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Today’s €299,407 purse Gr. I International Olympiatravet over 2140 meters at Goteborg (Aby) SWE went to hot trotting mare Your Highness (7f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall-Lady Stormont) with harness racing driver Bjorn Goop up for trainer Fabrice Souloy and PV Racing HB, the owner. This 1.4/1 odds winner has five 2016 wins in as many starts for seasonal earnings of 3,127,737SEK. Her career slate is now 23-7-5 in 47 starts for 6,602,022SEK earned. Your Highness was timed in 1.10.9kr and raced without shoes. 10/1 Sauveur (6g Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) was second for driver/trainer Ake Lindblom and 8/1 Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Irco-Tenor de Baune) rallied strongly for third for Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc after getting a slow start away from the car and trailing the field in early going. BBS Sugarlight finished fourth at 2.2/1 and On Track Piraten was fifth at 2/1 after leading much of the way. Nahar made an early miscue and was disqualified. Thomas H. Hicks

Veteran and past Elitloppet winner Nahar (11g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) returned to earlier form to win today’s V75 Gold Olympiatravet Trial at Umaker, Sweden with 200,000SEK to the winner. Trainer Robert Bergh teamed the 4/1 winner for owner Stall Sedin from post 11 in the 2140 meter autostart test, timed in 1.12.7kr. Nahar now has three wins in nine 2016 starts and 30 career victories in 121 outings for earnings of 12,457,015SEK. 9/1 Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) landed second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp with third to 6/1 Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) handled by Ulf Ericsson for trainer Bergh and Stall Sedin. The 3/1 Venkatesh (7g Varenne-Honey Face-Viking Kronos) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom. The 2016 Olympiatravet field now includesAnna Mix, B.B.S. Sugarlight, Mosaique Face, Nahar, On Track Piraten, Papagayo E., Sauveur, Spartan Kronos, and Your Highness This day’s V75 card also included the  Berth Johanssons Memorial (200,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) with victory to 3/1 Daley Lovin (5m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) with Erik Adielsson iup for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Bred in the US by Ann-Mari Daley, this winner recorded his second 2016 win in as many starts and 13th in 42 career starts. Favorite 2/1 Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) was second for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ. The US import was bred by Arden Homestead Stable. 46/1 Exodus Hanover (5m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) was third for Kenneth Haugstad and trainer Roger Walmann with fourth to 14/1 Al Dente (5m Scarlet Knight-Mollie’s Photo-SJ’s Photo) and driver Peter Ingves. Time was 1.12.9kr. The V75 Silver over 2640 meters autostart for 125,000SEK first prize went to 1.4/1 Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) for Orjan Kihlstrom. This one scored his second 2016 win in as many starts and 13th victory in 26 career appearances. Frederika Caldwell and Bluestone Farm bred the US import that is now owned by Stall Zet and trained by Daniel Reden. Alkalizer AM (6g Olimede-Alltid VG-Spotlite Lobell) was second for driver Adielsson.  

Delicious earned an Elitloppet invitation today for her victory in a mare's race at Bollnas worth 35,000SEK to the Orjan Kihlstrom piloted winner. Timed in 1.12kr the seven year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra was the prohibitive favorite in the 1640 meter autostart contest, her fifth straight victory. Daniel Reden trains Delicious for Stall Zet. 11/1 Stylish Hanover (7f Yankee Glide-Susi’s Image-Balanced Image) was second for Kaj Widell, ahead for third finishing 21/1 Pippi (9f SJ’s Photo-Astrids Lady-Laddie Blue Chip and driver Marcus Hultman. The 14/1 Talk The Talk (6f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) was fourth for Ulf Olsson and fifth went to 32/1 Elles W.Phedo(10f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolita-Rapido) for Ove A. Lindqvist. Delicious joins Timoko as the first two to receive Elitloppet invitations. Delicious has a 20-9-7 slate in 45 career starts for earnings of 5,701,572SEK. The last five Elitloppet winners include Magic Tonight, TYimoko, Nahar, Commander Crowe and Brioni, with the race record of 1.09.5kr held by Timoko. On the undercard a 1640 meter autostart event for 30,000SEK to the winner, went to 3.4/1 Ilikeitlikethat (5m Crazed-Dido Hanover-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.13.1kr for Marcus Hultman and trainer Per C. Johansson. The winner has 3-0-0 slate in four 2016 appearances with this win, his third straight in a career that numbers only 11 starts. 16/1 Second dam of this winner is Divine Victory (Valley Victory-Armbro Divine). Dashing Kimberly was second for Jennifer Tillman. The day before at Solvalla saw the 100,000SEK first money Avelsfoseningens Jubile for mares over 2140 meters voltstart go to 3/1 Coca de Vie (5f Chocolatioer-Bliss-Angus Hall) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander. 10/1 Pimpinette Face (4f Ken Warkentin-Indeed Kronos-Viking Kronos) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

On V75 day at Jagersro, Sweden, the featured L.C. Peterson-Broddas 2016, an Olympiatravet prep, for 150,000SEK to the winner, was taken by Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) timed in 1.11.9kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini over 2140 meters autostart. Tommy Nilsson Holding AB is the owner as Mosaique Face recorded career victory 15 in 59 starts, now for 11,951,136SEK earned. Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) was second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and third was Vasterboonthenews (8g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) with Christoffer Eriksson aboard. Solvato (7m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) was well back in the beaten field after a long layoff. Lutfi Kolgjini On the good Jagersro undercard, Pepi di Jesolo (7g Ganymede-Zanna di Jesolo-Baltic Speed) won the V75 Bronze earning 110,000SEK first money in the 1640 meter autostart for sprinters. Bjorn Goop teamed the winner for trainer Edvin Ceka and Ceka Stable AM, his second straight 2016 score and 15th lifetime in 77 starts. Timed in 1.12kr Pepe di Jesolo bested Officer CD (5g Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) with trainer Robert Bergh up for In The Zone AB. Third was Orakel Face (5g Going Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal) driven by Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Vallro AB. The V75 Silver with 125,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart contest, went to Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) clocked in 1.12.5kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Lisa Riordan. The late Lou Guida bred this half-sister to Lisa America. Go Green Pellini (8m Love You-Sparkling Pellini-Giant Chill) was second for Peter Ingves and trainer Petri Puro, with third to Even’s First Boy (7g Ken Warkentin-Even Southwind-Alf Palema) for trainer/driver Flemming Jensen. One race later Riordan return to the winners’ circle as his trainee Rocky Hanover (3m Cantab Hall-Rapsong-Windsong’s Legacy) won an event for three year-olds worth 40,000SEK first prize. This recent US import was reined by Johan Untersteiner for owner Euro-Vets AB. Timed in 1.14.6kr over the 2140 meter autostart course, Rocky Hanover defeated Mitos Gold (3g Good As Gold-Principessa-Pearsall Hanover) with Stefan Soderkvist driving. Three other 100,000SEK first money events were on the card. Four year-olds contested the 2016 Derby Trial over 2640 meters autostart, with the winner being Tellmeastory (4g Zola Boko-Katydid-Fast Photo) timed in 1.13.8kr for trainer/driver Vlejo Heiskanen. The V75-2 Klass I event was won by Target Kronos (4g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) clocked in 1.13.9kr for Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini for Allev. Kronos SRL of Italy. The V75-5 for mares over 2140 meters autostart, went to Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) reined by trainer Peter Untersteiner for owners Lars Melin and Birgitta Olsson. This one was tiked in 1.13.5kr. The April 30 Olympiatravet, raced at Aby,  lineup now includes Mosaique Face, Anna Mix, Your Highness, Sauveur, On Track Piraten, B.B.S. Sugarlight (last year’s winner) and Support Justice. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 14, 2016) - The special Mother's Day program at the Meadowlands featuring the inaugural edition of the $150,000 Elitlopp Playoff Trot, will be featured in Sweden's V64, a Pick 6 style wager that routinely handles more than $1 million and guarantees SEK 10 million (Swedish Krona currency) if there is a single winner. The V64 will be comprised of six trotting races on the Meadowlands program and will be the main wager that evening on Sweden's national tote and advanced deposit wagering platform, ATG. A total of seven Meadowlands races will be offered for separate pool wagering in Sweden and Finland. In addition, the Elitlopp Playoff, which awards the winner an automatic invitation to the prestigious Elitlopp in Sweden, will be broadcast live on national television on Sweden's TV4 network. All other Meadowlands races that day (night in Sweden) will be broadcast live on ATG's television channel and shown at all online and brick and mortar wagering outlets throughout Sweden. This will be the first time the ATG has broadcast a V64 race card on its television network from outside Scandinavia. "We continue to be extremely excited for what is shaping up to be a must-see event," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "This has been a wonderful show of cooperation with our Swedish counterparts. Jeff Gural and I would like to extend a huge thank you to Sam McKee who has worked tirelessly to help put this event together with officials from Solvalla Racecourse and the ATG." 15 of the premier trotters in North America have been nominated to the Elitlopp Playoff including defending Aged Trotter of the Year JL Cruze, Mare Trotter of the Year and former Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, plus Breeders Crown winner Creatine and TVG Series champions Resolve and Shake It Cerry. Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. ​byJustin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

Tonight’s Solvalla feature was The Onions worth 80,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter autostart contest with ten starters, and, as expected, the 1.1/1 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) recorded the win for Stefan Melander and his Stall TZ. Nuncio now has two wins in two 2016 starts and a slate of 28-12-2 in 42 career starts good for 18,292,726SEK earned. Timed in 1.10.7kr, same as his prior current year winning time, Nuncio defeated the same timed Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) for Jennifer Tillman, off at 5.8/1, and third finishing Nothing But Class (7m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer-Donerail) with trainer Peter Untersteiner up. Smilin Eli was fourth for Erik Adielson and the Reden/Stall Zet team. Russell Williams bred the winner. In undercard action at Solvalla, Moni To Spare (5g Chocolatier-Live Moni-Conway Hall-Moni Maker) took his second 2016 win in as many starts for driver Kenneth Haugstad and owner/trainer Nicklas Johannson. This one now shows a slate of 7-1-0 in nine career outings for earnings of 249,300SEK including today’s 40,000SEK first money for the 1.13.6kr timed verdict over 2140 meters autostart. Moni To Spare was bred in the USA by Moni Market Stable and was unraced as a two and three year-old. Lady Lee takes SebNor Recycling Mares Trot at Bergsaker Today’s Bergsaker SWE feature was the SebNor Recycling Mares Trot for 100,000SEK to the winner over 2140 meters autostart. The 40/1 outsider Lady Lee (7f Ride The Night-Princess Fri-Probe) rallied late for a long neck victory timed in 1.13.5kr. Kirsten Hell piloted the winner for owner Jan Hagg to her 11th career win in 105 starts. 86/1 Rondine d’Asolo (6f Varenne-Valdagna Ons-Park Avenue Joe) was second for Hanna Olofsson after circling the field to gain advantage around the final bend before facing the winner late. Third was 38/1 Elles W.Phedo (10f Kesaco Phedo-Elles W.Lolota-Rapido) for driver Ove Lindqvist. The 1.38/1 favorite Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) was away comfortably along the pegs and remained there until past the 1000 meter mark when driver Orjan Kihlstrom hustled that one to the front. Then the US import began rough gaited in the final bend and went offstride. Early leaders Cantabs Fortune and Ninepoints Lucy faded late with Cantabs Fortune also going offstride for trainer/driver Daniel Reden. Another US import, Bostonz Credit, stayed along the pegs and finished fourth for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Daniel Reden. On the Bergsaker undercard the US import Fighting Bax (4m Muscle Massive-Bax Machine-Earl) scored in 1.14.7kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Bred by Pete Spears’ Windsong Stable, the winner now has three wins in five 2016 starts. The victory tonight added 60,000SEK to his scorecard. Tommaso America (4m Muscle Hill-Onda Degli Dei-Windsong’s Legacy) was second. The Bergsaker’s finale was theForsakringskonsult for 40,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart event. 22/1 Bourne Identity (5m Sugar Trader-Santana-Super Arnie) scored in 1.14.1kr for Martin Akerlund, his eighth career victory in 24 outings. US import Stand Bayou (5m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec) was second at 2.3/1 for Orjan Kihlstrom and the Daniel Reden/Stall Zet team, timed same as the winner (this one also bred by Spears’ Windsong Stable. Voulez Vous was third for Ove Lindqvist. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink  

The well-regarded Daniel Reden trained, US import, Wild Honey, starts tomorrow in a V86 contest at Bergsaker, Sweden worth 100,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart event. The field is shown below in post position order: BostonZ Credit, Ulf Eriksson Cantabs Fortune, Daniel Reden Ninepoints Lucy, Jorgen Westholm Wild Honey, Orjan Kihlstrom Elles W Phedo, Ove Lindqvist Rondine d’Asolo, Hanna Olofsson Lady Lee, Kerstin Hell Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) goes into her first 2016 start with a slate of 17-8-0 in 28 appearances for earnings of 8,704,831SEK. The Lindy Racing Stable bred mare is owned by Stall Zet and trained by Daniel Reden. Later in the card the improving Stand Bayou (4m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec) goes after his third win in 2016 for Stall Zet. Pete Spears’ Windsong Stable is the breeder. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Top trotting action took place Saturday at Solvalla with a number of V75 contests with 200,000SEK or more to the winners. The Grabber’s Pixies race for mares (200,000SEK first prize) went to 1.9/1 Donna de Quattro (6f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) for harness racing driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Tomas Malmqvist timed in a quick 1.10.9kr. Langebro Konsult AB owns this winning mare. 3.1/1 Windy Ways (6f Conway Hall-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane) took second for Erik Adielsson, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Third was 1.8/1 favorite and US-bred Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hall=True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Roger Walmann, training for AB Svensk Reklamfinans. The Finn-Tack Silver Final (2140 meters autostart for 220,000SEK first money) went to 2.4/1 Fridericus (6g Allison Hollow-Friderica-April Victory) timed in 1.12.3kr. The Denmark-bred winner was reined by trainer Veijo Heiskanen for owner Firma Stall Preussen. Italy’s Navigator Sib (9g Civil Action-Shoguns Parisienne-Shogun Lobell) took second for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Jorgen Westholm, with third to Vasterbo Paymyday (7g Credit Winner-Vasterbo Daylight-Spotlite Lobell) and teamster Bjorn Goop for trainer Reijo Liljendahl. The Solvalla feature this Saturday was the Tritun Sunds Gold Final with 250,000SEK to the winner. 2.1/1 odds favorite On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) scored the victory for Johnny Takter ahead of 7.1/1 Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) and reinsman Peter Untersteiner. Third was 4.4/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) and driver Bjorn Goop. Time was 1.11.6kr and the win was the fourth straight for the winner, now with 25 career wins in 83 starts for earnings of 10,279,211SEK The 200,000SEK first money Benders Tamla Celebers for mares (2140 meters voltstart) went to 11.2/1 odds Noomi Skift (5f Goetmals Wood-Avelone Skift-Alf Palema) with trainer Hans-Owe Sundberg driving. Grappa Boe (5f Couch Doctor-Honey B Boe-Atlas Rocket) landed second for Tony Wallin, ahead of Marta Chip (5f Adrian Chip-Haulover Tan-Dream Vacation) with Peter Ingves up for trainer Petri Puro. Seven of the 15 starters took a 20 meter distance handicap and none of these earned top three finishes. Completing the Solvalla top races was the Bronze Final with 200,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart contest. Ochongo Face (5g Kiss Francis-Jubel Kemp-Joie de Vie) at 6.6/1 recorded the victory for Erik Lindegren, defeating Bartender IN (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) and Panoramic (6g Scarlet Knight-Carttolina Spin-SJ’s Photo), the latter driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. At Aby on Saturday the 2140 meter autostart Breddlopp went to Jerry Riordan’s trainee Sonny Bull (5m Uronometro-Miss Morique-Spotlite Lobell) for Italian owner Mauro Prospero at 17.5/1. The scored his ninth career win in 36 starts, timed in 1.14.8kr. Hertig Rolls (by Coktail Jet) was second ahead of Spider Blessed (by Igor Font) driven by Jorgen Wallin for trainer Wilhelm Paal. The winner earned 10,000SEK in this event. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing driver Franck Nivard teamed 6.5/1 Vanille du Dollar (7f Magnificent Rodney-Magalie du Dollar) to victory Wednesday in the second leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot Paris Turf, a 3000 meter distance handicap event with 16 starters. The total purse was €90,000. Timed in 1.14.2kr the winner bested three rivals that sought to overcome a 25 meter penalty. 4/5 favorite Viking Blie (7g Prodigious-Idole Blue) was second for trainer/driver Y-A Briand and 30/1 Ursa Major (8f Ganymede-Good Way) landed the third spot ahead of 35/1 Slow du Beauvoisin (10g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoison) and driver Stephane Cingland. 21/1 Urus (8g Kiwi-Troika de Mar) was fifth for Cedrik Terry. The prestigious GNT series visits many rural venues throughout the summer and fall season before a final at Paris-Vincennes at start of the winter meet. This day’s GNY was the Quinte+ race of the day with a €4 million jackpot. The same day at Solvalla was the Kentucky Fibbers over 1640 meters autostart with 80,000SEK to the winner. Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) made his 2016 first start an easy winning one for owner/driver Stefan Melander. Timed in 1.10.7kr Nuncio, bred by Russell Williams in Pennysylvania,  took the lead early and battled Oreccechietti before that one tired and was disqualified. Venkatesh (7g Varenne-Honey Face-Viking Kronos) ended second for Orjan Kihlstrom, over eight lengths off the winner. Smilin Eli (6m Muscles Yankee-Gerri’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was third for Daniel Reden ahead of fourth finishing Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip and driver Per Lennartsson. Saturday’s V75 card is at Solvalla and it includes several events worth 200,000SEK of better to the winners. Top flight horses will be on display such as Donna di Quattro, Blended Scotch, On Track Piraten, Spring Erom and Marta Chip. Thomas H. Hicks

At Farjestad on Friday the Folke Hjalmarssons for 100,000SEK (US$11,873) to the winner (2140 meters autostart, ten starters) went to Trinity Zet and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Off at 6.3/1 this five year-old daughter of SJ’s Photo-Kleo Zet-Angus Hall is trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. She recorded victory in her first 2016 appearance and her sixth lifetime in 25 starts. Roses Glory (5f Yankee Glide-Spring Gala-Self Possessed was second for trainer/driver Veljo Heiskanen and third went to Star di Poggio (5f Conway Hall-Glory de Poggio-Viking Kronos) and driver Kenneth Haugstad. On the same card, the featured Prins Carl Philips Jubileumspokal (1640 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to the winner, ten starters) went to US import Propulsion at 1.9/1 odds for driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden also trains this one for Stall Zet, as Propulsion secured his first 2016 victory in his initial start. He won three times in Europe after winning twice at the Meadowlands in July 2015. The five year-old son of Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall now has 12 wins in 25 career starts for earnings of 1,032,583SEK. Je t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) for driver Ulf Ohlsson. The Friday evening Quinte+ (jackpot €3.75 million) at Paris-Vincennes was the €52,000 purse Prix Maia over 2850 meters with 18 mares at the start. The 1.12.6kr timed winner was 33/1 outside Violine Mourotaise (7f Le Retour-Mourotaise) with Matthieu Abrivard teaming. 2.9/1 Verzee Carisaie (7f Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Harmonie Carisaie) was second for Eric Raffin and 23/1 Victoire de Levres (7f Lontzac-Eve Liria) ended third for Franck Nivard, ahead of the 3/2 favorite Akayama (6f Prodigious-Hirosaka) and David Thomain. Three year-old females also battled on Friday evening in the Prix Alcyone (purse €36,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) on the petite piste. The 1.16.3kr timed victory went to 9/10 favorite Dobra Droga (3f Goetmals Wood-Oublies Moi) with Franck Nivard aboard. Fabrice Souloy trains the Hodij Coatings BV owned trotter. 6.2/1 Deesse Port (3f Uniclove-Maria Port) rallied up to be second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin and 24/1 Danseuse For Ever (3f Rodrigo Jet-Union du Plaisir) held third for reinsman Matthieu Abrivard. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer Joakim Lovgren teamed 5/2 favorite Alfas da Vinci (8g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) to victory in today’s V75 Gold at Kalmar. Raced over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK first prize, the winner defeated 5.9/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) with Erik Adielsson up. Third was 14/1 Riff Kronos (6m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos-Viking Kronos) for Peter Ingves. Robert Bergh’s veteran Love You gelding, Nahar, off at 4.1/1, was disqualified. The V75 Silver this day over 2140 meters went to 3/2 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Adrian Kolgjini aboard. 5/1 Mr. Chicago (7g Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec), bred by Brittany Farms USA, was second for Veljo Heiskanen with third to 85/1 Quel Bourbon (7g Infinitif-Qualita Bourbon-Love You), bred by Jean-Pierre Dubois, and driven by Thomas Dalborg for owner/trainer Ely Iverson. Thomas H. Hicks

A total of fifteen trotters have been nominated for the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff at the New Meadowlands Racetrack. The list of harness racing horses nominated reads like a "who's who" of North American trotters with combined earnings of well over $19 million dollars. Thirteen of the fifteen have records under 1:52. With an estimated purse of $150,000, the Elitlopp Playoff is a collaborative effort between executives at Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden and the Meadowlands. The race will highlight a special afternoon Mother's Day card at the Meadowlands on Sunday, May 8th. The winner will receive an automatic invitation to compete in the Elitlopp at Solvalla on Sunday, May 29th. In accordance with Swedish rules, horses in the Elitlopp Playoff will not be permitted to race with the medication Lasix or with trotting hobbles. "We are very excited to host the Elitlopp Playoff race and look forward to welcoming our guests from Sweden coming over that weekend for the event," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "With all the fans and all the interest, the Elitlopp reminds me of our Little Brown Jug which is my favorite racing event to go to every year." Here's is the complete list of Elitlopp Playoff nominees: Bee A Magician (M) - 2013 Horse of The Year - $3.7 million; 1:51 Crazy Wow - one of two 4-year-olds nominated - $1.2 million; 1:51.1 Creatine - 2015 Breeders Crown champion - $2.1 million; 1:51.2 DW's NY Yank - $972,000; 1:51.3 Flanagan Memory - 2015 Cashman champion - $896,000; 1:51.4 Gural Hanover - $716,000; 1:51.3 Homicide Hunter - 4-year-old Indiana star - won 16 of 18 races last year - $562,000; 1:53.4 JL Cruze - Dan Patch champion - $660,000; 1:49.4 Natural Herbie - $902,000; 1:51.4 Obrigado - $747,000; 1:51.3 Opulent Yankee - $221,000; 1:51.4 Perfectly Enough - won Swedish Breeders Crown at age 3; has earned over $2.4 million SEK in Europe - never raced in North America - mounting a comeback for trainer Marcus Melander Resolve - TVG Trot champion - $915,000; 1:50.4 Shake It Cerry (M) - multiple Dan Patch Champion - $2.4 million; 1:51.2 Wind Of The North - 2015 Elitlopp starter - $470,000; 1:51 The Eltilopp Playoff will be contested at a distance of one mile if ten horses or less enter. The race will be at a mile-and-an-eighth if 11 or 12 horses enter. If 13 or more horses enter, the 12 highest money earners will start. Horses not nominated to the Elitlopp Playoff can be supplemented to the race at time of entry for a supplemental fee of $15,000. Rachel Ryan

On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line)  with harness racing ace Johnny Takter driving took Saturday’s V75 Gold at Bollnas as the 1.45/1 favorite. The veteran defeated Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Guill-Lindy Lane) handled by Erik Lundegren with third to Narold Vox (7g Orlamdo Vici-Bonnie Vox-Opus Broline) with Ulf Ohlsson up at 31/1. Former Elitloppet winner Nahar finished fourth ahead of Traveling Man. Nahar’s career earnings increased to 12,210,615SEK in this his 117th lifetime start. He has 37 wins. Winning On Track Piraten recorded his 22nd win in 80 starts, good for 9,722,211SEK earned.   Thomas H. Hicks

The new Meadowlands Racetrack and the famed Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden have announced plans for an Elitlopp Playoff Free-For-All Trot with an automatic invitation for the winning horse to compete in the Elitlopp, one of the world's most prestigious trotting events, on May 29th at Solvalla Racetrack. The Elitlopp Playoff will be contested on a special Mother's Day matinee card at the Meadowlands on Sunday, May 8th. The estimated purse for the race is $150,000. In accordance with the Elitlopp rules, horses in the Playoff will not be allowed to race with either the medication Lasix or trotting hobbles. "We see this as the start of something new," said Christer Haggstrom, a board member of Solvalla. "By cooperating with the Meadowlands, we think we can attract the best North American horses to attend the Elitlopp. We are really appreciative of the cooperation and all of the hard work the Meadowlands team have put in. We think by cooperating internationally it will be beneficial to the entire harness racing world." In an effort to attract even more North American participation, Solvalla is finalizing plans for a direct flight from the East Coast to Sweden, eliminating demanding day-long van rides in Europe which was the norm in past years. Solvalla is also encouraging North American trainers to enter trotters in the supporting stakes races on Elitlopp weekend including the Sweden Cup, the Harpers Hanover, and the Fyaaringselitin, all with purses well over $100,000. Trainers such as Jimmy Takter, Ake Svanstedt, Richard "Nifty" Norman, Ron Burke and several others have all expressed interest in nominating horses to the race including top North American trotters such as World Champion JL Cruze, Horse Of The Year Bee A Magician, and possibly the TVG Series champion Resolve. A large contingent of Swedish horsemen will be traveling to the Meadowlands for the Elitlopp Playoff weekend. Both parties are also working diligently in an attempt to make the Elitlopp Playoff Trot part of the V75 wager in Europe on May 8th which would be an historic ground breaking effort between the two continents. The V75 routinely attracts more than $10 million in wagers. ATG, Sweden's on-line wagering company, is planning on simulcasting the Elitlopp Playoff and other selected trotting events on the Meadowlands Mother's Day card to Sweden for wagering on a separate pool basis. "We are excited about the Elitlopp Playoff idea," said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural. "Working closely with the Solvalla management on this project is a great step for international trotting. The wagering ideas we are discussing including the possibility of our Meadowlands race in the V75 is very exciting and can help open the doors for even more joint ventures in the future between the two countries." Nominations for the Elitlopp Playoff close February 15th. With the President's Day Holiday, all correspondence must be postmarked by February 17th. For more information, log on to or contact the Meadowlands Race Office at 201-THE-BIGM. Justin Horowitz

A 14,000km journey is gifting two trotting teens a life-changing experience that will fuel their harness racing careers. Linnea Hollander, 18 of Jarvso, and Nathalie Sandberg (pictured right), 18 of Enkoping, landed in Melbourne from Sweden on Monday on a month-long internship, which had them join Matt Craven’s Terang stable yesterday for a two-week stay. The students from Travskolan Wangen, a Swedish trotting high school, were selected for the opportunity, the third time the school’s internship scheme has sent students to Victoria. “I am looking forward to seeing the difference between Australian trotters and Swedish trotters, and also see the pacers, which we don’t have in Sweden,” Sandberg said. “I am looking forward to going to the stables and follow the grooming of the horses to see how they work.” The duo will follow their stint at Craven’s stable with two weeks with David Aiken’s Avenel team. Hollander (pictured) said it was “a life experience to be here and hopefully I will learn something I can use back home”. “I feel I have already grown as a person,” Hollander said. “It’s my first time to fly.” Both plan to begin their careers as stablehands or groomers, and wish to one day become trainers heading their own European stables. Their high school program is specially designed to provide skills required in training stables, including horse biology and health, feeding, riding and training. Sandberg said her passion for the sport blossomed from riding her sister’s horse. “I got practicing and then started to learn about trotting,” she said.  “I like the trotting, but it’s the horses that I am here for.” Hollander’s interest was sparked by her neighbours, who manage trotting horses, which she started to ride. “Lately they got more younger horses and I have been helping to drive them,” she said. They are experiences that will only be fast-tracked with time spent at two of Victoria’s leading stables. Harness Racing Victoria general manager – operations Vaughn Lynch said the venture was a continuation of international knowledge-sharing, which helped to boost the sport at home and abroad. by Michael Howard

January 2, 2016 - Jennifer Tillman teamed 4.6/1 Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) to victory in today’s V75 Gold with 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meters autostart harness racing event. Thomas Jezek is the trainer of Food Money. 2.5/1 On Hold (8g Valley Victor-Kill Time-SJ’s Caviar) was second for driver Magnus Jakobsson with third to 5.5/1 Cool Keeper (6m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) with Leif Witasp aboard. Democrat, Francais Gull and Luckycharm Hanover (at 3.8/1) trailed the top three to the line. Thomas H. Hicks

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