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Veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) scored for harness racing trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro in the Modena Italy featured Pr. Renza Orlandi (purse 40,040€, 1600 meters autostart) clocked in a swift 1.11.7kr. The open lengths winner left from post one, surrendered the lead and quickly went back to the front and the race was essentially over. He opened lengths around the final bend and scored easily over Venanzo Jet (5m Gruccione Jet-Liza-Indro Park) handled by Lorenzo Baldi and Victor Chuc SM (5m CC’s Chuckie T-Conversa SM-Lemon Dra). The fifth dam of the winner is the legendary mare Stenographer.   Thomas H. Hicks

Bel Avis (8m Ganymede-Gloria Maris-Workaholic) roared home for harness racing trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, just as he did in his batteria, to take the 70th edition of the Gran Premio Lotteria (purse 603,000€, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.3kr over the 1000 meter track at Napoli. Disco Volante (6g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) was second for reinsman Bjorn Goop after a pace setting trip where he parked Vitruvio throughout, and third was Ursa Caf (6f Explot Caf-Crismar) with Antonio Esposito aboard. Bazire and Bel Avis followed Disco Volante from a second over journey before making a three wide surge past the tiring Vitruvio late in the final bend, and it was over. Watch the replay here! Bel Avis                    Bel Avis reached the finale with another furious finish to win the third batteria (purse25,300€, 1600 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.6kr. In this one he was away fourth after a slow start and worked his way toward the leaders before jetting away late. Timone EK (m Mr. Vic-Gemona) with Roberto Vecchione up set the pace and gamely held second, ahead of Vanesia EK (5f Explot Caf-Nike EK) with Pietro Gubellini driving. The other batterias went to (the first) Disco Volante (6g Scarlet Knight) with Goop aboard timed in 1.11.9kr in a gate to wire score over Attack Diablo (9g Blue York Yankee) handled by Fed. Esposito and the third finishing Urlo Dei Venti (6m Mago d’Amore).  Disco Volante with Goop       Gaet photo The second batteria saw Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM) win timed in 1.11.5kr with an impressive first up brush to the lead at the 600 meter mark and from then on it a controlled win engineered by the trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. This team defeated Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi) for Rene Legati and third finishing Ursa Caf (6f Exploit Caf) for Ant. Esposito. Before the finale there was the Lotteria Consolation (purse 33,000€, 1600 meters autostart). Here the front end winner was veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) with Gocciadoro again the driver/trainer. Race time was 1.11.1kr. Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) was second and Very Joy (5m Napoleon Bar-Nieves Joy) took the third check ahead of Voltaire Gifont (5m Quaker Jet).   Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s trotting action at Torino (Italy) included the Premio Campili (two eliminations for purses of 11,000€ each, 1600 meters autostart) and a final for €13,200 purse and raced over the same distance.   The batteria (elimination) winners were Ua Huka (6f Muscles Yankee-Fancy Bi-Toss Out) timed in 1.12.6kr with harness racing driver Rene Lagati up. She defeated Unno del Duomo and Venanzo Jet.   The second batteria saw Varieta’ Luis (5m Ideale Luis-Griff Baby-Sugarcane Hanover) win timed in 1.11.6kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the better that defeated Specialess and Ticket To Ride.   The finale was a match race and Varieta’ Luis went offstride early and Ua Huka zoomed to victory timed in 1.14.1kr for Rene Lagati.   On the card was also the Premio Mario Riccio Memorial (purse 13,200€, 1600 meters autostart).   The 1.11.9kr timed winner was Pantera del Pino (10f Turbo Sund-Desire’ del Pino-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by Rene Legati and she has career earnings of 223,342€.   Urlo dei Venti (6m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) was second and Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe) was third. Timone EK was sixth upon return from Sweden.   Thomas H. Hicks

Friday’s harness racing action at Milan Italy featured the Grand Premio Nazionale Prep (purse 13,200€, 2250 meters autostart) and Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) impressed with a 1.13kr seven-length victory with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro driving.   The career winner of 170,714€ defeated Adelante (3m Ready Cash-Iniziale) reined by Marco Smorgon and third finishing Ares Caf (3m Ideale Luis-Ira Caf) with Andrea Guzzinati the pilot. The in the Premio Lana del Rio (purse 13,200€, 1650 meters autostart) the winner was Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) clocked in 1.11.3kr. He was a five length winner after rallying from fifth with a three-wide move into the final turn. Trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro reined the winner of 697,196€. Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip) and Unicorno SLM (6m Love You-CL Brightness-King Conch) followed the winner.   Thomas H. Hicks

The 88,000€ purse Premio Citta di Torino was raced Sunday at Torino Italy over 2060 meters by a good harness racing field of four year olds.   Victory went to 1.12.5kr timed Zacon Gio (4m Ruty Grif-May Glide Font SM) trained by Holger Ehlert and reined by Roberto Vecchione.   He rallied on the backside on the final lap to defeat Zlatan (4m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bi) with G.P.Minnucci aboard. Ziosauro Jet (4m Maharajah- Liberte) took third ahead of Vidana Grif (4m Ready Cash) and Zilath (4m Maharajah) completed the top five.   The winner’s pedigree:     On Saturday other trots in Europe included the LC Peterson Broddas Minne at Jagersro, this an Olympiatravet trial for 200,000SEK first money.   The 1.11.4kr timed winner over the 2140 meters autostart course, was 9.6/1 Day Or Night In (7m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Peter Untersteiner aboard and Invexbro AB and trainer Yohan Untersteiner. 3/1 Cyber Lane (6g Raja Mirchi- Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for Johan Untersteiner and 3/1 Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) was third with Joakim Lovgren up.   Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Gran Premio Italia (purse 40,040€, 1660m autostart) at Bologna went to the impressive Ayrton Treb (3m Majestic Son-Letter Bomb Treb-Enjoy Lavec) with Andrea Farolfi aboard and timed in 1.12.5kr.   He defeated All Wise As (3f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with trainer Erick Bondo at the lines.   Third was Al Capone Stecca (3m Napoleon Bar-Ombretta Bar-Ganymede) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro driving.   Other news during the week was the move of stallions. Algiers Hall has moved to Spain, Crazed to Finland and Flocki d’Urzy to Sweden, this one a young son of Ready Cash. Further it was announced that Ringostarr Treb will start in the April 27 th Olympiatravet at Aby and if he does well it could set up his defense of the Elitloppet trophy.   Algiers Hall in Spain Thomas H. Hicks  

Pantera del Pino (10f Turbo Sund-Desire’ del Pino-Sugarcane Hanover) too Sunday’s featured Gran Premio Giorgio Jeghar (purse 40,040€, 1660 meters autostart) at Trieste timed in 1.13.4kr and reined by Rene Legati.   The veteran harness racing mare has 32 wins in 176 starts for 213,372€ in career earnings. Peace Of Mind (10f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) was a game second with Alessandro Gocciadoro the pilot. Venanzo Jet (5m Gruccione Jet-Liza-Indro Park) was third ahead of Very Joy (5m Napoleon Bar- Nieves Joy-Naglo).     Upcoming on March 31 at Bologna is the Gr. III G.P. Italia that features a goof field of three year olds (shown below):     Some of these most recently battled at Firenze on March 17 th in the Pr. Etroria Mem Ran d’Stefano (purse 40,040€, 1600 meters autostart). In that contest pacesetter Ayrton Treb (3m Majestic Son-Letter Bomb Treb-Enjoy Lavec) scored timed in 1.13.8kr for teamster Andrea Farolfi.   He will start in the GP Italia along with second finishing Aida Francis (3f Zola Boko-Raya Bi-Self Possessed) and third placed A Sexygirl Par (3f Varenne-Fight For Lux-Toss Out). Aladin Effe (3m Maharajah-Imperfection Effe-Varenne) was fourth. This pack was within a length at the line.     Thomas H. Hicks  

March 10, 2019 - Today top trotting action was at Padova (Italy) with two co-featured harness racing events. The Gr. III Grand Premio Citta di Padova (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) saw Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sole del Rio-Varenne) score timed in 1.12kr over the half-mile track, with Andrea Farolfi aboard for trainer Mauro Baroncini. The winner sat the pocket before emerging for stretch surge that increased his career earnings to 205,996€. Zlatan (4m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bar) was second after racing parked out for driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Zante Laser (4f Maharajah-India di Jesolo-Toss Out) was third. The other top race was the Grand Premio Padovanelle (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) and veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) benefitted from a pocket trip engineering by driver Alessandro Gocciadoro to win timed in 1.12.3kr. Sonia (8f Donato Hanover-Ele Cod-Uronometro) was second for driver Rene Legati, with third to Viola Trio (5f Nad Al Sheba-Face Trio-Toss Out). On Saturday March 9 the V75 Gold in Sweden was at Farjestad (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with victory to 1.4/1 favorite On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), his second straight Gold win in 2019. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Hans R. Stromberg trainee that scored in 1.13.1kr, for the 45 time in a 144 race career now for 17,516,005 SEK earned. 9.3/1 Phantasm SOA (6m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uver LB) took the second check for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Anders Lundstrom. Third went to the 89.5/1 longshot Rocky Winner (11m Credit Winner) reined by Oskar J. Andersson for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Today at Kalmar 2/1 Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass-Crown Lauren-Cantab Hall) scored in the Stayerserien (35,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart) timed in 1.14.3kr with trainer Robert Bergh at the lines. Bergh and Ecurie des Charmes own Muscle Hustle that won for the 15th time in 47 career starts now for 3,945,230€ earned. He last raced in October 2016 in Canada before export. He is being pointed for a possible Elitloppet appearance in late May. Thomas H. Hicks

Pompano Beach, FL...January 28, 2019...Amateur harness racing drivers Tony Dinges, Steve Oldford and Sky Walker were the driving stars as The Florida Amateur Driving Club edged their Italian visitors in a two night, four race competition that concluded on Sunday night at Pompano Park. The Italian amateurs--from Clubs Venti and Tuscany--were lead by Giancarlo Moretti, who also landed in the Pompano Park winner's circle during the heated--but friendly, competition. Dinges got things rolling for the American contingent when he piloted Lee Clarke's Phoenician to the Thursday night opener, scoring in 1:58.1 over Power and Faith, handled by Tuscany Club amateur Daniele Orsini and Global Power, with the Florida Amateur Driving Club's Sky Walker in the bike. Moretti, from Club Venti, who has tasted victory in the U.S. before, then guided Dein Spriggs' Security Guard to a come-from-behind win in 1:59.3 to even the score in round one. Florida's Joe Pennachio was next with Cheeky Little Minx while Roberto Giannoni was third with Jelectric. On Sunday night, with tornado warnings abundant and record rainfall drenching Pompano Park, Steve Oldford gave the Americans the edge by piloting Oldford Racing's Kaffir Kemp to a near wire-to-wire win from the eight post in 1:59.2, holding off Majestic Mystic, handled by Joe Pennacchio by a half length. Fair Glider, with Daniele Orsini in his sulky, wasa fast closing third. The win sent Kaffer Kemp's earnings over the $200,000 mark lifetime and rewarded his backers with a win mutuel of $190.00, keying a trifecta payoff of $4,992.80. Sealing the deal for the Americans was Sky Walker with his own Keystone Blade, who overcame the sloppy going and the eight post to score in 1:56.4 over Everyone's Talkin, driven by Ron Cusimano. Shadow Copy, with Roberto Giannoni in the bike representing Club Tuscany, was third. The final tally showed the FADC-USA Amateurs with 91 points, the Tuscany Club with 65 and Club Venti with 48. After the competition, Amateur driver Joe Pennacchio remarked, "This competition has been so well received in both the USA and Italy and shows the strong ties that have developed between our two countries via our grand sport. We all take the competition very seriously but the friendships that we have developed have been just unbelievable." Italian spokesperson Alessandro Spano echoed Pennacchio's comments by saying, "Despite somewhat of a language barrier, these visitors from Italy have come to treasure the friendships that have developed and their is no doubt that both countries will be eager to continue the competition for many years to come." In other action, Andreios Kardia, the eight year-old gelded son of Badlands Hanover trained by Jeff Byron for owner Ina Madill, got a perfect second over journey for Aaron Byron to score in the $10,000 feature in 1:53 for his first win of the season in three starts and 35th of his career. The win sent his career earnings to $344,741. Track Record $28,503 Pick 5 Carryover at Pompano Monday   Fans could never quite recover after 94-1 upsetter Kaffir Kemp (Steve Oldford) kicked off the Sunday card at Pompano, resulting in a rare double-carryover of $23,503 in the 50-cent Pick 5.  Track officials, in conjunction with the USTA Strategic Wagering Program, have placed an 'instant guarantee' of $80,000 on the total Pick 5 pool on Monday night.     The Pick 5 is a nightly wagered featured on the first race of every card.    Live racing continues at the Isle Casino Pompano Park five nights per week, with a first post of 7:20 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.  There will be no live racing on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 2). Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   By John Berry for Pompano Park                

January 6, 2019 - The last weekend (Sunday) featured trot in Italy was at Bologna (harness racing half mile track) in the GP Della Vittoria (purse 40,040€, 2460 meters turning start). Victory went to the 1.14.9kr timed Talisker Horse (7f Pine Chip-Iri Horse-Varenne) with Roberto Vecchione up. The winner rallied late in the late to narrowly score over Stella di Azzurra (8f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra) with Fed. Esposito at the lines. Virginia Grif (5f Varenne-Francy Capar) was third and the distance handicapped Urlo dei Venti (6m Mago d’Amore) landed fourth, timed in 1.14.5kr. This coming Saturday at Jagersro is the V75 Gold Arvid Stjernswards Minne (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) that will be the first start in Sweden by the well-regarded Italian trotteur Timone EK, now trained by Jerry Riordan and will be handled by Thomas Uhrberg. The good field, shown below, will likely have Dante Boko and Takethem among the wagering favorites. STL Gold 1-12-19 Jagersro (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) Thomas H. Hicks

December 23, 2018 - Sunday’s Pr. Campionati des 4Ans Finale (purse 110,000€, 2060 meters autostart, 11 starters after two scratches) was at Albenga (Italy) with the 1.13.3kr timed harness racing victory earned impressively by Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet-Realm Of Fancy-Ginger Somolli) reined by Pietro Gubellini. The winner, with a second dam by Workaholic, recorded his eighth career win in 26 starts now for 194,937€ earned. Some five lengths back in second was Valchiria OP (4f Ideal Luis-Maya del Ronco-Toss Out) with Fed. Esposito aboard, and third went to pacesetting Very Joy (4m Napoleon Bar-Nieves Joy-Naglo) with Ant. Di Nardo driving. Fourth home was Volturina Jet (4f Ken Warkentin-Eterea-Indo Park) that was handled by Santo Mollo. Thomas H. Hicks

December 9, 2018 - A superb harness racing card was held Sunday at Napoli that included three classic races. The Gr. II G.P. Royal Mares (purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) began the action and Trendy OK (6f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) went first over to gain the lead and draw clear in the lane for the victory timed in a record 1.11.1kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed his trainee to the score that increased Trendy’s life earnings to 294,701€. “Trendy Trendy OK OK” put away second finishing Pantera del Pino (9f Turbo Sund-Desire’ del Pino) with G.P. Minnucci up and third finishing Sonia (7f Donato Hanover-Ele Code-Uronometro) handled by Rene’ Legati. The featured Gr. I G.P. Mipaaft Open (purse 440,000€, 2100 meters autostart) saw the favored Axl Rose (2m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) rally to win decisively for driver V.P. Dell’Annunziata. This colt is special, and he defeated another fine one Granon Vedaquais (2m Brilliantissime-Sesteire-Cezio Josselyn) with Andrea Guzzinati up, for trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder J.P. Guay. Third was the filly Anita Roc (2f Filipp Roc-CK Roc-Pine Chip). Well regarded Amelie Grif was fourth. Race time was 1.15kr. The G.P. Mipaaft Filly (Gr. II, purse 88,000€, 1600 meters autostart) saw the game All Wise As (2f Varenne-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall), with Bjorn Goop driving, fend off the battling A Sexygirl PAR (2f Varenne-Fight For Lux-Toss Out) handled by V.P. Dell’Annunziata, clocked in 1.13.9kr. A Sexybomb PAR (2f Yankee Slide-Vivarissima PAR-Harvard Yard) was third. Harvard Yard, a stallion rarely seen on today’s programs, is a 1985 son of Speedy Crown-Somolli, a full-brother to the 1975 foaled Speedy Somolli and others from the mare including Mae Jean’s Crown, Seascape Lobell, and Santana Lobell. Somolli had 14 foals. Harvard Yard earned 114,767€ with a 1.13kr record, and bred mares in Italy from 1992-2003, producing only four winners of over 100,000€. The following news was also reported. Retired now are the well-regarded Twister Bi, Rod Stewart and Voltigeur de Myrt. Readly Express is being prepped for the December 30th Prix de Bourgogne and Villiam for the Criterium Continental, both at Vincennes and both carrying possible invitations to the Prix d’Amerique, the top three in Bourgogne and the winner of the Continental. Thomas H. Hicks

December 2, 2018 - The fast Urlo dei Venti (5m Mago d’Amore-Armbro Wealthy-Malabar Man) took Sunday’s harness racing featured Gran Premio Duomo (purse 154,000€, 1600 meters autostart) at Firenze, Italy, timed in 1.10.5kr, and reined by Antonio Greppi. He score by three lengths over Santiago d’Ete (7m Daguet Rapide-Love Me Tender-Supergill) driven by Santo Mollo and third finishing Uragano Trebi’ (5m Nad Al Sheba-Istoria Bi-Toss Out) with Roberto Vecchione aboard. Ua Huka and Arazi Boko took the fourth and fifth checks. The final of the three FEGAT events was the Premio FEGAT Lady Drivers #3 (purse 7,700€, 2020 meters) and the 1.15.8kr timed winner was Vienna As (4f Napoleon-Flaminia Bi-Supergill) with Hiltja Tjaisma aboard, she from the Netherlands and the victory secured her first place with 34 points. Ummagumma (5f Mr. Vic) was second for Sweden’s Jessika Sidback. Third was Still Nash (7m Prime Prospect) with Norway’s Anette Frones driving. The first two FEGAT races were won by drivers Nicole Schneider and Elana Orlando Villani.  FEGAT 2018 Women’s Amateur 12/2/18 at Florence, Italy (13 competitors) Name/Country/ Point/ Rank Nartjia Reisenbauer, Austria, 18, 9th Beatrice Chemoulin, Belgium, 24, 6 Trine Urth Pedersen, Denmark, 17, 10 Saara Shuonen, Finland, 30, 2 Sarah Kube, Germany, 17, 11 Andrea Fazekas, Hungary, 23, 7 Elena Villani Orlando, Italy, 24, 5 Hiltje Tjaisma, Netherlands, 34, 1st Anette Frones, Norway, 26, 3 Anastasia Sologubova, Russia, 11, 12 Francisca Andreu Adrover, Spain, 8, 13 Jessika Sidback, Sweden, 21. 8 Nicole Schneider, Switzerland, 24, 4   Thomas H. Hicks  

Traders (6m Ready Cash-Graziella) took today’s monte Gr. II Prix Edmond Henry (purse 120,000€, 2700 meters, seven starters) at Vincennes, France with jockey Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. He was a start to finish winner timed in 1.13.9kr off modest fractions. This 1/5 odds favorite is owned and trained by Philippe Allaire and he record career victory 16 in 41 starts for 1,175,410€ earned. Traders won the 2018 Prix du Cornulier and is reportedly headed to that event again in late January. The 8.1/1 Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty-Princesse d’Ombree) was second for Camille Levesque and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. 10/1 Cassate (6f Neoh Jiel-Quiva du Rib) was a distant third. The Quinte+ was on this Paris-Vincennes card in the Prix de Montignac-Charente (purse 88,000€, 2700 meters, 14 European starters) and 3.2/1 Barrio Josselyn (7m Scipion du Goutier-Pike Josselyn) scored timed in 1.15.1kr. J-M Bazire teamed the winner to his 12th career win in 69 starts now for 489,300€. The Q+ exact order payoff was 1,439.80€ for a 2€ wager. 16/1 Blooma d’Heripre (7f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) was second for Eric Raffin and third went to 1.7/1 favorite Cantin de l’éclair (6g Jet Fortuna-Noce Joyeuse) for driver Bjorn Goop. The top five was completed by 10/1 Lover Face (10g Look de Star) and 15/1 Alamo du Goutier (8g Quido du Goutier). On Sunday at Montegiorgio, Italy was the Premio Palio Comuni L. Mattii (purse 110,000€, 1600 meters autostart) that drew a fine field of mares led by the winner Peace Of Mind (9f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover). Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner that now has 23 career wins in 73 starts for 402,906€ earned. She defeated Stella di Azzurra (7f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip) with Fed. Esposito up with the third check earned by Vanesia EK (4f Exploit Caf-Nike EK-Varenne). Race time was 1.11.4kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Agnano Italy hosted two classic trots Sunday afternoon. The Gran Premio Unione Europa Filly (purse €88,000, 1600 meters autostart) was highlighted by the rallying victory by Vanatta (4f Pascia’Lest-Classic Toy-Malabar Man-Nina Toy Eden-Arnie Almahurst) timed in 1.12.6kr and reined by Roberto Vecchione. Holger Ehlert trains this winner now of eight victories in 22 career starts for €113,739 earned. Viscanda Jet (4f Pine Chip-Nives Jet-Naglo) held second ahead of Venariareale Font (4f Conway Hall-Blitz-Sugarcane Hanover) and Pietro Gubellini. Vale Capar (4f Conway Hall-Madame Capar-Supergill) and Victoria Luis (4f Conway Hall-Danae del Ronco-Lemon Dra) completed the top five. The companion Grand Premio Unione Europa (Open, purse €440,000, 2100 meters autostart) was won by 1.11.7kr timed Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu-Noccalula OM) with trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard for the winner’s ninth career victory in 25 starts now for €496,937 earned. Va’Pensiero Gar (4m Varenne-Gala’By Pass-Lemon Dra) was a game second for Ant. DiNardo and Valchiria OP (4f Ideale Luis-Mayadel Ronco-Toss Out) was third for Roberto Andreghetti. Victor Chuc SM (4m CC’s Chuckie T-Conversa SM-Lemon Dra) and Valdivia (4f Adrian Chip-Love On The Rocks-Donerail-Long Term Goal-Armbro Goal-Sunbeam Hanover) completed the top five to the line. Last Saturday at Ostersund was the V75 day and the Gr. II Jamtlands Stora Pris, a UET Masters event, raced over 2140 meters autostart, with 700,000SWK to the winner. The 1.10kr victory was earned by 1.7/1 Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) and driven by Jorma Kontio. The winner has two wins in three starts in 2018 and has 22 wins in 26 career outings for €1,573,709n earned. 15.1/1 Diamanten (5m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson. 27.9/1 Trendy OK (6f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) was third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro and fourth was Love Matters. Gocciadoro also won the V75 Bronze (125,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) with 1.12.5kr timed and 1.9/1 odds Volnik du Kras (4m Varenne-Oljka du Kros-Park Avenue Joe) that is owned by Anne Maria Ragau’. Next up for the International trotters is June 16 in the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola Finland. The lineup is a good one led by Elitloppet 2018 winner Ringostarr Treb. He will face the iron tough FR veteran Aubrion du Gers that Jos, Verbeeck is named to drive for trainer J-M Bazire. Romain Derieux’ s Dijon is an emerging top level performer too. The Kymi Grand Prix began in 1998 and past winners include Jag de Bellouet (timed 1.11.1kr), L’Amiral Mauzun, Commander Crowe, Rapide Lebel, Timoko, Trebol (two time winner), and Carbinieri (1.11kr race record holder). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink      

May 13, 2018 - At Modena on Sunday were several high level harness racing events including the Premio Carlo Cacciari Filly (purse €88,000, 1600 meters autostart, three year old fillies) with victory to 1.13.4kr timed Zarina Roc (3f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc-Crowning Classic) handled by VP Dell’Annunziata. Iva EK (3f Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way) took the second spot with Roberto Vecchione up, ahead of Zona DA (3f Varenne-Peredhal Baba-Windsongs Legacy) and reinsman Pietro Gubellini. Vin Wise As was fourth for Alessandro Gocciadoro. The Premio Tito Giovanardi (purse €154,000, 2080 meters autostart) for three year old males went to 1.14.2kr timed Zabul FI (3m Ganymede-Sale del Rio-Varenne) with Andrea Farolfi driving. Zirkuss (3m Varenne-Giuliass-Toss Out) took second a length back with Roberto Andreghetti up. Zilath (3m Maharajah-Only LB-Conway Hall) and driver Andrea Guzzinati took third ahead of  Zlatan and driver Gocciadoro. The Grand Pemio Renzo Orlandi (purse €33,000, 1600 meters autostart) went to 1.11.7kr timed Tamure Roc (6f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc-Kemon Dra) with Santo Mollo up. Uno Italia (5m Conway Hall-Italia Uno-Varenne) took second for Lorenzo Baldi, ahead of Super Star Reaf (7f Varenne-Fantastica Star-Lemon Dra) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. Fourth was Suerte’s Cage and driver Enrico Bellei. Thomas H. Hicks

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