Video of Mack Lobell & John Campbell
Sweden's legendary harness racing driver/trainer won today's Ahsell Legends gate to wire with OP's Flirt (5m Flirtin Man-Jobi Nhorse-) 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 .
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-) rallied to be second for with long shot Need For Speed (8g Golden Globe-Super Lit-Speed Merchant) firing home third for . The Legends participants together have recorded over 50,000 victories.
Earlier walked the retired champion 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 -Candy Tilly-) was an upset winner of the Ericssons Memorial (150,000SEK to the winner) today at Solvalla.
teamed the winner from Finland to the 1.13.5kr victory over 2640 meters autostart for trainer . Up Date Hoss (8m Classic Response-Celebration Ride-) was second for with 's Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail) third for .
Heavily favored former Elitloppet winner Nahar, with 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 -Euro Sund-) in 1.11.2kr for .
She recorded victory six in 25 starts and increased her career earnings to 1,411,800SEK, easily defeating Stylish Hanover (5f -Susi's Image-) and with Captivating As (6f -Cascade As-) third for .
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 -Loire-Daguet Rapide), campaigned in North America by , took the upset win for trainer Timo Normos and reinsman . 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 -Britt's Spirit-) and . 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 Harnesslink.com