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August 8, 2020  - The 3.1/1 odds Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet) rallied boldly to win the harness racing Gr. I International Aby Stora Pris (purse 3,580,000SEK total purse with 2,000,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters autostart, 12 starters). Bjorn Goop trains and drove the winner for Jan Lyng of Norway as he won for the sixth time in nine 2020 starts and 13th career win in 43 appearances now for life earnings of 5,894,440SEK.  Who’s Who (6m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) was second with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Pasi Aikio. Third was Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) with Johan Untersteiner at the lines. Race time was 1.12.4kr with quick later speed. Watch the race here. The time at the 2000 meter post was 1.13.7kr. Cokstile and Pacific Face finished fourth and fifth. Moni Viking   Earlier in the day was the Regnar Thorngrens (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with a rallying victory to Aramis Bar (4m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar-Bon Vivant) with trainer Bjorn Goop at the lines for owner Forspro AB.   This was his third 2020 win in six outings and 10th in a 21 race career. Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) held gamely from his front trotting duty to be second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Third was Galantis (4m Zola Bokoi) with Johan Untersteiner up. Aramis Bar The Bertil Knutssons Minne (STL Diamantstoet Final, 220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart) saw Argbiggan (5f Maharajah-Kemp’s Emilie-Enjoy Lavec) score in 1.12.5kr with trainer Rickard Svanstedt up. This was the third 2020 victory in 11 starts for the Lennart Johansson owned mare. Divine (8f Dream Vacation-Barbie Do-Ken Warkentin) was next for Erik Adielsson and third was Princess Kloster (4f Classic Photo-Perfekta Kloster-Carmody Lobell) for Peter Untersteiner. The winner and third mares overcame 20-meter handicaps. Arbiggan   Vagabond Bi (6g Varenne-Felicity Bi-Toss Out) took the STL Bronze Final (purse to winner 220,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.10.8kr with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer David Persson and owner Stall Skaven HG.   Off at 5.5/1 the winner recorded his 14th career victory in 56 starts. Adde SH (5g Nu Pagadi-Fast Allegro-Fast Photo) took second for Peter Untersteiner and Twigs Ceasar (8g Muscle Mass-Twigs Goldie-Texas) took third for Bjorn Goop, also the trainer. Vagabond Bi The STL Silver Final (250,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Pastor Power (6g Pastor Stephen-Tobina Pazzione-JR Broline) win in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. He was off at 9.2/1 odds and he won for the 11th time in 42 career starts, Zap di Girifalco (5m Dream Vacation-Bea di Girifalco-Waikiki Beach) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with the third check earned by Man At Work (7g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) for Orjan Kihlstrom. Pastor Power Several other interesting winners today included Stoletheshow (5m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) in the Linsons Stora Sprinterpris (purse 220,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) for Rikard N. Skoglund timed in 1.10.6kr and off at 5.7/1. Staro Leonardo (6g Make It Happen) was second for Peter Ingves. The Aby Stora Trearingspris (three year olds, purse 125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) went to 16.5/1 Hopeusteponalego (3m Donato Hanover-Gliding Phoebe-Yankee Glide) for Orjan Kihlstrom timed n 1.13.4kr. Stall Courant AB owns this one. The Klass II Final (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12,4kr timed and 3.1/1 odds Newport Beach (5m Ready Cash-Sugarbush Hanover-Andover Hall) for driver Peter Ingves and trainer Josef Franzi. Gunter Herz owns the winner that now has six 2020 wins in seven starts and 10 career victories in 13 outings. At the start of this exceptional program was the Aby Stora Monte Prix 2020 (125,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) and post 10 Rajesh Face (7g Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored easily in a new SWE record 1.10.1kr (mile 1:52.4F). Rajesh Face Thomas H. Hicks  

May 9, 2020 - The Gr. II International Lyon Grand Prix (purse 48,275€, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Aby on Saturday went to 19/1 Noble Superb (5m Maharajah-Oh Superb-Orlando Vici) clocked in 1.13.0kr with harness racing driver Bjorn Goop up for Stall Marlin and trainer Marcus Lindgren. The Norwegian bred scored for the first time in 2020 in two starts, and this was his eighth career victory in 21 appearances. 2.3/1 Forfantone AM (5m Muscle Hill-Tamla Celeber-Cantab Hall) took second for Torbjorn Janssen and trainer Roger Walmann. SRF Stable owns this well-bred performer. Third was the early pacesetter and 13/1 outsider Maxus (5m Muscle Hill-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) with Eric Adielssson up. Stall Zet/Daniel Reden own this one that was bred in the USA by Nicolas Cimino. Noble Superb Island Life (9g Pine Chip-Gossip-The Onion) took the V75 Silver at Aby (24,496€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.12.4kr and with trainer Robert Bergh the reinsman. He was off at 4.1/1 odds and recorded his second straight 2020 victory in five starts. 40/1 Pastor Power (6g Pastor Stephen-Tobina Passione-JR Broline) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and 43/1 Roofie (5g Andover Hall-Passionate Kemp-Lindy Lane) landed third with Stefan Persson up for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Island Life The first leg of the Breeders Course (three year old open, purse 19,816€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) took place at Aby on Saturday with the victory earned by 3.8/1 Balsamine Font (3f Filipp Roc-Issima OK-Pine Chip) with trainer Bjorn Goop at the lines for owner/breeder Scuderia Sant’Eusebio SNC. This Italian bred filly won for the first time in three 2020 starts and it was her third career victory in eight appearances. The 9/10 favorite Mr Mah Can (3m Maharajah-Canaka BF-Jobie Tempest) was second with trainer Robert Bergh up. 9/1 A Good Poimt (3m Maharajah-Romantic Lovce-Super Arnie) recovered from an early miscue to land third for pilot Kevin Oscarsson. Race time was 1.14.03kr with a speedy final 640 meters (the 1500 mark clocking was 1.15.3kr). Balsamine Font   The Aby card also included four other events each with a purse of 21,679€. The STL Diamantstoet (2140 meters voltstart, distance handicap, 14 starters) went to the 20 meter handicapped and 11/1 odds Sharp Dream (7f Royal Dream-Sharp Concrete-Alf Palema) clocked in 1.13.4kr with Peter Ingves up. 10/1 Zanzibar Wise As (5f Muscle Massive-Lovely Fame-Varenne) was a nose back second for Federico Esposito, after a five wide surge off the final bend. Sharp Dream The Klass II Stayerlopp (3140 meters autostart) saw 6.4/1 Rackham (4m Love You-Red Orchid-Dream Vacation) score in 1.15.1kr for trainer/driver/co-owner Christoffer Eriksson. This was his second win in three 2020 outings. Second was 5/2 odds Matteo (4g Quite Easy-Love You More-Love You) for Stefan Persson. Bordeaux S (4g Orlando Vici-Spot Over-Spotlite Lobell) was third at 13/1 for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan. Rackham The V75 Bronze (2640 meters voltstart, 12 starters) went to 1.14.7kr clocked Guillaume Boko (7m Prodigious-Proud Mary-Supergill) as Bjorn Goop trains and drove this one for owner Sonja Wewering, his 11th career win in 41 appearances. He was the even-money favorite and bested 9/1 Ontrack He’s Back (6m Orlando Vici-Keystone Delicious-American Winner) with Erik Adielsson up. Guillaume Boko The Klass I (1640 meters autostart, 12 starters), a qualifier for the May 30th finale at Solvalla, saw 7.4/1 Southwind Queen (4f Muscle Hill-Sensual Hall-Garland Lobell) score in 1.11.1kr with Peter Ingves up for trainer Riccardo Bianchi and owner Story Inc. This Southwind Farm bred filly won for the 24th time in 37 career starts after going 13 for 19 last year. Zlatan Knick (5g Going Kronos) at 19/1 and 27/1 The Gambler (4g SJs Photo) followed the very impressive winner, one to watch in the future.   Southwind Queen   Thomas H. Hicks  

May 9, 2020 - 8.2/1 odds Diana Zet (4f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) was a game harness racing winner of the 191,000€ purse Queen Silvias Pokal this day at Aby. The Gr. I International event was contested by 12 females over the 2140-meter autostart course. The winner was clocked in 1.12.6kr off even fractions. Orjan Kilhstrom teamed Diana Zet for the Reden/Stall Zet team to her first 2020 victory in three starts and her sixth win in 13 career appearances. He life earnings reached 4,553,000SEK with this victory. Grand Diva Sisu (4f Ready Cash-Super Model-Daguet Rapide) was second from post 12 with trainer Per Nordstrom at the lines, as she made a valiant change nearing the line, off at 84/1. Third was 10/1 Tonique (4f Love You-Revenique-Revenue) for trainer/driver Ake Lindblom. Fourth home was 28/1 Mahma Lane (4f Maharajah-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer). See replay link and pics of the action below.   Diana Zet  Replay  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEFesyzLRqg     Thomas H. Hicks  

Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) scored in today’s harness racing Algot Scotts Minne, Aby’s V75 Gold Division (purse 29,271€, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters), from post 10, and clocked in 1.09.8kr. Christoffer Eriksson teamed the Ro Spagnulo trainee to his first 2020 victory in only two starts, and this was his 19th career win in 46 starts. His career earnings now total 4,919,358€. Santese SRL of Italy owns this Norwegian bred performer, created by breeder Per Erik Hagen. Cokstile was off at 4.6/1 odds and bested 1.7/1 Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) for reinsman/trainer Johan Untersteiner with third to 1.4/1 favorite Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) reined by Bjorn Goop. Billie was buried on the pegs until it was too late to close positively in the passing lane. Son Of God (6g Pastor Stephen) was fourth at 9/1 odds for Orjan Kihlstrom. Cokstile earned, with this victory, a 2020 Elitloppet invitation. He joins Chief Orlando, Vivid Wise As, Makethemark, Looking Superb, Missle Hill, Tae Kwon Deo, Attraversiamo and Elian Web as the march continues toward the 16 Elite race starters.   Cokstile Replay - https://www.atg.se/video/archive/489105477313/vinnare_2020-05-09_6_10 Racing returns to France on May 11th with the first action at Vichy. We expect to see Bold Eagle and Face Time Bourbon back on the racetrack in the weeks ahead. Late Saturday, officials in Sweden set Alessandro Gocciadoro free from training and driving restrictions following a whipping violation by an assistant trainer a week ago. Gocciadoro was then in Italy. Reportedly he will continue a stable operation in Sweden. Today his two entrants were reined by Federico Esposito. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 9, 2020 - Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) rallied late after a three wide move in the final bend to score in the harness racing Gr. I International King Gustaf V Pokal at Aby (purse 191,000€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters). This 4/1 odds winner was teamed today with Johan Untersteiner by trainer Jerry Riordan (who won the 2018 Elitloppet with Ringostarr Treb) and owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. Aetos won for second time in two 2020 starts and this was his eighth career victory in 18 starts now for 4,989,550SEK in lifetime earnings. Race time was 1.11.5kr off quick but rated fractions (1.07.1kr at the first 500; 1.11.8kr at the 1000 meter mark and 1.12.8kr at the 1500 mark. Aetos Kronos was flying in the final 600 meters. He is from the maternal family of Conch, the Bonefish mare that produced King Conch and Viking Kronos. Second was the game 9/1 Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed By The West-Western Terror) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for the Stall Zet/Daniel Reden team. Click Bait (4m Cantab Hall-Fun At Parties-Lindy Lane) took third at 26/1 for Jorma Kontio and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Russell C. Williams bred this one. Fourth home was Robert Bergh’s Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) that is owned by In The Zone AB. It was quite a race. Aetos Kronos (#2) Jerry Riordan Replay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6jjlgV811Q The winner’s pedigree follows - Note the 6.2% inbreeding coefficient. Production record of Conch     Conch (US) (96 0,82) m, 1982 At 2, Winner of Acorn, third in Merrie Annabelle. At 3, Winner of Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Hambletonian Oaks.   1987 Bob Regal (US)                    h, by Prakas (US)   - Conch (US)       1989 King Conch (SE) 108  0,95  +34     1.11,6a   kr 4,131,015   21  11- 5- 1        h, by Speedy Crown (US)   - Conch (US)     At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown. At 3, Winner of Review Stakes, second in Hambletonian. 1990 New Decade (SE) 92  0,76  -12        kr 0   0                   m, by Sugarcane Hanover (US)   - Conch (US)       1991 Prince Conch (SE) 93  0,76  -9   1.17,0v  1.16,3a   kr 100,800   31  2- 2- 3        g, by Sugarcane Hanover (US)   - Conch (US)       1993 Tzar Kronos (IT)                    h, by Speedy Crown (US)   - Conch (US)       1995 Viking Kronos (IT) 114  1,00  +37     1.12,1a   kr 6,128,108   14  12- 1- 0        h, by American Winner (US)   - Conch (US)     At 2, Winner of Gran Criterium (Memorial Piero Biondi), Gran Premio Allevatori. At 3, Winner of Gran Premio Nazionale, Gran Premio Tito Giovanardi, E3 Korta. 1996 Concher (US) 101  0,81  +3     1.12,1a   kr 25,491   9  0- 0- 0        m, by Pine Chip (US)   - Conch (US)       1998 Hostess (US) 96  0,81  -7     1.12,8a   kr 25,447   6  0- 2- 2        m, by Donerail (US)   - Conch (US)     Sold at Standardbred Horse Sale (Harrisburg) 2008 for 85,000 USD. 2001 Celebration (US)                    m, by Conway Hall (CA)   - Conch (US)       2002 Lovable Truth (US)                    m, by Conway Hall (CA)   - Conch (US)       2003 Colonial Splendor (US)                    m, by Striking Sahbra (US)   - Conch (US)       2004 Lakeside Bride (US)                    m, by Duke of York (CA)   - Conch (US)     At 2, Winner of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final.   Thomas H Hicks  

April 25, 2020 - Today’s harness racing Aby undercard featured the Lovely Godivas Minne (purse 56,250€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) for five-year old mares. The 3/10 favorite Conrads Rodluva (5f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juiano Star) did her job with a 1.12.8kr victory for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. She was a game winner with a quick final 640 meters as the 1500 mark was reached in a rated 1.13.8kr. The 6.7/1 Zaniah Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro and 18/1 Vikens Fingerprint (5f Prodigious-Primadonna Tuna-Viking Kronos) was third with Oskar J. Andersson aboard. Conrads Rodluva The Saracen Horse Feeds Paralympiastayern (purse 29,272€, 3140 meters voltstart, 15 starters) produced a super impressive 1.12.4kr victory for 2.6/1 Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet). This one scored from post 15 and was handicapped 60 meters, after having a successful streak in France at the Winter Meet, for trainer Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jan Lyng. Now in Sweden, Bjorn Goop picked up the trainer/driver duties, and in this race the pair circled the field and drew off for an easy score. He is now four for five in 2020 and has 11 career wins in 39 starts for 3,153,588SEK earned. Today, Moni Viking’s victory time over 3200 meters voltstart was reported to be a world record. Moni stormed home after the 2000 meter mark was reached in 1.15.1kr by the then leading Prosperous (6g Prodigious-Glorify-Super Arnie) that held on for third at 1.6/1 odds for Erik Adielsson. 31/1 Enzo AM (6g Scarlet Knight-Timba Madrik-Jam Pridem) was second for Per Nilsson. Moni Viking Robert Bergh enjoyed a great day with three V75 wins, all by the super sire Love You. The Klass 1 (purse  21,670€, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Bergh trainee Ivory Di Quattro (5m Love You-Outlook Kronos-Cantab Hall) timed in 1.12.2kr and off at 5/1. Amour As (4m Varenne-Southwind As-Turbo Sund) was second at 15/1 for Jorma Kontio and trainer Jerry Riordan. Ivory Di Quattro Bergh then won the Amaru Boko Mares (purse 21,671€, 2640 meters, 15 starters) with 7/10 favorite Indra’s Secret (6f Love You-East Indra-Eastender) for HB Stall Cs, her third 2020 victory in five starts and 15th in a 37 race career. Race time was 1.13.6kr. 13/1 Corby’s Nana (5f Un Mec d’Heripre) was second. Indras Secret Bergh’s next score was with 1.1/1 Vikens High Yield (6g Love You-Primadonna Tuna-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.0kr and owned by Firma MFP Trading. This victory was his fourth in 2020 in five starts and 10th in his 34-race career. The race was the V75 Bronze (purse 21,679€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 28/1 Sandsjons Enzo (5m Brioni-Disneygirl-Ken Warkentin) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. Vikens High Yield Another Love You sired winner on the card was 6.2/1 Wild Love (6f Love You-Twins Vilda-Dreamaster) in the V75 Silver Bilia BMW timed in 1.11.7kr for Kevin Oscarsson and trainer Bengt Simberg. The race purse was 24,496€ with 12 trotters competing over 2140 meters autostart. 5.2/1 MS Triple J (5m Cantab Hall-Maritas Victory-Valley Victory) took second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Frode Hamre. This one was bred by Katz and Libfeld from Canada. Wild Love Early in the day was the Paralympiamonten (purse 24,496€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 monte starters) and the 1.12.6kr clocked winner was 10/1 Volcan de Bellande (11g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande-Triomphe de Rozoy) with Jonathan Carre in the irons for trainer Henk A.J. Grift and owner Holland TTS BV. Balzac du Chatelet was second at 5.3/1 and 8/10 favorite Rajesh Face was third Thomas H. Hicks  

April 24, 2020 - Four eliminations of the prestigious harness racing Queen Silvias took place this day at Aby, Sweden,  each offering a purse of 24,018€ and raced over the 2140 meter autostart course. The top three finishers of each elim advanced to the finale in May. Alaska Kronos (4f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) opened these races with a 1.13.5kr victory as the 7/10 favorite with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. 3.2/1 Sashay My Way (4f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) was next for Adrian Kolgjini. This one was bred in the USA by Millstream Inc. Third was 21/1 MBS Pretty Girl (4f Scarlet Knight). The finale lineup is shown below along with the race recaps of the other eliminations. Alaska Kronos Dontlooseallmoney (4f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier) took her elim clocked in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and Stall Perfectum. This was her sixth career win in 20 starts and she was off at 2.9/1. The 1.9/1 favorite Diani Zet (4f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) was second for the Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall Zet team and 40/1 Schweppes (4f Muscle Hill-Swept To Victory-SJs Caviar) was third for Erik Adielsson. Dontlooseallmoney In the second of four elims, the 34/1 outsider Residual Thrust (4f Scarlet Knight-Vista d’Eronville-Offshore Dream) scored a narrow victory in 1.13.5kr with Erik Adielsson up for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. 67/1 Gobi Princess (4f Muscle Mass-Mrs D-Chocolatier) was second for trainer/driver Andre Eklundh and 3.9/1 Grande Diva Sisu (4f Ready Cash-Super Model-Daguet Rapide) took the third ticket to the finale for Per Nordstrom, also her trainer. Residual Thrust The last elim went to 20/1 Tonique (4f Love You-Revenique-Revenue) timed in 1.13.0kr with trainer Ake Lindbom at the lines for owner Bjorn Wedenberg. The 4/10 favorite Ganga Bae (4f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Stefan Melander. Stall Courant AB owns this one. Third was7.9/1 Mahma Lane (4f Maharajah-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Tonique Earlier on the card was the three-year old Euro Classic Next Year (purse 12,367€, 2140 meters autostart, five starters). The easy winner was 2.49/1 Thai Sansa (3f Muscle Hill-Toffifee D-Great Challenger) for trainer Bo Westergaard timed in 1.14.1kr. Chiffchaff (3f From Above-Swinging Single-Going Kronos) was next for Erik Adielsson. The day’s Quinte+ was the Coin Perdue for mares (purse 8,108€, 2140 meters autostart, 14 starters) and 1.9/1 Alhambra Mail (4f Nad Al Sheba-Foira SM Spin-Lemon Dra) scored in 1.14.2kr. Southwind Queen (4f Muscle Hill-Sensual Hall-Garland Lobell) was second for Peter Ingves. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was 26,525,60€. This morning the grande trotting mare Lisa America (15f Varenne-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream-Donnina), bred in Italy and a career winner of 1.445,676€, died this morning while giving birth to a Ready Cash foal that was also lost. At time of her death Lisa America was owned by SRF Stable. Lisa was bred by Guida Italia Srl and raced by the late Lou Guida and trainer Jerry Riordan throughout her career. She had a 22-7-9 slate in 65 career starts with her last appearance being in the 2012 Prix d’Amerique when she was injured in the final bend. She won the Prix de Milan, Grand Prix d’Europa and many other fast class events in France, Italy and elsewhere in Europe while taking a 1.10.1kr record. Her maternal family includes Joie de Vie, that was an exceptional trotter in the USA at age three (winner of Canadian Trotting Classic, Currier And Ives, Dexter Cup, Stanley Dancer Trot, Yonkers Trot, second in Colonial Trot, Hambletonian, World Trotting Derby); as well her first dam’s other offspring such as Guida America, OK America, Radysin America and Top Gun America. She left many fond memories for her race fans and her connections. Lisa America   Thomas H. Hicks

April 24, 2020 - The final leg of today’s King Gustaf V eliminations at Aby (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters, 11 starters) produced a modest harness racing upset as the 3.3/1 Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) rallied to win in 1.12.0kr for Orjan Kiihlstrom, trainer Jerry Riordan and co-owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. Aetos, from post five and making his first 2020 start, traveled on the outer througout, some of it following Green Manalishi (4m Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec) with Bjorn Goop up for Stefan Melander, trainer for Stall Courant AB. This one was away sluggishly from post one and then moved to the outer, making a three wide move toward pacesetter Upset Face (4m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) with trainer Adrian Kolgjini aboard. Green Manalishi, in his first start of the year and first in Sweden, wore down Upset Face (in his second start of the year after an April 5th victory) in the lane only to see Aetos power past in late going for a length score. The fractions were rated (1.10.3kr at the first 500; 1.13.9kr at the 1000 and 1.13.1kr at the 1500 meter post, 1.12.0kr final). Aetos Kronos now has a career slate of 7-2-4 in 17 starts for 3,989,550SEK earned. The King Gustaf V finale is May 9th and the first four finishers of each elimination in the finale. Aetos Kronos The lineup for the finale is shown below along with results from the other two eliminations. Osterc (4m Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes-Muscles Yankee) took his King Gustaf V eliminination (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) in gate to wire fashion for Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.12.2kr off rated fractions (1.09.5kr at the 500; 1.11.6kr at the 1000 meter mark; 1.13.3kr at the 1500 post). This Helena Burman trainee was off at 7.3/1 odds and he won for the first time in three 2020 starts for owner Falkbolagen AB. His career slate is now 10-2-0 in 24 starts for 4, 288,911SEK earned. He raced successfully in the USA at age two and three for Per Engblom and Jimmy Takter. 34/1 Gaylord AM (4m Muscle Hill-Deesee d’Inverne-Korean) was second with Ulf Ohlsson up. The 1.6/1 favorite Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed By The West-Western Terror) was third for Orjan Kihlstrom. Osteric w Goop The third King Gustaf V elim (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to 19/1 Click Bait (4m Cantab Hall-Fun At Parties-Lindy Lane) for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom and owner trainer Stefan Melander. He was clocked in 1.12.7kr and now has a 5-7-2 slate in 17 lifetime starts. His career earnings are now 694,200SEK. The 5/10 favorite Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) was a game second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, after making a huge move to the front. 26/1 Exodus Brick (4m Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) was third for reinsman Jorgen Westholm.   Thomas H. Hicks    

December 15, 2018 - The Saturday V75 Gold was at Aby Sweden in the Legolas Minne (200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and victory went to 1.10.6kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) with harness racing driver Erik Adielsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. 12.2/1 Torno di Azzurra (6m Love You) was second driven by Peter Ingves for trainer Steen Juul. Third was 15/1 Art On Line (11g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) handled by Bjorn Goop for Mikko Aho. Probo OP was fourth for Wim Paal. On the undercard, the Belgium invaders Rick Ebbinge (driver) and Jeroen W.M. Engwerda (trainer) were successful with two victories, the first with Velten Versailles (3m Prodigious-Sugar-Pine Chip), his fifth consecutive victory, and then in the V75 Bronze with Tuxedo Bi (6g Love You-Iberia Bi-Supergill), also his fifth win in a row. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 12, 2018 - Today’s co-featured harness racing Konung Gustaf Gr.I International for 1,000,000SEK first money went to 2.2/1 Perfect Spirit (4m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. The winner, trained by Daniel Reden for SRF Stable, is unbeaten in three 2018 starts after winning the Hambletonian in 2017 on a dq. 84/1 Super War Horse (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Poison Valley-Lindy Lane) was second for driver Kevin Oscarsson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Martina Vincenzo. 12/1 Enterprise (4m Chapter Seven-She’s Gone Again-SJs Caviar) held third on the pegs for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and Courant AB. Perfect Spirit raced on the lead and faced limited threat in the late lane, scoring in 1.11.1kr with a strong kick (1.08.5kr after first 500; 1.10.9hkr at the 1000 from the start; 1.11.4kr at the 1500 out – 600 remaining). The Drottning Silvias Gr. I International (purse to winner 1,000,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.3/1 Dibaba (4f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos) with Kihlstrom teaming for trainer Roger Walmann. She is three for three in 2018 with this 1.11.4kr victory. 41/1 Global Upper Style (4f SJs Caviar) was next for Peter Untersteiner and 4.7/1 Vanquish Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi) took third for driver Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan. The Breeders Course (three year olds, Gr. II International, 1640 meters autostart, 400,000SEK to the winner) went to 2.3/1 Northern Charm (3m Muscle Hill-Clothie-Coktail Jet) timed in 1.12.3kr. This colt is three for three in 2018 and was driven by Peter Ingves for trainer Christian Lindhardt and owner Herz Gunter of Germany/ Feeling Way (3, Ouragon de Celland) was second for Tomas Malmqvist and third went to Smokin Joe (3m Lavec Kronos) with Lutfi Kolgjini up. Also on the card was the Lyon Grand Prix (Gr. II International 20187, 2640 meters autostart, 300,000SEK first money) with 18/1 Handsome Brad (5m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M-Red Xing) victorious clocked in 1.11.7kr. He is four for five in 2018 and was driven by Carl Johan Jepson for trainer Ulf Stenstomer. Milligan’s School was second for Ulf Eriksson, ahead of Rajesh Face and Lutfi Kolgjini. 2.8/1 Diamanten was sixth with Erik Adielsson up. The Algot Scotts V75 Gold (1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK first prize) went to 5.7/1 Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl in his first 2018 appearance. Race time was 1.10.4kr. Giveutgasandgo was second for Erik Adielsson ahead of Double Exposure with pilot Kihlstrom. BBS Sugarlight and Vasterboonthenews completed the top five. The V75 Silver (2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK to the winner) produced a 1.12.1kr victory for the Robert Bergh teamed 2.4/1 Coktail Fortuna (9g Love You-Dallosh No-Diamond Way).Dragster and Roger Malmqvist was second with third to Bryssel and reinsman Bjorn Goop. Thursday at Jagersro put a nice cap on the driving career of Johnny Takter, as he left with three solid victories: Procalafe (3f Prodigious)traine by Lars Nilsson; Liui Magic (4f SJs Caviar) also trainer by Nilsson; and Miss Marbel (5f Brioni) for trainer Christian Lindhardt. Quite a career for the veteran reinsman and superb horseman. Sunday is the Gr. I Copenhagen Cup raced over 2011 meters by nine starts for a total purse of €100,727.  Totoo del Ronco has been scratched from post 10 Thomas H. Hicks  

April 30, 2018 - Harness racing around Europe and beyond took us to Aby (SWE), Martinique, Budapest and France for the latest Trophee Vert leg. Here are the summaries: Aby April 28 Breeders Course (purse 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 2.1/1 Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) timed in 1.14.2kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan. This lightly raced colt has three wins in five career outings. Madinina Martinique April 29 Three top ranked FR drivers were on the island for Sunday’s Grand Prix de la SECF events. The SECF Consolation (purse €6,000, 2600 meters, voltstart, turf) went to 50 meters handicapped Ubbi Kay (10g Jam Pridem-La Davina) with Eric Raffin up for trainer Corrine Gleize and clocked in 1.27.2kr. Biscoto Star (7m My Happy Jet) was next for Alexandra Abrivard and trainer H.R. Colas. The main event was the Grand Prix de la SECF Finale (purse €10,000, 2600 meters voltstart, turf) and it went to 1.18.7kr timed Bavarois du Valet (7g Laetenter Diem - Hera du Varlet) in rein to Matthieu Abrivard for trainer Gleize, the winner’s second straight score. Avis Contraire (8g Infant du Bossis) was next for Edmond Langeron and third was Usly de Visais (10f Defi d’Aunou) for Jean Luc Langeron. April 29 Rambouillet – Trophee Vert The Trophee Vert this Sunday was the Prix Ville de Rambouillet et de sa Reine (purse €45,000, 2800 meters distance handicap) with victory o 9/10 favorite and 50 meter handicapped Bugsy Malone (7g Ready Cash-Night Captain) with Yoann Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire. Bugsy now has 20 career wins in 38 starts for €595,910 earned. 25 meter handicapped Ulhior du Beziau (10m Orsy Dream) held second for Guillaiume Youvre and another 25 meter penalized starter, Ustang Ludois (10m Joyau d’Amour), was third for Dominik Locqueneux. The 50 meters handicapped Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) was fourth for Thierry Duvaldestin and trainer Anders Lindqvist. April 29 - Kincsem Park (Budapest) The weekend featured Grand DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park went to Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady) timed in 1.16.8kr and reined by Veljko Mazsity, also trainer, for breeder Kabela Menes Kft of Radihaza. Rosemundi and Oldtimer Diamant trailed the winner. Other winners on the card were first in the Lofty Sun DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) where the 1.17.2kr timed Rocky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times) prevailed for Balasz Juhasz. The other notable winners were Sunny (7g Oncoming Hush-Vivian King) for Andrea Fazekas timed in 1.20.7kr and Zafira (3f Belami-Jude) in 1.22kr for trainer/driver Branislav Mukity. April 30 – Enghien The Sunday Enghien card included the Prix de Millau (purse €54,000, 2875 meters) with the 1.17.2kr timed verdict earned by 3.6/1 Deesse des Noes (5f Nahar de Beval) with Stephane Rouxel the trainer/driver. 11/1 Dynastie Aldo (5f Kiwi) was next for Anthony Barrier, ahead of Demoiselle Mika (5f Royal Dream) for trainer/driver Sylvain Roger The Prix du Pont Charles de Gaulle (purse €54,000, 2850 meters) yielded a runaway victory for 8.5/1 United Love (5m Conway Hall-Dolly Kronos) by six lengths for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Hans Bot. Race time was 1.16.7kr and the winner defeated 6.5/1 Dimo d’Occagnes (5g Timoko) with Franck Ouvrie up and 39/1 Dream du Chatavet (5m Ganymede) with Geert Lanoo aboard. Thomas Hicks

April 28, 2018 - The Olympia Stayer race (purse €30,773, 3140 meters, 14 starters) went to 2/5 favorite and Bjorn Goop trained and driven Heartbreaker VF (8m, Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive), clocked in a respectable 1.13.8kr over the extended distance. Monte performers contested the Olympia Monte (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.9/1 odds Anna Mix (8f Ludo de Castelle-Tres-Tenor de Baune) prevailed with Josefine Ivehog in the irons for trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. This great mare Anna Mix has raced in the best international races over her career, was clocked in 1.13kr and now has 18 wins in 69 starts for lifetime earnings of 12,505,013SEK. The V75 Silver Division on this great card (purse €30773, 1640 meters autostart) produced a sharp 1.10.4kr victory for 16/1 Coktail Fortuna (9g Love You) handled by trainer Robert Bergh. The Lady Godivas Minne (purse €59,136), the second featured of the day, went to 9/1 Ultra Bright (5f Zola Boko-Patina) reined by Frederik Persson and clocked in 1.12.2kr. 5.2/1 Double Exposure (5f Donato Hanover-KD Girl) was a rallying second for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 10, 2017 - Trencsen (5m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) driven by Sandor Kolozsi took Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.19.9kr. Istvan Papp trains the winner that defeated Urban Legend (4m Gustav Diamant-Jasmin Diamant-Sugarcane Hanover) handled this day by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. Third was Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) for Sandor Varga driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. The undercard included the Idomero DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 12 starters) and Disney HR (4f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) scored in 1.20.1kr for Gyorgy Farkas driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Unigena Sun (4f Sholty Boko-Jeanne Sun-Grundy’s Ebony) was second for driver Tamas Tanczer and third was Rocky HR (5m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) reined by Andrea Fazekas. On Saturday in Sweden (Aby) the V75 Legolas Minne Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13kr timed and 3/2 odds Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Lars Brindeborg and owner Parkkoken. The winner now has 29 wins in 82 career starts for 4,494,295SEK earned. Geisha Sund (7f Love You-Kanadia-Canada) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, ahead of Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) and driver Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran BBS Sugarlight was fourth for Vidar Hop. Other interesting winners on the Aby program were Kash Brodda (5f Ready Cash-Kismetta Marc-Viking Kronos) for Peter Untersteiner in 1.12.9kr of 2140 meters autostart; Ulriika Highness (6f Love You-Camilla Highness-Super Arnie) for Stefan Soderkvist in 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters distance handicap – the winner traveled an added 20 meters; and Global Trust (4m Yankee Glide-Refuse to Lose-Conway Hall with Jorma Kontio up timed in 1.12.1kr over 1640 meters autostart. Sunday I viewed the evening program at Krieau (Austria), a racetrack that began in 1878 and is the second oldest in Europe after Central Moscow Hippodrome. The featured Prix Nastasia Noens (purse €5,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Palema Photo (9g Gidde Palema-Novels Photo) with Erich Kubes up for owner/trainer Marion Hope. Meilo Mo (7m SJs Photo-Miss Starchip Mo) was second for Mario Zanderigo and third was Lord Brodde (6g Mr. Pine Chip-Leonas Yessi) for Christoph Fischer for trainer Gregor Krenmmayr. Thomas H. Hicks      

The European harness racing featured event on August 12th was the Aby Stora Prix with two heats (post positions reversed) contested each over 1640 meters autostart. Each heat carried a 400,000SEK purse with the final purse being 1,200,000SEK. Midnight Hour (6g Diesel Don-Quanne Kemp-Express Ride) took the two-horse raceoff in well-rated fashion timed in 1.16.9kr. Iikka Normonen drove the winner for trainer Ossi Nurmonen as that team bested Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Muscle Hustle won the second heat timed in 1.11kr over Turno d’Azzurra (5m Love You) and third finishing Volstead. Midnight Hour won the first heat timed in 1.10.7kr over Turno d’Azzurra and BBS Sugarlight.  Aby Stora Prix organizers are reported to be considering a change to one heat over an extended distance in the future, in an effort to attract some of the better campaigners from France. Other winners of note on the August 12 Aby card included Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) for Robert Bergh timed in 1.12.5kr in an event worth 200,000SEK to the winner. Later the Lyon Grand Prix for 500,000SEK for first place went to 12/1 Spitcam Jubb (6g Campbell Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters and driven by Peter Ingves. Carla de Felliere (5f Quido du Goutier-Toccata du Bouffey) took Cabourg’s August 11 Quinte+ Prix Bruno Coquatrix (purse €45,000, 2750 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14kr for driver Anthony Barrier. J.P. Marmion  owns and trains this mare that was off at 10.5/1. 3.6/1 Bolt (6m Prince Gede-Souvola) secured second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier, ahead of 3/1 Comte du Vivier (5g Prince Gede-Jonque du Vivier) driven by Dominik Locqueneux. At Cagnes-sur-Mer was the Prix des Blevets (purse €46,000, 2925 meters, 13 European starters). Baby Lou Max (6g Gazouillis-Kamatie) scored timed in 1.13.8kr for Nicolas Mortagne. Zonguldak (8g Love You-Heartenings Crown) was second for Christophe Martens. That day at Enghien was the Prix de l’Odeon (purse €43,000, 2875 meters) and Erable du Vivier (3g Pine Chip Wood-Tendre du Vivier) was victorious for Clement Duvaldestin timed in 1.19.7kr. History of Aby Stora Prix since 1976 Year Winner HER Country Time Father Driver Second Third 2016 A Guy of Héripré M. 8  la France 1'11 " Orlando Vici Björn Goop Propulsion   2015 Support Justice M.6  Norway 1'11 "6 Kadabra Geir-Vegard Gundersen Västerbo Highflyer   2014 Order Crowe H.11  Sweden 1'12 "1 Juliano Star Örjan Kihlström Quid Pro Quo   2013 Sebastian K. M.7  Sweden 1'11 "5 Korean Jorma Kontio Save the Quick   2012 Sebastian K. M.6  Sweden   Korean Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2011 Fast Lebel H.6  la France   Ginger Somolli Eric Raffin (No finals)   2010 Lisa America F.5  Italy   Varenne Torbjörn Jansson (No finals)   2009 Torvald Palema M. 8  Sweden   Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2008 Garland Cronos H.5  Italy 1'13 "1 Viking Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini The Admiral Mauzun   2007 Giant Superman H.8  Sweden 1'13 "5 Giant Force Fredrik B Larsson Bird of Fire   2006 Red Chili Pirat M.7  Sweden   Giant Chill Örjan Kihlström (No finals)   2005 Gidde Palema M.10  Sweden 1'13 "3 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Steinlager   2004 Steinlager M.6  Norway 1'13 "5 Good As Gold Per Oleg Midtfjeld Infant of Bossis Giant Superman 2003 Gidde Palema M. 8  Sweden 1'12 "1 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Couch Doctor Scarlet Knight 2002 Victory Tilly cH7  Sweden 1'13 "5 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legendary Lover K. Royal Tin 2001 Royal Tin H.9  Sweden 1'13 "1 Ulf of Ombrée Jorma Kontio Com Hector Victory Tilly 2000 Victory Tilly H.5  Sweden 1'13 "3 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Frisky Frazer Gidde Palema 1999 General of Pommeau M.5  la France 1'14 "4 Sébrazac Jules Lepennetier Edu's Speedy Rite On Line 1998 Rite On Line M.7  Norway 1'14 "3 Supergill Atle Hamre Ezira Josselyn Zoogin 1997 Gentle Star M.5  Norway 1'15 " Speedy Tomali Gunleif Tollefsen Rite On Line Zoogin 1996 Zoogin M.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt His Majesty Abo Volo 1995 Zoogin M.6  Sweden 1'13 "6 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt copiad His Majesty 1994 Houston Laukko M.6  Finland 1'13 "8 Choctaw Brave Jorma Kontio copiad Sea Cove 1993 Queen L F.7  Sweden 1'13 "2 Crowntron Stig H Johansson Sea Cove Nordin Hanover 1992 Sea Cove M.6  Canada 1'14 "5 Bonefish Jos Verbeeck Kosar Somollison 1991 Prince Mystic M.5  United States 1'14 " Mystic Park Atle Hamre Peace Corps Nordin Hanover 1990 Dream of Udon M.7  la France 1'14 " Éjakval Yves Dreux Jet Ribb Red Rhone 1989 Quellou cH7  la France 1'14 "9 Bellouet Pierre Levesque Napoletano Lord Quick 1988 ourasi M. 8  la France 1'14 "5 Greyhound Jean-René Gougeon Sugarcane Hanover Napoletano 1987 Jet Ribb H.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Count's Pride Hans G. Eriksson Big Spender Grades Singing 1986 Utah Bulwark F.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Utah IX Stig Johansson Grades Singing Hallon Brunn 1985 Minou of the Dungeon M.7  la France 1'15 "4 Quioco Olle Goop Ellizar H. Noble Asset 1984 The Onion M.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legolas Shane T. Hanover 1983 Legolas H.5  Sweden 1'14 "6 Glasgow Thomas Nilsson Snack Bar Ideal of the Gazeau 1982 Ideal of the Gazeau M. 8  la France 1'15 "6 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Nino Blazing Keystone Patriot nineteen eighty one Ideal of the Gazeau M.7  la France 1'18 "4 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Mustard Dartster F 1980 Express Gaxe M.6  Sweden 1'15 " Express Rodney Gunnar Axelryd Lionel Minbar Ianthin 1979 Hadol of the Vivier M.6  la France 1'15 "5 Mitsouko Jean-René Gougeon Little Evander Tarok 1978 Charm Asserdal F.5  Sweden 1'16 "9 Train Bloc Heikki Korpi Express Gaxe Little Evander 1977 Micko Tilly M.7  Sweden 1'16 "3 Frances Nibs Olle Lindqvist Opal H Duke Iran 1976 Dines P F.6  la France 1'18 "9 Seddouk Michel Feuillet Arbont Clissa Thomas H. Hicks

May 13, 2017 - Today at Aby SWE were two exceptional Gr. I events. The King Gustaf Cup (976,880SEK, 2140 meters autostart, harness racing four year old males) produced one exciting finish as Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) exploded in the lane from heavy traffic, found the passing lane, and won timed in 1.12.6kr for Christoffer Eriksson. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Forspro AB. Deimos Racing (4g Quite Easy-Athena Haleryd-Pine Chip) raced bravely for Erik Adielsson and Svante Bath, but could not hold off the exploding finish of Diamanten. Third was Monark Newmen (4m Orlando Vici-Lady Value-Ald Palema) for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. The astounding kick by Diamanten was “for the ages”. The filly division Queen Silvias Cup, same purse and distance, went to 2/1 Cash Crowe (4f Ready Cash-Giant Crowe-Gigant Neo) teamed by Johnny Taker for breeder/owner/trainer Petri Puro. This 1.12.7kr timed winner now is four of five in 2017 and six wins in seven career outings. 15/1 Inga In Heaven (4f Orlando Vici-Vasterbofromheaven-Red Xing) was home second and third was 80.1 Utrecht Rapid (4f Varenne-Eggental-Diamond Way) with Stefan Soderkvist at the lines. On the undercard was the V75 Gold, raced over 1609 meters autostart with 150,000SEK to the winner. Veteran Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) scored in 1.10.4kr for Bjorn Goop. Dan Wildegren trains the property of Stall Sten Nilsson, now with 32 career wins in 99 starts for 7,733,341SEK earned. Spring Erom was off at 3.6/1 and he defeated 7/1 Quick Fix (8g From Above-Glued-Sugarcane Hanover) and Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 69/1 Billy Flynn (5m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec) was third for Erik Adielsson, trainer Par Hedberg and owners Bender Sweden and Roy Holth. Billy Flynn is an import from the USA where he was trained there by Staffan Lind. Canari Match and Edward Ale were fourth and fifth. Well regarded On Track Piraten was seventh and Kadett CD was a miscue dq. Spring Erom received an Elitloppet bid from this event. In the early card was the Euro Classic Next Year (75,000SEK first place, 2140 meters autostart) and 3/2 favorite Vainqueur RP (3m Infinitif-Global Affair-Broadway Hall) scored in 1.14.8kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Frode Hamre. Van Kronos (3m Timoko-Mythical Kronos-Yankee Glide) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath, ahead of Cantotis (3m Cantab Hall-Miss Otis Regrets-Muscles Yankee) reined by Johnny Takter for trainer Frode Hamre. Thomas H. Hicks

December 17, 2016 - Gallant harness racing veteran Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) at 7.5/1 odds took Saturday’s V75 Gold (150,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) at Aby with Christoffer Eriksson driving, clocked in 1.14kr. Dan Widegren trains this career 30-time winner in 91 starts for over 7.05SEK million earned. Stall Nilsson AB is the owner. 4.6/1 Nahar (11g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin. This great campaigner has posted 42 wins in 135 starts for over 13SEK million in earnings. 21/1 Je T’aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) landed third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. The V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to 3.8/1 Carabinieri (5m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) clocked in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. The V75 Bronze (110,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) was won by 3.3/1 Master Crowe (6m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell). Peter Ingves teamed that Puro Petri trainee that is a half-brother to legendary Commander Crowe (winner of US$4.1 million) by Juliano Star and also Mack Peter (winner of US$165,000). Second dam Somolli Ribb is a daughter of Speedy Somolli and dam of US$203,000 winner Super Somolli by Super Bowl. Master Crowe was timed this day in 1.13.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks

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