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TORONTO, ON - D'One was definitely the one. The marvelous harness racing five-year-old mare, driven by David Miller, came into the 2015 Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot at Woodbine as the prohibitive favorite. And the daughter of Donato Hanover lived up to that billing with authority. Taking the lead just after the opening quarter mile and inheriting the lead from pacesetter Shake It Cerry, D'One was never threatened thereafter, winning the $324,350 race ($250,000 U.S.) by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2. The Swedish import has been absolutely solid since trainer Roger Walmann brought D'One to North America with highly-rated stablemate Magic Tonight, winner of the 2015 Elitlopp. While Magic Tonight hasn't fared well in North America, D'One has been virtually unbeatable. Aside from a disappointing race in the Maple Leaf Trot in which she broke stride early and finished seventh by 22 lengths as the 7-5 favorite, she has been nothing but money. Miller has driven her the last two times, both wins. Starting from the seven hole in the Breeders Crown field of 10, D'One was allowed to settle in comfortably, sitting in fourth after the opening quarter set in :27.1 by champion Shake It Cerry. Miller had the lead after a half mile in :57.2. It was really over at that point. She made it to the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, then basically glided the final quarter mile under mild urging to win. D'One, owned by a multi-partner Swedish group that race under the nom de plume Stall Kenny 23, has won six of nine races this year. She recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings. She raised her bankroll to more than $1.2 million with the Crown win. "If I had my choice I would have essentially come up the backstretch and moved her then, but there was horses out there so I had to move her when I did and she held up very well," said Miller, who celebrated his 15th Breeders Crown victory. Walmann said D'One has done so well this year because of her immense heart and desire to win. "If she can be like this next year, we'll be happy with that," Walmann said. D'One , sent postward at just under 1-2, paid $2.90, $2.50, $2.10. Shake It Cerry paid $4.10 and $3.00. Charmed Life, who placed third by 4½ lengths, $5.70 to show. The exacta paid $10.70, the trifecta $112.25. QUOTES; D One Dave Miller driver - How important, when you have a line up like tonight, to win when you are supposed to? Yeah, that’s a big help.  You get started and everything is good, your confidence is up and everything is good. That’s important. How is the track? The track is good, if we don’t get any more rain or if it stays the way it is. Performed up to expections.  Did the trip go like you expected? Yeah pretty well. There were horses out there, so I had to move her when I did, and she held on pretty well. Trainer Dave Menary – Charmed Life (3rd) I was just hoping she would get room, you know. Not locked, blocked and shuffled to the back of the bus. She was a little crowded early and there were a couple of breakers, and I thought we were going to be okay. There was another breaker and we were able to get a little bit of clear racetrack. The race came home in :27.4 and she was trotting all that she could trot. I would have liked having a shot at it, but we might have only had third racing against those two mares and I’m very proud of my mare tonight. I would have liked to have a clear shot and a little more fun, but 23-1 to finish by nose to those world class mares I’m really happy. She didn’t have the year I quite expected but I think even though it doesn’t show on the paper. By Perry Lefko

September 27. 2015 - Today’s Gr. I National Swedish Kriterium (2SEK million to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to Readly Express (3m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) in 1.12.8kr by three-quarters of a length for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. The winner, second choice in the race wagering, recorded his fifth career win, with one second, in six starts as he defeated Pythagoras Face (3m Muscle Hill-Occitane-Hasting) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. Previously unbeaten favorite Mister JP (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) set the pace for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner J-P Barjon, before tiring off the last turn, and ending third. Cupido Sisu (3g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) was fourth with JohnnyTakter teaming. The winner closed stoutly off rated fractions (1.11.1kr after 500 meters; 1.13.7kr at the 1000; 1.14kr 1t 1500; 1.13.5kr at 2000 mark). The co-featured Swedish Oaks (1.4SEK million to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 33/1 outsider Spoil Me (3f Going Kronos-Mystic Ann-Kadabra) with Kenneth Haugstad aboard for trainer Walmann. Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini with third to stablemate Pasithea Face (3f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionant) with Adrian Koljini teaming. Fourth went to Facile Boko (3f Virgill Boko-Zacile Boko-Muscles Yankee). Favored Tunika was disqualified. Spoil Me was clocked in 1.11.5kr, 2:33 over the distance. An interesting undercard showcased wins by horses with US connections, breeding or otherwise: Raffinos (5f Chocolatier-Honeyed-Mack Lobell) in the Diamondstoet Final worth 200,000SEK to the winner Amity (3f Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) in the Oaks Consolation with 100,000SEK to winner Heaven’s Door (4f Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough-Conway Hall) won the four year-olds mares race to earn 50,000SEK Carmine AM (3m Muscle Hill-Attid VG-Spotlite Lobell) won a three year-old open event to earn 50,000SEK Oh Goodness (5f Chocolatier-Minnesota Carol-Garland Lobell) won 50,000SEK with a 1.14.4 victory over 2140 meters autostart in a four year-old conditioned event Faye Bros (3f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) took a three year-old conditioned event to earn 50,000SEK with Jorma Kontio up Global Revenge (4g Donato Hanover-Keystone Sunshine-Self Possessed) earned 100,000SEK with a Kat. I victory Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) earned 100,000SEK for a Kriterium Consolation win driven by Kenneth Haugstad for Roger Walmann. This one is a half-brother to Just Stunning by Muscle Hill. Britelite AM (4f Cash Hall-Intensite-Yankee Glide) won 50,000SEK for a conditioned win driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. This one is a half-sister to stakes winner Intense America Thomas H. Hicks

August 22, 2015 - Today’s top harness racing events in Sweden were at Gavle, the E3 Finals for three year-old fillies and colts, each with 900,000SEK to the winners, raced over 1640 meters autostart, and both were Gr. I International contests. The ES Final for fillies went to Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) with Adrian Kolgjini up for owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini timed in 1.11.1kr for this length victory. This one now shows a slate of 3-3-0 in seven outings for 1,088,500SEK earned. Toohotforyou (3f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson and Ninepoints Gaagaa (3f Steinlager-Ninepoints Kelly-Scarlet Knight) with trainer Jorgen Westholm aboard were second and third in a close finish, both clocked in 1.11.2kr. The E3 for colts and geldings went to Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) with Kenneth Haugstad up for trainer Roger Walmann clocked in 1.10.9kr for a three length victory. The winner is owned by AB Svensk Reklamfinans and now has a 6-2-2- slate in 10 starts for 1,681,000 earned.  Camelot Sisu (3m Even Better Odds-Warrawee Karri-Dream Of Glory) handled by Ulf Ohlsson and Farzad Boko (3g Zola Boko-Kathy Silvio-Spotlite Lobell) with Johnny Takter teaming were second and third in another close finish. Also on the card was the Lars Axerlssons Gold Division worth 150,000SEK to the winner and contested over 2140 meters autostart. Italy’s Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) took this one in 1.11.4kr for trainer/driver Wim Paal, his first 2015 win and ninth lifetime in 53 starts for 2,419,480SEK earned.  Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was second for Christoffer Eriksson with third to veteran Lord Capar (10m Varenne-Foxy’n Rowdy-Rowdy Yankee) and teamster Thomas Dalborg. Kash’s Cantab, Nothing But Class and Hard Livin were in the beaten field. Thomas H. Hicks  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Finding a seam off the far turn, D'One ($5.90) stormed home to collar 3-5 harness racing favourite Bee a Magician in the $177,000 Muscle Hill distaff trot on Friday (August 21) evening at Vernon Downs.   The 5-year-old daughter of a pair of 1:50.1 trotters, Donato Hanover and Giant Diablo, floated into a close stalking spot, just off pacesetters Bee a Magician (Brian Sears) and Shake It Cerry (Jimmy Takter) through initial fractions of :26.3 and :56.3.  As Handover Belle (Matt Kakaley) began the outer flow just one spot farther back, Örjan Kihlström elected to save ground with D'One, locked in through the far turn but able to wedge off the pegs as Handover Belle faded off the corner.  After Bee a Magician accelerated to a clearer lead through three-quarters in 1:25, D'One found ample room to commence her rally.  She made up 4-1/2 lengths and put another length on Bee a Magician in the end, capping her 1:52.2 triumph with a blistering :26.3 closing sectional.  Allie Labrook (Andy Miller) stayed on for third after tracking closely throughout.   Roger Walmann trains D'One for Stall Kenny 23 of Sweden.   Venus Delight parlays pocket trip to Artiscape success   After working clear of her entrymate through a pressured early pace and subsequently yielding to the pocket, Venus Delight ($5.70, part of entry) made the most of her pocket trip, sprinting clear in mid-stretch and holding off a late threat from Radar Contact for a 1:49.4 triumph in the $194,000 Artiscape distaff pace.   Jason Bartlett sent the 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight to the front, sprinting clear of entrymate Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), Table Talk (Andy Miller) ,and Skippin By (Jim Morrill, Jr.) through a :26 initial quarter. Just upon making the lead, Venus Delight yielded to Anndrovette, and the triple millionaire led the charge through a :54.3 half before Skippin By nudged her along through a 1:22.3 three-quarter sectional. Boxed through the far turn, Venus Delight found clearance at the pegs, driven to the lead at the eighth pole. Meanwhile, the third-over Radar Contact (Scott Zeron) swung four-wide through the stretch, closing stoutly but ultimately missing by a length. Anndrovette held third, while Precocious Beauty (Brian Sears) stayed on for fourth from her second-over trip.   Jeffrey Bamond, Jr. trains Venus Delight for Bamond Racing, LLC.   Obrigado game in Crawford Farms; Flanagan Memory last   While Obrigado ($11.40) had his hooves full in the final three-eighths of the $200,000 Crawford Farms open trot, he succeeded in holding Lindy's Tru Grit at bay for a 1:52 score at the Miracle Mile.   Obrigado used nearly the entire first turn to clear the lead, pushing past Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) well after a :27.1 initial quarter. The 5-year-old Boy Band gelding managed to catch a breather on the backstretch--but not only by way of a :29 second sectional. First-over challenger and 8-5 favourite Flanagan Memory (Brian Sears) broke stride just upon commencing his bid, changing the complexion of the race entirely. Still, Obrigado faced pressure on the far turn, as Lindy's Tru Grit (Andy Miller) took up the chase in the final three-eighths. The pair would duel off the far turn, and despite being headed off the corner, Obrigado fought back gamely to reclaim command in the final sixteenth. The Paul Kelley trainee prevailed by a scant neck over the game Lindy's Tru Grit, while Melady's Monet hooked three-wide in the final 70 yards to finish a hard closing third.   Mark MacDonald drove Obrigado for the Paul Kelley Racing Stable, Linwood Higgins, William Weaver, III, and Stable 45.   The evening's undercard featured three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies, with Vino and Formaggio ($2.40, David Miller), Soft Idea ($3.00, Jim Morrill, Jr.), and Dime a Dance ($12.80, Matt Kakaley) taking their respective events.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 22) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Harness racing caretakers Malin Boman-Friberg and Viktor Flink-Ideborn enjoy special connections with their horses, D'One and Magic Tonight. It goes beyond simply sharing winning moments. Boman-Friberg was the caretaker of retired Swedish star Giant Diablo, who is the mother of D'One. Giant Diablo is history's fastest female trotter thanks to her 1:50.1 win in the 2007 Allerage Farms Open Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Boman-Friberg's return to the U.S. with D'One is her first trip back to the States since a second brief visit with Giant Diablo in 2008. "It's a very emotional trip for me," said Boman-Friberg, who looks after the 5-year-old mare D'One for trainer Roger Walmann and ownership group Stall Kenny 23. "Who on earth would believe that I'm first going to go with the mom to America and race and then take her first-born daughter to come here. It's a super privilege." Flink-Ideborn is making his first trip to the States, with the Walmann-trained Magic Tonight. It is a return for the 6-year-old trotter, however, as Magic Tonight was born in Pennsylvania and was a multiple-stakes-winner in North America before being exported to Sweden in 2013. In May, Magic Tonight won the prestigious Elitlopp Invitational at Solvalla Raceway. "It means a lot to me to be here with him," said a smiling Flink-Ideborn, who has been Magic Tonight's caretaker since the horse arrived in Sweden two years ago. "I had to show him Sweden, now he is going to show me America." Magic Tonight and D'One both race Friday at Vernon Downs in New York. Magic Tonight is the 9-2 third choice on the morning line in the $200,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot while D'One is the 7-2 second choice in the $177,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot. Orjan Kihlstrom will drive both horses. Bee A Magician is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Muscle Hill and Market Share is the 5-2 pick in the Crawford Farms. The card also includes the $194,000 Artiscape for older female pacers, where the entry of Anndrovette and Venus Delight is the 5-2 favorite. D'One, a daughter of stallion Donato Hanover whose victories overseas include the Group 1 Swedish Trotting Oaks in 2013, has won 16 of 29 career races and earned $975,375. She heads to the Muscle Hill off a winning North American debut on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands, where she captured the Fresh Yankee by one length over Bee A Magician in 2:05 for the distance of 1-1/8 miles. The time was only three-fifths of a second off JL Cruze's world record for the distance. "We are super happy," Boman-Friberg said. "It was a little unexpected. I didn't think she would be that good directly. She was in quarantine a little more than four weeks, so it's been a long ride, but it turned out really good." The Muscle Hill field includes 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and Dan Patch Award winning divisional champion Classic Martine in addition to 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. "It's a really tough race, but that is why we are doing this," Boman-Friberg said. "We want to race good races. We are in a good race. She drew bad again (with post seven), but we're going to give it a shot for sure." Another reason for D'One's trip to North America is to take a crack at breaking her mom's world record time of 1:50.1. "It would be really awesome if she could beat her mom's record, for sure," Boman-Friberg said. "It's going to be super tough, but I think (Walmann) has a goal on this journey and that is to beat her record." Boman-Friberg said there are few similarities between D'One and Giant Diablo. "The only things like her mom, in my opinion, are her ears and eyes," Boman-Friberg said. "She is very nice; Giant Diablo was very tough to take care of. She could bite, kick, she was strong. This one is friendly and loves people." Magic Tonight is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the mare Miss Possessed. He has won 20 of 56 career races and earned $1.34 million. He is owned by Lennart Agren's SRF Stable. After his own lengthy layoff because of travel and spending time in quarantine, Magic Tonight finished 11th in the John Cashman Jr. Memorial on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. "He's fine," Flink-Ideborn said. "He has been good since the race. He hadn't raced for like two months and he usually needs a race. It probably looks worse than it was. He needs time to come here and get settled. Now he's got that time. I hope he is good." The highlight of Flink-Ideborn's time with Magic Tonight has been the Elitlopp victory, but he feels a bond with the trotter regardless. "Just saying Elitlopp winner gives me goosebumps," Flink-Ideborn said. "It's awesome. "He's a really nice horse. He's a good friend. He's the best friend you can have." Following are the fields for the Muscle Hill, Artiscape, and Crawford Farms. Note that post 10 starts from the second row. Muscle Hill - Race 7 1. Rockin With Dewey, Scott Zeron, Benoit Baillargeon, 8-1 2. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 3. Allie Labrook, Andy Miller, Kristin Shetler, 5-1 4. Charmed Life, Brett Miller, Mark Cecile, 10-1 5. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 5-2 6. Shake It Cerry, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 9-2 7. D'One, Orjan Kihlstrom, Roger Walmann, 7-2 8. Classic Martine, Tim Tetrick, Steve Elliott, 8-1 9. Harley Momma, Jim Morrill Jr., Noel Daley, 10-1 Artiscape - Race 8 1. Skippin By, Jim Morrill Jr., Virgil Morgan Jr., 6-1 2. Radar Contact, Scott Zeron, Noel Daley, 9-2 3. Precocious Beauty, Brian Sears, Gregg McNair, 10-1 4. Table Talk, Andy Miller, W. Bart Dalious, 8-1 5. Lady Shadow, Doug McNair, Ronald Adams, 5-1 6. Sandbetweenurtoes, Brett Miller, Larry Remmen, 10-1 7. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 5-2 8. Venus Delight, Jason Bartlett, Jeff Bamond Jr., 5-2 9. Fancy Desire, Mark MacDonald, Daniel Renaud, 8-1 10. Color's A Virgin, David Miller, Tony O'Sullivan, 7-2 Crawford Farms - Race 9 1. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 8-1 2. Rossini, Doug McNair, Noel Daley, 10-1 3. Flanagan Memory, Brian Sears, Rene Dion, 7-2 4. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 5-2 5. Magic Tonight, Orjan Kihlstrom, Roger Walmann, 9-2 6. Melady's Monet, Jason Bartlett, Kevin McDermott, 6-1 7. Obrigado, Mark MacDonald, Paul Kelley, 5-1 8. DW's NY Yank, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 8-1 9. Master Of Law, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 10. Intimidate, Scott Zeron, Luc Blais, 10-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

May 16, 2015 - Magic Tonight earned an Elitloppet race spot after an impressive V75 Gold victory a few days ago. The Roger Walmann trainee is a six year-old stallion by Andover Hall-Miss Possessed and has earnings in excess of 6.1SEK million with a 1.09.3kr speed record. He will represent SWE in the 2015 Elitloppet and is now the 11th acceptance among the 16 spots in the race. The field so far is shown below: Timoko Maven On Track Piraten Digital Ink Wind Of The North B.B.S Sugarlight Aladin d'Ecajeul Support Justice Voltigeur de Myrt Nahar Magic Tonight   Thomas H. Hicks

May 16, 2015 - Three top trots graced today’s Aby card conducted on a sloppy surface. The Gr. I International Queens Cup for four year old mares (940,960SEK, US$114,202 to the winner) was raced over 2140 meters autostart. Perretti Farms bred Ruby Crown (4f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele-Crown Thy Good-Speedy Crown ) took the prize clocked in 1.13.3kr for Johnny Takter, driving for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Ruby Trap’s career slate is now 12 9-1-0 for 1,205,700SEK and she is 5 4-1-0 in 2015. Jetta Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Fantasi Palema-Alf Palema) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Par Hedberg. This one was bred by Karl-Erik Bender and is owned by Stall Palema. Barka (4f Enjoy Lavec-Juxtapose-Credit Winner) secured third for Tony Wallin and trainer Kjell Wallin. The Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International Kings Plate) for four year old males was conducted over 2140 meters autostart, also for first money of 940,960SEK. The winner, in a close battle, was Volstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Melander and owner Stall TZ timed in 1.12.7kr. Bred by Arden Homestead and A.J. Skoglund, the winner now has a career slate of 14 7-1-0 for 1,230,750SEK earned. Second was Spartan Kronos (4m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and clocked same as the winner. Cash Gamble (4m Ready Cash-No Way Back-Viking Kronos) was a solid third for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. The Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned and Guida Italia Srl bred Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) ended fourth. The V-75 Gold Division Algot Scotts Minne (150,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) was clocked in a quick 1.10.5kr by winner Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) with Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. This winner of now 18 races in 53 starts for 6,132,316SEK career earnings was bred in North America by Libfeld and Katz. Veteran Reven d’Amour (10m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) was second for Ulf Olsson and trainer Fredrik B. Larsen. This one is a 22 time winner from 85 starts for 6,566,936SEK earned. El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie-Royal Troubador) was third for Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

The first two Kriterieau yearling sale sessions are complete in Stockholm, Sweden and the colts dominated the action in the sale conducted by ASVT's Trottex AB, a subsidiary to the Breeding Association in Sweden (ASVT), that is the leading auction company in Sweden for harness racing horses. Session leaders were Bungle Rain (colt, Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) in session one, sold to Never Ending Holiday for 1.25SEK million (US$173,526). Consigned by Stutteri Dust, this colt is from the maternal family of Magic Tonight (5,475,831SEK), Oyster Kronos (1,753,063SEK) and Lookout Victory (13,984,237SEK). Session one top 10 sellers showed two each by Ready Cash and Scarlet Knight. The top filly sold was Unchained Feelings by Maharajah from Emotional Dust by Banker Hall. 75% of the catalogued lots sold. Top 10 Session 1 Statistics Session 1 Session two dropped off markedly from the Thursday action but was still solid at the upper level as 75.6% sold led by lot#203, Dajmen Am, a colt by Jaded-Nirvana F.H.-SJ's Photo. The second foal of the dam, this colt is from a prolific maternal family in Sweden with eight winners of over one million SEK including Indus (5,130,405SEK), a Danish Derby winner. AmBloodstock AB was the consignor with Roger Walmann signing the ticket. Colts again dominated with the top eight sellers. Zola Boko ( a son of Goetmals Wood-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) was the sire of three of the top 10. Top 10 Session 2 Statistics Session 2 The final session will be at the start at noon eastern US time and is live-streamed on the auction company's site, www.asvt.se. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) won tonight's first elimination for the October 4 European Derby to be held at Mauquenchy (France). The Tomas Malmqvist trained, Stall Tumble Dust owned colt, record his fourth straight win and increased his earnings to 3,164,197SEK (over US$444,000) as the prohibitive favorite. The handy colt, a recent Danish Derby winner, led start to finish for Orjan Kihlstrom and won by two lengths in 1.13.3kr under no urging. Radieux (4m Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) was second for Erik Adielsson and Dominator (4m Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) ended third for Kenneth Haugstad. The winner earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. The second European Derby elimination went to fast closing Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath and owner Olof Brodin Chartering AB. D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) was a close second for Orjan Kihlstrom after setting the pace for trainer Roger Walmann. Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou) was third for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr over the 2140 meter autostart course to secure 150,000SEK first money, and now has 14 wins in 25 starts for career earnings of 1,522,000SEK. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The ITS Super Select Sale was conducted on September 11 with 98 sold (62%) from 157 cataloged. 14 yearlings brought €30,000 or more with hip 25 Unica Gio(filly, 3/24/13, Donato Hanover-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) leading the way at €85,000 with final bid to Rejo Liljendahl. This filly is the second foal of Ilaria Jet, a winner of €1,074,039. The Cantab Hall-Dakota Bi colt, Untouchable Bi, was next at €70,000 with Roger Walmann signing this ticket. Summary of sale is shown below along with links to the catalog and full sale results. Italy continues to produce effective performers on the tracks throughout Europe.   Catalog and Results links below: http://www.its-aste.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/catalogo11sett2014.pdf http://www.its-aste.com/aste/asta-super-selezionata-yearlings-trottatori-2/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Kolgjini Yearling Sale was held Friday at Jagersro, Sweden with 88 head sold from 98 cataloged and 96 offered. The average was US$49,749 with two yearlings selling for over 1SEK million. The sale leader was hip 90, Rajesh Face, a colt by Raja Mirchi, that went to Tommy Nilsson for 1.9SEK million. Next was hip 40, Roquepine Face, a daughter of Joke Face from the international star Lisa America, she by Varenne, that was acquired by Roger Walmann. Sale summary follows along with links to the catalog and videos of the two top sellers. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Top trotting occurred last weekend through yesterday at various venues in Sweden. The most prestigious event was the August 2nd Ego Boys Gold Division at Rattvik that resulted in victory for Beer Summit and reinsman Ulf Ohlsson. The five year-old son of Cantab Hall-Prime Mistress-Super Bowl scored in 1.11.1kr over 1640 meters to earn 150,000SEK first money. He earned his 11th win in 42 starts now with earnings of 3,900,064SEK, with five victories this year in ten outings. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight) was second for Robert Bergh. The same card showcased the Sommartstravet Final, a Gr. II UET Masters Series event for 300,000SEK first prize contested over 2140 meters turning start. Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) won in 1.12.9kr for Torbjorn Janssen and trainer Robert Bergh, his fourth win in six 2014 starts and he now has eight wins in 18 career appearances. Venkatesh (5g Varenne) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and former Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You) a rallying third after being handicapped 40 meters. The 10.3SEK million career winner was timed in 1.11.7kr and driven by trainer Bergh. Rattvik also included on their card the Silver Final for 125,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart. BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) scored in 1.09.9kr for Peter Untersteiner, his ninth 2014 win in 12 starts. The 110,000SEK first prize Bronze Final over 1640 meters autostart, went to Curtsy Hanover (4f Cantab Hall-Chiptease-Pine Chip) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Curtsy Hanover now has seven wins in 21 career starts as she defeated the Jorma Kontio driven Trixam (by Pearsall Hanover). The 100,000SEK first money Montesserie Final (monte) went to Bearable (7g Rite On Line-Armbro Kewpie-Speedy Crown) and Anna Ronning. They scored over 2140 meters turning start in 1.15.5kr, the winner's 11th win in 42 starts. Muskelmann GT (9g Muscles Yankee-Aino Lady-Dallas Lobell) overcame a 20 meter handicap to end second for Siv Emilie Lovvold. Yesterday at Aby, Veijo Heiskanen scored a triple and Linda Allercrantz had a driving double with Jerry Riordan trainees. Heiskanen won with Neron Bigi (7m Power To Charm-Edea-Atlas Fighter L in 1.12.3kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 70,000SEK; Daryl Boko (4g Majestic Son-Insider Trade-Donerail) in 1.14.1kr over 2640 meters autostart for 60,000SEK first prize; and Fabuleux BR (3m SJ's Photo-Fantasia-Speedy Soma) in 1.15.8kr over 2140 meters autostart for 35,000SEK. Allercrantz and Riordan won with Rare Wise As (4f Varenne-In Wise As-SJ's Caviar) in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 60,000SEK and also with Ready To Glide (4f Yankee Glide-Chelemark Ginger-Super Pleasure) in 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. This winner earned 30,000SEK and is owned by Holger Ehlert. The Aby card also included an Aby Stora Pris prep that went to October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember) in 1.13.2kr for Adrian Kolgjini. He earned 70,000SEK over the 2140 meters autostart course. His 11th lifetime win in 29 starts. At Solvalla, the Victory Tilly, worth 75,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart, went to Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride) and driver Erik Adielsson. The pair were timed in 1.12.8kr. The Gay Noons for 100,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters autostart, went to Lord Flax (3m Love You-Lady de Villeneuve-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Frederik Soderberg. The well-bred mare D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) won a 40,000SEK first prize event over 1640 meters autostart in a quick 1.11kr. Roger Walmann trains the ten time winner in 17 starts. Also winning in 1.11kr over the same distance, in an aged event, was Bon Frecia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Jorma Kontio up. He narrowly defeated Chapeau (6m Love You-Crown Tess-Crowntron) with Erik Adielsson aboard. Thomas H. Hicks  

Lutfi Kolgjini's trained and reined Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole) won today's Gr. II International Fyraaringstest at Eskilstuna, earning 300,000SEK first money for owners Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and St. Behall AB. The winner recorded his sixth 2014 victory in nine starts and he has earned 702,000SEK lifetime with eight career wins. He scored in a close battle timed in 1.12.9kr over 2640 meters autostart, defeating Screen Height (4m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) trained and driven by Stefan Melander and Vasterbo Loveboat (4m Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) teamed by Erik Adielsson. US-bred Kincannon Hanover and Dewey Luvs Britt finished sixth and eighth. Other winners of interest on the Eskilstuna card included Explosive Dust (3m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip) for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann in 1.13.2kr over 1640 meters autostart, to earn 50,000SEK; Tom Raider (10g Staro Showbiz-Tamina NR-Tamin Sandy) for Daniel Olsson in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart to also earn 50,000SEK, and increase his career earnings to 2,208,778SEK with this 17th lifetime win. He narrowly defeated Orjan Kilhlstrom with Disco AE and other fast class aged performers Global Investment and BWL Champion; and Pamona US (4f Credit Winner-Athena-Malabar Man) with Micael Lindblom aboard in 1.15kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 20,000SEK, her fourth 2014 win in eight starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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

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

Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) easily won today’s Gr. II International UET Masters Series Stora Sprinterslopp over 1640 meters autostart in Sweden. The Roger Walmann trainee was reined by Johan Untersteiner to victory in 1.09.9kr to earn 600,000SEK first prize. The talented trotter now has 14 wins in 44 outings for earnings of 4,875,831SEK. Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) was second for Adrian Kolgjini. Reven d’Amour (9m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) finished third for Ulf Ohlsson. The beaten field in order of finish also included Oasis Bi, Ed You, Mr. Picolit, Orecchietti, Nahar (2013 Elitloppet winner), Digital Ink, and Democrat. The card at Arjang also showcased a win by KLM Buymethemoon (6m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) and Erik Adielsson up. He scored in 1.12kr over 1640 meters autostart in the Bronze Division worth 110,000SEK to winner. The US import Curtsy Hanover (4f Cantab Hall-Chiptease-Pine Chip) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom. The Silver Division, worth 125,000SEK to the winner, went to Arazi Boko (7g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) and Orjan Kihlstrom. He scored in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. The J-P Dubois bred Nato Dream (5m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) was second for Stefan Melander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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