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Today’s V75 harness racing action was highlighted by several fast class events each for winners’ money of 200,000SEK or more. The Frances Bulwark (250,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced an impressive victory for Finland’s Shadow Woodland (7g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Visa-Credit Winner) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Timed in 1.11.2kr he swept to the front early and kept on going for an easy score over pocket placed Magic Tonight (7m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) with Kenneth Haugstad driving for Roger Walmann. Third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) with trainer Pete Untersteiner the pilot. The race winner recorded his fifth 2016 win in 11 starts and 22nd in the career from 55 outings, now good for 2,440,601SEK earned. The Silver Division Final (220,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12.3kr timed Seedorf O.M.F from Italy, teamed by Goop for trainer Stig H, Johansson. The five year-old gelded son of Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJ’s Caviar) earned his sixth 2016 win from 12 starts and 18th lifetime in 34 outings. Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) was next for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and third went to Finland’s Top Of The World (5g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed). Ulf Ohlsson teamed this one for trainer Liljendahl. The impressive winner scored off soft fractions and raced barefoot, a late change made to the 1.8/1 favorite. The Klass I Custom Sulky (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12.3kr timed and 2.8/1 Ottens Casher (4g Ready Cash-Ottens Julia-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up. Roger Walmann trains the SRF Stable owned gelding. Digital Engine (5g Super Photo Kosmos-Maralou-Sherwood) was second for Ove A. Lindqvist and third was Donato E (5g Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) with Ulf Ohlsson driving. The Bronze Division Final (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Denmark’s Le Miracle (4g Taurus Dream-Le Reve-Fill V) with Erik Adielsson driving for trainer Svante Bath and Caramera AB. The winner, bred by Jean Pierre Dubois, took his sixth 2016 victory in eight starts and he now posts an 11-2-1 slate in just 14 career outings. Global Respons (5g Credit Wiinner-Com Mimmi-Running Sea) took second for Kevin Oscarsson and trainer Stefan Persson. Third was Catch The Cash (6f Gigant Neo-You Never Can Tell-Mr. Lucken) for Oskar J. Andersson and Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) was fourth for Per Lennartsson. The winners’ time was 1.12.4kr. The Klass II Agria Final (200,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.13.3kr timed Ma Running (4f Running Sea-Hipo Beat The Odds-SJ’s Caviar) with Ulf Ohlsson driving for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. This one now has a 2016 slate of 4-2-3 in ten starts. Anedu (6g Opus Viervil-Ironiessa-Texas) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with third to Oceanic Clearence (4f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride). Thomas H. Hicks

Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) easily took today’s Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to winner, 1649 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla for harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden trains the undefeated mare in 2016 (five straight) for Stall Zet. She recorded career win 24 in 49 starts, now for 6,111,572SEK earned. Patricia Hastrup (9f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Bjorn Goop and Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missymandarine-Malabar Man) was third with Johan Untersteiner driving. Delicious left alertly from post one, settled on the pegs and then made a decisive move to the lead at the three-eighths pole. From there she was a good four lengths or more in the clear. Time was 1.09.8kr after quick steady fractions (1.09.5kr after 500 meters and 1.09.3kr at the 1000 mark). Delicious win today starts the speculation of her, Nuncio and Bold Eagle in the 2017 Prix d’Amerique, now four months away. Earlier in the program there was several US-bred/CAQ-sired and exported winners: Barbara L. Hanover (3f Explosive Matter-Box of Dreams-Dream Vacation), Pokeman As (4g Kadabra-Oblige As-Scarlet Knight) and Ioana Hanover (3f Muscle Hill-In Dreams-Dream Vacation). Thomas H. Hicks  

Wednesday’s harness racing Quinte+ Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord (purse €100,000, 2700 meters autostart, 14 international starters) resulted in an impressive 1.11.4kr win for 13/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa). This one raced barefoot and was an open length winner for Adrian Kolgjini, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. 4.1/1 Briac Dark (5m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took second for Franck Anne, also trainer, for Ecurie Guy Barou. 1.7/1 favorite Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was third for owner/driver Franck Leblanc and driver Franck Nivard. Duke of Greenwood, Valko Jenilat and Voltigeur de Myrt were the next three across the finish line. Also at Le Croise Laroche was the Prix Leopold Verroken (purse €32,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and the 1.13.7kr winner was barefoot 3/2 favorite Vitesse du Val (7f Super Photo Kosmos-Jenny Kiss) with Franck Ouvrie up. 48/1 Cuba Cohiba (8f Scarlet Knight-Hananna’s Hanna) was second ahead of 63/1 Tesaco de Pont (9g Kesaco Phedo-Ma Soiree du Pont) with trainer Alexis Garandeau driving. Wednesday at Solvalla was the ASVT Trottex Auktionslopp for 240,000SEK to the winner, one division for the fillies and colts, raced over 1640 meters autostart, each for the same first money. The filly division went to 1.16.3kr timed Staro Lochlyn (2f Varenne-Loch Ness Broline-Andover Hall) trained by Svante Bath and teamed by Erik Adielsson at 5.7/1. This was her initial career. Vasterbo Rainbow (2f Brioni-Victoria ROK-Super Arnie) took second for Joakim Lovgren, also trainer, and third was Restless (2f Ready Cash-Grail Lady Ann-Supergill) for trainer/driver Ake Lindblom. The colt division went to 24.6/1 Mr. Deauville (2g Prodigious-Glimma du Ling-Running Sea) for trainer/driver Mattias Djuse. Timed in 1.15kr this one bested Ripkin Joe (2m Ken Warkentin-Maggie Qvickstep-Wired Pine) handled by Bjorn Goop with third to Chapuy (2g Quite Easy-Popcorn Lavec-Enjoy Lavec) for Ake Lindblom, trainer/driver. Today’s Paris-Vincennes featured Quinte+ Prix de Mehun Sur Yavre (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to 51/1 Ochongo Face (5g Kiss Francais-Jubel Kemp) for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Abron 35 AB. 8.4/1 Bar d’Or (5g Orlando Vici-Star du Donjon) was second for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 4.2/1 King Sur Kir (5m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) was third with Franck Nivard aboard. Ecurie IC Equine AB owns this one and Fabrice Souloy trains. Time for the winner was 1.12.1kr. The Prix Bernard le Quellec (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 european starters) went to 1.14kr timed 3/5 favorite Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) with Jean-Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Pirat. Fabrice Souloy trains this horse. 4.7/1 Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. 7.9/1 Tabrouk de Payre (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre) was a close third for J-Ph Monclin. Today’s Prix de Taverny (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 12 european starters) went to 1.15kr timed and even-money favorite Draft Life (3f Ubriaco-Maflymede). Eric Raffin teamed this Louis Baudron owned, bred and trained filly. 3.2/1 Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) took second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 28.5/1 Danse Cadence (3f Un Amour d’Haufor-Potuna Saint Andre) was third for Emmanuel Allard, owner/trainer/driver. Thomas H. Hicks

Tuesday at Eskilstuna the quick mare Delicious (7f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) scored for Orjan Kihlstrom and harness racing trainer Daniel Reden timed in 1.13.6kr over 2140 meters autostart. First money was 35,000SEK. Delicious defeated veterans Shaq Is Back, with Kenneth Haugstad up, and Thai Broadway for Bjorn Goop. Monster Drive and Prince Tagg were next to the line. Delicious is perfect in four 2016 starts and now has 23 career wins in 48 starts. Wednesday the action moved to Solvalla. A 1640 meter autostart test for mares worth 80,000SEK to the winner went to a 1.11kr quick stepping 1.4/1 Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall- Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Reden. The mare now sports a 4-0-1 slate in six 2016 appearances. Christine Sixteen (4f Muscle Massive-Sharise Seelster-Brisco Hanover) was second for Jorma Kontio and conditioner Veijo Heiskanen. Third was Faye Bros (4f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) for driver Ulf Eriksson. The Diamantstoet for 100,000SEK to the winner was raced over 2140 meters autostart. 9.3/1 La Fille (6f Up Front Larry-Step In-Tap In) scored for Claes Sjostrom timed in 1.12.6kr. Hanna Olofsson is the trainer. Speedy Foxy Vinane and Impression were next. Thomas H. Hicks  

SWEDEN - Veteran B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) won Saturday’s V75 Gold at Hagmyren, scoring over 1640 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first prize in the 12 horse field. The 1.6/1 favorite was timed in 1.10.7kr for driver Peter Untersteiner for his 22nd career victory in 80 starts, good for 7,122,005SEK earned. Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starley-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Eriksson. Third went to Explosive De Vie (5g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) with Kevin Oscarsson up for trainer Jim, his father. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK to the winner was raced over 2640 meters voltstart by 12 starters. Seedorf O.M.F. (5g Algiers Hall-Indy’s Lindy-SJ’s Caviar) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson, the winners’ second straight win and third in last four. Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) was next for trainer/driver Peter Unntersteiner, ahead of Let’s Dance D.E. (6, Oscar Schindler SL-Sermione-Diamond Way) and trainer/driver Klaus Kern. The 100,000SEK first money V75 Bronze over 1640 meters autostart went to quick 1.11.3kr timed Arlexes Cubani (6g Super Light-Chica Star-Deliberate Speed) for driver Tomas Pettersson. Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) took second with Per Lennartsson the pilot. Sugarmakesmecrazy (4g Crazed-Maple Frosting-Valley Victory) was third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath, this one a promising Ake Svanstedt US trainee as a two year-old. Other winner of 100,000SEK first money events were Casmira (4f Scipion du Goutier-Challenge World-Supergill) clocked in 1.13.3kr with Ulf Ohlsson up; Drabant Hornline (4g Conny Nobell-Minouche Rossignol-Vikings Way) for Oskar Kylin-Biom timed in 1.15.5kr; Ottens Casher (4g Ready Cash-Ottens Julia-Juliano Star) timed in 1.13.7kr for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Roger Walmann; and Onas Igor (6g Flirtin Man-Minabeans-Varenne) for Peter Untersteiner. A 25,000SEK first prize monte contest began the program with victory to Vasterbo Pumpkin (7f Up Front Larry-Vasterbo Twilight-Choctaw Brave) with Isabelle Orsimo in the irons. Stephanie Werner teamed Zeb Lie Star (7g Zerberus-Oh Sally-JR Broline) to a second place finish. Separately, it has been reported that FR trainer Fabrice Souloy is under investigation for multiple cobalt violations that include top trotters Un Mec d’Heripre, Your Highness, Timone E and Lionel from major races in Norway and Sweden in May and June. Your Highness won the Oslo Grand Prix and Timone E won the European Cup at Bjerke. Un Mec d’Heripre won an Elitloppet elim and third in the final. Tests reportedly revealed cobalt levels well above international standard levels. Determinations await sample B results by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Harness racing action Wednesday at Solvalla included a victory by Standout (7m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) in the 100,000SEK first money C Th Ericssons Memorial over 2640 meters autostart. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the winner for Stefan Melander, trainer/owner. The winner has 17 career wins in 65 starts for 3,459,200SEK earned. Standout, off at 3.16/1, was clocked in 1.13.6kr to defeat Sir Ratzeputz and Poochai. The Solvallaserien VII for 100,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.23/1 Uncle Lasse clocked in 1.12kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Stefan Melander owner and trained four year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Muscles Yankee). Workout Wonder (4m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was second for Tommi Kylliainen with third to Flash Haleryd (4m Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) for Erik Adielsson. Pythagoras Face and Divisionist were next to the line with French Laundry unplaced. The race distance was 2140 meters autostart. Two year-old battled in the opener for 40,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter voltstart event. The 1.15.9kr winner was Harmon Boko (2m Muscle Hill-Pursuit of Dream-Donerail) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Mattias Djuse. Kiss Me Tooma (2f Dream Vacation) and Eurythmic Sisu (2m Quite Easy) were next. Three year-olds contested a 2140 meter volstart event for 40,000SEK to the winner. That winner was 1.8/1 Bourbon Rain (3m Conway Hall-Affinity-Victory Dream) clocked in 1.17.1kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Pasi Aikio. This winner is a half-brother to the successful Tumble Dust, a Criterium Continental winner by Crazed. Another 40,000SEK first prize event, over 2140 meters autostart, went to Per Lennartsson’s trained/driven Jager Oaks (7g Tony Oaks-Jessi Way-Buster Claypool) clocked in 1.14.4kr, his second straight victory. Trainer/driver Melander also won on the card with Lincoln Lawyer (5g Muscles Yankee-M Stewart-American Winner) timed in 1.14.5kr over 2640 meters autostart to capture 60,000SEK first money. Thomas H. Hicks    

Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos, took todays Avelshimngsten The Bank Svensk Derby at Jagersro. The 2640 meter autostart Gr. I National harness racing event returned 2SEK million to the winning horse. Race time was 1.12.7kr for Readly Express, now with a 12-3-0 career slate in 15 starts and 5-1-0 this year in six outings. Branke AB and Bro Byggnads own the winner of now 5.6SEK million, off as the 1.3/1 favorite. Heavy Sound (4g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) was second for Kenneth Haugstad and third going to Day Or Night In (4m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) with trainer Johan Untersteiner aboard. The Broline Filly Derby (Gr. I National, 2140 meters autostart, 1SEK million to the winner) went to 5.4/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhills Beauty-Comets Tail) clocked in 1.12.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Swemas Holdings SAB own this winner, now with a slate of 4-3-0 in 11 starts. Kryssa Futura (4f Saxo de Vandel-Simb Regatta-Turbo Thrust) was second for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Third went to Tunika (4f  Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Earlier on the program the Final Breeders Course for two year-olds went to Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindys Crown) timed in 1.15kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. This Gr. II International contest was raced over 1640 meters autostart with 350,000SEK to the winner, in this case the winner remains undefeated in three starts. Panamara Racing own Current Affair, that bested Summer Wein (2m Weingartner-Angel Nicole-Dahir de Prelong) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Malmqvist and third finishing McArthur (2m Infinitif-Millet LB-Donerail) with Michael Nimczyk up. Other interesting winners on the Jagersro card were Target Kronos (4g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) in the Takter Tribute timed in 1.10.1kr for Lutfi Kolgjini over 1640 meters autostart. The ICA Malmborg Stayer over 3140 meters voltstart went to Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Hava-Supergill) that overcame a 60 meter handicap to score in 1.14.2kr for Bjorn Goop to earn 100,000SEK. The Good As Gold Minne for 100,000SEK to the winner went to Fire To the Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson. He was timed in 1.12.4kr over 2140 meters. Thomas H. Hicks

Wednesday’s Jagersro harness racing program was entirely comprised of SWE Derby eliminations for fillies and colts, six elims each. The fillies raced over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SWK first money. Colts battled over 2640 meters autostart for 200,000SEK first prize in each elim race. Offspring of Ready Cash and Muscle Hill performed well. The filly elim winners were led by 5/1 Otrobanda (4f Celebrity Secret-Greenhill’s Beauty-Comet’s Tail) that scored in 1.12.1kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Lady Cash (4f Ready Cash-Com Racing Lady-General November) was second for Andre Eklundh. The second fastest filly elim went to 1.12.2kr winning Darling Hornline (4f Ready Cash-Glory Best-Muscles Yankee) for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom at 3.3/1. Caresse (4f Ready Cash-Stefani Hanover-Muscles Yankee) took second for driver/trainer Bjorn Goop. Well-regarded 1.4/1 Timbal (4f From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) took another elim clocked in 1.12.4kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She is undefeated in three 201 outings and has a career slate of 18-1-1 in 24 starts for 2,442,166SEK earned. Tunika (4f Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) took a fourth filly elim timed in 1.12.8kr for Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. She is 4-1-1 in seven 2016 starts and 12-5-2 in 24 career appearances for 2,553,000SEK earned. 3/1 In Toto Sund (4f Ken Warkentin-Marsia L.B.-Windsong’s Legacy) took another elim clocked in 1.12.9kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Daniel Reden, trainer for Stall Zet. This filly is 4-1-0 in six 2016 starts. ' The final filly test went to 1.8/1 Princess Face (4f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) timed in 1.12.9kr with trainer Lutfi Kolgjini up for Stall Courant AB. The six male eliminations were led by 1.12.5kr timed, 2.5/1 odds, Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for driver/trainer Peter Untersteiner. This one is 4-1-1 in six 2016 starts and 6-2-1 in only nine career outings. 7/2 Day Or Night In (4m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored in another elim timed in 1.12.6kr for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner. The Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionnant colt Pasithea Face was second for Lutfi Kolgjini. The 3.8/1 well-regarded Ceasar Sisu (4g Cantab Hall-Chynatown-Muscles Yankee) scored timed in 1.12.8kr in another elim, with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Timo Nurmos. He now shows a 5-1-0 slate in seven 2016 outings. 5.2/1 Heavy Sound (4g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) scored in 1.13.1kr in a fourth elim. Kenneth Haugstad teamed the Roger Walmann trainee. 'Gijon (4m Ready Cash-Centuria-Supergill) was second here for Johan Untersteiner. The fifth elim went to 1.14.2kr timed Pajas Face (4m Gift Kronos-Star Chip-Pine Chip) at 6.5/1 for Christoffer Eriksson. The final male elim went to 1.14.4kr clocked Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. This good colt is 4-1-0 in five starts this year and 11-3-0 in 14 lifetime outings good for 3,600,000SEK. Thomas H. Hicks

Stefan Melander’s owned and trainer of Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) headlines next Saturday’s harness racing Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, a UET Masters Series race. Ten are slated to contest this classic against the Russell Williams bred Nuncio, with 1SEK million to the winner (total purse 1,750,000SEK) over the 2140 meter autostart course on the 1000 meter track. The Sundsvall began in 1996 and ranks alongside the Elitloppet, Aby Stora Prix and Hugo Abergs Memorial as the top trots in Scandinavia during spring season. The fastest winner was Delicious timed in 1.10kr in 2015 with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. Second finishing On Track Piraten will be at the start this year along with Oasis Bi and recent winning mare Anna Mix. The field sets up as follows in post order: Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom Volstead, Per Lennartsson Call Me Keeper, Johan Untersteiner D.D.’s Hitman, Jorma Kontio Nahar, Robert Bergh Oasis Bi, Bjorn Goop Anna Mix, Erik Adielsson Shadow Woodland, Ulf Ohlsson On Track Piraten, Joseph Verbeeck Explosive De Vie, Kevin Oscarsson   År Häst Kusk Tränare Vinnarodds Vinnartid Tvåa Trea 2015 Delicious U.S. Örjan Kihlström Daniel Redén 2.88 1.10,0 On Track Piraten Ringostarr Treb 2014 Quid Pro Quo Erik Adielsson Svante Båth 14.56 1.11,2 Oasis Bi Canaka B.F. 2013 Panne de Moteur Örjan Kihlström Stefan Hultman 6.74 1.10,9 Sebastian K. Save The Quick 2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 2.38 1.11,6 Amaru Boko Viola Silas 2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini 5.44 1.11,7 Iceland Noras Bean 2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan 9.29 1.12,2 Beanie M.M. Torvald Palema 2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro 4.30 1.12,1 Torvald Palema Adrian Chip 2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman 5.57 1.11,6 Jaded Giant Superman 2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson Fredrik B. Larsson 62.50 1.12,7 Going Kronos Jocose 2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann 10.39 1.12,5 Digger Crown Gazza Degato 2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson 6.77 1.12,7 Gidde Palema Malabar Circle Ås 2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander 5.49 1.12,0 Giant Superman Kart de Baudrairie 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 1.23 1.13,5 Digger Crown Couch Doctor 2002 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.07 1.12,1 Etain Royal Com Hector 2001 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.27 1.12,2 Giesolo de Lou Igor Brick 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson 1.92 1.12,7 Petit Aubiose Giesolo de Lou 1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof 2.65 1.13,0 Fridhems Ambra Edu's Speedy 1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt 1.72 1.14,6 Scandal Play Rite On Line 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund 9.13 1.13,5 Petit Aubiose Zoogin 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson 9.12 1.13,6 Zoogin Rite On Line                                               The 2015 replay can be seen at this link.       The excellent card also includes the Lars Lindbergs for 250,000SEK first prize, led by Windy Ways and Monas Invercote, both facing 20 meter handicaps (the standard distance is 2140 meters); and the Svenskt Masters for coldbloods also for 250,000SEK first money over 2640 meters autostart. It was also reported that D’One will return to the US to compete at Lexington’s Red Mile in the Allerage, a race she won last year. She will undergo a vet exam and then head for the US so says trainer Roger Walmann. Last year won D ' One four of five starts in North America and in 2106 she posted three wins in Sweden albeit she was unplaced in the recent European Championship for Mares.  Walmann believes she is best suited for the mile distance and the Red Mile was kind to her, dam Giant Diablo and sire Donato Hanover, both of which set world records in 2007.  In North America she might face enhanced competition from the Swan For All daughter Hannelore Hanover and Shake It Cerry. Thomas H. Hicks    

The 1SEK million first money Gr. I International E3 Finals at Orebro, each contested over 1609 meters autostart, produced exceptional harness racing victories by Unique Juni and Donatello Sisi. 8.8/1 odds Unique Juni (3f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill) took the filly division timed in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer H.R. Stromberg. Jan Spals Invest AM owns the winner, now with a 2-3-1 slate in nine 2016 starts for earnings of 1,160,000SEK. Her sire is a son of Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie. Zahara Goj (3f Sahara Dynamite-Melinda Sigel-Self Confident) took second for Torbjorn Jansson with third to Greece Boko (3f Zola Boko-Ouzo Boko-Victory Dream) and driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Robert Bergh. The colt division went to 1.11.7kr timed Donatello Sisu (3m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) handled by Stefan Soderkvist for Denco HB and trainer Admir Ziukanovic. This winner, unraced last year, is now 5-0-0 in nine starts in 2016 for 1,254,100SEK earned. Makethe mark (3m Moharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was second for Ulf Ohlsson, only his fourth loss in 17 starts (13-1-1 slate). Third was Norway’s Fernandinho B.R. (3m Raja Mirchi-Metior Missy-Tagliabue) with trainer Peter Untersteiner at the lines. Other prominent winners on the card included 6.9/1 odds Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) in the Express Gaxe Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner. Jorma Kontio teamed the 1.11.1kr timed winner, over 2100 meters autostart, for trainer Timo Nurmos. Coldtown has a 17-4-5 slate in 34 career starts. Knows Nothing and Radieux trailed the winning Coldtown. The Silver Division, 125,000SEK to the winner in the 2100 meter autostart contest, went to 2.9/1 Tripolini V.P. (6g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) of Denmark with trainer Jeppe Juel aboard. The 1.13kr clocked winner sired by a son of Express Ride-Emilie Cas El, owned by Team Juel, defeated Clara R.C. and Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele), the latter a half-sister to Scarlet Knight. The Orebro Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner over 2650 meters voltstart, went to 3.5/1 Springover (5m Going Kronos-Malabara-Supergill) timed in 1.14.2kr for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. Eder Bob (5m Crazed-Keystone Blaze-Angus Hall) was second for trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen, a week after this one took an Ahlsell Legends for Per Henriksen. Thomas H. Hicks

Next Wednesday shapes up as a good harness racing program at Solvalla, featuring Nuncio, D’One, Anna Mix and the next Ahlsell Legends contest. Nuncio departs from post six in the Jubileumspokalen Gr. I International (1SEK million to the winner, 2140 meters autostart), race ten on the card. The field follows in post order: DD’s Hitman, Jorma Kontio Spartan Kronos, Conrad Lugauer Scellino Luis, Erik Adielsson Explosive de Vie, Kevin Oscarsson Fire To The Rain, Ulf Ohlsson Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom Volstead, Bjorn Goop Whitehorse Express, Ulf Eriksson Je T’Aime Express, Peter Untersteiner Trinity Zet, Daniel Reden Exodus Hanover, Kenneth Haugstad Victory Bonsai, Mika Forss The mares will be on stage for race eight, the Gr. I Prix Maharajah European Championship for Mares (800,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 entrants). The well matched group includes recent winners Indria Bo, Venice, Anna Max, D’One and Patricia Hastrup. The post order lineup follows: Demi De Veluwe, Erkki-Pekka Makinen Indira Bo, Peter Untersteiner Nelson Nora, Per Oleg Midtfjeld Oibamam Effe, Andrea Guzzinati Venice, Mika Forss Anna Mix, Erik Adielsson Soho, Bjorn Goop D’One, Orjan Kihlstrom Patricia Hastrup, Lars Anvar Kolle Some Summit, Veijo Heiskanen I Love Paris, Ulf Ohlsson Aroma Grim, Johan Untersteiner Race five will be the Ahlsell Legends (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) and many of world’s best will be at the start. Saturday’s Aby Legend winner Per Henriksson is absent, replaced by US amateur reinsman Peter G. Gerry (Arden Homestead Stable). That lineup is shown below in post order: Michelandelo As, Stig H. Johansson Pepe di Jesolo, Giampaolo Minnucci Victor AU, William O’Donnell Wannabe Kemp, Peter G. Gerry (a) Unique Julia, Olle Goop Dewey Luvs Britt, Helen A. Johansson Global Option, Willi Rode Panoramic, Anders Lindqvist Petter Rags, Mihail Kozlov MT Fortune Winner, Bo Eklof Be there for super Solvalla racing. Last Wednesday at Solvalla included two events worth 200,000SEK to the winners. The Owners Trophy, raced over 2140 meters, went to the 1.12.1kr timed 1.1/1 odds favorite Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. Drancy and Chelsea Boko finished two-three. The Sommar Favoriten (2640 meters autostart, three year-old colts) went to 1.13.8kr timed Bucks To Burn (3m Ready Cash-Staro Yours Truly-Supergill) at 8.2/1 for Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Favorite Super Nice and 5/1 Gareth Boko were next home. The Sommar Favoriten Fillies (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.12.9kr timed and 2/5 odds favorite Undine (3f Zola Boko-Landlubber-Malabar Circle As) for Kihlstrom and trainer Catarina Lundstrom. Geisha Boko, also a daughter of Zola Boko, was second and Nouvelle Avenue (by Love You) ended third. The Menhammar Stuteri Mares (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters) was won by 5.9/1 Gloria Sund (6f Enjoy Lavec-Mamsell Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) with Ulf Ohlsson up, timed in 1.13.7kr. Andrianna Chip (by Adrian Chip) was second ahead of Sundsvik Mayday (by Diamond Circle). Thomas H. Hicks

The Daniel Reden/Stall Zet 1.85/1 favored Vasterbo Highflyer took Saturday’s V75 Gold (purse to winner 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) with Orjan Kihlstom aboard. The eight year-old gelded son of Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip recorded a 1.14.4kr clocked victory, his second in eight 2016 appearances and he increased his harness racing career earnings to 3,171,100SEK. 6.6/1 Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) was second with Jennifer Tillman aboard and 50/1 Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) landed third for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Stefan Melander, this one bred by J-P Dubois. Also at Bollnas, the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.3/1 favorite Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall), that scored in 1.13.2kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reljo Liljendahl. The veteran recorded his second 2016 win in eight starts and fifth in only 17 career outings. 2.4/1 Hero Sjohammar (5g Super Arnie-Twilight Time-Juliano Star) was second with Erik Adielsson driving for trainer Stig H. Johansson. 22.5/1 Vasterbo Paymyday (7g Credit Winner-Vasterbo Daylight-Spotlite Lobell) was third for trainer Liljendahl and driver Magnus Jakobsson. Thomas H. Hicks

Vittorio de Carly (7g Quaro-Gamine des Sarts) took Thursdays’ Prix de la Place d’Italie (purse €60,000, 10 monte European starters with apprentice jockeys, 2875 meters) at Enghien clocked in 1.15.5kr with Antoine Voisin up for trainer Arnaud Desmottes, and racing shoeless. 23.8/1 Valdenberg (7g Jeanbat du Vivier-Niella Clairchamp) rallied for second for Nils Pacha and trainer Nicolas Raimbeaux. 5.7/1 Titan du Closet (9g Jag de Bellouet-Granada du Closet) lasted for third with Mlle. Audrey Laroche up for trainer Stephane Maunier. The Prix d’Aix en Provence (purse €50,000, 2250 meters, 13 monte starters) was timed in 1.16.4kr by the winner, 18.4/1 odds, Belina des Agos (5f Prince Gede-Manta de Loc), with Th. Dromigny up for trainer Vincent Lacrox. 12.8/1 Baron Herald (5g Next Kinney-Presty Herold) landed second for Franck Nivard, also trainer, for Ecurie Patrick Aubin. 19.3/1 Broadway Delo (5g Replay Oaks-My Lovely Star) was third with P-Y Verva the jockey Good action took place July 27 at Ostersund, Sweden that hosted Derby events for the coldbloods. The four year-old Derby mares battled for 450,000SEK first money over 2140 meters autostart, with 2.5/1 BW Gullis (4f Moe Odin-Gullan Fax-Jarvsofaks) the winner. Orjan Kihlstrom was the pilot for trainer Thomas Lann, timed in 1.28.5kr for his fifth victory in 13 career outings. Derby males (four year-olds) raced for 700,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. 11.3/1 Mjolner Herkules (4m Horgen Tore-Myrtrolla) scored in 1.24.6kr for trainer/driver Jan Ruan Mjojnerod. The aged coldbloods contested the Sven O. Perssons for 150,000SEK to the winner, over the 2140 meter autostart course. The 1.22.8kr timed winner was .06/1 heavy favorite Manprinsen AM (9m Svall Ivar-Manskara-Jarvsofaks). Trainer Gunnar Melander was the pilot for the winners’ ninth win in 18 starts in 2016. There were two fine warmblood contests on the Ostersund card. The Diamant Mares (purse 100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 3/1 Mellsea Darling (4f Ken Warkentin-Melby Ultra-Viking Kronos) with Sandra Eriksson driving. The 60/1 Nerida (5f Coktail Jet-Inviting Smile-Express Ride) was second for Jan Olaf Johansson. The Klass II over 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to the winner went to 1.8/1 Raja Ribb (4g Raja Mirchi-Joyous Sound-Sugarcane Hanover) for driver Tomas Pettersson. Thomas H. Hicks

Two year-olds were on display at Jagersro in the early harness racing program competing in the Avena Service (70,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart). Current Affair (2f Love You-Global Future-Lindy’s Crown) scored in 1.14.1kr at 2/1 odds. Bjorn Goop was the teamster for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Langebro Konsult AB. Roger Malmqvist (trainer/driver) won later in the Certago (70,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) with Farzad Boko (4g Zola Boko-Kathy Silvio-Spotlite Lobell) as 1.9/1 favorite. Drogba Bob (6g Cantab Hall-Keystone Blaze-Angus Hall) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Race time was a quick 1.11.1kr. Untersteiner also won later with Thaiger Exclusive (5g Adrian Chip-Lady Exclusive-Spotlite Lobell defeating the Mr. Pine Chip gelding Gucci Degato. On the Jagersro Tuesday undercard were also some fine events and interesting winners. US import King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) took the Securitas (100,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Roger Walmann. SRF Stable owns King City. The 2.6/1 odds performers was timed in 1.10.8kr in defeat of Pepi di Jesolo (7g Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltic Speed) with Bjorn Goop driving for Edvin Ceka, the trainer. The Takmontage (100,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) was the late race of the evening and Finland’s Shadow Woodland prevailed for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl clocked in 1.10.4kr (mile rate 1:53.27f) for his third 2016 victory in seven appearances. Italy’s Radieux (6g Love You-Dordogne-Viking Kronos) took second for Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, ahead of Exodus Hanover with Kihlstrom the pilot. Other interesting Jagersro victories were earned by 4/5 favorite Sundsvik Mayday (5f Diamond Circle-Heirloom’s Bella-Silver Pine) for Veijo Heiskanen clocked in 1.11.7kr in the Mares Jagersro Center for 70,000SEK to the winner in the mile autostart event. 3/2 odds Sahara One (4m Raja Mirchi-Sahara Shadow-Graduate Student) was also victorious timed in 1.13.1kr in a 2140 meter autostart contest worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Trainer Conrad Lugauer teamed this one. On July 25th the annual Kolgjini Yearling Sale included 99 yearlings (after two scratches) and 66 were sold for a total 26,245,000SEK, an average of 397,652SEK (US$45,969). Five Muscle Hill colts led the way, the only five to yield over 1SEK million. Summary follows along with catalogue link and video links for the top two sellers. These top two are from mares with USA connections, both on the track and in the second case in the breeding shed. 58 Forfantone Am h. Muscle Hill - Tamla Celeber - Cantab Hall 2 700 000 SEK Roger Walman 80 Rudisha h. Muscle Hill - Moonlight Kronos - Viking Kronos 2 400 000 SEK Highlights AB/Whap Trotting AB/Lulzim Kolgjini AB 1 The Real Face h. Muscle Hill - Know It All Face - Viking Kronos 1 600 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB 75 Tiger Face h. Muscle Hill - Top Notch Pellini - Donato Hanover 1 500 000 SEK Leif Bergwall AB 23 Titan Face h. Muscle Hill - Bell Power - Pine Chip 1 400 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB 69 Thatch Her Face s. Joke Face - Iona L.B. - Supergill 900 000 SEK Tommy Nilsson Holding AB Catalogue http://www.kolgjini.se/Uploads/File/Kolgjini-Sales-2016.pdf Hip 58 Video – Forfantone AM Hip 80 – Rudisha   Thomas H. Hicks  

US import Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) with cagey Orjan Kihlstrom driving escaped the pocket late and rallied with a rapid speed burst between harness racing rivals to capture the 2016 Gr. I UET Masters Series Hugo Abergs Memorial (purse to winner 1,000,000SEK, with total purse in euros of €188,475, 1609 meters autostart, 10 entrants less scratching of Your Highness) for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet.  Off at even-money odds (PMU network and 1.39/1 on ATG) Propulsion now has a 2016 slate of 5-0-1 in seven starts for 3,621,713SEK earned this year and 4,404,296SEK for the career (31 starts with a 16-2-4 chart). Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) at 17/1 set the pace for Adrian Kolgjini and held second ahead of 1.7/1 Robert Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) and Robin Bakker that rallied late off the final bend and ended third.  Post-race Bakker said he was very pleased with Robert Bi’s performance. Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) rallied from back after a post 10 starting spot to be fourth for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. Propulsion was US-bred by F.V, Caldwell of Lexington KY and NJ based Bluestone Farms. The fractions set by Mosaique Face were honest and setup a record event (1.06.7kr after 500 meters; 1.09.3kr at the 1000 mark and finish 1.08.9kr, or mile rate 1:50.86f). The second and third place finishers were clocked in 1.09kr. The race, held at Jagersro / Malmo SWE, began in 1970, and was won last year by Creatine (with Johnny Takter up) and in the past by two-time winners Commander Crowe, Lave Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Peach Corps, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. A big crowd was on hand for great racing on a beautiful evening at Jagersro. Thomas H. Hicks

The Hugo Abergs card at Jagersro was more than that classic on this fine Jagersro evening, The Breeders Course Three Year Old Final (550,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to game front-ending Unica Gio (3f Donato Hanover-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) for Ulf Ohlsson at 72/1 odds. This 1.12.6kr timed winner is trained by Reijo Liljendahl for Courant AB and was bred in Italy by Bivans SRL. The 4/5 favoriteUnicrono SLM (3m Love You-CL Brightness-King Conch) was second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Wim Paal for Italian owner Graziani Ceccaroni. Third was 47/1 Urbanio (3m Adrian Chip-Oghelia Blue Chip-Yankee  Glide) with Rick Ebbinge at the lines for JFM Westgeest of Holland. The top three were all bred in Italy. Winning Unica Gio led from the start using rated fractions for victory (1.11.1kr at 500 meters, 1.13.9kr at the 1000 mark).   The program also showcased the 2016 Malmo Stayer Prize (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters distance handicap) and the 40 meter penalized Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haver- Supergill) scored at 6.3/1 for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 29/1 Thunder Peak (6m Quatre Juillet-Nikala- Prince Mystic) took second, overcoming a 20 meter handicap, for Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Steen Juul. Third went to another 40 meter handicapped and 1.8/1 favorite Alfas da Vinci (6g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) with trainer Joakim Lovgren the pilot. Time for the winner was 1.13.2kr for the marathon distance.   Mares battled in the Final Summer Mares Meeting (200,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, six starters) and D’One (6f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) scored in 1.11.1kr for Orjan Kihlstom and Roger Walmann, the trainer for Stall Kennys. This was her second 2016 start after a sixth place finish on July 3 rd . Roses Glory (5f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed) was second for trainer Veijo Heiskanen and third went to Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) for Johnny Takter/Daniel Reden/Stall Zet. Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) took the fourth check for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Jerry Riordan. D’One was off the 1.92/1 favorite and now has earned 8,666,379SEK for the career. Trainer Riordan was earlier in the winner’s circle with Tango Negro (4m Infinitf-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) in the Prix Cagbes-sur- Mer 2016 for four year-olds. Bjorn Goop teamed the 3.2/1 odds winner that was timed in a good 1.11.1kr over the 1609 meters autostart course to earn the 200,000SEK winners share of the purse. The Graziano Ceccaroni Italian owned and bred colt earned his second 2016 victory in six tries and now has 1,801,037SEK in career earnings. Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) was second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer ahead of Suit And Tie (4m Andover hall-Warrawee Krisp-Yankee Glide) with Erik Adielsson up for Marcus Lindgren.       Thomas H. Hicks  

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