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

Stefan Hultman's Maharajah makes his first appearance since his dramatic Prix d'Amerique victory on Friday at Bollnas, Sweden after a brief stallion duty season. An apparent over-matched group faces the champion over 2140 meters autostart for 30,000SEK first money. Orjan Kihlstrom will pilot Maharajah. Reportedly , trainer Hultman will point Maharajah to the Olympiatravet in Sweden and then later in August come to the United States to compete in the John Cashman Memorial at the new Meadowlands. April 11, 2014 - Bollnas, 30,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 7 starters Ed You, Robert Bergh Lamal Jubb, Kajsa Frick Beer Summit, Jorma Kontio Miss Sue V, Daniel Reden Trustworthy As, Hanrik Svensson Maharajah, Orjan Kihlstrom Angelo, Johan Untersteiner by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Results from March 31 and April 1 produced interesting trotting winners at multiple venues in Northern Europe as action heats up leading to the Elitloppet and its prep events. Shaq Is Back and Traveling Man were noteworthy winners. Both are trained by Daniel Reden. Shaq Is Back won his third straight in 2014, the March 31 victory in a sharp 110.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance at Farjestad. March 31, 2014 Mantorp, Bonne Aparte (6g Offshore Dream-Kelsey Lady-SpotliteLobell, 1.14.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Magdalena Ulriks-Siminski up Mantorp, Onas Sonja (5f Civil Action-Goodtime Doll-Balanced Image), 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Fredrik Berg up defeating True Blue For You (5f Yankee Glide-Alanis Blue Chip-Kadabra) and Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip) with Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer/co-owner Per Eriksson Farjestad, Shaq Is Back (7m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream), 1.10.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 35,000SEK to winner, Daniel Reden trainer/driver as winner defeated Hamres One More (7m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Circles (5f by Majestic Son). The winner recorded his Third Straight 2014 victory Farjestad, Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane), 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Mercedes Balogh aboard Farkestad, Bar Plombier (5g Tony Oaks-Francine Bar-Foreign Office), 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorman Kontio at the lines Aby, Perfect Kronos (5g Yankee Glide-Dame Kronos-King Conch), 1.16.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Anders Svanstedt driving Aby, Windson Yankee (4m Windsong's Legacy-Wind Glider-Yankee Glide), 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 25,000SEK first prize, Andre Eklundh aboard April 1, 2014 Bolinas, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell), 1.16.5kr over 2140 meters turning start, 15,000SEK to winner, Leif Witasp driver/trainer Jagersro, Benico d'Sam (3m Ready Cash-Royale For You-Love You), 1.17.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 20,000SEK to winner, Niklas Lindblad up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini Jagersro, Shosholoza As (4f Broadway Hall-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune), 1.18.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Christoffer Eriksson the teamster Jagersro, Nebraska SAS (7g Abano As-Zelda Per-Crowning Point), 1.14.1kr over 1640 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver Eskilstuna, Pigtails (6f Varenne-Sweet Young Thing-Nevele Pride), 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Antti Vetelainen driver Eskilstuna, Stylish Hanover (5f Yankee Glide-Susi's Image-Balanced Image), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorma Kontio up, her 9th career win in 16 starts Eskilstuna, Eros Tooma (6m Diamond Way-Atas Nice Girl L-Desert Ruler), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK to winner, Jennifer Tillman aboard Eskilstuna, Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli), 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Daniel Reden, the veteran stallions' second straight 2014 win and 22nd lifetime in 72 starts for earnings of 2.26SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Friction (7m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) third for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for Stefan Melander owner/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Today's Laval co-featured Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, a European monte test for 27,000e, went to veteran Jag de Bellouet stallion Remember Jihem. Fabien Gence rode the J-M Monclon trainee to his first victory since early June 2013. He rallied along the pegs with 700 meters to go in the 2875 meter test to score easily in 1.14.4kr, his 10th career victory. Longshots Rescousse de Barb and Riquewihr finished two-three. March 12, 2014 Laval, Prix de la Societe du Cheval Francais, 27,000e, European monte, 10- starters, 2875 meters (m=male; f=female)  1.14.4kr 1st Remember Jihem (9m Jag de Bellouet-Feriana-Pietro), Fabien Gence up for Jean-Marie Monclon, 2.5/1 odds, his 10th career victory for earnings of 349,700e 2nd Rescousse de Barb (9f L'as de Vivetaute-Gaie Melodie-Quadrophenio), Mlle. Marion Lemonnier, 58/1 3rd Riquewihr (9g Tenor de Baune-Itara-Reve d'Udon), Yann Joblot up, 24/1 Last Sunday's Grand Criterium de Vitesse winner, Univers de Pan, will soon begin his initial season at stud at Haras du Prieure while also racing. Trainer Philippe Daugeard will point his pupil, a beautiful and great gaited son of Kenya du Pont, toward the April 19 Prix de l'Atlantique at Enghien and will consider Sweden's Olympiatravet, the Oslo Grand Prix and Kymi Grand Prix albeit they may represent tight scheduling difficulties. Daugeard commented that his first concern is the horse, and having him fresh and ready for the next winter meet at Paris-Vincennes. On the Sunday Cagnes sur mer card Germany's Armando Kievitshof and reinsman Rik Dupuydt took the 50,000e Prix de Rome in 1.14kr over 2925 meters. The son of Ganymede, from a Spotlite Lobell dam, scored at 9.6/1 odds for his ninth lifetime win. March 9, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Rome Tor di Valle, 50,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.14kr 1st Armando Kievitshof (7g Ganymede-Continental Lobell-Spotlite Lobell), Rik Dupuydt up for trainer Carine de Soete, owner DVBA Campus RPF, 9.6/1 odds, his ninth career win for 293,599e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene-Ortolan), Eric Raffin aboard, 2.3/1 3rd Swing d'Eronville (8g Jag de Bellouet-Lucie d'Eronville-Workaholic), J-C Feron up at 30/1 Other European racing of interest took place Saturday at Farjestad (Sweden) as the Jag de Bellouet stallion Francois de Gull took the V-75 Gold Division in a quick 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart. He defeated a well-balanced field including BAHT Launcher. On the card trainer Per Eriksson recorded a training win with the Cantab Hall mare Livacious Lindy. March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, Gold, 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner  1.11.3kr 1st Francois du Gull (7m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane), Erik Adielsson up, winners' 13th in 67 starts for 2,547,172SEK 2nd BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Orjan Kihlstrom up 3rd Dileva Kall (8f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell), Daniel Reden driver/trainer March 8, 2014 Farjestad Sweden, conditioned 2640 meters turning, 100,000SEK to winner 1.15.6kr 1st Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip), Jorma Kontio driver for trainer Per K. Eriksson who co-owns with Per Rodert; this 2010 import from US has won four times in five 2014 starts and five of 28 lifetime by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Racing action of interest occurred at venues other than Paris-Vincennes last week. By date and location here are a few winners that caught our attention: February 1, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Dreams Take Time (5m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos), Johnny Takter up, Gold Division. 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.14.3kr, his 16th career win in 34 starts for earnings of 3,465,452SEK. The winner defeated Yanantin Boko and Lord Capar. Reckless (4m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.15.7kr winning time, his fourth win in nine career starts. Jerry Riordan's Rosebud (4m Self Possessed-Go On Paola Park-Lemon Dra) was second with Rajah Prince third. Kincsem Park: Orifiamma Jet (6f Supergill-Ticket To Ride), Tibor Hajnal trainer/driver for owner Illetmeny Kft., 1800 meters autostart, Gala Peter DIJ for 500,000Huf purse, 1.15.6kr winning time defeating Nobody (by Tony Oaks) and Andorra Gold (6f Muscles Yankee-Olympics), the latter that won last week's fast class event in 1.17.8kr January 31, 2014: Aby, Sweden Tiffany Ecus (4f Goetmals Wood-Salsa Jet-Coktail Jet), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver, 2140 meters autostart, a maiden event for 15,000SEK first money, 1.18.1kr, her first win in six career starts. Jerry Riordan's Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) was second handled by Johnny Takter with M.T. In Cash (4m Ready Cash-Bernies Baby-Berndt Hanover) third for Kasper Andersen. Stella di Azzurra (3f Supergill-Genny di Azzurra-Pine Chip), Andre Eklundh up for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro in 1.18.4kr over 2140 meters autostart for 15,000SEK first money. The winner was making her first career appearance. January 30, 2014: Orebro, Sweden BAHT Launcher (9g Tap In-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust), Bjorn Goop trainer/driver in 1.14.1kr over 1609 meters autostart for 35,000SEK first money. The veteran recorded his 24th career win in 47 starts, now with earnings of over 2.2SEK million. Hard Livin (7m SJs Caviar-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Daniel Reden. Bergsaker: Resplendent Caviar (5g SJs Caviar-Regression-Town Escort), Ulf Ohlsson up in this 1.16.2kr win for 25,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters. The winner has a win and a second in two 2014 starts and six wins lifetime in 31 appearances. January 29, 2014: Aby, Sweden Kaffir Face (7g Dahir de Prelong-Elegance OK-Lindy Lane), Christoffer Eriksson up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.14.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart to secure 100,000SEK first money, his second 2014 win in as many starts and 14th career victory in 68 tries. C.C. Seventy Five (9g Norvelous Hanover-I Seventyfive-Armbro Goal) was second for Veijo Heiskanen. Romme: Stinger Hanover (5g Donato Hanover-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover), Leif Witasp trainer/driver, 1.16.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart, his third career win in only 12 starts. January 28, 2014: Jagersro, Sweden Rocknroll FI (4g Frullino Jet-Elitta As-Lindy Lane), Kenneth Haugstad up for Jerry Riordan trainer and owner Lisa Riordan, 1.15.3kr win was his third lifetime in 15 starts. January 25, 2014: Bergsaker, Sweden Amaru Boko (7m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide), Robert Bergh trainer/driver, 1.13.9kr win over 2140 meters for 150,000SEK first money. The winner now has 13 victories in 35 starts for earnings of over 3.2SEK million for owner Ta Rygg HB of Stockholm. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com            

Two foreign-bred horses head the field for the group two E3 Revanshen at Romme, Sweden on Friday evening. Finnish Derby winner Express Duo will attempt to translate his compelling form in both Finland and Norway into a group two win in the tougher Swedish E3 series. Pekka Korpi's son of Express It has won 13 of his 22 starts in three countries, including the Finnish Breeders Crown title, and a third placing in Norway's international group one Ulf Thoresen Minneslop. He has competed three times already in Sweden, with a fifth placing in the E3 Sprint semifinal and then a win in the consolation race. He also ran second in a reasonably strong field at Jagersro, which had the likes of group one winners Rod Stewart (Ulf Thorensen Minnelop) and Mellby Briolet (E3 Fillies Langa) trailing him home. With more than 2 million SEK (234K euros) in the bank he has up to 10 times the earnings of most of these, and with a top time of (1.12.4kr, 1.56.3MR) he is a good second quicker than all but a couple. However he will face stiff competition from Denmark-bred colt Tumble Dust who is trained in Sweden by Tomas Malmqvist at Jagersro and was a group two winner as a 2YO in Sweden with a victory in the Svampen at Orebro last year. The son of US-domiciled Crazed has competed well as a 3YO at top level all over Scandinavia headed by a second in the group one UET 3YO Championship in Bjerke Norway and a third in the group one Danish Trav Kriterium at Charlottenlund. Tumble Dust has also competed with distinction in the major races on the E3 calendar, with a second in the E3 Langa at Eskilstuna and a third in the E3 Sprint final at Orebro, and with a record of 1.12.3 (1.56.2MR) has the fastest time in the field. The best of the local hopes is Daniel Reden's Call Me Keeper who has seven minor victories for 367,000 SEK and has a best time of 1.12.7 (1.57MR). One of those wins was in a semifinal of the Swedish Breeders Crown but he broke in the final. But perhaps the one who is bred to win this is the son of a former winner of this race Tigger, a fine racemare whose record of 15 wins includes the group one E3 Sprint. Her son B.B. Tigger, by the promising Swedish sire Going Kronos (who won the E3 Langa in a stellar career which earned the equivalent of a US 1million and a record of 1.52.2), is trained by Bjorn Goop. B.B Tigger has won two of his eight starts but made the final of the Swedish Breeders Crown where finished sixth, so has raced in top company. E3 REVANSCHEN Romme 06/12/13 SE (G2) Int Romme 2 140m 3YO c/g 70 000 1 Potemkin (3c R.C.Royalty - For Heavens Saki) Dr: Ulf Eriksson Tr: Robert Bergh 2 Västerbo Fantast (3c Mr Pine Chip - Fassia L.B. ) Dr: Kajsa Frick Tr: Kajsa Frick 3 Call Me Keeper (3c Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr: Daniel Redén Tr: Daniel Redén 4 Bearhawaii (3g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Svante Båth 5 Express Duo (FIN) (3c Express It - Dolce Merett) Dr: Pekka Korpi Tr: Pekka Korpi 6 B.B.Tigger (3c Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Björn Goop 7 Tumble Dust (DEN) (3c Crazed - Affinity) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 8 Bandit Hornline (3c San Pellegrino - Dash Girl) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh Dave Sanders

The Breeders Crown for 3YO males at Eskilstuna tonight throws up an interesting mix of form and class into the equation with several highly touted colts vying with some late bloomers showing good form. Travkompianet’s Rolling Stones started off his career with eight wins on the trot including the Group I E3 final but has been struggling of late and didn’t make the final of the biggest race of the season, the Trav-Kritierium. Stefan Hultiman’s son of Viking Kronos has the chance to atone here although he again did not flatter in the semifinal, running fourth. He would not need to improve too much to be a major factor in this race. Final Oak was third in the Trav-Kriterium, while AlkalizerAm and Boys Going In also earned a cheque in the Swedish Classic. But the form horse is Call Me Keeper who was very impressive in his semifinal where he recorded his seventh win in just nine race starts. Danel Reden’s son of Pine Chip showed he could make the step up to elite classes with that performance and a similar run here will put him right in contention. The ace pole is taken by Svante Bath’s Poochai who has won his two two races after a short break  after disappointing in the E3 final, which was his biggest test to date. He has the perfect draw to take advantage of his gate speed. Another who is stepping up in class but looked very good in his semifinal is Leif Witasp’s Broadway Hall colt Cool Keeper,  and he is another who could win this if he continues his improvement. Italian-bred Viking Kronos and his sons Going Kronos and Make It Happen  provide half of the field with two apiece, while Olimede is the only representative from the French sirelines in the field which otherwise comprise pure North American sirelines, which perhaps represent their early speed bias. There are two US based sires represented in Muscles Yankee and Broadway Hall. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN Eskilstuna 03/11/13 (G1)  Int 2 140 3m/g 235 000 1   Poochai (h Make it Happen - In Vino Veritas) Dr:Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Svante Båth      2   Cool Keeper (h Broadway Hall - Missys Go Go) Dr:Leif Witasp Tr:Leif Witasp      3   Call Me Keeper (h Pine Chip - Eliza Keeper) Dr:Per Lennartsson Tr:Daniel Redén      4   Breakbumper (h Viking Kronos - Lovely) Dr:Robert Bergh Tr:Robert Bergh      5   Boys Going In (h Going Kronos - Namura) Dr:Fredrik Persson Tr:Fredrik Persson      6   Good Dynamite (h Donerail - Good Leasing) Dr:Jorma Kontio Tr:Pekka Korpi      7   Final Oak (h Make it Happen - Cara Bobs Crown) Dr:Örjan Kihlström Tr:Henrik Hoffman      8   Rolling Stones (h Viking Kronos - Hot Pants) Dr:Örjan Kihlström Tr:Stefan Hultman      9   B.B.Tigger (h Going Kronos - Tigger) Dr:Björn Goop Tr:Björn Goop      10   Jonesy (h Muscles Yankee - Ripley) Dr:Tuomas Korvenoja Tr:Tuomas Korvenoja      11   Alkalizer Am (g  Olimede - Alltid V.G. ) Dr:André Eklundh Tr:Marcus Lindgren      12   Carelin (h Super Arnie - Carte Blanche) Dr:Johan Untersteiner Tr:Roger Walmann      Dave Sanders

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