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Stig Johansson wins Legends race in Sweden

08:23 AM 21 Aug 2014 NZST
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Stig Johansson, harness racing John Campbell and Mack Lobell, harness racing
Stig Johansson won the Legends Challenge in Sweden
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John Campbell paraded Mack Lobell before the crowd in Sweden
Mack Lobell & John Campbell

Video of Mack Lobell & John Campbell

Sweden's legendary harness racing driver/trainer Stig H. Johansson won today's Ahsell Legends gate to wire with OP's Flirt (5m Flirtin Man-Jobi Nhorse-Express Ride) in 1.13.9kr over 2140 meters autostart.

The winner earned 100,000SEK for this victory at Solvalla. Johansson was quickly away and established a reasonable pace with Perfect Power in the pocket for USA reinsman John Campbell.

Gitano nd Costatantisoldi made efforts to press the leader but could not get into threatening position while Johansson rated his charge effectively to keep Perfect Power boxed to the wire.

In a late charge Checco Boko (5g Express It-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell) rallied to be second for Helen A. Johansson with long shot Need For Speed (8g Golden Globe-Super Lit-Speed Merchant) firing home third for Thomas Nilsson. The Legends participants together have recorded over 50,000 victories.

Earlier Joh Campbell walked the retired champion Mack Lobell in front of the packed grandstand and to the winner's circle. Mack looked superb despite advanced age and responded to the audience while eating carrots as Campbell conducted an interview. "What a horse..what a driver!"

Seabiscuit (7g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover) was an upset winner of the Ericssons Memorial (150,000SEK to the winner) today at Solvalla. 

Jorma Kontio teamed the winner from Finland to the 1.13.5kr victory over 2640 meters autostart for trainer Timo Nurmos. Up Date Hoss (8m Classic Response-Celebration Ride-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson with Stefan Melander's Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail) third for Orjan Kihlstrom.

Heavily favored former Elitloppet winner Nahar, with Robert Bergh up, made a three wide move to gain the lead from Digital Ink and quickly opened a four length lead but with over a lap to go he slowed noticeably, became rough-gaited and then went offstride. The winner Seabiscuit recorded his 12th win in only 22 career starts, now for 1,928,150SEK.

The Queen L for 100,000SWK to the winner (12 starters going 1640 meters autostart), went to Youana (5f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) in 1.11.2kr for Erik Adielsson.

She recorded victory six in 25 starts and increased her career earnings to 1,411,800SEK, easily defeating Stylish Hanover (5f Yankee Glide-Susi's Image-Balanced Image) and Johnny Takter with Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) third for Orjan Kihlstrom.

Today, Sweden's betting company ATG celebrated its 40th birthday and the start of the popular V-75 wager. The ATG 40th Birthday was contested by nine over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to the winner.

Recent import from the US, Hamdalla (4m Taurus Dream-Loire-Daguet Rapide), campaigned in North America by Riina Rekila, took the upset win for trainer Timo Normos and reinsman Jorma Kontio. Timed in 1.12.7kr Hamdalla raced outside with cover and then made a three wide charge late around the last turn to score in 1.12.7kr in a close finish over Charrua Forlan (4g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) with Hans-Owe Sundberg and Dewey Luvs Britt (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Britt's Spirit-Malabar Man) and Jim Oscarsson. Hamdalla won today in his initial European start and recorded his 10th win in 31 career starts. He's now owned by Stall Tre Ess.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for


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