Fascination takes Mares Trotting Derby
Mosaique Face (4h Classic Photo-Iona LB) led start to finish to secure today’s 2640 meter autostart Gr. I Svenskt Travderby for a purse of 456,000 euro ($602,000US). Lutfi Kolgjini drove and trains the winner for owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings. The winner scored in a record 1.12.4kr to defeat Porthos Amok (4h Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok) with Bjorn Goop driving for Stefan Melander’s Stall TZ. Melander also finished third as trainer/owner with Increased Workload (4h Scarlet Knight-My Darling) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom. Mosaique Face won for the seventh time in 24 lifetime starts, good for earnings of 2,856,000SEK ($432,000US). Video replay can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
The 228,000 euro purse ($301,000 US) Gr. II Mares Derby went to well-regarded Fascination (4m, Super Arnie-Elissa FZ) for Johnny Taker and trainer L.I. Nilsson. The winner was timed in 1.13.7kr as she narrowly defeated Rico Neo (4m Juliano Star-Cristall Cashflow) driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Your Highness (4m Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) was third for Bjorn Goop. Fascination now sports 18 lifetime wins in 28 starts with earnings of 5,679,250SEK ($860,000US). The link below goes to the video replay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
The Jagersro undercard showcased other excellent winning efforts:
- Namale Kronos (6g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC) in 1.12.6kr over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. Hakan B. Johansson was the driver;
- Jitanes (6m Varenne-Jamirage-Super Arnie) in 1.11.2kr over 1640 meters for 100,000SEK first prize for driver/trainer Peter Untersteiner. She defeated Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) with Kolgjini up;
- Blue Rock (8h Viking Kronos-Blue Bahia-Meadow Gallant) in 1.11.8kr for 100,000SEK first money for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. The distance was 2140 meters.
Wolvega (Holland) hosted the first of a five race traveling series for FR trotters in foreign countries. Named the Prix Victoria Park (50,000 euro purse, 2600 meters autostart), the win went to international veteran Quinoa de Gers (9m Ganymede-Tanga du Chalange) for Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains the winner that scored in 1.14.69kr. Roxana de Barbray (8f Speed Clayettois-Iriane des Enclos) was second and veteran million plus euro career winner Perlando (10m Giant Cat-Keraldu) ended a fast finishing third.
by Thomas H. Hicks