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June 17, 2017 - The great Vivid Wise As (3m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) took Saturday’s Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €187,000, 2250 meters autostart) at Milano over their 1050 meter oval. Enrico Bellei was the pilot for trainer Marco Smorgon. Allev. Della Serenissima SS bred the front-stepping winner of 10 of 11 career starts, and three for three this year, now for €260,821 earned. Timed in 1.12.7kr, the winner bested Vitruvio (3m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) driven by Pietro Gubellini and third went to Vessillo As (3m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) with Edouardo Baldi at the lines. This one was bred by the same farm as the winner. The undercard showcased the Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) and the 1.13.7kr timed winner was Valdivia (3f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail) driven by Roberto Vecchione. The winner recorded her fifth career victory in 13 starts, as she defeated Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill) and Vale Capar (3f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill).  Scuderia Sant’Andrea SM bred the winning filly. Thomas H. Hicks

USA’s Steve Oldford won the first of two harness racing USA vs. IT amateur trotting events at Follonica Italy over their 1400 meter course. The first event was raced over 1600 meters autostart distance for €3,850 purse and Oldford’s Ralph Malph KYU (7g Uronometro-Edizone As-Friendly Facer) roughed it to the front around the final bend and went on to an easy 1.15.3kr victory. Scott Woogen of the USA was second driving Prinzy Bee Power. Oldford finished second in the next amateur race (purse €5,060, distance 2200 meters autostart) behind Polpettine, four lengths off the winning Rabat dei Greppi. Non-amateur races on the good card were named after CKG Billings, Florida Amateur Drivers Club, Capital District Amateur Drivers and the United States Trotting Association. Thanks to all for conducting a fine event.       2 16.05 - PR. TROFEO ITALIA-USA I PROVA - invito gentl E 3.850 - mt 1600 - Trio     1° 7 RALPH MALPH KYU   S.Oldford 15.3         2° 2 PRINZY BEE POWER   S.Woogen 15.7         3° 3 SBIRULINO GRAD   M.Gradi 15.8         4° 4 RARA DEIMAR   G.F.Kersbaum 15.9         5° 6 TIBET DEI GREPPI   N.Del Rosso 16.6         6° 1 RADAMES EGRAL   J.Pennacchio 16.7         7° 5 O*MAGIS EPI   D.Spriggs 17.3           8 TIBERIO ALEX   D.Orsini R.P.                     4 17.00 - PR. TROFEO ITALIA-USA II PROVA - invito gentl E 5.060 - mt 2200 - Trio     1° 8 RABAT DEI GREPPI   N.Del Rosso 15.8         2° 4 POLPETTINE   S.Oldford 16.2         3° 6 RAJAH PETRAL   St.Baldi 16.4         4° 3 NOODLES BIEFFE   D.Spriggs 16.7         5° 5 RENOIR GRAD   M.Gradi 16.8         6° 2 RIENDA SUELTA   R.Frassinelli 17.1         7° 7 TOMORROW ZS   J.Pennacchio 19.0           1 OBAOBA   S.Woogen R.P.         Thomas H. Hicks  

Pompano Beach, FL...May 15, 2017...What was supposed to be the Italian-American Amateur Friendship Driving Challenge featuring the American harness racing drivers Dein Spriggs, Steve Oldford, Joe Pennacchio and Dr. Scott Woogan quickly became a European-American event as the Italian contingent of Elena Villani, Ciro Ciccarelli, Antonio Simioli and Luigi Farina were joined by Frenchman Jean Phillip Bazaire. The competition began at the famed Hippodromo di Agnano in Napoli, Italy with the Italian amateur drivers dominating the competition by winning three of the first four events and Frenchman Jean Phillip Bazaire annexing the other. The first two races were won by the only women driver in the field, Elena Villani, who competed at Pompano Park when the same quartet from Italy came to South Florida earlier this year. The second day of the competition, the American amateurs could only muster a single second place finish by Steve Oldford, who was a photo finish away from winning the event won by Frenchman Bazaire, prompting Oldford to remark, "Yes, I got 'snapped' at the wire." Dein Spriggs did manage a pair of fourth place finishes and kiddingly remarked, "My old warrior horse, A Crown For Lindy, won the amateur event at Pompano Park on Sunday night for Tommy Eichas. Maybe I should have shipped that horse overseas for this competition. In fact, maybe I should have shipped Tommy (driver Eichas) over here, too." After the event, host Pier Luigi deAngelo provided an exquisite reception with American team caption Joe Pennacchio saying, "We couldn't be more pleased with the grand hospitality received and the camaraderie during our stay in Naples." The competition now moves north to the magnificent Tuscany region of Italy where the final phase of the completion will take at tracks in Follonica and Montecatini. "We always enjoy the grand food, wine and friendships here and maybe--just maybe--we can get a bit of revenge, in a friendly way, of course, in the next legs of the competition," said Pennacchio. Those final four races will be on May 19 and 20. by John Berry for the Florida Amateur Driving Club

May 14, 2017 - Superb trotting action this afternoon at Modena Ghirlandina produced “speed” led by 1.10kr victory of Superbo Capar (6m Calypso Capar-Dark Degli Ulivi-Indro Park) in the Pr. Renjo Orlandi (purse €33,000, 1600 meters autostart). Giusseppe Lombardo Jr. teamed the Holger Ehlert trainee and the winner crushed the 1.11.1kr record of Zorro Photo in 2017. Two lengths back was Pancottina Bar (8f Varenne-Valuta Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover) for Enrico Bellei with third to Sharon Gar (6f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra). A big audience was on-hand for today’s great harness racing, filling the stands and circling the 1000 meter oval. The Pr. Carlo Cacciari Filly (purse €66,000, 1600 meters autostart), went to 1.12.4kr timed Valchiria OP (3f Ideale Luis-Maya del Ronco-Toss Out) reined on the front end by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supgergill) closed gamely for second, ahead of Vanity Spritz (3f Igor Font-Nebraska Jet-Supergill). The time eclipsed the 1.12.6kr record of Unicka. The big one was the Pr. T. Giovanardi-Tr. G. Ghittoni (purse €187,000, 2080 meters autostart, three year old open) and the 1.12.4kr winner was Vivid Wise As (3m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) reined by Enrico Bellei for trainer Marco Smorgon and Scuderia Bivans. Allevamento Bella Serenissima bred this winner, as well as third place colt in this event. The previous best time in this one was 1.12.9kr in 2016 by Unno del Duomo. Second in the far distance today, some seven lengths back, was Varieta’ Luis (3m Ideale Luis-Griffin Baby-Sugarcane Hanover) driven by Gocciadoro. Third was Vessillo As (3m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail). Vivid Wise As, shown accelerating on the back side, now has nine wins in 11 career endeavors. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 1, 2017 - Today’s classic Grand Prix Lotteria (purse of the finale €704,000, 1600 meters autostart) was raced in three eliminations (each for €25,300 over 1600 meters autostart) and a harness racing finale at Napoli-Agnano and Italy prevailed as Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra), and driver Enrico Bellei, won impressively in his elim and in the final in record time 1.10.5kr, lowering the previous standard held by Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) that won his elim for Bjorn Goop timed in 1.11kr and held fifth in the finale after racing wide throughout. The other elimination went to Un Mec d’Heripre (9m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) timed in 1.12kr and superbly rated on the front by Jos Verbeeck. This pair finished second in the finale with third to Tesoro Degli Dei (5m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) catch driven by Gabriel Gelormini. Each elim and then the final were raced before a huge and boisterous crowd that exploded when Timone EK, shown below, reached the finale line for the Italian home team. Replay: http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/46451/ A summary of the eliminations (“batterias”) follow: Batteria 1 – GP Lotteria purse €25,000, 1600 meters autostart – went to 1.12.kr timed Un Mec d’Heripre, pictured below, reined by Joseph Verbeeck for trainer Philippe Billard. The winner led from the start and held by a length to defeat Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Roberto Vecchione aboard. Third was Tesoro Degli Dei, with Enrico Bellei driving. Verbeeck controlled the race superbly from the front, rating the pace carefully to keep rivals in an uncertain state behind his FR speedster. Replay: http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/46421/ Batteria 2 – Lotteria (same purse and distance) produced a sharp wire to wire score for legendary Timoko and pilot Bjorn Goop and trainer/owner Richard Westerink. Timed in 1.11kr he won by open lengths over Testimonial OK (5m Varenne-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro, ahead of Rue Varenne Dany (7m Varenne-Celeste PL-Lemon Dra). The great and wealthy (career earnings over €4.3 million) Timoko looked to be invincible in this elimination, driving off from his rivals through the lane. Replay: http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/46430/ Batteria 3 (same purse and distance) resulted in a 1.10.9kr victory for Timone EK, shown, and pilot Enrico Bellei. This dominant winner was out of the pocket before the quarter to gain the front and he routed this field. Rue du Bac (7m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) was a distant second for Federico Esposito and third went to Tamure Roc (5f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) reined by Santo Mollo. Well-regarded Swedish invader Volstead, owned/trainer by Stefan Melander, was unplaced with Orjan Kihlstrom up. Replay: http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/46431/ Before the finale was the €33,000 Lotteria Consolation raced at the 1600 meter autostart course. The 1.11.2kr timed winner was Trendy OK (5f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) teamed by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Totoo del Ronco (5m Ganymede-Magic Vision LF-Uronometro) was a close second and Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) ended third for driver Goop, ahead of Volstead and Super Fez. The Lotteria (total purse €802,900) continued its great tradition as one of world’s prestigious trotting contests, in my view in the mix with the Prix d’Amerique and Prix de Cornulier during the Vincennes winter meet. The audience today seemed to agree, especially with an Italian winner. Thomas H. Hicks

April 28, 2017 - This weekend provide exciting Gr. I harness racing action at Aby and Napoli. Tomorrow is the €296.626 purse Olympiatravet featuring heavily favored Nuncio with Orjan Kihlstrom at the lines for Stefan Melander. The race lineup follows for that 2140 meter autostart UET Masters Series test: Saturday: OlympiaTravet (Group I - 2.140m autostart) So named because the organization reverses a portion of the funds raised on betting to the Swedish Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the OlympiaTravet is a very popular race in Sweden. Although no French trotter ever won it except for Etain Royal in 2001, but it defended Finnish colors, they are four to be in second place: General du Pommeau , beaten by Varenne in 2002, Flambeau des Pins dominated in 2003 by Gidde Palema ( winning record of the event with three consecutive successes from 2003 to 2005), Kart de Baudrairie in 2005, and more recently, Roxana de Barbray defeated by Maharajah in 2013. This year, Black d'Avril and Voltigeur de Myrt will try to reverse the trend. Well placed by having inherited numbers 3 and 4, they will still have to take the best on the Swedish-American crack Nuncio who will have to sharpen in this event before confronting Bold Eagle in the Elitlopp next month. It will also be necessary to deal with the defender of the title Your Highness , as well as the other Scandinavian Lionel , Kadett CD , Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten . Never seen in France but having assured their participation in qualifications, They are two very young drivers who will drive the French trotters, Alexis Prat, son of Frederic who trained Black of April before the start of his season of mount, and Lorenzo Donati, son of Roberto, which drags Voltigeur of Myrt . The starters, their record and their driver: Square Horse Driver General Record 1 Spring Erom (Sweden)  Christopher Ericksson  1'11''0 2 Oasis Bi (Italy) Erik Adielsson  1'09''4 3 Black of Avril Alexis Prat  1'10''9  4 Flyer of Myrt Lorenzo Donati  1'09''7  5 Nadal Broline (Sweden)  Ulf Ohlsson  1'10''1  6 Nuncio (USA)  Örjan Kihlström  1'08''7  7 Lionel (Norway)  Göran Antonsen  1'11''7  8 Your Highness (Sweden) Björn Goop  1'09''7  9 On Track Piraten (Sweden) Johnny Takter  1'09''4  10 Kadett CD (Sweden) Robert Bergh  1'09''8  Two other French trotters, Safari Dream , who left for Scandinavia at the beginning of the year, and Valdenburg , will participate in the mounted trotting race.   Monday: the Grand Prize of the Lottery (Group I - 1,600m autostart) The Grand Prix of the Lottery of Naples takes place in three batteries qualifiers for the final. Legendary legacy, once won by the not-so-legendary Roquépine (1967) One of May (1971, 72 and 73) and then Bellino II (1976), the last French trotter to have registered his name in the "Gran Premio della Lotteria" Is Hillion Brillouard driven by Philippe Allaire in 1980. One of the greatest champions of history, Varenne , reigned on this race, imposing itself three times consecutively (2000, 01 and 02) as, more recently, Mack Grace SM (2012, 13 and 14). Last year, Voltigeur de Myrt had only found Oasis Bi on his way after having brilliantly won his qualifying pool in 1'10''6. This year, the French delegation looks very promising. They are two real distance specialists, accomplished champions, Timoko and A Guy of Héripré , who come to defy the Italians on their Neapolitan land. Timoko , in the second battery, shot number 5, which is not the best but not the worst either, knowing that Richard Westerink's crack has already come out of more problematic situations. A Heriper's Guy will be in Battery 1 with the number 1, but his basic speed especially at the start should allow him to keep a good place and qualify for the final. If that is the case, On the driver side, Björn Goop will obviously be in the sulky of Timoko , and Un Mec d'Héripré will find Jos Verbeeck with whom he has just won the Gran Premio Costa Azzurra in Turin. The starters of batteries 1 and 2, their record and their driver: Battery 1 Horse Driver General Record           1 A Guy of Héripré  Jos Verbeeck  1'09''5            2 Ringostarr Treb (I)  Roberto Vecchione  1'09''5            3 Super Fez  Gabriele Gelormini  1'11''8            4 Specialess (I)  Andrea Vitagliano  1'10''8            5 Tano Fohle Sm (I)  Antonio Di Nardo  1'11''7            6 Tesoro Degli Dei (I)  Enrico Bellei  1'12''0            7 Totoo Del Ronco (I)  Mario Minopoli Jr  1'11''6            8 Trendy Ok (I)  Alessandro Gocciadoro  1'11''4            Battery 2 Horse Driver General Record 1 Testimonial Ok (I) Alessandro Gocciadoro 1'11''9 2 Street Varenne Dany (I) Antonio Di Nardo 1'11''4 3 Sugar Rey (I) Erik H. Bondo 1'11''4 4 Real Mede Sm (I) Domenico Zanca 1'12''0 5 Timoko Björn Goop 1'09''1 6 Tony Gio (I) Guiseppe Maisto 1'10''4 7 Pascia 'Lest (I) Enrico Bellei 1'09''1 8 Steven Del Ronco (I) Mario Minopoli Jr 1'11''3   The final is raced over the same distance for a purse of €704,000. The Lotteria has drawn a solid group of speedsters including Timoko, Un Mec d’Heripre, Timone EK, Volstead, Pascia’Lest and Ringostarr Treb. There is also a consolidation race for a purse of €33,000. Thomas H. Hicks

April 16, 2017 - Pacesetting Un Mec d’Heripre (9m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) bravely held on for harness racing reinsman Joseph Verbeeck to win Sunday’s Gran Premio Costa Azzurra (purse €165,000,1600 meters autostart) at Torino (Italy). The Pierre Billard trainee was timed in 1.11.8kr for a nose victory over the same-timed Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Tarsalo Egral) reined by Roberto Vecchione and Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona) with Enrico Bellei up. Almost three lengths back in fourth was Philippe Allaire’s Brillantissime (6m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victorie-Buvetier d’Aunou) driven by Pierre Vercruysse and rallying fifth finishing Tesoro Degli Dei (5m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) for driver Pietro Gubellini. Un Mec d’Heripre could be a starter in the 2017 Elitloppet, a race in which he performed well last year. Thomas H. Hicks

March 28, 2017 - Two Pick5 events led the Tuesday program at Vincennes. The first was the Prix Martha (purse €62,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters), with victory earned by 3.9/1 Cantin de Leclair (5g Jet Fortuna-Noce Joyeuse) reined by Tony LeBeller for owner Ecurie Éclair. The winner was clocked in 1.12.3kr. 30.9/1 Titty Jepson (5f Varenne-Lamos di Costa) was second for J.Ph. Monclin for Scuderia Nininni and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 3/1 Cash Maker (5g Coktail Jet-Salt Lake City) was third for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault. The P5 Prix Appolonia (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) went to 1.13.9kr clocked and 2/1 odds Charmante Fierte (5f Quaro-Notre Fierte) reined by J-M Bazire for owner/trainer Ph. Boutin. Second was 3.2/1 Caracas (5f The Best Madrik-Menthe Fraiche) driven by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for owner Mme. Florence Allera. 24.8/1 Catsokette (5f Pad d’Urzy-Geteane) held third for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Ph. Gaillard. In Italy this week (Monday March 26) top-trotters contested the Premio Giorgio Jegher at Trieste-Montebello (purse €33,000, 1660 meters autostart). Timed in 1.15.1kr the winner was Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) reined by Roberto Vecchione for trainer Holger Ehlert. Showmar and Sundance Bi were next to the line. At Napoli-Agnano, the Premio Castel Dell’Ovo Poule Femmin (purse €16,500, 1600 meters autostart) went to 1.13.4kr timed Victoria Luis (3f Conway Hall-Danae del Ronco-Lemon Dra reined by Salvatore Minopoli Jr. The same card co-featured the Premio Maschio Sngioino Poule Macc (purse €22,000, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.6kr by the winner Van Gogh Grif (3m Algiers Hall-Loren Grif-Varenne), driven by Antonio DiNardo. This weekend in Sweden has the Triton Sunds V75 Gold to be raced over 2140 meters autostart. The attraction is that the eight horse field includes Nuncio (Kihlstrom), On Track Piraten (Johnny Takter), Kadett CD (Bergh) and El Mago Pellini (Lutfi Kolgjini) and Nuncio faces the most talented foes since his return to action. Thomas H. Hicks    

December 26, 2016 - Vivid Wise As (2m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) scored an impressive front-trotting 1.14.7kr victory in today’s Gran Premio Allevatori (purse €187,000) at Capannelle Roma’s 1000 meter harness racing track. Enrico Bellei teamed the open-lengths winner over the 2100 meter autostart course. Second was Vessillo As (2m Mondiale OK-Yankee Dapple-Donerail) driven by Edoardo Baldi and third was Vampire Dany (2m Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) reined by Roberto Andreghetti. The Filly Division (purse €66,000, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.14.2kr clocked Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill) for Antonio DiNardo. A length off in second was Villa Santina Jet (2f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill) for driver V.P. DellAnnunziata and third place was Victoria Luis (2f Conway Hall-Danae del Ronco-Lemon Dra). The aged performers met in the classic Gala Internazione del Trotto (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart). The very impressive 1.12.8kr timed victory went to Trendy OK (4f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. She literally wide circled the field in the last turn and motored clear in late stretch to defeat Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) with Roberto Andreghetti up. Third home was Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra). Positano d’Ete and Divisionist were fourth and fifth respectively as pacesetter Pascia’Lest was eighth after fading badly in the lane. Thomas H. Hicks

Rania Lest (6f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) took the prestigious Gran Premio Royal Mares (purse €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) at Napoli’s harness racing 1000 meter track. Timed in 1.13.1kr this Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee won by a length with her trainer at the lines for her 21st career victory in 58 starts for earnings in excess of €191,000. Her second dam is a Speedy Crown daughter. Terra Dell’Est (4f SJ’s Photo-For Fathalsty-Uronometro) was second for Pietro Gubellini and third was Paris Dany (7f Varenne-Elinor King-Lindy Lane). On Saturday at Palermo’s 1000 meter track, the Gran Premio Mediterraneo (purse €45,100, 1600 meters autostart) went to 1.14.2kr timed Uragano Trebi’ (3g Nad Al Sheba-Istria Bi-Toss Out) with Gaspare LoVerde. The second dam of the winner is Traffic Jam by Speedy Crown. Uma Dany Grif (3f Varenne-Alba Jet-Supergill) was second for G.P. Minnucci and third was Ucci Ucci Play (3m Conway Hall-Yankee Calypso-Lindy Lane). Thomas H. Hicks  

Vampire Dany (2m Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) impressively won Wednesday’s harness racing Gran Criterium Finale at Milan’s 1050 meter track (purse €187,000, 1650 meters autostart), a six length score timed in 1.13.7kr for reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. Volturina Jet (2f Ken Warkentin-Eterea-Indro park) was a distant second for V.P. Dell’Annunziata and Vincero Gar was third for Pietro Gubellini. The winner now has six wins in seven career starts, and is one to watch in the future. The Gran Criterium Filly (purse €66,000, 1650 meters autostart) went to 1.14kr clocked Vanesia EK (2f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) for reinsman Gubellini.  Vanatta (2f Pascia’Lest-Classic Toy-Malabar Man) took second for Roberto Vecchione, this one from the first crop of Pacia’Lest, and third went to Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill).   Thomas H. Hicks    

Phillipe Allaire’s Brillantissime (5m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) took today’s Gr. I Premio Duomo UET Masters (purse €110,000, 1600 meters autostart) at Firenze, Italy (1000 meter track) in gate to wire fashion timed in 1.12.4kr. Pierre Vercruysse reined the winner that easily held off Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) driven by Gaetano Di Nardo and third to Stella di Azzura (5f Supergill-Genny de Azzurra-Pine Chip) for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Note, the second dam of Sharon Gar is Happy Diamonds (Diamond Exchange-Sharon’s Streak-Sirloin).  Interesting to me was the naming of the undercard races after well-known trotters Toss Out, Keystone Patriot, Friendly Face, Intact Hornline, Italiano, Crowns Invitation and Brads Photo. Two undercard winners were Trillo Park (4m Varenne-Mystery Flight-Balanced Image) for Enrico Bellei timed in 1.12.2kr over 1600 meters, and Velvet Dancer (2m Mondiale OK-Natalie Starlight-Self Possessed) in another 1600 meter autostart contest with a purse of €13,200. This winner was clocked in 1.13.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 27, 2016 - Ubertino Grif (3m Libeccio Grif-Nebraska Grif-Varenne) took today’s Premio del Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia (purse €45,100, 1660 meters autostart) at Trieste in Italy over the half-mile harness racing track. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner, now with eight wins in 23 outings for career earnings in excess of €110,000. He was timed in 1.15.1kr in the defeat of Universo d’Amore (3m Mago d’Amore-Ninfa Degli Dei-Armbro Goal) and pilot V.P. Dell’Annunziata. Third went to Ulala Degliulivi (3f Gruccione Jet-Giolamar-Supergill) with Santo Mollo aboard. Thomas H. Hicks

November 20, 2016 - Pietro Gubellini teamed Pascia’Lest (7m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) to victory timed in 1.11.4kr over 1600 meters autostart to win the €105,600 purse 28th Palio Commun Matti over the half mile harness racing track at Montegiorgio. The career winner of over €1.23m scored gate to wire in the fog in the Gr. I event, coming close to the 1.11.2kr record held by legendary Mack Grace SM. Positano d’Ete (7m Ganymede-Essenza d’Ete-Indro Park) finished second with Enrico Bellei driving. Totoo del Ronco (4m Ganymede-Magic Vision LF-Uronometro) was third to the line. The undercard included the Gr. II Gran Prmio San Paolo (purse €45,100, 1600 meters) and the 1.11.7kr three length winner was Trinity Lux (4m Love You-Eternidad-Extreme Dream) teamed by Alessando Gocciadoro. Terra Dell’Est (4f SJ’s Photo-For Fathality-Uronometro) was second for driver Gubellini in this event with third to Tulum (4m Algiers Hall-Image OM-Lemon Dra). Thomas H. Hicks

November 6, 2016 - Today’s rain soaked Gr. I Grand Premio Delle Nazioni (purse €308,000, 2250 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed Princess Grif (7f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos) for harness driver Roberto Andreghetti. Timone EK (4m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) was second for Joseph Verbeeck. Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss me Coulonces-And Arifant) was a game third for Bjorn Goop after a death-seat trip that he attained with a big early move after getting way near the back. He then battled pacesetter Ringostarr Treb that weakened. Pascia’Lest was fourth for Pietro Gubellini and Tesoro Degli Dei was fifth for V.P. Dell’Annunziata. The undercard featured the Coppa di Milano raced with three eliminations (each with €13,200 purse, 1650 meters autostart) and a final over the same distance for a €55,000 purse. The final went to 1.11.8kr timed Tamure Roc (4f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) for driver V.P. Dell’Annunziata. Showmar (5m SJ’s Photo-Lucemar-Lemon Dra) landed second for Mass. Castaldo and third went to game pacesetterLouvre (11m Piccardo-Defile’-Ganymede) for Federico Esposito. The three elims were good races too. The first went to 1.13.2kr timed Sky Dancer (5m Ganymede-Croatass-Indro Park) for driver Alessandro Gocciadoro as they defeated Radio Wise (6f Turbo Sund-Mathers Grincheuse-Garland Lobell) with Enrico Bellei aboard and Totoo del Ronco (4m Ganymede-Magic Vision LF-Uronometro) for Mario Minopoli Jr. Elim two went to 1.12.8kr clocked Rania Lest (6f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) for Gocciadoro. Oncle Photo VL (8m SJ’s Photo-Balalaica-Lemon Dra) was second for Bellei and third went to Stella di Azzurra (5f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip) for Pietro Gubellini The third elimination went to the final winner Tamure Roc timed in 1.12.7kr for Della’Annunziata ahead of the Esposito teamed Louvre and Running Allmar (6m Ganymede-Hialeah Hanover-Lindy Lane) reined by Minopoli Jr. Thomas H. Hicks

November 4, 2016 - Tonight’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ligue Nationale (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 6.6/1 Atout de Kacy (6g Orlando Vici-Pretty des Charms) with harness racing trainer Aymeric Thomas driving. This pair defeated 14.6/1 Afghan Barbes (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) teamed by David Thomain and trainer Christian Bigeon. The 11.8/1 Alf de Melandre (6g Panache de l’Iton-Luciole de Bisoir) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard. The Pick5 at Le Croise LaRoche was the Grand Prix du Nord des 5 Ans and 15.4/1 Best du Hauty (5g Roc Meslois-Nadreria) took victory timed in 1.14.5kr for owner/trainer/driver Olivier Bizoux. 21.3/1 Baute en Train (5g Love You-Nanyitiere) for driver/trainer P.Y. Verva. 2.3/1 Black d’Avril (5m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) landed third. Sunday at Milano, La Maura is superb racing led by the Gr. I Gran Premio Della Nazione. Lineup follows. The card also includes the Coppa de Milano with three eliminations (each over 1650 meters for a €13,200 purse) and the €55,000 final at end of program. A fine group of upper level trotters will participate including Sky Dancer, Rossella Ross, Rania Lest, Sundance Bi, Newyork Newyork and Louvre. 8 15.45 - PR. GRAN PREMIO DELLE NAZIONI - gruppo 1 E 308.000 - mt 2250   1 SEATTLE BI 2250 A.Gocciadoro           2 PAPALLA " M.Barbini           3 TRUMAN DAIRPET-F- " N.Ensch           4 TROJA D'ASOLO " Rene' Legati           5 RINGOSTARR TREB " R.Vecchione           6 RADIOFRECCIA FI " E.Bellei           7 TESORO DEGLI DEI " V.P.Dell'Annunziata           8 SHARON GAR " G.Di Nardo           9 TIMOKO " B.Goop           10 TIMONE EK " J.Verbeeck           11 PASCIA' LEST " P.Gubellini           12 PRINCESS GRIF " R.Andreghetti             Thomas H. Hicks    

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