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The Elitlopp is over for this year and we send our biggest gratulations to Ringostarr Treb and his harness racing team! We summarize this past weekend with great weather, great horses, thrilling harness races and new friends from all over the world. The Elitlopp 2019 and World Driving Championship We have already started planning for the Elitlopp tour 2019. The tour will be held May 23-27 and the itinerary for the tour will be similiar to the one this year.  Furthermore, the World Driving Championship 2019 will be held in Sweden.  During a weeks’ time, some of the best drivers in the world will travel all around Sweden, competing at the different tracks. We will of course make a tour for all of you who wish to join. The date for the extended Elitlopp-tour with the World Driving Championship is May 23 – June 2. More information is expected to be released during october/november.  Join us for a weekend in Paris and kickstart the year with the worlds largest harnecc race: Prix d'Amérique. We arrange tours including hotels, transfers, a visit at Grosbois and of course many different extra activities, to experience the french kitchen, Mouiln Rouge and much more. Equi Tours | Stjärnplan 3, 216 18 Limhamn, SWEDEN | | Tel: +46 (0)40 29 88 08 | Mobil: +46 (0)708 540 200

The Tuesday evening Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by the Gr. II Prix Victor Cavey (monte, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) with victory, in decisive fashion, to 9/1 Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) with Alexandre Abrivard up.  L.Cl. Abrivard trains the winner for Ecurie Augustin Normand that was timed in 1.15kr.  The 3/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty –Princesse d’Ombree) was second for jockey Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. The 14/1 Darthey du Rib (5f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) was third for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Dominator Blond and Dhikti Vedaquais were fourth and fifth. As many know a group of three USA trainers are in France training and inspecting FR trotteurs that may be exported to the USA to compete in races at Yonkers Raceway for the FR imports there. The FR program is shown below along with a few Facebook pics at Grosbois, Cagnes Sur Mer and Tuesday evening at Vincennes. Monday : Reims/Grosbois Tuesday : Cagnes sur Mer (plane) Wednesday : Argentan (train) Thursday : Meslay du Maine (train) Friday : Bordeaux (train) The French journey began May 26, 2018. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Sunday’s Trophee Vert was the Grand Prix d’Agglomerations du Villeneuvois at Villeneuve Sur Lot (purse €45,000, 2600 meters on the turf, 16 starters, distance handicapped). The 9/1 Cash Pride (6g Coktail Jet-Elitloppa) scored in a blanket finish timed in 1.15.7kr and driven by Manuel Criado. Mme. Maryse Criado owns this performer that bested 5.7/1 Utile Lebel (10g Biesolo) that traveled an additional 25 meters with Christophe Feyte the trainer/driver. The 41/1 Akido (8g Love You-Isba) rallied furiously from a 50 meters handicap to be third for Charles Bouvier. Benjamin Goetz trains this one for legendary Ecurie Comte P de Montesson. The 2.4/1 favorite Chic Carisole was a miscue dq and 7.5/1 Bebert Express finished ninth while 3.3/1 Authorized was home sixth. At Reims this day was the Grand Prix de Reims (purse €21,000, 2550 meters, 16 starters) with the 1.13.9kr timed victory earned by 5/2 Cartel (6g Prodigious-Sonate d’Aunou). Romain Derieux was the driver/trainer of the winner for Mme. Mauricette De Sousa. The 4.6/1 Cherie Quick (6f Prodigious) was second for driver Franck Ouvrie, trainer Patrick Chevrier and Ecurie Quick Star, the breeder/owner. 10/1 Charline de Victhi (6f Kepler) held third for David Armellini, driving for trainer Gregory Houel and owner Philippe Raymond Collet. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    


Saturday trotting at Enghien was highlighted by the Quinte+ Prix de l’Obelisque (purse €64,000, 2150 meters autostart) with the 1.12.9kr timed victory to 8.6/1 Auch (8g Niky-Migraine) handled by Damien Bonne for owner/trainer Christian Bigeon. The winner now has career earnings in excess of €312,000. 66/1 Venezia de Mai (9f Prodigious) was second for Adrien Lamy and third went to 17/1 Beaute de Bailly (7f Vivaldi de Chenu) for driver Franck Nivard. 3/2 favorite Diamond and 36/1 Ulhior du Beziau completed the top five.     Arrivée du Tiercé, Quarté +, Quinté +   Cl. N° Chevaux Drivers Propriétaires Entraîneurs 1er 12 Auch D. Bonne Ecurie Christian Bigeon Ch. Bigeon 2ème 11 Vénézia de Mai A. Lamy J. Paillé J. Paillé 3ème 4 Beauté de Bailly F. Nivard Ecurie L.B.Bourgoin B. Bourgoin 4ème 16 Diamond HOL M. Abrivard Stal Mille Fleurs B.V. P. Hagoort 5ème 14 Ulhior du Béziau E. Raffin P. Sitruk A. Pereira  Rapports (pour 2€) Tirelire 1.000.000 € - Numéro plus : 2111   Ordre :       néant€   Désordre :       1.587,20€   Bonus 4 :       59,80€   Bonus 4sur5 :       30,80€   Bonus 3 :       20,60€     The Prix du Rhone (purse €75,000, 2875 meters, 11 starters) went to 1.14.5kr timed and 8/1 odds Cyriel d’Atom (6g Otello Pierji-Oliga d’Atom) for driver Gabriele Gelormini and breeder/owner/trainer Aime de Grieve. 15/1 Cerenzo Turbo (6m Ganymede) and 3.1/1 Cicero Noa (6g Mandarino Blue) were the next two home with Franck Ouvrie and Pierre Vercruysse driving these horses. Favorite Colonel was eighth with J-M Bazire up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Budapes, HU - The 20.5/1 Victory Knick (6g Conway Hall-Lapponia Knick-Lindy’s Crown) rallied late for trainer/driver Emil Csordas to score a 1.14.3kr timed victory in the Lovaselet Sprinter Kupa (purse 2 million Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park. The winning team just got up to best front runner 12.1 Paolendry Like (9g Enjoy Lavec-Volteure Bi-Peres Bi) with Marko Slavic driving. 21.3/1 Tars Stars (7m Persugill-Ten Stars Vita-Ata Star L) gained third for driver Janko Sagaj and SLO trainer Igor Sezderac. Favorites in the wagering were next to the line, 1.8/1 Part Two and 2.4/1 Underpaid Hanover, the later starting from post eight. The undercard was highlighted by a win for 1.9/1 Salt Lake City (7m Detroit-Jolly Beauty-Valley Guardian) in the Amatorverseny Handicap (purse 400,000 Huf, 1800 meters autostart). Andrea Nagyvary teamed the winner timed in 1.17.8kr, a horse she co-owns and Imre Fazekas trains. The Hitaleze DIJ (purse 600,000, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.14.8kr quick timed and 1.2/1 favorite Uran Lady (5f Maximus Lindy-Vas Lady) with trainer Veljko Mazsity aboard. Henrik Ibsen AT and Unique Vil trailed this winner. The Allyhills Hico DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) saw 1.9/1 Ricky HR (6m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) score a 1.16.4kr victory with Andrea Fazekas up for trainer Balazs Juhasz. At Madinina Martinique racing Saturday included the Prix des Manquiers (purse €6,000, 3800 meters) with the 1.23.1 kr victory on the turf earned by Vlatore des Salines (9g Magnificent Rodney-Griffe des Salines) with Alexandre Faivre driving for owner/trainer J.L. Langeron. Usly de Visais and Typhon du Plantis were next to the line. Also on the combined trot/gallop card was the Prix de Bananiers (purse €6,000, 3800 meters). Boycott (7g Goetmals Wood-Mine d’Or) was victorious timed in 1.22 for owner/trainer/driver Christine Lebreton. Bavarois du Varlet and Argan de Vandel were second and third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The Friday evening Paris-Vincennes action saw three upper level races at the start. The Prix Constellation (purse €51,000, 2850 meters, 18 European starters) went to 1.13kr timed and 23/1 odds Dollar Sayer (5g Phlegyas-Quinoa Soyer) with Eric Raffin up for Ecurie La Pinsonniere and trainer Gregory Thorel. 10/1 Urbanio (5m Adrian Chip-Ophelia Blue Chip) was second for Gabriele Gelormini in a close call with 1.7/1 Devirmant (5g Kaiser Soze) that Joel Hallais trains and J.L.Cl. Dersoir piloted. The Q+ Prix du Crepuscle (purse €90,000, 2100 meters autostart, 15 European starters) produced an 18/1 victory for Dijon (5m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou) timed in 1.10.9kr and reined by Romain Derieux, the trainer for owner Ms. Mauricette De Sousa. 9/1 Une Serenade (10f Gazouillis) was second with Eric Raffin up and 64/1 Jaqueu du Mont (9m Kaisy Dream) was third with Franck Nivard driving. 6.8/1 Venose de Minel and 1.4/1 Beau Gamin completed the top five. The featured Groupe II Prix Ozo (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, 14 starters) was won by 1.14.5kr timed and 7.1/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissarte Jo) with Frank Nivard driving for trainer Franck Leblanc. 76/1 Florida Sport (3f Tornado Bello) was second on the pegs for Guillermo Ardreau-Adrover with third to 1.4/1 favorite Folelli (3f Timoko) and reinsman Alexadre Abrivard. Fly With Us and Ferreteria were misque dq’s. Saturday’s Sweden Cup saw each elimination raced over 1640 meters autostart, seven starters, purse €19778 each. Elimination 1 went to 4.4/1 Sorbet (7m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) with Orjan Kihlstom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Germany’s 5.3/1 Cash Hanover (6m Love You-Impasse) took second for Michae Nimczyk and third was 4.6/1 Spitcam Jubb (7g Campell Hall-Lola Spit) with O.J. Andersson up. Cool Keeper was fourth. Elimination  2 saw 1.1/1 favorite Arazzi Boko (11g Varenne-Laura Kemp) score easily for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro.  The Italian owned veteran bested 2/1 Caid Griff (6m Password-Savanne Griff) for the Kihlstrom, Reden, Stall Zet team. Third was 7.3/1 Vappa Scar (6m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) and trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. Arazi Boko The third Sweden Cup elimination went to 1.09.7kr timed and 4/1 Charrua Forlan (8g Up Front Larry-Friska Bar) with trainer Hans Owe Sundberg driving for La Celeste AB. 1.6/1 Love Matters (5m Explosive Matter) was second for Kihlstrom/Reden/Stall Zet and 2.7/1 Jairo (7g Love You) took third for Joakim Lovgren. 2.7/1 Billie de Montfort was seventh. Charrus Forlan by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Vincennes, FR - Sent off at odds of 22/1, Balando (7m Nijinski Blue-Quitalia) took today’s fifth leg of the Grand National du Trot Paris-Turf (Gr. III, purse €90,000, 2800 meters distance handicap, 16 starters) timed in 1.12.4kr.  He traveled the stated distance for driver Nico d’Haenens and breeder/trainer/owner Alphonse Vanberghen. This one now has 10 career wins for €316,930 earned. The 9/10 favorite Cleangame (6g Ouragon de Celland-Red Bell) was second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer J-M Bazire and owner J.M. Rancoule, timed in 1.11.9kr as he was penalized at the start 25 meters. The 43/1 long shot Viking Fromentro (9g Capriccio) was third for Thomas Levesque, also trainer. Going off at 25/1 Blues des Landiers (7g Phlegyas) was fourth for Yoann Lebourgeois and fifth was 102/1 Anette du Mirel (8f Laetenter Diem) timed in 1.12.3kr (also a 25 meter handicapped starter) with Matthieu Verva up for trainer Anders Lindqvist and owner Anette Holmgren This day at Karlshorst (Germany) the legendary Heinz Wewering teamed 1.7/1 Nelly Pepper (4f Fast Photo-La Croisette) to a 1.15.5kr timed victory in the Prix Honore de Balzac (purse €4,500, 2000 meters autostart). Wewering also was second twice on the card. At Vichy was the Prix Henri Berry (purse €50,000, 2975 meters, 17 starters) and 6.8/1 Calin de Morge (6g Uzio Royal-Paradise Princess) scored in 1.13.7kr for Franck Nivard, trainer David Haon and owner Ecurie HD Trot.1.3/1 Tesauro (6g Filipp Roc) rallied for second handled by J-M Bazire for trainer L.Cl. Abrivard, ahead of third finishing 14/1 Cross Dairpet (6m Quaker Jet) with trainer Mickael Cormy up. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Vincennes, FR - Three groupe events highlighted the Tuesday evening program at Paris-Vincennes. Action began with the Gr. III Prix Heraclite (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, European four year old females).  Everglades (4f Rodrigo Jet-Penang) scored with a strong stretch rally at 22/1 for Thomas Levesque, who trains the winner for breeder/owner Pierre Levesque. Race time was 1.14.7kr and the winner now has career earnings of €163,060. The 3.8/1 Hillary Queen (4f Quick Wood) was second for Matthieu Abrivard, trainer Paul Hagoort and Ecurie Mlle Fleurs. 6.9/1 Estelada de Font (4f Orateur) took third for Emmanuel Allard. The top five was completed by Elsa du Pommereux (4f Coktail Jet) and Viscarda Jet (4f Pine Chip), these handled by Sylvain Roger and Pierre Vercruysse. The Gr. III Prix Camilla (purse €80,000, 2850 meters, European) produced a 1.13.9kr victory for 7.1/1 Elvis Madrik (4g Overtrick-Tequila Dara) and driver Franck Nivard. J.M. Baudouin owns and trains the winner. The 5.1/1 Alcoy (4m Ready Cash-Divann) held second for Christophe Martens, driving for Ceke Farm BVBA. 1.6/1 favorite Hambo Trans R (4m Love You-Bewitched) was third driven by Matthieu Abrivard, for trainer Paul Hagoort and owner Ecurie Mlle Fleurs. Everest Vedaquais (4m Ready Cash-Spandelle) and Classic Connection (4m Love You-Crys Dream) completed the top five, these owned by Philippe Allaire and Jean Pierre Dubois, respectively. The Gr. II Prix Kalmia (purse €120,000, 2700 meters, three year old males) went to 2/5 favorite Flocki d’Aurcy (3m Ready Cash-Idee Lara) timed in 1.17.6kr off very slow fractions (1.19.2kr with 500 meters remaining). Yoann Lebourgeois was the winning pilot for trainer Philippe Allaire as Flocki won for the sixth time in seven career starts, now for €146,250 earned. It was 24/1 File Gin (3m Repeat Love) in second for Guillermo Roig-Balaguer and 79/1 Fighter Smart (3m Uniclove) took third for Mathieu Mottier. 5/1 Follow You (4m Ready Cash-Mara Bourbon) was fourth for Franck Nivard and trainer Sebastien Guarato with 26/1 Fabriz du Gite (3Tabriz du Gite) and 14/1 Fastissime (3m Ready Cash-Ivre de Victorie-Buvetier d’Aunou) taking the fifth and sixth checks for Franck Ouvrie and Pierre Vercruysse, respectively. Fastissime is a full brother to the successful Brillantissime. Wednesday is the Grand National du Trot Paris Turf lef, a Gr. III event for a purse of €90,000 and raced at LaCroise Laroche. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Here are the horses presented in the harness racing Elitloppet 2018.  There have been nine two time winners of the Elite Race - Timoko (2014, 2017), Varenne (2001, 2002). Copiad (1994, 1995), Mack Lobell (1988, 1990), Ideal du Gazeau (1980, 1982). Timothy T. (1974, 1975), Eileen Eden (1968, 1970), Roquepine (1966, 1967) and Gelinotte (1956, 1957)…. Rajesh Face He has as much capacity as possible, but has had a bad luck when it really matters. In Elitloppet there will be a change. Rajesh Face won a try for the Sprinter Master, but was picked up in the final. In Swedish Travderby he also won his attempt, but galloped in the finals and got to settle for a fifth place. In total he has won 11 wins on 29 starts, but also galloped at nine occasions. He often has to wear the favorite team in the race and on all six occasions he has been played for twice he has won. "Rajesh Face has always been an exceptional horse and the last after the race was how fast he could run over short distances. Now he can show it, says Anders Malmrot. Facts - Rajesh Face Age: 5 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 29 (11-2-2)  Earned: 1 519 960 SEK  Record: 1.10.5 car start (1 609m)  Owner: Tn Projekt AB & Falkbolagen AB  Trainer: Lutfi Kolgjini  Attendant: Joyce Duivenvoorden  Nationality: Swedish Cokstile   Cokstile took four wins as a three year old and won, among other things, the DNT's Final Final. The biggest win came four years when he won in Norsk Travderby. That same year he won his attempt at the Champion Jarlsberg Grand Prix and then finished second in the final. This year he has only started once but then took a safe win over sprinter distances before, among other things, Donatomite. Cokstile is trained by Jan Kristian Waaler and will be run by Lars Anvar Kolle. It will be an elite race premier for both of them, but not for the owner. "The owner Jan-Erik Andresen also had Yarrah Boko and will now experience the mood and excitement of Elitloppet again," says Anders Malmrot. Facts - Cokstile Age: 5 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 20 (8-4-4)  Earned: 1,833,545 NOK  Record: 1.10.0 car start (1 609m)  Owner: Jan-Erik Andresen  Coach: Jan Kristian Waaler  Coach : Ragnhild Diesen  Nationality: Norwegian Up and Quick     Up and Quicks credentials are exceptional. He was the second behind Maharajah in the Prix d'Amerique 2014 and won the same race in 2015. He also won these two years in Prix de Paris and the year before he won the French five-year criterion. In the last two years he has won in the French sprint race Criterium de Vitesse de Basse Normandie. "His results speak for himself and after some new start-ups he is back at elite level," says Anders Malmrot. Facts -  Up and Quick Age: 10 years  Sex: male  Starter / Results: 66 (16-13-4)  Earned: 2,092,040 EUR  Record: 1.09,4 autostart (1 609m)  Owner: Ecurie Quick Star  Coach: Antoine Lherete  attendants : Angélique Beaufils  Nationality: French   Lionel NO     Norwegian Lionel, registered in Sweden as Lionel NO, started his career at Göran Antonsen in Norway where he won twice as a three year old. The first major victory came as four-year-old in HKH Crown Prince Haakon's Poker Race, but it was the year after that Lionel got his big break when he won at nine occasions after moving down to France. The career's biggest victory so far came in 2016, in the Grand Prix de Paris at Vincennes in Paris, when Lionel got a heavy race outside the leader but still managed to defeat the race's favorite Bold Eagle. In the beginning, he then won in the Prix de l'Atlantique. After a coach change to Daniel Redén he became 2017 in the Grand Prix d'Amerique, winner of the Olympiatrave and second in the Oslo Grand Prix in 2017. "The strength has been Lionel's signum, but over the years, speed has also come. He is totally out of position for positions and I am really pleased to have a Norwegian horse and kusk to Elitloppet, says Anders Malmrot. Facts - Lionel NO Age: 8 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 62 (21-10-6)  Earned: 12,952 093 SEK  Record: 1.10,6 car start (2140m)  Owner: Göran Antonsen  Coach: Daniel Redén  Coach: Pär Pergenius  Nationality: Norwegian Amiral Sacha     Amiral Sacha has continually met the European elite and his biggest victory came in the Grand Prix de Wallonie at Mons in Belgium in 2016. The second biggest is the victory in Prix des Ducs de Normandie, the same race he was today. He has also been two in Europe, Prix de Selection and Criterium Continental. "He was invited to Elitloppet last year, but chose to decline. This year, however, they are ready to travel to Solvalla and it is very pleasing, says Anders Malmrot. Star Chess Gabriele Gelormini has won with Amiral Sacha on 13 occasions, and he is also ready to play in Elitloppet. Facts - Amiral Sacha Age: 8 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 46 (15-12-4)  Earned: 1 075 130 EUR  Record: 1.10.4 car start (2 300m)  Owner: Ecurie Sidere  Coach: Florent Lamare  Coach: Marie Lamare  Nationality: French Orlando Jet     Austrian, but German-trained, Orlando Jet is the hottest horse in Germany right now. As a young horse he has won in Breeders' Crown for both 3- and 4-year-olds and last year he won an impressive win at Vincennes. He has a total of eleven victories at 14 starts and has only made a start this year, which ended in victory before the German star Cash Hanover. "I see great potential in Orlando Jet and now he is facing a real fire bump. He has not started shortly before but is quick from start and I think it fits him well, says Anders Malmrot. The coach Rudi Haller has won no less than six Austrian Derbyn and won a total of about 2 900 times. He was champion nine times on the now downhill track in Pfaffenhofen a few miles north of Munich, and for the last two years he has been titled München Daglfing. This will be Rudi Haller's first Elitlopp.  Facts - Orlando Jet Age: 5 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 14 (11-2-0)  Earned: 183 549 EUR  Record: 1.11.6 autostart (1900m)  Owner: Stall Team Neuhof  Coach: Rudi Haller  Coach: Sarah Wiehe  Nationality: Austrian   Takethem     Takethem started the career in the best way as a three year old with five wins and a win in Danish Trav Criterion as the crown of the work. As an elder he has triumphed victories, but also been persecuted by injuries. Now he is fresh and fresh and was last two in the Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlund. "Takethem has repeatedly demonstrated what talent he is and I think it will be great fun to recieve Steen Juul and his nice horse to Elitloppet," says Anders Malmrot. Last year Takethem finished fifth at 1.09.2 in the attempt by Bold Eagle and missed just one final spot. Facts - Takethem Age: 8 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 49 (19-17-2)  Earned: 2 677 219 DKK  Record: 1.09.2 car start (1609m)  Owner: Takethem I / S  Coach: Steen Juul  Coach: Camilla Juul  Nationality: Danish   Dreammoko     Dreammoko is invited to Elitloppet. Coach Richard Westerink did not hesitate a second before he thanked. "It was nice to hear he was so happy. Richard loves Elitloppet and he has had fantastic success with Timoko, "says Solvallas sports director Anders Malmrot. Five-year-old Dreammoko competed in Elitloppshelgen last year when he finished three in Tommy Hanné's race - the four-year elite. This year he has begun to take up the fight against the elite elite and finished second in a very positive way in both the tries and the final of the Gran Premio della Lotteria in Naples on May 1st. "He showed both starting speed and fierce solitude in Lotterian and it will be fun to see him in the Elit race," says Anders Malmrot. Facts - Dreammoko Age: 5 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 36 (5-6-5)  Earned: 451 345 EUR  Record: 1.10.1 autostart (1640m)  Owner: Jan Stins  Coach: Richard Westerink  Coach: Erwin Ganzinotti  Nationality: Dutch   Volstead     After the sweaty victory at Örebrotravet last Saturday, when he did not get anything for free but still surely won in the Gold Division, Volstead has been invited to Elitloppet. Volstead is a coalmate with old stallmate Nuncio and was imported to Sweden from the United States as a year. He had an impressive four-year season where he won in King Gustaf V's Cup and was second to Nuncio in the Sprint Champion. The following year he took the road to Elitloppet through a powerful death seeker in Prince Daniel's race at the Gävletravet. Ifjol, there was no Elitlopp, but the Sweden Cup where he won the new running record 1.09.3. "Volstead seems quite old for positions and can withstand high pace throughout the race. Actually, he has all the characteristics you can expect from an Elitlopp horse, "says Anders Malmrot. Facts - Volstead Age: 7 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 62 (21-9-1)  Earned: 5,263,824 SEK  Record: 1.09.3 car start (1640m)  Owner: Stall TZ  Coach: Stefan Melander  Coach: Jenny Gustavsson  Nationality : Swedish   Nadal Broline     Nadal Broline played his speed over the rise in Algot Scott's memory and thus secured a seat in the Elitloppet. Eight years old, Nadal Broline has only started 40 times but won every other race. Over the past few years he has been a sequel to the Gold Division and, among other things, won a round of races for the Olympiatravet. "This was his annual debut and he will go further after this race. I really admire his attitude to winning and now it's time for him to take care of the really big runners, "says Anders Malmrot. Algot Scott's memory is one of three races qualifying for the Elit Race. The other two are Finlandia-Ajo at Vermo in Helsinki on May 5 and Prince Daniel's race at the Gävle Race on May 19th. Facts - Nadal Broline Age: 8 years  Gender: Valack  Starter / Results: 40 (20-9-4)  Earned: 3,896,415 SEK  Record: 1.09.8 car start (1640m)  Owner: Onkel Invest Oy  Coach: Reijo Liljendahl  Coach: Pernilla Sundling  Nationality: Finnish Pastore Bob     The Finnish runway Finlandia-Ajo became Pastore Bob's race from start to finish. Flashy to start, he directed the whole field and when a loudly spun Heavy Sound galloped on the run there was never any doubt about who would win the race. Thus, Pastore Bob is directly qualified for the Elitloppet. The victory in Finlandia-Ajo, worth 110,000 Euro, is marginally the biggest in five-year-old Pastore Bob's career. The biggest victory check he had previously earned was SEK 250,000 in Prince Carl Philips Jubilee Spokal at Färjestadtravet earlier this spring. Pastore Bob was sold this autumn to KM Hästfarm in Holm AB & Rolkur Invest AB and swapped in conjunction with the coach. At Johan Untersteiner, the horse has found a new gear and started with three straight wins for his new coach. Now he was a winner in Finland's biggest trawl race and also received an invitation to Elitloppet last Sunday in May. "He is a" runner-up "and it's impossible to know how good this horse can be, says Anders Malmrot. Finlandia-Ajo is one of three race qualifying for Elitloppet. The other two are Algot Scott's memory of Åbytravet on May 12 and Prince Daniel's race at the Gävle Race on May 19th. Facts - Pastore Bob Age: 5 years  Gender: Valack  Starter / Result: 34 (5-5-4)  Earned: 2 352 442 SEK  Record: 1.10.7 car start (1640m)  Owner: KM Hästfarm i Holm AB & Rolkur Invest AB  Coach: Johan Untersteiner  Coach: Andreas Johansson  Nationality: Swedish Ringo Starr Treb     Eighty-year-old Ringostarr Treb is a frequent participant in the European big league and has competed in Finland, France, Holland, Italy, Norway and Sweden. The biggest prize draw is the $ 1,500,000 he earned through today's win in Olympiatravet, but he has also won in the Sundsvall Open Trot milestone. The enormously fast record time 1.08,2a comes from the second place behind Propulsion in Hugo Åbergs Memorial when it went new Europe record at 1.08.1. "Ringostarr Treb, was really good at Olympiatravet today but he fits even better over sprinter distances and will be really interesting in the Elitloppet," says Anders Malmrot. Two heat on Solvalla becomes no news for Ringostarr Treb. In the last three years he has participated in the Sweden Cup during Elitloppshelgen and qualified for the final at all times. Best went in 2015 when he won in both the try and the final. Facts - Ringo Starr Treb Age: 8 years  Sex: male  Starter / Results: 83 (28-11-17)  Earned: 9,693,301 SEK  Record: 1.08,2 autostart (1609m)  Owner: EVAMRacing Trotter SRLS  Coach: Jerry Riordan  attendants : Heli Tariimaa  Nationality: Italian   Maori Time     It was February 24th that the eyes were directed "Down Under" after Maori Time not only lowered the Australian record but also became the fastest in the world this year after winning the Group 1 race Access Group Solutions Trotters Mile. 1.09.3 solved the victory time as seemingly very convenient in the lead from start to finish. "We have had a dialogue with the circuit around Maori Time for a long time, and it feels great that the pieces have fallen in place so we can see her in this year's Elitlopp," says Anders Malmrot. Maori Time, who was named the Australian Aged Trotting Mare of the Year in 2016, has won more than every third race in the last three years and has been signing in the Aldebaran Park Bill Collins Sprint victory in 2015 (201, 2016, 2017).  Maori Time commences his journey from Australia on May 9 with flights to Amsterdam. After that she travels the country road up to Stockholm. Facts - Maori Time  Age: 8 years  Gender: Star  Beginner / Score: 66 (24-12-7)  Earned: 421 301 AUD (approx. 2 750 000 SEK)  Record: 1.09.3 car start (1609m)  Owner: Fredrick Crews  Coach: Brent Lilley  Coach: Justin Abbott  Nationality: Australian     Propulsion     He is not only fastest in Europe, but also World's second fastest trotting horse. Among Propulsion's biggest victories is Hugo Åberg's Memorial 2016 and 2017 where he won the European Championships 1.08.1, Norrbotten's Great Prize 2016 and 2017, Finlandia Ajo 2017 and Prix de Bourgogne 2017. He was also second in the Elitlopp 2017 and barely hit three in the French Grand Prix Grand Prix d'Amerique and Grand Prix de France earlier this year. In the last few weeks, the horse has had a few weeks of rest, but now the match starts against Elitloppet. "I want to give Daniel Redén time to prepare the horse so he is in top shape last Sunday in May. Propulsion is an exception horse and it is obvious to invite him to Elitloppet, says Anders Malmrot. This is the third consecutive year that Propulsion is invited to Elitloppet. In 2016 he became three in the trial and four in the final and he finished second in both the attempt and the final. Facts - Propulsion Age: 7 years  Gender: Stallion  Start / Result: 53 (24-9-7)  Earned: 13,720 317 SEK  Records: 1.08.1 Autostart (1609m)  Owner: Stall Zet  Coach: Daniel Redén  Coach: Ellinor Wennebring  Nationality : Swedish   Bold Eagle   Last year, Bold Eagle made Elitloppsdebut and raised a lot of resurrection when he attempted to win by the hardest external leader at the fastest Elit Run time ever - 1.08.4. In the final, however, he was defeated by French Timoko. "I'm very pleased that the whole circuit around Bold Eagle wants to come back to Elitloppet this year again. He was the big exclamation mark last year and has all the conditions for being there again. An Elitloppseger is really the only thing missing in the horse's outstanding career, says Anders Malmrot. Bold Eagle was earlier in the year two in the Grand Prix d'Amerique after a riotous riot against Elitlopp invited Readly Express and then barely hit second in the Grand Prix de France. In 2017 he became the first horse of 41 years to win the French Triple Couronne (Grand Prix de France, Grand Prix de France and the Grand Prix de Paris). Among Bold Eagles biggest victories are the Grand Prix d'Amerique 2016 and 2017, the Grand Prix de France 2016-2018, the Grand Prix de Paris 2017, the Grand Prix de l'UET 2015, the Critérium de 3 ans 2014, the Prix de Selection 2015, the Critérium Continental 2015 and Critérium de 3 Ans 2016. Facts - Bold Eagle Age: 7 years  Gender: Stallion  Starter / Result: 50 (38-8-0)  Earned: 4 041 620 EUR  Record: 1.08.4 Autostart (1609m)  Owner: Ecurie P.Pilarski  Coach: Sébastien Guarato  Attendant : Hugues Monthulé  Nationality: French   Uza Josselyn     With 84 days left to Elitloppet, Solvalla's sports manager made clear with the second horse of the field. It is the Danish-born, but Swiss-trained, Uza Josselyn who caught Anders Malmott's interest. Today she barely won at Vincennes in Paris, France. In sulky, 25-year-old Francis Alexandre Abrivard, who took his 837th victory, sat. Alexandre Abrivard will also drive her in Elitloppet. - Uza Josselyn is a fantastic man who has all the qualities I want from an elite race horse. She is fast-paced and has shown that she works well even on smaller courses and I think she will be a colorful squad in the Elitlopp in 2018, "says Solvallas sports director Anders Malmrot Uza Josselyn's biggest victory came on November 1, when she won the Gran Premio delle Nazioni at San Siro in Milan, Italy. A victory worth 128 800 Euro. Facts Uza Josselyn Age: 7 years  Gender: Star  Start / Result: 32 (19-3-2)  Earned: 6,756 168 SEK  Record: 1.10,6 car start (2100m)  Owner: Ecurie Rythm & Blues  Coach: René Aebischer  Coach: Barbara Aebischer  Nationality: Swiss   Reprinted with permission of The  

May 19, 2018 - Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) won her seventh straight on Saturday afternoon over Kincsem Park’s rain soaked surface in the Z Sigmond DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart). The undefeated mare is owned by Pimri i., trained by Imre Fazekas and driven this day by Andrea Fazekas. This pair left from post five, went to the front and continuously widened the margin that was about 60 meters at the line. The 1.7/1 favorite, bred in Germany, was timed in a sharp 1.16.6kr. The Kali DIJ (purse 400,000Huf, 1800 meters repulostart – no gate due to weather) went to 7.7/1 Kings Call (5g SJs Photo-Marina Eme-Adams Hall) clocked in 1.19.4kr and driven by Emese Vezer for trainer Emil Csordas. The winning team posted a second win in 2018 in 10 starts with six other placings. Veronica Fling, Trencsen and Villam Ville were next to the line in this good field. The featured Williams DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters  repulostart – no gate due to weather) went to 1.6/1 Speedy Boy (7g Wall Street Banker-Vas Lady-Endless Sands) with Veljko Mazsity up, timed in 1.19.1kr. This one has two wins in three 2018 outings. 5/1 Time To Say Goodbye (6m Maximus Lindy-Jungfrau-Valley Guardian) was second in his first start of the year, with Lajos Marton aboard. Landlord was third Thomas H. Hicks

May 19, 2018 - 6/1 Heavy Sound (6g Ken Warkentin-Illustre November-Viking Kronos) impressively won the harness racing Gr. II International H.K.H Prins Daniels at Gavle, Sweden (500,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart) clocked in 1.09.2kr off quick fractions (1.06.5kr at the first 500 meters, 1.09.1kr at the first 1000). Heavy Sound, driven by Kenneth Haugstad for trainer Daniel Reden and SRF Stable, inherited the front when leading Nobel Amok went off stride (he was among four that were miscue dq’s in the ten horse field). He began from post 9. Twister Bi (6m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) was second in his first 2018 start with Christoffer Eriksson up for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner Pasquale Ciccarelli, closing strongly from the back. Twister began from post three, was briefly off gait before the start, and was far back and in traffic until late when he circled up and his push fell three lengths short. Beau Mec (11m Jag de Bellouet-Extreme Lady-Meadow Gallant) was third for driver Carl Johan Jepson. Queer Fish and Dante Boko completed the top five. The winner, lightly raced, with now 14 life wins in 31 starts for 5,536,550SEK earned, was trained by Roger Walmann through his last 2017 start on September 23rd. He now has three wins in four 2018 outings after making only three appearances in 2017. His second dam is the legendary Lovely Godiva by Ideal du Gazeau, followed by Keystone Gwen (Speedy Crown), Keystone Godiva (Hickory Pride) and Goddess Gallon, that produced stakes winners Keystone Pride and Keystone Gabriel. Lovely Godiva (SE) (102 0.80 +37) m, 1990 1.14,5v 1.12,2a SEK 11,549,624 88 46-10-4 At 3, Winner of Guldstoet, Breeders' Crown. At 4, Winner of Svenskt Trav S:t Leger, Stochampionatet, Breeders' Crown. At 5, Winner of Prix Marcel Laurent. At 6, Winner of C.L.Müllers Memorial, Prix de la Marne, Grote Prijs der Lage Landen, second in Prix du Luxembourg, Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, Elite-Rennen. At 7, Winner of Arvid Stjernswärds Minneslöpning, Prix de France. At 8, second in The Red Mile, Grosser Preis von Bayern, third in Ego Boys Minne. At 9, Winner of Grosser Preis von Bayern, second in Prix de Paris, Prix de Belgique, Prix d'Amerique, third in Olympiatravet. Thomas H. Hicks  

May 19, 2018 - 6 .1/1 Blue Story (f Opium-Loumana Flor) won Friday evening’s Paris-Vincennes harness racing featured Prix d’Arena Sport Club de Nogent (purse €72,000, 2850 meters, 12 European starters) timed in 1.13.7kr and reined by Thomas Levesque, also the trainer. Albert Gozlan owns the now 11 time winner in 50 starts for €395,070 earned.  61/1 Glen Ord Superb (7m Orlando Vici) was second driven by Christophe Martens for Ecurie Olmendorf and trainer Vincent Martens. 22/1 Ursi Caf (5f Explot Caf) took third for reinsman Alexandre Abrivard. 10/1 Toseland Kyu (6m Love You) and 2.3/1 favorite Cathy A Quira (6f Password) completed the top five. The Q+ Prix de la Ville de Nogent-sur-Marne (purse €52,000, 2850 meters, 18 European entrants) was the top undercard event and it went to 1.14kr timed and 7.4/1 odds Be One des Thirons (7g Roi du Coq-Miss des Thirons). Philippe Daugeard owns, trains and teamed the winner that now has 13 victories in 51 starts for €219,320 earned. 7.3/1 Seibella Park (7f Varenne-Grandera Park) held second for Alexandre Abrivard, trainer Vincent Lacroix and Scuderia Team Minopoli. 19/1 Vixel (9g Quido du Goutier) was third for trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie and breeder/owner Jacques Vandromme. 27/1 Beach Julry and 18/1 Azela des Plaignes completed the top five in this contest. With a week to go before the May 27 Elitloppet 2018 there are 14 confirmed starters (after Readly Express, Cyber Lane and Urlo dei Venti dropped out).  Thomas H. Hicks

May 16, 2018 - Today’s top trotting program, at Caen began with the featured Q+ Gr. II Prix des Ducs de Normandie (purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 16 starters). The 3/2 favorite Aubrion du Gers (8g Memphis du Rib-d’Arrive du Gers) prevailed for owner/trainer/driver Jean Michel Bazire. He was clocked in a sharp 1.11.7kr over the one and one-half plus miles distance off the turning start. This champion recorded his 32nd career victory in 56 starts now for €1,589,372n earned. The pair defeated numerous million euro plus winners. 22/1 Ave Avis (8m Kesaco Phedo-Magna Urano) rallied late for second with Matthieu Abrivard up. Bazire also trains this one that Mme. Ottavia Rolfi-Urano owns. 23/1 Amiral Sacha (8m Ganymede-Nastalgique Sach) took third with Gabriele Gelormini up and fourth was 20/1 Un Mec d’Heripre (10m Orlando Vici) with Yann Lorin up on this winner of over €1,860,000. 1.9/1 Traders (6m Ready Cash) and 22/1 Up And Quick were next to the line ahead of Uniflosa Bella and Akim du Cap Vert. Valko Jenilat and On Track Piraten were miscue dq’s in this fine field of campaigners. Monte action began this day with the Prix du Calvados (purse €60,000, 2450 meters, 15 European starters). 2.3/1 Gross Weight (7g Scarlet Knight-Elma Jet) scored timed in 1.12.7kr with Arthur Rebeche in the irons. Thierry Duvaldestin trains this one for owner Johann Schembri of Malta. 6.4/1 Cathy du Vivier (6f Hand du Vivier) and Mathieu Mottier was third for trainer Dominique Mottier. Third was 5.2/1 Chablis d’Herfraie (6m Giant Cat) for David Thomain. The monte Saint-Leger des Trotteurs (Gr. I, purse €150,000, 2450 meters, 18 starters) produced victory by 1.4/1 favorite Fado du Chene (3m Singalo-Star du Chene) for jockey Paul Philippe Ploquin. Julien LeMer trains this winner now 5 for 6 lifetime for €210,100 earned. 36/1 Fiorella de Ted (3f Up And Quick-Ravissante Jo) was second for trainer Franck Leblanc and jockey Mlle. Marie Bacsich. Third was 2.6/1 Ferreteria (3f Goetmals Wood-Avenue Victoria) with Matthieu Abrivard up for trainer Yves Boireau and owner Jean Pierre Dubois. Race time was 1.14.9kr. The monte Gr. II Prix Henri Balliere (purse €120,000, 2450 meters, 16 starters) went to 1.13.4kr timed and 25/1 El Diablo d’Aut (4m Saxo de Vandel-Nuit des Dimes). Anthony Barrier was in the irons for trainer Vincent Raimbault. 35/1 Eternal Star Jiel (4f Qualypso Jiel) was a distant second for jockey Guillaume Martin and trainer J.L. Dersoir. Stablemate 10/1 Ezreal Jiel (4m Redeo Josselyn) took third for Matthieu Abrivard and trainer Dersoir Elitloppet entrants (12) are now listed below. Propulsion raced Tuesday evening at Solvalla and was victorious timed in 1.09.9kr over 1640 meters autostart. The race was the Meadow Road worth 200,000SEK to the winner and he defeated Dupree, Not Afraid, Caid Griff, Sliding Hone and sixth finishing French Laundry Elitloppet: Amiral Sacha, Orlando Jet, Takethem, Dreammoko, Volstead, Nadal Broline. Pastore Bob. Ringostarr Treb, Maori Time, Propulsion, Bold Eagle, Uza Josselyn Thomas H. Hicks

May 13, 2018 - At Modena on Sunday were several high level harness racing events including the Premio Carlo Cacciari Filly (purse €88,000, 1600 meters autostart, three year old fillies) with victory to 1.13.4kr timed Zarina Roc (3f Filipp Roc-Gressy Roc-Crowning Classic) handled by VP Dell’Annunziata. Iva EK (3f Varenne-Gianna di Jesolo-Diamond Way) took the second spot with Roberto Vecchione up, ahead of Zona DA (3f Varenne-Peredhal Baba-Windsongs Legacy) and reinsman Pietro Gubellini. Vin Wise As was fourth for Alessandro Gocciadoro. The Premio Tito Giovanardi (purse €154,000, 2080 meters autostart) for three year old males went to 1.14.2kr timed Zabul FI (3m Ganymede-Sale del Rio-Varenne) with Andrea Farolfi driving. Zirkuss (3m Varenne-Giuliass-Toss Out) took second a length back with Roberto Andreghetti up. Zilath (3m Maharajah-Only LB-Conway Hall) and driver Andrea Guzzinati took third ahead of  Zlatan and driver Gocciadoro. The Grand Pemio Renzo Orlandi (purse €33,000, 1600 meters autostart) went to 1.11.7kr timed Tamure Roc (6f Exploit Caf-Ema Roc-Kemon Dra) with Santo Mollo up. Uno Italia (5m Conway Hall-Italia Uno-Varenne) took second for Lorenzo Baldi, ahead of Super Star Reaf (7f Varenne-Fantastica Star-Lemon Dra) with Alessandro Gocciadoro aboard. Fourth was Suerte’s Cage and driver Enrico Bellei. Thomas H. Hicks

Hightstown, NJ --- After a journey of more than 5,000 miles, the harness racing starting gate used for the prestigious Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio, is now safely in the least likely of racing locations, Budapest, Hungary. The starting gate is used to start the harness races. It has a special attachment with long wings that open up and close. The horses get behind the gate at their assigned post position numbers and follow the gate to the starting point of the race and then the vehicle accelerates away from the field of horses and then follows them on the outside of the track throughout the race. The extensive journey for the unique Ford F-150 pickup truck with its starting gate attachment began in early July of 2017 when Petronella Kovács, an equine photographer and assistant manager at Kincsem Park in Budapest, contacted harness racing publicity consultant and Hall of Famer, Steve Wolf, in Coral Springs, Fla. Kincsem Park is a major events facility in Budapest that features not only harness racing, but also Thoroughbred and greyhound racing, concerts and festivals. “I received an email from Petronella,” Wolf said, “asking if I could assist them in purchasing a good used starting gate and having it shipped to Budapest. Little did I know the kind of journey this would take us on. “Thank goodness for Google translate, as I do not speak Hungarian, and Petronella speaks some English. We had some minor situations where we did not understand each other, but always were able to work it out.” “I speak English somewhat,” Kovács said. “Our communication was the best I think, easy, fluent and simple. “I was searching for a company or a person who could arrange these kinds of things like this. I wrote to some companies, and only Steve said he can and wanted to help me.” So Wolf began searching for a good used starting gate, which was no easy task. “I contacted the two major companies that build starting gates in the USA,” Wolf said. “And either they did not have any used vehicles for sale or they were too old for what they wanted at Kincsem Park. I contacted race tracks and found a couple of used starting gates, but again, too old for what they wanted.” Then Wolf went to Mike Woebkenberg of Superior Sulky in Farmerville, Ohio. Mike and Steve had never met before, but through talking on the phone, had become friends. “I realized that Steve really wanted to help find a starting gate for the people at Kincsem Park,” Woebkenberg said. “And I wanted to help him, so we looked into building a new one, but that became too costly with shipping and import taxes. We tried all sorts of scenarios and then I said to myself, why not sell them the main starting gate I use at the Little Brown Jug and other tracks and just build a new one for myself.” After working out a price, a deal was reached between Woebkenberg, Wolf and Kovács that was acceptable to Kincsem Park management. But then came the paperwork for the Ford F-150 starting gate. “I thought at first that this would be an easy purchase agreement,” Wolf said. “Then came an 18-page bidding form in Hungarian! It took some time as Google translate was not as helpful, but Petronella worked with me and soon enough I had it done. I nicknamed her my “Job Angel” and Mike also was a major help as we had to include all dimensions of the truck and the starting gate mechanisms in kilometers, etc.” Because Kincsem Park is owned and run by the Department of Agriculture in Hungary, bids must be done for all major machinery purchases. So next came the waiting game for Wolf to see how the bidding would go. It was early July when the adventure first started and then on Oct. 13, Wolf received via email a document from the Hungarian government with an official seal on it. “I thought at first it was the official notice that my bid was successfully submitted,” Wolf said. “So, I forwarded it to Petronella and she got back to me and said ‘Congratulations Steve, your bid is the winning one,’ and I was ecstatic about it.” Of course, more work remained. Arrangements were made to have the starting gate shipped from Ohio to an East Coast port, then across the Atlantic to a port in Europe, and then to have the vehicle transported to Budapest, which is totally landlocked from any major shipping port by hundreds of miles. “I had done pricing on all facets needed to get the starting gate to Budapest for the bidding contract,” Wolf said. “And now I was able to negotiate final deals with the different transport companies.” So, Woebkenberg began preparing the truck for a long trip to Europe. “I had the truck totally detailed,” Woebkenberg said. “New tires and an extra new spare, new brakes, extra spare parts and prepared the truck for being in a container for a while and how the salt air could affect it. I also wrote out instructions for basic repairs and maintenance for the truck and starting gate and made sure that the company folded in the big side-view mirrors in order for it to fit inside the container.” The starting gate was then transported from Farmerville, Ohio to the port in Jersey City, N.J., then shipped to the port at Bremerhaven, Germany and transported 740 miles to Budapest, Hungary. “I had all the information,” Wolf said. “The name of the ship, the route it was going to take, when it might arrive, but still I was nervous waiting for it to finally arrive in Germany. I even learned how to track a vessel at sea provided it passed near some of the tracking stations across the Atlantic. “And then I got an email on Monday, Jan. 22, from my customs agent that the ship had docked the night before,” Wolf added, laughing. “So, my worries about the starting gate sinking were over with!” “I did not think it would take so long,” Kovács said. “With the truck coming from America, it is not the closest or the easiest way to Hungary. A good job takes time. “My colleagues and I were so excited when I got the message on my phone that the truck had arrived. I finally felt calm and secure. Everyone was so excited and could not wait to see the truck at work.” Both Steve Wolf and Mike Woebkenberg are hopeful that this experience will be repeated with other tracks around the world that are interested in getting either a new or used starting gate. They can be reached via email at or “I’m ready to do it all over again,” Wolf said. “It was most certainly a life experience that I really enjoyed doing, made new friends around the world and now I can add international exporter to my resume.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

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