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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  

Two emerging three year-olds won today’s feature contests at Paris-Vincennes, both from outstanding pedigrees. Marco Smorgon’s trainee Sister Dany Bar took the Gr. III Prix Fana for fillies over 2700 meters for a purse of €65,000. Eleven starters faced the gate, including daughters of Donato Hanover and Cantab Hall. Anthony Barrier steered Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner) to a rallying victory in 1.15.5kr, her fifth success for earnings of €50,168 for owner Scuderia 4 AB Srl. Off at 4/1 she defeated 23/1 outsider Bianca d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Gelina d’Atout-And Arifant) with Mathieu Mottier aboard. Third went to the Jerome Ruaults driven, Philippe Allaire trained Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You and fourth to Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee) handled by Robin Bakker. The €35,000 Prix Anahita for colts also covered 2700 meters. Twelve starters lined up and it proved to be an easy conquest for Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You) with catch-driver Roberto Andreghetti. This pair took the lead early, rated the pace, and sprinted home to win in 1.15.1kr, the last 500 meters in an impressive 1.10kr. That closing speed enabled Buvetier to draw clear from Bon Copain (3m Love You-Hetre Vert) handled by Eric Raffin and Beijing Pearl (3m Repeat Love-Lady Pearl-Blue Dream) third for trainer/driver R.C. Larue. The winner was bred by Ecurie D, is owned by Jean-Pierre Dubois, and trained by Patrick Chevrier. Buvetier won for the second time in four lifetime starts, now for earnings of €26,650. The winner was off at 9/2 odds. May 6, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Fama, Gr. III European females, 2700 meters, 11 starters Fractions: 1.14.7kr at 1500; 1.15.7kr at 1000; 1.16.3kr at 500, 1.15.5kr finish 1st Sister Dany Bar (3f Love You-Red Hot Action-American Winner), Anthony Barrier up for Marco Smorgon, 4/1 odds, fifth win for €50,168 2nd Bianca d’Atout (3f Saxo de Vandel-Gelina d’Atout-And Arifant), Mathieu Mottier up, 2.3/1 3rd Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Ruaults for Philippe Allaire, 5/1 4th Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee), Robin Bakker up for P.J.P. Hagoort, 7/1 odds Sister Dany Bar is from the American Winner mare Red Hot Action (American Winner-Crysta’s Girl-Crysta’s Crown-Video Chip-Bonefish-Amity Hill), she also dam of La Dany Bar (1:56.2, $667,108) that Marco Smorgon successfully trained. The maternal family includes Shondi (1:57.5, $102,617), open and Grand Circuit performer JR’s Chip (1:57,2, $227,046 by Legend Hanover), Grand Circuit winning Bonefish son, Bolla (1:57.2, $302,616), Coaching Club Trotting Oaks winner AC’s Jennie, Walnut Hall Cup winner Rodney’s Best and the outstanding colt trotter and NY sire RC Royalty. Red Hot Action is 100% standardbred with a 13.7% inbreeding coefficient. Buvetier, the colt profiled below, is a pedigree contrast but with truly outstanding maternal family performance. May 6, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Anahita, €35,000, 2700 meters, males, 12 starters, 1.15.1kr 1st Buvetier (3m Goetmals Wood-Rapide Aventure-Love You), Roberto Andreghetti up for Patrick Chevrier, Jean-Pierre Dubois owner, Ecurie D breeder, 4.5/1 odds, second win for €26,650 2nd Bon Copain (3m Love You-Haie-Hetre Vert), Eric Raffin up for Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 6.5/1 3rd Beijing Pearl (3m Repeat Love-Lady Pearl-Blue Dream), R.C. Larue trainer/driver, 38/1 Buvetier is the second foal from the mare Rapide Aventure (Love You-Bahama-Quito de Talonay-Libyssa), she a winner of $293,330 with a 1:54.2 record, 56% French trotteur/44% standardbred with a 3.2% inbreeding coefficient. The second dam, Bahama, was a numerous graded event winner in Europe, she with earnings of $2,245,522 and a 1:56.1 record. Bahama is dam of Mercenaire (2:01.2, $179,316), Nouvelle Aventure (1:56.2, $362,506), Quelle Aventure (1:57.1, $440,366) and aforementioned Rapide Aventure. This maternal family also produced other European and north American performers including Reve d’Amerik (1:52.2, $474,784), La Star Dream (1:53.3, $325,631), Reve Avec Moi (1:56.4, $214,006), Intense America 1:54.4 (fastest two year-old I ever witnessed) and Belle Nana 1:54.4. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

A competitive field of ten are set for Saturday's Olympiatravet Gr. I UET Masters Series event that begins a string of upper class aged trotting contests in Scandinavia, leading to the Elitloppet at end of May. The field in post order is shown below. 26 April- Aby (m=male ; g=gelding ; f=female), 2140 meters autostart, 1.5SEK million to winner 1. Kash's Cantab (6m Cantab Hall-O'cala Kash-Overcomer), Erik Adielsson 2. Ed You (7g Love You-Lancai Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh 3. Mr Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Jorma Kontio 4. Brad de Veluwe (6m Andover Hall-Amazing Ride-Muscles Yankee), Tuomas Korvenoja 5. Raja Mirchi (7m Viking Kronos-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay), Lutfi Kolgjini 6. Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide), Veijo Heiskanen 7. Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom 8. Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), Ulf Ohlsson 9. Harry Haythrow (8g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), Peter Untersteiner 10. Noras Bean (9m Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan), Stefan Soderkvist Also on the card is the 250,000SEK first money Lovely Godivas for five year-old mares. The 12 horse field will travel 2140 meters autostart and includes Circles (Canada) with Magnus Jackobsson, Stylish Hanover (USA) and Bjorn Goop, Gisela AS with Orjan Kihlstrom, Rica Neo with Jorma Kontio and the Robert Bergh teamed Hankypanky Pagan. byThomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini’s star Raja Mirchi, is seen by many as the heir apparent to another Swedish star with a name reminiscent of Subcontinent royalty, Maharajah. There are many similarities. Both are sons of Viking Kronos, Raja Mirchi out of  a half French mare in Dame Lavec, by Quito de Talonay (Florestan) out of a mare by Speedy Crown,  while Maharajah is out of Chilli Khan by a son of Speedy Crown out of a half-French mare by Tibur. Both are former Swedish Travkriterium winners and both  won big races in France as six-year-olds  to earn their first places in the Prix d’Amerique, Maharajah winning the Prix de Belgique in 2011, finishing second in that year’s PDA while Raja Mirchi won the Prix Tenor de Baune  in 2013 before finishing 11th, a place in front of Maharajah in Royal Dream’s 2013 PDA win. Raja Mirchi has some way to go before he gets close to the “Emperor” but the 2012 Masterkap winner (Swedish Champion) has already won group races in Sweden, France, Norway and Italy  indeed has  something of a point to prove after a disappointing 6YO season, which had started so well, with that Prix  Tenor De Baune victory. But his seven-year-old campaign (which actually started in December) has started brightly with two wins out of last three starts, and though he did not go to France as intended, he will be primed to continue his good run with a great draw in the Olympiatravet qualifier, Group II UET Masters Series at Solvalla which is also the Gold division final of March’s V75 series. He will meet the inform Sanity and his conqueror from last week, Harry Haythrow, the grand warhorse and the up and coming force that is Dreams Takes Time, a Breeders Crown champion  last year in a very good field. Olympiatravet qualifier Solvalla 2014-03-29 Group II UET Masters Series, 2140m 1         Labero Broline (h   Pine Chip - Armbro Natural)  Dr: Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth               2         Raja Mirchi (h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini                3         Sanity (g  Love You - Flash Light)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Malin Löfgren               4         Yanantin Boko (g   Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko)   Dr: Darren Mizzi   Tr: Olle Alsén           5         Harry Haythrow (g   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda)   Dr: Peter Untersteiner   Tr: Johnny Johansson             6         Montgomery Gel (h   Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Timo Nurmos                7         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg   Tr: Mats Karlsson                8         Dreams Take Time (h   Andover Andover - B.My Honey)   Dr: Johnny Takter   Tr: Lars I Nilsson                9         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull)   Dr: Torbjörn Jansson   Tr: Erik Lindegren         Dave Sanders

Nesta Effe (6m Naglo-Etna Sec-Viking Kronos) and Roberto Vecchione scored a come from behind harness racing win in the first Elitloppet heat, scoring in 1.10.7kr to defeat the hard fighting pacesetters Raja Mirchi (6m Viking Kronos-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay) for Lutfi Kolgjini and third finishing Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss me Coulonces) and Joseph Verbeeck.

Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nina Palema-Alf Palema) with harness racing trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt up, held off a determined Raja Mirchi (6h Viking Kronos-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay) to win V-75 Gold Olympiatravet Last Chance event at Farjestad and with it secured the last entry to the April 20 Olympic Trot at Aby.

Exceptionally competitive trotting highlighted today's Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes harness racing card, readying race-goers for tomorrows Grand Prix de France. Today's featured Prix Ephram Houel (Grade II, 120,000 euro, 2,175 meters) was taken by the 4 year-old mare Victoire (by Kitko), driven by Mathieu Mottier for owner/trainer Danielle Mottier.

The day before the Prix de France annually reflects a very competitive harness racing card at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. Today was no exception, whether monte or attele competitiveness was on display.

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