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Today’s Kincsem Park featured Oszi Kiserleti Verseny (1,500,000Huf purse, 1960 meters distance handicap)) saw 4.7/1 Adriana Asti (3f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) score for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity .Race time was 1.19.1kr. THe 3.3/1 Alfa Boy (3m Racino-Chippychip GT-Defi d’Aunou) was second for Csaba Lakatos and third was the 20 meter handicapped and 11.6/1 Zona (4f Offenbach Bigi-Kama-Valley Guardian) for Emil Csordas. On the undercard there were two divisions of a three year old event (Nyeretcenek Versenye) and the first went to 1.22.3kr timed Abrakadabra (3g Pine Chip-Nana-Tony Oaks) with trainer Imre Fazekas aboard for owner C’est la Guerre. The second division went to 1.22.4kr timed Aragon Work (3m Working Out-Ni Lady-Francis Diamant) with Csaba Lakatos up. The two winners recorded their maiden victories. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Jerry Riordan trained and C.J. Jepson trained Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) took the Stoeliten (purse 23,997€, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla this day clocked in 1.11.4kr. She recorded her 26th career victory in 95 appearances and increased her life earnings to 5,590,458SEK.. Off at 5.2/1 odds Shadow Gar bested 1.7/1 favorite Dear Friend (6f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline) teamed by Erik Adielsson for trainer Johan Untersteiner and 20.6/1 Global Upper Style (5f SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine) with Peter Untersteiner aboard.  In other news it was reported that Jerry Riordan’s superb trainee Lisa America (f, Varenne-Zagabria Dei) has been sold in the Lutfi Kolgjini breeding stock dispersal to SRF Stable. This mare was bred and owned during her racing career by the late Lou Guida, and she competed at the highest level winning the Oslo Grand Prix, Aby Stora Pris and Sundsvall Open. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

On Saturday two trotting classic took place at Bologna. The GP Continentale (purse 154,000€, 2060 meters) saw Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) score in 1.13kr for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. This superb trotter now has 611,176€ earned for his career and he was a very impressive winner this day. Very Joy (4m Napoleon Bar-Nieves Joy-Naglo) was second for Antonio Di Nardo and third was Vanesia EK (4f Exploy=t Caf-Nike EK-Varenne) with Pietro Gubellini aboard. In the GP Continentale Filly (purse 88,000€, 1660 meters autostart) Viscarda Jet (4f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo) took the prize for Fabio Pisacane to boost her career earnings to 132,224€. Timed in 1.12.4kr she rallied along the pegs and bested Vanguardia (4f Goetmals Wood-Garenta-Tarass Boulba) with Antonio Di Nardo up. Virginia Grif (4f Varenne-Francy Capar-Supergill) was third for driver Gocciadoro, Tomorrow at Hamburg the Yonkers International contestant Ringostarr Treb is entered in a qualifying event, presumably prior to travel to the USA. His regular pilot Wim Paal is slated to drive. This follows a lackluster comeback race for Ringo in Sweden recently. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

March 4, 2017 - The Prix d’Alencon (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, nine European monte starters) began the Saturday Paris-Vincennes harness racing program and it went to 1.13.6kr timed and 10.4/1 odds Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) with jockey Franck Nivard up, for trainer H.E. Bondo and Scuderia Erodi di Gubellini of Italy. 2.2/1 Catalogne (6f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) was second for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 17.1/1 Belle Louise Mabon (6f Derby du Gite-Nefertiti Mabon) for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Yves Dreux. The Gr. II Prix Louisle Bourg (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, ten monte starters) produced a rallying victory for 3/2 favorite Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie Augustin-Normand. 6.1/1 Dominator Blond (4m Kenor de Cosse-Orchidee Blonde) was second for Damien Bonne and third was 11.6/1 Dahlia du Rib (4m Oyonnax-Passiflore du Rib) for jockey Alexis Collette, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib, the breeder/owner. The Q+ Prix Maurepas (purse €65,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 2.8/1 Carla Love (5f Royal Lover-Querida de Vonnas) for trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire. 14.6/1 Calencia (5f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 6.8/1 Clea Madrik (5f Prince d’Espace-Paisy Tivoli) took third for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Benoit Robin. The next two finishers were off at 19/1 and 50/1 odds respectively. The Gr. III Prix Henri Desmontils (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) went to a game front-ending 2/5 favorite Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) for jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Frederic Sauque. Arlington now has 12 wins in 48 starts for €464,650 earned. 14.1/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) rallied for second ridden by Matthieu Abrivard and third was 10.9/1 Texas de l’Iton (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee) for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Hughes Levesque. 10.3/1 odds Venezia de Mai (8f Prodigious-Iomoe de Tesse) took the Prix de Montsoreau (purse €66,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) timed in 1.12.9kr. The barefoot winner was reined by Nicolas Mortagne. 3.2/1 Monas Invercote (8f Vikings Kronos-Monas Speranza) was second, beaten a neck for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third was 14/1 Un Cher Ami (9g Jag de Bellouet-Olygarchy) for Mathieu Daougabel. The featured Prix de Selection (Gr. I, purse €240.000, 2200 meters distance handicap, nine starters) went to 1.11.4kr timed and 47.4/1 odds Discours Joyeaux (4m Goetmals Wood-Quelle Copine). Racing barefoot for Damien Bonne, the winner is trained by Thierry Raffegeau for owner J.Y. Roze. 25.6/1 Dreammoko (4m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, and trainer Richard Westerink, also trainer/owner of the champion Timoko. 20.4/1 Black d’Avril (6m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) took third reined by J-M Bazire for trainer Frederic Prat. 2/1 favorite Carat Williams was fourth ahead of fifth finishing Doberman. Thomas H. Hicks

The October 5th Meslay du Main Quinte+ featured Grand Prix Anjou Maine (purse €100,000, 2875 meters, 17 International starters) went to 1.3/1 Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) timed in 1.13.7kr for harness racing driver Franck Nivard, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet, the owner. 18.8/1 Duke Of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierjiu-Nikki Groenhof) was second for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Peter J. Strooper. The 34/1 longshot Anette du Mirel (6f Laetenter Diem-Lisa du Mirel) was third with Mathieu Abrivard up for trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner/breeder Mlle. Anette Holmgren. 11/1 Quick Fix was fourth for Pierre Vercruysse and fifth was 2.2/1 Briac Dark for trainer/driver Franck Anne. Verso de Made (7g Lord du Pin-Miranda) was a 74.7/1 upset winner of the Prix Agem (purse €32,000, 2875 meters, 18 starters) on the Enghien card, the Pick5 event. This 1.16.4kr timed winner was teamed by Pierre Vercruysse for owner/trainer J.M. Souici. 1.9/1 favorite Urisalane (8f Jet Fortuna-Lea Picoulerie) was second ahead of 20.2/1 Viking de Pilet (7g Kuadro Wild-Indra du Pilet). The October 4 Vincennes feature was the Prix Lilius (monte, purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 14 European starters) and the 1.14.1kr winner was 4.4/1 odds Bambina du Parc (5m Nicolas Maria-La Fille du Parc) with Mathieu Abrivard up for Ecurie des Baux. 30/1 Brut de la Cote (5g Kepler-Umbra Mai Fu) with P-Y Verva up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Even-money favorite Catalogne (4f Cygnus d’Odysse-Jabadie) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Denise Mottier. Thomas H. Hicks

Seventy six lots will be on offer at the Alabar Blue Ribbon Sale on Sunday April 24th and there promises to be a horse for every budget. Wrappers Delight has stamped himself as one of Australia’s best two year olds with two victories in as many starts to date including his last start win in a heat of the APG 2yo C&G Series. You will be able to purchase his mother, Charlotte Church, in foal to leading sire Mach Three at the sale. Another of the highlights will be Golden Showgirl 1:55.9 in foal to Art Major. The resultant foal will be a full sibling to the Group One winner Smooth Showgirl 1:52.3 - $210,149. Bruce Edward will be selling six lots including mares by Somebeachsomewhere, Rocknroll Hanover Art Major, Holmes Hanover and Badlands Hanover. Three of his mares will be sold with foals at foot. Jim Connolly will be selling three mares by the leading sires Pine Chip and Skyvalley. Included among these is a half sister to Australian Two and Three Year Old Trotter of the Year Kyvalley Road. Jack Munnerly has one entry and she is a half sister to the Group One winner Secret Desire and in foal to new season sire Heston Blue Chip. There will also be 20 weanlings on offer and these are by such stallions as Art Major, Mach Three, Shadow Play, ,Auckland Reactor Betterthancheddar as well as the first crop stallions Alta Christiano and Caribbean Blaster. This is a sale not to be missed. The sale will be held at Alabar Farm and begins at 1pm. The catalogue can be viewed online ( or please contact us for a hard copy – (03) 5859 2201 or  

Today at Enghien the €80,000 Prix de Lure was the harness racing feature and a Pick5 wagering contest. 13 European starters went 2875 meters with the 1.14.6kr winner being 0.5/1 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) with Franck Nivard up for Daniel Reden training for Stall Zet. 23/1 Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini with 6/1 Auch (6g Niky-Migraine) third to the line for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Denmark’s Pingus Vang (9g SJ’s Photo-New Wonder) took the day’s Quinte + (€3.35million jackpot) at Enghien, the Prix de Sedan over 2150 meters autostart. 16 European eligibles were at the start. The winner scored in 1.15.6kr at 8/1 odds to defeat 22/1 Utelo de Carentone (8g Kiwi-Maeva d’Harcouel) and third finishing 9/1 Vivaldo Bello (7m Love You-Enfilade) driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. The dam Enfilade also produced double Prix-d’Amerique winner Offshore Dream. Comtesse Flore (4f Sam Bourbon-Topaze de Fael) took today’s Prix de Marennes at Enghien as 15 starters battled for the €48,000 over the 2875 meter distance. Tony Le Beller teamed the 3.6/1 odds winner timed in 1.16.66kr for owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. 5/1 Comtesse (4f Oiseau de Feux-Oeniades) was second for Mathieu Mottier and third went to 3/1 favorite Cadeace (4f Scipion du Goutier-Orchidee Rouge) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc. Yesterday at Mons Ghlin Capitole (7g Offshore Dream-Extra Dry) took the Prix Capelle Belgique over the 2300 meter autostart course for a purse of €5,760. 16 International starters were at the start with the 1.2/1 odds favorite home on top in 1.15.6kr for trainer/driver Hugo Langeweg Jr. On the same card the Prix Journal Eurotierce for €7,200 over 2850 meters was contested by nine international participants. The 1.16.2kr winner was the 9/10 favorite Trailing Edge (7m Scarlet Knight-Veda Sund) driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie Rally. On the last weekend solid action took place in Italy. On February 27 at Aversa the €45,100 purse Gr. II Gran Premio Andreani went to the 1.13.4kr timed Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) for Enrico Bellei. The victory over 1660 meters on the half-miletrack was number eight in 15 starts for earnings now in excess of €123,000. Tobias Del Ronco (4m Love You-Leonor Del Ronco-Supergill) was second for G.P. Minnucci with third to Tulum (4m Algiers Hall-Image OM-Lemon Dra). On Sunday February 28 at Firenze’s 1000 meter track the Gr. II Prix Ponte Vecchio for €45,100 went to Radiofreccia FI (6f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) for Enrico Bellei timed in 1.13.5kr over 2020 meters. Rum E Coca Day was second ahead of well-regarded Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill). The race winner recorded her 15th victory in 55 starts now for over €395,000 earned. Veteran Mack Grace SM (10m CC’s Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) has made two recent starts in Italy after eight months away from the races. On January 28 he scored a 1.13.2kr victory at Albenga  over 1600 meters and on February 28 the classy old-timer finished second at Milano timed in 1.13.9kr. He’s earned €3,668 in those two efforts. It was also reported that Prix de Paris winner Lionel will get a short rest to be ready for a next start in mid-April at Enghien in the Prix de l’Atlantique. The son of Look de Star, he by Coktail Jet, would then likely return to Norway for the Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr I International test at Bjerke Racecourse on June 12, a race to which Lionel has already been invited. Oslo GP 2016: Thomas H. Hicks  

January 18, 2016 - The Prix de Brionne (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants) was Monday’s Quinte+ at Vincennes and 1.1/1 Call Me Keeper (m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) took victory timed in for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns the winner. 20.2/1 Only One Glory (8m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) was second for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia RPR of Italy. 27/1 Volcan du Garabin (7g Norman Jet-Dulcinee Gibus) ended third for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of another Reden trainee Rocket Zet (7m Muscles Yankee-Hefty Zet) at 2.7/1 for Daniel Parling, with fifth to 64/1 Archangel AM (g Going Kronos-No More Time) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The €37,000 Prix de la Baule (B) contested over 2700 meters went to 1.14.5kr timed Best Haufor (5m Ready Cash-Nikita Haufor) for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. The 9/10 favorite bested 12 rivals with second to 6.5/1 Best Atat (5m Coktail Jet-Gunilla) driven by William Bigeon. 15/1 Bamour (5m Gazouillis-Reine Magic) was third for Mathieu Mottier. The Gr. III Prix de Roubaix (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 9 monte starters) this day went to 1.1/1 favorite Vif d’Or du Poli (7g Ludo de Castelle-Fontaine di Poli) that is owned/trained by Bernard Piton and reined today by Christelle Le Coz. 1.7/1 Vinci Pierji (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) was second for Nils Pacha and trainer Mathieu Abrivard. 27/1 Uros de l’Extreme (8g Neutron du Cebe-Limpia) was third for Benjamin Rochard. The winner was clocked in 1.15.5kr. Next Sunday’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International UET Masters Series) attracted 25 initial entrants to the world’ richest and most prestigious monte contest at Paris-Vincennes, over the 2700 meter distance on the grande piste, The winner earns a spot in the Prix d’Amerique the following Sunday and the winner’s share of the €700,000 purse. On first engagement there were 29 entered and then four dropped out (Gross Weight, Biscuit Delavera, Amazone du Dollar and Agrippine) of this highlight of January 24th at Vincennes. Tiego Etang is the richest competitor in the field. He placed in 2013, 2014 and 2015, His main opponents will probably be Vision intense, Moving On, Athena Vandel, and venerable age 10 Scarlet Turgot, Best Of Jets will be the only five year-old in the running for trainerJean-Michel Baudouin. No five year-old has won since 2007 when One du Rib emerged. Sebastien Guarato will send out Astor du Quenne and Aladin d’Ecajeul against other top players Uhlan du Val, Olmo Holz and Udayama. Last weekend at Gavle the V75 Gold Division went to Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) for driver/trainer Robert Bergh. The 2140 meter autostart contest earned 150,000SEK for the winner. On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was second for Johnny Taker with third to the Jorma Kontio reined Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory). Luckycharm Hanover and Democrat were the next two across the line. The winner, off at 5.8/1, now has career earnings of over 6,100,000SEK. Thomas H. Hicks  

With all the shuttle and frozen semen stallions available to New Zealand breeders these days, it should come as no surprise that the odd jewel seems to slip through the net and fail to find a spot in the ultra competitive harness racing stallion market. One example that stands out for us in the trotting stallion market is Muscle Mass 1:53.4 ($229,000). Unbeaten in seven starts at two, Muscle Mass took his lifetime mark at just his second lifetime start but was lightly tried at three due to injury issues.   With the ability he had showed at two and the fact his full brother Muscle Massive was becoming a star at the same time, Muscle Mass was given an opportunity at stud and he has grabbed it with both hands. Muscle Mass is bred to be well above average being a son of the great Muscles Yankee from the smart Pine Chip mare in Graceful Touch 1:56.1 ($192,001) who has also produced the brilliant Muscle Massive 1:51 ($1,245,297) and Thatsnotmyname 1:55 ($340,730) The grand dam of Muscle Mass is the talented Valley Victory mare in Act Of Grace 1:52.3 ($403,525) who only left two live foals in Graceful Touch and her full brother Cabol 1:54 ($417,457). A sign of the strength of the maternal family is that Cabol made $290,000 at auction. Available to New Zealand breeders in 2009-2010 via frozen semen, Muscle Mass served just 14 mares which resulted in just five live foals which are now five year olds to New Zealand time. One of those died at three, leaving just four live foals and all of them were fillies but that didn't stop them making their mark down under. All four have won to date and they have not been one win wonders as you see below. * K D Muscles ($58,667)                                              * Zhenya ($50,137) * Mass Invasion ($30,862)                                           * Schleck ($16,489) Due to the great results of that small crop, Muscle Mass was offered once again to New Zealand breeders in the 2012-2013 season via fresh semen this time and served a reasonable book of 71 mares which produced 55 live foals which are now two year olds. Several are already showing up around the country at trials and workouts and in tonights two year old non tote trot at Addington, Muscle Mass has three of the six runners. Winnie McGoogan from the Phil Williamson barn is held in high regard by the stable while the Roddy Butt trained Custodian impressed behind Regal Love at Rangiora recently. However after that second season here, Muscle Mass has once again been left on the shelf in North America which is a real shame going by his results up there as Muscle Mass continues to rise further up the sires charts with every crop. His progeny have now earned over $13,577,000 with 33 $100,000 winners and 22 in 1:55 and through all of that, his service fee has crept up to the point that it now stands at $7,500 in the present season. Without doubt this is a sire we should have been seeing a lot more of in the Southern Hemisphere and lets hope next season the deal can be done that makes that happen. Harnesslink Media

January 10, 2015 - The Gr. II Prix du Calvados/Prix Beachcomber Hotels le Mauricia (purse €150,000, 2850 meters, monte, 13 starters) went to the game 9/1 Texas de L’Iton (9g Cygnus d’Odyssee-Iliada de l’Iton) reined by jockey Franck Nivard for trainer Hughes Levesque and Ecurie de L’Iton. He scored in 1.13.8kr over the rain soaked cinders, the second straight victory that increased career earnings to €747,570. Fractions were modest (1.14kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.13.9kr at 500). Ukerlza du Benjo (8f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Abbevilloise) was a rallying second at 19/1 for Mathieu Mottier with Americaine (6f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) third for Antoine Wiels and trainer J-P Marmion at 8.6/1 odds. Veloce du Banney and Tess de Villeneuve ended fourth and fifth. Athos des Elfes and Vivier de L’Oison were disqualified for miscues. Well regarded Ustinof du Vivier and Olmo Holz contested the lead early and for much of the event before both faded badly. Anna Mix showed nothing and was unplaced. Vagabondu Mag and Torre Crepin were in a dead-heat for sixth. The Gr. II Prix de Tonnac-Villeneuve/Prix Beachcomber Hotels Dinarobin (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, eight entrants with one scratch – Coquin Bebe went to Cahal des Rioults (4m Password-Plesse des Rioults) timed in 1.13.5kr for teamster J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Olivier Henri Thomas. The winner was off at 20/1 odds. J-M Bazire’s Coquin Bebe was scratched and 2/1 favorite Cobra Bleu was disqualified for a late stretch miscue as he was trying to rally against the two leaders. Finishing second was 4.2/1 Cavalleria (4f Prodigious-Janga) for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Ecurie Castagniccia. Third went to 52/1 outsider Coup de Poker (4m Coktail Jet-Tacticienne) for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier. Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) led all the way to secure the Prix de ic-sur-Cere/Prix Beachcomber Trou Aux Biches (purse €66,000, 2700 meters,  15 starters), the Q+ race of the day (jackpot €3.15 million) , for driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet of Sweden. The winner, off at 1.6/1 odds, was timed in 1.13.3kr off modest fractions (1.14.6kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.13.7kr at 500). 11/1 Avenir de Blay (6g Hooper-Mirabelle de Blay) landed second for Tony Le Beller, also owner and trainer. Third was A Nice Boy (6g Niky-Pretty Perle) for David Thomain, trainer J-P Thomain and Ecurie du Haras d’Erable at 7.3/1 odds. Italy’s Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne) was fourth for Mathieu Abrivard (trainer Kutfi Kolgjini) at 17/1 with fifth to 28/1 Alix Julry (6m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Malika Julty) and driver/trainer Jean-Paul Gauvin. The top five to the line raced without shoes. Veteran class-masters met in the €88,000 purse Prix de Lille/Prix Beachcomber Hotels Paradis over 2100 meters autostart with 10 entrants. Swedish invader Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) secured victory at 3/5 odds for Franck Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and P.V. Racing Stable HB. The win was her second straight at Vincennes and third in the last four outings. Her earnings are now €409,534 for this impressive 1.12.7kr timed score of honest fractions (1.08.4kr at 1500; 1.11kr at 1000; 1.13.2kr at 500). 2.2/1 odds Val Royal (7m Capriccio-Quarda du Rib) was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire ans Ecurie des Charmes with third to 32/1 Ultimate du Rib (8g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pellois) for J.Cl. Dersoir, Ecurie Rib and trainer Joel Hallais. 29/1 Nonant le Pin (9f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice) rallied late to nail fourth for Eric Raffin, Mlle. Stephanie-Catherine Lepetit and Scuderia le Pradine after getting away last from post nine and trailing the field until late. Nuage en Ciel (9m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle) followed cover and rallied for fifth driven by Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Souloy and Ecurie Fast Horse SRL of Italy. Dream Magic BE and Anette du Mirel finished sixth and seventh. Thomas H. Hicks

September 2, 2015 - Ula Zack Gio  (2f Varenne-Monica LB-Pine Chip), third dam Spicy Princess by Cumin-Duenna, took Italy’s Criterium Pontino (purse €11,000, 1600 meters autostart) clocked in 1.15.8kr for teamster G-P Maisto. Ulisse Effe (2m Gruccione Jet-Legends dei Bessi-Supergill) was second ahead of Upper Dany (2f Conway Hall-Illusion Dany-Varenne) in this one of the first two year-old contests of the season. On the same card, the Prix Garigliano League (purse €11,000, 2100 meters distance handicap) was won easily by Patroclo Luis (6m Malabar Circle AS-Catapulta Luis-Bon Vivant) clocked in 1.14.3kr. Prison Mack (6m Dream Vacation-Zambia Jet-Crown’s Invitation)and Ribelle OP (5m From Above-Around The World-Lancaster OM) trailed the winner home. Action heats up on September 5th at Cesena that hosts the Gr. I European Championship with two heats worth €17,600 over 1660 meters autostart. Post positions were drawn for the first heat and then reversed in the second contest with a €151,800 purse final over the same distance. The lineup for the first heat follows (owner, trainer, driver, post, horse name): Sc.Connie Srl Team Moni Srl E.Moni 1 PROBO OP       Sc.Stall T.Z. S.Melander R.Andreghetti 2 STANDOUT       Sc.Stecca Srl Cat.Savarese T.Di Lorenzo 3 ROXANNE BAR       Sig.Cecchi Leonardo H.Ehlert P.Gubellini 4 RANIA LEST       Sc.Mondial Sports Srl D.Battistini G.Di Nardo 5 OLONA OK       Sc.Days Of Victory Gior.D'alessandro Sen G.Gelormini 6 ROMBO DI CANNONE       Sig.ra Agnello M.P.M. M.Finetti A.Di Nardo 7 ORSIA       Sc.Pink & Black N.Cintura N.Cintura 8 POGGIO       Sig.Coppola Vincenzo F.Sarnataro Gp.Minnucci 9 ONEGHIN DEL RONCO       Sc.Nuova Giannotti Sas H.Ehlert R.Vecchione 10 OSASCO DI RUGGI       Sig.Stecca Emiliano Cat.Savarese E.Bellei 11 NAPOLEON BAR       Sc.Isola Aniello Lor.Baldi Lor.Baldi 12 NEWYORK NEWYORK       Thomas H. Hicks  

Next weeks round of the harness racing sales has quite a few entries by the son of Muscles Yankee in Muscle Mass. Muscle Mass 1:53.8 ($229,000) won eight of twelve on the track before being injured with the highlight being his win in 1:53.8 at his second lifetime start at two. Muscle Mass is bred in the purple with elite level horses everywhere in his pedigree. His dam is Graceful Touch 1:56 ($192,000) by Pine Chip whose first six foals all went through the sales ring at either Harrisburg or Lexington and as you can see from the list below were keenly sought after. Muscle Mass by Muscles Yankee  -  $100,000 Touchdown Town by Muscles Yankee  -  $320,000  Muscle Massive by Muscles Yankee  -  $425,000 Thatsnotmyname by Windsongs Legacy  -  $250,000 Graceful Kelly by Muscles Yankee  -  $145,000 Mr Lucky Luke by Lucky Chucky  -  $450,000  Graceful Touch is one of only two foals from the high class Valley Victory mare in Act Of Grace 1:52.3 ($403,525) with the other being her full brother in Cobol 1:54 ($417,457)  With his pedigree and two year old speed, Muscle Mass was always going to be given his chance at stud in North America and he went to stud in 2009 in Canada. Right from the start Muscle Mass has shown the ability to leave elite level trotters and with his first crop just turned five, he already has $8,479,420 in stake earnings on his card. In the season just completed in North America Muscle Mass finished seventh on the three year old sires list ahead of such outstanding sires as Kadabra, Angus Hall, Muscles Yankee and Majestic Son. Last season Muscle Mass made the move to Blue Chip Farms in New York where he stands at a fee of $6,000 which is an indication of his standing now in the stallion ranks in North America. His full brother Muscle Massive 1:51 ($1,245,297) made a great start at stud last year with his two year olds finishing fifth on the two year old siring charts in his debut season. Available to New Zealand breeders via frozen semen in 2009/2010, the first and only crop to date of Muscle Mass old enough to race in New Zealand were born in the 2010/2011 season. Numbering just five live foals, that number is now four with Massuci having died. The remaining four foals are now four year olds and are all mares. Below is a record of their racing careers to date. Zheyna - 18 starts - 3 wins - 2 seconds - 4 thirds - Stakes $21,764 Mass Invasion - 12 starts - 1 win - 4 seconds - 1 third - Stakes $9433 Schleck - 6 starts - 2 wins - 2 seconds - 0 thirds - Stakes $16,439 K D Muscles 16 starts - 0 wins - 4 seconds - 3 thirds - Stakes $40,297 K D Muscles would have to be the biggest stakes winning maiden trotter in New Zealand having run second to Majestic Time in the the $25,000 New Zealand Trotting Oaks in a 2:00 mile rate and second to Thebestlove in the $97,500 Sales Trot in a 1:59.9 mile rate  . Four foals for four lovely mares is not a bad start however you look at it. Unavailable for the 2010/2011 and 2011/ 2012 seasons, Muscle Mass shuttled to New Zealand in the 2012/2013 season and served a healthy book of 71 mares on the back of the performance of his handful of foals from his first crop. Now yearlings, this crop numbers 55 and Muscle Mass did cover some lovely trotting mares in the one year he shuttled here. It was a no show again in 2013/2014 and 2014/ 2015 so if you want a son or daughter of Muscle Mass, this years yearling sales might be your last opportunity in the foreseeable future to acquire one. Harnesslink Media

Prussia (5f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) surged three-wide down the backstretch and around the final bend to collar a game Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somark-Mack Lobell) and prevail by a length in track record time 1.10.9kr at the new Campanelle (Rome, Italy) 1000 meter track. This Gr. I UET Masters Series event carried a purse of €187,000 over the 1640 meters autostart right handed course. Roberto Andreghetti teamed the winner ahead of veteran Commander Crowe with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Louvre was a close up third for Federico Esposito with Orsia fourth for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Napoleon Bar was the first to the lead and held the front until mid-stretch after leaving Commander Crowe in the death seat. Commander Crowe had surged three-wide before the stands the first time but was parked by Napoleon Bar until he gained the lead mid-stretch but could not hold off the driving Prussia. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

The first two Kriterieau yearling sale sessions are complete in Stockholm, Sweden and the colts dominated the action in the sale conducted by ASVT's Trottex AB, a subsidiary to the Breeding Association in Sweden (ASVT), that is the leading auction company in Sweden for harness racing horses. Session leaders were Bungle Rain (colt, Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) in session one, sold to Never Ending Holiday for 1.25SEK million (US$173,526). Consigned by Stutteri Dust, this colt is from the maternal family of Magic Tonight (5,475,831SEK), Oyster Kronos (1,753,063SEK) and Lookout Victory (13,984,237SEK). Session one top 10 sellers showed two each by Ready Cash and Scarlet Knight. The top filly sold was Unchained Feelings by Maharajah from Emotional Dust by Banker Hall. 75% of the catalogued lots sold. Top 10 Session 1 Statistics Session 1 Session two dropped off markedly from the Thursday action but was still solid at the upper level as 75.6% sold led by lot#203, Dajmen Am, a colt by Jaded-Nirvana F.H.-SJ's Photo. The second foal of the dam, this colt is from a prolific maternal family in Sweden with eight winners of over one million SEK including Indus (5,130,405SEK), a Danish Derby winner. AmBloodstock AB was the consignor with Roger Walmann signing the ticket. Colts again dominated with the top eight sellers. Zola Boko ( a son of Goetmals Wood-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) was the sire of three of the top 10. Top 10 Session 2 Statistics Session 2 The final session will be at the start at noon eastern US time and is live-streamed on the auction company's site, by Thomas H. Hicks, for

The ITS Super Select Sale was conducted on September 11 with 98 sold (62%) from 157 cataloged. 14 yearlings brought €30,000 or more with hip 25 Unica Gio(filly, 3/24/13, Donato Hanover-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) leading the way at €85,000 with final bid to Rejo Liljendahl. This filly is the second foal of Ilaria Jet, a winner of €1,074,039. The Cantab Hall-Dakota Bi colt, Untouchable Bi, was next at €70,000 with Roger Walmann signing this ticket. Summary of sale is shown below along with links to the catalog and full sale results. Italy continues to produce effective performers on the tracks throughout Europe.   Catalog and Results links below: by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Orjan Kihlstrom directed Poochai to victory in today's Krafft Swedish Derby at Jagersro, a Gr. I National event with 2,000,000SEK to the winner. The four-year-old son of Make It Happen-In Viro Veritas-Express Ride scored in 1.12.3kr over 2640 meters autostart for his ninth win in 25 starts, now for earnings of 4,246,800SEK. Svante Bath trains the winner and Roxy Horses AB is the owner. Ivar Sanna (by Super Arnie) was second for Thomas Uhrberg in the close photo for win. Vasterbo Fantast was third for Erik Adielsson, who drove this son of Mr. Pine Chip, also trained by Svante Bath. The winner had previously won at the Gr. I level in the Konung Gustaf Aby V's Pokal in May. Driver Kihlstrom won this event in 2009 aboard Maharajah. Favorite Archangel AM was disqualified today for being offstride. The Gr. I National Krafft Filly Derby, worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner, went to Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline). The favorite winner was driven by trainer Peter Untersteiner as she scored in 1.13.1kr over the 2140 meter autostart course. She recorded her 13th win in 23 outings, now for earnings of 3,367,30SEK for owner HB Ybena, also breeder. Favorite D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with Darling Boko (4f Chocolatier-Favor Baby-Tagliabue) third for Ulf Ohlsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

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