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August 16, 2017 - The Wenngarn SWE Sale, mostly harness racing yearlings, was held August 14-15 at historic Wenngarn, north of Stockholm. Two sessions of yearlings were presented, along with a few mixed horses and stallion shares, the most expensive being a Muscle Hill share that Ecurie de Lempeur acquired for US$184,000 from seller John Bootsman. The mixed session also included shares of Southwind Frank, Creatine and Father Patrick along with a weanling colt foaled 1/23/17 named Body Builder by the currently racing and winning Readly Express, in fact a Gr. I winner August 16th at Solvalla. The top five selling yearlings are listed below: Hip/Horse/Sex/Sire and Dam/Price 94-Champ Lane (colt, Bold Eagle-Citron-Varenne-Dame Edith Hanover), US$173,363, Timo Nurmos 59-High Roller Sox (colt, Ready Cash-Dicey Spicey-Broadway Hall), US$147,950, Peter Untersteiner 97-Gaylord AM (colt, Muscle Hill-Deese d’Inverne-Korean). US$136,259 2 – Someone Special AS (filly, Trixton-Fortunes Dream-CantalbHall), US$135,631 15-Eaglemaniac Sox (colt, Bold Eagle-Jolie Reve-Lindy Lane), US$117,139 Catalog pages of these and others may be found here For full results of the sale click here ABOUT WENNGARN The oldest kept letter in Sweden dates from 1164 and tells about the area around Wenngarn, through the centuries, the Vasa dynasty, statesmen, knights and councilors have lived and ruled in Wenngarn. Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie's magical castles and picturesque baroque park are some of the gems of a place where a community once was built during the 1900s, becoming Sweden's first institution to treat alcohol addiction. Wenngarn is today a vibrant village community adapted to human needs and conditions. A magical place with 1000-year-old history. Following the sale was racing the next evening at Solvalla. The August 16 program was a good one led by the Gr. I Prix Maharajah European Championship (purse €163,840, 2140 meters. 12 starters) and 40/1 I Love Paris (7g Steinlager-Maria Dulcinia) was victorious for catch-driver Johnny Takter, taking over for trainer Bjorn Goop who is in Canada competing in the World’s Drivers Championship. G. Sem Morten owns I Love Paris. This winner was clocked in 1.11.09kr. The 3/2 favorite Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was second driven by Kim Eriksson for trainer Sofia Aronsson and owner Franck Leblanc. 339/1 Mountain Clever (7f The Bosses Lindy-U Go Hornline) was home third. The Gr. I  Jubliesumspokalen  (purse €179,200, 2140 meters, 12 starters) at Solvala produced an exciting finish won by 1/5 favorite Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Drean) reined by Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos and BRO Bygonads AB. A game second after a first over lengthy try was 8.2/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) driven by Christoher Eriksson for owner Pasquale Ciccarelli and conditioner Jerry Riordan. 31/1 Workout Wonder (5m Conway Hall-Dear Abs) took the third spot ahead of Cruzado dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive), Tango Negro (5m Infinitif and also a Riordan trainee) and Tjacko Jaz (5g Crazed). Race time by the winner was 1.09.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks

August 19, 2017 - Romme, Borlänge, Sweden hosted the V75 Gold and two E3 Gr. I International Finals on Saturday. The V75 Gold with 150,000SEK to the winner went to 18/1 Order To Fly (7g Order by Fax-Too Fat To Fly-Flying Irishman) with trainer Per Lennartson aboard. Charrua Forlan was second for trainer/driver Hans Owe Sundberg and third was Beppe Am with Kenneth Haugstad driving for Roger Walmann. Race time was 1.12.6kr. The three year-old fillies contested the E3 Final (Gr. I International, purse to winner 925,000SEK, 1640 meters autostart, 11 filly starters) with victory earned by 6.3/1 Calamara’s Girl (3f Raja Mirchi-Calamara Donna-Pine Chip) timed in 1.11.4kr for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. This one rallied past White Lightning (3f Maharajah-Mountain Dew-Fast Photo) with Jorgen Westholm aboard. Bellatrix Zet (3f Hard Livin-Kentucky Kery-Diesel Don) took the third check for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team. The companion E3 Final for the colts (Gr. I International, 925,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) went to 33.4/1 odds and 1.11.8kr timed Capitol Hill (3g Muscle Hill-Dreamalittledream-Kadabra), also a Svante Bath trainee and piloted by Ulf Ohlsson. Stall Concho HB and AB Corpus Christi share ownership. 15/1 Twist of Fate (3m SJs Caviar-Daniela Ara-Kadabra) was next for trainer/driver Pekka Korpi. Third was 5/1 Van Kronos (3f Timoko-Mythical Kronos-Yankee Glide) for the Adielsson/Bath combination. Thomas H. Hicks

The European harness racing featured event on August 12th was the Aby Stora Prix with two heats (post positions reversed) contested each over 1640 meters autostart. Each heat carried a 400,000SEK purse with the final purse being 1,200,000SEK. Midnight Hour (6g Diesel Don-Quanne Kemp-Express Ride) took the two-horse raceoff in well-rated fashion timed in 1.16.9kr. Iikka Normonen drove the winner for trainer Ossi Nurmonen as that team bested Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) driven by trainer Robert Bergh. Muscle Hustle won the second heat timed in 1.11kr over Turno d’Azzurra (5m Love You) and third finishing Volstead. Midnight Hour won the first heat timed in 1.10.7kr over Turno d’Azzurra and BBS Sugarlight.  Aby Stora Prix organizers are reported to be considering a change to one heat over an extended distance in the future, in an effort to attract some of the better campaigners from France. Other winners of note on the August 12 Aby card included Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kill-Ata Star L) for Robert Bergh timed in 1.12.5kr in an event worth 200,000SEK to the winner. Later the Lyon Grand Prix for 500,000SEK for first place went to 12/1 Spitcam Jubb (6g Campbell Hall) timed in 1.14.6kr over 2140 meters and driven by Peter Ingves. Carla de Felliere (5f Quido du Goutier-Toccata du Bouffey) took Cabourg’s August 11 Quinte+ Prix Bruno Coquatrix (purse €45,000, 2750 meters, 14 starters) timed in 1.14kr for driver Anthony Barrier. J.P. Marmion  owns and trains this mare that was off at 10.5/1. 3.6/1 Bolt (6m Prince Gede-Souvola) secured second for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Christophe Gallier, ahead of 3/1 Comte du Vivier (5g Prince Gede-Jonque du Vivier) driven by Dominik Locqueneux. At Cagnes-sur-Mer was the Prix des Blevets (purse €46,000, 2925 meters, 13 European starters). Baby Lou Max (6g Gazouillis-Kamatie) scored timed in 1.13.8kr for Nicolas Mortagne. Zonguldak (8g Love You-Heartenings Crown) was second for Christophe Martens. That day at Enghien was the Prix de l’Odeon (purse €43,000, 2875 meters) and Erable du Vivier (3g Pine Chip Wood-Tendre du Vivier) was victorious for Clement Duvaldestin timed in 1.19.7kr. History of Aby Stora Prix since 1976 Year Winner HER Country Time Father Driver Second Third 2016 A Guy of Héripré M. 8  la France 1'11 " Orlando Vici Björn Goop Propulsion   2015 Support Justice M.6  Norway 1'11 "6 Kadabra Geir-Vegard Gundersen Västerbo Highflyer   2014 Order Crowe H.11  Sweden 1'12 "1 Juliano Star Örjan Kihlström Quid Pro Quo   2013 Sebastian K. M.7  Sweden 1'11 "5 Korean Jorma Kontio Save the Quick   2012 Sebastian K. M.6  Sweden   Korean Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2011 Fast Lebel H.6  la France   Ginger Somolli Eric Raffin (No finals)   2010 Lisa America F.5  Italy   Varenne Torbjörn Jansson (No finals)   2009 Torvald Palema M. 8  Sweden   Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt (No finals)   2008 Garland Cronos H.5  Italy 1'13 "1 Viking Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini The Admiral Mauzun   2007 Giant Superman H.8  Sweden 1'13 "5 Giant Force Fredrik B Larsson Bird of Fire   2006 Red Chili Pirat M.7  Sweden   Giant Chill Örjan Kihlström (No finals)   2005 Gidde Palema M.10  Sweden 1'13 "3 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Steinlager   2004 Steinlager M.6  Norway 1'13 "5 Good As Gold Per Oleg Midtfjeld Infant of Bossis Giant Superman 2003 Gidde Palema M. 8  Sweden 1'12 "1 Alf Palema Åke Svanstedt Couch Doctor Scarlet Knight 2002 Victory Tilly cH7  Sweden 1'13 "5 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legendary Lover K. Royal Tin 2001 Royal Tin H.9  Sweden 1'13 "1 Ulf of Ombrée Jorma Kontio Com Hector Victory Tilly 2000 Victory Tilly H.5  Sweden 1'13 "3 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Frisky Frazer Gidde Palema 1999 General of Pommeau M.5  la France 1'14 "4 Sébrazac Jules Lepennetier Edu's Speedy Rite On Line 1998 Rite On Line M.7  Norway 1'14 "3 Supergill Atle Hamre Ezira Josselyn Zoogin 1997 Gentle Star M.5  Norway 1'15 " Speedy Tomali Gunleif Tollefsen Rite On Line Zoogin 1996 Zoogin M.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt His Majesty Abo Volo 1995 Zoogin M.6  Sweden 1'13 "6 Zoot Suit Åke Svanstedt copiad His Majesty 1994 Houston Laukko M.6  Finland 1'13 "8 Choctaw Brave Jorma Kontio copiad Sea Cove 1993 Queen L F.7  Sweden 1'13 "2 Crowntron Stig H Johansson Sea Cove Nordin Hanover 1992 Sea Cove M.6  Canada 1'14 "5 Bonefish Jos Verbeeck Kosar Somollison 1991 Prince Mystic M.5  United States 1'14 " Mystic Park Atle Hamre Peace Corps Nordin Hanover 1990 Dream of Udon M.7  la France 1'14 " Éjakval Yves Dreux Jet Ribb Red Rhone 1989 Quellou cH7  la France 1'14 "9 Bellouet Pierre Levesque Napoletano Lord Quick 1988 ourasi M. 8  la France 1'14 "5 Greyhound Jean-René Gougeon Sugarcane Hanover Napoletano 1987 Jet Ribb H.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Count's Pride Hans G. Eriksson Big Spender Grades Singing 1986 Utah Bulwark F.7  Sweden 1'14 "3 Utah IX Stig Johansson Grades Singing Hallon Brunn 1985 Minou of the Dungeon M.7  la France 1'15 "4 Quioco Olle Goop Ellizar H. Noble Asset 1984 The Onion M.5  Sweden 1'14 "8 Quick Pay Stig Johansson Legolas Shane T. Hanover 1983 Legolas H.5  Sweden 1'14 "6 Glasgow Thomas Nilsson Snack Bar Ideal of the Gazeau 1982 Ideal of the Gazeau M. 8  la France 1'15 "6 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Nino Blazing Keystone Patriot nineteen eighty one Ideal of the Gazeau M.7  la France 1'18 "4 Alexis III Eugene Lefèvre Mustard Dartster F 1980 Express Gaxe M.6  Sweden 1'15 " Express Rodney Gunnar Axelryd Lionel Minbar Ianthin 1979 Hadol of the Vivier M.6  la France 1'15 "5 Mitsouko Jean-René Gougeon Little Evander Tarok 1978 Charm Asserdal F.5  Sweden 1'16 "9 Train Bloc Heikki Korpi Express Gaxe Little Evander 1977 Micko Tilly M.7  Sweden 1'16 "3 Frances Nibs Olle Lindqvist Opal H Duke Iran 1976 Dines P F.6  la France 1'18 "9 Seddouk Michel Feuillet Arbont Clissa Thomas H. Hicks

July 29, 2017 - Harness racing driver Johnny Takter teamed the Stefan Melander trained Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide) to victory in Saturday’s Hagmyren V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in a sharp 1.10kr. Volstead now has 19 wins in 53 outings for 4,687,824SEK earned in his racing career. Magic Tonight (8m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom ahead of Francais du Gull (10m Jag de Bellouet-Tantiem Gull-Lindy Lane) and driver Torbjorn Jansson. The USA winner was bred by Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY. The undercard included a victory in the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) by Zenit Brick (6g Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) timed in 1.11.9 for Mika Forss and trainer Timo Nurmos. Serious Try (6g Crazed-Miss Volo-Yankee Glide) was second for Henrik Svensson, also the trainer. Thomas H. Hicks

July 25, 2017 - Harness racing driver Orjan Kihlstrom piloted Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) to a quick decisive victory in tonight’s Hugo Abergs Memorial (1SEK million to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) clocked in 1.08.1kr (mile rate 1:49.57). Propulsion, trained by Daniel Reden for Stall Zet, left from post one and found a position second over as Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) set a fast pace for Christoffer Eriksson after causing a recall and being fired up. He traveled the initial 500 meters in 1.06.7kr. This Jerry Riordan trainee held gamely for third as stablemate Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) emerged from the peg pocket to close rapidly for second driven by Wim Paal. Propulsion successfully defended his Abergs victory a year ago and set a new mile autostart record in Sweden as he was the favorite off at 1.8/1. Shadow Gar and Carabinieri finished fourth and fifth. Propulsion The undercard was a good one this day in the rain, over a sloppy track and with 10,673 folks in attendance. The Premio Going Kronos (550,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 2.8/1 Executive Caviar (3m SJs Caviar-Le Belle Lady-Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. This 1.12.1kr timed winner bested Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) reined by Johnny Takter. The Malmo Mares Prize (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart, 13 starters) went to 1.13.9kr timed and 20 meter handicapped Rapide du Pommereau (9m General du Pommerau-My Heaven-Viking Kronos) handled by trainer Thomas Uhrberg at 60/1 odds. Heartbreaker VS (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive-Nevele Pride) and El Mago Pellini (8m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) were second and third. The Jagersro Center Mares (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) went to 2.1/1 Wild Honey (5f Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy-SJs Photo) timed in 1.11.3kr, defeating Speedy Foxy Vicane and Indoor Voices. Four year-olds contested the Prix Cagnes sur Mer (200,000SEL to winner, 1609 meters autostart) and the 4.3/1 odds, 1.10.7kr timed, winner was Unicorno SLM (4m Love You-CL Brighness-King Conch) for trainer/driver Wim Paal and Italian owner Ceccaroni Graziano. Two year-olds contested the Tvaaringspremiaren 2017 (80,000SEK to winner, 1609 meters autostart, seven starters) with that victory earned by Smokin Joe (2m Lavec Kronos-Knowledge Face-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The Donato Hanover colt Andre Agassi was second. Another 80,000SEK first prize contest on the program went to 4.9/1 Trot Kronos (5m Muscle Hill-Melodynot-Coktail Jet) for driver Jorgen Sjunnesson. Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - On Thursday at Halmstad (SWE) was the classic Sprintermaster for harness racing four year-olds, with three eliminations each for 125,000SEK to those winners, and a final with 977,000SEK to that winner. Each heat was raced over 1609 meters autostart.  The final went to 1.10kr timed and 2.9/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) that scored for Christoffer Eriksson driving for Robert Bergh, trainer for Forspro HB. The Bergh trained and teamed Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) was second ahead of Electric Light (4m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and his trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Makethemark was sixth in the final after winning an elim and Paul The Apostle was fifth after a second place finish in elimination two. The elims began with 1.5/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) taking the first timed in 1.10.4kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Racing Mange (4m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. The second elimination went to 2.2/1 Rajesh Face (4m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) for driver/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB. Paul The Apostle (4g Pastor Stephen-Blue Drop Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) was second here for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden in the 1.10.9kr timed event. Elimination three went to 3.1/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) timed in 1.10.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson driving for Petri Salmela. Electric Light was second for Peter Untersteiner and Muscle Hustle was third. Earlier in the program was the Elite Sprinter for amateur reinsman, over 1640 meters autostart for 50,000SEK to the winner. The 2.7/1 winner, timed in 1.11.3kr, was Niagara Broline (7g Pine Chip-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) driven by Peter Arnqvist for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

June 24, 2017 - On Track Piraten (9g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) took today’s MidSummer worth 100,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart contest for upper class harness racing veterans. Johnny Takter was the pilot for trainer Hans R. Stromberg of this 2.8/1 second choice that was timed in 1.12.5kr over an off track. Piraten won for the 37th time in 109 starts now for 14,600,710SEK earned. He scored by two lengths over 8/1 Order To Fly (7m Order By Fax-Too Fat To Fly-Flying Irishman) reined by his trainer Per Lennartsson. Another length back in third was Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) that raced with shoes for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer/owner Stefan Melander. This champion now has a career slate of 40-13-4 in 59 outings for 28,373,230SEK earned. His last six starts have been 1-1-2 and generally off previous form. The Rattvik card also featured Breeders Crown events. The four year-old males event for 70,000SEK to the winner (distance 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.12.3kr timed and 2/1 favorite Policy Of Truth (4g Explosive Matter-Champagne-Supergill) driven by Ulf Ohlsson. Easy KB owns this Reijo Liljendahl trainee. 14/1 Dominion Beach (4m Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) was second for Per Lennartsson and trainer Stefan Melander. Stall Courant AB owns this one that Ernst Gerbaulet bred. Third was 6/1 Dartagnan Sisu (4m Ready Cash-Armbro Carroll-Malabar Man) with Ulf Eriksson up for Mattias Djuse, the trainer. The Breeders Crown for four year-old females (70,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to 5/1 Darling Mearas(4f Cantab Hall-Khao Maree-Muscles Yankee) for driver/trainer Stefan Persson and Snogarps Gard YB. Timed in 1.13.3kr this one bested Dream Lane and Inja In Heaven, The three year-old filly Breeders Crown (same purse and distance) went to 3/1 Helloise Boko (3f The Best Madrik-Elida Boko-Chocolatier-Goddess of Chaos) with Ulf Eriksson handling the lines for owner/trainer Mattias Djuse. Electrical and Maharani de Baroda were next to the wire. The three year-old colt Breeders Crown went to 13/1 Wreckless M.M. (3m Raja Mirchi-Phoebe MM-Super Arnie) timed in 1.14.2kr. Bjorn Goop was the winning driver for trainer Morten Waage and owner Magdalena Johansson. Hazard Boko and Iola de Puras were second and third. Thomas H. Hicks

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 www.playmeadowlands.com. 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: https://www.atgplay.se/lopp/20170429-aby-v75?id=7 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  

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