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2014 Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah is entered to make his comeback October 29 in The Owners Trophy at Solvalla. Contested by 14 entrants over 2140 meters distance handicap for 200,000SEK to the winner, Maharajah will start with a 20 meter handicap along with five other top money winners. It will be his first appearance since winning the 2014 Prix d'Amerique over Up And Quick and Yarah Boko. One of Sweden's greatest trotting horses, Maharajah escaped the pocket when Ready Cash went off-stride and took the toughest race in the world in January 2014 over a sloppy Paris-Vincennes course. Trainer Stefan Hultman's goal is to defend the Prix d'Amerique in 2015, and that effort starts Wednesday in The Owners Trophy. Örjan Kihlström will team the nine year-old that has recorded 31 wins in 58 career starts for superstar for 23.5SEK million earned. Entrants and drivers are shown below: 1. Micciano Lung (Carl-Erik Lindblom) 2. Knifetown Action (Erik Adielsson) 3. Checco Boko (Jorma Kontio) 4. Korok (Bjorn Goop) 5. Diamond Duo (Ville Karhulahti) 6. Twings Voici (Pekka Korpi) 7. The First Time (Jörgen S Eriksson) 8. Poker Kronos (Robert Bergh) 9. Highspeed Call (Per Lannartsson) 10. Friction (Stefan Melander) - meters 2140 11. Prince Tagg (Hannu Torvinen) 12. Maharajah (Orjan Kihlstrom) 13. Conrads Epilog (Fredrik Linder) 14. Traveling Man (Daniel Reden)   Thomas H. Hicks

When harness racing's International Trot was last run in 1995 at Yonkers Raceway, it was Sweden's His Majesty who crossed the wire first.   On Saturday night, when the $250,000 International Trot Preview is contested, Sweden's colors will once again be well represented with Commander Crowe and Sebastian K, the top two favorites in the field of eight trotters going a mile-and-a-quarter.   Commander Crowe, an 11-year-old gelding, who has raced most of his career in Sweden, has won 60 of 106 career starts with nearly $5 million in earnings, but never started in the United States. He was made the 7-2 second-choice on the morning line leaving from the rail with driver Orjan Kihlstrom in the bike.   "We are really looking forward to race in the International Trot, or as we call it in Sweden: The World Championship," said Joakim Wihlborg, owner of Commander Crowe. "It is going to be very exciting to meet Sebastian K again. They have had many good duels over the last couple of years in Scandinavia with wins and fantastic performances from both horses including the European record at Jagersro in Sweden that is held by Commander Crowe."   Sebastian K, a winner of 34 races from 74 career starts, has won eight of 11 starts this year in America, including setting a world record for the fastest mile on June 28. The 8-year-old will leave from post six and was made the 3-1 morning line favorite with Ake Svanstedt driving.   Before coming to America, Sebastian K and Commander Crowe, battled each other in Sweden, trading decisions throughout 2012 before Sebastian K was named Sweden's Horse of the Year that year.   "Meeting Commander Crowe is great!," said Tristan Sjoberg, who is part owner of Sebastian K. "We have had so many great battles over the years, especially in the summer of 2012 when Commander Crowe took all the early season honors (Olympiatravet, Elitloppet & Hugo Ã…bergs Memorial) and then Sebastian K won most of the late season battles (Ã…by Stora Pris, Sundsvall Open Trot and UET Masters). It was a great summer of racing. Someone said it is currently 7 - 6 in favor of Sebastian K, but I cannot vouch for that statistic, haha. Either way, it has been a very close fought battle. With Commander Crowe now drawing post one, I think he must be considered the slight favorite. I predict another close battle!"   Both Commander Crowe and Sebastian K enter Saturday's $250,000 Preview off of losses when each was second best, Commander Crowe in the Grade 1 Gran Premio Turilli from Rome on Oct. 5, while Sebastian K was caught on the wire in the $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot at The Red Mile in Lexington also on Oct. 5.   "Sebastian is doing great," Sjoberg said. "He has shown a bit more alertness in training in the last week or so, which we take as a good sign."   Natural Herbie appears the best of the American contingent having won his last three starts and was made the 4-1 third-choice in the wagering and will leave from post seven.   Completing the field is the 2013 Horse of the Year, the filly, Bee a Magician (post two, 8-1), Obrigado (post four, 8-1), Arch Madness (post five, 5-1), the 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel (post six, 6-1) and Not Afraid (post eight, 20-1).   "What a race it will be, the fastest horse in Europe, the fastest horse in the world and the best American Trotters," said Wihlborg.   The International Trot Preview will go off as race nine of a 12-race program, sharing the card along with the final for the Messenger Stakes and the Yonkers Trot.   The International Trot, with its full pageantry, will return to Yonkers Raceway in 2015, where it will try to attract the top trotters from around the globe.   · Yonkers Raceway will keep the international flavor going on Sundays, beginning Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, when it will simulcast its races to Paris and throughout Europe, starting with an 11 a.m. first post. The track will offer fans many promotions to come out early and watch the special Sunday cards. More details about the promotions will be available as the time draws closer.   By Jerry Bossert

Hot-trotting On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) took today’s Swedish Masters, a Gr. II Gold event for 500,000SEK to the winner at Aby. Twelve contested this classic over 2640 meters autostart. Johnny Takter teamed the winner (now a 15 time winner in 60 starts for 6,598,998SEK career earnings for trainer Hans Stromberg) that scored by a neck taking the open stretch inside route to narrowly get by Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) and Adrian Kolgjini on the line timed  in 1.13kr. Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salma Boko-Express Ride) was a fast-closing third for Erik Adielson but could not threaten the top two. Nahar was fourth for Robert Bergh ahead of the other check earners Arazi Boko and Noras Bean. On Track Piraten (aftonbladet.sephoto) The companion Gr. II Mares Masters for 500,000SEK to the winner went to Jumble As (6f Tagliabue-Judy As-Mack Lobell) with Flemming Jensen aboard. The pair scored in 1.13.2kr over 2140 meters autostart (her 12th career win in 62 appearances for 1,873,100SEK earned) to defeat Eketorpets Tess (7f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) with Peter Untersteiner up with Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream) third for Christophe Martens. Canaka BF, Elles W.Phedo and Fortuna Sund also earned checks from among the 12 starters. Thomas H. Hicks

The connections of Swedish star Commander Crowe have officially accepted an invitation to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot for the third time and the chestnut champion will make his first star on U.S. soil this fall. Commander Crowe raced in the Breeders Crown Trot in 2011-2012 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, finishing third to San Pail and third to Chapter Seven in his respective events. Since moving to the stable of French trainer Fabrice Souloy in 2010, Commander Crowe, now 11, is still going strong. He earned a Breeders Crown invitation by winning the Aby Stora Pris, a Grade 1 event in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August. Owned by Snogarps Gard AB (Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg & Joakim Wihlborg) the gelded son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell has won 60 races in 103 starts, for earnings of $4.7 million. "We are delighted to accept your kind invitation for our horse Commander Crowe in order to participate in this years Breeders Crown for older trotters," said Joakim Wihlborg via emial. "We are fully aware of the conditions and we are looking forward to be a part of the big event." The last invited foreign horse to win the Breeders Crown Trot was Italian sensation Varenne, who captured the trophy with a then-world-record 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. Trainer Fabrice Souloy reports that Commander Crowe will arrive in the U.S. in mid-October. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot is one of 12 championship events worth a total of $5.6 million to be raced at The Meadowlands over the weekend of Friday, Nov.21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. For more information visit www.themeadowlands.com or www.hambletonian.org    

The annual ASVT Kriterieu Sale is completed with 321 lots sold from 455 catalogued. Average per lot sold was US$12,987. The final session Saturday evening saw 111 lots sold from 177 catalogued for an average of US$9,042. The last session leaders are listed below. Statistics for the final session and total sale follow. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Tomorrow Solvalla racetrack in Sweden hosts the prestigious Swedish Three Year-Old Gr. I Kriterium for a purse of 4SEK million. A total of 12 starters will travel 2640 meters autostart with the favorite being Al Dente (3m Scarlet Knight-Mollie's Photo-SJ's Photo) that Orjan Kihlstrom will pilot. Digital Frame (3m Super Photo Kosmos-Sliding Window-Scarlet Knight) is second early choice with Per Lennartsson up for trainer Stefan Melander who also sends out Gross Weight (3m Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet-Supergill) with Ulf Ohlsson to drive. The Gr. I Oaks for the three year-old fillies is also on the card with 12 contestants going 2140 meters autostart for the 2.8SEK million purse. This well-matched group includes the Bjorn Goop trained and reined Differenceadaymade (3f Muscle Hill-Trophy Hand-Garland Lobell) and Peter G. Norman's Face'Em (3f Offshore Dream-Tuula Boko-Wired Pine) that are receiving the most attention. Today Solvalla presented a superb program with seven events for money to the winner of 200,000SEK or more. The featured Gr. II UET Masters Series Frances Bulwarks went to On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and teamster Johnny Takter that defeated Bon Frecia and Nouvelle Pelle in 1.11.5kr over 2140 meters autostart. Ed You was an early scratch and Italy's Occhione Jet was disqualified for a break. The winner recorded his 14th career win in 59 starts now for earnings of 6,098,998SEK. The co-featured Silver Final for 220,000SEK to the winner went to Magiccarpetride and Erik Adielsson in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart. The eight year-old son of Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory is from the dam of Make It Happen and Wishing Stone. The next three across the line are also US-breds, Underpaid Hanover (by Revenue), Dance Photo (SJ's Photo) and Mr. Chicago (Cantab Hall), the latter a full-brother to undefeated US two year-old colt Billy Flynn. The winners of the other 200,000SEK first money events today were Riff Kronos (4m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos-Viking Kronos) in 1.12kr for Veijo Heiskanen, Fleetfoot Hanover (7f Andfover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ's Photo) in 1.10.7kr over 1640 meters autostart for Peter Untersteiner, Coldtown (5g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) in 1.12.2kr over 2140 meters autostart for Jorma Kontio, Speed Delicious (4m Fast Photo-Ala Delicious-Lindy's Crown) for Robert Bergh in 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart and Caddie Girl (6f Love You-Gatzy Lavec-King Lavec) in 1.13.3kr over 2140 meters circle start. Caddie Girl was reined by Veijo Heiskanen, his second V75 victory today, for trainer Jerry Riordan. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslinkcom  

The first two Kriterieau yearling sale sessions are complete in Stockholm, Sweden and the colts dominated the action in the sale conducted by ASVT's Trottex AB, a subsidiary to the Breeding Association in Sweden (ASVT), that is the leading auction company in Sweden for harness racing horses. Session leaders were Bungle Rain (colt, Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) in session one, sold to Never Ending Holiday for 1.25SEK million (US$173,526). Consigned by Stutteri Dust, this colt is from the maternal family of Magic Tonight (5,475,831SEK), Oyster Kronos (1,753,063SEK) and Lookout Victory (13,984,237SEK). Session one top 10 sellers showed two each by Ready Cash and Scarlet Knight. The top filly sold was Unchained Feelings by Maharajah from Emotional Dust by Banker Hall. 75% of the catalogued lots sold. Top 10 Session 1 Statistics Session 1 Session two dropped off markedly from the Thursday action but was still solid at the upper level as 75.6% sold led by lot#203, Dajmen Am, a colt by Jaded-Nirvana F.H.-SJ's Photo. The second foal of the dam, this colt is from a prolific maternal family in Sweden with eight winners of over one million SEK including Indus (5,130,405SEK), a Danish Derby winner. AmBloodstock AB was the consignor with Roger Walmann signing the ticket. Colts again dominated with the top eight sellers. Zola Boko ( a son of Goetmals Wood-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip) was the sire of three of the top 10. Top 10 Session 2 Statistics Session 2 The final session will be at the start at noon eastern US time and is live-streamed on the auction company's site, www.asvt.se. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

United Back (6m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Pearl Back-Alpha Barbes) took today’s 10th leg of the Grand National du Trot at Graignes, France, covering 2700 meters in 1.15.9kr for reinsman/trainer J-M Bazire. The 3/5 favorite earned the winners’ share of the €90,000 purse for owner Laurent Ledue in this Gr. III event. United Back secured his 18th win, now for earnings of €289,430. Franck Nivard was second with Tenor de Legende (7g Carpe Diem-Nony Maker) as he could not overcome a 25 meter handicap. Sissi du Morin (8f Grassano-Haltise du Morin) was third at 32/1 for Philippe Daugeard also covering 2725 meters. The undercard’s Prix de la Federation Nationale des Courses for €32,000 over 2700 meters drew 16 entrants in this European event with Titane Nordique (7m Victory Cruise-Ines Rolls-Siberien) the winner for teamster Sebastian Ernault. The Markku Vartiainen owned and trained Finish campaigner scored in 1.16.5kr at 1.4/1 odds. Tender and True (7m Coktail Jet-Go Along) was second for Julian Dubois with Norway’s Farmer’s Julia (7f Juliano Star-Frame Talk) third and Italy’s Maillot (8g Daguet Rapide-Schiffer OM) was fourth. At Solvalla two winners caught our interest. The ASVT Trottex for two year-olds for 110,000SEK to the winner went to M.T.Keepontrotting (2m Credit Winner-Mystical Michelle-Pine Chip) in 1.15.4kr over 1640 meters autostart. The Jorma Vallo owned colt scored in his first career start over the Kevin Oscarsson teamed Steel Muscle. Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) scored in 1.11.4kr over 1640 meters autostart. Mercedes Balogh teamed the winner in this event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Food Money recorded his seventh win in 17 career starts for 1,335,000SEK earned. Several international veterans scored SWE victories last weekend. Noras Bean (9m Super Arnie-Easy Bean-Songcan) scored at Arjang on September 21 in a comeback effort to earn 30,000SEK first money. Stefan Soderqvist piloted the winner in his first start since April 26th. He is undefeated in four 2014 starts for owner Stall Asunden HB and now has 20 wins in 70 starts for earnings of 11,460,921SEK. The beaten field included Global Investment and Lord Capar. Noras Bean is recovering from what was reported earlier as a career ending injury. Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) scored at Solanget on September 20th in a Gold Division worth 150,000SEK to the winner. The Robert Bergh trained and reined international star scored in 1.12.4kr over 2148 meters autostart. Nahar has 29 victories in 87 starts for career earnings of 10,510,598SEK for owner Stall Sedin. Bon Freccia and New Line trailed the winner. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

After the first day of the competition in the FEGAT european championship for men Amateur Drivers in the race track of Halmstad in Sweden, the local driver Hakan B. Johansson is the leader of the competition with 25 points, followed by the italian driver Maurizio Biasuzzi with 24 and belgium Piet Van Pollaert and norwegian Bernt Osknevad with 16 points. Tomorrow will be the last 2 races of the championship in the race course of Jagersro in the city of Malmo. In attached documents you can find the oficial results of the day 1, the classification of the championship after the first leg in Halmstad and some pictures courtesy of Lars B. Persson. Sponsored By FEGAT     

Eric Raffin piloted the Anders Lindqvist trained Anette du Miral to victory in today’s €80,000 Gran Prix du Portugal over the 2700 meter course at Paris-Vincennes. Timed in 1.13.8kr the winner held off Alceste du Goutier with Mathieu Abrivard up and favored Duke of Greenwood handled by Dominik Locqueneux to record her sixth win in 20 starts. The winner, off at 21/1 odds, is a four year-old daughter of Laetenter Diem from Lisa du Mirel and is owned by breeder Mlle. Anette Holmgren. Sixteen contested this European event. Anette du Mirel and Eric Raffin The Gr. III European Prix Radio Alfa for €80,000 went to Uraki des Sarts and teamster Franck Ouvrie. This six year-old son of Niky-Guimauve des Sarts won at 15/1 in 1.13.6kr over 2700 meters, his eighth score in 42 outings for €322,110 earned. Up The Green was second for J-M Bazire with Dream Magic BE home third for Pierre Vercruysse. Uraki des Sarts The Gr. III European Prix Lusojornal for €100,000 brought out nine monte performers in this 2850 meter event. Damien Bonne rallied Uppercut de Manche to victory in 1.13.8kr at 2.9/1 odds to record the winners 14th victory now for earnings of €393,000. Thierry Raffegeau trains the six year-old gelded son of Neutron du Cebe from Nuit de Manche by Coktail Jet. Sourire de Voutre was next for Franck Nivard with third to Ton Reve de Cahot and David Thomain. A large crowd was on hand this day for the Portuguese festivities. Uppercut de Manche wins for Damien Bonne   Entries were announced for the September 27 Frances Bulwarks at Solvalla, a UET Master Series Gr. II test over 2140 meters. Ed You is at the start along with Occhione Jet. France Bulwarks  entries: Bon Frecia (Jorma Kontio) System Performace (Björn Goop) Porthos Amok (Örjan Kihlström) Ed You (Robert Bergh) Tidied Accelerator (Per Lennartsson) Up Date Hoss (Torbjörn Jansson) Occhione Jet (Erik Adielsson) Nouvelle Pelle (Flemming Jensen) On Track Piraten (Johnny Takter) Thomas H. Hicks

Orjan Kihlstrom directed Poochai to victory in today's Krafft Swedish Derby at Jagersro, a Gr. I National event with 2,000,000SEK to the winner. The four-year-old son of Make It Happen-In Viro Veritas-Express Ride scored in 1.12.3kr over 2640 meters autostart for his ninth win in 25 starts, now for earnings of 4,246,800SEK. Svante Bath trains the winner and Roxy Horses AB is the owner. Ivar Sanna (by Super Arnie) was second for Thomas Uhrberg in the close photo for win. Vasterbo Fantast was third for Erik Adielsson, who drove this son of Mr. Pine Chip, also trained by Svante Bath. The winner had previously won at the Gr. I level in the Konung Gustaf Aby V's Pokal in May. Driver Kihlstrom won this event in 2009 aboard Maharajah. Favorite Archangel AM was disqualified today for being offstride. The Gr. I National Krafft Filly Derby, worth 1,000,000SEK to the winner, went to Neona Princess (4f Gigant Neo-Dew Princess-JR Broline). The favorite winner was driven by trainer Peter Untersteiner as she scored in 1.13.1kr over the 2140 meter autostart course. She recorded her 13th win in 23 outings, now for earnings of 3,367,30SEK for owner HB Ybena, also breeder. Favorite D'One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom with Darling Boko (4f Chocolatier-Favor Baby-Tagliabue) third for Ulf Ohlsson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Mister JP, a son of Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide, took today's Breeders Course Final for two year-olds at Jagersro, Sweden. Bjorn Goop steered the winner that is owned by J-P Barjon. Mister JP set a new SWE record of 1.13.1kr in the victory over 1640 meters autostart. The youngster remains undefeated in three career starts and he earned 450,000SEK for the victory. Jontte Boy (Finland), a three year-old son of Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall, took the Gr. I European Championship for three year-olds to also win 450,000SEK. He scored easily in 1.13.7kr over 2140 meters autostart for reinsman Jorma Kontio. The favorite, Jontte Boy, claimed an early lead in the European Championship and controlled the race on the front. The Jerry Riordan trained Saphire Bi, a daughter of Conway Hall) finished third in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom. Summary results of the top races at Jagersro are shown below. 9/6/14 Jagersro, Final Breeders Course two year-olds, 450,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart 1.13.1kr (SWE record), winner 3/3 lifetime 1st Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide), Bjorn Goop for J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus 2nd Tunika (2f Zola Boko-Veronoi du Ling-Super Arnie), Eric Adielsson for Tomas Malmqvist 3rd Troja d'Asolo (2f Varenne-Avigliana-Lemon Dra), Rene Legati up for Holger Ehlert trainer 9/6/14 Jagersro, Silver Division, 125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.12.9kr 1st Perfect Power (5g Ken Warkentin-Enjoy My Face-Viking Kronos), Peter Untersteiner 2nd October Kronos (6m Varenne-NordicGoldNovember-Viking Kronos), Adrian Kolgjini 3rd Caliber TT (7g Cromwell-Marcon Lady-Marcon Lep), Fredrik Persson 9/6/14 Jagersro, European Championship for three year-olds, Gr. I International, 450,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 1.13.7kr 1st Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall), Jorma Kontio, Finland, his sixth win in nine starts now for life earnings of 1,215,004SEK 2nd Easytowin (3f Offshore Dream-Victory My Way-Koos Von Camstra), Johnny Takter, Netherlands 3rd Saphire Bi (3f Conway Hall-Valley Jean Bi-Valley Boss Bi), Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Jerry Riordan, Italy 9/6/14 Jagersro, Birger Bengtssons Memorial, Gold Div., 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters, 1.10.3kr 1st Standout (5m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador), Ulf Ohlsson up for Stefan Melander, his 11th win in 33 starts for 2,680,700SEK career earnings 2nd Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estella Jet-Supergill), Erik Adielsson aboard 3rd Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Flemming Jensen up by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Scarborough, Maine (Saturday, August 30, 2014) - The three-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made its final preliminary appearance at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8-30) before sending the ladies out on their late summer fairground swing. The fillies split out into three divisions as they vied for their share of nearly $30,000 in stakes purses. The field for the first $9850 stakes split raced single file style through the first half-mile as heavy favorite, Cheryl Leigh and driver David Ingraham effortlessly grabbed the early lead while establishing rather soft fractions. Pembroke Lynn finally strayed from the parade route near the midway point as she aggressively made overland progress from the trailing position at the behest of driver Heath Campbell only to find her forward progress stall as she was challenged by the bend as she entered the clubhouse turn. Before she could regain momentum in the straightaway though, Mike Cushing pulled the pocket with Shurfine Babycate to test the rested leader only to fall victim to the very next bend as they reached the final turn. All the while though, Kevin Switzer steered LP's Shyla along the conservative inside path, improving position as others took their turn in the outside lane, and itching to take his shot late. The strategy proved sound as the daughter of SouthwindMountain rallied to score her second career victory for co-owners Elisha Lafreniere and Tammy Sowers timed in a career equaling best of 2:00.3. Cheryl Leigh retained her perfect on the board ratio his season as she fell back for second while Shurfine Babycate survived a judges inquiry to hang on for third. A photo-finish print never smelled so sweet as Mary Rose Of Topaz and Big Bad Rose matched strides to the wire in the second $9850 stakes division with Mary Rose Of Topaz holding off her persistent challenger to secure her 6th consecutive stakes score. Steered down victory lane by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr for owner Andrew T. Card, the prolific winner, a daughter of Ashlee's Big Guy, persevered through a judges inquiry for a possible pylon rule violation in deep stretch before eventually extending her skein in a leisurely clocking of 2:01 flat. Big Bad Rose (Greg Bowden), last season's freshman champion placed in the runner-up spot for the third consecutive start while Danville Sweetheart (Eddie Davis, Jr) held firm for the show. The third $10,076 stakes event of the day saw Fast Pat absolutely inherit the early lead as her nose was the only nose anywhere near the gate at the start. Her driver, Gary Mosher, engineered a fortuitous trip featuring generously tepid fractions throughout but the advantage lasted only until mid-stretch as Shadytouch and Mike Cushing roared three-wide off the final turn to rally for their 2nd straight stakes score. Owned by Darrell Tibbetts, the daughter of Shady Character was race timed in 2:02 flat. Fast Pat settled for the bridesmaid share this week after breaking through to the stakes winner's column in her last appearance. Dansan Flicka (David Ingraham) rallied for the show. The Maine Sire Stakes program will next visit Scarborough Downs on Sunday (9-7) as the two-year-old championships will be decided. Freshman consolation bouts will co-anchor the Stakes Final card next weekend with total purses for the day expected to approach the $250,000 threshold. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Quid Pro Quo (5m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) won today’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Norrvidden Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker SWE. Ten contestants sought the winners’ share of the €216,060 purse (1,000,000SEK to winner). Erik Adielsson teamed the winner to a 1.11.21kr victory, his 12th in 36 starts, now for earnings of 6,340,760SEK. Stall Galdiator owns the winner. Oasis Bi (6m by Toss Out) was second for Bjorn Goop and Canaka BF (7f by Jobie Tempest) was third for Ulf Ohlsson. Up Date Hoss and Ed You finished fourth and fifth. The beaten field included former Elitloppet winner Nahar, Sanity and Juliano Rags. On the Bergsaker undercard, the Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Poker Kronos (5g Viking Kronos-Frances Lavec-Tenor de Baune) with Robert Bergh up. The win was Poker Kronos’ sixth in a row and he is 10 for 20 lifetime. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) resulted in victory by Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi-Probe) in 1.12kr for Jorma Kontio, his 21st win in 50 starts. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Jerry Riordan trained Sheava Vik won today's Gr. I International Lindhals Fillies Final at Romme Sweden. Reined by Johan Untersteiner, the Italy-bred three-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Nashville OM-Uronometro scored in 1.12.2kr over 1640 meters autostart for co-owners Allevamento Folli SRL and Loris Vicario. The winner earned 800,000SEK first money and raised her career earnings to 1,072,062SEK with her fourth victory in 15 outings. Next behind the winner were Gabriella Sisu (3f Muscle Mass-Armbro Begood-Conway Hall) with Erik Adielsson up and Souchong (3f Going Kronos-Dimbula-Victory Dream) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Roger Wallmann. The co-featured Lindhals Final for colts, a Gr. I International event with 800,000SEK to the winner, went to Al Dente in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom teaming for trainer Conrad Lugauer. This winner scored easily to record his 13th victory in 18 appearances for earnings of 2,895,000SEK. The three year-old son of Scarlet Knight-Mollies Photo-SJ's Photo is an impressive 2014 performer with 12 wins and a second in 13 starts. Origo Tilly (3g Super Arnie-Regina Tilly-Speedy Crown) was second for Torbjorn Jansson ahead of Thewayiam As (3m Allstar Hall-Nilema Way-Mack Lobell) with Johnny Takter aboard. The top aged event on the Romme card was the Super Light Gold for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 1640 meter autostart test. Occhione Jet (6m Pine Chip-Estelle Jet-Supergill) took the win in 1.10.9kr for Erik Adielsson over Bon Freccia (6m Steinlager-Fabiola Safir-Lindy's Crown) with Bjorn Goop up, in a photo. Third went to System Performance (5f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) and Stefan Melander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Norway's Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) took today's Gr. I UET Masters Series Jubileumspokalen over 2140 meters autostart at Solvalla. The winner earned 1 million SEK (US$145,140) for the victory, his 17th in 24 career starts, now with earnings of 4,732,895SEK. Geir Vegard Gundersen trains the winner and he was the driver. The important victory was number five this year in eight outings. Winning time was 1.11.7kr (Varenne race record of 1.11.2kr in 2002). BBS Sugarlight (5g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and Claes Boko ended third for Erik Adielsson teaming for trainer Stig H. Johansson. Stefan Melander's Standout (5m Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) was a fast closing fourth after encountering traffic trouble throughout from second tier post 11. John Campbell reined Standout. Magic Tonight was first to the lead with Beer Summit In The Pocket. BBS Sugarlight was first up early and then Time Machine went three wide to move alongside leader Magic Tonight. BBS Sugarlight was shuffled a bit and then made a three-wide charge late but could not hold off the eventual winner in what was a great contest with flying finish. Magic Tonight ended eighth, Beer Summit was tenth with Denmark's Stelton disqualified for a miscue. Support Justice may be one to watch in other upcoming classics. Replay of today's Support Justice victory may be seen here. Also video of Mack Lobell and John Campbell today at Solvalla follows. The Jubileumsspokalen began in 1977 and to date has produced three-time winners Zoogin and Gidde Palema. Pershing, Callit and Victory Tilly won this event twice. Stig H. Johansson has won this race as driver nine times followed by Ake Svanstedt with seven victories. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

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