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World champion trotting sire Love You has made a clean sweep of the two-year-old trotting races held in New Zealand so far this season. The winners of the only three ‘baby trotting events in Mr Love, Highgrove and the filly High On Love are all progeny of the French stallion.  Love You’s domination of the young trotting ranks in NZ extends to his three-year-old stock who have earned $171,253, more than double his nearest rival. Outamyway and Wanna Play With Me, the two leading stakes-winning three-year-old trotters in NZ this season, were both sired by the great son of Coktail Jet. Outamyway captured the inaugural $75,000 (Listed) NZ Harness Million at Addington, and finished runner-up to Wanna Play With Me in the Group 2 $50,600 Haras Des Trotteurs Sires’ Stakes Championship also at Addington. Wanna Play With added the recent NZ Sires’ Stakes Classique, run at Addington, to her list of successes, lowering her record to 1:57.5 over 1980 metres in the process. She has won five of her nine starts for $58,421 in stakes. In Australia, the Love You three-year-old fillies Queen Elida NZ and Morsure Damour were impressive winners recently. Queen Elida captured a heat of the Need For Speed Princess at Ballarat, rating a career-best 1:58 for 1710 metres with the closing 800 in a stunning 56.7, and has now won three of her six attempts on Australian soil. While Morsure Damour led from end to end at his second start at the Ararat Cup meeting. Leading percentage sire Orlando Vici was represented by the talented Orlando Jolt NZ, who came off a 20 metre handicap to win a heat of the time-honoured Jim McNeil Trotters Championship at Albion Park. Love You and Orlando Vici are both members of the star-studded Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster at Cardigan, near Ballarat, Victoria.   by Peter Wharton

Love You’s brilliant son Venerate was recently named the USA 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year for 2020. During the year the Love You colt won five of his 10 starts for a season’s high $772,914 in stakes and took a record of 1:51.8. Among his successes were the inaugural $1 million Mohawk Million, the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final and a heat of the Breeders Crown in track record time. Love You was also represented by three New Zealand winners from his first commercial crop. Excuse My French made it two wins from two starts at Rangiora, Liason notched his third win at Cambridge Raceway, while Tyene cleared novice class on the grass at Blenheim. Love You’s richest son Quaker Jet led in a winner at the Ballarat Cup meeting in the talented mare Im Ready Jet. Despite sitting parked, the four-year-old rated 1:58.4 for 2200 mettres with the last 800 in a stunning 56.9. A dual Breeders Crown champion, Im Ready Jet boasts the splendid record of 11 wins and three placings from 20 starts for $184,810 in stakes.   Meanwhile, My Used To Be, a three-year-old gelding and one of the first commercial crop of the French-bred Group star Used To Me, notched his fourth win from only five starts at Yarra Valley last week. Love You, Quaker Jet and Used To Me are all members of the star-studded Haras Des Trotteurs’ stallion roster at Cardigan, near Ballarat, Victoria.    by Peter Wharton

After watching Venerate become the fastest 2-year-old trotter ever at Harrah's Hoosier Park by winning his Breeders Crown elimination in 1:52.2 last week, harness racing trainer Julie Miller offered a succinct summary of the colt's effort. "If he minds his manners and stays focused, that's the kind of performance we thought he could put in," Miller said. Venerate heads to Friday's $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male trotters with four wins in his last six starts. He went off stride in the two losses. In addition to capturing his Crown elimination, Venerate's victories include the inaugural Mohawk Million and the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. Overall, the son of Love You-Peaceful Kemp has won five of nine races and earned $703,114. He is owned by Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc. "He can be his own worst enemy," Julie Miller said prior to the elimination. "He's kind of immature mentally and is still trying to figure out what we're asking of him. He wants to do the right thing, he's trying to figure it out." On Friday, Venerate will start from post five with Andy Miller, Julie's husband, in the sulky. Julie and Andy have won one Crown together, with Lucky Jim in the 2009 Open Trot. Andy has a total of five trophies as a driver. "(Venerate) is the horse to beat in my opinion," said trainer Marcus Melander, who conditions In Range, the winner of the event's other elimination. "That's a great horse." In Range won his Crown elimination by a neck over Brookview Bolt in 1:54.1. The colt, by Bar Hopping out of Ilia, has won five of nine races and earned $276,003 for owners AMG Stable, Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Hans Asell, and Rick Wahlstedt. He has finished worse than second only once, a sixth-place finish in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. Tim Tetrick will drive In Range, starting from post three. "He's only had one bad race this year, and that was the first week of Lexington, and we didn't really know what was going on with him that week," said Melander, who has won two Breeders Crown trophies, both with trotter Gimpanzee. "Otherwise, he's been great. You can never count him out because he's always right there. He'll be right there with them." Friday's final also includes William Wellwood Memorial winner On A Streak and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Captain Corey, who was undefeated in five races before finishing second to Venerate in their Crown elimination. "He raced good," trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt said about Captain Corey, "but Venerate was better." He added, "We're not giving up. We're going to fight (in the final)." Captain Corey is one of two Svanstedt-trained colts in the race. Yannick Gingras will drive Delayed Hanover, who was third in the elimination won by In Range. "He raced OK, but I expected more of him," Svanstedt said. "He didn't come home so good. Maybe it was a long trip (to Hoosier) too close to the race. Now, he is there for a week and can take it easy, so maybe he can be better." Jim Campbell also has two finalists, Cricket Fashion and Take All Comers, who punched his ticket to the Breeders Crown by winning a Bluegrass Stakes division on Oct. 2 at Red Mile. The gelding finished third in his Crown elimination, which was won by Venerate. "I'm very happy with him," Campbell said. "He was a very confident third. We've kind of taken it week to week with him. When we brought him to Lexington, we were going to race him the first week and see how he raced. He went out and raced super and that's when we decided to go to the Breeders Crown with him. We chose not to race him the second week (in Lexington) intentionally." Harrah's Hoosier Park hosts the four $600,000 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds on Friday. The remaining eight finals, for 3-year-olds and older horses, are Saturday. Racing begins at 6 p.m. (EDT) both nights. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is the 37th edition of the $6 million event. Harrah's Hoosier Park will provide a free live high-definition streaming of the races on YouTube. Following is the field for the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old male trotters. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Take All Comers-David Miller-Jim Campbell 2-Cricket Fashion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell 3-In Range-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 4-On A Streak-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 5-Venerate-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-Muscle Dynasty-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood 7-Captain Corey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 8-Delayed Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ake Svanstedt 9-Moonstone S-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 10-Brookview Bolt-Dexter Dunn-Ron Burke Brookview Bolt starts from the second tier. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

A fresh Australian mile record for a two-year-old trotting colt was established by the Love You colt Affaire De Cover of 1:59 – bettering the previous record of 1:59.6 held by Blitzthemcalder by 3/5th of a second – when he won the $30,000 Trot NSW Final at Menangle. Affaire De Cover, who registered his first success, clocked quarters of 29.7, 30.4, 30.5 and 28.4 on the rainsodden track. Watch the race replay click here! Bred and raced by Tim Cregan, the colt is the fourth winner out of the Live Or Die mare Nigella Bites NZ, who won twice as a pacer at three years. Another ‘new’ two-year-old winner by Love You was the filly Amour Maternal, bred and owned by Haras Des Trotteurs’ principal Pat Driscoll, who won at her third start at the all-trotters meeting at Maryborough. Love You was also represented by the Dunedin, New Zealand winner Bev K’s One, while Andoverlov, a winner at the Ashburton Flying Stakes meeting, is from a mare by Love You. Love You is a member of the powerful Haras Des Trotteurs sire roster for the 2020/21 season.     by Peter Wharton

The Love You juggernaut continues…in New Zealand and Australia! Love You produced the quinella pair, Wanna Play With Me and Outamyway in the Group 2 $50,600 Haras Des Trotteurs Sires Stakes Championship for three-year-old trotters at Addington, Christchurch on Friday (October 16). The third placegetter, Bitamuscle, is out of a mare by Love You. Despite sitting parked throughout, Wanna Play With Me lowered the NZ record for 1980 metres by a full second, winning by 3-1/2 lengths in a 1:58.8 rate. She has won four with a placing in seven starts for $46,021 in stakes. Another son of Love You, the Swedish-bred Dreamcatcher, made a triumphant return to the racetrack at Bendigo after a four-year lay-off to win impressively at his second start. Leading from the outset, the seven-year-old entire, who is out of an American-bred daughter of Andover Hall, zipped over the last 800 metres in 59 seconds to win by 8.6 metres. Dreamcatcher, who served a few mares in between racing campaigns, is slated to stand his first commercial season at Haras Des Trotteurs in 2021. Meanwhile, Brandlo Prince, the richest ‘down under’ bred son of Orlando Vici, maintained his devastating form when he outstayed a top field at Melton in a career-best 1:58.9 over 2240 metres It was the four-year-old’s 10th lifetime success and lifted his bankroll to $80,320. Orlando Vici has sired 12 winners from 14 Australian-bred starters from 19 foals.   by Peter Wharton

The Hippodrome Chatelallon-le Rochelle hosted this day’s featured Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri (purse 34,000€, 2625 meters distance handicap) with victory to 1.14.7kr timed and 3/10 odds Valzer di Poggio (6m Love You-Glory di Poggio-Viking Kronos). Trainer Jean Michel Bazire was the winning reinsman and the fans loved it. A big crowed was on hand to watch Valzer di Poggio win his fifth in a row and he he now has seven career wins for 169,190€ earned. The 23/1 Fakir du Lorault (5m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault-Chef du Chatelet) was second overcoming a 25-meter handicap. 6.3/1 Classic Connection (6m Love You-Crys Dream-Taurus Dream) was third for pilot Jean Pierre Dubois as this one also faced a 25-meter handicap. Kevin Vanderschelden trains Classic Connection. Valzer di Poggio Bazire also won the GP Allianz Agence Chatelaillon (purse 25,000€, 2600 meters distance handicap, the LeTrot Open des Regions Sud Ouest for five year olds) with 4/10 favorite Foxtrot Noblesse (5g Quinoa du Gers-Matthiole). The winner recorded his eighth career victory now for 95,980€ earned, as he overcame a 25-meter penalty. J.M. Rancoule is the winning owner. Foxtrot Noblesse The previous day was the Breeders Course at Solvalla (purse 19,762€, 1640 meters autostart, three year olds). Here, the 1.12.1kr timed winner was 1.24/1 odds Bolero Gar (3m Varenne-Nike Gar-Windsongs Legacy) with Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer Timoi Nurmos. The 15.6/1 outsider Armani Degato (3f Raja Mirchi-Miss America-Lindy Lane) was second handled by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Home third was 4.3/1 Nannanga Bo (3f Maharajah-Here Comes Bo) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Dion P. Tesselaar. LeTrot, ATG files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Chester, PA — Harness racing river Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Takter teamed up to capture two of the three featured $20,000 winners-over events on Sunday afternoon (July 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   In the week's top trot, Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph's Eurobond ($5.60) controlled every step of a 1:51.2 mile, evading a late challenge from Ontario invader Run Director by 2-1/4 lengths. The 5-year-old Love You   stallion notched his ninth career win and his first of the season.   JK American Beauty ($4.00) completed Gingras and Takter's double in the feature for distaff pacers. With Shartin N scratched due to injury, JK American Beauty was dispatched the even-money choice, and she lived up to that billing. After brushing to the fore with a circuit to go, the 4-year-old American Ideal mare turned aside the first-over threat of Gold Orchid N before stepping 1-1/2 lengths clear of a three-wide Philly Hanover in 1:50.3 for her second consecutive win.   The afternoon's top event for male pacers saw San Domino A ($11.80) draft behind dueling leaders Highalator and Dorsoduro Hanover on the final turn before setting sail up the open stretch to win by a widening 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51. George Napoliatno Jr. drove the 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding to the 23rd victory of his career — and seventh since arriving in the States last summer — for trainer Andrew Harris and the partnership of Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing.   Takter completed a training triple on the 14-race card with No Lou Zing ($4.20), who impressively won an $11,200 conditioned event in 1:53.2 in rein to Josert Fonseca.   Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 8). The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5, which is offered daily in the fifth race, boasts a $6,183.54 carryover. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

March 19, 2020 - Last week the great nine year old harness racing mare Uza Josselyn (9f Love You-Tezira Josselyn-Ganymede-Ezira Josselyn-Royal Prestige) was retired by her owners/trainers Rena and Barbara Aebischer. She retired with 33 career victories in 79 starts for 1.274,678€ earned plus 11 times second and four times third. Ecurie Yvan Bernard bred this classy mare that became the Swiss champion with a Gr. I victory in the Gran Premio Milan. She was second in the 2019 Prix de France and the Prix d-Atlantique. She recorded a 1.09kr time at Enghien in the Prix de Washington, becoming one of the fastest mares in Europe. She last raced at Cagnes sur Mer in the Criterium de Vitesse in early March. Uza’s female competitor Belina Josselyn, also a daughter of Love You, is at home of the farm and readying to be bred to Ready Cash. Belina Josselyn Thomas H. Hicks

The Hanover Shoe Farms Stallon of the Week is International Moni, who is by the outstanding French sire LOVE YOU, and out of the $5.5 million winning Hall of Famer, O'Brien, Dan Patch Horse and Trotter of the Year MONI MAKER, International Moni took a stellar record of 1:53.1 at 2 capturing an International Stallion Stake division. International Moni took home the 3-year-old trotting colt division trophy after winning 9 of 15 races at 3.   His victories included an elimination of the Hambletonian, Goodtimes (elim. and Final), Carl Erskine Memorial, Breeders Crown elim., Kentucky Futurity elim., Simcoe, and the Bluegrass. He retired with a record of 3,1:51.4 and $775,463 in career earnings. International Moni bred a full book of 140 stellar mares in 2019 including:   Bold Dreamer - dam of Pampered Princess 3,1;53($1,648,362) Brigham Dream 4,1;53.2 ($639,280) D Train - dam of Donato Hanover 3.1:50.1 ($2,988,777) Frau Blucher 4,1:51.2 ($988,264) Highscore Kemp 3,1:51.4( $111,546) Met's Inn - dam of Met's Hall 3,1:51.2 ($1,295,306) Phaeton - dam of Phaetosive 3,1,51 ($895,277) Seaside 4,1:53.2($583,515)   Follow up on what is sure to be an outstanding first crop with a 2020 booking to the North American outcross stallion International Moni 2020 Stud Fee: $5,000   From Hanover Shoe Farms  

The momentum has continued from NZB Standardbred’s Auckland session into Day One of the National Yearling Sale in Christchurch, with all key sale statistics exceeding results of the 2019 harness racing session.  With 36 Lots sold this afternoon, the aggregate surpassed the million-dollar mark to close at $1,281,750. The average and median both climbed to $34,642 and $24,000 respectively and the clearance rate settled at 79%. The strong demand for the square gaiters was evident today at Canterbury Agricultural Park, after Lot 146 broke an Australasian record by being the highest-ever recorded purchase for a trotting yearling. The Love You (ex Queen Kenny) colt was purchased by Peter Lagan Standardbreds for $280,000 from the draft of Barron Bloodstock. Vendor Tony Barron commented “I had the thrill of a lifetime last year when we ran fourth in the Derby [with Global Domination] but today has surpassed that. “He’s just such a nice horse, he’s very intelligent, he’s got the breeding and we’re pretty happy.” International sire lines were prominent at today’s Sale, with Champion European stallion Love You dominating the leading sire tables, having sold 12 Lots for $760,000 in receipts and an average of $63,333. Emerging stallion Father Patrick also made his mark at the Christchurch session, making him the second leading sire by average after four Lots sold for an average of $37,500. Leading vendor by aggregate at the close of selling was Barron Bloodstock, who sold the record-breaking Love You colt for $280,000. Ripple Creek secured the leading vendor by average (three or more sold) and second leading vendor by aggregate titles after selling five Lots for a total of $155,000 in receipts while averaging $31,000. The Sale of Pacers at Christchurch continues tomorrow with Lot 180 – Lot 388 going under the hammer from 11.00am. All horses purchased at the National Standardbred Yearling Sale are eligible for the NZB Standardbred Harness Million Series with approximately $1 million in prizemoney for graduates. To make enquiries about Passed Lots contact Cam Bray on +64 21 737 199. Selling will be beamed to viewers on Freeview Channel 200, with up-to-the minute coverage streamed live at and NZB Standardbred’s Facebook page. The Sale broadcast coverage begins at 10.45am with Trackside’s Greg O’Connor hosting a Preview Show leading into the Day Two session. 2020 National Yearling Sale Statistics – Christchurch Sale Day 1   2020 Christchurch Trotting Sale 2019 Christchurch Trotting Sale Aggregate $1,281,750 $1,203,500 Average $34,642 $30,088 Median $24,000 $21,500 Clearance 79% 83% Catalogued 48 50 Sold 37 40 Top Price $280,000 Lot 146 (Ch.C) Love You - Queen Kenny $105,000 Lot 192 (B.C) Love You - Diedre's Jewel   2020 Top Lots – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Lot Type Breeding Vendor Purchaser Price 146 Ch.C Love You / Queen Kenny Barron Bloodstock Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury) $280,000 173 B.C Love You / Chevron Express L. F. Daly KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) $80,000 160 B.C Muscle Hill / U Dream Rosedale Farm Cran Dalgety (Canterbury) $75,000 162 B.C Love You / Superbowlcheerleader Studholme Bloodstock Mr G Hope (Canterbury) $70,000 171 Ch.F Love You / Bree Studholme Bloodstock Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) $65,000 179 B.C Father Patrick / Hot Pants Spreydon Lodge KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) $65,000 145 B.C Love You / Polar Blast R. & J. Aubrey Mr JW Dickie (Auckland) $45,000 175 B.F Love You / Chiola Belle Ripple Creek Mr JD Harrington (Canterbury) $41,000 132 B.C Love You / Juneamy Castleton L. Smith All Things Harness Racing (Otago) $40,000 139 BR.C Love You / Maysoon Ripple Creek Mr NR McGrath (Canterbury) $40,000   2020 Leading Purchasers by Aggregate - Christchurch Sale Day 1 Purchaser Bought Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Peter Lagan Standardbreds (Canterbury) 1 $280,000 $280,000 $280,000 146 KPC Racing (Mgr J Connelly) (Victoria) 2 $145,000 $72,500 $80,000 173 Mr NR McGrath (Canterbury) 3 $92,000 $30,667 $40,000 139 Mr G Hope (Canterbury) 2 $80,000 $40,000 $70,000 162 Cran Dalgety (Canterbury) 1 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 160 Mr AG Herlihy (Auckland) 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 171 Mr JW Dickie (Auckland) 2 $55,000 $27,500 $45,000 145 Diamond Racing 2 $49,000 $24,500 $34,000 177 Mr JD Harrington (Canterbury) 1 $41,000 $41,000 $41,000 175 All Things Harness Racing (Otago) 1 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 132   2020 Leading Vendors by Aggregate – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Vendor Sold Aggregate Average Top Price Top Lot Barron Bloodstock 1 $280,000 $280,000 $280,000 146 Ripple Creek 5 $155,000 $31,000 $41,000 175 Studholme Bloodstock 2 $135,000 $67,500 $70,000 162 Rosedale Farm 4 $119,000 $29,750 $75,000 160 L. F. Daly 1 $80,000 $80,000 $80,000 173 L. Smith 2 $74,000 $37,000 $40,000 132 G. M. Murray 4 $66,500 $16,625 $33,000 152 Spreydon Lodge 1 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 179 R. & J. Aubrey 1 $45,000 $45,000 $45,000 145 Macca Lodge 3 $44,000 $14,667 $20,000 138   2020 Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold) – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Vendor Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Ripple Creek 5 $31,000 $155,000 $41,000 175 Rosedale Farm 4 $29,750 $119,000 $75,000 160 G. M. Murray 4 $16,625 $66,500 $33,000 152 Macca Lodge 3 $14,667 $44,000 $20,000 138 Phoebe Standardbreds 3 $10,000 $30,000 $12,000 157   2020 Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold) – Christchurch Sale Day 1 Sire Sold Average Aggregate Top Price Top Lot Love You 12 $63,333 $760,000 $280,000 146 Father Patrick 4 $37,500 $150,000 $65,000 179 Creatine* 3 $15,333 $46,000 $30,000 155 Majestic Son 4 $10,625 $42,500 $14,000 169 Peak 3 $9,667 $29,000 $12,000 157 *First season sire

Paris, France – Sunday afternoon the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes will transcend into the biggest day of harness racing around the globe. It’s the 100th anniversary of the classic trotting event, the Grand Prix d’Amerique. There will be 18 world class trotters racing from a standing start, 2,700 meters (1.67 miles), down and up a hill, completing for 900,000€ in prize money. But at Vincennes, it’s more than just a rich race. It’s a tribute week honoring America for its help in fighting World War I. The track is already decorated throughout the entire facility with the Red, White and Blue and Stars and Stripes of America. There will be more than 1.6 million euros in prize money for the afternoon. There are 11 races, 7 of them graded stakes. It is estimated that more than 30 million euros will be wagered on the afternoon to evening race program. The races start at noon (6:00 am in the USA east coast) with six races held. Then the following takes place after the sixth race. Parade of 100 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, 100 young drivers, 100 flag bearers, acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers, surprise birthday party for the 100th Grand Prix d’Amérique The 18 drivers in the Prix d’Amerique will be presented individually on the Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris track. The French Royal Lancers Show on the racetrack arena. The post parade of the 18 horses and drivers in the Prix d’Amerique. Then the Grand Prix d’Amerique race will start at 4:10 pm followed by a victory lap for the fans by the official winner of the race. That will be followed by a major winner’s circle presentation to the winning connections followed by the last four races on the program. For the Prix d’Amerique race itself. Bold Eagle is the class of the field. A career winner of 4,956,617€, Bold Eagle is a son of Ready Cash who will have the top driver Eric Raffin in the sulky. He has won the Prix d’Amerique twice, just as his sire did. If he can finish in the top four positions, he will surpass the great Timoko and become the richest French trotter in history. Back in November he came to Canada and the won the Breeders Crown for Older Trotters. The horse most people are talking about is Face Time Bourbon. Also sired by Ready Cash, Face Time Bourbon is a five-year-old stallion that was a late bloomer, but in the past two years has made just 21 starts, but has won 18 times with two second place finishes. His driver, Bjorn Goop, won the Prix d’Amerique in 2018 with Readly Express. There are six mares in the field and the top one is last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner, Belina Josselyn. This nine-year-old daughter of Love You was sidelined with an injury for the better part of the 2019 season but has made a superb comeback. She was so dominant recently in the Grand Prix de Belgique that she may very well be able to defending her title from last year. She also had the great Jean-Michel Bazire driving. Other horses that cannot be overlooked include Propulsion, Billie De Montfort, Davidson Du Pont, Uza Josselyn and Ringostarr Treb, who will be retired to stud duty as the Prix d’Amerique will be his last start as a racehorse. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

The seemingly never ending quality of Love You progeny was highlighted once again over the last week with multiple harness racing winners greeting the judge by the sire. These included the impressive three year old filly The Big Bird, who scored in emphatic style at Alexandra Park on Friday night when taking the passing lane late for driver / trainer Joshua Dickie who had, until then, managed the filly around horses from a running line sit. The nature of the win coupled with her great trotting bloodlines (she is out of ten race winner Great Getaway) and the fact that the filly has a fair bit of growing into her large frame yet to do would suggest a bright future lies ahead. In contrast to the maiden win of The Bird Bird was that of the victorious turn of the tried and tested Lovely Bundy in the Thames /Coromandel Trotters Cup at Cambridge Raceway. The 8yr old mare, by Love You out of Kelly Bundy, faced a handicap of 20m over the 2700m stand distance but enjoyed the sound pace set up by race rival Anna Kate and showed her ability late in proceedings making up the required ground widest on the track to score by half a length. The win was the 10th of Lovely Bundy’s career from 72 starts.    The recent wins continue to outline the success New Zealand breeders have had run when seeking out the services of Love You with his progeny having played a notable part in shaping New Zealand trotting history over the last decade or so. Love You Monbet, trained by the Greg and Nina Hope stable would be the most decorated of his progeny on New Zealand shores but his reach has been far and wide with other notable race tracks winners including Jewels winner Enghien and New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All winner Great Things Happen. By far the most successful partnership of his being the amazing run he’s had when siring foals out of prodigious broodmare Ten To One with NZ derby winner Habibti, Anzac Cup winner Habibti Ivy and Dominion Handicap winner and Jewels winner Habibi Inta all out of the famed mare along with Lothario( 6 wins) and Releven Dream (17 wins). The Big Bird Lovely Bundy With his past successes as a sire of group winners It’s no wonder that Love You continues to attract quality mares and he’ll be strongly represented at 2020 National Standardbred Yearling Sale. An interesting story among them being the two lots offered from the same family by Breckon Farms which will be the only two Love You lots to be presented at Karaka . Lot 97, a bay filly called Online Love , is out of Northern Breeders Stakes runner-up Cyberspace. A further investigation into the strong maternal lines reveals Inda Bank (3yr old trotting filly of the year) who has left multiple Group 1 performers, the most notable of these being Frozen Funds who was victorious in both the New South Wales and Victorian Trotting Oaks. Other high achievers out of Inda Bank include The Almighty Johnson (3rd in the National Trot) now racing in the USA with over $200’000 in career earnings and Yogi Johnson (11 wins). Online Love A bay colt is also going under the hammer, Lot 83, called Forbidden Love is out of a full sister to Cyberspace (both Cyberspace and Broadband are by Muscles Yankee)) and calls upon the same strong trotting pedigree. Forbidden Love Love You has a total of 19 lots to be sold throughout the 2020 New Zealand Yearling Sales with buyers obviously wishing for a continuation of his success as a sire of champions!       Ben McMillan

Belina Josselyn (9f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) took today’s Prix de Belgique (Gr. II International, purse 110,000€, 2850 meters, 15 starters) reined by her trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner/breeder Yvan Bernard. Belina, the 2019 Prix d’Amerique winner, won for the 22nd time in 71 career starts now for 2,335,470€ earned. She emerged from second tier positioning with over 500 meters remaining and covered her last 500 in 1.10kr. She was off at 2.5/1 odds and bested 2.8/1 Enino du Pommereux (6m Coktail Jet) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic that was clocked also in 1.12.6kr. The 62/1 Davidson du Pont (7m Pacha du Pont) was third with Franck Ouvrie up for trainer JMB and owner/breeder Albert Rayon. 23/1 Erming d’Oliverie (6f Scipion du Goutier) was fourth for pilot Adrian Lamy and trainer Franck Leblanc. The next three to the line were 35/1 Delia du Pommeruex (7f Niky), 62/1 Looking Superb (7m Orlando Vici), also a JMP trainee, and 6/1 Uza Josselyn (9f Love You) that rallied after being shuffled almost to the end, She was clocked in 1.12.9kr that illustrates the competitiveness of this field. To see the race replay, click here. Belina Josselyn and Enino du Pommereux join the 10 horses previously qualified in the six qualifying races leading to the Prix d'Amerique that began in 1920 and has been raced in each year thereafter except two years during WWII when Vincennes was used as a military camp. The Prix d'Amerique (created to honor America’s efforts to save France in World War I) to be held January 26 will have 18 starters with invites to follow the 12 now qualified. One could be the January 19 Prix du Cornulier winner, this the Gr. I 650,000€ purse monte classic. Today’s Prix de Belgique was the Q+ race of the day with a special 1,000,000€ tireline (bonus). The exact order payoff was 105,369.20€ paid to 20 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 5,896,091€ and over 11,669,000€ was wagered on the race (all wagers). Havana d’Aurcy takes Prix Gelinotte Wedge Institiute Groupe action began this day with the Gr. II Prix Gelinotte Wedge Institute (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, three-year olds) and the 9/10 favorite Havana d’Aurcy (3f Royal Dream-Avila) prevailed handily for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Cyril Lelarge. Havana scored for the fourth time in eight career starts now for131,700€ earned. Race time was 1.16.2kr. The 44/1 Hora Beji (3f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) was second for Franck Nivard and 4.4/1 Heroine Darling (3f Brillantissime-Rapid Darling) rallied nicely to be third for pilot Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Kevin Vanderschelden and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Of note, yesterday in the US the Dubois champion mare Crys Dream foaled a Tactical Landing filly. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) surged wide to the lead in the first lap and then gamely held on for a short victory over Amon You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’ OM-Lemon Dra-Keystone Sante Fe) in winning the Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli Finale in Italy, clocked in a record 1.11.3kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro reined and trains the winner and Antonio Greppi teamed the stablemate that is a grand-daughter of the great Keystone Sante Fe that the late Dave Rankin successfully campaigned in the USA.. The previous race record was 1.11.6kr from 2011 by Brad de Veluwe. The Grand Premio Orsi Mangelli Finale was raced over 1600 meters for a purse of 319,000€. Gocciadoro trainees also were third and fourth. Aramis EK (3m Nad Al Sheba) and Orjan Kihlstrom took third ahead of Ares Cat (3m Ideale Luis) with Antonio DiNardo aboard. Velten Von Flevo was fifth for Rick Ebbinge. The two batterias (eliminations) leading to the finale produced upsets. Juan Bros (3m Muscle Mass-Ziezo Buitenzong) took the first 1600 meter elim for a purse of 22,000€. Pietro Gubellini teamed the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee. Race time was 1.12.7kr. Gocciadoro was second with Aramis EK (3m Nad Al Sheba-Freedom EK-Bon Vivant). Third was the invader from France, General du Parc (3m Lejacque d’Houlbec-Amazon du Parc-Extreme Aunou), reined by Alexis Prat. Fourth was Alrajah One (3m Maharajah-Mariu’-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei at the lines. Trainer Gocciadoro started three in this batteria. The second batteria (same distance and purse as the first) saw Aom You SM (3m Love You-Emon Sante Fe’ SM) score timed in 1.11.9kr with Antonio Greppi aboard for trainer Gocciadoro who started four in this elim. Axl Rose (3m Love You-Lindi di Casei-Uronometro) with trainer Gocciadoro aboard, was second, ahead of Velten Von Flevo (3m Ganymede-Babette Flevo) teamed by Rick Ebbinger for trainer J.W.M. Engwerda. Another Gocciadoro trainee Ares Caf (3m Ideale Luis-Ira Caf) ended fourth for Antonio DiNardo. Arnas Cam Wins Orsi Mangellli Filly Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne-Zeffira AC) rallied to win the PR Orsi Mangelli Filly (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters) last evening at Ippodromo Vinovo, timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Santo Mollo. Erik Bondo trains the impressive grey filly that defeated Amber Prad (3f Timoko-Sinead Prad-Love You) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro her pilot. Graine de Crack (3f Booster Winner-Pearl MIP-Workaholic) took third money for trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Andrea Guzzinati. Ampia Mede SM (3f Ganynmede-Polimpia Slide SM-Yankee Slide) was fourth, handled by Vincenzo D’Allessandro Jr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A field of 14 will contest the September 22 Gr. I Derby Italiano del Trotto (purse 847,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Napoili led by the August 31 elimination winners Axl Rose, Aramis Bar and Alex Mede SM. The elims were raced at Roma Capannelle each for a 22,000€ purse over the 2100 meter autostart course. Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei) won the first batteria for Alessandro Gocciadoro clocked in 1.13.8kr, his ninth victory in 11 starts for 353,019€ earned. Anthony Leone (3m Libreccio Grif) and Ayrton Treb (3m Majestic Son) trailed this winner. Batteria two saw Aramis Bar (3m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar) score in 1.13.3kr for Andrea Guzzinati. He bested Al Capone Steca (3m Napoleon Bar) and Alrajah One (3m Maharajah). Aramis Bar Batteria three went to Alex Mede SM (3m Ganymede-Non Plus SM) timed in 1.15kr with Roberto Vecchione the pilot for trainer Holger Ehlert. Argentovivo (3m Varenne) and Anthony Gar (3m Love You) chased this winner, and also qualified for the Finale. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by two groupe level contests. The first was the Prix Pierre Gamare (Gr. II, monte, purse 100,000€, 2700 meters for three-year olds).  Here the 10/1 odds Gainsborough (3m Bird Parker-Redemption Song) sat patiently in the pocket for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois before emerging late for the 1.15.6kr timed length victory over 6/10 favorite Gala Tejy (3m Atlas de Judes). Gala was in this event off four straight wins and Paul Pierre Ploquin had this Christophe Chalon trainee on the front from the start until late stretch. The 21/1 Gaia du Pont (3f Memphis du Rib) was a game third with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Franck Bombot. The longshot race winner, trained by Romain Derieux for owner Jan Stins, scored only his third career victory in 14 starts while increasing his life earnings to 100,220€. The Gr. II Prix de Provence (Gr. III, purse 74,000€, 2700 meters voltstart for European five and six year olds) saw the well-bred 4/1 odds Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) score timed in 1.13kr for breeder/owner/pilot Jean-Pierre Dubois. Classic Connection patiently worked his way to the front in front of the grandstand, yielded to 1.3/1 favorite Jerry Mom (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) reined by Eric Raffin, and then rolled from the pocket off the final turn to an eventual three length victory. Classic Connection won for the fourth time in his last ten starts, now for 255,120€ in life earnings. The 39/1 Aron The Baron (7g Vasterbro Prestige-Gossip Gal) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Panamera Racing. Third was 21/1 Cocktail Julino (7g Pagalor) with Matthieu Abrivard up. Jerry Mom held fourth and fifth was 83/1 Discours Joyeux (6m Goetmals Wood). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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