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May 24, 2019 - The demand for well-bred trotting stock was on display Friday in the ASVT Elitauktion in Sweden. Held in conjunction with the Elitloppet this sale cataloged 100 head and the average was up 32% from 2018 at 283,684SEK (26,519€). The average last year was 215,473SEK. Sale toppers are shown below with winning bids in Swedish krona. Catalogue link:  https://www.asvt.se/images/aktuellt/Elitkatalogen-2019.pdf The catalogue page of the sale topper is shown below, this one a colt by Ready Cash-Aisle Stand-Scarlet Knight. He brought 142,557€ from a bid by well-known horseman Lutfi Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks  

Sorbet (8m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound-Supergill) impressively won Saturday’s H.K.H. Prins Daniels at Gavle (500,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden.   Sorbet won for the 14 th time in 48 career harness racing starts now for life earnings of 5,551,026SEK. MIndyourvalue WF (6g Hovding Lavec) rallied for second handled by trainer Robert Bergh.   Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo) raced throughout in the pocket and was blocked from emerging in the lane.   Wim Paal teamed Ringo, the 2018 Elitloppet winner, for trainer Jerry Riordan and he looked fit and full of trot. The winner, Sorbet (pictured), earned an Elitloppet start with this victory.     Thomas H. Hicks  

Today was a superb trotting day at Aby highlighted by the Konung Gustaf Pokal (Gr. I International, purse to winner 1,150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) that went to 1.10.6kr timed Campo Bahia (4m Muscle Hill-Americandream AT-Extreme Dream) reined by trainer Conrad Lugauer for owner Thomas Berchtold et.al.   Campo Bahia won for the sixth time in nine harness racing career starts and raised his life earnings to 3,754,000SEK.   He was off at 2.3/1 odds and bested Attraversiamo (4m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos- Viking Kronos) with Erik Adielson aboard. Third was Thrust Control (4m Cantab Hall-Ideal Harbor-SJs Caviar) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander.   The filly classic Drottning Silvias Pokal (Gr. I International, 1,150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) this day went to 1.11.6kr clocked Activated (4f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) with Carl Johan Jepson up for owner/trainer Fredrik Wallin.   Activated                                             --ATG photo   This mare earned her sixth career victory in 19 outings now for 2,213,630SEK earned. She was off at 62.4/1 odds and defeated the 1.2/1 favorite Conrads Rodluva (4f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden.   Third was 140.4/1 Convivial Church (4f Pastor Stephen-MT Halleluja-Kadabra) teamed with Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Reden.   Thomas H. Hicks

May 4, 2019 - Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) took today’s harness racing co-featured V75 Gold at Orebro (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). Trainer Adrian Kolgjini teamed the winner that was timed in 1.10.9kr. The winner scored for the 26th time in 97 career starts and now has life earnings of 8,718,561SEK. Second went to 1.7/1 favorite Charrua Forlan (9g Up Front Larry-Friske Bar-Frisky Frazer) with Emilia Leo aboard for trainer Hans Owe Sundberg. Third was 64/1 Snowstorm Hanover (5m Muscle Massive) with Stefan Melander driving. The other featured event today at Orebro was the Orebro International Stayerlopp (Gr. II, 400,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart). The 1.13.8kr timed victory went to 6.6/1 Mack Dragan (6g Zola Boko-Stons Nettan-Rite On Line) reined by C.J. Jepson for owner/trainer Withelmsson Morgan, as he won for the 19th time in 38 career starts, now for life earnings of 1,697,300SEK. The winner overcame a 20 meter handicap. Second was the 3.4/1 choice On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) that faced a 40 meter handicap and was reined by Rikard N, Skoglund for trainer Hans R. Stromberg. 15/1 Enzo AM (5g Scarlet Knight-Timbe Madrik-Jam Pridem) took third money for pilot Per Nilsson. Mack Dragan The feature for trotting mares today was the Enoch Karlssons Minne (125,000SEK first prize, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.12.1kr timed victory went to 2/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) that Jerry Riordan trains for Italy’s Pietro Gubellini. The winning catch driver was Adrian Kolgjini and Shadow Gar now has 24 career wins in 86 appearances for 5,060,918SEK in life earnings. 10/1 Ginny Weasley (6f Andover Hall-Donepunk-Donerail) took second with Robert Bergh aboard. Third was 8/1 Unique Juli (6f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill). Thomas H. Hicks  

April 27, 2019 - At Aby Goteborg, Sweden, today was the harness racing Gr. I UET Masters Series Olympiatravet (purse 271,050€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters). Victory went to the 1.4/1 favorite Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) timed in 1.10.9kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Propulsion won for the 34th time in a 68-race career, this one by a length. 31/1 Handsome Brad (6m Bred de Veluwe-Ulrica M) was second for C.J. Jepson and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. Third was 40/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines) for trainer Junior Guelpa. Both were timed in 1.11kr. Day And Night In, Cyber Lane and Utupem completed the top six. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today at Halmstad Sweden the 2018 Elitloppet winner Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral- Supergill) returned to the races (first since October 13, 2018 at Yonkers) and scored in gate to wire fashion in the Yngve Larssons Memorial (100,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart).   Race time was 1.10.3kr for the 2.4/1 harness racing favorite that is trained by Jerry Riordan for EVAM Racing Trotter Srls. of Italy and reined by Wilhelm Paal.   Ringo won for the 31 st time in his 88 race career and he now has career earnings of 13,434,364SEK.     The pace was quick (first 500 1.08.4 (3 Ringostarr Treb), 1000 1.09.5 (3 Ringostarr Treb) and Ringo was a diminishing length winner over 2.54/1 Racing Mange (6m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) reined by trainer Joakim Lovgren and third finishing 9.49/1 odds Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with trainer Adrian Kolgjini up.   Earlier on the card was the Euro Classic New Year (50,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) with that victory to 17/1 Global Action (3m Broadway Hall-Global Mix-Cantab Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr and reined by Joakim Lovgren. Guzz Mearas (3m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos-Viking Kronos) at 1.6/1 odds took second for Johan Untersteiner and 48.6/1 One Deep Valley (3m Weingartner-Heavenly East-Juliano Star) was third for Stefan Soderkvist. Also today the lineup for the April 27 Olympiatravet at Aby was announced as shown below.   Thomas H. Hicks  

April 19, 2019 - The 1.37/1 harness racing favorite Perfect Spirit (5m Andover Hall-Good Common Cents-Kadabra) took today’s 250,000SEK first money Prins Carl Philips Prize at Farjestad, raced over 1640 meters autostart. Race time was 1.10.1kr. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the former Hambletonian winner that is owned by SRF Stable and trained by Daniel Reden. Perfect Spirit now has 17 career wins in 31 starts for 9,787,579SEK earned.  Hanover Shoe Farms bred the winner that defeated 13/1 Heart Of Steel (5g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) teamed by trainer Peter Untersteiner. 7.7/1 Eldorado B (5m Maharajah-Alexia Hammering-Smasher) was third with Torbjorn Jansson the pilot. Yesterday in Sweden, at Gavle, there were two interesting winner. The 3/2 favorite Acciaio (3m Love You-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) won a 2140 meter autostart event (first prize 100,000SEK) with Alessandro Gocciador up, the trainer for owner Scuderia Pink and Black. Race time was 1.13.kr for this three time winner in 10 career starts. Also on the Gavle card was a 2140 meters autostart event for mares (150,000SEK first prize) that went to 4.6/1 Vivacious Allie (4f Muscle Hill-KD Girl-Self Possessed). Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Daniel Reden. Race time was 1.15.1kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday’s V75 harness racing card in Sweden was at Mantorp. The big races were the STL Gold worth 200,000SEK to winner of the 2140 meters autostart event contested by seven upper level campaigners.   The 1.13.1kr timed winner was 3.4/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe-Ulrica M-Red Xing) with Carl Johan Jepson aboard.    This was the first 2019 appearance for the now 11 time career winner of 2,212,543SEK. Second was 7.3/1 Vasterboonthenews (11g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with Orjan Kihlstrom up and third was 3.7/1 Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) for Ulf Eriksson.   This one was bred in the USA (Ohio) by Dick and Joyce McClelland.   The co-featured Kjell P Dahlstroms Minne (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) saw the 1.8/1 favorite Zack’s Zoomer (5m Deweycheatumnhowe-Passageway-Angus Hall) score timed in 1.14.1kr.   The Stall TZ owned and Stefan Melander trained winner secured his 15 th career victory with Orjan Kihlstrom up this day, in 37 starts now for 2,712,260SEK earned, with this first 2019 start.   Brittany Farms bred Zack’s Zoomer last raced in the USA for Erv Miller in October 2017. 12.9/1 Catch My Love (5f Symphonic Hanover-Give Me Your Love-Pine Chip) took second ahead of 4/1 Transcendence (5g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight).   Thomas H. Hicks

March 10, 2019 - Today top trotting action was at Padova (Italy) with two co-featured harness racing events. The Gr. III Grand Premio Citta di Padova (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) saw Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sole del Rio-Varenne) score timed in 1.12kr over the half-mile track, with Andrea Farolfi aboard for trainer Mauro Baroncini. The winner sat the pocket before emerging for stretch surge that increased his career earnings to 205,996€. Zlatan (4m Napoleon Bar-Nastassia Bar) was second after racing parked out for driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. Zante Laser (4f Maharajah-India di Jesolo-Toss Out) was third. The other top race was the Grand Premio Padovanelle (purse 40,040€, 1640 meters autostart) and veteran Arazi Boko (12g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) benefitted from a pocket trip engineering by driver Alessandro Gocciadoro to win timed in 1.12.3kr. Sonia (8f Donato Hanover-Ele Cod-Uronometro) was second for driver Rene Legati, with third to Viola Trio (5f Nad Al Sheba-Face Trio-Toss Out). On Saturday March 9 the V75 Gold in Sweden was at Farjestad (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with victory to 1.4/1 favorite On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), his second straight Gold win in 2019. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Hans R. Stromberg trainee that scored in 1.13.1kr, for the 45 time in a 144 race career now for 17,516,005 SEK earned. 9.3/1 Phantasm SOA (6m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uver LB) took the second check for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Anders Lundstrom. Third went to the 89.5/1 longshot Rocky Winner (11m Credit Winner) reined by Oskar J. Andersson for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Today at Kalmar 2/1 Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass-Crown Lauren-Cantab Hall) scored in the Stayerserien (35,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart) timed in 1.14.3kr with trainer Robert Bergh at the lines. Bergh and Ecurie des Charmes own Muscle Hustle that won for the 15th time in 47 career starts now for 3,945,230€ earned. He last raced in October 2016 in Canada before export. He is being pointed for a possible Elitloppet appearance in late May. Thomas H. Hicks

Saturday’s V5 action was at Bergsaker and the aged trotters raced in the V75 Gold (200,000SEK to winner 2140 meters autostart).   The 1.13.4kr timed winner was 4.3/1 odds Elian Web (7g Like A Prayer- EL Dolly-Conway Hall) reined by Jorma Kontio for trainer Katja Melkko, to his 20th career win in 43 appearances, now for 5,083,700SEK earned. 24.3/1 outsider Nappa Scar (7m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover) took second for Per Lennartsson ahead of 6/1 Queer Fish (10g Varenne- Gambari-Victory Dream) with Ulf Eriksson up. Fourth went to 39.4/1 Kadett CD (12m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune).   Saturday at Kincsem Park was he featured Wind Scot DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) and it produced an explosive finish with the victory to 5/1 Uptown Boy M (6g Cigar Dan-Malhana Serey) handled by Ferenc Nagy III for trainer Balazs Juhasz.   Race time was 1.19.3kr as the winner bested six rivals in the picture with second to Ujrczz! (6m Maximus Lindy) and driver Sandor Turbucz for the trainer Laszlo Kolozsi. Third was Trencsen (7m Ata Star L) with trainer Istvan Papp at the lines.   Uptown Boy M     -Kincsem Park and ATG photos   The undercard included the Dolgos Handicap (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) with the 1.18.8kr timed victory earned by 2/1 Asterix Evo (7m Broadway Hall-Rompaway Quincy-Tabor Lobell) with Sandor Turbucz up for trainer Laszlo Kolozi. Unipress (6f Incredible Cole) took the second check with third to Vanadium Boy (5g Maximus Lindy).   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Saturday at Jagersro was the V75 Gold Arvid Stjernswards (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 11 starters) with victory to the 2.8/1 Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) timed in 1.12.1kr and reined by harness racing trainer Adrian Kolgjini. 17/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) took second with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. Third was 59/1 Art On Line (12g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) for pilot Carl Johan Jepson Thomas H. Hicks  

January 5, 2019 - Saturday’s V75 card at Bergsaker included the featured harness racing Gold Division Zoogins Lopp for 200,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meters autostart event. The 2.7/1 second choice Zenit Brick (8g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) prevailed timed in 1.13.4kr with Orjan Kihlstrom driving for trainer Timo Nurmos. Zenit recorded his 21st career win in 70 starts now for 4,549,396SEK earned. 29.6/1 outsider Digital Ink (10g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Bogeuil) was second for driver Nicklas Westerholm and trainer Robert Bergh. Another Bergh trainee Nimbus CD (9g Mythical Indy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor du Baune) took third money with Bergh aboard at 9.8/1 odds. The 3/2 wagering favorite Lionel (9m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) was fourth with his owner Goran Antonsen driving for trainer Daniel Reden. 17.8/1 Beau Mec was fourth for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 22, 2018 - Saturday harness racing V75 action in Sweden was at Mantorptravet with the STL Gold (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) going to 1.6/1 Lionel (8m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern), timed in 1.13.5kr and driven by his owner Goran Antonsen for trainer Daniel Reden. Lionel, by a good FR sire (and a son of Coktail Jet foaled in 1999) and bred in Norway, now has recorded 24 wins in 72 career starts for 16,143,083SEK earned. He has four wins in 14 starts during 2018. He won an elimination to the 2018 Elitloppet timed in 1.09.7kr and then finished fifth in the final. 1 2/1 Whitehouse Express (7m Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell) was second this day for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and 2.9/1 On Track Piraten (10g Kool du Caux) was third for Oskar J. Andersson. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 15, 2018 - The Saturday V75 Gold was at Aby Sweden in the Legolas Minne (200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and victory went to 1.10.6kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) with harness racing driver Erik Adielsson up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. 12.2/1 Torno di Azzurra (6m Love You) was second driven by Peter Ingves for trainer Steen Juul. Third was 15/1 Art On Line (11g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) handled by Bjorn Goop for Mikko Aho. Probo OP was fourth for Wim Paal. On the undercard, the Belgium invaders Rick Ebbinge (driver) and Jeroen W.M. Engwerda (trainer) were successful with two victories, the first with Velten Versailles (3m Prodigious-Sugar-Pine Chip), his fifth consecutive victory, and then in the V75 Bronze with Tuxedo Bi (6g Love You-Iberia Bi-Supergill), also his fifth win in a row. Thomas H. Hicks  

December 1, 2018 - Sweden’s oldest stake race, the Svensk Uppfodningslopning (2018), took place Saturday at Jagersro (700,000SEK to both dead heat winners, 1640 meters autostart), saw a harness racing dead heat finish. The winners were 1.13/1 By The Book (2g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Svante Bath and Stall Morklund HB; and 4.03/1 Belker (2m Scarlet Knight-Oki I Can-Amer I Can) driven by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Sten Jansson and Ingels Jansson. Race time was 1.13.7kr. Third went to 13.8/1 Aetos Kronos (2m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) with Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Jerry Riordan and co-owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. The race was preceded by the post parade led by the 1998 race winner Revenue. The great champion still looks in superb form and he showed interest in taking on the 2018 two year olds. This is an opportunity to summarize the performances of Revenue (1996 by Reve d’Udon-Hazel Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), undefeated at two, a career winner 47 times in 110 starts for US$1,998.608, and sire of five million dollar winners including Market Share US$3,792,101, Melady’s Monet, Hot Shot Blue Chip and others. In Europe he sired Reven d’Amour, In Vain Sund, Ravello, Mafioso Face and the fine mare Tiffany Brodda. Thomas H. Hicks

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

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