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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

December 30, 2015 - Michael Nimczyk teamed 6.1/1 Montecore Mo (6g Jpoker Mauritz-Mystere Hanover) to victory in the Prix Champions Series Finale at Berlin Mariendorf. Mommert Ulrich owns the winner that scored in 1.12.8kr over 1900 meters autostart against nine rivals for the €15,000 purse. 3.9/1 Wild Viking (7g Mandarino Blue-Lucie Justice) was second for Rudolf Haller with third to 7.2/1 Abano H with Jochen Haide driving. Also this evening at Mariendorf was the Prix Dinner For One (purse €5,000, 1900 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 11/1 Jana (5f Franic-Tille Lobell) took victory timed in 1.16.6kr for driver Heinz Wewering and owner/trainer H-J Ganschow. 3/1 Abano W (5g Abano As-Countess Diamond) was second for Michael Nimczyk with 20/1 Dolomit R (8g Ghiotto-Dodona) third for driver Norbert Bieman. Wewering was back in the winners’ circle with Impulsiv (3g Muscles Yankee-L’Amica) at 4.9/1 timed in 1.15.6kr in the €6,000 Prix Mr. Pommeroy over 1900 meters autostart (11 starters). Heinz Wewering trains this winner for owner Schmeer Schiffler. 1.8/1 favorite Holy Wood Star (3f Goetmals Wood-Hello Merrylou) was next for Micael Nimczyk with 3.4/1 Hera (3f Alesi OM-Divina) third to the line for teamster Thomas Panschow. At Paris-Vincennes amateur drivers contested the €14,000 Prix de Saint-Denis (2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) and the 1.13.6kr winner was 2.4/1 Unrefundable (7g Offshore Dream-Lilyjessbrand) with Romain Poree up. Pierre Vercruysse trains Unrefundable that defated 10.1/1 Soprano de Mai (9g Lucky d’Hilly-Chinson de Mais) for Jean-Charles Piton. Third was 65/1 Safie Pont Vautier (9f Jolmeto-Lisa Pont Vautier) for owner/driver Franck Lair. Thomas H. Hicks

January 29, 2015 - The greatest German harness racing driver Heinz Wewering celebrated his 65th birthday last Sunday. The career driving winner of 16,761 races, Wewering was born in Recklinghausen in 1950 and went on to win eight German Derby’s (Noble Stardom 1981 Flight Pride 1983 Diamond Way 1985 Toppino 1987 Chergon 1990 Gringo 1997 Oscar Schindler Sl 2001 Unikum 2010), and was the European Championship Driver in 1993 and 1997. He also won the World Driving Championship in1998. Wewering won almost 300 Grand Prix events including with Diamond Way (Orsi Mangelli 1985), Campo Ass (European Championship and Citta 'di Montecatini 1993), Nuke it Linsay (European Championship, Citta' di Montecatini and V. Di Capua 1999) and Oscar Schindler Sl (Continental 2002). Next Sunday at Paris-Vincennes is the UET Masters Series 2015 Gr. I Prix de I’lle de France (monte, €200,000 purse, 2175 meters, 13 starters) with the field led by Roxane Griff, a winner now of €2,911,818. This will be her third straight Sunday start after winning the Prix de Cornulier and finishing sixth in the Prix d’Amerique, both of these at 2700 meters. Thomas H. Hicks  

The January 16th Paris-Vincennes Prix d’Ableiges (€35,000, three year-old females, 2700 meters, 12 starters) went to 4/1 odds Comlicite d’Azur (3f Love You-Quelle Prestance) with Robin Bakker at the lines. The winner scored in 1.17.9kr. He dam Quelle Prestance (Buvetier d’Aunou-Easy To Love) was a winner of USD95,096 and her dam Easy To Love produced two other USD100,000 plus winners. 13/1 odds Capucine Gede (3f In Love With You-Orehadie Gede) was second for Alexandre Pillon ahead of 26/1 Cincinnati Bend (3f Prince Gede-Miranda d’Odyssee) with Tony Le Beller up. The Prix de Boulay (€42,000 purse, monte for males four years-old, 2700 meters, 13 starters) went impressively to 10/1 odds Bourbon Somolli (4m Sam Bourbon-Jamaica Somolli-Workaholic) with David Thomain piloting for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Ecurie Augustin-Normand. The first dam has produced five winners from eight foals and second dam Ophelia is the dam of Valacirea 1:58.2 mile rate winner of the Prix Roederer by Mickey Viking and USD136,474 winner Grafin Somolli by And Arifant. Favorite Botido (4g L’As de Neige-Otida) secured second in this event for Mathieu Mottier at 3/2 with third to Broadway Delo (4m Replay Oaks-Mr Lovely Star) and Eric Raffin at 4/1 odds. This winner is one to watch in the mounted races ahead. The Prix Jean-Pierre Reynaldo (€60,000, Quinte+ with jackpot €4.2 million, 2700 meters, 16 starters) at Paris-Vincennes (January 15) went to the game Americaine (5f Chef du Chatalet-Marina Raudiere) for Anthony Barrier, at the lines for legendary trainer J-P Marmion. The 7/2 odds winner scored in 1.14.7kr over 12/1 Amie d’Andy (5f Coktail Jet-Nanyo Tiere) trained and reined by P-Y Verva and 3/1 After River (5f Quaker Jet-Ogusa de la Merite) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastian Guarato. Well-bred Univers Love (7m Love You-Harazina) with trainer/driver Mickael Cormy up, at 18/1 odds, took the Prix de Beaumont de Lomagne (€35,000 purse, 2625 meters, European 15 starters) in 1.13.8kr, the Agen le Passage January 14 feature of the day. Heavily favored,  at 1.2/1, Tast of Bourbon (5f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon), Denmark registered and owned/bred by Jean-Pierre Dubois, was a close second for teamster Robert Lacruix and trainer Jean Baudron, ahead of third place Sonia des Bordes (9m Imoko-Ino d’Atout) and reinsman Denis Bossard. Also January 14th, former world dash winning leader Heinz Wewering won a pair at Berlin Mariendorf, scoring with the game Pablo Kemp and then later in the card with his trainee Good Man in a driving finish. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

In case you have not already signed up for Harnesslink’s great newsletter called Insider Access, then here is your chance.  Subscribe using the below form and within seconds you will be on track for the latest news in harness racing that you will not see or read about anywhere else, even on our own website. Each issue includes an in-depth Stallion review not available anywhere else. All previous reviews can now be viewed at Name Email Subscribe This week’s Insider Access newsletter contains the following feature stories: Heinz Wewering & Dave Palone; two class acts - When harness driver Dave Palone scored his 16,754th career victory on Friday and surpassed Germany’s Heinz Wewering as the winningest driver in the history of the sport, it also brought to light two great people in our sport. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown! - Whomever coined the phrase, “It all comes down to the Breeders Crown” never said it any better. The year-end major stakes weekend takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Meadowlands and once again many “yearend awards” in North America will be decided by the outcome of these races. AU: Incident at Melton - Harness Racing Victoria stewards have concluded their case into a post-race incident at Melton recently.  NZ: Trackside Coverage - One of the real bugbears in watching harness racing in New Zealand is the coverage provided by Trackside. Most of the coverage is world class from pre-race interviews through to having knowledgeable commentators fronting each race meeting. NZ: The "Met Multiplier" - A lot of industry participants are only to keen to criticize the major clubs and their management over how they program and run their meetings but praise is a lot harder to find. Stallion Review – ART OFFICIAL - Continuing on with our stallion review series today we have produced an in depth review for the excellent racehorse and stallion Art Official p,1:47m ($2,085,185). Don’t miss out on the next edition of Insider Access. The newsletter currently comes out every other Tuesday morning (North America), Tuesday afternoon (Europe) and Wednesday morning (Australasia).

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 17, 2014 -- With three wins Monday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Dave Palone opened a lead over the idle Heinz Wewering of Germany in their duel to become the world's "winningest" harness racing driver -- and to maintain that crown. Palone forged ahead Friday with career win 16,754, but Wewering climbed back to tie with a victory Sunday. Palone's lead likely will widen appreciably as Wewering these days drives a limited schedule. Palone has 26 scheduled assignments Tuesday and Wednesday at The Meadows while Wewering has no scheduled drives through Thursday. Moreover, Wewering lost seven drives, unless he finds other spots for his horses, when Berlin-Mariendorf canceled its Sunday, Nov. 23 card due to a shortage of entries. In Monday's $24,800 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Macharoundtheclock deployed her characteristic rallying style to erase a 9-1/2-length deficit and edge Tremor Hanover by a head in 1:55 in the slop. Thunder Chaser was third. Eric Ledford drove for trainer Tim Twaddle and owner Birnam Wood Farms. The 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Summers Soul has won 11 times this year and $372,987 in her career. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

On Friday afternoon harness racing driver Dave Palone set the industry world ablaze by surpassing Germany's Heinz Wewering by one win, 16,754 to 16,753 as the sports winningest driver in the world. With his main track, The Meadows, outside Pittsburgh, PA, closed for live racing on both Saturday and Sunday, Palone was able to relax and maybe bask in the limelight of his major accomplishment. Well Mr. Palone, Heinz Wewering says you better get back to work, as Wewering, with seven drives Sunday afternoon at Berlin-Mariendorf in Germany, came away with 1 win and 3 third place finishes. So now the two world champion drivers are tied for the lead at 16,754 career wins, at least until Monday. That's when Dave Palone has 14 drives at the Meadows and four of them are the betting favorites.  It is inevitable that Palone will surpass Wewering this week and build an insurmountable lead over time that no one may ever be able to come close too. Also noteworthy is that as a trainer, Heinz Wewering had another victory Sunday and now his world title as the winningest trainer ever in harness racing stands pact at 19,300 victories from his stable. Both Heinz Wewering and Dave Palone were unavailable for comment as of the writing of this story. By Steve Wolf, for  


Back on Thursday, July 5, 2012, Hall of Fame harness racing driver Dave Palone made North American history by surpassing another Hall of Famer, the great Herve Filion, as the winningest driver in the sport. At the time Palone, age 50, scored his 15,181st career victory to surpass Filion’s record. Now, just over two years later, Palone is on the verge of becoming the world’s winning driver. He has 16,746 wins as of Monday, November 10 and is closing the gap daily on veteran driver/trainer Heinz Wewering of Germany, who has 16,753 career wins. Palone drives nearly daily at the Meadows in Washington, Pennsylvania. Heinz Wewering drives maybe two days a week in Germany. Thus Palone, who averages nearly three wins a day at the Meadows, will catch Wewering, more than likely in a couple of days. "The most special thing about setting this record,” Palone said. “Just like when I passed the great Herve Filion two years ago, is that I am going to do it here at the Meadows, my home track. I want to do it where all the owners and trainers are that have supported me throughout my entire career. There hasn't been an owner or a trainer I haven't driven for here. They're all a part of this. The Waynesburg, Pa., native began driving in 1982 and earned his first victory in 1983. He's become a dominant force in the sport over the last three decades, capturing nearly 40 percent of the races he drives in while becoming just the second driver in history to surpass 16,000 wins. "When I first started in harness racing,” Palone said, “I would drive anything with four legs and a tail. I just wanted to be in a race." He credits his success to his physical fitness, though that hasn't kept him protected from a number of major injuries, none more painful than a broken femur he got in a 2007 accident. Palone thinks he has had too many fractures but has never thought of retiring. "What else would I do?" Palone laughed. “I still love this sport and there are a few races out there, like the Hambletonian that I am hoping to win one of these days.” He has no thoughts of slowing down now with his sights set on Heinz Wewering’s record. Palone, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010, has been the leading driver at the Meadows for 24 straight years and has won at least 532 races a year over the last two decades. Palone plans on celebrating the milestone achievement quietly with his wife Bethann and their three daughters, just like he did when he surpassed Herve Filion’s record over two years ago. Is there anything special he would like to do after setting the record? “What I’d really like is to one day meet Heinz Wewering of Germany and shake his hand,” Palone explained, “because I know how hard he’s worked. Most people in racing don’t know it, but Heinz Wewering is also the winningest trainer in all of harness racing. This guy not only has driven nearly 17,000 race winners, but he has trained over 19,000 winners too. That number alone is unbelievable. It would be a real pleasure to meet him. He is truly the greatest trainer-driver harness racing has ever seen." For the record, Heinz Wewering currently has 19,299 training wins.  “Forget about him being a trainer/driver,” Palone said, “His work ethics floor me. I usually don’t have to get to the racetrack until around noon to begin my day. Heinz has had to get up and be at his stable at 5:00 am every day for the last 30 plus years. Work his stable, and I have heard at one point he had 300 horses, then go to the races and drive. He’s my harness racing hero for sure.  “I’ve said this in the past,” Palone added, “Ultimately, my goal was to catch Heinz Wewering, and now I am right on the verge of doing it. It is such a great accomplishment that I never dreamed I could ever achieve in my lifetime when I first started driving. “Now it is going to happen, Palone explained, “and I am almost at a loss for words. Usually I can talk candidly about most everything and usually do, but this time I am pretty humble, this is really something special to me.” By Steve Wolf, for

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, PA is now five wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won three races on Wednesday and has 16,749 wins at the end of racing on November 12. The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs four to tie him and five to surpass him and take the record. Wewering has seven drives scheduled on Sunday, November 16 at this writing. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. Palone has 12 races on Friday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come on Friday. The Meadows does not race on Thursdays. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, PA is now nine wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won twice on Monday and has 16,745 wins at the end of racing on November 10. The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs eight to tie him and nine to surpass him and take the record. Wewering had been at 16,751 as of Sunday, November 9, but two recent wins were recorded Monday morning, moving him to 16,753. Wewering has no more drives until at least Friday of this week. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. Palone has 12 more drives on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come in the next few days. While Wewering continues to compete, the rate of his wins is declining substantially, while Palone's have remained consistent, making it unlikely the record will change hands between those two. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, Pa., is nine wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He has 16,743 wins as of Monday morning, Nov. 10. Palone has 11 drives on Monday, 12 on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come in the next few days. He needs eight more to tie the mark and nine to break it. The current record of 16,751 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. While Wewering continues to compete, the rate of his wins is declining substantially, while Palone's have remained consistent, making it unlikely the record will change hands between those two. Palone, 52, is a native of Waynesburg, Pa. and a resident of Washington, Pa. He is the rare harness horseman who did not learn the sport at the feet of family members. While he rode horses and participated in 4-H equine activities, Palone learned, together with his family, as a teenager when his late father Marion "Butch" Palone bought Standardbreds. His brother Mike Palone is now a trainer. Since his first win in 1983, Palone has 16,743 wins through Nov. 9. Horses he's driven have won $122,371,896. The vast majority of those wins have come at his home track, The Meadows, though he has driven in major stakes races across North America. He has been leading driver at The Meadows for 25 consecutive years and is the current leading driver there. Palone was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010 and in 2012 he became the all-time leading driver in North America, passing Herve Filion's previous mark to reach 15,181 on July 5. Palone is seven-time Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year, in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 (tie) and 2013. On four occasions, he has been the leading race-winning driver in North America: 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2012. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

Germany's Breeder's Crown weekend took place November 1-2 at Berlin Mariendorf, each event contested over 1900 meters autostart. Aged performers raced on Saturday with Lobell Countess taking the mares contest for Hugo Langeweg with the males event going to Banks with Michael Larsen aboard. Race summaries follow. November 1, 2014 Berlin Mariendorf Breeders's Crown Aged 5-7 year-old females, 1900 meters, purse 50,588 euros, 1.14.63kr 1st Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way), Hugo Langeweg Jr. up for Peter J. Strooper trainer 2nd Georgina Corner (5f Love You-Georgetown-Kramer Boy), Thorsten Tietz up for Dirk Grusdas 3rd Britany (6f Diamond Way-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah), Heinz Wewering driver/trainer Aged 5-7 year-old males, 1900 meters, purse 44,265 euros, 1.13.16kr 1st Banks (5g Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way), Michael Larsen driver/trainer 2nd Harry's Boy (5g Fast Photo-Temptation Sebarg), Thorsten Tietz for Dirk Grusdas 3rd Chapeau (5m Love You-Crown Tess-Crowntron), Michael Nimczyk for Stig H. Johansson Sunday's contests for ages two through four produced excellent results with the two year-old events going to Indira Bo (Revenue filly) with Heinz Wewering up and Rene M Newport (Conway Hall colt) and teamster Michael Nimczyk. The three year-old divisions were won by Stacelita (Infinitif filly) and reinsman Josef Franzl and Louisdor (Love You colt) teamed by Thorsten Tietz. The four year-olds battled with the female division going to Abasi (by Love You) reined by Gerhard Mayr and the male contest victory recorded by Fredericus (by Allison Hollow) driven by Michael Nimczyk, his second Breeder's Crown win on this day. November 2, 2014 Berlin Mariendorf Breeder's Crown 3YO females, 1900 meters, 31,132 euro purse, 1.15.53kr 1st Stacelita (3f Infinitif-Bettane Hanover-Andover Hall), Josef Franzl trainer/driver 2 dh, Lady Deluxe (3f From Above-Arnie's Angel-Super Arnie), Robbin Bot for Ursula Augst trainer 2 dh, Emma di Quattro (3f Ganymede-Lucy di Quattro-Toss Out), Dennis Spangeberg for Dirk Grusdas 2YO males, 1900 meters, 24,272 euro purse, 1.15.74kr 1st Rene M Newport (2m Conway Hall-Midnight Lace), Michael Nimczyk for Wolfgang Nimczyk trainer 2nd Cash Hanover (2m Love You-Impasse-Enjoy Lavec), Thorsten Tietz for Dirk Grusdas 3rd Barolo SL (2m Yankee Slide-Isotta OM), Gerhard Holtermann trainer/driver 2YO females, 1900 meters, 24,272 euro purse, 1.17.21kr 1st Indira Bo (2f Revenue-Oliveria-SJ's Photo), Heinz Wewering for Hans U. Bornmann trainer 2nd Queenswood (2f Quick Wood-Excelent Melody-Excel Hanover), Andre Bakker for Arnold J. Mollema 3rd Fygi Bros (2f Federal Flex-Rosetta Limburgia), Dion P. Tesselarr trainer/driver 4YO males, 1900 meters, 40,883 euro purse, 1.14.58kr 1st Fridericus (4g Allison Hollow-Fridericia-April Victory), Michael Nimczyk for Wolfgang Nimczyk 2 dh, Shoemaker (4m Oscar Schindler SL-Solflaire-Ditka Hanover), Joakim Lovgren trainer/driver 2 dh, Stanislawski (4m Meaulnes du Corta-Welcome to Circus-Pine Chip), Robbin Bakker for Paul Hagoort 3YO males, 1900 meters, 31,132 euro purse, 1.15.32kr 1st Louisdor (3g Love You-Little Rapid-Daguet Rapide), Thorsten Tietz for trainer Dirk Grusdas 2nd Ganystar (3m Ganymede-Oh My Girl Island-Twelve Meter), Mark Esper trainer/driver 3rd Indover (3m Andover Hall-Ivoire-Daguet Rapide), Michael Nimczyk for trainer Marion A. Juab 4YO females, 1900 meters, 46,724 euro purse, 1.13.32kr 1st Abasi (4f Love You-Abani W), Gerhard Mayr trainer/driver 2nd Vicky Corner (4f Lets Go Along-Viamala Corner-Diamond Way), Thorsten Tietz for Dirk Grusdas 3rd Elma Lane (4f Lindy Lane-Miss Super Elma-Super Bowl), Michael Schmid for Immo Muller by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

At Paris-Vincennes the €240,000 Prix des Elites (Gr. I monte, 2200 meters, 11 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute) for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Philippe Aloisio. Timed in 1.12.5kr the winner benefitted from a 50 meter advantage over competitors four and five years old to score easily, his sixth career win for earnings now of €365,050. Second choice Brutus de Bailly was second for Mathieu Mottier with Viva Forest home third for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy. This one also overcame the 50 meter handicap to be third, timed in 1.11.5kr, with handicapped A Nous Deux fourth for Julien Raffestin, aboard for Ronny Kuiper trainer and Jean-Pierre Dubois owner. The European Criterium for five year-olds at Vincennes went to 3/2 favorite Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) for trainer/driver Geir-Vegard Gundersen from Norway. Timed in 1.11.6kr over 2100 meters autostart, the winner scored for the 19th time in his career now for earnings of €603,861, in this Gr. I European event for €150,000 purse. The 29/1 Swedish  entrant El Mago Pellini (5m Chocolatier-My Intuition) was second with Dominick Locqueneux aboard for trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres) was third for owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron and Increased Workload (5m Scarlet Knight-My Darling) was home  fourth for J-M Bazire and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Pascia L’est and Very Nice Marceaux were next across the line in a solid 11 horse field. The Prix Ovidius Naso-Beachcomber Hotels for €85,000 went to Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) and Ch. J. Bigeon. He scored for the 11th time now for earnings of €332,650 in this European event over 2850 meters. Timed in 1.14.5kr the winner, off at 9/10 odds, narrowly defeated Elles W.Phedo (8f Kasaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolita) with Johanna Lindqvist aboard and Tornade du Digeon with J-M Bazire up.Teatro At Solvalla the main event was the Swedish Kriterium for three year-old colts, with a purse of €443,200, contested by 12 horses over 2640 meters autostart. The winner in 1.14.01kr was Je T’aime Express (3g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron) handled by Johan Untersteiner for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Stall Wetact owns the winner that scored at 31/1 odds. Buddha (3m Muscle Mass-Kinshasa) was second at 23/1 for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with 56/1 From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) third for Johnny Takter and trainer Lars Nilsson. Wingait Holger and Conlight As crossed the line fourth and fifth. The Swedish Trotting Oaks (three year-old fillies) for a purse of €310,240 went to Face’Em (3f Offshore Dream-Tuula Boko) with trainer Peter G. Norman up. The 6/1 odds winner covered 2140 meters autostart in 1.13.8kr. Differenceadaymade (3f Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand) was second at 25/1 for Bjorn Goop and Op’s First Girl (3f Flirtin Man-Jobi nhorse) ended third for Erik Adielsson at 28/1. The Graf Kalman Hunyady Memorial was also held today at historic Krieau (Vienna, Austria). Contested by eight over 2600 meters autostart with a €30,000 purse, the International event went to 31/1 outsider Solo Nolo (5g Dream Vacation-Vupti) for Hubert Brandstatter Jr. aboard. He trains the winner that scored in 1.15.3kr over Colin McKenzie (10g Just Had A Vision-Christie) and teamster A. Kaarlenkaski. Brandstatter also trains this one that bested third place Vrai Lord (5m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) off at 10/1 for Gerhard Mayr. Heavily favored at 1/10,9 Your Love Lois (9g Love You-Realy Furniture) was fourth for Rik Ebbinge. Abano Boy and legendary reinsman Heinz Wewering was fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

The field is set for Wednesday's Ahlsell Legends at Solvalla. Ten harness racing legends will contest the title over 2140 meters for 100,000SEK first money. John Campbell represents the US and Heinz Wewering, the world's leading dash-winning driver, represents Germany and they will battle many of the all-time greats from throughout Europe.  Ahlsell Legends is being held for the second time and the drivers are all legendary horsemen from Europe and the United States; several of them don’t drive in races anymore. Campbell will compete against Stig H. Johansson, Jean Pierre Dubois, Heinz Wewering, Berndt Lindstedt and several others. During his visit to Sweden, Campbell will have the opportunity to meet 30-year-old Mack Lobell, with whom he won the Elitlopp at Solvalla in 1988. Here is the field in post position order: 1. Perfect Power, John Campbell 2. Oliver Kronos, Olle Goop 3. OP's Flirt, Stig H. Johansson 4. Gitano, Lennart Forsgren 5. Val d'Amour, Erik Berglof 6. Costatantisoldi, Berndt Lindstedt 7. Need To Speed, Thomas Nilsson 8. Checco Boko, Helen A. Johansson 9. Vici Lane, Giancarlo Baldi 10. Renate Bowl, Heinz Wewering by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

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