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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 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

Excellent complementary harness racing action took place this Elitloppet 2015 day at Solvalla. The Monte Elite (1609 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to the winner) went to Torre Crepin (8g Capriccio-Lanaka-Cezio Josselyn) for Adrien Lamy in the fastest monte clocking (world record) ever, 1.10kr (1:52.63 mile rate), eclipsing Prince de Montfort’s 1:53.2 mile rate on the 2010 Elitloppet day. Another FR performer was second,matching the winners time, that being Valdenburg (6g Jeanbat du Vivier-Niella Clairchamp-Tarass Boulba) for Mathieu Abrivard. Denmark’s Armando Kievitshof (8g Ganymede-Continental Lobell-Spotlite Lobell) was third for Philippe Masschaele. Torre Crepin, a noted speedster for short distances, had not won since 2013, also at Solvalla. The mile course suits this talented trotter that has trouble competing over longer 2200 meter distances and up in home country France. That said this veteran campaigner has earned over five million Swedish krona. The Tommy Hannes  Trot (Gr. II International, 1609 meters autostart, 500,000SEK to the winner) went to an impressive Al Dente (4m Scarlet Knight-Mollie’s Photo-SJ’s Photo) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Conrad Lugauer. He scored in 1.10.6kr for owner Stall Sting to record his 17th victory in 26 starts. The winners’ 2015 slate is 3-1-0 in five outings. Bjorn Goop piloted very fast closing Sylvester America (4m Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) to a second place finish after an early break. Jerry Riordan trains this one for Lisa Riordan and Sylvester America was bred by the late Lou Guida’s Guida Italia Srl. Third went to M.T. James (4m Quite Easy-Peace Treaty-Muscles Yankee) for Ake Lindblom. The Hertz-Biireda Haken Wallner Memorial, a classic event  (three year-olds)  on Elitloppet day, had 10 starters going 1609 meters autostart for 300,000SEK to the winner. Sucre (3m Jacose-Sugar No Cream-Starchip Entrprise) took the prize for teamster Christoffer Eriksson and conditioner/owner Tomas Malmqvist. Timed in 1.11.9kr she paid €5.22 to win. Second was Camelot Sisu (3m Even Better Odds-Warrawee Karri-Dream Of Glory) for Erik Adielsson, trainer Petri Salmela and owner/breeder Sisyfos Racing. Jerry Riordan’s Tango Negro (3m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra) was third for Bjorn Goop and was blocked on the pegs throughout the stretch. The equally prestigious Rune Stolts (250,000SEK first money, 1609 meters autostart, four year-old mares, 10 starters) resulted in an easy 1.10.7kr victory for Billie de Montfort (4f Jasmin de Flore-Quismy de Montfort-And Arifant) handled by Eric Raffin for trainer Sebastian Guarato. She was an eight length winner today, her 13th victory in 24 career starts. Demanding Sam (4f Donato Hanover-Whitesand Samantha-Credit Winner) was second for Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Norway’s Nelson Nora (4f Muscles Yankee-Lindys Holiday-Dream Vacation) ended third for reinsman Kihlstrom. The BRP Sweden AB (1609 meters autostart, 75,000SEK to winner) was won by Red Team Rex (5m Cantab Hall-Calamity Rex-Pine Chip) in 1.12kr for Orjan Kihlstrom. Bo Westegard trains the winner that nosed out rival Osceola (6m Conway Hall-Prestige November-General November) handled by Tom Erik Solberg with the Tony Wallin steered Carpenter On Tor ending third. Three year-old fillies contested the Telge Energi’s (1609 meters autostart, `150,000SEK first money, 10 starters) with Tough Cookie (3f Yankee Glide-Kemp’s Emilie-Enjoy Lavec) the 1.13.7kr winner for driver Jorma Kontio. Timo Nurmos trains the winner and breeder was Menhammer Stuteri AB. Finland’s Artic Helen was second for Pekka Korpi ahead of Arctic Madonna with Mika Forss up, this one also from Finland. The Solvalla diversified card also included the Kat I Weblink Trot (2610 meters, volt start, 150,000SEK first money) and the 1.13.4kr winner was the Conrad Lugauer trainee For Pleasure As (6m Abano As-Frill AAS, Pine Chip-Doreen As-Diamond Way) for teamster Johnny Takter and owner Mario Huber As the pedigree might indicate, the breeder was the legendary Olympic star and exceptional standardbred breeder Alwin Schockemohle. Comte du Pommeau (6g Marquis du Pommeau-Heike Iron-Sugarcane Hanover) was next for trainer/driver Peter G. Norman. The late Lars Palm bred this one. Third went to Carelin (5m Super Arnie-Carte Blanche-Kosar) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Another quick performance on the Solvalla racecourse this day was a 1.10.5kr score by Dante Boko (5g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) for Adrian Kolgjini in the Sanda FM Trot (1609 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, 12 starters). Lutfi Kolgjini trains Dante Boko. Remember My Name (8m Rotation-Pinespun-Pine Chip) was second for Sandra Eriksson and trainer Hakan K. Persson. Italy’s Paramount (6m Angus Hall-Image-Coktail Jet) was third for Oskar J. Andersson. Etienne Dubois was the breeder of Paramount, trained by Carl-Otto Goransson. The card began early morning with the International Drivers Match (1609 meters autostart, €75,000SEK to winner) featuring 12 outstanding current and legendary pilots. Bjorn Goop captured the crown driving his trainee Antonio AM (5g Orlando Vici-Genua-Super Arnie) clocked in 1.13.3kr. Jeppe Juel was second aboard Prince Cobol, with third to Dave Palone teaming Blue Star Celebrity. Eric Raffin, Jimmy Takter and Orjan Kihlstrom were next to the line. The outstanding beaten drivers included Heinz Wewering and Olle Goop and others. During the early portion of the card fans were able to greet and say thanks for great performances to Maharajah, now retired and in the stallion ranks. Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman paraded their champion. Although never in the Elitloppet, Maharajah won 31 times for 23.5SEK million earned. He captured the 2014 Prix d’Amerique. His shoes will be on display as Solvalla and stud duty occurs at Menhammer Stuteri owned by Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg. For extreme racing enthusiasts the Sisyfos Speed race (140 meters autostart, €50,000SEK to winner, nine starters) met expectations. There were three elimination heats (horses 1-3 in heat one, 4-6 in heat two and 7-9 in heat three). The two fastest winners then battled in the final. Dragon Tooma (8g Tom Ridge-Falnos Gaiety-Mack Lobell) won it for Jennifer Tillman, nosing out Italy’s  Next To None SIB with Bjorn Goop up. Let’s not forget the 2015 Jim Fricks Trot for Coldbloods (1609 meters autostart, 300,000SEK first prize) that was quite a victory for the Tor Wolleback driven Lannem Silje (5f Asajerven-Lannem Sjure-Elding) as she recorded a fast 1.18.8kr win (2:06.79 mile rate). He career slate is now 35-1-1 in 37 starts and in 2015 she is 7-0-1 in eight outings. Manprinsen A.M. was second for Gunnar Melander (this one has 37 wins in 61 career starts) with third to Tekno Odin (now 44 wins in 57 starts). Quite a race by a talented group of superstar coldbloods, bringing back memories of Jarvsofaks (1.17.9kr was his world record clocking). Quite a card on the special 2015 Elitloppet Day at Solvalla. Special indeed it was!!! Thomas H. Hicks

May 31, 2015 - In what was a stirring battle among three harness racing champions, Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) defended post one and earned a gate to line victory clocked in 1.10.10kr for teamster Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Roger Walmann and owner AB Svensk Reklanfinans. The winner earned 3,000,000SEK for winning the Gr. I International Grand Slam – UET Masters Series over 1609 meters autostart. It was a magical race and a magical strategic effort by Kihlstrom as he parked both Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) that was left two wide throughout for Lutfi Kolgjini and three wide Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with owner/trainer Stefan Melander up. Melander tried for the lead in front of the stands the first time but could not clear. Kihlstrom masterfully rated the pace leaving his two adversaries alongside and the other elimination winner Royal Fighter blocked in the pocket and this Jennifer Tillman handled battler ended fourth. Maven, following Nuncio, made a bold wide move around the last bend to surpass the three leaders but she weakened some in mid-stretch. Timoko was taken off the gate early and could not advance enough to contend. Magic Tonight prevailed by a neck on the line with Nunco beaten three-quarters of a length with the field all within three lengths. Mosaique Face was timed in 1.10.16kr, Nuncio timed the same and Royal Fighter at 1.10.29kr in a fantastic, “magical” horse race. Magic Tonight Wires Elitloppet Second Elimination Orjan Kihlstrom put trainer Roger Walmann’s winner Magic Tonight (6m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) on the front from the outset and he scored in 1.09.7kr by three-quarters of a length over the game Maven (6f Glidemaster-M Stewart-American Winner) and pilot Johnny Takter. B.B.S. Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) was third for Peter Untersteiner with first over Timoko (8m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces-And Arifant)  fourth for Bjorn Goop. The winner now has three wins in five 2015 starts and 19 wins in 54 career efforts for owner AB Svensk Reklamfinans. His breeders were Libfeld and Katz of Canada, and he paid €8.76 to win. This second elimination offered 250,000SEK to the winner of the 1609 meters autostart test. The Elitloppet 2015 Final lineup in post order is: Magic Tonight, Kihlstrom Royal Fighter, Tillman Maven, Johnny Takter Nuncio, Melander B.B.S. Sugarlight, Peter Untersteiner Mosaique Face, Lutfi Kolgjini Timoko, Bjorn Goop Vincennes, Raffin Royal Fighter Wins Elitloppet First Elimination The Per Eriksson trained, Jennifer Tillman teamed Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) gamely took the first elimination (1609 meters autostart, Gr. I, purse to winner 250,000SEK) of the 2015 Elitloppet clocked in 1.10.4kr, overcoming a death seat trip outside of pacesetter Mosaique Face (6m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill) with Lutfi Kolgjini up (finished third). The winner prevailed by three quarters of a length. Second over Nuncio (4m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rallied to be second for owner Stefan Melander. Vincennes was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom. Wind Of The North was third over for Dave Palone and could not gain. Univers de Pan was locked on the pegs but when loose in the lane had little to offer. The winner paid €12.92 to win. Support Justice and Ustinof du Vivier mad miscues. The winner scored his 13th career victory in 57 starts and has a slate of 2-0-3 in five 2015 starts. The owner/breeders are Per Rodert and Christina Nilsson. Thomas H. Hicks

May 30, 2015 - Holger Ehlert trainee Ringostar Treb (5m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) took today’s harness racing Sweden Cup Final (Gr. II, UET Masters Series, 1609 meters autostart, 500,000SEK to winner), driven by Wilhelm “Wim” Paal. The victor scored in 1.11.3kr for his 17th win in 40 starts, now for earnings of 2,175,498SEK. He is 4-0-0 in six 2015 appearances. Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) was a fast closing second for Bjorn Goop, ahead of Tabriz du Gite (8m Ganymede-Kabrizia du Gite-Capitole) with David Thomain up. Kash’s Cantab was fourth and pacesetter Reven d’Amour was placed fifth through the disqualification of Rod Stewart (blocked throughout down stretch with plenty of trot). The race was conducted over a sloppy track in pouring rain and cold temperature. Ringostar Treb early won his elimination, the first, clocked in 1.10.4kr by two lengths. Reven d’Amour (10m Revenue-Melody d’Amour-Super Arnie) was second for Ulf Ohlsson with David Sisu (7m Lindy Lane-Keystone Delicious-American Winner) third for Johnny Takter. Magiccarpetride with fourth for Erik Adielsson. The elim was raced over 1609 meters autostart with 100,000SEK first money. The second elimination, same distance and purse, went to an impressive Rod Stewart with Christoffer Eriksson at the lines. Rod Stewart made a three wide move around the last bend after racing on the outer with cover three back, and he powered home in 1.10.1kr to win by three lengths. Tabriz du Gite was second for teamster David Thomain with Nato Dream (6m Donato Hanover-Nugget Dream-Pine Chip) third for owner/trainer/driver Stefan Melander. J-P Dubois’ Ecurie Reve Avec Moi bred Nato Dream. Kash’s Cantab (7m Cantab Hall-Ocala Kash-Overcomer) was fourth for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson. On the Solvalla undercard the Lady Snarts for mares (1609 meters autostart, 200,000SEK first prize) produced a 1.10.9kr victory for Twigs Voici (6f Love You-Twigs Likepine-Pine Chip) with trainer Pekka Korpi up. Delicious (6f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) was second for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet ahead of D’One (5f Donato Hanover-Giant Diablo-Supergill) and Orjan Kihlstrom aboard for trainer Roger Walmann. Another Donato daughter Talk The Talk was fourth. The 2140 meter autostart Silver Final (220,000SEK to the winner) resulted in an upset victory by Denmark’s Nok’En Frakkert (10g Mastery-Kama Sutra-Lindy’s Crown) with Jorgen Sjunnessin driving. This 1.12.9kr winner defeated Falcon Haleryd (6g Varenne-Falnos Bellona-Mack Lobell)with trainer Johan Untersteiner up and third finishing Greenleaf Slim (5m Andover Hall-Mabelese-Malabar Man) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Ulf Stenstromer. A co-feature on Sweden Cup Day each year is the Harper Hanovers (Gr. II International UET Masters Series, 15 starters, 3140 meters volt start for stayers distance handicapped, 500,000SEK to the winner). Five contestants went 3140 meters, three 3160 meters and seven 3180 meters. Indigious (6m Prodigious-Indication-Super Arnie) took the prize timed in 1.13.4kr over 3180 meters. Erik Adielsson did the teaming for trainer Stig H. Johansson and owner Stall Express. Another 40 meter penalized player, Mellby Viking (7m Viking Kronos-Naomi de Lou-Extreme Dream), was second for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos, ahead of 20 meter handicapped Tomorrowland (8m Conway Hall-Justice Done-Donerail) and trainer/driver Ari Moilanen. Early in the card two 1609 meter autostart quick winner are also worth a mention. Editor Rapida (4g Exploit Caf-Sierra Rapida-Express Ride) stopped the clock in 1.11.2kr for Henri Bollstrom and veteran mare Absolut Newport (8f SJ’s Photo-Giant Emotion-Giant Victory-Trolley Square) scored in 1.11.3kr. Second dam produced “Dewey”. The winner from Netherlands recorded career victory 21 in 64 starts and in 2015 shows 3-1-0 in five outings. Peter Ingves teamed this one. Tomorrow promises to be a great day of racing starting with a legends drivers contest and the presentation of Maharajah. Be there! Thomas H. Hicks

May 29, 2015 - Solvalla’s daytime harness racing card started the Elitloppet 2015 weekend for real and sets up tonight’s yearling sale of 87 head, net of outs. Leading sires represented include Ready Cash (11), Muscle Hill (6), Maharajah (4), Cantab Hall (3), two each by Timoko, Infinitif, Muscle Massive, Credit Winner, Kadabra and Yankee Glide. Results will follow separately. Solvalla racing featured wins by Caztor, Sudbury, Bethel Hanover, and Backorder. Caztor (4m Sam Bourbon-Abbondonza-Alf Palema) scored in 1.11.9kr over 1640 meters autostart to earn 30,000SEK first prize with Jorma Kontio up for trainer/owner Timo Nurmos. Santiago Bi, by Love You, was next for Bjorn Goop and Svart Kronos (by Gift Kronos) ended third for trainer Fredrik B. Larsson. The winner was clear by eight lengths. The AM Prints Trot, with 50,000SEK to the winner, was conducted over 2140 meters autostart and Sudbury (4g Infinitif-Emerald di Jesolo-Supergill) was a 1.12.9kr winner by two lengths for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Stall Kreditt HB owns this Italian bred from Scuderia Bolgheri Srl. The Offshore Dream four year-old gelding Real Dream was second for Torbjorn Jansson at the lines for Stall Pep and trainer Robert Bergh. The Travtjabstens Mares Trot (75,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, five and six year-old females) produced a 1.12.7kr victory for Bethel Hanover (5f Donato Hanover-Beignet Hanover-Malabar Man) and pilot Erik Adielsson. Trained by Per Hedberg for Stall Palema, the winner is 2-1-2 in six 2015 starts. Red Riding Hood (5f Quite Easy-Heather Bi-Pine Chip) was second for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer and owner Adams HB. The Extrem Events, over 2140 meters autostart for four year-old females (50,000SEK to winner), went to Backorder (4f Chocolatier-Fabulous Kemp-Yankee Glide) by four lengths timed in 1.13.7kr. Timo Nurmos trains Backorder for owner Kings Arms and Jorma Kontio was up. Order by Stable AB bred the winner, now undefeated in three 2015 appearances. Devs Darling (4f Infinitif-See Yawl Hanover-Yankee Glide) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stig H. Johansson. At Paris-Vincennes Group II events and Q+ led the card. The Gr. II Prix Lavatar (€120,000 purse, monte, 2850 meters, 11 starters) went to 2.6/1 Best of Jets (4m Magnificent Rodney-Plume Jets) with Francois Lagadeuc up for trainer/owner Jean Michel Baudouin. The barefoot winner scored very easily with a start to finish journey clocked in 1.13.6kr off even fractions. 8/1 Bilibilli (4m Niky-Quetty du Donjon) was next for Alexandre Abrivard and owner J-P Barjon. 21/1 Biscuit Delavera (4m Ludo de Castelle-Neva du Rosier) was third. Even money favorite Bird Parker was fifth and never threatened. The Quinte+ Prix de la Soiree Tropicale (€72,000 purse, 2700 meters, 17 European participants) went to J-M Bazire trained and driven United Back (7m Ni Ho Ped d’Ombree-Pearl Back) as 3/5 favorite. He scored in 1.13kr after rushing to the front with 1000 meters remaining and holding 73/1 Tina Jolie (8f Jasmin de Flore-Minea des Picanes) safe by three-quarters of a length, the latter handled by Joann Lebourgeois. Italy’s 8/1 Noir Desir (8g Daguet Rapide-Ocanelle) was a rapidly advancing third to the line. The Gr. II Prix France O (€120,000 purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was taken by 3/1 barefoot Akim du Cap Vert (5m First de Retz-Prima du Cap Vert) and owner/trainer/driver Franck Anne. He scored in 1.13.1kr. Olmo Holz (7m Uronometro-Veuve du Kras) was a good second at 16/1 for Christophe Martens. 4/1 Uhlan du Val (7m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful) was third for trainer/driver Cedrik Megissier ahead of 27/1 Uppercut de Marche (7g Neutron du Cebe-Nuit de Marche) with Damien Bonne driving. Even-money favorite Robert Bi (5m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) was fifth for Robin Bakker. Vision Intense finished eighth and Roxana de Barbray ninth in this fine field. Thomas H. Hicks

May 29, 2015 - The prestigious ASVT Elitauktionen took place this evening before a big crowd. 62 head sold from 94 cataloged and 84 presented net of outs. The average sold was 231,129SEK (US$27,181), with the gross total being over 14.3SEK million. The top four sold all brought above US$70,000.  The sale leader was Coys Rain (male, Muscle Hill-Savvy Yankee) to Reijo Liljendahl for 1,260,000SEK (US$148,176). The maternal family produced US$300,000 plus winners Rocky Balboa and Muscles To Spare. Thomas H. Hicks

Stockholm, Sweden – With the auctioneers voice echoing in the background (in Swedish of course), I attended my first Elitloppet Yearling Sale Friday at the Scandic Infra City in Upplands Vasby. It was a sight to behold from the parking lot across the street for the hotel that holds the sale every year. There is a jumbo TV screen as you cross the street because the parking lot at the hotel is jammed pack. The TV screen has the information on the horse currently being sold. A total of 90 yearlings were to go through the sales ring. But what was unique was that the jumbo TV screen had the current bid prices in Swedish and Norweigan Kroners, Euro and I was not sure of the other demonization. There was already a line of people trying to get into the back area of the sale as the inside arena was packed to the brim with an estimate 500 plus crow of people for the annual sale. There were plenty of vendor booths with horse trailers, Elitloppet t-shirts, caps and hoodies, horse shoes, tack equipment and much more on sale. I was quite surprised as I turned the corner and there was an outstanding buffet and seating for more than 150 people and the seating wrapped around the sales ring so people could eat and watch and bid on the yearling sale. Then I looked around the room and saw people going into a private area so I checked that out and it was private dining room for 250 people with a big screen TV showing the auction and prices and taking bids. It was an amazing crowd for the yearling sale. Top owners and trainers from throughout Europe and the USA. I am guessing that Saturday’s race card with be just as amazing, rain or shine! By Steve Wolf for

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