Univers de Pan grinds out win in Finlandia AJO

03:50 AM 11 May 2014 NZST
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Univers de Pan with trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard win the Finlandia AJO
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Testa Rossa Pat in prior win
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Univer de Pan

Univers de Pan (FR), with harness racing trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard aboard, took the first over path to win today’s prestigious Gr. I Finlandia AJO at Helsinki.

The 1609 meter autostart test rewarded €110,000 to the winner, he the 1.75/1 favorite on the Fintoto network.  Univers de Pan was timed in 1.10.7kr, second fastest in the rich history of the classic.

Oasis Bi was second for Claes Svensson at 14.2/1 with Prussia third for Pietro Gubellini at 6.87/1 (she raced first over initially before being covered by the winner that raced in the death seat), this pair noses apart for second on the line and a length off Univers de Pan.

Sweden’s Sanity ended fourth for Johnny Taker. The defending 2013 winner Nesta Effe finished sixth. Recently imported Blue Porsche was never a factor and broke in the stretch as did local favorite Air Gunner.

Univers de Pan, pictured below, is a handsome, superbly gaited six year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de al Vaudere that is owned by Olivier Horvath. Today’s victory was his 18th in a career that now has produced lifetime earnings of €1,197,530.

Sij.

Hevonen

Ohjastaja

Matka:Rata

Aika

Palkinto

Kerroin

1

6

 

Univers de Pan* (FR)

Philippe Daugeard

1609:6

10,7a

110000 €

2,75

2

2

 

Oasis Bi* (IT)

Claes Svensson

1609:2

10,8a

45000 €

15,22

3

8

 

Prussia* (IT)

Pietro Gubellini

1609:8

10,8a

20000 €

7,87

4

4

 

Sanity* (SE)

Johnny Takter

1609:4

10,9a

10000 €

3,73

5

1

 

Juliano Rags* (NO)

Noralf Braekken

1609:1

11,0a

5000 €

28,67

6

3

 

Nesta Effe* (IT)

Roberto Vecchione

1609:3

11,2a

 

9,12

7

9

 

Paladin Bleu* (FR)

Joseph Verbeeck

1609:9

11,3a

 

91,98

8

5

 

Quite An Avenger

Markku Nieminen

1609:5

11,7a

 

72,17

hpl

7

 

Blue Porsche (US)

Iikka Nurmonen

1609:7

-a

 

40,95

hpl

10

 

Air Gunner

Kari Rosimo

1609:10

-a

 

17,38

Click Helsinki race 10 for replay. http://tototv.icareus.com/web/guest/archive

Prior ten winner of the Finlandia AJO are listed below

Year

Horse

Driver

Trainer

Winning horse's native country

Winning time

2013

Nesta Effe

Roberto Vecchione

Holger Ehlert

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/03/Flag_of_Italy.svg/23px-Flag_of_Italy.svg.png Italy

1:10.9

2012

Sebastian K

Björn Goop

Björn Goop

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden

1:11.1

2011

Commander Crowe

Jean-Michel Bazire

Fabrice Souloy

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden

1:13.7

2010

Quarcio du Chene

Björn Goop

Björn Goop

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg/23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France

1:10.6

2009

Igor Font

Jean-Michel Bazire

Fabrice Souloy

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg/23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France

1:11.8

2008

Oiseau de Feux

Jean-Michel Bazire

Fabrice Souloy

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg/23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France

1:11.3

2007

Opal Viking

Jorma Kontio

Nils Enqvist

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden

1:10.8

2006

Hot Shot Knick

Thomas Uhrberg

Kari Lähdekorpi

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/4c/Flag_of_Sweden.svg/23px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Sweden

1:11.5

2005

Kart de Baudrairie

Jean-Michel Bazire

Franck Leblanc

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c3/Flag_of_France.svg/23px-Flag_of_France.svg.png France

1:12.2

2004

Rotation

Stig H. Johansson

Stig H. Johansson

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a4/Flag_of_the_United_States.svg/23px-Flag_of_the_United_States.svg.png United States

1:12.5

The undercard featured several fine events as well. The Glenn Kosmos Memorial for four year-olds, contested over 1609 meters autostart for €21,500 purse, went to Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) in 1.10.8 (1:53.9) for reinsman Pietro Gubellini.

The Patrick Chevrier trainee was bred in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Alizia du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalinda jet) was second for Johnny Takter and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett) was third for Pekka Korpi.

Other winners on the card were Le Cupole (7m Gentle Star-Molly Hebre) for teamster Hanni Torvinen in the 3100 meter John Deere Gator. The winner was timed in 1.15.1kr for the score for a purse of €22,000.

The three year-olds battled in the Jurodia Butzow Pris for €21,500 over 2100 meters autostart. Thomas Korvenoja reined the winning Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover) in their 1.13.9kr score. The card started with the Prix Finlandia Monte (€6,000, 2100 meters) going to Testa Rossa Pat (7f Offshore Dream-Namorosa-Corot) ) with Philippe Masschaele up in 1.14kr.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

 

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