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17 to 32 of 1993

Sunday’s Trophee Vert was the Grand Prix d’Agglomerations du Villeneuvois at Villeneuve Sur Lot (purse €45,000, 2600 meters on the turf, 16 starters, distance handicapped). The 9/1 Cash Pride (6g Coktail Jet-Elitloppa) scored in a blanket finish timed in 1.15.7kr and driven by Manuel Criado. Mme. Maryse Criado owns this performer that bested 5.7/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) that traveled an additional 25 meters with Christophe Feyte the trainer/driver. The 41/1 Akido (8g Love You-Isba) rallied furiously from a 50 meters handicap to be third for Charles Bouvier. Benjamin Goetz trains this one for legendary Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. The 2.4/1 favorite Chic Carisole was a miscue dq and 7.5/1 Bebert Express finished ninth while 3.3/1 Authorized was home sixth. At Reims this day was the Grand Prix de Reims (purse €21,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.13.9kr timed victory earned by 5/2 Cartel (6g Prodigious-Sonate d’Aunou). Romain Derieux was the driver/trainer of the winner for Mme. Mauricette De Sousa. The 4.6/1 Cherie Quick (6f Prodigious) was second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Patrick Chevrier and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner. 10/1 Charline de Victhi (6f Kepler) held third for David Armellini, driving for trainer Gregory Houel and owner Philippe Raymond Collet. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saturday trotting at Enghien was highlighted by the Quinte+ Prix de l’Obelisque (purse €64,000, 2150 meters autostart) with the 1.12.9kr timed victory to 8.6/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. The winner now has career earnings in excess of €312,000. 66/1 Venezia de Mai (9f Prodigious) was second for Adrien Lamy and third went to 17/1 Beaute de Bailly (7f Vivaldi de Chenu) for driver Franck Nivard. 3/2 favorite Diamond and 36/1 Ulhior du Beziau completed the top five.     Arrivée du Tiercé, Quarté +, Quinté +   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 12 Auch D. Bonne Ecurie Christian Bigeon Ch. Bigeon 2ème 11 Vénézia de Mai A. Lamy J. Paillé J. Paillé 3ème 4 Beauté de Bailly F. Nivard Ecurie L.B.Bourgoin B. Bourgoin 4ème 16 Diamond HOL M. Abrivard Stal Mille Fleurs B.V. P. Hagoort 5ème 14 Ulhior du Béziau E. Raffin P. Sitruk A. Pereira  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2111   Ordre :       néant€   Désordre :       1.587,20€   Bonus 4 :       59,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       30,80€   Bonus 3 :       20,60€     The Prix du Rhone (purse €75,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 8/1 odds Cyriel d’Atom (6g Otello Pierji-Oliga d’Atom) for driver Gabriele Gelormini and breeder/owner/trainer Aime de Grieve. 15/1 Cerenzo Turbo (6m Ganymede) and 3.1/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue) were the next two home with Franck Ouvrie and Pierre Vercruysse driving these horses. Favorite Colonel was eighth with J-M Bazire up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Budapes, HU - The 20.5/1 Victory Knick (6g Conway Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) rallied late for trainer/driver Emil Csordas to score a 1.14.3kr timed victory in the Lovaselet Sprinter Kupa (purse 2 million Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The winning team just got up to best front runner 12.1 Paolendry Like (9g Enjoy Lavec-Volteure Bi-Peres Bi) with Marko Slavic driving. 21.3/1 Tars Stars (7m Persugill-Ten Stars Vita-Ata Star L) gained third for driver Janko Sagaj and SLO trainer Igor Sezderac. Favorites in the wagering were next to the line, 1.8/1 Part Two and 2.4/1 Underpaid Hanover, the later starting from post eight. The undercard was highlighted by a win for 1.9/1 Salt Lake City (7m Detroit-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) in the Amatorverseny Handicap (purse 400,000 Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Andrea Nagyvary teamed the winner timed in 1.17.8kr, a horse she co-owns and Imre Fazekas trains. The Hitaleze DIJ (purse 600,000, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.14.8kr quick timed and 1.2/1 favorite Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady) with trainer Veljko Mazsity aboard. Henrik Ibsen AT and Unique Vil trailed this winner. The Allyhills Hico DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw 1.9/1 Ricky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) score a 1.16.4kr victory with Andrea Fazekas up for trainer Balazs Juhasz. At Madinina Martinique racing Saturday included the Prix des Manquiers (purse €6,000, 3800 meters) with the 1.23.1 kr victory on the turf earned by Vlatore des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) with Alexandre Faivre driving for owner/trainer J.L. Langeron. Usly de Visais and Typhon du Plantis were next to the line. Also on the combined trot/gallop card was the Prix de Bananiers (purse €6,000, 3800 meters). Boycott (7g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or) was victorious timed in 1.22 for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton. Bavarois du Varlet and Argan de Vandel were second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Friday evening Paris-Vincennes action saw three upper level races at the start. The Prix Constellation (purse €51,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.13kr timed and 23/1 odds Dollar Sayer (5g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie La Pinsonniere and trainer Gregory Thorel. 10/1 Urbanio (5m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip) was second for Gabriele Gelormini in a close call with 1.7/1 Devirmant (5g Kaiser Soze) that Joel Hallais trains and J.L.Cl. Dersoir piloted. The Q+ Prix du Crepuscle (purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) produced an 18/1 victory for Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) timed in 1.10.9kr and reined by Romain Derieux, the trainer for owner Ms. Mauricette De Sousa. 9/1 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis) was second with Eric Raffin up and 64/1 Jaqueu du Mont (9m Kaisy Dream) was third with Franck Nivard driving. 6.8/1 Venose de Minel and 1.4/1 Beau Gamin completed the top five. The featured Groupe II Prix Ozo (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) was won by 1.14.5kr timed and 7.1/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissarte Jo) with Frank Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. 76/1 Florida Sport (3f Tornado Bello) was second on the pegs for Guillermo Ardreau-Adrover with third to 1.4/1 favorite Folelli (3f Timoko) and reinsman Alexadre Abrivard. Fly With Us and Ferreteria were misque dq’s. Saturday’s Sweden Cup saw each elimination raced over 1640 meters autostart, seven starters, purse €19778 each. Elimination 1 went to 4.4/1 Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) with Orjan Kihlstom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Germany’s 5.3/1 Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) took second for Michae Nimczyk and third was 4.6/1 Spitcam Jubb (7g Campell Hall-Lola Spit) with O.J. Andersson up. Cool Keeper was fourth. Elimination  2 saw 1.1/1 favorite Arazzi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp) score easily for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro.  The Italian owned veteran bested 2/1 Caid Griff (6m Password-Savanne Griff) for the Kihlstrom, Reden, Stall Zet team. Third was 7.3/1 Vappa Scar (6m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) and trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. Arazi Boko The third Sweden Cup elimination went to 1.09.7kr timed and 4/1 Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar) with trainer Hans Owe Sundberg driving for La Celeste AB. 1.6/1 Love Matters (5m Explosive Matter) was second for Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall Zet and 2.7/1 Jairo (7g Love You) took third for Joakim Lovgren. 2.7/1 Billie de Montfort was seventh. Charrus Forlan by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Vincennes, FR - Sent off at odds of 22/1, Balando (7m Nijinski Blue-Quitalia) took today’s fifth leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2800 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) timed in 1.12.4kr.  He traveled the stated distance for driver Nico d’Haenens and breeder/trainer/owner Alphonse Vanberghen. This one now has 10 career wins for €316,930 earned. The 9/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer J-M Bazire and owner J.M. Rancoule, timed in 1.11.9kr as he was penalized at the start 25 meters. The 43/1 long shot Viking Fromentro (9g Capriccio) was third for Thomas Levesque, also trainer. Going off at 25/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) was fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois and fifth was 102/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) timed in 1.12.3kr (also a 25 meter handicapped starter) with Matthieu Verva up for trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner Anette Holmgren This day at Karlshorst (Germany) the legendary Heinz Wewering teamed 1.7/1 Nelly Pepper (4f Fast Photo-La Croisette) to a 1.15.5kr timed victory in the Prix Honore de Balzac (purse €4,500, 2000 meters autostart). Wewering also was second twice on the card. At Vichy was the Prix Henri Berry (purse €50,000, 2975 meters, 17 starters) and 6.8/1 Calin de Morge (6g Uzio Royal-Paradise Princess) scored in 1.13.7kr for Franck Nivard, trainer David Haon and owner Ecurie HD Trot.1.3/1 Tesauro (6g Filipp Roc) rallied for second handled by J-M Bazire for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, ahead of third finishing 14/1 Cross Dairpet (6m Quaker Jet) with trainer Mickael Cormy up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

May 19, 2018 - Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won her seventh straight on Saturday afternoon over Kincsem Park’s rain soaked surface in the Z Sigmond DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The undefeated mare is owned by Pimri i., trained by Imre Fazekas and driven this day by Andrea Fazekas. This pair left from post five, went to the front and continuously widened the margin that was about 60 meters at the line. The 1.7/1 favorite, bred in Germany, was timed in a sharp 1.16.6kr. The Kali DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters repulostart – no gate due to weather) went to 7.7/1 Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) clocked in 1.19.4kr and driven by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. The winning team posted a second win in 2018 in 10 starts with six other placings. Veronica Fling, Trencsen and Villam Ville were next to the line in this good field. The featured Williams DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters  repulostart – no gate due to weather) went to 1.6/1 Speedy Boy (7g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) with Veljko Mazsity up, timed in 1.19.1kr. This one has two wins in three 2018 outings. 5/1 Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was second in his first start of the year, with Lajos Marton aboard. Landlord was third Thomas H. Hicks

May 19, 2018 - 6/1 Heavy Sound (6g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) impressively won the harness racing Gr. II International H.K.H Prins Daniels at Gavle, Sweden (500,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) clocked in 1.09.2kr off quick fractions (1.06.5kr at the first 500 meters, 1.09.1kr at the first 1000). Heavy Sound, driven by Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Daniel Reden and SRF Stable, inherited the front when leading Nobel Amok went off stride (he was among four that were miscue dq’s in the ten horse field). He began from post 9. Twister Bi (6m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) was second in his first 2018 start with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pasquale Ciccarelli, closing strongly from the back. Twister began from post three, was briefly off gait before the start, and was far back and in traffic until late when he circled up and his push fell three lengths short. Beau Mec (11m Jag de Bellouet-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) was third for driver Carl Johan Jepson. Queer Fish and Dante Boko completed the top five. The winner, lightly raced, with now 14 life wins in 31 starts for 5,536,550SEK earned, was trained by Roger Walmann through his last 2017 start on September 23rd. He now has three wins in four 2018 outings after making only three appearances in 2017. His second dam is the legendary Lovely Godiva by Ideal du Gazeau, followed by Keystone Gwen (Speedy Crown), Keystone Godiva (Hickory Pride) and Goddess Gallon, that produced stakes winners Keystone Pride and Keystone Gabriel. Lovely Godiva (SE) (102 0.80 +37) m, 1990 1.14,5v 1.12,2a SEK 11,549,624 88 46-10-4 At 3, Winner of Guldstoet, Breeders' Crown. At 4, Winner of Svenskt Trav S:t Leger, Stochampionatet, Breeders' Crown. At 5, Winner of Prix Marcel Laurent. At 6, Winner of C.L.Müllers Memorial, Prix de la Marne, Grote Prijs der Lage Landen, second in Prix du Luxembourg, Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, Elite-Rennen. At 7, Winner of Arvid Stjernswärds Minneslöpning, Prix de France. At 8, second in The Red Mile, Grosser Preis von Bayern, third in Ego Boys Minne. At 9, Winner of Grosser Preis von Bayern, second in Prix de Paris, Prix de Belgique, Prix d'Amerique, third in Olympiatravet. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 19, 2018 - 6 .1/1 Blue Story (f Opium-Loumana Flor) won Friday evening’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing featured Prix d’Arena Sport Club de Nogent (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) timed in 1.13.7kr and reined by Thomas Levesque, also the trainer. Albert Gozlan owns the now 11 time winner in 50 starts for €395,070 earned.  61/1 Glen Ord Superb (7m Orlando Vici) was second driven by Christophe Martens for Ecurie Olmendorf and trainer Vincent Martens. 22/1 Ursi Caf (5f Explot Caf) took third for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard. 10/1 Toseland Kyu (6m Love You) and 2.3/1 favorite Cathy A Quira (6f Password) completed the top five. The Q+ Prix de la Ville de Nogent-sur-Marne (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 18 European entrants) was the top undercard event and it went to 1.14kr timed and 7.4/1 odds Be One des Thirons (7g Roi du Coq-Miss des Thirons). Philippe Daugeard owns, trains and teamed the winner that now has 13 victories in 51 starts for €219,320 earned. 7.3/1 Seibella Park (7f Varenne-Grandera Park) held second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Vincent Lacroix and Scuderia Team Minopoli. 19/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) was third for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie and breeder/owner Jacques Vandromme. 27/1 Beach Julry and 18/1 Azela des Plaignes completed the top five in this contest. With a week to go before the May 27 Elitloppet 2018 there are 14 confirmed starters (after Readly Express, Cyber Lane and Urlo dei Venti dropped out).  Thomas H. Hicks

May 16, 2018 - Today’s top trotting program, at Caen began with the featured Q+ Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 16 starters). The 3/2 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-d’Arrive du Gers) prevailed for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. He was clocked in a sharp 1.11.7kr over the one and one-half plus miles distance off the turning start. This champion recorded his 32nd career victory in 56 starts now for €1,589,372n earned. The pair defeated numerous million euro plus winners. 22/1 Ave Avis (8m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Urano) rallied late for second with Matthieu Abrivard up. Bazire also trains this one that Mme. Ottavia Rolfi-Urano owns. 23/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede-Nastalgique Sach) took third with Gabriele Gelormini up and fourth was 20/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici) with Yann Lorin up on this winner of over €1,860,000. 1.9/1 Traders (6m Ready Cash) and 22/1 Up And Quick were next to the line ahead of Uniflosa Bella and Akim du Cap Vert. Valko Jenilat and On Track Piraten were miscue dq’s in this fine field of campaigners. Monte action began this day with the Prix du Calvados (purse €60,000, 2450 meters, 15 European starters). 2.3/1 Gross Weight (7g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) scored timed in 1.12.7kr with Arthur Rebeche in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains this one for owner Johann Schembri of Malta. 6.4/1 Cathy du Vivier (6f Hand du Vivier) and Mathieu Mottier was third for trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 5.2/1 Chablis d’Herfraie (6m Giant Cat) for David Thomain. The monte Saint-Leger des Trotteurs (Gr. I, purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 18 starters) produced victory by 1.4/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin. Julien LeMer trains this winner now 5 for 6 lifetime for €210,100 earned. 36/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissante Jo) was second for trainer Franck Leblanc and jockey Mlle. Marie Bacsich. Third was 2.6/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Race time was 1.14.9kr. The monte Gr. II Prix Henri Balliere (purse €120,000, 2450 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 25/1 El Diablo d’Aut (4m Saxo de Vandel-Nuit des Dimes). Anthony Barrier was in the irons for trainer Vincent Raimbault. 35/1 Eternal Star Jiel (4f Qualypso Jiel) was a distant second for jockey Guillaume Martin and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Stablemate 10/1 Ezreal Jiel (4m Redeo Josselyn) took third for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Dersoir Elitloppet entrants (12) are now listed below. Propulsion raced Tuesday evening at Solvalla and was victorious timed in 1.09.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. The race was the Meadow Road worth 200,000SEK to the winner and he defeated Dupree, Not Afraid, Caid Griff, Sliding Hone and sixth finishing French Laundry Elitloppet: Amiral Sacha, Orlando Jet, Takethem, Dreammoko, Volstead, Nadal Broline. Pastore Bob. Ringostarr Treb, Maori Time, Propulsion, Bold Eagle, Uza Josselyn Thomas H. Hicks

May 13, 2018 - Harness racing 4/5 favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) won again on the Trophee Vert circuit (fourth leg), this the Grand Prix Ville de Fougeres at Hippodrome Fougeres, timed in 1.17.kr. Yoann Lebourgeois was in the sulky for the Philippe Allaire owned and trained campaigner that recorded his 21st career win in 39 starts, now for €616,160 earned. 12/1 Bebert Express (7g Tenor de Baune) was next for F.P. Bossuet with 9/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) third for Dominique Charadame. 7/2 Casting de Chenu was fourth for J-M Baudouin. Yesterday at Kincsem Park (Budapest) the featured Komornyik DIJ (600,000Huf total purse, 1800 meters autostart) went to 1.16.4kr timed and 3.2/1 Unreal Boss (5f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) with Veljko Mazsity up. Titan Ville (6g Noir Desir) was next for reinsman  Imre Fazekas, ahead of Urania RC (5f Racino) driven by Sandor Varga and favorite Sultana Jet (7f Igor Font) handled by Gyorgy Horvath. The undercard’s Barbarossa DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) was won by 1.4/1 favorite Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) timed in 1.16.4kr for Balazs Juhasz. Rocky won his fourth straight and ninth in 25 career outings in Hungary. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 12, 2018 - Today’s co-featured harness racing Konung Gustaf Gr.I International for 1,000,000SEK first money went to 2.2/1 Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. The winner, trained by Daniel Reden for SRF Stable, is unbeaten in three 2018 starts after winning the Hambletonian in 2017 on a dq. 84/1 Super War Horse (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Poison Valley-Lindy Lane) was second for driver Kevin Oscarsson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Martina Vincenzo. 12/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-She’s Gone Again-SJs Caviar) held third on the pegs for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and Courant AB. Perfect Spirit raced on the lead and faced limited threat in the late lane, scoring in 1.11.1kr with a strong kick (1.08.5kr after first 500; 1.10.9hkr at the 1000 from the start; 1.11.4kr at the 1500 out – 600 remaining). The Drottning Silvias Gr. I International (purse to winner 1,000,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.3/1 Dibaba (4f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos) with Kihlstrom teaming for trainer Roger Walmann. She is three for three in 2018 with this 1.11.4kr victory. 41/1 Global Upper Style (4f SJs Caviar) was next for Peter Untersteiner and 4.7/1 Vanquish Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi) took third for driver Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan. The Breeders Course (three year olds, Gr. II International, 1640 meters autostart, 400,000SEK to the winner) went to 2.3/1 Northern Charm (3m Muscle Hill-Clothie-Coktail Jet) timed in 1.12.3kr. This colt is three for three in 2018 and was driven by Peter Ingves for trainer Christian Lindhardt and owner Herz Gunter of Germany/ Feeling Way (3, Ouragon de Celland) was second for Tomas Malmqvist and third went to Smokin Joe (3m Lavec Kronos) with Lutfi Kolgjini up. Also on the card was the Lyon Grand Prix (Gr. II International 20187, 2640 meters autostart, 300,000SEK first money) with 18/1 Handsome Brad (5m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M-Red Xing) victorious clocked in 1.11.7kr. He is four for five in 2018 and was driven by Carl Johan Jepson for trainer Ulf Stenstomer. Milligan’s School was second for Ulf Eriksson, ahead of Rajesh Face and Lutfi Kolgjini. 2.8/1 Diamanten was sixth with Erik Adielsson up. The Algot Scotts V75 Gold (1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK first prize) went to 5.7/1 Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl in his first 2018 appearance. Race time was 1.10.4kr. Giveutgasandgo was second for Erik Adielsson ahead of Double Exposure with pilot Kihlstrom. BBS Sugarlight and Vasterboonthenews completed the top five. The V75 Silver (2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK to the winner) produced a 1.12.1kr victory for the Robert Bergh teamed 2.4/1 Coktail Fortuna (9g Love You-Dallosh No-Diamond Way).Dragster and Roger Malmqvist was second with third to Bryssel and reinsman Bjorn Goop. Thursday at Jagersro put a nice cap on the driving career of Johnny Takter, as he left with three solid victories: Procalafe (3f Prodigious)traine by Lars Nilsson; Liui Magic (4f SJs Caviar) also trainer by Nilsson; and Miss Marbel (5f Brioni) for trainer Christian Lindhardt. Quite a career for the veteran reinsman and superb horseman. Sunday is the Gr. I Copenhagen Cup raced over 2011 meters by nine starts for a total purse of €100,727.  Totoo del Ronco has been scratched from post 10 Thomas H. Hicks  

May 12, 2018 - A day of superb harness racing took place Saturday at Paris-Vincennes starting with the Q+ Prix du Gatinais (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters European). This event for veteran high class campaigners went to 20/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password-Intense Action-Cezio Josselyn) timed in 1.12.4kr for driver Jean Philippe Dubois. Philippe Moulin trains this Ecurie Victoria Dreams. This was the 17th career win in 71 starts for the winner, now with €510,670 earned. 6.2/1 Venosc de Minel (9g Laetenter Diem) with Yoann Lebourgeois up finished second with 4.2/1 Bel Avis (7h Ganymede) third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Wildenstein Stable Ltd. Comte de Bellaigue bred this one/ The fourth and fifth horses to the line were Tony Gio (6m Varenne) and 7.9/1 and 2.3/1 favorite Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back). This Q+ paid €1,642 for a €2 play and the exact order selection. The Prix du Perreux (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters European) was a blowout win for the 1.4/1 favorite Caprice du Lupin (6g Chaillot-Nadge Francarie) that took this six year old contest timed in 1.12.4kr and reined by Antoine Wiels for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. He recorded victory number 13 in 23 starts now for €285,240 earned. 14/1 Class du Loriol (6f Ready Cash) was second for Eric Raffin, ahead of 5.5/1 Titanium Gar (6g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar) reined by Hugo Langeweg Jr. Titanium Gar was five for five in 2018 entering this event. The Prix Jean Gabin (purse €64,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters) was a well matched event went to 6.9/1 Baron du Goutier (7g Scipion du Goutier) at 6.9/1 and reined by Emmanuel Allard. Race time was 1.13.8kr. 9/1 Arizona de l’Oze (8g Prince d’Espace) held for second with J.Ph. Monclin up.6/1 Aufor de Mire (8g Notre Haufor) with Charles J. Bigeon up finished third. The featured Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue (Gr. III, monte, purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to 6/1 upsetter Cyprien de Bordes (6m Ouregon de Celland-Perle des Bordes) timed in 1.12.4kr for jockey J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and owner Ecurie Luck.7/10 favorite Arlington Dream (8g Ready Cash) worked his way to the front after 600 meters, rolled out to a five length advantage before weakening mid-stretch. He held for second with Joann Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. 8.5/1 Alpha Saltor (8m Paris Haufor) was a close rallying third for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer David Bethouart. As rains appeared so did the Prix de Fecamp (purse €70,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) 3.6/1 Estelada de Font (4f Orateur-Quibala Street) scored for Emmanuel Allard, also trainer, clocked in 1.15.4kr to defeat 10/1 Epson des Brousses (4m Saxo de Vandel) and pilot J.Ph. Monclin. Third was 2.1/1 Erode Ludois (4m Rodrigo Jet) reined by J-M Bazire for trainer Stephane Bourlier. Tomorrow watch for the Trophee Vert action in France as many rural tracks are showcasing the trotteurs. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 11, 2018 - Post work week harness racing fans observed tonight’s Prix Pegulus (purse €55,000, 2700 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed and 28/1 Crazy Dream (6g Repeat Love-Daisy Chain). Julien Dubois teamed the Yves Boireau trainee that Pierre Schmidt owns and Ecurie D bred. 11/1 Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play) held second for owner/trainer/driver Franck Blandin. 41/1 Chtiot de Bella (6g Defi d’Aunou-Joyeuse Coulonces) rallied for third with trainer Pascal Danet the driver. The winning Crazy Dream is a big rugged horse from the sire Repeat Love (Coktail Jet-Guilty Of Love-And Arifant), a full brother to Love You) from the Speedy Somolli mare Daisy Chain (Kravotte-Caprior), dam of Kaisy Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Kaisy Dream won over one million euro and sired Brigham Dream, a major US stakes winning filly, The Quinte+ Prix Leo (purse €55,000, 2100 meters, 16 European starters) resulted in a blanket finish with 9/1 Ardente du Clos (8f Reve des Vallees-Lumiere duClos) emerging victorious. The quick 1.11.2kr timed winner has handled by owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard as he increased career earnings past the €260,000 mark. 2.8/1 King Sir Kir (7m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) took second for Alexandre Abrrivard, ahead of 4.7/1 Lover Face (10g Love You-Ambra OK) with Franck Nivard up. 20/1 Verrazano Bridge (9g Offshore Dream) and 15/1 Vafleury (9g Memphis du Rib). Friday’s Prix Burgunda (purse €42,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) went to 1.15kr timed and 2,8/1 Free Man (3m Ready Cash-Olly Star). Mathieu Mottier teamed the Dominique Mottier trained colt that Jean Pierre Barjon owns. 4.4/1 Faithful (3m Village Mystic-Horsaca) was half-length beaten second with Alexandre Abrivard up for breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron. 2.1/1 favorite Falcao de Laurma (3m Uniclove-Rangoon) was third for the driver/trainer  team of Clement and Thierry Duvaldestin. Thomas H. Hicks

May 9, 2018 - Tuesday’s Prix Fama (Gr. III, purse €66,000, 2700 meters, nine starters) went to undefeated (five of five) and 2/5 harness racing favorite Fleche Bourbon (3f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) driven by J.Ph.Monclin. Sebastien Guarato trains the fine filly that is owned and was bred by Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Race time was 1.16.5kr for the now winner of €79,650. 7.2/1 Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) took second for Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not of Holland. 8.2/1 Freegate Island (3f Timoko-Ahneska) was third for Pierre Vercruysse, trainer Bjorn Goop and owners P&D Bronsman AB. 13/1 Firefly (3f Ready Cash) and 10/1 Full Option (3f Fast Photo) were next to the line. On Wednesday at Marseille Borely was the Prix du Departement (purse €30,000, 3000 meters, 14 starters) with 1.4/1 Defi The Best (5m Timoko-Pamia) the winner driven by Y-A Briand. He trains for Ecurie des Charmes. 12/1 Crazy Horse (6m Saphir d’Haufor) was second for Jonathan Asselie and third was 15/1 Boccador (7g Prince Gede) for Herve Chauve-Laffay. In France, J-P Dubois’ Echauffour farm burned and caused extensive damage, loss of memories and documents. No damage occurred to human and equine inhabitants. In Sweden, Johnny Takter announced his driving retirement but not before winning two at Solvalla on Tuesday. He scored with A Sweet Dance (3fMaharajah-Sugar Step-Sugarcane Hanover) for trainer Helena Burman, the fourth straight win in 2018 for the winner that now has five wins in eight career outings. Race time was 1.14.5kr and 300,000SEK was earned by the winner of this Wallenius-Kleberg Juvenile contest raced over 2140 meters autostart. Earlier, Takter won with Hevin Boko (4f Going Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) in a 2140 meters autostart event worth 300,000SEK to the Timo Nurmos trainee. Race time was 1.12.9kr. On Friday the Paris-Vincennes program includes three groupe events including the Prix Guillaune de Bellaigue, a monte international Gr. III test for a purse of €120,000 and raced over 2700 meters. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 7, 2018 - The 2018 Elitloppet harness racing lineup now includes Pastore Bob, Urlo dei Venti, Ringostarr Treb, Maori Time, Propulsion, Uza Josselyn, Bold Eagle and Readly Express On Saturday the V75 Gold at Orebro went to 4.7/1 Volstead (7m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) with owner Stefan Melander up, and quick timed in 1.10kr over the 1609 meters autostart distance. Purse to the winner was 200,000SEK and this USA bred, by Arden Homestead and A.J. Skoglund, now has 21 wins in 62 career outings.  Volstead might get an Elite race invite. He defeated 3.9/1 Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry) reined by Hans Owe Sundberg and 37/1 Deuxieme Picsous (11m In Love With You) handled by Bjorn Goop On the undercard was a Silver V75 victory by 2.8/1 Michelangelo As (7g Allstar Hall-Harmonic As-Mack Lobell) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom to a 1.12.6kr score worth 150,000SEK to the winner and raced over 2100 meters autostart. Aged mares battled in the Enoch Karlssons (purse to winner 125,000SEK) and the 1.11.7kr timed winner over 2100 meters autostart was 3.9/1 Anna Mix (8f Ludo du Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) with Kim Eriksson up. Franck Leblanc owns the Sophia Aronsson trainee. In Toto Sund and Darling Mearas trailed Anna Mix. Thomas H. Hicks

May 5, 2018 - Superb harness racing, weather and Food Truck Festival Weekend made for an excellent Saturday afternoon at Kincsem Park. Timoteo (6m Abano As) and driver Veljko Mazsity took the two heat Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial with decisive wins in both heats. Three year olds battled in the Laszlo Ferge Memorial with an easy victory earned by Zapato (3m Frullino Jet) driven by Tibor Hajnal. Finally, the fast class campaigners contested the Lajos Matucza Memorial with quick closing Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue) the winner for driver Imre Fazekas and trainer Jozsef Rutkai. Summaries of the major races. Race 3 Heat #1 Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial (total purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, heat placing determine race results) Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi-Equinox Bi), Imre Fazekas driver for trainer Jozsef Rutkai, 20 meter handicapped Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall), Emese Vezer up for trainer Emil Csordas Race 6  Lajos Matucza Memorial (purse 1,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) Underpaid Hanover (9m Revenue-Up Front Lisa-Lindy Lane), Imre Fazekas driver for owner Prolongo and trainer Jozsef Rutkai, 3.8/1 odds, race time 1.15.8kr Part Two (9f Offshore Dream-Bel Ditto-Wired Pine), Csaba Lakatos Milliondollar Lux (12m Ganymede-Dadaumpa Jet-Supergill), Emese Vezer up for trainer Emil Csordas Race 8  Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial Heat #2 (total purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap, heat placing determine race results) Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way), Veljko Mazsity at 1.3/1, time 1.17.9kr Henrik Ibsen AT (5m Worship-Her Own Child-Imposant Sund), Tibor Hajnal Vortice Bi (4m Toss Out-Rhode Island Bi-Equinox Bi), Imre Fazekas, 20 meter handicapped   Final Dr. Tamas Borostyankoy Memorial Placings Timoteo. Vellko Mazsity Vortice Bi, Imre Fazekas Henrik Ibsen AT, Tibor Hajnal   Race 10 Laszlo Ferge Memorial (purse 1,800,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) Zapato (3m Frullino Jet-Oklahoma PT-Friendly Face), Tibor Hajnal, owner Napsugar at 1.6/1, time 1.18.8kr Zsozsoka (3f Yankee Mustang-Intelligent Star-Oaklea Bluejay), Laszlo Kolozsi Zanebono(3m Frullino Jet-Corolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe), Branislav Mukity, from 20 meter handicap In pre-program action, veteran Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau) won a qualifier timed in 1.18.8kr for Lajos Marton. The two year old ArunChupa (2m Calypso Capar-Norah Jones) won his first qualifying effort for Imre Fazekas clocked in 1.26.3kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

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