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37/1 Hickothepooh (9f Triton Sund-Hilarious Face-Pine Chip) rallied from last to first to take the Finlandia Ajo (purse 190,000€, 1620 meters autostart) at Vermo Helsinki. Vidar Hop was the pilot for trainer Trond Anderssen and Stall Sorlie Kiosk. The winner was victorious for the 27th time in 90 career starts and added 110,000€ to his 196,794€ bankroll entering the race, the lowest money earner of any starter going in. Race time was 1.09.9kr. The 7.4/1 odds Next Direction (8g Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx-SJs Photo) was second for Iikka Nurmonen and 5.6/1 Vernissage Grif (7m Varenne) was third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Milliondollarrhyme finished fourth. Gocciadoro also won with Aston Bar (5m Ready Cash-Marasque-Daguet Rapide) on the same card with a 1.14.1kr victory. Aston Bar is undefeated in 2020-2021 with 11 straight wins and he is 16 for 21 in his career. Replay: https://www.veikkaus.fi/fi/veikkaustv/tototv/81085 Yesterday at Napoli (ITY), Gocciadoro won the GP Freccia d’Europe (purse 154,000€, 1600 meters autostart) with the 1.10.4kr timed Alrajah One (5m Maharajah-Marfiu’-Varenne). The victory increased his career earnings to over 721,000€. Antony Leone (5m Libessio Grif) was second ahead of Zefiro d’Ete (6m Mago d’Amore). Alrajah One Italy’s three year olds battled today at Bologna in separate male and female division of the GP Italia. In the male group Carlomagno d’Esi (3m Love You-Primula d’Esi) scored in 1.14.1kr for Andrea Farolfi. The purse was 40,040€ and the race distance was 2,060 meters autostart. The females raced for the same purse and over the same distance with Farolfi again the winning reinsman. This time the 1.15.3kr timed winner was Cher Ek (3f Nad A; Sheba-Freedom Ek-Bon Vivant). Vermo Areena, Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d’Azur (purse 170,000€, 1609 meters autostart, International 4-11 year-olds) at Cagnes sur Mer saw 3/2 odds Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) gamely hold for a narrow victory timed in 1.10.1kr (1:52.83 for the mile). Trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. This win was the sixth win in France for Vivid Wise As and it increased his life earnings to 1,145,398€. Delia de Pommereux (8f Niky-Noume du Pommereux) rallied and just missed, finishing second at 6.5/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. Third home as 8.9/1 Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa as she held gamely after pressing the pacesetter Vivid Wise As early in the contest. The 25/1 Billie de Montfort (10f Jasmin de Flore) was fourth for Gabriele Gelormini and 74/1 Elsa de Bellfonds (7f Tornado Bello) ended fifth. Vivid Wise As The winner’s maternal family is that of Muscles Yankee and Defiant Yankee. Vivid Wise was bred in Italy by the partners Allevamento Della Serenissima and Scuderia Wise H Sas. Temple Blue Chip is a 2009 foal by Andover Hall-Debbie Goes Down-Maiden Yankee-Speedy Crown. LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 3, 2020 - The 6/10 favorite Face Time Bourbon (6m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) battled on the outside from post nine to eventually wear down harness racing pacesetter 2.2/1 Davidson du Pont and then hold off onrushing 18/1 Vivid Wise As (7m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) handled by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third home was 27/1 Delia du Pommereux (8f Niky-Noune du Pommereux) for David Thomain and trainer Sylvain Roger. Face Time Bourbon won for the 28th time in his career now for 2,197,440€ earned, with Sebastien Guarato his trainer for owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. Vivid Wise As has the same owner. Race time was 1.10.4kr off even fractions. Behind the top three were Davidson du Pont (8m Pacha du Pont-Laguna de Pont) with Jean Michel Bazire up for owner Ecurie Albert Rayon. 135/1 Etonnant (7m Timoiko-Migraine) was fifth for Anthony Barrier and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. 126/1 Calina (7f Archipelago-Caltina Hall) was sixth with seventh to 38/1 Bahia Quesnot (10f Scipion du Goutier - Queebn Ines). Billie de Montfort followed Face Time but could not keep pace in the lane, finishing eighth and Moni Viking was ninth. Face Time Bourbon (9) inside, Vivid Wise As (4), Delia du Pommereux (6) Replay - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2021-01-03/7500/4 There are now 10 Amerique invitees with one qualifier remaining.   Thomas H. Hicks

August 22, 2020 Cagnes-sur-Mer - Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) captured today’s harness racing International Grand Prix du Department des Alpes (purse 130,000€, 1609 meters autostart, part of the FR Challenge du Vitesse) at Cagnes-sur-Mer. Off as 1.4/1 odds second choice, the Alessandro Gocciadoro trained and reined stalwart was placed in the death seat throughout before charging past mid-stretch for a widening two length victory. Race time was 1.09.8kr (mile 1:52.33). This was Vivid’s fifth win in France from 16 starts and his life earnings reached 953,928€. He is owned by Scuderia Bivans Srl and has won three straight since reuniting with Gocciadoro in June from the Goop stable in Sweden. Today’s favorite Drole de Jet (7m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet), off at 5/10 odds and off two straight victories, set the pace from the start for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and battled strongly until mid-stretch for owner Ecurie Hunter Valley. Third was 47/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) with J. Ch. Sorel up for trainer Junior Guelpa. 31/1 Valokaja Hindo (9m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) was fourth with Christophe Martens driving for trainer Jean Michel Bazire. ​Vivid Wise As   Reply - https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-08-22/0601/3 Vivid Wise As also won this race in 2019 in a sparkling 1.08.6kr (mile 1:50.2). The Swedish International Yearling Sale, postponed from August 18, will be held Sunday August 23 with the catalog as follows. https://yearlingsale.se/auktioner/wenngarn-yearling-sale-2020   Thomas H. Hicks  

Vernissage Grif (6m Varenne-Dalis Grif-Park Avenue Joe) took the final and his elimination of the Grand Premio Citta di Montecatini in Italy(purse 154,000€ for the final and 13,080€ in each of two elims, 1640 meters autostart) with harness racing trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. He is owned by Gennaro Riccio and was timed in 1.10.6kr in the final and 1.10.2kr in his elim. Second in both was Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM-Yankee Glide) handled by Roberto Vecchione for trainer Holger Ehlert. Third in the final was Arazi Boko (13g Varenne-Laura Kemp) handled by Andrea Farolfi in the final for trainer Gocciadoro, five lengths back of the winner. Arazi Boko took the second elim timed in 1.12.2kr defeating Chief Orlando (7m Orlando Vici-Muto Bonita-Felix Santana) and Zlatan (5m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bi) that has teamed by G.P. Minnucci. Finale replay Vernissage Grif (6) elim one Elim one replay Arazi Boko (5) second elim Elim two replay On the fine card was also the PR Criterium Toscano (purse 22,000€, 1640 meters autostart, two year olds) that went to 1.17.1kr timed Callisto (2m Nad Al Sheba-Medley d’Italia) with Antonio Greppi up for Ettore Vairano. Caffe Time Bi (2m Manofmanymissions-The Starlet Lux) took second for trainer/driver Riccardo Pezzatini. Third home was Clooney Grad (2m Napoleon Bar-Grevola Grad) with Roberto Vecchione up. Gaet, Ippodromo Sesana Montecatini files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Apple Wise As (4f Royalty For Life-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) took the Premio Citta’ di Torino Filly (purse 80,080€, 2100 meters autostart) at Ippodromo di Vinovo in Italy, timed in 1.14.8kr. Fed Esposito teamed the harness racing winner for Alessandro Gocciadoro. This team defeated stablemate Amber Prad (4f Timoko-Sinead Prad) with Gocciadoro up and third finishing Allegra WF (4f Varenne-Formose Jet) handled by Mario Minopoli Jr. Apple Wise As The companion event, the Pr Citta’ di Torino Male (purse 80,080€, 2100 meters autostart), saw Ari Lest (4m Pascia’ Lest-Natalina Wise) score in 1.12.9kr with Massimiliamo Castaldo the pilot for trainer Gocciadoro. Two Gocciadoro stablemates were second and third, A length back second was Juan Bros (4m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) with Giuseppe Lombardo driving. Third was Aman You Sm (4m Love You-Emon Santa Fe’ Sm) handled by Fed Espositio. Gaet, Ippodromo di Vinovo files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Trotting action returned to Montecatini Snai Sesana this day in Italy with two GP events. The Grand Prix Societa Terme Filly – Memorial Vivaldo Baldi (purse 50,050€, 2040 meters autostart, three year old females) saw Banirussa Jet (3f Pine Chip-Nagasaki Jet) scored in 1.14.3kr for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. She defeated stablemate Bahamia (3f Maharajah-Nambia) with Federico Esposito teaming for Gocciadoro some three lengths back second. Buena Sverte Bi (3f Yankee Glide-No Its Here) was third with V.P. Dell’Annunziata the pilot for trainer Tiberio Cecere. Babirussa Jet The male division of the GP Societa Terme Mem. Vivaldo Baldi (purse 50,050€, 2040 meters autostart) went to Belzebu’ Jet (3m Wishing Stone-Otero Jet) timed in 1.14.8kr and handled by Vincenzo Luongo for trainer/owner Massimo Firetti. Bengurion Jet (3m Maharajah-Love Me Tender) was two lemgths back second with Marco Smorgon the trainer/driver for Scuderia Bruni Racing Team. Third was Baccani (3m Ideale Luis=Butler’s Choice) with Antonio Di Nardo agt the lines for conditioner Gennaro Casillo. Belzebu’ Jet Gaet, Montecatini Snai Secsana files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Arazi Boko (13g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) continued his storied career with a victory in the Gran Premio Riccardo Grassi (purse 50,050€, 1660 meters autostart, 12 starters) on the Cesena 800 meter oval in Italy. He was timed in 1.11.9kr and reined by trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. His fifth dam is the legendary Stenographer. Three lengths back second was Vesna (6f Libeccio Grif-Immagine Lunare-Toss Out) with third to Ua Huka (7f Muscle Yankee-Fancy Bi-Toss Out). Arazi Boko Gaet, Blodbanken files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Gr. III GP Riccardo Grassi (purse 50,050€, 1660 meters autostart) is set for August 1 at Cesena in Italy with 11 horses to be at the start including Arazi Boko, the gallant 13 year old war horse, and Timone EK. It shapes up as a competitive event among leading aged campaigners in Italy. Stay tuned for the great trotting action. Gaet, Cesena files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Alessandro Gocciadoro has returned home to Italy and he and his team is hot. From July 5-14 his trainees won seven major races, all but one being three and four year olds. The run started on July 5 at Ippodromo San Paolo Montegiorgio with the Gr. III GP Marche Femine Livia (purse 50,050€, 1600 meters autostart, three year old females) and Bahamia (3f Maharajah-Nimibia-Cantab Hall) scored for trainer/driver Gocciadoro timed in 1.12.3kr. She easily defeated Bica DL (3f Zola Boko) and Bananaramc Jet (3f Ken Warkentin). The male division called the GP Marche Maschi Martini (Gr. III, purse 50,050€, 1600 meters autostart, three year old males) saw Boys Stecca (3m Napoleon Bar-Ambretta Bar-Ganymede) score in 1.12.9kr with Gocciadoro at the lines. Belzebu’ Jet (3m Wishing Stone) and Bleff Dipa (3m Mister JP) took the second and third checks. On July 11 the streak continued at Ippodromo di Cesena in the Citta di Cesena Filly (Gr. III, purse 50,050€, 2060 meters autostart) and Babirussa Jet (3f Pine Chip-Nagasaki Jet-Supergill) scored in 1.13.4kr for pilot Gocciadoro. Betta Zack (3f Rotary OK) and Borboletta (3f Love You) were the closest rivals. In the Citta’ di Cesena Maschi (Gr. III, purse 50,050€, three year old males) the Gocciadoro winner was 1.13.7kr timed Big Business ARC (3m Varenne-Grazie Italia-Pine Chip). He bested Bonjovi MMG (3m Ganymede-Ethel Black-Indro Park) and Bruccione FAS (3m Gruccione Jet). Babirussa Jet   Bigbusiness ARC     On July 12 the action moved to Trieste and first the PR Citta’di Trieste Filly (purse 50,050€, 1660 meters autostart, four year old females) saw Apple Wise As (4f Royalty For Life-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) win in 1.15.2kr for Gocciadoro.   Alaska Gams (4f Maharajah) and Amour Petit (4f Look de Star) took the next two checks. The featured PR Giorgio Jegher (purse 50,050€, 1660 meters autostart) went to the gallant veteran Arazi Boko (13g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) timed in 1.13.9kr for Gocciadoro. Viscarda Jet (6f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo) was second and Timone EK (8m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) took third money. Then the four year old males contested the PR Citta’diu Trieste Maschi (purse 50,050€, 1660 meters autostart) and again AG was in command with 1.14.5kr timed Al Capone Stecca (4m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar-Ganymede). Adamo Dipa (4m Chirone Dei) was a length back followed by third finishing Americio Jet (4m Trixton). Gaet, Trieste, Cesena, Montegiorgio Ippodromo files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took the Gr. I Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli at Roma Capannelle (purse 180,180€, 2100 meters autostart, four-year olds and up) clocked in 1.13.9kr. This Alessandro Gocciadoro trained and reined campaigner sat the pocket and rallied to a close victory in the lane over pacesetter Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glide Font SM-Yankee Glide) with Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert. Third was the Ehlert trainee Sharon Gar (9f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Gar) handled by VP Dell-Annunnziata. Replay   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUHLnuaf0p8           Vivid Wise As On the same June 29 Capannelle card was the Gr. I Grad Premio Tino Triossi (purse 180,180€, 2100 meters autostart, 2100 meters autostart, four year old females) and 1.12.5kr timed Always EK (4m Filipp Roc-Nike EK-Varenne) scored for Andrea Guzzinati. Four lengths back was Alrajah One (4m Maharajah-Mariu!-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei up and third was Arnas Cam (4f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne) for Santo Mollo. The Pr Flamingo OK (purse 13,200€, 1600 meters autostart) at Torino saw Vernissage Grif (6m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) score in a quick 1.09.4kr (mile rate 1:51.66) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. He defeated Showmar and Vanvitelli. The winners’ pedigree follows. Gaet files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin (Gr. I, UET Masters Series, purse 170,000€, 11 starters) today at Cagnes sur Mer was raced with video, with wagering and with fans and the 1.8/1 favorite Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) scored, timed in 1.09.7kr (1:52.16) for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Scuderia Bivans Srl owns the now four-time winner in France and his life earnings reached 774,636€. The race time was well off the 1.08.9kr race record jointly held by Readly Express and Bold Eagle. The 4.5/1 Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrama) was second with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skyttem. 12/1 Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore) rallied late for third after being trapped on the pegs with Gabriele Gelormini up. The 9/2 Delia du Pommereux (7f Niky) was fourth and 6.4/1 Looking Superb finished fifth ahead of the other two check earners Uza Josselyn and Bahia Quesnot. Former Elitloppet winner Dijon was a miscue dq. Une de Mai won this classic five times; Ourasi plus Timoko are four-time winners. The last USA winner was Moni Maker in 2000 with Jimmy Takter driving. The seven other USA winners include Peace Corps and Express Ride. Vivid Wise As Race Replay:  https://www.letrot.com/fr/replay-courses/2020-03-08/0601/5 LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

November 23, 2019 - Volnik du Kras (5m Varenne-Oljka su Kras-Park Avenue Joe) took the harness racing 40,040€ purse, 1609 meters autostart, PR Citta di Treviso in Italy, timed in 1.11.9kr and reined by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. He moved first up the then leading Sonia (8f Donato Hanover-Ele Code-Uronometro) with Rene Legati up, putting that rival away and drawing clear to a two-length victory. Sonia held for third behind Virginia Grif (5f Varenne-Francy Capar-Supergill) that Fed Esposito piloted. Thomas H. Hicks  

Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip), off at 22/1, rallied late to win this evening’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Grand Prix du Department des Alpes-Maritimes at Cagnes sur Mer (purse 150,000€, 1609 meters autostart, nine starters after the scratch of Tessy d’Ete), the fourth leg of the Challenge Vitesse series of mile sprints in France. Alessandro Gocciadoro trains and teamed the winner that was clocked in 1.08.6kr (mile race 1:50.39). The victory moved Vivid Wise As’ career earnings to 512,336€. The 11/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) held second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after taking the lead mid-stretch. Then 69/1 Desir Castelets (6m Quaker Jet-Ophelia Jet) took third with David Bekaert aboard for trainer Luc Roelens, 1.8/1 Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet)  set the pace after gaining the front in the first turn for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and ended fourth, nosing out fifth finishing 4.7/1 Valokaja Hindo (8m Great Challenger-Hindo Enghave) handled by Christophe Martens for trainer J-M Bazire. Romanesque was sixth. The even-money favorite Bel Avis was a dq for interference, reined by trainer Bazire. The race time lowered the previous record set in 2011 by Commander Crowe. Timoko won this race three times. Winners of GP du Département des Alpes-Maritimes from 2010 are shown below: 2018 : Un Mec d’Héripré - 1’10’’8 2017 : Timoko - 1’09’’1 2016 : Un Mec d’Héripré - 1’09’’8 2015 : Going For Gold Zaz - 1’09’’7 2014 : Timoko - 1’09’’9 2013 : Timoko - 1’12’’ 2012 : Commander Crowe - 1’10’’2 2011 : Commander Crowe - 1’08’’9 2010 : Ilaria Jet - 1’12’’6 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Acciaio (3m Love You-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) took this evening’s Premio Going Kronos (purse 600,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) at Jagersro, Sweden, clocked in 1.11.3kr. It was his third 2019 victory in seven starts for the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee that Orjan Kihlstrom piloted for Scuderia Pink and Black. He was off at 1.36/1. Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star) took second for Adrian Kolgjini, also the trainer, and Arden Wise As (3m Ready Cash-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) was third for trainer/driver Gocciadoro. Acciaio pedigree is attached. The undercard to the Gr. I UET Hugo Abergs was a good one and also included the Malmo Stora Prix – Summer Meeting Stayer (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap, 13 starters). Reckless (9m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) scored overcoming a 40 meter handicap, timed in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Dragster (7g Micro Mesh) was second, handicapped 20 meters, and Juan (8g Love You) was third, also penalized 20 meters. Esprit Sisuy (5g Ready Cash-Yankee TL-Cantab Hall) took the Prix La Capelle (100,000SWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.12.4kr with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath. Off at 5.7/1 the winner took his fourth 2019 trip to the winner’s circle in seven starts. Commanche Moon (6m Love You) was second for Joakim Lovgren and Kung Edward (6g Orlando Vici) was third for Peter Ingves. Earlier on the program was the YesBox Mares (200,000SEK first money, 1640 meters, eight starters). The 1.11.1klr timed victory went to 1.3/1 Double Exposure (6f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. She won for the fifth time in eight 2019 appearances. Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) was second for Kim Eriksson and Virginia Grif (5f Varenne) was home third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The classy colt Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) sat the pocket before rolling to victory in Sunday’s Pr Carlo Marangoni Memorial (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Torino, Italy. The Alessandro Gocciadoro trained and reined pupil was timed in 1.12.8kr after Alrajah One set the pace for Enrico Bellei, only to be off the board. Amon You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’SM-Lemon Dra) was second with Antoni0p Greppi at the lines and Antony Leone (3m Libeccio Grif-Gasping Ferm-Lemon Dra) was third. Al Capone Stecca and A Sexygirl Par completed the top five. The winning pedigree photo shows that the first dam was an exceptional winner of over 706,000€. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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