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If history counts for anything, then D’One is a shoo-in for the Swedish Oaks on Saturday. The Donato Hanover filly has breeding going her way, being not only the offspring of two world champions but her dam, Giant Diablo (1.50.1, US$1.98 million) is also a former winner of this race. No one has won more Swedish Oaks in the bike than her regular pilot Örjan Kihlström, and her trainer Roger Walmann is second on the list of trainers who have won this Swedish classic, with three - behind Stig Johansson who has trained six but is not represented tonight. D'One   won the second of six heats from which the top two went into this race, and  has won seven of her 10 starts and placed twice. Indeed she won her first four starts before a third in the Group I E3 Langa fillies final, and has won three of her last four.  She has also has the number two draw in her favour. But there are 11 other fillies who will be keen to deny her that place in the history books including Solvalla local  Walmann’s second filly in the event Mellby Briolett  who will also be one of the favourites, although she does mix her performances as her 3 wins 3 placings in 10 starts shows.   But the Going Kronos filly has already won the Group I E3 Langa final. She is also from a super family with her dam is a half-sister to Self Possessed  from the family of  Deweycheatumnhowe. She will be driven by Johan Untersteiner. Walmann’s third entry is Mythical Fortune  (Mythical Lindy)   Torbjörn Jansson  who was second in that heat and has been a consistent performer with five wins and three seconds in 13 starts. Another Solvalla trainer Björn Röcklinger has heat winner Fly the World  who went the fastest time in the heats with 1.13.5  but is drawn nine. The Juliano Star filly has won nine of her 17 starts and has a best mobile time of 1.13.2 (1.57.4MR) and will be driven by Juha Siirtonen.      Stefan Melander who is lying third in the Swedish training premiership has drawn the pole with Symmetric a daughter of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, arguably the most successful US stallion in modern times.  This filly is a very interesting runner with, her dam being Magyare Turgot, a sister to Noba Turgot who won the French Classic Prix des Elites, which coincidentally is being run the very same night, in Vincennes. Her win in the qualifying heat was her first but with her French bloodlines, it might just be that she is now getting mature enough to compete at this level. Melander also has the lightly raced Classification in the race after she ran second in her heat in only her sixth start. Drawn six and with driving ace Bjorn Goop in the cart, she is also by Scarlet Knight and is out of an Italian mare who was a Group I placegetter in Sweden. Tomas Malmqvist’s Backfire   (Offshore Dreama)   was a close second in her heat but will be one of the fancied runners because she has a habit of taking the runners-up spot in big races.  She was second in the E3 Langa fillies final and also the E3 Korta fillies (sprint) final and also has a fast record of 12.1(1.56MR). She will be driven by Erik Adielsson.   Peter Untersteiner’s  Neona Princess  (Gigant Neo) won her heat and has a strong record of seven wins in nine starts. Apart from her heat win her best other victory was in the E3 consolation her best, while her quickest time is 12.5. She has drawn three and will be driven by Kenneth Haugstad.  Untersteiner’s other entrant is  Our Precious   (Pearsall Hanover)   another heat winner although this was only her second win, and undoubtledly her best performance so far She has only had 10 starts but is beautifully bred, being from the same family as Super Bowl and will be driven by Jörgen Sjunnesson.   Ragata (Deweycheatumnhowe) was second in her heat  and Swedish-based Finn Timo Nurmos’ filly’s best win was in March when she won the Coccinelles lopp in Solvalla, beating home Fly The World. She has Jorma Kontio in the bike.   Room to Go   (Varenne) is trained and driven by  Hans-Owe Sundberg   and  was also second in her heat in a time that was not bettered earlier. She has only won two of her seven starts but does have a very quick record of 12.3 (1.56.2MR) which she took when running a close second in the heat of the E3 to Mythical Fortune, so does have talent. Donna di Quattro  (Love You) is trained by Tomas Malmqvist and was second in her heat. She has been a consistent performer with four wins and five placings in 14 starts and will be driven by    Thomas Uhrberg.   SVENSKT TRAV-OAKS Solvalla   2140m (G1) Nat 3YO Fillies   €330,000 1         Symmetric   (3f Scarlet Knight - Magyare Turgot)  Dr: Marcus M Melander  Tr Stefan Melander         2         D'One   (3f Donato Hanover - Giant Diablo)  Dr:  Örjan Kihlström Tr Roger Walmann             3         Neona Princess   (3f Gigant Neo - Dew Princess)  Dr:  Kenneth Haugstad  Tr Peter Untersteiner               4         Our Precious   (3f Pearsall Hanover - Nova Brodda)  Dr:  Jörgen Sjunnesson   Tr Peter Untersteiner             5         Mellby Briolett   (3f Going Kronos - Merit Lane)   Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr  Roger Walmann              6         Classification   (3f Scarlet Knight - Elma Jet)   Dr: Björn Goop Tr  Stefan Melander              7         Donna di Quattro  (3f  Love You - Whoopie As)   Dr: Thomas Uhrberg  Tr Tomas Malmqvist              8         Ragata   (3f Deweycheatumnhowe - Kemp's Emilie) Dr:   Jorma Kontio  Tr Timo Nurmos             9         Fly the World   (3f Juliano Star - Night Mare E)  Dr:  Juha Siirtonen  Tr Björn Röcklinger             10         Backfire   (3f Offshore Dream - Fashion Brodda)   Dr: Erik Adielsson   Tr Tomas Malmqvist             11         Mythical Fortune  (3f Mythical Lindy - Foreign Fortune)   Dr: Torbjörn Jansson  Tr Roger Walmann              12         Room to Go   (3f Varenne - Long Distance)  Dr:  Hans-Owe Sundberg   Tr Hans-Owe Sundberg          by David Sanders for

US-bound Swedish star stallion Sebastian K (Korean) will defend his International Group I Aby Stora Pris crown against a stellar field on Saturday. If successful he will become the eighth two- time winner of the great race -  the first in ten years -  and will join Gidde Palema (2003, 2005), Victory Tilly (2000, 2002), Zoogin (1995, 1996), Idéal du Gazeau (1981, 1982), Lyon (1970, 1972),  Gelinotte (1956, 1957) and Iran Scott (1951, 1952). It will be a fitting farewell for the US-bound Ake Svanstedt who will achieve the double for the third time  with both Zoogin (Zoot Suit)  and Gidde Palema (Alf Palema) both being trained and driven by the Swede, who has also driven the the most winners with seven. He is not in the sulky this weekend as he was last year, with Jorma Kontio  doing the honours. The race at Aby, south Gothenberg,  has been part of the Swedish calendar since 1936 and has been run in two heats over 1640m and a possible run-off since 2005. It had varied in distance in both heats and as  single race from 2140m to 2640m in previous years. Sebastian K has drawn number 7 in heat one, for Svanstedt, who targeted this race rather than take up his earned place in the Masters Series final, and will be favoured to repeat in what will be one of his last races on his home soil in quite some time as he will relocate to Florida in November. Facing Sebastian K will be two Elitloppet winners in Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), who provided the quinella  in both heats last year,  and Nahar (Love You), who will be in the respective pole and number 2 hole in the first heat – and who then take the outside two slots in the reverse order second heat. Drawn three in heat one is world record breaking  French mare Save The Quick (Jasmin de Flore)  who like the two inside her and The Best Madrik (Coktail Jet), make their first appearances since the Masters du Trot final in France 10 days prior. The French horses were third and fourth in that race and will be looking to emulate Rapide Lebel, who won the race for the Republic in 2011. Italian Alessandro Gacciadoro, who is one of five trainers from the beleaguered country looking to relocate to Sweden, has Looney Tunes, a son of Ganymede entered, and he is drawn 6 in heat 1. Remarkably for what is essentially two sprint races, six of the field are by French stallions with only the two outsiders, both by Supergill,  Traveling Man and Denmark’s German-bred  entrant  Classic Grand Cru, who has shown liking for heat racing over a sprint distance – with a win in the Bjerke Cup in 2012. They will have to both put on performances of a lifetime to foot it with Sebastian K and the big guns. ÅBY STORA PRIS Åby 2013-09-21 Group I (Int)  1640m €282,000 HEAT  A 1         Commander Crowe (SWE)(10g   Juliano Star - Somack)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Fabrice Souloy             2         Nahar (SWE) (8g Love You - Mahonny Broline) Dr:  Robert Bergh Tr:   Robert Bergh            3         Save the Quick (FRA) (7m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse)  Dr:  Björn Goop  Tr:  Franck Leblanc             4         Traveling Man (SWE) (8h Supergill - Kimberly Lobell)   Dr: Johan Untersteiner Tr:  Daniel Redén            5         The Best Madrik (FRA) (6h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik)   Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois  Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois             6         Looney Tunes (ITA)  (8h Ganymede - Defi' de la Roche)   Dr: Alessandro Gocciadoro   Tr: Alessandro Gocciadoro   7         Sebastian K. (SWE) (7h Korean - Gabriella K)  Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr:   Åke Svanstedt             8         Classic Grand Cru (GER) (10h Supergill - Starlet's Victory)   Dr: Johnny Takter   Tr: Steen Juul             HEAT B  1         Classic Grand Cru (GER) (10h Supergill - Starlet's Victory)   Dr: Johnny Takter  Tr:  Steen Juul             2         Sebastian K. (SWE) (7h Korean - Gabriella K)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio Tr:   Åke Svanstedt             3         Looney Tunes (ITA) (8h Ganymede - Defi' de la Roche)   Dr: Alessandro Gocciadoro  Tr:  Alessandro Gocciadoro  4         The Best Madrik (FRA) (6h Coktail Jet - Lady Madrik)   Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr:  Jean Etienne Dubois             5         Traveling Man (SWE) (8h Supergill - Kimberly Lobell)   Dr: Johan Untersteiner  Tr: Daniel Redén            6         Save the Quick (FRA) (7m Jasmin de Flore - Heureuse Duchesse)   Dr: Björn Goop Tr:   Franck Leblanc             7         Nahar (SWE) (8g  Love You - Mahonny Broline)  Dr:  Robert Bergh  Tr:  Robert Bergh             8         Commander Crowe(SWE) (10g Juliano Star – Somack)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström  Tr:  Fabrice Souloy             David Sanders

The French are preparing for an invasion, and they’ve called for the cavalry  to protect honour, glory and the small matter of half a million euros in the final of the UET Masters Series. The French legion which will  attempt to win the first ever Masters Series final at Vincennes is headed by the world’s best trotter Ready Cash, his heir apparent Timoko plus a recent world record breaker Save The Quick in what must be admitted is a much stronger race than last year’s inaugural running in Solvalla. The Masters Series is a brilliant concept and It has certainly been enhanced with the inclusion of such highly rated French horses such as Ready Cash who has won two Prix D’Amerique and was also runner-up in the world’s greatest race in a career in which he has won 35 times in 57 starts and amassed over €4million. This season he relinquished his Prix D’Amerique crown to Royal Dream, another from the remarkable R generation, but then bounced back the following week to beat his rival in the Group I Grand Prix de France, his third win in that event. He then won the Grand Prix de Paris - another Group I over the marathon 4000m - before settling down to stud duties. The 8-year-old son of Imoko  resumed his racing career in July with another win, in a low level race. Thierry Duvaldestin’s champion warmed up for this event in the Group I GP de Wallonie at Mons in Belgium where he went off stride when being switched from the trail by regular pilot Jos Verbeeck to try and pass Timoko when full of running. It was a rare mistake by the French superstar who will be right at home in Vincnnes and keen to make amends against his younger rival, the undisputed star of the T generation, which is also fashioning a glowing reputation. Timoko, like Ready Cash, is already performing stud duties, and very popular as a winner of both the Criterium des 3 and 4 Ans,  but he does not take a break while performing them, still managing to fit in a full racing schedule which included a trip to Solvalla for the Elitloppet, where he finished third in the final. Richard Westerink’s star is an accomplished sprinter, with his wins this season having been all over the shorter distances, 2300m in the GI Prix de Wallonie,  2100  in the Prix d’Atlantique at  Enghien and a mile in both the Prix de Washington (Vincennes) and Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes Sur Mer.  He finished third to Ready Cash in the GP de France over 2100m. And Timoko has also never finished better than fourth in this company over the 2700m distances with a fourth in Prix Kerjacques and he was seventh in the Prix d’Amerique. The 2700m may still be beyond him, especially when the pace is likely to be forced with the likes of Save The Quick in the field Franck LeBlanc’s world record breaking mare  stunned the world with her run in the European Championship for mares.  She has a string of second placings in some of the biggest races in the world, including last year’s Prix Du Cornulier (the world’s richest monte at 700,000) and also in the first UET Masters Series final in Solvalla last year. She was also second in the European Championship for mares the previous year too.  Can she go one better in this race too. She is certainly capable, if Ready Cash has an off day. Roxane Griff is  the best mare of the great R generation, lying third overall in earnings to Ready Cash and the recently retired gelding Rapide Lebel. She may have had only 14 wins in 62 career starts but several have been at this track, at this distance, in this company. She has also amassed a string of placings in the world’s biggest races –  including a second in the Prix D’Amerique. She is a dead set stayer (due no doubt to her 85% French bloodlines)  and even though she has not had one of her best years, this is the sort of race she excels in. The Best Madrik is Jean Etienne Dubois’ stable star – he ranks number two on earnings behind his great rival Timoko, the pair being the only millionaires so far in this generation, although Texas Charm will soon join them. The Best Madrik won the Criterium des 5 Ans after finishing third in the Prix d’Amerique earlier in 2012 and this year finished second in the Hugo Abergs Memorial in July and finished fifth a fortnight ago in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Enghien in a warm up for this race. A rising star but perhaps a year too early. Reve de Beylev is another R generation and the sixth millionaire from the crop and has had a stellar year with second placings in his last five outings, all Group II s worth over €100,000 . He has been a model of consistency without cracking a big win in the top echelon, one of those unfortunates to be in a generation without peer.  He is the outsider of the French contingent but deserves his place on this year’s form. This may be the best field ever assembled in Europe, with the best geldings like Elitloppet winners Commander Crowe and Nahar getting a rare chance at the Temple of Trot to run on the great track, for a great prize, in a great field. Sit back and enjoy European and world trotting at its finest on Saturday, at Vincennes , Paris, France.   FINALE UET TROTTING MASTERS 2013 Vincennes, FRANCE 500,000  Group I 4-10  2700m   1. BAGLEY   (GERMANY, UET rank: 27) (8g Bartali Ok (IT)-Novel Boshoeve (DE)) Owner: Dagmar & Thomas Bosner Trainer: Conrad Lugauer,  Jagersro 74 starts 18  wins €368,582           Best kilometer rate: 1'09"9 SEASON’S FORM: 51534221132   2. ON TRACK PIRATEN  (SWEDEN, UET rank: 33) (5g Kool du Caux (FR)-Monrovia (SE))  Owner: Stall Mörkermasse Trainer: Hans Strömberg , Rattvik Driver: Pierre Vercruysse € 393,411   42  starts  9 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'11"3 SEASON’S FORM: 06036103301   3. SANITY  (SWEDEN, UET rank:  27) (7g Love You (FR)-Flash Light (SE))  Owner: Stall Sanity Trainer: Malin Lofgren, Solvalla Driver: Jarmo Niskanen  €716,395  59 starts 25 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'09"2 SEASON’S FORM: 32d623340310   4. NAHAR  (SWEDEN, UET rank: 5) (8g Love You (FR)-Mahonny Broline (SE)) Owner: Stall Sedin Trainer: Robert Bergh, Bergsaker Driver: Robert  Bergh €1,031,825 70 starts 24 wins Best kilometer rate:  1'09"7 SEASON’S FORM: 5d26114d12112d10   5. REVE DE BEYLEV  (FRANCE, UET rank: 17) (8h Fortuna Fant (FR)-Heloise Poterie (FR)) Owner: Ecurie D.H. du Haras de l'Epinay Trainer: Sebastien Guarato Driver: Dominik Locqueneux €1,089,260  77 starts  14 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'09"5 SEASON’S FORM: 591d36822222   6. BRAD DE VELUWE  (FINLAND, UET rank: 6) (5h Andover Hall (US)-Amazing Ride (FI)) Owner: Lars Ingman Trainer: Tomas Korvenoja Driver: Tomas Korvenoja €1 091 655,00  34 starts  23 wins  Best kilometer rate: 1'09"7 SEASON’S FORM: 1221431544   7. THE BEST MADRIK   (FRANCE, UET rank: 14) (6h Coktail Jet (FR)-Lady Madrik (FR)) Owner: Ecurie Victoria Dreams Trainer:  J.E. Dubois Driver: Jean Etienne Dubois €1,294,110    52 starts 13 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'10"1 SEASON’S FORM: 65525863325   8. SAVE THE QUICK   (FRANCE, UET rank: 7) (Jasmin de Flore (FR)-Heureuse Duchesse (FR)) Owner: Ecurie E. Quick Star Trainer: Franck Leblanc Driver: B Goop €1,395,079  62 starts 11  wins : Best kilometer rate: 1'10"5 SEASON’S FORM: 0d68664460313   9.  MAIN WISE AS  (ITALY, UET rank: 11) (7h Yankee Glide (US)-Desert Flower K (US)) Owner: Ecurie Gerrits Recycling Trainer:  Mike Lenders Driver: Pierre Levesque €1,473,080 48 starts 10 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'10"5 SEASON’S FORM: 03ddd84296433   10. ROXANE GRIFF  (FRANCE, UET rank: 27) (8m Tenor de Baune  (FR)-Julia Mesloise (FR)) Owner: Ecurie Griff Trainer:  S. Guarato Driver: Eric Raffin €1,605,118 79 starts 14 wins  Best kilometer rate: 1'10"2 SEASON’S  FORM: 000334dd3   11. TIMOKO  (FRANCE, UET rank: 2) (6h Imoko (FR)-Kiss Me Coulonces (FR)) Owner: Richard Westerink Trainer: Richard Westerink Driver: Jos Verbeeck €1,832,230  48 starts 19 wins  Best kilometer rate: 1.10.0 SEASON’S  FORM: 3737114312111   12. COMMANDER CROWE  (SWEDEN, UET rank: 9) (10g Juliano Star (FR)- Somack (FI)) Owner: Smogarps Gard AB Trainer: Fabrice Solouy Driver: Jean Michel Bazire €3,410,612  89 starts 55 wins Best kilometer rate: 1'08"9 SEASON’S FORM: d100261126   13. READY CASH  (FRANCE, UET rank: 3) (8h Indy de Vive (FR) - Kidea (FR)) Owner: Philippe Allaire Trainer: Thierry Duvaldestin Driver: Franck Nivard €4,014 300   57 starts 35 wins  Best kilometer rate: 1'10"3 SEASON’S FORM: 2111d by David Sanders  

Two of Europe’s heavyweight trotters  Timoko and Commander Crowe warmed up for the Masters Series final in the International Group II  Grand Prix du Conseil des Alpes Maritime, the name of which is almost as long as the race –  a rare imperial mile in France  at Cagnes sur Mer,. Last year this very  race was billed as the race of the century, with stars of the brilliant R generation  Ready Cash (a stallion) and Rapide Lebel (a gelding by Ginger Somolli and illegible for all the classique and semi-classique races) meeting each other for the very first time in a field which also included Commander Crowe, in the form of his life after winning the Elitloppet and who won the event  last year. Classique racing in France is based around racing potential stallions and elite mares within and sometimes between each succeeding generation from 2-5 years. The very best then, if they are male begin mixing racing with breeding, as  dual Prix D’Amerique winner Ready Cash (Indy de Vive) currently does, with his first crop proving exceptional, with two 3YO fillies Avila and Axelle Dark providing the quinella in the Prix Guy Deloison on the first day of the Summer Season at Vincennes last week. The  R generation (foals born in 2005) is generally regarded as one of the greatest of all time, and is already rivaling the mighty G  generation (foals born in 1994)  which produced five Euro millionaires and 20 which earned more than €500,000 and included the likes of great racehorses General Du Pommeau (3,57,602), General Du Lupin (2,446,174) and Giesolo de Lou (1,773,452) and terrific sires such as Goetmals Wood, Ganymede, Gazouillis, Gai Brillant  and Gobernador. The R generation besides the aforementioned superstar Ready Cash also includes current Prix D’Amerique winner Royal Dream, runner up, Roxane Griff, sensational gelding Rapide Lebel and a Monte millionaire besides in Roi du Lupin. But Rapide Lebel (now retired) and Ready Cash did not appear for this year’s renewal of the GP du Conseil  des Alpes Maritime so it was left to last year’s winner Commander Crowe to face the heir apparent to Ready Cash,  Timoko (Imoko), and the best of the T generation (2007), which is fast establishing a massive reputation of its own through the likes of rising stars Texas Charm and The Best Madrik. From the gate Timoko (Imoko) had little trouble in holding off Prelude Gede and took command from the outset. In the end it was little more than a training run for TImoko, who  in the hands of Jos Verbeeck   shot clear down the back straight and then turned on the power to widen the gap in the straight to have a comfortable three length margin over  Qwidil (Hibiscus du Rib ) and Probo Op (From Above )  as he recorded an almost  leisurely 1’12 kr (1.55.8MR) in victory. Quentin Rose (Carpe Diem) and Pas Sans Toi (In Love You) were close behind in the other minor placing with Commander Crowe (Juliano Star) who faded into sixth place after a minor check in the straight. It was Timoko’s 19th victory in 48 race day starts and takes his earnings to  €1,751,230€ for owner and trainer Richard Westerink GRAND PRIX DU CONSEIL GENERAL (Int Gp2) Cagnes sur Mer 1609m 4-10 180,000 1     Timoko   (6h Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces)   Dr: Jos Verbeeck   Tr: Richard Westerink   1.12,0a   81,000   2     Qwidil  (9g Hibiscus du Rib - Idylle Fayenne)   Dr: Junior Guelpa   Tr: Stephane Guelpa   1.12,4a     45,000   3     Probo Op    (10h  From Above - Elimara)   Dr/Tr: Edoardo Moni       1.12,4a     22 500   4     Quentin Rose    (9g Carpe Diem - Gigi Rose)  Dr:  Rik Depuydt   Tr: Carine de Soete   1.12,6a      14,400   5     Pas Sans Toi   (10h In Love With You - Fatre)   Dr/Tr: David Cinier       1.12,6a     9,000   by Dave Sanders  

Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) expertly handled by veteran Joseph Verbeeck for owner/trainer Richard Westerink won the Gr. II International Grand Prix du Conseil General des Alpes at Cagnes sur mer. Verbeeck set a modest pace with the unchecked Timoko, with Paladin Bleu first on the outer and favorite Commander Crowe (10g Juliano  tar-Somack-Mack Lobell), J-M Bazire up, right behind. Nearing top of the stretch in the 1609 meters autostart sprint, Verbeeck said go and Timoko powered away to an easy victory in 1.12kr (1:55.85 for the mile). He earned the winners share of the 180,000 euro purse to increase his career earnings to over 1.85 million euro. Timoko now has 18 wins in 49 starts and is arguably the world’s best aged trotter. A large crowd was on-hand in the stands and in the winners’ circle to witness this race and a great card of trotting on the seashore. by Thomas H. Hicks  

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

Commander Crowe headlines a fine, well-balanced field in Wednesday's Gr. II Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Hippodrome d'Enghien. A winner of almost 30 million SEK, the 10 year-old gelded son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell is part of four horses entered by trainer Fabrice Souloy in this European Masters Series event for a 150,000 euro purse. Franck Ouvrie will drive the Commander in the 2875 meter contest. Significant competitors include The Best Madrik, Roxane Grif, Main Wise As and Quoumba de Guez. Napoleon Bar (D. Thomain) F. Souloy Marielles (P. Vercruysse) F. Souloy Roi Vert (A. Abrivard) J. Bazire Roxana de Barbray (D. Locqueneux) R. Donati Quinoa du Gers (F. Nivard) F. Souloy Quoumba de Guez (J.M. Bazire) J. Bazire The Best Madrik (J.Et. Dubois) J.Et. Dubois Main Wise As (P. Levesque) M. Lenders Roxane Grif (E. Raffin) S. Guarato Commander Crowe (F. Ouvrie) F. Souloy On August 10, in Italy, the GP Citta di Cesena went to Probo Op (4m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra) for driver Edy Moni. He took the winners share of the 45,100 euro purse by covering the 1660 meter course in 1.12.9kr. To view video click here by Thomas H. Hicks  

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

A star-filled card graced Sweden’s Axevalla racecourse today (July 21) with the featured Final StoChampionatet going to Blended Scotch (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit) for trainer/driver Per Linderoth. She covered the 2640 meters autostart in 1.13.2kr to earn 1,000,000SEK first money in this mares event for four year-olds. She recorded her third win in seven 2013 starts. Highly regarded Your Highness (4f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) finished a close second for Bjorn Goop and she now has six wins and two second place finishes in 10 starts this year. Rica Neo (4f Juliano Star-Cristall Cashflow-Supergill) took third for Ake Svanstedt with Fascination (4f Super Arnie-Elissa FZ-Lemon Dra) next for Johnny Takter. The consolation companion event was won by M.T. Harmony (3f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 100,000SEK first money with Peter Untersteiner the trainer/driver. Axevalla also hosted an aged mares Category I event for 100,000SWEK to the winner, that was Olivia Lavec  (7f Lindy Lane-Espri Lavec-Untra Ducal) for trainer/driver Flemming Jensen. She won for the fourth time in nine 2013 starts to increase career earnings to over 1.6 million SEK, scoring over 1640 meters autostart in a sharp 1.11.4kr. The US bred True Advantage (6f Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec) was second with Ulf Ohlsson aboard for Strefan Melander’s Stall TZ. Mermaid As (5f Broadway Hall-Superlou As-Super Bowl) was third for Peter Untersteiner with Britt Hudson, Drillbit As, last year’s US Breeders Crown winner Tamla Celeber and Don’t Wear PJ’s next across the line. There were four other 100,000SEK or more first money events on the card with winners being: Ivar Sanna (3m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters autostart. Jorma Kontio drove to secure 125,000SEK; Alfaz Del Pi (4m Angus Hall-Divamm-Supergill) earned 110,000SEK by winning the Stena Recyclings Priz in 1.13.3kr for Johnny Takter. He won for the fifth time in ten 2013 appearances; October Kronos (5m Varenne-NordinGoldNovember-Viking Kronos) won the Svenska Foder Priz worth 100,000SEK to the winner, scoring in 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart for Adrian Kolgjini; Angelo (5m Angus Hall-Sweet Cindy-Malabar Man) won 100,000SEK for a 1.12kr win over 1640 meters autostart for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. Crown’s Banker (10g Wall Street Banker-Crowns Jolie-Crown’s Cristy) finished second. This one has 23 wins in 63 lifetime starts for earnings over 1.6 million SEK Separately, the field has been set for the July 30 Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro over 1609 meters autostart: Horse (Trainer) Bagley (Conrad Lugauer) Brad de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) Commander Crowe (Fabrice Souloy) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Occhione Jet (Stig H Johansson) Owen's Club (Pietro Gubellini) Raja Mirchi (Lutfi Kolgjini) Sebastian K. (Åke Svanstedt) Shaq Is Back (Daniel Redén) The Best Madrik (Jean-Etienne Dubois) The last horse invited was the Stig H, Johansson trained Occhione Jet and on Tuesday Bagley earned an invite with his Jagersro win in 1.11.2kr over 1609 meters autostart. Conrad Lugauer conditions Bagley On Saturday July 20 at Axevalla the V-75 Gold Division went to Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.12.5kr over 2640 meters autostart. Ake Svanstedt is trainer/driver of this 20 time winner in 56 career starts. He earned 150,000SEK with this win over Stay the Night (6m Ride the Night-Stayslinger-Gunslinger Spur) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) for Hans R. Stromberg.  The beaten classy 11-horse field included Caballion, Harry Haythrow, Scouby Djob, Clear Sign and Iceland, a past Elitloppet winner. by Thomas H. Hicks  

The World Trotting Conference commenced yesterday in Paris. 18 country delegates are attending.

Orleans OM (5f SJ's Caviar-Deux de Mai-Super Pleasure) enjoyed a perfect trip from Giuseppe Lombardo Jr. to score an upset win in Bologna's Gran Prix Repubblica today.

Three more entrants were announced for the May 26 Elitloppet 2013 (from Sweden Raja Mirchi, Commander Crowe and Panne de Moteur).

Aby hosted seven divisions of the Euro Classic for harness racing four year-olds today Friday the 3rd of May at Aby, three divisions for fillies and four for males.

Saturday at Farjestad (SWE) is the 'last chance' for a talented harness racing group to earn a start in the prestigious Olympic Trot on April 20 at Aby.

Veteran 10 year-old gelding Commander Crowe (Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) just scored his first victory on the comeback trail for harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy.

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