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February 13, 2017 - Bjorn Goop reined his trainee 2.1/1 favorite I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Marie Dulcinea) to victory in today’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The classy mare is owned by Morton Gunnar Sem of Norway and was timed in 1.12.1kr off quick fractions (1.08kr at the 1500; 1.09.5kr with 1000 remaining; 1.10.8kr at the 500). She raced without shoes. 24.5/1 Primula Brazza’ (8f Oiseau Feux-Erbarosa Brazza’) was second for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Salvatore Carro and owner Scuderia Della’Acquario. Third was 8.7/1 Riviera As (7f Cantab Hall-Fortune As) reined by Franck Ouvrie for Belgium’s Ecurie Z and trainer Stephane Soenen. 4.3/1 Soho (8f Dream Vacation-Hillery Toll) handled by Eric Raffin was fourth for trainer Vincent Lacroix and Norwegian owner Kurt Kile. The international race flavor continued with fifth finishing Paula del Ronco (8f Prodigious-Ina Effe) owned in Italy by Scuderia Munacore and reined by Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Salvatore Minopoli. The top five finishers were from non-FR countries illustrating the competitive nature of winter meet racing at Vincennes and often the money-earned advantage of these invaders. Thomas H. Hicks

February 6, 2016 - Let’s Dance D.E. (7m Oscar Schindler SL-Sirmione) prevailed for harness racing trainer/driver Bjorn Goop at 47/1 in today’s Quinte+ Prix de a Chartre Sur Le Loir (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 18 European entrants) at Vincennes. Timed in 1.14.1kr, the barefoot trotting Goop trainee is owned by Gerhard Sporrer and scored in a blanket finish over 12/1 Arn Hammering (7m Love You-Avita Hammering) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for trainer/owner Thomas Jonsson. Third was 21/1 Speed Delicious (7m Fast Photo-Ala Delicious) reined by Franck Nivard. The top finishing long-odds performers set forth an exact order payoff of €309,310 for a €2 wager. The Prix des Charentes (purse €54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) this day went to 3.3/1 Chimere du Goutier (5f Kaisy Dream-Queen Bourbon) for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Ecurie Saint Martin. 1.6/1 Costa Haufor (5f Saphir d’Haufor-Santa Haufor) was a nose back second for Charles J. Bigeon and breeder/owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. 10.6/1 Clea Madrik (5f Prince d’Espace-Paisy Tivoli) was six lengths back third for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Benoit Robin The Prix de la Genevraye (monte, purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) was a driving, inches-apart photo, between 1.14.4kr timed winner Corames (5f Speedy Blue-Reine Magic) with Matthieu Mottier in the irons. Dominique Mottier is the trainer/owner/breeder of this winner, Just beaten was 18/1 Celina du Pont (5f Halimede-Pelinia Vetmi) with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard and Ecurie Augustin Normand. Well-bred 5.9/1 Elegantissime (3f Ready Cash-Ivre de Victorie) was on her best behavior today for Yoann Lebourgeois and won the Prix de Coulommiers (purse €36,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters)  timed in 1.16.4kr. Philippe Allaire trains the filly that Frederic Sauque owns. 5/1 Electra Jet (3f Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) was second for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse, and owner Ecurie des As. J-Et. Dubois bred this one. Third was 26.3/1 Ebene du Logis (3f Titan d’Occagnes-Jazza Bourbon) with Bjorn Goop up. Jean-Pierre Barjon’s Dedicate Of Citrus (4f Meaulnes du Corta-Quetty du Donjon) scored at 5.4/1 in the monte Prix de Vitre (purse €52,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters), racing barefoot for Leo Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Barjon bred this winner that was timed in 1.17.3kr. 1.2/1 favorite Dena Maza (4f Jad de Bellouet Razyana) with Damien Bonne up took second, this one conditioned by Sebastian Ernault. The Prix de Lare (purse €37,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters) was the home of a quick 1.12.7kr score for 8.8/1 Doum Jenilou (4g Rancho Gede-Prairie Jenilou) reined by Bjorn Goop. 2.9/1 Driver Cadence (4m Saxo de Vandel-Rose Pourpre) was second for trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard. Third was 15.3/1 Defi Pierji (4g Roc Meslois0Orelinotte D’ylea) handled by Leo Abrivard and trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. A major upset occurred in the Prix des Rouges-Terres (purse €44,000, 2700 meters, 15 European starters) this day when 60.2/1 odds Dolga du Pommereux (4f Coktail Jet-Salsa du Pommereux) scored for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger. Noel Lolic is owner/breeder of this one that rallied to a close victory over 9.1/1 Unique du Kras (4f Varenne-Orjka du Kras) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. 6/1 Dona Nina (4f Tucson-Quolombre Winner) was third for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Jarmo Niskanen. Yesterday’s Prix Firenze (ITY) brought a nice group to battle over 1600 meters autostart for a purse of €25,300. The 1.14.2kr timed winner was Uragano Trebi’ (4m Nad Al Sheba-Istria Bi-Toss Out) with Gaspare Le Verde at the controls. Urali OP (4m SJ’s Photo-Maya del Romco-Toss Out) was second for Tomaso DeLorenzo and third was Universo d’Amore (4m Mago d’Amore-Ninfa Degli Dei-Armbro Goal) with V.P. Dell’Annunziata the pilot. Next weekend’s Gr. I €400,000 purse Prix de France has currently 29 engaged. Analysts believe the final 18 will be as follows, albeit the non-listed engaged trotters include Booster Winner, Django Riff, Bilibili, Bolero Love, Trebol and others. We will know on Thursday, but be assured it will be a superb race, to be followed by trotting devotees globally. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 23, 2016 - Monas Invercote took today’s Quinte+ Prix d’Amboise (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 18 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. Harness racing trainer Bjorn Goop teamed the 1.14.9kr timed winner for Stall Timotej AB and Berglin Ove. Monas Invercote (7f Viking Kronos-Monas Speranza) was off at 52.3/1 odds. 39.5/1 Alexane d’Urzy (f Coktail Jet-Oree Bourbon) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. 9.2/1 Voice Dream (7f Love You-Lovely de Paris) took third for David Thomain and trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5.5/1 Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) raced well to be fourth for Franck Nivard and trainer/owner Jerry Riordan. 64/1 Une de Villetot (8f Canada-Oste) was fifth for owner/trainer/driver Sebastian Baude.           Equinoxe (2m Equiano Porza-Septieme Ciel) was victorious in the Groupe II Prix Emmanuel Margouty (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 10 starters) at 10.1/1 and timed in a sharp 1.14.1kr (fractions 1.13.2kr at 1500 to go; 1.13.4kr at the 1000; 1.14.8kr with 500 meters remaining). Matthieu Abrivard teamed the Jacques Bruneau trainee that Scurie JR owns. SNC Jean Levesque bred this one. 9.7/1 Euro du Chene (2m Neok Jiel-Oseille du Chene) was second with Franck Niavrd up for trainer J.LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. The same connections were third for the Bjorn Goop reined Eros du Chene (2m Un Amour d’Haufor-Oulanova de Lou). Highly favored 1.4 Eridan was fifth and 1.8/1 Everest Vedaquais was a miscue dq. The Prix d’Evrecy (purse €55,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.14.8kr timed and 2.6/1 Be Bop Haufor (5g Notre Haufor-ICA Haufor). Christian Bigeon teamed the winner that be bred/owns/trains. 17.3/1 Spirit Real (5g Supergill-Civetta Real) rallied for second for Bjorn Goop. Jerry Riordan owns and trains Spirit Real. Third was 21/1 Stay Alert (5g Ken Warkentin-I Wish) that Dominik Locqueneux reined for Peter Untersteiner, trainer for DeSekj AB. The Prix Sans Dire Oui (Gr. III, purse €105,000, 2850 meters, nine starters) went to 3.4/1 Bolide Jenilou (5g Kesaco Phedo-Melodie Jenilou) timed in 1.13.8kr for Anthony Barrier, trainer Gregory Thorel and owner Jean-Paul Masselin. 1.8/1 favorite Boss du Meleuc (5g Lucky Blue-Ratale du Meleve) finished second for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Yannick Alain Briand and third was 20/1 Boardo (5g Niky-Prozdauna) for Alexandre Abrivard and trainer Vincent Martens. Be Mine de Houelle and Best Buissonay were next to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 15, 2016 - Tuesday’s Grand Prix Dynavera Maisagri (purse €40,000, 2550 meters, 12 European starters) at Beaumont de Lomagne went to 2/5 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy) timed in 1.14.7kr. Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop teamed Buzz Mearas for owner Pierre Pilarski and trainer Vincent Lacroix. 7.8/1 Victoria du Viaduc (7f Canada-Luna du Viaduc) was second for J.A. Eliphe, ahead of 74/1 Uricano (8g Esotico Star-Kaline de Nuit) for trainer/driver J.P. Lecourt. At Reims was the Grand Prix de Reims (purse €32,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters)  and 1.4/1 Tiger Feat (9g Niky-Milady d’Heripre) was victorious clocked in 1.16.56kr for Franck Nivard. 3.1/1 Violet (7m Love You-La Rouge) with Pierre Vercruysse aboard for owner J.G.H. De Jong. Ecurie D bred this one. 4/1 Vemax (7g Nice Love-LaFolly d’Ar) was third for trainer/driver Romain Derieux. On the evening program at Paris-Vincennes was the Prix Laetitia (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) and 2.8/1 Cathy A Quira (4f Password-Quira des Jacquets) scored in 1.14.6kr. Gabriel Gelormini was the pilot of the Jorma Niskanen trainee that Etienne Desmet owns. 19/1 Calencia (4f Quaker Jet-Olencia) was next for Eric Raffin, ahead of 6/1 Class de Loriol (4f Ready Cash-Oraqeuse de Maryon) with Anthony Barrier at the lines. Citizen Kane (4g Orlando Vici-Queen Of Viking) with Thomas Levesque driving, won the Prix Mebsuta (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.14.9kr for owner/breeder Pierre Levesque. Thomas Levesque is the trainer. 5.8/1 Clarck Sotho (4g Oiseau de Feux-Mocanda) was second for Anthony Barrier with third to 35/1 Curly Light (4m Redlight Jet-Orphea de Mouci) and pilot J.Ph. Monclin. Two year-olds contested the Prix Gyptis (purse €42,000, 2200 meters, 10 starters) at Vincennes, with victory to 27/1 Elite du Ruel (2f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) for trainer/driver Franck Anne. The 1.16.7kr clocked winner bested 2.9/1 Ere Nouvelle (2f Love You-Kidea) that Gabriel Gelormini teamed to best third finishing 32/1 Ecume des Louanges (2f Gazouillis-Jolie Lily) with Franck Ouvrie up. On November 14 action at LeCroise Laroche featured the Grand Prix du Nord des 4 Ans (purse €40,000, 2800 meters, 11 starters). 58/1 Caline de Chahains (4f Rolling d’Heripre-Nuit de Plainville) was victorious timed in 1.15.7kr, defeating 2..1/1 Cobra Bleu (4m Fortuna Fant-Nuit Irisee), the favorite, with trainer Pierre Vercruysse driving for breeder/owner Nathalie Chapdelaine. 5.1/1 Choicolat du Bourg (4m Nahar de Beval-Malouvia) was third for J.G. Van Eeckhaute aboard. And in Spain At Son Pardo (Spain) was the Criterium 2 Year-Olds Spain (purse €15,000, 1650 meters autostart, 14 starters). 2.6/1 Es Gonyador de Fon (2m SJ’s Photo-Dalia de Kit) scored in 1.18.1kr for J.A. Riera.Cuadras Morro bred and trains the winner. 4.9/1 Espiga des Liorer (2f JackThe Ripper-Ohlala Tirety) took second and 15/1 Enigma de Ladil (2f Petit Poucet-Tota de Ladil) landed third. Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday night at Orebro Sweden was the 201 Najos Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 2100 meters autostart) and the winner was 4.41/1 Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) reined by Bjorn Goop and timed in 1.11.1kr, a record for the distance on a 1000 meter harness racing track. Stefan Melander trains the Stall Courant AB Stockholm owned and Hanover Shoe Farms bred winner, that has a 2016 slate of 5-1-2 in 14 starts for 2,137,690SEK. He has 10 wins in 36 career starts for 4,081,566SEK earned. Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) was second for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pasuale Ciccarelli. This Biasuzzi bred trotter bested third finishing Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco-Too Good For You-Yankee Glide-Little Miss Queenie) with Jorma Kontio driving. Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and fifth went to Billy Flynn (4m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones) with Erik Adielsson aboard. Nahar Takes Mohawk Preferred Saturday evening’s Mohawk (Ontario) featured trot was the weekly Preferred (purse C$34,000, one mile autostart) and veteran former Elitloppet winner (at age eight)  Nahar (11g, Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) was an easy five-length winner clocked in 1:53 for driver Doug McNair, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin. Racing with hopples has helped the class-master that easily dispatched Whiskey Tax ((9g Revenue-Bourbon Belle-Muscles Yankee) with Randy Waples up and third finishing Etruscan Hanover (6g Donato Hanover-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation). Nahar, now a winner in excess of 12.SEK million and with 41 career victories, photos below: Thomas H. Hicks  

Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) returned from stallion duty to win today’s harness racing Gr. II Grand Prix du Sud Quest (purse €200,000, 2575 meters autostart, 11 starters) at Agen La Garenne. Bjorn Goop reined the winner for trainer/owner Richard Westerink. The Paul Van Klaveren bred veteran recorded his 31st victory in 88 career starts now for €4,236,538 earned. Timed in 1.11.6kr, Timoko was quick to the lead with Dante Boko in the pocket. Brissac, from post 11, came alongside and raced much of the way in the death seat before giving way as Bird Parker (5m Ready Cash-Belisha) rushed forward in the final turn for J-Ph Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. This Christophe Toulorge bred speedster took the lead and held it to the line under heavy urging albeit Timoko re-rallied to a just-beaten second. But, as Timoko closed on the pegs, Bird Parker moved right despite his teamster leaning to the outside, with his right wheel placed under Timoko’s left, impeding his progress and forcing driver Goop inside the pylons. Thus, Bird Parker was a dq placed second. 20.3/1 Ave Avis (6m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Avis) was third for driver/trainer J-M Bazire and owner Mme. O. Roffi-Urano. Comte de Bellaige bred this one. Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) was an all out fourth for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was a fast closing fifth for Franck Nivard and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. The third through fifth finishers were together timed in 1.11.9kr. Replays follow. The fine Agen program also included the Grand Prix Baron d’Ardeuil (purse €21,000, 2575 meters autostart, 14 European starters) with the 1.15.2kr timed victory to 35.7/1 Royal Roc (5f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc) with Mathieu Abrivard the trainer/driver for Scuderia Sant Eusebio. 32/1 New Approach was second for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Bel Avis (5g Ganymede-Alorca Maris) took the €19,000 Prix de l’Agglomeration over the 2625 meters distance, besting nine rivals timed in 1.13.9kr. Bel Avis was off as 2/5 favorite for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Wildenstein Stables Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred the winner that defeated 9.6/1 Bolero d’Houlbec. The Prix President Dominique de Bellaigue (purse €23,000, 2625 meters, 11 European starters) went to 1.14.9kr timed and 4/1 odds Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia). Dominik Locqueneux reined this winner for trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. 9.4/1 Unetelle d’Artease (8g Capriccio-Escapade) was second for Franck Nivard and third was 57/1 Univers d’Enfer. On Friday evening at Enghien two year-olds (11) contested the Prix du Pont de la Tournelle (purse €32,000, 2150 meters autostart). The 1.20.5kr timed winner was 1.1/1 Envieux (2m Kaisy Dream-Vista Wood) with owner Jean-Pierre Dubois driving for trainer Yves Boireau. Ecurie D bred this one. 7/1 Evariste du Bourg (2m Jasmin de Flore-Saratoga du Bourg) was second for owner/trainer Sebastian Guarato and driver Ch. Thierry. 42/1 Etendard Majuro was third. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s V75 harness racing action was highlighted by several fast class events each for winners’ money of 200,000SEK or more. The Frances Bulwark (250,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced an impressive victory for Finland’s Shadow Woodland (7g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Visa-Credit Winner) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Timed in 1.11.2kr he swept to the front early and kept on going for an easy score over pocket placed Magic Tonight (7m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) with Kenneth Haugstad driving for Roger Walmann. Third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) with trainer Pete Untersteiner the pilot. The race winner recorded his fifth 2016 win in 11 starts and 22nd in the career from 55 outings, now good for 2,440,601SEK earned. The Silver Division Final (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12.3kr timed Seedorf O.M.F from Italy, teamed by Goop for trainer Stig H, Johansson. The five year-old gelded son of Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJ’s Caviar) earned his sixth 2016 win from 12 starts and 18th lifetime in 34 outings. Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) was next for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and third went to Finland’s Top Of The World (5g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed). Ulf Ohlsson teamed this one for trainer Liljendahl. The impressive winner scored off soft fractions and raced barefoot, a late change made to the 1.8/1 favorite. The Klass I Custom Sulky (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12.3kr timed and 2.8/1 Ottens Casher (4g Ready Cash-Ottens Julia-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. Roger Walmann trains the SRF Stable owned gelding. Digital Engine (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Maralou-Sherwood) was second for Ove A. Lindqvist and third was Donato E (5g Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) with Ulf Ohlsson driving. The Bronze Division Final (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Denmark’s Le Miracle (4g Taurus Dream-Le Reve-Fill V) with Erik Adielsson driving for trainer Svante Bath and Caramera AB. The winner, bred by Jean Pierre Dubois, took his sixth 2016 victory in eight starts and he now posts an 11-2-1 slate in just 14 career outings. Global Respons (5g Credit Wiinner-Com Mimmi-Running Sea) took second for Kevin Oscarsson and trainer Stefan Persson. Third was Catch The Cash (6f Gigant Neo-You Never Can Tell-Mr. Lucken) for Oskar J. Andersson and Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) was fourth for Per Lennartsson. The winners’ time was 1.12.4kr. The Klass II Agria Final (200,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.13.3kr timed Ma Running (4f Running Sea-Hipo Beat The Odds-SJ’s Caviar) with Ulf Ohlsson driving for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. This one now has a 2016 slate of 4-2-3 in ten starts. Anedu (6g Opus Viervil-Ironiessa-Texas) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with third to Oceanic Clearence (4f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride). Thomas H. Hicks

Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) easily won the Aby Stora Prix Final (1.2SEK million to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) in gate to wire fashion for harness racing driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie d’Heripre. He now sports a 6-1-3 slate in 14 starts this year and has career earnings of 15,160,790SEK. His career slate is 25-4-6 in 49 starts. Time of the final was 1.11kr and the winner again raced without shoes in the final. Even though Un Mec d’Heripre went inside three pylons off the final bend no changes were made by the judges and the result was never in doubt as he scored by four lengths under wraps. The track was sloppy and heavy as rains continued that caused a race start delay of this the twelfth contest. On the solid undercard was the Lyon Grand Summer Prix Gr. II Stayer (purse 500,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 6.1/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) scored for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. 8.1/1 Alfas da Vinci (8g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) took second for Peter Ingves ahead of 6.4/1 Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) with trainer Bjorn Goop at the lines. Time for the winner was 1.16.4kr. The Silver Final (purse 200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13kr timed Nadal Broline (6g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for trainer Reljo Liljendahl and owner Onket Invest of Finland. This lightly raced winner is 3-1-0 in four starts this year and for the career shows a slate of 14-5-0 in 20 outings for 1,626,500SEK earned. Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) with Thomas Uhrberg at the lines for trainer Steen Juul. Thomas H. Hicks

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 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  

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