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

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

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

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

December 17, 2016 - Gallant harness racing veteran Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) at 7.5/1 odds took Saturday’s V75 Gold (150,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart) at Aby with Christoffer Eriksson driving, clocked in 1.14kr. Dan Widegren trains this career 30-time winner in 91 starts for over 7.05SEK million earned. Stall Nilsson AB is the owner. 4.6/1 Nahar (11g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin. This great campaigner has posted 42 wins in 135 starts for over 13SEK million in earnings. 21/1 Je T’aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je T’aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) landed third for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. The V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters autostart) went to 3.8/1 Carabinieri (5m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) clocked in 1.15.2kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. The V75 Bronze (110,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) was won by 3.3/1 Master Crowe (6m Conway Hall-Somack-Mack Lobell). Peter Ingves teamed that Puro Petri trainee that is a half-brother to legendary Commander Crowe (winner of US$4.1 million) by Juliano Star and also Mack Peter (winner of US$165,000). Second dam Somolli Ribb is a daughter of Speedy Somolli and dam of US$203,000 winner Super Somolli by Super Bowl. Master Crowe was timed this day in 1.13.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks

December 14, 2016 - Wednesday’s Fyraaringstoppen (purse 128,200SEK, 2140 meters autostart) at Jagersro went to 1.13.5kr timed Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) trained by Jerry Riordan and reined by Christoffer Eriksson. Another Riordan trainee finished second, that being Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) reined by Thomas Uhrberg. Aaron The Baron ended third. Another 128,400SEK purse event was for aged mares raced over 2140 meters. Rainbow Of Nando (6f RC Royalty-Isidora-Pine Chip) scored clocked in 1.16kr for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Sofia Aronsson. Alva Garbo (6f Kadabra-Sunrise As-Varenne) was second for teamster Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. At Solvalla was the 2016 Fryraringslopp (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) for mares. The 1.15.2kr winner was 3.25/1 Oceanic Clearance(4f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride). Orjan Kihlstrom was the reinsman for breeder/trainer/owner Stefan Melander. 2.75/1 X=Zumburella (4f Diesel Don-Zumurrud-Ride The Night) was second for Tommi Nikkola and Ice Wine (4f Yankee Glide-Sugar Sample-Mack Lobell) landed the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing stars Nuncio and Knows Nothing have been scratched from their race tomorrow at Solvalla. The resulting fields for the Gunnar Nordins and Gosta Nordins, both over 2140 meters autostart) are shown below: Gunnar Nordins Floyd Fortuna, Adielsson Camelot Sisu, Goop Banthechocolate, Haapio Divisionist, Kontio Global Satisfaction, Ohsson Cupido Sisu, Kihlstrom   Gosta Nordins Attack Diablo, C. Eeriksson Nato Dream, Haugstad Partout Simoni, Kern Charrua Forlan, Goop Claes Boko, Adielsson   The Royal Mares is set for Sunday at Agnano with 14 in the field (below). Anna Mix is entered here and she is also an early entrant for Prix Bourbonnais at Vincennes. G.P. Royal Mares – € 45.000 – Gr. II  1600 meters Sundance Bi (x) Terra dell’Est (P. Gubellini) Oudry dei Veltri (V. Luongo) Super Star Reaf (D. Di Stefano) Semola Ek (L. Ferro) Trendy Ok (A. Gocciadoro) Rania Lest (x) Tamia Jet (Lor. Baldi) Paris Dany (M. Minopoli jr) Radiofreccia Fi (E. Bellei) Tootsie Font (R. Fiorino) Rialba Rl (V.P. Dell’Annunziata) Top Grif Italia (G.P. Maisto) She’s Romy Lions (T. Tufano) Thomas H. Hicks  

Coin Perdu (2m SJ’s Caviar-Provo Kronos-Viking Kronos) remained undefeated in five career starts by winning the Gr. I National Svensk 2016 (harness racing two year olds) at Jagersro. Timed in 1.12.7kr over 1640 meters autostart the Erik Adielsson teamed winner is trained by Svante Bath. He earned 700,000SEK first prize. The winner’s second dam is Pine Dust (Pine Chip-Web Chance) and is from the family of Sushi (by Speedy Crown) and Ah So, dam of Workaholic. Executive Caviar (2m SJ’s Caviar-La Belle Lady-Conway Hall) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Dats Cabello (2m Jacose-No Entry-Windsong’s Legacy) driven by Christoffer Eriksson for Tomas Malmqvist, trainer. The program also included the V75 Gold Meadow Prophets for 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2140 meter autostart test. The 1.12.5kr timed 4.6/1 Takethem (6m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) from Denmark was victorious for Steen Juul. Je’t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je’t’Aime Marron-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Peter Untersteiner and third was Dreams Take Time (7m Andover Andover) for Johan Untersteiner. 4.2/1 Nahar was a miscue dq. The V75 Silver for 125,000SEK first money was raced over 2140 meters autostart. The 1.7/1 choice Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) won for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner timed in 1.13.4kr. Ni Talar Bra Latin (6g Kiss Francais-Fattiga Lisa-Supergill) was second with Erik Adielsson up and third went to Bartenders In (6g Muscles Yankee-Garfish Face-Viking Kronos) reined by trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

Nuncio returns to action next Wednesday at Solvalla, where the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion will be teamed with regular pilot Orjan Kihlstrom in the Gosta Nordins. A field of seven will race over 2140 meters autostart (field below). Divisionist will also take part in the Gunnar Nordins on the card. Nuncio may be pointed toward the Prix d’Amerique the last week in January. December 7, 2016 – Solvalla - R7 Gosta Nordins 2140 meters autostart Nuncio - Kihlstrom Knows Nothing - Ohlsson Attack Diablo - Eriksson Nato Dream - Haugstad Partout Simoni - Kern Charrva Forlan - Goop Claes Boko - Adielsson   R4 Gunnar Nordins 2140 meters autostart Floyd Fortuna - Adielsson Camelot Sisu - Goop Barthechocoate - Haapio Divisionist - Kontio Global Satisfaction - Ohlsson Cupido Sisdu - Kihlstrom   Thomas H. Hicks  

November 26, 2016 - Harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) at 1.6/1 took Saturday’s Gr. II International Konung Carl XVI at Solvalla, timed in 1.12.7kr over 2140 meters autostart with a front-end performance. The Hans R. Stromberg trainee was driven by Johnny Takter for Stall Morkermasse. The winner earned 250,000SEK with the victory. 5/1 Nadal Broline (6g Yankee Glide-Aimees Promise-American Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. Third went to 13/1 Thai Broadway (7m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Explosive de Vie finished sixth and Coldtown was scratched. Replay: The day’s feature was the Solvalla Grand Prix (Gr. II International, 2140 meters autostart. 400,000SEK to winner). 11/1 Workout Wonder (4m Conway Hall-Dear Abs-Muscles Yankee) was victorious timed in 1.13.2kr for Tommi Kylliainen and trainer Jarno Kauhanen, rallying wide off the final bend to score easily. Fractions were modest (1.12.7kr after 500 meters, 1.12.9kr at the 1000 completed mark, 1.13kr at 1500 post). 13/1 In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yankee-Supergill) took second for Erik Adielsson, Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden, ahead of 29/1 Globalsatisfaction (4m Kadabra-Glide Path-Yankee Glide). Ulf Ohlsson teamed this Timo Nurmos trainee. Wild Honey finished fourth. Replay: Other fast class events at Solvalla were as follows: Grabber Silver Final (220,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) to 4/1 Carabinieri (5m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner in 1.13.6kr; Finn-Tack Klass II (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) to 9/1 Island Life (5g Pine Chip-Gossip-The Onion) in 1.14.7kr for driver Erik Adielsson. Peter G. Norman trains this one for Stall H&T Kompaniet; Top Seven Klass I Final (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) to 3/1 Aron Palema (4g Symphonic Hanover-Rosalinde Palema-Alf Palema) for trainer Par Hedberg and reinsman Johnny Takter, timed in 1.14.2kr; Lyle & Scott Mares (200,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters voltstart) that 69/1 Okrkide CD (5f Mythical Lindy-Floating Market-Kosar) won in 1.14.7kr with Torbjorn Jansson driving. The owner/trainer is Cathrin Bergstrom. Pandora Face (4f Muscle Hill-Concher-Pine Chip) was second for Adrian Kolgjini. Thomas H. Hicks

November 6, 2016 - Today’s SWE Breeders Crown Final action was at Eskilstuna with each harness racing event raced over 2140 meters autostart for a purse of €160,000 (the winners share in SEK was 1.6SEK million). The three year old colts/geldings winner was 5.3/1 Grant Boko (3g Ready Cash-Sue Boko-Yankee Glide) with Ulf Ohlsson up for trainer Reijo Lilyendahl. Onkel Invest Oy (Finland) owns the Boko Holland bred colt that now has a 5-1-1 slate in nine starts. Timed in 1.12.9kr the winner bested Policy Of Truth (3g Explosive Matter-Champagne-Supergill) with Orjan Kihlstrom up and third finishing Monark Newmen (3m Orlandoi Vici-Lady Value-Alf Palema) for reinsman Stefan Soderqvist. The three year-old filly event went to 29/1 late rallying Ryhme Broline (3f Celebrity Secret-Candelia-Armbro Goal) for driver Erik Adielsson. Svante Bath is the trainer for Stall Rhyme Broline. Breeder was Broline Interational AB of the 1.13.1kr timed winner, now with a 3-2-1 slate in nine starts. Caddie Lisieux (3f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) was second for Kenneth Haugstad and third was Darling Mearas (3f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) with Stefan Persson at the lines.  Four year old fillies battled furiously before 5.4/1 In Toto Sund (4f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsong’s Legacy) prevailed for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Daniel Reden. The Stall Zet owned mare has a 6-1-0 slate in nine starts. The Jerry Riordan trainee Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) was a solid second for driver Christoffer Eriksson and North American owners David Goodrow and Jeffrey Snyder. Cerveza finished third in the race with the winner clocked in 1.12.9kr. In the four year old colt/gelding contest 32/1 Target Kronos (4g Raja Mirchi-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip) scored timed in 1.12.5kr for driver Adrian Kolgjini. Lutfi Kolgjini trains the winner fior L&M Ugala Holding AB that now has a 5-0-5 slate in 16 starts this year. Second was Isor Haleryd (4g Ready Cash-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) for Peter Untersteiner. In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine-Supergill) was third. On the undercard a 1640 meter autostart event for 25,000SEK to the winner went to 1.12kr clocked 1.8/1 favorite Sugarmesmecrazy (4g Crazed-Maple Frosting-Valley Victory). He now sports a 4-1-1 slate in 10 starts this year. Svante Bath trains this six time lightly raced career winner for Mellby Gard AB. He was bred by the late Bill Weaver’s Valley High Stable. Twigs U. Canfly was second for Tomas Pettersson and Jeepster was third for Oskar Kylion-Blom. Thomas H. Hicks

Friday night at Orebro Sweden was the 201 Najos Minne (100,000SEK to winner, 2100 meters autostart) and the winner was 4.41/1 Cruzado dela Noche (4m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) reined by Bjorn Goop and timed in 1.11.1kr, a record for the distance on a 1000 meter harness racing track. Stefan Melander trains the Stall Courant AB Stockholm owned and Hanover Shoe Farms bred winner, that has a 2016 slate of 5-1-2 in 14 starts for 2,137,690SEK. He has 10 wins in 36 career starts for 4,081,566SEK earned. Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) was second for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pasuale Ciccarelli. This Biasuzzi bred trotter bested third finishing Divisionist (4m Andover Hall-Only Lonely-Yankee Paco-Too Good For You-Yankee Glide-Little Miss Queenie) with Jorma Kontio driving. Uncle Lasse (4m Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide) was fourth for Orjan Kihlstrom and fifth went to Billy Flynn (4m Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones) with Erik Adielsson aboard. Nahar Takes Mohawk Preferred Saturday evening’s Mohawk (Ontario) featured trot was the weekly Preferred (purse C$34,000, one mile autostart) and veteran former Elitloppet winner (at age eight)  Nahar (11g, Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) was an easy five-length winner clocked in 1:53 for driver Doug McNair, trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin. Racing with hopples has helped the class-master that easily dispatched Whiskey Tax ((9g Revenue-Bourbon Belle-Muscles Yankee) with Randy Waples up and third finishing Etruscan Hanover (6g Donato Hanover-Exotic Destination-Dream Vacation). Nahar, now a winner in excess of 12.SEK million and with 41 career victories, photos below: Thomas H. Hicks  

October 29, 2016 - Today’s CL Mullers Memorial at Jagersro (purse 400,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart, V75 Gold) went to international harness racing veteran On Track Piraten (8g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) with Johnny Takter at the lines for Stall Morkermasse and trainer Hans R, Stromberg. Timed in 1.11.7kr the 2.53/1 favorite defeated Reckless (6m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) with Bjorn Goop up. Third was Takethem (6m From Above-D’cherie-New Quick) and driver Steen Juul. Replay: The V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Italy’s 8.15/1 odds Next To None SIB (9g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. The winner recorded his fifth 201 victory in ten starts with the 1.12.1kr timed score. Sylvester D.K. (7g Hovding Lavec-Happy CN-Ride The Wave) was second for Peter H. Sjoberg and third went to Sylvester America (5g Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell-Evita) with Christoffer Eriksson up. This one was bred by the late Lou Guida and is owned and trained by Jerry Riordan. Early in the card another Yonkers International performer scored (as was On Track Piraten) in a monte test worth 60,000SEK to the winner over a 2140 meter course. 4.6/1 Tano Bork (6g Great Challenger-Federikke Bork-New Quicl) scored in for Christina Lindhardt. The Denmark bred performer now has a 7-1-1 slate in 15 starts this year, and 17 wins in 56 career outings. Palermo Tars finished second for jockey Nicole Marsing. Thomas H. Hicks  

October 15, 2015 - Ivar Sanna (6m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) won Saturday’s Swedish Masters (500,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart), the V75 Gold, clocked in 1.13.3kr. Harness racing driver Jomar Blekkan teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that Happy People Racing AB owns. Ivar Sanna won his fifth straight and 16th career victory in 55 starts for 3,660,431SEK earned. Mosaique Face was second for Adrian Kolgjini with third to Vasterboonthenews with Thomas Uhrberg driving. The winner’s share of the purse is $56,676 in US dollars. The undercard included the Gr II National Mares (500,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and JetSet (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) scored for Peter Untersteiner, also her trainer. Timed in 1.13.7kr JetSet recorded her 13th career win in 44 starts for 2,016,937SEK earned. She has a 4-6-3 slate in 14 starts this year. The V75 Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Finland’s Top Of The World (5g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) clocked in 1.11.3kr for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. He now sports 19 wins in 42 career starts. The Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) this day went to Heartbreaker V.S. (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive-Nevele Pride) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. The 1.13.7kr timed winner now has 15 career wins in 38 starts. The Larlings SM (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Angelica Holm and trainer Robert Bergh. The 2140 meter autostart Euro Classic Next Year (40,000SEK to winner) went to Get Lucky Pellini (3f SJ’s Photo-Hawaiian Sierra-Sierra Kosmos) timed in 1.14.4kr for reinsman Joakim Lovgren. Two monte contests were on the program with the 250,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart, race won by Brasil Boko (8m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) with Jennifer Oscarsson up. The winner was timed in 1.13.4kr and earned his third straight monte victory for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The other monte contest (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to heavily favored Viking Olympic (8g Trophy Catch-Laika H-Earthquake) timed in 1.13.8kr and ridden by Clara Jonasson. The Denmark registered winner record his second straight win. Thomas H. Hicks  

Whether racing, training, or being an ambassador for harness racing, Sweden’s On Track Piraten puts his best foot forward. The popular 8-year-old gelding hopes to win over more fans in the U.S. this weekend when he competes for the second time in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The draw for Saturday’s Yonkers International Trot is Tuesday afternoon. On Track Piraten is one of three European horses returning for the 1-1/4 mile event at The Hilltop, along with Norway’s BBS Sugarlight and Italy’s Oasis Bi. Completing the 10-horse field are Sweden’s Explosive De Vie, Canada’s Flanagan Memory, Finland’s Jonesy, Denmark’s Tano Bork and U.S. representatives Hannelore Hanover, Obrigado and Resolve. Last year, On Track Piraten finished seventh in the International Trot after a three-wide move early in the race put the gelding in front, but unable to get to the inside. He then raced first-over heading to the final turn before dropping back. Norway’s Papagayo E won the race, but is unable to return this year because of injury. “Coming to the International Trot last year was a great experience,” On Track Piraten’s trainer Hans Strömberg said in a video produced by Kristin Riise Ødegård for this year’s event. “We were so well taken care of and welcomed by the track. Piraten didn’t do too good in the race, he had quite a bad trip, but anyhow we were really satisfied that we traveled over. We were really impressed with the whole event. “Actually, I think it’s an honor to get an invitation. It shows you have a really good horse. We never hesitated when we were invited again this year. This really is a big thing for us.” A son of stallion Kool Du Caux out of the Rite On Line-sired Monrovia, On Track Piraten has won 27 of 94 career races and earned the U.S.-equivalent of $1.63 million. This year, he has won six of 17 starts and hit the board a total of 12 times. He had back-to-back second-place finishes in Group 1 events before making an uncharacteristic break at the start of the Group 1 UET Masters Championship on Sept. 18. The gelding is owned by Sweden’s Stall Mörkermasse and Stall CK HB. “On Track Piraten came to me in the fall of his 2-year-old season,” Strömberg said. “He was the nicest horse I’d seen actually. I said at once that he’d become a real star. In my eyes, his appearance was just perfect and when we started racing, he quickly showed he was a real racehorse too. “He’s been really important to me. Not everyone gets to train a horse like this one. I feel like he just keeps on getting better. He’s a dream horse to train. His strength is that he has no weaknesses. He’s good at the start and he always finishes well. Training him really is a pleasure.” On Track Piraten’s training routine includes being ridden and he has done jumping and dressage in addition to participating in a local parade. “It’s a different way of training and it also makes them use different muscles,” Strömberg said. “Here in Sweden, our horses have long careers and we train under saddle too. For us, riding is a good complement to our ordinary training. “He’s very popular and when he races on our home track here in Rättvik, he attracts a big crowd. He’s very important for racing here and for our local community.” The International Trot was first held in 1959 and held through 1995. The event was resurrected last year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. For more about this year’s competitors, visit the Yonkers International Trot website by clicking here. To watch the video about On Track Piraten, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

Readly Express and In Vain Sund took Grand Prix de l’UET elims this evening at Solvalla to round out the field for the October 14 harness racing Gr. I €400,000 European Derby at Paris-Vincennes (below) Caly Loulou - Matthieu Abrivard  Readly Express - Timo Nurmos  In Vain Sund – Daniel Redén Toseland Kyu – Vitale Ciotola Nappa Scar – Per Lennartsson Tobin Kronos – Daniel Redén Bryssel – Björn Goop Cahal de Rioults – Philippe Allaire Cuisse la Motte – Cédric Herserant Breidabliks Nubbe – Conrad Lugauer Clif du Pommeraux – Sylvain Roger The Solvalla elims, each raced over 2140 meters for a purse of 301,500SEK, went first to Readly Express (4m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream) timed in 1.12.5kr for driver Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Tobin Kronos (4m Muscle Hill-Zamia FC) was second a length back for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden with third to Copimade (4m Ganymede-Copigirl) driven by Erik Adielsson for trainer Jorgen Westholm. The second elim produced victory for In Vain Sund (4m Revenue-Staro Yasmine) with Kenneth Haugstad up for trainer Reden clocked in 1.12.2kr in the length score. Nappa Scar (4m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) took second for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson ahead of Bryssel (4m Ready Cash-Spacelane) with trainer/driver Bjorn Goop teaming. Thomas H. Hicks

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