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Holger Ehlert trained Nesta Effe returns to Vermo. Fineland on Saturday May 10 to defend last year's Finlandia AJO title. The Gr. I International UET Masters Series event will be contested over 1609 meters autostart for purse of 190,000 euros. Three career winners of over 1 million euros are in the lineup (Nesta Effe, Sanity and Univers de Pan).Ten quality performers will be at the start: Juliano Rags, Noralf Braekken, Norway Oasis Bi, Claes Svensson, Italy Nesta Effe, Roberto Vecchione, Italy Sanity, Johnny Takter, Sweden Quite An Avenger, Marrku Nieminen, Finland Univers de Pan, Philippe Daugeard, France Blue Porsche, Likka Nurmonen, USA Prussia, Pietro Gubellini, Italy Paladin Bleu, Joseph Verbeeck, France Air Gunner, Kari Rosimo, Finland Nesta Effe Replay of the 2013 event and post-race festivities are shown by link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuZih-ToflI#t=362 The 2014 field at Helsinki shapes up as wide-open affair. Oasis Bi has 12 career wins in 35 starts for 3,263,264SEK. The six year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed has posted two wins in four starts this year against solid foes. Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) has also started 2014 effectively with a 3-2-0 slate in five starts including success in France. He now has 30 wins from 69 appearances for earnings of 9,723,176SEK. Local player Air Gunner (6g Ray Gun-Dame Gallant-Meadow Gallant) has also begun the season well with three wins, the last two in 1.11.7kr for driver Kari Rosimo. Winners of the Finlandia include legends of the trotting wars internationally (e.g., Commander Crowe, SJ's Photo, Copiad, Davidia Hanover, Napoletano, Grade's Singing and Ideal du Gazeau). The race record 1.10.6kr was set in 2010 by Quarcio du Chene reined by Bjorn Goop. Winners of Finlandia-Ajo Year Horse Driver Trainer Winning horse's native country Winning time 2013 Nesta Effe Roberto Vecchione Holger Ehlert  Italy 1:10.9 2012 Sebastian K Björn Goop Björn Goop  Sweden 1:11.1 2011 Commander Crowe Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  Sweden 1:13.7 2010 Quarcio du Chene Björn Goop Björn Goop  France 1:10.6 2009 Igor Font Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.8 2008 Oiseau de Feux Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy  France 1:11.3 2007 Opal Viking Jorma Kontio Nils Enqvist  Sweden 1:10.8 2006 Hot Shot Knick Thomas Uhrberg Kari Lähdekorpi  Sweden 1:11.5 2005 Kart de Baudrairie Jean-Michel Bazire Franck Leblanc  France 1:12.2 2004 Rotation Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson  United States 1:12.5 2003 Kiwi Joseph Verbeeck Fabrice Souloy  France 1:12.0 2002 H.P. Paque Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer  United States 1:11.7 2001 B.W.T. Magic Ahti Antti-Roiko Matti Salmi  Finland 1:11.2 2000 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etienne Dubois Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.2 1999 Giesolo de Lou Pierre Vercruysse Jean-Etienne Dubois  France 1:11.6 1998 Dryade des Bois Joseph Verbeeck Jean-Baptiste Bossuet  France 1:12.5 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.1 1996 Isla J. Brave Aki Antti-Roiko Petri Klemola  Finland 1:12.5 1995 SJ's Photo David Wade David Wade  United States 1:13.3 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.5 1993 Born Quick Tommy Hanné Tommy Hanné  Finland 1:12.1 1992 Otto-Mani Antti Teivainen Esa Aronen  Finland 1:13.7 1991 Atas Fighter L. Torbjörn Jansson Torbjörn Jansson  Sweden 1:13.5 1990 Florida Jewel William Fahy John Holloway  United States 1:13.3 1989 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:12.9 1988 Napoletano Stig H. Johansson Stig Engberg  United States 1:14.1 1987 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop  United States 1:14.1 1986 Davidia Hanover Jorma Kontio Per Eriksson  United States 1:14.7 1985 Keystone Patton Jorma Kontio Antti Savolainen  United States 1:14.1 1984 Shane T. Hanover Per Henriksen Per Henriksen  United States 1:14.9 1983 Speedy Magnus Olle Goop Olle Goop  Sweden 1:13.2 1982 Dartster F. Olle Hedin Olle Hedin  Sweden 1:13.9 1981 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre Eugene Lefevre  France 1:14.3 1980 Ejakval Jean-Claude David Jean-Claude David  France 1:15.6 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

European trotting fans will be treated this weekend (Sunday May 11) to Charlottenlund’s Broline Copenhagen Cup in Demark. This Gr. I International UET Masters Series test is a meaningful Elitloppet prep and contains contestants from Denmark, Sweden and the USA. Uncle Peter makes his initial European venture after arriving from USA today. Previous USA import Solvato has raced well lately as has Magic Tonight that will have Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walmann. Start: Broline Copenhagen Cup (UET Trotting Masters Gr 1) 1.350.000 kroner ($227,000 US), 2011 meters auotstart 1) Uncle Peter (us) – David Miller – Jimmy Takter 2) Kash's Cantab (us) - Erik Adielsson – Stig H. Johansson 3) Mr Picolit (s) - Jorma Kontio – Raoul Engblom 4) Orali (dk) - Jeppe Juel – Jeppe Juel 5) Solvato (us) - Veijo Heiskanen – Veijo Heiskanen 6) Beckman (s) - Franck Nivard - Fabrice Souloy 7) Mosaique Face (s) - Lutfi Kolgjini – Lutfi Kolgjini 8) Harry Haythrow (s) - Peter Untersteiner – Johnny Johansson 9) Magic Tonight (us) - Örjan Kihlström – Roger Walmann 10) Caballion (s) - Björn Goop – Franck Leblanc Program pages for the Saturday Copenhagen Cup card can be viewed using links below: http://www.travbanen.dk/attachments/article/388/16-11MAJ14DEL1.pdf http://www.travbanen.dk/attachments/article/388/16-11MAJ14DEL2.pdf The Copenhagen Cup has a rich history, equine and human. The first three editions were won by the sport's legendary Charlie Mills driving Guy Bacon and Walter Dear (two wins). This pair were imported from the United States. Mills won again 29 years later with the equally legendary french mare Gelinotte. Winners of the Copenhagen Cup include many of the best in the history of the sport, including the late Moni Maker in 1998. Since Copenhagen Cup was introduced in 1975 there have been several  Danish victories including Hairos, Meadow Roland (three time winner), Legendary Lover K in 2002 and Wishing Stone in 2012. Dewayne Minor campaigned the last two in their successful US careers . The race record is held by the Italy’s Libeccio Griff , who scored in 1.10.7kr in 2011 for Bjorn Goop. Previous Winners Year Horse1 Driver Winning time 2013 Mr. Picolit Åke Svanstedt 1:11,7a 2012 Wishing Stone Jeppe Juel 1:11,3a 2011 Libeccio Grif Björn Goop 1:10,7a 2010 Nu Pagadi Erik Adielsson 1:11,7a 2009 Triton Sund Örjan Kihlström 1:12,8a 2008 Ghibellino Roberto Andreghetti 1:12,4a 2007 Kool du Caux Jean-Michel Bazire 1:12,0a 2006 Mara Bourbon Jean-Pierre Dubois 1:12,2a 2005 Steinlager Per-Oleg Midtfjeld 1:13,5a 2004 Revenue Lutfi Kolgjini 1:12,6a 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt 1:13,5a 2002 Legendary Lover K Steen Juul 1:12,7a 2001 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson 1:13,4a 2000 Indian Silver Stig H. Johansson 1:12,8a 1999 Giesolo de Lou Jean-Etinne Dubois 1:13,5a 1998 Moni Maker Wally Hennessy 1:12,6a 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt 1:14,1a 1996 Triple T Storm Joseph Verbeeck 1:14,1a 1995 S J's Photo David Wade 1:12,8a 1994 Bolets Igor David Wade 1:13,2a 1993 Campo Ass Wilhelm Paal 1:14,6a 1992 Bravo Sund Jorma Kontio 1:14,9a 1991 Glass Hanover Henning Beckemeyer 1:14,5a 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:13,5a 1989 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:14,6a 1988 Meadow Roland Preben Kjærsgaard 1:14,4a 1987 Hairos John K. Hansen 1:14,0a 1986 Junior Lobell John K. Hansen 1:13,6a 1985 Minou du Donjon Olle Goop 1:14,0a 1984 Lutin d'Isigny Jean-Paul Andree 1:13,8a 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter 1:13,9a 1982 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre 1:14,0a 1981 Jorky Leopold Verroken 1:16,3a 1980 Ideal du Gazeau Eugene Lefevre 1:14,6a 1979 Charme Asserdal Heikki Korpi 1:15,5a 1978 Pershing Berndt Lindstedt 1:14,2a 1977 Keystone Pioneer William Haughton 1:15,0a 1976 Wiretapper Sören Nordin 1:17,2a 1975 Ritha Lyngholm Olle Lindquist 1:18,0a 1966 Roquepine Jean-René Gougeon 1:16,9a 1964 Elaine Rodney Jean-René Gougeon 1:15,4a 1962 Eidelstedter Johannes Frömming 1:21,0 1961 Rulle Rappson Sören Nordin 1:21,4 1960 Hairos II Willem Geersen 1:17,0a 1959 Jens Protector Trygve Diskerud 1:16,3a 1958 Adept Kurt Mattson 1:21,5 1957 Gelinotte Charlie Mills 1:18,7 1952 Frances Bulwark Sören Nordin 1:22,3 1951 Rollo Ragnar Thorngren 1:17,8 1949 Presidenten Casino The Great Folke Bengtsson Fredi Sølberg 1:23,1 1:22,7 1948 Harvest Druien Niels Jan Koster 1:23,8 1946 Future Aage Kristoffersen 1:19,9 1939 Sonny Diamond Niels Jan Koster 1:21,1 1938 Sir Walter Scott Calle Schoug 1:22,1 1932 Walter Dear Charlie Mills 1:19,6 1931 Walter Dear Charlie Mills 1:18,4 1928 Guy Bacon Charlie Mills 1:19,4 1 Country of owner (Wikipedia chart above) One of the most eventful, in this reporters opinion, Copenhagen Cup races was the 2006 edition when parked out Mara Bourbon gained advantage just before the line and held off charging Giant Diablo for the victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qloX5wLbL8 - 2006 Copenhagen Cup by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Gran Premio Lotteria is Italy's greatest harness race, held every year since 1951 at Agnano in Naples, and will be held this year on Sunday May 4. The Lotteria is regarded as one of the four Grand Slam events of Europe and is a Group One Intnernational, eEligible to all horses 4YO and over, and raced in three elimination heats and a final later the same day, raced over 1,600 meters (0.99 mile) of Agnano's left handed 1000m track. The purse this year is 506 000 euros ($702,000 US), with heats worth 20,900e and the final carrying a purse of 443,300e. Three time winner of the race, Varenne is also the holder of the fastest winning time of 1:10.8, which he set in 2002. Here are some other facts on Italy's Grand Slam, Leading horses 3 - Birbone (1952, 1953, 1955) 3 - Tornese (1957, 1958, 1962) 3 - Une de Mai (1969, 1970, 1971) 3 - Varenne (2000, 2001, 2002) 2 - The Last Hurrah (1978, 1979) 2 - Mack Grace SM (2012,2013) Leading Sires. 3 - Nevele Pride (Contingent Fee, Evita Broline, Classy Rogue) 2 - Ayres (Top Hanover, The Last Hurrah) 2 - Pharaon (Tornese, Nievo) 2 - Quick Pay (The Onion, Victory Tilly) 2 - Speedy Crown (Evann C., Embassy Lobell) Fastest winning times. Auto start Varenne (2002)[3] 1.10.8 (km rate) Volt start (1951, 1952, 1956 Gelinotte (1956)[3] 1.17.8 (km rate) Leading Trainers 5 - Vivaldo Baldi (1952, 1953, 1955, 1978, 1979) 4 - Sergio Brighenti (1957, 1958, 1962, 1963) 4 - Jean-Rene Gougeon (1969, 1970, 1971, 1976) 4 - Stig H. Johansson (1984, 1991, 2003, 2005) 3 - Jori Turja (2000, 2001, 2002) Leading Drivers 5 - Vivaldo Baldi (1952, 1953, 1955, 1978, 1979) 5 - Jean-Rene Gougeon (1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1976) 4 - Stig H. Johansson (1984, 1991, 2003, 2005) 3 - Sergio Brighenti (1958, 1962, 1963) 3 - Giampaolo Minnucci (2000, 2001, 2002) Gran Premio Lotteria Winners 2013 Mack Grace SM Roberto Andreghetti Lucio Colletti Italy 1.11.3 2012 Mack Grace SM Roberto Andreghetti Lucio Colletti Italy 1.11.8 2011 Libeccio Grif Marco Smorgon Marco Smorgon Italy 1.12.8 2010 Italiano Gaetano Di Nardo Enrico Bellei Italy 1.11.3 2009 Island Effe Pietro Gubellini Edoardo Gubellini Italy 1.12.9 2008 Gambling Bi Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Italy 1.11.3 2007 Exploit Caf Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Italy 1.12.0 2006 Malabar Circle Ãs  Andrea Guzzinati Jerry Riordan Sweden 1.12.1 2005 Digger Crown Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.13.0 2004 Legendary Lover K. Enrico Bellei Gunnar Christiansen United States 1.12.5 2003 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.12.7 2002 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.10.8 2001 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.12.6 2000 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.12.4 1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof Sweden 1.11.1 1998 Kramer Boy Johnny Takter Johnny Takter Sweden 1.14.1 1997 Wesgate Crown Enrico Bellei Raz Mackenzie United States 1.12.4 1996 Crowning Classic Mauro Baroncini Mauro Baroncini United States 1.12.4 1995 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson Kjell P. Dahlström Sweden 1.13.1 1994 Uconn Don Andrea Baveresi Andrea Baveresi United States 1.13.7 1993 Embassy Lobell Wim Paal Wim Paal United States 1.12.8 1992 Bravur Sund Mauro Baroncini Mauro Baroncini Sweden 1.12.7 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson United States 1.14.0 1990 Evann C. Björn Lindblom Björn Lindblom United States 1.12.9 1989 Hollyhurst Lorenzo Baldi Lorenzo Baldi United States 1.13.2 1988 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop United States 1.12.8 1987 Limbo Joe Vittorio Guzzinati Vittorio Guzzinati United States 1.13.9 1986 Classy Rogue William Casoli William Casoli United States 1.14.8 1985 Evita Broline Berndt Lindstedt Berndt Lindstedt Sweden 1.13.9 1984 The Onion Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.14.1 1983 Keystone Patriot Veijo Heiskanen Antti Savolainen United States 1.15.6 1982 Our Dream of Mite Eduardo Gubellini Eduardo Gubellini United States 1.14.7 1981 Contingent Fee Mario Rivara Mario Rivara United States 1.16.2 1980 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire Philippe Allaire France 1.13.8 1979 The Last Hurrah Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi United States 1.14.9 1978 The Last Hurrah Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi United States 1.14.5 1977 Wayne Eden Anselmo Fontanesi Anselmo Fontanesi United States 1.14.7 1976 Bellino II Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.15.2 1975 Dimitria Leopold Verroken Leopold Verroken France 1.16.1 1974 Top Hanover Gerhard Krüger Gerhard Krüger United States 1.17.7 1973 Lightning Larry Eduardo Gubellini Eduardo Gubellini United States 1.16.5 1972 Amyot Louis Sauvé Louis Sauvé France 1.16.8 1971 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.7 1970 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.6 1969 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.6 1968 Eileen Eden Johannes Frömming Johannes Frömming United States 1.16.5 1967 Roquepine Jean-Rene Gougeon Henri Levesque France 1.16.4 1966 Cheer Honey Gerhard Krüger Gerhard Krüger United States 1.16.7 1965 Elma Johannes Frömming Jonel Chyriacos France 1.16.5 1964 Hurst Hanover Giancarlo Baldi Giancarlo Baldi United States 1.16.7 1963 Behave Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti United States 1.16.4 1962 Tornese Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.16.8 1961 Kracovie Roger Vercruysse Roger Vercruysse France 1.17.0 1960 Nievo Ugo Bottoni Ugo Bottoni Italy 1.17.5 1959 Icare IV Walter Baroncini Walter Baroncini France 1.16.7 1958 Tornese Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.17.9 1957 Tornese Mario Santi Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.18.5 1956 Gelinotte Charlie Mills Charlie Mills France 1.17.8 1955 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.6 1954 Saint Clair Oduardo Baldi Oduardo Baldi United States 1.19.4 1953 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.5 1952 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.6 1951 Bayard Ugo Bottoni Ugo Bottoni Italy 1.20.3 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Solvato, a US registered five-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide, stormed home for trainer Veijo Hesikanen to wins today's Gr. I Olympiatravet Final over 2140 meters autostart. He earned the first prize of 1.5SEK million ($228,000 US) with this his eighth win in 34 lifetime starts, now with career earnings of 3,818,026SEK. Solvato was a 2013 import from the US that last raced there on May 12, 2013 for Trond Smedshammer. Denco HB owns the winner. Sanity was a good second for Orjan Kihlstrom with Kash's Cantab rallying for third, handled by Erik Adielsson. The race time was a sharp 1.10.9kr. Noras Bean was a late scratch. Summary follows. April 26, 2014 Aby SWE, Olympiatravet Final, Gr. I UET Masters Series International, 2140 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.5SEK million to winner Fractions: 1.08.5kr at 500; 1.08.4kr at 1000, 1.10.5kr at 1500, 1.10.9kr at finish 1st Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide), trainer Veijo Hesikanen up, 1.10.9kr, owner Denco HB, US import in 2013 and now winner of eight of 34 starts for SEK3,818,026 2nd Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom up, third or better in last nine outings with five wins 3rd Kash's Cantab (6m Cantab Hall-O'Cala kash-Overcomer), Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 4th Yarrah Boko, Ulf Ohlsson; Harry Haythrow, Peter Untersteiner finished fourth and fifth ahead of Raja Morichi, Mr. Picolit, Brad de Veluwe and Ed You. The 2014 V75-3 Olympiatravet final started off with breathtaking speed during the first lap. Raja Mirchi grabbed the lead position with a lap to go after been denied the front end early. Lutfi Kolgjini took back to fourth and then when the front settled he burst to the front ahead of early front-going Ed You. When getting to the last bend and into the home stretch Solvato surged past the tired leaders and secured an easy win. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Damien Bonne steered Urfa Jallerie (6f Neutron du Cebe-Nana du Domaine) to victory in the fourth leg of the Grand National du Trot today at Agen le Passage in France. The favorite defeated 17 rivals over 2625 meters, timed in 1.14.9kr. The Gr. III event carried a 90,000e purse as Urfa Jallerie rallied down the outside to score by a length from Vicomte Boufarcaux, for owner Patrick Orriere. The GNT was the Quinte+ race of the day with the jackpot now at 7.7 million euros.   April 23. 2014, Agen le Passage, Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf, leg 4, Gr. III, 90,000e, 2625 meters distance handicap, 18 starters, 1.14.9kr, top three traveled 2625 meters 1st Urfa Jallerie (6f Neutron de Cebe-Nana du Domaine-Caballis in Blue), Damien Bonne, 1.6/1 odds, 18 winners for 274,950e earned lifetime for owner Patrick Orriere, trainer Dispense Art27 VIII 2nd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Boufard), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 6.5/1 3rd Ugo du Loisir (6m Niky-Isla Bonita), J-P Ducher trainer/driver, 4.3/1 odds At Laval the lightly raced Sam Bourbon three year-old colt Brosnan Jet scored his second career win for Jean-Etienne Dubois. Highly regarded Panne de Moteur also won today at Solvalla in an upper class event with 100,000SWK to the winner. The son of Credit Winner for Hambletonian Oaks winner Jalopy earned his third 2014 win in as many starts. Also at Solvalla, the US import Wish Me Luck was victorious for owner ACL Stuteri and trainer Roger Walman. Summaries follow. April 23, 2014 Laval, Prix Prosper Laisis, 22,000e, males, 2225 meters, 13 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Brosnan Jet (3m Sam Bourbon-Rosemary Jet-Kaisy Dream), J-Et. Dubois, 1.8/1, second victory 2nd Beach Boy (3m Jag de Bellouet-Quisa Me Sweet), L-C Abrivard, 6.3/1 3rd Bob (3m Overtrick-Fee du Houx), Benoit Vassard, 17/1 4th Banguro (3m Ready Cash-La Suedoise), Pierre Vercruysse, 11/1 April 24, 2014 Solvalla, Prix Dartster, 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 1.11.3kr 1st Panne de Moteur (6m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom for Stefan Hultman trainer, his third 2014 win in three starts, career 18th win in 37 outings for earnings 6,995,500SEK 3rd Up Date Hoss (6m Classic Response-Celebration Ride-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson for Stig H. Johansson 4th Kaka A.T. (7m November-Elegance Real-Dale Qui), Torbjorn Jansson, AT Also Solvalla winner Wish Me Luck (4f Credit Winner-Carolyn As-Striking Sahbra), 1.14.5kr for 30,000SEK first money. Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walman and owner ACL Stuteri. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Cagnes sur mer conducted its final trotting card during the winter season at the seaside racetrack last evening. The featured Grand Prix de Vincennes went to Italy's Pablo di Jesolo and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti. The six year-old son of Daguet Rapide, from Armbro Judy by Speedy Crown, scored in 1.15.2kr over 2925 meters. He defeated the Italian mare No Man's Land teamed by trainer Pipo Gubellini. No Man's Land is entered to race against Mack Grace SM, Linda di Casei and others on March 16 at Padova. 6 17.35 - PR. GR.PR.PADOVANELLE C.NAZ. E 45.100 mt 1640   1 LINDA DI CASEI 1640 A.Gocciadoro 2 NO MAN'S LAND " P.Gubellini 3 NOBLE NORD FRO " A.Farolfi 4 I AM GRIF " M.Cheli 5 ORLEANS OM " G.Lombardo Jr 6 NAPOLEON BAR " E.Bellei 7 MACK GRACE SM " R.Andreghetti 8 PAPANDREU " V.P.Dell'Annunziata 9 PER AMORE GUAL " M.Barbini 10 PANCOTTINA BAR " Fr.Facci  March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Grand Prix de Vincennes, International, £90,000, 2925 meters, 18 starters 1.15.2kr 1st Pablo di Jesolo (5m Daguet Rapide-Armbro Judy-Speedy Crown), Roberto Andreghetti up for G. Casillo trainer and owner Scuderia GMC, 16/1, Italy 2nd No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-Aj's Baby Doll-Donerail), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, for owner Scuderia Gardesana, breeder J-Et. Dubois, 29/1, Italy 3rd Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illiria Bella), Anthony Barrier for J-P Marmion, 5.5/1 4th Conrads Fredrik (7g Credit Winner-Ahmeida), Erik Adielsson for Jorma Niskanen trainer, 11/1, Sweden 5th Uprince (6g Prince d'Espace-Malupricia), Frank Nivard up, 2.3/1 odds A co-feature on the Cagnes sur mer card, the Prix de Saint-Malo, went to Sweden's Jacky Glide as she scored in 1.15.4kr over 2925 meters. The daughter of Jag de Bellouet was handled by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. March 13, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Saint-Malo, European, 33,000e, 2925 meters, 15 starters 1.15.4kr 1st Jacky Glide (8f Jag de Bellouet-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Erik Adielsson up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 4.4/1 odds, her 12th win for 205,674e, owner Thorsson and Adielsson AB, Sweden 2nd Ulysse de Curges (6g Gabor Star-Idole de Curgies), Christophe Martens up for Erik Prudhon trainer, 6/1 3rd Orechetto Jet (6m Supergill-Frutute Jet), Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Mlle. Stephanie Catherine Lepetit, 2.5/1 odds, Italy In Belgium, Hippodrome Wallonie (Mons Ghlin) conducted an eight race evening program. Of interest was a win by Angel Dark in the Prix Chanly over 1750 meters autostart. The four year-old son on Look de Star scored in 1.14.6kr for driver Johanna Lindqvist, his first win in only two starts after qualifying at Grobois. The winner is trained by Anders Lindqvist, who is co-owner with Peter Gerry of Arden Homestead Stable in the USA. Early morning on Saturday the Australian Trotting Grand Prix took place at Melton and was simulcast on the PMU network. Win-place handle totaled over £80,000 and the win was recorded by New Zealand's Stent, a son of Dream Vacation, reined by Colin Defilippi. Two US bred players were in the field with Myhighexpectations, a son of Ken Warkentin, ending third. March 14, 2014, Melton, Australian Trotting Grand Prix, International, 72,590e, 2240 meters autostart 1st Stent NZ (6g Dream Vacation-Belle Galleon), Colin J. Defilippi trainer/driver, 4.6/1 odds 2nd Aleppo Midas AUS (7f Sundon-Insulated), K.E. Manning driver, Michelle Eastin trainer, 18.9/1 3rd Myhighexpectations USA (7m Ken Warkentin-Kovel-Garland Lobell), David Aiken trainer/driver Unplaced was Kyvalley Blur USA (6g Chocolatier-Duo Val Car), C. Lang driver, USA breeder M.C. Cone by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the opening night of harness racing at Pompano Park, named the "Winter Capital of Harness Racing" by its founder, innovator and leader Frederick Van Lennep and his original management team. Built on a large 300 acre plus parcel that today is occupied by Wal-Mart and a host of commercial enterprises (on what was the mile track and training center), and across Racetrack Rd. by the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, the structure and its storied past, are best recalled by remembering Van Lennep, who passed away in June 1987. The Sun-Sentinel's remarks about Van Lennep are shown below: "He was 100 percent class," said Hall of Fame driver Stanley Dancer. "It wasn`t just that he had a nice word for everybody. He always had time for you. And he was a generous man. There was nothing he wouldn`t do to help anyone." Dancer, though, remembered a time he helped Van Lennep after putting his friend though a little bit of worry. "I had a horse in 1975 named Bonefish that I wanted to sell for a stallion," said Dancer, who served with Van Lennep on the board of directors of the United States Trotting Association. "Mr. Van Lennep told me he wanted to buy it. I told him it would cost him $1 million. He said fine and the deal was completed that fast." "I came back and drove that horse for him later that year in the Hambletonian. It was a four-heat race, and we finished ninth in the first heat. In the second heat, we finished third. We finally won the last two heats to win the race, but not after we got everybody worried." Van Lennep, who headed Castleton Inc., one of the leading standardbred breeding operations in the country, was best known as an innovator in the harness industry. What many people did not realize was that Van Lennep, who was born in Philadelphia on July 6, 1911, was an innovator in other areas as well. "Few people knew that my father had a very impressive physics background," said Hector Van Lennep, a retired general manager at Pompano. "After he graduated from Princeton (1933), he invented a motor that became the basis for the Sperry gyroscope. He was a firm believer in solid fuel propellants long before there was a fuel shortage, and he developed a process to freeze-dry coffee and citrus juice for soldiers fighting in Korea. He was always an innovator." Van Lennep did not become involved in the horse industry until he married his first wife Celeste McNeal. "My mother was quite an equestrian; in fact, she was the first woman to get a thoroughbred trainer`s license," Hector Van Lennep said. "My father was more or less dragged into the business, but he quickly loved it. He became a `gentleman driver` for a lot of amateur races, and he became more in love with the industry." Van Lennep opened Pompano Park in 1964, and doggedly kept the track open though it lost money in its first few seasons. His efforts did not go unnoticed, as he was voted to the Hall of Fame of the Trotter in Goshen, N.Y., in 1975. "His death is a deep, deep loss to the racing industry," said William E. Simon, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, who was a partner of Van Lennep`s in Pompano Park and in the ownership of several horses. "I first met him in 1977, and I have never known a finer man. He brought so much class and integrity to the industry. There is no way to gauge how much he`ll be missed." One of Van Lennep`s major concerns was the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky. Last September, the university established a $1 million endowed professorship in Van Lennep`s name in hopes of luring top scientists to the center. Simon donated $250,000 toward the endowment. "My father had a lot of favorite horses," said Hector Van Lennep. ":He loved Speedy Scot because he won the Triple Crown. He watched that horse grow and win the Triple Crown and it was very special to him." "But there was another horse named Worthy Boy. Every time he saw my father, he would talk to him. It never failed. As soon as he saw father, this loud whinny would come out. He just had a special affinity toward my father. A lot of people did, too." Pompano Park, under the leadership of Van Lennep and later John Cashman, Jr., was at the forefront of harness racing's best competition. It hosted the Breeders' Crown, in whole or part, from 1984-1993, producing some of the series' best performances by its best equine stars. Pacing events that I recall vividly are Bay's Fella that won the 1990 Open Pace for Paul Macdonell in a huge upset, Call For Rain in 1987 for trainer/driver Clint Galbraith in the Three Year-Old Colt pace, Miss Easy in the 1991 Three Year-Old Filly pace and Bruce Nickells' four-timer in the Two Year-Old Filly pace with Central Park West, Miss Easy, Hazleton Kay and Immortality. Legendary Artsplace took the 1990 Two Year-Old Colt pace for the late great trainer Gene Riegle. On the trotting side, the Breeders' Crown got its Florida start in 1984 when Baltic Speed took the Three Year-Old Colt trot for Jan Nordin, starting off a European impact on the trotting divisions. Other three year-old winners at Pompano included legendary Chuck Sylvester trainees Mack Lobell and Pine Chip and not so legendary Esquire Spur, Embassy Lobell (trained by Jerry Riordan), Giant Victory (trained by Per Eriksson) and Baltic Striker. Mack Lobell also won the Two Year-Old Breeders' Crown at Pompano in 1986 and was followed by Valley Victory in 1988 and then Royal Troubador (trained and driven by Ocala's Carl Allen), Crysta's Best (trainer/driver Dick Richarson, Jr.), Eriksson's King Conch and Giant Chill and trainer Raz MacKenzie's Wesgate Crown in 1993. Two Year-Old filly winners at Pompano included the Tom Haughton trainer Peace Corps, Eriksson's Delphi's Lobell, Soren Nordin's Jean Bi, Chuck Sylvester trained Armbro Keepsake and Winky's Goal and Gleam, owned by Mal Burroughs who won the Hambletonian Oaks driving this filly. Peace Corp returned to Pompano to capture the Breeders' Crown at age three for trainer Tom Haughton and as an aged mare in 1990 for then trainer/driver Stig H. Johansson in 1:54.2f., a time mark that was not lowered until 2004 and that on a mile track. Other memorable Three Year-Old Filly Breeders' Crown winners at Pompano included Sylvester's Armbro Devona, Armbro Fling, Me Maggie (Jan Johnson trained, Berndt Lindstedt driven), Twelve Speed, Imperfection (1992 winner trained by Ron Gurfein) and Expressway Hanover. And in the Aged Open category, who can forget the 1990 score in 1:55f by No Sex Please, the son of Brisco Hanover bred by Earl Lennox, trained by Ron Waples, Jr. and reined by Ron Waples (he won the same event two years later at Mohawk). Pompano Park enjoyed a fine run at the top of standardbred racings' leaderboard and remains in-action today with its attractive 126 race-day fall-winter-spring meet, simulcasting and as host to the Florida Breeders' Stakes program. Many Grand Circuit two year-olds are developed annually on the five-eighths mile raceway and South Florida also attracts a host of well-bred hopefuls at the Sunshine Meadows and South Florida Trotting Center facilities with trainers including those who won the early Breeders' Crown events at Pompano. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

The world's classic trotting race has engaged a classic field of 25 for next Sunday's one million euro Gr. I International Prix d'Amerique over 2700 meters at Paris-Vincennes. Today's Prix de Cornulier winner Roxane Griff is in the mix (earnings in chart below exclude today's race and now stand at 2,023,118 euro), along with veteran performers Ready Cash (a double winner), Timoko (likely with Jos. Verbeeck at the lines, he a four time driving winner of the Prix d'Amerique) and The Best Madrik. Last year's winner Royal Dream was not engaged after two weak recent efforts. New players Triode de Felliere, Up And Quick and Soleil du Fosse should not be overlooked. The same can be said of a group from Italy, Sweden and Norway that includes Sweden's surprise entrant Maharajah. Recent impressive winner at Vincennes, Yarrah Boko, should have a chance along with some of the Italian contingent that includes sprinter Mack Grace SM on a twelve race win streak, Nesta Effe that raced today at Florence, Pascia' Lest and longshot Marielles. As usual the Prix d'Amerique shapes up as a superior race with superior equine talent. 1 Spirit Beji 2 Unabella Perrine 3 Uhlan Du Val 4 Soleil Du Fosse 5 Triode De Felliere 6 Santa Rosa France 7 Marielles 8 Renommee D'Obret 9 Pascia' Lest 10 Univers De Pan 11 Up And Quick 12 Roxana De Barbray 13 Vanika Du Ruel 14 Titego D'Etang 15 Mack Grace Sm 16 Quinoa Du Gers 17 Nesta Effe 18 Yarrah Boko 19 Reve de Beylev 20 The Best Madrik 21 Save The Quick 22 Roxane Griff 23 Timoko 24 Maharajah 25 Ready Cash In just a week another champion will join a list of immortals (last 28 listed below) in the 2014 edition of the race begun in 1920 to celebrate America's role in creating freedom from tyranny in Europe. Nowhere is America celebrated better than with the Prix d'Amerique, nowhere is international racing better presented. Be there !!! 2013 Royal Dream (Jean-Philippe Dubois) 2012 Ready Cash (Franck Nivard) 2011 Ready Cash (Franck Nivard) 2010 Oyonnax (Sebastien Ernault) 2009 Meaulnes du Corta (Franck Nivard) 2008 Offshore Dream (Pierre Levesque) 2007 Offshore Dream (Pierre Levesque) 2006 Gigant Neo (Dominik Locqueneux) 2005 Jag de Bellouet (Christophe Gallier) 2004 Kesaco Phedo (Jean-Michel Bazire) 2003 Abano As (Jos Verbeeck) 2002 Varenne (Giampaolo Minnucci) 2001 Varenne (Giampaolo Minnucci) 2000 Général du Pommeau (Jules Lepennetier) 1999 Moni Maker (Jean-Michel Bazire) 1998 Dryade des Bois (Jos Verbeeck) 1997 Abo Volo (Jos Verbeeck) 1996 Coktail Jet (Jean-Etienne Dubois) 1995 Ina Scot (Helen Johansson) 1994 Sea Cove (Jos Verbeeck) 1993 Queen L. (Stig H. Johansson) 1992 Verdict Gédé (Jean-Claude Hallais) 1991 Ténor de Baune (Jean-Baptiste Bossuet) 1990 Ourasi (Michel-Marcel Gougeon) 1989 Queila Gédé (Roger Baudron) 1988 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon) 1987 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon) 1986 Ourasi (Jean-René Gougeon)* (Files from Paris-Turf) by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The Criterium Continental is the season finale for Europe's top entires and mares, a group one over 2100m and for a purse of 240,000 euros. French horses have dominated this event for the past 12 years, with the winners all coming from the Republic in that period including super young sires Prodigious and Love You, who both have progeny in the race. Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt heads a field which includes no less than nine horses who competed in the French classic including second placed Volcan d'Urzy and third placed Vigove and which also includes six of the first seven home which speaks volumes for the quality of this field. Furthermore Vaux le Vicomte, who was third in the Grand Prix de l'UET is also in the field as is Prix de Selection (Group I) winner Village Mystic who won the Prix Octave Douesnel earlier in the meeting, with Voyage de Reve and Vigove, who are also both entered here, following him home. The there is former Criterium 3 Ans winner Vanika du Ruel, who has not won in more than 12 months, and seems to have gone off the boil after sweeping all before her as a juvenile and 3YO, winning four group ones. The favourite though will be Danielle Mottier's mare Victoire, who is starting to live up to the promise she showed when third in the Criterium des 3 Ans, this time last year. She beat much of this field, including the internationals, in the Prix Marcel Laurent at the beginning of the winter meeting, and then followed it up next start with a win in the Prix Ariste Hemard. The last non-French horse to win this event was the German superstar Abano As, and this year there is another German-bred entry Indigious (German Breeders Crown winner), who is a son of previous winner Prodigious. Coincidentally, he is trained in Sweden by Stig Johansson, who also trained Abano As for a time in his career, although he won the Criterium Continental from the stable of Gerd Holtermann. Sweden is also well represented by Dreams Take Time (Grosser Preis Von Deutschland, Group I), and the well performed System Performance (E3, Group I winner) and Porthos Amok (Swedish Travderby runner-up). Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest who is now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin is another who is hoping to make the switch from 1000m sprint racing to success on the unique test which is Vincennes, and this shorter distance will suit his breeding. A son of Italian former Prix d'Amerique winner Varenne, and very talented, he is one of the early favourites for the race although it remains to be seen whether he can reverse the perception that horses with predominantly US bloodlines struggle to cope with the undulating test which is Vincennes with two downhill and one testing uphill sections. Another international runner with claims is Italian group one winner, Princess Grif, who was a brave third to Save The Quick in the European Mares Championship at Solvalla, which was won in World Record time. She is also now in a French stable, that of Fabrice Souloy. CRITERIUM CONTINENTAL Vincennes 22/12/13 Group I Euro 2100m 4YO €240 000 1 Princess Grif (4m Varenne - Fauve Grif) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2 Village Mystic (4h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 3 Vanika du Ruel (4m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 4 Victoire (4m Kitko - Juventa Blue) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Danielle Mottier 5 Pascia' Lest (4h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Enrico Bellei Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 6 Voltigeur de Myrt (4h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Roberto Donati 7 Vera Pierji (4m Otello Pierji - Odyssee Pierji) Dr: Thierry Duvaldestin Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Vaux le Vicomte (4h Nahar de Beval - Nina du Beauvoisin) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Dreams Take Time (4h Andover Andover - B.My Honey) Dr: Johnny Takter Tr: Lars I. Nilsson 10 Porthos Amok( 4h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Stefan Melander 11 Indigious (4h Prodigious - Indication) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H. Johansson 12 Votka Bleue (4m Jasmin de Flore - Joyeuse Bleue) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Emmanuel Ruault 13 Voyage de Reve (4h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 14 Volcan d'Urzy (4h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Viking de Val (4h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 16 System Performance (4m Scarlet Knight - Hermit Lady) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Stefan Melander 17 Vigove (4h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Franck Leblanc 18 Viva Island* (4m Goetmals Wood - Island Dream) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Jean Pierre Dubois by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com   

Johnny Takter steered 7/1 long shot Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) to a close score in 1.14.04kr to win the 2013 edition of the classic Prix Deutschland at Hamburg. The purse was 200,000 euros over the 2720 meter autostart distance. Sire of the winner was a $170,000 yearling in the U.S. and is a son of Andover Hall from Wac by Malabar Man. Indigious (4m Prodigious-Indication) was second for Erik Adielsson, owner Stall Express and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Quid Pro Quo (4m Yankee Glide-Hostage) was third for teamster Ake Svanstedt with Call Me Hanover (4g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pin e Chip) fourth for Per Lennartsson. Favored Clint W. Boko finished seventh. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Jean-Pierre Dubois, legendary French driver, trainer, owner and breeder, captured Wednesday's  Ahlsell Legends at Solvalla Racecourse. Dubois executed a perfect strategy, leaving alertly from post six driving Jeppas Hugo (7g Coktail Jet-Finesse As-Somatic). Dubois secured a close-up, on the pylons, position that he maintained until the final stretch drive at which time he followed outside flow and jetted to the lead. Jeppas Hugo scored by a length over fast closing Kalle Ouivivra teamed by Helen A. Johannson. Berlusconi finished third for Olle Goop. Dubois returned to driving in France in May 2013 and has performed with excellence, mostly handling horses he bred and owns. He was a Prix d’Amerique winner with Hymour and multiple classic race winner in France, Italy, Sweden , Canada and the U.S (principally as breeder/owner). His most recent Prix d’Amerique appearance ended in a third place finish with Qualita Bourbon. The large Solvalla crowd was treated to an exciting race carried out by the true legends of the trotting sport. Berndt Lindstedt (Dart Hanover and Pershing fame), Helen A. Johannson (only female driver to win a Prix d’Amerique, aboard Ina Scot), Giancarlo Baldi (campaigner of Timothy T in the early 70’s), Olle Goop (winner of 6,700 races), Erik Berglof (driver of mutiple Elitloppet winner Copiad), Stig H. Johannson (six time Elitloppet winner) and Germany’s Heinz Wewering (winner of 16,700 races) contested this event, with other stars of European trotting, over 2140 meters autostart with 100,000SEK to the winner. Solvalla -Ahlsell Legends, 2140 meters autostart, 110,000SEK first money Results 1st. Jeppas Hugo (7g Coktail Jet-Finess As-Somatic), Jean-Pierre Dubois  1.12.8kr 2nd. Kalle Quivivra (7g Victory Abroad-Vasterbo Querisami-Rosalind’s Guy), Helen H. Johansson 3rd. Berlusconi (5m Andover Hall-Always Victorious-Mr. Vic), Olle Goop 4th. Altai, Giancarlo Baldi 5th. Vici Lane, Thomas Nilsson 6th. Haubergs Mimi, Erik Berglof 7th. Parodie, Berndt Lindstedt 8th. Jaguar Broline, Stig H. Johansson 9th. Baticas Yahoo, Heinz Wewering by Thomas H. Hicks  

In addition to several exceptional graded trotting events on tomorrow's Solvalla card, harness racing fans will also be treated to the Ahlsell Legends race featuring many of the greatest living drivers, trainers and all around horsemen. The field lines up as follows as the fourth race over 2140 meters autostart. Ahlsell Legends, Solvalla, 2140 meters autostart, purse 100,000SEK Berlusconi - Olle Goop Parodie - Berndt Lindstedt Vici Lane - Thomas Nilsson' Balticas Yahoo - Heinz Wewering Haubergs Mimi - Erik Berglof Jeppas Hugo - Jean Pierre Dubois Jaguar Broline - Stig H. Johansson Altai - Giancarlo Baldi Kelle Quivivna - Helen A. Johansson See the attached link that promotes the Legends of Trot: Thomas H. Hicks  

In addition to Commander Crowe’s appearance Wednesday at Enghien against a classy array of veterans, there are a host of graded and top-class events also at Enghien (two Gr. III European contests) and at Solvalla (two Gr. I UET Masters races). Numerous entrants from Italy reflect the export of talented trotters and their connections from that country that faces reduction in racing opportunities. Enghien Prix de Geneve – Gr. III European, 2875 meters, 85,000 euro purse, 16 starters Vrandac – E. Raffin/A.J. Mollema Powell Bi – F. Nivard/F. Souloy Velvet Rainbow – P. Vercruysse/Ph. Allaire Clint W. Boko – R. Bakker/PJP Hagoort Vegas des Oliviers – F. Anne/also trainer Velentin du Gite – B. Piton/J. Lelievre Villeroi – J. Et. Dubois/also trainer Vagabondu Mag – J-M Bazire/B. Bourgoin Varade d’Hearen – T. Lagadeuc/J-M Baudiouln Valse Castelets – D. Thomain/J. Hallais – winner of 414,000 euros Vive Daidou – T. Duvaldestin/also trainer Volcan d’Urzy – J-Ph Dubois/Ph. Moulins Vera Pierji – F. Ouvrie/T. Duvaldestin Voltigeur du Myrt – D. Locqueneux/R. Donati Village Mystic – L. Baudron/also trainer Valse Darling – J. Dubois/Ph. Moulins Enghien Prix de la Porte Versailles – Gr. III European, 2150 meters autostart, 75,000 euro purse, 12 starters Uraki des Sarts – F. Ouvrie/JM Chaineux Oibambam Effe – P. Levesque/Mike Lenders Nepherta Lux – F. Nivard/F. Souloy Usaurie de Melodie – S. Meunier/also trainer Noir Desir – M. Lenoir/also trainer Tabby Point – Ulf Nordin/also trainer Nene’ Degli Ulivi – A. Abrivard/JMA Roussel Ugo de Nieul – R. Darieux/also trainer Tonight CEM – J-M Bazire/F. Souloy Orione Degi Dei – P. Vercruysse/M. Baroncini Une de Ohelun – B. Piton/J-M Souici Noir d’ Ete – E. Raffin/JMA Roussel Solvalla – European Mares Championship, Gr. I UET Masters, 2140 meters autostart, purse 1.5 million SEK purse, 12 starters Dileva Kall – D. Reden/also trainer Save The Quick – B. Goop/F. Leblanc – winner of 1.28 million euro Vendi – K. Eriksson/M. Sandstrom Mermaid As – J. Untersteiner/P. Untersteiner Drillbit As – E. Adielsson/S. Bath Beatasine – P. Ingves/R. Airaksinen Linda di Casei – Allessandro Gocchiadoro/also trainer – winner of 611,000 euro Akema Valencia – J. Kontio/T. Nurmos Canaka BF – Jo. Takter/T. Nurmos She Loves You – J, Westholm/also trainer Prussia – Pietro Gubellini/also trainer Princess Grif – O. Kihlstrom/F Souloy Solvalla – Jubileumspokalen Gr. I UET Masters, 2140 meters autostart, 1.75 million SEK purse, 12 starters Occhione Jet – E. Adielsson/Stig.H. Johansson – winner of 440,000 euro Owens Club – Pietro Gubellini/also trainer Johnny B Kemp – J. Untersteiner/D. Reden David Sisu – U. Ohlsson/A. Salmels Perfectly Enough – B. Goop/Stig H. Johansson Going For Gold – J. Kontio/T. Nurmos Panne de Moteur – O. Kihlstrom/S. Hultman – winner of 468,000 euro Rocky Winner – A. Svanstedt/also trainer Edward Ale – P. Ingves/P. Puro Manalapan – Jo. Takter/R. Engblom Upitergium – L. Kolgjini/also trainer Brad de Veluwe – T. Korvenoja/also trainer – winner of 1.08 million euro Solvalla – C. Th. Ericssons Memorial , 2640 meters autostart, 289,000SEK ourse, 9 starters Yellow Eden – E. Adielsson/S. Hultman Caddie Comet – J. Kontio/T. Normos New Line – AS. Svanstedt/also trainer Heraldin Ho – O. Kihlstrom/C. Lundstrom Marlon OM – Pietro Gubellini/also trainer On Track Piraten – D. Ohlsson/H.R. Stromberg Juggle Face – L. Kolgjini/also trainer Winning Love – A. Lindblom/also trainer Lord Capar – K. Eriksson/Stig H. Johansson Wednesday is expected to be a busy and exciting day for trotting enthusiasts globally. by Thomas H. Hicks  

A star-filled card graced Sweden’s Axevalla racecourse today (July 21) with the featured Final StoChampionatet going to Blended Scotch (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Hopscotch-Zoot Suit) for trainer/driver Per Linderoth. She covered the 2640 meters autostart in 1.13.2kr to earn 1,000,000SEK first money in this mares event for four year-olds. She recorded her third win in seven 2013 starts. Highly regarded Your Highness (4f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) finished a close second for Bjorn Goop and she now has six wins and two second place finishes in 10 starts this year. Rica Neo (4f Juliano Star-Cristall Cashflow-Supergill) took third for Ake Svanstedt with Fascination (4f Super Arnie-Elissa FZ-Lemon Dra) next for Johnny Takter. The consolation companion event was won by M.T. Harmony (3f Quite Easy-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) in 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 100,000SEK first money with Peter Untersteiner the trainer/driver. Axevalla also hosted an aged mares Category I event for 100,000SWEK to the winner, that was Olivia Lavec  (7f Lindy Lane-Espri Lavec-Untra Ducal) for trainer/driver Flemming Jensen. She won for the fourth time in nine 2013 starts to increase career earnings to over 1.6 million SEK, scoring over 1640 meters autostart in a sharp 1.11.4kr. The US bred True Advantage (6f Conway Hall-Paragon Princess-Mr. Lavec) was second with Ulf Ohlsson aboard for Strefan Melander’s Stall TZ. Mermaid As (5f Broadway Hall-Superlou As-Super Bowl) was third for Peter Untersteiner with Britt Hudson, Drillbit As, last year’s US Breeders Crown winner Tamla Celeber and Don’t Wear PJ’s next across the line. There were four other 100,000SEK or more first money events on the card with winners being: Ivar Sanna (3m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters autostart. Jorma Kontio drove to secure 125,000SEK; Alfaz Del Pi (4m Angus Hall-Divamm-Supergill) earned 110,000SEK by winning the Stena Recyclings Priz in 1.13.3kr for Johnny Takter. He won for the fifth time in ten 2013 appearances; October Kronos (5m Varenne-NordinGoldNovember-Viking Kronos) won the Svenska Foder Priz worth 100,000SEK to the winner, scoring in 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart for Adrian Kolgjini; Angelo (5m Angus Hall-Sweet Cindy-Malabar Man) won 100,000SEK for a 1.12kr win over 1640 meters autostart for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. Crown’s Banker (10g Wall Street Banker-Crowns Jolie-Crown’s Cristy) finished second. This one has 23 wins in 63 lifetime starts for earnings over 1.6 million SEK Separately, the field has been set for the July 30 Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro over 1609 meters autostart: Horse (Trainer) Bagley (Conrad Lugauer) Brad de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) Commander Crowe (Fabrice Souloy) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Occhione Jet (Stig H Johansson) Owen's Club (Pietro Gubellini) Raja Mirchi (Lutfi Kolgjini) Sebastian K. (Åke Svanstedt) Shaq Is Back (Daniel Redén) The Best Madrik (Jean-Etienne Dubois) The last horse invited was the Stig H, Johansson trained Occhione Jet and on Tuesday Bagley earned an invite with his Jagersro win in 1.11.2kr over 1609 meters autostart. Conrad Lugauer conditions Bagley On Saturday July 20 at Axevalla the V-75 Gold Division went to Beckman (6g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema-Alf Palema) in 1.12.5kr over 2640 meters autostart. Ake Svanstedt is trainer/driver of this 20 time winner in 56 career starts. He earned 150,000SEK with this win over Stay the Night (6m Ride the Night-Stayslinger-Gunslinger Spur) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) for Hans R. Stromberg.  The beaten classy 11-horse field included Caballion, Harry Haythrow, Scouby Djob, Clear Sign and Iceland, a past Elitloppet winner. by Thomas H. Hicks  

ATG Sweden has announced the return of the Legends, scheduled for August 14 at Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm. Most notably is the participation of Stig H Johansson who has been inactive as a harness racing driver since December 28, 2005. While he has remained a trainer, since that time Erik Adielsson has driven most of the stables' pupils.

The German Trotting Derby, raced at the historic Mariendorf track in Berlin, was won by Dream Magic Be with Josef Franzl, who actually was second past the post. The winner was disqualified for being owned by the same harness racing owner and trained by the same trainer as another horse in the race that made a break at the last corner.

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