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November 12, 2017 - 7.7/1 BBS Sugarlight (8g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid) won Sunday’s Gr. II Prix de Giganten, sponsored by HODIJ Holdings, for driver Vidar Hop, at Victoria Park, Wolvega. The winner scored narrowly over 9/10 favorite Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires) reined by Franck Nivard for owner/trainer Franck Leblanc. 20.6/1 Totem d’Azur (10g Joao Panca-Heidi d’Indienne) was third. Each of these achieved their result by placing as dominant wire to wire winner 3.6/1 Ringostarr Treb (7g Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral), driven by Wim Paal, was disqualified for going inside pylons on the final bend. Race time for the placed winner was 1.12.4kr. BBS Sugarlight is trained by Fredrik Solberg for owners Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Sen and has been a Yonkers International contestant. Replay:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93C7onpz_J0 Thomas H. Hicks

June 14, 2015 - Swedish bred, Norwegian trained BBS Sugarlight (6g Super Light-Sugarsweet Sid-Sugarcane Hanover) took over from then pocketed Oasis Bi before the halfway mark, and led to the line for teamster Peter Untersteiner and harness racing trainer Fredrik Solberg to win the VG Oslo Grand Prix (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters with 1.5Nokr to the winner). Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlson owns the winner, clocked today in 1.11.3kr, that now has a 2015 slate of 2-1-2-1 in seven starts and a career of 19-12-8-5 in 64 starts for 5,423,081 Nokr earned. He previously won the 2015 Olympic Trot. Italy’s Oasis Bi (7m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed) escaped the pocket late and was beaten half-length for Bjorn Goop and trainer Stefan P. Pettersson. Norway’s Papagayo E (5m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T-Speedy Tomali) was a very fast closing third for Vidar Hop and trainer Egil Stensrud. Mosaique Face, Support Justice, Univers de Pan and Trebol were next in that order. Univers de Pan trailed the field until a wide rally in the stretch. Trebol had a three hole journey on the pegs behind Oasis Bi but chose to vacate that cover with a quarter to go and it hurt his chances for a better placing. B.B.S. Sugarlight was the 2.7/1 favorite with 12.4/1 for Oasis Bi and 6.5/1 odds for Papagayo E on the Rikstoto system. This was a superb Bjerke racing card, presented very professionally and conducted before a huge crowd, ultimately excited by the great finish by Norwegian horses. Steinlager was the last Norwegian campaigner to win this classic ten years ago. Back later to report details on the undercard that included wins by Italy’s Tango Negro (by Infinitif) trained by Jerry Riordan in a three year-old test, Energma Cup heat wins by Magiccarpetride and Rue du Bac (by Infinitif) with the final to Repay Merci, Billie de Montfort in the four year-old contest timed in 1.10.8kr, Torre Crepin gate to wire in the monte event clocked in 1.11.5kr, Emmett Brown in a Klass I affair, Fleetfoot Hanovert in the aged mares trot, Duke of Greenwood in the five year-old test and an upset win by Lome Brage in the coldblood feature defeating the mare Lannen Silje, suffering only her third loss in 38 career appearances. Thomas H. Hicks

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