Veteran Rire Mutin took today’s Gr. III Prix de Joinville le Pont, the 80,000€ 2925 meter European event at Cagnes sur mer. Edouard Coubard-Meunier reined and trains the winner of 481,800€ who recorded his 16th career win. The 25/1 longshot scored over favorite Talicia Bella driven by Anthony Barrier for Ecurie J-P Marmion. February 21, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Joinville le Pont, 80,000€, Gr. III European, 12 starters, 2925 meters, 12 starters 1.14.3kr Rire Mutin (9g Bijou du Bignon-Miss Mutine-Sancho Panca), Edouard Coubard-Meunier driver/trainer, 25/1, his 16th win for 481,800€ Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella-Vivier de Montfort), Anthony Barrier for Jean-Paul Marmion, 1.8/1 favorite Quentin Rose (10g Carpe Diem-Gigi Rose-Podosis), Rik Depuydt, 7.3/1 The Quinte+ race of the day went to 16/1 Ugolinviel with teamster Damien Bonne. This pair took the 46,000€ Prix de Saint Pierre Le Cour in 1.14kr to defeat 25/1 outsider Uniave Eren and Pierre Vercruysse. 45,744€ went to holders of exact order 2€ tickets (excluding the jackpot that reached 4.65€ million. February 21, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Saint Pierre Le Cour 46,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ 4.65€ million jackpot 1.14kr Ugolinviel (6m Olitro-Ingoaville-Mon Tourbillon), Damien Bonne for Francois Giard and Ecurie Jean-Pierre Viel, his third career win for 115,290€, 16/1 odds Uniave Eren (6g Nil du Rich-Melianthe Erem-Dream of Gold), Pierre Vercruysse up, 25/1 odds Unix des Furges (6g Nuage de Lait-Ottawa d’Orgeres-Gabor Star), Eric Raffin up at 1.8/1 Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.650.000 € - Numéro plus : 0851 Ordre : 45.744,00€ Désordre : 381,20€ Bonus 4 : 30,80€ Bonus 4sur5 : 14,40€ Bonus 3 : 9,60€ Also on the Enghien card was the Prix de Montsalvy for three year-old females and Ready Cash offspring ended 1-3 with the win going to favorite Bety du Goutier and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. She took winners’ share of the 38,000€ purse. She’s from a Love You dam, as is third place finisher Bliss Nevele that Philippe Allaire trains. Another nice filly, Babylone Seven, was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. February 21, 2014, Enghien, Prix de Montsalvy, 38,000€, 2875 meters, females 1.18.4kr Bety du Goutier (3f Ready Cash-Quety du Goutier-Love You), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer, owner Ecurie Saint-Martin, 1.6/1 odds, her second win for 40,200€, form 1-1-2 in last three starts Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala-Hermes du Baisson), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4/1 Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Rualts up for Philippe Allaire, 3.3/1 odds Remember Sunday’s Gr. I classic Grand Prix de Paris, in which 15 top trotters will battle over 4150 meters for the 400,000€ purse. The lineup, with listed drivers, is shown below: Titi Quick (A. Abrivard) Taormin d’Em (T. Le Beller) Son Eleazan (D. Locqueneux) Utoky (Y. Lebourgeois) Solei du Fossè (M. Abrivard) Uhlan du Val (C. Megissier) Santa Rosa France (W. Bigeon) Roxana de Barbray (D. Thomain) Severino (D. Bonne) Quinoa du Gers (F. Nivard) Up And Quick (J.M. Bazire) Tiego d’Etang (Ch. Bigeon) Yarrah Boko (P. Vercruysse) Royal Dream (J. Ph. Dubois) Roxane Griff (E. Raffin) Thomas H. Hicks
This weekends three series finales at Cal Expo honor the memory and contributions of Alan Kirschenbaum, Richard Staley and Marvin Shapiro. The Alan Kirschenbaum Series is named for the longtime owner and breeder and past president of the California Harness Horsemens Association, who died in October 2012. Kirschenbaum was a major factor in California as an owner, breeder and amateur driver for many years. With his stallions Little Steven and British Sterling standing at Cherry Tree Farm in Wilton, he helped support the industry in California. In the past, he had even waived his stallion fees to help the California horsemen breed their mares to help the horse population survive in the Golden State. He was also a huge supporter of the California Sire Stakes and amateur races. Richard Staley, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 66, was one of the top owners to ever campaign trotters and pacers in California. He was involved in the sport for more than 25 years and during that entire period had only one trainer, Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman. Over the years Staley and Ackerman would regularly go to the major sales to select and purchase the regally-bred years that became the bulwark of the Staley Stable and provided California harness racing with many of his classiest performers. Marvin Shapiro was the son of L.K. Shapiro, who owned the Hall of Fame thoroughbred and California-bred champion Native Diver. He was the president of Western Harness Racing Inc. in the 1960s and spearheaded legislation that sanctioned night racing in California. He died in 2003 at the age of 83. Marvin Shapiro Finale, Open Pace in spotlight A contentious $7,350 finale of the Marvin Shapiro Pacing Series and an Open Pace headed by One And Only are the main events on Saturday nights Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo. Itsabouttonight and Plum Crazy Baby captured the two divisions of the first leg of the Shapiro, while last week saw one division and it was Majestic Lass who come rolling late to post a $47 upset. An 8-year-old daughter of Art Major, Majestic Lass is owned by Kimberly Andres, is conditioned by Salvador Wenceslao and will have Mooney Svendsen in the sulky. No threat in the first leg of the Shapiro, she came back last week to be up by a head over another longshot in Pips Jenny G., with the $1 exacta returning a cool $515 in that affair. Itsabouttonight will represent owner/trainer Gretchen Smith with Tim Maier at the helm. The Illinois-bred mare dominated her division of the opening leg over a sloppy track, then was a close third last weekend after opening up a large lead at the head of the stretch that evening. Plum Crazy Baby is a 6-year-old Relentless Yankee mare who carries the banner of Derick Takahashi with Dario Solares training and Dave Siegel doing the honors. She was a very convincing victress in the first leg, then was first over in her most recent appearance and had to settle for the fourth as the 8-5 favorite behind Majestic Lass. Completing the field are Red Star Gilda with Williams Hernandez; No Mo Parking for Mike Jarvis; Curvacious with Luke Plano in the sulky; Pips Jeeny G, Patrick Galbraith; and Little Schoolgirl, who leaves from the outside slot with James Kennedy at the helm. One And Only gets top billing in the Open Pace for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco and driver Luke Plano. The son of Bettors Delight rattled off five straight wins between December 21 and February 1 before having the streak broken at most recent asking after doing his work from the demanding No. 10 post position. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness
With the Swedish invasion and the strangest Prix des Centaures on record (only three completing the journey) putting paid to our French picks last week didn’t have much for us to write home about. Only the magnificent Amaru Boko at prohibitive odds got us any money back with our single picks. We had a lot of close seconds in our V75 which on another day would have given us five or six picks, but that is the breaks. There is another jackpot this weekend, so it is well worth perservering. It is a light week in France with a big one coming up, so we have just gone with the Swedish picks this weekend. Good luck. V75-1 Mares Elite 2140m: Canaka BF (6) can be forgiven her last start after a shoeing change interrupted a superb string of form. Miss Sue V (2) has a great draw and ability while Photo Princess (7) looks like a threat as well. Selection 6-2-7 V75-2 Klass I 1640m: Global Navigator (9) won the mare’s V75 race last start and has won two of her four wins at this distance. B.B.S Sugarlight (5) should be included as an alternate. Selection 9 (5) V75-3 Gold division 1640m: Baht Launcher (6) was never going to catch Amaru Boko last Saturday but raced well nonetheless and is in top form. With the brilliant Bjorn Goop in the bike and from this draw look like an anchor for mine. Selection 6 V75-4 Klass II 2640m: French stallion Kool du Caux has only a handful of foals in Sweden, one of which is Swedish Champion On Track Piraten. A 5YO daughter of the French stallion, On Track Piraya (4) is lightly raced, with a big break between three wins in a row as a 3YO and her resumption in January with a third and a win last start. Looks talented and again with master reinsman Bjorn Goop, and a good draw looks a good chance here. Selection 4 V75-5 Mares Race 2140m: Bear Glide (6), Lucky Angel Face (13), Fruitcake (14) and Bedas Chip (9) should be included in selections here . Selections 6-13-14-9 V75-6 Bronze Division 1640m: In form Red Adair Superb (6) and the talented Highspeed Call (4) with his gate speed look the two to fight this one out. Red Adair Superb slightly first choice, but it will pay to box them. Selection 6 (4) V75-7 Silver Division 2140m: This one has many chances so it pays to go wide with Claes Boko (10), Abborren (5), Gigantic Slugger (6), Famous Dream (11) and Megamuscle (1) Selection 10-5-6-11-1 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Axevalla. Axevalla SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Canaka BF (6) Race 6 Global Navigator (9) Race 7 Baht Launcher (6) Race 8 On Track Piraya (4) Race 9 Bear Glide (6), Race 10 Red Adair Superb (6) Race 11 Claes Boko (10).
Pastor Stephen, the full-brother to O'Brien Award finalist Father Patrick and the highest priced yearling of 2013, Custom Fit, has been retired to stud duty. After winning the Dan Patch Award in the U.S. as top two-year-old trotting colt of 2010, the son of Cantab Hall - Gala Dream had a disappointing sophomore campaign spattered with signs of brilliance. His last race at three came in his elimination of the 2011 Canadian Trotting Classic after winning his Simcoe division the week before in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Pastor Stephen was diagnosed with a broken coffin bone and shut down for the season, with his future as a racehorse in question. He was sold to Swedish interests and his new owners attempted a comeback with him at age five but the stallion could only muster a second-placed finish from two starts. His owners, Sweden's Stall Zet, have stated that the demand for breeding to Pastor Stephen in Sweden is so great that they've decided to shut him down. That demand was surely heightened by the success of his brother, Father Patrick. Trained by Jimmy Takter -- as was Pastor Stephen -- Father Patrick reeled off nine straight wins in 2013 to end the season with 10 wins from 11 starts, losing only once by the margin of a head and establishing himself as the fastest two-year-old colt trotter in harness racing history by virtue of his 1:52.1 win in his Breeders Crown elimination. Impressed enough by his two full-brothers, Takter shelled out $475,000 for Cantab Hall yearling Custom Fit at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. That final bid was the highest amount paid for a Standardbred yearling in North America for 2013. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
The Prix Jean Le Gonidec, an international group two sprint race for 5YOs begins a big week of racing at Vincennes with no less than five group races spread over three days of action as the Winter Meeting heads into its final three weeks. Former Italian Derby winner Pascia'Lest heads an international contingent of two Italians and a Swede who will take on the cream of the French V-crop in this 120,000 euro race over 2175m on the grand piste. Varenne, the Italian superstar who was the last horse from Italy to win the Prix d'Amerique, is the sire of both the Italian entrants, Pascia'Lest and Princess Grif and both are trained in France, the former by Ready Cash's trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and the latter by Fabrice Souloy, who has a large international clientele in his superb facilities at Haras de Ginai. Pascia'Lest Italian career included wins in the Group one GP Allevatori, GP Giovanardi, GP Nazionale alongside the Derby and a clutch of group twos including the Fyraaringseliten for 4YOs at Solvalla. But the racing in Vincennes is much tougher, and though he finished third in the Prix Marcel Laurent to Victoire in February, he finished down the track in the Prix du Bourbonnais against the elite older horses and then could only manage seventh against his age-group in the Criterium Continental, won again by Victoire. Princess Grif is a dual group one winner in Italy, with wins in the Prix de Milan and GP d'Europa and she also ran a brave third in Save The Quick's world record setting European Championship for Mares last year. Encouragingly she was fifth last start against most of this field in the Prix de Croix at Vincennes. Sixth in that race was the Swedish horse System Performance, a mare by former-Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight who is trained by one of Sweden's top trainers Stefan Melander. System Performance was an outstanding 3YO in Sweden, winning the prestigious E3 Langa over a similar distance at Eskilstuna, and was runner-up in the sprint equivalent on the way to a record of six wins and two placings in her first nine starts. She has had only one win in 19 starts since although she has regularly placed and her sixth placing was her best in three starts in during the Winter Meeting. Criterium Continental winner Victoire will be a short odds favourite for this race. Danielle Mottier's daughter of Kitko has won three of four big races this Meeting, her only failure being when she galloped while taking on the older horses in the Prix de Belgique. She will face stiff competition from the two who crossed the line with her in the Criterium Continental, Louis Baudron's son of Love You, Village Mystic, a group one winner and very consistent performer and, one of the generation's big improvers Viking de Val. Eric Lambertz' son of Baccarat du Pont has only recently made group company, and has recorded a sixth, third and second in his three Winter Meeting starts. Also in the field is the once dominant force of this generation, Franck Anne's Vanika du Ruel, a four-time group one winner. She raced without success in the Prix d'Amerique and will appreciate the return to age group company after racing against the world's elite in all the B races and the PDA. But realistically, she has struggled here too, with a second placing in the Prix de Wazieres in April last year, her best effort in 12 months - and she hasn't won since December 2012. PRIX JEAN LE GONIDEC Vincennes 06/02/14 Group II Euro 2175m 5YOs 120 000 euros 1 Vicomte Boufarcaux (5h Oh James - Olympe du Boufard) Dr: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Michael Jean Ruault 2 System Performance (5m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 3 Voyage de Reve (5h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Volcan d'Urzy (5h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 6 Vaux le Vicomte (5h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 7 Vive Daidou (5m Ouragan de Celland - Orange Douce) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Princess Grif (5m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 9 Vigove (5h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 10 Vipsie Griff (5m Gros Grain - Ojipsie Griff) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 11 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 12 Victoire (5m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 13 Pascia' Lest (5h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 14 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne by David Sanders for Harnesslink..com
Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
Maharajah 4th after 1st over bid
We got four out of seven last week, which was close to a V75 dividend, and at this time of year, it is a pretty good picking result - if not an earner. We only got two of our win picks in for a loss of $3.20 on a $14 spend, and we did no better in France where Aladin d'Ecajuel galloped and Valse Castelets was out of the money in fourth. However if you'd taken a place bet on Vaillant Cash as we suggested you'd have covered your bets, although he is starting to come into favour in France. This week the racing really hots up in Vincennes and we have handicapped four Saturday races to go along with the usual V75 picks. Good luck! Solvalla V75-1 Silver division 2140m: Chapeau (4) had a win in court this week, when he was awarded the 2012 German Derby after initially being disqualified, and should also hand his connections a win on the track in the first leg of the V75. By Air (3) is also in very good form and should be an alternate. Selection 4 (3) V75-2 Fiona Sans Lopp 2140m: Orbackens Cruella (4) has won four Swedish races in a row, her fourth was in Finland two races back. She should get to the front from the gate and dominate. Selection 4 V75-3 Gold division 2140m: Maharajah (8) is peaking for the Prix d'Amerique and should handle this, despite the class of opponents such as On Track Piraten (3). Selection 8 V75-4 Klass II 2140m: This is always a difficult class to handicap, although Lotuscherie (6) looks a good chance to carry on her good form. Star Advisor Joli (1) and Chip Lane (2) are dangers while I've taken Finnish horse Gyllenberg (3) as the outsider. Selection 6-1-2-3 V75-5 Mares race 2140m: After two wins on the trot Desdemona Boko (4) looks a top chance in this while Absolut Newport took (13) was also a good winner last start and is my alternate. Selections 4 (13) V75-6 Bronze Division 1640m: Peaberry (5) should get to the front from this draw and has won two from this position in his last two starts. Disney Tooma (7) made a mistake last start and should be given another chance, while Kricken (1) has a good draw and form to match. Selection 5-7-1 V75-7 Klass I 2640m: If we've got this far, we can take five in the last which I think should include Trailing Edge (11), Mercury Broline (6) Vacqueyras (8), Yes We Can (4) and Maranello (12). Selection 11-6-8-4-12 Vincennes R1 Prix De LunÃ©ville 2175m: This looks to be between two rising monte prospects in Franck Leblanc's Veloce du Banney (6) and Votka Bleu (8) who was second in a stellar field in the Prix Olry Roederer - beating home Vision Intense that day, with the former having the edge. Selection 6 R2 Prix De Croix 2850m: A top line up in this headed by Viking du Val (5), who was third in the Criterium Continental last month ahead of Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur De Myrt (12) and Stephane Melander's Swedish stallion Porthos Amok (6), the runner up in last year's Swedish TravDerby. Horses for courses though in France, and I think this could be the turn of Voltigeur De Myrt. Selection 12 R4 Prix Du Forez 2850m: Jean Luc Dersoir's recent winner The de Chine (9) is the favoured runner from Jean Michel Bazire's mare Tornade du Digeon (8) while Ru de l'Airou (12) is capable of an upset, as is Swedishman (11). I bet against The de Chine last time, and lost so I will be on him this time. Selection 9 R6 Prix Maurice De Gheest 2700m: These are the precocious stars of the B crop led by the two Ready Cash colts Brillantissime (9) and Bird Parker (6) while Brutus de Bailly (5), and Bolide de Gueron (8) are also very talented. I think though Brillantissime has the edge here. Selection 9 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers Solvala SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Chapeau (4) Race 6 Orbackens Cruella (4) Race 7 Maharajah (8) Race 8 Lotuscherie (6) Race 9 Desdemona Boko (4) Race 10 Peaberry (5) Race 11 Trailing Edge (11) Vincennes Race 1 Veloce du Banney (6) Race 2 Voltigeur De Myrt (12) Race 4 The de Chine (9) Race 6 Brillantissime (9)
Enrico Bellei steered the game two year-old filly Saba Del Ronco (2f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover) to a rain soaked victory in today’s 66,000 euro, 1600 meter autostart Gran Premio Allevatori Filly at Napoli. She overcame a long journey on the outer behind both Swami Gams and then second place finisher Savannah Bi before prevailing by a length. He juvenile slate is now eight starts with four wins and four placings, good for earnings in excess of 55,000 euro. The winners’ sire Adrian Chip (9m Andover Hall-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip-Spinning Reel) earned over US$1.57 million and scored 23 wins in 45 lifetime starts, winning the Orsi Mangelli, Ulf Thorsens Minneslopp, Solvalla Grand Prix and Axel Jensens Minneslopp. In the US he was an impressive second in the Hambletonian, World Trotting Derby and Matron Final (age two) and third in the Yonkers Trot and Breeders Crown (age two). He was handled during his racing career by Sweden’s Robert Bergh. For driver Bellei, the win with Saba Del Ronco capped a solid day in which he also won with the Riordan/Guida filly Red Rose America and had two second place finishes with Rod Stewart and Napoleon Bar. Napoli, Gran Premio Allevatori Filly, 66,000 euro purse, 1600 meters autostart 1.14.6kr Saba Del Ronco (2f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei up for trainer Gennaro Casillo Savannah Bi (2f Ganymede-Dakota Bi-Toss Out –Personal Banner), Federico Esposito driving Swami Gams (2f Uronometro-Dada Bieffe-Toss Out), Roberto Vecchione at the lines Replay http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-07-T-261213.wmv At Kincsem Park today the featured 500,000Huf Paulovitz Janos Memorial, over 1960 meters, went to Lady Luna (8f Sierra Ranger-Luna) for Josef Sagaj in 1.18.4kr. Ollyan Nincs was second for Andrea Fazekas overcoming a 20 meter handicap and Orangyal ended third for Pal Vicsen. The Fazekas stable had a productive day as Platina Lady (4f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady) won for trainer Imre Fazekas and Andrea Fazekas earned two wins on the card with Jegyzono (10f Valley Guardian-Atletano) and Pretty Dancer (4f Daguet Rapide-Croatass). Thomas H. Hicks
Maharajah showed that he is back in good form and perhaps very competitive in the late January Prix d'Amerique. Today he was away fourth before moving decisively to the lead after 400 meters and he raced comfortably on the lead before drawing away from the competition for a seven length win in 1.13.1kr over pocket sitter Harry Haythrow that was making his 56th start in V75 action. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Hultman trainee for owner public company Travkompaniets Stall AB. The winner scored for the 30th time in 56 career starts, now for earnings of 19,407,453SEK. Maharajah sports a 4-1-1 slate in 11 starts this year, earning 2,836,656SEK. His next start is planned for January 11th. Solvalla Gold Final UET Master Series, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. II, 300,000SEK to winner 1.13.1kr Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), Orjan Kihlstrom Harry Haythrow (7g Rote On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), Peter Untersteiner Francois du Gull (6m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Eric Lindegren The co-featured Krafft Winterfavoritem for two year-olds went to longshot Snowflake Goj with Torbjorn Jansson up. She rallied late along the pylons to defeat well-bred Global Reality and How Amazing Tooma in a close finish. Solvalla Krafft Winterfavoritem Two Year-Olds, 2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner.17.2kr Snowflake Goj (2f Goetmals Wood-Mrs Meyer Landsky-Sugarcane Hanover), Torbjorn Jansson Global Reality (2m Federal Flex-Lookout Victory-Valley Victory), Bjorn Goop aboard How Amazing Tooma (2f Banker Hall-Amazing As-Enjoy Lavec), Ulf Nordin up Thomas H. Hicks Renaissance Partners LLC Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner 3508 Sahara Springs Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33069 www.renaissancelc.com firstname.lastname@example.org 954-971-3555 Tel FL Office 704-844-0600 Tel NC Office 954-415-6369 Cel 704-845-1176 Fax Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.
Today produced another solid crowd and good weather for the annual Christmas Day of racing at the Temple du Trot. Ukir du Charroux (5g Jeanbat du Vivier-Geribia du Donjon-And Arifant) took today's opener, the Prix de Charroux (50,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters), with a close win in 1.12.9kr as 2/1 choice for J-M Bazire. 48/1 outsider United du Tay (5g Halimede-Helonia d'Archon-Reve d'Udon) was second for Laurent Fortin ahead of Unique de l'Iton (5g Capriccio-Majeste de l'Iton-Sancho Panca) handled by Tristan deGenouillac. The winner scored for the seventh time in his career and increased earnings to 127,520 euro. The featured Prix Constant Hervieu (Gr. III European, 105,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the currently successful Swedish invader Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Ald Palema). He was off as 4.4/1 second choice with Franck Nivard driving for Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Commander. Beckman won for the 24 time in his career that now shows earnings of 397,181 euro. Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze-Medda) took second for Ecurie Rib with J.L.C. Dersoir at the lines. Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine-Jubelione-Jet du Vivier) landed third for teamster Francois-Pierre Bassuet. The Prix de Salers (35,000 euro purse, monte, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the 3.3/1 second choice Azalee Dedienville (3f Lontzac-Byrsa Pascalo-Marpheulin) with Anthony Barrier in the irons for J.P. Marmion. Timed in 1.17.5kr she defeated Antillaise de Mai (3f New Aldo-Jaconde Royale-Royale Romeo and Aquitaine d'Aron (3f Neautron du Cebe-Miss d'lquaire-Voyou du Golfe), the latter with Damien Bonne aboard for Franc Leblanc. The Prix de Craon (62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European, 14 starters) went to 3/1 Tornado de l'Ocean (6g Look de Star-Talvina-Valmont) with Pierre Levesque teaming for owner Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon (owner of Prix d'Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta). He scored with a solid rally in 1.14kr for his 12th career victory, now for earnings of 250,320 euro. Mike Lenders trains the winner who defeated Spain's Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) with Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou driving. This 28 time winner, for 230,862 euro, races consistently well at the Paris-Vincennes winter meet and again he closed stoutly for his trainer/driver. The Gr. III Prix de Chateau-Chinon (95,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Astor du Quenne (3m Opus Vierul-Qualine du Quenne-Extreme Aunou) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The winner scored in 1.14.6kr, his ninth career victory, now with earnings for 212,940 euro. J-M Bazire's Adio Josselyn (3m And Arifant-Queba Josselyn-In Foot) was home second as 5/2 second choice ahead of Ausone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont) and reinsman Emmanuel Allard. The Prix de Jonvelle (34,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, monte, 11 starters) went to Uranie d'Hucheloup (5f Lutin Malin-Hardie de Bource-Quintolet) with jubilant Cedric Terry aboard. She was timed in 1.14.9kr as the 42/1 longshot bested 7/1 Une Corzeene (5f Jaguar Bethune-Melisse d'Orme-Capriccio) with Eric Raffin in the irons. At Aby (Sweden) this day, the Aby Travsallskaps (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to the veteran O'Grady (7m SJs Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) handled by Flemming Jensen. He scored in 1.15.1kr to defeat US import Solvato (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) driven by Veijo Heiskanen with third to Montgomery Hill (9g SJs Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) with Johnny Takter up. On the card, Ricardo Mols (Denmark registered 5g Chipmate-Kejerinden-Tap In) scored in 1.12kr for Jensen to earn 60,000SEK in a 1640 meter autostart event. The winner scored for the seventh time in eight 2013 appearances. In a two year-old filly event at Aby for 30,000SEK first money, over 1640 meters autostart, Shakira di Pippo (2f Uronometro-Lussoria-Lindy Lane) won her initial lifetime start in 1.17.8kr with Andre Eklundh driving for Italian trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro who is in Italy for Derby weekend at Napoli. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com
This is an extra V75 for Boxing Day at Solvalla in Sweden, and it must be said a much better quality group of races than went around last Saturday, and in which our picks did not pan out to our advantage - translated - they sucked. This is similar to the fields in which we did well and so we will not be straying to far from those predictions, assuming that in the past ten days the horses have not lost their form. Bergsaker V75-1 Baroness Karsks Mares Elite 1640m: This race for the elite mares is a strong international field and I have gone with the consistent Canaka B.F. (5), who placed in Group one events when younger, Denmark's Premance Simoni (3) and Finnish invader Beatasine (9). 5-3-9 V75-2 Klass II 2140m: Julio de Luxe (6), Corleone Boko (5), Divas Revansch (10), Bear Dancer (9), Linus Wibb (12) 6-5-10-9-12 V75-3 Gold Division final 2140m: Maharajah (2) is a champion, the others in this very good field are not. Simple really. 2 V75-4 2YOs Vinterfavoriten 2140m: Orion Tilly (4) and Soonerorlater (1) are classy juveniles with their whole careers ahead of them, and while both made mistakes last time out, if they do everything right, it should be between these two.. 4 (1) V75-5 Klass I 2140m: Vacqueras (4) got back on track with a win last time out, but Big Bill Back (11), was also super impressive winning his last start. Greve E (5) and Monte Major (3) should also be included. 4-11-5-3 V75-6 Bronze Division 2140m Mellby Viking (11) was second last time out, after being parked outside the winner all the way. He is a tough campaigner and my anchor here. 11 V75-7 Silver Division 2140m: Stig Johnasson's German-bred Chapeau (3) is a very classy horse while Stelton (1) was super last start and as the winner of four in a row is a strong alternative. 3 (1) 60 combinations $5, + 1 alternative $10, + 2 alternative $20 Win wagers Solvalla Race 5: Canaka BlFl (5), Race 6: : Julio de Luxe (6), Race 7: Maharajah (2). Race 8: Orion Tilly (4) Race 9: Vacqueras (4), Race 10: Mellby Viking (11). Race 11: Chapeau (3) PS. Have a lovely Festive season with your family
Former smart two-year-old pacer Lickyalips returned to racing last month after a disappointing three-year-old season but his form this time in has been superb. Tattersall’s Park in Hobart tonight the four-year-old made it three wins in succession when he led virtually all the way to win a C2 over 2090 metres. All About Mod began brilliantly from gate three to lead but that horse’s driver Tim Yole was keen to hand up when Ricky Duggan sent the odds-on favourite Lickyalips around the field to take up the running. Once in front the gelding set a solid tempo and went on to win comfortably. Lickyalips hit the line over five metres clear of All About Mod with Just Dance Baby a closing third 4-1/4 metres away and just in advance of The Innkeeper. Lickyalips is trained at Brighton by Rodney Ashwood and is owned in partnership by Jamie Cockshutt, Barry Cooper, Linda Duggan and Adam Aherne who only recently bought into the horse. “I am ecstatic at how Rod (Ashwood) has been able to nurture this horse back into winning form,” Cockshutt said. “He was terrific as a two-year-old but he had issues as a three-year-old what with growing and other niggling issues but it looks like that’s all behind him,” Cockshutt said. Lickyalips has won eight of his 18 starts as well as four minor placings form stakes of almost $50,000. Cockshutt said there are no special plans for Lickyalips. “We will just keep looking for suitable races and hope that he can keep on winning.” “The races get that much harder as he moves through the grades but as long as he is competitive we will be happy,” he said. By Peter Staples
Village Mystic heads an even field of nine 4YO stallions in the harness racing Group two Prix Octave Douesnel over 2700m at Vincennes on Sunday. Louis Baudron's son of Love You is a group one winner having prevailed in the Prix de Selection, the inter-generational classic held annually around the beginning of March each year. He won the Prix Jules Thibault (Group II) in August and ran sixth in his first start back from a spell in the Prix Marcel Laurent a month back when he was sent out third favourite behind the winner Victoire. Village Mystic was the well-beaten favourite in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and is currently fourth in the V-generation earnings behind precocious mare Vanika de Ruel and monte stars Vanishing Point and Vision Intense. Also in the Prix Marcel Laurent field was Jean Michel Bazire's Vaux le Vicomte who was second favourite, and ran fourth but is something of a perennial groomsman - although in pretty esteemed company. The son of Nahar de Beval was a credible third in the European Derby or Grand Prix De l'Uet (Gr1) in Sweden two starts back in October and was also second in the Criterium des 3 Ans held at this very meeting 12 months ago. Vaux le Vicomte won four of his first six starts but has only won once in his last 20, which says a lot about the calibre of the opposition. Still French trotting amply rewards its higher class horses with decent stake money down to seventh place (and a 10 per cent bonus to the breeder) and has earned a respectable 333,000 euros - which places him 12th in the V-generation rankings. Roberto Donati's Voltigeur de Myrt was a somewhat surprising winner of the Criterium des 4 Ans - it was just his fifth win in what at that point been 25 starts and he started at 16-1 odds in a pretty open field. The son of Opus Viervil has not won since and went into a "grand galop" in the Prix Marcel Laurent, the second time in a row he had broken stride. Vigove is another five-win trotter, and being by Gazouillis, is probably bred more to the saddle than the bike, although he has only started in one monte and showed little aptitude for it. But Franck Leblanc's stallion is a very useful performer with two group two wins and a third in the group one Criterium des 4 Ans, after finishing in the same position in the leadup race, the Prix Phaeton. However he has not placed higher than sixth in three starts back from a five month break although he does possess the fastest record in this field (1.10.9 or 1.54MR). Ecurie Victoria Dreams has two sons of Password entered, the first of which, Volcan d'Urzy is the only one in the field who commenced stud duties this season and is a half-brother to Leader Chip who finished second in both the Danish Travkriterium and Travderby. The Criterium des 4 Ans runner up has won five of just 19 starts including the group two Prix Kalmia and was also runner-up in two group one Prix Albert Vie and will be driven by Jean Philippe Dubois. Coincidentally his sire Password, a son of Goetmals Wood out of a mare by US Champion 2YO Workaholic, also won the Prix Kalmia and was runner up in the Prix Albert Viel. The other Password progeny is Voyage de Reve, who has six wins including the group two Prix Jacques De Vauloge. But that was 12 months ago and he has struggled in this higher grade so far, with just two more placings. Julien Dubois is his driver. PRIX OCTAVE DOUESNEL Vincennes 08/12/13 Group two 4M 2700m â‚¬120 000 1 Vulcain de Vandel (4h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 2 Valentin du Gite (4h Iton du Gite - Oh Biche Jolie) Dr: Bernard Piton Tr: Jean Lelievre 3 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 4 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 6 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 7 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 8 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 9 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron Dave Sanders
Two foreign-bred horses head the field for the group two E3 Revanshen at Romme, Sweden on Friday evening. Finnish Derby winner Express Duo will attempt to translate his compelling form in both Finland and Norway into a group two win in the tougher Swedish E3 series. Pekka Korpi's son of Express It has won 13 of his 22 starts in three countries, including the Finnish Breeders Crown title, and a third placing in Norway's international group one Ulf Thoresen Minneslop. He has competed three times already in Sweden, with a fifth placing in the E3 Sprint semifinal and then a win in the consolation race. He also ran second in a reasonably strong field at Jagersro, which had the likes of group one winners Rod Stewart (Ulf Thorensen Minnelop) and Mellby Briolet (E3 Fillies Langa) trailing him home. With more than 2 million SEK (234K euros) in the bank he has up to 10 times the earnings of most of these, and with a top time of (1.12.4kr, 1.56.3MR) he is a good second quicker than all but a couple. However he will face stiff competition from Denmark-bred colt Tumble Dust who is trained in Sweden by Tomas Malmqvist at Jagersro and was a group two winner as a 2YO in Sweden with a victory in the Svampen at Orebro last year. The son of US-domiciled Crazed has competed well as a 3YO at top level all over Scandinavia headed by a second in the group one UET 3YO Championship in Bjerke Norway and a third in the group one Danish Trav Kriterium at Charlottenlund. Tumble Dust has also competed with distinction in the major races on the E3 calendar, with a second in the E3 Langa at Eskilstuna and a third in the E3 Sprint final at Orebro, and with a record of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR) has the fastest time in the field. The best of the local hopes is Daniel Reden's Call Me Keeper who has seven minor victories for 367,000 SEK and has a best time of 1.12.7 (1.57MR). One of those wins was in a semifinal of the Swedish Breeders Crown but he broke in the final. But perhaps the one who is bred to win this is the son of a former winner of this race Tigger, a fine racemare whose record of 15 wins includes the group one E3 Sprint. Her son B.B. Tigger, by the promising Swedish sire Going Kronos (who won the E3 Langa in a stellar career which earned the equivalent of a US 1million and a record of 1.52.2), is trained by Bjorn Goop. B.B Tigger has won two of his eight starts but made the final of the Swedish Breeders Crown where finished sixth, so has raced in top company. E3 REVANSCHEN Romme 06/12/13 SE (G2) Int Romme 2 140m 3YO c/g 70 000 1 Potemkin (3c R.C.Royalty - For Heavens Saki) Dr: Ulf Eriksson Tr: Robert Bergh 2 VÃ¤sterbo Fantast (3c Mr Pine Chip - Fassia L.B. ) Dr: Kajsa Frick Tr: Kajsa Frick 3 Call Me Keeper (3c Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr: Daniel RedÃ©n Tr: Daniel RedÃ©n 4 Bearhawaii (3g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Svante BÃ¥th 5 Express Duo (FIN) (3c Express It - Dolce Merett) Dr: Pekka Korpi Tr: Pekka Korpi 6 B.B.Tigger (3c Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr: BjÃ¶rn Goop Tr: BjÃ¶rn Goop 7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c Crazed - Affinity) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 8 Bandit Hornline (3c San Pellegrino - Dash Girl) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh Dave Sanders
When the barrier draw for Saturday night's Treuer Memorial at Bankstown was being conducted, trainer Darren Binskin asked his partner Kirsten Lamb and her daughter Grace to select the gates for his two runners, Gaius Caesar and Glengowan in the Gr. 1. After Gaius Caesar drew barrier nine and Glengowan eleven, Binskin could be excused for rueing the decision. "Kirsten was pretty disappointed with drawing barrier eleven for Glengowan but Gracey was pretty happy with gate nine for Gaius Caesar, although I'm not so sure I agree with her," Binskin joked. "It's a Gr. 1 event and normally there is plenty of moves anyway but in all seriousness Gaius Caesar doesn't have great speed and the draw isn't too bad for him while Glengowan has been specifically trained for the Treuer Memorial, so I'm expecting him to peak this Saturday night." Binskin has confirmed he will be driving Gaius Caesar this Saturday night and he will be forced to look for a driver for Glengowan. "Yeah I will drive Gaius Caesar, his run on Saturday night was very good, he didn't get a clear run, wanted to get rough at a crucial stage and looking at all of those factors with a clear shot at them, I don't know if he wins but he would have definitely gone close I have no doubt." "I will have to think about who drives Glengowan, I was considering Mat Rue but I'm unsure if he will be required to drive Baby Bling for the McCarthy stable, I will just wait and see." Glengowan finished third in last year's Treuer Memorial and had a few excuses for his defeat. "Glengowan's run last year was very good and everything he has done this time in has been aimed at this race." "My horses don't dominate in this class but they are very competitive and with the right run I think they can be right in the finish, Washakie is the one to beat after the draw and he is going for five wins in the race which is a tremendous feat in itself." Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |