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June 21, 2020 - Prix du President de la Republique (Gr. I, monte, purse 170,000€, 2850 meters, 16 starters all four year olds) completed the Groupe I harness racing action this day and what a race it was. The 53/1 odds upsetter was Gladys des Plaines (4f Opus Viervil-Thetus de Vaujours) for jockey Mathieu Mottier, trainer Gilles Curens and owner Augustin Radu. She was clocked in 1.12.5kr off steady fractions to score her third victory in 18 starts, now for 249,670€ in career earnings. She defeated the even money favorite Guide Moi Forgan (4m Neutron du Cebe-Trajane) that was reined by jockey Christopher Corbineau for trainer Pascal Castel. The 6.5/1 Grace de Fael (4f Sam Bourbon) took third for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 34/1 Gainsborough and 29/1 Galilea Money completed the top five.   Gladys des Plaines Groupe tests continued with the Prix de Grasse (Gr. III, 70,000€ purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters European) and the 9/10 favorite Vipera Killer Gar (6f Varenne-Uakland) prevailed timed in 1.13.0kr for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Vitale Ciotola and Scuderia Fioredigio. The victory raised her life earnings to 261,848€. 14/1 Filou d’Auvergnier (5m Real de Lou) was second with Anthony Barrier up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 5.6/1 Foxtrot Sea (5m Olitro) took third for owner/trainer/driver Cedrik Megissier. 18/1 Fun Quick (5m Carpe Diem) was fourth for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Maik Esper and Ecurie Quick Star. ​Vipera Killer Gar   The great racing of the day ended with the Prix de Nesles (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart) where the 15/1 Altea de Piencourt (10f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Moonlight Isques) scored in a quick 1.10.4kr, her 14th career victory and it pushed her life earnings to 273,580€. Junior Guelpa reined and trains this winner. 5.1/1 odds Brindor (9g Mage de la Merite) took second money for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer David Alexandre, ahead of 8.3/1 Bonheur de Nay (9g Hasting) with Franck Nivard up. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Prix Raymond Fouard (Gr. III, purse 70.000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) saw 17/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) score for reinsman David Thoman, harness racing trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Michel Tessier. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr off even fractions and the victory raised his career earnings to 243,450€. The was the first of three groupe wins this day for trainer Philippe Allaire. The 8/10 favorite Gelati Cut (4m Coktail Jet-Variety Cut) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer R.C. Larue and Ecurie de Windcut. 3/1 odds Girolamo (4m Uriel Speed) took third for pilot Franck Ouvrie.  Golden Bridge   Next up was the Prix d’Essai (Gr. I Monte, purse 145,000€, 2175 meters, 15 starters three year olds) and Allaire’s owned and trained Hudson Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Bielsa Vedaquaise) was victorious for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois at 3.1/1 odds. This J.P. Guay bred colt won for the fourth time in nine starts now for 132,930€ earned. Race time was 1.12.6kr off very fast early fractions (the mark with 1000 meter remaining was 1.08.9kr). 25/1 Hera Landia (3f Ludo de Castelle) was a narrowly edged second for P.Ph. Ploquin and owner/trainer Ph. Girmault after setting the wicked pace. 26/1 Hispanien (3m Magniificent Rodney) was third for Anthony Barrier with 75/1 Hook Up Absolute finishing fourth. Hudson Vedaquais Allaire won his third of the day in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr. I, purse 145,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds) as 8/10 favorite Helgafell (3f Charly du Noyer-Baania) scored timed in 1.13.7kr off rated fractions. Eric Raffin teamed this one for Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Helgafell has now won eight times in 11 outings good for 311,400€ in life earnings. 10/1 Hooker Berry (3m Booster Winner-Osaka Berry) was up late for second reined by Franck Nivard for trainer Jean Miche Bazire. Third was the Jean Pierre Dubois owned and reined Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) that was off at 10/1 and coming in off four straight wins. He raced well. 25/1 Hokkaito Jiel (3m Brillantissime) and 76/1 Hakim Griff (3m Brillantissime) completed the first five to the line.   Helgafell LeTrot files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Today the exceptional 2020 Prox d’Amerique winner Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) scored at Vincennes in the Prix Rene Balliere (Gr. I Intermational UET Masters, purse 145,000€, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.09.4kr (mile race 1:51.66) for pilot Bjorn Goop, harness racing trainer Sebastiem Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. He was bred by SARL Haras Saint Martin. Face Time, off at 5/10 odds,  took the lead from  Enino de Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet-Noune du Pommereux) and first leading Bold Eagle (9m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and took it all the way in the fast fractions (1:06.4kr with 1500 meters remaining; 1.08.2kr at the 1000 to go mark; 1,10kr with 500 meter remaining). He was tested with over 1000 meters remaining by first up and 62/1 Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet-Defi d’Aunou) who maintained the pressure all the way, falling a length and a half back at the line, with trainer Pierre Vercruysse aboard for Ecurie Hunter Valley. This one, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois, won the GP l’Uet in 2017. Third home was 9/1 Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) with David Thomain up for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie des Charmes. 33/1 Valokaja Hindo and 49/1 Bahia Quesnot completd the top five. 4.6/1 Enino de Pommereux and 7.7/1 Bold Eagle finished sixth and seventh. Watch the replay click here. Face Time Bourbon Face Time Bourbon won for the 21st time in 25 career starts now for 1,716,300€ for this five year old that today set a speed record for the distance. In comparison, as the great Ready Cash, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois and trained by Sebastien Guarato, likely is winding down his racing career at age nine,  has 46 victories in 73 starts for 4,980,467€ earned.   LeTrot, Vincennes files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

June 20, 2020 - Longines (6 Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) took today’s featured Mount DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.3kr with a gate to wire journey engineered by harness racing driver Gyorgy Horvath. Imre Fazekas trains Longines that now has a 16-2-0 slate in 18 career starts. Unika Vik (7f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was second for Goran Zolnaji and Urzulina (7f Maximus Lindy) took third reined by Tibor Hajnal. Longines by four lengths Gyorgy Horvath Earlier pilot Andrea Fazekas won a pair, first with Tifany V (3f Oceano d’Elite-Tweety V) clocked in 1.19.6kr and then with Lingot AT (5n Jasmin d’Odyssee-Likviditus-Gills Victory) in 1.19.7kr. Quite a day for the Fazekas/Horvath family team. Kincsem Park June 20 Program link follows” https://kincsempark.hu/data/versenyprogram/2020/versenyprogram_2020_06_20.pdf   Thomas H. Hicks    

June 20, 2020 - Easy To Love Blues (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Up Me Dryme) was a narrow winner of today’s Prix de Tabac du Centre de Toury at Chartres (monte, purse 23,000€, 2800 meters, 11 starters) timed in 1.13.0kr with Mathieu Mottier in the irons. He trains this winner for Ecurie D.M. Mottier and she now has won four straight and five of her last six this year. For the career she has 10 victories in 39 appearances for 168,330€ earned. Off at 1.8/1 odds she defeated 2.5/1 Espace Winner (6g Prince d’Espace) with Alexandre Abrivard up and third finishing was pacesetter Calin du Rhonneau (8m First Way) that was off at 2.7/1 odds with Eric Raffin aboard, Easy To Love Blue Replay  https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-06-20/2801/6 This day in Sweden was racing at Rattvik with four Breeders Crown (BC) divisions and the Midsommar Lopp 2140 meters autostart) for aged performers. In that one the 4.3/1 odds Milligans School (7m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) scored in 1.13.8kr for Ulf Eriksson and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. It was his first 2020 victory in six outings. Mellby Free was second. Milligans School The BC events were won by the following: Hector Sisu (3g Zola Boko-Donatomesswithme-Donato Hanover) at 3.5/1, Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Petri Salmela, his second 2020 win in five appearances; No Business (3f The Bank-TT de Luxe-Center Field) at 3.3/1 for Bjorn Goop and trainer Oscar Berglund Bythebook (4g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Svante Baty at 8.2/1 odds; Anthara Bi (4f Donato Hanover-Dakota Bi-Toss Out) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop at 1.9/1 odds Thomas H. Hicks    

June 19, 2020 - Feeling Cash (5m Ready Cash-Royale Star) survived a vicious harness racing duel with Fleche Bourbon and scored in today’s Prix Xavier de Saint Palais (Gr. II monte, purse 85,000€, 2225 meters, five year olds) at Mauquenchy (transferred card from Vincennes) clocked in 1.12.3kr. Eric Raffin, the masked man, was the winning jockey for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. Feeling Cash, who drifted right in the lane, was off at 4.9/1 odds and won for the eighth time in his career, now for 897,100€ earned. 36/1 Flore de Janeiro (5f Vanishing Point-Ozie de Janeiro) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer/owner Franck Blandin. Third home was 38/1 Fiona Gendreenne (5f Akim du Cap Vert-Pekinois) with Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Dominique Lemetayer. Feche Bourbon was a misque dq when engaged in the struggle with the eventuial winner. Feeling Cash On Sunday racing resumes (really) at Paris-Vincennes and what a card it is on Champions Journey Day. There are six groupe races including the Gr. I Prix Albert Viel for three year olds and the Gr. I International UET Masters Prix Rene Balliere that has Face Time Bourbon and Bold Eagle at the start in a talented field. Thomas H. Hicks  

Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed By The West-Western Terror) was an impressive wire to wire harness racing winner of today’s Prix Readly Express (purse to winner 400,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters all Sweden bred) at Solvalla. Superbly reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet, the winner was clocked in 1.11.8kr (mile rate 1:55.52) in a well rated journey. Fractions were 1.12.6kr at the first 500 meters, 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.13.3kr at 1500-meter mark. Kihlstrom’s rating left Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) parked in the death seat throughout with Green Manalishi (4m Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec) behind him. That is how they finished. Don Fanucci Zet was off as the 1.78/1 odds favorite and now has eight career wins in 12 starts for 1,463,000SEK in life earnings. Don Fanucci Zet  Don Fanucci Zet pedigree is shown below with its 1.9% inbreeding coefficient. The above victory was the seventh for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom in today’s seven races.  Orjan Kihlstrom Some of OK’s victories were with very solid performers, some youngsters. Phoenix Photo (6g Super Photo Kosmos-Glittra CD-Igor Brick), 1.14.2kr in the Klass II; Conrads Rodluva (5f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star), 1.13.6kr in the Icelands Lopp; Mister Hercules (3m Trixton-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide), 1.13.2kr in the Rikitikitavis Lopp, Stall Zet is the owner; Cactus (5f Cantab Hall-Bobtail-Juliano Star), 1.12.7kr in the Itaka Sund; Heloise AM (3f Trixton-Nirvana Grif-Varenne), in the three and four year old mares event, SRF Stable owns this one; You Could Be Mine (3f Trixton-Linda di Casei-Uronometro), 1.15.4kr in the Coccinelles, SRF also owns this well-bred filly. Mister Hercules ATG, Maharajah files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s seventh leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) saw 3.7/1 and 25 meter handicapped Diable de Vauvert (7m Prince d’Espace-Pop Star) score with Gabriele Gelormini up and timed in 1.12.2kr. Bertrand Le Beller trains the winner that recorded his eighth harness racing career victory now for 433,090€ earned. A close second was 13/1 Et Voila de Muze (6m Royal Dream-Nolalla) for Hugues Monthule who teamed this Sebastien Guarato trainee that Union Stables owns. Fashion Queen (5f Ready Cash-Usenza) was third at 7.9/1 odds driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Philippe Allaire for breeder/owner J.M. Tessier. Comtesse du Clos and the 25-meter handicapped Diablo du Noyer completed the top five. Cleangame (handicapped 50 meters) and Etonnant (25-meter handicapped) were miscue dq’s and 50-meter penalized Bel Avis was unplaced. Top races are soon on tap in France, first on June 19 at Vincennes at Mauquenchy that will stage the Gr. II monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais (purse 85,000€, 2225 meters) that will have Fleche Bourbon and Feeling Cash at the start. On June 21 racing resumes at Paris-Vincennes and that card includes six groupe events. The Gr. I Prix Rene Balliere (purse 145,000€, 2100 meters autostart, International) has Face Time Bourbon, Bold Eagle and Eninoi du Pommereux among the entrants. The monte Gr. I Prix du President de la Republique (purse 170,000€, 2850 meters) has recent winner Guide Moi Forgan entered. The other groupe events are the Gr. I Prix Albert Viel (three-year olds), Gr. III Prix d’Essai, Gr. III Prix Raymond Fouard (four-year olds) and the Gr. III Prix de Grasse (five-six year olds).   LeTrot files/photos   Thomas H. Hicks

June 14, 2020 - High class trotting action took place yesterday on the harness racing half mile track at Padova Italy. There were five Groupe level contests. The Gr. II Gran Premio Padovanelle (purse 80,080€, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) was the headliner and it received the most attention due to the appearance of Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM-Yankee Glide-Kim’s Diamond Chip), the 2019 winner of the Yonkers NY International. He did not disappoint as he scored gate to wire in a world record 1.09.3kr (half mile track race record, mile rate 1:51.5). Roberto Vecchione teamed the Holger Ehlert trainee that is owned by Giuseppe Franco. Stablemate Sharon Gar (9g Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) tracked the winner but could not keep up in the final quarter finishing second, timed in 1.09.8kr. V.P. Dell’Annunziata teamed her for trainer Ehlert. Third was Virginia Grif (6f Varenne-Fancy Capar-Supergill) for Fed Esposito. Veteran Arazi Boko (13g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Supergill) was fourth. Zacon Gio’s pedigree and the race replay are shown below. For the Zacon Gio video replay click here There were two divisions of the Gr. III Gran Premio Elwood Medium on the fine Padova card, each for a purse of 50,050€ and raced over 2040 meters autostart. In the filly division for three year olds the 1.15.0kr winner was Bonneville Gifont (3f Varenne-Fedora Caf-Toss Out) for Roberto Vecchione. She defeated Bernadette Jet (3f Maharajah-First Lady Jet-Supergill) handled by Roberto Andreghetti. Her third dam was the down under champion trotter Petite Evander. Third in this race was Bica DL (3f Zola Boko-Cindy America-Supergill) for Antonio Di Nardo. Cindy America also comes from an important internatiomal pedigree as shown below.     The three year old colt division went to 1.15.5kr clocked Bonjovi MMG (3m Ganymede-Ethel Blak-Indro Park) reined by V.P. Dell’Annunziata. Baccani (3, Ideale Luis-Butlers Choice-Harmonious) was next with Antonio DiNardo aboard and third was Bigbusiness ARC (3m Varenne-Crazie Italia-Pine Chip for Alessandro Gocciadoro. The four year olds contested two divisions of the Gr. III Gran Premio Citta’ di Padova (each for a purse of 50,050€, distance 2040 meters). The filly division went to 1.12.5kr timed and Roberto Vecchione reined Ambra Grif (4f Varenne-Novella di Jesolo-Lindy Lane). She bested equal timed Alaska Gams (4f Maharajah-Edwige Blak-Supergill) with Andrea Guzzinati aboard with third to Alouette handled by Enrico Baldo. In the colt division the 1.11.6kr clocked victory was earned by Alrajah One (4m Maharajah-Mariu’-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei the pilot. Second was Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK-Varenne) and reinsman Alessandro Gocciadoro and third went to Aguacate (4m Iglesias-Laguna As-Lemon Dra). In other European notices, the great Zoogin, shown below with Ake Svanstedt, passed away this week at age 31. Quite a horse he was on the track and as a stallion Zoogin and Svanstedt Another name from the past emerged today in the Breedlopp at Solvalla. Stig H. Johansson was the pilot for third finishing Fixi Mearas (5f Muscle Hill-Trinity Starlight-SJs Photo) that was off as the 1.8/1 favorite. Stig H. also trains this well-bred mare.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 13, 2020 - The Saturday harness racing card at Bjerke on Grand Prix Day included many interesting races. The Energima Trot was one of these (purse to winner 50,000Nkr, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 14/1 Tayni Destrier (5g Un Mec d’Heripre-Eva Leba Palema-Deliberate Speed) scored in 1.11.0kr (mile rate 1:54.2). Per Ivar Bendiksen was the pilot as he won for the seventh time in only 14 career starts. The victory raised his life earnings to 183,000Nkr. Shapes (4g Classic Photo) was second for Bjorn Goop and Staro On The Rocks (3m Conway Hall) was third for trainer/driver Frode Hamre/ Teyno Destrier The Gjensidge Finale (purse to winner 100,000Nkr, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced and exciting score for Gogo Hall (5m Googoo Gaagaa-Valentine Queen-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.12.2kr and off at 6.2/1 odds. Adrian Solberg Akselsen teamed this Frode Hamre trainee that won for the third time in eight 2020 starts. Calina (6f Archipelago-Caltina Hall-Banker Hall) was second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre and Kicking Classic (8m Quite Easy) was home third. Googoo Gaagaa is proving to be an exciting stallion in Scandanavian trotting. Gogo Hall The always important Kingsrod Tradings Monte (purse to winner 50,000Nkr, 1609 meters autostart) also sparked my interest. This year it was an easy score for 1.8/1 favorite Innovation Love (5g Love You-Adena Boko-Pearsall Hanover) in rein to jockey Michelle Monster for trainer Paul Hagoort. Innovation Love won for the first time in four outings this year. Ready Eddie (10g From Above) and Lighthouse West (8g Offshore Dream) were second and third. Finishing fifth was Ja El Tomcat (11m Chocolatier), a half brother to the USA free for all trotter JL Cruze.  Innovation Love Innovation Love was timed in 1.11.8kr (mile time 1:55.5), well off the 2012 stake record of 1.10.9kr set by Prince de Montfort.   Thomas H. Hicks    

Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea-Baccarat du Pont), off at 10/1 odds, rallied off a fast pace to reel in the harness racing leaders to win the Tipster Oslo Grand Prix (purse to winner 350,000Nkr, 2100 meters autostart, eight starters) timed in a lightning quick 1.10.0kr (actual time 2:27.0), a new stake record (Nuncio established the previous 1.10.5kr record in 2016). Owned in France by Ecurie J.M. Rancoule (trained there by Jean Michel Bazire) he was handled today by Per Oleg Midtfjeld and trained by Frode Hamre. Ble du Gers won for the 22nd time in his 72 race career now for 9,500,188Nkr. He was away third and gapped off an early match race between Elian Web and last year’s winner Vitruvio (6m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) as their pilots Jorma Kontio and Bjorn Goop engaged in a death match. Vitruvio held on for a distant third at 2.7/1. Second was the rallying Tsunami Diamant (6m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip-Yankee Glide) off at 22.5/1 and reined by Jorgen Sjunnesson for trainer Paul Hagoort. Elian Web was unplaced at 3.4/1 odds. Ble du Gers                                                                                  - Per Oleg Midtfjeld ATG, Bjerke, Maharajah files/photos Thomas H. Hicks  

14th June - Veteran Blues des Landiers (9g Phlegyas-Mega des Landiers) rallied from his 50 meter handicap to win today’s Grand Prix Groiup Bouttemy (purse 40,000€, 2875 meters voltstart distance handicap, 18 starters), the seventh leg of the harness racing Trophee Vert Series, held at Arras. The winner was handled by breeder/owner/trainer Dominique Cheradame to his 22nd career victory now for 599,570€ earned. He was off at 11/1 odds. Second was 13/1 odds and 25 meter handicapped Astor de Rozoy (10m Ready Cash-Natacha de Rozoy) for pilot L.J. Legros. Third was 5/2 favorite Desis du Goutier (7m Oiseau de Feux-Quety du Goutier) reined by Francois Lecanu. The field raced in a tight bunch until off the final bend. Blues des Landiers   Thomas H. Hicks  

June 13, 2020 - A superb harness racing card was on display today at Boden. Trotting action began with the Norrlands Grand Prix for four-year olds (70,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) and as expected the 1.2/1 favorite Hail Mary (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Dreams-Victory Dream) prevailed for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. He remained unbeaten in six 2020 appearances and now has 11 career wins in 12 starts for 990,500SEK earned. Race time was 1.12.7kr. Global Adventure (5m SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine-Viking Kronos) was second for pilot Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Svante Bath. Special Mystery (4f Even Better Odds-Digital Critic-Express Lavec) took third for Magnus A. Djuse Hail Mary The Bill Dahl Bronze V75 Division (purse to winner 110,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Deep Pockets (5g Ready Cash-Bloom Bokio-Cantab Hall) score in 1.12.7kr at 2.8/1 odds. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Svante Bath trainee as he won for the ninth time in 23 starts. He narrowly bested Ribaude (7g Conny Nobell-Yessie Hornline-Like A Prayer) with trainer Bjorn Goop up. Third was Tayson Bi (8g Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi-Toss Out) for pilot Magnus A. Djuse Deep Pockets (inside) The Truncatis V75 Silver Division (purse 125,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 1.47/1 odds Giant Shadow (7g RC Royalty-Turnpike Trophy-Turnpike Taylor) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop. He won for the second time in four 2020 starts and it was his 24th victory in 30 career starts. Even’s Cool Boy (5m Un Mec d’Heripre-Even Southwind-Alf Palema) sat the pocket and held second for trainer/driver Robert Dunder. Third was Macelleria (6g Maharajah-Enjoy Our Nanny-Enjoy Lavec) ended third for Jan Norberg and trainer Robert Bergh. Giant Shadow The day’s feature race was the Norrbottens Stora Pris, a Groupe I International event that was also the V75 Gold Division (purse to winner 500,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters). The fast roan trotter Antonio Tabac (8m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) again reached the top level with this 1.11.1kr timed victory in nearly gate to wire fashion. Mika Forss teamed this Jorgen Westholm trainee to his 20th career win in 77 starts, and his second straight in 2020, the first being a 1.09.5kr victory a month ago. His lifetime earnings increased to 3,251,666SEK with this accomplishment. Off at 4/1 odds, he defeated Milliondollarrhyme (6g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) with Fredrik B. Larsson up, and the third finishing Stoletheshow (5m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) handled by Rikard N, Skoglund. Antonio Tabac glides to the line Replay   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VllTZCYJWj4 Thomas H. Hicks  

Two classic races were on stage this harness racing day beginning with the Laszlo Ferge Memorial (purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, thee year olds). Here the 4.5/1 odds Borutka (3f Illetmeny-Night Lady-Tony Oaks) scored in 1.18.4kr, a new stake record, with Tibor Hajnal up. The previous record was 1.18.8kr set in 2018 by Zapato. The winner recorded her second 2020 win in four starts. Her dam, Night Lady, won the Janos Brody Memorial in 2012 clocked in 1.16.5kr and sire Illetmeny, by Valley Guardian, was an exceptional trotter. Berill Lady (3f Maximus Lindy-Nikkel Lady-Tony Oaks) took second for Sandor Varga and Buszi (3f The Lindy Reserve-Jarulek-Valley Guardian) was third. . Borutka  The co-featured Janos Brody Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) saw 1.2/1 odds Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) score on the front timed in 1.18.5kr. Tibor Hajnal trains and drove the winner for Aquadrom and Napsugar. The 20 meter handicapped and 39.8/1 outsider Ujrazal! (7m Maximus Lindy) was second for Lazslo Kolozsi with third to 20 meter handicapped and 13/1 Alexander UR (6g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Egon Lavec) for Ferenc Nagy III. The race record was established in 2016 with Wiss Shadow’s 1.15.9kr victory. Vital RG Our coverage this day was completed with the Jungfrau DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and 3.3/1 Aronville (4g Calypso Capar-Saraville-What A Man) was the front end winner timed in 1.16.1kr. He was making his first 2020 start and held gamely for the victory under urging of trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. 3/2 favorite Zolta (5m Naglo-Gazza Jet-Supergill) rallied for second with trainer Veljko Mazsity up. Third was 10.6/1 Zanebono (5m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe) for Branislav Mukity. Aronville Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Enghien at Laval harness racing program was good one, highlighted by the Prix de New York (purse 67,000€, 2050 meters autostart, 16 European starters). Here the 5.8/1 Ce Bello Romain (8g Jam Pridem-Miss Echo Bella) scored in 1.11.4kr with Anthony Barrier aboard for owner/trainer S.G. Dupont. This was the winners’ 16th career victory now for 452,480€ earned. 25/1 Jerry Mom (7m Ready Cash-Graziella), a full brother to Traders, was second with David Thomain up for trainer Jo Corbanie and JPB Building Bvba. 16/1 Estola (6f Nectar) took third for Francois Lecanu, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 6.5/1 Alcoy (6m Ready Cash) and 21/1 Nancy America (9f Revenue) completed the top five in this Quinte+ contest. The exact order Q+ payoff was 19,742.20€. Ce Bello Romain  Watch the replay click here.  The three year olds were on stage in the Prix d’Hermonville (purse 44,000€, 2875 meters voltstart, nine European starters) and the 3/2 favorite Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) scored in 1.15.6kr. This one achieved his fourth career victory in eight starts now for 51,330€in the bank. He was given a learning path by owner/driver Jean Pierre Dubois and he is conditioned by Kevin Vanderschelden. Driver JPB won for the ninth time in 26 drives in 2020. This team also won the Prix de la Mayenne at Lyon Parilly today with Heroic Dark (3m Bird Parker-Quniromontica), clocked in 1.18.5kr with P.Y. Verva aboard. This was the third lifetime win for Heroic Dark. Hede Darling Watch the replay click here. Following Hede Darling to the line were 2.9/1 Barolo Roc (4m Filipp Roc) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard and 8.6/1 Hiros de Fleur (3m Ludo de Castelle) for Alexandre Abrivard. This one is trained by Frederic Prat and owned by Flavien Prat. Thomas H. Hicks

June 10, 2020 - Chalimar de Guez (8g Nahar de Beval-Phebe de Guez) took the June 9th harness racing Gr. III Prix Jean Paul Fairand (monte, purse 70,000€, 2000 meters voltstart, apprentice lad jockeys) at La Capelle (Vincennes transferred) timed in 1.12.2kr. Maxime Grumetz handled this Jean Michel Bazire trainee that is owned by Ecurie Vautors. The winner, off at 4.4/1 odds, now has eight career victories for 317,340€ earned. Clara du Pomtseuil (8f Mich Phili) was second with Florent Guerineau in the irons. Third went to Brainstorm (9m Pomerol de Laumac) for jockey Gaelle Godard. Chalimar de Guez The prior day was the Prix de Saussay LeTrot Open des Regions Basse-Normandie (purse 23,000€, 2450 meters voltstart, three year olds) at Caen. Here, the 1.7/1 favorite Hede Darling (3m Password-Queen Darling) scored easily timed in 1.16.0kr for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Kevin Vanderschelden trains this nice colt that earned his third straight win to increase his life earnings to 31,530€. He raced much of the way parked first over. The 53/1 outsider Help Me Win (3f Otello Pierji-Bronza) was next for owner/trainer Sebastien Houyuet). Third went to 2.7/1 Hove Point Vautier (3m Uniclove-Voix Pont Vautier) with Franck Nivard up for Philippe Billard. Hede Darling Several interesting races are ahead. On June 12 at Mauquenchy is the Prix Coronis (purse 44,000€, 2850 meters, three-year olds). On June 13 action moves to Laval (transferred from Enghien) and that program includes the Prix de New York (purse 67,000€, 2050 meters autostart) and the Prix d’Hermonville (purse 44,000€, 2875 meters). Watch for the Oslo Grand Prix that will occur Sunday June 14. It should be a competitive event albeit it is void of trotting superstars. Elian Web and Vitruvio (the 2019 winner) should be among the leaders. This race has a rich history and has been won by great horses in recent years. It is raced at Bjerke for a purse to the winner of 350,000 Norwegian krone and the ten entrants will race over 2100 meters autostart. Below is the list of Oslo GP winners since 1983. The race record of 1.10.5kr was established by Nuncio in 2016 and during the 36 years in this chart there have been only three double winners, Rex Rodney, Copiad and Gidde Palema.   Thomas H. Hicks  

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