Day At The Track

Solvalla Elitloppet undercard action

10:25 AM 02 Jun 2015 NZST
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Torre Crepin in a world record Maharajah
Torre Crepin in a world record "Monte" clocking
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Fans were able to greet and say thanks for great performances to Maharajah, now retired

Excellent complementary harness racing action took place this Elitloppet 2015 day at Solvalla. The Monte Elite (1609 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to the winner) went to Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka-Cezio Josselyn) for Adrien Lamy in the fastest monte clocking (world record) ever, 1.10kr (1:52.63 mile rate), eclipsing Prince de Montfort’s 1:53.2 mile rate on the 2010 Elitloppet day. Another FR performer was second,matching the winners time, that being Valdenburg (6g Jeanbat du Vivier-Niella Clairchamp-Tarass Boulba) for Mathieu Abrivard. Denmark’s Armando Kievitshof (8g Ganymede-Continental Lobell-Spotlite Lobell) was third for Philippe Masschaele. Torre Crepin, a noted speedster for short distances, had not won since 2013, also at Solvalla. The mile course suits this talented trotter that has trouble competing over longer 2200 meter distances and up in home country France. That said this veteran campaigner has earned over five million Swedish krona.

The Tommy Hannes  Trot (Gr. II International, 1609 meters autostart, 500,000SEK to the winner) went to an impressive Al Dente (4m Scarlet Knight-Mollie’s Photo-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Conrad Lugauer. He scored in 1.10.6kr for owner Stall Sting to record his 17th victory in 26 starts. The winners’ 2015 slate is 3-1-0 in five outings. Bjorn Goop piloted very fast closing Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) to a second place finish after an early break. Jerry Riordan trains this one for Lisa Riordan and Sylvester America was bred by the late Lou Guida’s Guida Italia Srl. Third went to M.T. James (4m Quite Easy-Peace Treaty-Muscles Yankee) for Ake Lindblom.

The Hertz-Biireda Haken Wallner Memorial, a classic event  (three year-olds)  on Elitloppet day, had 10 starters going 1609 meters autostart for 300,000SEK to the winner. Sucre (3m Jacose-Sugar No Cream-Starchip Entrprise) took the prize for teamster Christoffer Eriksson and conditioner/owner Tomas Malmqvist. Timed in 1.11.9kr she paid €5.22 to win. Second was Camelot Sisu (3m Even Better Odds-Warrawee Karri-Dream Of Glory) for Erik Adielsson, trainer Petri Salmela and owner/breeder Sisyfos Racing. Jerry Riordan’s Tango Negro (3m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) was third for Bjorn Goop and was blocked on the pegs throughout the stretch.

The equally prestigious Rune Stolts (250,000SEK first money, 1609 meters autostart, four year-old mares, 10 starters) resulted in an easy 1.10.7kr victory for Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato. She was an eight length winner today, her 13th victory in 24 career starts. Demanding Sam (4f Donato Hanover-Whitesand Samantha-Credit Winner) was second for Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Norway’s Nelson Nora (4f Muscles Yankee-Lindys Holiday-Dream Vacation) ended third for reinsman Kihlstrom.

The BRP Sweden AB (1609 meters autostart, 75,000SEK to winner) was won by Red Team Rex (5m Cantab Hall-Calamity Rex-Pine Chip) in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom. Bo Westegard trains the winner that nosed out rival Osceola (6m Conway Hall-Prestige November-General November) handled by Tom Erik Solberg with the Tony Wallin steered Carpenter On Tor ending third.

Three year-old fillies contested the Telge Energi’s (1609 meters autostart, `150,000SEK first money, 10 starters) with Tough Cookie (3f Yankee Glide-Kemp’s Emilie-Enjoy Lavec) the 1.13.7kr winner for driver Jorma Kontio. Timo Nurmos trains the winner and breeder was Menhammer Stuteri AB. Finland’s Artic Helen was second for Pekka Korpi ahead of Arctic Madonna with Mika Forss up, this one also from Finland.

The Solvalla diversified card also included the Kat I Weblink Trot (2610 meters, volt start, 150,000SEK first money) and the 1.13.4kr winner was the Conrad Lugauer trainee For Pleasure As (6m Abano As-Frill AAS, Pine Chip-Doreen As-Diamond Way) for teamster Johnny Takter and owner Mario Huber et.al. As the pedigree might indicate, the breeder was the legendary Olympic star and exceptional standardbred breeder Alwin Schockemohle. Comte du Pommeau (6g Marquis du Pommeau-Heike Iron-Sugarcane Hanover) was next for trainer/driver Peter G. Norman. The late Lars Palm bred this one. Third went to Carelin (5m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh.

Another quick performance on the Solvalla racecourse this day was a 1.10.5kr score by Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) for Adrian Kolgjini in the Sanda FM Trot (1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, 12 starters). Lutfi Kolgjini trains Dante Boko. Remember My Name (8m Rotation-Pinespun-Pine Chip) was second for Sandra Eriksson and trainer Hakan K. Persson. Italy’s Paramount (6m Angus Hall-Image-Coktail Jet) was third for Oskar J. Andersson. Etienne Dubois was the breeder of Paramount, trained by Carl-Otto Goransson.

The card began early morning with the International Drivers Match (1609 meters autostart, €75,000SEK to winner) featuring 12 outstanding current and legendary pilots. Bjorn Goop captured the crown driving his trainee Antonio AM (5g Orlando Vici-Genua-Super Arnie) clocked in 1.13.3kr. Jeppe Juel was second aboard Prince Cobol, with third to Dave Palone teaming Blue Star Celebrity. Eric Raffin, Jimmy Takter and Orjan Kihlstrom were next to the line. The outstanding beaten drivers included Heinz Wewering and Olle Goop and others.

During the early portion of the card fans were able to greet and say thanks for great performances to Maharajah, now retired and in the stallion ranks. Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman paraded their champion. Although never in the Elitloppet, Maharajah won 31 times for 23.5SEK million earned. He captured the 2014 Prix d’Amerique. His shoes will be on display as Solvalla and stud duty occurs at Menhammer Stuteri owned by Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg.

For extreme racing enthusiasts the Sisyfos Speed race (140 meters autostart, €50,000SEK to winner, nine starters) met expectations. There were three elimination heats (horses 1-3 in heat one, 4-6 in heat two and 7-9 in heat three). The two fastest winners then battled in the final. Dragon Tooma (8g Tom Ridge-Falnos Gaiety-Mack Lobell) won it for Jennifer Tillman, nosing out Italy’s  Next To None SIB with Bjorn Goop up.

Let’s not forget the 2015 Jim Fricks Trot for Coldbloods (1609 meters autostart, 300,000SEK first prize) that was quite a victory for the Tor Wolleback driven Lannem Silje (5f Asajerven-Lannem Sjure-Elding) as she recorded a fast 1.18.8kr win (2:06.79 mile rate). He career slate is now 35-1-1 in 37 starts and in 2015 she is 7-0-1 in eight outings. Manprinsen A.M. was second for Gunnar Melander (this one has 37 wins in 61 career starts) with third to Tekno Odin (now 44 wins in 57 starts). Quite a race by a talented group of superstar coldbloods, bringing back memories of Jarvsofaks (1.17.9kr was his world record clocking).

Quite a card on the special 2015 Elitloppet Day at Solvalla. Special indeed it was!!!

Thomas H. Hicks

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