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Today’s featured harness racing trot at Kincsem Park was the classic Pulay Kornel Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the rallying Underpaid Hanover (10m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) got up on the line to win timed in 1.15.2kr.   He was off at 73.8/1 in this his first 2019 start.   Driver Csaba Lakatos steered the winner, for trainer Jozsef Rutkai and owner Prolongo, that raised his career earnings to 67,979,392Huf.   The veteran Milliondollar Lux (13m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill) was a game second for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas, off at 147.2/1 odds. The 19.4/1 Victory Knick (7g Cantab Hall-Lapponic Knick-Lindy’s Crown) was third, this one also trained by Csordas and reined by Ferenc Nagy II. 17/1 Pierra du Bar and 3.2/1 Iago d’Amore earned the next two checks while even- money favorite Aileron finished eighth. Earlier, in the Cenzor DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart), Longines was a gate to wire winner for Gyorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas. Longines                  -Kincsem Park files/photos      The Pimri owned mare earned her first 2019 victory after a game second two weeks ago over an extended distance. She is now 11 wins in 12 career starts. The five year old daughter of Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor today bested Sacramento TIM and Villeneuve. Ahead in early May is the annual Kincsem Park Food Truck Festival complete with racing, music, entertainment and racing covering the May 3-5 programs. -Kincsem Park files/photos  Thomas H. Hicks

Aileron (7g Scarlet Knight-Quacelle-Jackpot de Relais) took today’s featured Janos Brody Memorial (purse 1,500,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, 12 entrants with one scratch) timed in 1.16.1kr.   The recent harness racing import from France (last start at Vincennes February 21) was reined by Imre Fazekas for trainer Jozsef Rutkai for owner Prolongo. Aileron, off at 2.2/1 odds, overcame a 20 meter penalty, quickly caught his rivals and raced in the death seat before moving to the front entering the final turn from which he moved to an eventual three length score.   The 20 meter handicapped and 11.4/1 Victory Knick (7g Cantab Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) rallied late for second with Joze Sagaj aboard for trainer Emil Csordas.   Third was 2/1 Timoteo (7m Abano As-Ghirlanda As-Diamond Way) reined by Veljko Mazsity up. Milliondollar Lux and game pacesetter Sanger Ms took the fourth and fifth purse checks.   Unfortunately this classic race resulted in fines and suspensions for irregular whipping and failure to comply with post parade instructions.   The winner was ordered to inspection for doping.   There were two interesting races on the undercard. The Koppany DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.6/1 favorite Urzulina (6f Maximus Lindy-Cicciolina Fling-Supergill) from post one timed in 1.20.6kr with Csaba Lakatos up. Kabala Menes Kft bred this winner.   Urzulina         -Kincsem Park photo   On a sad note, the exceptional Supergill (1985 by Super Bowl-Winky’s Gill-Bonefish) died this week in Italy at age 34. He was a US$500,000 yearling in 1986 and stood at stud for six years at Castleton Farm before export to Italy. Supergill (3, 1:53.3; US$664,194), an eight time winner in 22 starts at age two and three (at two, winner of Peter Haughton Memorial, second in E H Harriman Challenge Cup; at three, second in Breeders' Crown, Stanley Dancer Trot, third in World Trotting Derby), was a sire titan.   He sired sons who also were successful in the breeding barn, like Malabar Man, Toss Out, the sire of Robert Bi, and Current Cast, but also the world record filly Giant Diablo, dam of D’One.   Supergill is probably one of the best broodmare sires in recent years, with horses like Mosaique Face, Blur, Civil Action, Corleone Kosmos, More Chips, Look MP, Jalopy (dam of Panne de Moteur), Egon Lavec, Tycoon Conway Hall, Ravenna, Occhione Jet, First Lavec, and Couch Doctor.   Supergill at his Italian Home Stud Allevamenti Toniatti   Earlier in the Ali DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) saw 4.9/1 Iago d’Amore (3m Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) score an impressive 1.16.5kr victory in his first 2019 appearance. Mitja Slavic teamed the Zoltan Ozvar trainee that Branislav Mukity bred in Szerbia. He was away second behind the previously unbeaten Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) that Andrea Fazekas drove for trainer Imre Fazekas, also making her first 2019 start, after recording ten straight wins in 2017-2018. Longines led until mid-stretch when Iago d’Amore powered past for a four length score.   Thomas H. Hicks

Salome’ Bar (7f Ganymede-Acquavita Bar-Crowning Point) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Feiser Memorial (purse 800,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) timed in 1.18.9kr. The 2.2/1 favorite was reined by Bernadett Balogh for trainer Jozsef Rutkai. The winner rallied from far back, journeyed three wide in the last bend and drew off to an easy victory, defeating 14.8/1 Dabano As (7m Abano As) with Csaba Lakatos up for trainer Tibor Hajnal. Third was the 2.6/1 second choice Sanger Ms (8g Victory Scream) handled by Goran Zolnaji. The undercard was highlighted by the Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.2/1 favorite Iago d’Amore (4m Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) scored easily for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Zoltan Ozvar. Race time was 1.17kr. 14.1/1 Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort) was second driven by Balazs Juhasz and third went to 56.4/1 odds outsider Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL) for trainer/driver Robert Varhidi. The same day action was at Bergsaker SWE with their V5 Gold Hilda Zolnetts (200,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) won by the 1.24/1 favorite Zenit Brick (7g Make It Happen-Exc Svard-Super Arnie) with Mika Forss driving. Timo Nurmos trains the now the 21 time winner in 69 starts for 4,507,396SEK earned. Race time was 1.16kr. Zenit Brick has won three of his last four outings. 9.4/1 veteran On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux) took second for driver Oskar J. Andersson and trainer Hans R. Stromberg, ahead of 91/1 West Wing (10g Steinlager) reined by Tomas Pettersson. Digital Ink and Mind Your Face completed the top five. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

February 3, 2018 - Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) took Saturday’s featured Imike DIJ (purse 600000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) with harness racing owner/trainer Jozsef Rutkai aboard clocked in 1.21.1kr over a sloppy racetrack at Kincsem Park. 20 meter handicapped Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) rallied for second with Imre Fazekas up for the same owner/trainer Rutkai and another 20 meter penalized performer Milliondollar Lux (12m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill)  was third for Emese Vezer and trainer Emil Csordas. The race honored the well-regarded  and well-bred open class trotter Imike (Valley Guardian-Astalavista-Gus Lobell-Speedy Crown-Asta-Naturally Nevele), now retired, that was successfully campaigned by Dora Kovacs. The undercard included the Bettolakodo DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with that victory earned by Timoko RL (5m Doctor Sugar RL-Triestina-Golden Goal) with Andrea Nagyvary up. Imre Fazekas trains the repeat winner, also last week. Race time was 1.22.9kr over the off going. Kelvin AT (5m Even Better Odds-Keystone Bluejay-Sierra Kosmos) took second for Csaba Laskatos and third was Unigena Sun (5f Sholty Boko-Jeanne Sun-Grundy’s Ebony) for Tamas Tanczer. Thomas H. Hicks  

November 12, 2016 -Harness racing driver Imre Fazekas teamed 1.8/1 Underpaid Hanover (7m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane) to a decisive rallying victory in Saturday’s Szabadkai DIJ (purse 1Huf million, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The Jozsef Rutkai trainee, owned by Prolongo Kft, was clocked in 1.19.3kr over a heavy racecourse on this rainy day. Amazing Koks (9g Jailhourse Joey-Data Star Index-Ata Atar L) was second for Lajos Marton, ahead of third finishing Piera del Bar (7f Abano As-Exile Bar-Muscles Yankee) from Serbia with trainer Zoltan Ozvar driving. Real Bee Power (6f Love You-Lady Victory Fans-Credit Winner) was fourth with Istvan Papp up for trainer Rutkai. The solid undercard included the Csabtaveri DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart). The 1.19.7kr timed victory went to 1.9/1 Timoteo (4m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) for trainer/driver Veijo Mazsity and Hico Versenyistallo Bt. Pablo Yet (7m Civil Action-Is Flying-SJ’s Photo) took second for Dejan Katanic. Oldtimer Diamant (6g Arc de Triomphe-Primadonnas Lady-Titan Way) landed third for Emese Vezer. The Adai DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) produced a 1.21.6kr timed victory for 3.9/1 Henrik Ibsen AT (4m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund). Dejan Katanic teamed the Tibor Hajnal trainee for Illetmeny Kft. Ironville (6m Timberland-Invest in November-Reado) was second for driver/trainer Dejan Petrovic. Passion Grif (7g Varenne-Sex Appeal Ok-Lanson) took third for Sandor Varga, also trainer. Other interesting winners this day were: Unika Vik (3f Cantab Hall-Nashville OM-Uronometro) for Balazs Juhasz in 1.24.7kr Uljanow W (3m Like A Prayer-Ms. Tova-Chip Chip Hootray) for Viktoria Nemeth in 1.24.4kr Working Out (7m Muscles Yankee-Enjoy Our Nanny-Enjoy Lavec) in 1.22.8kr for Csaba Lakatos Sved Barat (5g Up Front Larry-Sembo Jessamine-Armbro Trick) for Judit Kele over 3000 meters   Thomas H. Hicks

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