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April 30, 2018 - Harness racing around Europe and beyond took us to Aby (SWE), Martinique, Budapest and France for the latest Trophee Vert leg. Here are the summaries: Aby April 28 Breeders Course (purse 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 2.1/1 Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan. This lightly raced colt has three wins in five career outings. Madinina Martinique April 29 Three top ranked FR drivers were on the island for Sunday’s Grand Prix de la SECF events. The SECF Consolation (purse €6,000, 2600 meters, voltstart, turf) went to 50 meters handicapped Ubbi Kay (10g Jam Pridem-La Davina) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Corrine Gleize and clocked in 1.27.2kr. Biscoto Star (7m My Happy Jet) was next for Alexandra Abrivard and trainer H.R. Colas. The main event was the Grand Prix de la SECF Finale (purse €10,000, 2600 meters voltstart, turf) and it went to 1.18.7kr timed Bavarois du Valet (7g Laetenter Diem - Hera du Varlet) in rein to Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Gleize, the winner’s second straight score. Avis Contraire (8g Infant du Bossis) was next for Edmond Langeron and third was Usly de Visais (10f Defi d’Aunou) for Jean Luc Langeron. April 29 Rambouillet – Trophee Vert The Trophee Vert this Sunday was the Prix Ville de Rambouillet et de sa Reine (purse €45,000, 2800 meters distance handicap) with victory o 9/10 favorite and 50 meter handicapped Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire. Bugsy now has 20 career wins in 38 starts for €595,910 earned. 25 meter handicapped Ulhior du Beziau (10m Orsy Dream) held second for Guillaiume Youvre and another 25 meter penalized starter, Ustang Ludois (10m Joyau d’Amour), was third for Dominik Locqueneux. The 50 meters handicapped Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) was fourth for Thierry Duvaldestin and trainer Anders Lindqvist. April 29 - Kincsem Park (Budapest) The weekend featured Grand DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park went to Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady) timed in 1.16.8kr and reined by Veljko Mazsity, also trainer, for breeder Kabela Menes Kft of Radihaza. Rosemundi and Oldtimer Diamant trailed the winner. Other winners on the card were first in the Lofty Sun DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) where the 1.17.2kr timed Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times) prevailed for Balasz Juhasz. The other notable winners were Sunny (7g Oncoming Hush-Vivian King) for Andrea Fazekas timed in 1.20.7kr and Zafira (3f Belami-Jude) in 1.22kr for trainer/driver Branislav Mukity. April 30 – Enghien The Sunday Enghien card included the Prix de Millau (purse €54,000, 2875 meters) with the 1.17.2kr timed verdict earned by 3.6/1 Deesse des Noes (5f Nahar de Beval) with Stephane Rouxel the trainer/driver. 11/1 Dynastie Aldo (5f Kiwi) was next for Anthony Barrier, ahead of Demoiselle Mika (5f Royal Dream) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger The Prix du Pont Charles de Gaulle (purse €54,000, 2850 meters) yielded a runaway victory for 8.5/1 United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) by six lengths for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Hans Bot. Race time was 1.16.7kr and the winner defeated 6.5/1 Dimo d’Occagnes (5g Timoko) with Franck Ouvrie up and 39/1 Dream du Chatavet (5m Ganymede) with Geert Lanoo aboard. Thomas Hicks

April 28, 2018 - The Olympia Stayer race (purse €30,773, 3140 meters, 14 starters) went to 2/5 favorite and Bjorn Goop trained and driven Heartbreaker VF (8m, Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive), clocked in a respectable 1.13.8kr over the extended distance. Monte performers contested the Olympia Monte (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.9/1 odds Anna Mix (8f Ludo de Castelle-Tres-Tenor de Baune) prevailed with Josefine Ivehog in the irons for trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. This great mare Anna Mix has raced in the best international races over her career, was clocked in 1.13kr and now has 18 wins in 69 starts for lifetime earnings of 12,505,013SEK. The V75 Silver Division on this great card (purse €30773, 1640 meters autostart) produced a sharp 1.10.4kr victory for 16/1 Coktail Fortuna (9g Love You) handled by trainer Robert Bergh. The Lady Godivas Minne (purse €59,136), the second featured of the day, went to 9/1 Ultra Bright (5f Zola Boko-Patina) reined by Frederik Persson and clocked in 1.12.2kr. 5.2/1 Double Exposure (5f Donato Hanover-KD Girl) was a rallying second for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 28, 2018  -  Ringostarr Treb (8m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) scored a gate to wire impressive 1.10lr harness racing victory today at Aby. This Gr. I International UET Masters event carried a purse of €279,112 and was raced over 2140 meters autostart by 10 starters. Wilhelm Paal teamed the Jerry Riordan trainee for owner EVA Racing Trotter Srls. This fine horse, who bred mares in Italy after the Vincennes winter meet, now has 28 wins in 83 career starts. Off at 3.6/1 Ringostarr Treb bested 42/1 Giveitgasandgo (4m Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover-Andover Hall) driven by Erik Adielsson and 16/1 Titty Jepson (6f Varenne-Loma di Costa-Uromnometro) with Orjan Kihlstrom up 5/1 Lionel was fourth after a last turn bid failed. 1.3/1 favorite Day Or Night In made a dq miscue before the gate opened from post one. Thomas H. Hicks

April 28, 2018 - Veteran Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre), a former Prix d’Amerique winner, driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Antoine Lherte and Ecurie Quick Star, won today’s Gr. II Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie (purse €100,000, 1609 meters  autostart, 13 starters) clocked in 1.10.7kr at Argentan. He earned this score through miscue dq of Romanesque that got up first on the outside, only to be placed out. 2/1 Up And Quick bested 11/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling) with Yann Lorin up and third placed was 4.6/1 Ave Avis (8m Kesaco Phedo=Magna Avis) with trainer J-M Bazire up. 1.9/1 favorite Bille de Montfort was fourth for David Thomain. The winner is now 16 for 65 yielding €2,089,040 earned for the career. Thomas H. Hicks

April 27, 2018 - The Friday harness racing action at Paris-Vincennes began with a 4/1 victory by Etoile de Houelle (4f Goetmals Wood-Sawasde de Houelle) in the Prix Maginus (purse €80,000, 2700 meters, 15 starters) and riven this day by Franck Nivard for trainer Franck Leblanc. 2.3/1 Everest Vedaquais (4g Ready Cash-Spandelle) held second for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. 13/1 Eureka du Fosse (4f Soleil du Fosse) with Anthony Barrier the pilot, took third among a group at the line together. Race time was 1.14.3kr for this three-time career winner. The day’s Q+ was the Prix Huberta (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and the 1.13.6kr timed victory was earned by even money Caprice du Lupin (6g Chaillot-Nadega Fencerie) with Antoine Wiels up  for breeder/owner/trainer J-P Marmion. 20/1 Cerenzo Turbo (6m Ganymede) took second for Franck Ouvrie and 57/1 Chocolat du Bourg (6m Nahar de Beval) was third for Gabriele Gelormini, ahead of 11/1 Aldo d’Argentre and 24/1 Bambou Tahiti. The winner now has 11 wins in 22 career starts. The Gr. III Prix Antigone (purse €110,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters monte starters) went to 13/1 Ungaro d’Eva (10g Ipson de Mormal-Iomolly) with David Thomain in the irons for owner/trainer Jean Michel Beaudouin. The victory increased his earnings to €330,110 for this 11 time winner. 6/1 Gross Weight (7g Scarlet Knight-Elman Jet) was second and 2.3/1 Vrai Voyou (9g Gazouillis) was home third. On April 26 (Thursday) at Gavle SWE the well-regarded Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom, pictured below, won an event raced over 2140 meters autostart for 40,000SEK first prize. Race time was 1.12.1kr as this Daniel Reden trainee, bred in the USA by Caldwell/Bluestone Farr, recorded his 25th victory in 54 outings now for 5,935,545SEK earned. Off at even money, Propulsion bested 21/1 French Laundry, Ulf Ohlsson up, and Final Oak at 85/1 reined by Claes Sjostrom. 76/1 From Dusk To Dawn landed fourth for Ulf Eriksson.   On that card the USA Windsong Stable bred Stand Bayou, off at 1.6/1, scored in 1.12.9kr, with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. First prize was 35,000SEK for the seven-year old stallion son of Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec. Stand Bayou was won three of his last four and now has 12 career wins in 36 starts. On Friday night (April27), the 2017 Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was back in action for his second straight win, this at Aby, in a division of the Konung Gustaf each for 100,000SEK first money and raced over 2140 meters autostart. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the four-year old stallion by Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra that Daniel Reden trains for SRF Stable and Hanover Shoe Farms bred. The winners’ slate shows nine wins in 20 career starts for 6,291,079SEK earned. He was off at 1.52/1 and bested 24/1 Vikens High Yield (4g Love You) reined by Magnus Jakobsson and 4/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven) that Johnny Takter teamed for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. Lucifer Lane and Velvet Gio won other divisions of this race. Fillies contested the Drottning Silvias Pokal divisions (each for 100,000SEK first money and raced over 2140 meters autostart) with victory to Diabra (4f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Walmann. She was clocked in 1.13.1kr for her ninth career victory in 14 starts. Tropicanna As (4f Manofmanymissions-Tropical Breeze As-Striking Sahbra) also won a division for trainer Jerry Riordan, driver Johnny Takter and owners Henrik Eriksson and Tordis Svensson. ACL Stuteri AB bred this filly that was timed in 1.14.3kr. Electrical (4f Dream Vacation) won another division of this race. On Saturday is the Olympiatravet Final at Aby. Thomas H. Hicks

April 25, 2018 - Top trotting was Wednesday at Milano headed by the Gran Premio Nazionale (purse €154,000, 2250 meters autostart, 14 three year old colts). Victory in a close brush at the line was post 12 Zaccaria Bar (3m Ready Cash-Finlanda-Lindy Lane) reined by Federico Esposito and timed in 1.13.6kr. This colt recorded his second victory in three 2018 starts and now has five wins in eight career appearances. Zilath (3m Maharajah-Only LB-Conway Hall) was a close second driven by Andrea Guzinatti. His third dam is Winky’s Goal. Third was Ze Doca (3m Self Possessed-Pandora Degli Dei-Varenne with Roberto Vecchione up. Second dam of this one is Donnina that is the maternal family of Lisa America The Gran Premio Nazionale Filly (purse €88,000, 1650 meters autostart, 12 three year old filly starters) went to 1.13.6kr timed and first time 2018 starter Ziva EK (3f Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way) with Roberto Vecchione up. This filly, that started from post 11, now has three career wins in seven outings. Ziman (3f Nad Al Shaba-Iman Bi-Ganymede) was second for Fr. Facci, ahead of Zelda Zack (3f Libeccio Grif-Lagacy Grif) Earlier in the program was the Pr. Giula Grif (purse €7,700, 1650 meters autostart) and the winner Zabriskie OK (3f Conway Hall-Georgia Pines-Pine Chip) scored, reaching the line in an impressive1.12.8kr. Alessandro Gocciadoro teamed the winner, now two for two in 2018, and four wins in six career starts). Second dam of this filly is Dasooner Dabettor and third dam is Armbro Brilliance. Two quick life speed records occurred on the card. Victor Ferm (4m Nad Al Sheba-Gavina di Casei-Uronometro) scored for Andrea Guzzinati clocked in 1.11.5kr, his eighth career win in 28 starts. Tano Fohle SM (6m Ganymede-Fohle BSM-Sugarcane Hanover) took a 1.11.1kr victory driven by Enrico Bellei, the winner’s 20th victory in 35 career starts. Gran Premio Nazionale-Mem. G. Ferraris 2018 - Milan / Zaccaria Bar Thomas H. Hicks

April 25, 2018 - Today’s featured 4th leg of the GNT Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2625 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) was at Agen La Garenne and the result was a dead-heat victory shared by 29/1 Aribo Mix (8g Reve des Vallees-Hardness) handicapped 25 meters and reined by trainer Dominik Cordeau. Ecurie Saint Hilaire owns the now 10 time winner for €294,780 earned. The 3/5 favorite and 50 meter handicapped Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-J’arrive du Gers) rallied on the pegs for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire, the 31st career win for the now winner of €1,488,372. 47/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) was third for trainer/driver Christophe Feyte after racing at the front, ahead of 24/1 Baronne de Bapre (7f Prodigious) for Frederic Closier and 5.4/1 Cavalleria (6f Prodigious) teamed by trainer Nicolas Ensch, this one penalized 25 meters. Race time of Aribo Mix was 1.13.0kr with Aubrion du Gers clocked in 1.12.3kr. The field raced three wide in a close pack during the last lap before some separation took place in the lane. Thomas H. Hicks

April 24, 2018 - The Prix Masina (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 14 three year old females) began the top harness racing action this evening and it went to 26/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up and Quick-Ravissante Jo) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc trains this one for owner Emmanuel Baziller, and Ted now has three wins in 13 starts for €147,380 earned. 11/1 Fantastic Life (3f Prodigious-True Life) took second driven by breeder Jean Philippe Dubois for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 78/1 Fipsie de Guez (3f Tango Quick-Utsie de Guez) has third for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa. 3/5 favorite Fly With Us was a dq. The co-feature Tuesday evening at Vincennes was the Prix Paule Karle (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 11 three year old colts) and 2/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) scored in 1.15kr for driver Franck Niavrd. This Sebastien Guarato trainee is owned by Scuderia Bivans Srl, was bred by Ecurie Dream With Me, and now has five wins in eight career starts for €146,950. 1.9/1 Fajor du Lorault (3m Vaillant Cash-Native du Lorault) was a close second for Francois Lecanu and trainerFrederic Heon. with 6.4/1 Fantissime (3m Ready Cash-Invre de Victoire) took third with Yoann Lebourgeois up for breeder/trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Frederic Sauque. The Gr. I International Olympiatravet takes place at Aby on Saturday with a nice field at the start. Thomas H. Hicks

Pompano Beach, FL - The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has debuted their new website at The Florida Chapter has also developed a Facebook Page at Florida Chapter USHWA. "The Florida Chapter has dedicated this year to working harder than ever to help promote the sport of harness racing in Florida and across the nation." said Florida USHWA Chapter president Steve Wolf. "The debut of our website and our new Facebook Page is just the start of our 2018 program. "The harness racing industry, especially in Florida," Wolf explained, "needs to have more exposure to the general masses. We will be doing more stories on owners, trainers, drivers, caretakers and the many training/breeding farms throughout the state, working on special events in the local communities, and hopefully help educating new fans to this great sport through our chapter. "Our Chapter's treasurer, Thomas H. Hicks," Wolf credited. "created and developed the website and did a super job." The Florida Chapter of USHWA was first formed in 1964 following the opening of the Pompano Park racetrack. Over the many years the Chapter has worked with racetrack management and the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association in helping promote the sport both locally and nationally. The Chapter annually hosts the Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame Banquet, has given out tens of thousands of dollars through the Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship for Florida residents studying journalism or equine related majors, and provides special funding for Florida horsemen and women in need due to poor health, accidents and/or dire financial situations through the Aime Choquette Sunshine Fund. From the Florida Chapter of USHWA          

April 21, 2018 - V75 action Saturday was at Umaker (SWE) featuring first the Berth Johanssons Memorial (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 2/1 Diamanten (5m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) scored for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Forspro B owns this career winner 21 times in 30 starts for earning of 5,866,911SEK. Race time today was 1.13.6kr. 5/1 Muscle Hustle (5m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and 2/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Cantab Hall) was third for Ulf Ohlsson, ahead of 40/1 Milligan’s School  (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo). The V75 Gold was the Olympiatravet Trial #4 (200,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) and 13/1 Beau Mec (11m Jag de Bellouet-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) was victorious timed in 1.11.6kr and teamed by Carl Johan Jepson for trainer Lars Wikstrom. 1.9/1 Cruzado dela Noche (6m Muscle Massive-Alidate-Credit Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander with third earned by 60/1 Explosive de Vie (7g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) with Kevin Oscarsson the pilot for trainer Jim Oscarsson. Other interesting Umaker wins included first the V75 Silver (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) that 4/1 Qahar QC (7g Scipion du Gautier-Mumma QC-Enjoy Lavec) won for Ulf Ohlsson clocked in 1.13.8kr. The Bronze V75 (purse to winner 125,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart) went to quick 1.11kr timed Disco Volante (5g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) also with Ohlsson up, this for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. On April 21 at Forus the impressive Ferrari B.R. (5m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite-SJs Caviar-Whitesand Hall-Victory Dream) took the Kjell Hakonsens Minne over 1600 meters timed in 1.10.6kr. Per Oleg Midtfjeld teamed the winner to a three length score to earn 100,000NOkr first money. Midtfjeld has been a prominent trainer/driver for years that included the former Zweig Memorial winner Cromwell, a son of Credit Winner. Pingus Vang and Donatomite were next to the line, no match for the winner who last year won in a 1:52.2 mile rate over 2100 meters. Ferrari B.R. is expected to race in the Copenhagen Cup hoping to create an Elitloppet invite. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 21, 2018 - 5.2/1 Villam Ville (4g Beissinger Hanover-Izaville-Endless Sands) rallied to score an easy 1.17.5kr timed harness racing victory in Saturday’s 600,000Huf Soldo DIJ, raced over 1900 meters autostart. Imre Fazekas trains and drive the winner that Pimri owns. Uzsorasno (5f Maximus Lindy) got up for second driven by Balazs Juhasz and third was Vital RG (4m SJs Photo) with Tibor Hajnal aboard. Trencsen (6m Ata Star L) took the fourth check for Laszlo Kolozsi. The undercard included several interesting victories, first in the Evi Amator Kupa Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) where Beatrix Galindo AT (5f Tony Oaks-Boa Vista Vita-Just Had A Vision) scored for Zoltan Gyolai and trainer Istvan Papp. Animal Trade Racing of Szerbia owns this 1.18.5kr timed winner. Earlier the Cicero DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) went to Urzulina (5f Maximus Lindy-Ciccolina Fling-Supergill) clocked in 1.18.2kr for driver/trainer Tibor Hajnal. Napsugar owns this one that Kabala Menes Kft bred. Another Kabala Menes Kft product won the Dalias DIV (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) as White Lady (4f Toss Out-Elegant Lady-Mill H) scored in 1.17.5kr with Dejan Katanic driving for SRB trainer Mihajlo Kuzmanov. White Lady has three wins and a placing in only four HU career starts. Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - The featured Prix de l’Atlantique Casino Barriere (Gr. I International, purse €200,000, 2159 meters autostart, seven starters) this afternoon at Enghien went to Bold Eagle (7m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) in a fight to the wire as the Franck Nivard teamed and Sebastien Guarato trained champion, that raced on a rated front end, fought back in the lane to head Belina Josselyn (7f Love You-Lezira Josselyn) reined by trainer J-M Bazire and fast closing Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) piloted by J.Ph. Monclin for trainer Philippe Allaire.. Race time was 1.13.6kr off slow fractions (1.17kr at the 1000 to go mark 1.15.2 at 500). Billie de Montfort and Akim de Cap Vert completed the top five. Bold Eagle recorded his second straight victory and 39th in a career that now has earned €4,131,620. Thomas H. Hicks

April 20, 2018 - Harness racing action Tuesday evening at Paris-Vincennes included the Prix Henrietta (purse €60,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.15.7kr victory earned by 1.8/1 Everest Vedaquais (4g Ready Cash-Spandelle) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. J.P. Guay was this one’s breeder. The same card also featured the monte Gr. III Prix Cornelia (purse €85,000, 2850 meters, 10 starters). 12/1 Caduceas des Baux (6g Mark Speed-Frestina des Baux) scored for Matthieu Abrivard and breeder/owner Jack Dowie. 10/1 Union de Bellar was second for Yoann Lebourgeois and 2.3/1 Bohemian Rhapsody was third for Camille Levesque. Wednesday’s Q+ was at Pontchateau in the Prix de la Ville de Pontchateau (purse €40,000, 2800 meters 18 starters). 25/1 Bemnde Torvic (7g Jag de Bellouet-Roche du Chatelet) scored for J.Ph. Monclin timed in 1.14.9kr. Stephane Meunier trains the winner for Ecurie Auemath. Chasing the winner were 12/1 Actrice Revee and 8.2/1 Baccarat de Niro. Thursday action at Enghien included the featured monte Prix de Fumel (purse €51,000, 2875 meters, nine starters) and 4.3/1 Diamant de Larre (5g Magificent Rodney-Rose de Larre) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Sylvain Roger and Ecurie la Petteviniere. 9/1 Daelia de Vandel took second for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 3.7/1 Deauville with Guillaume Martin in the irons. Evening action returned to Paris-Vincennes on Friday. The Prix Alethia (purse €75,000, 2850 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.12.1kr quick timed and 7/10  favorite Ble du Gers (7g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner Ecurie J.M. Rancoule. 3.4/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue) was second for Pierre Vercruysse and third was 23/1 Vicomte de Corveil (8g Orlando Vici) wit Franck Nivard up. The Vincennes card also included the Q+ Prix Neptuna (purse €54,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) and 1.8/1 Cadix (6f Ready Cash-Mazurka) scored timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Alain Laurent and Ecurie Cheffreville. 8.7/1 Belle d’Hermes (7f Quinoa du Gers) was second for reinsman Franck Nivard and 14/1 Capucine d’Avril (6f Lets Go Along) took the third spot for Franck Ourvrie.The Prix Clarisse (purse €72,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 European starters) closed out the evening top action and 4.1/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) scored for J.Ph. Monclin, owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and the breeder was J.P. Guay. Race time was 1.12.7kr. The winners’ dam is a daughter of Look de Star-Jupilles-Corot, a career winner of €79250, and with Workaholic and Florestan in the maternal family. 19/1 Ducato Bourbon (5m Love You-Kamera Bourbon) was second for Franck Nivard driving the Franck Leblanc trainee for Ecurie Siray. 10/1 Gilda Newport (5f Donato Hanover-Color Schemes) was third for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar. This week the 33 year old driver/trainer/owner Matthieu Abrivard won victory #2000 with Charmeuse Royale at Vincennes. Abrivard has record 14 groupe I victories in his brief career, both monte and sulky. Au trot monté : 4 Prix de Cornulier 2004, 2005, 2006 (Jag de Bellouet), 2017 (Bellissima France) 2 Prix des Centaures en 2004 (Mon Jeu Diam), 2016 (Athéna de Vandel) 2 Prix de Normandie en 2010 (Rombaldi), 2016 (Bellissima France) Prix du Président de la République en 2009 (Rombaldi) Prix d’Essai en 2015 (Carlos des Caux) Au trot attelé : 2 Critérium Continental 2012 (Un Mec d’Héripré) et 2017 (Doria Desbois) Prix de Paris 2010 (Private Love) Prix Albert Viel 2017 (Eros du Chêne) Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - Today’s featured Seinajoki Race in Finland (purse €70,000, 2100 meters autostart) went to veteran campaigned Call Me Keeper (8m Pine Chip-Elia Keeper-Credit Winner) timed in 1.12.7kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Call Me Keeper now has earnings of €594,780. Peace of Mind (7f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took second for Italy’s Alessandro Gocciador, ahead of the Johan Untersteiner piloted Pastor Bob. The week in Scandinavia was interesting. On April 17 at Solvalla Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) won a 1660 meter voltstart event for 60,000SEK. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the 1.12kr timed winner that SRF Stable owns and Hanover Shoe Farm bred. Daniel Reden now trains this horse that won last year’s Hambletonian on a dq. Muscleman FI was second and Mellby Fantom was third this day. Reportedly Perfect Spirit will next race at Aby on April 27. Also at Solvalla Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) was a dead-heat winner of a 75,000SEK, 2140 meter contest. Goran Antonsen owns and drive Lionel that Daniel Reden trains. He hit the wire with Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) and driver Hans Owe Sundberg. Third was the Erik Adielsson reined Giveitgasandgo with French Laundry home fourth. Winning Lionel is now 21-10-6 in 61 career starts for 12,802,093 earned. Thomas H. Hicks

April 21, 2018 - Trotting action Saturday was also at Enghien near Paris. The Q+ Prix Casino Barriere Enghien Les Bains (purse €60,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 European starters) went to strong finishing Totoo del Ronco (6m Ganymede-Magic Vision LF) reined by Fernando Minopoli for trainer Vincent Lacroix and owner Stable Minopoli. Race time was 1.12.8kr off rated fractions. Diamond (8g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi) rallied up for second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Paul Hagoort. Auch (8g Niky) held third for Charles J. Bigeon, The top five was completed by fourth finishing Cathy A Quira (6f Password) driven by J.Ph. Monclin and fifth was Ustang Ledois (10m Joyau dAmour) for Pierre Vercruysse. Four year old females battled in the Prix Ville de Saint-Gratien (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2875 meters, 13 starters) and after breaking dq’s Estola (4fNectar-Nika) emerged victorious for driver Bjorn Goop, trainer Emmanuel Ruault and Ecurie P. Comte de Montesson. Extasy d’Ourville (4f Tucson-Mona d’Odyssee was second for driver David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato with third to Estelada de Font (4f Orateur) handled by Emmanuel Allard, also the trainer. Erming d’Ouverie and Elisone Mag completed the top five. The four year old males contested the Prix Ville d’Enghien (Gr.II, purse €120,000, 2875 meters, 12 starters) and Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) recovered for a 1.12.8kr timed victory for Franck Ouvrie, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten. Earl Simon won his first five starts and then was surprisingly fifth and second before today’s win. Enino du Pommereux (4m Coktail Jet-Nooure du Pommereux) took second for J-M Bazire, trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Etonnant (4m Timoko) held on for third driven by Bjorn Goop. Richard Westerink is trainer/owner of Etonnant who led for much of the race. Express Jet (4m Goetmals Wood) and Pierre Vercruysse finished fourth ahead of Eridan (4m Ready Cash) reined by David Thomain. Totoo del Ronco Thomas H. Hicks

April 15, 2018 - Sunday’s top harness racing action was at Torino, Italy on their 1004 meter oval. The PR Costa Azzurra (purse €154,000, 1600 meters autostart, ten starters) went to Tamure Roc (6f Explot Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.14.1kr and reined by Santo Mollo. This one gained the advantage mid-stretch when leading Dijon went off stride and was taken off course by driver Romain Derieux.  Tamure Roc now has 16 wins in 59 starts in Italy good for €311,726 earned. Timone EK (6m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) gained the second spot for Roberto Andreghetti. Third was Turno di Azzurra (6m Love You-Foga di Azzurra-Lemon Dra) with Fed Esposito at the lines. All three top finishing dams were sired by the exceptional Lemon Dra (1986 male by Sharif di Iesolo-Danea-Acero-Babele-Winter Park) that produced registered foals from 1993-2007 (kidnapped) and from 1997-2006 those foals numbered from 111-150 each year.  The other top Torino event was the PR Citta’ di Torino (purse €88,000, 2060 meters, 12 starters) with the 1.12.6kr timed score earned by Vitruvio (4m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro, who also campaigned the dam. This one now has eight wins in 23 starts in Italy for €332,377 earned. Second was Vivid Wise As (4m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with Ed. Loccisano up, ahead of Vaprio (4m Adrian Chip-Namibia-Cantab Hall). Jean Pierre Dubois’ Classic Connection was eighth after being parked three wide past the quarter mile mark and then parked in the death seat until tiring. Thomas H. Hicks

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