Mack Grace SM Wins Gran Premio Cita’ di Treviso
June 30, 2013
Today at Treviso (ITY) the internationally renowned Mack Grace SM (7m CC’s Cmbro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) easily won the 45,100 euro Gran Premio Cita’ di Treviso in a sharp 1.10.8kr for driver Roberto Andreghetti. The favorite defeated Owen CR with Pietro Gubellini driving. Orleans OM was third over the 1609 meters autostart course. The winner is from the maternal family of Gallant Hanover (E.H. Harriman Challenge Cup winner), Gil Hanover (second in Yonkers Trot), and Glass Hanover (Copenhagen Cup winner at age five).
Mack Grace SM (Gaet photo)
On Saturday the well regarded Prussia (Ken Warkentin -Elvezia-Pine Chip) with Pietro Gubellini up engineered a game first over trip to win the Gran Premio d’Europa Filly (1600 meters autostart, purse 55,000 euro) in 1.12.3kr. The Fabrice Souloy trained filly has demonstrated her grit and determination this summer, today being no exception.
Prussia (Gaet photo)
Prussia with Pietro Gubellini up (Gaet photo)
Also on Saturday the Gran Premio d’Europa (209,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, UET Masters Series) was captured by Princess Grif (4f Varenne-Feuve Grif-Viking Kronos) and Roberto Andreghetti. Timed in 1.14.3kr she defetated Pitagora Bi (Self Possessed-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) with Gubellini aboard and Pascia Lest (Varenne-Superior Sun-Diamond Way) with Enrico Bellei up.
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Deuxieme Picsous Defeats Nahar at Eskilstuna in UET Masters Series
June 29, 2013
Deuxieme Picsous (6m In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos), in rein to Johan Untersteiner, handed Nahar a defeat in today’s Gr. II UET Master Series Malarpriset Gold Division at Eskilstuna scoring in 1.12kr. The 2140 meter autostart event offered 300,000SEK to the winner. Robert Bergh’s Nahar (8g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie), the 2013 Elitloppet winner, was second with Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) third for Peter Untersteiner. Iceland and Oracle were also in the beaten field. The winner’s maternal family brings back memories. His second dam is Shark Bait Staro (Bonefish-Jitterbug-Speedy Scot) and two generations further back shows Gremlin, dam of Saboteur, winner at age two of the E.H. Harriman Challenge Cup and the American-National. Don’t overlook the sire In Love With You either. He’s by Coktail Jet from Amour d’Aunou.
Nahar was used hard in this effort, attacking three-wide to gain the lead after You Bet Hornline and Mr. Pocolit battled early. You Bet Hornline followed Nahar and then broke stride allowing Deuxieme Picsous an inside opening that he took full advantage of to score at 17/1. Race replay can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgw5-vmL75k
The fine card at Eskilstuna also included other serious winners:
- Time Machine (4m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) won the Klass II Final in 1.13.8kr for Jorgen Westholm. The 2140 meter autostart race provided 200,000SEK to the winner who is six for 19 lifetime;
- Sahara Fairytale (4f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow-Graduate Student) won the Klass I Final in 1.14.1kr for Lutfi Kolgjini. The 2140 meter event offered 200,000SEK to the winner;
- Rolling Stones (3m Viking Kronos-Hot Pants-Pine Chip) won the Svenska Fodor Gr. I International event in 1.13.8kr. The winner earned 800,000SEK in this 2140 meter autostart race. Orjan Kihlstrom drove for trainer Stefan Hultman to keep the winner undefeated in seven lifetime starts. Watch this one in future summer three year-old battles. Breakbumper (3m by Viking Kronos) finished second for Robert Bergh with Tumble Dust (3m by Crazed) third for Johnny Takter;
- No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering) took the 2140 meter autostart Bronze Final in 1.12.9kr for Johnny Takter. The winner earned 220,000SEK and scored for the 22ndtime in 50 career outings;
- The Svenska Foder Final Gr. I International for fillies went to Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane-Lindy Lane) with Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Roger Walmann. The 2140 meter autostart event earned 800,000SEK for the 1.14.5kr winner;
- Rocky Winner (5m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) won the Silver Division in 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart. Ake Svanstedt drove the winner to the 250,000SEK score.
At Dannero the veteran Kadett CD (6m Scarlet Knight-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) won a 1640 meter event in 1.13.1kr for Ulf Eriksson. He earned 20,000SEK for his 21stwin in 39 lifetime starts. Robert Bergh trains the winner.
At Kincsem Park, the 500,000 HUf Lady Flame DIK went to Vic Attack (10g Hans Boshoeve-Iris Attack), scoring for SLO trainer/driver R. Hanzekovic and owner Fred Hocsman. He defeated Rose’s La Nina (by Pearsall Hanover) and Orifiamma Jet (by Supergill from Ticket To Ride) in 1.17.9kr over 1960 meters in this distance handicap race. The winner has won three of his last four, two at SLO tracks Ljutomer and Ljubljana. Last week at Kincsem Park the top HU-bred trotters contested the prestigious heat-race, the Dr. Jozsef Vecsekloy Memorial for 2 million HUf over 1800 meters autostart. Post positions were drawn in advance for the three heats with final results determined by best in placings. Landlord (8m Baltic Bet-Golden Lady) took heat #1 in 1.15.1kr, from post six, over Nobody (6m Tony Oaks-Gunnel Diadem) with Lucky Luke (8m Copiad-Eugenia) third. Heat #2 went to Nobody from post eight with Emil Csordas the trainer/driver, in 1.17kr over Nana (6f Tony Oaks-C’est la guerre) and Orlando Bloom (5m Zador-Donna Summer), both Imre Fazekas trainees. The two heat winners matched off alone in heat #3 with Landlord making a decisive stalking move to defeat the game Nobody in an all out sprint to the line. In the placings, the race win went to Landlord (1-6-1) over Nobody (2-1-2) with Nana (5-2-x) awarded the third spot. The weekly fast-class race on that card was won by Nick Nolte (6m Tony Oaks-Szinesnzo) in 1.17.5kr over 1960 meters. The distance handicap Butterfly DIJ saw Orifiamma Jet finish second ahead of Zavita Meerswal (7f Good As Gold-Davidia Storm), a recent import from Finland.
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Powell Bi Wins Prix PMU
June 28, 2013
Powell Bi (4m Toss Out-Gulfstream-Pine Chip) scored a narrow win in today’s Prix PMU over 2100 meters autostart. The European male affair with a purse of 56,000 euro was dominated by Italian trotters. The winner, driven by Franck Ouvrie for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Az Agr Biasuzzi Srl, won in a quick 1.12.3kr over Pioneer Gar (4m Varenne-Follia-Pine Chip) and Roberto Vecchione (trainer Holger Ehlert) and Picone (4m Credit Winner-Fabiaz-Lemon Dra) trained and driven by Sano Mollo. The 18 horse field included seven from Italy. The race was the day’s Quinte+ event, and the 65/1 winner Powell Bi caused the non-jackpot payoff to be 227,808 euro for a two euro investment. The jackpot was 5,550,000 euro for the day.
Powell Bi (Paris-Turf)
The co-featured Prix Eva (56,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart) for European mares, went to another Italy invader, Oliviass (5f Indro Park-Astrid Gar-Supergill) for driver J-M Bazire and owner Baldi Group Srl. She scored in 1.12.3kr over another Italian Ombretta d’Esi (5f Faliero As-Giocasta Café-Supergill) for Pierre Vercruysse and fast-closing “blonde” Vendetta Bourbon (4f Love You-Herba Bourbon-And Arifant) with Dominik Locqueneux driving.
Sweden hosted several high-class races on June 27-28. At Aby on June 27 Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) won the Toyota Pris for driver Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Jerry Riordan. Red Rose scored in 1.14.7kr for her fourth victory in eight starts to earn the 50,000SEK first money for owner Guida Italia Srl. Stirling Allstar (4f Credit Winner-Super Starlet-Muscles Yankee) finished second for Ake Svanstedt. The Hennings Kraffts Minne went to Olivia Lavec (7f Lindy Lane-Espri Lavec-Ultra Ducal) in 1.10.9kr over a mile for Flemming Jansen. She won for the 13thtime in 38 outings as she defeated Linda di Cassei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) and trainer/driver Allessandro Gocciadoro.
Ekilstuna hosted four top events on June 28 with the winners being:
- Marquis As (3m Striking Sahbra-Karisma As-Mr. Vic), a 1.14.7kr winner over 2140 meters autostart for Jorma Kontio. Winner’s share was 100,000SEK;
- Two other 100,000SEK first prize victors were Mythical Fortune (3f Mythical Lindy-Foreign Fortune-Foreign Office) in 1.15.kr over 2140 meters autostart for Orjan Kihlstrom and Juggle Face (7m Viking Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal) in 1.14.6kr over 3140 meters with trainer Lutfi Kolgjini aboard;
- Clara RC (5f Super Arnie-Inez RC-Vasterbo Gracias) won a 200,000SEK first money event in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters for Johan Carlfjord.
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Monte Begins at Pocono
June 26, 2013
Saturday June 29thbrings out the best racing action in North America, and that includes two Monte (RUS) America early non-wagering events, both with full fields of eight. Race 1 is highlighted by veteran Free-For-All trotter Andover America, a recent monte qualifying winner at Gaitway. Melina Giroso will ride for trainer Daryl Bier and owner McTrade Enterprises. He will be challenged by the 2012 monte winner Chinese Cuisine with Tina Duer in the irons for trainer John Duer and the Jenny Melander handled Waldorf Hall. Race 2 brings out the Ron Burke trained Celebrity Playboy with Maria Andersson up. Expect a challenge from Helene Gregory aboard Sundance Bayama for trainer Henrik Lundell and today’s Monticello qualifying winner Motown Dreamgirl with Jennifer Lowery up. This Robert Lounsbury trainee circled the Monticello half-mile oval in 2:02.4h.
Fields and riders are listed below, each race for a $10,000 purse:
Race 1 Monte RUS
- Andover America, Melinda Giroso
- Admirable Hanover, Jennifer Connor
- Ringside Lauryn, Susanne Kovacic
- Chinese Cuisine, Tina Duer
- Fort Valley As, Karen Isbell
- Muscles Marinara, Mary Dolce Conti
- Waldorf Hall, Jenny Melander
- Hour Lavec, Brittney Ohol
Race 2 Monte RUS
- Up The Middle, Megan Coombe
- Sundance Bayama, Helene Gregory
- First Tail U See, Ashley Eldred
- Amoreena, Marielle Enberg
- Motown Dreamgirl, Jennifer Lowrey
- Mystic Splendor, Jocelyn Lavigne
- Celebrity Playboy, Maria Andersson
- Lets Get Serious N, Jennifer Connor
Be there to support our monte participants and to enjoy top-flight trotting and pacing action at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs.
Jenny Melander (Nigel Soult photo)
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European Weekend and News
June 26, 2013T
he remainder of this week includes several top-flight events worth watching. Starting tomorrow, the International Prix Pierre Coulon goes at Vichy (France) for a purse of 80,000 euro over 2150 meters autostart. A good field of nine will face starters’ orders:
- Amour d’Occagnes, C. Martens
- Ubriaco, L. Baudron
- Roc de Montfort, M. Cormy
- Prelude Gede, N. Ensch
- Quoumba de Guez, J-M Bazire
- Punchy, J. Boillereau
- Supervisor, F. Jamard
- Petit Javanais, B. Piton
- Turbo Jet, J-Et. Dubois
The nine year old mare Quoumba de Guez has lifetime earnings of 993,000 euro while the 10 year-old stallion Punchy brings 866,000 euro into this event.
On June 29 the action moves to Enghien (FR), on the outskirts of Paris, where the hippodrome hosts the prestigious Gr. II International Prix de Washington. Ten solid trotters will contest the sprinter distance 1609 meters autostart for 120,000 euro purse. Timoko, The Best Madrik and Look Mp face off against veterans Commander Crowe (with driver Franck Ouvrie) and Main Wise As.
Prix de Washington . Gr II – euro 120.000, 1609m-autostart
- Reach De Vandel (P. Vercruysse)
- Commander Crowe (F. Ouvrie)
- Reve De Beylev (D. Locqueneux)
- Timoko (J. Verbeeck)
- Main Wise As (P. Levesque)
- The Best Madrik (J. Et. Dubois)
- Look Mp (V. P. DellSannunziata)
- Negresco Milar (M. Guzzinati)
- Osasco Di Ruggi (R. Vecchione)
- Viva Island (J. P. Dubois)
Look Mp (Gaet photo)
Treviso (Italy) hosts the Gran Premio Citta’ Di Treviso, a Gr. II event for 45,100 euro purse over the one mile distance on June 30. The good field includes the leading international competitor Mack Grace Sm.
Gran Premio Citta’ di Treviso-Memorial Franco Fraccari (June 30, 2013):
Owen Cr (P. Gubellini)
Mack Grace Sm (R. Andreghetti)
Negresco Milar (M. Guzzinati)
Orient Horse (R. Vecchione)
Orleans Om (G. Lombardo Jr)
Maigret Bi (M. Biasuzzi)
Noncene’ Play (V.P. Dell’annunziata)
Mack Grace Sm (Gaet photo)
Yesterday, top racing action was in Sweden at Jagersro and Solvalla. At Jagersro the highly regarded Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) took the Elitserien IV in 1.13.9kr. The 2140 meter autostart event was worth 50,000SEK to the winner, trained by Jerry Riordan and handled by Christoffer Eriksson. She is 2-1-2 in five 2013 starts and 11 for 12 on the board lifetime. She defeated Rue du Bac (3m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) trained and driven by Erwin Bot in a close finish. Regio (3m Varenne-Leopardia-Muscles Yankee) was third for Robin Bakker that ended his two-race undefeated record.
Jerry Riordan (Gaet photo)
Also at Jagersro, Luringen Palema (8g Gidde Palema-Maida Vale-Crown Sweep) scored in a fast 1.11kr over 1640 meters autostart for Kenneth Haugstad. He won for the 14thtime in his career to capture 40,000SEK first prize. The good field included second place horse Nubia (8f Buvetier d’Aunou-Agouti-Ride The Wave) for Peter Ingves followed by Lets Go On, Olympic Kronos, Pershing Bi and Onirique. Another 40,000SEK first money event went to the well regarded Callela Loyalty (5m Classic Response-Louis Smabo-Super Arnie). The invader from Finland scored for Ingves in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart, his sixth 2013 victory in nine starts and ninth career win in just 15 outings. He nosed out another Riordan trained, Eriksson driven performer, Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell).
At Solvalla there were three interesting US-pedigree winners of 25,000SEK first money events, each over 2140 meters autostart:
- Berlusconi (5m Andover Hall-Always Victorious-Mr. Vic) in 1.14.7kr for Bjorn Goop;
- Sign Of The Pines (4f Muscles Yankee-Pine Nugget-Pine Chip), 1.13.8kr for Per Lennartsson;
- Dakota Chip (3m Donato Hanover-My Favorite Chip-Pine Chip) in 1.14.1kr with Erik Adielsson driving
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European Happenings; Maharajah Scratched from Elitloppet
One of the Elitloppet favorites, Maharajah (Sweden), has been scratched from his elimination on Sunday. Of the remaining entrants in his elimination, the early wagering favorites are Formula One, Timoko and Neste Effe. Favored in the second elimination are Sebastian K, Brad de Veluwe and Nahar.
Today at Vichy (France) the Prix des Cevennes was conducted, the Challenge of Centre-Est for four year-olds over 2150 meters (autostart). With a purse of 29,000 euro the winner was 2/1 favorite Vormensito (4g Quatre Juliet-Carmensito-Florestan) trained by Jean Baudron for owner/driver Jean-Pierre Dubois, winning in 1.14.7kr. Dubois scored his seventh win since returning to driving duties in France on May 1st.
May 22 at La Capelle showcased regional championships including the Prix Picolo San for five year-olds (Championship Grand North) over 2200 meters (autostart) for 22,000 euro. Unword (5g Password-Opale de Fe-Buvetier d’Aunou) was the 1.156.2kr winner for Franck Nivard and trainer Fabrice Souloy.
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cois Caille (European) for 26,000 euro, over 2750 meters, went to Italy’s Moriondo (7m Zinzab Brooke Tur-Axel-Navajo) trained and driven by Louis Baudron for Scuderia RB Team. He scored in 1.14.9kr in defeating Zidane Boshoeve (7m Diamond Way-Ocarine Boshoeve-Invit Broline) and Pierre Vercruysse.
The Prix Lynx du Goutier (three year-old Championship Nord) for 22,000 euro, over 2700 meters (autostart),went to Ansone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont) and trainer/driver Emmanuel Allard, scoring in 1.15.6kr. Accord Parfait (3m Prodigious-Know How-Blue Dream) was second for Julien Dubois.
Ansone du Kastel
Other winners of interest internationally this day were:
- Mr. XF Royal at Bjerke in 1.13.6kr for Lars Anvar Kolle; VC Chocoholic was third in this 2100 meter test;
- Special Agent Man (2m Federal Flex-Minor Skirmish-Conway Hall) won a 3R Quebec qualifier in 2:03.3h to become the first two year-old trot winner in North America;
- Denver (3m Andover Hall-Bahama-Coktail Jet) won a $20,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at the Meadows in 1:55.2f. The promising colt is trained by Annette Lorentzen for ACL Stuteri AB. Denver was bred by Ecurie Avec Moi.
Photos courtesy of PMU.fr
Sebastian K Wins Oslo Grand Prix
Sebastian K (7m Korean-Gabriella K-Probe) won the prestigious Oslo Grand Prix (2100 meters, autostart, 1.5 million Norwegian krone) in start to finish fashion for Ake Svanstedt, defeating fast closing Nesta Effe (6m Naglo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) by a length. Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill) finished fast from the back to be third for Orjan Kihlstrom. A good crowd was on hand despite partly cloudy, cool and occasionally rainy conditions.
Maharajah followed Commander Crowe’s move toward the top earlier in the race, then dropped back to last, before starting another rush with a quarter mile to go. Commander Crowe raced first over during the middle of the race, unable to contest for the lead, before fading to last in the lane. Time of the race was 1.12.8kr in an evenly rated contest. Raja Mirchi finished fourth after making a miscue early and Viking Frecel was fifth.
Earlier on the card the Radio Metro Cup was taken by BWL Champion (8g Pine Chip-Lovely-Top Love) for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Petri Salmela in 1.12.8kr over 1609 meters, autostart. He defeated Montgomery Hill (by SJs Photo) and Acolyte Hanover (Windsong’s Legacy). BWL Champion won his elimination in 1.12.1kr defeating Vasterbo Paradise (by Dream Vacation) and O’Grady (SJs Photo). The second elimination went to Montgomery Hill driven by Flemming Jensen in 1.13.6, defeating I’m The Answer (Credit Winner) and Joke Face (Viking Kronos). The eliminations carried a purse of 100,000 krone with the final valued at 200,000 krone.
The Finn-Tack Prix (175,000 krone, 160 meters, autostart) for four and five year-old mares went to Princess Griff (4f Varenne-Fauve Grif-Viking Kronos) and Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. She scored in 1.13.2kr to defeat Union Life (4f Not Disturb-Izakaline-Cygnus d’Odyssee) and Erik Adielsson with Alien Lady (Andover Hall) third. Bold And Fresh (Hambletonian Oaks winner) finished fifth with Dream On Hanover (4f Andover Hall-D Train-Donerail) eighth. Bold And Fresh had no wins in 13 starts in 2012 and is now winless in three 2013 appearances.
The Kolsrud Transport Elite (150,000 krone, 1609 meters, autostart) for three year-olds went to the US export Single Sock (Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) in 1.13.0kr for Lars Anvar Kolle and trainer Frode Hamre. This was the first European start for the former Dan Daley pupil and Single Sock finished swiftly. Tumble Dust (Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) set the pace and held gamely for second, driven by Erik Adielsson, as the winner benefitted from a two-hole position. Let’s Dance America (Deweycheatumnhowe-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) was third for Per Oleg Midtfjeld.
The Akershus Traktors Europamatch for four and five year olds (300,000 krone, 2100 meters, autostart) went to Edward Ale (5g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) driven by Peter Ingves. He scored his second victory in four 2013 starts, timed in 1.14.0kr. Crazy News (Super News) was second with US bred Kash’s Cantab third.
Barracuda River (4h Express It-Just About Enough-SJs Photo) impressively took the Gjensidige Elite fort four year-old males. He scored in 1.12.2kr in this 1609 meters, autostart event worth 200,000 krone. Favored Italy invader Pascia Lest (4m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) was second for Roberto Vecchione and trainer Holder Ehlert. Moving On (Quite Easy) was third. US export One In A Million (4h Donato Hanover-Mom’s Millionaire) was fourth for Vidar Hop. US shipper Solvato and Trond Smedshammer was seventh.
The day’s top class monte event at Bjerke, the Kingsrod Trading Pris over 1609 meters, autostart, purse 75,000 krone, was an easy winning open-lengths task for favored FR monte campaigner Prince de Montfort (10h Ipsos de Montfort-Eva du Verbois-Pactole de Tillard) handled by Matthieu Abrivard for owner/trainer Sebastien Guarato. He scored in 1.11.4kr for his second 2013 win in as many starts. The Prince excels in Scandinavia each year. Moon Dreamer (Dream Vacation (finished second with pacesetter Limerick (Master Thoj) third for Malin Beras.
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Quarry Bay Wins Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue
HippodromeParis-Vincennes today hosted an exceptional trotting card highlighted by the Gr. III International Prix Guillaume de Bellaigue, a monte event over 2700 meters for a 120,000 euro purse. Billed as a battle between Quarry Bay (9f Cygnus d’Odyssee-Barcarolla-Fakir du Vivier) and Pluto du Vivier (10g Extreme Dream-Iguine du Vivier-Buvetier d’Aunou), the prognosticators were right. Ms. Camille Levesque rallied her mare to a close win over Matthieu Abrivard handling Pluto du Vivier, timed in 1.13.2kr and off as even money favorite. The winner is owned and bred by Ecurie Pierre Levesque and trained by Mike Lenders. Second place Pluto du Vivier was bred by Jean-Yves Lecuyer, a leading commercial breeder in France.
Quarry Bay and Camille Levesque
The undercard featured the Prix du Gatinais, a Gr. III European event over 2700 meters for 85,000 euros. Thierry Duvaldestin (Ready Cash’s conditioner) guided Soleil de Fosse (7m Jag de Bellouet-Fortune du Fosse-Neric Barbes) to the win in 1.13.7kr. Off at 2/1 the winner defeated Holland’s Amour d’Occagnes (6m Diamant Gede-Naomi November-Viking Kronos) driven by Christophe Martens with Finland’s Le Cannibale(7m Jag de Bellouet-Heart’s Queen-American Winner) third for Matthieu Abrivard.
Soleil du Fosse
The Vincennes card also included the 80,000 euro Prix du Perreux over 2700 meters for European registered trotters. Italy’s Orchetto Jet (5m Supergill-Frutute Jet-Pinch Chip) was the winner for trainer Mlle. S.C. Lepetit and driver Pierre Vercruysse. The 12/1 winner was timed in 1.13.9kr as he nailed his competitor at the line.
At Montegiorgio Italy the Grand Premio San Paolo (1600 meters, 45,100 euro purse) went to President 4m Varenne-Apres Capar-Supergill) with driver Andrea Farolfi timed in 1.12.0kr. Power Action (4m Civil Action-Gadget Bi-Biesolo) and Plutonia (4m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out) finished second and third respectively.
In Scandanavia’s Solanget racecourse the 271,000SEK Gold Division went to Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) in 1.13.0kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman. The winner has two wins in three 2013 appearances. Francias du Gull (6m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) was second for Erik Adielsson with veteran Monster Drive finished third. On May 9 at Jagersro, a Category II 68,000SEK event over 1640 meters produced a win for Italy’s Only The Best (5m Andover Hall-Hangone-Workaholic), driven by de Haan Martijn, timed in 1.14.1kr After two December wins in Italy, this was his first 2013 start.
In the US the new Meadowlands showcased high profile winning qualifiers this morning by:
Hot Shot Blue Chip 1:54.0
Odds On Equuleus 1:51.2
Bolt The Duer 1:52.4
Sunbday’s Oslo Grand Prix field has been reduced by the scratch of Arch Madness.
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Ulk Medoc Wins Grand National du Trot Leg #3
April 10, 2013
Ulk Medoc (m5 Karkai-Organza Haut Gilet-Fast du Gilet) won today’s GNT leg #3 (purse 90,000 euro over 2,650 meters) at Saint Galmier for owner/trainer Lionel Cesar and driver Franck Carbineau. The 11/1 winner was third across the line beaten a half-length but the first two, Stanton (Thomas Levesque) and favorite Star du Villeneuve (J-M Bazire), were disqualified for being off-stride and rough-gaited. Veteran class-master Punchy was handicapped 50 meters and finished ninth after completing his course in the fastest km rate in the field, 1.14.3 (1:59.55 mile rate). Ulk Medoc won for the 14th time in 33 lifetime starts, increasing his career earnings to over 270,000 euro. He scored in a mile rate time of 2:00.67 over the 1-5/8 mile distance. The GNT, race #1 on the card, was the Quinte+ event with a jackpot worth 2.1 million euro to a winner holding a ticket with the first five in exact order plus the system generated 4-digit jackpot number. Holders of exact order tickets without the jackpot number still collected 277,332.60 euro.
Also on the well-attended card was the Prix de Conseil General with 17 starters vying for the 28,000 euro purse over 2,675 meters. Open to European registered contestants, the field included those from Italy (3), Sweden (2) and France. The Levesque stable, trained by Mike Lenders, finished 1-2 with their European charges, both owned by Gerrits Recycling Group. Angie Boko (6f Yankee Glide-Simb Capi-Probe) rallied to win for Pierre Vercruysse at 14/1 over 2/1 favorite Niccolo’ Lavec (6m Scarlet Knight-Image Lavec-Viking Kronos) and Thomas Levesque. Angie Boko covered 2,675 meters in 1.15.9km with her stablemate distance handicapped another 25 meters. She was bred by Boko Stables Sweden AB. The entry could be bet as an entry and each horse can be wagered on individually. The entry was off at 1.6/1.
On April 6 Paper Caf (4g Conway Hall-Evoila Caf-Supergill) won the 45,100 euro, 1620 meter Prix Trinacria at Palermo, Italy for driver David DiStefano, scoring in a mile rate time of 1:58.26. The same day Rosamundi won the Kincsem Park feature, the Scot Palmer DIJ, a 1900 meter autostart event for 500,000 HUf. The 5 year-old daughter of Chipmate-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown) defeated Andorra Gold (5f Andover Hall-Olympics-Muscles Yankee) in a time of 1.16.4km. Both mares have been racing well since their recent arrival from Scandinavia.
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Commander Crown Wins Olympia Trial II at Wolvega
April 4, 2013
Veteran 10 year-old gelding Commander Crowe (Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) just scored his first victory on the comeback trail for trainer Fabrice Souloy, winning the Olympia Trial II (Faber Elite Challenge). Matthieu Abrivard got the driving assignment today and directed the Commander on the front gate to wire in this 2,600 meter (1-5/8 mile) event to win by 1-1/4 lengths. The purse was only 6,875 euro, with the winners share to owner Snogarps Gard AB. Commander Crowe is a lifetime winner of over $3.1 million euro.
Vasterbocheckpoint (8h Comet’s Tail) finished second for Peter J. Stropper with Icare de Bois (9h Pine Chip) third for Nico D’Haenens in a less than stellar field. The race was contested off the starting car at Hippodrome Wolvega (Pays Bas) in the Netherlands. Commander Crowe covered the distance in 3:20.8 (mile rate 2:04.21). Next up for Commander Crowe is reportedly April 20 in the Olympiatravet at Aby.
OLYMPIA TR. II – 19H30
Attelé Autostart 2600m – 6.875 €
ArrivéeTemps de la course : 3'20"80 Disqualifiés : 10
|1ère||4||COMMANDER CROWE||MATTHIEU ABRIVARD||3'20"80||1'17"20|
|3ème||8||ICARE DE BOIS||NICO D'HAENENS||3'21"20||1'17"40|
|4ème||5||ONLY YOU DE GINAI||RICK EBBINGE||3'21"20||1'17"40|
|6ème||9||STERRE KESBO||JOHN DE LEEUW||3'22"40||1'17"90|
|7ème||1||QUITO BESNOT||ROBIN BAKKER||3'22"40||1'17”90|
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