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The Hakkan Wallner Memorial (1,000,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, a Breeders Course event) produced a 26.6/1 upset harness racing winner in 1.11.9kr timed Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will of a Woman-Muscle Yankee) reined by Johan Untersteiner for trainer Jerry Riordan and owned by Team Snyder AB et.al.   This colt rallied from far back, starting the final turn, to defeat Acciaio (3m Love You- Light my Candle-Garland Lobell) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) reined by trainer Gocciadoro that was seven for eight entering this race.   He engaged in a driver inspired battle with pacesetter and undefeated Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) that was a weakening fourth with Lutfi Kolgjini driving. From post one he was first to the lead and refused to relinquish quickly advancing Axl Rose. The power struggle set up the fast finishers.   ATG, Maharajah.se files/photos   The Menhammars Delicious race (300,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to the impressive 1.10.8kr timed Zalie Gar (4f Varenne-First Lady Gar-Lemon Dra) with Rene Legati at the lines for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. This mare took the lead before the first 500 meters and lengthened the advantage over pocket positioned Viking Grace (4f Johnny William-Catch Dream-American Winner) that was second for Jos. Verbeeck and trainer Riina Rekila. Third in a photo for second was Fanny Chenal (4f Love You-Pilgrims Truffles-Chocolatier) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop. Bay View (4f Yankee Glide) took fourth for Erik Adielsson.   The Tommy Hannes lopp (500,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw Missile Hill (4m Muscle Hill-India Hall-Garland Lobell) score impressively in 1.11kr (1.09,6kr at the 500 meter post; 1.10.9kr at the 1000) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. He won for the fourth time in a 30-race career and in only his second start in Sweden after import from the United States. Evaluate (4m Andover Hall-Blathin-Classic Photo), racing shoeless with a late change, was second for trainer/driver/owner Stefan Melander. Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick-Jasmin de Flore) closed quickly for third reined by Wim Paal for trainer Maik Esper.   Other interesting winners today at Solvalla were Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) in the Rune Stolts Custom Sulky race (200,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) reined by trainer Adrian Kolgjini. Timed in 1.12.6kr she scored for the fourth time in eight career outings, defeating Avena Jet (3f Maharajah-Ingrid di Jesolo-Pine Chip) with Orjan Kilhlstrom up for trainer Thorsten Tietz.   This year’s Gr. II International MonteElite (300,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw 8.8/1 Aigle Jenilou (9g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou-Kepi Vert) score an upset victory with Jonathan Carre in the irons for trainer Henk A.J. Grift. It was his 16 th life win in 65 starts and he was clocked in 1.11.3kr off fast fractions (1.07.7kr at the 500; 1.09.9kr at the 1000). Den Of Warlock (6m Muscle Hill- Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) was next for jockey Kristine Kvasnes. Third was last year’s winner in record time, Be Mine de Houelle (8f Scipion du Goutier), that set the fast pace for Marie Bacsich and trainer Franck Leblanc, before weakening around the final turn.   Thomas H. Hicks  

The 27.8/1 odds Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou-Coktail Jet) with Romain Derieux up for owner Mauricette De Sousa led gate to wire to victory in the Elitloppet harness racing final (3,000,000SEK first prize) timed in 1.10.3kr (fractions 1.08.1kr at the 500 meter mark and 1.09.9kr at the 1000).   He was off quickly and first from five post, placing second elim winner and favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers-Baccarat du Pont) in the pocket.   Aubrion, handled by Jos, Verbeeck, vacated the pocket to avoid congestion, to follow Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) and he was shuffled some six lengths from Dijon when Propulsion, reined by Orjan Kihlstrom, stalled on the backstretch, necessitating a three-wide move. Aubrion rallied gamely in the lane finishing a diminishing second by a neck at the line.   ATG, Maharajah.se photos   Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) and pilot Ulf Ohlsson finished third after a good trip on the pegs. Propulsion lasted for fourth and Milliondollarrhyme was fifth for Fredrik B. Larsson. The race was marred when then co-favorite Readly Express was a late scratch lame.   It was also quite obvious that the winning Dijon was pacing the final two strides but there was no inquiry.   Dijon won for 13 time in a 50 race career and now has earnings of 10,739,454SEK.   In elimination one (250,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) scored in a rated 1.10.2kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos. Fractions were 1.08.4kr at the first 500 meters and 1.11.7kr at the 1000. Readly Express led throughout to score by a length over Makethemark and Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine-Silver Pine), that Ake Svanstedt drove for trainer Jean Michel Bazire.   Readly Express wins elim one   This one pressed the front from off the final bend and could not advance late in the lane.   Elim two had favored Aubrion du Gers as a front-end winner from post one for Jos. Verbeeck and owner/trainer Jean-Michel Bazire.   The victory was his 16 th in a row and 46 th for the career, and he was clocked in a rated 1.10.2kr (1.10.5kr at the 500; 1.10.7kr at the 1000 meter mark).   Aubrion du Gers takes elim two   When Verbeeck pulled the plugs late in the final bend he opened a three-length advantage and cruised home. Propulsion held second for Orjan Kihlstrom and Dijon rallied late for third driven by his trainer Romain Derieux.   As stated above, Readly Express was scratched lame just prior to the final and paraded before the fans, perhaps for a final time.   Thomas H. Hicks

Eelis (5g Enjoy Lavec-Mazurka Lavec-Viking Kronos) closed strongly for harness racing reinsman Olli Koivunen to easily defeat then leading Handsome Brad (6m Bred de Veluwe) handled by Carl Johan Jepson to win the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Harper Hanovers (900,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters distance handicap, 15 startes).   Timo Nurmos trains the winner that now has three wins in six 2019 starts.   His career earnings advanced to 1,580,300SEK. Handsome Brad nearly overcame his 40 meter handicap. Third was Jet Voice (8m Jetstile) with Lars Anvar Kolle at the lines.   Eelis Wins Harper Hanovers      -ATG photo   Earlier on the undercard, the V75 Bronze (250,000SEK to winner,2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.11.6kr timed Bucks Tom Burn (6g Ready Cash-Staro Yours Truly-Supergill) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden.   Vincero’Gar and Ural trailed the winner.   The V75 Silver (300,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) score in 1.11.8kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Global Trust and Mr. Golden Quick were next home.   The Klass I and II Finals were on the card as well, both raced over 2140 meters autostart and both with 12 starters.   The Klass I event went to the flashy chestnut Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button-Love You) with trainer Conrad Lugauer aboard, timed in 1.11.1kr.   The Klass II race saw the winning Viking Brodde (4g Muscle Hill-Vasterbo My Melody-Super Arnie) come from fourth to first in the late stages for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Timo Nurmos. He was clocked in 1.11.4kr.     Thomas H. Hicks

The V75 Gold Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Silverhast (400,000SEK to the winner, 21 40 meters autostart, 12 starters) was the featured harness racing event on Saturday’s excellent Solvalla program and was billed as the next step in Propulsion’s training toward the January Prix d’Amerique. However, Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner), at 4.2/1 odds, went gate to wire this day from post five to score timed in 1.11.9kr, with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl.  The winner recorded his second 2018 victory and 21st in 59 career starts, now for 5,814,415SEK earned. Zenit Brick (7g Maker It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie), from post 11 and at 17.8/1 odds, was second for driver Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) rallied for third after trailing the field for much of the way. He was the 1.6/1 favorite. Milligan’s School. On Track Piraten, I Love Paris and Antonio Tabac finished fourth through seventh. The undercard was loaded with upper class trots with good purses, The Gr. II International Solvalla Grand Prix (12 four year old starters, 500,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 23.6/1 outsider Hard Times (4m Coktail Jet-Tigerlily-Pine Chip) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Ola Asebo. He was clocked in 1.12.7kr for his second win in 2018 in 12 starts. Eldorado B (4m Maharajah-Alexia Hammering-Smasher) was second for Hans-Owe Sundberg at 5/1 and third went to Output Pressure (4g Gigant Neo-Joda Lesdelles-Sebrazac) for driver Jorma Kontio. The V75 Silver Division (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw Chief Orlando (5m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) scored at 11/1, timed in 1.12.5kr. The now six time 2018 winner defeated Disco Volante (5g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up and third finishing Don’t Mind Me (6m Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind-Armbro Charger). The Habo Boss V75 Bronze (250,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw the 14.4/1 Milliondollarrhyme (4g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) score timed in 1.12.1kr. Fredrik B. Larsson trains and drove the now five time 2018 winner. Esprit Sisu (4g Ready Cash-Yankee TL-Cantab Hall) was second for Erik Adielsson and third went to Dizzy River (7g Dream Vacation-Just About Enough-SJs Photo) with Johan Untersteiner up. The other races with 250,000SEK to the winner included the Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart) that Cobbys Olifant (4g Orlando Vici-Peach Penny-Spotlite Lobell) won for Thomas Uhrberg timed in 1.13.2kr; the Diamantstoet Final (2140 meters voltstart distance handicapped) that went to Queen Of Sand (4f Maharajah-Frillan Filiokus-Malabar Circle As) timed in 1.14kr for driver Stefan Soderkvist; and the Klass I Final (2140 meters autostart) that saw Heart Of Steel (4g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) score in 1.12.3kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Earlier on the card was the Mustaschkampen Monte (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, eight starters) that went to 1.32/1 odds Assault (4g Weingartner-Northern Gleam-Love You) with Sofia Adolfsson in the irons. This pair defeated 4.7/1 Lorina Citron (4f Niky-Valley Victorian-Andover Hall) for Anna Erixon and third finishing 68.2/1 Zola Wind (4g Zola Boko-Indra Wind-Indro Park) with Jenny Bjork up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday, the Gr. I National Svenskt Trav-Oaks (1,400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.9kr timed and 5.5/1 odds Conrad’s Rodluva (3f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. Rodluva now has a 4-2-0 slate in seven career outings for 3,165,500SEK earned. Staro Miami (3f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) was second for Mika Forss and third went to Adorable Lady (3f Zola Boko-Malabara-Supergill) for driver Pasi Aikio. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

With a big weekend at Solvalla and Australian mare, Maori Time, set to compete in the Elitloppet on Sunday night, (Australian time) Sky Racing will be covering the Saturday and Sunday meetings from Sweden. Peter Andersson works as television broadcaster in Sweden as a harness racing expert and has provided selections for both days at Solvalla.  Here are his selections for the Sunday meeting - with a full form comment for each runner in the heats of the Elitlopp Race 1 9 Total Recall 8 Mariluck 1 Red Bar Outsider 5 Hercules T Race 2 4 Southwind Hydro 6 Dice Man 9 Mellby Emeralds Outsider 12 Now Or Never Flair Race 3 NO SELECTIONS Race 4 4 Zabriskie OK 6 Daze 1 Donna Di Damgard Outsider 5 Felcity Sisu Race 5 1 Star Advisor Joli 7 Radieux 8 Be Mine De Houelle Outsider 2 Liberty Force Race 6 4 Always On Time 3 Uppohoppa 6 Toddler Outsider 12 American Cheque Race 7 3 Lannem Silje 1 Odd Herakles 7 Polara  Outsider 6 Kleppe Slauren Race 8 1 Global Withdrawal 3 MS Triple J 2 Sweet Talkin Hall Outsider Zenio Race 9 1. Dreammoko: Fast horse and his father Timoko won with Björn Goop last year for the second time. May reach the final thanks to his great driver but probably not much more.  2. Rajesh Face: Talented horse with lots of personality. A bit green but could make it to the final if he stays calm in front of the huge crowd.  3. Lionel: Very strong horse that has become faster as he has matured. Norway's big hope in the Elitloppet but is still only an outsider over the short distance.  4. Volstead: Won the Sweden Cup last year and loves two heats. Doesn't mind tough trips and hates losing but not as classy as the big favorites. 5. Bold Eagle: Amazingly impressive in last year's elimination but disappointed as the huge favorite in the final. Is back for revenge but will he handle two heats better this year? One of two huge favorites to win the whole thing.  6. Maori Time: Most exotic visitor in many years and showed great gate speed when setting record in February. Has already gained lots of new fans in Sweden and reaching the final is the big goal for this lovely mare.  7. Takethem: Best horse in Denmark for a couple of years but failed to qualify for the final in last year's Elitloppet. Will need a lot of luck to reach the final.  8. Up And Quick: Prix d'Amerique-winner who prefers short-distance races as an aged horse. Has looked better in his last couple of races and getting through to the final is not impossible despite the draw.   SELECTIONS 5 Bold Eagle              4 Volstead 3 Lionel Outsider 6 Maori Time Race 10 1. Ringostarr Treb: Extremely fast behind the gate and was very impressive going wire-to-wire in Olympic Trot final last time. Is a contender to win the final if everything works out perfectly for him.  2. Cokstile: Very fast horse but a bit inexperienced against this kind of competition. Could be in the final from a perfect post position but not much more.  3. Orlando Jet: Highly talented horse who is making his first apperance in the Elitloppet rather early in his career. Might need more races under the belt before being a factor in this kind of company.  4. Propulsion: One of the best sprinters in the world and finished second in the last Elitloppet even though he wasn't at the top of his game. The preparation has gone perfectly this year and has one of the best drivers in the world, Örjan Kihlström. This is my winner of Elitloppet! 5. Nadal Broline: Always gives his best and can take outside trips without problem. Might be lacking a litte bit of speed in order to compete with the very best.  6. Pastore Bob: Has gone from an average horse to a participant in Elitloppet in just a matter of months. May get to the final with maximum luck.  7. Uza Josselyn: Very fast mare who showed top form last time after some racing trouble. Adielsson is a top driver and cannot be ruled out completely from winning the Elitloppet if everything works out perfectly.  8. Amiral Sacha: Has competed against and beaten most of the top horses in France during his long career. Is better than most people think and would benefit a lot if the race would be overpaced.  SELECTIONS 4 Propulsion 1 Ringostarr Treb 7 Uza Josselyn  Outsider 8 Amiral Sacha Race 11 4 Extra Fudge 15 Robin Roof 14 Just Wait And See Outsider 11 Surprise Power Race 12 8 Beautiful Bacardi 5 Virginia Grif 9 Hevin Boko Outsider 3 Valentina Wind Race 13 1 Giveitgasandgo 5 Ever Prider 3 Enterprise Outsider 2 Ethien Du Vivier Race 14  Elitloppet Winner Propulsion

April 7, 2018 - Saturday excellent harness racing action took place in the north with Zenit Brick (7g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) winning the Olympia Trot Elim 2 (purse 400,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.11.5kr at Solvalla’s 1000 meter oval. Kim Eriksson teamed the winner for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Anders Bredberg. The 2.2/1 favorite bested 3.3/1 Queer Fish driven by Kaj Widell and 16/1 Shadow Woodland handled by Ulf Ohlsson. At Vermo was the Helsinki AJO raced over 1609 meters autostart for a total purse of €28,600. The 1.11.8kr timed winner was Workout Wonder (6m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) driven by Tommi Kylliainen for trainer Jarno Kauhanen and owner Workout Club. This Kentuckiana Farms bred stallion earned an invitation to the May 5th Finlandia AJO that is a European Trotting Masters event. This day earning the second place check was Midnight Hour handled by Iikka Nurmonen and third was Fire To The Rain reined by Hannu Torvinen. Edward Ale finished fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

December 13, 2017 - Food Money (9g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) took Wednesday’s Solvalla Gosta Nordins (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) as this 5.9/1 Jezek Thomas trainee scored in 1.13.6kr with Ulf Ohlsson the pilot. Thomas also owns the veteran campaigner that rallied in the lane to defeat 1.2/1 favorite Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with owner/trainer Stefan Melander up. 8.2/1 Charrua Forlan (7g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) landed third for Hans Owe Sundberg. Luckycharm Hanover and French Laundry were the next two on the line. Nuncio was being prepped for a trip and France and an apparent Prix d’Amerique try. His recent efforts have not been up to his best against relatively weak competition, raising some question about an effort at Vincennes versus retirement. Thomas H. Hicks

November 25, 2017 - Cyber Lane  (4g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) took today’s Solvalla Grand Prix raced over 2140 meters autostart with 400,000SEK to the winner. Johan Untersteiner drove and trains the property of Levaux AB to the 1.12.1kr timed victory, his 16th in 19 career starters now for 7,155,500SEWK earned. The winner, off at 2.21/1 odds,  raced in the death seat throughout leader Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) before drawing off to easy win in the stretch, The Erik Adielsson trained, Stig H, Johansson trained, Diamanten faded to third as rallying Dartagnan Sisu (4m Ready Cash-Armbro Carroll-Malabar Man) rallied to gain second. The tractions were well rated as the 1.13.5kr timed at the 1500 meter mark signifies. Thomas H. Hicks

October 12, 2017 - Yesterday’s Quinte+ Prix do Pont des Arts (purse €44,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) at Enghien went to 1.13kr timed and 30.3/1 Reine du Zack (7f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grier). Marco Smorgon trains the property of Scuderia Trotto Italia Sas and the pilot was Edoardo Loccisano. 42.4/1 Quincy Frontline (8g Rotation-Juicy Frontline) was second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of 9.4/1 Emmett Brown (6g Muscle Hill-Traci Spur) handled by Bernard Piton for trainer Johan Untersteiner. 17/1 Shogun DK and 21/1 Bomina were fourth and fifth respectively. The Q+ exact order payoff exceeded €290,400 for a €2 investment. Enghien’s Prix du Jardin du Luxembourg (monte, purse €58,000. 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.15.5kr timed and 6.3/1 Ut de Dompierre (9g Prince d’Espace-Magie de Dompierre). Mlle Oceane Briand was in the irons of the winner that is owned by trainer Benjamin Goetz. The Prix du Chateau d’Eau (purse €42,000, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) on the Wednesday card at Enghien went to 1.15.7kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Electra Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Uzara Joselyn) with David Thomain the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Today at Enghien was the Prix de la Place du Petit Pont (monte, purse €47,000, 2875 meters, 13 European mare starters) and the 11/1 odds winner was the 1.15.2kr timed Calypso Vinoir (5f Jam Pridem-Lambeda Vinoir) ridden by Alexis Prat for owner/trainer Damien Bonne. Second, beaten three lengths, was 9.9/1 Cale des Malberaux (5f Quito Kebir-Jolie Saida) handled by Mathieu Mottier, and third was 3.3/1 Castanella (5f Rombaldi-Ogata de Vandel) reined by Damien Bonne for trainer Sebastien Ernault and Ecurie Charmes. Yesterday at Solvalla SWE was the Breeders Crown for two year olds (175,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart). The 1.16.3kr timed winner here was 2.4/1 Activated (2f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) .Bjorn Goop teamed the filly owned and trained by Fredrik Wallin. 5.3/1 Person Of Interest (2g Explosive Matter-Transgressive-SJs Caviar) was second driven y Ulf Ohlsson. Jim Osccarsson owns and trains this one. 4.3/1 Whataboutyouzaz (2f Maharajah-Flamming Kick-Alf Palema) that Jorma Kontio drove for trainer Timo Nurmos. On that card was also the Solvallaserien VI (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) for four year olds. The winner, off at 4.8/1, was Cyber Lane (4g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Levaux AB owns the winner. 1.7/1 Love Matters (4m Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love-Andover Hall) was second for Orjan Kihlstom/Daniel Reden/Stall et team. 34/1 Valley Brode (4g Ready Cash-Valeris-SJs Caviar) took the third spot for trainer Roger Walmann and teamster Torbjorn Jansson. Thomas H. Hicks

Villiam, a 3-year-old Swedish colt sired by Muscle Hill, won the Kriterium, raced over the 1-5/8th mile distance at Solvalla, Sunday afternoon (Oct. 1) in a harness racing world record of 1:55.4f (mile rate), driven by Jorma Kontio. The Kriterium is the biggest race in Sweden for 3-year-old trotters and carried a purse for the winner of $244,000. However, in Sweden an owner can choose between a premium of $2,400, when his youngster qualifies, or double the prize money in some future big stakes races such as the Kriterium. The owner, breeder and trainer of Villiam, Timo Nurmos, forfeited the premium and therefore got twice the prize money -- $488,000. Add in a breeder’s premium of 30 percent ($146,000) and Nurmos' total winnings this Sunday was $634,000. Nurmos also owned and trained the dam of Villiam, Gold Strike, she by Striking Sahbra. Gold Strike took a mark of 1:54f and earned $236,000. Villiam, who is named after Nurmos' grandfather, is the first foal out of Gold Strike to hit the track. Villiam has raced seven times and won six races and has one second. The Oaks, with a purse for the winner of $171,000, was won by Candy la Marc, driven by Erik Adielsson. Candy La Marc enjoyed a pocket trip behind the favorite Dibaba, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, and found racing room just 100 yards before the finish line. She won the 1-5/16th mile event in 1:56.3f. Candy la Marc was bred, raised and is trained by Lars Marcussen from Denmark, who took the premium out for Candy la Marc when she was a 2-year-old. Candy la Marc is sired by Scarlet Knight and out of Oiseau, she by Andover Hall. Oiseau was bred by Russell C. Williams and is a full sister to Clerk Magistrate, who has been at stud in Sweden. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

September 30, 2017 - Jorma Kontio confidently steered 1/5 favorite Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) to victory in today’s  Gr. I European Championship for harness racing five year-olds at Solvalla, raced over 2140 meters autostart with 500,000SEK to the winner.  Total purse in euro was €101,888. Bro Byggnads AB owns this Timo Nurmos trainee. 8.9/1 Treasure Kronos (5f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) sat fifth on the pegs and escaped to rally strongly for second driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. Third was early pacesetter 43/1 Nappa Scar (5m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) for trainer/driver Per Lennartson that eventually sat the pocket behind the race winner. Race time was 1.12.kr with quick final fractions. Earlier in the week (Sept.27) was the 10th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot at Lisieux (purse €90,000, 2725 meters) and Cantin de l’éclair (5g Jet Furtuna-Noce Joyeuse) scored for Tony LeBeller timed in 1.14.5kr. The 25 meter handicapped Vulcania de Godrel (8f Memphis du Rib) was second for driver Anthony Barrier and third was 25 meter penalized Unero Mobtaval (9g Nem) handled by Eric Raffin. Venus de Baily finished fourth. Other interesting winners this week included 8.7/1 Desir Castelets (4m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) in the September 26 Paris-Vincennes Prix Valleda (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) timed in 1.14.3kr and reined by Franck Ouvrie.13/1 Dusty Wood (4m Goetmals Wood) was second ahead of 23/1 Defi Pierji (4g Roc Meslois). Thomas H. Hicks    

September 30, 2017 - The Jerry Riordan trained three year old filly Vamp Kronos (3f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos), off at 3.9/1, won today’s harness racing Gr. I International European Championship (three year olds, purse €101,888, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla. The Renato Bruni property, reined by Bjorn Goop, now has a 7-2-1 slate in 13 career starts, all this year. Vamp was clocked in 1.12.2kr (2:34.51) and was a seven length winner to increase her career earnings to 1,521.677SEK. She raced third on the outer in the middle part of the race before vaulting to the top early in the final bend and she sprinted clear of the rivals. Second was 7.9/1 Hazard Boko (3m SJs Caviar-Quail Ridge-Smasher) for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. 39/1 Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 16, 2017 - The Wenngarn SWE Sale, mostly harness racing yearlings, was held August 14-15 at historic Wenngarn, north of Stockholm. Two sessions of yearlings were presented, along with a few mixed horses and stallion shares, the most expensive being a Muscle Hill share that Ecurie de Lempeur acquired for US$184,000 from seller John Bootsman. The mixed session also included shares of Southwind Frank, Creatine and Father Patrick along with a weanling colt foaled 1/23/17 named Body Builder by the currently racing and winning Readly Express, in fact a Gr. I winner August 16th at Solvalla. The top five selling yearlings are listed below: Hip/Horse/Sex/Sire and Dam/Price 94-Champ Lane (colt, Bold Eagle-Citron-Varenne-Dame Edith Hanover), US$173,363, Timo Nurmos 59-High Roller Sox (colt, Ready Cash-Dicey Spicey-Broadway Hall), US$147,950, Peter Untersteiner 97-Gaylord AM (colt, Muscle Hill-Deese d’Inverne-Korean). US$136,259 2 – Someone Special AS (filly, Trixton-Fortunes Dream-CantalbHall), US$135,631 15-Eaglemaniac Sox (colt, Bold Eagle-Jolie Reve-Lindy Lane), US$117,139 Catalog pages of these and others may be found here For full results of the sale click here ABOUT WENNGARN The oldest kept letter in Sweden dates from 1164 and tells about the area around Wenngarn, through the centuries, the Vasa dynasty, statesmen, knights and councilors have lived and ruled in Wenngarn. Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie's magical castles and picturesque baroque park are some of the gems of a place where a community once was built during the 1900s, becoming Sweden's first institution to treat alcohol addiction. Wenngarn is today a vibrant village community adapted to human needs and conditions. A magical place with 1000-year-old history. Following the sale was racing the next evening at Solvalla. The August 16 program was a good one led by the Gr. I Prix Maharajah European Championship (purse €163,840, 2140 meters. 12 starters) and 40/1 I Love Paris (7g Steinlager-Maria Dulcinia) was victorious for catch-driver Johnny Takter, taking over for trainer Bjorn Goop who is in Canada competing in the World’s Drivers Championship. G. Sem Morten owns I Love Paris. This winner was clocked in 1.11.09kr. The 3/2 favorite Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was second driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. 339/1 Mountain Clever (7f The Bosses Lindy-U Go Hornline) was home third. The Gr. I  Jubliesumspokalen  (purse €179,200, 2140 meters, 12 starters) at Solvala produced an exciting finish won by 1/5 favorite Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Drean) reined by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos and BRO Bygonads AB. A game second after a first over lengthy try was 8.2/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) driven by Christoher Eriksson for owner Pasquale Ciccarelli and conditioner Jerry Riordan. 31/1 Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs) took the third spot ahead of Cruzado dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive), Tango Negro (5m Infinitif and also a Riordan trainee) and Tjacko Jaz (5g Crazed). Race time by the winner was 1.09.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks

May 27, 2017 - Bjorn Goop teamed his trainee, the 1.3/1 favorite Sauveur (7m Echo-Operah Bob) to victory in today’s co-featured Gr. II Harpers Hanover (purse €97,792, 3140 meters distance handicapped, 15 starters, 500,000SEK to winner). Timed in a sharp 1.11.99kr over the extended distance the pride of Hammab AB raised his career earnings to over €502,000. 6.7/1 Sorbet (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Alter Bound) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall  Zet team. 42/1 Linus Boy (5g Zola Boko-Recos Lady) took third for Johnny Takter and trainer Timo Nurmos, who has an Elite starter tomorrow. Bottnas Commander, El Mago Pellini and Butler were the next three to the line, the latter a Ready Cash son owned and trained by Anders Lindqvist. Sauveur Tomorrow is the big day featuring the €640,000 total purse 2017 Benders Elitloppet with two eliminations and a final. 16 entrants will compete with each race contested over 1609 meters (one mile) autostart. The Solvalla track is quick as evidenced by Saturday’s action. Be there!!! Thomas H. Hicks

May 23, 2017 - Superb harness racing, festivities and partying await those attending the 2017 Elitloppet at Solvalla Racecourse. 16 Elite Race entrants include some of world’s best – Bold Eagle, Timoko, Resolve, Up and Quick among them. Of interest to me is the breadth of pedigree and variance in earnings. However, anything can happen in a horse race and even recent form can be reversed, up or down. Bold Eagle has been lightly raced since the Vincennes Winter Meet and has been standing stud, Nuncio has seemingly been off form in his last three starts. Resolve has raced once and qualified once off a long layoff. Delicious has been undefeated over two years, albeit racing few times against generally less than top competition. Timoko has be grinding on in his ten year old campaign, racing consistently but perhaps not in his past peak form. It’s anybody’s guess – make your wagers and enjoy. Elimination 1 Horse – Driver – (Trainer) – Country – Pedigree – Career Earnings in SEK (conversion to USD .115) 1. Spring Erom – Christoffer Eriksson (Dan Widegren) – SWE Gentle Star - Springflickan - Prince Mystic; 7,583,341 2. D.D.’s Hitman – Ulf Ohlsson (Petri Puro) – FI -Donato Hanover - Deedee's Destiny - Muscles Yankee; 2,724,569 3. Delicious U.S. – Örjan Kihlström (Daniel Redén) – SWE - Cantab Hall - Ipsara LB - Lemon Dra; 6,481,572 4. Tjacko Zaz – John Campbell (Timo Nurmos) – SWE - Crazed - Kinoras Zaz - Angus Hall; 970,381 5. Bold Eagle – Franck Nivard (Sébastien Guarato) – FR - Ready Cash - Reethi Rah Jet – Love You; 31,194,709 6. Cruzado Dela Noche – Björn Goop (Stefan Melander) – SWE - Muscle Massive - Alidade - Credit Winner; 4,900,971 7. Takethem – Steen Juul (Steen Juul) – DE - From Above - D'Cherie - New Quick; 2,430,668 8. Resolve – Åke Svanstedt (Åke Svanstedt) – USA - Muscle Hill - Anikawiesahalee - Credit Winner; 20,837,506 Elimination 2 Horse – Driver – (Trainer) – Country 1. Up and Quick – Franck Nivard (Franck Leblanc) – FR - Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre - Quiton du Coral; 19,425,650 2. Twister Bi – Christoffer Eriksson (Jerry Riordan) – IT - Varenne - Lorraine Bi - Lemon Dra; 2,872,055 3. Propulsion – Johan Untersteiner (Daniel Redén) – SWE - Muscle Hill - Danae - Andover Hall; 7,282,195 4. Nuncio – Örjan Kihlström (Stefan Melander) – SWE - Andover Hall - Nicole Isabelle - Lindy Lane; 27,948,230 5. In Vain Sund – Erik Adielsson (Daniel Redén) – SWE - Revenue - Staro Yasmine – Supergill; 3,243,197 6. Timoko – Björn Goop (Richard Westerink) – FR - Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces - And Arifant; 44,173,058 7. Dante Boko – Adrian Kolgjini (Lutfi Kolgjini) – SWE - Going Kronos - Margherita Rose - Abo Volo; 5,672,776 8. Elian Web – Janne Soronen (Katja Melkko) – FI - Like A Prayer - EL Dolly - Conway Hall; 3,551,213   Saturday’s Sweden Cup, often referred to as the junior Elitloppet, presents three eliminations each worth 100,000SEK to the winner and a final for 600,000SEK first prize. Notables in this group include BBS Sugarlight, Charrua Forlan, Vasterbo Highflyer (two straight wins in fast-class company), Harry Haythrow, Cool Keeper, Ringostarr Treb, Volstead, Thai Broadway and Buzz Mearas. The excellent Saturday program also includes the Lady Snarts for mares worth 200,000SEK first money. Patricia Hastrup, Wild Honey, Treasure Kronos and Shadow Gar face the starter in this 1640 meter autostart event. The Solvalla racing weekend also features the Gr. II International UET Masters Harper Hanovers, worth 500,000SEK to the winner, and raced over 3140 meters voltstart. The top entrants, all handicapped 40 meters, are Sauveur, Rod Stewart (Jerry Riordan trainee and racing well of late) and El Mago Pellini. Legendary trainer Anders Lindqvist starts Butler (by Ready Cash) with a 20 meter penalty. To make the weekend more enjoyable is the appearance of legendary reinsman John Campbell, down on seven mounts Elitloppet day including the Elite Race. Participants Elitloppet 2017 Thomas H. Hicks

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