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Today’s Quinte+ event was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Alexandra (purse 51,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 entrants with two scratches). The 1.12.9kr timed winner was 7/10 favorite Onceforall Face (8g Viking Kronos-Lemonsolda OM) reined by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for Team Juel. The victory increased the winner’s life earnings to 224,328€. The 15/1 Bona Fide (8f Kesaco Phedo) was second for Eric Raffin and 7.9/1 Brihana (8f Korean) was third for pilot Franck Nivard. Bel Air at 8.9/1 and 10/1 Black Jack la Nuit completed the top five. There were 809 exact order winning Q+ tickets that paid 811.00€ each. The Q+ pool exceeded 3.2€ million and the race total handle was in excess of 6.7€ million. The undercard was highlighted by the Prix Aschera (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) with the 1.12.4kr timed victory earned by 7/2 odds Amazing Dynamite (7m Great Challenger-Kobo Dynamite) with Franck Nivard at the lines for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Caresse and Clemenza Am chased the winner that raised his life earnings to 162,124€. On Wednesday at Paris-Vincennes the monte Prix Camille Lepoq (Gr. II International, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, nine starters) went to the even-money favorite Arlington Dream (9g Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp) timed in 1.10.6kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was the jockey for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederik Sauque. The veteran class-master recorded victory 24 in 78 career starts now for 1,198,600€ earned. 2.7/1 Boss du Meleuc and 5/2 Clegs des Champs followed the winner with Al Capone Jet finishing fourth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

July 22, 2017 - Today, Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos-Fatima Lavec), at 2/5 odds, and driven by Jorma Kontio, took the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) at Axevalla. The Timo Nurmos trainee is two for two in 2017 and has 16 career wins in 19 starts, now for 7,857,660SEK earned. On Track Piraten (9g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was next for driver Johnny Takter with third to Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Sofia Aronsson. Reckless was fourth for Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.11.7kr. The undercard included the Jonssons Mekaniskas (100,000SEK to winner 2140 meters voltstart) and the 1.13.5kr timed winner was 3.8/1 Trecciadoro Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Freedream Rex-CR Trackmaster) reined by Mika Forss for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Sangria Knight (5f Scarlet Knight-Yahaa Brodda-Varenne) was next for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Third finishing was Helena KJlipp (5f Explosive Matter-Larissa Klipp-Super Arnie) and trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Thomas H. Hicks

December 23, 2016 - Monas Invercote took today’s Quinte+ Prix d’Amboise (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Harness racing trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the 1.14.9kr timed winner for Stall Timotej AB and Berglin Ove. Monas Invercote (7f Viking Kronos-Monas Speranza) was off at 52.3/1 odds. 39.5/1 Alexane d’Urzy (f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 9.2/1 Voice Dream (7f Love You-Lovely de Paris) took third for David Thomain and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5.5/1 Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) raced well to be fourth for Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jerry Riordan. 64/1 Une de Villetot (8f Canada-Oste) was fifth for owner/trainer/driver Sebastian Baude.           Equinoxe (2m Equiano Porza-Septieme Ciel) was victorious in the Groupe II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) at 10.1/1 and timed in a sharp 1.14.1kr (fractions 1.13.2kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.4kr at the 1000; 1.14.8kr with 500 meters remaining). Matthieu Abrivard teamed the Jacques Bruneau trainee that Scurie JR owns. SNC Jean Levesque bred this one. 9.7/1 Euro du Chene (2m Neok Jiel-Oseille du Chene) was second with Franck Niavrd up for trainer J.LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. The same connections were third for the Bjorn Goop reined Eros du Chene (2m Un Amour d’Haufor-Oulanova de Lou). Highly favored 1.4 Eridan was fifth and 1.8/1 Everest Vedaquais was a miscue dq. The Prix d’Evrecy (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 2.6/1 Be Bop Haufor (5g Notre Haufor-ICA Haufor). Christian Bigeon teamed the winner that be bred/owns/trains. 17.3/1 Spirit Real (5g Supergill-Civetta Real) rallied for second for Bjorn Goop. Jerry Riordan owns and trains Spirit Real. Third was 21/1 Stay Alert (5g Ken Warkentin-I Wish) that Dominik Locqueneux reined for Peter Untersteiner, trainer for DeSekj AB. The Prix Sans Dire Oui (Gr. III, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) went to 3.4/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) timed in 1.13.8kr for Anthony Barrier, trainer Gregory Thorel and owner Jean-Paul Masselin. 1.8/1 favorite Boss du Meleuc (5g Lucky Blue-Ratale du Meleve) finished second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Yannick Alain Briand and third was 20/1 Boardo (5g Niky-Prozdauna) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Vincent Martens. Be Mine de Houelle and Best Buissonay were next to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday at Paris-Vincennes featured the €60,000 purse Prix Amalthea over 2100 meters autostart. 15 European starters ware in this harness racing contest and the 1.13.6kr winner was 8.4/1 Sahara Fairytale (7f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) with Christophe Martens up for trainer Vincent Martens and owner Manocapo AB in this Quinte+ event. 9.6/1 Varus du Bocage (7m Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and 2/1 Unbridled Charm (8m Password-Intense Action) ended third for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 11.3/1 Rooibos (7m Rotation-Miss Tessami) was fourth in this blanket finish for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop ahead for 86/1 Winning Love (10m Love You-Falin Amber Dance) with Pierre Vercruysse driving for trainer Sofia Aronsson. The Quinte+ jackpot this day was €4.1 million. Ervin Boko (5m Make It Happen-Tina Boko) won Friday’s Championnat d’Hivier Finale at Wolvega at 15/1 and timed in 1.15.3kr for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar and owner Une de Mail BV. The 2100 meter autostart test carried a purse of €9,900 with 10 horses in the battle. 1.1/1 odds favorite Toscanini Font (4g Conway Hall-Dora Parx) was second beaten four lengths with Robin Bakker up for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner J.A.C. Vanduffel. 7.2/1 Ever For Ever WS was third. Thomas H. Hicks

3.9/1 Babylone Seven (5f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala) for harness racing trainer/driver J-M Bazire took today’s €80,000 Prix de Noirmoutier (2150 meters autostart, nine starters) at Enghien. The winner scored in 1.13.2kr to defeat 15/1 Brise de L’Alba (5f Quodo du Goutier-Cely de la Meritee) and its owner/driver/trainer William Bigeon. Third went to the 4/5 favorite Belle Bauloise (5f Ludo de Castelle-Sweet Pearl) with reinsman David Thomain. Also at Enghien was the Prix de Bagnolet (purse €56,000, 2875 meters, 12 monte starters) and 2.8/1 Adorable (6g Prince Gede-Ostiana) piloted by David Thomain and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. This winner was timed in 1.16kr in defeat of 34/1 Azur des Couperies (6g Prince de Montfort-Fanette du Terme) with Eric Raffin up with 13/1 Almarok (g Norman Jet-Malice Marana) third with Mathieu Mottier aboard. At Saint Galmier this evening the Prix de Bellegarde En Forez (purse €32,000, 2600 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to the 1.14kr timed, 10/1 odds Monas Invercote (7f Viking Kronos-Monas Speranza) with J-H Andersson up for Swedish based trainer Svante Bath. 31/1 Ugo des Jacquots (8g Mood West-Elisa des Jacquots) ended second for trainer/driver Serge Peltier ahead of 37/1 Venezia de Mai (7f Prodigious-Ismie de Tesse). The Prix A.S.S.E (purse €22,000, 2650 meters, 13 starters) at Saint Galmier went to even-money favorite Crazy Dream (4g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain) owned by Ecurie D and piloted by trainer Yves Boireau. This Jean-Pierre Dubois bred performer is from the mare Daisy Chain (1991 foal by Speedy Somolli-Kravotte-Caprior). She’s the dam of 13 money winner from 16 foals including five in excess of US$100,000, led by Kaisy Dream (by Extreme Dream) with US$1,144,827. Other Extreme Dream performers from the dam include the sires Nice Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Daisy Chain’s last foal was a 2013 filly by Timoko. Second dam Kravotte also produced US$438,329 winner Rainbow Runner, she by Fakir du Vivier. 4.2/1 Classic Word (4g Password-Rumba du Moncel) was second for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Henk Grift and Ecurie Topkp BV. 7/1 Chira Julry (4f Roc Meslois-Niva Julry) landed the third spot in a blanket finish for trainer/driver J-P Gauvin. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 6, 2015 - Conlight As (4m Conway Hall-Delight As-Strking Sahbra) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath won today’s Gr. I National Krafft Swedish Trotting Derby (2SEK million to winner(US$236,000), 2640 meters autostart) timed in 1.13.6kr.  The winner recorded his sixth career victory in 16 starts, now for 2,783,100SEK earned, for owners Olof Brodin AB and Snogarps Gard AB. Conlight As got into the contest after 2000 meters and closed stoutly to win. Vasterbo Éclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Joakim Lovgren and Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer) closed for third handled by Johnny Takter. From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) held gamely for fourth driven by Torbjorn Jansson, after racing in the death seat for much of contest. Serious Try was the early leader for Henrik Svensson and landed in the pocket before going inside pylons in late stretch and making a disqualifying miscue. The race fractions were as follows (1.09.5kr after 500 meters; 1.12.9kr after 1000; 1.13.8kr after 1500 and 1.14.2kr at the 2000 meter mark). Conlight As The Gr. I National Krafft Mares Swedish Derby (1SEK million to the winner (US$118,000), 2140 meters autostart) was taken by Evin Boko (4f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos. She was clocked in 1.13.1kr after making a three wide sweep after the 1500 meter mark to gain advantage from early leader Evelina Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Harmony Heart-Mack Lobell) that held for third driven by Erik Adielsson. Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) closed for second driven by Stefan Soderkvist with Olympia Gold and Nancy America (4f Revenue-Camargue-Supergill) were home fourth and fifth. The winner secured her sixth career victory in 13 starts and fourth win in six 2015 appearances. The winner’s second dam is Desooner Dabetter (Meadow Road-Armbro Brilliance), the family of Armbro Regina and Armbro Flight, and dam of Big Blue Kitten by Pine Chip, she the dam of Yarrah Boko 1:52.1 ($1,408,457) and Zola Boko 1:55.1 ($245,826). Stall BSM owns Evin Boko. Earlier in the card the Ahlsell Derby Classic (75,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) garnered much attention as the teamsters were former Swedish Derby winning drivers. Scellino Luis scored in this one timed in 1.13kr for Erik Adielsson, and trainer Stig H, Johansson, by a length over good finishing Lohman driven by Anders Lindqvist for trainer Robert Bergh. Steen Juul piloted T.Rx D.K. to third ahead of Spirit Real and driver Geir Vegard Gundersen for trainer Jerry Riordan. Thomas H. Hicks

Geir Vegard Gundersen piloted his trainee Support Justice (6m Kadabra-Artisane-Lucky Lane) to a 1.11.6kr victory, in a two-horse race-off, in the Aby Stora Pris (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1640 meters autostart, each heat with 400,000SEK to the winners and the final worth 1.2SEK million first prize). First heat winner Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Daniel Reden was second after setting the pace. Reden, from post one, took the race-off lead and held it to top of the stretch with Support Justice alongside for much of the 1640 meters autostart. Support Justice then took over and drew clear for a three-length score. The winner now has a slate of 26-3-2 in 38 career starts, for earnings of 7,634,613SEK. He earned 1.6SEK million for the race-off and heat two victories. Vasterbo Highflyer won heat one in a fast 1.09.4kr defeating Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) with Lutfi Kolgjini up and BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) was third for Peter Untersteiner. Rue du Bac and Nahar finished next in line. Heat two went to 1.10.2kr winner Support Justice over BBS Sugarlight and Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman driving. Repay Merci was fourth in this heat as Rue du Bac and Nahar were disqualified for going off-stride. Also on the Aby card was the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Lyon Grand Pris Summer Meeting (500,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters autostart). Mellby Viking (7m Viking Kronos-Naomi de Lou-Extreme Dream) rallied late for a convincing victory driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos. The winner has an 18-4-0 slate in 32 starts now for 2,955,080SEK earned. Alfas du Vinci (7g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) was second for Joakim Lovgren with third to veteran Traveling Man (10m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) with Ulf Ohlsson aboard for trainer Daniel Reden. Time was 1.13.4kr over the stayer distance. Candor Hall and On Track Piraten, the pacesetter, finished fourth and fifth. Aby Grand Pris promo video follows. Despite rains a fine audience was on-hand for today’s superb racing program. The last ten years has seen many of the trotting sport’s leaders win the Aby Stora Pris. Year Winner Driver Trainer Second Third 2015 Support Justice Geir Vegard Gundersen Geir Vegard Gundersen Västerbo Highflyer   2014 Commander Crowe Örjan Kihlström Fabrice Souloy Quid Pro Quo Juliano Rags 2013 Sebastian K. Jorma Kontio Åke Svanstedt Save The Quick Commander Crowe 2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Commander Crowe Oracle 2011 Rapide Lebel Eric Raffin Sebastien Gurato     2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan Torvald Palema Beanie M.M. 2009 Torvald Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Commander Crowe Garland Kronos 2008 Garland Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini Lutfi Kolgjini     2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson Fredrik B. Larsson Oiseau De Feux   2006 Red Chili Pirat Örjan Kihlström Patrik Södervall Passionate Kemp Adams Hall 2005 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Steinlager   Thomas H. Hicks  

February 9, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (€54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon and Ustie Haufor (7f Niky - Lana du Houlbet) at 8/1. She was timed in 1.12.8kr for the victory ahead of 1.8/1 Urfee du Moochel (7f Buvetier d’Aunou - Olga du Mouchel) with Mathieu Abrivard up. Third went to 13/1 Xea Venus (7f Charmy Skeeter - Xea Lobell), a Robert Bergh trainee driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Replay stretch drive: Favorites dominated the top five, resulting in a modest exact order Quinte+ consolation payoff.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2758   Ordre :       900,00€   Désordre :       16,60€   Bonus 4 :       6,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,30€   Bonus 3 :       2,20€   At Le Cepiere, the Prix d’Arbois (€28,000 purse, 2950 meters, 18 European starters) went to Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu), the 3/2 favorite driven by Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens. He was clocked in 1.16.3kr to defeat Utile Lebel (7g Biesolo - Jernasca) with trainer/driver Christophe Feyte aboard with third to Uniflosa Bella (7g Jag de Bellouet - Koctiflosa Gede) and Antoine Wiels for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. It was reported today (Paris-Turf and Maharajah facebook page) that Sweden’s champion Maharajah has been retired. The 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner last raced in October at Solvalla, finishing third. The 10 year-old son of Viking Kronos, trained by Stefan Hultman, won numerous major events such as the Svenskt Travkriterium at age 3; the Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. and Svenskt Travderby. at age 4; at 6, second in Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France; at 8, winner of Olympiatravet  and the aforementioned 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner at age 9. 2014 Prix d’Amerique replay: Thomas H. Hicks

February 4, 2015 - Harness racing trainer driver Jean-Michel Bazire piloted 1.8/1 favorite Val Royal (6m Capricio - Buardu du Rib) to victory in the Wednesday Quinte+  Prix de L’lle-et-Vilaine (€50,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters, Q+ jackpot €5.2 million).  Bazire also trains Val Royal, timed in 1.13.6kr, as the pair defeated Ultra d’Asnois (7m Jasmin de Flore-Hotesse de Feu) with Christian Bigeon up at 7/2. Ustou (7g Niky-Oh Manor) was third at 9/1 for David Thomain. Sweden’s  Photo Princess (10f Super Photo Kosmos-Milady Hornline) ended the contest fourth for Michael Lonborg, also trainer. The relatively low odds top five produced an unusually modest exact order payoff.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.200.000 € - Numéro plus : 0802   Ordre :       2.260,00€   Désordre :       45,20€   Bonus 4 :       9,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       4,80€   Bonus 3 :       2,60€   The Prix de Bourg-en-Bresse (€58,000, 2700 meters, European females, 15 starters) went to Sweden’s Monas Invercore (6f Viking Kronos - Moras Speranza) for teamster Eric Raffin and trainer Svante Bath.   Clocked in 1.14.6kr the 8/1 winner defeated Va Vole de Lys (6f Oiseau de Feux-Nostalgie du Lys) at 7.5/1 reined by Franck Nivard with third to Vitesse la Ravelle (6f Lontzac-Ma d’Ylea at 67/1 for Tony Le Beller. Italy’s Petra Axe (6f Daguet Rapide-Image Delmar) was fourth with J-M Bazire at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks

January 30, 2015 - Jean-Pierre Dubois was a double winner tonight at Cagnes sur mer, scoring with his Classical Love and Comtesse Flore. The Prix Lurabo (€17,000 purse, 2925 meters, 11 starters – three year-old females) produced a win for  pacesetting Classical Love (3f Repeat Love – Just In Love) at 3.9/1 odds for owner/driver Dubois and trainer Patrick Chevrier in 1.20.9kr. 3/2 favorite Cool Be Williams (3m Korean-Petra Williams) was a rapidly closing second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. 8/1 Cristal de Max (3m Gazouillis-Lamelle) ended third for driver Florence Lecellier and owner/trainer Eric Ledoyen. Dubois was back several races later to win the Prix Mon Tourbillon (€17,000 purse, 2925 meters, 9 starters) with his Comtesse Flore (3f Sam Bourbon-Topaze de Fael-Coktail Jet) at 6.6/1 odds. Patrick Chevrier also trains this one. Favorite Cilaria Paradise (3f Sam Bourbon-Nisis Williams) was second for pilot Christophe Martens ahead of Candy du Poncelet (3f Memphis du Rib-Goodness) with trainer Matthieu Verva driving. The winner was clocked in 1.18.7kr over the extended distance. The feature of the evening was the Prix Kazire de Guez (€42,000 purse, European 11 starters, 2150 meters autostart) and 2.1/1 odds Sahara Fairytale (6f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) took the victory for teamster Christophe Martens. Victor Martens trains for Swedish owner Canberra HB, 8/1 Une Serenade (7f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) was second for trainer/driver Serge Peltier with Italy’s Potenza OM (6f Yankee Slide-Fiancee di Jesolo) home third at 7/2 for trainer/driver Pietro Gubellini. Thomas H. Hicks  

Three eliminations for the October 5th 87th Italian Derby took place today at Roma Campanelle, in the right-handed direction. Each elimination was raced over 2100 meters autostart for €22,000. Stankovic OK (3m Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) romped by six lengths in 1.13.3kr in the first battery for Enrico Bellei. Specialess and Swan Wise As trailed the impressive, bold striding winner. This elim was the fastest of the day. Stankovic Ok Pietro Gubellini teamed Sharon Gar to victory in the second elimination timed in 1.14kr. The pair ended two lengths up over Saba de Ronco and reinsman Enrico Bellei with Skyline Dany third. The winner is a three year-old daughter of Varenne from Geneve Gar by Lemon Dra. Sharon Gar The impressive Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta-Viking Kronos) took the final elimination in 1.13.8kr by open lengths for Andrea Guzzinati over Sansone Bar and Santiago d’Ete. The impressive chestnut is a likely favorite in the final, that should be a very competitive affair. Sceicco   Thomas H. Hicks

Mister JP, a son of Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide, took today's Breeders Course Final for two year-olds at Jagersro, Sweden. Bjorn Goop steered the winner that is owned by J-P Barjon. Mister JP set a new SWE record of 1.13.1kr in the victory over 1640 meters autostart. The youngster remains undefeated in three career starts and he earned 450,000SEK for the victory. Jontte Boy (Finland), a three year-old son of Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall, took the Gr. I European Championship for three year-olds to also win 450,000SEK. He scored easily in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart for reinsman Jorma Kontio. The favorite, Jontte Boy, claimed an early lead in the European Championship and controlled the race on the front. The Jerry Riordan trained Saphire Bi, a daughter of Conway Hall) finished third in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom. Summary results of the top races at Jagersro are shown below. 9/6/14 Jagersro, Final Breeders Course two year-olds, 450,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart 1.13.1kr (SWE record), winner 3/3 lifetime 1st Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop for J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus 2nd Tunika (2f Zola Boko-Veronoi du Ling-Super Arnie), Eric Adielsson for Tomas Malmqvist 3rd Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra), Rene Legati up for Holger Ehlert trainer 9/6/14 Jagersro, Silver Division, 125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.12.9kr 1st Perfect Power (5g Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos), Peter Untersteiner 2nd October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember-Viking Kronos), Adrian Kolgjini 3rd Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Fredrik Persson 9/6/14 Jagersro, European Championship for three year-olds, Gr. I International, 450,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.7kr 1st Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall), Jorma Kontio, Finland, his sixth win in nine starts now for life earnings of 1,215,004SEK 2nd Easytowin (3f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way-Koos Von Camstra), Johnny Takter, Netherlands 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan, Italy 9/6/14 Jagersro, Birger Bengtssons Memorial, Gold Div., 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters, 1.10.3kr 1st Standout (5m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador), Ulf Ohlsson up for Stefan Melander, his 11th win in 33 starts for 2,680,700SEK career earnings 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson aboard 3rd Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Flemming Jensen up by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) won today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Norrvidden Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker SWE. Ten contestants sought the winners’ share of the €216,060 purse (1,000,000SEK to winner). Erik Adielsson teamed the winner to a 1.11.21kr victory, his 12th in 36 starts, now for earnings of 6,340,760SEK. Stall Galdiator owns the winner. Oasis Bi (6m by Toss Out) was second for Bjorn Goop and Canaka BF (7f by Jobie Tempest) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Up Date Hoss and Ed You finished fourth and fifth. The beaten field included former Elitloppet winner Nahar, Sanity and Juliano Rags. On the Bergsaker undercard, the Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) with Robert Bergh up. The win was Poker Kronos’ sixth in a row and he is 10 for 20 lifetime. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) resulted in victory by Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi-Probe) in 1.12kr for Jorma Kontio, his 21st win in 50 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Vabellino (5m Ouragon de Celland-Girl de Chartepie) and reinsman Eric Raffin won today’s €240,000 Gr. I Criterium des 5 Ans (five year-olds) today at Paris-Vincennes at 11/1 odds. This race was the feature on a great card and the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot of €4.1 million. 14 starters contested this “classique” event over 3000 meters on the grande piste. Vulcain de Vandel was second for trainer/driver Franck Nivard in a close finish with third place to Viking de Val and Eric Lambertz and favorite Very Nice Marceaux (at 1.8/1 odds) with Pierre Vercruysse up ended fourth. The winner is owned by Ecurie Podium and trained by Sebastian Guarato. Vabellino recorded his 13th victory in 29 starts for €356,300 earned after today. Time of the contest was a quick 1.12.7kr after the field reached the 1000 meter to go post in 1.13.6kr. The Prix de Beaugency (Gr. III European, €105,000 purse, 2850 meters) for aged campaigners went to 2.4/1 odds favorite Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) with Christophe Martens aboard for trainer Vincent Martens. Frans Delmonte owns the winner, who recorded his seventh win in 29 starts, now for €609,440 earned. Sirocco Jibace and Franck Ouvrie ended second with Global Manhattan third for pilot Franck Nivard. Tornado Bello was forwardly placed early and then was disqualified for a miscue. Time of the race was 1.14.1kr with rated fractions until late. Time with 500 meters to go was 1.14.9kr. The Gr. II Prix Uranie for three year-old fillies went to 1.7/1 odds Biche des Clos (3f Rolling d-Heripre-Moon d’Eronville) with Mathieu Mottier up. She took the winners’ share of the €120,000 purse by completing 2700 meters in 1.15.1kr to narrowly defeat Be My Girl (3f Love You-Ornella Rainbow) with Jos. Verbeeck aboard. Billie de Montfort (3f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was third for J-M Bazire as the 1.2/1 odds favorite. Biche des Clos remains undefeated in seven starts, now for earnings of €182,250. At Charlottenlund (Copenhagen) today’s feature was the Dansk Filly (four year-old) Derby, a 2000 meter autostart test for 350,000kr to the winner.  Tast of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon-Love You) took the trophy easily in a new Danish record for the distance 1.12.2kr for 74 year-old veteran owner/breeder/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois. Jean Baudron is the trainer and fleet front stepping filly  recorded her second straight at Charlottenlund after scoring initially on August 17. The great gaited mare now has a slate of 4-2-3 in 14 starts for 1,512,997kr earned. Officials said the win by Tast of Bourbon was one of the most decisive victories ever in the Filly Derby. Dubois finished second early on the card with first-time two year-old starter Toutefois (2f Infinitif-Ziniaz-Buvetier d’Aunou) that is bred and owned in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. On the Charlottenlund undercard the Prix Orali for aged mares went to well-regarded Britt Hudson (8f Pine Chip-Lea Hudson-Jigs Rapido) in rein to Johnny Takter. She scored for the 12th time in 61 career starts, today earning 50,000kr first money. Rolf Ramnegard owns and trains the winner that completed the 2000 meters autostart in 1.13.3kr. MT Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) was second in a close decision, driven by Peter Untersteiner, with Sunbeam (by Dream Vacation) third for Nicolaj Andersen. Hungarian shippers Racerstina and Princess View were unplaced. The Dansk Filly Derby Consolation for 50,000kr to the winner, was contested by 12 entrants over 2000 meters autostart.  Tut AP (4f Quite Easy-Nasa Haleryd-Lindy’s Crown) took the win for Rene Kjaar. Morten Juul trains this winner that covered the course in 1.15.1kr for a length victory over The Negotiator (by Varenne) with Birger Jorgensen up with third to Tourmalet (by ENS Snapshot) driven by Ken Ecce. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Un Mec d'Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d'Aunou) won today's E150,000 Gr. II UET Masters Series Prix d'Europe, over 28765 meters, at Enghien-Soisy, gaining sweet victory after his July 29 disqualification in the Hugo Abergs Memorial. Trained by Fabrice Souloy and reined today by Franck Ouvrie, the 4/5 favorite emerged late along the pegs to secure his 16th win in 29 starts now for E911,780 earned. Veteran Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise) battled bravely to be second for Eric Raffin with 28.5/1 Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee) third for Roberto Andreghetti. Quoumba de Guez and Reve de Beylev ended fourth and fifth in the top field. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The undercard was a good one at Enghien-Soisy with the Quinte+ Prix l'Union de la Presse Hippique going to Italy's Romanesque with trainer Marco Smorgon up. The four year-old son of Love You-Quantanamera-Viking Kronos won at 25.4/1 for owner Scuderia Trotto Italia SAS in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. Purse was E85,000 and 15 Europeans contested this one with 7/10 favorite Athos des Elfes (4m Ganemede-Iazio du Bourg) a game second for Jan Van Eeckhaute (trainer/driver) and J-P Dubois' Tast Of Bourbon (4f Donato Hanover-Qualita Bourbon) was a good, competitive third at 33/1 odds. The special E10 million Quinte+ jackpot produced strong wagering (win/place handle alone was over E971,300) and an exact order payoff of E182,616 for a two euro wager. The Prix de l'Association National des Turfistes, a Gr. III E80,000 purse test over 2150 meters, drew 10 starters and the 1.14.1kr winner was Denmark's Ravenna (6m Legendary Lover K-Coccola Jet-Supergill) handled by Robert Andreghetti for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Independence. The 9/10 favorite, now a 10 time winner for E241,126, defeated Germany's Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dantesca CIA) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Josef Franzl. Plutonio was third for Franck Ouvrie at the lines for trainer Ake Kristoffersson. Thomas H. Hicks

The Hambletonian weekend and two important Derby’s in Europe (Germany and Hungary) did not diminish excellent graded trotting action in France. Village Mystic and owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron took the Gr. II Prix de la Haye at Enghien in a driving finish, holding off veteran Swedishman with Franck Nivard up. The €120,000 purse was contested over 2875 meters by 13 International rivals and the winner scored in 1.15.2kr as the favorite. The victory, his 12th career score, increased his life earnings to €774,320. August 2, 2014 Enghien, Gr. II Prix de la Haye, €120,000 purse, 2875 meters, International 13 starters, 1.15.2kr Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.4/1 Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 3.5/1 Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up, 38/1 .................................................................................................... The Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier also went to a well-regarded, well-known performer in the Philippe Allaire trained Brillantissime. The three year-old daughter of Ready Cash is owned by Frederic Sauque and she won for the ninth time, now with career earnings of €445,450. Veteran Joseph Verbeeck teamed the winner as even-money favorite. She is from the good producing Buvetier d’Aunou mare Ivre de Victoire. Italy’s Sceicco was second for Andrea Guzzinati in the one mile test timed in 1.11.6kr. August 3, 2014, Enghien, Gr. III Prix de Henri Cravoisier, purse €85,000, European 10 starters, 1609 meters autostart, 1.11.6kr Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer, Fredric Sauque owner, 1.1 favorite Sceicco (3m Look de Star-Iuta), Andrea Guzzinati trainer/driver for Ecurie Louisiana, 7.2/1, Italy Black d’Avril (3m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avri), Franck Ouvrie for trainer Frederik Prat, 12.8/1 ........................................................................................................... The European Prix de la Ville de Cannes was held at Cagnes sur mer and this €60,000 purse test over 2925 meters went to Tempo de Carless and teamster David Bekaert. The favorite was a length winner in 1.14.3kr over Sweden’s Ouch with Christophe Martens aboard. Italy’s Osiride Griff, a son of Varenne, ended third.. Cagnes sur mer, Prix de la Ville de Cannes, €60,000 purse, European 13 starters, 2925 meters, 1.14.3kr Tempo de Carless (7m Grisbi de Carless-Joie de Carless), David Bekaert up for Ph. Mortagne. 1.6/1 Ouch (7g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough), Christophe Martens, 6.4/1, Sweden Osiride Griff (6m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), Nicolas Ensch, 24.8/1, Italy Thomas H. Hicks

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