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July 2, 2015 - At Halmstad Sweden a large crowd estimated at 10,000 watched and wagered on a great harness racing card headed by the Gr. I International Sprinter Masters contested in three eliminations and a 10-horse final. Each event was 1609 meters autostart with elim winners earning 100,000SEK and the final winner earning 940,960SEK. Stefan Melander’s Nuncio swept to victory by winning the first elimination in a mile rate of 1:54.08 by three lengths in gate to wire fashion over Whitehouse Express. After the next two elims went to Hillustrious in a close heated battle with Valstead in 1:52.31 and Jontte Boy in 1:55.52 in elim three, the ten finalists faced the starter in the final with Hillustrious from post one for Johnny Takter, Nuncio from post two and Valstead from post five for Orjan Kihlstrom. As in the second elim Hillustrious and Valstead faced off as a pair with Valstead on the outer followed by stablemate Nuncio. Off the top turn Melander moved Nuncio three-wide to attack and he out-sprinted the leading pair for a neck win in 1:52.63 with Valstead and Hillustrious next. It was quite a race and a special night of racing overall. Below recaps the eliminations won by Nuncio, Hillustrious and Jontte Boy with the top three finishers: Elim 1 (1.10.9kr, or 1:54.08) Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), trainer/driver Stefan Melander for Stall TZ, now 19-11-2 in 32 starts for 15,517,726SEK earned as he led comfortably throughout for a three length score Whitehouse Express (4m Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell), Erik Adielsson up for Daniel Reden trainer for Stall Zet was second King City (4m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall), Orjan Kihlstrom for Roger Walmann trainer for AB Svensk Reklamfinons. Nuncio winning his heat Elim 2 (1.09.8kr, or 1:52.31) Hillustrious (4m Muscle Hill-Mom’s Millionaire-Pine Chip), Johnny Takter up for owner SMUAB Smolandsugar AB, a head winner after a lengthy alongside battle with parked Valstead (this one a half-brother to Snow White, multiple dominant two year-old winner in US – Acorn, Breeders Crown, Goldsmith Maid, Oakville, NJSS and International Stallion Stake) Valstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ owner, with a game death-seat situation Elton Attack (4m Gigant Neo-P Bird Mon Amie-Prince Mystic), Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owners Malmqvist and Baltic Stable Elim 3 (1.11.8kr, 1:55.52) Jontte Boy (4m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall), driver/trainer Toumas Korvenoja up Be Spontaneous (4m Andover Hall-Inspired Society-Self Possessed), Erik Adielsson up for Daniel Reden Explosive Dust (4m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann Nuncio rallied late to capture the final from post two at 1.34/1 odds. He followed stablemate Valstead on the outer as Valstead boldly battled pacesetter Hillustrious throughout. The top three finishers were within a long neck of each other on the line. Nuncio recorded his 20th career victory in 33 starts now with earnings of 16,458,686SEK earned. Final (1.10.1kr, or 1:52.63 mile rate) Nuncio, Stefan Melander up Valstead, Orjan Kihlstrom Hillustrious, Johnny Takter King City, Kenneth Haugstad Whitehiouse Express, Erik Adielsson Sylvester America, Bjorn Goop Nuncio winning the Final Nuncio again proved his versatility and toughness at the sprinter distance and in multiple-heats, Thomas H. Hicks  

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter knows the thrill of winning the Elitlopp. To this day the trainer still gets goosebumps when retelling the story of Moni Maker’s victory in the 1998 edition of Sweden’s elite invitational for older trotters. He hopes to experience the excitement again with Maven on Sunday. Maven is one of the 16 trotters invited to the Elitlopp, which is held at Solvalla Raceway near Stockholm. The field was divided into two eight-horse eliminations, with Maven drawing post four in the second division. The 6-year-old mare will be driven by Takter’s brother, Johnny, and is the morning line second choice in her race. B B S Sugarlight is the morning line favorite in Maven’s elimination and will start from post one. Mosaique Face is the choice in the first elim, which also includes another U.S. representative, Daryl Bier’s Wind Of The North, as well as former North American star Nuncio, who is owned and trained by Sweden’s Stefan Melander. The top four finishers from each elimination return later in the day for the final. “If you don’t get emotional, you’re not human,” Takter said when recounting Moni Maker’s triumph. “This is what we work for. It’s always exciting when you get in there. You put your game face on and feel the excitement all around you.” It is one of the reasons Takter is looking forward to this year’s race. Takter is starting a horse in the Elitlopp for only the second time since Moni Maker’s victory; he also started Uncle Peter last year. But it is not the only reason Takter is making the trip to Solvalla. He will spend four days in Sweden despite a busy schedule at home and hopes in the future races like the Elitlopp will be made the focal point of the racing calendar, thereby eliminating conflicts for trainers and drivers who want to participate in the event or simply travel to watch. “There are three events in this sport -- the Hambletonian, Elitlopp, and Prix d’Amerique -- and I feel we are obligated to be there,” Takter said. “There aren’t that many fans left in this sport and the Elitlopp is by far the biggest one when it comes to fans and what they’re doing. People that haven’t been there can’t even imagine. “The world is so small now. We have to start thinking about going together instead of going against each other. I spoke to (Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman) Jeff Gural and asked that next year there are no big conflicts, like the (New Jersey) sire stakes finals, the same weekend as the Elitlopp. “If we don’t take care of those three events, they’re going to die out too. You see a lot of Europeans coming over here for the Hambletonian as a spectator, even trainers and people like that. The Elitlopp has unbelievable fan support. I have to be there.” Moni Maker was the last U.S.-owned horse to win the Elitlopp. She also was the last female trotter to win the race. Maven -- who is owned by John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Joyce McClelland -- will try to end both droughts. She heads to the Elitlopp off a second-place finish in the Copenhagen Cup, which was contested at 1-1/4 miles. Last year, Maven finished third in her Elitlopp elimination and sixth in the final while in the stable of Jonas Czernyson. This year, she prepped for the Elitlopp by racing exclusively in Europe, where despite poor race luck and draws she has a win and three second-place finishes from nine starts. Maven, who was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter, has won 29 of 52 North American races in her career, good for $1.74 million in purses. “I think she’s ready,” Takter said. “I really think so. I think we have a heck of a shot. She’s probably much better prepared now than she was last year. She got adapted to the European system a little bit. Now she even handles a mile and a quarter better. I don’t think I could have her better than I have her right now. “She can win it if the race goes her way. But it’s a wide open race. I would say out of 16 horses, 10 or 12 of them could be the winner.” If Maven is unable to win, Takter would enjoy seeing Nuncio take the honor. Takter trained Nuncio last season and saw the horse win the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and finish second in the Hambletonian. Nuncio is 2-for-2 this year, but will have to overcome post seven in his elimination. “I’m sure Stefan wishes he had another start in him, but you can never rule that horse out,” Takter said. “The race is going to be high pace and if he’s sitting third over I could see him coming very good in the last quarter (of a mile). He never gives up. I really hope that he’s going to race good. He deserves that, to show he’s a top horse, which he is. “He’s a winner. If I don’t win the race, I would be very happy for him to win. They’re great people that own the horse and I’d have a little part of that Elitlopp too because I developed him as a 3-year-old.” World champion Wind Of The North drew post eight in his elimination. Dave Palone -- the winningest driver in harness racing history -- will drive the 5-year-old gelding for Bier, who owns the horse with Joann Dombeck. Wind Of The North is coming off a second-place finish to Bee A Magician in the Cutler Memorial on May 16 at the Meadowlands. He has won three of 10 races this year and 16 of 61 in his career, earning $322,848. Five horses have odds in single digits to be the overall Elitlopp champion: B B S Sugarlight, Mosaique Face, Nuncio, Timoko, and Maven. Timoko, who drew post seven in the second elimination, is the defending champion. Here are the fields: 1st elimination: 1. Univers de Pan 2. Support Justice 3. Vincennes  4. Mosaique Face 5. Ustinof du Vivier 6. Royal Fighter 7. Nuncio 8. Wind Of The North 2nd elimination: 1. B B S Sugarlight 2. Nahar 3. Brett Boko  4. Maven 5. Magic Tonight 6. On Track Piraten 7. Timoko 8. Voltigeur de Myrt by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

May 22, 2015 - Friday harness racing action in Sweden of interest (US pedigrees) was the victory at Romme by Romeus (3m Muscles Yankee-Giulie Bi-Supergill with Daniel Reden up. The 1.13.9kr winner earned 50,000SEK for the score over 2140 meters autostart. This one is owned by Stall Zet, bred by Willow Pond Asset Corp. and now has a 4-1-0 slate in five career starts all this year. At Solvalla in a 1640 meter autostart contest Avatar Accelerator (4m Muscle Hill-Southwind Agnes-Malabar Man) scored for Stefan Melander and Stall TZ in 1.13.4kr. The winner has two 2015 wins in five starts. At Kincsem Park was conducted their second Friday night festival and a good crowd was on-hand despite heavy rains. Racing consisted of trots, gallop and greyhounds at this modern European equestrian facility that includes an 1800 meter trotting track circled by a gallop dirt course (used for greyhounds too on extreme nights) and a gallop turf course. Trots rules were changed (extreme racing) in terms of direction (clockwise), start (“repulostart” = catch the start) and the super sprint (200 meters, five heats of two horses each with win awarded to fastest heat winner). Also one race was heat one of a two heat event with heat two the next day. Winners were as follows: Jotallo Handicap (heat one, 1800 meters, repulostart) – Jonathan (12g Valley Guardian-Szerena) for Viktoria Nemeth Tripszin DIF (1800 meters repulostart) – Henrik Ibsen AT (3m Worship-Her Own Child) for Sandor Varadi Super Sprint (200 meters repulostart) – Kisasszony (11f Yankee Yankee-Calorina) for Lazslo Kolozsi Thomas H. Hicks

May 22, 2015 - Stefan Melander’s Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) accepted the nod to start in the 2015 harness racing Elitloppet. Melander won this event in 2010 with Iceland, clocked in 1.10.5kr. Nuncio has won both his 2015 starts in Sweden after an excellent two and three year-old campaign in the US for trainers Jim Oscarsson and at three for Jimmy Takter. John Campbell did the driving in the US against stellar competition, including Trixton and Father Patrick from Takter’s powerful stable. Russell C. Williams bred Nuncio, the winner of the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity. This career winner of 14.6SEK million has a time mark of 1.08.7kr. In the US Nuncio was a model of consistency producing a slate of 16-10-1 in 27 starts for US$1,919,145 and a three year-old record of 1:50.4 at Lexington’s Red Mile. The Elitloppet 2015 lineup is now shown below with five slots remaining to be filled. Timoko - FR Maven - USA On Track Piraten - SWE Digital Ink - SWE Wind Of the North - USA B.B.S. Sugarlight - NO Support Justice - N Nahar - SWE Voltigeur de Myrt - FR Magic Tonight - SWE Univers de Pan - FR Nuncio - SWE 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

March 27, 2015 - Stefan Melander’s Digital Ink, to be teamed by Orjan Kihlstrom, is the harness racing favorite in Saturday’s Gr. II Gold UET Masters Series at Solvalla. Named the Triton Sund Trot, the first place share is 250,000SEK in this 2140 meters autostart contest. The top field of 12 includes Candor Hall, Kash’s Cantab, Obi Wan and Haraldinho. The Pixies event for mares (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) includes 12 starters. Maven and teamster Johnny Takter lead this group ahead to contestants Jumble As, My Golden, and M.T. Harmony. Thomas H. Hicks

March 14, 2015 - Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Digital Ink (6g Super Photo Kosmos - Laverda des Pres - Filou du Boscail) to victory today on the Eskilstuna card in Sweden in the 2640 meter autostart Gold Division to secure the 150,000SEK first prize. The pair were clocked in 1.12.6kr in a close verdict over Candor Hall (7g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop up. Porthos Amok was third for Torbjorn Jansson. The winner, owned by Stall TZ (Stefan Melander), now has 23 wins in 47 career outings and is undefeated in four 2015 starts. His earnings increased to 5,032,800SEK. Digital Ink could be a factor in the 2015 Elitloppet. The excellent Eskilstuna card also showcased a win by US bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover - Letsjusttalkaboutme - Self Possessed) timed in 1.13.5kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner Stall TZ. The 2640 meter autostart Bronze Division carried 110,000SEK to the winner. Canada’s Melvin Hartman bred the winning mare, that now has nine wins in 33 career starts, and three straight victories this year. Super Otto was second for Kenneth Haugstad. The Klass I event, for 100,000SEK to the winner, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the Johnny Takter teamed Folli (6g Self Possessed - M.T. Angel - Juliano Star) clocked in 1.12.2kr. Fredrik Persson trains the winner, now with seven wins in 12 lifetime starts and his second straight in 2015. Johan Roc was second for Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

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

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

Today's Quinte+, with a special jackpot of E10 million, went to 1.4/1 favored Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette) with Christian J. Bigeon aboard in 1.13.1kr over 13 rivals in this 2700 meter test named the Prix RMC. The exact order payoff excluding jackpot was €2,570 for a €2 wager. Q+ Prix RMC, European, E58,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 starters, 1.13.1kr Teatro (7m Ganymede-Josette), Ch.J. Bigeon up at 1.4/1 odds for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon, 10th win in 40 starts for E294,800 earned Noir d'Ete (7m Ganymede-Essenza d'Ete), Eric Raffin aboard, 5.1/1 Tina Jolie (7f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes), Antonio Wiels up, 7.8/1 Bugsy Malone also won on the Vincennes card, taking the E62,000 Prix de Montelimar for three year-olds over 2700 meters with nine starters. The consistent colt recorded his sixth win in nine starts for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. The victory, by open lengths, raised his career earnings to over E101,000. Prix de Montelimar, purse E62,000, 2700 meters, 9 starters Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1500; 1.16.2kr at 1000; 1.15.5kr at 500, 1.15.2kr finish Bugsy Malone (3m Ready Cash-Night Captain), Yohan Lebourgeois for trainer/owner Philippe Allaire, 3/5 favorite, sixth win in nine starts for E101,460 earned Berry Felin (3m Nahar de Beval-Krisma des Bois), Franck Ouvrie, 10.8/1 Bajazet (3m Qwerty-Perkine), Jacques Bruneau owner/trainer/driver, 6.2/1 odds V75 action took place today at Farjestad SWE. The Gold Division with 150,000SEK to the winner, over 2140 meters autostart, went to On Track Piraten in 1.13.3kr in an easy score for Johnny Takter. Porthos Amok was second for Bjorn Goop (trained by Stefan Melander) ahead of another Melander trainee, Tidied Accelerator handled by Ulf Ohlsson. The winning six year-old gelded son of Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line took his 13th victory in 58 tries, increasing career earnings to over 5.8SEK million. The Silver Division, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the US bred Magiccarpetride and Jorma Kontio timed in 1.10.9kr. Another US-bred, Mr. Chicago, was second for Carl-Erik Lindblom. The winner earned 125,000SEK and the eight year-old son of Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory now has 13 wins and earnings in excess of 1.6SEK million. The Bronze Division, for 110,000SEK to the winner, contested over 2140 meters autostart, resulted in a 1.11.8kr win for Jeppas Maxi and Torbjorn Jansson. He narrowly defeated Riff Kronos and Viejo Heiskanen with Pedro Bi a distant third. Jeppas Maxi is a five year-old gelded son of Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image that now has nine wins in 11 starts lifetime. This one looks to have a fine future. Thomas H. Hicks

Ouch, in rein to Christophe Martens, took today’s Quinte+ feature at Le Cepiere, France, covering the 2950 meter course in 1.16.1kr to record a rallying score over 14 European rivals in the Gran Prix Dynavena Maisagri Duran for a €40,000 purse. The Danish invader, trained by Vincent Martens, is an eight-year-old gelded son of Ganymede and was off as the 2.1/1 favorite. Thoury le King was second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of Brasil Boko driven by Dominik Locqueneux for trainer Robert Bergh. The Q+ exact order payoff was €680 for a €2 wager and the jackpot this day was €4.6 million and was not hit, thus carrying over to €4.65 million the next day. Race summary is shown below as well. September 9, 2014 Le Cepiere, Grand Prix Dynavena Maisagri, purse €40,000, European, 2950 meters, Q+, 1.16.1kr 1st Ouch (8g Ganymede-Juvel Gill), Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens, 2.1/1 odds, Denmark 2nd Thoury le King (7g Melchoir Jet-Kasines de Thoury), Alexandre Abrivard, 6.8/1 3rd Brasil Boko (6m Love You-Harpune), Dominik Locqueneux up for trainer Robert Bergh, 6.4/1 At Vincennes a familiar name, Ulf Nordin, scored with his two year-old pupil Captain Sparrow at nearly 21/1 odds. The son of Ready Cash-Holly du Locton scored easily in the €32,000 purse Prix 70 Ans du Parisien. Race summary follows: September 9, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix 70 Ans du Parisien, purse €32,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters, 1.18.1kr 1st Captain Sparrow (2m Ready Cash-Holly du Locton), Ulf Nordin trainer/driver, 20.8/1 2nd Cachou de Malac (2m Nahar de Breval-Papeete), A. Gougeon up, 14.5/1 3rd Carlos des Caux (2m Mien-Star Dodienville), Jacques Bruneau up, 6.6/1 The prior day (September 8) at Mantorp (SWE) the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned Sylvester America (3m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) scored in 1.14.5kr over 2140 meters autostart to capture the 35,000SEK first prize in a three year-old event. Johan Untersteiner drove the winner (now a four time winner in 10 starts) as he defeated two Stefan Melander trainees. Iponema (3f Muscles Yankee-Beachcomber-Conway Hall) was second for Bjorn Goop while the Melander driven Party Boat Hanover (3m Cantab Hall-Princess Cruise-Donerail) took third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Roberto Vecchione piloted the Holger Ehlert trained Osasco di Ruggi to a heat and then race-off victory in the European Championship at Cesena Italy. The six-year-old son of Varenne-Papaia Ral-Super Crown took the €17,600 second heat in 1.12.8kr over the 1660 meters autostart distance and then secured the €151,800 race-off final in 1.13.6kr over first heat winner Increased Workload and Pietro Gubellini (for Stefan Melander). Increased Workload, a five-year old son of Scarlet Knight-My Darling-Mr. Vic, took the €17,600 first heat easily in 1.13.4kr over Napoleon Bar and Orsia. Increased Workload finished second in heat#2. Heavily backed Mack Grace SM finished ninth and eighth in the heats with second choice Napoleon Bar finishing second and sixth. Both were disappointing. For the winning son of Varenne, bred by Gabriella Bonomi, tonight’s victory was Osasco di Ruggi’s fifth major win and talented driver Roberto Vecchione recorded his second success in the Championship, after first winning with Algiers Hall. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

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

The Jerry Riordan trained Sheava Vik won today's Gr. I International Lindhals Fillies Final at Romme Sweden. Reined by Johan Untersteiner, the Italy-bred three-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Nashville OM-Uronometro scored in 1.12.2kr over 1640 meters autostart for co-owners Allevamento Folli SRL and Loris Vicario. The winner earned 800,000SEK first money and raised her career earnings to 1,072,062SEK with her fourth victory in 15 outings. Next behind the winner were Gabriella Sisu (3f Muscle Mass-Armbro Begood-Conway Hall) with Erik Adielsson up and Souchong (3f Going Kronos-Dimbula-Victory Dream) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Wallmann. The co-featured Lindhals Final for colts, a Gr. I International event with 800,000SEK to the winner, went to Al Dente in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This winner scored easily to record his 13th victory in 18 appearances for earnings of 2,895,000SEK. The three year-old son of Scarlet Knight-Mollies Photo-SJ's Photo is an impressive 2014 performer with 12 wins and a second in 13 starts. Origo Tilly (3g Super Arnie-Regina Tilly-Speedy Crown) was second for Torbjorn Jansson ahead of Thewayiam As (3m Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) with Johnny Takter aboard. The top aged event on the Romme card was the Super Light Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter autostart test. Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estelle Jet-Supergill) took the win in 1.10.9kr for Erik Adielsson over Bon Freccia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Bjorn Goop up, in a photo. Third went to System Performance (5f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) and Stefan Melander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Norway's Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) took today's Gr. I UET Masters Series Jubileumspokalen over 2140 meters autostart at Solvalla. The winner earned 1 million SEK (US$145,140) for the victory, his 17th in 24 career starts, now with earnings of 4,732,895SEK. Geir Vegard Gundersen trains the winner and he was the driver. The important victory was number five this year in eight outings. Winning time was 1.11.7kr (Varenne race record of 1.11.2kr in 2002). BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and Claes Boko ended third for Erik Adielsson teaming for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Stefan Melander's Standout (5m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) was a fast closing fourth after encountering traffic trouble throughout from second tier post 11. John Campbell reined Standout. Magic Tonight was first to the lead with Beer Summit In The Pocket. BBS Sugarlight was first up early and then Time Machine went three wide to move alongside leader Magic Tonight. BBS Sugarlight was shuffled a bit and then made a three-wide charge late but could not hold off the eventual winner in what was a great contest with flying finish. Magic Tonight ended eighth, Beer Summit was tenth with Denmark's Stelton disqualified for a miscue. Support Justice may be one to watch in other upcoming classics. Replay of today's Support Justice victory may be seen here. Also video of Mack Lobell and John Campbell today at Solvalla follows. The Jubileumsspokalen began in 1977 and to date has produced three-time winners Zoogin and Gidde Palema. Pershing, Callit and Victory Tilly won this event twice. Stig H. Johansson has won this race as driver nine times followed by Ake Svanstedt with seven victories. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image) was an easy winner of today's TeleBolaget Grand Prix for 150,000SEK first prize at Orebro. Eleven contested this 2100 meter autostart event with the Stig H. Johansson trained recent US import scoring in 1.13.5kr for teamster Erik Adielsson. Corky is now owned by Stall Corkad and he posted his third 2014 victory in six starts and 10th in 30 career appearances, now with earnings of 6,757,773SEK. Jonesy was second for Tuomas Korvenoja with Finally Famous home third for Torbjorn Jansson. Peter Haughton winner Aperfectyankee was eighth for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson. The undercard saw O'Grady take a fast-class event for 50,000SEK first money in 1.13.5kr for Flemming Jensen. Denmark's veteran eight year-old son of SJ's Photo-Dawn Garbo-Smasher recorded his 34th career win in 65 starts for 3,139,064SEK as he defeated Zlatan Blou with Jorma Kontio up and Classic Son handled by Peter Untersteiner. The Orebro card also saw First Visit (3f Muscle Hill-Falls For You-Yankee Glide) win for owner/trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.17.9kr over 2140 meters volt start, her first win in her first start. Two Italian imports also recorded impressive wins. Polar LB (5m Classic Photo-Electa LB-Supergill) scored over 1640 meters autostart for Bjorn Goop in 1.12.6kr, his ninth win in 36 tries. The Breeders Course for two year -olds, worth 70,000SEK to the winner, went to Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra) with Rene Legati up for trainer Holger Ehglert in 1.14.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. This was her second win in only two starts. Tunika was second for Erik Adielsson with Pasithea Face home third for Adrian Kolgjini. The Breeders Course final for two year-olds is September 9th at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

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