (7m And Arifant-Lepere de l’Iton) for driver Jme Fluxa with 12/1 Vanuit Bg home third. At Enghien the Prix de Mimizan (purse €70,000, 2250 meters, 12 European monte starters) went to 7/1 Ultra Or (8g Orlando Vici-Petra du Chene) for Anthony Barrier, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie AB Trot. The 1.13.1kr timed winner bested 2/1 favorite Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Las Fleur) for Damien Bonne, trainer Souloy and Team Art On Line AB. 4/1 Vincent des Obeaux finished third for Julien Raffestin ahead of Orionne Spin and jockey Camille Levesque. At Halmstad the Saturday V75 Gold for 150,000SEK first prize went to Nothing But Class (7m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer0Donerail) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. The 3.4/1 favorite was bred by Valley High Stable. Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) was second at 8.8/1 for Bjorn Goop with third to 45/1 Edward Ale (8g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) with Peter Ingves up for trainer Petri Puro (formerly handler of the legendary Commander Crowe). Also at Halmstad their V75 Silver for a first prize of 125,000SEK went to West Wing (8g Steinlager-Westgate-Niton) for Johan Untersteiner, also trainer. Stall Victory HB owns the 3.2/1 winner that defeated For Pleasure As (7m Abano As-Frill Aas-Pine Chip) with Conrad Lugauer up at 9/1 odds. Third was 44/1 Go Green Pellini (8m Love You-Sparkling Pellini-Giant Chill) with Peter Ingves up for trainer Petri Puro. Also on the card aged mares went to 100,000SEK first money with 5.5/1 Donna du Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) scoring for Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist for owner Langebro Konsult AB. Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victory-Missysmandarine-Malabar Man) was second for Johnny Taker at 9/1 with third to Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie). Other US-registered imports in the beaten field included Fleetfoot Hanover, Single Sock and Blue Martini As. Thomas H. Hicks

October 23, 2015 - The Gr. III Prix Louis Cauchois (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, nine starters) went to the 1.16.5kr clocked Django Riff (2m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) off at 2/1 odds for driver Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. Even-money Derrick de Nganda (2m Tuscon-Nymphe de Nganda) was a distant second for driver J-M Bazire with third to 15.4/1 Ducson Imperial (2m Tucson-Joie Imperiale) for Franck Nivard and Ecurie FAC. Django Riff is the first foal of dam Rasta Perrine 1:57.1 (US$119,759) by Look de Star from the Reve d’Udon (sire of Revenue) mare Java Perrine. The Gr. III Prix Gisella (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters, three year-olds) went to 1.7/1 odds Chant des Sirenes (3m Opus Viervil-Nice Quenny) clocked in 1.16.2kr for driver F-P Bossuet, trainer J-B Bossuet and Ecurie Tenor. 7.5/1 Clever Lymm (3m Korean-Oquidia) handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie le Tremont. 15/1 Cow Boy Griff (3m Look de Star-Sita de Boisney) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, Ecurie Griff and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Adelia (5f Ganymede-Linea Dream) scored in the Gr. III Prix Pierre Van Troyen (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Vincennes timed in 1.13kr for Alexandre Abrivard. The winner as off at 84.4/1 odds and is trained by L-Cl Abrivard. 21.5/1 Alpine du Rib (5f Opium-Rockause du Rib) was a close second for J.L.-Cl Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 8.9/1 Adelia de Melodie (5f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) was two lengths in arrears for reinsman David Thomain with 6.4/1 Altesse du Mirel (5f Ready Cash-Inc de Mirel) fourth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse. At Son Pardo (Spain Majorca) the €6,000 Criterium des Five Year-Olds over 2650 meters autostart, 12 starters, resulted in an easy victory for 11.2/1 Amor de Font (5m SJ’s Photo-Deninet Star) driven by J-A Rivera clocked in 1.17.6kr. Aquiles Duran and Albebaran G were next to the line. Athos d’Ecajeul (5m Ready Cash-Mutine d’Ecajeul) took Son Pardo’s Premi Strasbourg (purse €6,000, 2650 meters autostart, 16 entrants) timed in 1.17.3kr for driver G. Andreu and trainer J-A Blseo. The winners was off at 3/1 odds as he defeated 19/1 Valinco de Cormon (6g Memphis du Rib-Junk River) and 2.1/1 Quatal des Ormeaux (11g Dahir de Prelong-Jamarina). Thomas H. Hicks

Besides the great camaraderie shared with their hosts as far as enjoyment on NAADA's venture to Mallorca, Spain for an international amateur driving competition with their Spanish counterparts, the best that could be said was that it was relegated to great food and fine wines because on the racetrack they were vanquished again. The following is a first hand view by NAADA president and team leader, Joe Faraldo on the final day of the international amateur driving competition between the North American Amateur Drivers Association and the Spanish amateurs. "At Son Pardo in Palma there were two twelve horse fields. They pre-raced us with paella and roast suckling pig. When the racing began it looked like the twelve horses were all over the place behind the eight-horse gate reminiscent of Yonkers during a French racing afternoon and once again the Spaniards kicked butts. Of course, just by the numbers 8 vs 4, it was likely that would happen just because of the traffic and team racing the Europeans engage in. "In the first of two races, Alan Schwartz's horse had not raced for 3 years. "When he asked the trainer about that, the reply was "She had a good rest" and also if she cannot finish, just bring her back." "It did not instill confidence and needless to say, the horse was ready to go back after the 1/2." " (Joe) Pennacchio was best of American blood and finished 4th. "The second race was about the same 8 vs 4. Pennacchio's horse was so unruly, that he could not start in the race and it dumped Joe." "So we were down to three. Hannah got behind two breakers leaving the course only to be disqualified. "I was on top in a heartbeat and was up by 10 at the half and it seemed certain that I was going to bring it home." "Unfortunately at the end, my charge, Benigno Duran, drew a posse an they wiped that lead away as the bottom-them-out strategy failed down that long, long stretch." "I was so sure that I was third I kept insisting all the next day that I indeed finished third but somehow the judges saw (Alan) Schwartz on the far outside and I ended up fourth." "The protesting did not end as the mantra of the day continued with "I was robbed". "The final US tally had Schwartz with two thirds,Pennacchio with a fourth, and I had a fourth." "In the winner's circle presentation all the American drivers were presented with beautiful personally engraved plaques cast in Spanish silver and we stood for pictures." "As usual Hannah Miller won that photo by open lengths!" "Dinner was awesome, all home raised beef and pork products barbecued and, as usual, super abundant." "Then came more wine until we just about couldn't stand at all." "An invitation was extended to our friends for a rematch in the US next year in September and maybe we can change the results." "Tonight there was another dinner with the drivers featuring jamon,suckling pig, and just about everything else including empanadas and Majorcan bread. "If nothing else, we beat them at eating." John Manzi

Although the American harness racing amateurs hoped for different results when they traveled to Mallorca for the second edition of the Spain vs. NAADA Friendship Competition their hopes vanished when reality set-in. Led by Joe Faraldo, president of NAADA and joined by Hannah Miller, Alan Schwartz and Joe Pennacchio the American team is doing little more than enjoying the food, wine and camaraderie with their hosts. Faraldo shared the following sentiments after the first day of the competition. "Midst a rich brownish earth, calm breeze, winery tours and into the depths of the their most famous caves, surrounding us with kindness and hospitality, the Spanish then proceeded to clobber our NAADA amateurs once again. This time the races were on a track no greater than 650 meters long on a track that is only wide enough for six across with a running horse (Thoroughbred) rail. And then add a field of ten horses and set the distance at 1750 meters, about three times around with a bell-lap for the benefit of Spanish and Americans alike. "Compare that to our half-milers, which are a large 800 meters by comparison, and it was easy to see the slaughter that began. "In the first event four brave souls, led by the hot handed Hannah Miller, waged battle with the six Spanish drivers who clearly had the home track advantage and perhaps the better horses which gave them an all round edge. Going for a purse of 700 Euros the American team bested only a third place gained by Alan Schwartz. The second event found no American in the top five. "However after the race we were treated to an elaborate cocktail party where the main talk, fortunately for us, centered around the upcoming International Trot to be held at Yonkers on October10th after a twenty year hiatus." According to Faraldo, on Sunday the competition moves on to Son Pardo racetrack in Palma, the bustling town and capital of Mallorca with the Americans hoping for better results.That will be followed by a farewell dinner of Paella and roast suckling pig. "At Son Pardo racetrack a group from the French PMU subsidized a race of 50,000 euros with a plane load of French horses shipped in." Faraldo added. "The PMU has made great strides in Spain and it continues,along with Le Trot, to propagate the continent with their breed and betting distribution system to the advantage of all, now sending about 100 French trotting horses to Ireland long a stronghold of American pacing blood." John Manzi

July 25, 2015 - Today’s Enghien-Soisy harness racing card included the Gr. III Prix Dominique Savary (purse €82,000, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European entrants) and 2.1/1 odds Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Feux-Pocahontas) recorded a comfortable front stepping victory for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Pierre Pilarski. The winner closed quickly off soft fractions to be clocked in 1.13.6kr (1.14.3kr at 1000; 1.14kr at 500). Italian registered Rue du Bac (5m Infinitif-Ici) was second at 8.5/1 for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Caramera AB. 7.7/1 odds Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite) was third for teamster David Thomain. The top three to the line all raced without shoes. The undercard at Enghien was also solid, including the Prix de Picpus (€41,000 purse, 2875 meters, 14 starters) and the 1.16.5kr winner in a blanket finish was 6.9/1 Battambang (4m Roc Meslois-Murcia) clocked in 1.16.5kr for Bernard Piton and trainer/owner J-P Piton. 7.7/1 Boccaccio (4m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) was next for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Ronny Kuiper with 11.3/1 Baldwin Jet (4m Sam Bourbon-Jessica Jet) third for trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen and owner Stall Rita. Cabourg’s July 24 (Friday) Quinte+ (€5 million jackpot) Prix Henri Balliere (€36,000 purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.16kr winner Uhlan Darche (7g Olitro-Kalinka du Louvet) at 10.3/1 for F. Lecanu driving for Ecurie Danover. Favorite 1.7/1 Velino d’Auvrecy (6g Memphis du Rib-Everilda) was second for J.Cl. Dersoir and trainer Joel Hallais (owner Ecurie Rib) with 17/1 Under Your Eyes home third for Sebastien Ernault. €753,000 was bet on this race in win and place pools alone. Cabourg’s Prix du Conseil Regional B (€30,000 purse, 2850 meters, 13 starters) went to Buy More Time d’Am (4f Love You-No More Time) at 2.8/1 odds for driver Tony LeBeller, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB. The winner was timed in 1.16.7kr. 6/1 Blanche de Valace was second for Anthony Dollion with 28/1 Bahia de Bougy at the line third. At Son Pardo (Spain) the Final Torneig 2015 Espagne (€20,000 purse, 2650 meters autostart, 16 starters) went to 7/10 favorite Quarass Rose (11g Tarass Boulba-Ugada) clocked in 1.17kr. 43/1 Ribat de Beval was second with 20/1 Tamara du Pont third to the line. Elsewhere this day, at Amiens their Prix Prince Royal (€30,000 purse, 2400 meters autostart, 13 entrants) went to Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge) clocked in 1.14.7kr for Pierre Vercruysse. The 3/10 favorite is owned by J.G.H. DeJong. Seneuse des Ulmes was second at 20/1 for Franck Ouvrie with Truscott de Guepre third at 12/1. At Biarritz the Prix du President de Folleville (€35,000 purse, 3750 meters, 16 European entrants) went to 2/5 favorite Voctania de Viette (6f Prodigious-Isis des Mariniers timed in 1.19.5kr ahead of Tur Winner (8g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere) and both trained by E. Varin who also owns the winner. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 27, 2015 - Spain now has its initial Gr. I winner as Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) rallied from third on the outer for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou to wear down leading Maven (6f Glidemaster-M.Stewart-American Winner), that ended third at 1.7/1 odds, and then easily held off 4.7/1 Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and harness racing driver Antti Teivainen to win this Gr. I UET Master Series Kymi Grand Prix Finlande at Kouvola. Purse was €150,000 for this 2100 meter autostart contest scratched down to eight particpants. Red Rose America and Ringostar Treb were scratched. Maven was away fourth and moved early to gain the front. Co-favorite Timoko followed but gapped and under strong urging from Pierre Vercruysse could not get alongside Maven and Johnny Takter. Trebol’s strong winning stretch rally resulted in his 30th career win for now earnings of €490,662, as he scored in 1.11.80 for owner Mme. C. Crespi Perez at odds of 8.8/1. Oasis Bi was timed in 111.95 with the tiring Maven clocked at 1.12.09kr. Seabiscuit was fourth and Timoko ended fifth. Replay follows:  Kymi Grand Prix 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfCTLwOpMiY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZZRHkCWxK4 Thomas H. Hicks

Making her second start back off a three-month layoff, Somenicebeach ($5.20) invaded from Yonkers to take Friday (June 5) evening's harness racing $14,000 Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons settled the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare off pacesetters Tipitina (Corey Braden) and K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.), tracking loosely through a :56.3 half mile before commencing a first-over bid with three-eighths remaining. Somenicebeach responded instantly once Simons moved her off the pegs, accelerating after Tipitina through a :27.3 third quarter before edging clear on the far turn. A length in front at the eighth pole, Somenicebeach was driven out to hold clear, staving off a stout late charge from Mach It a Par (Dan Clements) for a 1:51.3 victory. K J's Caroline held third off her tracking trip.   Owner Sophie Desroches trains Somenicebeach, now a 10-time winner.   Earlier in the program, a quartet of Spanish amateur drivers competed against a group of their American counterparts, with Agustin Mascaro and Jaume Bassa notching a pair of victories for the visiting team. Mascaro controlled the pace with My Sweet Mandy ($13.40) in a 1:55.2 win in the opener over the blind-switched Puff Mommy (Bernardo Jaume) and Diamonds Princess (Bassa), while Bassa came back to win the second with Simaz ($4.30), rating sensible fractions before staving off a late charge from Nowerland Nathan (Jaume) and far-turn pressure from Sand Wyndham (Miquel Vich).   Live racing returns to Tioga on Saturday evening, with the first of nine live races scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Eastern time, shortly following the simulcast of the 147th Belmont Stakes.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...June 6, 2015...The Spanish-American Friendship Series continues Saturday night at Pompano Park with a trio of races featuring many of the best harness racing amateur drivers in South Florida stretching across the Atlantic Ocean to include some of the top amateau pilots from Spain. The three race extravaganza includes two trotting events along with a pacing event--something that may be seem a bit unique to the Spanish contingent since they only have trotters in Spain. Representing Spain are Jaume Bassa-Riera, Agustin Mascaro'-Pou, Miquel Vich-Capo and Bernardo Jaume-Cirer while the contingent from the U.S.A. includes Leon Cable, Luanna Beeson, Billy Muggleston, Dein Spriggs, Les Bloom, Joe Pennacchio, Jamie Marra, Ted Bowman and Steve Oldford. Riera came over to the States with solid credentials including 124 lifetime wins and a Spanish Breeders Crown championship. He took top honors just last Tuesday night in the Yonkers Raceway edition of the Spanish-American Friendship Series with Amalfi Coast, defeating fellow countrymen Cirer and Capo, among others, in the process. Cirer, with 25 lifetime wins before crossing the seas to America, added a win to his resume by scoring with Caviart Jett at Monticello Raceway the very next day over "stablemates" Riera, Pou and Capo. Pou, who has 28 career victories, ia a past winner of Spanish amateurs championship and serves as General Secretary of the European Amateur Drivers Federation. Capo, with 164 wins career-wise, has won three Spanish Amateur Championships and was also the 2012 European Amateur Champion. The American team of amateur drivers is comprised of members of Florida's Amateur Driving Club, an organization that has donated over $140,000 to worthy charitable organizations over the years due to their generosity of giving their driving fees to charity. Cable, no stranger to the sulky, comes into the action with 417 lifetime wins and has been 1-2-3 in over 50% of his 2,367 lifetime starts while Spriggs is just two wins away from 400 and "batting" .464 this season on the strength of a 14-5-4 scorecard in 39 starts. Muggleston, the former helicopter pilot of the great Herve Filion, has 89 lifetime wins and Oldford has recently climbed over the 100 win mark lifetime and sports a .325 average this semester. Pennacchio, who won his very first race at the famed Delaware, Ohio "Little Brown Jug" half mile oval, now sports 147 lifetime victories while Ted Bowman is enjoying another solid season in the bike batting .303 with his lifetime victory total now at 70. Jamie Marra, fresh off a 17 to 1 victory with his own Lukie Duke a week ago, now has 43 lifetime wins. Les Bloom, a recent addition to the F.A.D.C. has 45 lifetime victories while Luanna Beeson, representing the ladies, recently achieved her first two lifetime victories. Standardbred owner Peppy Greco has made beautiful ribbon momentos for the winning combatants during the competition while the winning "team" will own the rights to the magnificent trophy to be presented after the competition. Another highlight of the event will be a race call by Pompano Park Television Reporter Gigi Diaz, expected to call the action in the third race. Post time for the Saturday night card is 7:30 p.m. and also features a growing Super Hi-5 carryover of $4,134.22. John Berry

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