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A superb trotting card was on stage today at Enghien that included a number of groupe events and the Quinte+. The Q+ Prix de L’Union (52,000 euro purse, 2150 meters voltstart, 16 entrants) went to Usain Henna (8m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron) with Jorgen Westholm the trainer/driver. Ecurie Henne owns this 1.13.1kr timed winner today that was off at 1.3/1 odds.  Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) was second for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie and Super Fez (7m Love You) was third with Gabriele Gelormini up. Angelo Am and Baileyse completed the top five and the exact order payoff was 1,003 euro for a 2 euro play. The Gr. III Prix de Geneve (purse 85,000 euro, 2875 meters, 10 starters) was a superb strategic race won  in the late stages by 9/1 odds Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) with Matthieu Abrivard up. This pair was away near the back and followed cover in the last lap and moved steadily through the lane for a two length score timed in 1.14.2kr. The Yves Boireau trainee is owned and was bred by Jean Pierre Dubois and now has career earnings of 157,870 euro. The 37/1 Elite du Ruel (4f Timoko-Romance du Ruel) held second for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) rallied to be third for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Ecurie Opale The Prix de la Porte de Versailles (purse 70,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, seven European starters) went to 1.11.7kr timed Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina) for trainer/driver Rudolf Haller and Team Neuhof. This 3/10 favorite was a dominant six length winner that defeated Cap Matyss (6m Love You-Ode Matyss) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc and United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) with David Thomain up. Orlando Jet is one to watch in fast class future international contests. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (purse 150,000 euro, 2875 meters voltstart, 12 entrants) saw Aubrion de Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers) score for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire clocked in 1.11.3kr. The winner was away third and stayed there for the first 1600 meters before surging to the lead. This 2/5 favorite then gamely held off stretch challenges from second finishing Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) reined by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire and third finishing Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) with Franck Nivard up. Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-Love You Darling and Tony Gio completed the top five. Aubrion du Gers now has career earnings of 1,880,872 euro from 35 wins in 59 outings. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 12, 2017 - 7.7/1 BBS Sugarlight (8g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid) won Sunday’s Gr. II Prix de Giganten, sponsored by HODIJ Holdings, for driver Vidar Hop, at Victoria Park, Wolvega. The winner scored narrowly over 9/10 favorite Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) reined by Franck Nivard for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 20.6/1 Totem d’Azur (10g Joao Panca-Heidi d’Indienne) was third. Each of these achieved their result by placing as dominant wire to wire winner 3.6/1 Ringostarr Treb (7g Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral), driven by Wim Paal, was disqualified for going inside pylons on the final bend. Race time for the placed winner was 1.12.4kr. BBS Sugarlight is trained by Fredrik Solberg for owners Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Sen and has been a Yonkers International contestant. Replay:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93C7onpz_J0 Thomas H. Hicks

November 13, 2015 - Vidar Hop teamed Norway’s B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid) to a gate to wire harness racing victory in today’s Prix des Geants (purse €61,600, 2100 meters, 11 starters before two scratches – Coldtown and Voltigeur de Myrt) at Holland’s Wolvega Victoria Park racecourse. The Frederick Solberg trainee, at 6.9/1, scored narrowly timed in 1.13.4kr for Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlsen, a photo finish victory over 8.1/1 Diamond (6g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) driven by Robin Bakker for trainer P.J.P Hagoort and owner Stal Mille Fleurs BV. 9.7/1 Rocky Winner (8m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo) was third for Gabriel Gerlormini and trainer Jorgen Westholm with fourth to 14/1 Duke Of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) with Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Peter J. Strooper. The beaten field also included Solea Rivelliere, Ustinof du Vivier, Booster Winner, Rod Stewart and Zorba Oldeson. Thomas Hicks  

SWEDEN - Veteran B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) won Saturday’s V75 Gold at Hagmyren, scoring over 1640 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first prize in the 12 horse field. The 1.6/1 favorite was timed in 1.10.7kr for driver Peter Untersteiner for his 22nd career victory in 80 starts, good for 7,122,005SEK earned. Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starley-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Eriksson. Third went to Explosive De Vie (5g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) with Kevin Oscarsson up for trainer Jim, his father. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK to the winner was raced over 2640 meters voltstart by 12 starters. Seedorf O.M.F. (5g Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJ’s Caviar) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson, the winners’ second straight win and third in last four. Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) was next for trainer/driver Peter Unntersteiner, ahead of Let’s Dance D.E. (6, Oscar Schindler SL-Sermione-Diamond Way) and trainer/driver Klaus Kern. The 100,000SEK first money V75 Bronze over 1640 meters autostart went to quick 1.11.3kr timed Arlexes Cubani (6g Super Light-Chica Star-Deliberate Speed) for driver Tomas Pettersson. Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) took second with Per Lennartsson the pilot. Sugarmakesmecrazy (4g Crazed-Maple Frosting-Valley Victory) was third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath, this one a promising Ake Svanstedt US trainee as a two year-old. Other winner of 100,000SEK first money events were Casmira (4f Scipion du Goutier-Challenge World-Supergill) clocked in 1.13.3kr with Ulf Ohlsson up; Drabant Hornline (4g Conny Nobell-Minouche Rossignol-Vikings Way) for Oskar Kylin-Biom timed in 1.15.5kr; Ottens Casher (4g Ready Cash-Ottens Julia-Juliano Star) timed in 1.13.7kr for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Roger Walmann; and Onas Igor (6g Flirtin Man-Minabeans-Varenne) for Peter Untersteiner. A 25,000SEK first prize monte contest began the program with victory to Vasterbo Pumpkin (7f Up Front Larry-Vasterbo Twilight-Choctaw Brave) with Isabelle Orsimo in the irons. Stephanie Werner teamed Zeb Lie Star (7g Zerberus-Oh Sally-JR Broline) to a second place finish. Separately, it has been reported that FR trainer Fabrice Souloy is under investigation for multiple cobalt violations that include top trotters Un Mec d’Heripre, Your Highness, Timone E and Lionel from major races in Norway and Sweden in May and June. Your Highness won the Oslo Grand Prix and Timone E won the European Cup at Bjerke. Un Mec d’Heripre won an Elitloppet elim and third in the final. Tests reportedly revealed cobalt levels well above international standard levels. Determinations await sample B results by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

At Kalmar SWE top action included the Kalmarsundspolalen (150,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) and international harness racing veteran B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) scored timed in 1.10.2kr for Peter Untersteiner. Off the 2.8/1 the winner recorded victory 21 in 76 starts now for 6,972,005SEK earned. 23/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and the trainer/owner team of Daniel Reden/Stall Zet. 10/1 Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was third for Thomas Uhrberg ahead of Harry Haythrow, Magic Tonight and Royal Fighter. The secondary Kalmar feature was the Viola Silas (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, mares) and even-money favorite Trinity Zet (5f SJ’s Photo-Kleo Zet-Angus Hall) scored in 1.12.8kr for driver Erik Adielsson and the Reden/Stall Zet team. 4.9/1 Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missmandarine-Malabar Man) took second for Johnny Taker, trainer Lars Nilsson and owner Euro Vets Inc. USA. Peninsula Farm bred this one. Third was 3.7/1 Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and fourth was the Jerry Riordan trained, Christoffer Eriksson reined Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream). Sunday’s Grand Prix des Pays-Bas (purse €33,000, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.16.07kr timed Caen Oldersson (7m Offshore Dream-Krona Oldeson) at 19.3/1. John De Leeuw reined the winner for trainer F.A. Westerveld and ownerJuchthaven de Groot BV. This one bested Vincennes invader Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) with Caes Kamminga aboard for Ecurie Commander & Loaded Boys AM, off at 4.3/1. 4/1 Duke Of Greenwood (6m Otello Pieji-Nikki Groenhof) took third for driver Hugo Langeweg and trainer Peter J. Strooper ahead of 121/1 Orchetto Jet (8m Supergill-Frutute Jet) with Puud Pools driving for trainer Stephanie Lepetit and Ecurie GSL Trotting. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) won Saturday’s V75 Gold Olympiatravet Trial for 150,000SEK (US$18,395) to the winner. B.B.S. Sugarlight was timed in 1.10.8kr, a new course record at Axevalla, after fast early fractions. The race distance was 2140 meters, autostart. Peter Untersteiner teamed the winner that now has a 20-15-11 slate in 73 career starts for earnings in excess of 6,672,000SEK. Off at 2.8/1, the winner bested Sauveur (6m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) and driver Ake Lindblom with third to Norway’s Papagayo E (6m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) handled by UIlf Ohlsson. Venkatesh and Global Money were fourth and fifth. The upcoming Olympia Final (April 30 at Aby Racecourse) will reportedly include B.B.S. Sugarlight, On Track Piraten, Anna Mix and Your Highness, the latter a solid winner this day at Paris-Vincennes in a non-groupe event. The Gr. I Olympia Trot race benefits the Swedish Olympic Committee and Paralympics that have received well over US$27 million since the race began that the SOC and ATG arrange. Also at Axevalla this day were several other notable winners including Next To None Sib (9g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop in a 1640 meter autostart sprint test worth 125,000SEK to the winner. Bartender In (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) won for Johan Untersteiner, also trainer, in a 110,000SEK first money race over 2640 meters autostart. Roses Glory (5f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) was second in this one for Veljo Heiskanen. A V4 event worth 100,000SEK first prize went to 3/1 odds Nobel Southwind (4g Explosive Matter-Lagunilla-Meadow Road) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. This one overcame a 20 meter distance handicap, traveling 2660 meters for victory. Another 100,000SEK first money event was a V75 Klass II test that went to Top Yllit (5g Skogans Joker-Diggers Catrine-Super Tilly) for driver Jens Laursen over 2140 meters voltstart; and the 100,000SEK first money Skara Hastlands Race was won by Tumble Dryer (4m Jacose-Wash And Wear-Smokin Yankee) for Mads H. Nielsen and trainer Tomas Malmqvist at 20/1 odds over 2140 meters autostart. The V75-4 Klass I contest for 100,000SEWK to the winner went to 5/1 Topgear (5m Standpoint-Fancy Storm-Rapido) for trainer/driver Hans G. Eriksson; and a 2140 meter autostart event for 100,000SEK first prize went to Dark Chocolate (7f Pine Chip-Norine Hornine-Lindy’s Crown) with Johnny Takter at the lines for trainer Per Hedberg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

June 14, 2015 - Swedish bred, Norwegian trained BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) took over from then pocketed Oasis Bi before the halfway mark, and led to the line for teamster Peter Untersteiner and harness racing trainer Fredrik Solberg to win the VG Oslo Grand Prix (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters with 1.5Nokr to the winner). Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlson owns the winner, clocked today in 1.11.3kr, that now has a 2015 slate of 2-1-2-1 in seven starts and a career of 19-12-8-5 in 64 starts for 5,423,081 Nokr earned. He previously won the 2015 Olympic Trot. Italy’s Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) escaped the pocket late and was beaten half-length for Bjorn Goop and trainer Stefan P. Pettersson. Norway’s Papagayo E (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) was a very fast closing third for Vidar Hop and trainer Egil Stensrud. Mosaique Face, Support Justice, Univers de Pan and Trebol were next in that order. Univers de Pan trailed the field until a wide rally in the stretch. Trebol had a three hole journey on the pegs behind Oasis Bi but chose to vacate that cover with a quarter to go and it hurt his chances for a better placing. B.B.S. Sugarlight was the 2.7/1 favorite with 12.4/1 for Oasis Bi and 6.5/1 odds for Papagayo E on the Rikstoto system. This was a superb Bjerke racing card, presented very professionally and conducted before a huge crowd, ultimately excited by the great finish by Norwegian horses. Steinlager was the last Norwegian campaigner to win this classic ten years ago. Back later to report details on the undercard that included wins by Italy’s Tango Negro (by Infinitif) trained by Jerry Riordan in a three year-old test, Energma Cup heat wins by Magiccarpetride and Rue du Bac (by Infinitif) with the final to Repay Merci, Billie de Montfort in the four year-old contest timed in 1.10.8kr, Torre Crepin gate to wire in the monte event clocked in 1.11.5kr, Emmett Brown in a Klass I affair, Fleetfoot Hanovert in the aged mares trot, Duke of Greenwood in the five year-old test and an upset win by Lome Brage in the coldblood feature defeating the mare Lannen Silje, suffering only her third loss in 38 career appearances. Thomas H. Hicks

April 25, 2015 - Harness racing driver Peter Untersteiner steered BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid) to victory at 8/1 odds in Saturday’s Olympiatravet (€295,515 purse, Gr. I with 10 international starters, 2140 meters autostart) defeating fast closing 19/1 Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and Bjorn Goop by three lengths. Voltigeur de Myrt (6m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) was third at 8/1 for Gabrielle Gelormini. Favorite Support Justice (6m Kadabra-Artisane) was fourth for G-V Gundersen ahead of Princess Grif and Maven, The winner was clocked in 2:31.3 (1.10.7kr) and the result illustrates the depth of talent among European fast-class performers. Thomas H. Hicks

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