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James Kennedy had never driven the 4-year-old trotter Inside Broadway prior to opening night here at Cal Expo, but in the ensuing three weeks they have formed a solid partnership that resulted in a win at the head of the class last weekend. Inside Broadway, who is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson, checked in fourth in his first start at this stand after making an extended first-over move at the half, then was hard-used early in his next appearance and garnered the show money. In last week's tour, the trotter flexed his muscles with Kennedy's guidance and motored away to an impressive two and a half-length score. "Bob really didn't give me any instructions for that first start," James related when asked about the October 5 outing. "I came first-over with him out of last, he gave it a good try to deep stretch and then I got the impression he was a little short. "I played it by ear for the second start and decided to leave with him. He had to be used pretty hard in that opening quarter and I was happy with the effort. It set him up nicely for last time." Sent off at 9-2 from the No. 5 post for his most recent appearance, Inside Broadway was able to take a three-hole tuck around the first turn while tracking Running Aces invader Rich Dessert. He was out to engage the leader turning for home, took a clear advantage soon after straightening for home and left little doubt in a powerful mile. "I though it would be in our best interest to leave strong and make the top, at least for a little while," Kennedy noted. "That didn't happen, but fortunately I was able to duck in and drop third. He felt really strong when I pulled him and he made the lead into the stretch. To be honest, I was surprised he won that easily. Surprised, but very happy." Will James Kennedy be pleasantly surprised again? We'll find out after Saturday night's second race where Inside Broadway leaves from the No. 4 slot in the field of six. Hoping to spoil a curtain call are Axle and Franks Best to this outside and Alpine Hawk, Rich Dessert and Sharpshootennorris to his inside. Top pacers, top trotters sharing the spotlight Inside Broadway was a game first-over winner in last week's clash at the head of the division and eyes an encore in the Open 2 Trot, while Phantom Dan and One And Only are among the leading players in the co-featured Open 2 Pace at Cal Expo Saturday night. A 13-race card is on tap with first post set at 6:10 p.m. A 4-year-old son of Broadway Hall out of the American Winner mare Inside Edition, Inside Broadway is owned, trained and was bred by Bob Johnson and will once again have James Kennedy giving directions. It had been a rather lean season for the trotter coming into last week's action, with just one victory to show from 22 trips to the post on the year, but the Johnson representative made 9-2 look like a gift. He left for third-place tuck for Kennedy, was first-over going into the final bend to put away the leader and drew off by two and a half-lengths in a 1:58 3/5 tour. Axle was a solid runner-up at 9-1 that evening and is coming off back-to-back big tries here, having taken the measure of a softer group in his previous outing. George Reider trains and co-owns the son of Hard Rock N Roll, who was claimed for $5,000 at Running Aces in August. David Siegel will be at the controls once again and he co-owns the trotter with Reider, Bob Thronson and Greg Robinson. Alpine Hawk is a fan favorite with many victories over this layout and has to be respected with Rich Wojcio in the sulky. He is on the verge of going over the $200,000 earnings mark and was an easier-than-looks winner at this level two weeks ago. Jim Winske owns and he hails from the Gordie Graham barn. Franks Best gives the Bob Johnson barn another solid look at the outcome. A multiple stakes winner at this layout with $176,000 in the bank, he is looking to make amends after checking in third last weekend as the 9-5 choice. The son of Armbro Scribe can really roll home in the lane and always makes it interesting. The Open Pace looms a contentious affair and they will line up as follows from the rail: Thedeadliestcast for trainer Gordie Graham; In Confident for the Bob Johnson barn; Giant Sculpture for driver/trainer Gene Vallandingham; the Lino Pacheco-conditioned One And Only and Phantom Dan for pilot/conditioner James Kennedy. by Mark Ratzky for Cal Expo Harness  

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

Once a year the V75 celebrates its anniversary with an elite race for the up and coming stars (4 and 5YOs), the V75 International worth €110,000  (and a leg of the UET Masters Series) and this year is  even more special being the 20th anniversary of the game which is credited with changing the face of Swedish trotting. Rarely has a bold marketing strategy reaped such rewards, and the Swedish trotting industry has benefitted enormously since it replaced the ailing predecessor the V65. ATG’s main betting pool which had been the engine for the racing industry had been stagnant for seven years with annual turnover of around 1.5 billion SEK, and more disturbingly was in decline The ATG Board of Directors  made the bold move to launch V75, in a complete revamp The V75 consisted of seven races instead of six, 50 cents in row price, three profit pools instead of two,  and the introduction of the computer lucky dip called Harry Boy. But the real marketing coup was the slick new  TV show:  Vinnare (Winner) which became a huge success. The impact was immediate with turnover jumping from   25 million SEK to  over 39 million SEK for the first week of the V75. On track, more than 8,000 fans were   at Jägersro to see Copiadwin the inaugural Gold Division race while more than 390 000 viewers tuned in on TV to watch Vinnare with Swedish comedian Lasse Brandeby as host. Twenty years on and the V75 is still the driving force behind the Swedish trotting brand, which along with France, is the most successful in Europe –and the V75 is played all over the world. This is where the best horses and drivers race for the highest prizemoney in Europe outside France, the so-called Premier League of trotting, and well-placed to play a leading role in the industry for another 20 years and more. Saturday’s field is headed by Olympiatravet star Panne de Moteur, fresh from his clearing of a positive doping investigation arising from the Elitloppet.   The son of Credit Winner, who is trained by Stefan Hultman, tested positive after a Elitloppet swab  on Solvalla on May 26, this year.  The sample analysis showed the presence of the antibacterial agent trimethoprim. The Swedish Authorities  did not not allege that Stefan Hultman willfully or negligently caused the horse to receive the product off but he was as the horse trainer responsible for the incident. But  the investigation concluded that actual amount of trimethoprim (1 nanogram per ml of plasma) could not affect the performance or temperament, that the current reporting levels are very likely to change , which means that the measured result would not be classed as a positive doping test and   the disciplinary board believed that it was unfair to impose a penalty. Panne de Motteur, the winner of the Group I Jubileumspokalen and the Frances Bulwark, is the odds on favourite for the event, with the only other horse showing single figure ods being Stig Johansson’s five-year-old stallion Perfectly Enough, a winner of the 3YO Swedish Breeders Crown in 2011. US stallions dominate the eight-horse field with four US-domiciled sires Credit Winner (2), Broadway Hall and Andover Hall represented as well as exported US sires Toss Out  and Express It – both sons of Supergill, who was also exported. Interestingly Italy is the birthplace of the other two sires, Viking Kronos and Infinitif.   V75 INTERNATIONAL Jägersro  2013-10-26  Group II  Int (UET Masters Series) 2140m  4&5YOs  €110,000 1         Perfectly Enough (5h  Express It - Just About Enough) Dr:  Erik Adielsson Tr:   Stig H Johansson              2         Mermaid Ås (5m  Broadway Hall - Superlou Ås) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:  Peter Untersteiner             3         Quite a Fall (4h  Infinitif - Victoria Falls) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson Tr:   Catarina Lundström              4         Pershing Bi (4h  Toss Out - Fidji Bi) Dr:  Christoffer Eriksson Tr:   Jerry Riordan             5         Panne de Moteur (5h  Credit Winner – Jalopy) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:   Stefan Hultman              6         Rocky Winner (5h  Credit Winner - Level Fortytwo) Dr:  Peter Ingves Tr:   Jörgen Westholm               7         Orione Spin (5g  Viking Kronos - Karisma Zet) Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini              8         Magic Tonight (4h  Andover Hall - Miss Possessed) Dr:  Johan Untersteiner  Tr:  Roger Walmann            by David Sanders for  

For a small breeder, having one foal make the Breeders Crown final is exciting.   Paul “Pete” Spears’ Windsong Stables came to prominence in 2004 when Windsongs Legacy captured the Triple Crown of trotting for trainer Trond Smedshammer.   The Windsong name will be in focus on Saturday night with two foals from the late Bax Machine figuring prominently in both the $250,000 Crown Mare Trot and the $500,000 Crown 3-year-old filly trot.   “I recall we purchased Bax Machine in 2001 at the Harrisburg Sale,” said Spears. “She was in foal to Muscles Yankee and I think we paid either $18,000 or $19,000.”   While the daughter of Earl seemed to have a nondescript pedigree, Spears actually favors that approach.   “I especially like to purchase hard-hitting mares that race in Canada,” Spears said. “It really doesn’t matter to me what the sires name is.”   Diversity has been the watchword at Windsong and it has helped cultivate a brand that continues to perform at a high level.   Bax Machine has been a model of consistency no matter what cross Spears chose for her. With 10 foals on the racetrack, Bax Machine was the proverbial sure thing in the breeding shed.   “It doesn’t show up on the USTA site, but her 2005 foal by S Js Caviar (Bring Me Back) was a top colt in Sweden,” said Spears.   What does show up under her pedigree is an extraordinary array of talented trotters from diverse stallion pairings.   Her first colt by Muscles Yankee, named Q Forty Five, was exported and raced well overseas. She was then bred to Angus Hall, Dream Vacation, S Js Caviar, Broadway Hall, Cantab Hall, Windsongs Legacy, Kadabra and Credit Winner.   On Saturday night Bax Of Life, the true Windsong-bred mare—being a daughter of Windsongs Legacy and Bax Machine—appears to have the best chance of success.   The 5-year-old mare, trained by Jerry Duford and driven by John Campbell landed post three fresh off an impressive 1:52.4 victory in last week’s Crown elimination. The gritty mare has improved with age, earning more than $300,000 over the last two years, a far cry from the just under $90,000 she banked as a 2- and 3-year-old combined.   Trainer Jim Raymer entered Bouncing Bax in the Crown because he believed the daughter of Credit Winner deserved a chance. She entered last week’s Crown eliminations on the strength of a five-race winning streak that included the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final at Yonkers. Though that streak ended with a fifth place finish in her Breeders Crown elimination, driver Howard Parker seemed undeterred.   “I thought she raced very well,” said Parker. “She got a little fumbly on the final turn and I had to steady her. She’ll race better next week.”   The New York Sire Stakes program has helped Bouncing Bax earn $367,713 in her first two years of racing.   “She’s very good gaited and she’s very comfortable on the half-mile track,” said Raymer. “I think she’ll be a little better next year.”   While Bax Machine has yet to produce a world champion, she’s given more to the sport in the longevity her foals have had on the racetrack. Just look at Never Bax Down, her second foal by Ontario-sire Angus Hall who raced 180 times between 2007 and 2011.   Baximum, Bax Machine’s 2007 foal by Cantab Hall, was a Grand Circuit winner as a 2- and 3-year-old and is approaching $400,000 in career earnings.   The saga for owner Spears came to an end last year when Bax Machine was injured prior to foaling her Muscle Massive-sired colt.   “She foaled on three legs,” said Spears. “Mares generally don’t get better after that.”   Bax Machine did her motherly duty and nursed her foal until the youngster was weaned some three months later.   “We could have done a procedure on her,” said Spears, “But it was risky with no guarantee of success.”   Bax Machine ultimately was humanely put down and her final foal—Fighting Bax—goes on the auction block Nov. 4 at the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg.   Spears says he’s had fun naming the foals of Bax Machine, who was named as a tribute to Ontario horseman John Bax, who trained the $2.1 millionaire Goodtimes.   Spears is grateful for the success of Windsong Stable mares, having had the good fortune to do well with mares others cast aside. He’s bred a diverse group to a wide range of stallions and come up with solid stakes trotters. Triple Crown winner Windsongs Legacy’s dam Yankee Windsong died prematurely after her champion was born. Bax Machine’s greatest accomplishment, producing two exceptional Breeders Crown finalists, comes a year after her passing.   On the positive side, the bloodlines of Windsongs Legacy and Bax Machine will be around for some time, especially if two of Windsongs Legacy’s more famous sons —Chapter Seven and Lucky Chucky—turn out to be successful in the breeding shed. Win, lose or draw, Windsong Stables has carved out quite a niche on the trotting breed.   By Jay Bergman for the Breeders Crown  

John Campbell remembers a time when people wondered whether Cooler Schooner could become a racehorse. Now they might only wonder how fast she can go. Cooler Schooner, who in August trotted the fastest mile in harness racing history for a 2-year-old on any size track when she won in 1:51.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old fillies. All 12 Breeders Crown championships will be held Saturday at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the card's first race. Cooler Schooner won her Breeders Crown elimination race last weekend by nearly 11 lengths in 1:52.2. "She was tough training down and there were many people that saw her train and thought she wouldn't make the races," Campbell said. "She's definitely made them and made an impact." Campbell drives Cooler Schooner for his brother, trainer Jim Campbell. The filly is a daughter of stallion Broadway Hall, who gave the Campbell brothers their only Breeders Crown victory together when he won the 2-year-old colt trot in 2002. She is a full sister to Broadway Schooner, who also was trained by Jim Campbell and won the 2009 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. Now the Campbells will try to win another trophy, for their family as well as Cooler Schooner's. "She can just go so easy, nothing surprises me anymore," said Jim Campbell, who has won a total of three Breeders Crown finals. "After she set that world record, nothing surprises me with her. If she keeps her head on straight, she can go with anybody. But she has to repeat this type of performance (Saturday)." Cooler Schooner has won four of 10 starts and earned $133,231 for owner Fashion Farms. In three of her first five starts she went off stride during the early part of the race. The races in which she made those breaks are the only ones when Cooler Schooner failed to lead the field to the opening quarter-mile. "She's a little headstrong, but she sure can go," said John Campbell, who has won a record 45 Breeders Crown titles. "She's a little difficult to deal with, but down the backstretch (in her elimination) I backed her up and she actually relaxed. But it takes that far into the race to be able to rate her and that's a little more than you'd like. But she was very strong finishing." When asked how talented Cooler Schooner is, the driver grinned. "She's extremely talented," John Campbell said, with a little extra emphasis on the word extremely. "We've had faith in her ability all year. She's just gifted with athletic ability. She travels like a pacer, there's no wasted motion. Her gait is just absolutely flawless. She has a really good attitude. Even when she gets tired she still tries." Jim Campbell has three horses in the Breeders Crown finals, with Credit Fashion at 5-1 in the race for 2-year-old male trotters and Sometimes Said at 12-1 in the event for 2-year-old male pacers. Cooler Schooner will face a tough field in her division, led by the Jimmy Takter triumvirate of Shake It Cerry, Lifetime Pursuit and Scream And Shout. If Cooler Schooner wins, she and sister Broadway Schooner will join a small group of full siblings to capture Breeders Crown trophies: CR Kay Suzie and CR Renegade, Flirtin Miss and Pick Me Up, Western Terror and If I Can Dream, and Economy Terror and Yellow Diamond (who, interestingly, were sired by Western Terror). "Personality-wise, she's pretty much a clone of Broadway," Jim Campbell said. "I think next year she's going to mature a lot. Her sister was the exact same way. She's not like a crazy filly to be around; she's the biggest sweetheart you could be around. I think a lot of it is just immaturity. "Like John says, she's just so gifted. She's got no wasted motion to her and she's got tremendous speed. She's like a natural." by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

A busy stakes-filled night of action was contested on Sunday, October 13th as the Crete plant welcomed Grand Circuit action back to town. On tap was a pair of $27,950 splits for two-year-old filly trotters while their male counterparts slugged it out later in the night for a $46,700 jackpot. In the first Hanover split for the freshman trotting fillies Bobby Brower and Mystical Marker Farms Petticoat Affair had no trouble living up to her favored status as she cruised to a 4 ¾ -length triumph in 1:57.1 with Brad Hanners at the controls. Sweeping from fifth to first on the backside after watching Dancing Dynamite (Dean Magee) cruise through an opening quarter in 28.2, the daughter of Valley Victor—Katie Hall was in complete control of the proceedings as she rolled through middle splits of 58.0 & 1:27.3. With plenty still in reserve the Bobby Brower trained miss trotted home in 29.3 while continuing to put daylight between herself and her five rivals to notch her fifth win in eight starts this year. Dancing Dynamite held on for second while Fox Valley Lotus (John Roberts), who made a break leaving the gate, rallied to finish third. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite Petticoat Affair returned $3.60, $2.40 & $2.40 while upping her career bankroll to $185,124. In the second division the Brower-trained, Hanners-driven connection clicked again as Victory Hill Farms and Bobby Brower’s Pray With Me demolished six rivals by seven-lengths in 1:58.4. After saving ground in third while Dress For Success (Dale Hiteman) carved out leisurely splits of 30.0 & 1:00.1, Hanners set the daughter of Broadway Hall—Hail Mary Hanover on a mission for the lead heading into the final bend.  Effortlessly sweeping past her foes on the turn, the Brower trained miss was in front by a length and starting to leave her rivals in her wake as she stepped by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:29.4.  Leaving no doubt as to who was the best in this group Pray With Me trotted home in 29.0 to post her third win in eight lifetime starts. Simply Class (Joe Putnam) finished second while Pinking Of You (Casey Leonard) was third. Bet as though defeat was out of the question Pray With Me returned $2.40, $2.20 & $2.10 while upping her bankroll to $64,026. A field of nine two-year-old trotting colts was sent postward for the $46,700 Hanover and when all was said and done it was last week’s Lincoln Land Stake winner Photo Surprised who emerged victorious as he trotted to a one- length victory in a career best of 1:57.4 for driver Mike Oosting. Gamely “toughing it out” first over as Nino Marino (Dean Magee) put up splits of 28.2 & 58.1 the Nelson Willis trainee swept past his rivals on the far turn and began to draw away from the field as he rolled by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:28.1. Continuing in full stride as he headed for the wire the state-bred son of Powerful Emotion—Gloria Wyoming was straight and strong as he continued his late season surge with his third win in eight career starts. Big Bad Bob (Dale Hiteman) rallied late to finish second while Explosive Cash (Casey Leonard) was third. Fresh off that win in the biggest event of the year for diagonally gaited Prairie State freshmen the Jerry Graham owned gelding returned just $3.80, $2.40 & $2.10 while running his career bankroll up to $76,725. State-bred pacing fillies were also in action on the busy Sunday night card as a field of eight youngsters squared off in a $12,000 Betzotic Stake. In a re-match of the Violet Stake at Maywood Park last week, Sawgrass Farms Molly Go Lightly once again proved best as she reported home with a three-quarter-length triumph in 1:54.1 with Mike Oosting at the controls. Content to bide her time in the middle of the pack as Mae Flynn (Ryan Anderson) put up splits of 28.3, 57.2 & 1:26.1 Oosting maneuvered his charge into a live outer flow as the field moved around the final turn. Tipping three and then four wide from her third over position, the Nelson Willis trained miss then uncorked a blistering 27.0 final quarter to blow right by her rivals for her fifth win in 12 lifetime starts. Fox Valley Amanda (Dale Hiteman) came up with a solid effort to finish second while Fox Valley Shiver (Todd Warren) was third. With the win the daughter of Lexington Legend—Waggle sports a record of 5-1-3 in 12 career starts with earnings of $50,895.  David Baum

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    

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Star trotter Father Patrick ($2.80) obliterated the world record for two-year-old colt trotters with a 1:52.1 victory in the sole $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for two-year-old trotting colts Friday at Moehgan Sun at Pocono Downs. Driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter, who both had two wins for the night, saw their colt, now 9 for 10 lifetime, lower the divisional world record for the 1:53.2 set by Break The Bank K in winning the 2010 Crown Championship at this very track. Nuncio (John Campbell) rocketed out to early command, while Gingras guiding "Patrick" into the pocket from the tough outside post nine. Nuncio absolutely flew on the lead, tripping the timer in 26.2 and 54, with Father Patrick tightening on the leader considerably by the 1:22.4 three-quarters. Gingras handled Father Patrick confidently in the last quarter, and Nuncio proved to be a very stubborn foe in the stretch, with the winner getting clear only on the final 100 feet to win by a length. Another Transcript, Expressive Action, Southwind Spirit, Auspicious Hanover, and Muscle Network also qualified for the $500,000 Championship next Saturday. These top seven finishers join Credit Finisher and Don Dorado, who accepted a bye, in next week's Breeders Crown 2TC Championship. Trainer Takter noted after the race that he didn't take the "bye" he could have as the field's top moneyearner because "I didn't want to take a chance of getting post nine in the final. Nuncio fought hard to the wire, but this is a special horse to me, as good as Muscle Hill, maybe a little better, at this point of their careers." Father Patrick completed a sweep of the five Friday Crown events for Pennsylvania-sired horses, doing "poppas" Donato Hanover, Broadway Hall, Somebeachsomewhere, Four Starzzz Shark, and Cantab Hall proud. by Jerry Connors for

WILKS-BARRE PA -- World champion Cooler Schooner and Shake It Cerry and were the impressive winners of their respective $25,000 eliminations for next Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Championship for two-year-old trotting fillies. The Broadway Hall filly Cooler Schooner trotted the fastest mile ever by a freshman over any size track, 1:51.4, here on August 21, and tonight she claimed a tie for second by storming away to a 1:52.2 10 3/4-length triumph. John Campbell, who said that he definitely wanted to be on the lead, had his filly slightly off the gate but got the "Schooner" sailing quickly after the start and claimed the point, with the 4-5 favorite getting some help when 7-5 second choice Vanity Matters ran in the two-hole at the eighth. After darting to fast fractions of 27.1 and 55.1, Cooner Schooner showed a new dimension with rating to a 1:24.3 three-quarters, then sprinted home in 27.4, with Scream And Shout, Demanding Sam, and Ruby far in arrears at the wire but still claiming spots in the final. Both John Campbell and his brother, trainer Jim, both note that the gifted filly seems to be maturing with racing, noting her speed was more usable. "She should be able to improve with more experience," Jim Campbell noted -- a scary thought for her opposition, but a very good thing for owner-breeder Fashion Farms of nearby New Hope PA. In the other elim, Shake It Cerry yielded to her stablemate in the Jimmy Takter barn, Lifetime Pursuit, nearing a 27.1 opener to sit the pocket; behind came another major development as 4-5 favorite Designed To Be (the other 1:52.2 trotting 2YO) made a break just before the field exited the curve. With the chalk eliminated, the two Takter barnmates were the major factors the rest of the way, with Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) getting the new two splits in 58 and 1:26.2, and "Cerry" (Ron Pierce) waiting patiently for the "Pocono Pike" passing lane. When shown ground up the inside in the last eighth, Shake It Cerry had more than enough to overhaul Lifetime Pursuit despite a 27.4 last quarter. winning in 1:54.1 more easily than the half-length margin might suggest. Struck By Lindy was third off cover; Goddess, who moved uncovered but tired, was fourth; fifth-place Market Rally earned a spot in next week's Championship by being the richer of the two final checkgetters. When asked about leaving Takter stablemate Lifetime Pursuit outside in a tough opener, Pierce said, "I really couldn't take her (Shake It Cerry) back much because she likes to race, doesn't like waiting that much. Fortunately, she was good in the pocket and I felt if I could keep her together until the top of the stretch, I would be the winner. I love this filly." The winner (whose last name is pronounced with a "K" sound in front) is a daughter of Donato Hanover, owned by the Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor NJ. Trainer Takter is no stranger to the winners circle in this event -- he was there last year with To Dream On. by Jerry Connors for

Earlier this year at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs when Cooler Schooner trotted the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old filly there were many in the harness world unwilling to believe a 1:51 3/5 mile was possible. In that Pennsylvania Sire Stakes mile the Jim Campbell-trained filly defeated Merrie Annabelle champion Shake It Cerry, a filly driver Ron Pierce had earlier proclaimed “The best two-year-old filly” he’d ever sat behind. Included among Pierce’s prior mounts was 2011 Breeders Crown champion Check Me Out. Then another filly emerged with talent and speed worthy of potential top billing. Her name is Designed To Be and true to her pedigree she was designed to be a great one. The daughter of Donato Hanover took it on the chin initially behind Shake It Cerry in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition but would emerge to capture the state championship at Harrah’s Philadelphia in mid-September. Shake It Cerry faced Designed To Be again during Grand Circuit action at Lexington’s Red Mile and this time she proved the strongest in the stretch setting yet another world record of 1:52 2/5. Though slower than Cooler Schooner’s effort over a five-eighths track, Designed To Be was as impressive in victory. Trainer Jimmy Takter last year sent out would-be superstar To Dream On to a Breeders Crown title at Woodbine. She was indeed a dream last year though slow to find her best stride as a three-year-old.  Takter trains Shake It Cerry as well as Lifetime Pursuit, a winner in six of nine starts this year including a 1:52 3/5 effort in the second week of Grand Circuit racing at the Red Mile. The Takter tandem finished one-two in the $321,700 Merrie Annabelle final at the Meadowlands earlier this year with Shake It Cerry, a homebred daughter of Donato Hanover from the top stakes filly Solveig, winning in a personal best 1:53 3/5 clocking a stakes record that eclipsed her stablemate To Dream On’s mark of 1:54 taken in 2012. “This is the best group of two-year-old fillies I have ever seen,” declared Takter. “Both Lifetime Pursuit and Shake It Cerry are very close. I would say that Shake It Cerry is a little better on the big track.” In Shake It Cerry’s last outing she finished a solid closing second to Designed To Be at The Red Mile in a race that perhaps saw her get untracked a few seconds too late.  “Ronnie (driver Pierce) told me after the race that he thinks she could have won if he had gotten her in gear sooner,” said Takter in retrospect. A total of 14 two-year-old fillies were brave enough to enter their Breeders Crown event. That’s a surprising number considering the immense talent among the  aforementioned division leaders but these are young trotters, and sometimes they lack polish on the racetrack. For example Cooler Schooner may be the fastest trotter in the world, but over the last few weeks she’s had a hard time rating the pace and has fallen victim to closers. Her problems early this season were getting away cleanly without making a break. Hall of Fame driver John Campbell convinced his brother, trainer Jim, to try to keep her calm and let her do her thing without much restraint. The result of that effort was the 1:51 3/5 mile on August 21. While she did follow that effort up with another Pennsylvania Sire Stakes victory at Harrah’s Philadelphia on August 30, her next two races, the Pennsylvania Championship and the Bluegrass at The Red Mile, were futile attempts to cut the pace that left Cooler Schooner, a homebred by Broadway Hall, out of gas during crunch time. On Friday night Cooler Schooner gets the advantage of the rail post position in her elimination heat and the good fortune to have Designed To Be, Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit facing each other in the first elimination field. New York Sire Stakes champion Market Rally wasn’t as fortunate as Cooler Schooner. Fresh off her impressive score at Yonkers Raceway, the daughter of Cash Hall landed post seven outside the three top fillies in the division. Not only is the two-year-old filly trotting crop bursting with ability, it is also loaded with incredibly well bred fillies likely to make their mark on the racetrack and later in the breeding shed. Take Goddess for instance, a Donato Hanover-sired filly from the 2005 Breeders Crown runner-up Macaria Hanover. Cantabs Fortune has won three of her six starts this year. She’s by the top trotting stallion in the sport Cantab Hall (who also lead all Crown trotting sires in purse earnings in 2012) out of Incredible Fortuna, a Credit Winner-sired filly that finished second in the 2006 NYSS finals. Scott McEneny has another Donato Hanover filly in the field named Demanding Sam. She’s a foal from the 2005 NYSS Final winner Whitesand Samantha. Not only is the field for the Crown juvenile filly trot deep, it is overloaded with Pennsylvania-breds. A dozen fillies in the group were sired in Pennsylvania proving even before the race is over how far the breeding program has come. Whether one of the 14 fillies is ready to join the pantheon of all-time greats remains to be seen.  However, on Oct. 19 one will take her place next to the likes of former freshman trot filly Crown champions like Peace Corps, Winky’s Goal, Continentalvictory and Snow White. by Jay Bergman for the Breeders Crown  

The Svenskt Masterskap (SM) or  Swedish Championships   are run Saturday at Aby, but remarkably Elitloppet winner Nahar will not be there. The leading horse by stake earnings in Sweden this year simply did not score enough points to merit entry in the country’s gold medal presentation day. This was despite victories in the Elitelopp final and Norrbotten Stora Pris but a second place behind Orecchietti at Bergsåker recently  meant his points total  for qualification stopped at 2610. But On Track Piraten had accumulated 2673 points. So despite trainer Robert Bergh and owners Canadian Ice Hockey stars  Daniel and Henrik Sedin star having had  6 wins in 19 starts and more than 5,4 million SEK in the bank for the season, putting Nahar top of the money list, it was not enough. So he will have a winter break, without the honour of being crowned Swedish Champion. There will be six gold medals awarded at Aby on Saturday. In the main race Yarrah Boko is owned and trained by Norwegians who claim him as their own, but he was bred at Boko Stables in Stockholm, and he is back in the country of his birth to try and reclaim the SM-Male title that he  won two years ago.  Trond Anderssen’s star started off the year in brilliant fashion winning one of the famed B-races at Vincennes, the Prix de Belgique and won four of his five starts at elite level. Last start winner  Orecchietti returned to  form in brilliant fashion at Bergsåker this month, while Lutfi Kolgjini's Juggle Face has also had a  recent victory in France, and will also have strong support. Also likely to find favour in with the punters is V75 warhorse Harry Haythrow and the  winner of Finland’s Kymi Grand Prix, the roan gelding Womanizer . The second  big feature on the night will be Sto-SM for mares which looks likely to be decided between Daniel Reden’s Muscles Yankee  mare Dileva Kall and Vincennes (Spotlite Lobell) in the hands of Johnny Takter. Gold medals will also be handed to the winners of SM races for Monte, apprentices,   Youth and  Equestrian Championships on the 13 race programme which doubles as the weekend’s V75 meeting.   SVENSKT MÄSTERSKAP Åby  2013-10-12  (G2)   Nat   2640m  all Male  €141,000 1         Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr:   Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini              2         Yarrah Boko (h Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr:   Ulf Ohlsson Tr:  Trond Anderssen               3         On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr:   Johnny Takter  Tr:  Hans R Strömberg               4         Perfect Toll (h Alf Palema - Tvindas S. ) Dr:   Åke Svanstedt Tr:   Åke Svanstedt               5         Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr:   Johan Untersteiner Tr:   Johan Lejon               6         Harry Haythrow (g Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr:   Peter Untersteiner Tr:   Johnny Johansson               7         Monster Drive (h Thai Tanic - Kewpie) Dr:   Björn Goop Tr:   Reijo Liljendahl               8         Womanizer (g Tap In - Sandra Nibs) Dr:   Tommi Kylliäinen Tr:   Jarno Kauhanen              9         Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr:   Erik Adielsson  Tr:  Stig H Johansson               10       Orecchietti (h From Above - Canneloni) Dr:   Örjan Kihlström  Tr:  Stefan Hultman       SE STO-SM Åby  12/10/13 (G2)   Nat 2140m all mares  €141,000 1         Ariel Boko   (Lemon Dra - Exciting Kronos) Dr:   Per Linderoth  Tr:  Per Linderoth              2         Vincennes   (Spotlite Lobell - Lina Trot) Dr:   Johnny Takter Tr:   Sören Lennartsson              3         Playing Tua   (Gigant Neo - Sandy Nalan) Dr:   Thomas Uhrberg   Tr: Thomas Uhrberg              4         Bell   (Jag de Bellouet - Maxi Limousine) Dr:   Lars-Göran Söderberg Tr:   Björn Svensson              5         Dileva Käll  (Muscles Yankee - Leva Käll) Dr:   Daniel Redén   Tr: Daniel Redén              6         Askens Valencia   (Rite On Line - Staro Ultima) Dr:   Jorma Kontio Tr:   Timo Nurmos             7         Mermaid Ås   (Broadway Hall - Superlou Ås) Dr:   Peter Untersteiner Tr:   Peter Untersteiner              8         Global Kitten   (Striking Sahbra - I Dream the Dream) Dr:   Magnus Jakobsson  Tr:  Magnus Jakobsson              9         Olivia Lavec   (Lindy Lane - Espri Lavec) Dr:   Flemming Jensen Tr:   Flemming Jensen              10        Photo Princess   (Super Photo Kosmos - Milady Hornline) Dr:   Michael Lönborg Tr:   Michael Lönborg     by David Sanders for  

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

Lexington, KY --- The all-time record sale price in the nine-year history of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was equaled, then smashed, during the auction’s first session on Tuesday night (Oct. 1). Trotting colt Custom Fit claims this honor, going for the price of $475,000. By Cantab Hall out of Gala Dream, this youngster is a full brother to the holy terrors Pastor Stephen, 2-year-old champion in 2010, and Father Patrick, this year’s dominant trotting colt. Jimmy Takter, who trained both of the older brothers, made the winning bid for this Brittany Farms-bred colt. A name change might be ahead, perhaps a Monsignor moment in the making? It was another trotting colt that briefly shared the old record price of $450,000. This was Mr Lucky Luke, from the first crop of Lucky Chucky. Multiple stakes-winning dam Graceful Touch has already produced three winners of more than $200,000, headed by millionaire Muscle Massive. John Cancelliere had the final bid for this colt in the Hunterton consignment and is likely to turn the training responsibilities over to Chuck Sylvester, who so successfully campaigned Lucky Chucky. Horse sales bidding typically starts a bit sluggishly through the first few hip numbers, but it was pedal to the metal time on Tuesday, with the second yearling, the Muscle Hill filly Bright Eyes, fetching a whopping $260,000. This was one of a pair of yearlings that Swedish agent Robert Lindstrom purchased for that amount, signing for six yearlings over the course of the session. That trailed only Takter, who acquired nine in all. Several other European bidders were active, assisting trotters to take the top five high priced positions. Taking honors among pacers at $180,000 was the regally-bred filly Hey There Delilah, by Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam’s Place. The Kentuckiana Farms-consigned yearling is a full sister to champion and $2 million-winner Put On A Show. Buyer Richard Young is hoping that the filly can emulate these distinguished relatives, as well as his own Rocknroll Hanover daughter, the nearly untouchable I Luv The Nitelife. Overall, the first session of the sale finished in a virtual dead heat in average price with the comparable session in 2012, declining a mere $131 to $86,324. A total of 105 yearlings sold, six more than last year, pushing the gross sales to $9,064,000. The 36 yearlings to sell for $100,000 or more topped the 33 from a year ago. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, and the leading horses by price, from the first session: Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-28-$2,462,000-$87,929-$150,000-$82,500-13 Pacing Fillies-22-$1,605,000-$72,955-$180,000-$60,000-6 Trotting Colts-31-$3,231,000-$104,226-$475,000-$77,000-11 Trotting Fillies-24-$1,766,000-$73,583-$260,000-$51,500-6 Total-105-$9,064,000-$86,324-$475,000-$75,000-36 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Custom Fit-Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-C-T-$475,000-Jimmy W. Takter Mr Lucky Luke-Lucky Chucky-Graceful Touch-C-T-$450,000-John Cancelliere Bright Eyes-Muscle Hill-Caught My Eye-F-T-$260,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Madrid-Credit Winner-Starcelona-C-T-$260,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Hey There Delilah-Rocknroll Hanover-Stienam's Place-F-P-$180,000-Richard Young Marquis Volo-Credit Winner-Margarita Momma-C-T-$180,000-Jeff Gillis Flirting Filly-Broadway Hall-Flirtin My Way-F-T-$170,000-Jimmy W. Takter, Agent Darden-Credit Winner-Yalta Hanover-C-T-$165,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Southwind Sonic-Muscle Hill-Spice On Ice-C-T-$155,000-Lindy Racing Stable Asap Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Coed-C-P-$150,000-John Mehlenbacher Bright Baby Blues-Andover Hall-Bar Slide-F-T-$150,000-Melvin Hartman Mission Brief-Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena-F-T-$150,000-Burke Racing Stable Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. For USTA video from the sale click here. By David Carr for USTA (reprinted with permission from USTA)

Sunday's Swedish Trotting Oaks (Gr. I National) went to 3/10 favorite D’One (3f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. The well-bred filly covered the 2140 meter autostart course at Solvalla in 1.13.59kr for owner Stall Kennys Andelshast to closely defeat Mellby Briolett  (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane) with Johan Untersteiner aboard (timed in 1.13.64) also for trainer Walmann. Our Precious (3f Pearsall Hanover-Nova Brodda) ended third. Purse was 319,200 euro. The Grand Prix l’UET (Gr. I International, purse 400,107 euro, distance 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla went to favored 1.9/1 Mosaique Face (4m Classic Photo-Iona LB)) with Lutfi Kolgjini up. The Tommy Nilsson Holding AB owned horse was timed in a quick 1.10.79 (new Swedish record and also a new world record) in the start to finish score. Mosaique Face was clocked in the fast 1.09.4kr/500 meters and continued in a high and even pace, 1.11.9kr/1000 meters and 1.11.5kr 1500 meters. Rapidly closing Thai Broadway (4m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick) was second (for owner Stall Grossere and trainer Tommy Anderssen) beaten less than a length for Gunnar Austevoll. Vaux le Vicompte ended third for J-M Bazire. Ulf Ohlsson won the featured Swedish Kriterium (Gr I National, purse 456,000 euro, distance 2640 meters autostart) with Rokkakudo (3m Varenne-Ikebana ) for owner  Anna Forssel AB and trainer Anna Forsell. Attack Diablo (3m Blue York Yankee-Chanson d’Inverne) was second for Peter Ingves with Final Oak (3m Make It Happen-Cara Bobs Crown) third with Erik Adielsson at the lines. Time for the winner was 1.13.5kr. TheSolvallaserien VII (four year-old mares) was also contested at Solvalla today (2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner). Per Lindroth piloted Blended Scotch (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit) to a close 1.12.3kr win over the imported KYSS winner Gisela As (4f Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) with Ake Svanstedt up. Delicious, also a US import, was third for Daniel Reden. by Thomas H. Hicks

One of the best fields in recent years has fought its way through to the final of the Grand Prix de l’UET to be held at Solvalla on Sunday. Despite the undoubted stature of the race, there is always the risk that either of the great powerhouses of European trotting, the French or the Swedes, will decide that the differing track conditions and travel is too great a hurdle for their stars, especially if they have already guaranteed a lucrative stud career with domestic glory. Many years the best of the crop stay at home, with the TravDerby, or a high placing in the Criteriums secured, when they see a rival in the Euro Derby that looks so dominant – such as a Brad de Veluwe  last year – that there is no advantage fronting up only to be shown to be vastly inferior. The French, in particular, are wont to bypass European events, the status of their own events being more than enough for their purposes, and they are also mindful that the tight kilometre tracks of Scandinavia often do not compliment the style of horses suited to the unique demands of Vincennes, with its undulations and wide open spaces and the need for three or four bursts of acceleration. The French are also rarely presented with a dominant champion, and the depth of their racing is such that upwards of a dozen or more have true claims of the type of genetic superiority needed to succeed on track and stud – which is the secondary purpose of group racing. This year a sizeable group of their elite four-year-olds fronted up, even with the disadvantages of a final on Swedish soil, and the best of the Scandinavians, and a Belgian horse with true championship claims are also in one of the greatest fields in recent memory. The two dominant horses in this Swedish crop, Lutfi Kolgjini’s Mosaique Face, the recent TravDerby winner and Timo Nurmos’ Chelsea Boko, who won the 3YO equivalent of this crop, the TravKriterium are both in the final as are the next three best credentialed Swedish colts who can all mount a serious challenge, Noble Knight (a former European 3YO champ) Indigious and Molle CD. The Swedish Group I winning  filly Your Highness is not without a chance either, although a filly has not won this race since the French superstar Qualita Bourbon in 2008, and she is nowhere near that good. Indeed she was the last French horse to win this event. In fairness to the French, they often have to make a difficult choice, front up in the bike here on foreign soil, or take their chance at Group I glory at home under saddle in the Prix Des Elites held on the same day at Vincennes, and one of the biggest races on the French calendar, such is the equal status afforded monte racing in that part of the world. In Varade d’Hermine (a winner of 11 of 16 and harshly disqualified – to non-French eyes – from second in the Criterium des 4 Ans), Vaux le Vicomte (second in the Criterium des 3 Ans) and with master reinsman Jean Michel Bazire in the cart, and to a lesser extent Vive Majyk, they have three highly credentialed participants, who fought their way to three of the four spots available in two heats at Vincennes a fortnight ago. The former two have great draws too and will be top chances. Then there is a Dutch-bred  son of a former German winner of this very event, (Abano As) who won the other heat at the Temple du Trot, Clint W Boko (the Dutch Derby winner), and even the French admit that this is a horse of rare quality – and he has drawn No 2, a great spot for the dominant front runner that he is. And the dark horse in the field is a Norwegian, by  US sire Broadway Hall, Thai Broadway (the Norwegian Derby third placegetter), who is also one who is suited to this style of racing, has impressive stats and has drawn the important pole position, from where he might be able to exert control. Denmark’s entry Satisfied la Marc (4h Andover Hall) was a surprise qualifier, and has the breeding to keep on surprising. So buckle yourself in, this is going to be a super race. GRAND PRIX DE L'UET Solvalla 2140m  (G1)  Int 4 YOm/f  €400,000 1         Thai Broadway (4h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)  Dr: Gunnar Austevoll  Tr: Trond Anderssen                2       Clint W Boko (4h   Abano As - Vantz Boko)   Dr: Robin Bakker Tr:   Paul Hagoort              3         Vaux le Vicomte (4h   Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin)   Dr: Jean Michel Bazire  Tr:   Jean Michel Bazire                4         Mosaique Face (4h   Classic Photo - Iona Lb)  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini Tr:    Lutfi Kolgjini               5         Indigious (4h   Prodigious - Indication)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson Tr:   Stig H Johansson               6         Varade d'Hermine (4m   Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs) Dr:   Pierre Vercruysse Tr:    Jean Michel Baudouin                7       Satisfied la Marc (4h   Andover Hall - Loving Her Is Easy) Dr:   Svante Ericsson Tr:    Markus B Svedberg                8         Chelsea Boko (4h   Chocolatier - Kelsea Boko)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:    Timo Nurmos                9         Your Highness (4m   Chocolatier - La Belle Lady)  Dr:  Björn Goop Tr:    Ulf Stenströmer                10         Noble Knight (4h   Scarlet Knight - Bruschetta)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:    Roger Walmann                11         Vive Majyc (4m   Baccarat du Pont - Mammy Blue)  Dr:  Louis Baudron Tr:    Louis Baudron                 12         Molle C.D. (4h   Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million) Dr:   Daniel Redén  Tr:  Daniel Redén        by Dave Sanders for

Today’s Asta Select Yearling Sale averaged 21,690 euro per sold yearling with gross proceeds at 1.88 million euro. Three yearlings brought 90,000 euro or above. Total Cataloged  135   Total Sold  87  % Sold  64.44%  Total Gross 1,887,000 euro  Average  21,690 euro Sale Leaders: Hip 40, Toronto AS (colt 5/17/12 by Donato Hanover-Victoria Sib-Armbro Goal) to Antonio Somma for 175,000 euro. Consignor Allevamento della Serenissima SS. Hip 35, True Wise As (colt 4/7/12 by Yankee Glide-Pushover Hanover-Andover Hall) to Ecurie Time Jema for 100,000 euro. Consignor Allevamento della Serenissima SS. Hip 90, Task Force OK (filly 3/24/12 by Love You-Issima OK-Pine Chip) to Bivans SRL for 90,000 euro. Consignor Azienda Agricola Dan SRL.   Cat   Yearling Sire Dam   Buyer Price in Euros 1   Tea for Two Effe Varenne Dalona Brisco -     2   Tuscania Pal Nad al sheeba Fata dei Bessi - BERGAMINI CARLO 18.000,00 3   Torres Bi Love You Las Brisas Bi   REJO LILJENDAHAL 50.000,00 4   Tizio D'Asolo Love You Mc Call Magic - FRANLESE ANTONIO 10.000,00 5   Tai Chi Play Conway Hall Jujitsu Hanover -     6   Thailandia Baba Love You Firiel   4AB DI BRUORE ROBERTO 14.000,00 7   Tangeri Bi Varenne Erika Bi - Scuderia MollemaAlbertus W 26.000,00 8   Titanio Daguet Rapide Leopardia - Arnold Mollema 10.000,00 9   Touchee Bi Love You Forever Bi -     10   Tabatah Rob As Pine Chip Birmaniaz   Indal Srl 8.000,00 11   Titulo Mb Conway Hall Brezza Mb - De Vivo Marco 11.000,00 12   Twain Bi Toss Out Lovely Bi - STABLE WHY NOT 28.000,00 13   Tough America Love You Armbro Voice - panamera racing 14.000,00 14   Terbio Varenne Love on the Rocks - Zaccareha di walter Ferrero 23.000,00 15   Transamerica As Cantab Hall Littlebi Effe   A.V. Bellen Beheer BV 12.000,00 16   Tiger di Poggio Andover Hall Idole di Poggio - ECURIETIME JEMA 40.000,00 17   Tatangelo Ok Love You Erreuno Ok   STALL CATCH GLORY 30.000,00 18   Tell me Gar Donato Hanover Elizabeth Gar - Visconti Antonino 32.000,00 19   Tahiti Bi Equinox Bi No Nonsense Woman -     20   Temaki Wise As Muscle Hill Southwind Pamona       21   Taittinger Bar Varenne Dalmazia - Varenne Futurity srl 40.000,00 22   Truman Bi Varenne Luna degli Dei - ECURIETIME JEMA 31.000,00 23   Tuono degli Dei Conway Hall Elissa Dei - ECURIETIME JEMA 38.000,00 24   Trust Kronos Muscle Hill Brava Power       25   Time Wise As Goetmals Wood In Wise As   ECURIETIME JEMA 21.000,00 26   Tiffany Gar Donato Hanover Lorin - Minopoli 28.000,00 27   Testimonial Ok Varenne Miss Possessed       28   Tempel Lb Conway Hall Electa Lb - Gerrits Recycling 38.000,00 29   Tommaso America Muscle Hill Onda degli Dei - LASSES HASTSPORT AB 38.000,00 30   Trinidad As Cantab Hall Ima Quick   Yeager&Beck Trading AB - Robert Lindstrom 55.000,00 31   Target Bi Toss Out Guidara As -     32   Tsunami Gifont Love You Fedora Caf - No.Ma. Farm Srl C/O Coop.Prato Cesarino 20.000,00 33   Trendy Ok Varenne Annette Hanover   Scuderia Verner Srl 24.000,00 34   Talent Bi Cantab Hall Dakota Bi -     35   True Wise As Yankee Glide Pushover Hanover   ECURIE TIME JEMA 100.000,00 36   Titty Laksmy Raja Mirchi Picture of Muscles       37   Top Gun America Donato Hanover Zagabria Dei - Indal Srl 30.000,00 38   Tesio Love You Light My Candle -     39   Thunder Gar Conway Hall First Lady Gar - De simone Giovanni 13.000,00 40   Toronto As Donato Hanover Victoria Sib   BIVANS sas di Antonio Somma 175.000,00 41   Tessa Slm Cantab Hall CL Brightness       42   Tresor Effe Donato Hanover Dotty Effe - Az.Agr. Della Cimarosa Sas 44.000,00 43   Texallia Cantab Hall Moxy Lb - Entrainement Hagoort Paul 22.000,00 44   Tesia Lb Andover Hall Gramola Grande - SCUDERIA LEONARDO S.R.L 18.000,00 45   Toll Free Bi Equinox Bi Fidji Bi -     46   Topazia Grif Varenne Correr By Pass - societa di allenamento Team Minopoli srl 20.000,00 47   The Money Laksmy Love You Speaks Volume       48   Twitter Laser Conway Hall India di Jesolo - SOLLEVELD 21.000,00 49   Tronda Wise Daguet Rapide Gironda As   TROTTO DIVIGNANO SRL 17.000,00 50   Token Bi Equinox Bi Ida Grandi -     51   Terroir As Varenne Armbro Cocoa   Colasanti Luigi 19.000,00 52   Tesoro degli Dei Igor Font Isabella Dei - SCUDERIA MARY FOR EVER SAS DI MAGLIONE MARIA 10.000,00 53   Troisi Dany Grif Andover Hall Ninotchka Dany -     54   Time Kronos Varenne Lollypop Wise - Tre emme gruppi 31.000,00 55   Top Model Ok Conway Hall Nasty Ok   CUMANA GROUP S.R.L. 15.000,00 56   Take Wise As SJ'S Photo Show Me Leg       57   Tiger Gar Adrian Chip Love Me Gar - Frackstad Lantbruks AB 8.000,00 58   Tiberio Laksmy Muscles Yankee Fill Josselyn   Gerrits Recycling 32.000,00 59   Troja D'Asolo Varenne Avigliana - Indal Srl 15.000,00 60   Thiago Effe Going Kronos Twice Crowned - CUMANA GROUP S.R.L. 15.000,00 61   Tosca Rob As Ganymede Etoile Rob   STALL CATCH GLORY 10.000,00 62   Tayson Bi Equinox Bi Las Vegas Bi -     63   Tailor Made Love You Medea Dei   AUER SUSANNE 14.000,00 64   Tindaro Degli Dei Igor Font Bliz - Scud.Patty di Cofanelli Gabriele 16.000,00 65   Tennessee Ble Conway Hall La Gioconda Bi - P. rooderys 13.000,00 66   Triomphe Ferm Goetmals Wood Lindyliana Font - ILLEGIBILE. 15.000,00 67   Timida Ok Daguet Rapide Lolly Kronos   Stal Schermer 8.000,00 68   Tweety Rapid Naglo Eggental       69   Trinity Daguet Rapide Nella Mp -     70   Tuxedo Bi Love You Iberia Bi - VALDE J. 16.000,00 71   Trafalgar Wise Gi Lucky Chucky Dare to Soar   Az.Agr. Della Cimarosa Sas 52.000,00 72   Taha Baba Love You Croda Black Jet       73   Turbine d'Amore Love You Do It Wise - STALL CATCH GLORY 13.000,00 74   Titanus Caf Exploit Caf Crismar       75   Tuono di Venere Andover Hall Vyngforthecrown - Visconti Antonino 20.000,00 76   Tobago As Broadway Hall Jade's Tiara       77   Telegenico Ok Ganymede Gamine Grif   STALL CATCH GLORY 17.000,00 78   Talabarteria Love You Claire Barb -     79   Tommy Grif Love You Maura Grif -     80   Times Square Ok Ganymede Georgia Pines   societa di allenamento Team Minopoli srl 7.000,00 81   Titan As SJ'S Photo Marea As   Yeager&Beck Trading AB - Robert Lindstrom 14.000,00 82   Tornado Gar Adrian Chip Geneve Gar - Frackstad Lantbruks AB 7.000,00 83   Trinity Lux Love You Eternidad -     84   Tempo d'Amore Love You Falconia Dei - LASSES HASTSPORT AB 8.000,00 85   Turandot Font Conway Hall Fobia Font         by Thomas H. Hicks for

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