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Vincennes, France – Following the outside cover of Davidson Du Pont, harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and Face Time Bourbon weaved their way around horses and was able to post a two-length triumph to win the 100th Grand Prix d’Amerique race at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes Sunday. It was the 19th victory in just 22 career starts for Face Time Bourbon. The five-year-old son of two-time Prix d’Amerique winner, Ready Cash, is now harness racing newest international trotting star. The race began with a Calvary charge for control of the early lead with horses racing three-wide for the first half mile of the 1.67-mile race (2,700 meters). Billie De Montfort (Gabriele Gelormini) held the early lead, then Excellent (Alexandre Abrivard) got to the front and Propulsion (Orjan Kihlstrom) was able to drop into the two-hole along the rail. And all the while there was Davidson Du Pont and driver Franck Ouvire parked out first-over and not giving up an inch. Meanwhile, Goop and Face Time Bourbon were following their cover second over. Excellent then went off-stride and that allowed Looking Superb (David Thomain) a brief time on the lead, but as they finally reached the top of the stretch, Davidson Du Pont, parked the mile, was in the lead, but Goop moved down along the rail and passed them by with Face Time Bourbon for the victory in 1’11’50. Davidson Du Pont held for the second place with the mare, Belina Josselyn (Jean-Michel Bazire), last year’s Prix d’Amerique winner, finishing third. Bold Eagle was never in the hunt and finished 10th in the field of 18 starters. Ringostarr Treb, making his final start before going to the stud barn, make a break and finished last. Trained by Sebastien Guarato, Face Time Bourbon is owned by Scuderia Bivans SLR. It was his sixth straight win. He went off at odds of 4.9-1 odds. Before the Prix d’Amerique race, everyone at the track was treated to an unbelievable show on the racetrack celebrating American soldiers coming to help France in World War I. The crowds were so packed that is was impossible to try and get on the track apron to watch the show. Luckily for most, it was broadcast on all three jumbo screens in the infield. It was a presentation that left many speechless, amazed and proud to be part of this special day’s events. On the track were the following: 100 children dressed in driver colors with helmets 100 Horse costume parade and dance 100 Harley-Davidson motorcycles parade, each with an American Flag 100 cheerleaders in USA outfits carrying Prix d’Amerique and American Flags Introduction of the 18 drivers in the Prix d’Amerique race, each driver came through the throngs of crowds, holding the hand of a child dressed in USA colors. Drivers giving Hi-Fives to fans, posing for selfies and then were escorted off the track on two-seater Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Before the Prix d’Amerique race there was an outstanding performance of horsemanship by the French Royal Lancers. They performed precision riding with both lances and sabers while their special band played. There was also a very strong undercard at Vincennes with seven Graded Stakes. Total purses for the day was over 1.6 million euros. Major sponsors of this year’s Prix d’Amerique included Case IH Agriculture, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, Lalique, RMC Sports Talk Radio, Gras Savoye, Lenotre Paris, FRM (Medicale), 20 Minutes and Printemps Nation. 100,000€ Prix Harley-Davidson This Groupe II stake was monte (racing under saddle) going 2700 meters (1.67 miles). It was a standing start and once the word go was given, jockey Mathie Mottier came charging from the far outside with Fame Music to take a commanding six length lead. As the field settled down, Flicka De Blary and jockey Camille Levesque went on the outside and had to settle for a pocket trip behind Fame Music as those two held a five-length lead over the field. Then as they came around the final turn, Fame Music went off-stride and was pulled to the inside of the track. That left Flicka De Blary and Levesque all alone in the lead and they held that lead through the stretch to win by six open lengths in 1”14’10. Flicka De Blary is a five-year-old mare by Sam Bourbon. She is trained by Thomas Levesque for the Levesque Stable. Flicka De Blary was the 2-1 favorite. 100,000€ Prix Case This Groupe II stake was another monte event but longer in distance at 2,850 meters (1.77 miles). The race belonged to Emir De Robomard and jockey Julien Raffestin who took the early lead away from Aribo Mix (Guillaume Martin) and then led the field nearly the entire race. As they charged down the stretch, Canan Prior and jockey Aurelien Desmarres kept gaining ground and collared Emir De Robomard at the wire to win by a half-length in 1’13’80. It was the 21st win for the eight-year-old son of Sancho Panca, who is owned and trained by Sylvain Desmarres. He went off at odds of 4-1. 100,000€ Prix RMC Sports Talk Another Grade II stake, only this race went behind the starting gate with 14 starters. Gotland (Eric Raffin) was first to leave the cut the mile until halfway through the race when Green Grass (Mathieu Mottier) came first-over, giving live cover to Gu D’Heripre (Franck Nivard). Then in a classic stretch drive to the wire, Gu D’Heripre was able to hold off a late charge by the race favorite, Gunilla D’Atout (Bjorn Goop), to win by a neck in 1’11’60. For Gu D’Heripre, a four-year-old son of Coktail Jet, it was a lifetime mark for trainer Philippe Billard and the D’Heripre Stable. He was the second choice in the race at odds of 4-1. TRACK NOTES: John Campbell, President and CEO of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Society has been in Paris this week for the big race and was overheard saying that plans are in the works for Bold Eagle to come back to America and race. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Grosbois, France – As one of the top harness racing drivers in all of Europe, Bjorn Goop knows his horses and he says that his horse in Sunday’s 900,000€ Grand Prix d’Amerique, Face Time Bourbon, is in prime shape. The horse heads into the Prix d'Amerique on a five-race winning streak. “The horse is good,” Goop stated. “I think it is I that will need to have a little luck.” Goop was referring to and explaining that the Prix d’Amerique is so different from any other horse race because it is done from a standing start. There is no starting gate used for this world class field of horses. “It is not easy to be ready in a standing start,” Goop explained. “You have to stay in your general area and keep on moving, waiting for the word to start. You need to time it just right and yet you need some luck too. “You do not want to be last at the start,” Goop added, “And you do not want to be in the middle of the pack on the rail and then you are trapped for the race and cannot get out.” There are 18 horses going in the Prix d’Amerique, 18 older trotters, most of whom earned their way into the race by winning other Groupe races. More than half the field have each won over 1 million euros with Bold Eagle leading way. The two-time Prix d’Amerique winner has career earnings of 4,956,617€. A win, second or third place finish will put Bold Eagle over the 5-million-euro mark. Face Time Bourbon is a five-year-old stallion by Ready Cash, the same sire as Bold Eagle, who also won the Prix d’Amerique twice. The 2019 race season was superb for Face Time Bourbon as he started just 11 times with 9 wins and two second place finishes. Every one of his starts was in a Groupe I, II or III races. Face Time Bourbon is trained by Sebastien Giuarato, who has three starters in the Prix d’Amerique, Face Time Bourbon, Valko Jenilat and the mare, Billie de Montfort. Face Time Bourbon is owned by Scuderia Bivans SRL, who also has Vivid Wise AS in the Prix d’Amerique. Bjorn Goop has his choice of whom to drive in the Prix d’Amerique and he choose Face Time Bourbon. “He is such a great horse,” Goop said. “He can race well from behind or can go on the front. I think for this race maybe we sit in the middle and see what happens. He is coming into this race in very good shape.” Goop is no stranger to the Prix d’Amerique. He won the race in 2018 with Readly Express and then raced back with him again in 2019 and was third. This past year Goop scored his 7,000th career win and has over 2,000 wins as a trainer. Track Notes: Of the 18 starters in the Prix d’Amerique, 8 are mares. All 18 horses will be not be wearing shoes in the race, which is not uncommon in European trotting. It was also reported that the Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) have posted a better-than-forecast set of provisional results for 2019, with turnover of €9.56 billion and an operating profit returned to fund racing and trotting of €760 million. That is €13 million ahead of budget and will be welcome news to both the Trotters and Thoroughbreds, both of whom have been forced to tighten their belts in terms of running costs in recent years. Saturday’s race card at Vincennes will feature the Groupe II Prix de Luxembourg with a purse of 100,000€. Thursday first day of the Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale saw 152 lots presented with 95 sold (62.5%) for gross proceeds of 1,263,000€. Stallion shares and broodmares highlighted the offering, many of the mares being in foal. Charmeause Mayjc (8f Prince Gede) led the sale at 120,000€ to AM Bloodstock. She was bred to Love You in 2019 and is barren, but her Ganymede first dam Teza Josselyn has produced the million euro plus winner Uza Josselyn that starts in Sunday’s Prix d’Amerique. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

Today’s Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr. I, purse 200,000€, 2700 meters) at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes  saw 1.9/1 odds Gunilla d’Atout (3f Ready Cash-Topaze d’Atout-Coktail Jet) the nose winner timed in 1.13.4kr with Bjorn Goop aboard. Sebastien Guarato trains the now eight-time winner in 10 starts for Ecurie Saint Martin. Gunilla now sports 287,900€ in career earnings. SCEA du Beaumanoir bred this full-sister to 661,113€ winning Eridan. The 5.2/1 Gu d’Heripre (3m Coktail Jet-Vedetta d’Heripre) was a gallant second for reinsman Franck Nivard, owner Ecurie Rolling and trainer Philippe Billard. 22/1 Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Uturn Money) took third money handled by Jean-Michel Bazire for breeder/owner Yvan Bernard. The 15/1 Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was fourth reined by David Thomain and trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Jacques Pauc. Gunilla d'Atout is surrounded by well-wishers in the winner's enclosure LeTrot’s Comte de Ballaigue and newly named LeTrot President Jean-Pierre Barjon presented the trophies to the winning connections. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Vivid Wise As Wins Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent November 7, 2019 The Italian invader and 8.6/1 outsider Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) rallied to take today’s Gr. II Prix Marcel Laurent (purse 100,000€, 2140 meters autostart, 14 starters) at Paris-Vincennes. The race time was 1.10.7kr off quick early fractions (1.06.4kr at the 1500 to go mark; 1.09.6kr at the 1000; 1.11.2kr with 500 remaining). The winner, teamed by Bjorn Goop for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl) made a three wide brush to the lead early and then was covered by the pacesetting Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) that held on for second reined by Alexandre Abrivard for owner/breeder/trainer L.Cl. Abrivard. Vivid Wise As victory increased his life earnings to 651,736€.  The 3.3/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenelle) was third with David Thomain the pilot for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Philippe Allaire. The 54/1 Fric du Chene finished fourth. The 3.6/1 Falcau de Laurma was sixth; 9/2 Vitruvio was seventh (this a Gocciadoro trainee with Andrea Guzzinati up)l and 10/1 Mister F. Daag was a dq. The winner’s pedigree, all American bred and a 15% plus inbreeding coefficient, is shown in photo. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Queer Fish (10g Varenne-Gambari-Victory Dream) rallied late to win the Sweden Cup Final (600,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, nine starters) for  harness racing reinsman Ulf Eriksson and trainer Magnus Traff.   Stall Traff HB, Lindqvist and Andersson own the winner that now has earnings of 3,515,700SEK with 29 career wins in 88 starts.   Race time was 1.09.7kr that is a career best. He was third in his elimination heat and was off at 47.46/1 odds in the final.   Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici) was second for Bjorn Goop after being second in his elim and pacesetter Cyber Lane (6g Raja Mirchi) was third after winning his elim (the first) timed in 1.10.9kr and defeating the pair that finished ahead of him in the final.     The Sweden Cup elims (each for 100,000SEK first prize) went to the aforementioned Cyber Lane as 5/10 favorite defeating Chief Orlando and Queer Fish timed in 1.10.9kr; to 3.6/1 Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos) in elim 2 for Adrian Kolgjini timed in 1.10.7 over Coquin Bebe (7m Rancho Gede) and Ua Huka (6f Muscle Yankee); and in the third elim to 10/1 Lexus Dream (5g Lexus Font) with Ari Moilanen up defeating Pastore Bob (6g From Above) and Arazi Boko (12g Varenne).   In the early part of today’s program was the Lady Snarts for the fast class mares (250,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starts) that was won by El Fitzgerald (5f EL Miko-EL Miss Courtney-Andover Hall) reined by Olli Koivunen for trainer Timo Nurmos.   She was clocked in 1.10.7kr in defeating Peace Of Mind (10f Uronomentro) and Elite du Ruel (5f Timoko).   The World Drivers Championship continued with a single race (100,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) that went to 1.12kr timed Deep Pockets (4g Ready Cash-Bloom Boko-Cantab Hall) with Rick Ebbinge driving for trainer Svante Bath. Ferry Boko was second for reinsman Michael Nimczyk and third home was Mellby Fantom with Mika Forss aboard.     Thomas H. Hicks

The 2/5 favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) won today’s Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse 130,000€, 2450 meters, 12 International starters) at Caen with a patient, smart drive engineered by harness racing owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire.   He was away second on the outer and after 300 meters took the lead from early leader and 3.1/1 odds Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   From then forward Aubrion du Gers maintained the front and won by over a length timed in 1.12.5kr for his 15 th consecutive victory and 45th in a 69-race career. His earnings are now 2,321,947€.   Bold Eagle increased his life earnings to 4,047, 120€ with the second-place finish and is now 43 career wins from 62 outings.   Bugsy Malone (8g Ready Cash-Night Captain) held third after pressing the pace around the final bend and boxing Bold Eagle on the pegs until late-stretch, for reinsman Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. Winning teamster Bazire rated the front with Aubrion du Gers to keep Bold Eagle in the pocket until late in the lane. 18/1 Billie de Montfort and 123/1 Django Riff completed the top five.   Aubrion du Gers now heads to Solvalla for the Elitloppet late in May. The 2/5 favorite Fadu du Chene (4m Singalo-Stardu Chene) took today’s monte Prix Henri Balliere (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, 2450 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.12.8kr and reined by jockey P.Ph. Ploquin for trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj. Fadu du Chene                               ---LeTrot photo He won for the 10th time in 17 career starts now for life earnings of 620,700€. 6.1/1 Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) took second for jockey Eric Raffin for owner Carlos Lerner and trainer Philippe Allaire. 9/1 Freeman de Houelle (4m Vigove) earned the third check with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons for breeder/trainer Franck Leblanc.   Thomas H. Hicks  

Bel Avis (8m Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) roared home for harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, just as he did in his batteria, to take the 70th edition of the Gran Premio Lotteria (purse 603,000€, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.3kr over the 1000 meter track at Napoli. Disco Volante (6g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) was second for reinsman Bjorn Goop after a pace setting trip where he parked Vitruvio throughout, and third was Ursa Caf (6f Explot Caf-Crismar) with Antonio Esposito aboard. Bazire and Bel Avis followed Disco Volante from a second over journey before making a three wide surge past the tiring Vitruvio late in the final bend, and it was over. Watch the replay here! Bel Avis                    Bel Avis reached the finale with another furious finish to win the third batteria (purse25,300€, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.6kr. In this one he was away fourth after a slow start and worked his way toward the leaders before jetting away late. Timone EK (m Mr. Vic-Gemona) with Roberto Vecchione up set the pace and gamely held second, ahead of Vanesia EK (5f Explot Caf-Nike EK) with Pietro Gubellini driving. The other batterias went to (the first) Disco Volante (6g Scarlet Knight) with Goop aboard timed in 1.11.9kr in a gate to wire score over Attack Diablo (9g Blue York Yankee) handled by Fed. Esposito and the third finishing Urlo Dei Venti (6m Mago d’Amore).  Disco Volante with Goop       Gaet photo The second batteria saw Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) win timed in 1.11.5kr with an impressive first up brush to the lead at the 600 meter mark and from then on it a controlled win engineered by the trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. This team defeated Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi) for Rene Legati and third finishing Ursa Caf (6f Exploit Caf) for Ant. Esposito. Before the finale there was the Lotteria Consolation (purse 33,000€, 1600 meters autostart). Here the front end winner was veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) with Gocciadoro again the driver/trainer. Race time was 1.11.1kr. Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) was second and Very Joy (5m Napoleon Bar-Nieves Joy) took the third check ahead of Voltaire Gifont (5m Quaker Jet).   Thomas H. Hicks

Aero King (9g Hooper) took Tuesday’s Enghien featured Prix Bernard Simonard (monte, apprentice jockeys, 58,000€ purse, 2875 meters, 11 starters) clocked in 1.13kr and ridden by Maxime Tijou.   Off at 4.4/1 odds, Aero King won for the 10th time in 85 starts, now for 437,270€ earned. Mme. Virginie Moquet trains the winner. 3.6/1 Delcieux de Cebe (6g Gazouillis) was second with Mlle.   Oceane Briand aboard for trainer Franck Leblanc, and 2.8/1 Carla du Chatelet with third with Maxime Gilbert in the irons for trainer Sebastien Guarato.   On the same card lightly raced three year olds contested the Prix du Pont Saint-Michel (purse 41,000€, 2875 meters, eight starters) with victory to the 9/10 favorite Great Zeus (3f Niky-Tine de Villeneuve) handled by Eric Raffin.   Gregory Thorel trains the 1/19kr clocked winner that scored for the second time in three career starts. 7/1 Gaston du Roc (3m Quirky Jet) was close second for Patrice Toutain and 4/1 Great Father (3m Opus Viervil) rallied for third with Nicolas Roussel up.   Great Zeus                   - LeTrot photo   At Mons Ghlin this day was the featured Prix Shanghai (7,200€ purse, 2300 meters autostart, nine International starters). 17.2/1 outsider Ultimate du Rib (11g Dahir de Prelong-Kara Pelois) scored timed in 1.14.9kr, his 16 th career victory in 128 starts now for 551,352€ earned.   Gert Sucaet teamed the trainee of Christophe De Groote. 4.1/1 Truman Dairpet (12g Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) took second for Piet Van Pollaert and third was the 5/10 favorite Goofy Greenwood (6g Russel November-Chatooga River) with trainer H.W. Langeweg Jr. at the lines. Ustang Ludois, Buzz Mearas and Banker Transs R followed the top three home in this good field.   Ultimate du Rib       -LeTrot photo   Later in that card the Prix Melbourne (6,000€, 2300 meters autostart, eight starters) saw 2.7/1 Elencio (5m Love You-Olencia) score, timed in 1.14.8kr for pilot Joseph Verbeeck and breeder/owner/trainer Alphons Vanberghen.   Racing also was held this day at Hyeres with the feature race being the Prix du Restaurant “le Porquerollais” (purse 37,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap).   12.2/1 odds Avocat des Loyeau (9g Meaulnes du Corta) was victorious for owner/trainer/driver Laurent Freneau timed in 1.14.6kr.   This winner recorded his 12 th career win now for 182,890€ earned. 40.2/1 Venezia de Mai was second for Anthony Laignon, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and 10.4/1 Bichon del Green was third.   The 1.9/1 Colonel Bond was fourth, he too 25 meter handicapped, as was 1.8/1 Auch that finished sixth.   Avocat des Loyaux   Note that the great French gelding Aubrion du Gers has received and accepted an invitation to the 2019 Elitloppet. Trainer Jean Michel Bazire announced the acceptance and that he is a double winner of the event. It is not known whether Bazire will travel to Sweden to drive his champion that has been driven by another double Elitloppet winner Joseph Verbeeck in other ventures outside of France. Readly Express, Propulsion and Dijon were previously invited to the 2019 Elitloppet.     It was also rumored that Bjorn Goop could drive Bold Eagle in his anticipated race at Enghien in the Prix l’Atlantique, that is scheduled for April 20.   This is Enghien’s only Gr. I event and it carries a purse of 170,000€ (2150 meters autostart is the distance).   Bold Eagle won the 2017-2018 editions of the race that has historically drawn the best trotteurs then racing in Europe. Winners since 2004 are shown below.         Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix de Sedan (purse 48,000€, 200meters, 17 European starters) and the 9.7/1 odds Cadiz (7f Ready Cash-Mazurka) scored for Alain Laurent and Ecurie Cheffreville.   The winner recorded his 17 th career win in 38 starts now for 241,520€ earned. 2.4/1Angle Of Attach (7g Scarlet Knight) took second for pilot Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Robert Bergh.   4/1 Nancy America (8f Revenue) was third with Franck Nivard up, ahead of 6.8/1 Colorado Blue handled by J-M Bazire and 22.3/1 Well Done la Marc with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard.   The Q+ exact order payoff was 12,094.60€ for the 2€ wager and there were 36 winning tickets.   The Q+ pool was 3,300,600€ and the race handled over 6.9€ million (all bets including the Quinte+).   Jean-Michel Bazire teamed his trainee Galilea Money (3f Bold Eagle-Union Money) to a 1.17.7kr victory in the Prix de Montsalvy (purse 46,000€, 2700 meters, nine starters) as the 9/10 favorite.   The filly recorded her third victory in six career starts for Bazire and owner/breeder Yvan Bernard.   Galilea Money     - LeTrot photo   It was two straight for Bazire in the Prix de Lure (purse 52,000€, 2700 meters, 14 starters) as he piloted trainee 1.6/1 Cidjie de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Prima de Guez0 to a 1.13.3kr.This mare is owned by Ecurie Vautors.   Bazire was back for another victory in the Prix de Bemecourt (purse 31,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) with 1.1/1 favorite Euripide Ludois (5g Kepler-Rhapsodie Kudoise). Stephane Bourlier trains the winner.     by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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

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