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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - August 4, 2018 - The Ice Dutchess won Saturday's $357,450 James Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters, besting Beautiful Sin by a neck in 1:53 4/5 at the Meadowlands. Hanna Dreamgirl was third by three-quarters of a length. The Ice Dutchess and Beautiful Sin both are from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who has won the Doherty Memorial three years in a row and six of the last nine editions. Johnny Takter, Jimmy's brother, drove The Ice Dutchess and put the filly in front on the backstretch after Hanovers Best left quickly from post nine and set the tempo of :28 to the first quarter. The Ice Dutchess yielded the lead to Beautiful Sin at the half, reached in :56.4, and followed the leader through three-quarters in 1:25.4. After turning for home, Johnny Takter and The Ice Dutchess found room inside and trotted to her second win in three starts. Her loss was by a nose in last week's Doherty eliminations. The Ice Dutchess is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of The Ice Queen and a full sister to stakes-winner Ice Attraction. She was purchased for $320,000 at last fall's Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms. She pushed her earnings to $189,790. The Ice Dutchess paid $12.80, $4.80 and $3.40 Beautiful Sin paid $2.60 and $2.20. Hanna Dreamgirl paid $3.40. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department  

July 29, 2017 - Harness racing driver Johnny Takter teamed the Stefan Melander trained Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) to victory in Saturday’s Hagmyren V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in a sharp 1.10kr. Volstead now has 19 wins in 53 outings for 4,687,824SEK earned in his racing career. Magic Tonight (8m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom ahead of Francais du Gull (10m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) and driver Torbjorn Jansson. The USA winner was bred by Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY. The undercard included a victory in the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) by Zenit Brick (6g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) timed in 1.11.9 for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. Serious Try (6g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) was second for Henrik Svensson, also the trainer. Thomas H. Hicks

June 24, 2017 - On Track Piraten (9g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) took today’s MidSummer worth 100,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart contest for upper class harness racing veterans. Johnny Takter was the pilot for trainer Hans R. Stromberg of this 2.8/1 second choice that was timed in 1.12.5kr over an off track. Piraten won for the 37th time in 109 starts now for 14,600,710SEK earned. He scored by two lengths over 8/1 Order To Fly (7m Order By Fax-Too Fat To Fly-Flying Irishman) reined by his trainer Per Lennartsson. Another length back in third was Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) that raced with shoes for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. This champion now has a career slate of 40-13-4 in 59 outings for 28,373,230SEK earned. His last six starts have been 1-1-2 and generally off previous form. The Rattvik card also featured Breeders Crown events. The four year-old males event for 70,000SEK to the winner (distance 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.12.3kr timed and 2/1 favorite Policy Of Truth (4g Explosive Matter-Champagne-Supergill) driven by Ulf Ohlsson. Easy KB owns this Reijo Liljendahl trainee. 14/1 Dominion Beach (4m Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) was second for Per Lennartsson and trainer Stefan Melander. Stall Courant AB owns this one that Ernst Gerbaulet bred. Third was 6/1 Dartagnan Sisu (4m Ready Cash-Armbro Carroll-Malabar Man) with Ulf Eriksson up for Mattias Djuse, the trainer. The Breeders Crown for four year-old females (70,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to 5/1 Darling Mearas(4f Cantab Hall-Khao Maree-Muscles Yankee) for driver/trainer Stefan Persson and Snogarps Gard YB. Timed in 1.13.3kr this one bested Dream Lane and Inja In Heaven, The three year-old filly Breeders Crown (same purse and distance) went to 3/1 Helloise Boko (3f The Best Madrik-Elida Boko-Chocolatier-Goddess of Chaos) with Ulf Eriksson handling the lines for owner/trainer Mattias Djuse. Electrical and Maharani de Baroda were next to the wire. The three year-old colt Breeders Crown went to 13/1 Wreckless M.M. (3m Raja Mirchi-Phoebe MM-Super Arnie) timed in 1.14.2kr. Bjorn Goop was the winning driver for trainer Morten Waage and owner Magdalena Johansson. Hazard Boko and Iola de Puras were second and third. Thomas H. Hicks

November 26, 2016 - Harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) at 1.6/1 took Saturday’s Gr. II International Konung Carl XVI at Solvalla, timed in 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart with a front-end performance. The Hans R. Stromberg trainee was driven by Johnny Takter for Stall Morkermasse. The winner earned 250,000SEK with the victory. 5/1 Nadal Broline (6g Yankee Glide-Aimees Promise-American Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Third went to 13/1 Thai Broadway (7m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Explosive de Vie finished sixth and Coldtown was scratched. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq939ODZP0s The day’s feature was the Solvalla Grand Prix (Gr. II International, 2140 meters autostart. 400,000SEK to winner). 11/1 Workout Wonder (4m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was victorious timed in 1.13.2kr for Tommi Kylliainen and trainer Jarno Kauhanen, rallying wide off the final bend to score easily. Fractions were modest (1.12.7kr after 500 meters, 1.12.9kr at the 1000 completed mark, 1.13kr at 1500 post). 13/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yankee-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden, ahead of 29/1 Globalsatisfaction (4m Kadabra-Glide Path-Yankee Glide). Ulf Ohlsson teamed this Timo Nurmos trainee. Wild Honey finished fourth. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yy6la7x-kg Other fast class events at Solvalla were as follows: Grabber Silver Final (220,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) to 4/1 Carabinieri (5m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.6kr; Finn-Tack Klass II (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) to 9/1 Island Life (5g Pine Chip-Gossip-The Onion) in 1.14.7kr for driver Erik Adielsson. Peter G. Norman trains this one for Stall H&T Kompaniet; Top Seven Klass I Final (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) to 3/1 Aron Palema (4g Symphonic Hanover-Rosalinde Palema-Alf Palema) for trainer Par Hedberg and reinsman Johnny Takter, timed in 1.14.2kr; Lyle & Scott Mares (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters voltstart) that 69/1 Okrkide CD (5f Mythical Lindy-Floating Market-Kosar) won in 1.14.7kr with Torbjorn Jansson driving. The owner/trainer is Cathrin Bergstrom. Pandora Face (4f Muscle Hill-Concher-Pine Chip) was second for Adrian Kolgjini. 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z06cAQD1uQs 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 1.13.kr 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  

Today’s Aby (SWE) harness racing program was a dandy V75 led by the Gold Division Algot Scotts Minne over 1609 meters autostart with 150,000SEK to the winner. The 1.10.1kr clocked winner was veteran 2.6/1 odds On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) with Johnny Takter driving for H.A. Stromberg. On Track Piraten now shows 26 wins in 84 career starts for 10,504,211SEK earned. 5.6/1 Nahar was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin. 2.6/1 Papagayo E (6f Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomoli) landed third for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Repay Merci (8m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News) and trainer/driver Knud Monster at 28/1 and 31/1 Reven d’Amour (11m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop teaming. The card’s Silver Division for 125,000SEK to the winner over 2650 meters volt start, went to 3.1/1 Sir Ratzeputz (8m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) for Bjorn Goop and clocked in 1.13.6kr. The Euro Classic Next Year,  for 75,000SEK to the winner, resulted in a 1.14.3kr victory for 6/1 R0binia Face (3f Joke Face-Lady Pine-Pine Chip). Erik Adielsson piloted the Lutfi Kolgjini trainee in this 2140 meter autostart event. The program also included the Solvato’s Mares for four year-olds with the winner earning 50,000SEK. The 1.13.9kr winner was 25/1 Ninepoints Gaagaa (4f Steinlager-Ninepoints Kelly-Scarlet Knight) with Jorgen Westholm aboard in this 2140 meter autostart race. 17/1 Ldees Maggiesbest (4f Explosive Matter-Ldees Maggie-Conway Hall) earned second for Stefan Soderkvist and trainer Petri Puro, ahead of another outsider 19/1 Bear Glide (6f Angus Hall-Yankee Drummer-Yankee Glide) and driver Bjorn Goop. Elitloppet 2016 accepted invites to date are: Voltiguer de Myrt Nuncio Resolve Propulsion Un Mer d’Heripre Oasis Bi Your Highness Timoko Remaining prep tests are the May 15 Copenhagen Cup, and the May 21 Prins Daniels. Thomas H. Hicks

Jerry Riordan’s trainee Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) won today’s harness racing 60 Dagar Kvar (60,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, five starters) at Halmstad with Johnny Takter driving. The Italian registered trotter is owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli and was breed by Agr. Biasuzzi. Twister Bi was clocked in 1.095kr (mile rate 1:51.83) that was the fastest European timing this year when made, and now has a 12-3-1 slate in 27 career outings for earnings of 673,221SEK. Off as the 1.45/1 favorite he defeated Flash Haleryd (by Conway Hall) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up and Aron the Baron with Christopher Eriksson teaming for Tomas Malmqvist and Panamera Racing Ltd. Thomas H. Hicks

Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) took his elimination and the harness racing final of the 67th edition of the Gr. I International Lotteria at Agnano Racetrack, Napoli Italy. Johnny Takter teamed the winner that left early for the lead, yielded to second finishing Voltigeur de Myrt (7m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois-Tenor de Baune) with Gabby Gelormini up, and then rallied up the inside to score by half-length in the final 100 meters. Third was fast closing Princess Grif (7f Varenne-Fauve Grif) with Orjan Kihlstrom up and fourth went to Pascia’Lest (7m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way) with Pietro Gubellini aboard. Race time was 1.10.7kr. Pascia’Lest and Voltigeur de Myrt won their eliminations timed in 1.10.9kr and 1.10.6kr respectively, defeating Probo OP and Sahara Fairytale. Oasis Bi scored his elimination win timed in 1.10.9kr over Princess Grif. Purse for the Finale was €506,000 after the eliminations went each for €14,300. All of these heats were over 1600 meters autostart. Replay link follows: http://webtv.awsteleippica.com/index.php/mobile/video/34972/ The €33,000 Lotteria Consolation, also a 1600 meter test, went to Pioneer Gar (7m Varenne-Follia) with Pietro Gubellini at the lines, timed in 1.11.8kr. Quick Fix and Sharon Gar followed that winner home. On the Lotteria program was the finale of the Italy vs. USA Friendship Amateur Drivers Challenge with Italy being the winner. Top points leading teamster was Italy’s Ciro Ciccarelli who won the €7,700 purse finale over 1600 meters autostart timed in 1.15.6kr. He reined Paradisea Jet (7f Ken Warkentin-Giada Jet-Kramer Boy) to the win over Piccolarobytor handled by Giovanni De Simone Jr. with third to Hannah Miller driving Narzis Lady. Hannah Miller led Team USA with a third place finish (31.5 points). The competition point leader was Italy’s Ciro Ciccarelli with 60.5 points. For those that missed the other weekend trotting classics see links below of the Argentan Criterium de Vitesse won the Un Mec d’Heripre and the Olympiatravet victory at Aby by Your Highness. The latter was been invited to the Elitloppet. Argentan 4/30/16 Criterium du Vitesse de Normandie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0la4E-32ME Olympiatravet at Aby 4/30/16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFcefiols_E Thomas H. Hicks

On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line)  with harness racing ace Johnny Takter driving took Saturday’s V75 Gold at Bollnas as the 1.45/1 favorite. The veteran defeated Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Guill-Lindy Lane) handled by Erik Lundegren with third to Narold Vox (7g Orlamdo Vici-Bonnie Vox-Opus Broline) with Ulf Ohlsson up at 31/1. Former Elitloppet winner Nahar finished fourth ahead of Traveling Man. Nahar’s career earnings increased to 12,210,615SEK in this his 117th lifetime start. He has 37 wins. Winning On Track Piraten recorded his 22nd win in 80 starts, good for 9,722,211SEK earned.   Thomas H. Hicks

December 26, 2015 - Today’s Gr. II UET Masters Series International Gold-Gert Lindbergs (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) at Solvalla went to harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Pine Chip) at 2.6/1 for teamster Johnny Takter. 7.3/1 Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) was next for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third to 6.4/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) and driver Jennifer Tillman. Well-regarded Dreams Take Time and Food Money were disqualified. The Baroness Karsks for aged mares (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 3.8/1 Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo) for Peter Untersteiner ahead of 4.2/1 Blue Martini As (5f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Third was 7.1/1 My Happiness EP (7f Credit Winner-US Francesca-Coktail Jet) handled by Jeppe Juel. Radysin America was a scratch. The 200,000SEK (to winner) Stayerlopp over 3140 meters (voltstart) went to 2.5/1 Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. The winner overcame a 60 meter handicap. 6.9/1 Condor Motion (6g Adams Hall-Lady Motion-Goetmals Wood) was second for Hans Crebas after a 20 meter penalty. 14.5/1 Aristocat Boko (8g From Above-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) ended third for Ulf Ohlsson, this one also overcoming a 60 meter handicap. Thomas H. Hicks

December 5, 2015 - At Romme (SWE) today’s Super Lights Gold Vision, a V75 test over 1609 meters autostart, for 150,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.9/1 favorite On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) for Johnny Takter. Hans R. Stromberg trains the winner, now with a 19-17-10 slate in 75 starts for earnings in excess of 9SEK million. Second at 19/1 was the Torbjorn Jansson driven Highspeed Call (7g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema) with 40/1 Prince Tagg (9m Prince RS-Cinderella Lej-Tamin Speedy) third teamed by trainer Ralf Karlstedt. Beer Summit finished sixth. At Kincsem Park the featured Baka Handicap (4200 meters distance handicap, purse 1.1Huf million) was won by the Pal Vicen driven, Csaba Lakatos trained veteran Vernon Boko (12g Castleton Bass-JJ’s Miracle-Speedy Crown) that was handicapped an extra 20 meters. Off three consecutive disqualifications this day driver Vicen put Vernon Boko in front early and he led throughout, drawing clear approaching the line. Stablemate Celebrity Classic (6m Classic Response-Musli Star-Somolli Star) was second driven by Lakatos and handicapped 60 meters, while Miki (9m Baltic Bet-Viki-Witsend’s Speedy) overcame an 80 meter penalty and was third for driver Tamas Kelemen. The winner was timed in 1.24.5kr over the 2-5/8 mile marathon distance. The winner’s dam JJ’s Miracle (Speedy Crown-Miralga-Super Bowl) brings back great memories and she was dam of 15 foals including Sand Cassin, but more importantly she is a daughter of Cassin Hanover, dam of Elma, Anson, Augusta and Sug and second dam of Texas, Buck Newton and Japa. Cassin was a Hoot Mon-Goddess Hanover with Goddess the dam of Torrence Hanover and Elby Hanover, while second dam of Ayres, winner of the Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity, Review Futurity and the Yonkers Trot. Wow!!! The secondary Kincsem Park top event was the Oroshaza Varos DIJ over the 1960 meter distance handicap course for 600,000Huf that drew a solid field and was won by Orifiamma Jet (7f Supergill-Ticket To Ride-Nevele Pride), TIMED IN 1.18.3KR, driven and trained by Tibor Hajnal in a front-stepping journey. The 20 meter handicapped Orangyal (7f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands) was second for trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos clocked in 1.17.9kr and another 20 meter penalized performer Offenbach Bigi (7m Andover Hall-Pinebank-Pine Chip) was third for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. Two other Kincsem Park winners this day were Stone Cape’s Judy (8f SJ’s Caviar-Kallassy) for Csaba Lakatos and Temass (3f Naglo-Delfine Dei) for Imre Fazekas. Thomas H. Hicks  

TORONTO -- In the second start of his homecoming, Jimmy Takter-trainee Creatine displayed an effortless harness racing performance, taking the $531,250 U.S. ($689,244 Cdn) Breeders Crown open trot at Woodbine Racetrack in 1:52.4 over Resolve, Gural Hanover, and Bee A Magician. Under minor encouragement by driver Johnny Takter, Creatine swept to the lead over Resolve and Gural Hanover, passing the first quarter in :27.2 and remaining unchallenged through a :56.4 half. Bee A Magician made her move into the far turn, flushing out Resolve heading to the third quarter. Timed in 1:25.1, Creatine began to sprint home. Resolve chased in second, while Gural Hanover snuck by a stalled Bee A Magician to the inside. Creatine was a two-length winner at the wire. "He was a little bit hot at sometimes," Johnny Takter said of Creatine. The Andover Hall horse, out of the Muscles Yankee mare Berry Nice Muscles, passed $2 million in career earnings with the Crown victory. He has 17 wins from 52 starts. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm, he competes for the interest of Big C Racing and conditioner Jimmy Takter. The $7.00 winner gave Jimmy Takter his fifth win on the Breeders Crown card and 26th lifetime. This was also brother Johnny Takter's first Breeders Crown win. "We [Johnny and I] have come a long way together," Jimmy Takter said. "John had a fantastic career in Europe, and I've done well over here. He has driven a few race for me over the years here, too, but it's always special when your brother wins a race for you like this. He had done a fantastic job with the horse over in Europe. It's very special for us." Asked about how Creatine's connections decided to supplement to the Breeders Crown, Takter said, "Of course [it was a hard decision] because $62,500 is a lot of money to bring into this game. The horse raced well at Yonkers. Unfortunately, he tied up a little bit there, and I thought he would've had a heck of a shot to win that one, too. The horse is razor sharp and has been racing well in Europe, so I know we belong. I also basically knew what was going to be here, and I knew he could beat these horses." By Ray Cotolo

July 19, 2015 - Creatine (5m Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles) won today’s International Prix Saint Michel (purse €122,000, 8 starters, 1609 meters autostart) for trainer/driver Johnny Takter. From post five, Creatine went for the lead and was parked by Quick Fix and reinsman Jorma Kontio to almost the half mile mark when he yielded to the pocket. Quickly Takter was on the move again and cleared from Quick Fix at the three-quarter mark when he opened three lengths in the final bend and in the lane held off late closing 7/1 odds Solea Rivelliere (9f Calife des Noues-Heloa Rivelliere) driven by trainer Philippe Daugeard for an easy win clocked in 1.10.29 (1:53.10 mile rate). Creatine was the 5/1 favorite in what was an easy field. Solea Rivelliere was clocked in 1.10.54kr. Veteran Reven d’Amour (10m Revenue-Melody d’Amour) was third at 22/1 timed in 1.10.66kr for trainer Frederik B. Larsson. Seabiscuit and Bret Boko finished fourth and fifth. Smilin Eli, starting from post one, was offstride before the start. Creatine, racing with shoes on, went a tough trip and might be an important factor in future upper-class events. Adam Bowden (Diamond Creek) owns the winner.   No. Horse Driver Ed. km 1 5 Creatine JW Takter 1'10''3 2 6 Soléa Rivellière Ph. Daugeard 1'10''5 3 2 Reven d'Amour H. Torvinen 1'10''7 4 4 Seabiscuit Mr. Forss 1'10''9 5 7 Bret Boko A. Moilanen 1'11''5   6 8 Stormysky J. Torvinen 1'11''6 7 3 Quick Fix J. Kontio 1'11''7 8 1 Smilin Eli Reden D. 1'16''1   Thomas H. Hicks  

June 23, 2015 - Ten solid harness racing performers will contest the Gr. I Kymi Grand Prix (€150,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart) on Saturday at Kouvala. US bred and owned Maven starts from post one for Johnny Takter, her first good draw in major European events. Chief contestants will likely be Oasis Bi, Timoko (Pierre Vercruysse up), Bret Boko, Red Rose America (bred by the late Lou Guida), Ringostar Treb (winner of May 30 Sweden Cup) and Spain’s Trebol. Be there in person or online for a superb classic trotting event. Timoko was the 2014 winner timed in 1.13kr.  June 27 – Kouvala Off 11:45 eastern - Kymi Grand Prix Maven (Johnny Takter) Stormysky (Jukka Torvinen) Oasis Bi (Claes Svensson) Seabiscuit (Mika Forss) Timoko (Pierre Vercruysse) Bret Boko (Ari Moilanen) Red Rose America (Tony Le Beller) Ringostarr Treb (Wilhelm Paal) Windy Ways (Daniel Reden) Trebol (Gabriel Pou Pou) The race record is 1.11.1kr set in 2006 by Jan de Bellouet. Started in 1998 the past winners are listed below for 1998-2013 Year Winner Country Driver Time kr 1998 Dryade des Bois Jos Verbeeck 14,6 1999 Defi d’Aunou Jean-Etienne Dubois 14,9 2000 BWT Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko 14,9 2001 Exchequer Aki Antti-Roiko 13,5 2002 Legendary Lover K Steen Juul 14,0 2003 Flambeau des Pins Mathieu Fribault 13,2 2004 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire 13,2 2005 Prime Prospect Andrea Guzzinati 13,8 2006 Jag de Bellouet Christophe Gallie 11,1 2007 Camilla Highness Peter Ingves 12,8 2008 L´Amiral Mauzun Jean-Michel Bazire 12,3 2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves 13,0 2010 Brioni Joakim Lövgren 12,7 2011 Rapide Lebel Eric Raffin 12,8 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens 12,0 2013 Womanizer S Tommi Kylliäinen 12,2 Thomas H. Hicks  

June 21, 2015 - Maven (6f Glidemaster-M. Stewart-American Winner) scored for harness racing reinsman Johnny Takter in the Viola Silas Mares Trot at Kalmar, covering 2140 meters autostart in 1.11.6kr to earn 100,000SEK first money. Her career slate is now 31-17-4 in 65 starts for 14,909,384SEK earned. In 2015 she is 2-5-0 in 12 appearances for 1,691,214SEK. Jimmy Takter trains Maven. Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was second beaten two lengths with Ulf Ohlsson up. Eketorpets Tess (8f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) was third for teamster Peter Untersteiner. The V75 Gold feature on the Kalmar card went to Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) clocked in 1.10.2kr over 1640 meters autostart with the winner’s take being 150,000SEK. Robert Bergh steered the winner for owner Stall Lars Vegard HB. Obi Wan (9g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) was second by a length with Flemming Jensen up with third to Kash’s Cantab and Erik Adielsson.   Thomas H. Hicks

May 16, 2015 - Three top trots graced today’s Aby card conducted on a sloppy surface. The Gr. I International Queens Cup for four year old mares (940,960SEK, US$114,202 to the winner) was raced over 2140 meters autostart. Perretti Farms bred Ruby Crown (4f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele-Crown Thy Good-Speedy Crown ) took the prize clocked in 1.13.3kr for Johnny Takter, driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Ruby Trap’s career slate is now 12 9-1-0 for 1,205,700SEK and she is 5 4-1-0 in 2015. Jetta Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Fantasi Palema-Alf Palema) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Par Hedberg. This one was bred by Karl-Erik Bender and is owned by Stall Palema. Barka (4f Enjoy Lavec-Juxtapose-Credit Winner) secured third for Tony Wallin and trainer Kjell Wallin. The Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International Kings Plate) for four year old males was conducted over 2140 meters autostart, also for first money of 940,960SEK. The winner, in a close battle, was Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Melander and owner Stall TZ timed in 1.12.7kr. Bred by Arden Homestead and A.J. Skoglund, the winner now has a career slate of 14 7-1-0 for 1,230,750SEK earned. Second was Spartan Kronos (4m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and clocked same as the winner. Cash Gamble (4m Ready Cash-No Way Back-Viking Kronos) was a solid third for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. The Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned and Guida Italia Srl bred Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) ended fourth. The V-75 Gold Division Algot Scotts Minne (150,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) was clocked in a quick 1.10.5kr by winner Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. This winner of now 18 races in 53 starts for 6,132,316SEK career earnings was bred in North America by Libfeld and Katz. Veteran Reven d’Amour (10m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) was second for Ulf Olsson and trainer Fredrik B. Larsen. This one is a 22 time winner from 85 starts for 6,566,936SEK earned. El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie-Royal Troubador) was third for Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

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