Day At The Track
Durzie, harness racing

Durzie & Davidson du Pont Grade I winners

Two Group I contests were featured on the Saturday Paris-Vincennes card. The Prix de Normandie (monte, Gr. I, 240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters) saw 5.3/1 Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) score timed in 1.13.9kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard.  Ecurie Augustin-Normand owns the now eight-time winner in 27 starts for 404,100€ earned. 9/1 Dryade du Parc (5f Ludo de Castelle-Orelia d’Ecublei) was second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Pierrick Cellier. The 9/10 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) took third for Camille Levesque, riding for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. The co-featured Prix de l’Etoile (Gr. I, 240,000€ purse, 2200 meters, 10 starters) went to 5/10 favorite Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Albert Rayon. Timed in 1.10.8kr the winner now has 10 wins in 26 outings for 627,110€ earned for his career, 12/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Bivans SRL. The breeder was Ecurie Dream With Me. Third home was 13/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. Several other upper class events took place including the Quinte+ Prix de Moulins la Manche (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) where 13/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) scored in 1.12.8kr for Damien Bonne and trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. The 14/1 Lover Face (10g Love You), 3/2 favorite Vertige de Chenu (9g Lynx de Bellouet), 13/1 Blues des Laidiers (7g Phlegyas) and 7.7/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff was 5,282.40€ Full Of Charm (3m Texas Charm-Ushuaia) took the Prix de Bagneres (monte, 50,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) timed in 1.16.1kr with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this now three-time winner in five starts for 66,850€ earned. The even-money favorite bested Didji Gepe and France d’Anama. Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) took the Prix de Montelimar (purse 65,000€, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) off at 1.4/1 odds and with Bjorn Goop up for Sebastien Guarato, the trainer for Scuderia Bivans. This one has now five wins in six starts for 84,150€ earned. Ids Boko (3g From Above) was second for Robin Bakker, ahead of 34/1 Feliciano (3m Ready Cash) for Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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Brother Wise AS leads ITS Yearling Sale

There were 157 that were cataloged in the September 12-13 Asta Super Selezionata Yearlings Trottatori sale. 25 head brought 40,000€ or more with Brother Wise AS the leader at 230,000€ to Scuderia Bivans. This one is a son of Father Patrick from Arch Magic by SJs Photo. This dam is a half-sister to the exceptional Arch Madness by Balanced Image. Buyers from throughout Europe were very active with Scuderia Bivans acquiring three of the top 25. . Prodotto presentato da: ALLEVAMENTO DELLA SERENISSIMA SS Di proprietà di ALLEV. DELLA SERENISSIMA SS, AZ. AGR. GIDIEFFE, SCUD. WISE H 76 BROTHER WISE AS MASCHIO BAIO nato il 29/03/17 Self Possessed 1.51.3 Cantab Hall 1.54.0 Canland Hall 1.57.0 Father Patrick 1.50.2 Enjoy Lavec 1.52.0 Gala Dream Maple Frosting Primrose Lane 1.13.0 Kadabra 1.09.4 Quillo Arch Magic Sj's Photo 1.53.0 Armbro Archer Armbro Perfect 1ª madre ARCH MAGIC (2008da Kadabra) Sorella del Campione del Mondo ARCH MADNESS, a 3 1.52.2, A 4 anni 1.50.2 £ 4.288.981. Madre di: STIRLIN DERVISH (f, 2012 Credit Winner ) 2. 2.03. h – 1 vittoria e $19.600 ARCH CREDIT ( m, 2014 Credit Winner ) 2,1.57.2s ; 3, 1.55f, 4, 1.54f – 5 vittorie e $116.193 ZARCH WISE AS (m, 2015 da Lucky Chucky) 1.13.5 – 2 vittorie e E 16.410. 2018 – 2° Eliminatoria Breeders Course (Wolvega) 2 ª madre ARMBRO ARCHER ( 2000 da Sj’s Photo ) Madre di : ARCH MADNESS ( c, 2004 da Balanced Image) a 3 anni 1.52.2, a 4 anni 1.50.2, $ 4.288.981 ( campione del mondo) , A 3 anni vinc Eliminatoria e finale Breeders Crown ONTSS, Super final, secondo Heat e finale Kentucky Futurity ONTSS Gold elim e finale, e CanadianTrotting Final. A 4 anni Vincitore Maple Leaf Trot, 2° Breeders Crown, Nat Ray Trot, Fuinale Classic Series e Titan Cup. A 5 anni Vincitore Credit Winner Trot e Maple Leaf Elim,, 2° in Maple Leaf Trot e Breeders Crown. A 6 anni ottiene il record del mondo in Pista da 1000 metri vincendo il Cutler Memorial e 2 Su Mac LadSeries. A 7 anni vince: Titan Cup, Oslo Gran Prix e batterie Elitlopp, 2° Maple Leaf Trot e Nat Ray. A 8 anni 2° Titan Cup ed in batteria e finale Elitlopp e 3° in Oslo Gran Prix. A 9 anni 2° Elitlopp Finale. ABRAKADABRA ( m, 2005 da Kadabra ) 1.57 vincitore di $ 62.497, a 2 anni 3° in ONTSS, A 4 anni piazzato in 1.55.4. IRON WILL ( m, 2006 da Credit Winner ) a 3 anni 2.00.1 a 4 anni 1.53.4 f $ 287.853 piazzato in Stakes. ARABELLA HALL ( f, 2009 da Donato Hanover ) A 2 anni 2.01, il suo primo prodotto CHARGIN CADET 3,1.57.1 h – 7 vittorie e $ 100.004. A ROD HALL (c, 2012 da Deweycheatumnhowe ) 1.53.4 – 12 vittorie e $150.710. A 3 anni Vincitore di OSS Grassroots a Kawartha 3 ª madre Armbro Perfect ( 1994 da Mearly Perfect ) madre di: ARMBRO VISION ( m, 1998 da Balanced Image ) 1.54 $ 240.031 ARMBRO DECIMAL ( m, da Striking Sahbra ) 1.57 f stakes Winner di $ 133.850 ARMBRO TERRIFIC (m, Balanced Image) 2,2.05.0h – 1 vittoria e $10,873 ISCRIZIONI ALLE CORSE AMERICANE / STAKES ENGAGEMENTS SS Pennsylvania Sires, SS Swedish Breeders Crown, International Stallion, Bluegrass Series, Breeders Crown, Hambletonian/Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Futurity, Yonkers / Hudson, Zweig Memorial Filly Brother Wise AS video: https://vimeo.com/287140740 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Propulsion, harness racing

UET Masters Series Final this Sunday

Sunday is the annual UET Masters Series Final to be raced as Ostersund for a 4SEK million purse over 2140 meters autostart.  The field is a quality one led by Propulsion and Readly Express, the latter with Bjorn Goop to drive. Other recent top performing entrants are Cyber Lane, Dreammoko and Milligan’s School. Final UET Trotting Masters – kr. 4 milloni – meri 2140 Cyber Lane – Johan Utersteiner Diamanten – Erik Adielsson Dreammoko – Gabriele Gelormini Lionel – Daniel Reden Milligan’s School – Ulf Eriksson Muscle Hustle – Robert Bergh Nadal Broline – Ulf Ohlsson Pastore Bob – Peter Ingves Propulsion – Orjan Hihlstrom Readly Express – Bjorn Goop Sorbet 0 Erik Adielsson Up And Quick – Wihelm Paal Propulsion was bred in Georgetown, KY by Cane Run Farm and later sold for $210,000 to the current owners in a Meadowlands Tattersalls Mixed Sale. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Cayenne De Houelle, harness racing

Stark Bi wins feature at Baden-Vienna

Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) narrowly took Tuesday’s Prix Paris-Vincennes at Baden-Vienna (purse 14,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 participants) with trainer Rudolf Haller at the lines for Team Neuhof. Race time was 1.13.6kr and the winner was off at 7/2 odds. Stark Bi raised his life earnings to 132,788€. Woten Casel (7m Alesi OM) was second for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr at 9/1 and third went to 3/5 favorite Celestial Light (7f Love You) handled by her trainer Gerhard Biendl. Earlier in the card was the Prix Le Croise Laroche (purse 10,000€, 2600 meters autostart, nine starters) and the 3/5 favorite Offroader (5g Orlando Vici-Yasminia) prevailed for Rudy Haller who trains for Stall Wieserhof. 9/1 Narcis Pesci (7g Nimitz Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Marco Gorenc and 4.9/1 odds Stravinski Bigi (9g Self Possessed) was third for Thomas Royer. Race time was 1.16.5kr. The same day at Le Cepiere was the Quinte+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 14 European starters). Cayenne de Houelle (6f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) scored at 3/1 odds for Kevin Leblanc, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Gerard Leblanc timed in 1.16.4kr. The 21/1 Bingo d’Attaque (7m Pomerol de Laumac) was second for Robert Lacroix ahead of 53/1 outside Clever Lymm (6m Korean) and trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 10/1 Uvinto and 12/1 Tooltime completed the Quinte+ exact order top five that paid 5,846€ for a 2€ wager. Upcoming on the weekend are several top-flight racing events. On September 15 at Paris-Vincennes will be the Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse 240,000€, 2150 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) with the five year-olds facing a 50 meter penalty. Davidson du Pont is the likely favorite with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. The same day is the Gr. I Prix de Normandie (240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters, monte). Look for Dexter Fromentro to be the likely favorite with Camille Levesque in the irons. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The good Monday card at Paris-Vincennes included the Apprentice Prix Andre Rouer (monte, purse 70,000€. 2850 meters, 15 starters). The 11/1 odds Al Capone Jet (8m Jag de Bellouet-Passion de Morgane) scored clocked in 1.14.3kr with Louis Jublot up for trainer Pierre Coignard and owner J.L. Feray. Jean Etienne Dubois bred the now winner of 400,480€. 9/2 Art d’Erable (8g Coktail Jet) was second for Arthur Rebeche ahead of 15/1 Butch Cassidy and 1.3/1 favorite Union de Bellande. The Gr. II Prix Ceneri Forcind (purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, 10 monte starters) went to 1.11.8kr timed and 2.2/1 second- favorite Elladora de Forgan (4f Gazoulillis-Hamcina) with Franck Nivard in the irons. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for S.J. Dupont. 3.4/1 Exotica de Retz (4f Prodigious-Quayaya) was second with Mme. D. Beuafils Ernault up for trainer Sebastian Ernault and breeder/owner Ecurie des Charmes.  The 1.4/1 favorite Etonnant (4m Timoko-Migraine) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Richard Westerink. Eye Of the Storm was a dq, off at 11/1 odds. On the weekend (Saturday) was the V75 Gold at Solanget (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) with the upset 14.5/1 victory to 1.12.1kr timed Dreammoko (5m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) with Peter Peter Ingves up for trainer Richard Westerink. 3/1 Makethemark (5m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 1.7/1 favorite Diamanten (5m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson. On Sunday the VG Norskt Travderby (2600 meters autostart, purse 45.295.000Nok) was held at Bjerke Norway. The 1.13.5kr timed victory was earned by 7.8/1 odds Gretsky BR (4m Quite Easy-Metion Missy-Tagliabue) handled by Magnus Teien Gundersen. 7.5/1 Zelov (4m Love You-Global Tooma) took second for Asljorn Tengsareid, ahead of the 8.4/1 Spidertman TG (4g Crediot Winner-Arisane-Lindy Lane) reined by Geir Vegard Gundersen. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Napoli Agnano in Italy held Derby and Oaks qualification races on Sunday, each for a 22,000€ purse. The colts battled over 2100 meters autostart with victory going to 1.12kr timed Zidane Grif (3m Ready Cash-Tafleta’ Grif-Varenne) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. He scored for the third time in only seven career starts and was an impressive winner. Zarenne FAS (3m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee) took second for Roberto Vecchione ahead of Zelig Jet (3m Ken Warkentin-Fenice Jet-Park Avenue Joe) with Pietro Gubellini at the lines. The Oaks qualifier was raced over the 1600 meter sprinter distance autostart. Timed in 1.11.9kr was the winning Zoe Grif Italia (3f Ready Cash-One Dream Grif-Varenne) reined by Massimo Barbin. This now five time career winner in 17 appearances, defeated Zia Paola Jet (3f Maharajah-Lince Jet-Supergill) with Fed. Esposito up. Third went to Zona OK (3f Varenne-Errueno OK-Supergill) with trainer/driver Gocciadoro up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A superb fast class program graced Paris-Vincennes om Saturday afternoon. The Prix Emile Wendling (purse 80,000€, 2700 meters, 9 starters) began the action. Fashion Queen (3f Ready Cash-Usenza) rallied for the victory timed in 1.15.2kr with Eric Raffin up and off at 2.4/1 odds. Philippe Allaire trains and J.M. Tessier owns and bred this filly that now sports five career wins in 10 starts for 111,920€ earned. 10/1 odds Fabio de Perven (3m Love You-Her Way) was second for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar and the 4/5 favorite Flo Wood (3f Singalo-Tip Top Lady) was third with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and breeder/owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Next up was the Quinte+ Prix du Mont Saint Michel (purse 65,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters. There was a win dead-heat between 3.8/1 Ce Bello Romain (6g Jam Pridem) with Anthony Barrier up and 5.7/1 and 25 meter handicapped Calin de Morge (6g Ozio Royal) with Franck Nivard up. Race time was 1.13.6kr for Bello and 1.12.9kr for Calin. 24/1 odds Boy Dancer (7g Magnificent Rodney) took third for Theo Duvaldestin, ahead of 28/1 Blue de Landiers and 2.7/1 Vortige de Chenu, this pair completing the top five. The Q+ exact order ticket paid 2,450.60€ and there was no jackpot winner. The Gr. III Prix Joseph Aveline (purse 80,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) saw the 12/1 Elena de Piencourt (4f Opium-Una Bella Jain) score in upset fashion for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. Robert Malherbe bred and owns this 1/13/9kr timed decisive winner. 19/1 Elixir d’Anama (4m Rieussec) took second for Francois Lecanu and 24/1 Estola (4f Nectar) was third for Franck Nivard, this one handicapped 25 meters. The afternoon feature was the Gr. II Prix d’Ete (purse 200,000€, 2700 meters voltstart, seven starters). As predicted the 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) prevailed by a length for trainer/driver/owner Jean Michel Bazire. Marie Brigitte bred this champion that now has 37 wins in 61 starts for 1,970,872€ earned. Aubrion face quite a battle in a give and go tussle before making a bold brush in the final bend to lead for the final time. 3.3/1 Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) closed late for second handled by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. 31/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was third for Matthieu Abrivard. 76/1 Ave Avis, The 18/1 initial leader Un Mer d’Heripre, 22/1 Charly du Noyer and 6.3/1 Traders completed the field. Allaire trains the last pair and Bazire trains Ave Avis along with the winner. Leading three-year-olds contested the Gr. II Prix de Basly (monte, purse 120,000€, 2175 meters, eight starters) and the 2.2/1 odds winner was Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons. This winner recorded her sixth career victory in 14 starts now for 325,190€ earned. Yves Boireau trains the filly for owner Jean Pierre Dubois that was clocked in 1.12.9kr. 7/10 favorite Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was a game second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was Flore de Janeiro (3f Vanishing Point) for jockey Anthony Barrier. The wrap up for the day was the Gr. III Prix de Montier en Der (purse 72,000€, 2.850 meters, 12 starters). Even-money favorite Orlando Jet ended sixth after making a last to first rush past the halfway mark. He weakened at the head stretch and 12/1 Tinamo Jet (6m Naglo-Lituania Jet) scored timed in 1.14.2kr with J-M Bazire up for trainer Franck Leblanc. The win increased his career earnings to 246,275€. The 12/1 odds Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici-Flax Avenue) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of 32/1 Cap Matyss and 19/1 Copernic de Play. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Manaor, Majorca--The Spain v NAADA Competition ended on September 9 on the 3/8ths mile track in Manacor with the Spanish team racing one-two with Faraldo in the pocket all the way until the wire. The Spanish prevailed finishing first and second with the visitors' Alan Schwartz, third, Joe Lee, fourth, Joe Faraldo, fifth and Paul Minore trailed the field The distance was 2,350 meters or 3 1/2 times around the well banked oval which sports a iron pipe crafted running horse rail. ("There is no way you wanna touch that thing", Faraldo remarked). The sand based track provided a really good surface for the all-French trotting horse field. Once again NAADA ended-up on the short end. The final points: Spain 86, USA 67. During the afternoon the Americans had a tour of the largest Cathedral in Europe and a special delightful lunch of Majorcan cuisine at Celler Sa Premsa in Palma. The evening highlight was the performance of the 6-8 year old children in their colors driving a variety of ponies without a starting gate, with the best ponies handicapped by meters. Afterwards there was festive dinner in a setting of about 400 in attendance, mostly to support the children, "and not the American amateur drivers", Faraldo added. by Joe Faraldo with John Manzi, for NAADA

Today’s Kincsem Park card was a great one, with the final three FEGAT Men’s Championship races and three high-class events led by the Gr. III Jozsef Marschall Memorial (purse 9,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). That race drew a fine field of the best in east-central Europe and the 2/1 favorite Azimut (5m Odessa Santana-Aida-Lets Go) of Germany prevailed easily with Josef Franzl driving. He also trains the winner, bred by Fritz Royer, that was timed in 1.13.1kr over the sprinter distance. Azimut came into this race off three wins in his last five outings. The 17.6/1 odds Paolendry Like (9g Enjoy Lavec) was second for Marko Slavic and the SLO trainer Boris Vukosavljavic. 41.5/1 Global Player (11g Ditka Hanover-Gravitat-Speedy Soma) took third with Erich Kubes at the lines for trainer Cornelia Ubleis of Austria. The 3.4/1 second choice Tosca Victory (8m Up de Poggio) claimed the fourth check for Peter Schwarzimuller, also from Austria. Below is the program header and performance lines of the race winner. The second feature today was the Hungaria DIJ (purse 4,000,000Huf, 2560 meters voltstart, starters aged three and four with the age four performers handicapped 40 meters). The even-money favorite Eros Josselyn (4g Sam Bourbon-Queda Josselyn-In Foot) scored powerfully, after a first up surge in the final turn, timed in 1.16kr with trainer Joze Sagaj aboard, he from SLO. The winner is a rugged sort and this victory was his sixth straight, the last three before today in France, with Sagaj teaming. The 3.7/1 odds Zeal de Girifalco (3m Igor Font-Inviatar d’italla-Varenne) was second for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Desert King (4m Cantab Hall-German June-Daguet Rapide), off three straight recent wins, at 30/1 odds today, took third handled by trainer Josef Franzl, also facing 40 extra meters at the start. Fourth was 10.5/1 Zagabria Vani (3f Ruty Grif-Monia LB-Pine Chip) that SLO’s Mirko Gregorc handled and trains. This one last scored at Padova on July 18/. The final upper class race this day was the Istvan Szegedy Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the 2.2/1 local star Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) scored in 1.17.5kr for Veljko Mazsity. Kabala Menes Kft bred this one that rallied relentlessly in the lane to get up in the final strides. 4/1 Conway Boko (9m Castleton Bass) held second for Tibor Hajnal and 7.6/1 Milliondollar Lux (12m Ganymede) was a game third for Emil Csordas. Veteran Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue) was fourth with Csaba Lakatos up. A section of the program page and photos follow. https://lovifogadas.hu/web/data/uturf/ugeto_2018_09_08.pdf by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The three-day Arqana-Trot Deauville Sale is complete and quite an event it was, particularly in the first and third sessions. The sale topper at 400,000 euro ($462,000US) was hip 377, the 2017 foaled filly by Charly du Noyer-Reethi Rah Jet, the dam (bred by Jean Etienne Dubois) having produced the champion Bold Eagle. This one and several other sales leaders appeared Friday. Another late sale top 20 was hip 436 Haut Brion (colt, 2017 by Bold Eagle-Christa Maris) at 240,000 euro ($277,000US). A great looker he is. The Top 20 follow along with total sale results that illustrate growth in the demand for FR trotting stock. Top 20 1. Lot 0377 : HUNTER VALLEY CHARLY DU NOYER / REETHI RAH JET Vendeur : Etre, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0377 400 000 € 2. Lot 0093 : HERE I AM READY CASH / COME ON JET Vendeur : Etre, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0093 320 000 € 3. Lot 0108 : HEROE WINNER READY CASH / ALTESSE WINNER Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : Anonyme 0108 240 000 € 4. Lot 0436 : HAUT BRION BOLD EAGLE / CRISTA MARIS Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0436 240 000 € 5. Lot 0067 : HAVILAH READY CASH / ULZHANE Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0067 180 000 € 6. Lot 0047 : HAND FULL READY CASH / SIRENE DE MAI Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : Stall Courant AB 0047 170 000 € 7. Lot 0423 : HARPER DU FER BIRD PARKER / VICTORY PRIDE Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : BRINI RACING TEAM 0423 160 000 € 8. Lot 0117 : HIGH LIFE READY CASH / BUSY BEE JET Vendeur : Etre, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0117 150 000 € 9. Lot 0437a : HAVANA MARCEAUX VERY NICE MARCEAUX / COSMIC GIRL Vendeur : Brun Jean, Acheteur : FONTEYNE Florent-Henri 0437a 150 000 € 10. Lot 0472 : HERA D'ATOUT BOLD EAGLE / TOPAZE D'ATOUT Vendeur : Sassy, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0472 140 000 € 11. Lot 0342 : HOLD ON WILLIAMS BOLD EAGLE / MISS WILLIAMS Vendeur : Trois Rivières, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0342 120 000 € 12. Lot 0037 : HAKA READY CASH / UNE FILLE D'AMOUR Vendeur : Ecouché, Acheteur : DREAM HORSE AGENCY 0037 110 000 € 13. Lot 0066 : HAVANE JULRY READY CASH / SENSATION JULRY Vendeur : Julry, Acheteur : REGOURD Gérard 0066 110 000 € 14. Lot 0449 : HEAVEN'S PRIDE BRILLANTISSIME / QUEENLY PRIDE Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : SAUQUE Frédéric 0449 110 000 € 15. Lot 0459 : HELIOS DES CHAMPS BOLD EAGLE / REBECCA DES CHAMPS Vendeur : Champs, Acheteur : LEBLANC Franck 0459 110 000 € 16. Lot 0071 : HEART JEWEL PRODIGIOUS / TOPAZE BOURBON Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : BIGEON William 0071 100 000 € 17. Lot 0112 : HEROS DE LA COTE READY CASH / SPICY JET Vendeur : Madrik, Acheteur : BIGEON Jean-Luc 0112 100 000 € 18. Lot 0068 : HAWAIENNE MAZA READY CASH / AVENTURA Vendeur : Etre, Acheteur : SAS LANGLAIS BLOODSTOCK 0068 90 000 € 19. Lot 0370 : HOUSTON DE BLARY BIRD PARKER / ANNABA DE BLARY Vendeur : Blary, Acheteur : SAUQUE Frédéric 0370 90 000 € 20. Lot 0505 : HIGH ROCK DE LOU BOLD EAGLE / AOSTA DE LOU Vendeur : Lou, Acheteur : ECURIE THOMAS BERNEREAU 0505 90 000 € Segments Total   Type Présentés Vendus % Vente Enchères Ench. + Am. Prix moyen Médian Top Price ► 2018   496 344 69,35 % 10 216 500 € 10 324 500 € 29 699 € 19 000 € 400 000 € ► 2017   468 335 71,58 % 8 237 500 € 8 237 500 € 24 590 € 16 000 € 300 000 € ► 2016   455 308 67,69 % 6 203 500 € 6 281 500 € 20 141 € 15 000 € 190 000 € ► 2015   459 298 64,92 % 6 035 000 € 6 055 000 € 20 252 € 15 000 € 155 000 € The catalog link follows: http://www.arqana-trot.com/catalogue-listing/ventes-de-yearlings-selectionnes-2018 Next year at this time we will see glimpses of performance and possible careers in the spotlight. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Friday and Saturday Kincsem Park (Budapest) hosted the FEGAT Men’s Amateur Drivers Championship, raced over five events, two Friday and three Saturday. The final results revealed a close contest with Christian Nissen (Denmark) the winner with 47 points, Niclas Benzon (Sweden) next with 46 and third went to Thomas Royer (Austria) with 44. Italy’s Filippo Monti was fourth with 39 points. The photos below tell the story as Nissen sealed the deal with a second in the fifth event handling Szacharin. Thomas Royer won that race with Under World (5g Racino-Zaba) for trainer Emil Csordas to garner the third leading points total. That event was raced over 1900 meters autostart for a 600,000Huf purse, the same purse that applied to the earlier four events. The “Heat” winners were Tiko Time (6m Belami) for VM Kangasluoma at 56/1, Tengelic (6f Incredible Cole) for Filippo Monti at 11/1, Trendy Girl (6f What A Man) at 7/1 for Christian Nissen, 4.7/1 odds Beatrix Galindo AT (5f Tony Oaks) again for Filippo Monti and the 8.4/1 Under World (5g Racino) for Thomas Royer. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The first two Arqana Trot Yearling Sale sessions at Deauville are complete. Nine yearlings have sold for 100,000 euro or more so far led by the colt Here I Am (Ready Cash-Come On Jet) that brought 320,000 euro from SAS Langlais Bloodstock as hip 93. He’s from a Goetmals Wood half-sister to the dam of the great Quaker Jet. Nine of the top 10 yearlings sold were sired by Ready Cash. Session one saw 81 lots sold from 126 presented (64.4%) for an average of 46,049 euro and the median was 28,000 euro. That session average was up 16.3% from prior year. Session two had 145 lots sold from 202 presented (71.8%), with an average of 12,714 euro and median was 11,000 euro. The session two average was down 2.8% from 2017. The final session takes place Friday.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Big weekend of racing in Equope Perfect Spirit this evening won the Gavle Fyeaaringsst (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart). This four year-old son of Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) scored in 1.10.7kr for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and SRF Stable. The winner now has six wins and two second place finishes in eight starts since import form the USA. Off as the 1.7/1 favorite Perfect Spirit defeated 27/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-She’s Gone Again-SJs Caviar) and 4.4/1 Zack Zoomer (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Passageway-Angus Hall). King Of the Hill and Snowstorm Hanover was dq’s. At Vincennes on Saturday will feature the Gr. II Prix d’Ete for a 200,000 euro total purse, raced over 2700 meters. Aubrion du Gers will be at the start along with noted sprinter Un Mec d’Heripre. The Prix de Basly is also Saturday at Vincennes as three year-olds contest this Gr. II event. Saturday is the FEGAT Amateur Driver Championship final which this year is at Kincsem Park (Budapest). That series of raced begins Friday evening. There will also be on Saturday the Marschall Memorial and the Hungaria Dij. The Marschall Memorial is the first Group III race, the prize money is 9.000.000 HUF - about 30.000 USD. The FEGAT Gentlemen European Championship has 13 participants. http://www.fegat.info/competition_cat2018/gentlemen-european-championship-in-hungary/ There will be two races on Friday night and three on Saturday. https://lovifogadas.hu/web/data/agturf/agar_2018_09_07.pdf https://lovifogadas.hu/web/data/uturf/ugeto_2018_09_08.pdf by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Hippodrome Pornichet hosted the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf harness race on Wednesday (purse 90,000 euro, 2726 meters distance handicap, 14 starters), The 2/5 odds favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) overcame a 25 meter handicap to get up in the final strides to capture the GNT timed in 1.12.1kr with trainer J-M Bazire aboard. Ecurie J-M Rancoule owns the now 18 time career winner of 498,470 euros earned. Ceylan Dairpet (6g Ouragon de Celland-Rosy Mip) was second for trainer/driver Tony LeBeller and Ecurie Dairpet, off at 6.6/1. Longshot 21/1 Barbue (7f Hermes du Buisson) took third for Anthony Barrier, ahead of 52/1 As Blue (8g L’As de Viretaute) and 16/1 Aigle Jenilou to complete the top five in this Quinte+ event. The exact order winning tickets paid 1,071.60 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 7/10 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah-Reality Pride) took today’s Svenskt TravDerby (Gr. I, purse 401,600 euro, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) timed in 1.12kr for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Pasi Aikio and owner Trakompaniet Stall SB. Chianti ( (4m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever) at 6.7/1 was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third went to the 22/1 outsider Son Of God (4m Pastor Stephen) with Johan Untersteiner teaming for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The Derby Mares (Gr. I, purse 200,800 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 4.9/1 odds Run Chica Run (4f Scarlet Knight-Run Baby Run) hold on to win for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Pallexperten I Malmo AB. Race time was 1.12kr and the winner now sports eight career wins in 18 starts (four wins in seven 2018 outings). The 82/1 Europhile AM (4f Gift Kronos-Twist In The Tail) was second for trainer Untersteiner and catch driver Jorma Kontio, ahead of 7.4/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. On the undercard was the Derby Stayern (purse 20,581 euro, 3140 meters, 12 starts) and the 1/5 favorite Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) prevailed timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. AB Ybena owns this winner that defeated Monark Newmen (5m Orlando Vici) and Digger Lord (7g Digger Crown). On Saturday at Helsinki the Finland Trotting Derby (150,000 euro to the winner, 2600 meters) saw favorite Hachiko de Veluwe (4g Timoko-Amazing Ride-Muscles Yankee) score for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The winner’s dam was also produced good colts Brad de Veluwe and Gizmo de Veluwe, both by Andover Hall. Lexus Dream (4g Lexus Font-Lovely Dream-Coktail Jet) was second for Ari Moilanen while third was Gloria Web (4m Donerail-Amazing Annie-Armbro Prowess with Santtu Raitala driving. Chart follows as well as pedigree of the mare Amazing Ride. Earlier in the week (August 31) was the annual Kolgjini Sale at Vombs Nygard. https://kolgjini.se/files/auction/20180831090912_0537158001535706552.pdf A host of well-bred yearlings were presented with the leaders shown below. Hip 87 Velamints Face (male. Muscle Hill-Grady Stone), 1,700,000SEK Hip 4 Mojo Express (male, Readly Express-Somebodylikeyou As), 1,500,000SEK Hip 93 Hannibal Face (male, Bold Eagle-Casualty Of Love), 1,100,000SEK Hip 67 Vindaloo Face (female, Joke Face-Jolokia), 1,050,000SEK Hip 74 Hyper Smart (male, Ready Cash-Nagasaki Face), 850,000SEK Hip 70 Vaganova Face (female, Muscle Hill-Ballet Slippers), 800,000SEK Hip 8 Hacker AM (male, Muscle Hill-Queen Silas), 800,000SEK Of interest was also hip 66 Heaven AM (female, Bold Eagle-Artomatic-Artsplace) with a strong pacing maternal family.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=_WVh2-_hBkE by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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Two Group I contests were featured on the Saturday Paris-Vincennes card. The Prix de Normandie (monte, Gr. I, 240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters) saw 5.3/1 Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) score timed in 1.13.9kr for jockey Alexandre Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard.  Ecurie Augustin-Normand owns the now eight-time winner in 27 starts for 404,100€ earned. 9/1 Dryade du Parc (5f Ludo de Castelle-Orelia d’Ecublei) was second for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Pierrick Cellier. The 9/10 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) took third for Camille Levesque, riding for trainer Thomas and owner Pierre Levesque. The co-featured Prix de l’Etoile (Gr. I, 240,000€ purse, 2200 meters, 10 starters) went to 5/10 favorite Davidson du Pont (5m Pacha du Pont-Laguna du Pont) with trainer J-M Bazire up for breeder/owner Albert Rayon. Timed in 1.10.8kr the winner now has 10 wins in 26 outings for 627,110€ earned for his career, 12/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Bivans SRL. The breeder was Ecurie Dream With Me. Third home was 13/1 Django Riff (5m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Elisabeth Allaire. Several other upper class events took place including the Quinte+ Prix de Moulins la Manche (purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) where 13/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) scored in 1.12.8kr for Damien Bonne and trainer/owner Christian Bigeon. The 14/1 Lover Face (10g Love You), 3/2 favorite Vertige de Chenu (9g Lynx de Bellouet), 13/1 Blues des Laidiers (7g Phlegyas) and 7.7/1 Attaque Parisienne (8f Hulk des Champs) completed the top five. The Q+ exact order payoff was 5,282.40€ Full Of Charm (3m Texas Charm-Ushuaia) took the Prix de Bagneres (monte, 50,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) timed in 1.16.1kr with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Julien Dubois. Ecurie D bred this now three-time winner in five starts for 66,850€ earned. The even-money favorite bested Didji Gepe and France d’Anama. Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) took the Prix de Montelimar (purse 65,000€, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) off at 1.4/1 odds and with Bjorn Goop up for Sebastien Guarato, the trainer for Scuderia Bivans. This one has now five wins in six starts for 84,150€ earned. Ids Boko (3g From Above) was second for Robin Bakker, ahead of 34/1 Feliciano (3m Ready Cash) for Eric Raffin. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink
There were 157 that were cataloged in the September 12-13 Asta Super Selezionata Yearlings Trottatori sale. 25 head brought 40,000€ or more with Brother Wise AS the leader at 230,000€ to Scuderia Bivans. This one is a son of Father Patrick from Arch Magic by SJs Photo. This dam is a half-sister to the exceptional Arch Madness by Balanced Image. Buyers from throughout Europe were very active with Scuderia Bivans acquiring three of the top 25. . Prodotto presentato da: ALLEVAMENTO DELLA SERENISSIMA SS Di proprietà di ALLEV. DELLA SERENISSIMA SS, AZ. AGR. GIDIEFFE, SCUD. WISE H 76 BROTHER WISE AS MASCHIO BAIO nato il 29/03/17 Self Possessed 1.51.3 Cantab Hall 1.54.0 Canland Hall 1.57.0 Father Patrick 1.50.2 Enjoy Lavec 1.52.0 Gala Dream Maple Frosting Primrose Lane 1.13.0 Kadabra 1.09.4 Quillo Arch Magic Sj's Photo 1.53.0 Armbro Archer Armbro Perfect 1ª madre ARCH MAGIC (2008da Kadabra) Sorella del Campione del Mondo ARCH MADNESS, a 3 1.52.2, A 4 anni 1.50.2 £ 4.288.981. Madre di: STIRLIN DERVISH (f, 2012 Credit Winner ) 2. 2.03. h – 1 vittoria e $19.600 ARCH CREDIT ( m, 2014 Credit Winner ) 2,1.57.2s ; 3, 1.55f, 4, 1.54f – 5 vittorie e $116.193 ZARCH WISE AS (m, 2015 da Lucky Chucky) 1.13.5 – 2 vittorie e E 16.410. 2018 – 2° Eliminatoria Breeders Course (Wolvega) 2 ª madre ARMBRO ARCHER ( 2000 da Sj’s Photo ) Madre di : ARCH MADNESS ( c, 2004 da Balanced Image) a 3 anni 1.52.2, a 4 anni 1.50.2, $ 4.288.981 ( campione del mondo) , A 3 anni vinc Eliminatoria e finale Breeders Crown ONTSS, Super final, secondo Heat e finale Kentucky Futurity ONTSS Gold elim e finale, e CanadianTrotting Final. A 4 anni Vincitore Maple Leaf Trot, 2° Breeders Crown, Nat Ray Trot, Fuinale Classic Series e Titan Cup. A 5 anni Vincitore Credit Winner Trot e Maple Leaf Elim,, 2° in Maple Leaf Trot e Breeders Crown. A 6 anni ottiene il record del mondo in Pista da 1000 metri vincendo il Cutler Memorial e 2 Su Mac LadSeries. A 7 anni vince: Titan Cup, Oslo Gran Prix e batterie Elitlopp, 2° Maple Leaf Trot e Nat Ray. A 8 anni 2° Titan Cup ed in batteria e finale Elitlopp e 3° in Oslo Gran Prix. A 9 anni 2° Elitlopp Finale. ABRAKADABRA ( m, 2005 da Kadabra ) 1.57 vincitore di $ 62.497, a 2 anni 3° in ONTSS, A 4 anni piazzato in 1.55.4. IRON WILL ( m, 2006 da Credit Winner ) a 3 anni 2.00.1 a 4 anni 1.53.4 f $ 287.853 piazzato in Stakes. ARABELLA HALL ( f, 2009 da Donato Hanover ) A 2 anni 2.01, il suo primo prodotto CHARGIN CADET 3,1.57.1 h – 7 vittorie e $ 100.004. A ROD HALL (c, 2012 da Deweycheatumnhowe ) 1.53.4 – 12 vittorie e $150.710. A 3 anni Vincitore di OSS Grassroots a Kawartha 3 ª madre Armbro Perfect ( 1994 da Mearly Perfect ) madre di: ARMBRO VISION ( m, 1998 da Balanced Image ) 1.54 $ 240.031 ARMBRO DECIMAL ( m, da Striking Sahbra ) 1.57 f stakes Winner di $ 133.850 ARMBRO TERRIFIC (m, Balanced Image) 2,2.05.0h – 1 vittoria e $10,873 ISCRIZIONI ALLE CORSE AMERICANE / STAKES ENGAGEMENTS SS Pennsylvania Sires, SS Swedish Breeders Crown, International Stallion, Bluegrass Series, Breeders Crown, Hambletonian/Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Futurity, Yonkers / Hudson, Zweig Memorial Filly Brother Wise AS video: https://vimeo.com/287140740 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
Sunday is the annual UET Masters Series Final to be raced as Ostersund for a 4SEK million purse over 2140 meters autostart.  The field is a quality one led by Propulsion and Readly Express, the latter with Bjorn Goop to drive. Other recent top performing entrants are Cyber Lane, Dreammoko and Milligan’s School. Final UET Trotting Masters – kr. 4 milloni – meri 2140 Cyber Lane – Johan Utersteiner Diamanten – Erik Adielsson Dreammoko – Gabriele Gelormini Lionel – Daniel Reden Milligan’s School – Ulf Eriksson Muscle Hustle – Robert Bergh Nadal Broline – Ulf Ohlsson Pastore Bob – Peter Ingves Propulsion – Orjan Hihlstrom Readly Express – Bjorn Goop Sorbet 0 Erik Adielsson Up And Quick – Wihelm Paal Propulsion was bred in Georgetown, KY by Cane Run Farm and later sold for $210,000 to the current owners in a Meadowlands Tattersalls Mixed Sale. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) narrowly took Tuesday’s Prix Paris-Vincennes at Baden-Vienna (purse 14,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 participants) with trainer Rudolf Haller at the lines for Team Neuhof. Race time was 1.13.6kr and the winner was off at 7/2 odds. Stark Bi raised his life earnings to 132,788€. Woten Casel (7m Alesi OM) was second for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr at 9/1 and third went to 3/5 favorite Celestial Light (7f Love You) handled by her trainer Gerhard Biendl. Earlier in the card was the Prix Le Croise Laroche (purse 10,000€, 2600 meters autostart, nine starters) and the 3/5 favorite Offroader (5g Orlando Vici-Yasminia) prevailed for Rudy Haller who trains for Stall Wieserhof. 9/1 Narcis Pesci (7g Nimitz Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Marco Gorenc and 4.9/1 odds Stravinski Bigi (9g Self Possessed) was third for Thomas Royer. Race time was 1.16.5kr. The same day at Le Cepiere was the Quinte+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 14 European starters). Cayenne de Houelle (6f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) scored at 3/1 odds for Kevin Leblanc, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Gerard Leblanc timed in 1.16.4kr. The 21/1 Bingo d’Attaque (7m Pomerol de Laumac) was second for Robert Lacroix ahead of 53/1 outside Clever Lymm (6m Korean) and trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 10/1 Uvinto and 12/1 Tooltime completed the Quinte+ exact order top five that paid 5,846€ for a 2€ wager. Upcoming on the weekend are several top-flight racing events. On September 15 at Paris-Vincennes will be the Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse 240,000€, 2150 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) with the five year-olds facing a 50 meter penalty. Davidson du Pont is the likely favorite with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. The same day is the Gr. I Prix de Normandie (240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters, monte). Look for Dexter Fromentro to be the likely favorite with Camille Levesque in the irons. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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