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October 11, 2015 - Philippe Daugeard reined his trainee Solea Rivelliere (9f Califde des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) to victory in the special Gr. II Grand Prix de Gelsenkirchen Germany (purse €50,000, 2600 meters autostart, 15 international entrants) clocked in 1.13.2kr and off at 3.3/1 odds. The winner secured her 18th lifetime win now for earnings of €751,031. Jean Claude Robert Lucas owns the winning mare. Roller Quick  was second at 14/1 beaten two lengths with 8/1 Sierre Leone third. Ricimer, Roxana de Barbray, Sthieric and Paladin Bleu were in the well-regarded beaten field. The same day at Krieau Vienna Austria was held the 116th Graf Kalmar Hunyady-Gedenkrennen Autriche for €30,000 purse over 2600 meters autostart. 11 International starters faced the mobile barrier. 9.9/ odds Oncoming Diamant (7g SJ’s Photo-Oruscher-Shogun Lobell) secured the 1.14.7kr win for driver Detlef Fleischer and trainer Gerhard Biendl. The open lengths winner bested 16/1 New Generation (6m Oscar Schindler SL-Nuke Iy Linsay-Garland Lobell) handled by trainer Hubert Brandstatter Jr. with 1.1/1 favorite King of the World (6m Magnificent Rodney-Queen of Hearts) third for driver Deanis Spangenberg and trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk. This day at Hambourg-Bahrenfled Germany Exodus Hanover (4m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination) took the classic Gr. II Grosser Preis Von Deutschland (€90,000 to the winner, 1680 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.79kr. Kenneth Haugstad drove the winner for trainer Roger Walmann and owner Svensk Reclamfinans AB. Two lengths in arrears was British Steel (4g Kadabra-Come Home ET) with trainer Marcis Lindgren up timed in 1.11.9kr. Sing Hallelujah (4m SJ’s Caviar-Mystic Hanover) was third for Wim Pall and trainer Holger Ehlert’s Scuderia Niss di Holger Ehlert. On this card Gilda Newport (3f Donato Hanover-Color Schemes-Dream Vacatiion) was also a winner, covering 1680 meters autostart in 1.14.46kr for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar to earn €12,500 first prize. At Kincsem Park Budapest the featured Riano DIJ (600,000HUf purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.7/1 favorite Conway Boko (6g Castelton Bass-Waecon Boko) clocked in 1.16.5kr for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. The winner is owned by Illetmeny Kft. and Szilvia Hajnal. Orifiamma Jet was second for Sandor Varadi with third to Orlando Bloom teamed by Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

Romanesque (5m Love You-Guantanamera) with trainer Christophe Martens aboard took today’s featured Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Gr. II, €150,000 purse, 2875 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.15.3kr. This 3.1/1 odds winner is owned by Ecurie Rompus REF and defeated even-money favorite Ustinof du Vivier (7g Look de Star-Melba du Vivier) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Sebastien Guarato. 7/2 Vinci de l'Abba’e (6m Otello Pierji-Kyboumette) was third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire with fourth and fifth to 22/1 veteran mare Roxanne Grif and 52/1 Pascia’Lest. Duke of Greenwood was scratched. The Quinte+ Prix de l’Union de la Presse Hippique (€52,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2150 meters autostart) went to the 1.12.5kr winner Ulexa des Plans (7f Jag de Bellouet-Lola Dessut) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Philippe Daugeard. The winner, off at 6.6/1, defeated 0.5/1 favorite and pacesetter  Going For Gold ZAZ (7m Scarlet Knight-Sprite ZAZ) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third was 36/1 Succes de Vaux (9g Edson Tilly-Idole de Branard) for trainer/owner M.G. Baron. The Gr. III Prix de l’Association Nat des Turfistes (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters, 13 starters) went to 0.8/1 favorite Bird Parker (4m Ready Cash-Belisha) with Joseph Verbeeck at the lines. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Elisabeth Allaire and was clocked in 1.14.9kr. He scored with a steady stretch-long drive that caught 2.4/1 Beau Gamin (4m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette), trained by Sebastien Guarato and reined by Eric Raffin, with third to 16/1 Bardane du Houlbet (4f Jet Fortuna-Hagu du Houlbet) for driver/trainer R.Ch. Larue. The Gr. III other division of the Prix de la Federation Nat des Turfistes (€80,000 purse, 2150 meters autostart, 11 European starters) went to the 1.12.4kr winner 41.8/1 odds Adelia de Melodie (5f Lilium Madrik-Piccola Stella) for teamster Franck Ouvrie and trainer St. Meunier. 16/1 Tiger Woods As (5m Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip) was second at 16/1 for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort with third to 1.9/1 Red Rose America (5f Varenne-Armbro Voice) with J-M Bazire up for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Favorite at 1.7/1 was Akido and driver Franck Nivard and this pair ended fourth. On August 11 at Cesena the Breeders Course (Premio Allvamento Folli Srl) for two year-olds (purse €14,300, 1660 meters autostart) went to Ultimo Sogno (2m Gruccione Jet-Giamaica-Indro Park) clocked in 1.17.1kr with second to Ulisse LL (2m Allison Hollow-Vincenza Gius). Sire of the winner is a son of Pine Chip from Petite Victory, she by Valley Victory from Petite Evander. Thomas H. Hicks

May 20, 2015 - Philippe Daugeard’s slick gaited Univers de Pan has accepted an Elitloppet 2015 invitation. The 2014 Finlandia AJO winner was third in the 2015 edition after being trapped on the pegs throughout. He finished with much in reserve. Owned by Olivier Horvath, the seven year-old son of Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore has earned 13.4SEK million and has a speed mark of 1.10kr. The field now shows as follows with five starting slots remaining to be filled. Elitloppet 2015 Accepted Invitees Timoko - FR Maven - USA On Track Piraten - SWE Digital Ink - SWE Wind Of the North - USA BBS Sugarlight - NO Support Justice - N Nahar - SWE Voltigeur de Myrt - FR Magic Tonight - SWE Univers de Pan - FE Thomas H. Hicks

At Mons Ghlin (Belgium) the top European trotter Univers de Pan (7m Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) made his harness racing comeback with a win in the Prix Ministre de L’Agriculture (€8,400 purse, 2300 meters autostart, 9 International starters). Trainer Philippe Daugeard reined the winner, clocked in 1.14.3kr, off at 3/5 odds. Univers de Plan left the mobile alertly and tucked third after which he was shuffled toward the rear. With a lap to go Daugeard got loose, quickly moved to second and followed the leader until the stretch drive when he rallied for a neck victory without the ear plus being pulled. Onyx d’Em (13g Urene Soutonne - Becilia) raced superbly and held second for driver Rik Depuydt and trainer Carine De Soete. Varina (6f Norginio-Jalencia) was third for reinsman Nico D’Haenens at 25/1 with fourth to Quentin Rose (11g Carpe Diem - Gigi Rose) and Jo Corbanie at the lines at 12/1. Univers de Plan last raced June 28, 2014 when third in the Prix de Washington. Before he won the Oslo Grand Prix, Finlandio AJO and Grand Criterium de Vitesse and was second in the Prix de France.  Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed Cristal Wood (3m Goetmals Wood-Topaze Bourbon) to victory at 9/1 in the Prix de la Bruyere (€28,000 purse, 2925 meters, 10 starters) clocked in 1.17.6kr with a front-end journey. Jean Baudron owns the winner bred by Scuderia Bolgheri SRL and owned by J-P Dubois. Favored even-money Colibri du Vivier (3m Oiseau de Feux-Iguine du Vivier) was second for trainer/driver Yannick A. Briand ahead of Creck du Vautour (3m Rio du Rib-Saeva du Vautour) with trainer Stephane Cingland up at 18/1. Dubois’ entrymate Cupidon Love (3m Coktail Jet-Guilty of Love) was fourth with Nicolas Ensch up for trainer Patrick Chevrier. J-P Dubois was back with another winner in the Prix Henri Callier (€28,000 purse, 2925 meters distance handicap, 12 starters) as he piloted the Ecurie D bred, J-P Dubois owned Buvetier (4m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure) to victory clocked in 1.16.9kr. The 4.3/1 odds winner is trained by Patrick Chevrier and he overcame a 25 meter penalty. Broardo (4g Niky-Proadauna) also overcame a 25 meter handicap to be second at 3/1 for Christophe Martens and trainer Vincent Martens. 9/1 odds Brutus La Mesange (4m Lilium Madrik-Infante du Buisson) landed third for trainer/driver David Bekaert. Today’s Prix Grace Ducal (€58,000 purse, 2925 meter s distance handicap, 14 European starters, Quinte+ race of the day with jackpot €5.15 million) went to Twenty (8g Love You-Grive de Vire) at 9/2 odds. Christophe Martens drove the winner for trainer Vincent Martens, clocked in 1.14.5kr. Favorite Tagada Castelets (8f Jag de Bellouet-Gitane Castelets) was second for driver Arnaud-Albert Chavette and trainer Alain Chavette. Third was 5.5/1 Sophie du Vif (9f Jenko-Lavalliere du Vif) for trainer/driver Aymeric Thomas that overcame a 25 meter handicap. Thomas H. Hicks

United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes) took today’s 10th leg of the Grand National du Trot at Graignes, France, covering 2700 meters in 1.15.9kr for reinsman/trainer J-M Bazire. The 3/5 favorite earned the winners’ share of the €90,000 purse for owner Laurent Ledue in this Gr. III event. United Back secured his 18th win, now for earnings of €289,430. Franck Nivard was second with Tenor de Legende (7g Carpe Diem-Nony Maker) as he could not overcome a 25 meter handicap. Sissi du Morin (8f Grassano-Haltise du Morin) was third at 32/1 for Philippe Daugeard also covering 2725 meters. The undercard’s Prix de la Federation Nationale des Courses for €32,000 over 2700 meters drew 16 entrants in this European event with Titane Nordique (7m Victory Cruise-Ines Rolls-Siberien) the winner for teamster Sebastian Ernault. The Markku Vartiainen owned and trained Finish campaigner scored in 1.16.5kr at 1.4/1 odds. Tender and True (7m Coktail Jet-Go Along) was second for Julian Dubois with Norway’s Farmer’s Julia (7f Juliano Star-Frame Talk) third and Italy’s Maillot (8g Daguet Rapide-Schiffer OM) was fourth. At Solvalla two winners caught our interest. The ASVT Trottex for two year-olds for 110,000SEK to the winner went to M.T.Keepontrotting (2m Credit Winner-Mystical Michelle-Pine Chip) in 1.15.4kr over 1640 meters autostart. The Jorma Vallo owned colt scored in his first career start over the Kevin Oscarsson teamed Steel Muscle. Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) scored in 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart. Mercedes Balogh teamed the winner in this event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Food Money recorded his seventh win in 17 career starts for 1,335,000SEK earned. Several international veterans scored SWE victories last weekend. Noras Bean (9m Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan) scored at Arjang on September 21 in a comeback effort to earn 30,000SEK first money. Stefan Soderqvist piloted the winner in his first start since April 26th. He is undefeated in four 2014 starts for owner Stall Asunden HB and now has 20 wins in 70 starts for earnings of 11,460,921SEK. The beaten field included Global Investment and Lord Capar. Noras Bean is recovering from what was reported earlier as a career ending injury. Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) scored at Solanget on September 20th in a Gold Division worth 150,000SEK to the winner. The Robert Bergh trained and reined international star scored in 1.12.4kr over 2148 meters autostart. Nahar has 29 victories in 87 starts for career earnings of 10,510,598SEK for owner Stall Sedin. Bon Freccia and New Line trailed the winner. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Christian Bigeon piloted Severino (8m Gobernador-Katia de Tillard-Mon Tourbillon) to victory in today’s Gr. II Gran Prix Victoria Park at Wolvega, Holland. A total of 15 starters went to the post in this €55,000 purse event over the 2600 meter autostart course. Off at 7.4/1, Severino recorded his 12th career victory for earnings of €938,580 as he dispatched Solea Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), with Philippe Daugeard up, that was off at 6/1. Veteran Perlando (11m Giant Cat-Keralda) finished third for Nico D’haenen at 58.3/1 with 33.6/1 Roxana de Barbray fourth ahead of 53.4/1 Saphire de Fille. Time was 1.14.5kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The International Gr. II Prix de Washington headlines the Saturday June 28 card at Enghien, France. Veteran gleding Rapide Lebel is in the field along with 2014 successful international star Univers de Pan and recent winner Napoleon Bar. This test for €120,000 purse is one of the few one-mile autostart events in France. The field includes four career winners of over one million euro. June 28, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Washington, International  Gr. II UET Masters Series, €120,000 purse, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters In post position order, horse, driver, life earnings in euros Quoumba de Guez, J-M Bazire, 1,162,469 Rapide Lebel, Eric Raffin, 1,816,922 Napoleon Bar, Pierre Vercruysse, 863,365 Pascia’Lest, Enrico Bellei, 953,772 Ru de a’Airou, Pierre Levesque, 660,720 Roi du Lupin, Anthony Barrier, 1,645,345 Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard, 1,375,430 Viscaria, G. Gillot, 313,260 Tornade di Digeon, F. Darondel, 432,120 Alizua du Kastel, Emmanuel Allard, 221,690 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Top-flight action occurred this past weekend with victories by Timoko, Nahar and Napoleon Bar in high-level graded action. Replays of these exciting events are with the photos Other interesting action also took place over the past few days. On June 14, Santo Mollo scored with Sir Robert, a four year-old son of Adrian Chip, in the Prix d’Hermonville at Enghien, a European event for three year-old males. Purse was €55,000 in the 2875 meter contest, timed in 1.16.7kr. Chart follows June 14, 2014 Enghien, Prix d’Hermonville, European three year-old males, €55,000, 2875 meters, 14 starters, 1.16.7kr 1st Sir Robert (4m Adrian Chip-Lindos de Gloria), Santo Mollo trainer/driver, Italy, 37.1 2nd Beguin Meslois (3m Roc Meslois-Ingeniosite), Pierre Belloche trainer/driver, 10/1 3rd Sansone Bar (3m Ganymede-Filandia), Enrico Bellei, Italy, 12/1 4th Sciacallo OM (3m Yankee Slide-My Kinda Tribute), Jos. Verbeeck, 21/1 5th Bo Pou Rafal (3m Job d’Udon-Liana Pou Rafal), Emanuelle Allard, 21/1 Same day at Kuovola open mares contested the Jouni Kaikko Memorial for a purse of €21,000. 11 starters traveled 2100 meters autostart. The Quite Easy mare Venice was victorious with USA’s  Beatgoeson Hanover third, she driven by Bjorn Goop for US-based trainer Nifty Norman. Chart follows. June 14, 2014 Kuovola, Jouni Kaikko Memorial, €21,500, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters, 1.14kr 1st Venice (5f Quite Easy-Vivace), Mika Forss up for trainer Heikki Korhonen 2nd Solec Rivelliere (8f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver 3rd Beatgoeson Hanover (6f Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel), Bjorn Goop up, trainer R. Nifty Norman On June 15 at Rambouillet trotting on the turf was featured. The €32,000 Prix de L-Echo Republicain attracted 18 entrants and Jean-Etienne Dubois scored with his Very Well Jet, a son of Love You from Encombevineuse by Workaholic, she a 1992 foal and dam of 15 foals including Kinder Jet (US$631,659 by Full Account), Quaro (US$721,720 by Kiwi), Avila (US$650,389 by Ready Cash), Rivoli Jet (US$149,467 by Goetmals Wood), Ulzhane (US$115,712 by Offshore Dream) and Very Well Jet. Quite a production record! June 15, 2014, Rambouillet, Prix de L’Echo Republicain, €32,000, 2800 meters, 18 starters 1st Very Well Jet (5m Love You-Encombevineuse), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 3/1 odds, 10th win for €223,070 2nd Tango de le Manza (7g Chaillot-Ines de le Manza), Antoine Wiels, 13/1 odds, J-P Marmion trainer 3rd Uccello Somolli (6g Obrillant-Moonlight Somolli), Glenny Delaune, 4/1 odds, Sebastian Guarato trainer Also on June 15 Ringostarr Treb won the Pris Presidente Della Republica at Triese Italy. Roberto Vecchione teamed the four year-old son of Classic Photo to his 11th career victory in 1.17.5kr over 2060 meters on the half-mile track. Purse was €45,100. Chart and pedigree of top three finishers follow: Ringostarr Treb (4m Classic Photo-Farsclo-Supergill), 11 wins in 27 starts for €88,917 Red Baron (4m Majestic Son-Check and Balance-Balanced Image) Roi de Coeur (4m Love You-Copacabana OK-Record OK) Sunday at Hamburg Germany the €30,000 Hamburg Cup went to emerging Banks with trainer Michael Larsen. He covered the 1680 meter autostart distance in a sharp track record 1.09.9kr, also a German record, as he scored by over five lengths. The gelded five year-old son of Abano As-Brisana-Diamond Way now has 11 wins in 14 career starts, the other three outings being second place finishes. His career earnings are €70,860. Canadian bred I Won’t Dance was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren with Aida Boko third for Robin Bakker. Chart is shown below. Heinz Wewering piloted his trainee Abano Boy in this event but was off the board. Second dam of the winner is Image of Beauty, a daughter of Balanced Image and US$246,687 winner of the Canadian Breeders Championship and 16 victories in 31 starts. She’s also dam of Italian Derby winner Avril, a winner of US$500,771, and a full-sister to Dr. Robert Johns, winner of €288,016 and victorious in Ontario Sires Gold Final at age two.   BILD Hamburg-Pokal / SUPER-SIEG-WETTE GARANTIEAUSZAHLUNG 2.500 Euro  Internationales offenes Rennen 30.000 EUR - 1.680 Meter - Autostart                    1 Banks 9,9 Larsen,Michael 1680  53   5j. br. W Abano As - Brisana Bes.: Rothe,Erich/Schäfer,Uwe - Zü.: Brandt,Jörg - Tr.: Larsen,Michael  2 I Won't Dance 10,5 Lövgren,Joakim 1680  24   8j. dbr. W Angus Hall - Do Si Do Hanover Bes.: Nilsson,Jens - Zü.: .USA - Tr.: Lövgren,Joakim  3 Aida Boko 10,8 Bakker,Robin 1680  26   7j. dbr. S From Above - Staro Almighty Bes.: Gerrits Recycl.Group - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Hagoort,Paul  4 Politiken 10,9 Friis,Morten 1680  118   7j. br. W Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn Bes.: Stald Fribo - Zü.: .Dänemark - Tr.: Friis,John  5 Top of the Rocks 11,1 Biendl,Gerhard 1680  63   9j. dbr. H Love You - On the Rocks Bes.: Stall Teddy - Zü.: Zietz,Antje - Tr.: Biendl,Gerhard  6 Ariane Beemd 11,3 Vlieger,Rob T. de 1680  299   7j. br. S Passing Renka - Pinky Bes.: Merwestaal Moer.B.V. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Vlieger,Rob T. de  7 Attrape Moi 11,6 Bot,Robbin 1680  362   7j. schwbr. H Orlando Vici - Make my pay day Bes.: Willemsen,M.A.M. - Zü.: .Niederlande - Tr.: Kamminga,Cees F.  8 Abano Boy 11,7 Wewering,Heinz 1680  311   8j. dbr. H Abano As - Countess Diamond Bes.: Jurisic,Branislav - Zü.: H+W Landwirtschaft u. - Tr.: Wewering,Heinz  9 Shali's Alesi 12,6 Spengler,Roman 1680  407   7j. br. H Alesi OM - Shalis Pointe Bes.: Franz/Gestüt Aschau - Zü.: Adelberger,Prof.Dr.Otto - Tr.: Spengler,Roman   News of Hanke dis.RL 9 Gustavsson,Kenneth 1680  800   9j. kbr. H Muscles Yankee - Lady Louise Bes.: Hanke,Jürgen - Zü.: Hanke,Jürgen - Tr.: Meyer,Kurt   On June 16 action returned to France at Vichy and Agen le Passage. The Prix de Cognat-Lyonne for €35,000 over 2850 meters distance handicap drew 17 starters. Tamaya de Bohet scored at almost 10/1 odds in this one, the day’s Quinte+ race of the day. Timed in 1.15.8kr the daughter of Lets Go Along defeated a host of longshots such that there were no exact order winning tickets on the top five finishers. June 16, 2014 Vichy, Prix de Cognat-Lyonne, €35,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 17 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Tamaya de Bohet (7f Lets Go Along-Lady Extreme), J-M Gaudin  trainer/driver, 9.5/1, 2850 meters 2nd Skirring The Best (8g Jow du Vro-Kiara de Busset), Serge Peltier up, 49/1, 2850 meters 3rd Ragtime Bourbon (9g Defi d’Aunou-Urika Speed), A. Thomas up, 129/1, 2875 meters 4th Tefiaroa de Nay (7f Kieyton-Moorea de Nay), D. Cordeau trainer/driver, 64/1, 2850 meters 5th Quo Williams (10m Chaillot-Karima Williams), Eric Raffin, 19/1, 2875 meters The same day at Agen le Passage Norton Jet scored in the €30,000 Prix Faustin Semeillon over 2625 meters in 1.15.8kr. The son of Crown’s Invitation won for the first time in France and for the 10th time in his career, now for earnings of 149,636 for trainer/driver Matthieu Varin, who on post-race interview stated that his Italian import has shown recent improvement. June 16, 2014 Agen le Passage, Prix Faustin Semeillon, European €30,000, 2625 meters, 16 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Norton Jet (7m Crown’s Invitation-Smo’Dra-Florida Pro), Matthieu Varin trainer/driver, 21/1, Italy, 10th win for €149,636 2nd Royal de Vaiges (9g Indy de Vive-Helice des Brouets), Denis Brossard trainer/driver, 15/1 3rd Twist des Pleignes (7g Gazouillis-Ibiza des Pleigres), Arnaud Barre, 37/1 4th Qualicubat (10g Kiwi-Cialia d’Urgare), Olivier Raffin, 8.3/1 5th Rubis de la Porte (9g Hand du Vivier-Hakarina Prail), Damien Laisis, 26/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom

Univers de Pan overcame a second tier start, heavy traffic, breakers and a three-wide move around the last turn without cover to steadily rally for victory in today's Gr. I UET Master Series classic Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke. Trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and his six-year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere handled the task very effectively to secure the 1.5 krone million first prize ($250,000 US). They scored in 1.11.9kr by a length over Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane) and reinsman Geir Vagard Gundersen (also trainer) with Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig) a fast closing third for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Solvato vacated the pylons early, tried unsuccessfully for the lead, retreated back into the third inside position and then was blocked until late. He finished very well. Univers de Pan is a 73% French trotteur/27% standardbred outcross (3.8% inbreeding coefficient) and he recorded his third 2014 victory in eight starts with four second place finishes. Career earnings now exceed 11.6 million krone. He's a likely leader of the new European trotting contingent based his superb gait and manners. Un Mec d'Heripre and Bjorn Goop had aggressively moved three wide at the halfway mark of the 2100 meter autostart test, to gain the death seat and out battled pacesetter B.B.S. Sugarlight late in the final turn before going offstride. Roi du Lupin and Raja Mirchi (racing with shoes) also made breaks during the early portion of the contest. Replay clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhcwRF08YbE Stelton (5g Dream Vacation-Nanuet’s Crown) took today’s Akershus Traktors Europamatch at Bjerke, scoring in 1.13.2kr over 2100 meters autostart for trainer/driver Jeppe Juel. Owned and bred in Denmark, Stelton earned first money of 300,000 krone for the victory in this race for four and five year-olds. The winner is now perfect in 2014 with three wins in as many appearances. Last year he recorded seven victories in ten starts and was never worse than third. Today’s win moved his career earnings to over two million krone. Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication) held on for third driven by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer) finished fourth. The Finn-Tack for Open Mares was a hotly contested affair with 12 entrants going 1609 meters autostart for 175,000 krone first prize. Favored Canaka B.F. (7f Jobie Tempest-Frida Filiokus) took the prize for Ulf Ohlsson at the lines for trainer Reijo Lilendahl. The invader from Sweden was timed in 1.11.8kr as she swept past rivals in the late going. France’s Tina du Citrus (7f Niky-Onna Lisa) was a good second for Bjorn Goop, driving for Jean Michel Asin trainer and for owner J-P Barjon of Ecurie Citrus.  The Jerry Riordan trained Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel) finished second with Erik Adielsson aboard and former Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold And Fresh (6f SJ’s Caviar-Odre Coucou) was fourth handled by trainer Frode Hamre. Other interesting winners today were Denmark’s Ruth Reerstrup (6f Carmondy Lobell-Diva Reerstrup) in 1.13.6kr for Bo Westergaard, also trainer. She won the Contender Sulky sponsored race with 105,000 krone first prize in this 2100 meter autostart event three year-olds and up. Sweden’s You Talking To Me (6g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec) finished second for Erik Adielsson. The BIS Maskins for four year-olds went to Italy’s Reve d’Amour in 1.14.1kr over 2100 meters autostart. Torbjorn Jansson drove for Mike Lenders trainer. The mare by Love You-Daventry won for the second time in five 2014 starts, the other three times she was second. Finishing third was Il Pizzalolo (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Pizza Dolce), trained by Frode Hamre and reined by Per Oleg Midtfjeld. Another  Italian, Relight My Fire (4g Ganymede-Basic) was second for trainer/driver Hamre. A group of lightly raced three year-olds contested the 2100 meter autostart Stralfors for 60,000 krone first money. Nelson Nora (3f Muscles Yankee-Lindys Holiday) took that one in 1.15.1kr for Bo Westergaard, her second win in four lifetime appearances. She’s been on the board every time. The Bjerke card this day was an exceptional display of international trotting before a large and enthusiastic audience and winners representing many nations. The atmosphere was electric with emotion and excitement throughout the racing day. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Ten solid veterans face the starter Sunday in the prestigious Oslo Grand Prix in Norway. The winner will earn 1.5 million norwegian kroners ($250,000 US) after covering the 2100 meters autostart course. The French will send three to battle with Solvato and Raja Mirchi (game performer in Elitloppet 2014). Univers de Pan and Philippe Daugeard lead the French entrants and Un Mec d'Heripre was an impressive winner in his last appearance plus he'll have Bjorn Goop at the lines. The leading money winner in the field is the old-campaigner Roi de Lupin, with over 13.8NOkr million earned for trainer Jean Paul Marmion. The lineup is summarized below and program is available at https://www.rikstoto.no/program/pdf/BJ_20140608_Baneprogram.pdf June 8, 20014 Bjerke, Oslo Grand Prix Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 1.5NOkr million to winner, 10 starters 1.SOLVATO, Veijo Heiskanen 2.JULIANO RAGS, Noralf P. Brackken 3.B.B.S. SUGARLIGHT, Peter Untersteiner 4.ORALI, Jeppe Juel 5.ROI DU LUPIN, Anthony Barrier 6.M F.X.ROYAL, Lars Anvar Kolle 7.RAJA MIRCHI, Jorma Kontio 8.SUPPORT JUSTICE, Geir Vegard Gundersen 9. UNIVERS DE PAN, Philippe Daugeard 10.UN MEC D'HERIPRE, Bjorn Goop The Sunday undercard at Bjerke is exceptional featuring the Elite for three-year olds (race 1) with Juniata Hanover at the start; the two heat and final Energima Cup (races 2, 3 and 7) includes Winmecredit, I'm The Answer, V.C Chocoholic and Broadway Legs. The Elite for four year-olds includes Denver, Single Sock, Alizea du Kastel and Tumble Dust; and the Europamatch with Mr. Chicago, Clint W. Boko, Nothing But Class and Stelton at the start. Former Hambletonian Oaks Winner Bold And Fresh is in race 12 for open class mares. Sebastian K took the 2013 Oslo Grand Prix edition in 1.12.8kr defeating Nesta Effe and Maharajah. Past winners of the classic, which began in 1966, are listed below. Year Horse Driver Country1 Winning time 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens  Sweden 1:11.5 2011 Arch Madness Björn Goop  United States 1:11.5 2010 Lisa America Jorma Kontio  United States 1:11.7 2009 Russel November Hugo Langeweg J:r  Netherlands 1:14.3 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun Tony Le Beller  France 1:11.5 2007 Super Light Jörgen Westholm  Sweden 1:12.2 2006 Mara Bourbon Erik Adielsson  France 1:13.2 2005 Steinlager Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Norway 1:12.5 2004 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:11.7 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.2 2002 Brads Photo Wim Paal  Italy 1:13.9 2001 Giant Cat Nicolas Roussel  France 1:12.1 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.0 1999 Ganymede Jean-Pierre Dubois  France 1:12.6 1998 Huxtable Hornline Joseph Verbeeck  Sweden 1:13.2 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:14.6 1996 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.9 1995 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1993 Nordin Hanover Olle Goop  Sweden 1:14.3 1992 Sea Cove Joseph Verbeeck  Germany 1:14.6 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:14.1 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjaersgaard  Denmark 1:13.8 1989 Ourasi Michel-M. Gougeon  France 1:13.5 1988 Sugarcane Hanover Gunnar Eggen  United States 1:12.5 1987 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:13.7 1986 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:14.7 1985 Ogorek Michel Roussel   Switzerland 1:16.0 1984 Hickory Almahurst Ulf Nordin  Denmark 1:16.3 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter  Sweden 1:15.6 1982 Zorrino Tommy Hanné  Sweden 1:18.9 1981 Pamir Brodde Karl Erik Nilsson  Sweden 1:16.3 1980 Express Gaxe Gunnar Axelryd  Sweden 1:17.1 1979 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire  France 1:19.9 1978 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:17.0 1977 Race cancelled       1976 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:19.7 1975 Hassan Star Kjell P. Dahlström  Sweden 1:19.1 1974 Boett Sören Norberg  Sweden 1:21.0 1973 Gaby Bulwark Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.6 1972 Noble Action Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.1 1971 Unor Lars Axelsson  Sweden 1:19.5 1970 Race cancelled       1969 Baron Gruff Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.5 1968 Race cancelled       1967 Xanthe Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.6 1966 Scott Protector Karsten Buer  Norway 1:23.0 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Univers de Pan (FR), with harness racing trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard aboard, took the first over path to win today’s prestigious Gr. I Finlandia AJO at Helsinki. The 1609 meter autostart test rewarded €110,000 to the winner, he the 1.75/1 favorite on the Fintoto network.  Univers de Pan was timed in 1.10.7kr, second fastest in the rich history of the classic. Oasis Bi was second for Claes Svensson at 14.2/1 with Prussia third for Pietro Gubellini at 6.87/1 (she raced first over initially before being covered by the winner that raced in the death seat), this pair noses apart for second on the line and a length off Univers de Pan. Sweden’s Sanity ended fourth for Johnny Taker. The defending 2013 winner Nesta Effe finished sixth. Recently imported Blue Porsche was never a factor and broke in the stretch as did local favorite Air Gunner. Univers de Pan, pictured below, is a handsome, superbly gaited six year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de al Vaudere that is owned by Olivier Horvath. Today’s victory was his 18th in a career that now has produced lifetime earnings of €1,197,530. Sij. Hevonen Ohjastaja Matka:Rata Aika Palkinto Kerroin 1 6   Univers de Pan* (FR) Philippe Daugeard 1609:6 10,7a 110000 € 2,75 2 2   Oasis Bi* (IT) Claes Svensson 1609:2 10,8a 45000 € 15,22 3 8   Prussia* (IT) Pietro Gubellini 1609:8 10,8a 20000 € 7,87 4 4   Sanity* (SE) Johnny Takter 1609:4 10,9a 10000 € 3,73 5 1   Juliano Rags* (NO) Noralf Braekken 1609:1 11,0a 5000 € 28,67 6 3   Nesta Effe* (IT) Roberto Vecchione 1609:3 11,2a   9,12 7 9   Paladin Bleu* (FR) Joseph Verbeeck 1609:9 11,3a   91,98 8 5   Quite An Avenger Markku Nieminen 1609:5 11,7a   72,17 hpl 7   Blue Porsche (US) Iikka Nurmonen 1609:7 -a   40,95 hpl 10   Air Gunner Kari Rosimo 1609:10 -a   17,38 Click Helsinki race 10 for replay. http://tototv.icareus.com/web/guest/archive Prior ten winner of the Finlandia AJO are listed below Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert  Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop  Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop  France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi  Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc  France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson  United States 1:12.5 The undercard featured several fine events as well. The Glenn Kosmos Memorial for four year-olds, contested over 1609 meters autostart for €21,500 purse, went to Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) in 1.10.8 (1:53.9) for reinsman Pietro Gubellini. The Patrick Chevrier trainee was bred in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Alizia du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalinda jet) was second for Johnny Takter and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett) was third for Pekka Korpi. Other winners on the card were Le Cupole (7m Gentle Star-Molly Hebre) for teamster Hanni Torvinen in the 3100 meter John Deere Gator. The winner was timed in 1.15.1kr for the score for a purse of €22,000. The three year-olds battled in the Jurodia Butzow Pris for €21,500 over 2100 meters autostart. Thomas Korvenoja reined the winning Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover) in their 1.13.9kr score. The card started with the Prix Finlandia Monte (€6,000, 2100 meters) going to Testa Rossa Pat (7f Offshore Dream-Namorosa-Corot) ) with Philippe Masschaele up in 1.14kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Defending Finlandia-Ajo champion Nesta Effe faces a stiff challenge to his crown from rising French star Univers de Pan and Swedish star Sanity at Vermo , Saturday night. The group one Finnish race is over the mile distance and Holger Ehlert will have his Italian-bred chestnut journeyman primed for a race in a country in which he has excelled. Neste Effe not only won this race last year,but he also won the Prix Etain Royal the first of the Scandinavian big spring races which was won this year by Warkentin mare Prussia in stunning fashion. She lines up again, but there is a feeling that on paper, last year's was a much stronger field, perhaps due to the untimely clash this season with the Copenhagen Cup. Mr Picolit, who ran third last year is defending his Copenhagen Crown, while Monster Drive who was fourth, chose a trip to Italy last weekend for the Lotteria where he made the final. Commander Crowe, who also appeared in both races last year, has not also reappeared for his 11th season. So this leaves the big three, really looking a class above the opposition in this race. Malin Lofgren's Sanity won four races in France over the lucrative winter period, and also finished second and third, and has a win and two second since he returned to Scandinavian racing. The son of Love You is just a super tough competitor and demands the ultimate respect here. Philippe Daugeard's Univers de Pan is one of the French elite ranks, and the fact that he is racing on the 1000m Scandinavian is something of a coup for the organizers of the race. A true French bred son of Kenya du Pont, the only American bloodlines in his pedigree ironically stem from his sireline, his great-great grandsire being Star's Pride. He is the only one of his fifth line 32 descendants who is American. Not one of the other five lines of pedigree is of US breeding. But that is of interest only to the breeding buff, he was second in the Prix de France and has no less than four group two victories. On a wide open track he'd street this field. The fact that he is putting his credentials on the line on a 1000m track, and an acknowledged hard track at that, speaks of a greater goal. A fast mile time, perhaps with the lucrative Swedish breeding market taking not of performance above such a "French" pedigree. This is a race which has been run since 1980, and is regarded as Finland's biggest trotting event. A few facts Horses with most wins 2 - Giesolo de Lou (1999, 2000) 2 - Napoletano (1988, 1989)[3] Drivers with most wins 3 - Jean-Michel Bazire (2005, 2008, 2009) 3 - Stig H. Johansson (1988, 1989, 2004) 3 - Jorma Kontio (1985, 1986, 2007) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) 2 - Joseph Verbeeck (1998, 2003) Trainers with most wins 3 - Fabrice Souloy (2003, 2008, 2009) 2 - Jean-Etienne Dubois (1999, 2000) 2 - Stig Engberg (1988, 1989) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) Sires with most winning offsprings 2 - Biesolo (Giesolo de Lou, Oiseau de Feux) 2 - Quick Pay (Atas Fighter L., Born Quick) 2 - Texas (Grades Singing, Copiad) 2 - Super Bowl (Davidia Hanover, Napoletano Countries, number of wins 10 - United States 9 - France 7 - Sweden 4 - Finland Fastest winners 1:10.6 (km rate) - Quarcio du Chene (2010) All winners of Finlandia-Ajo[edit] Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. Torbjörn Jansson Torbjörn Jansson Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David France 1:15.6 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Holger Ehlert trained Nesta Effe returns to Vermo. Fineland on Saturday May 10 to defend last year's Finlandia AJO title. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event will be contested over 1609 meters autostart for purse of 190,000 euros. Three career winners of over 1 million euros are in the lineup (Nesta Effe, Sanity and Univers de Pan).Ten quality performers will be at the start: Juliano Rags, Noralf Braekken, Norway Oasis Bi, Claes Svensson, Italy Nesta Effe, Roberto Vecchione, Italy Sanity, Johnny Takter, Sweden Quite An Avenger, Marrku Nieminen, Finland Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard, France Blue Porsche, Likka Nurmonen, USA Prussia, Pietro Gubellini, Italy Paladin Bleu, Joseph Verbeeck, France Air Gunner, Kari Rosimo, Finland Nesta Effe Replay of the 2013 event and post-race festivities are shown by link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuZih-ToflI#t=362 The 2014 field at Helsinki shapes up as wide-open affair. Oasis Bi has 12 career wins in 35 starts for 3,263,264SEK. The six year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed has posted two wins in four starts this year against solid foes. Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) has also started 2014 effectively with a 3-2-0 slate in five starts including success in France. He now has 30 wins from 69 appearances for earnings of 9,723,176SEK. Local player Air Gunner (6g Ray Gun-Dame Gallant-Meadow Gallant) has also begun the season well with three wins, the last two in 1.11.7kr for driver Kari Rosimo. Winners of the Finlandia include legends of the trotting wars internationally (e.g., Commander Crowe, SJ's Photo, Copiad, Davidia Hanover, Napoletano, Grade's Singing and Ideal du Gazeau). The race record 1.10.6kr was set in 2010 by Quarcio du Chene reined by Bjorn Goop. Winners of Finlandia-Ajo Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert  Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop  Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop  France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi  Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc  France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson  United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy  France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer  United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi  Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet  France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola  Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade  United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné  Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen  Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. Torbjörn Jansson Torbjörn Jansson  Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway  United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop  United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson  United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen  United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen  United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop  Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin  Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre  France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David  France 1:15.6 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Hippodrome Enghien in France today played host to the Gr. I International Prix de l'Atlantique with a 200,000e purse over the 2150 meters autostart sprinter distance (1-5/16 miles). Italy's Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) prevailed in a race record 1.11.3kr as he received a perfect pocket trip from reinsman Enrico Bellei for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci. The winner was off at 10/1 odds and scored his 13th career win now for earnings of 919,382e. Bellei was able to take the early lead away from Univers de Pan (Philippe Daugeard). In front briefly, the winner then pocketed when Univers de Pan was quick on the retake. Timoko sat third for Pierre Vercruysse but could not keep with the leading pair in the drive. Bellei waited and then sprung to the attack, finally gaining superiority as the wire approached. Univers de Pan was a brave second with Caballion third but disqualified. Tiego d'Etang was placed third for Christian Bigeon with Timoko and Olmo Holz awarded spots four and five. In the beaten field were Quinoa du Gers (sixth), Quoumba de Guez (eighth) and Roxane Griff (a fading ninth). Pascia'Lest has been under the tutelage of Thierry Duvaldestin since November, but had never passed the winning pole for the new trainer until today, and in a superb manner. Duvaldestin was at Saint -Malo today and posted four winning drives with his pupils. Pascia'Lest became one of the sprinter kings of Enghien- Soisy, including Main Wise As and Exploit Caf , other Italian champions that had won the "Atlantic " in their racing careers. This son of Varenne , timed today in 1.11.3kr, set a track record for the event , which had been held by Jag de Bellouet with 1.11.4kr in 2005. April 19, 2014 Enghien, Prix de l'Atlantique, UET Masters Series Gr. I International, 2150 meters autostart, 200,000e, 1.11.3kr new race record Fractions: 1.12.3kr at 1000; 1.11.6kr at 500 1st Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Enrico Bellei up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin, 10/1 Italy, his 13th career win 2nd Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver, 9/10 favorite 3rd Tiego d'Etang (7m Chaillot-Harolene), Christian Bigeon driver/trainer, 9/1 4th Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces), Pierre Vercruysse, 9/1 5th Olmo Holz (6m Uronometro-Veuve du Kros), Christophe Martens, Italy, 11/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Today's Laval co-featured Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, a European monte test for 27,000e, went to veteran Jag de Bellouet stallion Remember Jihem. Fabien Gence rode the J-M Monclon trainee to his first victory since early June 2013. He rallied along the pegs with 700 meters to go in the 2875 meter test to score easily in 1.14.4kr, his 10th career victory. Longshots Rescousse de Barb and Riquewihr finished two-three. March 12, 2014 Laval, Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, 27,000e, European monte, 10- starters, 2875 meters (m=male; f=female)  1.14.4kr 1st Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana-Pietro), Fabien Gence up for Jean-Marie Monclon, 2.5/1 odds, his 10th career victory for earnings of 349,700e 2nd Rescousse de Barb (9f L'as de Vivetaute-Gaie Melodie-Quadrophenio), Mlle. Marion Lemonnier, 58/1 3rd Riquewihr (9g Tenor de Baune-Itara-Reve d'Udon), Yann Joblot up, 24/1 Last Sunday's Grand Criterium de Vitesse winner, Univers de Pan, will soon begin his initial season at stud at Haras du Prieure while also racing. Trainer Philippe Daugeard will point his pupil, a beautiful and great gaited son of Kenya du Pont, toward the April 19 Prix de l'Atlantique at Enghien and will consider Sweden's Olympiatravet, the Oslo Grand Prix and Kymi Grand Prix albeit they may represent tight scheduling difficulties. Daugeard commented that his first concern is the horse, and having him fresh and ready for the next winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. On the Sunday Cagnes sur mer card Germany's Armando Kievitshof and reinsman Rik Dupuydt took the 50,000e Prix de Rome in 1.14kr over 2925 meters. The son of Ganymede, from a Spotlite Lobell dam, scored at 9.6/1 odds for his ninth lifetime win. March 9, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Rome Tor di Valle, 50,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.14kr 1st Armando Kievitshof (7g Ganymede-Continental Lobell-Spotlite Lobell), Rik Dupuydt up for trainer Carine de Soete, owner DVBA Campus RPF, 9.6/1 odds, his ninth career win for 293,599e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene-Ortolan), Eric Raffin aboard, 2.3/1 3rd Swing d'Eronville (8g Jag de Bellouet-Lucie d'Eronville-Workaholic), J-C Feron up at 30/1 Other European racing of interest took place Saturday at Farjestad (Sweden) as the Jag de Bellouet stallion Francois de Gull took the V-75 Gold Division in a quick 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart. He defeated a well-balanced field including BAHT Launcher. On the card trainer Per Eriksson recorded a training win with the Cantab Hall mare Livacious Lindy. March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, Gold, 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner  1.11.3kr 1st Francois du Gull (7m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Erik Adielsson up, winners' 13th in 67 starts for 2,547,172SEK 2nd BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Orjan Kihlstrom up 3rd Dileva Kall (8f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell), Daniel Reden driver/trainer March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, conditioned 2640 meters turning, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.6kr 1st Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip), Jorma Kontio driver for trainer Per K. Eriksson who co-owns with Per Rodert; this 2010 import from US has won four times in five 2014 starts and five of 28 lifetime by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Consistent Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere) led virtually all the way to win today's 200,000e UET Masters Series Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes sur mer by a comfortable three lengths. Trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard teamed the favored (1.9/1 odds) winner alertly off the gate and secured the top spot when well supported Triode de Felliere went off stride in battling for the lead shortly after the start. Once on the lead Daugeard rated the pace and his 13 other rivals were unable to serve a strong challenge. Univers de Pan was timed in 1.10kr over the 1609 meter autostart course (one mile in 1:52.63). That time equaled the third fasted in race history (Varenne 1.09.6kr in 2002; Kesaco Phedo 1.09.9kr in 2004 and 1.10kr by Santa Rosa France in 2012). Italy's Pascia'Lest, with Andrea Guzzinati aboard, took the pocket and eventually ended second when he out battled the game mare Vanika du Ruel, who survived an outside journey for Franck Anne to hold third. Italy's Nesta Effe was never in the hunt and finished unplaced. Univers de Pan's victory was his 17th in a solid career and put his earnings at 1,037,530 euros. He's owned by Olivier Horvath and today secured his first Gr. I score. Univers de Pan enjoyed a good winter meet at Paris-Vincennes where he was second in the Grand Prix de France, Prix de la Marne and Prix de Belgique. He was also fifth in the Prix de Selection. Being age six, look for this one to be a factor in future Gr. I races in France and throughout Europe. He proved today that he can leave, rate and sprint home in sprinter distance contests. His pedigree is 73% French trotteur, 27% Standardbred and with a 3.8% inbreeding coefficient. March 9, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d'Azur (Grand Criterium Nice-Martin), 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters, purse 200,000e, Gr. I International UET Masters Series 1.10kr (1:52.63) 1st Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver for owner Olivier Horvath, 1.9/1 odds, his 17th career win 2nd Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Andrea Guzzinati up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci, 18/1, (Italy) 3rd Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine-Vroum d'Or), Frank Anne driver/trainer, 8.8/1 odds, earning now €1,015,350 4th Aisle Stand (7f Scarlet Knight-Twisterella-Super Arnie), 116/1 odds, Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Ronny Kuiper, (Sweden) 5th Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil-Neron Grandchamp), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 14/1 odds, career earnings now €1,155,569 Note that Pascia'Lest represents significant American pedigree as his dam, Superiors Sun, is a daughter of Superiors Crown (Speedy Crown-Superior Sweep-Hickory Pride). Superior Sweep won the Old Oaken Bucket, the Lady Suffolk and Kentucky Futurity. Replay of today's Gr. I event can be seen using the link below: http://www.harnesslink.com/International/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

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