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Today at Bergsaker, Sweden was the Zoogins STL Gold, raced over 2140 meters autostart, for a purse to the winner of 150,000SEK. Elian Web (9g Like A Prayer-EL Dolly-Conway Hall), off at 4.14/1, scored easily on the front end timed in 1.12.4kr, with Jorma Kontio at the lines. Melkko Katja trains this now winner 23 times in 59 starts for 6,275,867SEK earned. The 1.28/1 favorite Propulsion (9m Muscle Hill-Danae), handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden, was second in what was to be a prep for the Prix d’Amerique. He was clocked in 1.12.6kr after briefly challenging the leader on the final lap. He fell back, dropped to the pocket and trailed the winner home in the lane. 80/1 Narold Vox (11g Orlando Vici) was third for Mats Djuse. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday’s V5 action was at Bergsaker and the aged trotters raced in the V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner 2140 meters autostart).   The 1.13.4kr timed winner was 4.3/1 odds Elian Web (7g Like A Prayer- EL Dolly-Conway Hall) reined by Jorma Kontio for trainer Katja Melkko, to his 20th career win in 43 appearances, now for 5,083,700SEK earned. 24.3/1 outsider Nappa Scar (7m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover) took second for Per Lennartsson ahead of 6/1 Queer Fish (10g Varenne- Gambari-Victory Dream) with Ulf Eriksson up. Fourth went to 39.4/1 Kadett CD (12m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune).   Saturday at Kincsem Park was he featured Wind Scot DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and it produced an explosive finish with the victory to 5/1 Uptown Boy M (6g Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) handled by Ferenc Nagy III for trainer Balazs Juhasz.   Race time was 1.19.3kr as the winner bested six rivals in the picture with second to Ujrczz! (6m Maximus Lindy) and driver Sandor Turbucz for the trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Third was Trencsen (7m Ata Star L) with trainer Istvan Papp at the lines.   Uptown Boy M     -Kincsem Park and ATG photos   The undercard included the Dolgos Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with the 1.18.8kr timed victory earned by 2/1 Asterix Evo (7m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) with Sandor Turbucz up for trainer Laszlo Kolozi. Unipress (6f Incredible Cole) took the second check with third to Vanadium Boy (5g Maximus Lindy).   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

January 5, 2019 - Saturday’s V75 card at Bergsaker included the featured harness racing Gold Division Zoogins Lopp for 200,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meters autostart event. The 2.7/1 second choice Zenit Brick (8g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) prevailed timed in 1.13.4kr with Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer Timo Nurmos. Zenit recorded his 21st career win in 70 starts now for 4,549,396SEK earned. 29.6/1 outsider Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Bogeuil) was second for driver Nicklas Westerholm and trainer Robert Bergh. Another Bergh trainee Nimbus CD (9g Mythical Indy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor du Baune) took third money with Bergh aboard at 9.8/1 odds. The 3/2 wagering favorite Lionel (9m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) was fourth with his owner Goran Antonsen driving for trainer Daniel Reden. 17.8/1 Beau Mec was fourth for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks  

Australia's great European hope has finally shrugged off her visitor's burden and pinged a ripping draw. Maori Time will launch from gate two in her 1640m trot in race 10 at Bergsåker at 5.23am on Saturday morning AEST time. Maori Time's campaign has thus far been frustrated by the normally rock solid mare breaking gait, including during the Elitloppet, which has largely been attributed to adjusting to the different European carts. Owner Fred Crews was optimistic about her chances in what he deemed a weaker class race than what she'd faced previously. She continues to be trained by Stig H. Johnasson and will be steered by Erik Adielsson in the race, which is worth 100,000 SEK (about $AU15,000).   Trots Media

November 4, 2017 - Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rebounded from a disappointing last out to easily win today’s Hilda Zonetts V75 Gold at Bergsaker, timed in 1.12kr over 2149 meters autostart. Stefan Melander was the pilot of the 3/10 favorite , he also the owner/trainer. Nuncio left from post six and made the front from a three wide position on the backside of lap one and he was a length winner from Tobin Kronos (5f Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) driven by Orjan Kihstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Third was Poochai (7m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) for Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Nuncio now has a 42-13-4 slate in 62 career outings for 28,610,230SEK earned. Today’s first prize was 150,000SEK. Other good winners on the card included Valeur (8g Love You-Steffi Bob-Lindys Crown) for Sandra Nordemo in the V75 Silver and Bryssel (5m Ready Cash-Spacelane-Lindy lane) took the V75 Bronze handled by his trainer, Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

August 26, 2017 - Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) raced second over for Wim Paal and then moved swiftly down the middle in the stretch to capture today’s harness racing €179,200 purse Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, Sweden, over the 2140 meters autostart course. Race time was 2:32.15 (1.11.1kr; 1:54.39 mile rate) for the Jerry Riordan trainee, owned by Marco Scarton. Off the 6.4/1 in SWE (16/1 on the PMU) the winner bested 9/1 Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) and Ulf Ohlsson. 1.5/1 favorite (3/10 on PMU) Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) trailed throughout until a too late brush in the lane, a mysterious drive by Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten and Spitcam Jubb finished fourth and fifth.  Thomas H. Hicks

Top flight harness racing trotting occurs this weekend on Saturday at Bergsaker with the Sundsvall Open and Friday at Cagnes sur Mer in the Grand Prix du Department 06. The Sundsvall Open has a total purse of €188,475 in the Gr. I International test over 2140 meters autostart. Nuncio will be the favorite from post one with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, owner/trainer. Main contenders will be Call Me Keeper, Oasis Bi, Anna Mix and On Track Piraten. Melander also starts US-bred Volstead. Former Elitloppet winner Nahar is also in this groupe, he apparently slated for a Toronto trip for the Maple Leaf Trot. BERGSAKER - SUNDSVALL OPEN TROT SUEDE Attelé - 188 475 € - 2140m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart  - Corde à gauche SUNDSVALL OPEN TROT Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 188.475. - Attelé. - 2.140 mètres. 107.700, 43.080, 21.540, 10.770, 5.385. Pour 3 ans et plus, ayant gagné au moins 43.080. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains Rapports probables e-SG Ref. Direct                           1 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2140 1a1a2a1a2a 2 577 409 € - - 2 Volstead A     M 5 p. lennartsso s. melander 2140 5a1a1a1a0a 370 192 € - - 3 Call me keeper     M 6 j. unterstein daniel reden 2140 2a1aDa1a1a1a 391 090 € - - 4 D.d.'s hitman     M 5 j. kontio p. puro 2140 0a1a2a4aDa 130 209 € - - 5 Nahar     H 11 r. bergh r. bergh 2140 DaDa2aDa1a2a 1 349 763 € - - 6 Oasis bi     M 8 b. goop s. pettersson 2140 0a0a4a1a1a0a 1 302 033 € - - 7 Anna mix     F 6 e. adielsson mlle sofia ar 2140 1a1a6a5aDa3a 864 508 € - - 8 Shadow woodland     M 7 u. ohlsson reijo liljend 2140 1a4a1a4aDa 217 726 € - - 9 On track piraten     H 8 j. verbeeck h.r. stromber 2140 2a2a5a4a1a2a 1 219 550 € - - 10 Explosive de vie     H 5 k. oscarsson j. oscarsson 2140 2a1a2a1a3a 278 980 € - -   Ecurie A   -     Friday at Cagnes sur Mer will be the Gr. II Grand Prix du Department 06 for a purse of €180,000 with 12 starters in the 1609 meter autostart sprint. Un Mec d’Heripre will be the likely wagering choice from post six with J-M Bazire to drive the Fabrice Souloy trainee. Main attention will also go to Pascia’Lest, Dante Boko, Seatlle Bi and Aladin d’Ecajeul in this well matched field CAGNES/MER - GRAND PRIX DU DEPARTEMENT 06 Attelé - 180 000 € - 1609m - 12 partants  - Groupe II GRAND PRIX DU DEPARTEMENT 06 Course 6 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe II Course Internationale. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains Rapports probables e-SG Ref. Direct                           1 Starter du rib     H 10 j.ch. feron j.ch. feron 1609 6a3aDa5a0a5a 513 440 € - - 2 Aladin d'ecajeul     M 6 g. gelormini s. guarato 1609 6a3a3a4a8a3a 998 640 € - - 3 Pascia' lest     M 7 p. gubellini f. souloy 1609 5a5a2a1a1a4a 1 357 611 € - - 4 Olmo holz     M 8 ch. martens v. martens 1609 4a2a5aDa5aDa 842 656 € - - 5 Soumoulou     H 10 anthony laigr a. laigron 1609 7a6a3a4a3a6a 654 710 € - - 6 Un mec d'heripre     M 8 j.m. bazire f. souloy 1609 1a1a0a1a1a3a 1 632 332 € - - 7 Zorro photo     M 10 r. andreghett mlle st. lepe 1609 3a6a6a6a6a1a 619 288 € - - 8 Princess grif     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 1609 9a6a7a8a0a9a 787 826 € - - 9 Truman dairpet     H 9 d. locqueneux n. ensch 1609 7a2a5a4a2a2a 510 960 € - - 10 Dante boko     H 6 p. vercruysse l. kolgjini 1609 1a4a0a5aDa1a 481 314 € - - 11 Seattle bi     F 5 m. stefani a. gocciadoro 1609 1a3aDa4a4a6a 115 899 € - - 12 Slow du beauvoisin     H 10 r. mourice r. mourice 1609 3a1a1a3a0a4a 478 070 € - -   Thomas H. Hicks  

Stefan Melander’s owned and trainer of Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) headlines next Saturday’s harness racing Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, a UET Masters Series race. Ten are slated to contest this classic against the Russell Williams bred Nuncio, with 1SEK million to the winner (total purse 1,750,000SEK) over the 2140 meter autostart course on the 1000 meter track. The Sundsvall began in 1996 and ranks alongside the Elitloppet, Aby Stora Prix and Hugo Abergs Memorial as the top trots in Scandinavia during spring season. The fastest winner was Delicious timed in 1.10kr in 2015 with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. Second finishing On Track Piraten will be at the start this year along with Oasis Bi and recent winning mare Anna Mix. The field sets up as follows in post order: Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom Volstead, Per Lennartsson Call Me Keeper, Johan Untersteiner D.D.’s Hitman, Jorma Kontio Nahar, Robert Bergh Oasis Bi, Bjorn Goop Anna Mix, Erik Adielsson Shadow Woodland, Ulf Ohlsson On Track Piraten, Joseph Verbeeck Explosive De Vie, Kevin Oscarsson   År Häst Kusk Tränare Vinnarodds Vinnartid Tvåa Trea 2015 Delicious U.S. Örjan Kihlström Daniel Redén 2.88 1.10,0 On Track Piraten Ringostarr Treb 2014 Quid Pro Quo Erik Adielsson Svante Båth 14.56 1.11,2 Oasis Bi Canaka B.F. 2013 Panne de Moteur Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 6.74 1.10,9 Sebastian K. Save The Quick 2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 2.38 1.11,6 Amaru Boko Viola Silas 2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini 5.44 1.11,7 Iceland Noras Bean 2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan 9.29 1.12,2 Beanie M.M. Torvald Palema 2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro 4.30 1.12,1 Torvald Palema Adrian Chip 2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman 5.57 1.11,6 Jaded Giant Superman 2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson Fredrik B. Larsson 62.50 1.12,7 Going Kronos Jocose 2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann 10.39 1.12,5 Digger Crown Gazza Degato 2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson 6.77 1.12,7 Gidde Palema Malabar Circle Ås 2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander 5.49 1.12,0 Giant Superman Kart de Baudrairie 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 1.23 1.13,5 Digger Crown Couch Doctor 2002 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.07 1.12,1 Etain Royal Com Hector 2001 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.27 1.12,2 Giesolo de Lou Igor Brick 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.92 1.12,7 Petit Aubiose Giesolo de Lou 1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof 2.65 1.13,0 Fridhems Ambra Edu's Speedy 1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 1.72 1.14,6 Scandal Play Rite On Line 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund 9.13 1.13,5 Petit Aubiose Zoogin 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson 9.12 1.13,6 Zoogin Rite On Line                                               The 2015 replay can be seen at this link.       The excellent card also includes the Lars Lindbergs for 250,000SEK first prize, led by Windy Ways and Monas Invercote, both facing 20 meter handicaps (the standard distance is 2140 meters); and the Svenskt Masters for coldbloods also for 250,000SEK first money over 2640 meters autostart. It was also reported that D’One will return to the US to compete at Lexington’s Red Mile in the Allerage, a race she won last year. She will undergo a vet exam and then head for the US so says trainer Roger Walmann. Last year won D ' One four of five starts in North America and in 2106 she posted three wins in Sweden albeit she was unplaced in the recent European Championship for Mares.  Walmann believes she is best suited for the mile distance and the Red Mile was kind to her, dam Giant Diablo and sire Donato Hanover, both of which set world records in 2007.  In North America she might face enhanced competition from the Swan For All daughter Hannelore Hanover and Shake It Cerry. Thomas H. Hicks    

On July 21 at Bergsaker in Sweden harness racing action showcased another victory by unbeaten even-money favorite Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Lata Kell-Ata Star L) with trainer Robert Bergh up. The winner scored in the 250,000SEK first money Norrlands Elitserie Final for three year-olds over 2140 meters, to remain perfect in eight career starts, five in 2016. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat 2.4/1 Electric Light (3m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and Per Lennartsson with 8.6/1 Mindyouvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) third, driven by Ulf Eriksson. On that card, the Gr. II International Norrlands Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 4/5 favorite Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldade-Credit Winner) for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Courant AB. He scored in 1.11.4kr to improve his career slate to 8-3-7 in 30 starts for earning of 3,024,736SEK. 2.6/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 32/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson. Earlier aged trotters contested the 100,000SEK first money Mittoljor over 2640 meters autostart and the 1.14.4kr winner was 1.8/1 Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson. 42/1 Kung Toll (10g Giant Cat-Flossy Lobell-Speedy Somolli) was second for Krister Soderholm ahead of 4.9/1 Poochai handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Luckycharm Hanover was unplaced in this event. Also, the Grand Prix Sprint (50,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 1.12.7kr timed 5/2 odds Bloody Valentine (5f Dream Vacation-Excellent-Supergill) with Stefan Edin driving. Castle Rose and Pandora Diamant were next to finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

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