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The UET Trotting Masters Finale was the day’s featured event (purse 380,000€, Gr. II International, 2700 meters, 12 starters) at Paris-Vincennes and quite a strategic race it was. At the end Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) scored timed in 1.11.9kr reined by Orjan Kihlstom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. The victory increased his life earnings to 3,111,396€ with 171,000€ secured today. Propulsion, bred in the USA by Cane Run Farm’s owners and Bluestone Farm was away toward the back and advanced third on the outer after Cleangame moved third wide for J-M Bazire on the backside to attack the race leaders. Mindyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners) had gained the front from Bold Eagle (8m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet). The Eagle was used hard to initially reach the front past the stands from Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines). Even-money favorite Cleangame reached the front albeit he stayed in the two-path entering the lane and appeared to be holding off his attackers when he went offstride in late stretch. He passed the line first and his dq enabled Propulsion to gain the victory as the 1.7/1 second choice over 63/1 Bahia Quesnot and reinsman/trainer Junior Guelpa that was also clocked in 1.11.9kr. 9/2 odds Bold Eagle was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Sebastien Guarato timed in 1.12kr. The 71/1 Mindyourvalue WF held fourth and 33/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne-Ilaria Jet) was fifth for Eric Raffin. The other check earners were 48/1 Milligan’s School and 114/1 Bel Avis. The pace was rated evenly until it picked up in the final 500 meters (1.12.6kr was the clocking with 500 remaining). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The giants of Swedish trotting met Sunday at Ostersund to decide the UET Masters Final (purse 401,600€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters). Propulsion (7m Andover Hall-Danae) rallied at mid-stretch for the 1.10.4kr timed victory with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. He raised his career earnings to 2,227,405€. The 22/1 Milligans School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) rallied along the pegs for second after leading Cyber Lane faded, driven by Ulf Eriksson and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The 7/10 favorite Readly Express (6m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) was third handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Timo Nurmos.  Sorbet and driver Per Linderoth was fourth ahead of the Wim Paal teamed Up And Quick. Lionel, Dreammoko and Cyber Lane finished sixth through eighth and Diamanten was a dq. Replay stretch drive link follows:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Xp09J6HZ8 The Ostersund card also included the Krokoms Kommun (purse 25,753€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) and the 1/10 favorite In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsa LB) scored for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team to raise her career earnings to 416,681€.  Ginny Weasley was second for Robert Bergh, ahead of the Bjorn Goop teamed Dizzy Broad. Race time was 1.12.5kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sunday is the annual UET Masters Series Final to be raced as Ostersund for a 4SEK million purse over 2140 meters autostart.  The field is a quality one led by Propulsion and Readly Express, the latter with Bjorn Goop to drive. Other recent top performing entrants are Cyber Lane, Dreammoko and Milligan’s School. Final UET Trotting Masters – kr. 4 milloni – meri 2140 Cyber Lane – Johan Utersteiner Diamanten – Erik Adielsson Dreammoko – Gabriele Gelormini Lionel – Daniel Reden Milligan’s School – Ulf Eriksson Muscle Hustle – Robert Bergh Nadal Broline – Ulf Ohlsson Pastore Bob – Peter Ingves Propulsion – Orjan Hihlstrom Readly Express – Bjorn Goop Sorbet 0 Erik Adielsson Up And Quick – Wihelm Paal Propulsion was bred in Georgetown, KY by Cane Run Farm and later sold for $210,000 to the current owners in a Meadowlands Tattersalls Mixed Sale. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The 7/10 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah-Reality Pride) took today’s Svenskt TravDerby (Gr. I, purse 401,600 euro, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) timed in 1.12kr for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Pasi Aikio and owner Trakompaniet Stall SB. Chianti ( (4m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever) at 6.7/1 was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third went to the 22/1 outsider Son Of God (4m Pastor Stephen) with Johan Untersteiner teaming for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The Derby Mares (Gr. I, purse 200,800 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 4.9/1 odds Run Chica Run (4f Scarlet Knight-Run Baby Run) hold on to win for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Pallexperten I Malmo AB. Race time was 1.12kr and the winner now sports eight career wins in 18 starts (four wins in seven 2018 outings). The 82/1 Europhile AM (4f Gift Kronos-Twist In The Tail) was second for trainer Untersteiner and catch driver Jorma Kontio, ahead of 7.4/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. On the undercard was the Derby Stayern (purse 20,581 euro, 3140 meters, 12 starts) and the 1/5 favorite Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) prevailed timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. AB Ybena owns this winner that defeated Monark Newmen (5m Orlando Vici) and Digger Lord (7g Digger Crown). On Saturday at Helsinki the Finland Trotting Derby (150,000 euro to the winner, 2600 meters) saw favorite Hachiko de Veluwe (4g Timoko-Amazing Ride-Muscles Yankee) score for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The winner’s dam was also produced good colts Brad de Veluwe and Gizmo de Veluwe, both by Andover Hall. Lexus Dream (4g Lexus Font-Lovely Dream-Coktail Jet) was second for Ari Moilanen while third was Gloria Web (4m Donerail-Amazing Annie-Armbro Prowess with Santtu Raitala driving. Chart follows as well as pedigree of the mare Amazing Ride. Earlier in the week (August 31) was the annual Kolgjini Sale at Vombs Nygard. https://kolgjini.se/files/auction/20180831090912_0537158001535706552.pdf A host of well-bred yearlings were presented with the leaders shown below. Hip 87 Velamints Face (male. Muscle Hill-Grady Stone), 1,700,000SEK Hip 4 Mojo Express (male, Readly Express-Somebodylikeyou As), 1,500,000SEK Hip 93 Hannibal Face (male, Bold Eagle-Casualty Of Love), 1,100,000SEK Hip 67 Vindaloo Face (female, Joke Face-Jolokia), 1,050,000SEK Hip 74 Hyper Smart (male, Ready Cash-Nagasaki Face), 850,000SEK Hip 70 Vaganova Face (female, Muscle Hill-Ballet Slippers), 800,000SEK Hip 8 Hacker AM (male, Muscle Hill-Queen Silas), 800,000SEK Of interest was also hip 66 Heaven AM (female, Bold Eagle-Artomatic-Artsplace) with a strong pacing maternal family.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=48&v=_WVh2-_hBkE by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) was a game three-time winner of the Gr. I International Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro on Tuesday evening. Orjan Kihlstom teamed the 1.46/1 winner for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Propulsion was timed in 1.09.4kr to win after a tough grind against Dante Boko and others. He was away sixth and began an outside journey before the 600 meter mark and eventually moved three wide in an attacking mode on the backstretch. He raced there alongside his rivals until top of the stretch when he drew off to a commanding lead. Bjorn Goop hustled veteran Up And Quick (10m Buvetier d’Aunou-Fichtre-Quiton du Coral) from far back to gain second about three lengths in arrears. Antoine Lherete trains this former Prix d’Amerique winner for Ecurie Quick Star. Pastor Bob (5g From Above-Estrada OR-Supergill) was a game third for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. Dante Boko held fourth and Rajesh Face was fifth in the solid field that raced 1609 meters autostart for a total purse of 175,700 euro with 100,400 euro to the winner. Propulsion now has a 29-11-7 slate in 60 career starts for 18,185,317SEK earned. Up And Quick raised his career earnings to 21,487,828SEK in 72 lifetime appearances. Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80mOl-TYP1w The undercard was also a superb presentation of trotting excellence led by the 120,480 euro total purse Premio Going Kronos for three year olds. 22/1 Zeus Bi (3m Donato Hanover-Las Brisas Bi-Toss Out) was victorious in the 1609 meter autostart contest timed in 1.11.1kr as he rallied for a narrow score. Erik Adielsson teamed the winner for trainer Fredrik Linder and Stall Courant AB. Holy Water (3m Pastor Stephen-Long Island Iced Tea-SJs Photo) was second for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist,  and Zelig Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Laika Ek-Atlas Fighter L) took the third check for driver Wim Paal and trainer Cristian Rizzo for owner Scuderia Union Perfect Srl. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Canari Match (6m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostral-Joe l’Amoroso) took Saturday’s Bollnas Trot feature worth 200,000SEK to the winner that was timed in 1.10.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. The 2.4/1 Canari Match, a two time winner in six 2018 starts, was reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall et and trainer Daniel Reden, Nappa Scar (6m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover) was second for Per Lennartsson and third was Queer Fish (9g Varenne-Gambari-Victory Dream) with Kaj Widell driving. In Vain Sund was fifth, Cool Keeper seventh and French Laundry unplaced in the field. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

December 31, 2017 - Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae) with Orjan Kihlstom up for harness racing trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet was a conclusive length plus winner at 4.9/1 odds timed in 1.10.5kr in today’s Quinte+ Grand Prix de Bourgogne (Gr. II, purse €120,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters less two scratched – Uza Josselyn and Akim du Cap Vert; Anna M, Goop driving for injured Vercruysse).  The 5/10 favorite Bold Eagle (6m Ready Cash-Reethi Rah Jet) rallied wide and late for Franck Nivard (trainer Sebastien Guarato; owner Pierre Pilarski) for second with 43/1 Briac Dark (6m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) and driver Matthieu Abrivard third and getting a Prix d’Amerique ticket. Thierry Duvaldestin trains Briac Dark for Ecurie Guy Barou. 33/1 Billie de Montfort (6f Jasmin de Flore) and 150/1 Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill) completed the Quinte+ top five.  Belina Josselyn and forwardly place Anna Mix were sixth and seventh for the final checks.  Lionel, Booster Winner, Bird Parker, and Ringostarr Treb were eighth through 11th. Driver Kihlstom left strongly with Propulsion and raced at or near the front all the way in quick fractions with Anna Mix alongside for the middle half of the event. Propulsion gained an open advantage on his rivals off the final turn and wide rallying Bold Eagle could not reach. Bold Eagle raced third in the outer much of the way and cleared late for his run in the five wide path. Briac Dark, who led at one time and was well-placed throughout, held gamely for third. Fractions were quick and steady (1.07.5kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.1 at the 1000; 1.10.9kr at 500 meters remaining). The Q+ exact order payoff was €62,702 for a €2 wager. Replay video here.  The Prix d’Amerique qualifiers post Bourgogne are: 1. Doria Desbois 2. Readly Express 3. Valko Jenilat 4. Billie de Montfort 5. Charly du Noyer 6. Bird Parker 7. Bold Eagle 8. Ringostarr Treb 9  Propulsion 10 Briac Dark Next chances to qualify are shown below: 11-13 Top three in Prix de Belgique (if already qualified next highest adjusted earnings prevail) 14-18 based on adjusted earnings (career earnings plus allowances based on age: 4-year-olds get an allowance or bonus of 30 % of their career earnings; 5-year-olds receive a bonus of 20 % of the their career earnings; 6-year-olds receive 10 % of the their career earnings; seven year olds and up receive no bonus allowance. Thomas H. Hicks

The Daniel Reden/Stall Zet 1.85/1 favored Vasterbo Highflyer took Saturday’s V75 Gold (purse to winner 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) with Orjan Kihlstom aboard. The eight year-old gelded son of Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip recorded a 1.14.4kr clocked victory, his second in eight 2016 appearances and he increased his harness racing career earnings to 3,171,100SEK. 6.6/1 Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) was second with Jennifer Tillman aboard and 50/1 Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) landed third for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Stefan Melander, this one bred by J-P Dubois. Also at Bollnas, the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.3/1 favorite Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall), that scored in 1.13.2kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reljo Liljendahl. The veteran recorded his second 2016 win in eight starts and fifth in only 17 career outings. 2.4/1 Hero Sjohammar (5g Super Arnie-Twilight Time-Juliano Star) was second with Erik Adielsson driving for trainer Stig H. Johansson. 22.5/1 Vasterbo Paymyday (7g Credit Winner-Vasterbo Daylight-Spotlite Lobell) was third for trainer Liljendahl and driver Magnus Jakobsson. Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer/owner Stefan Melander won today’s €121,916 purse, 1640 meters autostart, Arjang 2016 Stora Sprinterlopp in Sweden, by half-length after stating from post eight and sitting the death seat after the first quarter mile.  Nuncio was the 7/10 favorite and scored in 1.09.7kr (mile rate 1:52.15). Pacesetter Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was a game second at 19/1 for Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Steen Juul. 29/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) rallied to be third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Daniel Reden with fourth to 3.9/1 On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Johnny Takter. Ten horses contested this International event with Chelsea Boko and Harry Haythrow fifth and sixth to the line. Nuncio posted his sixth 2016 victory in eight starts, with two seconds, including the Elitlopp win. His career slate is 32-14-2 in 48 appearances, now for 22,931,376SEK earned. "He has everything put together really well. He is strong, a quick starter and has good closing speed.", said driver Örjan Kihlström. On the undercard Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) win the Silver Division for Thomas Uhrberg and Cab Hornline (5m San Pelligrino-Perle Mauritius-Hermes de Pericard) took the Bronze test for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Delicious earned an Elitloppet invitation today for her victory in a mare's race at Bollnas worth 35,000SEK to the Orjan Kihlstrom piloted winner. Timed in 1.12kr the seven year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra was the prohibitive favorite in the 1640 meter autostart contest, her fifth straight victory. Daniel Reden trains Delicious for Stall Zet. 11/1 Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) was second for Kaj Widell, ahead for third finishing 21/1 Pippi (9f SJ’s Photo-Astrids Lady-Laddie Blue Chip and driver Marcus Hultman. The 14/1 Talk The Talk (6f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) was fourth for Ulf Olsson and fifth went to 32/1 Elles W.Phedo(10f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolita-Rapido) for Ove A. Lindqvist. Delicious joins Timoko as the first two to receive Elitloppet invitations. Delicious has a 20-9-7 slate in 45 career starts for earnings of 5,701,572SEK. The last five Elitloppet winners include Magic Tonight, TYimoko, Nahar, Commander Crowe and Brioni, with the race record of 1.09.5kr held by Timoko. On the undercard a 1640 meter autostart event for 30,000SEK to the winner, went to 3.4/1 Ilikeitlikethat (5m Crazed-Dido Hanover-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.13.1kr for Marcus Hultman and trainer Per C. Johansson. The winner has 3-0-0 slate in four 2016 appearances with this win, his third straight in a career that numbers only 11 starts. 16/1 Second dam of this winner is Divine Victory (Valley Victory-Armbro Divine). Dashing Kimberly was second for Jennifer Tillman. The day before at Solvalla saw the 100,000SEK first money Avelsfoseningens Jubile for mares over 2140 meters voltstart go to 3/1 Coca de Vie (5f Chocolatioer-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander. 10/1 Pimpinette Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Indeed Kronos-Viking Kronos) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J./ Older trotters were overwhelmed by international star Commander Crowe in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands on Nov. 22. The 11-year-old gelding showed his heels to his younger rivals and won in a stakes-equaling 1:51.   Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom, Commander Crowe, who left quickly with Arch Madness (George Brenna) and Creatine (Ron Pierce), took over after a first quarter of :27 and a half of :54.4.   It was the mare, Maven (Yannick Gingras), who began a major challenge to Commander Crowe, coming after him from the second tier with Creatine on the pylons looking for room to make a passing bid.   But Commander Crowe was tough on top and would not be denied the Breeders Crown win he has attempted twice before and was unsuccessful. Maven held for second and Creatine settled for third.   "I don’t know why he hasn’t been to the U.S before" Orjan Kihlstrom said., "you have to ask the trainers. He has a lot of races in Europe, he raced in Canada twice, he’s quite old now so it was about time (retirement). He shipped very good this time, he had some problems with that before but this time was good. I tried to keep them behind me, he’s a very tough horse, and still at this age can do a lot of work, he’s just a fantastic horse. I don’t know what’s next for him, you’ll have to ask Fabrice (trainer.) I don’t know for sure if he’ll keep going, this might be the end, but I don’t know what they have decided."   Fabrice Souloy trains Commander Crowe, who was bred in Sweden by Peri Puro. Snogarps Gard owns the winner, who with the victory surpassed the $5 million mark in lifetime earnings at $5,099,590. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Commander Crowe paid $12.00 to win.     by Frank Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

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

Panne de Moteur and reinsman Orjan Kihlstom won The Onions Lopp at Solvalla over 1640 meters autostart. He recorded his second 2014 win in as many starts, scoring in 1.10.6kr for trainer Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompiets Stall AB. The six year-old son for Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail earned 100,000SEK first prize that increased his career earnings to 6,895,500SEK. The win was his 17th career triumph and probably helps ensure his participation in the Elitloppet. Trainer Hultman stated that he was pleased with the victory under no urging from driver Kihlstrom. April 9, 2014 Solvalla, The Onions Lopp, 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.10.6kr Panne de Moteur (6m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Hultman trainer and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB (public company), his second 2014 win in as many starts and 17th lifetime victory in 36 starts for 6,895,500SEK earned. Next four placed went to Hard Livin, Daniel Reden trainer/driver; Kaka A.T., Torbjorn Jansson and Drilbit As, Erik Adielsson The Solvalla undercard showed wins by the Credit Winner mare Wish Me Luck As with Kihlstom aboard for ACL Stuteri AB and Freeman T. Porter, in an Olympiatravet prep, with Conrad Lugauer aboard. Summaries follow. April 9, 2014, Solvalla, Kat2, 30,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.13.5kr Wish Me Luck As (4f Credit Winner-Carolyn As-Striking Sahbra), Orjan Kihlstom for Roger Walman trainer, owner ACL Stuteri AB, her first 2014 win plus a second in two starts, and second career win. She last raced in US on October 16, 2013. The next two places went to Ocean Dream DE with Johan Wiman up and Liberty Federal and reinsman Jorma Kontio. April 9, 2014 Aby Olympiatravet trial, 70,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.14kr Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, first start and win in 2014, 14th career win in 51 starts for 1,500,096SEK won. The next three across the line were Arazi Boko, Daniel Olsson; Belgrado, Mattias Djuseand Caliber T.T, Fredrik Persson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com          

Maharajah (9m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill) enjoyed a perfect pocket trip engineered by harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstom to surge past pacesetter Up And Quick and J-M Bazire to take today’s 93rd edition of the Grand Prix d’Amerique. The one million euro ($1,367,000 US Dollars) Gr. I International UET Masters Series event is the world’s richest harness race and one of the most prestigious trotting contest. The course was rain soaked on this cold day but it not affect the Stefan Hultman trainee that entered the race off a weak performance in Sweden. For that reason he was sent off at 8.7/1. Favorite Up and Quick at 5/2 odds raced well and held off Yarrah Boko that was third at 19/1 for Pierre Vercruysse. Roxane Griff, last week’s Prix de Cornulier winner was well placed throughout to gain fourth with Timoko fifth. Second choice Ready Cash took a shot at the leaders and reached third on the outer before going off-stride at mid-stretch. Maharajah scored his 31st career win and increased his earnings to 2,602,451 euro for owner public company Travkompaniets Stall AB. The early pace was soft but the field began to roll after recording 1.14.3kr at the 1500. The winner was clocked at 1.13.3kr at the finish of the 2700 meter test. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

Maharajah's stirring win of today's Grand Prix d'Amerique stamps him as a great horse and his trainer Stefan Hultman and ownership should be commended for their patient preparation for the big challenge. They did a great job and Orjan Kihlstom engineered a perfect trip for the son of Viking Kronos as he wore down the game and speedy Up And Quick (by Buvetier d'Aunou by Royal Prestige), with Jean-Michel Bazire teaming, as the line approached. It was an exciting race, contested by great horses. Fans were entertained by the pre-card parade, including the drivers in vintage autos, and the Republicaine Garde that put on a super show. January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Grand Prix d'Amerique, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2700 meters, 1,000,000€ purse, 18 starters 1.13.3kr Fractions: 1.14.3kr at 1500, 1.14.1kr at 1000, 1.13.7kr at 500, 1.13.3kr at finish 1st Maharajah (9m Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), Orjan Kihlstom for trainer Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB, 8.7/1, 31st lifetime win for 2,602,451€ earned (Sweden) 2nd Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre), J-M Bazire up for Franck Leblanc trainer and Ecurie Quick Star, 2.5/1 odds 3rd Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten), Pierre Vercruysse up for Norway's Trond Anderssen trainer 19/1 (Norway, Sweden registered) 4th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato trainer, 21/1 5th Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer/owner Richard Westerink, 25/1 6th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier up at 50/1 7th Royal Dream (9m Love You-Ida Bourbon), Jean-Philippe Dubois up, 29/1 Other non-disqualified finishers in order: Quinoa du Gers, Tiego d'Etang, Vanika du Ruel, Triode de Felliere, Nesta Effe, The Best Madrik, Mack Grace SM, Reve de Beylev The Prix d'Amerique was also the Quinte+ race of the day and it returned 82,364 for a two euro wager, even if one did not have the jackpot number that was worth 10 million euros this day. Despite heavy rain at times the enthusiastic crowd made their cheers heard and wagered heavily. Win-place wagering alone on the feature race neared 3.8 million euros. Swedish race fans had more to cheer about as Bjorn Goop won with Oasis Bi shortly afterward, in a dramatic win along the pylons from a huge gathering on the line. The son of Toss Out from the US exported mare Upfront JM scored in 1.12.6kr in the Gr. III Prix Rene Gougeon over 2100 meters. 16 starters faced the autostart in this one and it was a battle from the outset. Spain's hopeful, Trebol by Hot Blues, raced well again to be third for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou as this pair are always competitive during Prix d'Amerique week. January 26, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jean-Rene Gougeon (Prix Chevrolet), 2100 meters, Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart, 100,000€ purse, 16 starters 1.12.6kr Fractions: 1.09.4kr at 1500, 1.09.9kr at 1000, 1.12kr at 500, 1.12.6kr finish 1st Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM), Bjorn Goop up at 8.5/1 2nd Seduisant Fouteau (8m Gazouillis-Elisalde), Charles Dreux up at 16/1 3rd Trebol (7m Hot Blues-Sally Can Wait), Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou trainer/driver at 30/1 (Spain) 4th The de Chine (7g Blue Eyes America-Haparine), J.L.C. Dersoir aboard at 13/1 5th Ut Viniere (8m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere), Mathieu Abrivard up at 93/1 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

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