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Win streaks make remembering forever sports and sports hero. Even young people today recall Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting spreak in baseball. Well, Spain’s harness racing trotting champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) kept his streak alive this day at 53, defeating 12 rivals from post 10 in the Premi XVII Ciutat de Mao (2280 meters autostart, purse 300€) at the Hipodromo Municipal de Mao in Menacor. It was a battle as Trebol with J.P. Carraras aboard started from the outside second tier on the narrow half mile track and it took nearly a lap for him to reach the front, much of that raced three wide. Once on the lead pilot Carreras slowed the pace until challengers emerged with a lap to go. Then the race was on amd Trebol accelerated and scored in 1.20.4kr over Caviar d’Occanges and Appo de Parne. With the victory, the Cuadro sa Farola owned veteran won for the 53rd straight time since returning from France in 2017 and he has 85 victories in a 145 race career. Trebol’s career earnings are now 687,366€ and he sports a speed mark of 1.11kr taken at Paris-Vincennes. He has 17 victories this year and a 1.14.8kr fastest win time. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Spanish class-master Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) scored his 52nd consecutive victory on Saturday in the Premi Al Caufar at Hipodrom Municipal de Mao. The winning streak runs from 2017 when Trebol returned from a successful campaign in France. Caudro Sa Farola owns the champion that was reined this day by Bernardo Bennasar. Race time was 1.21.2kr over the 2280 meter autostart course for a purse of 300€. Trebol now shows 84 career victories in 146 starts for 687,216€ earned. Caviar d’Occagnes (7m Coktail Jet) and Cubic Go (7m, Let’s Go) trailed the winner.  Watch the replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYDXrbVgT2g by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The gallant Spanish trotter Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) extended his winning street to 50 on Saturday in the Premi Sante Fe (200€ purse, 1650 meters autostart, International) with an easy 1.18.3kr score for reinsman Juan Carreras and owner Cuadra Sa Farola. It was Trebol’s 14th win in 2019 in as many starts following 28 wins in 2018 and eight in 2017 after returning from successful campaigns in France and northern Europe. His slate now shows 82 career victories in 144 starts for 686,966€ earned. The French breds Eternity Quick and Thales des Convees chased the winner to the line. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cRXfpSc_AM by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Spain’s Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) repeated his historic harness racing victory a year ago in this Gr. I UET Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola, Finland. Timed in 1.11.95kr over a rain soaked course on a foggy day the Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou trained and driven veteran increased his career earnings to €654,922 (now with 32 career wins) in this 2100 meter autostart test with a purse of €150,000. Ten international starters were at the start. Trebol was off at 12.3/1 odds and he raced in the outer tier with cover all the way before staging a four wide assault deep in the final bend that ended in a neck score on the line. 11.5/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore) was a fast closing second for Philippe Daugeard and owner Olivier Horvath, this one racing first on the outer until being covered by Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss me Coulonces) and Bjorn Goop at the halfway point. The Richard Westerink owned/trained veteran started on the outside of the first tier and was rough gaited at the start, getting away eighth. Goop then made a bold three wide brush after 800 meters but could not clear the leading Oasis Bi in turn three and thereafter went a brutal trip. He finally passed tiring Oasis By out of turn four but under heavy urging could not hold off the top two. The top three finishers were all timed the same. Mellby Viking finished fourth for Jorma Kontio/trainer Turmo Nimos) and Pascia’Lest was fifth for Pietro Gubellini/trainer Fabrice Souloy. The victory by Trebol was his and Spain’s second Gr. I international victory.  Earlier in the Kouvola card Philippe Daugeard teamed 2.7/1 Solea Rivelliere (10f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere-Pelops) to victory in a 2100 meter autostart contest. This multiple Prix d’Amerique starter was impressive in today’s victory. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 27, 2015 - Spain now has its initial Gr. I winner as Trebol (8m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) rallied from third on the outer for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou to wear down leading Maven (6f Glidemaster-M.Stewart-American Winner), that ended third at 1.7/1 odds, and then easily held off 4.7/1 Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and harness racing driver Antti Teivainen to win this Gr. I UET Master Series Kymi Grand Prix Finlande at Kouvola. Purse was €150,000 for this 2100 meter autostart contest scratched down to eight particpants. Red Rose America and Ringostar Treb were scratched. Maven was away fourth and moved early to gain the front. Co-favorite Timoko followed but gapped and under strong urging from Pierre Vercruysse could not get alongside Maven and Johnny Takter. Trebol’s strong winning stretch rally resulted in his 30th career win for now earnings of €490,662, as he scored in 1.11.80 for owner Mme. C. Crespi Perez at odds of 8.8/1. Oasis Bi was timed in 111.95 with the tiring Maven clocked at 1.12.09kr. Seabiscuit was fourth and Timoko ended fifth. Replay follows:  Kymi Grand Prix 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfCTLwOpMiY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZZRHkCWxK4 Thomas H. Hicks

February 12, 2015 - Trebol (8m Hot Blues - Sally Can Wait) rallied for trainer/driver Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou to secure the Prix de Chateaurenard (€75,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters, Quinte+ with jackpot €2.1 million) clocked in 1.11.8kr with an excellent last 500 meters (fractions: 1.06.7kr at 1500; 1.10kr at 1000; 1.12.6kr at 500). The Spanish invader, that usually races well at the winter meet, is owned by Olivia Crespi-Perez and was off today at 5.3/1. Pacesetter (at 59/1) Tabrize de Gete (8m Ganymede - Kabrizia du Gete) held second for driver David Thomain with Sweden’s 9/10 favorite Traveling Man (10m Supergill - Kimberly Lobell) third for Bjorn Goop. Italy’s Orione Degi Dei (7g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) was fourth at 12/1 for Franck Nivard.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 2.100.000 € - Numéro plus : 0176   Ordre :       22.128,00€   Désordre :       184,40€   Bonus 4 :       21,20€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,90€   Bonus 3 :       4,60€ Favorite Anna Mix (5f Ludo de Castelle - Ires), off at 9/10 with Franck Nivard up, took the Prix de Nevers (€110,000, Gr. III, 2850 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) in 1.14.2kr with the quick last 500 meters (fractions: 1.18kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.15.2kr at 500). Franck Leblanc trains and owns the rugged mare now with nine career victories and earnings of €464,300. Anette de Mirel (5f Laetender Diem - Lisa du Mirel) was second at 50/1 for Eric Raffin, trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner/breeder Anette Holmgren. The top finishers both overcame 25 meter handicaps. Va Tres Bien (6g Nez Perce - Giboulee de Mars) was third for Pierre Vercruysse at 16/1. Noel Busset trains this one. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sMz3QgLrgs The Gr. II Prix Edouard Marcillac (€120,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte, males, 9 starters) went to fast-finishing Carlos des Caux (3m Mien - Star Dodienville) with Mathieu Abrivard up at 2.7/1. Jacques Bruneau trains the four length winner that was timed in 1.15.1kr. Chalimar de Guez (3m Nahar de Beval - Phebe du Guez) was second for Damien Bonne and trainer J-M Bazire with third to Cash Phil (3m Ready Cash - Orelic Phil) with Joann Lebourgeois up for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. The Gr. II Prix Holly du Locton (€120,000, monte, 11 starters, 2175 meters) ended in an easy victory,clocked in 1.15.2kr, for 3/2 favorite Ciperla Mag (3f Quaker Jet - Perle du Revary) handled by Mathieu Mottier for trainer Bruno Bourgoin. 15/1 Corsica (3f Coktail Jet - Jarifante) was second for Anne Barthelemy and trainer Guillaume Moinon, ahead of Carina de Gueron (3f Paisy Dream - Narbonne) with jockey Antoine Lherete for trainer Franck Anne at 55/1. Earlier in the solid card, the Prix de Mancenat (€48,000 purse, 2175 meters, 12 starters) went to 20/1 Avatar Bataille (5m Gazouillis - Quinzeline) with trainer/owner/driver Philippe Ternisien. He scored in 1.12.1kr off quick fractions (1.09.8kr at 1500; 1.10.1kr at 1000; 1.11.5kr at 500), defeating 9/10 favorite Attacus (5g Hand du Vivier - Nelocata) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Sebastien Guarato and Artiste du Lys (5g Oiseau de Feux - Jaquissime) and teamster William Bigeon at 7/1 for trainer Jean Luc Bigeon. Thomas H. Hicks

Maharajah's stirring win of today's Grand Prix d'Amerique stamps him as a great horse and his trainer Stefan Hultman and ownership should be commended for their patient preparation for the big challenge. They did a great job and Orjan Kihlstom engineered a perfect trip for the son of Viking Kronos as he wore down the game and speedy Up And Quick (by Buvetier d'Aunou by Royal Prestige), with Jean-Michel Bazire teaming, as the line approached. It was an exciting race, contested by great horses. Fans were entertained by the pre-card parade, including the drivers in vintage autos, and the Republicaine Garde that put on a super show. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Grand Prix d'Amerique, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2700 meters, 1,000,000€ purse, 18 starters 1.13.3kr Fractions: 1.14.3kr at 1500, 1.14.1kr at 1000, 1.13.7kr at 500, 1.13.3kr at finish 1st Maharajah (9m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), Orjan Kihlstom for trainer Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB, 8.7/1, 31st lifetime win for 2,602,451€ earned (Sweden) 2nd Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre), J-M Bazire up for Franck Leblanc trainer and Ecurie Quick Star, 2.5/1 odds 3rd Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten), Pierre Vercruysse up for Norway's Trond Anderssen trainer 19/1 (Norway, Sweden registered) 4th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato trainer, 21/1 5th Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer/owner Richard Westerink, 25/1 6th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier up at 50/1 7th Royal Dream (9m Love You-Ida Bourbon), Jean-Philippe Dubois up, 29/1 Other non-disqualified finishers in order: Quinoa du Gers, Tiego d'Etang, Vanika du Ruel, Triode de Felliere, Nesta Effe, The Best Madrik, Mack Grace SM, Reve de Beylev The Prix d'Amerique was also the Quinte+ race of the day and it returned 82,364 for a two euro wager, even if one did not have the jackpot number that was worth 10 million euros this day. Despite heavy rain at times the enthusiastic crowd made their cheers heard and wagered heavily. Win-place wagering alone on the feature race neared 3.8 million euros. Swedish race fans had more to cheer about as Bjorn Goop won with Oasis Bi shortly afterward, in a dramatic win along the pylons from a huge gathering on the line. The son of Toss Out from the US exported mare Upfront JM scored in 1.12.6kr in the Gr. III Prix Rene Gougeon over 2100 meters. 16 starters faced the autostart in this one and it was a battle from the outset. Spain's hopeful, Trebol by Hot Blues, raced well again to be third for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou as this pair are always competitive during Prix d'Amerique week. January 26, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jean-Rene Gougeon (Prix Chevrolet), 2100 meters, Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart, 100,000€ purse, 16 starters 1.12.6kr Fractions: 1.09.4kr at 1500, 1.09.9kr at 1000, 1.12kr at 500, 1.12.6kr finish 1st Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM), Bjorn Goop up at 8.5/1 2nd Seduisant Fouteau (8m Gazouillis-Elisalde), Charles Dreux up at 16/1 3rd Trebol (7m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait), Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou trainer/driver at 30/1 (Spain) 4th The de Chine (7g Blue Eyes America-Haparine), J.L.C. Dersoir aboard at 13/1 5th Ut Viniere (8m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere), Mathieu Abrivard up at 93/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Today produced another solid crowd and good weather for the annual Christmas Day of racing at the Temple du Trot. Ukir du Charroux (5g Jeanbat du Vivier-Geribia du Donjon-And Arifant) took today's opener, the Prix de Charroux (50,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 15 starters), with a close win in 1.12.9kr as 2/1 choice for J-M Bazire. 48/1 outsider United du Tay (5g Halimede-Helonia d'Archon-Reve d'Udon) was second for Laurent Fortin ahead of Unique de l'Iton (5g Capriccio-Majeste de l'Iton-Sancho Panca) handled by Tristan deGenouillac. The winner scored for the seventh time in his career and increased earnings to 127,520 euro. The featured Prix Constant Hervieu (Gr. III European, 105,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to the currently successful Swedish invader Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Ald Palema). He was off as 4.4/1 second choice with Franck Nivard driving for Fabrice Souloy and owner Ecurie Commander. Beckman won for the 24 time in his career that now shows earnings of 397,181 euro. Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze-Medda) took second for Ecurie Rib with J.L.C. Dersoir at the lines. Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine-Jubelione-Jet du Vivier) landed third for teamster Francois-Pierre Bassuet. The Prix de Salers (35,000 euro purse, monte, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to the 3.3/1 second choice Azalee Dedienville (3f Lontzac-Byrsa Pascalo-Marpheulin) with Anthony Barrier in the irons for J.P. Marmion. Timed in 1.17.5kr she defeated Antillaise de Mai (3f New Aldo-Jaconde Royale-Royale Romeo and Aquitaine d'Aron (3f Neautron du Cebe-Miss d'lquaire-Voyou du Golfe), the latter with Damien Bonne aboard for Franc Leblanc. The Prix de Craon (62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, European, 14 starters) went to 3/1 Tornado de l'Ocean (6g Look de Star-Talvina-Valmont) with Pierre Levesque teaming for owner Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon (owner of Prix d'Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta). He scored with a solid rally in 1.14kr for his 12th career victory, now for earnings of 250,320 euro. Mike Lenders trains the winner who defeated Spain's Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) with Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou driving. This 28 time winner, for 230,862 euro, races consistently well at the Paris-Vincennes winter meet and again he closed stoutly for his trainer/driver. The Gr. III Prix de Chateau-Chinon (95,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Astor du Quenne (3m Opus Vierul-Qualine du Quenne-Extreme Aunou) with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The winner scored in 1.14.6kr, his ninth career victory, now with earnings for 212,940 euro. J-M Bazire's Adio Josselyn (3m And Arifant-Queba Josselyn-In Foot) was home second as 5/2 second choice ahead of Ausone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont) and reinsman Emmanuel Allard. The Prix de Jonvelle (34,000 euro purse, 2200 meters, monte, 11 starters) went to Uranie d'Hucheloup (5f Lutin Malin-Hardie de Bource-Quintolet) with jubilant Cedric Terry aboard. She was timed in 1.14.9kr as the 42/1 longshot bested 7/1 Une Corzeene (5f Jaguar Bethune-Melisse d'Orme-Capriccio) with Eric Raffin in the irons. At Aby (Sweden) this day, the Aby Travsallskaps (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) went to the veteran O'Grady (7m SJs Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) handled by Flemming Jensen. He scored in 1.15.1kr to defeat US import Solvato (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) driven by Veijo Heiskanen with third to Montgomery Hill (9g SJs Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) with Johnny Takter up. On the card, Ricardo Mols (Denmark registered 5g Chipmate-Kejerinden-Tap In) scored in 1.12kr for Jensen to earn 60,000SEK in a 1640 meter autostart event. The winner scored for the seventh time in eight 2013 appearances. In a two year-old filly event at Aby for 30,000SEK first money, over 1640 meters autostart, Shakira di Pippo (2f Uronometro-Lussoria-Lindy Lane) won her initial lifetime start in 1.17.8kr with Andre Eklundh driving for Italian trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro who is in Italy for Derby weekend at Napoli. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Today's Paris-Vincennes Gr. III featured Prix Jean Dumouch (2850 meters, 115,000 euro purse, European) went to 2/1 favorite Septour (7g Love You-Kenitra-Capriccio) in 1.14kr with Julien Dubois aboard. He scored for the 16th time in 51 career appearances, now with earnings of 474,000 euro. Dubois used patient pylon hugging tactics before escaping between horses in mid-stretch to defeat Une Fille d'Amour (5f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) and David Thomain. Possible Prix d'Amerique entrant Up And Quick (5m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre) was third for driver J-M Bazire, overcoming a 25 meter handicap, and timed faster that his competitors today. Up And Quick is trained by Franck Leblanc for Ecurie Quick Start and closed powerfully in the late going. This race was the Quinte+ race of the day with a 1.2 million euro jackpot, after it was hit several days ago by a lucky player. The co-featured Gr. III Prix de Vaumas (2700 meters, 76,000 euro purse) for three year-old females went to Alisma du Corta (3f Love You-Marquise du Corta-Vikings Way) handled by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Jean Baudron and owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. The victory was her fifth lifetime and increased her earnings to 108,000 euro. She scored in 1.16.9kr and held off determined Agora (3f Prodigious-Ibiza des Brisarts) and Matthieu Abrivard. Agora du Gauthier (3f Jardy-Olympe Pierji) was third for Franck Nivard. J-P Dubois drove a stablemate of his winner to a sixth place finish with Alike That (3f Love You-Just Like That) trained by Patrick Chevrier. The Prix de Limeil (2700 meters, 70,000 euro purse) was the monte headliner on today's card. Camille Levesque piloted Tolima (5f Ganymede-Ironie Jet-Coktail Jet) to the 1.14.4kr win, her eighth lifetime now for career earnings of 304,000 euro. The winner is owned by Ecurie des Pommiers and trained by Mike Lenders. Torricelli (6m First de Retz-Olympe Star) was second for David Thomain for trainer Sebastien Guarato. The top event for older contestants was the Prix de Briare (European, 2700 meters, 54,000 euro purse) and Trophee de Jaba (6g Kasaco Phedo-Otika Vita) secured the win for J-M Bazire as trainer/driver. The winner won for the 12th time in his career and increased his earnings to 230,000 euro. Truman Dairpet (6m Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) took second for P-Y Verva and trainer Guarato. Spanish invader Trebol (6m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait) raced very well, took the lead entering the stretch and ended third for trainer/driver Gabriel Angel Pou Pou. Conrads Fredrik (6g by Credit Winner) was fourth for Franck Ouvrie and owner Ecurie Skyttes and Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick) was fifth for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin. Two other Dubois family two year-old trainees won today elsewhere. Best Life (2f Goetmals Wood-New York) won the Prix la Sevre at Nantes with Jean Baudron aboard. The winner secured the 10,000 euro purse over 2,275 meters. Louis Baudron is owner/trainer. Blister Jibi (2m Repeat Love-Nanda du Vivier) won the Prix Coupe des 2 Ans (14,000 euro purse, 2100 meters) at Lyon-Parilly. This one is owned and trained by Jean Baudron. The field was set for the December 26 Italian Trotting Derby Final, the 86th edition, and is shown below: Ippodromo di Agnano (Napoli) 86° Derby Italiano del Trotto - Finale € 770,000, Gr. I, 2,100 meters Red Baron Re Degli Dei Rod Stewart - Riordan, trainer Rotary Ok - Smorgon, trainer Robert Bi - Smorgon, trainer Remo Gas - Smorgon, trainer Rodin Inn Ronco Re Italiano Ur Royal Blessed Ruty Grif - Smorgon, trainer Roi De Coeur Rossella Ross - Riordan, trainer Jerry Riordan starts two of the entrants and Marco Smorgon sends three to the start. Robert Bi was the most impressive of the three elimination winners in yesterday's contests. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

Triode de Felliere (Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) with Jean-Michel Bazire driving won the featured 100,000 euro Prix du Luxembourg for owner and harness racing trainer J.P. Marmion, covering the 2100 meter distance in a mile rate of 1:54.88.

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