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Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

.Sweet Thing (Fern Paquet Jr.) drives late to capture the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Trot ($10,000), on Saturday night (August 5). After the big favorite Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) went off stride right after the start, Dragin The Wagon would take the early lead and control all the early fractions, :28.1, :57.1, 125:2. Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) would make the first move breathing down the neck of Dragin the Wagon (Angus Hall), as they battled down the stretch. Sweet Thing (Chocolatier), who is owned by Robert Budding and trainer Homer Hochstetler, would somehow squeeze through to the two leaders to win in 1:54.2. Dragin The Wagon would hold on for second with Winding Hill (Here Comes Herbie) settling for third. Sweet Thing would win for the third fourth time this season and the 15th time in her career. Leading Driver, Mike SImons and leading trainer Mike Deters would each add two wins to their total. Simons who now has 61 wins on the season won with Ifya Start Me up ($6.60) and Vraka Hanover ($32.40). Deters now has 23 wins on the season. He teamed up with driver Jim Meittinis for victories with Prairie Cowgirl ($6.90) and Katch Kanna ($13.60). Tioga Downs returns to action Sunday afternoon (August 6) with a 10 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Vernon, N.Y. – Homer Hochstetler and Robert Buddig’s Sweet Thing ($9.10) made every yard a winning one in Friday (October 21) evening’s featured $11,000 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Trot at Vernon Downs, evading local harness racing standout and odds-on favorite J A T O by 4-1/4 lengths to hand him a second straight Miracle Mile defeat. Fern Paquet, Jr. wasted no time putting the 4-year-old Chocolatier mare in play, sprinting to the fore and forcing Pop I (Harry Landy) into the pocket through a :27.2 first quarter mile before rating a :56.3 half. While Sweet Thing used a :27.3 sectional through the far turn to amass four lengths of clearance on the field, J A T O (Chris Lems) had sustained first-over gains to take second from the weakening and subsequently breaking Pop I. Despite J A T O’s best efforts to chase Sweet Thing, the pacesetter held clear while driven to a 1:53.3 victory. J A T O held second by half a length over Its Payday Friday (Ronnie Morales), who split foes at head-stretch to escape traffic and stay on up the pegs. For Sweet Thing, the featured win was the 11th of her career and her third in four starts since returning to the Miracle Mile from Saratoga. Paquet’s featured win accounted for half of a driving double, a feat equalled by Truman Gale in the night’s late double. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 22) evening; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. - Heavy pressure into a blistering :25.4 first quarter could not deter Sweet Thing ($7.00), as she fought to hold her ground on the first turn and subsequently edged away to a 3-3/4 length win in Friday (September 30) evening's harness racing featured $7,900 top-level distaff trot at Vernon Downs. Sweet Thing and driver Fern Paquet, Jr. meant business from race's outset, refusing to yield to even-money favorite My Lucky Word (Chris Lems) through a cut-throat duel into the first turn. The 4-year-old Chocolatier mare worked to protect inside position despite being headed out the straight, in fact forcing My Lucky Word into the pocket upon reaching the back of the course and controlling middle sectionals of :55 and 1:24.4. A new challenger emerged coming off the far turn, as Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) gained without cover to take second from the fading My Lucky Word. Despite the presence of a fresh rival, Sweet Thing steadily drew away, posting a 1:53.3 victory over Mc Tiny's Hope, while the late-rallying Painite (Truman Gale) took third as the 19-1 longest shot in the race. Trainer Homer Hochstetler owns 9-time winner Sweet Thing in partnership with Robert Buddig. In the sub-featured $6,700 trotting event, Walk the Floor ($6.80) circled from third-over to prevail, fanning to the grandstand side off the far turn and collaring the first-over Pegasus Point in the final yards of a 1:55.3 mile. Trainer Angus MacDonald drove the 5-year-old Crazed gelding to his second consecutive win. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with an 11-race card on Saturday (October 1) evening; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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

Today’s 60,000SEK first money Breeders Course for harness racing three year-olds, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the 1.13.2kr timed Chocolate Gold (3m Chocolatier-Shella Gold-Good As Gold) with Erik Adielsson up. Svante Bath trains the winner, that defeated Unica Gio (3f Donato Hanover-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) and driver Ulf Ohlsson, for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. The Solvalla program also a number of undercard fine events including the Nu Paradis over 2140 meters for 60,000SEK first prize. The 1.12.7kr winner was 1.8/1 odds Exodus Hanover (5m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation). Orjan Kihlstrom was the pilot for trainer Roger Walmann. Second was the Kenneth Haugstad driven Lightning Fire (5g Muscle Hill-Lightning Flower-Yankee Glide) also a Walmann trainee. The Solvallaserien V for 100,000SEK first money, over 2140 meters autostart, went to 5.5/1 Pacific Broline (4m Celebrity Secret-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) with Erik Adielsson up. The Bjorn Goop trainee was clocked in 1.12.4kr to defeat 1/5 favorite Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) that Orjan Kihlstrom reined for trainer Stefan Melander. Another Melander trainee, Divisionist, finished third. Sprinters were at work in the 1640 meter autostart Hastegarnas Sommarpris for 100,000SEK to the winner. 5.7/1 Special Promise (7m Mr. Pine Chip-Jiving Kemp-Napoletano) was victorious timed in a quick 1.11kr for Jorma Kontio. The Finnish invader bested King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) and driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Walmann. The Bronze Division for 110,000SEK first money, raced over 2640 meters autostart, went to 2.2/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) for Mattias Djuse. Reve d’Amour (6f Love You-Daventry-Atlas Fighter L) took second in the 1.14.2kr clocked contest for driver Johnny Takter and trainer Mike Lenders. Thomas H. Hicks

Bjorn Goop enjoyed quite a day at Bjerke (wins with Rod Stewart, Timone EK and Crfzado dela Noce earlier on the harness racing card) and none better than with Oslo Grand Prix winner Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) as this Fabrice Souloy trainee rallied late to nail Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) and Orjan Kihlstrom driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The winning mare, off at 1.7/1 on the PMU network, was clocked in 1.10.5kr for this her seventh straight 2016 victory and it raised career earnings to 8,568,228kr. Nuncio was off at 2.8/1 on PMU and favored on the other major European networks, was a game second and now has an impressive 31-14-2 slate in 47 lifetime appearances. 2.2/1 (PMU) Un Mec d’Heripre (8m Orlando Vici-I Love You Darling-Buvetier d’Aunou) was third for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy. Papagayo E, Support Justice and Lionel were the next three to the line. The Oslo Grand Prix, a Gr. I UET International event with 1,500,000NoKr to the winner (purse in euros €302,212) was contested over 2100 meters autostart (1-5/16 miles). Your Highness Thomas H. Hicks ATG, Fintoto, Rikstoto, PMU files/photos

2/1 odds Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-LaBelle Lady-Conway Hall)  rallied from the back to sweep past for a half-length victory in the Gr. I UET Masters Series 2016 Broline Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund, the 2011 meter autostart contest was timed in 1,11,5kr by the Bjorn Goop reined, Fabrice Souloy trained winner. This special V75 day harness racing feature rewarded the winner with 375,000DKK. Total purse in euros was €100,500. 12/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) raced gallantly on the front for Erik Adielsson and trainer Dan Widegren and was second ahead of Spains 8/1 Trebol (9m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait-Prince Mystic), reined by Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou, that raced on the outer throughout, first without cover and later covered by El Mago Pellini that gained the death seat and held for fifth. Gigant Slugger was fourth after a ground saving journey on the pegs from post one. US import Solvato finished tenth. Your Highness was a previously accepted Elitloppet 2016 invite and there are now eight others on the roster including On Track Piraten, Nuncio, Voltigeur de Myrt, Resolve, Propulsion, Un Mer d’Heripre, Oasis Bi, and Timoko. Also on the card was the Aringseliten for 150,000DKK and contested over 2000 meters autostart. The 1.12.6kr timed winner was 3/5 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Vincent Lacroix. 28/1 DD’s Hitman (5m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Petri Puro.  2.7/1 second choice Je d’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Mauror-Sugarcane Hanover) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s €299,407 purse Gr. I International Olympiatravet over 2140 meters at Goteborg (Aby) SWE went to hot trotting mare Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall-Lady Stormont) with harness racing driver Bjorn Goop up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and PV Racing HB, the owner. This 1.4/1 odds winner has five 2016 wins in as many starts for seasonal earnings of 3,127,737SEK. Her career slate is now 23-7-5 in 47 starts for 6,602,022SEK earned. Your Highness was timed in 1.10.9kr and raced without shoes. 10/1 Sauveur (6g Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) was second for driver/trainer Ake Lindblom and 8/1 Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Irco-Tenor de Baune) rallied strongly for third for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc after getting a slow start away from the car and trailing the field in early going. BBS Sugarlight finished fourth at 2.2/1 and On Track Piraten was fifth at 2/1 after leading much of the way. Nahar made an early miscue and was disqualified. Thomas H. Hicks

January 23, 2016 - 2.6/1 favorite Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) rallied to capture the Prix de Brest (purse €120,000, 2850 meters, 16 European starters) at Paris-Vincennes timed in 1.15.4kr. Harness racing driver Franck Nivard was the pilot for trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner PV Racing Stable HB. 2.8/1 second choice DanteBoko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa) held on for second with Eric Raffin up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best with 13.3/1odds Amazon AM (6f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois) third for Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Robert Bergh and owner In The Zone AB. Tagada Tagada and Tellement Haufor finished fourth and fifth. This race was the Quinte+ event of the day in France and the favorites at the top of the ticket cased a modest payoff for holders (excluding the jackpot). Your Highness The Gr. II Prix de Pardieu (purse €120,000, 2175 meters, 14 monte starters) went to 1.12.8kr timed, 7.2/1 Clara du Pontseuil (4f Mich Phili-Osaka d’Occagnes) with Anthony Barrier in the irons.. Three lengths back was 2.3/1 Cloane du Vivier (4f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) and jockey Eric Raffin. Jean-Yves Lucuyer, a noted FR breeder, owns this one and Sebastien Guarato is the trainer. 1.2/1 favorite Cassandra d’Em (4f Kesaco Phedo-Paradisia d’Em) was third for Yoann Lebourgeois. Un Roi Mage Wins Prix de Brossac Apprentice Monte Test at Vincennes January 22, 2016 - Nils Pacha teamed 7.9/1 Un Roi Mage (8g Mage de la Merite-Crazoline) to victory in today’s €48,000 Prix de Brossac at Vincennes timed in 1.15.3kr over the 2700 meter course. The winner bested 17 rivals driven by apprentice teamsters to score in 1.15.3kr at 7.9/1 odds for owner/trainer Benoit Carpenter. 11.7/1 Urzo du Cap Vert (8g Sancho Panca-Jalna Grandchamp) was second for Alexis Collette with 14.7/1 Victor de Carsi landing third for Alexis-Philippe Grimault. On the undercard the Prix de Bouvron (purse €22,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 claiming starters) went to the 1.15,3kr timed, 2/1 favorite Auteur (6g Overtrick-One So) for driver Martin Cormy and owner RMC 2014. Mickael Cormy trains this winner. 5/1 Amtao (6g Rocklyn-Melia Clairchamp) rallied for second teamed by Kevin Venderschelden for the trainer/owner team of Yves Boireau and Jean-Pierre Dubois. 9.5/1 Athletic Charm (6g Rocklyn-Charmeuse) was third for Charley Heslouin and trainer Eric Martin. The €46,000 Prix de Beaucourt (2700 meters, 18 starters) went to 24/1 Baladin Hongrois (5g Bon Conseil-Relodie Hongroise) for trainer/driver Arnaid Desmottes clocked in 1.18kr on the rain-soaked cinders. 22/1 Bingo d’Attaque was second for Gabriel Gelormini with 39/1 Beluga du Pont third for Franck Ouvrie The top-flight Sunday card at Vincennes features the €700,000 purse Prix de Cornulier with 18 monte starters to battle in the classic affair with the winner earning a Prix d’Amerique invitation. Thomas H. Hicks

December 19, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ (jackpot €4.5 million) Prix Michel Thoury (purse €80,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to even-money favorite Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) timed in 1.11.7kr and handled by Franck Nivard. Fabrice Souloy trains this winner for PV Racing Stable HB. 4.9/1 Unice de Guez (7f Capriccio-Eau Blanche) was a close second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and Ecurie Vautors. 35.7/1 Sahara Fairytale (6f Viking Kronos-Sahara Shadow) was a distant third for Christophe Martens, trainer Vincent Martens and Manocapo AB. 21.9/1 Trou Normand (8g Bon Conseil-Jilanska) ended fourth for Eric Raffin with fifth to 50.2/1 Vea du Vivier (6f Jeanbat du Vivier-Kea du Vivier) and Franck Ouvrie. The Prix Jules Leppentier (Gr. III, purse €76,000, 2100 meters, 11 starters) was secured by the 1.12.5kr winner, 5.5/1 odds Clarck Sotho (3g Oiseau de Feux-Mocanda) reined by Mathieu Mottier. 9.7/1 Clif du Pommereux (3m Love You-Noure du Pommereux) was second for Sylvain Roger with third to 31/1 Cyprien des Bordes (3m Ouragan de Celland-Perle des Bordes) driven by J.L.Cl. Dersoir for trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Saturday at Paris-Vincennes the Prix Oscar Collard (purse €95,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) was won by the 1.11kr timed, 3/1 odds Viking Va Bene (5m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont) handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The Souloy trained 1.9/1 odds favorite Specialess (4m Ganymede-Enna Dra) was second driven by Roberto Andreghetti for Ecurie Nevi. Third went to 11.5/1 Apprenti Sorcier (5m Love You-Queen of Viking) driven by owner Pierre Levesque and trained by Thomas Levesque. Saturday at Kincsem Park their featured Feiser Emlekverseny (purse 600,000Huf, 2400 meters autostart) went to the fast Sanger MS (5g Victory Scream-Samba MS) driven by  part-owner Laszlo Koszegi-Kovacs, along with Pimri Bt, and trained by Imre Fazekas. Timed in 1.18.7kr the 1.6/1 favorite defeated 4.3/1 Alliance de l’Iton handled by Dejan Katanic with 4.3/1 Oldtimer Diamant finishing third for Emese Vezer.  Thomas H. Hicks

Vernon, N.Y. -- While Richard Keys's Big Chocolate overcame a loss of cover on the far turn to take Friday (October 2) evening's $7,000 top-level conditioned trot at Vernon Downs, a pair of harness racing war horses now with 117 wins and over $1.2 million in career earnings between them stole the show in a $4,000 claiming event.   The evening's ninth race featured a septet of claiming pacers, with I Scoot For Cash (Ben McNeil) wasting no time securing the pacesetting role in the initial stages. After sprinting clear of Team Edward (Truman Gale) and Majo Just Do It (Claude Huckabone, III), I Scoot For Cash backed down the tempo through a reasonable :56.4 first half mile while proven veterans Veal Marsala and My Fella kicked into gear from the back of the pack. Jimmy Whittemore angled Veal Marsala off the pegs on the backstretch to flush the cover of King of Kings (Frank Davis), while Fern Paquet, Jr. tipped My Fella third-over on approach to the far turn. As King of Kings worked to the lead a :29 third quarter, Veal Marsala kicked cover, striking the front in mid-stretch--but he wasn't home free. The 11-year-old Real Artist gelding subsequently staved off the late charge of 14-year-old My Fella, holding sway by a neck in 1:54.4 over fast going.   Dennis Whittemore owns and trains Veal Marsala, whose fourth consecutive victory brought him to 54 career wins and over $570,000 in career earnings. Runner-up My Fella remains a 63-time winner, having earned in excess of $660,000. Veal Marsala returned his backers $4.30 to win.   The younger Whittemore also prevailed in the evening's featured trot, establishing a second-over trip with Big Chocolate on the backstretch, tracking the cover of Yankee Manny (Chris Lems) in pursuit of Grey Ice (Dan Daley) through the far turn. Despite a loss of cover when Yankee Manny broke stride, Big Chocolate continued to make inroads, taking over from a beleaguered Grey Ice in upper stretch. Much like Veal Marsala would do just twenty minutes later, Big Chocolate dug in to stave off the beneficiary of his cover, Drinksforthehouse (Truman Gale), by three-quarters of a length, prevailing in 1:55.1.   Homer Hochstetler trains the 6-year-old Chocolatier entire who returned his backers $5.60 to win.   J A T O dominates again   Earlier in the evening's 10-race program, Margaret and Amy Butler's J A T O scored his third open-length win in as many starts, capturing a $5,600 conditioned trot in 1:54.4 by 9-1/2 lengths over Proud Flag and Lucky Ten K. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 3-year-old Big Apple Deli colt, who tallied 19 wins on the New York fair circuit before making a remarkable transition to pari-mutuel racing. William Okusko handles the training duties of the 22-time winner.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 3) evening, with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Hot Type spotted Tamarind 6-1/2 lengths, then wore him down in the lane to capture Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows. Hot Type was sitting fourth when Mike Wilder sent him first over after Tamarind. The 4-year-old Chocolatier-Lithograph gelding closed in relentlessly despite the sloppy going and defeated Tamarind by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Trustworthy Kid recovered from an early break to earn show. Ron Burke trains Hot Type, who extended his career bankroll to $180,926, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Evan Pattak        

July 5, 2015 - Today’s Ulf Thoresens Minnelopp (500,000Nok to winner, three year-olds, 2100 meters autostart) at Jarlsberg went to Italy’s Tuonoblu Rex (3m Cantab Hall-Eternity Rex-Lindy Land-CR Kay Suzie) with Robin Bakker teaming. The 1.8/1 favorite scored in 1.13.4kr in a driving finish over Italy’s Tango Negro (3m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) teamed by Bjorn Goop for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Ceccaroni Graziano. US-bred RG’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy-Dreamland’s Oolong) was third for Frode Hamre. The Anders Jahres Pokallopp (four and five year-olds, 300,000Nor to winner, 2100 meters autostart) at the same venue went to Norway’s Papagayo E (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) for Vidar Hop at 2/1 and clocked in a speedy 1.10.6kr. Italy’s Rod Stewart (5m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) was second for Bjorn Goop, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Ceccaroni Graziano. US-bred and owned (Adam S. Bowden) Creatine (5m Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee) was third for Johnny Takter in his first start for the Takter team. The 1.3/1 odds US-bred Windy Ways (5f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) comfortably won the Yarrah Boko Stolopp (100,000Nok to winner, 2100 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12.9kr for teamster Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns this one, now showing a slate of 14-4-1 in 28 starts for 1,076,000Nok earned. On Saturday at Halmstad US-breds performed well. The StoSprintern Final (1609 meters autostart, 564,576SEK to winner) went to the 1.11kr winner Heaven’s Door (4f Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough-Conway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) was three-length behind in second for Stefan Soderkvist. The same day at Halmstad the V75 Gold (2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner) went to El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) for Adrian Kolgjini timed in 1.11kr. Nothing But Class (6m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) took second for Peter Untersteiner, three lengths from the winner. The AM Bloodstock (1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner) went to the quick 1.09.7kr winner Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) with Bjorn Goop driving. Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo) was second for Peter Untersteiner and timed in 1.09.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 13, 2014 - On this day in the land of the midnight sun at Boden SWE El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-Mr Intuition-Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie) and teamster Adrian Kolgjini won the Gr. I International UET Masters Series Norbottens Stora Pris (2140 meters autostart, 1,000,000SEK to the winner, 9 starters) with a gutsy death seat journey outside harness racing favorite Panne de Moteur (7m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Stefan Hultman. The winner, that applied long lasting pressure on leader Panne de Moteur, is trained by Lutfi Kolgjini for owner Vitkindale HB. El Mago Pellini now has a career slate of 12-5-5 in 43 starts for 4,055,697SEK earned. Third went to On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and Johnny Takter (trainer Hans R. Stromberg), that made a rush from the backfield, with Indigious, Backfire and Knows Nothing next to the line. Creatine was away alertly, found the three hole and showed nothing, backing up late in the contest. Nahar, winner of the 2013-2014 editions of this race made a miscue. Some of the better northern European trotters were at the start. Under the midnight sun, still at 23:10 local time, the huge crowd enjoyed an excellent trotting card highlighted by this classic. Thomas H. Hicks

June 6, 2015 -Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Chelsea Boko (6m Chocolatier-Kelsea Boko-Joie de Vie) to victory, clocked in 1.13.3kr, in today’s Jamtlands Store Pris (750,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart on the five-eighths mile oval at Ostersund, Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 10 starters). The track was sloppy due to very heavy rains. The winner closed from far back to defeat El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) with Adrian Kolgjini up. Third was US bred and owned Creatine (5m Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Pacesetter Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) was a tired fourth for Bjorn Goop. Cool Keeper was the early leader for Leif Witasp and he yielded quickly to Oasis Bi that made a brush to the lead. Backfire came to call for Christoffer Eriksson and she hung close to the leader in the death seat before tiring badly into the final bend. Cool Keeper tired in the pocket and affected Creatine that raced third on the pegs throughout before making a good late run in the lane. El Mago Pellini raced close to the pace throughout and gained the lead before being run down by fast finishing Chelsea Boko. The pace was steady and modest (first lap in 1.14.2kr). In addition to the one-two finish by sons of Chocolatier, the maternal pedigrees of the top four are of interest to me and reflect classic days of US standardbred racing. Chelsea Boko – second dam Chickadee Hanover (Florida Pro-Chickasaw-Speedy Crown-Somolli) El Mago Pellini – second dam CR Kay Suzie (Royal Troubador-Country Kay Sue-Speedy Somolli-Pam’s Key) Creatine – second dam Blackberry Hanover (Donerail-Brittany’s Dream-Workaholic-Viking Spirit) Oasis Bi – second dam Dalona Brisco (Speedy Crown-Icefolly-Bonefish-Icecapade) Thomas H. Hicks

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