VICTORY TILLY RETURNING TO NORTH AMERICA

11:18 PM 03 Mar 2003 NZDT
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The world’s fastest trotter at a mile, Victory Tilly of Sweden, is likely to race in North America this year.

Victory Tilly set a world record of 1.50.4 when winning the Nat Ray Trot Final at the Meadowlands.

Trainer Stig H. Johansson has confirmed he is considering another North American campaign with the trotting superstar.

“Victory Tilly has wintered very well and I plan to start him beginning in April,” Johansson said.

“His first big race of the season will be the Gran Premio delle Lotteria in Naples, Italy and later same the same month, the Elitlopp in Stockholm.

“In July we will ship him to the States and enter him in the Nat Ray Trot. He is entered, too, in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine in late August.”

In other European news:

Not since winning the Trot Mondial in Montreal last September has the French “Queen of trotting,” Fan Idole been first past the finish post.

But on Sunday afternoon she managed to win, comfortably, at the French provincial track in Agen.

Fan Idole trailed her competitors by 60 yards, but that turned out not to be a problem.

The competition, though, will be much tougher this coming Sunday as the big mare is entered in the second leg of the European Grand Circuit, the Gran Premio de la Vitesse, at Cagnes Sur Mer in southern France.

The 2001 Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight will be a part time stallion this spring.

After returning from France he was test bred last week and things turned out very well.

“His semen was very good and he delivered enough for 11 mares,” owner and trainer Stefan Melander told the Swedish media afterwards.

Scarlet Knight will cover some carefully selected mares at a price of 75,000 Swedish kronor -- or about $7500.

The horses will stay in training and Melander plans to return the son of Pine Chip to the races in April.

Courtesy Of Karsten Bonsdorf, United States Trotting Association

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