Day At The Track

Stunning record in Hugo Abergs Memorial

12:09 AM 27 Jul 2017 NZST
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Propulsion and connections
Propulsion and connections
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July 25, 2017 - Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) to a quick decisive victory in tonight’s Hugo Abergs Memorial (1SEK million to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) clocked in 1.08.1kr (mile rate 1:49.57).

Propulsion, trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet, left from post one and found a position second over as Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) set a fast pace for Christoffer Eriksson after causing a recall and being fired up. He traveled the initial 500 meters in 1.06.7kr. This Jerry Riordan trainee held gamely for third as stablemate Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) emerged from the peg pocket to close rapidly for second driven by Wim Paal.

Propulsion successfully defended his Abergs victory a year ago and set a new mile autostart record in Sweden as he was the favorite off at 1.8/1. Shadow Gar and Carabinieri finished fourth and fifth.

Propulsion

The undercard was a good one this day in the rain, over a sloppy track and with 10,673 folks in attendance. The Premio Going Kronos (550,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 2.8/1 Executive Caviar (3m SJs Caviar-Le Belle Lady-Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. This 1.12.1kr timed winner bested Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) reined by Johnny Takter.

The Malmo Mares Prize (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart, 13 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 20 meter handicapped Rapide du Pommereau (9m General du Pommerau-My Heaven-Viking Kronos) handled by trainer Thomas Uhrberg at 60/1 odds. Heartbreaker VS (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive-Nevele Pride) and El Mago Pellini (8m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) were second and third.

The Jagersro Center Mares (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 2.1/1 Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJs Photo) timed in 1.11.3kr, defeating Speedy Foxy Vicane and Indoor Voices.

Four year-olds contested the Prix Cagnes sur Mer (200,000SEL to winner, 1609 meters autostart) and the 4.3/1 odds, 1.10.7kr timed, winner was Unicorno SLM (4m Love You-CL Brighness-King Conch) for trainer/driver Wim Paal and Italian owner Ceccaroni Graziano. Two year-olds contested the Tvaaringspremiaren 2017 (80,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, seven starters) with that victory earned by Smokin Joe (2m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The Donato Hanover colt Andre Agassi was second.

Another 80,000SEK first prize contest on the program went to 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melodynot-Coktail Jet) for driver Jorgen Sjunnesson.

Thomas H. Hicks

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