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Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou), the 1/5 favorite in wagering after scratches of Trebol and Vincennes in a final six horse field, gamely held on after a death seat journey from the start to win the Gr.I Invitational UET Masters Series International Prix Saint Michel (purse €122,000, 1609 meters autostart) at Mikkeli, Finland. Driver Orjan Kihlstrom and Un Mec d’Heripre sat outside the rapid pacesetting Express Duo before taking the lead entering the lane. He then faced a three wide charge from 3.8/1 Univers de Pan (8m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere) with trainer Philippe Daugeard teaming for owner Olivier Horvath, that just missed on the line. The 28.2/1 Surprise Lord (10m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer) rallied on the pegs to be third driven by Mika Forss for owner trainer Reima Kuisla. Un Mec d’Heripre now has a 23-4-6 slate in 46 career starts for earnings of €1,460,012. He was clocked in a sharp 1.09.51kr (mile rate 1:51.84) with Univers de Pan timed in 1.09.52 (he now with 20 wins in 75 starts) and Surprise Lord home in 1.09.70kr (he with 31 victories in 92 starts). Royal Fighter, Twigs Voici and Express Deo completed the finish in order four through six. The race record still stands at 1.09.3kr set by Varenne in 2002 followed by 1.09.4kr by Rapide Lebel in 2011. The mare Premiere Steed won the event in 2009 timed in 1.09.6kr, she dam of Unica Steed, last nights’ dead-heat winner of a Delvin Miller division at the new Meadowlands USA. Today’s Amiens France featured Prix Vismie (purse €35,000, 2900 meters, 16 European starters) went to the 1.14.6kr timed and 2.1/1 odds Regio (6m Varenne-Leopardia) with Robin Bakker driving. Paul Hagoort trains this Ecurie Victoria Park (Holland) owned performer. 2.6/1 Ugo du Fosse was second and Uroy at 8.7/1 was third, the latter trained by Bjorn Goop for Sweden’s Ecurie Lucky Strike HB. Unisalane takes Q+ at Cabourg Daniel Armellini piloted his owned/trained 13.6/1 Unisalane (8f Jet Fortuna-Lea Picoulerie) to victory in Friday’s Quinte+ Prix Paul Viel (purse €38,000, 2850 meters, 16 starters), timed in 1.14.3kr. The 1.1/1 favorite Vagabond d’Echal (7g Quadrophenio-Malice de Piercla) was a soundly defeated second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire with 13.8/1 Uno Leon (7g Ipsun de Mormal-Perspective du Tay) third for J-Ph Monclin. On the Cabourg card Mathieu Mottier won three, two to sulky and one monte, all trained by Denise Mottier and two owned by her. He won with 1.8/1 Beauty Princess (5f Ludo de Castelle-Princess Foot) timed in 1.14.5kr in a €34,000 purse contest; 7/10 favorite Diego du Guelier (3m Kepler-Ophelie la Garenne) clocked in 1.16.7kr in a €35,000 event; and 20.3/1 Olmo del Sauro (8m Faliero As-Novalady) in a €44,000 purse monte race. The latter is owned by Ecurie Fabio. by Thomas H Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The Gr. I International Sprintermaster Final (928,830SEK to winner ($109,000 US), 1609 meters autostart) at Halmstad, Sweden, went to 2.15/1 second favorite Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) clocked in 1.09.3kr and piloted by Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains the US import that was campaigned by Jimmy Takter. Uncle Lasse now has a 12-9-5 slate in 36 career starts, with earnings of 8,543,357SEK. Second in the Halmstad final was 8.3/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) and driver Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This pair defeated Uncle Lasse in their elimination, timed in 1.10.6kr. The 2.6/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldide-Credit Winner) took third in the final for Bjorn Goop and trainer Melander, French Laundry was unplaced for Johnny Takter as was 1.6/1 wagering choice Southwind Mozart. The eliminations (first) went to 6.9/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) for the Eriksson/Lugauer team timed in 1.10.6kr. The 0.53/1 Uncle Lasse was second for Kihlstrom/Melander and 1.73/1 Telecommando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-Sj’s Photo) for Bjorn Goop/Wim Paal. The elims were raced over 1609 meters for 125,000SEK first money. The second elim went to 1.77/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Mass-Alldide-Credit Winner) timed in 1.11kr for Goop/LMelander. 0.38/1 favorite Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, ahead of 14.83/1 Nappa Scar (4m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover), the third place finisher for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. Elim three was won by the quick 1.09.5kr clocked Southwind Mozart (4m Muscle Hill-Missymae Bluestone-Mack Lobell) off at 0.56/1 for trainer/driver Veljo Heisanen. 7.97/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Third was 15.76/1 Flash Haleryd (4m Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. On the undercard was the Travronden for 75,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart event with ten starters and trainer/drivers. 9.33/1 The Way I Am (5g Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) scored in 1.13.3kr with Petri Salmela driving. The 8.6/1 Sylvester America (5m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was a close second driven by trainer Jerry Riordan for Riordan Stables HB. Third was 4.08/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) for trainer/driver Reijo Liljendahl. Saturday’s V75 Halmstad program was an excellent one led by the StoSprinern Final for four year-old mares. The impressive 1.11.1kr timed winner was Italy’s Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) with Christoffer Eriksson aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and North American owners David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. The winner earned 557,298SEK in this 1609 meter autostart contest and now has a 6-3-2 slate in 1 starts. She was off at 1.18/1 odds and won her second straight. Bacio (4f Muscle Hill-Lily Kronos-Varenne) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander, Third was Faye Bros (4f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Timo Nurmos. The card also included the V75 Gold over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEWK first prize. Veteran Harry Haythrow (10g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) scored at 17.2/1 timed in 1.12.2kr. Another aging star, Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflicken-Prince Mystic), took second for Orjan Kihlstom and third went to Solvato (7m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) with Stefan Soderkvist the pilot. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money went to well-bred US registered King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) at 10.6/1 odds. He started from post 12 and was timed in 1.10.9kr to defeat post one Trust Launcher (8g Gallant Baron-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust) with Peter Untersteiner driving in this 12 horse field. Third was the Erik Adielsson teamed Emmett Brown (5m Muscle Hill-Traci Spur-SJ’s Photo). Divisionist was fifth in this group. The Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner in the 2640 meter voltstart contest went to Bravo Navarone (5m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for Erik Adielsson clocked in 1.14.3kr as the even-money favorite. The Halmstad card also showed other interesting winners. A Klass II event for 100,000SEK over 2140 meters autostart went to 1,3/1 Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) won the 100,000SEK first prize Breeders Course timed in 1.14.2kr at 2.2/1 over 2640 meters distance handicap, overcoming a 20 meter penalty. The Summer Mares for 100,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart sprint went to Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) at 1.15/1 for trainer/driver Thomas Uhrberg. This top mare scored her third straight victory and now has 18 wins in 66 career starts. She was timed in 1.10.7kr. Three year-olds battled in the 75,000SEK first money Euro Classic Next Year with victory to 1.96/1 Ultra Bright (3f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. High Beam Hanover and Gwenda di Quattro were next across the line, both by Cantab Hall. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s €100,000 purse Gr. II Prix les Fromagers de Thierache CCTC at La Capelle was conducted over 1609 meters autostart with ten harness racing starters. The 4/5 favorite Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-Le Belle Lady) took victory timed in 1.10.8kr (mile rate1:53.91) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Fabrice Souloy trains the excellent mare owned by PV Racing Stable HB of Sweden. 82/1 Booster Winner (5m Love You-Quille Viretaute) rallied for second, driven by Bernard Piton for Ecurie Winner and trainer Sebastian Guarato. 19/1 Guarato trainee Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort) was a solid third for driver P-Y Verva and breeder/owner Philippe Dauphin. 68/1 Black d’Avril and 28/1 Solea Rivelliere were next to the line. Second choice Robert Bi was a breaking dq. Thomas H. Hicks

Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Policy Of Truth (3g Explosive Matter-Champagne-Supergill) to victory in today’s Gr. II E3 Final for colts at Eskilstuna, Sweden over the 2140 meter autostart course for 1SEK million ($118,549 US) to the winner. The Reijo Liljendahl trainee scored in 1.13.6kr for his fifth victory in six 2016, also his lifetime achievement. Off at 4.3/1 the winner bested 14/1 M.T. Le Baron (3g Quite Easy-Rydeus Denise-Dahir de Prelong) with Bjorn Goop aboard and even-money favorite Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was third for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Salmela Petri. This one was six for six in ’16 and 12 for 14 lifetime entering this contest. The other major event on the program was the Gr. I International E3 Final for fillies over 2140 meters autostart for 1SEK million first money, and that winner was 23/1 Uncertain Age (3f Jacose-Missis-Varenne) for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist, timed in 1.13.5kr. The Eskilstuna undercard also included the 250,000SEK first money Stayerlopp over 3140 meters distance handicap. The 3.9/1 Amaru Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Amaru Boko traveled a handicapped 3200 meters to record his third straight win. In the Klass II test for 200,000SEK first money o ver 2140 meters autostart, 1.4/1 Ceasar Sisu (4g Cantab Hall=Chynatown-Muscles Yankee) recorded his second straight win timed in 1.12.6kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos. Other winners on the program were Slide So Easy (7g Quite Easy-Elegate Frokjar-Smokin Yankee) for Flemming Jensen in the 200,000SEK Bronze Final, timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart; 10/1 Othello Face (5g Kiss Francis-Lady Katherine-American Winner) for Jurgen Sjunnesson in the 200,000SEK Klass I Final timed in 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart; 3.3/1 Ready For More (6g Ready Cash-B;Glorious-Smok’n Lantern) in 1.12.8kr for Ulf Ohlsson in the 220,000SEK Silver Final (he is now 12 for 21 lifetime); and 3.7/1 Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) timed in 1.13.2kr for Henrik Svensson in a 2140 meter autostart contest. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) held gamely for Orjan Kihlstrom, harness racing trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet to win the Gr. I UET Masters Series Norbottens Stora Prix at Boden. The 2140 meter autostart test drew ten starters for the €190,629 purse. The winner was US-bred by F.V. Caldwell of Lexington and Bluestone Farm.  Propulsion left from post ten and followed in the outer while Ed You, Nimbus CD, Global Money and Rocky Winner were near the front early. At the halfway point Kihlstrom made a strong three-deep rush and made the front with ease. Down the backside the last time Johnny Takter took a three-wide challenge to Propulsion with veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and got alongside quickly as then the challengers fanned out in the lane. Propulsion held gamely for the 1.11.7kr score ahead of fast closing Sauveur (6m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) and Ake Lindblom with 9.8/1 On Track Piraten a tough third. Numbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Jiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) and Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune), both at 6.2/1, finished fourth and fifth. Veteran Nahar went off-stride early. Propulsion now has a career slate of 15-2-4 in 30 starts for earnings of 3,404,296SEK. Earlier on the card the US-bred Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took the V75 Silver Division for 125,000SEK to the winner. Off at 8.7/1 the winner was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Second was 3.1/1 Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) with driver Erik Adielsson up for Timo Nurmos. Third went to 28/1 Liberty Face (8g Viking Kronos-Armbro Deity-Self Possessed) with trainer Per Linderoth up. Thomas H. Hicks

A top field is set for the June 12 edition of the harness racing Gr. I International Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke. Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) was the last add to the group and post positions were drawn with Nuncio (Orjan Kihlstrom) to start from post nine and Un Mec d’Heripre from the three spot with Franck Nivard to drive. The race distance is 2100 meters autostart with the purse expected to be 2,870,000kr (approx €300,000). The race record of 1.11.3kr was set last year by BBS Sugarlight and driver Peter Untersteiner, that eclipsed the previous 1.11.5kr mark held jointly by L’Amiral Mauzon, Arch Madness and Commander Crowe. The 2013-14 OGP editions were won by Sebastian K and Univers de Pan. STARTLISTEN VG OSLO GRAND PRIX 2016 1. Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini 2. Support Justice - Geir Vegard Gundersen 3. Un Mec d'Heripre - Franck Nivard 4. Your Higness - Bjørn Goop 5. Papagayo E. - Ulf Ohlsson 6. B.B.S. Sugarlight - Peter Untersteiner 7. Lionel - Gøran Antonsen 8. Victory Bonsai - Mika Forss 9. Nuncio - Ørjan Kihlstrøm 10. Volstead - Jorma Kontio Thomas H. Hicks

Watch final heat at https://youtu.be/nsVzLdYrA1o Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) prevailed gamely after a parked out journey for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner/trainer Stefan Melander to capture the Gr. I International 2016 Benders Elitloppet (3SEK million to the final winner (€323,100), 1609 meters autostart) narrowly holding off Resolve (5m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) by half-length, that one driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt for owner Hans Enggren. Pacesetter Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) was a gutsy third, a length back, for Jos Verbeeck and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Elim winner Timoko rallied from between horses to be fourth for Bjorn Goop but he never threatened the top three. Propulson ended fifth and Oasis Bi sixth. Royal Fighter left quickly from post six, reached the pocket, and could not close, ending seventh with Billie de Montfort at the end. Nuncio was the wagering favorite, off at 0.5/1 on the ATG system and 2.1/1 on Fintoto. Resolve was 1.96/1 on ATG and 4.56/1 on Fintoto. Fractions again were quick early and late (1.07.6kr at 500 meters, 1.09.6kr at the 1000) with the finish timed in 1.09.2kr (mile rate 1:51.34). All starters were timed in 1.09.9kr or better. Nuncio completes the fabulous day with a career slate of 31-13-2 in 46 starts, good for 21,597,726SEK earned. Pinkman wins for Takter/Gingras Pinkman (4g Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall) with Yannick Gingras up for trainer Jimmy Takter reached the front before the first quarter, rated the pace albeit parking out Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra), and put that one away at top stretch to win the Gr. II Tommy Hannes for four year-olds (500,000SELK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters).   Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) rallied for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander to fall short by a head. The race was timed in 1.09.9kr (1:52.47 mile rate). Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco) rallied to be third for Jorma Kontio and trainer Melander. Fractions were quick early and late with Pinkman getting some soft time mid-race (1.07.8kr at 500 meters, 1.10kr at the 1000 mark).   Pinkman was off as even-money favorite with Uncle Lasse at 2.3/1 and Divisionist at 14/1. Pinkman now has a career slate of 18-5-2 in 28 starts for earnings of 21,382,178SEK.   A race earlier the Gudrans Lopp (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13.4kr timed New Muscle As (4g Muscle Mass-New Circle As-Malabar Man) for Bjorn Goop and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. The roan colt Antonio Tabac (4m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) pulled pegs pocket late to be second beaten half-length with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson.   Timoko takes first elimination division   Timoko (9m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant)  took the first elim of the 2016 Benders Elitloppet gate to wire for Bjorn Goop and trainer Richard Westerink, his third straight victory and 30th lifetime in 85 starts for earnings of 37,756,090SEK.   Away from post four Timoko quickly took the front and held off parked out Volstead until top of stretch when Resolve (5m Muscle Hill-Anikawiesahalee-Credit Winner) rallied three wide from fifth for Ake Svanstedt with Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) following that one. Both closed stoutly with Resolve a half-length from the leader at the wire and Propulsion another half-length behind. Oasis Bi enjoyed a pocket position and did not threaten,   Fractions were sharp (1.07.8kr at the first 500 meters, 1.09.2kr at the 1000) and finished at 1.09.1kr for the 1609 meter one-mile test with 250,000SEK to the winner, Oasis Bi and Volstead rounded out the top five and Your Highness was scratched. The winner was off at 1.9/1 on Fintoto and 4/5 on the PMU network.   Early Solvalla action on this 2016 Benders Elitloppet day saw Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) take the Rune Stolts for mares (250,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) timed in 1.10.9kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. The mare was parked without cover and eased to the line ahead of Tunika (4f Zola Boko-Verona de Ling-Super Arnie) and driver Bjorn Goop.   A race later the 2016 undefeated (five of five now) Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) took the Hakan Wallner Memorial (300,000SEK to the winner) for driver Ulf Ohlsson clocked in 1.11.8kr. Parked without cover the dimunitive colt closed steadily to capture the win from Mindyourvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) with Ake Svanstedt driving for trainer Robert Bergh. The winner now has 11 wins in 13 starts lifetime. Un Mec d'Heripre wins second elimination division  Respected FR speedster Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) sat outside leading Royal Fighter (8m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman up for Per Eriksson, avoided traffic when Call Me Keeper went offstride on the backstretch, and moved alongside and then eased past Royal Fighter to the lead at top stretch.   Favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, surged into contention from fifth but could not overtake the Jos Verbeeck reined, Fabrice Souloy trained Un Mec d’Heripre that held by a length timed in 1.09.3 kr (fractions 1.08.8kr at the 500 meter mark and 1.09.6kr atg the 1000). Billie de Montfort (5f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) was fourth for David Thomain and trainer Sebastien Guarato.   The winner was off at 8/1 on the PMU network while Nuncio was the favorite at 0.5/1 on PMU and 9/10 on Fintoto. Driver Verbeeck has enjoyed a successful weekend so far after winner yesterday with Bird Parker.   Post positions for the final with 3SEK million to the winner follow: 1. Un Mec d’Heripre 2. Timoko 3. Resolve 4. Nuncio 5. Propulsion 6. Royal Fighter 7. Billie de Montfort 8. Oasis Bi by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Favored Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall won todays Finlandia AJO (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, purse €110,000, 10 starters) at Vermo (Helsinki Finland) for harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. The victory, at odds of 1.1/1 on the ATG network, set a new Vermo track record of 1.10.2kr (mile rate 1:52.95) over the 1609 meter (one mile) autostart course. 15/1 Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) set the pace for driver/trainer Steen Juul and gamely held second. Anna Mix (6f Ludo du Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) ralled late and wide at 3.8/1 odds for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc to end third after getting away from the mobile last from past two. She is notoriously slow off the car and today was no exception. Nothing But Class was fourth for Peter Untersteinerand fifth went to Ringostar Treb with Wim Paal up. Volstead was off-stride before the start and Shadow Woodland miscued during the contest. Previous race record was 1.10.6kr in 2010 by Quarcio du Chene and in 2014 the winner Univers de Pan scored in 1.10.7kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

At Farjestad on Friday the Folke Hjalmarssons for 100,000SEK (US$11,873) to the winner (2140 meters autostart, ten starters) went to Trinity Zet and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Off at 6.3/1 this five year-old daughter of SJ’s Photo-Kleo Zet-Angus Hall is trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. She recorded victory in her first 2016 appearance and her sixth lifetime in 25 starts. Roses Glory (5f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed was second for trainer/driver Veljo Heiskanen and third went to Star di Poggio (5f Conway Hall-Glory de Poggio-Viking Kronos) and driver Kenneth Haugstad. On the same card, the featured Prins Carl Philips Jubileumspokal (1640 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to the winner, ten starters) went to US import Propulsion at 1.9/1 odds for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden also trains this one for Stall Zet, as Propulsion secured his first 2016 victory in his initial start. He won three times in Europe after winning twice at the Meadowlands in July 2015. The five year-old son of Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall now has 12 wins in 25 career starts for earnings of 1,032,583SEK. Je t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) for driver Ulf Ohlsson. The Friday evening Quinte+ (jackpot €3.75 million) at Paris-Vincennes was the €52,000 purse Prix Maia over 2850 meters with 18 mares at the start. The 1.12.6kr timed winner was 33/1 outside Violine Mourotaise (7f Le Retour-Mourotaise) with Matthieu Abrivard teaming. 2.9/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) was second for Eric Raffin and 23/1 Victoire de Levres (7f Lontzac-Eve Liria) ended third for Franck Nivard, ahead of the 3/2 favorite Akayama (6f Prodigious-Hirosaka) and David Thomain. Three year-old females also battled on Friday evening in the Prix Alcyone (purse €36,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) on the petite piste. The 1.16.3kr timed victory went to 9/10 favorite Dobra Droga (3f Goetmals Wood-Oublies Moi) with Franck Nivard aboard. Fabrice Souloy trains the Hodij Coatings BV owned trotter. 6.2/1 Deesse Port (3f Uniclove-Maria Port) rallied up to be second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and 24/1 Danseuse For Ever (3f Rodrigo Jet-Union du Plaisir) held third for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks

The Paris-Vincennes featured Gr. I UET Master Series Grand Prix de Paris (purse €400,000, 4150 meters, 12 starters) went to relentlessly closing Lionel (6m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen. The winner at odds of 8.9/1 tracked leading Bird Parker and then followed Bold Eagle, as he took the lead into the stretch, before storming home a with a length to spare. Bold Eagle held second for Franck Nivard with 88/1 Tagada Tagada third, 14/1 Bird Parker fourth and 7/1 Timoko fifth. Lionel’s win denied Bold Eagle the Triple Crown as he increased career earnings to over €711,000. Timoko was first to lead off the start and then yielded to Bird Parker. Content with a pocket spot Timoko could not keep with Bird Parker late in the final bend and tired late. The marathon distance took its toll also on Bold Eagle as he weakened late after surging to the front at top stretch. Time was 1.14.8kr (5:10.32) with a quick last 1000 meters off a slow pace (1.16.9kr at 1500 meters to go; 1.16.1kr at 1000). The replays and pre/post race coverage – spectacular! Grand Prix de Paris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5N66g4rDvM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI1GkvidIiY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ovCaEdhiQM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V0NQZemRUE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR1jF0xx6P0 Thomas H. Hicks

January 1, 2016 - Daniel Reden’s trainee Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) heads an 11 horse field in Saturday’s V75 Gold at Romme. Owned by Stall Zet, this winner of over 3.1SEK million will be driven by legendary Orjan Kihlstrom. Other 3SEK million plus winners in the group include Francais du Gull and David Sisu. Early favorite is Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missy’s Go Go-Yankee Glide) trained and driven by Leif Witasp. This one has three wins in his last six outings and was six for 14 in 2015. January 2, 2015 V75 Gold – Romme, 2140 meters autostart, first prize 150,000SEK Cool Keeper, Leif Witasp Food Money, Jennifer Tiillman Francais du Gull, Erik Lindegren Luckycharm Hanover, Orjan Kihlstrom Nato Dream, Ulf Ohlsson On Hold, Magnus Jakobsson License Holder, Joni-Petteri Irri I Saw You, Ake Lindblom Save My Ashes, Benny Christensen Democrat, Torbjorn Jansson David Sisu, Jorma Kontio Thomas H. Hicks

Sunday’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.55 million) Prix de Briarc (purse €58,000, 2700 meters, 18 European starters) proved the scene of victory for 3.6/1 Oliver Kronos (7g Varenne-Glide About) for driver Orjan  Kihlstrom, trainer Ulf Stenstromer and owner Johan Sjostrand. Timed in 1.14.8kr the winning trotter was up to win in blanket finish over 24.3/1 Lover Face (7g Love You-Anbra OK) for Yoann Lorin, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Bengt Olsson. 10.6/1 Tallien (8g Extreme Aunou-Gyka de la Chaise) was third for owner/trainer/driver Herve Soinneau ahead of 37/1 Only One Glory (7m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar) handled by Roberto Andreghetti for trainer Souloy and Scuderia RPR. Fifth was Pioneer Gar (6m Varenne-Follia) driven by Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Johanna Lindqvist and Scuderia Super Chico SAS. Disqualifed were Unbridled Charm and Tell Me No Lies. The Gr. III Prix de la Federation Francaise d’Equitation (purse €115,000, 2850 meters, 11 starters) today went to the 4.9/1 odds Lutfi Kolgjini trained Quick Fix (6g From Above-Glued) handled by Dominik Locqueneux. Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB owns the winner that defeated 2/1 favorite Val Royal (6m Capriccio-Quanda du Rib) that Jean-Michel Bazire trains and drove for Ecurie des Charmes. 9.6/1 Orione Degli Dei (7g Conway Hall-Elissa Dei) landed third for Roberto Andreghetti, Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Bologna 2011. Three year-old fillies battled in the Gr. III Prix de l’Afases (purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 12 starters) and the 4/5 odds favorite, 1.14.2kr timed Currency scored for Franck Nivard, Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie Le Tremont. 7/1 City di Padoueng (3f Prince d’Espace-Orpela) landed second for Damien Bonne with third to 4.2/1 Cirantana (3f Jam Pridem-Kamistie Jet) driven by Eric Raffin for trainer Romain Derieux and owner Antonio De Sousa. Vincennes’ Prix SES Racing Team (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 14 monte participants) went to 1.1/1 favored, 1.13.7kr timed Ukerlza du Benjo (7f Blizzard Poterie-Jolie Abbevilloise) handled nu Mathieu Mottier for trainer/owner Philippe Rouer. 5.2/1 Vif d’Or du Poli (6g Ludo de Castelle-Fontaine du Poli) was second (this one trained and owned by Bernard Piton) and 16/1 Untra Or (7g Orlando Vici-Peka du Chene) landed third for Anthony Barrier, trainer Fabrice Souloy and Ecurie AB Trot. Sunday at Mauquenchy the Prix Jacques Geliot (purse €21,000, 2850 meters distance handicap, 16 starters, apprentice lad drivers) went to the 2.3/1 favorite Angel Dark (5g Look de Star-Quadrata des Jipes) for driver Jorgen Berggren and trainer Anders Lindqvist who co-owns with Peter Gerry of USA’s Arden Homestead Stable. The 1.16.5kr winner defeated 16/1 Apollon Gede (5m Niky-Passion Gede) and teamster Kevin Weska with third to 10/1 Ariaka (5f Nice Love-Penelope Bleue) driven by Charles Criado. These top three finishers all overcame 25 meter handicaps. Thomas H. Hicks

October 24, 2015 - The diminutive mare Delicious U.S. (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB- Lemon Dra) was a game winner Saturday at Jagersro, in the Gr. II International UET Masters Series C.L. Mullers Memorial, starting from post 12 for the harness racing teamster Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. The Stall Zet owned winner scored in 1.12.1kr over 2640 meters autostart to earn 500,000SEK first money. Delicious now has a slate of 18-9-7 in 43 career starts with five wins in eight 2015 appearances. Driver Kihlstrom took back initially and eventually raced seventh behind Backfire on the outer. Delicious made a three wide move to gain the death seat with about 1000 meters to go and rounding the final bend gained advantage from then leading pacesetter Dreams Take Time. She then held off fast finishing Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide)driven by Robert Bergh to score by a length with Obi Wan (9g Ganymede-Heeja Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) third and Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) holding fourth got Peter Untersteiner. Replay: http://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20151024-jagersro-dd?id=2 Thomas H. Hicks

September 26, 2015 - Today at Capannelle Rome three eliminations were held preliminary to Italy’s Gr. I Trotting Derby Final. Each elimination was contested over 2100 meters autostart for a purse of €22,000 and each was won in relatively dominant fashion. Tobin Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) took the first elim clocked in 1.14kr by a comfortable length and a half for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. First dam of the winner, Zamia FC is from Twiggy FC by Speedy Somolli-Dance Slipper. The Jerry Riordan trained Tango Negro (3m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) was second for driver Roberto Andreghetti ahead of Tobias del Ronco (3m Love You-Leonor del Ronco-Supergill) and Antonio Di Nardo.  The second elim was a 1.13.4kr length victory for the Robin Bakker teamed Tuonoblu Rex (3m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Lane-CR Kay Suzie) that led throughout. Tesoro Degli Dei (3m Igor Font-Isabella Dei-Pine Chip) sat the pocket and finished a strong second for Pietro Gubellini ahead of third finishing Terra del Rio (3f Varenne-Urbem d’Asolo-Ata Star L) and teamster Santo Mollo that closed very rapidly but still ended seven lengths off the winner. Timone EK (3m Mr. Vic-Gemona-Lemon Dra) secured victory in the third elim clocked in 1.14.6kr. Federico Esposito piloted Timone EK to a length score over Tony Gio (3m Varenne-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip-Toby’s Taxi) and reinsman Roberto Vecchione with third to Theodor Grif (3m Varenne-Eva di Jesolo-Lindy Lane) and teamster Marco Smorgon.  This group of three year-olds should comprise a competitive Derby Final. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 29, 2015 - Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) circled the field and drew off in the Sundsvall Open after gaining the lead mid-stretch for patient reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. The Daniel Reden trained, Stall Zet owned import from the US now has a 17-9-7 slate from 41 career starts, with 4,916,572SEK earned. Clocked in 1.10kr (mile rate 1:52.63) the small athletic mare raced with shoes and trailed the field much of the way in this Gr. I International UET Masters Series Sundsvall Open (1SEK million to winner, 2140 meters autostart) during a quick pace set initially by Creatine driven by Johnny Takter. Creatine battled Royal Fighter early and then faded after several others including On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Torbjorn Jansson for trainer H-R Stromberg made a decisive move in the final turn and held second timed in 1.10.3kr. Third finishing Ringostarr Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsolo Egral-Supergill) at 24/1 for Wilhelm Paal and trained Holger Ehlert, first engaged Creatine in the last bend and took over with Oasis Bi in the hunt along with rallying On Track Piraten. None of these could match the quick closing speed of Delicious. Oasis Bi finished fourth for Bjorn Goop about seven lengths behind the winner with Royal Fighter a distant fifth for Jennifer Tillman and Creatine sixth. Traveling Man, El Mago Pellini and Global Money completed the field after the scratching of Rocky Winner. As noted the fast fractions were illustrated by a time of 1.05.2kr for the first 500 meters and 1.07.9kr at the 1000 meter mark. The field was underway after one recall. Bergsaker’s Sundsvall Monte Open (60,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Figaro Sanna with Jenny Brunzell aboard. Timed in 1.13.4kr this eight year-old gelded son of Spotlite Lobell-Strands Sparkling-Running Sea recorded his 12th career win in 50 starts for owner Happy People Racing AB. Also on the Bergsaker card was the Lars Lindsbergs (175,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters turning start distance handicap) and Ninepoints Lucy (5f Spotlite Lobell-Lucky Kelly-Coktail Jet) was the winner timed in 1.12.5kr for Oskar J. Andersson and trainer Jorgen Westholm. Unique Julia and Bethel Hanover were next to the line. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) contest today was won by Aristocat Boko (8g From Above-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) and teamster Johnny Takter timed in 1.12.6kr, his 15th lifetime win in 63 starts. Stall HGS owns this winner. Thomas H. Hicks

August 26, 2015 - US-bred Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide-Missy’s Goal) rallied late for a nose win in tonight’s C Th Ericssons Memorial (100,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) for harness racing reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Clocked in 1.12.4kr the winner recorded victory ten in 20 career appearances, now for earnings of 2,073,250SEK. Volstead was bred in the US by Arden Homestead Stable and Adelaide J. Skoglund and exported by the US in October 2012. Today’s clocking was reported to be a new SWE record for the distance by a foreign-bred trotter. The winner’s dam Madame Volo has also produced High Bridge 1:52.3 ($271,910). Pacesetter Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third finishing veteran Spring Erom (10m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic), a 25 time career winner, another two lengths in arrears. Adams Hall, sire of Candor Hall, is a son of Garland Lobell-Amour Angus. US-breds Lucky Charm Hanover and Nato Dream were sixth and seventh in the field of seven. Thomas H. Hicks

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