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Italy’s Vitruvio (5m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) took today’s Oslo Grand Prix (purse 2,830,000Nokr, 2100 meters autostart, nine starters after Looking Superb was scratched.   Jorma Kontio teamed the winner to a rallying score for harnes racing trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro, Vitruvio’s third 2019 win in four starts and 16th in his career that spans 36 appearances.   His life earnings are now 9,987,837Nokr. Bahia Quesnot was a game second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa after racing first over and putting away the breaking pacesetter Ringostarr Treb at the end of the final bend.   Valokaja Hindo rallied for third with Christophe Martens teaming for trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. Former Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was also a miscue dq for his break into the first turn.   Vitruvio                                 --Bjerke Travbane, ATG, Rikstoto files/photos   Race time was 1.11.6kr for the 7.1/1 odds winner. The undercard action at Bjerke was excellent.   The 555,000Nokr total purse Energima Cup Final went to 1.11.3kr timed Gigant Invalley (Gigant Neo) with Gunnar Austevoll up. This one was third in his elimination. The two elimination winners were Une Etoile Gar (Varenne) clocked in 1.11.2kr and Donatomite (Donato Hanover-Malvictorian) in 1.12kr.   The Finn Tack Europamatch (565,000Nokr purse, 2100 meters autostart) went to 1.12.9kr timed Heart of Steel (Cantab Hall) with Peter Untersteiner up. Gina Shermer (Varenne) took the Akershus Tracktors for Mares with a 410,000Nokr purse, clocked in 1.11.8kr over the 1609 meters autostart course.   The YesBox Trot (255,000Nokr purse, 1609 meters autostart) saw Reigning Moni (Donato Hanover) score in 1.11.6kr with Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer Daniel Reden.   Early in the program was the Kingsrod Trading Monte (195,000Nokr purse, 1609 meters autostart) and Be Mine de Houelle (Scipion du Goutier) scored for jockey Maria Bacsich timed in 1.11.6kr. Franck Leblanc trains this one that was recently third in Solvalla’s Monte Elite, a race she won in 2018.     Thomas H. Hicks

April 14, 2017 - 4.8/1 Poet Broline (5m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal), on the pegs, held off oncoming 2/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) for harness racing driver/trainer Peter Untersteiner to win the Farjestad featured Prins Carl Philips (purse 250,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart). The winner scored, timed in 1.11.4kr (1.10,3kr at the first 500 and 1.12.kr at the first 1000), over a water drenched raceway in his first 2017 appearance and he now shows 10 career wins in 30 starts for 3,693,778SEK earned. Bjorn Goop teamed second finishing Twister Bi for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pasquale Ciccarelli. 7.7/1 Target Kronos (5g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) rallied for third reined by Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The solid card also included the Folke Halmarssons (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and that event went to 2.1/1 Pasithea Face (5f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionnant) for the Adrian (driver) and Lutfi (trainer) Kolgjini team. Timed in 1.13.5kr the Courant AB owned mare is now three for four in 2017 and has 10 wins in 30 career appearances for 2,424,575SEK earned. 11.7/1 Trecciadoro Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Freedream Rex-CR Track Master) took second for Veijo Heiskanen and third was 17/1 Diva Deo(5f Muscles Yankee-Doris Deo-Andover Hall) for Mikael J. Andersson. Well-regarded Treasure Kronos was scratched. The marathon distance Langfredagsstayern (100,000SEK first prize, 3140 meters voltstart and distance handicapped) went to 1.15kr timed and 3.8/1 Alfas da Vinci (9g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. 3.1/1 Candor Hall (9g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) was second for driver/trainer Bjorn Goop. The top two on the line overcame 60 meter handicaps. 71.6/1 Yankee Frecel (6g Magnetic Power-She’s A Model-Lindys Crown) was third for reinsman Ole Johan Ostre. Thomas H. Hicks    

October 15, 2015 - Ivar Sanna (6m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) won Saturday’s Swedish Masters (500,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart), the V75 Gold, clocked in 1.13.3kr. Harness racing driver Jomar Blekkan teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that Happy People Racing AB owns. Ivar Sanna won his fifth straight and 16th career victory in 55 starts for 3,660,431SEK earned. Mosaique Face was second for Adrian Kolgjini with third to Vasterboonthenews with Thomas Uhrberg driving. The winner’s share of the purse is $56,676 in US dollars. The undercard included the Gr II National Mares (500,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and JetSet (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) scored for Peter Untersteiner, also her trainer. Timed in 1.13.7kr JetSet recorded her 13th career win in 44 starts for 2,016,937SEK earned. She has a 4-6-3 slate in 14 starts this year. The V75 Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Finland’s Top Of The World (5g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) clocked in 1.11.3kr for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. He now sports 19 wins in 42 career starts. The Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) this day went to Heartbreaker V.S. (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive-Nevele Pride) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. The 1.13.7kr timed winner now has 15 career wins in 38 starts. The Larlings SM (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Angelica Holm and trainer Robert Bergh. The 2140 meter autostart Euro Classic Next Year (40,000SEK to winner) went to Get Lucky Pellini (3f SJ’s Photo-Hawaiian Sierra-Sierra Kosmos) timed in 1.14.4kr for reinsman Joakim Lovgren. Two monte contests were on the program with the 250,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart, race won by Brasil Boko (8m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) with Jennifer Oscarsson up. The winner was timed in 1.13.4kr and earned his third straight monte victory for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The other monte contest (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to heavily favored Viking Olympic (8g Trophy Catch-Laika H-Earthquake) timed in 1.13.8kr and ridden by Clara Jonasson. The Denmark registered winner record his second straight win. Thomas H. Hicks  

SWEDEN - Veteran B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) won Saturday’s V75 Gold at Hagmyren, scoring over 1640 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first prize in the 12 horse field. The 1.6/1 favorite was timed in 1.10.7kr for driver Peter Untersteiner for his 22nd career victory in 80 starts, good for 7,122,005SEK earned. Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starley-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Eriksson. Third went to Explosive De Vie (5g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) with Kevin Oscarsson up for trainer Jim, his father. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK to the winner was raced over 2640 meters voltstart by 12 starters. Seedorf O.M.F. (5g Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJ’s Caviar) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson, the winners’ second straight win and third in last four. Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) was next for trainer/driver Peter Unntersteiner, ahead of Let’s Dance D.E. (6, Oscar Schindler SL-Sermione-Diamond Way) and trainer/driver Klaus Kern. The 100,000SEK first money V75 Bronze over 1640 meters autostart went to quick 1.11.3kr timed Arlexes Cubani (6g Super Light-Chica Star-Deliberate Speed) for driver Tomas Pettersson. Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) took second with Per Lennartsson the pilot. Sugarmakesmecrazy (4g Crazed-Maple Frosting-Valley Victory) was third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath, this one a promising Ake Svanstedt US trainee as a two year-old. Other winner of 100,000SEK first money events were Casmira (4f Scipion du Goutier-Challenge World-Supergill) clocked in 1.13.3kr with Ulf Ohlsson up; Drabant Hornline (4g Conny Nobell-Minouche Rossignol-Vikings Way) for Oskar Kylin-Biom timed in 1.15.5kr; Ottens Casher (4g Ready Cash-Ottens Julia-Juliano Star) timed in 1.13.7kr for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Roger Walmann; and Onas Igor (6g Flirtin Man-Minabeans-Varenne) for Peter Untersteiner. A 25,000SEK first prize monte contest began the program with victory to Vasterbo Pumpkin (7f Up Front Larry-Vasterbo Twilight-Choctaw Brave) with Isabelle Orsimo in the irons. Stephanie Werner teamed Zeb Lie Star (7g Zerberus-Oh Sally-JR Broline) to a second place finish. Separately, it has been reported that FR trainer Fabrice Souloy is under investigation for multiple cobalt violations that include top trotters Un Mec d’Heripre, Your Highness, Timone E and Lionel from major races in Norway and Sweden in May and June. Your Highness won the Oslo Grand Prix and Timone E won the European Cup at Bjerke. Un Mec d’Heripre won an Elitloppet elim and third in the final. Tests reportedly revealed cobalt levels well above international standard levels. Determinations await sample B results by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

6/1 odds Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candella-Armbro Goal) won today’s Konung Gustaf W:s Pokal (928,830SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International) clocked in 1.12.7kr and driven by Peter Untersteiner, also the trainer. Italy’s 34/1 Telecomando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-SJ’s Photo) landed second for Enrico Bellei with third to 35/1 Payas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) with Johnny Taker driving. US import Uncle Lasse was unplaced. The fillies battled in the Gr. I International Drottning Silvia’s Pokal also for a winner’s prize of 928,830SEK. 2.3/1 second wagering choice Princess Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Mansia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) scored the victory timed in 1.13.1kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. 44/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comets Tail) took second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to 2.1/1 favorite Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. This one is USA/Canada owned by Jeffrey Snyder and David Goodrow. Thomas H. Hicks

Solid harness racing action took place May 4 at Solvalla Racecourse that showcased the Iceland’s Race for 60,000SEK first money over the 2140 meter autostart distance. Favorite Je t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Marion-Sugarcane Hanover) at .34/1 for trainer Peter Untersteiner prevailed clocked in 1.13.3kr. 5/1 Al Dente (5m Scarlet Knight-Mottie’s Photo-SJ’s Photo) took second for Kenneth Haugstad with third to 23/1 Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) for Stefan Melander. The latter is a half-sister to Scarlet Knight. Three year-olds contested the Ingdende Kriterium (200,000SEk to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the favorite at 3/10 odds scored in 1.14.2kr. Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was reined by Ulf Ohlsson, trained by Petri Salmela and is owned by Stall Nian. The winner recorded his fourth straight victory and 10th in 12 career starts. 27/1 Monark Newman (3m Orlando Vici-Lady Value-Alf Palema) was second for trainer/driver Frederik Persson and 9/2 Chocolate Gold (3m Chocolatier-Shella Gold-Good As Gold) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. At Aby the Euro Classic Next Year (35,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.15.6kr timed, 14/1 Tour Knight (3f Scarlet Knight-She’s Cool Too-Victory Zodiac) with Stefan Soderkvist up. 29/1 Balotelli (3g END Snapshot-Pearsall Delivery-Pearsall Hanover) took second money for Thomas Ohrberg and 2.4/1 Blue Night (3m Ganymede-Leva Loppan-Express Ride) was third for Jeppe Juel. Saturday’s V75 card is at Orebro and it’s a good one. The Gold Division for 150,000SEK first money over 1609 meters autostart has Magic Tonight in the fray with Orjan Kihlstrom up. He will face, among others, Smilin Deli, Spring Erom, Cool Keeper and Quid Pro Quo. The 125,000SEK first prize Silver Division has Coldtown (by Cantab Hall), Global Patriot and Nadal Broline (by Yankee Glide) at the start. The latter has posted seven wins in the last nine starts. Top mares will battle in a 2100 meter autostart event for 100,000SEK first money. Britt Hudson, Bethel Hanover, Stylish Hanover and My Guiding Ange l are among the starters, leading to the Gr. II International Orebro Stayerlopp for 400,000SEK to the winner of that 3140 meter distance handicap race. Coco de Vie, Swing Kronos and Opitergium are in that field. Tune in to your ATG simulcast signal for an exciting racing card. Thomas H. Hicks

December 12, 2015 - US-bred, Daniel Reden trained Delicious (by Cantab Hall) was scratched from Sunday’s Prix du Bourbonnais. The diminutive world-record holder mare was injured while being prepared at Grobois and is now less likely to participate in the Prix d’Amerique 2016. Trainer Reden was reported as saying he would not rule out returning to North America in the future. The scratching leaves the Gr. II Bourbonnais a wide-open affair with Un Mec d’Heripre, Village Mystic and the 25 meter handicapped trio of Up and Quick, Texas Charm and Tiego d’Etang among the leaders. Moses Rob and Olmo Holz represent Italy and Spain’s Trebol are in the field. The Gold Division V75 at Aby today (first prize 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) went to 7.6/1 Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B.My Honey-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. 6.5/1 Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) ended second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with third to 7.4/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) for Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer Per K. Eriksson. At Aby today was the Euro Classic Next Year with 50,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. 2/1 Pajas Face (3m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) recorded this win for Johnny Takter. Lars Nilsson trains Pajas Face. 7.1/1 Sucre (3m Jacose-Super No Cream-Starchip Entrprise) was second for Christoffer Eriksson teaming for Tomas Malmqvist with third to 3.9/1 RG’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The Wind-Windsong’s Legacy) that Orjan Kihlstrom drove for Roger Walmann, trainer. Back at Vincennes the Prix de Caimcale (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 15 starters) went to the 1.15.1kr winner, 2.1/1 odds Cloane du Vivier (3f Repeat Love-Royale du Vivier) for Eric Raffin. Sebastien Guarato trains the winner for Ecurie Jean Yves Lucuyer. 5/1 Ceyre de Bellouet (3f Quilien d’Islues-Tarifa de Bellouet) was second driven by Franck Nivard for trainer Fabrice Souloy. 5.2/1 Cova Joselyn (3f Love You-Sezira Josselyn) ended third for trainer/driver J-M Bazire and owner Yvan Bernard. Thomas H. Hicks

June 14, 2015 - Swedish bred, Norwegian trained BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) took over from then pocketed Oasis Bi before the halfway mark, and led to the line for teamster Peter Untersteiner and harness racing trainer Fredrik Solberg to win the VG Oslo Grand Prix (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters with 1.5Nokr to the winner). Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlson owns the winner, clocked today in 1.11.3kr, that now has a 2015 slate of 2-1-2-1 in seven starts and a career of 19-12-8-5 in 64 starts for 5,423,081 Nokr earned. He previously won the 2015 Olympic Trot. Italy’s Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) escaped the pocket late and was beaten half-length for Bjorn Goop and trainer Stefan P. Pettersson. Norway’s Papagayo E (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) was a very fast closing third for Vidar Hop and trainer Egil Stensrud. Mosaique Face, Support Justice, Univers de Pan and Trebol were next in that order. Univers de Pan trailed the field until a wide rally in the stretch. Trebol had a three hole journey on the pegs behind Oasis Bi but chose to vacate that cover with a quarter to go and it hurt his chances for a better placing. B.B.S. Sugarlight was the 2.7/1 favorite with 12.4/1 for Oasis Bi and 6.5/1 odds for Papagayo E on the Rikstoto system. This was a superb Bjerke racing card, presented very professionally and conducted before a huge crowd, ultimately excited by the great finish by Norwegian horses. Steinlager was the last Norwegian campaigner to win this classic ten years ago. Back later to report details on the undercard that included wins by Italy’s Tango Negro (by Infinitif) trained by Jerry Riordan in a three year-old test, Energma Cup heat wins by Magiccarpetride and Rue du Bac (by Infinitif) with the final to Repay Merci, Billie de Montfort in the four year-old contest timed in 1.10.8kr, Torre Crepin gate to wire in the monte event clocked in 1.11.5kr, Emmett Brown in a Klass I affair, Fleetfoot Hanovert in the aged mares trot, Duke of Greenwood in the five year-old test and an upset win by Lome Brage in the coldblood feature defeating the mare Lannen Silje, suffering only her third loss in 38 career appearances. Thomas H. Hicks

April 25, 2015 - Harness racing driver Peter Untersteiner steered BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid) to victory at 8/1 odds in Saturday’s Olympiatravet (€295,515 purse, Gr. I with 10 international starters, 2140 meters autostart) defeating fast closing 19/1 Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM) and Bjorn Goop by three lengths. Voltigeur de Myrt (6m Opus Viervil-Myrtille des Bois) was third at 8/1 for Gabrielle Gelormini. Favorite Support Justice (6m Kadabra-Artisane) was fourth for G-V Gundersen ahead of Princess Grif and Maven, The winner was clocked in 2:31.3 (1.10.7kr) and the result illustrates the depth of talent among European fast-class performers. Thomas H. Hicks

At Paris-Vincennes the €240,000 Prix des Elites (Gr. I monte, 2200 meters, 11 starters) went to 3/2 favorite Booster Winner (3m Love You-Quille Viretaute) for Eric Raffin, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner Philippe Aloisio. Timed in 1.12.5kr the winner benefitted from a 50 meter advantage over competitors four and five years old to score easily, his sixth career win for earnings now of €365,050. Second choice Brutus de Bailly was second for Mathieu Mottier with Viva Forest home third for Franck Nivard and trainer Souloy. This one also overcame the 50 meter handicap to be third, timed in 1.11.5kr, with handicapped A Nous Deux fourth for Julien Raffestin, aboard for Ronny Kuiper trainer and Jean-Pierre Dubois owner. The European Criterium for five year-olds at Vincennes went to 3/2 favorite Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) for trainer/driver Geir-Vegard Gundersen from Norway. Timed in 1.11.6kr over 2100 meters autostart, the winner scored for the 19th time in his career now for earnings of €603,861, in this Gr. I European event for €150,000 purse. The 29/1 Swedish  entrant El Mago Pellini (5m Chocolatier-My Intuition) was second with Dominick Locqueneux aboard for trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini. Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d’Orgeres) was third for owner/trainer/driver Louis Baudron and Increased Workload (5m Scarlet Knight-My Darling) was home  fourth for J-M Bazire and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Pascia L’est and Very Nice Marceaux were next across the line in a solid 11 horse field. The Prix Ovidius Naso-Beachcomber Hotels for €85,000 went to Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette-Arnaquer) and Ch. J. Bigeon. He scored for the 11th time now for earnings of €332,650 in this European event over 2850 meters. Timed in 1.14.5kr the winner, off at 9/10 odds, narrowly defeated Elles W.Phedo (8f Kasaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolita) with Johanna Lindqvist aboard and Tornade du Digeon with J-M Bazire up.Teatro At Solvalla the main event was the Swedish Kriterium for three year-old colts, with a purse of €443,200, contested by 12 horses over 2640 meters autostart. The winner in 1.14.01kr was Je T’aime Express (3g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron) handled by Johan Untersteiner for trainer Peter Untersteiner. Stall Wetact owns the winner that scored at 31/1 odds. Buddha (3m Muscle Mass-Kinshasa) was second at 23/1 for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop with 56/1 From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) third for Johnny Takter and trainer Lars Nilsson. Wingait Holger and Conlight As crossed the line fourth and fifth. The Swedish Trotting Oaks (three year-old fillies) for a purse of €310,240 went to Face’Em (3f Offshore Dream-Tuula Boko) with trainer Peter G. Norman up. The 6/1 odds winner covered 2140 meters autostart in 1.13.8kr. Differenceadaymade (3f Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand) was second at 25/1 for Bjorn Goop and Op’s First Girl (3f Flirtin Man-Jobi nhorse) ended third for Erik Adielsson at 28/1. The Graf Kalman Hunyady Memorial was also held today at historic Krieau (Vienna, Austria). Contested by eight over 2600 meters autostart with a €30,000 purse, the International event went to 31/1 outsider Solo Nolo (5g Dream Vacation-Vupti) for Hubert Brandstatter Jr. aboard. He trains the winner that scored in 1.15.3kr over Colin McKenzie (10g Just Had A Vision-Christie) and teamster A. Kaarlenkaski. Brandstatter also trains this one that bested third place Vrai Lord (5m Meaulnes du Corta-Orelady) off at 10/1 for Gerhard Mayr. Heavily favored at 1/10,9 Your Love Lois (9g Love You-Realy Furniture) was fourth for Rik Ebbinge. Abano Boy and legendary reinsman Heinz Wewering was fifth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tomorrow Solvalla racetrack in Sweden hosts the prestigious Swedish Three Year-Old Gr. I Kriterium for a purse of 4SEK million. A total of 12 starters will travel 2640 meters autostart with the favorite being Al Dente (3m Scarlet Knight-Mollie's Photo-SJ's Photo) that Orjan Kihlstrom will pilot. Digital Frame (3m Super Photo Kosmos-Sliding Window-Scarlet Knight) is second early choice with Per Lennartsson up for trainer Stefan Melander who also sends out Gross Weight (3m Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet-Supergill) with Ulf Ohlsson to drive. The Gr. I Oaks for the three year-old fillies is also on the card with 12 contestants going 2140 meters autostart for the 2.8SEK million purse. This well-matched group includes the Bjorn Goop trained and reined Differenceadaymade (3f Muscle Hill-Trophy Hand-Garland Lobell) and Peter G. Norman's Face'Em (3f Offshore Dream-Tuula Boko-Wired Pine) that are receiving the most attention. Today Solvalla presented a superb program with seven events for money to the winner of 200,000SEK or more. The featured Gr. II UET Masters Series Frances Bulwarks went to On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Johnny Takter that defeated Bon Frecia and Nouvelle Pelle in 1.11.5kr over 2140 meters autostart. Ed You was an early scratch and Italy's Occhione Jet was disqualified for a break. The winner recorded his 14th career win in 59 starts now for earnings of 6,098,998SEK. The co-featured Silver Final for 220,000SEK to the winner went to Magiccarpetride and Erik Adielsson in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart. The eight year-old son of Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory is from the dam of Make It Happen and Wishing Stone. The next three across the line are also US-breds, Underpaid Hanover (by Revenue), Dance Photo (SJ's Photo) and Mr. Chicago (Cantab Hall), the latter a full-brother to undefeated US two year-old colt Billy Flynn. The winners of the other 200,000SEK first money events today were Riff Kronos (4m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos-Viking Kronos) in 1.12kr for Veijo Heiskanen, Fleetfoot Hanover (7f Andfover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ's Photo) in 1.10.7kr over 1640 meters autostart for Peter Untersteiner, Coldtown (5g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) in 1.12.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for Jorma Kontio, Speed Delicious (4m Fast Photo-Ala Delicious-Lindy's Crown) for Robert Bergh in 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart and Caddie Girl (6f Love You-Gatzy Lavec-King Lavec) in 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters circle start. Caddie Girl was reined by Veijo Heiskanen, his second V75 victory today, for trainer Jerry Riordan. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom  

Sweden’s Ed You benefitted from a masterful drive by Torbjorn Jansson to storm home past compatriot Mosaique Face to became the third winner of the Group 1 UET Trotting Masters Final (500,000 euros) at Denmark’s Charlottenlund racetrack. Three of the top four UET Masters’ Series ranked Swedish horses were in the field for the 2500m race including French-trained Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), in his very last start of stellar career in Europe before embarking on a swansong to the Untied States Indeed it was Fabrice Soulouy’s 11-year-old chestnut who began the fastest holding off Ed You (Love You) in the initial speed duel, the latter settling into the trail. Into the straight for the first time Europe’s highest ranked horse Timoko (Imoko) of France sprinted up from the back to try and outflank Commander Crowe, but was forced to sit parked and then ended up in the one-one when Lutfi Kolgjini moved up with last year’s Swedish TravDerby winner Mosaïque Face(Classic Photo) a lap out. Commander Crowe kept up the tempo as Mosaïque Face applied the pressure and the two accelerated out of the turn of the back straight for the last time, with Prussia (Ken Warkentin) and Solvato (Donato Hanover) also sprinting hard three and four wide turning for home. Timoko found himself in a difficult position as these attacks occurred, unable to move out and and lost ground and momentum. In the home straight, Commander Crowe’s brave bid faded as Mosaique Face got to the front but Jansson found room to get Ed You off the fence, and used the kinder inside run to his advantage to get by Mosaïque Face with a irresistible burst. Canaka B.F. (Jobie Tempest) found room on the inside ahead of Commander Crowe to grab third just ahead of Timoko, who came on strongly with a stayer’s run for fourth. For Ed You, a late bloomer and controversial winner in July of the prestigious Hugo Abergs Memorial after Un Mec d'Héripré's disqualication, this was best result of his career. He is trained by the Swede Robert Bergh. In the supporting N.J. Kosters Memorial Fredrik Solberg’s BBS Sugarlight (Super Light) shot out of the gate to take a lead he never relinquished. From ther Peter Untersteiner took control of the race from the front with Amour Rapide (Love You) and top Swedish driver Johnny Takter in the bike settling into the trail. Untersteiner released the brakes off BBS Sugarlight at the top of the final bend and he responded superbly and cruised to the line with ease, covering the 1600m journey in a 1.12.0 kilometre rate (1.55.8MR). Flemming Jensen’s veteran warhorse O’Grady (SJ’s Photo) who had sat second-over for most of the race, charged home to nose out Amour Rapide for second money. The previous day at Vincennes, there were two national Group ones, the most prestigious races on the French calendar, with a placing from first to seventh enough to earn prestigious black type in France and coveted Classique status. In the Prix de l'Etoile, an intergenerational race over the Vincennes sprint distance of 2150m, which brings the cream of the 3, 4 and 5 year-old crops together in a handicap setting similar to weight for age racing, Brillantissime (Ready Cash) and Black d’Avril (Oceano Nox ) fought for the early lead, with the inside horse handing up to Brillantissime before the turn into the Joinville plain. Favourite Biche des Clos (Rolling d'Heripre ) moved up prominent outside Brillantissime up the hill and these two led the field down the sweeping turn and into the front straight. Biche des Clos poured on the pressure and Brillantissime could not respond, while Black D’Avril pulled out of the trail and once clear showed terrific acceleration to swoop past Biche des Clos and claim the coveted Group one. Former age group star Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore ) nabbed Brillantissime on the line for third place. The Prix d’Normandie, one of the top three monte races in the world, for 5YOs, is raced over 3000m for 240,000 euros and here it was Vittel de Brevol (Jag de Bellouet) who took control of the race down the straight for the first time, while hot favourite Vision Intense (Prodigious) got parked three wide and five back. At the top of the hill David Thomain pressed the go button on Vittel de Brevol and by the crossroads where the flat inside floodlit track joins the “grand piste” had slipped clear by seven lengths. Vittel de Brevol still had a handy lead into the straight and though Vision Intense tried desperately to close the gap, the line came up too quickly. Valse Castelets was a long way back third ahead of Viva Forest. The winner recorded a slick 1.13,9 (1.58.9MR) for the 3000m, just a little outside Prince Gede’s record 1.13.6 (1.58.4MR) which was set in 2009. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

Jerry Riordan's Radysin America, handled by JohnnyTakter, took the Vilhelm Johanssons Prize for 150,000SEK to the winner. Timed in 1.11.9kr over the 2140 meter autostart course, the winner recorded her fourth straight and ninth in 20 career starts. Lisa Riordan owns the Guida Italia Srl bred four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream, she a half-sister to Lisa America. Sahara Fairytale with Christoffer Eriksson aboard and Your Highness with teamster Ulf Ohlsson ended two-three in a close encounter. On the same card US-bred Fawkes scored for Peter Untersteiner in 1.11.1kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 50,000SEK. Fawkes (6m SJ's Caviar-Up Front Peg-Andover Hall) was an open lengths winner over Prawns and Kenneth Haugstad and Kaffir Face with Lutfi Kolgjini up. Fawkes now has 10 wins in 43 outings for 2,714,823SEK earned. No Deal and reinsman Flemming Jensen scored in the ICA Nara Lidkopting Klockans timed in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. The winner is a Danish bred nine year-old son of Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering that was making his first 2014 start and now has 25 victories in 58 starts for 1,476,374SEK. Nantucket was second for reinsman Thomas Dalborg. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) rallied late to score a 1-1/2 length victory in the Gr. I UET Masters Series International Final at Charlottenlund (Copenhagen). The purse for this 2500 meters autostart event was €500,000. Stall Sedin HB owns the winner, timed in 1.12.4kr, that is trained by Robert Bergh as he scored for the 24th time in a career spanning 61 starts. It was Ed You’s fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts. Torbjorn Jansson was the driver today and Ed You was off at 21.2/1 odds Second wagering choice on the PMU network (favored on ATG) Commander Crowe took the early lead for Orjan Kihlstrom and held the front until the top of stretch when he faded rapidly to the end, after being pressured by the Lutfi Kolgjini reined Mosaique Face for the last lap. Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) battled bravely to the end under heavy urging to hold second (at 9.4/1) ahead of fast closing Canaka BF and Ulf Ohlsson (at 26.9/1). Second ATG wagering choice (and PMU favorite) Timoko, and teamster Bjorn Goop, finished fourth after departing from post 12 and making an early three-wide move that eventually placed him second over behind Mosaique Face. Timoko offered no challenge in deep stretch. The undercard showcased the Koster Memorial with 125,000kr to the winner. BBS Sugarlight(5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) took this one for Peter Untersteiner in 1.12kr over O’Grady (8m SJ’s Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher) with Flemming Jensen up and third place finisher Amour Rapide (7m Love You-Vouge-Firm Tribute) with Orjan Kihlstrom driving. Earlier on the card a two year-old event went to Clemenza AM (2m Muscle Hill-No Better Kronos-Varenne) for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Stall Courant AM. The victory, timed in 1.15.3kr over 1600 meters autostart, was his second in three career starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Orjan Kihlstrom directed Poochai to victory in today's Krafft Swedish Derby at Jagersro, a Gr. I National event with 2,000,000SEK to the winner. The four-year-old son of Make It Happen-In Viro Veritas-Express Ride scored in 1.12.3kr over 2640 meters autostart for his ninth win in 25 starts, now for earnings of 4,246,800SEK. Svante Bath trains the winner and Roxy Horses AB is the owner. Ivar Sanna (by Super Arnie) was second for Thomas Uhrberg in the close photo for win. Vasterbo Fantast was third for Erik Adielsson, who drove this son of Mr. Pine Chip, also trained by Svante Bath. The winner had previously won at the Gr. I level in the Konung Gustaf Aby V's Pokal in May. Driver Kihlstrom won this event in 2009 aboard Maharajah. Favorite Archangel AM was disqualified today for being offstride. The Gr. I National Krafft Filly Derby, worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner, went to Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline). The favorite winner was driven by trainer Peter Untersteiner as she scored in 1.13.1kr over the 2140 meter autostart course. She recorded her 13th win in 23 outings, now for earnings of 3,367,30SEK for owner HB Ybena, also breeder. Favorite D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with Darling Boko (4f Chocolatier-Favor Baby-Tagliabue) third for Ulf Ohlsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Mister JP, a son of Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide, took today's Breeders Course Final for two year-olds at Jagersro, Sweden. Bjorn Goop steered the winner that is owned by J-P Barjon. Mister JP set a new SWE record of 1.13.1kr in the victory over 1640 meters autostart. The youngster remains undefeated in three career starts and he earned 450,000SEK for the victory. Jontte Boy (Finland), a three year-old son of Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall, took the Gr. I European Championship for three year-olds to also win 450,000SEK. He scored easily in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart for reinsman Jorma Kontio. The favorite, Jontte Boy, claimed an early lead in the European Championship and controlled the race on the front. The Jerry Riordan trained Saphire Bi, a daughter of Conway Hall) finished third in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom. Summary results of the top races at Jagersro are shown below. 9/6/14 Jagersro, Final Breeders Course two year-olds, 450,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart 1.13.1kr (SWE record), winner 3/3 lifetime 1st Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop for J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus 2nd Tunika (2f Zola Boko-Veronoi du Ling-Super Arnie), Eric Adielsson for Tomas Malmqvist 3rd Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra), Rene Legati up for Holger Ehlert trainer 9/6/14 Jagersro, Silver Division, 125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.12.9kr 1st Perfect Power (5g Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos), Peter Untersteiner 2nd October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember-Viking Kronos), Adrian Kolgjini 3rd Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Fredrik Persson 9/6/14 Jagersro, European Championship for three year-olds, Gr. I International, 450,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.7kr 1st Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall), Jorma Kontio, Finland, his sixth win in nine starts now for life earnings of 1,215,004SEK 2nd Easytowin (3f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way-Koos Von Camstra), Johnny Takter, Netherlands 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan, Italy 9/6/14 Jagersro, Birger Bengtssons Memorial, Gold Div., 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters, 1.10.3kr 1st Standout (5m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador), Ulf Ohlsson up for Stefan Melander, his 11th win in 33 starts for 2,680,700SEK career earnings 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson aboard 3rd Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Flemming Jensen up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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