Day At The Track
Longines, harness racing

Unbeaten Longines posts ninth straight win

The first post Derby trotting program was Saturday at Kincsem Park and the young trotting mare Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) remained unbeaten with her ninth consecutive victory, this time in the Bizakmas DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart).  The 1.2/1 favorite led all the way for driver Andrea Fazekas, trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri. She was timed in a rated 1.16.kr for her 18 victory as she defeated Une Dame and Asterix Evo. Longines was bred in Germany by Kornelius Heitman of Munster. Team Fazekas/Horvath scored again in the Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) as 3.3/1 Vola Gatto (4f Beissinger Hanover-Il Gato-Valley Guardian) scored in 1.19.9kr with Gyorgy Horvath the pilot for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Bagameri. Violetta (4f Racino) and Zsozsoker trailed the winner that raced on the outer throughout before powering to the lead mid-stretch and holding off the late rush of Violetta. The co-featured Ceres DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 1.6/1 favorite Unreal Boss (5f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) with trainer Veljko Mazsity up for breeder/owner Hico Versenyistallo. Urania RC (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was second for Sandor Varga and Henrik Ibsen AT was third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Folie Amoureuse, harness racing

Folie Amoureuse wins Prix de Notre Dame

Perfect weather and great racing, including the Quinte+, at Enghien brought out the fans and the action began with the Prix de Notre Dame (purse 41,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) and the legendary Jean Pierre Dubois was victorious with 1.15.6kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Folie Amoureuse (3f Coktail Jet-Tes Amours) for her third career win in seven starts, now for 46,480 euro earned. Yves Boireau trains this rugged filly for Mr. Dubois and his Ecurie D was the breeder. She raced on the outer throughout before powering to the front. The 22/1 Fine Perle du Gite (3f Tabriz du Gite) was second ahead of 8.6/1 Fiorentina Somolli (3f Love You). Today’s Quinte+ was at Enghien in the Prix de la Porte Montmartre (purse 54,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 entrants). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 5.4/1 Balfour (g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) with Gabriele Gelormini up for owner/trainer Robert Bergh. The breeder was Marie Josee Nordin. 6.6/1 Usain Herna (8m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron) was second for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and third was 3.7/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet) for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues.The 7.9/1 Tesauto (6g Filipp Roc) and 19/1 Romi Mms (8f Turbo Sund) were fourth and fifth and the Quinte exact order ticket paid 5,140 euro. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse 120,000 euro, 4150 meters, 10 starters) went to rallying 2/5 favorite Cleangame (6f Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. The 28/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. 7/2 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) was third with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Serge Peltier. 56.1 As Dore and 14/1 Akim du Cap Vert captured fourth and fifth money. Race time was 1.17.7kr over the 2 and 9/16 miles plus distance. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 85,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters) was a competitive event that 10/1 Fifty Kalouma (3m Ready Cash-Sadaya de Cerisy) secured the victory for Clement Duvaldestin, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Philippe Boff. For the winner it was career win number three in nine appearances, now for 147,000 euro earned. 1.7/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) rallied late to be second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Scuderia Bivans. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The 3.9/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Raviscarte Jo) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 62/1 Fanina des Racques 3f Ready Cash) and 13/1 Zilath (3m Maharajah) were fourth and fifth, this pair reined by Eric Raffin and Andrea Guzzinati. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bird Parker, harness racing

Bird Parker wins at Les Sables d'Olonne

Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) won Thursday’s Prix Les Sables d’Olonne (purse 50,000 euro, 2775 meters distance handicap, 12 International starters) at the venue of the same name, timed in 1.13kr, and reined by J.Ph. Monclin.  Philippe Allaire trains and Elisabeth Allaire owns the great veteran that Christophe Toulorge bred. Brid Parker, off as 7/10 favorite this day, now has 20 wins in 72 career starts for 1,878,605 euro earned, as he overcame a 25 meters handicap. Two other 25 meter penalized performers trained the winner. 2.4/1 Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.6/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was third with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. Trotting also took place this day at Baden Austria. The 20th Monte Derby Austria (purse 8,000 euro, 2600 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.18.9kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Top Winner (8g From Above-Loctudy) with Mme. Ronja Walter in the irons for trainer Rudolf Haller and Stall Alegra Racing Club. Lendavu (8g Tony Oaks-Lantara) was second for Mme. Sabrine Brockner. On the same card the Prix Raphael Varane (purse 6,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.16.7kr timed and 1.4/1 George Greenwood (5g Infinitif-Ninanova) with trainer Rudy Haller driving for owner Christine Kellermeier. Dexter (5m Pegasus Boko) with Dieter Marz up and Saxicola Jet (7f Naglo) for Jos Verbeeck trailed the winner. Later the Grand Prix du Tour de France (6,000 euro purse, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.8/1 Lady Muscles (5f Muscle Hill-Chieftess) for Gerhard Mayr ahead of Nico W with Verbeeck at the lines. Of note was the announced Oslo Grand Prix positive test of its winner Urlo dei Venti that was an easy winner for Enrico Bellei and trainer Gennaro Casillo timed in 1.10.5kr. On the A sample this winner tested positive for cortisone and was disqualified from racing for 90 days. If the B test is positive the dq will be extended to 180 days and the owners will be ordered to return the winners’ purse. On July 12 the second annual mixed sale was held at Haras des Rouges (Louis Baudron) and a good quality selection of youthful racing prospects drew a fine audience and good prices led by the following: GOOD FRIDAY 2 year old qualified in 1.18.1kr (Village Mystic) 190.000€ by Kristof Depuydt. GIVE ME CASH 2 year old qualified in 1.10.7k (Ready Cash) , 150.000€ by Fabien Rycroft. FESTIF (Village Mystic) 88.000€ by Kristof Depuydt Saturday top trotting will take place at Enghien featuring the Gr. II International Prix de Buenos-Aires for 120,000 euro purse and the Gr. III Prix de Rome for 85,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vamp Kronos, harness racing

Very Kronos scores in Gr. II at Eskilstuna

Very Kronos (4m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was an impressive winner of today’s Gr. Ii International ICA Maxi Eskilstuna with 300,000SEK to the winner at Eskilstuna, Sweden. The 4.8/1 winner took the lead in lap one for driver Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and owner Kjell Johansson. Race time was 1.13.2kr over 2640 meters autostart. Volnik du Kras (4m Varenne0Olijka du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) gave valiant chase to be second a length for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was early leader Super War Horse (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Poison Valley-Lindy Lane) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Jerry Riordan. Born Unicorn and Eldorado B completed the top five. On the undercard the Sparbanken for 100,000SEK to the winner and raced over 1640 meters autostart went to Caid Griff (6m Password-Savanne Griff-Tenor de Baune) timed in 1.10.1kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Charrua Forlan and King City finished second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Wednesday’s Q+ at Graignes went to 6.9/1 Cimarron (6g Oiseau de Feux-La Duedoise) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten.  Race time was 1.14.7kr. 9/2 Comtesse du Clos (6f Eclot de la Crav) was second and 6.2/1 Class Thourjan took the third spot. The 15/1 Cash du Rib and 9/1 Artiste du Lyn completed the top five and led to a Q+ payoff (including the unique million euro bonus) of 1,003,514 euro. At Mons Ghlin was the Prix Darby Three Year Olds (A Group) with victory earned by 2/5 favorite Lover Boy (3m Conway Hall-Merlot OK) timed in 1.17.3kr over an off track, driven by Marc de Soete for trainer/owner DSM Trotting. The 17/1 Lucky Base (3g Akja S Funnymaker) was second for Frank Van Den Berg and third was 13/1 Lord Of Love (3g Love You) handled by Marc Huygens. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 3/10 favorite Uza Josselyn won Sunday’s Prix de Bruxelles at Enghien (Gr. III, purse 95,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, European starters) timed in 1.10.5kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the Ecurie Rhythm & Blues mare that Rene Aebischer trains. Uza now has career earnings of 867,674 euro earned. The 5/1 Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was a game second for Frank Nivard and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 9/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) for David Thomain and trainer J-M Bazire. 36/1 Unero Montaval (10m Nem) and Gabriele Gelormini was fourth and 23/1 Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner) was fifth for Matthieu Abrivard, The Q+ Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse 65,000 euro, 2875 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) was another program highlight and 5.7/1 Balfour (g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) was victorious for driver Gabriele Gelormini and trainer/owner Robert Bergh. Race time was 1.14.6kr. The 7.8/1 Cantin de l’éclair (6g Jet Fortuna) was second for David Thomain, overcoming a 25 meter handicap. 10/1 Candidat d’Ortige (m Giant Cat) took third for Eric Raffin ahead of 8.1/1 Cathy A Quira and 19/1 Arthura Boy. The mix of outsiders in the top five caused a 32,762 euro exact order payoff. LES RÉSULTATS DU JOUR dimanche 15 juillet   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 5 Balfour G. Gelormini R.Bergh Travstall AB R. Bergh 2ème 14 Cantin de l'Eclair D. Thomain Ecurie Eclair N. Catherine 3ème 2 Candidat d'Ortige E. Raffin J. Cottel F. Leblanc 4ème 11 Cathy A Quira J.-P. Monclin E. Desmet J. Niskanen 5ème 13 Arthuro Boy F. Lagadeuc Y. Dreux Y. Dreux  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 10.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 1548 BOOST ORDRE 1.000.000 €   Ordre :       32.762,80€   Désordre :       127,60€   Bonus 4 :       11,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       7,60€   Bonus 3 :       5,20€     The Prix du Louvrey at Enghien (Gr. III, purse 80,000 euro, 2875 meters)was a romp for 2/5 favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) handled by Franck Ouvrie for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The winner recorded his eighth career win in only 11 starts, now for 286,900 euro earned. 10/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was second for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. The 25/1 Dream de Nilrem (5f Jet Fortuna) was third for Eric Raffin and trainer Frederic Prat. 15/1 United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) was fourth for driver David Thomain and trainer Hans Bot. Race time was 1.14.1kr off rated fractions (1.15.9kr at the 1000 meters to go mark and 1.14.4kr with 500 remaining). The Prix de Villers (purse 50,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) brought out very good four and five year olds with victory earned by an impressive 3/2 favorite Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) timed in 1.12.9kr for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. This colt now has six wins in eight career starts as he defeated 2.8/1 Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Droit d’Auteur (5m Prodigious-Pazine) was third for Eric Raffin and trainer Jean Philippe Dubois at 11/1 odds. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 7/10 favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) scored today at Royan La Palmyre in the 9th leg of the Trophee Vert (purse 45,000 euro, 3100 meters distance handicap, 18 starters). Driver Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire owned and trainerd veteran to his 23rd career victory in 43 starts now for 659,060 euro earned. The winner overcame a 50 meter starting penalty to win easily in 1.14.4kr (mile rate 1:59.1 over the grass and 3150 meters, 1.96 miles traveled). Truly remarkable performance!!! The 17/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was second for trainer/driver Christophe Feyte and 10/1 Bebert Express (7g Tenor de Baune) was third for F.P. Bossuet. 104/1 Agothe de Reuttles and 76/1 Bon Copain were fourth and fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

At Mikkeli Finland the featured international Prix Saint Michel event raced over 1609 meters autostart for a total purse of 140,000 euro, went to rallying 2/5 favorite Heavy Sound (6g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) clocked in 1.09.5kr (151.82 mile rate) and driven by Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Daniel Reden. The winner recorded his fifth 2018 victory in seven starts and his 16th for the career in 34 appearances. His career earnings are now 676,080n euro, The 8.1/1 Pastore Bob (5g From Above-Estrada OR-Supergill) was a game second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. 37/1 Workout Wonder (6m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was third for driver Tommi Kylliainen, ahead of 44.1 Midnight Hour and 14/1 Elian Web. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) rallied from sixth at the half to zoom three wide entering the final bend to then wear down his foes for a 1.09.2kr victory in the V75 Gold Arjangs Sprinterlopp (600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters). Orjan Kihlstrom drove the winner for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. USA’s F.V. Caldwell and Bluestone Farms bred the champion now with 5,416,827SEK earned from an 8 4-2-2 slate this year. For the career he has 17,185,317SEK earned from a 28-11-7 slate in 59 appearances. Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) was third for Adrian Kolgjini. Volstead and Arai Boko ended fourth and fifth. Australian bred Maori Time was a dq and Pingus Vang was scratched. On the undercard Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) won a three-year-old event for driver Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan. The winner earned 70,000SEK. Other interesting winners were Kissmeonceagain (8f Varenne-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) for Per Nilsson to earn 100,000SEK, Bear Hope (5m SJs Caviar-Daily Mail-Muscles Yankee) for Bjorn Goop to earn 125,000SEK and Han Herred (5m Infinitif-Donna GT-Dungeness) driven by Ville Karhulahti to make 150,000SEK for Stall Inox and trainer Stig H. Johansson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Cabourg trotting action began with the Prix d’Auranches (purse 32,000 euro, 2750 meters, 16 starters) and the 1.15.1kr winner was 8/1 Danae d’Ela (5f Jag de Bellouet-Sonate de Bruyere) for Jean Philippe Borodajke. The 25 meter penalized at 2.7/1 odds Datcha (5f The Best Madrik) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson. 34/1 Carla des Caraibes (6f Flash de Cosse) was third for Daniel Marcel Olivier. The Q+ was at Cabourg in the Prix du Sap (purse 38,000 euro, 2750 meters) with the 1.15.2kr timed win to 9/1 Astral de Baumee (8g Prince de Montfort-Lisade Baumee) for driver Francois Lagadeuc and owner/trainer Stephane Blot. Second was 7.3/1 Bellino d’Auvrecy (7m Ganymede-Lady d’Auvrecy) for Franck Nivard, ahead of 1.9/1 Alinea (8g Baccarat du Mont) that David Thomain piloted for trainer Christian Bigeon. 106/1 Bill Please (7f Ready Cash) and 86/1 Boss d’Ourville (7g Quaro) completed the top five and established at 354,750 euro exact order payoff.      Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 0735   Ordre :       354.750,00€   Désordre :       5.960,40€   Bonus 4 :       192,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       79,60€   Bonus 3 :       15,60€               Cabourg’s Prix de Domfort (purse 35,000 euro, 250 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.17.2kr timed and 2.1/1 odds Family d’Arjeanc (3f Kaisy Dream-Nancy d’Ecajeul) with Clement Duvaldestin up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 6.1/1 France America (3f Jasmin de Flore-America) was second handled by trainer Louis Baudron and third was 73/1 Framboise (3f Nectar-Victoria) Action at Cagnes sur Mer featured the Gr. III Prix de Villeneuve Loubet (purse 70,000 euro, 2925 meters, 10 starters) with the 1.13.5kr timed victory to 1.2/1 favorite Uniflosa Bella (10f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Gede). J.Ch. Feron teamed the J.P. Marmion trainee that Marmion owns and Remi Boucret bred. 1.2/1 co-favorite Cavalleria (6f Prodigious-Janga) held second for trainer/driver J.P. Ensch and 43/1 Uranium (10g Jag de Bellouet-L’Aventoriere) was third with owner/trainer Junior Guelpa aboard. Weekend top trots are Saturday at Arjang where Propulsion tussles with nine rivals for 600,000SEK first prize, and Sunday at Mikkeli where Peace Of Mind, Pastore Bob and Heavy Sound battle with five others for a total purse of 140,000euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

The 28/1 Twitter (9g Offshore Dream-Face For Ever) took today’s Prix de l’Opera (purse 58,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) clocked in 1.12.7kr and reined by Mathieu Mottier for trainer A.H. Post and owner Haras du Arctic of Holland. The 12/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) took second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie. 91/1 Viking Dream (9g Iserio-Helfie) was third handed by owner/trainer A.G. Maillard. 6.8/1 Lover Face (10g Love You) and 13/1 Baraka de Belleu (7f Prodigious) completed the top five and the outsiders led to no exact order ticket winner. The disorder top five payoff was 7,918 euro. The Prix de Rochechouart (purse 50,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) went to 15/1 odds and 1.12.8kr timed Dona Nina (5f Tucson-Quolombre Winner). The breeder/owner/trainer Jarmo Niskanen was at the lines. The 73/1 Vanity Luis (4f Ideale Luis-Cristina Luis) was a distant second driven by Francois Lagadeuc for trainer Mlle. Melanie Gibon. Third was 18/1 Volturina Jet (4f Ken Warkentin-Eterea) for Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Tuesday’s Q+ at Les Sables d’Olonne was the Prix Les Sables d’Olonne (purse 35,000 euro, 2775 meters, 16 European starters) with 20/1 Barbue (7f Hermes du Buisson-Harengere) the winner for driver Anthony Barrier. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The 33/1 Ulhior du Beziau(10m Orsy Dream) was second ahead of 13/1 Charmante Fierte (6f Quaro) and J.Ph. Monclin. 13/1 Cash Okay (6m Ready Cash) and 3/2 favorite Blues des Landiers completed the top five and led to an exact order winning ticket payoff of 16,327 euro. The Prix du Chateau d’Olonne (purse 26,000 euro, 2650 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed and 9/10 favorite Eldrick Boko (7m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) with trainer Matthieu Abrivard up for owner Natalia Becsmertnaya of Italy. The 9/1 Akir de Mai (8g Kid de Chenu) held second for Anthony Barrier and third was 20/1 Always Perfect (8g Prodigious-Oh Butterfly) for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Julien Dubois. On Saturday at Vicky driver Jean Michel Bazire increased his driving win today to 6,004. He passed the 5,000 mark in 2014 and remains at the top annually among reinsman in France. Bazire has also had significant training success with European trotting stalwarts Aubrion du Gers and Belina Josselyn. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

France turf trotting continued on Sunday with the Prix de la Ville d’Ecommoy (purse 32,000 euro, 2750 meters, 18 starters). The 1.18.6kr winner was 6/1 Clyde de la Roche (6g Oiseau de Feux-Saga Lettoral) with trainer Damien Bonne up for Ecurie de la Roche. 1.2/1 Crazy Well (6g Orlando Vici) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, the breeder/owner/trainer/driver. The 6.3/1 Ce Retour le Oscar (6g Le Retour) and Jean Michel Bazire took third, this one bred, owned and trained by Ludovic Guitton. At Isle Sur Sorgue was the Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais (purse 32,000 purse, 2650 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) and the 1.16.4kr timed winner was 22/1 Bichon del Green (7g Quick Wood-Molly Speed) for driver Steve Stefano for trainer J.M. Roubaud. 53/1 Auteur (8g Overtrick) took second for Christopher Haret and third went to 34/1 Vent du Der (9g Lejacque d’Houlbec) for driver Emile Gout and trainer Richard Gout. Trots on turf continued Sunday at Hippodrome Madinina Martinque with the Prix des Begonias (purse 5,000 euro, 3800 meters) and this 1.23.1kr winner was Avis Contraire (8g Infant du Bossis-Jolie Prometteuse) for Alexandre Faive, the owner/trainer/driver. Boycott (7g Goetmals Wood) was second for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton. Third was Bavarois du Varlet (7g Laetenter Diem) for driver J.L. Langeron and owner/trainer Corrinne Gleize. The Prix des Tulipes (5,000 euro purse, 3800 meters on turf, 7 starters) went to Ussein Royal (10g Lilium Madrik-Heloire) timed in 1.22.5kr for driver J,F, Gate and owner/trainer Christine Lebreton. Vlatou des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney) was second for Solene Pach and trainer/owner J.L. Langeron with third to Titan Pierji (11g Jardy) for owner/trainer/driver Christophe Moise. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Berlin Mariendorf (Germany) hosted two three year old events today each for a total purse of 10,000 euro and raced over 1900 meters autostart. The filly division went to Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) driven by Robin Bakker for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner AGM Groot Beheer BV. The 111.9 timed winner defeated Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) with Dion P. Tesselaar up and Laura Vici (3f Orlando Vici-Lavaletta) for Michael Nimczyk. The colt division went to Very Impressive S (4m SJs Caviar-Verify) reined by Cees F. Kamminga in 1.13.4kr. Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way) was second for driver Danny Brower for trainer Paul Hagoort and stablemate CDs Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko) was third with Robin Bakker aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Sunday’s trotting action at Baden (Austria) featured the 3rd Championship de la Ville de Baden (purse 20,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) and 16/1 Ulena Car (5f Garden Spot-Ghinea Car) led most of the way for a convincing victory timed in 1.14.7kr. Giampaolo Minnucci drove the winner for trainer Lorenzo Baldi and owner Stefano Ricci. 9/10 favorite Super Fez (7m Love You-Lucia FI) was second with Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer Gennaro Casillo and Cumana Group SRL. The 6.8/1 Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) was third for Rudolf Haller and 25/1 Electric Light (5m Going Kronos-USA Hornline) took fourth with Joseph Verbeeck the pilot. The Baden card included four PMU simulcast races and the FEGAT Ladies event that was won by Xena Venus with Nadja Reisenbauer aboard. In addition to the Baden Championship the other three PMU events were won by Lady Muscles (5f Muscle Hill-Chieftess) for Gerhard Mayr, Ritchirich Diamant (6m Conway Hall-Irinass) for Gerhard Biendl and Stravinskij Bigi (7h Self Possessed-Foscherara ATC) with Thomas Royer at the lines. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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The first post Derby trotting program was Saturday at Kincsem Park and the young trotting mare Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) remained unbeaten with her ninth consecutive victory, this time in the Bizakmas DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart).  The 1.2/1 favorite led all the way for driver Andrea Fazekas, trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri. She was timed in a rated 1.16.kr for her 18 victory as she defeated Une Dame and Asterix Evo. Longines was bred in Germany by Kornelius Heitman of Munster. Team Fazekas/Horvath scored again in the Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) as 3.3/1 Vola Gatto (4f Beissinger Hanover-Il Gato-Valley Guardian) scored in 1.19.9kr with Gyorgy Horvath the pilot for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Bagameri. Violetta (4f Racino) and Zsozsoker trailed the winner that raced on the outer throughout before powering to the lead mid-stretch and holding off the late rush of Violetta. The co-featured Ceres DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 1.6/1 favorite Unreal Boss (5f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) with trainer Veljko Mazsity up for breeder/owner Hico Versenyistallo. Urania RC (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was second for Sandor Varga and Henrik Ibsen AT was third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
Perfect weather and great racing, including the Quinte+, at Enghien brought out the fans and the action began with the Prix de Notre Dame (purse 41,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) and the legendary Jean Pierre Dubois was victorious with 1.15.6kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Folie Amoureuse (3f Coktail Jet-Tes Amours) for her third career win in seven starts, now for 46,480 euro earned. Yves Boireau trains this rugged filly for Mr. Dubois and his Ecurie D was the breeder. She raced on the outer throughout before powering to the front. The 22/1 Fine Perle du Gite (3f Tabriz du Gite) was second ahead of 8.6/1 Fiorentina Somolli (3f Love You). Today’s Quinte+ was at Enghien in the Prix de la Porte Montmartre (purse 54,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 entrants). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 5.4/1 Balfour (g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) with Gabriele Gelormini up for owner/trainer Robert Bergh. The breeder was Marie Josee Nordin. 6.6/1 Usain Herna (8m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron) was second for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and third was 3.7/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet) for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues.The 7.9/1 Tesauto (6g Filipp Roc) and 19/1 Romi Mms (8f Turbo Sund) were fourth and fifth and the Quinte exact order ticket paid 5,140 euro. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse 120,000 euro, 4150 meters, 10 starters) went to rallying 2/5 favorite Cleangame (6f Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. The 28/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. 7/2 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) was third with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Serge Peltier. 56.1 As Dore and 14/1 Akim du Cap Vert captured fourth and fifth money. Race time was 1.17.7kr over the 2 and 9/16 miles plus distance. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 85,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters) was a competitive event that 10/1 Fifty Kalouma (3m Ready Cash-Sadaya de Cerisy) secured the victory for Clement Duvaldestin, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Philippe Boff. For the winner it was career win number three in nine appearances, now for 147,000 euro earned. 1.7/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) rallied late to be second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Scuderia Bivans. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The 3.9/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Raviscarte Jo) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 62/1 Fanina des Racques 3f Ready Cash) and 13/1 Zilath (3m Maharajah) were fourth and fifth, this pair reined by Eric Raffin and Andrea Guzzinati. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) won Thursday’s Prix Les Sables d’Olonne (purse 50,000 euro, 2775 meters distance handicap, 12 International starters) at the venue of the same name, timed in 1.13kr, and reined by J.Ph. Monclin.  Philippe Allaire trains and Elisabeth Allaire owns the great veteran that Christophe Toulorge bred. Brid Parker, off as 7/10 favorite this day, now has 20 wins in 72 career starts for 1,878,605 euro earned, as he overcame a 25 meters handicap. Two other 25 meter penalized performers trained the winner. 2.4/1 Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.6/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was third with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. Trotting also took place this day at Baden Austria. The 20th Monte Derby Austria (purse 8,000 euro, 2600 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.18.9kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Top Winner (8g From Above-Loctudy) with Mme. Ronja Walter in the irons for trainer Rudolf Haller and Stall Alegra Racing Club. Lendavu (8g Tony Oaks-Lantara) was second for Mme. Sabrine Brockner. On the same card the Prix Raphael Varane (purse 6,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.16.7kr timed and 1.4/1 George Greenwood (5g Infinitif-Ninanova) with trainer Rudy Haller driving for owner Christine Kellermeier. Dexter (5m Pegasus Boko) with Dieter Marz up and Saxicola Jet (7f Naglo) for Jos Verbeeck trailed the winner. Later the Grand Prix du Tour de France (6,000 euro purse, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.8/1 Lady Muscles (5f Muscle Hill-Chieftess) for Gerhard Mayr ahead of Nico W with Verbeeck at the lines. Of note was the announced Oslo Grand Prix positive test of its winner Urlo dei Venti that was an easy winner for Enrico Bellei and trainer Gennaro Casillo timed in 1.10.5kr. On the A sample this winner tested positive for cortisone and was disqualified from racing for 90 days. If the B test is positive the dq will be extended to 180 days and the owners will be ordered to return the winners’ purse. On July 12 the second annual mixed sale was held at Haras des Rouges (Louis Baudron) and a good quality selection of youthful racing prospects drew a fine audience and good prices led by the following: GOOD FRIDAY 2 year old qualified in 1.18.1kr (Village Mystic) 190.000€ by Kristof Depuydt. GIVE ME CASH 2 year old qualified in 1.10.7k (Ready Cash) , 150.000€ by Fabien Rycroft. FESTIF (Village Mystic) 88.000€ by Kristof Depuydt Saturday top trotting will take place at Enghien featuring the Gr. II International Prix de Buenos-Aires for 120,000 euro purse and the Gr. III Prix de Rome for 85,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
Very Kronos (4m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was an impressive winner of today’s Gr. Ii International ICA Maxi Eskilstuna with 300,000SEK to the winner at Eskilstuna, Sweden. The 4.8/1 winner took the lead in lap one for driver Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and owner Kjell Johansson. Race time was 1.13.2kr over 2640 meters autostart. Volnik du Kras (4m Varenne0Olijka du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) gave valiant chase to be second a length for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was early leader Super War Horse (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Poison Valley-Lindy Lane) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Jerry Riordan. Born Unicorn and Eldorado B completed the top five. On the undercard the Sparbanken for 100,000SEK to the winner and raced over 1640 meters autostart went to Caid Griff (6m Password-Savanne Griff-Tenor de Baune) timed in 1.10.1kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Charrua Forlan and King City finished second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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