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October 17, 2017 - Solid FR trotting action took place this week at Paris-Vincennes and Saint Galmier. The Tuesday evening harness racing action was at Paris-Vincennes where Eureka Vrie won a three year old Gr. III monte test named the Prix Phact. Other interesting wins on that program were posted by Daring Lorraine, Eternelle Delo and Feeling Cash. The card opened with the Prix Ludovica (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 12 four year old females) and the 1.13.2kr timed winner was 14.3/1 Darling Lorraine (4f Goetmals Wood-Pinoche du Rib) with trainer Franck Anne piloting for Ecurie AB Trot. 9/2 odds Diana de Chatelet (4f Real de Lou-Trade de Chatelet) was a distance second for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas, ahead of 11.7/1 Doria Dasbois (4f In Love With You-Ivanez). The Prix Ophiucus (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters three year old fillies) was next and 2/1 Eternelle Delo (3df Saxo de Vandel-Princesse Royale) was victorious driven by Gabriele Gelormini. 21/1 Elisa de Belfonds (3f Tornado Bello-Taifa) was a rallying second for Thomas Levesque, as the trainer/owner. 8.1/1 Extra Cadette (3f Offshore Dream-Ma Cadette) finished third for Eric Raffin. 17.4/1 Earth Victory (3f Prodigious) was fourth for Etienne Dubois and Electra Green (3f Texas Charm) ended fifth for Julien Dubois. The Prix Algina (purse €38,000, 2200 meters, 11 two year old colt starters) went to the impressive 3.3/1 Feeling Cash (2m Ready Cash-Royale Star) with Yoann Lebourgeois up. Philippe Allaire trains this colt for Carlos Lerner. He scored for the second time in four career outings. 2.1/1 Fric du Chene (2m Nobody du Chene-Oseille du Chene) was second with Matthieu Abrivard aboard. 14.7/1 First In Love (2m Goetmals Wood-Just In Love) was a good closing third for Etienne Dubois, driving for owner Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. The Gr. III Prix Phact (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, nine monte starters) wrapped up the Tuesday Paris-Vincennes program and the 1.16.3kr timed winner was 9.4/1 Eureka Vrie (3m First de Retiz-Intrigue de Vrie) handled by Mathieu Mottier for trainer/owner Th. Chalom. A distant four lengths second was 3.8/1 Eclat de Verre (3m Ludo de Castelle) with Eric Raffin in the irons for owner/trainer Jacques Bruneau. 19.9/1 Ensoleille (3g Singalo) was home third. Today’s 11th leg of the Gr. III National Quinte+ Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (purse €90,000, 2625 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) was a very competitive contest start to finish, at several occasions with four tiers in the battle. The usual huge audience was on track for the series of 13 GNT races. Victory was earned by 5.8/1 Classic Way (5m Prodigious-Pole Position) reined by Eric Raffin for owner St. Szvarc and trainer Philippe Billard. Jean Philippe Dubois bred this winner that bested 1.8/1 favorite Chicago Blues (5m Prodigious-New Orleans) handled by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 2.9/1 Calin de Morge (5g Ozio Royal-Paradise Princess) took third for Franck Nivardm driving for trainer David Haon and Ecurie HD Trot. Two 25 meter handicapped entrants were fourth and fifth, 73/1 Tallien driven by Herve Sionneau, and 20/1 Venus de Bailly with Jean Boillereau the pilot. Quine+ payoffs and photos follow. The GNT is all about competitive racing and a broader audience across smaller markets. Thomas H. Hicks

October 16, 2017 - 8/1 Black Atout (6m Prodigious-LaLagune), took today’s Q+ Prix des Gobelins (purse €54,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) timed in 1.13.5kr for harness racing driver Mathieu Mottier. Franck Leblanc trains the winner for Cl. Guedy. 2.4/1 Blue Story (6f Opium-Loumana Flor) took second for Pierre Levesque and trainer Thomas Levesque, ahead of 14.5/1 Vivien Pro (8g Neutron du Cebe) for Anthony Barrier. 1.9/1 favorite Boccaccio (6m Carpe Dien) was fourth for trainer/driver Franck Nivard and fifth went to 29.3/1 Archangel AM (7g Going Kronos) for Dominik Locqueneux to complete the Quinte+ top five. Sunday at Trevso Italy was the featured PR Gran Premio Giuseppe Biasuzzi (purse €110,000, 1609 meters autostart) and the impressive gate to wire winner was Dijon(4m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou-Coktail Jet), timed in 1.12.7kr for Romain Derieux. Pocket sitter Ursa Caf (4f Exploit Caf-Crismar-Campo As) held second for Ant. Esposito and Urlo Dei Venti (4m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) held third for Enrico Bellei after taking a strong run at the leader past the 1200 meter mark. Dijon drew clear off the final bend and sustained his trot to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 15, 2017 - Today’s Groupe tests in Europe were the 40th Grand Prix de Sud-Quest at Beaumont de Lomagne FR and the Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen in Germany. Well respected harness racing 2/5 odds favorites were victorious, Aubrion de Gers in the former with Jean-Michel Bazire aboard, and Bird Parker in Germany reined by Joseph Verbeeck. Race summaries and replays follow: Beaumont de Lomagne October 15, 2017 40th Grand Prix du Sud Quest – Gr. II, 2400 meters autostart, purse €200,000 Race time 1.12.9kr 2/5 Aubrion du Gers (7m Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers), J-M Bazire driver/trainer/owner, his 28th win in 51 starts for €1,365,372 earned, fifth straight win and 9-1-1 in 11 starts in 2017 5.2/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard, Franck Leblanc trainer/owner 5.4/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort), David Thomain up, Sebastien Guarato trainer Replay: Gelsenkirchen Germany – Tour European October 15, 2017 Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen (purse €50,000, 2600 meters autostart, eight starters) Race time 1.14.6kr 2/5 Bird Parker (6m Ready Cash-Belisha), Joseph Verbeeck up, Philippe Allaire trainer, Elisabeth Allaire owner, 15th career win in 59 starts for €1,423,605 earned with this front end score 5.2/1 Swedishman (11g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver, Gaylor Chaudemanche owner 37/1 Bon Copain (6m Love You-Haie), Robbin Bot driver, Thierry Reffegeau trainer, J.Y. Roze owmer Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen 2017 (GR II) - Gelsenkirchen / Bird Parker - replay Saturday there was great upper level trotting at Aby SWE. Readly Express took the Swedish Masters with a front stepping victory directed by driver Jorma Kontio. It was his seventh win in eight 2017 starts and 19th in 22 career starts. The Mares Open went to the eight year old Super Arnie mare, Super Ariel, with Micael Melander the pilot. These race summaries, photos and replays follow. Gr. II Sweden Masters, 2640 meters autostart, 500,000 SEK first money Race time 1.11.8kr 1.13/1 Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos), Jorma Kontio driver, Timo Nurmos trainer, owner Bro Buggnads Ab, winner slate 19-3-0 in 22 starts for 9,857,660 earned; 7-1-0 in eight starts in 23017 after undefeated in 2016 in five starts 16.75/1 Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dove-Alf Palema), Orjan Kihlstrom up, Laes Brindeborg trainer 20.3/1 Reckless (7m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver Sweden Masters 2017 – October 14 replay;. Expect Readly Express to test Paris in the Winter Meet, and also Yonkers International winner Twister Bi. Gr. II National Mares 2017, 2140 meters autostart, 500,000SEK to winner Race time 1.12.1kr 7.5/1 Super Ariel (8f Super Arnie-Orika Lep-Shibur), Micael Melader driver, Kennet Haggadrom trainer 2.1/1 Nancy America (6f Revenue-Camargue-Supergill), Flemming Jensen trainer/driver 48.3/1 Withma (8f CR Exclaibur-Arnies Dame E-Super Arnie), Askar J.Andersson, Jorgen Westholm trainer Sto SM 2017 replay: The Aby undercard also included three other interesting events, two for the monte specialists, with the winners profiled below: Monte – 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner Race time 1;13.7kr 2,6/1 Supreme Court (5g Credit Winner-Kangaroo Court-Mack Lobell), Sofia Aronsson jockey, Goran Andersson owner/trainer Monte Mares – 2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to winner Race time 1.13kr 1.5/1 Candor Hall (9g Adams Hall-Arva Crown-Super Arnie), Sofia Adolfsson jockey, Bjorn Goop trainer 4/1 Nantrucket (11m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory), Sofia Aronsson up V75 Silver – 1640 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first money Race time 1.10.1kr Cab Hornline (6g San Pellegrino-Mautitius-Hermes de Pericard), Per Lennartsson trainer/driver, 10th win in 46 career starts Thomas H. Hicks  

October 13, 2017 - The Prix Bohemia (purse €75,000, 2100 meters autostart, European eligibles) Friday evening at Paris-Vincennes went to 5.9/1 Ultra Wind Bi (4m Love You-Catch The Wind) piloted by Franck Nivard and trainer for Scuderia Cumcina Group Srl by Philippe Billard. Race tine was 1.12.4kr. 73.4/1 Capraio (5g  Coktail Jet-Une de Bussy) was a solid second for Franck Ouvrie and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues. Third went to 5.6/1 Vasterbo Hand (5m Ready Cash-Super Pilaar) with Eric Raffin driving for trainer Bjorn Goop and SZ Consulting AB. The evenings Quinte+ race was named the Prix le Parisien (purse €60,000, 2850 meters) and this event was race timed in 1.13.7kr by the winning 10.4/1 Valfluery (8g Memphis du Rib-Idague) in rein to Clement Duvaldestin for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 7.6/1 Astral Viretaute (7g Kalahari) took second for David Thomain and 1.7/1 favorite Alamo du Goutier (7g Quido du Goutier-Opa de Tourelle) was third on the line. The exact order payoff was €3,960 for a €2 play. The Prix Gordonia (monte, Gr. III, purse €82,000, 2850 meters, 10 European starters) went to very impressive, hard rallying 16/1 Vittorio de Carly (8g Quaro-Gamine des Sarts) with jocky Guillaume Martin aboard for trainer Arnaud Desmottes. Race time was 1.12.9kr with quick final fractions after the field was clocked at 1.13.8kr with 1000 meters remaining in the contest. 1.8/1 Alpha Saltor (7m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was a game second for Eric Raffin and 9.4/1 Ulka des Champs (9f Offshore Dream-Melissa des Champs) took third. Favorite Arlington Dream and Alienor de Godrel were misque dq’s, the former off on a wild gallop early. Thomas H. Hicks

October 12, 2017 - Yesterday’s Quinte+ Prix do Pont des Arts (purse €44,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) at Enghien went to 1.13kr timed and 30.3/1 Reine du Zack (7f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grier). Marco Smorgon trains the property of Scuderia Trotto Italia Sas and the pilot was Edoardo Loccisano. 42.4/1 Quincy Frontline (8g Rotation-Juicy Frontline) was second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of 9.4/1 Emmett Brown (6g Muscle Hill-Traci Spur) handled by Bernard Piton for trainer Johan Untersteiner. 17/1 Shogun DK and 21/1 Bomina were fourth and fifth respectively. The Q+ exact order payoff exceeded €290,400 for a €2 investment. Enghien’s Prix du Jardin du Luxembourg (monte, purse €58,000. 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.15.5kr timed and 6.3/1 Ut de Dompierre (9g Prince d’Espace-Magie de Dompierre). Mlle Oceane Briand was in the irons of the winner that is owned by trainer Benjamin Goetz. The Prix du Chateau d’Eau (purse €42,000, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) on the Wednesday card at Enghien went to 1.15.7kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Electra Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Uzara Joselyn) with David Thomain the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Today at Enghien was the Prix de la Place du Petit Pont (monte, purse €47,000, 2875 meters, 13 European mare starters) and the 11/1 odds winner was the 1.15.2kr timed Calypso Vinoir (5f Jam Pridem-Lambeda Vinoir) ridden by Alexis Prat for owner/trainer Damien Bonne. Second, beaten three lengths, was 9.9/1 Cale des Malberaux (5f Quito Kebir-Jolie Saida) handled by Mathieu Mottier, and third was 3.3/1 Castanella (5f Rombaldi-Ogata de Vandel) reined by Damien Bonne for trainer Sebastien Ernault and Ecurie Charmes. Yesterday at Solvalla SWE was the Breeders Crown for two year olds (175,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart). The 1.16.3kr timed winner here was 2.4/1 Activated (2f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) .Bjorn Goop teamed the filly owned and trained by Fredrik Wallin. 5.3/1 Person Of Interest (2g Explosive Matter-Transgressive-SJs Caviar) was second driven y Ulf Ohlsson. Jim Osccarsson owns and trains this one. 4.3/1 Whataboutyouzaz (2f Maharajah-Flamming Kick-Alf Palema) that Jorma Kontio drove for trainer Timo Nurmos. On that card was also the Solvallaserien VI (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) for four year olds. The winner, off at 4.8/1, was Cyber Lane (4g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Levaux AB owns the winner. 1.7/1 Love Matters (4m Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love-Andover Hall) was second for Orjan Kihlstom/Daniel Reden/Stall et team. 34/1 Valley Brode (4g Ready Cash-Valeris-SJs Caviar) took the third spot for trainer Roger Walmann and teamster Torbjorn Jansson. Thomas H. Hicks

October 10, 2017 - Harness racing youngsters battled this evening at Paris-Vincennes with a three year old Ready Cash colt winning the Gr. III Prix Kruse, as Espoir Prestance was timed in 1.14.7kr for reinsman Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. Favorite Classic Connection led throughout for catch-driver Franck Nivard and went off stride as the wire approached. Paris-Vincennes – Prix Kruse (Gr. III, purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart, nine three year old starters) Race time 1.14.7kr 3.1/1 Espoir Prestance (3m Ready Cash-Quelle Prestance), Christophe Martens driver, Vincent Martens trainer, Joseph Vanduffel owner/breeder 9.1/1 Ecume de Reville (3f Hand du Vivier-Perle Villetrot), Eric Raffin up, Frederic Prat trainer 14.7/1 Valchiria Bar (3f Napolean Bar-Gwendalina Bar), Roberto Andreghetti up for Scuderia Stecca Srl Note – the leading favorite Capital Connection was a dq for miscue nearing the line The two year olds contested the Prix Phedra and undefeated Roc Meslois colt Fairyland remained so with an easy victory timed in 1.16.3kr. Matthieu Abrivard piloted the now three time winner for trainer Jacques Bruneau. Paris-Vincennes – Prix Phedra (purse €46,000, 2200 meters, eight two year old starters) Race time 1.16.3kr 2/5 Fairyland (2m Roc Meslois-Opontia), Matthieu Abrivard up, Jacques Bruneau trainer, Ecurie JYR 7.3/1 Fabriz du Gite (2m Tabriz du Gite), Franck Ouvrie driving 4.7/1 Fakir de Vindecy (2m Un Amour d’Haufor), Eric Raffin driver, Philippe Allaire trainer Note – Fairyland now undefeated in three career starts Next up of interest on October 15 is the  40th Grand Prix du Sud Quest raced at Beaumont de Lomagne, a Gr. II European Masters Series contest raced over 2400 meters autostart for a €200,000 purse. On October 13 at Paris-Vincennes are two upper class events, the Prix Bohemia for €75,000 and the Gr. III Prix Gordonia for €82,000. Thomas H. Hicks  

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October 9, 2017 - Ariane de Caponet rallied late to run down pacesetter Shark Attach to win today’s Quinte+ at Feurs. The Prix de la Ville de Feurs carried a purse of €35,000 and a field to 18 contested the result.  Harness racing driver Herve Chauve-Laffay teamed the winner to her 13th career win and increased her career earnings to €309,660.  Feurs – Quinte+ Prix de la Ville de Feurs (purse €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) October 9, 2017 Race time 1.15.3kr 7/2 Ariane de Caponet (7f One du Rib-Naya de Joudes), H. Chauve-Laffay trainer/driver 4.3/1 Shark Attack (9g April Perfect-Step by Step), Mario Van Dooyeweerd trainer/driver 7.8/1 Usta des Caillons (9g Kesaco Phedo-Serine des Etangs), Nicolas Ensch driver, J.P. Ensch owner/trainer 7.5/1 Espoir d’Yvel (3m Jasmin de Flore-Tonic d’Yvel), Yoann Lebourgeois driver, Tony LeBeller owner/trainer Today’s Enghien card included the Prix de Champillon and that winner was favorite El Villagio, the Love You colt bred/owned and trained by Louis Baudron. Eric Raffin piloted the winner in a race affected by numerous dq’s for miscues.  Enghien – Prix de Champillon (purse €40,000, 2150 meters, 12 starters) October 9, 2017 Race time 1.15.1kr 1.2/1 El Villagio (3m Love You-Natchka d’Orgeres), Eric Raffin up, Louis Baudron owner/trainer/breeder 11.3/1 Elnino Montaval (3g Magnificent Rodney-Qurla Montaval), Gabriele Gelormini up Tomorrow’s action turns to Paris-Vincennes and the highlights are the Prix Freia (€75,000 purse, four year olds, 2850 meters) that includes Dusty Wood and Dixon Dark; and the Prix Kurse (Gr. III, purse €80,000, three year olds) that includes the Jean-Pierre Dubois/Yves Boireau entry of Classic Connection (3m Love You-Crys Dream) and Exotic Destination (3f Love You). Thomas H. Hicks

October 8, 2017 - Sunday harness racing trotting action of note took place throughout Europe, at Roma Capannelle, Charlottenlund DE and in Finland. The top race was the Italiano del Trotto for a purse of €1,001,000, a Gr. I event contested at a 2100 meter distance autostart. The Ideale Luis filly Vanchiria OP was victorious driven by Roberto Andreghetti timed in 1.14.8kr by two lengths. Vertigo Spin and Villa Santina Jet were the next two on the line. Roma Capannelle – Pr. Derby Italiano del Trotto (purse €1,001,000, 2100 meters autostart) Race time 1.14.8kr Valchiria OP (3f Ideale Luis-Maya del Ronco-Toss Out), Roberto Andreghetti up Vertigo Spin (3m Nad al Sheba-Gail Lindy-Donerail), V.P. Dell’Annunziata driver Villa Santina Jet (3f Igor Font-Lunigiana Jet-Supergill), Santo Mollo aboard Note- Vivid Wise As finished seventh The undercard featured the Oaks del Trotto Finale for a purse of €253,000 and raced over 1640 meters autostart. Venesia EL scored for Pietro Gubellini in the three horse photo timed in 1.12.6kr from between horses, after sitting third on the pegs during the race. Viscardra Jet and Vale Capare were second and third respectively. Roma Capannelle – Premio Oaks del Trotto (purse €253,000, 1640 meters autostart) Race time 1.12.6kr Vanesia EK (3f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne), Pietro Gubellini up Viscardra Jet (3f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo), F. Piscane driving Vale Capare (3f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill), Enrico Bellei up Note: winner closed from third on the pegs to defeat leader Vale Capare Older trotters battled in the Gran Premio Torilli for a purse of €110,000. The impressive 1.12.4kr timed winner over 2100 meters autostart, Timone OK,  was reined by Enrico Bellei and increased his career earnings past the €950,000 level with his 24th victory. Peace Of Mind and Tamure Roc were next. Roma Capannelle - Pr Gran Premio Torilli (purse €110,000, 2100 meters autostart) Race time 1.12.4kr Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra), Enrico Bellei up Peace Of Mind (8f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover), Pietro Gubellini driving Tamure Roc (5f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra), Santo Mollo up Note: winner scored gate to wire by two lengths, his 24th win in 34 starts now for earnings in excess of €950,000; Roma Capannelle is a 1000 meter track In Finland was the Kriterium raced at Teivo for a purse of €247,875 (the winner earned €112,500). Run For Royalty scored timed in 1.17.4kr driven by Hannu Torvinen, as the son of NY based RC Royalty, bested Builders Caviar and another RC Royalty sired performer, the third finishing Piece Of Rock. This race was a Gr. I UET contest. Teivo FI – Finland Kriterium (purse €247,875 with €112,500 to the winner, 2600 meters autostart, three year olds) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.17.4kr Run For Royalty (3m RC Royalty-Run For The Bank-Conway Hall), Hannu Torvinen up Builders Caviar (3m SJs Caviar-Ranch Keep On Ice-Love You), Erik Adielsson driver Piece Of Rock (3m RC Royalty-Piece By Piece-Rite On Line), Juha Utala up At historic Charlottenlund Denmark was the Menhammer Stuteri Kriterium raced for a purse of 300,000Dkr. The 1.14.3kr timed winner was 19/10 odds Cuba Libre Ice, a three year old gelded son of Great Challenger, that Johan Untersteiner teamed. Another Great Challenger gelding, Confidence, earned second ahead of the Andover Hall colt Cocky. Summary follows. Charlottenlund DE – Menhammar Danish Kriterium (purse 300,000Kr, 2500 meters autostart, three year olds) Race time 1.14.3kr 19/10 odds Cuba Libre Ice (3g Great Challenger-Global Acceptance-Giant Chill), Johan Untersteiner up Confidence (3g Great Challenger-Uni Haleryd-Alf Palema), Ken Ecce driver Cocky (3m Andover Hall-Perilous-Pine Chip), Erik Adielsson up Note: Cuba Libre Ice was bred by Stutteri Ice on Bornholm. Driver Untersteiner commented post race that longer distances are an advantage to his mount. On the same card the Masters was raced over 2000 meters for a purse of 100,000Kr and veteran Oni Wan scored timed in 1.12.5kr for driver Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

October 8, 2017 - Trotting action yesterday afternoon was at Kincsem Park Budapest with the good card led by the Featured Zapolya DIJ. Rafael Bit (7g Prime Prospect) took that one for Vereb Zsolt clocked in 1.17.7kr. Samuel Becket AT and Saron were the next two to the line. This weekend drew a large harness racing audience over the multi-day Octoberfest event. Race summary below. Kincsem Park (Zapolya DIJ, 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) October 7, 2017 Race time 1.17.7kr Rafael Bit (7g Prime Prospect-Becky Ami-Keyser Lobell), Vereb Zsolt driver, Goran Zolnaji trainer Samuel Becket AT (5m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover), Tibor Hajnal, trainer/driver Saron (6g Huxtable Hornline-Malesana Jet-Bourbon), Andor Ansyal driver The undercard at Kincsem Park resulted in victories by Zora in the two year old trot for amateur driver Andrea Nagyvary and Veronica Fling in the Tibi DIJ, driven by Vejko Mazsity. Those race summaries follow: Kincsem Park – Ketevesek (purse 500,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, two year olds) October 7, 2017 Race time 1.22.7kr Zora (2f Frullino Jet-Lezer-Baltic Bet), Andrea Nagyvary driver, Imre Fazekas trainer Veritable (2m Yankee Mustang-Vraja Zibelor-Komedianmt), Goran Zolnaji trainer/driver Zsofesz (2f Vioxx SR-Lencsi-Baltic Bet), Viktoria Nemeth driver, Lajos Marton trainer Kincsem Park – Tibi DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) October 7, 2017 Race time 1.17.8kr Veronica Fling (3f Racino-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill), Veljko Mazsity trainer/driver Villam Ville (3g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands), Imre Fazekas trainer/driver Tengelic (6f Incredible Cole-Malhana Serey-Malhana Sascha), Sandor Hegedus up Last weekend Kincsem Park hosted the annual Hungary Ugeto (Trot) Yearling Sale. 38 head were offered for sale and the topper was hip 37, the filly Amadora (filly by Maximus Lindy-Gazza Jet-Supergill) consigned by Kabala Menes Kft of Radihaza. She brought US$8,080 to a bid of Hico Bt. Today at Trabrennbahn Krieau, the  horse racing track in Leopoldstadt district, Vienna was held a solid program of upper class trotters. The Krieau track was opened in 1878. The old grandstand and a tower for officials were finished in 1913. Krieau Race Track is the second oldest harness racing track in Europe after the 1834 built Central Moscow Hippodrome. The €15,000 purse Herman Waldbaur was the featured event and it went to the Hubert Brandstatter Jr. teamed Royal Crown Venus. This four year old gelded son of Incredible Hulk was timed in 1.17kr over 2100 meters autostart. Summary follows: Wien-Krieau AT – Herman Waldbaur Gedenkrenner (purse €15,000, 2100 meters autostart) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.17kr Royal Crown Venus (4g Incredible Hulk-Four Roses), Hubert Brandstatter Jr. trainer/driver Arizona DR (4f Triton Sund-Donatamie), Klaus Dresel driver Folies Bergere (4g Osieau de Feux-Peace Forever), Erich Hardros up Thomas H. Hicks  

October 8, 2017 - Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall) was first off the gate for harness racing driver Kim Eriksson and prevailed throughout for a 1.12kr score in the €150,000 purse Grosser Preis von Deutschland raced over 2200 meters autostart at Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Forspro AB and he record career win number 19 in 26 starts. The 2.13/1 favorite bested late rallying Generaal Bianco reined by Peter Untersteiner. Third went to Django Riff and Joseph Verbeeck than enjoyed a pocket spot after a bold sweeping move at the midway point of the contest.  Hamburg-Bahrenfeld (Grosser Preis von Deutschland, purse €150,000, 2200 meters autostart, four year olds, 14 starters less two scratches) October 8, 2017 Race time 1.12kr (top five finishers below listed) 2.13/1 odds Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall), Kim Eriksson driver, Robert Bergh trainer, Forspro AB owner, his 8th win in 12 starts in 2017 and 19th win in 26 career starts Generaal Bianco (4g Ufo Kievitshof-Zaskia Fortuna), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver Django Riff (4m Ready Cash-Rasta Perrine), Jos. Verbeeck driver, Philippe Allaire trainer, Elisabeth Allaire owner Dawana (4f Ready Cash-Sanawa), Michael Nimczyk driver, Philippe Allaire owner/trainer Orlando Jet (4m Orlando Vici-Chicolina), Rudolf Haller trainer/driver   Earlier Broadwell (3m Conway Hall) easily took the Lord Pit for three year-olds. Robin Bakker teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee to victory over the Johnny Taker teamed Mac Smily. Summary: Hamburg Bahrenfeld – Lord Pit (purse €25,000, 2200 meters autostart, eight starters all three year olds) October 8, 2017 Race time – NR 2.61/1 odds Broadwell (3m Conway Hall-Boria), Robin Bakker driver, Paul Hagoort trainer, fourth win in five career starts Mac Smily (3m Brioni-Smily), Johnny Takter driver, Christian Lindhardt trainer McArthur (3m Infinitif-Millet LB), Michael Nimczyk up, breeder Jean Pierre Dubois   Other important winners on this Grand Prix Day at historic Hamburg-Mariendorf were: 3.68/1 Urbanio (4m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip), Rick Ebbinge up, the €50,000 purse Deutschland Cup raced over 2200 meters autostart 6.56/1 Uzo Josselyn (9m Love You-Lezira Joselyn), Bjorn Goop driver, Robert Bergh trainer, Ecurie des Charmes owner, in the Hamburg Cup raced over 1680 meters autostart for a purse of €30,000 4.85/1 Northern Charm (2m Muscle Hill-Clothie), Christian Lindhardt trainer/driver, in the €25,000 purse Orakel der Zweijahrigen for two year olds 12.5/1 Noble Dolly (4f Ready Cash-Harriet Frido), Cees F. Kamminga trainer/driver, winner of the €22,000 purse Klass I, raced over 2200 meters autostart   Thomas H. Hicks  

October 6, 2017 - Tony LeBeller teamed Bakchich to victory in Friday evenings Prix Charley Mills, the feature harness racing event at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. The six year old gelded son of Quopeck was timed ina quick 1.12.6kr over the 2850 meter distance. El Catwalk and Attaque Parisien were next to the line in this Quinte+ contest. The race was named after the famed late Charlie Mills who won the FR Triple Crown with Gelinote. Paris-Vincennes Prix Charley Mills (purse €65,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) October 6, 2017 Race time 1.12.6kr 3/1 Bakchich (6g Quopeck-Paid de Villeneuve), Tony LeBeller up, Jerome-Michel Legros trainer 7.1/1 El Catwalk (6f Classic Photo-El Mistress Leena), J.Ph. Monclin, Philippe Billard trainer 5.5/1 Attaque Parisien (7f Hilk des Champs-Peccadille de Mai), Sebastien Ernault up, Franck Harel trainer/owner 22.2/1 Monas Invercote (8f Viking Kronos), Bjorn Goop driver/trainer 12.6/1 Bad Boy du Dollar (6m Magnificent Rodney), Mathieu Abrivard up On Thursday at Bollnas SWE Nuncio (6m Andover Hall) was back on track and scored in 1.11.6kr for Stefan Melander over a modest field as a prep for a FR invasion. Melander said post race that we will likely make two more home starts before going to France for a possible Prix d’Amerique try. Other possible FR invaders are Propulsion, Twister Bi, Readly Express and Lionel, the latter two are FR sired. The Bollnas chart follows; Bollnas John Deere (75,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) October 5, 2017 Race time 1.11.6kr 1/1 Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), Stefan Melander driver/trainer/owner up, Russell Williams breeder, 41-13-4 in 60 starts for 28,448,230SEK earned 8.4/1 Highspeed Call (9g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Ulf Ohlssonm driver 27.9/1 Sandrngham Hanover (10g Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover-American Winner), Leif Witasp up The famed Vincennes Winter Meet is underway. Stay tuned for a great menu of groupe races. Groupes I Date PRIX 9 décembre CRITERIUM DES 3 ANS 24 décembre PRIX DE VINCENNES 24 décembre CRITERIUM CONTINENTAL - 3ème étape Circuit EpiqE Series au Trot 21 janvier PRIX DE CORNULIER 28 janvier GRAND PRIX D'AMERIQUE - Finale Circuit EpiqE Series au Trot 4 février PRIX DE L'ILE DE 'FRANCE 11 février GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 11 février PRIX DES CENTAURES 18 février PRIX COMTE PIERRE DE MONTESSON (ex-CRITERIUM DES JEUNES) 25 février GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 3 mars PRIX DE SELECTION Groupes II Date PRIX 6 novembre PRIX REYNOLDS 6 novembre PRIX REINE DU CORTA 6 novembre PRIX ABEL BASSIGNY 9 novembre PRIX MARCEL LAURENT 9 novembre PRIX OLRY-ROEDERER 13 novembre PRIX LOUIS TILLAYE 19 novembre PRIX JACQUES DE VAULOGE 19 novembre GRAND PRIX DE BRETAGNE - 1ère étape Circuit EpiqE Series au Trot 19 novembre PRIX ANNICK DREUX 20 novembre PRIX EDMOND HENRY 30 novembre PRIX PAUL BUQUET 2 décembre PRIX JOSEPH LAFOSSE 2 décembre PRIX DOYNEL DE SAINT-QUENTIN 3 décembre PRIX PHILIPPE DU ROZIER 3 décembre MASTERS GRAND NATIONAL DU TROT PARIS-TURF 9 décembre PRIX RAOUL BALLIERE 9 décembre PRIX ARISTE HEMARD 10 décembre PRIX OCTAVE DOUESNEL 10 décembre GRAND PRIX DU BOURBONNAIS - 2ème étape Circuit EpiqE Series au Trot 22 décembre PRIX EMMANUEL MARGOUTY 23 décembre PRIX UNE DE MAI 23 décembre PRIX JULES LEMONNIER 24 décembre PRIX EMILE RIOTTEAU 24 décembre PRIX TENOR DE BAUNE - 4ème étape Circuit EpiqE Series au Trot 31 décembre GRAND PRIX DE BOURGOGNE - 5ème étape Circuit EpiqE Series au Trot 6 janvier PRIX LEON TACQUET 7 janvier PRIX DE TONNAC-VILLENEUVE 7 janvier PRIX DU CALVADOS 13 janvier PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST 13 janvier PRIX DE CROIX 14 janvier PRIX GELINOTTE 14 janvier GRAND PRIX DE BELGIQUE - 6ème étape Circuit EpiqE Series au Trot 20 janvier PRIX DE PARDIEU 21 janvier PRIX CAMILLE DE WAZIERES 28 janvier PRIX CAMILLE BLAISOT 28 janvier PRIX JACQUES ANDRIEU 28 janvier PRIX CHARLES TIERCELIN 3 février PRIX PAUL VIEL 3 février PRIX ROQUEPINE 10 février PRIX EPHREM HOUEL 11 février PRIX JEAN LE GONIDEC 15 février PRIX HOLLY DU LOCTON 15 février PRIX EDOUARD MARCILLAC 18 février PRIX OVIDE MOULINET 25 février PRIX PAUL BASTARD 1 mars PRIX ALI HAWAS 1 mars PRIX FELICIEN GAUVREAU 3 mars PRIX LOUIS LE BOURG On a rather sad note one of my favorite winter meet competitors, Trebol (Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) was been retired. The Gr. I winner is the best Spanish trotter to date and has been campaigned by Gabriel Angel Pou Pou to 33 wins in 95 starts for over 680,000 euro earned. The 2016 Prix de Luxembourg winner will be missed for his rallying efforts against the best in Paris. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 4, 2017 - Uza Josselyn (6f Love You-Teza Josselyn) rallied outside at 7.1/1 to win the harness racing Quinte+ Gr. III Grand Prix Anjou Maine (purse €100,000, 3125 meters distance handicap, 17 starters) timed in 1.14.7kr. Alexandre Abrivard piloted the Swedish owned mare (Ecurie Rhythm & Blues) that is trained by Rene Aebischer. 3/2 favorite and 25 meter handicapped Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was a solid second on the inside for driver Eric Raffin, and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 2/1 second choice and 25 meter penalized Bird Parker was third for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. 13/1 Apollon de Kacy and 31/1 Bahia Quesnot were the next two to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 3, 2017 - The Trotteur Francais series called Tour European continued last weekend at Son Pardo with the harness racing Grand Prix des Baleares. This event for high class FR bred trottuers went to the classy mare Anna Mix, off as the 1/2 favorite and driven by Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc owns and trains Anna Mix that now has over €1.15 million earned. Uppercut de Manche and veteran Swedishman were next to the line in this third leg of the five race series Tour European. In October the final two events are set for Mons Ghlin and Gelsenkirchen. Race summary follows. Son Pardo – Grand Prix des Baleares (purse €50,000, 2650 meters, 14 starters) September 30, 2017 1/2 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard up, Franck Leblanc owner/trainer, her 16th win in 59 career starts for €1,157,053 earned 7.1/1 Uppercut de Manche (9g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche), Francois Lecanu driver, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, J.Y. Roze owner 8.3/1 Swedishman (11g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver. This veteran now with €1,151,676 career earnings Also on the weekend were more significant races for three year-olds at Solvalla. Candu La Marc (by Scarlet Knight) won the Trav Oaks and the Trav Kriterium went to Villiam (by Muscle Hill). Races for aged males and mares also took place. Poochai (by Make It Happen) won the Frances Bulwarks at 44/1 odds and the Giant Diablo for mares went to I Love Paris (by Steinlager) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop. Race summaries follow. Solvalla – Frances Bulwarks (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gold division) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.11.7kr 44/1 Poochai (7m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson driver, Svante Bath trainer, Roxy Horses KB owner 4.4/1 Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter driver, Stefan Melander trainer/owner 1/1 Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsal Egral-Supergill), Wim Paal driver, Jerry Riordan trainer   Solvalla – Trav Oaks (1,400,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, grade I national) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.12.6kr 24.4/1 Candy La Marc (3f Scarlet Knight-Oiseau-Andover Hall), Erik Adielsson up, Lars Marcussen owner/trainer/breeder 1.4/1 Dibaba (3f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos), Orjan Kihlstrom owner, Roger Walman trainer, SRK owner 3.2/1 Run Chica Run (3f Scarlet Knight-Ron Body Run-Super Arnie), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver   Solvalla – Trav Kriterium (Gr. I national, 2640 meters autostart, purse 2,000,000SEK to winner) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.12kr 2.3/1 Villiam (3m Muscle Hill-Gold Strike-Striking Sahbra), Jorma Kontio driver, Timo Nurmos breeder/trainer/owner – slate 6-1-0 in 7 career starts for 4,155,000SEK earned 2.5/1 Coin Perdu (3m SJs Caviar-Pioul Kronos-Viking Kronos), Orjan Kihlstrom driver, Svante Bath trainer 13.7/1 Husse Boko (3m Chocolatier-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell), Joakim Lovgren trainer/driver   Solvalla – Giant Diablo Mares (purse 200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.11.5kr 1/2 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Maria Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman), trainer/driver Bjorn Goop 10.9/1 Spoil Me (5f Going Kronos-Mystical Ann-Kadabra), Kenneth Haugstad, Roger Walman trainer, SRF owner 4/1 Indoor Voices (6f Yankee Glide-Celebrity Whisper-SJs Caviar), Orjan Kihlstrom driver, Roger Walman trainer Thomas H. Hicks

October 3, 2017 - Action for the monte trotters highlighted the Tuesday evening harness racing session at Paris-Vincennes. The Prix Jean Mary (purse €70,000) attracted 14 starters and apprentice jockeys with victory to Volvan de Bellande and Neomie Hardy in the irons. This winner was clocked in 1.13.2kr over 2200 meters. The Prix Lilius later in the program went to the David Thomain ridden Dreole Verderie timed in 1.15.6kr over 2850 meters, also for a purse of €70,000. Race summaries and photos foillow. Paris Vincennes - Prix Jean Mary (total purse €70,000, 2200 meters, 14 monte starters with apprentice jockeys) October 3, 2017 Race time 1.13.2kr 7.3/1 Volcan de Bellande (8g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande), Mlle. Neomie Hardy up 43.4/1 Vinochka (8f Milord du Chene), Alexandre Angot jockey 17.6/1 Vinci Pierji (8g Meaulnes du Corta), Mlle. Laura Planchenau jockey   Paris-Vincennes - Prix Lilius (purse €70,000, 2850 meters, 10 monte starters) October 3, 2017 Race time 1.15.6kr 1.4/1 Dreole Verderie (4g Kalusphenio-Reole Verderie), David Thomain up, Mme Emilie LeBeller trainer, Ecurie d’Embeli owner 13.5/1 Caid de Bengale (6g LouLou Jet), Alexandre Angot up 10.2/1 Cincinnati Bond (5f Prince Gede), Mathieu Abrivard jockey On Monday the trotting action was at Enghien with interesting victories earned by Basic reined by Bjorn Goop in the Prix Saint Chamond and the Class de Loriol, a six year-old daughter of Ready Cash, in the Prix Egletons, this one reined by Eric Raffin. Race summaries follow.   Enghien – Quinte+ Prix Saint Chamond (purse €45,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 European starters) October 2, 2017 Race time 1.13.5kr 10.9/1 Basic (6f Sam Bourbon-Buwarienne), trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, Stall Arvidssons owner 27.4/1 Digital Collection (6g Super Photo Kosmos-Full Authority), Dominik Locqueneux driver 15.7/1 Highness Worthy (6m SJs Photo-Oqui Worthy II), Mme. H. Huygens up   Enghien - Prix Egletons (purse €55,000, 2875 meters, 13 European starters) October 2, 2017 Race time 1.16.2kr 3.6/1 Class de Loriol (6f Ready Cash-Orageuse de Marjon), Eric Raffin driver 5.4/1 Trecciadoro Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Fredream Rex), Gabriele Gelormini up, Arnold W. Mollema owner 36/1 Toohotforyou (5f Scarlet Knight-Vasterbofromheaven), Mathieu Abrivard up, owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin Thomas H. Hicks

Villiam, a 3-year-old Swedish colt sired by Muscle Hill, won the Kriterium, raced over the 1-5/8th mile distance at Solvalla, Sunday afternoon (Oct. 1) in a harness racing world record of 1:55.4f (mile rate), driven by Jorma Kontio. The Kriterium is the biggest race in Sweden for 3-year-old trotters and carried a purse for the winner of $244,000. However, in Sweden an owner can choose between a premium of $2,400, when his youngster qualifies, or double the prize money in some future big stakes races such as the Kriterium. The owner, breeder and trainer of Villiam, Timo Nurmos, forfeited the premium and therefore got twice the prize money -- $488,000. Add in a breeder’s premium of 30 percent ($146,000) and Nurmos' total winnings this Sunday was $634,000. Nurmos also owned and trained the dam of Villiam, Gold Strike, she by Striking Sahbra. Gold Strike took a mark of 1:54f and earned $236,000. Villiam, who is named after Nurmos' grandfather, is the first foal out of Gold Strike to hit the track. Villiam has raced seven times and won six races and has one second. The Oaks, with a purse for the winner of $171,000, was won by Candy la Marc, driven by Erik Adielsson. Candy La Marc enjoyed a pocket trip behind the favorite Dibaba, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, and found racing room just 100 yards before the finish line. She won the 1-5/16th mile event in 1:56.3f. Candy la Marc was bred, raised and is trained by Lars Marcussen from Denmark, who took the premium out for Candy la Marc when she was a 2-year-old. Candy la Marc is sired by Scarlet Knight and out of Oiseau, she by Andover Hall. Oiseau was bred by Russell C. Williams and is a full sister to Clerk Magistrate, who has been at stud in Sweden. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

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