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This year we might have the chance to see American trotters participate, like Market Share and Maven! Make your plans now! There's an old saying that you can't get people in horse racing to agree on just about anything, but anyone who's ever been to Stockholm for the Elitlopp agrees it's an experience no harness racing devotee should miss. Quite literally, you've never seen anything quite like it. It's a bit like the Little Brown Jug as you have over 35,000 enthusiastic Swedes and other Europeans cheering on 16 of the best trotters in the world. And the Elitlopp takes place in Stockholm, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, at a time of year when the weather is unbeatable. Many people also enjoy the chance to visit the resplendent Menhammar Stud, Sweden's largest breeding facility, just outside the city. You'll certainly be familiar with many of the stallions there (Maharajah, From Above, Going Kronos, Chocolatier and others). Maybe the best part of the Equitours Elitlopp Tour is that all the details of the trip---lodging, transportation, sightseeing tour----are taken care of for you. All you need to do is enjoy! If you want a reference on Equitours, contact us and we'll be happy to give you the names of others have who enjoyed the Equitours experience, or contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society: (+1) 609 371 2211 or email to moihambs@aol.com * You can get full details on the 5-day trip (4 nights) by clicking here. * If you prefer to have a light program of 3-nights please click here. * If have any questions, or wish book the tour please email info@equitours.se The entire Elitlopp experience in Stockholm will be one you'll never forget. Equi Tours Sweden AB | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | www.equitours.se info@equitours.se | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Fax: +46 (0)40 30 58 05 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

The incomparable Mack Grace SM heads a strong field for the 110,000 euro Gran Premio Societa Campo Mirafiori, an Italian national group one for horses 5years and older at Turin on Sunday. It is the champion stallion's first appearance since he made a cameo appearance in the Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes, which was, as expected a good deal too far for the Italian speedster, who is all but invincible at home at distances under 2100m. To date the Antonio Porzio-trained son of unheralded US export CC's Chuckie T and Ambro Grace has amassed 1,286,719 euros following 46 victories from 92 attempts which included an amazing 17 out of 18 prior to his Prix d'Amerique failure. Indeed, he had a stellar 2013, in which he won 11 group races last year including six at group one level including the Grand Slam jewel Lotteria di Agnano final for the second time. But all his major wins have been at home, although with his record over multiple heat races on the same day, you would think a race like Sweden's Elitloppet would be right up his ally. This is a superb field for this year's renewal of the Turin classic, with top French trainers Fabrice Souloy (Marielles) and Thierry Duvaldestin (Pascia' Lest) fronting up with their Italian-bred charges which are now trained from their Normandy bases. Marielles won the group one Gran Premio Nazioni on this track in November, beating French champ Timoko and has been competing in France during the Winter Meeting, where she picked up several decent checks, including one for third in the prestigious Prix de Bourbonnais. She also raced under saddle in the World Championship for monte, the Prix du Cornullier, although she galloped. Pascia' Lest, a former Italian Derby winner, is coming off some super form in France, where he ran second to Univers de Pan in the Grand Criterium Nice-Matin in early March. The son of Varenne also ran third twice in French group twos at Vincennes in the just completed Winter Meeting, which speaks volumes for his potential ability at the very highest level. Napolean Bar is another with more than half a million euros in winnings from 12 wins from 42 starts, including six at group level. This son of Varenne was second in last year's Lotteria final and also has some very credible French form with a group two runners-up and a fifth placing in the Criterium Continental , the year it was won by French superstar Timoko (2011). He has just come back from a brief excursion to France, but was second in his last Italian start, to none other than Mack Grace SM. The other with perhaps a chance in this is Cantab Hall stallion Owen CR, another with French experience, a winner of seven of his 42 start, 4 at group level for 537,219 euros with an uncanny ability to get in the money in the big races. He won the GP Giorgio Jegher last year, which although his only win in 2013 was one of 11 top three placings including eight runners-up checks. GRAN PREMIO SOCIETA CAMPO MIRAFIORI Turin, Italy 2014-04-06 Group 1 Nat 1600m  110 000 euros 1 Owen Cr (h Cantab Hall - Boemia Cr) Dr: Pietro Gubellini Tr: Pietro 2 Marielles (m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 3 Napoleon Bar (h Varenne - Dalmazia) Dr: Giampaolo Minnucci Tr: Catello Savarese 4 Mack Grace Sm (h CC's Chuckie T - Ambro Grace Sm) Dr: Roberto Andreghetti Tr: Antonio Porzio 1 5 Pascia' Lest (h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Orione Degli Dei (g Conway Hall - Elissa Dei) Dr: Mauro Baroncini Tr: Mauro Baroncini 7 Probo Op (h From Above - Elimara) Dr: Edoardo Moni T Tr: eam Moni 8 Oibambam Effe {m Classic Photo - Etna Sec) Dr: Andrea Guzzinati Tr: Salvatore Carro 9 Newyork Newyork (h Supergill - Viola d'Amore) Dr: Lorenzo Baldi Tr: Lorenzo Baldi 10 Pace del Rio (h Varenne - Urbem d'Asolo) Dr: Santo Mollo Tr: Santo Mollo by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Anticipating Sunday's 1609 meters autostart (one mile) Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse, sprinters have emerged at Cagnes sur mer to contest mile distance events. Today three such races took place with two won by Italy's invaders Oronte di Cesato in 1.11.9kr in the Prix de Bologne and Onorio in the Prix de Pise timed in 1.11.7. The other sprinter race, the Prix de Naples, went to Quezio de Cayola in 1.13.2 as that veteran defeated a group of claimers in the Prix de Naples. March 7, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Bologne, 25,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.11.9kr (1:55.68) 1st Oronte di Cesato (6m Allison Hollow-Enzaran-Lurabo Blue), Roberto Andreghetti, 1.9/1 favorite, 20th career win for 93,815e lifetime earned, (Italy) 2nd Okay Dei Ronchi (6g From Above-Filu of Brown-Lemon Dra), Eduardo Baldi, 7.3/1, (Italy) 3rd Only One Glory (6m Ganymede-Eva Kant Gar-Indro Park), Eduardo Moni, 30/1, (Italy) March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Naples, 16,000e, 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.13.2kr (1:57.83) 1st Quezio de Cayola (10g Cezio Josselyn-Deesse du Plessis-Sebrazac), Gabriele Gelormini up for trainer/owner Benjamin Goetz, 5.1/1, his 13th win for 318,348e in lifetime earnings. 2nd Quiet du Chene (10g Horse du Chene-Flo du Chene-Florestan), Yannick A. Briand up, 2/1 odds 3rd Sam Turgot (8m Look de Star-Kalinka d'Arbaz-Tarass Boulba), Lorenzo Baldi up, 82/1 4th Quoriace Stop (10m Horse du Chene-Herado Chene-Nobody de Retz), Jean-Christophe Sorel up for owner/trainer Anders Lindqvist, 54/1 March 7, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Pise, 25,000e, females, 1609 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.11.7kr (1:55.40) 1st Onoria (6f Pine Chip-Noega-Ghendero), Andrea Forolfi up, 1.7/1, (Italy), her 22nd victory for 91,394e earnings 2nd Olivia di Casei (6f Love You-Zinia di Casei-Lemon Dra), 21/1, (Italy), Andrea Guzzinati up 3rd Orki Dea Dus (6f Conway Hall-Antartide Dus), Enrico Bellei up, 3.5/1, (Italy) 4th Open (6f Uronometro-Zufola), Dominik Locqueneux up, 20/1, (Italy) At Gelsenkirchen in the Prix de la Cote d'Azur, Robin Bakker piloted the Paul Hagoort trained Diamond to victory. The gelded son of Classic Photo, from the Yankee Glide mare Gala dei Bessi, scored in 1.14.9kr over 2000 meters autostart. The top three finishers represented Holland. March 7, 2014 Gelsenkirchen, Prix de la Cote d'Azur, 7,000e, 2000 meters autostart, 14 starters 1.14.9kr 1st Diamond (4g Classic Photo-Gala dei Bessi-Yankee Glide), Robin Bakker for Paul Hagoort trainer, 2.5/1 (Holland), fourth career win for 12,200e 2nd Crazy Lover (5g Ufo Kievitshof-Kathleen Dragon-Super Way), Robbin Bot, 10/1 (Holland) 3rd Dream Well (4f Love You-Resi Bes), Rudolf Pools up, 11/1 (Holland) Gelsenkirchen, Germany by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Sweden's Moving On took today's Quinte+ Prix de Laval at Paris-Vincennes, scoring in 1.15kr over 2700 meters for reinsman David Thomain and trainer Fabrice Souloy. This European contest resulted in a truly European winner in the five year-old daughter of US registered Quite Easy from Kings Blondie (Sweden),she a daughter of Ride The Night (Finland). Quite Easy (Andover Hall-Marita's Victory-Valley Victory) is a half-brother to US winner From Above (Donato Hanover) and his second dam, Miss Marita, also produced Mr. Vic, Passionate Glide, Master Glide and Mr. Cantab. Third dam Keystone Profile produced Act Of Grace. Quite a family! January 28, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Laval, European, 68,000€ purse, 2700 meters, 15 starters, Quinte+ 3.45€ million jackpot  1.15kr 1st Moving On (5f Quinte Easy-Kings Blondie-Ride The Night), David Thomain, 13/1. Fabrice Souloy trainer, IC Equine AB owner 2nd Vadapolina (5f Quaro-Miska des Rondes-Extreme Aunou), J-M Bazire driver/trainer, 2/1 3rd Vignia la Ravelle (5f Diamant Gede-Jirania la Ravelle-Bassano), Tony LeBeller, 4.8/1 4th Vita Bourbon (5f Love You-Kamara Bourbon-Cezio Josselyn), Mathieu Abrivard at 7.5/1 French turf press noted several outcomes from Sunday's Prix d'Amerique. Philippe Allaire reported that his Ready Cash would make his final career start in the upcoming Prix de France and would then be permanently retired to stud duty. His initial crops have been excellent. Trainer Franck Leblanc stated that Up And Quick would contest both the Prix de France and Prix de Paris and would then head to stud duty for the season. Stefan Hultman, trainer of Maharajah, said he would make a decision Friday on the Prix de France. Up And Quick The Prix d'Amerique visit by David McDuffee and trainer Richard Norman triggered speculation concerning a future European campaign for Bee A Magician, to follow in the hoof-steps of Moni Maker and her victory in France over a decade ago in 1999. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) scored a rallying victory in today's fourth "B", the 120,000 euro purse Prix de Belgique over 2850 meters turning start, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters. Strategically handled by Pierre Vercruysse, Yarrah Boko scored in 1.14.4kr and repeated his performance of winning this event a year ago. Trond Anderssen trains the winner for owner Jan Erik Anderssen. Holland's Boko Stables bred the winner, now with 36 career wins for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro. Vercruysse left alertly with Yarrah Boko to take the lead and then yielded to race in third on the inside until top of the long Paris-Vincennes lane. Blocked briefly, the pair escaped and moved three wide to wear down the leaders. Yarrah Boko did not start in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique due to injury and then returned to racing on July 14 with three straight wins. He last raced October 26 at Jagersro finishing third in the C.L. Mullers Memorial Several competitors also raced well today including the six year-old youngster Univers de Pan, the race favorite, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik both of which finished strongly after overcoming 25 meter handicaps. Vanika du Ruel, the speedy five year-old mare handled by Franck Anne, made a strong push at the leaders around the last bend to get into contention before fading to seventh. A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the excellent racing card with the Prix de Belgique being today's Quinte+ race of the day. Dam of the winner, Big Blue Kitten (1997, Pine Chip-Dasooner Dabettor-Meadow Road) took a 3, 2:00.4h record at Freehold and at three won the Lady Suffolk and in Sweden the Elitsto. She was bred by UK and NBA basketball legend Sam Bowie and sold November 10, 2001 to Boko Stables. The $80,000 yearling at Kentucky Select Sale thus disappeared from USTA records. She has produced six foals in Europe, five winners, six money winners including Yarrah Boko, Wolf Boko (by Lemon Dra), Zola Boko (by Goetmals Wood), Aristocrat Boko )by From Above), Boa Boko (by Express It) and Nostradamos Face (by Varenne). January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Belgique, 120,000 euro purse, Gr. II, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters 1.14.4kr Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish 1st Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), Pierre Vercruysse up for Trond Anderssen trainer, owner Jan Erik Anderssen and breeder Boko Stables, his 36th career win for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro, off at 5.8/1, winner of this "B" event last year in 1.13.3kr, injured and non-starter in Prix d'Amerique, returned to racing July 14, 2013 and posted three straight wins, last started October 26 finishing third in C.L. Mullers Memorial at Jagersro 2nd  Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudiere), Philippe Daugeard up at 1.8/1 favorite 3rd Soleil du Fosse (8m Jag de Bellouet-Fortune du Posse-Neric Barbes), Thierry Duvaldestin up at 9/1 4th Save The Quick (8f Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchess-Blue Dream), J-M Bazire up at 26/1 for Ecurie Quick and trainer Franck Leblanc, finished well 5th Roxana de Barbray (9f Speed Clayettois-Iriana des Enclos-Vrai Lutin), Eric Raffin up at 14/1 6th The Best Madrik (7m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo), Jean-Etienne Dubois up, raced superbly overcoming 25 meter handicap by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

On Christmas Eve Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes conducted a fine trotting card that despite heavy rain produced a nice crowd and competitive contests. The Quinte+ Prix de Neuille Pont-Pierre (46,000 euro purse, females, 2700 meters, 13 starters) showcased a fast finishing victory for Tooaze d'Haufor (6f Love You-Hita Haufor-Jet du Vivier), the 3/1 choice handled by Charles Julien Bigeon in the 1.15.7kr clocking, her fifth lifetime for 144,340 euro earned. Topaze de Marzy (6f Orlando Vici-Idole de Marzy-Sancho Panca) was second for Eric Raffin. The Prix du Merlerault (54,000 euro purse, females, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters) was won by 8/1 Amadea Seven (3f Goetmals Wood-Indiana du Pont-Pelican du Pont) for breeder, owner, trainer and driver J-M Bazire. She scored in 1.13kr for her third career victory. Alaja Bot Eur Moel (3f Ganymede-Next Bay Gentille-Gai Brillant) took second for reinsman Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc. The Prix des Freesias (34,000 euro purse, female two year-olds, 2200 meters, 14 starters) was a competitive affair led by winner Best Life (2f Goetmals Wood-New York-In Love With You). The 3.8/1 winner was handled by Eric Raffin for breeder, owner, trainer Louis Baudron. Jean-Pierre Dubois was second with his Be Mine Tonight (2f Quatre Juillet-Ma Crown-Full Account) trained by Patrick Chevrier and bred by Ecurie D. Bianca d'Atout (2f Saxo de Vandel-Geline d'Atout-And Arifant) was third for Mathieu Mottier in the driving finish with the race clocked in 1.18.7kr over the sloppy going. Best Life and Be Mine Tonight Results from other locations and in the days leading to Christmas Eve are shown below. Son Pardo (Majorca, Spain) December 24 Gran Premi del 5 year-olds (Spain), 30,000 euro purse, 2650 meters autostart 1.16.2kr 1. Unitra RS (5f Brandy Dei Fiori-Memory My Wife GS-Important Hornline) M. Riera Bennasar driving 2. Union Blai (5m Lest Go-Clas Blai-Union Shark-Veras First-Brisco Hanover), A. Frontera Pocovi up 3. Under The Sea HM (5f Love You-Zimba Rydens-Alf Palema-Carioca Nibs), Mestre Suner driving Sire of the winner, Brandy Dei Fiori (by Waikiki Beach-Otarda Jet-Sharif di Iesolo), represents excellent historical Italian bloodlines. Solvalla (Sweden) December 23 Gosta Nordiopns Lopp (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) 1.12.8kr Orecchietti (6m From Above-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom driver. Stefan Hultman trainer, Travkompaniets Stall AB owner, slate in 2013 8 4-0-1 earning 528,000SEK 1. Monster Drive (7m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover), Ulf Olsson aboard 2. Global Investment (10g Pine Chip-Armbro Naïve-Balanced Image), Bjorn Goop up Soren Nordins Lopp (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, three year-olds) 1.13.9kr 1. Riff Kronos (3m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos-Viking Kronos), Veijo Heiskanen up, 2013 slate 10 5-1-1 earning 346,626SEK SCA Stallpellets Lopp (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) 1.11kr 1. Nimbus CD (3g Mythical Lindy-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune), Per Nordstrom up, 2013 slate 6 4-1-0 earnings 565,000SEK; Mythical Lindy was a fast, successful US colt owned in Ohio and trained by Jim Arledge Jr. before export to Sweden for stallion duty. Napoli (Italy) December 22 Premio Best of 2 Year-Olds (22,000 euro purse, 1600 meters) 1.15.6kr 1. Skyline Dany (2m Varenne-Celeste PL-Lemon Dra). V.P., Dell'Annunziata up, 3rd win with 3 placings in 6 starts Premio Best of 4 Year-Olds (22,000 euro purse, 1600 meters) 1.14.7kr 1. Paolo OM (4m Ganymede-Fola d'Anzola-Uronometro), G.P. Minnucci up Premio Panettone (11,000 euro purse, 1600 meters) 1.13.3kr 1. La Vida Loca (8f Ganymede-Diasia-Arndon), D. DiStefano up, 38th win in 177 starts with 47 placings, earnings 215,560 euro Premio Best of 3 Year-Olds (22,000 euro purse, 1600 meters) 1.13.2kr 1. Ribot Gal (3, Ganymede-Flores ZN-Lemon Dra), R. Gallucci up, 6th win in 23 starts Premio Bost of Anziani (22,000 euro purse, 1600 meters)  1.12.8kr 1. Oneghin del Ronco (5m Love You-Talico del Ronco-Park Avenie Joe), A. DiNardo up, 17th win in 57 starts 2. Langdon Grif (8m Varenne-Meadowbranch Nan-Pine Chip-Peace Corps), G. DiNardo, 111 starts with 33 wins, 47 placings, earnings 244,964 euro. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com   

A storied trotting horse farm announced this week that it will stand recently retired Elitloppet winner Iceland in 2014 and also offer semen of Prix de Paris and Prix de France winner Maharajah. Allevamento Toniatti, operated for over 450 years in Italy, stands or provides semem for Credit Winner, From Above, Gigant Neo, Gruccione Jet, Igor Font, Ken Warkentin, Legenday Lover K, Naglo, Park Avenue Joe, Pine Chip and Supergill. Iceland (9m Scarlet Knight-Grandezza Ri-Probe) was a winner of over US$1.49 million and took a record of mile rate 1:52.5. His most notable wins were at age 4 the Gunnar Nordins Lopp, at 5 the C.Th. Ericssons Memorial and Solvallas Jubileumspokal and at age 6 the Elitloppet. His sire Scarlet Knight (Pine Chip-Ruby Crown) was the first European trained winner of the Hambletonian and his dam descends from the maternal family of Spinster Hanover. Maharajah (8m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill) is still racing and sports earnings in excess of 19.1 million SEK, 29 wins in 55 career appearances, and a mile rate record of 1:53.1. He's been a classic winner since age 3 (winner of Svenskt Travkrierium among others). At age 4 he captured the Grand Prix de l'UET and the Svenskt Travderby, at age six he was second in the Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France and won the long distance Prix de Paris. At age 8 he won the Olympiatravet and in 2013 is preparing for another chance at the Prix d'Amerique. In fact, on December 26 Maharajah takes the next step toward Vincennes in January when he leads, as favorite, Solvalla's Lindahls Gold Final (Gr. II UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 300,000SEK to the winner). The field sets up as follows: Oasis Bi, B. Goop Maharajah, O. Kihlstrom Harry Haythrow, P. Untersteiner Winning Love, C.E. Lindblom Francais du Gull, E. Lindegren Perfectly Enough, E. Adielsson Rakas, P. Lennartsson B.W.L. Champion, Johnny Takter by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The eliminations for the Italian Trotting Derby have been moved from Rome’s Campannelle thoroughbred venue to Ippodromo di Agnano and highlight a terrific racing card on Saturday. Three Deby eliminations are scheduled, each over 2100 meters for a 22,000 euro purse. The lineups follow:   PREMIO G.P. 86° DERBY ITALIANO DEL TROTTO - BATTERIA A GRAN PREMIO Metri 2100 (GRUPPO I) € 22.000,00 - (7.820,00-3.740,00-2.040,00-1.020,00-680,00 ai proprietari; 920,00-440,00-240,00-120,00-80,00 agli allenatori;460,00-220,00-120,00-60,00-40,00 ai guidatori;4.000,00 agli allevatori)Iscritti 14 Ammontare Iscrizioni/Conferme/Partenti € 2.480,00 Maschi, indigeni, di 3 anni o femmine, indigene, di 3 anni . Nn 1 RAMBO ZS 2100 P.Gubellini Zanetti Walter T.Di Lorenzo 2 RE DEGLI DEI '' M.Baroncini Scud. Rocca Novella A.Farolfi 3 RE ITALIANO UR '' C.E.Hollmann Stecca Alessandro R.Vecchione 4 REMO GAS '' M.Smorgon Scud. Paper Moon A.Greppi 5 RUFOLI LUNG '' L.Fabbi Scud. Blue Moon Snc E.Baldi 6 ROI DE COEUR '' F.Cinotti Scud. Azzurra Nn 7 RADIO WISE '' P.Gubellini Cumana Group Srl R.Andreghetti 8 RAMADAN JET '' Vinc.Tufano Allev. Toniatti Sas A.Guzzinati 9 RADIEUX '' L.Kolgjini (E) (E) Lutfi Kolgjini Ab E.Bellei 10 RAZIONALE '' C.E.Hollmann Scud. Iav Stable E.Bot 11 RUE DU BAC '' E.Bot (E) Dream With Me Europe Ab - J.P. Dubois Gp.Minnucci 12 RONALDO SM '' D.Zanca Mondial Sports Srl IL CAVALLO N. 3 CORRE SENZA FERRI ANTERIORI PREMIO G.P. 86° DERBY ITALIANO DEL TROTTO - BATTERIA B GRAN PREMIO Metri 2100 (GRUPPO I) € 22.000,00 - (7.820,00-3.740,00-2.040,00-1.020,00-680,00 ai proprietari;920,00-440,00-240,00-120,00-80,00 agli allenatori;460,00-220,00-120,00-60,00-40,00 ai guidatori;4.000,00 agli allevatori)Iscritti 12 Ammontare Iscrizioni/Conferme/Partenti € 2.400,00 Maschi, indigeni, di 3 anni o femmine, indigene, di 3 anni . M.Smorgon 1 ROTARY OK 2100 M.Smorgon Varenne Futurity Srl Vp.Dell`Annunziata 2 ROMBO DI CANNONE '' Gior.D`Alessand. Sr Scud. Days Of Victory R.Andreghetti 3 RODIN INN RONCO '' H.Ehlert Malu` Sas R.Vecchione 4 RINGOSTARR TREB '' H.Ehlert Scarton Stable R.Bakker 5 ROBERT BI '' P.Hagoort Entrainement Hagoort Paul A.Greppi 6 ROGER PRAV '' C.Belladonna Lainate Nord Snc G.Lombardo Jr 7 RODEO DEI VENTI '' H.Ehlert Scud. Barbalbero Lor.Baldi 8 ROYAL BLESSED '' Lor.Baldi Vit Vit Snc P.Gubellini 9 REBY DI CELO '' P.Gubellini Scud. Fa.Li.An A.J.Mollema 10 ROCK ABOUT '' A.J.Mollema (E) Scud. Acqua Di Pietro A.Di Nardo 11 RUE VARENNE DANY '' Vinc.Tufano Scud. Esposito Srl E.Bellei 12 RAISE WISE AS '' J.Riordan Guida Italia Srl IL CAVALLO N. 10 CORRE SENZA FERRI IL CAVALLO N. 3 CORRE SENZA FERRI ANTERIORI IL CAVALLO N. 5 CORRE SENZA FERRI POSTERIORI PREMIO G.P. 86° DERBY ITALIANO DEL TROTTO - BATTERIA C GRAN PREMIO Metri 2100 (GRUPPO I) € 22.000,00 - (7.820,00-3.740,00-2.040,00-1.020,00-680,00 ai proprietari;920,00-440,00-240,00-120,00-80,00 agli allenatori;460,00-220,00-120,00-60,00-40,00 ai guidatori;4.000,00 agli allevatori)Iscritti 13 Ammontare Iscrizioni/Conferme/Partenti € 2.440,00 Maschi, indigeni, di 3 anni o femmine, indigene, di 3 anni . Gp.Maisto 1 RUTY GRIF 2100 M.Smorgon Bivans Srl R.Vecchione 2 ROCKFELLER FONT '' H.Ehlert Scud. Orange Warriors Fed.Esposito 3 RED BARON '' E.Hansen Bondo Incolinx E.Bellei 4 ROD STEWART '' J.Riordan Scud. Virginia Trotto R.Andreghetti 5 ROSSELLA ROSS '' J.Riordan Scud. Francesco Rosselli Srl M.Smorgon 6 ROMANESQUE '' M.Smorgon Scud. Trotto Italia Sas R.Bakker 7 RIKI D`ASOLO '' A.J.Mollema (E) (E) Stable Why Not P.Gubellini 8 RODOLFO PARK '' U.Todisco No.Ma.Farm Srl R.Gallucci 9 RIBOT GAL '' M.Finetti Finetti Massimo Gp.Minnucci 10 ROCKY HALL SM '' D.Zanca Mondial Sports Srl Vp.Dell`Annunziata 11 RIO DI MAZVALL '' H.Ehlert Il Ranch Srl M.Minopoli Jr 12 RENOIR DANY '' M.Smorgon Varenne Futurity Srl IL CAVALLO N. 4 CORRE SENZA FERRI  IL CAVALLO N. 5 CORRE SENZA FERRI ANTERIORI  I CAVALLI N. 2-3-7 CORRONO SENZA FERRI POSTERIORI    The Derby eliminations include several that caught my interest. In Batteria A are Re Italiano UR (3m Ganymede-Dark Lane SM-Park Avenue Joe), Rambo ZS (3m Guccione Jet-Deledda RL-Park Svenue Joe) and the Dubois owner Rue du Bac (3m Infinitif-ICI-Diamond Way). Batteria C includes the strong performing Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Up Front JM-SDelf Possessed), the Guida owned Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) and Rotary OK (3m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed). Elimination C hopefuls include Ruty Grif (3m Varenne-Correr By Pass-Donerail) along with two Jerry Riordan conditioned contenders, Rod Stewart  (3m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) and the filly Rosella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northenr Jewel-Garland Lobell). Also on the card are the Tinio Triossi over 2100 meters for a 209,000 euro purse, the Carena Filly (1600 meters, 55,000 euro purse) and the Royal Mares (1600 meters, 45,100 euro purse). The fields for those races are shown below: Gran Premio Tino Triossi -euro  209.000,00- Gr.  1 – females Europeean  4 anni. Meters 2.100 Pablo Di Jesolo  (G. Ruocco) Pacific Model (G. Trinchillo) Pioneer Gar (R. Vecchione) Dream Magic Be (Rud. Haller) Pick Kronos (Fed. Esposito) Princess Grif (R. Andreghetti) Prussia (P. Gubellini) Probo Op (E. Moni) Papandreu (E. Bellei) Perfect Step Lf (M. Minopoli jr) Paolo Om (G. Minnucci) Gran Premio Antonio Carena- € 55.000,00 – females European  4 anni. Metri 1.600 (Gr. II) Priscilla Zak (A. Di Nardo) Petra Axe (E. Bellei) Petra Inn Ronco (A. Gocciadoro) Paula Del Ronco (M.Minopoli jr) Peace Of Mind (A. Guzzinati) Pancottina Bar (A. Farolfi) Pearl Axe  (x) Panthea Club  (P. Gubellini) Pepevita (M. Smorgon) Per Amore Gual (R. Vecchione) Proud Wood  (A.J. Mollema) PREMIO G.P. ROYAL MARES - ALLEVAMENTO GARIGLIANO meters 1600 (Gr. II) € 45.100,00 - (16.031,00-7.667,00-4.182,00-2.091,00-1.394,00 ai proprietari; 1.886,00-902,00-492,00-246,00-164,00 agli allenatori;943,00-451,00-246,00-123,00-82,00 ai guidatori;8.200,00 agli allevatori). Femmine, indigene, di 4 anni ed oltre o femmine, estere, di 4 anni ed oltre. A.Guzzinati 1 OIBAMBAM EFFE 1600 S.Carro Scud. Leonardo Srl R.Vecchione 2 ORSIA '' D.Di Stefano Agnello Monja Paola Maria E.Bellei 3 PARINAZ '' H.Ehlert Malu` Sas G.Lo Verde 4 NOVARICA '' D.Di Stefano Scud. Zabacor E.Baldi 5 OLIVIASS '' F.Cinotti Baldi Group Srl G.Lombardo Jr 6 ORLEANS OM '' L.Colletti Scud. Bellosguardo A.Di Nardo 7 OCCHIATA JET '' Vinc.Tufano Pine Chip Srl A.Gocciadoro 8 LINDA DI CASEI '' A.Gocciadoro Morzenti Ubaldo Gp.Maisto 9 MURUROA AS '' Gp.Maisto Bivans Srl R.Palomba 10 LA VIDA LOCA '' D.Di Stefano Cascio Leonardo Gp.Minnucci 11 OLONA OK '' D.Zanca Mondial Sports Srl G.Riccio 12 OLD GIRL PAR '' G.Riccio Russo Maria Vp.Dell`Annunziata 13 ORCHIDEA REAL '' A.Chiaro Scud. Cassino Sport M.Minopoli Jr 14 PARIS DANY '' Team Minopoli Srl Scud. Team Minopoli Srl I CAVALLI N. 5-6-9 CORRONO SENZA FERRI IL CAVALLO N. 3 CORRE SENZA FERRI ANTERIORI The prospects for victory include a number of well-bred contestants. In the Tino Triossi watch for Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) and Probo OP (4m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra). Veteran Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) is one worth watching in the well matched Royal Mares. This Alessandro Giccoadoro trained and reined mare has been one of Europe’s best over an extended period. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com           

Eunice Boko (2f Cantab Hall-ENS Tag Session-Tagliabue) won today's Breeders Crown event for two year-old fillies at Aby SWE. Jorma Kontio drove the winner for owner Boko Stable Holland to the 1.14.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 175,000SEK and it was her second victory in three starts with the other appearance producing a second place finish. Side By Side (2f Jacose-Mixed Doubles-From Above) was second for Tommy Karlstedt and Without Hesitation (2f Super Arnie-Music Fiveone-Meadow Road) was across the line third for Kenneth Haugstad. The secondary feature was the Euro Classic Next Year for three year-olds going 2140 meters autostart, with 40,000SEK to the winner. Jerry Riordan trained Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) took the victory in 1.15kr for Kenneth Haugstad over Darling Boko (3f Chocolatier-Favor Baby-Tagliabue) with Johnny Takter aboard. Rive Gauche (3f Infinitif-Triller Oaks-Speedy Crown) was third for Erwin Bott, trainer/driver for owner J-P Dubois' Dream With Me Europe AB. Tagliabue had a superb day as broodmare sire. The Fashion Farms stallion, who was first bred in 1997, sired the dams of Eunice Boko, Raise Wise As and Darling Boko. ENS Tag Session has been a terrific producer, she being dam f Triumphant Caviar (4, 1:51.4s and $796,794), Prayer Session (3, 1:53.2 with $541,742 earned), Theatrical Session (3, 1:55.3f, 119,623) and Tactical Caviar (5, 1:53,3s, $88,265). Another foal was acquired as a yearling by Russian interests and became the first trotter to win under 2:00 at Moscow's Hippodrome. Garden Variety, herself with a record of 3, 1:57 and $73,840, is a 100% European producer including In Wise As (1:56,2, $296,782), Mind Wise As (1:58.3, $106,119) and the aforementioned Raise Wise As that may be the best of this group. Favor Baby 2, 1:59.4 shows Darling Boko (1:59.3, $22,825) as her first foal of racing age with 2011 and 2012 foals to follow, both colts, by Chocolatier and Yankee Glide. Tagliabue has certainly been a touchdown scorer as broodmare sire and we expect more to follow. Thomas H. Hicks

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

Orecchietti (6m From Above-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), with Orjan Kihlstom aboard, raced first up in the “death seat” before taking the lead at head of the stretch to win in 1.12.2kr over 2140 meters. The V75 Gold victory was worth 150,000SEK to the winner that is owned by Travkompaniets Stall AB, also owner of Maharajah, and trained by Stefan Hultman. Orecchietti recorded his 15th victory in 32 lifetime starts for life earnings of over 3.95 million SEK. Nahar (8g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie), 2013 The Elitloppet winner with career earnings of over 9 million SEK, followed Orecchietti in a perfect second over spot for Robert Bergh before making a three wide surge halfway through the final turn. Nahar drew dead-even with Orecchietti before the winner inched away in the late stages. Update Hoss (7m Classic Response-Celebrfation Ride-Express Ride) closed late down the middle to be third, driven by Erik Adielsson. The US import Pastor Stephen (5m Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec) finished ninth for Daniel Reden, timed in 1.12.9kr. He was making his second 2013 start. Pastor Stephen, a career winner of 7.2 million SEK, last started in North America in September 2011. The Bergsaker co-featured Silver Division went to Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) in 1.10.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The Robert Bergh trained and driven pupil earned 125,000SEK first money as he defeated Robin Ru (8g Gidde Palema-Ritzy As-Beseiged) with Ulf Ohlsson aboard. Pacesetter Democrat (6g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) ended third for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

A photographer on the inside of the track may have inadvertently given the rest of the field an outside shot of beating the Crazed colt Tumble Dust in the Danish Trav Kriterium this Saturday. The purse for the 100,000 euros Grade II Stake. Tomas Malmqvist’s striking colt was well clear in his Kriterium heat when he started to slow down, and almost stop, going into a break just shy of the winning post earning a disqualification, a fine for careless driving for his pilot Johnny Takter, and a spot on one of the outside marks on the front line in the final. The beautifully bred colt, who is from a US family which has proved popular in Sweden with half brother Hard Livin and close relative Elitloppet winner From Above both at stud in the country. Another brother, Photo Maxx, earned just a few dollars shy of half a million and Malmqvist’s colt is already well on his way with the highest earnings in the field with 1.012 million kroner But with his gate speed Takter should negate the effects of his 7 post and be in a good position to add the Group I honour to his resume. He was also a finalist in Swedish Group I E3 final and has a record of 1.12.3 making his case for favouritism impeccable. The three heat winners have the advantage of the inside three poles with the impressive Muscles Yankee cot The Therumoursaidfire having Birger Jörgensen for local traine Peter Rudbeck. He was commanding in his heat win, his ninth in 15 starts and he has earned 654,500kr with a record of 1.14.8.   Tano Bork was another impressive heat winner and will be driven as usual by his trainerChristian Lindhardt. He has won four of fourteen starts and has 341,907kr in earnings and a record of 1.13.3. Touch of Globe was the beneficiary of Tumble Dust’s misfortune and on that run will be hard pushed to feature in this. But his trainer Steen Juul, one of Denmark’s most accomplished horsemen, has two others in the event and in Conway Hall colt Tycoon Conway Hall, which he will drive, he probably has a better chance. Tycoon Conway Hall has won six of his 12 starts ofr 246,573kr and has a record of 1.14.2, for a middle distance race. Juul’s other colt Takethem, by the aforementioned From Above will be driven by Knud Mönster. A four-win horse, he has earned just over 100,000kr and has a record of 1.14.1, over middle distance. Jeppe Juel was bullish in the press about the chances of Tripolini which had won three of his previous four starts before a third in his heat. In total the Archduke Kemp gelding has won four of seven with two placings and has a record of 1.15.3. Morten Friis’ Great Challenger colt and Peter Untersteiner’s gelding Thengill another by From Above will also find support DANSK TRAV KRITERIUM Charlottenlund  2013-10-06 Group II Nat 2500m 3c&G €100 000 1   Therumoursaidfire (3c Muscles Yankee - Anacott Steel) Dr: Birger Jörgensen Tr: Peter Rudbeck   2   Touch of Globe (3c Golden Globe - Cirkeline Tes)s Dr: Thomas Uhrberg Tr: Steen Juul   3   Tano Bork (3c Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork) Dr: Christian Lindhardt Tr: Christian Lindhardt   4   Tabasco Cæsar (3c Pine Chip - Puk Paradiso) Dr: Rene Kjær Tr: Anders Nielsen   5   Takethem (3c From Above - d'Cherie) Dr: Knud Mönster Tr: Steen Juul   6   Tack Wee (3g Armbro Goal - Exel Hjordal) Dr: Nicolaj Andersen Tr: Jörn Nörlem   7   Tumble Dust (3c Crazed - Affinity) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Tomas Malmqvist   8   Tycoon Conway Hall (3c Conway Hall - Golden Sunday) Dr: Steen Juul Tr: Steen Juul   9   Tip Esterel (3c Esterel Sunset - Hera Esterel) Dr: Flemming Jensen Tr: Flemming Jensen   10   Tripolini V P (3g Archduke Kemp - Lady Magic) Dr: Jeppe Juel Tr: Jeppe Juel   11   Thengill (3g From Above - Elegant Lady) Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner   12   Ticket To Heaven (3c Great Challenger - Honey Flamingo) Dr: Morten Friis Tr: Jan Friis   by Dave Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Former USA 2YO Colt Trotter of the Year, Pastor Stephen, steps up into Swedish elite company incuding reigning Elitppet champ Nahar for the first time since joining Solvalla trainer Daniel Redén when he takes his place in the Norrlandskt Masterskap (Championship) at Bergsaker on the weekend. A million dollar stakes earner with a record of 1.52.4, Pastor Stephen was a sensational 2YO in North America reeling off wins in the Reynolds Memorial, Champlian Stakes, William Wellwood Memorial and Simcoe Stakes for  trainer Juimmy Takter to gain the top vote in the 2YO colts and geldings category with 6 wins and 4 seconds from 11 starts and a record of 1.53.3 and earnings of around $US700,000. The Cantab Hall product of Kentucky’s Brittany Farms but an injury before the Canadian Trotting curtailed his 3YO although he won 4 of 11 starts and won just over $400,000, lowering his time to 1.52.4 with his best finish in the big stakes races being a fifth in the Hambletonian. Interestingly he is the third stallion from that year’s Hambletonian to be now plying his trade in Sweden,  joining that year’s winner Broad Bahn and Currier and Ives winner Fawkes, who was unplaced. Broad Bahn joined Stig Johansson’s stable and has yet to be sighted on Swedish tracks while Fawkes has had success in the ultra competitive elite Swedish ranks, winning the Swedish Group I King Gustav’s Pokal for 4YOs last year. Rated by top driver Yannick Gingras as one of the best horses he had ever driven, Pastor Stephen was urchased by Stall Zet in January 2011. The 3YO injury, though healing, prevented Pastor Stephen racing as a 4YO, although he did stud duties in Sweden serving some top mares such as E3 winner Sweet Desire,  and resumed training this spring, qualifying in Gavle in August. Since then Pastor Stephen has had just one start in a minor race at Gavle last month where he ran second in a sprint over 1640m in 1.12.7ak (1.57MR), interestingly beating home Group I winner Oracle (Ganymede). It is a tough test of his credentials with Robert Bergh’s Elitloppet winner Nahar (7g Love You) in the field and this will also be the first time that Pastor Stephen has raced over more than a mile (not counting the 1640m last start). Orecchietti (6h From Above) ran third in the Group II Arjangs Stora Pris in a top field behind Sebastian K and Formula One two starts back, and will be one of the favourites with Orjan Kihlstrom in the cart. Also in the field are last start winner Rakas (8h Victory Party), who won the 2010 Frances Bulwark and Finnish Group I winners  Up Date Hoss (7h Classic Response) trained by Stig Johansson  and She Loves You (6m Love You), a Finnish St Leger winning mare (and whose dam is a sister to SJ’s Caviar) who has not been in top form since returning from an unsuccessful stint in France. NORRLÄNDSKT VARMBLODSMÄSTERSKAP Bergsåker   5-10-13 V75 Gulddivision Ht, 2140m Auto 1         El Sueco (8g Calvin Capar - Otilia Sund)  Dr: Oskar J Andersson Tr:  Kristina Wiik   2         Haraldinho (6g  Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia)  Dr:  Marcus M Melander  Tr:   Catarina Lundström              3         David Sisu  (5h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious)  Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson   Tr:  Petri Salmela              4         Device  (9h Pine Chip - Vitessa) Dr:   Per Linderoth Tr:    Per Linderoth              5         Nahar  (8g Love You - Mahonny Broline)   Dr: Robert Bergh  Tr:    Robert Bergh              6         Francais du Gull (6h Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:  Bo Eklöf  Tr:   Erik Lindegren              7         She Loves You (FI) (6m Love You - S J's Shad Roe)  Dr:  Jörgen Westholm Tr:    Jörgen Westholm              8         Up-Date Hoss (FI) (7h Classic Response - Celebration Ride)  Dr:  Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Stig H Johansson              9         Rakas (8h Victory Party - Tricky Woo) Dr:   Per Lennartsson  Tr:   Per Lennartsson              10       Pastor Stephen (US) (5h Cantab Hall - Gala Dream)   Dr: Daniel Redén  Tr:   Daniel Redén              11       Orecchietti (6h From Above - Canneloni)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström  Tr:   Stefan Hultman              12       Parkin  (7g Tap In - La Bigi) Dr:   Henrik Svensson Tr:  Björn Persson   by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

Pietro Gubellini engineered a championship day as his pupil Pitagora Bi (4m Self Possessed-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) took the 209,000 euro, 2060 meters autostart Grand Prix Continental (International Open) at Bologne, Italy. The winner, owned by Scuderia Verner SRL, scored in 1.13.1kr over Probo OP (4m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra) and trainer/driver Ed Moni. Princess Kronos (4f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) landed third for Lorenzo Baldi with Plutonio (4m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out) fourth and Per Amore Gual (4f Varenne-Palmatica Gual-Uronometro) fifth. The companion event, Grand Prix Continental Filly (55,000 euro purse, 1660 meters autostart), went to Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Gubellini in a stake record 1.11.9kr. She rallied from off the pace to draw away convincingly over runner-up Parinaz (4f Ganymede-CarmagnoleMB-Lemon Dra) handled by Enrico Bellei. Peace of Mind (4f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took third for Roberto Andreghetti with Petra Inn Ronco (4f Cantab Hall-Cynthia del Ronco) finishing fourth. The Bologne undercard featured the Prix Wayne Eden with two eliminations and a final. Elims went to Geox (10g Sugarcane Hanover-Gitana d’Asolo-Udet Hanover) in 1.13.3kr over 1660 meters autostart for a 9,900 euro purse. Gubellini drove the winner as he defeated Oncle Photo VL (5g SJs Photo-Balalaica SLM-Lemon Dra). The second elimination went to the Roberto Vecchione driven Occhiata Jet (5f Pine Chip-First Lady Jet-Supergill) in 1.12.5kr over Ortensia Gual with Enrico Bellei up. The 1660 meter autostart final, with a purse of 16,500 euro, produced a 1.12.9kr score for Occhiata Jet with Oncle Photo VL and Geox next across the line. The l’Europeo Gentlemen drivers contest was held this weekend in Moscow. Leading breeder/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi took the prize over 13 other contestants. Italy...MAURIZIO BIASUZZI 36 points Belgium...PIET VAN POLLAERT 36 Russia...VLADIMIR VARYGIN 34 Finland...JANNE MARKUS RAISANEN 33 Denmark...BJARNE HAAJENSEN 33 Germany...IMMO MULLER 32 Switzerland...JOEY VIGNONI 32 Netherlands...FRED HANDELAAR 30 Hungay...TAMAS KELEMEN 30 Spain...MIQUEL VICH CAPO 29 Ukraine...VOLODIMIR KUSHTAL 28 Sweeden...HÅKAN B JOHANSSON 26 Norway...TRULS PEDERSEN 25 Austria...THOMAS ROYER 18 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

One of the biggest races  on the Swedish calendar, the Swedish Trav Derby for 4YOs, will be held this Sunday at Jagersro for a purse of nearly 4,000,000SEK. It is a 2640m event, and the best of Sweden’s 4YO crop raced in six heats last week at Jagersro, with the top two from each heat going into the final. Sons of Viking Kronos have won this race twice  and he will be vying to join only four stallions to have sired three winners of the race Bulwark, Locomotive, Scotch Nibs and Count’s Pride. Viking Kronos is represented by the royally bred gelding Viking America, one of local training legend Lutfi  Kogjini’s three representatives and will be driven by Jorma Kontio and who won his heat, the equal fastest, which was his seventh race victory.  He has won 7 races worth 541,000SEK and has a best time of 1.11.8 (1.55.3). Kolgjini who retired his only winner, 2010 champion Joke Face, only last week  will be aboard Mosaique Face, a son of Classic Photo and a winner of 6 minor races and 856,000SEK. But Kolgjini’s best chance though is Group I winner  El Mago Pellini, a Chocolatier colt, and another heat winner who will be driven by big race specialist Johnny Takter, the brother of American super trainer Jimmy. El Mago Pellini has won 9 races and 1.77 million SEK, has best time of 1.11.7 (1.55) and won the prestigious Konung Gustav V’s Pokal this season. Former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight who also had a stellar European racing career after his importation to Sweden (including a second place in the Monte Classic Prix du Cornulier when he was seven which may be a key to his success in Sweden) has two entries in the race both of them heat winners Molle CD (Daniel Reden with his second derby entry who has 9 minor wins) and  Stefan Melander’s Increased Workload, a heat winner,  who is driven by Orjan Kihlstrom in his seventeenth derby.  One of a trio of representatives of Stefan Melander, from Solvalla, who surprisingly has never won this race,  Increased Workload will be one of the favourites having won 10 races and 1.7 million SEK. He has a record of 1.11.8 (1.55.3) and was fourth in last year’s Trav-Kriterium.  Kihlstrom has won the big race twice, one of them,  famously, was with Swedish-bred From Above who also has two entries in the race, both trained by Per Lennartson -  Mellby Apollo (8wins, 815,000SEK)  and outsider Harvey Tornado (5 wins, 304,000SEK). The past two winners of the race have been by French sires in Pato (Orlando Vici) and Beau Mec (Jag de Bellouet). This year there are only three French sires represented, with Orlando Vici again having a good chance with one of the favoured runners, Stefan Melander’s Porthos Amok who is off the 2 post and in the hands of champion Swedish reinsman Bjorn Goop. He has won 4 races and just over 1 million SEK and has a record of 1.12.3 and was one of the two fastest heat winners. Another well-fancied runner is likely to be Standout, a son of Ganymede, the winner of last season’s E 3 Final    and another Melander runner. He starts from post 11, and no derby winner has started from this spot. He has  8 race victories which have earned a tick over 2 million SEK. The other French stallion, dual Prix D’Amerique winner Offshore Dream is represented by Offshore Man, one of four geldings in the race and likely to be the outsider in the race having just 3 wins and only 345,000SEK in earnings. He will be driven by Torbjörn Jansson for Solvalla trainer  Ulrika Wällstedt.             Quid Pro Quo was another heat winner and he starts off the 5 position in the hands of Erik Adielson for  for  Bergsaker trainer Svante Bath. The group one winner of the  Prix Orsi Mangelli, one of Italy’s big races, Quid Pro Quo is also the winner of the Sprintermasteren Final in his 11 race victories which have earned him 3.6 million SEK so far. The final entry is Ken Warkentin gelding Perfect Power  who will be driven by his trainer Peter Untersteiner of Halmstadt. One of the outsiders in the race, he has won three races and 623,400kr. SVENSKT TRAVDERBY  Jägersro 2640m, Nat Group I 4YOs 4,000,000SEK 1         El Mago Pellini   (4h Chocolatier - My Intuition)   Dr:  Johnny Taker   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini           2        Porthos Amok  (4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok)     Dr:  Björn Goop   Tr: Stefan Melander              3         Molle C.D.  (4h Scarlet Knight - Not in a Million)     Tr/Dr:   Daniel Redén      4         Increased Workload  (4h Scarlet Knight - My Darling)     Dr:  Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Stefan Melander           5         Quid Pro Quo    (4h Yankee Glide – Hostage)     Dr:  Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth         6         Offshore Man  (4g Offshore Dream – Ladymint)     Dr:  Torbjörn Jansson   Tr: Ulrika Wällstedt             7         Mosaique Face  (4h Classic Photo - Iona Lb)  Tr/Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini              8          Perfect Power   (4g Ken Werkentin - Enjoy My Face)     Tr/Dr:  Peter Untersteiner              9         Viking America   (4g Viking Kronos - Berta's Crown)     Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini        10         Mellby Apollo   (4g From Above - Mellby Rubin )   Tr/Dr:  Per Lennartsson                 11         Standout  (4h Ganymede - Ebony D.K. )   Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson   Tr: Stefan Melander              12         Harvey Tornado    (4h From Above - Beringa Queen)   Hanover   Dr: Thomas Uhrberg   Tr: Per Lennartsson       By Dave Sanders  

The kids are going back to school, real football is about to be played, and my tan, what there was of it, has long since faded. That can only mean that the summer months are winding down and, as Bob Seger once sang, autumn's closin' in. Still, there is no let-up whatsoever in the racing action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as was evident in the racing week just gone past. So let's celebrate the finest performers of the last four racing nights by handing out the Weekly Awards. PACER OF THE WEEK: BLISSFULL DREAMER It's difficult to sustain a long winning streak in the sport of harness racing, even for a horse who stays in the same class. That's because staying in the same class doesn't necessarily mean facing the same field week after week, as hot horses could be moving up from lower classes while horses used to facing tougher competition might be dropping down. Add to that the vagaries of post position week to week, racing luck, and the simple possibility of an off week, and you can see why a four-race winning streak like the one Blissfull Dreamer was riding heading into her race on Friday night is such an achievement. Blissfull Dreamer has been sharp all year long as a 4-year-old mare, coming into her battle with the $12,500 distaff claimers on Friday with victories in 11 of 24 races on the season. She has shown the ability to come from off the pace in past races, but, with an inside post on Friday, she was sent to the lead early on by driver Ron Pierce to control the pace. Her fifth straight victory wasn't destined to be an easy win, however, as long shot Fire In The Night made a strong move in the stretch. Blissfull Dreamer, trained by Rene Allard, had the ultimate answer though, digging in late to win by a neck in 1:53:1. That makes it five in a row, the longest winning streak at Pocono this season, one that shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Other top pacers this week: Ultimate Beachboy (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who won a showdown with fellow Super Stakes Saturday winner Jonny Rock by a nose in Saturday night's featured condition pace in 1:50; Rick's Crossroads (Matt Kakaley, Brewer Adams), whose victory over a field of $10,000 claimers on Saturday night in 1:51:3 was his Third Straight at Pocono and fourth in a row overall; and Power Pach Hanover (Andy Miller, John Cancelliere), a 3-year-old filly who now has three wins in a row at Pocono after her condition victory on Tuesday night in 1:50:4. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: FLASHBACKS This 4-year-old stallion from the Wendy Chellis barn fell into a bit of a rut when he arrived from Tioga in June, struggling to make much of a mark against the tougher condition trotters on the grounds. The light switched on when he dropped down into a condition for non-winners of $11,000 in the last five races on August 9. As a 9-1 shot he made a strong first over move and scored an upset win in a career-best 1:53:1. Flashbacks was back at it again on Friday night in the same class, yet he was still given a tepid chance from the fans as a 7-2 third choice. This time around driver Drew Chellis decided to send his trotter to the front early, reaching the quarter in a rapid time which seemed to augur trouble for Flashbacks if he couldn't pace himself a little better. But Drew Chellis rated the horse masterfully through the middle portion of the race, conserving energy for the stretch drive. In the stretch, Flashbacks was still itching to go, and he powered home for a second consecutive win, this one in 1:54:3. With two straight impressive wins, this trotter with a name that suggests a dive back into the past is definitely looking ahead to a bright future. Honorable mention on the trotting side this week goes to: From Above (Andrew McCarthy, Mark Silva), who won the week's featured condition trot on Saturday night in 1:54; Ballet Slippers (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), a filly who now has three straight wins, the last two coming at Pocono, after a condition victory on Friday night in 1:57:1; and Bloomfieldcantifly (Anthony Napolitano, Rene Allard), a mare who ripped off her second straight claiming handicap win on Tuesday night, this one coming in 1:56:1. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: FLIGHT EXEC Despite back-to-back wins coming into the race, Flight Exec, with Kevin Wallis driving, was a 23-1 shot when he upended a field of $25,000 claimers on Saturday nightand paid out $48.20 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: Anthony Napolitano Anthony has been a steady presence in the drivers' standings all year long, but he's really been picking up the pace of late, as evidenced by a driving triple on Tuesday night. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: Tony Alagna Alagna sent a pair of 2-year-olds to the gate on Tuesday night, and both Status Quo and Some Playa, came away with convincing victories. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia

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