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Ultra des Landes (6f Baccarat du Pont-Justice d'Or) took the E40,000 Prix Serma SA at Alencon today. Raced over 2650 meters on the turf, the winner scored in 1.17.4kr by three-quarters of a length for Sebastian Hardy over Un Soir Baroque and Un Poco Loco. The beaten field included international stars Singalo (eighth), Atlessima (tenth) and Texas Charm that ended unplaced in his first effort following a long layoff. Thomas H. Hicks  

Arqana-Trot completed its three day select yearling sale at Deauville today. 302 French yearling trotteurs sold for €7,206,000, an average of €23,861, 2.2% below prior year for the three session event. 63.6% of the 475 offered actually sold (after outs). Last year 70.5% sold from the 512 offered. Session #3 featured offspring of new stallions and this group of 128 sold averaged €23,000. Hip #398 (Dakota Race), a Texas Charm-Trotting Race filly, led the final session, bringing €100,000 from SCEA Ecurie Le Tremont. Sons of Timoko were next at the top today. Sale summary and final session leader profiles are shown below.     The top 10 of the total sale are shown below: (Vendeur=consignor; acheteur=buyer; high bid in euros) 1. Lot 0371 : DREAM MADRIK ROYAL DREAM / ELITE GÉDÉ Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : Neuilly Bloodstock   120 000 € 2. Lot 0115 : DOLCE NOTTE COKTAIL JET / TES AMOURS Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : TAIPALE Heikki   115 000 € 3. Lot 0122 : DON'T CRY FOR ME NIKY / USHA DREAM Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : SCEA Ecurie Le Trémont   103 000 € 4. Lot 0008 : DREAM ISLAND SAM BOURBON / ISLAND DREAM Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : LE BARBEY Christian   100 000 € 5. Lot 0398 : DAKOTA RACE TEXAS CHARM / TROTTING RACE Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : SCEA Ecurie Le Trémont   100 000 € 6. Lot 0073 : DERBY DU BIWETZ COKTAIL JET / UNE DU BIWETZ Vendeur : Sassy, Acheteur : Neuilly Bloodstock   85 000 € 7. Lot 0096 : DINGUE DE LOISIR READY CASH / INGODA PIERJI Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : ROBERT BERGH TRAVSTALL AB   80 000 € 8. Lot 0030 : DADDY CUT COKTAIL JET / IVIDA Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : TOULORGE Christophe   77 000 € 9. Lot 0041 : DALSHIM DU NOYER READY CASH / PAGODA Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : Ecurie Thomas Bernereau   75 000 € 10. Lot 0112 : DO IT FOR ME GOETMALS WOOD / SI SEULEMENT Vendeur : Brosse, Acheteur : DENECHERE Richard-William   75 000 €   Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 9, 2014 -- "Marvelous" Marvin Raber and Catching Katie waltzed to a convincing victory in Friday's $10,000 final of the C.K.G. Billings Midwest Series amateur trot at The Meadows. Raber was sitting In The Pocket down the backside when he pulled Catching Katie, a 6-year-old daughter of Revenue S-She's Queenie owned by John Schlabach, and easily gobbled up the leader, Richard Roach and Margarita Man. Raber, who trains Catching Katie, went on to score in 1:57.2, 5-3/4 lengths better than "Law Book Larry" Farley and Good Friend. Jerry "The Jet" Mihelich and Texas Ridge -- also conditioned by Raber -- earned show. "I have a lot of faith in her." Raber said. "She got a good trip and closed well. I was waiting foe right time to mover her. I thought the leader was slowing up a little bit, so I decided to go on the straightaway instead of around the turn." Raber, who at 37 is at least 17 years younger than every other competitor in the finals, indicated he doesn't necessarily view his victory as a triumph for youth. "The other drivers have a lot more experience and probably know a lot more about racing than I do," he said, "but it doesn't really matter who I'm driving against. It's a horse race, and it's all about fun." Evan Pattak

US reinsman David Miller (two drives) and Yannick Gingras (one) were off the board in their initial drives today at Solvalla. Miller drove Next Kronos in race 1 (dq) and Potemkin in race 4 (unplaced). Gingras teamed Oldschoolmare in race 2 and ended sixth, timed in 1.12.8kr over the mile distance. Alvena Take It won that event in 1.12kr for Peter Untersteiner. Race winners today are listed below in race order: Ametrin, 1.10.2kr, 1609 meters autostart, Hans-Owe Sundberg (5f Oiseau de Faux-Ametist WG-Texas) Alvena Take It, 1.12kr, 1609 meters autostart, Peter Untersteiner (4f Make It Happen-Impulsive-Mack Lobell) Spartan Kronos, 1.12.9kr, 2140 meters autostart, Conrad Lugauer (3m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) Financial Dust, 1.12.5kr, 2140 meters autostart, Robert Bergh (4m Ready Cash-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) Palermo Caesar, 1.13.7kr, 3140 meters turning start, Ville Nisonen (7g Alf Palema-Puk Paradiso-Hairos) Elegance Brode, 1.15.3kr, 2140 meters autostart, Emilia Karlsson (5g Sugar Trader-Emily Safir-Buck Newton) Baharat, 1.16.3kr, 2140 meters voltstart, Fredrik B. Larsson (3f Scarlet Knight-Hot Peppers-Muscles Yankee) Sebastien Sund, 1.16kr, 2140 meters voltstart, Robert Bergh (3g Adrian Chip-Mamsell Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) Dominator, 1.13.9kr, 2140 meters autostart, Bjorn Goop (4m Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) - undefeated in three starts by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com        

Today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix des Ducs de Normandie went to the legendary veteran trotter Roi de Lupin for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. J-M Bazire teamed the winner to victory in 1.12.7kr over 2450 meters. He earned his 26th career win and the winner’s share of the €150,000 purse raised lifetime earnings to €1,636,450. Swedishman and Reve de Beylev followed the winner home in a good field that also included Turbo Jet, Uhlan du Val, Tiego d’Etang and other upper-class “trotteurs”. Summary follows. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix des Ducs de Normandie, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, €150,000, 16 starters over 2450 meters, 1.12.7kr, Quinte+ jackpot €8.75 million 1st Roi du Lupin (9g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol-Quiton du Coral), J-M Bazire up for trainer/owner/breeder J-P Marmion, his 26th win for €1,636,450, 2.3/1 odds 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver, 4/1 3rd Reve de Beylev (9m Fortuna Font-Heloise Poterie), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato, 28/1 4th Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d’Amour-Elite d’Atout), Jean Etienne Dubois driver/trainer, 20/1 5th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver, 7/1 Beaten field included 3.8/1 Tiego d’Etang, Quinoa du Gers, Axelle Dark, Valse Darling, Sam Gibus, Valse Castelets, Talicia Bella. The Caen undercard, conducted on this perfect May day before a huge gathering, featured graded monte action. Four year-old Love You stallion Airport took the Gr. II Prix Henri Balliere with a €120,000 purse. The winner was handled by Eric Raffin and scored in 1.13.7kr by open lengths for trainer Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes. The favorite winner boosted his lifetime earnings to over €197,000. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Henri Balliere, Gr. II monte €120,000, 2450 meters, 13 starters, 1.13.7kr 1st Airport (4m Love You-Pivoine-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Eric Raffin up for Ake Kristofferson and owner Ecurie des Charmes, 1.5/1 favorite, his fifth win for €197,400 2nd Albertains (4m Power Jet-Nymphe de Feugeres), Julien Raffestan up for J-E Senet, 41/1 3rd Athos du Roc (4m Odeisis de Vandel-Herbe des Brouets), Franck Nivard up for trainer D-J Brault, 14/1 The Gr. I Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteurs for €150,000 went to the “jazzman”, Bird Parker with Yohan Lebourgeois up. Phillipe Allaire trains the winner for Elisabeth Allaire, as he crushed his foes to score in 1.13.8kr. Career earnings of this one are now just short of €262,000. Bird Parker has favorably responded to the switch to monte competition as his last three monte starts have been exceptional. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix Saint-Leger des Trotteur/Prix Jeux Equestres Mondiaux, Gr. I monte, €150,000, 14 starters, 2450 meters, 1.13.8kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer and owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire, breeder M.C. Toulorge, 1.1/1 odds, his third win for €261,980 2nd Barbar des Brouets (3m Giant Cat-Pin Up des Brouets), Philippe Masschaele up, 9/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy aboard, 64/1 Aged monte campaigners, 19 of them in fact, battled in the €65,000 Prix du Calvados ov2nd er 2450 meters. Uppercut de Manche took the inside route to victory for Damien Bonne, in the irons for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, to score in 1.13.8kr to pick up his 11th lifetime win, now with earnings of €240,450. He was the even money favorite and defeated the 13/1 Tun Winner, a son of Kaisy Dream that stood one season in North America. May 14, 2014 Caen, Prix du Calvados, European monte, €65,000, 2450 meters, 19 starters, 1.13.8kr 1st Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche-Coktail Jet), Damien Bonne up for trainer Thierry Raffegeau, 1/1 odds, 11th career win for €240,450 2nd Tun Winner (7g Kaisy Dream-Isaline Fortiniere), S-E Pasquier up, 13/1 3rd Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana), Fabien Gence, 33/1 Good three year-olds took to the sulky in the €36,000 Prix de la Touques over 2200 meters autostart. The Ready Cash sired Bold Eagle took this one impressively for Jean-Etienne Dubois as the 4/5 favorite. He recoded victory five in a brief career with the win over Black Gold, a son of Sam Bourbon and now trained by Franck Leblanc after being recently acquired at public auction. May 14, 2014, Caen, Prix de la Touques, three year-olds, €36,000, 2200 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.15kr 1st Bold Eagle (3m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean Etienne Dubois, driver/trainer/owner/breeder, 4/5 favorite, fifth win for €52,550 2nd Black Gold (3m Sam Bourbon-Seldovia), Franck Nivard for Franck Leblanc trainer 3rd Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), G. Delacour trainer/driver On the May 13 evening card at Paris-Vincennes three year-olds did battle with J-M Bazire winning both the female and male contests with Babylone Seven and Bandit Charentais. Summaries follow: May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Murzim, €42,000, 2700 meters for females, 9 starters, 1.17.3kr 1st Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Faux-Nyala), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 2.7/1 2nd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 7/10 favorite 3rd Balva Miontaval (3f Magnificent Rodney-Primavera de Lou), Eric Raffin up, 46/1 4th Belle d’Hommeur (3f Password-Place l’Honneur), Julien Dubois trainer/dri ver, 8/1 May 13, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix Hesperia, €36,000 for males, 2200 meters, 12 starters, 1.15.3kr 1st Bandit Charentais (3m So Lovely Girl-Here I Am), J-M Bazire up for J-M Baudouin, 9/10 favorite 2nd Bambino du Mont (3m Quitus de Mexique-Porta Mag), Pierre Vercruysse up for A-P Schmitt trainer, 50/1 3rd Bazooka Nep (3m Quatre Juillet-Star de Gautiers), Damien Bonne for Sebastian Guarato trainer, 20/1 Of other interesting note the veteran 11 year-old Commander Crowe makes his first 2014 start on May 17 at Wolvega. 1 Oaks de Villeneuve, L.G.M. De Groote 2 Lobell Countess, M.F. Rothengatter 3 Commander Crowe, R. Bakker 4 Sage de Bresles, H.W. Langeweg jr. 5 Quito de Roche, J.H. Schwarma 6 Picardo, C. De Groote 7 Attrape Moi, C.F. Kamminga 8  Andriy Fortuna, P.J. Strooper UET Masters Series point leaders were also announced. The final will be in September in Copenhagen. Elitloppet starter Timoko ranks second with other last weekend winners Univers de Pan and Roxane Griff near the top. 1 ITALIE MACK GRACE SM(M 8) 3300 2 FRANCE TIMOKO(M 7) 3050 3 FRANCE ROXANE GRIFF(F 9) 2275 4 FRANCE UNIVERS DE PAN (M 6) 2100 5 SUEDE COMMANDER CROWE(H 11) 2000 6 SUEDE NAHAR(H 9) 1900 7 FRANCE UP AND QUICK(M 6) 1650 8 FRANCE SAVE THE QUICK(F 8) 1600 9 SUEDE SANITY(H 8) 1550 10 ITALIE NAPOLEON BAR(M 7) 1500 11 SUEDE PANNE DE MOTEUR(M 6) 1400 12 FRANCE TEXAS CHARM(M 7) 1275 13 SUEDE MAHARAJAH(M 9) 1250 14 ITALIE PASCIA'LEST(M 5) 1200 15 FRANCE TIEGO D'ETANG(M 7) 1150 16 ITALIE OWEN CR(M 6) 1150 17 FRANCE READY CASH(M 9) 1100 – retired or is he ? 18 SUEDE SEBASTIAN K.(M 8) 1050 – now in USA 19 FRANCE THE BEST MADRIK(M 7) 1025 - retired 20 SUEDE DEUXIEME PICSOUS(M 7) 1000 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The historic Saint-Legers des Trotteurs meeting kicks off today at Caen with a 2450m UET Masters series race, the time honoured Prix des Ducs de Normandie a group two worth 150,000 euros, in honour of a famous trotteur of the 1920s who won the 1928 Critrerium des 3 Ans and went on to be equally successful at stud. The son of Salam was a prolific broodmare sire, and one his daughters produced the dam of Feu Follet, one of France's most influential sires. Duc de Normandie's influence is still felt today, with last year's Prix d'Amerique winner Royal Dream (Love You) decending from one of the great horse's daughters Rose Marie IV, while two of France's successful sires Copenhagen Cup and Prix de France winner Kool du Caux and Criterium des 4 Ans winner Rolling d'Heripre (Dahir de Prelong) also trace to the great Duc on the maternal line. Rolling d'Heripre is represented by Blooma d'Heripre in the Saint-Leger des Trotteurs which is one of two of France's most famous monte races which are run later today. Indeed it was under saddle that some of Duc de Normandie's descendants excelled with top sire Gai Brillant (Podosis) and Fine Perle (Marpheulin) both being Saint-Leger winners themselves, while the monte millionaire of the 1990s Arcadia (Jiosco) won the Prix du Cornullier. As befitting a race named after one of France's great stallions, some of giants of the game who have gone on to make their mark in the breeding shed feature heavily in the honours roll. Reve d'Udon, a remarkable racehorse in his own right, a Criterium des 5 Ans winner in the bike and a Prix du Cornulier winner under saddle, is the grandsire of none other than Market Share, and he won this race twice in 1989 and 1990. The world's leading sire for the past two seasons, Love You also won the race twice in 2004-2005 and he is represented in the Prix Henri Balliere later in the day by the hot favourite Airport and a second entrant in Aglite Jenilou. Another former Prix de Ducs de Normandie winner is France's champion monte stallion Goetmals Wood who is the sire of top Saint-Leger chance Bomba. The last two seasons the race has been won by Texas Charm, who was the favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique until injury, while the previous two winners were emerging sire Quaker Jet ( a son of Love You) and Prix d'Amerique winner Oyonnax (In Love With You). Jean-Paul Marmion's Roi du Lupin is the early favourite for this year's renewal, narrowly from Cedric Megissier 's Uhlan du Val and Fabrice Souloy's Quinoa du Gers. Thierry Duvaldesin's tough gelding Swedishman, Christian Bigeon's Tiego d'Etang and Phillipe Moulin's Valse Darling from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable are the others in the market. PRIX DES DUCS DE NORMANDIE - Caen 14/05/14 FR Group II Int UET Masters Series 2450m 4-10 150 000 euros 1 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin 2 Sam Gibus (g Jet Fortuna - Harmonie Gibus) Dr: Sebastien Baude Sebastien Baude 3 Radjah de Venel (g Vivaldi de Chenu - Fikla de Venel) Dr: Emeric Bizon Jean Paul Marmion 4 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Jean Etienne Dubois 5 Valse Castelets (m Memphis du Rib - Elide) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Joel Hallais 6 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Philippe Moulin 7 Ramsey du Ham (g Indy de Vive - Ufania du Buisson) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Yvonnick Dousset 8 Axelle Dark (m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Philippe Allaire 9 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana Thierry Duvaldestin) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin 10 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Jean Paul Marmion 11 Ru de l'Airou (g Cygnus d'Odyssee - Cour d'Intheville) Dr: Pierre Levesque Patrick Martin 12 Uhlan du Val (h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Cedric Megissier 13 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy 14 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Sebastien Guarato 15 Tiego d'Etang (h Chaillot - Harolene) Dr: Christian Bigeon Christian Bigeon 16 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Jean Paul Marmion by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Argentan is in the heart of the Normandie breeding industry, and the red dust track which holds Saturday's UET Masters Series, the 100,000 euro Group Two Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie, is near the centre of town. It is fitting then, that so many of the names which have become synonymous with the booming French breeding industry are located near the town. Take Coktail Jet, the sire who is credited as starting the Franco-American revolution, who won this race in 1995, resides not 25 minutes away at Jean-Etienne Dubois' luxurious establishment, which spreads between two former properties at Haras de la Perriere near the village of Belfonds. When Coktail Jet won the race, it was just the second time it had been raced over the imperial mile distance (increasing from 1600m) and he showed his credentials by lowering the from 1.12.8 to 1.11.8 (1.57.1 to 1.55.3MR). Six years later Coktail Jet sired the mare Ivory Pearl for Jean Luc Bigeon to win in 2001 before Jean-Etienne himself captured this race with a son of Coktail Jet, Jam Pridem in 2002. His father, France's greatest modern breeder, Jean Pierre Dubois, whose Haras de la Brosse is 20 minutes north at Nonant Le Pin, captured the race with another son of Coktail Jet, a certain Love You in 2005, who then himself sired another winner Quaker Jet (2012) - owned by Jean Etienne (who also owned and trained 1999 winner Giesolo de Lou). Jean-Etienne will be back again with Turbo Jet, who despite his name is a son of Joyau d'Amour and no relation to his namesake. The other prominent member of the Dubois clan Jean Philippe, who resides 15 minutes away from both at Fresneaux to the south-east owned last year's winner Texas Charm, who was driven that day by his son, Julien and stands there at stud at Haras de Fresneaux, which as is usual, has a full training facility. The pair again combine in this race, with trainer Philippe Moulin with Valse Darling while Jean-Philippe's other son Etienne will be behind Voyage de Reve while Jean-Philippe himself will be partner Volcan d'Urzy in a three-way assault on the race. To carry on the family connections, Louis Baudron, who is the grandson of both Jean Pierre Dubois and Roger Baudron, who won the race in 1986 with Navigo, is represented by Vive Majyc, and will be keen to carry on the strong family tradition. None of the other trainers have succeeded in capturing the race although some of the real heavyweights of the game are from this region and have horses entered. Thierry Duvaldesin is also in the "arrondiseement of Argentan" at Le Ferte-Frenel and he fronts with one of the favourites Swedishman, a well accomplished journeyman gelding as is Fabrice Souloy, who has Quinoa du Gers which he trains at his base at Ginai, 30 minutes away in the same region. And leading trainer Sebastien Guarato, originally from Bordeaux, but who learned his trade mostly at Haras de Ginai, and trains at nearby Clopin is represented by Reve de Beylev. And trainer Jean Paul Marmion, who briefly trained with Roger Baudron but trains in Maupertuis in central France, has two runners in one of the favoured runners Roi du Lupin and Talicia Bella. A race so close to home, for so many of the participants will surely provide one of the highlights of the weekend. CRITERIUM DE VITESSE DE BASSE NORMANDIE, Argentan 26/04/14 FR UET MASTERS SERIES Group II Int 1609m (1 mile) 4-10 100 000e 1 Swedishman (g Gogo - Volgana) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 2 Quinoa du Gers (h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Valse Darling (m Prodigious - Fly Darling) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 4 Roi du Lupin (g Fleuron Perrine - Helia de Saint Pol) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 5 Talicia Bella (m General du Pommeau - Illicia Bella) Dr: Antoine Wiels Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 6 Quarry Bay (m Cygnus d'Odyssee - Barcarolle) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Mike Lenders 7 Une Fille d'Amour (m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 8 Reve de Beylev (h Fortuna Fant - Heloise Poterie) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Volcan d'Urzy (h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 10 Quel Chef (g Chef du Chatelet - Herveyer) Dr: Fabien Michel Andrieu Tr: Fabien Michel Andrieu 11 Turbo Jet (h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 12 Spirit Beji (h Kiwi - Galaxie Cosmos) Dr: Christopher Corbineau Tr: Stephane Provoost 13 Safari Dream (g Gai Brillant - La Memoria) Dr: Loic Peschet Tr: Loic Peschet 14 Seduisant Fouteau (h Gazouillis - Elisalde) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: Andre Dreux 15 Vive Majyc (m Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 16 Voyage de Reve (h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Olympiatravet, or the Olympia Trot is the first Group One of the new season for harness racing in Sweden and befitting its history it has drawn a stellar field of Scandinavian trotters. The UET Masters Series race, which has been a fixture at Aby since 1984 is worth 1.5 million SEK (330 000 euros) and is raced over two laps, or 2140m. This is a race whose alumni present a creme de la creme of European racing. Last year's winner was none other than Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah, while the two previous winners were both Elitloppet winners, Commander Crowe and Brioni. The greatest trotter of all time Varenne won the race twice (2000 and 2002), while US champions who have had a marked impact on the breed in Europe such as Pershing (1979) and Sugarcane Hanover (1988) have etched the name on the honour roll. And a Swedish horse who has repaid some of that debt and influenced modern North American breeding, Meadow Road (the sire of Kadabra), also won the race, back in 1985. A US stallion Texas, is joint top sire with three individual winners in Grades Singing (1987), Karate Chop (1991) and dual winner Copiad (1996-7). Italian-bred but of pure US bloodlines, and the most influential sire of the millennium in Sweden, Viking Kronos also has three winners including Maharajah (who holds the record with 1.11.0 (1.54.1MR)), with stallion sons Triton Sund (2009) and Thai Thanic (2006). Swedish star Gidde Palema with 3 wins in a row from 2003 has won the race more times than any other although four horses have won it twice. Leading the trainers and drivers' honours are legendary horseman Stig Johansson and an addition to US ranks, champion mentor Ake Svanstedt, who have both trained four winners of the race, who by virtue of driving their charges each time, both also top the drivers honours with four. Stig Johansson is back again this year with Kash's Cantab (by Cantab Hall), although he leaves the driving these days to Erik Adielson. Svanstedt of course is busy with Sebastien K, who ran third in this race last year, and the rest of his team ready for a campaign in the States at his Florida base. But there is certainly plenty of stars left in Europe to provide a stellar lineup. How about last year's Elitloppet winner Sanity? Check. This year's Prix de France winner (the biggest race in France over the same distance) Noras Bean? Check. The best horses in Norway (Yarrah Boko ) and Finland (Brad de Veluwe)? Check. Raja Mirchi, who won the top races in Sweden for both 2YO and 3YO and also won this year's Prix Tenor de Baune in France, is also in the lineup. Throw in the in form V75 stalwarts Mr Picolet, Harry Haythrow and Ed You, and the stage is set for a super showdown. OLYMPIATRAVET Abby 26/04/14 SE UET Masters Series Group I Int 2 140 All 330,000 euros 1         Kash's Cantab h   Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash   Erik Adielsson   Stig H Johansson      2         Ed You v   Love You - Lancia Brick   Robert Bergh   Robert Bergh            3         Mr Picolit h   Scarlet Knight - Good Enough   Jorma Kontio   Raoul Engblom            4         Brad de Veluwe h   Andover Hall - Amazing Ride   Tuomas Korvenoja   Tuomas Korvenoja      5         Raja Mirchi h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec   Lutfi Kolgjini   Lutfi Kolgjini          6         Solvato h   Donato Hanover - Solveig   Veijo Heiskanen   Veijo Heiskanen     7         Sanity v   Love You - Flash Light   Örjan Kihlström   Malin Löfgren     8         Yarrah Boko h   Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten   Ulf Ohlsson   Trond Anderssen        9         Harry Haythrow v   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda   Peter Untersteiner   Johnny Johansson     10         Noras Bean h   Super Arnie - Easy Bean   Stefan Söderkvist   Ulf Stenströmer   by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The New York Gaming Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a rule requiring horsemen to notify track personnel within 72 hours of a horse being gelded ontrack, during a meeting in which the commission also approved a rule allowing Standardbred horses to be administered clenbuterol up to 96 hours before a race. The rule requiring notification of a first-time gelding builds on an existing Jockey Club rule that requires horsemen to “promptly” report the information to the industry’s registry, which maintains records that are on file in racing offices. New York Gaming Commission officials said similar rules had been put in place in Nebraska, Texas, and Oklahoma, and that the rule would “protect New York horseplayers.” Although no specific penalties are attached to violations of the regulation, the New York rule would require trainers to notify the racing secretary at the track where the procedure is performed within 72 hours of the operation. If the procedure is performed offtrack, the rule requires the owner or trainer of the horse “to report the alteration at or before the time the horse is entered to race.” Many horses are gelded to improve performance. The commission approved the 96-hour rule for administration of the bronchodilator clenbuterol as a concession to Standardbred interests who had argued that a proposal to prohibit the administration of the drug within 14 days of a race would be a de facto ban. The commission had already approved the 14-day rule for Thoroughbreds as part of an overhaul of the state’s drug rules aligned with an effort by other states to adopt uniform regulations. Racing commissions in the United States have sought to tighten clenbuterol rules over the past several years because of the drug’s potential to build muscle mass when used regularly. Dr. Scott Palmer, the gambling commission’s equine medical director, said at th The New York Gaming Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a rule requiring horsemen to notify track personnel within 72 hours of a horse being gelded ontrack, during a meeting in which the commission also approved a rule allowing Standardbred horses to be administered clenbuterol up to 96 hours before a race. The rule requiring notification of a first-time gelding builds on an existing Jockey Club rule that requires horsemen to “promptly” report the information to the industry’s registry, which maintains records that are on file in racing offices. New York Gaming Commission officials said similar rules had been put in place in Nebraska, Texas, and Oklahoma, and that the rule would “protect New York horseplayers.” Although no specific penalties are attached to violations of the regulation, the New York rule would require trainers to notify the racing secretary at the track where the procedure is performed within 72 hours of the operation. If the procedure is performed offtrack, the rule requires the owner or trainer of the horse “to report the alteration at or before the time the horse is entered to race.” Many horses are gelded to improve performance. The commission approved the 96-hour rule for administration of the bronchodilator clenbuterol as a concession to Standardbred interests who had argued that a proposal to prohibit the administration of the drug within 14 days of a race would be a de facto ban. The commission had already approved the 14-day rule for Thoroughbreds as part of an overhaul of the state’s drug rules aligned with an effort by other states to adopt uniform regulations. Racing commissions in the United States have sought to tighten clenbuterol rules over the past several years because of the drug’s potential to build muscle mass when used regularly. Dr. Scott Palmer, the gambling commission’s equine medical director, said at the commission meeting that the 96-hour rule will still prevent Standardbred horsemen from using the drug for this so-called “repartitioning effect” because most harness horses run once per week, and because any Standardbred horse who has not raced for 30 days will be prohibited from being administered the drug within 14 days prior to its first race back. alled “repartitioning effect” because most harness horses run once per week, and because any Standardbred horse who has not raced for 30 days will be prohibited from being administered the drug within 14 days prior to its first race back. To read the rest of the story click here.

Athena de Vandel won today's Gr. III Prix Vindex at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old daughter of Prince Gede scored in 1.16.1kr at 5.6/1 odds over 2700 meters to take the 45% winners' share of the 95,000 euro purse. Cedric Megissier trains and drives the winner for La Tour de Vandel. Africaine was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 7/2 odds. Athena de Vandel February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Vindex, GR. III, 95,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters 1.16.1kr 1st Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia dce Vandel), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver for owner La Tour de Vandel, 5.6/1 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver/owner, 3.5/1 3rd Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream), Alexandre Abrivard, 26.9/1 Italy's Oropura Bar, a six year-old son of Love You, won the Quinte+ Prix Emile Allix Courboy for 80,000e over 2100 meters autostart. Marco Smorgon is trainer/driver of the winner for 4AB SAS. The winner scored at 6.4/1 in 1.13.4kr over 39/1 outsider Topaze de Gournay with owner/trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie aboard. The Quinte+ exact order 2e ticket paid €66,696. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Emile Allis Courboy, 80,000e, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, Quinte+ 4.95 million euro jackpot 1.13.4kr 1st Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 6.4/1 odds, owner 4AB Sas (Italy) 2nd Topaze de Gournay (7f Kepler-Haute Tension), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver/owner, 39.2/1 3rd Tolca de Bellouet (7f Orlando Vici-Quenavora), Mathieu Abrivard, 11.8/1 Bomba took today's Prix Ali Hawas, a Gr. II monte event for 120,000e over 2700 meters. Yohan Lebourgeois handled the winning three year-old filly by Goetmals Wood for Philippe Allaire. Heavily favored Beauty Turgot was second for Franck Nivard in the contest with the winner timed in 1.16.8kr. Ballerine Griff finished third with Eric Raffin up for Sebastian Guarato trainer for Ecurie Griff. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Ali Hawas, Gr. II 120,000e, 2700 meters, 15 starters, monte 1.16.8kr 1st Bomba (3f Goetmals Wood-Passion d'Amour), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 3.6/1 odds, Philippe Allaire trainer for Mme. I Martin 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragame), Franck Nivard, 1.1/1 odds favorite, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Mme. T. H. Hoste owner 3rd Ballerine (3f Password-Keva Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 21.1/1 odds for Sebastian Guarato for Ecurie Griff Bird Parker, often a solid runner-up performer in three year-old graded events, today scored in the Gr. II monte Prix Felicien Gauvreau for 120,000e. The son of Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier, trained by Philippe Allaire, scored in 1.16.4kr over 2700 meters. The win raised his earnings to 164,480e. Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc with 61/1 outsider Bingo Star third. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Felicien Gauvreau, Gr. II monte, 120,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters   1.16.4kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir de Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. El. Allaire, 3/1 odds, his second career win for earnings of 164,480e 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia, 5/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy up for trainer/owner Lucien Swita, 61.3/1 odds Final day of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes is Saturday and quite a fine card it is. Four graded events, each worth over 100,000e highlight the program. The 240,000e Prix de Selection features Gr. I starters Village Mystic, Uhlan du Val, Univers de Pan and Axelle Dark. The Gr. II Prix de l'Union Europeenne for 160,000e has veteran Roi du Lupin at the start against invaders Sanity and On Track Piraten. Monte events worth 120,000e feature Quarry Bay in the Prix Henri Desmontils, with Camille Levesque in the irons, and the Prix Louis de Bourg showcases Al Capone Jet, A Nous Dous and Aston Fly. See below listings. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes Prix d'Alencon, European, monte, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 13 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Latest News, 6g, O. Touvais, 84008 Sweden Crme Brulee, 5f, Mlle. Camille Levesque, 127797 Sweden Ulm de Chichevet, 6g, P-Y Verva, 128860 Volcan d'Occagnes, 5g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 128860 Valseur de Kacy, 5m, Alexandre Abrivard, 129700 Umaga, 6f, Nathalie Henry, 137330 Ukerlza du Benjo, 6f, M. Mottier, 142820 Plutonio, 5m, Mathieu Abrivard, 146796 Italy Vermeer Jarzeen, 5g, Eric Raffin, 151850 Orione Spin, 6m, Philippe Masschaele, 154924 Italy Ultissino, 6m, Damien Bonne, 188790 Viva Forest, 5f, Franck Nivard, 189460 Disco A.E., 6m, David Thomain, 219330 Sweden Prix de Selection, Gr. I €240,000, 2200 meters, 16 starters, Quinte+ €5.05 million jackpot Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Below travel 2175 meters Aldo des Champs, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 244510 Alesia d'Atout, 4f, M. Mottier, 258850 Astor du Quenne, 4m, J-M Bazire, 266940 Atlessimam 4f, Julien Dubois, 273540 Aladin d'Ecajeul, 4m, Eric Raffin, 334940 Anastasia Fella, 4f, Franck Nivard, 438250 Akim du Cap Vert, 4m, Franck Anne, 504330 Axelle Dark, 4f, Jos. Verbeeck, 535400 Below travel 2200 meters Vanna Coletto, 5f, Anthony Barrier, 134500 Viking de Val, 5m, Eric Lambertz, 326940 Unabella Perrine, 6f, Franck Ouvrie, 379966 Voltigeur de Myrt, 5m, Pierre Vercruysse, 389915 Une Fille d'Amour, 6f, David Thomain, 558940 Village Mystic, 5m, Louis Baudron, 641570 Uhlan du Val, 6m, Cedric Megissier, 693890 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 935530 Prix Henri Desmontils, Gr. III International monte, 120,000e, 2850 meters, 10 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Signeville, 8f, Julien Raffestin, 280270 Texas de l'Iton, 7g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 434240 Quassia du Bon Air, 10g, M. Mottier, 447550 Torre Crepin, 7g, A. Lamy, 460730 Utoky, 6m, Franck Nivard, 549250 Recit Jeloca, 9g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 565530 Rapide du Digeon, 9g, Damien Bonne, 610280 Rubis Dairpet, 9g, Eric Raffin, 621610 Risque Tout, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 954150 Quarry Bay, 10f, Camille Levesque, 1058020 Prix de l'Union Europeenne, Gr. II UET Masters Series, European, 160,000e, 11 starters, 3000 meters Starter du Rib, 8g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 424480 Maxwell Mayday, 9g, Bjorn Goop, 441740 Finland Quela Rive, 10f, Mme. A-F Donati, 549830 On Track Piraten, 6g, Pierre Vercruysse, 555429 Sweden Son Alezan, 8m, Dominik Locqueneux, 558520 Quinio du Relais, 10g, Sebastian Hardy, 728891 Rigiorieux du Bois, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 801230 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, David Thomain, 869828 Sanity, 8g, Franck Ouvrie, 915895 Quoiumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire, 1145569 Roi du Lupin, 9g, Franck Nivard, 1498700 Prix Louis de Bourg, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 28509 meters, 11 starters, four year-olds Horse, age/sex, jockey, earning euros Armio, 4m P. Masschaele, 32860 Astuce du Bas Bosq, 4f, Damien Bonne, 45410 Avireau de Houelle, 4m, P. Edouard Mary, 64630 A Priori, 4m, David Thomain, 77440 Airport, 4m, Eric Raffin, 83400 Anna Mix, 4f, Franck Nivard, 90000 Antara Buissonay, 4f, Yohan Lebourgeois, 117340 Agrippine, 4f, Alexandre Abrivard, 129630 Aston Fly, 4m, J. Carre, 134120 A Nous Dous, 4f, Nathalie Henry, 135250 Al Capone Jet, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 141520 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The Prix de Selection is the final Group I race of the rich Vincennes Winter Meeting and is an aptly named race which is often a precursor to a rich stud career for the place-getters. An inter-generational race for 4-6YOs, it is the second (after the Prix des Centaures) to be run under the new handicapping system which has reduced the handicap for older horses to address the more precocious modern horse, which has seen 4YOs dominate this traditional stallion identifying race. Only Milord Drill (Sancho Panca) as a 6YO in 2006 and Kiwi (Coktail Jet) at 5 in 2003 have won the race in the last 21 years, but the change from a 50m to a 25m handicap should readdress the balance. But even with this anomaly the race's success as a test of stallion potential can be seen by a quick look at its alumini who have been well represented in this Winter Meeting. Royal Prestige's son Buvetier d'Aunou, sire of superstar Up And Quick, winner of the Prix de Paris and runner up in the Prix d'Amerique won the race in 1992, while the following year's winner Cygnus d'Odysee, a son of former US 2YO star Workaholic is the sire of the brilliant Texas Charm, who was favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique after a superb win in the Prix de Bourgogne until injury. And 2001 winner Jasmin de Flore is the sire of Criterium de Juenes winner Billie de Montfort. Prominent stallions who have won the race include Kaisy Dream (sire of group one winners Santa Rosa France and So Lovely Girl), the aforementioned Kiwi (sire of Criterium des 3 and 4 winner Quaro), Full Account (sire of Criterium de Jeunes winner Kinder Jet), Insert Gede and Meaulnes du Corta, Nice Love and rising star Saxo de Vandel. And underlining just how important the race can be for predicting great sires can be further illustrated by a look at some of the runners-up in the race - none other than Coktail Jet, Ganymede, Orlando Vici, Kesaco Phedo, Giant Cat and the next superstar sire Ready Cash. Last year's winner Village Mystic (who is already at stud) lines up against a swag of group one winners and such is the strength of the field that Louis Baudron's son of Love You will probably be seventh or eighth favourite. After running a narrow second in the Goup 1 Grand Prix de France Univers du Pan will be the favourite for this race, given the reduced nature of the handicap against his talented younger rivals. Philippe Raugeard's son of Kenya du Pont is in rare form, with three second placings in a row against the best older horses in the world, which will set him up for a great shot at this. Prix De Bretagne winner Uhlan du Val, who was also second to current star Up And Quick in last year's Criterium des 5 Ans, is also well in the mix here . Cedric Megissier's son of Islero de Bellouet is the only one of the field who graced the Grand Prix d'Amerique where he finished a meritorious sixth and his last three starts have all been in the crucible of the French triple crown. He also looks to be in great shape against his own and younger age-groups after such a torrid build up. Of the younger horses, who will start with a 25metre advantage on the 2175m trip, Sebastien Guarato's rising star Aladin d'Ecajuel (Quaker Jet ) is favoured to test the older horses and maintain the dominance of 4YOs, while Akim du Cap Vert (First de Retz) is also a very talented stallion. Mares have also enjoyed rare success with only the exceptional Pearl Queen and Qualita Bourbon having won the race in the past 20 years, but the A generation has been dominated by the female gender up until very recently. But whether the leading lights Axelle Dark (Ready Cash), Anastasia Fella (Goetmals Wood) and Atlessima (Rocklyn) are of that quality is the 240,000 euro question. PRIX DE SELECTION  Vincennes 2014-03-01 Group I 2175 4-6YOs € 240 000e 1 Aldo des Champs (4h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2175 2 Alesia d'Atout (4m Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 2175 3 Astor du Quenne (4h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 4 Atlessima (4m Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 5 Aladin d'Ecajeul (4h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 6 Anastasia Fella (4m Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2175 7 Akim du Cap Vert (4h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2175 8 Axelle Dark (4m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2175 9 Vanna Coletto (5m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Guillaume Grelier 2200 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2200 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 2200 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Roberto Donati 2200 13 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 2200 14 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 2200 15 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 2200 16 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Raugeard Tr: Philippe Raugeard 2200 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

DOVER, Del.---- Trace Tetrick topped a five-win day guiding Artists Rally to a 1:52.1 victory on a windy and chilly Thursday, Feb 27 in the $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap at Dover Downs. Artists Rally left from post 1 and controlled all quarters en route to victory in the week's top pace, the $27,500 Del. Special. Ed Gannon Jr. owns and trains the Real Artist-Spunky Gal black gelding who won for the second time this year. Jeremy's Successor (Sean) Bier) finished second in front of Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis). Ice Scraper, driven by Roger Plante, and EZ Noah with Allan Davis, finished in a 1:52.3 deadhead for win in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap. Phyllis Copeland conditions Ice Scraper, a Yankee Skyscraper-Chilli Breezes gelding owned by Jim Behrendt. EZ Noah is a Western Terror-Her Majesty gelding trained by Josh Green for owner Baron Racing. Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N streaked along the passing lane to get up in 1:52. To win the $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. The win was one of two for Ross Wolfenden. Peter Tritton trains the Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche seven-year-old. Dreamfair Kovu (Jim Morand) was the place horse with Bad Man Sam (Kirby) the early leader finishing a close third. Ron Pierce was aboard Manhattan Rusty N, a 1:53.3 winner of the $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Handicap. Wade Wyatt owns the Artsplace-Miss Matao N gelding trained by Joe Skowyra. The victory was the fourth in a row for Manhattan Rusty N, with three different owners due to being claimed three straight weeks. Adams Hanover ( ) was second with Hasty Western (A.Davis) the show horse. There were several $14,500 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over paces. In one Patron Racing and trainer Jim King's Sea Harrier was one of Tetrick's early wins. The Jereme's Jet-Ingrid Ingrid Bergrin gelding won for the fourth time in his last five outings recording a 1:53.4 triumph. Tetrick returned for another victory in a $14,500 pace for younger male horses steering John Dayton's Just A Jolt, sired by Village Jolt from Just Wait Kate, also conditioned by Jim King, for a 1:53.1 score. Lauren Allen owned and trained Cruising West, by Yankee Cruise-Best Western, was Ross Wolfenden's third trip to the winners circle thanks to a 1:54.3 win in a third $14,500 pace. The Delaware-bred Spinfiniti, owned by Howard Taylor, notched his sixth win in his last seven starts as Wolfenden drove a 1:56.1 victory. The No Spin Zone-Hurricane Jenna brown four-year-old finished second in his only none-win of the year. In addition to Trace Tetrick quintet of wins and Wolfenden's triple, trainer Bobby Myers, Josh Green along with Jim King had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del.---- After consecutive fast wins, 8-1 Dancin Yankee moved into the $30,000 Preferred to another win; Full Of Sand won a photo in the $28,500 Delaware Special and Ice Scraper took the $18,000 Open to highlight a strong Thursday, Jan. 30 card at Dover Downs. Overlooked in the betting despite two straight impressive victories, Dancin Yankee, driven by Chris Page, blew past the leaders in the stretch to record a 1:51.1 triumph in the $30,000 Preferred, the top purse race of the week. The six-year-old son of The six-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest gave trainer Josh Green his second win on the program. Owned by Bob Briley, Rich Lombardo and Baron Racing, it was his 27th lifetime win and brought his career earnings to $614,822.Second-place Texican N led in the stretch for Ross Wolfenden with Special Forces, third, reined by Corey Callahan. Nova Artist (Allan Davis) led early and tired in the stretch. Callahan and Full Of Sand enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip following All Stienam (Chris Page) until mid-stretch before rolling up to score a 1:51.2 decision in the $28,500 Del. Special. Trish Foulk conditions the Full Of Fun-Soft Towel gelding for Brit Evans and Foulk Stables. A 40-1 shot, People Are Crazy (Vic Kirby) came on for third. Ice Scraper, a recent arrival from top-class events at Balmoral Park, notched an impressive 1:51.1 win in the $18,000 4&5-Year-Old Open. Owned by Jim Behrendt and trained by Phyllis Copeland of the Roger Plante Stable, the winner is an altered son of Yankee Skyscraper-Chill Breezes. Mr. Dennis (Ron Pierce) finished second in front of Don't Ya Know (Vic Kirby). Summer Camp came from off the pace to score a 1:51 victory in a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace. Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable own the Rocknroll Hanover-Roman Art veteran gelding. Driven by Chris Page for trainer Josh Green. GD Airliner (Callahan) was next with Its That Time (Eddie Davis Jr.) third. Trainer Peter Tritton has unveiled another Down Under import to reckon with. Ross Wolfenden steered Harry von Knoblauch's Ohoka Texas N, a Christian Cullen-Millwood Touche gelding, to his second win in a row with a stunning 1:51.3 success. Panfully Cool (Ron Pierce) and Wahine (Jim Morand) were second and third respectively. Meet leader Callahan led all drivers with four wins. Ross Wolfenden and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins, Chris Page, Ron Pierce and trainer Josh Green and owner Baron Racing had two wins each. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs    

Top level monte experts shared the stage today and thrilled the crowd with competitive races that showcased its equine stars. Super impressive Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Joisselyn) overcame a 25 meter handicap to win again, today in the Prix Camille Blaisot (RMC). Nathalie Henry and her charge caught the field quickly and pressed on for the lead in a moderate pace. At various stages the pair patiently let contenders pass before re-taking the lead. Although Vision Intense drifted wide in the stretch, as she often does, the victory margin was secure in 1.15.4kr for owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. January 26, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Camille Blaisot (RMC), Gr. II monte, 2850 meters handicap by distance, 120,000e purse, 8 starters1.15.4kr Fractions: 1.16.7kr at 1500, 1.17.2kr at 1000, 1.15.8kr at 500, 1.15.4kr at finish 1st Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn), Nathalie Henry up for Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams, 1.2/1 odds favorite, her 11th career victory for 670,250€ won, overcame 25 meter handicap 2nd Valse Castelets (5f Memphis du Rib-Elide), J.L.C. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais, 1.8/1 3rd Valdice de Mars (5f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie), Yohan Lebourgeois aboard at 13/1 4th Vamp Gede (5f Capriccio-Feerie Gede), Damien Bonne up at 17/1 5th Votka Bleue (5f Jasmin de Flore-Joyeuse Bleue), Franck Nivard up at 5.1/1 In the opener veteran monte performers started the day with a competitive battle in the Prix Jacques Andrieu for 120,000€. Recit Jeloca and Jean-Loic-Claude Dersoir just got past veteran mare Quarry Bay and Camille Levesque on the line in 1.14kr over 2850 meters. Quarry Bay was sensational as she overcame a 25 meter handicap and battled fiercely against fine competitors to the finish. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Jacques Andrieu, Gr. II International UET Masters Series monte, 120,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters  1.14kr Fractions: 1.14.6kr at 1500, 1.14.1kr at 1000, 1.14.4kr at 500, 1.14kr finish 1st Recit Jeloca (9g First de Retz-Flora Castelets), J.L.C. Dersoir trainer/jockey at 6.8/1 2nd Quarry Bay (10f Cygnus d'Odyssee-Barcarolle), Mlle. Camille Levesque up at 2/1 for Mike Lenders trainer 3rd Texas l'Iton (7g Cygnus d'Odyssee-LLiada de L'Iton), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 20/1 for trainer Henri Levesque 4th Nene' Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Alexandre Abrivard up as 1.5/1 favorite The monte events setup the Grand Prix d'Amerique in fine fashion showcasing superior talent under saddle. It's almost as if Stefan Hultman and Maharajah are taking bows not only for their special accomplishments this day, but for their counterparts in the other graded races on the card. All were worthy of thanks by the fans. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

VINCENNES, France - A field of 18 trotters including 11 millionaire earners representing four nations are in Paris preparing for the Grand Prix d'Amerique which runs Sunday at Vincennes. There has been much speculation after three B races had seen the R-generation reduced to also rans, but Roxane Griff's stunning win in the Prix de Cornulier, and Texas Charm's withdrawal has seen the odds shift back to the older brigade. Ready Cash, who was an encouraging third last start in the Prix de Bourgogne certainly primed for the great race earlier this week at Thierry Duvaldestin's La Ferté-Frênel training establishment. He will probably start a very warm favourite to maintain the class of 2005's stranglehold on the race since 2011. Classmate Roxane Griff was sensational in the Prix de Cornulier, and has finished second here before in 2012. She is great mare but history is against her. Only Bellino II in 1975 and 76 has ever done the double. Of the young pretenders Richard Westerink's Timoko is a champion on any other track, but he has failed too many times at the Temple of Trot to be liked in this. The horse that really stands in this generation is great rival The Best Madrik, from the sprawling stable and breeding establishment of Jean-Etienne Dubois near Argentan. Dubois said the Prix d'Amerique was a crazy race, but if his enigmatic star got the right run with some cover, he could finish in the money, and he certainly looked a million dollars earlier this week. His brother Philippe Dubois won last year with Royal Dream, who carried great form into the race, and then carried off the prize. This year he has not been as impressive and would have to have improved seriously to pick up a second PDA. There are however two serious contenders from the class of 2007 in Triode de Feliere and TIego d'Etang. This is a very good crop and one or both of these two could win this race some day, although it may not be Sunday. And then there are the Quick horses, Up The and Save The. Franck Leblanc's horses have broken records in big races this year. Save The Quick was disappointing under saddle, but Up The Quick is a genuine chance here. And then there is the International contingent, headed by Swedish superstar Maharajah and Prix d'Belgique winner Yarrah Boko. The star of the giant Swedish syndicate company Travkompianet has mixed massive fast finishing performances, with puzzling ordinary ones, especially when asked to do extra work parked out in staying races. Sit and sprinters don't win at Vincennes, certainly not in this of all races. Has he really got the stamina to beat the hill - hold off the challenges and kick on in the straight. Yarrah Boko is a son of the mighty Coktail Jet, so has the breeding to give this a nudge, and has some unfinished business in this after missing a start last year. You can't argue against his form in big races either. But can he beat the best of France, in this race us the big question. And the Italians. Well the stats are great for Mack Grace Sm, 13 wins in a row this year, and 16 out of his last 18 and over 1.27 million euros bancked. But the reality is he has never won further than 2100m, all his wins have been in Italy and the last time he came to Vincennes to try to make the Prix d'Amerique in the 2012 Tenor de Baune over 2700m, he ran down the track. He also finished out of the money in his only other race on this track over the sprint 2100m In contrast Nesta Effe can win overseas having done so impressively in Finland and Sweden this year, and Italy, but this is Vincennes and her best place on this track is fourth over 2100m. There are mountains to climb, and these two are flat trackers. Fast flat trackers generally will not win here. The rest will be at outside odds to write their place in history. David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Today marked the first session of the annual Grand Prix d'Amerique Mixed Sale conducted by Arqana Trot. Comprised of young, lightly raced and unraced stock, the initial session saw 71 horses offered of which 62%, or 44, sold for an aggregate value of 251,500 euro, an average of 5,716 euro. Sale topper was hip 53, the three year-old colt Bold de Tonnerre (by Diamant Gede) that brought 15,000 euro off a qualifying effort at La Capelle. Session #2 on Thursday is comprised of only stallion shares, including those of Goetmals Wood, Password, Quaker Jet, Royal Dream, Sam Bourbon, Texas Charm, The Best Madrik, Timoko and Up And Quick. Racing continued at Paris-Vincennes and Cagnes sur Mer on Tuesday-Wednesday with much European influence in races so designated. The feature today at Cagnes sur Mer was the 55,000 euro purse Prix Une de Mai over 2925 meters with 17 starters. This Quinte+ race of the day (jackpot 3.15 million euro) went to Tailor handled by trainer Yannick Briand. Tailor increased career earnings to over 189.000 euro with the 1.14.2kr win, his 13th lifetime victory. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was 15,470 euro for a two euro wager. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix Une de Mai, 55,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with 3.15 million euro jackpot  1.14.2kr 1st Tailor (7m Intrepide-Une Gamine-Hetre Vert), Yannick A. Briand driver/trainer, 2.7/1, 13th career win for 189,940 euros won 2nd Roller Quick (9m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-Florestan), Jean Uroz trainer/driver at 7.3/1 3rd Superdu Chatelet (8g Jag de Bellouet-Jaina du Chatelet-Jet du Vivier), Roland Jaffrelot up at 16/1 Three year-olds competed in the Prix du Perigord today on the shore at Cagnes sur Mer with Busquesda taking victory at 18/1 for Laurent Fresneau. Favored Blanco du Biwetz was second for Christophe Martens with Black Blues third for Jean-Pierre Dubois. Black Blues is cataloged to sell Friday at the Arqana Trot Prix d'Amerique Sale. January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer - Prix du Perigord, 16,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 9 starters  1.17.9kr 1st Busquesda (3f Repeat Love-Quelette-Hasting), Laurent Fresneau trainer/driver/owner, 18/1 odds 2nd Blanco du Biwetz (3m Orlando Vici-Lio du Biwetz-Capriccio), Christophe Martens up at 3/2 3rd Black Blues (3m Sam Bourbon-Scarlet Lady-Kaisy Dream), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner at 3/1 The Prix de Pont-Audemer showcased European males on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes for a 58,000 euro purse over the sprinter distance of 2100 meters autostart. The Peter J. Strooper trained Duke Of Greenwood prevailed for reinsman Hugo Langeweg, Jr. in 1.14kr in a front-stepping score. The German registered trotter increased his earnings to over 101,000 euro. Jos. Verbeeck was second with a son of Ready Cash named Alto de Viette that closed strongly for second at 20/1 ahead of Renoir Dany and Italy's Marco Smorgon, off at 15/1. Another Italian performer was fifth, that being the Infinitif colt Rue du Bac, he from Ici by Diamond Way. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pont-Audemer, European males, 58,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters  1.14kr 1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg, Jr. up for trainer P.J. Strooper and owner Michel F. Rothengatter, his third win for 101,836 euro (Germany) 2nd Alto de Viette (4m Ready Cash-Mini Ceinture-Dahir de Prelong), Jos. Verbeeck up at 20/1 3rd Renoir Dany (4m Varenne-Nikita November-Viking Kronos), Marco Smorgon up at 15.1 (Italy) 4th Amazon du Floriange (4g Echo-Peoleta-Ganymede), Loic Guinoiseau up at 12/1 5th Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way), Eric Raffin up at 4/1, bred by Scuderia Bolgheri (Italy) European monte practitioners contested the 62,000 euro Prix de Dieppe over 2700 meters. Mathieu Abrivard prevailed with his partner, the seven year-old mare Tuanita d'Occagnes in 1.14.4kr. The mare recorded her fifth career win and increased earnings to over 227,000 euro. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dieppe, European monte, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.14.4kr 1st Tuanita d'Occagnes (7f Tenor de Baune-Juanita d'Occagnes-Quadrophenio), Mathieu Abrivard up at 7.2/1; her fifth career win for 227,740 euros lifetime 2nd Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit), Franck Nivard up at 4.3/1 for trainer Franck Leblanc 3rd Surlando de Viette (8g Quadrophenio-Jolimira-Workaholic), Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier up at 37/1 Another European event, the 90,000 euro Prix de Mironde with 17 starters, went to the Franck Nivard teamed Vulcain de Vandel in 1.14.2kr over the classic 2700 meter distance. German invader Dream Magic BE was a good second for Josef Franzl at 35/1. He's by Dream Vacation from a Defi d'Aunou mare. January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mironde, European, 90,000 euro purse, 17 starters  1.14.2kr 1st Vulcain de Vandel (5m Jag de Bellouet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), Franck Nivard up at 2.2/1; his seventh career win for 179,550 euro 2nd Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d'Aunou), Josef Franzl aboard the German invader at 35/1 3rd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 71/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

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