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Hugo Abergs Memorial in stunning record

July 25, 2017 -Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) to a quick decisive victory in tonight’s Hugo Abergs Memorial (1SEK million to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) clocked in 1.08.1kr (mile rate 1:49.57). Propulsion, trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet, left from post one and found a position second over as Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) set a fast pace for Christoffer Eriksson after causing a recall and being fired up. He traveled the initial 500 meters in 1.06.7kr. This Jerry Riordan trainee held gamely for third as stablemate Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) emerged from the peg pocket to close rapidly for second driven by Wim Paal. Propulsion successfully defended his Abergs victory a year ago and set a new mile autostart record in Sweden as he was the favorite off at 1.8/1. Shadow Gar and Carabinieri finished fourth and fifth. The undercard was a good one this day in the rain, over a sloppy track and with 10,673 folks in attendance. The Premio Going Kronos (550,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 2.8/1 Executive Caviar (3m SJs Caviar-Le Belle Lady-Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. This 1.12.1kr timed winner bested Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) reined by Johnny Takter. The Malmo Mares Prize (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart, 13 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 20 meter handicapped Rapide du Pommereau (9m General du Pommerau-My Heaven-Viking Kronos) handled by trainer Thomas Uhrberg at 60/1 odds. Heartbreaker VS (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive-Nevele Pride) and El Mago Pellini (8m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) were second and third. The Jagersro Center Mares (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 2.1/1 Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJs Photo) timed in 1.11.3kr, defeating Speedy Foxy Vicane and Indoor Voices. Four year-olds contested the Prix Cagnes sur Mer (200,000SEL to winner, 1609 meters autostart) and the 4.3/1 odds, 1.10.7kr timed, winner was Unicorno SLM (4m Love You-CL Brighness-King Conch) for trainer/driver Wim Paal and Italian owner Ceccaroni Graziano. Two year-olds contested the Tvaaringspremiaren 2017 (80,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, seven starters) with that victory earned by Smokin Joe (2m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The Donato Hanover colt Andre Agassi was second. Another 80,000SEK first prize contest on the program went to 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melodynot-Coktail Jet) for driver Jorgen Sjunnesson. Thomas H. Hicks

Naghamori Hill

Nagamori Hill leads Kolgjini Yearling Sale

July 24, 2017 - Monday night yearling sale action was the annual harness racing Kolgjini Sale where 82 trotting yearlings were cataloged. 57 sold (after three outs and 22 RNA’s), including one no-bid, with the sale gross being 17,930,000SEK (US$2,173,687) for an average/sold being 314,561SEK (US$38,135). There were three sold for over 1SEK million led by hip 78, Naghamori Hill (5/24/16 foaled male, Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec), that brought 3SEK million (US$363,695) to Courant AB.  The maternal family has second dam Dame Lavec (Quito de Talonay-Kit Lobell-Speedy Crown) that produced Lavec Kronos (a Hugo Abergs winner) and Raja Mirchi (winner Gran Premio Tino Triossi and the Ulf Thoresens). 78 Nagamori Hill (Kolgjini Sale) from Lina Alm on Vimeo.   Next was the Muscle Hill filly Galaxy AB that brought US$181,844 to the buyer Forspro AB. The sale leaders follow: Top Five Hip  Name                 Sex/Foaled        Pedigree                                                        Buyer/Price 78  Nagamori Hill, colt, 5/24/16, Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec, Courant AB, 3,000,000SEK 75 Galaxy Am, filly, 5/22/16, Muscle Hill-She Loves You FI-Love You, Forspro AB, 1,500,000SEK 72 Carolina Reaper, filly, 4/28/16, Muscle Hill-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay, 1,150,000SEK 2  The Bald Eagle, colt, 5/10/16, Bold Eagle-Sngularity Hanover-Andover Hall, 750,000SEK 50 Hills Delight, filly, 5/17/17, Muscle Hill-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos, 700,000SEK Thomas H. Hicks

Vival Thieric

Vival Thieric wins Prix Vrai Lutin at Amiens

July 24, 2017 - Today’s featured Prix Vrai Lutin (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 12 starters) at Amiens went to 8/1 Vival Thieric (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Justice Provee) teamed by harness racing owner/trainer Franck Ouvrie. 7/2 Blueberry Zen (6m Jag de Bellouet-Just Love) was second driven by Glenny Delaune and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third was 9/1 Aura Deff (7f Opium-Janina Deff) handled by David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain.  Yesterday at Axevalla SWE was a fine card led by the Gr. I National Stochampionatet (Mares Championship), with 1,200,000SEK (US$145,909) to the winner, raced over 2640 meters autostart. The 1.13kr timed winner was 5.1/1 Ultra Bright (4f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Fredric Persson. 5.4/1 Darling Mearas (4f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) was second for Stefan Persson, ahead of 60/1 Schatzi Payline (4f Maharajah-Dream Fayline-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The 1.9/1 favorite Cash Crowe was a misque dq. The mares consolation raced over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK first prize, went to 17/1 Maremma Sock (4f Andover Hall-Victoria Sock-Victory Party) driven by Mika Forss for trainer Heiskanen. That race time was 1.14.4kr. Earlier that day was the Monte Championship (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 2/1 Raspberrysky (6f Exploit Caf-Fraise-Lindys Crown) was victorious for Jennifer Oscarsson and trainer Heiskanen timed in 1.13kr. Thomas H. Hicks

Insa and Imre Fazekas

Insa wins Kincsem Park’s Gral-Lovag DIJ

July 22, 2017 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park co-featured Gral-Lovag DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to Insa (5f Alesi OM-Ines-Scurry Lobell) for harness racing trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. This one recorded her second victory in 17 starts. Saron (6g Huxtable Hornline-Malesana Jet-Bourbon) driven by Andr Angual for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Third was Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) reined by trainer Hajnal. Race time was 1.20.1kr.  The Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) was the co-headliner and Unreal Boss (4f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) took the headlined timed in 1.17.2kr for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was home second for Balazs Juhasz. Third was Une Dame (4f Vioxx SR-Ilonyos-Supergill). On the undercard were two 400,000Huf purse events, each raced over 1800 meters autostart. Uzsok (4f Maximus Lindy-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) won the first timed in 1.18.6kr for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. The other race went to 1.19.5kr timed Unique (4f Ata Star L-Bessie-Timberland) for trainer/driver Branislav Mukity. The dam Bessie was a top open class performer in her racing career. Thomas H. Hicks

July 23, 2017 - Harness racing owner and trainer Mathieu Abrivard piloted 1.7/1 Azur des Caillons (7m Quaker Jet-Douse Nuit) to victory in Sunday’s Prix de la Societe General (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters) at Bernay on the turf timed in 1.20.9kr. 5.1/1 Belline d’Urzy (6f Otello Pierji-Onerida d’Urzy) was second ahead of 197.4/1 Very Pan (8g Giant Cat-Papouille). At Clairefontaine-Deauville was the Prix Federation Department des Gordes (purse €36,000, 2800 meters, 19 starters) and the victory went to 5/1 Erabella Madrik (3f Ready Cash-Talina Madrik) timed in 1.24.1kr and driven by owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Yves Boireau trains this filly that was bred by Christian Simplice. 1.8/1 favorite Explosif (3m The Best Madrik-Topaze du Goutier) was second ahead of 22/1 Elora Terrie (3f Ludo de Castelle-Rikita Terrie). On the same program the Prix Association Departmentale des Piegeurs (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 14 starters) went to 7/2 Discussiun Intense (4f Rocklyn-Intense Action) teamed by Jean-Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Race time was 1.23.3kr. €179,200 Hugo Aberg Memorial On Tuesday will be the 2017 renewal of the Hugo Aberg Memorial at Jagersro, the TGV Challenge (Troy Grande Vitesse), raced over 1609 meters autostart for a purse of €179,200. Many of the best sprinters currently racing will be at the start including Propulsion, Twister Bi, and Ringostarr Treb, the last two trained by Jerry Riordan. Hugo Åberg Memorial – 1.609m – autostart N° Horse Driver Trainer Record 1 Propulsion Örjan Kihlström Daniel Redén 1'08''9 2 Djali Boko Lutfi Kolgjini Lutfi Kolgjini 1'10''7 3 Carabinieri Björn Goop Peter Untersteiner 1'10''4 4 Twister Bi Christoffer Eriksson Jerry Riordan 1'09''5 5 Workout Wonder Tommy Kylliäinen Jarno Kauhanen 1'09''6 6 Ringostarr Treb Wim Paal Jerry Riordan 1'09''5 7 Dante Boko Adian Kolgini Lutfi Kolgjini 1'09''2 8 Shadow Gar Pietro Gubellini Eric Hansen Bondo 1'10''3 9 Day Or Night In Johan Untersteiner Johan Untersteiner 1'10''6 10 Oasis Bi Erik Adielsson Stefan Pettersson 1'09''4   Thomas H. Hicks

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

July 22, 2017 - Today’s featured Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse €120,000, 4150 meters distance handicapped, 17 starters, Quinte+) was a Gr. II International event and 9.7/1 Virgious du Maza (8g Prodigious-Pocket Edition) scored for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault and breeder/owner Ecurie du Maza. 22/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Loir) took second for Eric Raffin and third went to 8/1 Clif du Pommereux (5m Love You-Noure du Pommereux) for J-M Bazire and trainer Sylvain Roger. 125/1 Vittorio de Carly and 88/1 Venus de Bailly ended fourth and fifth. Race time was 1.15.4kr. 5.4/1 Diadora BR (6f Ken Warkentin-Bauxite) was an impressive 1.14.3kr winner of the Pris Pont de la Porte Montmartre (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters). Christophe Martens raced the Vincent Martens trainee on the front and she was unstoppable for owner Ceke Farm BVBA. 56/1 Viking Dream (8g Isero) was second for trainer/driver A.G. Maillard, ahead of 42/1 Vanetta d’Azur (8f Lejarque d’Houlbec). Euro du Chene (3m Neoh Jiel-Oseilla du Chene) took the Prix de Rome (€85,000, 2875 meters, eight starters) for Mathieu Abrivard, trainer Jerome LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Gueji. The 17.4/1 outsider was timed in 1.15.4kr. 5.2/1 Elite du Ruel (3f Timoko-Romaine du Ruel) held second craftily reined by trainer Franck Anne for breeder/owner Annick Bazin. Third was 7.1/ Eridan (3m Ready Cash-Topize d’Atout) for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato. The 5/10 favorite Hambo Trannss R (3m Love You-Bewitched) was a non-threatening fourth for Robin Bakker/Paul Hagoort team. This one reached the front early, then was stuffed in the pocket by Elite du Ruel, and when free late showed little. The Prix du Faubourg Montmartre (purse €65,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 8.4/1 Dalixoria (4f Prince D’Espace-Java du Vaumicel) at 8.4/1 and driven by Eric Raffin for the team of trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. 16/1 Dynastie Aldo (4f Kiwi-Ocre Barbes) for J-M Bazire and 8/1 Daljamosa (4f Kaiser Soze-Jaldemosa) with David Thomain up, took the second and third positions to the line. Race time was 1.16.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks    

July 21, 2017 - Friday evening’s Hippodrome Cabourg Grand Prix de la Ville de Cabourg (purse €58,000, 2750 meters distance handicap, 16 starters), the Q+ race of the day and feature race, went to 1.2/1 favorite Cantin de l’éclair (5g Jet Fortuna-Noce Joyeause) in rein to jubilant Tony LeBeller for Ecurie Leclair and trainer Nicolas Catherine. The 25 meter handicapped Bugsy Malone (6g Ready Cash-Night Captain) at 4/1, set the pace for Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire but held second after being unable to hold off the winner. 22/1 Yankee’s Photo (9m SJ’s Photo-Yankee Tracer_ was third for Franck Nivard and trainer Bjorn Gulbransen. Alienor du Godrel and Venkatesh were fourth and fifth. The Cabourg action also highlighted monte trots. The secondary feature at Cabourg was the Prix Fandango (monte, purse €54,000, 2750 meters, 15 starters) and Catalogne (5f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Jabadie) scored, timed in 1.12.8kr, for Matthieu Mottier and trainer Denise Mottier. Catalogne, off at 2.8/1, recorded her seventh career win now for earnings of €250,180. Cassite (5f Neoh Jiel-Qiuiva du Rib) was second for jockey Matthieu Abrivard and the team of Ecurie Luck and J.L. Dersoir at 1.3/1 favorite. Bayern (6g Jam Pridem-Fulanera) was third for Oceane Briand and trainer Tony LeBeller at 18/1. Friday racing also took place at Wolwega was the Championnat d’Ete Elite Final (purse €9,900, 2100 meters, 10 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 4/5 favorite Regio (7m Varenne-Leopardia) teamed with Robin Bakker. Paul J.P. Hagoort trains the property of Victoria Park Stable. Bakker recorded four wins on the card. Second in this one was 21/1 Feliai Boko (5f Virgil Boko-Serena Hall) also trained by Hagoort and driven by Hugo Langeweg, Jr. Third was 17/1 Freeway Fortuna (5f Conway Hall-Saratoga Yankee) driven by Joseph Verbeek for trainer S.M. Schoonderwoerd. Finally was the Biarritz – Prix du President de Folleville (purse €35,000, 3750 meters, 12 starters) and 5.3/1 Aladin (7g Love You-Joie de Mai) scored timed in 1.17.78 for Cedric Terry and Ecurie les Tilleuls. 13/1 Vainqueur D’ete and 8/1 Athos de Marlau were the next two on the line. Thomas H. Hicks

July 20, 2017 - 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arnue du Gers) continued his winning ways for harness racing owner/trainer/driver Jean-Michel Bazire by winning the Prix des Les Sables d’Olonne (purse €50,000, 2775 meters, 17 starters) at the track of the same name in France. The winner was timed in 1.12.6kr and recorded his 25th win in 48 career starts, now for earnings of €1,072,872. 8.5/1 Attacus (7g Hand du Vivier-Nelocata) was second driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third was 4.9/1 Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha) reined by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. At Baden, Vienna Austria, was the Monte Derby de l’Autriche (purse €8,000, 2600 meters, 14 starters) with the 1.18kr timed victory earned by 2.7/1 Tenor du Ruel (10g Mickael de Vonnae-Jacarandine). Martin Hinterholze was the jockey this day for owner Oliver Korth and trainer Robert Pletschacher. 6.4/1 Ronaldo Solace (9g Inforno Lavec-Frascati Guy) was second ahead of 24/1 Ms Ridalgo (7m Tarport Goal SL-Heavenly Lite). Thomas H. Hicks

July 19, 2017 - Wednesday’s Quinte+ was the Grand Prix de la Region Normandie (purse €35,000, 2625 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) with victory earned by 4.6/1 odds Valfleury (8g Memphis du Rib-Idague) timed in 1.17kr. Clement Duvaldestin teamed the winner that is trained by his father Thierry Duvaldestin. 3.3/1 and 25 meter handicapped Brune des Forge (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Salsa d’Orgeres) was second driven by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third went to 7.1/1 Voici du Roc (8g L’as de Boussiezes-Quita des Etangs) with Patrice Toutain at the lines. Same day trotting was also at Cagnes-sur-Mer and the featured Prix Villes et Motiers d’Art (purse €33,000, 2925 meters, 15 starters) went to 5.7/1 Vardi d’Pm (8g Neoh Jiel-Heavenly) that scored in 1.15.3kr for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch and owner Ecurie MIP. 16/1 Alexis (7g Ganymede-Myrtille des Bois) was second for Romuald Mourice, the trainer/driver, ahead of 64/1 Titan d’Abo (10g Hyperion-Foirfoville Letrat) with Stephane Cingland the pilot. Thomas H. Hicks  

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July 14, 2017 - Friday evening harness racing action was at Cabourg before a huge festival audience with the Prix de la Communaute de Communes Normandy (purse €35,000, 2750 meters, 14 starters) and that 1.15.7kr timed victory was secured by 7.7/1 Excel d’Amour (3m Quaker Jet-Havane de la Motte). Herve Langlois teamed the Sebastien Guarato owner and trained youngster. 42/1 Encore Plus (3f Ready Cash-Ustie Love) took second for Glenny Delaune for trainer Guarato and breeder/owner Ecurie D. 43/1 Electra Green (3f Texas Charm-Hiola du Gault) was third reined by Jean=Philippe Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin.  Excel d’Amour - The Prix de Genets (purse €44,000, 2750 meters, monte, European eligibles) went to 1.13.6kr timed and 6.1/1 odds Corames (5f Speedy Blue-Rene Magic) with Matthieu Mottier driving. Dominique Mottier is the breeder/owner/trainer. Second was 54/1 Taj Mahal d’Ombree (10g Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Maharoni d’Ombree) reined by Mlle. Lolita Banayn. Third was 3.1/1 Coconut Creek (5f Jag de Bellouet-Quiza Sun) with Alexandre Abrivard up. Early on the program was the Prix de Granville (purse €38,000, 2750 meters, 16 starters) and that 1.15.2kr timed winner was 3.4/1 A Toi Jim (7g Kaisy Dream-Rama Jim) for driver J.Ph. Monclin and trainer Stephane Meunier. 7/1 Anaid d’Olaive (7g Gogo-Melodie d’Orlaine) was home second for Francois Lecanu, ahead of 8/1 Venus d’Ardennes (8f Corot-Louve d’Ardennes) for Alain Laurent. Three year-old colts battled in the Prix de Lisieux (purse €21,000, 2750 meters) and veteran Jean Pierre Dubois returned to the winners circle driving his 2.1/1 favorite El Gusto (4m Love You-Harazina) for trainer Yves Boireau. 58/1 Elton Maslois (3g Real de Lou-Sexy Mesloise) was second for Pierre Belloche and third went to 24/1 Eclope du Guelier (3g Quinto Kebir-Quorantyne) for driver Matthieu Lebrec.  Dubois also secured a victory in July 11 at Cabourg driving Estancia Love (3f Repeat Love-Quelle Aventure) to a 1.15kr win for his Ecurie D and trainer Yves Boireau. The legendary breeder/owner/trainer/driver now as nine 2017 wins in 50 drives (18%) and 1,357 victories in 6,642 starts since 1982 (20.4%). Thomas H. Hicks

July 16, 2017 - Today’s €122,000 purse Prix Saint Michel (1609 meters autostart, eight starters, one scratch) went to 12/1 Midnight Hour (6g Diesel Don-Quanna Kemp-Express Ride) driven by Likka Nurmonen for trainer Ossi Nurmonen. The winner took his 27th victory in 65 career starts and his earnings now exceed 1.5 million krowns. Race time was 1.10.6kr. 7.5/1 Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was second for Tommi Kylliaianen and trainer Jarno Kauhanen. 14/1 Jonesy (7m Muscles Yankee-Ripley-Ride The Night) was third for trainer/driver Tuomas Korvenoja. 9/10 favorite In Vain Sun finished fourth and 9/1 Madrid (by Credit Winner) was fifth, At Mont Saint Michel, FR, was held the Prix de la Federation Regionale (purse €35,000, 2675 meters, 15 starters) with that victory earned by the 1.15.5kr timed and 2.3/1 favorite Boccaccio (6m Carpe Diem-Haria des Champs) with Franck Nivard the trainer/driver for owner Juri Svoboda. 9/2 Viking Fromento (8g Capriccio-Orminda) was second for Pierre Levesque. On the turf at St. Jean de Monts was the Prix Coved (purse €35,000, 2625 meters, 14 starters) and 5.3/1 Volcan du Garabin (8g Norman Jet-Dalrree Gibus) scored timed in 1.20.5kr for Lorenzo Donati and trainer Roberto Donati for owner Ch. Pousse. Second was 9.4/1 Axe des Champs (7g Qualimo de Vandel-Nony des Picanes) and third was 7/1 Black Atout (6m Prodigious-Lagune) that Franck Leblanc trains. At Royan la Palmyre the Trophee Vert turf action continued. The Grand Pirx Jean Maurice Beteau (purse €45,000, 3100 meters distance handicap, 18 starters less one judges scratch of a horse that caused three false starts) went to quick timed 1.14.2kr winner and 1.8/1 favorite Baxter du Klau (6g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) reined by Jean-Michel Bazire for trainer J.M. Baudouin. This 25 meter penalized performer bested another 25 meter handicapped horse, the  5/1  Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie) with Eric Raffin up. 105/1 Tresor du Fan (10g Hermes Perrine-Joyuese de Bade) rallied for third handled by Jerome Dubreil. Well-regarded Uniflosa Bella with Antoine Wiels and Amities d’Udon were the next two to the line, with Bingo d’Attache and Tesor Wic ending unplaced. Other action this day saw Baubir (6g Ganymede-Manzir) win the Aix les Bain featured Grand Prix de Savoie (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 17 starters) with trainer Mickael Cormy up for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. The winner recorded his 22nd career win now for earnings in excess of €340,000. Acasgu Mag and Unique des Vents were second and third. At Abbeville the anticipated first start for money occurred for Eagle Eyes (3m First de Retz-Reethi Rah Jet) and the half-brother to Bold Eagle, bred by Jean Etienne Dubois, finished third on the turf over 2300 meters for trainer/driver Sebastien Guarato. The race for a purse of €13,000 was won by Espoir de Taverna (3m Kaisy Dream-Reine de Taveria) with Jerome Compas up for Ecurie Somolli. Second went to El Tigre Segah (3g Kool du Caux-Totute Segah) and breeder/owner/trainer/driver Sebastien Houyvet. Watch for upcoming action at Cabourg during its festival period next on July 18 and July 21. Be there! Thomas H. Hicks

July 15, 2017- The Enghien harness racing feature this Saturday was the Prix de Bruxelles (purse €95,000, 2150 meters autostart, eight European starters). The 2/5 favorite Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was a two length winner for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and Ecurie G&F Raffre. Valko Jenilat took his 17th victory in 72 career outings, now for €859,515 earned. 15.7/1 Olmo Holz (9m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was second for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens, ahead of 5.1/1 Ave Avis (7m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer J-M Bazire. 19/1 Arazi Boko (10g Varenne-Laura Kemp) was fourth with Franck Nivard up, and 36/1 Trebol (10m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) was fifth for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Race time was 1.12.9kr. Today’s Q+ was the Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse €68,000, 2875 meters. 18 starters) at Enghien with the 1.14.8kr timed victory going to 5/1 Azur Somolli (7m Obrillant-Ophelia Somolli) reined by trainer Sebastien Ernault. 8.8/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) took second for Christophe Martens ahead of 14/1 Unero Montaval (9g Nem-Heroine du Loir) and driver Franck Nivard. 188/1 Baleyse was fourth for Alexis Garandeau and fifth was 8/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (6m Magnificent Rodney-Nymphe du Dollar) for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Sylvain Roger. July 15 action at Enghien also included the Prix du Louvre (purse €80,000, 2875 meters, 12 European starters) with that victory earned by 12.3/1 Cantin de l’Eclair (5g Jet Fortuna-Noce Joyeuse) timed in 1.14.2kr and driven by Tony Le Beller for Ecurie Éclair. 9/1 Coup Droit (5m Prodigious-Saint Leonard) took second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. 3/2 favorite Bredabliks Nubbe (5m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve) was a rallying third for Conrad Lugauer. Thomas H. Hicks

July 15, 2017 - Today’s trotting action resumed after a brief post-Derby break and the featured Andaj DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.17.7kr timed Rocket Boy (7g Wall Street Banker-Elegant Lady-Mill H) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. This one scored for the first time in 2017 and now has 20 career wins in 74 outings. Trencsen (5m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) finished second for Vereb Zsolt, ahead of Orinoco (9f PS Dimo-Uxor-Witsends Speedy) reinmed by Arpad Lakatos. On the undercard was the Bizalmas DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart), with the 1.17.6kr score going to Traffic Lux (5g Self Possessed-Buena di Jesolo-Supergill) driven by Milan Kovacevic for trainer Goran Zolnaji. This winner recorded his fourth 2017 victory in only five starts. Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) was second driven by Balazs Juhasz, and third went to Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) and trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

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July 25, 2017 -Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) to a quick decisive victory in tonight’s Hugo Abergs Memorial (1SEK million to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) clocked in 1.08.1kr (mile rate 1:49.57). Propulsion, trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet, left from post one and found a position second over as Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) set a fast pace for Christoffer Eriksson after causing a recall and being fired up. He traveled the initial 500 meters in 1.06.7kr. This Jerry Riordan trainee held gamely for third as stablemate Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) emerged from the peg pocket to close rapidly for second driven by Wim Paal. Propulsion successfully defended his Abergs victory a year ago and set a new mile autostart record in Sweden as he was the favorite off at 1.8/1. Shadow Gar and Carabinieri finished fourth and fifth. The undercard was a good one this day in the rain, over a sloppy track and with 10,673 folks in attendance. The Premio Going Kronos (550,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 2.8/1 Executive Caviar (3m SJs Caviar-Le Belle Lady-Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. This 1.12.1kr timed winner bested Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) reined by Johnny Takter. The Malmo Mares Prize (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart, 13 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 20 meter handicapped Rapide du Pommereau (9m General du Pommerau-My Heaven-Viking Kronos) handled by trainer Thomas Uhrberg at 60/1 odds. Heartbreaker VS (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive-Nevele Pride) and El Mago Pellini (8m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) were second and third. The Jagersro Center Mares (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 2.1/1 Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJs Photo) timed in 1.11.3kr, defeating Speedy Foxy Vicane and Indoor Voices. Four year-olds contested the Prix Cagnes sur Mer (200,000SEL to winner, 1609 meters autostart) and the 4.3/1 odds, 1.10.7kr timed, winner was Unicorno SLM (4m Love You-CL Brighness-King Conch) for trainer/driver Wim Paal and Italian owner Ceccaroni Graziano. Two year-olds contested the Tvaaringspremiaren 2017 (80,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, seven starters) with that victory earned by Smokin Joe (2m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The Donato Hanover colt Andre Agassi was second. Another 80,000SEK first prize contest on the program went to 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melodynot-Coktail Jet) for driver Jorgen Sjunnesson. Thomas H. Hicks
July 24, 2017 - Monday night yearling sale action was the annual harness racing Kolgjini Sale where 82 trotting yearlings were cataloged. 57 sold (after three outs and 22 RNA’s), including one no-bid, with the sale gross being 17,930,000SEK (US$2,173,687) for an average/sold being 314,561SEK (US$38,135). There were three sold for over 1SEK million led by hip 78, Naghamori Hill (5/24/16 foaled male, Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec), that brought 3SEK million (US$363,695) to Courant AB.  The maternal family has second dam Dame Lavec (Quito de Talonay-Kit Lobell-Speedy Crown) that produced Lavec Kronos (a Hugo Abergs winner) and Raja Mirchi (winner Gran Premio Tino Triossi and the Ulf Thoresens). 78 Nagamori Hill (Kolgjini Sale) from Lina Alm on Vimeo.   Next was the Muscle Hill filly Galaxy AB that brought US$181,844 to the buyer Forspro AB. The sale leaders follow: Top Five Hip  Name                 Sex/Foaled        Pedigree                                                        Buyer/Price 78  Nagamori Hill, colt, 5/24/16, Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec, Courant AB, 3,000,000SEK 75 Galaxy Am, filly, 5/22/16, Muscle Hill-She Loves You FI-Love You, Forspro AB, 1,500,000SEK 72 Carolina Reaper, filly, 4/28/16, Muscle Hill-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay, 1,150,000SEK 2  The Bald Eagle, colt, 5/10/16, Bold Eagle-Sngularity Hanover-Andover Hall, 750,000SEK 50 Hills Delight, filly, 5/17/17, Muscle Hill-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos, 700,000SEK Thomas H. Hicks
July 24, 2017 - Today’s featured Prix Vrai Lutin (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 12 starters) at Amiens went to 8/1 Vival Thieric (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Justice Provee) teamed by harness racing owner/trainer Franck Ouvrie. 7/2 Blueberry Zen (6m Jag de Bellouet-Just Love) was second driven by Glenny Delaune and trainer Sebastien Guarato. Third was 9/1 Aura Deff (7f Opium-Janina Deff) handled by David Thomain and trainer J.P. Thomain.  Yesterday at Axevalla SWE was a fine card led by the Gr. I National Stochampionatet (Mares Championship), with 1,200,000SEK (US$145,909) to the winner, raced over 2640 meters autostart. The 1.13kr timed winner was 5.1/1 Ultra Bright (4f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Fredric Persson. 5.4/1 Darling Mearas (4f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) was second for Stefan Persson, ahead of 60/1 Schatzi Payline (4f Maharajah-Dream Fayline-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The 1.9/1 favorite Cash Crowe was a misque dq. The mares consolation raced over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK first prize, went to 17/1 Maremma Sock (4f Andover Hall-Victoria Sock-Victory Party) driven by Mika Forss for trainer Heiskanen. That race time was 1.14.4kr. Earlier that day was the Monte Championship (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 2/1 Raspberrysky (6f Exploit Caf-Fraise-Lindys Crown) was victorious for Jennifer Oscarsson and trainer Heiskanen timed in 1.13kr. Thomas H. Hicks
July 22, 2017 - Saturday’s Kincsem Park co-featured Gral-Lovag DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to Insa (5f Alesi OM-Ines-Scurry Lobell) for harness racing trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. This one recorded her second victory in 17 starts. Saron (6g Huxtable Hornline-Malesana Jet-Bourbon) driven by Andr Angual for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Third was Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) reined by trainer Hajnal. Race time was 1.20.1kr.  The Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) was the co-headliner and Unreal Boss (4f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) took the headlined timed in 1.17.2kr for trainer/driver Veljko Mazsity. Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was home second for Balazs Juhasz. Third was Une Dame (4f Vioxx SR-Ilonyos-Supergill). On the undercard were two 400,000Huf purse events, each raced over 1800 meters autostart. Uzsok (4f Maximus Lindy-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) won the first timed in 1.18.6kr for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. The other race went to 1.19.5kr timed Unique (4f Ata Star L-Bessie-Timberland) for trainer/driver Branislav Mukity. The dam Bessie was a top open class performer in her racing career. Thomas H. Hicks

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