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Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) resumed his winning ways today at Solvalla with a 1.12.2kr timed victory in the Fyraaringslopp (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). Bjorn Goop teamed the Frode Hamre trainee to his fifth 2020 win in six starts and his 12th career victory in 13 appearances now for 2,595,625SWK earned. Global Glide AB and Smart Repair Center AB co-own Ecurie D that was bred in Denmark by Jean Pierre Dubois. He was off as the 1.14./1 favorite and bested 6.9/1 Brother Bill (4g From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) handled by Jorma Kontio for Timo Nurmos. 29.8/1 Belker (4m Scarlet Knight-Ok I Can-Amer I Can) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Robert Bergh. Fourth home was Click Bait.  Ecurie D For race replay, click here.  The undercard saw Hoboken AM (3f Muscle Hill-My Love di Quattro-Love You) take the  Tearingspp Fillies (100,000SEK to the winner,2140 meters autostart). Jorma Kontio handled the winner for trainer Timo Nurmos and AM Bloodstock. This was her fourth 2020 and career victory in as many starts. Hoboken Am For race replay click here. ATG, Fintoto files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

The four Margaretas Tidiga divisions were raced at Solvalla and they produced interesting and well-bred winners. Each division for three and four year olds, separated by age, colts and fillies, had a first prize of 300,000SEK and the distance of each division was 2140 meters autostart. The three-year old colt division saw 1.1/1 Hell Bent For AM (3m Muscle Hill-Nalda Nof-Supergill) score in 1.14.3kr with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard for trainer Stefan Melander. 8.4/1 Hector Sisu (3g Zola Boko) was next for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Petri Salmela. Third went to 13.9/1 Hulker Sisu (3m Readly Express) for pilot Magnus Djuse and trainer Jerry Riordan. The three-year old fillies group went to the 1.14.5kr timed and 8.5/1 odds Aperfectttric (3f Aperfectyankee-Tricolore-Viking Kronos) reined by trainer Jim Oscarsson. 17.5/1 outsider Clockwork (3f Zola Boko) was second for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Juakim Elfring. 29.9/1 Chiffchoff (3f From Above) was third with Erik Adielsson at the lines for trainer Ola Samuelsson. American Hill (4f Muscle Hill-Americandream AT-Extreme Dream) captured the four-year olds mares division of the Margaretas, at 2.2/1 odds and clocked in 1.13.2kr. Trainer Conrad Lugauer teamed the winner that defeated 6.5/1 La Plus Belle (4f Muscle Hill) driven by Ulf Eriksson. Third was 94/1 Strangerinthenight (4f Ready Cash) for Rikard N. Skoglund. Gowestyoungman (4g Jacose-Out Of The Game-Muscles Yankee) took the four-year old male division clocked in 1.12.9kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined this Stefan Pettersson trainee that was off at 5.1/1 odds. 32/1 Stonecapes Superb (4g Ready Cash-Nesmile Will-Defo d’Aunou) took second for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. His 25/1 stablemate, Mr. Marvelous (4g Ready Cash-Alohadoodle-Credit Winner), was third with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Liljendahl. On the same card was the 100,000SEK first prize Hartagarna Sommarpris raced over 1640 meters autostart. The fast 1.10.9kr clocked winner was 9/1 Hill Street (5g Muscle Hill-Think Twice) with trainer Daniel Reden aboard. 4.8/1 Alone (5m Maharajah) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Pasi Aikio and 10.7/1 Grainfield Aiden (6g Andover Hall) took third for trainer/driver Hannu Korpi. ATG, Solvalla.se files/photo by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed By The West-Western Terror) was an impressive wire to wire harness racing winner of today’s Prix Readly Express (purse to winner 400,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters all Sweden bred) at Solvalla. Superbly reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet, the winner was clocked in 1.11.8kr (mile rate 1:55.52) in a well rated journey. Fractions were 1.12.6kr at the first 500 meters, 1.14.3kr at the 1000; 1.13.3kr at 1500-meter mark. Kihlstrom’s rating left Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) parked in the death seat throughout with Green Manalishi (4m Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec) behind him. That is how they finished. Don Fanucci Zet was off as the 1.78/1 odds favorite and now has eight career wins in 12 starts for 1,463,000SEK in life earnings. Don Fanucci Zet  Don Fanucci Zet pedigree is shown below with its 1.9% inbreeding coefficient. The above victory was the seventh for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom in today’s seven races.  Orjan Kihlstrom Some of OK’s victories were with very solid performers, some youngsters. Phoenix Photo (6g Super Photo Kosmos-Glittra CD-Igor Brick), 1.14.2kr in the Klass II; Conrads Rodluva (5f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star), 1.13.6kr in the Icelands Lopp; Mister Hercules (3m Trixton-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide), 1.13.2kr in the Rikitikitavis Lopp, Stall Zet is the owner; Cactus (5f Cantab Hall-Bobtail-Juliano Star), 1.12.7kr in the Itaka Sund; Heloise AM (3f Trixton-Nirvana Grif-Varenne), in the three and four year old mares event, SRF Stable owns this one; You Could Be Mine (3f Trixton-Linda di Casei-Uronometro), 1.15.4kr in the Coccinelles, SRF also owns this well-bred filly. Mister Hercules ATG, Maharajah files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Propulsion (9m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) took the 2020 Elite Race (purse of finale 573,000€, 3,000,000SEK to the harness racing winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) finale clocked in 1.10.2kr. Orjan Kihlstrom engineered a perfect from behind journey on the outer and rolled past seemingly tires rivals for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. He was off at 4.6/1 odds and bested 2.8/1 Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile) and pilot Christoffer Eriksson with 48/1 Attraversiamo (5m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos) handled by Erick Adielsson. 41/1 Sorbet (9m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) and reinsman Per Linderoth earned fourth money. The 9/10 favorite Earl Simon finished second but was disqualified for interference in the upper stretch. Propulsion finished third in the second elimination parked three wide much of the way, in his first start since late January when unplaced in the Prix d’Amerique. Imported to Sweden in 2015 the great veteran now has a 39-15-9 slate in 79 career starts for earnings of 34,343,693SEK. He was bred in the USA by F.V. Caldwell and Bluestone Farms LLC. Propulsion The two elimination (each for purses of 47,750€, raced over 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) produced exciting action. Earl Simon (6m Prodigious-Tindrana) impressively took elim one timed in 1.09.5kr at 2.7/1 odds. Franck Ouvrie teamed the winner for Stall Skytten and trainer Jarmo Niskanen. 2.2/1 Missle Hill (5m Muscle Hill-India Hall) was second for Johan Untersteiner and the Reden/Stall Zet team. 20/1 Reden stablemate Sorbet was third ahead of 28/1 Milliondollarrhyme (6g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme) and F.B. Larsson. Earl Simon Elim two went to 1.09.4kr timed Cokstile that was off at 4.3/1 for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Rocco Spagnulo and Santese Srl. 37/1 Racing Mange (7m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren ahead of 1.8/1 Propulsion that was super game. 7/1 Attraversiamo was fourth for Eric Adielsson. Cokstile Elitloppet 2020 program produced good online handle as no fans were present. In US$ the ATG handle exceeded $5,981,300 and the PMU network handle was over $337,000 with about 30% wagered on the Elite race finale The career stats of Propulsion are shown below, race summery, pedigree and siring results. Inbreeding Coefficient Breedly 14.08% Siring results to date, 71, with none at racing age. Many good mares have been bred to Propulsion. ATG, PMU, Breedly, Solvalla files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

Golden Tricks, Hell Bent For AM, Ecurie D, Hambo Transs R, Stepping Spaceboy all won on the harness racing Elite Race Undercard. The Gr. II Delicious Granges (purse 300,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters all female four year olds) began the top trotting action on Elitloppet Day at Solvalla undervard. Golden Tricks (4f Trixton-Golden Goose-SJs Photo) scored in a close verdict timed in 1.11.0kr for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden trains this Stall Zet owned mare that won for the eighth time in 30 starts, now for 2,819,493SEK. Dontlooseallmoney (4f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier) was second for Jim Oscarsson and third was Tonique (4f Love You-Revenique-Revenue) for Ake Lindblom. Golden Tricks Hell Bent For AM (3m Muscle Hill-Naida Nof-Supergill) was next and he took the Hakan Wallner Memorial (Breeders Course Three Year Olds, 1,000,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) with an impressive score in 1.11.9kt. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Stefan Melander trainee that Stall Courant AB owns. The winner is unbeaten in three 2020 starts and he now has earnings of 1,580,442SEK. Off at 1.7/1 odds, he bested Bolero Gar (3m Varenne-Nike Gar-Windsongs Legacy) with Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer Timo Nurmos. Natorp Bo (3m Andover Hall-Ocean Dream-Dream Vacation) was third with Kim Eriksson up. Hell Bent AM The four-year old males contested the Manhammars Elitloppshinngstar (purse 91,203€ with 500,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) and Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) recorded his tenth consecutive win to remain undefeated. He scored in wire to wire fashion timed in a record 1.09.2kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that was bred by J.P. Dubois, in the best Franco-American manner, and is owned by Global Glide AB and Smart Repair AM. Ecurie D now has earned 2,095,625SEK in his brief and brilliant career. Click Bait (4m Cantab Hall-Fun At Parties-Lindy Lane) was second for Per Lennartsson and trainer Stefan Melander and his Stall TZ. Ultion Face (4m Joke Face-Crois d’Am-Love You) took third for Adrian Kolgjini. Ecurie D The Monteeliten Gr. II International (200,000 SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, monte, 10 starters) produced a solid 1.10.5kr victory for Hambo Transs R (10g Love You-Bewitched-Cantab Hall) with Michelle Monster in the irons for trainer Paul Hagoort and Stal Mille Fleurs BVC of Holland. The winner recorded his tenth career win in 33 starts. Galactica (8f Super Photo Kosmos) was second for jockey Anna Erixon with third to Rajesh Face (7g Raja Mirchi) for Sofia Adolfsson. Hambo Transs R The Thermia (100,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) lead up to the Elite Trace Finale. This one saw Stepping Spaceboy (7m Dream Vacation-Stepping Space-Fast Photo) win in gate to wire fashion for trainer/driver Wim Paal and owner Santese SRL. This was the 15th career win in 65 starts for the Spaceboy that was clocked in 1.10.4kr. Dreammoko (7f Timoko) was second for Bjorn Goop and Forfantone AM (5m Muscle Hill-Tamla Celeber-Cantab Hall) was third with Torbjorn Jansson up. Stepping Spaceboy   ATG, PMU, Solvalla Trav files/photos Thomas H. Hicks

This year's Elitloppet at Sweden's Solvalla race track took place without harness racing fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The winner was the brilliant son of Muscle Hill, Propulsion, coming from well back in the field to score an incredible victory over Earl Simon (who was disqualified). Cokstile was second with Attraversiamo finishing third.. 2020 Elitloppet Final 1 - Racing Mange - Joakim Lövgren 2 - Earl Simon - Franck Ouvrie 3 - Cokstile - Christoffer Eriksson 4 - Missle Hill - Johan Untersteiner 5 - Sorbet - Per Linderoth 6 - Propulsion - Örjan Kihlström 7 - Milliondollarrhyme - Fredrik Larsson 8 - Attraversiamo - Erik Adielsson First Heat Earl Simon overcame the outside starting post for a solid closing victory for driver Franck Ouvrie. For the replay click here. Second Heat The Christoffer Eriksson-driven Cokstile raced first up for the majority of the mile before hitting the wire first. For the replay click here.

May 30, 2020 - The 1.3/1 favorite Moni Viking (7m Maharajah-Juenesse Dures) circle the field from post 15 in the last lap and drew off for a 1.11.9kr times score in the harness racing features Harper Hanovers (purse 95,023€, 3140 meters distance handicap, 15 starters). This was the fifth consecutive victory for Moni Viking that is owned by Jan Lyng and now trained and reined by Bjorn Goop. 8.5/1 Ivory di Quattro (5m Love You-Outlook Kronos) was a game second with Par Lennartsson up for trainer Robert Bergh. 2.4/1 Ble du Gers (9g Quinoa du Gers-Moorea) followed the winner from post 13 but lost contact in the lane. Jos Verbeeck handled this one for owner J.M. Rancoule and trainer Frode Hamre. Moni Viking Other top flight Solvalla action saw 4/10 favorite Double Exposure (7f Donato Hanover-KD Girl) take the Lady Snarts (purse 48,275€, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) timed in 1.09.9kr, a three length winner for reinsman Orjan Kihlstom and the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team. 10/1 Mellby Free (6f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third home was 26/1 Unique Juni (7f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique) for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm. The V75 Silver Finale (purse 48,275€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) brought a 1.11.0kr clocked victory for 14/1 Man At Work (7g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos and Stall Syrehn. 4/1 Vincero Gar (6g SJs Photo-Lady Killer Gar) took second for Bjorn Goop, with third to 13/1 Island Life (9g Pine Chip-Gossip) with Per Lennartsson up for trainer Robert Bergh. This program set the stage for Elitloppet 2020 on Sunday with a local 3:00pm start time. A record online audience is expected as at least 18 nations are taking the race signal. Thomas H. Hicks  

26 May 2020 - The Elitloppet at Solvalla racecourse - the largest event on the Swedish harness racing calendar - is set to attract betting interest from a record 18 countries, former racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) has said. In addition to Sweden, bets will be taken from Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Hungary, Greece, the UK, Malta, South Africa, the US, Australia and New Zealand. Bets from eleven of these countries will go towards the Swedish pari-mutuel pool, while the remaining countries’ bets will be part of their own racing pools. However, ATG did not say exactly which countries would be commingling, and which would be operating their own pools. “It is truly inspiring that the Elitloppet is attracting so much international interest,” Ylva Svensson, head of international at ATG, said. With sports and racing in many other countries suspended, ATG noted an increased level of international interest in Swedish harness racing, which has continued through the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. “We have taken our mission, to maintain interest in racing in Europe and the rest of the world during this crisis, as seriously as possible,” Svensson added. “The Elitloppet is one of the few sporting events that can be carried out this spring and so it’s receiving extra focus from many international gaming companies.” The race will take place on Sunday 31 May. Yesterday, Sweden’s Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi put forward an amended set of temporary restrictions on gambling in which he aims to make horse and sports betting exempt from an SEK5,000 (£401/€459/$495) weekly deposit limit. The exemption had previously been recommended by ATG in a consultation held on the original controls.

This evening Solvalla hosted four harness racing divisions of the Margaretas Tidiga with two sets for males (one for three and one for the four-year olds) and two for the females (again one each for the three and four year olds). The distance of each race was 2140 meters autostart and the purse was 57,300€ each with 12 starters contesting the result. Top performers were on stage. In the four year old male division Hail Mary (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Dreams US-Victory Dream) scored as expected as the 9/10 favorite in front end fashion after a brush to the lead after the first 500 meters in 1.08.7kr. . Trainer Robert Bergh guided this one home in 1.11.4kr off the fast but even fractions in the middle of the contest for Stall Mary AB. This victory was his ninth in 10 career starts and he remains unbeaten this year in four outings. His dam, Dreams, is a 1997 Bonefish daughter of Nan’s Catch, dam of the legendary Moni Maker. Digital Summit (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Full Forward-Scarlet Knight) was next for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Marvellous Tooma (4m Dream Vacation-Marvellous US-Donerail) was third the Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Frode Hamre. The three year old male division went to Hell Bent For AM (3m Muscle Hill-Nalda Nof-Supergill) at 9/1 timed in 1.14.7kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. The nice colt scored easily in his first 2020 outing and it was his second career victory in five starts. Hector Sisu (3g Zola Boko-Donatomesswithme-Donato Hanover) was second as the 1.4/1 favorite and third went to 5.2/1 Selected News (3m Maharajah-Madamacristina COF-Varenne) for reinsman Torbjorn Jansson. On the filly side the four-year old division went to 1.13.3kr timed and 2.4/1 odds Mellby Marissa (4f Maharajah-Merger Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) won for trainer/teamster Robert Bergh. This was her second victory in three starts in 2020 and third in 13 career starts. This was an easy front-end victory. Global Anarchy (4f SJs Caviar-Celebrity Tribute-Yankee Glide) was an 11/1 second for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Joakim Lovgren. Third was 13/1 Ies Elisabet (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Ies Greta-Enjoy Lavec) for Carl Johan Jepson. The three-year old fillies saw the 5/10 heavy favorite Hill’s Angel (3f Muscle Hill- Gossip Gal-SJs Caviar) score easily in 1.14.8kr off rated fractions. Bjorn Goop handled the Erik Bondo trainee for breeder/owner Panamera Racing with Jens Glud Hansen. The winner scored in her first 2020 start and it was her career victory number four in five starts. Chablis Ribb (3f Raja Mirchi-Grape Ribb-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Leif Witasp after leading early. Third went to Quantal Quetzal (3f Quite Easy-Anastacia Sund-Scarlet Knight) at 17/1 for Mattias Djuse. In this event the half-sister to Walner, Finland, went offstride at the start. Thursday the trots were at Halmstad and the featured 10,316€ purse event (2140 meters voltstart, nine starters) went to 5/10 favorite Hacker AM (3m Muscle Hill-Queen Silas-Pine Chip) timed in 1.16.0kr. L.I. Nilsson trains this first time winning starter with Christoffer Eriksson up for owner Vasby Hast AB. The 68/1 Go Peppergirl (3f Charly du Noyer-Allinone Pepper-Yankee Glide) was second for reinsman Victor Rosleff and trainer Jerry Riordan,   Thomas H. Hicks  

Norways Chief Orlando (7m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) was a game winner this day of The Onions (purse 19,674€, 1640 meters autostart, ten harness racing starters) at Solvalla, and likely earned a spot in the Elitloppet. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Pia Huusari trainee as the 3.8/1 second choice won for the first time this year in three starts. This was his 18th career win in 64 starts, now for 3,251,205€ earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was second with Christoffer Eriksson up. 3.1/1 Ferrari BR (7m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite-SJs Caviar) was third for Torbjorn Jansson after a death seat journey. Partizan Face and Lionel completed the top five. Race time was a sharp 1.09.8kr Chief Orlando   On the undercard was an event for four-year olds (purse 12,244€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that went to 7/10 favorite Amiral (4m Ready Cash-Mondeville-Kadabra) for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team. Scuderia Louisiana bred the winner in Italy and he now has three wins in nine career starts. This one was clocked in 1.12.9kr. 10/1 Mr. Marvelous (4g Ready Cash) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 107/1 Rotate (4f Scarlet Knight) for pilot Jorma Kontio.   Earlier there were a host of three-year old events, led by the Ingaenide Kriterleserien (purse 39,108€, 2140 meters, seven starters).   Here the 1.13.5kr clocked winner was 8/1 Inas Prince (3m Chocolatier-Sobra-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom. 3.3/1 Global Badman (4m Yield Boko) and second and the 6/10 favorite Forever Melon (3g Infinitif) was third. Other three year old winners this day were Tiny Rocket (3f Djali Boko) timed in 1.16kr; Bombus Jet (3m Pine Chip-Solvalla Jet-Igor Font) in 1.17.3kr; and Sashay Kemp (3f Trixton-Aiken For Clay-Conway Hall) in 1.15.6kr, the latter trained by Stefan Melander and owned by his Stall TZ, Friday at Aby, the well-regarded Aetos Krosnos and Green Manalishi face off with nine others in the Konung Gustaf. See below.  Thomas H. Hicks   French Racing Could Be Ready To Resume By May 11 Horse racing in France has been suspended since March 17 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, but it could resume from May 11. Racing would be behind closed doors and under strictly supervised sanitary conditions, just as other European countries are also preparing to gradually resume horse racing. Tens of thousands of French households live from the horse racing industry, from stud farms to training stables, taking care of the horses and seeing to their welfare. While the races were stopped, most of the work had to be done as horses, especially those trained for competition, cannot live in confinement. Training yards and stud farms continued to operate, without being able to get any resources from racing, their natural source of income However, the health and welfare of all those involved in the organization of racing meetings will be the main priority of France Galop and LeTROT. Racing would be conducted behind closed doors, as it was the last days before it had to be halted on March 17. This successful experience on the Oise racecourses in March showed our ability to ensure satisfactory sanitary conditions of all those participating in our race meetings. Very strict limitations will be enforced. For example, the connections of a horse declared to run will be limited to his or her groom, his or her trainer, and his or her jockey/driver. The staff in charge of the meetings' organization will also be very restricted. Access to the racecourses will be highly monitored, and all participants will be provided with the equipment necessary to work in good conditions without taking any risks. Shared spaces will be set up to avoid contact between those participating. In order to further minimize health hazard, horses trained abroad and jockeys holding a license issued in a country other than France (unless they are confined to France) will not be allowed to participate in French races, until the end of May at least. These restrictive measures will not allow the organization of all the race meetings initially scheduled, as certain racecourses do not have the facilities required to fully meet these precautionary requirements. Planning and relocation projects for local (PMH) meetings are being studied so as not to further harm stables more particularly involved in these programs. In terms of the program, in view of a resumption of activity from Monday, May 11, the Racing authorities have paid particular attention to respecting the balances between the different categories of horses, breeds and areas. France Galop and LeTrot will publish their program in the next few days. The allocation policy will depend on the outcome of a work in progress with the Government. Indeed, prize money and premiums are financed by the proceeds of betting, and if the races could resume on May 11, the PMU's network would still only be very partially reactivated, depriving the whole racing industry of most of its resources. The meeting held on Tuesday, April 21 between the Presidents of the racing associations and the involved Ministers proved to be constructive and everything is made to allow the racing industry to overcome the financial damage caused by this sanitary crisis. If France Galop and LeTrot are getting ready to resume racing at the national level from May 11, it all comes down to the evolution of the pandemic and the measures taken by the Government regarding the gradual exit from the lockdown. The French racing authorities stay alert and able to respond to any other constraints imposed by the Government.  

April 15, 2020 - Interesting harness racing action was on stage today at Solvalla. First, was an event for ages four and up for a total purse of 12,244€ (2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that saw victory earned by 2.7/1 Harley DE (6m Main Wise As-Cindy T Boko-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.12.7kr. Carl Johan Jepson teamed the Frode Hamre trainee. Marvellous Tooma (4m Dream Vacation) and Vine Vision (6g Weingartner) trailed the impressive winner. To watch the replay click here Three-year olds contested the Tredringstopp (total purse 14,317€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) and 2.7/1 Manny Muscle (3m Muscle Hill-Naughty Nanny-Self Possessed) scored in 1.15.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson, the winners’ first career starts. Reijo Lolyendahl trains this one for Ravitalli H. Laallonen Oy. Magic Talisman (3g Dream Vacation-Netherlee Way-Muscle Yankee) took second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Frode Hamre, with third to Houdini JC (3g From Above) reined by trainer Claes Sjostrom. Manny Muscle The impressive score of the day, in my opinion, was in the Fyraarimngslopp (four-year olds, total purse 12,244€, 2140 meters voltstart, six starters). Here the 118/1 favorite Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) scored in 1.13.4kr in his first 2020 appearance. Bjorn Goop teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that is owned by Global Glide AB and Smart Repair and was bred in Belgium by Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D was unbeaten in seven 2019 starts that represented his total career before today. He took his record then of 1.12.2kr and now has career earnings in SEK of 1,345,635. The 12/1 Secondary Stall (4g Scarlet Knight) and 52/1 Iceland Radio (4f Iceland-Elma Jet-Supergill) trailed the winner. Watch Ecurie D in the future. This is the maternal family of Trotting Race 626,600€ and Reve Avec Moi 222,231€ among others. Ecurie D Ecurie D. (DK) h, 2016 1.12,2v 1.13,4a kr 1,285,625 7 7-0-0    Infinitif (IT) (113 0,98) 2004 1.12,7v 1.11,0a DKK 4,700,555 29 9-5-4 At 3, Winner of Derby Italiano. At 4, third in Grand Prix de l'U.E.T.. At 5, Winner of Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, second in Prix du Luxembourg, third in Prix Marcel Laurent.  Pine Chip (US) (105 1,00) 1990 1.09,6a kr 14,588,454 34 23-4-1 At 3, Winner of American-National, Breeders' Crown, Colonial Trot, Historic Dickerson Cup, Kentucky Futurity, Matron Stakes Final, Stanley Dancer Trot, Transylvania Trot, World Trotting Derby, second in Hambletonian, Harry M. Zweig Memorial. At 4, Winner of Breeders' Crown, Nat Ray Trot.  Sold at Standardbred Horse Sale (Harrisburg) 1991 for 17,000 USD. Arndon (US)  Arnie Almahurst (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Ambitious Blaze (US)  Roydon Gal (US)  Super Bowl (US)  Blythesome (US)  Pine Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Somolli (US)  Piney Hanover (US)  Harlan Dean (US)  Posey Hanover (US)  Island Dream (FR) 1996 At 3, Winner of Prix Albert Viel, Prix Ozo, Prix Roquépine, third in Criterium des Jeunes. At 4, second in Fyraåringseliten.  Coktail Jet (FR)  Quouky Williams (FR)  Fakir du Vivier (FR)  Dolly Williams (FR)  Armbro Glamour (CA)  Super Bowl (US)  Speedy Sug (US)  Bambina (FR)  Quioco (FR)  Vermont (FR)  Beatrix II (FR)  Quouette (FR)  Beau Ludois L. (FR)  Madrague (FR)  To Soon (DK) 2010 1.15,5v 1.12,4a DKK 147,578 10 2-3-1 Muscles Yankee (US) (111 1,00) 1995 At 2, Winner of Champlain Stakes Open, International Stallion Stake, Walnut Hall Cup. At 3, Winner of Breeders' Crown, Hambletonian, Stanley Dancer Trot, Transylvania Trot, Yonkers Trot, second in Historic Dickerson Cup.  Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1996 for 200,000 USD. Valley Victory (US)  Baltic Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Sugar Frosting (US)  Valley Victoria (US)  Bonefish (US)  Victorious Lou (US)  Maiden Yankee (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Missile Toe (US)  Wistful Yankee (US)  Noble Victory (US)  Brazen Yankee (US)  See You Soon (FR) 2006 Love You (FR)  Coktail Jet (FR)  Quouky Williams (FR)  Armbro Glamour (CA)  Guilty of Love (FR)  And Arifant (FR)  Amour d'Aunou (FR)  Langone (FR)  Defi d'Aunou (FR)  Armbro Goal (US)  Nesmile (FR)  Rangone (FR)  High Echelon (FR)  Dourga II (FR)        Earlier on the card was another three year olds event and 1.3/1 Cup Of Tea (3f Readly Express-Souchong-Going Kronos) scored in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters voltstart to take the winners’ share of the 14,517€ total purse. 24/1 Fiery (3f Tucson) and 25/1 Therion (3m Yarrah Boko) took second and third. At Aby on April 25 is the Paralympiatrvet with entries below. In 2018 Ringostarr Treb was victorious in 1.10kr for Wim Paal and trainer Jerry Riordan. Replay below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUw8G6_rKMg&feature=emb_logo Ringostarr Treb   Thomas H. Hicks    

March 28, 2020 - The weekend Solvalla feature was the V75 Gold Paralympia (purse to winner 300,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 2.2/1 Disco Volante (7g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) was a gate to wire winner for harness racing driver Ulf Ohlsson, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. Disco won for the fifth time in six 2020 starts and raised his life earnings to 4,192,915SEK. The victory was career win 24 in 59 appearances. He overcame that belief of some that he could only win at 1640 meters, a distance that he won four straight races entering this contest. Race time was 1.10.9kr (mile rate 1:54). Reckless (10m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) rallied for second with trainer Bjorn Goop the pilot. Gareth Boko (7m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) was third, reined by Marc Elias for trainer Conrad Lugauer. The next leg of the Paralympic qualifiers is at Jagersro on April 4. Legs of the Paralympic Trot 2020 Saturday March 28 - Solvalla Saturday April 4 - Jägersro Saturday April 11 - Romme Saturday April 18 - Umåker 'Last chance' Final will be held at Åby Saturday April 25. On the same card fast class mares contested the STL Mares Pixies (220,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, eight starters) with victory to late closing and 22/1 I Love Paris (10f Steinlager-Marie Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman) handled by her trainer Bjorn Goop. The victory increased her life earnings to 3,938,294 with this her 14th career win. Unique Juni (7f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill) was second for Jorgen Westholm and Hevin Boko (6f Going Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) took third for Rikard N. Skoglund. The favorite and leading Ultra Bright made a miscue. Earlier on the program were four year old divisions of the Margaretas, each for 300,000SEK to the winners, each raced over 2140 meters autostart. In the filly division 2.2/1 Alaska Kronos (4f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Ganga Bae (4f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall) took second for Jorma Kontio The colt division of four-year olds saw 15.8/1 Untion Face (4m Joke Face-Croix d’Am-Love You) score for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini over the Kilhstrom teamed Digital Summit (4m Super Photo Kosmos) clocked in 1.12.7kr. The two three-year old divisions were won first by the filly Clockwork (3f Zola Boko) at 10.3/1 odds and clocked in 1.14.5kr for reinsman Ulf Eriksson. The male division saw 3.4/1 Forever Melon (3g Infinitif-Easter As-Dancers Victory) score in 1.15.7kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up. The main SWE race programs as also being offered by PMU while the FR tracks are closed due to Covid19. PMU is offering an e-Quinte+ wager each day on one SWE race. Thomas H. Hicks  

Global Trustworthy (6m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand-Garland Lobell) took today’s Solvalla featured Gr. II Konung Carl XVI Gustafs Silverhast (400,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.1kr with Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer and co-owner Timo Nurmos. Off at 4.1/1 the winner recorded his 10th career win in only 22 starts, now for 3,690,080SEK earned by the horse that has never started more than nine times in any year. The 12.9/1 Elian Web (7g Like A Prayer-EL Dolly-Conway Hall) was a close second for Torbjorn Jansson. Third was 43/1 Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos) reined by trainer Robert Bergh for owner Stall TZ. 2.6/1 Milliondollarrhyme was fifth and 7.1/1 Milligans School was seventh in the good field.   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink          

The Saturday Solvalla harness racing program showcased two elims of the Grand Prix de L’UET 2019, each with 200,000SEK to the winners, each raced over 2140 meters autostart.   The first elim went to 14.3/1 Lewis Ale (4m Andover Hall-Ripley-Ride The Night) timed in 1.11.9kr with Mika Forss driving for trainer Thomas Korvenoja and Finland’s Lewis Ale Stable. This one now has eight career wins in 15 starts.   Stolethedshow (4m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall) was next for Christoffer Eriksson and third went to Forfantone AM (4m Muscle Hill-Tamla Celeber-Cantab Hall) for Orjan Kihlstom.   The second elim went to 2.6/1 Graceful Swamp (4m So Perfect-Zora Kemp-Majestic Son) timed in 1.12.6kr. Ari Mollanen teamed the winner that was bred and is owned in Finland and is sired by a son of Coktail Jet. He now has 29 career victories in 35 starts. Norwegian bred Max Brady (4m Cantab Hall- Hope Brady-Ganymede) was next for Geir Vegard Gundersen and third was Donatello Garbo (4m Wishing Stone-Genya Garbo) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom.   Later in the card was the Vermo Areena (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 aged five- seven starters) and 1.7/1 Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) scored in 1.11.6kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Fredrik B. Larsson. Two Ready Cash offspring were second and third, Very Kronos with Erik Adielsson uo, and Esprit Sisu with Bjorn Goop teaming. This pair are trained by Svante Bath.   Early this day were two division of the Svenskn Travsports Unghdsterie. Each carried a 70,000SEK first each prize and each was raced over 2140 meters autostart by three year olds.   The filly division went to 24/1 Valuta E.W. (3f Chocolatier-Afrodite Sund-Supergill) timed in 1.14.6kr and reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Bath. She has three 2019 wins in seven outings. The colt division went to 1.13.4kr timed and 2.4/1 odds Hail Mary (3m Googoo Gaagaa-Dreams US-Victory Dream) trained and reined by Robert Bergh. He has three 2019 in four starts, this being the career.   Thomas H. Hicks

The 4.6/1 Power (3m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) was an impressive 1.13kr timed harness racing winner of today’s Trav-Kriterium at Solvalla (2,000,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) with a nearly start to finish journey guided by trainer/driver Robert Bergh.   In The Zone AB owns the winner that recorded his eighth career victory in 13 starts, now for 3,347,500SEK earned. Power this day had to fight off challenges from Ubiquarian Face and Usain Toll but he was more than up to these rivals efforts.   The now imported sire Googoo Gaagaa had three performers in this race. Brother Bill (3g From Above- Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) was a fast closing second with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos.Exodus Brick (3m Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) was third with trainer Jorgen Westholm at the lines.    This winner showed us a great gait and superb manners. His sire was one of the best gaited and fast colts I have ever seen in the USA. Googoo has one colt in the Lexington Selected Sale on Friday (hip 512) and he has six two year olds racing tonight at Rosecroft Raceway, one being the undefeated colt Yall Beneath Me with a record of 1:54.4f in a Maryland Sires event. Favorite Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle) warmed up nicely but is the pre-race scoring was an uncontrolled galloper and that remained as the field went to the gate. Unfortunately he was a dq.   Thomas H. Hicks

Six Trav Oaks events took place this evening at Solvalla, each raced over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK to each winner.  The fastest leg went to Alaska Kronos (3f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) timed in 1.13.3kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. It was her third career win in seven starts now for 357,500SEK earned. The 6.9/1 winner bested 60/1 Mellby Marissa (3f Maharajah) and 3.1/1 Milady Grace (3f Ready Cash). Recaps of the other five Oaks races are shown below: Race 3 1st Diana Zet (3f Hard Livin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy). 1.13.4kr Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Daniel Reden 2nd – Gina Mearas (3f Cantab Hall) 3rd - 3rd – Osoma (3f Trixton) Fourth win in seven starts. Race 5 1st - Ganga Bae (3f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall), 1.13.6kr Driver: Jorma Kontio Trainer: Stefan Melander at 54/1 2nd – Heavenly May (3f Yarrah Boko) 3rd – Ies Elisabet (3f Super Photo Kosmos) Third win in five career starts for the winner. Race 7 1st - Dontlooseallmoney (3f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier), 1.14.5kr Trainer/Driver: Jim Oscarsson  2nd – Kentin Day (3f Ken Warkentin) 3rd – Strangerinthenight (3f Ready Cash) Race 10 1st - No Limit Queen (3f Trixton-Marta Tilly-Kadabra), 1.14.6kr Trainer/Driver: Bjorn Goop 2nd – Golden Girl DT (3f Pojke Kronos) 3rd – Zolly (3f Zola Boko) Third win in six career outings for the winner. Race 12 1st - Award Kronos (3f Father Patrick-Nordic GoldNovember-Viking Kronos), 1.14.7kr Driver: Orjan Kihlstrom Trainer: Daniel Reden 2nd – Mad Princess (3f Nu Pagadi); 3rd – Greta Sisu (3f Explosive Matter) Winner’s fourth victory in six career starts. The September 29 Kriterium and Oaks finalists are shown below. Startlista Svenskt Travkriterium 2640 meter autostart Häst – Tränare 1) Upset Face – Adrian Kolgjini 2) Marvellous Tooma – Frode Hamre 3) Power – Robert Bergh 4) Ubiquarian Face – Adrian Kolgjini 5) Aetos Kronos – Jerry Riordan 6) Usain Töll – Admir Zukanovic 7) Brother Bill – Timo Nurmos 8) Exodus Brick – Jörgen Westholm 9) Bythebook – Svante Båth 10) Djokovic - Mattias Djuse 11) Criterion – Fredrik Wallin 12) Staro Nashville – Joakim Lövgren Startlista Svenskt TravOaks 2140 meter bilstart Häst – Tränare 1) Ganga Bae - Stefan Melander 2) Diana Zet – Daniel Redén 3) Award Kronos – Daniel Redén 4) No Limit Queen – Björn Goop 5) Alaska Kronos – Daniel Redén 6) Heavenly May – Thomas Lönn 7) Kentin Day – Claes Sjöström 8) Golden Girl D.T. – Mats Rånlund 9) Dontloosallmoney – Jim Oscarsson 10) Mad Princess – Peter Untersteiner 11) Mellby Harissa – Robert Bergh 12) Gina Merans – Johan Untersteiner by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

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