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It didn't take long for the visiting Spaniards to break out to a substantial lead in the Spanish & American Friendship Harness Racing Competition. At Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (June 2) in the first of the three-leg amateur driving contest, the Spanish invaders finished one -two -three and opened up a big point lead, 29-13. The star of the day was Jaume Riera after he guided Amalfi Coast to a solid one length victory over Movement, driven by fellow countryman Bernado Cirer. And to push the NAADA team farther in the dust, yet another Spaniard, Miquel Capo, garnered the show dough with Sweet Ben. The best placing by an American team member was a fourth place finish by Dave Offenberg. He cut the early fractions with Whatnblazes but the trotter got leg weary in the lane and finished five lengths behind the winner. After his victory a jubilant Jaume Riera was hard to contain. "Yonkers is a place I have been before and a track I occasionally wager on through the simulcasting to France and now I come here and I am so happy I have won my first race in America," he said joyfully. "Jason Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers, presented me with the trophy and it was all a big thrill for me. Also it was my third win in my last four starts but by far the biggest. By the way, two of my countrymen finished right behind me so it was a great day for team Espangna." Riera has been following the Yonkers races from his homeland via the international simulcasts to France which are also offered to many other European countries including Mallorca and the Basque Region of Spain. "It was great to meet some of the other drivers, George Brennan, Brian Sears, Mark MacDonald, Daniel Dube and Pat Lachance, just some of the great horsemen I watch from home," Riera added. "Everyone took the time to make us feel very welcome and helped us to know everything about the horses we were going to drive." The race winner, Amalfi Coast, is owned by JMF Racing and trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. He paid $10.40 for win. On Wednesday the competition moves on to Monticello Raceway where the participants will drive in races three and five on the 11-race card. There the same visiting Spaniards will drive against a different team of NAADA amateurs. NAADA president Joe Faraldo drove for USA team at Yonkers on Tuesday and after the drubbing they took he was asked if the Americans still have a chance in the Friendship Competition. He didn't hesitate a moment and blurted, "Of course we do, they don't pay off at the half." By John Manzi for NAADA

Right on the heels of having hosted a group of amateur drivers from France the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) is readying for a contingent ofharness racing  amateur drivers from Spain on Sunday, May 31. According to NAADA president Joe Faraldo the team of Spaniards which they will be hosting are from Mallorca and many are world class amateur drivers. And even before the Spaniards have arrived they have plans to return the favor and entertain a group from NAADA in late September. "We have planned the races in Mallorca in September the weekend of 26 & 27" noted Augustin Mascaro-Pou, one of the amateurs who'll be driving in the Friendship Competition. "Sept 26 we will have races in the small track of Manacor and Sept. 27 in Son Pardo where also will be the biggest international race that we have in Spain where will come eight top trotters from France, which is part of the European Tour of French trotters." Although NAADA will field different teams at each venue the Spanish team slated to be making the trip to America for this International Friendship Competition include the following drivers: Jaume Bassa-Riera -- - Partner in Sport Trot company of horse products - Winner of the Spanish Breeders Crown; Represented Spain in 2001 in European Apprentices Championship Augustin Mascaro-Pou.---. Police Officer. General Secretary of European Amateur Drivers Federation (FEGAT). Winner of Spanish Amateur Championship in 2006 and Spanish reprresentative in 2007 European amateur championship. Miquel Vich-Capo-- Breeder and Livestock dealer. Winner of Spanish Amateur championship in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Spanish Amateur Champion in 2012 .. Spanish rep in World Amateur Cup in 2014. Bernardo Jaume-Cirer--A partner in kitchen manufacturer's company and winner of many races on the European continent. At least one of the Spanish competitors is fairly well known by NAADA's Joe Faraldo. "I have raced with Jaume (Bassa-Riera) in Taranto, Italy several times and finished behind him every time. Maybe this time an American team can turn the tables on my good friend," Faraldo said. "Jaume has gone to the World Cup events more than anyone else appearing as far away from home as New Zealand. He was also the translator for the exceptional Spanish reinsman who competed in the World Cup for Professional Drivers which concluded at Yonkers Raceway where the Spanish guy finished third to Jodie Jameson and Corey Callahan." The Spanish contingent is expected to arrive at JFK International Airport on May 31. After a day of touring New York City and enjoying outstanding sights and excellent cuisine the driving competition will begin Tuesday, June 2 at Yonkers Raceway. On Wednesday (June 3) the competition moves to Monticello Raceway and after the races the group will head to Goshen for a tour of the Hall of Fame and Historic Track. An entertaining trip on the World Yacht with dinner and dancing will take place on Thursday. Then Friday (June5) after a tour of the Mark Ford Farm in Goshen the contingent will be off to Tioga Downs for a race there. On Saturday (June 6) a 6am departure from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY will get the Spaniards to south Florida where they will drive in the two races at Pompano Park that evening. The following day the Spanish contingent will head back home to Mallorca. John Manzi for NAADA

February 12, 2015 - Trebol (8m Hot Blues - Sally Can Wait) rallied for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou to secure the Prix de Chateaurenard (€75,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €2.1 million) clocked in 1.11.8kr with an excellent last 500 meters (fractions: 1.06.7kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.12.6kr at 500). The Spanish invader, that usually races well at the winter meet, is owned by Olivia Crespi-Perez and was off today at 5.3/1. Pacesetter (at 59/1) Tabrize de Gete (8m Ganymede - Kabrizia du Gete) held second for driver David Thomain with Sweden’s 9/10 favorite Traveling Man (10m Supergill - Kimberly Lobell) third for Bjorn Goop. Italy’s Orione Degi Dei (7g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) was fourth at 12/1 for Franck Nivard.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 2.100.000 € - Numéro plus : 0176   Ordre :       22.128,00€   Désordre :       184,40€   Bonus 4 :       21,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,90€   Bonus 3 :       4,60€ Favorite Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle - Ires), off at 9/10 with Franck Nivard up, took the Prix de Nevers (€110,000, Gr. III, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) in 1.14.2kr with the quick last 500 meters (fractions: 1.18kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.15.2kr at 500). Franck Leblanc trains and owns the rugged mare now with nine career victories and earnings of €464,300. Anette de Mirel (5f Laetender Diem - Lisa du Mirel) was second at 50/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner/breeder Anette Holmgren. The top finishers both overcame 25 meter handicaps. Va Tres Bien (6g Nez Perce - Giboulee de Mars) was third for Pierre Vercruysse at 16/1. Noel Busset trains this one. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sMz3QgLrgs The Gr. II Prix Edouard Marcillac (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte, males, 9 starters) went to fast-finishing Carlos des Caux (3m Mien - Star Dodienville) with Mathieu Abrivard up at 2.7/1. Jacques Bruneau trains the four length winner that was timed in 1.15.1kr. Chalimar de Guez (3m Nahar de Beval - Phebe du Guez) was second for Damien Bonne and trainer J-M Bazire with third to Cash Phil (3m Ready Cash - Orelic Phil) with Joann Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. The Gr. II Prix Holly du Locton (€120,000, monte, 11 starters, 2175 meters) ended in an easy victory,clocked in 1.15.2kr, for 3/2 favorite Ciperla Mag (3f Quaker Jet - Perle du Revary) handled by Mathieu Mottier for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. 15/1 Corsica (3f Coktail Jet - Jarifante) was second for Anne Barthelemy and trainer Guillaume Moinon, ahead of Carina de Gueron (3f Paisy Dream - Narbonne) with jockey Antoine Lherete for trainer Franck Anne at 55/1. Earlier in the solid card, the Prix de Mancenat (€48,000 purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters) went to 20/1 Avatar Bataille (5m Gazouillis - Quinzeline) with trainer/owner/driver Philippe Ternisien. He scored in 1.12.1kr off quick fractions (1.09.8kr at 1500; 1.10.1kr at 1000; 1.11.5kr at 500), defeating 9/10 favorite Attacus (5g Hand du Vivier - Nelocata) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Artiste du Lys (5g Oiseau de Feux - Jaquissime) and teamster William Bigeon at 7/1 for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Peace Corps 3,1:52.4 ($4,137,737), the five-time (1988-1992) divisional trotting champion, died in Mallorca, Spain, in November 2012 at the age of 26, it was learned today from her harness racing owner, John Bootsman.

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