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Swedish trotter Daryl Boko could make his first public outing in New Zealand as soon as next week. West Melton harness racing trainer Tim Butt said the six-year-old Majestic Son trotter has continued to thrive in the last few weeks. Daryl Boko is on track for cup week but is still no certainty and Butt said while it would be great to see him racing in the big time so soon, the winner of nine races from 28 starts would not be rushed if he was not ready. "We'll just play if by ear and give him a couple of quiet trials and see how it goes," Butt said. "He'll tell us when he's ready, there's still a bit of fine tuning to go yet but the main things is to go to the trials and work out where we are and what we need to change." If Daryl Boko is ready to go for cup week, Butt said he would be leaning towards racing on only one of the two days. "I'm probably more inclined to go for the Dominion (Handicap) because it's a prestigious race, it's the bigger stake and I think he is a pretty good little stayer. "Generally the French and Swedish trotters are pretty good stayers because they are used to going quick the whole way, the run each half in a minute they don't loiter around, that's just their style of racing," Butt said. In the northern hemisphere Daryl Boko has won over a mile right through to 3100m. Daryl Boko arrived in New Zealand in early August and went straight into work at Butt's Premier Stables after coming out of quarantine. Butt said because the seasons are back to front for Daryl Boko, and it's been a strong relatively cold spring, he has started to develop his winter coat but overall he had acclimatised well. Daryl Boko's last race day start in Sweden was on July 2. Butt has experience with bringing in trotters from the Northern Hemisphere and that was paying dividends with the preparation of Daryl Boko. Scandinavian trotter Peak looked to be the future of Butt's already lengthy trotting legacy when he won his first two starts in the 2013 Group III Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile and the Group I NZ Trotting Free-For-All but picked up a suspensory ligament injury in the Dominion Handicap three days later that ended his racing carer. Peak began a successful stud carer but Butt and many of Peak's syndicate went looking for a replacement and found Daryl Boko. If Butt can bring out Daryl Boko's best form, it would be good enough to challenge the current crop of top liners. Meanwhile, Stent, Master Lavros, Habibti and Kincaslough have all been nominated to return to Addington this week for the Group III Canterbury Park Trotting Cup on Friday. Sheemon, who did not race last week and Alley Way, who has not raced since May, are also in the nominations. Harness jewels winner King Denny will trial at Addington on Tuesday. The Group II Canterbury Classic looks likely to be the strongest pacing field this season, with Smolda resuming to take on Christen Me plus Brilliant Strike, Te Kawau and Ideal Success in the nominations to join the crop that have already contested the Maurice Holmes Vase and Avon City Ford Cup. Mat Kermeen Reproduced with the permission of Stuff NZ   -   Check site here

September 27. 2015 - Today’s Gr. I National Swedish Kriterium (2SEK million to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to Readly Express (3m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) in 1.12.8kr by three-quarters of a length for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. The winner, second choice in the race wagering, recorded his fifth career win, with one second, in six starts as he defeated Pythagoras Face (3m Muscle Hill-Occitane-Hasting) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann. Previously unbeaten favorite Mister JP (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) set the pace for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner J-P Barjon, before tiring off the last turn, and ending third. Cupido Sisu (3g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) was fourth with JohnnyTakter teaming. The winner closed stoutly off rated fractions (1.11.1kr after 500 meters; 1.13.7kr at the 1000; 1.14kr 1t 1500; 1.13.5kr at 2000 mark). The co-featured Swedish Oaks (1.4SEK million to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 33/1 outsider Spoil Me (3f Going Kronos-Mystic Ann-Kadabra) with Kenneth Haugstad aboard for trainer Walmann. Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) was second for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini with third to stablemate Pasithea Face (3f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionant) with Adrian Koljini teaming. Fourth went to Facile Boko (3f Virgill Boko-Zacile Boko-Muscles Yankee). Favored Tunika was disqualified. Spoil Me was clocked in 1.11.5kr, 2:33 over the distance. An interesting undercard showcased wins by horses with US connections, breeding or otherwise: Raffinos (5f Chocolatier-Honeyed-Mack Lobell) in the Diamondstoet Final worth 200,000SEK to the winner Amity (3f Ganymede-Ebony DK-Royal Troubador) in the Oaks Consolation with 100,000SEK to winner Heaven’s Door (4f Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough-Conway Hall) won the four year-olds mares race to earn 50,000SEK Carmine AM (3m Muscle Hill-Attid VG-Spotlite Lobell) won a three year-old open event to earn 50,000SEK Oh Goodness (5f Chocolatier-Minnesota Carol-Garland Lobell) won 50,000SEK with a 1.14.4 victory over 2140 meters autostart in a four year-old conditioned event Faye Bros (3f Explosive Matter-Vina Boko-Trade Balance) took a three year-old conditioned event to earn 50,000SEK with Jorma Kontio up Global Revenge (4g Donato Hanover-Keystone Sunshine-Self Possessed) earned 100,000SEK with a Kat. I victory Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) earned 100,000SEK for a Kriterium Consolation win driven by Kenneth Haugstad for Roger Walmann. This one is a half-brother to Just Stunning by Muscle Hill. Britelite AM (4f Cash Hall-Intensite-Yankee Glide) won 50,000SEK for a conditioned win driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. This one is a half-sister to stakes winner Intense America Thomas H. Hicks

September 26, 2015 - The third and final session of the prestigious ASVT Kriterie Yearling Sale was completed this evening. 90 of 130 catalogued sold (69.2%) in the last session for an average of US$ 7,078. Eight head brought 150,000SEK or more led by the Ready Cash filly Bathilda Bagshot, hip 452. The total sale saw 335 horses sold from 482 catalogued (69.5%) with gross sales of 29,795,000SEK, an average of US$10,560. The sale leader was hip 8 Just Stunning, a filly by Muscle Hill-Illustre November, that brought US$78,369. For all sale results click on this link. All sale details can be viewed on this link. The full catalog can be viewed from this link. Kriterieauktion files Thomas H. Hicks

September 25, 2015 - The first two sessions of the Kriterie Yearling Sale in Sweden have been completed. A total of 482 yearlings were catalogued. The final session is Saturday. The initial session on Thursday was labeled a select session and its 122 catalogued yearlings resulted in 89 sold for an average in US dollars of $18,431. Trainer Roger Wallmann being the leading buyer and the top priced yearling sold was a Muscle Hill filly for $78,369, she from the Viking Kronos-Lovely Godiva mare Illustre November. Lovely Godiva was a winner of over $1.4 million and victorious in classic races from aged two through seven. At age seven she won the Prix de France and at age nine she was second in the Prix de Belgique, Prix de Paris and Prix d’Amerique. The second session on Friday showed 156 sold from 230 catalogued with an average in US dollars of $8,080.  The results sale to-date show an average of $11,840. For all sale results click on this link. All sale details can be viewed on this link. The full catalog can be viewed from this link. Kriterieauktion files Thomas H. Hicks

September 26, 2015 - Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) and harness racing trainer/driver Robert Bergh took today’s 2140 meter autostart Frances Bulwarks at Solvalla with 250,000SEK to the first place finisher. The winner, owned by Stall Lars Vegard, rallied stoutly to score clocked in 1.11.6kr over Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) in rein to trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. Ringostarr Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) hugged the pegs to land third for Wim Pall, trainer Holger Ehlert and Scuderia Scarton Stable. Beau Mec was fourth for trainer Bergh and teamster Torbjorn Jansson. Favorite Knows Nothing set the pace for Ulf Ohlsson before weakening in the last bend. Fractions were well rated (1.09.8kr after 500 meters; 1.13.2kr at 1000; 1.12.2kr at 1500 and home in a quick 1.11.6kr). The scratch of the fast Delicious from the Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) left the door open for well-regarded winner Youana (6f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) that scored gate to wire clocked in 1.11.7kr for Erik Adielsson. Stall Fagerhult owns Youana. Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) ended second for trainer/driver/owner Stefan Melander with Fleetfoot Hanover (8f Andover Hall-Firefly Annie-SJ’s Photo). Co-favorite Eketorpets Tess made an early miscue for disqualification. The John Deere Klass II Final (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to winner) was also a solid event with this victory going to Ochongo Face (4g Kiss Francis-Jubel Kemp-Joie de Vie) handled by trainer Erik Lindegren. He was timed in 1.12.6kr to defeat Space Photo (7g Fast Photo-Lady Toscana-Peace On Earth) and Make It Quick (4g Make It Happen-Indian Quick DK-Carmody Lobell). Serious Try, a recent winner of a Derby elimination, closed well for fourth from post 11. Thomas H. Hicks

September 21, 2015 - Today’s Stall Gelis-Hallards Mastarien at Halmstad SWE (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to veteran classmaster Montgomery Hill (11g SJ’s Photo-Funny Hill-Mr. Vic) clocked in 1.12.2kr for harness racing driver Flemming Jensen.  The winner recorded victory 34 in 91 starts, now for career earnings of 3,506,184SEK. Stelton (6g Dream Vacation-Nanvet;s Crown-Speedy Crown) was second for Jeppe Juel with Dreams Take Time (6m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos)( third for teamster Peter Untersteiner. I Won’t Dance (9g Angus Hall-Do Si Do Hanover-Valley Victory) finished fourth for Peter Ingves with fifth to Monster Drive (9m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) and reinsman Jan Henriksson. In France at Craon turf action was on stage in the Prix Henri Desmontils (€36,000, 3500 meters, 17 starters on grass). 9/2 odds Tagada Tagada (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) took victory for Mathieu Abrivard timed in 5:05.59 (1.26.7kr) over second finishing Triton de Corbery (8g Janko-Hermine du Genet) at 109/1 odds. Third went to 55/1 Sir Tely (9g Joe l’Amoroso-Neuville) with fourth to 2.4/1 favorite Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epona Vinn) driven by J-M Bazire. Also on the Craon card was the Prix Equidia Live (purse €22,000, 2750 meters, 13 turf starters) with victory earned by 10/1 Cup Of Smart (3f Ready Cash-My Cut) for Ecurie Smart and teamster J. Lebutreill. 6/1 Cristal de Vandel (3g Quaro-Kalmia de Vandel) was second for Alexandre Abrivard with third to 8/1 Cyrius du Lorault (3g Nil du Rib-Native du Lorault). Time was 1.28.8kr on the soft grass. At Avenches (Suisse) the Grand Prix Suisse (purse €20,815, 2350 meters autostart, 8 starters) went to 4/5 favorite Attenarco (5g Ready Cash-Mottmara) for driver He. Turrettini and Ecurie Turrettini. 3/1 Qudeko d’Ete (11g Off Guy-Vitesse) was a rallying second for trainer/driver Marc-Andre Bovay with 9/2 odds Tango du Martza (8g Jag de Bellouet-Aide du Martza) third for trainer/driver Renaud Pujol. Top flight SWE action takes place on Saturday September 26 led by the Frances Bulwarks (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and its solid field as shown below: Friction, Joh. Takter Ringostarr Treb, Wim Paal Knows Nothing, U. Ohlsson Beau Mec, T. Jansson Vasterbo Highflyer, D. Reden Lord Capar, Peter Karlsson Harry Haythrow, P. Untersteiner Arazi Boko, C. Eriksson Global Money, R. Bergh Democrat, P. Lennartsson The Giant Diablo (200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) for mares is also on tap with Delicious and Youana the likely favorites: Donna di Quattro, B. Goop Delicious, D. Reden Eketorpets Tess, J. Untersteiner Youana, E. Adielsson Talk The Talk, S. Melander Air Frame, P. Lennartsson Mousse, Joh. Takter Blue Martini As, K. Haugstad Fleetfoot Hanover, P. Untersteiner Curtsy Hanover, T. Jansson Solvalla Program 9-26-15: Thomas H. Hicks

September 19, 2015 - Daddy Wood (2m Ready Cash-Ushuaia Wood), the 3/5 favorite, took today’s Prix de Pionsat (purse €20,000, 2200 meters, 8 starters) at Vichy, driven by Gabriel Gelormini for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. This winner recorded his second victory in as many appearances, clocked in 1.18.2kr. His dam, Ushusia Wood, is a daughter of Love You-Daisy Chain-Speedy Somolli. Daisy Chain is a great producing 1991 foal that has generated 16 foals including Kaisy Dream (US$1,208,145) and four more plus US$100,000 winners, Jackpot Dream, Nice Dream, Orsy Dream and Paisy Dream. Third dam Kravotte produced US$459,557 winner Rainbow Runner. Finishing second today was 5/2 odds Dis Papaoutai (2m Goetmals Wood-Quemilia Pierji) owned by J-P Barjon, trained by Sebastien Guarato and driven by H. Langlois. Third was 6/1 Dame Denferst (2f Quilon du Chatelet-Pin Up du Chariot). 1 6 DADDY WOOD G. Gelormini 1.6 1'18''2 2nd 5 DIS PAPAOUTAI H. LANGLOIS 3.5 1'18''2 3rd 8 DAME DENFERT C. PETREMENT 7 1'19''2 4th 7 OF DIVINE ECROVILLE A. LAMY 16 1'19''5 5th 4 DIA DE LA BOATERIE B. RUET 29 1'19''5 6th 3 DARLING OF Solnan S. PELTIER 29 1'21''0 7th 2 DIVA OF LOVE F. JAMARD 38 1'21''6 8th 1 DON JUAN GERSOIS G. VIDAL 68 1'24''1 Spot   Horse Jockey Odds Redkm Also on the Vichy card was the €44,000 purse Prix Uranie contested over 2850 meters by 11 European starters. 28/1 Vertige de Chenu (6g Lynx de Bellouet-Neige de Chenu) took victory for owner/trainer Franck Pellerot and driver P. Pellerot by four lengths clocked in 1.16.4kr. 7/1 Sem Jafat (7g SJ’s Photo-Persilja) was second for driver Dominik Locqueneux, trainer Ronny Kuiper and owner Untersteiner Training AB. 45/1 Louisville As was third with fourth to SHT’s Playmate at 105/1 odds.Vertige de Chenu At Farjestad in Sweden today, the featured V75 Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Thai Broadway (6m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. Thai Broadway was timed in 1.11.3kr to record his 18th career win in 55 starts for 4,192,395SEK earned. Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) was second for driver Thomas Uhrberg and trainer Jan Hellstadt with Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo-Arnaquer) home third for Jorma Kontio aboard for trainer Jorgen Westholm. Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Ulf Stenstromer. The Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) resulted in victory for Lover Face (7g Love You-Ambra OK-Mr. Lavec) and driver Jorgen Sjunnesson. Lover Face was timed in 1.12.2kr for his 14th victory in 59 starts and earnings of 1,331,800SEK. The winner’s first dam is from T Ball by Super Bowl-Bedell, she dam of Donerail and Gramola. Nitalar Bra Latin (5g Kiss Francis-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was next for Stefan Soderkvist and trainer Petri Puro with third to Sir Ratzeputz (5m Love You-Celebrate-Lindy’s Crown) and Jorma Kontio. Ja El Tomcat (6m Chocolatier-Topcat Hall-Conway Hall) ended fourth with Johan Untersteiner driving for trainer Karoline Krogh-Hanssen. This one is a half-brother to 2015 US trotting star JL Cruze. Viva Lover Wins Quinte+ at Vincennes The Quinte+ (jackpot €3.45 million) Prix Cleomede (€44,000 purse, 2850 meters, 17 starters) was at Paris-Vincennes this day and the 1.13.4kr timed winner was Viva Lover (6f Look de Star-Kaline Cover). This 3.4/1 odds winner was teamed by Mathieu Mottier. 52/1 Tikva de Baylev (8f Sancho Panca-Jasmina du But) was second for J.G. Van Eeckhaute, ahead of 12.3/1 Ulula Bella (7f Jam Pridem-Nathalia Bella) that Tony Le Beller aboard.   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 15 Viva Lover M. Mottier Ecurie D.M.Mottier D. Mottier 2ème 4 Tikva de Beylev J.-G. Van Eeckhaute J.-P. Sauvage C. Dreux 3ème 13 Ulula Bella T. Le Beller Ecurie Jean-Paul Marmion J.-P. Marmion 4ème 14 Victoire de Lèvres F. Nivard Ecurie de Neret F. Provost 5ème 17 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 3.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2151   Ordre :       17.904,00€   Désordre :       149,20€   Bonus 4 :       67,40€   Bonus 4sur5 :       6,00€   Bonus 3 :       4,00€ Friday’s Prix Bruma (purse €48,000, 2850 meters, 17 starters) went to the 1.14kr winner Ahrima Turgot (5f Prodigious-Night Turgot) driven by J-M Bazire at 3.4/1 odds. 51/1 Anza du Carbonel (5f Lontzac-Lea Girl) with trainer Franck Blandin aboard was second. 132/1 outsider Alesia Lado (5f Maitre d’Atout-Aspara) was third. At Paris-Vincennes, the Prix Aquitania (purse €33,000, 2200 meters, 14 starters) went to 2.1/1 Dolce des Rioults (2f Jam Pridem-Judith des Rioults) reined by Joann Lebourgeois for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire. She scored in 1.18.6kr. 7.6/1 odds Detoilesmie (3f Mage de la Merite-Netoilesmie) with Franck Nivard up finished second with third to 2.5/1 Deesse Port (2f Uniclove-Mania Port) driven by Cl. Duvaldstin. Thierry Duvaldestin is owner/trainer of Deesse Port. Friday’s feature at Lyon La Soie was the Prix Lugdunum (purse €35,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) that resulted in a 1.15.8kr victory for 2.2/1 Ustar de Vandel (7g Look de Star-Deila de Vandel), owned by Ecurie des Charmes and reined by trainer J-< Bazire. 2.7/1 Uno Prior (7g Ispalion Jarzeen-Laliga Prior) was second with 11/1 Ugo d’Urzy (7g Jasmin de Flore-Jepee) home third. At Romme (SWE), Cool Keeper (5g Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and trainer/driver Leif Witasp took a 2140 meter autostart event worth 75,000SEK to the winner. Cool Keeper scored in 1.13.1kr for his 14th victory in 36 outings now for 2,21SEK million earned. Vasterbo Fantast (5m Pine Chip-Pacsia LB-Supergill) was second with Jilly W. Andersson up for trainer Svante Bath. US-bred Smilin Eli (5m Muscles Yankee-Gerry’s Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was third for driver/trainer Daniel Reden. Another contest at Romme was a 1640 meters autostart event also worth 75,000SEK to the winner. The 1.11.9kr victor was Democrat (8g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Supergill) driven by Ulf Ohlsson. This one vanquished Francais du Gull (8m Jag de Ballouet-Tantern Gull-Lindy Lane) reined by Erik Ludegren with third to Quick Master (11g Look de Star-Kadisha-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Claes Sjostrom driving. The race winner recorded career victory 20 in 93 starts for earnings of 2.06SEK million. Thomas H. Hicks

September 10, 2015 - Thursday’s top race in Europe was at Gavle SWE where the Fyraaringsstarman was conducted over 1640 meters autostart with 200,000SEK to the winner. This harness racing event for four year-olds went to Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with owner/trainer Stefan Melander driving. Clocked in 1.09.6kr, Nuncio won by three lengths to improve his 2015 slate to 7-1-1 in nine starts good for 2,310,000SEK earned. Lifetime he is 23-11-2 in 36 starts for 16,042,726SEK earned. The Jim Oscarsson trained, Per Linderoth driven Explosive de Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) was second ahead of King City (4m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for conditioner Roger Walmann. Also at Gavle the Tommy Astroms (75,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to the 1.11.5kr clocked EL Rocket (5m Credit Winner-Courtney Hall-Garland Lobell) with Kenneth Haugstad up for Roger Walmann trainer. The winner scored his first 2015 victory for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. Per Lennartsson teamed the Melander/Stall TZ trainee Wannacmyguns (5g Conway Hall-Distaff-Self Possessed) home second. The weekend promises to satisfy top trotting enthusiasts. On Saturday September 12 at Paris-Vincennes will be held the €240,000 purse Prix de L’Etoile over 2200 meters. 14 three through five year-olds will be at the start led by Captain Crazy teamed by Tony Le Beller for Fabrice Souloy trainer and Cristal Money with Franck Nivard driving for Thierry Duvaldestin trainer. The €240,000 purse Prix de Normandie will also be an interesting contest with 15 monte players traveling 3000 meters. The probable leaders in this field are Alexia with Eric Raffin up for Philippe Moulin, Andalouse with Anthony Barrier in the irons, Ariane du Goutier and jockey Mathieu Mottier and Attentionally with David Thomain up. Veteran monte starts will contest the Prix Georges Dreux (purse €105,000, Gr. III International, 2850 meters, 11 starters). This group is led by Torre Crepin, Scarlet Turgot, and Nene’Degli Ulivi. Sunday September 13 shows Mons Ghlin hosting the €504,000 purse UET Master Series Final over 2300 meters autostart. This 13 horse field lines up, with drivers, as follows: Oasis Bi (Claus Svensson) Mosaique Face (Lutfi Kolgjini) BBS Sugarlight (Peter Untersteiner) Timoko (Bjorn Goop) Vincennes (Orjan Kihlstrom) On Track Piraten (Erik Adielsson) El Mago Pellini (Adrian Kolgjini) Nahar (Robert Bergh) Creatine (Johnny Takter) Pascia’Lest (Roberto Andreghetti) Papagayo E (Eric Raffin) Rue du Bac (Franck Nivard) Deuxieme Picsous (Jos. Verbeeck) Thomas H. Hicks

September 6, 2015 - Conlight As (4m Conway Hall-Delight As-Strking Sahbra) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath won today’s Gr. I National Krafft Swedish Trotting Derby (2SEK million to winner(US$236,000), 2640 meters autostart) timed in 1.13.6kr.  The winner recorded his sixth career victory in 16 starts, now for 2,783,100SEK earned, for owners Olof Brodin AB and Snogarps Gard AB. Conlight As got into the contest after 2000 meters and closed stoutly to win. Vasterbo Éclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Joakim Lovgren and Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer) closed for third handled by Johnny Takter. From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall) held gamely for fourth driven by Torbjorn Jansson, after racing in the death seat for much of contest. Serious Try was the early leader for Henrik Svensson and landed in the pocket before going inside pylons in late stretch and making a disqualifying miscue. The race fractions were as follows (1.09.5kr after 500 meters; 1.12.9kr after 1000; 1.13.8kr after 1500 and 1.14.2kr at the 2000 meter mark). Conlight As The Gr. I National Krafft Mares Swedish Derby (1SEK million to the winner (US$118,000), 2140 meters autostart) was taken by Evin Boko (4f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos. She was clocked in 1.13.1kr after making a three wide sweep after the 1500 meter mark to gain advantage from early leader Evelina Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Harmony Heart-Mack Lobell) that held for third driven by Erik Adielsson. Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra) closed for second driven by Stefan Soderkvist with Olympia Gold and Nancy America (4f Revenue-Camargue-Supergill) were home fourth and fifth. The winner secured her sixth career victory in 13 starts and fourth win in six 2015 appearances. The winner’s second dam is Desooner Dabetter (Meadow Road-Armbro Brilliance), the family of Armbro Regina and Armbro Flight, and dam of Big Blue Kitten by Pine Chip, she the dam of Yarrah Boko 1:52.1 ($1,408,457) and Zola Boko 1:55.1 ($245,826). Stall BSM owns Evin Boko. Earlier in the card the Ahlsell Derby Classic (75,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) garnered much attention as the teamsters were former Swedish Derby winning drivers. Scellino Luis scored in this one timed in 1.13kr for Erik Adielsson, and trainer Stig H, Johansson, by a length over good finishing Lohman driven by Anders Lindqvist for trainer Robert Bergh. Steen Juul piloted T.Rx D.K. to third ahead of Spirit Real and driver Geir Vegard Gundersen for trainer Jerry Riordan. Thomas H. Hicks

September 5, 2015 - Bjorn Goop’s trainee Mister J.P. (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) won today’s Jagersros Stora Trearingspris 2015 (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) recording victory eight in as many career starts, clocked in 1.14.1kr in this gate to wire effort with Goop driving. Owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon and Joel Seche, the winner now has career earnings of 2,125,000SEK. R.G.’s Thunderbolt (3m Yankee Glide-Lady In The World-Windsong’s Legacy) was second with Johnny Takter aboard for trainer Frode Hamre, with third going to the Peter Untersteiner trained and driven Canappealformore (3g Cantab Hall-Appeal To Reason-Pine Chip). On the Saturday card, over a rain soaked racetrack, was the Birger Bengtssons V75 Gold Division (150,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the wire to wire winner was Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) for Christoffer Eriksson, timed in a quick 1.11kr. Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson with third to veteran Harry Haythrow (9g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) with Johan Untersteiner driving. Rod Stewart (5m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) finished fourth with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Jerry Riordan.  The race winner now has career earnings of 2,284,200SEK. His dam Laura Kemp was second in the SWE Breeders Crown and second dam Keystone Sheena is a Speedy Crown-Keystone Sister daughter, the latter an excellent US Grand Circuit performer at ages two and three. Thomas H. Hicks

Sweden - Robert Bergh’s trainee Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) took today’s Malabar Circle (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) at Bergsaker for driver Torbjorn Jansson and owner Stall Sedin, clocked in 1.11.5kr. Ed You recorded victory 26 in 68 career starts for almost 6SEK million earned. The length winner defeated Shaq Is Back (8m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream) with Daniel Reden aboard. Amaru Boko (8m Coktail Jet-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide) finished third for Robert Bergh. Smilin Eli ended fourth and Johnny B Kemp sixth in the beaten field. At Amiens in the Prix Fleurs des Pres (purse €25,000, 2900 meters, 10 starters), the 2/5 favorite Violet (6m Love You-La Rouge-Buvetier d’Aunou) recorded his ninth straight victory and 10th in last 11 outings for driver Pierre Vercruysse. J.G.H. De Jong owns the winner that A. Posthumus trains and Ecurie D bred. Clocked in 1.15.5kr Violet now has 15 wins in 25 career starts for €162,820 earned. 15/1 Voltorb d’Oliverie was second with 18/1 Vicky du Bocage third. The winner’s dam has also produced Si Seulement 1:58.1 ($160,876), Red Girl 1:58.4 ($132,830) and To America 2:00.3v ($60,247). Second dam Auburn produced Out 1:58.3 ($223,355). A productive family! At Cabourg the day’s Quinte+ (jackpot €3.15 million) was the Prix des Escallonias (purse €40,000, 2850 meters, 16 entrants) and the 5/2 shot Archibald (5g Meaulnes du Corta-Lahore) took victory for Thomas Levesque, trainer Mike Lenders and Ecurie Pierre Levesque. Timed in 1.15.3kr Archibald defeated Anry de L’éclair and driver Tony LeBeller before a good evening audience.Archibald Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 4 Archibald T. Levesque Ecurie Pierre Levesque M. Lenders 2ème 6 Anry de l'Éclair T. Le Beller Ecurie Eclair N. Catherine 3ème 10 Voilà Péo F. Boudet M. Lecourt M. Lecourt 4ème 1 Volinko F. Lecanu Ecurie Danover S. Provoost 5ème 12 Ustou J.-P. Thomain R.-F. Dubois J.-P. Thomain    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.150.000 € - Numéro plus : 2742       Ordre :       2.010,00€       Désordre :       40,20€       Bonus 4 :       7,80€       Bonus 4sur5 :       3,90€       Bonus 3 :       2,60€                       Also at Cabourg the monte Prix Montbretias (purse €45,000, 2850 meters, 17 European starters) went to the 1.14.1kr clocked, 5.9/1 odds, Theo de Gisse (8g Vivaldi de Chenu-Flicka d’Anjou) handled by Yoann Lebourgeois in defeat of 1.1/1 favorite Ulhor du Beziau (7m Orsy Dream-Jipsie du Beziau) with David Thomain in the irons. 17/1 Utwo En Live was third. Two divisions of the Prix des Sunpatiens (purse €21,000, 2850 meters) took place for lightly raced three year-olds. The A Division went to 1.1/1 favorite Casualty Of Love (3f Goetmals Wood-Ma Crown) for reinsman Tony Le Beller and trainer/owner Lutfi Kolgjini clocked in 1.18kr. The B Division went to 2.7/1 City Life (3f Let’s Go Along-Life Is Good) with Etienne Dubois up for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin timed in 1.17.5kr Tomorrow, top flight action occurs at Paris-Vincennes and Bergsaker. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

August 25, 2015 - At Jagersro SWE this evening was held Krafft Derby tests for females and males, four year-olds. Five mares divisions were contested over 2140 meters autostart each for 100,000SEK first money. The winners of the mares events were: Evelina Palema (4f Symphonic Hanover-Harmony Heart-Mack Lobell), 1.13kr, Erik Adielsson up Evin Boko (4f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell), 1.13.4kr, Jorma Kontio driving Empress Brodda (4f Viking Kronos-Elma Gold-Good As Gold), 1.13.8kr, Christoffer Eriicksson Olympia Gold (4f Olimede-Shella Gold-Good As Gold), 1.12.9kr, Per Linderoth driving Diamond River (4f Ready Cash-First Out-Lemon Dra), 1.13.6kr, Stefan Soderkvist There were six divisions for the males, each going for 200,000SEK first money over the 2640 meters autostart course. The winners were as follows, four being largely US pedigrees: From Dust To Dawn (4m From Above-Emotional Dust-Banker Hall), 1.14.1kr, driver Johnny Takter Serious Try (4g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide), 1.13.6kr, Henrik Svensson up Vasterbo Éclair (4m Echo-Vasterbo Flash-Spotlite Lobell), 1.13.9kr, Joakim Lovgren Flex Lane (4m Federal Flex-Margo Hall-Like A Prayer), 1.14.1kr, Johnny Takter aboard Carabinieri (4m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline), 1.13.3kr, Peter Untersteiner Conlight As (4m Conway Hall-Delight As-Striking Sahbra), 1.13.2kr, Erik Adielsson On August 25 at Cabourg the Prix des Nerines (purse €13,000, 2050 meters autostart, 11 starters) went to the 1.17.3kr winner Daddy Wood (2m Ready Cash-Ushuaia Wood) for owner/trainer Philippe Allaire and reinsman Gabriel Gelormini. The winner was the 3/5 favorite. 9.3/1 Digne Et Droit (2m The Best Badrik-Plenty Pocket) for owner/trainer/driver  Joel Van Eeckhaute was second ahead of 33/1 Dragon Darche (2mRomero du Houlme-Topazedarche) for Sebastien Hardy and trainer A-P Schmitt. Thomas H. Hicks

August 22, 2015 - Today’s top harness racing events in Sweden were at Gavle, the E3 Finals for three year-old fillies and colts, each with 900,000SEK to the winners, raced over 1640 meters autostart, and both were Gr. I International contests. The ES Final for fillies went to Princess Face (3f Muscle Hill-Hepburn Broline-Pine Chip) with Adrian Kolgjini up for owner/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini timed in 1.11.1kr for this length victory. This one now shows a slate of 3-3-0 in seven outings for 1,088,500SEK earned. Toohotforyou (3f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson and Ninepoints Gaagaa (3f Steinlager-Ninepoints Kelly-Scarlet Knight) with trainer Jorgen Westholm aboard were second and third in a close finish, both clocked in 1.11.2kr. The E3 for colts and geldings went to Heavy Sound (3g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) with Kenneth Haugstad up for trainer Roger Walmann clocked in 1.10.9kr for a three length victory. The winner is owned by AB Svensk Reklamfinans and now has a 6-2-2- slate in 10 starts for 1,681,000 earned.  Camelot Sisu (3m Even Better Odds-Warrawee Karri-Dream Of Glory) handled by Ulf Ohlsson and Farzad Boko (3g Zola Boko-Kathy Silvio-Spotlite Lobell) with Johnny Takter teaming were second and third in another close finish. Also on the card was the Lars Axerlssons Gold Division worth 150,000SEK to the winner and contested over 2140 meters autostart. Italy’s Royal Blessed (5m Varenne-Ivory Kronos-Viking Kronos) took this one in 1.11.4kr for trainer/driver Wim Paal, his first 2015 win and ninth lifetime in 53 starts for 2,419,480SEK earned.  Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) was second for Christoffer Eriksson with third to veteran Lord Capar (10m Varenne-Foxy’n Rowdy-Rowdy Yankee) and teamster Thomas Dalborg. Kash’s Cantab, Nothing But Class and Hard Livin were in the beaten field. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 19, 2015 - Favorite Nimbus C.D. (5g Mythical Lindy-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) scored an impressive gate to wire victory in tonight’s Gr. I UET Masters Series Jublileumpsokalen (1SEK million to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the flashy chestnut winner for trainer Stefan Hultman and owner Stall Droad AB to the well-rated 1.11.6kr victory. The winner now has a 12-8-3 slate in 32 starts for career earnings of 2,484,000SEK. Starting from post one, reinsman Kihlstrom controlled his rivals although several reached the death seat position. Papagayo E (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) was second for Erik Adielsson beaten a length timed in 1.11.7kr with a host of others all timed in 1.11.8kr including Ivar Sanna (5m by Super Arnie), Sauveur (5m by Echo) and Tumble Dust (5m by Crazed). Creatine raced fourth over and closed in the lane but could only finish sixth, timed in 1.11.9kr as were Ringostarr Treb, Ready For More and Takethem. The race paid five places with 400,000SEK, 200,000SEK, 100,000SEK and 50,000SEK to those ending second through fifth. As noted above, Kihlstrom rated the fractions beautifully (1.10.8kr after 500 meters, 1.13.7kr at the 1000, 1.13kr at 1500) before a sharp finish to hit the timer in 1.11.6kr, 1:55.20 mile rate. The card also showcased top aged mares in the Gr. I UET Master Series European Mares Championship (650,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). Youana (6f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) scored in wire to wire fashion, drawing away for a three length victory for teamster Erik Adielsson timed in 1.11.9kr (1:55.69 mile rate) after sensible fractions (1.12.9kr at 500; 1.14.2kr at 1000, 1.13kr at 1500 meter mark). She was off at 2.3/1 odds and recorded her eighth win in 41 lifetime starts. Eketorpets Tess (8f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner with third to Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) driven by Bjorn Goop. Some Summit, Fortune Boko, Radysin America and Tunika Score on Solvalla Undercard Tonight’s Solvalla undercard illustrated the power of the program. Some Summit (4f Dream Vacation-Graceland Summit-Armbro Trick) won the Menhammer Stuteri Final (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters voltstart) for trainer/driver Veijo Heiskanen and owner Stall Stjarnangen clocked in a sharp 1.12kr (1:55.85 mile rate). Some Summit is undefeated in five 2015 starts, all for Heiskanen, her only victories after 11 previous winless efforts. Magic Number, with Stefan Soderkvist up, and Unique Julia with Ulf Ohlsson driving, trailed the winner. Fortune Boko (3m Conway Hall-Bahama Boko-Daguet Rapide) also won on the program scoring in a close verdict timed in 1.12.1kr for Bjorn Goop ahead of Pythagoras Face driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Robin Roof was third for Ulf Ohlsson. The winning colt scored career victory two with this, his first 2015 win in six starts, earning 100,000SEK in this 2140 meter autostart test. Jerry Riordan trainee Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) won the Queen L Trot (100,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) for driver Christoffer Eriksson timed in 1.12.8kr. Lisa Riordan owns the winner that now sports 11 wins in 36 lifetime starts. US-bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) and Coco De Vie (4f Chocolatier-Bliss-Angus Hall) finished two-three, both trained by Stefan Melander and owned by his Stall TZ. Radysin’s dam has produced International mare Lisa America 1:52.4 ($1,646,155), Guida America 1:55.3 ($186,873), Italy America 1:57.5 ($60,551) and today’s winner Radysin America 1:55.1 ($115,960). Quite a family! Finally the Lime Abbeys Trot (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Tunika (3f Zola Boko-Verona du Ling-Super Arnie) driven by Bjorn Goop, trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owner Stall Tumble Boys-Easy, timed in 1.12.5kr. The open-lengths winner defeated In Toto Sund (Ulf Ohlsson up) and Crème De La Crème (driven by Anders Svanstedt). Thomas H. Hicks  

Geir Vegard Gundersen piloted his trainee Support Justice (6m Kadabra-Artisane-Lucky Lane) to a 1.11.6kr victory, in a two-horse race-off, in the Aby Stora Pris (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 1640 meters autostart, each heat with 400,000SEK to the winners and the final worth 1.2SEK million first prize). First heat winner Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Daniel Reden was second after setting the pace. Reden, from post one, took the race-off lead and held it to top of the stretch with Support Justice alongside for much of the 1640 meters autostart. Support Justice then took over and drew clear for a three-length score. The winner now has a slate of 26-3-2 in 38 career starts, for earnings of 7,634,613SEK. He earned 1.6SEK million for the race-off and heat two victories. Vasterbo Highflyer won heat one in a fast 1.09.4kr defeating Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) with Lutfi Kolgjini up and BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) was third for Peter Untersteiner. Rue du Bac and Nahar finished next in line. Heat two went to 1.10.2kr winner Support Justice over BBS Sugarlight and Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) with Jennifer Tillman driving. Repay Merci was fourth in this heat as Rue du Bac and Nahar were disqualified for going off-stride. Also on the Aby card was the Gr. II International UET Masters Series Lyon Grand Pris Summer Meeting (500,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters autostart). Mellby Viking (7m Viking Kronos-Naomi de Lou-Extreme Dream) rallied late for a convincing victory driven by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos. The winner has an 18-4-0 slate in 32 starts now for 2,955,080SEK earned. Alfas du Vinci (7g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) was second for Joakim Lovgren with third to veteran Traveling Man (10m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) with Ulf Ohlsson aboard for trainer Daniel Reden. Time was 1.13.4kr over the stayer distance. Candor Hall and On Track Piraten, the pacesetter, finished fourth and fifth. Aby Grand Pris promo video follows. Despite rains a fine audience was on-hand for today’s superb racing program. The last ten years has seen many of the trotting sport’s leaders win the Aby Stora Pris. Year Winner Driver Trainer Second Third 2015 Support Justice Geir Vegard Gundersen Geir Vegard Gundersen Västerbo Highflyer   2014 Commander Crowe Örjan Kihlström Fabrice Souloy Quid Pro Quo Juliano Rags 2013 Sebastian K. Jorma Kontio Åke Svanstedt Save The Quick Commander Crowe 2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Commander Crowe Oracle 2011 Rapide Lebel Eric Raffin Sebastien Gurato     2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan Torvald Palema Beanie M.M. 2009 Torvald Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Commander Crowe Garland Kronos 2008 Garland Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini Lutfi Kolgjini     2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson Fredrik B. Larsson Oiseau De Feux   2006 Red Chili Pirat Örjan Kihlström Patrik Södervall Passionate Kemp Adams Hall 2005 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt Steinlager   Thomas H. Hicks  

August 15, 2015 - Today’s top trotting event in Italy was the Gr. I Gran Premio Citta’ di Montecatini (€103,400 purse for final; two eliminations with purse €14,300 each, 1640 meters autostart) and the impressive elimination two and final winner was pacesetter Orsia (7f Angus Hall-Tigre OM) driven by Antonio Di Nardo. The winner was clocked in 1.13.2kr (1:57.78) in her elim victory over Olona OK (7f Varenne-Erreuno OK) in a sharp 1.11.9kr (1:55.69 mile rate) in the final as she pulled away for a two-length win over Napoleon Bar (8m Varenne-Dalmazia) and reinsman Enrico Bellei. Third in the final was Papandreu (6m Abano As-Capucine) and teamster Roberto Vecchione. Napoleon Bar won the first elim timed in 1.12.1kr (1:56.01) defeating Nephena Lux (8f Pine Chip-Miss Camelia OM) driven by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Orsia now shows career earnings in excess of €600,000. At Aby, on the Aby Stora Pris card, the Euro Classic Trot Next Year (75,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to three-length winner Mister J.P. (3m Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide) trained and reined by Bjorn Goop for Ecurie Jean-Pierre Barjon and Joel Seche. Mister J.P. remained undefeated in seven career outings, now for 1,975,000SEK earned. He scored in 1.14.7kr (mile rate 2:00.19) in his first 2015 start over Rhapsody As (3g Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) driven by Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Roger Walmann. Sogno di Volare (3m Taurus Dream-Moustache-Daguet Rapide) was third for Stefan Soderkvist. The second and third place finishers were US-registered and the top three were sired by Dubois stallions. The winners’ owner, J-P Barjon, enjoyed a North American winner on August 10 at Mohawk when his Pennies From Heaven (2f Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) scored in 2:01.1s, last quarter :28, in the Pure Ivory Series for trainer/driver R. Dustin Jones. On August 14 at Bollnas the US import Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ispara LB-Lemon Dra) won for Stall Zet and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom timed in 1.08.6kr (mile rate 1:50.38), She scored easily over Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) driven by Robert Bergh and Alvena Pele (9m Dream Vacation-Oli Roy-Probe) handled by Per Lennartsson. EL Rocket (5m Credit Winner-Courtney Hall-Garland Lobell) was fourth driven by Kenneth Haugstad. Delicious was developed in the US by Ron Gurfein and now has three wins in her last four starts when driven by Kihlstrom. She has recorded 16 career wins in 41 starts for earnings of 3,916,572SEK. Thomas H. Hicks  

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