Six eliminations were conducted tonight at Jagersro for tickets to the Derby Final on September 1st, when the 12 best will battle for 2 million SEK. The top two finishers from today’s battles advance to the final. Post positions were drawn/selected after the action. The chart below summarizes the elimination results and shows post positions for each contestant in the final. Lutfi Kolgjini qualified three and Orjan Kihlstrom two as drivers. The more impressive victors were Quid Pro Quo, El Mago Pellini, Viking America, Porthos Amok and Increased Workload, in our opinion.
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Sweden's Trotting Derby Eliminations for mares
Like their male counterparts, the mares battled Monday for entry to the September 1st Trotting Derby for four year-old Swedish mares. Four eliminations took place with the top three finishers in each earning a place in the final worth 1 million SEK to the winner. Robert Bergh (trainer driver of 2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar and Adrian Chip) won two today and Ake Svanstedt drove three to the final. The mares contested their eliminations over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK first money to each winner. Impressive winners included the fastest elimination victor Kiss Me Kemp along with highly regarded Fascination (she won last year’s Oaks at Solvalla in September) and Hankypanky Pagan.
Bailey Sweet Grim, a daughter of Quite Easy, will be worth a watch in the final as she closed strongly to get within a neck of Fascination on the line. She defeated a fine group of mares on May 25th at Solvalla in 1.12.5kr over 2140 meters.
From a sire’s perspective only Quite Easy (9m Andover Hall-Marita’s Victory-Valley Victory) sired two entrants to the mares final. He was a 2005 Harrisburg yearling at the $125,000 price tag.
Post positions are shown below with entrants and their trainers.
Derbystoet – first prize 1 million SEK 2.140 meter autostart
1. Hankypanky Pagan – Robert Bergh
2. Your Highness – Ulf Stenströmer
3. Kiss Me Kemp – Robert Bergh
4. Fascination – Lars I Nilsson
5. M.T.Harmony – Peter Untersteiner
6. Rica Neo – Åke Svanstedt
7. Alchemilla Rich – Åke Svanstedt
8. Technology – Stefan Melander
9. Baily Sweet Grim – Åke Svanstedt
10. Fashion Diva – Stefan Erlandsson
11. Caviar's Goldcard – Björn Röcklinger
12. Monas Invercote – Hans Östberg
by Thomas H. Hicks