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Top flight trotting action was the menu Saturday at Kincsem Park (Budapest) with four races having purses in excess of a million HU forints. The action began with the Hokas DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and it showcased Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) as she scored for the 14th time in 15 career starts. Off at 1.1/1 odds she went right to the lead and was never headed. Gyorgy Horvath teamed Longines for trainer Imre Fazekas to the 1.15.5kr timed verdict from post two. The 9.8/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was next ahead of 2.2/1 Disney HR (6f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) reined by Gyorgy Farkas for Balazs Juhasz that piloted the second place finisher. The Kanca DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) brought the four year olds together and the 1.15.9kr timed winner was 2.1/1 Zseneroz (4f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) handled by Mitja Slavic, her second victory in three 2019 outings. The 2.2/1 second choice Zseda (4f Frullino Jet-Filigran-Witsends Speedy) was second for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos and 40/1 Zsofesz (4f Vioxx SR-Lencsi-Baltic Bet) was third piloted by her trainer Sandor Varga. The aged fast-class trotters contested the Kontya Dezso Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) with that event going to front-stepping 3/2 favorite Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot du Relais) reined to the 1.16.7kr timed score by Imre Fazekas. Jozsef Rutkai trains and owns the now four-time winner in six 2-019 starts, that was bred by Stefan Melander. The 17.2/1 outsider Time To Say Goodbye (7m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) rallied for second handled by trainer Lajhos Marton. Third was 56.7/1 Milliondollar Lux (13m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. The day’s featured race was the Hatromevesek Nagydija (three-year olds, purse 5,000,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and quite a finish it was. The 3/1 Aurum Ville (3f Calypso Capar-Ivaville-Endless Sands) got up in the final strides for victory handled by Gyorgy Horvath for trainer Imre Fazekas and Silver & Black Racing. This one rallied from fourth to wear down leading 4.9/1 Aronville (3g Calypso Capar-Saraville-What A Man) with trainer Imre Fazekas the pilot. Third was 6/1 Adriana Asti (3f Frullino Jet-Cameron Diaz-Baltic Speed) with Veljko Mazsity aboard. The Otevesek Nagydija (five year olds, purse 3,000,000HUf, 3000 meters autostart) saw Imre Fazekas back in the winner’s circle after driving the Laszlo Berenji owned and trained White Lady (5f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) to a 1.20kr timed victory. She raced on the front and gamely held off second finishing Villam Ville (5g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) and reinsman Goran Zolnaji. Third was Victoria Tim (5g Incredible Cole-Pamira-Napoletano). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Trainer Imre Fazekas won both Saturday classics at Kincsem Park. He directed Zenit Charme (3m Offenbach Bigi-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) to a straight heat victory in the Istvan Szent DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap in both heats). The even-money favorite took the first heat timed in 1.19.3kr for owner Pimri and the winning team bested Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Datomea PL-Friendly Face) with Tibor Hajnal up with third to Zseneroz (3f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) driven by Sandor Varga for trainer Balazs Juhasz. This trio traveled that stated distance. The 60 meter handicapped Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy) was a game fourth. The second heat produced a repeat finish with winning Zenit Charme timed in 1.19.7kr as the Fazekas trainee defeated Zapato and Zseneroz with this three earning the top three placings that determined purse distribution. Pimri owns the winner. The co-feature was the Janos Szalay Memorial (purse 1,100,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, two year olds). Aurum Ville (2m Calypso Capar-Izaville-Endless Sands) scored for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas and owner Silver and Black Racing (Gyorgy Horvath and two US partners associated with the Oakland Raiders, Jeffrey Leonardo and Paul Guenther ), timed in 1.20.9kr and off at 9/2 odds. Apollo Creed (2m Vioxx SR-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was second for trainer/driver Lajos Marton and Adolfina B (2f Vioxx SR-Mis Tova-Chip Chip Hooray) was third for trainer Marton and driver Emil Csordas. Earlier in the program was the Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs Memorial (purse 600,000Huf) with victory going to Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) with Tibor Hajnal up and timed in 1.17.5kr over 1900 meters autostart. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L) and Rafael Bit (8g Prime Prospect) completed the top three. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 1.1/1 Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) extended her undefeated career to 10 on Saturday at Kincsem Park in the Pecs DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 2500 meters autostart). Gyorgy Horvath teamed the Imre Fazekas trainee to the 1.18kr victory over the extended distance, racing in the pocket on lap one before surging to the front and drawing off from rivals. 8.3/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was second for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Third was 5/1 Hercules Flevo (4g Quite Easy). The day’s featured Mardus DIJ (600,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.17.4kr timed and 5.4/1 Urania RG (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip). Sandor Varga teamed the winner that bested 14/1 Trencsen (6m Ata Star LO-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) driven by Istvan Papp and Szacharin (7f Vanito) for Sandor Kolozsi. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A top racing card took place Saturday at Kincsem Park and it began with the Tokaj DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The 1.1/1 favorite Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won her eighth straight in HU and same for the career with Gyorgy Horvath aboard. She scored again in gate to wire fashion time din 1.17.9kr for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri. 14.5/1 Vezuvian (4m Racino-Igizgyongy-Valley Guardian) was second for Balint Nyilasi  ahead of 29/1 Very Nice Photo (5f SJs Photo-Jasmin Diamant-Sugarcane Hanover) and Emese Veer. The feature event this day was the Dr. Josef Vecsekloy Handicap (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters handicap, two heats and a raceoff if needed). Heat one was won by rallying 1.17.4kr timed Titan Ville (5g Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) with trainer Imre Fazekas up for Zsolt Zsalek. Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) set the pace only to weaken late yielding to his rival. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L-Eperges-Witsends Speedy) was third for Istvan Papp. The 2.7/1 Time To Say Goodbye (6m, Maximus Lindy) led gate to wire to win heat two of the Dr. Vecsekloy with Lajos Marton piloting a front end rated journey timed in 1.20.8kr that held off the furioud rally by 2.9/1 Titan Ville and Imre Fazekas. 11.7/1 Salidhamidzic (7m Wall Street Banker-Heliken-Awesome Goal) was third for Viktoia Meneth. The raceoff of the Dr. Josef Vecsekloy Handicap (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) set a modest match race pace and sprint home for the 1.23.2kr verdict (last 200 meters at 1.11.5ke rate) for driver/trainer Lajos Marton. Titan Ville (6f Noir Desir-Izaville-Endless Sands) was a game second for Imre Fazekas after a win and second in the heats. Today’s co-featured Nemzeti DIJ (purse 2,000,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) produced a 1.19.3kr timed victory for 2.9/1 Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face). Tibor Hajnal trains and rive the winner that defeated 3.2/1 Villam Ville (4g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) that almost recovered a 40 meter penalty with Imre Fazekas driving. 3.5/1 odds and also 40 meter handicapped White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) was home third. The Butterfly DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) went to 1.18.7kre timed and 20 meter handicapped 4.7/1 odds Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) with Sandor Varga up. Vincenzo Villani owns the winner that Jozsef Rutkai trains. 3/2 Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) was second for Emese Veer and third was 5.7/1 Unika Vil (5f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) for Andras Gaspar. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

September 16, 2017 - Gyorgy Horvath piloted his (co-owner) Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) to another harness racing victory Saturday (her fourth straight win and seventh in ten 2017 outings) in the featured Uli DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The winning team defeated Ordog Hegeduse (9g Medic Hanover-Dallar-Magnus) with Ferenc Nagi II up and third was Szacharin (6f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Istvan Papp. Race time was 1.19.1kr over the extended distance and the winner (#6) is pictured. The undercard showed the Istis Jerez DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) and the 1.17.6kr timed winner was Unika Vik (4f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) for Balazs Juhasz. Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas. Third was Beatrix Galindo AT (4f Tony Oaks-Boa Vista Vita-Just Has A Vision) for Tibor Hajnal. Thomas H. Hicks

August 26, 2017 - Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) took today’s 600,000Huf purse Diamond River DIJ at Kincsem Park, raced over 1900 meters autostart, by the weekly open class trotters. Co-owner Gyorgy Horvath teamed the winner for co-owner Pimri and trainer Imre Fazekas. She returned after a two month layoff to record her sixth 2017 victory in nine starts, plus twice second. Race time was 1.17.8kr for the comfortable winning Sultana Jet. Samuel Becket AT (6m Diablo Va Bene-Simb Lorrikeet-Pearsall Hanover) was second for Andor Angyal. Next weekend is the Food Truck Show Festival (September 1-3) and the USA-HU Amateur Drivers Challenge with raced Friday evening and Saturday. Earlier this week the Kincsem+ big ticket wagering superbet, available at 4500 locations, was won for a record 25.7Huf million. Thomas H. Hicks

June 4, 2017 - Gyorgy Horvath piloted his co-owned, with Pimri Bt., Sultana Jet (6f Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way) to a 1.17.6kr victory in Sunday’s featured Ivisa Sun DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. Imre Fazekas trains the winner. Using stalking tactics with the usual front-ending mare (shown below), driver Horvath made a powerful move with 500 meters remaining,  surged to the front off the final bend, and then pulled away to a two length victory over  the fast closing Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund) in rein to trainer Tibor Hajnal. Szacharin (6f Vanito-Inzulin-Valley Guardian) was third for trainer/driver Istvan Papp. Horvath produced a co-owner, with Pimri Bt, double as 16/1 Vilagszere (3f Beissinger Hanover-Lovely Beauty-Valley Guardian) scored in the Nyeretlenek II (purse 360,000Huf,1900 meters autostart) for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas, timed in 1.23.1kr. Also on the undercard was the Utas DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters) and victory was earned in that event by Ivan Pavlov AT (4m Tony Oaks-Impromtu Hall) timed in 1.18.2kr and driven by trainer Tibor Hajnal. Thomas H. Hicks

January 21, 2017 - The 2017 Kincsem Park trotting season began Saturday on a chilly day at Budapest with the harness racing feature being the Evnyito DIJ raced over 1800 meters autostart for a 600,000Huf purse. Recent import and 1.1/1 favorite Sultana Jet scored easily in 1.19.1kr for driver and co-owner Gyorgy Horvath. Imre Fazekas trains the fine six year-old daughter of Igor Font-Art Deco-Diamond Way that Pimri Bi co-owns. Sultana Jet was imported from Germany and was bred by Toniatti Giacometti SS Agricola. 15.8/1 Kozsakert (7f Wall Street Banker-Viragos-Surefire Lobell) was second for driver Andras Gaspar and third was 5.2/1 Ruby Reeves (7g Wall Street Banker-Jade-Valley Guardian) handled by Balazs Juhasz. On the undercard was a victory in the Hidalgo DIJ (purse 360,000Huf, 1980 meters distance handicap) in 1.20.3kr by 3/1 Timoko RL (4m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal). Overcoming a 40 meter handicap the recent import from Serbia was driven by trainer Imre Fazekas for owner Arizona d.o.o.. The lightly raced colt was bred by Stable Sport Line of Belgrad, Serbia. The Akos Handicap (purse 360,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to the  1.21.1kr timed, 3.7/1 odds, veteran mare Mountain Bambi (10f Victor Victor-Give Me Five-Lindy’s Crown) that was reined by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. She is owned by Sun System Kft and Laura Pekker. Congratulations also to Kincsem Park for their excellent website redesign: www.nlkft.hu. Thomas H. Hicks    

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