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The past Saturday's Kincsem Park harness racing program showcased the Disco DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with victory to the 1.8/1 favorite Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda As-Diamond Way) handled by trainer Veljko Mazsity. Race time was 1.20.1kr. Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) took second for reinsman Goran Zolnaji and third was Henrik Ibsen AT (7m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) with Csaba Lakatos at the lines. Earlier on the card was the Nyereten Ketevesek (two year olds, 400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) with the 1.21.1kr timed victory to Brilians BD (2f Brillantissime-Ici Love-Love You) with trainer Imre Fezekas at the lines. She bested Bing Crosby AT (2m Amiral Sund-Silent Yankee-Yankee Glide) with Tibor Hajnal up with Boisphorus N (2m Lucky Boy-Iarissa Urby-Kramer Boy) third for pilot Branislav Mukity. The day’s program also saw 2.4/1 Annuska (3f The Lindy Reserve-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) score for Sandor Kolozsi and trainer Istvan Papp timed in 1.21.3kr, her second victory in three 2019 outings. Before the wagering card was a qualifier for two year olds that went to Bo Capar (2g Calypso Capar-Rona Szepe) with Andrea Nagyvary up for trainer Imre Fazekas. The sire Calypso Capar (by Supergill) has produced a number of good gaited young performers starting their careers in 2018-19. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 2.4/1 Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda As) took the Kincsem Park, Hungary featured Uli DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) clocked in 1.16.6kr and reined by trainer Veljko Mazsity.  The 9.7/1 Villam Ville was second for Goran Zolnaji and third was 8.4/1 Henrik Ibsen AT reined by Csaba Lakatos. A race later Mazsity scored again with 1.7/1 Zolta (4m Naglo-Gazza Jet) timed in 1.17.4kr in the Eugenia DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). Kabala Menes Kft. bred this one. On the undercard the Platan DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw 4.3/1 Atom Szepe (3f Calypso Capar-Rona Szepe) score for Andrea Nagyvary clocked in 1.20.3kr. Imre Fazekas trains this one. Before the wagering card the two year old Balerina R (2f SJs Photo-Campala RAL) scored in a 1.24kr timed qualifienkr with Csaba Lakatos the teamster. The 13th annual Yearling Sale is set for September 28 at Kincsem Park.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

The season’s first major harness racing trotting event at Kincsem Park was Saturday’s Geza Sennyey Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 11 starters) that saw 8.5/1 Pierra del Bar (10f Abano As-Exile Bar-Muscles Yankee) make a three wide move in the final bend and draw off for a 1.15.7kr timed victory with Imre Fazekas aboard. Zoltan Ozvar trains and owns the classy mare that defeated Part Two (10f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine) with Attila Budai the reinsman. Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was third for pilot Balazs Juhasz. Milady Amok and Tennessee Effe completed the top five. Race time was just shy of the 1.15.6kr record of 2011 set by Imike.Pierra del Bar The prior winners of this race since 2009 are shown below along with the program page. The undercard featured the Globus DIJ (purse 600,000, 1800 meters autostart), named for the 2009 winner of the Geza Sennyey Memorial, with 9.7/1 Salihamidzic (8m Wall Street Banker-Heliken-Awesome Goal) the winner timed in 1.17kr for trainer/driver Lajos Marton. The 4.5/1 Under World (6g Racino-Aba-Yankee Class) was second for Joze Sagaj, the pilot for trainer Emil Csordas, and third was 18.9/1 Ugyeska (6f Ata Star L) with Sandor Varga aboard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 3/2 favorite Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) rallied late to win the Szabadkai DIJ (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park with Veljko Mazsity aboard. This excellent trotter now has eight wins in nine 2018 starts and he has 23 career wins in 41 outings. Race time was 1.17.5kr. 13/1 Part Two (9f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine) was second with Jozsek Kolozsi driving for trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Third went to 18/1 Solome’ Bar (7g Ganymede-Acquavite Bar-Crowning Point) that Jozsef Rutkai trains and Bernadett Balogh drove. The undercard included the Adai DIJ (purse 600,000, 1900 meters autostart) with the victory to fast-closing and 2.1/1 odds Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) timed in 1.15.4kr and reined by trainer Veljko Mazsity. She now has eight wins and two placings in only 10 starts this year, and she is 18 for 26 for her career. 10/1 White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was second handled by Branko Skenderovic for trainer Mihajlo Kuzmanov of Serbia. The 5.4/1 odds Nadir Three (11g Kick Tail-Uliva DTS-Pay Nibs) was third for Ivan Vukoz driving for SRB trainer Antun Horvatski. Two year old colts contested the Zombori DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.21.4kr timed winner was 3.1/1 Spinal Tap AT (2m Amiral Sund-Stella Sisu-Make It Happen) with Branko Skenderovic at the lines for trainer Mihajlo Kuzmanov. SRB’s Animal Racing Team bred this winner. The 2.7/1 Lord Aprikot (2m Aprikot-Leneta-Falcon Crown) rallied for second with Branislav Mukity driving for trainer Zoran Tasic of SRB. Third was 4.1/1 Sabath Black AT (2m Amiral Sund-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) with trainer Tibor Hajnal driving. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Even money favorite Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Super Hanover DIJ clocked in 1.18.4kr over 1800 meters autostart for a purse of 600,000Huf. Veljko Mazsity trains and drove the winner. The 14/1 Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) was second for driver Csaba Lakatos and third was Oldtimer Diamant (8g Arc de Triomphe) for Emil Csordas. Titan Ville (6f Noir Desir) was fourth handled by trainer Imre Fazekas. The race was named after 1970 HU Derby winner and HU bred Super Hanover (1967m, Elton Hanover-Edith Hanover-Mr. McElwyn-Hanover Venus). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

December 17, 2016 - Dabano As (5m Abano As-Drati As-Pine Chip) rallied to win the harness racing featured Feiser Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park timed in 1.17.6kr. Csaba Lakatros teamed the winner for Goran Zolaji. Alvena Quickly (9f Victory Party-Gypsy Garland-Garland Lobell) was second with Sandor Kolozsi up for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Class-master Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) was third for Emese Vezer, at the lines for trainer Emil Csordas. On the undercard was the Latszat DIJ (purse 400,000HUf, 1900 meters distance handicap) and winner Unika Vik (3f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) recorded her fourth straight victory for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz timed in 1.19.2kr. Insa (4f Alesi OM-Inos-Scurry Lobell) took second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and third wasd Tajfun (4f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Jozsef Kolozsi. Thomas H. Hicks  

Pierre Levesque reined 1.7/1 Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) to victory in Wednesday’s Q+ Prix de Beaune (purse €65,000,2700 meters, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The Thomas Levesque trainee raced barefoot for Italian owner Mme. S. Bruni in this 1.13kr score. 51/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) rallied for second with Yann Lorin up for Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Pirat of Sweden. 7/1 Vasco de Viette was third. On the same card the Pick5 Prix de Noailles (purse €46,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed, 1.4/1 odds favorite Archangel AM (6g Going Kronos-No More Time) with Pierre Vercruysse aboard for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Behall AB of Sweden. 4.1/1 Azur Somolli (6g Obrillant-Ophelia Somolli) was second for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault with 37/1 Valse de Pirai third for Michel Lenoir. The Gr. II featured Prix Pierre Gamare (purse €120,000, monte, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.15.7kr timed 6.2/1 odds Dreamer Delo (3m Ready Cash-Reverie d’Ar) for Eric Raffin in quite easy fashion. Sebastian Guarato trains the Scuderia Winner Stable owned colt. 7/2 Doesse d’Arquenay (3f Okapi de Fael-Manon d’Angis) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons. 21.4/1 Dominator Blond (3m Kenor de Cosge-Orchidee Blonde) was third for Damien Bonne and 4/5 favorite Dhikti Vedaquais (3m Thorens Vedaquais-Marie Blanque) was fourth for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire and jockey Yoann Lebourgeois. The evening program at Cagnes sur Mer featured the €44,000 purse Prix de la Bollene-Vesubie raced over 2925 meters by 11 starters. The 1.13.1kr timed winner was 5.4/1 Urac (8g Coktail Jet-Innee de la Loge) racing shoeless for J.Ch. Feron and trainer Nicolas Ensch. Louis Derieux is the owner. 1.8/1 favorite Varus du Bocage (7f Paisy Dream-Noria du Bocage) was second ahead of 73/1 Tip Top Nelliere (9g Go Lucky-Novely Blue) in a blanket finish. Today (August 25) at Les Sables d’Olonne was the Prix de la Societe des Courses for a €30,000 purse over the 2775 meter course. 14 European contestants were at the start of this Pick5 event. The 1.16.6kr timed winner was Italy’s 3.8/1 Riviera As (f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) with J.Ph. Monclin up for trainer Salvatore Campolo and Belgium owner Ecurie Z.  22/1 Big Headache (6g EL Mikko-Southwind Roselle) was second with trainer Philippe Daugeard up for Finland owner Timo Hulkkonen. 95/1 Bahamas (m Goetmals Wood-Pin Up de la Loge) landed third with trainer L.Cl. Abrivard at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks

Invaders from Italy and Sweden prevailed in today’s Quinte+ Prix de l’Opera at Enghien, France. The 3.9/1 Orient Horse (8m Abano As-Irma del Rio) scored for Italy’s Mme. S. Bruni, trainer Thomas Levesque and pilot Pierre Levesque clocked in 1.12.5kr over the 2150 meter autostart course. 16 European horses contested this €58,000 purse event. 3/2 odds favorite Tell Me No Lies (7g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) from Sweden was second with J-M Bazire teaming for KLV Holding AB and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Another Souloy trainee, 15/1 Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) from Sweden, landed third with Sebastian Ernault driving the Ecurie Pirat owned veteran. 9.5/1 Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) was fourth with Pietro Gubellini driving for Scuderia Super Chico SAS and trainer Johanna Lindqvist. Fifth was Sweden’s 29/1 Rooibus (7m Rotation-Miss Tessami) with Pierre Vercruysse driving for trainer Bjorn Goop and BS Stables AB.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 9 Orient Horse ITY P. Levesque Mme S. Bruni T. Levesque 2ème 2 Tell Me No Lies SWE J.-M. Bazire KLV Holding AB F. Souloy 3ème 1 Arazi Boko SWE S. Ernault Ecurie Pirat F. Souloy 4ème 16 Pioneer Gar ITY P. Gubellini Scuderia Super Chico Mlle J. Lindqvist 5ème 15 Rooibos SWE P. Vercruysse BS Stable AB B. Goop On the Enghien card was also the Prix de la Tour Saint Jacques (purse €48,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) and the 1.15.4kr winner was 22/1 Absolute Verite (6f Pablo-Nevisa de May) handled by Pierre Vercruysse for breeder/trainer Bertrand Kerrivinen. The 6.5/1 Altesse Eclatante (6f And Arifant-Idylle Eclatante) took second for Franck Ouvrie, with third to 1.2/1 favorite Attaque Perisienne (6f Hulk des Champs-Peccadille de Mai) reined by Sebastian Ernault. The Prix du Jardin des Plantes (purse €40,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.15.6kr clocked and 6.3/1 odds C’Est Facile (4f Rocklyn-Maflymede). Eric Raffin teamed this winner that is owned by Amandine Baudron and trained by her breeder Louis Baudron. The 3/1 Cledere de l’Aiurou (4f Chef du Chatelet-Melodie) took second with Pierre Levesque up for breeder/trainer Patrick Martin. 7.2/1 Caravelle (4f Quaro-Rania de Joudes) rallied to be third for driver Alexandre Abrivard, The Prix de Rochechauart (purse €48,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) this day went to Italy’s rallying 19/1 Tamure Roc (4f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc) timed in 1.14kr. Roberto Andreghetti drove the Scuderia Sant Eusebio owned mare that Tomaso Cecere trains. 12/1 Cocotte Jolie (4f Gogo-Miladyde Reche) was a close second for Matthieu Mottier and third was 2.1/1 Carla de Felliere (4f Quido du Goutier-Toccata du Bouffey) The Q+ the previous day was at Pornichet in the Prix Casino Partouche de Pornichet (purse €35,000, 2725 meters, 18 European starters), with Germany’s King Of The World (7m Magnificant Rodney-Queen Of Hearts) scoring at 7/2 odds for Michael Nimczyk, also trainer, and owner Johann Lenz. Timed in 1.15.1kr this winner, racing shoeless, defeated 12.6/1 Univers de Marzy (8g Look de Star-Loveliue de Marzy) and reinsman Eric Raffin. Third was 2.1/1 favorite Amiral du Bisson (6g Jeanbat du Vivier-Melodie du Bisson) with Anthony Barrier the pilot. 33/1 Aloa de la Mortrie and Sweden’s 16/1 Sem Jafet were the next two to the line. On Wednesday at Visby SWE the V86 feature was the 125,000SEK first money Gotlandslopringen 2016 over 2140 meters autostart. Timed in 1.12.1kr the winner was 23/1 Vasterboonthenews (8g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema). Andre Eklundh teamed the Patrik Sodervall trainee. The 2.4/1 favorite Quid Pro Quo (7m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath. 6/1 Windy Ways (6f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) took third for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Traveling Man and Sir Ratzeputz. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s €40,000 Grand Prix Charles Desrousseaux over 2825 meters drew 11 international harness racing starters at Hippodrome Le Croise Laroche. 6.1/1 Africaine (6f Oiseau de Feux-Italiene) recorded the quick 1.12.7kr victory for reinsman Pierre Vercruysse and owner/trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois. 14.8/1 Ugo de Nieul (8m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Marmonie de Nieul) was second for trainer/driver Romain Derieux with 5.6/1 Adelia de Melodia (6f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) third for Franck Ouvrie. 9/10 favorite Swedishman (10g Gogo-Volgana) was fourth for Thierry Duvaldestin. At Kincsem Park the 600,000Huf Varga Henriett Memorial over 1960 meters went to the fast closing Harlynda (7f Abano As-Sparkling-Coktail Jet) for trainer/driver Veljko Mazszity. This winner recorded victory 14 and 30 starts. Samuel Becket AT (4m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) was second driven by trainer Tibor Hajnal. Celebrity Classic (7m Classic Response-Musli Star-Somolli Star) landed the third spot for Csaba Lakatos. Thomas H. Hicks

February 11, 2015 - Tuesday at Vincennes the Prix de Chateau-Gontier (€54,000 purse, European males, 18 starters, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+ with €5.5 million jackpot) went to the Thierry Duvaldestin pupil Uno Dancer (7g Offshore Dream - Laura Dancer) with Franck Nivard up. The winner was off at 2.7/1 odds, and clocked in 1.13.3kr, as he defeated Italy’s Orient Horse (7m Abano As - Irma del Rio) at 15/1 for Gabriele Gelormini and third finishing Tsunami (8g Defi d’Aunou - Lais de la Duchec) at 8.5/1 for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.500.000 € - Numéro plus : 0931   Ordre :       3.378,20€   Désordre :       59,80€   Bonus 4 :       10,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       5,10€   Bonus 3 :       3,40€   Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxblnQaKpoM On the same card the Prix de Bercy (€46,000 purse, European males, 17 starters, 2700 meters) went to rallying 14/1 longshot Valmayor (6g Le Retour - Korinaga), clocked in 1.14.1kr for reinsman Jos Verbeeck and conditioner Vincent Viel. Italy’s 22/1 Platone GSO (6m L’as de Boussieres - Egida Play) was second for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Heikei Korpi with 5.5/1 Virtuel Haufor (6g Diamant Gede - Kelle Haufor) third for trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €2.2 million after being recently hit) at Enghien-Soisy, France was the €65,000 European Prix du Parc des Princes over 2150 meters autostart. Dominik Locqueneux steered the Peter J. Strooper trained Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) to victory, her 11th for career earnings of €329,987. J.F. Roos owns the German-bred mare as she narrowly bested Denmark’s well-regarded Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) with J-M Bazire up. Elles W.Phedo (Sweden) was third for Johanna Lindqvist in the quick 1.12kr event. The Q+ exact order payoff for a €2 wager was €7,340 (without jackpot). On the Enghien-Soisy card Jean-Etienne Dubois scored a driving double, first with Alex The Winner (4m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet) in the €68,00 purse Prix de Jonquieres over2875 meters. He was timed in 1.15.5kr with the win over nine rivals. Dubois also won with American Jet (4m Quaker Jet-Marlena) in the €39,000 Prix d’Uzes over 2150 meters autostart. This one defeated 14 rivals in 1.14.6kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Four excellent events graced today’s Enghien-Soisy card, including this days’ Quinte+ race. The feature race was the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles for €95,000 contested by 11 European starters over 2150 meters autostart. Timed in 1.11.3kr, the Louis Baudron owned, trained and teamed Village Mystic scored a 12.5/1 upset. The five year-old son of Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres-Full Account, bred by M.L. Baudron, nailed tiring favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (6m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) on the line, by a neck, the latter off at 3/5 for reinsman Franck Nivard. Voltigeur de Myrt was third for Eric Raffin. Winning Village Mystic now has 11 career wins for €720,320 earned. The secondary feature was the €85,000 Gr. III Prix du Louvre over 2875 meters for five year-old Europeans. 11 horses were at the start with the favorite Arlington Dream off at 4.3/1 in a wide-open affair. Clint W. Boko prevailed for the win handled by Robin Bakker in 1.15.1kr. The winner is a five year-old son of Abano As-Vantz Boko-Garland Lobell, trained by Paul Hagoort for Stable Unlimited. The winner secured his 10th career win now for €297,157. Germany’s Dream Magic BE (5m Dream Vacation-Dentesca Cla-Defi d’Aunou) was a close second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Josef Franzl and Vive Majyc ended third for Louis Baudron. Plutonio was fourth with J-P Dubois’ Tast of Bourbon (by Donato Hanover) fifth and was  not a factor for Damien Bonne. Arlington Dream was a dq for a miscue.   The Q+ race (jackpot €5.2 million) was the €68,000 Prix du Palais de Chaillot over 2875 meters for Europeans. 18 went postward and the race handled €1,166,918 for win and place only. Italy’s Olimpus Caf scored the victory in 1.14.3kr for Damien Bonne. He’s a six year-old son of Varenne-Eviola’caf-Supergill, owned by Scuderia Mantaro and trained by J-E Le Bec. The win today was his 12th lifetime for €203,259. Germany’s Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond-Diamond Way) was a close second for Dominik Locqueneux with Tempo (7m Coktail Jet-Haute Voltige) flying  home third for David Thomain. Replay follows: A host of outsiders in the top five exact order generated a great outcome for winning punters. This exact order crew was off at odds of 5,5. 12, 74, 46 and 9/1 respectively. Big fields make for unexpected results and payoffs. The other interesting contest today, also for European entrants, was the €48,000 Prix de Villiers that drew 16 starters over the 2150 meter autostart course. Italy’s Painting Wise took the victory in 1.12.9kr for Roberto Andreghetti and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi owns the five year-old son of Equinox Bi-Catalina Wise-Supergill as the 1.2/1 favorite defeated Adman Perrine with Franck Nivard and Amiral du Bission and teamster P-Y Verva. The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Wise H and the win today was his 13th in a career that has earned €96,610. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

This historic racing day at Paris-Vincennes would not be complete without mention of a new tribute to French Champion Trotteur Ourasi. A bronze statue was provided today to Paris-Vincennes to mark the iconic career of Ourasi who died at age 33 last year. Today’s final two graded events at Paris-Vincennes went to Vulcain du Vivier and Vabellino. Vulcain du Vivier took the monte Prix Xavier de Saint Palais for Franck Nivard, in the irons for trainer Yannick A. Briand. Breeder and owner of this son of Look de Star is legendary commercial breeder Jean-Yves Lecuyer. Vulcain du Vivier recorded his 11th lifetime win for €220,450 as he scored in 1.12.2kr over 2175 meters. Viva Jenilou and Veracity ended two-three in this event for five year-olds. Prix Xavier de Saint Palais, Gr. II monte, €120,000, 2175 meters, 13 starters Fractions: 1.09.6kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500; 1.12.2kr finish 1st Vulcain du Vivier (5m Look de Star-Idea du Vivier-Tarass Boulba), Franck Nivard for trainer Y-A Briand, owner Ecurie Jean-Yves Lecuyer and breeder SNC Jean-Yves Lecuyer, 1.7/1 odds, raced with shoes to secure his 11th win for €220,450 2nd Viva Jenilou (5f Phlegyas-Louve Jenilou), Philippe Masschaele up for Louis Baudron trainer, 9/1 3rd Veracity (5f Neutron du Cebe-Jovialidade), C. Frecelle up, 27/1 4th Viscaria (5f Gai Brillant-Lajounie des Cinty), G. Gillot trainer/jockey, 105/1 The Gr. III Prix de Gasse ended an exciting racing day and the European event for €80,000 purse went to Vabellino and Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the €217,000 plus winner as he flashed home in 1.13.5kr over the 2700 meter grand piste. Italy’s Olimpus Caf was a solid second for Damien Bonne. Prix de Grasse, Gr. III European, €80,000, 2700 meters, 16 starters Fractions: 1.13.6kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.13.6kr to 500; 1.13.5kr finish 1st Vabellino (5m Ouragan de Celland-Girl de Chantepie), Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato, 2.3/1 odds, his 11th win for €217,950 lifetime 2nd Olimpus Caf (6m Varenne-Evoila Caf-Supergill), Damien Bonne, 71/1, Italy 3rd Up The Green (6m Espeyrac Sun-Nemenine), J-M Bazire, 4/1 4th Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko), Robin Bakker, 25/1, Denmark Reply of the drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W81fNAbIydw This historic racing day at Paris-Vincennes would not be complete without mention of a new tribute to French Champion Trotteur Ourasi. A bronze statue was provided today to Paris-Vincennes to mark the iconic career of Ourasi who died at age 33 last year. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

The Gr. II Prix Louis Jariel was the featured event on today's noon-day card at Paris-Vincennes. The 120,000 euro purse drew a field of nine five-year-olds traveling 2175 meters. The hotly contested, hot-paced event went to Very Nice Marceaux, craftily reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent. The 4/1 odds winner took the inside path before escaping heavy traffic into the homestretch. There Vercruysse found a way out and once fee the son of Jag de Bellouet responded rapidly to just nip Voltigeur de Myrt and teamster Eric Raffin on the line, timed in 1.10.9kr. Favored Village Mystic led the field into the stretch and held third for Louis Baudron. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.09.9kr at 1500; 1.10.7kr at 1000; 1.11.3kr at 500; 1.10.9kr finish 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse up, trainer Gregory Laurent, 4/1 2nd Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois), Eric Raffin for trainer R. Donati, 6.3/1 3rd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres), Louis Baudron owner/trainer/driver, 1.8/1 favorite 4th Valse Darling (5m Prodigious-Fly Darling), Julien Dubois up, 26.7/1 5th Victoire (5f Kitko-Juventa Blue), Mathieu Mottier up for owner/trainer Mme. D. Mottier, 9.2/1 The undercard was worth watching as well. Trainer Marco Smorgon sent Sister Dany Bar to the Prix d'Istres, a European eligible event for 65,000e. Anthony Barrier catch-drove the favored winner, a three year-old daughter of Love You from Red Hot Action by American Winner and a full sister to Le Dany Bar, a Smorgon trained winner of over US$667,000. Red Hot Action is a daughter of Crysta's Girl (Crysta's Crown-Video Chip-Bonefish). Video Chip is a full sister to Grand Circuit winning Bolla. Sister Dany Bar dispatched 13 rivals with her 1.15.4kr score as the favorite. June 7, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix d'Istres, 65,000e, European, 2700 meters, 14 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.15.7kr at 1000; 1.15.8kr at 500; 1.15.4kr finish 1st Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Marco Smorgon and owner Ecurie 4AB Sas, Italy, 7/10 favorite, her sixth win for €79,398 2nd Bonnie Cadence (3f Qualypso Jiel-Potuna Saint Andre), Emmanuelle Allard trainer/driver, 59.3/1 3rd Blanche Mencourt (3f Ready Cash-Navaja Blanche), Jos. Verbeeck for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 9.6/1 Jean-Michel Bazire enjoyed another fine day with wins handling Ave Avis and United Back, a pair he also trains. Ave Avis, a son of Kesaco Phedo scored in 1.14.2kr as 9/10 favorite, to easily defeat Arlington Dream and Amensito. Bazire's other winner, as the .5/1 favorite, was United Back in the 50,000e Prix de Villeneuve Sur-Lot. Summaries follow. June 7, 2014, Paris Vincennes, Prix du Dauphine, 58,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.16.3kr at 1500; 1.15.1kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.14.2kr finish 1st Ave Avis (4m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis-Tenor de Baune), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 9/10 favorite and easy winner, fifth win for 104,930e 2nd Arlington Dream (4m Ready Cash-Ialla Clairchamp), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire, 1.6/1 3rd Amensito (4m Love You-Carmensita), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Jean Baudron trainer, 27.6/1 June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, 50,000e, European, 2700 meters, 18 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.14.1kr at 1000; 1.14.4kr at 500; 1.13.6kr finish 1st United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d'Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 0.5/1 favorite, 14th win for 206,630e 2nd New Way (7g Uronometro-Elsinor Princess), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens, 12.4/1, Italy 3rd Orient Horse (6m Abano As-Irma del Rio), Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 12.8/1, Italy The day's Quinte+ went to Global Manhattan handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The impressive winner led much of the way, was headed out of the final turn only to rally back for a length victory in 1.14.3kr. The son of Love You from Devilish Yankee by Yankee Glide earned his 21st career win for earnings now over 531,000e. Lobell Countess nailed down the second spot over a game Beckman that fought bravely from the death seat. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix du Quercy, 85,000e, European, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €3.45 million Fractions: 1.14.2kr at 1500; 1.14.7kr at 1000; 1.15.2kr at 500; 1.14.3kr finish Global Manhattan (7m Love You-Devilish Yankee-Yankee Glide), Eric Raffin for Fabrice Souloy and owner Stall Sharon AB, 6.9/1, 21st win for 531,455e 1st Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond), Dominik Locqueneux for Peter J. Strooper, 14.8/1 2nd Beckman (7g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema), J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy, 2.3/1 3rd Nene'Degli Ulivi (7g Uconn Roc-Maureen Lobell), Pierre Vercruysse up for Vincent Lacroix, 26.7/1 4thMint Kronos (8m Love You-Zamia FC), Anthony Barrier, Fabrice Souloy trainer, 65.6/1 Lastly, the 65,000e Prix Gien went to Bold Eagle, a son of Ready Cash driven by Jean-Etienne Dubois, his owner/trainer. Bazire was second with pacesetter Brosses Troubadour as even-money choice among the punters. The winner is from a Love You-Hippodamia mare, with Hippodamia the dam of €100,000 plus winners Pancho Villa and Quai Bourbon. June 7, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Gien, 65,000e European, 2700 meters, 15 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Bold Eagle (4m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 4.9/1, sixth win for 81,800e 2nd Brosses Troubadour (3m Showtime Bourbon-Houri de Malte), J-M Bazire up, 1/1 favorite 3rd Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute), Eric Raffin aboard, 25.7/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The final Grand Slam event of the UET Masters Series,  takes place this Sunday at the Oslo track of Bjerke, with the running of the  Oslo Grand Prix, one of four UET Masters Series group races on the day. The Oslo Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of 340,000 euros, has an illustrious honour roll, the last two events being won by Elitloppet champions of the previous year, in Sebastian K (Korean) and Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), while US warhorse Arch Madness a two-time Elitloppet runner up was the winner over the 2011 contest. Students of European racing and breeding will recognize the names of Sugarcane Hanover (USA) , Ourasi (FRA), Giant Cat (FRA),  Zoogin (SWE), Peace Corps (USA), Victory Tilly Zoogin (SWE), and Steinlager Zoogin (SWE),  who are all past winners of the event as is a horse who has been available in Australia, Ganymede (FRA), the sire of rising NSW trotter Vincennes, the winner of 8 of his last 11 races. Norwegian star Juliano Rags (Juliano Star), who missed the Elitloppet final by one position and Raja Mirchi (Viking Kronos) who set the blistering pace in the first heat, only to be caught on the line are the only two entrants who are making back to back Grand Slam starts. But the big coup for Oslo is the appearance of genuine French heavyweights in Univers de Pan (Kenya du Pont)  and Un Mec d’Heripre (Orlando Vici), two rising stars of the French scene. Both are multiple group one  winners, Philippe Daugear’s Univers de Pan the  winner of this year’s Finlandia Ajo,  while Un Mec d’Heripre is the Criterium des 4 Ans runner up and last year’s  European five-year-old champion and comes from the barn of Fabrice Souloy. Another French horse with serious credentials is Jean Paul Marmion’s Roi du Lupin, who being a gelding is ineligible for most of the big group races in France but has still amassed a credible 1.56million euros. He is the recent winner of the 150,000 euro Prix des Ducs de Normandie in the bike but is also one of the very best under saddle trotters in France. The day also features the UET Masters Series group two Berke Cup, an Elitloppet style event with two heats and a final over a mile on the same day, for the region’s sprinters. Prominent Swedish trainer Lutfi Kolgjini has good chances in both heats with Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown winner Barracuda River (Express It), who has won on this track before in the first heat and old warhorse, with a name that does not translate well down under, Kaffir Face, entered in the second and rated a good chance. Top Norwegian trainer Frode Hamre has two in each heat, with two Credit Winner sons Winmecredit and  the strongly fancied I’m the Answer in the first, and VC Chocoholic (Chocolatier) and Broadway Legs (Broadway Hall) in the second. The favoured runners in the first heat are Herve Philippe Gautier’s French entrant Saphir de Fille (Ipsos de Montfort) and Finnish trainer Markku Nieminen’s Dutch-bred Bret Boko (Yankee Glide) while Reijo Liljendahl’s  Angelo also has some strong support. In the second heat Nieminen’s other entrant Finnish Derby winner Quite an Avenger and Swede Anders Pedersen’s US import MagicCarpet Ride are the two early favourites on the tote with the latter having the services of Bjorn Goop in the bike. There are two other UET Masters Series group two races on the day, The Summer Meeting Stayers race (3140m) and the Europamatch, a 2100m race for  four and five-year-olds. The Europamatch features some of Europe’s top younger horses headed by Swedish legend Stig Johnasson’s German star Indigious, a son of French sire Prodigious who was second in Germany’s big race last year the Grosser Preis von Deutchland. He will face stiff competition from former Dutch Derby winner Clint Boko (Abano As), former European and Norwegian Derby runner-up  Thai Broadway (Thai Thanic) and Swedish group winner Stelton (Dream Vacation). The Stayers race has attracted Pas Sans Toi a French horse who at 11-years-old has been pensioned off in France but is eligible for two more seasons in the rest of Europe. Lieven de Groote’s son of In Love With You is the winner of more than 550,000 euros but will be at long odds from a 60m handicap even with Jorma Kontio in the bike. Bjorn Goop’s Swedish bred Roobois  (Rotation) was a fast finishing second on Elitloppet weekend and will enjoy the extra distance here even with a 40m handicap, while Reijo Liljendahl’s Italian import Nescafe (Daguet Rapide) off 20m and Dutchman Hugo Langeweg Jnr’s  Capitole (Offshore Dream) off the front will also be in the mix here. by David Sanders Harness Racing Victoria

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