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Norways Chief Orlando (7m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) was a game winner this day of The Onions (purse 19,674€, 1640 meters autostart, ten harness racing starters) at Solvalla, and likely earned a spot in the Elitloppet. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Pia Huusari trainee as the 3.8/1 second choice won for the first time this year in three starts. This was his 18th career win in 64 starts, now for 3,251,205€ earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was second with Christoffer Eriksson up. 3.1/1 Ferrari BR (7m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite-SJs Caviar) was third for Torbjorn Jansson after a death seat journey. Partizan Face and Lionel completed the top five. Race time was a sharp 1.09.8kr Chief Orlando   On the undercard was an event for four-year olds (purse 12,244€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that went to 7/10 favorite Amiral (4m Ready Cash-Mondeville-Kadabra) for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team. Scuderia Louisiana bred the winner in Italy and he now has three wins in nine career starts. This one was clocked in 1.12.9kr. 10/1 Mr. Marvelous (4g Ready Cash) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 107/1 Rotate (4f Scarlet Knight) for pilot Jorma Kontio.   Earlier there were a host of three-year old events, led by the Ingaenide Kriterleserien (purse 39,108€, 2140 meters, seven starters).   Here the 1.13.5kr clocked winner was 8/1 Inas Prince (3m Chocolatier-Sobra-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom. 3.3/1 Global Badman (4m Yield Boko) and second and the 6/10 favorite Forever Melon (3g Infinitif) was third. Other three year old winners this day were Tiny Rocket (3f Djali Boko) timed in 1.16kr; Bombus Jet (3m Pine Chip-Solvalla Jet-Igor Font) in 1.17.3kr; and Sashay Kemp (3f Trixton-Aiken For Clay-Conway Hall) in 1.15.6kr, the latter trained by Stefan Melander and owned by his Stall TZ, Friday at Aby, the well-regarded Aetos Krosnos and Green Manalishi face off with nine others in the Konung Gustaf. See below.  Thomas H. Hicks   French Racing Could Be Ready To Resume By May 11 Horse racing in France has been suspended since March 17 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, but it could resume from May 11. Racing would be behind closed doors and under strictly supervised sanitary conditions, just as other European countries are also preparing to gradually resume horse racing. Tens of thousands of French households live from the horse racing industry, from stud farms to training stables, taking care of the horses and seeing to their welfare. While the races were stopped, most of the work had to be done as horses, especially those trained for competition, cannot live in confinement. Training yards and stud farms continued to operate, without being able to get any resources from racing, their natural source of income However, the health and welfare of all those involved in the organization of racing meetings will be the main priority of France Galop and LeTROT. Racing would be conducted behind closed doors, as it was the last days before it had to be halted on March 17. This successful experience on the Oise racecourses in March showed our ability to ensure satisfactory sanitary conditions of all those participating in our race meetings. Very strict limitations will be enforced. For example, the connections of a horse declared to run will be limited to his or her groom, his or her trainer, and his or her jockey/driver. The staff in charge of the meetings' organization will also be very restricted. Access to the racecourses will be highly monitored, and all participants will be provided with the equipment necessary to work in good conditions without taking any risks. Shared spaces will be set up to avoid contact between those participating. In order to further minimize health hazard, horses trained abroad and jockeys holding a license issued in a country other than France (unless they are confined to France) will not be allowed to participate in French races, until the end of May at least. These restrictive measures will not allow the organization of all the race meetings initially scheduled, as certain racecourses do not have the facilities required to fully meet these precautionary requirements. Planning and relocation projects for local (PMH) meetings are being studied so as not to further harm stables more particularly involved in these programs. In terms of the program, in view of a resumption of activity from Monday, May 11, the Racing authorities have paid particular attention to respecting the balances between the different categories of horses, breeds and areas. France Galop and LeTrot will publish their program in the next few days. The allocation policy will depend on the outcome of a work in progress with the Government. Indeed, prize money and premiums are financed by the proceeds of betting, and if the races could resume on May 11, the PMU's network would still only be very partially reactivated, depriving the whole racing industry of most of its resources. The meeting held on Tuesday, April 21 between the Presidents of the racing associations and the involved Ministers proved to be constructive and everything is made to allow the racing industry to overcome the financial damage caused by this sanitary crisis. If France Galop and LeTrot are getting ready to resume racing at the national level from May 11, it all comes down to the evolution of the pandemic and the measures taken by the Government regarding the gradual exit from the lockdown. The French racing authorities stay alert and able to respond to any other constraints imposed by the Government.  

April 18, 2020 - Next Direction (7g Orlando Vici-Be My Luck) took Umaker’s V75 Gold Paraolympiatravet elimination clocked in 1.12.7kr over the 2140 meter course autostart with trainer Iikka Nurmonen up for Team Look The Winners.. The purse was 39,108€ and 11 horses faced the starter after the scratching of Digital Ink. The winner, off at 1.9/1 odds, rallied late to edge past then leading 10/1 Son Of God (6g Pastor Stephen-Symfoni Sund) handled by trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. 7/1 Dreammoko (7m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) hugged the pegs for third with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard for owner Jan Stins. 17/1 Mr. Golden Quick and 37/1 Snowstorn Hanover completed the top five. PMU’s Quinte+ exact order payoff was 4,548.60€. The winner was impressive in this his first 2020 start and he earned a position in next week’s Paraolympiatravet Final at Aby. 3 Next Direction The probable April 25 Aby field is shown below. Attraversiamo Wins at Umaker The Berth Johanssons Memorial (purse 39,108€, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) this day saw the re-emergence of Attraversiamo (5m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos-Viking Kronos) that scored as the 3/10 favorite for Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and Caracolas AB. This was the winner’s first 2020 start after a 5-2-0 slate in seven 2019 starts. He is now 13 for 19 in the career for 8,413,500SEK earned. He owns a speed record of 1.10.5kr. Maxus (5m Muscle Hill-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was second for the Kihlstrom, Reden, Stall Zet team at 4/1 and 13.1 Stoletheshow (5m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) was third for R.N. Skoglund. Watch for Attraversiamo – he has a bright future. Attraversiamo The Coquin Bebe (purse 21,680€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced a rallying 1.12.6kr victory for the 8/10 favorite Better Boss (6g SJs Photo-Zoa Laukko), his fifth straight win. Iikka Normonen teamed and trains the winner that was bred in Finland and owned there by Henry Olander. Mr. Clayton JF (5g Uptown Yankee-Wishing Well-Pearsall Hanover) was next for Orjan Kihlstrom and third was Findus M (7g Andover Andover-Reggie Lavec-Pearsall Hanover) handled by Jenny A. Bjork. Better Boss The Cabal des Rioults (purse 24.498€, 1640 meters autostart. 12 starters) saw 16/1 Macelleria (6g Maharajah-Enjoy Our Nanny) score in 1.12.3kr for reinsman Peter Untersteiner and trainer Robert Bergh. He is now two for three in 2020. 2.8/1 Hill Street (5m Muscle Hill-Think Twice) took second for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. 82/1 Te Quiero Grif (8g Varenne) was third with Mika Forss at the lines. r7 Marcelleria On the undercard was the Chant des Sirenes (four year olds, purse 21,680€, 2640 meters, 12 starters) and Gardner Shaw (6g Ready Cash-Bloom Boko) scored in 1.13.1kr with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Jorgen Westholm and Courant AB. This was the winner’s initial 2020 appearance and he was off at 3.3/1 odds. Jareth Boko (4m Explosive Matter-Vanilla Boko) was second for pilot Ulf Ohlsson at 6/1. Third was Digital Dominance (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Dreamliner) at 7.3/1 with Peter Untersteiner driving for trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin HB (the renowned NHL hockey players). Gardner Shaw At Vegeryd this day the 5.7/1 odds Grandissimo (4m Brillantissime-Bahama Wood) scored in 1.15.7kr for trainer/driver Benny Christensen and owner Angela Von Hoihenzollern. It was his first 2020 victory in three outings.   Grandissimo   Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday’s harness racing card at Umaker included the Beau Gamin for four year olds (total purse 19,673€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) with 1.13kr timed victory to even-money co-favorite Hail Mary (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Dreams US-Victory Dream) reined by Per Lennartsson for trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Mary AB. This was the winners’ sixth straight victory and he is now seven for eight for the career. Even-money Aramis Bar (4m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and Forspro AB. 7.9/1 odds Golden Dream M (4m Buzzin Brian) was third. Note, the winners’ pedigree below, the second dam having produced the legendary Moni Maker.   Hail Mary (SE) h, 2016 1.15,6v 1.13,4a kr 405,500 6 5-0-0    Googoo Gaagaa (US) 2009 1.08,9a kr 6,049,661 23 15-1-0 Cam's Rocket (US) 1996 Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1997 for 50,000 USD. Cam's Card Shark (US)  Cam Fella (US)  Most Happy Fella (US)  Nan Cam (US)  Jef's Magic Trick (US)  B.G's Bunny (US)  Meadow Trick (US)  Queen of Rock (US)  Meadow Skipper (US)  Dale Frost (US)  Countess Vivian (US)  Gravel Pit (US)  Steady Star (US)  Armbro Hardy (US)  Kora's Trotter (US) 2001 Veeba Rova (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Somolli (US)  Akdov (US)  Speedy Count (US)  Olinda (US)  Misty Tickles (US)  Jurgy Hanover (US)  Super Bowl (US)  Jes R.Hoot (US)  Misty Giggles (US)  Gin Mist (US)  Misty Wiggles (US)  Dreams U.S. (US)   (100 0,81) 1997 Victory Dream (US) 1991 At 2, second in E H Harriman Challenge Cup. At 3, Winner of Hambletonian, Historic Dickerson Cup, New Jersey Sire Stake, second in Breeders' Crown, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.  Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1992 for 40,000 USD. Valley Victory (US)  Baltic Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Sugar Frosting (US)  Valley Victoria (US)  Bonefish (US)  Victorious Lou (US)  Crown Dream (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Missile Toe (US)  Viva Hill (US)  B.F.Coaltown (US)  Vickie Hill (US)  Nan's Catch (US) 1985 At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown, third in Merrie Annabelle. At 3, Winner of Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.  Bonefish (US)  Nevele Pride (US)  Star's Pride (US)  Thankful (US)  Exciting Speed (US)  Speedster (US)  Expresson (US)  Nan Hanover (US)  Speedy Count (US)  Speedster (US)  Countess Song (US)  Noble Nan (US)  Noble Victory (US)  Floriclaire (US)            Production record of second dam Nan's Catch (US) m, 1985  At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown, third in Merrie Annabelle. At 3, Winner of Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.    1990 Awesome Goal (US)                     h, by  Armbro Goal (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1991 for 150,000 USD. 1991 Catch Fortuna (US)                     m, by  Speedy Crown (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1992 for 150,000 USD. 1993 Moni Maker (US)                     m, by  Speedy Crown (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      At 2, second in Oakville Stakes. At 3, Winner of Simcoe Stakes, Matron Stakes Filly Final, Harry M. Zweig Memorial, Hambletonian Oaks, second in Breeders' Crown. At 4, Winner of Fina Cup, Biri International, Trotting Classic Oaks Final, Nat Ray Trot, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, second in Gran Premio Della Lotteria, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Breeders' Crown. At 5, Winner of Nat Ray Trot, Gran Premio Costa Azzurra, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, Prix de Bourgogne, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Breeders' Crown, Copenhagen Cup, Elitloppet, second in Prix de France, Oslo Grand Prix, third in Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Gran Premio Della Lotteria. At 6, Winner of American-National Open Trot, L.C.Peterson-Broddas Minneslöpning, Gran Premio Palio Dei Comuni, Trotting Classic Final, Prix de France, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Prix d'Amerique, second in Elitloppet, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, third in Prix de Belgique. At 7, Winner of Gran Premio Costa Azzurra, Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Nat Ray Trot, second in Maple Leaf Trotting Classic, Breeders' Crown, Gran Premio Renzo Orlandi, third in Prix de France. Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1994 for 87,000 USD. 1995 Nan's Winner (US)                     h, by  American Winner (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1996 for 175,000 USD. 1996 Fortunefivehundred (US)         1.15,1a   USD 35,873   16  2- 5- 2        h, by  American Winner (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      At 3, second in Horseman Futurity, third in Review Stakes. Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1997 for 160,000 USD. 1997 Dreams (US)                     m, by  Victory Dream (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        1997 Dreams U.S. (US)  100  0,81                   m, by  Victory Dream (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        1998 Catch a Train (US)                     m, by  Donerail (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        2000 Trophy Catch (US)                     h, by  Pine Chip (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2001 for 50,000 USD. 2001 Yankee's Catch (US)            kr 0   0                   m, by  Muscles Yankee (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        2002 Catch Express (US)                     m, by  Donerail (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2003 for 230,000 USD.     The card also included the Black d’Avril )purse 7,086€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) with victory to 6.8/1 Gogobet Sisu (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Souuthwind Eliza) clocked in 1.15.1kr and reined by Hannu Torvinen for Scuderia Achillea. This one now has posted two wins and two seconds in his last five appearances. 4.1/1 Merrimac SG (4m Bold Eagle-Mermaid As) was second.   Three year olds contested the Bold Eagle (purse 19,673€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) with 2.9/1 Vasterbo Cobber (3m Un Amour d’Haufor) the 1.15.6kr timed winner for pilot J.H. Andersson. 5.7/1 Amperage Hanover (3m Andover Hall-All American  Phoebe) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 6.4/1 Excel Ruda (3m Formula One) for M.A. Djuse.   Other winners this day at Umaker included 8.6/1 Tayson Bi (8g Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) in the Bigulia (the PMU Quinte+ race of the day, purse 7,392€, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters). Bjorn Goop teamed the  1.12.5kr clocked winner that bested 7.7/1 BWI Ruthless, and three others that were off at 16/1, 13/1 and 24/1 respectively. The exact order Q+ payoff was 26,906.40€.   Over at Solvalla this day the 9/10 favorite Galileo AM (4m Muscle Hill-Hall of Face) scored in 1.13.2kr for pilot Jorma Kontio and Stall Spyder. He now sports two wins in three 2020 starts, this in an event for a 8,767€purse and raced by 12 over the 2140 meter distance autostart.     Thomas H. Hicks

April 15, 2020 - Interesting harness racing action was on stage today at Solvalla. First, was an event for ages four and up for a total purse of 12,244€ (2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that saw victory earned by 2.7/1 Harley DE (6m Main Wise As-Cindy T Boko-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.12.7kr. Carl Johan Jepson teamed the Frode Hamre trainee. Marvellous Tooma (4m Dream Vacation) and Vine Vision (6g Weingartner) trailed the impressive winner. To watch the replay click here Three-year olds contested the Tredringstopp (total purse 14,317€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) and 2.7/1 Manny Muscle (3m Muscle Hill-Naughty Nanny-Self Possessed) scored in 1.15.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson, the winners’ first career starts. Reijo Lolyendahl trains this one for Ravitalli H. Laallonen Oy. Magic Talisman (3g Dream Vacation-Netherlee Way-Muscle Yankee) took second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Frode Hamre, with third to Houdini JC (3g From Above) reined by trainer Claes Sjostrom. Manny Muscle The impressive score of the day, in my opinion, was in the Fyraarimngslopp (four-year olds, total purse 12,244€, 2140 meters voltstart, six starters). Here the 118/1 favorite Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) scored in 1.13.4kr in his first 2020 appearance. Bjorn Goop teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that is owned by Global Glide AB and Smart Repair and was bred in Belgium by Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D was unbeaten in seven 2019 starts that represented his total career before today. He took his record then of 1.12.2kr and now has career earnings in SEK of 1,345,635. The 12/1 Secondary Stall (4g Scarlet Knight) and 52/1 Iceland Radio (4f Iceland-Elma Jet-Supergill) trailed the winner. Watch Ecurie D in the future. This is the maternal family of Trotting Race 626,600€ and Reve Avec Moi 222,231€ among others. Ecurie D Ecurie D. (DK) h, 2016 1.12,2v 1.13,4a kr 1,285,625 7 7-0-0    Infinitif (IT) (113 0,98) 2004 1.12,7v 1.11,0a DKK 4,700,555 29 9-5-4 At 3, Winner of Derby Italiano. At 4, third in Grand Prix de l'U.E.T.. At 5, Winner of Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, second in Prix du Luxembourg, third in Prix Marcel Laurent.  Pine Chip (US) (105 1,00) 1990 1.09,6a kr 14,588,454 34 23-4-1 At 3, Winner of American-National, Breeders' Crown, Colonial Trot, Historic Dickerson Cup, Kentucky Futurity, Matron Stakes Final, Stanley Dancer Trot, Transylvania Trot, World Trotting Derby, second in Hambletonian, Harry M. Zweig Memorial. At 4, Winner of Breeders' Crown, Nat Ray Trot.  Sold at Standardbred Horse Sale (Harrisburg) 1991 for 17,000 USD. Arndon (US)  Arnie Almahurst (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Ambitious Blaze (US)  Roydon Gal (US)  Super Bowl (US)  Blythesome (US)  Pine Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Somolli (US)  Piney Hanover (US)  Harlan Dean (US)  Posey Hanover (US)  Island Dream (FR) 1996 At 3, Winner of Prix Albert Viel, Prix Ozo, Prix Roquépine, third in Criterium des Jeunes. At 4, second in Fyraåringseliten.  Coktail Jet (FR)  Quouky Williams (FR)  Fakir du Vivier (FR)  Dolly Williams (FR)  Armbro Glamour (CA)  Super Bowl (US)  Speedy Sug (US)  Bambina (FR)  Quioco (FR)  Vermont (FR)  Beatrix II (FR)  Quouette (FR)  Beau Ludois L. (FR)  Madrague (FR)  To Soon (DK) 2010 1.15,5v 1.12,4a DKK 147,578 10 2-3-1 Muscles Yankee (US) (111 1,00) 1995 At 2, Winner of Champlain Stakes Open, International Stallion Stake, Walnut Hall Cup. At 3, Winner of Breeders' Crown, Hambletonian, Stanley Dancer Trot, Transylvania Trot, Yonkers Trot, second in Historic Dickerson Cup.  Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1996 for 200,000 USD. Valley Victory (US)  Baltic Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Sugar Frosting (US)  Valley Victoria (US)  Bonefish (US)  Victorious Lou (US)  Maiden Yankee (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Missile Toe (US)  Wistful Yankee (US)  Noble Victory (US)  Brazen Yankee (US)  See You Soon (FR) 2006 Love You (FR)  Coktail Jet (FR)  Quouky Williams (FR)  Armbro Glamour (CA)  Guilty of Love (FR)  And Arifant (FR)  Amour d'Aunou (FR)  Langone (FR)  Defi d'Aunou (FR)  Armbro Goal (US)  Nesmile (FR)  Rangone (FR)  High Echelon (FR)  Dourga II (FR)        Earlier on the card was another three year olds event and 1.3/1 Cup Of Tea (3f Readly Express-Souchong-Going Kronos) scored in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters voltstart to take the winners’ share of the 14,517€ total purse. 24/1 Fiery (3f Tucson) and 25/1 Therion (3m Yarrah Boko) took second and third. At Aby on April 25 is the Paralympiatrvet with entries below. In 2018 Ringostarr Treb was victorious in 1.10kr for Wim Paal and trainer Jerry Riordan. Replay below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUw8G6_rKMg&feature=emb_logo Ringostarr Treb   Thomas H. Hicks    

April 15, 2020 - Trotting action this day at Jagersro featured two harness racing events for emerging three year olds. The first was the Tredringsstoppen (total purse 14,516€, 2140 meters autostart) and it went to 2.4/1 Revelation (3m Readly Express-Monrovie-Rite On Line) timed in 1.15.4kr for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom. This was his first 2020 start after a 1-2-1 slate in five 2019 starts. Fire Piston (3m Ready Cash-Safety Match-Spotlite Lobell) and Filibuster H (3m Great Challenger) followed the winner. The Tredringslopp (three year olds, total purse 12,367€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 15.4/1 Under Armour (3g From Above-Exciting Kronos-Viking Kronos) score in 1.17kr with trainer Conrad Lugauer at the lines. This was his first win with a second place finish in two career outings. Maroma Wibb (3f Maharajah) and Global Branding (3g Muscle Hill-Serene Yankee-Conway Hall) were second and third. On the card was also the Viking de Val (purse 11,813€, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) and 3.1/1 Inez Alki (5f From Above-Sarah Alki) scored for Hans Crebas who trains for owner Jefftrey Oudarmans. She defeated Sunday Sonata (5f Text Me) and Virgin Maiden (6f Credit Winner). Inez Alki On the same program the Aprilstayern (purse 12,243€, 3140 meters voltstart, eight starters) went to 8.5/1 Quite E Wood (6f Quite Easy-Musical Wood-Goetmals Wood) for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. Race time was 1.16.2kr. In the Fordel Ston (purse 11,813€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) the 1.13.5kr timed victory went to 93/1 Xlnt Chili Tripel (9g Dream Vacation-Spring Skandal-Conway Hall) for Peter Ingves teaming for trainer Fredrik Persson. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 13, 2020 - Today’s Halmstad harness racing feature was the Yngve Larssons Memorial (18,814€ purse, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) and the red-hot Disco Volante (7g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) scored again, his sixth in seven 2020 starts, this one timed in 1.11.2kr. Ulf Ohlsson was the pilot for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. He was off the 0.3/1 favorite as he scored for the 25th time in 60 career starts. His earnings in Swedish krona are now 4,292,915SEK. 26/1 Ghazi BR (6m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip-Pine Chip) was second and 13/1 Speedy Face (6m Joke Face-Feelin Fiesty-Yankee Glide) took third. MS Triple J and Heart of Steel took positions four and five. Orterc (4m Cantab Hall) had no trot from post nine and was unplaced in this his second European start. He was a competitor in USA Grand Circuit events last year. This race was the Quinte+ race on the PMU network and the exact order payoff was 3,383.40€. Disco Volante  The Quick Woods Wangen Cup (purse 8051€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 26/1 Nobella Winner (7f Conny Nobell-Scorpions Winner-Armbro Scorpion) score in 1.15.7kr with Henna Halme at the lines for trainer Bo Orberg. This was her first 2020 victory in seven starts and only her fourth in a 54-race career. 21/1 Valnes Havanna (7f Infinitif-Samba Kosmos-Mr. Vic) took second for William Ekberg and 38/1 Alibi (5f Zola Boko) was third handled by Klas Olsson. Nobella Winner  

April 11, 2020 - From April 8-11 qualifiers (18 races) continued in Florida at five of its harness racing training centers (South Florida Trotting Center/Olympic Palm Beach, Sunshine Meadows, Southern Oaks, Gil Crest and Spring Garden Ranch. Once again, the qualifiers showcased Hall of Fame reinsman, well-regarded trainers and horses that may have stakes potential that we all hope for. Leading drivers were Fern Paquet Jr. and David Miller with four wins, Steve Condren (three) and two each for James and Verlin Yoder. Training victories went to Trent Shohler (three) and two each for John Butenschoen, James and Verlin Yoder, Sam Stathis and Jennifer Sansone. Play The Ponies (3g Shadow Play) was the fastest pacing winner with 1:55.2 at Southern Oaks for David Miller and trainer Nifty Norman. Town Victor (3g Winning Mister) led the trotters with a 1:56.4 score at Spring Garden Ranch for David Miller and trainer Kelly O’Donnell. Thomas H. Hicks

On April 10 Swedish harness racing action was at Farjestad with the featured Prins Carl Phillips Jubileumspokal (total purse 47,609€, 1640 meters autostart) being on center stage.   This race winner was 1.10.4kr timed Missile Hill (5m Muscle Hill-India Hill-Garland Lobell) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden.   This was his first 2020 start and his seventh career victory in 36 starts for this USA import that last raced there in October 2018. Zarenne FAS (5m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee) was second for Rikard N. Skoglund and trainer Jerry Riordan.   Forfantome AM (5m Muscle Hill-Tamla Celebar- Cantab Hall) took third for  Borbjorn Jamsson and trainer Roger Walmann for SRF Stable.   Her dam was a superb mare that also impressed during a short tour in America.   Other winners at Farjestad       Thomas Hicks

April 5, 2020 - Top harness racing action on the weekend was Saturday at Jagersro and Sunday at Umaker. First at Jagersro was the V75 Silver for a purse of 24,496€ and raced over 2140 meters autostart. Prosperous (6g Prodigious-Glorify-Super Arnie) was victorious timed in 1.13.5kr for pilot Bjorn Goop, trainer Henk Grift and owner Draviet Stables. This 3.5/1 odds winner scored from post 12 in this his fourth straight victory. Niky Flak (7g Love You) and Can Lane (7g Pastor Stephen) trailed Prosperous. On the L.C. Peterson-Broddas Minne 2020 (purse 29,272€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) the 4.2/1 odds Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) scored in 1.11.4kr with trainer Johan Untersteiner at the lines. Levaux AB owns the winner that was making his first start this year. Velvet Gio (6g Nad Al Sheba-Mind Wise As-Lemon Dra) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and Tae Kwon Deo (5m Muscle Hill-Brigham Dream-Kaisy Dream) was third for Adrian Kolgjini. Cyber Lane There were several other interesting winners on the program. Rajesh Face (7g Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) took the Summer Meeting Monte (purse 8,767€, 1640 meters autostart) in a quick 1.11.8kr with Sofia Adolfsson the jockey. The Derby Trial 2020 (purse 29,271€, 2640 meters autostart, four year olds) saw a 1.15.7kr timed victory to Upset Face (4m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) reined by trainer Adrian Kolghjini. Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa) was second for Robert Bergh. The Klass I event (purse 21.679€, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.11.7kr timed and 2.1/1 odds Van Gogh ZS (6m Love You-Oyapock Oaks-Andover Hall) with trainer Robert Bergh the pilot. In an event for three-year olds (purse 12,367€, 2140 meters autostart) the 2.8/1 odds Gilmore Trot (3m Muscle Hill-Caddie Geisha-Love You) scored in 1.16.6kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. This was his second straight victory in as many outings. Looking ahead, on April 10 at Farjestad is the Prins Carl Philips Jubileumspokal and it has drawn ten entrants including Italy’s Varenne Fas in a likely competitive group. On April 5th racing at Umaker was center stage with a host of good races. Shown below are Amperage Hanover and the Tap In roan daughter Redhot Tap Dancer. Trotting in Sweden has continued and has drawn excellent following on the ATG and PMU networks. Resumption of racing in France has been rumored to begin April 21, however, prominent industry players question that rumor. Amperage Hanover Redhot Tap Dancer   Thomas H. Hicks  

The harness racing veteran Sorbet (9m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) took the Tuesday featured Prix la Fee at Eskilstuna (purse 8,051€. 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.09.8kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Daniel Reden trainee for Stall Zet.   Off at .3/1 odds this favorite bested Diamanten (7m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall) and pilot Erik Adielsson and third finishing Nappa Scar (8m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) with trainer Per Lennartsson up. Dreammoko (7m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) was fourth for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop.   At Jagersro, the Prix Nipp Girl (purse 12,368€, 2140 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to 2.2/1 Caitriona (3f Readly Express-Glorify) with trainer Conrad Lugauer up for Stall Rom-Easy. 40.8/1 Tiny Rocket (3f Djali Boko-Sandbar Hanover) was next foe Per Nordstrom and third to 20.9/1 Vanessa Face (3f Joke Face) for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini.   Thomas H. Hicks  

March 28, 2020 - The weekend Solvalla feature was the V75 Gold Paralympia (purse to winner 300,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 2.2/1 Disco Volante (7g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) was a gate to wire winner for harness racing driver Ulf Ohlsson, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. Disco won for the fifth time in six 2020 starts and raised his life earnings to 4,192,915SEK. The victory was career win 24 in 59 appearances. He overcame that belief of some that he could only win at 1640 meters, a distance that he won four straight races entering this contest. Race time was 1.10.9kr (mile rate 1:54). Reckless (10m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) rallied for second with trainer Bjorn Goop the pilot. Gareth Boko (7m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) was third, reined by Marc Elias for trainer Conrad Lugauer. The next leg of the Paralympic qualifiers is at Jagersro on April 4. Legs of the Paralympic Trot 2020 Saturday March 28 - Solvalla Saturday April 4 - Jägersro Saturday April 11 - Romme Saturday April 18 - Umåker 'Last chance' Final will be held at Åby Saturday April 25. On the same card fast class mares contested the STL Mares Pixies (220,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, eight starters) with victory to late closing and 22/1 I Love Paris (10f Steinlager-Marie Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman) handled by her trainer Bjorn Goop. The victory increased her life earnings to 3,938,294 with this her 14th career win. Unique Juni (7f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill) was second for Jorgen Westholm and Hevin Boko (6f Going Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) took third for Rikard N. Skoglund. The favorite and leading Ultra Bright made a miscue. Earlier on the program were four year old divisions of the Margaretas, each for 300,000SEK to the winners, each raced over 2140 meters autostart. In the filly division 2.2/1 Alaska Kronos (4f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Ganga Bae (4f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall) took second for Jorma Kontio The colt division of four-year olds saw 15.8/1 Untion Face (4m Joke Face-Croix d’Am-Love You) score for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini over the Kilhstrom teamed Digital Summit (4m Super Photo Kosmos) clocked in 1.12.7kr. The two three-year old divisions were won first by the filly Clockwork (3f Zola Boko) at 10.3/1 odds and clocked in 1.14.5kr for reinsman Ulf Eriksson. The male division saw 3.4/1 Forever Melon (3g Infinitif-Easter As-Dancers Victory) score in 1.15.7kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up. The main SWE race programs as also being offered by PMU while the FR tracks are closed due to Covid19. PMU is offering an e-Quinte+ wager each day on one SWE race. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 18, 2020 - Zanzibar Effe (5f Donato Hanover-Ema Sec) took the Jagersro Executive Caviars race for mares (purse 11,343Sek, 1640 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12.7kr. Off at 4.37/1 from post 10, this Jerry Riordan trainee was teamed with Stefan Persson for the victory. Riordan co-owns Zanzibar with AB Trotcore. 5.17/1 Gor lobal Wireless (5f Donao Hanover-Sail On By) took second for pilot Johan Untersteiner and 19.6/1 Majors Carona (5f SJs Caviar-Keep Out) was third for Conny Gustafsson. At Solvalla was the Kentucky Fibbers (purse 206,000Sek, 2140 meters autostart). The 1.6/1 favorite Makethemark (7m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) scored timed in 1.13.4kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Salmela Petri. Ragazzo da Sopra (7g From Above-Larome-Comets Pride) at 6.3/1 was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 121/1 Cupido Sisu (8g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) was third for Tomi Haspin. Former Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was fourth. Makethemark Racing in Sweden will occur this weekend at Bergsaker and Farjestad as most of the world’s racetracks are closed. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 19, 2020 - Last week the great nine year old harness racing mare Uza Josselyn (9f Love You-Tezira Josselyn-Ganymede-Ezira Josselyn-Royal Prestige) was retired by her owners/trainers Rena and Barbara Aebischer. She retired with 33 career victories in 79 starts for 1.274,678€ earned plus 11 times second and four times third. Ecurie Yvan Bernard bred this classy mare that became the Swiss champion with a Gr. I victory in the Gran Premio Milan. She was second in the 2019 Prix de France and the Prix d-Atlantique. She recorded a 1.09kr time at Enghien in the Prix de Washington, becoming one of the fastest mares in Europe. She last raced at Cagnes sur Mer in the Criterium de Vitesse in early March. Uza’s female competitor Belina Josselyn, also a daughter of Love You, is at home of the farm and readying to be bred to Ready Cash. Belina Josselyn Thomas H. Hicks

March 17, 2020 - Saturday’s Jatozi DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) saw 10.7/1 Aurora (4f Frullino Jet-Lezer-Baltic Bet) rally from far back after a second tier start to win this harness racing event timed in 1.19.6kr. Gyorgy Horvath teamed this winner for trainer Imre Fazekas to her second career victory. 6.7/1 Agnella (4f Maximus Lindy-Diatomea PL-Friendly Face) held second for Balazs Juhasz and 53.7/1 Zarkozz! (5f Racino-Gyorsuj!-Witsends Speedy) took the third purse check. Aurora The featured race of the day was the Joker DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) and the 1.19.6kr clocked winner was 2.1/1 Zolta (5m Naglo-Gazza Jet-Supergill) with trainer Veljko Maszity. The 20 meter handicapped and 14.4/1 Kings Call (7g SJs Photo-Marina Emre-Adams Hall) was second for Emese Vezer and 10.9/1 Lingot AT (5m Jasmin d’Odyssee) took third for Balazs Juhasz. Zolta Kincsem Park subsequently announced that it will not host live racing until further notice. This day was the 146th birthday of the birth of national icon Kincsem, and also the 133rd anniversary of her death. Considered one of the best thoroughbred ever, Kincsem won 54 times in as many times over various distances and weights and died after having five winning performers. Her statue is presented at entry to Kincsem Park. Thomas H. Hicks

Calle Crown (6m Great Challenger-Hillary Crown) rallied to win the Grand Prix de Vincennes (Gr. III, purse 80,000€, 2925 meters, International) at Cagnes sur Mer timed in 1.14.2kr. Pierre Vercruysse reined this Tomas Malmqvist trainee that now has two wins and a second in his last three for owner Easy KP. His career earnings are 286,404€. Dream de Lasserie (7g Orlando Vici) was second for Romain Derieux and Ecurie Daidou. Third was the 25-meter handicapped Brooke du Boscar (9f Look de Star) with Yves Hurel aboard.Callie Crown On the undercard were two upper level races. First, the Prix de Syracuse (purse 29,000€, 2925 meters, European) went to 5.6/1 odds Making Love (9g Ken Warkentin-Nouvelle Action) reined by Pierre Vercruysse for owner Measurable Success AB and trainer Daniel Parling. This was the winner’s first win in France and it raised his life earnings to 110,648€. Emiliano (6m Love You-Quarda du Rib) was second with Dominik Loqueneux the pilot for Ecurie des Charmes and trainer Yannick Alain Briand. Third was the Steve Stefano teamed Batum des Bruyeres (9g L’Eau du Vernay) for trainer J.M. Roubaud. Making Love The undercard also included the Prix de Saint-Malo (purse 33,000€, 2925 meters, European) and Pierre Vercruysse was again the winner, teaming Eden Basque (6g Singalo-Janga) to the 1.14.3kr victory. Nicolas Ensch trains this now nine-time winner for Ecurie Castagniccia. Eden raised his life earnings to 177,890€. Delmonica (7f Prince d’Espace) was second for Stephane Cingland and trainer Anthony Muidebled. Third was the Jean Charles Feron trainer and reined Belle au Vent (9g Jag de Bellouet). Eden Basque Vercruysse posted three consecutive wins this day at Cagnes sur Mer, as reported above, and his trainee Moni Viking took the feature at Enghien. The Winter Meet at CSM showcased the Grand Criterium de Vitesse that went to Vivid Wise As from the Gocciadoro stable. The other results from the winter meet are shown below.   TOP 3 HORSES (excl. Grand Critérium de Vitesse Nice-Matin) Elsa de Belfonds - 108 200€ Good Morning - 64 800€ El Villagio - 58 170€   TOP 3 TRAINERS- MEETING 2019-2020 Romuald Mourice - 33 victories Yannick-Alain Briand - 30 wins Vincent Martens - 24 wins   TOP 3 DRIVERS - MEETING 2019-2020 Christophe Martens - 25 victories David Bekaert - 21 wins Yannick-Alain Briand - 12 wins LeTrot files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

March 13, 2020 - The 5/2 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeanesse d’Oree) took the Enghien harness racing featured Prix de Pierrefitte sur Seine (purse 58,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European) clocked in 1.13kr with Bryan Coppens at the lines. He began from post 14 and was at the back until a huge move to engage the leader and then gain the lead. He won for the seventh time in France for trainer Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jan Lyng, and he now has career earnings of 293,241€. Divine Mesloise (7f The Beat Madrik) was a game second for Gabriele Gelormini and trainer Pierre Belloche. Third was Datcha (7f The Best Madrik) for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanul Ruault and owner Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. Thomas H. Hicks

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