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Today’s Deutsches Traber Derby at Berlin Mariendorf in Germany (purse 200,050€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 4.4/1 Wild West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) timed in 1.12.1kr and reined by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stabke Why Not. This was his second 2020 victory in six starts and raised his lifetime earnings to 135,811€. 11/1 Straight Flush (3m Pastor Stephen-Pantsnsox Diamant) took second for Michael Nimczyk and owner Ulrich Mommert. 6.5/1 Toto Borosso (3m Ready Cash-Bibi Borosso) was third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Gold Cap BR (3m Prodigious-Baccara BR) was fourth for Cees F. Kamminga. The 5/10 favorite Keytothehill was a miscue dq along with Cunningham and Venture Capital. Wild West Diamant Wild West Diamant  On the undercard was the Traber-Derby B Finale (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) and Body N Soul (3m Maharajah-Reve d’Amour) scored in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Mike Lenders for Stall Soulmate. Winnetou Diamant (3m Conway Hall) was next for the Bakker/Hagoort team and Knock On Wood (3g Expo Bi) was third for Jaap van Rijn. Body N Soul Yesterday was the annual Derby Auktion Berlin. The catalog, videos and results follow. There were 84 lots sold. The sale topper was hip 9, Lauria Inferior S (f, Muscle Hill-Linda di Casei-Uronometro), that brought 100,000€. Her first dam was a great racemare that won 841,937€ in her exceptional career and now the dam of Axl Rose, a winner of 576,935€. Laura Inferior S   Other sale leaders included hip 10, Hurricane (m, Father Patrick-Scully’s Girl-Muscle Hill-Scully FBI), for a 90,000€ winning bid. Hip 54, Matt A Fortuna (m, Southwind Franck-Freeway Fortuna-Conway Hall) was next at 65,000€., Berlin Marienndorf files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The fourth leg of the traveling Trotteur Francais series was the Grand Prix Gelsenkirchen (purse 50,000€, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters International) in Germany and it went to 1.14.9kr timed and 5.1/1 odds Discovry Dry (6g Goetmals Wood-L’Etoile Dry) reined by his harness racing trainer Tony Le Beller.   The victory increased his life earnings to 184,850€. Favorite Billie de Montfort (8g Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was second off at 1.2/1 odds and with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   15/1 Balando (8m Nijinski Blue-Quitalia) was third for pilot Rick Wester. Bon Copain and Eridan took the next two checks.   Thomas H. Hicks

Velten von Flevo (3m Ganymede-Babette Flevo) took Sunday’s 124th edition of the Deutsches Traber Derby (purse 188,325€, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Berlin-Mariendorf in Germany. Rick Ebbinge was the winning pilot for trainer Jeroen Engwerda and owner Pine Point Equine. Off at 5.5/1 Velten von Flevo was clocked in 1.13kr as he won his third consecutive race. Juan Bros (3m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) was second with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard for Scuderia Tramontom Srl. Third went to Rancoon (3m Orlando Vici-Night Club) for trainer/driver Rudi Haller and Stall Wieserhof. Velten von Flevo  On the superb undercard, the IDEE Kaffee Derby (four-year olds, purse 25,000€, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 15.2/1 Free Bird (4m Ready Cash-Zandra Sib) score in 1.13.7kr for Robbin Bot in a terrific race. Wolfgang Nimczyk trains this one for Hans Brocker as he won his third straight. Cahaya (4f Love You-C’est la Vie) took second for Jeffrey Mieras and trainer Dion Tesselaar. Officer Stephen (4m Pastor Stephen-Gondolin) was third for trainer/driver Dion Tesselar. Free Bird The Deutsches Traber-Derby Consolation (purse 20,000€, 1900 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw 1.53/1 Otero (3m Muscle Hill-Sparkling) score for Josef Franzl timed in 1.14.2kr, Gladiatuer (3m Bird Parker-Esperance) was second for Robbin Bot, the pilot for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk. Third in a dead heat were JFK (3m Expo Bi-Excepotionell) for Jaap van Rijn and Man U (3m Manofmanymissions-Yes I Can) handled by Michael Nimczyk. Otero The ASKANIA-Record mile (purse 15,000€, 1609 meters autostart, seven aged starters) went to local favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) clocked in 1.11.1kr with trainer Rudi Haller aboard for Stall Team Neuhof. This veteran has faced many of the best in Europe in his most recent four appearances in France where he was second, third and twice fourth against Bold Eagle and others. He was off as the 1.19/1 favorite here and defeated Halva von Haithabu (7m Here Comes Joey-Ada) with Roland Hulskath aboard and Out Of The Slums (7m Muscles Yankee-Sugar) reined by Michael Nimczyk. Orlando Jet Two-year olds faced the starter in the Gerhard Kruger Memorial (12,000€ purse, 1900 meters autostart, eight starters) and 7/2 Baltic Star (2m Revenue-Baltica de Bellouet) prevailed timed in 1.19kr with Thomas Panschow aboard for trainer Holger Neumann in his first start for money. The Gino Lutz owned colt defeated Fraulein Trixie (2f Trixton-Fraulein Wunder) handled by Kornelius Kluth and Emoji (2f Wishing Stone-Indoo) piloted by Hannu Voutilainen.  Quite a day and weekend of trotting conducted in front of a great audience. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

July 25, 2019 - The field of 12 harness racing trotters is set for the August 4th Deutschlands Traber Derby to be raced at Berlin Mariendorf, Germany. Four eliminations took place on July 21 with the following winners set to contest the final along with their chief rivals. The eliminations, each for a 20,000€ purse, saw the fastest winner being River Flow (Biltmore As-Annabelle As) timed in 1.13.11kr with Thorsten Tietz aboard. Juan les Pins (Expo Bi-Pine Spirit) took the second elimination for Jaap Van Rijn clocked in 1.13.26kr. Arnold J. Mollema trains this winner. The third contest went to the Alessandro Gocciadoro piloted Juan Bros (Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzorg) stopping the timer in 1.13.37kr. Juan Bros And finally, in elimination four, Velten Von Flevo (Ganymede-Babette Flevo) scored for reinsman Rick Ebbinge and trainer JWM Engwerda clocked in 1.14.58. The Derby Festival should be a good one with quality racing on the weekend. Thomas H. Hicks  

Ids Boko, Very Impressive S, Chapter One, Mister F Daag Win Deutsches Derby Eliminations July 29. 2018 Sunday’s German Trotting Derby eliminations took place at Berlin Mariendorf with each of the four elims raced over 1900 meters autostart for purses of 20,000 euro. The final will be raced on August 5, the 123rd edition of the classic that will have 12 starters going 1900 meters autostart to be crowned 2018 champion. The elims results follow along with the August 5 starting assignments: Elim 1 – 1.12.1kr Ids Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and Running Stable Laurel Park (3m Love You-Le Reve), Jean Pierre Dubois for Yves Boireau and Dubois the owner Crazy And Quick (3m Love You-Crazy For You), Dion Tesselaar driver/trainer for Stall Habo Elim 2 – 1.12.6kr Very Impressive S (3m SJs Caviar-Verify), Cees Kamminga driver/trainer for Hodij Coatings BV Charmeur Royal (3m Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and owners Isliker and Thomaskamp, this colt from the dam of undefeated Longines Standbyme (3m Muscles Yankee-Servus), Bjorn Goop for Dirk Hafer and Marion Jauls Elim 3 – 1.13.6kr Chapter One (3g Donato Hanover-C’est Facile), Michael Nimczyk for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and owners Brocker and Mommert. Jean Pierre Dubois was the breeder Inspector Bros (3g Pastor Stephen-Zecile Boko), Stefan Schoonhoven trainer/driver for Gerrits and Thomaskamp the owners Officer Stephen (3m Pastor Stephen-Gondolin), Dion Tesselaar trainer/driver for Carpe Diem Stables Elim 4 – 1.12.8kr Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and owner Joseph Vanduffel Velten von Polly (3m Varenne-Eternity Rex), Hugo Langeweg Jr. trainer/driver for Sigrid Velten, this colt from the dam of Tuonoblu Rex racing at FFA level in USA Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way), Dion Tesselaar driver/trainer for Jan Reugebrink The August 5th Derby lineup is shown below.  Deutsches Traber-Derby 2018 Dotierung: - Distanz: 1.900 m Autostart 1 Inspector Bros 3j. W. 14,0 1.900 m Stefan Schoonhoven 10.715,- 2 Chapter One 3j. W. 13,5 1.900 m Michael Nimczyk 27.000,- 3 Very Impressive S 3j. H. 12,6 1.900 m Cees Kamminga 40.950,- 4 Mister F Daag 3j. H. 12,8 1.900 m Robin Bakker 77.823,- 5 Ids Boko 3j. W. 12,1 1.900 m Rick Ebbinge 23.250,- 6 Charmeur Royal 3j. H. 13,5 1.900 m Heinz Wewering 7.850,- 7 Standbyme 3j. H. 13,7 1.900 m Björn Goop 7.250,- 8 Fabio de Pervenche 3j. H. 13,2 1.900 m Dion Tesselaar 10.500,- 9 Velten von Polly 3j. H. 13,0 1.900 m Hugo Langeweg jun. 5.550,- 10 Laurel Park 3j. H. 12,2 1.900 m Jean-Pierre Dubois 18.257,- 11 Crazy and Quick 3j. H. 12,6 1.900 m Jaap van Rijn 5.250,- 12 Officer Stephen 3j. H. 14,2 1.900 m Karel Gerrits 7.850,- Also on the Derby Elims card was the Monte Derby raced over 1900 meters autostart for 20,000 euro total purse and with 10 starters. The 1.13.2kr timed winner was Zauni (5m Quite Easy-Nice Try Diamant) with Ronja Walter in the irons for trainer Manfred Walter. Victorious Star (7g Juliano Star) was second for jockey Henriette Larsen and trainer Conrad Lugauer. Third was Star Advisor Joli (9g Look de Star) ridden by Josefine Ivehag for trainer Sofia Aronsson.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Berlin Mariendorf (Germany) hosted two three year old events today each for a total purse of 10,000 euro and raced over 1900 meters autostart. The filly division went to Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) driven by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner AGM Groot Beheer BV. The 111.9 timed winner defeated Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) with Dion P. Tesselaar up and Laura Vici (3f Orlando Vici-Lavaletta) for Michael Nimczyk. The colt division went to Very Impressive S (4m SJs Caviar-Verify) reined by Cees F. Kamminga in 1.13.4kr. Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way) was second for driver Danny Brower for trainer Paul Hagoort and stablemate CDs Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko) was third with Robin Bakker aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Q+ On Friday was the Prix du Mont Saint Michel at Cabourg, France (purse 55,000 euro, 2750 meters, 15 starters) with that victory to 3.4/1 Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play) driven by trainer/owner Franck Blandin.  Race time was 1.13kr as the winner recorded career win 12 in 39 starts now for 230,070 euro earned. The exact order Q+ payoff was 1,073 euro. 2.7/1 Cobra Ar Carae (6g Kaiser Soze) and Anthony Barrier was second with 5.7/1 Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland) and Tony LeBeller taking third. The 9/1 Casimir de Survie and 53/1 Cash du Rib completed the top five. That day at Karlshorst (Berlin) veteran driver/trainer Heinz Wewering scored with Speed of Moor as the 4/5 favorite in the Prix du Spartak Stadium, timed in 1.17kr. Wewering remains the second highest driving dash winner in history, second to USA’s Dave Palone. Three year old fillies contested Enghien’s Prix de l’Ardeche (purse 39,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart, nine starters) with the 1.17.1kr timed win to 2.3/1 Fame And Fortune (3f Sam Bourbon-Ma Crown) with legendary Jean Pierre Dubois at the lines. His Ecurie D bred the winning filly that Dubois also owns and Yves Boireau trains. Fame And Fortune now has earning of 38,400 euro from two wins in eight career starts. The 36/1 Felaine (3f Jasmin de Flore) was second and 6.9/1 Fantaisie Cherie (3f Sam Bourbon) was third. Dubois’ stablemate 2.1/1 Flower Wood (3f Jasmin de Flore) was fourth for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Boireau and this one was bred in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri. Further note, Jean Pierre Dubois now has posted six driving wins in 2018 from 25 starts and 1370 career wins in France from 6704 drives. The Q+ on July 7 was Enghien’s Prix de la Manche (purse 85,000 euro, 2875 meters distance handicap, 16 starters European). 3.8/1 odds and 25 meter handicapped Virgious du Maza (9g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) scored for Sebastien Ernault and breeder/owner Ecurie du Maza. He recorded career victory 17 in 64 outings timed this day in 1.12.6kr to increase earnings to 703,295 euro. 6.5/1 Balando (7m Nijinski Blue) was second for Eric Raffin with 59/1 Ursa Caf (5f Exploit Caf) third. Beau Gamin and Cicero Noa completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff was 22,761 euro. The July 7 Enghien Prix de Berlin (purse 70,000 euro, 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.14.3kr timed and 3.9/1 odds Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Yves Boireau trains the new four time career winner in six starts now for 67,890 euro earned. Scuderia Winner owns the colt that J-P Dubois bred. His dam Qualita Bourbon was a superb mare (at 3 winner of the Criterium des Jeunes, Prix de l’Etoile, Prix Roquepine, second in Criterium des 3 Ans: at 4 winner of the Prix de Selection, Criterium Continental, Grand Prix de l’U.E.T, third in Criterium des 4 ans and at age 5 third in the Prix d’Amérique). The 33/1 Fifti Kalouma (3m Ready Cash-Sadaya de Cerisy) was second for Clement Duvaldestin ahead of 45/1 Fakir Merite (4m Uaukir). Fourth was the 1.6/1 favorite Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love) reined by Alexandre Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

October 8, 2017 - Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall) was first off the gate for harness racing driver Kim Eriksson and prevailed throughout for a 1.12kr score in the €150,000 purse Grosser Preis von Deutschland raced over 2200 meters autostart at Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Forspro AB and he record career win number 19 in 26 starts. The 2.13/1 favorite bested late rallying Generaal Bianco reined by Peter Untersteiner. Third went to Django Riff and Joseph Verbeeck than enjoyed a pocket spot after a bold sweeping move at the midway point of the contest.  Hamburg-Bahrenfeld (Grosser Preis von Deutschland, purse €150,000, 2200 meters autostart, four year olds, 14 starters less two scratches) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.12kr (top five finishers below listed) 2.13/1 odds Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall), Kim Eriksson driver, Robert Bergh trainer, Forspro AB owner, his 8th win in 12 starts in 2017 and 19th win in 26 career starts Generaal Bianco (4g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine), Jos. Verbeeck driver, Philippe Allaire trainer, Elisabeth Allaire owner Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa), Michael Nimczyk driver, Philippe Allaire owner/trainer Orlando Jet (4m Orlando Vici-Chicolina), Rudolf Haller trainer/driver   Earlier Broadwell (3m Conway Hall) easily took the Lord Pit for three year-olds. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee to victory over the Johnny Taker teamed Mac Smily. Summary: Hamburg Bahrenfeld – Lord Pit (purse €25,000, 2200 meters autostart, eight starters all three year olds) October 8, 2017 Race time – NR 2.61/1 odds Broadwell (3m Conway Hall-Boria), Robin Bakker driver, Paul Hagoort trainer, fourth win in five career starts Mac Smily (3m Brioni-Smily), Johnny Takter driver, Christian Lindhardt trainer McArthur (3m Infinitif-Millet LB), Michael Nimczyk up, breeder Jean Pierre Dubois   Other important winners on this Grand Prix Day at historic Hamburg-Mariendorf were: 3.68/1 Urbanio (4m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip), Rick Ebbinge up, the €50,000 purse Deutschland Cup raced over 2200 meters autostart 6.56/1 Uzo Josselyn (9m Love You-Lezira Joselyn), Bjorn Goop driver, Robert Bergh trainer, Ecurie des Charmes owner, in the Hamburg Cup raced over 1680 meters autostart for a purse of €30,000 4.85/1 Northern Charm (2m Muscle Hill-Clothie), Christian Lindhardt trainer/driver, in the €25,000 purse Orakel der Zweijahrigen for two year olds 12.5/1 Noble Dolly (4f Ready Cash-Harriet Frido), Cees F. Kamminga trainer/driver, winner of the €22,000 purse Klass I, raced over 2200 meters autostart   Thomas H. Hicks  

August 5, 2017 - Today’s classic Eduard Winter German mare Derby (purse €103,802, 1900 meters autostart) went to 5.2/1 Motion Pure (3f Muscle Hill-Alma-Grimaldi-Premium Yankee-Joie de Vie) driven by legendary harness racing driver Heinz Wewering for trainer Christian Lindhardt and owner/breeder Gestut Lasbek. 6.1/1 Charlotte Newport (3f Abano As-Color Schemes) was second for driver Rudolf Haller and trainer Thomas Holtermann. Third went to 11/1 Tijuana Diamant (3f Dream Vacation-Cocola Diamant) for Jorgen Sjunnesson, driving for Wolfgang Nimczyk. Wewering, a career winner of well over 16,800 races, presented this weekend signed Wewering whips to Canadian Hall of Famer Bill Galvin, for inclusion in the Canadian and US Hall of Fames. Galvin presented to the German Hall of Fame a whip signed by Hans Fromming in 1975 while in a drivers’ championship in Canada. EDUARD WINTER Deutsches Stuten-Derby 2017 Dreier- und Viererwette / Prämienausspielung / DD-2 / V5-5 Dotierung: 103.802 Distanz: 1.900 mAutostartStartzeit: 17:10 Uhr 1. Motion Pure Heinz Wewering 1.900 m 1:14,1 52 2. Charlotte Newport Rudolf Haller 1.900 m 1:14,3 61 3. Tijuana Diamant Jörgen Sjunnesson 1.900 m 1:14,3 110 4. Himoko Greenwood Hugo Langeweg 1.900 m 1:14,3 76 5. Madonna ST Christoffer Eriksson 1.900 m 1:14,5 281 6. Hera F Boko Dion P. Tesselaar 1.900 m 1:14,7 327 7. Honesty Newport Michael Nimczyk 1.900 m 1:14,7 87 8. Hazel Newport Robbin Bot 1.900 m 1:14,9 509 … Alegra B Conrad Lugauer 1.900 m dis.r. 17 … Handsome Starlake Hugo W. Langeweg 1.900 m dis.r. 243         Below are published comments regarding Heinz Wewering, the consummate driver/trainer. At the age 67, Heinz Wewering, the trotting champion horseman, is still one of the candidates for victory at Derby week in Mariendorf Berlin. Retirement? Heinz Wewering may be 67, but the driver does not want to know anything about retirement. In his sport he still does not count as too old, especially in important races. Wewering uses classic equipment because it fits him. He completed almost 51,000 races in his career, of which he won 16,844 - more than any other driver in Germany, and second in the world. For years the German master had the world record for race wins, but he has since lost to the American Dave Palone. This experience is noticeable.  29 times in a row, from 1977 to 2005, he won the title of German trotter champion for the most victories in a season. Since then he has been called "the eternal gold helmet". 17,000 victory is the big remaining goal for Wewering. At the German Traber (Trot)-Derby in Mariendorf he has won eight times as a driver and once again as a trainer, most recently in 2010 with Unikum. He has many stories, yet he says “I still have a little time." In fact, the age limitation for the drivers was lifted a few years ago and Wewering can now continue driving beyond 70 years. "I drive as long as I'm healthy," he says. He wants to reach the mark of 17,000 victories. Heinz Wewering is a legend still in action. On the first three days of Derby week, Wewering was able to build his win total further. Twice he entered the winners-circle and now today the Filly Derby is another classic race win. Quite a career!!! Berlin Mariendorf  Thomas H. Hicks

October 16, 2016 - Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) took today’s Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen (purse €50,000, 2600 meters autostart, 10 International starters) in Germany, driven for harness racing trainer Thierry Duvaldestin by Clement Duvaldestin and clocked in 1.14.7kr. The 9/10 favorite, owned by breeder Gaylor Chaudemanche, started from post six and defeated 6.2/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere)with trainer Philippe Daugeard driving for breeder/owner Jean Claude Robert Lucas. Third was 5.1/1 Sierra Leone (10f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) with J.Cl. Hallais up, he also breeder/owner for trainer J.W. Hallais.. Athos des Elfes and Un Nuage d’Osmoz were next to the line for their reinsman Joseph Verbeeck and Emmanuel Allard. The veteran Swedishman now has 29 wins in 87 starts for earnings of €1,059,155. Thomas H. Hicks

1.7/1 Zonguldak (7g Love You-Heartenings Crown) rallied to win today’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ville de Feurs FR clocked in 1.17kr for harness racing driver Christophe Martens. The 3500 meter contest drew 18 European starters competing for the €35,000 purse. Vincent Martens conditions the Belgium owned winner. 8.3/1 Vedette Americaine (7f Jade Bocain-Irene du Jasmin) was second for Junior Guelpa and 21.8/1 Thorgan Aimef (9g Onyx du Goutier-Hammonie du Fosse) took third. At Enghien the Prix du Haut Rhin (purse €35,000, 2150 meters autostart, 10 two year-old starters) went to the prohibitive .5/1 favorite Esprit Delo (2m Royal Dream-Fessy d’Ar) with David Thomain up. Philippe Allaire owns the winner now of two of three career starts. 10.7/1 Ecrin Turgot (2m Rieusssc-Texane Turgot) was second for Franck Nivard ahead of 16.6/1 Express Evening (2m Nahar de Beval-Trviata de Star) with Alexandre Abrivard up. On Sunday at Krieau Austria was the Graf Kalman Hunyady for a purse of €25,000 raced by ten starters over 2600 meters autostart. The .5/1 favorite Stark Bi (5m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) secured the 1.14.3kr timed victory for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and owner Team Neuhof, 7.3?1 Oncoming Diamant (8g SJ’s Photo-Orischia Diamant) was next for trainer/driver Gerhard Biendel. Third was 33.2/1 Attrappe Moi (9m Orlando Vici-Make My Pay Day) for trainer Mats Strandquist and Peter Sykora the reinsman. King Of The World, Wild Viking and Romi Mms were next to the line. Sunday action was also at Hambourg Germany with the €200,000 purse Grosser Preis Von Deutschland 2016 where 15 international trotteurs battled over 1680 meters autostart. Victory went to 10.2/1 Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Glidatte) with Per Linderoth up. Stefan Melander does the training for Stall Courant AB. 18.7/1 Cash Hanover (4m Love You-Impasse) was second for Michael Nimczyk and owner Ulrich Mommert. 32/1 Gijun (4m Ready Cash-Centuria) was third for Johan Untersteiner and fourth was 4/1 Sugarmakesmecrazy (4g Crazed-Maple Frosting) for Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and Mellby Gard AB. 1.2/1 favorite Sahara One  was unplaced. At Angouleme FR was the €40,000 Grand Prix des Trotteurs raced over 2750 meters by 15 European eligibles. The 1.4/1 favorite Azela des Pleignes (6f Lilium Madrik-Ibiza des Pleignes) scored in 1.18.1kr for trainer/driver Denis Brossard. Second was 14/1 As de Crepon (6g Echo-Made in Crepon) for trainer/driver Beloit Robin and third went to 60/1 Vivario du Bellay. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today began the main harness racing action leading to next weekend’s German Trotting Derby, preceeded by the annual Yearling Auction the prior day. Four Derby eliminations for colts took place today, along with the Charlie Mills Memorial. Each carried at purse of €20,000 and was contested over 1900 meters autostart. A summary of the elims follows. The Brandenberg Cup elimination went to 1.3/1 Fiobano (3m Abano As-Fiona KO) for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz to remain unbeaten in six starts this year and for the career. Stall Pretty Woman is the owner. Guccio Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-She’s A Flirt) was second for Maik Esper and Muscle Boy As (3m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per) took third for Gerhard Mayr.Fiobano was clocked in 1.14.47kr.  German Derby Elim - Fiobano, Thorsten Tietz replay  follows The Florida Eis Cup elim went to 1.3/1 Dreambreaker (3mOffshore Dream-Brooke Boko) for driver Michael Nimczyk and trainer Arnold J. Mollema. This winner scored for the second time in 2016 with four placings in six starts. Gigant Greenwood (3m Mr. Pine Chip-Urielle Kievitshof) was second for Stefan Schoonhoven. Third went to Mr. Shorty (3m Here Comes Joey-Escape) with Thorsten Tietz driving. Thewinner was clocked in 1.13.37kr. German Derby Elim – Dreambreaker, Michael Nimczyk/Arnold Mollema replay folows Stall Oberkracher owns the winner The Estrel Hotel Berlin elim went to even money choice Geronimo T (3m Uranus-Zita Jones) for driver Thorsten Tietz for trainer Hans Joachim Tipke. Muscle Scott (3m Muscle Mass-What A Spirit) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort, with third to Laskari (3m Tschagga-Dodoma) with Joseph Verbeeck aboard for trainer Maik Esper. Geronimo T now has five wins and one placing in seven starts and was timed in 1.14.21kr. German Derby Elim – Geronimo T, Thorsten Tietz, H. Tipke replay follows: The Movenpick Hotel Berlin German Derby elim was won by Orlando Jet (3m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Stall Team Neuhof. Off at 3.6/1 this one recorded his fourth win in five starts plus one placing and was timed in 1.12.89kr. Jauni (3m Quite Easy-Niutty Diamant) was next in this test for trainer/driver Thorsten Tietz. Third was Comanche Moon (3m Love You-Norwegian Dream) with Torbjorn Jansson driving for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. This elim replay follows -Orlando Jet, Rudolf Haller Othello Victory Wins the Charlie Mills Memorial Aged class masters battled in the Charlie Mills Memorial, with the field including the 2015 winner Vrai Lord (1.12.6kr) and 2014 winner Dream Magic BE (1.13.2kr). This year was a different result as 3.4/1 Othello Victory (5g Diamond Way-Victorya Blue) was victorious for driver Rudolf Haller and trainer Gregor Krenmayr. This comeback story now has three wins and a placing in five 2016 starts after not racing last year. 51/1 New Generation (7m Oscar Schindler SL-Nuke It Linsay) was second for Heinz Wewering, also the trainer. 8/1 Dream Magic BE (7m Dream Vacation-Dantesca Cla) ended third for Josef Franzi Jr. and fourth was 17/1 Vrai Lord (7m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) with trainer Gerhard Mayr driving. The 9/10 favorite King Of The World was unplaced. The winner was timed in 1.13.47. The Derby Auction is set for August 6 and represents a fine selection of trotting future talent. Catalogue link follows: Thomas H. Hicks

This day at Berlin Mariendorf was held the European Drivers Championship with ten of harness racing's best at the start in six races. The participants were Eririk Hoitomt (NO), Bjorn Goop (SW), Rik Depuydt (HOL), Michael Nimczyk (GE), Birgir Jorgensen (DK), Matthieu Abrivard (FR), Noel Baldacchino (SP), Gerhard Mayr (AU), Rick Ebbinge (NLD), Enrico Bellei (ITY), Csaba Lakatos (HU) and Mika Forss (FI). Each race produced a separate winner (Hoitomt, Forss, Ebbinge, Bellei, Numczyk and Dupuydt. Forss also finished second twice and this earned the points victory. The fastest race (each for a purse of €10,000 and over 1900 meters autostart) was taken by Ebbinge driving the 1.14.1kr winning, 2.7/1 odds, Ufo de Valle (8g Yankee Matador-Yankee Dee). The winning driver earned a spot in the next World Driving Championship. Each drivers’ challenge race on the Mariendorf card was named after a former winner: ( Knud Monster – 2014), Roland Hulskath (2008), Christophe Martens (2006), Jorma Kontio (1998), Hugo Langeweg (2002), and Juan Antonio Riera Rossello (2004). The program also featured the Summer Championship (purse €10,000, 2000 meters distance handicap) with victory to 1.9/1 odds, 1.13.7kr timed, Abano H (9g Abano As, Countess Diamond) for driver Thorsten Tietz. 3/1 Montecore Mo (7g Joker Mauriotz-Mystere Hanover) took second for Michael Nimczyk ahead of 22/1 New Generation (7m Oscar Schindler SL-Nuke It Linsay) driven by legendary teamster and trainer Heinz Wewering. Archibald wins Q+ at Cabourg Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €2,600,000) was at Cabourg in the Prix Henri Balliere (purse €36,000, 2850 meters distance handicap) with the win earned by 25 meter penalized, 6.1/1 odds, Archibald (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Lehore) with Thomas Levesque teaming. Thomas trains the Pierre Levesque owned campaigner that was timed in 1.14.6kr over his 2875 meter course. 6.3/1 Arythmie du Triv (6f Lontzac-Pomone du Trio) took second for Tony LeBeller ahead of 3.8/1 Astre d’Eglefin (6g Orlando Sport-Quaoline Turgot), also handicapped 25 meters, with A,G, Maillard the trainer/driver. Thomas H. Hicks

Variety – venue, track surface (including turf), distance, direction – defined the mid-week trotting action in France. Germany and Switzerland and defined what attracts harness racing fans and wagering. The industry should open eyes and ears and invite successful racing elements to be included in their programs. Vire FR hosted the Q+ Prix Ville de Vire-Normandie (purse €35,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) and 13.8/1 Arno de Bossens (6g One du Rib-Quaifa du Rib) emerged for victory with reinsman J.L. Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 5.8/1 Arlequine d’Em (6f Nahar de Beval-Quarina Rose) took second for trainer/driver Tony Le Beller and Ecurie d’Em. 9.2/1 Al Capone Jet (6m Jag de Bellouet-Passion du Morgane) was third for David Thomain. 46/1 Bruyere du Rib (5f Kaiser Soze-Inopaline) was fourth forJoel Hallais. Fifth was 4.9/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) with Eric Raffin aboard. Even-money favorite Bugsy Malone was a dq for being off-stride. This day’s Gelsenkirchen Germany program brought out several highly recognized performers. The Preis Von Wolvega (purse €5,000, 2000 meters autostart, nine International starters) went to 3/10 favorite Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) timed in 1.14.1kr. Cees F. Kamminga drove the Ecurie Commander owned veteran. The Gelsenkirchen Jugerd Preis Trial 2 (purse €8,000, 1609 meters autostart, 10 international starters) went to Stall Habo owned and 9/2 odds On Vogue (2f Cantab Hall-Olly Lane). H.U. Bornmann trained the 1.17kr timed winner that was piloted by legendary Heinz Wewering. 5.1/1 Masters Design (2g Marco di Jesolo-Bonafide Bo Bo) took second for trainer/driver Dion P. TResselaar. 3/1 Mary Ann J (2f Love You-Mariann) was third for driver Korelli Kluth ad trainer/owner Marion A. Jaub. Well regarded Cash Hanover (4m Love You-Impasse) at 1.7/1 took the Preis Von Son Pardo (purse €5,000, 2000 meters autostart, 19 International starters) for driver Michael Nimczyk. Ulrich Mommert owns the 1.15.6kr clocked winner that began from post 10. 1.8/1 Falcon Dragon (4m Love You-Marianne Dragon) took second for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg and Dragon Trotters BV. 32/1 Paolendry Like (7g Enjoy Lavec-Volterra Bi) was third for owner/driver Huibert V.D. Heuvel. Marseille-Borely showcased good racing this day with the Prix du Verdon (purse €26,000, 3000 meters, 15 starters). 49/1 Arezzo Vici (6g Look de Star-Orizaba Vici) scored in this one for Denis Bekaert, trainer Yannick Briand and Ecurie des Charmes. At Avenches turf trotting was on display in the Trophee des Espoirs Suisse (purse €11,080, 2000 meters autostart, 10 starters). The 1.22kr clocked victor was 12/1 Dal Cuore (3g Real de Lou-Senora de Lou) for trainer/driver Adrian Burger for Stall Nyburg. Monte specialists were at Cabourg this day as 14 contested the Prix des Jusquiames (purse €55,000, 2850 meters distance handicapped, four year-olds). 2.7/1 odds, 1.15.4kr timed, Corona Gede (4f Insert Gede-Exquise Gede), racing barefoot, took victory for Yoann Lebourgeois. Tony Le Beller trains the winner for Ecurie Nicolas Ensch. 17/1 Casting de l’Aumoy (4g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Qualla de Vive) was second and third went to 37/1 Campus du Rib (4m One du Rib-Oraison du Rib) with J.L.Cl. Dersoir up for Joel Hallais. Clairefontaine-Deauville FR hosted turf trotting this day and the Prix Scipion du Goutier (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 16 starters) went to 5.7/1, 1.18.9kr timed, Compromise de Laval (4m Opium-Geribin du Donjon) with trainer Thomas Levesque aboard. Pierre Levesque owns this winner. 6.7/1 Cauziki du Rib (4g Ouragan de Celland-Oclara du Rib) was second for Mme. Carine Hallair-Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, the owner/breeder. 2.7/1 Cho Oym Vedaquais (4g Saxo de Vandel-Rotonde) finished third for driver Clement Duvaldestin and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The Prix Repeat Love at Clairefontaine (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.19.4kr timed, 3/1 odds Arthuro Boy (6m Le Retour-Guyana) with breeder/trainer/owner/drivcer Yves Dreux. 16.5/1 Anti Doctor (6g Gazouillis-Miss Olympia) landed second with Yoann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Daugeard. 50/1 Vanillette (7f Lord du Pin-Etoile de Rivray) was third for trainer/driver Jean Morice. The turf monte Prix Unique Quick Et Tango Quick (purse €18,000, 2200 meters, 11 starters, apprentice jockeys) went to 1.198kr timed, 11.6/1 odds American Love (6g Quick de la Loge-Madone du Pin). Mlle. Neomie Hardy teamed the winner for trainer Sebastien Hardy and breeder/owner Thierry Lucuyer. 13.8/1 A Way To Paris (6g One du Rib-Prime Way Carless) took the second spot for Pierre Sorais and owner/trainer Willy Michel, ahead of 17.4/1 Banco Piya (5g Milord Drill-Oh Monika) teamed by Mille. Emeline Desmigneux for trainer Patrick Bac. This day’s action at Pornichet FR included several interesting winners. The Prix de Guerande (purse €32,000, 2725 meters, 12 starters) went to 4.9/1 Amazone du Mont (6f Derby du Gite-Ostia du Mont). Trainer Franck Delanue teamed the 1.15.1kr clocked winner. The Prix de Challans (purse €20,000, 2725 meters, 11 starters) went to 5/1 Codex Bourbon (4g Ready Cash-Smara Bourbon) timed in 1.16.7kr. Matthieu Abrivard piloted the winner, one that he also trains, for breeder/owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. The winner’s second dam Herba Bourbon (And Arifant-Cartinoa-Granit) was a US$550,000 earner. The monte Prix Echo de la Presquile (purse €30,000, 2725 meters, 14 European starters) went to quick timed 1.13.5kr winner Arius de Douet (6g Oyonnax-Nakita du Douet) that Eric Raffin teamed for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Thomas H. Hicks

Belina Josselyn (5f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) scored a comfortable length victory for trainer/driver J-M Bazire in today’s Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet at Paris-Vincennes. Nine five year-olds battled over 2700 meters for the €120,000 purse. Belina Josselyn was away last after a false start and steadily move up to take the front from Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) and Eric Raffin. Bazire slowed the pace and Bolero Love made a move to get alongside before making a miscue at top of stretch. Billie rallied steadily but could not threaten and Boeing du Bocage (5m Scipion du Goutier-Lova du Cap Vert) moved along the pegs to be third. The winner was off as the 1.2/1 odds favorite and Billie was 2.4/1 second choice. Time for the winner was 1.13.6kr off slow fractions (1.14.3kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.8kr at the 1000; 1.14.7kr with 500 remaining) as Bazire carefully rated the front-end speed. Yvan Bernard owns Belina Josselyn. Today’s Q+ was the Prix de Cahors at Paris-Vincennes and 18 faced the starter going for a €60,000 purse in the 2700 meter test. 24/1 Brune des Forges (5f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) recorded the 1.15.1kr clocked victory for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Belle Louis Mabon (5f Derby du Gite-Nefertiti Mabon) landed second for Yves Dreux at 12/1, Dreux also is owner/trainer. Sheyla EK (5f Varenne-Camargue OM) ended third for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Cristian Rizzo and Scuderia RB Team Srl. Spain’s Boira de Llevant was fourth at 103/1 and 16/1 Bianca Thepol was fifth, setting up a huge exact order payoff without the jackpot. The €56,000 purse Prix de Bracieux over 2700 meters saw 17 European eligibles at the start. Aero King (6f Hooper-Quarmina du Hour) took this win timed in 1.13.5kr for Anthony Barrier at the lines. This 7/1 winner defeated 22/1 Tack Wee (6g Armbro Goal-Exel Hjordal) and Pierre Vercruysse with third to Athos des Volos (6m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) and reinsman J-M Bazire. Alain d’Occagnes and As de Kara were fourth and fifth. The monte Prix de Mortagne (purse €46,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) went to an impressive Benjamine Gede (5f Insert Gede-Niquette Gede) for Damien Bonne at 2.4/1 odds and timed in 1.12.9kr off fast fractions (1.03.3kr at 1500; 1.10kr at the 1000; 1.12.1kr at 500 to go). 19/1 pacesetter Bastelica Phedo (5f Kesaco Phedo-Orezza Phedo) was a game second with third to 11/1 Bogota Mali.Benjamine Gede. At Dinslaken Germany the €4,500 purse Prix Equileo over 2100 meters autostart went to 1.4/1 favorite Sabsevar As (5f Donato Hanover-Galiera As) timed in 1.17.55kr for trainer/driver Thomas Kooyman. Peter Aleman owns the winner. Special Sama abd Dahing Dragin were second and third, well behind the dominant winner in the 11 horse field. Thomas H. Hicks

January 7, 2016 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3 million) was at Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Hersilie (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles), and 2/1 Aubrion du Gers (6g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers-Baccarat du Pont) took victory with ease timed in 1.11.1kr for owner/trainer/driver J-M Bazire. The eight length winner bested 13/1 Air Frame (6f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ’s Photo) handled by Bjorn Goop. Ronny Kuiper trains Air Frame for Stefan Melander. Third was 3/1 Akido (6g Love You-Isha-Big Prestige) for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and owner Comte P de Montesson. Fourth went to 70/1 Alto de Viette (6m Ready Cash-Mini Ceinture-Dahir de Prelong) with Gabriel Gelormini up for trainer Peter Berycke and Ecurie Masus with fifth to 16/1 Sahara Fairytale (7f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow-Graduate Student) for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Manocap AB. A winning €2 ticket, excluding jackpot, returned €9,700. Cayenne de Houelle (4f Scipion du Goutier-Imina de la Frette-Carpe Diem) took the Prix de Douai (purse €38,000, 2700 meters, four year-old female starters) timed in 1.15.8kr at 12/1 odds. Pierre Vercruysse teamed the winner for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Gerard Leblanc. Even-money favorite Charmeuse Royale (4f Duc de Jiel-Lea Royale-Capitole) finished second for Mathieu Abrivard, also trainer, for owner L-D-M Abrivard. 18/1 Clef de Fa (4f Fleuron Perrine-Rivendell) was third for Alexandre Abrivard driving for trainer Mathieu Abrivard. At Berlin-Mariendorf this day was the Prix d’Oberstdorf (purse €5,000, 1900 meters autostart, 11 starters) and the 1.17.9kr winner in the snow was 4/5 favorite Replay Diamant (4f SJ’s Photo-Jeansandatshirt) for driver/trainer Michael Nimczyk and owner St.MS Diamanten. 6.2/1 Herbie Dot (4g Here Comes Joey-Happy Go Lucky) was a close second for trainer/driver Manfred Zwiener with third to 6.4/1 Otti (6f Diamond Way-Victory Serenade). Michael Nimczyk scored a driving double later in the card teaming 2.2/1 Skyfall (4g Kings Best-Snow Lady-Vision) to victory in the €5,000 Prix Richard Freitag over 1900 meters autostart. Timed in 1.16.9kr this Nimczyk driven winner is owned by Ulrich Mommert. Thomas H. Hicks

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