Solvato and reinsman/trainertook today's Olympiatravet trial #3, the V75-3 Gold event on the Eskilstuna card in Sweden.
The import from the USA scored in 1.11.3kr over 2140 meters autostart to defeat nine rivals and earn 150,000SEK. It was the seventh lifetime win in 33 starts for the five year-old son of. Other USA imports Kash's Cantab and Formula One ended second and third.
April 12, 2014 Eskilstuna, Olympiatravet test 3 (final April 26), 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.11.3kr
1st Solvato (5m-Solveig- ), trainer/driver for owner Denco HB, USA. His first 2014 victory in four starts.
2nd Kash's Cantab,, USA
3rd Formula One, Orjan Kilhstrom, USA (recovered from early break)
4th Kaffir Face. Lutfi Kolgjini
Solvato's victory set up the Olympiatravet field. Two horses qualified and one wildcard was handed out.
"I'm very happy to be a part of Olympiatravet, especially at Aby as it by our home race track," said trainer/driver.
The gold division and the Olympiatravet qualification race was the main event of Saturday's V75. The race included the biggest favorite of the day, Formula One, but he went off stride just in the beginning of the race. Instead we saw a fantastic performance by USA-born Solvato.
He got to the lead 600 meters into the race and was unstoppable with a clar victory. Trainer Heiskanen said about the race: "This time I drove him with high speed directly from the start. He felt great and when he crossed the finishing line he could have had the same speed for a couple of hundred meters more. I hope he can perform like this many years to come."
Behind Solvato, the Stig H Johansson trained and Bjorn Goop driven Kash's Cantab grabbed second and was invited to the Olympiatravet.
Jon Walter Pedersen, sports director of Ãby and in charge of Olympiatravet, was at Eskilstuna and was pleased with the result. He gave away one more wildcard to Olympiatravet, saying "We have sent an invite to Brad de Veluwe and has returned with a yes answer! We have one more wildcard to hand out and we're hoping to bring in a French horse."
The line-up for Olympiatravet to-date is:
Sanity and Harry Haythrow (from qualification race 1)
Noras Bean and Mr Picolit (from qualification race 2)
Solvato and Kash's Cantab (from qualification race 3)
Yarrah Boko and Brad de Veluwe (wildcards)
Olympiatravet final take place at Ãby on April 26.
On the same Saturday card the six year-oldson K.L.M. Buymethemoon won the Bronze Division in 1.12.1kr over 1640 meters autostart. was the pilot as they defeated the USA import Sandra Volo and Photoshop.
April 12, 2014 Eskilstuna, Bronze Div. 110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.1kr
1st K.L.M. Buymethemoon (6m-K.L.M. See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover), up, 5/1, Norway, second win in three 2014 starts and now eight for 40 lifetime
2nd Sandra Volo (5f-Sandra Victory- ), Johan Untersteiner for trainer Roger Walman, 2.3/1, imported from USA in 2012
3rd Photoshop, Jennifer Tillman up, 5.7/1
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink