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The July 29th edition of the Hugo Abergs Memorial is set and includes prior multiple winner Commander Crowe and  rivals Magic Tonight (bred by Canadians Libfeld and Katz), Un Mer d'Heripre and Oasis Bi. This famous international event, contested over 1609 meters, started in 1970, has a rich history with many US-bred winners including Peace Corps (a two-time winner), Sea Cove, Kosar, Mack Lobell, Pershing, Citation and others. Two-time winners, in addition to those noted above, include Lavec Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. With good weather they expect a competitive and fast race over the 1000 meter course at Jagersro (Malmo, SWE) as the combatants seek the winners' share of the 1.75SEK million purse in this Gr. I International test. Horse-Trainer (Driver) Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini (also driver) Truculent - Lars I Nilsson (Johnny Takter) Orecchietti - Stefan Hultman (Örjan Kihlström) Magic Tonight - Roger Walmann (Johan Untersteiner) Un Mec d’Heripre - Fabrice Souloy (Franck Nivard) Commander Crowe - Fabrice Souloy (Robin Bakker) Ed You - Robert Bergh (also driver) Oasis Bi - Stefan P Pettersson (Björn Goop) Occhione Jet - Stig H Johansson (Erik Adielsson) Mr Picolit - Raoul Engblom (Torbjörn Jansson) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline) capped off an excellent racing day and weekend at Axevalla, today also an extra V75 wagering card. Johan Untersteiner drover the winner to a 1.13.7kr victory for trainer Peter Untersteiner,  who had quite a great day as he recorded five more wins within the V75. The 2640 meter autostart event was worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner in this StoChampiontet for four year-old females. Neona Princess recorded her 11th career win now for earnings of 2,267,360SEK. She has three wins and three second place finishes in eight 2014 starts. Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ's Caviar) was second for Johnny Takter in a close battle to the line. The outstanding card also featured victories by the following: M.T. Harmony (5f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.11.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 100,000SEK. Peter Untersteiner is trainer/driver for Misty Trotting AB. Snabba Cash (4g Ready Cash0Scarlet Diablo-Pine Chip) in 1.14.kr over 2140 meters turning start to earn 110,000SEK for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Speediablo AB. Digital Frame (3m Super Photo Kosmos-Sliding Window-Scarlet Knight) in 1.13.2kr for 125,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. He was a photo-finish winner for his fourth score in seven career appearances. Perfect Cash (4f Ready Cash-Icy Shadow-Starchip Enterprise) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.1kr in this StoChampiontet Consolation over 2140 meters autostart. The victory was worth 100,000SEK to owner KAK Forvaltning AB. Rigatoni (4f Deweycheatumnhowe-Canneloni-Mack Lobell) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann as they earned 100,000SEK for owner Team SHF-Easy. Rigatoni scored in 1.13.9kr over 2140 meters turning start. Eketorpets Tess (7f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner for owner Torn Roger. The winner scored in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart for her fourth win in eight starts in 2014, and this victory earned 100,000SEK. US-bred Proud Victory Rose (6m Yankee Glide-Starlet Rayne-American Winner) also posted a victory today worth 50,000SEK to owner Victory Racing Stable and reinsman Hakan B. Johansson. He scored in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, his third 2014 win in five outings. Yesterday at Axevalla, the Silver Division (125,000SEK to the winner) over 1640 meters autostart, went to Time Machine (5m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) in 1.11kr for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm and owner Stall Ignarus. He scored his fifth 2014 win in eight starts and he's now 11 for 33 lifetime. US-bred Sandrngham Hanover was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp, this one is a seven year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Sally Hanover. The three year-old gelded son of Allstar Hall-Harmonica As-Mack Lobell, Michelangelo As, won for Johnny Takter in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters turning start. This promising colt now has three wins and two seconds in six career starts, all in 2014. By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) took today’s Gr. I International €140,000 purse Prix Saint Michel, contested over 1609 meters (one mile) at the fast Mikkeli Finland racetrack. The race was a UET Masters Series event. Seven starters battled in this one after the scratch of Joke Face. Prussia and She Loves You were out early, disqualified for miscues. Monster Drive gained the front early for Jorma Kontio and controlled the pace until top of stretch when second over Reven d’Amour rallied wide to win comfortably in 1.10.3kr (1:53.1 mile time). The Swedish registered trotter was driven by Mika Forss for trainer Fredrik B. Larsson and owner Stall Harriet. The winner now has 21 career wins in 77 starts for €700,629 earned. The victory cements a solid 2014 comeback for Reven d’Amour and also for the Larsson family who suffered a 2014 Copenhagen Cup reported disqualification of Caballion for a banned substance in Denmark. Caballion was trained for that race by Franck Leblanc. Finland’s Surprise Lord (8m Classic Response-Beauty Bro-Arnaquer) finished second today for IIkka Normonen driving for Mme. K. Kindsberg trainer. Another Finland trotter Super Frido (6m Love You-Empress Kemp) closed for third for trainer/driver Markku Nieminen. Monster Drive faded to fourth with USA’s Beer Summit fifth. The card today at Mikkeli also showcased wins by Vesuvio As (8m Windsong’s Legacy-Remini As-Mack Lobell), Dance Photo (10m SJ’s Photo-Dancing Trout-Dancer’s Victory) and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem). By Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The author of Standardbred Old Friends, a coffee table book featuring the work of renowned equine photographer Barbara Livingston, will sell and sign copies of the book on Governor's Day at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, Delaware, on Thursday, July 24. The 216 page book features 150 photos and author Ellen Harvey's stories of 43 horses of great achievement, long gone from the spotlight, but still cherished and well cared for in the twilight of their lives. For a video about the making of the book, click here. The signing will benefit Horse Lovers United (HLU), a Delmarva group that places Standardbreds and other horses in to second careers and adoptive homes after their racing days are over. HLU placed one of the horses featured in the book, Dust Devil, who is now 24 years old and living on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harvey will be signing at the M & T Grandstand from 3 p.m. to the close of racing that evening; the book is $30, with a portion of proceeds going to help HLU care for and place horses in need of homes. To learn more about Standardbred Old Friends, which features high profile horses like Mack Lobell, Cam's Card Shark, Winky's Gill, Staying Together, Western Dreamer and the late Moni Maker, Matt's Scooter and Giant Victory, "like" Standardbred Old Friends Book on Facebook. For more information on Horses Lovers United, go to www.horseloversunited.com. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Veteran Mack Grace SM recorded another victory in Italy today as he won the GP Citta'di Treviso over 1609 meters autostart. The purse was £45,100 in this event for aged campaigners. Roberto Andreghetti was the pilot as the winner battled with Orsia early in the contest before putting her away (she ended third) and also second place Perkins Grif. The eight year-old winning son of CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal recorded his 50th career win in 95 outings for career earnings of £1,484,962, In the past twelve months the classy campaigner was been victorious 16 times in 19 starts for £633,012 and he now has over 30 wins in Grand Premio races and their eliminations. 6 GR.PR.CITTA' DI TREVISO E 45.100 mt 1609 - Trio   1° 3 MACK GRACE SM R.Andreghetti 11.7 2° 5 PERKINS GRIF A.Farolfi 11.9 3° 1 ORSIA A.Gocciadoro 11.9 4° 2 LA VIDA LOCA T.Di Lorenzo 12.0 5° 6 ISAAK BI A.Raspante 12.2 6° 7 PRIDE WISE AS A.Greppi 12.6 0° 4 NO MAN'S LAND P.Gubellini rc 0° 8 PAPALLA G.Lombardo Jr   On Saturday high-class racing took place at Halmstad SWE. Winners of interest included Orecchietti (by From Above) in the Gold Division for aged trotters as he scored for Orjan Kihlstom. Air Frame (by Scarlet Knight) won what may be referred to as the Swedish Oaks for four year-old mares. See below. Alibabba J (7g Paparazzy-Goldwell-Diamond Way), Asa Svensson up, 1.12.7kr, 40,000SEK first money over 1609 meters autostart monte Recation (6f Dream Vacation-Alexia Hammering-Smasher), Johan Untersteiner up, 1.10.7kr, 100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart. Bold And Fresh was second as the former Hambo Oaks winner is racing better Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar), Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 75,000SEK to winner BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover), Peter Untersteiner aboard, 1.10.5kr over 1609 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ's Photo), Per Lennartsson up, 1.10.9kr over1609 meters autostart, The Sprinter Masters Mares Final (four year-olds) with 541,596SEK to winner Orecchietti (7m From Abover-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom up, 1.11.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner of this Gold Division, that recorded his 19th victory in 37 outings for 4,352,860SEK and his fourth straight win (two in 2014). Solvato and Monster Drive ended next in line Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two), Bjorn Goop up, 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters autostart in the ECT Next Year event with 75,000SEK to the winner, her ninth career win in 16 starts for 1,175,426SEK By Thomas H. Hicks           Renaissance Partners LLC   Thomas H. Hicks, Managing Partner   3508 Sahara Springs Blvd.   Pompano Beach, FL 33069   www.renaissancelc.com   renparlc@gate.net   954-971-3555 Tel FL Office   704-844-0600 Tel NC Office   954-415-6369 Cel   704-845-1176 Fax           Experience > Value, Integrity, Performance       The information above and attached, if any, may contain privileged and confidential information intended only for the use of the person(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, dissemination, distribution and duplication of this communication is strictly prohibited. Please notify the sender by email and destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you.      

Goshen, NY - If you have ever been the caretaker, trainer or owner of a horse that had a special gift of speed and talent--then you recognize it when you see it.   If you have ever shared a unique bond with that almost "human" horse--then you have experienced that indescribable feeling.   If you have ever wondered what ever happened to that horse that provided you with some of the biggest thrills of your life--then you know that inescapable wonder.   It's all in here. Every picture and every page contains yet another one of those stories.   Standardbred Old Friends is as unique a book as the equine characters it chronicles. Historical in nature, existential in substance.   From Hall of Fame trotters to Horse of the Year pacers--dozens of them. Each with their own legacy, each with their own people that loved them. Each story more inspiring than the next. The authors visited Mack Lobell in Sweden and Miss Easy in Hanover. From California to Maine and from Florida to Kentucky, they traveled far and wide to meet and greet horses big and small.   With such an expansive distance between these stone-dust heroes, compiling this compendium of athletes was a feat as remarkable as the authors themselves. The photographer, Barbara Livingston, is a multiple Eclipse award-winning legend who has captured some of the most iconic equine images of our generation. She partnered with Ellen Harvey, who left no stone unturned in her quest to reveal some of the most touching accounts of the bond between animal and person, as well as between two stablemates.   Together they tell the stories of 43 horses that have left the racetrack long ago, yet still have loyal fans and followers. Like the story of 25-year-old Staying Together who is living out his days at the Kentucky Horse Park. Despite his blindness, the 1993 Horse of the Year continues to serve as a goodwill ambassador. The pictures are breathtaking with stories to match.   The account of Flat Foot Fluzy and her friend Keystone Wallis give credence to the notion that horses are gregarious creatures. Or the California pacers who have happily pulled a carriage after they quit pulling a sulky in the 90s. Or the New Jersey-bred colt that became a Saratoga police horse for an encore. Or the mother/daughter reunion that had an unexpected surprise.   So many great horses, and how they are surrounded by the people who love them. Some reunited, some returned home, all with dignity.   by Chris Tully for Harnesslink.com              

In Sweden trainer Jerry Riordan has experienced a super week to-date. On June 24 at Jagersro, Riordan trainee Rare Wise As scored in 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 15,000SEK first prize.  The four-year-old daughter of Varenne-In Wise As- SJ’s Caviar is owned by Lisa Riordan and was steered by Linda Allercrantz. The Riordan team also won with Paolo America in 1.15.3kr to earn 15,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start contest. Paolo America is a five year-old gelded son of Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell, owned by Lisa Riordan and reined by Allercrantz to her 11th career victory. On June 26 at Aby the Riordan trained, Allercrantz reined Riordan Kronos scored in 1.15.3kr to earn 10,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. The four-year-old gelded son of Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed is owned by Lisa Riordan and secured his first 2014 win in four starts.  Trainer Riordan was also third in the Aby featured Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner) for mares with Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) for owner Francesco Rosselli and driven by Thomas Uhrberg. Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) won this event in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop reined the winner, to her 11th career victory, that defeated Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) with Jorgen Sjunnesson aboard in a close finish. This one was developed in the US by Dan Daley Global Midnight and reinsman Christophe Martens won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance at Enghien. The winner secured her 16th career win for earnings of €274,621 for trainer Vincent Martens. Global Midnight is a seven year-old mare by Ganymede from Global Business by Victory Dream. Take and Tabby Point trailed the winner across the line. The day’s Quinte+ paid €188,246 for an exact order €2 wager. Jackpot this day was €4.4 million. June 26, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Plaisance, European €56,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €4.4 million, 1.14kr 1st Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Christophe Martens, 4.4/1 odds, Victor Martens trainer, 16th lifetime win for €274,621 2nd Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole), Franck Nivard, 6.8/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer 3rd Tabby Point (7m Coktail Jet-Nobody Else), Sebastien Ernault, 70/1, Ulf Nordin trainer At Vichy the €80,000 purse International Prix Pierre Coulon went to favored Uprince with Eric Raffin aboard. Thierry Raffegaeu trains the winner that is now a career earner of over €377,000 from 11 victories. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr to defeat Italy’s 89/1 outsider Oibambam Effe. June 26, 2014 Vichy, Prix Pierre Coulon, International €80,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Eric Raffin, 2.5/1, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 11th career win  for €377,470 2nd Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Salvatore Carro up, 89/1 3rd Sophie du Vif (8f Jenko-Lavalliere de Vif), Aymeric Thomas up, 22/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Acclaimed equine photographer Barbara Livingston will be at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, N.Y. on Friday, July 4 at 11:30 a.m. to talk about and sign her latest book, Standardbred Old Friends. She will also sign at adjacent Historic Track starting at 1 p.m., when racing begins. The book, with 150 photos and stories about most of the living Hall of Fame Standardbreds over age 20, is the third in her Old Friends series of coffee table books about high profile horses, now in the twilight of their lives. The 216 page book also includes photos and stories, by Ellen Harvey, of some hard working blue collar horses, now enjoying a new career or retirement. Standardbred Old Friends is the culmination of a year of traveling from Sweden to southern California and Maine to Florida to capture images of the featured horses at their homes. The lush birch forest of southern Sweden surrounds Hambletonian-winning trotter Mack Lobell at home, while blue collar ex-racehorses Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover are seen strolling through tide pools at Maine's Popham Beach State Park. Mother-daughter Hall of Famers Country Kay Sue and CR Kay Suzie are depicted beneath the live oaks of their central Florida home. The oldest horse in the book, 37-year-old Waco Hanover, was photographed in an early winter snowfall in the foothills of Vermont's Green Mountains. Livingston, who is chief photographer for the Daily Racing Form, has twice won the Eclipse Award for her Thoroughbred racing photography. Her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal. The book retails for $30. The museum is at 240 Main Street in Goshen and admission is always free. There is racing on July 4 at adjacent Historic Track at 1 p.m., adults $5 (includes program) and children under 12 are free.   Those who cannot attend the signing can purchase the book at www.harnessmuseum.com or by calling 845-294-6330.          

Timoko, with Bjorn Goop up for trainer/owner Richard Westerink, won today’s €150,000 Gr. I UET Masters Series Kymi Grand Prix at Kuovolo Finland. The 2014 Elitloppet winner, bred in France, overcame a second tier start and a death seat overland journey to rally by a head over very game pacesetter Commander Crowe, in rein to Robin Bakker. Timoko scored for the 23rd time in his career and his earnings have now reached €2,664,690, for the 9/10 favorite. Commander Crowe was second choice in the wagering at 3.3/1 with 50/1 longshot, pocket sitting Up-Date Hoss a close third on the line for Ari Moilanen and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Time for the 2100 meter autostart distance was 1.13kr with dynamic final 500 meters. June 14, 2014 Kuovolo Finland – Kymi Grand Prix €150,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1,13.kr Fractions: 1.09.5kr first 500; 1.14kr at 1000; 1.15.5kr at 1500; 1.13kr finish 1st Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant), Bjorn Goop up for Richard Westerink, 9/10 favorite, 23rdwin for €2,664,690 2nd Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell), Robin Bakker up for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 3.3/1 3rd Up-Date Hoss (8m Classic Response-Celebration Ride-Express Ride), Ari Moilanen up for Stig H. Johansson at 50/1 Ed You and Amour d’Occagnes finished fourth-fifth respectively. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Uncle Peter and Johnny Takter next face the starting gate on June 14 in the Gr. I UET Master Series’ Norbottens Stora Pris. The group will contest 2140 meters for 1 million krowns. The field includes Raja Mirchi and Nahar, last years’ winner and the 2013 Elitloppet champion. This event began in 1954 and was named the Top of Europe Trot through 2006. Winners from 2007-2013 are shown below with Digger Crown the fastest at 1.12kr in 2007. Norrbottens Stora Pris- kr.1.000.000- Gr.1 – UET Masters Series 1.            Amaru Boko (Torbjörn Jansson) 2.            Occhione Jet (Björn Goop) 3.            Raja Mirchi (Adrian Kolgjni) 4.            Nahar (Robert Bergh) 5.            Porthos Amok (Örjan Kihlström) 6.            New Line (Jorma Kontio) 7.            Beer Summit (Ulf Ohlsson) 8.            Quid Pro Quo (Erik Adielsson) 9.            Uncle Peter (Johnny Takter) 10.          Muskelmann G.T. (John Östman) Norrbottens Stora Pris Past Winners 2007-2013 Year Winner Driver Odds Time Kr Second Third 2013 Nahar Robert Bergh 2,37 1.12,1 You Bet Hornline Sanity 2012 Sanity Johnny Takter 1,68 1.11,6 Nahar Noras Bean 2011 Yarrah Boko Ulf Ohlsson 1,24 1.13,0 Wellino Boko Noras Bean 2010 Torvald Palema Åke Svanstedt 1,28 1.13,9 Marshland S.J's Photocopy 2009 Global Glide Åke Svanstedt 4,76 1.12,1 Scarlets Aino Intoxicated 2008 Giant Superman Fredrik B Larsson 4,75 1.12,4 Digger Crown Glen Kronos 2007 Digger Crown Erik Adielsson 3,69 1.12,0 Giant Superman Super Light Illustrious winners, prior to the race being renamed, include Malabar Circle As (Malabar Man-Eternal Circle-Mack Lobell) in 2005; Remington Crown (Lord Of All-Ecco Git-Pay Dirt) in 1998 and Scandal Play (Super Play-Tameway-Tamerlane) in 1997, the latter from the family of Proximity via fifth dam Agnes Worthy. All were career earners in excess of US$1.8 million. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) took Saturday’s AZ Turf Summer Cup at Victoria Park Wolvega (Netherlands) for reinsman Robin Bakker. The 2100 meter autostart course was negotiated in 1.15.7kr. Bakker put the champion, a career winner of over US$4.7 million, on the lead, yielded briefly and then regained the front that he held to the line by less than a length. Purse was €5,000. Andrly Fortune and Zorba Oldeson trailed the winner. Robert Bi (4m Toss Out-Upfront JM-Self Possessed) also continued his comeback at Wolvega in the Halve Finale Criterium der Vierjarigen. The Italian Derby winner and  2013 Horse of the Year in Italy won easily on the front-end by two lengths. Bakker teamed this winner for trainer Paul Hagoort. Robert Bi negotiated 2100 meters autostart in 1.14.1kr, defeating Davy Boko and Diamond. Purse was €3,000. Italian’s were further evident on the Wolvega card. Hugo Langeweg Jr. teamed Sammath Naur Baba (3f Love You-Elizabeth Bi-Toss Out) to victory. Second dam of this winner is the Sugarcane Hanover mare Zvetland Bi. Regina dei Rex (4f Self Possessed-Ellymay-Supergill) and Rovero d’Asolo (4m Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) were also victorious. Replays of all the race are attached. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Mosaique Face with jubilant Adrian Kolgjini up, for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holding AB, took today's Gr. II Jamtlands Stora Pris, an International UET Masters Series event. The winner earned 750,000SEK in this 2140 meter race, timed in 1.12.1kr over a rain soaked Ostersund surface. Uncle Peter and Johnny Takter were first to the lead and reluctantly yielded to On Track Piraten and Jorma Kontio. The leading pair opened distance on third sitting Oasis Bi for much of the first lap. Mosaique Face move first up as the field passed the stands and eventually caught and wore down the pacesetter with Uncle Peter In The Pocket. Off the last turn On Track Piraten tired and Uncle Peter got out late and darted inside but could not threaten. Sanity rallied for second with Kenneth Haugstad aboard and Oasis Bi was a solid closing third for Bjorn Goop. Amaru Boko ended fifth behind Uncle Peter. June 7, 2014 Ostersund SWE, Jamtlands Stora Pris, Gr, II International, UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 750,000SEK first money, 1.12.1kr 1st Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill), Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, owner Tommy Nilsson Holding AB, 12th career win in 33 starts for 6,274,230SEK 2nd Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Kenneth Haugstad, owner Stall Sanity 3rd Oasis Bi (6h Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop, owner Frackstad Lantbruks AB 4th Uncle Peter, Johnny Takter 5th Amaru Boko. Ulf Eriksson Rest of finishers in order: Nahar, Monster Drive, Kash's Cantab, On Track Piraten, Digital Ink by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

US reinsman David Miller (two drives) and Yannick Gingras (one) were off the board in their initial drives today at Solvalla. Miller drove Next Kronos in race 1 (dq) and Potemkin in race 4 (unplaced). Gingras teamed Oldschoolmare in race 2 and ended sixth, timed in 1.12.8kr over the mile distance. Alvena Take It won that event in 1.12kr for Peter Untersteiner. Race winners today are listed below in race order: Ametrin, 1.10.2kr, 1609 meters autostart, Hans-Owe Sundberg (5f Oiseau de Faux-Ametist WG-Texas) Alvena Take It, 1.12kr, 1609 meters autostart, Peter Untersteiner (4f Make It Happen-Impulsive-Mack Lobell) Spartan Kronos, 1.12.9kr, 2140 meters autostart, Conrad Lugauer (3m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) Financial Dust, 1.12.5kr, 2140 meters autostart, Robert Bergh (4m Ready Cash-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) Palermo Caesar, 1.13.7kr, 3140 meters turning start, Ville Nisonen (7g Alf Palema-Puk Paradiso-Hairos) Elegance Brode, 1.15.3kr, 2140 meters autostart, Emilia Karlsson (5g Sugar Trader-Emily Safir-Buck Newton) Baharat, 1.16.3kr, 2140 meters voltstart, Fredrik B. Larsson (3f Scarlet Knight-Hot Peppers-Muscles Yankee) Sebastien Sund, 1.16kr, 2140 meters voltstart, Robert Bergh (3g Adrian Chip-Mamsell Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) Dominator, 1.13.9kr, 2140 meters autostart, Bjorn Goop (4m Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) - undefeated in three starts 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

Harness racing fans could witness the first sub-1:50 trotting race on a mile track Saturday at the Meadowlands, but if not then, it is probably just a matter of time. Saturday's $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters features a speedy group of 10 horses, including newly minted world champion Sebastian K. The former Swedish star won his Cutler elimination last week, which was his North American debut, in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1. But the field also includes two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, who captured his Cutler elimination in 1:50.3, and Arch Madness, who holds the world record of 1:50.2 for an older gelding trotter on a mile oval. All totaled, the Cutler Memorial features six trotters to win in 1:51 or less at some point in their careers. Sevruga has a lifetime-best mark of 1:50.3, which he accomplished on a five-eighths-mile track while setting a world record. Intimidate and Modern Family each has a career-best time of 1:51. "It's going to be a good race," said Tim Tetrick, who drives Market Share for trainer Linda Toscano. "If it sets up right, someone could set the world record. There's got to be some speed up front; I don't think one horse can do it by himself. It will be a chess match in the middle of the race, but people will be putting horses in play. "These horses are fresh and happy and sprinting home good. There are five or six that can trot a quarter in 26 (seconds) on the end of it. Who knows how fast we can go." Elimination winners Sebastian K, who was Sweden's Horse of the Year in 2012, and Market Share have attracted much of the pre-race attention and were essentially made co-favorites for the Cutler. Market Share is 8-5 on the morning line; Sebastian K is 9-5. But any number of horses is capable of winning the Cutler. Sevruga won last year's race and Arch Madness, a 10-year-old who has earned $4.15 million in his career, captured the 2010 edition. Intimidate has a Breeders Crown triumph to his credit, Archangel won the 2012 Yonkers Trot, and Modern Family won last year's Meadowlands Maturity. "Everybody makes it seem like it's a two-horse race, but I think it's far from a two-horse race," said Yannick Gingras, who drives Archangel for trainer Ron Burke. "You have a lot of depth in this field. Sebastian K is definitely very fast, but the trip did set up for him (in his elimination). We Will See what he can do this week. "They have to go fast, but (Sebastian K and Market Share) might hook up, too. There are 10 horses in the race and I think they can do 1:51 or better. A lot of these horses are super sharp and my horse is only going to keep improving. We need a little luck at this point, but I don't think it's impossible." The top five finishers in Sebastian K's Cutler elim all trotted 1:51 or less, marking the second time in history that five trotters went that fast in the same race. The other occurrence came in Arch Madness' 1:50.2 win at Lexington's Red Mile in September. "If the fractions are right (they could go faster than 1:50)," said Bernie Noren, the assistant to Sebastian K's trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "Of course it's a harder competition; you've got 10 good horses. It's all about the fractions; somebody has to put up the fractions to the half. "With this group (of older trotters) I'm a hundred percent sure we're going to see not one, but maybe a couple, under (1):50 this year." John Campbell, who drives Possessed Fashion for trainer Tom Fanning, was not surprised by the 8-year-old Sebastian K's performance in his debut. "I knew going in to the race that he was an excellent horse," said Campbell, who won the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden with Mack Lobell in 1988. "When you have a horse that races at that top level over in Europe like he has for the last couple years, they're excellent horses. I wasn't that surprised that he won or was that impressive because I have so much respect for what those top free-for-allers do over in Europe and how grueling it is over there. "(Sebastian K) is definitely the horse to beat, but he's going to have to be at his best or somebody will beat him. At this level, if you're not at your very best, you're not going to win. "I think we're going to see someone trot under 1:50 in the very near future, whether it's Saturday or shortly after that. I think it will happen this year, and I think there's a good chance it will happen more than once." Following is the field in post order for the Cutler Memorial with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 9-5; 2. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 8-5; 3. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 8-1; 4. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 15-1; 5. Intimidate, Vincent Ginsburg, Luc Blais, 10-1; 6. Undercover Strike, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 30-1; 7. Arch Madness, George Brennan, Trond Smedshammer, 8-1; 8. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning, 50-1; 9. Modern Family, David Miller, Daryl Bier, 6-1; 10. DW's NY Yank, Mike Lachance, Ron Burke, 30-1. by Ken Weingardner, for Harness Racing Communications

Officials have named four more starters to the 2014 Elitelopp lineup. There are four additional spots to be announced. The newcomers include Caballion (winner of Copenhagen Cup 2014 last weekend), Sanity, Prussia and Raja Mirchi. They are profiled below and join previously named Maven, Pascia'Lest, Panne de Moteur, Uncle Peter, Timoko, Reven d'Amour, Shaq Is Back and last year's winner Nahar. Caballion Nationality: Sweden (Caballion AB & Tony Mårtensson Invest AB) Trainer: Franck Leblanc Sex: male Åge/Pedigree: 8 Kesaco Phedo - Lady Brick Earnings SEK: 5.640.029 kr Record: 1.09,2 Sanity Nationality: Sweden (Stall Sanity) Trainer: Malin Löfgren Sex: gelding Åge/Pedigree: 8 Love You - Flash Light - Mack Lobell Earnings SEK: 9.813.442 kronor Record: 1.09,2 Prussia Nationality: Italy (Scuderia Verner Srl) Trainer: Pietro Gubellini Sex: female Åge/Pedigree: 5 Ken Warkentin - Elvezia Earnings SEK: 2.228.424 kronor Record: 1.10,8 Raja Mirchi Nationality: Sweden (WHAP Trotting AB, m fl (Kolgjini L) Trainer: Lutfi Kolgjini Sex: male Åge: 7 Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec Earnings SEK: 8.158.824 kr Record: 1.10,5 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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