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June 13, 2020 - The Saturday harness racing card at Bjerke on Grand Prix Day included many interesting races. The Energima Trot was one of these (purse to winner 50,000Nkr, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 14/1 Tayni Destrier (5g Un Mec d’Heripre-Eva Leba Palema-Deliberate Speed) scored in 1.11.0kr (mile rate 1:54.2). Per Ivar Bendiksen was the pilot as he won for the seventh time in only 14 career starts. The victory raised his life earnings to 183,000Nkr. Shapes (4g Classic Photo) was second for Bjorn Goop and Staro On The Rocks (3m Conway Hall) was third for trainer/driver Frode Hamre/ Teyno Destrier The Gjensidge Finale (purse to winner 100,000Nkr, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced and exciting score for Gogo Hall (5m Googoo Gaagaa-Valentine Queen-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.12.2kr and off at 6.2/1 odds. Adrian Solberg Akselsen teamed this Frode Hamre trainee that won for the third time in eight 2020 starts. Calina (6f Archipelago-Caltina Hall-Banker Hall) was second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre and Kicking Classic (8m Quite Easy) was home third. Googoo Gaagaa is proving to be an exciting stallion in Scandanavian trotting. Gogo Hall The always important Kingsrod Tradings Monte (purse to winner 50,000Nkr, 1609 meters autostart) also sparked my interest. This year it was an easy score for 1.8/1 favorite Innovation Love (5g Love You-Adena Boko-Pearsall Hanover) in rein to jockey Michelle Monster for trainer Paul Hagoort. Innovation Love won for the first time in four outings this year. Ready Eddie (10g From Above) and Lighthouse West (8g Offshore Dream) were second and third. Finishing fifth was Ja El Tomcat (11m Chocolatier), a half brother to the USA free for all trotter JL Cruze.  Innovation Love Innovation Love was timed in 1.11.8kr (mile time 1:55.5), well off the 2012 stake record of 1.10.9kr set by Prince de Montfort.   Thomas H. Hicks    

June 11, 2017, Bjerke -   Italy’s Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) rallied off cover three wide in the final bend for driver Christoffer Eriksson and ran down then leading Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) and owner/driver Goran Antonsen to win the Gr I UET Masters Series VG Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke. Raced in the fog and rain the Jerry Riordan trainee, owned by Pasuquale Ciccarelli, earned 1.5NOK million for the win, his 19th in 45 career starts. Total purse was 2,770,000NOK. Timed in 1.12.6kr the winner bested a game Lionel, trained by Daniel Reden, that raced in the death seat through much of the 2100 meter autostart event, Third was Aubrion du Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers-Baccarat du Pont) with Joseph Verbeeck catch-driving for trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. Takethem and DD’s Hitman ended fourth and fifth. Photos below – finish, stretch drive, happy trainer and driver. Pacesetter Dante Boko and well-regarded Volstead, BBS Sugarlight, Your Highness and Cruzado Dela Noche were among the also-rans today. Winning trainer Jerry Riordan, always a great post-race interview, commented that his horse raced today for the first time in an American sulky and with pull out ear-plugs, and like Varenne, is always a tough competitor, who can beat anybody with a good trip. Today he got that good trip. The undercard included the Energima Cup (final with 300,000NOK to the winner and 100,000NOK for winners of the two eliminations) with the elims and final raced over 1609 meters autostart. The final, pictured below, went to Italy’s Turno di Assiurra (5m Love You-Foga di Aziurra-Lemon Dra) in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Erik Bondo, and timed in 1.11.5kr. He won his elimination timed in 1.11.8kr in a dead-heat with Thai Broadway (8m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop. Thai Broadway was second in the final.  The other elim was won by Donatomite (5g Donato Hanover-Malvictorian-Malabar Man) for trainer/drive Frode Hamre timed in 1.10.9kr with victory over Victory Bonsai (6m Kadabra-Victory Bouquet-Balanced Image) with Mika Forss driving the Heikki Korhonen trainee. Bonsai was third in the final.  Canari Match and Phantasm SOA Win at Bjerke June 11, 2017 - Today’s Oslo Grand Prix day of racing showcased top flight three, four and five year-old trotters plus open class mares. Starting in reverse order with the Finn Tack Europamatch (purse to winner 300,000NOK, 2100 meters autostart) for the five year-olds, the winner was 1.12.9kr clocked Canari Match (5m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostal-Joe l’Amoroso) for Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden trains this one. Second was the Jerry Riordan trainee Tango Negro (5m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra), with third to the mare Trendy OK (5f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. She was one of only two females in this event. French Laundry was fourth in the nine horse field. The four year-olds contested the Gjensidige (purse to winner 200,000NOK, 1609 meters autostart) and that fine group was vanquished by Phantasm SOA (4m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uxer LB) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Olivier Raffin. This Norway  bred colt now has two 2017 wins in three outings and nine career victories in 16 starts. Off at 5/2 odds, Phantasm SOA scored in 1.12kr over Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) reined by Ulf Ohlsson. Third was Dominion Beach (4m Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom and is Stefan Melander trained.  Three year-olds battled in the Support Justice (200,000NOK to the winner, 2100 meters autostart). That event was won by Black Talisman (3m Sam Bourbon-Netherlee Way-Muscles Yankee) driven by trainer Magnus Teien Gundersen. Second was Championchip (3m Pine Chip-Madam Lavec-Egon Lavec) for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. Third was Robin GT (3m Broadway Hall-Linderchip GT-Enjiy Lavec) for Asbjern Tengsareid in the 1.15.1kr timed contest. Earlier was the Stayerloop (200,000NOK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart, distance handicapped). One of non-penalized horses was the winner, Titanium Gar (5g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne), with Hugo Landgweg Jr. the pilot and timed in 1.15.6kr. Totem d’Azur (10m Joao Panca-Heidi l’Indienne-Butin du Vivier) was second at 21/1 for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa, overcoming a 40 meter penalty. Third was another 40 meter handicapped entry, Reckless (7m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) driven by trainer Bjorn Goop. The aged mares battled in the Flaata Eiendom (200,000NOK first money, 1609 meters autostart) and it produced a quick 1.11.7kr victory by Italy’s Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) for Erik Adielsson and trainer Erik Bondo. This one is a half-sister to the above described Stayerlopp winner Titanium Gar. Shadow Gar, pictured below, now has four wins in 2017 from eight outings. Second this day was Indoor Voices (6f Yankee Glide-Celebrity Whisper-SJs Caviar) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom, ahead of Alwaysinblackpedia (6f Muscle Hill-Baker Black Jet-Supergill) driven by trainer Frode Hamre.  One cannot complete the program coverage without mentioning the Kingsrod Trading Monte (100,000NOK to winner, 1609 meters autostart). Sofia Adolfsson was in the irons on Nantucket (11m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory), shown below, as that one scored quick timed in 1.11.6kr. Tosca Victory (7m Up di Poggio-Tootsie Rich-Super Arnie) was second for Henriette Larsen, and third went to Quality QC (6g Going Kronos-Tina QC-Quadrophenio) and jockey Christina A. Hande. Well-regarded Tsar de Houelle, Call Me Hanover and O’Grady were back of these.  Thomas H. Hicks

Bjorn Goop enjoyed quite a day at Bjerke (wins with Rod Stewart, Timone EK and Crfzado dela Noce earlier on the harness racing card) and none better than with Oslo Grand Prix winner Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) as this Fabrice Souloy trainee rallied late to nail Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) and Orjan Kihlstrom driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The winning mare, off at 1.7/1 on the PMU network, was clocked in 1.10.5kr for this her seventh straight 2016 victory and it raised career earnings to 8,568,228kr. Nuncio was off at 2.8/1 on PMU and favored on the other major European networks, was a game second and now has an impressive 31-14-2 slate in 47 lifetime appearances. 2.2/1 (PMU) Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) was third for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy. Papagayo E, Support Justice and Lionel were the next three to the line. The Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr. I UET International event with 1,500,000NoKr to the winner (purse in euros €302,212) was contested over 2100 meters autostart (1-5/16 miles). Your Highness Thomas H. Hicks ATG, Fintoto, Rikstoto, PMU files/photos

Top flight harness racing action occurred throughout Oslo Grand Prix day at Bjerke Travbane. Mares ages three to ten battled in a 1609 meters autostart event worth 175,000NoKr to the winner and 6.5/1 Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) came out on top for trainer/driver Thomas Uhrberg. The impressive, gorgeous, long-striding mare now has 17 career wins in 65 starts for earnings in excess of 2,150,000NoKr. Timed in 1.11.1kr she defeated 12.5/1 Diadora BR (5f Ken Warkentin-Bauxite-SJ’s Caviar) with Thor Borg up for trainer Frode Hamre. Third was 2.4/1 Soho (7f Dream Vacation-Hillery Toll-General November) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Bo Westergaard. The winner recorded her third win in the last four outings. Late stretch leading Radysin America made a miscue under heavy urging from Bjorn Goop and was disqualified. Heaven’s Door finished unplaced. Four year-olds contested an open event worth 200,000NoKr to the winner and Goop teamed front-stepping 1.9/1 Cruzdo dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) to a 1.10.4kr victory for trainer Stefan Melander. After a recall the winner was all business and defeated Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco) with Jorma Konto up for trainer Melander. Third was another Melander trainee French Laundry (4m Muscles Yankee-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. Broadway Appolo and Cahal des Rioults were fourth and fifth. The top group are US registered. Cruzado dela Noche The Euroamatch for four and five year-olds drew a fine field that raced over 2100 meters autostart for 300,000NoKr first prize. The 1.11.6kr timed winner was the 1.6/1 favorite, and Bjorn Goop piloted, Timone EK (4m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra), an Italian campaigner trained in FR by Fabrice Souloy. 42/1 Exodus Hanover (5m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) was second driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Walmann, and 2.48/1 Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) was third with Roberto Andreghetti holding the lines. Buzz Mearas has been racing well going into this contest. As previously reported Goop won the Energima Cup Final and his elimination with the Riordan trained Rod Stewart, that started reinsman Goop’s big day. Thomas H. Hicks PMU, ATG, Rikstoto, Fintoto files

Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €5 million) was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed harness racing  victory to 8.7/1 Xea Venus (8f Charmy Skeeter-Kea Lobell) with trainer Bjorn Goop up for German owner Stall A&S 2003. 8/1 Vedette des Landes (7f New des Landes-Delia du Houlbet) was second for Sebastien Hardy, also trainer, and owner Michel Hardy. Third was earned by 16/1 Primula Brazza’ (7f Oiseau de Feux-Erbarosu Brazza’) with Pierre Levesque piloting this Italian invader.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 14 Xea Venus AUT B. Goop Stall A & S 2003 B. Goop 2ème 10 Vedette des Landes S. Hardy Mic. Hardy S. Hardy 3ème 4 Primula Brazza ITY P. Levesque Scuderia Dell'Acquario S. Carro 4ème 8 Adrienne du Citrus A. Abrivard Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon L.-C. Abrivard 5ème 13 Ultra Amsterdam A. Laurent Ecurie Alain Laurent A. Laurent  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2425   Ordre :       16.090,00€   Désordre :       321,80€   Bonus 4 :       30,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       15,00€   Bonus 3 :       10,00€   Also on the fine card was the Prix Adalberta (purse €56,000, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) and the winner was 1.9/1 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) driven by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Ecurie TH&V Weber-Berchtold of Germany. The winner’s dam is a daughter of King Conch-Lamitech Pedro-Sugarcane Hanover and she was registered in Italy. Spartan Kronos covered the course clocked in 1.14.7kr. 1.2/1 favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Pax de Villeneuve) was second for Tony Le Beller and trainer J-M Legros. Third was 92/1 outsider Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) for driver Matthieu Mottier. The Prix Mimas (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a close finish with the winner timed in 1.15.5kr, that one being 12/1 Chance (4f Ready Cash-Ramruma) driven by trainer Franck Anne for owner Julien Raffestin. 16/1 Clef de Fa (4f Flueron Perrine-Rivendell) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard while third went to a rallying 8/1 Civelle du Caseu (4f Kool du Caux-Darling du Caieu) with Franck Nivard at the lines. The Prix Cygnus (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) this evening went to 1.13.4kr timed and 21/1 odds Bonne Copine (5f Love You-Joie Baroque) with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 5.4/1 Balledonia (5f Romandi-Noonlight Charms) was next to the line for J-Ph Monclin with 2.3/1 Beauty Princess (5f Ludo de Castelle-Princess Foot) home third with teamster Mathieu Mottier and trainer/owner D.M. Mottier. The June 11 Saturday program at Paris-Vincennes is a dandy, as shown below: Prix de Gien, Gr. III, 3yo males, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, eight starters Prix de Ploermel, European, purse €70,000, 2700 meters monte, 12 starters Q+ Prix du Quercy, European, purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters Prix d’Istres, Gr. III, 3yo females, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters VINCENNES - PRIX LOUIS JARIEL PRIX LOUIS JARIEL Course 5 Groupe II 120.000. - Attelé. - 2.175 mètres (G. P.) 54.000, 30.000, 16.800, 9.600, 6.000, 2.400, 1.200. Pour 5 ans, hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 54.000. S N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Barrio Josselyn     M 5 j.m. bazire j.m. bazire 2175 3a6a2a0a5a9a 227 610 €   2 Baltic Charm     M 5 e. raffin s. guarato 2175 2a4a1a3a1a2a 298 150 €   3 Beau Gamin     M 5 d. bonne s. guarato 2175 9a2a(15)5a4a 349 040 €   4 Briac Dark     M 5 f. anne f. anne 2175 7a1aDa(15)2a 368 130 €   5 Black d'Avril     M 5 f. prat frederic prat 2175 0a8a0a5aDa5a 473 570 €   6 Bolero Love     M 5 g. gelormini s. guarato 2175 2a2a1aDa2a2a 477 780 €   7 Bird Parker     M 5 j.ph. monclin ph. allaire 2175 1a1aDa4a5a7a 974 880 €   8 Billie de Montfort     F 5 d. thomain s. guarato 2175 0a4a0a2a6a4a 1 190 860 €   9 Bold Eagle     M 5 f. nivard s. guarato 2175 2a1a1a1a(15) 1 781 800 €   The June 12 card at Bjerko NO is also outstanding featuring the Gr. I VG Oslo Grand Prix over 2100 meters autostart worth 1.5million NorwegianKr first money and other top action: Attelé - 302 212 € - 2100m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart VG OSLO GRAND PRIX Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 302.212. - Attelé. - 2.100 mètres. 157.950, 78.975, 39.488, 13.689, 7.898, 4.212. Pour 3 à 12 ans inclus. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Mosaique Face     M 7 l. kolgjini l. kolgjini 2100 0a4a0a1a0a 1 290 913 €   2 Support Justice     M 7 g.v. gunderse g.v. gunderse 2100 2a1a6a0aDa 842 074 €   3 Un Mec D'heripre     M 8 f. nivard f. souloy 2100 3a1a2a1a3a 1 296 525 €   4 Your Highness     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 2100 1a1a1a1a1a 760 871 €   5 Papagayo E.     M 6 u. ohlsson j.k. waaler 2100 3a3a3a1a5a 784 517 €   6 B.B.S.Sugarlight     H 7 p. unterstein f. solberg 2100 0a4a1a3a2a 734 363 €   7 Lionel (nor)     M 6 g. antonsen f. souloy 2100 0aDa1a1aDa 801 716 €   8 Victory Bonsai     M 5 m. forss h. korhonen 2100 3a1a1a3a2a 106 642 €   9 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2100 1a2a1a1a1a 2 324 728 €   10 Volstead A     M 5 j. kontio s. melander 2100 0a1a0a2a2a 316 158 €   The other excellent Bjerke contests on Sunday are: Kingsrod Monte, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr to winner Energima Cup elim 1, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Energima Cup elim 2, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Flacata, 3 year olds, 1609 meters autostart, 150,000Nokr first prize Hydespe Stayerlop, 3140 meters distance handicap, 200,000 Nokr first prize Energima Cup Final, 1609 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr to winner FinTack Mares, 1609 meters autostart, 175,000Nokr first prize Europamatch, four and five year-olds, 2100 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr first prize Gjensidige four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000Nokr first prize Oslo GP, 3-12 year olds, 2100 meters autostart, 1,500,000Nokr first prize The two Energima Cup elims attracted some skilled trotters such as Ringostarr Treb, Tycoon Conway Hall, Allaballakaitoz, Ja El Tomcat, Rod Stewart and Hillustrious. Be there for superb trotting action this weekend. Thomas H. Hicks

November 21, 2015 - Adrian Kolgjini piloted the Lutfi Kolgjini trained Buzz Mearas (4g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) to victory in today’s Axel Jensens at Bjerke, with 300,000NOK to the winner of this 1609 meter autostart contest. The winner scored easily timed in 1.10.4kr (1:53.2 mile rate) to defeat Explosive De Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Jim Oscarsson with third to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) handled by trainer Daniel Reden. Exodus Hanover and Royal Ice took the next two spots. All of the top five, except the winner, were bred and registered in the US. On the Bjerke card was the Kai Eriksens Gold Division and the winner was Denmark’s Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) for trainer/driver Steen Juul. The winner earned 150,000NOK in victory over the 1609 meters autostart course. Timed in 1.11kr (mile rate 1:54.3) Tycoon Conway Hall defeated Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom and third finishing Chatain (6g Love You-C’est Bon-Bosphorus) from Denmark and piloted by Erlend Rennesvik. Remee La Marc (7g Andover Hall-Loving Her Is Easy-Valley Victory) and Vidar Hop was fourth ahead of Art On Line (8g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) and Johnny Takter. Bjerke’s Silver Division Flaata Eiendom for 125,000NOK to the winner over 1609 meters autostart went to US-bred Call Me Hanover (6g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pine Chip) driven by Eriend Rennesvik. Timed in 1.11.2kr (mile rate 1:54.6) the winner vanquished Denmark’s Punk (6m Angus Hall-Primavera-SJ’s Photo) driven by Tom Erik Solberg with third to Tripolini VP (5g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) and teamster Jeppe Juel. Highspeed Call, by From Above, was fourth with Ja El Tomcat, by Chocolatier, fifth, that one from the dam of JL Cruze, Topcat Hall by Conway Hall.  Earlier in the week at Aby SWE (November 18), the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Radysin America won an event worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) was driven by Peter Ingves and scored in 1.13.1kr for her third 2015 victory and 12th career win in 40 starts. Radysin was bred by the late Lou Guida and is a half-sister to the great European mare Lisa America, bred in Italy. Thomas H. Hicks

September 13, 2015 - Glen Ord Superb (4m Orlando Vici-Orions Hilda) won Sunday’s VG Norwegian Trotting Derby (purse €234,895, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) at 1.8/1 odds for harness racing  trainer/driver Geir Vegard Gundersen and owner Erik Sandbaek. The winner recorded his 10th victory in 17 career starts. 6.5/1 Victory Lap (4m Staro Showbiz-Princess Valley N) was second for trainer/driver Olav Mikkelborg, ahead of 2.8/1 Thaiu Navigator (4g Ganymede-Role Model) driven by Eirik Hoitomt for trainer Bo Westergaard. The race was clocked in 1.13.76kr. On the Bjerke card was also the Finn Tack Norwegian Kriterium for three-year olds (purse €181,485, 2100 meters autostart) with the victory earned by 13.5/1 odds El Toro BR (3m Coktail Jet-I’m Prompt Too) trained by Bjorn Goop for BR Invest Denmark and reined by Tom-Erik Solberg. Timed in 1.15.19kr the winner now has three career wins in five starts. 37/1 Photo Lavec (3m SJ’s Photo-Joyful Lavec) was second for Per Oleg Midtfjeld with 52/1 Greyhound d’Estino (3m Muscle Mass-Tina Tilar) third for trainer/driver Pal Buer. The winning owner also started two others, both trained by Trond Smedshammer. El Muro BR (by Muscles Yankee) finished seventh and race favorite El Diablo BR (by Muscle Hill) was disqualified due to miscues. The 2013 Derby winner Support Justice was on the card today and was victorious in a 2100 meter autostart event for fast-class older trotters. He was an open-lengths winner clocked in 1.10.8kr for Geir Vegard Gundersen. US-bred Kapow Hanover finished third. In conjunction with the Derby was held the annual yearling auction at Olso and the sale topper was the colt Magic Tile (Cantab Hall-High Eleven L-SJ’s Photo) at US$67,500. Thomas H. Hicks    

June 14, 2015 - An excellent performance on today’s Bjerke OGP harness racing card was set by Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) and teamster Eric Raffin. The Sebastien Guarato trainee, owned by Philippe Dauphin, scored with ease in 1.10.8kr to increase her earnings to 8,031,876Nokr. The long bodied, long-striding filly now has a slate of 14-6-3-1 in 25 career starts. The FR bred female defeated the boys as Mr. Lindy (Cantab Hall) and Orjan Kihlstrom was second in his initial appearance in Europe after import from the US. Third was Expo Express (Expo Bi) and reinsman Jorma Kontio with Jerry Riordan trainee Sylvester America (Varenne) fourth for Bjorn Goop. Kapow Hanover (Explosive Matter) set a quick and steady pace with Mr. Lindy and Well Built following until Billie crushed their hopes. Sylvester America came from the back and a three-wide final turn surge got him into contention but he did not threaten the top three. Chart and photos follow.   Totalisatorløp 5 14.06.2015 Bjerke Travbane Gjensidige 4 års elite Premiesum:  400 000,- - Distanse:  1 609 Startmetode:  Auto     V75-1 Plass Vinner Duo Tvilling Trippel     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 3 Billie de Montfort (FR) 1 609 10,8a Eric Raffin 200 000,- 13 2 4 Mr Lindy (US) 1 609 11,1a Ørjan Kihlstrøm 100 000,- 318 3 6 Expo Express (DE) 1 609 11,4a Jorma Kontio 50 000,- 895 4 8 Sylvester America (IT) 1 609 11,5a Bjørn Goop 25 000,- 53 5 5 Kapow Hanover (US) 1 609 11,7a Erik Adielsson 15 000,- 131 6 1 Well Built (US) 1 609 11,7a Frode Hamre 10 000,- 162 - 10 Jontte Boy (FI) 1 609 11,8a g Tuomas Korvenoja   129 - 7 Elton Attack (DE) 1 609 12,5a Steen Juul   1283 - 2 Lightning Force (US) 1 609 12,7a Kenneth Haugstad   367 - 9 Pippa Barosso (DE) 1 609 dist Roberto Andreghetti   1015                     Tempo: første 500 1 09 5 (5 Kapow Hanover), 1000 1 11 3 (5 Kapow Hanover), siste 500 1 10 3 Also on the card was a fine KJass I Strelfors win by Sweden’s front-stepping Emmett Brown (4m Muscle Hill-Traci Spur-SJ’s Photo) for teamster Erik Adielsson and legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. Stall Kennys Andelhasten own the winner, now with a career slate of 5-1-1-1- in 12 starts for 482,878Nokr earned. Emmett Brown was clocked in 1.13.2kr as the lightly raced colt defeated J-P Dubois bred, Bjorn Goop teamed Sudbury (Infinitif) by a length and Rio Grande D.K. (Love You) with Steen Juul up closed for third. Totalisatorløp 6 14.06.2015 Bjerke Travbane Strålfors løpet (kval. til Klass1) Premiesum:  195 000,- - Distanse:  2 100 Startmetode:  Auto     V75-2 Plass Vinner Duo Tvilling Trippel     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 2 Emmett Brown (SE) 2 100 13,2a Erik Adielsson 100 000,- 22 2 1 Sudbury (IT) 2 100 13,3a Bjørn Goop 50 000,- 70 3 7 Rio Grande D.K. (DK) 2 100 13,5a Steen Juul 25 000,- 99 4 10 Novel Broline (SE) 2 100 13,5a Magnus Teien Gundersen 12 000,- 206 5 3 Paolendry Like (IT) 2 100 13,6a Hugo Langeweg Jr. 8 000,- 27 - 6 Muchmoremuscles (SE) 2 100 13,8a Kenneth Haugstad   147 - 5 Inchgower Level (SE) 2 100 13,9a Pål Buer   474 - 11 Toto (DK) 2 100 14,0a Christian Lindhardt   376 - 9 Vicky Corner (DE) 2 100 brg Ørjan Kihlstrøm   242 - 4 Twist Shadow (DK) 2 100 STR Eirik Høitomt   0 - 8 Snabba Cash (FR) 2 100 STR Peter Untersteiner   0 1.13.2kr- 12 Trine Hellebjerg (DK) 2 100 STR Anders Pedersen   0                     Tempo: første 500 1 10 9 (2 Emmett Brown*), 1000 1 14 6 (2 Emmett Brown*), siste 500 1 12 9 Thomas H. Hicks    

June 10. 2015 - The 1.8/1 favorite Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation-Honalulu Lulu) took today’s Prix Timoko (€25,000 purse, 2550 meters, European 13 starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne, clocked in 1.15.7kr for harness racing trainer/driver Christophe Martens. 9/1 Anatzi d’Alsace (5g Pagelot-Jivana d’Alsace) was second for Frederic Clozier with third to Dacke Haleryd (8m Goetmals Wood-All American Chill) for Michel-X Charlot, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Skeie Stable AS from Norway. Good action also occurred at La Capelle with several noteworthy events including the Prix de la Capelle (€21,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 15 starters). Capone Face (3m Ready Cash-Kingly Pride) scored in 1.17.3kr as the 1.6/1 favorite driven by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Antonio De Sousa. 20/1 Caduceus des Baux (3g Mark Speed-Festinci des Baiuz) was next for David-Marion Hue ahead of 69/1 Coko Look (3m Look de Star-Jerez) with Sebastian Ernault up for trainer Ulf Nordin. Also at La Capelle the Prix de la Savr 5+ (€32,000 purse,2750 meters, 16 starters) produced a 16/1 upset winner in Viva de Luna (6f Prodigious-Oree de Strata) with Gabriel Gelormini aboard. Clocked in 1.15.5kr the winner bested 15/1 Tosca du Chatelet (8f Chef du Chatelet-Meomi du Chatelet) with Sebastian Ernault up and third finisher 5/1 Va Au Poteau (6g Pad d’Urzy-Haita de l’Arrete) with Francois Lecanu aboard  for owner/trainer Ph-E Trible. The Prix du Croise-Laroche (€20,000 purse, 2700 meters autostart, 16 starters) at La Capelle went to 15/1 Bianca des Brouets (4f Notre Haufor-Oiyeda) and reinsman Pierre Versruysse. Pascal Daulier is the trainer. Banana Star (4f Pim Quick-Nikasa du Roncey) was next at 37/1 for Michel Lenoir with third to 19/1 Bastelica (4f In Love With You) for trainer/driver Jean-Benoit Lemoine. This day at Solvalla SWE the Nu Pagadis trot (€60,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to Charrva Forlon (5g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazier) and trainer/driverHans-Owe Sundberg. The winner is now 2-2-0 in six 2015 appearances, this win in 1.13.4kr. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for teamster Thomas Uhrberg and owner/breeder Happy People Racing AB. The ex-Jimmy Takter US trainee Corky (5g Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) finished third for Erik Adielsson and legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. The Stall Corkad owned campaigner was bred in the US by Ohio’s Lynn Baker. Don’t forget the Oslo Grand Prix weekend in Norway at Bjerke Travbane. The Sunday OGP card starts at noon local time and also includes the Energma Cup amd top races for mares, four and five year-olds, and a monte contest that has new world record holder Torre Crepin among the starters. The OGP, a UET Masters Series event, is race 11 on the program. Program links for the Saturday and Sunday Bjerke cards follow: Saturday June 13 http://www.rikstoto.no/manual/BJ/BJ_13062015_48.pdf Sunday June 14 OPD Day http://www.rikstoto.no/manual/BJ/BJ_14062015_49.pdf Thomas H. Hicks

During the next 5th and 6th of May in the Norwegian racecourses of Momarken and Bjerke (Oslo) will be held the Gentlemen European championship for harness racing Amateur drivers organized by the flag of the FEGAT (European federation of amateurs drivers). The championship will be played on four scoring races for each driver, with the participation of drivers from 13 different nationalities, members of FEGAT and will be qualifying for the 2016 World Cup in Hungary where the first 6 countries will obtain a wild card for the WC2015. The most important achievements of some of the drivers participating in the European Championship 2014 are: Swedish Hakan B. Johansson, current European Champion (Sweden 2014) and with 231 wins in his career. Spanish Miquel Vich Capó, former European Champion in 2012 (Czech Republic) with 159 wins in his career. Dutch Willem Browuer 3rd in last World Championship in Finland 2014. Italian Giovanni Bechis with more then 400 starts and 935 wins. The official link of the European Championship 2015 is  http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2015/gentlemen-european-championship-in-norway/ For more information you can check the official website of FEGAT www.fegat.com and don’t hesitate to contact with us to solve your doubts about the championship at fegatsecretary@gmail.com The official list of the drivers for this 2015 FEGAT European Championship for amateur drivers in the follow next: PARTICIPANTS Country First Name Name Date of birth License since Last year victories This year victories Total wins Austria Thomas Royer 13.11.1978 1997 23 4 180 Belgium Sebastien Grisez 07.09.1990 2008 11 4 105 Czech Republic Alle Johannes Marinus Loman 08.09.1951 1996 24 0 148 Denmark Svend Aage Vindbjerg 1952 1990 3 0 50 Finland Teemu Keskitalo 1991 2005 5 1 10 Germany Christoph Pellander 09.11.1978 2004 17 1 47  Italy Giovanni Bechis 28.01.1951 1970 3 3 935  The Netherlands Wim Brouwer 05.08.1964 1989 6 1 155 Norway Ernst Petter Knutsen 24.09.1958 1994 0 0 34 Russia Konstantin Puchkov 17.12.1951 1998 3 0 172 Spain Miquel Vich Capó 25.10.1984 1999 4 1 159 Sweden Håkan B. Johansson 29.03.1972 1993 13 4 231 Switzerland Jean-Claude Gardaz 29.04.1966 1983 8 0 75   DRIVERS PROFILE   THOMAS ROYER  Austrian amateur champion 2012, 2013 & 2014.3rd participation in European Championship. SEBASTIEN GRISEZ   Born in a family of avid trotting races. At the age of 15, attended his first race in apprentices, He has been several times in the top 3 of apprentices in Belgium and acquired his 50th victory in 2009. Then make a professional choice and  opted for the profession of blacksmith-horseshoes, where has the trust of Christophe and Vincent Martens and some Belgian trainers.2014 was his first year as amateur, IHe has got the chance winning the three most beautiful Belgian races reserved for amateurs, which allowed him to win the Championship. Won 11 races in 2014 including 2 in France.   Today, won 106 victories including 4 in France. ALLE JOHANNES MARINUS LOMAN  Born 8th September 1951 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.Bought his first trotter named Kondor as 16 years old boy.He was breeder of trotters for last 30 years and also of thoroughbreds for approx.10 years. As amateur driver won his first race with  “Cruise Missille” in Scharsberg (NL) in 1989. Started and won races in Nederland, U.S.A., Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Czech and Slovak Republic. One of top points in his driver`s career was the victory in German Amateurdriver Championship in Dinslaken in 1992. Since 1996 lives in Czech Republic, where  married in 2003 and where his last 2 sons of his all 6 children were born. Have Czech driving licence since 1996.He had a great success in Czech trotting sports (1997- won with his own-bred mare Cabipaan Kort Czech Derby, St.Leger and Slovak Derby, Cabipaan Kort achieved titel Trotter of the year 1997 and later also 1998 as best older trotter in Czech Republic, she broke with 15,9 the formerly track-record). In 1999 won Czech Golden Cup with his trotter Sugar Candor /Trotter of the Year 1999.Won the Czech derby in 2013 with the mare Charming Oreau(NL), Trotter of the Year 2013.Won the Czech Triple-Crown 2014 with another mare Damalia(NL), Trotter of the Year 2014. Won the Czech Amateur drivers`Championship many times and  took more times part in the European and also World Amateur Championship.  SVEND AAGE VINDBJERG     TEEMU KESKITALO  Teemu has been involved in horse business since a he was a small child. His father owned many horses and that is why he started participating to trotting business. He started the hobby by racing trotting ponies and got full trotting amateur license immediately when it was possible.His best horse so far has been Vintage Lady, who run at V65 and V75 level. Most memorable win has been his first victory with Flaming Love. Teemu’s best driving results were last year when he won the finnish amateur championship title. At the championship finals he drove three wins, two third places and one fourth place out of seven races. CRISTOPH PELLANDER  Living in Cologne obatin his amateur driving licence in 2004. Driver, owner and breeder. biggest sucess: winner of the german amateur championship 2014 in Hamburg and 3rd place in amateur-ranking in 2014 with 17 wins. job: TV-Producer and Sport-Journalist. GIOVANNI BECHIS   More than 4000 starts in career. Won 631 amateur races at December 2014.Italian Amateur champion in 2014.Winner “Gran Premio Federnat” (the richest amateur race in the world) in 1989 (Fakir Ve). WIM BROUWER Wim is born between the trotters than his father was also a passionated. Succesful owner and amateur driver. Since 2013 Wim is the President of the Dutch Amateur club. Also Wim’s wife Susan has an amateur license  and both his sons Danny and Micha were competing in the pony races with Danny now having his first wins as an apprentice driver. In 2010 Wim won the Amateur Champion title in his home country and in 2012 he got the Bronze medal at the European Championship in the Czech Republic. Last year at the World Championship in Finland he won again bronze! ERNST PETTER KNUTSEN   34 victories and 1,7 million NOK in total earnings. Winner of the Norwegian championship 2014. Drives primarily his own horses, cold-bloded and has a few V65 and V75 victories. KONSTANTIN PUCHKOV     MIQUEL VICH CAPÓ European Champion 2012. Spanish amateur Champion 2012, 2013 & 2014.3rd participation in European Championship. HÅKAN B. JOHANSSON  European Champion 2014. JEAN CLAUDE GARDAZ   He started attending racetracks in 1975 when his father bought his first horse.After take a several internships in GROSBOIS (Paris) between 1980 and 1983 in the stables of the trainers G. Mascle – A.Meunier – G M. Dreux Ch.Bazire.Obtain his driver’s license in 1983.Best Performances:75 wins in SwitzerlandCenter-East Region champion (Lyon region) 1990FEGAT Europa Cup 4th 1991 France & 5th 1999 Hungary.10th European Championship 2007 in Salzburg -Austria.Several times in the first 3 of the Swiss amateur league. The links of the race tracks are: http://www.bjerke.no/ http://www.momarken.no/ FEGAT, April 2015.

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