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October 18, 2019 - The fall Caen Trotteurs harness racing sale was completed with sessions on October 15-16. In total there were 823 lots consigned, 685 lots being yearlings. Below is the total sale results and the October 15-16 summary. We reported the prior days last week. The sale topper on October 15 was the yearling colt Igor du Regency, a son of Orlando Vici, that brought 29,000€ from Philippe Dewulf. Philippe Dewulf pedigree The October 16th sale topper was hip 822, a weanling filly names Juventus du Klau (wf, Cash And Go-Kitty-Coktail Jet), that brought 21,000€ from Alain Dambrires. This is by a full brother to Bold Eagle.     Thomas H. Hicks  

The even-money harness racing favorite Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) took today’s Breeders Crown (males, purse 50,063€, 1900 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller. He raced in the pocket until the final turn after being denied the front, and he held off 10/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Golde Chip) reined by Jorgen Sjunnesson in the final strides. Orlando Jet raised his career earnings to 370,751€. Third was pacesetter 9/1 Halva Von Haithabu (7m Here Comes Joey) and teamster Thorsten Tietz. The undercard included the Breeders Crown Mares (purse 57,215€, 1900 meters autostart, 11 starters) and it saw 1.13.1kr timed and 5.9/1 odds Alegra B (5f Andover Hall-Galea) score for Conrad Lugauer. The 1.9/1 Goldy Stardust (6f Quick Crown-Timely Stardust) was second for Michael Nimczyk. Third was 21.9/1 Super Queen C (6f Offshore Dream-Freiha Haikant) teamed with Jaap Van Rijn. Aged performers also were on stage for the Thomas Philipps (purse 10,728€, 1900 meters autostart) and the 1.13.3kr timed victory went to Muscle Boy As (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Perj) with trainer Gerhard Mayr at the lines. Khalid (6f Lets Go-Lisboa) took second for Roland Hulskath and Gustavson Be (6g Juliano Star-Gioioca Caf) was third for Victor Gentz. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

September 7, 2019 - Today’s harness racing V75 Gold Silverornen Stora Group (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the Emelia Leo reined and Oscar Berglund conditioned Shocking Superman (6m Orlando Vici-Bernedette’s Cat-Pine Chip). The winner, off at 6.4/1 odds, was timed in 1.10.7kr to record his fifth victory in 25 starts now for 1,926,988SEK earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 71.8/1 outsider Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) with Ulf Eriksson up and Apollon de Kacy was fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

June 15, 2019 - Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici - Kara Kickan) was an easy winner of today’s Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola (purse 170,000€ with 100,000€ to the winner, 2100 meters autostart, 10 harness racing entrants with one scratch) clocked in a rated 1.11.7kr. Joakim Lovgren trains and reined the winner that now sports nine career wins in 44 starts for 362,165€ in life earnings. Trainer Lovgren stated in post-race interview that he was proud of the winner that is now at the best in his career. He was off at 29/1 odds on the PMU network and 8.8/1 at ATG. Finishing second was Next Direction (6g Orlando Vici / Be My Luxx) with Iikka Nurmonen aboard and third went to Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M) handled by Carl Johan Jepson. Chief Orlando (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth with Bjorn Goop handling the lines. Racing Mange Racing Mange and happy connections The sire in the spotlight this day was Orlando Vici, a solid performing sire of winners in France, Sweden and Australia where is among the leading money winning sires. Siring three of the first four Kymi finishers today is testimony to his performance. Orlando Vici Orlando Vici has become one of the most popular young Sires in Europe. A two year old winner himself and winner of nine Group races at ages three and four, on the racetrack Orlando Vici won 12 times in 32 starts for 835,990€ earned. His progeny have won close to 32 Million Euros in Europe. With a 72 percent starters to live foals in France, progeny show an ability to both sprint and stay, with an exceptional clean gait. Thomas H. Hicks  

France action today started with the Grand Prix du Nord 5 Year Olds at LaCroise Laroche. In this 2825 meter distance handicap test, ten starters battled for the 40,000€ purse. The 7/10 favorite Dream de Lasserie (5g Orlando Vici-Rumbu Venoir) scored for trainer/driver Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. This one scored for the 13th time in a 34 race career, now for 163,050€ earned. The 13/1 Darlington Park (5g Orlando Vici) was second ahead of 32/1 Dilemme Angele (5g Royal Dream). Race time was 1.14.6kr with the first two finishers overcoming 25 meter handicaps. This evening in the Paris-Vincennes action was the Quinte+ Prix Barbara (purse 48,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters) and 8.6/1 odds Akir de Mai (8g Kid de Chenu-Morina Rose) scored timed in 1.14.2kr for Anthony Barrier. He bested 1.6/1 Brosses Troubadour (7g Showtime Bourbon) with J-M Bazire up for owner/trainer J.Ph. Ducher. 11/1 Bon Grain Tivoli (7g Gros Grain) landed third for owner/trainer/driver Damien Bonne. The last two in the Q+ exact order was 40/1 Abercrombis and 21/1 Bella du Vivier. The Q+ exact order 2 euro ticket paid 9,605.60€. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) narrowly took Tuesday’s Prix Paris-Vincennes at Baden-Vienna (purse 14,000€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 participants) with trainer Rudolf Haller at the lines for Team Neuhof. Race time was 1.13.6kr and the winner was off at 7/2 odds. Stark Bi raised his life earnings to 132,788€. Woten Casel (7m Alesi OM) was second for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr at 9/1 and third went to 3/5 favorite Celestial Light (7f Love You) handled by her trainer Gerhard Biendl. Earlier in the card was the Prix Le Croise Laroche (purse 10,000€, 2600 meters autostart, nine starters) and the 3/5 favorite Offroader (5g Orlando Vici-Yasminia) prevailed for Rudy Haller who trains for Stall Wieserhof. 9/1 Narcis Pesci (7g Nimitz Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Marco Gorenc and 4.9/1 odds Stravinski Bigi (9g Self Possessed) was third for Thomas Royer. Race time was 1.16.5kr. The same day at Le Cepiere was the Quinte+ Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran (purse 32,000€, 2950 meters, 14 European starters). Cayenne de Houelle (6f Scipion du Goutier-Irina de la Frette) scored at 3/1 odds for Kevin Leblanc, trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Gerard Leblanc timed in 1.16.4kr. The 21/1 Bingo d’Attaque (7m Pomerol de Laumac) was second for Robert Lacroix ahead of 53/1 outside Clever Lymm (6m Korean) and trainer/driver Nicolas Ensch. 10/1 Uvinto and 12/1 Tooltime completed the Quinte+ exact order top five that paid 5,846€ for a 2€ wager. Upcoming on the weekend are several top-flight racing events. On September 15 at Paris-Vincennes will be the Gr. I Prix de l’Etoile (purse 240,000€, 2150 meters distance handicap, 10 starters) with the five year-olds facing a 50 meter penalty. Davidson du Pont is the likely favorite with trainer Jean Michel Bazire driving. The same day is the Gr. I Prix de Normandie (240,000€ purse, 3000 meters, 12 starters, monte). Look for Dexter Fromentro to be the likely favorite with Camille Levesque in the irons. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Veteran classmaster Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) scored in the Grand Prix du Departement des Alpes Maritimes (Gr. II International, purse 180,000 euro, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) on this last day of the summer meet at Cagnes sur Mer. Driver Franck Ohine uvrie launched the winner directly to the lead before entering the first turn and he maintained speed to the 1.10.8kr victory. Un Mec d’Heripre now has 28 wins in 61 starts for 2,004,853 euro earned. The Philippe Billard trainee is owned by Ecurie d’Heripre and was bred by Mlle. Eugenie Quintin. He was off as the 7/10 favorite. The 3.6/1 odds Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) was second for Romain Derieux and owner Mauricette de Sousa, and raised his bankroll to 614,050 euro. 3.7/1 odds Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre), a past Prix d’Amerique winner, was third for driver Franck Nivard, trainer Antoine Dherete and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner of the career winner of 2,182,970 euro. The 7.1/1 Billie de Montfort (7f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) rallied off the pegs to be fourth for Gabriele Gelormini, Sebastien Guarato, the trainer, and Philippe Dauphin, breeder/owner of this now 1,711,666 euro earned. Quite a race this was in the mile distance speed series.  The Vincennes’  monte Groupe II Prix Pierre Gamare (purse 120,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters – three year-olds) went to rallying 5.8/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard in the irons for trainer Yves Boireau. Race time was 1.14.6kr. Jean Pierre Dubois owns the winner that Haras de Villeperce Sarl bred. Ferreteria now has five career wins in 13 starts for 271,140 euro earned. She raced sixth and seventh more most of the journey before staging a steady surge that she sustained to the line. The 2.3/1 odds Feeling Cash (3m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Philippe Allaire. Third was even money favorite Fadu du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) for jockey P.Ph. Ploquin, trainer Julien LeMer and breeder/owner Claude Guedj.  The unbeaten Ferry Jet (3m Uriel Speed-Ulla Jet) took the Prix des Lagny (purse 36,000 euro, 2700 meters, 10 starters) for his third victory in his career. The 4/5 favorite is trained by Luc Roelens and was reined by Pierre Vercruysse to this 1.16.4kr score that raised his earnings to 31,050 euro. At end of the Saturday Vincennes program was the Gr. III Prix de Provence (purse 80,000 euro, 2700 meters, 12 starters). Direct Way (5g Quaker Jet-Queens Flore) scored in 1.13.9kr at 7/1 odds for driver Anthony Barrier, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 26/1 Doberman (5m Prodigious) was second for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and trainer Franck Nivard. The 1.8/1 favorite Bolando (7m Nijinksi Blue) was third for Eric Raffin and breeder/owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. At Bergsaker this day was the Sundsvall Open, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event (purse 175,700 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) that went to the 19/1 Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) with Ulf Eriksson up for Stall TZ and trainer Stefan Melander. This winner enjoyed a pocket trip before emerging in mid-stretch for a length victory timed in 1.10.1kr, to raise his career earnings to 708,070 euro. Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) was second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden at 21/1. 47/1 outsider Pastore Bob (5g From Above) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) at 11/1 was fourth for Ulf Ohlsson and fifth was the 1/5 favorite Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) with Jorma Kontio up. This one raced second in the outer before making a three wide effort mid-way on the last lap backstretch. That surge failed leaving Readly Express three wide in the final bend and he tired in the lane to be four lengths off the winner.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina-Super Arnie) won the Friday feature at Berlin Mariendorf to begin Derby Week. This Elitloppet starter reined by trainer Rudolf “Rudi” Haller gained the front early and was never headed as he recorded victory number 13 in 17 starts, now for 229,519 euro earned. The purse of the Carlie Mills was 20,000 euro and the distance was 1900 meters for the six horse field. Stall Team Neuhof owns the winner that bested a game Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) and driver Michael Nimczyk. Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) was third for Josef Franzl, this one also a Haller trainee. Saturday’s solid Berlin Mariendorf card was highlighted by four German Filly Derby Eliminations, each raced over 1900 meters autostart for 10,000 euro purses. Elim one went to Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) timed in 1.13.4kr for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar. Intouchable (3f Expo Bi) was second for Robin Bot ahead of Girlofmanymissions (3f Manofmanymissions) and driver Thorsten Tietz. Elimination two was won by Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. Unicorn Diamant (3f Orlando Vici-Keystone Tabby) was next for Bjorn Goop and third was Nagama (3f Brioni) for Christian Lindhardt. Donna Granata (3f Corleone-Granata Aas) took elim three timed in 1.14.2kr for trainer/driver Rudi Haller and Stall Wiersehof. It was her third straight victory. Laura Vici (3f Orlando Vici-Lavaletta) was next for Michael Nimczyk and Lighting Bo (3f Virgill Boko-Muscle Magic) took the third check for Jaap van Rijn. Elim four saw Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash-Yewel Boshoeve) score a 1.13.8kr victory for trainer/driver Dion Tesselaar and owner Wiebe Landman. Lusiana Bo (3f Dream vacation-Jacky Brown) was second with Jaap van Rijn aboard and third was Olena (3f Dream Vacation-Desaria Gill) for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr and Stall Antonshof. Early on the card veteran Heinz Wewering was victorious driving Henry Havana (5g Pablo As) for trainer Christian Heitmann. Race time was 1.14.4kr in this conditioned event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Outstanding European stallion Orlando Vici’s small first Down Under crop is only two but already they are making an immediate impact on the harness racing track as they have in every country he has been available. Orlando Vici sired the 2YO quinella in the Mary Mifsud Memorial 2YO Trotters Handicap at Kilmore on the weekend. New Zealand-bred Orlando Jolt showed impeccable manners in his debut to go to the front for John Caldow, and set the pace while his stablemate Montpelier dropped into the trail. Turning for home the two went clear, with Jason Lee steering Montpelier down the passing lane to get the victory. Montpellier and Orlando Jolt are both trained by Anton Golino at Yabby Dam Racing’s  Cardigan, Victoria stables. From just 19 Australasian foals in his first crop, now 2YOs, Orlando Vici has already had seven to the track for two individual winners and four individual placings plus a number of other qualifiers to date. The French-bred Orlando Vici, a nine-time group winner himself, continues to be a top stallion in the two powerhouses of European trotting, France and Sweden. There are more than 200 sires in Sweden including all the top American ones and more than 500 active sires in France. A sire of champions in half a dozen countries, Orlando Vici has continued to produce stars wherever he has been available, with classic performers in France, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany. Orlando Vici’s progeny have won close to 32 million euros. Montpelier . 4 6:34pm MARY MIFSUD MEMORIAL 2018 2YO TROTTERS HANDICAP 2150M $7,000 2YO. 2T0 Or Better. RBD. Stand Final Results Pl  Horse Prize- money Hcp Row & Br TAB # Trainer Driver (C = Concession) Mgn (m) Starting odds Stewards' Comments  1 MONTPELLIER  $ 3,990 FT Fr1 2 Anton Golino Jason Lee   $ 9.00   3 CMP D/CCMP USL   BAY COLT 2 by ORLANDO VICI (FRA) out of THE KAHMOTION NZ (DREAM VACATION (US))  Owner(s): Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd  Breeder(s): Yabby Dam Farms Pty Ltd 2 ORLANDO JOLT NZ  $ 1,050 FT Fr4 5 Anton Golino John Caldow 3.50 $ 16.60   L 1 3 WALKABOUT SUNRISE  $ 700 10m Fr2 9 Greg Lewis Neil McCallum 11.50 $ 33.20   9 RR 4 STARLIGHT RED  $ 350 FT Fr5 6 Brian Bourke John Newberry 19.70 $ 111.00   5 5 ONEOFTHECLAN  $ 210 FT Fr3 4 Anton Golino Vincent Robillard-Voisin 85.20 $ 26.20   BX2 NAT 17 6 FLINGANDWINGIT  $ 140 FT Fr2 3 Steven Duffy Ryan Duffy 118.30 $ 4.20   L BX2 B NAT 17 7 ALL CASHED UP  $ 140 20m Fr1 10 Anton Golino Nathan Jack 136.70 $ 1.70 fav  SCAS BX2 NAT 17 8 ACTOR UP  $ 140 FT Fr6 7 Rita Burnett Rita Burnett 177.00 $ 108.00   BB CODS 7 B 9 NORQUAY  $ 140 10m Fr1 8 Anton Golino Anthony Butt 212.40 $ 10.80   RS LCD BX2 NAT 17 Scratchings   FLAKE 1 Track Rating: GOOD Gross Time: 2:53:2 Mile Rate: 2:09:7 Lead Time: 46.4 First Quarter: 32 Second Quarter: 32.6 Third Quarter: 31 Fourth Quarter: 31.2 Margins: 3.5m x 8.0m    

April 16, 2017 - Pacesetting Un Mec d’Heripre (9m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) bravely held on for harness racing reinsman Joseph Verbeeck to win Sunday’s Gran Premio Costa Azzurra (purse €165,000,1600 meters autostart) at Torino (Italy). The Pierre Billard trainee was timed in 1.11.8kr for a nose victory over the same-timed Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Tarsalo Egral) reined by Roberto Vecchione and Timone EK (5m Mr. Vic-Gemona) with Enrico Bellei up. Almost three lengths back in fourth was Philippe Allaire’s Brillantissime (6m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victorie-Buvetier d’Aunou) driven by Pierre Vercruysse and rallying fifth finishing Tesoro Degli Dei (5m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) for driver Pietro Gubellini. Un Mec d’Heripre could be a starter in the 2017 Elitloppet, a race in which he performed well last year. Thomas H. Hicks

November 4, 2016 - Tonight’s Quinte+ Prix de la Ligue Nationale (purse €46,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.8kr timed and 6.6/1 Atout de Kacy (6g Orlando Vici-Pretty des Charms) with harness racing trainer Aymeric Thomas driving. This pair defeated 14.6/1 Afghan Barbes (6g Meaulnes du Corta-Nuance Barbes) teamed by David Thomain and trainer Christian Bigeon. The 11.8/1 Alf de Melandre (6g Panache de l’Iton-Luciole de Bisoir) with J.Ph. Monclin aboard. The Pick5 at Le Croise LaRoche was the Grand Prix du Nord des 5 Ans and 15.4/1 Best du Hauty (5g Roc Meslois-Nadreria) took victory timed in 1.14.5kr for owner/trainer/driver Olivier Bizoux. 21.3/1 Baute en Train (5g Love You-Nanyitiere) for driver/trainer P.Y. Verva. 2.3/1 Black d’Avril (5m Oceano Nox-Olivia d’Avril) landed third. Sunday at Milano, La Maura is superb racing led by the Gr. I Gran Premio Della Nazione. Lineup follows. The card also includes the Coppa de Milano with three eliminations (each over 1650 meters for a €13,200 purse) and the €55,000 final at end of program. A fine group of upper level trotters will participate including Sky Dancer, Rossella Ross, Rania Lest, Sundance Bi, Newyork Newyork and Louvre. 8 15.45 - PR. GRAN PREMIO DELLE NAZIONI - gruppo 1 E 308.000 - mt 2250   1 SEATTLE BI 2250 A.Gocciadoro           2 PAPALLA " M.Barbini           3 TRUMAN DAIRPET-F- " N.Ensch           4 TROJA D'ASOLO " Rene' Legati           5 RINGOSTARR TREB " R.Vecchione           6 RADIOFRECCIA FI " E.Bellei           7 TESORO DEGLI DEI " V.P.Dell'Annunziata           8 SHARON GAR " G.Di Nardo           9 TIMOKO " B.Goop           10 TIMONE EK " J.Verbeeck           11 PASCIA' LEST " P.Gubellini           12 PRINCESS GRIF " R.Andreghetti             Thomas H. Hicks    

November 1, 2016 - Epice Turgot (2f Orlando Vici-Kippa Turgot) took this evenings Prix Marcel Dejean (purse €80,000, 2200 meters, for harness racing two year-olds) at Paris-Vincennes. From post 11, the winner was close placed from the start by J-M Bazire for Fabrice Souloy and owner Mme. Th. Hoste, and was clocked in 1.16.7kr in the dense fog. Ecume de Reville (2f Hand du Vivier-Perle Villetot) held second gamely for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Frederic Prat. Third was Elea Madrik (2f Goetmals Wood-Quelea Madrik) for trainer/driver William Biegeon. Each Time (2f Coktail Jet-Tes Amours) was fourth for Roberto Andreghetti and fifth was Ena de Laumac (2f Goetmals Wood-Valdivia) for owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. Thomas H. Hicks  

The Gr. II Grand Prix du Department 06 at Cagnes sur Mer (purse €180,000, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to noted harness racing sprinter and 1/5 favorite Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) with Jean-Michel Bazire up. Fabrice Souloy trains the Ecurie d’Heripre campaigner that was bred by Mlle Eugenie Quintin. He was timed in 1.09.8kr (mile rate 1:52.31) and recorded his 26th victory in 50 starts, now for €1,713,332 earned. Racing barefoot, Un Mec d’Heripre defeated another shoeless trotter, Pascia’Lest that Pippo Gubellini teamed for trainer Souloy and owner Samuel Querci of Italy as a 15/1 outsider. 13/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa), also barefoot, was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. 46/1 Princess Grif (7f Varenne-Fauve Grif) was fourth for Bjorn Goop, trainer Souloy and Azienda Agricola Biasuzzi with fifth to 11.2/1 Olmo Holz (8m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) and Christophe Martens. The Vitesse Trot (high-speed "TGV") at the mile distance had three venues this year, at Argentan, LaCapelle and Cagnes-sur-Mer. Organizers offered a bonus of €30,000 to the owner of the horse having trotted, during one of the stages of the TGV timed in 1.08.8kr or less, breaking the European record achieved on August 27, 2011 at Cagnes-sur-Mer by Commander Crowe (1.08.9kr). The winning trotter must, however, win one of the other events of the TGV. If the record of Commander Crowe is not broken (and it was not today), the premium was still offered to the owner of the horse who won two of the three tests of high speed trotting timed in 1.10.5kr or less.   Un Mec d’Heripre having won the opening stage, in lower Normandy, in the reduction of 1.10r, took the jackpot by winning in 1.10.5kr or less. The Fabrice Souloy trainee, with Jean-Michel Bazire in his sulky (with whom he fit well: nine wins and more than 85% top three finishes) did not disappoint and performed this day to form (last courses on the mile at Solvalla, Enghien and Mikkeli) in a sharp 1.09.8kr. On the sprinter oriented Cagnes sur Mer program the Prix de la Capelle (purse €30,000, 1609 meters autostart, nine European starters) went to 1.11.6kr timed (1:55.20 mile rate), 3/5 favorite Beverly Boulevard (7f Quite Easy-Long Beach) with Bjorn Goop up. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner that is owned by Mme. Camilla Vikstrom of Sweden. 2.7/1 Princess Kronos (7f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess) took second for Christophe Martens. The Prix de Jagersro at CSM (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.8/1 favorite Colonel Bond (4g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margharetha) timed in 1.13.9kr and handled by Pierre Vercruysse. J.P. Ensch trains the winner. 3.7/1 Creature Castelets (4f Pomerol de Laumac-Tragical Song) was second with J.Ch. Feron driving for trainer Nicolas Ensch and 64/1 Cavino (4g Severino-Ma Vive) was third. Orleans Font (8m Ganymede-Saint Ghil SM) won the Prix d’Argentan (purse €30,000, 1609 meters autostart, 10 European starters) clocked in a swift 1.11.6kr. Christophe Martens teamed the Vincent Martens trainee for owner Ecurie Domaine du Parc, that was off at 10.7/1 odds. The Prix d’Amiral Mauzun (purse €56,000, 2925 meters, 13 starters) went to 1.13.1kr timed and 1.6/1 odds Ambassadeur d’Em (6g Orlando Vici-Halatte) with Christophe Martens up. Vincent Martens trains the Ecurie du Domaine du Parc performer. 8.1/1 Antoine du Bourg (6g Oyonnax-Pin Up du Bourg) was second, six lengths in arrears, with 21/1 Atout du Cerre (6g Oakwood du Closet-Haquikmie) home third, this one owned by Franck Anne. Today, Mons Ghlin’s featured Prix Darby 4 Ans Belgique (purse €6,600, 2300 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.3/1 Iron Vivant (4g Smoldering Pine-Ironie) with Rik Ebbinge driving. J.W.M. Engwerda trains this Jan Rits owned performer. 5.2/1 Imuscle Vrijthout (4m Muscle Mass-Winjet Vrijthout) rallied for second with Jo Corbanie up for owner/trainer Mlle. An-Sofie Bruyneel. Third was 2.4/1 Inlove Vrijthout (4g Love You-Penny Jet) for driver Nico Dhaenens and trainer/owner Rudy Smets. Also, today at Divonne le Bains, the Grand Prix du Trotting (purse €32,000, 2675 meters, 15 European starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 1.2/1 favorite Une Serenade (8f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) with Serge Peltier aboard. 5/1 Upsalin des Baults was second ahead of 17/1 Vencedor. Thomas H. Hicks

Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) easily won the Aby Stora Prix Final (1.2SEK million to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) in gate to wire fashion for harness racing driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie d’Heripre. He now sports a 6-1-3 slate in 14 starts this year and has career earnings of 15,160,790SEK. His career slate is 25-4-6 in 49 starts. Time of the final was 1.11kr and the winner again raced without shoes in the final. Even though Un Mec d’Heripre went inside three pylons off the final bend no changes were made by the judges and the result was never in doubt as he scored by four lengths under wraps. The track was sloppy and heavy as rains continued that caused a race start delay of this the twelfth contest. On the solid undercard was the Lyon Grand Summer Prix Gr. II Stayer (purse 500,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 6.1/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) scored for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. 8.1/1 Alfas da Vinci (8g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) took second for Peter Ingves ahead of 6.4/1 Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) with trainer Bjorn Goop at the lines. Time for the winner was 1.16.4kr. The Silver Final (purse 200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13kr timed Nadal Broline (6g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for trainer Reljo Liljendahl and owner Onket Invest of Finland. This lightly raced winner is 3-1-0 in four starts this year and for the career shows a slate of 14-5-0 in 20 outings for 1,626,500SEK earned. Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) with Thomas Uhrberg at the lines for trainer Steen Juul. Thomas H. Hicks

Even-money odds Alex The Winner (6m Orlando Vici-Likely Jet) took today’s Amiens featured Prix Vrai Lutin (purse €30,000, 2900 meters, 11 starters) for driver Pierre Vercruysse. Pierre Pilarski  (also owner of Bold Eagle) owns this Jean-Etienne Dubois trainee that was bred by Pierre Alexandre Dubois. The 1.15.7kr timed winner defeated 3.1/1 Andiamo de Monchel (6g Kiwi-Narthys de Monchel) handled by J-M Bazire and 14/1 Amadeus Quick (6g Prince d’Espace-Quinta Vaumicel) for Frank Lecanu and trainer Franck Leblanc. At Cagnes-sur-Mer the Prix de Rome Tor di Valle Memorial (purse €36,000, 2925 meters, eight International starters) went to 1.4/1 favorite Sahara Fairytale (7f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) with Christophe Martens up. This 1.14.2kr timed winner is trained by Vincent Martens for Manocapo AB. 3/1 Varus du Bocage (7m Paisy Dream-Novia du Bocage) was second for trainer/driver Romuald Mourice and 9/1 Undici (8g Kaiser Soze-Jobeth) was third. Also at CSM was the Prix de la Place Navine (purse €30,000, 2925 meters, 13 starters) and 10.1/1 Butler (5m Ready Cash-Odyssee d’Isques) scored for Ch.R. Degiorgio, and breeder/trainer/owner Anders Lindqvist clocked in 1.14.5kr. 13/1 Bebeto (5g Sam Bourbon-Rafala du Rib) was second for trainer/driver J-P Ensch and 4.9/1 Bien Aller (5g Defi d’Aunoiu-Linabelia) was third with owner/driver/trainer Romuald Mourice aboard. Thomas H. Hicks

Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou), the 1/5 favorite in wagering after scratches of Trebol and Vincennes in a final six horse field, gamely held on after a death seat journey from the start to win the Gr.I Invitational UET Masters Series International Prix Saint Michel (purse €122,000, 1609 meters autostart) at Mikkeli, Finland. Driver Orjan Kihlstrom and Un Mec d’Heripre sat outside the rapid pacesetting Express Duo before taking the lead entering the lane. He then faced a three wide charge from 3.8/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere) with trainer Philippe Daugeard teaming for owner Olivier Horvath, that just missed on the line. The 28.2/1 Surprise Lord (10m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer) rallied on the pegs to be third driven by Mika Forss for owner trainer Reima Kuisla. Un Mec d’Heripre now has a 23-4-6 slate in 46 career starts for earnings of €1,460,012. He was clocked in a sharp 1.09.51kr (mile rate 1:51.84) with Univers de Pan timed in 1.09.52 (he now with 20 wins in 75 starts) and Surprise Lord home in 1.09.70kr (he with 31 victories in 92 starts). Royal Fighter, Twigs Voici and Express Deo completed the finish in order four through six. The race record still stands at 1.09.3kr set by Varenne in 2002 followed by 1.09.4kr by Rapide Lebel in 2011. The mare Premiere Steed won the event in 2009 timed in 1.09.6kr, she dam of Unica Steed, last nights’ dead-heat winner of a Delvin Miller division at the new Meadowlands USA. Today’s Amiens France featured Prix Vismie (purse €35,000, 2900 meters, 16 European starters) went to the 1.14.6kr timed and 2.1/1 odds Regio (6m Varenne-Leopardia) with Robin Bakker driving. Paul Hagoort trains this Ecurie Victoria Park (Holland) owned performer. 2.6/1 Ugo du Fosse was second and Uroy at 8.7/1 was third, the latter trained by Bjorn Goop for Sweden’s Ecurie Lucky Strike HB. Unisalane takes Q+ at Cabourg Daniel Armellini piloted his owned/trained 13.6/1 Unisalane (8f Jet Fortuna-Lea Picoulerie) to victory in Friday’s Quinte+ Prix Paul Viel (purse €38,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters), timed in 1.14.3kr. The 1.1/1 favorite Vagabond d’Echal (7g Quadrophenio-Malice de Piercla) was a soundly defeated second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire with 13.8/1 Uno Leon (7g Ipsun de Mormal-Perspective du Tay) third for J-Ph Monclin. On the Cabourg card Mathieu Mottier won three, two to sulky and one monte, all trained by Denise Mottier and two owned by her. He won with 1.8/1 Beauty Princess (5f Ludo de Castelle-Princess Foot) timed in 1.14.5kr in a €34,000 purse contest; 7/10 favorite Diego du Guelier (3m Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) clocked in 1.16.7kr in a €35,000 event; and 20.3/1 Olmo del Sauro (8m Faliero As-Novalady) in a €44,000 purse monte race. The latter is owned by Ecurie Fabio. by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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