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It was announced over the weekend that American trotting star Corky will stay in Sweden for a couple of months. Today it was decided that Uncle Peter will also remain in Scandinavia. Uncle Peter has earned 7.8 million SEK during his career and is one of the top horses in the USA. In Scandinavia he hasn't showed full potential, finishing fifth place in the Copenhagen Cup and tiring in his Elitloppet elimination to fail qualifying for the final. Uncle Peter hopes to obtain a start in the Oslo Grand Prix. Uncle Peter will join Corky at Daniel Reden's Stable Zet where they will be trained by Tobias J. Gustafsson. Backfire (4f by Offshore Dream) and Poochai (4m Make It Happen) took tonight’s companion Gr. I International events at Aby. Gothenburg, the Drottning Silvias Pokal for four year-old mares and the Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal for four year-old males. Both carried a purse of €199,930 with the winners’ share being €99,970. Backfire scored in 1.12.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, driven by Johnny Takter for a two length victory from Air Frame and Bjorn Goop. Heavily supported D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) came from far back to be third. Summary and video replay link are shown below with official program that follows: http://abytravet.se/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/140528_aby_Web.pdf May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Drottning Silvia Pokal, Gr. I International, four year-old mares, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.6kr, purse €199,939 with €99,970 to winner 1st Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ’s Caviar), Johnny Takter, owner Linne Trav AB, 11/1 odds, her eighth win in 21 starts now for earnings of 2,384,350SEK 2nd Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ’s Photo), Bjorn Goop up for trainer owner Stefan Melander and Stall TZ 3rd D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill), Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Kennys and trainer Roger Wahlman The four year-old males contest ended with 6.6/1 Poochai  scoring for Erik Adielsson in 1.11.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. The son of Make It Happen (son of Conway Hall that successfully raced in the USA) rallied in the lighting lane for the win over Sir Ratzeputz and teamster Jorma Kontio. Poochai was first to lead and then settled in the pocket behind Boys Going In with Amazing Man in the death seat. Sir Ratzeputz was first to advance three wide. Poochai waited for the inside passing lane and rallied to victory. Rolex Bigi, and reinsman Anders Svanstedt, was third over and empty in the drive, ending eighth. May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal, Gr. I International, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, purse €199,939 with €99.970 to winner (six places paid), 1.11.9kr 1st Poochai (4m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride), Erik Adielson for trainer Svante Bath, owner Roxy Horses KB, 6.6/1 odds, his sixth win in 19 starts for earnings of 1,911,460SEK 2nd Sir Ratzeputz (4m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown), Jorma Kontio up for Timo Nurmos trainer and owner Thors Trading AB 3rd Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d’Aunou), Fredrik Persson trainer/driver The fast class event for older trotters was the Algot Scotts Minne. Magic Tonight set the track record of 1.09.3kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, taking advantage of the early fast pace set by I’m The Answer. Favored Solvato made a miscue early. May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Algot Scotts Minne, purse €21,762, distance 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.09.3kr a track record 1st Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Wahlman, owner 2nd AB Svensk Reklamfinans, his 13th victory in 42 starts for 4,767,831SEK earned, off at 1.8/1 odds 3rd Obi Wan (8g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve), Flemming Jensen trainer/driver 4th Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Jorgen Sjunnesson up for Flemming Jensen trainer I’m The Answer was the rapid pacesetter and faded to fifth, Solvato was offstride early and was last. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Orjan Kihlstom teamed Panne de Moteur (6m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) to a nose victory in elimination two of the 2014 Elitloppet, timed in 1.08.9kr (1:50.86). That time equals Commander Crowe's Swedish record. The winner's dam was a Hambletonian Oaks winner. As anticipated Lutfi Kolgjini set the pace with Raja Mirchi (7m Viking Kronos-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay) and almost hung on under heavy pressure. Although modestly rough gaited nearing the line he stayed together bravely to just miss. Kihlstrom had the winner well placed in the pocket throughout after David Miller vacated the three spot to sit in the death seat. Panne de Moteur looked beaten at top of stretch and when Kihlstrom pulled to attack the horse was briefly rough gaited and veered left. Kihlstom superbly steadied his charge and went on for the close win over Raja Mirchi. Delicious (by Cantab Hall) ended third for Daniel Reden with Pascia'Lest (by Varenne) fourth for Enrico Bellei after a ground saving journey. Juliano Rags (by Juliano Star) was fifth after causing a restart in this field's first attempt at the start. Uncle Peter backed through the field to be unplaced. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The “blonde” veteran Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) scored a comeback victory in his first 2014 start as an 11 year-old in tonight’s featured Aon Trophy (purse €6,600) at Wolvega (Holland). Starting from position three in the 2100 meter autostart contest, reinsman Robin Bakker eased the Commander to the front and he led throughout to defeat the competitive Peter J. Strooper trained entry of Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond) with Michel F. Rothengatter aboard  and Andriy Fortune (7m SJs Photo-Nikita Fortuna) steered by Strooper. Winning time was 1.12.7kr, a track record for the distance. Commander Crowe , the best European trotter in 2012, was making his return this Saturday night in Holland and trainer Fabrice Souloy was asked whether he was relieved or satisfied. He responded positively to both saying his favorite champion is happy, flexible and better gaited than in 2013. Souloy said he would establish a racing program for him, perhaps in events just below the top class and that could include the Sweden Cup. Souloy said the Wolvega racetrack was in perfect condition and driver Bakker said it was a special thrill to drive the Commander,  that now has earnings in excess of £3,513,000 and 57 victories. Commander Crowe is owned by Snogarps Gard AB. Race replay is with the story. Truculent wins an invite to the Elitloppet Truculent, handled by Johnny Taker for trainer Lars-I Nilsson, scored a decisive front-end victory in the Gr. II International UET Masters Series H.K.H. Prins Daniels (1609 meters autostart, 400,000SEK to winner) at Gavle. Raced on a beautiful sunny day before a huge crowd, Truculent (7m Revenue-Heaven Tonight-Victory Dream) secured the front early from On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and Erik Adielsson and set a blistering pace  with the first 500 meters in 1.07.7kr. The US import maintained the pace, winning in 1.09.5kr that was easily his best career time (previously 1.11kr).  Truculent now has won three straight and 20 of 36 lifetime for earnings of 1,920,594SEK. He drew away at the end for a two length victory over pocket sitting On Track Piraten that escaped late but could not close on the winner. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) was third for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. The win by the US import Truculent (breeder River Ridge Farm) grants him an automatic Elitloppet invitation. Last night at Boden the 2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won a comeback and Elitloppet prep start over 2140 meters autostart.  He scored in 1.12.8kr for his 25th career win in 75 starts. The veteran now sports earnings of 9,152.098SEK. Dresscode and Lillern Sisu were next across the line USA bred, Russian owned Betterthancheckers wins in Sweden USA bred and Russian owned Betterthancheckers (5m Donato Hanover-Armbro Domino-Self Possessed) took the Bronze Division of the V75 for Jorma Kontio. Timo Nurmos trains this one for Stroy Nataliya. He led throughout to win by two lengths, his second straight in 2014, after three starts in Germany in fourth quarter 2013. His prior racing career was spent in Russia. The winner now has an impressive 26-2-1 slate in 31 starts for earnings of 890,000SEK including 110,000SEWK today.  He scored start to finish in a sharp 1.11.4kr over 1609 meters autostart. Rocket Zet was second for Daniel Reden. The MittMedia for 100,000SEK to the winner went to Jeppas Maxi (5g Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image) in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart. Torbjorn Jansson teamed the winner that defeated Coldtown with Jorma Kontio up and Regent Zet with reinsman Johan Untersteiner aboard. Jeppas Maxi posted his third consecutive win and now shows a 5-0-1 slate in just six career starts. The  Silver V75 Division for 125,000SEK to the winner went to USA bred Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) and driver Mercedes Balogh. The pair won in 1.12.9kr over B.B.S Mandarino with Robert Bergh and A. Hannibal handled by Ake Lindblom. Other winners on the card included Vasterbo Paymyday (5g Credit Winner-Vasterbo Daylight-Spotlite Lobell) in 1.11.8kr for Jorma Kontio. He took home 100,000SEK as winners’ share of the purse to owner Stall Wahlstedt. Oscar Nilsson scored a victory with Britt Palema (5f Adams Hall-Rapidsland Glare-Southwind Pinnacle) in a mares event worth 100,000SEK to her owner Stall It Was Easy. This mare now has a 9-5-0 slate in 18 career starts. Gavle was founded in 1938 and is known as Sweden's fastest track. The track is situated 180 km north of Stockholm and is a five-eighths mile course with 40 live race days. Restaurants: 500 seats in the grand restaurant and 600 places in the bar. Grandstand: 1200 seats indoors. Location: 1 km north of Gävle. www.gavletravet.se by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Provided that Truculent (7m Revenue-Heaven Tonight-Victory Dream) accepts to auto-invite to the Elite race that he earned today with a Gr. II UET Masters Series win at Gavle, the Elitloppet 2014 field looks to be complete following announcement by officials of three other acceptances. They are Digital Ink, Juliano Rags and Delicious (USA bred mare developed by Ron Gurfein), as profiled below. Truculent is a US import, now with a record of 1.09.5kr and earnings of 1,920,594SEK (20 wins in 36 career starts) for Lars-I Nilsson trainer. River Ridge Farm was the breeder.Digital Ink Nationality: Sweden (Stall T.Z., Stefan Melander) Trainer: Stefan Melander Ãge / Sex: 5 male Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres Earnings SEK: 3.383.300 kronor Record KR: 1.10,6 Nationality: Norway (Stall Juliano) Trainer: Noralf Braekken Ãge / Sex: 6g Juliano Star - Julia Rags Earnings SEK: 1.833.026 kronor Record KR 1.11,0 Nationality: Sweden(Stall Zet) Trainer: Daniel Reden Ãge / Sex: 5 female Cantab Hall - Ipsara L.B. Earnings SEK: 2.366.572 kronor Record KR 1.09,9 The full field lineup is shown below (USA bred noted). This group appears to be competitively well-matched. The USA owned and trained Maven and Uncle Peter would seem to have a good chance for victory. Maven (USA) Pascia'Lest Panne de Moteur Uncle Peter (USA) Timoko Reven d'Amour Shaq Is Back (USA) Nahar Caballion Sanity Prussia Raja Mirchi Digital Ink Juliano Rags Delicious (USA) Truculent (USA) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Commander Crowe, the gallant 11 year-old gelded son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell is back in training and is being aimed for a comeback at Wolvega (Netherlands) in early May. Trainer Fabrice Souloy reports that his chestnut champion is in the pool and on track. He has not raced since a dull performance October 26, 2013 at Jagersro in the Mullers Memorial. Souloy stated, in Paris-Turf interview, that races at Wolvega could occur on May 3 and May 17. Commander Crowe has earned £3,510,607 lifetime with a speed record of 1.08.9kr. He enjoyed a Fabulous season in 2012. In France horses aged over 10 may not race. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Beautifully bred colt Orion Tilly heads the field for the Group Two Svampen Orebro, a relatively new addition to the Swedish trotting calendar which was first raced in 2011 as separate male and female races. This year's renewal of the 70,000euro sprint over the mile is a combined feature with a field of nine fronting up. Per Lennartsson's colt Orion Tilly, was a close second in Sweden's richest 2YO race, the Group One Uppfödningslöpningen and was the winner of the first two of his five starts including the Breeders Crown in Bergsaker. His sire is American National winner Clerk Magistrate while he is a close relation to one of Sweden's greatest horses, Victory Tilly. While he was not able to overhaul theLutfi Kolgjini's Onceforall Face in the Uppfödningslöpningen, it was super run by Orion Tilly who was closing fast on the tearaway leader and was within a length as the pair crossed the line eight lengths clear of the third horse and nearly a second quicker. His main competition could come from M.T.James a son of Quite Easey and out of a full sister to US stallion Muscle Memory, who won the Harry Zweig Memorial and was third in the 2005 Hambletonian and now stands in Sweden. M.T.James is the winner of four on the trot so far and though this race will be a step up for Ake Lindblom's colt, he has drawn the pole which will suit the horse who is a fast beginner and more than likely will set the pace. The third richest earner in the field is Gabriella Sisu who will have the advantage of ace driver Björn Goop in the bike for trainer Ari-Pekka Pakkanen. The daughter of Muscle Mass is drawn the inside of the second line and should get a nice drag up on the rail and will get a chance to test the two colts. She had her second win last start at this track in a fillies race. The other interesting runner is the Tomas Malmqvist-trained German horse Elton Attack, a son of Swedish stallion Gigant Neo, who won the Prix d'Amerique in a stellar career. He is out of a Dutch-bred mare of US parentage and broke in his last start Sweden after a placing in Berlin and a win in Denmark's Charlottenlund four starts back. With top driver Jorma Kontio in the bike he looks the best of the rest, who do not have a win among them.   SVAMPEN ÖREBRO Örebro 15/12/13 SE (G2) Int 1609m 2YO 70 000 1 M.T.James (2c Quite Easy - Peace Treaty) Ã…ke Lindblom Tr: Ã…ke Lindblom 2 Elton Attack (2c Gigant Neo - P'Bird Mon Amie) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Tomas Malmqvist 3 Orion Tilly (2c Clerk Magistrate - Infra Tilly) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Per Lennartsson 4 Bear My Crown (2f Dream Vacation - Bear My Royalty) Dr: Tony Wallin Tr: Pekka Korpi 5 Deneb Graff (2c Juliano Star - Flamenco Kemp ) Dr: Sebastian Hedblom Tr: Sebastian Hedblom 6 Jumpinjackofjoy (2c Enjoy Lavec - Ronja Win) Dr: Jörgen Sjunnesson Tr: Liselotte Nordkvist 7 Drive Launcher (2c Dad's Launcher - Joyride Launcher) Dr: Johan Sedström Tr: Johan Sedström 8 Run to the Hills (2g Couch Doctor - Samba Brick) Dr: Erik Svensson Tr: Erik Svensson 9 Gabriella Sisu (2f Muscle Mass - Armbro Begood) Dr: Björn Goop Tr: Ari-Pekka Pakkanen by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Maharajah continues his undeclared path to the Prix d'Amerique with a 2140m V75 gold division race in Aby on Saturday night. 'The Emperor' disappointed his legion of fans, and thousands of owners, last time out when he was Maharajaha well beaten favourite in the Gavle Stora Pris, but he was driven two deep for most of the 3100m journey, and actually went three-wide around Haraldinho to improve his position about halfway through the journey. That extra exertion proved a little too tough in this stage in Stefan Hultman's stable star's preparation, with the 3100m telling on his legs but his handlers will know that this is the sort of run he will need to post to have any chance of winning at Vincennes, where the French horses can go three wide, challenge to improve position and then kick in the straight. Vets gave him the all clear following the run, and the Travkompaniet owners will still be taking it one race at a time as they target the race they covet, the Prix d'Amerique, and this time over this trip he will once again be the punters' choice. His vanquisher in the Gavle Stora Pris was Stig H Johansson's Perfectly Enough, who starts again here. The former Swedish Breeders Crown 3YO winner went a terrific race, driven with cover all the way and then peeled wide from the 300m to unleash a final burst which proved irresistible to the pacesetter Winning Love. Perfectly Enough has a draw which looks like giving him a similar trip again, but the shorter distance may make it tougher to overhaul the horse which gets the lead. US import Solvato has been prominent in early markets and is certainly well-bred being by Donato Hanover from the fine racemare Solveig the winner of $622,714,a Champlain Stakes winner and runner-up in the 2YO Breeders Crown who took a record of 1.56. Like many top racemares though, she has not had the same success so far at stud. He has only won six times in 27 lifetime starts but has impressed his new trainer Veijo Heiskanen since he arrived and won a 4YO race at Kalmar two starts back. But it is a big ask for a 4YO to step up to the Swedish Elite level, even with his breeding. Flemming Jensen's Danish-bred stallion Obi Wan and Lutfi Kolgjini's Juggle Face who will have Johnny Takter on board, are the others with support in the market. Obi Wan, is a son of Ganymede who is one of those French sires who actually does better crossed with American mares than he seems to in his native France, having proven especially successful in Italy and Denmark - another such French sire is Juliano Star, the sire of Commander Crowe and rising stars like Juliano Rags but of seemingly of little consequence in his own country. Obi Wan, who started off his racing in Denmark in Ken Ecce's stable was no age-group star and has taken his time to go through the grades but has improved with age and won six of his 12 races this season. He has been rising through the grades, with a win in the Silverdivision final at Aby in May and now has a respecatable record of 16 wins and 11 placings from 46 starts. Kolgjini's Juggle Face is the same age but has raced thirty more times and could not be more different. His dam is an Armbro Goal half sister to Triton Sund, a winner of more than $2.3 million and a record of 1.52.2 and now at stud after a stellar career. A Swedish Travderby and Breeders Crown winner Triton Sund went on to win several group ones such as Sweden's second biggest race, Olympiatravet and Denmark's biggest race, the Copenhagen Cup and even had a second placing in the Prix de Belgique and raced in the Prix d'Amerique. Juggle Face, who like Triton Sund is by Viking Kronos, won his first four starts as a 2YO, was second in the Breeders Crown at three and won the Solvalla Grand Prix at four. But he has not quite reached the heights of his illustrious relative, who was also trained for a time by Kolgjini although he has won 5.6 million SEK ($860K) and had group wins like the group two Orebro International and Eskilstuna FyraÃ¥ringstest. Gulddivisionen Aby 2013-12-14 289,000SEK 2140m 1 Obi-Wan (h Ganymede - Hejsa Reerstrup) Dr: Flemming Jensen Tr: Flemming Jensen 2 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 3 Yanantin Boko (g Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko) Dr: Olle Alsén Tr: Olle Alsén 4 Rakas (h Victory Party - Tricky Woo Per Lennartsson) Dr: Tr: Per Lennartsson 5 Capello Bob (g Trade Balance - Yroflickan) Dr: Stefan Persson Tr: Stefan Persson 6 Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 7 David Sisu (h Lindy Lane - Keystone Delicious) Dr: Ulf Ohlsson Tr: Petri Salmela 8 Maharajah (h Viking Kronos - Chili Khan) Dr: Örjan Kihlström Tr: Stefan Hultman 9 Oasis Bi (h Toss Out - Up Front Jm) Dr: Claes Svensson Tr: Stefan P Pettersson 10 J.T.'s Crown (h Buckaroo K. - Nadja Waltter ) Dr: Peter Ingves Tr: Glenn H Persson 11 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 12 Politiken (g Ens Snapshot - Goldie Hawn) Dr: Morten Friis Tr: John Friis by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com 

Today (Sunday) Eskilstuna hosted four Gr. I International Sweden Breeders Crown finals, each contested over 2140 meters autostart, each with 850,000SEK to the winner. The winners mix was both favorites and up-setters with Digital Ink garnering the most ink in the press and in terms of mutual tickets. Breeders Crown results are shown below: Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 4yo females 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Youana (4f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.12.3kr, Peter Untersteiner Quadrille (4f Varenne-Tapdencer-Tibur), 1.12.5kr, Johan Untersteiner Dream of Joy (4f Dream Vacation-Frida Filokus-Spotlite Lobell), 1.12.9kr, Stefan Persson Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 3yo females 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Amazon AM (3f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet), 1.13.1kr, Robert  Bergh, winner of 7 in 12 starts this year, career earnings 2,074,600SEK Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane-Lindy Lane), 1.13.1kr, Johan Untersteiner Our Precious (3f Pearsall Hanover-Nova Brodda-Juliano Star), 1.13.2kr, Peter Ingves Breeders Crown Gr. I International  Final– 4yo males 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Digital Ink (4g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), Orjan Kihlstrom driver for Stefan Melander owner/trainer, his 8th win in 12 starts this year, career earnings 1,888,300SEK Thai Broadway (4m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In), 1.12.8kr, Gunnar Austevoll Porthos Amok (4m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine C hip), 1.13.2kr, Bjorn Goop driving Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 3yo males 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Jonesy (3m Muscles Yankee-Ripley-Ride The Night), Finland registered, 1.13.6kr, Tuomas Korvenoja up Breakbumper (3m Viking Kronos-Lovely-Top Love), 1.13.6kr, Robert Bergh trainer/driver Cool Keeper (3m Broadway Hall-Missy’s Go Go-Yankee Glide), 1.13.6kr, Leif Witasp trainer/driver Yesterday (Saturday) Eskilstuna also hosted V-75 action. The featured Gold Division went to the Dream Vacation son Alvena Pele in 1.11kr for Per Lennartsson. Womanizer was a solid second. V-75 day action is summarized below. Volvia Svensk Travsports Monte Kat 2 2140 meters autostart, 40,000SEK to winner Starbec’s Mr. Tee (6g Turbi Thrust-Blue Blossom-Pactole de Tillard), 1.14.6kr for Lynda Hedstrom, his 6th win in 14 starts thius year Jonathan Palema (5g Adams Hall-Rosalinde Palema-Alf Palema), Josefine Ivehag aboard Yosemite Boko (8g Express Ride-Elisabeth Boko-Speedy Somolli), Viktoria Strand-Jorgensen up Bjorkmans BIL 1640meters autostart, 25,000SEK to winner Headhunter (5g Gentle Star-Famous Christine-Ororek), 1.12.kr winner for Magnus Jakobsson Isinbajeva (4f Gigant Neo-Graceful Face-Pine Chip), 1.12kr, Johan Untersteiner, Roger Walmann trainer Strosa (4f Lindy Lane-Sweet and Strong-Super Arnie), Erik Adielsson V-75 Gold Division 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money Alvena Pele (7m Dream Vacation-Oli Roy-Probe), 1.11kr, Per Lennartsson Womanizer (9g Tap In-Sandra Nibs-Mr. Drew), 1.11.1kr, Peter Ingves El Sueco (8g Calvin Capar-Otilia Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.11.2kr, Johan Untersteiner V-75 Silver Division 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first money Seabiscuit (6g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.13.1kr, Jorma Kontio up Democrat (6g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.13.1kr, Per Lennartsson driving Lotus Elan (7g Super Arnie-Lotusanne-Cezio Josselyn), 1.13.2kr, Erik Adielsson the reinsman V-75 Bronze Division 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner Open Mind Bi (5g Andover Hall-No Nonsense Woman-Sierra Kosmos), 1.11.3kr, Jorma Kontio driving Prey Frontline (5g Love You-Ritzy Girl-Super Arnie), 1.11.3kr, Ulf Ohlsson up Pioneer F.H. (6g SJs Photo-Zagara Jet-Park Avenue Joe), 1.11.3kr, Peter Untersteiner driver On Wednesday the international trotting superstar Maharajah made a winning comeback and set a national record of 1.12.7kr over 2160 meters, circular start. Stefan Hultman’s eight year-old was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Maharajah won 250,000SEK for the win to take his career earnings to 18.9 million SEK. Kihlstrom remarked that the veteran has a lot left. Yesterday (Saturday) at Kincsem Park the feature was the 1.5 million HUF Oszi Kiserleti Verseny  (the Fall Criterium) and Derby winner Radium Boy (3m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady) scored in 1.17.9kr for Veljko Mazsity over 1960 meters (distance handicap). Poetica Saf was second with the Muscle Yankee son Pretty Ripped third. This result  and the other top races at Kincsem Park are summarized below: Oszi Kiserleti Verseny 1960meters distance handicap, 1,500,000HUF purse Radium Boy (3m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady), 1.17.9kr, V. Mazsity Poetica Saf (4f Frullino Jet-SAugusta Bi), J. Sagaj Pretty Ripped (4m Muscles Yankee-Pretty in Plaid), Cs. Lakatos Illetmeny DIJ 1960meters distance handicap, 500,000 HUF purse Lady Luna (8f Sierra Ranger-Luna), 1.18kr,  J. Sagaj Rambo 7m Mystical Crown-Rosa), B. Sersen Orifiamma Jet (5f Supergill-Ticket to Ride), T. Hajnal Versec DIJ 1980meters distance handicap,  330,000HUF purse Passion Grif (4g Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), 1.19.6kr, Zs. Vereb Filipana Goal (4f Armbro Goal-Franja), A. Denes Please Mr. Postman (4m Buvetier d’Aunou-Ines Pierji), J. Kolozsi by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

Lars Nilsson’s outstanding filly Fascination will be looking to add a second Breeders Crown to her already stunning CV at Eskilstuna tonight in the Swedish Breeders Crown for 4YO mares over 2140m for €235,000. Fascination won the Swedish Oaks earlier this year and has already amassed over €630,000 in 19 wins and was a very easy winner of her semifinal for Johnny Takter. The daughter of Super Arnie and the Italian bred mare Elissa F.Z (a daughter of Lemon Dra) will start the heavy favourite. US bound Ake Svandtedt’s Rica Neo was a very impressive winner of the semifinal and is getting better with every race. The daughter of French sire Juliano Star (the sire of Commander Crowe) could hand  Anders Svanstedt his biggest Swedish win prior to his family’s departure to the United States. Blended Scotch is the number two mare on earnings and beat Fascination and Rica Neo home when winning the Group I Swedish Mares Championship in July. She tried to attack in her semifinal and faded in the straight. But if she is able to sit at the back and mount her assault later she could win this. Catarina Lundström’s Gallant Barron mare Mousse is a former E3 final winner but has not been in good form of late, her fourth place in the semifinal being her best run since two victories in June. She might be coming back into form, while Monica Janisels’ Home Alone mare Jeepster won her semifinal and has the ace draw.  Scarlet Knight mare System Performance was also impressive in the lead up race and is improving all the time and is the other with a chance of figuring in the finish. North American imported sires heavily dominate the field with only four horses sired  by European sires. Surprisingly though, there are no North American resident sires represented – all of them are standing in Europe. Italian supersire Varenne has two representatives as has recently deceased Super Arnie, a very successful US import who stood in Sweden. SWEDISH BREEDERS' CROWN  Eskilstuna  03/11/13 (G1) Int Eskilstuna 2 140 4f 235 000 1              Jeepster     (Home Alone - Princess Kullers)     Kaj Widell     Monica Janisels                      2              Fascination     (Super Arnie - Elissa F.Z. )     Johnny Takter     Lars I Nilsson                      3              Rica Neo    (Juliano Star - Cristall Cashflow)     Anders Svanstedt     Åke Svanstedt                      4              System Performance     (Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady)     Björn Goop     Stefan Melander                      5              Youana     (Pearsall Hanover - Euro Sund)     Peter Untersteiner     Catharina Johansson                      6              Priceless Pellini     (Varenne - Garnelia Angus)    Örjan Kihlström    Roger Walmann                     7              Mousse     (Gallant Baron - Fashion Tilly)     Kajsa Frick     Catarina Lundström                     8              Blended Scotch    (Super Photo Kosmos - Hopscotch)     Per Linderoth     Per Linderoth                     9              Xena Brick     (Super Arnie - Keystone Nora)     Jorma Kontio    Timo Nurmos                     10              Bailey Sweet Grim     (Quite Easy - Green Apple)     Stefan Söderkvist     Åke Svanstedt 11              Dream of Joy     (Dream Vacation - Frida Filiokus)     Stefan Persson     Stefan Persson                   12              Quadrille   (Varenne - Tapdancer)    Johan Untersteiner    Roger Walmann      Dave Sanders

Tragedy marred the running of the Swedish Breeders Crown semifinals in Solvalla today when US-bound Ake Svanstedt’s Charlie Palema collapsed during the race and died. The race was the second semifinal for four-year colts and geldings, and the horse driven by Anders Svanstedt began faltering about 1200m into the race. The race judge on TravRonden was quoted saying that a short distance before the horse collapsed, his legs were like spaghetti and the driver made futile attempts to steer the horse with the reins. Charlie Palema fell onto the track and pulled down the following Maffioso Face and tipped Lutfi Kolgjini from the sulky. After a short distance Maffioso Face (4g Revenue) was captured unharmed but his driver Kolgjini suffered a hurt shoulder and withdrew from the rest of his driving engagements. Anders Svanstedt was unharmed. Charlie Palema lay motionless on the track and was pronounced dead by the horse ambulance attendants and veterinarian. They believed that the son of Gidde Palema was dead before he hit the track. “He started losing style 1200 and left shortly after - it felt that there was noone at home. I shouted at competitors to stay out of the way to try to avoid an accident,” Anders said on ATG Live TV (translated). The race was called off and rescheduled, with Maffioso Face a late scratching. The re-run race was won by Daniel Reden’s Molle C.D. Other semifinal winners were 4YO C&G: Dreams Take Time (Andover Andover) and Porthos Amok (Orlando Vici; 4YO mares: Fascination (Super Arnie), Jeepster (Home Alone) and Rica Neo (Juliano Star);3YO C&G: Cool Keeper (Broadway Hall), Call Me Keeper (Pine Chip) and Poochai (Make It Happen); 3YO fillies I Am Unique (Kadabra), Amazon Am (Gigant Neo) and Neona Princess (Gigant Neo). The finals are Saturday week. by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

The UET Masters Series,  resumes after a week’s break  and Commander Crowe head a top quality field in the CL Mullers Memorial, a Group II international  and one of two Masters Series events at Jagersro, Sweden this weekend. Commander Crowe will be attempting to win his third CL Mullers Memorial, a race that has been an every-present on the Swedish calendar since the 1920s. Fabrice Souloy’s brilliant chestnut won in 2008 and 2009 but that was his last appearance in the 2640m staying race (approximately 1 mile and five-eighths), which has been dominated in recent years by horses with at last some French blood in their pedigrees. Last year’s winner Quarcio du Chene is by Capriccio,  2011’s winner Yellow Eden was by Duc de Bossis, Maharajah the 2010 winner has French blood on his damside. Commander Crowe (himself by Juliano Star)  followed four other winners with French sirelines in Arras (Echo), Garros (Coktail Jet), Spring Ray (Gentle Star)  and Insert Gede (Jet du Vivier). The last horse of American-bloodlines was  the Sugarcane stallion E.V. Cane in 2003. Commander Crowe, although in the last couple of months of his 10-year-old season, has been in good form recently, with a second in the final of the Lotteria a fortnight ago after winning his heat at the re-scheduled Grand Masters event at Agnano, Naples. He will be driven by top driver Orjan Kihlstrom. The Commander will face recently crowned Swedish champion On Track Piraten, who was a surprise winner of the Swedish Masterskap race at Aby, also a fortnight ago. He will be driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Hans Stromberg. Yarrah Boko, the Norwegian owned and trained son of Coktail Jet was second in that event and Trond Anderssen’s star  lines up again here in his third attempt at the race and has the pole position. Johnny  Johansson’s V75 King Harry Haythrow, who has   drawn two, and Fredrik Larsson’s honest campaigner Caballion are others with a good chance of picking up a decent proportion of the stake. Anders Svanstedt will be in the bike for his dad Ake Svanstedt’s King Conch gelding New Line as the current leading trainer continues his long goodbye to his homeland before his depature to the States next week. C.L.MÜLLERS MEMORIAL Jägersro 2013-10-26  Group II Int 2 640 all 110 000 1         Yarrah Boko (h   Coktail Jet - Big Blue Kitten) Dr:  Ulf Ohlsson Tr:  Trond Anderssen             2         Harry Haythrow (g   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:   Johnny Johansson             3         Winning Love(h  Love You - Falin Amber Dance) Dr:  Åke Lindblom  Tr:   Åke Lindblom             4         Obi-Wan (h  Ganymede - Hejsa Reerstrup) Dr:  Flemming Jensen  Tr:   Flemming Jensen             5         You Bet Hornline (h  San Pellegrino - Evergreen Ri) Dr:  Robert Bergh Tr:    Robert Bergh             6         Caballion (h  Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick) Dr:  Fredrik B Larsson Tr:    Fredrik B Larsson             7         New Line (g  King Conch - På'en Igen Frökjär) Dr:  Anders Svanstedt  Tr:   Åke Svanstedt             8         On Track Piraten (g  Kool du Caux – Monrovia) Dr:  Erik Adielsson  Tr:   Hans R Strömberg             9         Commander Crowe (g  Juliano Star – Somack) Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr:    Fabrice Souloy             10         Haraldinho (g  Scarlet Knight - Havannas Julia) Dr:  Marcus M Melander  Tr:   Catarina Lundström               Dave Sanders  

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  

Even as the triumphant announcement last week of the fields for the re-scheduled Gran Premio della Lotteria gave Italian trotting a shot in the arm, the timing of the announcement, on the weekend left empty by the postponement of the  Italian Derby only served to highlight the parlous state of the sport on the boot-shaped peninsula. For in the middle of busy European Derby season, the Italian Derby was the Jewel in the crown, and not just because it was the richest age-group race of any kind in Europe being €700,000 until cut to €550,000 last year as part of the drastic cuts to purses imposed by the Italian government in response to its political and economic crisis. Even so, this still trumps  any of the French Classiques (the richest is €240,000) and dwarfing all the other European kriterium/derbies such as the Finnish (€165K) and Danish (€100K) equivalents which were also raced last weekend.  Even the next richest the  Swedish Trav-Derby (for 4YOs) is still less (€470K). It was also because the Italian graduates, drawn from the world’s best bloodlines  from both US and French lines that such riches attact, still reign supreme on the continent despite almost blanket access to all the top US sires. Varenne, the 1998 Italian Derby winner has been Italy’s Leading sire for the past three seasons while  Viking Kronos (who was fifth in the same race) was the leading sire in the other non-Franco powerhouse, Sweden in 2010 and 2011. Varenne has sired four of the last five Italian Derby winners, and Derby or Kriterium winners in three other countries while Viking Kronos has sired 2 Swedish Trav-Derby winners, but has also sired 3 or 4YO classic winners in Denmark, Germany and Norway, plus European champions in all 3 age groups. Other former Italian Derby winning sires include Uronometro, Daguet Rapide and Infinitv who more than hold their own on their better known US contemporaries. The Derby Italiano has been postponed because its home, Rome’s  historic Tor di Valle, was the latest in a series of tracks to be closed,  in this instance to make way for the building of a soccer stadium. It is supposed to be re-scheduled to take place next month but one trainer dismissed the chances of the event going ahead. “It is supposed to be raced at a new track to be built at the Rome thoroughbred track,” the trainer emailed on condition of anonymity. “One of the turf tracks will be converted to a trotting track. “The racing direction will be clockwise, the same as the thoroughbreds. “It is a joke. And the racetrack -  people claim the price tag is 3 million euros – only work has yet to begin and the elims are scheduled for 23 Nov.” “Only in Italy.” Another racetrack to close was Naples’ Agnano track earlier in the year -  which led  to the postponement of the Gran Premio della Lotteria to this weekend -  as criminal investigations were conducted. A new administration is now in place, and the track reopened to much fanfare two weekends ago, as was the rescheduling of the Lotteria, for which a field of 24 will line up for in three “batteries” of eight which will decide the eight finalists, the same day on October 13. They have scored something of a coup in attracting Swedish superstar Commander Crowe and his Italian-bred stablemates Marielles and Napoleon Bar (who was third last year) but their mentor Fabrice Solouy is the only international trainer with enough faith in their ability to get paid to have made the trip, despite it being a quiet spot in the international schedule. There is a boycott of Italian thoroughbred racing by European trainers because of unpaid stakes. But the Lotteria which will run on the weekend is  far from the event that once lived up to its billing as one of the four Grand Slams of European trotting and attracted the best trotters in the world in the 1980s and 90s.  This event looks like a  dual between Italian heavyweight  Mack Grace Sm (CC’s Chucky T) and his Swedish behemoth Commander Crowe, who although getting well into veteran class at 10 years old, is still footing it with the younger brigade. Fabrice Souloy’s champ has the class to win this although he faces a local legend who is going for his second win in a row, and has a record unrivalled in Italy. Lucio Colletti’s Mack Grace Sm is almost unbeatable in Italy, with seven wins in a row and 10 out of 12 this year but has never fired away from the peninsula and has had the luxury of racing against fields devoid of any international quality this year. The major competition should come from Owen’s Club (Duke of York), Look Mp (Sugarcane Hanover) and Napoleon Bar(Varenne) in battery one, Looney Tunes (Ganymede) and Marielles (Kick Tail) in battery two and Linda de Casei  (Uronometro) and Newyork Newyork (Supergill)  in battery three. GRAN PREMIO DELLA LOTTERIA (3 BATTERY+ FINALE+CONSOLATION) Agnano  2013-10-13   Group I Int 4-10 €406 000  1600m   BATTERY 1 €20 900 1         Lawyer As (8h S J's Photo - Ima Quick   Luca Fierro   Luca Fierro             2         Owen's Club (5h Duke Of York - Duse Tab   Pietro Gubellini   Pietro Gubellini             3         Marlon Om (7g S J's Photo - Zelata Om   Roberto Vecchione  Pietro Gubellini            4         Look Mp (8h Sugarcane Hanover - Atlantis Gar   kusk ej klar   Giorgio d'Alessandro S:r             5         Iper Roc (9h Lemon Dra - Banner Roc   Michela Racca   Giorgio Carini 6         Oibambam Effe (5m Classic Photo - Etna Sec   Salvatore Carro   Salvatore Carro             7         Lotar Bi (8h Toss Out - Laforet Park   Alessandro Raspante   Sabina Breccia             8         Napoleon Bar (6h Varenne - Dalmazia   Enrico Bellei   Fabrice Souloy      BATTERY 2 €20 900 1         Mururoa As (7m Lemon Dra - Jade's Tiara)  Dr: Giuseppe Pietro Maisto   Tr: Giuseppe Pietro Maisto             2         Moses Rob (7h Ganymede - Etoile Rob)   Dr: Giuseppe Luongo   Tr: Salvatore Carro             3         Looney Tunes (8h Ganymede - Defi' de la Roche)  Dr:  Alessandro Gocciadoro   Tr: Alessandro Gocciadoro             4         Mack Grace Sm (7h CC's Chuckie T - Ambro Grace Sm)   Dr: Roberto Andreghetti  Tr:  Lucio Colletti             5         Marielles (7m Kick Tail - Egida Play)  Dr:  Franck Nivard  Tr:  Fabrice Souloy             6         Negresco Milar (6h CC's Chuckie T - Birmaniaz)  Dr:  Marco Guzzinati  Tr:  Marco Guzzinati             7         Orsia (5m Angus Hall - Tigre Om)  Dr:  TBA Tr: Holger Ehlert             8         Osasco di Ruggi (5h Varenne - Papaia Ral) Dr:   TBA Tr: Holger Ehlert      BATTERY 3  €20 900 1         Novarica (6m Allison Hollow - Bagutta Ok)  Dr:  Davide di Stefano   Tr: Biagio Lo Verde             2         Linda di Casei (8m Uronometro - Comtesse Ferm)  Dr/tr:  Alessandro Gocciadoro             3         Maestrale Spin (7h Lindy Lane - Princess Godiva)  Dr:  Mario Minopoli J:r   Tr: Team Minopoli 4         Orleans Om (5m Sj's Caviar - Deux de Mai)   Dr: Giuseppe Lombardo J:r  Tr:  Lucio Colletti             5         Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star - Somack)   Dr: Franck Nivard  Tr:  Fabrice Souloy 6         Langdon Grif (8h Varenne - Meadowbranch Nan)   Dr: Gaetano di Nardo  Tr:  Guiseppe Citarella             7         Newyork Newyork (6h Supergill - Viola d'Amore)   Dr: TBA  Tr:  Holger Ehlert             8         Owen Cr (5h Cantab Hall - Boemia Cr)  Dr:  Pietro Gubellini  Tr:  Pietro Gubellini         by Dave Sanders 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  

Three eliminations are set for Italy’s October 13th Gran Premio Lotteria. Each division features horses of interest with Commander Crowe facing Probo OP in the first. The 10 year-old veteran by Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell is still competitive at upper levels of European trotting. Mack Grace SM (by CC’s Chuckie T) heads the second group and has proven to be Italy’s top trotter this year. He will face Orsia, Marielles and Looney Tunes in this effort. The last “battery” shapes up to be a competitive battle between Look MP, Napolean Bar (raced well yesterday in a distance handicap event in France) and Owens Club. Total purse is 406,000 euro with each heat at 1600 meters autostart in this Gr. I International UET Masters Series race.   Batteria A Commander Crowe Linda Di Casei Owen Cr Probo Op Orleans Om Orione Degli Dei Newyork Newyork Maestrale Spin Batteria B Mack Grace Sm Looney Tunes Marielles Moses Rob Orsia Negresco Milar Mururoa As Osasco Di Ruggi Batteria C Look Mp Owen’s Club Monster Drive Napoleon Bar Marlon Om Lorenz Del Ronco Oibambam Effe David Sisu   Controversy continues regarding the site of the Italian Trotting Derby scheduled for late November. With the historic site (Rome trotting track) closed the intent was to create a trotting track at the gallop track in Rome from one of its turf courses. Apparently due to site constraints the race would need to be contested in a clockwise direction (right handed), unusual in Italy albeit quite common in France and in some other countries. Since construction has not begun there have been various alternatives proposed including moving the event to another site. ANACT has opposed the 2013 situation and some advocate a boycott of the 2013 Derby. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The International Group I Championnat Europeen Des 5 Ans (European Championship for 5 years old) has assembled a star-studded Pan-European field at Vincennes. Three of the four Scandinavian Trav-Derby champions from the previous year are entered plus the runner up to the French equivalent, the Criterium des 4 Ans Un Mec d’Heripre. Fabrice Solouy’s Orlando Vici stallion finished fifth in both French 5YO Classics recently, including his first time under saddle a fortnight ago. This field is certainly no harder, and Un Mec d’Heripre will again be one of the favourites since he had won twice before the Group I classics. Finland’s Trav-Derby winner Brad de Veluwe also went on to win the Prix de l’UET, the four-year-old equivalent to this race which is also being held again on the same day, this time in Solvalla. Brad de Veluwe is likely to be one of the favourites, his last start being in the 500,000 Masters Series final at the same venue at the beginning of the month. He has been racing in the top company and has been there and thereabouts in fields much harder than this. Swedish 2012 Trav-Derby champ Pato has actually moved to France recently where he is trained by Anders Lindquist. He was disqualified in his first start in the country, when he raced in the Grand Prix la Voix du Nord last week, the race in which Sanity beat Ready Cash. He did win three starts back in Sweden. And Norway’s TravDerby champion of last year Juliano Rags is also in the field for trainer/driver Noralf P. Braekken. He galloped last start but has had a win and two thirds in four starts since June in Norway. And the Norwegian Hoppe Derby (Oaks) winner My Happiness E.P., a Credit Winner mare, is also entered for Denmark trainer Bo Westergaard who competes in both Denmark and Norway. The mare is in top form with two victories in her last two starts – one in each country. Italian stallion Olmo Holz, who won the Italian Derby consolation when raced in Italy for Paolo Romanelli, has been the French stable of ex-pat Belgian Vincent Martens for the past year and won his last start at Vincennes only last month, his second at this track this year. He will be driven by Martens’ brother Christopher. Uhlan du Val was second in the Criterium des 5 Ans, his fourth second placing in five starts in top French age group races, and will also be at short odds for trainer/driver Cedric Megissier and is the best of the rest of the French contingent making up the field. It includes Richard Westerink‘s Umoko, the full brother to current star Timoko but he has struggled to reach the heights of his illustrious brother in top company while the Netherlands is represented by Best Well for Hans Bot. CHAMPIONNAT EUROPEEN DES 5 ANS Vincennes 2100m Group I Int 5YOs € 150 000 1     Olmo Holz (ITA) (5h Uronometro - Veuve du Kras)  Dr: Christophe Martens  Tr:  Vincent Martens 2     My Happiness E.P. (NOR) (5m Credit Winner - U.S.Francesca)  Dr: Dominik Locqueneux  Tr:  Bo Westergaard 3     Uraki des Sarts (FRA) (5h Niky - Guimauve des Sarts) Dr:  Jean Marc Chaineux  Jean Marc Chaineux        4     Best Well (NED) (5m Love You - Ushi Dragon) Dr:  Sebastien Tribourdeau  Tr:  Hans Bot        5     Un Mec d'Heripre (FRA) (5h Orlando Vici - I Love You Darling)  Dr: Franck Nivard  Tr: Fabrice Souloy        6     Brad de Veluwe (FIN) (5h Andover Hall - Amazing Ride) Dr:  Tuomas Korvenoja  Tr: Tuomas Korvenoja        7     Juliano Rags (NOR) (5h Juliano Star - Julia Rags) Dr:  Noralf P. Braekken  Tr: Noralf P. Braekken        8     Uhlan du Val (FRA) (5h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier  Tr: Cedric Megissier        9     Pato (SWE) (5h Orlando Vici - She's My Pie) Dr:  Michel Lenoir  Tr:  Anders Lindqvist        10     Ubriaco (FRA) (5h Kaisy Dream - Orangette) Dr:  Eric Raffin  Tr:  Louis Baudron        11     Umoko (FRA) (5h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces) Dr: Richard Westerink  Tr:  Richard Westerink    by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

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