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On Tuesday at Axevalla, Sweden, the veteran classmaster Montgomery Hill (11g SJ’s Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) took the featured Ullbergs Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12.5kr for driver Magnus Jakobsson and trainer Flemming Jensen. This 3.3/1 second choice in the wagering defeated 2.7/1 favorite Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) handled by Christoffer Eriksson and 50/1 Britt Hudson (9f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) driven by Thomas Dalborg. On Monday at Halmstad SWE the Jerry Riordan trained, Mauro Prospero owned Sonny Bull (4m Uronometro-Miss Morique-Spotlite Lobell) took an event worth 30,000SEK to the winner over the 2140 meter autostart course. This 9.8/1 winner was handled by Peter Ingves. The 5/2 favorite Thaitec (5f Thai Tanic-Super Tec-Super Arnie) as second for Peter Untersteiner with 28/1 Morpheus (5g Rite On Line-Turninglow-Spotlite Lobell) home third for teamster Andre Eklundh. On Wednesday at Solvalla the 3/2 favorite and pacesetter Wingait CH (3g Bring Me Back-Wingait Inga-Juliano Star) took an event for three year-olds worth 60,000SEK to the winner over the 2140 meter autostart course accelerating to hold the lead to the line. Bjorn Goop teamed this one for trainer Stefan Persson and Stall Wingait HB. 7/1 Expensive River (3g Raja Mirchi-First Out-Lemon Dra) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reljo Liljendahl, an active US yearling buyer this week at Harrisburg. 5/1 Echauffour US (3m Donato Hanover-Bourbon Dream-Pearsall Hanover) closed well for third driven by Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

October 24, 2015 - The diminutive mare Delicious U.S. (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB- Lemon Dra) was a game winner Saturday at Jagersro, in the Gr. II International UET Masters Series C.L. Mullers Memorial, starting from post 12 for the harness racing teamster Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. The Stall Zet owned winner scored in 1.12.1kr over 2640 meters autostart to earn 500,000SEK first money. Delicious now has a slate of 18-9-7 in 43 career starts with five wins in eight 2015 appearances. Driver Kihlstrom took back initially and eventually raced seventh behind Backfire on the outer. Delicious made a three wide move to gain the death seat with about 1000 meters to go and rounding the final bend gained advantage from then leading pacesetter Dreams Take Time. She then held off fast finishing Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide)driven by Robert Bergh to score by a length with Obi Wan (9g Ganymede-Heeja Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) third and Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) holding fourth got Peter Untersteiner. Replay: Thomas H. Hicks

October 23, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.55 million) was the Grand Prix de la Toussaint – Tour European (purse €120,000, 2300 meters autostart, 16 entrants) at Mons Ghlin and it went to 9/2 odds Uppercut de Manche (7g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche) for reinsman Sebastien Ernault for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. Timed in 1.12.4kr the winner defeated 17/1 Sierra Leone (9f John Arifant-Unde d’Havetot) driven by J-Cl. Hallais for trainer J-W Hallais and J.Cl.R. Lucas, the owner by two lengths. 7.9/1 barefoot Solea Rivelliere (9f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) was third for trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard with 4.3/1 odds Ricimmer (10m Hermes du Buisson-Gyka de la Chaise) fourth for trainer/owner/driver Herve Soinneau. 64/1 outsider Paladin Bleu (12m Jag de Bellouet-Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fifth. Well regarded Roxana de Barbray was disqualified for a miscue and 1.4/1 favorite Roi du Lupin was eigth. While finishing third today, Solea Rivelliere won the title European Tour – French Trotteur. Replay: Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 3 Uppercut de Manche S. Ernault J.-Y. Rozé T. Raffegeau 2ème 16 Sierra Leone J.-C. Hallais Ecurie Jean-Cl.Hallais J.-W. Hallais 3ème 8 Soléa Rivellière P. Daugeard J.-C. Lucas P. Daugeard 4ème 2 Ricimer H. Sionneau Ecurie Sionneau Hervé H. Sionneau 5ème 12 Paladin Bleu M. Huygens Ecurie Alta Bleu L. Thieulent  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.550.000 € - Numéro plus : 2241     Ordre :       46.159,80€     Désordre :       495,60€     Bonus 4 :       22,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       11,10€     Bonus 3 :       7,40€                     The Prix Champagne Moet at Mons Ghlin drew 15 International starters for a purse of €12,000 over 2300 meters autostart. 1.1/1 odds favorite Bandit Hornline (5m San Pellegrino-Dash Girl-Giant Chill) took this victory for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Askbollen. Timed in 1.13.9kr the narrow winner defeated 2.9/1 Angelina BR (7f Angus Hall-Fiery Chip) for Rik Ebbinge and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 158/1 Camino EV (9g Halimede-Jerkine) was third for owner Stal de Groningers and trainer Henk A.J. Grift. Also at Mons-Ghlin today was the Grand Prix Paris-Turf Belgique (purse €48,000, 2850 meters autostart, 13 International starters) and the six length 1.15.2kr winner was 1.1/1 odds Naglo’ del Nord (8g Naglo-Entita’ del Nord) for teamster Nico d’Haenens, trainer Vincent Martens and owner HB Ecurie Derco. 13/1 Tino la Ravelle (8g Islero de Bellouet-Jirania la Ravelle) was second for Sebastien Ernault and trainer E-G Blot with third to 118/1 longshot Sole Mia (9g Halimede-Jerkine) driven by Geir Vergeerde, trainer Henk A.J. Grift and owner Stal de Groningers. This day in Sweden there were two interesting Solvalla winners. Rum Swizzle (3f Holiday Road-Southwind Caramel-Revenue) won at 22/1 odds for Per Lennartsson defeating Stefan Melander driving Tweet Hanover. The other winner that caught my attention was Britelite AM (4f Cash Hall-Intensite-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom at 5.2/1 with second to Ladyofthelike for Pierre Nystrom. This winner is trained by Roger Walmann for Stall Courant AB, and is a half-sister to Intense America. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 7 at Solvalla was an interesting harness racing card headlined by the sixth consecutive win by Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) reined by owner Stefan Melander clocked in 1.12.8kr over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for this Kat 2 victory and now has an 8-1-1 slate in 10 starts this year for 2,350,000SEK earned. The lifetime stats are 24-11-2 in 37 starts for 16,882,726SEK. Off at even money Nuncio gained the front in the first turn and led the rest of the journey to secure a three length victory. 28/1 Democrat (8g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Per Lennartsson and third went to 19/1 Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) with Wim Paal. On the Solvalla card was a prep for the October 18 Grand Prix de l’Uet and 1.8/1 Cash Gamble (4m Ready Cash-No Way Back-Viking Kronos) took home the 150,000SEK first money for Per Lennartsson. 5.4/1 Sorbet (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill) was second for Daniel Reden ahead of 3.5/1 From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) with Erik Adielsson aboard. The Breeders Crown for two year-olds (175,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) went to 23.7/1 outsider Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. 5.3/1 Rhyme Broline (2f Celebrity Secret-Candelin-Armbro Goal) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Svante Bath. Third was 17/1 Inga In Heaven (2f Orlando Vici-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Fredrik Wallin. Thomas H. Hicks  

Swedish trotter Daryl Boko could make his first public outing in New Zealand as soon as next week. West Melton harness racing trainer Tim Butt said the six-year-old Majestic Son trotter has continued to thrive in the last few weeks. Daryl Boko is on track for cup week but is still no certainty and Butt said while it would be great to see him racing in the big time so soon, the winner of nine races from 28 starts would not be rushed if he was not ready. "We'll just play if by ear and give him a couple of quiet trials and see how it goes," Butt said. "He'll tell us when he's ready, there's still a bit of fine tuning to go yet but the main things is to go to the trials and work out where we are and what we need to change." If Daryl Boko is ready to go for cup week, Butt said he would be leaning towards racing on only one of the two days. "I'm probably more inclined to go for the Dominion (Handicap) because it's a prestigious race, it's the bigger stake and I think he is a pretty good little stayer. "Generally the French and Swedish trotters are pretty good stayers because they are used to going quick the whole way, the run each half in a minute they don't loiter around, that's just their style of racing," Butt said. In the northern hemisphere Daryl Boko has won over a mile right through to 3100m. Daryl Boko arrived in New Zealand in early August and went straight into work at Butt's Premier Stables after coming out of quarantine. Butt said because the seasons are back to front for Daryl Boko, and it's been a strong relatively cold spring, he has started to develop his winter coat but overall he had acclimatised well. Daryl Boko's last race day start in Sweden was on July 2. Butt has experience with bringing in trotters from the Northern Hemisphere and that was paying dividends with the preparation of Daryl Boko. Scandinavian trotter Peak looked to be the future of Butt's already lengthy trotting legacy when he won his first two starts in the 2013 Group III Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile and the Group I NZ Trotting Free-For-All but picked up a suspensory ligament injury in the Dominion Handicap three days later that ended his racing carer. Peak began a successful stud carer but Butt and many of Peak's syndicate went looking for a replacement and found Daryl Boko. If Butt can bring out Daryl Boko's best form, it would be good enough to challenge the current crop of top liners. Meanwhile, Stent, Master Lavros, Habibti and Kincaslough have all been nominated to return to Addington this week for the Group III Canterbury Park Trotting Cup on Friday. Sheemon, who did not race last week and Alley Way, who has not raced since May, are also in the nominations. Harness jewels winner King Denny will trial at Addington on Tuesday. The Group II Canterbury Classic looks likely to be the strongest pacing field this season, with Smolda resuming to take on Christen Me plus Brilliant Strike, Te Kawau and Ideal Success in the nominations to join the crop that have already contested the Maurice Holmes Vase and Avon City Ford Cup. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with the permission of Stuff NZ   -   Check site here

September 27. 2015 - Today’s Gr. I National Swedish Kriterium (2SEK million to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to Readly Express (3m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) in 1.12.8kr by three-quarters of a length for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. The winner, second choice in the race wagering, recorded his fifth career win, with one second, in six starts as he defeated Pythagoras Face (3m Muscle Hill-Occitane-Hasting) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. Previously unbeaten favorite Mister JP (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) set the pace for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner J-P Barjon, before tiring off the last turn, and ending third. Cupido Sisu (3g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) was fourth with JohnnyTakter teaming. The winner closed stoutly off rated fractions (1.11.1kr after 500 meters; 1.13.7kr at the 1000; 1.14kr 1t 1500; 1.13.5kr at 2000 mark). The co-featured Swedish Oaks (1.4SEK million to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 33/1 outsider Spoil Me (3f Going Kronos-Mystic Ann-Kadabra) with Kenneth Haugstad aboard for trainer Walmann. Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini with third to stablemate Pasithea Face (3f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionant) with Adrian Koljini teaming. Fourth went to Facile Boko (3f Virgill Boko-Zacile Boko-Muscles Yankee). Favored Tunika was disqualified. Spoil Me was clocked in 1.11.5kr, 2:33 over the distance. An interesting undercard showcased wins by horses with US connections, breeding or otherwise: Raffinos (5f Chocolatier-Honeyed-Mack Lobell) in the Diamondstoet Final worth 200,000SEK to the winner Amity (3f Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) in the Oaks Consolation with 100,000SEK to winner Heaven’s Door (4f Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough-Conway Hall) won the four year-olds mares race to earn 50,000SEK Carmine AM (3m Muscle Hill-Attid VG-Spotlite Lobell) won a three year-old open event to earn 50,000SEK Oh Goodness (5f Chocolatier-Minnesota Carol-Garland Lobell) won 50,000SEK with a 1.14.4 victory over 2140 meters autostart in a four year-old conditioned event Faye Bros (3f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) took a three year-old conditioned event to earn 50,000SEK with Jorma Kontio up Global Revenge (4g Donato Hanover-Keystone Sunshine-Self Possessed) earned 100,000SEK with a Kat. I victory Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) earned 100,000SEK for a Kriterium Consolation win driven by Kenneth Haugstad for Roger Walmann. This one is a half-brother to Just Stunning by Muscle Hill. Britelite AM (4f Cash Hall-Intensite-Yankee Glide) won 50,000SEK for a conditioned win driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. This one is a half-sister to stakes winner Intense America Thomas H. Hicks

September 26, 2015 - The third and final session of the prestigious ASVT Kriterie Yearling Sale was completed this evening. 90 of 130 catalogued sold (69.2%) in the last session for an average of US$ 7,078. Eight head brought 150,000SEK or more led by the Ready Cash filly Bathilda Bagshot, hip 452. The total sale saw 335 horses sold from 482 catalogued (69.5%) with gross sales of 29,795,000SEK, an average of US$10,560. The sale leader was hip 8 Just Stunning, a filly by Muscle Hill-Illustre November, that brought US$78,369. For all sale results click on this link. All sale details can be viewed on this link. The full catalog can be viewed from this link. Kriterieauktion files Thomas H. Hicks

September 25, 2015 - The first two sessions of the Kriterie Yearling Sale in Sweden have been completed. A total of 482 yearlings were catalogued. The final session is Saturday. The initial session on Thursday was labeled a select session and its 122 catalogued yearlings resulted in 89 sold for an average in US dollars of $18,431. Trainer Roger Wallmann being the leading buyer and the top priced yearling sold was a Muscle Hill filly for $78,369, she from the Viking Kronos-Lovely Godiva mare Illustre November. Lovely Godiva was a winner of over $1.4 million and victorious in classic races from aged two through seven. At age seven she won the Prix de France and at age nine she was second in the Prix de Belgique, Prix de Paris and Prix d’Amerique. The second session on Friday showed 156 sold from 230 catalogued with an average in US dollars of $8,080.  The results sale to-date show an average of $11,840. For all sale results click on this link. All sale details can be viewed on this link. The full catalog can be viewed from this link. Kriterieauktion files Thomas H. Hicks

September 26, 2015 - Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) and harness racing trainer/driver Robert Bergh took today’s 2140 meter autostart Frances Bulwarks at Solvalla with 250,000SEK to the first place finisher. The winner, owned by Stall Lars Vegard, rallied stoutly to score clocked in 1.11.6kr over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) in rein to trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Ringostarr Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) hugged the pegs to land third for Wim Pall, trainer Holger Ehlert and Scuderia Scarton Stable. Beau Mec was fourth for trainer Bergh and teamster Torbjorn Jansson. Favorite Knows Nothing set the pace for Ulf Ohlsson before weakening in the last bend. Fractions were well rated (1.09.8kr after 500 meters; 1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 1500 and home in a quick 1.11.6kr). The scratch of the fast Delicious from the Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) left the door open for well-regarded winner Youana (6f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) that scored gate to wire clocked in 1.11.7kr for Erik Adielsson. Stall Fagerhult owns Youana. Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) ended second for trainer/driver/owner Stefan Melander with Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo). Co-favorite Eketorpets Tess made an early miscue for disqualification. The John Deere Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner) was also a solid event with this victory going to Ochongo Face (4g Kiss Francis-Jubel Kemp-Joie de Vie) handled by trainer Erik Lindegren. He was timed in 1.12.6kr to defeat Space Photo (7g Fast Photo-Lady Toscana-Peace On Earth) and Make It Quick (4g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK-Carmody Lobell). Serious Try, a recent winner of a Derby elimination, closed well for fourth from post 11. Thomas H. Hicks

September 21, 2015 - Today’s Stall Gelis-Hallards Mastarien at Halmstad SWE (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to veteran classmaster Montgomery Hill (11g SJ’s Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) clocked in 1.12.2kr for harness racing driver Flemming Jensen.  The winner recorded victory 34 in 91 starts, now for career earnings of 3,506,184SEK. Stelton (6g Dream Vacation-Nanvet;s Crown-Speedy Crown) was second for Jeppe Juel with Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos)( third for teamster Peter Untersteiner. I Won’t Dance (9g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory) finished fourth for Peter Ingves with fifth to Monster Drive (9m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Jan Henriksson. In France at Craon turf action was on stage in the Prix Henri Desmontils (€36,000, 3500 meters, 17 starters on grass). 9/2 odds Tagada Tagada (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) took victory for Mathieu Abrivard timed in 5:05.59 (1.26.7kr) over second finishing Triton de Corbery (8g Janko-Hermine du Genet) at 109/1 odds. Third went to 55/1 Sir Tely (9g Joe l’Amoroso-Neuville) with fourth to 2.4/1 favorite Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) driven by J-M Bazire. Also on the Craon card was the Prix Equidia Live (purse €22,000, 2750 meters, 13 turf starters) with victory earned by 10/1 Cup Of Smart (3f Ready Cash-My Cut) for Ecurie Smart and teamster J. Lebutreill. 6/1 Cristal de Vandel (3g Quaro-Kalmia de Vandel) was second for Alexandre Abrivard with third to 8/1 Cyrius du Lorault (3g Nil du Rib-Native du Lorault). Time was 1.28.8kr on the soft grass. At Avenches (Suisse) the Grand Prix Suisse (purse €20,815, 2350 meters autostart, 8 starters) went to 4/5 favorite Attenarco (5g Ready Cash-Mottmara) for driver He. Turrettini and Ecurie Turrettini. 3/1 Qudeko d’Ete (11g Off Guy-Vitesse) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Marc-Andre Bovay with 9/2 odds Tango du Martza (8g Jag de Bellouet-Aide du Martza) third for trainer/driver Renaud Pujol. Top flight SWE action takes place on Saturday September 26 led by the Frances Bulwarks (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and its solid field as shown below: Friction, Joh. Takter Ringostarr Treb, Wim Paal Knows Nothing, U. Ohlsson Beau Mec, T. Jansson Vasterbo Highflyer, D. Reden Lord Capar, Peter Karlsson Harry Haythrow, P. Untersteiner Arazi Boko, C. Eriksson Global Money, R. Bergh Democrat, P. Lennartsson The Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) for mares is also on tap with Delicious and Youana the likely favorites: Donna di Quattro, B. Goop Delicious, D. Reden Eketorpets Tess, J. Untersteiner Youana, E. Adielsson Talk The Talk, S. Melander Air Frame, P. Lennartsson Mousse, Joh. Takter Blue Martini As, K. Haugstad Fleetfoot Hanover, P. Untersteiner Curtsy Hanover, T. Jansson Solvalla Program 9-26-15: Thomas H. Hicks

September 19, 2015 - Daddy Wood (2m Ready Cash-Ushuaia Wood), the 3/5 favorite, took today’s Prix de Pionsat (purse €20,000, 2200 meters, 8 starters) at Vichy, driven by Gabriel Gelormini for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This winner recorded his second victory in as many appearances, clocked in 1.18.2kr. His dam, Ushusia Wood, is a daughter of Love You-Daisy Chain-Speedy Somolli. Daisy Chain is a great producing 1991 foal that has generated 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (US$1,208,145) and four more plus US$100,000 winners, Jackpot Dream, Nice Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Third dam Kravotte produced US$459,557 winner Rainbow Runner. Finishing second today was 5/2 odds Dis Papaoutai (2m Goetmals Wood-Quemilia Pierji) owned by J-P Barjon, trained by Sebastien Guarato and driven by H. Langlois. Third was 6/1 Dame Denferst (2f Quilon du Chatelet-Pin Up du Chariot). 1 6 DADDY WOOD G. Gelormini 1.6 1'18''2 2nd 5 DIS PAPAOUTAI H. LANGLOIS 3.5 1'18''2 3rd 8 DAME DENFERT C. PETREMENT 7 1'19''2 4th 7 OF DIVINE ECROVILLE A. LAMY 16 1'19''5 5th 4 DIA DE LA BOATERIE B. RUET 29 1'19''5 6th 3 DARLING OF Solnan S. PELTIER 29 1'21''0 7th 2 DIVA OF LOVE F. JAMARD 38 1'21''6 8th 1 DON JUAN GERSOIS G. VIDAL 68 1'24''1 Spot   Horse Jockey Odds Redkm Also on the Vichy card was the €44,000 purse Prix Uranie contested over 2850 meters by 11 European starters. 28/1 Vertige de Chenu (6g Lynx de Bellouet-Neige de Chenu) took victory for owner/trainer Franck Pellerot and driver P. Pellerot by four lengths clocked in 1.16.4kr. 7/1 Sem Jafat (7g SJ’s Photo-Persilja) was second for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Untersteiner Training AB. 45/1 Louisville As was third with fourth to SHT’s Playmate at 105/1 odds.Vertige de Chenu At Farjestad in Sweden today, the featured V75 Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. Thai Broadway was timed in 1.11.3kr to record his 18th career win in 55 starts for 4,192,395SEK earned. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for driver Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Jan Hellstadt with Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) home third for Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) resulted in victory for Lover Face (7g Love You-Ambra OK-Mr. Lavec) and driver Jorgen Sjunnesson. Lover Face was timed in 1.12.2kr for his 14th victory in 59 starts and earnings of 1,331,800SEK. The winner’s first dam is from T Ball by Super Bowl-Bedell, she dam of Donerail and Gramola. Nitalar Bra Latin (5g Kiss Francis-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was next for Stefan Soderkvist and trainer Petri Puro with third to Sir Ratzeputz (5m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) and Jorma Kontio. Ja El Tomcat (6m Chocolatier-Topcat Hall-Conway Hall) ended fourth with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Karoline Krogh-Hanssen. This one is a half-brother to 2015 US trotting star JL Cruze. Viva Lover Wins Quinte+ at Vincennes The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.45 million) Prix Cleomede (€44,000 purse, 2850 meters, 17 starters) was at Paris-Vincennes this day and the 1.13.4kr timed winner was Viva Lover (6f Look de Star-Kaline Cover). This 3.4/1 odds winner was teamed by Mathieu Mottier. 52/1 Tikva de Baylev (8f Sancho Panca-Jasmina du But) was second for J.G. Van Eeckhaute, ahead of 12.3/1 Ulula Bella (7f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) that Tony Le Beller aboard.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 15 Viva Lover M. Mottier Ecurie D.M.Mottier D. Mottier 2ème 4 Tikva de Beylev J.-G. Van Eeckhaute J.-P. Sauvage C. Dreux 3ème 13 Ulula Bella T. Le Beller Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 14 Victoire de Lèvres F. Nivard Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 5ème 17 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2151   Ordre :       17.904,00€   Désordre :       149,20€   Bonus 4 :       67,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ Friday’s Prix Bruma (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) went to the 1.14kr winner Ahrima Turgot (5f Prodigious-Night Turgot) driven by J-M Bazire at 3.4/1 odds. 51/1 Anza du Carbonel (5f Lontzac-Lea Girl) with trainer Franck Blandin aboard was second. 132/1 outsider Alesia Lado (5f Maitre d’Atout-Aspara) was third. At Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Aquitania (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 Dolce des Rioults (2f Jam Pridem-Judith des Rioults) reined by Joann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. She scored in 1.18.6kr. 7.6/1 odds Detoilesmie (3f Mage de la Merite-Netoilesmie) with Franck Nivard up finished second with third to 2.5/1 Deesse Port (2f Uniclove-Mania Port) driven by Cl. Duvaldstin. Thierry Duvaldestin is owner/trainer of Deesse Port. Friday’s feature at Lyon La Soie was the Prix Lugdunum (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that resulted in a 1.15.8kr victory for 2.2/1 Ustar de Vandel (7g Look de Star-Deila de Vandel), owned by Ecurie des Charmes and reined by trainer J-< Bazire. 2.7/1 Uno Prior (7g Ispalion Jarzeen-Laliga Prior) was second with 11/1 Ugo d’Urzy (7g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) home third. At Romme (SWE), Cool Keeper (5g Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and trainer/driver Leif Witasp took a 2140 meter autostart event worth 75,000SEK to the winner. Cool Keeper scored in 1.13.1kr for his 14th victory in 36 outings now for 2,21SEK million earned. Vasterbo Fantast (5m Pine Chip-Pacsia LB-Supergill) was second with Jilly W. Andersson up for trainer Svante Bath. US-bred Smilin Eli (5m Muscles Yankee-Gerry’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was third for driver/trainer Daniel Reden. Another contest at Romme was a 1640 meters autostart event also worth 75,000SEK to the winner. The 1.11.9kr victor was Democrat (8g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Supergill) driven by Ulf Ohlsson. This one vanquished Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Ballouet-Tantern Gull-Lindy Lane) reined by Erik Ludegren with third to Quick Master (11g Look de Star-Kadisha-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Claes Sjostrom driving. The race winner recorded career victory 20 in 93 starts for earnings of 2.06SEK million. Thomas H. Hicks

September 10, 2015 - Thursday’s top race in Europe was at Gavle SWE where the Fyraaringsstarman was conducted over 1640 meters autostart with 200,000SEK to the winner. This harness racing event for four year-olds went to Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with owner/trainer Stefan Melander driving. Clocked in 1.09.6kr, Nuncio won by three lengths to improve his 2015 slate to 7-1-1 in nine starts good for 2,310,000SEK earned. Lifetime he is 23-11-2 in 36 starts for 16,042,726SEK earned. The Jim Oscarsson trained, Per Linderoth driven Explosive de Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) was second ahead of King City (4m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for conditioner Roger Walmann. Also at Gavle the Tommy Astroms (75,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.5kr clocked EL Rocket (5m Credit Winner-Courtney Hall-Garland Lobell) with Kenneth Haugstad up for Roger Walmann trainer. The winner scored his first 2015 victory for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. Per Lennartsson teamed the Melander/Stall TZ trainee Wannacmyguns (5g Conway Hall-Distaff-Self Possessed) home second. The weekend promises to satisfy top trotting enthusiasts. On Saturday September 12 at Paris-Vincennes will be held the €240,000 purse Prix de L’Etoile over 2200 meters. 14 three through five year-olds will be at the start led by Captain Crazy teamed by Tony Le Beller for Fabrice Souloy trainer and Cristal Money with Franck Nivard driving for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. The €240,000 purse Prix de Normandie will also be an interesting contest with 15 monte players traveling 3000 meters. The probable leaders in this field are Alexia with Eric Raffin up for Philippe Moulin, Andalouse with Anthony Barrier in the irons, Ariane du Goutier and jockey Mathieu Mottier and Attentionally with David Thomain up. Veteran monte starts will contest the Prix Georges Dreux (purse €105,000, Gr. III International, 2850 meters, 11 starters). This group is led by Torre Crepin, Scarlet Turgot, and Nene’Degli Ulivi. Sunday September 13 shows Mons Ghlin hosting the €504,000 purse UET Master Series Final over 2300 meters autostart. This 13 horse field lines up, with drivers, as follows: Oasis Bi (Claus Svensson) Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) BBS Sugarlight (Peter Untersteiner) Timoko (Bjorn Goop) Vincennes (Orjan Kihlstrom) On Track Piraten (Erik Adielsson) El Mago Pellini (Adrian Kolgjini) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Creatine (Johnny Takter) Pascia’Lest (Roberto Andreghetti) Papagayo E (Eric Raffin) Rue du Bac (Franck Nivard) Deuxieme Picsous (Jos. Verbeeck) Thomas H. Hicks

September 6, 2015 - Conlight As (4m Conway Hall-Delight As-Strking Sahbra) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath won today’s Gr. I National Krafft Swedish Trotting Derby (2SEK million to winner(US$236,000), 2640 meters autostart) timed in 1.13.6kr.  The winner recorded his sixth career victory in 16 starts, now for 2,783,100SEK earned, for owners Olof Brodin AB and Snogarps Gard AB. Conlight As got into the contest after 2000 meters and closed stoutly to win. Vasterbo Éclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Joakim Lovgren and Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer) closed for third handled by Johnny Takter. From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) held gamely for fourth driven by Torbjorn Jansson, after racing in the death seat for much of contest. Serious Try was the early leader for Henrik Svensson and landed in the pocket before going inside pylons in late stretch and making a disqualifying miscue. The race fractions were as follows (1.09.5kr after 500 meters; 1.12.9kr after 1000; 1.13.8kr after 1500 and 1.14.2kr at the 2000 meter mark). Conlight As The Gr. I National Krafft Mares Swedish Derby (1SEK million to the winner (US$118,000), 2140 meters autostart) was taken by Evin Boko (4f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos. She was clocked in 1.13.1kr after making a three wide sweep after the 1500 meter mark to gain advantage from early leader Evelina Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Harmony Heart-Mack Lobell) that held for third driven by Erik Adielsson. Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) closed for second driven by Stefan Soderkvist with Olympia Gold and Nancy America (4f Revenue-Camargue-Supergill) were home fourth and fifth. The winner secured her sixth career victory in 13 starts and fourth win in six 2015 appearances. The winner’s second dam is Desooner Dabetter (Meadow Road-Armbro Brilliance), the family of Armbro Regina and Armbro Flight, and dam of Big Blue Kitten by Pine Chip, she the dam of Yarrah Boko 1:52.1 ($1,408,457) and Zola Boko 1:55.1 ($245,826). Stall BSM owns Evin Boko. Earlier in the card the Ahlsell Derby Classic (75,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) garnered much attention as the teamsters were former Swedish Derby winning drivers. Scellino Luis scored in this one timed in 1.13kr for Erik Adielsson, and trainer Stig H, Johansson, by a length over good finishing Lohman driven by Anders Lindqvist for trainer Robert Bergh. Steen Juul piloted T.Rx D.K. to third ahead of Spirit Real and driver Geir Vegard Gundersen for trainer Jerry Riordan. Thomas H. Hicks

September 5, 2015 - Bjorn Goop’s trainee Mister J.P. (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) won today’s Jagersros Stora Trearingspris 2015 (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) recording victory eight in as many career starts, clocked in 1.14.1kr in this gate to wire effort with Goop driving. Owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon and Joel Seche, the winner now has career earnings of 2,125,000SEK. R.G.’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The World-Windsong’s Legacy) was second with Johnny Takter aboard for trainer Frode Hamre, with third going to the Peter Untersteiner trained and driven Canappealformore (3g Cantab Hall-Appeal To Reason-Pine Chip). On the Saturday card, over a rain soaked racetrack, was the Birger Bengtssons V75 Gold Division (150,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the wire to wire winner was Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) for Christoffer Eriksson, timed in a quick 1.11kr. Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson with third to veteran Harry Haythrow (9g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) with Johan Untersteiner driving. Rod Stewart (5m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) finished fourth with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Jerry Riordan.  The race winner now has career earnings of 2,284,200SEK. His dam Laura Kemp was second in the SWE Breeders Crown and second dam Keystone Sheena is a Speedy Crown-Keystone Sister daughter, the latter an excellent US Grand Circuit performer at ages two and three. Thomas H. Hicks

Sweden - Robert Bergh’s trainee Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) took today’s Malabar Circle (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) at Bergsaker for driver Torbjorn Jansson and owner Stall Sedin, clocked in 1.11.5kr. Ed You recorded victory 26 in 68 career starts for almost 6SEK million earned. The length winner defeated Shaq Is Back (8m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream) with Daniel Reden aboard. Amaru Boko (8m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide) finished third for Robert Bergh. Smilin Eli ended fourth and Johnny B Kemp sixth in the beaten field. At Amiens in the Prix Fleurs des Pres (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 10 starters), the 2/5 favorite Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou) recorded his ninth straight victory and 10th in last 11 outings for driver Pierre Vercruysse. J.G.H. De Jong owns the winner that A. Posthumus trains and Ecurie D bred. Clocked in 1.15.5kr Violet now has 15 wins in 25 career starts for €162,820 earned. 15/1 Voltorb d’Oliverie was second with 18/1 Vicky du Bocage third. The winner’s dam has also produced Si Seulement 1:58.1 ($160,876), Red Girl 1:58.4 ($132,830) and To America 2:00.3v ($60,247). Second dam Auburn produced Out 1:58.3 ($223,355). A productive family! At Cabourg the day’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.15 million) was the Prix des Escallonias (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 16 entrants) and the 5/2 shot Archibald (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Lahore) took victory for Thomas Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Timed in 1.15.3kr Archibald defeated Anry de L’éclair and driver Tony LeBeller before a good evening audience.Archibald Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 4 Archibald T. Levesque Ecurie Pierre Levesque M. Lenders 2ème 6 Anry de l'Éclair T. Le Beller Ecurie Eclair N. Catherine 3ème 10 Voilà Péo F. Boudet M. Lecourt M. Lecourt 4ème 1 Volinko F. Lecanu Ecurie Danover S. Provoost 5ème 12 Ustou J.-P. Thomain R.-F. Dubois J.-P. Thomain    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.150.000 € - Numéro plus : 2742       Ordre :       2.010,00€       Désordre :       40,20€       Bonus 4 :       7,80€       Bonus 4sur5 :       3,90€       Bonus 3 :       2,60€                       Also at Cabourg the monte Prix Montbretias (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) went to the 1.14.1kr clocked, 5.9/1 odds, Theo de Gisse (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Flicka d’Anjou) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois in defeat of 1.1/1 favorite Ulhor du Beziau (7m Orsy Dream-Jipsie du Beziau) with David Thomain in the irons. 17/1 Utwo En Live was third. Two divisions of the Prix des Sunpatiens (purse €21,000, 2850 meters) took place for lightly raced three year-olds. The A Division went to 1.1/1 favorite Casualty Of Love (3f Goetmals Wood-Ma Crown) for reinsman Tony Le Beller and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini clocked in 1.18kr. The B Division went to 2.7/1 City Life (3f Let’s Go Along-Life Is Good) with Etienne Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin timed in 1.17.5kr Tomorrow, top flight action occurs at Paris-Vincennes and Bergsaker. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

August 25, 2015 - At Jagersro SWE this evening was held Krafft Derby tests for females and males, four year-olds. Five mares divisions were contested over 2140 meters autostart each for 100,000SEK first money. The winners of the mares events were: Evelina Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Harmony Heart-Mack Lobell), 1.13kr, Erik Adielsson up Evin Boko (4f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell), 1.13.4kr, Jorma Kontio driving Empress Brodda (4f Viking Kronos-Elma Gold-Good As Gold), 1.13.8kr, Christoffer Eriicksson Olympia Gold (4f Olimede-Shella Gold-Good As Gold), 1.12.9kr, Per Linderoth driving Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra), 1.13.6kr, Stefan Soderkvist There were six divisions for the males, each going for 200,000SEK first money over the 2640 meters autostart course. The winners were as follows, four being largely US pedigrees: From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), 1.14.1kr, driver Johnny Takter Serious Try (4g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide), 1.13.6kr, Henrik Svensson up Vasterbo Éclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell), 1.13.9kr, Joakim Lovgren Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer), 1.14.1kr, Johnny Takter aboard Carabinieri (4m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline), 1.13.3kr, Peter Untersteiner Conlight As (4m Conway Hall-Delight As-Striking Sahbra), 1.13.2kr, Erik Adielsson On August 25 at Cabourg the Prix des Nerines (purse €13,000, 2050 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to the 1.17.3kr winner Daddy Wood (2m Ready Cash-Ushuaia Wood) for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Gabriel Gelormini. The winner was the 3/5 favorite. 9.3/1 Digne Et Droit (2m The Best Badrik-Plenty Pocket) for owner/trainer/driver  Joel Van Eeckhaute was second ahead of 33/1 Dragon Darche (2mRomero du Houlme-Topazedarche) for Sebastien Hardy and trainer A-P Schmitt. Thomas H. Hicks

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