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The July 29th edition of the Hugo Abergs Memorial is set and includes prior multiple winner Commander Crowe and  rivals Magic Tonight (bred by Canadians Libfeld and Katz), Un Mer d'Heripre and Oasis Bi. This famous international event, contested over 1609 meters, started in 1970, has a rich history with many US-bred winners including Peace Corps (a two-time winner), Sea Cove, Kosar, Mack Lobell, Pershing, Citation and others. Two-time winners, in addition to those noted above, include Lavec Kronos, Gidde Palema, Rite On Line, Big Spender and Express Gaxe. With good weather they expect a competitive and fast race over the 1000 meter course at Jagersro (Malmo, SWE) as the combatants seek the winners' share of the 1.75SEK million purse in this Gr. I International test. Horse-Trainer (Driver) Mosaique Face - Lutfi Kolgjini (also driver) Truculent - Lars I Nilsson (Johnny Takter) Orecchietti - Stefan Hultman (Örjan Kihlström) Magic Tonight - Roger Walmann (Johan Untersteiner) Un Mec d’Heripre - Fabrice Souloy (Franck Nivard) Commander Crowe - Fabrice Souloy (Robin Bakker) Ed You - Robert Bergh (also driver) Oasis Bi - Stefan P Pettersson (Björn Goop) Occhione Jet - Stig H Johansson (Erik Adielsson) Mr Picolit - Raoul Engblom (Torbjörn Jansson) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Solvato and reinsman Peter Ingves lead tomorrow's field in the 150,000SEK (to winner) Gold Division at Axevalla. The five year-old son of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide is the early favorite in the eight horse group that also includes On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) that Erik Adielsson will drive and Digital Ink (5g Super Photo Kosmos0Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscall) that Orjan Kihlstrom will handle for trainer Stefan Melander. Kaffir Face, Haraldinho, Manalapan, Porthos Amok and Putte Topline complete the field. Interesting winners this week in Scandinavia included a victory on July 16 at Skelleftea by the Jan Norberg reined Top Of The World (3m Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) in 1.15.8kr. He scored over 2140 meters turning start to earn 25,000SEK first money and remains undefeated in three starts. Yesterday at Bergsaker veteran Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) earned 50,000SEK by winning the Lajon Konsult Services, a 1640 meter autostart event for 50,000SEK to the winner. The winner earned his 23rd career win in 55 starts with the 1.11.8kr victory over Occhione Jet by Pine Chip. On that card Deal Or No Deal (8f Self Possessed-Bankers Review-Wall Street Banker) won the Gran Prix Stoet to earn 60,000SEK with the 1.13.3kr win over 2140 meters turning start. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the winner, her 14th career win. The Norrlands GP Final for 250,000SEK to the winner went to Leif Witasp's Cool Keeper (4m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) in 1.12.4kr over 2140 meters autostart. Cool Keeper won for the eighth time in 23 career appearances. Today at Solvalla Mister JP (2m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) became one of the first two year-old winners in Europe as he scored in 1.16.5kr to earn 50,000SEK in his initial start. Bjorn Goop reined the winner over the 1640 meter volt start course. He's owned by J-P Barjon's Ecurie Citrus and was acquired at Harrisburg from legendary breeder J-P Dubois. On the Solvalla card Claes Boko (5m Varenne-Salmo Boko-Express Ride) won an event worth 100,000SEK to the winner. Erik Adielsson drove this one to a 1.12.8kr win, his 11th in 26 starts. Part Boat Hanover also won today for trainer/driver Stefan Melander in 1.15.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 30,000SEK. The winner recorded his second win in four starts and is a three year-old male by Cantab Hall-Princess Cruise-Donerail. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2014 -- Freshman trotting fillies got their first taste of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action Friday at The Meadows, and that taste was sweetest of all for Livininthefastlane, who triumphed in a stake-fastest 1:56.1. The $xxx event known as the Meadow Gladys was contested over seven divisions, with Kelsey's Keepsake, Gatka Hanover, Iluvmyjimmychoos, Sweet Thing, Wild Honey and Speak To Me taking the other splits. Brian Sears and trainer Julie Miller teamed for a pair of Meadow Gladys wins (Livininthefastlane, Kelsey's Keepsake), as did Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter (Wild Honey, Speak To Me). Livininthefastlane broke stride at the gate in the PA All Stars -- her career debut -- so Sears let her settle before moving her first over. "She raced really big last week but was a little hesitant at the gate and made a break," Sears said. "But I had a lot of confidence in her, and she was pretty handy tonight. She's what I thought she is." She downed Jersey Strong by 1-1/2 lengths, with Annalina third. Marvin Katz, Al Libfield and Sam Goldband campaign the daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole's Promise. Iluvmyjimmychoos provided the most dramatic Meadow Gladys victory, charging through the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone to make up 2 lengths and score in 1:57 at first asking. April Rose was 3/4 lengths back in second while Byfleet Hanover completed the ticket. "You don't want to hit the gas with these things too quick -- they're just babies," Palone said. "She felt good in the lines, but you never know how they'll react when you head them into the passing lane. She was a real professional -- hit a big gear finishing." Nancy Johansson trains the daughter of Cantab Hall-Yankee Valentine for Crawford Partners and James Crawford. Gatka Hanover captured her career debut in the PA All Stars and made it look even easier in the Meadow Gladys, scoring on the front end in 1:57.1 for Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Tracy Hendler and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Matter Hatter was second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, with Bright Baby Blues third. "I didn't want to rush her," Kakaley said of the daughter of Muscle Massive-Girlie Tough. "If anybody left, I would've just left them go and moved her to the front easy without getting her too worked up. Once she gets there, she's relaxed. She trotted 57 the back half easy as any horse can do it." In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Pop Cop shot the Lightning Lane to score in 1:51.1 for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury. D Mac was second, 1/2 length back, with the pace-setting Windsong Jack third. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight-Pop Queen gelding extended his career bankroll to $221,627. Dan Rawlings drove three winners on the 15-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The popular Saturday Breakfast With The Babies event again enjoyed a perfect morning weather-wise for the races. They got underway at 9:30 with the Cantab Hall x Musical Victory colt Musical Rhythm reversing his previous form, heading right to the front for a gate to wire 1:59.1 / 28.2 win for Scott Zeron. P Mac Attack was second and Wicker Hanover third. He's trained in the Tony Alagna stable for John Fodera and Steve Wienick racing as In The Gym Partners who paid $35,000 at the Lex Select sale. Buzzy Sholty scored a double on the day with a nice pair of Donato Hanover fillies that he trains for the Place Your Betts Stable. The first was Donato's Babe from Marion Monet, a 2:00.1 winner in the second. She led all the way and coasted in over Sobti Hanover and Chezando. The Betts boys, Andrew, Scott and Tim gave $16,000 for her at Harrisburg last fall. HS Carry On (With Faith) came for $1,000 less at the same venue and she was sharp on the lead today through even numbers for the 2:00.3 score over Iluvmyjimmychoos. Shafina Hanover was a winner for Ron Pierce and Noel Daley, who have teamed up on more than a few top trotters over the years. She rallied from well back to catch Praying Gear deep in the stretch in 2:01.1. A $50,000 Harrisburg purchase by Adam Victor & Son and Barbara Matthews, she's an Explosive Matter from She's A Blizzard. Ake Svanstedt won the next couple. He brought a nice Yankee Glide filly named That's So Ironic in and won the fourth, just holding on over a closing Janet in 1:59.3 /28.4. She cost Maryann Racing $47,000 at Lexington. Lima Pride impressed for Svanstedt in the very next race leading to the half, getting buzzed by The Bakers Choice and John Campbell around the last turn then rallying back to win in 2:01.2 / 28.4. He's from the first crop of Muscle Massive out of Pacific Legacy and was a $25,000 buy at the Lexington Selected Sale for the account of Top Ten Racing. Maestro Blue Chip was a good third, closing stoutly for Trond Smedshammer. Trond had a winner in Buen Camino in 1:59 / 28.4 after a pocket ride. He's a good sized homebred Cash Hall from Baby Rella owned by Ernesto Martinez and WCB Stable. He got up to nail Bavaro with Longcat Hanover up for the show. Magenta Man was game to hold off Soboro Hanover after leading all the way in 1:59.4 / 28.4 for Campbell. He's a handsome Muscles Yankee from Magenta Hall that brought $70,000 at Harrisburg and races for Let It Ride, Jeff Gural, Howard Taylor and RBH Venture who have entrusted the "Crocodile Man" Ross Croghan to tend to the training details. She's Heavenly opened the pacing races with a handy 1:55.4 score with Mike Lachance aboard for owner, trainer and breeder Bob Horowitz. She's another winner from the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven from Hedgie Blue Chip and looks promising. Casie Coleman sent out Oneisalonelynumber to win the tenth in 1:57 / 27.4. He followed Feeling Cam Lucky around the track and surged by with one crack of Dave Miller's whip for the score. This Bettor's Delight colt from No One Is Alone cost West Winds Stable and Adriano Sorella $62,000 last fall at Lexington. Bedroomconfessions got the perfect trip from Scott Zeron and burst through an opening between fillies to win convincingly in 1:55.2 / 27.1 with her individual last split a tick or two faster. She's an American Ideal x Turnoffthelights homebred owned in partnership by Stephanie & Myron Bell's Riverview Farms and her trainer Tony Alagna. The day's final race was the fastest with the $190,000 (HBG) Well Said colt Paparazzi Hanover winning for Yannick Gingras. He moved to the front at the half in 58.3, then threw a 56 / 27.2 at 'em on the end to win in hand over a very wide Sicily and American Crossroads. A son of the top mare Paula's Best, Paparazzi Hanover is trained by Jim Campbell for the potent partnership of Jeff Snyder and Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm. For full results click here. The Miss Hot For Trot pageant final is tonight during the live card which begins at 7:15. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

In Sweden trainer Jerry Riordan has experienced a super week to-date. On June 24 at Jagersro, Riordan trainee Rare Wise As scored in 1.13.8kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 15,000SEK first prize.  The four-year-old daughter of Varenne-In Wise As- SJ’s Caviar is owned by Lisa Riordan and was steered by Linda Allercrantz. The Riordan team also won with Paolo America in 1.15.3kr to earn 15,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start contest. Paolo America is a five year-old gelded son of Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell, owned by Lisa Riordan and reined by Allercrantz to her 11th career victory. On June 26 at Aby the Riordan trained, Allercrantz reined Riordan Kronos scored in 1.15.3kr to earn 10,000SEK in a 2140 meter turning start event. The four-year-old gelded son of Going Kronos-Exclusive Kronos-Self Possessed is owned by Lisa Riordan and secured his first 2014 win in four starts.  Trainer Riordan was also third in the Aby featured Henning Kraffts Minne (100,000SEK to winner) for mares with Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel-Garland Lobell) for owner Francesco Rosselli and driven by Thomas Uhrberg. Captivating As (6f Conway Hall-Cascade As-Mack Lobell) won this event in 1.11.5kr over 1640 meters autostart. Bjorn Goop reined the winner, to her 11th career victory, that defeated Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Socksy’s Sister-Credit Winner) with Jorgen Sjunnesson aboard in a close finish. This one was developed in the US by Dan Daley Global Midnight and reinsman Christophe Martens won today’s Quinte+ Prix de Plaisance at Enghien. The winner secured her 16th career win for earnings of €274,621 for trainer Vincent Martens. Global Midnight is a seven year-old mare by Ganymede from Global Business by Victory Dream. Take and Tabby Point trailed the winner across the line. The day’s Quinte+ paid €188,246 for an exact order €2 wager. Jackpot this day was €4.4 million. June 26, 2014 Enghien, Prix de Plaisance, European €56,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters, Quinte+ jackpot €4.4 million, 1.14kr 1st Global Midnight (7f Ganymede-Global Business-Victory Dream), Christophe Martens, 4.4/1 odds, Victor Martens trainer, 16th lifetime win for €274,621 2nd Take (7m Carpe Diem-Koncole), Franck Nivard, 6.8/1 odds, Fabrice Souloy trainer 3rd Tabby Point (7m Coktail Jet-Nobody Else), Sebastien Ernault, 70/1, Ulf Nordin trainer At Vichy the €80,000 purse International Prix Pierre Coulon went to favored Uprince with Eric Raffin aboard. Thierry Raffegaeu trains the winner that is now a career earner of over €377,000 from 11 victories. The winner scored in 1.12.7kr to defeat Italy’s 89/1 outsider Oibambam Effe. June 26, 2014 Vichy, Prix Pierre Coulon, International €80,000, 2150 meters autostart, 15 starters, 1.12.7kr 1st Uprince (6g Prince d’Espace-Malupricia-Capriccio), Eric Raffin, 2.5/1, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, 11th career win  for €377,470 2nd Oibambam Effe (6f Classic Photo-Etna Sec), Salvatore Carro up, 89/1 3rd Sophie du Vif (8f Jenko-Lavalliere de Vif), Aymeric Thomas up, 22/1 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The Jimmy Takter trainer Corky won today's featured Solvallasseren IV event for four-year-olds at Solvalla. Erik Adielsson drove the talented son of Muscles Yankee to his second straight European victory (timed today in 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart) after finishing fourth in his first try on May 11. Corby has raced barefoot in the wins. He now has nine career triumphs in 28 appearances. At Jagersro, Archangel AM won the Kraaft Derby Trial over 2640 meters in 1.15kr for Adrian Kolgjini. The four year-old son of Going Kronos posted his seventh career win. June 11, 2014 Solvalla: Solvallasseren IV, 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SWK to winner, 1,11.6kr 1st Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Erik Adielsson up, Jimmy W. Takter trainer, 28 career starts with 9-9-3 slate and 6,507,773SEK earned 2nd Carelin (4m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar), Kenneth Haugstad 3rd Charrua Forlan (4g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer), Hans-Owe Sundberg Other winners at Solvalla this day: Democrat (7g Pearsall Hanover-Suger Dream-Sugarcane Hanover), Daniel Olsson, 1.11.3kr in Kat ! at 1640 meters autostart, 70,000SEK to winner Acriter (5m Gentle Star-Putter Fri-Super Arnie), Jorgen Westholm in Kat 1 2149 meters autostart, 1.12.3kr for 70,000SEK first money Pleasure Kronos (5f Varenne-Speaks Volume-Striking Sahbra), Torbjorn Jansson, Kat 1 mares, 2140 meters autostart, 1.12.1kr for 70,000SEK first prize Iponema (3f Muscle Yankee-Beachcomber-Conway Hall), Bjorn Goop for Stefan Melander, 1.16kr over 2140 meters autostart in three year-old filly event with 40,000SEK to winner Volstead (3m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide), Stefan Melander, 1.14.1kr over 2140 meters autostart for three year-old males, 40,000SEK to winner June 11, 2014 Jagersro, Krafft Derby Trial 2014 for males, 2640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, 9 starters, 1.15kr 1st Archangel AM (4m Going Kronos-No More Time-Capitole), Adrian Kolgjini up for Lutfi Kolgjini, seventh win in 13 career starts for owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB and Stall Behall AB 2nd Amazing Man (4m Ken Warkentin-Fayette Broline-Pine Chip), Veijo Heiskanen trainer/driver 3rd Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d'Aunou), Fredrik Persson trainer/driver by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Ten solid veterans face the starter Sunday in the prestigious Oslo Grand Prix in Norway. The winner will earn 1.5 million norwegian kroners ($250,000 US) after covering the 2100 meters autostart course. The French will send three to battle with Solvato and Raja Mirchi (game performer in Elitloppet 2014). Univers de Pan and Philippe Daugeard lead the French entrants and Un Mec d'Heripre was an impressive winner in his last appearance plus he'll have Bjorn Goop at the lines. The leading money winner in the field is the old-campaigner Roi de Lupin, with over 13.8NOkr million earned for trainer Jean Paul Marmion. The lineup is summarized below and program is available at https://www.rikstoto.no/program/pdf/BJ_20140608_Baneprogram.pdf June 8, 20014 Bjerke, Oslo Grand Prix Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 1.5NOkr million to winner, 10 starters 1.SOLVATO, Veijo Heiskanen 2.JULIANO RAGS, Noralf P. Brackken 3.B.B.S. SUGARLIGHT, Peter Untersteiner 4.ORALI, Jeppe Juel 5.ROI DU LUPIN, Anthony Barrier 6.M F.X.ROYAL, Lars Anvar Kolle 7.RAJA MIRCHI, Jorma Kontio 8.SUPPORT JUSTICE, Geir Vegard Gundersen 9. UNIVERS DE PAN, Philippe Daugeard 10.UN MEC D'HERIPRE, Bjorn Goop The Sunday undercard at Bjerke is exceptional featuring the Elite for three-year olds (race 1) with Juniata Hanover at the start; the two heat and final Energima Cup (races 2, 3 and 7) includes Winmecredit, I'm The Answer, V.C Chocoholic and Broadway Legs. The Elite for four year-olds includes Denver, Single Sock, Alizea du Kastel and Tumble Dust; and the Europamatch with Mr. Chicago, Clint W. Boko, Nothing But Class and Stelton at the start. Former Hambletonian Oaks Winner Bold And Fresh is in race 12 for open class mares. Sebastian K took the 2013 Oslo Grand Prix edition in 1.12.8kr defeating Nesta Effe and Maharajah. Past winners of the classic, which began in 1966, are listed below. Year Horse Driver Country1 Winning time 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens  Sweden 1:11.5 2011 Arch Madness Björn Goop  United States 1:11.5 2010 Lisa America Jorma Kontio  United States 1:11.7 2009 Russel November Hugo Langeweg J:r  Netherlands 1:14.3 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun Tony Le Beller  France 1:11.5 2007 Super Light Jörgen Westholm  Sweden 1:12.2 2006 Mara Bourbon Erik Adielsson  France 1:13.2 2005 Steinlager Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Norway 1:12.5 2004 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:11.7 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.2 2002 Brads Photo Wim Paal  Italy 1:13.9 2001 Giant Cat Nicolas Roussel  France 1:12.1 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.0 1999 Ganymede Jean-Pierre Dubois  France 1:12.6 1998 Huxtable Hornline Joseph Verbeeck  Sweden 1:13.2 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:14.6 1996 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.9 1995 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1993 Nordin Hanover Olle Goop  Sweden 1:14.3 1992 Sea Cove Joseph Verbeeck  Germany 1:14.6 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:14.1 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjaersgaard  Denmark 1:13.8 1989 Ourasi Michel-M. Gougeon  France 1:13.5 1988 Sugarcane Hanover Gunnar Eggen  United States 1:12.5 1987 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:13.7 1986 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:14.7 1985 Ogorek Michel Roussel   Switzerland 1:16.0 1984 Hickory Almahurst Ulf Nordin  Denmark 1:16.3 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter  Sweden 1:15.6 1982 Zorrino Tommy Hanné  Sweden 1:18.9 1981 Pamir Brodde Karl Erik Nilsson  Sweden 1:16.3 1980 Express Gaxe Gunnar Axelryd  Sweden 1:17.1 1979 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire  France 1:19.9 1978 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:17.0 1977 Race cancelled       1976 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:19.7 1975 Hassan Star Kjell P. Dahlström  Sweden 1:19.1 1974 Boett Sören Norberg  Sweden 1:21.0 1973 Gaby Bulwark Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.6 1972 Noble Action Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.1 1971 Unor Lars Axelsson  Sweden 1:19.5 1970 Race cancelled       1969 Baron Gruff Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.5 1968 Race cancelled       1967 Xanthe Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.6 1966 Scott Protector Karsten Buer  Norway 1:23.0 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Remembering the special  2014 Elitloppet brings forth interesting thoughts, the differentiators : Horses most important International competition Competitive fields Sponsors of significance Media attention – web, broadcast and print Special big bet V75 added Sunday for Elitloppet Day and multi-country wagering opportunity on all or part of the card on Saturday and Sunday UET Master Series affiliation Strong undercard that also included monte, coldbloods and various distances/starting methods Weekend long activities including Friday-Saturday racing, parties and entertainment Sweden Cup co-weekend feature on Saturday Branded collectibles Connection with the race, racing, equine and human history Results Attendance Handle A prescription/foundation for the future Another great Elitlopp Weekend is over. Attendance at Solvalla Elitlopp Sunday was 27,357, which was 1,732 more than 2013. Total turnover during the three days of competition, during Elitlopp weekend, was 364,332,526SEK (€40,338,897, or US$54,832,045, well above 2013. Attendance stamped the Elitlopp Weekend 2014 a success, in three days 56,788 people came to “Solvallavägen”, or 6,353 more than last year. Speaking of the horse, the international aspects were clearly evident…a French Trotteur, Danish trainer and Swedish driver and It became the French victor (Timoko) in the Elite race in 2014 when the Richard Westerink trained Timoko won with Björn Goop aboard in 1.09.5kr. In the finale Panne de Moteur was fastest away and took the lead briefly, but Orjan Kihlström chose to release the lead to Bjorn Goop and Timoko. The first 500 meters was passed in 1.09.7kr. Digital Ink sat outside the leader, no one advanced forward, and Goop completed the first lap in a rated 1.10.7kr. At the end of the last turn Digital Ink went off-stride outside the leader and also Raja Mirchi galloped when three-wide, which opened up for Panne de Moteur behind the leader. Stefan Hultman's horse was no match against Timoko who eased away to a victory in 1.09.5kr,the fastest winning time in an Elitlopp Final (Panne de Moteur won in 1.08.9kr in his elimination). This was Bjorn Goop’s second Elitloppet win( Conny Nobell in 2006 by disqualification). Panne de Moteur was second at 1.09.7kr. Third was Daniel Reden with Delicious U.S. at 1.10.0kr and fourth was Italy’s Pascia’Lest, who finished strong on the inside at 1.10.2kr. Every aspect of the Elitloppet weekend appeared successful and worthy of study by those organizations seeking to effectively stage a world-class trotting event. Congratulations to the participants, management and patrons…you made it work…again !!! by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

It was announced over the weekend that American trotting star Corky will stay in Sweden for a couple of months. Today it was decided that Uncle Peter will also remain in Scandinavia. Uncle Peter has earned 7.8 million SEK during his career and is one of the top horses in the USA. In Scandinavia he hasn't showed full potential, finishing fifth place in the Copenhagen Cup and tiring in his Elitloppet elimination to fail qualifying for the final. Uncle Peter hopes to obtain a start in the Oslo Grand Prix. Uncle Peter will join Corky at Daniel Reden's Stable Zet where they will be trained by Tobias J. Gustafsson. Backfire (4f by Offshore Dream) and Poochai (4m Make It Happen) took tonight’s companion Gr. I International events at Aby. Gothenburg, the Drottning Silvias Pokal for four year-old mares and the Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal for four year-old males. Both carried a purse of €199,930 with the winners’ share being €99,970. Backfire scored in 1.12.6kr over 2140 meters autostart, driven by Johnny Takter for a two length victory from Air Frame and Bjorn Goop. Heavily supported D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) came from far back to be third. Summary and video replay link are shown below with official program that follows: http://abytravet.se/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/140528_aby_Web.pdf May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Drottning Silvia Pokal, Gr. I International, four year-old mares, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, 1.12.6kr, purse €199,939 with €99,970 to winner 1st Backfire (4f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodde-SJ’s Caviar), Johnny Takter, owner Linne Trav AB, 11/1 odds, her eighth win in 21 starts now for earnings of 2,384,350SEK 2nd Air Frame (4f Scarlet Knight-Sunset Kosmos-SJ’s Photo), Bjorn Goop up for trainer owner Stefan Melander and Stall TZ 3rd D’One (4f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill), Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Kennys and trainer Roger Wahlman The four year-old males contest ended with 6.6/1 Poochai  scoring for Erik Adielsson in 1.11.9kr over 2140 meters autostart. The son of Make It Happen (son of Conway Hall that successfully raced in the USA) rallied in the lighting lane for the win over Sir Ratzeputz and teamster Jorma Kontio. Poochai was first to lead and then settled in the pocket behind Boys Going In with Amazing Man in the death seat. Sir Ratzeputz was first to advance three wide. Poochai waited for the inside passing lane and rallied to victory. Rolex Bigi, and reinsman Anders Svanstedt, was third over and empty in the drive, ending eighth. May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Konung Gustaf V’s Pokal, Gr. I International, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, purse €199,939 with €99.970 to winner (six places paid), 1.11.9kr 1st Poochai (4m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride), Erik Adielson for trainer Svante Bath, owner Roxy Horses KB, 6.6/1 odds, his sixth win in 19 starts for earnings of 1,911,460SEK 2nd Sir Ratzeputz (4m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown), Jorma Kontio up for Timo Nurmos trainer and owner Thors Trading AB 3rd Boys Going In (4m Going Kronos-Namura-Buvetier d’Aunou), Fredrik Persson trainer/driver The fast class event for older trotters was the Algot Scotts Minne. Magic Tonight set the track record of 1.09.3kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, taking advantage of the early fast pace set by I’m The Answer. Favored Solvato made a miscue early. May 28, 2014 Aby Gothenburg Sweden, Algot Scotts Minne, purse €21,762, distance 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.09.3kr a track record 1st Magic Tonight (5m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Wahlman, owner 2nd AB Svensk Reklamfinans, his 13th victory in 42 starts for 4,767,831SEK earned, off at 1.8/1 odds 3rd Obi Wan (8g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve), Flemming Jensen trainer/driver 4th Nouvelle Pelle (11g Juliano Star-Nouvelle Isabell-Messerschmitt), Jorgen Sjunnesson up for Flemming Jensen trainer I’m The Answer was the rapid pacesetter and faded to fifth, Solvato was offstride early and was last. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

The most awaited sub-feature events on Elitloppet Day at Solvalla were for the four year-olds and those races went to The Divine Miss F and USA's Corky with Johnny Takter at the reins in both drives, with Corky for his brother Jimmy Takter. C10 - Jim Fricks Elitkampen for coldbloods at 1609 meters autostart for 300,000SEK first money. Nesklands Loke (11m Moe Odin-Nesland's Mary-Lykkebron), 1.20.8kr for Asborn Tengsareid up, his 47th victory in 100 starts for 3,463,063SEK earned C11 - Expressens, 2640 meters turning start, 150,000SEK to winner, On Hold (7g Valley Victor-Kill Time-SJ's Caviar), 1.13.4kr, 15th career win in 33 outings for 1,042,950SEK. Magnus Jakobsson was the reinsman C12 - Rune Stolts for Four Year-Old Mares - The Divine Miss F (4f Kiss Francis-Fast Wise As-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter for trainer Helena Burman, 1.10.4kr new Swedish record, her eighth win in 20 career starts for 811,250SEK. She rallied three wide in final turn to score by a long length to earn 250,000SEK first money. Single Sock (4f Conway Hall-Sockys's Sister-Credit Winner) second for Torbjorn Jansson (she USA developed by Dan Daley) after being pacesetter and Amazon AM (4f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet) third for Robert Bergh C13 - Ahlsell/Foria/FM Finans Four Year-Old Open - Corky (4m Muscles Yankee-Clarice Marie-Balanced Image), Johnny Takter up for Jimmy W. Takter trainer in 1.10.4kr. Parked out first-over from the very start (the death seat), Corky was an impressive length winner for the Ohio, Lynn Baker, bred, over rallying Charrua Forlan (4g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) and reinsman Hans-Owe Sundberg. Pacesetter Express Duo (4m Express It-Dolce Merett-Carpe Diem) was third for Pekka Korpi. Takter was able to rate Corky perfectly the entire mile, keeping him in second place and then collaring the race leader on the final turn and pulling away in the stretch and then holding on to the wire. The winner scored for the eighth time in 27 starts now for earnings of 6,407,773SEK including today's 500,000SEK to winning connections. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Jonette Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall) with Toumas Korvenoja up took this co-featured Hakan Wallner Memorial on the Elitloppet card in 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters autostart. He earned 300,000SEK first money for this his fourth win in five career starts for 461,215SEK. US breds were next in line. Fire To the Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) and Ulf Ohlsson finished second with Explosive De Vie (3g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) third for Kevin Oscarsson. Other winners so far on the card are shown below (C=course or race): C2-For Pleasure As (5m Abano As-Frill Aas-Pine Chip), Conrad Lugauer driver/trainer, 1.09.7kr C3-Howthehaloareyou (8g Yankee Glide-Flickering Halo-Bonefish), Torbjorn Jansson, 0.59.3kr over 140 meters autostart in Sisyfos Speed Race contested by three heat winners Tourbillon with Bjoirn Goop, Garland Kronos and Per Oleg Midtfjeld and Howthehaloareyou. C4-Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit), Sandra Svensson, 1.11.8kr over 1609 meters autostart in this Monte Elite race, his 10th win in 40 starts for 3,223,829SEK. Previously undefeated in 2014 with five straight victories, second place Muskelmann GT (9g Muscles Yankee-Aino Lady-Dallas Lobell) raced well, beaten two lengths for Siv Emilie Lovvold C5-Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two), Bjorn Goop for trainer Frode Hamre, 1.11.6kr over 1609 meters autostart for three year-old fillies, 150,000SEK to winner, her seventh win in 14 starts for 899,816SEK; second Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee) and Robin Bakker; third to Arctic Model (3f Classic Photo-Secret Mistress-Self Possessed) and Pekka Korpi; Jan Johnson's Mystic Illusion (3f Muscles Yankee-Mystical Oaks-Donerail) fifth for Yannick Gingras after being pacesetter C6- Jarl AF Solnas (4m Olimede-Jaffa Oui-Count's Pride), Peter Untersteiner, 1.12.5kr over 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, fifth win in 15 starts for 190,700SEK in this race for four year-olds by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Yannick Gingras started his Elitloppet Day in fine fashion with a rallying victory in the first race, the Elitloppet Drivers Match. Gingras made a three-wide move with Spark Rick (6g Com Hector-Rafaela Rick-Tap In) around the last turn to sweep to the lead and then held off hard charging 7/1 odds Mr. Looba Looba (5g Fill V-Singlet-Supergill) by a head. Oystein Tjomsland drove the second place finisher. Fredericks Laukko and reinsman Mika Forss ended third as 3/1 second choice and driver David Miller was fourth with Chapeau Bas. The winner, timed in a sharp 1.11.4kr over 1609 meters autostart, is co-owned by Markkanen Vartainen and recorded his third 2014 victory in five starts, this one worth 75,000SEK first money. Gingras, on post-race interview, said the Elitloppet and Solvalla are very special coupled with the large enthusiastic crowd, similar in the US to only the Little Brown Jug experience. Driving the 8/1 odds winner, he credited the trainer's advice that his horse has a good speed brush. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Mellby Viking (6m Viking Kronos-Neomi de Lou-Extreme Dream) won today's Gr. II International UET Masters Series Harper Hanovers at Solvalla. This co-feature event was raced over the stayer distance of 3140 meters (just short of two miles) turning start, distance handicapped, for a purse to the winner of 500,000SEK ($68,000 US). Jorma Kontio drove the winner for trainer Timo Nurmos in a Swedish record time of 1.12.5kr for the distance. Mellby Viking won for the third straight time in 2014, in his only starts, and for the 15th time in a career of 24 outings for earnings now of 1,627,000SEK. Mellby Gard AB of Malmo owns Mellby Viking. Time Machine (5m Super Arnie-Union Highness-Pythagoras) was second for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm. The race has a storied history from its 1968 beginning. Past winners include Yarrah Boko. Etain Royal, Queen L, Tibur, Wiretapper (Soren Nordin aboard) and Kentucky Fibber. The race record prior to today was 1.13.4kr in 2007 by the Thierry Duvaldestin steered Milord de Melleray. Today's replay can be seen using link below Other winners on the last part of the Solvalla card today included: Ni Talar Bra Latin (4g Kiss Francis-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill), 1.11.7kr for Peter Ingves over2140 meters autostart, his sixth win in nine career starts Kiss Me Kemp (5f Striking Sahbra-Badabingbadaboo-Yankee Glide), 1.12.8kr for Orjan Kihlstrom over 2140 meters voltstart Olympic Kronos (6m Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip), 1.11.5kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini as he continued a great day for Stable Kolgjini (four wins), his 16th career victory in 38 starts for 1,648,385SEK earned as he defeated a pair of US breds, Mr. Chicago (by Cantab Hall) and Magiccarpetride (by Angus Hall) Delphine Flevo (4f Sugar Trader-Volga River-Yankee Mustang), 1.12.6kr over 2140 meters autostart for Rick Ebbinge on dq of race winner Rumba Jet (4f Naglo-Ticket to Ride-Nevele Pride) and Pietro Gubellini. The winner has hit the board in all nine career starts with four victories. Shes So Lovely (5f Andover Hall-Lovely-Yankee Glide), Mika Forss up in 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters autostart, her eighth career win in 34 starts Action on Elitloppet 2014 day starts at 10:20am local time in Stockholm with the drivers challenge match. First elim of the Elitloppet is set for 2:55pm local off time with the final at 5:35pm. (11:35am USA eastern time). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Lutfi Kolgjini reined Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) to a convincing front-end win in the Volkswagen Sweden Cup Final, worth 500,000SEK ($76,000 US) to the winner. The winner recorded his 11th victory in 32 starts now for earnings of 5,524,230SEK ($800,000 US). Racing barefoot, after racing with shoes in his elim, Mosaique Face defended his post one start and forced lead-contending Beer Summit into a speed-miscue shortly after the start. Once done Kolgjini raced on the lead thereafter and held second finishing Francais du Gull (7m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) In The Pocket for Erik Adielsson the rest of the way. O'Grady ended third in the race timed in 1.09.9kr, after the first 1000 meters in a rated 1.11kr. The winner was sharp and speedy through the line. Mosaique Face made a break in the recent Copenhagen Cup after shying at the white parade horse that was in the infield. Otherwise he too might be in the Elitloppet along with stablemate Raja Mirchi that could be a contender tomorrow, especially with the hot nature of the Kolgjini stable. The Sweden Cup is quite a race conducted this day before a huge, appreciative gathering at Solvalla. Solvalla Sweden Cup action began at 10:30am local time in Stockholm but the real action began later with the first two Sweden Cup eliminations, each with 100,000SEK awarded to the winners. Mosaique Face took the first test with a win by disqualification for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini in 1.09.5kr over 1609 meters autostart. The five-year-old son of Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill is owned by Tommy Nilsson Holding AB and he led from the start to just before the line. Ed You (by Love You) got by for Robert Bergh but was a dq due to interference to Lindys Jersey Boy in the stretch. Bergh was locked on the inner and pulled a bit early into the path of Lindys Jersey Boy causing that one to go off-stride. Next across the line were Francais du Gull, O’Grady (Denmark), and Opitergium (Italy). Elim B Sweden Cup went to Monster Drive and Bjorn Goop. Timed in 1.10.2kr the pair defeated Beer Summit (USA), Traveling Man and Democrat. The  Yannick Gingras driven Paladin Blue made a three-wide move on the backstretch and made a miscue in the final turn. Monster Drive recorded his 18th career win in 87 starts for 4,477,191 earned. He’s an eight year-old son of Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover. Commander Crowe was scratched sick. Other race results are as follows: Vilukko (5g Love You-Buwarienne-Buvetier d’Aunou), trainer/driver Tommi Kylliainen, 1.11.7kr over 1609 meters autostart, his 10th win in 19 starts Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capri-Probe), Jorma Kontio up, 1.10,.4kr over 1609 meters autostart, 18th win in 42 outings Quick Fix (5g From Above-Glued-Sugarcane Hanover), Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini, 1.13.1kr over 2140 meters autostart, his fourth win in only 10 starts for 234,600SEK earned Royal Fighter (6m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill), Jennifer Tillman up for trainer Per K. EriKsson, 1.11.3kr over 2140 meters autostart, his seventh win in 43 tries for 796,500SEK earned. Eriksson won three USA Hambletonians with Prakas in 1985 and then with Giant Victory and Alf Palema Vasterbo Fantast (4m Mr. Pine Chip-Fassia LB-Supergill), Erik Adielsson up, 1.11.4kr over 2140 meters autostart, his fifth victory in 21 starts for 538,000SEK earned Dileve Kall (8f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell), Daniel Reden trainer/driver for Stall Zet, 1.10.7kr over 1609 meters autostart, her 15th win in 70 appearances for 5,714,853SEK in the Lady Snarts (mares elite race); over Aida Boko (7f From Above-Staro Almighty-Yankee Glide) and driver Robin Bakker by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

US reinsman David Miller (two drives) and Yannick Gingras (one) were off the board in their initial drives today at Solvalla. Miller drove Next Kronos in race 1 (dq) and Potemkin in race 4 (unplaced). Gingras teamed Oldschoolmare in race 2 and ended sixth, timed in 1.12.8kr over the mile distance. Alvena Take It won that event in 1.12kr for Peter Untersteiner. Race winners today are listed below in race order: Ametrin, 1.10.2kr, 1609 meters autostart, Hans-Owe Sundberg (5f Oiseau de Faux-Ametist WG-Texas) Alvena Take It, 1.12kr, 1609 meters autostart, Peter Untersteiner (4f Make It Happen-Impulsive-Mack Lobell) Spartan Kronos, 1.12.9kr, 2140 meters autostart, Conrad Lugauer (3m Muscle Hall-Dame Kronos-King Conch) Financial Dust, 1.12.5kr, 2140 meters autostart, Robert Bergh (4m Ready Cash-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) Palermo Caesar, 1.13.7kr, 3140 meters turning start, Ville Nisonen (7g Alf Palema-Puk Paradiso-Hairos) Elegance Brode, 1.15.3kr, 2140 meters autostart, Emilia Karlsson (5g Sugar Trader-Emily Safir-Buck Newton) Baharat, 1.16.3kr, 2140 meters voltstart, Fredrik B. Larsson (3f Scarlet Knight-Hot Peppers-Muscles Yankee) Sebastien Sund, 1.16kr, 2140 meters voltstart, Robert Bergh (3g Adrian Chip-Mamsell Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) Dominator, 1.13.9kr, 2140 meters autostart, Bjorn Goop (4m Donato Hanover-Ultra Sund-Viking Kronos) - undefeated in three starts by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com        

TORONTO, May 23 - Racing fans will want to be up bright and early this Sunday morning to watch the prestigious Elitlopp from Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm, Sweden, which will be available via simulcast on HPI.   The Elitlopp final is scheduled to go postward at approximately 11:30 a.m. (EST). HPI will also carry the eliminations, which will be contested earlier in the morning.   Common pool wagering is available to all HPI account holders through HorsePlayerInteractive.com.   North American hopes are pinned on Maven, who is trained by Jonas Czyernyson and driven by Yannick Gingras, and Uncle Peter, who is trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by David Miller. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

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