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

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

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

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

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

August 13, 2015 - Many fast class International trotters will be in harness racing action Saturday at Aby with the Gr. I Aby Stora Pris (two heats and race-off) and the Gr. II Lyon Grand Prix Stayer Final. The Stora Prix post positions were drawn for the first heat and then will be reversed for the second heat with a raceoff as race 12 on the card. Former Elitloppet winner Nahar (Robert Bergh) and a host of challengers face the starter in the Stora Prix. The Stayer Final filed includes Bergh’s Ed You along with On Track Piraten. August 15 – Aby Heat 1 Aby Stora Pris Race 4 400.000SEK purse – meters autostart 1640 Gr. I International UET Masters Series 1.       Västerbo Highflyer (Daniel Redén) 2.       Royal Fighter (Jennifer Tillmann) 3.       Mosaique Face (Lufti Kolgjini) 4.       B.B.S.Sugarlight (Peter Untersteiner) 5.       Repay Merci (Knud Mönster) 6.       Support Justice (Geir Vegard Gundersen) 7.       Rue Du Bac (Örjan Kihlström) 8.       Nahar (Robert Bergh) Heat 2 Aby Stora Pris Race 8, 400,000SEK purse 1.       Nahar (Robert Bergh) 2.       Rue Du Bac (Örjan Kihlström) 3.       Support Justice (Geir Vegard Gundersen) 4.       Repay Merci (Knud Mönster) 5.       B.B.S.Sugarlight (Peter Untersteiner) 6.       Mosaique Face (Lufti Kolgjini) 7.       Royal Fighter (Jennifer Tillmann) 8.       Västerbo Highflyer (Daniel Redén) Off 19.25 race-off –1.200.000SEK purse – meters autostart 1640, Race 12 Aby – Lyon Grand Prix Summer Meeting Stayer Final – Gr. II International UET Masters Series Purse 500,000SEK, 3140 meters autostart, race 10 El Mago Pellini (Adrian Kolgjini) Alfas Da Vinci (Joakim Lovgren) Mellby Viking (Jorma Kontio) Gigant Slugger (Jeppe Juel) On Track Piraten (Torbjorn Jansson) Falcon Haleryd (Johan Untersteiner) For Pleasure As (Conrad Lugauer) Quid Pro Quo (Erik Adielsson) Spring Erom (Orjan Kihlstrom) Candor Hall (Bjorn Goop) Ed You (Robert Bergh) Traveling Man (Ulf Ohlsson) Thomas H. Hicks

July 22, 2015 - Today’s Enghien Quinte+ (€4.9 million jackpot) was the Prix du Medoc (€65,000 purse, 2875 meters, 16 starters European eligibles) and the open-lengths 1.14kr winner was second-favorite 1.3/1 odds Rocky Winner (7m Credit Winner-Level Fortytwo). Jorgen Westholm trains this one for Nortronic KB of Sweden.  1.1/1 favorite H.M. Monocerus (8f Staro Showbiz-Taxi Genova) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin for owner Geir Nordbotten of Norway. 12/1 Ufena Nonantaise (7f Kerido du Donjon-Info Nonantaise) was third for Eric Raffin. Enghien’s Prix de Crespieres (€44,000 purse, 2875 meters, 16 starters) was a 1.16.4kr victory for Auroire Sautonne (5f Ready Cash-Galaxie de Sautonne) with trainer Tonyt LeBeller driving for owner Ecurie de Suatonne. This 4.6/a odds winner defeated 3/2 favorite Athena de l’Abbaye (5f Defi d’Aunou-Galbanella) for trainer J-M Bazire and owner Ecurie de l’Abbaye. 23/1 Australio Beco (5f Jam Pridem-High Star) was third in this close battle to the line. The Gr. III Prix de la Chaussee d’Antin (€85,000 purse, 2875 meters) went to 9/10 odds favorite Akido (5g Love You-Isba) with trainer Franck Nivard up for owner Ecurie Comte P. de Montesson ahead of 10.6/1 Attila du Gaboreau (5m Mercenaire-Iola du Gabereau) with Alexandre Abrivard up for trainer Mathieu Abrivard. Third was 2.6/1 Alsonn de Gucz (5m Baccarat du Pont-Gitana de Bellouet) with trainer J-M Bazire driving. Time of race was 1.17.3kr over the extended distance. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 19, 2015 - The Sunday’s turf course feature was at Royan with its Grand Prix Jean Maurice Beteau (purse €45,000. 3100 meters, 18 starters) and the 5.8/1 odds winner was Sierra Leone (9f John Arifant-Une d’Havetot) reined by J.Cl. Hallais, also owner. 20/1 Tresor Wic (8m Jag de Bellouet-Epong Vinn) was second for Anthony Barrier and trainer Laurent Simon, ahead of 8/1 Ut Viniere (7m Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere) and trainer/driver Mathieu Abrivard.. The winner was clocked in a sharp 1.17.3kr on the grass. At Vallereal, the Grand Prix de l’Amitie Franco Suisse (purse €34,000, 2450 meters, 14 entrants) went to the 1.16.3kr winner, 1.2/1 odds favorite, Vaillant du Vivier (6m Nijinski Rodney-Lexie du Vivier) for trainer R. Jaffelot ahead of 5/2 odds Twist Lie (8g Indy de Vive-Fiesole de Mareuil) and 13/1 Uttar Pradish (7g Nobody du Chane-Jonque Rapide). This day at La Roche Posay the Prix Concession Nissan (purse €32,000, 2600 meters, 12 starters) went to 3.4/1 odds Ah Quel Micha (5m Rocklyn-Oceane du Phara) with Julien Dubois driving for Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. Amelia Melo (5f Light Up de Vonnac-Lara de Couranne) was second ahead of favorite Ariane du Goutier (5f Goetmals Wood-Logoder Vro) owned by Ecurie Saint Martin. Action at Axevalla featured the Stochampionatet Final (2640 meters. 1SEK million to the winner) and the victory went to Some Summit (4f Dream Vacation-Graceland Summit-Armbro Trick) for Veijo Heiskanen clocked in 1.13.6kr. Three lengths in arrears was Maya Gold (4f Ready Cash-Ograzia November-General November) with Ulf Olsson up with third to Thorn Bird (4f Clark Magistrate-Drugeda-Banker Hall) for Carl Johan Jepson. Also at Axevalla the Borje Nasstroms Akeris (2140 meters autostart, 125,.000SEK to the winner, three year-olds, 12 starters) was won by Target Kronos (3g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) for Ulf Ohlsson up in 1.14.5kr. Lufi Kolgjini trains the winner. In a win photo was Nappa Scar (3m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player-Pearsall Hanover) for Per Lennartson. Echauffour US (3m Donato Hanover-Bourbon Dream-Pearsall Hanover) was a length off for Stefan Persson and trainer Jean Baudron. Eketorpets Tess (8f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) was an impressive 1.11.4kr winner of the Senska Hippoloppet (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) for Peter Untersteiner, she a length winner from Donna di Quattro (5f Love You-Whoopie As-SJ’s Photo) driven by Christoffer Eriksson. Youana (6f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) was third for Erik Adielsson. Another important event at Axevalla was the Vara Entreprenads (100,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the quick 1.11.2kr winner was Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne-Falnos Bellona-Mack Lobell) with Johan Untersteiner up. More Than Enough (10g Coktail Jet-Enough Is Enough-Mack Lobell) was beaten one length in second for Jeppe Juel with third to Exodus Hanover (4m Andover Hall-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation) for Tino Arling. The card also included the Vastgotatidninjars (50,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) with Midnight Glory (4f Cantab Hall-Elegant Victory-Valley Victory) scoring in 1.15.5kr for Erik Adielsson ahead of Global Supremacy (3f Muscle Hall-Brighten Up-Like A Prayer). The winner is 2-0-2 in four starts. Thomas H. Hicks

July 18, 2015 - On July 17 at Axevella, Gematrix (3f Explosive Matter-Ginevre-SJ’s Caviar) took the Bjertorps Traveamps (2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, three year-olds). Torbjorn Jansson drive the winner for trainer Frode Hamre, this one a 2015 US import. She has a 3-2-3 slate in nine career appearances after this 1.14.7kr victory. On the same card the Venernkotts Femarinpspris (2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, five year-olds) went to Boys Going In (5m Going Kronos-Namore-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Johan Untersteiner aboard, timed in 1.12.1kr. Boys Going In now has a 9-4-3 slate in 31 starts for 1,703,150SEK earned. Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) was second in a photo for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. At Bergsaker on July 16 Trading (3f Deweycheatumnhowe-Hostage-Express Ride) took the Norrlands Elit Final over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 200,000SEK for the 1.13.1kr win in this three year-old event with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Svante Bath. She has a 4-1-1 slate in eight career starts. Hostage is the dam of Quid Pro Quo, a Yankee Glide winner of over US$810,000. The Norrlands Grand Prix Final for four year-olds (2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK first prize) went to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) in 1.11.6kr for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. He scored by five lengths and now sports a 10-4-7 slate in 35 career outings. Another US import, Scacco Matto, finished eighth in this race. The same day at Karlshamn, a 1680 meters autostart event, worth 22,000SEK to the winner, went to Celebrity Hall (6g Tom Ridge-Canne Angus-Magna Force) with Peter Ingves driving. He stopped the teletimer in 1.15.8kr for his sixth career win in 41 starts. Canne Angus is dam of Canland Hall (US$2,687.000), Cameron Hall (US$1,816,000) and Courtney Hall (US$114,000). The top race of the July 15 day was held at Solanget where the Silver Division (100,000SEK to the winner, 1646 meters autostart) was won by Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) with Ulf Ohlsson driving. Knows Nothing recorded his 16th career victory in 44 outings, now for over 5.2SEK million earned. In addition to Knows Nothing, his dam Savvy Yankee produced Rocky Balboa (US$435,000) and Muscles To Spare (US$257,000). International fast-class winner Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) was second for Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin AM. Third was Shaq Is Back (8m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream) trained by Daniel Reden and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom. Ed You has 25 wins for 5.8SEK million won; Shaq Is Back has 21 wins for almost 4.6SEK million earned. Thomas H. Hicks

July 11, 2015 - The Saturday July 11 Arjang SWE feature was the Arjang Stora Sprinterlopp (600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, Gr. II International - UET Masters Series) with a solid field battling before a huge on-track audience: Global Money, Robert Bergh Repay Merci, Knud Monster Maven, Johnny Takter BBS Sugarlight, Peter Untersteiner Mosaique Face, Lutfi Kolgjini Reven d’Amour, Ulf Olsson Royal Fighter, Jennifer Tillman Arazi Boko, Christoffer Eriksson Delicious, Orjan Kihlstrom On Track Piraten - scratched Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) rallied off cover in the stretch to score comfortably for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden, clocked in a sharp 1.10kr. Off at 5.2/1 odds, the winner, a 2012 US import bred by Lindy Farms and developed by Ron Gurfein, defeated fast closing Repay Merci (7m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven-Super News) and Knud Monster that was off at 47/1. Repay Merci came from last with a huge four wide move off the final bend to just catch third place Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) that, at 5.3/1 odds, was three-wide early and then positioned in the death seat for Lutfi Kolgjini with Delicious behind and US-owned and bred Maven behind her for Johnny Takter. Maven made a three wide move mid-way on the backstretch at the 5/8 mile market but she made a miscue and interfered with Royal Fighter and Jennifer Tillman. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 9, 2015 - During that last ten days there has been interesting harness racing action in Europe (FR, SWE, Germany), as summarized below. Marseille-Borely’s Prix d’Enghien (€32,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, 15 entrants) on June 30 went to 9/10 odds Volare de Lou (6g Korean-Pareastern de Lou) for trainer/driver Christophe Martens. Univers Love (7m Love You-Itarazine) was second at 3.9/1 for trainer/driver Mickael Cormy. 49/1 Samba Doree (9f Jet Fortuna-Italienne Turgot) landed third in the race with the winner clocked in 1.13.6kr. Marseille-Borely’s Prix d’Angers (€20,000 purse, 3000 meters, 16 starters) went to the 1.17kr winner Baywatch (4g Password-Oxford Street) at 2.8/1 for Pierre Vercruysse. Eric Pridhon trains this one. 46/1 Bottarus (4g Orlando Vici-Richesse d’Orient) was second for Martin Cormy and trainer Mickael Cormy. 36/1 Big Mately (9g Le Retour-Bollsdo Tonnerre) was third. The Prix Callisto (€56,000 purse, 2700 meters, 14 monte starters) at Vincennes went to the 1.14.4kr winner Uargane Montaval (7f First de Retz-Jiavanne de’Prelong) with Franck Nivard up at 4.6/1 odds. Vulcan d’Occagnes (6g Quido du Goutier-Hermine Beauces) was next at 4.1/1 for Yoann Lebourgeois with third to Ti Amo de Carly (8g In Love With You-Native de Carly). Classic Way (3m Prodigious-Pole Position) took the Prix Gudrun (€40,000 purse, 2200 meters, 12 starters) this day at Vincennes scoring in 1.15.5kr at 5/1 for Jean-Philippe Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 4.7/1 Cupidon du Vivier (3m Love You-Odessa du Vivier) was second for Eric Raffin, trainer Yannick A. Briand and owner Jean-Yves Lucuyer. Favorite 3/2 odds Clezio Josselyn (3m The Best Madrik-Ezire Josselyn) was third for O. Raffin, trainer Jean-Etienne Dubois and owner Jean-Frederik Slawinski. The June 30 Bollnas SWE feature was the Bergt Ivarssons Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) was a victory for the 1.12.8kr clocked Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) with Robert Bergh up for Stall Sedin HB. The winner secured win 25 in 63 starts for earnings of over 5.7SEK million. Quid Pro Quo (6m Yankee Glide-Hostage-Express Ride) was second for Erik Adielsson. The Quinte+ on July 1 at Vichy was the Prix de Vincennes (€42,000 purse, 2850 meters, 15 starters, Q+ jackpot €3.85 million) and it went to 44/1 outsider Avenir (5m Kiwi-Musique de Mai) clocked in 1.14.4kr with Serge Peltier up for trainer Jerome Huguet. 18/1 Aladin du Tijas (5g Niky-Nymphes d’Hermes) was second for Arnaud Desmotties with third to 11/1 Vespa de Bourgogne (6f Echo-Gym du Bois Morin) and trainer/driver Pierre Callier. The latter traveled an extra 25 meters in this handicap event. The parade of longshots set up an exact order payoff in excess of €142,800 excluding the jackpot. Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 4 Avenir Serge Peltier J. Davet J. Huguet 2ème 7 Aladin du Tijas A. Desmottes A. Desmottes A. Desmottes 3ème 16 Vespa de Bourgogne P. Callier P. Callier P. Callier 4ème 12 Ariane de Caponet H. Chauve-Laffay R. Gaja H. Chauve-Laffay 5ème 14 Verzee Carisaie E. Raffin J.-E. Thuet J.-E. Thuet    Rapports (pour 2€)     Tirelire 3.850.000 € - Numéro plus : 2005       Ordre :       142.848,00€       Désordre :       1.190,40€       Bonus 4 :       222,20€       Bonus 4sur5 :       31,80€       Bonus 3 :       21,20€                     On July 1 at Lindesberg SWE the Bergslagsloppet (1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner) went to the US export Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsar LB-Lemon Dra) in 1.10.2kf for trainer Daniel Reden and teamster Orjan Kihlstrom. The winner now has a 13-9-7 slate in 37 starts for earnings in excess of 3.14SEK million. I Saw You (10g Love You-I Saw Molly-Lindy’s Crown) was a distant second timed in 1.11.6kr for Ake Lindblom with third to Friction (8m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) for Ulf Ohlsson and owner Stefan Melander. Prince Tagg was fourth, Lord Capar sixth and US export Corky seventh in the field. On July 5 the action switched to Berlin Mariendorf with preps for the August 2 Deutsches Traber Derby that will carry a purse of over €80,000. This day the three year-old colts contested the €25,000 purse Buddenbrock Rennen over 1900 meters autostart. The 1.12.6kr winner was the Thorsten Tietz reined Cash Hanover (3m Love You-Impasse-Enjoy Lavec) over Floyd Fortuna (3m Yankee Glide-Jane O’Donnell-SJ’s Photo) with Conrad Lugauer up and third finishing Rene M. Newport (3m Conway Hall-Midnight Lace-Muscles Yankee) teamed by Michael Nimczyk. The fourth dam of the winner is Delmonica Hanover, the Prix d’Amerique winner. The fillies battled in the Stutenlauf for its €12,500 purse also over the 1900 meters autostart distance. The 11.14kr winner was Global Fun (3f SJ’s Photo-Global Winner-Lindy Lane) driven by Heinz Wewering, who posted a driving double on the card. Second, two lengths behind was Gorgeous Love (3f Love You-Georgetown-Kramer Boy) with Rob De Vlieger up (this one with fourth dam being Tarport Lady Ann) and third went to April Love (3f Muscles Yankee-Aprilliebe-Diamond Way) for teamster Jorma Oikarinen. July 6 at Vichy the Prix de Pontgibaud (€30,000 purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) went to Authentic Charm with trainer Romain Derieux aboard, timed in 1.16.4kr at 21/1 odds. Antonio De Sousa is the owner. Favorite 4/5 odds Ambassadeur d’Am (5g Orlando Vici-Halette des Acres) was second for trainer/driver Christophe Martens and Stall Label HB. 6/1 Alik Julry (5m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Malika Julry) was third for J-P Gauvin and Ecurie Julry. The Prix Roger at Guy Boillereau (€20,000 purse, 2850 meters, 12 starters) at Vichy the same day went to the 1.17.8kr winner Carla (3f Love You-Pin Up de la Loge) for trainer/driver Romain Derieux at 2.2/1 odds. Comete Jet (3f The Best Madrik-Quinine Jet) was second at 6/1 for Martial Gauvi with third to 10/1 Chenelle de Saga (3f Quinoa du Gers-Quabellia de Couet) for owner/trainer/driver Philippe Gaillard. July 6 at Hyeres carded the Prix J-M Marguin (€26,000 purse, 2050 meters autostart, 12 entrants) and 9/1 September (9g Gogo-Iacoute de Beval) recorded the 1.14.2kr victory for David Bekaert, teaming for trainer J-M Roubaud and owner Ecurie de Rougemont. 8/1 Ut des Dampierre was second ahead of 28/1 Taguin du Bellay. July 7 Chateaubriant’s Prix Synergie (Quinte+ jackpot €4.15 million, €35,000 purse, 3000 meters, 18 European starters) went to the 1.15.6kr winner Tagada Tagada (8f Meaulnes du Corta-Lambada Blue) at 18/1 for Mathieu Abrivard. 2.7/1 Vaisman (6m Memphis du Rib-Lula du Douetil) was next for trainer/owner/driver Franck Anne. Italy’s 2.9/1 Tell Me No Lies (6g Offshore Dream-B.Glorious) was third for Franck Nivard teaming for Fabrice Souloy, trainer, and KLV Holding AB, owner. Next was Italy’s Paparizzi (6g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) at 6/1 for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini with fifth to 26/1 Udson de Retz (7g And Arifant-Osima) for Loic Guinoiseau, trainer Franck Leblanc and Ecurie de l’Empereur.Tagada Tagada 7-7-15 The Prix Tenor de Baune (€26,000 purse, 2300 meters autostart, 16 European starters) at Chateaubriant was taken by the 1.16.6kr winner Urasi de la Vallee (7g Onyx du Goutier-La Vallee) for trainer/driver Sebastian Ernault at 7/1 odds. 6/1 Uriano (7g Esotico Star-Kaline de Nuit) was second for Mathieu Abrivard with 10/1 Une Tosca (7f Cezio Josselyn-Ma Toscano) third for teamster Jacques Bruneau. July 8 at Visby (SWE) the Gotlandsloparingen (125,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) produced a fine win clocked in 1.11.7kr by Traveling Man (10m Supergill-Kimberly Lobell-Speedy Somolli) and Ulf Ohlsson, teaming for trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Reden also was second this time, driving his trainee Vasterbo Highflyer (7g Look de Star-Vasterbo Highclass-Pine Chip) and Ivar Sanna (5m Super Arnie-Staro Agricat-Giant Cat) was third home with Thomas Uhrberg driving. July 9 at Vaggeryd SWE the Jerry Riordan trainee and Italian-bred The Yankee (3g Muscles Yankee-Madeira Bi-Toss Out) won a 2140 meters autostart event winning 15,000SEK first prize. Frank Nilsson teamed The Yankee for co-owners Al. Folli SRL and Lisa Riordan to the 1.16.8kr clocked victory. Thomas H. Hicks  

July 2, 2015 - At Halmstad Sweden a large crowd estimated at 10,000 watched and wagered on a great harness racing card headed by the Gr. I International Sprinter Masters contested in three eliminations and a 10-horse final. Each event was 1609 meters autostart with elim winners earning 100,000SEK and the final winner earning 940,960SEK. Stefan Melander’s Nuncio swept to victory by winning the first elimination in a mile rate of 1:54.08 by three lengths in gate to wire fashion over Whitehouse Express. After the next two elims went to Hillustrious in a close heated battle with Valstead in 1:52.31 and Jontte Boy in 1:55.52 in elim three, the ten finalists faced the starter in the final with Hillustrious from post one for Johnny Takter, Nuncio from post two and Valstead from post five for Orjan Kihlstrom. As in the second elim Hillustrious and Valstead faced off as a pair with Valstead on the outer followed by stablemate Nuncio. Off the top turn Melander moved Nuncio three-wide to attack and he out-sprinted the leading pair for a neck win in 1:52.63 with Valstead and Hillustrious next. It was quite a race and a special night of racing overall. Below recaps the eliminations won by Nuncio, Hillustrious and Jontte Boy with the top three finishers: Elim 1 (1.10.9kr, or 1:54.08) Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane), trainer/driver Stefan Melander for Stall TZ, now 19-11-2 in 32 starts for 15,517,726SEK earned as he led comfortably throughout for a three length score Whitehouse Express (4m Yankee Glide-Miss Garland-Garland Lobell), Erik Adielsson up for Daniel Reden trainer for Stall Zet was second King City (4m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall), Orjan Kihlstrom for Roger Walmann trainer for AB Svensk Reklamfinons. Nuncio winning his heat Elim 2 (1.09.8kr, or 1:52.31) Hillustrious (4m Muscle Hill-Mom’s Millionaire-Pine Chip), Johnny Takter up for owner SMUAB Smolandsugar AB, a head winner after a lengthy alongside battle with parked Valstead (this one a half-brother to Snow White, multiple dominant two year-old winner in US – Acorn, Breeders Crown, Goldsmith Maid, Oakville, NJSS and International Stallion Stake) Valstead (4m Cantab Hall-Madame Volo-Yankee Glide), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ owner, with a game death-seat situation Elton Attack (4m Gigant Neo-P Bird Mon Amie-Prince Mystic), Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomas Malmqvist and owners Malmqvist and Baltic Stable Elim 3 (1.11.8kr, 1:55.52) Jontte Boy (4m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall), driver/trainer Toumas Korvenoja up Be Spontaneous (4m Andover Hall-Inspired Society-Self Possessed), Erik Adielsson up for Daniel Reden Explosive Dust (4m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip), Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Roger Walmann Nuncio rallied late to capture the final from post two at 1.34/1 odds. He followed stablemate Valstead on the outer as Valstead boldly battled pacesetter Hillustrious throughout. The top three finishers were within a long neck of each other on the line. Nuncio recorded his 20th career victory in 33 starts now with earnings of 16,458,686SEK earned. Final (1.10.1kr, or 1:52.63 mile rate) Nuncio, Stefan Melander up Valstead, Orjan Kihlstrom Hillustrious, Johnny Takter King City, Kenneth Haugstad Whitehiouse Express, Erik Adielsson Sylvester America, Bjorn Goop Nuncio winning the Final Nuncio again proved his versatility and toughness at the sprinter distance and in multiple-heats, Thomas H. Hicks  

June 30, 2015 - On Thursday at Halmstad Sweden the Gr. I Sprinter Masters takes stage with three harness racing eliminations and a final. The final is worth over 940,000SEK to the winner. The elims include some well-respected contestants including Nunco, Sylvester America, Hillustrious, Volstead and Jontte Boy. A large crowd is expected for the classic event, with elims on Thursday going as races eight though 10 with the final race 13. Sprinter Masters Gr. I 1609 meters autostart, eliminations 100,000SEK to each winner; final same day with purse to winner 940,960SEK with 10 starters Elimination 1 Drive Launcher, Sedstrom Sylvester America, Goop/Jerry Riordan trainer Whitehouse Express, Adielsson Nuncio, Melander Caztor, Kontio King City, Kihlstrom Explosive de Vie, Jim Oscarsson Elimination 2 Hillustrious, Takter Volstead, Kihlstrom Stand Bayou, Reden (4m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec), slate 4-2-2 in nine starts British Steel, Lindgren Elton Attack, Christoffer Eriksson Warrawee Perseus, Ulf Ohlsson ThewayIam, Goop Elimination 3 Explosive Dust, Kihlstrom (4m Sahara Dynamite-Exclusive Dust-Pine Chip-Enlightenment-Mack Lobell-Classical Way-Speedy Scot-Kerry Way) Secret Mission, Ingves Jontte Boy, Korvenoja Be Spontaneous, Adielsson Party Boat Hanover, Takter Abaz America, Kolgjini Spartan Kronos, Lugauer Thomas H. Hicks    

June 21, 2015 - Maven (6f Glidemaster-M. Stewart-American Winner) scored for harness racing reinsman Johnny Takter in the Viola Silas Mares Trot at Kalmar, covering 2140 meters autostart in 1.11.6kr to earn 100,000SEK first money. Her career slate is now 31-17-4 in 65 starts for 14,909,384SEK earned. In 2015 she is 2-5-0 in 12 appearances for 1,691,214SEK. Jimmy Takter trains Maven. Your Highness (6f Chocolatier-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was second beaten two lengths with Ulf Ohlsson up. Eketorpets Tess (8f Kashner Hanover-Joanne-Dignatarian) was third for teamster Peter Untersteiner. The V75 Gold feature on the Kalmar card went to Global Money (8g Love You-Norwegian Beauty-Yankee Glide) clocked in 1.10.2kr over 1640 meters autostart with the winner’s take being 150,000SEK. Robert Bergh steered the winner for owner Stall Lars Vegard HB. Obi Wan (9g Ganymede-Hejsa Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) was second by a length with Flemming Jensen up with third to Kash’s Cantab and Erik Adielsson.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 13, 2014 - On this day in the land of the midnight sun at Boden SWE El Mago Pellini (6m Chocolatier-Mr Intuition-Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie) and teamster Adrian Kolgjini won the Gr. I International UET Masters Series Norbottens Stora Pris (2140 meters autostart, 1,000,000SEK to the winner, 9 starters) with a gutsy death seat journey outside harness racing favorite Panne de Moteur (7m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Stefan Hultman. The winner, that applied long lasting pressure on leader Panne de Moteur, is trained by Lutfi Kolgjini for owner Vitkindale HB. El Mago Pellini now has a career slate of 12-5-5 in 43 starts for 4,055,697SEK earned. Third went to On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and Johnny Takter (trainer Hans R. Stromberg), that made a rush from the backfield, with Indigious, Backfire and Knows Nothing next to the line. Creatine was away alertly, found the three hole and showed nothing, backing up late in the contest. Nahar, winner of the 2013-2014 editions of this race made a miscue. Some of the better northern European trotters were at the start. Under the midnight sun, still at 23:10 local time, the huge crowd enjoyed an excellent trotting card highlighted by this classic. Thomas H. Hicks

June 8, 2015 - Spartan Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos-King Conch) secured today’s Ina Scots Ara (200,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, four year-olds) at Mantorp with harness racing trainer Conrad Lugauer driving. He scored in 1.12.8kr for a length verdict over Explosive de Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) with Jim Oscarsson up. Origo Tilly (4g Super Arnie-Regina Tilly-Speedy Crown) took third for teamster Torbjorn Jansson. The winner has a 2-1-2 slate in five 2015 appearances for owner Thomas Berchtold et.al. and breeder Allev. Kronos Srl. This day, also at Mantorp, Guiding Solo (3m Yankee Glide-Sole Mate-Self Possessed-Sole To Sole-Royal Prestige) took a 1640 meter autostart event for Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.14.4kr. This Kentuckiana Farms pedigree has been consistently productive. The dam Sole Mate was a US$145,000 yearling and was third at age two in the Lexington Filly and Johnston Memorial. She produced Flashback and Mr. Jim Dandy and this maternal family produced Duke Rodney (from Duke’s Dutchess), Courtly, Jermyn Street and Trapped (from Kimberly Dutchess) and other top performers including Justice Hall, Springboard, All About Justice, Just A Con Man, Diva Diva and Top Chef. Thomas H. Hicks

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