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Sweden rules on Propulsion case

In Sweden a ruling was finally issued regarding Propulsion that raced in Europe successfully after having been nerved in the USA prior to sale by public auction. Below is direct Google translation of today’s press posting that appears on a major SWE racing website as written by Michael Carlsson, Kanal 75. Propulsion is nerve-wracking and gets rid of all victories and prize money. Propulsion's result is annulled - will be liable for repayment of 26 million Svensk Travsport has established this through its internal and external investigation. As a result, all results will be invalid and the owner Stall Zet will repay just over SEK 26 million ($2.9 million US) of the prize money. - This means that those who have been after Propulsion in the result lists will be moved up and 26 million distributed to other horse owners, says Göran Wahlman, federal lawyer at Svensk Travsport. - We should have discovered Propulsion's nerve incision earlier. I am aware that this has damaged Swedish Trotting's reputation, says Maria Croon, CEO of Swedish Trotting. Propulsion won the Elite Race earlier this year and has celebrated enormous success with its coach Daniel Redén. Two days after the elite race victory, it emerged that the horse had been nerve-wracking in the USA, before Propulsion was imported to Sweden. It is not allowed for horses to compete nerve-wracking in Sweden. But allowed in the United States. On Thursday, a press conference was held at Solvalla where Svensk Travsport presented its internal and external investigation in the Propulsion case. - There is no doubt that Propulsion was nerve-wracking on April 27, 2015. The horse has started 45 times, on 38 different competition occasions and it is in violation of the Swedish regulations and the Animal Welfare Act, says Maria Croon, CEO of Swedish Trotting. - I have only been here one year but this is one of the most serious we have experienced in Swedish trotting. It is extremely boring for all parties and for the trotting sport in general. There are a number of events and situations that have affected people in both the USA and Sweden, which in various ways have been part of the case. Submits the case to the Liability Committee In June 2020, Svensk Travsport appointed an independent review of the association's handling of the import matter concerning Propulsion. - All documents from the American Confederation showed that Propulsion was nerve-wracking, when imported to Sweden, says the external investigator Per Jern. - Since the horse has been nerve-cut, it has not been eligible to start. Despite this, it has participated in competitions and we are now leaving the investigation to the Liability Committee, which is the trotting sport's decision-making body. It is completely according to the practice that we work according to, says Maria Croon. - We handle over 12,000 cases per year, exports and imports. This has highlighted shortcomings within the union and we should have discovered Propulsion's nerve cutting earlier. The export certificate shows that Propulsion is nerve-cut and it has been in the system since 2015 that the horse is cut. The sports system is deficient and we need to professionalise and ensure the quality of our routines. - I am aware that this has damaged Swedish Trotting's reputation, says Maria Croon. "We reclaim SEK 26 million from Stall Zet" This means that Propulsion's results will be invalid. The horse gets rid of all victories and prize money, which is just over 26 million kronor. The owner Stall Zet will be liable for repayment and the result lists that Propulsion has been involved in will be corrected. - Those who have been after Propulsion in the results lists will be moved up. We will reclaim the prize money from Stall Zet. ST does not keep any money but these are paid out to horse owners. This will take place during December's invoicing. 26 million will be distributed to other horse owners, says Göran Wahlman, federal lawyer at Svensk Travsport. Thus, for example, Cokstile will be the winner of the Elite Race 2020. "Not intentionally claiming against Daniel Redén" No verdict against coach Daniel Redén was presented but handed over to the Liability Committee. Göran Wahlman announced that the verdict will come within a month or so, but also added: - We will not claim any intentional crime against Daniel Redén. Daniel Redén will also be able to continue competing as before. Ulf Hörnberg at Svensk Travsport also announced that the Breeding Evaluation Board has found that Propulsion's nerve incision has been treated in violation of the anti-doping rules. The Breeding Valuation Board annuls and therefore removes the decision on breeding valuation of Propulsion. However, offspring of Propulsion that are born in 2021 or have been born earlier are not affected. Hopefully the world-wide industry will move ahead from this situation involving equine import/export and also deal appropriately with other issues of alleged illegality. Our participant, fan and wagering support depends on it. Dorgois de Guez Wins Gr. III Prix des Cevennes Jean Michel Bazire teamed his trainee Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) to victory in the Prix des Cevennes (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European) yesterday at Vincennes. Race time was 1.12.8kr for this 3/10 odds favorite that Ecurie Vautor owns as Dorgos won for the 27th time in his career that has yielded earnings of 808,580€. A length back second was 34/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) with trainer Junior Guelpa up. Third was 15/1 Anzi des Liards (10g Look de Star-Nausicaa du Sud) for Romain Derieux. 26/1 Valokaja Hindo and 51/1 Carat Williams completed the top five in this fast-class event.Dorgos de Guez On the undercard there were several good races. The Prix du Dorat (purse 50,000€, 2700 meters, six year olds) went to 1.13.9kr timed Espoir Wic (6m Look de Star-Epona Vinn) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Foiret, his eighth career win for 191,840€ earned. The Prix de Soulac (purse 49,000€, 2700 meters) saw a 1.13.4kr clocked victory for Altea de Pencourt (10f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and owner Stephane Guelpa. LeTrot, ATG files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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Upset winner in Grand Prix du Centre-Est

The 12/1 odds Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) took the Grand Prix du Centre-Est at Lyon a la Soie. J.L. Cl. Dersoir teamed this Ecurie Rib campaigner to his sixth career win for life earnings to 417,010€. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr. Second was the 4.8/1 odds Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) overcoming a 25-meter handicap and timed in 1.13.2kr. J.M. Rancoule owns this one that campaigned in Scandinavia all summer. The 1,2/1 favorite Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann) was third handled by Christophe Martens for Ceke Farm Bvba. 2.7/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) held fourth for Nicolas Bazire. Cash du Rib On October 28 at Vincennes is the next top -level event and possibly includes several that will progress to the 2021 Prix d’Amerique: PRIX DES CEVENNES 75 000€  purse Groupe III - Attelé - 2850m - Grande piste, Européan Pour 6 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000, mais pas 1.200.000. The Vincennes Winter Meet commences October 28 and runs through March 6. The Gr. I events during that time frame are listed below plus there are six Prix d’Amerique qualifying races with those dates shown after the Gr. I dates. Groupe I Critérium des 3 Ans : December 20, 2020 Critérium Continental : December 27, 2020 Prix de Vincennes : Decxember 27, 2020 Prix de l'île-de-France : January 7 2021 Grand Prix de Cornulier : January 24, 2021 Grand Prix d'Amérique : January 31, 2021 Grand Prix de France : February 14, 2021 Prix des Centaures : February 14, 2021 Critérium des Jeunes : February 21, 2021 Grand Prix de Paris : February 28, 2021 Prix de Sélection : March 6, 2021 The Prix d’Amerique preps: Prix Bretagne, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2700 meters; November 22, 2020 Prix Bourbonnair, Gr. International, purse 95,000€, 2860 meters, December 13, 2020 Criterium Continental, Gr. I, purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, December 27, 2020 Prix Tenor de Baune, Gr. II International, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, December 27, 2020 Prix Bourgogne, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2100 meters autostart, January 3, 2021 Prix Belgique, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2850 meters, January 17, 2021 LeTrot files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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Zacon Gio wins 71st GP Lotteria

After winning his batteria (elimination division), Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM) took the GP Lotteria 71 st edition in Italy.   The Finale (purse 600,000€, 1600 meters autostart) this day, clocked in 1.10.5kr (equals Timone EKs 2017 mark) with Roberto Vecchine up for trainer Holger Ehlert. He started from post one after his 1.10.6kr score in the third elimination.   A length back second in the finale was Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) handled by Bjorn Goop, the first elim winner in 1.11.8kr. Third was Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) for Alessandro Gocciadoro, ahead of fourth finishing Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) with Gabriele Gelormini at the lines.   Zacon Gio had won the Yonkers International a year ago and accomplished trainer Ehlert, who just recently recovered from heart surgery. A great story this is.   This classic race has been won three times by Tornese, Une de Mail, Varenne and Birbone and trainer/driver Vivaldi Baldi is a five time winner of the Lotteria.   In the first elimination division Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) recovered from a miscue to score in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Bivans. He finished a length up on Vitruvio (6m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro and third finishing Zefiro Gual (5m Algiers Hall-Delmatica Gual) with Antonio Greppi up. Face Time raced with shoes on. Face Time Bourbon The second elim saw Vernissage Grif (6m Varenne-Dalia Grif) score in 1.11.7kr for reinsman Gocciadoro. He defeated Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik-Des Rondes) and driver Anthony Barrier by four lengths with veteran Arazi Boko (13g Varenne-Laura Kemp) another length back third for Santo Mollo. Batteria three went to 1.10.6kr clocked Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM) and pilot Roberto Vecchione. This Holger Ehlert trainee narrowly bested Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismyh de Montfort) reined by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Guarato. Five lengths back third was Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) with Gocciadoro his trainer/driver. Each elim was raced over 1600 meter autostart for30,800€ purses.  Gaet. Ippodromo Agnano files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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2YO's in Group tests at Vincennes

The Prix Louis Couchors (Gr. III, 50,000€ purse, 2200 meters, two-year old males) began the groupe action this day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes and the 5/10 favorite Ideal Ligneries (2m Repeat Love-Ouragame) scored impressively in 1.15.7kr for reinsman Franck Nivard. Ecurie de Tremont owns the winner and Philippe Billard is the trainer. She remains unbeaten in five starts now for 72.450€ earned. 3.2/1 Igui Danica (2m Boccador de Simm-Sellina Blue) was second with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie Normandy Spirit and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third home was 38/1 Invincible de Bry (2m Bold Eagle-Trade) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette DeSousa. Ideal Ligneries The Prix Marcel Dejean (Gr. III, 50,000€ purse, 2200 meters, two-year old females) saw 1.3/1 odds It’s Now Or Never (2f Charly du Noyer-Deep Purple) score in 1.16.2kr with Yoann Lebourgeois at the lines for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Poulsen-Allaire. She now has a 3-2-0 slate in five appearances for 62,350€ earned. The 2.1/1 odds Italienne (2f Goetmals Wood-Doceanide) was second with David Thomain teaming for trainer Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent and breeder Marvin Tebirent. 21/1 Ile Aux Moines (2f Cristal Money-Myssia de Lou) took third with Benoit Robin up. It’s Now Or Never The Prix Pierre Van Troyen (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 4-5 year olds) went to Feydeau Seven (5m Redeo Josselyn-Unanime Seven) at 2.1/1 odds and timed in 1.12.4kr. Nicolas Bazire was the pilot for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner Alexandre Skowronski as Feydeau won his 11th in a career that has earned now 270,510€. This was also the 100th career driving victory for Nicolas in 792 starts. 8.2/1 odds Fun Quick (5m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) was second, handled by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Maik Esper. Third was Favorite Fligny (5f Rockfeller Center-Africa Fligny) for J.G. Van Eeckhaute. Feydeau Seven LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The game veteran harness racing trotter Bugsy Malone (9g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took the Gr. III Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse 55,000€, 4400 meters distance handicap. International) overcoming his 50-meter penalty. Yoann Lebourgeois teamed the Philippe Allaire trainee that he also owns. This was his 32nd career victory now for 1,023,180€ earned. He was off at 7.2/1 odds and defeated the 8/10 favorite Brillant Madrik (9g Lilium Madrik-Made In Coulonces) with Alexandre Abrivard up and the 27/1 odds third finishing Digne et Droit (7m The Best Madrik-Plenty Pocket) handled by Anthony Barrier. Bugsy Malone On October 14 at Angers was the GNT Paris-Turf 11th Leg (purse 75,000€, 3100 meters) and the 5/10 favorite Elie de Beaufour (6g Royal Dream-Rignata) scored in 1.14.7kr with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up, his 18th career victory for 329.100€ earned. Fakir du Lorault (5m Vaillant Cash) was second with Francois Lecanu up at 4/1 overcoming a 25-meter handicap. 21/1 Contree d’Erable (8f Prince Gede) was third for David Thomain. The next GNT leg is November 4 at Nantes with Elie the series post leader so far.     Elie de Beaufour On October 13 at Vincennes was the Gr. III monte Prix Phact (purse 55,000€, 2700 meters, three-year olds). The 3.7/1 odds Houston de Blary (3m Bird Parker-Annaba de Blary) scored timed in 1.15.3kr with Eric Raffin in the irons for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Franky Defosse. Houston won for the fifth time in his career for 83,100€ earned. The 4.1/1 Hope On Victory (3f Boostger Winner) and 14/1 Hector des Champs (3m Prince d’Espace) followed the winner to the line. Houston de Blary LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The Gr. III Prix Timocharis (purse 60,000€, 2750 meters, three year olds) was on stage October 20 at Paris-Vincennes and the 3/10 favorite Hohneck (3m Royal Dream-Caranca) scored in 1.14.7kr. Yoann Lebourgeois reined this Philippe Allaire owned trainee that J.P. Guay bred. Hohneck won for the seventh time in his career for 163,090€ earned and it was his third straight victory. The long shot at 35/1 Heartbreaker One (3m Alto de Viette) was second for trainer/driver Luc Roelens, with third to 12/1 Hussard du Landret (3m Bird Parker-Anakine du Bellay) handled by trainer/driver Benoit Robin. Hohneck The Prix Isara (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap) for upper level campaigners saw 25-meter penalized and 6.4/1 odds Anzi des Liards (10g Look de Star-Nausicaa du Sud) rally to win timed in 1.12.7kr for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Richard Padovani. Anzi won for the 17th time in his storied career for 867,780€ earned. The 1.4/1 Fire Cracker (5g Quaro-Urganza) was second with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie La Pensonniere and trainer Gregory Thorel. Third was 1.5/1 odds Freyja du Pont (5f Quinoa du Gers-Parade du Pont) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire. His trainee Davidson du Pont was unplaced with Franck Ouvrie up. Anzi des Liards On October 22 at Cabourg was the Prix de Percy (purse 25,000€, 2050 meters autostart) and even-money favorite Follow Dream (5m Royal Dream-Vita Dream-Password) held gamely to win in 1.13.1kr for Jean Philippe Dubois. JPHD bred this Philippe Moulin trainee for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams.  Follow Dream won for the 11th time in his career now for 120,840€ earned. On the same card there were two races for two-year olds and Jean Pierre Dubois teamed a pair. He finished third for In America (2m Ready Cash-Nina Madrik-In Love With Me) and second with In Between Us (2f Bold Eagle-Conquete A Deux), both of which he owns. Follow Dream LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The lineup for the October 25th GP Lotteria is quite superb, with this 71st edition of the classic having Vitruvio, Face Time Bourbon, Vernissage Grif, Arazi Boko, Zacon Gio, Vivid Wise As and Vanesia EK among the entrants. There will be three eliminations and a finale competing for the winning share of the 785,400€ total purse. See the batterias participants below in post-position order.     Gaet, Ippodromo di Agano Napoli files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Several top-level trots were on stage today on a rainy day at Kincsem Park but the action was brisk. The Laszlo Fekete Memorial started the action (purse 700,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with a rallying nose victory by 63.9/1 Grand Illusion (7g Andover Hall-Maryanna K-Yankee Glide) in 1.17.3kr. Thorsten Tietz catch drove the winner for trainer Emil Csordas, the first win in seven 2020 starts. Another long shot, 64.8/1 Longines (6f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) set the pace and held gamely for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas for second place. 12.7/1 Zapato (5m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) was third for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Grand Illusion a nose winner vs. Longines   The Istvan Szegedy Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) saw Alfa Boy (4m Racino-Chippychip T-Defi D’Aunou) score is 1.18.1kr with Csaba Lakatos up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Off at 72.4/1 the winner rallied past 3.5/1 Zitti Tutti (5f Napoleon-Isolo d’ASrno-Coktail Jet) reined by Veljko Mazsity. Third was 2.7/1 Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) handled by Tibor Hajnal.   Alfa Boy The Hungaria DIJ (purse 3,480,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap) went to the 40-meter penalized 7.4/1 odds Maugli (4g El Nino-Mariska Vita-Zerberus) clocked in 1.19.3kr and reined by trainer Janko Sagaj. He now has two wins in Hungary from two starts this year for this grand gaited performer. The 11/1 odds Banaparte Boss (3g Napoleon-Nikita-Crown Sweep) was second for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity and he traveled the programmed distance. The 27.5/1 odds and 40-meter age handicapped Atomanti M (4m Cigar Dan-Step By Step-Allison Hollow) took third for Goran Zolnaji. Maugli The previous winners of the Hungaria DIJ are shown below. The featured Jozsef Marschell Memorial (Gr. III, purse 9,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed and 4.3/1 odds Victory Knick (8g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick) handled by Thorsten Tietz for German trainer Robert Gramuller. This was his first win in Hungary from three starts after recently winning at Bologna and Torino. The 3.7/1 Amy del Duomo (4f Daguet Rapide-Lily dei Duomo-Muscles Yankee) took second for Vladimir Pribic, also her trainer. Third was 8.3/1 Zeal di Girifalco (5m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Past winner of this race are shown below. Winner driver Tietz, a leading driver in Germany, also won the nightcap with Under World (7g Racino-Zaba-Yankee Class) in 1.19.4kr for trainer Emil Csordas. Victory Knick   Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Helgafell (3m Charly du Noyer-Baaria), off at 8/10 favorite odds, captured the Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 3 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Paris-Vincennes with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie Normandy Spirit. Marial Turbiaux bred the winner that posted his ninth career harness racing victory now for 356,400€ earned. Race time was 1.13.9kr. The 22/1 Hanna des Molles (3f Village Mystic-Ultimate Jet) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and owner J.L. Baraud. 11/1 odds Wilds West Diamant (3m Muscle Hill-Mustangs Sally) was third for pilot Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 16/1 Custom Cheval (3m Farifant-La Brosse) was fourth for Jean Michel Bazire, ahead of Kuyt F. Boko (3m Conway Hall-Gala dei Bessi) with Matthieu Abrivard at the lines for trainer Hagoort. Helgafell The Gr. I Championnat Europeen des 5 Ans (purse 100,000€, 2100 meters autostart) went to 13/1 odds Feerie Wood (5f Rockfeller Center-Vive Fee) clocked in 1.12.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the pilot and owner for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. This mare was bred by Ecurie D and now has six career wins for 285,000€ in lifetime earnings. The 5/10 favorite Feliciano (5m Ready Cash-Ravenella) was second for David Thomain, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Ecurie des Charmes. 3.5/1 Fairplay d’Urzy (5m Ready Cash-Romaine d’Urzy) took third for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and Ecuie Marechal. The 77/1 A Sweet Dance (5f Maharajah-Sugar Step) was a fast closing fourth for Alexis Prat, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner S. Kristenssons Akerie AB. Feydeau Seven, Stoletheshow and Msiter F Daag completed the top seven. Feerie Wood  LeTrot, PMU files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici) rallied to win today’s Grand Prix de L’Uet (purse 400,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Vincennes at 21/1 odds. Trainer Robert Bergh teamed the winner for In The Zone AB timed in 1.11.2kr. Power won for the 12th time in 25 career starts now for 806,491€ earned. 45/1 Green Grass (4f Bold Eagle-Tootsie Smiling) was a close second for Mathieu Mottier, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Sebastien DeWulf, and 68/1 Guzz Mearas (4m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos) was third for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and Stall Kennys. The 9/1 odds Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) closed for a close fourth from far back timed in1.08.3kr for the last 500 meters with Orjan Kihlstrom up, for trainer Jerry Riordan. Gallant Way (4m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was fifth for Anthony Barrier at 78/1 and sixth was 66/1 Golden Bridge (4m Ready Cash-Usenza) handled by David Thomain ahead of 18/1 Gotland (4m Ready Cash-Sanawa) and reinsman Eric Raffin. The 4/10 favorite Ecurie D was a miscue dq in late stretch and so was 3.6/1 Gu d’Heripre after a tough death seat journey. There were no exact order Q+ winning tickets in this Quinte+ wagering event. Power and Robert Bergh Power (#1) Power pedigee – the maternal family of Lady Lexington This evening in the USA saw two more Googoo Gaagaa offspring race successfully. The 1/9 favorite Captain Corey (2m Googoo Gas-Luv U All-Angus Hall) score in the WN Reynolds Memorial (purse USD61,500, 1609 meters autostart). He was timed in 154.1 with a final quarters in 27.0 to defeat rivals in a four horse field. The winner is owned by Svanstedt Inc., SRF Stable, Knutsson and Midnight Sun. Captain Corey At Harrah’s Philadelphis was the Simpson Memorial (purse USD56,000, 1609 meters autostart, two year old fillies) and Love Muffin (2f Andover Hall-Pine Yankee) scored in 1:57.0 for Corey Callahan, trainer David Wiest and owner/breeders Don Wiest (90 years young) and Ed Kimmel. Second here beaten a nose was Goo Doo Doll (2f Googoo Gaagaa-Jordanna Paige-Lindy Lane) reined by Russell Foster for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. and owner Frank Canzone. Her breeder was Richard Hans that bred and developed the sire and this filly. Her dam has produced nine winners from nine foals, five in 1:55 or better. LeTrot, PMU. MI files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

On October 16th at Paris-Vincennes will present three classic events for three through five year olds and those fields include the best of Europe. See the fields below: GRAND PRIX DE L'U.E.T. 400 000€   Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste FINALE Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 4 ans, hongres exclus.   CHAMPIONNAT EUROPEEN DES 3 ANS 100 000€    Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 3 ans, hongres exclus, inscrits au Stud-Book d'une Fédération membre de l'U.E.T. et pour lesquels les Fédérations membres suivantes ont engagé l'ensemble de la production dans le Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. : Autriche, Allemagne, Belgique, Danemark, Espagne, Finlande, France, Italie, Lituanie, Pays-Bas, Norvège, République Tchèque, Slovénie, Suède et Suisse. CHAMPIONNAT EUROPEEN DES 5 ANS 100 000€   Groupe I - Attelé - 2100m - Grande petite piste Course Européenne Départ à l'autostart Pour 5 ans, hongres exclus, inscrits au Stud-Book d'une Fédération membre de l'U.E.T. et pour lesquels les Fédérations membres suivantes ont engagé l'ensemble de la production dans le Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. : Autriche, Allemagne, Belgique, Danemark, Espagne, Finlande, France, Italie, Lituanie, Pays-Bas, Norvège, République Tchèque, Slovénie, Suède et Suisse. These events showcase the best trotteurs in Europe and in a very competitive setting. LeTrot files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Bleff Dipa (3m Mister JP-Preziosa JW-Lets Go) took this 66th Derby Italiani del Trotto (purse 847,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Roma Capannelle, with Roberto Vecchione aboard for trainer Holger Ehlert. The harness racing winner is owned by Jean Pierre Barjon, the current President of LeTrot and was bred by Arcangelo di Pasquale. Race time was 1.13.5kr by the now five-time winner in 11 appearances. Bleff Dipa narrowly bested Blackflash Bar (3f Oropuro Bar-Masasque) handled by Santo Mollo and third finishing Bepi Bi (3m Donato Hanover-Lorraine Bi) and pilot Alessandro Gocciadoro. Fourth was Bubble Effe (3m Nesta Effe-New York Effe) with Orjan Kihlstrom at the lines. Mister JP pedigree, the product of Jean Pierre Dubois. Below is a photo grouping of the Ehlert family. Great work of their team. The companion Oaks del Trotto (purse 253,000€, 1640 meters autostart) saw Betta Zack (3f Rotary OK-Martina Griff-Varenne) score in 1.12.6kr with Andrea Guzzinati the teamster. Betta won for the ninth time in 14 appearances. Two lengths back second was Bonneville Gifont (3f Varenne-Fedora Caf) with Ant. Velotti up and third was Bolen Hall FAS (3f Conway Hall-Show Grif Italia) handled by Roberto Vecchione at the lines. The winner’s pedigree follows. The day before at Follonica Del Pini was the GP Citta’ di Follonica (purse 50,050€, 2200 meter autostart) and the 1.13.7kr timed winner was Allegra Gifont (4f Maharajah-Realm of Fancy) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Two back second was Aura (4f Yankee Slide-Dora d’Alfa) for Antonio DiNardo and third home was Akela Pal Ferm (4f Maharajah). Gaet, Ehlert, Ippodrome Roma Capannelle files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Very Kronos (6m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was a 1.11.6kr timed winner of Aby’s featured Gr. I National Svensky Masterkop (purse 97,630€, 2640 meters autostart) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and Kjell Johansson.  He was bred by Allev. Kronos Srl and this day defeated Milljondollarrhyme (6g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) with trainer F.B. Larsson up. Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi) was third for Johan Untersteiner with Global Welcome (5m SJs Caviar) fourth for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Bath. On the undercard was the STL Stoeliten (purse 97,630€, 2140 meters autostart) and Hevin Boko (6f Going Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) scored in 1.12kr for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. A length back second was Wild Love (6f Love You-Turins Vilda-Dreamaster) for Kevin Oscarsson. Mellbyh Free (6f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket-Windsong’s Legacy) was third handled by trainer Bjorn Goop.                         Hevin Boko   ATG, Aby siles/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Even money harness racing favorite Bugsy Malone (9g Ready Cash-Night Captain) took the Gr. II GP du Sud Quest (purse 130,000€, 2575 meters) at Agen la Garenne in France with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Bugsy won for the 31st time to post earnings of 939,930€. 20/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream) held second for Nicolas Bazire and Stall Oberkracher. Third was 10/1 Ce Bello Romain (8g Jam Pridem) for Anthony Barrier. Trailing the top three were Bahia Quesnot, Aribo Mix and Billie de Montfort. Bugsy Malone At Reims was the featured GP du Grand Reims (purse 22,000€, 2550 meters) and Domingo de Lou (7g Real de Lou) scored in 1.13kr for Leo Abrivard and trainer L. Cl. Abrivard. He held off fast closing Tjacko Zaz (8g Crazed) with Guillermo Horrach Vidal up for trainer J.M. Bazire. Third was O’Sunday (9g Here Comes Joey) for Franck Ouvrie. Domingo de Lou LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Czak A Szel (2f Ken Warkentin-Nana-Tony Oaks) easily scored in the Ketevesek Nagydija at Kincsem Park  (purse 2,000,000HUf, 1800 meters autostart) timed in 1.21.7kr with trainer Imre Fazekas at the lines. Naura BT bred this winner and the victory gave trainer/driver Fazekas three straight in this classic Grand Prize for two-year olds. He won in 2019 and 2018 with Bazsiville and Arum Ville, both sired by Calypso Capar. The winner was off as the 1.1/1 odds favorite and she defeated 5.4/1 Chokito (2f Yankee Mustang-Virgi-Americas Dust) and 6.2/1 Csoban M (2m Cigar Dan-Chipitita-Pine Chip). Csak a szel On the Kincsem Park undercard 3.9/1 Chocolina (3f The Bank-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) scored in the 500,000HUf purse Nyeretlenek for three-year olds. Raced over 1800 meters autostart, this Csaba Lakatos piloted filly was timed in 1.21.8kr for trainer Tibor Hajnal. She is a half-sister to the successful mare Longines. In the Zapolya DIJ (700,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap) the 20 meter penalized and 2.5/1 odds Zitti Tutti (5f Napoleon-Isola d’Arno-Coktail Jet) scored for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity timed in 1.18.8kr. Zeno Boko and Violetta took the next two checks in this event. Kincsem Park files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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In Sweden a ruling was finally issued regarding Propulsion that raced in Europe successfully after having been nerved in the USA prior to sale by public auction. Below is direct Google translation of today’s press posting that appears on a major SWE racing website as written by Michael Carlsson, Kanal 75. Propulsion is nerve-wracking and gets rid of all victories and prize money. Propulsion's result is annulled - will be liable for repayment of 26 million Svensk Travsport has established this through its internal and external investigation. As a result, all results will be invalid and the owner Stall Zet will repay just over SEK 26 million ($2.9 million US) of the prize money. - This means that those who have been after Propulsion in the result lists will be moved up and 26 million distributed to other horse owners, says Göran Wahlman, federal lawyer at Svensk Travsport. - We should have discovered Propulsion's nerve incision earlier. I am aware that this has damaged Swedish Trotting's reputation, says Maria Croon, CEO of Swedish Trotting. Propulsion won the Elite Race earlier this year and has celebrated enormous success with its coach Daniel Redén. Two days after the elite race victory, it emerged that the horse had been nerve-wracking in the USA, before Propulsion was imported to Sweden. It is not allowed for horses to compete nerve-wracking in Sweden. But allowed in the United States. On Thursday, a press conference was held at Solvalla where Svensk Travsport presented its internal and external investigation in the Propulsion case. - There is no doubt that Propulsion was nerve-wracking on April 27, 2015. The horse has started 45 times, on 38 different competition occasions and it is in violation of the Swedish regulations and the Animal Welfare Act, says Maria Croon, CEO of Swedish Trotting. - I have only been here one year but this is one of the most serious we have experienced in Swedish trotting. It is extremely boring for all parties and for the trotting sport in general. There are a number of events and situations that have affected people in both the USA and Sweden, which in various ways have been part of the case. Submits the case to the Liability Committee In June 2020, Svensk Travsport appointed an independent review of the association's handling of the import matter concerning Propulsion. - All documents from the American Confederation showed that Propulsion was nerve-wracking, when imported to Sweden, says the external investigator Per Jern. - Since the horse has been nerve-cut, it has not been eligible to start. Despite this, it has participated in competitions and we are now leaving the investigation to the Liability Committee, which is the trotting sport's decision-making body. It is completely according to the practice that we work according to, says Maria Croon. - We handle over 12,000 cases per year, exports and imports. This has highlighted shortcomings within the union and we should have discovered Propulsion's nerve cutting earlier. The export certificate shows that Propulsion is nerve-cut and it has been in the system since 2015 that the horse is cut. The sports system is deficient and we need to professionalise and ensure the quality of our routines. - I am aware that this has damaged Swedish Trotting's reputation, says Maria Croon. "We reclaim SEK 26 million from Stall Zet" This means that Propulsion's results will be invalid. The horse gets rid of all victories and prize money, which is just over 26 million kronor. The owner Stall Zet will be liable for repayment and the result lists that Propulsion has been involved in will be corrected. - Those who have been after Propulsion in the results lists will be moved up. We will reclaim the prize money from Stall Zet. ST does not keep any money but these are paid out to horse owners. This will take place during December's invoicing. 26 million will be distributed to other horse owners, says Göran Wahlman, federal lawyer at Svensk Travsport. Thus, for example, Cokstile will be the winner of the Elite Race 2020. "Not intentionally claiming against Daniel Redén" No verdict against coach Daniel Redén was presented but handed over to the Liability Committee. Göran Wahlman announced that the verdict will come within a month or so, but also added: - We will not claim any intentional crime against Daniel Redén. Daniel Redén will also be able to continue competing as before. Ulf Hörnberg at Svensk Travsport also announced that the Breeding Evaluation Board has found that Propulsion's nerve incision has been treated in violation of the anti-doping rules. The Breeding Valuation Board annuls and therefore removes the decision on breeding valuation of Propulsion. However, offspring of Propulsion that are born in 2021 or have been born earlier are not affected. Hopefully the world-wide industry will move ahead from this situation involving equine import/export and also deal appropriately with other issues of alleged illegality. Our participant, fan and wagering support depends on it. Dorgois de Guez Wins Gr. III Prix des Cevennes Jean Michel Bazire teamed his trainee Dorgos de Guez (7g Romcok de Guez-Lady Fromentro) to victory in the Prix des Cevennes (Gr. III, purse 75,000€, 2850 meters, European) yesterday at Vincennes. Race time was 1.12.8kr for this 3/10 odds favorite that Ecurie Vautor owns as Dorgos won for the 27th time in his career that has yielded earnings of 808,580€. A length back second was 34/1 Bahia Quesnot (9f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) with trainer Junior Guelpa up. Third was 15/1 Anzi des Liards (10g Look de Star-Nausicaa du Sud) for Romain Derieux. 26/1 Valokaja Hindo and 51/1 Carat Williams completed the top five in this fast-class event.Dorgos de Guez On the undercard there were several good races. The Prix du Dorat (purse 50,000€, 2700 meters, six year olds) went to 1.13.9kr timed Espoir Wic (6m Look de Star-Epona Vinn) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Foiret, his eighth career win for 191,840€ earned. The Prix de Soulac (purse 49,000€, 2700 meters) saw a 1.13.4kr clocked victory for Altea de Pencourt (10f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree) for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and owner Stephane Guelpa. LeTrot, ATG files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
The 12/1 odds Cash du Rib (6g Ready Cash-Quille Castelets) took the Grand Prix du Centre-Est at Lyon a la Soie. J.L. Cl. Dersoir teamed this Ecurie Rib campaigner to his sixth career win for life earnings to 417,010€. He was clocked in 1.13.8kr. Second was the 4.8/1 odds Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) overcoming a 25-meter handicap and timed in 1.13.2kr. J.M. Rancoule owns this one that campaigned in Scandinavia all summer. The 1,2/1 favorite Alcoy (6m Ready Cash-Divann) was third handled by Christophe Martens for Ceke Farm Bvba. 2.7/1 Dreambreaker (7g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) held fourth for Nicolas Bazire. Cash du Rib On October 28 at Vincennes is the next top -level event and possibly includes several that will progress to the 2021 Prix d’Amerique: PRIX DES CEVENNES 75 000€  purse Groupe III - Attelé - 2850m - Grande piste, Européan Pour 6 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000, mais pas 1.200.000. The Vincennes Winter Meet commences October 28 and runs through March 6. The Gr. I events during that time frame are listed below plus there are six Prix d’Amerique qualifying races with those dates shown after the Gr. I dates. Groupe I Critérium des 3 Ans : December 20, 2020 Critérium Continental : December 27, 2020 Prix de Vincennes : Decxember 27, 2020 Prix de l'île-de-France : January 7 2021 Grand Prix de Cornulier : January 24, 2021 Grand Prix d'Amérique : January 31, 2021 Grand Prix de France : February 14, 2021 Prix des Centaures : February 14, 2021 Critérium des Jeunes : February 21, 2021 Grand Prix de Paris : February 28, 2021 Prix de Sélection : March 6, 2021 The Prix d’Amerique preps: Prix Bretagne, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2700 meters; November 22, 2020 Prix Bourbonnair, Gr. International, purse 95,000€, 2860 meters, December 13, 2020 Criterium Continental, Gr. I, purse 170,000€, 2100 meters autostart, December 27, 2020 Prix Tenor de Baune, Gr. II International, purse 85,000€, 2700 meters, December 27, 2020 Prix Bourgogne, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2100 meters autostart, January 3, 2021 Prix Belgique, Gr. II International, purse 95,000€, 2850 meters, January 17, 2021 LeTrot files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
After winning his batteria (elimination division), Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM) took the GP Lotteria 71 st edition in Italy.   The Finale (purse 600,000€, 1600 meters autostart) this day, clocked in 1.10.5kr (equals Timone EKs 2017 mark) with Roberto Vecchine up for trainer Holger Ehlert. He started from post one after his 1.10.6kr score in the third elimination.   A length back second in the finale was Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) handled by Bjorn Goop, the first elim winner in 1.11.8kr. Third was Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) for Alessandro Gocciadoro, ahead of fourth finishing Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) with Gabriele Gelormini at the lines.   Zacon Gio had won the Yonkers International a year ago and accomplished trainer Ehlert, who just recently recovered from heart surgery. A great story this is.   This classic race has been won three times by Tornese, Une de Mail, Varenne and Birbone and trainer/driver Vivaldi Baldi is a five time winner of the Lotteria.   In the first elimination division Face Time Bourbon (5m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon) recovered from a miscue to score in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Bjorn Goop, trainer Sebastien Guarato and Scuderia Bivans. He finished a length up on Vitruvio (6m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro and third finishing Zefiro Gual (5m Algiers Hall-Delmatica Gual) with Antonio Greppi up. Face Time raced with shoes on. Face Time Bourbon The second elim saw Vernissage Grif (6m Varenne-Dalia Grif) score in 1.11.7kr for reinsman Gocciadoro. He defeated Frisbee d’Am (5m The Best Madrik-Des Rondes) and driver Anthony Barrier by four lengths with veteran Arazi Boko (13g Varenne-Laura Kemp) another length back third for Santo Mollo. Batteria three went to 1.10.6kr clocked Zacon Gio (5m Ruty Grif-May Glade Font SM) and pilot Roberto Vecchione. This Holger Ehlert trainee narrowly bested Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismyh de Montfort) reined by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Guarato. Five lengths back third was Vivid Wise As (6m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) with Gocciadoro his trainer/driver. Each elim was raced over 1600 meter autostart for30,800€ purses.  Gaet. Ippodromo Agnano files by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  
The Prix Louis Couchors (Gr. III, 50,000€ purse, 2200 meters, two-year old males) began the groupe action this day at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes and the 5/10 favorite Ideal Ligneries (2m Repeat Love-Ouragame) scored impressively in 1.15.7kr for reinsman Franck Nivard. Ecurie de Tremont owns the winner and Philippe Billard is the trainer. She remains unbeaten in five starts now for 72.450€ earned. 3.2/1 Igui Danica (2m Boccador de Simm-Sellina Blue) was second with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie Normandy Spirit and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third home was 38/1 Invincible de Bry (2m Bold Eagle-Trade) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette DeSousa. Ideal Ligneries The Prix Marcel Dejean (Gr. III, 50,000€ purse, 2200 meters, two-year old females) saw 1.3/1 odds It’s Now Or Never (2f Charly du Noyer-Deep Purple) score in 1.16.2kr with Yoann Lebourgeois at the lines for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Gitte Poulsen-Allaire. She now has a 3-2-0 slate in five appearances for 62,350€ earned. The 2.1/1 odds Italienne (2f Goetmals Wood-Doceanide) was second with David Thomain teaming for trainer Allaire and owner Kevin Tebirent and breeder Marvin Tebirent. 21/1 Ile Aux Moines (2f Cristal Money-Myssia de Lou) took third with Benoit Robin up. It’s Now Or Never The Prix Pierre Van Troyen (Gr. III, purse 70,000€, 2850 meters, 4-5 year olds) went to Feydeau Seven (5m Redeo Josselyn-Unanime Seven) at 2.1/1 odds and timed in 1.12.4kr. Nicolas Bazire was the pilot for trainer Jean Michel Bazire and owner Alexandre Skowronski as Feydeau won his 11th in a career that has earned now 270,510€. This was also the 100th career driving victory for Nicolas in 792 starts. 8.2/1 odds Fun Quick (5m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick) was second, handled by Matthieu Abrivard for Ecurie Quick Star and trainer Maik Esper. Third was Favorite Fligny (5f Rockfeller Center-Africa Fligny) for J.G. Van Eeckhaute. Feydeau Seven LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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