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Well-regarded 1/10 favorite Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) took this days’ Breeders Crown V75 event for four year-olds at Kalmar, Sweden, timed in 1.12.4kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos. This event raced over 2140 meters autostart produced 70,000SEK to the winner and Readly Express now has an 8-3-0 slate in 11 career starts. The 40/1 Sugarmakesmecrazy (4g Crazed-Maple Frosting-Valley Victory) was second for Per Lennartsson and trainer Svante Bath. He one now is 4-1-2 in ten starts after not competing in 2015. He showed some good form at age two in the USA for Ake Svanstedt. 50/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) took third for Ulf Ohlsson. Four year-old mares competed in another Breeders Crown test over 2140 meters for 70,000SEK to the winner. 3/2 favorite Spoil Me (4f Going Kronos-Mystical Ann-Kadabra) scored here in 1.13.7kr with Kenneth Haugstad up for Roger Walmann. The 13/1 Magnesia (4f Magnetic Power-Martansla-Super Arnie) ended second for Oskar J. Andersson and trainer Jorgen Westholm. 5/1 Galactica (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Hurrla Laday-Buzzin Brian) closed third for Lars Ake Soderholm. Three year-olds were next up and the Breeders Crown fillies (also 70,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) contest went to 12.3/1 Rio Rita Face (3f Joke Face-Musclesonbroadway-Muscles Yankee) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reljo Liljendahl, her second win in 2016 to go with a second in just three starts. The 2/1 favorite Ready For Money (3f Ready Cash-Savaflickan-Lord Of All) was second for Troels Andersen in this race clocked in 1.14.1kr. Third went to 10.2/1 Flight Plan (3f Scarlet Knight-Danba di Ala-Supergill) driven by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Stefan Melander. The colt three year-olds battled over the same distance and for 70,000SEK first money and the undefeated (in seven start, four in 2016 and three last year) 2.28/1 odds Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) scored in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. The 3/2 favorite Gareth Boko (3m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) was second for Per Lennartsson, also trainer. Third was 8.7/1 Mellby Emeralds (3g Muscle Hill-Mellby Rubin-Pine Chip) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Liljendahl. Older campaigners contested the Mid-Sommers (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) and 1/10 favorite On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Minrovia-Rite On Line) took the 1.12.6kr timed victory for driver Johnny Takter. The H.R. Stronborg trainee bested 7.4/1 Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) reined by Orjan Kihlstom for Daniel Reden/Stall Zet. Third was 11/1 Opitqergium (8m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant) handled by trainer Robert Bergh. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink

Bjorn Goop enjoyed quite a day at Bjerke (wins with Rod Stewart, Timone EK and Crfzado dela Noce earlier on the harness racing card) and none better than with Oslo Grand Prix winner Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) as this Fabrice Souloy trainee rallied late to nail Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) and Orjan Kihlstrom driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The winning mare, off at 1.7/1 on the PMU network, was clocked in 1.10.5kr for this her seventh straight 2016 victory and it raised career earnings to 8,568,228kr. Nuncio was off at 2.8/1 on PMU and favored on the other major European networks, was a game second and now has an impressive 31-14-2 slate in 47 lifetime appearances. 2.2/1 (PMU) Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) was third for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy. Papagayo E, Support Justice and Lionel were the next three to the line. The Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr. I UET International event with 1,500,000NoKr to the winner (purse in euros €302,212) was contested over 2100 meters autostart (1-5/16 miles). Your Highness Thomas H. Hicks ATG, Fintoto, Rikstoto, PMU files/photos

Two eliminations were raced today leading to the Oslo Grand Prix undercard feature Energima Cup Final, contested over 1609 meters autostart for 300,000NoKr first prize. The 100,000NoKr elims (purse in euro €21,061) were first won by Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) with Wim Paal up for trainer Holger Ehlert at 2.85/1 odds, over .85/1 favorite Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) with trainer Steen Juul up. Third was 42/1 Rafolo (8g Love You-Farola-Speedy Herve) with Lars Anvar Kolle driving. The second elim went to 5/1 Rod Stewart (6m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Jerry Riordan. 1.27/1 favorite Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory) took second for trainer/driver Peter Ubtersteiner and 22/1 Royal Ice (5g Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen-Conway Hall) landed third for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. Gigant Slugger was scratched from this elimination. Earlier the Montelopp (1609 meters autostart, 100,000NoKr to winner) went to 3/5 favorite Nantucket (10m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory) for Sofia Adolfsson. Call Me Hanover and More Caviar were next across the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €5 million) was at Paris-Vincennes in the Prix Titania (purse €48,000, 2700 meters, 16 European starters) with the 1.13.4kr timed harness racing  victory to 8.7/1 Xea Venus (8f Charmy Skeeter-Kea Lobell) with trainer Bjorn Goop up for German owner Stall A&S 2003. 8/1 Vedette des Landes (7f New des Landes-Delia du Houlbet) was second for Sebastien Hardy, also trainer, and owner Michel Hardy. Third was earned by 16/1 Primula Brazza’ (7f Oiseau de Feux-Erbarosu Brazza’) with Pierre Levesque piloting this Italian invader.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 14 Xea Venus AUT B. Goop Stall A & S 2003 B. Goop 2ème 10 Vedette des Landes S. Hardy Mic. Hardy S. Hardy 3ème 4 Primula Brazza ITY P. Levesque Scuderia Dell'Acquario S. Carro 4ème 8 Adrienne du Citrus A. Abrivard Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon L.-C. Abrivard 5ème 13 Ultra Amsterdam A. Laurent Ecurie Alain Laurent A. Laurent  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2425   Ordre :       16.090,00€   Désordre :       321,80€   Bonus 4 :       30,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       15,00€   Bonus 3 :       10,00€   Also on the fine card was the Prix Adalberta (purse €56,000, 2700 meters, 11 European starters) and the winner was 1.9/1 favorite Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos) driven by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Ecurie TH&V Weber-Berchtold of Germany. The winner’s dam is a daughter of King Conch-Lamitech Pedro-Sugarcane Hanover and she was registered in Italy. Spartan Kronos covered the course clocked in 1.14.7kr. 1.2/1 favorite Bakchich (5g Quopeck-Pax de Villeneuve) was second for Tony Le Beller and trainer J-M Legros. Third was 92/1 outsider Baileyse (5f Opus Viervil-Lance de Fourches) for driver Matthieu Mottier. The Prix Mimas (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) produced a close finish with the winner timed in 1.15.5kr, that one being 12/1 Chance (4f Ready Cash-Ramruma) driven by trainer Franck Anne for owner Julien Raffestin. 16/1 Clef de Fa (4f Flueron Perrine-Rivendell) was second for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard while third went to a rallying 8/1 Civelle du Caseu (4f Kool du Caux-Darling du Caieu) with Franck Nivard at the lines. The Prix Cygnus (purse €50,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) this evening went to 1.13.4kr timed and 21/1 odds Bonne Copine (5f Love You-Joie Baroque) with J-M Bazire driving for trainer Thierry Raffegeau and owner J-Y Roze. 5.4/1 Balledonia (5f Romandi-Noonlight Charms) was next to the line for J-Ph Monclin with 2.3/1 Beauty Princess (5f Ludo de Castelle-Princess Foot) home third with teamster Mathieu Mottier and trainer/owner D.M. Mottier. The June 11 Saturday program at Paris-Vincennes is a dandy, as shown below: Prix de Gien, Gr. III, 3yo males, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, eight starters Prix de Ploermel, European, purse €70,000, 2700 meters monte, 12 starters Q+ Prix du Quercy, European, purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters Prix Louis Jariel, Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2175 meters, nine starters Prix d’Istres, Gr. III, 3yo females, purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters VINCENNES - PRIX LOUIS JARIEL PRIX LOUIS JARIEL Course 5 Groupe II 120.000. - Attelé. - 2.175 mètres (G. P.) 54.000, 30.000, 16.800, 9.600, 6.000, 2.400, 1.200. Pour 5 ans, hongres exclus, ayant gagné au moins 54.000. S N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Barrio Josselyn     M 5 j.m. bazire j.m. bazire 2175 3a6a2a0a5a9a 227 610 €   2 Baltic Charm     M 5 e. raffin s. guarato 2175 2a4a1a3a1a2a 298 150 €   3 Beau Gamin     M 5 d. bonne s. guarato 2175 9a2a(15)5a4a 349 040 €   4 Briac Dark     M 5 f. anne f. anne 2175 7a1aDa(15)2a 368 130 €   5 Black d'Avril     M 5 f. prat frederic prat 2175 0a8a0a5aDa5a 473 570 €   6 Bolero Love     M 5 g. gelormini s. guarato 2175 2a2a1aDa2a2a 477 780 €   7 Bird Parker     M 5 j.ph. monclin ph. allaire 2175 1a1aDa4a5a7a 974 880 €   8 Billie de Montfort     F 5 d. thomain s. guarato 2175 0a4a0a2a6a4a 1 190 860 €   9 Bold Eagle     M 5 f. nivard s. guarato 2175 2a1a1a1a(15) 1 781 800 €   The June 12 card at Bjerko NO is also outstanding featuring the Gr. I VG Oslo Grand Prix over 2100 meters autostart worth 1.5million NorwegianKr first money and other top action: Attelé - 302 212 € - 2100m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart VG OSLO GRAND PRIX Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 302.212. - Attelé. - 2.100 mètres. 157.950, 78.975, 39.488, 13.689, 7.898, 4.212. Pour 3 à 12 ans inclus. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains                             1 Mosaique Face     M 7 l. kolgjini l. kolgjini 2100 0a4a0a1a0a 1 290 913 €   2 Support Justice     M 7 g.v. gunderse g.v. gunderse 2100 2a1a6a0aDa 842 074 €   3 Un Mec D'heripre     M 8 f. nivard f. souloy 2100 3a1a2a1a3a 1 296 525 €   4 Your Highness     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 2100 1a1a1a1a1a 760 871 €   5 Papagayo E.     M 6 u. ohlsson j.k. waaler 2100 3a3a3a1a5a 784 517 €   6 B.B.S.Sugarlight     H 7 p. unterstein f. solberg 2100 0a4a1a3a2a 734 363 €   7 Lionel (nor)     M 6 g. antonsen f. souloy 2100 0aDa1a1aDa 801 716 €   8 Victory Bonsai     M 5 m. forss h. korhonen 2100 3a1a1a3a2a 106 642 €   9 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2100 1a2a1a1a1a 2 324 728 €   10 Volstead A     M 5 j. kontio s. melander 2100 0a1a0a2a2a 316 158 €   The other excellent Bjerke contests on Sunday are: Kingsrod Monte, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr to winner Energima Cup elim 1, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Energima Cup elim 2, 1609 meters autostart, 100,000Nokr first prize Flacata, 3 year olds, 1609 meters autostart, 150,000Nokr first prize Hydespe Stayerlop, 3140 meters distance handicap, 200,000 Nokr first prize Energima Cup Final, 1609 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr to winner FinTack Mares, 1609 meters autostart, 175,000Nokr first prize Europamatch, four and five year-olds, 2100 meters autostart, 300,000Nokr first prize Gjensidige four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000Nokr first prize Oslo GP, 3-12 year olds, 2100 meters autostart, 1,500,000Nokr first prize The two Energima Cup elims attracted some skilled trotters such as Ringostarr Treb, Tycoon Conway Hall, Allaballakaitoz, Ja El Tomcat, Rod Stewart and Hillustrious. Be there for superb trotting action this weekend. Thomas H. Hicks

2/1 odds Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-LaBelle Lady-Conway Hall)  rallied from the back to sweep past for a half-length victory in the Gr. I UET Masters Series 2016 Broline Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund, the 2011 meter autostart contest was timed in 1,11,5kr by the Bjorn Goop reined, Fabrice Souloy trained winner. This special V75 day harness racing feature rewarded the winner with 375,000DKK. Total purse in euros was €100,500. 12/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) raced gallantly on the front for Erik Adielsson and trainer Dan Widegren and was second ahead of Spains 8/1 Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic), reined by Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou, that raced on the outer throughout, first without cover and later covered by El Mago Pellini that gained the death seat and held for fifth. Gigant Slugger was fourth after a ground saving journey on the pegs from post one. US import Solvato finished tenth. Your Highness was a previously accepted Elitloppet 2016 invite and there are now eight others on the roster including On Track Piraten, Nuncio, Voltigeur de Myrt, Resolve, Propulsion, Un Mer d’Heripre, Oasis Bi, and Timoko. Also on the card was the Aringseliten for 150,000DKK and contested over 2000 meters autostart. The 1.12.6kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Vincent Lacroix. 28/1 DD’s Hitman (5m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Petri Puro.  2.7/1 second choice Je d’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Mauror-Sugarcane Hanover) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Thomas H. Hicks

6/1 odds Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candella-Armbro Goal) won today’s Konung Gustaf W:s Pokal (928,830SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International) clocked in 1.12.7kr and driven by Peter Untersteiner, also the trainer. Italy’s 34/1 Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) landed second for Enrico Bellei with third to 35/1 Payas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) with Johnny Taker driving. US import Uncle Lasse was unplaced. The fillies battled in the Gr. I International Drottning Silvia’s Pokal also for a winner’s prize of 928,830SEK. 2.3/1 second wagering choice Princess Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Mansia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) scored the victory timed in 1.13.1kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. 44/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comets Tail) took second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to 2.1/1 favorite Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. This one is USA/Canada owned by Jeffrey Snyder and David Goodrow. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s €299,407 purse Gr. I International Olympiatravet over 2140 meters at Goteborg (Aby) SWE went to hot trotting mare Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall-Lady Stormont) with harness racing driver Bjorn Goop up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and PV Racing HB, the owner. This 1.4/1 odds winner has five 2016 wins in as many starts for seasonal earnings of 3,127,737SEK. Her career slate is now 23-7-5 in 47 starts for 6,602,022SEK earned. Your Highness was timed in 1.10.9kr and raced without shoes. 10/1 Sauveur (6g Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) was second for driver/trainer Ake Lindblom and 8/1 Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Irco-Tenor de Baune) rallied strongly for third for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc after getting a slow start away from the car and trailing the field in early going. BBS Sugarlight finished fourth at 2.2/1 and On Track Piraten was fifth at 2/1 after leading much of the way. Nahar made an early miscue and was disqualified. Thomas H. Hicks

Top trotting action took place Saturday at Solvalla with a number of V75 contests with 200,000SEK or more to the winners. The Grabber’s Pixies race for mares (200,000SEK first prize) went to 1.9/1 Donna de Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) for harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist timed in a quick 1.10.9kr. Langebro Konsult AB owns this winning mare. 3.1/1 Windy Ways (6f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) took second for Erik Adielsson, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Third was 1.8/1 favorite and US-bred Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hall=True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walmann, training for AB Svensk Reklamfinans. The Finn-Tack Silver Final (2140 meters autostart for 220,000SEK first money) went to 2.4/1 Fridericus (6g Allison Hollow-Friderica-April Victory) timed in 1.12.3kr. The Denmark-bred winner was reined by trainer Veijo Heiskanen for owner Firma Stall Preussen. Italy’s Navigator Sib (9g Civil Action-Shoguns Parisienne-Shogun Lobell) took second for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Jorgen Westholm, with third to Vasterbo Paymyday (7g Credit Winner-Vasterbo Daylight-Spotlite Lobell) and teamster Bjorn Goop for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. The Solvalla feature this Saturday was the Tritun Sunds Gold Final with 250,000SEK to the winner. 2.1/1 odds favorite On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) scored the victory for Johnny Takter ahead of 7.1/1 Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) and reinsman Peter Untersteiner. Third was 4.4/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) and driver Bjorn Goop. Time was 1.11.6kr and the win was the fourth straight for the winner, now with 25 career wins in 83 starts for earnings of 10,279,211SEK The 200,000SEK first money Benders Tamla Celebers for mares (2140 meters voltstart) went to 11.2/1 odds Noomi Skift (5f Goetmals Wood-Avelone Skift-Alf Palema) with trainer Hans-Owe Sundberg driving. Grappa Boe (5f Couch Doctor-Honey B Boe-Atlas Rocket) landed second for Tony Wallin, ahead of Marta Chip (5f Adrian Chip-Haulover Tan-Dream Vacation) with Peter Ingves up for trainer Petri Puro. Seven of the 15 starters took a 20 meter distance handicap and none of these earned top three finishes. Completing the Solvalla top races was the Bronze Final with 200,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart contest. Ochongo Face (5g Kiss Francis-Jubel Kemp-Joie de Vie) at 6.6/1 recorded the victory for Erik Lindegren, defeating Bartender IN (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) and Panoramic (6g Scarlet Knight-Carttolina Spin-SJ’s Photo), the latter driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. At Aby on Saturday the 2140 meter autostart Breddlopp went to Jerry Riordan’s trainee Sonny Bull (5m Uronometro-Miss Morique-Spotlite Lobell) for Italian owner Mauro Prospero at 17.5/1. The scored his ninth career win in 36 starts, timed in 1.14.8kr. Hertig Rolls (by Coktail Jet) was second ahead of Spider Blessed (by Igor Font) driven by Jorgen Wallin for trainer Wilhelm Paal. The winner earned 10,000SEK in this event. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-Mer went to veteran Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) with harness racing driver Bjorn Goop aboard for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The purse was €200,000 with 45% to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart sprinter contest, the last major trotting race of the winter season in France. Timoko was away quickly from post seven in the 13 horse field, following scratch of Un Mec d’Heripre, as was first to lead Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) with Johnny Takter up for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Takter parked Timoko for about three-eighths mile before yielding to the winner. Goop then rated the pace craftily and kept Oasis Bui boxed in the pocket until into the stretch when Timoko pulled away for two lengths plus victory. Off as 4/5 favorite, Timoko and 6.8/1 second finishing Oasis Bi bested 159/1 Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover) that closed strongly along the pegs for Yannick Alain Briand. Spain’s Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) rallied from far back to nab fourth at 13/1 for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. The 162/1 outsider Vicomte Boufarcaux was fifth. Kadett CD and Going For Gold Zaz were disqualified for breaks and Anna Mix was unplaced at 14/1 while 4/1 Voltigeur de Myrt finished seventh behind longshot Air Frame at 143/1. Time for the winner was 1.10.2kr (race record 1.09.6kr in 2002 by Varenne). Timoko also won this classic event in 2015 and 2013. His now three wins compares well with legendary Une de Mai, a five time winner from 1969-84, and Ourasi that won four times from 1986-89. Thomas H. Hicks

Paris, France - Bold Eagle (5m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and driver Franck Nivard overcame a wide journey to inch past leading Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) and Bjorn Goop to win the €400,000 purse Gr. I Grand Prix de France, a UET Master Series event contested over 2100 meters autostart at Vincennes. Heavy rain earlier in the program dulled the race track. Fractions were 1.09.4kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.09.4kr at the 1000; 1.10.6kr at the 500 and 1.10,7kr at the finish (a mile rate of 1:53.59). The leading pair started from post positions eight and seven and were off at 2/5 and 4.6/1 odds, respectively. Voltiguer de Myrt, Anna Mix and Bird Parker were next to the line. Lionel was a disqualification in the 15 horse field after Un Mec d’Heripre was scratched. The race was competitive from the beginning as Bold Eagle, hot in the pre-race scorings, was taken off the gate as Kadett CD, Oasis Bi and Timoko rushed for the lead. Oasis Bi prevailed for Franck Ouvrie until Timoko gained front position after the first 600 meters and he faced immediate pressure from Spain’s Trebol and driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou. Trebol held gamely and Bold Eagle secured a position behind him into the final bend when Trebol suddenly went right allowing Bold Eagle to get through and move near Timoko. Timoko moved away to a length lead and then Bold Eagle began a relentless advance finally getting by as the line approached. Voltigeur de Myrt raced well along the pegs to be third about four lengths from the leading pair while Anna Mix rallied strongly for fourth after starting from post 13. Bold Eagle and Timoko were both timed in 1.10.7kr, well off the record set in 2007 by Kool du Caux of 1.09.8kr. Pierre Pilarski owns Bold Eagle and Sebastian Guarato does the training. The winners’ career earnings are €1,681,800 with today’s victory.   Année Cheval S/A[1] Pays Temps Père Driver Entraîneur Propriétaire Deuxième Troisième 2016 Bold Eagle M.5  France 1'10"7 Ready Cash Franck Nivard Sébastien Guarato Pierre Pilarski Timoko Voltigeur de Myrt 2015 Timoko M.8  France 1'11"4 Imoko Björn Goop Richard Westerink Richard Westerink Texas Charm Linda di Casei 2014 Noras Bean M.9  Suède 1'12"1 Super Arnie Björn Goop Ulf Stenströmer Stall Asunden HB Univers de Pan Tiégo d'Étang 2013 Ready Cash M.8  France 1'11"4 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Th. Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire Royal Dream Timoko 2012 Royal Dream M.7  France 1'11"6 Love You Jean-Philippe Dubois Philippe Moulin Éc. Victoria Dreams Main Wise As Ready Cash 2011 Ready Cash M.6  France 1'10"3 Indy de Vive Franck Nivard Th. Duvaldestin Philippe Allaire Maharajah Lana del Rio 2010 Meaulnes du Corta M.10  France 1'11"7 Voici du Niel Pierre Levesque Pierre Levesque J.-P. Barjon Première Steed Queen's Glory 2009 Meaulnes du Corta M.9  France 1'11"6 Voici du Niel Pierre Vercruysse Pierre Levesque J.-P. Barjon Nouba du Saptel Opal Viking 2008 Exploit Caf M.7  Italie 1'10"7 Toss Out Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Scuderia Sa.For. Meaulnes du Corta Orla Fun 2007 Kool du Caux M.9  France 1'09"8 Bijou du Bignon Franck Nivard Fabrice Souloy J.Villetorte Kesaco Phedo Opal Viking 2006 Jag de Bellouet M.9  France 1'11"6 Viking's Way Christophe Gallier Christophe Gallier Michel Gallier Gigant Neo Kazire de Guez 2005 Naglo M.6  Suède 1'12"2 Coktail Jet Orjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman Stall Carall Ilster d'Espiens Kazire de Guez   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnlesslink.com    

January 18, 2016 - The Prix de Brionne (purse €54,000, 2700 meters, 18 European entrants) was Monday’s Quinte+ at Vincennes and 1.1/1 Call Me Keeper (m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper) took victory timed in 1.13.kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns the winner. 20.2/1 Only One Glory (8m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) was second for Roberto Andreghetti, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Scuderia RPR of Italy. 27/1 Volcan du Garabin (7g Norman Jet-Dulcinee Gibus) ended third for Gabriel Gelormini ahead of another Reden trainee Rocket Zet (7m Muscles Yankee-Hefty Zet) at 2.7/1 for Daniel Parling, with fifth to 64/1 Archangel AM (g Going Kronos-No More Time) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The €37,000 Prix de la Baule (B) contested over 2700 meters went to 1.14.5kr timed Best Haufor (5m Ready Cash-Nikita Haufor) for owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon. The 9/10 favorite bested 12 rivals with second to 6.5/1 Best Atat (5m Coktail Jet-Gunilla) driven by William Bigeon. 15/1 Bamour (5m Gazouillis-Reine Magic) was third for Mathieu Mottier. The Gr. III Prix de Roubaix (purse €90,000, 2850 meters, 9 monte starters) this day went to 1.1/1 favorite Vif d’Or du Poli (7g Ludo de Castelle-Fontaine di Poli) that is owned/trained by Bernard Piton and reined today by Christelle Le Coz. 1.7/1 Vinci Pierji (7g Meaulnes du Corta-Intaille) was second for Nils Pacha and trainer Mathieu Abrivard. 27/1 Uros de l’Extreme (8g Neutron du Cebe-Limpia) was third for Benjamin Rochard. The winner was clocked in 1.15.5kr. Next Sunday’s Prix de Cornulier (Gr. I International UET Masters Series) attracted 25 initial entrants to the world’ richest and most prestigious monte contest at Paris-Vincennes, over the 2700 meter distance on the grande piste, The winner earns a spot in the Prix d’Amerique the following Sunday and the winner’s share of the €700,000 purse. On first engagement there were 29 entered and then four dropped out (Gross Weight, Biscuit Delavera, Amazone du Dollar and Agrippine) of this highlight of January 24th at Vincennes. Tiego Etang is the richest competitor in the field. He placed in 2013, 2014 and 2015, His main opponents will probably be Vision intense, Moving On, Athena Vandel, and venerable age 10 Scarlet Turgot, Best Of Jets will be the only five year-old in the running for trainerJean-Michel Baudouin. No five year-old has won since 2007 when One du Rib emerged. Sebastien Guarato will send out Astor du Quenne and Aladin d’Ecajeul against other top players Uhlan du Val, Olmo Holz and Udayama. Last weekend at Gavle the V75 Gold Division went to Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) for driver/trainer Robert Bergh. The 2140 meter autostart contest earned 150,000SEK for the winner. On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was second for Johnny Taker with third to the Jorma Kontio reined Allaballakaitoz (8g Credit Winner-Southwind Sweetbay-Valley Victory). Luckycharm Hanover and Democrat were the next two across the line. The winner, off at 5.8/1, now has career earnings of over 6,100,000SEK. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 16, 2015 - Bjorn Goop teamed 5.7/1 odds Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) to victory in this evening’s Q+ Prix le Parisen (purse €85,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European female starters) clocked in 1.12.6kr off rated fractions (1.13.7kr at 1000; 1.13kr at 500 meters to go). The winner is trained by Sweden’s Tomas Malmqvist for Langebro Konsult AB. 3.3/1 Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly) was second for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Jorgen Westholm and owner Bengt Johansson of Sweden. Third was Alpine du Rib (5f Opium-Rockeuse du Rib) for teamster J-L-Cl Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Bahia Quesnot (4f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) finished fourth for Tony Le Beller with fifth to Saphire Bi (4f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi) and Mathieu Abrivard. The winner’s pedigree brings back fabulous memories as it’s the maternal family of Hambletonian winners Timothy T and Christopher T plus Oaks winner Cora T, all from Flicka Frost, fourth dam, through Why Indeed-Speedy Crown-Betsy Sue-Ayres-Flicka Frost. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 1 Donna Di Quattro SWE B. Goop Langebro Konsult AB T. Malmqvist 2ème 5 Ninepoints Lucy SWE G. Gelormini B. Johansson J. Westholm 3ème 4 Alpine du Rib J.L.C. Dersoir Ecurie Rib Joël Hallais 4ème 2 Bahia Quesnot T. Le Beller Cédric Herserant Cédric Herserant 5ème 8 Saphire Bi ITY M. Abrivard Scuderia Della Casa C. Belladonna  Rapports (pour 2€)   Tirelire 3.200.000 € - Numéro plus : 0917     Ordre :       1.640,00€     Désordre :       32,80€     Bonus 4 :       7,20€     Bonus 4sur5 :       3,60€     Bonus 3 :       2,40€                       The €65,000 purse Prix Theamis over 2850 meters attracted 18 European starters and driver Dominik Locqueneux recorded his third driving win this night with 3/2 favorite Viking Blue (6g Prodigious-Idole Blue) timed in a quick 1.12.9kr for trainer Yannick A. Briand. The winner held off 7/2 Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) and trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB. 9/1 Tropic du Hetrc (8g Jasmin de Flore-Ixia de Perthuis) was a distant third for J-M Bazire. The close finishing top pair closed strongly off an honest pace (1.13.2kr at 1000 meters to go post; 1.13.3kr at 500 meters). The three year-old males contested the Prix Arethasa for €52,000 purse this evening at Vincennes on the petit course. 13 participants battled over 2850 meters with the 1.14.8kr clocked winner being 3.3/1 odds Colbert d’Am (3m Goetmals Wood-Kalmie Melody) for reinsman Dominik Locqueneux. Lutfi Kolgjini trains the winner for Stall Courant AB. 122/1 outsider Colibri de Larre (3g Echo-Segesse de Larre) was second with 9/2 Classic de Viette (3m Look de Star-Squaw du Bouffey) third for Tony Le Beller. The €42,000 purse Prix Cyrene over 2850 meters drew 14 starters with the 1.13.4kr winner being 6.9/1 odds Brice des Epines (4m Rolling d’Heripre-Polka des Brieres) driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Johan Jansson Invest AB of Sweden. 4.2/1 Banjo de la Noemie (4g Flambeau des Pind-Prima de la Noemie) was second for J-Ph Monclin with 18/1 Bingoi de Blary third to the line. The Prix Athamantis (purse €80,000, monte 13 European starters, 2850 meters) went to 19/1 Americaine (5f Chef du Chatelet-Marine Raudiere) with Antoine Wiels up for trainer J-P Marmion. Clocked in 1.13.7kr the winner scored over 3/2 favorite Asca Bot Eur Moel (5g Pagalor-Cova du Niel) and 6/1 Boris des Domits over the 1-3/4 mile distance. Dista Love (3f Royal Dream-Usita Love-Goetmals Wood) took the Prix Aludra (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, two year-old fillies, 10 starters) on disqualification. Timed in 1.17.6kr the winner recorded her first career victory in her second start for driver/owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau as the 3/2 odds favorite. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Carmensite 2:01.3v (US$117.564) the dam of ten winners in 13 foals including  five with life earnings above US$90,000. Detailesmie Merite (2f Mage de la Merite-Netoilesmie) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois with 3.1/1 Doris de Bailly third for Franck Ouvrie. Saturday action is at Caen that hosts the featured €80,000 purse Gr. III Prix de la Ville de Caen over the marathon 4400 meter distance handicapped course. 18 will start including Nahar that received a 50 meter penalty and receiving 25 meter handicaps are Beckman, Udayama and Tornado Bello. Thomas H. Hicks  

YONKERS, N.Y. --- Timoko heads to Saturday's $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway without having raced since the end of June, but his connections believe the 8-year-old harness racing French star is ready to roll. Bjorn Goop, who drives Timoko regularly for owner/trainer Richard Westerink, said via email this morning that Timoko's absence was because of stallion duty. The horse was scheduled to return to action in the UET Masters Trot final on Sept. 13 in Belgium, but was scratched because of a fever. Timoko and Goop will start the International Trot, which returns to Yonkers after a 20-year hiatus, from post No. 4 and are 6-1 on the morning line. Bee A Magician is the 3-1 favorite from post five in the 10-horse invitational event, which will be raced at 1-1/4 miles rather than the traditional one-mile distance. "They have trained him really hard and say he is very well prepared to race super good so expectations are higher now since we got a good post position," Goop said. Post time is 2 p.m. for Saturday's first race at Yonkers, with the International Trot set for 3:10 p.m. approximately. Timoko, the winner of the 2014 Elitloppet, has two Grade 1 victories this year in Europe and finished third in the Prix d'Amerique. He has won 19 of 57 career starts and earned $3.72 million. "The horse has had a good training," Westerink said following Tuesday's International Trot draw in New York City. "He is a little light, but I don't think it will be a problem." Westerink is looking forward to racing in the U.S. for the first time. He also is looking forward to a strong effort from Timoko, having told Paris-Turf.com writer Fabrice Theil, "I do not just come to visit Manhattan with my family." "It was a dream for me to race in the States as a child, so this is fantastic," Westerink said Tuesday. "This is a really big race and it is good for the sport." The International Trot was first held in 1959 and was won by France's Jamin. France has won 12 editions of the race, which trails only the 13 triumphs by U.S. horses. Sweden's His Majesty won the most recent International Trot in 1995. The event was resurrected this year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. "With Yonkers now a major player in the overseas simulcast market, we feel this is the best time to showcase our track to the world by again inviting the best trotters in the world to race here," Rooney said in a statement. "We have had tremendous cooperation from our horsemen and all of us are looking forward to it." Goop is no stranger to Yonkers, having raced at the Hilltop as part of the 2011 World Driving Championship. Goop, in fact, made his last start in the U.S. a winning one, with a triumph in a 1-1/16 mile race at Yonkers as part of that series. "I have driven at Yonkers before and also several half-mile tracks in Sweden regularly, so I think and hope it's an advantage," said Goop, who turns 39 on Oct. 13. * * * Sweden's Mosaique Face, the winner of the UET Masters Trot final in September and runner-up in this year's Elitloppet, drew post eight - the most outside spot on the starting gate - for the International Trot. The 6-year-old stallion will be driven by Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Owned by Tommy Nilsson Holding AB, Mosaique Face has won 14 of 54 lifetime starts and earned $1.57 million. "I think the biggest competition is Mosaique Face and Bee A Magician," Westerink said. "If Mosaique Face is out in front, he can win. If he is not leading, he will not win." * * * BBS Sugarlight, a 6-year-old gelding from Norway, counts this year's Oslo Grand Prix and Olympic Trot among his 19 career wins. He will start the International Trot from post nine - the trailing spot behind Creatine in post one - with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Fredrik Solberg. The earner of $827,607 in lifetime purses, BBS Sugarlight is owned by Knut Groenlie and Gunnar Jarlsen. "He started to be a really good horse one-and-a-half years ago and has been increasing all the time in his results," Groenlie said. "Stability (is his best attribute). He is a speedy horse from the start." * * * Italy's Oasis Bi, who finished second in the Oslo Grand Prix and third in the UET Masters Trot final, drew post 10 for trainer Stefan Pettersson and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The 7-year-old stallion has earned $1.01 million in his career and is owned by P.G. Svard's Frackstad Lantbruks AB. "Expectations fall a little bit after the start position, but we are still optimistic," said Svard, who has a farm that produces eggs from more than 500,000 chickens near Mantorp, Sweden. "But there is enormous happiness and we are very proud for the invitation. We are really happy to be invited and lucky to be here." Oasis Bi, bred by Italy's Giuseppe Biasuzzi, is by Toss Out, who won a division of the 1993 Zweig Memorial at Syracuse, and out of the Self Possessed mare Up Front JM. "I bought him as a 1-year-old," Svard said. "He has the American blood to thank for his talent." Oasis Bi's starting spot trails Papagayo E, who leaves from post No. 2. "If Papagayo opens early and we come to the rail, I hope to follow him," Svard said. * Papagayo E, a 5-year-old stallion from Norway, will start the International Trot from post No. 2 for trainer Jan Waaler and driver Ulf Ohlsson. He has earned $508,624 lifetime and is owned by Tom Andersen and Claes Sjolin. He won this year's Jarlsberg Grand Prix and was third in the Oslo Grand Prix. "Fantastic," Andersen said about Papagayo E's draw for the International Trot. "That's what we hoped for - one, two or three. We have a fast horse, strong horse, and it looks really promising. He has never been better than today, I would say. I'm really excited to be part of this race. As everyone, we gamble, but if we have a good start we can finish in the top three." The winner of 11 of 24 career starts, Papagayo E raced only in Norway until a year ago, when he began testing the international waters. "We have a couple small tracks in Norway and he was racing on those, so I think he's actually going to like this track," Sjolin said about the half-mile oval at Yonkers. * * * On Track Piraten, a 7-year-old gelding from Sweden with lifetime earnings of $1.31 million, will start from post six. Erik Adielsson will drive for trainer Hans Stromberg and owner Stall CK HB. The horse won the Prix du Luxembourg and finished fourth in the UET Trotting Masters final. "He's a very strong horse," Stromberg said. * * * Five-year-old Rod Stewart, from Italy, drew post three. He finished second in this season's Grade 1 European Championship for 5-year-olds and is trained by Jerry Riordan, a Rhode Island native who has spent the past two decades in Europe. Enrico Bellei will drive the $467,260-earner for owner Graziano Ceccaroni. Rounding out the International Trot field are U.S. representatives Creatine and Natural Herbie. For more about the International Trot and its participants, please visit the event's special website here. Following is the field in post order for the International Trot with listed drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1. Creatine, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 4-1 2. Papagayo E, Ulf Ohlsson, Jan Waaler, 5-1 3. Rod Stewart, Enrico Bellei, Jerry Riordan, 12-1 4. Timoko, Bjorn Goop, Richard Westerink, 6-1 5. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 3-1 6. On Track Piraten, Erik Adielsson, Hans Stromberg, 10-1 7. Natural Herbie, Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder, 8-1 8. Mosaique Face, Adrian Kolgjini, Adrian Kolgjini, 6-1 9. BBS Sugarlight, Johan Untersteiner, Fredrik Solberg, 6-1 10. Oasis Bi, Orjan Kihlstrom, Stefan Pettersson, 8-1 Note: BBS Sugarlight and Oasis Bi start from the second tier. Ellen Harvey and Yonkers Raceway contributed to this story. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

September 19, 2015 - Daddy Wood (2m Ready Cash-Ushuaia Wood), the 3/5 favorite, took today’s Prix de Pionsat (purse €20,000, 2200 meters, 8 starters) at Vichy, driven by Gabriel Gelormini for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This winner recorded his second victory in as many appearances, clocked in 1.18.2kr. His dam, Ushusia Wood, is a daughter of Love You-Daisy Chain-Speedy Somolli. Daisy Chain is a great producing 1991 foal that has generated 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (US$1,208,145) and four more plus US$100,000 winners, Jackpot Dream, Nice Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Third dam Kravotte produced US$459,557 winner Rainbow Runner. Finishing second today was 5/2 odds Dis Papaoutai (2m Goetmals Wood-Quemilia Pierji) owned by J-P Barjon, trained by Sebastien Guarato and driven by H. Langlois. Third was 6/1 Dame Denferst (2f Quilon du Chatelet-Pin Up du Chariot). 1 6 DADDY WOOD G. Gelormini 1.6 1'18''2 2nd 5 DIS PAPAOUTAI H. LANGLOIS 3.5 1'18''2 3rd 8 DAME DENFERT C. PETREMENT 7 1'19''2 4th 7 OF DIVINE ECROVILLE A. LAMY 16 1'19''5 5th 4 DIA DE LA BOATERIE B. RUET 29 1'19''5 6th 3 DARLING OF Solnan S. PELTIER 29 1'21''0 7th 2 DIVA OF LOVE F. JAMARD 38 1'21''6 8th 1 DON JUAN GERSOIS G. VIDAL 68 1'24''1 Spot   Horse Jockey Odds Redkm Also on the Vichy card was the €44,000 purse Prix Uranie contested over 2850 meters by 11 European starters. 28/1 Vertige de Chenu (6g Lynx de Bellouet-Neige de Chenu) took victory for owner/trainer Franck Pellerot and driver P. Pellerot by four lengths clocked in 1.16.4kr. 7/1 Sem Jafat (7g SJ’s Photo-Persilja) was second for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Untersteiner Training AB. 45/1 Louisville As was third with fourth to SHT’s Playmate at 105/1 odds.Vertige de Chenu At Farjestad in Sweden today, the featured V75 Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. Thai Broadway was timed in 1.11.3kr to record his 18th career win in 55 starts for 4,192,395SEK earned. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for driver Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Jan Hellstadt with Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) home third for Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) resulted in victory for Lover Face (7g Love You-Ambra OK-Mr. Lavec) and driver Jorgen Sjunnesson. Lover Face was timed in 1.12.2kr for his 14th victory in 59 starts and earnings of 1,331,800SEK. The winner’s first dam is from T Ball by Super Bowl-Bedell, she dam of Donerail and Gramola. Nitalar Bra Latin (5g Kiss Francis-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was next for Stefan Soderkvist and trainer Petri Puro with third to Sir Ratzeputz (5m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) and Jorma Kontio. Ja El Tomcat (6m Chocolatier-Topcat Hall-Conway Hall) ended fourth with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Karoline Krogh-Hanssen. This one is a half-brother to 2015 US trotting star JL Cruze. Viva Lover Wins Quinte+ at Vincennes The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.45 million) Prix Cleomede (€44,000 purse, 2850 meters, 17 starters) was at Paris-Vincennes this day and the 1.13.4kr timed winner was Viva Lover (6f Look de Star-Kaline Cover). This 3.4/1 odds winner was teamed by Mathieu Mottier. 52/1 Tikva de Baylev (8f Sancho Panca-Jasmina du But) was second for J.G. Van Eeckhaute, ahead of 12.3/1 Ulula Bella (7f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) that Tony Le Beller aboard.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 15 Viva Lover M. Mottier Ecurie D.M.Mottier D. Mottier 2ème 4 Tikva de Beylev J.-G. Van Eeckhaute J.-P. Sauvage C. Dreux 3ème 13 Ulula Bella T. Le Beller Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 14 Victoire de Lèvres F. Nivard Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 5ème 17 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2151   Ordre :       17.904,00€   Désordre :       149,20€   Bonus 4 :       67,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ Friday’s Prix Bruma (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) went to the 1.14kr winner Ahrima Turgot (5f Prodigious-Night Turgot) driven by J-M Bazire at 3.4/1 odds. 51/1 Anza du Carbonel (5f Lontzac-Lea Girl) with trainer Franck Blandin aboard was second. 132/1 outsider Alesia Lado (5f Maitre d’Atout-Aspara) was third. At Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Aquitania (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 Dolce des Rioults (2f Jam Pridem-Judith des Rioults) reined by Joann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. She scored in 1.18.6kr. 7.6/1 odds Detoilesmie (3f Mage de la Merite-Netoilesmie) with Franck Nivard up finished second with third to 2.5/1 Deesse Port (2f Uniclove-Mania Port) driven by Cl. Duvaldstin. Thierry Duvaldestin is owner/trainer of Deesse Port. Friday’s feature at Lyon La Soie was the Prix Lugdunum (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that resulted in a 1.15.8kr victory for 2.2/1 Ustar de Vandel (7g Look de Star-Deila de Vandel), owned by Ecurie des Charmes and reined by trainer J-< Bazire. 2.7/1 Uno Prior (7g Ispalion Jarzeen-Laliga Prior) was second with 11/1 Ugo d’Urzy (7g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) home third. At Romme (SWE), Cool Keeper (5g Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and trainer/driver Leif Witasp took a 2140 meter autostart event worth 75,000SEK to the winner. Cool Keeper scored in 1.13.1kr for his 14th victory in 36 outings now for 2,21SEK million earned. Vasterbo Fantast (5m Pine Chip-Pacsia LB-Supergill) was second with Jilly W. Andersson up for trainer Svante Bath. US-bred Smilin Eli (5m Muscles Yankee-Gerry’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was third for driver/trainer Daniel Reden. Another contest at Romme was a 1640 meters autostart event also worth 75,000SEK to the winner. The 1.11.9kr victor was Democrat (8g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Supergill) driven by Ulf Ohlsson. This one vanquished Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Ballouet-Tantern Gull-Lindy Lane) reined by Erik Ludegren with third to Quick Master (11g Look de Star-Kadisha-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Claes Sjostrom driving. The race winner recorded career victory 20 in 93 starts for earnings of 2.06SEK million. Thomas H. Hicks

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, September 16, 2015-It wouldn't be an International Trot without international trotters, now would it? Accordingly, Yonkers Raceway is pleased to announce seven more confirmed participants for the million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10th. The list--alphabetically--includes... BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Seabiscuit (Finland) Timoko (France). All are scheduled to leave for New York Wednesday, Sept. 30th. We are in the midst of compiling biographical/statistical information about these "invaders," and shall disseminate as soon as possible. Other invitees are to be determined based on this weekend's racing, including, but not limited to, Mohawk's Maple Leaf Trot. Again, please note the International (back after two decades) is part of a scheduled matinee card, with proposed first post (pending approval of the NYS Gaming Commission) at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:20 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

September 13, 2015 - Glen Ord Superb (4m Orlando Vici-Orions Hilda) won Sunday’s VG Norwegian Trotting Derby (purse €234,895, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) at 1.8/1 odds for harness racing  trainer/driver Geir Vegard Gundersen and owner Erik Sandbaek. The winner recorded his 10th victory in 17 career starts. 6.5/1 Victory Lap (4m Staro Showbiz-Princess Valley N) was second for trainer/driver Olav Mikkelborg, ahead of 2.8/1 Thaiu Navigator (4g Ganymede-Role Model) driven by Eirik Hoitomt for trainer Bo Westergaard. The race was clocked in 1.13.76kr. On the Bjerke card was also the Finn Tack Norwegian Kriterium for three-year olds (purse €181,485, 2100 meters autostart) with the victory earned by 13.5/1 odds El Toro BR (3m Coktail Jet-I’m Prompt Too) trained by Bjorn Goop for BR Invest Denmark and reined by Tom-Erik Solberg. Timed in 1.15.19kr the winner now has three career wins in five starts. 37/1 Photo Lavec (3m SJ’s Photo-Joyful Lavec) was second for Per Oleg Midtfjeld with 52/1 Greyhound d’Estino (3m Muscle Mass-Tina Tilar) third for trainer/driver Pal Buer. The winning owner also started two others, both trained by Trond Smedshammer. El Muro BR (by Muscles Yankee) finished seventh and race favorite El Diablo BR (by Muscle Hill) was disqualified due to miscues. The 2013 Derby winner Support Justice was on the card today and was victorious in a 2100 meter autostart event for fast-class older trotters. He was an open-lengths winner clocked in 1.10.8kr for Geir Vegard Gundersen. US-bred Kapow Hanover finished third. In conjunction with the Derby was held the annual yearling auction at Olso and the sale topper was the colt Magic Tile (Cantab Hall-High Eleven L-SJ’s Photo) at US$67,500. Thomas H. Hicks    

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