After nearly one year, the 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner 2010, Wishing Stone, returned to the winner's circle on Sunday afternoon at the Charlottenlund racetrack in Copenhagen in the Broline Copenhagen Cup, a stop on the European Grand Circuit.
After a trip in which he was covered until the stretch, top Danish driver Jeppe Juel found racing room and the little trotter with the big heart exploded and won by one length, followed by Classic Grand Cru, driven by Johnny Takter, while Quario du Chene, driven by Bjorn Goop, finished third.
Wishing Stone, who is owned by Cowboyland, Aalborg and prominent U.S.-based owners TLP Stable, Deo Volente Farm and Jerry Silva, recently joined the stables of Bo Westergaard in Denmark from Ake Svanstedt, in Sweden, and this was the first start for his new trainer.
It was the first win for Wishing Stone since July 7, 2011, when he won an elimination for the Swedish Hambletonian -- the Sprintermästaren -- at Halmstad.
Wishing Stone was a 17-1 outsider and he won the 1-¼ mile event in 1:54.3f (mile rate). The purse for the winner was $125,000.
The top French trotter, Rapide Lebel, with Eric Raffin driving, was the hot favorite, but because he went off-stride several times during the race he was disqualified and placed last -- he was originally third past the finishing post.
Copenhagen Cup 2012 -Wishing Stone
by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA Web Newsroom correspondent