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December 13, 2017 - Food Money (9g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) took Wednesday’s Solvalla Gosta Nordins (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) as this 5.9/1 Jezek Thomas trainee scored in 1.13.6kr with Ulf Ohlsson the pilot. Thomas also owns the veteran campaigner that rallied in the lane to defeat 1.2/1 favorite Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) with owner/trainer Stefan Melander up. 8.2/1 Charrua Forlan (7g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar-Frisky Frazer) landed third for Hans Owe Sundberg. Luckycharm Hanover and French Laundry were the next two on the line. Nuncio was being prepped for a trip and France and an apparent Prix d’Amerique try. His recent efforts have not been up to his best against relatively weak competition, raising some question about an effort at Vincennes versus retirement. Thomas H. Hicks

December 10, 2017 - Trencsen (5m Ata Star L-Eperjes-Witsends Speedy) driven by Sandor Kolozsi took Saturday’s Kincsem Park harness racing featured Palmyra DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, nine starters) clocked in 1.19.9kr. Istvan Papp trains the winner that defeated Urban Legend (4m Gustav Diamant-Jasmin Diamant-Sugarcane Hanover) handled this day by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. Third was Urania RG (4f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) for Sandor Varga driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. The undercard included the Idomero DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart, 12 starters) and Disney HR (4f Light Up de Vonnas-Times-SJs Photo) scored in 1.20.1kr for Gyorgy Farkas driving for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Unigena Sun (4f Sholty Boko-Jeanne Sun-Grundy’s Ebony) was second for driver Tamas Tanczer and third was Rocky HR (5m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) reined by Andrea Fazekas. On Saturday in Sweden (Aby) the V75 Legolas Minne Gold (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13kr timed and 3/2 odds Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Lars Brindeborg and owner Parkkoken. The winner now has 29 wins in 82 career starts for 4,494,295SEK earned. Geisha Sund (7f Love You-Kanadia-Canada) was second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, ahead of Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise) and driver Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran BBS Sugarlight was fourth for Vidar Hop. Other interesting winners on the Aby program were Kash Brodda (5f Ready Cash-Kismetta Marc-Viking Kronos) for Peter Untersteiner in 1.12.9kr of 2140 meters autostart; Ulriika Highness (6f Love You-Camilla Highness-Super Arnie) for Stefan Soderkvist in 1.14.2kr over 2140 meters distance handicap – the winner traveled an added 20 meters; and Global Trust (4m Yankee Glide-Refuse to Lose-Conway Hall with Jorma Kontio up timed in 1.12.1kr over 1640 meters autostart. Sunday I viewed the evening program at Krieau (Austria), a racetrack that began in 1878 and is the second oldest in Europe after Central Moscow Hippodrome. The featured Prix Nastasia Noens (purse €5,000, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) went to Palema Photo (9g Gidde Palema-Novels Photo) with Erich Kubes up for owner/trainer Marion Hope. Meilo Mo (7m SJs Photo-Miss Starchip Mo) was second for Mario Zanderigo and third was Lord Brodde (6g Mr. Pine Chip-Leonas Yessi) for Christoph Fischer for trainer Gregor Krenmmayr. Thomas H. Hicks      

November 25, 2017 - Cyber Lane  (4g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) took today’s Solvalla Grand Prix raced over 2140 meters autostart with 400,000SEK to the winner. Johan Untersteiner drove and trains the property of Levaux AB to the 1.12.1kr timed victory, his 16th in 19 career starters now for 7,155,500SEWK earned. The winner, off at 2.21/1 odds,  raced in the death seat throughout leader Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) before drawing off to easy win in the stretch, The Erik Adielsson trained, Stig H, Johansson trained, Diamanten faded to third as rallying Dartagnan Sisu (4m Ready Cash-Armbro Carroll-Malabar Man) rallied to gain second. The tractions were well rated as the 1.13.5kr timed at the 1500 meter mark signifies. Thomas H. Hicks

November 12. 2017 - The three year old filly Breeders Crown (purse €163,840, 2140 meters autostart) at Eskilstuna, Sweden, went to 8.6/1 Candy La Marc (3f Scarlet Knight-Oiseau-Andover Hall) reined by Johan Untersteiner for harness racing trainer/owner/breeder Lars Marcussen. She scored for the ninth time in 12 career starts, now for 2,530,992SEK earned, and has recorded four wins in her last five outings. The pacesetter easily bested 3.4/1 Dibaba (3f Ready Cash-Moonlight Kronos-Viking Kronos) and driver Orjan Kihlstrom. Roger Walmann trains this SRF Stable owned filly. 7/10 favorite Vamp Kronos (3f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) was fourth placed third after being passed in the lane by a miscue dq rival. Bjorn Goop teamed Vamp Kronos for trainer Jerry Riordan and Renato Bruni of United Emeritus. Race time was 1.14.7kr. Viking Kronos raced in the death seat but weakened late against the dominant winner. The Breeders Crown for four year old mares (purse €163,840, 2140 meters autostart) went to 11.4/1 odds, 1.15.2kr timed, Unrestricted (4f Muscles Yankee-Drive Through-Quito de Talonay) handled by trainer Johan Untersteiner for owner Bob Berglund. She recorded her seventh win in 21 career starts now for 1,739,500SEK earned. 3.2/1 Caddie Lisieux (4f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) was second for driver Kenneth Haugstad, trainer Roger Walmann and SRF Stable. 11/1 Dream Lane (4f Pastor Stephen-Tango Gold-Good As Gold) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Well regarded Ultra Bright was scratched. The Breeders Crowns for males highlighted the back half of today’s Eskilstuna Card. The Breeders Crown for three year old males went to 7.8/1 Lucifer Lane (3m Infinitif-Montreal Lane-Lindy Lane) reined by Johan A. Nilsson for trainer Thomas Nilsson and owner Christine Larsson. The winner scored for the 10th time in 16 outings for 1,805,000SEK earned. Norway’s 8.4/1 Vainqueur R.P. (3m Infinitif-Global Affair-Broadway Hall) was second for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Frode Hamre. Third went to favorite Selmer IH (3g Love You-Magalloway-Andover Hall) for Mika Forss and trainer Ingemar Huttqvist for Stall Ratu. Race time was 1.14.6kr in this Menhammar Stuteri sponsored event raced over 2140 meters autostart for the €163,840 purse. Great performance for J-P Dubois’ stallion Infinitif (Pine Chip-Island Dream-Coktail Jet) that was also a successful limited crop sire in North America. The four year old male Breeders Crown  (purse €163,840, 2140 meters autostart) resulted in an easy front stepping victory for Johan Untersteiner reined, 3.9/1 odds Cyber Lane timed in 1.14.7kr.. This Untersteiner trainee is owned by Levaux AB and he recorded career victory number 15 in 18 starts, now for 5,955,500SEK earned. Race time was 1.14.7kr in the cold light snow environment and the winner won his fifth straight. Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) rallied mightily at 22.4/1 for second driven by Ulf Ohlsson for Petri Salmela and Stall Nian. Bruno Bagheera (4m Joke Face-Poppy Lavec-Lindy Lane) at 60.8/1 took third for driver Per Lennartsson, trainer Stefan Melander and Stall TZ. This event completed a great Breeders Crown program for Johan Untersteiner who won three as driver and two as trainer. Yesterday at Eskilstuna Bjorn Goop trainee, the veteran Reckless (7m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill), took the featured monte event worth 40,000SEK to the winner. This 1.8/1 favorite was timed in 1.12.1kr over the 1640 meter autostart course for jockey Sofia Adolfsson. Thomas H. Hicks

November 11, 2017 - Ulf Ohlsson teamed Reijo Liljendahl harness racing trainee Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) to a 1.10.8kr timed victory at Eskilstuna in the V75 Gold, with 150,000SEK to the winner. The distance was 1640 meters autostart and Cruzado dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner) ended second for Magnus Jakobsson and trainer Stefan Melander for Courant AB. Third in the field of 12 was On Track Piraten (9g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) driven by Johnny Takter. The winner recorded his19th career win in 37 outings for 3,533,915SEK earned. The undercard included the V75 Silver Division for 125,000SEK (2140 meters voltstart) to the winner, Cab Hornline (6g San Pellegrino-Perle Mauritius-Hermes de Pericard), reined by trainer Per Lennartsson. Race time was 1.14.4kr and Super Nice (4m Orlando Vici-Flax Avenue-Daguet Rapide) and Thaiger Exclusive (6g Adrian Chip-Lady Exclusive-Spotlite Lobell) were the next two home. The Sparbanken (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to impressive Very Kronos (3m Ready Cash-Glide About-Yankee Glide) timed in 1.15kr for Erik Adielsson, driver for trainer Svante Bath. The now five time winner in eight career starts, all in 2017, is owned by Kjell Johansson. Neelix (3g Raja Mirchi-Yankee Bash-Self Possessed) was second for Adrian Kolgjini and third went to Evazan AM (3g Ready Cash-Queen Silas-Pine Chip) for the Ohlsson/Liljendahl combination. Tomorrow at the same venue will be four Breeders Crown SWE finals, each for 800,000SEW to the race winners. These events are for colts and fillies, one each for three and four year olds. A few to watch include Ultra Bright (4f Zola Boko), Candy La Marc (3f Scarlet Knight), Vamp Kronos (3f Ready Cash), Lucifer Lane (3m Infinitif), Cyber Lane (4g Raja Mirchi) and Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip). Thomas H. Hicks

November 4, 2017 - Nuncio (6m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle-Lindy Lane) rebounded from a disappointing last out to easily win today’s Hilda Zonetts V75 Gold at Bergsaker, timed in 1.12kr over 2149 meters autostart. Stefan Melander was the pilot of the 3/10 favorite , he also the owner/trainer. Nuncio left from post six and made the front from a three wide position on the backside of lap one and he was a length winner from Tobin Kronos (5f Muscle Hill-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) driven by Orjan Kihstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Third was Poochai (7m Make It Happen-In Vino Veritas-Express Ride) for Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Nuncio now has a 42-13-4 slate in 62 career outings for 28,610,230SEK earned. Today’s first prize was 150,000SEK. Other good winners on the card included Valeur (8g Love You-Steffi Bob-Lindys Crown) for Sandra Nordemo in the V75 Silver and Bryssel (5m Ready Cash-Spacelane-Lindy lane) took the V75 Bronze handled by his trainer, Bjorn Goop. Thomas H. Hicks

October 21, 2017 - Today’s marathon Gr. III International Grand Prix de la Ville de Caen (purse €80,000, 4400 meters distance handicap, 18 International starters), also the Q+ race of the day, went to 10/1 Uniflosa Bella (9f Jag de Bellouet-Koctiflosa Bella) that overcame a 25 meter handicap to win for Eric Raffin. Timed in 1.15.1kr the J.P. Marmion owned trainee, bred by Remi Boucret, recorded her 23rd career win in 83 outings for €640,440 earned. Second finishing Val Royal (8m Capriccio-Quar du Rib), also penalized 25 meters at the start, set the pace throughout for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire and gamely held on at 6.4/1. The 3/2 favorite Cantin de l’éclair and 2.1/1 Traders were misque dq’s. 22.4/1Alienor de Godrel (7f Orlando Vici-Julietta) was third this day for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Ecurie AB Trot. 19/1 Visconti (8g Magnificent Rodney) was fourth for trainer/driver Franck Nivard, this one also 25 meter handicapped. 50 meter handicapped and 131/1 Athena de Vandel (7f Prince Gede-Maclia de Vandel) landed the fifth sport for Mathieu Mottier. Longshots continued in the Prix de Champcerie (purse €46,000, 2200 meters autostart, 18 starters) at Caen with victory earned by 48.4/1 Valea MIP (8f Ganymede-Javotte Ducale) reined by Alexandre Ramage for trainer Sebastien Guarato and owner Ecurie MIP, The 1.12.4kr timed winner defeated 182/1 Blooma d’Heripre (6f Rolling d’Heripre-Quenta Por Favor) and teamster Anthony Menager and trainer Gregory Horel. Third went to 13.8/1 Athos des Volos (7m Lynx de Bellouet-Penelope des Volos) handled by Eric Raffin, 3/1 Bolt was a misque dq. At Orebro SWE today was the Express Gaxe raced over 2100 meters autostart for 150,000SEK first money. What was billed as a FR prep for Nuncio turned into a stunning defeat. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored in gate to wire fashion from post six, driven by trainer Johan Untersteiner for Invexbro AB, breeder/owner. The 12.5/1 shot bested pocket sitter Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) with Christoffer Eriksson up and 10.5/1 I Love Paris (7f Steinlager-Marie Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman) rallied three wide in the last quarter and earned third for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Nuncio has post one and was away fourth on the pegs before moving first over after 400 meters. He stayed second on the outer thereafter for Stefan Melander before stalling in the final bend and through the lane, ending fifth. Race time was 1.12.3kr off even fractions, the 1500 meter mark time was 1.12.2kr and the 1000 was 1.12.9kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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