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November 20, 2016 - Venkatesh (7m Varenne-Honey Face) stormed home in the four wide path to win the harness racing Prix de Cosse Le Vivien (purse €75,000, 2100 meters, 15 European starters) at Vincennes. The Lutfi Kolgjini trainee was driven by Pierre Vercruysse for Sweden’s Stall Venkatesh. The 21.1/1 odds winner was timed in 1.11.8kr off quick fractions (1.07.6kr at 1500 to go, 1.10.9 at the 1000; 1.12kr at 500 remaining. Even-money favorite Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haver) held for second the photo finish with Bjorn Goop aboard, also trainer/owner. Ulexa des Plans (8f Jag de Bellouet-Lola Dessuti) was third for pilot Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Philippe Deaugeard. Thomas H. Hicks

Swedish-bred trotter Cardigan Boko has recovered from a life-threatening injury and illness and will reappear after an 11-month harness racing absence when he contests the Book Your Melbourne Cup Lunch at Gloucester Park Trotters Mobile at Gloucester Park on Friday night. And trainer Clive Dalton is enthusiastically declaring that the stylish black stallion by Varenne will prove mighty hard to beat on his return to action. “He hasn’t raced for almost 12 months and isn’t quite 100 per cent fit yet,” Dalton said. “But he is flying and is right on top of his game. I never say a horse is a certainty, but he’s a world-class animal.” Soon after Cardigan Boko notched his 16th win from just 25 starts, winning easily from Prince Eddie and Heez Speedy Gonzalez at Gloucester Park last October, he cracked an off-side pastern and then got colic which developed into a twisted bowel which required surgery. “He is lucky to be alive, really,” said Dalton, who said that he would advise Chris Lewis to make use of the horse’s brilliant gate speed from out wide at barrier seven.       Cardigan Boko will clash with Sunnys Little Whiz, who has scored effortless wins for Busselton trainer Barry Howlett and driver Kiara Davies at her first four starts in Western Australia. The New Zealand-bred Sunnys Little Whiz has not been extended in her WA victories in which her average winning margin has been three lengths. She will start from barrier five and Davies will be anxious to steal a march on her rivals by dashing Sunnys Little Whiz to an early lead. Adding further interest to the race will be the return of Armed Force, who has impressed in winning at nine of his 22 WA starts for trainer Gary Hall sen. Armed Force, who will be having his first start for three months, will start from the outside (No. 9) on the front line. Apart from Cardigan Boko, Dalton will be represented by Ropeburn, Lightning Joy and Nico Serrano. Ropeburn, driven by Michael Grantham, ran a strong trial for Friday night’s race when he gave a bold frontrunning display to win from Reminder Call and Xen on over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday night. Ken Casellas

Pierre Levesque reined 1.7/1 Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) to victory in Wednesday’s Q+ Prix de Beaune (purse €65,000,2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The Thomas Levesque trainee raced barefoot for Italian owner Mme. S. Bruni in this 1.13kr score. 51/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) rallied for second with Yann Lorin up for Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Pirat of Sweden. 7/1 Vasco de Viette was third. On the same card the Pick5 Prix de Noailles (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed, 1.4/1 odds favorite Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) with Pierre Vercruysse aboard for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB of Sweden. 4.1/1 Azur Somolli (6g Obrillant-Ophelia Somolli) was second for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault with 37/1 Valse de Pirai third for Michel Lenoir. The Gr. II featured Prix Pierre Gamare (purse €120,000, monte, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.15.7kr timed 6.2/1 odds Dreamer Delo (3m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) for Eric Raffin in quite easy fashion. Sebastian Guarato trains the Scuderia Winner Stable owned colt. 7/2 Doesse d’Arquenay (3f Okapi de Fael-Manon d’Angis) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons. 21.4/1 Dominator Blond (3m Kenor de Cosge-Orchidee Blonde) was third for Damien Bonne and 4/5 favorite Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) was fourth for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. The evening program at Cagnes sur Mer featured the €44,000 purse Prix de la Bollene-Vesubie raced over 2925 meters by 11 starters. The 1.13.1kr timed winner was 5.4/1 Urac (8g Coktail Jet-Innee de la Loge) racing shoeless for J.Ch. Feron and trainer Nicolas Ensch. Louis Derieux is the owner. 1.8/1 favorite Varus du Bocage (7f Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was second ahead of 73/1 Tip Top Nelliere (9g Go Lucky-Novely Blue) in a blanket finish. Today (August 25) at Les Sables d’Olonne was the Prix de la Societe des Courses for a €30,000 purse over the 2775 meter course. 14 European contestants were at the start of this Pick5 event. The 1.16.6kr timed winner was Italy’s 3.8/1 Riviera As (f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Salvatore Campolo and Belgium owner Ecurie Z.  22/1 Big Headache (6g EL Mikko-Southwind Roselle) was second with trainer Philippe Daugeard up for Finland owner Timo Hulkkonen. 95/1 Bahamas (m Goetmals Wood-Pin Up de la Loge) landed third with trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks

Excellent trotting at Paris-Vincennes this Tuesday evening was highlighted by a Groupe II and two Groupe III harness racing contests. The Gr. II Prix Ville de Cherbourg (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, seven starters) saw 2.3/1 second choice and 7.4/1 Ducato Bourbon disqualified for breaks, enabling 7/10 favorite Django Riff to hold on for a narrow victory. This three year-old colt by Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine was handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire, clocked in 1.13.5kr. 25/1 Dahlia du Rib (3m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) rallied for second reined by J.L.Cl Dersoir. The Joel Hallais trainee is Ecurie Rib owned. 20/1 Del Piero de Lou (3m Sam Bourbon-Lola de Lou) was third for Alexandre Abrovard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. The winner is named after long-past jazz guitar legend Jean “Django” Reinhardt, the Belgian born leader of the French Gypsy culture and, with violinist Stephane Grappelli, coleader of the legendary Quintette du Hot Club de France. Tessy d’Ete (4f Ganymede-Love Me Tender) took the Gr. III Prix Ville de Graignes (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) at 1.8/1 odds for Eric Raffin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia Eurocolor SRL of Italy. The 1.14.1kr timed winner bested fast closing Clarabelle (4f Ready Cash-Rebelle) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Yves Boireau and Jean-Pierre Dubois. Third went to 9/10 favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) with J-M Bazire driving. Italy also scored when 4.1/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took the Gr. III Prix Ville d’Argentan timed in 1.14.3kr for driver Christophe Martens and owner Ecurie Bivans SRL. 8.3/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was a just short rallying second for Oscar Raffin, driver/trainer, and Norwegian owner K.O. Molander. 59/1 outsider Theodor Grif (4m Varenne-Eva di Jesolo) held third on the pegs for trainer/driver Marco Smorgon and Italy’s Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS. Bohemian Rhapsody took the monte Prix Ville Mont Saint-Michel (purse €50,000, 2200 meters, nine starters, apprentice jockeys) this evening timed in 1.15.4kr for Th. Dromigny. The five year-old Angus Hall mare from Bahama is trained by Thomas Levesque for Pierre Levesque, owner. 4.7/1 Belmis des Tours was second for Nils Pacha. Monte action also was highlighted in the Prix Ville de Lisieux (purse €60,000, 2200 meters, 10 monte starters) and 7/1 Celina Polka (4f Kool du Caux-La Carella) scored in 1.13.9kr for Alexandre Abrivard. Trainer Joel van Eeckhaute owned this winner that bested 1.7/1 Cigate Castelets with Eric Raffin in the irons and 10/1 Candie d’Atout with Matthieu Abrivard up. The Anders Lindqvist co-owned (with Peter Gerry of the US’ Arden Homestead Stable) and trained Angel Dark (6g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) took this evening’s Prix Ville de Vire for amateur drivers (purse €14,000. 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr at 3.3/1 odds for Mlle. Evelina Mansson. Angel Darlk recorded his eighth career win in 41 starts for earnings of €97,670. 3/2 favorite Univers du Croq was second for Sebastien Leboutique and 14/1 Vivoli ended third with Pascal-Maurice Allais driving, It was also fitting that at Yonkers Raceway NY an Arden Homestead (Gerry family) trotter Doubleday (son of Crazed) took the Prix Boulevard Saint Michel (purse €29,117, 2011 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.13.64kr for teamster Jason Bartlett. This Marcus Melander trainee is also co-owned by Jan Johnson and Holly Lane Stud East., and scored at 10.8/1 odds on the PMU network as this race began wagering pools comingling of the Yonkers signal. The day’s FR action also included the Prix Marisol (purse €34,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Hyeres that 4.4/1 Un Roi d’Atout (8g Ganymede-Gunillla) won in 1.16.4kr for trainer/driver Benjamin Goetz. At Nantes the Prix du Tertre (purse €26,000, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to 4.7/1 winner Vivien Peo (7g Neutron du Cebe-Maria Carnaval) timed in 1.15.4. Both were Pick5 wagering events. Thomas H Hicks

Jerry Riordan’s trainee Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) won today’s harness racing 60 Dagar Kvar (60,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, five starters) at Halmstad with Johnny Takter driving. The Italian registered trotter is owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli and was breed by Agr. Biasuzzi. Twister Bi was clocked in 1.095kr (mile rate 1:51.83) that was the fastest European timing this year when made, and now has a 12-3-1 slate in 27 career outings for earnings of 673,221SEK. Off as the 1.45/1 favorite he defeated Flash Haleryd (by Conway Hall) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up and Aron the Baron with Christopher Eriksson teaming for Tomas Malmqvist and Panamera Racing Ltd. Thomas H. Hicks

The 6.7/1 Grumetti (8g Varenne-Tabora-Pine Chip) won today’s classic Pulay Kornel Memorial (purse 1.5Huf million, 1900 meters autostart) for driver Joze Sagaj timed in 1.15.2kr. Oto Feldi owns the winner that defeated 12 solid rivals including second finishing, 47/1 Real Bee Power (6f Love You-Lady Victoria Fans-Credit Winner) teamed by Istvan Papp and third home 46/1 Milliondollar Lex (10m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) with Emil Csordas up. 94/1 Salome’Bar (5f Ganymede-Acquarite Bar-Crowning Point) was fourth for Bernadett Balogh with fifth to 4/1 Check In Blagul (8f Adams Hall-Fletfan Girl-Wibrantus) and Lajos Marton. 9/1 local favorite Ollyan nincs (8g Pickaflick-C’est la Guerre-Kallie Pil) was sixth for Andrea Fazekas. The Kincsem Park undercard was a good one too. The Platter Chatter DIJ (purse 600,000Kuf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.15.3kr timed, 1.8/1 odds Sammi Ms (5g Chirone Dei-Sparkle N Shine-SJ’s Photo) driven by trainer Mitja Slavic for Equine Ms Srl of Italy. The 4.4/1 Sabina OZ WF (5f Algiers Hall-Crizia OR-Profuma OM) ended second for Jose Sagaj with third to 8.9/1 Andorra Gold (8f Andover Hall-Olympics-Muscles Yankee) and teamster Csaba Lakatos. The winner’s sire is from the maternal family of Lisa America and his first dam goes to the dam of Arnie Almahurst. The second place finisher’s maternal family descends from the great international mare Elaine Rodney. Other Saturday winners on the card were Stone Cape’s Judy (9f SJ’s Cavair-Kallassy) in the Ipse Handicap for Csaba Lakatos clocked in 1.19.6kr over 2500 meters autostart. Ragdoll (4f Ever To Excel-Woodhill’s Elvirah) took the Ujszasz DIJ for Lakatos timed in 1.19.4kr over 1900 meters autostart. This one’s sire is a full-brother to Dream Vacation. The Cebzor DIJ went to Ubu Kiraly (3m Vioxx SR-Helikon) for trainer/driver Lajos Marton timed in 1.20.6kr over 1900 meters. The sire Vioxx SR is a son of Defi d’Aunou from the maternal family of Miss Becky Pick. The nice mare Rosamundi (8f Chipmate-Kama Sutra) took the Avion Handicap for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos timed in 1.19.5kr over 1800 meters autostart. Privilege Security Kft and Adrienn Boros own this winner and Privilege Security shares ownership of the aforementioned winners Stone Cape’s Judy and Ragdoll. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Princess Grif (7f Varenne-Faune Grif) took this day’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.4 million) Prix de Cauvicourt (purse €40,000, 2200 meters autostart, 18 european starters) at Caen, covering the distance in 1.12.3kr for harness racing driver Franck Nivard. The 5.5/1 odds winner is trained by Fabrice Souloy for Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi. 11/1 Amazon AM (6f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bais) was second for Tony Le Beller, trained Robert Bergh and In The Zone AB. 4/1 Aladin d’Ecajeul (6m Quaker Jet-Nancy d’Ecajeul) was third for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dewulf. Favorite Swedishman at 2.7/1 was fourth for Thierry Duvaldestin with 69/1 Ausone du Kastel fifth. Gold For Gold ZAZ was a miscue disqualification. On the Caen card the €50,000 purse Prix de Canapville (distance 2450 meters, 17 european starters) went to the 1.14.4kr timed, 1.7/1 odds favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Paix de Villeneuve) for driver Tony Le Beller and trainer J-M Legros. 9/1 Baronne de Bapre was second for Eric Raffin and 3.7/1 Shiraz Roc landed the third spot for Alexandre Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks

The Gr. I Prix Comte Pierre de Montesson (purse €200,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters, three year-olds) went to the .5/1 odds favorite Django Riff (3m Ready Cash-Pasta Perrine) reined by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire clocked in 1.14.5kr off well-rated fractions (1.14.7kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500). The half-length winner took the lead after 700 meters and stayed the front-end course to the line. It was Django Riff’s fifth consecutive win. Dollar Macker (3m Saxo de Vandel-Salt Lake City) was a strong second for driver J-Ph Monclin, trainer Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas at 6.8/1 odds. Third was fast closing Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) driven by J-M Bazire for trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie Siray. Doberman was home fourth for Franck Nivard. This group of three-year olds is consistently talented. The Gr. III Prix Pontavice de Heussey (purse €110,000, 2175 meters, 10 European starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Tornade du Digeon (9f Jag de Bellouet-Herlane du Terme) with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer J-M Bazire. The winner increased her career earnings to €699,620. Veloce du Banney (7g Quaro-Jiva du Banney) was a narrowly beaten second for Franck Nivard at 9/1 with the Franck Leblanc trainee. Attentionally (6f Jasmin de Flore-Intentionally) was third beaten less than a length for David Thomain ahead for Udayama and Orione Degli Dei. Race time was a sharp 1.11.8kr. Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) rallied strongly in the final 500 meters for Pietro Gubellini to record an easy victory in today’s Q+ event. Off at 5.3/1 odds the Johanna Lindqvist trainee, owned by Scuderia Super Chico SAS of Italy, increased career earnings to €230,811. The winner was clocked in 1.14.1kr over the 2700 meter distance in the €54,000 purse Grand Prix Ereel Pour l’Action Souffle de Vioilette. Vermeil Somolli (7g Olimede-Quitalia Somolli) was second for Mathieu Abrivard with third to Pike River (9g Likable River-Ocala As) driven by Anthony Barrier for trainer Markku Vartiainen and Finland’s By The River Stable. Violine Mourotaise and Viking Dream finished fourth and fifth in the 17 horse field before one scratch and three disqualifications. The €100,000 purse Prix d’Orthez (2700 meters, 15 starters, four year-olds) went to 16/1 Clif du Pommereux (4m Love You-Noune du Pommereux) with DSylvain Roger teaming and training. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr off even fractions (1.13.8kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.14.2kr at 500 to go). Cap Matyss (4m Love You-Ode Matyss) was second for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc at 10/1. Third was 58/1 Tony Gio (4m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) with Christophe Martens up for Vincent Martens training for Ecurie Bivans SRL of Italy. Italy’s Tessy D’Ete was fourth at 111/1 and Caid de Jumilly was fifth at 54/1. The €80,000 purse Prix Fondation Casip-Cojasor (distance 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.2/1 favorite Barrio Josselyn (5m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) clocked in 1.12.9kr for J-M Bazire, the trainer/driver. Baltic Charm (5m Password-Ilikova) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato in a close photo decision over Black Atout (5m Prodigious-La Lagune) and Pierre Vercruysse driving for Franck Leblanc. Bourbon Somolli and Beguin Meslois were next. The finale this day was the €56,000 purse Prix Glossybox contested over 2700 meters by 16 six year-old mare rivals. After several false starts All Star Is Mine (6f Buvetier d’Aunou-Jonquiere) was away on the front for Eric Raffin and she led in a rated pace (1.13.6kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.14.6kr at 1000, 1.14.9kr at 500 to go) until Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) rushed to the front for J-M Bazire. This half-sister to Lisa America has been third in the outer tier until Bazire made the move with the Jerry Riordan trainee owned by Lisa Riordan. Radysin open a comfortable winner until Rugiada Dei Rex (6f Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex), that had been well-placed second much of the way, sprinted home late for David Thomain to nail Radysin on the line. The winner was off at 6.4/1 odds while Radysin America was the 9/10 favorite. All Star Is Mine held third at 8/1 with longshots Mythical Fortune (6f Mythical Lindy-Foreign Fortune) and Anza du Carbonel   fourth and fifth. Race time was 1.14.3kr with a quick final 500. Thomas H. Hicks

Orjan Kihlstrom piloted 1.6/1 odds Red Rose America (6f Varenne-Armbro Voice) to a 1.12.5kr victory in the Gr. III Prix Helen Johansson/Px Association Petits Princes (Gr. III purse €105,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters). Kihlstom recovered from a dq with Lionel in the Prix d’Amerique but this Fabrice Souloy trained, Stall Panamera Racing owned and Lou Guida bred raced superbly. The winner was developed in Italy by Jerry Riordan for Guida. Air France (6f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos) was second at 9.9/1 for Mathieu Abrivard driving for Rony Kuiper, the trainer for owner Stefan Melander. Third home was 36/1 Adeliua de Melodie (6f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for David Thomain. 20/1 Ninepoints Lucy was fourth for owner Bengt Johansson with 6.2/1 Ustie Haufor finishing fifth for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon and driver Ch.J. Bigeon. Cayenne de Houelle Wins Prix de Meadowlands Today’s Prix de Meadowlands (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) at Paris-Vincennes went to 14.8/1 odds, 1.14.3kr timed Cayenne de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) for Pierre Vercruysse driving for Franck Leblanc trainer. This mare has posted three straight wins for the Leblanc/Vercuysse team since December 29th. Caly Loulou (4f Gazouillis-Neige de Genetine) was second at 82/1 odds for Mathieu Abrivard. Chelsea de Champs (4f Look de Star-Toscane des Champs) took third for Eric Raffin at 6/1. Favorite Cedea Josselyn (4f Love You-Dea Josselyn) was fourth today at even-money after five wins and a second in her last six outings. 43/1 odds Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was fifth for  Domink Locqueneux at the lines. Later in the Prix d’Amerique program, three year olds battled in the €80,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) Prix Leopold Verroken with the 9/10 favorite, 1.14.7kr clocked Doberman (3m Prodigious-Ouietude Mesloise) to the line first for trainer/driver Franck Nivard. The winner now sports four wins the six starts. Dragueur (3m Speedy Blue-Tilda) was second for Mathieu Mottier at 10.7/1 odds. Ducato Bourbon (3m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was a 3.1/1 odds third for J-M Bazire and trainer Franck Leblanc. Drop was fourth for Mathieu Abrivard with fifth to Ulisse LL for Roberto Andreghetti up. Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.55 million) Prix de Briarc (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) proved the scene of victory for 3.6/1 Oliver Kronos (7g Varenne-Glide About) for driver Orjan  Kihlstrom, trainer Ulf Stenstromer and owner Johan Sjostrand. Timed in 1.14.8kr the winning trotter was up to win in blanket finish over 24.3/1 Lover Face (7g Love You-Anbra OK) for Yoann Lorin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson. 10.6/1 Tallien (8g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) was third for owner/trainer/driver Herve Soinneau ahead of 37/1 Only One Glory (7m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) handled by Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Souloy and Scuderia RPR. Fifth was Pioneer Gar (6m Varenne-Follia) driven by Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. Disqualifed were Unbridled Charm and Tell Me No Lies. The Gr. III Prix de la Federation Francaise d’Equitation (purse €115,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) today went to the 4.9/1 odds Lutfi Kolgjini trained Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB owns the winner that defeated 2/1 favorite Val Royal (6m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) that Jean-Michel Bazire trains and drove for Ecurie des Charmes. 9.6/1 Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) landed third for Roberto Andreghetti, Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Bologna 2011. Three year-old fillies battled in the Gr. III Prix de l’Afases (purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters) and the 4/5 odds favorite, 1.14.2kr timed Currency scored for Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Le Tremont. 7/1 City di Padoueng (3f Prince d’Espace-Orpela) landed second for Damien Bonne with third to 4.2/1 Cirantana (3f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Vincennes’ Prix SES Racing Team (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 14 monte participants) went to 1.1/1 favored, 1.13.7kr timed Ukerlza du Benjo (7f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Abbevilloise) handled nu Mathieu Mottier for trainer/owner Philippe Rouer. 5.2/1 Vif d’Or du Poli (6g Ludo de Castelle-Fontaine du Poli) was second (this one trained and owned by Bernard Piton) and 16/1 Untra Or (7g Orlando Vici-Peka du Chene) landed third for Anthony Barrier, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie AB Trot. Sunday at Mauquenchy the Prix Jacques Geliot (purse €21,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, apprentice lad drivers) went to the 2.3/1 favorite Angel Dark (5g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) for driver Jorgen Berggren and trainer Anders Lindqvist who co-owns with Peter Gerry of USA’s Arden Homestead Stable. The 1.16.5kr winner defeated 16/1 Apollon Gede (5m Niky-Passion Gede) and teamster Kevin Weska with third to 10/1 Ariaka (5f Nice Love-Penelope Bleue) driven by Charles Criado. These top three finishers all overcame 25 meter handicaps. Thomas H. Hicks

November 28, 2015 - Veteran Lali Kiraly (10m Baltic Bet-Sandti-Buckfinder) won today’s Kincsem Park featured Betolakodo DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) timed in 1.19.6kr over a rain soaked course and driven by Viktoria Nemeth for trainer Lajios Marton and owner AMMA Kft. The 6.4/1 odds winner defeated 5/2 favorite Rocket Boy (5g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) reined by Imre Fazekas and 3.2/1 Orangyl (7f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands) and teamster Csaba Lakatos. The Molnar DIJ (purse 400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) for upper class contestants went to the 1.17.9kr timed, 1.2/1 odds winner Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) driven by trainer Imre Fazekas for Pimri BY and Laszlo Kiovacs. 4.3/1 No Limit Angel (5f Going Kronos-No Limit Dream-Andover Hall) was second for trainer/driver Zoran Saric, ahead of 3.7/1 Prudy (6f Stallone Jet-Listione-Sebastian Bob) for driver Vito Sadl and trainer Tibor Hajnal. The winner now sports nine wins for 12 starts in 2015 for seasonal earnings of 2,020,000Huf. The Kincsem Park card also contained the Spring Home Handicap (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters) with the victory earned by 4/1 Passion Grif (6f Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) driven by Vereb Zsolt for trainer Goran Zolnaji. This Czech Republic invader defeated 5.3/1 Kazein (11m Tripszin-Zsenge-Endless Sands) driven by Viktoria Nemeth and 10.7/1 Manchetta (by Bay Minic) reined by Ferenc Nagy II, also trainer. Stone Capes Judy (by SJ’s Caviar-Kallassy-Yankee Glide) was fourth after a tough journey on the outer. Thomas H. Hicks

November 28, 2015 - At Jagersro this day (Saturday) the Gold Division Meadow Prophet (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 2.8/1 odds Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) for driver Christoffer Eriksson clocked in 1.13kr. 14.4/1 Kadett CD (8m Scarlet Knight-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Robert Bergh, with third to 4.6/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) driven by Jennifer Tillman and trainer Per K. Eriksson. O’Grady led early before yielding to the eventual winner. Rod Stewart and Riff Kronos ended fourth and fifth, respectively. On the Jagersro card was the featured two year-old contest Gr. I National Svensk Uppfodningslopning over 1640 meters autostart with 700,000SEK to the winner. 2/1 favorite Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) recorded this victory timed in 1.14kr for Per Lennartsson, also trainer. Gareth Boko now has four wins in seven starts for earnings of 1,230,500SEK. 3.6/1 Racing Mange (2m Orlando Vici-Kickan-Alf Palema) was second  trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Chocolate Gold (2m Chocolatier-Shella Gold-Good As Gold) at 7.3/1 and teamed by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Johnny Takter driven Undine finished fourth after leading early and fast. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 12, 2015 - Bernard Piton teamed the Johan Untersteiner trained Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne-Falnos Bellona) to victory in today’s Quinte+ Prix des Gobelins (purse €54,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European entrants) at Enghien-Soisy. The Stall Invexbro AB owned winner was clocked in 1.13.3kr and was off at 2.9/1 odds. 11.4/1 Olympic Kronos (7g Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos) was second for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Sydmetall U. Lindberg AB with 13/1 Unique de l’Iton third and 6/1 Olimpus Caf (7m Varenne-Evola’Caf) third for Gabriel Gelormini. Holders of €2 tickets with exact order (excluding jackpot) earned over €71,000 payoff. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 13 Falcon Haleryd SWE B. Piton Invexbo AB J. Untersteiner 2ème 9 Olympic Kronos ITY D. Locqueneux Sydmetall U Lindberg AB Lutfi Kolgjini 3ème 6 Unique de l'Iton T. de Genouillac Ecurie de l'Iton H. Levesque 4ème 4 Olimpus Caf ITY G. Gelormini Scuderia Mantaro J.-E. Le Bec 5ème 11 Rubis de Morchies G. Lannoo E. Huys A. Lannoo    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2952       Ordre :       71.070,00€       Désordre :       1.421,40€       Bonus 4 :       28,80€       Bonus 4sur5 :       14,40€       Bonus 3 :       9,60€                     Also at Enghien the Prix de Vauvert (€39,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 11.4/1 odds Casualty of Love (3f Goetmals Wood-Ma Crown-Full Account-Une Crown-Speedy Crown) handled by Tony Le Beller for owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini clocked in 1.16.6kr. The first dam was a winner of US$118,679 and produced Royal Crown ($591,631) and Une Charme Fou (US$321,316). Second dam Une Crown produced the Florestan daughter Etta Extra and she produced Mara Bourbon 1:53.4 (US%1,864,802), Qualita Bourbon 1:56.2 (US$1,730,512) and emerging Dubois’ sire Sam Bourbon 1:55.1 ($473,051). Le Beller also teamed Avenir de Blay (5g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) to victory in the €49,000 purse Prix la Pomnte d’Issy contested over 2875 meters by 16 participants. This 3/2 odds winner was timed in 1.15.4kr and is also owned and trained by Tony Le Beller. Of interest on the Enghien card were the two year-old Prix du Pont Mirabeau (purse €32,000, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) that went to 8/1 odds, 1.17.8kr clocked d’Annette Boko (2f The Best Madrik-Jane Square) for teamster Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. She defeated the 2.3/1 favorite Diva Ferfay (2f Prince d’Espace-Unite de Fael) that is trained and owned by Sebastien Guarato. The €47,000 Prix de la Place du Canada over 2875 meters for 12 European monte specialists went to the 1.4/1 odds favorite Amour Fou (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Nice Star) timed in 1.15.2kr for jockey Eric Raffin and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 11, 2015 - Italy’s Pascia’Lest (6m Varenne-Superiors Sun) took Sunday’s 38th edition of the Gr. II Grand Prix du Sur Quest-Paris (purse €200,000, 2150 meters, 12 starters) at odds of 31.8/1. Yann Lorin teamed the winner that was clocked in 1.13.6kr for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Samuel Querci. Pascia’Lest earned his 14th victory for earnings of €1,225,625. He raced without shoes as did the next three to the line. Roi du Lupin (10g Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol) was second as 1.3/1 favorite in a close finish with J-M Bazire driving for trainer/owner J-P Marmion. El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Invitation) was third at 23.5/1 for Joseph Verbeeck, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Vitkindada HB beaten a length with fourth to the gallant mare Roxanre Griff (10f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Guarato and Ecuie Griff, at 3.6/1. She was beaten two lengths. Nahar was disqualified.  The Prix President Dominique de Bellaigue (purse €25,000, 2950 meters, 16 European starters) went to 3.8/1 A Nous Trois (5m Orlando Vici-Quallas-Love You) for Mathieu Abrivard, and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Timed in 1.15.1kr the winner defeated 21/1 UT Win (7g Kallighan-Kea de Forrcade) driven by owner/trainer Jean-Henri Treich, also timed in 1.15.1kr, and third finishing 30/1 Uno de Montauran (7m Sancho Panca-Nijinskaya) driven by Denis Brossard. The winner recorded victory 12 now for €272,830 earned. The Grand Prix d’Ardeuil AOC Buzet (purse €24,000, 2750 meters, 15 European starters) was won by Italy’s Paparazzi (6g Infinitif - 0Emily di Jesolo) driven by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Cete Trav HB. The winner recorded career victory 13 for earnings of €196,641. Off at 2.2/1 he scored in 1.17.9kr for an easy win over Valea Mip with Robvert Lacroix and September handled by J-M Bazire. Thomas H. Hicks

October 11, 2015 - Enrico Bellei teamed Testimonial OK (3m Varenne-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) to victory in today's €770,000 purse Derby Italiano, 88th edition, over 2100 meters autostart. This Gr. I harness racing victory was the seventh in 12 starts for the winner timed in 1.12.8kr. Tesoro Degli Dei (3m Igor Font-Isabelle Dei) was second for Pietro Gubellini, a length from the winner, with Troja d’Asolo (3m Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) third for reinsman Rene’ Legati. Tobin Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was a distant fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom. Holger Ehlert trains the Derby winner. On the Rome Cappannelle card the €220,000 purse Gr. I Oaks del Trotto over 1640 meters autostart, went to Tuscasnia Pal (3f Nad Al Sheba-Fata dei  Bessi-Yankee Glide) with T. Di Lorenzo up. Timed in 1.12.4kr this winner, now with eight wins in 17 outings, prevailed narrowly over Teorema OM (3f Uronometro-Sweet Love Story-Conway Hall-Sweet Mesquite) with Enrico Bellei driving. Third went to Terra Dell’Est (3f SJ’s Photo-Fathality) with V.P. Dell’Annunziata Jr. teaming. The Gr. I Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli (purse €187,000. 2100 meters autostart) for aged performers went to the red-hot Nephenta Lux (8f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM-Mr. Vic) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro driving clocked in 1.12.1kr, her 18th victory in 47 appearances. The winner started from post one and engineered a pocket trip until late in the contest when she exploded for a length score. Moses Rob (9m Ganymede-Etoile Rob-Friendly Face) was seconds for Pippo Gubellini with third to Ribot EK (5r Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way). Probo OK (6m From Above-Elimera-Lemon Dra) was fourth with Jerry Riodan’s trainee Rossella Ross (5f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) fifth.  Thomas H. Hicks

September 2, 2015 - Ula Zack Gio  (2f Varenne-Monica LB-Pine Chip), third dam Spicy Princess by Cumin-Duenna, took Italy’s Criterium Pontino (purse €11,000, 1600 meters autostart) clocked in 1.15.8kr for teamster G-P Maisto. Ulisse Effe (2m Gruccione Jet-Legends dei Bessi-Supergill) was second ahead of Upper Dany (2f Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) in this one of the first two year-old contests of the season. On the same card, the Prix Garigliano League (purse €11,000, 2100 meters distance handicap) was won easily by Patroclo Luis (6m Malabar Circle AS-Catapulta Luis-Bon Vivant) clocked in 1.14.3kr. Prison Mack (6m Dream Vacation-Zambia Jet-Crown’s Invitation)and Ribelle OP (5m From Above-Around The World-Lancaster OM) trailed the winner home. Action heats up on September 5th at Cesena that hosts the Gr. I European Championship with two heats worth €17,600 over 1660 meters autostart. Post positions were drawn for the first heat and then reversed in the second contest with a €151,800 purse final over the same distance. The lineup for the first heat follows (owner, trainer, driver, post, horse name): Sc.Connie Srl Team Moni Srl E.Moni 1 PROBO OP       Sc.Stall T.Z. S.Melander R.Andreghetti 2 STANDOUT       Sc.Stecca Srl Cat.Savarese T.Di Lorenzo 3 ROXANNE BAR       Sig.Cecchi Leonardo H.Ehlert P.Gubellini 4 RANIA LEST       Sc.Mondial Sports Srl D.Battistini G.Di Nardo 5 OLONA OK       Sc.Days Of Victory Gior.D'alessandro Sen G.Gelormini 6 ROMBO DI CANNONE       Sig.ra Agnello M.P.M. M.Finetti A.Di Nardo 7 ORSIA       Sc.Pink & Black N.Cintura N.Cintura 8 POGGIO       Sig.Coppola Vincenzo F.Sarnataro Gp.Minnucci 9 ONEGHIN DEL RONCO       Sc.Nuova Giannotti Sas H.Ehlert R.Vecchione 10 OSASCO DI RUGGI       Sig.Stecca Emiliano Cat.Savarese E.Bellei 11 NAPOLEON BAR       Sc.Isola Aniello Lor.Baldi Lor.Baldi 12 NEWYORK NEWYORK       Thomas H. Hicks  

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