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May 4, 2019 - Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) took today’s harness racing co-featured V75 Gold at Orebro (200,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). Trainer Adrian Kolgjini teamed the winner that was timed in 1.10.9kr. The winner scored for the 26th time in 97 career starts and now has life earnings of 8,718,561SEK. Second went to 1.7/1 favorite Charrua Forlan (9g Up Front Larry-Friske Bar-Frisky Frazer) with Emilia Leo aboard for trainer Hans Owe Sundberg. Third was 64/1 Snowstorm Hanover (5m Muscle Massive) with Stefan Melander driving. The other featured event today at Orebro was the Orebro International Stayerlopp (Gr. II, 400,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart). The 1.13.8kr timed victory went to 6.6/1 Mack Dragan (6g Zola Boko-Stons Nettan-Rite On Line) reined by C.J. Jepson for owner/trainer Withelmsson Morgan, as he won for the 19th time in 38 career starts, now for life earnings of 1,697,300SEK. The winner overcame a 20 meter handicap. Second was the 3.4/1 choice On Track Piraten (11g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) that faced a 40 meter handicap and was reined by Rikard N, Skoglund for trainer Hans R. Stromberg. 15/1 Enzo AM (5g Scarlet Knight-Timbe Madrik-Jam Pridem) took third money for pilot Per Nilsson. Mack Dragan The feature for trotting mares today was the Enoch Karlssons Minne (125,000SEK first prize, 2100 meters autostart). The 1.12.1kr timed victory went to 2/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) that Jerry Riordan trains for Italy’s Pietro Gubellini. The winning catch driver was Adrian Kolgjini and Shadow Gar now has 24 career wins in 86 appearances for 5,060,918SEK in life earnings. 10/1 Ginny Weasley (6f Andover Hall-Donepunk-Donerail) took second with Robert Bergh aboard. Third was 8/1 Unique Juli (6f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill). Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday at Jagersro was the V75 Gold Arvid Stjernswards (200,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 11 starters) with victory to the 2.8/1 Dante Boko (9g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) timed in 1.12.1kr and reined by harness racing trainer Adrian Kolgjini. 17/1 Shadow Gar (8f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar) took second with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. Third was 59/1 Art On Line (12g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) for pilot Carl Johan Jepson Thomas H. Hicks  

July 15, 2017 - Dante Boko (7g Going Kronos-Margherita Kronos-Abo Volo) and driver Adrian Kolgjini held off a furious stretch rally from Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) with Orjan Kihlstom up and between horses Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) and Wim Pall, to score in the featured Arjang Stora Sprinterlopp (600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters). The winner recorded his 20th career victory in 67 starts for 6,272,776SEK earned. Dante Boko scored from post two versus eight and ten for his chief rivals, and was clocked in 1.09.6kr (1:51.99 mile rate). Lutfi Kolgjini trains Dante Boko for Stall be The Best. Dante Boko On the undercard was the Hall of Fame (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) with the 1.12.1kr clocked victory going to 4.3/1 Cab Hornline (6g San Pellegrini-Perle Mauritas) reined by trainer Per Lennartsson. The V75 Bronze (110,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters voltstart) went to Torbjorn Jansson teamed Born In The USA (4m Muscle Hill-Christina Rose-Chocolatier) timed in 1.13.2kr. This one recorded his seventh career win in 11 starts. Open class mares raced earlier in the program with a fine 1.12.5kr timed score going to Evin Boko (6f Viking Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) in rein to Johnny Takter for Timo Nurmos, the trainer. The now retired Delicious was scratched from this event. Thomas H. Hicks

May 6, 2017 - Whether Sweden Cup or Elitloppet at the end of May Dante Boko (7g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) may get a call off his Saturday decisive harness racing victory in the V75 Gold (150,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart). Clocked in a sharp 1.10kr the 4.7/1 second choice was teamed by Adrian Kolgjini for trainer Lutfi and Stall Be The Best. 10.7/1 Highspeed Call (9g From Above-Love Call-Alf Palema) took second for Anders Eriksson with third to 3.2/1 Food Money (9g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) reined by Ulf Ohlsson. Fractions were likewise quick (1.07 at the first 500 meters and 1.19.6kr at the 1000 mark). The Orebro card also featured the Stayerlopp (400,000SEK first money, 3140 meters voltstart, Gr. II International event). 9/2 Balfour (6g Scipion du Goutier-Pay The Bill-Sancho Panca) scored in 1.13.3kr driven by Kim Eriksson for owner/trainer Robert Bergh. 2/1 Sauveur (7m Echo-Operah Bob-Easy Lover) was second for Bjorn Goop, ahead of 16/1 Usain Henna (7m Super Light-Kassandra Kuron-Gidde Palema) reined by Osker Svanberg. The winner now has posted four wins in eight 2017 starts and is an impressive 10 for 24 lifetime. Thomas H. Hicks

Wednesday’s harness racing Quinte+ Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord (purse €100,000, 2700 meters autostart, 14 international starters) resulted in an impressive 1.11.4kr win for 13/1 Dante Boko (6g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa). This one raced barefoot and was an open length winner for Adrian Kolgjini, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and Stall Be The Best. 4.1/1 Briac Dark (5m Prince Gede-Queen des Charmes) took second for Franck Anne, also trainer, for Ecurie Guy Barou. 1.7/1 favorite Anna Mix (6f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) was third for owner/driver Franck Leblanc and driver Franck Nivard. Duke of Greenwood, Valko Jenilat and Voltigeur de Myrt were the next three across the finish line. Also at Le Croise Laroche was the Prix Leopold Verroken (purse €32,000, 2700 meters autostart, 16 European starters) and the 1.13.7kr winner was barefoot 3/2 favorite Vitesse du Val (7f Super Photo Kosmos-Jenny Kiss) with Franck Ouvrie up. 48/1 Cuba Cohiba (8f Scarlet Knight-Hananna’s Hanna) was second ahead of 63/1 Tesaco de Pont (9g Kesaco Phedo-Ma Soiree du Pont) with trainer Alexis Garandeau driving. Wednesday at Solvalla was the ASVT Trottex Auktionslopp for 240,000SEK to the winner, one division for the fillies and colts, raced over 1640 meters autostart, each for the same first money. The filly division went to 1.16.3kr timed Staro Lochlyn (2f Varenne-Loch Ness Broline-Andover Hall) trained by Svante Bath and teamed by Erik Adielsson at 5.7/1. This was her initial career. Vasterbo Rainbow (2f Brioni-Victoria ROK-Super Arnie) took second for Joakim Lovgren, also trainer, and third was Restless (2f Ready Cash-Grail Lady Ann-Supergill) for trainer/driver Ake Lindblom. The colt division went to 24.6/1 Mr. Deauville (2g Prodigious-Glimma du Ling-Running Sea) for trainer/driver Mattias Djuse. Timed in 1.15kr this one bested Ripkin Joe (2m Ken Warkentin-Maggie Qvickstep-Wired Pine) handled by Bjorn Goop with third to Chapuy (2g Quite Easy-Popcorn Lavec-Enjoy Lavec) for Ake Lindblom, trainer/driver. Today’s Paris-Vincennes featured Quinte+ Prix de Mehun Sur Yavre (purse €50,000, 2100 meters autostart, 18 European starters) went to 51/1 Ochongo Face (5g Kiss Francais-Jubel Kemp) for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Bjorn Goop and Ecurie Abron 35 AB. 8.4/1 Bar d’Or (5g Orlando Vici-Star du Donjon) was second for trainer/driver Alexis Garandeau. 4.2/1 King Sur Kir (5m Make It Happen-Kings Blondie) was third with Franck Nivard aboard. Ecurie IC Equine AB owns this one and Fabrice Souloy trains. Time for the winner was 1.12.1kr. The Prix Bernard le Quellec (purse €68,000, 2700 meters, 11 european starters) went to 1.14kr timed 3/5 favorite Arazi Boko (9g Varenne-Laura Kemp) with Jean-Michel Bazire up for Ecurie Pirat. Fabrice Souloy trains this horse. 4.7/1 Uno Dancer (8g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) was second for trainer/driver Thierry Duvaldestin. 7.9/1 Tabrouk de Payre (9g Meaulnes du Corta-Orcade de Payre) was a close third for J-Ph Monclin. Today’s Prix de Taverny (purse €60,000, 2700 meters, 12 european starters) went to 1.15kr timed and even-money favorite Draft Life (3f Ubriaco-Maflymede). Eric Raffin teamed this Louis Baudron owned, bred and trained filly. 3.2/1 Dream Life (3f Royal Dream-Union Of My Life) took second for Jean-Philippe Dubois, Ecurie Victoria Dreams and trainer Philippe Moulin. 28.5/1 Danse Cadence (3f Un Amour d’Haufor-Potuna Saint Andre) was third for Emmanuel Allard, owner/trainer/driver. Thomas H. Hicks

Ten upper level harness racing trotters faced the mobile in this 2100 meter autostart Seinajoki Race in Finland, with a €60,000 purse on the line. 7.5/1 El Mago Pellini (7m Chocolatier-My Intuition-Andover Hall) driven by Adrian Kolgjini recorded a comfortable victory clocked in 1.12.1kr, two lengths the best over 5/1 Ed You (9g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) handled by Mika Forss. 10/1 Ringostarr Treb (6m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) rallied for third driven by Wim Paal. Summary and video replay link follow. Lähtö 10 TRO DUO 1. Palkinto 60 000,00 € Katso video Lämminveriset ryhmäajo 2100 m Avoin Seinäjoki-Race P. 60 000 e. (60000-25000-15000-6000-2000) Toto76 Sij. Hevonen Ohjastaja Matka:Rata Aika Palkinto Kerroin 1 6   El Mago Pellini* (SE) Adrian Kolgjini 2100:6 12,1a 60000 € 8,55 2 10   Ed You* (SE) Mika Forss 2100:10 12,4a 25000 € 6,53 3 2   Ringostarr Treb* (IT) Wilhelm Paal 2100:2 12,5a 15000 € 9,89 4 7   Quid Pro Quo* (SE) Erik Adielsson 2100:7 12,6a 6000 € 12,49 5 9   Donna di Quattro* (SE) Christoffer Eriksson 2100:9 12,8a 2000 € 6,37 6 8   Twigs Voici* (SE) Pekka Korpi 2100:8 12,8a   24,53 7 5   Jontte Boy Tuomas Korvenoja 2100:5 12,8a   13,55 8 4   Edward Ale Peter Ingves 2100:4 12,9ax   7,13 9 1   Jeppas Maxi* (SE) Torbjörn Jansson 2100:1 13,0a   5,43 10 3   Bret Boko (SE) Ari Moilanen 2100:3 13,7a   7,69 Väliajat 10.0/Bret Boko, 13.5, 12.0, 10.0 Link: http://tototv.icareus.com/web/guest/archive?video=20160430_25_110 Separately, it was reported that the fine mare Delicious was declared out of the upcoming 2016 Elitloppet. The mare was operated on Friday and trainer Daniel Reden would not comment on the outcome. On Friday it was discovered that Delicious had a swollen carpal. Thomas H. Hicks

Harness racing trainer Joakim Lovgren teamed 5/2 favorite Alfas da Vinci (8g Orlando Vici-Hillary Clinton-And Arifant) to victory in today’s V75 Gold at Kalmar. Raced over 2140 meters autostart for 150,000SEK first prize, the winner defeated 5.9/1 Spring Erom (11m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) with Erik Adielsson up. Third was 14/1 Riff Kronos (6m Dream Vacation-Elaine Kronos-Viking Kronos) for Peter Ingves. Robert Bergh’s veteran Love You gelding, Nahar, off at 4.1/1, was disqualified. The V75 Silver this day over 2140 meters went to 3/2 favorite Buzz Mearas (5g Dream Vacation-Dance of Joy-Malabar Man) with Adrian Kolgjini aboard. 5/1 Mr. Chicago (7g Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-Enjoy Lavec), bred by Brittany Farms USA, was second for Veljo Heiskanen with third to 85/1 Quel Bourbon (7g Infinitif-Qualita Bourbon-Love You), bred by Jean-Pierre Dubois, and driven by Thomas Dalborg for owner/trainer Ely Iverson. Thomas H. Hicks

November 21, 2015 - Adrian Kolgjini piloted the Lutfi Kolgjini trained Buzz Mearas (4g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) to victory in today’s Axel Jensens at Bjerke, with 300,000NOK to the winner of this 1609 meter autostart contest. The winner scored easily timed in 1.10.4kr (1:53.2 mile rate) to defeat Explosive De Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Jim Oscarsson with third to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) handled by trainer Daniel Reden. Exodus Hanover and Royal Ice took the next two spots. All of the top five, except the winner, were bred and registered in the US. On the Bjerke card was the Kai Eriksens Gold Division and the winner was Denmark’s Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) for trainer/driver Steen Juul. The winner earned 150,000NOK in victory over the 1609 meters autostart course. Timed in 1.11kr (mile rate 1:54.3) Tycoon Conway Hall defeated Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom and third finishing Chatain (6g Love You-C’est Bon-Bosphorus) from Denmark and piloted by Erlend Rennesvik. Remee La Marc (7g Andover Hall-Loving Her Is Easy-Valley Victory) and Vidar Hop was fourth ahead of Art On Line (8g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) and Johnny Takter. Bjerke’s Silver Division Flaata Eiendom for 125,000NOK to the winner over 1609 meters autostart went to US-bred Call Me Hanover (6g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pine Chip) driven by Eriend Rennesvik. Timed in 1.11.2kr (mile rate 1:54.6) the winner vanquished Denmark’s Punk (6m Angus Hall-Primavera-SJ’s Photo) driven by Tom Erik Solberg with third to Tripolini VP (5g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) and teamster Jeppe Juel. Highspeed Call, by From Above, was fourth with Ja El Tomcat, by Chocolatier, fifth, that one from the dam of JL Cruze, Topcat Hall by Conway Hall.  Earlier in the week at Aby SWE (November 18), the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Radysin America won an event worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) was driven by Peter Ingves and scored in 1.13.1kr for her third 2015 victory and 12th career win in 40 starts. Radysin was bred by the late Lou Guida and is a half-sister to the great European mare Lisa America, bred in Italy. Thomas H. Hicks

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

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

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