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Australia's great European hope has finally shrugged off her visitor's burden and pinged a ripping draw. Maori Time will launch from gate two in her 1640m trot in race 10 at Bergsåker at 5.23am on Saturday morning AEST time. Maori Time's campaign has thus far been frustrated by the normally rock solid mare breaking gait, including during the Elitloppet, which has largely been attributed to adjusting to the different European carts. Owner Fred Crews was optimistic about her chances in what he deemed a weaker class race than what she'd faced previously. She continues to be trained by Stig H. Johnasson and will be steered by Erik Adielsson in the race, which is worth 100,000 SEK (about $AU15,000).   Trots Media

Maori Time may have been handed another visitor's draw but spirits are high in the camp as her European adventure reignites with a second Swedish hit-out on Sunday morning. Fred Crews' Victorian-bred mare, who is in the care of trainer Stig H. Johansson, will have her first hit-out since the luckless Elitloppet campaign, when she galloped off the gate in her heat after extensive delays and a restart. She will launch from gate eight on Sunday at 1.05am (AEST) for driver Erik Adelsson and trainer Johansson, with fancied Cyber Lane - winner of 18 of 22 starts and almost $AU1.2 million in stakes drawn in gate two and a likely favourite for the 2140m trot. Johansson said "I'm pleased with how she feels," according to a translation of his comments to local press. "She feels good and I'm happy with her work. It is clearly tough. I will be happy if she does a good performance." The race is worth $400,000 SEK ($AU61,000) and is an important next step for Maori Time, who is sponsored by Aldebaran Park and races for charity Women's Cancer Foundation. "She has a poor barrier but she is fit and ready to go according to her groom, Cecilia," Mr Crews said.   Michael Howard

TORONTO --- Owner Tristan Sjoberg will be watching Dupree in Saturday's $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Racetrack, but regardless of the horse's performance he is already feeling out of this world. Sjoberg, who is among the owners of rare white pacing colt White Bliss, said this week via email that he has bought another rare white horse --- this one a filly trotter born on April 4, 2014 in Italy. The filly, bred by Sergio Carfagna in Assisi, is named Via Lattea, which translates to Milky Way. Via Lattea is a daughter of stallion Gruccione Jet out of the mare Melodiass. Both parents are described as dark bay. Gruccione Jet's sire is two-time Breeders Crown winner Pine Chip and his dam is the Valley Victory mare Petite Victory, who made $210,647 in the U.S. at ages 2 and 3. White Bliss, owned by Sjoberg and his brother Michael Knutsson under the Knutsson Trotting Inc. banner, is a son of the bay colored stallion Art Major and bay mare Coochie Mama. He was the first white Standardbred born of bay parents since 1998. He sold for $240,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. Via Lattea will be trained in Sweden, initially by Andre Eklundh before moving to Stig H. Johansson next summer. "She is the only white trotter I know of," Sjoberg said. "As you know, there is very little 2-year-old racing in Sweden so we are targeting a 3-year-old debut. She will compete in Europe and after her racing career is over I will breed her to White Bliss." The 3-year-old White Bliss has won one of 14 races in his career. He broke his maiden on July 25 at Vernon Downs and had picked up two more top-three finishes in his next four starts, but has been sidelined by a minor ligament issue. Sjoberg hopes the pacer will return to action by April. "It's a shame because he was just starting to race really well on the New York circuit," Sjoberg said. "The plan is to keep him racing as a 4-year-old and we also plan to offer his stud services to any interested parties. He will combine stud and racing duties if there is a demand. We will also freeze some semen and ship to Europe for breeding to some of our trotting mares there and possibly any interested third parties." As for Sjoberg's Breeders Crown hopeful, Dupree is 20-1 on the morning line. He enters the race off a seventh-place finish in the sole elimination race for the 2-year-old male trotters, but had posted stakes wins in his previous two starts at The Red Mile. He starts from post eight with Svanstedt driving. "He scoped bad after the elimination, so we are expecting a better effort in the final," Sjoberg said. * * * * * D'One, who has won three of four starts in North America since arriving from Sweden during the summer, is the 7-5 morning line favorite in the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot. She is trained by Roger Walmann and will be driven by David Miller, who guided the 5-year-old daughter of world champions Donato Hanover and Giant Diablo to a two-length victory over Harley Momma in 1:51.3 in the Allerage Mare Trot on Oct. 10 at The Red Mile. "She was awesome again," said Malin Boman-Friberg, who is the caretaker of D'One and also was the caretaker of Giant Diablo. "Before the race, she wanted to go. I think David (driving her for the first time) just has to get to know her. But he didn't have to use her at all and she raced very good. "We're looking forward to the Breeders Crown. Everything comes down to the Breeders Crown. We just hope she likes the Woodbine track. But it's exciting. It's a big race." Classic Martine, who was beaten by a head by Bee A Magician in last year's Breeders Crown Mare Trot, is the 7-2 second choice Saturday. She is coming off a win over male trotter Intimidate, who won a Crown in 2012, by a neck in 1:54 in a prep last Saturday at Woodbine. "I thought it was a good race for her," driver Tim Tetrick said. "She's coming into (the Breeders Crown) better than she's been in the past. We tried to change tactics a little bit and let her race from the back and I think she likes that better. Her last couple starts she was stuck on the front. I think she will look good in the final. She got a good draw and she was very good (in her prep)." Charmed Life finished third in the prep race, making up nearly four lengths in the stretch. "I was really happy with the way she closed up," trainer Dave Menary said. "She's better in the cooler weather. Maybe it didn't look like it on paper, but I think last week (Oct. 9) was the most life she's showed in the last couple months. Hopefully everything is pointing in the right direction. She did the same thing last year, got real good at this time of year. She fights bad allergies all summer. Everything has aligned itself pretty good right now and she's in good shape and hopefully we'll have some luck next week." Also in the field is Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Trotter of the Year and a Breeders Crown winner at ages 2 and 3. With a win Saturday, the Jimmy Takter-trainee will join Peace Corps, Grades Singing and Mack Lobell as the only trotters in history with three or more Breeders Crown titles. * * * * * Ron Burke's Southwind Frank is the 2-5 morning line favorite in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters. The colt brings a nine-race win streak to the final and has won 10 of 11 races overall. His connections turned down a bye to advance straight to the final. Southwind Frank won the single elimination by five lengths in 1:55.2. "He was well in hand and just jogged, for lack of a better word," Burke assistant Shannon Murphy said. "We were either going to race him or train him hard, so you might as well go for the purse money. And he seems a little sharper when he's working. He likes his work." * * * * * Jimmy Takter's All The Time is the 7-5 morning line favorite in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. She won her elimination by four lengths over Caprice Hill in 1:56.1. "She was amazing," Takter said. "I was very impressed with her. That was a helluva performance; (1):56.1 and the way she did it, never pulling the plugs. She's the one to beat. I don't know what happened (when she made a break in the Peaceful Way). She got terrible on the left line. She had a bad day. But she's got the right attitude." The division's other elimination winner, Haughty, also comes from the Takter Stable. She is 7-for-7 this season and won her elim by three lengths in 1:59. "She's undefeated, so you've got to respect a horse like that," Takter said. "I didn't like her much early. She was a pain in the (butt). She couldn't trot; she was terrible. I don't know how many times she was close to being put on the truck and sent back to the farm. Very close. But she got out of it. She was just extremely immature." Caprice Hill, who has won seven of nine races and never finished worse than second, is 2-1 for trainer Tony Alagna. She will start the final from post 10 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. "She ended up having to come first up over a lighter half and the other filly got the jump on her, but she raced well," Alagna said. "We just had the misfortune to draw the 10 hole (for the final), but I'll just have to leave that up to Timmy. Things will have to go her way. It makes it a tougher task, that's for sure, but she can overcome it if everything goes right. She's been wonderful. She hasn't put a bad race in." * * * * * Tymal Tempest is 30-1 on the morning line for the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters, but trainer Ervin Abdulov is just happy to be in the race. Tymal Tempest finished fourth in her elimination, which was won by All The Time. For the year, she has won one of 10 starts. "This is my biggest race and I know for my owners, John and Shelagh McKinley, this will be their biggest race also," Abdulov said. "It's overwhelming, to be honest with you." The 42-year-old Abdulov, who is from London, Ont., has trained horses on a part-time and full-time basis over the years. He was introduced to harness racing through a friend whose father, Wayne Bloomfield, was a longtime horseman. "I got the bug by going over there and hanging out with them," Abdulov said. "I bought a couple horses with Wayne and here we are today. It started out by just wanting to be a part of it, but then being on the sidelines wasn't good enough. I wanted to be in the driver's seat, jogging them and training them. "I was 19 when I bought my first horse. As many downs as I've had, I just can't walk away from this. I do it fulltime now. I did it part time and would send the odd horse to Gregg McNair and try to get out there on the weekends and whenever else. There was a layoff at the plant where I worked at, and I decided this was my opportunity to do this fulltime again. I'd done it fulltime, I got away, and then I came back again to do it fulltime. I hope to stay this time." * * * * * Mission Brief and Wild Honey have split their last two meetings --- with Mission Brief winning the Elegantimage Stakes and Wild Honey taking the Kentucky Filly Futurity --- and they will see each other again in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters. The Ron Burke-trained Mission Brief had won four consecutive races, by a total of 28-1/2 lengths, since finishing second against the boys in the Hambletonian on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. She won the 2014 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters in a stakes-record 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands. Mission Brief, who has won 17 of 24 career races, is the 2-5 morning line favorite in this year's final, followed by Wild Honey at 7-5. Jimmy Takter's Wild Honey has won 16 of 25 lifetime starts. One does not have to go back far in the record book to find the last female trotter to win Breeders Crown trophies at ages 2 and 3. It was Takter's Shake It Cerry in 2013-14. 'CINDERELLA STORY' FROST DAMAGE BLUES HEADS TO BREEDERS CROWN Bill Augustine is the proud owner -- and you can underline the word proud -- of a horse that is good for both of his businesses. In his harness racing world, Augustine's Frost Damage Blues is going off at 12-1 at Saturday's Breeders Crown championships at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. In her first year of racing, the 3-year-old filly has earned $51,750 by winning her first seven starts in overnight competition at Saratoga, Yonkers and Pocono. Making her stakes debut in her Breeders Crown elimination, the daughter of 2000 Open Pace champion Western Ideal was driven to a second place finish by Brian Sears, finishing one length behind Solar Sister. When he's not focusing on horses, Augustine is a blueberry farmer and owns a 150-acre farm in South Jersey and a 1,200-acre farm in North Carolina. Between them both, Augustine Farms Inc. is the largest single owned and operated blueberry production and packing enterprise on the East Coast. And his business gets a boost from his filly. "She loves blueberries," Augustine said. "She tears my hand off eating them. After each race I bring a little pack and feed her." The horse's name is a reference to farmers battling frost damage to their crop. "I name them all after blueberries," Augustine said. "The next one is going to be called Hail Damage. I was real excited to come up with (Frost Damage Blues). All my buddies in the blueberry business kind of laughed when I called her that, but now she's a superstar." She didn't start out that way. Augustine bought her on opening night at the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for a modest $6,000 under the name Media Matters. She is a full sister to stakes-winner Ideal Matters. Augustine attributed her final price to an ankle that had blown up at the auction. "Her ankle wasn't broke, she was just skinned up," he said. "On opening night, they're all bluebloods; everyone is looking for the cream of the crop. I checked her out, there were no broken bones. Horses get skinned up all the time. She was a nice little gamble." Frost Damage Blues had some health issues and didn't race as a 2-year-old. She was turned out for three months and brought back slowly under trainer Tom Fanning. "Tom does an outstanding job," Augustine said. "I told him don't rush her, that her biggest races are at the end of the year. And here we are, at the end of the year." There is a forecast for rain in Toronto on Saturday, which would please Augustine since Frost Damage Blues is a medium-sized horse going against some bigger fillies. "The rain usually bothers bigger horses," he said. "Other than that, she's always been on the front or near the front. I'm hoping Brian goes out with her. He'll do a great job. Brian's the best in the world and he's a good friend of mine." One thing is certain, Frost Damage Blues won't be stressing before the race. "This horse is so perfect," Augustine said. "She goes to sleep before the race. She's very easy to manage. She jogs around the track real nice and easy, but when she gets behind the (starting) car, she turns into a rocket." Augustine has been around successful horses before as he shared ownership of 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share, who finished third in the 2012 Breeders Crown and was the Open Trot winner in 2013. The farmer paid the horse back by putting his picture on more than six million of his Winners Circle blueberry cups around the world. "This one means a little more to me because I'm her only owner," Augustine said of Frost Damage Blues. "She's a Cinderella story, a very classy horse. I bought her with the hopes of being in the Breeders Crown." And if she wins on Saturday? "Oh," Augustine said, "she'll definitely be on a blueberry cup." * * * * * Divine Caroline, who won her Breeders Crown elimination by 2-3/4 lengths over Bedroomconfessions in 1:51.3 is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the 3-year-old filly pace final. She has won three starts in a row and hit the board in a total of 17 of 19 races this year. "I'm pleased with her," trainer Joe Holloway said. "She's blossomed over the last month and gotten real good. She's always been there, she just wasn't firing. Now she's putting it all together. Sometimes it takes some longer than others, but she's always had speed. Hopefully she stays good." Holloway also sends out Bettor Be Steppin, who is 9-2 on the morning line. Bettor Be Steppin is seeking her first win since capturing the Valley Forge Stakes on Aug. 22, a span of four starts. She finished fifth in her Crown elimination, beaten 2-1/2 lengths by Solar Sister. "I said (in the days prior to the elimination) we've been on the front, we're going to race from behind," Holloway said. "She had to come from a ways back, she paced her last quarter in :27, and fortunately she got in there. But I thought she needed it. It's tough whenever you tell a driver one way to drive a horse. I told Corey (Callahan) no more, but I just thought she needed that. Fortunately it worked out enough where she got in." * * * * * Solar Sister, who won her elimination by one length over Frost Damage Blues in 1:52.1, is 7-2 on the morning line. Solar Sister won the Ontario Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old filly pacers on Oct. 10 at Woodbine after finishing off the board in her two previous starts. She has won eight of 15 races this year. "I raced her in the Simcoe (on Sept. 5) and she came first up through a pretty good half," trainer Gregg McNair said. "We were a little bit disappointed because she faded badly, which was the first time she did that. The next start at Flamboro, she made the front easy and then came to a stop. "The next morning she was hobbling around her stall and you could tell there was (an abscess) in her foot. We worked on it and the Tuesday before the Super Final it broke out and she won, and she was good again (in her Crown elim). I think that was maybe bothering her for the Simcoe too. It was her right front foot. That can bother them for a long time and sometimes you never know what's wrong with them until it blows out." Solar Sister was guaranteed a starting spot in posts 1-5 because of her elim win. She drew post three. "I'm really happy (she drew post three) because that makes a big difference with her," McNair said. "If you draw outside you've got to use her. Not that she can't leave, but that usually shows up at the end of the mile if you use her hard leaving." * * * * * Overheard: "I told Brian (Sears) after the race, there goes the winning streak," trainer Tom Fanning said, laughing, after Frost Damage Blues lost for the first time in eight career races. "But she was great and I couldn't have been happier. We'll see what happens in the final. I think she'll fit in pretty good. The biggest question was the class jump. She tries hard and it's hard to find fillies like that. And she has some speed as well. That's a good combination. The big track helps her. The bigger the track, the better she is." "John (Campbell) was happy with her," trainer Chris Ryder said about The Show Returns'fourth-place finish in the elimination won by Solar Sister. "She had pace. She didn't really get out. I was happy, especially after her last two races at Lexington. She was in the wrong spot both weeks. The second week she was on the front in :54 (seconds) flat and she can't handle that. She packed it in. It was tough to come here off those two races. We almost didn't come. But we came because any time she gets a trip, she's got pace." "She was super; she's just not a sprinter," trainer Tony Alagna said afterBedroomconfessions' second-place finish to Divine Caroline. "It takes a little while for her to get rolling, but she was doing her best pacing at the wire. That's all we can ask for. She's had a really good year as far as being steady. I think she got a little flat on us, but the Jugette (in September) really woke her up. Two heats really worked into what she needed. I thought she was as good as she has been tonight. I'm really happy." "The front end is not her trip," Ron Burke assistant trainer Shannon Murphy said afterSouthwind Roulette finished third in her elimination, which was won by Solar Sister. "She's better off the pace, but she raced good. We were happy with her. She'll be off a helmet next week for sure." "She had a tough go of it," Murphy said about Sassa Hanover's third-place elim finish behind Divine Caroline and Bedroomconfessions. "She was parked out a long way and that didn't help her chances any, especially the way the track was going tonight. She drew the 10 hole for the final, so she'll have to go forward again. We'll see what happens." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

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  

Video of Mack Lobell & John Campbell

The gallant 11-year-old Commander Crowe took the prestigious Gr. I International Aby Stora Prix today in Sweden in a raceoff with the other heat winner Quid Pro Quo. The gelded son of Juliano Star-Somark-Mack Lobell recorded his 60th career victory in 102 starts, now for earnings of 32,010,516SEK, that is over US$4,669,000 at today's conversion rate. The race-off began with the Commander from post one (determined by coin flip), Orjan Kihlstrom up, and Quid Pro Quo electively started from post five to gain advantage from the banked track. Erik Adielsson hustled Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) to the front and set a reasonable pace. Then in front of the stands, and abundant cheering fans, Orjan Kihlstrom took a hard shot at the youthful leader but could not clear. Commander dropped behind his rival around the second turn and then again made a harder challenge for the lead on the backstretch. Despite heavy urging by Adielsson, Quid Pro Quo's desire was broken and the Commander surged past with 400 meters to go and opened a quick five lengths that he extended to ten bythe  top of stretch. Kihlstrom put the whip away and jogged to the line eased up in 1.12.1kr (1:56.01 mile rate) to pocket another 400,000SEK for Snopgarps Gard AB and trainer Fabrice Souloy, in what was a strategically superb match-race. Quid Pro Quo earned 100,000SEK for his raceoff effort and for the day he earned 700,000SEK. The Aby Stora Pris commenced in 1936 and has been raced each year since. Sebastian K won the 2012 and 2013 editions and that horse was lauded today with videos of his successes and free t-shirts for the fans. Rapide Lebel, Lisa America and Torvald Palema won this race in 2011, 2010 and 2009. Race record before today's heats was 1.11.3kr set by Red Chili Pirat in 2006. Double winners of the Aby Stora Pris include some greats - Sebastian K. (2012, 2013), Gidde Palema (2003, 2005), Victory Tilly (2000, 2002), Zoogin (1995, 1996), Idéal du Gazeau (1981, 1982), Lyon (1970, 1972), Gelinotte (1956, 1957) and Iran Scott (1951, 1952). Ake Svanstedt has won the race six times as driver and Stig H. Johansson is a five-time winner. North American-bred winners have included Sea Cove and Prince Mystic. Roosevelt International competitors also won this classic, including 1960 Roosevelt winner Hairos II (Willem Geersen), Oscar RL (Henri Levesque), Roosevelt winner in 1981-1983 Ideal du Gazeau (Eugene Lefevre), 1990 Roosevelt victor Reve d'Udon, and Pluvier III (Gunnar Nordin), the Roosevelt winner in 1965. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) took heat one from post six with a decisive victory in 1.10.3kr. Owned by Stall Gladiator the winner recorded his first 2014 win in eight starts, now for career earnings for 5,040,760SEK. Erik Adielsson handled the winner that defeated Norway’s Juliano Rags reined by Noralf Braekken with Reven d’Amour third for Bjorn Goop. Commander Crowe left from post five but was unable to clear the front and raced without cover throughout for Orjan Kihlstrom. The Crowe faded to seventh. Joke Face made a miscue at the start.  The second heat was a surprise as Commander Crowe left hard again for Orjan Kihlstrom from post four, but this time he made the front with Quid Pro Quo in the pocket. Joke Face was first to move but was unable to get alongside the Commander as Kihlstrom rated the pace and accelerated  enough to win by a length from Quid Pro Quo with Juliano Rags third ahead of Solvato. Time for the 1640 meter autostart test was 1.10kr (1:52.63 mile rate). The victory for Commander Crowe was number 59 in 101 starts, now for earnings of 31,610,516. Snopgarps Gard AB owns the winner. The heat winners earned 400,000SEK for their victories. The undercard so far has produced interesting winners. Sylvester America scored in 1.15.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for trainer Jerry Riordan and reinsman Johan Untersteiner. The Italian bred three year-old son of Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell recorded his fourth win in 10 starts for owner Lisa Riordan, and earned 50,000SEK first money. The Klass II Final for 200,000SEK to the winner went to Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. He scored in 1.12.6kr for his fifth win in seven 2014 appearances, and his fifth straight. My Gliding Angel (4f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) also won on the card in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop in a narrow three-way photo over the Varenne mare Rare Wise As (Linda Allercrantz up for trainer Jerry Riordan) and favorite Backfire was home third with Johnny Takter up. Another US import, Single Sock, finished fourth. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

The field is set for Wednesday's Ahlsell Legends at Solvalla. Ten harness racing legends will contest the title over 2140 meters for 100,000SEK first money. John Campbell represents the US and Heinz Wewering, the world's leading dash-winning driver, represents Germany and they will battle many of the all-time greats from throughout Europe.  Ahlsell Legends is being held for the second time and the drivers are all legendary horsemen from Europe and the United States; several of them don’t drive in races anymore. Campbell will compete against Stig H. Johansson, Jean Pierre Dubois, Heinz Wewering, Berndt Lindstedt and several others. During his visit to Sweden, Campbell will have the opportunity to meet 30-year-old Mack Lobell, with whom he won the Elitlopp at Solvalla in 1988. Here is the field in post position order: 1. Perfect Power, John Campbell 2. Oliver Kronos, Olle Goop 3. OP's Flirt, Stig H. Johansson 4. Gitano, Lennart Forsgren 5. Val d'Amour, Erik Berglof 6. Costatantisoldi, Berndt Lindstedt 7. Need To Speed, Thomas Nilsson 8. Checco Boko, Helen A. Johansson 9. Vici Lane, Giancarlo Baldi 10. Renate Bowl, Heinz Wewering 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

The hotly contested Gr. I International Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden for 1SEK million first prize, was decided by the judges in favor of Ed You, the seven year-old gelded son of Love You. Robert Bergh is trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB (also owner of Nahar) as Ed You closed on the outside to nip Occhione Jet on the line. Ed You won for the 22nd time in 58 career starts. Actual winner Un Mec d'Heripre, handled by Franck Nivard for Fabrice Souloy, was disqualified for interference against Magic Tonight and Johan Untersteiner in mid-stretch. The pacesetter was Truculent and Johnny Takter as they parked out veteran Commander Crowe and his teamster Robin Bakker. Un Mec d'Heripre followed the Commander, his Fabrice Souloy trained stablemate, as the veteran eventually put away Truculent at top of stretch and appeared toward a popular victory until flattening out in the final 100 yards. The whole field seized the moment and Un Mec d'Heripre left second on the outer behind the tiring Commander Crowe and moved to the lead scoring easily by a length. Ed You and Occhione Jet flashed up on the outside to be second and third. Judges immediately signaled inquiry and then disqualified Un Mer d'Heripre alleging that he forced out, affecting Magic Tonight . Well regarded Orecchietti make a miscue early and was disqualified. Summary follows for the V75-6 event: Hugo Abergs Memorial Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 1,000,000SEK to winner, 1.10.1kr, winner by disqualification of Un Mec d'Heripre for interference in stretch 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh trainer/driver for Stall Sedin HB, 22nd win in 58 for 3,220,685SEK 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson for trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed), Bjorn Goop Today was an historical day in European trotting racing. Jägersro (Malma) hosted the initial Breeders Course Final, this with ten three year-old open trotters racing for 550,000SEK first money. The international field included five Italian-breds, three Swedish-bred, one French and one Finnish horses. The contestants are trained in Sweden, Holland, France and Finland, and owned in Italy, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Holland and Finland. Winter's Iceman, a three year-old gelded son of Love You, owned in Finland, took the prize for teamster Jorma Kontio timed in 1.11.6kr over the 1609 meter autostart course. Italy's Spartan Kronos ended second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. That son of Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos was a 2013 import from Germany. The Jerry Riordan trained, Orjan Kihlstrom reined, Conway Hall filly Saphire Bi was third for Italian owner Maurizio Cavezzzali with From Dust To Dawn home fourth. Race summary follows: Premio Going Kronos, Final Breeders Course for three year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 550,000SEK to winner (€60,000), 1.11.6kr 1st Winter's Iceman (3g Love You-Catch The Lady-Running Sea), Jorma Kontio up, third career win in 12 starts for 776,501SEK 2nd Spartan Kronos (3m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for Jerry Riordan trainer 4th From Dust To Dawn (3m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), Johnny Takter Tumble Dust, a son of Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream, wired a solid field to win the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer at Jagersro, defeating heavily favored Corky and Erik Adielsson in making his first start for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Tumble Dust was quick away from post one for Bjorn Goop in this V75-4 event and parked Corky (4m Muscles Yankee) throughout, holding that one safe by a neck in 1.10.5kr over the 1609 meters autostart course. He secured 200,000SEK first money for Stall Tumble Boys and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Tumble Dust is model of consistency as he scored victory five in 21 career starts, with five times second and six thirds, for earnings of 2,264,059SEK. The Conway Hall son Tycoon Conway Hall was third for Steen Juul. Prix Cagnes sur Mer for four year-olds, 1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner Fractions: first 500 meters 1.08.9kr; 1.10.7 at 1000 meters, finish 1.10.5kr (1:53.43) 1st Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream), Bjorn Goop, Tomas Malmqvist trainer, fifth career win in 21 starts for 2,264,059SEK for owner Stall Tumble Boys, career slate now 5-5-6 in those 21 appearances 2nd Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Erik Adielsson, Stig H. Johansson trainer 3rd Tycoon Conway Hall (4m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill), Steen Juul up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Today’s European top trotting action took place at Enghien-Soisy (FR) and Visby (SWE). The Quinte+ (jackpot €5.75 million) was the Prix Meduc with 16 starters battling over 2875 meters for a purse of €65,000. J-M Bazire won it with Italy’s Nuage En Ciel, a seven year-old son of Daguet Rapide trained by Fabrice Souloy. Scuderia Fast Horse SRL of Italy owns the victor. The winning pair scored in 1.14.2kr, his 14th career win for €188,065, over Holland’s Aisa Boko with Robin Bakker aboard. The exact order Quinte payout, excluding jackpot, was €1,064 for a €2 wager. July 23, 2014 Enghien-Soisy, Prix Meduc, €65,000 purse, 16 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.14.2kr 1st Nuage En Ciel (7m Daguet Rapide-Pretty Perle-Extreme Dream), J-M Bazire, 1.5/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Fast Horse SRL, Italy 2nd Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty), Robin Bakker up, trainer Paul Hagoort for Gerrits Recylcling BV, Holland, 7.2/1 3rd Ton Ami Du Prieur (7g Lynx de Bellouet-Jenny Du Prieur), M. Bezier trainer/owner/driver, 9.3/1 The Enghien feature was the Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin for €85,000 over 2875 meters with 11 starters.  Second choice Very Nice Marceaux rallied through the stretch to score for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun. The five year-old son of Jag de Bellouet won for the 14th time, now with €429,250 earned. Kalle was second for Anthony Barrier and the Stig H. Johansson trained Indigious ended third with Eric Raffin aboard. July 23, 2014, Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin, €85,000 Gr. III, 11 European starters, 2875 meters, 1.15kr 1st Very Nice Marceaux (5m Jag de Bellouet-Jolie Fortuna-And Arifant), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Gregory Laurent and owner Jean Brun, 2.2/1 2nd Kalle (6g Smok’n Lantern-Burning Desire), Anthony Barrier up for trainer Dagfin Aarum, 25.8/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin, Stig H. Johansson trainer for Harald Kragmann owner, Germany, 1.8/1 Vercruysse returned to win the €41,000 Prix de L’Esplanade over 2875 meters in 1.16.2kr with Ask For You. The four year-old daughter of Love You went off as favorite for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, also an active owner in the US. Apple Road was second for Tony Le Beller. July 23, 2014, Enghien-Soisy, Prix de L’Esplanade, €41,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters, 1.16.2kr 1st Ask For You (4f Love You-Intrigue-Cygnus d’Odyssee), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Marcus Lindgren and owner Stall Courant AB, 1.9/1 2nd Apple Road (4f Laetenter Diem-Nikita), Tony Le Beller for trainer/owner Claude Ramond, 3.1/1 3rd Aphrodite d’Arbaz (4f Coktail Jet-Mascote d’Arbaz(, Franck Ouvrie for trainer Mme. Marie Christine Cousin, 43.5/1 Today’s top race in Sweden was at Vichy on the V86 card. The Gotlandslopningen for 125,000SEK to the winner was won by Deuxieme Picsous over 2140 meters autostart and seven rivals in 1.12.8kr. The seven year-old son of In Love With You-Carmela Stromline-Delvin Kosmos scored by a length for Torbjorn Jansson driving for trainer and co-owner Johan Lejon with Marie Stenberg. The veteran campaigner, a previous winner of this race, now has earnings in excess of 5.4SEK million. The Lindy Lane son David Sisu was second with Photo Sea, by SJ’s Photo, home third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The hotly contested Quinte+ Prix de la Manche today at Enghien-Soisy (suburban Paris) went to hard-driving Repay Merci and reinsman Anthony Barrier. The Fabrice Souloy trainee nailed long-time pacesetter Swedishman and Franck Nivard (who traveled 2900 meters this day) on the line in 1.14.8kr over 2875 meters. The six year-old son of Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News won for the 12th time in his career, now for earnings of £281,920. The winner was off at 12/1 odds. Favorite Indigious ended third for teamster Eric Raffin. July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de la Manche, European, Quinte+ with jackpot £4.85 million, purse £85,000, 18 starters, 2875 meters distance handicapped Fractions: 1.16.1kr at 1000; 1.14.8kr at 500 and finish 1st Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News), Anthony Barrier for Fabrice Souloy trainer and Ecurie Repay (Denmark) owner, 2875 meters, 12/1 2nd Swedishman (8g Gogo-Volgana), Franck Nivard up for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer, 2900 meters, 6.9/1 3rd Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication), Eric Raffin up for trainer Stig H. Johansson, 1.8/1 The co-featured Prix de Berlin for three year-old colts went to heavily favored Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou) and pilot Joseph Verbeeck. This pair led from the early going and fought off very determined Secretariat (Italy) before pulling away in late stretch to score in 1.14.1kr. The 2150 meter autostart contest carried an £85,000 purse for this Gr. III event. Bixente was third for Jean-Etienne Dubois. July 5, 2014 Enghien Soisy, Prix de Berlin, 2150 meters autostart, European Gr. III, £85,000, 9 starters Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1000; 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.1kr finish 1st Brillantissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victoire-Buvetier d’Aunou), Jos. Verbeeck for Philippe Allaire trainer and Frederic Sauque owner, 3/10 favorite, seventh career win for £368,950 earned 2nd Secretariat (3m Ganymede-Venella Gius), Antonio Velotti up for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, 8.6/1, Italy 3rd Bixente (3m Quaker Jet-Kitty Meslois), Jean-Etienne Dubois owner/trainer/driver, 6/1 by Tom Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

July 4, 2014. Timoko next tests the starter on Sunday at La Capelle and Philippe Allaire's Brillantissime leads the field Saturday at Enghien in the Prix de Berlin against a competitive group of three year-olds. See the entries below for these weekend headliners. July 5, 2014 Enghien-Soisy Features Prix de la Marche, £85,000, 2875 meters, 16 starters. Field includes Indigious (by Prodigious) with Eric Raffin up for Stig H. Johansson and Swedishman with Franck Nivard steering for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. Prix de Berlin, £85.000, 2150 meters autostart, European, 9 starters for three year-olds. This group includes Brillantissime (by Ready Cash) for Joseph Verbeeck and trainer Philippe Allaire, Bioness (by Sam Bourbon) with Erik Raffin aboard, Secretariat (Ganymede) for trainer Lorenzo Baldi, Scoop Grif Italia (Varenne) for Pierre Vercruysse/Marco Smorgon, and Silverado Lux (Amigo Hall) for the Nivard/Souloy team. July 6, 2014 La Capelle Feature Prix der la Communaute de Communes, 1609 meters autostart, £100,000, Gr. II International, field in post position order below (horse, driver, trainer): Reve de Beylev, Raffin/Guarato Oibambam Effe, Carro/Carro Spirit Beji, Bullier/Provost Quinoa du Gers, Ouvrie/Souloy Roi du Lupin, Barrier/Marmion Krangel, Locqueneux/Westholm Timoko, Goop/Westerink Quick Viervil, Gallier/Gallier Viscaria, Piton/Gillot Timoko and Richard Westerink Earlier this week solid action took place in Sweden with Happy Days winning his elimination and the final of the Sprinter Masters. In the final Express Duo and Tumble Dust trailed the winning horse/driver pair that were timed in 1.10.7kr. On July 2 at Lindesberg Mr. Picolit took the aged main event in 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. US entrant Uncle Peter was scratched. July 3, 2014 Halmstad Sprinter Masters 1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money each elimination, Elim 1, 1.11.7kr Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem), Pekka Korpi, Finland, 20th win in 32 starts for 3,494,704SEK Elim 2 1.12.0kr Dream With Me (4m Dream Vacation-Jolly Jane-Pink Diamond), Lutfi Kolgjini, Netherlands, 6th win in 20 for 649,172SEK Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Dream Vacation), Bjorn Goop, Denmark, now in 20 starts 4-5-6 slate for 2,064,059SEK Elim 3, 1.10.l9kr Happy Days (4g Dream Vacation-Kiss Me Once-Varenne)m Johnny Takter, eighth win in 11 for 1,179,300SEK Final, 1.10.7kr, first money 902,660SEK Happy Days, Johnny Takter, first on the line Express Duo, Pekka Korpi TumbleDust, Bjorn Goop Other relevant winners on the Halmstad card were: Oliver Kronos (6g Varenne-Glide About-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop, 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 100,000SEK first money, eighth win in 18 appearances. Your Highness (5f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop, 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first prize, 10th win in 20 tries for 1,461,904SEK career earnings. July 2, 2014 Lindesberg Winners Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed), Daniel Olsson up for Stefan Melander, 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, 60,000SEK to winner. Paris Metro (3f Cantab Hall-Mrs Ronerail-Donerail), Bjorn Goop for trainer Melander, 1.12.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, 60,000SEK winners prize. Paducah Dream (4f Infinitif-Padme Hanover-Credit Winner), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.13.8kr, 1640 meters autostart, 50,000SEK to winner. High Speed Call (6g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema), Carl-Erik Lindblom up, 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner. Mr. Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Torbjorn Jansson, 1.10.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK first money, defeating Occione Jet with Erik Adielsson and Bagley with Conrad Lugauer. Uncle Peter was scratched. Thomas H. Hicks

Timoko, with Bjorn Goop up for trainer/owner Richard Westerink, won today’s €150,000 Gr. I UET Masters Series Kymi Grand Prix at Kuovolo Finland. The 2014 Elitloppet winner, bred in France, overcame a second tier start and a death seat overland journey to rally by a head over very game pacesetter Commander Crowe, in rein to Robin Bakker. Timoko scored for the 23rd time in his career and his earnings have now reached €2,664,690, for the 9/10 favorite. Commander Crowe was second choice in the wagering at 3.3/1 with 50/1 longshot, pocket sitting Up-Date Hoss a close third on the line for Ari Moilanen and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Time for the 2100 meter autostart distance was 1.13kr with dynamic final 500 meters. June 14, 2014 Kuovolo Finland – Kymi Grand Prix €150,000, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1,13.kr Fractions: 1.09.5kr first 500; 1.14kr at 1000; 1.15.5kr at 1500; 1.13kr finish 1st Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant), Bjorn Goop up for Richard Westerink, 9/10 favorite, 23rdwin for €2,664,690 2nd Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell), Robin Bakker up for Fabrice Souloy trainer, 3.3/1 3rd Up-Date Hoss (8m Classic Response-Celebration Ride-Express Ride), Ari Moilanen up for Stig H. Johansson at 50/1 Ed You and Amour d’Occagnes finished fourth-fifth respectively. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Ten solid veterans face the starter Sunday in the prestigious Oslo Grand Prix in Norway. The winner will earn 1.5 million norwegian kroners ($250,000 US) after covering the 2100 meters autostart course. The French will send three to battle with Solvato and Raja Mirchi (game performer in Elitloppet 2014). Univers de Pan and Philippe Daugeard lead the French entrants and Un Mec d'Heripre was an impressive winner in his last appearance plus he'll have Bjorn Goop at the lines. The leading money winner in the field is the old-campaigner Roi de Lupin, with over 13.8NOkr million earned for trainer Jean Paul Marmion. The lineup is summarized below and program is available at https://www.rikstoto.no/program/pdf/BJ_20140608_Baneprogram.pdf June 8, 20014 Bjerke, Oslo Grand Prix Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 1.5NOkr million to winner, 10 starters 1.SOLVATO, Veijo Heiskanen 2.JULIANO RAGS, Noralf P. Brackken 3.B.B.S. SUGARLIGHT, Peter Untersteiner 4.ORALI, Jeppe Juel 5.ROI DU LUPIN, Anthony Barrier 6.M F.X.ROYAL, Lars Anvar Kolle 7.RAJA MIRCHI, Jorma Kontio 8.SUPPORT JUSTICE, Geir Vegard Gundersen 9. UNIVERS DE PAN, Philippe Daugeard 10.UN MEC D'HERIPRE, Bjorn Goop The Sunday undercard at Bjerke is exceptional featuring the Elite for three-year olds (race 1) with Juniata Hanover at the start; the two heat and final Energima Cup (races 2, 3 and 7) includes Winmecredit, I'm The Answer, V.C Chocoholic and Broadway Legs. The Elite for four year-olds includes Denver, Single Sock, Alizea du Kastel and Tumble Dust; and the Europamatch with Mr. Chicago, Clint W. Boko, Nothing But Class and Stelton at the start. Former Hambletonian Oaks Winner Bold And Fresh is in race 12 for open class mares. Sebastian K took the 2013 Oslo Grand Prix edition in 1.12.8kr defeating Nesta Effe and Maharajah. Past winners of the classic, which began in 1966, are listed below. Year Horse Driver Country1 Winning time 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens  Sweden 1:11.5 2011 Arch Madness Björn Goop  United States 1:11.5 2010 Lisa America Jorma Kontio  United States 1:11.7 2009 Russel November Hugo Langeweg J:r  Netherlands 1:14.3 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun Tony Le Beller  France 1:11.5 2007 Super Light Jörgen Westholm  Sweden 1:12.2 2006 Mara Bourbon Erik Adielsson  France 1:13.2 2005 Steinlager Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Norway 1:12.5 2004 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:11.7 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.2 2002 Brads Photo Wim Paal  Italy 1:13.9 2001 Giant Cat Nicolas Roussel  France 1:12.1 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.0 1999 Ganymede Jean-Pierre Dubois  France 1:12.6 1998 Huxtable Hornline Joseph Verbeeck  Sweden 1:13.2 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:14.6 1996 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.9 1995 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1993 Nordin Hanover Olle Goop  Sweden 1:14.3 1992 Sea Cove Joseph Verbeeck  Germany 1:14.6 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:14.1 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjaersgaard  Denmark 1:13.8 1989 Ourasi Michel-M. Gougeon  France 1:13.5 1988 Sugarcane Hanover Gunnar Eggen  United States 1:12.5 1987 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:13.7 1986 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:14.7 1985 Ogorek Michel Roussel   Switzerland 1:16.0 1984 Hickory Almahurst Ulf Nordin  Denmark 1:16.3 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter  Sweden 1:15.6 1982 Zorrino Tommy Hanné  Sweden 1:18.9 1981 Pamir Brodde Karl Erik Nilsson  Sweden 1:16.3 1980 Express Gaxe Gunnar Axelryd  Sweden 1:17.1 1979 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire  France 1:19.9 1978 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:17.0 1977 Race cancelled       1976 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:19.7 1975 Hassan Star Kjell P. Dahlström  Sweden 1:19.1 1974 Boett Sören Norberg  Sweden 1:21.0 1973 Gaby Bulwark Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.6 1972 Noble Action Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.1 1971 Unor Lars Axelsson  Sweden 1:19.5 1970 Race cancelled       1969 Baron Gruff Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.5 1968 Race cancelled       1967 Xanthe Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.6 1966 Scott Protector Karsten Buer  Norway 1:23.0 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Univers de Pan (FR), with harness racing trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard aboard, took the first over path to win today’s prestigious Gr. I Finlandia AJO at Helsinki. The 1609 meter autostart test rewarded €110,000 to the winner, he the 1.75/1 favorite on the Fintoto network.  Univers de Pan was timed in 1.10.7kr, second fastest in the rich history of the classic. Oasis Bi was second for Claes Svensson at 14.2/1 with Prussia third for Pietro Gubellini at 6.87/1 (she raced first over initially before being covered by the winner that raced in the death seat), this pair noses apart for second on the line and a length off Univers de Pan. Sweden’s Sanity ended fourth for Johnny Taker. The defending 2013 winner Nesta Effe finished sixth. Recently imported Blue Porsche was never a factor and broke in the stretch as did local favorite Air Gunner. Univers de Pan, pictured below, is a handsome, superbly gaited six year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de al Vaudere that is owned by Olivier Horvath. Today’s victory was his 18th in a career that now has produced lifetime earnings of €1,197,530. Sij. Hevonen Ohjastaja Matka:Rata Aika Palkinto Kerroin 1 6   Univers de Pan* (FR) Philippe Daugeard 1609:6 10,7a 110000 € 2,75 2 2   Oasis Bi* (IT) Claes Svensson 1609:2 10,8a 45000 € 15,22 3 8   Prussia* (IT) Pietro Gubellini 1609:8 10,8a 20000 € 7,87 4 4   Sanity* (SE) Johnny Takter 1609:4 10,9a 10000 € 3,73 5 1   Juliano Rags* (NO) Noralf Braekken 1609:1 11,0a 5000 € 28,67 6 3   Nesta Effe* (IT) Roberto Vecchione 1609:3 11,2a   9,12 7 9   Paladin Bleu* (FR) Joseph Verbeeck 1609:9 11,3a   91,98 8 5   Quite An Avenger Markku Nieminen 1609:5 11,7a   72,17 hpl 7   Blue Porsche (US) Iikka Nurmonen 1609:7 -a   40,95 hpl 10   Air Gunner Kari Rosimo 1609:10 -a   17,38 Click Helsinki race 10 for replay. http://tototv.icareus.com/web/guest/archive Prior ten winner of the Finlandia AJO are listed below 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 The undercard featured several fine events as well. The Glenn Kosmos Memorial for four year-olds, contested over 1609 meters autostart for €21,500 purse, went to Jean-Pierre Dubois’ Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) in 1.10.8 (1:53.9) for reinsman Pietro Gubellini. The Patrick Chevrier trainee was bred in Italy by Dubois’ Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. Alizia du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalinda jet) was second for Johnny Takter and Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett) was third for Pekka Korpi. Other winners on the card were Le Cupole (7m Gentle Star-Molly Hebre) for teamster Hanni Torvinen in the 3100 meter John Deere Gator. The winner was timed in 1.15.1kr for the score for a purse of €22,000. The three year-olds battled in the Jurodia Butzow Pris for €21,500 over 2100 meters autostart. Thomas Korvenoja reined the winning Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover) in their 1.13.9kr score. The card started with the Prix Finlandia Monte (€6,000, 2100 meters) going to Testa Rossa Pat (7f Offshore Dream-Namorosa-Corot) ) with Philippe Masschaele up in 1.14kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Defending Finlandia-Ajo champion Nesta Effe faces a stiff challenge to his crown from rising French star Univers de Pan and Swedish star Sanity at Vermo , Saturday night. The group one Finnish race is over the mile distance and Holger Ehlert will have his Italian-bred chestnut journeyman primed for a race in a country in which he has excelled. Neste Effe not only won this race last year,but he also won the Prix Etain Royal the first of the Scandinavian big spring races which was won this year by Warkentin mare Prussia in stunning fashion. She lines up again, but there is a feeling that on paper, last year's was a much stronger field, perhaps due to the untimely clash this season with the Copenhagen Cup. Mr Picolit, who ran third last year is defending his Copenhagen Crown, while Monster Drive who was fourth, chose a trip to Italy last weekend for the Lotteria where he made the final. Commander Crowe, who also appeared in both races last year, has not also reappeared for his 11th season. So this leaves the big three, really looking a class above the opposition in this race. Malin Lofgren's Sanity won four races in France over the lucrative winter period, and also finished second and third, and has a win and two second since he returned to Scandinavian racing. The son of Love You is just a super tough competitor and demands the ultimate respect here. Philippe Daugeard's Univers de Pan is one of the French elite ranks, and the fact that he is racing on the 1000m Scandinavian is something of a coup for the organizers of the race. A true French bred son of Kenya du Pont, the only American bloodlines in his pedigree ironically stem from his sireline, his great-great grandsire being Star's Pride. He is the only one of his fifth line 32 descendants who is American. Not one of the other five lines of pedigree is of US breeding. But that is of interest only to the breeding buff, he was second in the Prix de France and has no less than four group two victories. On a wide open track he'd street this field. The fact that he is putting his credentials on the line on a 1000m track, and an acknowledged hard track at that, speaks of a greater goal. A fast mile time, perhaps with the lucrative Swedish breeding market taking not of performance above such a "French" pedigree. This is a race which has been run since 1980, and is regarded as Finland's biggest trotting event. A few facts Horses with most wins 2 - Giesolo de Lou (1999, 2000) 2 - Napoletano (1988, 1989)[3] Drivers with most wins 3 - Jean-Michel Bazire (2005, 2008, 2009) 3 - Stig H. Johansson (1988, 1989, 2004) 3 - Jorma Kontio (1985, 1986, 2007) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) 2 - Joseph Verbeeck (1998, 2003) Trainers with most wins 3 - Fabrice Souloy (2003, 2008, 2009) 2 - Jean-Etienne Dubois (1999, 2000) 2 - Stig Engberg (1988, 1989) 2 - Olle Goop (1983, 1987) Sires with most winning offsprings 2 - Biesolo (Giesolo de Lou, Oiseau de Feux) 2 - Quick Pay (Atas Fighter L., Born Quick) 2 - Texas (Grades Singing, Copiad) 2 - Super Bowl (Davidia Hanover, Napoletano Countries, number of wins 10 - United States 9 - France 7 - Sweden 4 - Finland Fastest winners 1:10.6 (km rate) - Quarcio du Chene (2010) All winners of Finlandia-Ajo[edit] 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 David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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