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Mack Grace SM (8m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) won his elimination heat and the final of this Gr. I event over 1640 meters autostart timed in 1.12.5kr (final) at Ippodromo Sesana un Italy on Friday. The Roberto Andreghetti reined, Lucio Colletti trained veteran won both with relative ease to secure his 55th career win in 100 starts, now with earnings in excess of €1.6 million. Purse of the two eliminations was €14,300 and the final went for €103,400. Owen CR (6m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR-Lemon Dra) won the first elimination in 1.12.7kr and was a solid second in the final for Pietro Gubellini. Louvre (9m Piccardo-Defile-Ganymede) with Federico Esposito, Papalla (5f Varenne-Day Love Blue-Ganymede) reined by Marco Stefani and Nonant le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) with Alesaandro Gocciadoro earned third through fifth. Great credit should go to trainer Lucio Colletti who has kept his pupil in consistently excellent shape resulting in 26 Grand Prix races won by Mack Grace SM in Italy over five years in which the competition has been outstanding (Lana del Rio, Lisa America, Pascia’Lest and others). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Perfect Power took today's Mantorpsloppet Final in Sweden over 1640 meters for 100,000SEK first money. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner that scored in 1.105kr to defeat Henke Diablo with Jorma Kontio up. The winner is a five year-old gelded son of Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos owned by Deseks AB, and the victory was his sixth lifetime in 35 starts. He finished second in his elimination this day. Also at Mantorp, Namale Kronos (7g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) scored over Perfect Power in an Mantorpsloppet elimination, timed in 1.11.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 40,000SEK for owner Stall Courant AB and reinsman Johan Untersteiner, as he won for the 17th time in 37 career starts. Namale Kronos was seventh in the final. US-winners today included, also at Mantorp, Roses Glory (3f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. She won for the third time in six starts and earned 35,000SEK. Dakota Chip (4m Donato Hanover-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip) earned 30,000SEK as he won in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for Thomas Dalborg. Owned by Pepper AB the winner now has six victories in 17 starts. Covington As (8g Like A Prayer-Nilema Fine-Nevele Pride) scored in 1.13.9kr for Jorma Kontio to earn 30,000SEK as he recorded victory 19 in 36 starts for career earnings of 1,799,950SEK. He was unraced in 2013. Matchmaker As (5m Chocolatier-Raging Goal-Armbro Goal) also won at Mantorp in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters, turning start, with first money 20,000SEK. He won for the third time in six career starts for trainer/driver Goran Jansson. At Rattvik, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) won in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters turning start. The win was his third in six appearances for trainer/driver Leif Witasp. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini's trained and reined Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole) won today's Gr. II International Fyraaringstest at Eskilstuna, earning 300,000SEK first money for owners Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and St. Behall AB. The winner recorded his sixth 2014 victory in nine starts and he has earned 702,000SEK lifetime with eight career wins. He scored in a close battle timed in 1.12.9kr over 2640 meters autostart, defeating Screen Height (4m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) trained and driven by Stefan Melander and Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) teamed by Erik Adielsson. US-bred Kincannon Hanover and Dewey Luvs Britt finished sixth and eighth. Other winners of interest on the Eskilstuna card included Explosive Dust (3m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip) for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in 1.13.2kr over 1640 meters autostart, to earn 50,000SEK; Tom Raider (10g Staro Showbiz-Tamina NR-Tamin Sandy) for Daniel Olsson in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart to also earn 50,000SEK, and increase his career earnings to 2,208,778SEK with this 17th lifetime win. He narrowly defeated Orjan Kilhlstrom with Disco AE and other fast class aged performers Global Investment and BWL Champion; and Pamona US (4f Credit Winner-Athena-Malabar Man) with Micael Lindblom aboard in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 20,000SEK, her fourth 2014 win in eight starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Veteran Mack Grace SM recorded another victory in Italy today as he won the GP Citta'di Treviso over 1609 meters autostart. The purse was £45,100 in this event for aged campaigners. Roberto Andreghetti was the pilot as the winner battled with Orsia early in the contest before putting her away (she ended third) and also second place Perkins Grif. The eight year-old winning son of CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal recorded his 50th career win in 95 outings for career earnings of £1,484,962, In the past twelve months the classy campaigner was been victorious 16 times in 19 starts for £633,012 and he now has over 30 wins in Grand Premio races and their eliminations. 6 GR.PR.CITTA' DI TREVISO E 45.100 mt 1609 - Trio   1° 3 MACK GRACE SM R.Andreghetti 11.7 2° 5 PERKINS GRIF A.Farolfi 11.9 3° 1 ORSIA A.Gocciadoro 11.9 4° 2 LA VIDA LOCA T.Di Lorenzo 12.0 5° 6 ISAAK BI A.Raspante 12.2 6° 7 PRIDE WISE AS A.Greppi 12.6 0° 4 NO MAN'S LAND P.Gubellini rc 0° 8 PAPALLA G.Lombardo Jr   On Saturday high-class racing took place at Halmstad SWE. Winners of interest included Orecchietti (by From Above) in the Gold Division for aged trotters as he scored for Orjan Kihlstom. Air Frame (by Scarlet Knight) won what may be referred to as the Swedish Oaks for four year-old mares. See below. Alibabba J (7g Paparazzy-Goldwell-Diamond Way), Asa Svensson up, 1.12.7kr, 40,000SEK first money over 1609 meters autostart monte Recation (6f Dream Vacation-Alexia Hammering-Smasher), Johan Untersteiner up, 1.10.7kr, 100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart. Bold And Fresh was second as the former Hambo Oaks winner is racing better Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar), Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 75,000SEK to winner BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover), Peter Untersteiner aboard, 1.10.5kr over 1609 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ's Photo), Per Lennartsson up, 1.10.9kr over1609 meters autostart, The Sprinter Masters Mares Final (four year-olds) with 541,596SEK to winner Orecchietti (7m From Abover-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom up, 1.11.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner of this Gold Division, that recorded his 19th victory in 37 outings for 4,352,860SEK and his fourth straight win (two in 2014). Solvato and Monster Drive ended next in line Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two), Bjorn Goop up, 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters autostart in the ECT Next Year event with 75,000SEK to the winner, her ninth career win in 16 starts for 1,175,426SEK By Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

Szimfonia with Sandor Varga aboard won today's featured Kanca DIJ over 1900 meters autostart. Purse was 2HUf million for this classic event for three year-old fillies. The winner is by Medic Hanover, a son of Meadow Road from Melon Hanover. Baboo Va Bene (she by Diablo Va Bene, a son of Kadabra) ended second and the Wall Street Banker filly Silver Lady was third. June 14, 2014 Kincsem Park, Kanca DIJ, three year-old females, purse 2,000,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart, 1.17.6kr 1st Szimfonia (3f Medic Hanover-Dallan-Magnas), Sandor Varga trainer/driver for owner Her-Lo Racing Kft., 7.4/1 2nd Baboo Va Bene (3f Diablo Va Bene-Pretty Paige-Armbro Goal), Sandor Varadi, 2.5/1 3rd Silver Lady (3f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady-Endless Sands), Balazs Juhasz, 6.8/1 The solid undercard featured the 500,000Huf G. Denes Gyorgy Memorial, a marathon contest over 3600 meters autostart. The field circled the 1200 meter racetrack three times in a winning time of 1.17.9kr with veteran class-master Orlando Bloom the victorious for Andrea Nagyvary and trainer Imre Fazekas. The Tony Oaks sons Masterpiece and Nemesur finished two-three in this one. The Dorettya DIJ over 1960 meters for 330,000Huf went to Italian-bred Ps I Love You as the five year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee defeated another Italian-bred female, the four year-old Rachel CR by Indro Park. Summaries follow. June 14, 2014, Kincsem Park, G. Denes Gyorgy Memorial, 3600 meters autostart, 500,000Huf purse, 1.17.9kr 1st Orlando Bloom (6m Zador-Donna Summer-First Dust), Andrea Nagyvary up for owner Pimri Bt. and trainer Imre Fazekas 2nd Masterpiece (8m Tony Oaks-Fairplay-Witsend's Speedy), L. Marton, 3.4/1 3rd Nemesur (7m Tony Oaks-Elegant Lady-Mill H), V. Mazsity, 3/1 June 14, 2014 Kincsem Park, Dorettya DIJ, 1960 meters distance handicap, purse 330,000HUf, 1.19.2kr 1st Ps I Love You (5f Muscles Yankee-Gisele SLM-Viking Kronos), L. Orso aboard for owner BalatonEurotrade Kft., 5.6/1, traveled 1960 meters, Italy 2nd Rachel CR (4f Indro Park-Briggie Hanover-Pine Chip), Emil Csordas up, 3.7/1, 1980 meters, Italy 3rd Perfect (5m Superior Dream-Calorina-Keystone Patriot), S. Kolozsi up, 13.4/1, 1980 meters As the summer season heats up so does Derby time. The gallop Derby goes postward July 6 and the trotters a month later. Both events are exceptionally well-promoted and covered by broadcast and other media outlets. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

The next round of Scandinavian trotting classics occurs Saturday at Kouvola, Finland with the Gr. I Kymi Grand Prix with a €150,000 purse (2100 meters autostart course). Last year’s winner Womanizer will battle 2014 Elitloppet winner Timoko (Bjorn Goop to drive) and 11-year-old champion Commander Crowe, a winner last weekend at Wolvega against weak competiton. Robin Bakker will team the Commander for trainer Fabrice Souloy.  Commander Crowe won this event in 2009 and 2012. Prussia, Italy’s Ken Warkentin mare that was sixth in the Elitloppet final, will be at the start for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini. Jag de Bellouet recorded that fastest time in 2006 at 1.11.1kr. Kymi Grand Prix - €150.000 – Gr. I UET Masters Series – 2100 meters autostart 1.            Up Date Hoss (Erik Adielsson) 2.            Bagley (Johnny Takter) 3.            Commander Crowe (Robin Bakker) 4.            Deuxieme Picsous (Peter Ingves) 5.            Amour d’Occagnes (Christopher Martens) 6.            Ed You (Mika Forss) 7.            Aaron de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) 8.            Prussia (Pietro Gubellini) 9.            Womanizer (Tommi Kylliäinen) 10.          Timoko  (Björn Goop) 1998-2013 winners of this top race in Finland, begun in 1998, are shown below. Year Winner Sex/Age Coutry Timekr Sire Driver Second Third 2013 Womanizer S H.9  Suède 1'12"2 Tap In Tommi Kylliäinen Hard Livin Caddie Comet 2012 Commander Crowe H.9  Suède 1'12" Juliano Star Christophe Martens Womanizer Maxwell Mayday 2011 Rapide Lebel H.6  France 1'12"8 Ginger Somolli Éric Raffin Lisa America Amour Ami 2010 Brioni M.7  Allemagne 1'12"7 Timberland Joakim Lövgren Oceano Nox Lisa America 2009 Commander Crowe H.6  Suède 1'13" Juliano Star Peter Ingves Marathon Man Oceano Nox 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun H.9  France 1'12"3 Bon Conseil Jean-Michel Bazire Going Kronos Arras 2007 Camilla Highness F.7  Suède 1'12"8 Super Arnie Peter Ingves Spring Ray Lupin de l'Odon 2006 Jag de Bellouet M.9  France 1'11"1 Viking's Way Christophe Gallier Lass Zefyr Passionate Kemp 2005 Prime Prospect M.6  États-Unis 1'12"8 Primrose Lane Andrea Guzzinati Tag the Devil Cold Hard Wind 2004 Kart de Baudrairie H.5  France 1'13"2 Bridge Jean-Michel Bazire Tag the Devil Classico Merett 2003 Flambeau des Pins M.7  France 1'13"2 Quiton du Coral Mathieu Fribault E.V.Cane Noa Savoy 2002 Legendary Lover K. M.7  États-Unis 1'14" Armbro Goal Steen Juul Jam Pridem Général du Pommeau 2001 Exchequer M.9  France 1'13"5 Takima Ahti Antti-Roiko Com Hector Lanceur 2000 BWT Magic M.4  Finlande 1'14"9 Lançon Ahti Antti-Roiko Incognito Kemp The Bad Boy 1999 Défi d'Aunou M.8  France 1'14"9 Armbro Goal Jean-Étienne Dubois Meadowbranch Lou Louise Laukko 1998 Dryade des Bois F.7  France 1'14"6 Off Gy Jos Verbeeck Express First Call Me by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Due to a third suspensory injury, suffered in the Olympiatravet April 26 at Aby, the veteran nine-year-old Yarrah Boko, a son of Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip has been retired. The game campaigner finished fourth in his last start and retired with 35 wins in 85 starts for earnings in excess of US$1.386 million. His pedigree is rich with performance tracing directly to Armbro Regina and Armbro Flight (dam of Armbro Goal) through second dam Dasooner Dabettor, she a Meadow Road from Armbro Brilliance. Yarrah Boko has been the flagship of Norwegian racing for many seasons. Trained in France, at Grobois, during the winter months, Yarrah Boko won races at Vincennes winter meet in four straight years, an unprecedented achievement. A great racing career is over. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Although classics occurred in Finland and Denmark, action in France was worthy of note beyond the impressive monte victory by Roxane Griff, the “grande dame” of trotting. On Friday evening at Vincennes  the Quinte+ Prix Leo (jackpot €8.5 million) went to favored Tellemont Haufor, a son of Ganymede, with C-J Bigeon aboard, timed in 1.12.9kr over 2100 meters autostart. Global Midnight was second for Christophe Martens, she being a daughter of Ganymede (1994 Buvetier d’Aunou-Udames-Quioco), a multiple classic winner (Oslo Grand Prix and Prix de l’Atlantique) of US$1,029,493, May 9, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Leo, European €55,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ jackpot €8.5 million, 1.12.9kr 1st Tellemont Haufor (7f Ganymede-Mamba d’Haufor), C-J Bigeon up for trainer Christian Bigeon, 2/1 2nd Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business), Christophe Martens up, 6/1, Sweden 3rd Speedy d’Ivray (8g Hermes du Buisson-Gamme d’Ivray), Mathieu Mottier up, 31/1 4th Noir d’ete (7m Ganymede-Ecsenza d’ete), Eric Raffin, 22/1 5th Sancho du Parc (8g Notti Ped d’Ombree-Boucheka), Pierre Levesque, 19/1 The same day at Toulouse produced a victory for Tintin d’Ecouves in their featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for €32,000 over 2950 meters. The seven year-old son of Lucky d’Hilly covered the marathon-like distance in 1.15.5kr for trainer/driver Vincent Jarry. Favored Freeman T. Porter was fourth for Conrad Lugauer, he being a son of Korean, the sire of Sebastian K. Korean is a 1998 son of Dahir de Prelong from Calmness by Robespierre. Second dam is Pavesca Hanover (Super Bowl-Estovie-Prince des Veys). Korean was a winner of US$705,689 including the prestigious Criterium Continental and Criterium des 4Ans. May 9, 2014 Toulouse, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran, European, purse €32,000, 2950 meters, 14 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Tintin d’Ecouves (7m Lucky d’Hilly-Oasis de la Besle), Vincent Jarry trainer/driver, 5.7/1 2nd Scud Quick (8g And Arifant-Diane d’Aussy), Richard-William Denechere up, 90/1 3rd Uk Medoc (6m Karikal-Organza Haut Gilet), Franck Corbineau up, 11/1 4th Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, 1.8/1 Saturday May 10 showcased more top flight action. Vincennes hosted the Gr. III Prix du Gatinais for European contestants over 2700 meters. 17 starters fought for the €85,000 purse. This was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €8.55 million. Over €1.4 million was wagered on win and place alone on this race. Italy’s Olmo Holz took the victory with jubilant Belgium reinsman Christophe Martens aboard. The veteran equine campaigner, a son of Uronometro, increased his career earnings to €450,096. Italy’s Oropuro Bar and Sweden’s Global Manhattan trailed the winner across the line. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Gatinais, Gr. III European, purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €8.55 million Fractions: 1.13.5kr at 1500; 1.13.5kr at 1000; 1.13.8kr at 500; 1.13.3kr finish 1st Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe), Christophe Martens for trainer Vincent Martens, owner Frans Delmonte, Italy, 15th career win for €450,096 2nd Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal), Marco Smorgon driver/trainer, 5.3/1, Italy 3rd Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Franck Nivard up, Sweden 4th Twist de Caillons (7m Jam Pridem-Hayra des Caillons), Eric Raffin, 13/1 5th Used To Me (6m Nuage de Lait-North Lane), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 11/1 The Prix de Mamers also interested me on the afternoon card, as Blue Grass scored for Jerome Ruaults. The Ready Cash three year-old filly is trained by Philippe Allaire as she defeated an inexperienced but talented group in the €35,000 contest over 2700 meters timed in 1.15.5kr. May 10, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mamers, female three year-olds, €35,000 purse, 2700 meters, 13 starters, 1.15.5kr 1st Blue Grass (3f Ready Cash-Princess Natacha), Jerome Ruaults up for Philippe Allaire, 2.8/1 2nd Bagheera Pride (3f Love You-Genoa’s Pride), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer at 10/1 3rd Braga (3f Oiseau de Feux-Quelle Jole), Dominik Locqueneux driving, 12/1 4th Belle Libertine (3f Sam Bourbon-Libertine Bourbon), trainer Patrick Chevrier up for J-P Dubois, 42/1 Five year-old males contested the €40,000 Prix de Dreux over 2100 meters autostart in the rain. Vintage Dream took this victory in 1.13.4kr for Julien Dubois and owner  Ecurie Victoria Dreams. The gelded son of Passwrod-Ida Bourbon, conditioned by Philippe Moulin, rallied off a fast pace to win by a length over the Love You sired Vivaldi. May 10, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dreux for five year-old males, €40,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 14 starters, 1.13.4kr 1st Vintage Dream (5g Password-Isa Bourbon-Buvetier d’Aunou), Julien Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin, 7.8/1 2nd Vivaldi (5m Love You-Kermesse), Jacques Bruneau up, 12/1 3rd Viborg (5m Mercenaire-Ocanelle), P-Y Verva up, 3.5/1      

Italy's top trotting campaigner, Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal), won the prestigious 65th edition of the Gran Premio Lotteria at Naples Italy. It was the third straight year that Mack Grace has won the premier harness race as he becomes only the fourth horse ever to have won the race three times since it started in 1951. Handled by Roberto Andreghetti the veteran was at his best and dominated the competition winning the final in 1.11.06kr and his elimination in 1.11.25kr. Mack Grace SM now has 48 victories for earnings of 1,496,431 euros for owner Stall Royal Horse Srl. The eliminations (each with a purse of 20,900e), final (400,400e) and consolation (42,900e) were raced over the 1600 meter autostart distance. Mack Grace led the final start to finish, defeating Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazie) reined by Enrico Bellei and third place finisher No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-AJ's Babydoll) with Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Pietro Gubellini. No Man's Land had won the third elimination in 1.12.18kr with Gubellini aboard. First elimination winner Monster Drive (8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie), for Jorma Kontio and trainer Reijo Liljendahl, finished sixth in the final. His elimination win was timed in 1.11.62kr with heavily favored Pascia'Lest ending sixth. April 14, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria Final, 400,400e, 1600 meters autostart, Gr. I International, 1.11.06kr 1st Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM), Roberto Andreghetti up, M. Di Nicola trainer, 0.5/1 favorite 2nd Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazie), Enrico Bellei, 7.7/1 3rd No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-AJ's Babydoll), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, 18.5/1 May 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria elimination 1, 20,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.11.62kr 1st Monster Drive (8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover), Jorma Kontio up, trainer Reijo Liljendahl, 7.5/1 2nd Owen CR (6m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR-Lemon Dra), Pietro Gubellini up, 12.7/1 3rd Nonant Le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip), Alessando Gocciadoro trainer/driver, 56.1/1 May 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria elimination 2, 20,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.11.25kr 1st Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Antonino Porzi, 1/10 favorite 2nd Mineiro As (8m Lemon Dra-Bandeira As-Lindy Lane), Andrea Guzzinati driving, 21.4/1 3rd Oneghin del Ronco (6m Love You-Talia del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe), Enrico Bellei up, 16.7/1 May 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria elimination 3, 20,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.12.18kr 1st No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-AJ's Babydoll-Donerail), Pietro Gubellini aboard, 9.3/1 2nd Probo OP (5m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra), Eddy Moni up, 18.7/1 3rd Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Enrico Bellei up, 0.5/1 favorite The Angus Hall mare Orsia took the consolation for Roberto Vecchione and trainer Holger Ehlert. She scored in 1.12.1kr. Pascia'Lest was scratched after a disappointing first elimination loss. May 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria Consolation, 42,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.12.1kr 1st Orsia (6f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu), Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert, her 14th career win for 406,314e in lifetime earnings 2nd Papandreu (5m Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei driving for trainer Ehlert 3rd Newyork Newyork (7m Supergill-Viola d'Amore-Indro Park), Lorenzo Baldi trainer/driver A good crowd was on hand for the day's festivities including an appearance by legendary Varenne. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslin.com

Italy's top trotter Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) took today's £110,000 Gr. I Gran Premio Societa Campo di Mirafiori at Torino Vinovo, Italy. Reinsman Roberto Andreghetti rated the front-end pace and held off onrushing Pascia'Lest and Enrico Bellei to secure the 1.11.8kr win over 1600 meters autostart. Owen CR took third for Pietro Gubellini after a pocket perfect journey. Next in line in the nine horse field were Oibambam Effe, Pace Del Rio and Marielles. The victory was the 22nd graded win for Mack Grace SM and 13th Group I score in his outstanding career. The excellent undercard saw victories recorded by Re Degli Dei (4m Conway Hall-Blitz-Sugarcane Hanover) in the Premio Le Mage Del Maes (£13,200, 2060 meters) for T. Di Lorenzo in 1.13.5kr and Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) in the Premio Le Delizie di Caffarel (£13,200, 1600 meters). She scored in 1.12.1kr for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini, the winners' 12th career win and seventh in the past year in eight starts in Italy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Most people have heard of the expression “horses for courses,” but in the case of sire Diamond Goal, standing at Leatherstocking Equine Center in New Berlin NY, the phrase might have to be revised to “horses for states” – for this son of champion Armbro Goal seems to have a wealth of dominant factors and traits that would have his offspring in a prime position to campaign in the Empire State: --He stands 15 hands 2, not a tall horse – but a good size for a sire in a jurisdiction which has five out of seven tracks which are half-milers. “His body is a little longer than his height,” Leatherstocking breeding overseer Nancy Herrick notes (Soren Nordin and his measuring stick are smiling somewhere), “so he is not a small horse, more of a ‘solid’ horse. He’s a nice-looking horse, and for a stud he’s a nice horse to be around.” --Although his trainer during his racing career, Dan Daley, has been racing primarily at bigger ovals the last few years, Diamond Goal won two New Jersey Sire Stakes at Freehold at three, showing his ability to adapt to a four-turn mile. And even while racing on a big track, taking his mark of 1:53.1 in the first heat of the 2001 World Trotting Derby, he picked his way through a 13-horse field while winning, showing drivability and maneuverability – key talents to pass on to his NY-based offspring. --He certainly has the class necessary to be a “player” among the talented New York sires crop: we noted Diamond Goal’s WTD elim win (the only race the vaunted $800,000 winner Chasing Tail lost among his last seven), and he just missed in the final, sitting behind a creaking pace set by Cobol in the raceoff, then closing individually in 26.3 to miss overhauling the pacesetter by a neck in the final; then he won a heat of the Kentucky Futurity before chasing home Mr. ‘Tail’ in that event’s last heat. In all, he earned over $300,000 at three, and then added another $200,000+ in his older form, including a win in the Frank Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton. “And he came off the racetrack sound,” added Herrick. --His mother, the stakes-placed Another Tiffany, also produced two other $100,000 winners, including the filly Royal Jewel, a five-time NYSS winner at three. A Carlisle sister to the Arnie Almahurst-sired Another Tiffany, Lauxmont Super Car, produced Natural Image, who trotted to a 1:56.1 mark in 1987, when that was a good time for a pacer, and “Super Car” was the granddam of the millionaire Stiletto – so there is plenty of maternal-side power to back the racetrack prowess and the talent sire Armbro Goal brings to Diamond Goal. --And finally, maybe even most importantly, he already has to his credit, from his initial crop, a $350,000+ winner in the still-racing Super Manning – who himself was a New York Sire Stakes winner, and hit the board in six other state-restricted events at three. Just last year, he won five times in Opens at the track with the highest purses in North America – Yonkers Raceway. Nancy Herrick refers to Diamond Goal “as a horse who is all business in the breeding shed – he knows why he is there, and he gets the job done.” She reserves the term “non-studdish” to speak only about his inherent placidness, his not being a behavioral problem near or away from the breeding shed. Leatherstocking is located in approximately the middle of a triangle described by the cities of Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton – closest to Monticello, and not far from Tioga or the Metro New York area. Leatherstocking also has boarding facilities for mares – while there is no residency requirement to be eligible for the NYSS (although the mare must physically be in the state when bred by whatever method), the emerging breeders program does require the broodmare to be in-state for 180 days for offspring to generate them breeders awards based on racetrack performance. If Diamond Goal casts a sparkle in your eye, with all of the above-mentioned qualities going for him, contact Nancy Herrick at 607 847 9990. “Or come on up and see him,” she adds. “You should like what you see.” By Jerry Connors 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            

Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover) took today's Gr. III Prix du Luxembourg, the feature event at Paris-Vincennes. Owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois teamed the winner to a rallying victory at 52/1 in a race dominated at the finish by outsiders. Turbo Jet was hip 256 in last night's Arqana Trot sale and was hammered down at 100,000 euro but did not sell. He captured the winner's share of today's 110,000 euro purse covering 2100 meters autostart in 1.11.8kr defeating Unabella Perrine and reinsman Franck Ouvrie and Talicia Bella third for Anthony Barrier up for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. Turbo Jet now has 13 career wins for earnings of 434,100 euro. Favored Beckman, off at even money, ended unplaced with On Track Piraten sixth after leading the pack much of the way. On Track Piraten easily defeated Maharajah two weeks ago in Sweden. Other contenders Maxwell Mayday was tenth today and Caballion ended ninth. The top five finishers in this race were off at odds 52, 30, 12, 89, and 64/1, respectively. January 25, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Luxembourg, Gr. III International, 110,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart 1.11.8kr 1st Fractions: 1.06.2kr at 1500, 1.11kr at 1000, 1.11.4kr at 500, 1.11.8kr finish 2nd Turbo Jet (7m Joyau d'Amour-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover), Jean-Etienne Dubois at 52/1 3rd Unabella Perrine (6f Diamant Gede-Minnie Perrine-Viking Sun), Anthony Barrier at 12/1 4th Rubis Darpet (9g Kaiser Soze-Betty de la Noe-Kimberland), Eric Raffin at 89/1 5th Oropura Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks-Armbro Goal), Marco Smorgon up, 64/1 (Italy) 6th On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Jos. Verbeeck, 2/1 odds (Sweden) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Stefan Hultman reportedly gave great thought about whether to engage Maharajah for a fourth attempt at the Prix d'Amerique. After a disappointing last prep in snowy Sweden, some did not expect Maharajah to start albeit his second to last start in Sweden which was a solid winning effort. Also disappointing in his last two starts, Royal Dream was nonetheless engaged in the classic, a race he won easily in 2013. His connections have stated that they will make a decision tomorrow. Ready Cash is the likely favorite again this year albeit a group of new French players may contest his past supremacy. Triode de Felliere and Up And Quick deserve watching. Italy will probably send out up to four starters in the 2014 edition of the Prix d'Amerique, including Mack Grace SM and Nesta Effe. Mack Grace SM, a sharp son of CC's Chuckie T, has won 12 straight. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Amerique, 2700 meters International Gr. I UET Masters Series, 25 engaged Horse/Sex/Age/Trainer/Life Earnings Unabella Perrine, 6f, J-F Mary, 352466 Uhlan du Val, 6m, C. Megissier, 653890 Soleil du Fosse, 8m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 663180 Triode de Felliere, 7f, J-P Marmion, 691190 Santa Rosa France, 8f, J-L Bigeon, 705950 Marielles, 8f, Fabrice Souloy, 721614, Italy Renommee d'Obret, 9f, P-E. Trible, 739762 Pascia'Lest, 5m. Thierry Duvaldestin, 743882, Italy Univers de Pan. 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 808030 Up And Quick, 6m, Franck Leblanc, 828060 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, R. Donati, 869828 Vanika du Ruel, 5f, Franck Anne, 923760 Quinoa de Gers, 10m, Fabrice Souloy, 974343 Nesta Effe, 7m, Holger Ehlert, 1015286, Italy Yarrah Boko, 9m, Trond Anderssen, 1049577, Norway Reve de Beylev, 9m, Sebastien Guarato, 1091460 Tiego d'Etang, 7m, Christian Bigeon, 1103980 Mack Grace SM, 8m, M. DiNocola, 1325001, Italy The Best Madrik, 7m, Jean-Etienne Dubois, 1367710 Royal Dream, 9m, Philippe Moulin, 1573310 Save The Quick, 8f, Franck Leblanc, 1581079 Roxane Griff, 9f, Sebastien Guarato, 2023118 Timoko, 7m, Richard Westerink, 2099590 Maharajah, 9m, Stefan Hultman, 2152451, Sweden Ready Cash, 9m, Thierry Duvaldestin, 4282300 Yesterday at Paris-Vincennes the international trot week began. The Prix de Cavaillon for European females went to favorite Alienor de Godrel with Franck Anne aboard. Italian invaders took the next three spots following the winner. See chart below. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cavaillon, European females, 55,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.15.6kr (finishers 2-4 from Italy) 1st Alienor de Godrel (4f Orlando Vici-Julietta-Uthan), Franck Anne trainer/driver for Ecurie AB Trot, 1.7/1 odds 2nd Radiofressia Fi (4f Ganymede-Castilia ITY-Lemon Dra), Federico Esposito up at 4.3/1 3rd Rebecca Laser (4f Goetmals Wood-Snagadela-Pine Chip), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 21/1 odds 4th Royal Roc (4f Filipp Roc-Grassy Roc-Crowning Classic), Mme. Michela Racca up for trainer Tiberio Cecere at 34/1 The European monte Prix de Pontrieux for 40,000 euro purse went to United Face with Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens. He scored easily over two sons of Scarlet Knight in 1.14.3kr over the 2700 meter classic distance. The top three in this event, with 17 starters, were Swedish invaders. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pontrieux, 40,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European monte, 17 starters 1.14.3kr (top three finishers from Sweden) 1st United Face (6g Viking Kronos-Pretty I-Sharif di Iesolo), Damien Bonne up for trainer Vincent Martens, 5.9/1 2nd Ninepoints Charlie (6m Scarlet Knight-Lucky Kelly-Coktail Jet), Mlle. Elisabeth Allaire up for owner/trainer Jorgen Westholm, 26/1 3rd Latest News (6g Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ & Lovis, 1.5/1 The Prix de Cantin, an interesting test for four year-old males, went to Artiste du Lys with Wm. Bigeon up in a close score in 1.14.8kr over two youngsters from the Jean-Etienne Dubois stable, the well-bred Andover Jet and Alex The Winner. This group of 15 starters traveled over 2100 meters autostart. January 20, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cantin, 35,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters 1.14.8kr 1st Artiste du Lys (4g Oiseau de Feux-Jaquissime-Colt Fortysix), Wm. Bigeon up at 24/1 odds 2nd Andover Jet (4m Prodigious-Delmonica Jet-Tarass Boulba), Pierre Vercruysse up for Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/breeder, 9/2 odds 3rd Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois driver/owner/trainer, 12/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com               

Today's Prix de Bourgogne undercard featured several excellent monte events. The Prix de Brioude for 60,000 euro over 2700 meters went to Linda Vercruysse' Transamerica (6f Offshore Dream-Klassic Aunou-Defi d'Aunou) in a front-stepping 1.14.1kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. The winner scored her fifth career win, now with earnings of 196,820 euro for her NY born owner and trained by Pierre Vercruysse. She sports red-white-blue colors that also fit Transamerica's pedigree, being by the double Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream with earning of over US$3.3 million (2002, Reve d'Udon-Enfilde-Tarass Boulba). Tarass Boulba is by Speedy Somolli and Enfilade's dam, Tableau (Joie de Vie-Seascape Lobell-Speedy Crown-Somolli) directs to Somolli. Transamerica's pedigree further reflects franco-american blending as her dam was sired by Defi D'Aunou, by Armbro Goal from Nesmile, making him a half-brother to Buvetier d'Aunou (by Royal Prestige) and Extreme Aunou (by Baltic Speed). Nesmile is one of Europe's best producing mares and her daughter Amour d'Aunou produced Guilty of Love, dam of Love You, Repeat Love, Nice Love and In Dix Huit. Vincennes - Prix de Brioude (monte, 60,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 12 starters)   1.14.1kr 1st Transamerica (6f Offshore Dream-Klassik Aunou-Defi d'Aunou), Yohan Lebourgeois up for owner Mme. Lynda Vercruysse and trainer Pierre Vercruysse, her fifth win for career earnings of 196,820 euro 2nd  Tonnerre de Retz (6g First de Retz-Kaline du Solnan-Corot), P-Y Verva aboard 3rd  Tinosa du Chene (6f Nobody du Chane-Inosa du Chene-Jiosco), M. Mottier up The Sunday monte co-feature (Prix de Tarbes for 60,000 euro purse) went to Auria Vikland in 1.13.6kr over 2175 meters for three year-old females. She scored impressively for P-Y Verva and is a daughter of the fastest monte performer to date Prince de Montfort, still racing in Germany and northern European countries. J-P Dubois' A Nous Deux was second in this event with Nathalie Henry in the irons. Vincennes - Prix de Tarbes (60,000 euro purse, monte, female three year-olds, 2175 meters, 10 starters)   1.13.6kr 1st  Aurea Vikland (3f Prince de Montfort-Kethna de Monte-Vif Argent Ludois), P-Y Verva up, 5/1 odds, fourth career win for earnings of 84,550 euro 2nd   A Nous Deux (3f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You), Nathalie Henry aboard for trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois, 3/1 odds 3rd  Aureness (3f Mercenaire-Ornaise de Morgane-Himo Josselyn), Francois Lagadeus up, 17/1 odds The 48,000 euro purse Prix de Cabrieres went to Ugolin de Chambre with Mathieu Mottier up. This one is by a son of Passionnant (by Florestan) from a Tenor de Baune (Prix d'Amerique winner with 33 wins in 47 career starts) dam and the winner scored impressively in 1.13.7kr with a powerful stretch run. Vincennes - Prix de Cabrieres (monte, males, 48,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, 12 starters)  1.13.7kr 1st  Ugolin de Chambre (5g Ginger Somolli-L'Avayronnaise-Tenor de Baune), Mathieu Mottier up for trainer Jacques Rajalu and owner Alain-Jean Dubois, 11/1 odds 2nd  Un Aller (5g Le Retour-Elmia-Origan Noir), O. Touvais up, 5/2 favorite 3rd  Ultra Or (5g Orlando Vici-Petra du Chene-Jain de Beval), Anthony Barrier up for Fabrice Souloy trainer and owner Ecurie AB Trot, 38/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Mack Grace SM (7m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Gace SM-Armbro Goal) dominated a good field for a five length victory in the 297,000 euro Gran Premio Turilli Nazzione at Napoli today. He completed the 2100 meter autostart course in 1.14.kr (in the rain) under no urging from teamster Roberto Andreghetti. Mack Grace SM now has 46 wins in 88 career starts for earning in excess of 1.29 million euro. In the last twelve months he has 17 wins in 18 appearances exhibiting performance that may warrant a Prix d'Amerique try. Napoleon Bar gave a good effort chasing the winner for Enrico Bellei and held second from Oibambam Effe and Laika EK. Napoli, Gran Premio Turilli C. Nazzione, Gr. I, 297,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart   1.14kr 1st Mack Grace SM (7m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal), Roberto Andreghetti 2nd Napoleon Bar (6m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Enrico Bellei 3rd Oibambam Effe (5m Ckassic Photo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos), Andrea Guzzinati 4th Laika EK (8f Atlas Fighter L-Antifaz-Cezio Josselyn), Pietro Gubellini Replay: http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-06-T-261213.wmv Two year-olds went to battle in the 187,000 euro Gran Premio Allevatori and Sceicco (2m Look de Star-Iitu-Viking Kronos) with Andrea Guzzinati up wore down pacesetter Specialess and drew off for the three length win over Satchmo As (that was six for eight going into this race). Specialess held third in the event with the winner clocked in 1.15.3kr. Napoli, Gran Premio Allevatori Tris Gr. I, two year-olds, 187,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart  1.15.3 1st Sceicco (2m Look de Star-Iutu-Viking Kronos), Andrea Guzzinati 2nd Satchmo As (2m Daguet Rapide-Gelosia dei Fiori-Waikiki Beach), Robert Andreghetti driving, winner of six in eight starts before today 3rd Specialess (2m Ganymede-Enna Dra-Indro Park), And. Vitagliano Replay: http://se-mi2-6.se.unirevod.alice.cdn.interbusiness.it/market/unire/video/NAT-05-T-261213.wmv by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

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