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October 12, 2017 - Yesterday’s Quinte+ Prix do Pont des Arts (purse €44,000, 2150 meters autostart, 16 starters) at Enghien went to 1.13kr timed and 30.3/1 Reine du Zack (7f Zinzan Brooke Tur-Giulia Grier). Marco Smorgon trains the property of Scuderia Trotto Italia Sas and the pilot was Edoardo Loccisano. 42.4/1 Quincy Frontline (8g Rotation-Juicy Frontline) was second for Alexandre Abrivard ahead of 9.4/1 Emmett Brown (6g Muscle Hill-Traci Spur) handled by Bernard Piton for trainer Johan Untersteiner. 17/1 Shogun DK and 21/1 Bomina were fourth and fifth respectively. The Q+ exact order payoff exceeded €290,400 for a €2 investment. Enghien’s Prix du Jardin du Luxembourg (monte, purse €58,000. 2875 meters, 14 starters) went to 1.15.5kr timed and 6.3/1 Ut de Dompierre (9g Prince d’Espace-Magie de Dompierre). Mlle Oceane Briand was in the irons of the winner that is owned by trainer Benjamin Goetz. The Prix du Chateau d’Eau (purse €42,000, 2150 meters autostart, 12 starters) on the Wednesday card at Enghien went to 1.15.7kr timed and 1.3/1 odds Electra Bourbon (3f Ready Cash-Uzara Joselyn) with David Thomain the pilot for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie du Haras de Saint Martin. Today at Enghien was the Prix de la Place du Petit Pont (monte, purse €47,000, 2875 meters, 13 European mare starters) and the 11/1 odds winner was the 1.15.2kr timed Calypso Vinoir (5f Jam Pridem-Lambeda Vinoir) ridden by Alexis Prat for owner/trainer Damien Bonne. Second, beaten three lengths, was 9.9/1 Cale des Malberaux (5f Quito Kebir-Jolie Saida) handled by Mathieu Mottier, and third was 3.3/1 Castanella (5f Rombaldi-Ogata de Vandel) reined by Damien Bonne for trainer Sebastien Ernault and Ecurie Charmes. Yesterday at Solvalla SWE was the Breeders Crown for two year olds (175,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart). The 1.16.3kr timed winner here was 2.4/1 Activated (2f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) .Bjorn Goop teamed the filly owned and trained by Fredrik Wallin. 5.3/1 Person Of Interest (2g Explosive Matter-Transgressive-SJs Caviar) was second driven y Ulf Ohlsson. Jim Osccarsson owns and trains this one. 4.3/1 Whataboutyouzaz (2f Maharajah-Flamming Kick-Alf Palema) that Jorma Kontio drove for trainer Timo Nurmos. On that card was also the Solvallaserien VI (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) for four year olds. The winner, off at 4.8/1, was Cyber Lane (4g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Levaux AB owns the winner. 1.7/1 Love Matters (4m Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love-Andover Hall) was second for Orjan Kihlstom/Daniel Reden/Stall et team. 34/1 Valley Brode (4g Ready Cash-Valeris-SJs Caviar) took the third spot for trainer Roger Walmann and teamster Torbjorn Jansson. Thomas H. Hicks

October 4, 2017 - Uza Josselyn (6f Love You-Teza Josselyn) rallied outside at 7.1/1 to win the harness racing Quinte+ Gr. III Grand Prix Anjou Maine (purse €100,000, 3125 meters distance handicap, 17 starters) timed in 1.14.7kr. Alexandre Abrivard piloted the Swedish owned mare (Ecurie Rhythm & Blues) that is trained by Rene Aebischer. 3/2 favorite and 25 meter handicapped Valko Jenilat (8m Kepler-Perle du Roc) was a solid second on the inside for driver Eric Raffin, and trainer Sebastien Guarato. 2/1 second choice and 25 meter penalized Bird Parker was third for J.Ph. Monclin, trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Elisabeth Allaire. 13/1 Apollon de Kacy and 31/1 Bahia Quesnot were the next two to the line. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 3, 2017 - The Trotteur Francais series called Tour European continued last weekend at Son Pardo with the harness racing Grand Prix des Baleares. This event for high class FR bred trottuers went to the classy mare Anna Mix, off as the 1/2 favorite and driven by Franck Nivard. Franck Leblanc owns and trains Anna Mix that now has over €1.15 million earned. Uppercut de Manche and veteran Swedishman were next to the line in this third leg of the five race series Tour European. In October the final two events are set for Mons Ghlin and Gelsenkirchen. Race summary follows. Son Pardo – Grand Prix des Baleares (purse €50,000, 2650 meters, 14 starters) September 30, 2017 1/2 Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires), Franck Nivard up, Franck Leblanc owner/trainer, her 16th win in 59 career starts for €1,157,053 earned 7.1/1 Uppercut de Manche (9g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche), Francois Lecanu driver, Thierry Raffegeau trainer, J.Y. Roze owner 8.3/1 Swedishman (11g Gogo-Volgana), Thierry Duvaldestin trainer/driver. This veteran now with €1,151,676 career earnings Also on the weekend were more significant races for three year-olds at Solvalla. Candu La Marc (by Scarlet Knight) won the Trav Oaks and the Trav Kriterium went to Villiam (by Muscle Hill). Races for aged males and mares also took place. Poochai (by Make It Happen) won the Frances Bulwarks at 44/1 odds and the Giant Diablo for mares went to I Love Paris (by Steinlager) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop. Race summaries follow. Solvalla – Frances Bulwarks (250,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, Gold division) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.11.7kr 44/1 Poochai (7m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride), Erik Adielsson driver, Svante Bath trainer, Roxy Horses KB owner 4.4/1 Volstead (6m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide), Johnny Takter driver, Stefan Melander trainer/owner 1/1 Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsal Egral-Supergill), Wim Paal driver, Jerry Riordan trainer   Solvalla – Trav Oaks (1,400,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, grade I national) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.12.6kr 24.4/1 Candy La Marc (3f Scarlet Knight-Oiseau-Andover Hall), Erik Adielsson up, Lars Marcussen owner/trainer/breeder 1.4/1 Dibaba (3f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos), Orjan Kihlstrom owner, Roger Walman trainer, SRK owner 3.2/1 Run Chica Run (3f Scarlet Knight-Ron Body Run-Super Arnie), Peter Untersteiner trainer/driver   Solvalla – Trav Kriterium (Gr. I national, 2640 meters autostart, purse 2,000,000SEK to winner) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.12kr 2.3/1 Villiam (3m Muscle Hill-Gold Strike-Striking Sahbra), Jorma Kontio driver, Timo Nurmos breeder/trainer/owner – slate 6-1-0 in 7 career starts for 4,155,000SEK earned 2.5/1 Coin Perdu (3m SJs Caviar-Pioul Kronos-Viking Kronos), Orjan Kihlstrom driver, Svante Bath trainer 13.7/1 Husse Boko (3m Chocolatier-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell), Joakim Lovgren trainer/driver   Solvalla – Giant Diablo Mares (purse 200,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) October 1, 2017 Race time 1.11.5kr 1/2 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Maria Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman), trainer/driver Bjorn Goop 10.9/1 Spoil Me (5f Going Kronos-Mystical Ann-Kadabra), Kenneth Haugstad, Roger Walman trainer, SRF owner 4/1 Indoor Voices (6f Yankee Glide-Celebrity Whisper-SJs Caviar), Orjan Kihlstrom driver, Roger Walman trainer Thomas H. Hicks

Villiam, a 3-year-old Swedish colt sired by Muscle Hill, won the Kriterium, raced over the 1-5/8th mile distance at Solvalla, Sunday afternoon (Oct. 1) in a harness racing world record of 1:55.4f (mile rate), driven by Jorma Kontio. The Kriterium is the biggest race in Sweden for 3-year-old trotters and carried a purse for the winner of $244,000. However, in Sweden an owner can choose between a premium of $2,400, when his youngster qualifies, or double the prize money in some future big stakes races such as the Kriterium. The owner, breeder and trainer of Villiam, Timo Nurmos, forfeited the premium and therefore got twice the prize money -- $488,000. Add in a breeder’s premium of 30 percent ($146,000) and Nurmos' total winnings this Sunday was $634,000. Nurmos also owned and trained the dam of Villiam, Gold Strike, she by Striking Sahbra. Gold Strike took a mark of 1:54f and earned $236,000. Villiam, who is named after Nurmos' grandfather, is the first foal out of Gold Strike to hit the track. Villiam has raced seven times and won six races and has one second. The Oaks, with a purse for the winner of $171,000, was won by Candy la Marc, driven by Erik Adielsson. Candy La Marc enjoyed a pocket trip behind the favorite Dibaba, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, and found racing room just 100 yards before the finish line. She won the 1-5/16th mile event in 1:56.3f. Candy la Marc was bred, raised and is trained by Lars Marcussen from Denmark, who took the premium out for Candy la Marc when she was a 2-year-old. Candy la Marc is sired by Scarlet Knight and out of Oiseau, she by Andover Hall. Oiseau was bred by Russell C. Williams and is a full sister to Clerk Magistrate, who has been at stud in Sweden. by Karsten Bønsdorf, USTA Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

September 30, 2017 - Jorma Kontio confidently steered 1/5 favorite Readly Express (5m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) to victory in today’s  Gr. I European Championship for harness racing five year-olds at Solvalla, raced over 2140 meters autostart with 500,000SEK to the winner.  Total purse in euro was €101,888. Bro Byggnads AB owns this Timo Nurmos trainee. 8.9/1 Treasure Kronos (5f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) sat fifth on the pegs and escaped to rally strongly for second driven by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. Third was early pacesetter 43/1 Nappa Scar (5m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) for trainer/driver Per Lennartson that eventually sat the pocket behind the race winner. Race time was 1.12.kr with quick final fractions. Earlier in the week (Sept.27) was the 10th leg of the Gr. III Grand National du Trot at Lisieux (purse €90,000, 2725 meters) and Cantin de l’éclair (5g Jet Furtuna-Noce Joyeuse) scored for Tony LeBeller timed in 1.14.5kr. The 25 meter handicapped Vulcania de Godrel (8f Memphis du Rib) was second for driver Anthony Barrier and third was 25 meter penalized Unero Mobtaval (9g Nem) handled by Eric Raffin. Venus de Baily finished fourth. Other interesting winners this week included 8.7/1 Desir Castelets (4m Quaker Jet-Ophelie Jet) in the September 26 Paris-Vincennes Prix Valleda (purse €68,000, 2850 meters, 13 starters) timed in 1.14.3kr and reined by Franck Ouvrie.13/1 Dusty Wood (4m Goetmals Wood) was second ahead of 23/1 Defi Pierji (4g Roc Meslois). Thomas H. Hicks    

September 30, 2017 - The Jerry Riordan trained three year old filly Vamp Kronos (3f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos), off at 3.9/1, won today’s harness racing Gr. I International European Championship (three year olds, purse €101,888, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla. The Renato Bruni property, reined by Bjorn Goop, now has a 7-2-1 slate in 13 career starts, all this year. Vamp was clocked in 1.12.2kr (2:34.51) and was a seven length winner to increase her career earnings to 1,521.677SEK. She raced third on the outer in the middle part of the race before vaulting to the top early in the final bend and she sprinted clear of the rivals. Second was 7.9/1 Hazard Boko (3m SJs Caviar-Quail Ridge-Smasher) for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. 39/1 Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Thomas H. Hicks  

September 3, 2017 - Jagersro hosted today’s Swedish Derby events, first the Gr.I national Broline Filly Derby (mares, purse €204,800, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters). 3/5 favorite Cash Crowe (4f Ready Cash-Giant Crowe-Gigant Neo) prevailed timed in 1.11.59kr for driver Johnny Takter and trainer Petri Puro.  PP Trav AB owns the winner, now with 10 career wins in only 12 starts. The two length victor won over 14/1 Mulligan (4f Maharajah-Music la Mark) for Thomas Uhrberg, also owner/trainer. 45/1 Unique Juni (4f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique) took third for driver Peter Untersteiner and trainer H.R. Stromberg. The Gr. I National Svenskt Trav Derby (males, purse €409,600, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to 1.12.8kr timed and 27.4/1 Cyber Lane (4g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover). Johan Untersteiner trains and drove the winner for Levaux AB. 12/1 Monark Newwen (4m Orlando Vici-Lady Value) was next for trainer/driver Fredrik Persson ahead of 8/1 Global Trustworthy (4m Muscle Hill-Trophy Stand) and Jorma Kontio for trainer Timo Nurmos. 1.2/1 Rajesh Face was fifth and 5.6/1 Policy of Truth was eighth. At Craon France was the Trophee Vert Prix V and B (purse €80,000, 2775 meters distance handicap, 13 starters) and the 1.20.5kr timed winner on the rain affected grass was 20/1 Vulcania de Godrel (8f Memphis du Rib-Julietta) reined by Eric Raffin. This was the day’s Quinte+ event. 7.6/1 Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Bella) was second for Antoine Wiels and trainer/owner Jean Paul Marmion. Third was 4/1 Baxter du Klau (6g Oiseau de Feux-Imia Josselyn) handled by J-M Bazire for trainer J.M. Baudouin. Well regarded Tresor Wic was 11th, Bugsy Malone was a dq when making a tired break when challenged in the lane, at 3/5 odds, and All Feeling was sixth. In the absence of reportedly retired Timoko, the Wolvega featured Grand Prix de Victoria Park (Gr. II, purse €50,000, 2600 meters) went to 6.3/1 Beau Gamin (6g Quinoa du Gers-Cadette) handled by Hugo Langeweg Jr. for trainer Sebastien Guarato for owner J.M. Rancoule. Timed in 1.14kr this winner defeated 14/1 Truman Dairpet (10f Biesolo-Heloise Poterie) and pilot Piet Van Pollaert. Third was 1.9/1 favorite Uppercut de Manche (9g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Manche) for driver Damien Bonne and trainer Thierry Raffegeau. The 7/2 odds Swedishman was a dq. Yesterday at Lahto FI was the Suomalginen Derby worth €150,000 to the winner of this 2650 meter test. The 1.13.3kr clocked winner was Benjamin Evo (4m Kadabra-China Tea Party-Muscles Yankee) handled by trainer Veijo Hesikanen. Next Direction (4g Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx) was next for Iikka Nurmonen and third was Obrigado (4g Orlando Vici-Oona Cloud) piloted by Antti Teivainen. Thomas H. Hicks    

August 26, 2017 - Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) raced second over for Wim Paal and then moved swiftly down the middle in the stretch to capture today’s harness racing €179,200 purse Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, Sweden, over the 2140 meters autostart course. Race time was 2:32.15 (1.11.1kr; 1:54.39 mile rate) for the Jerry Riordan trainee, owned by Marco Scarton. Off the 6.4/1 in SWE (16/1 on the PMU) the winner bested 9/1 Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) and Ulf Ohlsson. 1.5/1 favorite (3/10 on PMU) Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) trailed throughout until a too late brush in the lane, a mysterious drive by Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten and Spitcam Jubb finished fourth and fifth.  Thomas H. Hicks

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  

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