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Even before a new movie featuring the trotter Tarok and his owners and breeders, the Laursen family, has hit the screen, Tarok is the talk of the town. On Saturday (Oct. 26), two daily national newspapers each ran a special supplement of six to eight pages just featuring Tarok! National and local TV stations, especially around the little town of Skive where Tarok was born and buried, aired several stories about the film, the horse and the people around him. In Skive, the town hall, together with the local racetrack, has made four tours where fans can see the places where Tarok and his people lived. The local museum has even made an exhibition about Tarok. Tarok was born in 1972 and raced 156 times. He won 111 races. In 1977 he raced in the International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway and no less than 600 Danish fans followed him to New York. When he died in late January 1981 he was the top story in the news on national TV and in every newspaper in Denmark. You can watch a trailer for the upcoming Tarok movie at this link. by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA web newsroom correspondent (Repritned with permssion from

Quid Pro Quo, a 4-year-old trotter sired by Yankee Glide, won the Sprintermastaren at Halmstad -- a Swedish stakes race also called the Swedish Hambletonian as it is raced over the mile distance with eliminations and a final; however in Sweden the race is for harness racing 4-year-old trotters.

Super Arnie, Sweden's leading sire in 2006-09, has been put down at the age of 26. Super Arnie was sired by Super Bowl and out of Arnies Likeness, she by Arnie Almahurst.

For the second year in a row a harness racing colt sired by world champion Muscle Hill topped the Elitlopp Sale in Stockholm. Atomic Rain, by Muscle Hill and out of Affinity, sired by Victory Dream, was sold for 770.000 SEK or $111,000.

Three days of first class trotting races and a harness racing select sale with 100 of the best Swedish-bred yearlings. That's the menu in Stockholm, Sweden, this weekend.

Danish owned Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn will head to Europe next week and will join the harness racing stable of Stig H. Johansson in Stockholm.

The 8-year-old chestnut trotter Royal Dream, with owner and breeder Jean Phillipe Dubois, was an easy winner of the 700,000E Prix d'Amerique, raced Sunday afternoon (Jan. 27) at Vincennes, Paris, France.

One of the world's most prestigious harness races, the Prix d'Amerique, will be raced this coming Sunday at Vincennes in Paris, France, over 1-11/16 miles, and with a total purse of 1 million euro-- or $1.3 million.

Ready Cash might be the big harness racing favorite for the upcoming Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes in a fortnight, but a couple of Swedish trotters will definitely give him a match based on the impressions they gave Sunday (Jan. 13) at Vincennes.

With a fortnight to go before one of the world's greatest trotting races, the Prix d'Amerique, to be raced at Vincennes, Paris, France, several of the possible harness racing entrants will have their final preparation this weekend.

Despite the tough economic climate in the world, the French betting company PMU continued its success in 2012 and for the 15th consecutive year the handle increased and reached a new record of 10.498 billion Euros or $13.75 billion.

The French champion trotter Ready Cash, driven by Franck Nivard, continued his harness racing winning streak on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 30), as he won the third test race leading up to the Prix d'Amerique.

Speed is the name of the game at Europe's biggest harness racing track, Vincennes in Paris, France.

The 2-year old French colt Akim du Cap Vert, driven by Franck Anne, was a very convincing winner of the Prix Emmanuel Margouty, raced over 1-5/16 mile at Paris-Vincennes on Friday afternoon -- in a new European record of 1:57.4 (mile rate).

The Criterium des 3 Ans -- the biggest race of the season for 3-year-old French trotters -- was won by the filly Vanika du Ruel, driven by her trainer Franck Anne, in a battle with the colt Vaux le Vicomte, with harness racing driver Jean Michel Bazire in the bike.

After a three-month spell as Europe's best trotter, Ready Cash returned to harness racing Saturday afternoon (Dec. 8), where he won an easy victory in the Prix du Bourbonnais.

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