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WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2018 -- Not intimidated by his millionaire rival, Classic Banker challenged Wind Of The North first over and went on to spring the 6-1 upset in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North reached the $1 million milestone in his last race and seemed poised to pad that bankroll after a comfortable 29.4 second quarter. But Classic Banker and Brady Brown had other ideas, drawing even with Wind Of The North into the final turn and putting him away in deep stretch. The 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding scored in 1:55.4 while the pocket-sitting Chef Lee shot the Lightning Lane for place, a length bank. Wind Of The North saved show. Joe Urban trains and owns Classic Banker, who won his second straight and vaulted over $200,000 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted three winners on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer Marcus Marashian. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 22, 2018 -- Classic Banker found racing room into the final turn and brushed through the lane to capture Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Although hammered down to 4-5, Classic Banker was shuffled to fourth down the backside. But when Brady Brown angled him wide off the cones and showed him racetrack, the 8-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding roared past Rising MVP and held off the rallying Banker Volo by 1/2 length in 1:55.1. Rising MVP saved show. Joe Urban trains and owns Classic Banker, who now boasts $191,685 in career earnings. It was one of four wins for Brown on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

It's been six years since Wilhelm Paal competed in the U.S. and his return will not go unnoticed. Paal, a 58-year-old native of Germany, is back to drive European standout Ringostarr Treb in Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway. Ringostarr Treb, the winner of Sweden's prestigious Elitloppet in May, is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line behind Marion Marauder at 3-1. An 8-year-old stallion, Ringostarr Treb, a son of stallion Classic Photo, has won 30 of 86 career races and $1.57 million. He is trained by New England native Jerry Riordan, who won last year's International Trot with Twister Bi, and will represent Italy for owners E.V.A.M. Racing. "It's always a big honor to have a horse invited to this kind of race," Paal said. "I think we have a shot. He is a hell of a horse. I'm really happy to be with him. Hopefully he can do good on Saturday. "We are just proud to be here. This is what makes life. Not only the sport, life. What they do here at Yonkers brings people together. We should do that much more often. It's unique. It's a big thing." Paal, who has enjoyed a 40-year career as a driver and trainer, is no stranger to the International Trot. He drove Every Way to a sixth-place finish in the 1987 edition of the invitational, which was won by Callit. It was the last year the race, which began in 1959, was held at Roosevelt before moving to Yonkers. The race was discontinued following the 1995 edition, but resurrected in 2015. In addition to their Elitloppet triumph, Ringostarr Treb and Paal won this year's Group 1 Olympiatravet. "He's stepped up in class every year," Paal said of Ringostarr Treb. "When he went to Jerry, he stepped up in class again. I must say, the horse is a very smart horse. He can handle every kind of track and can do it either from the lead or with cover. It doesn't make a big difference. If I have cover, and I have a horse that sets the pace where he can come out the last quarter (mile), I think he is best that way." Paal grew up on a farm near Dusseldorf and started riding ponies at a young age before going into show jumping. At the age of 15, he began working with trotters. He won his first race in 1977. "I grew up step by step with horses," he said. After working in Germany, he opened a stable in Italy in 1989. Four years later, he won the Gran Premio Lotteria and Gran Premio Renzo Orlandi with Embassy Lobell and in 1995 he won four Group 2 events in Italy with Toss Out. Following additional successes in Italy, Paal opened a stable in France in 1999. He moved to the U.S. in 2006, while maintaining stables in Europe, and remained a presence in the States until the middle of 2012. He has operated a stable in Sweden since 2015. "I enjoy coming back to the United States and New York City," Paal said. "I liked a lot being here. It was a good experience. I'm proud that I tried it because it gives me a good feeling to know how it works in the United States. Now I'm in Sweden and we have pretty good horses." Capturing Sweden's most renowned race, the Elitlopp, was a thrill for Paal, who competed in the race seven times prior to his victory with Ringostarr Treb. "For me it meant a lot," Paal said. "You know the best horses in the world are getting an invitation. I could make it thanks to a great horse and thanks to great work that Jerry did. We are proud. "I'm working three years now in Sweden and it helps a little bit when you win the biggest race in the country where you work," he added. All of his experiences have Paal feeling like a man half his age. "I'm 58, but I feel like 30," he said, smiling. "Things are going good right now." Racing at Yonkers begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. The International Trot is race No. 8 on the card and scheduled for 3:40 p.m. The day also includes the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, featuring the fastest trotter in history, Homicide Hunter, plus the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace, featuring the continued rivalry between McWicked and New Zealand-bred Lazarus. Following is the field in post-position order for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-3/1 2-Up And Quick-Jason Bartlett-Antoine Lherete-10/1 3-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/1 4-Ringostarr Treb-Wim Paal-Jerry Riordan-4/1 5-Pastore Bob-Johan Untersteiner-Johan Untersteiner-8/1 6-Cruzado Dela Noche-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-12/1 7-Will Take Charge-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Gillis-6/1 8-Arazi Boko-Alessandro Gocciadoro-Alessandro Gocciadoro-15/1 9-Lionel-Goran Antonsen-Daniel Reden-10/1 10-Slide So Easy-Flemming Jensen-Flemming Jensen-15/1 * Lionel and Slide So Easy start from the second tier. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2018 -- Stuck in an uncharacteristic seven-race losing streak, Classicality changed tactics and snapped his skid with a rallying victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality performed well enough during his losing streak, missing the ticket just once while racing at or near the front. To get that elusive win, however, Brian Zendt ducked from post 6 and followed the live cover of PL Jerico. Classicality roared wide through the lane to score in 1:54, 1/2 length better than long shot Dreamsteeler. PL Jerico saw his four-race winning streak end while saving show. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, an 8-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $627,852 in career earnings. Aaron Merriman and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $12,500 — the total-pool guarantee for its Tuesday, July 31 Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $5,000 Pick 5 guarantees are offered with each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,637.78. In addition, Tuesday’s card includes a $7,500 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 and a $5,382.20 jackpot in the Super Hi-5, both regular features of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7), Pick 5 (Races 9-13) and Super Hi-5 (race 13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Dismissed at 10-1, Classicality roared to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as he captured Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality made a rare break in his last start, the Open 1 Trot at Scioto Downs, but he atoned for that big time by shrugging off the first-over challenge of Barn Girl and scoring for Brian Zendt in 1:53.4, 1/2 length better than the pocket-sitting Rose Run Parker, while Barn Girl gamely held third. Call For Justice, who had won his last nine races at The Meadows, saw that streak end when he finished fifth. Lisa Dunn trains and owns Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $464,142. Tony Hall and Dave Palone each piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Saturday's program at The Meadows offers a number of attractive wagering opportunities, including: the regularly featured $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 4-7); a $2,516.88 carryover for the card's first superfecta; a $1,283.73 carryover for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

August 26, 2017 - Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) raced second over for Wim Paal and then moved swiftly down the middle in the stretch to capture today’s harness racing €179,200 purse Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, Sweden, over the 2140 meters autostart course. Race time was 2:32.15 (1.11.1kr; 1:54.39 mile rate) for the Jerry Riordan trainee, owned by Marco Scarton. Off the 6.4/1 in SWE (16/1 on the PMU) the winner bested 9/1 Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) and Ulf Ohlsson. 1.5/1 favorite (3/10 on PMU) Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) trailed throughout until a too late brush in the lane, a mysterious drive by Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten and Spitcam Jubb finished fourth and fifth.  Thomas H. Hicks

Picture This (Charlie Norris) went gate-to-wire to win the harness racing feature ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday night. The 7yo gelding by Classic Photo charged to the front and never looked back. Picture this ($3.00) is owned and trained by Norris as well put up the fractions of :28.4, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:55.0, won for the second time this season and has 18 career wins. McKensie's Star (Fern Paquet Jr.) finished a gritty second while Explosive Drama (Micke Merton) came up late to get third. Jim Meittinis and Arron Byron would each win three on the night. Meittinis first won with Master Of Puppets ($3.90). He drove Winemaster Hanover ($2.80) to victory for his second win. He got win number three with Katch Kanna ($8.00). Byron would pick up his firstwin with 2 year-old Rolling Sea (Roll With Joe-Romancing The Sea) paying ($6.80). His second win was with American Mistress ($5.30). The final victory was with Believe This Romeo ($7.90). Tioga Downs returns to live action Sunday (July 16) with a 12 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

July 8, 2017 - Today’s V75 Gold at Halmstad (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to a very impressive Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) clocked in 1.10.5kr for driver Wim Paal and new harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan. Marco Scarton owns the winner, now with a slate of 26-10-14 in 72 career starts for 5,990,194SEK earned. Ringostarr left from past four, went immediately to the front only to go off stride in the first turn. Paal steadied his charge, caught the rivals and then started up three wide on the final lap backside. Off the last turn Ringostarr started “flying” said Pall on post race interview. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner with third to Cruzado Dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidada-Credit Winner) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander. On the terrific card was the StoSprintern Final (Gr. II International, 1609 meters autostart, 677,600SEK to winner) for four year-old mares. 2.9/1 Caddie Lisieux (4f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) scored timed in 1.10.6kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one for SRF Stable. Bugatti Brick (4f Andover Hall-Likeable Les-Yankee Glide) was next for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was Lavidaloca De Vie (4f Crazed-Bliss-Angus Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The card also included the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters). The 1.7/1 Tjacko Zaz (5g Crazed-Kinoras Zaz-Angus Hall) scored timed in 1.10.1kr for trainer Timo Nurmos, owner Kings Arms and driver Johnny Takter. Two lengths back was Bravo Navarone (6m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for driver Adrian Kolgjini. Third was King City (6m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares took place with ten aged mares traveling 1640 meters autostart for a 100,000SEK first prize. Italy’s Shadow Gar (5f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) scored for catch-driver Jorma Kontio for trainer Erik Bondo. She was timed in 1.10.9kr. Patricia Hastrup (10f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and third was Toohotforyou (5f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks

WASHINGTON, PA, June 1, 2017 -- Classicality dominated The Meadows' elite trotters for the second straight week when he roared to the front and scored in 1:52.4, matching his career best, in Thursday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap. Classicality was parked for most of the opening half, but he easily repelled the first-over challenge of Boy Meets Girl K and drew off late for Brian Zendt, defeating Tricky Nick by 2-1/4 lengths. Boy Meets Girl K, a 26-1 long shot, was a game third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $420,682. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumed Saturday, when the program features the $118,424 Currier & Ives Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 10, 2017 -- Classic Banker stalked Count Me In from the pocket, then brushed by him in deep stretch to capture Wednesday's feature harness racing $13,000 trot, at The Meadows. Count Me In, making only his second start since Sept. 4, 2015, took the field through a snappy 1:25.4 three quarters but was unable to withstand the late surge of Classic Banker. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding nailed Count Me in near the wire to down him by a length in 1:54.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied from well back for show. Brian Zendt piloted Classic Banker for owner/trainer Joe Urban. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dan Rawlings, Mike Wilder, trainer Andy Rickert and Zendt each enjoyed a double on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the card features four divisions of a $149,852 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

May 7, 2017 - At La Capelle on Sunday was the Prix Carrefour (purse €30,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) and the 1.15.8kr clocked winner was 12/1 Pantarei Ans (8m Classic Photo-Demetra Ans) with P-Y Verva aboard for harness racing trainer Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Chikh. 2.1/1 Diamond (7g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) was second driven by Robin Bakker and trainer by Paul Hagoort for Ecurie Mille Fleurs. Third was another Goop trainee, 1.3/1 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) that Morton Gunnar owns and Pierre Vercruysse was the pilot. Trophee Vert action also continued Sunday at Bernais with the Prix du Centre le Clerc Menneval (purse €45,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters on the turf). The 3/2 favorite Tresor Wic finished eighth for Anthony Barrier, opening the way for 7.5/1 Bingo d’Attaque (6m Pomerol de Laumac-Lady de la Roche) to score for Gabriel Gelormini timed in 1.20.1kr before a good crowd. 13/1 All Feeling (7m Otello Pierji-Quelle Cerencaise) was second and 14/1 Viola Ecus (8g Korean-Iffrida) took the third spot. This day racing in Germany was at Berlin, Gelsenkirchen and Karlsruhe. At Berlin legendary Heinz Wewering teamed his trainee Impulsiv (5g Muscles Yankee-L’Amka) to victory. At Gelsenkirchen Ivy Corner (5f Love You-Indira Corner) was victorious for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and amateur pilot Thomas Maasen. The sister to this winner is racing competitively in the US for Jesmeral Stable. Thomas H. Hicks

Washington, PA, Dec. 28, 2016 -- Classicality took advantage of the leader's miscue and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, the closing-day harness racing feature at The Meadows. Classicality was first over in pursuit of Cue Hall when that rival made an unforced break, allowing Classicality to slip back to the pylons rather than grind it out without cover. Classicality and Dave Palone did the rest themselves, defeating the rallying Maximum Credit by a length in 1:54.1. Nothinbutanallstar finished third. Lisa Dunn owns and trains Classicality, a 6-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding who now boasts $389,867 in career earnings. It was one of six wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Following a break for the New Year's holiday, The Meadows kicks off its 2017 season Monday, Jan. 2, first post 1 PM.   The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egrel-Supergill) scored an easy 1.11.1kr timed harness racing victory in Sunday’s Freccia d’Europa Masters (purse €110,000, 1600 meters autostart). Roberto Vecchione teamed the winner for trainer Holger Ehlert. Ringostarr now has 21 wins in 49 starts for earnings in excess of €345,000. He has lost only once this year. Sharon Gar (5f Varenne-Geneve Gar-Lemon Dra) was second and Trendy OK (4f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos-Anders Favorite) was third, the latter handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. The undercard featured the Royal Mares II (purse €20,900, 1600 meters autostart) that was taken by 1.12.3kr timed Audry dei Veltri (8f Varenne-Pamela Stra-Ghendero) for Vincent Luongo. She recorded her 21st win in 86 starts, for over €207,000 earned. Sundance Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) was second ahead of Paris Dany (7f Varenne-Elinor King-Lindy Lane). Thomas H. Hicks

Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) took Saturday’s Wolvega Breeders Crown (purse €14,280, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters) clocked in 1.14.7kr for reinsman Robin Bakker, harness racing trainer P.J.P. Hagoort and Stal Mille Fleurs BV. The 6.4/1 odds winner bested 3.9/1 Exceptional Boko (5g Virgill Boko-Uncommon Boko) and driver Dion P. Tesselaar, also trainer. 23.3/1 Eagle B Butcher (5m Pagasus Boko-Iwema’s First) took third for John De Leeuq and trainer J.C. Bot. At Le Cepiere the Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse €35,000, 2950 meters, 13 European starters) went to 1.16.2kr timed 6.4/1 odds Aribo Mix (6g Reve des Vaillees-Hardness) for trainer/driver D. Cordeau. 45/1 Topaze de Canderie (9f Legs du Clos-Oree Line) was second for J.Ph. Monclin ahead of 3.4/1 Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) and reinsman Christophe Martens. At LeCroise Laroche on Saturday was the Prix de France (purse €30,000, 1800 meters autostart, 15 entrants) and victory was earned by 7.6/1 Tesaco de Pont (9g Kesaco Phedo-Ma Soiree du Pont) timed in 1.11.6 for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 4.3/1 Vulcain (7g Diamant Gede-Nouvelle Perle) was second for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Third was the even-money choice Uzo Josselyn (8m Love You-Lezire Josselyn) with Dominik Locqueneux driving for trainer Robert Bergh and Ecurie des Charmes. At Kincsem Park their featured Ketevesek Versenye for two year-olds (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to 4.7/1 Celsius Evo (2m Pilgrims Taj-Daniellesine-Donerail) clocked in 1.20.1kr for driver Viktoria Nemeth, trainer Lajos Marton and AMMA Loversenmy Kft. The 1/5 favorite Villam Ville (2g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) took second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Third went to Vulcano Boy (2m Tony Oaks-Oracle-Lindy Lane) with Dejan Katamic up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. The undercard included the co-featured Zapolya DIJ (purse 600,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart) and victory was earned by the 2/5 favorite Sanger MS (6g Victory Scream-Samba MS-Armbro Goal) with Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs up for trainer B. Johasz and owners Horses and Houses Kft and the driver. 5.6/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Impossant Sund) was second for Dejan Katanic and trainer Hajnal with third to 4.1/1 Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) with Emese Vezer aboard for trainer Emil Csordas. Also on the card was the 400,000Huf Early Harvester DIJ raced over 1960 meters distance handicapped. The 1.19.9kr timed victory went to 5.4/1 Euklid AT (3m Even Better Odds-Echalote-Credit Winner) for driver Dejan Katanic. Tibor Hajnal trains this one for Illetmeny Kft and Tomislav Viscjic. 5.4/1 Tequila Hush (4m Oncoming Hush-Lady Shatterley-Bourbon) took second for trainer/driver Pal Arokszallasi and third went to 18.3/1 Unipress (3f Incredible Cole-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Laszlo Kolozsi. Leading FR dash winning trot drivers/jockeys are as follows through October 1st: Drivers: J-M Bazire 196, Eric Raffin 129, Franck Nivard 128, Mathieu Abrivard 108, Gabriel Galormini 98 Monte Jockeys: Eric Raffin 57, Alexandre Abrivard 41, Yoann Lebourgeois 40, Anthony Barrier 32, Matthieu Mottier 30. Thomas H. Hicks

The two heat and finale Gr. I Campionato Europea was conducted Saturday at Cesena in Italy with each heat going 1660 meters autostart for €17,600 and the final for €151,800 over the same course. The first heat went to Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Faral-Supergill) with harness racing driver Roberto Vecchione aboard for Holger Ehlert and Scanton Stable. He was clocked in 1.12kr to defeat Rue Varenne Dany (6m Varenne-Celeste PL-Lemon Dra) with Antonio Di Nardo up and Rania Lest (6f Love You-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) for Alessandro Gocciadoro. The second heat saw Peace Of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) score in 1.12.8kr for Enrico Bellei. Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Levelfortytwo-Arnaquer) was second for Gabriel Gelormini and third was Voltigeur de Myrt (7m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) and Roberto Andreghetti. Ranio Lest was fourth with Federico Esposito up. The two heat winners Tingostarr Treb and Peace Of Mind took place in the finale. They were respectively 1st and 10th in the heats. Ringostarr Treb took the final timed in 1.14.3kr with relative ease for Vecchione over Bellei teamed Peace Of Mind. The next day was the Prix Carlo Marangoni Memorial Fabio Jegher for three year-old males on the 2100 meter autostart course for a purse of €154,000 at Torino. The 1.14kr timed winner was Urlo Dei Venti (3m Mago D’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) for Manuele Matteini. Uragaro Trebi (3m Nad Al Sheba-Istria Bi-Toss Out) was second ahead of Ursa Caf (3f Explot Caf-Crismar-Campo Ass). Same day, same venue held the Carlo Marangoni Filly for €55,000 over 1600 meters autostart. The 1.12.3kr timed winner was Unika (3f Ganymede-Amaya Del Ronco-Tolesca-Florestan) with Pietro Gubellini aboard. Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei) was second for Roberto Andreghetti, this one a half-sister to Lisa America. Unique Dream Bar (3f Goetmals Wood-Genial Power-Muscles Yankee) was third with Santo Mollo teaming and fourth went to Uriel (3f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Make Up Grif-Varenne) with Marco Smorgon the reinsman. Thomas H. Hicks

Italy’s classic Grand Premi Citta’ di Montecatini was held Monday at Montecatini with the two harness racing eliminations and final, the final win going to Ringostarr Treb that also took the second battery. The winner was teamed by Roberto Vecchione and is a six year-old stallion by Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill. He took battery two timed in 1.13kr over 1640 meters autostart, by five lengths over Radio Wise (6m Turbo Sund-Matrhers Grincheause-Garland Lobell) and driver Federico Esposito, with third to Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei up. Battery one over the same 1640 meters autostart with a purse of €14,300 went to 1.13.9kr timed Newyork Newyork (9m Supergill-Viola d’Amore-Indro Park) with Lorenzo Baldi driving. Saba del Ronco and Radiofreccia FL trailed the winner. The final, with a purse of €103,400 and over 1640 meters autostart, was a easy five length victory for the 1.12.2kr timed Ringostarr Treb, that started from post one for driver Vecchione. Radio Wise was second ahead of Osiride Grif (8m Varenne-Sex Appeal OK-Lanson) that Antonio Grepi teamed. Newyork Newyork finished fourth in an race in which the winner was dominant. Replay of the final is here. On August 13 at Cesens was held the Breeders Course Prix Allevamento Folli for €18,700 for two year-olds. The 1.15.7kr timed winner was Vash Top (2f Ready Cash-Melody del Rio-Varenne) with Enrico Bellei driving. Villa Santina Jey (2f Igor Font-Lunigianna Jet-Supergill) was second ahead of Vera Wise As (2f Muscle Massive-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall-PCQ Miriam) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Next Breeders Course events for this group are at Berlin, Aby, Charlottenlund and Solvalla. Thomas H. Hicks

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