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Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) narrowly took Tuesday’s Prix Paris-Vincennes at Baden-Vienna (purse 14,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 participants) with trainer Rudolf Haller at the lines for Team Neuhof. Race time was 1.13.6kr and the winner was off at 7/2 odds. Stark Bi raised his life earnings to 132,788€. Woten Casel (7m Alesi OM) was second for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr at 9/1 and third went to 3/5 favorite Celestial Light (7f Love You) handled by her trainer Gerhard Biendl. Earlier in the card was the Prix Le Croise Laroche (purse 10,000€, 2600 meters autostart, nine starters) and the 3/5 favorite Offroader (5g Orlando Vici-Yasminia) prevailed for Rudy Haller who trains for Stall Wieserhof. 9/1 Narcis Pesci (7g Nimitz Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Marco Gorenc and 4.9/1 odds Stravinski Bigi (9g Self Possessed) was third for Thomas Royer. Race time was 1.16.5kr. The same day at Le Cepiere was the Quinte+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 14 European starters). Cayenne de Houelle (6f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) scored at 3/1 odds for Kevin Leblanc, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Gerard Leblanc timed in 1.16.4kr. The 21/1 Bingo d’Attaque (7m Pomerol de Laumac) was second for Robert Lacroix ahead of 53/1 outside Clever Lymm (6m Korean) and trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 10/1 Uvinto and 12/1 Tooltime completed the Quinte+ exact order top five that paid 5,846€ for a 2€ wager. Upcoming on the weekend are several top-flight racing events. On September 15 at Paris-Vincennes will be the Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse 240,000€, 2150 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) with the five year-olds facing a 50 meter penalty. Davidson du Pont is the likely favorite with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. The same day is the Gr. I Prix de Normandie (240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters, monte). Look for Dexter Fromentro to be the likely favorite with Camille Levesque in the irons. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

April 15, 2015 - Oasis Bi took Saturday’s Klosterskogen Grand Prix (purse 565,000 kroners of which the winner share was 300,000 kroners, 2100 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.1kr for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Stefan P. Pettersson. The nine year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed rallied for victory at ¼ odds, defeating Thai Broadway (8m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) reined by Gunnar Austevoll and Netherlands’ Bruno di Quattro (9m Broadway Hall-Ijssel-Speedy Soma) teamed by Frode Hamre. Winmecredit (10g Credit Winner-Lamitech Dancing-Valley Victory) was fourth for Magnus Teien Gundersen, ahead of Sweden’s Gigant Slugger (10g Gigant Neo-Aida Slugger-Yankee Slugger) reined by Geir Mikkelsen and Italy’s Rod Stewart (7m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) for Tom Erik Solberg and trainer Jerry Riordan. Thomas H. Hicks

Oasis Bi came home in strong fashion in last year's Yonkers International Trot, overcoming a back-of-the-pack trip to finish fourth. Trainer Stefan Pettersson hopes the 8-year-old stallion can put forth a similar effort in this year's $1 million harness racing event on Saturday, but this time resulting in a win. "He raced a very good last quarter," Pettersson said, referring to Oasis Bi's :27.4 time that was the fastest among the 10 horses in last year's race. "He took very well to the track. I hope he can show the same way this year. He's the same horse; I think that's a good thing." Oasis Bi, representing Italy, is among three horses from last year returning to the International Trot, along with Norway's BBS Sugarlight and Sweden's On Track Piraten. Oasis Bi drew post No. 5 and was made 5-1 on the morning line, the third choice behind U.S. representatives Resolve (3-1) and Hannelore Hanover (4-1). Resolve will start the International Trot from post No. 2 while Hannelore Hanover, the lone mare in the race, will leave from post one. Another of the event's top contenders, Canada's Flanagan Memory, also drew inside of Oasis Bi. He will start from post four and is 6-1 on the morning line. "It's up to the driver, but I think the American and Canadian horses inside are very fast, so I hope he can get down with the field and then go as fast as he can at the end," said Pettersson, who will give the lines to driver Erik Adielsson, who piloted On Track Piraten last year, on Saturday. Owned by Sweden's Frackstad Lantbruks AB, the Italian-born Oasis Bi is a son of stallion Toss Out, a stakes-winner in the States, out of the Self Possessed-mare Up Front JM. His family includes millionaire Million Dollar Bye and Dan Patch Award-winner Firm Tribute. Oasis Bi has won 17 of 67 career races and earned the U.S. equivalent of $1.66 million. His wins this year include the Group 1 Gran Premio Lotteria and he heads to the International Trot off a second-place finish to Nuncio in the UET Trotting Masters championship on Sept. 18. In January, he finished third in the Prix d'Amerique. "We hope we have the horse in the same shape like last year," Pettersson said. "He's feeling good in the training so I hope we can do a good race on Saturday." The two remaining International Trot returnees, BBS Sugarlight and On Track Piraten, didn't fare as well as Oasis Bi in Tuesday's post draw, getting starting spots seven and eight, respectively. BBS Sugarlight, who finished fifth in last year's race, has won 22 of 81 career races and earned $962,553. The 7-year-old gelding is owned by Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlson. Among BBS Sugarlight's victories are the 2015 Olympic Trot and 2015 Oslo Grand Prix. "I have tested my horse on the course and I think he's much better this year than he was last year," trainer Fredrik Solberg said about BBS Sugarlight, a son of stallion Super Light out of the Sugarcane Hanover-mare Sugarsweet Sid. "He has raced very well. Everything seems to be really good with him." Vidar Hop will drive BBS Sugarlight. On Track Piraten finished seventh in last year's International Trot after a three-wide move early in the race put the gelding in front, but unable to get to the inside. He then raced first-over heading to the final turn before dropping back. A son of stallion Kool Du Caux out of the Rite On Line-sired Monrovia, On Track Piraten has won 27 of 94 career races and earned the U.S.-equivalent of $1.63 million. This year, he has won six of 17 starts and hit the board a total of 12 times. He had back-to-back second-place finishes in Group 1 events before making an uncharacteristic break at the start of the Group 1 UET Masters Championship on Sept. 18. The gelding is owned by Sweden's Stall Morkermasse and Stall CK HB. Orjan Kihlstrom will drive the 8-year-old. "We were hoping for a better position behind the gate, but it is what it is," Stall Morkermasse representative John Backlund said about On Track Piraten starting from post eight. "I think (the horse) is better this year than last year. He's just getting better every year. He's an amazing horse." The International Trot was first contested in 1959 and held through 1995. The event was resurrected last year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. It will be race six on a 13-race card Saturday at Yonkers. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. (EDT), with the International Trot expected to go at 3:20 p.m. Following is the Yonkers International Trot field in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 4/1 2 - Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 3/1 3 - Jonesy - Muscles Yankee - Tuomas Korvenoja - Tuomas Korvenoja - 15/1 4 - Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion - 6/1 5 - Oasis Bi - Toss Out - Erik Adielsson - Stefan Pettersson - 5/1 6 - Obrigado - Boy Band - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley - 6/1 7 - BBS Sugarlight - Super Light - Vidar Hop - Fredrik Solberg - 6/1 8 - On Track Piraten - Kool Du Caux - Orjan Kihlstrom - Hans Stromberg - 10/1 9 - Tano Bork - Great Challenger - John Campbell - Christian Lindhardt - 20/1 10 - Explosive De Vie - Explosive Matter - Kevin Oscarsson - Jim Oscarsson - 12/1 Tano Bork and Explosive De Vie start in the second tier. For more about this year's competitors, visit the Yonkers International Trot website by clicking here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM) teamed by Robin Bakker won today’s Prix de New York at Enghien (purse €115,000. 2150 meters, 12 European starters) clocked in 1.13.7kr. The Paul Hagoort trainee is owned by Holland’s K.K. Bijkerk and was the 1.6/1 favorite. 9.1/1 Africaine (6f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene) was second for Franck Ouvrie, driving for breeder/owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. Third was 7.1/1 Aladin d’Ecajeul (6m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe DeWulf. 110/1 Vincennes was fourth for David Thomain and fifth was 21/1 Sierra Leone for reinsman J.W. Hallais. On the Enghien undercard the Q+ Prix Invalides (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, 18 European starters) produced a blanket finish with 14.1/1 Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) prevailing for the 1.14.5kr win driven by Pierre Levesque. Thomas Levesque is the trainer for Mme. S. Bruni of Italy. 11/1 Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanada) was second for P-Y Verva, trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie Etoile Sweden HB. Third went to the Franck Ouvrie teamed and 23/1 Vramdau (7m Quido du Goutier-Kiss Me Coulonces) that is trained by Arnold J. Mollema for breeder/owner Paul Van Klauveren.7/1 Pinguis Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) was fourth for Robin Bakker and trainer Fabrice Souloy with fifth to 16/1 Rue du Bac (6m Infinitif-ICI) with David Thomain up, this one also Souloy trained. Thomas H. Hicks

Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) took his elimination and the harness racing final of the 67th edition of the Gr. I International Lotteria at Agnano Racetrack, Napoli Italy. Johnny Takter teamed the winner that left early for the lead, yielded to second finishing Voltigeur de Myrt (7m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) with Gabby Gelormini up, and then rallied up the inside to score by half-length in the final 100 meters. Third was fast closing Princess Grif (7f Varenne-Fauve Grif) with Orjan Kihlstrom up and fourth went to Pascia’Lest (7m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) with Pietro Gubellini aboard. Race time was 1.10.7kr. Pascia’Lest and Voltigeur de Myrt won their eliminations timed in 1.10.9kr and 1.10.6kr respectively, defeating Probo OP and Sahara Fairytale. Oasis Bi scored his elimination win timed in 1.10.9kr over Princess Grif. Purse for the Finale was €506,000 after the eliminations went each for €14,300. All of these heats were over 1600 meters autostart. Replay link follows: http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/34972/ The €33,000 Lotteria Consolation, also a 1600 meter test, went to Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) with Pietro Gubellini at the lines, timed in 1.11.8kr. Quick Fix and Sharon Gar followed that winner home. On the Lotteria program was the finale of the Italy vs. USA Friendship Amateur Drivers Challenge with Italy being the winner. Top points leading teamster was Italy’s Ciro Ciccarelli who won the €7,700 purse finale over 1600 meters autostart timed in 1.15.6kr. He reined Paradisea Jet (7f Ken Warkentin-Giada Jet-Kramer Boy) to the win over Piccolarobytor handled by Giovanni De Simone Jr. with third to Hannah Miller driving Narzis Lady. Hannah Miller led Team USA with a third place finish (31.5 points). The competition point leader was Italy’s Ciro Ciccarelli with 60.5 points. For those that missed the other weekend trotting classics see links below of the Argentan Criterium de Vitesse won the Un Mec d’Heripre and the Olympiatravet victory at Aby by Your Highness. The latter was been invited to the Elitloppet. Argentan 4/30/16 Criterium du Vitesse de Normandie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0la4E-32ME Olympiatravet at Aby 4/30/16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFcefiols_E Thomas H. Hicks

Enghien-Soisy’s Prix de Washington (Gr. II UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, purse €120,000, 12 starters scratched to 11 by departure of A Nous Deux) went to 1.2/1 favorite Robert Bi (5m Toss Out-Up Front JM) with Robin Bakker teaming for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner K.K. Bljkerk of Holland. Robert Bi led much of the way in this sprinter contest to defeat Uprince (7g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia) at 6/1 for Franck Nivard and trainer Thierry Raffegeuu with third to Germany’s 10/1 Chapeau (6m Love You-Crowntess) with trainer/driver Christophe Martens up for Italian owner Renato Bruni. Italy’s Pascia’Lest, at 13/1, and Sweden’s Beckman, at 45.1, finished fourth and fifth in this event in which the winner was clocked in a sharp 1.10.6kr (1:53.60 mile rate). The pace was quick, at 1.07.4kr at 1000 and 1.10.4kr with 500 meters to go. Roi du Lupin, Princess Grif and Rue du Bac were all disqualified for miscues. Robert Bi’s full-brother Oasis Bi was second today in the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola. Replay follows: Prix de Washington https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLfNEWTj8NM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opUzjqeHVcY Thomas H. Hicks

May 10, 2015 - On a sunny but cool/windy day in Copenhagen before a large harness racing audience, the Copenhagen Cup (€134.400, 2011 meters autostart, International) went to onrushing Robert Bi (5m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) and driver Robin Bakker by a head in middle distance world record clocking of 1.10.01 (1:52.63 mile rate) over game pacesetter Maven (6f Glidemaster-M Stewart) and teamster Johnny Takter. Maven’s performance was exceptional and clearly the best of her European venture to date. The fast closing winner is trained in the Netherlands by Paul Hagoort for owner K.K. Bljkerk. Robert Bi raced second over behind death seat occupant Voltigeur de Myrt (6m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) and driver Gabrielle Gelormini for owner/trainer Roberto Donati. Robert Bi was off at 7.4/1 ATG odds with Maven at 3.8/1. In post race interview Hagoort suggested he might pass on the Elitloppet and try to ready his pupil for the 2016 Prix d’Amerique. Banks went to the front initially with Maven fourth, but Takter pulled and went to the lead early and set a solid steady pace. Voltigeur de Myrt came early but could not threaten Maven and he stalled in the final turn when Maven opened three lengths. Robert Bi was forced three wide and lost ground but once in the lane he mounted a challenge that caught Maven on the line. Backfire (5m Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda) was fourth and raced well for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Bjorn Goop in the bike. The Charlottenlund undercard was excellent too. The 5-year old open went to Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) and Steen Juel timed in 1.12.2kr over 2000 meters autostart. He went essentially wire to wire. His fifth dam is Stenographer. Napolean CD (5m Orlando Vici-Nagina Light-Super Light) and Peter Ingves was second ahead of the Jerry Riordan conditioned Rossella Ross (5f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) with Johnny Takter up. The Copenhagen Open went easily to outsider Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) with Erik Adielsson up. He was timed in 1.10.9kr over 1600 meters autostart. Orione Spin set an early pace for Adrian Kolgjini before stopping, and that set up the winner. Orali (9m Great Challenger-Action Elpin-Buckfinder) was second for Jeppe Juel ahead of Monster Drive (9m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) and teamster Joakim Lovgren. The winner took the Horseman Futurity in the US at age three. The Summer Meeting Mares event over 2000 meters autostart produced an expected win by D’One (5f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) and Orjan Kihlstrom, clocked in 1.12.6kr. Red Rose America was next for Kenneth Nielsen ahead of Youana and Erik Adielsson. Youana put in an exceptional show after making an early miscue. The winner gained the lead early in this match, taking over from Fleetfoot Hanover. D’One now has three wins in four 2015 starts and is 16 for 27 in a solid career. She is owned by Stall Kennys Andelshastar and Roger Walmann is her trainer. Thomas H. Hicks

May 9, 2015 - Villeroi (6m Oiseau de Faux-Pocahontas) took today’s co-featured Prix du Gatinais (€85,000 purse, 14 European starters, 2700 meters) timed in 1.12.6kr for harness racing driver Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastian Guarato. Ecurie Pierre Pilarski owns the winner that scored at odds of 4.7/1. Tornado Bello (8m Jag de Bellouet-Enfilade), the half-brother to Offshore Dream, was a game pacesetting second for Thomas Levesque and trainer Mike Lenders as 2.3/1 favorite and third went to Triskell Pacha (8g Elio Josselyn-Derose de la Butte) and teamster Franck Nivard. Sometime pressed the lead during much of the contest but tired and went offstride late. Fractions were solid with a quick final 500 meters (1.13.1kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.2kr at 500 and 1.12.6kr finish). This race was today’s Quinte+ with a jackpot of €3.55 million. The Gr. III Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue (monte, €120,000 purse, 2700 meters, 7 International starters) went to rallying Nene’Degli Ulivi (8g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell) and Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Vincent Lacroix. Off at 7.7/1 the winner recorded career victory 17 in 40 outings, scoring in 1.14.4kr off slow fractions (1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.15kr at 1000; 1.15.7kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish) set by second place 25/1 odds Vision Intense (6f Prodigious-Intense Action) ridden by Nathalie Henry for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Rarely a pacesetter Vision Intense raced very well. Great mare Roxane Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) rallied valiantly late to be a close third for Eric Raffin, trainer Guarato and Ecurie Griff. She was off at 4.7/1 and raced fifth on the pegs until late in the lane. The Prix du Perreux (European, €80,000 purse, 13 starters) for upper class campaigners went to Rember Mail (5m Toss Out-E Mail Spin) and reinsman Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens at 3.1/1 odds. He rushed to the front with 1000 meters to go and led to the line scoring in 1.14.8kr for owner Ecurie GIGA Srl of Italy. Perkins Grif (6m Classic Photo-Radiant Victory) was second at 7.5/1 after making a strong push of the last turn and sustaining that run throughout the stretch for Roberto Andreghetti. Fabrice Souloy trains this one for Scuderia Future 2004 Srl. Rooibus (6m Rotation-Miss Tessani) was third along the pegs for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner BS Stables AB at 8.5/1.  Fractions were pedestrian that set up a quick and wild finish (1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.15.5kr at 1000; 1.16.2kr at 500; 1.14.8kr finish). Thomas H. Hicks

Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Up Front JM) won today’s €400,000 European Championship for four year-olds in 1.12.9kr over 2150 meters autostart at Mauquenchy (FR). Off as the 2.7/1 favorite in a very competitive field, reinsman Robin Bakker executed a strategic victory early when he vacated third on the pegs and swept to the lead ahead of first away Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity) driven by Torbjorn Jansson. Positions were unchanged as Bakker rated the pace until several challengers appeared late. Tumble Dust was blocked down the lane and never able to escape with Tast of Bourbon in the same situation behind that one. Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) ralled late for second ahead of Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) with Jean-Etienne Dubois up with D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo) fourth and Tumble Dust fifth. Nine starters were within three lengths on the line. Robert Bi is trained by Paul Hagoort for owner  K.K. Bijkcrk of Holland. The winner recorded his 12th win in a career that now shows €687,570 earned. Robert Bi was bred in Italy by Allevamento G. Biasuzzi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Robert Bi and reinsman Robert Bakker took today's first local elimination for the October 4th European Championship for four year-olds. The Paul Hagoort trainee (4mToss Out-Up Front JM) held off Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois up and Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici) and teamster J-M Bazire in a hotly, closely contested battle on the line. Robert Bi was off at 2.2/1 odds and he covered the 2150 meters autostart in 1.14.2kr in the mud. Purse was E60,000. The Dubois/Bazire battle continued post-race with an unusual on-track altercation. The second elimination this day went to Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne) and owner/trainer/driver Jean-Etienne Dubois. The pair scored in 1.13.2kr at 1.9/1 odds. Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was second ahead of Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta). After all qualifying elims, in France and Sweden, Robert Bi and Tumble Dust (by Crazed) lead a very competitive group of four year-olds into the European Championship on October 4th. Mauquenchy October 4 – Grand Prix de l’UET Final Tast Of Bourbon Africaine Västerbo Loveboat Robert Bi Tumble Dust Radieux Amiral Sacha Dominator D'One Rue du Bac Boys Going In Aliénor de Godrel Thomas H. Hicks

Sciecco (3m Look de Star-Iuta-Viking Kronos) took Saturday’s €154,000 Carlo Marangoni Memorial Open at Torino, Italy for Andrea Guzzinati. The long-striding chestnut winner recorded his fifth win in 16 outings, now for earnings over €265,000. Sciecco covered the 2100 meter autostart course in 1.14.9kr. Sing Hallelujah (3m SJ’s Caviar-Mystic Hanover-Donerail) was second for Roberto Vecchione Jr. with third to Superbo Capar (3m Calypso Capar-Dark Degi Ulivi-Indro Park) with Jos. Lombardo Jr. aboard. The filly Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner) ended fourth for Marco Smorgon. The €55,000 Carlo Marangoni Filly went to Simona Om (3f Uronomtro-Keystone Frizzle-Balanced Image) in rein to Roberto Andreghetti. Simona Om won for the sixth time in 17 starts, covering 1600 meters autostart in 1.13.8kr in a rousing finish with three other rivals in the picture. Saba del Ronco (3f Adrian Chip-Didone Gas-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Enrico Bellei with Sangria Bi (3f Toss Out-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) home third for owner/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi. Sirena d’Asolo finished fourth. by Thomas H.Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

 The European summer season is in full swing and there were several races in the elite UET Masters Series last week – as the grand final looms next month with races in France and Sweden on Saturday (Sunday morning NZT). At Bergsaker (Sweden), rising star 5-year-old Quid Pro Quo (Yankee Glide) benefitted from a patient drive from Erik Adielsson and was too strong in the straight for his elder counterparts in the 205,000 euro Group 1 Sundsvall Open Trot over 2,140 metres. He eventually won in 1’11’’2 km rate with Oasis Bi (Toss Out) taking second spot from Canada B.F (Jobie Tempest). Quid Pro Quo is now 9th in the UET Masters Series, with 1450 points. At Vincennes, top jockey Franck Nivard took 8-year-old gelding Sourire de Voutré (Gazouillis ) to the lead straight from the starting shute in the Prix Camille Lepecq, a Group 2 monte worth 120,000 euros. By the time he reached the top of the hill, his opponents were struggling and he accelerated on the downhill turn into the straight to leave champion mare Roxane Griff (Tenor de Baune )and Uppercut de Manche (Neutron du Cebe) behind. This was a 2700m race and the winner covered the distance in 1’12’’4 km rate (1.56.5MR). On the same card was one of the glamour events on the French calendar, the Criterium des 5 Ans, where the cream of the 5YO crop did battle over 3000m for a purse of 240,000 euros. It was Raffin again, who showed the same winning touch in the bike when he guided outsider Vabellino (5h Ouragan de Celland) to a stunning victory over Vulcain de Vandel (5h Jag de Bellouet) and Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont) with favourite Very Nice Marceaux (5h Jag de Bellouet) fourth. This is a race just 200m short of the the NZ Cup distance and includes two uphill climbs (the 3000m start is the toughest at Vincennes) and was still completed in a 1’12”7kr or a mile rate of 1.57. The record set last year by Up And Quick is an unbelievable 1’11”5 or a 1.55 mile rate. The following day there were two major races in Denmark at the Charlottenlund racetrack near Copenhagen with the UET Masters Series’ the Rex The Great Lopp (Group 2, 2,000 metres) was raced for 50,000 euros. It was won by the locally trained 8-year-old O’Grady (S J's Photo) who, on a slow track, was skillfully driven from the front by his trainer Flemming Jensen who stacked up the field and held off Politiken (Ens Snapshot) Obi-Wan (Ganymede), Neo Holmsminde (Valley Sentry) and US import Fawkes (SJ’s Caviar). The winner trotted slow 1’14’’5 km rate. On the same programme was the Group 1 Danish Trotting Derby worth 180,000 euros , which was won a few years ago by New Zealand-resident Peak, and this year’s renewal saw one of Sweden’s top reinsman Björn Goop guide Tumble Dust (4h, Crazed ) to victory for Tomas Malmqvist from Tano Bork (4h, Great Challenger ) and Tango Vang 4g (Lindy Lane). The slow track did not prevent a new record for the race, with the time of 1.14,7a for the 3000m journey or just over a 2 minute mile rate. EUROWATCH Videos Sundsvall Trot Click here to view Criterium des 5 Ans Click here to view Prix Camille Lepecq Click here to view Courtesy of Harness Racing New Zealand  

Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) won today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Norrvidden Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker SWE. Ten contestants sought the winners’ share of the €216,060 purse (1,000,000SEK to winner). Erik Adielsson teamed the winner to a 1.11.21kr victory, his 12th in 36 starts, now for earnings of 6,340,760SEK. Stall Galdiator owns the winner. Oasis Bi (6m by Toss Out) was second for Bjorn Goop and Canaka BF (7f by Jobie Tempest) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Up Date Hoss and Ed You finished fourth and fifth. The beaten field included former Elitloppet winner Nahar, Sanity and Juliano Rags. On the Bergsaker undercard, the Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) with Robert Bergh up. The win was Poker Kronos’ sixth in a row and he is 10 for 20 lifetime. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) resulted in victory by Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi-Probe) in 1.12kr for Jorma Kontio, his 21st win in 50 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Sedin brothers Ed You scored again today in the V75 Gold at Dannero over 2140 meters autostart in 1.13.4kr. The recent winner of the Hugo Abergs Memorial on disqualification needed no help today as he scored victory 23 in 59 starts earn 150,000SEK first money. Ariel Boko and Clear Sign trailed the winner to the line with well-regarded Sanity in the beaten field. The winner is a seven year-old gelded son of Love You from Lancia Brick by Super Arnie. August 9, 2014, Dannero, Gold Adelspriset, 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.4kr. Ed You (7g Love You - Lancia Brick - Super Arnie), Robert Bergh trainer / driver for Stall Sedin, his 23rd win in 59 starts for 3,370,685SEK earned. Ariel Boko (7f Lemon Dra - Exciting Kronos - Viking Kronos), Per Linderoth trainer / driver Clear Sign (10g Smok'n Lantern - Atlas Nice Sun L - Spotlite Lobell), Henrik Svensson trainer / driver In Italy, at Garigliano, the three year-old fillies contested the Campionato for E77,000 over 2100 meters autostart. Smeralda Jet and Antonio De Nardo took this victory, her eighth in 13 career starts, in 1.15.1kr over 2100 meters autostart. The daughter of Gigant Neo is from the good producing Nevele Pride mare Ticket To Ride. Savannah Bi and Scintilla Caf trailed the winner. August 7, 2014, L'ippodromo del Garigliano, Campionato Feminile 3 Year-Olds, purse €77,000, 2100 meters autostart, 1.15.1kr Smeralda Jet (3f Gigant Neo - Ticket To Ride - Nevele Pride - JJ's Springsong), Antonio Di Nardo up Savannah Bi (3f Ganymede - Dakota Bi - Toss Out-Personal Banner - Royal Prestige - Delmary Hanover), Federico Esposito Scintilla Caf (3f Pine Chip-Eveline Caf - Supergill-Once In A Lifetime - Speedy Crown - Bustle), D. Di Stefano The top-flight L'ippodromo del Garigliano card also included victories in the Campionati Consolation by Seibella Park (3f Varenne - Grandera Park-Supergill - Ladylove Lobell - Speedy Somolli) in 1.13.8kr over 1600 meters autostart, and a win in battery A of the Palio dei Communi Memorial by Oudry dei Veltri (6f Varenne - Pamela Stra - Ghendero) as she defeated the great, but aging, mare Linda di Casei (9f Uronomtro - Comtesse Ferm - Diamond Way). Thomas H. Hicks  

Muscle Boy AS, a yearling colt sired by Muscle Hill and out of the Italian mare Zelda Per, fetched the top price of $175,000 at the annual harness racing Derby Sale, held at the Mariendorf Racetrack in Berlin. Muscle Boy AS was raised and bred by Alwin Schockemühle, who for many years was the leading breeder in Germany, but he has now scaled down and has only eight mares at his stud farm. Muscle Buy AS was bought by the Austrian Serena Hamberg, who owns an elder brother to Muscle Buy AS named Istogramma SAS (sired by Diamond Way), who has a mark of 1:55.3 and earnings of $200,000. The average price at the Derby sale, dropped 18 percent to $13,710. The German Trotting Derby, the 119 Deutsches Traber Derby raced over the 1-3/16th mile distance, was won by the favorite, Expo Express, driven by his breeder and trainer Arnold Mollema from The Netherlands. Expo Express had to trot outside without cover for most of the trip, but was an easy winner in 2:01 (mile rate). The purse for the winner was $145,000. Expo Express is sired by the Italian stallion Expo Bi (he by Toss Out) and out of Pine Spirit (she by Pine Chip). Pine Spirit is also the dam of Unforgettable (sired by Diamond Way), who Mollema guided to victory in the Derby in 2005. The filly division, raced over the same distance and with a purse for the winner of $65,000, was won by another Dutchman, Hugo Langeweg Jr., who was in the bike behind Pippi Barosso (she by Goetmals Wood). Pippi Barosso was timed in a new race record of 1:58.2 (mile rate). By Karsten Bensdorf USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent  

The hotly contested Gr. I International Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden for 1SEK million first prize, was decided by the judges in favor of Ed You, the seven year-old gelded son of Love You. Robert Bergh is trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB (also owner of Nahar) as Ed You closed on the outside to nip Occhione Jet on the line. Ed You won for the 22nd time in 58 career starts. Actual winner Un Mec d'Heripre, handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy, was disqualified for interference against Magic Tonight and Johan Untersteiner in mid-stretch. The pacesetter was Truculent and Johnny Takter as they parked out veteran Commander Crowe and his teamster Robin Bakker. Un Mec d'Heripre followed the Commander, his Fabrice Souloy trained stablemate, as the veteran eventually put away Truculent at top of stretch and appeared toward a popular victory until flattening out in the final 100 yards. The whole field seized the moment and Un Mec d'Heripre left second on the outer behind the tiring Commander Crowe and moved to the lead scoring easily by a length. Ed You and Occhione Jet flashed up on the outside to be second and third. Judges immediately signaled inquiry and then disqualified Un Mer d'Heripre alleging that he forced out, affecting Magic Tonight . Well regarded Orecchietti make a miscue early and was disqualified. Summary follows for the V75-6 event: Hugo Abergs Memorial Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 1,000,000SEK to winner, 1.10.1kr, winner by disqualification of Un Mec d'Heripre for interference in stretch 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB, 22nd win in 58 for 3,220,685SEK 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop Today was an historical day in European trotting racing. Jägersro (Malma) hosted the initial Breeders Course Final, this with ten three year-old open trotters racing for 550,000SEK first money. The international field included five Italian-breds, three Swedish-bred, one French and one Finnish horses. The contestants are trained in Sweden, Holland, France and Finland, and owned in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Holland and Finland. Winter's Iceman, a three year-old gelded son of Love You, owned in Finland, took the prize for teamster Jorma Kontio timed in 1.11.6kr over the 1609 meter autostart course. Italy's Spartan Kronos ended second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. That son of Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos was a 2013 import from Germany. The Jerry Riordan trained, Orjan Kihlstrom reined, Conway Hall filly Saphire Bi was third for Italian owner Maurizio Cavezzzali with From Dust To Dawn home fourth. Race summary follows: Premio Going Kronos, Final Breeders Course for three year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 550,000SEK to winner (€60,000), 1.11.6kr 1st Winter's Iceman (3g Love You-Catch The Lady-Running Sea), Jorma Kontio up, third career win in 12 starts for 776,501SEK 2nd Spartan Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for Jerry Riordan trainer 4th From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), Johnny Takter Tumble Dust, a son of Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream, wired a solid field to win the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer at Jagersro, defeating heavily favored Corky and Erik Adielsson in making his first start for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Tumble Dust was quick away from post one for Bjorn Goop in this V75-4 event and parked Corky (4m Muscles Yankee) throughout, holding that one safe by a neck in 1.10.5kr over the 1609 meters autostart course. He secured 200,000SEK first money for Stall Tumble Boys and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Tumble Dust is model of consistency as he scored victory five in 21 career starts, with five times second and six thirds, for earnings of 2,264,059SEK. The Conway Hall son Tycoon Conway Hall was third for Steen Juul. Prix Cagnes sur Mer for four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner Fractions: first 500 meters 1.08.9kr; 1.10.7 at 1000 meters, finish 1.10.5kr (1:53.43) 1st Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Bjorn Goop, Tomas Malmqvist trainer, fifth career win in 21 starts for 2,264,059SEK for owner Stall Tumble Boys, career slate now 5-5-6 in those 21 appearances 2nd Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Erik Adielsson, Stig H. Johansson trainer 3rd Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill), Steen Juul up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

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