Day At The Track

Cable Wise AS (3/14/18 male. Bold Eagle-Gabby’s Dream-Dream Vacation) led the September 9-10 ITS Yearling Sale bringing 175,000€ from Scuderia Bivans.   Bivans also bought the 145,000€ priced Cash Wind (m, Ready Cash), the second among sale toppers.   Overall there were 199 lots offered for sale with 159 selling (79.4%) for 5,441,000€, an average of 34,437€.   The offspring by Muscle Hill, Ready Cash, Bold Eagle and Readly Express were the sire sale leaders based on median.          by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Jerry Riordan trained and C.J. Jepson trained Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) took the Stoeliten (purse 23,997€, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla this day clocked in 1.11.4kr. She recorded her 26th career victory in 95 appearances and increased her life earnings to 5,590,458SEK.. Off at 5.2/1 odds Shadow Gar bested 1.7/1 favorite Dear Friend (6f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline) teamed by Erik Adielsson for trainer Johan Untersteiner and 20.6/1 Global Upper Style (5f SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine) with Peter Untersteiner aboard.  In other news it was reported that Jerry Riordan’s superb trainee Lisa America (f, Varenne-Zagabria Dei) has been sold in the Lutfi Kolgjini breeding stock dispersal to SRF Stable. This mare was bred and owned during her racing career by the late Lou Guida, and she competed at the highest level winning the Oslo Grand Prix, Aby Stora Pris and Sundsvall Open. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Marcel Bousseau (purse 36,000€, 2775 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) at Hippodrome Les Sables d’Olonne went to the 9/10 harness racing favorite Ghazi Br (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip). Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner clocked in 1.14.2kr over the stated distance to his second win in France. The Norwegian owned trotteur now has career earnings of 194,734€. The 25-meter handicapped and 2.1/1 second choice Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) raced superbly and was second beaten three lengths with owner Jean Pierre Dubois up for trained Yves Boireau. The 15/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Tinamo Jet (7m Naglo-Iitvania Jet) took third for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc. On September 9 at Vincennes the emerging mare Fleche du Vucca (4f Prodigious-Vincenza) scored again timed in 1.15.1kr with Jean Philippe Dubois aboard. She won for the sixth time in her last eight starts and now sports eight career victories in 15 appearances. Philippe Moulin trains her for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and the latest win raised her career earnings to 82,420€. The race was the Prix d’Asnieres (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and the winner was the 1.1/1 favorite. The 6.6/1 Fidele du Goutier (4g Prodigious-Salima du Goutier) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 5.9/1 Fine Colline (4f Village Mystic-Pretty Colline) took third for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, N.Y. - Junior Guelpa has traveled New York City in the past, but his next trip to the Big Apple will be nothing like his previous visits. The French trainer and driver will bring trotting mare Bahia Quesnot across the Atlantic to compete in the Yonkers International Trot. The $1 million stakes, slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, will be Guelpa’s first time competing in the United States. “I want to see the Statue of Liberty again,” Guelpa said with a laugh last Saturday (Sept. 7) at Hippodrome de Vincennes. “No, seriously, it's a privilege to be able to participate in such a big race in the United States. “I have never had a chance to drive there and I do not know Yonkers, but I went to the United States and to New York City on holidays, to take some rest,” Guelpa continued. “There, it will not be the same. But I can't wait.” Guelpa’s excitement about the trip ahead was bolstered by Bahia Quesnot’s second-place finish in the Group 2 European Trotting Masters Series Final. Guelpa sent the 8-year-old straight to the lead at the start of the 2,700-meter stakes, beating Bold Eagle and Queer Fish to the top as the field exited the chute and joined the big track at the Paris racecourse. Racing into the stretch the first time, Bold Eagle and Björn Goop glided up on the outside and took the lead, crossing over to the pylons in front of Bahia Quesnot. However, Mindyourvalue W.F. and Bel Avis ranged up on the outside and peeled away in a speed duel. Soon, Bahia Quesnot found herself four back along the pylons and pinned in. Racing up the backstretch, Bahia Quesnot kept her nose pressed to Goop’s helmet and raced just to Propulsion’s inside. When the Swedish star tipped three-wide nearing the final turn, Guelpa yanked on the right line and slid out, looking to keep Bold Eagle jailed. However, as Queer Fish back peddled on the rim, Guelpa dove back to the pylons. With Queer Fish fading, Bold Eagle slid out and Bahia Quesnot followed the champion’s move. Guelpa angled Bahia Quesnot four-wide into the lane outside of Propulsion and for the first time in the race, the driver became animated. He leaned forward in the bike, prodding and swiping at his mare with the whip in his right hand and hitting the sulky shaft. While rival Cleangame made a break in the final 200 meters, Propulsion inherited the lead, but Bahia Quesnot kept coming as her driver kept asking. Although Propulsion’s nose hit the finish first, Bahia Quesnot was just a head behind. She trotted out past the post well ahead of the field. “Fantastic,” Guelpa exclaimed after the race. “Once again, she was great. She was the fastest horse in the race over three sections so it's fantastic. She recovered so easily too. I turned around after the post, I went back to the clubhouse and by the time she headed to the stables, she was breathing normally. She’s amazing.” By multiple Group 1 winner Scipion du Goutier out of the Install mare Queen Ines, Bahia Quesnot was bred by Alain Léon Lefebvre and is owned by Tahar Ait-Hamouda. Bahia Quesnot began her career in Cédric Herserant’s stable, winning six races including the Group 3 Grand National du Trot in 2016. However, after a 35-race losing streak, the mare found her way to Guelpa. “I had befriended her owner during a trip to Norway, where we each had a horse to run. We met there and got along pretty well,” Guelpa said. “A few years later, the mare needed a change of scenery. That's when she was sent to me.” Bahia Quesnot made her first start for Guelpa in the Group 3 Grand Prix de Noel at Cagnes-sur-Mer December 23, 2018. She won at first asking with her new conditioner in the sulky. “I knew she was already very good because she had achieved great performances. At work, she quickly became very good too,” Guelpa said. “She won straight out at Cagnes-sur-Mer. She’s not that good in the winter, but I was lucky that she’s still improving. “She has got her ways; she is a lady you know,” Guelpa said. “But she is kind and endearing. The people who care for her are in love with her. My sister Paola and Christophe Ceccareli take care of her on a daily basis.” Although Bahia Quesnot finished ninth second time out for Guelpa in the Prix Ourasi at Cagnes-sur-Mer January 3, Guelpa entered the mare back in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Belgique at Vincennes 10 days later. She finished second in the “B” race, punching her ticket to the Grand Prix d’Amérique in the process. Bahia Quesnot finished 10th in France’s biggest trotting race and after thirds in Group 1 company in the Grand Criterium de Vitesse Nice-Matin and Olympiatravet and a win in a Gold Division leg this spring, took a shot in the Elitloppet. Although she finished sixth in her Elitloppet elimination and didn’t advance to the final, Guelpa, who has 239 training victories since launching his career in 2012, was thankful to compete on such big stages. “It is fantastic to already have a horse of her class in your stable for a little trainer like me,” he said. “It's a privilege. She has allowed me to take part in the most beautiful races.” Since the Elitloppet, Bahia Quesnot has been the runner up in five grouped stakes: the Oslo Grand Prix, the Grand Prix de la Ville de Cagnes-sur-Mer, the Prix Maharajah, the Grand Prix du Département des Alpes-Maritimes, and the European Trotting Masters Final. Although her earnings swelled to 878,346€ from 84 starts, making her the richest horse Guelpa has trained, the defeats can be disappointing. “It's frustrating, that's for sure. But you know, the most important thing is that she continues to progress and repeat her best form,” Guelpa said. “I would prefer to be second six times rather than win once and not see her again. Sometimes, she didn’t miss by much, like the last time in Vincennes.” Guelpa will bring Bahia Quesnot to New York to represent France in the World Cup of trotting, the 10-furlong Yonkers International Trot. After she endured long land-based travel across Europe, Guelpa is confident about the trans-Atlantic flight. He is also confident about Bahia Quesnot adapting to the half-mile track at Yonkers based on her performance on the five-eighths ovals in Sweden. “The trip does not worry me because it will take less time to go to the United States than to go to Sweden. To race in Scandinavia, she had to stand 26 hours in a truck,” Guelpa said. “(The half-mile track) will not be a problem because she has shown that she is able to cope in Sweden. In addition, (the race) will be over a mile-and-a-quarter, so it will be perfect for her.” Once extended an official invitation by the race office, Bahia Quesnot will join defending Yonkers International Trot winner and Swedish representative Cruzado Dela Noche and Hambletonian winner Atlanta, who will race for the United States, as confirmed starters for the storied stakes. The remaining invitees will be announced over the coming weeks. Both Atlanta and Bahia Quesnot will vie to become the ninth mare to win the International. Bahia Quesnot looks to join 13 previous French winners of the International. “It's a great opportunity, a challenge and a reward,” Guelpa said. “There are many ways to look at things, but one thing is certain: it's fantastic, especially since I just settled with my horses on the training center of Grosbois to try to improve my career again and this race could also help me to reach new heights.” The $1 million Yonkers International Trot is slated for Saturday, October 12 at Yonkers Raceway. The card will also feature a pair of $250,000 invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot and Dan Rooney Pace. For more information on the event and its participants, click here. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Win streaks make remembering forever sports and sports hero. Even young people today recall Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting spreak in baseball. Well, Spain’s harness racing trotting champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) kept his streak alive this day at 53, defeating 12 rivals from post 10 in the Premi XVII Ciutat de Mao (2280 meters autostart, purse 300€) at the Hipodromo Municipal de Mao in Menacor. It was a battle as Trebol with J.P. Carraras aboard started from the outside second tier on the narrow half mile track and it took nearly a lap for him to reach the front, much of that raced three wide. Once on the lead pilot Carreras slowed the pace until challengers emerged with a lap to go. Then the race was on amd Trebol accelerated and scored in 1.20.4kr over Caviar d’Occanges and Appo de Parne. With the victory, the Cuadro sa Farola owned veteran won for the 53rd straight time since returning from France in 2017 and he has 85 victories in a 145 race career. Trebol’s career earnings are now 687,366€ and he sports a speed mark of 1.11kr taken at Paris-Vincennes. He has 17 victories this year and a 1.14.8kr fastest win time. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

September 7, 2019 - The grand harness racing veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride-Keystone Sheena) won today’s PR Campianato Europa at Cesena’s 800 meter track. This race is contested in two heats with reversed post positions (each for a purse of 11,000€ over 1660 meters autostart) and a match race finale if needed for 132,000€ purse raced over the same distance. The Finale saw Arazi Boko victorious timed in 1.11.1kr reined by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in wire to wire fashion. He won the second heat and in the raceoff bested the other heat winner, Cokstile (6m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) teamed with Antonio DiNardo. The race replay of the Finale can be seen by clicking here. The heats were also superb with Cokstile taking the first timed in 1.12kr for his 14th career score in 39 outings. He bested Urgano Trebi’ (6m Nad Al Sheba - Istria Bi-Toss Out-Traffic Jam) and pilot Roberto Vecchione and third finishing Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe). The second heat went to 1.12kr timed Arazi Boko over Vernissage Grif and Uragano Trebi’. The race format, found in some European classic events, is an exciting alternative. Thomas H. Hicks

September 7, 2019 - Today’s harness racing V75 Gold Silverornen Stora Group (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the Emelia Leo reined and Oscar Berglund conditioned Shocking Superman (6m Orlando Vici-Bernedette’s Cat-Pine Chip). The winner, off at 6.4/1 odds, was timed in 1.10.7kr to record his fifth victory in 25 starts now for 1,926,988SEK earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 71.8/1 outsider Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) with Ulf Eriksson up and Apollon de Kacy was fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

The annual Arqana Trot Yearling Sale at Deauville has been completed with good results. There were 328 lots sold at an average 25,077€ with gross proceeds in excess of 8.2€ million. There were five lots sold for over 100,000€ led by sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle, Carat Williams and Bird Parker. Catalog pages of the two sale toppers are attached. The third sale session featured yearlings sired by first and second crop stallions. 120 lots sold in session three for an average of 38,658€ (gross sales 4,639,000€). Offspring of Charly du Noyer and Cristal Money averaged 42,000€ and 33,500€respectively. 15 lots by Carat Williams sold for an average of 38,000€ led by hip 416, Iceman du Klau and the offspring by Django Riff and Dollar Macker were well sold. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A great high-level harness racing trotting lineup was the highlight of the Kincsem Park (Budapest) program this day. The featured Jozsef Marschall Memorial (purse 9,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) attracted many of the better performers now racing in eastern and central Europe. The 1.9/1 Azimut (6m Odessa Santana-ASida-Lets Go) took the big race clocked in 1.14.4kr and reined by trainer Josef Franzl. The German invader now sports three victories in his last four outings. The 19.7/1 Muscle Boy As (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per-Crowning Point) was second for Gerhard Mayr of Austria and the local star 4.3/1 Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) took third money with Veljko Mazsity aboard. 47.8/1 Global Player (12g Ditka Hanover-Gravitart-Speedy Soma) was fourth for Erich Kubes. Jozsef Marschall Memorial Earlier in the program was the Laszlo Fekete Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the exceptional filly Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor), off at 1,3/1 odds, rallied off the final turn to score timed in 1.17.3kr over a sloppy track. Gyorgy Horvath teamed the Imre Fazekas trainee to her 15th career victory in 16 starts, improving her 2019 slate to 5-1-0 in six starts. Kornelius Heitmann bred Longines. 2.2/1 Iago d’Amore (5g Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas after setting the pace. 12.6/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was third for Balazs Juhasz. The Istvan Szegedy Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) began the International events and the 1.17.8kr timed victory went to 30.2/1 Alexander UR (5g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Egon Lavec) reined by trainer Jozsef Rutkai for Prolongo Trading. The 1.6/1 favorite Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) was a close second with Veljko Mazsity aboard, followed by 24.4/1 Promo Kemp (5m Muscle Hill-Armbro Waikiki-Garland Lobell) handled by Ferenc Nagy II for trainer Rutkai. The 105th edition of the Hungaria DIJ (purse 4,000,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap) saw 11/1 Zseneroz (4f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) overcome a 40-meter handicap to score in 1.18.1kr with Mitja Slavic at the lines. 6.7/1 Maugli (3m El Nino-Marista Vita-Zerberus) was second for driver/trainer Janko Sagaj. 7.6/1 Un Nuage d’Osmoz (11m Nuage Noir-L’Etoile d’Esprit), handicapped 60 meters, took third for Martin Redl, ahead of 1.8/1 fvaorite Vareke HB (3m Impelo Grif-Valcuma-Cumin) with Joze Segaj up for trainer Slavko Makovec. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Gr. II Prix de Basly today at Paris-Vincennes (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) produced an upset winner in 24/1 Gee (3f Brutus de Baily-Qualine du Rib) with Mathieu Mottier the harness racing jockey for owner/trainer Bruno Bourgoin. It was only the second career win in 23 starts for the winner that now has life earnings of 178,730€. Race time was 1.13.4kr and the winner was quite impressive and never threatened. The 14/1 Gainsborough (3m Bird Parker) was second for Romain Derieux, also the trainer. Then 106/1 Greta du Chatelet (3f Utokyt) took third for Antoine Dabouis ahead of 36/1 Grande Avenue (3f Royal Dream) and 3/1 Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed). The 8/10 favorite Gala Tejy finished seventh. The Prix Emile Wendling (purse 53,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds European) saw 3/1 Gondoile Jenilou (3f Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) score in 1.14.6kr with breeder/owmer/trainer Louis Baudron at the lines for her fifth career score in seven starts. Her life earnings are now 82,720€. The 11/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious-Real Artist) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Rita. This was a recent purchase from breeder Jean Philippe Dubois. 10/1 Alcide Roc (3m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) took third for Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. Gondoile Jenilou Gondoile Jenilou with breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron The Gr. III Prix Joseph Aveline (purse 66,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters, four year olds) saw 7.2/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes) score timed in 1.13.9kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this Richard Westerink trainee to his eighth career victory in 30 starts now for 258,340€ in life earnings, The 4/5 favorite Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers) was a distant second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and 18/1 Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash) was third with Eric Raffin teaming this Philippe Allaire pupil. This race was the Q+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 1.560.00€ to 442 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,748,504€and over 9,124,000€ was wagered on the race. Frisbee d’Am Veteran trotteurs then contested the Prix d’Eaubonne (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) with victory to the Sweden invader and 1.9/1 favorite Amazing Dynamite (7m Great Challenger-Kibo Dynamite) that Tomas Malmqvist trains and Franck Nivard drove. Race time was 1.12.2kr. The 9/1 Furious Francis (8g Love You-Twigs Mellow) was second gamely off a strong death seat journey with trainer Bjorn Goop the pilot. 10/1 Valentino Strix (8g Going Kronos-Affrodite Sund) was third for Christophe Martens, ahead of 26/1 Carthago d’Ela and 7.7/1 Champion d’Or. Amazing Dynamite The Prix du Mont Saint Michel (purse 58,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 11 starters) produced a 1.13.3kr timed score for the even-money favorite Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for owner Ecurie Vautors. Calaska earned her 20th career victory in 48 starts now for 408,000€ earned.  The 11/1 Dragon des Racques (6m Love You) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third went to 3.7/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious-Know How) reined by Bryan Coppens for trainer Pierre Vercruysse, Calaska de Guez The Prix Aubrion du Gers (purse 33,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) was next after a delightful video tribute to the late great champion. This race was a good one and went to 9/2 odds Duke Josselyn (6m Royal Dream-Tena Josselyn) clocked in 1.13.2kr under the guidance of reinsman Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Yvan Bernard bred this now inner of 103,980€. The even-money favorite Duc d’Idee (6m Royal Dream-Riche Idee) was second reined by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 12/1 Dandy du Bourg (6g Prince d’Espace) was third for pilot David Thomain. Duke Josselyn The Prix des Montier en Dei (Gr. III, purse 74,000€, 2850 meters autostart, 10 European starters) completed the superb card today and it went to 8/10 odds favorite Violetto Jet (5m From Above-Nicciolaia Jet) reined by Franck Nivard and clocked in 1.14.5kr with a superb last 500 (the clocking was 1.15.4kr with 500 meters to go). Philippe Billard (Souloy-Billard) trains the winner for Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele Srl., as Violetto Jet won for the fourth time in seven starts in FR. His life earnings increased to 197,292€. The 1.6/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) was second for Bjorn Goop and third went to 22/1 Inge In Heaven (6f Orlando Vici) with Franck Ouvrie the teamster. Violetto Jet   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The UET Trotting Masters Finale was the day’s featured event (purse 380,000€, Gr. II International, 2700 meters, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes and quite a strategic race it was. At the end Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) scored timed in 1.11.9kr reined by Orjan Kihlstom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. The victory increased his life earnings to 3,111,396€ with 171,000€ secured today. Propulsion, bred in the USA by Cane Run Farm’s owners and Bluestone Farm was away toward the back and advanced third on the outer after Cleangame moved third wide for J-M Bazire on the backside to attack the race leaders. Mindyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) had gained the front from Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet). The Eagle was used hard to initially reach the front past the stands from Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines). Even-money favorite Cleangame reached the front albeit he stayed in the two-path entering the lane and appeared to be holding off his attackers when he went offstride in late stretch. He passed the line first and his dq enabled Propulsion to gain the victory as the 1.7/1 second choice over 63/1 Bahia Quesnot and reinsman/trainer Junior Guelpa that was also clocked in 1.11.9kr. 9/2 odds Bold Eagle was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Sebastien Guarato timed in 1.12kr. The 71/1 Mindyourvalue WF held fourth and 33/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fifth for Eric Raffin. The other check earners were 48/1 Milligan’s School and 114/1 Bel Avis. The pace was rated evenly until it picked up in the final 500 meters (1.12.6kr was the clocking with 500 remaining). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The August 30 Kolgjini Yearling Sale was a good one with 46 lots sold at an average of 394,130SEK ($40,500US). The sale topper was hip 74, Aristoteles Face (male, 2/9/18 Chapter Seven-Just Not Into You-Donato Hanover), at 4,700,000SEK ($483,000US) to Nils Ellerstrom. This was a reported European record for a yearling sold at public auction. The dam has produced stakes winning and nearly US$200,000 winning White Tiger owned in Canada by thestable.ca partnership. Hip 74 was offered by Whap Capital AB. The second highest seller was hip 65, Devis May Care (male 7/1/18, Maharajah-Giant Diablo) that fetched 1,100,000SEK with Roger Walmann the buyer. Menhammar Stuteri consigned this one. Walmann also bought hip 49, Informed Am for 1,000,000SEK and hip 53, Arabhiata Face for 700,000SEK. Hip 60, Insigne Am, brought 950,000SEK from Johan Hellander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Meslay du Maine hosted the 9th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse 85,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, also a Q+ race of the day). The 1.1/1 favorite Elvis Madrik (5g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) scored for pilot Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin, his eighth career win in 28 outings, now for 336,920€ earned. The 4.2/1 Calou Renardiere (7g Lets Go Along) was second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Baudouin. The 55/1 Cedere de l’Airou (7f Chef du Chatelet) took third for Paul Philippe Ploquin, ahead of 19/1 Brelan du Vivier and 21/1 Bachar. The exact order Q+ payoff was 5,415.60€ to 173 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 3,415,894€ and over 7,2800,000€ was wagered on this race. On Saturday at Paris-Vincennes there is a fine card that includes four groupe level races. The highlight is the Gr. II Prix d’Ete that is the UET Masters Series Finale (purse 380,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters). Bold Eagle meets Propulsion in this one that also includes the Jean Michel Bazire stable gelded trotteurs Cleangame and Bel Avis. The lineup is shown in the photo section. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 25-meter handicapped Blues des Landiers (8g Phlegyas-Maga des Landiers) gamely held on by a nose to win the Gr. III Prix V and B Trophee Vert Finale at Craon, France (purse 70,000€, 2775 meters distance handicao) reined by Sebastien Hardy for trainer Dominique Charadame. It was the winner’s 20th career victory, now for 575,230€ in life earnings. Another 25-meter penalized performer, Ceylan Dairpet (7g Ouragon de Cellabnd-Rosy MIP) was second driven by Anthony Barrier for trainer Tony Le Beller. Le Beller teamed stablemate Cromy (7g Baccarat du Pont) to a third-place finish. To watch the race click here. Blues des Landiers earned 136 points in the Trophee Vert series placing him among some elite performers in recent years. 2019 / Blues des Landiers - 136 pts 2018 / Bugsy Malone - 115 pts 2015 / Trésor Wic - 109 pts 2012 / Sophie du Vif - 105 pts 2010 / Othello Bourbon - 113 pts 2009 / New des Landes - 150 pts 2007 / New des Landes - 149 pts by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

At odds of 5.8/1 Attravsersiamo (4m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos-Viking Kronos) took the 2019 Svenskt TravDerby (4,000,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) at Jagersro clocked in 1.12.6kr. Erik Adielsson was the winning harness racing driver. The Svante Bath trainee by a son of Reve d’Udon won for the 12th time in 18 starts now for 8,213,500SEK in career earnings. The 25.7/1 Ferrari Sisu (4g Djali Boko) took second for Marc Elias and 14.3/1 Alone (4m Maharajah) was third with Orjan Kihlstrom driving. The 1.8/1 Campo Bahia and 5.5/1 Inti Boko were unplaced. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Three eliminations of the Oaks del Trotto were held August 31 at Roma Capannelle, Italy with each batteria for a purse of 22,000€ over the 1640 meter autostart course. Batteria A went to the 1.13.4kr timed Alcatraz Stecca (3f Napoleon Bar-One Minut di No-Indro Park) with G.P. Minnucci aboard. Ariala Cash (3f Ready Cash) and Angiolina OP (3f Chiaccio del Nord) followed the winner to the line.  Batteria B saw Audrey Effe (3f Up and Quick-Simphony Effe) score for pilot Andrea Farolfi timed in 1.13.5kr. Alouette and Avena Jet ended second and third. Audrey Effe The Batteria C elimination race saw Arnas Cam (3f Ready Cash-Nadia Cam-Varenne) score in a quick 1.12kr for Roberto Andreghetti. Always BR Ready (3f Inglesias) was a length away second and third was All Wise As (3f Varenne). Arnas Cam crushed this group and was the most impressive elim winner. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink