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May 9, 2020 - 8.2/1 odds Diana Zet (4f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) was a game harness racing winner of the 191,000€ purse Queen Silvias Pokal this day at Aby. The Gr. I International event was contested by 12 females over the 2140-meter autostart course. The winner was clocked in 1.12.6kr off even fractions. Orjan Kilhstrom teamed Diana Zet for the Reden/Stall Zet team to her first 2020 victory in three starts and her sixth win in 13 career appearances. He life earnings reached 4,553,000SEK with this victory. Grand Diva Sisu (4f Ready Cash-Super Model-Daguet Rapide) was second from post 12 with trainer Per Nordstrom at the lines, as she made a valiant change nearing the line, off at 84/1. Third was 10/1 Tonique (4f Love You-Revenique-Revenue) for trainer/driver Ake Lindblom. Fourth home was 28/1 Mahma Lane (4f Maharajah-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer). See replay link and pics of the action below.   Diana Zet  Replay     Thomas H. Hicks  

Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) scored in today’s harness racing Algot Scotts Minne, Aby’s V75 Gold Division (purse 29,271€, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters), from post 10, and clocked in 1.09.8kr. Christoffer Eriksson teamed the Ro Spagnulo trainee to his first 2020 victory in only two starts, and this was his 19th career win in 46 starts. His career earnings now total 4,919,358€. Santese SRL of Italy owns this Norwegian bred performer, created by breeder Per Erik Hagen. Cokstile was off at 4.6/1 odds and bested 1.7/1 Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) for reinsman/trainer Johan Untersteiner with third to 1.4/1 favorite Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) reined by Bjorn Goop. Billie was buried on the pegs until it was too late to close positively in the passing lane. Son Of God (6g Pastor Stephen) was fourth at 9/1 odds for Orjan Kihlstrom. Cokstile earned, with this victory, a 2020 Elitloppet invitation. He joins Chief Orlando, Vivid Wise As, Makethemark, Looking Superb, Missle Hill, Tae Kwon Deo, Attraversiamo and Elian Web as the march continues toward the 16 Elite race starters.   Cokstile Replay - Racing returns to France on May 11th with the first action at Vichy. We expect to see Bold Eagle and Face Time Bourbon back on the racetrack in the weeks ahead. Late Saturday, officials in Sweden set Alessandro Gocciadoro free from training and driving restrictions following a whipping violation by an assistant trainer a week ago. Gocciadoro was then in Italy. Reportedly he will continue a stable operation in Sweden. Today his two entrants were reined by Federico Esposito. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 9, 2020 - Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) rallied late after a three wide move in the final bend to score in the harness racing Gr. I International King Gustaf V Pokal at Aby (purse 191,000€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters). This 4/1 odds winner was teamed today with Johan Untersteiner by trainer Jerry Riordan (who won the 2018 Elitloppet with Ringostarr Treb) and owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. Aetos won for second time in two 2020 starts and this was his eighth career victory in 18 starts now for 4,989,550SEK in lifetime earnings. Race time was 1.11.5kr off quick but rated fractions (1.07.1kr at the first 500; 1.11.8kr at the 1000 meter mark and 1.12.8kr at the 1500 mark. Aetos Kronos was flying in the final 600 meters. He is from the maternal family of Conch, the Bonefish mare that produced King Conch and Viking Kronos. Second was the game 9/1 Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed By The West-Western Terror) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for the Stall Zet/Daniel Reden team. Click Bait (4m Cantab Hall-Fun At Parties-Lindy Lane) took third at 26/1 for Jorma Kontio and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Russell C. Williams bred this one. Fourth home was Robert Bergh’s Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) that is owned by In The Zone AB. It was quite a race. Aetos Kronos (#2) Jerry Riordan Replay - The winner’s pedigree follows - Note the 6.2% inbreeding coefficient. Production record of Conch     Conch (US) (96 0,82) m, 1982 At 2, Winner of Acorn, third in Merrie Annabelle. At 3, Winner of Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Hambletonian Oaks.   1987 Bob Regal (US)                    h, by Prakas (US)   - Conch (US)       1989 King Conch (SE) 108  0,95  +34     1.11,6a   kr 4,131,015   21  11- 5- 1        h, by Speedy Crown (US)   - Conch (US)     At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown. At 3, Winner of Review Stakes, second in Hambletonian. 1990 New Decade (SE) 92  0,76  -12        kr 0   0                   m, by Sugarcane Hanover (US)   - Conch (US)       1991 Prince Conch (SE) 93  0,76  -9   1.17,0v  1.16,3a   kr 100,800   31  2- 2- 3        g, by Sugarcane Hanover (US)   - Conch (US)       1993 Tzar Kronos (IT)                    h, by Speedy Crown (US)   - Conch (US)       1995 Viking Kronos (IT) 114  1,00  +37     1.12,1a   kr 6,128,108   14  12- 1- 0        h, by American Winner (US)   - Conch (US)     At 2, Winner of Gran Criterium (Memorial Piero Biondi), Gran Premio Allevatori. At 3, Winner of Gran Premio Nazionale, Gran Premio Tito Giovanardi, E3 Korta. 1996 Concher (US) 101  0,81  +3     1.12,1a   kr 25,491   9  0- 0- 0        m, by Pine Chip (US)   - Conch (US)       1998 Hostess (US) 96  0,81  -7     1.12,8a   kr 25,447   6  0- 2- 2        m, by Donerail (US)   - Conch (US)     Sold at Standardbred Horse Sale (Harrisburg) 2008 for 85,000 USD. 2001 Celebration (US)                    m, by Conway Hall (CA)   - Conch (US)       2002 Lovable Truth (US)                    m, by Conway Hall (CA)   - Conch (US)       2003 Colonial Splendor (US)                    m, by Striking Sahbra (US)   - Conch (US)       2004 Lakeside Bride (US)                    m, by Duke of York (CA)   - Conch (US)     At 2, Winner of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final.   Thomas H Hicks  

This evening Solvalla hosted four harness racing divisions of the Margaretas Tidiga with two sets for males (one for three and one for the four-year olds) and two for the females (again one each for the three and four year olds). The distance of each race was 2140 meters autostart and the purse was 57,300€ each with 12 starters contesting the result. Top performers were on stage. In the four year old male division Hail Mary (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Dreams US-Victory Dream) scored as expected as the 9/10 favorite in front end fashion after a brush to the lead after the first 500 meters in 1.08.7kr. . Trainer Robert Bergh guided this one home in 1.11.4kr off the fast but even fractions in the middle of the contest for Stall Mary AB. This victory was his ninth in 10 career starts and he remains unbeaten this year in four outings. His dam, Dreams, is a 1997 Bonefish daughter of Nan’s Catch, dam of the legendary Moni Maker. Digital Summit (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Full Forward-Scarlet Knight) was next for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Marvellous Tooma (4m Dream Vacation-Marvellous US-Donerail) was third the Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Frode Hamre. The three year old male division went to Hell Bent For AM (3m Muscle Hill-Nalda Nof-Supergill) at 9/1 timed in 1.14.7kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. The nice colt scored easily in his first 2020 outing and it was his second career victory in five starts. Hector Sisu (3g Zola Boko-Donatomesswithme-Donato Hanover) was second as the 1.4/1 favorite and third went to 5.2/1 Selected News (3m Maharajah-Madamacristina COF-Varenne) for reinsman Torbjorn Jansson. On the filly side the four-year old division went to 1.13.3kr timed and 2.4/1 odds Mellby Marissa (4f Maharajah-Merger Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) won for trainer/teamster Robert Bergh. This was her second victory in three starts in 2020 and third in 13 career starts. This was an easy front-end victory. Global Anarchy (4f SJs Caviar-Celebrity Tribute-Yankee Glide) was an 11/1 second for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Joakim Lovgren. Third was 13/1 Ies Elisabet (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Ies Greta-Enjoy Lavec) for Carl Johan Jepson. The three-year old fillies saw the 5/10 heavy favorite Hill’s Angel (3f Muscle Hill- Gossip Gal-SJs Caviar) score easily in 1.14.8kr off rated fractions. Bjorn Goop handled the Erik Bondo trainee for breeder/owner Panamera Racing with Jens Glud Hansen. The winner scored in her first 2020 start and it was her career victory number four in five starts. Chablis Ribb (3f Raja Mirchi-Grape Ribb-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Leif Witasp after leading early. Third went to Quantal Quetzal (3f Quite Easy-Anastacia Sund-Scarlet Knight) at 17/1 for Mattias Djuse. In this event the half-sister to Walner, Finland, went offstride at the start. Thursday the trots were at Halmstad and the featured 10,316€ purse event (2140 meters voltstart, nine starters) went to 5/10 favorite Hacker AM (3m Muscle Hill-Queen Silas-Pine Chip) timed in 1.16.0kr. L.I. Nilsson trains this first time winning starter with Christoffer Eriksson up for owner Vasby Hast AB. The 68/1 Go Peppergirl (3f Charly du Noyer-Allinone Pepper-Yankee Glide) was second for reinsman Victor Rosleff and trainer Jerry Riordan,   Thomas H. Hicks  

BERGSÅKER, SWEDEN - Rikard Skoglund changes into his blue-and-white silks in his car, gathers his helmet and whip, then heads to the track for another evening of harness racing. Sweden’s No. 1 horse driver is still working during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, he’s never been in more demand. Swedish trotting, or harness racing, is one of only a handful of sports in Europe to have persevered through the pandemic while other competitions — professional or amateur — shut down across the continent. That’s not just good news for the 40,000 people working in the equestrian sector in Sweden. It’s something of a savior for betting companies and gamblers around the world. “Our prize money comes from betting money,” Skoglund told The Associated Press before the first race of a meeting at Bergsåker racecourse near the east coast of Sweden. “So now the whole world is betting on Swedish harness racing, it’s a huge opportunity for us.” Hans Lord Skarplöth, chief executive of the betting firm ATG that specializes in horse racing in Sweden, told the AP that international gambling on Swedish races is up around 600% since the middle of March. Jockeys and horse drivers in this often-overlooked part of the world might never have this exposure and earning potential again. “Of course it affects us that we can’t have the public in to watch, but it’s more important for us to have the core business (operating),” said Maria Croon, CEO of Swedish Trotting. “We aren’t trying to capitalize, just to continue with as less effects as possible.” Sweden has been something of an outlier during the pandemic because the government’s restrictions aren’t as tight as most other countries. So its horse racing industry has been allowed to stay open for business, though recommendations and directives are in place to minimize the risk for workers. No spectators are allowed, with even owners of horses prevented from being at the track for races which are nationally televised. Trainers and jockeys are recommended to change clothes in their car, and social distancing is advised. At the meeting in Bergsåker, hand disinfectants were available and there were signs around the oval track telling those present to keep two meters (six feet) from each other. Some jockeys and drivers wore mouth coverings. People sat apart in a small, wooden stand halfway down one side of the track. Croon said she wasn’t aware of any reported virus cases in Swedish horse racing. “I am more worried when I go into town or to a shop,” Skoglund said. “If you go to the supermarket, it is much more dangerous than driving horses.” Horse racing has continued without spectators in parts of Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and also in some American states. But it was brought to a halt in the sport’s major racing countries in Europe, like Britain, Ireland and France. The Swedish racing market has proved to be vital for the multibillion-dollar sports gambling industry, especially in European time zones. “This is, of course, good for ATG revenues but even more important for the horse industries,” Skarplöth said. "Thanks to Swedish horse racing, many of these companies still could have some earnings by offering Swedish horse racing to their customers.” Glance at a betting website, and it’s slim pickings elsewhere for sports in Europe. There’s soccer in Belarus and Turkmenistan, while Russia is staging table tennis, volleyball and hockey games. The standard of these competitions isn't high. The players taking part in live-streamed table tennis from the Liga Pro organization are often ranked outside the top 500 by the Russian Table Tennis Federation, which is itself not one of the world leaders. Yet their matches have become a staple for the world's online bookmakers. Things could change soon, of course. Some European soccer leagues are starting to crank back up and play could resume at the end of this month. Horse racing in France is planning to restart next week. In the meantime, Swedish trotting is enjoying its unlikely place in the spotlight. “It's been really fun,” Skoglund said, “to show the world our amazing harness racing.”___ BY STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer James Ellingworth in Düsseldorf, Germany, contributed to this report. Reprinted with permission of the Charlotte Observer     In this photo taken on Thursday, April 30, 2020, Henrik Sundberg rides horse Millimina at Bergsaker racecourse in Vasternorrland, Sweden. Swedish trotting is one of only a handful of European sports to have persevered during the coronavirus outbreak while competitions elsewhere shut down across the continent. That’s not just good news for the 40,000 people working in the equestrian sector in Sweden. It’s something of a savior for betting companies and gamblers around the world who have been starved of their usual diet of top-class sport in Europe. STEVE DOUGLAS AP PHOTO  

May 4, 2020 - Last week there were a host of good races as the pre-Elitloppet harness racing activity accelerates. One such example was the Solvalla April 29 card. The Mares feature that day (purse 12,244€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw 14/1 odds Stoneisle Ocean (7f Revenue-Mamtaz Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) score impressively in 1.12.4kr with Hannu Torvinen aboard for trainer Isto Kuisma, her 13th career win in 37 starts. 10/1 Havefunwithme (6f Going Kronos-Zimba Boko-Yankee Glide) was second for Erik Adielsson. On the same program a conditioned race (purse 12,244€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) resulted in a 1.13.1kr timed victory for 1.6/1 favorite Valley Brodde (7g Ready Cash-Valeris-SJs Caviar) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Reden Trotting AB and trainer Daniel Reden. This was his third 2020 victory in as many starts and his 10th career win in 46 outings. 9/2 My Dream Art (6g Sinou Madrik-Ina Dreamcatcher-Dream Vacation) took second for Jorma Kontio. Valley Brodde The marathoners contested a conditioned stayer race (purse 12,244€, 3140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and itw as a well matched event with 2.3/1 Indy D (6g Ready Cash-Stefani Haniver-Muscles Yankee) first to the line timed in 1.15.4kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Roger Walmann trainee that SRF Stable owns. This was Indy D’s fifth 2020 victory in nine starts. Angel Raziel (5m Pastor Stephen-Promising Angel-Promising Catch) was second for Mika Forss. Indy D. In France it appears that racing will resume May 11th with reduced purses that follow from lost revenue during the Covid-19 shutdown period. The following is a translation of published statements. This Thursday, April 30, at the end of the day, a Board of Directors meeting was held, in order to answer the questions of all the socio-professionals in the sector (breeders, owners, trainers, trainers-owners, drivers/jockeys, volunteers of the racing companies. To date, the outlook is as follows: The races, which will initially be held behind closed doors, should be able to resume on Monday, May 11. Very specific organisational protocols have been sent to the 73 companies that are likely to host these meetings, knowing that the choice of racetracks will be based on the national decisions taken by the Government but also by the prefects at the departmental level. Starting Monday, May 4, LeTROT will publish a first calendar for the coming weeks. This is based on the programme originally planned before the pandemic, adding additional events through exceptional duplication, especially for F, G and H races. While maintaining its objective of excellence and selection, the will of the Board of Directors is indeed to ensure - in the current exceptional context - a principle of balance and solidarity between all the players of the discipline. 53% of the French Trot races were labelled "F, G, H" and contested by an overwhelming majority of coaches/trainers (88%), the Board of Directors, after consultation with the Programmes Commission, decided to preserve these categories as a priority. The total amount of endowments paid in these events (75 million euros in full year, or one third of the overall envelope) will thus be maintained, or even slightly increased according to duplication. The majority of socio-professionals will thus be "protected" by this measure. In return, group racing and "A and B" will see their envelopes decrease by 15%, and those of the "C,D,E" races by 9.6%. In Denmark, the 2020 Copenhagen Cup, scheduled for May 19, is a questionmark at this time. Italy’s Zacon Gio was expected to be a starter. The Gocciadoro matter in Sweden still swirls about, that due to the whipping of Zarina Bi by a stable training assistant. A number of Sweden based drivers have spoken out calling for Gocciadoro’s ban from racing there. Also, horses from that stable have been moved to other trainers, the most prominent being Elitloppet invitee Vivid Wise As that is now in the Bjorn Goop training stable. Ahead this week is the Algot Scotts Minne at Aby that could yield additional Elitloppet invitations. That race includes the veteran nine year old Franch mare Billie de Montfort that has earned over 2.1 million euro from 19 wins and a record of 1.09.2kr racing in the shadow of Bold Eagle. She is owned by her breeder Philippe Dauphin and last won the Grand Prix de Bourgogne on December 29. Earlier on May 6 a major race will be held for three year old females at Solvalla and i twill include Hill’s Angel from the Bondo stable and Riina Rekila’s well bred Finland. This should be a race worth watching. Missle Hill (5m Muscle Hill-India Hall) was named an Elitloppet invitee this day, as the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet student joins Tae Kwon Deo, Allraversiamo, Elian Web, Chief Orlando and Vivid Wise As in the first six of what will be be 16 horses to compete in the Elite race eliminations on May 31. Thomas H. Hicks  

Tae Kwon Deo (5m Muscle Hill-Brigham Dream-Kaissy Dream) won today’s harness racing Hakan Olssons (purse 29,272€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) V75 Gold at Orebro. Off as the 1.2/1 favorite, the Adrian Kolgjini trained and reined performer was first up in front of the stands on lap one and kept the charging Perfect Spirit in a three wide position. Team Kolgjini engaged then leading Snowstorn Hanover in a fast pace before wearing that one down off the final bend. The winner then accelerated to a three length plus victory timed in 1.09.8kr. Fractions were quick from the start (1.07.6kr at the first 500 and 1.09,8kr at the 1000 meter mark). The winner was bred in the USA by Deo Volente Farms and is now owned by WhapCapital and Lutfi Kolgjini. He is from the exceptional US stakes winning Brigham Dream that was developed and raced there by Jean Pierre Dubois. Tae Kwon Deo recorded his eighth career win today from 25 starts, and his first 2020 victory. He now sports career earnings of 2,447,216SEK. Following the winner were 13/1 Minnestads El Paso (7m Adrian Chip-Bologna-Viking Kronos) for Rebecca Dahlen and 19/1 Speedy Face (6m Joke Face-Feelin Feisty-Yankee Glide) for pilot Dante Kolgjini. Snowstorm Hanover ended fourth and Perfect Spirit faded to seventh. Tae Kwon Deo For the replay click here. Tae Kwon Deo’s victory earned him a ticket to the May 31 Elitloppet at Solvalla. This year the race will be held without fans and with a later start time (likely 2:30pm eastern time in the US). Tae Kwon joins Attraversiamo, Elian Web, Chief Orlando and Vivid Wise As as Elite race invitees so far. Reportedly Vivid Wise As will join the Bjorn Goop training stable for the Elitloppet. This followed an unfortunte whipping incident involving the mare Zarina Bi that was in to race this day before being a vet scratch. She is owned by Biasuzzi Srl and was trained by Alessandro Gocciadoro who was not on premises. Gocciadoro later reported that his associate was fired. Other upper class races this day also included the Orebro International Stayerlopp (purse 39,108€, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap, 15 starters) with victory to 4.9/1 Electrical Storm (6g Make It Happen-Blend Of Gold-Cantab Hall) with Mattias Djuse up. Race time was 1.14.3kr. Tengil Face (5g Joke Face-Makeasignofpeace-Life Sign) was second for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini. The 1.3/1 favorite Anthara Bi (4f Donato Hanover-Dakota Bi-Toss Out) took the Sauveurs Mares event (purse 21,680€, 2140 meters voltstart distance handicap, 15 starters) clocked in 1.13.2kr with Bjorn Goop the trainer/driver for Union Perfect Srl. Earlier, the STL Klass II Final (purse 21,680€, 2140 meters voltstart, 12 starters) saw 2.7/1 T.Rex Face (5g Joke Face-Charmaine As-Like A Prayer) win in 1.13.8kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Hakan Karlsson, The V75 Silver (purse 24,498€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) provided the stage for winner Very Kronos (6m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) clocked in 1.12.5kr and piloted by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Kjell Johansson is his owner. The day’s Quinte+ race on the PMU network was the Enoch Karlssons Minni for mares (purse 21,680€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 9/1 Tessy d’été (8f Ganymede-Love Me Tender-Supergill) scored in 1.11.6kr. She is now trained in Sweden by Jerry Riordan and Carl Johan Jepson was the reinsman for owner Scuderia Eurocolor Srl. This was her first 2020 victory and 15th in her good career that has now yielded 6,118,468SEK in earnings. Hevin Boko, Dibaba, Willow Pride and Rose Run Sydney followed and completed the exact order top five that paid 3,477.40€ to winning Quinte ticket holders. Later in the program Valiant Dream (7g Offshore Dream-Emilias Lily-Dreamaster) took the Klass I event (purse 21,680€, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) timed in 1.12.6kr with Mika Forss aboard, he also the trainer. Zarina Bi was scratched from this race. The V75 Bronze (purse 21,680€, 1609 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.11.0kr timed and 1.1/1 odds Seismic Wave (5g Explosive Matter-Vanity Plates-Conway Hall) that Stall Dalhem owns, Timo Nurmos trains and Orjan Kihlstrom teamed. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 25, 2020 - Today’s harness racing Aby undercard featured the Lovely Godivas Minne (purse 56,250€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) for five-year old mares. The 3/10 favorite Conrads Rodluva (5f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juiano Star) did her job with a 1.12.8kr victory for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. She was a game winner with a quick final 640 meters as the 1500 mark was reached in a rated 1.13.8kr. The 6.7/1 Zaniah Bi (5f Equinox Bi-Fendi Bi-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro and 18/1 Vikens Fingerprint (5f Prodigious-Primadonna Tuna-Viking Kronos) was third with Oskar J. Andersson aboard. Conrads Rodluva The Saracen Horse Feeds Paralympiastayern (purse 29,272€, 3140 meters voltstart, 15 starters) produced a super impressive 1.12.4kr victory for 2.6/1 Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Jeunesse Doree-Coktail Jet). This one scored from post 15 and was handicapped 60 meters, after having a successful streak in France at the Winter Meet, for trainer Pierre Vercruysse and owner Jan Lyng. Now in Sweden, Bjorn Goop picked up the trainer/driver duties, and in this race the pair circled the field and drew off for an easy score. He is now four for five in 2020 and has 11 career wins in 39 starts for 3,153,588SEK earned. Today, Moni Viking’s victory time over 3200 meters voltstart was reported to be a world record. Moni stormed home after the 2000 meter mark was reached in 1.15.1kr by the then leading Prosperous (6g Prodigious-Glorify-Super Arnie) that held on for third at 1.6/1 odds for Erik Adielsson. 31/1 Enzo AM (6g Scarlet Knight-Timba Madrik-Jam Pridem) was second for Per Nilsson. Moni Viking Robert Bergh enjoyed a great day with three V75 wins, all by the super sire Love You. The Klass 1 (purse  21,670€, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Bergh trainee Ivory Di Quattro (5m Love You-Outlook Kronos-Cantab Hall) timed in 1.12.2kr and off at 5/1. Amour As (4m Varenne-Southwind As-Turbo Sund) was second at 15/1 for Jorma Kontio and trainer Jerry Riordan. Ivory Di Quattro Bergh then won the Amaru Boko Mares (purse 21,671€, 2640 meters, 15 starters) with 7/10 favorite Indra’s Secret (6f Love You-East Indra-Eastender) for HB Stall Cs, her third 2020 victory in five starts and 15th in a 37 race career. Race time was 1.13.6kr. 13/1 Corby’s Nana (5f Un Mec d’Heripre) was second. Indras Secret Bergh’s next score was with 1.1/1 Vikens High Yield (6g Love You-Primadonna Tuna-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.0kr and owned by Firma MFP Trading. This victory was his fourth in 2020 in five starts and 10th in his 34-race career. The race was the V75 Bronze (purse 21,679€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 28/1 Sandsjons Enzo (5m Brioni-Disneygirl-Ken Warkentin) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. Vikens High Yield Another Love You sired winner on the card was 6.2/1 Wild Love (6f Love You-Twins Vilda-Dreamaster) in the V75 Silver Bilia BMW timed in 1.11.7kr for Kevin Oscarsson and trainer Bengt Simberg. The race purse was 24,496€ with 12 trotters competing over 2140 meters autostart. 5.2/1 MS Triple J (5m Cantab Hall-Maritas Victory-Valley Victory) took second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Frode Hamre. This one was bred by Katz and Libfeld from Canada. Wild Love Early in the day was the Paralympiamonten (purse 24,496€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 monte starters) and the 1.12.6kr clocked winner was 10/1 Volcan de Bellande (11g Magnificent Rodney-Etoile de Bellande-Triomphe de Rozoy) with Jonathan Carre in the irons for trainer Henk A.J. Grift and owner Holland TTS BV. Balzac du Chatelet was second at 5.3/1 and 8/10 favorite Rajesh Face was third Thomas H. Hicks  

April 25, 2020 - Jorma Kontio piloted the harness racing Katja Melkko trainee Elian Web (8g Like A Prayer-EL Dolly-Conway Hall) to a front-end score in the Gr. I International Paralympiatravet (purse 187,658€, 2140 meters, 10 starters) at Aby, a UET Masters Series event. The winner, bred in Finland by West Breeding Oy, won his fourth in six 2020 outings and his 26th in a 64 race career now for 7,756,387SEK earned. He was off at 10/1 and was clocked in 1.12.3kr off soft fractions dictated by the master reinsman Kontio (1.12.3kr at the first 500 meters, 1.14.4kr at the 1000 and 1.14.0kr at the 1500 meter post). 4.6/1 Cyber Lane (7g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) sat the pocket and engaged the leader near the wire in the first passing lane, with trainer Johan Untersteiner up. 2.9/1 Billie de Montfort (9f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant), reined by Bjorn Goop for Sebastien Guarato, sat third and with some delay entered the most inner passing lane but fell short at the finish. Next Direction and Looking Superb were fourth and fifth. Replay - Elian Web (4) outside   Thomas H. Hicks

April 24, 2020 - Four eliminations of the prestigious harness racing Queen Silvias took place this day at Aby, Sweden,  each offering a purse of 24,018€ and raced over the 2140 meter autostart course. The top three finishers of each elim advanced to the finale in May. Alaska Kronos (4f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) opened these races with a 1.13.5kr victory as the 7/10 favorite with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. 3.2/1 Sashay My Way (4f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) was next for Adrian Kolgjini. This one was bred in the USA by Millstream Inc. Third was 21/1 MBS Pretty Girl (4f Scarlet Knight). The finale lineup is shown below along with the race recaps of the other eliminations. Alaska Kronos Dontlooseallmoney (4f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier) took her elim clocked in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and Stall Perfectum. This was her sixth career win in 20 starts and she was off at 2.9/1. The 1.9/1 favorite Diani Zet (4f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) was second for the Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall Zet team and 40/1 Schweppes (4f Muscle Hill-Swept To Victory-SJs Caviar) was third for Erik Adielsson. Dontlooseallmoney In the second of four elims, the 34/1 outsider Residual Thrust (4f Scarlet Knight-Vista d’Eronville-Offshore Dream) scored a narrow victory in 1.13.5kr with Erik Adielsson up for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. 67/1 Gobi Princess (4f Muscle Mass-Mrs D-Chocolatier) was second for trainer/driver Andre Eklundh and 3.9/1 Grande Diva Sisu (4f Ready Cash-Super Model-Daguet Rapide) took the third ticket to the finale for Per Nordstrom, also her trainer. Residual Thrust The last elim went to 20/1 Tonique (4f Love You-Revenique-Revenue) timed in 1.13.0kr with trainer Ake Lindbom at the lines for owner Bjorn Wedenberg. The 4/10 favorite Ganga Bae (4f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall) was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Stefan Melander. Stall Courant AB owns this one. Third was7.9/1 Mahma Lane (4f Maharajah-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Tonique Earlier on the card was the three-year old Euro Classic Next Year (purse 12,367€, 2140 meters autostart, five starters). The easy winner was 2.49/1 Thai Sansa (3f Muscle Hill-Toffifee D-Great Challenger) for trainer Bo Westergaard timed in 1.14.1kr. Chiffchaff (3f From Above-Swinging Single-Going Kronos) was next for Erik Adielsson. The day’s Quinte+ was the Coin Perdue for mares (purse 8,108€, 2140 meters autostart, 14 starters) and 1.9/1 Alhambra Mail (4f Nad Al Sheba-Foira SM Spin-Lemon Dra) scored in 1.14.2kr. Southwind Queen (4f Muscle Hill-Sensual Hall-Garland Lobell) was second for Peter Ingves. The exact order Quinte+ payoff was 26,525,60€. This morning the grande trotting mare Lisa America (15f Varenne-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream-Donnina), bred in Italy and a career winner of 1.445,676€, died this morning while giving birth to a Ready Cash foal that was also lost. At time of her death Lisa America was owned by SRF Stable. Lisa was bred by Guida Italia Srl and raced by the late Lou Guida and trainer Jerry Riordan throughout her career. She had a 22-7-9 slate in 65 career starts with her last appearance being in the 2012 Prix d’Amerique when she was injured in the final bend. She won the Prix de Milan, Grand Prix d’Europa and many other fast class events in France, Italy and elsewhere in Europe while taking a 1.10.1kr record. Her maternal family includes Joie de Vie, that was an exceptional trotter in the USA at age three (winner of Canadian Trotting Classic, Currier And Ives, Dexter Cup, Stanley Dancer Trot, Yonkers Trot, second in Colonial Trot, Hambletonian, World Trotting Derby); as well her first dam’s other offspring such as Guida America, OK America, Radysin America and Top Gun America. She left many fond memories for her race fans and her connections. Lisa America   Thomas H. Hicks

April 24, 2020 - The final leg of today’s King Gustaf V eliminations at Aby (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters, 11 starters) produced a modest harness racing upset as the 3.3/1 Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) rallied to win in 1.12.0kr for Orjan Kiihlstrom, trainer Jerry Riordan and co-owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. Aetos, from post five and making his first 2020 start, traveled on the outer througout, some of it following Green Manalishi (4m Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec) with Bjorn Goop up for Stefan Melander, trainer for Stall Courant AB. This one was away sluggishly from post one and then moved to the outer, making a three wide move toward pacesetter Upset Face (4m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) with trainer Adrian Kolgjini aboard. Green Manalishi, in his first start of the year and first in Sweden, wore down Upset Face (in his second start of the year after an April 5th victory) in the lane only to see Aetos power past in late going for a length score. The fractions were rated (1.10.3kr at the first 500; 1.13.9kr at the 1000 and 1.13.1kr at the 1500 meter post, 1.12.0kr final). Aetos Kronos now has a career slate of 7-2-4 in 17 starts for 3,989,550SEK earned. The King Gustaf V finale is May 9th and the first four finishers of each elimination in the finale. Aetos Kronos The lineup for the finale is shown below along with results from the other two eliminations. Osterc (4m Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes-Muscles Yankee) took his King Gustaf V eliminination (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) in gate to wire fashion for Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.12.2kr off rated fractions (1.09.5kr at the 500; 1.11.6kr at the 1000 meter mark; 1.13.3kr at the 1500 post). This Helena Burman trainee was off at 7.3/1 odds and he won for the first time in three 2020 starts for owner Falkbolagen AB. His career slate is now 10-2-0 in 24 starts for 4, 288,911SEK earned. He raced successfully in the USA at age two and three for Per Engblom and Jimmy Takter. 34/1 Gaylord AM (4m Muscle Hill-Deesee d’Inverne-Korean) was second with Ulf Ohlsson up. The 1.6/1 favorite Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed By The West-Western Terror) was third for Orjan Kihlstrom. Osteric w Goop The third King Gustaf V elim (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to 19/1 Click Bait (4m Cantab Hall-Fun At Parties-Lindy Lane) for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom and owner trainer Stefan Melander. He was clocked in 1.12.7kr and now has a 5-7-2 slate in 17 lifetime starts. His career earnings are now 694,200SEK. The 5/10 favorite Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) was a game second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, after making a huge move to the front. 26/1 Exodus Brick (4m Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) was third for reinsman Jorgen Westholm.   Thomas H. Hicks    

Norways Chief Orlando (7m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) was a game winner this day of The Onions (purse 19,674€, 1640 meters autostart, ten harness racing starters) at Solvalla, and likely earned a spot in the Elitloppet. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Pia Huusari trainee as the 3.8/1 second choice won for the first time this year in three starts. This was his 18th career win in 64 starts, now for 3,251,205€ earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was second with Christoffer Eriksson up. 3.1/1 Ferrari BR (7m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite-SJs Caviar) was third for Torbjorn Jansson after a death seat journey. Partizan Face and Lionel completed the top five. Race time was a sharp 1.09.8kr Chief Orlando   On the undercard was an event for four-year olds (purse 12,244€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that went to 7/10 favorite Amiral (4m Ready Cash-Mondeville-Kadabra) for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team. Scuderia Louisiana bred the winner in Italy and he now has three wins in nine career starts. This one was clocked in 1.12.9kr. 10/1 Mr. Marvelous (4g Ready Cash) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 107/1 Rotate (4f Scarlet Knight) for pilot Jorma Kontio.   Earlier there were a host of three-year old events, led by the Ingaenide Kriterleserien (purse 39,108€, 2140 meters, seven starters).   Here the 1.13.5kr clocked winner was 8/1 Inas Prince (3m Chocolatier-Sobra-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom. 3.3/1 Global Badman (4m Yield Boko) and second and the 6/10 favorite Forever Melon (3g Infinitif) was third. Other three year old winners this day were Tiny Rocket (3f Djali Boko) timed in 1.16kr; Bombus Jet (3m Pine Chip-Solvalla Jet-Igor Font) in 1.17.3kr; and Sashay Kemp (3f Trixton-Aiken For Clay-Conway Hall) in 1.15.6kr, the latter trained by Stefan Melander and owned by his Stall TZ, Friday at Aby, the well-regarded Aetos Krosnos and Green Manalishi face off with nine others in the Konung Gustaf. See below.  Thomas H. Hicks   French Racing Could Be Ready To Resume By May 11 Horse racing in France has been suspended since March 17 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, but it could resume from May 11. Racing would be behind closed doors and under strictly supervised sanitary conditions, just as other European countries are also preparing to gradually resume horse racing. Tens of thousands of French households live from the horse racing industry, from stud farms to training stables, taking care of the horses and seeing to their welfare. While the races were stopped, most of the work had to be done as horses, especially those trained for competition, cannot live in confinement. Training yards and stud farms continued to operate, without being able to get any resources from racing, their natural source of income However, the health and welfare of all those involved in the organization of racing meetings will be the main priority of France Galop and LeTROT. Racing would be conducted behind closed doors, as it was the last days before it had to be halted on March 17. This successful experience on the Oise racecourses in March showed our ability to ensure satisfactory sanitary conditions of all those participating in our race meetings. Very strict limitations will be enforced. For example, the connections of a horse declared to run will be limited to his or her groom, his or her trainer, and his or her jockey/driver. The staff in charge of the meetings' organization will also be very restricted. Access to the racecourses will be highly monitored, and all participants will be provided with the equipment necessary to work in good conditions without taking any risks. Shared spaces will be set up to avoid contact between those participating. In order to further minimize health hazard, horses trained abroad and jockeys holding a license issued in a country other than France (unless they are confined to France) will not be allowed to participate in French races, until the end of May at least. These restrictive measures will not allow the organization of all the race meetings initially scheduled, as certain racecourses do not have the facilities required to fully meet these precautionary requirements. Planning and relocation projects for local (PMH) meetings are being studied so as not to further harm stables more particularly involved in these programs. In terms of the program, in view of a resumption of activity from Monday, May 11, the Racing authorities have paid particular attention to respecting the balances between the different categories of horses, breeds and areas. France Galop and LeTrot will publish their program in the next few days. The allocation policy will depend on the outcome of a work in progress with the Government. Indeed, prize money and premiums are financed by the proceeds of betting, and if the races could resume on May 11, the PMU's network would still only be very partially reactivated, depriving the whole racing industry of most of its resources. The meeting held on Tuesday, April 21 between the Presidents of the racing associations and the involved Ministers proved to be constructive and everything is made to allow the racing industry to overcome the financial damage caused by this sanitary crisis. If France Galop and LeTrot are getting ready to resume racing at the national level from May 11, it all comes down to the evolution of the pandemic and the measures taken by the Government regarding the gradual exit from the lockdown. The French racing authorities stay alert and able to respond to any other constraints imposed by the Government.  

April 18, 2020 - Next Direction (7g Orlando Vici-Be My Luck) took Umaker’s V75 Gold Paraolympiatravet elimination clocked in 1.12.7kr over the 2140 meter course autostart with trainer Iikka Nurmonen up for Team Look The Winners.. The purse was 39,108€ and 11 horses faced the starter after the scratching of Digital Ink. The winner, off at 1.9/1 odds, rallied late to edge past then leading 10/1 Son Of God (6g Pastor Stephen-Symfoni Sund) handled by trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. 7/1 Dreammoko (7m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) hugged the pegs for third with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard for owner Jan Stins. 17/1 Mr. Golden Quick and 37/1 Snowstorn Hanover completed the top five. PMU’s Quinte+ exact order payoff was 4,548.60€. The winner was impressive in this his first 2020 start and he earned a position in next week’s Paraolympiatravet Final at Aby. 3 Next Direction The probable April 25 Aby field is shown below. Attraversiamo Wins at Umaker The Berth Johanssons Memorial (purse 39,108€, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) this day saw the re-emergence of Attraversiamo (5m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos-Viking Kronos) that scored as the 3/10 favorite for Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and Caracolas AB. This was the winner’s first 2020 start after a 5-2-0 slate in seven 2019 starts. He is now 13 for 19 in the career for 8,413,500SEK earned. He owns a speed record of 1.10.5kr. Maxus (5m Muscle Hill-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was second for the Kihlstrom, Reden, Stall Zet team at 4/1 and 13.1 Stoletheshow (5m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) was third for R.N. Skoglund. Watch for Attraversiamo – he has a bright future. Attraversiamo The Coquin Bebe (purse 21,680€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced a rallying 1.12.6kr victory for the 8/10 favorite Better Boss (6g SJs Photo-Zoa Laukko), his fifth straight win. Iikka Normonen teamed and trains the winner that was bred in Finland and owned there by Henry Olander. Mr. Clayton JF (5g Uptown Yankee-Wishing Well-Pearsall Hanover) was next for Orjan Kihlstrom and third was Findus M (7g Andover Andover-Reggie Lavec-Pearsall Hanover) handled by Jenny A. Bjork. Better Boss The Cabal des Rioults (purse 24.498€, 1640 meters autostart. 12 starters) saw 16/1 Macelleria (6g Maharajah-Enjoy Our Nanny) score in 1.12.3kr for reinsman Peter Untersteiner and trainer Robert Bergh. He is now two for three in 2020. 2.8/1 Hill Street (5m Muscle Hill-Think Twice) took second for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. 82/1 Te Quiero Grif (8g Varenne) was third with Mika Forss at the lines. r7 Marcelleria On the undercard was the Chant des Sirenes (four year olds, purse 21,680€, 2640 meters, 12 starters) and Gardner Shaw (6g Ready Cash-Bloom Boko) scored in 1.13.1kr with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Jorgen Westholm and Courant AB. This was the winner’s initial 2020 appearance and he was off at 3.3/1 odds. Jareth Boko (4m Explosive Matter-Vanilla Boko) was second for pilot Ulf Ohlsson at 6/1. Third was Digital Dominance (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Dreamliner) at 7.3/1 with Peter Untersteiner driving for trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin HB (the renowned NHL hockey players). Gardner Shaw At Vegeryd this day the 5.7/1 odds Grandissimo (4m Brillantissime-Bahama Wood) scored in 1.15.7kr for trainer/driver Benny Christensen and owner Angela Von Hoihenzollern. It was his first 2020 victory in three outings.   Grandissimo   Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday’s harness racing card at Umaker included the Beau Gamin for four year olds (total purse 19,673€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) with 1.13kr timed victory to even-money co-favorite Hail Mary (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Dreams US-Victory Dream) reined by Per Lennartsson for trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Mary AB. This was the winners’ sixth straight victory and he is now seven for eight for the career. Even-money Aramis Bar (4m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and Forspro AB. 7.9/1 odds Golden Dream M (4m Buzzin Brian) was third. Note, the winners’ pedigree below, the second dam having produced the legendary Moni Maker.   Hail Mary (SE) h, 2016 1.15,6v 1.13,4a kr 405,500 6 5-0-0    Googoo Gaagaa (US) 2009 1.08,9a kr 6,049,661 23 15-1-0 Cam's Rocket (US) 1996 Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1997 for 50,000 USD. Cam's Card Shark (US)  Cam Fella (US)  Most Happy Fella (US)  Nan Cam (US)  Jef's Magic Trick (US)  B.G's Bunny (US)  Meadow Trick (US)  Queen of Rock (US)  Meadow Skipper (US)  Dale Frost (US)  Countess Vivian (US)  Gravel Pit (US)  Steady Star (US)  Armbro Hardy (US)  Kora's Trotter (US) 2001 Veeba Rova (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Somolli (US)  Akdov (US)  Speedy Count (US)  Olinda (US)  Misty Tickles (US)  Jurgy Hanover (US)  Super Bowl (US)  Jes R.Hoot (US)  Misty Giggles (US)  Gin Mist (US)  Misty Wiggles (US)  Dreams U.S. (US)   (100 0,81) 1997 Victory Dream (US) 1991 At 2, second in E H Harriman Challenge Cup. At 3, Winner of Hambletonian, Historic Dickerson Cup, New Jersey Sire Stake, second in Breeders' Crown, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.  Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1992 for 40,000 USD. Valley Victory (US)  Baltic Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Sugar Frosting (US)  Valley Victoria (US)  Bonefish (US)  Victorious Lou (US)  Crown Dream (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Missile Toe (US)  Viva Hill (US)  B.F.Coaltown (US)  Vickie Hill (US)  Nan's Catch (US) 1985 At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown, third in Merrie Annabelle. At 3, Winner of Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.  Bonefish (US)  Nevele Pride (US)  Star's Pride (US)  Thankful (US)  Exciting Speed (US)  Speedster (US)  Expresson (US)  Nan Hanover (US)  Speedy Count (US)  Speedster (US)  Countess Song (US)  Noble Nan (US)  Noble Victory (US)  Floriclaire (US)            Production record of second dam Nan's Catch (US) m, 1985  At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown, third in Merrie Annabelle. At 3, Winner of Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.    1990 Awesome Goal (US)                     h, by  Armbro Goal (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1991 for 150,000 USD. 1991 Catch Fortuna (US)                     m, by  Speedy Crown (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1992 for 150,000 USD. 1993 Moni Maker (US)                     m, by  Speedy Crown (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      At 2, second in Oakville Stakes. At 3, Winner of Simcoe Stakes, Matron Stakes Filly Final, Harry M. Zweig Memorial, Hambletonian Oaks, second in Breeders' Crown. At 4, Winner of Fina Cup, Biri International, Trotting Classic Oaks Final, Nat Ray Trot, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, second in Gran Premio Della Lotteria, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Breeders' Crown. At 5, Winner of Nat Ray Trot, Gran Premio Costa Azzurra, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, Prix de Bourgogne, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Breeders' Crown, Copenhagen Cup, Elitloppet, second in Prix de France, Oslo Grand Prix, third in Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Gran Premio Della Lotteria. At 6, Winner of American-National Open Trot, L.C.Peterson-Broddas Minneslöpning, Gran Premio Palio Dei Comuni, Trotting Classic Final, Prix de France, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Prix d'Amerique, second in Elitloppet, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, third in Prix de Belgique. At 7, Winner of Gran Premio Costa Azzurra, Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Nat Ray Trot, second in Maple Leaf Trotting Classic, Breeders' Crown, Gran Premio Renzo Orlandi, third in Prix de France. Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1994 for 87,000 USD. 1995 Nan's Winner (US)                     h, by  American Winner (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1996 for 175,000 USD. 1996 Fortunefivehundred (US)         1.15,1a   USD 35,873   16  2- 5- 2        h, by  American Winner (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      At 3, second in Horseman Futurity, third in Review Stakes. Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1997 for 160,000 USD. 1997 Dreams (US)                     m, by  Victory Dream (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        1997 Dreams U.S. (US)  100  0,81                   m, by  Victory Dream (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        1998 Catch a Train (US)                     m, by  Donerail (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        2000 Trophy Catch (US)                     h, by  Pine Chip (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2001 for 50,000 USD. 2001 Yankee's Catch (US)            kr 0   0                   m, by  Muscles Yankee (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        2002 Catch Express (US)                     m, by  Donerail (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2003 for 230,000 USD.     The card also included the Black d’Avril )purse 7,086€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) with victory to 6.8/1 Gogobet Sisu (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Souuthwind Eliza) clocked in 1.15.1kr and reined by Hannu Torvinen for Scuderia Achillea. This one now has posted two wins and two seconds in his last five appearances. 4.1/1 Merrimac SG (4m Bold Eagle-Mermaid As) was second.   Three year olds contested the Bold Eagle (purse 19,673€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) with 2.9/1 Vasterbo Cobber (3m Un Amour d’Haufor) the 1.15.6kr timed winner for pilot J.H. Andersson. 5.7/1 Amperage Hanover (3m Andover Hall-All American  Phoebe) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 6.4/1 Excel Ruda (3m Formula One) for M.A. Djuse.   Other winners this day at Umaker included 8.6/1 Tayson Bi (8g Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) in the Bigulia (the PMU Quinte+ race of the day, purse 7,392€, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters). Bjorn Goop teamed the  1.12.5kr clocked winner that bested 7.7/1 BWI Ruthless, and three others that were off at 16/1, 13/1 and 24/1 respectively. The exact order Q+ payoff was 26,906.40€.   Over at Solvalla this day the 9/10 favorite Galileo AM (4m Muscle Hill-Hall of Face) scored in 1.13.2kr for pilot Jorma Kontio and Stall Spyder. He now sports two wins in three 2020 starts, this in an event for a 8,767€purse and raced by 12 over the 2140 meter distance autostart.     Thomas H. Hicks

April 15, 2020 - Interesting harness racing action was on stage today at Solvalla. First, was an event for ages four and up for a total purse of 12,244€ (2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that saw victory earned by 2.7/1 Harley DE (6m Main Wise As-Cindy T Boko-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.12.7kr. Carl Johan Jepson teamed the Frode Hamre trainee. Marvellous Tooma (4m Dream Vacation) and Vine Vision (6g Weingartner) trailed the impressive winner. To watch the replay click here Three-year olds contested the Tredringstopp (total purse 14,317€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) and 2.7/1 Manny Muscle (3m Muscle Hill-Naughty Nanny-Self Possessed) scored in 1.15.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson, the winners’ first career starts. Reijo Lolyendahl trains this one for Ravitalli H. Laallonen Oy. Magic Talisman (3g Dream Vacation-Netherlee Way-Muscle Yankee) took second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Frode Hamre, with third to Houdini JC (3g From Above) reined by trainer Claes Sjostrom. Manny Muscle The impressive score of the day, in my opinion, was in the Fyraarimngslopp (four-year olds, total purse 12,244€, 2140 meters voltstart, six starters). Here the 118/1 favorite Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) scored in 1.13.4kr in his first 2020 appearance. Bjorn Goop teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that is owned by Global Glide AB and Smart Repair and was bred in Belgium by Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D was unbeaten in seven 2019 starts that represented his total career before today. He took his record then of 1.12.2kr and now has career earnings in SEK of 1,345,635. The 12/1 Secondary Stall (4g Scarlet Knight) and 52/1 Iceland Radio (4f Iceland-Elma Jet-Supergill) trailed the winner. Watch Ecurie D in the future. This is the maternal family of Trotting Race 626,600€ and Reve Avec Moi 222,231€ among others. Ecurie D Ecurie D. (DK) h, 2016 1.12,2v 1.13,4a kr 1,285,625 7 7-0-0    Infinitif (IT) (113 0,98) 2004 1.12,7v 1.11,0a DKK 4,700,555 29 9-5-4 At 3, Winner of Derby Italiano. At 4, third in Grand Prix de l'U.E.T.. At 5, Winner of Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, second in Prix du Luxembourg, third in Prix Marcel Laurent.  Pine Chip (US) (105 1,00) 1990 1.09,6a kr 14,588,454 34 23-4-1 At 3, Winner of American-National, Breeders' Crown, Colonial Trot, Historic Dickerson Cup, Kentucky Futurity, Matron Stakes Final, Stanley Dancer Trot, Transylvania Trot, World Trotting Derby, second in Hambletonian, Harry M. Zweig Memorial. At 4, Winner of Breeders' Crown, Nat Ray Trot.  Sold at Standardbred Horse Sale (Harrisburg) 1991 for 17,000 USD. Arndon (US)  Arnie Almahurst (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Ambitious Blaze (US)  Roydon Gal (US)  Super Bowl (US)  Blythesome (US)  Pine Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Somolli (US)  Piney Hanover (US)  Harlan Dean (US)  Posey Hanover (US)  Island Dream (FR) 1996 At 3, Winner of Prix Albert Viel, Prix Ozo, Prix Roquépine, third in Criterium des Jeunes. At 4, second in Fyraåringseliten.  Coktail Jet (FR)  Quouky Williams (FR)  Fakir du Vivier (FR)  Dolly Williams (FR)  Armbro Glamour (CA)  Super Bowl (US)  Speedy Sug (US)  Bambina (FR)  Quioco (FR)  Vermont (FR)  Beatrix II (FR)  Quouette (FR)  Beau Ludois L. (FR)  Madrague (FR)  To Soon (DK) 2010 1.15,5v 1.12,4a DKK 147,578 10 2-3-1 Muscles Yankee (US) (111 1,00) 1995 At 2, Winner of Champlain Stakes Open, International Stallion Stake, Walnut Hall Cup. At 3, Winner of Breeders' Crown, Hambletonian, Stanley Dancer Trot, Transylvania Trot, Yonkers Trot, second in Historic Dickerson Cup.  Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1996 for 200,000 USD. Valley Victory (US)  Baltic Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Sugar Frosting (US)  Valley Victoria (US)  Bonefish (US)  Victorious Lou (US)  Maiden Yankee (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Missile Toe (US)  Wistful Yankee (US)  Noble Victory (US)  Brazen Yankee (US)  See You Soon (FR) 2006 Love You (FR)  Coktail Jet (FR)  Quouky Williams (FR)  Armbro Glamour (CA)  Guilty of Love (FR)  And Arifant (FR)  Amour d'Aunou (FR)  Langone (FR)  Defi d'Aunou (FR)  Armbro Goal (US)  Nesmile (FR)  Rangone (FR)  High Echelon (FR)  Dourga II (FR)        Earlier on the card was another three year olds event and 1.3/1 Cup Of Tea (3f Readly Express-Souchong-Going Kronos) scored in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters voltstart to take the winners’ share of the 14,517€ total purse. 24/1 Fiery (3f Tucson) and 25/1 Therion (3m Yarrah Boko) took second and third. At Aby on April 25 is the Paralympiatrvet with entries below. In 2018 Ringostarr Treb was victorious in 1.10kr for Wim Paal and trainer Jerry Riordan. Replay below. Ringostarr Treb   Thomas H. Hicks    

April 15, 2020 - Trotting action this day at Jagersro featured two harness racing events for emerging three year olds. The first was the Tredringsstoppen (total purse 14,516€, 2140 meters autostart) and it went to 2.4/1 Revelation (3m Readly Express-Monrovie-Rite On Line) timed in 1.15.4kr for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom. This was his first 2020 start after a 1-2-1 slate in five 2019 starts. Fire Piston (3m Ready Cash-Safety Match-Spotlite Lobell) and Filibuster H (3m Great Challenger) followed the winner. The Tredringslopp (three year olds, total purse 12,367€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 15.4/1 Under Armour (3g From Above-Exciting Kronos-Viking Kronos) score in 1.17kr with trainer Conrad Lugauer at the lines. This was his first win with a second place finish in two career outings. Maroma Wibb (3f Maharajah) and Global Branding (3g Muscle Hill-Serene Yankee-Conway Hall) were second and third. On the card was also the Viking de Val (purse 11,813€, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) and 3.1/1 Inez Alki (5f From Above-Sarah Alki) scored for Hans Crebas who trains for owner Jefftrey Oudarmans. She defeated Sunday Sonata (5f Text Me) and Virgin Maiden (6f Credit Winner). Inez Alki On the same program the Aprilstayern (purse 12,243€, 3140 meters voltstart, eight starters) went to 8.5/1 Quite E Wood (6f Quite Easy-Musical Wood-Goetmals Wood) for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. Race time was 1.16.2kr. In the Fordel Ston (purse 11,813€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) the 1.13.5kr timed victory went to 93/1 Xlnt Chili Tripel (9g Dream Vacation-Spring Skandal-Conway Hall) for Peter Ingves teaming for trainer Fredrik Persson. Thomas H. Hicks  

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