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Delicious earned an Elitloppet invitation today for her victory in a mare's race at Bollnas worth 35,000SEK to the Orjan Kihlstrom piloted winner. Timed in 1.12kr the seven year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra was the prohibitive favorite in the 1640 meter autostart contest, her fifth straight victory. Daniel Reden trains Delicious for Stall Zet. 11/1 Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) was second for Kaj Widell, ahead for third finishing 21/1 Pippi (9f SJ’s Photo-Astrids Lady-Laddie Blue Chip and driver Marcus Hultman. The 14/1 Talk The Talk (6f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) was fourth for Ulf Olsson and fifth went to 32/1 Elles W.Phedo(10f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolita-Rapido) for Ove A. Lindqvist. Delicious joins Timoko as the first two to receive Elitloppet invitations. Delicious has a 20-9-7 slate in 45 career starts for earnings of 5,701,572SEK. The last five Elitloppet winners include Magic Tonight, TYimoko, Nahar, Commander Crowe and Brioni, with the race record of 1.09.5kr held by Timoko. On the undercard a 1640 meter autostart event for 30,000SEK to the winner, went to 3.4/1 Ilikeitlikethat (5m Crazed-Dido Hanover-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.13.1kr for Marcus Hultman and trainer Per C. Johansson. The winner has 3-0-0 slate in four 2016 appearances with this win, his third straight in a career that numbers only 11 starts. 16/1 Second dam of this winner is Divine Victory (Valley Victory-Armbro Divine). Dashing Kimberly was second for Jennifer Tillman. The day before at Solvalla saw the 100,000SEK first money Avelsfoseningens Jubile for mares over 2140 meters voltstart go to 3/1 Coca de Vie (5f Chocolatioer-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander. 10/1 Pimpinette Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Indeed Kronos-Viking Kronos) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 14, 2016) - The special Mother's Day program at the Meadowlands featuring the inaugural edition of the $150,000 Elitlopp Playoff Trot, will be featured in Sweden's V64, a Pick 6 style wager that routinely handles more than $1 million and guarantees SEK 10 million (Swedish Krona currency) if there is a single winner. The V64 will be comprised of six trotting races on the Meadowlands program and will be the main wager that evening on Sweden's national tote and advanced deposit wagering platform, ATG. A total of seven Meadowlands races will be offered for separate pool wagering in Sweden and Finland. In addition, the Elitlopp Playoff, which awards the winner an automatic invitation to the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden, will be broadcast live on national television on Sweden's TV4 network. All other Meadowlands races that day (night in Sweden) will be broadcast live on ATG's television channel and shown at all online and brick and mortar wagering outlets throughout Sweden. This will be the first time the ATG has broadcast a V64 race card on its television network from outside Scandinavia. "We continue to be extremely excited for what is shaping up to be a must-see event," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This has been a wonderful show of cooperation with our Swedish counterparts. Jeff Gural and I would like to extend a huge thank you to Sam McKee who has worked tirelessly to help put this event together with officials from Solvalla Racecourse and the ATG." 15 of the premier trotters in North America have been nominated to the Elitlopp Playoff including defending Aged Trotter of the Year JL Cruze, Mare Trotter of the Year and former Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, plus Breeders Crown winner Creatine and TVG Series champions Resolve and Shake It Cerry. Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at www.elitloppplayoff.com/ and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. ​byJustin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 7, 2016) - North America's leading trainer will have strength in numbers when he tries to add the inaugural edition of the Elitlopp Playoff to his list of major stakes wins. Ron Burke is pointing Gural Hanover, Crazy Wow, and DW's NY Yank to the $150,000 race at the Meadowlands that will be contested on a special Mother's Day matinee program on Sunday, May 8. The winner of the race will also receive an invitation to compete in The Elitlopp, one of Europe's most prestigious events, at Solvalla Racecourse outside Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday, May 29. The Elitlopp Playoff is part of a groundbreaking partnership between The Meadowlands and Solvalla. In addition to the Playoff, other trotting races on the Meadowlands card will be simulcast to Europe for separate pool wagering. "Having competed in The Elitlopp in 2009 with Buck I St. Pat, I know what a great experience it is to race over there in Sweden," said Burke. "It would be especially nice to go over there this year with the major upgrade in shipping they have set up. Rather than it taking 19 hours or more to get over there, now they are providing a direct flight from the East Coast to Sweden." Four-year-old Crazy Wow, who won the Colonial, Matron, Erskine, and Empire Breeders Classic during his millionaire sophomore season, leads the Burke trio. He is one of only two four-year-olds amongst the 15 Playoff nominees. "Crazy Wow was the only aged horse I sent down to train in Florida this winter," explained Burke. "He trained so well down there last year that I sent him down there again. We have him staked to everything this year and with the injury to Mission Brief, he is the best four-year-old in our barn." Crazy Wow is entered to qualify at the Meadowlands this Saturday morning to kick off his Playoff preparations. Gural Hanover won just once last year during his four-year-old season, but was competitive against the sport's top trotters including a runner-up finish in the Cashman Memorial and a third place finish to close out the year in the Breeders Crown. He has since returned in 2016 with two wins and a third place finish in Open events. "He has come back awesome," said Burke. "Horses always make a jump from their four-year-old season to the five-year-old season and I think that jump will be even bigger for this horse." As for DW's NY Yank, who won a $25,000 Winners Over trot this week at Harrah's Philadelphia, the Playoff will be a chance to score a signature stakes win in a hard-hitting career that has the modestly-bred seven-year-old just $15,015 away from $1 million in lifetime earnings. "This spot is a bit of a reach for him, but most of the other horses in here will not be fully cranked up this early in the season and we are hoping we can get them while he is sharp and they aren't at their absolute best," said Burke. Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at www.elitloppplayoff.com/ and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

Trotting action in Sweden is stepping up as preparation for the 2016 Elitloppet is underway. Last evening at Solvalla the Solvallaserien III (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the latest US import, Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) at 1.8/1 for Stefan Melander, also trainer and owner through Stall TZ. Timed in 1:57.1 mile rate the easy winner defeated 24/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) hanlded by Ulf Ohlsson and 8/1 Calno de Pebrisy (4m Ouragon de Celland-Peggy de la Noe-Capriccio) hanlded by Magnus Jakobsson. The winner now shows career earnings of 7,152,027SEK and 10 wins in 30 lifetime appearances. Several other interesting tilts were on the card. The Deleva Kalls (five year-old  mares, 40,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter0Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) handled by owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This half-sister to Scarlet Knight recorded her 10th career victory in 28 starts. Backorder (5f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) was next to the line driven by Jorma Kontio and Diamond River (5f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran performers battled in a distance handicap event over 2640 meters for 40,000SEK first prize. The top five money winners faced a modest 20 meter handicap and the top three finishers overcame the penalty. The 2.1/1 Opitergium (8m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant), from Italy, recorded the win for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Robert Bergh. This one now has 15 wins in 47 career starts. Co-favorite Quid Pro Quo (7m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath with third to Nimbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. Also on the Solvalla card were victories by Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson in a three year-old colt event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. This colt now has seven wins in nine career starts. Destiny Am (3m Muscle Hill-Deese d’Inverne-Korean) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Three year-old fillies also raced for 100,000SEK first money and Zahara Goj (3f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel-Self Confident) took that event for Torbjorn Jansson. Undine (3f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) landed second for Kihlstom. Four year-old mares battled for 80,000SEK to the winner with Kryssa Futura (4f Saxo de Vandel-Simb Regatta-Turbo Thrust) victorious for Magnus Jakobsson driving for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. On Tuesday at Eskilstuna, in the Kungsfors Grus AB race for 35,000SEK to the winner, the victory went to Shadow Woodland (7g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Visa-Credit Winner) clocked in 1:54.1f (mile rate) in a 1640 meter volt start contest, a volt start world record. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Charrua Forlan (6g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) was second for Hans-Owe Sundberg ahead of the Kenneth Haugstad reined Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) that Lars Friberg conditions. The race winner Shadow Woodland was bred and is owned in Finland and this was his initial 2016 appearance. His career slate is 18-8-5 in 45 starts, now for 1,670,893SEK earned. ATG announced that several notables are aiming to prep before month end. Nuncio is set to start April 13 at Solvalla in The Onions race over 1640 meters autostart, his second 2016 appearance. Delicious is expected to race April 21 in a sprinter distance event at Bollnas and Anna Mix is anticipated to enter for the April 30 Olympiatravet at Aby for trainer Franck Leblanc. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The celebrated Elitlopp in Solvalla Stockholm (Sweden) is one of harness racing's largest events for those who love the sport of racing. This fabulous trip is a fundraiser for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) through its annual raffle now being offered.   The trip begins with an airfare voucher valued to $1000 and includes a 5 day - 4 night stay for two at a 4-star hotel in the heart of the Stockholm, and includes a welcoming dinner and get together Thursday night; sightseeing on Friday and Saturday morning; entrance to the Solvalla Racetrack on Saturday and Sunday for the big race; and an English speaking tour guide during your entire stay.   Raffle tickets are $25 each and funds raised will be used to provide hay and grain, medical and farrier care, rehabilitation, vaccinations, and other related needs for more than 200 trotters and pacers currently in SRF's care all in need of homes.   Tickets should have arrived by mail to all SRF's supporters and are also available for purchase. The winning ticket will be drawn on May 3rd at noon; the winner does not need to be present. Help with selling tickets is also much appreciated. Please use the contact information noted.   SRF, now in its 27th year is unique in its mission as the only requirement for a horse in need is need itself. SRF does not limit its help to horses who are young and adoptable. It also provides full care for horses for life if age or injuries make them unattractive for adoption. SRF asks for the support of all whose lives have been touched by racing and these horses through its fund raising efforts, the Elitlopp raffle, Win*Win program, horse sponsorship, planned giving, and through its endowment so the mission has a future to care for these horses. For more information please contact Tammy at admin@srfmail.com, or by phone at 732-446-4422, or see SRF's website at www.Adoptahorse.org   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101, Millstone Twp., NJ 08535  

A total of fifteen trotters have been nominated for the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff at the New Meadowlands Racetrack. The list of harness racing horses nominated reads like a "who's who" of North American trotters with combined earnings of well over $19 million dollars. Thirteen of the fifteen have records under 1:52. With an estimated purse of $150,000, the Elitlopp Playoff is a collaborative effort between executives at Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden and the Meadowlands. The race will highlight a special afternoon Mother's Day card at the Meadowlands on Sunday, May 8th. The winner will receive an automatic invitation to compete in the Elitlopp at Solvalla on Sunday, May 29th. In accordance with Swedish rules, horses in the Elitlopp Playoff will not be permitted to race with the medication Lasix or with trotting hobbles. "We are very excited to host the Elitlopp Playoff race and look forward to welcoming our guests from Sweden coming over that weekend for the event," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "With all the fans and all the interest, the Elitlopp reminds me of our Little Brown Jug which is my favorite racing event to go to every year." Here's is the complete list of Elitlopp Playoff nominees: Bee A Magician (M) - 2013 Horse of The Year - $3.7 million; 1:51 Crazy Wow - one of two 4-year-olds nominated - $1.2 million; 1:51.1 Creatine - 2015 Breeders Crown champion - $2.1 million; 1:51.2 DW's NY Yank - $972,000; 1:51.3 Flanagan Memory - 2015 Cashman champion - $896,000; 1:51.4 Gural Hanover - $716,000; 1:51.3 Homicide Hunter - 4-year-old Indiana star - won 16 of 18 races last year - $562,000; 1:53.4 JL Cruze - Dan Patch champion - $660,000; 1:49.4 Natural Herbie - $902,000; 1:51.4 Obrigado - $747,000; 1:51.3 Opulent Yankee - $221,000; 1:51.4 Perfectly Enough - won Swedish Breeders Crown at age 3; has earned over $2.4 million SEK in Europe - never raced in North America - mounting a comeback for trainer Marcus Melander Resolve - TVG Trot champion - $915,000; 1:50.4 Shake It Cerry (M) - multiple Dan Patch Champion - $2.4 million; 1:51.2 Wind Of The North - 2015 Elitlopp starter - $470,000; 1:51 The Eltilopp Playoff will be contested at a distance of one mile if ten horses or less enter. The race will be at a mile-and-an-eighth if 11 or 12 horses enter. If 13 or more horses enter, the 12 highest money earners will start. Horses not nominated to the Elitlopp Playoff can be supplemented to the race at time of entry for a supplemental fee of $15,000. Rachel Ryan

The new Meadowlands Racetrack and the famed Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden have announced plans for an Elitlopp Playoff Free-For-All Trot with an automatic invitation for the winning horse to compete in the Elitlopp, one of the world's most prestigious trotting events, on May 29th at Solvalla Racetrack. The Elitlopp Playoff will be contested on a special Mother's Day matinee card at the Meadowlands on Sunday, May 8th. The estimated purse for the race is $150,000. In accordance with the Elitlopp rules, horses in the Playoff will not be allowed to race with either the medication Lasix or trotting hobbles. "We see this as the start of something new," said Christer Haggstrom, a board member of Solvalla. "By cooperating with the Meadowlands, we think we can attract the best North American horses to attend the Elitlopp. We are really appreciative of the cooperation and all of the hard work the Meadowlands team have put in. We think by cooperating internationally it will be beneficial to the entire harness racing world." In an effort to attract even more North American participation, Solvalla is finalizing plans for a direct flight from the East Coast to Sweden, eliminating demanding day-long van rides in Europe which was the norm in past years. Solvalla is also encouraging North American trainers to enter trotters in the supporting stakes races on Elitlopp weekend including the Sweden Cup, the Harpers Hanover, and the Fyaaringselitin, all with purses well over $100,000. Trainers such as Jimmy Takter, Ake Svanstedt, Richard "Nifty" Norman, Ron Burke and several others have all expressed interest in nominating horses to the race including top North American trotters such as World Champion JL Cruze, Horse Of The Year Bee A Magician, and possibly the TVG Series champion Resolve. A large contingent of Swedish horsemen will be traveling to the Meadowlands for the Elitlopp Playoff weekend. Both parties are also working diligently in an attempt to make the Elitlopp Playoff Trot part of the V75 wager in Europe on May 8th which would be an historic ground breaking effort between the two continents. The V75 routinely attracts more than $10 million in wagers. ATG, Sweden's on-line wagering company, is planning on simulcasting the Elitlopp Playoff and other selected trotting events on the Meadowlands Mother's Day card to Sweden for wagering on a separate pool basis. "We are excited about the Elitlopp Playoff idea," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "Working closely with the Solvalla management on this project is a great step for international trotting. The wagering ideas we are discussing including the possibility of our Meadowlands race in the V75 is very exciting and can help open the doors for even more joint ventures in the future between the two countries." Nominations for the Elitlopp Playoff close February 15th. With the President's Day Holiday, all correspondence must be postmarked by February 17th. For more information, log on to www.playmeadowlands.com or contact the Meadowlands Race Office at 201-THE-BIGM. Justin Horowitz

Excellent complementary harness racing action took place this Elitloppet 2015 day at Solvalla. The Monte Elite (1609 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to the winner) went to Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka-Cezio Josselyn) for Adrien Lamy in the fastest monte clocking (world record) ever, 1.10kr (1:52.63 mile rate), eclipsing Prince de Montfort’s 1:53.2 mile rate on the 2010 Elitloppet day. Another FR performer was second,matching the winners time, that being Valdenburg (6g Jeanbat du Vivier-Niella Clairchamp-Tarass Boulba) for Mathieu Abrivard. Denmark’s Armando Kievitshof (8g Ganymede-Continental Lobell-Spotlite Lobell) was third for Philippe Masschaele. Torre Crepin, a noted speedster for short distances, had not won since 2013, also at Solvalla. The mile course suits this talented trotter that has trouble competing over longer 2200 meter distances and up in home country France. That said this veteran campaigner has earned over five million Swedish krona. The Tommy Hannes  Trot (Gr. II International, 1609 meters autostart, 500,000SEK to the winner) went to an impressive Al Dente (4m Scarlet Knight-Mollie’s Photo-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Conrad Lugauer. He scored in 1.10.6kr for owner Stall Sting to record his 17th victory in 26 starts. The winners’ 2015 slate is 3-1-0 in five outings. Bjorn Goop piloted very fast closing Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) to a second place finish after an early break. Jerry Riordan trains this one for Lisa Riordan and Sylvester America was bred by the late Lou Guida’s Guida Italia Srl. Third went to M.T. James (4m Quite Easy-Peace Treaty-Muscles Yankee) for Ake Lindblom. The Hertz-Biireda Haken Wallner Memorial, a classic event  (three year-olds)  on Elitloppet day, had 10 starters going 1609 meters autostart for 300,000SEK to the winner. Sucre (3m Jacose-Sugar No Cream-Starchip Entrprise) took the prize for teamster Christoffer Eriksson and conditioner/owner Tomas Malmqvist. Timed in 1.11.9kr she paid €5.22 to win. Second was Camelot Sisu (3m Even Better Odds-Warrawee Karri-Dream Of Glory) for Erik Adielsson, trainer Petri Salmela and owner/breeder Sisyfos Racing. Jerry Riordan’s Tango Negro (3m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) was third for Bjorn Goop and was blocked on the pegs throughout the stretch. The equally prestigious Rune Stolts (250,000SEK first money, 1609 meters autostart, four year-old mares, 10 starters) resulted in an easy 1.10.7kr victory for Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato. She was an eight length winner today, her 13th victory in 24 career starts. Demanding Sam (4f Donato Hanover-Whitesand Samantha-Credit Winner) was second for Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Norway’s Nelson Nora (4f Muscles Yankee-Lindys Holiday-Dream Vacation) ended third for reinsman Kihlstrom. The BRP Sweden AB (1609 meters autostart, 75,000SEK to winner) was won by Red Team Rex (5m Cantab Hall-Calamity Rex-Pine Chip) in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom. Bo Westegard trains the winner that nosed out rival Osceola (6m Conway Hall-Prestige November-General November) handled by Tom Erik Solberg with the Tony Wallin steered Carpenter On Tor ending third. Three year-old fillies contested the Telge Energi’s (1609 meters autostart, `150,000SEK first money, 10 starters) with Tough Cookie (3f Yankee Glide-Kemp’s Emilie-Enjoy Lavec) the 1.13.7kr winner for driver Jorma Kontio. Timo Nurmos trains the winner and breeder was Menhammer Stuteri AB. Finland’s Artic Helen was second for Pekka Korpi ahead of Arctic Madonna with Mika Forss up, this one also from Finland. The Solvalla diversified card also included the Kat I Weblink Trot (2610 meters, volt start, 150,000SEK first money) and the 1.13.4kr winner was the Conrad Lugauer trainee For Pleasure As (6m Abano As-Frill AAS, Pine Chip-Doreen As-Diamond Way) for teamster Johnny Takter and owner Mario Huber et.al. As the pedigree might indicate, the breeder was the legendary Olympic star and exceptional standardbred breeder Alwin Schockemohle. Comte du Pommeau (6g Marquis du Pommeau-Heike Iron-Sugarcane Hanover) was next for trainer/driver Peter G. Norman. The late Lars Palm bred this one. Third went to Carelin (5m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Another quick performance on the Solvalla racecourse this day was a 1.10.5kr score by Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) for Adrian Kolgjini in the Sanda FM Trot (1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, 12 starters). Lutfi Kolgjini trains Dante Boko. Remember My Name (8m Rotation-Pinespun-Pine Chip) was second for Sandra Eriksson and trainer Hakan K. Persson. Italy’s Paramount (6m Angus Hall-Image-Coktail Jet) was third for Oskar J. Andersson. Etienne Dubois was the breeder of Paramount, trained by Carl-Otto Goransson. The card began early morning with the International Drivers Match (1609 meters autostart, €75,000SEK to winner) featuring 12 outstanding current and legendary pilots. Bjorn Goop captured the crown driving his trainee Antonio AM (5g Orlando Vici-Genua-Super Arnie) clocked in 1.13.3kr. Jeppe Juel was second aboard Prince Cobol, with third to Dave Palone teaming Blue Star Celebrity. Eric Raffin, Jimmy Takter and Orjan Kihlstrom were next to the line. The outstanding beaten drivers included Heinz Wewering and Olle Goop and others. During the early portion of the card fans were able to greet and say thanks for great performances to Maharajah, now retired and in the stallion ranks. Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman paraded their champion. Although never in the Elitloppet, Maharajah won 31 times for 23.5SEK million earned. He captured the 2014 Prix d’Amerique. His shoes will be on display as Solvalla and stud duty occurs at Menhammer Stuteri owned by Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg. For extreme racing enthusiasts the Sisyfos Speed race (140 meters autostart, €50,000SEK to winner, nine starters) met expectations. There were three elimination heats (horses 1-3 in heat one, 4-6 in heat two and 7-9 in heat three). The two fastest winners then battled in the final. Dragon Tooma (8g Tom Ridge-Falnos Gaiety-Mack Lobell) won it for Jennifer Tillman, nosing out Italy’s  Next To None SIB with Bjorn Goop up. Let’s not forget the 2015 Jim Fricks Trot for Coldbloods (1609 meters autostart, 300,000SEK first prize) that was quite a victory for the Tor Wolleback driven Lannem Silje (5f Asajerven-Lannem Sjure-Elding) as she recorded a fast 1.18.8kr win (2:06.79 mile rate). He career slate is now 35-1-1 in 37 starts and in 2015 she is 7-0-1 in eight outings. Manprinsen A.M. was second for Gunnar Melander (this one has 37 wins in 61 career starts) with third to Tekno Odin (now 44 wins in 57 starts). Quite a race by a talented group of superstar coldbloods, bringing back memories of Jarvsofaks (1.17.9kr was his world record clocking). Quite a card on the special 2015 Elitloppet Day at Solvalla. Special indeed it was!!! Thomas H. Hicks

May 31, 2015 - In what was a stirring battle among three harness racing champions, Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) defended post one and earned a gate to line victory clocked in 1.10.10kr for teamster Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Roger Walmann and owner AB Svensk Reklanfinans. The winner earned 3,000,000SEK for winning the Gr. I International Grand Slam – UET Masters Series over 1609 meters autostart. It was a magical race and a magical strategic effort by Kihlstrom as he parked both Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) that was left two wide throughout for Lutfi Kolgjini and three wide Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with owner/trainer Stefan Melander up. Melander tried for the lead in front of the stands the first time but could not clear. Kihlstrom masterfully rated the pace leaving his two adversaries alongside and the other elimination winner Royal Fighter blocked in the pocket and this Jennifer Tillman handled battler ended fourth. Maven, following Nuncio, made a bold wide move around the last bend to surpass the three leaders but she weakened some in mid-stretch. Timoko was taken off the gate early and could not advance enough to contend. Magic Tonight prevailed by a neck on the line with Nunco beaten three-quarters of a length with the field all within three lengths. Mosaique Face was timed in 1.10.16kr, Nuncio timed the same and Royal Fighter at 1.10.29kr in a fantastic, “magical” horse race. Magic Tonight Wires Elitloppet Second Elimination Orjan Kihlstrom put trainer Roger Walmann’s winner Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) on the front from the outset and he scored in 1.09.7kr by three-quarters of a length over the game Maven (6f Glidemaster-M Stewart-American Winner) and pilot Johnny Takter. B.B.S. Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) was third for Peter Untersteiner with first over Timoko (8m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant)  fourth for Bjorn Goop. The winner now has three wins in five 2015 starts and 19 wins in 54 career efforts for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. His breeders were Libfeld and Katz of Canada, and he paid €8.76 to win. This second elimination offered 250,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart test. The Elitloppet 2015 Final lineup in post order is: Magic Tonight, Kihlstrom Royal Fighter, Tillman Maven, Johnny Takter Nuncio, Melander B.B.S. Sugarlight, Peter Untersteiner Mosaique Face, Lutfi Kolgjini Timoko, Bjorn Goop Vincennes, Raffin Royal Fighter Wins Elitloppet First Elimination The Per Eriksson trained, Jennifer Tillman teamed Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) gamely took the first elimination (1609 meters autostart, Gr. I, purse to winner 250,000SEK) of the 2015 Elitloppet clocked in 1.10.4kr, overcoming a death seat trip outside of pacesetter Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) with Lutfi Kolgjini up (finished third). The winner prevailed by three quarters of a length. Second over Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rallied to be second for owner Stefan Melander. Vincennes was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom. Wind Of The North was third over for Dave Palone and could not gain. Univers de Pan was locked on the pegs but when loose in the lane had little to offer. The winner paid €12.92 to win. Support Justice and Ustinof du Vivier mad miscues. The winner scored his 13th career victory in 57 starts and has a slate of 2-0-3 in five 2015 starts. The owner/breeders are Per Rodert and Christina Nilsson. Thomas H. Hicks

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing drivers George Napolitano Jr., solidifying his leader atop the drivers standings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, took both $25,000 features this Saturday night, with pacer Bandolito and trotter Frau Blucher justifying their odds-on status by scoring over a track rerated to "sloppy" after midcard rains.   Bandolito was moved to the front by "George Nap" after the 26.4 opener in his contest, put up a midway split of 54.1, and saw first-over Scott Rocks coming to him towards the 1:21.1 3/4s. In the stretch Scott Rocks was gaining throughout, but Bandolito, a son of Ponder, was kept alive to win by a head in 1:49.2 in the off going. Trainer/owner Daryl Bier will be happy to receive the news as he probably did not watch the race live, since post time was at 3:20 a.m. in Sweden, where Bier is preparing Wind Of The North for Sunday's Elitloppet.   Napolitano completed the chalk feature double by guiding the world champion Broadway Hall mare Frau Blucher to a 1:55 win in the off going. Frau Blucher let the field settle, was moved by Napolitano to the lead after the first turn, "stole" a 58 first half, and then powered home in 57 to tally easily for trainer Chris Oakes and the ownership combine of Susan Oakes and Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises LLC.   Any potential the features had to produce a really fast mile was washed out by the midevening rain, but to show the speed potential the track had at card's start: three of the first six races featured an opening quarter of less than 26 seconds, and one of 26 flat.   PHHA / Pocono Downs

May 29, 2015 - Solvalla’s daytime harness racing card started the Elitloppet 2015 weekend for real and sets up tonight’s yearling sale of 87 head, net of outs. Leading sires represented include Ready Cash (11), Muscle Hill (6), Maharajah (4), Cantab Hall (3), two each by Timoko, Infinitif, Muscle Massive, Credit Winner, Kadabra and Yankee Glide. Results will follow separately. Solvalla racing featured wins by Caztor, Sudbury, Bethel Hanover, and Backorder. Caztor (4m Sam Bourbon-Abbondonza-Alf Palema) scored in 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 30,000SEK first prize with Jorma Kontio up for trainer/owner Timo Nurmos. Santiago Bi, by Love You, was next for Bjorn Goop and Svart Kronos (by Gift Kronos) ended third for trainer Fredrik B. Larsson. The winner was clear by eight lengths. The AM Prints Trot, with 50,000SEK to the winner, was conducted over 2140 meters autostart and Sudbury (4g Infinitif-Emerald di Jesolo-Supergill) was a 1.12.9kr winner by two lengths for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Stall Kreditt HB owns this Italian bred from Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. The Offshore Dream four year-old gelding Real Dream was second for Torbjorn Jansson at the lines for Stall Pep and trainer Robert Bergh. The Travtjabstens Mares Trot (75,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, five and six year-old females) produced a 1.12.7kr victory for Bethel Hanover (5f Donato Hanover-Beignet Hanover-Malabar Man) and pilot Erik Adielsson. Trained by Per Hedberg for Stall Palema, the winner is 2-1-2 in six 2015 starts. Red Riding Hood (5f Quite Easy-Heather Bi-Pine Chip) was second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and owner Adams HB. The Extrem Events, over 2140 meters autostart for four year-old females (50,000SEK to winner), went to Backorder (4f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) by four lengths timed in 1.13.7kr. Timo Nurmos trains Backorder for owner Kings Arms and Jorma Kontio was up. Order by Stable AB bred the winner, now undefeated in three 2015 appearances. Devs Darling (4f Infinitif-See Yawl Hanover-Yankee Glide) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stig H. Johansson. At Paris-Vincennes Group II events and Q+ led the card. The Gr. II Prix Lavatar (€120,000 purse, monte, 2850 meters, 11 starters) went to 2.6/1 Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin. The barefoot winner scored very easily with a start to finish journey clocked in 1.13.6kr off even fractions. 8/1 Bilibilli (4m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and owner J-P Barjon. 21/1 Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) was third. Even money favorite Bird Parker was fifth and never threatened. The Quinte+ Prix de la Soiree Tropicale (€72,000 purse, 2700 meters, 17 European participants) went to J-M Bazire trained and driven United Back (7m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Pearl Back) as 3/5 favorite. He scored in 1.13kr after rushing to the front with 1000 meters remaining and holding 73/1 Tina Jolie (8f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes) safe by three-quarters of a length, the latter handled by Joann Lebourgeois. Italy’s 8/1 Noir Desir (8g Daguet Rapide-Ocanelle) was a rapidly advancing third to the line. The Gr. II Prix France O (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was taken by 3/1 barefoot Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) and owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. He scored in 1.13.1kr. Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was a good second at 16/1 for Christophe Martens. 4/1 Uhlan du Val (7m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful) was third for trainer/driver Cedrik Megissier ahead of 27/1 Uppercut de Marche (7g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Marche) with Damien Bonne driving. Even-money favorite Robert Bi (5m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) was fifth for Robin Bakker. Vision Intense finished eighth and Roxana de Barbray ninth in this fine field. Thomas H. Hicks

Stockholm, Sweden – With the auctioneers voice echoing in the background (in Swedish of course), I attended my first Elitloppet Yearling Sale Friday at the Scandic Infra City in Upplands Vasby. It was a sight to behold from the parking lot across the street for the hotel that holds the sale every year. There is a jumbo TV screen as you cross the street because the parking lot at the hotel is jammed pack. The TV screen has the information on the horse currently being sold. A total of 90 yearlings were to go through the sales ring. But what was unique was that the jumbo TV screen had the current bid prices in Swedish and Norweigan Kroners, Euro and I was not sure of the other demonization. There was already a line of people trying to get into the back area of the sale as the inside arena was packed to the brim with an estimate 500 plus crow of people for the annual sale. There were plenty of vendor booths with horse trailers, Elitloppet t-shirts, caps and hoodies, horse shoes, tack equipment and much more on sale. I was quite surprised as I turned the corner and there was an outstanding buffet and seating for more than 150 people and the seating wrapped around the sales ring so people could eat and watch and bid on the yearling sale. Then I looked around the room and saw people going into a private area so I checked that out and it was private dining room for 250 people with a big screen TV showing the auction and prices and taking bids. It was an amazing crowd for the yearling sale. Top owners and trainers from throughout Europe and the USA. I am guessing that Saturday’s race card with be just as amazing, rain or shine! By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter knows the thrill of winning the Elitlopp. To this day the trainer still gets goosebumps when retelling the story of Moni Maker’s victory in the 1998 edition of Sweden’s elite invitational for older trotters. He hopes to experience the excitement again with Maven on Sunday. Maven is one of the 16 trotters invited to the Elitlopp, which is held at Solvalla Raceway near Stockholm. The field was divided into two eight-horse eliminations, with Maven drawing post four in the second division. The 6-year-old mare will be driven by Takter’s brother, Johnny, and is the morning line second choice in her race. B B S Sugarlight is the morning line favorite in Maven’s elimination and will start from post one. Mosaique Face is the choice in the first elim, which also includes another U.S. representative, Daryl Bier’s Wind Of The North, as well as former North American star Nuncio, who is owned and trained by Sweden’s Stefan Melander. The top four finishers from each elimination return later in the day for the final. “If you don’t get emotional, you’re not human,” Takter said when recounting Moni Maker’s triumph. “This is what we work for. It’s always exciting when you get in there. You put your game face on and feel the excitement all around you.” It is one of the reasons Takter is looking forward to this year’s race. Takter is starting a horse in the Elitlopp for only the second time since Moni Maker’s victory; he also started Uncle Peter last year. But it is not the only reason Takter is making the trip to Solvalla. He will spend four days in Sweden despite a busy schedule at home and hopes in the future races like the Elitlopp will be made the focal point of the racing calendar, thereby eliminating conflicts for trainers and drivers who want to participate in the event or simply travel to watch. “There are three events in this sport -- the Hambletonian, Elitlopp, and Prix d’Amerique -- and I feel we are obligated to be there,” Takter said. “There aren’t that many fans left in this sport and the Elitlopp is by far the biggest one when it comes to fans and what they’re doing. People that haven’t been there can’t even imagine. “The world is so small now. We have to start thinking about going together instead of going against each other. I spoke to (Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman) Jeff Gural and asked that next year there are no big conflicts, like the (New Jersey) sire stakes finals, the same weekend as the Elitlopp. “If we don’t take care of those three events, they’re going to die out too. You see a lot of Europeans coming over here for the Hambletonian as a spectator, even trainers and people like that. The Elitlopp has unbelievable fan support. I have to be there.” Moni Maker was the last U.S.-owned horse to win the Elitlopp. She also was the last female trotter to win the race. Maven -- who is owned by John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Joyce McClelland -- will try to end both droughts. She heads to the Elitlopp off a second-place finish in the Copenhagen Cup, which was contested at 1-1/4 miles. Last year, Maven finished third in her Elitlopp elimination and sixth in the final while in the stable of Jonas Czernyson. This year, she prepped for the Elitlopp by racing exclusively in Europe, where despite poor race luck and draws she has a win and three second-place finishes from nine starts. Maven, who was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter, has won 29 of 52 North American races in her career, good for $1.74 million in purses. “I think she’s ready,” Takter said. “I really think so. I think we have a heck of a shot. She’s probably much better prepared now than she was last year. She got adapted to the European system a little bit. Now she even handles a mile and a quarter better. I don’t think I could have her better than I have her right now. “She can win it if the race goes her way. But it’s a wide open race. I would say out of 16 horses, 10 or 12 of them could be the winner.” If Maven is unable to win, Takter would enjoy seeing Nuncio take the honor. Takter trained Nuncio last season and saw the horse win the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and finish second in the Hambletonian. Nuncio is 2-for-2 this year, but will have to overcome post seven in his elimination. “I’m sure Stefan wishes he had another start in him, but you can never rule that horse out,” Takter said. “The race is going to be high pace and if he’s sitting third over I could see him coming very good in the last quarter (of a mile). He never gives up. I really hope that he’s going to race good. He deserves that, to show he’s a top horse, which he is. “He’s a winner. If I don’t win the race, I would be very happy for him to win. They’re great people that own the horse and I’d have a little part of that Elitlopp too because I developed him as a 3-year-old.” World champion Wind Of The North drew post eight in his elimination. Dave Palone -- the winningest driver in harness racing history -- will drive the 5-year-old gelding for Bier, who owns the horse with Joann Dombeck. Wind Of The North is coming off a second-place finish to Bee A Magician in the Cutler Memorial on May 16 at the Meadowlands. He has won three of 10 races this year and 16 of 61 in his career, earning $322,848. Five horses have odds in single digits to be the overall Elitlopp champion: B B S Sugarlight, Mosaique Face, Nuncio, Timoko, and Maven. Timoko, who drew post seven in the second elimination, is the defending champion. Here are the fields: 1st elimination: 1. Univers de Pan 2. Support Justice 3. Vincennes  4. Mosaique Face 5. Ustinof du Vivier 6. Royal Fighter 7. Nuncio 8. Wind Of The North 2nd elimination: 1. B B S Sugarlight 2. Nahar 3. Brett Boko  4. Maven 5. Magic Tonight 6. On Track Piraten 7. Timoko 8. Voltigeur de Myrt by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Caen’s harness racing feature today was the Prix de Saint-Martin (monte, €38,000 purse, 2450 meters, 13 starters) and jockey Eric Raffin rode Tamerlan(8g Capriccio-Hematite) to a 1.14kr victory, his seventh in 66 career starts. The 6/1 winner is owned by Ecurie Danover and trained by St. Provoost. Salieri (9g Hermes des Pericard-Lysanxia) was second for David Thomain at 4/1 with third to 12/1 Ulpia des Jipes (7f Mon Bellouet-Obiga des Jipes) for trainer/jockey Franck Nivard. At Solvalla, their Elitloppet weekend began with a series of ASVT Trottex Auktionsloop events each with a winner’s reward of 110,000SEK. The three year-old females battled over 2140 meters autostart and Bjorn Goop teamed Tunika (3f Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) to an easy 1.14.3kr victory. Tomas Malmqvist trains for owner Stall Tumble Boys-Easy and Tunika was bred by Menhammer Stuteri AB. The winner is 5-2-1 in nine career starts. Magnesia (3f Magnetic Power-Mertensia-Super Arnie) with Oskar J. Andersson up was second for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Second dam is by Speedy Spin. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed Teeter Totter (3f Jaded-Marelle-VikingKronos) home third. This one was also a Menhammer Stuteri AB bred. The three-year old males also fought over 2140 meters autostart for 110,000SEK first money with Poet Broline (3m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) victorious for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner clocked in 1.14.1kr by open lengths. Broline International AB bred the winner that is owned by Sven-Goran Sjostrom. Another colt division (same distance and purse) went to Bjorn Goop reined Pacific Broline clocked in 1.14.3kr. Goop is also trainer of the Franck Leblanc owned, Broline International AB bred winner, now 4-1-0 in six starts lifetime, all in 2015. Another filly division (same distance, purse) went to Facile Boko (3f Virgill Boko-Zacile Boko-Muscles Yankee) with Erik Adielsson up timed in 1.14.1kr. She was an easy winner for owner Easy KB and trainer Svante Bath. Boko Stables Holland BV bred this one, now 5-5-1 in 13 career appearances. Also on the Solvalla card was the Gotlandssnus for mares (2140 meters autostart, 50,000SEK first money) and Ulf Ohlsson teamed Faith Hill (4f Muscle Hill-A Girl Named Sugar-Pine Chip) to a close there horse finish timed in 1.14.8kr. Stefan Melander trains the winner for his Stall TZ. Lebanon, Kentucky’s Jim Avritt bred Faith Hill. The mares also contested the E-trafik (1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK first money) and Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Denmark’s Speed Hill (6f Goetmals Wood-Funny Hall-Mr. Vic) to a 1.11.6kr win. Roger Walmann trains the winner for Stuteri Sun Hill, also breeder. Speed Hill is 10-3-4 in 28 career starts. Thomas H. Hicks

May 25, 2-15 - Some refer to Saturday’s Sweden Cup as the little Elite race and often it includes past and future harness racing Elitloppet players. Italian trotters are well represented and they have performed well in past Sweden Cups. Irving Rivarco and Owen's Club (which also holds the record of the Finale with 1.09.7kr) are the two Italian winners both led by Pietro Gubellini. In the first elimination Saturday Ringostarr Treb, trained byHolger Ehlert and driven by Wim Paal take their shot along with Olympic Kronos and Lufti Kolgjini. Second elimination includes Orione Spin and Kolgjini, Royal Blessed with Paal and Rod Stewart rained by Jerry Riordan. The elims also include well-regarded Reven d’Amour, that competed in a US Breeders Crown several years ago, and the J-P Dubois bred Nato Dream now owned by Stefan Melander. This year’s event has 20 starters aligned in two mile sprint eliminations, as shown below: Solvalla – 5-30-15 Saturday Sweden Cup 3a race 1  RINGOSTARR TREB* (IT) h 5 Paal Wilhelm (Ehl Ho) 1609 2  REVEN D'AMOUR h 10 Ohlsson Ulf (Lar FB) " 3  MAGICCARPETRIDE US* (US) h 9 Adielsson Erik (Ped An) " 4  OLYMPIC KRONOS (IT) h 7 Kolgjini Lutfi " 5  HIGHSPEED CALL v 7 Jansson Torbjörn (Pet Ni)a " 6  GOING FOR GOLD ZAZ h 7 Bergh Robert " 7  NOUVELLE PELLE v 12 Eriksson Kim (Joh Bo)a " 8  PRINCE TAGG h 9 Karlstedt Ralf " 9  DAVID SISU h 7 Takter Johnny (Sal Pe) " 10  DISCO A.E. h 7 Kihlström Örjan (Mel St) "   4a race 1  KASH'S CANTAB (US) h 7 Adielsson Erik (Joh SH) 1609  2  ORIONE SPIN (IT) v 7 Kolgjini Adrian (Kol Lu) " 3  VÄSTERBOONTHENEWS v 7 Ingves Peter (Pur Pe) " 4  NATO DREAM (US) h 6 Melander Stefan " 5  TABRIZ DU GITE* (FR) h 8 Thomain David (Lel Je) " 6  GOLDEN SID v 8 Jansson Torbjörn (Lin Bj) " 7  I SAW YOU v 10 Lindblom Åke " 8  MONSTER DRIVE h 9 Lövgren Joakim " 9  ROYAL BLESSED* (IT) h 5 Paal Wilhelm " 10  ROD STEWART* (IT) h 5 Eriksson Christoffer (Rio Je) "     Mosaique Face took the 2014 Sweden Cup and he may be a factor in the 2015 Elitloppet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCpTGmSedBY Thomas H. Hicks

May 24, 2015 - Today’s featured harness racing action in France took place at various rural venues with one on the turf. The Prix Bernigaud (€34,000 purse, 2625 meters distance handicapped, 15 European starters) went to 15/1 Triton de Meunier (8g Camelia du Donjon-Ora de Meaunier) that overcame a 25 meter penalty to score in 1.17.1kr over 2650 meter distance. J-I Verrier teamed and trains and owns the winner. Uncle Oaks (7g Le Big Boss-Ile d’Or) was second for Th. Issautier at 5/1 with third to 4/1 Scarlet de l-Iton (9f Ideal d’Iton-Hermine de l’Iton) with trainer Thierry Collaud up. 6/1 Going As (7g Pink Diamond-Go Lucky) was fourth for Germany’s owner Stall Germanian and Stall Rubin. At Avignon the turf masters were at the start in the Prix du Chateau de Segries (€45,000 purse, 2650 meters distance handicapped, 16 starters). Barefoot Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) and reinsman Daniel Bekaert overcame a 25 meter penalty to score in 1.18.1kr at 2/1 over his 2675 meter distance. 11/1 Verdict d’Honneur (6g Prodigious-Ploace d’Honneur) was second ahead of 50 meter penalized 87/1 Ramses des Charmes (10g Kiss Francis-Hydra de l’Epinay). Laurent Simon trains the first and third place finishers. At Solvalla today the two Elitloppet 2015 eliminations were drawn as shown below. 1a Elimination Univers de Pan (Philippe Daugeard) Support Justice (Geir Vegard Gundersen) Vincennes (Örjan Kihlström) Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) Ustinof du Vivier (Mattieu Abrivard) Royal Fighter (Jennifer Tillman) Nuncio (Stefan Melander) Wind Of The North (Dave Palone) 2a Elimination B.B.S.Sugarlight (Peter Untersteiner) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Bret Boko (Ari Moilanen) Maven (Johnny Takter) Magic Tonight (Örjan Kihlström) On Track Piraten (Erik Adielsson) Timoko (Björn Goop) Voltigeur de Myrt (Gabrielle Gelormini)   Univers de Pan drew post one in the opener and he was full of trot and blocked in the Finlandia AJO. Fast front-runner Mosaique Face (1:09) Saturday in Sweden drew the advantageous post four for Lutfi Kolgjini. Four year-old Nuncio and trainer/driver Stefan Melander drew post seven with US invader Wind Of The North at post eight for sulky-sitter Dave Palone, the American driver who has just passed the 17,000 victories. Per Eriksson’s Royal Fighter drew post six for driver Jennifer Tillman. Elimination two has Timoko and Bjorn Goop scoring from post seven with Nahar and Robert Bergh from post two.Finlandia AJO pacesetting winner Bret Boko goes from post three and Maven starts from post four for Johnny Taker and trainer Jimmy Takter, today an easy winner in the US with Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial, defeating pocket-sitting Bee A Magician. Thomas H. Hicks

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