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Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream), off at 1.2/1, was a decisive front end winner of today’s Grand Prix de France (Gr. I International, purse 350,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) timed in 1.10.3kr and reined by Bjorn Goop. On the lead early, pilot Goop set a quick pace, eased the middle speed and jetted away in the lane for victory, the fourth for Readly Express in eight starts in France, now with life earnings of 2,125,324€. Timo Nurmos trains Readly Express for owner Bro Byggnads AB. Fractions were 1.06kr at the 1500 meters remaining point; 1.10.1kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 to go.  The 37/1 longshot Uza Joselyn (8f Love You-Teza Joselyn) sat the pocket and remained there to the line, three lengths back, for Gabriele Gelormini, Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm and Blues. The 2.3/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) was away fourth on the pegs before moving first over in the late stages, but under the urging of Franck Nivard he could not threaten the winner and ended third, a long neck behind Uza Josselyn. The 79/1 Dijon (6m Ganymede) was fourth for Romain Derieux and 153/1 Billie de Montfort was fifth for Eric Raffin. The 240/1 Hard Times was a distant sixth. There were many miscue dq’s and all the Bazire trainees were affected – Belina Josselyn, Traders, Valko Jenilat, Davidson du Pont and Looking Superb. The Gr. III Prix Chambord (purse 80,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) began today’s groupe action. This winner was the 7/10 favorite Dreambreaker (6g Offshore Dream-Brooke Boko) handled by the trainer Jean Michel Bazire for Stall Oberkracher. The 1.11.9kr timed winner now shows six wins in 12 outings in France for 257,168€ in life earnings. The 11/1 Divine Mesloise (6f The Best Madrik) was second with Alexandre Abrivard driving for Pierre Belloche and Ecurie Bois Doufray. Generaal Bianco (6f Ufo Kievitshof was third at 7.8/1 odds with Franck Nivard up for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Braquo (8g Ludo de Castelle-Reuve de Presse) took today’s Quinte+ Prix des Vosges (“Chia”) at Vincennes, where 18 starters contested the 2850 meter event for a purse of 48,000€. Antoine Dabouis teamed the nine time winner in 58 career starts that was timed in 1.15.2kr for trainer Michel Dabouis and owner Tanguy Bernier. The 16/1 Beach Julry (8f Hulk des Champs) was second for breeder/trainer/driver Jean Paul Gauvin. 9/1 Croma du Guibel (7f Infant du Bossis) took third with Franck Nivard up, ahead of 4./1 Bleu Ciel and 3.9/1 Cyriel d’Atom. The Q+ exact order 2€ ticket paid 84,679€ and the Quinte pool reached 6,118,124€ today. Monte performers battled in the Prix de Centaures (Gr. I, purse 200,000€, nine starters) and the 1.11.5kr timed victory went to 3.9/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue-Happy Blue) with jockey Mathieu Mottier aboard. J.Ph. Mary trains and owns this now six time winner in 19 starts for 310,800€ in career earnings. The 4/5 favorite Fado du Chene (4m Singalo-Star du Chene) was second handled by P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and owner Claude Guedj. 7.4/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) took third with Eric Raffin in the irons. In the Gr. II Prix Jean le Gonidec (purse 100,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters five year olds) was raced in pouring rain and it resulted in a dramatic late winning surge by 21/1 Eclipse Danica (5f Hasting-Odyssee du Ravary) timed in 1.13.9kr and teamed by her trainer Pierre Vercruysse. Comte Paul de Senneville owns this mare. He previously owned Amiral Mauzon that won an Elitloppet. Eclipse Danica was away quickly and obtained the pocket. She was subsequently shuffled far back and emerged between horses off the final find, then sweeping to the far outside for the winning move. The final 500 was quick (1.07.2kr) for the winner (1.12.4kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.13.7kr at the 1000 and 1.15kr with 500 remaining). Eclipse Danica won for the eighth time in 21 career starts for 275,960€ earned. The 5.3/1 Estola (5f Nectar-Nika) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte Pierre de Montesson. Third was 22/1 Extra Light (5f Village Mystic-Ulotis du Goutier) with David Thomain up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) took Aby’s featured V75-7 Svenskt Masters (Gr.II National, 500,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.9kr and reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Timo Nurmos. This classy trotter now has 23 career wins in 30 starters for 18,283,709SEK earned. Pacesetter Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) held second for driver Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Third was Racing Mange (5m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) and trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. Carabanieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) held fourth for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner after making a bold bid with 500 meters remaining. On the undercard was the Gr. II National for Mares (500,000SEWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). Cash Crowe (5f ready Cash-Giant Crowe-Gigant Neo) scored for Christoffer Eriksson and owner/trainer Petri Puro. She recorded victory number 11 in 14 career starts now for 4,444,885SEK earned. Dear Friend (5f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline-Pine Chip-Warrawee Anika-Balanced Image) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Johan Untersteiner. In Toto Sund for Orjan Kihlstrom and Darling Mearas with Stefan Persson up completed the top four finishers. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Face Time Bourbon (3m Ready Cash-Vita Bourbon-Love You) won for the sixth time in seven career starts today, scoring in the Gr. III Prix Kurse (80,000€ purse, 2100 meters, eight starters) at Vincennes, France. Bjorn Goop teamed this Sebastien Guarato trainee that is owned by Scuderia Bivans SRL. He comes from the maternal family of the successful broodmare Etta Extra. Face Time Bourbon, off as the 3/10 favorite, now has career earnings of 120,150€ and he was timed in 1.12.6kr in this his second groupe level victory. Scuderia Bivans recently bought three of the top 12 yearlings sold at the ITS Select Sale including the 220,000€ sale topper Brother Wise As (by Father Patrick). The 85/1 outsider Zucchero Roc (3m Filipp Roc-Galantine) took second for Scuderia Sant Eusebo SRL, their trainer Fausto Barelli and reinsman Filippo Rocca. 10/1 Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) was third with Anthony Barrier up, ahead of 5.3/1 Ids Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko) and 25/1 City Guide (3m Love You-Crys Dream). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday is the annual UET Masters Series Final to be raced as Ostersund for a 4SEK million purse over 2140 meters autostart.  The field is a quality one led by Propulsion and Readly Express, the latter with Bjorn Goop to drive. Other recent top performing entrants are Cyber Lane, Dreammoko and Milligan’s School. Final UET Trotting Masters – kr. 4 milloni – meri 2140 Cyber Lane – Johan Utersteiner Diamanten – Erik Adielsson Dreammoko – Gabriele Gelormini Lionel – Daniel Reden Milligan’s School – Ulf Eriksson Muscle Hustle – Robert Bergh Nadal Broline – Ulf Ohlsson Pastore Bob – Peter Ingves Propulsion – Orjan Hihlstrom Readly Express – Bjorn Goop Sorbet 0 Erik Adielsson Up And Quick – Wihelm Paal Propulsion was bred in Georgetown, KY by Cane Run Farm and later sold for $210,000 to the current owners in a Meadowlands Tattersalls Mixed Sale. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sweden’s Trotting Derby (colt and filly divisions) are set for September 2 after the eliminations on August 22 at Jagersro. There were six filly elims and six for the colts with the top two finishers in each earning a spot in the final. The colts each raced 2640 meters autostart for 200,000SEK first money while the females raced 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to the winners. Below are the results summaries and the lineups for the Derby finals: Filly eliminations: Elim 1went to the 1.1/1 favorite Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and Bruni Racing Team. Veroni and Vera Spiro were next to the line. Elim 2 saw the 3.3/1 Mily (4f Perhaps Love-Blixtra Tanza-Victory Party) score in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, defeating Candy La Marc and Havefunwithme. Elim 3 produced a victory by 43/1 Catch My Love (4f Symphonic Hanover-Give Me Your Love-Pine Chip) with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomasz Wisniewski and Bio Consulting. Dibaba and Haleaa di Quattro completed the top three. Race time was 1.12.3kr, fastest of the filly eliminations. Elim 4 for the mares went to 3.6/1 Europhile AM (4f Gift Kronos) with trainer Peter Untersteiner driving. Mellby Free and Je T’aime Lucky were second and third. Race time was 1.13.8kr. Elim 5 saw the 5.3/1 odds Maharari de Baroda (4f Maharajah-Wiona-Lindy’s Crown) score in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Franck Leblanc. Global Upper Style and Odessa Celeber completed the top three. Elim 6 went to the 1.6/1 punters choice Run Chica Run (4f Scarlet Knight-Run Baby Run-Super Arnie) with trainer Peter Untersteiner driving, as this team defeated Mellby Fashion and Wild Love. Race time was 1.13kr. Colt Eliminations: Elim 1 saw Spickleback Face (4f Raja Mirchi-No Finish Line-Buvetier d’Aunou) score at 42/1 odds for Robert Bergh timed in 1.13.3kr. Speedy Face and Young Da Vici were next behind the winner. Elim 2 went to 13.5/1 odds Mellby Fire (4g Going Kronos-Merger Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Mellby Gard AB. Race time was 1.13kr as Output Pressure and Milliondollarrhyme chased the winner. Elim 3 was won by 11.8/1 odds Chianti (4m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever-Viking Kronos) with trainer Bjorn Goop driving. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat The Bucket List F and Illuminati. Elim 4 saw Son Of God (4m Pastor Stephen-Symfoni Sund-Viking Kronos) score timed in 1.13.1kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. This 10/1 odds winner bested Bo C and Dream Knight Palema. Elim 5 went to 1.13.9kr timed and 12/1 odds Transcendance (4g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight) win for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner L.A. Eveberg. Alcoy and The Real Star trailed this winner. Elim 6 saw the 1.8/1 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah- Reality Pride-From Above) score timed in 1.12.5kr for Orjan Kihlstrom. Peakadilly and Espirt Sisu were next to the line. Lottat i Svenskt Travderby Finals The starting positions for the Swedish Travderby and Derby Tour were picked  in Jägersiro's winner’s circle during Wednesday night. The finals will be decided on Sunday, September 2nd. Svenskt Travderby 2018, 2 640 meter bilstart Häst - tränare 1. Chianti - Björn Goop 2. Transcendence – Robert Bergh 3. Mellby Fire – Timo Nurmos 4. Son Of God – Daniel Redén 5. Who’s Who – Pasi Aikio 6. Spickleback Face – Robert Bergh 7. The Bucket List F. - Helena Burman 8. Speedy Face – Lutfi Kolgjini 9. Output Pressure – Stefan Melander 10. Bo C. - Bo E Nilsson (a) 11. Peakadilly – Steen Juul 12. Alcoy – Peter Untersteiner Förstapris: 2 000 000 kronor Derbystoet, 2018, 2 640 meter bilstart Häst - tränare 1. Run Chica Run – Peter Untersteiner 2. Vamp Kronos – Jerry Riordan 3. Maharani de Baroda - Björn Goop 4. Mily – Peter Untersteiner 5. Catch My Love - Tomasz Wisniewski 6. Dibaba – Roger Walmann 7. Candy La Marc – Lars Marcussen (a) 8. Mellby Fashion - Jörgen Westholm 9. Europhile Am – Peter Untersteiner 10. Global Upper Style – Peter Untersteiner 11. Mellby Free - Björn Goop 12. Veroni – Peter Untersteiner Förstapris: 1 000 000 kronor Saturday August 25 at Bergsaker is the prestigious Sundsvall Open with fine field of contestants. It will surely be a race to watch with Readly Express at the start. 25 aug 2018 Sundsvall Open Trot - (Gr I Int - UET Masters Series) - Gulddivisionen Bergsåker 2140m autostart Trav Horse Driver   1 1Dreammoko Björn Goop   2 2Milligan's School Ulf Eriksson   3 3Sorbet Örjan Kihlström   4 4Trendy O.K. Alessandro Gocciadoro   5 5Heavy Sound Kenneth Haugstad   6 6Pastore Bob Peter Ingves   7 7Nadal Broline Ulf Ohlsson   8 8Readly Express Jorma Kontio   9 9Evil Enok M.E. Noralf Braekken   10 10Lionel N.O. Göran Antonsen   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Hugo Abergs at Jagersro card was exceptional Tuesday evening highlighted by the Malmo Stoads Prix 2018 worth 250,000SEK to the winner in this 3140 meter voltstart contest with 11 starters.  Reckless (8m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) scored for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Byggnads AB. The 2.7/1 winner won in 1.13.1kr to defeat Edindy (6f Racer Bourbon-Global Friend-Lindy Lane) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom with third earned by Mr. Jager (9g Gentle Star-Penny Simb-Alf Palema) handled by Stefan Persson. The Prix Cagnes sur Mer (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) went to 2.2/1 Seven And Seven (4m Chapter Seven-Ally Oop-Kadabra) timed in 1.11.5kr and driven by Erik Adielsson, trained by Frode Hamre and owned by Stall Christoff Racing Invest, in his first 2018 start and first outside of North America.  Rubio (4m Cantab Hall-Italienne Girl-In Dix Huit) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Third was King Of The Hill (4m Muscle Hill-Lantern Kronos-Viking Kronos) handled by Hans G. Eriksson. Ethien du Vivier and Von Wise As finished fourth and fifth. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares Final (200,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, nine starters) saw In Toto Sund (5f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) score at 11.6/1 and timed in a quick 1.10.0kr. Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden and Stall Zet were again the team behind this winner that record her 14th career victory in 39 starts for 3,803,216SEK earned.  Trendy OK (6f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) held second for catch driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro for owner Scuderia Verner Srl. Third was Uncertain Age (5f Jacose-Missis-Varenne) with Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Easy AB. The program also showcased two year olds in the Colorama Staffanstorp (100,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). The 2.1/1 winner here was US bred Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) timed in 1.14.7kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Lutfi Kolgjini trainee that Kolgjini owns and Millstream Inc. bred. Ultion Face (2m Joke Face-Crois d’Am-Love You) was second with Thomas Uhrberg the pilot of this Kolgjini trainee that Whap Capital AB owns. Third was another Kolgjini trainee, Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star), that Kolgjini owns and Conrad Lugauer was the driver. Kolgjini trains five of the eight starters and he owns four of these. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday at Axevalla was the Mares Championship (Gr. I National, 2640 meters autostart, 1,200,000SEK to winner) and 12.2/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket-Windsongs Legacy) scored for trainer Bjorn Goop and breeder/owner Mellby Gard AM. This mare now has seven career wins in eight starts for 2,785,000SEK earned. 4.3/1 Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) was second for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Renato Bruni. 16.5/1 Global Upper Style (4f SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine-Viking Kronos) took third for Erik Adielsson. On the same card that culminated three consecutive racing days at Axevalla, the  Vara Entreprenads (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.48/1 Double Exposure (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) that Christoffer Eriksson teamed for trainer Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. Third in this one was 35/1 Uncertain Age (5f Jacose-Missis-Varenne) with Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. The Borje Nasstroms (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) on the program went to 1.13.5kr timed and 31.3/1 Ferrari Sisu (3g Djali Boko-Merja Sisu-Oiseau du Feux) scored for Adrian Kolgjini, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Jerry Bengtsson AB. The 8.7/1 Thought Hanover (3m Crazed-Teagarden Hanover-Royal Strength) was second for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and Stall Thought Easy. This one is full brother to Tirade Hanover in the USA. 2.4/1 Baritone Artist (3g Orlando Vici-Bring In The Night-Windsongs Legacy) took third for Markus Svedberg. On Saturday at Axevalla were several top events led by the V75 Gold (200,000SEK first money, 2640 meters autostart) with the 1.12.4kr timed victory to 9.6/1 Platon Face (6f Raja Mirchi-Keila des Jacquets-Defi d’Aunou) for the Adrian and Lutfi Kolgjini team for owner Knutsson Trotting AB. Call Me Keeper (8m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) was second for the Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall et team, with third to Slide So Easy (9g Quite Easy-Elegante Frokjar-Smokin Yankee). The V75 Silver (purse to winner 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) produced a victory for 1.12.3kr timed Zoko Lane (6f Zola Boko-Tango Gold-Good As Gold) at 41.6/1 odds. Thomas Uhrberg teamed the Roger Persson trainee that Stall Bjorkang owns. Trinity Lux (6m Love You-Eternidad-Extreme Dream) took send for trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal and Connie Srl of Italy. Third was Nobel Amok (6g Zola Boko) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Earlier, the Bronze V75 Division (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart) went to 7.2/1 and 1.13.1kr timed Victory Kasgard (7g Ens Snapshot-Happy Birthday-Netted) for trainer Flemming Jensen driving for Denmark’s Leif and Morten Clemmensen. Araw Hoss (7m SJs Photo-Decadent Pagan-Malabar Man) was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos. Friday’s Q+ (July 20) was at Cabourg in the Grand Prix de la Ville de Cabourg (purse 58,000 euro, 250 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.14.5kr timed winner was even-money favorite Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play). Trainer/owner Franck Blandin teamed the winner to his 13 career win now for 282,270 earned. He has six wins and two second place finishes in the last eight starts. The 13/1 Brelan du Vivier (7m Joker de Rozy-Queline du Vivier) was second for Franck Nivard and 10/1 Citizen Kane (6g Orlando Vici) took third for Thomas Levesque. 19/1 Clemenza AM and 16/1 Aribo Mix completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 4,793 euro. The same day, at Cagnes sur Mer, was the Prix les Espaces Antipolis (purse 44,000 euro, 2925 meters, 12 starters) and 1.9/1 Colonel Bond (6g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretha) scored in 1.13.4kr with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer J.P. Ensch and owner Alain Dutheil. The 7.7/1 Clif du Pommereux (6m Love You) took second for Sylvain Roger for owner Noel Lolic. 6.6/1 Viking d’Hermes (9g Sancho Panca) was third with Yannick Alain Briand driving. At Pornichet was the Prix des Instagramers (purse 24,000 euro, 2725 meters, 10 starters) for three year olds. 2.1/1 Fast Cash (3m Ready Cash-Armeniade) scored with trainer Matthieu Abrivard up for breeder/owner Mme. Beatrix Andreani. The 4.2/1 First Class (3f Texas Charm-Ida Bourbon) was second for Julien Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean Philippe Dubois bred this one and third finishing 14/1 Famous Quality (3f Rocklyn-Union County) that Jean Philippe teamed for trainer Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 25/1 Free And Easy (3m Ready Cash-Viva Island) was fourth for Jean Pierre Dubois, a colt he owns and bred through Scuderia Bolgheri Srl and Yves Boireau trains. I seldom report on USA activities but we now have increased European trotting representation in North America, such as Zephyr Kronos (3m Ready Cash-Orange Kronos-Yankee Glide in the Takter Stable (for owners Katz, Libfeld, Soderburg, and Takter), a possible Hambletonian entrant, There are 22 French gelding imports and two year olds that won a baby race on Saturday, that being Italian bred American Kronos (2f Donato Hanover-Glide About-Yankee Glide), a 1:58 winner with final quarter :27.3 with Andy Miller driving. The dam Glide About (foaled 2000 by Yankee Glide) raced at ages 2 and 3 in the US, was exported and made seven European starts in 2004 for Stig H. Johansson, earning three wins. She is now owned by Katz, Libfeld and Goodrow. Glide About (US) (124 0.82) m, 2000 1.11,0a SEK 2,635,880 29 11-5-4 At 3, Winner of New Jersey Sire Stake, second in American-National, World Trotting Derby, third in Delvin Miller Memorial. At 4, Winner of Norrlands Grand Prix. Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 2001 for 33,000 USD. Her real career has been as a broodmare starting with a first foal in 2006: Jacky Glide, 2006 filly by Jag de Bellouet, 1.12.2 (2,028,467SEK) Oliver Kronos, 2008 gelding by Varenne, 1.11.6kr (2,187,631SEK) Prowess Kronos, 2009 filly by Andover Hall, 1.14.3kr (405,000SEK) Treasure Kronos, 2012 filly by Raja Mirchi, 1.09.7kr (4,964,492SEK), Criterium Continental winner Very Kronos, 2014 male by Ready Cash, 1.12.8kr (856,000SEK), 9 wins in 13 career starts Zizi Kronos, 2015 filly by Raja Mirchi American Kronos, 2016 filly by Donato Hanover, 1:58 The maternal family is loaded with high-level performers – dam M Stewart (by American Winner) produced FFA performer Lanson 1.11.2kr ($791,586 on Pathway, by Self Possessed, a 24 time winner in 81 starts for Don Swick) 1988 Furman (US)        1.11,2a   $ 550,000           h, by Joie de Vie (US)   - Garden Grove (US)     At 4, Winner of Hiram Woodruff, Nat Ray Trot, Su Mac Lad, third in Titan Cup. At 6, second in Finlandia-Ajo, Gran Premio Citta' di Montecatini, Su Mac Lad. Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1989 for 6,000 USD. and Maven 1:51.4h ($1,756,996) by Glidemaster, second dam Garden Grove (by Arnie Almahurst) produced FFA star Furman ($550,100) by Joie de Vie and good broodmare sister Patterns, dam of Patches; and third dam Ivory Coast by Nevele Pride, an Elite Mare in Sweden and dam of Baron Karsk and Calle Karsk. Little or none of the above appears on North American databases, to the detriment of breeders seeking to present and sell yearlings. It’s time for a meaningful international trotting database. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The odds on favorite at 1.6/1 Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) took today’s Halmstad, Sweden featured Gr. II Mares Sprintern (four year old mares) with 697,01SEK to the winner, timed in 1.11.7kr.  Bjorn Goop drove the Jerry Riordan trainee that Renato Bruni owns. She posted career victory 11 in 19 starts now for 2,890,377SEK earned. 14.7/1 Rose Mary (4f SJs Caviar-Spicy Cayenne-Ata Star L) was second for trainer/driver Andre Eklundh, ahead of 5.4/1 Violet Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fidgi Bi-Lemon Dra) handled by trainer Jim Oscarsson. On the Halmstad card was the Wangen Cup Finale (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, mares) and 5/2 odds Julia Pellini (5f Yankee Glide-Julian-Juliano Star) was victorious for driver Askar J. Andersson clocked in 1.14.1kr. Magnus Dahlen trains the winning mare. 6.8/1 Foxy Brown (5f Symphonic Hanover-Liz Abb-Running Sea) with Markus Niklasson and 54/1Brilliance (7f Flirtin Man-My Lady Arwen-SJs Caviar) with Henne Halme up trailed this winner The V75 Gold (200,000SEWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 41.2/1 longshot Art On Line (11g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) with Carl Johan Jepson driving for trainer Mikko Ago and timed in 1.12.6kr. The veteran campaigner secured his 35th career win in 128 starts. 1.3/1 favorite Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and 14.4/1 veteran Harry Haythrow (12g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) took the third spot. In the Summer Meeting Mares (100,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) the 1.7/1 favorite Darling Mearas (5f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) scored for Stefan Persson, the trainer/driver.  The 16.4/1 Julia Af Solnas (5f Olimede-Joy Af Solnas-Supergill) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and third was 33.1/1 Annabelle Dimanche (5f Sahara Dynamite-Messaritra-Messerschmitt) for driver Peter Ingves. Race time was 1.12.1kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Philippe Allaire trainee Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) was an iron tough 4.4/1 odds length winner of today’s Gr. I International Grand Prix de Paris (purse €400,000, 4150 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14.3kr. This Philippe Allaire trained, and Elisabeth Allaire owned campaigner recorded his 19 th career victory in 66 starts, now for €1,788,605 earned. Christophe Toulorge bred Bird Parker, that has been a factor in each Triple Crown event and the “B” elims to the Prix d’Amerique. He is real tiger over the longer distances. He gained the lead late in the second lap and held gamely to defeat 1.4/1 Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) and trainer/driver J-M Bazire and breeder/owner Yvan Bernard.   She raced fifth on the outer and then advanced behind Briac Dark and the winner but could not close late against the winner. 2.8/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and Ecurie Guy Barou, was a game third as he advanced from third on the outer. 11/1 Carat Williams and 87/1 Apollon du Kacy completed the top five in this Q+ contest.   The early pacesetters Best of Jets, Call Me Keeper and Captain Sparrow were no match for these and monte champion Bilibili made the top early in the last lap and gamely took the field to the final bend.   He too weakened as the pace quickened (fractions 1.16.3kr with 1500 to go; 1.15.4kr at the 1000; 1.14.9kr with 500 meters remaining).   The Gr. II Prix Paul Bastard (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) for monte performers went to 1.4/1 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombre). CamilleLevesque teamed the winner for Thomas (trainer) and Pierre (owner) Levesque. Race time was 1.14.4kr. 7.1/1 Darlhey du Rib (5f Ganymede) was second for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. 122/1 Daida de Vandel held third for Leo Abrivard. Dexter Fromentro                                        - Le Trot photo   J-M Bazire won the Prix Concorder Travel (purse €76,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) with 1.13.7kr timed and 1.6/1 odds Ble de Gers (7g Quinoa de Gers-Moorea) that is owned by J-M Rancoule. 5/1 Big Boss (7g Xaar) was second for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Herve Chauve-Laffay. This Bazire win continued a great day after the defeat of gallant mare Belina Josselyn. He also took the Prix Secours Popullaire (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 13 European starters) with 1.14.2kr timed and 3/2 odds Colaska de Guez (6f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) that he trains for Ecurie Vautors.  This one defeated the six year old Ready Cash mare Class de Loriol that Matthieu Abrivard drove. Ble de Gers                    - Le Trot photo   J-M Bazire recorded another win in the Gr. III Prix de la Mayenne (purse €105,000, 2700 meters, eight starters) with a 1.13.4kr victory piloting Robert Bergh trainee Mindyourvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavec- Mind Your Manners) that Christer Englund owns, today the 9/10 favorite.   He’s been a super horse during the Winter Meet at Vincennes. 8.6/1 Super Nice (5m Orlando Vici-Flax Avenue) ended second for driver Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Ann-Marie Jansson. 13/1 Dandy de Godrel (5m Timoko-Nigelle Witt) took third for owner/trainer/driver Goop. Bazire also won the Prix Jacques Moreau (purse €50,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) with 3/2 favorite Defi de Retz (5m First de Retz-Nouvelle d’Atout) that Mme. Ottavia Roffi-Urano owns. Mindyourvalue WF            - Le Trot photo   The Gr.III monte Prix Vivier de Montfort (purse €85.000, 2700 meters. 15 starters) went to 14/1 Arious du Douet (8g Oyonnax-Nakita du Douet).   The Franck Nivard trainee today had Romain Marty in the irons for this 1.13.2kr timed victory. Billy de la Calade was next for Guillaume Martin and third was Ariane de Caponet for Adrien Lamy. Arius du Douet                  - Le Trot photo               Thomas H. Hicks      

January 28, 2018 - The Timo Nurmos trained, Bjorn Goop driven and Bro Byggnads AB owned and 2.2/1 second choice Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) raced perfectly second over in tier two around the final bend and then surged to the front on then leading Bird Parker and gamely held off 2.1/1 harness racing  favorite, defending and two time champion, Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) and Franck Nivard to win the winter classic timed in 1.11.2kr. The 97th edition of the Prix d'Amerique is raced over the grande piste at 2700 meters for a purse of €1,000,000 and had 18 of the world’s best at the start, that took the judges several attempts to get the field underway. Fractions were steady (1.12.6kr at the 1500 meters to go mark; 1.11.6kr at the 1000 and 1.11.7kr at 500 remaining). Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae) at 4.2/1 rallied for third driven by Orjan Kihlstrom after being the second leader when he took over from Oasis Bi. Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezire Josselyn) also rallied nicely for J-M Bazire at 6.8/1  to capture fourth ahead of 72/1 Briac Dark (7m Prince Gede) and driver Matthieu Abrivard. Leader Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash) and Italy’s Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo earned the final checks. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was €993. Follow You Wins Gr. III Prix Leopold Veroken The Prix Leopold Veroken (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart) produced an impressive victory this evening at Vincennes for Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) timed in 1.14.4kr and driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Sebastien Guarato for Stall Bivans Srl. Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Ecurie Dream With Me bred the youngster now with four wins in six career starts. Ziosauro Jet (3m Maharajah-Liberte) was second for Vincenzo d’Alessandro Jr.Third was Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissante Jo) for Anthony Barrier. Dubois was the interviewing star in the winners’ circle. The winners’ dam Mara Bourbon (And Arifant-Etta Extra) was a winner of €1,657,405) with a speed record of 1.10.7kr. Her last win was in 2006 at Cagnes sur Mer in the Gr. II Grand Prix du Conseil General Alpes Maritimes and just prior she won the Oslo Grand Prix with Jean Pierre Dubois up. Watch for the colt Follow You, he could be special. Ebella Aimef Wins Prix Meadowlands at Vincennes Ebella Aimef (4f Kiwi-Harmonie du Fosse) took this evenings’ Prix Meadowlands (purse €50,000, 2850 meters petite piste) as the rains began to fall at Vincennes. Eric Raffin teamed the 1.7/1 odds winner timed in 1.14.9kr for trainer J.L. Bigeon. Elena Princesse (4f Timoko-Quatinka) was second for J-M Bazire at 7.2/1and Ecurie le Tremont while third went to Eclipse Danica (4f Hasting-Carine Romanie) at 8.8/1 with trainer Pierre Vercruysse up for owner Comte de Senneville. The US Hambletonian Society Management (John Campbell and wife, Moira Fanning and former CEO Tom Charters) presented the trophy. Thomas H. Hicks

December 24, 2017 - Seventeen trotteurs entered by prestigious Criterium Continental today at Paris Vincennes, the harness racing Gr. I Epique contest (2100 meters autostart, total purse €240,000) for four year olds with the winner obtaining an Amerique ticket at end of January. Five mares were entered and they took the top three finishing spots. 16/1 Doria Desbois (4f In Love With You-Ivaniez) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, owner/trainer Christophe Feyte and E.A.R.L. Guitet-Debois bred the winner. Race time was a quick 1.10.7kr with a furious kick home after fast fractions (1.05.3kr at 1500 remaining; 1.08.1kr at the 1000; 1.09.9kr with 500 to go). Doria Desbois now has nine career wins in 22 outings for €325,710 earned. She raced third in the third tier before an explosive late move. 6.9/1 Draft Life (4f Ubriaco-Maflymede) was a solid second for Eric Raffin driving for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 18/1 Delia du Pommereux (4f Niky-Nounes du Pommereux) finished third for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger and breeder/owner Noel Lolic. 2.7/1 Django Riff and 30/1 Dragon des Racques were the next pair to the line. Urlo dei Venti was scratched. Readily Express wins Prix Tenor de Baune Many awaited his arrival at Vincennes and a presumed battle with Twister Bi. Readly Express (13) did not disappoint and easily won his ticket to America as the Gr. II Prix Tenor de Baune (total purse €120,000) champion at Paris-Vincennes, after racing on the lead much of the way, using a slow pace directed by Bjorn Goop. Distant in his wake after a perfect pocket journey, Treasure Kronos (8) held second, in front of Charly du Noyer (11). Fractions were as follows over the classic 2700 meter distance (1.12.9kr with 1500 to go; 1.14.1kr at the 1000; 1.14kr with 500 remaining; 1.12.9kr finish). Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) was off as 1.3/1 favorite for driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Timo Nurmos and BRO Byggnads AB, the owner. His career earnings are now €1,063,424. 29/1 Treasure Kronos (5f Raja Mirchi-Glide About) was second driven by Gabriele Gelormini for trainer Jerry Riordan and Aeto & Dios AB. 23/1 Charly du Noyer (5m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois was third for trainer Philippe Allaire and Ecurie Normandy Spirit. 4.3/1 Carat Williams (5m Prodigious-Miss Williams) was fourth for David Thomain and 2.6/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) rallied late to be fifth for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Riordan and Pasquale Ciccarelli. Caid Griff and Coup Droit earned the sixth and seventh paychecks. Wild Honey was scratched and Cobra Bleu was a misque dq in the lane. Dexter Fromentro and Eveil du Chatelet win Groupe Monte tests Today’s Paris-Vincennes card was far more than Criterium Continental and Prix Tenor de Baune. Two monte groupe events also highlighted the program. The Gr. II Prix Emile Riotteau (purse €120,000, monte, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to 1.7/1 Dexter Fromentro (4m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) clocked in 1.14.5kr with Camille Levesque in the irons as he increased career earnings to €183,870 with his fourth lifetime victory. Thomas Levesque trains the winner, up in the final strides, for owner Pierre Levesque and he was bred by Francoise Meslin. 10/1 Derby du Dollar (4m Rodrigo Jet-Magalie du Dollar) was second with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and third was 25/1 Dragon d’Avril (4m Thorens Vedaquais-Sirence d’Avril) for Adrien Lamy and breeder/owner Sebastien  Houyvet. 3.3/1 Dawana was sixth Next up was the €240,000 classic Prix de Vincennes (Gr.I, monte, 2700 meters, 14 starters, three year olds). 73/1 Eveil du Chatelet (3m Very Look-Uranie du Chatelet) scored with J-Y Ricart in the irons. J-M Bazire trains the winner, that recorded his second career win in 11 starts, now for €150,180 earned. Today he more than tripled career bank account. 7/10 favorite Evidence Roc (3f Paris-Haufor-Misfase du Boulay) took second for trainer/jockey Emilie LeBeller and Ecurie d’Embeli, just missing with a game challenge. Third was 5.2/1 Elladora de Forgan (3f Gazouillis-Hamina) with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from France. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 30, 2017 - The Jerry Riordan trained three year old filly Vamp Kronos (3f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos), off at 3.9/1, won today’s harness racing Gr. I International European Championship (three year olds, purse €101,888, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla. The Renato Bruni property, reined by Bjorn Goop, now has a 7-2-1 slate in 13 career starts, all this year. Vamp was clocked in 1.12.2kr (2:34.51) and was a seven length winner to increase her career earnings to 1,521.677SEK. She raced third on the outer in the middle part of the race before vaulting to the top early in the final bend and she sprinted clear of the rivals. Second was 7.9/1 Hazard Boko (3m SJs Caviar-Quail Ridge-Smasher) for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. 39/1 Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 26, 2017 - The gallant veteran Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) was parked every step from post seven (by Dante Boko) but inched to the front in mid-stretch for Bjorn Goop to win the Gr. II Grand Prix Departement Alphes-Martimes (purse €180,000, 1609 meters autostart – one mile, 11 starters). This was the Cagnes-sur-Mer featured race and Timoko attracted a huge crowd as he recorded victory 36 in 101 starts now for €5,006,731 in career earnings. Richard Westerink trains and owns Timoko that Paul Van Klavern bred. Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied for second driven by David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Philippe Dauphin. Bocage d’Ortige (6m Mirage de Goutier-Providence D’Ortige) was third for trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. Dante Boko and Diadora BR were fourth and fifth respectively.  Earlier in the week Timoko was on-hand to meet the racing fans at Cagnes-sur-Mer and promote today’s superb program. http://www.pmu.fr/turf/live-et-replay/?num-reunion=5&num-course=5&date-fr=26082017 Thomas H. Hicks

July 1, 2017 - The grand Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) recorded a gate to wire harness racing victory in the Gr. II Prix de Washington (purse €120,000, 1609 meters, eight European starters) today at Enghien. Driver Bjorn Goop hustled the front stepping winning trainee of owner Richard Westerink to the lead off the gate and he was never challenged, permitting soft fractions, and setting up a blistering finishing kick (fractions 1.12.3kr at 1000 to go; 1.13.5kr at the 500 remaining mark; and 1.12.1 finish). The time was well off the 1.09.4kr race record held by Rapide Lebel. Timoko won the Washington for the second time and now has a 35-15-13 slate in 100 career starts, now for €4,925,731 earned in the stellar career. Paul Van Klaveren bred the winner that this day was off at 3/10 odds and bested 66/1 Venkatesh (8g Varenne-Honey Face) that Dominik Locqueneux drove for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 6/1 Cash Gamble (6m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was third for Franck Nivard and 9/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied late for David Thomain to be fourth. On the undercard was the Prix de la Porte Saint-Martin (purse €52,000, 2875 meters, nine three year-old filly starters) and 4,4/1 Eureka du Chene (3f Rieussec-Mityzvu du Chene) held gamely for the 1.18.3kr timed win driven by Franck Nivard for the Julien Le Mer/Claude Guedj trainer/owner team. 3/1 Evolution (3f Love You-Upper Class) was second in rein to Eric Raffin for Philippe Allaire/Kevin Tebirent (also breeder). Third was 5/1 Valentina Wind (3f Muscle Hill-Norah Wind) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Why Not. The day’s Quinte+ was the Prix du Roussillon (purse €48,000, 2150 meters, 16 starters). 7/10 favorite Sir Ratzeputz (7m Love You-Celebrate) scored easily for Bjorn Goop, trainer Timo Nurmos and Guldsvarten AB. The winning time was 1.14.1kr. 88/1 Auch (7g Niky-Migraine) was second for Ch.J. Bigeon, ahead of 20/1 Mind Your Face (8g Offshore Dream-Mind Your Manners) driven by Franck Nivard. Later in the program the Prix de l’Observatoire (purse €55,000, 2150 meters autostart) went to 3.1/1 Global Respons (6g Credit Winner-Com Mission) handled by the red hot Bjorn Goop for owner/trainer Stefan Persson. 6/1 Tesauro (5g Filipp Roc-Imziale) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and third went to 16/1 Titty Jepson (5f Varenne-Laura di Costa) piloted by Jean-Philippe Monclin. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) blasted to the front from post five and scored easily by three lengths for Bjorn Goop and trainer/owner Richard Westerink in today’s Benders Elitloppet Final (3SEK million to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters). He was clocked in 1.09kr (1:51.02) at 31/1 to pin a stunning defeat on Propulsion and Resolve at 16/1 and 11/1 respectively. Heavily backed Bold Eagle was fourth and Nuncio was fifth. Neither had anything left and had no excuses. Timoko was simply the best this day as he recorded career victory 34 in 98 starts for 47,248,058SEK (that is US$5,432,318 at today’s conversion rate). Quite a feat for quite a horse!!! Timoko Elimination 1 Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet-Love You) easily took the first Benders Elitloppet 2017 elimination by six lengths timed in 1.08.4kr (mile rate 1:50.05) for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski. The winner sat alongside pacesetter Delicious, in the death seat, with Resolve second over until top of stretch when the Eagle motored away under little urging. Bred by Jean Etienne Dubois the Eagle was off at 3/2 odds and bested 9/1 Resolve (6m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) handled by Ake Svanstedt with third to 13/1 DD’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee). Veteran Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) landed fourth for Christopher Eriksson. Bold Eagle Elimination 2 Elimination #$2 went to home town favorite Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Propulsion was a game second for Johan Untersteiner, beaten half-length in the 1.10.1 clocked event (1:52.79). Timoko (10m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant) held third after traveling wide all the way for Bjorn Goop. The fourth spot to the final went to In Vain Sund (5m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) for Erik Adielsson. Nuncio Bold Eagle will get first choice in the final post position by virtue of the fastest elim time. The big crowd of over 30,000 is enjoying the action on this warm day. Thomas H. Hicks

May 27, 2017 - Bjorn Goop teamed his trainee, the 1.3/1 favorite Sauveur (7m Echo-Operah Bob) to victory in today’s co-featured Gr. II Harpers Hanover (purse €97,792, 3140 meters distance handicapped, 15 starters, 500,000SEK to winner). Timed in a sharp 1.11.99kr over the extended distance the pride of Hammab AB raised his career earnings to over €502,000. 6.7/1 Sorbet (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Alter Bound) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall  Zet team. 42/1 Linus Boy (5g Zola Boko-Recos Lady) took third for Johnny Takter and trainer Timo Nurmos, who has an Elite starter tomorrow. Bottnas Commander, El Mago Pellini and Butler were the next three to the line, the latter a Ready Cash son owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. Sauveur Tomorrow is the big day featuring the €640,000 total purse 2017 Benders Elitloppet with two eliminations and a final. 16 entrants will compete with each race contested over 1609 meters (one mile) autostart. The Solvalla track is quick as evidenced by Saturday’s action. Be there!!! Thomas H. Hicks

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