Day At The Track

Mellby Free and other European winners

06:24 AM 24 Jul 2018 NZST
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Mellby Free and driver/trainer Bjorn Goop
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Platon Face and driver Thomas Uhrberg
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Sunday at Axevalla was the Mares Championship (Gr. I National, 2640 meters autostart, 1,200,000SEK to winner) and 12.2/1 Mellby Free (4f Muscle Hill-Mellby Ticket-Windsongs Legacy) scored for trainer Bjorn Goop and breeder/owner Mellby Gard AM.

This mare now has seven career wins in eight starts for 2,785,000SEK earned. 4.3/1 Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) was second for Christoffer Eriksson, trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Renato Bruni. 16.5/1 Global Upper Style (4f SJs Caviar-Platinum Shine-Viking Kronos) took third for Erik Adielsson.

On the same card that culminated three consecutive racing days at Axevalla, the  Vara Entreprenads (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.48/1 Double Exposure (7f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) that Christoffer Eriksson teamed for trainer Riordan and owner Pietro Gubellini. Third in this one was 35/1 Uncertain Age (5f Jacose-Missis-Varenne) with Bjorn Goop driving for trainer Tomas Malmqvist.

The Borje Nasstroms (100,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) on the program went to 1.13.5kr timed and 31.3/1 Ferrari Sisu (3g Djali Boko-Merja Sisu-Oiseau du Feux) scored for Adrian Kolgjini, trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Jerry Bengtsson AB.

The 8.7/1 Thought Hanover (3m Crazed-Teagarden Hanover-Royal Strength) was second for trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson and Stall Thought Easy. This one is full brother to Tirade Hanover in the USA. 2.4/1 Baritone Artist (3g Orlando Vici-Bring In The Night-Windsongs Legacy) took third for Markus Svedberg.

On Saturday at Axevalla were several top events led by the V75 Gold (200,000SEK first money, 2640 meters autostart) with the 1.12.4kr timed victory to 9.6/1 Platon Face (6f Raja Mirchi-Keila des Jacquets-Defi d’Aunou) for the Adrian and Lutfi Kolgjini team for owner Knutsson Trotting AB.

Call Me Keeper (8m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) was second for the Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall et team, with third to Slide So Easy (9g Quite Easy-Elegante Frokjar-Smokin Yankee).

The V75 Silver (purse to winner 150,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart) produced a victory for 1.12.3kr timed Zoko Lane (6f Zola Boko-Tango Gold-Good As Gold) at 41.6/1 odds. Thomas Uhrberg teamed the Roger Persson trainee that Stall Bjorkang owns.

Trinity Lux (6m Love You-Eternidad-Extreme Dream) took send for trainer/driver Wilhelm Paal and Connie Srl of Italy. Third was Nobel Amok (6g Zola Boko) for trainer/driver Robert Bergh.

Earlier, the Bronze V75 Division (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart) went to 7.2/1 and 1.13.1kr timed Victory Kasgard (7g Ens Snapshot-Happy Birthday-Netted) for trainer Flemming Jensen driving for Denmark’s Leif and Morten Clemmensen. Araw Hoss (7m SJs Photo-Decadent Pagan-Malabar Man) was third for Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos.

Friday’s Q+ (July 20) was at Cabourg in the Grand Prix de la Ville de Cabourg (purse 58,000 euro, 250 meters, 16 European starters) and the 1.14.5kr timed winner was even-money favorite Copernic de Play (6g Giant Cat-Orelie de Play).

Trainer/owner Franck Blandin teamed the winner to his 13 career win now for 282,270 earned. He has six wins and two second place finishes in the last eight starts. The 13/1 Brelan du Vivier (7m Joker de Rozy-Queline du Vivier) was second for Franck Nivard and 10/1 Citizen Kane (6g Orlando Vici) took third for Thomas Levesque. 19/1 Clemenza AM and 16/1 Aribo Mix completed the top five and the exact order Q+ payoff was 4,793 euro.

The same day, at Cagnes sur Mer, was the Prix les Espaces Antipolis (purse 44,000 euro, 2925 meters, 12 starters) and 1.9/1 Colonel Bond (6g Revel d’Anama-Miss Margaretha) scored in 1.13.4kr with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer J.P. Ensch and owner Alain Dutheil. The 7.7/1 Clif du Pommereux (6m Love You) took second for Sylvain Roger for owner Noel Lolic. 6.6/1 Viking d’Hermes (9g Sancho Panca) was third with Yannick Alain Briand driving.

At Pornichet was the Prix des Instagramers (purse 24,000 euro, 2725 meters, 10 starters) for three year olds. 2.1/1 Fast Cash (3m Ready Cash-Armeniade) scored with trainer Matthieu Abrivard up for breeder/owner Mme. Beatrix Andreani.

The 4.2/1 First Class (3f Texas Charm-Ida Bourbon) was second for Julien Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Jean Philippe Dubois bred this one and third finishing 14/1 Famous Quality (3f Rocklyn-Union County) that Jean Philippe teamed for trainer Moulin and Ecurie Victoria Dreams. 25/1 Free And Easy (3m Ready Cash-Viva Island) was fourth for Jean Pierre Dubois, a colt he owns and bred through Scuderia Bolgheri Srl and Yves Boireau trains.

I seldom report on USA activities but we now have increased European trotting representation in North America, such as Zephyr Kronos (3m Ready Cash-Orange Kronos-Yankee Glide in the Takter Stable (for owners Katz, Libfeld, Soderburg, and Takter), a possible Hambletonian entrant,

There are 22 French gelding imports and two year olds that won a baby race on Saturday, that being Italian bred American Kronos (2f Donato Hanover-Glide About-Yankee Glide), a 1:58 winner with final quarter :27.3 with Andy Miller driving. The dam Glide About (foaled 2000 by Yankee Glide) raced at ages 2 and 3 in the US, was exported and made seven European starts in 2004 for Stig H. Johansson, earning three wins. She is now owned by Katz, Libfeld and Goodrow.

Glide About (US) (124 0.82) m, 2000 1.11,0a SEK 2,635,880 29 11-5-4

At 3, Winner of New Jersey Sire Stake, second in American-National, World Trotting Derby, third in Delvin Miller Memorial. At 4, Winner of Norrlands Grand Prix. Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 2001 for 33,000 USD.

Her real career has been as a broodmare starting with a first foal in 2006:

Jacky Glide, 2006 filly by Jag de Bellouet, 1.12.2 (2,028,467SEK)

Oliver Kronos, 2008 gelding by Varenne, 1.11.6kr (2,187,631SEK)

Prowess Kronos, 2009 filly by Andover Hall, 1.14.3kr (405,000SEK)

Treasure Kronos, 2012 filly by Raja Mirchi, 1.09.7kr (4,964,492SEK), Criterium Continental winner

Very Kronos, 2014 male by Ready Cash, 1.12.8kr (856,000SEK), 9 wins in 13 career starts

Zizi Kronos, 2015 filly by Raja Mirchi

American Kronos, 2016 filly by Donato Hanover, 1:58

The maternal family is loaded with high-level performers – dam M Stewart (by American Winner) produced FFA performer Lanson 1.11.2kr ($791,586 on Pathway, by Self Possessed, a 24 time winner in 81 starts for Don Swick)

1988

Furman (US)

    

 

1.11,2a  

$ 550,000  

 

     

h, by

Joie de Vie (US)

 

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Garden Grove (US)

 
 

At 4, Winner of Hiram Woodruff, Nat Ray Trot, Su Mac Lad, third in Titan Cup. At 6, second in Finlandia-Ajo, Gran Premio Citta' di Montecatini, Su Mac Lad. Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1989 for 6,000 USD.

and Maven 1:51.4h ($1,756,996) by Glidemaster, second dam Garden Grove (by Arnie Almahurst) produced FFA star Furman ($550,100) by Joie de Vie and good broodmare sister Patterns, dam of Patches; and third dam Ivory Coast by Nevele Pride, an Elite Mare in Sweden and dam of Baron Karsk and Calle Karsk.

Little or none of the above appears on North American databases, to the detriment of breeders seeking to present and sell yearlings. It’s time for a meaningful international trotting database.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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