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Harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan enjoyed quite a day in Norway. First in the Finntacks Europamatch (purse to winner 150,000Nkr, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters), the former Orsi Mangelli winner Zarenne FAS (5m Varenne-Miss Muscle Fas-Muscles Yankee) scored in 1.09.8kr (mile 1:52.3) for driver Tom Erik Solberg, owner Francesco Gragnaniello and of course trainer Riordan. Zarenne FAS was off at 2.1/1 odds as he won for the first time in five 2020 starts. His life earnings are now 4,430,317Nkr from nine wins in 36 appearances. Zarenne FAS lowered the previous stake record established in 2018 by Generaal Bianco at 1.11.8kr. Riordan commented post race that he does well in Norway – must be the non-whip rule. M.S. Triple J. (5m Cantab Hall-Maritas Victory-Valley Victory) was second for Svein Ove Wassberg and third went to Max Brady (5m Cantab Hall-Hope Brady-Ganymede) for Magnus Tein Gundersen.   Zarenne FAS Jerry Riordan In the Avarn Securitys Stayerlop (purse to winner 100,000Nkr, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap, 15 starters) Riordan was again victorious as his new trainee Tessy d’Ete (8f Ganymede-Love Me Tender-Supergill) rallied from far back off her 40 meter handicap to score in 1.13.1kr at 3/1 odds. Tom Erik Solberg was again at the lines as Tessy took her second 2020 win in seven outings. This, her 16th career win in 66 starts, advanced her life earnings to 5,998,240Nkr. As Riordan commented, she was 12th with 300 meters to go – the late rally was sensational. Scuderia Eurocolor Srl owns this fine mare. Etenclin (6m Jag de Bellouet) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort, this one also handicapped 40 meters. Unoicsdue Gnafa (7m Goetmals Wood) was third for reinsman Lars Anvar Kolle. Tessy d’Ete Early on today’s card was the Support Justice (purse to winner 200,000Nkr, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) that saw Supercute (3f Muscle Hill-Bold and Fresh-SJs Caviar) score in 1.15.0kr with Bjorn Goop at the lines for trainer Ola Samuelsson and owner SRF Stable. This was her second career victory in five starts for the daughter of Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold and Fresh, a Doug Miller trainee in the USA. Second today was L.A.’s I Feel Good (3m Andover Hall-Pine Princess L-Pine Chip) with Jomar Blekkan up. Third home was Thai Targaryan (3m Muscle Hill-Bether Always-Conway Hall) with Asbjern Tengsareid up. Supercute ATG, Bjerke, Maharajah files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

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

Vincennes, France – On the eve of the prestigious Grand Prix d’Amerique, American-born trainer, Jerry Riordan announced that this will be the last race for his top performer, Ringostarr Treb. Sired by Classic Photo, Ringostarr Treb has competed in 95 races with 33 wins and career earnings of 1,648,631€. “He is feeling great,” Riordan said of Ringostarr Treb, but this will be the last race of his career tomorrow. It just happens to be the Prix d’Amerique. The important thing for us is that after tomorrow we will not have him anymore. He is going to be a stallion so it’s a happy ending. “He’s ten years old now,” Riordan added. “It’s time for him to stop racing. I can’t think of a better way for him to end his career then racing in the Prix d’Amerique. With all the thousands of people clapping and cheering for the race, we will just think they are cheering for Ringostarr Treb’s last race.” A winner of the 2018 Elitloppet, Ringostarr Treb will be known for his classic battles with Propulsion in many elite races. It is his second time racing in the Prix d’Amerique. He will be driven by Jean-Philippe Monclin and is owned by E. Vam Racing Trotters. John Campbell, Tom Charters and Moira Fanning of the USA’s Breeders Crown/Hambletonian Society were at Vincennes and they were honored in the second race Saturday. Named the Prix Moni Maker, the trio made the trophy presentation to the winner. “I have been to Vincennes three times,” said Hall of Famer John Campbell. “And I regret that I never drove in a race here. I knew the first time I came here I should have asked to drive in some races. It’s such an amazing track, the racing surface is superb, the fans are so supportive of racing. I made a big mistake. It would have been great to have a drive in the Prix d’Amerique, but I would have been happy to get a drive in any race at this amazing track.” The Hippodrome Pari-Vincennes racetrack is an amazing place. There are three huge jumbo screens to watch the races from outside. New this year is a special running board that features what position each horse is in as the race is going. They also have a camera mounted on wires that catches all the action as the field comes down the stretch, very similar to what is done in professional American football. The paddock area for the horses racing that day is attached to the grandstand so people can go back and forth to see the horses with ease. But I know tomorrow it will be jammed, elbow to elbow. On Saturday there was a crowd of 15,000 fans and it will be hard to imagine that tomorrow there will be close to 40,000 fans. Tomorrow Vincennes will be the Kentucky Derby of Harness Racing. The feature race on Saturday was the 100,000€ Prix du Luxembourg. The winner was 18-1 Anzi Des Liards for driver Romain Derieux, who won by one length in 1’10’9, a lifetime record for the upset winner. He is a 10-year-old son of Look De Star. Track Notes: Harnesslink’s Thomas Hicks reported that the final Arqana-Trot Prix d’Amerique Sale at Paris-Vincennes produced some explosive bidding. Overall the sale saw 161 lots sold from 258 presented with gross proceeds of 3,529,000€, an average of 21,919€. The gross was up 1.6% from last year with the average down nearly 6%. Three young females sold by Jean Pierre Dubois led the sale. The sale topper at 370,000€ was hip 228 High Qualita (3f Ready Cash-Qualita Bourbon) that has recorded a win and two placings in four starts for 15,900€ earned. This is a classic pedigree with the dam Qualita Bourbon being a Gr. I winner of 1,538,050€ and this is the maternal family of Mara Bourbon, Kamera Bourbon, Sam Bourbon and the 2020 Prix d’Amerique starter Face Time Bourbon. The other Dubois presented toppers were hip 238 Haiti Dream (3f Love You-Tahiti Dream) that SRF Stable acquired for 200,000€ and hip 223 Gourgandine (4f Bold Eagle-Udine) that brought 160,000€ from Thomas Bernereau. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

The heavy favorite Zarenne FAS (4m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee), off at .15/1 odds, took this day’s Axel Jensens Minnelop (purse 565,000Nok, 1609 meters autostart) at Bjerke in Oslo, Norway.. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Jerry Riordan trainee to the 1:56.5 mile rate victory. The 7.7/1 Patent Leather (4m Broadway Hall-Designable-Earl) was second with Frode Hamre his pilot. 27.8/1 Noble Superb (4m Mahjarajah-Oh Superb-Orlando Vici) was third with Magnus Teien Gundersen aboard. The USA import Classichap was a dq.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman) was an impressive winner of one of the six colt divisions of today’s Swedish Kriterium. Drivver Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Jerry Riordan trainee for Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB to his sixth career victory in 12 starts. Each leg was worth 150,000SEK to the winner and was raced over 2640 meters. Aetos was clocked in 1.13.9kr.  Race 2 1st - Power (3m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici), 1.14kr Driver/rainer: Robert Bergh 2nd – Brother Bill (3g From Above 3rd - Juncio Boko (3m Donato Hanover) His seventh career win in 12 starts for 1,347,500SEK earned Race 4 1st - Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star), 1.13.3kr Trainer/Driver: Adrian Kolgjini  2nd – Usain Toll (3g Googoo Gaagaa) 3rd - Gardner Shaw (3g Ready Cash) Race 6 Bythebook (3g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos), 1.14.2kr Driver: Erik Adielsson Trainer:Svante Bath 2nd – Staro Nashville (3m Sebastian K) 3rd – Gulfstream AM (3m Trixton) His eighth career win in 13 starts now for 2,485,300SEK earned. Race 8 1st - Marvellous Tooma (3m Dream Vacation-Marvellous-Donerail), 1.13.8kr Driver: Uld Ohlsson Trainer:Frode Hamre 2nd – Exodus Brick (3m Make It Happen); 3rd – Guzz Mearas (3m Muscle Mass) Race 9 1st - Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill), 1.14.2kr Driver/Trainer: Adrian Kolgjini  2nd – Djokovic (3g Bold Eagle) 3rd – Gargamel Sisu (3g Classic Photo) His seventh career win in 10 starts for 780,500SEK earned. Race11 1st - Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscle Yankee), 1.13.9kr, Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Jerry Riordan 2nd – Criterion (3m Jacose); 3rd Alien Kronos (3m Infinitif) His sixth win in 12 career starts now for 4,105,050SEK earned. This is a slick gaited classy individual. Trainer Riordan said pre-race that he is getting stronger with each race and warmed up perfectly. He raced perfectly after a stinging first 500 in 1.08.4kr and a first 1000 meters in 1.10.9kr. Kihlstrom rated his down in the middle 1000 and the colt first well in the lane. This Italian-bred is made for championships. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Jerry Riordan trained and C.J. Jepson trained Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) took the Stoeliten (purse 23,997€, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla this day clocked in 1.11.4kr. She recorded her 26th career victory in 95 appearances and increased her life earnings to 5,590,458SEK.. Off at 5.2/1 odds Shadow Gar bested 1.7/1 favorite Dear Friend (6f Orlando Vici-Juventas Broline) teamed by Erik Adielsson for trainer Johan Untersteiner and 20.6/1 Global Upper Style (5f SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine) with Peter Untersteiner aboard.  In other news it was reported that Jerry Riordan’s superb trainee Lisa America (f, Varenne-Zagabria Dei) has been sold in the Lutfi Kolgjini breeding stock dispersal to SRF Stable. This mare was bred and owned during her racing career by the late Lou Guida, and she competed at the highest level winning the Oslo Grand Prix, Aby Stora Pris and Sundsvall Open. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) was a gate to wire winner of today’s Gr. I International Sundsvall Open (1,000,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters), a UET Masters Series event. Jerry Riordan trains the EVAM Racing Trotter owned veteran and Wim Paal was again the pilot. Race time was 1.11.2kr off well rated fractions. Paal put Ringo on the lead from post one and kept Sorbet (8m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill), reined by Orjan Kihlstrom, in the pocket until the lane when Ringo pulled away. Nadal Broline (9g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) was third for Bjorn Goop. In post race interview trainer Riordan said they would pass on the UET championship and look for a race in three weeks elsewhere, hopefully to preserve Ringo’s form for France. Ringostarr Treb today won for the 33rd time in 93 career starts niow for 16,143,364SEK earned. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The gallant veteran Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill), off at 5.6/1, took tonight’s Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden (purse 303,128€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) with pilot Wilhelm Paal aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner EVAM Racing Trotter SRLS, his second 2019 victory in five starts. Paal left the car rapidly and then yielded to Uza Josselyn that set the pace until past the 1200-meter mark. Then, Paal took chase of the leader, eventually wore her down and opened an advantage in the upper stretch. The 7/10 favorite Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall), with Orjan Kihlstrom driving, then closed rapidly from eighth on the far outside to fall a length short at the line. 34/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above-Estrada OR-Supergill) was third for Mika Forss and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Ringo raced barefoot to score his 32nd career victory in 92 starts now for 15,143,364SEK in life earnings. On post-interview trainer Riodan said Ringo is not what he once was but he is aging gracefully and he knew he was ready tonight after a first 500 meters in 1.05.5kr. He is quite a horse, campaigned and raced beautifully by Riordan and Paal. Race time was 1.09.4kr (mile race 1:50.90). Earlier on the card Riordan’s Classichap (4m Chapter Seven-Classical Flirt-Yankee Glide) won the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer (200,000SEL first  prize, 1640 meters autostart, nine starters) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard for trainer Riordan, his first win in seven 2019 starts, and he was off at 53.8/1 odds. This one was clocked in 1.10.3kr. He last won on September 10th of 2018 at the Meadowlands in 1.10.5kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (October 11) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Jerry Riordan, the trainer of Ringostarr Treb; Alex Dadoyan, Executive Director of the SOA of New York; and Gabe Prewitt, the announcer at the Red Mile. Riordan, the trainer of Ringostarr Treb, joins the show for the first time this week to discuss his start trotters chances in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. Ringstarr Treb is having a big year, including a victory in the 2018 Elitlopp that is held annually in Sweden. He was cleared to race in the United States following a qualifier win on October 3rd where he was timed in 2:00.1 in a 2,200 meter qualifier (1-3/16 miles). Dadoyan, the Executive Director of the SOA of New York, will talk about the race itself and what fans can look forward too while they are on track Saturday. He will also discuss the two invitational races that Yonkers has added to the illustrious program. Prewitt, the announcer at The Red Mile, talks about the end of the Grand Circuit meet which was highlighted by Homicide Hunter's 1:48.4 mile on Saturday afternoon. Prewitt will discuss the meet and his thoughts on all the happenings from the historic track and also talk about the upcoming meet at Pompano Park. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

YONKERS, N.Y. – Winning the Elitlopp this year with Ringostarr Treb was surreal for Jerry Riordan, but the trainer quickly realized the experience wasn’t for the claustrophobic. Just after the race, Riordan and driver Wim Paal led Ringostarr Treb up the track along the outside rail. The track apron at Solvalla is elevated from the racing surface and the thousands of fans along the fence leaned over and reached out. Their extended arms hung over the trainer, driver, and horse, enclosing them in a tunnel of humanity. The newly crowned Elitlopp winner took it all in stride. “If you have a horse that can deal with it, it’s always nice to bring them over to the public,” Riordan said. “The horse, he’s such a cool horse, an easy-going kind of a guy. At one point, there was an old lady in a wheelchair that reached up and grabbed his shadow roll and was pulling him over so she could pet him and he didn’t care. We had taken the sulky off, we were just letting him walk along. “I was with the horse and we have this entourage behind us and we were only going to do it for a little bit, but as we were going up the fence, there were people waiting for him,” Riordan continued. “That’s my biggest memory of the post-race celebrating on the track. The people here are so enthusiastic, and they’ve been watching races all their lives. It was just a real pleasure to be able to have that fun and have so many people patting me and Paal on the back and rubbing the horse between his ears. He was loving it, he was fantastic.” Riordan’s journey with Ringostarr Treb began after owners E.V.A.M. Racing transferred the trotter to his care from former conditioner Holger Ehlert. Although he was a claimer at 2 and 3, Ringostarr Treb won the Group 2 Sweden Cup for Ehlert before coming to Riordan. When the son of Classic Photo showed up in the barn, Riordan realized he knew little about the horse he’d been competing against for years before. “When I saw him, I had the wrong impression of the horse completely from racing against him. I just thought he was a horse that leaves fast and finishes really strong, and when he came to the barn, I went around the corner and saw him in his stall and he was this beautiful horse,” Riordan recalled. “He’s not very big, but he’s gorgeous, beautiful head, really intelligent looking. “For all the horse owners out there, they should always have hope. This horse was racing in a 10-claimer when he was 3 years old. Nobody claimed him,” Riordan said. “It just goes to show, once in a while, it happens.” Riordan stripped most of Ringostarr Treb’s equipment off and changed the horse’s racing style. Instead of gunning the lead in every start, Riordan raced Ringostarr Treb from behind. The changes worked. Ringostarr Treb won a Gulddivisionen trot in his debut for Riordan, finished second in the 2017 edition of the Group 1 Hugo Åbergs Memorial, and won the Group 1 Sundsvall Open Trot.  Despite Riordan’s early success with Ringostarr Treb, the stallion didn’t reach his full potential until after a bout in France competing at the prestigious winter meet at Hippodrome de Vincennes. Although he was only third in the Group 2 Grand Prix du Bourbonnais and was off the board in his next three starts, including a seventh in the Group 1 Grand Prix d’Amérique, Ringostarr Treb blossomed physically racing in the long distances of the French classics. “The biggest thing, when I saw the horse really improve was after that winter meet in Paris. The horse just came out of it like a bull,” Riordan said. “He had terrible luck, he was interfered with in the Prix d’Amérique. But the real positive was, after the winter meet down there, he just got so much stronger. Going those type of speeds over the long distance just really seemed to bring him to another level because this spring he was just really, really good.” Ringostarr Treb returned to Sweden a winner, taking the Group 1 Olympitravet in track record time April 28. He followed it up with his two-heat Elitlopp score, improving his record to 30 wins in 86 starts with 12.9 million Swedish krona earned.  Although Ringostarr Treb’s Elitlopp victory on the last Sunday in May was impressive – he beat Propulsion by a length in 1:51 – the star wouldn’t return to the races until the fall. He scratched out of the Oslo Grand Prix June 16 after getting an infection in a joint, which was initially only made worse with treatment. “He had an infection. The doctor injected an ankle and there was a reaction to it,” Riordan said. “It shouldn’t have been that big of a deal, but the clinic overreacted. It created a worse problem than the actual infection. That was what knocked him out for the whole summer, the reaction to the reaction.” Although Riordan won last year’s Yonkers International Trot with Twister Bi, with that trotter moved to a new stable by his owners and with Ringostarr Treb on the sidelines, the conditioner didn’t think he’d make it back to New York for this year’s renewal of the $1 million stakes. “Honestly, I never thought I’d be back with him,” Riordan said. “We never had any particular objective, but we knew it was possible to make Yonkers. We were ready.” With an International Trot invitation accepted, but without a race since May 27, Riordan entered Ringostarr Treb in a 1,640-meter overnight for winners of at least 475,001 Swedish krona at Solvalla September 26. Ringostarr Treb raced at the back of the pack early with Torbjörn Jansson at the helm. When he pulled three wide around the final turn and began to advance, Ringostarr Treb made a break in stride, finishing sixth. “When I raced him the other night, a lot of things combined to create the situation. The regular driver was suspended, it rained like hell and they put sand on the track. He’s a horse that will make a break every now and then if you don’t know him,” Riordan said. “When he tipped him out, he was really hanging onto him and he didn’t want him to go too fast, he was on the bit pretty good and he was going to win. He was three-wide and he touched himself and lost it.” Despite the break, Riordan was pleased with the effort. He saw an explosive move on the turn before Ringostarr Treb galloped and knew the horse still had his desire to win. However, once Riordan realized Ringostarr Treb would need a clean line to compete at Yonkers, he plotted his next move. He entered his star in a qualifier at Hamburg Trabrennbahn Wednesday (October 3). With Wim Paal back at the controls, Ringostarr Treb breezed around the track, putting down a clean line and getting another tightener over the 2,200-meter distance. “Probably it’s exactly what he needs, another start in the sulky. It’s like we went 6 furlongs with him last Saturday and now we’re going to give him a little longer workout. I think he’ll be coming to New York just right,” Riordan said. “We’ll put a good, clean line on him and it will pick him up a little more too, so everybody will be in a good mood when we put him on the plane to send him over.” Ringostarr Treb will face nine rivals in the Yonkers International Trot: Arazi Boko (Italy), Ariana G (United States), Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden), Lionel (Norway), Marion Marauder (Canada), Pastore Bob (Sweden), Slide So Easy (Denmark), Up And Quick (France), and Will Take Charge (Canada). Riordan thinks the mare is the one to beat. “If Ariana G can get around the turns and can handle that extra quarter mile, it could be interesting with her in there,” he said. “It’s a nice field, it’s a balanced field. I’d like to think that ‘Ringo,’ if he’s in as good a shape as I hope he’ll be, can beat these. I think that Ariana G, with her speed and her form, she could be very dangerous.” The $1 million Yonkers International Trot is slated for Saturday, October 13 at Yonkers Raceway. The card will also feature a pair of $250,000 invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot and Dan Rooney Pace. For more information on the event and its participants, visit www.internationaltrot.com. by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Sweden’s Trotting Derby (colt and filly divisions) are set for September 2 after the eliminations on August 22 at Jagersro. There were six filly elims and six for the colts with the top two finishers in each earning a spot in the final. The colts each raced 2640 meters autostart for 200,000SEK first money while the females raced 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to the winners. Below are the results summaries and the lineups for the Derby finals: Filly eliminations: Elim 1went to the 1.1/1 favorite Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and Bruni Racing Team. Veroni and Vera Spiro were next to the line. Elim 2 saw the 3.3/1 Mily (4f Perhaps Love-Blixtra Tanza-Victory Party) score in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, defeating Candy La Marc and Havefunwithme. Elim 3 produced a victory by 43/1 Catch My Love (4f Symphonic Hanover-Give Me Your Love-Pine Chip) with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomasz Wisniewski and Bio Consulting. Dibaba and Haleaa di Quattro completed the top three. Race time was 1.12.3kr, fastest of the filly eliminations. Elim 4 for the mares went to 3.6/1 Europhile AM (4f Gift Kronos) with trainer Peter Untersteiner driving. Mellby Free and Je T’aime Lucky were second and third. Race time was 1.13.8kr. Elim 5 saw the 5.3/1 odds Maharari de Baroda (4f Maharajah-Wiona-Lindy’s Crown) score in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Franck Leblanc. Global Upper Style and Odessa Celeber completed the top three. Elim 6 went to the 1.6/1 punters choice Run Chica Run (4f Scarlet Knight-Run Baby Run-Super Arnie) with trainer Peter Untersteiner driving, as this team defeated Mellby Fashion and Wild Love. Race time was 1.13kr. Colt Eliminations: Elim 1 saw Spickleback Face (4f Raja Mirchi-No Finish Line-Buvetier d’Aunou) score at 42/1 odds for Robert Bergh timed in 1.13.3kr. Speedy Face and Young Da Vici were next behind the winner. Elim 2 went to 13.5/1 odds Mellby Fire (4g Going Kronos-Merger Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Mellby Gard AB. Race time was 1.13kr as Output Pressure and Milliondollarrhyme chased the winner. Elim 3 was won by 11.8/1 odds Chianti (4m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever-Viking Kronos) with trainer Bjorn Goop driving. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat The Bucket List F and Illuminati. Elim 4 saw Son Of God (4m Pastor Stephen-Symfoni Sund-Viking Kronos) score timed in 1.13.1kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. This 10/1 odds winner bested Bo C and Dream Knight Palema. Elim 5 went to 1.13.9kr timed and 12/1 odds Transcendance (4g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight) win for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner L.A. Eveberg. Alcoy and The Real Star trailed this winner. Elim 6 saw the 1.8/1 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah- Reality Pride-From Above) score timed in 1.12.5kr for Orjan Kihlstrom. Peakadilly and Espirt Sisu were next to the line. Lottat i Svenskt Travderby Finals The starting positions for the Swedish Travderby and Derby Tour were picked  in Jägersiro's winner’s circle during Wednesday night. The finals will be decided on Sunday, September 2nd. Svenskt Travderby 2018, 2 640 meter bilstart Häst - tränare 1. Chianti - Björn Goop 2. Transcendence – Robert Bergh 3. Mellby Fire – Timo Nurmos 4. Son Of God – Daniel Redén 5. Who’s Who – Pasi Aikio 6. Spickleback Face – Robert Bergh 7. The Bucket List F. - Helena Burman 8. Speedy Face – Lutfi Kolgjini 9. Output Pressure – Stefan Melander 10. Bo C. - Bo E Nilsson (a) 11. Peakadilly – Steen Juul 12. Alcoy – Peter Untersteiner Förstapris: 2 000 000 kronor Derbystoet, 2018, 2 640 meter bilstart Häst - tränare 1. Run Chica Run – Peter Untersteiner 2. Vamp Kronos – Jerry Riordan 3. Maharani de Baroda - Björn Goop 4. Mily – Peter Untersteiner 5. Catch My Love - Tomasz Wisniewski 6. Dibaba – Roger Walmann 7. Candy La Marc – Lars Marcussen (a) 8. Mellby Fashion - Jörgen Westholm 9. Europhile Am – Peter Untersteiner 10. Global Upper Style – Peter Untersteiner 11. Mellby Free - Björn Goop 12. Veroni – Peter Untersteiner Förstapris: 1 000 000 kronor Saturday August 25 at Bergsaker is the prestigious Sundsvall Open with fine field of contestants. It will surely be a race to watch with Readly Express at the start. 25 aug 2018 Sundsvall Open Trot - (Gr I Int - UET Masters Series) - Gulddivisionen Bergsåker 2140m autostart Trav Horse Driver   1 1Dreammoko Björn Goop   2 2Milligan's School Ulf Eriksson   3 3Sorbet Örjan Kihlström   4 4Trendy O.K. Alessandro Gocciadoro   5 5Heavy Sound Kenneth Haugstad   6 6Pastore Bob Peter Ingves   7 7Nadal Broline Ulf Ohlsson   8 8Readly Express Jorma Kontio   9 9Evil Enok M.E. Noralf Braekken   10 10Lionel N.O. Göran Antonsen   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Two E3 Finals took place Saturday at Gavle, both Gr. I International contests.  The colt version (925,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 2.6/1 odds Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) with Carl Johan Jepson in the sulky for trainer Jerry Riordan and Viola Silas AM. The winner recorded his seventh career win in just 11 starts, this one timed in 1.12.3kr. Jaguar Dream (3m Love You-Daydream Hanover-Cantab Hall) was second for Claes Sjostrom and third was Baritone Artist (3h Orlando Vici-Bring On The Night-Windsong’s Legacy) for Markus B. Svedberg. The winner’s dam Viola Silas was a superb three year old in Sweden and recorded 22 career wins in 36 starts for 6,42,760SWEK earned. Sires Spotlite Lobell and Netted are in the family. The Mares E3 division, raced over the same distance and for the same purse as the colts, went to the 25.9/1 odds No Matter (3f Explosive Matter-Flirting Champagne-Flirtin Man) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and Easy KB.  She was clocked this day in 1.12.5kr and recorded her third career win in 11 outings. Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) was second for driver Mika Forss, with third to Aleppo Pine (3f Maharajah) for Kenneth Haugstad. The undercard also included some interesting winners. The V75 Gold –Gavle Stora Prix (2640 meters, 200,000SEK first prize) went to 3.5/1 odds Volstead (m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains Volstead that was bred in the USA by Skoglund and Arden Homestead. Race time was 1.12.6kr as the winner defeated Speed Delicious (8g Fast Photo) with Nicklas Westerholm up and third finishing Mindyourvalue WF (5g Hovding Lavec) with Bjorn Goop driving. The V75 Silver (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.2kr timed and 10.3/1 odds Antonio Tabac (6m Crazed-Grace Tabac-Tap In) with Oskar Kylin Blom driving to his 13th career win in 59 outings. The Bronze V75 Division (125,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 2.6/1 Mr. Golden Quick (5g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK –Carmody Lobell) with Orjan Kihlstom driving for trainer Mika Haapakangas. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Tioga Downs

This Solvalla evening program was superb, led by the Gr. I International Jubileumspokalen (1 million SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) where Makethemark (5m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) scored timed in 1.10.8kr. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the Petri Salmela trainee to his third 2018 victory in eight starts and 20th career win in 41 appearances. The Stall Nian trotter now has 4,636,450SEK earned for his career. The 3.9/1 odds Makethemark defeated Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) that Ulf Eriksson drove for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This one was bred in the USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Ohio, also co-owners of Pinkman. Third in this event was Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) with trainer Johan Untersteiner aboard. Double Exposure (5f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) was fourth. On the card was also the Prix Maharajah (Mares European Championship, 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters).Darling Mearas (5f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) scored easily at 8.1/1 odds for trainer Stefan Persson and owner Snogarps Gard AB timed in 1.11.4kr, for her third 2018 victory in six starts and 11th career win in just 22 outings. She now sports 6,069,500SEK in career earnings. Finland’s Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp-Speedy Somolli) was second for driver Hannu Torvinen and third was In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) with Orjan Kihlstom up. Trendy OK and I Love Paris completed the top five. Other important winners on the card were Amalia Cash (5f Ready Cash-La Pensee-Think Tank) in the Queen L Mares timed in 1.14.1kr and worth 100,000SEK to the winner; Heart Of Steel (4g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) for Thor Berg in the Ahlsell Legends timed in 1.14kr and with a 100,000 first prize (other legend drivers were Stig H. Johansson, Olle Goop, Helen A. Johansson, Ulf Nordin, Stefan Hultman, Boye Olstoren, Kerryn Manning, Cark-Erik Lindblom, Sven-Erik Landin); Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) in the Hubo Buss Stayerlopp (200,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap) timed in 1.13.3kr overcoming a 40 meter handicap; Zahra Mil (3f Nad Al Sheba-Cleo d’Alfa-Armbro Goal) at 21.7/1 odds from post 12 in the Wallenius Cup for three year old fillies (150,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.1kr for driver Cark Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan; and Snowstorm Hanover (4m Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover-Andover Hall) in the Big Noon (300,000SEK first money, 1640 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.11.7kr from a 20 meter handicap, driven by Orjan Kihlstom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This was Snowstorm’s first 2018 win in seven starts. Photos of three of the above winners follow. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) rallied from sixth at the half to zoom three wide entering the final bend to then wear down his foes for a 1.09.2kr victory in the V75 Gold Arjangs Sprinterlopp (600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters). Orjan Kihlstrom drove the winner for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. USA’s F.V. Caldwell and Bluestone Farms bred the champion now with 5,416,827SEK earned from an 8 4-2-2 slate this year. For the career he has 17,185,317SEK earned from a 28-11-7 slate in 59 appearances. Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) was third for Adrian Kolgjini. Volstead and Arai Boko ended fourth and fifth. Australian bred Maori Time was a dq and Pingus Vang was scratched. On the undercard Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) won a three-year-old event for driver Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan. The winner earned 70,000SEK. Other interesting winners were Kissmeonceagain (8f Varenne-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) for Per Nilsson to earn 100,000SEK, Bear Hope (5m SJs Caviar-Daily Mail-Muscles Yankee) for Bjorn Goop to earn 125,000SEK and Han Herred (5m Infinitif-Donna GT-Dungeness) driven by Ville Karhulahti to make 150,000SEK for Stall Inox and trainer Stig H. Johansson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The odds on favorite at 1.6/1 Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) took today’s Halmstad, Sweden featured Gr. II Mares Sprintern (four year old mares) with 697,01SEK to the winner, timed in 1.11.7kr.  Bjorn Goop drove the Jerry Riordan trainee that Renato Bruni owns. She posted career victory 11 in 19 starts now for 2,890,377SEK earned. 14.7/1 Rose Mary (4f SJs Caviar-Spicy Cayenne-Ata Star L) was second for trainer/driver Andre Eklundh, ahead of 5.4/1 Violet Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fidgi Bi-Lemon Dra) handled by trainer Jim Oscarsson. On the Halmstad card was the Wangen Cup Finale (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, mares) and 5/2 odds Julia Pellini (5f Yankee Glide-Julian-Juliano Star) was victorious for driver Askar J. Andersson clocked in 1.14.1kr. Magnus Dahlen trains the winning mare. 6.8/1 Foxy Brown (5f Symphonic Hanover-Liz Abb-Running Sea) with Markus Niklasson and 54/1Brilliance (7f Flirtin Man-My Lady Arwen-SJs Caviar) with Henne Halme up trailed this winner The V75 Gold (200,000SEWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 41.2/1 longshot Art On Line (11g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) with Carl Johan Jepson driving for trainer Mikko Ago and timed in 1.12.6kr. The veteran campaigner secured his 35th career win in 128 starts. 1.3/1 favorite Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and 14.4/1 veteran Harry Haythrow (12g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) took the third spot. In the Summer Meeting Mares (100,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) the 1.7/1 favorite Darling Mearas (5f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) scored for Stefan Persson, the trainer/driver.  The 16.4/1 Julia Af Solnas (5f Olimede-Joy Af Solnas-Supergill) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and third was 33.1/1 Annabelle Dimanche (5f Sahara Dynamite-Messaritra-Messerschmitt) for driver Peter Ingves. Race time was 1.12.1kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, N.Y. – Although it’s been over two months since Twister Bi stormed to a 5 ½-length victory in the Yonkers International Trot, harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan is still processing what the win means to him. The history and lore behind the International means Riordan sees himself reexamining and reliving that moment for years to come. “It does take time and it’s something that as the years go by, we’ll reflect on it. Probably even in a different way each time,” Riordan said. “Races like that, as the years go by they still keep giving you that pleasure and that satisfaction. “The International, it comes up every now and again,” he continued. “Legolas, who was second in the International Trot – he didn’t even win, he finished second – and they were showing a clip at the racetrack when he was second in the International and he was a big hero. I was thinking to myself, ‘we won it.’ Only for the biggest races will stuff like that happen.” Twister Bi not only won the $1 million stakes, he blew the field away. After pouncing on defending champion Resolve with one circuit to race, Twister Bi raced to a 7-length advantage on the backstretch through a mile in 1:53.2 before completing the 1 ¼-mile race in a world record 2:22.1. After his stateside triumph, Twister Bi flew from New York to Liège, Belgium. The 5-year-old son of Varrene made a stopover at a nearby stable for quarantine before completing a 10-hour road trip back to Sweden. “He was fine, he got home, he was happy. Even when he was aggressive on the racetrack, he’s always been a really cool horse in the barn as far as taking care of himself, traveling, that sort of thing,” Riordan explained. “He always eats well, he’s got a really good constitution, so that was no problem at all.” Upon returning home, Twister Bi enjoyed a few weeks off from training before resuming his work. Naturally, Riordan is targeting the €1 million Grand Prix d’Amérique at Vincennes Jan. 28 for his star trotter. This Sunday (Dec. 24), the Group 2 Prix Ténor de Baune will serve as a stepping stone to France’s biggest race. “We just started him back doing his normal thing, twice a week doing some speed. He’s at the point where I pretty much let him decide what he wants to do,” the conditioner said. “I put him in the sulky one time (last week), let him train himself basically. He’s sound, relaxed, so I’m pretty confident in him.” Unlike the four “B” races – the Bretage, Bourbonnais, Bourgogne, and Belgique – Prix d’Amérique prep races which are open to 4- through 9-year-olds, the Prix Ténor de Baune is restricted to 5-year-olds. Still, this year’s edition attracted a strong field as the winner earns a place in the Prix d’Amérique. Twister Bi will face Swedish champion Readly Express, who rides a 12-race winning streak including a victory in the Group 1 Grand Prix de l'U.E.T., his last Vincennes appearance, and in the Group 1 Jubileumspokalen at Solvalla where Twister Bi was the runner up. Carat Williams, the champion French 5-year-old, Charly du Noyer, champion French 4-year-old last year, and Traders, who beat Bold Eagle in the 2016 Prix Marcel Laurent, are all signed on in the 15-horse field. Riordan will also send out last year’s Criterium Continental winner Treasure Kronos. “It’s a tough race, tougher than usual. There’s going to be some horses like Readly Express. He wants to win because he’s the Swedish horse, Swedish bred, a lot of following up there, people have big expectations for him and he’s a very good horse. I think they’re going to want to win this race and be considered one of the contenders for the Prix d’Amérique,” Riordan said. “I think ‘Twister’ is as good or better than any of them, I really do,” he continued.” He feels as good as he ever did. We’ll know for sure how he took the trip to Yonkers on Sunday.” Riordan would relish a victory over Readly Express on Sunday. Although the Swedish phenom bested Twister Bi in the Jubileumspokalen, he did so while racing on the lead while Twister Bi was parked without cover the entire 2,140 meters and was still coming on at the finish, losing by only a head. “I said Readly Express got saved by the bell because Twister Bi was coming back at him at the finish line and he was all out driving him to the wire,” Riordan recalled. Although Christoffer Eriksson drove Twister Bi to victory in the International Trot and many of Twister Bi’s other successes this year, French driver Alexandre Abrivard will take the lines Sunday. Riordan stressed the change is necessary to help Twister Bi navigate the standing start from the 2,700-meter chute, the same configuration as the Prix d’Amérique. “The standing start, just being able to get your horse in position, get him out of there good. They almost always have recalls and if you don’t know the system, you can end up being a quarter-mile down the track and all the French guys are still up there walking in circles,” Riordan said. “If it was a starting car, it would be one thing, but with the standing start, I’m just more comfortable with a French guy driving.” Abrivard drove Twister Bi to a third-place finish behind Aubrion du Gers and Bold Eagle in the Group 1 European Trotting Masters Series Final at Vincennes September 9. After racing 18 ½ lengths behind the pacesetter in that start, Twister Bi finished just a half-length behind Bold Eagle. The Ténor de Baune will be Twister Bi’s fourth attempt at the standing start. In one prior try, he didn’t handle it well. Another time, he started well, but came away last. In his latest try in the Trotting Masters Final, Twister Bi came away in mid pack before losing ground. For Riordan, Twister Bi’s handling of the start Sunday is critical. “In this type of race, I don’t want to give away a possibility of winning by leaving last,” he said. “It’s really important that he gets away at least in the middle of the group. He’s a really good horse, but nobody’s going to make up 6 or 7 lengths on a top horse, it just doesn’t happen.” If Twister Bi qualifies for the Prix d’Amérique Sunday, he will join stablemate Ringostarr Treb, who earned a berth in the French classic by finishing third in the Prix du Bourbonnais Dec. 10. Riordan emphasized what starting two horses in the Prix d’Amérique would mean to him. “The progress Twister Bi has made, last year at this time, I thought it would be a stretch to get Twister Bi in the Prix d’Amérique. The horse has made tremendous development,” he said. “Ringostarr Treb, he was kind of a surprise because when he came to the stable, I thought he was probably on the downhill side of his career with his best races behind him. Instead, he turned out to be this dynamic horse. Everything we’ve asked him to do, he’s done it better. “He’s a cool horse, he’s a smart one. The standing start, if they have five recalls, that’s going to destroy Twister Bi, but the more recalls the better for Ringostarr Treb because he’s so cool in a race,” Riordan continued. “He’s got the right kind of characteristics for the Prix d’Amérique. I’ve always thought you need either a horse that’s super powerful or a horse that’s really smart and just strong enough and he’s like that. Twister Bi gives you a little stress because he gets a little aggressive. Ringostarr Treb is just a pleasure to race. “It would be surreal. There’s a lot of guys out there who are really, really good horsemen who have never even raced in it. It’s not wasted on me that I’m lucky enough to possibly have two in there.” By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

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