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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  

Today at Axevalla Sweden, the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, nine starters) went easily to FR invader Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) timed in 1.12kr. Harness racing driver Erik Adielsson drove the Sofia Aronsson trainee that Franck Leblanc owns. She now has  a career slate of 11-8-6 in 37 starts for 7,229,354SEK earned. Off at 3.26/1 Anna Mix defeated .67/1 favorite Call Me Keeper (6m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) and the Orjan Kihlstrom/Daniel Reden driver/trainer team. Third was 12.3/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Spring Flickan-Prince Mystic) and Bjorn Goop for trainer Dan Widegren. Repay Merci, Solvato and Tumble Dust were in the beaten field. The prior day at Axevalla there were three events for 100,000SEK first money. Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) scored in 1.12.1kr over 2140 meters autostart for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan. Pasquale Ciccarelli owns this 14 time winner in 32 starts for the career. Another 2140 meter autostart test went to .66/1 favorite Je T’aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. The other 2140 meter test, for three year-old fillies, was won by Caddie Lisieux (3f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) at .79/1 and clocked in 1.15.2kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one. The Broad Bahn filly Flo Jo Keeper was second with trainer/driver Bjorn Goop up. Thomas H. Hicks  

On July 21 at Bergsaker in Sweden harness racing action showcased another victory by unbeaten even-money favorite Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Lata Kell-Ata Star L) with trainer Robert Bergh up. The winner scored in the 250,000SEK first money Norrlands Elitserie Final for three year-olds over 2140 meters, to remain perfect in eight career starts, five in 2016. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat 2.4/1 Electric Light (3m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and Per Lennartsson with 8.6/1 Mindyouvalue WF (3m Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) third, driven by Ulf Eriksson. On that card, the Gr. II International Norrlands Grand Prix (300,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 4/5 favorite Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldade-Credit Winner) for Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Courant AB. He scored in 1.11.4kr to improve his career slate to 8-3-7 in 30 starts for earning of 3,024,736SEK. 2.6/1 Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 32/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson. Earlier aged trotters contested the 100,000SEK first money Mittoljor over 2640 meters autostart and the 1.14.4kr winner was 1.8/1 Vasterbo Loveboat (6g Love You-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) with Erik Adielsson. 42/1 Kung Toll (10g Giant Cat-Flossy Lobell-Speedy Somolli) was second for Krister Soderholm ahead of 4.9/1 Poochai handled by Ulf Ohlsson. Luckycharm Hanover was unplaced in this event. Also, the Grand Prix Sprint (50,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 1.12.7kr timed 5/2 odds Bloody Valentine (5f Dream Vacation-Excellent-Supergill) with Stefan Edin driving. Castle Rose and Pandora Diamant were next to finish. Thomas H. Hicks  

5.5/1 odds Slow du Beauvoisin (10g Jain de Beval-Gina du Beauvoisin) took today’s Cagnes-sur-Mer featured Prix des Soirees Gourmandes (Gr. III, purse €55,000, 2925 meters, nine starters). Romuald Mourice, also harness racing trainer, teamed the winner that was clocked in 1.13.2kr for owner Ecurie JYL. The shoeless winner scored over 25/1 Sergent du Rib (10g Baccarat du P0ont-Hermine du Rib) handled by trainer Loris Garcia. 4/5 favorite Sire de la Creuse (10g Ludo de Fleurac-Hanna de la Creuse) was third for trainer/driver J-F Senet with Urac and Truman Dairpet finishing fourth and fifth. At Boden-Vienne Austria their Monte Derby (purse €7,000, 2600 meters, ten entrants with one scratch) went to barefoot 25/1 Willy Venus (9g Freiherr As-Windaisy-Speedy Crown) that scored in 1.18.6kr for jockey Mme. Lea Ahokas. Hubert Brandstatter Jr. trains the winner for owner Hubert Hofer. 30/1 Ulysse de Corbery (8g Offshore Dream-Klytte de Corbery) was second for Mme. Alexandre Sandner and third was 7/1 Alquin Elegance (9g Kerido Donjon-Nina Darby) that was handicapped 25 meters and ridden by Mme. Petra Resinger. Yesterday, solid trotting took place at Eskilstuna SWE, and the Gr. II International ICA Maxi (300,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to well-regarded Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos). He was timed in 1.12.1kr for his second 2016 victory in three starts. His career slate is 9-3-0 in 12 starts. Jorma Kontio drove Readly Express for trainer Timo Nurmos. Pacific Broline (4m Celebrity Secret-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, with third to Cuise La Motte (4f Repeat Love-Onagra du Vivier-Extreme Dream) for driver Torbjorn Jansson and trainer Goop. The Eskilstuna program also showed a 1.10.5kr win by Food Money (8g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) with Jennifer Tillman aboard. They defeated Standout (m Ganymede) and Magic Tonight (7m Andover Hall). Floria Boko (4f Ready Cash-Thelsey Boko-American Winner) took the 100,000SEK first money RS Mustang (2140 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.4kr for Mattias Djuse, also trainer. Cash A Cheque EM (5g Credit Winner) was second for Erik Adielsson and Brothers In Am was third. The Olof Brodin raced over 2140 meters for 100,000SEK to the winner went to 1.13.3kr timed Catwalk I.H. (5f Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) with trainer Bjorn Goop driving. Gaia Sund was second for Jennifer Tillman. Aged mares contested the Gregers Minne (2140 meters autostart, 15 starters, 100,000SEK to winner) and Backorder (5f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) scored in 1.12.9kr, her third straight win, with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. Top Notch Lady As (4f Taurus Dream-Shady As-Conway Hall) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Five year olds battled in the 2140 meter autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, and Volstead (5m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) scored in 1.11kr, his second straight and 14th win in 34 career outings. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed this Stefan Melander owner/trained charge that was US bred by Arden Homestead Stable. Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer/owner Stefan Melander won today’s €121,916 purse, 1640 meters autostart, Arjang 2016 Stora Sprinterlopp in Sweden, by half-length after stating from post eight and sitting the death seat after the first quarter mile.  Nuncio was the 7/10 favorite and scored in 1.09.7kr (mile rate 1:52.15). Pacesetter Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was a game second at 19/1 for Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Steen Juul. 29/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) rallied to be third for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Daniel Reden with fourth to 3.9/1 On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Johnny Takter. Ten horses contested this International event with Chelsea Boko and Harry Haythrow fifth and sixth to the line. Nuncio posted his sixth 2016 victory in eight starts, with two seconds, including the Elitlopp win. His career slate is 32-14-2 in 48 appearances, now for 22,931,376SEK earned. "He has everything put together really well. He is strong, a quick starter and has good closing speed.", said driver Örjan Kihlström. On the undercard Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) win the Silver Division for Thomas Uhrberg and Cab Hornline (5m San Pelligrino-Perle Mauritius-Hermes de Pericard) took the Bronze test for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Gr. I International Sprintermaster Final (928,830SEK to winner ($109,000 US), 1609 meters autostart) at Halmstad, Sweden, went to 2.15/1 second favorite Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) clocked in 1.09.3kr and piloted by Orjan Kihlstrom. Stefan Melander owns and trains the US import that was campaigned by Jimmy Takter. Uncle Lasse now has a 12-9-5 slate in 36 career starts, with earnings of 8,543,357SEK. Second in the Halmstad final was 8.3/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) and driver Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This pair defeated Uncle Lasse in their elimination, timed in 1.10.6kr. The 2.6/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alldide-Credit Winner) took third in the final for Bjorn Goop and trainer Melander, French Laundry was unplaced for Johnny Takter as was 1.6/1 wagering choice Southwind Mozart. The eliminations (first) went to 6.9/1 Breidabliks Nubbe (4m Lindy Lane-Wildgirl Boshoeve-Starchip Entrprise) for the Eriksson/Lugauer team timed in 1.10.6kr. The 0.53/1 Uncle Lasse was second for Kihlstrom/Melander and 1.73/1 Telecommando OK (4m Love You-Flavia Kronos-Sj’s Photo) for Bjorn Goop/Wim Paal. The elims were raced over 1609 meters for 125,000SEK first money. The second elim went to 1.77/1 Cruzado Dela Noche (4m Muscle Mass-Alldide-Credit Winner) timed in 1.11kr for Goop/LMelander. 0.38/1 favorite Poet Broline (4m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, ahead of 14.83/1 Nappa Scar (4m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover), the third place finisher for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. Elim three was won by the quick 1.09.5kr clocked Southwind Mozart (4m Muscle Hill-Missymae Bluestone-Mack Lobell) off at 0.56/1 for trainer/driver Veljo Heisanen. 7.97/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Third was 15.76/1 Flash Haleryd (4m Conway Hall-Looking Flashy-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. On the undercard was the Travronden for 75,000SEK to the winner of the 2140 meter autostart event with ten starters and trainer/drivers. 9.33/1 The Way I Am (5g Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) scored in 1.13.3kr with Petri Salmela driving. The 8.6/1 Sylvester America (5m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was a close second driven by trainer Jerry Riordan for Riordan Stables HB. Third was 4.08/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) for trainer/driver Reijo Liljendahl. Saturday’s V75 Halmstad program was an excellent one led by the StoSprinern Final for four year-old mares. The impressive 1.11.1kr timed winner was Italy’s Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) with Christoffer Eriksson aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and North American owners David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. The winner earned 557,298SEK in this 1609 meter autostart contest and now has a 6-3-2 slate in 1 starts. She was off at 1.18/1 odds and won her second straight. Bacio (4f Muscle Hill-Lily Kronos-Varenne) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Stefan Melander, Third was Faye Bros (4f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Timo Nurmos. The card also included the V75 Gold over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEWK first prize. Veteran Harry Haythrow (10g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) scored at 17.2/1 timed in 1.12.2kr. Another aging star, Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflicken-Prince Mystic), took second for Orjan Kihlstom and third went to Solvato (7m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) with Stefan Soderkvist the pilot. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money went to well-bred US registered King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) at 10.6/1 odds. He started from post 12 and was timed in 1.10.9kr to defeat post one Trust Launcher (8g Gallant Baron-Josephine Launcher-Turbo Thrust) with Peter Untersteiner driving in this 12 horse field. Third was the Erik Adielsson teamed Emmett Brown (5m Muscle Hill-Traci Spur-SJ’s Photo). Divisionist was fifth in this group. The Bronze Division for 110,000SEK to the winner in the 2640 meter voltstart contest went to Bravo Navarone (5m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for Erik Adielsson clocked in 1.14.3kr as the even-money favorite. The Halmstad card also showed other interesting winners. A Klass II event for 100,000SEK over 2140 meters autostart went to 1,3/1 Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) won the 100,000SEK first prize Breeders Course timed in 1.14.2kr at 2.2/1 over 2640 meters distance handicap, overcoming a 20 meter penalty. The Summer Mares for 100,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart sprint went to Playing Tua (8f Gigant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) at 1.15/1 for trainer/driver Thomas Uhrberg. This top mare scored her third straight victory and now has 18 wins in 66 career starts. She was timed in 1.10.7kr. Three year-olds battled in the 75,000SEK first money Euro Classic Next Year with victory to 1.96/1 Ultra Bright (3f Zola Boko-Patina-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. High Beam Hanover and Gwenda di Quattro were next across the line, both by Cantab Hall. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Policy Of Truth (3g Explosive Matter-Champagne-Supergill) to victory in today’s Gr. II E3 Final for colts at Eskilstuna, Sweden over the 2140 meter autostart course for 1SEK million ($118,549 US) to the winner. The Reijo Liljendahl trainee scored in 1.13.6kr for his fifth victory in six 2016, also his lifetime achievement. Off at 4.3/1 the winner bested 14/1 M.T. Le Baron (3g Quite Easy-Rydeus Denise-Dahir de Prelong) with Bjorn Goop aboard and even-money favorite Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was third for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Salmela Petri. This one was six for six in ’16 and 12 for 14 lifetime entering this contest. The other major event on the program was the Gr. I International E3 Final for fillies over 2140 meters autostart for 1SEK million first money, and that winner was 23/1 Uncertain Age (3f Jacose-Missis-Varenne) for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist, timed in 1.13.5kr. The Eskilstuna undercard also included the 250,000SEK first money Stayerlopp over 3140 meters distance handicap. The 3.9/1 Amaru Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide) scored timed in 1.13.5kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Amaru Boko traveled a handicapped 3200 meters to record his third straight win. In the Klass II test for 200,000SEK first money o ver 2140 meters autostart, 1.4/1 Ceasar Sisu (4g Cantab Hall=Chynatown-Muscles Yankee) recorded his second straight win timed in 1.12.6kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos. Other winners on the program were Slide So Easy (7g Quite Easy-Elegate Frokjar-Smokin Yankee) for Flemming Jensen in the 200,000SEK Bronze Final, timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart; 10/1 Othello Face (5g Kiss Francis-Lady Katherine-American Winner) for Jurgen Sjunnesson in the 200,000SEK Klass I Final timed in 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart; 3.3/1 Ready For More (6g Ready Cash-B;Glorious-Smok’n Lantern) in 1.12.8kr for Ulf Ohlsson in the 220,000SEK Silver Final (he is now 12 for 21 lifetime); and 3.7/1 Serious Try (5g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) timed in 1.13.2kr for Henrik Svensson in a 2140 meter autostart contest. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Today’s 60,000SEK first money Breeders Course for harness racing three year-olds, over 1640 meters autostart, went to the 1.13.2kr timed Chocolate Gold (3m Chocolatier-Shella Gold-Good As Gold) with Erik Adielsson up. Svante Bath trains the winner, that defeated Unica Gio (3f Donato Hanover-Ilaria Jet-Pine Chip) and driver Ulf Ohlsson, for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. The Solvalla program also a number of undercard fine events including the Nu Paradis over 2140 meters for 60,000SEK first prize. The 1.12.7kr winner was 1.8/1 odds Exodus Hanover (5m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation). Orjan Kihlstrom was the pilot for trainer Roger Walmann. Second was the Kenneth Haugstad driven Lightning Fire (5g Muscle Hill-Lightning Flower-Yankee Glide) also a Walmann trainee. The Solvallaserien V for 100,000SEK first money, over 2140 meters autostart, went to 5.5/1 Pacific Broline (4m Celebrity Secret-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) with Erik Adielsson up. The Bjorn Goop trainee was clocked in 1.12.4kr to defeat 1/5 favorite Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) that Orjan Kihlstrom reined for trainer Stefan Melander. Another Melander trainee, Divisionist, finished third. Sprinters were at work in the 1640 meter autostart Hastegarnas Sommarpris for 100,000SEK to the winner. 5.7/1 Special Promise (7m Mr. Pine Chip-Jiving Kemp-Napoletano) was victorious timed in a quick 1.11kr for Jorma Kontio. The Finnish invader bested King City (5m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) and driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Walmann. The Bronze Division for 110,000SEK first money, raced over 2640 meters autostart, went to 2.2/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) for Mattias Djuse. Reve d’Amour (6f Love You-Daventry-Atlas Fighter L) took second in the 1.14.2kr clocked contest for driver Johnny Takter and trainer Mike Lenders. Thomas H. Hicks

Well-regarded 1/10 favorite Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) took this days’ Breeders Crown V75 event for four year-olds at Kalmar, Sweden, timed in 1.12.4kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos. This event raced over 2140 meters autostart produced 70,000SEK to the winner and Readly Express now has an 8-3-0 slate in 11 career starts. The 40/1 Sugarmakesmecrazy (4g Crazed-Maple Frosting-Valley Victory) was second for Per Lennartsson and trainer Svante Bath. He one now is 4-1-2 in ten starts after not competing in 2015. He showed some good form at age two in the USA for Ake Svanstedt. 50/1 Cupido Sisu (4g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) took third for Ulf Ohlsson. Four year-old mares competed in another Breeders Crown test over 2140 meters for 70,000SEK to the winner. 3/2 favorite Spoil Me (4f Going Kronos-Mystical Ann-Kadabra) scored here in 1.13.7kr with Kenneth Haugstad up for Roger Walmann. The 13/1 Magnesia (4f Magnetic Power-Martansla-Super Arnie) ended second for Oskar J. Andersson and trainer Jorgen Westholm. 5/1 Galactica (4f Super Photo Kosmos-Hurrla Laday-Buzzin Brian) closed third for Lars Ake Soderholm. Three year-olds were next up and the Breeders Crown fillies (also 70,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) contest went to 12.3/1 Rio Rita Face (3f Joke Face-Musclesonbroadway-Muscles Yankee) for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reljo Liljendahl, her second win in 2016 to go with a second in just three starts. The 2/1 favorite Ready For Money (3f Ready Cash-Savaflickan-Lord Of All) was second for Troels Andersen in this race clocked in 1.14.1kr. Third went to 10.2/1 Flight Plan (3f Scarlet Knight-Danba di Ala-Supergill) driven by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Stefan Melander. The colt three year-olds battled over the same distance and for 70,000SEK first money and the undefeated (in seven start, four in 2016 and three last year) 2.28/1 odds Diamanten (3m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) scored in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. The 3/2 favorite Gareth Boko (3m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) was second for Per Lennartsson, also trainer. Third was 8.7/1 Mellby Emeralds (3g Muscle Hill-Mellby Rubin-Pine Chip) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Liljendahl. Older campaigners contested the Mid-Sommers (100,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) and 1/10 favorite On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Minrovia-Rite On Line) took the 1.12.6kr timed victory for driver Johnny Takter. The H.R. Stronborg trainee bested 7.4/1 Luckycharm Hanover (8m Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover-Donerail) reined by Orjan Kihlstom for Daniel Reden/Stall Zet. Third was 11/1 Opitqergium (8m Pine Chip-Jovelinotte-Passionnant) handled by trainer Robert Bergh. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink

At Kalmar SWE top action included the Kalmarsundspolalen (150,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) and international harness racing veteran B.B.S. Sugarlight (7g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) scored timed in 1.10.2kr for Peter Untersteiner. Off the 2.8/1 the winner recorded victory 21 in 76 starts now for 6,972,005SEK earned. 23/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (8g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and the trainer/owner team of Daniel Reden/Stall Zet. 10/1 Tycoon Conway Hall (6m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) was third for Thomas Uhrberg ahead of Harry Haythrow, Magic Tonight and Royal Fighter. The secondary Kalmar feature was the Viola Silas (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, mares) and even-money favorite Trinity Zet (5f SJ’s Photo-Kleo Zet-Angus Hall) scored in 1.12.8kr for driver Erik Adielsson and the Reden/Stall Zet team. 4.9/1 Georgie Mae (6f Valley Victor-Missmandarine-Malabar Man) took second for Johnny Taker, trainer Lars Nilsson and owner Euro Vets Inc. USA. Peninsula Farm bred this one. Third was 3.7/1 Jetset (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and fourth was the Jerry Riordan trained, Christoffer Eriksson reined Radysin America (6f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream). Sunday’s Grand Prix des Pays-Bas (purse €33,000, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to the 1.16.07kr timed Caen Oldersson (7m Offshore Dream-Krona Oldeson) at 19.3/1. John De Leeuw reined the winner for trainer F.A. Westerveld and ownerJuchthaven de Groot BV. This one bested Vincennes invader Beckman (9g Turbo Sund-Nins Palema) with Caes Kamminga aboard for Ecurie Commander & Loaded Boys AM, off at 4.3/1. 4/1 Duke Of Greenwood (6m Otello Pieji-Nikki Groenhof) took third for driver Hugo Langeweg and trainer Peter J. Strooper ahead of 121/1 Orchetto Jet (8m Supergill-Frutute Jet) with Puud Pools driving for trainer Stephanie Lepetit and Ecurie GSL Trotting. Thomas H. Hicks

Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) held gamely for Orjan Kihlstrom, harness racing trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet to win the Gr. I UET Masters Series Norbottens Stora Prix at Boden. The 2140 meter autostart test drew ten starters for the €190,629 purse. The winner was US-bred by F.V. Caldwell of Lexington and Bluestone Farm.  Propulsion left from post ten and followed in the outer while Ed You, Nimbus CD, Global Money and Rocky Winner were near the front early. At the halfway point Kihlstrom made a strong three-deep rush and made the front with ease. Down the backside the last time Johnny Takter took a three-wide challenge to Propulsion with veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and got alongside quickly as then the challengers fanned out in the lane. Propulsion held gamely for the 1.11.7kr score ahead of fast closing Sauveur (6m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) and Ake Lindblom with 9.8/1 On Track Piraten a tough third. Numbus CD (6g Mythical Lindy-Jiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) and Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune), both at 6.2/1, finished fourth and fifth. Veteran Nahar went off-stride early. Propulsion now has a career slate of 15-2-4 in 30 starts for earnings of 3,404,296SEK. Earlier on the card the US-bred Fire To The Rain (5g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took the V75 Silver Division for 125,000SEK to the winner. Off at 8.7/1 the winner was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Second was 3.1/1 Coldtown (7g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) with driver Erik Adielsson up for Timo Nurmos. Third went to 28/1 Liberty Face (8g Viking Kronos-Armbro Deity-Self Possessed) with trainer Per Linderoth up. Thomas H. Hicks

Marie Bacsich teamed the Franck Leblanc trainee Be Mine de Houelle to victory in the harness racing Monte Elite at Solvalla (May 29) for 150,000SEK first money. The veteran FR monte campaigner was timed in 1.10.2kr (mile rate 1:52.95f) over the mile (1609 meters autostart) distance, the second fastest timed victory over that course. The mile race record was set a year ago in the same event on Elitloppet Day by Torre Crepin, timed in 1.10kr (1:52.63), handled by Adrian Lamy. Be Mine de Houelle is co-owned by Pauline Corty and trainer Leblanc. The five year-old daughter of Scipion du Goutier-Olita de Kettauso-Full Account posted her sixth career victory in 37 starts, now for 2,812,120SEK earned (US$341,138). Nantucket was second for Sofia Adolfsson with another Leblanc trainee Tsar de Houelle home third with Sofia Aronsson aboard. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing owner Hans Enggren will watch Sunday as his 5-year-old trotter Resolve competes in Sweden's famed Elitloppet at Solvalla Raceway. It has been more than three decades since Enggren can recall having a horse in the elite race, but the thought of his previous attempt to win it with a horse named Spirits Supreme triggers an amusing anecdote which could have started with the line, "A man walks into a bar with a horse." The bar, located in Gettysburg, Pa., near Enggren's adopted hometown of Abbottstown, was owned by Enggren and renamed in honor of Spirits Supreme, who raced in the 1983 Elitloppet. One day, Enggren decided to show off the horse to the establishment's patrons. "To everyone's delight, I brought Spirits Supreme right into the bar," the 86-year-old Enggren said, laughing, "and he gracefully baptized it, I guess you would call it." Spirits Supreme was unsuccessful in his attempt for an Elitloppet victory, not to mention barroom etiquette, but Enggren is hopeful that Resolve can get him to the winner's circle. Resolve, who received the 2015 O'Brien Award for the best older male trotter to compete in Canada, races in the first of two Elitloppet eliminations. The top four finishers from each division advance to the same-day final. Resolve is trained by two-time Elitloppet winner Ake Svanstedt, who also will drive the stallion. Five-year-old stallion Nuncio, whose success in the U.S. at ages 2 and 3 included victories in the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot, competes in the second elimination and is the 2-1 favorite to win the event according to online oddsmakers. Since turning 4, Nuncio has raced in Europe for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. He finished third in the 2015 Elitloppet, which was won by Magic Tonight. Resolve, who will start his elimination from post No. 2, is the fourth choice in the pre-race odds, at 12-1. Timoko, who won the 2014 Elitloppet, is 7-1 and Propulsion is 8-1. Timoko and Propulsion, who raced in the States for trainer Tony Alagna at ages 3 and 4, are in the same elimination as Resolve. Defending champion Magic Tonight, who raced in the U.S. for trainer Noel Daley in his early years, is in the second elimination and will start from post seven. He is 41-1. "I'm very excited," said Enggren, a native of Sweden who moved to the U.S. in 1952. "I know a lot of people have gone to a lot of trouble to get the horse there and to get me there. It will be nice to meet some old friends and see Resolve race. I know Nuncio has been declared a pretty strong favorite, but I have high hopes for Resolve. "I think an awful lot of my trainer. According to comments I've seen in the Swedish papers, they feel like I feel --- that Svanstedt has improved the horse tremendously." Enggren, perhaps best known as the breeder and owner of 1985 Hambletonian winner Prakas as well as heading Meadowbranch Farms, bought Resolve in July 2014. Last year, Resolve won four of 13 races and hit the board a total of 12 times on his way to $700,938. His wins included the TVG Free For All Series championship and an elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot. He finished second in the Maple Leaf Trot final, as well as the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Hambletonian Maturity. This year, Resolve is officially winless in two starts, although he did get to the finish line first in the Mack Lobell Elitloppet Playoff on May 8 at the Meadowlands only to be disqualified for going inside several pylons in the stretch. Despite the missteps, the connections received an Elitloppet invitation. Resolve is the lone U.S.-owned horse in the race. "It would mean a lot," Enggren said about the possibility of winning the race, which he has attended numerous times over the years. "I was brought up in Sweden with horses in the late '30s, early '40s. I always was very closely attached to Solvalla. As a kid, I was there a lot. If we were to win, it would be truly amazing. I have promised everybody here that I'm not going to cry if they take pictures." Is it a promise Enggren thinks he can keep? "We'll see," he said, adding with a laugh, "Perhaps I will wear very black glasses." Ken Weingartner

Akido (6g Love You-Isba) took tonight’s Quinte+ Prix St. Sauveur at Vincennes with harness racing trainer Franck Nivard up. Ecurie Comte P de Montesson is the owner. The purse was €72,000 and 14 Europeans contested the event over 2700 meters with the winner timed in 1.13.7kr. 12/1 Alpha Saltor (6m Paris Haufor-Glory d’Ariane) was second for Matthieu Abrivard with 6/1 Duke of Greenwood (6m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof) third for driver Hugo Langeweg Jr, and trainer Peter J. Strooper. On the same evening card the 3/2 favorite Begum Fromento (5f Meaulnes du Corta-Orminda) took the €55,000 purse Prix Dejanira (2700 meters, 12 starters) clocked in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Thomas Levesque. Pierre Levesque is the owner. 9/1 Belline d’Urzy (5f Otgello Pierji-Querida d;Urzy was next with Franck Ouvrie up and 11/1 Action du Chatelet (6f Opium-Olvera du Chatelet was third. Thursday’s  (May 19) Lyon-Parilly feature was the Prix de Dax (purse €28,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) and 5.7/1 odds Bonheur d’Occagnes scored timed in 1.15.2kr for Gabriel Gelormini, trainer Sebastian Guarato and owner J.P. Micholet. This five year-old son of Diamant Gede-Onaka defeated 6/1 Bolde Major (5m Hulk des Champs-Nuit de France). At Chartres the Prix Opal Chartres for a €35,000 purse (2800 meters, 16 starters, Pick5) went to the 1.6/1 favorite Victoire de Levres (7f LOntzac-Eve Linu) with Franck Nivard piloting. Timed in 1.13.7kr this winner bested 11/1 Tikuor de Beylev (9f Sancho Panca-Jasmine du But) with Vh. Dreux aboard. Third was 28/1 Soleil de France (10g Giant Cat-Histoire de France). Also at Chartres was the monte Prix Chartrexpo (purse €23,000, 2800 meters, 15 European participants). Eric Raffin rode 25/1 Toscan de Carel (9g Ipsun de Mormal-Kiwadatta) to the 1.14.9kr victory for owner/trainer Mlle. M-A Goetz. 11/1 Alezane d’Urzy (6f Oiseau de Feux-Jepes) was second ahead of 10/1 Voiseau Smiling (7g Oiseau de Feux-Milady d’Ombree). On Wednesday May 18 there was interesting trotting action at Solvalla and Jagersro. 1.9/1 My Gliding Angel (6f Yankee Glide-My Shooting Star-Malabar Man) won a mares event worth 80,000SEK to the winner as Kenneth Haugstad teamed the winner to a 1.13.2kr score over 2140 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop trains this one that defeated 4/1 Unique Julia (6f Juliano Star-Staro Unique-Supergill) that Ulf Ohlsson teamed for trainer Reljo Liljendahl. Flight Plan (3f Scarlet Knight-Dana di Ala-Supergill) took at three year-old filly event that earned her 40,000SEK first money. Owner/trainer/driver was Stefan Melander in this 2140 meter autostart contest that was off at 3.9/1. 10/1 Rio Rita Face (3f Joke Face-Musclesonbroadway-Muscles Yankee) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Liljendahl. The race was clocked in 1.15.7kr. Also at Solvalla an 80,000SEK first money event for four year-old mares went to 3/10 favorite Wild Honey (4f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden, The winner was timed in 1.12.7kr and recorded her first 2016 win in her second start. Wild Honey’s career slate is 18-8-0 in 30 outings. Salmo Silvio (4f Ken Warkentin-Almo Silvio-Copiad) was second for  driver Magnus Jakobsson.  Shortly thereafter a 60,000SEK first money race went to Nato Dream (7m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) for Per Lennartsson and trainer Melander, off at 13.5/1 amd timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart. Nato Dream increased his career earnings to 1,822,085SEK. 4/1 Blue Martini As (6f Allstar Hall-True Blue Victory-Valley Victory) was second for driver Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. At Jagersro a 70,000SEK first prize test over 1640 meters autostart went to even-money favorite Royal Fighter (8m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman up for trainer Per K. Eriksson. The Per Rodent and Christina Nilsson owned veteran scored in 1.10.1kr to defeat 2.3/1 Spartan Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) and trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. Stand and Deliver was third for Birger Jorgensen ahead of Harry Haythrow, Kash’s Cantab and Rod Stewart. The winner scored career victory 15 in 70 starts for earnings of 2,564,500SEK. He’s been 1-2-3 in the last six starts and raced barefoot in this one and certainly seeks an Elitloppet invitation. Elitloppet 2016 Prep Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdYL6Ypx3CY Thomas H. Hicks

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