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Bleff Dipa (3m Mister JP-Preziosa JW-Lets Go) took this 66th Derby Italiani del Trotto (purse 847,000€, 2100 meters autostart) at Roma Capannelle, with Roberto Vecchione aboard for trainer Holger Ehlert. The harness racing winner is owned by Jean Pierre Barjon, the current President of LeTrot and was bred by Arcangelo di Pasquale. Race time was 1.13.5kr by the now five-time winner in 11 appearances. Bleff Dipa narrowly bested Blackflash Bar (3f Oropuro Bar-Masasque) handled by Santo Mollo and third finishing Bepi Bi (3m Donato Hanover-Lorraine Bi) and pilot Alessandro Gocciadoro. Fourth was Bubble Effe (3m Nesta Effe-New York Effe) with Orjan Kihlstrom at the lines. Mister JP pedigree, the product of Jean Pierre Dubois. Below is a photo grouping of the Ehlert family. Great work of their team. The companion Oaks del Trotto (purse 253,000€, 1640 meters autostart) saw Betta Zack (3f Rotary OK-Martina Griff-Varenne) score in 1.12.6kr with Andrea Guzzinati the teamster. Betta won for the ninth time in 14 appearances. Two lengths back second was Bonneville Gifont (3f Varenne-Fedora Caf) with Ant. Velotti up and third was Bolen Hall FAS (3f Conway Hall-Show Grif Italia) handled by Roberto Vecchione at the lines. The winner’s pedigree follows. The day before at Follonica Del Pini was the GP Citta’ di Follonica (purse 50,050€, 2200 meter autostart) and the 1.13.7kr timed winner was Allegra Gifont (4f Maharajah-Realm of Fancy) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Two back second was Aura (4f Yankee Slide-Dora d’Alfa) for Antonio DiNardo and third home was Akela Pal Ferm (4f Maharajah). Gaet, Ehlert, Ippodrome Roma Capannelle files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Impressive in victory at Roma Capannelle in the 89th Derby Italiano de Trotto (purse €770,000, 2100 meters autostart) was 1.12.2kr (1:56.17 mile rate) timed (a Derby record) Unicka (3f Love You-Bachar-Armbro Goal) with harness racing driver Pietro Gubellini up. The grand chestnut filly drew off from second finishing Usque DL (3m Equinox Bi-Gritta BI-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Vincenzo Luongo aboard and third placed Uma Francis (3f Explot Caf-Fashion Dei Sogni-Lemon Dra) with Enrico Bellei teaming. Erik Bondo trains the winner (now with 11 wins in 13 starts) for Scuderia Wave, and her second dam Drora is a daughter of Granit (Ayres-Roquepine) The co-featured Premio Oaks del Trotto (purse €220,000, 1640 meters autostart) went to fast-closing UET Wise As (3f Daguet Rapide-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) clocked in 1.12.3kr (mile rate 1:56.33) with Federico Esposito at the lines. She recorded career win eight in 15 outings. Unica Donna (3f Donato Hanover-Hangone-Workaholic was second for Enrico Bellei and breeder/owner J-P Dubois with third to Unison Kronos (3f Donato Hanover-Zagabrei Dei-Victory Dream) with Roberto Andreghetti the reinsman. Unison Kronos is a half-sister to Lisa America. The top three broodmares are a top bunch also. Garden Variety produced In Wise As, Mind Wise As and Swan Wise As, all winner of more than US$156,000. Hangone is dam of Daguet Rapide US$1,777,359 and Poker Dream and Quatre Juillet US$371,991. Zagabria Dei produced aforementioned Lisa America US$1,570,116 plus the US$180,000 and up winners OK America, Radysin America and Guida America. On the Roma Capannelle program was the Premio Turilli UET Masters (purse €187,000, 2100 meters autostart) with the 1.12.1kr timed victory to Tesoro Degli Dei (4m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) with V.P. Dell’Annunziata up. Radiofreccia FI (6f Ganymede-Castilia-Lemon Dra) was second for Enrico Bellei and third went to veteran Pascia’Lest (7m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way). The Derby Consolation (purse €45,100, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.14.4kr timed UFO Robot HP (3m Varenne-Lili-Coktail Jet) with E.A. Maiosto driving. Uragano Star (3m Gruccione Jet-Gilda Luis-Lemon Dra) was second and Up Right Bi (3m Equinox Bi-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) was third for Maurizio Biasuzzi. The mare Up Front JM is also dam of Oasis Bi US$1,590,748 and Robert Bi US$864,575. Oasis Bi starts in the International at Yonkers the coming weekend. The Oaks Consolation (purse €25,300, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.13.3kr timed Ultramar Bi (3f Equinox Bi-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) for Robert Andreghetti. Una Bella Gar (3f SJ’s Photo-Georgette Gar-Lemon Dra) took second ahead of Ugolinact (3f Civil Action-Gast-Picardo). Also on the card was the Premio Aste ITS (purse €20,900, 1640 meters autostart, invitational) that produced a quick 1.11.3kr (mile rate 1:54.72) five-length victory for Santo Mollo driven Pace del Rio (7m Varenne-Urban d’Asolo-Ata Star L). Three elims of the Premio Anact (each for €10,450 purse and raced over 1640 meters, two year-olds). The first elim went to 4/4 undefeated Von Wise As (2m Muscle Massive-Desert Flower K-Sierra Kosmos) for Alessandro Gocciadoro clocked in 1.14.4kr. Vaprio (2m Adrian Chip-Namiba-Cantab Hall) was second for Enrico Bellei ahead of Videole FAS (2m Ideale Luis-Leda SF-Toss Out). The second elim went to Varden Baba (3m From Above-Nanta Baba-Varenne) timed in 1.15.7kr for driver M. Pistone. Very Much MMG (2f Ganymede-Ethel Blak-Indro Park) was second and third was Vitesse Mabel (2m Ideale Luis-Noble As-SJ’s Photo).  Elim three went another 4/4 undefeated winner, this one Vanguardia (3f Goetmals Wood-Garganta-Tarass Boulba) timed in 1.15.2kr for Alessandro Gocciadoro. Vale Capar (2f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill) was second and Vogue Bi (2f Ganymede-Ida Grandi-Toss Out) was third. Note that sire Ideal Luis is a son of Lemon Dra that won at age three the Grand Premio Italia and Grand Premio Tito Giovanandi. Gocciadoro also won two days prior at Milano in the Premio Dominique (purse €14,350) with Vera Wise As (2f Muscle Massive-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall) timed in 1.14.2kr. Viola Grif (2f Algiers Hall-Perla Nera Grif-Varenne) was second for Man. Matteini ahead of Violetta Holz (2f Nad Al Sheba-Obetti Holz-Varenne) for Roberto Vecchione. Thomas H. Hicks

October 11, 2015 - Enrico Bellei teamed Testimonial OK (3m Varenne-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) to victory in today's €770,000 purse Derby Italiano, 88th edition, over 2100 meters autostart. This Gr. I harness racing victory was the seventh in 12 starts for the winner timed in 1.12.8kr. Tesoro Degli Dei (3m Igor Font-Isabelle Dei) was second for Pietro Gubellini, a length from the winner, with Troja d’Asolo (3m Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) third for reinsman Rene’ Legati. Tobin Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was a distant fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom. Holger Ehlert trains the Derby winner. On the Rome Cappannelle card the €220,000 purse Gr. I Oaks del Trotto over 1640 meters autostart, went to Tuscasnia Pal (3f Nad Al Sheba-Fata dei  Bessi-Yankee Glide) with T. Di Lorenzo up. Timed in 1.12.4kr this winner, now with eight wins in 17 outings, prevailed narrowly over Teorema OM (3f Uronometro-Sweet Love Story-Conway Hall-Sweet Mesquite) with Enrico Bellei driving. Third went to Terra Dell’Est (3f SJ’s Photo-Fathality) with V.P. Dell’Annunziata Jr. teaming. The Gr. I Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli (purse €187,000. 2100 meters autostart) for aged performers went to the red-hot Nephenta Lux (8f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM-Mr. Vic) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro driving clocked in 1.12.1kr, her 18th victory in 47 appearances. The winner started from post one and engineered a pocket trip until late in the contest when she exploded for a length score. Moses Rob (9m Ganymede-Etoile Rob-Friendly Face) was seconds for Pippo Gubellini with third to Ribot EK (5r Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way). Probo OK (6m From Above-Elimera-Lemon Dra) was fourth with Jerry Riodan’s trainee Rossella Ross (5f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) fifth.  Thomas H. Hicks

September 26, 2015 - Today at Capannelle Rome three eliminations were held preliminary to Italy’s Gr. I Trotting Derby Final. Each elimination was contested over 2100 meters autostart for a purse of €22,000 and each was won in relatively dominant fashion. Tobin Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) took the first elim clocked in 1.14kr by a comfortable length and a half for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. First dam of the winner, Zamia FC is from Twiggy FC by Speedy Somolli-Dance Slipper. The Jerry Riordan trained Tango Negro (3m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) was second for driver Roberto Andreghetti ahead of Tobias del Ronco (3m Love You-Leonor del Ronco-Supergill) and Antonio Di Nardo.  The second elim was a 1.13.4kr length victory for the Robin Bakker teamed Tuonoblu Rex (3m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Lane-CR Kay Suzie) that led throughout. Tesoro Degli Dei (3m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) sat the pocket and finished a strong second for Pietro Gubellini ahead of third finishing Terra del Rio (3f Varenne-Urbem d’Asolo-Ata Star L) and teamster Santo Mollo that closed very rapidly but still ended seven lengths off the winner. Timone EK (3m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) secured victory in the third elim clocked in 1.14.6kr. Federico Esposito piloted Timone EK to a length score over Tony Gio (3m Varenne-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip-Toby’s Taxi) and reinsman Roberto Vecchione with third to Theodor Grif (3m Varenne-Eva di Jesolo-Lindy Lane) and teamster Marco Smorgon.  This group of three year-olds should comprise a competitive Derby Final. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 22, 2015 - Top flight harness racing action is on schedule in Italy starting tomorrow at the 5/8 mile track at Modena Ghirlandina where the Premio Ghirlandina (€9,640 purse, 1600 meters autostart) takes place. Favorite Stankovic OK with Enrico Bellei aboard garners pre-race attention in the six horse lineup. Stankovic OK is a four year-old son of Self Possessed-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo. Second dam is Rose Kronos by Sugarcane Hanover. This is the family of Crystal Lobell, dam of Cougar Lobell ($875,000), Camelia Lobell ($438,000) and Cobra Lobell ($229,000). The race lineup is shown below: Sissi Mamma, D. Dallolio Sanrunner, G. d’Ambruoso Seleniost, G. Targhetta Stankovic OK, E. Bellei Shiraz Roc, G. Garini Samba Bi, T. Di Lorenzo On Saturday three eliminations of the 88th Italian Derby take place leading to the Gr. I Derby on October 11. A solid lineup is set for the elims with top drivers on-hand from throughout Europe. Elimination A 1. TALENT BI (O. Kihlstrom) Cantab Hall-Dakota Bi-Toss Out 2. TONY GIO (R. Vecchione) 3. THEODOR GRIF (x) 4. TAURUS DEL RONCO (G. Di Nardo) 5. TIMONE EK (Fed. Esposito) Mr. Vic-Gemina-Lemon Dra 6. TRESOR ZS (A. Farolfi) 7. TOLL FREE BI (x) 8. TIMBUCTU BI (S. Minopoli) 9. TIZIANO (M. Guzzinati) 10. THE KING GRIF (x) 11. TIMOZ (R. Andreghetti) 12. TANTALIO (x)   Elimination B 1. TROJA D’ASOLO (Renè Legati) 2. TOTOO DEL RONCO (S. Minopoli) 3. THOR DI GIRIFALCO (B. Lo Verde) 4. TELECOMANDO OK (E. Bellei) 5. TOSELAND KYU (Santo Mollo) 6. TANGO NEGRO (R. Andreghetti) 7. TOBIN KRONOS (O. Kihlstrom) Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover 8. TODAY WINNER FONT (V.P. Dell'Annunz.) 9. TEDO FKS (G. Minnucci) 10. TOBIAS DEL RONCO (A. Di Nardo) 11. TEMON YOUR SM (G.P. Maisto) 12. TINTO (A. Farolfi)   Elimination C 1. TULUM (Mass. Castaldo) 2. TESORO DEGLI DEI (P. Gubellini) Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip 3. TINO ROC (A. Guzzinati) 4. TUONOBLU REX (R. Bakker) Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Lane-CR Kay Suzie 5. TINAMO JET (V. Luongo) 6. TOM FORD BI (V.P. Dell'Annunziata) 7. TURNO DI AZZURRA (R. Andreghetti) 8. TERRA DEL RIO (Santo Mollo) 9. THIAGO THREE (R. Vecchione) 10. TUDOR DANY GRIF (A. Di Nardo) 11. TRILLO PARK (x) 12. TESTIMONIAL OK (E. Bellei)   On Sunday will be held the Gr. II Gran Premio Ivone Grasetto (purse €45,100, 1640 meters autostart). A fine field includes last week’s Citta di Treviso winner Nephenta Lux, Rossella Ross in from SWE and Romi Mms from HU. 1.       Nephenta  Lux (A. Gocciadoro) 2.       Rossella Ross  (A.Guzzinati) 3.       Oneghin Del Ronco (G. Minnucci) 4.       Radiofreccia Fi (Fed. Esposito) 5.       Papandreu  (x) 6.       Osasco Di Ruggi (H. Ehlert) 7.       Reine Du Zack  M. Smorgon) 8.       Pantera Del Pino (Renè Legati) 9.       Standout (Dk) (A. Farolfi) 10.   Romi Mms (M. Slavic) 11.   Newyork Newyork (L. Baldi) Thomas H. Hicks

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