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Saturday at Jagersro was the V75 Gold Arvid Stjernswards (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 11 starters) with victory to the 2.8/1 Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) timed in 1.12.1kr and reined by harness racing trainer Adrian Kolgjini. 17/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) took second with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. Third was 59/1 Art On Line (12g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) for pilot Carl Johan Jepson Thomas H. Hicks  

December 1, 2018 - Sweden’s oldest stake race, the Svensk Uppfodningslopning (2018), took place Saturday at Jagersro (700,000SEK to both dead heat winners, 1640 meters autostart), saw a harness racing dead heat finish. The winners were 1.13/1 By The Book (2g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Svante Bath and Stall Morklund HB; and 4.03/1 Belker (2m Scarlet Knight-Oki I Can-Amer I Can) driven by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Sten Jansson and Ingels Jansson. Race time was 1.13.7kr. Third went to 13.8/1 Aetos Kronos (2m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) with Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Jerry Riordan and co-owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. The race was preceded by the post parade led by the 1998 race winner Revenue. The great champion still looks in superb form and he showed interest in taking on the 2018 two year olds. This is an opportunity to summarize the performances of Revenue (1996 by Reve d’Udon-Hazel Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), undefeated at two, a career winner 47 times in 110 starts for US$1,998.608, and sire of five million dollar winners including Market Share US$3,792,101, Melady’s Monet, Hot Shot Blue Chip and others. In Europe he sired Reven d’Amour, In Vain Sund, Ravello, Mafioso Face and the fine mare Tiffany Brodda. Thomas H. Hicks

Then 1.2/1 favorite Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) led throughout to score in Saturday evening’s Jagersro featured C.L. Mullers Memorial (Gr. II International, V75 Gold, purse 74,368€, 2640 meters autostart).  Orjan Kihlstrom piloted the Daniel Reden trainee that Stall Zet owns, to his eighth 2018 victory in 12 starts. His career earnings is 22,585.317SEK after the 400,000SEK first prize earned with this victory. Race time was 1.12.6kr. Propulsion now has 32 career wins in 63 starts. 11/1 Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) was a pocket sitting second for trainer/driver Johan Unterste iner and 36/1 Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) took the third heck for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Veteran On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux) took a run at the leader and held on for fourth ahead of Racing Mange The solid card also included the Final Breeders Course for 2018 Two Year Olds, with nine starters vying for 600,000SEK first prize in this 1640 meters autostart contest. Amelie Grif (2f Varenne-Sunrise Grif-Andover Hall) scored in that event timed in  1.13.8kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Ronald F. Nooteboom. Osoma (2f Trixton) took second for Peter Ingves and third was Hill Of Fame F (2m Muscle Hill) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Fourth was Goofy Sisu (2m Even Better Odds-Siren Hall-Striking Sahbra) driven by trainer Per Nordstrom. A small field of monte specialist battled in the Certego Stora Montepris 2018 and that went to 1.13.7kr timed Shadow Gar (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne). Leo Abrivard was in the irons for trainer Pietro Gubellini and trainer Jerry Riordan. Shogun DK and Nantucket chased the winner home. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

April 14, 2018 - 2.4/1 Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) took Saturday’s Jagersro featured L.C. Peterson Broddas 2018 V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) reined by harness racing driver Johan Untersteiner and clocked in 1.11.7kr. The winner now has three 2018 wins in as many starts and 14 career victories in 37 outings. 2.3/1 Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margherita Rose-Abo Volo) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and 14.3/1 Mindyourvalue WF was home third for Robert Bergh. The winner earned a spot in the Olympiatravet at Aby, a Gr. I event, along with previously named or earned spots to On Track Piraten, Ringostarr Treb, Zenit Brick, Lionel and Takethem. On the undercard at Jagersro was the V75 Silver (purse 150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and 3.7/1 Rajesh Face (5m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored for Lutfi Kolgjini, also trainer, timed in1.12kr. 3.9/1 Mister Crowe (8m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell) was second for Johnny Takter with third to 13.7/1 Springover driven by Peter Untersteiner. The winner scored in this his first 2018 appearances and he now has 11 career wins in 28 outings. The Breeders Course (three year olds, first final, 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 1.1/1 favorite Smokin Joe (3m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) for Lutfi Kolgjini. 7.4/1 Paladin (3m Lavec Kronos-Damaniscotta-Andover Hall) was second for Roger Malmqvist. Earlier on the card the Olympiamonten (50,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Italy’s 1.3/1 Radieux (8g Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons for trainer Lutfi Kolgini. Scuderia Louisiana SRL bred this winner that scored in 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 3, 2017 - Jagersro hosted today’s Swedish Derby events, first the Gr.I national Broline Filly Derby (mares, purse €204,800, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters). 3/5 favorite Cash Crowe (4f Ready Cash-Giant Crowe-Gigant Neo) prevailed timed in 1.11.59kr for driver Johnny Takter and trainer Petri Puro.  PP Trav AB owns the winner, now with 10 career wins in only 12 starts. The two length victor won over 14/1 Mulligan (4f Maharajah-Music la Mark) for Thomas Uhrberg, also owner/trainer. 45/1 Unique Juni (4f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique) took third for driver Peter Untersteiner and trainer H.R. Stromberg. The Gr. I National Svenskt Trav Derby (males, purse €409,600, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12.8kr timed and 27.4/1 Cyber Lane (4g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover). Johan Untersteiner trains and drove the winner for Levaux AB. 12/1 Monark Newwen (4m Orlando Vici-Lady Value) was next for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson ahead of 8/1 Global Trustworthy (4m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand) and Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos. 1.2/1 Rajesh Face was fifth and 5.6/1 Policy of Truth was eighth. At Craon France was the Trophee Vert Prix V and B (purse €80,000, 2775 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) and the 1.20.5kr timed winner on the rain affected grass was 20/1 Vulcania de Godrel (8f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) reined by Eric Raffin. This was the day’s Quinte+ event. 7.6/1 Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Bella) was second for Antoine Wiels and trainer/owner Jean Paul Marmion. Third was 4/1 Baxter du Klau (6g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) handled by J-M Bazire for trainer J.M. Baudouin. Well regarded Tresor Wic was 11th, Bugsy Malone was a dq when making a tired break when challenged in the lane, at 3/5 odds, and All Feeling was sixth. In the absence of reportedly retired Timoko, the Wolvega featured Grand Prix de Victoria Park (Gr. II, purse €50,000, 2600 meters) went to 6.3/1 Beau Gamin (6g Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) handled by Hugo Langeweg Jr. for trainer Sebastien Guarato for owner J.M. Rancoule. Timed in 1.14kr this winner defeated 14/1 Truman Dairpet (10f Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) and pilot Piet Van Pollaert. Third was 1.9/1 favorite Uppercut de Manche (9g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche) for driver Damien Bonne and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. The 7/2 odds Swedishman was a dq. Yesterday at Lahto FI was the Suomalginen Derby worth €150,000 to the winner of this 2650 meter test. The 1.13.3kr clocked winner was Benjamin Evo (4m Kadabra-China Tea Party-Muscles Yankee) handled by trainer Veijo Hesikanen. Next Direction (4g Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx) was next for Iikka Nurmonen and third was Obrigado (4g Orlando Vici-Oona Cloud) piloted by Antti Teivainen. Thomas H. Hicks    

April 8, 2017 - Veteran classmaster Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) took today’s harness racing featured V75 Gold LC Peterson-Broddas (2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to the winner) at Jagersro. Timed in 1.11.3kr and driven by Christoffer Eriksson, for trainer Dan Widegren and Stall Sten Nilsson AB, Gentle Star recorded his 30th career victory in 96 starts for 7,403,000SEK earned. The 9/1 veteran bested 18/1 Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema), with Peter Untersteiner up. 14/1 Fire To The Rain (6g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took third for pilot Peter Ingves and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. The 1.3/1 favorite Mosaique Face (8m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Conway Hall) was fourth for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The Jagersro card also included the Derby Trial 2017 (purse 100,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters) and 1.4/1 Rajesh Face (4m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and Tommy Nilsson Holding, the owner. 10/1 Springfield (4m Joke Face-Honey Lavec-Malabar Man) was second for Johnny Takter and trainer Lars Nilsson. The 1.12.6kr timed winner scored for the sixth time in his 16 race career, now with 471,000SEK earned. Today’s Jagersro V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.7/1 DD’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) timed in 1.11.7kr for Johnny Takter. Petri Puro, of Commander Crowe fame, trains the Hitman. Earlier the Monte Final (purse 40,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.12.2kr timed and 6.3/1 Olympic Kronos (9g Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip). Lutfi Kolgjini trains the winner and Stephanie Werder was the jockey. 2.2/1 Tano Bork (7g Great Challenger-Frederikke Bork-New Quick) was second for Christina Lindhardt. Today at Roma Capannelle the Premio Terzo Anniversario (purse €11,000, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.12.0kr timed Vitruvio (3m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) reined by Allessandro Gocciadoro. Valerio Font (3m Conway Hall-Margy d’Alfa) and Victor dei Ronchi (3m Exploit Caf-Filu’of Brown-Lemon Dra) were second and third for pilots Baldi and Bellei. Tomorrow at Beaumont de Lomagne will be the Grand Prix d’Ardeuil Aoc Buzet (purse €28,000, 2550 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) that includes some hard-hitting contestants with recent races in Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Hungary and France. Thomas H. Hicks

December 14, 2016 - Wednesday’s Fyraaringstoppen (purse 128,200SEK, 2140 meters autostart) at Jagersro went to 1.13.5kr timed Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) trained by Jerry Riordan and reined by Christoffer Eriksson. Another Riordan trainee finished second, that being Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) reined by Thomas Uhrberg. Aaron The Baron ended third. Another 128,400SEK purse event was for aged mares raced over 2140 meters. Rainbow Of Nando (6f RC Royalty-Isidora-Pine Chip) scored clocked in 1.16kr for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Sofia Aronsson. Alva Garbo (6f Kadabra-Sunrise As-Varenne) was second for teamster Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. At Solvalla was the 2016 Fryraringslopp (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) for mares. The 1.15.2kr winner was 3.25/1 Oceanic Clearance(4f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride). Orjan Kihlstrom was the reinsman for breeder/trainer/owner Stefan Melander. 2.75/1 X=Zumburella (4f Diesel Don-Zumurrud-Ride The Night) was second for Tommi Nikkola and Ice Wine (4f Yankee Glide-Sugar Sample-Mack Lobell) landed the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks  

Coin Perdu (2m SJ’s Caviar-Provo Kronos-Viking Kronos) remained undefeated in five career starts by winning the Gr. I National Svensk 2016 (harness racing two year olds) at Jagersro. Timed in 1.12.7kr over 1640 meters autostart the Erik Adielsson teamed winner is trained by Svante Bath. He earned 700,000SEK first prize. The winner’s second dam is Pine Dust (Pine Chip-Web Chance) and is from the family of Sushi (by Speedy Crown) and Ah So, dam of Workaholic. Executive Caviar (2m SJ’s Caviar-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Dats Cabello (2m Jacose-No Entry-Windsong’s Legacy) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for Tomas Malmqvist, trainer. The program also included the V75 Gold Meadow Prophets for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.12.5kr timed 4.6/1 Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) from Denmark was victorious for Steen Juul. Je’t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je’t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover) for Johan Untersteiner. 4.2/1 Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money was raced over 2140 meters autostart. The 1.7/1 choice Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) won for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.13.4kr. Ni Talar Bra Latin (6g Kiss Francais-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was second with Erik Adielsson up and third went to Bartenders In (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

October 29, 2016 - Today’s CL Mullers Memorial at Jagersro (purse 400,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart, V75 Gold) went to international harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) with Johnny Takter at the lines for Stall Morkermasse and trainer Hans R, Stromberg. Timed in 1.11.7kr the 2.53/1 favorite defeated Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) with Bjorn Goop up. Third was Takethem (6m From Above-D’cherie-New Quick) and driver Steen Juul. Replay: The V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Italy’s 8.15/1 odds Next To None SIB (9g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. The winner recorded his fifth 201 victory in ten starts with the 1.12.1kr timed score. Sylvester D.K. (7g Hovding Lavec-Happy CN-Ride The Wave) was second for Peter H. Sjoberg and third went to Sylvester America (5g Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell-Evita) with Christoffer Eriksson up. This one was bred by the late Lou Guida and is owned and trained by Jerry Riordan. Early in the card another Yonkers International performer scored (as was On Track Piraten) in a monte test worth 60,000SEK to the winner over a 2140 meter course. 4.6/1 Tano Bork (6g Great Challenger-Federikke Bork-New Quicl) scored in for Christina Lindhardt. The Denmark bred performer now has a 7-1-1 slate in 15 starts this year, and 17 wins in 56 career outings. Palermo Tars finished second for jockey Nicole Marsing. Thomas H. Hicks  

Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos, took todays Avelshimngsten The Bank Svensk Derby at Jagersro. The 2640 meter autostart Gr. I National harness racing event returned 2SEK million to the winning horse. Race time was 1.12.7kr for Readly Express, now with a 12-3-0 career slate in 15 starts and 5-1-0 this year in six outings. Branke AB and Bro Byggnads own the winner of now 5.6SEK million, off as the 1.3/1 favorite. Heavy Sound (4g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) was second for Kenneth Haugstad and third going to Day Or Night In (4m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) with trainer Johan Untersteiner aboard. The Broline Filly Derby (Gr. I National, 2140 meters autostart, 1SEK million to the winner) went to 5.4/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhills Beauty-Comets Tail) clocked in 1.12.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Swemas Holdings SAB own this winner, now with a slate of 4-3-0 in 11 starts. Kryssa Futura (4f Saxo de Vandel-Simb Regatta-Turbo Thrust) was second for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Third went to Tunika (4f  Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Earlier on the program the Final Breeders Course for two year-olds went to Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindys Crown) timed in 1.15kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. This Gr. II International contest was raced over 1640 meters autostart with 350,000SEK to the winner, in this case the winner remains undefeated in three starts. Panamara Racing own Current Affair, that bested Summer Wein (2m Weingartner-Angel Nicole-Dahir de Prelong) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Malmqvist and third finishing McArthur (2m Infinitif-Millet LB-Donerail) with Michael Nimczyk up. Other interesting winners on the Jagersro card were Target Kronos (4g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) in the Takter Tribute timed in 1.10.1kr for Lutfi Kolgjini over 1640 meters autostart. The ICA Malmborg Stayer over 3140 meters voltstart went to Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Hava-Supergill) that overcame a 60 meter handicap to score in 1.14.2kr for Bjorn Goop to earn 100,000SEK. The Good As Gold Minne for 100,000SEK to the winner went to Fire To the Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson. He was timed in 1.12.4kr over 2140 meters. Thomas H. Hicks

Wednesday’s Jagersro harness racing program was entirely comprised of SWE Derby eliminations for fillies and colts, six elims each. The fillies raced over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SWK first money. Colts battled over 2640 meters autostart for 200,000SEK first prize in each elim race. Offspring of Ready Cash and Muscle Hill performed well. The filly elim winners were led by 5/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comet’s Tail) that scored in 1.12.1kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Lady Cash (4f Ready Cash-Com Racing Lady-General November) was second for Andre Eklundh. The second fastest filly elim went to 1.12.2kr winning Darling Hornline (4f Ready Cash-Glory Best-Muscles Yankee) for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom at 3.3/1. Caresse (4f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover-Muscles Yankee) took second for driver/trainer Bjorn Goop. Well-regarded 1.4/1 Timbal (4f From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) took another elim clocked in 1.12.4kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She is undefeated in three 201 outings and has a career slate of 18-1-1 in 24 starts for 2,442,166SEK earned. Tunika (4f Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) took a fourth filly elim timed in 1.12.8kr for Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. She is 4-1-1 in seven 2016 starts and 12-5-2 in 24 career appearances for 2,553,000SEK earned. 3/1 In Toto Sund (4f Ken Warkentin-Marsia L.B.-Windsong’s Legacy) took another elim clocked in 1.12.9kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Daniel Reden, trainer for Stall Zet. This filly is 4-1-0 in six 2016 starts. ' The final filly test went to 1.8/1 Princess Face (4f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) timed in 1.12.9kr with trainer Lutfi Kolgjini up for Stall Courant AB. The six male eliminations were led by 1.12.5kr timed, 2.5/1 odds, Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for driver/trainer Peter Untersteiner. This one is 4-1-1 in six 2016 starts and 6-2-1 in only nine career outings. 7/2 Day Or Night In (4m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored in another elim timed in 1.12.6kr for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. The Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionnant colt Pasithea Face was second for Lutfi Kolgjini. The 3.8/1 well-regarded Ceasar Sisu (4g Cantab Hall-Chynatown-Muscles Yankee) scored timed in 1.12.8kr in another elim, with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Timo Nurmos. He now shows a 5-1-0 slate in seven 2016 outings. 5.2/1 Heavy Sound (4g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) scored in 1.13.1kr in a fourth elim. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the Roger Walmann trainee. 'Gijon (4m Ready Cash-Centuria-Supergill) was second here for Johan Untersteiner. The fifth elim went to 1.14.2kr timed Pajas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) at 6.5/1 for Christoffer Eriksson. The final male elim went to 1.14.4kr clocked Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. This good colt is 4-1-0 in five starts this year and 11-3-0 in 14 lifetime outings good for 3,600,000SEK. Thomas H. Hicks

Two year-olds were on display at Jagersro in the early harness racing program competing in the Avena Service (70,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart). Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindy’s Crown) scored in 1.14.1kr at 2/1 odds. Bjorn Goop was the teamster for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Langebro Konsult AB. Roger Malmqvist (trainer/driver) won later in the Certago (70,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) with Farzad Boko (4g Zola Boko-Kathy Silvio-Spotlite Lobell) as 1.9/1 favorite. Drogba Bob (6g Cantab Hall-Keystone Blaze-Angus Hall) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Race time was a quick 1.11.1kr. Untersteiner also won later with Thaiger Exclusive (5g Adrian Chip-Lady Exclusive-Spotlite Lobell defeating the Mr. Pine Chip gelding Gucci Degato. On the Jagersro Tuesday undercard were also some fine events and interesting winners. US import King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) took the Securitas (100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Roger Walmann. SRF Stable owns King City. The 2.6/1 odds performers was timed in 1.10.8kr in defeat of Pepi di Jesolo (7g Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltic Speed) with Bjorn Goop driving for Edvin Ceka, the trainer. The Takmontage (100,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) was the late race of the evening and Finland’s Shadow Woodland prevailed for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl clocked in 1.10.4kr (mile rate 1:53.27f) for his third 2016 victory in seven appearances. Italy’s Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) took second for Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, ahead of Exodus Hanover with Kihlstrom the pilot. Other interesting Jagersro victories were earned by 4/5 favorite Sundsvik Mayday (5f Diamond Circle-Heirloom’s Bella-Silver Pine) for Veijo Heiskanen clocked in 1.11.7kr in the Mares Jagersro Center for 70,000SEK to the winner in the mile autostart event. 3/2 odds Sahara One (4m Raja Mirchi-Sahara Shadow-Graduate Student) was also victorious timed in 1.13.1kr in a 2140 meter autostart contest worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Trainer Conrad Lugauer teamed this one. On July 25th the annual Kolgjini Yearling Sale included 99 yearlings (after two scratches) and 66 were sold for a total 26,245,000SEK, an average of 397,652SEK (US$45,969). Five Muscle Hill colts led the way, the only five to yield over 1SEK million. Summary follows along with catalogue link and video links for the top two sellers. These top two are from mares with USA connections, both on the track and in the second case in the breeding shed. 58 Forfantone Am h. Muscle Hill - Tamla Celeber - Cantab Hall 2 700 000 SEK Roger Walman 80 Rudisha h. Muscle Hill - Moonlight Kronos - Viking Kronos 2 400 000 SEK Highlights AB/Whap Trotting AB/Lulzim Kolgjini AB 1 The Real Face h. Muscle Hill - Know It All Face - Viking Kronos 1 600 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB 75 Tiger Face h. Muscle Hill - Top Notch Pellini - Donato Hanover 1 500 000 SEK Leif Bergwall AB 23 Titan Face h. Muscle Hill - Bell Power - Pine Chip 1 400 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB 69 Thatch Her Face s. Joke Face - Iona L.B. - Supergill 900 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB Catalogue Hip 58 Video – Forfantone AM Hip 80 – Rudisha   Thomas H. Hicks  

US import Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) with cagey Orjan Kihlstrom driving escaped the pocket late and rallied with a rapid speed burst between harness racing rivals to capture the 2016 Gr. I UET Masters Series Hugo Abergs Memorial (purse to winner 1,000,000SEK, with total purse in euros of €188,475, 1609 meters autostart, 10 entrants less scratching of Your Highness) for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet.  Off at even-money odds (PMU network and 1.39/1 on ATG) Propulsion now has a 2016 slate of 5-0-1 in seven starts for 3,621,713SEK earned this year and 4,404,296SEK for the career (31 starts with a 16-2-4 chart). Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) at 17/1 set the pace for Adrian Kolgjini and held second ahead of 1.7/1 Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) and Robin Bakker that rallied late off the final bend and ended third.  Post-race Bakker said he was very pleased with Robert Bi’s performance. Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) rallied from back after a post 10 starting spot to be fourth for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. Propulsion was US-bred by F.V, Caldwell of Lexington KY and NJ based Bluestone Farms. The fractions set by Mosaique Face were honest and setup a record event (1.06.7kr after 500 meters; 1.09.3kr at the 1000 mark and finish 1.08.9kr, or mile rate 1:50.86f). The second and third place finishers were clocked in 1.09kr. The race, held at Jagersro / Malmo SWE, began in 1970, and was won last year by Creatine (with Johnny Takter up) and in the past by two-time winners Commander Crowe, Lave Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Peach Corps, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. A big crowd was on hand for great racing on a beautiful evening at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

The Hugo Abergs card at Jagersro was more than that classic on this fine Jagersro evening, The Breeders Course Three Year Old Final (550,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to game front-ending Unica Gio (3f Donato Hanover-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) for Ulf Ohlsson at 72/1 odds. This 1.12.6kr timed winner is trained by Reijo Liljendahl for Courant AB and was bred in Italy by Bivans SRL. The 4/5 favoriteUnicrono SLM (3m Love You-CL Brightness-King Conch) was second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Wim Paal for Italian owner Graziani Ceccaroni. Third was 47/1 Urbanio (3m Adrian Chip-Oghelia Blue Chip-Yankee  Glide) with Rick Ebbinge at the lines for JFM Westgeest of Holland. The top three were all bred in Italy. Winning Unica Gio led from the start using rated fractions for victory (1.11.1kr at 500 meters, 1.13.9kr at the 1000 mark).   The program also showcased the 2016 Malmo Stayer Prize (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters distance handicap) and the 40 meter penalized Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haver- Supergill) scored at 6.3/1 for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 29/1 Thunder Peak (6m Quatre Juillet-Nikala- Prince Mystic) took second, overcoming a 20 meter handicap, for Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Steen Juul. Third went to another 40 meter handicapped and 1.8/1 favorite Alfas da Vinci (6g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) with trainer Joakim Lovgren the pilot. Time for the winner was 1.13.2kr for the marathon distance.   Mares battled in the Final Summer Mares Meeting (200,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, six starters) and D’One (6f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) scored in 1.11.1kr for Orjan Kihlstom and Roger Walmann, the trainer for Stall Kennys. This was her second 2016 start after a sixth place finish on July 3 rd . Roses Glory (5f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) was second for trainer Veijo Heiskanen and third went to Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) for Johnny Takter/Daniel Reden/Stall Zet. Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) took the fourth check for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan. D’One was off the 1.92/1 favorite and now has earned 8,666,379SEK for the career. Trainer Riordan was earlier in the winner’s circle with Tango Negro (4m Infinitf-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) in the Prix Cagbes-sur- Mer 2016 for four year-olds. Bjorn Goop teamed the 3.2/1 odds winner that was timed in a good 1.11.1kr over the 1609 meters autostart course to earn the 200,000SEK winners share of the purse. The Graziano Ceccaroni Italian owned and bred colt earned his second 2016 victory in six tries and now has 1,801,037SEK in career earnings. Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) was second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer ahead of Suit And Tie (4m Andover hall-Warrawee Krisp-Yankee Glide) with Erik Adielsson up for Marcus Lindgren.       Thomas H. Hicks  

Akido (6g Love You-Isba) took tonight’s Quinte+ Prix St. Sauveur at Vincennes with harness racing trainer Franck Nivard up. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. The purse was €72,000 and 14 Europeans contested the event over 2700 meters with the winner timed in 1.13.7kr. 12/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was second for Matthieu Abrivard with 6/1 Duke of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) third for driver Hugo Langeweg Jr, and trainer Peter J. Strooper. On the same evening card the 3/2 favorite Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) took the €55,000 purse Prix Dejanira (2700 meters, 12 starters) clocked in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Pierre Levesque is the owner. 9/1 Belline d’Urzy (5f Otgello Pierji-Querida d;Urzy was next with Franck Ouvrie up and 11/1 Action du Chatelet (6f Opium-Olvera du Chatelet was third. Thursday’s  (May 19) Lyon-Parilly feature was the Prix de Dax (purse €28,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) and 5.7/1 odds Bonheur d’Occagnes scored timed in 1.15.2kr for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.P. Micholet. This five year-old son of Diamant Gede-Onaka defeated 6/1 Bolde Major (5m Hulk des Champs-Nuit de France). At Chartres the Prix Opal Chartres for a €35,000 purse (2800 meters, 16 starters, Pick5) went to the 1.6/1 favorite Victoire de Levres (7f LOntzac-Eve Linu) with Franck Nivard piloting. Timed in 1.13.7kr this winner bested 11/1 Tikuor de Beylev (9f Sancho Panca-Jasmine du But) with Vh. Dreux aboard. Third was 28/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France). Also at Chartres was the monte Prix Chartrexpo (purse €23,000, 2800 meters, 15 European participants). Eric Raffin rode 25/1 Toscan de Carel (9g Ipsun de Mormal-Kiwadatta) to the 1.14.9kr victory for owner/trainer Mlle. M-A Goetz. 11/1 Alezane d’Urzy (6f Oiseau de Feux-Jepes) was second ahead of 10/1 Voiseau Smiling (7g Oiseau de Feux-Milady d’Ombree). On Wednesday May 18 there was interesting trotting action at Solvalla and Jagersro. 1.9/1 My Gliding Angel (6f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) won a mares event worth 80,000SEK to the winner as Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner to a 1.13.2kr score over 2140 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop trains this one that defeated 4/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) that Ulf Ohlsson teamed for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Flight Plan (3f Scarlet Knight-Dana di Ala-Supergill) took at three year-old filly event that earned her 40,000SEK first money. Owner/trainer/driver was Stefan Melander in this 2140 meter autostart contest that was off at 3.9/1. 10/1 Rio Rita Face (3f Joke Face-Musclesonbroadway-Muscles Yankee) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Liljendahl. The race was clocked in 1.15.7kr. Also at Solvalla an 80,000SEK first money event for four year-old mares went to 3/10 favorite Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden, The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr and recorded her first 2016 win in her second start. Wild Honey’s career slate is 18-8-0 in 30 outings. Salmo Silvio (4f Ken Warkentin-Almo Silvio-Copiad) was second for  driver Magnus Jakobsson.  Shortly thereafter a 60,000SEK first money race went to Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson and trainer Melander, off at 13.5/1 amd timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart. Nato Dream increased his career earnings to 1,822,085SEK. 4/1 Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) was second for driver Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. At Jagersro a 70,000SEK first prize test over 1640 meters autostart went to even-money favorite Royal Fighter (8m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman up for trainer Per K. Eriksson. The Per Rodent and Christina Nilsson owned veteran scored in 1.10.1kr to defeat 2.3/1 Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) and trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. Stand and Deliver was third for Birger Jorgensen ahead of Harry Haythrow, Kash’s Cantab and Rod Stewart. The winner scored career victory 15 in 70 starts for earnings of 2,564,500SEK. He’s been 1-2-3 in the last six starts and raced barefoot in this one and certainly seeks an Elitloppet invitation. Elitloppet 2016 Prep Video: Thomas H. Hicks

On V75 day at Jagersro, Sweden, the featured L.C. Peterson-Broddas 2016, an Olympiatravet prep, for 150,000SEK to the winner, was taken by Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) timed in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini over 2140 meters autostart. Tommy Nilsson Holding AB is the owner as Mosaique Face recorded career victory 15 in 59 starts, now for 11,951,136SEK earned. Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) was second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and third was Vasterboonthenews (8g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with Christoffer Eriksson aboard. Solvato (7m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) was well back in the beaten field after a long layoff. Lutfi Kolgjini On the good Jagersro undercard, Pepi di Jesolo (7g Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltic Speed) won the V75 Bronze earning 110,000SEK first money in the 1640 meter autostart for sprinters. Bjorn Goop teamed the winner for trainer Edvin Ceka and Ceka Stable AM, his second straight 2016 score and 15th lifetime in 77 starts. Timed in 1.12kr Pepe di Jesolo bested Officer CD (5g Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) with trainer Robert Bergh up for In The Zone AB. Third was Orakel Face (5g Going Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal) driven by Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Vallro AB. The V75 Silver with 125,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart contest, went to Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) clocked in 1.12.5kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Lisa Riordan. The late Lou Guida bred this half-sister to Lisa America. Go Green Pellini (8m Love You-Sparkling Pellini-Giant Chill) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Petri Puro, with third to Even’s First Boy (7g Ken Warkentin-Even Southwind-Alf Palema) for trainer/driver Flemming Jensen. One race later Riordan return to the winners’ circle as his trainee Rocky Hanover (3m Cantab Hall-Rapsong-Windsong’s Legacy) won an event for three year-olds worth 40,000SEK first prize. This recent US import was reined by Johan Untersteiner for owner Euro-Vets AB. Timed in 1.14.6kr over the 2140 meter autostart course, Rocky Hanover defeated Mitos Gold (3g Good As Gold-Principessa-Pearsall Hanover) with Stefan Soderkvist driving. Three other 100,000SEK first money events were on the card. Four year-olds contested the 2016 Derby Trial over 2640 meters autostart, with the winner being Tellmeastory (4g Zola Boko-Katydid-Fast Photo) timed in 1.13.8kr for trainer/driver Vlejo Heiskanen. The V75-2 Klass I event was won by Target Kronos (4g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) clocked in 1.13.9kr for Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini for Allev. Kronos SRL of Italy. The V75-5 for mares over 2140 meters autostart, went to Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) reined by trainer Peter Untersteiner for owners Lars Melin and Birgitta Olsson. This one was tiked in 1.13.5kr. The April 30 Olympiatravet, raced at Aby,  lineup now includes Mosaique Face, Anna Mix, Your Highness, Sauveur, On Track Piraten, B.B.S. Sugarlight (last year’s winner) and Support Justice. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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