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Hanover Shoe Farms is pleased to announce that Sweden's national harness racing hero, Elitlopp winner Nuncio, will be available to North American breeders in 2018 and beyond by way of frozen semen.   His fee has been set at $9,500, live foal.   The richest son of Hanover stallion Andover Hall entered stud this year at Menhammar Stuteri in Sweden, where his book immediately filled and was closed. Hanover will now begin handling breeding applications in the U.S. and Canada, with Select Breeders overseeing all aspects of semen transportation and servicing.   Nuncio, with records of 2,1:53f, 3,1:50.4 in the U.S. and a mile rate time of 1:50.3f in Sweden, has earned more than $3.5-million internationally and is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest trotters of his--or any--generation.   His breeder, USTA president and Hanover's chairman Russell Williams, says Nuncio is one of the rare horses that showed tremendous speed and classics-winning ability in the U.S. and abroad.   "He not only won classic races here, against a crop that included Father Patrick and Trixton, but went on to transfer that greatness across the Atlantic," Williams said. "That's the mark of a great horse--an extremely fast and sound horse--and we expect him to pass that on to his foals."   Nuncio was first or second in 26 of 27 starts at 2 and 3. His stateside wins included the Kentucky Futurity, Yonkers Trot, Bluegrass and Matron Stakes. He finished second in the $1-million Hambletonian, Stanley Dancer Memorial and 2-year-old Breeders Crown, and was third in the Breeders Crown Final at 3.   His European tour was highlighted by an undefeated, 11 for 11 season as a 5-year-old, with wins in the 2016 Elitlopp, Oslo Grand Prix, Swedish Breeders Crown, UET Trotting Masters Final, and many other major, open stakes.   "Nuncio is such a powerfully-built, dark, and striking individual that he certainly leaves a lasting impression on those who see him," Williams said. "I think market breeders will want to give him serious consideration."   Those who would like to book mares or get further information should call Hanover at (717) 637-8931 or email hanover@hanoverpa.com.   Hanover Shoe Farms

Nuncio, who captured the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity in 2014 as well as that year's $500,000 Yonkers Trot, has raced for the last time and will stand at Menhammar Stud in Sweden. Would he race again, or who would he go to stud – either in Sweden or in the United States? Speculations had been rampant within the last several weeks. But on Saturday (Dec. 30) owner/trainer Stefan Melander revealed to the Swedish trade press, that he has sold a share in Nuncio, the 2016 Elitloppet victor, to Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, who owns the famous Swedish stud farm, Menhammar, and that Nuncio will stand as stallion there. The price for the services of Nuncio, who was bred by Russell Williams, has still to be decided. The son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabella was conditioned by Jimmy Takter and steered by John Campbell during his 2-and 3-year-old campaigns in the United States. The stallion collected $1.9 million in purse money from a record of 26-16-10-1 while on this continent and established his lifetime mark of 1:50.4 in his Kentucky Futurity triumph. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent 

November 4, 2017 - Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rebounded from a disappointing last out to easily win today’s Hilda Zonetts V75 Gold at Bergsaker, timed in 1.12kr over 2149 meters autostart. Stefan Melander was the pilot of the 3/10 favorite , he also the owner/trainer. Nuncio left from post six and made the front from a three wide position on the backside of lap one and he was a length winner from Tobin Kronos (5f Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) driven by Orjan Kihstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Third was Poochai (7m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) for Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Nuncio now has a 42-13-4 slate in 62 career outings for 28,610,230SEK earned. Today’s first prize was 150,000SEK. Other good winners on the card included Valeur (8g Love You-Steffi Bob-Lindys Crown) for Sandra Nordemo in the V75 Silver and Bryssel (5m Ready Cash-Spacelane-Lindy lane) took the V75 Bronze handled by his trainer, Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

March 22, 2017 - Harness racing trainer Stefan Melander’s Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), off at 1.09/1 odds,  recorded his second straight 2017 victory tonight at Solvalla for teamster Orjan Kihlstrom clocked in 1.12.2kr. The race was the Kentucky Fibbers with 80,000SEK to the winner over the 1640 meter autostart course. Nuncio led throughout during modest fractions (1.14kr at the first 500 meters; 1.13.7kr at the first 1000) and held off fast closing 9.67/1 Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) by a short length, the latter reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Melander. Arden Homestead Stable bred Volstead and Russell Williams (new USTA President) bred Nuncio, now with a career slate of 39-12-2 in 53 starts for 27,803,230SEK earned. Nuncio was a perfect 11 for 11 in 2016. 12.9/1 Coldtown (8g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) landed the third spot. Nuncio tonight took the next step toward the 2017 Elitloppet. Thomas H. Hicks

February 18, 2017 - Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) record an easy, and well-rated. front end harness racing victory tonight in the V75 Gold at Axevalla in Sweden. The Orjan Kihlstrom driven and Stefan Melander trained and owned (Stall TZ) champion was timed in 1.15.7kr (fractions: 1.17.3kr at first 500 meters; 1.18.3kr at the first 1000; 1.18.1kr at the 1500) over 2140 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first prize. Nuncio last raced September 18, 2016 at Bjerke. Russell C. Williams of Hanover, PA bred Nuncio, the 1.07/1 favorite that bested 30.79/1 Bruno di Quattro (9m Broadway Hall-Ussel-Speedy Soma) with Kenneth Haugstad up and 31.88/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Fleur-Backstreet Guy) for Johnny Takter. Winmecredit and Spring Erom were fourth and fifth. Nuncio’s career slate now stands at 38-12-2 in 52 starts for 27,723,230SEK earned. He is now 12 for 12 in 2016-17. This night Nuncio was eased to the front, faced a challenge deep in the last bend, and then drew off for a four length score. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) Thomas H. Hicks  

Nuncio was named Horse of the Year in Sweden Friday night (Feb. 10) at the Swedish Galla night in Stockholm. Unbeaten in 11 races last year, the North American bred son of  Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, received 86 percent of the votes. Nuncio has not raced since Sept. 18, but is in training and Stefan Melander expects to bring the now 6-year old trotter back in action in late March. The first big target for Nuncio could be the Olympic Trot to be raced in Gothenburg late April. While Nuncio has been resting another top trotter, Bold Eagle is busy at the racetracks and on Sunday (Feb. 12) Bold Eagle, driven by regular driver Franck Nivard, will race in the Prix de France at Vincennes. The Prix de France is raced over 1-5/16 miles, which is the shortest distance races are carried out at Vincennes. The total purse is $425,000. Bold Eagle won this race last year when he beat Timoko, driven by Bjorn Goop, to second. Timoko will also race tomorrow. Bold Eagle will also take on North American breds Propulsion, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström and Wild Honey, driven by David Thomain. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Internet Correspondent

Harness racing stars Nuncio and Knows Nothing have been scratched from their race tomorrow at Solvalla. The resulting fields for the Gunnar Nordins and Gosta Nordins, both over 2140 meters autostart) are shown below: Gunnar Nordins Floyd Fortuna, Adielsson Camelot Sisu, Goop Banthechocolate, Haapio Divisionist, Kontio Global Satisfaction, Ohsson Cupido Sisu, Kihlstrom   Gosta Nordins Attack Diablo, C. Eeriksson Nato Dream, Haugstad Partout Simoni, Kern Charrua Forlan, Goop Claes Boko, Adielsson   The Royal Mares is set for Sunday at Agnano with 14 in the field (below). Anna Mix is entered here and she is also an early entrant for Prix Bourbonnais at Vincennes. G.P. Royal Mares – € 45.000 – Gr. II  1600 meters Sundance Bi (x) Terra dell’Est (P. Gubellini) Oudry dei Veltri (V. Luongo) Super Star Reaf (D. Di Stefano) Semola Ek (L. Ferro) Trendy Ok (A. Gocciadoro) Rania Lest (x) Tamia Jet (Lor. Baldi) Paris Dany (M. Minopoli jr) Radiofreccia Fi (E. Bellei) Tootsie Font (R. Fiorino) Rialba Rl (V.P. Dell’Annunziata) Top Grif Italia (G.P. Maisto) She’s Romy Lions (T. Tufano) Thomas H. Hicks  

Nuncio returns to action next Wednesday at Solvalla, where the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion will be teamed with regular pilot Orjan Kihlstrom in the Gosta Nordins. A field of seven will race over 2140 meters autostart (field below). Divisionist will also take part in the Gunnar Nordins on the card. Nuncio may be pointed toward the Prix d’Amerique the last week in January. December 7, 2016 – Solvalla - R7 Gosta Nordins 2140 meters autostart Nuncio - Kihlstrom Knows Nothing - Ohlsson Attack Diablo - Eriksson Nato Dream - Haugstad Partout Simoni - Kern Charrva Forlan - Goop Claes Boko - Adielsson   R4 Gunnar Nordins 2140 meters autostart Floyd Fortuna - Adielsson Camelot Sisu - Goop Barthechocoate - Haapio Divisionist - Kontio Global Satisfaction - Ohlsson Cupido Sisdu - Kihlstrom   Thomas H. Hicks  

The 3/10 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle) took todays Gr. I UET Masters Finale (purse €399,908, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) by two lengths clocked in 1.10.66kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion. 9/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) took second for Erik Adielsson, trainer Stefan Pettersson and Ecurie Frackstad Lantbruks AB. Third was 16/1 Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB) with Adrian Kolgjini up for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Spring Erom and Explosive De Vie were fourth and fifth. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) G1 UET Masters Final 18/09/2016 Finale U.E.T Trotting Masters NUNCIO On the Bjerke program was also the VG Norsk Derby (purse €226,922, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) with victory to 1.9/1 El Diablo BR (4m Muscle Hill-Fiery Chip) for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. The winner was clocked in 1.13.42kr and is owned by Brinvest Danmark APS. 5/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was second for G.V. Gundersen with third earned by 5/1 Ultimate Photo (4m SJ’s Photo-Madam Lavec) and Bjorn Goop. Fourth was the Jeppe Juel driven and trained Akermann (4g Crazed-Ta Ta Hall). The Finn Tack Norsk Criterium (purse €175,325, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced a 1.12.71kr timed winner in 14.3/1 Shocking Superman (3m Orlando Vici-Bernadette’s Cat). Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of this Tar Stable KB owned performer. 19.5/1 Mini Viking (3m Maharajah-Jeunesse Defee) was second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre and third was 15/1 Evil Enok ME (3m Magnetic Power-Topaz Dragon) for trainer/driver N.P. Braekken. Thomas H. Hicks

Harnessracing.com has reported that Fabrice Souloy, trainer of 2014 Breeders Crown Open Trot winner Commander Crowe and several other international stars, has had four horses confirmed with extremely high tests for cobalt. Souloy's horse Your Highness had a cobalt level of 395 when she competed in this year's Oslo Grand Prix and defeated Nuncio, whose level was just 1.22. A Norwegian trotting website broke the news of the cobalt positives on Thursday night and then on Friday morning the Swedish Trotting Association confirmed the positive tests for Souloy's horses Un Mec d'Heripre, Your Highness and Lionel. Un Mec d'Heripre won an elimination for the Elitlopp over Nuncio and then finished third in the final, which was won by Nuncio. Your Highness, a daughter of Chocolatier, won the Oslo Grand Prix over Nuncio. In addition, Timone EK, who won a feature race at Bjerjke the same day as the Oslo Grand Prix, had a cobalt level of 271. He too was trained by Souloy.   To read the rest of this story click here. 

Today’s Gr. I International Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker (total purse €188,475, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to harness racing 3/10 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom.  The winner is trained by Stefan Melander for his Stall TZ. Nuncio, bred by Russell Williams of Pennsylvania, is now 8-2-0 in 10 starts in 2016 and has a 34-14-2 slate in 50 career starts for 24,931,376SEK earned. Off on the lead from post one, Nuncio parked contesting Oasis Bi not allowing that one the front, and then fought off Call Me Keeper (that made a miscue with a quarter mile remaining) and a parked three wide Anna Mix. In the lane the winner gamely kept a comfortable lead to hold off 15/1 pocket placed On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia) with Joseph Verbeeck up  for trainer H.R. Stromberg, and outside rallying 78/1 DD’s Hitman (5m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny) with Jorma Kontio driving for Petri Puro. 15/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) ended fourth with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Pettersson. Nuncio was clocked in 1.11.7kr, well off the race record of 1.10kr set in 2015 by Delicious U.S. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Okat-ml0-g Thomas H. Hicks  

Top flight harness racing trotting occurs this weekend on Saturday at Bergsaker with the Sundsvall Open and Friday at Cagnes sur Mer in the Grand Prix du Department 06. The Sundsvall Open has a total purse of €188,475 in the Gr. I International test over 2140 meters autostart. Nuncio will be the favorite from post one with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, owner/trainer. Main contenders will be Call Me Keeper, Oasis Bi, Anna Mix and On Track Piraten. Melander also starts US-bred Volstead. Former Elitloppet winner Nahar is also in this groupe, he apparently slated for a Toronto trip for the Maple Leaf Trot. BERGSAKER - SUNDSVALL OPEN TROT SUEDE Attelé - 188 475 € - 2140m - 10 partants  - Internationale - Autostart  - Corde à gauche SUNDSVALL OPEN TROT Course 1 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe I Course Internationale Départ à l'Autostart 188.475. - Attelé. - 2.140 mètres. 107.700, 43.080, 21.540, 10.770, 5.385. Pour 3 ans et plus, ayant gagné au moins 43.080. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains Rapports probables e-SG Ref. Direct                           1 Nuncio (usa) A     M 5 o. kihlstrom s. melander 2140 1a1a2a1a2a 2 577 409 € - - 2 Volstead A     M 5 p. lennartsso s. melander 2140 5a1a1a1a0a 370 192 € - - 3 Call me keeper     M 6 j. unterstein daniel reden 2140 2a1aDa1a1a1a 391 090 € - - 4 D.d.'s hitman     M 5 j. kontio p. puro 2140 0a1a2a4aDa 130 209 € - - 5 Nahar     H 11 r. bergh r. bergh 2140 DaDa2aDa1a2a 1 349 763 € - - 6 Oasis bi     M 8 b. goop s. pettersson 2140 0a0a4a1a1a0a 1 302 033 € - - 7 Anna mix     F 6 e. adielsson mlle sofia ar 2140 1a1a6a5aDa3a 864 508 € - - 8 Shadow woodland     M 7 u. ohlsson reijo liljend 2140 1a4a1a4aDa 217 726 € - - 9 On track piraten     H 8 j. verbeeck h.r. stromber 2140 2a2a5a4a1a2a 1 219 550 € - - 10 Explosive de vie     H 5 k. oscarsson j. oscarsson 2140 2a1a2a1a3a 278 980 € - -   Ecurie A   -     Friday at Cagnes sur Mer will be the Gr. II Grand Prix du Department 06 for a purse of €180,000 with 12 starters in the 1609 meter autostart sprint. Un Mec d’Heripre will be the likely wagering choice from post six with J-M Bazire to drive the Fabrice Souloy trainee. Main attention will also go to Pascia’Lest, Dante Boko, Seatlle Bi and Aladin d’Ecajeul in this well matched field CAGNES/MER - GRAND PRIX DU DEPARTEMENT 06 Attelé - 180 000 € - 1609m - 12 partants  - Groupe II GRAND PRIX DU DEPARTEMENT 06 Course 6 European Trotting Masters Series 2016 Groupe II Course Internationale. N° Nom Cas. Fer S A Driver Entraîneur Dist (mètres) Musique Gains Rapports probables e-SG Ref. Direct                           1 Starter du rib     H 10 j.ch. feron j.ch. feron 1609 6a3aDa5a0a5a 513 440 € - - 2 Aladin d'ecajeul     M 6 g. gelormini s. guarato 1609 6a3a3a4a8a3a 998 640 € - - 3 Pascia' lest     M 7 p. gubellini f. souloy 1609 5a5a2a1a1a4a 1 357 611 € - - 4 Olmo holz     M 8 ch. martens v. martens 1609 4a2a5aDa5aDa 842 656 € - - 5 Soumoulou     H 10 anthony laigr a. laigron 1609 7a6a3a4a3a6a 654 710 € - - 6 Un mec d'heripre     M 8 j.m. bazire f. souloy 1609 1a1a0a1a1a3a 1 632 332 € - - 7 Zorro photo     M 10 r. andreghett mlle st. lepe 1609 3a6a6a6a6a1a 619 288 € - - 8 Princess grif     F 7 b. goop f. souloy 1609 9a6a7a8a0a9a 787 826 € - - 9 Truman dairpet     H 9 d. locqueneux n. ensch 1609 7a2a5a4a2a2a 510 960 € - - 10 Dante boko     H 6 p. vercruysse l. kolgjini 1609 1a4a0a5aDa1a 481 314 € - - 11 Seattle bi     F 5 m. stefani a. gocciadoro 1609 1a3aDa4a4a6a 115 899 € - - 12 Slow du beauvoisin     H 10 r. mourice r. mourice 1609 3a1a1a3a0a4a 478 070 € - -   Thomas H. Hicks  

Stefan Melander’s owned and trainer of Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) headlines next Saturday’s harness racing Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, a UET Masters Series race. Ten are slated to contest this classic against the Russell Williams bred Nuncio, with 1SEK million to the winner (total purse 1,750,000SEK) over the 2140 meter autostart course on the 1000 meter track. The Sundsvall began in 1996 and ranks alongside the Elitloppet, Aby Stora Prix and Hugo Abergs Memorial as the top trots in Scandinavia during spring season. The fastest winner was Delicious timed in 1.10kr in 2015 with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. Second finishing On Track Piraten will be at the start this year along with Oasis Bi and recent winning mare Anna Mix. The field sets up as follows in post order: Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom Volstead, Per Lennartsson Call Me Keeper, Johan Untersteiner D.D.’s Hitman, Jorma Kontio Nahar, Robert Bergh Oasis Bi, Bjorn Goop Anna Mix, Erik Adielsson Shadow Woodland, Ulf Ohlsson On Track Piraten, Joseph Verbeeck Explosive De Vie, Kevin Oscarsson   År Häst Kusk Tränare Vinnarodds Vinnartid Tvåa Trea 2015 Delicious U.S. Örjan Kihlström Daniel Redén 2.88 1.10,0 On Track Piraten Ringostarr Treb 2014 Quid Pro Quo Erik Adielsson Svante Båth 14.56 1.11,2 Oasis Bi Canaka B.F. 2013 Panne de Moteur Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 6.74 1.10,9 Sebastian K. Save The Quick 2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 2.38 1.11,6 Amaru Boko Viola Silas 2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini 5.44 1.11,7 Iceland Noras Bean 2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan 9.29 1.12,2 Beanie M.M. Torvald Palema 2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro 4.30 1.12,1 Torvald Palema Adrian Chip 2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman 5.57 1.11,6 Jaded Giant Superman 2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson Fredrik B. Larsson 62.50 1.12,7 Going Kronos Jocose 2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann 10.39 1.12,5 Digger Crown Gazza Degato 2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson 6.77 1.12,7 Gidde Palema Malabar Circle Ås 2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander 5.49 1.12,0 Giant Superman Kart de Baudrairie 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 1.23 1.13,5 Digger Crown Couch Doctor 2002 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.07 1.12,1 Etain Royal Com Hector 2001 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.27 1.12,2 Giesolo de Lou Igor Brick 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.92 1.12,7 Petit Aubiose Giesolo de Lou 1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof 2.65 1.13,0 Fridhems Ambra Edu's Speedy 1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 1.72 1.14,6 Scandal Play Rite On Line 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund 9.13 1.13,5 Petit Aubiose Zoogin 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson 9.12 1.13,6 Zoogin Rite On Line                                               The 2015 replay can be seen at this link.       The excellent card also includes the Lars Lindbergs for 250,000SEK first prize, led by Windy Ways and Monas Invercote, both facing 20 meter handicaps (the standard distance is 2140 meters); and the Svenskt Masters for coldbloods also for 250,000SEK first money over 2640 meters autostart. It was also reported that D’One will return to the US to compete at Lexington’s Red Mile in the Allerage, a race she won last year. She will undergo a vet exam and then head for the US so says trainer Roger Walmann. Last year won D ' One four of five starts in North America and in 2106 she posted three wins in Sweden albeit she was unplaced in the recent European Championship for Mares.  Walmann believes she is best suited for the mile distance and the Red Mile was kind to her, dam Giant Diablo and sire Donato Hanover, both of which set world records in 2007.  In North America she might face enhanced competition from the Swan For All daughter Hannelore Hanover and Shake It Cerry. Thomas H. Hicks    

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rallied off stablemate Volstead’s death seat cover to easily win the 2016 Solvalla Gr. I Jubileumspokalen for a total purse of €188,475. Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom reined the winner owned and trained by Stefan Melander. He recorded his seventh 2016 victory in nine starts to go along with two seconds, raising his seasonal earnings to 5,798,650SEK and career earnings of 23,931,376SEK. The career slate is 33-14-2 in 49 starts. Off at 3/10 the winner bested 23/1 Explosive De Vie (5g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) for Kevin Oscarsson with third to 9/1 Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Scellino Luis, another son  of Andover Hall, ended fourth. Time was 1.10.7kr off even fractions (1.09.5kr at the first 500 meters; 1.10.2kr at the 1000 and 1.10.3kr after 1500) in the 2140 meter autostart course. Nuncio was four wide in the first turn, settled on the outer and then was covered by Volstead that ended fifth. Earlier in the card The Queen L for aged mares (purse €21,702) went to 1.14.1kr (2640 meters autostart) timed Bostonz Credit (6f Credit Winner-Pleasecometoboston-Cumin) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The Kelley Racing Stable US product won for second time in 2016 in six starts. Off at 9/2 the winner defeated 1.2/1 Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Third was 30/1 Coco De Vie (5f Chocolatier-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Melander. The Solvalla program also included the Breeders Course for two year-olds raced over 1640 meters autostart. The easy gate to wire victory went to 1.1/1 favorite Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindy’s Crown) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Kiss Me Tooma (2f Dream Vacation-Jument D’or-Super Arnie) was next for Jennifer Tillman. Timed was 1.15.9kr for the winner that earned 50,000SEK for her second win in as many starts. Thomas H. Hicks

Nevele R Stud is thrilled to announce another exciting addition to their already elite trotting sires ranks, in the form of arguably North America's best young square-gaiter in recent years Father Patrick t2, 1:52.2f; t3, 1:50.4f ($2,600,571) - the richest and fastest son of champion harness racing sire Cantab Hall. The US and Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year in 2013 and US 3YO Trotting Colt of the Year in 2014, Father Patrick was an exceptional racehorse, winning 23 races and $2.6 million in stakes. As a 2-year-old Father Patrick won 10 of his 11 starts with 7 of these in sub 1:55 times, including a world record performance of 1:52.2 when taking out a Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs. His major victories at 2 included the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final, the $365,000 Wellwood Memorial by five and a half lengths, the $280,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, the Champlain Stakes (again by a margin of five lengths) and the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile, Lexington. As a 3-year-old, Father Patrick was the richest standardbred of the year, winning a massive $1.7 million in stakes in a very fruitful season that saw the outstanding youngster record back-to-back victories in the Breeders Crown, as well as wins in the Beal Memorial, Canadian Trotting Classic, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Zweig Memorial, American-National Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final. Father Patrick took his lifetime mark of 1:50.4 when defeating recent Elitloppet winner Nuncio in the $500,000 Beal Memorial at Pocono Downs. His time remains the fastest ever recorded by a 3-year-old colt or gelding on a 5/8ths of a mile track and the equal fastest by any 3-year-old trotter. Trained by Jimmy Takter throughout his career, Father Patrick was rated by the legendary conditioner as the "best horse" that he had ever trained  - high praise when you consider Takter has had the likes of Moni Maker, Malabar Man, See You At Peelers, Pampered Princess, Kadabra, Passionate Glide and Pinkman, to name  just a few,  through his barn over the years. Father Patrick is certainly the complete package when it comes to choosing a stallion for your trotting broodmare this season, as he not only boasts unrivalled racetrack performance but also some of the best bloodlines available in the world. His sire Cantab Hall is currently the leading US All Age Trotting Sire and was himself a million dollar plus earning US 2YO Trotting Colt and Trotter of the Year. Cantab Hall has established himself as one of the most influential trotting sires in North America, having sired the winners of over $59 million, 168 $100,000 earners, 29 in 1:53 and 7 millionaires including Wild Honey, Explosive Matter,  Uncle Peter and Pastor Stephen. Father Patrick's maternal line is no less illustrious with his dam Gala Dream (by Enjoy Lavec) also leaving, in addition to Father Patrick, another US 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year and millionaire square-gaiter, Pastor Stephen t3, 1:52.8 ($1,058,188) and the $100,000+ earners Whom Shall I Fear t3, 1:52.8 ($163,935) and Stan The Man 1:53.6 ($182,144) from 6 foals of racing age. His second dam Maple Frosting (by Valley Victory), also an outstanding producer, has left the world champion 2005 US and Canadian 2YO Trotting Colt of the Year Chocolatier t3, 1:53 ($1,328,250) (making it an incredible three US 2YO Trotting Colts of the Year in the first two generations), along with the multiple stakes race winner Sugar Trader t3, 1:53.8 ($734,610). Chocolatier has since gone on to be a successful sire in Sweden with his best offspring to date the  champion mare Your Highness (SEK9,000,537) - the winner of the Copenhagen Cup, Olympic Trot and Oslo Grand Prix so far in 2016. Standing at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania and commanding the same service fee as his sire, US$20,000, Father Patrick served a restricted book of mares whilst still racing in 2015 and has had a terrific book of close to 130 mares this year.  His first crop of foals look outstanding types and can be viewed on the Diamond Creek Farm website (www.diamondcreekfarm.com) and Facebook page. Available in Australasia via frozen semen, Father Patrick's fee for the 2016-17 season is NZ$9,000 +GST (AU$9,900 incl GST). The service fee is pay on live foal and he is included in the Nevele R multiple mare discounts. There is limited semen available and bookings will be taken on a first in first served basis. For more information or bookings please visit nevelerstud.co.nz or phone the Nevele R office 03 349 8627, Nikki Reed 0274 346 401 or from Australia free-phone 1800 150 855.

Stefan Melander has trained some great trotters during his harness racing career, including 2006 Prix d’Amerique winner Gigant Neo and 2001 Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight, but he has never enjoyed a relationship with a horse in quite the same way as with Elitloppet favorite Nuncio. Nuncio, who is also owned by Melander, is the 2-1 favorite according to online oddsmakers to win Sunday’s (May 29) prestigious Elitloppet, an invitational for older trotters that features an international lineup, at Solvalla Raceway in Stockholm. Nuncio, a 5-year-old stallion who was a star in the U.S. at ages 2 and 3, has won all four of his races this season and 14 of 17 starts since arriving in Europe last year. He finished third in last year’s Elitloppet. “Last year he was just great; he came to Sweden in good shape,” Melander said in an e-mail translated by associate Simon Hagen. “Jimmy Takter and Jim Oscarsson (who each trained Nuncio in the U.S.) did a great job with him. He trained very good so we decided to participate in the Elitlopp last year even if I think it was a little bit too early. He arrived to my farm in February so he just had two races before the Elitlopp. “This year I have been able to get him in good shape before the race. He has grown enormously much. Last year I saw that he probably needed a year to be perfect, which I think he is now. He is much bigger and stronger.” Nuncio is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the mare Nicole Isabelle. He raced primarily for Oscarsson at age 2 and solely for Takter at age 3, when Nuncio and regular driver John Campbell won the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and finished second in the Hambletonian. For his career, Nuncio has won 30 of 44 races, never finishing worse than third in any start, and earned $2.18 million. “I am really impressed that he makes everything so easy,” Melander said. “He is so special, too. He knows that he is best in our stable but he is not cocky or anything. He is so smart. I have trained Gigant Neo and Scarlet Knight, but this horse is so special he actually understands you when you talk to him sometimes.” Melander, who is a renowned photographer as well as a horseman, won the 2010 Elitloppet with Iceland. He grew up less than a mile from Solvalla Raceway and took photos in the stables when he was a teenager. “If I could win again with Nuncio it would be just great,” Melander said. “Iceland was a really good horse but cannot compete with Nuncio. I train them different. Nuncio just wants to race with all my other horses so I have to drive him for himself on the straight track. Usually we have up to 30-35 horses in every set.” Nuncio trained Thursday and will jog and walk in the days prior to the race, Melander said. “He loves to go out and jog,” Melander said. “We also ride him and he really loves it.” Melander has been Nuncio’s regular driver, but will give the lines to Orjan Kilhstrom for Sunday’s Elitloppet. Kilhstrom won last year’s Elitloppet with Magic Tonight and the 2003 edition with From Above. “Orjan Kilhstrom is a better driver than me,” Melander said. “I think sometimes that I am a little bit too kind to (Nuncio). I actually wanted John Campbell to drive him, but his daughter would be getting married this weekend, which I understand is more important.” Nuncio races Sunday in the second of two Elitloppet eliminations. The top four finishers from each division advance to the same-day final. The first elimination features the next three best bets to win the race according to the oddsmakers: 2014 champion Timoko (7-1), formerly U.S.-based Propulsion (9-1) and U.S. representative Resolve (10-1). Timoko, who finished second in this year’s Prix d’Amerique, has won three of six starts this season. The 9-year-old stallion has earned $4.43 million in his career. Five-year-old Propulsion, who raced for trainer Tony Alagna in the States, is 3-for-3 this year. Resolve is trained and driven by two-time Elitloppet winner Ake Svanstedt. “This year almost all the horses can actually win this race,” Melander said. Nuncio isn’t Melander’s only shot at winning the race. He also sends out Volstead in the first elimination. Volstead is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Madame Volo. He was purchased as a yearling for $50,000 at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to stakes-winner High Bridge and his family also includes stakes-winners Missy’s Goalfire, Have You Ever, Lassie’s Goal, and Lear Jetta. “I actually think Volstead has a good chance to be among the (top) three,” Melander said. “His last performance he was outstanding. If we take it to the final and get a decent position, I would almost be worried if I was Nuncio.” Sunday’s card at Solvalla also features appearances by two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pinkman, French Laundry, and Uncle Lasse in a Group 2 event for 4-year-old trotters. Yannick Gingras will drive Pinkman. Also, millionaire Wild Honey competes in a Group 2 event for 4-year-old female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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