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Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) was an easy winner of today's TeleBolaget Grand Prix for 150,000SEK first prize at Orebro. Eleven contested this 2100 meter autostart event with the Stig H. Johansson trained recent US import scoring in 1.13.5kr for teamster Erik Adielsson. Corky is now owned by Stall Corkad and he posted his third 2014 victory in six starts and 10th in 30 career appearances, now with earnings of 6,757,773SEK. Jonesy was second for Tuomas Korvenoja with Finally Famous home third for Torbjorn Jansson. Peter Haughton winner Aperfectyankee was eighth for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson. The undercard saw O'Grady take a fast-class event for 50,000SEK first money in 1.13.5kr for Flemming Jensen. Denmark's veteran eight year-old son of SJ's Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher recorded his 34th career win in 65 starts for 3,139,064SEK as he defeated Zlatan Blou with Jorma Kontio up and Classic Son handled by Peter Untersteiner. The Orebro card also saw First Visit (3f Muscle Hill-Falls For You-Yankee Glide) win for owner/trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters volt start, her first win in her first start. Two Italian imports also recorded impressive wins. Polar LB (5m Classic Photo-Electa LB-Supergill) scored over 1640 meters autostart for Bjorn Goop in 1.12.6kr, his ninth win in 36 tries. The Breeders Course for two year -olds, worth 70,000SEK to the winner, went to Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) with Rene Legati up for trainer Holger Ehglert in 1.14.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. This was her second win in only two starts. Tunika was second for Erik Adielsson with Pasithea Face home third for Adrian Kolgjini. The Breeders Course final for two year-olds is September 9th at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran Roi du Lupin rallied to easily win today's E180,000 purse UET Masters Series Gr. I International Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin (Belgium). Trained and owned by J-P Marmion, the nine year-old gelded son of Fleuron Perrine-Helia de Saint Pol scored in 1.12.1kr by three lengths for reinsman Anthony Barrier, the winner's 28th career win in 81 starts for earnings of E1,789,845 to culminate a superb 2014 comeback. Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was second for Christophe Martens (trainer Vincent Martens) with Pacsia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun) third for Roberto Andreghetti (trainer Thierry Duvaldestin) and Deuxieme Picsous (7m In Love With You-Carmela Stronline) fourth for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer/owner Johan Lejon. The winner, off at 3.9/1 odds, sat behind the battling 3/2 favorite Timoko (Bjorn Goop up) and Uhlan du Val (Cedrik Megissier). Timoko, seemingly hot and nervous pre-start, was first off the gate in this 2300 meter autostart test and he led for the first lap with Uhlan du Val alongside. On the second pass before the stands Uhlan du Val upped the pressure on Timoko with reinsman Megissier aggressively urging his mount to the front and he crossed over on the lead. Shortly thereafter Timoko broke stride and was disqualified. Uhlan du Val then tired quickly and Roi de Lupin took the lead and drew off under heavy stretch urging from Barrier. Olmo Holz stayed on the pegs to be second at 13.5/1 with Pascia'Lest closing on the outside at 11.4/1 odds. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Hambletonian weekend and two important Derby’s in Europe (Germany and Hungary) did not diminish excellent graded trotting action in France. Village Mystic and owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron took the Gr. II Prix de la Haye at Enghien in a driving finish, holding off veteran Swedishman with Franck Nivard up. The €120,000 purse was contested over 2875 meters by 13 International rivals and the winner scored in 1.15.2kr as the favorite. The victory, his 12th career score, increased his life earnings to €774,320. August 2, 2014 Enghien, Gr. II Prix de la Haye, €120,000 purse, 2875 meters, International 13 starters, 1.15.2kr Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.4/1 Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 3.5/1 Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up, 38/1 .................................................................................................... The Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier also went to a well-regarded, well-known performer in the Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime. The three year-old daughter of Ready Cash is owned by Frederic Sauque and she won for the ninth time, now with career earnings of €445,450. Veteran Joseph Verbeeck teamed the winner as even-money favorite. She is from the good producing Buvetier d’Aunou mare Ivre de Victoire. Italy’s Sceicco was second for Andrea Guzzinati in the one mile test timed in 1.11.6kr. August 3, 2014, Enghien, Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier, purse €85,000, European 10 starters, 1609 meters autostart, 1.11.6kr Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer, Fredric Sauque owner, 1.1 favorite Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta), Andrea Guzzinati trainer/driver for Ecurie Louisiana, 7.2/1, Italy Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avri), Franck Ouvrie for trainer Frederik Prat, 12.8/1 ........................................................................................................... The European Prix de la Ville de Cannes was held at Cagnes sur mer and this €60,000 purse test over 2925 meters went to Tempo de Carless and teamster David Bekaert. The favorite was a length winner in 1.14.3kr over Sweden’s Ouch with Christophe Martens aboard. Italy’s Osiride Griff, a son of Varenne, ended third.. Cagnes sur mer, Prix de la Ville de Cannes, €60,000 purse, European 13 starters, 2925 meters, 1.14.3kr Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless), David Bekaert up for Ph. Mortagne. 1.6/1 Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough), Christophe Martens, 6.4/1, Sweden Osiride Griff (6m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), Nicolas Ensch, 24.8/1, Italy Thomas H. Hicks

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  

Uppercut de Manche (6g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche-Coktail Jet) easily took today's Gr. II International UET Masters Series Prix de Londres (€120,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) monte test at Hippodrome Enghien-Soisy. Damien Bonne reined the winner (to his 12th career win for €294,450 life earnings), trained by Thierry Reffegeau for owner Jean-Yves Roze. Timed in 1.13kr, the winner, off at 2.1/1 odds, vanquished veteran ten year-old Quarlos with Mathieu Mottier aboard, with 68/1 Risque Tout third for Philippe Masschaele, who rode in Canada this past weekend. Well-regarded Sam Gibus and Rapide Lebel were disqualified. The exceptional Enghien card today also included the €80,000 Prix de la Porte d'Italie (European, 2875 meters, 11 starters) that went to Ravenna with Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Denmark registered six year-old son of Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill scored in 1.14.3kr at 4.7/1 odds to record his ninth career win, now for €205,126 earnings. Vabellino, the 9/10 favorite, was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Fabrice Souloy, with Italian invaders Plutonio (5m Self Possessed) third for Franck Ouvrie and Olimpus Caf (6m Varenne) fourth for Damien Bonne. The €70,000 Prix de la Concorde (European, 2875 meters, 12 starters) went to Sometime (8f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere-Vikings Way) at 2.6/1 odds for reinsman Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. The mare recorded her 10th career win for €395,360 as she overcame a 25 meter handicap. Recital du Lys was second for Damien Bonne and Saphir de Fille, also handicapped 25 meters, ended third for Eric Raffin. Well-regarded Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou) took the Prix de Nouzonville (€65,000 purse, 2875 meters, 14 starters) that was the Quinte+ race of the day, with a €3 million jackpot. Owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois teamed the winner, timed in 1.15.1kr, to his sixth career win, now for earnings of €145,370. Off at 3/1, Alex The Winner defeated Atout du Lerre, with trainer Franck Anne aboard at 16/1, and third place Act Of Love, at 24/1 for Mathieu Mottier. The fourth and fifth place finishers were off at 14/1 and 28/1 and the exact order €2 ticket interestingly paid only €11,590. Win/place only handle on the Q+ race was over €998,600. Thomas H. Hicks

Top trotting occurred last weekend through yesterday at various venues in Sweden. The most prestigious event was the August 2nd Ego Boys Gold Division at Rattvik that resulted in victory for Beer Summit and reinsman Ulf Ohlsson. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl scored in 1.11.1kr over 1640 meters to earn 150,000SEK first money. He earned his 11th win in 42 starts now with earnings of 3,900,064SEK, with five victories this year in ten outings. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight) was second for Robert Bergh. The same card showcased the Sommartstravet Final, a Gr. II UET Masters Series event for 300,000SEK first prize contested over 2140 meters turning start. Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) won in 1.12.9kr for Torbjorn Janssen and trainer Robert Bergh, his fourth win in six 2014 starts and he now has eight wins in 18 career appearances. Venkatesh (5g Varenne) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and former Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You) a rallying third after being handicapped 40 meters. The 10.3SEK million career winner was timed in 1.11.7kr and driven by trainer Bergh. Rattvik also included on their card the Silver Final for 125,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart. BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) scored in 1.09.9kr for Peter Untersteiner, his ninth 2014 win in 12 starts. The 110,000SEK first prize Bronze Final over 1640 meters autostart, went to Curtsy Hanover (4f Cantab Hall-Chiptease-Pine Chip) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Curtsy Hanover now has seven wins in 21 career starts as she defeated the Jorma Kontio driven Trixam (by Pearsall Hanover). The 100,000SEK first money Montesserie Final (monte) went to Bearable (7g Rite On Line-Armbro Kewpie-Speedy Crown) and Anna Ronning. They scored over 2140 meters turning start in 1.15.5kr, the winner's 11th win in 42 starts. Muskelmann GT (9g Muscles Yankee-Aino Lady-Dallas Lobell) overcame a 20 meter handicap to end second for Siv Emilie Lovvold. Yesterday at Aby, Veijo Heiskanen scored a triple and Linda Allercrantz had a driving double with Jerry Riordan trainees. Heiskanen won with Neron Bigi (7m Power To Charm-Edea-Atlas Fighter L in 1.12.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 70,000SEK; Daryl Boko (4g Majestic Son-Insider Trade-Donerail) in 1.14.1kr over 2640 meters autostart for 60,000SEK first prize; and Fabuleux BR (3m SJ's Photo-Fantasia-Speedy Soma) in 1.15.8kr over 2140 meters autostart for 35,000SEK. Allercrantz and Riordan won with Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 60,000SEK and also with Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) in 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. This winner earned 30,000SEK and is owned by Holger Ehlert. The Aby card also included an Aby Stora Pris prep that went to October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember) in 1.13.2kr for Adrian Kolgjini. He earned 70,000SEK over the 2140 meters autostart course. His 11th lifetime win in 29 starts. At Solvalla, the Victory Tilly, worth 75,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart, went to Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride) and driver Erik Adielsson. The pair were timed in 1.12.8kr. The Gay Noons for 100,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters autostart, went to Lord Flax (3m Love You-Lady de Villeneuve-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Frederik Soderberg. The well-bred mare D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) won a 40,000SEK first prize event over 1640 meters autostart in a quick 1.11kr. Roger Walmann trains the ten time winner in 17 starts. Also winning in 1.11kr over the same distance, in an aged event, was Bon Frecia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Jorma Kontio up. He narrowly defeated Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess-Crowntron) with Erik Adielsson aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

Veteran Mack Grace SM and teamster Roberto Andreghetti won tonight’s co-featured Gran Premio Due Marie at Taranto, Italy for a €45,100 purse event over 1600 meters autostart. The son of CC’s Chuckie T scored easily in 1.11.8kr over Louvre and reinsman Federico Esposito. Andreghetti remarked post-race that he had lost count of the number of Gran Prix events Mack Grace SM had won in his storied career. On the same card the companion event for four-year-olds (Gran Premio Citt di Taranto, €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) also went to Andreghetti aboard Ribot Ek in a sharp 1.11.3kr, a new record for the course. The winner defeated Radiofreccia FI with Esposito up. Ribot Ek is a four year son of Varenne from Gianna di Jesolo by Diamond Way. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Athos des Elfes crushed a solid four year-old group in today’s Gr. III Prix du Milan at Enghien-Soisy. Twelve contested the €85,000 European event over 2150 meters autostart and Jean-Pierre Dubois made the pace from post one with his Tast of Bourbon. The Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon miss took the field through solid fractions (1.11kr at 1000; 1.10.7 kr at 500) before yielding to favored (odds 7/10) Robert Bi with Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Paul Hagoort. However, the field closed in and the most powerful finisher was Athos des Elfes (4m Ganymede-Lazio du Bourg) handled by trainer Joel Van Eeckhaute who recorded his 600th driving win, as the pair scored in 1.11.3kr at odds of 3.3/1. The winner secured his sixth career win, now for €229,530.  Alizea du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kaldida Jet) was second for trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard at 32/1. Italian outsider Ruty Grif (4m Varenne-Courer By Pass) was third at 97/1 for Anthony Barrier, teaming for trainer Marco Smorgon. Two other Italians were next across the line with fourth to aforementioned Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and fifth to Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici) for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Well respected Akim du Cap Vert finished sixth, Tast Of Bourbon faded to eighth and Rod Stewart was unplaced. The winner’s dam, Lazio du Bourg (Tadzio de la Motte-Fee de Marancourt-Tarass Boulba), was a classic winner of US$1,287,917 and a record of 1:55.1 as she won the Criterium des Ans and was second in the Criterium Continental. Tarass Boulba is a son of Speedy Somolli and he sired the dam (Enfilde) of Prix d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Athos des Elfes pedigree is 65% French trotteur and 35% standardbred. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Heavily favored Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) won today's V75 Gold Division at Axevalla, Sweden over 2640 meters autostart for a 150,000SEK first prize. Peter Ingves was in the sulky for trainer Veijo Heiskanen as that pair scored in 1.13.4kr by a comfortable two lengths. Ingves drove the race to perfection from post two as he was away fourth and patiently waited for the pace to relax at which time he jetted to the front after 1000 meters and led the remainder of the contest. Solvato won for the ninth time in 40 career outings, now for earnings of 4,577,341SEK. On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) stayed covered In The Pocket much of the way and secured second for Erik Adielsson as Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane) had rallied from the back gain second in the lane but flattened in late going to finish third for Lutfi Kolgjini. Earlier on the Axevalla card (before a huge crowd on a bright sunny day) the Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner went to Jeppas Maxi (5g Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image) with Torbjorn Jansson up. This emerging campaigner scored in 1.12.6kr in a close battle with Acriter (5m Gentle Star-Puttan Fri-Super Arnie) and Jorgen Westholm. Italy's Naglo'del Nord (7g Naglo-Entita'del Nord-And Arifant) was third for Peter Ingves. Jeppas Maxi is undefeated in six 2014 starts and has won eight times in nine career starts for 609,897SEK. He's owned by Robert Ekstrom and Aland Pia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Solvato and reinsman Peter Ingves lead tomorrow's field in the 150,000SEK (to winner) Gold Division at Axevalla. The five year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide is the early favorite in the eight horse group that also includes On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) that Erik Adielsson will drive and Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos0Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscall) that Orjan Kihlstrom will handle for trainer Stefan Melander. Kaffir Face, Haraldinho, Manalapan, Porthos Amok and Putte Topline complete the field. Interesting winners this week in Scandinavia included a victory on July 16 at Skelleftea by the Jan Norberg reined Top Of The World (3m Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) in 1.15.8kr. He scored over 2140 meters turning start to earn 25,000SEK first money and remains undefeated in three starts. Yesterday at Bergsaker veteran Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) earned 50,000SEK by winning the Lajon Konsult Services, a 1640 meter autostart event for 50,000SEK to the winner. The winner earned his 23rd career win in 55 starts with the 1.11.8kr victory over Occhione Jet by Pine Chip. On that card Deal Or No Deal (8f Self Possessed-Bankers Review-Wall Street Banker) won the Gran Prix Stoet to earn 60,000SEK with the 1.13.3kr win over 2140 meters turning start. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner, her 14th career win. The Norrlands GP Final for 250,000SEK to the winner went to Leif Witasp's Cool Keeper (4m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) in 1.12.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Cool Keeper won for the eighth time in 23 career appearances. Today at Solvalla Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) became one of the first two year-old winners in Europe as he scored in 1.16.5kr to earn 50,000SEK in his initial start. Bjorn Goop reined the winner over the 1640 meter volt start course. He's owned by J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus and was acquired at Harrisburg from legendary breeder J-P Dubois. On the Solvalla card Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salmo Boko-Express Ride) won an event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Erik Adielsson drove this one to a 1.12.8kr win, his 11th in 26 starts. Part Boat Hanover also won today for trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.15.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 30,000SEK. The winner recorded his second win in four starts and is a three year-old male by Cantab Hall-Princess Cruise-Donerail. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Gr. I UET Masters Series International Prix St. Michel AJO is set for Sunday at Mikkeli (Finland). The scratch of Joke Face reduces the field to seven in this one mile test for a purse of €140,000. Prussia (by Ken Warkentin) and Pietro Gubellini have won here before in 2013 (the Prix d’Etain Royal) over the fast track where Varenne holds the record of 1.09.3kr set in 2002. Gubellini won this event last year with Owens Club. Jorma Kontio will pilot one of the favorites, Monster Drive, and other potential leading competitors include the Mika Forss teamed Reven d’Amour (by Revenue) and Beer Summit to be handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Sunday, July 20 - Mikkeli  Off time15:50 - St-Michel Ajo  €140,000 purse - 1609 meters autostart 1. Joke Face - scratched 2. Monster Drive, 8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover (Jorma Kontio)  3. Prussia, 5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip (Pietro Gubellini)  4. Surprise Lord, 8m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer (Iikka Nurmonen)  5. She Loves You, 7f Love You-SJ’s Shad Roe-SJ’s Photo (Seppo Markkula)  6. Frido Super, 6m Love You-Empress Kemp-Super Bowl (Markku Nieminen)  7. Reven d'Amour, 9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie (Mika Forss)  8. Beer Summit, 5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl (Ulf Ohlsson) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

At this point many two-year-olds have a couple of starts in them, so it’s time to marry personal observations with wild speculation and project which ones will be stepping up to win the Cup, Jug and Hambletonion next year. This is by no means a definitive list of the best of the best; as a matter of fact I’m going out of my way to include some by off-brand stallions. That being said, here are a few early standouts. Artspeak is a Western ideal colt out of the Artsplace mare, The Art Museum. The Western Ideals have fallen on hard times at the sales of late, relatively speaking, but Brittany threw $100,000 at this guy, which matched the top price for any of his paternal brothers in North America. He has won both of his NJSS starts for Scott Zeron and trainer Tony Alagna, in dominant fashion. On Pace Day he came first over to win in 1:52.3 at odds of 3/5 at the Meadowlands. Western Ideal has given us the outstanding performers and game changing sires Rocknroll Hanover and American Ideal, as well as Always A Virgin and Big Jim. His 2013 crop moves on to the slugfest that is the PASS next year. Stacia Hanover, the winner of the $100,000 NJSS final for freshman pacing fillies, is also by Western Ideal. The $35,000 Harness Breeders purchase is trained by veteran Steve Elliott and, like Artspeak, driven by Scott Zeron. She has two other wins in the restricted class, aside from the high-dollar final which she won in 1:53.4 at odds of 3/5. Yankee Bounty is a two-year-old gelding by the enigmatic Artiscape stallion, Yankee Cruiser. His dam is the Allamerican Native mare Yankee Bootleg. This isn’t a combination that screams early speed. Yes, Yankee Cruiser did give is the current king of the pacing ranks, Sweet Lou, who held world records at two and three, as well as the rejuvenated speed demon Dancin Yankee, but for the most part this stallion was up against it in Pennsylvania. Yankee Bounty, a $21,000 Harness Breeders purchase, has won both of his starts in impressive fashion. He won splits of the Pennsylvania All Stars and the Albatross for Corey Callahan and trainer Kevin Lane. Yankee Cruiser stands his first year in Ohio in 2014. Bob Ben And John is one of the wave of impressive colts from the first crop of 2009 two-year-old division champ Sportswriter. Casie Coleman, who trained the son of Artsplace, and has been the leading cheerleader for his initial offering, plucked him from the Lexington sale for a modest $17,000. His dam is the Cambest mare, My Best Girl. This colt made his first pari-mutuel start last week in a $70,000 OSS-Gold leg at Mohawk. He was an easy winner by three in 1:53 at odds of 2/1 for Chris Christoforou. Sportswriter is absolutely killing it in the freshman pacing division of the Ontario Sire Stakes; he’s taking all the air; none of the others are on the same planet. SBSW shook the Pennsylvania program to its foundation with his first crop, but what’s happening with Sportswriter in his restricted program may be more dramatic. Shadow Play impressed us last year with his first crop, but he hasn’t gone on to be a factor in the open realm with his sophomores. We’ll wait and see if Sporty, a key player from the stressed Adios line, makes his presence felt outside of Ontario. Sassa Hanover is a filly from the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven. Ron Burke bought her at Lexington for $50,000. Sassa’s dam, Sayo Hanover, is half to the very fast Shadyshark Hanover. Jim Morrill drover her to an easy two length win in a NYSS race at Monticello on the July 4. She won in 1:56.3 with plenty to spare. And two of her paternal sisters—She’s Heavenly and Band Of Angels—also won top dollar splits of the sire stakes that day. Heaven was held in high esteem at the sales, and thus far he is fulfilling his promise.   Dragon Eddy is a two-year-old gelding—aren’t they all—by Dragon Again, a stallion known more for throwing rugged long lasting types like Foiled Again, Atochia and Aracache Hanover than he is as a sire of early speed. My Little Dragon won her division at two, but she was an exception. Well, Eddy is something of an outlier himself. He brought $42,000 at Lexington, which is on the pricey side for Dragon Again, who now stands in Ohio. John Buttenschoen trains and Mike Simons drives. At the end of June Eddy won a split of the Pennsylvania All Starts in 1:54.3 at Pocono, and he went on to win a division of the Albatross in an eye opening 1:52.4 at odds of 2/5 at the Meadows on July 8. Mission Brief is a brown Muscle Hill filly who opened a lot of eyes when she took her $100,000 final of the NJSS by 13 lengths in 1:53.3 for Yanick Gingras and Ron Burke. This was an improvement on her previous start, where she only won by ten. Her dam Southwind Serena is by the great trotter Varenne. Mission Brief was a $150,000 Lexington purchase. Look out! The Bank is a Donato Hanover colt out of 2008 three-year-old division winner, Lantern Kronos. He won a split of the Pennsylvania All Stars for Jimmy Takter on July 4th and broke stride while leading on the last turn as the 1/9 favorite in a division of the Hickory Pride at The Meadows this week. Again, Takter drove. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to Shake It Cerry and Solvato, is another very promising Donato colt in the Takter Barn. He also won on July 4. Yesterday he was beaten in a quick 1:56.3 split of the Hickory Pride by the Cantab Hall colt Billy Flynn, driven to perfection by Brett Miller. Possess The Will and Your So Vain notwithstanding, Donato has pretty much been all filly no colt to this point. If this pair is turned over to Gingras or Pierce they could change that in a hurry. Honor And Serve, a Donato colt out of 2008 freshman division winner and world record holder Honorable Daughter, is another who might turn the tide. He just took a split of the Hickory Pride for Dave Palone and Jim Campbell. Royal Deceptor is one of numerous offspring of the New York stallion RC Royalty that sold at the Morrisville sale. The success of last year’s Hambletonion winner, Royalty For Life, inspired many to look favorably upon the eleven-year-old siring son of Credit Winner. Cheryl and Michael McGivern took this brown colt home for $11,000. Royal Deceptor won all three of his qualifiers, then went out and won a split of the NYSS in a track record 1:59.3 at Buffalo Raceway for Michael McGivern. Gatka is a big, rugged filly from the first crop of seven-year-old Hambletonion winner Muscle Massive, whose big brother Muscle Mass met with success in Ontario and has since been relocated to New York. Gatka is a sister to Ake Svanstedt’s Muscle Hill filly Heaven’s Door, who won the $100,000 NJSS sophomore final and finished second behind Shake It Cerry in the Del Miller. She won a division of the PA All Stars at The Meadows in 1:56 at 2/5 and last week she took a split of the Meadow Gladys with ease in 1:57.1 at 1/5.  Billy Flynn, a $120,000 Lexington purchase by Steffan Lind, is by Cantab Hall, arguably the best trotting stallion in North America. Another brown colt—there seems to be a run on them—he is out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Zeta Jones and was bred by Brittany farms. Billy took a split of the PA All Stars by six lengths in 1:57.2 at Pocono earlier this month and he beat the highly regarded Centurion ATM and Uncle Lasse in a division of the Hickory Pride. Brett Miller drives. Wild Honey is proving to be a $35,000 bargain for Jimmy Takter. The daughter of Cantab Hall was a close second to Gatka Hanover in that one’s first start and, like Gatka, won a split of the Meadow Gladys at The Meadows, for Yanick Gingras. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/

Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) easily won today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Stora Sprinterslopp over 1640 meters autostart in Sweden. The Roger Walmann trainee was reined by Johan Untersteiner to victory in 1.09.9kr to earn 600,000SEK first prize. The talented trotter now has 14 wins in 44 outings for earnings of 4,875,831SEK. Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) was second for Adrian Kolgjini. Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) finished third for Ulf Ohlsson. The beaten field in order of finish also included Oasis Bi, Ed You, Mr. Picolit, Orecchietti, Nahar (2013 Elitloppet winner), Digital Ink, and Democrat. The card at Arjang also showcased a win by KLM Buymethemoon (6m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) and Erik Adielsson up. He scored in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart in the Bronze Division worth 110,000SEK to winner. The US import Curtsy Hanover (4f Cantab Hall-Chiptease-Pine Chip) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom. The Silver Division, worth 125,000SEK to the winner, went to Arazi Boko (7g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) and Orjan Kihlstrom. He scored in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. The J-P Dubois bred Nato Dream (5m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) was second for Stefan Melander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Four excellent events graced today’s Enghien-Soisy card, including this days’ Quinte+ race. The feature race was the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles for €95,000 contested by 11 European starters over 2150 meters autostart. Timed in 1.11.3kr, the Louis Baudron owned, trained and teamed Village Mystic scored a 12.5/1 upset. The five year-old son of Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account, bred by M.L. Baudron, nailed tiring favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) on the line, by a neck, the latter off at 3/5 for reinsman Franck Nivard. Voltigeur de Myrt was third for Eric Raffin. Winning Village Mystic now has 11 career wins for €720,320 earned. The secondary feature was the €85,000 Gr. III Prix du Louvre over 2875 meters for five year-old Europeans. 11 horses were at the start with the favorite Arlington Dream off at 4.3/1 in a wide-open affair. Clint W. Boko prevailed for the win handled by Robin Bakker in 1.15.1kr. The winner is a five year-old son of Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell, trained by Paul Hagoort for Stable Unlimited. The winner secured his 10th career win now for €297,157. Germany’s Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d’Aunou) was a close second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Josef Franzl and Vive Majyc ended third for Louis Baudron. Plutonio was fourth with J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover) fifth and was  not a factor for Damien Bonne. Arlington Dream was a dq for a miscue.   The Q+ race (jackpot €5.2 million) was the €68,000 Prix du Palais de Chaillot over 2875 meters for Europeans. 18 went postward and the race handled €1,166,918 for win and place only. Italy’s Olimpus Caf scored the victory in 1.14.3kr for Damien Bonne. He’s a six year-old son of Varenne-Eviola’caf-Supergill, owned by Scuderia Mantaro and trained by J-E Le Bec. The win today was his 12th lifetime for €203,259. Germany’s Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux with Tempo (7m Coktail Jet-Haute Voltige) flying  home third for David Thomain. Replay follows: A host of outsiders in the top five exact order generated a great outcome for winning punters. This exact order crew was off at odds of 5,5. 12, 74, 46 and 9/1 respectively. Big fields make for unexpected results and payoffs. The other interesting contest today, also for European entrants, was the €48,000 Prix de Villiers that drew 16 starters over the 2150 meter autostart course. Italy’s Painting Wise took the victory in 1.12.9kr for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi owns the five year-old son of Equinox Bi-Catalina Wise-Supergill as the 1.2/1 favorite defeated Adman Perrine with Franck Nivard and Amiral du Bission and teamster P-Y Verva. The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Wise H and the win today was his 13th in a career that has earned €96,610. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

This week excellent trotting action took place at Rattvik, Eskilstuna, Bollnas and Tingsryd. Victories of note went to US exports Lindys Jersey Boy and Mystic Illusion while trainer Jerry Riordan scored with the Varenne three year-old Sylvester America. The Ready Cash four year-old Ready After also secured a victory and veteran Montgomery Hill defeated a solid aged trotting field at Tingsryd for his 33rd career win. This Saturday promises to be exciting as Nahar, Ed You, Orecchietti and Mosaique Face square off in a Gr. II International UET Masters Series event named the Arjang Stora Sprinterslopp worth 600,000SEK to the winner. July 7, 2014 Rattvik SWE Winners Lindys Jersey Boy (5m Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy-Buvetier d'Aunou), Ulf Ohlsson up in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK first money. The winner now sports nine victories in 43 outings for 1,912,294SEK and his first in 2014. Chapeau and Time Machine trailed the winner Circles (5f Majestic Son-Merles Image-Balanced Image), Magnus Jakobsson trainer/driver in 1.12.4kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 35,000SEK. The winning mare now has nine wins in 30 tries for 2,783,398SEK as she defeated US-bred Lady Broadway for Jorma Kontio and Ready Steady Go for Kihlstrom. July 7, 2014 Eskilstuna SWE Winner Mystic Illusion (3f Muscles Yankee-Mystical Oaks-Donerail), Kenneth Haugstad up for Roger Walmann with this 2014 US import acquired from Jan Johnson. She recorded her fourth win, timed in 1.13.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, in just six career starts and her second straight victory in Europe. July 8, 2014 Bollnas SWE Winner Quality Questioned (5g Andover Hall-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB, 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for 25,000SEK first prize, his seventh win in 17 career starts for 554,000SEK. The winner, from a producing Hambletonian Oaks winner, defeated Beeboop Laday and Monas Inversote in a close battle. July 9, 2014 Tingsryd SWE Winners Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell), Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.13.4kr victory over 1609 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Italy registered Alpha de Vandel (4m Coktail Jet-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), Johan Untersteiner up, 1.13.6kr over 1609 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner. Second was the Allercrantz/Riordan/Riordan aptly named Riordan Kronos (5g Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Fredrik Persson owner/trainer/driver, 1.11kr winner over 1609 meters autostart for 60,000SEK to winner, his 12th win in 52 starts for 1,287,025SEK Ready After (4m Ready Cash-Crowning Flower-Crowning Point), Johan Kjellman, 1.12.3kr winner over 1609 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner, Italy registered. Replay follows http://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20140709-tingsryd-v86?id=1 Montgomery Hill (10g SJ's Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic), Flemming Jensen, 1.10.2kr score over 1609 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to winner, Denmark, his 33rd win in 78 starts for 2,778,125SEK. The beaten field in order of finish was Truculent, I Won't Dance, Kaffir Face, Photo Sea, Rutger Raket, Livi Barcelona, Max Prix, Ldees Creditreport The upcoming weekend showcases top-level campaigners at Arjang in the Gr. II Stora Sprinterlopp. Nahar heads this group as he will battle with Orecchietti, Ed You, Digital Ink and an overall solid group. July 12, 2014 Arjang SWE Entries Arjangs Stora Sprinterlopp, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart Ed You, T. Jansson Oasis Bi, C. Svensson Mosaique Face, A. Kolgjini Democrat, P. Lennartsson Magic Tonight, J. Untersteiner Reven d'Amour, U. Ohlsson Mr. Picolit, E. Adielsson Orecchietti, O. Kihlstrom Nahar, R. Bergh Digital Ink, S. Melander Ed You and Digital Ink by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

July 4, 2014. Timoko next tests the starter on Sunday at La Capelle and Philippe Allaire's Brillantissime leads the field Saturday at Enghien in the Prix de Berlin against a competitive group of three year-olds. See the entries below for these weekend headliners. July 5, 2014 Enghien-Soisy Features Prix de la Marche, £85,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters. Field includes Indigious (by Prodigious) with Eric Raffin up for Stig H. Johansson and Swedishman with Franck Nivard steering for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. Prix de Berlin, £85.000, 2150 meters autostart, European, 9 starters for three year-olds. This group includes Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire, Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) with Erik Raffin aboard, Secretariat (Ganymede) for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, Scoop Grif Italia (Varenne) for Pierre Vercruysse/Marco Smorgon, and Silverado Lux (Amigo Hall) for the Nivard/Souloy team. July 6, 2014 La Capelle Feature Prix der la Communaute de Communes, 1609 meters autostart, £100,000, Gr. II International, field in post position order below (horse, driver, trainer): Reve de Beylev, Raffin/Guarato Oibambam Effe, Carro/Carro Spirit Beji, Bullier/Provost Quinoa du Gers, Ouvrie/Souloy Roi du Lupin, Barrier/Marmion Krangel, Locqueneux/Westholm Timoko, Goop/Westerink Quick Viervil, Gallier/Gallier Viscaria, Piton/Gillot Timoko and Richard Westerink Earlier this week solid action took place in Sweden with Happy Days winning his elimination and the final of the Sprinter Masters. In the final Express Duo and Tumble Dust trailed the winning horse/driver pair that were timed in 1.10.7kr. On July 2 at Lindesberg Mr. Picolit took the aged main event in 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. US entrant Uncle Peter was scratched. July 3, 2014 Halmstad Sprinter Masters 1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money each elimination, Elim 1, 1.11.7kr Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem), Pekka Korpi, Finland, 20th win in 32 starts for 3,494,704SEK Elim 2 1.12.0kr Dream With Me (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Lutfi Kolgjini, Netherlands, 6th win in 20 for 649,172SEK Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Dream Vacation), Bjorn Goop, Denmark, now in 20 starts 4-5-6 slate for 2,064,059SEK Elim 3, 1.10.l9kr Happy Days (4g Dream Vacation-Kiss Me Once-Varenne)m Johnny Takter, eighth win in 11 for 1,179,300SEK Final, 1.10.7kr, first money 902,660SEK Happy Days, Johnny Takter, first on the line Express Duo, Pekka Korpi TumbleDust, Bjorn Goop Other relevant winners on the Halmstad card were: Oliver Kronos (6g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop, 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 100,000SEK first money, eighth win in 18 appearances. Your Highness (5f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop, 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first prize, 10th win in 20 tries for 1,461,904SEK career earnings. July 2, 2014 Lindesberg Winners Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed), Daniel Olsson up for Stefan Melander, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 60,000SEK to winner. Paris Metro (3f Cantab Hall-Mrs Ronerail-Donerail), Bjorn Goop for trainer Melander, 1.12.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK winners prize. Paducah Dream (4f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.13.8kr, 1640 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner. High Speed Call (6g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Carl-Erik Lindblom up, 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner. Mr. Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money, defeating Occione Jet with Erik Adielsson and Bagley with Conrad Lugauer. Uncle Peter was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks

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