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The Hugo Abergs at Jagersro card was exceptional Tuesday evening highlighted by the Malmo Stoads Prix 2018 worth 250,000SEK to the winner in this 3140 meter voltstart contest with 11 starters.  Reckless (8m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) scored for trainer Bjorn Goop and owner Byggnads AB. The 2.7/1 winner won in 1.13.1kr to defeat Edindy (6f Racer Bourbon-Global Friend-Lindy Lane) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom with third earned by Mr. Jager (9g Gentle Star-Penny Simb-Alf Palema) handled by Stefan Persson. The Prix Cagnes sur Mer (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) went to 2.2/1 Seven And Seven (4m Chapter Seven-Ally Oop-Kadabra) timed in 1.11.5kr and driven by Erik Adielsson, trained by Frode Hamre and owned by Stall Christoff Racing Invest, in his first 2018 start and first outside of North America.  Rubio (4m Cantab Hall-Italienne Girl-In Dix Huit) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Third was King Of The Hill (4m Muscle Hill-Lantern Kronos-Viking Kronos) handled by Hans G. Eriksson. Ethien du Vivier and Von Wise As finished fourth and fifth. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares Final (200,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, nine starters) saw In Toto Sund (5f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) score at 11.6/1 and timed in a quick 1.10.0kr. Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden and Stall Zet were again the team behind this winner that record her 14th career victory in 39 starts for 3,803,216SEK earned.  Trendy OK (6f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) held second for catch driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro for owner Scuderia Verner Srl. Third was Uncertain Age (5f Jacose-Missis-Varenne) with Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and Easy AB. The program also showcased two year olds in the Colorama Staffanstorp (100,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). The 2.1/1 winner here was US bred Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) timed in 1.14.7kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Lutfi Kolgjini trainee that Kolgjini owns and Millstream Inc. bred. Ultion Face (2m Joke Face-Crois d’Am-Love You) was second with Thomas Uhrberg the pilot of this Kolgjini trainee that Whap Capital AB owns. Third was another Kolgjini trainee, Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star), that Kolgjini owns and Conrad Lugauer was the driver. Kolgjini trains five of the eight starters and he owns four of these. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) was a game three-time winner of the Gr. I International Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro on Tuesday evening. Orjan Kihlstom teamed the 1.46/1 winner for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Propulsion was timed in 1.09.4kr to win after a tough grind against Dante Boko and others. He was away sixth and began an outside journey before the 600 meter mark and eventually moved three wide in an attacking mode on the backstretch. He raced there alongside his rivals until top of the stretch when he drew off to a commanding lead. Bjorn Goop hustled veteran Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral) from far back to gain second about three lengths in arrears. Antoine Lherete trains this former Prix d’Amerique winner for Ecurie Quick Star. Pastor Bob (5g From Above-Estrada OR-Supergill) was a game third for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. Dante Boko held fourth and Rajesh Face was fifth in the solid field that raced 1609 meters autostart for a total purse of 175,700 euro with 100,400 euro to the winner. Propulsion now has a 29-11-7 slate in 60 career starts for 18,185,317SEK earned. Up And Quick raised his career earnings to 21,487,828SEK in 72 lifetime appearances. Replay: The undercard was also a superb presentation of trotting excellence led by the 120,480 euro total purse Premio Going Kronos for three year olds. 22/1 Zeus Bi (3m Donato Hanover-Las Brisas Bi-Toss Out) was victorious in the 1609 meter autostart contest timed in 1.11.1kr as he rallied for a narrow score. Erik Adielsson teamed the winner for trainer Fredrik Linder and Stall Courant AB. Holy Water (3m Pastor Stephen-Long Island Iced Tea-SJs Photo) was second for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist,  and Zelig Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Laika Ek-Atlas Fighter L) took the third check for driver Wim Paal and trainer Cristian Rizzo for owner Scuderia Union Perfect Srl. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Ids Boko, Very Impressive S, Chapter One, Mister F Daag Win Deutsches Derby Eliminations July 29. 2018 Sunday’s German Trotting Derby eliminations took place at Berlin Mariendorf with each of the four elims raced over 1900 meters autostart for purses of 20,000 euro. The final will be raced on August 5, the 123rd edition of the classic that will have 12 starters going 1900 meters autostart to be crowned 2018 champion. The elims results follow along with the August 5 starting assignments: Elim 1 – 1.12.1kr Ids Boko (3g From Above-Celestial Boko), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and Running Stable Laurel Park (3m Love You-Le Reve), Jean Pierre Dubois for Yves Boireau and Dubois the owner Crazy And Quick (3m Love You-Crazy For You), Dion Tesselaar driver/trainer for Stall Habo Elim 2 – 1.12.6kr Very Impressive S (3m SJs Caviar-Verify), Cees Kamminga driver/trainer for Hodij Coatings BV Charmeur Royal (3m Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and owners Isliker and Thomaskamp, this colt from the dam of undefeated Longines Standbyme (3m Muscles Yankee-Servus), Bjorn Goop for Dirk Hafer and Marion Jauls Elim 3 – 1.13.6kr Chapter One (3g Donato Hanover-C’est Facile), Michael Nimczyk for trainer Wolfgang Nimczyk and owners Brocker and Mommert. Jean Pierre Dubois was the breeder Inspector Bros (3g Pastor Stephen-Zecile Boko), Stefan Schoonhoven trainer/driver for Gerrits and Thomaskamp the owners Officer Stephen (3m Pastor Stephen-Gondolin), Dion Tesselaar trainer/driver for Carpe Diem Stables Elim 4 – 1.12.8kr Mister F Daag (3m Conway Hall-Miss Love), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort and owner Joseph Vanduffel Velten von Polly (3m Varenne-Eternity Rex), Hugo Langeweg Jr. trainer/driver for Sigrid Velten, this colt from the dam of Tuonoblu Rex racing at FFA level in USA Fabio de Pervenche (3m Love You-Her Way), Dion Tesselaar driver/trainer for Jan Reugebrink The August 5th Derby lineup is shown below.  Deutsches Traber-Derby 2018 Dotierung: - Distanz: 1.900 m Autostart 1 Inspector Bros 3j. W. 14,0 1.900 m Stefan Schoonhoven 10.715,- 2 Chapter One 3j. W. 13,5 1.900 m Michael Nimczyk 27.000,- 3 Very Impressive S 3j. H. 12,6 1.900 m Cees Kamminga 40.950,- 4 Mister F Daag 3j. H. 12,8 1.900 m Robin Bakker 77.823,- 5 Ids Boko 3j. W. 12,1 1.900 m Rick Ebbinge 23.250,- 6 Charmeur Royal 3j. H. 13,5 1.900 m Heinz Wewering 7.850,- 7 Standbyme 3j. H. 13,7 1.900 m Björn Goop 7.250,- 8 Fabio de Pervenche 3j. H. 13,2 1.900 m Dion Tesselaar 10.500,- 9 Velten von Polly 3j. H. 13,0 1.900 m Hugo Langeweg jun. 5.550,- 10 Laurel Park 3j. H. 12,2 1.900 m Jean-Pierre Dubois 18.257,- 11 Crazy and Quick 3j. H. 12,6 1.900 m Jaap van Rijn 5.250,- 12 Officer Stephen 3j. H. 14,2 1.900 m Karel Gerrits 7.850,- Also on the Derby Elims card was the Monte Derby raced over 1900 meters autostart for 20,000 euro total purse and with 10 starters. The 1.13.2kr timed winner was Zauni (5m Quite Easy-Nice Try Diamant) with Ronja Walter in the irons for trainer Manfred Walter. Victorious Star (7g Juliano Star) was second for jockey Henriette Larsen and trainer Conrad Lugauer. Third was Star Advisor Joli (9g Look de Star) ridden by Josefine Ivehag for trainer Sofia Aronsson.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Orlando Jet (5m Orlando Vici-Chicolina-Super Arnie) won the Friday feature at Berlin Mariendorf to begin Derby Week. This Elitloppet starter reined by trainer Rudolf “Rudi” Haller gained the front early and was never headed as he recorded victory number 13 in 17 starts, now for 229,519 euro earned. The purse of the Carlie Mills was 20,000 euro and the distance was 1900 meters for the six horse field. Stall Team Neuhof owns the winner that bested a game Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) and driver Michael Nimczyk. Stark Bi (7m Toss Out-No Reason Bi) was third for Josef Franzl, this one also a Haller trainee. Saturday’s solid Berlin Mariendorf card was highlighted by four German Filly Derby Eliminations, each raced over 1900 meters autostart for 10,000 euro purses. Elim one went to Cahaya (3f Love You-C’est la Vie) timed in 1.13.4kr for trainer/driver Dion P. Tesselaar. Intouchable (3f Expo Bi) was second for Robin Bot ahead of Girlofmanymissions (3f Manofmanymissions) and driver Thorsten Tietz. Elimination two was won by Avalon Mists (3f Pastor Stephen-Sunshine Bi) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Robin Bakker, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stable Why Not. Unicorn Diamant (3f Orlando Vici-Keystone Tabby) was next for Bjorn Goop and third was Nagama (3f Brioni) for Christian Lindhardt. Donna Granata (3f Corleone-Granata Aas) took elim three timed in 1.14.2kr for trainer/driver Rudi Haller and Stall Wiersehof. It was her third straight victory. Laura Vici (3f Orlando Vici-Lavaletta) was next for Michael Nimczyk and Lighting Bo (3f Virgill Boko-Muscle Magic) took the third check for Jaap van Rijn. Elim four saw Isabella Boshoeve (3f Ready Cash-Yewel Boshoeve) score a 1.13.8kr victory for trainer/driver Dion Tesselaar and owner Wiebe Landman. Lusiana Bo (3f Dream vacation-Jacky Brown) was second with Jaap van Rijn aboard and third was Olena (3f Dream Vacation-Desaria Gill) for trainer/driver Gerhard Mayr and Stall Antonshof. Early on the card veteran Heinz Wewering was victorious driving Henry Havana (5g Pablo As) for trainer Christian Heitmann. Race time was 1.14.4kr in this conditioned event. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Canari Match (6m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostral-Joe l’Amoroso) took Saturday’s Bollnas Trot feature worth 200,000SEK to the winner that was timed in 1.10.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. The 2.4/1 Canari Match, a two time winner in six 2018 starts, was reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall et and trainer Daniel Reden, Nappa Scar (6m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover) was second for Per Lennartsson and third was Queer Fish (9g Varenne-Gambari-Victory Dream) with Kaj Widell driving. In Vain Sund was fifth, Cool Keeper seventh and French Laundry unplaced in the field. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Even money favorite Timoteo (6m Abano As-Ghirlanda Aas-Diamond Way) took Saturday’s Kincsem Park featured Super Hanover DIJ clocked in 1.18.4kr over 1800 meters autostart for a purse of 600,000Huf. Veljko Mazsity trains and drove the winner. The 14/1 Unique Vil (5m Conway Hall-Deborah Bi-Park Avenue Joe) was second for driver Csaba Lakatos and third was Oldtimer Diamant (8g Arc de Triomphe) for Emil Csordas. Titan Ville (6f Noir Desir) was fourth handled by trainer Imre Fazekas. The race was named after 1970 HU Derby winner and HU bred Super Hanover (1967m, Elton Hanover-Edith Hanover-Mr. McElwyn-Hanover Venus). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s good Enghien program top action began with three year old colts competing in the Prix Roule (purse 58,000 euro, 2875 meters, nine starters). The 3/10 favorite Fabulous Wood (3m Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) scored for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Yves Boireau and Scuderia Winner Stable timed in 1.17.1kr. The now five time winner in just seven career starts for 93,990 euro earned. Jean Pierre Dubois bred this one that is from his most recent champion mare in France. 11/1 Fakir Merite was second for Julien Raffestin and 5.5/1 Fun Quick took third for Franck Nivard. The Q+ Prix Domonique Savary (purse 82,000 euro, 2150 meters, 14 European starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 7/2 odds Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou). Trainer Romain Derieux was the pilot for owner Mauricette De Sousa. 3/1 Delia du Pommereux (5f Niky) was second with Franck Nivard up for trainer Sylvain Roger and owner Noel Lolic. Nivard won four straight at the end of yesterday’s card and today’s opener. 14/1 Unbridled Charm (10m Password) took third with Jean Philippe Dubois up for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 7.7/1 Coup Droit and 5.2/1 Venosc de Minel completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payday was 840.80 euro. 5/1 Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) took the Prix de Milan (purse 85,000 euro, 2150 meters, 14 European starters) timed in 1.13.3kr and reined by Matthieu Abrivard. Paul Hagoort trains the winner for Gerrits Recycling BV. The 7/10 favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrina) held second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten. 14/1 Voltaire Gifont (4m Quaker Jet) rallied to be third driven by Dominik Locqueneux, driver Cristian Rizzo and owner Mme. Caterina Ballini. 24/1 Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) rallied from last to fourth for driver/owner Jean Pierre Dubois and trainer Yves Boireau. The Prix le Café de la Mairie de Goussainville at Enghien (purse 44,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 European starters) went to 3.7/1 Suricato Jet (7m Ideale Luis-oy Ami) timed in 1.14.5kr and reined by Nicolas Roussel for trainer Vincent Lacroix and Scuderia Dante Sm. The 16/1 Digital Collection (7g Super Photo Kosmos) was second for Anthony Barrier ahead of the 1.4/1 favorite Eldrick Boko (m Cantab Hall-Radiant Lindy) for trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The July 26 Enghien feature was the monte Prix de la Place d’Italie (purse 60,000 euro, 2875 meters, 16 starters, apprentice jockeys) with the 1.14.8kr timed victory to 6.1/1 Beau de Grimoult (7g Pacifique Gede-Quelle Bora) for Mlle. Mathilde Collet and trainer Franck Anne.  Second was 5.5/1 Vixien (9g Kaisy Dream-Nicole) with apprentice jockey Mlle. Celine Eliane Lemaire and trainer Franck Ouvrie. 4.9/1 Verdi de Tillard (9g Hermes de Perkard) for Melvin Kondritz up with the Sebastien Guarato trainee. Enghien’s Prix d’Aix en Provence (monte, purse 50,000 euro, 2250 meters, 13 starters) went to 2.6/1 odds Deep Impact (5g Saxo de Vandel-Uva du Rib) timed in 1.14.2kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the Paul Hagoort trainee that Richard Westerink owns. 9/1 Espoir Eleven (4m Vanishing Point) was seconds for jockey David Thomain and third was 20/1 Ecrin Periere (4g Kepler) with Eric Raffin in the irons. On July 25 at Enghien was the Q+ Prix du Medoc (purse 65,000 euro, 2875 meters, 14 European starters) and the 1.14.2kr timed winner was 8.1/1 Nancy America (7f Revenue-Carmarque) reined by Franck Nivard for Ecurie Leumas of Sweden and trainer by Philippe Billard. The16/1 Pave The Way (10g Pearsall Hanover-Hot Pants) for driver Adrien Lamy, and trainer Vincent Lacroix. Third was 1.3/1 favorite Balando (7m Nijinski Blue) for Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Alphonse Vanberghen. 6.9/1 Agitateur was fourth and 67/1 Ready For More (8g Ready Cash-B.Glorious) ended fifth, that one owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. The Q+ exact order payoff was 13,087 euro. Also at Enghien was the Prix de la Chaussee d’Artan (Gr. III, purse 85,000 euro, 2875 meters, 12 starters) with 8.1/1 Cathy A Quira (6f Password-Quirada Jacquets) timed in 1.14.8kr. J. Ph. Monclin teamed this winner for Jarmo Niskanen and breeder/owner Etienne Desmet. 15.1 Darling de Reux (5f Prodigious-Queen Jet) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, ahead of 8.2/1 Derby de Souvigne (5g Othello Bourbon-Sata Josselyn) for trainer/driver Michel Lenoir. On July 24 at Solvalla there were several upper level races including the Tredje Jubileumstestte – The Victory Tilly (100,000SEK to winner, 2149 meters autostart). The 1.9/1 Makethemark (5m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) scored at 1.9/1 for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Petri Salmela. 5.5/1 Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) handled by Ulf Ohlsson for Stall TZ and trainer Stefan Melander. 2.2/1 second choice Policy Of Truth (5g Explosive Matter-Champagne-Suoergill) was third for Erik Adielsson. Race time was 1.11.9kr. On that Solvalla card was the Sommarfavoriten Mares (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) with the 1.12.6kr timed victory earned by 1.7/1 A Sweet Dance (3f Maharajah-Sugar Step-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by Johnny Takter for trainer Helena Burman. The 5/1 Evelyn (3f Muscle Hill-Royalty Forever-RC Royalty) took second with Orjan Kihlstrom driving the Roger Walmann trainee that SRF Stable owns. 16.2/1 Racing Brodda (3f Prodigious-Ronda Brick-Super Arnie) finished third with Mattias Djuse up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday at Axevalla was the Mares Championship (Gr. I National, 2640 meters autostart, 1,200,000SEK to winner) and 12.2/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket-Windsongs Legacy) scored for trainer Bjorn Goop and breeder/owner Mellby Gard AM. This mare now has seven career wins in eight starts for 2,785,000SEK earned. 4.3/1 Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) was second for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Renato Bruni. 16.5/1 Global Upper Style (4f SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine-Viking Kronos) took third for Erik Adielsson. On the same card that culminated three consecutive racing days at Axevalla, the  Vara Entreprenads (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.48/1 Double Exposure (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) that Christoffer Eriksson teamed for trainer Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. Third in this one was 35/1 Uncertain Age (5f Jacose-Missis-Varenne) with Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. The Borje Nasstroms (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) on the program went to 1.13.5kr timed and 31.3/1 Ferrari Sisu (3g Djali Boko-Merja Sisu-Oiseau du Feux) scored for Adrian Kolgjini, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Jerry Bengtsson AB. The 8.7/1 Thought Hanover (3m Crazed-Teagarden Hanover-Royal Strength) was second for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and Stall Thought Easy. This one is full brother to Tirade Hanover in the USA. 2.4/1 Baritone Artist (3g Orlando Vici-Bring In The Night-Windsongs Legacy) took third for Markus Svedberg. On Saturday at Axevalla were several top events led by the V75 Gold (200,000SEK first money, 2640 meters autostart) with the 1.12.4kr timed victory to 9.6/1 Platon Face (6f Raja Mirchi-Keila des Jacquets-Defi d’Aunou) for the Adrian and Lutfi Kolgjini team for owner Knutsson Trotting AB. Call Me Keeper (8m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) was second for the Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall et team, with third to Slide So Easy (9g Quite Easy-Elegante Frokjar-Smokin Yankee). The V75 Silver (purse to winner 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) produced a victory for 1.12.3kr timed Zoko Lane (6f Zola Boko-Tango Gold-Good As Gold) at 41.6/1 odds. Thomas Uhrberg teamed the Roger Persson trainee that Stall Bjorkang owns. Trinity Lux (6m Love You-Eternidad-Extreme Dream) took send for trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal and Connie Srl of Italy. Third was Nobel Amok (6g Zola Boko) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Earlier, the Bronze V75 Division (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart) went to 7.2/1 and 1.13.1kr timed Victory Kasgard (7g Ens Snapshot-Happy Birthday-Netted) for trainer Flemming Jensen driving for Denmark’s Leif and Morten Clemmensen. Araw Hoss (7m SJs Photo-Decadent Pagan-Malabar Man) was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos. Friday’s Q+ (July 20) was at Cabourg in the Grand Prix de la Ville de Cabourg (purse 58,000 euro, 250 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.14.5kr timed winner was even-money favorite Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play). Trainer/owner Franck Blandin teamed the winner to his 13 career win now for 282,270 earned. He has six wins and two second place finishes in the last eight starts. The 13/1 Brelan du Vivier (7m Joker de Rozy-Queline du Vivier) was second for Franck Nivard and 10/1 Citizen Kane (6g Orlando Vici) took third for Thomas Levesque. 19/1 Clemenza AM and 16/1 Aribo Mix completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 4,793 euro. The same day, at Cagnes sur Mer, was the Prix les Espaces Antipolis (purse 44,000 euro, 2925 meters, 12 starters) and 1.9/1 Colonel Bond (6g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretha) scored in 1.13.4kr with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer J.P. Ensch and owner Alain Dutheil. The 7.7/1 Clif du Pommereux (6m Love You) took second for Sylvain Roger for owner Noel Lolic. 6.6/1 Viking d’Hermes (9g Sancho Panca) was third with Yannick Alain Briand driving. At Pornichet was the Prix des Instagramers (purse 24,000 euro, 2725 meters, 10 starters) for three year olds. 2.1/1 Fast Cash (3m Ready Cash-Armeniade) scored with trainer Matthieu Abrivard up for breeder/owner Mme. Beatrix Andreani. The 4.2/1 First Class (3f Texas Charm-Ida Bourbon) was second for Julien Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean Philippe Dubois bred this one and third finishing 14/1 Famous Quality (3f Rocklyn-Union County) that Jean Philippe teamed for trainer Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 25/1 Free And Easy (3m Ready Cash-Viva Island) was fourth for Jean Pierre Dubois, a colt he owns and bred through Scuderia Bolgheri Srl and Yves Boireau trains. I seldom report on USA activities but we now have increased European trotting representation in North America, such as Zephyr Kronos (3m Ready Cash-Orange Kronos-Yankee Glide in the Takter Stable (for owners Katz, Libfeld, Soderburg, and Takter), a possible Hambletonian entrant, There are 22 French gelding imports and two year olds that won a baby race on Saturday, that being Italian bred American Kronos (2f Donato Hanover-Glide About-Yankee Glide), a 1:58 winner with final quarter :27.3 with Andy Miller driving. The dam Glide About (foaled 2000 by Yankee Glide) raced at ages 2 and 3 in the US, was exported and made seven European starts in 2004 for Stig H. Johansson, earning three wins. She is now owned by Katz, Libfeld and Goodrow. Glide About (US) (124 0.82) m, 2000 1.11,0a SEK 2,635,880 29 11-5-4 At 3, Winner of New Jersey Sire Stake, second in American-National, World Trotting Derby, third in Delvin Miller Memorial. At 4, Winner of Norrlands Grand Prix. Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 2001 for 33,000 USD. Her real career has been as a broodmare starting with a first foal in 2006: Jacky Glide, 2006 filly by Jag de Bellouet, 1.12.2 (2,028,467SEK) Oliver Kronos, 2008 gelding by Varenne, 1.11.6kr (2,187,631SEK) Prowess Kronos, 2009 filly by Andover Hall, 1.14.3kr (405,000SEK) Treasure Kronos, 2012 filly by Raja Mirchi, 1.09.7kr (4,964,492SEK), Criterium Continental winner Very Kronos, 2014 male by Ready Cash, 1.12.8kr (856,000SEK), 9 wins in 13 career starts Zizi Kronos, 2015 filly by Raja Mirchi American Kronos, 2016 filly by Donato Hanover, 1:58 The maternal family is loaded with high-level performers – dam M Stewart (by American Winner) produced FFA performer Lanson 1.11.2kr ($791,586 on Pathway, by Self Possessed, a 24 time winner in 81 starts for Don Swick) 1988 Furman (US)        1.11,2a   $ 550,000           h, by Joie de Vie (US)   - Garden Grove (US)     At 4, Winner of Hiram Woodruff, Nat Ray Trot, Su Mac Lad, third in Titan Cup. At 6, second in Finlandia-Ajo, Gran Premio Citta' di Montecatini, Su Mac Lad. Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1989 for 6,000 USD. and Maven 1:51.4h ($1,756,996) by Glidemaster, second dam Garden Grove (by Arnie Almahurst) produced FFA star Furman ($550,100) by Joie de Vie and good broodmare sister Patterns, dam of Patches; and third dam Ivory Coast by Nevele Pride, an Elite Mare in Sweden and dam of Baron Karsk and Calle Karsk. Little or none of the above appears on North American databases, to the detriment of breeders seeking to present and sell yearlings. It’s time for a meaningful international trotting database. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday’s 10th leg of the Trophee Vert Series was at Saint Jean de Monts, raced over 2625 meters distance handicapped, by 16 entrants for the total purse 45.000 euro. It was the 4/5 favorite Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) prevailing for driver Yoann Lebourgeois and owner/trainer Philippe Allaire, timed in 1.16.1kr.  The winner overcame a 50 meter handicap to record his fifth victory in the series and 24th career win in 44 starts now for 679,310 euro earned. The victory moved Bugsy to the top in the series points standings with 79, versus Bebert Express’ 70 points. The point winner at series end earns 100,000 euro. The 8.6/1 Capital Charm (6g Password-Molly Charm) was second today for driver Eric Raffin, trainer Gregory Thorel and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean Philippe Dubois bred this one. The 111/1 Alexis Jisce (8g Memphis du Rib) was third for Olivier Raffin while 25 meter handicapped and 4.3/1 Ardente du Clos was fourth. Utile Lebel was fifth and Bebert Express ninth in this 10th series leg. At La Capelle the Prix Avesne sur Helpe (purse 30,000 euro, 250 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 2.6/1 Christo (6g Rieussec-Panacee) with Marcel Lenoir the driver/trainer. 21/1 Busy Money Ringeat and 5.1/1 Colombo Ranka completed the top three. It was also announced that the August 5th battle between Bold Eagle and Aubrion du Gers at the Gr. I Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons Ghlin may not occur. Bold Eagle has been treated for back lameness following his last start at the La Capelle TGV and will miss the Mons contest. Bold Eagle leaves the way open to Aubrion du Gers to acquire the title that Bold Eagle was to defend. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The first post Derby trotting program was Saturday at Kincsem Park and the young trotting mare Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) remained unbeaten with her ninth consecutive victory, this time in the Bizakmas DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart).  The 1.2/1 favorite led all the way for driver Andrea Fazekas, trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri. She was timed in a rated for her 18 victory as she defeated Une Dame and Asterix Evo. Longines was bred in Germany by Kornelius Heitman of Munster. Team Fazekas/Horvath scored again in the Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) as 3.3/1 Vola Gatto (4f Beissinger Hanover-Il Gato-Valley Guardian) scored in 1.19.9kr with Gyorgy Horvath the pilot for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Bagameri. Violetta (4f Racino) and Zsozsoker trailed the winner that raced on the outer throughout before powering to the lead mid-stretch and holding off the late rush of Violetta. The co-featured Ceres DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 1.6/1 favorite Unreal Boss (5f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) with trainer Veljko Mazsity up for breeder/owner Hico Versenyistallo. Urania RC (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was second for Sandor Varga and Henrik Ibsen AT was third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Perfect weather and great racing, including the Quinte+, at Enghien brought out the fans and the action began with the Prix de Notre Dame (purse 41,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 13 starters) and the legendary Jean Pierre Dubois was victorious with 1.15.6kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Folie Amoureuse (3f Coktail Jet-Tes Amours) for her third career win in seven starts, now for 46,480 euro earned. Yves Boireau trains this rugged filly for Mr. Dubois and his Ecurie D was the breeder. She raced on the outer throughout before powering to the front. The 22/1 Fine Perle du Gite (3f Tabriz du Gite) was second ahead of 8.6/1 Fiorentina Somolli (3f Love You). Today’s Quinte+ was at Enghien in the Prix de la Porte Montmartre (purse 54,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 entrants). The 1.12.9kr timed victory went to 5.4/1 Balfour (g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) with Gabriele Gelormini up for owner/trainer Robert Bergh. The breeder was Marie Josee Nordin. 6.6/1 Usain Herna (8m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron) was second for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and third was 3.7/1 Capraio (6g Coktail Jet) for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Rhythm & Blues.The 7.9/1 Tesauto (6g Filipp Roc) and 19/1 Romi Mms (8f Turbo Sund) were fourth and fifth and the Quinte exact order ticket paid 5,140 euro. The day’s featured Gr. II Prix de Buenos-Aires (purse 120,000 euro, 4150 meters, 10 starters) went to rallying 2/5 favorite Cleangame (6f Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for Ecurie Jean Michel Rancoule. The 28/1 Tony Gio (6m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) took second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Vincent Martens and owner Scuderia Bivans Srl. 7/2 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis-Moonlight Serenade) was third with Eric Raffin aboard for trainer Serge Peltier. 56.1 As Dore and 14/1 Akim du Cap Vert captured fourth and fifth money. Race time was 1.17.7kr over the 2 and 9/16 miles plus distance. The Gr. III Prix de Rome (purse 85,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters) was a competitive event that 10/1 Fifty Kalouma (3m Ready Cash-Sadaya de Cerisy) secured the victory for Clement Duvaldestin, trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and breeder/owner Philippe Boff. For the winner it was career win number three in nine appearances, now for 147,000 euro earned. 1.7/1 Follow You (3m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) rallied late to be second driven by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Scuderia Bivans. Ecurie Dream With Me bred this one. The 3.9/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Raviscarte Jo) took third with Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc. 62/1 Fanina des Racques 3f Ready Cash) and 13/1 Zilath (3m Maharajah) were fourth and fifth, this pair reined by Eric Raffin and Andrea Guzzinati. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Bird Parker (7m Ready Cash-Belisha) won Thursday’s Prix Les Sables d’Olonne (purse 50,000 euro, 2775 meters distance handicap, 12 International starters) at the venue of the same name, timed in 1.13kr, and reined by J.Ph. Monclin.  Philippe Allaire trains and Elisabeth Allaire owns the great veteran that Christophe Toulorge bred. Brid Parker, off as 7/10 favorite this day, now has 20 wins in 72 career starts for 1,878,605 euro earned, as he overcame a 25 meters handicap. Two other 25 meter penalized performers trained the winner. 2.4/1 Valko Jenilat (9m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was second for Eric Raffin and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 5.6/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede-Nostalgique Sacha) was third with Gabriele Gelormini aboard. Trotting also took place this day at Baden Austria. The 20th Monte Derby Austria (purse 8,000 euro, 2600 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.18.9kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Top Winner (8g From Above-Loctudy) with Mme. Ronja Walter in the irons for trainer Rudolf Haller and Stall Alegra Racing Club. Lendavu (8g Tony Oaks-Lantara) was second for Mme. Sabrine Brockner. On the same card the Prix Raphael Varane (purse 6,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to 1.16.7kr timed and 1.4/1 George Greenwood (5g Infinitif-Ninanova) with trainer Rudy Haller driving for owner Christine Kellermeier. Dexter (5m Pegasus Boko) with Dieter Marz up and Saxicola Jet (7f Naglo) for Jos Verbeeck trailed the winner. Later the Grand Prix du Tour de France (6,000 euro purse, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to 1.8/1 Lady Muscles (5f Muscle Hill-Chieftess) for Gerhard Mayr ahead of Nico W with Verbeeck at the lines. Of note was the announced Oslo Grand Prix positive test of its winner Urlo dei Venti that was an easy winner for Enrico Bellei and trainer Gennaro Casillo timed in 1.10.5kr. On the A sample this winner tested positive for cortisone and was disqualified from racing for 90 days. If the B test is positive the dq will be extended to 180 days and the owners will be ordered to return the winners’ purse. On July 12 the second annual mixed sale was held at Haras des Rouges (Louis Baudron) and a good quality selection of youthful racing prospects drew a fine audience and good prices led by the following: GOOD FRIDAY 2 year old qualified in 1.18.1kr (Village Mystic) 190.000€ by Kristof Depuydt. GIVE ME CASH 2 year old qualified in 1.10.7k (Ready Cash) , 150.000€ by Fabien Rycroft. FESTIF (Village Mystic) 88.000€ by Kristof Depuydt Saturday top trotting will take place at Enghien featuring the Gr. II International Prix de Buenos-Aires for 120,000 euro purse and the Gr. III Prix de Rome for 85,000 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Very Kronos (4m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was an impressive winner of today’s Gr. Ii International ICA Maxi Eskilstuna with 300,000SEK to the winner at Eskilstuna, Sweden. The 4.8/1 winner took the lead in lap one for driver Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and owner Kjell Johansson. Race time was 1.13.2kr over 2640 meters autostart. Volnik du Kras (4m Varenne0Olijka du Kras-Park Avenue Joe) gave valiant chase to be second a length for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was early leader Super War Horse (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Poison Valley-Lindy Lane) that Bjorn Goop reined for trainer Jerry Riordan. Born Unicorn and Eldorado B completed the top five. On the undercard the Sparbanken for 100,000SEK to the winner and raced over 1640 meters autostart went to Caid Griff (6m Password-Savanne Griff-Tenor de Baune) timed in 1.10.1kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Charrua Forlan and King City finished second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Wednesday’s Q+ at Graignes went to 6.9/1 Cimarron (6g Oiseau de Feux-La Duedoise) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Jarmo Niskanen and Ecurie Skytten.  Race time was 1.14.7kr. 9/2 Comtesse du Clos (6f Eclot de la Crav) was second and 6.2/1 Class Thourjan took the third spot. The 15/1 Cash du Rib and 9/1 Artiste du Lyn completed the top five and led to a Q+ payoff (including the unique million euro bonus) of 1,003,514 euro. At Mons Ghlin was the Prix Darby Three Year Olds (A Group) with victory earned by 2/5 favorite Lover Boy (3m Conway Hall-Merlot OK) timed in 1.17.3kr over an off track, driven by Marc de Soete for trainer/owner DSM Trotting. The 17/1 Lucky Base (3g Akja S Funnymaker) was second for Frank Van Den Berg and third was 13/1 Lord Of Love (3g Love You) handled by Marc Huygens. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 3/10 favorite Uza Josselyn won Sunday’s Prix de Bruxelles at Enghien (Gr. III, purse 95,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, European starters) timed in 1.10.5kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed the Ecurie Rhythm & Blues mare that Rene Aebischer trains. Uza now has career earnings of 867,674 euro earned. The 5/1 Cash Gamble (7m Ready Cash-No Way Back) was a game second for Frank Nivard and trainer Philippe Billard. Third was 9/1 Beau Gamin (7m Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) for David Thomain and trainer J-M Bazire. 36/1 Unero Montaval (10m Nem) and Gabriele Gelormini was fourth and 23/1 Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner) was fifth for Matthieu Abrivard, The Q+ Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse 65,000 euro, 2875 meters distance handicap, 14 starters) was another program highlight and 5.7/1 Balfour (g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill) was victorious for driver Gabriele Gelormini and trainer/owner Robert Bergh. Race time was 1.14.6kr. The 7.8/1 Cantin de l’éclair (6g Jet Fortuna) was second for David Thomain, overcoming a 25 meter handicap. 10/1 Candidat d’Ortige (m Giant Cat) took third for Eric Raffin ahead of 8.1/1 Cathy A Quira and 19/1 Arthura Boy. The mix of outsiders in the top five caused a 32,762 euro exact order payoff. LES RÉSULTATS DU JOUR dimanche 15 juillet   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 5 Balfour G. Gelormini R.Bergh Travstall AB R. Bergh 2ème 14 Cantin de l'Eclair D. Thomain Ecurie Eclair N. Catherine 3ème 2 Candidat d'Ortige E. Raffin J. Cottel F. Leblanc 4ème 11 Cathy A Quira J.-P. Monclin E. Desmet J. Niskanen 5ème 13 Arthuro Boy F. Lagadeuc Y. Dreux Y. Dreux  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 10.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 1548 BOOST ORDRE 1.000.000 €   Ordre :       32.762,80€   Désordre :       127,60€   Bonus 4 :       11,00€   Bonus 4sur5 :       7,60€   Bonus 3 :       5,20€     The Prix du Louvrey at Enghien (Gr. III, purse 80,000 euro, 2875 meters)was a romp for 2/5 favorite Earl Simon (4m Prodigious-Tindrana) handled by Franck Ouvrie for Ecurie Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. The winner recorded his eighth career win in only 11 starts, now for 286,900 euro earned. 10/1 Delloro Vedaquais (5g Ready Cash-Spandelle) was second for J.Ph. Monclin and trainer/owner Philippe Allaire. The 25/1 Dream de Nilrem (5f Jet Fortuna) was third for Eric Raffin and trainer Frederic Prat. 15/1 United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) was fourth for driver David Thomain and trainer Hans Bot. Race time was 1.14.1kr off rated fractions (1.15.9kr at the 1000 meters to go mark and 1.14.4kr with 500 remaining). The Prix de Villers (purse 50,000 euro, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) brought out very good four and five year olds with victory earned by an impressive 3/2 favorite Broadwell (4m Conway Hall-Boria) timed in 1.12.9kr for driver Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. This colt now has six wins in eight career starts as he defeated 2.8/1 Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) reined by Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Droit d’Auteur (5m Prodigious-Pazine) was third for Eric Raffin and trainer Jean Philippe Dubois at 11/1 odds. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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