Orjan Kihlstrom drove the Stefan Melander owned and trained Digital Ink (4g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filo du Boscail) to a two-length score over fast closing Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) in the Aby St. Leger marathon 3140 meters autostart feature Thursday at Aby Racecourse.
The favored winner led most of the way to win in 1.14.4kr. Digital Ink now has eight wins in 11 starts this year for seasonal earnings of 1,271,000SEK. He’s now 12 for 23 lifetime. Paolo America was remarkably second after being interfered with numerous times behind breakers. This Jerry Riordan trained, Guida Italia Srl owned, Kenneth Haugstad driven son of Love You has a 2013 slate of 3-4-3 in 15 starts.
The Aby card also produced wins by Priscilla Spin (4f Brad’s Photo-Dorilla Spin-Diamond Way) in 1.12.kr over 1640 meters autostart for Italian trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro as she nosed out Keeping Julia (6f Juliano Star-Keeping Goodtime-Dancer’s Victory) to earn 45,000SEK.
The winner picked up her 11th win in 18 seasonal starts and her third straight. Manalapan (5m Kadabra-Garbo Tilly-Vip Tilly) took the XL Byggs race over 2140 meters autostart to earn 45,000SEK. He scored in 1.13.3kr for Peter Ingves defeating Tidied Accelerator (6g Yankee Glide-Cookout-Bonefish) for Kihlstrom/Melander.
The two year-old filly Sevrine (2f Angus Hall-Geiorgia di Jesolo-Pine Chip) also won on the card in 1.18.6kr for her first victory in her second lifetime start. Erwin Bot is trainer/driver.
Charley Mills was one of the most legendary harness horsemen in Europe during a long career that lasted from the 1900s to the early 1960s.He gained 4,354 victories as a driver, trainer or breeder and had great influence on the development of German harness racing before World War II.
Two of his most famous horses were the American bred Walter Dear and French Gelinotte. Mills was one of the six sons of an Irish horse trainer Anthony Mills. His father came to Germany working as a trainer at the newly opened Bahrenfeld race track in Hamburg and Charlie soon started to drive himself, winning his first race in 1903 at Berlin.In 1931 he started a stud farm named Gestüt Lindenhof in Templin, Brandenburg. After the war Mills moved to France in 1947 and had a farm at Senlis, north of Paris.Mills spent his last years in Switzerland where he died at the age of 83 and is best remembered for winning the Prix d’Amerique, Gran Premio Lotteria, Elitloppet, Aby Stora Pris, Copenhagen Cup and the Deutsches Traber-Derby.
Favorites Friday in the Quinte+ event are Global Manhattan (6m Love You-Devilish Yankee), a 326,000 euro winner handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The 329,000 euro winner, and half-brother to Prix d’Amerique multiple winner Offshore Dream, Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade) puts a four race winning streak on the line for trainer Christian Bigeon. Damien Bonne will be at the lines of this one. Hugo Langeweg Jr. will also be a probable factor with Global Money (6g Love You-Norwegian Beauty), a 247,000 euro career winner.
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com