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June 10, 2017 - 7.9/1 Vasterbo Highflyer (9g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) took Saturday’s Gr. II UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris (700,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) clocked in 1.10.1kr and reined by Per Linderoth. Daniel Reden trains the winner for Stall Zet, as he recorded career victory 23 in 74 starts for 5,002,650SEK earned. 5.8/1 Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) was second for Christoffer Eriksson and trainer Dan Widegren, Third went to 7/1 On Track Piraten (9g Kool de Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) for Johnny Taker and trainer Hans R. Stromberg. Oasis Bi and Shadow Woodland were the next two to the line.  Sunday the top flight action is at Bjerke with the feature being the Gr. I UET Masters Series VG Oslo Grand Prix worth 1.5 million NOK to the winner of the 2100 meter autostart event. The good lineup is shown below:   PP/Horse/Driver     1 1Volstead Örjan Kihlström     2 2Lionel N.O. Gøran Antonsen     3 3B.B.S. Sugarlight Peter Untersteiner     4 4Dante Boko Adrian Kolgjini     5 5Your Highness Björn Goop     6 6Cruzado Dela Noche Per Linderoth     7 7Twister Bi Christoffer Eriksson     8 8Aubrion du Gers Joseph Verbeeck     9 9D.D.'s Hitman Ulf Ohlsson     10 10Takethem Steen Juul       Thomas H. Hicks  

June 3, 2017 - Saturday the V75 harness racing action was at Mantorp, Sweden, headed by the Ina Scots (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). Victory was secured by 29/1 Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Bergh co-owns this one with Ecurie des Charmes. Brittany Farms bred the 1.12.3kr timed winner. 3.3/1 Policy Of Truth (4g Explosive Matter-Champagne-Supergill) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl, with the third spot going to 15/1 Baron Gift (4m Gift Kronos-Countesse Photo-Fast Photo) for trainer/driver Rikard Svanstedt. Also at Mantorp was the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart), taken by 1.12.3kr timed and 1.9/1 favorite Carabinieri (6m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) with trainer Peter Untersteiner aboard. 9/1 Alfas da Vinci (9g Orlando Vici-Hilary Clinton-And Arifant) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren, and third was 7/1 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. Billy Flynn, a US import, finished fourth. Thomas H. Hicks

May 23, 2017 - Superb harness racing, festivities and partying await those attending the 2017 Elitloppet at Solvalla Racecourse. 16 Elite Race entrants include some of world’s best – Bold Eagle, Timoko, Resolve, Up and Quick among them. Of interest to me is the breadth of pedigree and variance in earnings. However, anything can happen in a horse race and even recent form can be reversed, up or down. Bold Eagle has been lightly raced since the Vincennes Winter Meet and has been standing stud, Nuncio has seemingly been off form in his last three starts. Resolve has raced once and qualified once off a long layoff. Delicious has been undefeated over two years, albeit racing few times against generally less than top competition. Timoko has be grinding on in his ten year old campaign, racing consistently but perhaps not in his past peak form. It’s anybody’s guess – make your wagers and enjoy. Elimination 1 Horse – Driver – (Trainer) – Country – Pedigree – Career Earnings in SEK (conversion to USD .115) 1. Spring Erom – Christoffer Eriksson (Dan Widegren) – SWE Gentle Star - Springflickan - Prince Mystic; 7,583,341 2. D.D.’s Hitman – Ulf Ohlsson (Petri Puro) – FI -Donato Hanover - Deedee's Destiny - Muscles Yankee; 2,724,569 3. Delicious U.S. – Örjan Kihlström (Daniel Redén) – SWE - Cantab Hall - Ipsara LB - Lemon Dra; 6,481,572 4. Tjacko Zaz – John Campbell (Timo Nurmos) – SWE - Crazed - Kinoras Zaz - Angus Hall; 970,381 5. Bold Eagle – Franck Nivard (Sébastien Guarato) – FR - Ready Cash - Reethi Rah Jet – Love You; 31,194,709 6. Cruzado Dela Noche – Björn Goop (Stefan Melander) – SWE - Muscle Massive - Alidade - Credit Winner; 4,900,971 7. Takethem – Steen Juul (Steen Juul) – DE - From Above - D'Cherie - New Quick; 2,430,668 8. Resolve – Åke Svanstedt (Åke Svanstedt) – USA - Muscle Hill - Anikawiesahalee - Credit Winner; 20,837,506 Elimination 2 Horse – Driver – (Trainer) – Country 1. Up and Quick – Franck Nivard (Franck Leblanc) – FR - Buvetier d'Aunou - Fichtre - Quiton du Coral; 19,425,650 2. Twister Bi – Christoffer Eriksson (Jerry Riordan) – IT - Varenne - Lorraine Bi - Lemon Dra; 2,872,055 3. Propulsion – Johan Untersteiner (Daniel Redén) – SWE - Muscle Hill - Danae - Andover Hall; 7,282,195 4. Nuncio – Örjan Kihlström (Stefan Melander) – SWE - Andover Hall - Nicole Isabelle - Lindy Lane; 27,948,230 5. In Vain Sund – Erik Adielsson (Daniel Redén) – SWE - Revenue - Staro Yasmine – Supergill; 3,243,197 6. Timoko – Björn Goop (Richard Westerink) – FR - Imoko - Kiss Me Coulonces - And Arifant; 44,173,058 7. Dante Boko – Adrian Kolgjini (Lutfi Kolgjini) – SWE - Going Kronos - Margherita Rose - Abo Volo; 5,672,776 8. Elian Web – Janne Soronen (Katja Melkko) – FI - Like A Prayer - EL Dolly - Conway Hall; 3,551,213   Saturday’s Sweden Cup, often referred to as the junior Elitloppet, presents three eliminations each worth 100,000SEK to the winner and a final for 600,000SEK first prize. Notables in this group include BBS Sugarlight, Charrua Forlan, Vasterbo Highflyer (two straight wins in fast-class company), Harry Haythrow, Cool Keeper, Ringostarr Treb, Volstead, Thai Broadway and Buzz Mearas. The excellent Saturday program also includes the Lady Snarts for mares worth 200,000SEK first money. Patricia Hastrup, Wild Honey, Treasure Kronos and Shadow Gar face the starter in this 1640 meter autostart event. The Solvalla racing weekend also features the Gr. II International UET Masters Harper Hanovers, worth 500,000SEK to the winner, and raced over 3140 meters voltstart. The top entrants, all handicapped 40 meters, are Sauveur, Rod Stewart (Jerry Riordan trainee and racing well of late) and El Mago Pellini. Legendary trainer Anders Lindqvist starts Butler (by Ready Cash) with a 20 meter penalty. To make the weekend more enjoyable is the appearance of legendary reinsman John Campbell, down on seven mounts Elitloppet day including the Elite Race. Participants Elitloppet 2017 Thomas H. Hicks

May 20, 2017 - US harness racing export Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) captured the HKH Prins Daniels (400,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) in a rousing finish for driver Tommi Kylliainen, trainer Jarno Kauhanen and owner Workout Club-Finland. The Wonder was timed in 1.10kr and recorded his eighth career win in 37 starts for 2,779,556SEK earned. Off at 12/1 the happy winner(s) bested Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJ’s Photo) at 4/1 and 43/1 Rod Stewart (7m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane), the latter trained by Jerry Riordan. The winning Workout Wonder last raced in the USA in April 2016 when then trained by Noel Daley. He’ll likely have earned an Elitloppet start. Workout Wonder The confirmed Elite starters per Elitloppet 2017 website are: Bold Eagle, Timoko, Propulsion, Up and Quick, Resolve, DD’s Hitman, Dante Boko, Elian Web, Spring Erom, Cruzado Dela Noche  Takethem. Thomas H. Hicks

May 13, 2017 - Today at Aby SWE were two exceptional Gr. I events. The King Gustaf Cup (976,880SEK, 2140 meters autostart, harness racing four year old males) produced one exciting finish as Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) exploded in the lane from heavy traffic, found the passing lane, and won timed in 1.12.6kr for Christoffer Eriksson. Robert Bergh trains the winner for Forspro AB. Deimos Racing (4g Quite Easy-Athena Haleryd-Pine Chip) raced bravely for Erik Adielsson and Svante Bath, but could not hold off the exploding finish of Diamanten. Third was Monark Newmen (4m Orlando Vici-Lady Value-Ald Palema) for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson. The astounding kick by Diamanten was “for the ages”. The filly division Queen Silvias Cup, same purse and distance, went to 2/1 Cash Crowe (4f Ready Cash-Giant Crowe-Gigant Neo) teamed by Johnny Taker for breeder/owner/trainer Petri Puro. This 1.12.7kr timed winner now is four of five in 2017 and six wins in seven career outings. 15/1 Inga In Heaven (4f Orlando Vici-Vasterbofromheaven-Red Xing) was home second and third was 80.1 Utrecht Rapid (4f Varenne-Eggental-Diamond Way) with Stefan Soderkvist at the lines. On the undercard was the V75 Gold, raced over 1609 meters autostart with 150,000SEK to the winner. Veteran Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) scored in 1.10.4kr for Bjorn Goop. Dan Wildegren trains the property of Stall Sten Nilsson, now with 32 career wins in 99 starts for 7,733,341SEK earned. Spring Erom was off at 3.6/1 and he defeated 7/1 Quick Fix (8g From Above-Glued-Sugarcane Hanover) and Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. 69/1 Billy Flynn (5m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec) was third for Erik Adielsson, trainer Par Hedberg and owners Bender Sweden and Roy Holth. Billy Flynn is an import from the USA where he was trained there by Staffan Lind. Canari Match and Edward Ale were fourth and fifth. Well regarded On Track Piraten was seventh and Kadett CD was a miscue dq. Spring Erom received an Elitloppet bid from this event. In the early card was the Euro Classic Next Year (75,000SEK first place, 2140 meters autostart) and 3/2 favorite Vainqueur RP (3m Infinitif-Global Affair-Broadway Hall) scored in 1.14.8kr for Bjorn Goop and trainer Frode Hamre. Van Kronos (3m Timoko-Mythical Kronos-Yankee Glide) was second for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath, ahead of Cantotis (3m Cantab Hall-Miss Otis Regrets-Muscles Yankee) reined by Johnny Takter for trainer Frode Hamre. Thomas H. Hicks

May 8, 2017 - Wednesday harness racing at Solvalla includes the Beijer-Meadow Road raced over 1640 meters autostart. The six horse field includes Nuncio, from a somewhat customary post one, as he seeks to regain form and prep for another Elitloppet try. The field is shown below: Nuncio, Orjan Kihlstrom Djali Boko, Christoffer Eriksson Vasterbo Highflyer, Johan Untersteiner Sliding Home, Jennifer Tilman French Laundry, Erik Adielsson Charrua Forlan, Hans Owe Sundberg Nuncio has been beaten in his last two outings after 15 consecutive wins. Today in FR was the Prix du PMU Manche Ocean at Vannes (purse €32,000, 3200 meters, 18 starters) with victory to 1.7/1 Authorized (7g Kaisy Dream-Joconde). Pierre Levesque drove the winner that he also owns and son Thomas was breeder and is the trainer. 13/1 Verso di Jaar was second and third went to 7.2/1 Viking Dream. At LeMans was the Prix Henri Lelievre (purse €28,000, 2950 meters distance handicap, 18 starters) and 16/1 Very Fast (8g Orlando Vici-Japonaise du Soir) was the 1.15.9kr timed winner for trainer/driver J.F. Seney. 3/1 Vaillant Zailer (8g Tresor de la Motte-Karea Luxor) was second for Franck Ouvrie and 15/1 Akir de Mail took third. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 6, 2017 - Whether Sweden Cup or Elitloppet at the end of May Dante Boko (7g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) may get a call off his Saturday decisive harness racing victory in the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). Clocked in a sharp 1.10kr the 4.7/1 second choice was teamed by Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi and Stall Be The Best. 10.7/1 Highspeed Call (9g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema) took second for Anders Eriksson with third to 3.2/1 Food Money (9g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) reined by Ulf Ohlsson. Fractions were likewise quick (1.07 at the first 500 meters and 1.19.6kr at the 1000 mark). The Orebro card also featured the Stayerlopp (400,000SEK first money, 3140 meters voltstart, Gr. II International event). 9/2 Balfour (6g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill-Sancho Panca) scored in 1.13.3kr driven by Kim Eriksson for owner/trainer Robert Bergh. 2/1 Sauveur (7m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) was second for Bjorn Goop, ahead of 16/1 Usain Henna (7m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron-Gidde Palema) reined by Osker Svanberg. The winner now has posted four wins in eight 2017 starts and is an impressive 10 for 24 lifetime. Thomas H. Hicks

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 3, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack today announced an expansion of its relationship with Sweden's national tote provider, ATG. As part of the expanded relationship, Sweden's ATG will offer full-card harness racing wagering through separate pools on Saturday's Meadowlands card headlined by the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for free-for-all trotters. "This is a very positive step towards expanding the Meadowlands wagering brand to a passionate, international fanbase in Sweden," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason Settlemoir. "We are thrilled to work with the ATG and although it will be the middle of the night in Sweden when our races are run, we still expect there to be some high interest in the signal." "We are really pleased to have a partnership with the Meadowlands around the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial," said Lars Nemeth, Head of International Sales at ATG. "For the first time ever our customers can see and bet on races in the middle of the night Swedish Time. This is a perfect day with great racing. We have had a partnership around the Hambletonian for many years thanks to Sam McKee, so for us, this is a way to carry on his legacy." The winner of the Cutler Memorial will be invited to race in the prestigious Elitloppet in Sweden on May 28. Last year's Cutler winner, Resolve, trained and driven by Swede Ake Svanstedt, finished second in the Elitloppet and looks to defend his Cutler crown in this year's event. ATG will continue to take the Hambletonian Day card and there is hope that more live programs from the Meadowlands can be shown in Sweden throughout the season with the ultimate goal being to commingle wagers from Sweden into the North American pools. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

April 29, 2017 - Lionel (NO) swept four wide around the final bend to draw clear for 110.9kr score in today’s Gr I UET Masters Series Olympiatravet (purse €284,672, 2140 meters autostart, ten starters). The seven year-old son of FR sire Look de Star-Aurora Sign-SmokeN Lantern was off at 15/1 and ecorded his 18th win in 51 outings for 11,816,821SEK earned. Owner Goran Antonsen teamed the Daniel Reden trainee. 18/1 Your Highness (8f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady) was a solid second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop, ahead of 45/1 Oasis Bi (9g Toss Out-Up Front JM) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer S.P. Petterson Kadett CD and Nadal Broline completed the top five after favorite Nuncio and Voltiguer de Myrt made misques at the start. On Track Piraten faded after being on the front. Fractions were 1.10.4kr at the first 500; 1.10.2kr at the first 1000 and 1.11.2kr after 1500 meters). Lionel has now beaten Bold Eagle and Nuncio. Replay: On the undercard the Lovely Godivas (Gr. II, for mares over 2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK to the winner, went to 1.5/1 Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJs Photo) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. This mare has 25 wins in 42 starts for 13,200,598SEK earned. Thomas H. Hicks  

April 22, 2017 - 1.8/1 Tobin Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Zarnia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) took Saturday’s Umaker V75 day harness racing featured Berth Johanssons Memorial (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Brixton Medical. Tobin Kronos is two for two in 2017 and 11 for 26 lifetime for 2,531,836SEK earned. 4.6/1 Cruzado dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) earned second money for driver Per Linderoth, trainer Stefan Melander and for owner Courant AB. Third was 3.6/1 In Vain Sund (5m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) reined by Erik Adielsson  for trainer Reden. On the undercard was the V75 Gold Olympiatravet Test#4 (150,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the 1.2/1 favorite Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) scored victorious timed in 1.12.7kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Reden trainee for owner Stall Zet. Propulsion secured his first 2017 win in four starts and now has 20 wins in 41 career starts for 6,842,599SEK earned. 6/1 Fire To The Rain (6g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Third was 43/1 Cool Keeper (7m Broadway Hall-Missys GoGo-Yankee Glide) trained by Leif Witasp and driven this day by Kenth Akerlund. Thomas H. Hicks

April 19, 2017 - 2.7/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) took today’s Solvallaserien III (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) for harness racing driver Ulf Ohlsson, driving for Petri Salmela. Timed in 1.13.1kr the winner was victorious in his first 2017 appearance and is now 14 for 19 lifetime with 1,972,500SEK career earnings. 8/1 Milligan’s School (4m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJ’s Photo) took second for Stefan Melander. Richard and Joyce McClelland bred this one. 52/1 Mindyourvalue WF (4g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) was third for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Robert Bergh. Earlier in the week at Halmstad, the Yngve Larssons Memorial (100,000SEL to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.1/1 Delicious US (8f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.10.4kr for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns the talented mare that was bred by Lindy Farms. Delicious is a three time 2017 winner in as many starts and has a 27-9-7 slate in 52 career starts for 6,446,572SEK earned. 9.4/1 Take Them (7m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) was second for Steen Juul ahead of 8.2/1 BBS Sugarlight (8g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by Vidar Hop. Thomas H. Hicks

April 14, 2017 - 4.8/1 Poet Broline (5m Quite Easy-Candelia-Armbro Goal), on the pegs, held off oncoming 2/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) for harness racing driver/trainer Peter Untersteiner to win the Farjestad featured Prins Carl Philips (purse 250,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart). The winner scored, timed in 1.11.4kr (1.10,3kr at the first 500 and at the first 1000), over a water drenched raceway in his first 2017 appearance and he now shows 10 career wins in 30 starts for 3,693,778SEK earned. Bjorn Goop teamed second finishing Twister Bi for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pasquale Ciccarelli. 7.7/1 Target Kronos (5g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) rallied for third reined by Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. The solid card also included the Folke Halmarssons (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and that event went to 2.1/1 Pasithea Face (5f Muscle Hill-Jovelinotte-Passionnant) for the Adrian (driver) and Lutfi (trainer) Kolgjini team. Timed in 1.13.5kr the Courant AB owned mare is now three for four in 2017 and has 10 wins in 30 career appearances for 2,424,575SEK earned. 11.7/1 Trecciadoro Rex (5f Cantab Hall-Freedream Rex-CR Track Master) took second for Veijo Heiskanen and third was 17/1 Diva Deo(5f Muscles Yankee-Doris Deo-Andover Hall) for Mikael J. Andersson. Well-regarded Treasure Kronos was scratched. The marathon distance Langfredagsstayern (100,000SEK first prize, 3140 meters voltstart and distance handicapped) went to 1.15kr timed and 3.8/1 Alfas da Vinci (9g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. 3.1/1 Candor Hall (9g Adams Hall-Ava Crown-Super Arnie) was second for driver/trainer Bjorn Goop. The top two on the line overcame 60 meter handicaps. 71.6/1 Yankee Frecel (6g Magnetic Power-She’s A Model-Lindys Crown) was third for reinsman Ole Johan Ostre. Thomas H. Hicks    

March 25, 2017 - Saturday’s V75 was at Mantorp, Sweden and the harness racing featured Gold Division, worth 150,000SEWK to the winner, was contested over 2140 meters autostart. The 1.12.5kr timed winner was Shadow Woodland (8g The Bosses Lindy-Unlimited Sea-Credit Winner) reined by Ulf Ohlsson for trainer Reijo Liljendahl for owners Matti and Raija Pasanen. This 2.27/1 favorite defeated veteran Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Dan Widegren. Third was 2.67/1 El Mago Pellini (8m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie) in rein to Adrian Kolgjine. Shadow Woodland scored in his first 2017 outing and now has a 23-8-5 slate in 58 career starts for 2,717,758SEK earned. Friday night action at Romme included the featured  Olle Jonssons (35,000SEWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). Victory was earned by 1.08/1 favorite Delicious US (8f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) racing with shoes, and timed in 1.14.1kr, for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Bred by Lindy Farms, the winner scored in her first 2017 appearance (previous race September 24, 2016) and now has a career slate of 25-9-7 in 50 starts for 6,146,572SEK earned. For the 2015-2017 period she has posted 12 wins in 15 starts. This day, 11.5/1 Kadett CD (10m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and 33/1 Boys Going In (7g Going Kronos-Namuc-Buvetier d’Aunou) was third for trainer/driver Per Linderoth. Thomas H. Hicks

February 18, 2017 - Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) record an easy, and well-rated. front end harness racing victory tonight in the V75 Gold at Axevalla in Sweden. The Orjan Kihlstrom driven and Stefan Melander trained and owned (Stall TZ) champion was timed in 1.15.7kr (fractions: 1.17.3kr at first 500 meters; 1.18.3kr at the first 1000; 1.18.1kr at the 1500) over 2140 meters autostart to earn 150,000SEK first prize. Nuncio last raced September 18, 2016 at Bjerke. Russell C. Williams of Hanover, PA bred Nuncio, the 1.07/1 favorite that bested 30.79/1 Bruno di Quattro (9m Broadway Hall-Ussel-Speedy Soma) with Kenneth Haugstad up and 31.88/1 Art On Line (9g Rite On Line-Fleur-Backstreet Guy) for Johnny Takter. Winmecredit and Spring Erom were fourth and fifth. Nuncio’s career slate now stands at 38-12-2 in 52 starts for 27,723,230SEK earned. He is now 12 for 12 in 2016-17. This night Nuncio was eased to the front, faced a challenge deep in the last bend, and then drew off for a four length score. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) Thomas H. Hicks  

Nuncio was named Horse of the Year in Sweden Friday night (Feb. 10) at the Swedish Galla night in Stockholm. Unbeaten in 11 races last year, the North American bred son of  Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, received 86 percent of the votes. Nuncio has not raced since Sept. 18, but is in training and Stefan Melander expects to bring the now 6-year old trotter back in action in late March. The first big target for Nuncio could be the Olympic Trot to be raced in Gothenburg late April. While Nuncio has been resting another top trotter, Bold Eagle is busy at the racetracks and on Sunday (Feb. 12) Bold Eagle, driven by regular driver Franck Nivard, will race in the Prix de France at Vincennes. The Prix de France is raced over 1-5/16 miles, which is the shortest distance races are carried out at Vincennes. The total purse is $425,000. Bold Eagle won this race last year when he beat Timoko, driven by Bjorn Goop, to second. Timoko will also race tomorrow. Bold Eagle will also take on North American breds Propulsion, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström and Wild Honey, driven by David Thomain. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Senior Internet Correspondent

December 26, 2016 - Today’s Baroness Karsks Mares (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to the Prix d’Amerique qualified Anna Mix (6f Ludo du Castelle-Ines-Tenor de Baune) owned by Franck Leblanc and trained in Sweden by Sofia Aronsson. The superb harness racing stayer, off at 1.15/1 odds, was clocked in 1.13.6kr for driver Erik Adielsson and now has 15 wins in 47 starts for career earnings of 9,822,700SEK. Red Rose America (6f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) was second for trainer Jeanette Hansen and reinsman Bjorn Goop. This one was bred by the late Lou Guida in Italy and developed by Jerry Riordan. Third was Geisha Sund (6f Love You-Kanadia-Canada) with Robert Bergh up for Ecurie Etoile. On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) won the featured Gr. II International Gert Ludbergs for 250,000SEK to the winner. The Johnny Takter teamed winner was timed in 1.12.4kr over 2140 meters autostart as he recorded career victory 31 in 99 starts, now for 13,499,700SEK earned. Off at 1.31/1 the “Pirate” bested Thai Broadway (7m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop, and third finishing Nadal Broline (6g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) with Ulf Ohlsson up. Veteran class-master Nahar (11g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) was fourth for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. The solid Solvalla card also held the Silver Final (220,000SEK to winner of the 2140 meter autostart contest). At 2.08/1 the winner was 1.13.3kr timed Fossens Bonus (6g Juliano Star-Matilda-Zoogin) for trainer/driver Magnus Jakobsson. This winner now has 18 career wins in 36 starts for 1,448,000SEK earned. Beppe Am (5g Enjoy Lavec-Vis di Jesolo-Super Bowl) was second for trainer Roger Walmann and reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. Furious Francis (5g Love You-Twigs Mellow-Lindy’s Crown) and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop finished third. The program also included a victory by Al’s Wintermede (5m Olimede-Memory-Supergill) in the 3140 meter voltstart Stayerlopp worth 200,000SEK to the winner. The Svante Eriksson trainee, he also drove, was clocked in 1.15.3kr to defeat the Orjan Kihlstrom teamed, Daniel Reden conditioned, Fighting Bax (4m Muscle Massive-Bax Machine-Earl). Swimming Pool (5g Revenue) was third for Torbjorn Jansson. The Klass II final over 2140 meters autostart and worth 200,000SEK to the winner, went to 16/1 Test Drive (3m Gigant Neo-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight) timed in 1.14.4kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and owner/trainer Stefan Melander. Thomas H. Hicks

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