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August 30, 2015 -  Speedy Trader (7m Sugar Trader-Savvy Lobell-Speedy Crown) took today’s featured Vanessza DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) clocked in 1.15.8kr for harness racing driver Tomaz Osterc, trainer Zvonko Osterc and CRO owner Tamislav Gmajnic. The winner is the maternal family of Scully and Sherwood Lobell, with second dam the Mystic Park daughter Stardrift Lobell. Jogging (12g Valley Guardian-Sportlady) was second for Sandor Varga with third to Ordog Hegeduse (7g Medic Hanover-Dallam) driven by Ferenc Nagy II. The secondary featured Complex DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1980 meters distance handicap) went to the 1.17.1kr winner Sanger MS (5g Victory Dream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) driven by Mitja Slavic, trainer by Imre Fazekas and owned by Equine MS Srl. from Italy. The 4/5 odds winner scored his fourth straight victory. Oldtimer Diamant (by Arc de Triomphe) was second for driver Emese Vezer with third to Ostrom (by Wall Street Banker) for driver Pal Vicen. Thomas H. HIcks  

Europe’s best four year-olds squared off in today’s Gr. I Criterium Continental with a €240,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters with one scratch at Paris-Vincennes in the UET Masters Series) vying for its winners invitation to the Prix d’Amerique. The slick gaited, well-mannered Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Tumble Boys, rallied to score by a nose at 13.8/1 odds in 1.10.7kr. Tumble Dust scored from post nine, outside first tier, and battled to the front in fast tempo before allowing a game 16/1 Amiral Sacha (4m Ganymede-Nostalgia Sacha) to gain the front for Gabrielle Gelormini with Malmqvist’s stablemate 33/1 Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde) behind Tumble Dust. Positions remained unchanged until even-money choice Aladin d’Ecajeul rolled near the leaders on the outside. Off the final bend Tumble Dust found room to the outside and Backfire found space on the pegs as the favorite faltered and Amiral Sacha battled on with great courage. The top three were noses apart on the line. Tumble Dust secured his tenth career win now for earnings of €510,169. Aladin d’Ecajeul ended fourth, Akim du Cap Vert fifth and J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon was seventh. Fractions were 1.05.2kr at 1500; 1.08.5kr at 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500, 1.10.7kr at the finish. On post-race interview reinsman Bjorn Goop was quoted as saying Tumble Dust was good today, got over the track well and still had gas left. Goop recorded his seventh win in France this year with the Criterium Continental triumph. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Jerry Riordan's Radysin America, handled by JohnnyTakter, took the Vilhelm Johanssons Prize for 150,000SEK to the winner. Timed in 1.11.9kr over the 2140 meter autostart course, the winner recorded her fourth straight and ninth in 20 career starts. Lisa Riordan owns the Guida Italia Srl bred four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream, she a half-sister to Lisa America. Sahara Fairytale with Christoffer Eriksson aboard and Your Highness with teamster Ulf Ohlsson ended two-three in a close encounter. On the same card US-bred Fawkes scored for Peter Untersteiner in 1.11.1kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 50,000SEK. Fawkes (6m SJ's Caviar-Up Front Peg-Andover Hall) was an open lengths winner over Prawns and Kenneth Haugstad and Kaffir Face with Lutfi Kolgjini up. Fawkes now has 10 wins in 43 outings for 2,714,823SEK earned. No Deal and reinsman Flemming Jensen scored in the ICA Nara Lidkopting Klockans timed in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner is a Danish bred nine year-old son of Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering that was making his first 2014 start and now has 25 victories in 58 starts for 1,476,374SEK. Nantucket was second for reinsman Thomas Dalborg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Novisad (7m Lejacque d’houlbec-Furlana) reined by Gert Sucact won today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Gran Prix Stad Warehem by Gea Happel for a €60,000 purse at Belgium’s historic Hippodrome Waregem. The Italian bred trotter scored at 71.4/1 odds covering the 2960 meter distance in 1.17.11kr for his ninth career victory. Two entrants handicapped 25 meters were second (Quiz de Ginei) and third (Deuxiene Picsos, Swedish invader with Robin Bakker driving for trainer/owner Johan Lejon).  This trotting event was one of three major races (two were steeplechase) on a card that showcased the prestigious Grand Steeplechase des Flandres that carried a €95,000 purse. The Hippodrome Waregem handles capacity attendance of 45,000. Wagering on the mixed card was robust. In Sweden, Axevalla hosted the Anderssons Trot for 35,000SEK to the winner. Spring Erom (9m Gentle Star-Spring Flickan-Prince Mystic) scored for Bjorn Goop in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Veterans Rackas and Lord Capar trailed the winner to the line. On September 1st at Farjestad the featured Diamantstoet for 100,000SEK to the winner went to Quatanamera (5f From Above-Try Out-Piggvar) and teamster Eric Berglof. The winner scored in 1.13.7kr over the 2140 meters turning start course. Quantanamera won for the sixth time in 41 starts. On the same card the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Linda Allercrantz reined Radysin America (4f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) advanced to victory in 1.14.7kr over 2140 meters autostart. Radysin, a half-sister to Lisa America, earned 50,000SEK for her eighth win in 19 career starts, the last three straight and four wins in her last six outings with two second place finishes. Queen’s Delight (5m Varenne-Drumbula-Victory Dream) and Bjorn Goop also scored on the Farjestad program. He won for the seventh time in 22 starts with the 1.11.4kr victory over 1640 meters autostart to earn 40,000SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) easily won today's 2014 Danish Derby in Copenhagen worth 600,000kr (US$106,183) to the winner. Bjorn Goop teamed Tumble Dust to his third consecutive win for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Easy KB.  The winner recorded his seventh career victory in 23 starts, now for earnings of 2,491,245kr (US$440,881). Tumble Dust scored over 3000 meters autostart (1-7/8 miles, three laps around the 1000 meter oval) in 1.14.7kr despite the sloppy racetrack dulled by day-long rains that delayed the start of the racing program. His time was the fastest Derby winner ever despite the off-track conditions. Wagering favorite Tumble Dust (odds 1.7/1) scored from post four and took to the front in the first turn from T Rex and reinsman Lars Anvar Kolle, and then led throughout. Tano Bork (by Great Challenger) and Tango Vang (by Lindy Lane) were second and third. Bred and raised by Thomas Lind-Holm Washer and trained by Jagersro's Tomas Malmqvist, Tumble Dust prepped at Charlottenlund with a victory in a derby trial 14 days ago over 2500 meters. Prior to the trial he had been racing at the 1609 meter sprinter distance. In the final run Tumble Dust was almost alone on the field, and won easily by three lengths, while Tano Bork, who had been sitting in the third couple on the outside, ended well for second place for teamster Christian Lindhardt. Tumble Dust's next big task will be to qualify to start in the European Derby, which this year will be raced at Mauquenchy (FR). Tumble Dust gave trainer Malmqvist his second Danish Derby victory and it was the first time that Bjorn Goop won the Derby in Copenhagen. Fine racing at Charlottenlund graced the Danish Derby undercard today. The Gr. II UET Masters Series Rex The Great, raced over 2000 meters autostart for 187,500kr to the winner, went to O'Grady (8m SJ's Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) and trainer/driver Flemming Jensen. He scored in 1.14.5kr to record his 35th win in 66 starts, now for earnings of 2,781,679kr. Politiken (7g Ens Snapshot-Goldie Hawn-Earthquake) was second for Morten Friis and Obi-Wan (8g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) ended third. Commander Crowe and Kaffir Face were scratched. Well-regarded Owen CR was shuffled toward the back and his attempt to circle the filed around the last bend was unsuccessful. The Derby Consolation (2000 meters autostart for 50,000kr to the winner) went to Triton Sisa (4g Credit Winner-Keenness Sisa-Carmody Lobell) for teamster/trainer Jan Dahlgaard. He scored in 1.14.4kr over Tripolini VP and Top Winner. The Walther Kaiser-Hansens 2014 race for 75,000kr to the winner went to Je T'Aime Express and Peter Untersteiner. The Swedish bred three year-old gelded son of Symphonic Hanover-Je T'Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover scored in 1.14.3kr over 2000 meters autostart. The Krafft Stayercup over 2950 meters distance handicapped, worth 60,000kr to the winner, went to Alphatron reined by Jeppe Juel. The winner raced without distance penalty and scored in 1.16kr over 13 rivals, 11 of which started with 20 or 40 meter penalties. Two year-olds face the starter in the Mark Ingdams over 2000 meters autostart. 50,000kr went to impressive winner Amalie Bork (2f Beaumont Hanover-Malou Bork-Chipmate) in 1.17kr. She's now undefeated in three starts. Another CN (by Buvetier d'Aunou) and Alongcameaspider (by Lindy Lane) were next and a battle for third also involved Alex Trojborg (by Great Challenger) and Echauffour US (Donato Hanover-Bourbon Dream), the latter piloted by Bjorn Goop for J-P Dubois in his first start.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The Jerry Riordan trained Sheava Vik won today's Gr. I International Lindhals Fillies Final at Romme Sweden. Reined by Johan Untersteiner, the Italy-bred three-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Nashville OM-Uronometro scored in 1.12.2kr over 1640 meters autostart for co-owners Allevamento Folli SRL and Loris Vicario. The winner earned 800,000SEK first money and raised her career earnings to 1,072,062SEK with her fourth victory in 15 outings. Next behind the winner were Gabriella Sisu (3f Muscle Mass-Armbro Begood-Conway Hall) with Erik Adielsson up and Souchong (3f Going Kronos-Dimbula-Victory Dream) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Wallmann. The co-featured Lindhals Final for colts, a Gr. I International event with 800,000SEK to the winner, went to Al Dente in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This winner scored easily to record his 13th victory in 18 appearances for earnings of 2,895,000SEK. The three year-old son of Scarlet Knight-Mollies Photo-SJ's Photo is an impressive 2014 performer with 12 wins and a second in 13 starts. Origo Tilly (3g Super Arnie-Regina Tilly-Speedy Crown) was second for Torbjorn Jansson ahead of Thewayiam As (3m Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) with Johnny Takter aboard. The top aged event on the Romme card was the Super Light Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter autostart test. Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estelle Jet-Supergill) took the win in 1.10.9kr for Erik Adielsson over Bon Freccia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Bjorn Goop up, in a photo. Third went to System Performance (5f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) and Stefan Melander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

US-expat trainer Jerry Riordan won two on Saturday's superb card at Aby, Sweden and recorded a second place finish. Radysin America (4f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) took the Bertil Knutssons Trot over 1640 meters autostart in a sharp 1.11.8kr. Johnny Takter drove this one for owner Lisa Riordan to earn 80,000SEK first money. The half-sister to retired international star Lisa America, also developed and campaigned by Riordan, was bred in Italy by Guida Italia SRL and this was her seventh career win in 18 starts, now for 370,135SEK. The time was also her lifetime best and she survived a four-horse photo to win over Britt Palema (5f Adams Hall-Rapidsland Glare-Southwind Pinnacle) with trainer/driver Fredrik Persson, Sandra Volo (5f Cantab Hall-Sandra Victory-Valley Victory) and Orjan Kihlstrom and Pin Kronos (5f Cantab Hall-Luck Of the Day-Mr. Lavec) that was fourth for Johan Untersteiner. Riordan also had a training win with Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) in the Euro Classic Next Year for three-year-olds worth 50,000SEK to the winner. He scored in a photo timed in 1.15.2kr over 2140 meters autostart with Johan Untersteiner up. Lisa Riordan also owns this colt that was bred in Italy by Guida Italia SRL. Sylvester won for third time in nine starts. Fabuleux BR was second for trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen. As previously reported, Riordan's trainee Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) was second in a three-horse photo in a fast-class four year-old mares event timed in 1.13.6kr. This mare, also owned by Lisa Riordan, was handled by Linda Allercrantz. The race was won by My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) trained and driven by Bjorn Goop for Stall Kennys, her seventh win in16 tries and she earned 80,000SEK, with favored Backfire home third for Johnny Takter. The Aby card also showcased the Bronze Division Final for 200,000SEK to the winner, and it went to Royal Fighter (6m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) in gate to wire fashion over 2140 meters autostart. Jennifer Tillman drover the winner, trained by Per Eriksson, that was timed in 1.12.2kr to gain his 10th win in 46 starts. The winner is owned by Per Rodert and Christina Nilsson. The opener of the day was the Aby Stora Monte Pris for 100,000SEK to the victor. The contest over 1640 meters autostart had a competitive 10 horse field and the French veteran Organdi d'Or (12g Achille-Hovillara d'Or-Vroum d'Or) emerged with the win. He's trained by rider Sofia Aronsson and scored in 1.13.2kr by two lengths for his 20th career win in 124 starts, now with 3,665,792SEK earned. He's owned in France by Armand Turquet-Lepreux. Henke Diablo with Peter Jarven aboard and Nouvelle Pelle with Asa Svensson up were next to the line. US-bred Moon Dream was fourth for Siv Emilie Lovvold and Hitchcock was a dq for rider Malin Beras. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

In Sweden trainer Jerry Riordan has experienced a super week to-date. On June 24 at Jagersro, Riordan trainee Rare Wise As scored in 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 15,000SEK first prize.  The four-year-old daughter of Varenne-In Wise As- SJ’s Caviar is owned by Lisa Riordan and was steered by Linda Allercrantz. The Riordan team also won with Paolo America in 1.15.3kr to earn 15,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start contest. Paolo America is a five year-old gelded son of Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell, owned by Lisa Riordan and reined by Allercrantz to her 11th career victory. On June 26 at Aby the Riordan trained, Allercrantz reined Riordan Kronos scored in 1.15.3kr to earn 10,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. The four-year-old gelded son of Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed is owned by Lisa Riordan and secured his first 2014 win in four starts.  Trainer Riordan was also third in the Aby featured Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner) for mares with Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) for owner Francesco Rosselli and driven by Thomas Uhrberg. Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) won this event in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop reined the winner, to her 11th career victory, that defeated Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) with Jorgen Sjunnesson aboard in a close finish. This one was developed in the US by Dan Daley Global Midnight and reinsman Christophe Martens won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance at Enghien. The winner secured her 16th career win for earnings of €274,621 for trainer Vincent Martens. Global Midnight is a seven year-old mare by Ganymede from Global Business by Victory Dream. Take and Tabby Point trailed the winner across the line. The day’s Quinte+ paid €188,246 for an exact order €2 wager. Jackpot this day was €4.4 million. June 26, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Plaisance, European €56,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €4.4 million, 1.14kr 1st Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Christophe Martens, 4.4/1 odds, Victor Martens trainer, 16th lifetime win for €274,621 2nd Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole), Franck Nivard, 6.8/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer 3rd Tabby Point (7m Coktail Jet-Nobody Else), Sebastien Ernault, 70/1, Ulf Nordin trainer At Vichy the €80,000 purse International Prix Pierre Coulon went to favored Uprince with Eric Raffin aboard. Thierry Raffegaeu trains the winner that is now a career earner of over €377,000 from 11 victories. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr to defeat Italy’s 89/1 outsider Oibambam Effe. June 26, 2014 Vichy, Prix Pierre Coulon, International €80,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Eric Raffin, 2.5/1, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 11th career win  for €377,470 2nd Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Salvatore Carro up, 89/1 3rd Sophie du Vif (8f Jenko-Lavalliere de Vif), Aymeric Thomas up, 22/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Repay Merci (4m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) took today's Energima Cup Final for trainer/driver Knud Monster at Oslo. The Denmark-bred campaigner recorded his third 2014 win in 11 starts to earn the winners' prize of 200,000 krone. Time for the 1609 meter autostart contest was 1.11.5kr. Market Share's half-brother, Broadway Legs, battled bravely for trainer/driver Frode Hamre to hold second from the death seat with Bret Boko third for Jorma Kontio. The winners' dam is quite a producer, with three foals already winners of over US$100,000 (by Norvelous Hanover, Pine Chip and Offshore Dream) and a 2012 foal by Ready Cash in the waiting area. The dam, News From Heaven, was a major winner of over US$326,000, including the Norsk Trav Derby and third in the Forus Open. The four year-old elite, over 1609 meters autostart, for 200,000 krone to the winner, went to improving Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer. He was an easy winner in a quick 1.10kr after taking over from leader Alizea du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalida Jet-Extreme Dream) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Emmanuel Allard. Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) overcame post 10 to rally three wide for third with Single Sock fourth for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The 2014 Elitauktion yearling sale in Sweden was completed tonight with 74 head sold from 90 cataloged. Total proceeds in USD was $1,747,087, an average of $23,609 at today's conversion rate. The top five that were hammered down at auction, all colts, were sired by Conway Hall (2), S.J.'s Caviar, Ready Cash and Yankee Glide. Maharajah offspring did not hit the toppers. USA trainer Jimmy Takter signed for hip 81, a Pastor Stephen filly from Sculturesque by Muscles Yankee. Second dam of that one is Head Hunter by Bonefish, she the dam of Bosphorous, a career winner of nearly four million SEK. The sale topper was Bourbon Rain, a March 30, 2013 colt by Conway Hall from Affinity by Victory Dream, she the dam of Photo Maxx (USD 591,342) by S.J.'s Photo, Hard Livin (SEK 4,992,570) by S.J.'s Caviar and the three year-old colt in 2013 Tumble Dust by Crazed. Tumble Dust has earned SEK 1,719,799 with 11 on the board finishes in 15 starts. Affinity, a $100,000 yearling at Kentucky Standardbred, is from Dormitory (Speedy Crown-Panty Raid) and the maternal family that produced Giant Victory, Bonefish, Uconn Don, Tagliabue, Elusive Desire and others. Fantastic!!! Consignor was Stuteri Dust. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Provided that Truculent (7m Revenue-Heaven Tonight-Victory Dream) accepts to auto-invite to the Elite race that he earned today with a Gr. II UET Masters Series win at Gavle, the Elitloppet 2014 field looks to be complete following announcement by officials of three other acceptances. They are Digital Ink, Juliano Rags and Delicious (USA bred mare developed by Ron Gurfein), as profiled below. Truculent is a US import, now with a record of 1.09.5kr and earnings of 1,920,594SEK (20 wins in 36 career starts) for Lars-I Nilsson trainer. River Ridge Farm was the breeder.Digital Ink Nationality: Sweden (Stall T.Z., Stefan Melander) Trainer: Stefan Melander Ãge / Sex: 5 male Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres Earnings SEK: 3.383.300 kronor Record KR: 1.10,6 Nationality: Norway (Stall Juliano) Trainer: Noralf Braekken Ãge / Sex: 6g Juliano Star - Julia Rags Earnings SEK: 1.833.026 kronor Record KR 1.11,0 Nationality: Sweden(Stall Zet) Trainer: Daniel Reden Ãge / Sex: 5 female Cantab Hall - Ipsara L.B. Earnings SEK: 2.366.572 kronor Record KR 1.09,9 The full field lineup is shown below (USA bred noted). This group appears to be competitively well-matched. The USA owned and trained Maven and Uncle Peter would seem to have a good chance for victory. Maven (USA) Pascia'Lest Panne de Moteur Uncle Peter (USA) Timoko Reven d'Amour Shaq Is Back (USA) Nahar Caballion Sanity Prussia Raja Mirchi Digital Ink Juliano Rags Delicious (USA) Truculent (USA) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

US import Beer Summit took today's Berth Johanssons Memorial at Umaker, Sweden for driver Ulf Ohlsson. The five-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl scored in 1.13.3kr over the 2140 meters autostart course to record his eighth career success. Blended Scotch and Quid Pro Quo trailed the winner. The race could produce an Elitloppet starter. Beer Summit joins an exceptional group of winner of this race including 2014 Prix d'Amerique victor Maharajah. On the same card another US import, Hard Livin, scored in the Gold Division for Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. The son of SJ's Caviar is a consistent upper level performer in Sweden and today he was victorious in 1.11.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance. May 10, 2014 Umaker SWE, Berth Johanssons Memorial, 200,000SWEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.3kr 1st Beer Summit (5m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl), Ulf Ohlsson up, his eighth win in 35 outings for earnings of 3,242,011SEK 2nd Blended Scotch (5f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit), Per Linderoth the reinsman 3rd Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson up on this winner of 11 in 28 starts for 4,374,707SEK PRIOR WINNERS 2013-04-27 David Sisu h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious Johnny Takter Petri Salmela 1.12,8a 2140 18.62 150 000 Panne de Moteur On Track Piraten 2012-04-28 Formula One h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of Erik Adielsson Stig H Johansson 1.12,4a 2140 1.78 200 000 Kadett C.D. Haraldinho 2011-04-30 Caballion h Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick Fredrik B Larsson Henrik Larsson 1.12,6a 2140 6.00 200 000 Select Yankee Monster Drive 2010-04-24 Maharajah h Viking Kronos - Chili Khan Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 1.13,4a 2140 1.08 200 000 Calamara Donna Lord Capar May 10, 2014 Umaker SWE, Gold 200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 1.11.4kr 1st Hard Livin (7m SJ's Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream), Daniel Reden trainer/driver 2nd David Sisu (6m Lindy Lane-Keystone Delicious-American Winner), Ulf Ohlsson up 3rd Trustworthy As (10g, Dream Vacation-Keep the Word-Nevele Pride), Henrik Svensson the driver by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Billie de Montfort won tonights' Gr. II Prix Masina at Paris-Vincennes for Eric Raffin. Timed in 1.13.9kr over the 2100 meter autostart course, the three year-old daughter of Jasmin de Flore won for the seventh time, now for earnings of 301,200e for owner Philippe Dauphin. The talented filly is trained by Sebastian Guarato as she defeated 12 rivals including Beauty Turgot and Franck Nivard. Summary is shown below. April 22, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II Prix Masina, 120,000e, 3 year-old females 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters, 1.13.9kr 1st Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin, 3/10 favorite, seventh win 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane), Franck Nivard up for trainer Fabrice Souloy, 9/1 3rd Bonnie Cadence (3f Qualypso Jiel-Potuna Saint Andre), Emmanuel Allard trainer/driver, 124/1 The companion for three year-old males, named the Gr. II Prix Paul Karle, went to Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Frederik Sauque. The winner led throughout in a rated pace with the J-P Dubois reined Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) alongside. As the field neared the stretch Verbeeck asked for speed and Brillantissime responded, opening three lengths before holding off fast-closing Brutus de Bailly (a Niky colt) and Bixente (by Quaker Jet) as the line approached. The winner recorded his sixth victory. April 22, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II Prix Paul Karle, 3 year-old males, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.15.9kr Fractions: 1.17.7kr at 1000; 1.17.8kr at 500 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d'Aunou), Joseph Verbeeck up for Philippe Allaire trainer and Frederik Sauque breeder/owner, 8/10 favorite, his sixth win for 264,950 euros in lifetime earnings. 2nd Brutus de Bailly (3m Niky-Ninon de Bailly), J-M Bazire, 3.8/1 3rd Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Ketty Mesloise), J-Et. Dubois trainer/driver, 16/1 4th Black d'Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d'Avril), Mathieu Mottier for trainer Fredrik Prat, 5.8/1 In Sweden, Caliber TT scored for Frederik Persson at Axevalla, and yesterday the well-regarded Rolex Bigi won at Halmstad against a talented field, his eighth career win in only nine starts. April 22, 2014 Axevalla, ICA NERQ Sahlins Kat 3, 35,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 1.12.9kr 1st Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Frederik Persson, 11th win in 50 starts for 1,217,025SEK 2nd Berlusconi (6m Andiver Hall-Always Victorious-Mr. Vic), Bjorn Goop, USA 3rd Magnifik Gelj (9g Easy Lover-Charlotta Gelj-Another Miracle), Mercedes Balogh April 21, 2014 Halmstad SWE, Pokaltestet Kat 3, 2140 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner, 1.13.2kr 1st Rolex Bigi (4m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec), Jorma Kontio up for Anders Svanstedt (Italy), two wins in as many 2014 starts and nine career starts with slate of 8-1-0 and 550,000SEK won 2nd Dream With Me NL (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Adrian Kolgjini aboard for Lutfi Kolgjini trainer (Netherlands) 3rd Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Johnny Taker up, 16 career starts with 4-4-4 slate and earnings 1,731,799SEK (Denmark) 4th Let's Dance DE (4m Oscar Shindler-Sirmione-Diamond Way), Klaus Kern up, (Denmark) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Results from March 31 and April 1 produced interesting trotting winners at multiple venues in Northern Europe as action heats up leading to the Elitloppet and its prep events. Shaq Is Back and Traveling Man were noteworthy winners. Both are trained by Daniel Reden. Shaq Is Back won his third straight in 2014, the March 31 victory in a sharp 110.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance at Farjestad. March 31, 2014 Mantorp, Bonne Aparte (6g Offshore Dream-Kelsey Lady-SpotliteLobell, 1.14.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Magdalena Ulriks-Siminski up Mantorp, Onas Sonja (5f Civil Action-Goodtime Doll-Balanced Image), 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Fredrik Berg up defeating True Blue For You (5f Yankee Glide-Alanis Blue Chip-Kadabra) and Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip) with Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer/co-owner Per Eriksson Farjestad, Shaq Is Back (7m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream), 1.10.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 35,000SEK to winner, Daniel Reden trainer/driver as winner defeated Hamres One More (7m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Circles (5f by Majestic Son). The winner recorded his Third Straight 2014 victory Farjestad, Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane), 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Mercedes Balogh aboard Farkestad, Bar Plombier (5g Tony Oaks-Francine Bar-Foreign Office), 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorman Kontio at the lines Aby, Perfect Kronos (5g Yankee Glide-Dame Kronos-King Conch), 1.16.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Anders Svanstedt driving Aby, Windson Yankee (4m Windsong's Legacy-Wind Glider-Yankee Glide), 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 25,000SEK first prize, Andre Eklundh aboard April 1, 2014 Bolinas, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell), 1.16.5kr over 2140 meters turning start, 15,000SEK to winner, Leif Witasp driver/trainer Jagersro, Benico d'Sam (3m Ready Cash-Royale For You-Love You), 1.17.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 20,000SEK to winner, Niklas Lindblad up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini Jagersro, Shosholoza As (4f Broadway Hall-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune), 1.18.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Christoffer Eriksson the teamster Jagersro, Nebraska SAS (7g Abano As-Zelda Per-Crowning Point), 1.14.1kr over 1640 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver Eskilstuna, Pigtails (6f Varenne-Sweet Young Thing-Nevele Pride), 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Antti Vetelainen driver Eskilstuna, Stylish Hanover (5f Yankee Glide-Susi's Image-Balanced Image), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorma Kontio up, her 9th career win in 16 starts Eskilstuna, Eros Tooma (6m Diamond Way-Atas Nice Girl L-Desert Ruler), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK to winner, Jennifer Tillman aboard Eskilstuna, Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli), 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Daniel Reden, the veteran stallions' second straight 2014 win and 22nd lifetime in 72 starts for earnings of 2.26SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Friction (7m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) third for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for Stefan Melander owner/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

The prestigious amateur event on Prix d'Amerique weekend went to reinsman Alf-Torfina Skele and his Italian charge Lord Dany in the Prix Coupe d'Europe des Amateurs on Saturday, carrying a purse of 16,000 euro over the 2100 meter autostart course. This years' race, which was open to International equine starters, was limited to European drivers. Lord Dany (9g Varenne-Athena Egral-Supergill) was off at 3.8/1 odds and is trained by Italy's Marco Smorgon. The winner scored, timed in 1.14.7kr, by a dwindling margin over fast closing Middle East (9g Express Ride-East Is East-Victory Dream) and teamster Joey Vignoni for Swedish trainer Jarma Niskanen. This one was a 44/1 outsider. January 25, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Coupe d'Europe des Amateurs, 16,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters 1.14.7kr Fractions: 1.12.9kr at 1000, 1.13.9kr at 500, 1.14.7kr at finish 1st Lord Dany (9g Varenne-Athena Egral-Supergill), Alf-Torfina Skele up, 3.8/1 odds, Marco Smorgon trainer (Italy) 2nd Middle East (9g Express Ride-East Is East-Victory Dream), 44/1 with Joey Vignoni driving for trainer Jarma Niskanen 3rd Yewel Boshoeve (9f Diamond Way-Justy Boshoeve-Smokin Yankee), Mlle. Sophie Blanchetiere up at 7.8/1 (Germany) 4th Pinocchio HJ (7m Gill;s Victory-Bolette Canyon-Samaritan Lobell), Mme. Bernadett Balogh driving, she from Hungary, 15/1 (Denmark) 5th Lander (8g Castleton Bass-Norma-El Querido), Piet Van Pollaet driving at 58/1 odds (Italy) The Quinte+ race of the day, the Prix du Jura, went to front-stepping Olympic Kronos (6m Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine C hip) and trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The paid easily scored in 1.14.5kr over the 2850 meter distance. The Quinte+ jackpot this day was 3.3 million euro and a two euro exact ticket without the jackpot paid 31,650 euro. Tomorrow's special Q+ jackpot is 10 million euro for the "classique" Gr. I International Prix d'Amerique. January 25, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Jura, European, 58,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 19 starters, Quinte+ race of the day 3.3 million euro jackpot 1.14.5kr Fractions: 1.15.6kr at 1500, 1.14.8kr at 1000, 1.14.8kr at 500, 1.14.5kr at finish 1st Olympic Kronos (6m Vikings Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip), Lutfi Kolgjini trainer/driver at 3.1/1 a start to finish winner, his 11th career win 2nd Un Soir Baroque (6g Hand du Vivier-Joie Baroque-Capitole), Eric Raffin up at 5.1/1 3rd Ubu du Metz (6g Millenium Wood-Hera du Metz-Vikings Way), Anthony Barrier at 20/1 4th Osiride Grif (6m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson), Pierre Levesque up for trainer Nicolas Ensch, 24/1 5th Olimpionico (6m Uronometro-Rita Tomali-Speedy Tomali), Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert, 25/1 (Italy) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

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