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A superb harness racing program and superb fall weather made the Saturday Kincsem Park environment special, Three classic races took place, each with purses at 1.5Huf million or better.   Two- year olds took the stage first in the Ketevesek Nagydija (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the impressive 1.20.8kr timed victory went to 1.2/1 Bazsiville (2g Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Stablemate Brilians BD (2f Brillantissime-Ici Love-Love You) was second teamed with Andrea Nagyvary. Third was Brom Lady (2f Maximus Lindy-Titan Lady-Ata Star L) for Balazs Juhasz.   The winner is sired by Calypso Capar, a stakes winning son of Supergill, that has shown well with his progeny in Hungary.   Open trotters engaged in the Ropke DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with the 1.17.1kr score to 1.2/1 Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) handled by her trainer Veljko Mazsity. Ubu Kiraly (6m Vioxx SR-Helikan-Awesome Goal) was second for Lajos Marton with the third check earned by Henrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship-Her Own Child-Impossant Sund) and reinsman Csaba Lakatos.   Uran Lady   The classic continued with the Oszi Kanca DIJ (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap). The 3/2 favorite Adriana Asti (3f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) earned the victory for Veljko Mazsity aboard. She defeated the 40 meter handicapped Zona (4f Offenbach Bigi-Kuma-Valley Guardian) with Emil Csordas up and the third finishing Ann Bella M (3f Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha) reined by Branislav Mukity.   Adriana Asti   Aged trotters battled in the featured Koztarcasagi DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) with the 1.17.8kr victory earned by 6.9/1 Zseneroz (4f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) reined by Mitja Slavic to his fourth win in five 2019 starts in HU. The even-money favorite Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font- Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) was second for Veljko Mazsity, his second straight loss after a solid winning streak. 36.2/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) took third reined by Andrea Fazekas.     Thomas H. Hicks

The classy 1.1/1 harness racing favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) won today’s Graf Kalman Hunyady Gedenkrennen at the historic Krieau racetrack in Vienna, Austria, a track that opened in 1878 (the Central Moscow Hippodrome opened in 1834).   The purse was 25,000€ and the distance was 2600 meters autostart.   Eight horses contested this one and Orlando Jet with trainer Rudolf Haller aboard for Team Neuhof, circled the field on the first lap and drew away from his rivals in the final bend. Race time was 1.14.3kr and the victory increased Orlando Jet’s life earnings to 383,251€. Jagaro Mo (9m Look de Star-Joy of Mo) was second for Mario Zanderigo and Raphael Venus (8g Charmy Skeeter-Riganda) was third for Hubert Brandstatter Jr. Cash Back Pellini (6g Ready Cash-Galietta Broline) and Lord Brodde (6g Pine Chip-Leonas Yessi) completed the top five.   Watch the Race Replay here!   Orlando Jet put on an impressive show and looks ready to play at the Vincennes winter meet.       Thomas H. Hicks

October 18, 2019 - The fall Caen Trotteurs harness racing sale was completed with sessions on October 15-16. In total there were 823 lots consigned, 685 lots being yearlings. Below is the total sale results and the October 15-16 summary. We reported the prior days last week. The sale topper on October 15 was the yearling colt Igor du Regency, a son of Orlando Vici, that brought 29,000€ from Philippe Dewulf. Philippe Dewulf pedigree The October 16th sale topper was hip 822, a weanling filly names Juventus du Klau (wf, Cash And Go-Kitty-Coktail Jet), that brought 21,000€ from Alain Dambrires. This is by a full brother to Bold Eagle.     Thomas H. Hicks  

The fourth leg of the traveling Trotteur Francais series was the Grand Prix Gelsenkirchen (purse 50,000€, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters International) in Germany and it went to 1.14.9kr timed and 5.1/1 odds Discovry Dry (6g Goetmals Wood-L’Etoile Dry) reined by his harness racing trainer Tony Le Beller.   The victory increased his life earnings to 184,850€. Favorite Billie de Montfort (8g Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was second off at 1.2/1 odds and with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   15/1 Balando (8m Nijinski Blue-Quitalia) was third for pilot Rick Wester. Bon Copain and Eridan took the next two checks.   Thomas H. Hicks

Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz-Nouvelle d’Atout) took this 11th leg of the Grand National de Trot at Feurs (Gr. III, purse 85,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap), reined by Alexandre Abrivard for harness racing trainer Jean Michel Bazire and breeder/owner Ottavia Roffi-Urano.   This was his 12 th career victory for 264,480€ in life earnings. Second was Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet-Queen Goulette) with Eric Raffin up for trainer J-M Baudouin. Third home was Eclat de Gloire (5g Tiego d’Etang-Vive Fee) handled by his trainer Loris Garcia.   Thomas H. Hicks  

October 19, 2019 - Below are the Orsi Mangelli Open and Filly division eligibles for those harness racing tests on November 1 at Torino. The Open Gr. I division races for a purse of 363,000€ and will likely be led by Axl Rose, the impressive colt from the Gocciadoro barn. France will send General du Parc and Girls Talk into the fray as likely competitors. Look well below for the eligibles;                                               Audrey Effe will lead the Filly division. Thomas H. Hicks  

Veteran harness racing trotter Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) overcame a 50-meter handicap to easily win the Prix de la Ville de Caen (Gr. III, 65,000€ purse, 4400 meters distance handicap, International 17 starters) at Hippodrome Caen, clocked in 1.14.6kr.   Yoann Lebourgeois teamed by Philippe Allaire owned and trained class-master that was bred by Christian Simon. The win raised Bugsy’s life earnings to 856,630€.   He defeated Copernis de Play (7g Giant Cat-Orelie des Play) that was reined by breeder/owner Franck Blandin. Third home was the 25-meter handicapped Ange de Lune (9g Laetenter Diem-Kera Elle) with Matthieu Abrivard up, he the trainer/owner. Estola, Nancy America and Vainqueur RP were next to the line. Highly regarded Looking Superb finished ninth, Ble du Gers was unplaced and Valakaja Hindo was a dq.                                      --  LeTrot photo   Thomas H. Hicks  

The annual Caen yearling sale has completed six sessions with two remaining on October 15-16. Results so far are shown below. Here is the pedigree of Aldo De Tillard. Click here.  by Thomas Hl Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cleangame (7g Ouragon du Celland-Red Bell) took today’s 42nd edition of the Grand Prix du Sud-Ouest (purse 150,000€, 2750 meters autostart) held at Toulouse La Cepiere in France. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the 3/10 favorite to his 28th career victory in 45 starts now for 1,050,870€ earned. In winning this Gr. II UET Masters Series 2019 event.  Cleangame has replaced the late stablemate Aubrion du Gers as Bazire’s top trotteur. He is owned by J-M Rancoule and was bred by Alain Louis Beaumont. Today Cleangame raced in the death seat for much of the journey before moving to the lead off the final bend. He bested 11/1 Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir( with Mickael Cormy the driver/trainer and third finishing 16/1 Bilooka du Boscail (8f Look de Star-Mirza di Vicie) with Yves Hurel aboard. Before today Cleangame was not among the UET Masters top 25 point winners. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) had his win streak ended at 56 today at the Hipodrom Torre del Ram as he finished third in the Premi NIT de Llevant (600€ purse, 2100 meters autostart) to the winning Cuore des Pres (7g Allison Hollow-Laica des Pres) that was clocked in 1.15kr, his lifetime speed record. He recorded his 27th career victory in 115 starts. Goliat de Clide (3m Infinitif-Ona de Clide SB) was second and his career record now stands at 12 wins in 18 outings. Trebol had earned 56 consecutive victories before today starting in 2017 when he won eight in a row followed by 28 and 20 in 2018 and 2019. He now shows 88 career wins in 151 starts for 688,006€ earned. His pedigree is shown below and the long winning streak is one for the record book that may not be beaten anytime soon. What a story and what a trotter. TREBOL 30/03/2007 688.006,00 € - Macho Trotador Español 1' 11'' 00 (27/05/2016)     HOT BLUES (FR)01/06/1995 159.048,60 € Trotteur Francais 1' 14'' 40 (31/12/2006)           SALLY CAN WAIT (SE)25/04/1996 31.104,00 € Trotador Extranjero 1' 13'' 70 (19/12/2004)       VARIK D'ILCINO (FR)01/01/1987 113.582,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 17'' 60 (31/12/1987)       QUICHE DE FAVAR (FR)01/01/1982 16.669,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 21'' 80 (31/12/1982)       PRINCE MYSTIC (US)01/01/1986 278.031,00 € 1' 12'' 20 (31/12/1986)       DIANA WINDSWEPT (SE)25/02/1978 13.370,00 € Trotador Extranjero 1' 15'' 40 (31/12/1978) JAMES PILE (FR)15/04/1975 112.324,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 17'' 80 (31/12/1975) OMBRE DU CHENE (FR)01/01/1980 7.401,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 21'' 00 (31/12/1980)     ISSIGEAC MABON (FR)01/01/1950 46.642,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 19'' 00 (31/12/1950) ILLUSION DE FAVAR (FR)01/01/1974 8.796,00 € Trotteur Francais 1' 23'' 40 (31/12/1974)     MYSTIC PARK (US)06/04/1979 326.430,00 € 1' 12'' 70 (31/12/1979) PRINCESS CROWN (US)01/01/1979 15.853,00 € 1' 16'' 30 (31/12/1979)     SMOKEY WINDSWEPT (US)01/01/1962 75.270,00 € 1' 15'' 80 (31/12/1962) VACKRA DIANA (SE)01/01/1968 Trotador Extranjero by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s STL Gold Svenskt Masterskap V75 at Aby, Sweden (500,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.11.7kr timed Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursury Rhyme-Credit Winner) in rein to harness racing trainer Fredrik B. Larsson, his fourth 2019 victory in 13 starts and 10th career win. His life earnings increased to 3,038,000SEK. Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner Stall TZ (Stefan Melander). Third went to Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici) with his pilot and trainer Joakim Lovgren. On the same card was the Gr. II National Sto-SM (500,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) with 80/1 Global Upper Style (5f SJs Caviar-Platinim Shine-Viking Kronos) scoring in 1.12.4kr for trainer Peter Untersteiner and reinsman Ulf Ohlsson. It was her first 2019 victory and eighth for the career, now for 3,125,066SEK in life earnings. Cash Crowe (6f Ready Cash) and Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) trailed the winner. The good card also saw 25/1 Bonnies Celebrity (6g Celebrity Secret) win the Monte SM (250,000SEK to the winner) for Tova Bengtsson. The Larlings SM (125,000SEK first prize) this day went to 9/1 Maggie Cash (4f Djali Boko) with Victor Rosleff up for trainer Jerry Riordan. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 5.2/1 odds Winoc SB (5g Sholty Boko-Kitti-Valley Guardian) took today’s Evi Segedhajro Kupa (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park, clocked in 1.17.5kr with Kitti Fajszes at the lines for trainer Zoltan Horvath.  The victory was his second in only eight 2019 appearances. ZSwarovski (8g Simb Illusion) was a rallying second for driver Balint Nyilasi and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. Third was Pozsony (10f Wall Street Banker) with Peter Erdei the reinsman. In the pre-wagering card newly appearing two year olds continued to make their debut and this day Firefly Shadow (2f Farifant-Lightyear Blabjerq) qualified in 1.22.8kr over 1800 meters autostart. Roland Balogh teamed the Rutkai trainee that was sired by Farifant (2002 m, And Arifant-Bahama-Coktail Jet) that raced as an aged performer in the USA for Team Lorentzen and then returned to Finland for stallion duty. He was a scary fast horse. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Face Time Bourbon (4m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) easily won today’s UET 400,000€ Grand Prix held at Vermo racecourse, Helsinki, Finland. Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop reined the 1.48/1 odds favorite for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. The victory was his 16th in a 19 race career now for 933,550€ earned after the 200,000€ first prize today. Goop had the winner placed third on the pegs early from post four and then moved behind cover with a lap remaining. He then brushed three wide on the backside of the last lap and it was essentially over. Face Time Bourbon, perhaps the top four year old in Europe, was a five length winner over Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes-Extreme Aunou) piloted by Alexandre Abrivard and Mister F Daag (4m Conway Hall-Miss Love-Love You) with Robin Bakker teaming for Paul Hagoort. Race time was 1.10.7kr over the 2120 meter autostart course. Chart and photos follow: Earlier on the Vermo card was the EM-3 for 60,000€ to the winner of this 2120 meter autostart test. The undefeated Ecurie D (3m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscle Yankee) remained so for teamster Bjorn Goop and timed in 1.13.5kr. It was not without a scare as the 1.3/1 favorite was offstride before the start and far behind the field. He caught the rivals at the halfway point and Goop patiently waited until the final bend before engaging the leaders. In the lane he was much the best and defeated Golden Dream ME (3m Buzzin Brian-TJ Mixy-Armbro Plush) with Noralf P. Braekken up and the third finishing Raskolnikov Frido (3m Muscle Hill-Hulda Frido-Love You) reined by Santtu Raitala. The winner is trained by Frode Hamre for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and now has an eight-race win streak. Between these events was the EM-5 for 50,000€ to the winner of the 2120 meters autostart event. Stonecapes Queila (5f Otello Pierji-Fast Food US-SJs Caviar) scored, timed in 1.11.9kr for Hannu Torvinen. She defeated Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffe;l Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop, with third earned by Hotshot Luca (5m Dream Vacation-Emma Rose-Andover Hall) with Pekka Korpi aboard. The winner recorded her 12th career victory in 31 outings with seven wins this year. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The past Saturday's Kincsem Park harness racing program showcased the Disco DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with victory to the 1.8/1 favorite Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda As-Diamond Way) handled by trainer Veljko Mazsity. Race time was 1.20.1kr. Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) took second for reinsman Goran Zolnaji and third was Henrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) with Csaba Lakatos at the lines. Earlier on the card was the Nyereten Ketevesek (two year olds, 400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) with the 1.21.1kr timed victory to Brilians BD (2f Brillantissime-Ici Love-Love You) with trainer Imre Fezekas at the lines. She bested Bing Crosby AT (2m Amiral Sund-Silent Yankee-Yankee Glide) with Tibor Hajnal up with Boisphorus N (2m Lucky Boy-Iarissa Urby-Kramer Boy) third for pilot Branislav Mukity. The day’s program also saw 2.4/1 Annuska (3f The Lindy Reserve-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) score for Sandor Kolozsi and trainer Istvan Papp timed in 1.21.3kr, her second victory in three 2019 outings. Before the wagering card was a qualifier for two year olds that went to Bo Capar (2g Calypso Capar-Rona Szepe) with Andrea Nagyvary up for trainer Imre Fazekas. The sire Calypso Capar (by Supergill) has produced a number of good gaited young performers starting their careers in 2018-19. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The harness racing trotter Empire (3m Vasterbo Prestige-Gossip Gal-SJs Caviar) took this day’s Dansk Trav Kriterium at Copenhagen’s Charlottenlund racecourse. Ken Ecce teamed the 1.14.1kr timed winner for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Panamera Racing. The race was contested over 2500 meters autostart for a purse of 680,000 krona with 340,000kr to the winner. The big chestnut colt now has six victories in 2019 and for his career with 651,860kr in life earnings. Emoji (3m Broad Bahn-Shelovesyoubutcher-Love You) was second for pilot Birger Jorgensen and Extreme (3m Chocolatier-Swiss Watch-From Above) took third money with Jeppe Juel at the lines. Denmark sends its Slide So Easy to the Yonkers International from post one with Ake Svanstedt listed as the pilot. Replay: http://fasttrackreplays.webstream.dk/Page?action=action_show_runners&date=2019-10-06&trackno=1&raceno=7 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cokstile (Norwegian bred) took the prestigious Grand Premi Delle Nazioni – Edy Gubellini (purse 275,000€, 2250 meters autostart) this weekend at Milano La Maura’s 1050 meter track. The six year old son of Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was reined by Antonio DiNardo for trainer Gennaro Casillo to the 1.11.2kr timed victory, a record for the distance. Starting from post two Cokstile was in front for much of the journey and was an easy winner by three lengths over Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) teamed with Alessandro Gocciadoro who sent five trainees in this event. Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took third money for V.P. Dell’Annunziato with fourth to the Jean Michel Bazire trainee Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) that Andrea Guzzinati catch drove. The race honored the late Edy Gubellini that developed and piloted numerous classic winners and internationally renowned performers. He won the Lotteria Prize twice, the Italian Derby and the Nazioni (with Micron Hanover). The GP Nazioni has been of special history to special horses that graced its victory celebration (Icare IV, Quick Song, Timothy T and Wayne Eden among others). It is relevant that today the post positions were drawn for the 60th edition of the International Trot scheduled for October 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Italy has a starter in Zacon Gio to be teamed with Roberto Vecchione for trainer Holger Ehlert. He will start from post five in this race for a US$1 million purse. He was expected to battle Face Time Bourbon in the UET Finale at Helsinki before the International invitation. The lineups for the International and UET Finale are shown below.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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