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Today (Wednesday) at Axevalla (SWE) Breeders Crown eligible events took place for three and four year-old males and females, each contested over 2140 meters autostart with 75,000SEK to the winner. Summary results are shown below: Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJs Caviar) won the three year-old filly contest in 1.14.7kr for Erik Adielsson, her third 2013 win in ten starts for seasonal earnings of 1,198,000SEK. Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane-Lindy Lane) was second for trainer Roger Walmann and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom Rica Neo (4f Juliano Star-Cristall Cashflow-Supergill) took the four year-old mares event in 1.14.7kr for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. This one scored her sixth 2013 win in 13 starts for 1,111,000SEK earned for the year. She narrowly defeated favored Fascination (4f Super Arnie-Elissa FZ-Lemon Dra) and driver Johnny Takter. Fascination shows 2013 earnings of 1,648,250SEK for her 5-2-1 slate in nine appearances Poochai (3m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) took the three year-old male event in 1.15kr for Erik Adielsson, his first seasonal win in six starts. He easily defeated Darren Boko (3g Going Kronos-Lovely Kemp-Express Ride) and trainer/driver Markus Svedberg Twin’s Fairytale (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) scored in the four year-old male trot in 1.15.1kr for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt, over stablemate Charlie Palema (4g Gidde Palema-Frosts Dime-Tibur) with Ake Lindblom aboard The previous day Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) won at Mantorp in the Sikta Mot Stjarnorna Final for 200,000SEK to the winner. She emerged from the pocket in mid-stretch to score in 1.14.2kr for driver Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Jeannette Hansen. Developed by Jerry Riordan, and bred by Guida Italia Srl, the filly won for the seventh time in 13 starts this year. The Riordan trained Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) was the pacesetter and ended a good second for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. This one shows a 6-2-3 slate in 11 starts for 2013 earnings of 862,504SEK. Rufoli Lung (3m Pine Chip-Charmante Lung-Park Avenue Joe) was third for Juhani Partanen. The Mantorp co-feature for 100,000SEK first money went to Flash Oak (4g Super Arnie-Cara Bobs Crown-Wesgate Crown) for trainer/driver Oskar Svanberg. He was timed in 1.12.7kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance, scoring for the fourth time in 11 starts this year. This past weekend the Hungarian Trotting Association hosted their annual yearling sale. 31 head went through the ring with the sale topper being the Kabela Menes Kft. bred and raised Trotting Boy (Maximus Lindy-Jeans Lady) for US$8,039. Kabela Menes also sold the next four highest priced yearlings by stallions Ata Star L, and Maximus Lindy, each from solid producing HU mares. On the racing front Kincsem Park hosted a fine Saturday card including the 1.9 million HUf Ketevesek Nagydija. Szimfonia (2f Medic Hanover-Dallam) took the victory over 1800 meters autostart for owner Her-Lo Racing Kft. The co-featured Oszi Hanca Dij for 1.5 million HUf went to Poetica Saf (4f Frullino Jet-Augusta Bi) in 1.17kr over 1960 meters. The winner overcame a 40 meter distance handicap, traveling 2000 meters from trainer Tibor Hajnal and owners Illetmeny Kft. and Dejan Bacic. Veteran classic winning mare Nana (by Tony Oaks) was third in her final start for trainer Imre Fazekas and amateur driver Andrea Nagyvary, timed in 1.16.9kr over 2020 meters. The weekly Open (Disco Dij) produced another win by Vic Attack (10g Hans Boshoeve-Iris Attack) in 1.18.3kr in the 500,000HUf purse event over 1960 meters. Landlord and Vamos Kemp finished next in line. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Orjan Kihlstrom drove the Stefan Melander owned and trained Digital Ink (4g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filo du Boscail) to a two-length score over fast closing Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) in the Aby St. Leger marathon 3140 meters autostart feature Thursday at Aby Racecourse. The favored winner led most of the way to win in 1.14.4kr. Digital Ink now has eight wins in 11 starts this year for seasonal earnings of 1,271,000SEK. He’s now 12 for 23 lifetime. Paolo America was remarkably second after being interfered with numerous times behind breakers. This Jerry Riordan trained, Guida Italia Srl owned, Kenneth Haugstad driven son of Love You has a 2013 slate of 3-4-3 in 15 starts. The Aby card also produced wins by Priscilla Spin (4f Brad’s Photo-Dorilla Spin-Diamond Way) in 1.12.kr over 1640 meters autostart for Italian trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro as she nosed out Keeping Julia (6f Juliano Star-Keeping Goodtime-Dancer’s Victory) to earn 45,000SEK. The winner picked up her 11th win in 18 seasonal starts and her third straight. Manalapan (5m Kadabra-Garbo Tilly-Vip Tilly) took the XL Byggs race over 2140 meters autostart to earn 45,000SEK. He scored in 1.13.3kr for Peter Ingves defeating Tidied Accelerator (6g Yankee Glide-Cookout-Bonefish) for Kihlstrom/Melander. The two year-old filly Sevrine (2f Angus Hall-Geiorgia di Jesolo-Pine Chip) also won on the card in 1.18.6kr for her first victory in her second lifetime start. Erwin Bot is trainer/driver. Friday the Prix Charley Mills (European, 2850 meters, purse 64,000 euro) is the Vincennes feature. The race remembers the famous German harness racing driver and trainer of Irish descent. Charley Mills was one of the most legendary harness horsemen in Europe during a long career that lasted from the 1900s to the early 1960s.He gained 4,354 victories as a driver, trainer or breeder and had great influence on the development of German harness racing before World War II. Two of his most famous horses were the American bred Walter Dear and French Gelinotte. Mills was one of the six sons of an Irish horse trainer Anthony Mills. His father came to Germany working as a trainer at the newly opened Bahrenfeld race track in Hamburg and Charlie soon started to drive himself, winning his first race in 1903 at Berlin.In 1931 he started a stud farm named Gestüt Lindenhof in Templin, Brandenburg. After the war Mills moved to France in 1947 and had a farm at Senlis, north of Paris.Mills spent his last years in Switzerland where he died at the age of 83 and is best remembered for winning the Prix d’Amerique, Gran Premio Lotteria, Elitloppet, Aby Stora Pris, Copenhagen Cup and the Deutsches Traber-Derby. Favorites Friday in the Quinte+ event are Global Manhattan (6m Love You-Devilish Yankee), a 326,000 euro winner handled by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. The 329,000 euro winner, and half-brother to Prix d’Amerique multiple winner Offshore Dream, Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade) puts a four race winning streak on the line for trainer Christian Bigeon. Damien Bonne will be at the lines of this one. Hugo Langeweg Jr. will also be a probable factor with Global Money (6g Love You-Norwegian Beauty), a 247,000 euro career winner. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Former world record holder Digital Ink heads the field for the Trav St Leger, a 3140m test of endurance for 4YOs in Aby tonight. Stefan Melander’s Super Photo Kosmos colt, who was a surprise omission for the Swedish TravDerby, broke the world record for the 2140m trip in the Norrlands Grand Prix qualifier at Bollnas in July. The time was broken only last weekend by Mosaique Face when winning the European Derby at Solvalla. Digital Ink has won 11 of his 22 races including a last start win the Sovallaserien VI, Four Year Old race where he beat some of Sweden’s top 4YOS, including 2012 TravKriterium winner Chelsea Boko (another mystifying TravDerby omission), European 3YO champion Noble Knight and rising German star Indigious – who is trained in Sweden by Stig Johansson. Also in the Solvallaerien field was Barracuda River, the 3YO Breeders Crown winner who broke when being taken forward in his TravDerby heatby Lutfi Kolgjini and surprisingly missed a start in the final and who he will meet tonight in the St Leger. In that heat Barracuda River lost perhaps 50 metres, and was passing horses with ease in the home straight finishing some six lengths from the winner and full of running. That performance suggests he will find the 3140m trip no problems, as would his breeding, being by US stallion Express It, out of a half French mare Just About Enough. His only problem is that he does run hot and cold, so is always a risk as a betting proposition. Jerry Riordan has Lou Guida’s Italian-bred Paolo America, one of three sons of French supersire Love You  in the field. Paolo America  is a winner of nine minor races in 35 starts but very much in his favour is two wins at this distance including  only two starts ago, and a placing in the same trip last start, and could be one for longer odds. Another by the same sire is Norwegian Love You Fox   broke in the heats for the Grand Prix de l’UET where he was driven by top Swedish reinsman Bjorn Goop who is again in the bike.  Love You Fox is the winner of  three of his 24 starts from the Anders Wolden stable. The third Love You is also a specialist stayer, Erik Berglöf’s  Val d’Amour has won eight races, the last a 3280m V75 4YO race, and has two other wins over staying distances in close to 2min time. Germany is represented by For Pleasure As, who is trained by ex-pat German Conrad Lugauer at Jagersro and is the son of German superstar Abano As. He is an improving horse with a second placing in the Group II Sommartravets Final at the beginning of August, a UET Master Series race and when keeps his feet on the ground has been in the money in all but two of his 13 starts. He has however broken stride three times. SVENSKT TRAV ST LEGER Åby     2013-10-03 4YO  3140m 1         Love You Fox (4h   Love You - Sly Fox)  Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Anders L Wolden               2         Tristan Toro (4h   S J's Photo - Trissi Cougar)   Dr: Veijo Heiskanen   Tr: Veijo Heiskanen               3         Pine Cool (4h   Pine Chip - Lindys Cool)   Dr: Marcus M Melander   Tr: Stefan Melander               4         For Pleasure As (4h   Abano As - Frill Aas)   Dr: Conrad Lugauer   Tr: Conrad Lugauer               5         Digital Ink (4g  Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Stefan Melander               6         Val d'Amour (4h    Love You - Lizzie Kemp)   Dr: Erik Berglöf   Tr: Erik Berglöf               7         Helacs Falo (4h   Skogans Orlov - Helacs Fonda)  Dr:  Jörgen Sjunnesson   Tr: Jenny Borg               8         Paolo America (4h  Love You - Armbro Voice)   Dr: Kenneth Haugstad    Tr: Jerry Riordan 9         Barracuda River (4h   Express It - Just About Enough)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini      Dave Sanders

Tomorrow a group of eight upper-class European trotters will contest the historic Aby Stora Pris, a European Grand Circuit event that began in 1936. The trotters will face the starter in two heats over 1640 meters autostart, with a race-off if needed. Post positions drawn in the first heat are reversed in heat two. Elitloppet winner Nahar (by Love You) faces Sebastian K, Commander Crowe, The Beat Madrik and other veteran campaigners. September 21, 2013 - Åby Stora Pris 2013, 1.000.000SEK-metri 1640 meters Heat 1- Off time 2:30pm Europe Commander Crowe (Örjan Kihlström ) trainer Fabrice Souloy Nahar ( Robert Bergh) Robert Bergh Save the Quick (Björn Goop) Franck Leblanc Traveling Man (Johan Untersteiner) Daniel Redén The Best Madrik (Jean Etienne Dubois) Jean Etienne Dubois Looney Tunes ( Alessandro Gocciadoro) Alessandro Gocciadoro  Sebastian K. (Jorma Kontio) Åke Svanstedt Classic Grand Cru (Johnny Takter) Steen Juul Heat 2 – Off time 4:00pm Europe (post positions reversed from first heat) Classic Grand Cru ( Johnny Takter)  Sebastian K. (Jorma Kontio) Looney Tunes (Alessandro Gocciadoro)  The Best Madrik (Jean Etienne Dubois) Traveling Man (Johan Untersteiner) Save the Quick (Björn Goop) Franck Leblanc Nahar (Robert Bergh)  Robert Bergh Commander Crowe (Örjan Kihlström) The last 10 winners of Åby Stora Pris (which began in 1936) are shown below: Year Horse Driver Country of owner 2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Sweden 2011 Rapide Lebel Eric Raffin France 2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Italy 2009 Torvald Palema Åke Svanstedt Sweden 2008 Garland Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini Sweden 2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson  Sweden 2006 Red Chili Pirat Örjan Kihlström Sweden 2005 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Sweden 2004 Steinlager Per Oleg Midfjeld Norway 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Sweden Program for the Aby Stora Pris card can be downloaded using this link: The Aby card also includes a fast class mares event headed by US import Miss Sue V (Credit Winner) and the Monte Stora Pris with monte specialist Prince de Montfort, the fastest monte winner of all time, leading that group in the card’s first race. Looney Tunes represents Italy that produced the 2010 winning mare Lisa America, trained by Jerry Riordan for Guida Italia Srl. Thomas H. Hicks

Today’s Quinte+ in France was the Prix RMC (European, 58,000 euro purse, 2700 meters) and Sephir de Fille (7m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene) recorded the win for teamster Eric Raffin, his 13th career victory in 86 appearances for over 260,000 euro banked. The 6/1 odds winner scored in 1.15kr over Richmond Park (8g Jan de Beval-Inrosa Girl) handled by Franck Ouvrie and Quartz Littoral (9g Halimede-Joyeuse Coulonces).  The Q+ jackpot today was 5.95 million euro and it paid (without jackpot) 10,948 euro for a two-euro ticket. The Gr. I Prix de L’Etoile for three year-olds (240,000 euro purse, 2200 meters) produced another impressive victory for Avila (3f Ready Cash-Encombevineuse-Workaholic) and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. The winner now shows earnings in excess of 430,000 euro after this 1.14.6kr score for owner C. Lelarge and breeder SARL Serge Bernereau. Avila finished with gusto after the time at the 1000 meter to go mark flashed 1.16.2kr. Anastasia Fella (3f Goetmals Wood-Jeannes’s Fella-Coktail Jet) finished second for Franck Nivard driving for trainer Fabrice Souloy. Atlas de Joudes (3m Ready Cash-Queschua Love-Love You) was home third for Pierre Vercruysse with highly-regarded Akin du Cap Vert (3m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert-Cezio Josselyn) on the line fourth for Franck Anne. The Prix Georges Dreux (monte, purse 105,000 euro, 2850 meters) went to Sourire de Voutre (7g Gazoullis-Goella) for jockey Eric Raffin and owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. He decisively scored in 1.14.1kr over Santa Rosa France (7f Kaisy Dream-Helice France) wiith P-Y Verva aboard with third to Quarlos (9m L’As de Vivetaute-Cette Angevine) and Michel Mottier. The winner now shows earnings over 630,000 euro with 15 wins in 24 starts. The weeks’ action in Sweden also produced interesting results : September 14 at Farjestad : October Kronos (5m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember-Viking Kronos), a 1.11.1kr winner for Adrian Kolgjini in Bronze Division over 1640 meters autostart for 110,000SEK first prize. He’s been 16 times first and second in just 21 lifetime starts ; Hankypanky Pagan (4f Love You-Pion-Speedy Tomoli), a 1.13.4kr winner for trainer/driver Robert Bergh in 100,000SEK first money Corvana Ind. Prix over 2140 meters, turning start ; KLM Buymethemoon (5m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) was a 1.12.7kr easy winner in 100,000SEK first money New Wave Profile Prix ; Yarrah Boko (8m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), was a 1.12.2kr winner of 150,000SEK first money in the Gold Division feature over 2140 meters autostart. Kai Johansen drove the winner to his fourth victory in four 2013 starts and his 34th lifetime win in 75 appearances. He’s now won 9.57 million SEK. Harry Haythrow finished second with You Bet Hornline home third. September 13 at Kalmar Mermaid As (5f Broadway Hall-Superlou As-Super Bowl) was an easy 1.12.1kr winner for 100,000SEK first money over 2140 meters autostart. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver of the winner, that has now won 10 times in 41 starts for 3.72 million SEK. Beverly Boko (5f Kadabra-Vision Boko-Donerail) finished second for Stefan Persson. Twilight Laday (4f Mr. Pine Chip-Angus Twirl-Angus Hall) was fifth in this event and Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) finished seventh in a well-matched field ; Pearl Axe (4f Love You-Griffe du Chef-Muscles Yankee) won over a handicapped 2180 meters turning start, to earn 100,000SEK first prize with a 1.12.9kr score. Kenneth Haugstad did the teaming for trainer Jerry Riordan as the winner now shows lifetime earnings of 1.2 million SEK with seven wins in 30 attempts . Ragna Opal (5f Mr. Pine Chip-Lindys Opal-Lindy’s Crown) took second for Kasper Andersen. Laurel America (8f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was fourth for Kim Eriksson. September 10 at Jagersro/September 9  at Halmstad Caliber TT (6g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcpon Lep) earned 35,000SEK for his 1.12.4kr win over 2140 meters autostart. Oscar Nilsson drove the winner ; Neona Princess (3f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) won the Folksams Sommarstoserie Final for Peter Untersteiner to earn 75,000 SEK first prize. She covered the 2140 meters turning start in 1.15.3kr to post her sixth win in eight 2013 starts . Red Rose America (3f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was second for the Haugstad/Riordan combination ; Riordan and driver Johnny Takter won with Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voiuce-Garland Lobell) at Halmstad on September 9th, taking the 3140 meter turning start Stayerlopp in 1.15.7kr. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Because of the dire situations economically in Italy and its effects on the harness racing industry, some of Italy’s top trainers, including American Jerry Riordan, are leaving the country and will be moving their stables to Sweden. On September 18 there is a two-day special course in Sweden for trainers from other countries that they must take in order to be considered for an “A” trainer’s license. They also must undergo intensive background checks before being allowed to be a Swedish trainer. Joining Riordan in the exodus from Italy are Erwin Bot, Holger Ehlert, Allesandro Goccidoro and Claus Hollman. “It’s a disaster in Italy,” Jerry Riordan said in an interview today. “And it’s not just racing, it’s the whole country. Businesses are closing down and it is impossible to work.” Riordan and his wife, Lisa (Leonard) made the move to Italy with support from owner Lou Guida in 1993 and have enjoyed living and working in Italy the past 20 years. “”It has been a great place to live,” Riordan explained, “Good weather, wonderful people and the food is out of this world. It’s just a shame what is happening. “There are lessons to be learned from the problems in Italy,” Riordan said. “Half of the world’s culture is in Italy, yet the government has allowed itself to fall into major debt and randomly takes money from different groups to pay other debts and it just gets worse and worse. There is a hospital near where I live and they allowed slot machines in their coffee shop. They have gambling throughout the country including horse racing but only a fraction of profits go for the horse industry unlike other countries. And what money is to support racing seems to disappear and horsemen are going broke. The government is not paying out purse money that horsemen have already won. “It’s so sad,” Riordan explained, “I see more and horses racing in Italy without shoes because the trainers and owners cannot afford a blacksmith. I was fortunate to see the handing writing on the wall and started moving horses from my stable to Sweden this past year and will be ready to leave Italy as soon as I get my license.” While Swedish trainers can move freely and compete anywhere in the world where there is organized harness racing, the Swedish racing officials make it very difficult to get a license to train and race horses in their own country according to Riordan. “It’s tough to get a license,” Riordan explained, “The officials in Sweden are very protective and that’s a good thing. I won’t have to worry about racing against drug users because they are so strict in their rules. And the weather may not be so great in Sweden but they take such great care of their tracks. You race every week at this track and this track and they are all in superb condition. .It’s different in Europe,” Riordan said, “you cannot be a licensed trainer in more than one country at a time unlike in the United States. I’m just hopeful that after the two-day program that on September 20 I will be an “A” licensed trainer in Sweden.” By Steve Wolf and David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

An excellent card of trotting action graced the Orebro Sweden racecourse on Saturday that included two events worth 800,000SEK to the winning connections. The E3 Final (Gr. I International) for three year0old colts went to Tiberius F (3m Going Kronos-Peace Kronos-Sugarcane Hanover) in a quick 1.11.9kr over the 1609 meter autostart distance. Bjorn Goop did the teaming for owner Falkbolagen AB. He earned the 800,000SEK first money by winning for the first time in his career in 12 starts. The Denmark bred Crazed colt Tumble Dust (3m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johnny Takter and he now has a 6-2-2-1 slate in 2013 for earnings of 838,873SEK. Kanha (3m Super Arnie-Lady New Dawn-JR Broline) took the third spot for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm. The E3 Final of fillies (Gr. I International, 1609 meters autostart, 800,000SEK first prize) was won by Amazon AM (3f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet) in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She scored over Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJ’s Caviar) with Erik Adielsson up for owner Linne Trav HB. Roaring Drunk (3f Viking Kronos-Bourbon Eyes-Smokin Yankee) was third with Ake Svanstedt aboard for trainer Robert Bergh. Saturday’s Silver Final for 250,000SEK first money went to Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-My Nevele) for trainer/driver Magnus Jakobsson in 1.12.5kr over 2100 meters autostart. The win was his 16th in 43 lifetime starts. No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering) took the second spot for Johnny Takter and Kaka A.T. (6m November-Elegance Real-Dale Qui) finished third for Erik Adielsson. The Gold Express Gaxe (new Hall of Fame inductee) for free-for-all trotters included several starters in the upcoming Bergsaker featured event on August 24th, the Sundsvall Open. The Gold on Saturday offered 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Sanity (7g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) took the win for Johnny Taker in 1.12.3kr, his 25th victory in 58 career appearances for earnings approaching 6.3 million SEK. Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Peter Untersteiner with the Bjorn Goop handled Monster Drive (7m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) taking the third spot. Other upper class events on the Orebro card showcased the following winners: Twin’s Fairytail (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) in the Category II worth 200,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Ake Svanstedt was driver/trainer of the winner in 1.12.6kr; You Talking To Me (5g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec-Ata Star L) won the Category I event in 1.12.9kr, also worth 200,000SEK to the winning connections in this 2100 meter autostart course. Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of the winner; Le Mat (6g Juliano Star-La Concours-Super Arnie) won the Bronze Final worth 220,000SEK to the winner. He scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and it was his 15th career win in just 32 starts. The August 24th classic Sundsvall Open (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart) was drawn and features a competitive field on V75 Weekend at Bergsaker. Sundsvall Open – August 24 Bergsaker Friction, S. Melander Nahar, R. Bergh Sanity, Johnny Takter Raja Mirchi, E. Adielsson Sebastian K, A. Svanstedt Formula One, Jorma Kontio Save The Quick, B. Goop Shaq Is Back, D. Reden Panne de Moteur, Orjan Kihlstrom Monster Drive, Johan Untersteiner The history of the Sundsvall Open is rich in its past winners and we expect 2013 to continue the tradition.   Year Winner Driver Trainer Owner Kr time 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson Stall Stand In 1.13,6 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund  Gunnars Kiosk i Piteå AB 1.13,5  1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Håkan Andersson i Sundsvall AB 1.14,6  1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof  Marquise de Moratalla  1.13,0  2000 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson  Stall Kalas  1.12,7  2001 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,2  2002 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,1  2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Stall Palema  1.13,5  2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander  Martin Jean Raymond  1.12,0  2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson  Jägersklass KB  1.12,7  2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann  Stall Zenith HB  1.12,5  2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B Larsson Fredrik B Larsson  Stall Geidermark AB  1.12,7  2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman  Yvonne & Olle Lindström  1.11,6  2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro  P.P.Travträning AB (P Puro)  1.12,1  2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan  Guida Italia SRL  1.12,2  2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini  Stabb Behåll AB & Lutfi Kolgjini AB  1.11,7  2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Knutsson Trotting AB  1.11,6    by Thomas H. Hicks  

In addition to the Legends of Trot on Wednesday evening at Solvalla, an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 11,000 fans also enjoyed a top summer card of trotting. The Jubileumspokelen, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event over  2140 meters autostart for 1 million SEK first money, went to the well-bred Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) in 1.11.58kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman. He’s owned by Travkompaniet, a public company with 6,000 shareholders. Jalopy was a Hambletonian Oaks winner in the U.S. for trainer Jonas Czernyson and driver Jeff Gregory. Jubileumspokelen, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 1 million SEK first money 1st - Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom/trainer Stefan Hultman, 1.11.6kr winning time 2nd - Occhione Jet (5m Pine Chip-Estella Jet), Erik Adielsson/trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd - Johnny B. Kemp, Johan Untersteiner Also at  Solvalla was the C. Th Erkssons Memorial (2640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money). 1st - On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Daniel Olsson  1.12.4kr winning time 2nd - Juggle Face (7m Viking Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal), Lutfi Kolgjini 3rd - Caddie Comet (9g Pine Chip-Fatgima Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Jorma Kontio The feature race of the day was the European Mares Championship ( Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 750,000SEK first money). French invader Save The Quick stole the show in record time of 1.10.88kr for the distance on a 5/8 mile track. Bjorn Goop drove for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1st - Save The Quick, Bjorn Goop/Franck Leblanc 2nd - Dileva Kall, Daniel Reden, also trainer 3rd - Princess Griff, Orjan Kihlstrom/trainer Fabrice Souloy Well regarded Prussia ended  11th and Linda di Casei ninth for these Italian registered trotters. The Lindahls race at Solvalla (1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner) also produced a quick winner in Rosemary Gar. She scored in 1.11.4kr. 1st - Rosemary Gar (3f Donato Hanover-Allstar FC-Indro Park), Erik Adielsson 2nd - Rodin (3m Love You-Eva Kant Gianfi-Lemon Dra), Alessandro Gocciardoro 3rd - Massive Babe (3f Muscle Mass-Andover Babe-Andover Hall), Mika Forss Two other excellent events rounded out the Solvalla card as summarized below: Queen L/XL Byggs Lopp, 1649 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money 1st - Recation, Hans-Owe Sundberg, 1.11.2kr 2nd - Britt Hudson, Peter Ingves 1.11.2kr 3rd - O.U. Glide, Johnny Takter, 1.11.3kr Sandes Lopp, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1st - Chelsea Boko, Jorma Kontio 1.12kr 2nd - Digital Ink, Stefan Melander 3rd - For Pleasure As, Conrad Lugauer Thursday at Aby trainer Jerry Riordan scored another win with the well-bred and well-regarded prospect Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue). Kenneth Haugstad drove the winner to a 1.14.2kr victory in this 1640 meter autostart event for 25,000SEK first prize. Olimin (3g Olimede-Speedy Linda-Nordin Hanover) took the second spot for Fredrik Persson. A category II race, for 35,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart, was an easy win for Onirique (5g Andover Hall-Zeta di Jesolo-Buvetier d’Aunou) and driver Erwin Bot. He was victorious in 1.12.4kr, his best showing since moving in from Italy and before that in North America. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) was the decisive 4/1 winner of the Gr. I International UET Masters Series Hugo Abergs Memorial tonight at Malmo. Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Fabrice Souloy, the veteran international star won for the third time in eight 2013 starts for seasonal earnings of 1,794,000SEK. The Commander now has life earnings of 29,521,000SEK and 55 wins in 87 starts. He covered the 1609 meter autostart course in 1.10.7kr over a rain soaked racetrack to earn first prize of 1 million SEK. Purse was 199,500 euro. The Best Madrik (6m Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik-Biesolo) was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 10/1 with 26/1 Bagley (8g Bartoli Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) third for Conrad Lugauer. Brad de Veluwe was fourth and Owen Club ended fifth. Favored Sebastian K ended 7th with Raja Mirchi and Elitloppet winner Nahar disqualified after breaks. The Jagersro card included many other top class events with highlights below: Edward Ale (5g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) captured the Avena Service Pris in 1.10.5kr for Peter Ingves. The 1609 meter autostart test produced 150,000SEK for the winner who is now a 14 time victor in 34 starts; Picture F.H. (6f SJs Photo-Princess Tigerlilly-Speedy Crown) won 70,000SEK for her 1.10.8kr score in the 1609 meter autostart Miljofab event for driver Axel Jacobsen; Linda di Casei (8f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) scored in 1.10.4kr over 1609 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK in the Vittsjoborgs Stolopp for mares. Alessandro Gocciadoro drove the Italian winner to defeat Miss Sue V (Daniel Reden up) Pantholops (Orjan Kihlstrom) and Mermaid As (Peter Untersteiner). The winner now has 26 wins in 101 lifetime starts for over 5.3 million SEK; Sem Jafet (5g SJs Photo-Persila-Pershing) captured the marathon 3140 meter Malmo Pris for Peter Unterste ner in 1.14.2kr. He earned 350,000SEK first money by defeating Juggle Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) and Save The Quick (Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Franck Leblanc); Please Perfect (6m Ens Snapshot-Perfect Cowboyland-Always A Way) captured the Casino Cosmopol Pris to earn 70,000SEK first money. Steen Juul drove the winner in 1.10.9kr over 1609 meters autostart. Next across the line were Berlusconi (Bjorn Goop), Nothing But Class (Ake Svanstedt) and Onirique (Jean-Etienne Dubois). The winner now has five 2013 wins in eight starts; Traveling Man (8m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) won 150,000SEK for his victory in the Telia Pris over 1609 meters autostart. Johan Untersteiner drove for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden, covering the course in 1.10.5kr; The Premio Going Kronos for 300,000SEK first money went to Boys Going In (3m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou) for Fredrik Persson in 1.12.2kr over Ivar Sanna (Jorma Kontio) and highly regarded Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan; The Pris Cagnes-sur-mer for 300,000 first money went to Magic Tonight (4m Andiver Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) for the Kihlstrom/Roger Walman combination. He scored in 1.10.8kr over Beer Summit (4m Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl) and Ulf Ohlsson with third taken by Powell Bi (4m Toss Out-Gulfstream-Pine Chip) for Jorma Kontio and trainer Fabrice Souloy. Last weekend (July 27-28) preparations took place at Berlin-Mariendorf for the upcoming German Trotting Derby. The featured International Matadoren-Rennen for 100,000 euro purse over 2500 meters went to Amour d'Occagnes and driver Christophe Martens. The Diamant Gede stallion scored in 1.14.52kr to defeat Deuxieme Picsous (Johan Untersteiner), Main Wise As (Pierre Levesque) and Monster Drive (Ulf Ohlsson). The Monte Derby went to veteran class-master Prince de Montfort in 1.13kr over 1900 meters for jockey Quentin Seguin. Henk A.J. Griff now trains the monte champion for Stal de Groninger. Hannieball (Silvia Paspes) was second ahead of Reve de Servette (Michelle Kokkes). Five divisions of males went postward, for 20,000 euro purses, for spots in the famous Eduard Winter Deutsches TraberDerby for 120,000 euro on August 3rd with the best three year-olds participating. Winners over the 1900 meter autostart course were: More Caviar (Mr. Pine Chip-More Impulse), 1.16.6kr for Arnold Mollema Nu I Nu (Love You-Noblesse Oblige), 1.14.84kr winner for Hugo Langeweg Jr. Duke Of Greenwood (Otello Pierji-Niki Groenhof), 1.16kr for Peter J. Strooper Stanislawski (Meaulnes du Corta-Welcome to Circus), 1.16.68kr for Robin Bakker Tiger Woods As (Quick Wood-Tiegs Blue Chip, 1.14.37 for Bakker The fillies contested four divisions for 10,000 euro purses over 1900 meters autostart with winners being: Abasi (Love You-Abani W), 1.16.26 with Gerhard Mayr driving Fraulein Wunder (Love You-Fidelitas)m 1.16.11kr with Roland Hulskath up Red Riding Hood (Quite Easy-Heather Bi), 1.16.85kr for Conrad Lugauer Mustangs Sally (Quick Wood-Star Groenhof), 1.16.47kr for Robin Bakker The fillies will also battle on August 3rd for nearly 103,000 euro in the German Tote Deutsches Stuten-Derby. Considered Germany's most famous and modern harness racing sports venue, Mariendorf was launched in 1913 and first hosted the German Traber Derby in 1915. The current fan facility was built in 1972 and total attendance of the Derby is usually about 50,000 as the race is a top-class event for the equine athletes and as a social event. The coming weekend is clearly Derby weekend for trotters in Germany, Hungary and the USA's Hambletonian and companion Oaks for fillies. by Thomas H. Hicks  

While the week so far has been relatively quiet, the action has still been interesting leading to next week when the Hugo Abergs Memorial classic sprinter distance event occurs on July 30 at Jagersro, also an extra V75 wagering day in Sweden. Post positions have been drawn and are listed below along with trainers:   Hugo Åbergs Memorial 2013: 1609 meters, auto start 1. Bagley (Conrad Lugauer) 2. The Best Madrik (Jean Etienne Dubois) 3. Commander Crowe (Fabrice Souloy) 4. Brad de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) 5. Sebastian K. (Åke Svanstedt) 6. Shaq Is Back (Daniel Redén) 7. Orecchietti (Stefan Hultman) 8. Nahar (Robert Bergh) 9. Raja Mirchi (Lutfi Kolgjini) 10. Owen's Club (Pietro Gubellini)   Last year, Commander Crowe won this event and was invited to defend his title. Trainer Fabrice Souloy’s veteran star drew the post three in this good field. Commander Crowe’s form has been off this year albeit he won in June gate to wire. Pre-race favorite Sebastian K., trained by Åke Svanstedt, starts from post five. Sebastian K. was second in the 2012 Hugo Åbergs Memorial. Robert Bergh trainee, the Elitloppet winner Nahar, drew post eight. Orecchietti replaces the sick Occhione Jet in the Hugo Åbergs Memorial. He finished third to Sebastian K. and Formula One in the Årjängs Stora Sprinterlopp. An Abergs Memorial win is worth 1 million SEK first money. This week’s action in Sweden included today’s “The Red Mile” at Aby. The 100,000SEK first prize went to Amour Rapide (6m Love You-Vouge-Firm Tribute) with JohnnyTakter driving. He scored for owner/trainer Johan Lejon in 1.11.2kr over the 1609 meter autostart course to defeat Winmecredit with Frode Hamre up. Rutger Raket and Neo Holmsminde were next across the line in a good field. Aby was also the venue for a 50,000SEK first money win for the 2011 US import Proud Victory Rose (5m Yankee Glide-Starlet Rayne-American Winner). She won for the third time in six 2013 starts for Victory Racing Stable and driver Kenneth Haugstad in 1.12.6kr over 1609 meters autostart. Good action was also at Gavle and Kalmar today. Berkut Boko (5g Chocolatier-Three Little Words-Conway Hall) won the two elimination and final Damklubbems Guildlopp, scoring in 1.12.3kr in the final worth 50,000SEK to the winner. In the 1609 meter autostart event the winner, driven by Claes Sjostrom, defeated Imbetuda handled by Jorma Kontio and Sandy Streamline with Elin Gustavsson aboard. Elimination winners Bolt Boko (5g Express It-Meadowbranch Helga-Prakas), in 1.12.2kr for Erik Lindegren, and Unison Sund (5f Cantab Hall-Ragina Blue Drop-Speedy Crown), in 1.13.6kr for Louise Medelberg, finished eighth and ninth in the final. At Kalmar, the Jerry Riordan trained, Christoffer Eriksson driven, Guida Italia owned Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) scored over 2140 meters in 1.14.4kr to secure 20,000SEK first money. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Radjah de l’Abbaye (8m Baccart du Pont-Galbanella-Lurcho), in rein to trainer J-M Bazire, overcame a 25 meter handicap to win today’s June 20) feature event, the Prix de Buenos-Aires, at Hippdrome d’Enghien outside of Paris. This UET Masters Series Gr. II event carried a purse of 120,000 euro and was contested by 15 starters over the marathon 4125 meter distance (plus 25 meter distance handicap for the top earners in the event for 5-10 year olds). The winner covered the 2.563 mile course plus his added distance in 1.14.5kr (mile rate 1:59.87) to score over Rive Mutin (8g Bijou du Bignon-Miss Mutine-As Mutin Pacha) driven by Pierre Vercruysse, recent world drivers’ championship winner. Twist des Caillons was third for P-Y Verva. This race was the Quinte+ event of the day in France with the jackpot at 5.5 million euro. Enghien’s secondary feature was the 52,000 euro purse Prix de la Porte Montmartre, open to European entrants over the 2150 meter autostart course. Noir Desir (6g Daguet Rapide-Ocanelle-Buvetier d’Aunou) earned the win for Michel Lenoir over the J.-M Bazire reined Tygnus de Prelong (6m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Garieva de Prelong-Reve d’Udon). The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Bolgheri and is a 20 time career winner for earnings over 262,000 euro. The dam of the second place finisher is by the sire of Revenue. 15 horses were at the start including four from Italy and one each from Germany and Sweden. Yesterday, the top action in Sweden was at Axevalla, and it produced exciting racing led by a win for Bradley (4m Love You-Boria-Supergill) in the PWCS Fyraarings race over 2140 meters autostart. The Robert Bergh driven and trained pupil scored in 1.13.3kr to earn 100,000SEK first prize. The win was his fourth in seven 2013 appearances. Edward Ale (5g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) also won in the Venernkotts Priz over 2140 meters autostart. He scored in 1.13kr for driver Peter Ingves to earn 100,000SEK. The winner now has 13 victories in 33 lifetime starts for earnings of 2.6 million SEK. The Sitas Prix for three year-old fillies went to the Thomas Uhrberg driven Donna di Quattro (3f Love You-Whoopie As-SJs Photo) in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters autostart. She defeated US export Single Sock (3f Conway Hall-Sockys Sister-Credit Winner) driven by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Frode Hamre. This filly, developed and raced by Dan Daley in 2012, has been not worse than fourth in her four European starts for seasonal earnings of 286,206SEK. The Axevalla card produced another win for trainer Jerry Riordan and his usual reinsman Kenneth Haugstad. Power Bi (4m Varenne-Giudy Bi-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored in 1.15.4kr over 2650 meters (turning start) to earn 50,000SEK by winning the Mediatec Solutions race. The 50,000SWK first money Taxibids race for two year-olds went to Kickans Girl (2f Jobie Tempest-Ulla Gulla-Super News) in 1.17.1kr over 1640 meters voltstart. This was the first career start for the Roger Pettersson driven filly that defeated Erwin Bot’s Sudbury (2m Infinitif-Emerald di Jesolo-Supergill) that was bred in Italy by J-P Dubois’ Scuderia Bolghieri. This was also his initial appearance after qualifying on June 4th. Axevalla also hosted a three-heat event, with two 50,000SEK first money heats over 1609 meters autostart and then a 1140 meter sprint final worth 100,000SEK to the winner. The heats went to Namale Kronos (6g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) with Marcus Lindgren the trainer/driver. He scored in 1.12.4kr in the Biltemas Priz over Rico Follo (5g Gentle Star-Effi Follo0Lord Follo) trained and reined by Ake Svanstedt. Rico Follo took the second heat for Anders Svanstedt in 1.12.7kr over Blue River Pipe (4m Blue Mac Lad-Flamin’ Wings-SJs Photo) with Ake Svanstedt aboard and Namale Kronos finished third. Rico Follo then scored in the sprint final, with Anders Svanstedt up, over Namale Kronos. by Thomas H. Hicks

The fine Jerry Riordan trained filly Rossella Ross (3f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) won today’s Elitserien Final at Jagersro in 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart. Her winning effort was worth 150,000SEK first money. Driven by Johnny Takter, the winner defeated K.A. Olila (3f Upfront Larry-Darna Corleone-Super Arnie) with Jan Johansson aboard and Rue du Bac (3f Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) took third for trainer/driver Erwin Bott. On the same card the 60,000SEK first money Abergs Nasta went to veteran Bagley (8g Bartali Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) in 1.11.2kr for trainer/driver Conrad Lugaur. He nosed out Neo Holmsminde (8m Valley Sentry-Devils Lady-Little Devil) handled by Steen Juul with third going to Looney Toones (8m Ganymede-Defi de la Roche-Park Avenue Joe) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro in this featured aged event. Today at Eskilstuna, the 2013 US exported Fortune Again (4f Andover Hall-Fortuna Dream-American Winner) triumphed for Johan Untersteiner in 1.15.3kr over 2149 meters voltstart. She earned 25,000SEK first prize for owner ACL Stuteri AB and trainer Roger Walman, scoring her third win this year in six appearances. It was also reported (by Gaet) today that the comeback of Rapide Lebel has been unsuccessful and that he will likely be retired. A career winner of over 1.8 million euro, Rapide Lebel last earned a victory over a year ago in the Prix de Washington at Enghien and will long be remembered for a gallant second place finish to San Pail in the US Breeders’ Crown. He raced successfully to sulky and under saddle (monte). On July 15 at Rattvik, Ruby Ransom (7m CR Commando-Dreamlands Trophy-Armbro Goal) scored a quick 1.12.4kr win for Bill Svedlund to earn 25,000SEK. He defeated Jasper Lane with Jennifer Tillman up. The same day at Halmstad showcased a victory by Abba de Lou (3f Going Kronos-Sierra de Lou-Biesolo) for Johnny Takter. She scored in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 25,000SEK. The well regarded Riodan trained, Kenneth Haugstad reined Rare Wise As (3f Varenne-In Wise As-SJs Caviar) finished second. Also at Halmstad Jumble As (5f Tagliabue-Judy As-Mack Lobell) won over 1640 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr. She earned 30,000SEK by defeating Nesmil Hanover and Unleash Face. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Well-bred Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) won his initial start for money at Halmstad today for Guida Italia Srl, harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan and driver Kenneth Haugstad.

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