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A twister is about to hit harness racing at Yonkers Raceway at approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. That would be the Italian trotting tornado known as Twister Bi, our pick in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. Batten down the hatches! Italian tornado and Jerry Riordan This five-year-old stallion has post four, and will be sitting in a cozy spot to storm home first at the wire for driver Christoffer Eriksson in the 1 ¼ global test. Warwick, Rhode Island expatriate Jerry Riordan trains for owner Pasquale Ciccarelli.  The caretaker is Heli Tarrimaa. The Riordans  It was a whirlwind week spending time with the contingent, catching up with the Riordan – now training out of Sweden after two decades in Italy: over a Manhattan at the ‘21’ Club on Tuesday as he explained the Italian-imported cherry accoutrement to the owners and his wife Lisa following the press conference; and on the World Yacht dinner cruise on Thursday night, sharing a laugh as I pulled out my shaky Italian idiom from Mr. Romeo’s Nazareth H.S. class, chuckling about la “chiacchierone” (chatterbox) journalist as we sailed away from a majestic view of the Statue of Liberty. Italian contingent cruising to victory Twister Bi becomes Italy’s second flag-carrier to take home the International, the first ironically was Delfo, my first live International at Roosevelt in 1977 for the brilliant Sergio Breghenti, known simply as The Driver. Delfo won in typical Breghenti wire-to-wire style, and the kid from Brooklyn made a winning bet on the $20 longshot. Lightning, or I should say, a twister, strikes again. Here’s the full analysis: Twister in forecast Twister Bi (4): Half million earner doubles his career bankroll with win today; has the speed to lead and tractability to sit right off it, has missed the board only twice in 11 starts with 4-2-3 record. Molto Buono! On Track Piraten (10): Nine-year-old warrior in his third Yonkers International gets the big driver switch to Johnny Takter. Was fast closing fourth, just missing the show, last year from the dreaded eight-hole. The $2 million earner on the strength of 27 wins in 116 start would have been the pick with better draw (second tier is tough spot). Bad drive, bad luck in first two. Can reverse at a price. Veteran class master can turn tables Marion Marauder (1): Draws the coveted rail for driver Scott Zeron, who won Yonkers Trot elimination and final here en route to the Triple Crown, so the four-year-old stallion relishes the oval. Canadian stalwart true family affair connections for owners Devin Keeling and his grandmother Marion J. Wellwood, and husband wife training combo of Michael Keeling and Paula Welwood. Marauder flashy over course in Yonkers Trot In Secret (8): Horse for course at Yonkers had captured six straight at Empire City, including for Open Trots in a row. George Brennan will have to get the U.S.A. flag-carrier involved from the get-go with the dreaded eight-hole draw. Acid test today. Trainer Ron Burke time and time again has won the big races. No Secret: In Secret relishes the half mile oval Resolve (6): Defending champ will be deserving favorite for expert trotting conditioner Ake Svanstedt. Apparent tick-bite threw wrench into Maple Leaf Trot elimination, connections say he’s ready to roll despite five-week layoff. Dismiss the pride of the United States at your own risk, but we’ll try to beat him. Resolve ready for repeat? Dreammoko (3): son of the legendary Timoko, who was second in 2015 renewal of Yonkers International. Second or third in last five, four-year-old French-bred may be the up and comer, otherwise trainer Richard Westerink wouldn’t be here. Italy’s Gabriele Gelormini drives. Oasis Bi (2): Post two has won last two Yonkers Internationals (Papagayo E. and Resolve), so this nine-year-old from Italy has some history on his side. Another $2 million earner, regular pilot Christoffer Eriksson tries to reign veteran back into form after three lackluster efforts. Midnight Hour (7); Shadow Woodland (5) and Tripolini VP (9) are the outsiders and would all be shockers.

Twister Bi enters Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot as Europe's top-rated harness racing contender in the invitational event and U.S.-born trainer Jerry Riordan believes his 5-year-old stallion is primed for a strong performance at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway. A son of Varenne, Twister Bi represents Italy in the 10-horse field. Twister Bi has won four of 11 races this year, including the Oslo Grand Prix and Ulf Thoresen Grand International - both Group 1 events - and has finished off the board only twice this season. Twister Bi, owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli, is No. 4 in the European Trotting Union (UET) rankings, behind only Bold Eagle, Timoko and Propulsion. Twister Bi heads to the International Trot, which is contested at the distance of 1-1/4 miles, off a third-place finish in the UET Trotting Masters championship on Sept. 9. He drew post No. 4 for the International Trot and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Resolve, the race's defending champion. He will be driven by 30-year-old Christoffer Eriksson, who ranks sixth in wins among all drivers in Sweden. "He has raced against the best, and he's raced really hard races against the best horses," Riordan said about Twister Bi. "He was arguably the best horse on the track in his last three races and he's been racing against Propulsion, Bold Eagle; the very best. We're confident. We really believe in the horse." Twister Bi has won 20 of 49 career races and earned $708,328. The bulk of his earnings - $528,768 - have come this season. He will try to become Italy's second International Trot champion, joining 1977 winner Delfo in the history books. The 39th International Trot features horses representing the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, and Sweden. The race was held from 1959 through 1995 before being resurrected three years ago by Yonkers President and CEO Tim Rooney. Riordan, a New England native based in Sweden after a long stint in Italy, is making his second appearance in three years in the International Trot. He finished eighth with Rod Stewart in 2015. His personal history with the event goes back to his days as a groom at Roosevelt Raceway, which hosted the International Trot before it moved to Yonkers in 1988. One reason for Riordan's optimism with Twister Bi is the horse's ability to handle racing on a half-mile track, such as Yonkers. "He's a lefty by nature," said Riordan, who received the 1990 Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. "He takes the left line, cocks his head to the left, and you can just send him into the turn. That's one of the reasons I was pretty confident about coming over to race him. "I think at this point with this horse, whatever the results are Saturday is the result of the last three months of work. What we're going to do at this point is try not to do anything dumb and just bring him in as fresh as we can possibly make him." Click here for a video of Riordan and Twister Bi. * * * * * The connections of Sweden's 9-year-old On Track Piraten, who joins Italy's Oasis Bi as a three-time International Trot participant, are hoping for better luck in this year's event. In 2015, On Track Piraten finished seventh after an early three-wide move left the gelding parked first over for a lengthy distance. Last year, On Track Piraten was the fastest horse by a full second over the race's final quarter-mile, but had too much distance to overcome after starting from post eight. He finished fourth, beaten by 2-1/2 lengths. "With a good trip I think he can beat almost anyone," said John Backlund, representing the ownership group of Stall Morkermasse and Stall CK HB. "He's a very tough horse. He just keeps going." On Track Piraten has won 37 of 116 career races and earned $1.99 million. He will start the International Trot from post No. 10, in the second tier behind No. 2 Oasis Bi. On Track Piraten, who will be driven by Johnny Takter and is trained by Hans Stromberg, is 8-1 on the morning line. "He was not as good this summer, he had some allergy problems, but I think now he is in good shape," Backlund said. "We are enjoying the hospitality. It's been amazing every year. We are just happy to be here." * * * * * With Timoko having retired earlier this year, France turns to his 4-year-old son Dreammoko in the International Trot. Timoko, whose career accomplishments include two wins in the Elitlopp, finished second in the 2015 International Trot. Dreammoko will start from post No. 3 with Gabriele Gelormini driving for trainer Richard Westerink, who also conditioned Timoko. Dreammoko, who has won three of 13 races and $293,802 this year, is 6-1 on the morning line. He is owned by Jan Stins. French horses have won the International Trot on 13 occasions. "I think he is a very fast horse and a very tough horse," Westerink said. "He likes tough races. We will see if he can take a little place. That will be nice. "He's not raced on a half-mile track. That's not a problem for him. He will take the turns good, I think." Click here for a video of Westerink and Dreammoko. The International Trot is part of a New York harness-record $3.3 million card at Yonkers on Saturday. Racing begins at 1 p.m. and includes eight New York Sire Stakes championships plus two $250,000 invitationals, the Dan Rooney Pace and Harry Harvey Trot. Following is the field in post-position order for the International Trot with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-5/1 2. Oasis Bi-Kim Eriksson-Stefan Pettersson-5/1 3. Dreammoko-Gabriele Gelormini-Richard Westerink-6/1 4. Twister Bi-Christoffer Eriksson-Jerry Riordan-4/1 5. Shadow Woodland-Tim Tetrick-Reijo Liljendahl-12/1 6. Resolve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-3/1 7. Midnight Hour-Iikka Nurmonen-Ossi Nurmonen-10/1 8. In Secret-George Brennan-Ron Burke-6/1 9. Tripolini VP-Jeppe Juel-Jeppe Juel-15/1 10. On Track Piraten-Johnny Takter-Hans Stromberg-8/1 Note: Tripolini VP and On Track Piraten start from the second tier. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. Ken Weingartner

July 9, 2017 - Today’s Jarlsberg feature event was the Gr. I Ulf Thoresen Grand International (2100 meters autostart, 750,000NOk to the winner). Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) was placed directly on the lead from post two by driver Christoffer Eriksson, rated comfortably, and drew off with 500 meters remaining to secure a five length victory for trainer Jerry Riordan, timed in 1.10.4kr. Twister Bi recorded his fourth win in eight 2017 starts, now for 4,907,005NOk earned in a successful and emerging career. An elated Riordan stated on post race interview that his charge is a happy horse that was just rolling along in the final 400. Oasis Bi (9m Toss Out-Up Front JM) sat the pocket for driver Erik Adielsson but lost the second spot to fast closing Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) and driver/owner Goran Antonsen for trainer Daniel Reden. The secondary feature this day was the Anders Jahres (2100 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to the winner) and the 1.11.2kr timed winner was Djali Boko (7m Ready Cash-Lucky Lavec) that moved decisively in the final bend and jetted off to an easy score for reinsman Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Nappa Scar (5m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) was the second horse home for trainer/driver Per Lennartson. Bjorn Goop piloted the Jerry Riordan trainee Tango Negro (5m Infinitif-Lisetta Real) to a third place finish. Also on the undercard was the Felleokjopets (2100 meters autostart, 75,000NOk to winner) with victory going to Ferrari BR (4m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite) timed in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Per Oleg Midtfjeld, who campaigned Cromwell (sire of Phantasm SOA) throughout most of his European racing career. Second in this event was the Jerry Riordan trainee Umberto Axe (4m Love You-Ira Furiosa Spin) driven by Tom Eric Solberg. Defy Anything (5f Cantab Hall-Flirtin Victory) took third for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

July 6, 2017 - On Thursday at Halmstad (SWE) was the classic Sprintermaster for harness racing four year-olds, with three eliminations each for 125,000SEK to those winners, and a final with 977,000SEK to that winner. Each heat was raced over 1609 meters autostart.  The final went to 1.10kr timed and 2.9/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) that scored for Christoffer Eriksson driving for Robert Bergh, trainer for Forspro HB. The Bergh trained and teamed Muscle Hustle (4m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel-Cantab Hall) was second ahead of Electric Light (4m Going Kronos-USA Hornline-Giant Hit) and his trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner. Makethemark was sixth in the final after winning an elim and Paul The Apostle was fifth after a second place finish in elimination two. The elims began with 1.5/1 Diamanten (4m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall-Ata Star L) taking the first timed in 1.10.4kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Racing Mange (4m Orlando Vici-Kara Kickan-Alf Palema) was second for trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren. The second elimination went to 2.2/1 Rajesh Face (4m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) for driver/trainer Lutfi Kolgjini and owner Tommy Nilsson Holdings AB. Paul The Apostle (4g Pastor Stephen-Blue Drop Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) was second here for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden in the 1.10.9kr timed event. Elimination three went to 3.1/1 Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) timed in 1.10.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson driving for Petri Salmela. Electric Light was second for Peter Untersteiner and Muscle Hustle was third. Earlier in the program was the Elite Sprinter for amateur reinsman, over 1640 meters autostart for 50,000SEK to the winner. The 2.7/1 winner, timed in 1.11.3kr, was Niagara Broline (7g Pine Chip-Malabar Mist-Malabar Man) driven by Peter Arnqvist for trainer Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

June 11, 2017, Bjerke -   Italy’s Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) rallied off cover three wide in the final bend for driver Christoffer Eriksson and ran down then leading Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) and owner/driver Goran Antonsen to win the Gr I UET Masters Series VG Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke. Raced in the fog and rain the Jerry Riordan trainee, owned by Pasuquale Ciccarelli, earned 1.5NOK million for the win, his 19th in 45 career starts. Total purse was 2,770,000NOK. Timed in 1.12.6kr the winner bested a game Lionel, trained by Daniel Reden, that raced in the death seat through much of the 2100 meter autostart event, Third was Aubrion du Gers (7g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers-Baccarat du Pont) with Joseph Verbeeck catch-driving for trainer Jean-Michel Bazire. Takethem and DD’s Hitman ended fourth and fifth. Photos below – finish, stretch drive, happy trainer and driver. Pacesetter Dante Boko and well-regarded Volstead, BBS Sugarlight, Your Highness and Cruzado Dela Noche were among the also-rans today. Winning trainer Jerry Riordan, always a great post-race interview, commented that his horse raced today for the first time in an American sulky and with pull out ear-plugs, and like Varenne, is always a tough competitor, who can beat anybody with a good trip. Today he got that good trip. The undercard included the Energima Cup (final with 300,000NOK to the winner and 100,000NOK for winners of the two eliminations) with the elims and final raced over 1609 meters autostart. The final, pictured below, went to Italy’s Turno di Assiurra (5m Love You-Foga di Aziurra-Lemon Dra) in rein to Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Erik Bondo, and timed in 1.11.5kr. He won his elimination timed in 1.11.8kr in a dead-heat with Thai Broadway (8m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop. Thai Broadway was second in the final.  The other elim was won by Donatomite (5g Donato Hanover-Malvictorian-Malabar Man) for trainer/drive Frode Hamre timed in 1.10.9kr with victory over Victory Bonsai (6m Kadabra-Victory Bouquet-Balanced Image) with Mika Forss driving the Heikki Korhonen trainee. Bonsai was third in the final.  Canari Match and Phantasm SOA Win at Bjerke June 11, 2017 - Today’s Oslo Grand Prix day of racing showcased top flight three, four and five year-old trotters plus open class mares. Starting in reverse order with the Finn Tack Europamatch (purse to winner 300,000NOK, 2100 meters autostart) for the five year-olds, the winner was 1.12.9kr clocked Canari Match (5m Extreme Aunou-Ruelle d’Ostal-Joe l’Amoroso) for Orjan Kihlstrom. Daniel Reden trains this one. Second was the Jerry Riordan trainee Tango Negro (5m Infinitif-Lisetta Real-Lemon Dra), with third to the mare Trendy OK (5f Varenne-Annette Hanover-Sierra Kosmos) handled by Alessandro Gocciadoro. She was one of only two females in this event. French Laundry was fourth in the nine horse field. The four year-olds contested the Gjensidige (purse to winner 200,000NOK, 1609 meters autostart) and that fine group was vanquished by Phantasm SOA (4m Cromwell-Uiver H-Uxer LB) driven by Bjorn Goop for trainer Olivier Raffin. This Norway  bred colt now has two 2017 wins in three outings and nine career victories in 16 starts. Off at 5/2 odds, Phantasm SOA scored in 1.12kr over Makethemark (4m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) reined by Ulf Ohlsson. Third was Dominion Beach (4m Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) driven by Orjan Kihlstrom and is Stefan Melander trained.  Three year-olds battled in the Support Justice (200,000NOK to the winner, 2100 meters autostart). That event was won by Black Talisman (3m Sam Bourbon-Netherlee Way-Muscles Yankee) driven by trainer Magnus Teien Gundersen. Second was Championchip (3m Pine Chip-Madam Lavec-Egon Lavec) for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. Third was Robin GT (3m Broadway Hall-Linderchip GT-Enjiy Lavec) for Asbjern Tengsareid in the 1.15.1kr timed contest. Earlier was the Stayerloop (200,000NOK to the winner, 2140 meters voltstart, distance handicapped). One of non-penalized horses was the winner, Titanium Gar (5g Daguet Rapide-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne), with Hugo Landgweg Jr. the pilot and timed in 1.15.6kr. Totem d’Azur (10m Joao Panca-Heidi l’Indienne-Butin du Vivier) was second at 21/1 for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa, overcoming a 40 meter penalty. Third was another 40 meter handicapped entry, Reckless (7m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) driven by trainer Bjorn Goop. The aged mares battled in the Flaata Eiendom (200,000NOK first money, 1609 meters autostart) and it produced a quick 1.11.7kr victory by Italy’s Shadow Gar (6f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) for Erik Adielsson and trainer Erik Bondo. This one is a half-sister to the above described Stayerlopp winner Titanium Gar. Shadow Gar, pictured below, now has four wins in 2017 from eight outings. Second this day was Indoor Voices (6f Yankee Glide-Celebrity Whisper-SJs Caviar) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom, ahead of Alwaysinblackpedia (6f Muscle Hill-Baker Black Jet-Supergill) driven by trainer Frode Hamre.  One cannot complete the program coverage without mentioning the Kingsrod Trading Monte (100,000NOK to winner, 1609 meters autostart). Sofia Adolfsson was in the irons on Nantucket (11m Viking Kronos-Malabar Lady-Valley Victory), shown below, as that one scored quick timed in 1.11.6kr. Tosca Victory (7m Up di Poggio-Tootsie Rich-Super Arnie) was second for Henriette Larsen, and third went to Quality QC (6g Going Kronos-Tina QC-Quadrophenio) and jockey Christina A. Hande. Well-regarded Tsar de Houelle, Call Me Hanover and O’Grady were back of these.  Thomas H. Hicks

April 8, 2017 - Veteran classmaster Spring Erom (12m Gentle Star-Springflickan-Prince Mystic) took today’s harness racing featured V75 Gold LC Peterson-Broddas (2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to the winner) at Jagersro. Timed in 1.11.3kr and driven by Christoffer Eriksson, for trainer Dan Widegren and Stall Sten Nilsson AB, Gentle Star recorded his 30th career victory in 96 starts for 7,403,000SEK earned. The 9/1 veteran bested 18/1 Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema), with Peter Untersteiner up. 14/1 Fire To The Rain (6g Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) took third for pilot Peter Ingves and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. The 1.3/1 favorite Mosaique Face (8m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Conway Hall) was fourth for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini. The Jagersro card also included the Derby Trial 2017 (purse 100,000SEK to the winner, 2640 meters) and 1.4/1 Rajesh Face (4m Raja Mirchi-Nippy Girl-Ginger Somolli) scored for trainer/driver Lutfi Kolgjini and Tommy Nilsson Holding, the owner. 10/1 Springfield (4m Joke Face-Honey Lavec-Malabar Man) was second for Johnny Takter and trainer Lars Nilsson. The 1.12.6kr timed winner scored for the sixth time in his 16 race career, now with 471,000SEK earned. Today’s Jagersro V75 Silver (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.7/1 DD’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) timed in 1.11.7kr for Johnny Takter. Petri Puro, of Commander Crowe fame, trains the Hitman. Earlier the Monte Final (purse 40,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.12.2kr timed and 6.3/1 Olympic Kronos (9g Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip). Lutfi Kolgjini trains the winner and Stephanie Werder was the jockey. 2.2/1 Tano Bork (7g Great Challenger-Frederikke Bork-New Quick) was second for Christina Lindhardt. Today at Roma Capannelle the Premio Terzo Anniversario (purse €11,000, 1640 meters autostart) went to 1.12.0kr timed Vitruvio (3m Adrian Chip-Tigre OM-Zebu) reined by Allessandro Gocciadoro. Valerio Font (3m Conway Hall-Margy d’Alfa) and Victor dei Ronchi (3m Exploit Caf-Filu’of Brown-Lemon Dra) were second and third for pilots Baldi and Bellei. Tomorrow at Beaumont de Lomagne will be the Grand Prix d’Ardeuil Aoc Buzet (purse €28,000, 2550 meters distance handicap, 18 European starters) that includes some hard-hitting contestants with recent races in Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Hungary and France. Thomas H. Hicks

December 25, 2016 - The Gr. I Criterium Continental (purse €240,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to 23.5/1 upset winner Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide). Christoffer Eriksson teamed the 1.11.8kr clocked mare for harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan and Canada’s David Goodrow, the owner. Eriksson positioned Treasure Kronos perfectly, third in the second tier and then escaped at top stretch to begin her winning rally that ended with a three-quarter length score over 55.2/1 Day Or Night In (4m Muscle Hill-Ellie America) driven by trainer Johan Untersteiner for Stall Invexbro AB. 4.9/1 Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was third driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and proprietor Olivier Henri Thomas. 44.5/1 Cobra Bleu (4m Fortuna Fant) was  fourth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Timone EK (4m Mr. Vic) finished fifth for J-M Bazire and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner earned €108,000 with the victory and now has career earnings of €400,856. Fractions were quick (1.06.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.7 at the 1000; 1.12.2kr with 500 meters remaining). The 1.1/1 favorite Traders raced on or near the front throughout and was a dq for a miscue late when under pressure in the drive. Thomas H. Hicks

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

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

November 28, 2015 - At Jagersro this day (Saturday) the Gold Division Meadow Prophet (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 2.8/1 odds Arazi Boko (8g Varenne-Laura Kemp-Express Ride) for driver Christoffer Eriksson clocked in 1.13kr. 14.4/1 Kadett CD (8m Scarlet Knight-Kiss of Life-Tenor de Baune) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Robert Bergh, with third to 4.6/1 Royal Fighter (7m Varenne-Froken Julie-Supergill) driven by Jennifer Tillman and trainer Per K. Eriksson. O’Grady led early before yielding to the eventual winner. Rod Stewart and Riff Kronos ended fourth and fifth, respectively. On the Jagersro card was the featured two year-old contest Gr. I National Svensk Uppfodningslopning over 1640 meters autostart with 700,000SEK to the winner. 2/1 favorite Gareth Boko (2m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) recorded this victory timed in 1.14kr for Per Lennartsson, also trainer. Gareth Boko now has four wins in seven starts for earnings of 1,230,500SEK. 3.6/1 Racing Mange (2m Orlando Vici-Kickan-Alf Palema) was second  trainer/driver Joakim Lovgren and third went to Chocolate Gold (2m Chocolatier-Shella Gold-Good As Gold) at 7.3/1 and teamed by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Johnny Takter driven Undine finished fourth after leading early and fast. Thomas H. Hicks  

Harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan scored a training double Wednesday at Jagersro in Sweden as a pair owned by Lisa Riordan and bred by the late Lou Guida took impressive wins. Sylvester America (4m Varenne - Armbro Voice - Garland Lobell) scored in 1.13.7kr to earn 70,000SEK first money in a 2140 meter autostart event for four-year olds. Christoffer Eriksson was the pilot as Sylvester recorded career win seven in 17 starts. He’s undefeated in two 2015 starts. The winner is from an excellent family that includes $100,000 plus winners Laurel America, Red Rose America and Michael America. In the card’s finale Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover - Zagabria Dei - Victory Dream) scored in a sharp 1.11.6kr over 1640 meters to earn 60,000SEK first prize. The event for mares saw the Peter Ingves teamed winner defeat Alchemilla Rich with Johnny Takter aboard. The winning mare, trained by Riordan, secured her 10th career win in 28 starts and first in the current year. She’s a half-sister to top international performer Lisa America. Thomas H. Hicks  

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