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The 6.8/1 outsider Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) rallied to win today’s Gr. III Grand Prix de la Federation Regionale du Nord (purse 90,000€, 2700 meters autostart, eight starters) held at La Croise Laroche in France. He was clocked in 1.10.8kr. Eric Raffin teamed the Sebastien Guarato trainee for Scuderia Bivans Srl to his seventh career victory in 51 starts now for life earnings of 867,815€. The winner exploded past early pocket sitter, 1.6/1 Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) reined by Bjorn Goop for trainer Guarato and owner Pierre Pilarski, that had followed 47/1 leader Express Jet (5m Goetmals Wood-Run For Jet) until top of the stretch. Bold Eagle was second beaten two lengths. The 8/10 favorite Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine) with J-M Bazire aboard was away last before making a halfway point move to the death seat alongside Express Jet. But his effort was futile and he finished a tired fourth with Express Jet fifth for Pierre Vercruysse. Bazire’s stablemate, 18/1 Bel Avis (8g Ganymede-Gloria Maris) rallied late to be third for Alexandre Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Six Trav Oaks events took place this evening at Solvalla, each raced over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK to each winner.  The fastest leg went to Alaska Kronos (3f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) timed in 1.13.3kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. It was her third career win in seven starts now for 357,500SEK earned. The 6.9/1 winner bested 60/1 Mellby Marissa (3f Maharajah) and 3.1/1 Milady Grace (3f Ready Cash). Recaps of the other five Oaks races are shown below: Race 3 1st Diana Zet (3f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy). 1.13.4kr Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Daniel Reden 2nd – Gina Mearas (3f Cantab Hall) 3rd - 3rd – Osoma (3f Trixton) Fourth win in seven starts. Race 5 1st - Ganga Bae (3f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall), 1.13.6kr Driver: Jorma Kontio Trainer: Stefan Melander at 54/1 2nd – Heavenly May (3f Yarrah Boko) 3rd – Ies Elisabet (3f Super Photo Kosmos) Third win in five career starts for the winner. Race 7 1st - Dontlooseallmoney (3f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier), 1.14.5kr Trainer/Driver: Jim Oscarsson  2nd – Kentin Day (3f Ken Warkentin) 3rd – Strangerinthenight (3f Ready Cash) Race 10 1st - No Limit Queen (3f Trixton-Marta Tilly-Kadabra), 1.14.6kr Trainer/Driver: Bjorn Goop 2nd – Golden Girl DT (3f Pojke Kronos) 3rd – Zolly (3f Zola Boko) Third win in six career outings for the winner. Race 12 1st - Award Kronos (3f Father Patrick-Nordic GoldNovember-Viking Kronos), 1.14.7kr Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Daniel Reden 2nd – Mad Princess (3f Nu Pagadi); 3rd – Greta Sisu (3f Explosive Matter) Winner’s fourth victory in six career starts. The September 29 Kriterium and Oaks finalists are shown below. Startlista Svenskt Travkriterium 2640 meter autostart Häst – Tränare 1) Upset Face – Adrian Kolgjini 2) Marvellous Tooma – Frode Hamre 3) Power – Robert Bergh 4) Ubiquarian Face – Adrian Kolgjini 5) Aetos Kronos – Jerry Riordan 6) Usain Töll – Admir Zukanovic 7) Brother Bill – Timo Nurmos 8) Exodus Brick – Jörgen Westholm 9) Bythebook – Svante Båth 10) Djokovic - Mattias Djuse 11) Criterion – Fredrik Wallin 12) Staro Nashville – Joakim Lövgren Startlista Svenskt TravOaks 2140 meter bilstart Häst – Tränare 1) Ganga Bae - Stefan Melander 2) Diana Zet – Daniel Redén 3) Award Kronos – Daniel Redén 4) No Limit Queen – Björn Goop 5) Alaska Kronos – Daniel Redén 6) Heavenly May – Thomas Lönn 7) Kentin Day – Claes Sjöström 8) Golden Girl D.T. – Mats Rånlund 9) Dontloosallmoney – Jim Oscarsson 10) Mad Princess – Peter Untersteiner 11) Mellby Harissa – Robert Bergh 12) Gina Merans – Johan Untersteiner by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) was an impressive winner of one of the six colt divisions of today’s Swedish Kriterium. Drivver Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Jerry Riordan trainee for Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB to his sixth career victory in 12 starts. Each leg was worth 150,000SEK to the winner and was raced over 2640 meters. Aetos was clocked in 1.13.9kr.  Race 2 1st - Power (3m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici), 1.14kr Driver/rainer: Robert Bergh 2nd – Brother Bill (3g From Above 3rd - Juncio Boko (3m Donato Hanover) His seventh career win in 12 starts for 1,347,500SEK earned Race 4 1st - Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star), 1.13.3kr Trainer/Driver: Adrian Kolgjini  2nd – Usain Toll (3g Googoo Gaagaa) 3rd - Gardner Shaw (3g Ready Cash) Race 6 Bythebook (3g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos), 1.14.2kr Driver: Erik Adielsson Trainer:Svante Bath 2nd – Staro Nashville (3m Sebastian K) 3rd – Gulfstream AM (3m Trixton) His eighth career win in 13 starts now for 2,485,300SEK earned. Race 8 1st - Marvellous Tooma (3m Dream Vacation-Marvellous-Donerail), 1.13.8kr Driver: Uld Ohlsson Trainer:Frode Hamre 2nd – Exodus Brick (3m Make It Happen); 3rd – Guzz Mearas (3m Muscle Mass) Race 9 1st - Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill), 1.14.2kr Driver/Trainer: Adrian Kolgjini  2nd – Djokovic (3g Bold Eagle) 3rd – Gargamel Sisu (3g Classic Photo) His seventh career win in 10 starts for 780,500SEK earned. Race11 1st - Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscle Yankee), 1.13.9kr, Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Jerry Riordan 2nd – Criterion (3m Jacose); 3rd Alien Kronos (3m Infinitif) His sixth win in 12 career starts now for 4,105,050SEK earned. This is a slick gaited classy individual. Trainer Riordan said pre-race that he is getting stronger with each race and warmed up perfectly. He raced perfectly after a stinging first 500 in 1.08.4kr and a first 1000 meters in 1.10.9kr. Kihlstrom rated his down in the middle 1000 and the colt first well in the lane. This Italian-bred is made for championships. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Zanebono (4m Frullino Jet-Carolla Jet-Park Avenue Joe) took Saturday’s harness racing Lucky Luke DIJ at Kincsem Park (purse 600,000HUf, 1960 meters distance handicap).   Branislav Mukity trains and reined the 1.18.3kr timed winner that was off at 4/1 odds. He was bred by Kabala Menes Kft.1.3/1 Unika Vik (6f Cantab Hall) was second with Andor Angyal aboard and 5.3/1 White Lady (5f Toss Out) was third overcoming a 20 meter penalty.   On the undercard was the Nyeretlen Ketevesek (two year olds, 400,000Huf purse, 1800 meters autostart) and 2.1/1 Brom Lady (2f Maximus Lindy-Titan Lady-Ata Star L) scored for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz aboard.   Kabala Menes bred this winner as well.   Thomas H. Hicks

September 14, 2019 - Nadal Broline (9g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) took today’s harness racing Delicious US V75 Gold at Bollnas timed in 1.10.6kr to earn 200,000SEK first money (total purse 900,000SEK). Bjorn Goop teamed the winner that now has 24 career victories in 58 starts for 6,915,415SEK in life earnings. He was at 4.08/1 odds in this 1640 meters autostart test and bested 2.8/1 Sorbet reined by Orjan Kihlstrom and 17/1 Disco Volante piloted by C.J. Jepson. Global Trustworth, Makethemark (early pacesetter), Super Zantos and Antonio Tabac followed the winner. On September 8th at Bjerke were the Norsk TravDerby for colts and fillies (four year olds) and the Kriteriet colt and filly races for three years olds. The most impressive winner was Hillary B.R. (4f Muscle Hill-Fiery Chip-Pine Chip) in the filly Derby, as she remained undefeated in 15 starts for life earnings of 3,887,236Nokr earned and timed this day in 1.11.9kr. The distance was 2100 meters autostart with 2,000,000Nokr to the winner. Rebella Matters and Blueridge Star took the next two spots. TIPSTER NORSK TRAVDERBY - HOPPEAVDELING Premiesum:  4 145 000,- - Distanse:  2 100 Startmetode:  Auto     V4-2 Duo Plass Trippel Tvilling Vinner     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Spor Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 2 Hillary B.R. 2 100 2 11,9a Magnus Teien Gundersen 2 000 000,- 11 2 1 Rebella Matters 2 100 1 12,9a Frode Hamre 1 000 000,- 150 3 3 Blueridge Sun 2 100 3 13,0a Geir Vegard Gundersen 560 000,- 254 4 4 Lastsundayinmay 2 100 4 13,0a Erlend Rennesvik 175 000,- 373 5 7 Thankful 2 100 7 13,0a Øystein Tjomsland 250 000,- 382 6 9 Delight Classic 2 100 9 13,0a Kristian Malmin 40 000,- 360 6 12 I.D. Entity 2 100 12 13,0a Tom Erik Solberg 80 000,- 1365 8 5 Wanda Classic 2 100 5 13,1a Dag-Sveinung Dalen 10 000,- 495 9 11 Catherine's Chic 2 100 11 13,2a Svein Ove Wassberg 10 000,- 1117 10 6 Tiffany Yellow 2 100 6 13,6a Adrian Solberg Akselsen 10 000,- 782 11 10 Panama Rags 2 100 10 15,4a r Noralf P. Brækken 5 000,- 508 12 8 Ilenna Bonanza 2 100 8 15,7a g Per Oleg Midtfjeld 5 000,- 760 Hillary B.R. pedigree The colt TravDerby  (four year old males, 2600 meters autostart, 2,000,000Nokr to the winner) went to Max Brady (4m Cantab Hall-Hope Brady-Ganymede) timed in 1.14.5kr. Geir Vegard Gundersen teamed the winner to his seventh life win in 13 starts now for 3,264,000Nokr earned. Eye Of The Tiger and Noble Superb were next to the line. Totalisatorløp 12 08.09.2019 Bjerke Travbane TIPSTER NORSK TRAVDERBY Premiesum:  4 185 000,- - Distanse:  2 600 Startmetode:  Auto     DD-2 V5-5 V75-7 Duo Plass Trippel Tvilling Vinner     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Spor Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 4 Max Brady 2 600 4 14,5a Geir Vegard Gundersen 2 000 000,- 49 2 2 Eye Of The Tiger 2 600 2 14,5a Dag-Sveinung Dalen 1 000 000,- 139 3 1 Noble Superb 2 600 1 14,6a Magnus Teien Gundersen 560 000,- 47 4 3 Stoletheshow 2 600 3 14,6a Ulf Ohlsson 175 000,- 31 5 10 Sam The Man 2 600 10 14,7a Bjørn Goop 250 000,- 82 6 7 Gogo Hall 2 600 7 14,7a Frode Hamre 150 000,- 399 7 6 Cry Wolf 2 600 6 14,7a Vemund Madsen Drolsum 10 000,- 138 8 9 Broad Vision 2 600 9 14,7a Adrian Solberg Akselsen 10 000,- 855 9 11 Strong Case 2 600 11 14,8a g Åsbjørn Tengsareid 10 000,- 564 10 12 Hendrix B.R. 2 600 12 14,9a Lars Anvar Kolle 10 000,- 899 11 5 S.K.'s Mystic Titan 2 600 5 14,9a Tom Erik Solberg 5 000,- 137 12 8 Don Cash 2 600 8 15,0a Jeppe Juel 5 000,- 204 Max Brady Pedigree Three year olds battled in the colt and filly divisions of the Kriteriet (each for 750,000Nokr to the winner, 2100 meters autostart). Custom Colt (3m Offshore Dream-Kentucky Avenue-Viking Kronos) score over his colt rivals timed in 1.14kr with Svein Ove Wassberg the pilot. The one now has six lifetime wins in 14 starts for 1,539,012Nokr earned. Chart and winner’s pedigree follow. FINN-TACK NORSK TRAVKRITERIUM Premiesum:  1 685 000,- - Distanse:  2 100 Startmetode:  Auto     V5-2 V75-4 Duo Plass Trippel Tvilling Vinner     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Spor Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 8 Custom Colt 2 100 8 14,0a g Svein Ove Wassberg 750 000,- 216 2 11 Te Amo Corazon 2 100 11 14,0a Tom Erik Solberg 375 000,- 1100 3 9 Photo Fighter 2 100 9 14,0a Bjørn Duestad 225 000,- 441 4 3 Ivan B.R. 2 100 3 14,1a Geir Vegard Gundersen 150 000,- 33 5 12 Admiral Knick 2 100 12 14,1a Frode Hamre 100 000,- 378 6 6 Chinetti 2 100 6 14,2a Örjan Kihlström 65 000,- 61 7 7 Kvåles Ruin 2 100 7 15,1a Gunnar Austevoll 5 000,- 1012 8 5 Thai Eros 2 100 5 16,7a g Dag-Sveinung Dalen 5 000,- 343 9 10 Gliding Sun 2 100 10 16,9a g Andre H. Stensen 5 000,- 1747 10 1 Easy Winner 2 100 1 19,0a g Eirik Høitomt 5 000,- 332 - 2 Iggy B.R. 2 100 2 dg Magnus Teien Gundersen   21 - 4 Dream Creation 2 100 4 dg Kristian Malmin   154 Custom Colt Pedigree   The filly Kriteriet went to Lady Ann (Credit Winner-Peaceful Way-Angus Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr to record her second career victory in five outings to pick up 750,000Nokr and raise her life earnings to 797,190Nokr. This daughter of the exceptional North American stakes winning Peaceful Way drew off to a four length score. FINN-TACK NORSK TRAVKRITERIUM - HOPPEAVDELING Premiesum:  1 690 000,- - Distanse:  2 100 Startmetode:  Auto     V4-4 Duo Plass Trippel Tvilling Vinner     Pl.nr Pr.nr Hestens navn Dist. Spor Km.tid Kusk Premie Kr Evt.odds 1 6 Lady Ann 2 100 6 14,6a Erlend Rennesvik 750 000,- 147 2 10 Amazing Street 2 100 10 15,0a Åsbjørn Tengsareid 375 000,- 148 3 9 Another Creation 2 100 9 15,0a Kristian Malmin 225 000,- 51 4 1 Catch A Volo 2 100 1 15,1a Vidar Hop 150 000,- 286 5 8 Sassy Girl 2 100 8 15,1a Dag-Sveinung Dalen 100 000,- 193 6 2 Sweet Lins 2 100 2 15,1a Eirik Høitomt 65 000,- 61 7 12 Fast Cash 2 100 12 15,5a Tom Erik Solberg 5 000,- 419 8 7 Beak's Lively 2 100 7 15,7a Örjan Kihlström 5 000,- 369 9 5 Lucky Queen Soa 2 100 5 15,7a Lars Anvar Kolle 5 000,- 113 10 3 H.M. Lovely Comers 2 100 3 16,0a Ole Johan Østre 5 000,- 35 11 11 Ayita 2 100 11 16,0a Kristine Kvasnes 5 000,- 641 - 4 Oh U. Sexylady 2 100 4 dg Alexander Heisholt   61 Lady Ann Pedigree Thomas H. Hicks  

The Paris-Vincennes groupe action today started early with the Gr. III Prix de Montelimar (purse 66,000€, 2700 meters, 12 starters) with victory to 14/1 Gipson Creek (3m Rieussec-Ultifeda) that held strong for a nose score with Alexandre Abrivard aboard for breeder/owner/trainer Nathalie Godin of Switzerland. The 1.14.7kr timed winner recorded his 10th career victory in 13 starts now for 94,074€ in career earnings. The 1.3/1 favorite Gallant Way (3m Ready Cash-Queen Flore) was a rallying second for reinsman Eric Raffin, trainer Philippe Allaire and breeder/owner Jacques Pauc. 14/1 Golfe Juan (3m Jam Pridem) was third for Joann Lebourgeois. The monte specialists were next, competing in the Prix Ceneri Forcinal (Gr. II, purse 100,000€, monte, distance 2175 meters, nine starters). The 7/10 favorite Fleche Bourbon (4f Saxo de Vandel-Uzara Josselyn) prevailed timed in 1.10.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard the jockey for trainer Sebastien Guarato. This Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin owned mare recorded her 10th career win in 15 starts and raised her life earnings to 369,050€. The 7/2 odds Feeling Cash (4m Ready Cash-Royale Star) was second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Carlos Lerner. 7.6/1 Ferreteria (4f Goetmals Woos-Avenue Victoria) was third with Mathieu Abrivard up. Yves Boireau trains this one for owner Jean Pierre Dubois. 60/1 Flora de Janeiro and 17/1 Flacca de Blary secured the fourth and fifth checks. Today’s Quinte+ race of the day was the Prix d’Avallon (purse 50,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters). The winner was 3.6/1 Vipera Killer Gar (5f Varenne-Uakland) with a front end victory reined by Eric Raffin. The legendary Anders Lindqvist trains the winner for Scuderia Fioredigio and the time was a sharp 1.10kr (fractions 1.07.7kr at the 1500; 1.08.8kr at the 1000 and 1.09.8kr with 500 meters remaining). The 19/1 Ugolinast (6f Civil Action-Gast) was second for trainer/driver Santo Mollo of Italy. 78/1 Helena du Quattro (5f Un Mec d’Heripre), 28/1 Dynastie Grammont (6f Obrillant) and 99/1 Dream Lane completed the top five and caused an exact order Q+ payoff of 73,125.20 to ten winning ticketholders. The Quinte pool was 4,525,794€ and over 9.01€ million was wagered on the race. The 21/1 Feliciano (4m Ready Cash-Ravenella) took the Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile (purse 200,000€, 2200 meters, 12 starters three to five year olds) clocked in a quick 1.10.2kr (fractions 1.10.3kr at the 1500; 1.09.8kr with 1000 meters remainingl 1.11kr at 500 to go). Philippe Allaire trains the now eight time winner in 26 starts for life earnings of 395,790€. Eciurie des Charmes owns the winner that defeated 6.7/1 Falcao de Laurma (4m Uniclove-Rangoon) reined by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 57/1 Estola (5f Nectar-Nika) took third for Yoann Lebourgeois, trainer Emmanuel Rualt and owner Ecurie Comte de Montesson. The 25/1 Excellent (5m Real du Lou) was placed fourth with Alexandre Abrivard up, on the dq of 2.1/1 Good Boy Ligneries. Favorite Fligny, Epic Julry and Elite du Ruel were placed fifth through seventh. The Gr. I Prix de Normandie (purse 200,000€, monte, 3000 meters, 12 starters all five year olds) was a superb race between four excellent five year old trotteurs. At the end it was 8.6/1 Etoile de Bruyere (5f Kenor de Cosse-Reinette du Tijas) prevailing on the line with jockey Adrien Lamy at the controls for owner/trainer Charles Dreux. It was only her fifth score in 31 career starts now for 390,670€ earned. Race time was 1.13.5kr off even fractions. The 16/1 Evening Star (5f Magnificent Rodney-Pay The Bill) was second with Anthony Barrier in the irons for trainer Gregory Thorel. 3.3/1 Evangelina Blue (5f Speedy Blue) was third for Mathieu Mottier and trainer J.P. Mary. Fourth at the line was Exotica de Retz that was an inquiry dq that moved 45/1 Excessive Well (5f Gobernator) and 45/1 Estabane Sacha (5f Gazouillis) to placed fourth and fifth. Early leaders Eye of the Storm went offstride in the final bend and was dq’d. Late in the program was the Prix de Moulins La Marche (purse 67,000€, 2850 meters, 10 starters) with a field of veteran performers on stage. The 3/5 favorite Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) scored for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and owner Ecurie Vautors. It was her third straight victory and her 21st lifetime in 49 outings now for 438,150€ earned. Race time was 1.13.2kr. The 16/1 Balando (8m Nijinski Blue) rallied for second with Eric Raffin up for breeder/owner/trainer Alphone Vanberghen. Third was 5.3/1 Baladin Hongrois with Arnaud Desmottes aboard. Bazire returned a race latter to win as catch driver with 9/2 Flower by Magalou (4f Un Mec d’Heripre) clocked in 1.14.4kr in the 33,000€ purse Prix de Vimoutiers. Two good Vincennes weekends are upcoming with activities for the entire family by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Cable Wise AS (3/14/18 male. Bold Eagle-Gabby’s Dream-Dream Vacation) led the September 9-10 ITS Yearling Sale bringing 175,000€ from Scuderia Bivans.   Bivans also bought the 145,000€ priced Cash Wind (m, Ready Cash), the second among sale toppers.   Overall there were 199 lots offered for sale with 159 selling (79.4%) for 5,441,000€, an average of 34,437€.   The offspring by Muscle Hill, Ready Cash, Bold Eagle and Readly Express were the sire sale leaders based on median.          by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Jerry Riordan trained and C.J. Jepson trained Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) took the Stoeliten (purse 23,997€, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla this day clocked in 1.11.4kr. She recorded her 26th career victory in 95 appearances and increased her life earnings to 5,590,458SEK.. Off at 5.2/1 odds Shadow Gar bested 1.7/1 favorite Dear Friend (6f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline) teamed by Erik Adielsson for trainer Johan Untersteiner and 20.6/1 Global Upper Style (5f SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine) with Peter Untersteiner aboard.  In other news it was reported that Jerry Riordan’s superb trainee Lisa America (f, Varenne-Zagabria Dei) has been sold in the Lutfi Kolgjini breeding stock dispersal to SRF Stable. This mare was bred and owned during her racing career by the late Lou Guida, and she competed at the highest level winning the Oslo Grand Prix, Aby Stora Pris and Sundsvall Open. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Prix Marcel Bousseau (purse 36,000€, 2775 meters distance handicap, 15 starters) at Hippodrome Les Sables d’Olonne went to the 9/10 harness racing favorite Ghazi Br (5m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip). Trainer Jean Michel Bazire teamed the winner clocked in 1.14.2kr over the stated distance to his second win in France. The Norwegian owned trotteur now has career earnings of 194,734€. The 25-meter handicapped and 2.1/1 second choice Classic Connection (5m Love You-Crys Dream) raced superbly and was second beaten three lengths with owner Jean Pierre Dubois up for trained Yves Boireau. The 15/1 odds and 25-meter handicapped Tinamo Jet (7m Naglo-Iitvania Jet) took third for Eric Raffin and trainer Franck Leblanc. On September 9 at Vincennes the emerging mare Fleche du Vucca (4f Prodigious-Vincenza) scored again timed in 1.15.1kr with Jean Philippe Dubois aboard. She won for the sixth time in her last eight starts and now sports eight career victories in 15 appearances. Philippe Moulin trains her for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and the latest win raised her career earnings to 82,420€. The race was the Prix d’Asnieres (purse 38,000€, 2700 meters, 16 starters) and the winner was the 1.1/1 favorite. The 6.6/1 Fidele du Goutier (4g Prodigious-Salima du Goutier) was second for Clement Duvaldestin and 5.9/1 Fine Colline (4f Village Mystic-Pretty Colline) took third for owner/trainer/driver Matthieu Abrivard. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Win streaks make remembering forever sports and sports hero. Even young people today recall Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting spreak in baseball. Well, Spain’s harness racing trotting champion Trebol (12m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic) kept his streak alive this day at 53, defeating 12 rivals from post 10 in the Premi XVII Ciutat de Mao (2280 meters autostart, purse 300€) at the Hipodromo Municipal de Mao in Menacor. It was a battle as Trebol with J.P. Carraras aboard started from the outside second tier on the narrow half mile track and it took nearly a lap for him to reach the front, much of that raced three wide. Once on the lead pilot Carreras slowed the pace until challengers emerged with a lap to go. Then the race was on amd Trebol accelerated and scored in 1.20.4kr over Caviar d’Occanges and Appo de Parne. With the victory, the Cuadro sa Farola owned veteran won for the 53rd straight time since returning from France in 2017 and he has 85 victories in a 145 race career. Trebol’s career earnings are now 687,366€ and he sports a speed mark of 1.11kr taken at Paris-Vincennes. He has 17 victories this year and a 1.14.8kr fastest win time. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

September 7, 2019 - The grand harness racing veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride-Keystone Sheena) won today’s PR Campianato Europa at Cesena’s 800 meter track. This race is contested in two heats with reversed post positions (each for a purse of 11,000€ over 1660 meters autostart) and a match race finale if needed for 132,000€ purse raced over the same distance. The Finale saw Arazi Boko victorious timed in 1.11.1kr reined by his trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in wire to wire fashion. He won the second heat and in the raceoff bested the other heat winner, Cokstile (6m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) teamed with Antonio DiNardo. The race replay of the Finale can be seen by clicking here. The heats were also superb with Cokstile taking the first timed in 1.12kr for his 14th career score in 39 outings. He bested Urgano Trebi’ (6m Nad Al Sheba - Istria Bi-Toss Out-Traffic Jam) and pilot Roberto Vecchione and third finishing Vernissage Grif (5m Varenne-Dalia Grif-Park Avenue Joe). The second heat went to 1.12kr timed Arazi Boko over Vernissage Grif and Uragano Trebi’. The race format, found in some European classic events, is an exciting alternative. Thomas H. Hicks

September 7, 2019 - Today’s harness racing V75 Gold Silverornen Stora Group (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the Emelia Leo reined and Oscar Berglund conditioned Shocking Superman (6m Orlando Vici-Bernedette’s Cat-Pine Chip). The winner, off at 6.4/1 odds, was timed in 1.10.7kr to record his fifth victory in 25 starts now for 1,926,988SEK earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Bjorn Goop. Third was 71.8/1 outsider Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) with Ulf Eriksson up and Apollon de Kacy was fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

The annual Arqana Trot Yearling Sale at Deauville has been completed with good results. There were 328 lots sold at an average 25,077€ with gross proceeds in excess of 8.2€ million. There were five lots sold for over 100,000€ led by sons of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle, Carat Williams and Bird Parker. Catalog pages of the two sale toppers are attached. The third sale session featured yearlings sired by first and second crop stallions. 120 lots sold in session three for an average of 38,658€ (gross sales 4,639,000€). Offspring of Charly du Noyer and Cristal Money averaged 42,000€ and 33,500€respectively. 15 lots by Carat Williams sold for an average of 38,000€ led by hip 416, Iceman du Klau and the offspring by Django Riff and Dollar Macker were well sold. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

A great high-level harness racing trotting lineup was the highlight of the Kincsem Park (Budapest) program this day. The featured Jozsef Marschall Memorial (purse 9,000,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) attracted many of the better performers now racing in eastern and central Europe. The 1.9/1 Azimut (6m Odessa Santana-ASida-Lets Go) took the big race clocked in 1.14.4kr and reined by trainer Josef Franzl. The German invader now sports three victories in his last four outings. The 19.7/1 Muscle Boy As (6m Muscle Hill-Zelda Per-Crowning Point) was second for Gerhard Mayr of Austria and the local star 4.3/1 Zeal di Girifalco (4m Igor Font-Inviata d’Italia-Varenne) took third money with Veljko Mazsity aboard. 47.8/1 Global Player (12g Ditka Hanover-Gravitart-Speedy Soma) was fourth for Erich Kubes. Jozsef Marschall Memorial Earlier in the program was the Laszlo Fekete Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and the exceptional filly Longines (5f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor), off at 1,3/1 odds, rallied off the final turn to score timed in 1.17.3kr over a sloppy track. Gyorgy Horvath teamed the Imre Fazekas trainee to her 15th career victory in 16 starts, improving her 2019 slate to 5-1-0 in six starts. Kornelius Heitmann bred Longines. 2.2/1 Iago d’Amore (5g Mago d’Amore-Indyran-Uronometro) was second for trainer/driver Imre Fazekas after setting the pace. 12.6/1 Rocky HR (7m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) was third for Balazs Juhasz. The Istvan Szegedy Memorial (purse 1,200,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) began the International events and the 1.17.8kr timed victory went to 30.2/1 Alexander UR (5g Infinitif-Hoity Toity Face-Egon Lavec) reined by trainer Jozsef Rutkai for Prolongo Trading. The 1.6/1 favorite Uran Lady (6f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) was a close second with Veljko Mazsity aboard, followed by 24.4/1 Promo Kemp (5m Muscle Hill-Armbro Waikiki-Garland Lobell) handled by Ferenc Nagy II for trainer Rutkai. The 105th edition of the Hungaria DIJ (purse 4,000,000Huf, 2560 meters distance handicap) saw 11/1 Zseneroz (4f SJs Photo-Hitelezo-Witsends Speedy) overcome a 40-meter handicap to score in 1.18.1kr with Mitja Slavic at the lines. 6.7/1 Maugli (3m El Nino-Marista Vita-Zerberus) was second for driver/trainer Janko Sagaj. 7.6/1 Un Nuage d’Osmoz (11m Nuage Noir-L’Etoile d’Esprit), handicapped 60 meters, took third for Martin Redl, ahead of 1.8/1 fvaorite Vareke HB (3m Impelo Grif-Valcuma-Cumin) with Joze Segaj up for trainer Slavko Makovec. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Gr. II Prix de Basly today at Paris-Vincennes (monte, purse 100,000€, 2175 meters, three year olds) produced an upset winner in 24/1 Gee (3f Brutus de Baily-Qualine du Rib) with Mathieu Mottier the harness racing jockey for owner/trainer Bruno Bourgoin. It was only the second career win in 23 starts for the winner that now has life earnings of 178,730€. Race time was 1.13.4kr and the winner was quite impressive and never threatened. The 14/1 Gainsborough (3m Bird Parker) was second for Romain Derieux, also the trainer. Then 106/1 Greta du Chatelet (3f Utokyt) took third for Antoine Dabouis ahead of 36/1 Grande Avenue (3f Royal Dream) and 3/1 Gospel Pat (3m Uriel Speed). The 8/10 favorite Gala Tejy finished seventh. The Prix Emile Wendling (purse 53,000€, 2700 meters, three year olds European) saw 3/1 Gondoile Jenilou (3f Goetmals Wood-Pirogue Jenilou) score in 1.14.6kr with breeder/owmer/trainer Louis Baudron at the lines for her fifth career score in seven starts. Her life earnings are now 82,720€. The 11/1 Grand Art (3m Prodigious-Real Artist) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Stall Rita. This was a recent purchase from breeder Jean Philippe Dubois. 10/1 Alcide Roc (3m Daguet Rapide-Inga Allmar) took third for Filippo Rocca and trainer Fausto Barelli. Gondoile Jenilou Gondoile Jenilou with breeder/owner/trainer Louis Baudron The Gr. III Prix Joseph Aveline (purse 66,000€, 2850 meters, 13 starters, four year olds) saw 7.2/1 Frisbee d’Am (4m The Best Madrik-Miska des Rondes) score timed in 1.13.9kr. Alexandre Abrivard teamed this Richard Westerink trainee to his eighth career victory in 30 starts now for 258,340€ in life earnings, The 4/5 favorite Freyja du Pont (4f Quinoa du Gers) was a distant second for trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and 18/1 Fashion Queen (4f Ready Cash) was third with Eric Raffin teaming this Philippe Allaire pupil. This race was the Q+ race of the day and the exact order payoff was 1.560.00€ to 442 winning ticketholders. The Q+ pool was 4,748,504€and over 9,124,000€ was wagered on the race. Frisbee d’Am Veteran trotteurs then contested the Prix d’Eaubonne (purse 49,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 16 starters) with victory to the Sweden invader and 1.9/1 favorite Amazing Dynamite (7m Great Challenger-Kibo Dynamite) that Tomas Malmqvist trains and Franck Nivard drove. Race time was 1.12.2kr. The 9/1 Furious Francis (8g Love You-Twigs Mellow) was second gamely off a strong death seat journey with trainer Bjorn Goop the pilot. 10/1 Valentino Strix (8g Going Kronos-Affrodite Sund) was third for Christophe Martens, ahead of 26/1 Carthago d’Ela and 7.7/1 Champion d’Or. Amazing Dynamite The Prix du Mont Saint Michel (purse 58,000€, 2850 meters distance handicap, 11 starters) produced a 1.13.3kr timed score for the even-money favorite Calaska de Guez (7f Pomerol de Laumac-Miss de Guez) with trainer Jean Michel Bazire at the lines for owner Ecurie Vautors. Calaska earned her 20th career victory in 48 starts now for 408,000€ earned.  The 11/1 Dragon des Racques (6m Love You) was second with Alexandre Abrivard up and third went to 3.7/1 Crazy Charm (7g Prodigious-Know How) reined by Bryan Coppens for trainer Pierre Vercruysse, Calaska de Guez The Prix Aubrion du Gers (purse 33,000€, 2100 meters autostart, 13 starters) was next after a delightful video tribute to the late great champion. This race was a good one and went to 9/2 odds Duke Josselyn (6m Royal Dream-Tena Josselyn) clocked in 1.13.2kr under the guidance of reinsman Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Etienne Dubois. Yvan Bernard bred this now inner of 103,980€. The even-money favorite Duc d’Idee (6m Royal Dream-Riche Idee) was second reined by Jean Philippe Dubois for his Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 12/1 Dandy du Bourg (6g Prince d’Espace) was third for pilot David Thomain. Duke Josselyn The Prix des Montier en Dei (Gr. III, purse 74,000€, 2850 meters autostart, 10 European starters) completed the superb card today and it went to 8/10 odds favorite Violetto Jet (5m From Above-Nicciolaia Jet) reined by Franck Nivard and clocked in 1.14.5kr with a superb last 500 (the clocking was 1.15.4kr with 500 meters to go). Philippe Billard (Souloy-Billard) trains the winner for Scuderia d’Alessandro Raffaele Srl., as Violetto Jet won for the fourth time in seven starts in FR. His life earnings increased to 197,292€. The 1.6/1 Portland (5m Ganymede-Eiffel Bi) was second for Bjorn Goop and third went to 22/1 Inge In Heaven (6f Orlando Vici) with Franck Ouvrie the teamster. Violetto Jet   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The August 30 Kolgjini Yearling Sale was a good one with 46 lots sold at an average of 394,130SEK ($40,500US). The sale topper was hip 74, Aristoteles Face (male, 2/9/18 Chapter Seven-Just Not Into You-Donato Hanover), at 4,700,000SEK ($483,000US) to Nils Ellerstrom. This was a reported European record for a yearling sold at public auction. The dam has produced stakes winning and nearly US$200,000 winning White Tiger owned in Canada by thestable.ca partnership. Hip 74 was offered by Whap Capital AB. The second highest seller was hip 65, Devis May Care (male 7/1/18, Maharajah-Giant Diablo) that fetched 1,100,000SEK with Roger Walmann the buyer. Menhammar Stuteri consigned this one. Walmann also bought hip 49, Informed Am for 1,000,000SEK and hip 53, Arabhiata Face for 700,000SEK. Hip 60, Insigne Am, brought 950,000SEK from Johan Hellander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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