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Today’s Prix de Rochechouart (purse 37,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles) produced a rallying victory for 12/1 odds Flashdance (5f Maharajah-Timberwoods-Cantab Hall) timed in 1.12.1kr. Pierre Vercruysse teamed this Rene Aebischer trainee that Ecurie Rhythm & Blues owns. Flashdane now has life earnings of 95,669€ which this her first win in France. The connections campaigned Uza Josselyn during her solid International career. The winner’s dam is a daughter of Reeling Wood (Love You-Daisy Chain), a J.P. Dubois product. The 1.9/1 Fame Music (5f Singalo-Real Music) was second for trainer/driver Mathieu Mottier and third was Zona Da (5f Varenne-Peredhil Baba) that H.E. Bondo trains and Dominik Locqueneux teamed. Replay -   Flashdance The Enghien card today also included the Prix de L’Opera (purse 49,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligibles) and 17/1 Charme de Star (8g Look de Star-Nature de Padd) scored in 1.11.0kr for Anthony Barrier. J.M. Monclin trains the winner for Ecurie des Charmes as he won for the 10th time now for earnings of 300,510€. 3.7/1 Bambour (9g Gazouillis-Reine Magic) was second for Mathieu Mottier, also the trainer. 32/1 Class Action (8f Scipion du Goutier-Nepeta) took third for Ch. Dreux. Charme de Star (inside) Top flight racing on tap for the rest of the week includes the Arjangs Stora Prix on July 11. On July 11 in France Cagnes sur Mer hosts the Prix de Cap Esterel that includes Classic Connection, Alcoy, Jerry Mon, Cobra Bleu and Clif du Pommereux. Enghien has a fine program that includes the Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles that will have Express Jet, Blues des Landiers, Eridan and Chica de Joudes at the start. The Gr. III Prix de Louvre is also on stage at Enghien and this one has today’s winner Flashdance back in the entry lineup along with Gladys des Plaines, Fashion Queen, Fighter Smart and Freyja du Pont. LeTrot, Gaet files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Alrajah One (3m Maharajah-Marcu’-Varenne) scored an upset victory in the 92nd edition of the Derby Trotto Finale (purse 847,000€ ($932,000 US), 2100 meters autostart) with a two length 1.12.6kr victory. Enrico Bellei teamed the winner that defeated Amon You Sm (3m Love You-Saron Sabte Fe’ Sm-Lemon Dra) reined by Antonio Greppi. Third money went to Antony Leone (3m Lebeccio Grif-Gasping Ferm-Lemon Dra). Aramis Bar finished fourth for Bjorn Goop. The hot favorite Axl Rose was the early leader before taking a bad step causing a miscue on the backside. The winner’s pedigree is shown below. Note Granit (1972 m, Ayres-Roquepine) is in the maternal family. The superb undercard this day included the Premio Grand Prix Turilli (purse 154,000€, 2100 meters autostart) and it showcased a 1.11.3kr victory for Vivid Wise As (5m Yankee Glide-Temple Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) reined by Alessandro Gocciadoro. Tamure Roc (7f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc-Lemon Dra) was second with Filippo Rocca aboard and third went to Vanesia Ek (5f Exploit Caf-Nike Ek-Varenne) with Bjorn Goop at the lines. Ursa Caf finished fourth. Vivid Wise As was a dominant winner by four widening lengths in the lane. The Premio Oaks del Trotto (purse 253,000€, 1600 meters autostart, 12 starters), the day’s second main event, went to 1.13.4kr timed Audrey Effe (3f Up And Quick-Simphony Effe-Going Kronos) with Andrea Farolfi the reinsman. This impressive filly was a gate to wire winner over Alouette teamed with Enrico Baldi with third to Alcatraz Stecca (3f Napoleon Bar-Minut di No-Indro Park) handled by G.P. Minnucci. Arnas Cam took fourth money for Roberto Andreghetti. Andrea Effe is a slick gaited slender filly with a superb stride at full speed. She showed it this evening with an easy two length score. Two-year olds contested the Premio Oi Dialogoi (purse 8,800€, 1600 meters autostart) this evening at Napoli Agnano, with victory to 1.14.3kr record timed Bleff Dipa (2m Mister JP-Preziosa JW-Let’s` Go). Roberto Vecchione teamed the Holger Ehlert trainee.  The sire Mister JP is a son of Taurus Dream-Baghdad Dream-Yankee Glide. Barbaresco Grif (2f Conway Hall-Maura Grif-Varenne) was second for reinsman Gior. D’Allessandro Jr. and Barenne (2m Varenne-Miss Chip FAS-Pine Chip) was third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Solvalla Racetrack featured the Jubileumspokalen stake (1,000,000SEK to the winner, total purse 1,965,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International, 12 starters) which saw Who’s Who (5m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) rally from third over to win at 2.06/1 odds with Orjan Kihlstrom the pilot for trainer Pasi Aikio. The winner recorded his fourth win in five outings this year and 15th career victory in 24 starts, now for 6,964,759SEK earned. Who’s Who was bred by Menhammar Stuteri and is owned by the public company Stall Travkompaniets AB. Race time was 1.11.1kr by the first two finishers. Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursury Rhyme-Credit Winner) was second with trainer Fredrik B. Larsson at the lines. Third was fast finishing, on the pegs, Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button-Love You) with trainer Conrad Lugauer his pilot.   Before a huge enthusiastic crowd this evening at Solvalla was the Gr. I International Prix Maharajah European Championship for Mares (purse 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). The 2.12/1 favorite Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn-Ganymede) scored in gate to wire fashion clocked in 1.10.5kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Rene Aebischer trainee that Ecurie Rhythm & Blues owns. Uza took her third 2019 win in 13 starts and her career slate is 31-10-3 in 68 lifetime starts now for 12,802,383SEK earned. Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines-Install) rallied late for second with trainer Junior Guelpa the reinsman. Gina Schermer (6f Varenne-Ellymay-Suoergill) was third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer J.W. Engwerda. Lopp 11. Starttid 21:27 Jubileumspokalen - Femåringslopp (Gr I int) Mörk anmälan. 5-åriga. Körsvenskrav kat. 1. Vinnaren av Victory Tillys lopp på Solvalla tisdag 6 Augusti 2019 är garanterad en plats i loppet. Stockholms Travsällskap har även möjlighet att dela ut två wildcards i loppet. 2140 m. Autostart. Pris: 1.000.000-500.000-235.000-115.000-60.000-30.000-25.000 (7 priser) Transportbidrag enligt Svensk Travsports regler. Hederspris till segrande hästs ägare, tränare, körsven, uppfödare och hästskötare. Hederstäcke och lagerkrans till segrande häst. Plac Häst Distans Skor Odds Plats Tid 1 9 WHO'S WHO Kihlström Örjan (Aikio Pasi) 9/2140     11,1a 2 6 MILLIONDOLLARRHYME Larsson Fredrik B 6/2140     11,1a 3 1 NORTON COMMANDER* (DE) Lugauer Conrad 1/2140     11,1a 4 11 HEART OF STEEL* (NL) Untersteiner Peter 10/2140     11,3a 5 8 PERFECT SPIRIT (US) Jepson Carl Johan (Redén Daniel) 8/2140     11,4a 6 5 VINCERO' GAR* (IT) Gocciadoro Alessandro 5/2140     11,4a 7 12 EELIS Koivunen Olli (Nurmos Timo) 11/2140     11,7a by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Today’s Grand Prix Three Year Olds (purse 12,855€, 2400 meters, six starters) saw 3.8/1 Flashdance (3f Maharajah-Timberwoods) scored in 1.19.1kr for trainer/driver Rene Aebischer and Ecurie Walton. The 2/5 favorite Freak Of Nature (3f Goetmals Wood) took second for Marc Andre Bovay and third went to 4.4/1 Fakir Fighter (3g Le Touguet) with Marcel Houmbert aboard. The day’s featured event was the Prix Elites (purse 17,140€, 2340 meters autostart, seven starters). The 4.4/1 Drago de Tilou (5f Royal Dream-Haloa Tyss) scored timed in 1.14.8kr with trainer Marc Andre Bovay driving. The 4.2/1 Elattori (4m Love You-Sarattoga) was second for owner/driver Henri Turrettini and third was the 2/5 favorite Dal Cuore (5g Real de Lou) handled by his trainer Adrian Burger. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The 7/10 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah-Reality Pride) took today’s Svenskt TravDerby (Gr. I, purse 401,600 euro, 2640 meters autostart, 12 starters) timed in 1.12kr for driver Orjan Kihlstom, trainer Pasi Aikio and owner Trakompaniet Stall SB. Chianti ( (4m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever) at 6.7/1 was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Third went to the 22/1 outsider Son Of God (4m Pastor Stephen) with Johan Untersteiner teaming for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. The Derby Mares (Gr. I, purse 200,800 euro, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 4.9/1 odds Run Chica Run (4f Scarlet Knight-Run Baby Run) hold on to win for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and owner Pallexperten I Malmo AB. Race time was 1.12kr and the winner now sports eight career wins in 18 starts (four wins in seven 2018 outings). The 82/1 Europhile AM (4f Gift Kronos-Twist In The Tail) was second for trainer Untersteiner and catch driver Jorma Kontio, ahead of 7.4/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket) and trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. On the undercard was the Derby Stayern (purse 20,581 euro, 3140 meters, 12 starts) and the 1/5 favorite Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess) prevailed timed in 1.13.9kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. AB Ybena owns this winner that defeated Monark Newmen (5m Orlando Vici) and Digger Lord (7g Digger Crown). On Saturday at Helsinki the Finland Trotting Derby (150,000 euro to the winner, 2600 meters) saw favorite Hachiko de Veluwe (4g Timoko-Amazing Ride-Muscles Yankee) score for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Race time was 1.13.3kr. The winner’s dam was also produced good colts Brad de Veluwe and Gizmo de Veluwe, both by Andover Hall. Lexus Dream (4g Lexus Font-Lovely Dream-Coktail Jet) was second for Ari Moilanen while third was Gloria Web (4m Donerail-Amazing Annie-Armbro Prowess with Santtu Raitala driving. Chart follows as well as pedigree of the mare Amazing Ride. Earlier in the week (August 31) was the annual Kolgjini Sale at Vombs Nygard. A host of well-bred yearlings were presented with the leaders shown below. Hip 87 Velamints Face (male. Muscle Hill-Grady Stone), 1,700,000SEK Hip 4 Mojo Express (male, Readly Express-Somebodylikeyou As), 1,500,000SEK Hip 93 Hannibal Face (male, Bold Eagle-Casualty Of Love), 1,100,000SEK Hip 67 Vindaloo Face (female, Joke Face-Jolokia), 1,050,000SEK Hip 74 Hyper Smart (male, Ready Cash-Nagasaki Face), 850,000SEK Hip 70 Vaganova Face (female, Muscle Hill-Ballet Slippers), 800,000SEK Hip 8 Hacker AM (male, Muscle Hill-Queen Silas), 800,000SEK Of interest was also hip 66 Heaven AM (female, Bold Eagle-Artomatic-Artsplace) with a strong pacing maternal family. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Sweden’s Trotting Derby (colt and filly divisions) are set for September 2 after the eliminations on August 22 at Jagersro. There were six filly elims and six for the colts with the top two finishers in each earning a spot in the final. The colts each raced 2640 meters autostart for 200,000SEK first money while the females raced 2140 meters autostart for 100,000SEK to the winners. Below are the results summaries and the lineups for the Derby finals: Filly eliminations: Elim 1went to the 1.1/1 favorite Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) timed in 1.12.8kr for driver Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and Bruni Racing Team. Veroni and Vera Spiro were next to the line. Elim 2 saw the 3.3/1 Mily (4f Perhaps Love-Blixtra Tanza-Victory Party) score in 1.12.8kr for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner, defeating Candy La Marc and Havefunwithme. Elim 3 produced a victory by 43/1 Catch My Love (4f Symphonic Hanover-Give Me Your Love-Pine Chip) with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Tomasz Wisniewski and Bio Consulting. Dibaba and Haleaa di Quattro completed the top three. Race time was 1.12.3kr, fastest of the filly eliminations. Elim 4 for the mares went to 3.6/1 Europhile AM (4f Gift Kronos) with trainer Peter Untersteiner driving. Mellby Free and Je T’aime Lucky were second and third. Race time was 1.13.8kr. Elim 5 saw the 5.3/1 odds Maharari de Baroda (4f Maharajah-Wiona-Lindy’s Crown) score in 1.13.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and owner Franck Leblanc. Global Upper Style and Odessa Celeber completed the top three. Elim 6 went to the 1.6/1 punters choice Run Chica Run (4f Scarlet Knight-Run Baby Run-Super Arnie) with trainer Peter Untersteiner driving, as this team defeated Mellby Fashion and Wild Love. Race time was 1.13kr. Colt Eliminations: Elim 1 saw Spickleback Face (4f Raja Mirchi-No Finish Line-Buvetier d’Aunou) score at 42/1 odds for Robert Bergh timed in 1.13.3kr. Speedy Face and Young Da Vici were next behind the winner. Elim 2 went to 13.5/1 odds Mellby Fire (4g Going Kronos-Merger Blue Chip-Cantab Hall) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Timo Nurmos and owner Mellby Gard AB. Race time was 1.13kr as Output Pressure and Milliondollarrhyme chased the winner. Elim 3 was won by 11.8/1 odds Chianti (4m Scarlet Knight-Face For Ever-Viking Kronos) with trainer Bjorn Goop driving. He was timed in 1.13.1kr to defeat The Bucket List F and Illuminati. Elim 4 saw Son Of God (4m Pastor Stephen-Symfoni Sund-Viking Kronos) score timed in 1.13.1kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. This 10/1 odds winner bested Bo C and Dream Knight Palema. Elim 5 went to 1.13.9kr timed and 12/1 odds Transcendance (4g Maharajah-Full Authority-Scarlet Knight) win for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and owner L.A. Eveberg. Alcoy and The Real Star trailed this winner. Elim 6 saw the 1.8/1 favorite Who’s Who (4m Maharajah- Reality Pride-From Above) score timed in 1.12.5kr for Orjan Kihlstrom. Peakadilly and Espirt Sisu were next to the line. Lottat i Svenskt Travderby Finals The starting positions for the Swedish Travderby and Derby Tour were picked  in Jägersiro's winner’s circle during Wednesday night. The finals will be decided on Sunday, September 2nd. Svenskt Travderby 2018, 2 640 meter bilstart Häst - tränare 1. Chianti - Björn Goop 2. Transcendence – Robert Bergh 3. Mellby Fire – Timo Nurmos 4. Son Of God – Daniel Redén 5. Who’s Who – Pasi Aikio 6. Spickleback Face – Robert Bergh 7. The Bucket List F. - Helena Burman 8. Speedy Face – Lutfi Kolgjini 9. Output Pressure – Stefan Melander 10. Bo C. - Bo E Nilsson (a) 11. Peakadilly – Steen Juul 12. Alcoy – Peter Untersteiner Förstapris: 2 000 000 kronor Derbystoet, 2018, 2 640 meter bilstart Häst - tränare 1. Run Chica Run – Peter Untersteiner 2. Vamp Kronos – Jerry Riordan 3. Maharani de Baroda - Björn Goop 4. Mily – Peter Untersteiner 5. Catch My Love - Tomasz Wisniewski 6. Dibaba – Roger Walmann 7. Candy La Marc – Lars Marcussen (a) 8. Mellby Fashion - Jörgen Westholm 9. Europhile Am – Peter Untersteiner 10. Global Upper Style – Peter Untersteiner 11. Mellby Free - Björn Goop 12. Veroni – Peter Untersteiner Förstapris: 1 000 000 kronor Saturday August 25 at Bergsaker is the prestigious Sundsvall Open with fine field of contestants. It will surely be a race to watch with Readly Express at the start. 25 aug 2018 Sundsvall Open Trot - (Gr I Int - UET Masters Series) - Gulddivisionen Bergsåker 2140m autostart Trav Horse Driver   1 1Dreammoko Björn Goop   2 2Milligan's School Ulf Eriksson   3 3Sorbet Örjan Kihlström   4 4Trendy O.K. Alessandro Gocciadoro   5 5Heavy Sound Kenneth Haugstad   6 6Pastore Bob Peter Ingves   7 7Nadal Broline Ulf Ohlsson   8 8Readly Express Jorma Kontio   9 9Evil Enok M.E. Noralf Braekken   10 10Lionel N.O. Göran Antonsen   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

This Solvalla evening program was superb, led by the Gr. I International Jubileumspokalen (1 million SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) where Makethemark (5m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) scored timed in 1.10.8kr. Ulf Ohlsson teamed the Petri Salmela trainee to his third 2018 victory in eight starts and 20th career win in 41 appearances. The Stall Nian trotter now has 4,636,450SEK earned for his career. The 3.9/1 odds Makethemark defeated Milligan’s School (5m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) that Ulf Eriksson drove for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This one was bred in the USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland of Ohio, also co-owners of Pinkman. Third in this event was Cyber Lane (5g Raja Mirchi-Sybaris Hanover-Cantab Hall) with trainer Johan Untersteiner aboard. Double Exposure (5f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) was fourth. On the card was also the Prix Maharajah (Mares European Championship, 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters).Darling Mearas (5f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) scored easily at 8.1/1 odds for trainer Stefan Persson and owner Snogarps Gard AB timed in 1.11.4kr, for her third 2018 victory in six starts and 11th career win in just 22 outings. She now sports 6,069,500SEK in career earnings. Finland’s Ranch Kelly (10f Tsar d’Inverne-Gabriela Kemp-Speedy Somolli) was second for driver Hannu Torvinen and third was In Toto Sund (6f Ken Warkentin-Marsia LB-Windsongs Legacy) with Orjan Kihlstom up. Trendy OK and I Love Paris completed the top five. Other important winners on the card were Amalia Cash (5f Ready Cash-La Pensee-Think Tank) in the Queen L Mares timed in 1.14.1kr and worth 100,000SEK to the winner; Heart Of Steel (4g Cantab Hall-Angel Heikant-Open The Sky) for Thor Berg in the Ahlsell Legends timed in 1.14kr and with a 100,000 first prize (other legend drivers were Stig H. Johansson, Olle Goop, Helen A. Johansson, Ulf Nordin, Stefan Hultman, Boye Olstoren, Kerryn Manning, Cark-Erik Lindblom, Sven-Erik Landin); Carabinieri (7m Wellino Boko-Dew Princess-JR Broline) in the Hubo Buss Stayerlopp (200,000SEK to winner, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap) timed in 1.13.3kr overcoming a 40 meter handicap; Zahra Mil (3f Nad Al Sheba-Cleo d’Alfa-Armbro Goal) at 21.7/1 odds from post 12 in the Wallenius Cup for three year old fillies (150,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.12.1kr for driver Cark Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan; and Snowstorm Hanover (4m Muscle Massive-Snow Angel Hanover-Andover Hall) in the Big Noon (300,000SEK first money, 1640 meters distance handicap) timed in 1.11.7kr from a 20 meter handicap, driven by Orjan Kihlstom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. This was Snowstorm’s first 2018 win in seven starts. Photos of three of the above winners follow. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Olle Leven is no stranger to harness racing success in the U.S. and the Monaco resident hopes to add to his accomplishments with his Swedish-born homebred trotter Midnight Express. Midnight Express, a son of 2014 Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah out of Leven's mare Truly Devoted, is among the horses competing Friday at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y., on Landmark Stakes Day, which kicks off the four-day Grand Circuit meet at the half-mile oval. Midnight Express is only the second Maharajah-sired horse to race in the U.S., following Swedish-born filly Unau in 2015. Leven's previous triumphs in North America include winning the 1995 Hambletonian Oaks with Lookout Victory and capturing three Breeders Crown trophies, with Lookout Victory in 1994 and 1995 and with Dream Of Joy in 1999. Dream Of Joy received the 1999 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female trotter. "That was many years ago," Leven said with a laugh about those successes. "But never mind that. I have had it." Leven also raced Credit Winner, who was the runner-up in the 2000 Hambletonian and is one of the sport's top trotting sires, producing the earners of more than $87 million. He remains a member of the Credit Winner Syndicate. Midnight Express was foaled in Sweden, but raised at New York's Blue Chip Farm, where Credit Winner stands, before being sent to trainer Ake Svanstedt. Leven had purchased Midnight Express' dam, Brittany Farms-bred Truly Devoted, for $100,000 at the 2008 Lexington Selected Sale and, after two starts in the U.S., brought her to Sweden where she earned the equivalent of approximately $200,000 on the racetrack. Truly Devoted's family includes stakes-winning females Cherished Victory, Keystone Profile and Act Of Grace, who is the grandam of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive. Miss Marita, the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Passionate Glide, also is a member of the family. "I looked at Truly Devoted, I liked Truly Devoted, and we bought her," Leven said. "She was a good mare for me." Midnight Express has won three of 13 career races and earned $26,081. He heads to the $13,600 Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old trotters with two wins and two second-place finishes in his past four starts, all at Yonkers Raceway. The colt is staked to the Yonkers Trot, Matron Stakes, Carl Erskine Trot, Bluegrass Stakes, and Reynolds Memorial. "When Ake moved to the U.S., I said to myself, give my Swedish horse a chance," Leven said. "I like Midnight Express and I like to race in the United States and I wanted to use Ake because he was the absolutely best trainer in Sweden when he decided to move to the U.S., no doubt about that. "I'm pleased so far. We have raced at Yonkers this year four times; two wins, two seconds. I'm pleased. More than that, I'm very pleased." Leven, who owns two racehorses at the moment, watches Midnight Express' races on the Internet. "I can't say exactly what I like most about him," Leven said. "He's not a horse with quick speed, but he is very, very strong." It seems fitting that a son of Maharajah is racing at Historic Track during the Grand Circuit meet, which coincides with Sunday's Hall of Fame inductions at the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Among the inductees is Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, the owner of Menhammar Stuteri, which bred, raced and stands Maharajah. In addition to the Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old trotters, Historic Track hosts seven more Landmark Stakes on Friday, with events for 2- and 3-year-old male and female pacers and trotters. Dawn Anderson's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Take A Wish is competing in the Landmark for 3-year-old female trotters. Ray Schnittker's filly trotter Check Out Trixie, a daughter of 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton out of Schnittker's two-time Dan Patch Award winner Check Me Out, is among the 2-year-olds making career debuts. Racing begins at 1 p.m. at Historic Track. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

May 26, 2017 - The 2017 Elitloppet Yearling Sale was held Friday evening in connection with Elitloppet weekend and a Maharajah colt, hip 22, Boycott (from Big Blue Kitten) led the way bringing 800,000SEK (US$92,288) with Fredrik Jireteg the winning bidder of the fine colt that traces back to breeder/horseman Sam Bowie, the UK basketball great. The dam has produced exceptional offspring led by Yarrah Boko (by Coktail Jet) and Zola Boko.  This colt is a good mover. 11 yearlings brought 400,000SEK or more this year, with the average down 6% and the median down 21% from prior year. The top 11 sellers included three by Muscle Hill, two by Maharajah, one each by Bold Eagle and Ready Cash and one by Googoo Gaagaa.  See below for the top 11, hip 22 picture and pedigree link and the total results release. Good wishes to all the buyers. ASVT.SE Sale – The Top 11 (US$92,288 Tops The Sale) – Hip. Pedigree, Consignor, Price, Buyer 22 Boycott H Maharajah Big Blue Kitten Annemanna AB 800 000 kr Fredrik Jireteg, Västerås 78 Best Regards S, TR Muscle Hill Sincerely Yours Menhammar Stuteri AB 600 000 kr Flaata Stable APS, Danmark 82 Dominic Wibb H Bold Eagle Spicy Chocolate Larsson Kristina 530 000 kr Lutfi Kolgjini AB 16 Josse Boko S Broadway Hall Aretha Boko Boko Stables Holland BV 500 000 kr Henna Salonen Invest AB 46 M.T.OpusOne S Muscle Hill Inside Broline Misty Trotting AB 500 000 kr Knutsson Trotting AB 47 Strong Heartbeat H Maharajah Jacaranda Rigmor Jacobsson 440 000 kr Jörgen Westholm, Romme 74 Triptyquesque S Ready Cash Peignoir Black Type Breeders KB 420 000 kr Björn Goop, Färjestad 13 Escape Rain S Muscle Hill Alexia Ås Stutteri Dust 420 000 kr Stall Courant AB 76 Be My Love S Zola Boko Raring to Go Menhammar Stuteri AB 410 000 kr Flaata Stable APS, Danmark 86 Valter Trot H Googoo Gaagaa Still on Broadway Lövsta Stuteri HB 400 000 kr Niklas Ek 71 Down Town Girl S Donato Hanover Olivia Lavec René Mammen Racing 400 000 kr Henna Salonen Hip 22 22 Boycott 16-1112 H e. Maharajah u. Big Blue Kitten Consignor: Annemanna AB  

April 19, 2017 - 2.7/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) took today’s Solvallaserien III (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) for harness racing driver Ulf Ohlsson, driving for Petri Salmela. Timed in 1.13.1kr the winner was victorious in his first 2017 appearance and is now 14 for 19 lifetime with 1,972,500SEK career earnings. 8/1 Milligan’s School (4m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJ’s Photo) took second for Stefan Melander. Richard and Joyce McClelland bred this one. 52/1 Mindyourvalue WF (4g Hovding Lavec-Mind Your Manners-Dahir de Prelong) was third for Ulf Eriksson and trainer Robert Bergh. Earlier in the week at Halmstad, the Yngve Larssons Memorial (100,000SEL to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.1/1 Delicious US (8f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) timed in 1.10.4kr for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden. Stall Zet owns the talented mare that was bred by Lindy Farms. Delicious is a three time 2017 winner in as many starts and has a 27-9-7 slate in 52 career starts for 6,446,572SEK earned. 9.4/1 Take Them (7m From Above-D’Cherie-New Quick) was second for Steen Juul ahead of 8.2/1 BBS Sugarlight (8g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) reined by Vidar Hop. Thomas H. Hicks

Solid harness racing action took place May 4 at Solvalla Racecourse that showcased the Iceland’s Race for 60,000SEK first money over the 2140 meter autostart distance. Favorite Je t’Aime Express (5g Symphonic Hanover-Je t’Aime Marion-Sugarcane Hanover) at .34/1 for trainer Peter Untersteiner prevailed clocked in 1.13.3kr. 5/1 Al Dente (5m Scarlet Knight-Mottie’s Photo-SJ’s Photo) took second for Kenneth Haugstad with third to 23/1 Ruby Trap (5f Explosive Matter-Ruby Crown-Incredible Nevele) for Stefan Melander. The latter is a half-sister to Scarlet Knight. Three year-olds contested the Ingdende Kriterium (200,000SEk to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) and the favorite at 3/10 odds scored in 1.14.2kr. Makethemark (3m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) was reined by Ulf Ohlsson, trained by Petri Salmela and is owned by Stall Nian. The winner recorded his fourth straight victory and 10th in 12 career starts. 27/1 Monark Newman (3m Orlando Vici-Lady Value-Alf Palema) was second for trainer/driver Frederik Persson and 9/2 Chocolate Gold (3m Chocolatier-Shella Gold-Good As Gold) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. At Aby the Euro Classic Next Year (35,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart) went to the 1.15.6kr timed, 14/1 Tour Knight (3f Scarlet Knight-She’s Cool Too-Victory Zodiac) with Stefan Soderkvist up. 29/1 Balotelli (3g END Snapshot-Pearsall Delivery-Pearsall Hanover) took second money for Thomas Ohrberg and 2.4/1 Blue Night (3m Ganymede-Leva Loppan-Express Ride) was third for Jeppe Juel. Saturday’s V75 card is at Orebro and it’s a good one. The Gold Division for 150,000SEK first money over 1609 meters autostart has Magic Tonight in the fray with Orjan Kihlstrom up. He will face, among others, Smilin Deli, Spring Erom, Cool Keeper and Quid Pro Quo. The 125,000SEK first prize Silver Division has Coldtown (by Cantab Hall), Global Patriot and Nadal Broline (by Yankee Glide) at the start. The latter has posted seven wins in the last nine starts. Top mares will battle in a 2100 meter autostart event for 100,000SEK first money. Britt Hudson, Bethel Hanover, Stylish Hanover and My Guiding Ange l are among the starters, leading to the Gr. II International Orebro Stayerlopp for 400,000SEK to the winner of that 3140 meter distance handicap race. Coco de Vie, Swing Kronos and Opitergium are in that field. Tune in to your ATG simulcast signal for an exciting racing card. Thomas H. Hicks

February 9, 2015 - Today’s Quinte+ Prix de Senlis (€54,000, 2100 meters autostart, 17 European starters) went to owner/trainer/driver Christian Bigeon and Ustie Haufor (7f Niky - Lana du Houlbet) at 8/1. She was timed in 1.12.8kr for the victory ahead of 1.8/1 Urfee du Moochel (7f Buvetier d’Aunou - Olga du Mouchel) with Mathieu Abrivard up. Third went to 13/1 Xea Venus (7f Charmy Skeeter - Xea Lobell), a Robert Bergh trainee driven by Dominik Locqueneux. Replay stretch drive: Favorites dominated the top five, resulting in a modest exact order Quinte+ consolation payoff.  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 5.450.000 € - Numéro plus : 2758   Ordre :       900,00€   Désordre :       16,60€   Bonus 4 :       6,60€   Bonus 4sur5 :       3,30€   Bonus 3 :       2,20€   At Le Cepiere, the Prix d’Arbois (€28,000 purse, 2950 meters, 18 European starters) went to Bearhawaii (5g Dream Vacation - Honalulu Lulu), the 3/2 favorite driven by Christophe Martens for trainer Victor Martens. He was clocked in 1.16.3kr to defeat Utile Lebel (7g Biesolo - Jernasca) with trainer/driver Christophe Feyte aboard with third to Uniflosa Bella (7g Jag de Bellouet - Koctiflosa Gede) and Antoine Wiels for owner/trainer J-P Marmion. It was reported today (Paris-Turf and Maharajah facebook page) that Sweden’s champion Maharajah has been retired. The 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner last raced in October at Solvalla, finishing third. The 10 year-old son of Viking Kronos, trained by Stefan Hultman, won numerous major events such as the Svenskt Travkriterium at age 3; the Grand Prix de l'U.E.T. and Svenskt Travderby. at age 4; at 6, second in Prix d'Amerique and Prix de France; at 8, winner of Olympiatravet  and the aforementioned 2014 Prix d’Amerique winner at age 9. 2014 Prix d’Amerique replay: Thomas H. Hicks

Trainer Stefan Hultman and manager Travkompaniet confirmed that Maharajah will not defend his 2014 Prix d’Amerique title. The veteran nine year-old son of Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill faced a brief interruption in training recently and will not have time and sufficient racing tests to be a peak form for the world’s top trotting event in late January. No decision has been made on the future racing career of Maharajah. Maharajah won almost 6.9SEK million in his four starts in the Prix d’Amerique from 2011-2014. His long-time reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom has signed on the team of the US import Solvato in Saturday’s Prix du Bourbonnais at Vincennes. Trainer Veijo Heiskanen appears to have Solvato in good form as evidenced by a rallying win a week ago. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

Ten solid veterans face the starter Sunday in the prestigious Oslo Grand Prix in Norway. The winner will earn 1.5 million norwegian kroners ($250,000 US) after covering the 2100 meters autostart course. The French will send three to battle with Solvato and Raja Mirchi (game performer in Elitloppet 2014). Univers de Pan and Philippe Daugeard lead the French entrants and Un Mec d'Heripre was an impressive winner in his last appearance plus he'll have Bjorn Goop at the lines. The leading money winner in the field is the old-campaigner Roi de Lupin, with over 13.8NOkr million earned for trainer Jean Paul Marmion. The lineup is summarized below and program is available at June 8, 20014 Bjerke, Oslo Grand Prix Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 1.5NOkr million to winner, 10 starters 1.SOLVATO, Veijo Heiskanen 2.JULIANO RAGS, Noralf P. Brackken 3.B.B.S. SUGARLIGHT, Peter Untersteiner 4.ORALI, Jeppe Juel 5.ROI DU LUPIN, Anthony Barrier 6.M F.X.ROYAL, Lars Anvar Kolle 7.RAJA MIRCHI, Jorma Kontio 8.SUPPORT JUSTICE, Geir Vegard Gundersen 9. UNIVERS DE PAN, Philippe Daugeard 10.UN MEC D'HERIPRE, Bjorn Goop The Sunday undercard at Bjerke is exceptional featuring the Elite for three-year olds (race 1) with Juniata Hanover at the start; the two heat and final Energima Cup (races 2, 3 and 7) includes Winmecredit, I'm The Answer, V.C Chocoholic and Broadway Legs. The Elite for four year-olds includes Denver, Single Sock, Alizea du Kastel and Tumble Dust; and the Europamatch with Mr. Chicago, Clint W. Boko, Nothing But Class and Stelton at the start. Former Hambletonian Oaks Winner Bold And Fresh is in race 12 for open class mares. Sebastian K took the 2013 Oslo Grand Prix edition in 1.12.8kr defeating Nesta Effe and Maharajah. Past winners of the classic, which began in 1966, are listed below. Year Horse Driver Country1 Winning time 2012 Commander Crowe Christophe Martens  Sweden 1:11.5 2011 Arch Madness Björn Goop  United States 1:11.5 2010 Lisa America Jorma Kontio  United States 1:11.7 2009 Russel November Hugo Langeweg J:r  Netherlands 1:14.3 2008 L'Amiral Mauzun Tony Le Beller  France 1:11.5 2007 Super Light Jörgen Westholm  Sweden 1:12.2 2006 Mara Bourbon Erik Adielsson  France 1:13.2 2005 Steinlager Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Norway 1:12.5 2004 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:11.7 2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:12.2 2002 Brads Photo Wim Paal  Italy 1:13.9 2001 Giant Cat Nicolas Roussel  France 1:12.1 2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.0 1999 Ganymede Jean-Pierre Dubois  France 1:12.6 1998 Huxtable Hornline Joseph Verbeeck  Sweden 1:13.2 1997 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt  Sweden 1:14.6 1996 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson  Sweden 1:12.9 1995 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1994 Copiad Erik Berglöf  Sweden 1:12.7 1993 Nordin Hanover Olle Goop  Sweden 1:14.3 1992 Sea Cove Joseph Verbeeck  Germany 1:14.6 1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson  Sweden 1:14.1 1990 Meadow Roland Preben Kjaersgaard  Denmark 1:13.8 1989 Ourasi Michel-M. Gougeon  France 1:13.5 1988 Sugarcane Hanover Gunnar Eggen  United States 1:12.5 1987 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:13.7 1986 Rex Rodney Kjell Håkonsen  Norway 1:14.7 1985 Ogorek Michel Roussel   Switzerland 1:16.0 1984 Hickory Almahurst Ulf Nordin  Denmark 1:16.3 1983 E.O. Brunn Bo W. Takter  Sweden 1:15.6 1982 Zorrino Tommy Hanné  Sweden 1:18.9 1981 Pamir Brodde Karl Erik Nilsson  Sweden 1:16.3 1980 Express Gaxe Gunnar Axelryd  Sweden 1:17.1 1979 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire  France 1:19.9 1978 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:17.0 1977 Race cancelled       1976 Grande Frances Ulf Thoresen  Sweden 1:19.7 1975 Hassan Star Kjell P. Dahlström  Sweden 1:19.1 1974 Boett Sören Norberg  Sweden 1:21.0 1973 Gaby Bulwark Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.6 1972 Noble Action Sören Nordin  Sweden 1:18.1 1971 Unor Lars Axelsson  Sweden 1:19.5 1970 Race cancelled       1969 Baron Gruff Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.5 1968 Race cancelled       1967 Xanthe Gösta Nordin  Sweden 1:23.6 1966 Scott Protector Karsten Buer  Norway 1:23.0 by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

UET Trotting Masters won in previous years by Sebastian K and Ready Cash, will race the 2014 Final September 14 in Charlottenlund, Denmark. Participants will include the top 12 in the standings and the French stallion Timoko has jumped to the lead after the Elitloppet victory. Italian champion Mack Grace Sm, for the third time GP Lotteria winner, ranks second in points with the " Queen " of monte, Roxane Griff, and Univers de Pan next in line. 1. Timoko points 3650 2. Mack Grace Sm p. 3300 3. Roxane Griff p.2175 4. Univers de Pan p. 2100 5. Panne de Moteur p. 2000 6. Commander Crowe p.2000 7. Save The Quick p.1600 8. Sanity p.1550 9. Up And Quick p.1500 10. Napoleon Bar p.1500 11. Pascia' Lest p.1400 12. Owen Cr p.1300 13. Maharajah p.1250 14. Tiego d'Etang p.1150 15. Ready Cash p.1100 On Friday evening another UET Masters Series event will take place, this one at Paris-Vincennes. The Gr. II Prix Chambon P has attracted ten starters that will travel 2850 meters for a purse of 120,000e. Italian hopefuls Olmo Holz and Oropuro Bar are good prospects against a group of veteran French trotters that are below the very top of the aged class. This group includes, however, international competitors Uhlan du Val, Quinoa du Gers and Reve de Beylev. Off-time 19.55 : Prix Chambon P European Trotting Masters Series 2014 Groupe II Course Internationale 120.000. - Attelé. - 2.850 mètres (G. P.) 54.000, 30.000, 16.800, 9.600, 6.000, 2.400, 1.200. Pour 5 à 10 ans inclus, ayant gagné au moins 160.000. - Recul de 25 m. à 1.129.000. Sont seules admises à driver les personnes ayant gagné au moins trente-cinq courses dont dix au trot attelé. Légende : Déferré = . Déferré postérieur = . Déferré antérieur = . Ferré = . 1 OROPURO BARM. SMORGON 2a2a5a1a8a5a7a136a2a1'11"2(Vinc.) (LOVE YOU - UBATUBA OAKS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie 4 A.B. SAS (ITY) - Entraineur : M. SMORGON -  2850 -  2 OLMO HOLZCH. MARTENS 1a5a1a2a1a0a130aDa5a1'11"1(Vinc.) (URONOMETRO - VEUVE DU KRAS) - Propriétaire : F. DELMOTE (BEL) - Entraineur : V. MARTENS - 2850 -  3 RU DE L'AIROUP. LEVESQUE 4a0a0a9a5a8a3a135a4a1'11"5(Vinc.) (CYGNUS D'ODYSSEE - COUR D'INTHEVILLE) - Propriétaire : A. BESNARD - Entraineur : P. MARTIN -  2850 -  4 UNE FILLE D'AMOURD. THOMAIN 3a6a1a3a8a1a2a7a3a131'11"2(Vinc.) (INFANT DU BOSSIS - NEVER SO GREAT) - Propriétaire : C. RAIMBAUD - Entraineur : C. RAIMBAUD -  2850 -  5 UHLAN DU VALC. MEGISSIER 5a2a8a5a6a4a132a1a3a1'10"5(Vinc.) (ISLERO DE BELLOUET - INDIANA BEAUTIFUL) - Propriétaire : J.P. MEGISSIER - Entraineur : C. MEGISSIER - 850 -  6 RAPIDE DU DIGEOND. BONNE 3m2a2m1a2m4m6a1m2m131'11"8(Vinc.) (URFIST DES PRES - GERVEINE BARBES) - Propriétaire : J.Y. ROZE - Entraineur : TH. RAFFEGEAU -  2850 -  7 ROXANA DE BARBRAYP. VERCRUYSSE 8a7a4a0a0a5a130a0a4a1'12"2(homol) (SPEED CLAYETTOIS - IRIANE DES ENCLOS) - Propriétaire : Ecurie DONATI - Entraineur : R. DONATI -  2850 -  8 SEVERINOCH. BIGEON Da0a0a0a6a0a138aRa121'11"6(Vinc.) (GOBERNADOR - KATIA DE TILLARD) - Propriétaire : David Michel BONNE - Entraineur : CH. BIGEON -  2850 -  9 QUINOA DU GERSF. NIVARD 8a1a6a4a6a7a4m8a0a131'10"6(homol) (GANYMEDE - TARGA DU CHALANGE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie LE TREMONT - Entraineur : F. SOULOY -  2850 -  10 REVE DE BEYLEVE. RAFFIN 3a8a2a0a8a130a0m7a7a1'09"5(homol) (FORTUNA FANT - HELOISE POTERIE) - Propriétaire : Ecurie du Haras de L'EPINAY - Entraineur : S. GUARATO - 2850 -  by Thomas H. Hicks, for            

The 2014 Elitauktion yearling sale in Sweden was completed tonight with 74 head sold from 90 cataloged. Total proceeds in USD was $1,747,087, an average of $23,609 at today's conversion rate. The top five that were hammered down at auction, all colts, were sired by Conway Hall (2), S.J.'s Caviar, Ready Cash and Yankee Glide. Maharajah offspring did not hit the toppers. USA trainer Jimmy Takter signed for hip 81, a Pastor Stephen filly from Sculturesque by Muscles Yankee. Second dam of that one is Head Hunter by Bonefish, she the dam of Bosphorous, a career winner of nearly four million SEK. The sale topper was Bourbon Rain, a March 30, 2013 colt by Conway Hall from Affinity by Victory Dream, she the dam of Photo Maxx (USD 591,342) by S.J.'s Photo, Hard Livin (SEK 4,992,570) by S.J.'s Caviar and the three year-old colt in 2013 Tumble Dust by Crazed. Tumble Dust has earned SEK 1,719,799 with 11 on the board finishes in 15 starts. Affinity, a $100,000 yearling at Kentucky Standardbred, is from Dormitory (Speedy Crown-Panty Raid) and the maternal family that produced Giant Victory, Bonefish, Uconn Don, Tagliabue, Elusive Desire and others. Fantastic!!! Consignor was Stuteri Dust. by Thomas H. Hicks, for

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