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With the Elitloppet just six weeks away, interest is stirring as to the possible invitees for the big race, with American imports, which are trained in Sweden, coming under the spotlight. Already last year's entrant, Shaq Is Back, has impressed many with a comfortable victory in Karlstad recently in the time of 1.10.4, which was the fastest winning time in Sweden so far this season and trainer Daniel Reden has acknowledged another start in Sweden's great race is on the son of Credit Winner's agenda. "Of course I'm aiming for Elitloppet. He has gained a lot of muscles this winter and become a totally different horse. If things continue like this, I'm hoping he will go really fast,"  said Reden, who imported the horse as a 3YO from the barn of  Ray Schnittker, for whom he ran second in the $200,000 New York Sires Stakes final. There are five US imports lining up this weekend in the Malarpriset in Sundbyholm and they will be looking to earn a ticket to one of the world's glamour races, although that will be through the Olympiatravet At the top of the list is Formula One, who was bought as a yearling by Finnish owners Onkel Invest Oy and trained initially in Sweden by Stig Johansson, now trained at Solvalla by Reijo Liljendahl . The son of Yankee Glide was a Elitloppet finalist last year and has won 19 of his 34 starts including the a Group One UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris. Not only has he made the Elitloppet final, he is also a heat winner of two international Group One races in Italy and Sweden, with a third in the final of the Group One Konung Gustaf V'S Pokal (Gr1) at Aby. Trainer Reijo Liljendahl told ATG's website Formula One feels great in training ahead of his first season start Saturday. "We had him on layoff early last fall so he should be well prepared for this season. He has gone through hard training during winter though and it feels like he is in good shape," Liljendahl said. "We hope that he will stay healthy and continue his great form. I hope he can have his peak at the end of May and hopefully get revenge for last year's Elitlopp. "Even if that race isn't our main goal for the season," Lijendahl said,  "I hope he can perform well there. Last year the qualification race was messy and in the final he got stuck and still had a lot of power when he crossed the finishing line." SJ's Caviar's son, Fawkes, was trained in the United States by Jonas M Czernyson and was good enough to race in the Hambletonian as a 3YO. He is from the family of Pearsall Hanover, a successful sire in Sweden and Muscle Memory who ran third in the Hambo. Exported to Sweden as a late 3YO to Ake Svanstedt's barn, he has been lightly raced but has won the prestigious Group One Konung Gustav V's Pokal and was third in Group One Sprintermästaren in Sweden. Since Svanstedt moved Stateside he has transferred to Peter Untersteiner's stable and will also be making his seasonal debut at Sundbyholm after only racing three times last season with one win. Kash's Cantab a son of Cantab Hall, has also been plying his trade in Sweden from the Stig Johannson barns, since he was a 3YO and is the winner of 8 of his 54 starts. While he hasn't won a Group race yet, the now six year-old he has placed in group races in Italy and Norway and he is a tough old campaigner who also has Bjorn Goop in the cart. Other US imports in the race include the Yankee Glide gelding, Tidied, racing out of Stefan Melander's barn, and a Bronze Division V75 final winner while Solvato is an imported son of Donato Hanover who was formally trained in the States by Trond Smedshammer. Daniel Reden's other entrant also has US connections, being top mare Dilleval Kall who is a daughter of Muscles Yankee. MÃLARPRISET, Sundbyholm 12/04/14 V75 Gold Division 2140m 1 Kash's Cantab (h Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash) Dr: Bjorn Goop Tr: Stig H Johansson 2 Formula One (h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of) Dr: Orjan Kihlstrem Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 4 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 5 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Stefan Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 6 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 7 Tidied Accelerator (g Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Fawkes (h Sj's Caviar - Up Front Peg)  Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 9 Dileva Käll (s Muscles Yankee - Leva Kroll) Dr: Daniel Reden Tr: Daniel Reden 10 Macho Gossip (g Love You - Fox Valley Anabell) Dr: Ãke Lindblom Tr: Ãke Lindblom by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Swedish-bred Beckman heads a strong international contingent in the field for the the group III Prix Constant Hervieu the 105,000 euro feature Quinte race on the traditional Christmas Day meeting at Vincennes for 5 and 6 YOs. Beckman is now trained in France by Fabrice Solouy but he will be joined by his compatriots Discco A.E. Haraldhino on the back mark of 25m along with Italian star Olmo Holz while Sweden's Conrads Fredriks (a son of Credit Winner) and Twigs U.Canfly are off the frontline along with a trio of Italian entries, Orchetto Jet, Over The Moon and Orient Horse, plus Per Mento, the lone Danish entry. Beckman, a gelding by one of Viking Kronos's best sons Turbo Sund a former European 3YO champion, has been in super form in France, with three wins on the trot at Vincennes in Group III international company. Something of a late developer, Beckman joined Solouy's barn from Ake Svanstedt's Swedish operation after recording 10 wins from 14 starts with now US resident trainer, who was the horse's fourth trainer and really stepped him up through the grades in Sweden. He might also attract a bit of US handicapper money if he is racing at Vincennes at Prix d'Amerique time - he races in the colours of the US flag! Solouy is also the trainer of Italian-bred and owned Orient Horse who was second in the Prix Doynel de Saint-Quentin at the beginning of the Winter Meeting, and is also a runner-up in a Group one race in Italy. The favourites on the early tote, however, are French locals Toutobio and Toreador. Toutobio is owned and trained by Damien Bonne and has been one of those horses who has taken his time to go through the grades, mainly in provincial meetings with the odd visit to Vincennes for their lower stake races. But after a win and a second at in this year's Winter Meeting at Vincennes he stepped up and won his first Group III race last start in the Prix de Crecy la Chapelle at the Temple du Trot.   Similarly Jean Baptiste Bossuet's Toreador, a gelding by Fleuron Perrine, has won 9 of his 29 starts, mainly in lesser provincial company but has won two and had a second in his last three starts at the Hippodrome de Paris at Vincennes. Two others from the T generation's emerging ranks who are also coming in for handicapper support are Tzigane du Rib from Jean Luc Claude Desior's barn and Tony Boy, who is from the stable of Jean Michel Bazire who is a master at bringing a horse quietly through the grades. Another interesting runner is Turbo Jet from the stable of Jean Etienne Dubois, and is the winner of 12 of his 47 starts, and 379,350 euros in the bank - the most money earned in this field. The Joyau d'Amour stallion was also second in the Prix des Landes - a 110,000 euro group III at Vincennes at the end of last month and this is the sort of patient build up shown by a certain Royal Dream, the winner of the Prix d'Amerique, and a winner of this very race two years ago. A different Dubois stable, perhaps, but the brothers learned from the master, their incomparable father Jean-Pierre.     PRIX CONSTANT HERVIEU Vincennes 25/12/2013 FR Group III Europeene 2850 5-6 € 105,000 1 Twigs U.Canfly (5m Naglo - Twigs Likepine) Dr: Johanna Lindqvist Tr: Eva Skantz 2 Per Mento (6h Buvetier d'Aunou - Grace Classy) Dr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel Tr: Jean Michel Alain Roussel 3 Orient Horse (5h Abano As - Irma Del Rio) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Fabrice Souloy 4 Over the Moon Lf (5m Ganymede - Fantastica Cof) Dr: Nicolas Roussel Tr: Salvatore Minopoli 5 Tzigane du Rib (6g Kaiser Soze - Medda) Dr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir Tr: Jean Loic Claude Dersoir 6 Orchetto Jet (5h Supergill - Frutute Jet) Dr: Pierre Levesque Tr: Stephanie Lepetit 7 Un Charme Fou (5h Love You - Ma Crown) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 8 Toutobio (6g Grassano - Helene Gem) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Damien Bonne 9 Toreador (6g Fleuron Perrine - Jubellone) Dr: Francois Pierre Bossuet Tr: Jean Baptiste Bossuet 10 Tony Boy (6g First de Retz - Kuenza Sautonne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 11 Conrads Fredrik (6g Credit Winner - Ahmeida) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jarmo Niskanen 12 Union Life (5m Not Disturb - Izakaline) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Cedric Herserant 13 Disco A.E. (5h Scarlet Knight - Queen A.E.) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 25m 14 Haraldinho (6g Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Catarina Lundström 25m 15 Olmo Holz (5h Uronometro - Veuve du Kras) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 25m 16 Unikaranes (5m Montecatini - Pivoine des Hayes) Dr: Laurent Claude Abrivard Tr: Laurent Claude Abrivard 25m 17 Beckman (6g Turbo Sund - Nins Palema) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 25m 18 Titus de Baffais (6g Kaiser Soze - Lady Dry) Dr: Nicolas Bazin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 25m 19 Turbo Jet (6h Joyau d'Amour - Elite d'Atout) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 25m by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Back to normal this week after our brief dalliance with French racing, in which you would have done well with each way bets on our picks and with a nice winner in Asana Trembalaise. This week we are at Aby for a V75 qualifying round which features 'The Emperor' Maharajah in the gold division race. V75-1 Silver division 1640m: German horse Chapeau (12) was a strong winner of his last race, and is a former European 3YO Championship placegetter in Stig Johansson's barn but has a poor draw. The dangers are Prey Frontline (2) off a good draw and Stelton (9) who will be hoping his strong Norwegian form will carry over the border. I still think Chapeau is the class horse, but it might be prudent to carry an alternate with the other two, and I think Prey Frontline should be included in selections. Selection 12 (2) V75-2 Mares race 2140m: Spurs Rain (9) has won three in a row while Bascaphi In (5), Pompano Dream (1) and La Prinsess (4) are all coming off two wins in a row. This is a race to be safe in so I've taken all four. Selection 9-5-1-4 V75-3 Gold division 2140m: Maharajah (8) was undone by an aggressive drive in a staying drive when just a little underdone last time out. Back over the sprint distance he should be too good. Selection 1 V75-4 Klass II 2140m: This is a tough class with seven of the field being last start winners - favourite Reckless (9), Storm Passage (10), Indian Shore (3) and Quite Windy (12) winning their last two. Corleone Boko (5) is starting to show some of his early promise and should be included while Petri Puro's Napoleon C.D. is another on the way up and is well supported in the early markets. Selection 9-5-6-10-3 V75-5 4YOs 2140m: Tore (11) came straight out of Ake Svanstedt's barn and won a Klass I V75 final last start for new trainer Glenn Persson and looks well placed to keep to make it three in a row, even from the 20m mark. Bjorn Goop's Qualis Talis (4) is a product of Menhammar's breeding programme and has three wins from his first six starts and looks like one on the way up and may be best to be kept safe . Selections 11 (4) V75-6 Klass I 2640m: VästerboontheNews (10) has been very consistent in this class and is good enough to overcome the draw, Mercury Broline (2) is drawn well has hit good form and has top driver Orjan Kihlstrom in the cart, while Flemming Jensen has seems to have sorted out the problems that had beset Monte Major (4) and from that draw he is a definite danger. Selection 10-2-4 V75-7 Bronze Division 2140m: I'm a huge fan of Mellby Viking (8), who I think could be a Vincennes horse in the future but this is shorter than his ideal trip, while Mellby Amiral (5) is no slouch and By Air (6) is also a danger. Still I'm going for the son of Viking Kronos from the one of top current French families in Mellby Viking. Selection 8 (5) TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5 Also here are my win wagers from Aby . ABY SINGLE WAGERS $2 Race 5 Chapeau (12) Race 6 Spurs Rain (9) Race 7 Maharajah (8) Race 8 Napoleon C.D. Race 9 Tore (11) Race 10 VästerboontheNews (10) Race 11 Mellby Viking (8)  

 Well two out of seven ain’t bad, it’s plain awful. Digital Ink first pick in the last was my only anchor that weighed in, while Seabiscuit as one of the three chosen in the first to get us off the dock. From there we just sank without trace, with Reven d’Amour running second to the roan horse Womanizer in the third leg and Global Midnight and Ariel Boko ran second and third in the fifth, about as good as it got. I had stuck with Laurier Dag and Vacqueryas as anchors in legs 2 and 6 and they repaid my faith by running like they were tied to an anchor. The two rank outsiders that ran one and three in leg four, keeping any of our five picks out of the placings, kind of summed it up.  5 correct was a jackpot, 6 correct was $19 and all seven paid just $3,246. And my single picks. Well I just did dough, with the win on Digital Ink hardly moving me off the floor. Oh well there is always this week. V75-1 Klass I 1640m:  Verymuchkiss Karsk (6) raced against the top 4YO horses at Solvalla last time and looks a good chance here. That’s My Pal (5) has won in V75 this year wile Elite Sund (3)will be tough to beat if he gets to the front from this good draw.  Selection  6-5-3 V75-2 Klass II 2140m:  Vaqueryas (11) was disappointing again last start but was in great form before that and I just know that if I leave him out he will bite me. Julio de Luxe  (3) has raced at a higher level while Quarter of An Hour (10) was a nice second last start and could go one better.  Jennie Lovecroft (7) had picket fence form previously  before a mistake last start and should not be discounted, she is going to be my one off wager.  Selection 11-3-10-7 V75-3 Gavle Stora Pris, Gold  division 3140m: Superstar Maharajah (9) set yet another national record at his last start and has won over 4150m so the 3140m trip won’t worry him.  Anchor.  Selection  9 V75-4 Coldbloods 2140m: Manprinsen (4) won the Swedish Championship two races back and although he failed  last start he should be another anchor. Selection   4 V75-5 3YOs 2140m:  Maverick Man (6) was impressive on debut for Ake Svanstedt  and  is now back with the trainer who qualified him. An anchor.  Selections   6 V75-6 Silver Division 1640m: Stig Johansson’s German-bred Chapeau (5) finished fifth in the Solvalla Grand Prix, which is a higher level than this. An anchor for me.  Selection  5 V75-7 Bronze division 2140m: Melby Amiral (3) has been in good form lately with two nice wins and could carry on here again. Others in with a chance are Elite Haleryd (1), Tresor d’Inverne (10), In Rock (2) and Tell Me No Lies (13). Selection  3-1-10-2-13 TOTAL COMBINATIONS  60 – Cost $5 Also here are my win wagers from Gavle. GAVLE  SINGLE WAGERS  $2 Race 5  Verymuchkiss Karsk (6) Race 6  Jennie Lovecroft (7) Race 7  Maharajah (9) Race 8  Manprinsen (4) Race 9  Maverick Man (6) Race 10   Chapeau (5) Race 11     Melby Amiral (3)

Trond Anderssen’s Thai Broadway heads the field for the  Axel Jensen’s Minnelop 4YOs over a mile at Bjerke, and the last of sixth races in the country which are part of the Europe’s elite UET Masters Series race. Thai Broadway (Broadway Hall)  should really  blitz this field, he is a runner-up in both the recent Swedish Breeders Crown (his dam is Swedish bred) and the UET Derby, the  Grand Prix de l'UETand he has earned three times the money of his next opponent. Nothing else in this field has competed at this level and it really should be a case of running for second place in this €76,000 event over the mile. However Ake Svanstedt’s departure to the US has seen the dispersal of his barn, and one of them, US import  Nothing But Class has found his way here in the hands of Peter Untersteiner  , looking or his fourth   win in what would be perceived has easier company than the highly competitive Swedish scene. The son  o fAndover Hall has the fastest time by a second over this distance, with a 1.09.9kr which is a second better than Thai Broadway, and the next best is a second slower than that. Norway’s leading trainer Frode Hamre has Underpaid Hanover, an imported  son of Revenue who stands in Norway, and  the winner of seven of his 19 starts this year. Denmark’s Steen Juul has fronted with Dream Vacation gelding Stelton and Scirocco Sisa, a son of the forgotten Hall brother Adams Hall who was a serious racehorse in Sweden long and the younger  brother to  Angus, Andover and Conway Hall who won  the equivalent of half a million in US dollars on the track with placings in some of Europe’s top races. Scirocco Sisa was second and Stelton was third in the Danish Derby, which at 3000m  is more a test of stamina than speed. Swedish trainers are also represented with  Bjorn Goop bringin Red Adair Superb (4h Orlando Vici) and Lutfi Kolgjini  fronting with Sahara Fairytale (4m   Viking Kronos). AXEL JENSENS MINNELØP Bjerke 20/11/13 NO (G2)  Int 1 609 4 76 000 1         Red Adair Superb (4h   Orlando Vici - Orions Hilda) Dr:  Vidar Hop Tr:    Björn Goop       2         Thai Investment (4h   Broadway Hall - Thai Wonder) Dr:  Tom Horpestad  Tr:   Tom Horpestad           3         Stelton (4g   Dream Vacation - Nanuet’s Crown) Dr:  Jeppe Juel Tr:    Jeppe Juel       4         Sahara Fairytale (4m   Viking Kronos - Sahara Shadow) Dr:  Adrian Kolgjini  Tr:   Lutfi Kolgjini            5         Golden Feline (4m   Look de Star - Dina Drew) Dr:  Hans Christian Holm Tr:    Anders L Wolden         6         Underpaid Hanover (4h   Revenue - Up Front Lisa) Dr:  Frode Hamre   Tr:  Frode Hamre           7         Nothing But Class (4h   Andover Hall - Bold Dreamer) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:   Peter Untersteiner            8         Ja El Tomcat (4h   Chocolatier - Topcat Hall) Dr:  Thor Borg   Tr:  Karoline Krogh-Hanssen             9         Scirocco Sisa (4h   Adams Hall - Outstanding) Dr:  Steen Juul   Tr:  Steen Juul           10         Thai Broadway (4h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick) Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll  Tr:  Trond Anderssen       Dave Sanders

World Record holder Digital Ink heads a strong field of 4YOs competing for the group II Solvalla Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of  €115,000. His trainer Stefan Melander has five horses in the race and the son of Super Photo Kosmos is straight off the back of a dominant win in the 4YO Swedish Breeders Crown a fortnight ago on Saturday. He has been consistently placed in some of the big 4YO races this season, in what has been a particularly strong crop of 4YOs. He will be partnered with Ulf Ohlsson.   Melander also has Donato Hanover entire Nato Dream,  who was a very handy 3YO, with 5 wins and 4 placings in 10 starts for earnings of 873,135SEK but has struggled this season with only 2 wins in 10 starts. However one of those wins was last start against many of this field in a qualifier for this race, and he preceded that with a promising fourth in a handy field to show he might be coming back into his earlier form. He will be driven by top reinsman Bjorn Goop. Melander will drive Increased Workload (Scarlet Knight) who was third in both the Swedish Derby and Sprintermasteren (both Group ones) while his other charges are New York US (Andover Hall) and Licence Holder (Scarlet Knight). Sure to be prominent will be the German-bred and owned Indigious who easily won the German Breeders Crown last weekend, and is back in Sweden where he is trained by Stig Johansson. The classy stallion was fourth in the final of the Grand Prix de l'UET  (the European Derby) and is a very   good representative of rising French sire Prodigious with 11 wins and 6 placings in his 24 career starts. He will be the main opponent to Digital Ink although he starts off the second line. Johansson also has another very good German-bred  Franco-American entered in Chapeau, who was second in last year’s European 3YO championship at Jagersro. He is a winner of 8 of his 18 starts with an additional 4 second placings and is a very consistent competitor with a nice draw. Roger Walman has the group one winning mare Gisela As (Infinitif) in the race, who was formerly in Ake Svanstedt’s barn. A US-bred daughter of an Italian stallion of French maternal descent, formerly trained by a Swede who now lives in America – is one for the trivial pursuiters. She is one of the best of her gender but might find the males a bit tough, even though she does have a nice draw. SOLVALLA GRAND PRIX Solvalla 16/11/13 (G2) Int 2140m 4YOs €115,000 1  New York  U.S. (h Andover Hall - Bloodstock's Chat) Dr: Daniel Olsson  Tr:  Stefan Melander  2  Gisela Ås  (m Infinitif – Golden Door Lindy) Dr: Torbjörn Jansson  Tr:  Roger Walmann    3  Licence Holder  (h Scarlet Knight - Twisterella) Dr: Kaj Widell  Tr:  Stefan Melander   4  Checco Boko  (g Express It - Vintage Boko) Dr: Tony Wallin  Tr:  Timo Nurmos      5  Chapeau  (h Love You - Crown Tess) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr:  Stig H Johansson      6  Increased Workload  (h Scarlet Knight - My Darling) Dr: Stefan Melander  Tr:  Stefan Melander      7  Drew Brees  (h Ken Warkentin - Rydens Denise) Dr: Jorma Kontio  Tr:  Timo Nurmos      8  Nato Dream  (h Donato Hanover - Nugget Dream) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Stefan Melander      9  Digital Ink  (g Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson  Tr:  Stefan Melander      10  Indigious  (h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson      11  M.T.Harmony  (m Quite Easy - Princess Pleasure) Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner      12  Magic Tonight  (h Andover Hall - Miss Possessed) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Roger Walmann  Dave Sanders

A technical glitch prevented our picks from being published last week. This week’s V75 is at Halmstad and are the qualifying races for the finals in a fortnight. V75-1 Silver division 2140m: Nothing But Class (1) is poised to pick up his first win for Peter Untersteiner after transferring from Ake Svanstedt’s barn. His main competition could come from last time winner Wiss Rambo (9) who has a bad draw. For an outsider Main Kronos (8) could be the dark horse.  Selection 1 V75-2 Klass I 2640m: Always a tough division to select, and we are going wide here with Yield to None (2), Lovelorn (10), Hertig Shim (5) and UPW Sund (4) . Selection 2-5-4-10 V75-3 Gold division 2140m: Johnny Johansson’s Harry Haythrow (7) has been super consistent this year in V75. It is a strong field with many chances but we need to have anchors somewhere.  Selection 7 V75-4 Klass II 1640m: Wingait Ida (1) Denco’s Neelakilab (2) and Kebab (4) are the picks in another tough leg. Selection 1-2-4 V75-5 3YO fillies 2140m: Glamour Haleryd (4) has won two on end and from this draw can make it three. Selections 4 V75-6 Bronze Division 2640m: Lutfi Kolgjiini’s October Kronos (2) is perfectly drawn to give ‘Ludde’ an easy route to the front where he likes to dominate races and with this horse’s gate speed, he is primed to do so.  Selection 2 V75-7 Elite Mares 2640m: The elite mares race is a tough one with globe trotting superstar Tamla Celeber (7) having her first start since July. But Miss Sue V (2) in particular, and the likes of Gisela As (3), True Advantage (4) and Finnish star She Loves You (12), are all capable of winning here.  So I’ve gone wide in the last and I’ve gone for an outsider (12) as my winning pick.  Selection 7-2-3-4-12 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5  

Harrisburg, PA --- It will be a white Christmas for the Sjoberg family. Tristan Sjoberg purchased the white colt named White Bliss for $240,000 on Tuesday on the second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. White Bliss was the day’s top-priced yearling. Bjorn “Bernie” Noren signed for White Bliss, who is an early Christmas gift for Sjoberg’s mother, Eva. A son of stallion Art Major out of the mare Coochie Mama, both bays, White Bliss is a rare all white Standardbred. The last time two bays produced a white Standardbred in North America was in 1998. “(Sjoberg) wanted to buy this horse for his mom,” Noren said. “She has always been looking for a white Standardbred. She went to Russia to buy some white horses, but couldn’t find any really purely white. When this horse came up for sale, he got really excited and his mom got really excited. He wanted to go for it. He bought it for his mom as a Christmas present.” Ake Svanstedt, who is coming to the U.S. after a successful career in Sweden, will train the colt. “He’s going to take him to Florida and train him and race him in the New York Sire Stakes program hopefully,” Noren said. “Then he will go to Sweden and get the chance to breed some trotting mares.” Noren added with a laugh, “He’s not going to get castrated.” The colt was among three horses to sell for at least $200,000 on the second day and a total of 14 sold for at least $100,000. After two days, the average price was $50,486 for 515 horses sold; an increase of 14 percent compared to 2012. Last year, the average was $44,270 for 545 horses sold. On the pacing side, yearlings sired by Somebeachsomewhere were going for an average of $84,243 – the top mark of the sale. On the trotting side, Credit Winner-sired foals were leading with an average of $83,636. Mohegan Blue Chip and Apple Bottom Lindy were tied for the No. 2 seller, both bringing $215,000. Mohegan Blue Chip, a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Casino Miss, went to trainer Tony Alagna. Casino Miss finished second in the finals of the Tender Loving Care and Blossom series in 2003 and earned $431,698 lifetime. “I trained the first foal out of the mare, Ryder Blue Chip, and I liked her,” Alagna said. “She was just a nice sire stakes filly, but I liked her a lot. This was the first colt the mare had, the first Somebeachsomewhere, so he kind of fit the profile for what we were looking for. “There’s enough maternal pedigree to be a home run. He was a great individual with a lot of presence. He passed all the tests.” Apple Bottom Lindy, a daughter of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Lindy’s Got Back, was purchased by Robert Lindstrom for owner Lennert Agren. Paul Kelley will train the filly. “She’s got size, she’s got great conformation, she’s got a pretty darn good family, and she gets over the ground really good,” Kelley said. “Hopefully those are all the qualities you’re looking for to start out with.” Migrate Blue Chip, a son of stallion Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Gro sold for $180,000 to Synergie Montreal. Gro was second in the 2006 Tender Loving Care Series final and earned $454,135 in her career. He will be trained by Luc Blais. “I liked the animal, the conformation; he’s a nice looking horse,” Blais said. “We went to the farm a week before the sale. When we saw him, we just liked him. I liked what I see and what I feel about the horse. I report that to the owner and the owner looked at the video and made the decision after that. “Rock N Roll Heaven was a great horse and had a great attitude. That’s what I feel about this yearling. I think he’s got a nice attitude. I was impressed.” Following is the list of horses to sell for at least $100,000: Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 305 – White Bliss – Colt – Art Major-Coochie Mama – $240,000 Rare white Standardbred; half-brother to Western Posse (1:50.4s; $155,818) 428 – Mohegan Blue Chip – Colt – Somebeachsomewhere-Casino Miss – $215,000 Half-brother to Ryder Blue Chip (1:50.3; $190,825) 504 – Apple Bottom Lindy – Filly – Cantab Hall-Lindy’s Got Back – $215,000 First foal for Lindy’s Got Back; third dam is world champion Anamosa Hanover 346 – Migrate Blue Chip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Gro – $180,000 First foal for Gro, who had a mark of 1:50.3 and earned $454,135 459 – Severine Hanover – Filly – Donato Hanover-Secret Credit – $175,000 First foal for Secret Credit, who had a mark of 1:59.2h and earned $133,811; half-sister to Berto Primo (1:54.2; $296,298) 390 – Mullet Blue Chip – Colt – American Ideal-Babe Watching – $160,000 Half-brother to Baberhood, who is the dam of New York Sire Stakes champ He’s Watching 480 – Whataworkout – Colt – Muscle Hill-Southwind Sofia – $155,000 First foal for Southwind Sofia, who is half-sister to Southwind Serena (1:55.2; $385,088) and Southwind Spirit (1:54.1; $310,925) 348 – Adama Hanover – Filly – Camluck-Always True – $140,000 Half-brother to Dynamic Youth (1:48.1f; $822,957) 499 – Mentzer Hanover – Colt – Donato Hanover-Mayday Hanover – $120,000 Dam is half-sister to Macaria Hanover (1:55; $292,337) 498 – Magic Marker – Filly – Andover Hall-Susie’s Magic – $110,000 Dam won 2006 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters; mark of 1:52.4 and earned $700,946 276 – Badiou Hanover – Colt – Well Said-Blind Ambition – $105,000 Dam is half-sister to Cheyenne Rei (1:51.1; $729,933) 279 – By Chance Hanover – Colt – Cantab Hall-Box Of Dreams – $105,000 First colt for Box Of Dreams, who had a mark of 1:58.1f and earned $86,100. 386 – Minix Hanover – Colt – Lucky Chucky-Madam Hooch – $105,000 First foal for stakes-winner Madam Hooch, who had a mark of Q1:58.3s and earned $181,843. 478 – Sobti Hanover – Filly – Cantab Hall-Sounds Swell – $105,000 Half-sister to Spellbound Hanover (1:54.3; $962,395) and Up Front Ben (1:54f; $381,326); full sister to Symphonic Hanover (1:53.4; $265,116) 412 – Mypaparox Bluechip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Musical Tone – $100,000 Half-brother to Big Al’s Delight (1:52; $385,154) by Ken Weingartner for HRC

Tragedy marred the running of the Swedish Breeders Crown semifinals in Solvalla today when US-bound Ake Svanstedt’s Charlie Palema collapsed during the race and died. The race was the second semifinal for four-year colts and geldings, and the horse driven by Anders Svanstedt began faltering about 1200m into the race. The race judge on TravRonden was quoted saying that a short distance before the horse collapsed, his legs were like spaghetti and the driver made futile attempts to steer the horse with the reins. Charlie Palema fell onto the track and pulled down the following Maffioso Face and tipped Lutfi Kolgjini from the sulky. After a short distance Maffioso Face (4g Revenue) was captured unharmed but his driver Kolgjini suffered a hurt shoulder and withdrew from the rest of his driving engagements. Anders Svanstedt was unharmed. Charlie Palema lay motionless on the track and was pronounced dead by the horse ambulance attendants and veterinarian. They believed that the son of Gidde Palema was dead before he hit the track. “He started losing style 1200 and left shortly after - it felt that there was noone at home. I shouted at competitors to stay out of the way to try to avoid an accident,” Anders said on ATG Live TV (translated). The race was called off and rescheduled, with Maffioso Face a late scratching. The re-run race was won by Daniel Reden’s Molle C.D. Other semifinal winners were 4YO C&G: Dreams Take Time (Andover Andover) and Porthos Amok (Orlando Vici; 4YO mares: Fascination (Super Arnie), Jeepster (Home Alone) and Rica Neo (Juliano Star);3YO C&G: Cool Keeper (Broadway Hall), Call Me Keeper (Pine Chip) and Poochai (Make It Happen); 3YO fillies I Am Unique (Kadabra), Amazon Am (Gigant Neo) and Neona Princess (Gigant Neo). The finals are Saturday week. by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

The UET Masters Series,  resumes after a week’s break  and Commander Crowe head a top quality field in the CL Mullers Memorial, a Group II international  and one of two Masters Series events at Jagersro, Sweden this weekend. Commander Crowe will be attempting to win his third CL Mullers Memorial, a race that has been an every-present on the Swedish calendar since the 1920s. Fabrice Souloy’s brilliant chestnut won in 2008 and 2009 but that was his last appearance in the 2640m staying race (approximately 1 mile and five-eighths), which has been dominated in recent years by horses with at last some French blood in their pedigrees. Last year’s winner Quarcio du Chene is by Capriccio,  2011’s winner Yellow Eden was by Duc de Bossis, Maharajah the 2010 winner has French blood on his damside. Commander Crowe (himself by Juliano Star)  followed four other winners with French sirelines in Arras (Echo), Garros (Coktail Jet), Spring Ray (Gentle Star)  and Insert Gede (Jet du Vivier). The last horse of American-bloodlines was  the Sugarcane stallion E.V. Cane in 2003. Commander Crowe, although in the last couple of months of his 10-year-old season, has been in good form recently, with a second in the final of the Lotteria a fortnight ago after winning his heat at the re-scheduled Grand Masters event at Agnano, Naples. He will be driven by top driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The Commander will face recently crowned Swedish champion On Track Piraten, who was a surprise winner of the Swedish Masterskap race at Aby, also a fortnight ago. He will be driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Hans Stromberg. Yarrah Boko, the Norwegian owned and trained son of Coktail Jet was second in that event and Trond Anderssen’s star  lines up again here in his third attempt at the race and has the pole position. Johnny  Johansson’s V75 King Harry Haythrow, who has   drawn two, and Fredrik Larsson’s honest campaigner Caballion are others with a good chance of picking up a decent proportion of the stake. Anders Svanstedt will be in the bike for his dad Ake Svanstedt’s King Conch gelding New Line as the current leading trainer continues his long goodbye to his homeland before his depature to the States next week. C.L.MÜLLERS MEMORIAL Jägersro 2013-10-26  Group II Int 2 640 all 110 000 1         Yarrah Boko (h   Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson Tr:  Trond Anderssen             2         Harry Haythrow (g   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:   Johnny Johansson             3         Winning Love(h  Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr:  Åke Lindblom  Tr:   Åke Lindblom             4         Obi-Wan (h  Ganymede - Hejsa Reerstrup) Dr:  Flemming Jensen  Tr:   Flemming Jensen             5         You Bet Hornline (h  San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr:  Robert Bergh Tr:    Robert Bergh             6         Caballion (h  Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr:  Fredrik B Larsson Tr:    Fredrik B Larsson             7         New Line (g  King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr:  Anders Svanstedt  Tr:   Åke Svanstedt             8         On Track Piraten (g  Kool du Caux – Monrovia) Dr:  Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Hans R Strömberg             9         Commander Crowe (g  Juliano Star – Somack) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:    Fabrice Souloy             10         Haraldinho (g  Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr:  Marcus M Melander  Tr:   Catarina Lundström               Dave Sanders  

Well it may have been a bit of beginners luck last week but I can feel somewhat happy to have picked two winners and two second placings from my five picks, although my outsider bet is probably still running. Ypsillon Boko certainly put us up with his 14.22e first up and Timoko’s last gasp win, even at even odds (4.00e) still returned a profit for the week. We wagered 10 Euros and won back 18.22 so we go into week two at a profit of 8.22e.  This week is the quietest week of the year for handicappers, in terms of major races in either France or Sweden, the main race of the weekend being in Finland, the St Leger, which we don’t have access to for handicapping purpose. So I thought we’d look at the V75 at Romme, Sweden on Saturday. Remember you have to pick the winners of 5,6 or 7 races to collect. One of the races is for coldblood horses and I usually just take the favourites in that, but I’ve run the rule over the "warmblood"  trotters. You’ll need to sort out a couple of anchors, and a race or two with just two or three horses, so here are the ones I think you should have in your combinations. V75-1 Silverdivision 2640m : Cando Hall (6), Allballakaitox (3) and Thai Goldie (4) could all be thrown into the mix, while the two that should definitely be on your ticket are the favoured  Aga Khan Boko (2),  and   Overtaker (7) by Sib. For an anchor go for Aga Khan Boko, a former placegetter in the TravDerby  is the favourite has the great draw and top driver Jorma Kontio on board. He’s been racing and winning in Finland recently, and ran an encouraging second last start in Sweden for trainer Timo Nimos will also be due a bit of luck after the fire at his barn this week. V75-2 Klass I 2140m: Always a tough division to  pick and if you want to go wide here in form  Navaronne (12) and  Harvey Tornado (5), Antagonista (9)and Viktor på Knecken (3) should be kept safe in combinations, but if you were to want to keep your picks down Kaiser Broline (2) will have Ake Svanstedt in the cart, and he will be highly motivated to win on one of his last starts in his homeland and from the 2 hole gets my nod. V75-3  Mares 2140m: The mares race is a real toughie with  Parodie (4),   Captivating As (6) and Jumble As (5)  and Recation (7) all with good claims but this is one in which I think one for the wider odds has a chance here, so I’m going with  Princess Wine (2)  off the good draw. V75-4 Klass II 1640m: The V75 is just great racing, and that is its secret, with so many races having genuine chances,and there are plenty in this with a claim although Vasterbo Wallet (5), Ground Proximity (3), MT Havana Girl (4) and Eloise (6) and Rite Passion (7) all have to be included in combinations.  And for an outsider throw Lucky Luke Zenz (9), a product of the mighty Boko stables. V75-5 Dubbelcupen Final (Coldbloods) 2140m: The favourites are Nordsjo Douglas (3), Hulte Magnus (13) and Rino Dox (14). I know nothing more. V75-6 Bronze division 2140m: Another with plenty of chances with Rico Follo (4), Open Mind Bi (2), Long Night (11) and Bret Boko (3), all with plenty going for them. But I  think Laurier Dag (10) with Johnny Takter is a good bet, and maybe even an anchor. V75-7 Gold division 1640m: This is the feature race and one from which Pastor Stephen was scratched. It’s a tough race to pick, you should make sure  Miss Sue V (1),  Monster Drive (11), Friction (3) and  True Advantage (9) are included on your  V75 card. But it is also one where I think an outsider has a chance, and this is an old favourite of mine, who incidentally has raced in the United States, and returned to the winner’s circle recently.  Reven d’Amour (5) won the European 3YO championships a few years ago and a win here would certainly make a worthwhile collect, either in the V75 or as a stand alone wager.  

In what must be the envy of the rest of the horse racing world, three Swedish trotting identities rated among the top 20 most publicized sportsmen in their country. And US bound Ake Svanstedt came in at number eight in the list of sports stars who were mentioned in Swedish newspapers during the past year, illustrating the massive profile that the sport of harness racing has in the Scandinavian Kingdom. Soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović topped the list of Sweden’s most written about sports stars being mentioned 38,956 times in Swedish newspapers. But Svanstedt, and leading drivers Orjan Kihlström and Bjorn Goop were in the top 20. The official website for the Swedish Trotting Association – travsport.se reports that Swedish Media Analysis Company Retriever recently made ​​its annual analysis of how often Swedish sports stars mentioned in Swedish newspapers. While Swedish soccer international Ibrahimović a former Barcelona player who now plays for top French club Paris St Germaine, tops the list with 38956 mentions, Trotting’s profile is such that its stars are ranked at  8, 17 and 19 and it appears the sport is actually growing in popularity, since it had no one in the list last year. “It is important for a sport to have strong profiles and therefore it is great to Ake, Orjan and Bjorn are in the top 20. I think we in the racetrack should be proud of the great interest in our active”, says Mark Myron, of the  Swedish Trotting Association. Unfortunately for Swedish trotting, their biggest star Svanstedt is in the process of moving to the United States and it will be interesting to see how this will impact on the profile on the sport in both Sweden and the United States. The full list (last year's position in brackets): 1) Zlatan Ibrahimović, soccer, 38956 ( 1) 2) Erik Hamrén, soccer, 17874 (2)  3) Pia Sundhage, soccer, 13625 (66) 4) Lotta Schelin, soccer, 11,790 (new) 5) Pär Mårts, hockey, 10,610 (15) 6) Charlotte Kalla, skis, 10 361 (3) 7) Steven Smith, soccer, 8350 (7) 8) Svanstedt, trot, 8044 (21) 9) Marcus Hellner, ski, 7705 (12) 10) Henrik Lundqvist, hockey, 7474 (6) 11) Kosovare Asllani, soccer, 7303 (new) 12) Alexander Kacaniklic, soccer, 6996 (new) 13) Kim Kallstrom, soccer, 6990 (11) 14) Henrik Stenson , Golf, 6815 (68) 15) Johan Elmander, soccer, 6468 (10) 16) Tobias Hysen, soccer, 6400 (new) 17) Orjan Kihlström, trot, 6317 (35) 18) ​​Abeba Aregawi, athletics , 5811 (new) 19) Björn Goop, trotting, 5793 (26) 20) Rasmus Elm, soccer, 5734 (20) Source: Retriever 

Johnny Takter steered 7/1 long shot Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) to a close score in 1.14.04kr to win the 2013 edition of the classic Prix Deutschland at Hamburg. The purse was 200,000 euros over the 2720 meter autostart distance. Sire of the winner was a $170,000 yearling in the U.S. and is a son of Andover Hall from Wac by Malabar Man. Indigious (4m Prodigious-Indication) was second for Erik Adielsson, owner Stall Express and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Quid Pro Quo (4m Yankee Glide-Hostage) was third for teamster Ake Svanstedt with Call Me Hanover (4g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pin e Chip) fourth for Per Lennartsson. Favored Clint W. Boko finished seventh. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was the upset winner of today’s V75 feature at Aby. Johnny Takter used the open stretch to rally for the win in 1.12.2kr over 2640 meters. The winner earned 600,000SEK for the score and increased his career earnings to over 4 million SEK. This was his 10th win in 45 starts for the victorious On Track Piraten and owner Stall Morkermasse. Yarrah Boko (8m Cocktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), a winner of almost 10 million SEK, was second for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) rallied to be third for driver Peter Untersteiner. The undercard included fast class action as well with important winners shown below: Seabiscuit (6g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover) took the Silver Division worth 125,000SEK to the winner. He covered 2140 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr for Jorma Konto to defeat Stormysky (5g Andover Hall-Not A Spacecase-Barbeque) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson. Baretta Boko (5g SJs Caviar-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell) won the Swedish Masters for Geldings in 1.13.4kr. Driven by Mattias Djuse, the winner earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. Embassy Photo (5g SJs Photo-Persos Bellami-Embassy Lobell) was second for Oscar Nilsson. Dileva Kall (5f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell) won the Gr. II Swedish Masters for Mares to pick up 600,000SEK. She scored in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart for driver/trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Dileva Kall’s lifetime earnings reached over 5.9 million SEK with the win. Playing Tua (5f Gigfant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Thomas Ehrberg. The fastest event on the day was won by Zjanti River (7g Toss Out-Green Grove-Pine Chip) in 1.11.6kr for Ake Svanstedt. He scored over 1640 meters autostart in the Bronze Division worth 110,000SEK to the winning connections. KLM Buymethemoon (5m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) was second for Erik Adielsson with Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) third with Adrian Kolgjini up. Yesterday at Kalmar the Energusparloppet over 1640 meters (distance handicap) went to the Guida Italia Srl bred Laurel America (8f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell). She scored in 1.12.3kr overcoming a 20 meter handicap. Jorgen Sjunnesson drover the winner who recorded her 26th lifetime win in 119 starts for earnings over 2.4 million SEK. On October 9 at Solvalla several solid wins were posted by US-sired offspring. Enya Boko (2f Broadway Hall-Victors Finesse-Valley Victor) scored in 1.14.7kr to earn 175,000 SEK in a Breeders Crown test over 1640 meters autostart. This young filly is undefeated in four starts for Per Lennartsson who also trains. Eunice Boko (2f Cantab Hall-Ens Tag Session-Tagliabue) was second for Jorma Kontio. Delicious (4f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) recorded a 1.09.9kr win over 1640 meters autostart for Daniel Reden in a Klass II event worth 50,000SEK. Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec) won for the fifth time in six starts lifetime for Ake Svanstedt. The KB Capulus Horses owned colt scored in 1.13.5kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 75,000SEK. Magic Tonight (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) won in 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to secure a 150,000SEK paycheck in the Solvallaserien VIII. Orjan Kihlstrom drove for trainer Roger Walmann. The Donato Hanover son Pojke Kronos was second with Gisela As (4f Infinitif) third. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

Swedish legend Stig Johansson is taking his German-bred colt Indigious back to the land of his birth for a crack at the Grosser Preis von Duetschland, the country’s biggest race for 4YOs run over the staying distance of 2720m. Indeed Johansson is one of no less than six Swedish trainers taking their charges to Hamburg in search of international Group I glory and a hefty purse of €200,000. Johansson won this race four years ago with Love You colt Nu Pagadi, and Swedes have been successful in the last two runnings of the race, with last year’s winner being Kool du Caux gelding On Track Piraten (who races in the Swedish Championships at Aby this weekend). Roger Walmann’s champion mare Tamla Celeber (Cantab Hall) was successful in 2011, and went on to win the US Breeders Crown for mares the following season. Indigious, who is owned in Germany by Friedrich Gentz is fresh from a meritorious fourth place in the European 4YO  Derby (Grand Prix de l’UET) in the hands of regular pilot Erik Adielsson, who will drive him here. The well-performed son of Prodigious has won 10 of his 22 starts since he began his career as a  3YO with  five wins in a row and has already been second a  Group I, when he followed  Svante Bath’ (4mQuid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide) hone in Sprintermastern Final in July. Quid Pro Quo is also in this race and Bath has engaged fellow trainer Ake Svanstedt to drive him. Quid Pro Quo has 11 wins in 25 starts and was fourth in the Swedish TravDerby. He did not start in the European 4YO Derby after missing out in the heats – to Indigious. Star Swedish driver Johnny Takter will be aboard Lars Nilsson’s Dreams Take Time, an Andover Andover colt who was second in the Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown last year and won his last start, after taking a break in July after missing out on the Sprint Masterskap. Lutfi Kolgjini never leaves home without a horse who has a chance and he fronts up with Viking America (Viking Kronos)  who is out of a half-sister to Ette Extra, the dam of European Derby winning Qualita Bourbon and exciting new sire Sam Bourbon. Viking America is yet to show the same flair on the track although he has won seven of 32 starts including a heat of the Swedish TravDerby recently – only to break in the TravDerby itself. The Netherlands will be represented with two horses the best of them being Clint W Boko who was in impressive winner of his European 4YO Derby heat against a quality French field at Vincennes. Coincidentally Paul Hagoort’s Dutch Derby  winner is the son of a German champion, Abano As, who won the Prix d’Amerique in a stellar career. Abano As also won the Grand Prix de l’UET, the race Clint W Boko was fifth in, in his last start, right behind Indigious. He may indeed share favouritism for this event. Finland is represented by Tuomas Korvenoja’s  filly Creme Brulee  (4m Meaulnes du Corta) who won the mare’s Sprint final at Halmstad in July but has not won since in four starts. Her record is seven wins in 20 starts and might find the colts and the distance too much here. Of the German runner 4mLindo Eden won the Grosser Preis NRZ-Pokal this year and  was third in the Traben St Leger last year while Dream Magic BE  was the German Traber-Derby winner who has been a regular placegetter in German group races since he was a 2YO. Casanova was second in the German Derby while Betterthancheckers won the Bayern Pokal as a 3YO, and they are the only others with form in big German races. GROSSER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND Hamburg 13/10/13  Group 1 International  4YO (4m€200,000  2720m 1         Betterthancheckers (h   Donato Hanover - Armbro Domino)   Dr: Michael Schmid  Tr: Josef Franzl              2         Caen Oldeson (h   Offshore Dream - Krona Oldeson)   Dr: John de Leeuw Tr:  Frank A Westerveld              3         Call Me Hanover  (4g Kadabra - Chiptease)   Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr:  Marcus Lindgren              4         Casanova (4h Ufo Kievitshof - Pinky)   Dr: Roland Hülskath Tr:  Paul Hagoort              5         Clint W.Boko (4h Abano As - Vantz Boko)  Dr: Robin Bakker Tr:  Paul Hagoort              6         Cowboy Fanatic  (4g Broadway Hall - Super Fanatic)   Dr: Rob de Vlieger  Tr: Rob de Vlieger              7         Creme Brulee  (4m Meaulnes du Corta - Youronpandidcamera)   Dr: Tuomas Korvenoja   Tr:Tuomas Korvenoja              8         Dream Duo (4h Kadabra - Chip's Commission)   Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr:  Veijo Heiskanen              9         Dream Magic BE  (4h Dream Vacation - Dantesca Cla)   Dr: Josef Franzl Tr:  Josef Franzl              10         Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey)  Dr:  Johnny Takter  Tr: Lars I Nilsson              11         Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication)   Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr:  Stig H Johansson              12         Lindo Eden (4h Unforgettable - Quickstar Hornline)   Dr: Arnold Mollema Tr:  Arnold Mollema              13         Quid Pro Quo (4h Yankee Glide - Hostage)   Dr: Åke Svanstedt Tr:  Svante Båth              14         Viking America  (4g Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini            Dave Sanders

Today (Wednesday) at Axevalla (SWE) Breeders Crown eligible events took place for three and four year-old males and females, each contested over 2140 meters autostart with 75,000SEK to the winner. Summary results are shown below: Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJs Caviar) won the three year-old filly contest in 1.14.7kr for Erik Adielsson, her third 2013 win in ten starts for seasonal earnings of 1,198,000SEK. Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane-Lindy Lane) was second for trainer Roger Walmann and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom Rica Neo (4f Juliano Star-Cristall Cashflow-Supergill) took the four year-old mares event in 1.14.7kr for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. This one scored her sixth 2013 win in 13 starts for 1,111,000SEK earned for the year. She narrowly defeated favored Fascination (4f Super Arnie-Elissa FZ-Lemon Dra) and driver Johnny Takter. Fascination shows 2013 earnings of 1,648,250SEK for her 5-2-1 slate in nine appearances Poochai (3m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) took the three year-old male event in 1.15kr for Erik Adielsson, his first seasonal win in six starts. He easily defeated Darren Boko (3g Going Kronos-Lovely Kemp-Express Ride) and trainer/driver Markus Svedberg Twin’s Fairytale (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) scored in the four year-old male trot in 1.15.1kr for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt, over stablemate Charlie Palema (4g Gidde Palema-Frosts Dime-Tibur) with Ake Lindblom aboard The previous day Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) won at Mantorp in the Sikta Mot Stjarnorna Final for 200,000SEK to the winner. She emerged from the pocket in mid-stretch to score in 1.14.2kr for driver Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Jeannette Hansen. Developed by Jerry Riordan, and bred by Guida Italia Srl, the filly won for the seventh time in 13 starts this year. The Riordan trained Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) was the pacesetter and ended a good second for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. This one shows a 6-2-3 slate in 11 starts for 2013 earnings of 862,504SEK. Rufoli Lung (3m Pine Chip-Charmante Lung-Park Avenue Joe) was third for Juhani Partanen. The Mantorp co-feature for 100,000SEK first money went to Flash Oak (4g Super Arnie-Cara Bobs Crown-Wesgate Crown) for trainer/driver Oskar Svanberg. He was timed in 1.12.7kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance, scoring for the fourth time in 11 starts this year. This past weekend the Hungarian Trotting Association hosted their annual yearling sale. 31 head went through the ring with the sale topper being the Kabela Menes Kft. bred and raised Trotting Boy (Maximus Lindy-Jeans Lady) for US$8,039. Kabela Menes also sold the next four highest priced yearlings by stallions Ata Star L, and Maximus Lindy, each from solid producing HU mares. On the racing front Kincsem Park hosted a fine Saturday card including the 1.9 million HUf Ketevesek Nagydija. Szimfonia (2f Medic Hanover-Dallam) took the victory over 1800 meters autostart for owner Her-Lo Racing Kft. The co-featured Oszi Hanca Dij for 1.5 million HUf went to Poetica Saf (4f Frullino Jet-Augusta Bi) in 1.17kr over 1960 meters. The winner overcame a 40 meter distance handicap, traveling 2000 meters from trainer Tibor Hajnal and owners Illetmeny Kft. and Dejan Bacic. Veteran classic winning mare Nana (by Tony Oaks) was third in her final start for trainer Imre Fazekas and amateur driver Andrea Nagyvary, timed in 1.16.9kr over 2020 meters. The weekly Open (Disco Dij) produced another win by Vic Attack (10g Hans Boshoeve-Iris Attack) in 1.18.3kr in the 500,000HUf purse event over 1960 meters. Landlord and Vamos Kemp finished next in line. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

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