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A competitive field of ten are set for Saturday's Olympiatravet Gr. I UET Masters Series event that begins a string of upper class aged trotting contests in Scandinavia, leading to the Elitloppet at end of May. The field in post order is shown below. 26 April- Aby (m=male ; g=gelding ; f=female), 2140 meters autostart, 1.5SEK million to winner 1. Kash's Cantab (6m Cantab Hall-O'cala Kash-Overcomer), Erik Adielsson 2. Ed You (7g Love You-Lancai Brick-Super Arnie), Robert Bergh 3. Mr Picolit (7m Scarlet Knight-Good Enough-Mr. Vic), Jorma Kontio 4. Brad de Veluwe (6m Andover Hall-Amazing Ride-Muscles Yankee), Tuomas Korvenoja 5. Raja Mirchi (7m Viking Kronos-Dame Lavec-Quito de Talonay), Lutfi Kolgjini 6. Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide), Veijo Heiskanen 7. Sanity (8g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell), Orjan Kihlstrom 8. Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), Ulf Ohlsson 9. Harry Haythrow (8g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell), Peter Untersteiner 10. Noras Bean (9m Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan), Stefan Soderkvist Also on the card is the 250,000SEK first money Lovely Godivas for five year-old mares. The 12 horse field will travel 2140 meters autostart and includes Circles (Canada) with Magnus Jackobsson, Stylish Hanover (USA) and Bjorn Goop, Gisela AS with Orjan Kihlstrom, Rica Neo with Jorma Kontio and the Robert Bergh teamed Hankypanky Pagan. byThomas H. Hicks, for

UET (European Trotting Union) last week announced a new set of stakes events, named Breeders Racing, with 125,000 euro finals by year 2015. There will be five qualifying preps. Breeders and owners will make nominations and related payments by April 22. Eight countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands) are committed to the program albeit there is reportedly nothing to prevent staking of FR registered horses. The new series was reportedly initiated by Lutfi Kolgjini with support of breeders Kronos (Italy), Boko (Netherlands), and Menhammar (Sweden). It was reported that the program is in response to a large number of European countries, including Scandinavia, where there has been a drop in activity (bookings, registrations and purses), in contrast to the continued strength of FR trotting with its good purses for FR registered "trotteurs", a stud book that is closed to standardbreds and limited racing off the mobile autostart. Two-Year-Old Stakes Gelsenkirchen , Germany - August 14 Aby - Sweden - August 15 Charlottenlund , Denmark - August 17 Solvalla - Sweden - August 22 Cesena - Italy - August 23 Jagersro - Sweden - Final September 6 Three-Year-Old Stakes Napoli (Italy) June 8 Jagersro (Sweden) June 17 Wolvega ( Netherlands) June 21 Bjerke (Norway) June 25 Jagersro - Sweden - Final July 29 by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

Robert Bergh trained, Bjorn Goop reined Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) nailed favored Digital Ink on the line to win today's Olympiatravet Prep at Romme. Owned by Stall Sedin HB, Ed You earned his 20th career win in 52 appearances. Digital Ink raced bravely on the outer teir and almost held on for Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten got a pocket trip for Johnny Takter but escaped too late to challenge. April 20, 2014 Romme SWE, Olympiatravet Prep, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters, 150,000SEK to winner, 1.11.9kr 1st Ed You (7g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie), owner Stall Sedin HB, Bjorn Goop for Robert Bergh trainer, 20th win in 52 starts for 1,861,959SEK earned, come from behind nose winner, made five starts during Paris-Vincennes winter meet with one each second, third, fourth and fifth. 2nd Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Melander, tough journey on outside, now 1-2-0 in three 2014 starts and 15 of 29 lifetime. 3rd On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Johnny Takter up Next: Bagley, Hard Livin finished four-five Other interesting SWE racing this weekend is summarized below with imports from US performing well. April 19 Gavle, Blue Martini As (5f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) 1.12.5kr winner for Orjan Kihlstrom in first SWE start; last raced 11/9/2013 at Hoosier Park; trainer Roger Walman AB Svensk Reklamfinans, distance 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK first money. April 19 Gavle, Talk The Talk (4f Donato Hanover-Letsjustalkaboutme-Self Possessed), 1.13.7kr winner for Daniel Olsson and Stefan Melander trainer and owner Stall T.Z., distance 2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK first prize. April 19 Dannero, Kadett C.D. ( 7m Scarlet Knight-Koss of Life-Tenor de Baune), 1.12.6kr winner for Robert Bergh driver/trainer, his 22nd win in 49 career starts for earnings 6,281,744SEK April 18 Dannero, Navaronne (7g Jag de Bellouet-Com Racing Lady-General November), 1.12.7kr winner for Jessika Sidback (also co-owner and trainer), 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner. April 18 Jarjestad, Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), sparkling 1.09.5kr for Johan Untersteiner and trainer Roger Walman for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. Second went to Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) for Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.09.6kr and third to Mr. Chicago (5m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec) and Carl-Erik Lindblom. Distance was 1640 meters autostart for 250,000SEK first money. Beaten field also included Nato Dream and Lindys Jersey Boy. by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

Panne de Moteur and reinsman Orjan Kihlstom won The Onions Lopp at Solvalla over 1640 meters autostart. He recorded his second 2014 win in as many starts, scoring in 1.10.6kr for trainer Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompiets Stall AB. The six year-old son for Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail earned 100,000SEK first prize that increased his career earnings to 6,895,500SEK. The win was his 17th career triumph and probably helps ensure his participation in the Elitloppet. Trainer Hultman stated that he was pleased with the victory under no urging from driver Kihlstrom. April 9, 2014 Solvalla, The Onions Lopp, 100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 8 starters, 1.10.6kr Panne de Moteur (6m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stefan Hultman trainer and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB (public company), his second 2014 win in as many starts and 17th lifetime victory in 36 starts for 6,895,500SEK earned. Next four placed went to Hard Livin, Daniel Reden trainer/driver; Kaka A.T., Torbjorn Jansson and Drilbit As, Erik Adielsson The Solvalla undercard showed wins by the Credit Winner mare Wish Me Luck As with Kihlstom aboard for ACL Stuteri AB and Freeman T. Porter, in an Olympiatravet prep, with Conrad Lugauer aboard. Summaries follow. April 9, 2014, Solvalla, Kat2, 30,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.13.5kr Wish Me Luck As (4f Credit Winner-Carolyn As-Striking Sahbra), Orjan Kihlstom for Roger Walman trainer, owner ACL Stuteri AB, her first 2014 win plus a second in two starts, and second career win. She last raced in US on October 16, 2013. The next two places went to Ocean Dream DE with Johan Wiman up and Liberty Federal and reinsman Jorma Kontio. April 9, 2014 Aby Olympiatravet trial, 70,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 9 starters, 1.14kr Freeman T. Porter (7m Korean-Lion Chica-Somollison), Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver, first start and win in 2014, 14th career win in 51 starts for 1,500,096SEK won. The next three across the line were Arazi Boko, Daniel Olsson; Belgrado, Mattias Djuseand Caliber T.T, Fredrik Persson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for          

With the Elitloppet just six weeks away, interest is stirring as to the possible invitees for the big race, with American imports, which are trained in Sweden, coming under the spotlight. Already last year's entrant, Shaq Is Back, has impressed many with a comfortable victory in Karlstad recently in the time of 1.10.4, which was the fastest winning time in Sweden so far this season and trainer Daniel Reden has acknowledged another start in Sweden's great race is on the son of Credit Winner's agenda. "Of course I'm aiming for Elitloppet. He has gained a lot of muscles this winter and become a totally different horse. If things continue like this, I'm hoping he will go really fast,"  said Reden, who imported the horse as a 3YO from the barn of  Ray Schnittker, for whom he ran second in the $200,000 New York Sires Stakes final. There are five US imports lining up this weekend in the Malarpriset in Sundbyholm and they will be looking to earn a ticket to one of the world's glamour races, although that will be through the Olympiatravet At the top of the list is Formula One, who was bought as a yearling by Finnish owners Onkel Invest Oy and trained initially in Sweden by Stig Johansson, now trained at Solvalla by Reijo Liljendahl . The son of Yankee Glide was a Elitloppet finalist last year and has won 19 of his 34 starts including the a Group One UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris. Not only has he made the Elitloppet final, he is also a heat winner of two international Group One races in Italy and Sweden, with a third in the final of the Group One Konung Gustaf V'S Pokal (Gr1) at Aby. Trainer Reijo Liljendahl told ATG's website Formula One feels great in training ahead of his first season start Saturday. "We had him on layoff early last fall so he should be well prepared for this season. He has gone through hard training during winter though and it feels like he is in good shape," Liljendahl said. "We hope that he will stay healthy and continue his great form. I hope he can have his peak at the end of May and hopefully get revenge for last year's Elitlopp. "Even if that race isn't our main goal for the season," Lijendahl said,  "I hope he can perform well there. Last year the qualification race was messy and in the final he got stuck and still had a lot of power when he crossed the finishing line." SJ's Caviar's son, Fawkes, was trained in the United States by Jonas M Czernyson and was good enough to race in the Hambletonian as a 3YO. He is from the family of Pearsall Hanover, a successful sire in Sweden and Muscle Memory who ran third in the Hambo. Exported to Sweden as a late 3YO to Ake Svanstedt's barn, he has been lightly raced but has won the prestigious Group One Konung Gustav V's Pokal and was third in Group One Sprintermästaren in Sweden. Since Svanstedt moved Stateside he has transferred to Peter Untersteiner's stable and will also be making his seasonal debut at Sundbyholm after only racing three times last season with one win. Kash's Cantab a son of Cantab Hall, has also been plying his trade in Sweden from the Stig Johannson barns, since he was a 3YO and is the winner of 8 of his 54 starts. While he hasn't won a Group race yet, the now six year-old he has placed in group races in Italy and Norway and he is a tough old campaigner who also has Bjorn Goop in the cart. Other US imports in the race include the Yankee Glide gelding, Tidied, racing out of Stefan Melander's barn, and a Bronze Division V75 final winner while Solvato is an imported son of Donato Hanover who was formally trained in the States by Trond Smedshammer. Daniel Reden's other entrant also has US connections, being top mare Dilleval Kall who is a daughter of Muscles Yankee. MÃLARPRISET, Sundbyholm 12/04/14 V75 Gold Division 2140m 1 Kash's Cantab (h Cantab Hall - O'cala Kash) Dr: Bjorn Goop Tr: Stig H Johansson 2 Formula One (h Yankee Glide - Ferrari Of) Dr: Orjan Kihlstrem Tr: Reijo Liljendahl 3 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 4 Perfectly Enough (h Express It - Just About Enough) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Stig H Johansson 5 Porthos Amok (h Orlando Vici - Baroness Amok) Dr: Stefan Melander Tr: Stefan Melander 6 Solvato (h Donato Hanover - Solveig) Dr: Veijo Heiskanen Tr: Veijo Heiskanen 7 Tidied Accelerator (g Yankee Glide - Cookout) Dr: Per Lennartsson Tr: Stefan Melander 8 Fawkes (h Sj's Caviar - Up Front Peg)  Dr: Peter Untersteiner Tr: Peter Untersteiner 9 Dileva Käll (s Muscles Yankee - Leva Kroll) Dr: Daniel Reden Tr: Daniel Reden 10 Macho Gossip (g Love You - Fox Valley Anabell) Dr: Ãke Lindblom Tr: Ãke Lindblom by David Sanders, for

After a mediocre test at Mons Ghlin recently, connections of Rapide Lebel have reportedly opted out of the April 26 Olympiatravet Final at Aby. Instead, trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Alexander Battal hope to re-test their comeback kid again in Belgium and will focus of the Prix Kerjacques on May 2 at Paris-Vincennes Noras Bean won Saturday's second Olympiatravet test at Jagersro. Remaining prelims are at Ekilstuna on April 12 and Romme on April 20 by Thomas H. Hicks, for              

Veteran campaigner Noras Bean recorded his third straight victory in 2014 today winning the L.C. Peterson-Broddas Minne at Jagersro. The win earned 150,000SEK for owner Stall Asunden HB. Noras Bean took command early, yielded briefly and then led throughout. Under no pressure he drew clear for a two-length win for reinsman Stefan Soderkvist. The 2014 Prix de France winner upped his career earnings to over 11.4SEK million, with his 19th career win in 69 starts. The nine year-old stallion by Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan was timed in 1.11.7kr over the 2140 meter autostart course. The Olympiatravet final is April 26 at Aby and is a usual prep race for the Elitloppet. Mr. Picolit and On Track Piraten finished two-three. Mr. Picolit followed Noras Bean and could not close while On Track Piraten held on well after a grinding outside journey. New Line, Kaffir Face, Lord Capar, Bagley, Juggle Face and Deuxieme Picsous completed the finish order. The top undercard event went to Olympic Kronos teamed by trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The six-year-old Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip stallion scored in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart in the Silver Division with the winner earning 125,000SEK. Olympic Kronos secured his 14th career victory in 36 appearances. Zinedine Bob and Rico Follo trailed the winner to the wire. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

It was a case of oh so close last week at the V75 finals weekend at Solvalla. Archangel Am’s untimely gallop on the bend  in the fourth leg certainly didn’t help our V75 picks, turning what would have been a six- correct ticket to a five-correct consolation -however a $37 outsider and another roughie in the sixth (the other leg we missed) meant we were able to pick up $5.80 for our ticket. If you spent $5 you made a wee profit. For our single wagers Sahara Fairytale (2.06) and Sanity (3.43) also picked up two win dividends for us, or just under $11 back for our $14 outlay. This week it is to Jagersro and Vincennes we turn our attention to, as the racing heats up along with the spring sunshine in Europe. Good luck. V75-1 Silver division   2140m: I’m going for an anchor in this, the first leg of the V75. Lutfi Kolgjini has a star in the making with beautifully bred Olympic Kronos (4),  good enough win two races in Vincennes, France recently.  He can be excused his fourth placing last start after a tough trip from an awkward draw. Drawn well here, he gets to the lead and dominates, so an anchor for mine.  Selection  4 V75-2 Klass II  2140m: With the scratching of Sentosa, this looks like it is down to three horses, Angelo Am (5), Daytona (1) and Kandelaber (10), all last start winners. Sorted.  Selection  5-1-10 V75-3 L.C. Peterson-Broddas Minne (Gold)   2140m:  Our system unfortunately demands two stand alone anchors, and this week I can’t for the life of me see any of those in the lower ranks. So I’ve had to go for the gold and silver divisions and here I think Noras Bean (2) has been racing at another level to the others and, with a great draw,  should carry that form on here.  Selection  2 V75-4 4YO mares,   2140m: This 4YO mares race was the toughest on the card to get a line on. The ones with the form and good draws are Paduca Dream (3) and Ocean Dream (4), while Network Broline (8) and Alexandra Am (7) are last start winners but from wider on the gate. Fingers crossed in this one.   Selection  3-4-8-7 V75-5 Diamantstoet Elite mares  2140m: Britt Palema (2) has the form and the draw to deserve a short price in this, while Beverley Boko (11) of the handicap looks the one to keep safe as an alternate.    Selection  2 (11) V75-6 Klass I  2640m: Asterix Hornline (3) and Com Z (2) also have the form and the draw to make this race a two-horse one. I’m going for the  latter, the drive of Johnny Takter, for my single wager.   Selection  3 (2) V75-7 Bronze division  2140m: Twin’s Fairytale (3) with Johnny Takter on board will probably start favourite in this, but is no shoe-in with the likes of Viking America (4), Working on A Dream (7)  and Mellby Amiral (8) in the field. Falcon Halyred (11) has also been working his way into form in lower division races and may be in the mix here too if he can overcome the draw.  Selection  3-4-7-8-11 R6 Prix Paul Leguerney Gr2 2850m: Precocious age group star Avila (11) has seemingly been caught by some of the others in the A-generation recently, and is not helped with a 25m handicap. The favourite is Atlessima (10), a talented mare from the Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable but I like the look of Alesia d'Atout (9) in this.  Selection  7 R8 Prix Phaeton Gr2 2850m: The big three in this field are  Aldo des Champs(9),  American Eagle (7) and Astor du Quenne (8) while Arlington Dream (1) and Adio Josselyn (5) are the two improvers. The Dubois family have a rich history in this event, and knowing that a win here is a big plus for a future stallion, I’m going for American Eagle to get his nose in front on the line for the savvy horseman Jean-Etienne Dubois.  Selection  9 R9  Prix Theophile Lallouet Gr2 UET Masters 2700m: Roxane Griff (11) is still the best mare in France and  under saddle she is just sensational. There are some very good horses in this field such as Quarry Bay (10) and Utoky (6), but Roxane Griff is great.  Selection  11 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 – Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 SINGLE WAGERS  $2  JAGERSRO Race 5  Olympic Kronos (4) Race 6  Angelo Am (5) Race 7  Noras Bean (2) Race 8  Paduca Dream (3) Race 9  Britt Palema (2) Race 10  Com Z (2) Race 11     Twin’s Fairytale (3) VINCENNES Race 6  American Eagle (7) Race 8  Alesia d'Atout (9) Race 9  Roxane Griff (11)

Results from March 31 and April 1 produced interesting trotting winners at multiple venues in Northern Europe as action heats up leading to the Elitloppet and its prep events. Shaq Is Back and Traveling Man were noteworthy winners. Both are trained by Daniel Reden. Shaq Is Back won his third straight in 2014, the March 31 victory in a sharp 110.4kr over the 1640 meter autostart distance at Farjestad. March 31, 2014 Mantorp, Bonne Aparte (6g Offshore Dream-Kelsey Lady-SpotliteLobell, 1.14.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Magdalena Ulriks-Siminski up Mantorp, Onas Sonja (5f Civil Action-Goodtime Doll-Balanced Image), 1.12.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 20,000SEK to winner, Fredrik Berg up defeating True Blue For You (5f Yankee Glide-Alanis Blue Chip-Kadabra) and Livacious Lindy (5f Cantab Hall-Luscious Hall-Pine Chip) with Jennifer Tillman driving for trainer/co-owner Per Eriksson Farjestad, Shaq Is Back (7m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream), 1.10.4kr over 1640 meters autostart, 35,000SEK to winner, Daniel Reden trainer/driver as winner defeated Hamres One More (7m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Circles (5f by Majestic Son). The winner recorded his Third Straight 2014 victory Farjestad, Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane), 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Mercedes Balogh aboard Farkestad, Bar Plombier (5g Tony Oaks-Francine Bar-Foreign Office), 1.13kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorman Kontio at the lines Aby, Perfect Kronos (5g Yankee Glide-Dame Kronos-King Conch), 1.16.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Anders Svanstedt driving Aby, Windson Yankee (4m Windsong's Legacy-Wind Glider-Yankee Glide), 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart, 25,000SEK first prize, Andre Eklundh aboard April 1, 2014 Bolinas, Sabrina's Master (3g Glidemaster-Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell), 1.16.5kr over 2140 meters turning start, 15,000SEK to winner, Leif Witasp driver/trainer Jagersro, Benico d'Sam (3m Ready Cash-Royale For You-Love You), 1.17.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 20,000SEK to winner, Niklas Lindblad up for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini Jagersro, Shosholoza As (4f Broadway Hall-Fortune As-Tenor de Baune), 1.18.3kr over 2140 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Christoffer Eriksson the teamster Jagersro, Nebraska SAS (7g Abano As-Zelda Per-Crowning Point), 1.14.1kr over 1640 meters autostart, 15,000SEK to winner, Conrad Lugauer trainer/driver Eskilstuna, Pigtails (6f Varenne-Sweet Young Thing-Nevele Pride), 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart, 30,000SEK to winner, Antti Vetelainen driver Eskilstuna, Stylish Hanover (5f Yankee Glide-Susi's Image-Balanced Image), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters volt start, 30,000SEK to winner, Jorma Kontio up, her 9th career win in 16 starts Eskilstuna, Eros Tooma (6m Diamond Way-Atas Nice Girl L-Desert Ruler), 1.13.5kr over 1640 meters turning start, 35,000SEK to winner, Jennifer Tillman aboard Eskilstuna, Traveling Man (9m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli), 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, Johan Untersteiner up for trainer Daniel Reden, the veteran stallions' second straight 2014 win and 22nd lifetime in 72 starts for earnings of 2.26SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second with Friction (7m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) third for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for Stefan Melander owner/trainer by Thomas H. Hicks, for

With the first Group Swedish one of the season, the 300,000 euro Olympiatravet or Olympia Trot only three weeks away, the big guns of Scandinavian racing are emerging, including Noras Bean, the winner of this year's French group one Prix de France, who will take his place in the LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro this weekend. Axevalla trainer Ulf Stenstromer will line up his son of Super Arnie for the first time since his lightning raid to France in February, where he carried off the second of the prize jewels of the French triple crown, with another Swede, Maharajah, of course, winning the first, the Prix d'Amerique. He has drawn two which will give him well placed to get off to a flying start in this 2140m race, a sprint in Scandinavian terms, and the same distance he won the Prix de France so brilliantly. Reigning Swedish champion On Track Piraten will have Erik Adielsson at the helm for Rattvik trainer Hans R Stromberg and will be looking to continue the excellent recent form. "The Pirate" capped off a breakthrough 2013 year when he captured his first international group one with a win in the Grosser Preis Von Deutschland(G1) in Hamburg, which he added to his first group two in Sweden, the C.L.Müllers Memorial before capping it off with his win in the Svenskt Mästerskap(Gr2) or Swedish Championshiop in Aby in December. The altered son of Kool du Caux then travelled on to his sire's birthplace France in January and picked up two meritorious second placings in rich international group three races in Vincennes, to take his earnings past the 600,000 euro mark. This will be his first race since returning to Sweden for a short spell although he has drawn the outside of the front line. Jorma Kontio will be aboard last year's Group one Copenhagen Cup winner Mr Picolet a son of former Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight. Mr Picolet , who had three wins and three placing from seven starts last season proved his sharpness when he ran second in his first start back for 2014 at his home track Axevalla a fortnight ago to US import Shaq Is Back. Something of a late bloomer, as many of these Franco-Americans are (there is not one pureblood US standardbred in the race), the now seven-year-old Mr Picolet has won exactly half (18) of his 36starts and accumulated just over 380,000 euros. Anders Svanstedt, whose father Ake won this event last year with Sebastien K, lines up with New Line, a Danish-bred son of King Conch who ran second in the Hambletonian, and a successful siring half-brother to Swedish supersire Viking. Group one winner Deuxieme Picsous will have Johnny Takter this week in the bike for Johan Lejon and will be looking to improve on March 15th seventh placing in the gold division heat. Also in that race was tough German horse Bagley, who will also line up here for Conrad Lugauer and will be better for his two recent runs . LC Peterson-Broddas Minneslopning at Jagersro 05/04/14 V75 gold division 2140m 301,500SEK (33,816.69 EUR) 1 Kaffir Face (g Dahir de Prelong - Elegance Ok) Dr: Christoffer Eriksson Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini 2 Noras Bean (h Super Arnie - Easy Bean) Dr: Stefan Söderkvist Tr: Ulf Stenstromer 3 New Line (g King Conch - Pa'en Igen Frökjär) Dr: Orjan Kihlström Tr: Anders Svanstedt 4 Lord Capar (h Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy) Dr: Thomas Dalborg Tr: Mats Karlsson 5 Bagley (g Bartali Ok - Novel Boshoeve) Dr: Conrad Lugauer Tr: Conrad Lugauer 6 Mr Picolit (h Scarlet Knight - Good Enough) Dr: Jorma Kontio Tr: Raoul Engblom 7 Deuxieme Picsous (h In Love With You - Carmela Strömline) Dr: Johnny Takter Johan Lejon 8 On Track Piraten (g Kool du Caux - Monrovia) Dr: Erik Adielsson Tr: Hans R Stromberg 9 Juggle Face (h Viking Kronos - Rakel Sund) Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini by David Sanders, for

Omas NP (6g Brandy Dei Fiori-Franciosa Fgf-Sugarcane Hanover) was a surprising winner of today's £45,100, 1660 meter, Premio Giorgio Jegher over the half-mile track Ippodromo di Montebello at Trieste Italy, that opened in 1892. Fernandoi Pisacane teamed the winner in a well-rated 1.14.8kr to defeat traffic affected favorite Linda di Casei (9f Uronometro-Comtesse Ferm-Diamond Way) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Parinaz (5m Ganymede-Carmagnole Mb-Lemon Dra) ended a fast finishing third. Italian registered trotters also did well today at Halmstad Sweden and Rosso Pomodoro, a son of Donato Hanover), remained undefeated in 2014 with an impressive win engineered by teamster Johnny Takter. This one is owned by Falkbolagen AB and he scored today in 1.13.8kr over 2140 meters. Paramount, a son of Angus Hall, also won at Halmstad for reinsman Peter Ingves in 1.12.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. Trotting fans were treated to interesting events this weekend. On Saturday, at Solvalla, Sanity and Orjan Kihlstrom took the Gold Final Gr. II UET Maters Series. Timed in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, the eight-year-old gelded son of Love You recorded his third 2014 win in four starts, increasing his career earnings to over nine million SEK. The race winner earned 250,000SEK. Recent hot-trotting veteran Harry Haythrow was second ahead of Raja Mirchi handled by Lutfi Kolgjini. Other Solvalla winners included B.B.S Starlight in the Klass I final over 2140 meters. Peter Untersteiner teamed the son of Super Light, from a Sugarcane Hanover mare, to the 1.11.5kr win to earn 200,000SEK. Claes Boko, a son of Varenne, took the Silver Final to earn 220,000SEK. Erik Adielsson teamed this event winner in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters as they defeated Nothing But Class (Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail). Canaka B.F, a daughter of Jobie Tempest, scored in a sharp 1.10.5kr over 1640 meters to earn 200,000SEK in the Pixies Trot. Satisfied La Marc, a son of Andover Hall, won a Klass II event in 1.11.2kr over 1640 meters for reinsman Svante Ericsson. The winner prevailed in a close battle with Rose Hill Dream handled by Bjorn Goop. The day's monte feature at Solvalla went to Muskelmann G.T. and jockey Emilie Lovvold. The winner recorded his fourth straight in 2014, the last three under saddle. He's a son of Muscles Yankee, from a Dallas Lobell mare, and he scored in 1.13.9kr. At Kincsem Park in Hungary, the featured Cyrano DIJ (3160 meters distance handicap. 500,000Huf purse) went to Ollyan nincs, a six year-old gelded son of Pickaflick from the exceptional producing mare C'est la guerre. Andrea Fazekas teamed the winner to a rallying win (with 20 meter handicap) over Racerstina and Csaba Lakatos who almost overcame a 40 meter penalty to hold on after leading most of the way in this marathon-like test. Oguz took third for trainer Imre Fazekas, also trainer of Ollyan nincs. Replay can be viewed using the link below. US pedigreed sires Tony Oaks and Pickaflick produced two wins each on the card. Veteran Off Road also won on the program, the fifth straight for the gelded son of P.S. Dimo. Next week in Italy (April 6) the Premio Societa Campo di Mirafiori (Gr. I, £110,000, 1600 meters) at Torino promises to be a great race as Mack Grace SM has been engaged along with Pascia'Lest, Marielles, Owen CR and Napoleon Bar, this group recently contesting top-class races in France and Italy. Owen Cr Marielles Napoleon Bar Mack Grace Sm Pascia’ Lest Moses Rob Oropuro Bar Orione Degli Dei Probo Op Oibambam Effe Newyork Newyork Pace Del Rio Solid action also took place on March 28 at Paris-Vincennes. Tornado l'Ocean took the Prix RMC before a great evening crowd. This event was the Quinte+ race of the day with a jackpot that had grown to £6.4 million. Pierre Levesque teamed the 8/1 odds winner home in 1.13.3kr over 2100 meters autostart, for owner J-P Barjon and trainer Mike Lenders. US owned (Jesmeral Stable) Quid du Vivier finished sixth in this field of 18. The Ready Cash three year-old filly Blanche Mencourt took the Prix de Quartier Carnot for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and veteran teamster Joseph Verbeeck. This even-money favorite scored for the second time in her young career, with this 1.16.7kr victory over 2850 meters. The monte featured Prix Monoceros (£55,000 purse, 2200 meters, lad jockeys) went to veteran campaigner Strogoff and jockey Aurelien Desmarres. Strogoff recorded his 11th career victory with this 1.14.2kr win that increased his career earnings to £267,980. J-E David trains the winner as he defeated favored Surlando de Viette. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Well no one else had a clue either about Norwegian racing -no one picked the V75 which jackpots this week. Local horses won three of the seven races and Danish trainers picked up two. Stormsky, Solo Nolo and More Than Enough ticked our boxes but our bankers were from Wall Street and ran off with our money. If we had managed to guess that Pericle Bi or Foynland Image at odds of more than 45/1 would win we would have got $264.80 back and six winners got a massive $8949.20. But this week it is finals week at the biggest track in Sweden, Solvalla. We get a chance to do it all again. V75-1 Fristads Kansas (Klass I) Final. In a field of good in form horses, this looks to be between BBS Sugarlight (3) and Frozen (4) who is unbeaten for new Danish trainer Peter Jensen. Both have had three wins in a row this year and have drawn well. BBS Sugarlight has his usual partner, the in form Peter Untersteiner while the brilliant Johny Takter jumps on board Frozen for the final. Look the two to couple up. 2140m: Selection 3 (4) V75-2 Bronze division final Sahara Fairytale (4) has won a Klass 1 V75 final before and is looking to add a Bronze title to her resume. From the super Lutfi Kolgjini barn and has the speed to get to the front where "Ludde" likes to drive them. There are some tough performers in this who will make it tough for her like Rooibos (1) and Queasy (8), but we have to find a banker somewhere and Kolgjini has made enough money in this game to be one in real life. 2140m: Selection 4 V75-3 Olympiatravet qualifier (GrII) UET (Gold final) Now we're talking. The big guns are starting to get to the races as Spring breaks in Sweden. It is a great field for the Olympiatravet qualifier with the likes of the inform conqueror of the French, Sanity (3), who ran a surprising second to old warhorse Harry Haythrow (5) last start. Throw in former age-group stars who look like being real topliners Raja Mirchi (2) and Dreams Take Time (8), and there are four to put in the mix. 2140m: Selection 3-5-2-8 V75-4 V75-Klass II, final 2140m: Archangel Am (6) is a horse on the rise. A son of boomSwedish sire Going Kronos from the stable of Lutfi Kolgjini, has been super impressive in his last three wins and looks one headed for the higher ranks quickly. Drawn well, should get to the front and Kolgjini, a master at judging the pace, will do the rest. A banker for mine. Selection 6 V75-5 Diamantstoet final 2140m: Valkyria ROK (4) won impressively last week, leading from the front in the hands of Erik Adielsen, who will drive her again. Drawn to get a good chance to do the same again, she should win this. She will face competition for the front running role form Vacation Silvio (6) so she should be kept safe as an alternate just in case Thomas Uhrberg can get his regular drive across from the gate. Selection 4 (6) V75-6 Pixies lopp Elite mares1640m: With this week's retirement of Tamla Celeber, the elite division is missing a superstar, although the great daughter of Cantab Hall just as often took and beat the big boys as her own gender. Canaka BF (10) has five wins in six starts, with a sixth two starts back at Aby. Beatasine (3) is in great form with three wins in a rown while Muscles Yankee mare Dileva Kall (8) is a very good performer also and coming off a win last start. It is outsider time, and I'm going to throw in an old favourite, who is from Finland originally, is by the greatest stallion in Europe (Love You) and has one of my favourite drivers on board, in Johnny Takter. And she named after a favourite Beatles song of mine when I was a youngster. The stars line up for She Loves You (7). Selection 10-3-8-7 V75-7 Silver division final 2140m: We've been following Chapeau (10) for a while, and he will be in the mix here along with the consistent Claes Boko (3) and Lutfi Kolgjini's Orione Spin (1). I'm going to throw in two outsiders for our five selection race with the two most competive drivers in Sweden drawing good positions for their charges. Gigant Slugger (4) has Johnny Takter in the bike while Utlity Bus (5) has Bjorn Goop as a passenger. These guys are great at getting in longshots so lets hope they can do the same for us. Selection 10-3-1-4-5 TOTAL COMBINATIONS 60 - Cost $5, +1 alternate $10, + 2 alternate $20 Also here are my win wagers from Solvalla. SINGLE WAGERS $2 SOLVALLA Race 5 Frozen (4) Race 6 Sahara Fairytale (4) Race 7 Sanity (3) Race 8 Archangel Am (6) Race 9 Valkyria ROK (4) Race 10 She Loves You (7) Race 11 Chapeau (10)

Lutfi Kolgjini’s star Raja Mirchi, is seen by many as the heir apparent to another Swedish star with a name reminiscent of Subcontinent royalty, Maharajah. There are many similarities. Both are sons of Viking Kronos, Raja Mirchi out of  a half French mare in Dame Lavec, by Quito de Talonay (Florestan) out of a mare by Speedy Crown,  while Maharajah is out of Chilli Khan by a son of Speedy Crown out of a half-French mare by Tibur. Both are former Swedish Travkriterium winners and both  won big races in France as six-year-olds  to earn their first places in the Prix d’Amerique, Maharajah winning the Prix de Belgique in 2011, finishing second in that year’s PDA while Raja Mirchi won the Prix Tenor de Baune  in 2013 before finishing 11th, a place in front of Maharajah in Royal Dream’s 2013 PDA win. Raja Mirchi has some way to go before he gets close to the “Emperor” but the 2012 Masterkap winner (Swedish Champion) has already won group races in Sweden, France, Norway and Italy  indeed has  something of a point to prove after a disappointing 6YO season, which had started so well, with that Prix  Tenor De Baune victory. But his seven-year-old campaign (which actually started in December) has started brightly with two wins out of last three starts, and though he did not go to France as intended, he will be primed to continue his good run with a great draw in the Olympiatravet qualifier, Group II UET Masters Series at Solvalla which is also the Gold division final of March’s V75 series. He will meet the inform Sanity and his conqueror from last week, Harry Haythrow, the grand warhorse and the up and coming force that is Dreams Takes Time, a Breeders Crown champion  last year in a very good field. Olympiatravet qualifier Solvalla 2014-03-29 Group II UET Masters Series, 2140m 1         Labero Broline (h   Pine Chip - Armbro Natural)  Dr: Erik Adielsson   Tr: Svante Båth               2         Raja Mirchi (h   Viking Kronos - Dame Lavec)   Dr: Lutfi Kolgjini   Tr: Lutfi Kolgjini                3         Sanity (g  Love You - Flash Light)   Dr: Örjan Kihlström   Tr: Malin Löfgren               4         Yanantin Boko (g   Viking Kronos - Ormonne Boko)   Dr: Darren Mizzi   Tr: Olle Alsén           5         Harry Haythrow (g   Rite On Line - Speedy Tilda)   Dr: Peter Untersteiner   Tr: Johnny Johansson             6         Montgomery Gel (h   Jag de Bellouet - Com Nina)  Dr:  Jorma Kontio   Tr: Timo Nurmos                7         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg   Tr: Mats Karlsson                8         Dreams Take Time (h   Andover Andover - B.My Honey)   Dr: Johnny Takter   Tr: Lars I Nilsson                9         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull)   Dr: Torbjörn Jansson   Tr: Erik Lindegren         Dave Sanders

Orjan Kihlstrom today piloted Panne de Moteur to victory at Solvalla in the featured Kentucky Fibber. The pair covered 1640 meters autostart in 1.13.5kr to secure the first prize of 100,000SEK. The winner now has 16 career wins for earnings of 6.79SEK million. Panne de Moteur is owned by Travkompaniets Stall (owner of Maharajah) and Menhammar Stuteri and is a six year-old son of Credit Winner from Hambletonian Oaks winner Jalopy by Donerail. At Jagersro (Sweden) Dreams Take Time, a five year-old son of Andover Andover, took the featured Kvallspostens Marspokal in 1.13.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Johnny Takter teamed the winner to his 17th career win in 35 starts. He earned 70,000SEK first money with this victory. Propeller (by SJ's Photo) was second for Kenneth Haugstad. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Veteran Rire Mutin took today’s Gr. III Prix de Joinville le Pont, the 80,000€ 2925 meter European event at Cagnes sur mer. Edouard Coubard-Meunier reined and trains the winner of 481,800€ who recorded his 16th career win. The 25/1 longshot scored over favorite Talicia Bella driven by Anthony Barrier for Ecurie J-P Marmion. February 21, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix de Joinville le Pont, 80,000€, Gr. III European, 12 starters, 2925 meters, 12 starters 1.14.3kr Rire Mutin (9g Bijou du Bignon-Miss Mutine-Sancho Panca), Edouard Coubard-Meunier driver/trainer, 25/1, his 16th win for 481,800€ Talicia Bella (7f General du Pommeau-Illicia Bella-Vivier de Montfort), Anthony Barrier for Jean-Paul Marmion, 1.8/1 favorite Quentin Rose (10g Carpe Diem-Gigi Rose-Podosis), Rik Depuydt, 7.3/1 The Quinte+ race of the day went to 16/1 Ugolinviel with teamster Damien Bonne. This pair took the 46,000€ Prix de Saint Pierre Le Cour in 1.14kr to defeat 25/1 outsider Uniave Eren and Pierre Vercruysse. 45,744€ went to holders of exact order 2€ tickets (excluding the jackpot that reached 4.65€ million. February 21, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Saint Pierre Le Cour 46,000€, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ 4.65€ million jackpot 1.14kr Ugolinviel (6m Olitro-Ingoaville-Mon Tourbillon), Damien Bonne for Francois Giard and Ecurie Jean-Pierre Viel, his third career win for 115,290€, 16/1 odds Uniave Eren (6g Nil du Rich-Melianthe Erem-Dream of Gold), Pierre Vercruysse up, 25/1 odds Unix des Furges (6g Nuage de Lait-Ottawa d’Orgeres-Gabor Star), Eric Raffin up at 1.8/1  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 4.650.000 € - Numéro plus : 0851   Ordre :       45.744,00€   Désordre :       381,20€   Bonus 4 :       30,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       14,40€   Bonus 3 :       9,60€     Also on the Enghien card was the Prix de Montsalvy for three year-old females and Ready Cash offspring ended 1-3 with the win going to favorite Bety du Goutier and trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. She took winners’ share of the 38,000€ purse. She’s from a Love You dam, as is third place finisher Bliss Nevele that Philippe Allaire trains. Another nice filly, Babylone Seven, was second for trainer/driver J-M Bazire. February 21, 2014, Enghien, Prix de Montsalvy, 38,000€, 2875 meters, females 1.18.4kr Bety du Goutier (3f Ready Cash-Quety du Goutier-Love You), Thierry Duvaldestin driver/trainer, owner Ecurie Saint-Martin, 1.6/1 odds, her  second win for 40,200€, form 1-1-2 in last three starts Babylone Seven (3f Oiseau de Feux-Nyala-Hermes du Baisson), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 4/1 Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele-Love You), Jerome Rualts up for Philippe Allaire, 3.3/1 odds Remember Sunday’s Gr. I classic Grand Prix de Paris, in which 15 top trotters will battle over 4150 meters for the 400,000€ purse. The lineup, with listed drivers, is shown below: Titi Quick (A. Abrivard) Taormin d’Em (T. Le Beller) Son Eleazan (D. Locqueneux) Utoky (Y. Lebourgeois) Solei du Fossè (M. Abrivard) Uhlan du Val (C. Megissier) Santa Rosa France (W. Bigeon) Roxana de Barbray (D. Thomain) Severino (D. Bonne) Quinoa du Gers (F. Nivard) Up And Quick (J.M. Bazire) Tiego d’Etang (Ch. Bigeon) Yarrah Boko (P. Vercruysse) Royal Dream (J. Ph. Dubois) Roxane Griff (E. Raffin) Thomas H. Hicks

This weekends three series finales at Cal Expo honor the memory and contributions of Alan Kirschenbaum, Richard Staley and Marvin Shapiro. The Alan Kirschenbaum Series is named for the longtime owner and breeder and past president of the California Harness Horsemens Association, who died in October 2012. Kirschenbaum was a major factor in California as an owner, breeder and amateur driver for many years. With his stallions Little Steven and British Sterling standing at Cherry Tree Farm in Wilton, he helped support the industry in California. In the past, he had even waived his stallion fees to help the California horsemen breed their mares to help the horse population survive in the Golden State. He was also a huge supporter of the California Sire Stakes and amateur races. Richard Staley, who passed away in 1997 at the age of 66, was one of the top owners to ever campaign trotters and pacers in California. He was involved in the sport for more than 25 years and during that entire period had only one trainer, Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman. Over the years Staley and Ackerman would regularly go to the major sales to select and purchase the regally-bred years that became the bulwark of the Staley Stable and provided California harness racing with many of his classiest performers. Marvin Shapiro was the son of L.K. Shapiro, who owned the Hall of Fame thoroughbred and California-bred champion Native Diver. He was the president of Western Harness Racing Inc. in the 1960s and spearheaded legislation that sanctioned night racing in California. He died in 2003 at the age of 83. Marvin Shapiro Finale, Open Pace in spotlight A contentious $7,350 finale of the Marvin Shapiro Pacing Series and an Open Pace headed by One And Only are the main events on Saturday nights Watch and Wager LLC program at Cal Expo. Itsabouttonight and Plum Crazy Baby captured the two divisions of the first leg of the Shapiro, while last week saw one division and it was Majestic Lass who come rolling late to post a $47 upset. An 8-year-old daughter of Art Major, Majestic Lass is owned by Kimberly Andres, is conditioned by Salvador Wenceslao and will have Mooney Svendsen in the sulky. No threat in the first leg of the Shapiro, she came back last week to be up by a head over another longshot in Pips Jenny G., with the $1 exacta returning a cool $515 in that affair. Itsabouttonight will represent owner/trainer Gretchen Smith with Tim Maier at the helm. The Illinois-bred mare dominated her division of the opening leg over a sloppy track, then was a close third last weekend after opening up a large lead at the head of the stretch that evening. Plum Crazy Baby is a 6-year-old Relentless Yankee mare who carries the banner of Derick Takahashi with Dario Solares training and Dave Siegel doing the honors. She was a very convincing victress in the first leg, then was first over in her most recent appearance and had to settle for the fourth as the 8-5 favorite behind Majestic Lass. Completing the field are Red Star Gilda with Williams Hernandez; No Mo Parking for Mike Jarvis; Curvacious with Luke Plano in the sulky; Pips Jeeny G, Patrick Galbraith; and Little Schoolgirl, who leaves from the outside slot with James Kennedy at the helm. One And Only gets top billing in the Open Pace for owners Richard Morita and David Yamada, trainer Lino Pacheco and driver Luke Plano. The son of Bettors Delight rattled off five straight wins between December 21 and February 1 before having the streak broken at most recent asking after doing his work from the demanding No. 10 post position. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness    

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