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October 15, 2015 - Ivar Sanna (6m Super Arnie-Staro Africat-Giant Cat) won Saturday’s Swedish Masters (500,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart), the V75 Gold, clocked in 1.13.3kr. Harness racing driver Jomar Blekkan teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that Happy People Racing AB owns. Ivar Sanna won his fifth straight and 16th career victory in 55 starts for 3,660,431SEK earned. Mosaique Face was second for Adrian Kolgjini with third to Vasterboonthenews with Thomas Uhrberg driving. The winner’s share of the purse is $56,676 in US dollars. The undercard included the Gr II National Mares (500,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) and JetSet (7f Juliano Star-Superlet-Super Arnie) scored for Peter Untersteiner, also her trainer. Timed in 1.13.7kr JetSet recorded her 13th career win in 44 starts for 2,016,937SEK earned. She has a 4-6-3 slate in 14 starts this year. The V75 Silver Division (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart) went to Finland’s Top Of The World (5g Conway Hall-Pilgrims Redhead-Self Possessed) clocked in 1.11.3kr for driver Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl. He now sports 19 wins in 42 career starts. The Bronze Division (110,000SEK to winner, 2640 meters autostart) this day went to Heartbreaker V.S. (6m Super Photo Kosmos-Staying Alive-Nevele Pride) with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard. The 1.13.7kr timed winner now has 15 career wins in 38 starts. The Larlings SM (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to Tudor Kronos (4m Raja Mirchi-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) clocked in 1.13.4kr for Angelica Holm and trainer Robert Bergh. The 2140 meter autostart Euro Classic Next Year (40,000SEK to winner) went to Get Lucky Pellini (3f SJ’s Photo-Hawaiian Sierra-Sierra Kosmos) timed in 1.14.4kr for reinsman Joakim Lovgren. Two monte contests were on the program with the 250,000SEK first money, 2140 meters autostart, race won by Brasil Boko (8m Love You-Harpune-Speedy Soma) with Jennifer Oscarsson up. The winner was timed in 1.13.4kr and earned his third straight monte victory for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. The other monte contest (100,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to heavily favored Viking Olympic (8g Trophy Catch-Laika H-Earthquake) timed in 1.13.8kr and ridden by Clara Jonasson. The Denmark registered winner record his second straight win. Thomas H. Hicks  

The 3/10 favorite Nuncio (5m Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle) took todays Gr. I UET Masters Finale (purse €399,908, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) by two lengths clocked in 1.10.66kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Stefan Melander trained and owned harness racing champion. 9/1 Oasis Bi (8m Toss Out-Up Front JM) took second for Erik Adielsson, trainer Stefan Pettersson and Ecurie Frackstad Lantbruks AB. Third was 16/1 Mosaique Face (7m Classic Photo-Iona LB) with Adrian Kolgjini up for Tommy Nilsson Holding AB and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Spring Erom and Explosive De Vie were fourth and fifth. Nuncio (Ö.Kihlström/S.Melander) G1 UET Masters Final 18/09/2016 Finale U.E.T Trotting Masters NUNCIO On the Bjerke program was also the VG Norsk Derby (purse €226,922, 2600 meters autostart, 12 starters) with victory to 1.9/1 El Diablo BR (4m Muscle Hill-Fiery Chip) for trainer/driver Frode Hamre. The winner was clocked in 1.13.42kr and is owned by Brinvest Danmark APS. 5/1 Cash Okay (4m Ready Cash-Tresokay) was second for G.V. Gundersen with third earned by 5/1 Ultimate Photo (4m SJ’s Photo-Madam Lavec) and Bjorn Goop. Fourth was the Jeppe Juel driven and trained Akermann (4g Crazed-Ta Ta Hall). The Finn Tack Norsk Criterium (purse €175,325, 2100 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced a 1.12.71kr timed winner in 14.3/1 Shocking Superman (3m Orlando Vici-Bernadette’s Cat). Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of this Tar Stable KB owned performer. 19.5/1 Mini Viking (3m Maharajah-Jeunesse Defee) was second for trainer/driver Frode Hamre and third was 15/1 Evil Enok ME (3m Magnetic Power-Topaz Dragon) for trainer/driver N.P. Braekken. Thomas H. Hicks

July 18, 2015 - On July 17 at Axevella, Gematrix (3f Explosive Matter-Ginevre-SJ’s Caviar) took the Bjertorps Traveamps (2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner, three year-olds). Torbjorn Jansson drive the winner for trainer Frode Hamre, this one a 2015 US import. She has a 3-2-3 slate in nine career appearances after this 1.14.7kr victory. On the same card the Venernkotts Femarinpspris (2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, five year-olds) went to Boys Going In (5m Going Kronos-Namore-Buvetier d’Aunou) with Johan Untersteiner aboard, timed in 1.12.1kr. Boys Going In now has a 9-4-3 slate in 31 starts for 1,703,150SEK earned. Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Eliza Keeper-Credit Winner) was second in a photo for Bjorn Goop and trainer Daniel Reden. At Bergsaker on July 16 Trading (3f Deweycheatumnhowe-Hostage-Express Ride) took the Norrlands Elit Final over 2140 meters autostart. The winner earned 200,000SEK for the 1.13.1kr win in this three year-old event with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Svante Bath. She has a 4-1-1 slate in eight career starts. Hostage is the dam of Quid Pro Quo, a Yankee Glide winner of over US$810,000. The Norrlands Grand Prix Final for four year-olds (2140 meters autostart, 250,000SEK first prize) went to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) in 1.11.6kr for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. He scored by five lengths and now sports a 10-4-7 slate in 35 career outings. Another US import, Scacco Matto, finished eighth in this race. The same day at Karlshamn, a 1680 meters autostart event, worth 22,000SEK to the winner, went to Celebrity Hall (6g Tom Ridge-Canne Angus-Magna Force) with Peter Ingves driving. He stopped the teletimer in 1.15.8kr for his sixth career win in 41 starts. Canne Angus is dam of Canland Hall (US$2,687.000), Cameron Hall (US$1,816,000) and Courtney Hall (US$114,000). The top race of the July 15 day was held at Solanget where the Silver Division (100,000SEK to the winner, 1646 meters autostart) was won by Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) with Ulf Ohlsson driving. Knows Nothing recorded his 16th career victory in 44 outings, now for over 5.2SEK million earned. In addition to Knows Nothing, his dam Savvy Yankee produced Rocky Balboa (US$435,000) and Muscles To Spare (US$257,000). International fast-class winner Ed You (8g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) was second for Robert Bergh and owner Stall Sedin AM. Third was Shaq Is Back (8m Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-Victory Dream) trained by Daniel Reden and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom. Ed You has 25 wins for 5.8SEK million won; Shaq Is Back has 21 wins for almost 4.6SEK million earned. Thomas H. Hicks

Viking Va Bene (4m Rite On Line-Iriana du Mont-Viking Sun) took todays €245,600 Norwegian Trotting Derby in a close contest at Bjerke. Geir-Vegard Gundersen drove the winner for trainer/co-owner Sigbjorn Kolnes and other owner Per Hauger. The winner, off at 10.8/1 odds, scored in 1.14.65kr over 2600 meters autostart to record his third career win. Second was Ready Eddie (4m From Above-Delana) and teamster Eirik Hoitomt and third went to USA-bred Conquestador BR (4m Donato Hanover-Likely Volo) handled by trainer Bjorn Goop. Favorite Papagayo E (4m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T) was fourth for reinsman Vidar Hop. The three year-old Norwegian Kriterium for €184,200 went to 12.7/1 outsider Undone (3m Cigar Bar-Sugarina Land) and pilot Johan-Herbjorn Undem. Petter Hvistendahl trains the winner for Stall Undone, that scored in 1.13.82kr over 2100 meters autostart in a close bettle to the line. Glen Ord Superb (3m Orlando Vici-Orions Hilda) was second for Geir-Vegard Gundersen with Victory Lap (3m Staro Showbiz-Princess Valley N) third with trainer/owner Olav Mikkelborg up. Twelve contested the Kriterium. The excellent Bjerke card also showcased a host of other major contests. Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane-Lindy Lane) and driver Geir-Vegard Gundersen won the €23,950 aged event over 2100 meters autostart. He scored in 1.11.6kr over a good field that included Winmecredit and Frode Hamre that finished second ahead of I’m The Answer with Vidar Hop up. Masaya (3f I’Ideal Bricois-Independence Act-Flying Irishman) took the Finn-Tack Filly Kriterium for a purse of €103,700. She scored in 1.14.5kr over 2100 meters autostart for reinsman Andre H. Stensen. Diador BR and This Is it finished second and third. Claudia BR (4f Dream Vacation-Sister Sahbra-Supergill) secured the VG Hoppe Derby over 2100 meters autostart in 1.14kr for Bjorn Goop. Glad Hall T was second for Bjorn Garberg, with Taja Be Young third for driver Gunnar Austevoll. The purse was €277,528. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Fire To the Rain was the 15.6/1 upset winner of today’s €118,600 purse International Ulf Thoresens Minnelop for three year-olds at Jarlsberg Norway. Reined by Ulf Ohlsson, for trainer Reijo Liljendahl and owner Onkel Invest Oy (Sweden), Fire To The Rain scored in 1.12.52kr over the 2100 meters autostart course. The US bred (by Kentuckiana Farms) is a three year-old colt by Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall and the maternal family of Duchess Faye that has yielded other top-flight performers such as Delray Lobell ($549,928), Flex The Muscle ($843,416), All Laid Out ($432,460 also from Adelaide Hall), Undercover Lover ($240,528) and the current North American FFA star Undercover Strike ($378,389). Adelaide Lobell, at age two, was second in the Johnston Memorial, Breeders Crown, International Stallion Stake and the Kentucky Standardbred Sales Company Stake. Fire To The Rain defeated some hot horses as second place Jontte Boy had won five straight and Juniata Hanover and Spartan Kronos entered the contest off three straight wins. Other US-bred performers finished third (Juniata Hanoover, 3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling) and fourth (Chocolate Day, 3m Chocolatier-Day For Night). Finish Postr Horse Dist. Time Kr Driver Premie Kr 1 3 Fire to the Rain (US) 2 100 12,5a Ulf Ohlsson 500 000,- 2 4 Jontte Boy (FI) 2 100 12,6a Tuomas Korvenoja 250 000,- 3 10 Juniata Hanover (US) 2 100 12,9a Frode Hamre 125 000,- 4 9 Chocolate Day (US) 2 100 13,3a Vidar Hop 65 000,- 5 1 Spartan Kronos (IT) 2 100 13,3a Conrad Lugauer 40 000,- 6 5 Da Vinci B.R. 2 100 13,4a Lars Anvar Kolle 20 000,- - 8 Catherine's Cavalli 2 100 14,1a Eirik Høitomt   - 6 Explosive de Vie (US) 2 100 14,3a Jim Oscarsson   - 7 Othello Tilly (SE) 2 100 14,6a g Bjørn Goop   - 2 Snow Breeze W.F. (SE) 2 100 17,6a g Robert Bergh   Jontte Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover) set a torrid early pace for Thomas Korvenoja and it set up the longshot winner in good order. Today’s Ulf Thoresens undercard was an excellent one and showcased solid performances by more US-bred trotters. Winners were Ja El Tomcat (5m Chocolatier-Topcat Hall-Conway Hall) in 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters by disqualification of a rival, Spit For Spat (3m Explosve Matter-Ucalthisahoneymoon-Yankee Glide) in 1.15.3kr over 2100 meters and Attorney Hanover (6m Angus Hall-Astrea Hanover-Valley Victory) in 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters. Other US-breds were prominent this day with six finishing second or third, including Moon Dreamer (9g Dream Vacation-Moonwood-Mr. Vic) second in the monte elite, Peel And Stick (4m Donato Hanover-Reinvest-Malabar Man) second as wasWorldrecordsweeper (3m Muscles Yankee-Locksweeper-Lockkeeper) and third place finishers Il Pizzaiolo (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Pizza Dolce-Conway Hall), I’m The Answer (6m Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders-Lindy Lane), Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two). by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Repay Merci (4m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) took today's Energima Cup Final for trainer/driver Knud Monster at Oslo. The Denmark-bred campaigner recorded his third 2014 win in 11 starts to earn the winners' prize of 200,000 krone. Time for the 1609 meter autostart contest was 1.11.5kr. Market Share's half-brother, Broadway Legs, battled bravely for trainer/driver Frode Hamre to hold second from the death seat with Bret Boko third for Jorma Kontio. The winners' dam is quite a producer, with three foals already winners of over US$100,000 (by Norvelous Hanover, Pine Chip and Offshore Dream) and a 2012 foal by Ready Cash in the waiting area. The dam, News From Heaven, was a major winner of over US$326,000, including the Norsk Trav Derby and third in the Forus Open. The four year-old elite, over 1609 meters autostart, for 200,000 krone to the winner, went to improving Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-Diamond Way) and reinsman Roberto Andreghetti for Fabrice Souloy trainer. He was an easy winner in a quick 1.10kr after taking over from leader Alizea du Kastel (4f Quaker Jet-Kalida Jet-Extreme Dream) handled by Bjorn Goop for trainer Emmanuel Allard. Tumble Dust (4m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) overcame post 10 to rally three wide for third with Single Sock fourth for Per Oleg Midtfjeld. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Nice spring weather, an energetic crowd and excellent racing characterize this day annually at Bjerke racecourse and today is no exception. Action began with the three year-old elite over one-mile autostart for 150,000 krone to the winner. Favorite Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling) took a close front-ending win for trainer/driver Frode Hamre timed in 1.12.4kr. This one was exported from US following last fall at Lexington and now has three wins in five 2014 starts. Fire To The Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall) just missed for Ulf Ohlsson and Chocolate Day (3m Chocolatier-Day For Night) closed third for Vidar Hop. These also were US exports last year. Next up were the two eliminations of the Energima Cup, each 1609 meters autostart with 100,000 krone to the winner. The final will go as race seven for 200,000 krone to that winner. The first elimination went to Repay Merci (6m Offshore Dream-News From Heaven) and driver/trainer Knud Monster in 1.11.7kr. This lookshot paid 29.54 for the rallying win, his second in 2014 in 10 starts, over US export I'm The Answer (6g Credit Winner-Southwind Flanders) and Vidar Hop with Bret Boko (6g Yankee Glide-Simb Capi) third for Jorma Kontio. The second elimination went to Broadway Legs (6m Broadway Hall-Classical Flirt) with trainer Frode Hamre at the lines. The half-brother to Market Share was a game, impressive winner on the front end in 1.11kr, his fifth 2014 victory in 11 starts after an eight for 21 record last year. Open (8m Sugarcane Hanover-Magna November) was second for Jeppe Juel with third to Cecena As (12m Ganymede-Rimini As) with Simen Bremseth Jessen aboard. The Kingsrod Trading Monte, a 1609 meter autostart event worth 75,000 krone to the winner, went easily to the Malin Beras teamed Hitchcock (8g Windsongs Legacy-Mystical Oaks), making his initial monte start, albeit Ms. Beras commented that he had trained exceptionally well under saddle. The Frode Hamre pupil recorded his second 2014 win in nine starts. Beras raced Hitchcock fourth in the pack until exploding around the last bend to the lead. Bullchip (8m Angus Hall-Daisy Chip) was second for Stephanie J. Werder and trainer Heidi Moen. Yesterday's action on the Grand Prix weekend produced several interesting events. I Love Paris (4f Steinlager-Maris Dulcinea) took home 200,000 krone, the winners' prize in the DNT Hoppechampionat. Lars Anvar Kolle scored in 1.16.1kr over 2600 meters to defeat Glad Hall T. (4f Boardwalk Hall-Glad Suit) and Bjorn Garberg. US-bred Peel And Stick (4g Donato Hanover-Reinvent-Malabar Man) won for Marius Hoitomt in 1.14.7kr over 2100 meters to record his second 2014 victory in seven starts. The win earned 30,000 krone for the Frode Hamre trainee. The Exclusive Designs 1609 meter autostart race went to Denmark's Sejr Gammessbaek (5m Great Challenger-Hera Gammelsbaek) in 1.12.3kr for Geir Mikkelsen. He earned 100,000 krone for the owners Stall Cognac and Bjorn Salte. This one is also a Frode Hamre trainee. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

The final Grand Slam event of the UET Masters Series,  takes place this Sunday at the Oslo track of Bjerke, with the running of the  Oslo Grand Prix, one of four UET Masters Series group races on the day. The Oslo Grand Prix, over 2100m for a purse of 340,000 euros, has an illustrious honour roll, the last two events being won by Elitloppet champions of the previous year, in Sebastian K (Korean) and Commander Crowe (Juliano Star), while US warhorse Arch Madness a two-time Elitloppet runner up was the winner over the 2011 contest. Students of European racing and breeding will recognize the names of Sugarcane Hanover (USA) , Ourasi (FRA), Giant Cat (FRA),  Zoogin (SWE), Peace Corps (USA), Victory Tilly Zoogin (SWE), and Steinlager Zoogin (SWE),  who are all past winners of the event as is a horse who has been available in Australia, Ganymede (FRA), the sire of rising NSW trotter Vincennes, the winner of 8 of his last 11 races. Norwegian star Juliano Rags (Juliano Star), who missed the Elitloppet final by one position and Raja Mirchi (Viking Kronos) who set the blistering pace in the first heat, only to be caught on the line are the only two entrants who are making back to back Grand Slam starts. But the big coup for Oslo is the appearance of genuine French heavyweights in Univers de Pan (Kenya du Pont)  and Un Mec d’Heripre (Orlando Vici), two rising stars of the French scene. Both are multiple group one  winners, Philippe Daugear’s Univers de Pan the  winner of this year’s Finlandia Ajo,  while Un Mec d’Heripre is the Criterium des 4 Ans runner up and last year’s  European five-year-old champion and comes from the barn of Fabrice Souloy. Another French horse with serious credentials is Jean Paul Marmion’s Roi du Lupin, who being a gelding is ineligible for most of the big group races in France but has still amassed a credible 1.56million euros. He is the recent winner of the 150,000 euro Prix des Ducs de Normandie in the bike but is also one of the very best under saddle trotters in France. The day also features the UET Masters Series group two Berke Cup, an Elitloppet style event with two heats and a final over a mile on the same day, for the region’s sprinters. Prominent Swedish trainer Lutfi Kolgjini has good chances in both heats with Swedish 3YO Breeders Crown winner Barracuda River (Express It), who has won on this track before in the first heat and old warhorse, with a name that does not translate well down under, Kaffir Face, entered in the second and rated a good chance. Top Norwegian trainer Frode Hamre has two in each heat, with two Credit Winner sons Winmecredit and  the strongly fancied I’m the Answer in the first, and VC Chocoholic (Chocolatier) and Broadway Legs (Broadway Hall) in the second. The favoured runners in the first heat are Herve Philippe Gautier’s French entrant Saphir de Fille (Ipsos de Montfort) and Finnish trainer Markku Nieminen’s Dutch-bred Bret Boko (Yankee Glide) while Reijo Liljendahl’s  Angelo also has some strong support. In the second heat Nieminen’s other entrant Finnish Derby winner Quite an Avenger and Swede Anders Pedersen’s US import MagicCarpet Ride are the two early favourites on the tote with the latter having the services of Bjorn Goop in the bike. There are two other UET Masters Series group two races on the day, The Summer Meeting Stayers race (3140m) and the Europamatch, a 2100m race for  four and five-year-olds. The Europamatch features some of Europe’s top younger horses headed by Swedish legend Stig Johnasson’s German star Indigious, a son of French sire Prodigious who was second in Germany’s big race last year the Grosser Preis von Deutchland. He will face stiff competition from former Dutch Derby winner Clint Boko (Abano As), former European and Norwegian Derby runner-up  Thai Broadway (Thai Thanic) and Swedish group winner Stelton (Dream Vacation). The Stayers race has attracted Pas Sans Toi a French horse who at 11-years-old has been pensioned off in France but is eligible for two more seasons in the rest of Europe. Lieven de Groote’s son of In Love With You is the winner of more than 550,000 euros but will be at long odds from a 60m handicap even with Jorma Kontio in the bike. Bjorn Goop’s Swedish bred Roobois  (Rotation) was a fast finishing second on Elitloppet weekend and will enjoy the extra distance here even with a 40m handicap, while Reijo Liljendahl’s Italian import Nescafe (Daguet Rapide) off 20m and Dutchman Hugo Langeweg Jnr’s  Capitole (Offshore Dream) off the front will also be in the mix here. by David Sanders Harness Racing Victoria

Jonette Boy (3m Love You-South Hanover-Andover Hall) with Toumas Korvenoja up took this co-featured Hakan Wallner Memorial on the Elitloppet card in 1.11.5kr over 1609 meters autostart. He earned 300,000SEK first money for this his fourth win in five career starts for 461,215SEK. US breds were next in line. Fire To the Rain (3m Yankee Glide-Adelaide Hall-Conway Hall) and Ulf Ohlsson finished second with Explosive De Vie (3g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) third for Kevin Oscarsson. Other winners so far on the card are shown below (C=course or race): C2-For Pleasure As (5m Abano As-Frill Aas-Pine Chip), Conrad Lugauer driver/trainer, 1.09.7kr C3-Howthehaloareyou (8g Yankee Glide-Flickering Halo-Bonefish), Torbjorn Jansson, 0.59.3kr over 140 meters autostart in Sisyfos Speed Race contested by three heat winners Tourbillon with Bjoirn Goop, Garland Kronos and Per Oleg Midtfjeld and Howthehaloareyou. C4-Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit), Sandra Svensson, 1.11.8kr over 1609 meters autostart in this Monte Elite race, his 10th win in 40 starts for 3,223,829SEK. Previously undefeated in 2014 with five straight victories, second place Muskelmann GT (9g Muscles Yankee-Aino Lady-Dallas Lobell) raced well, beaten two lengths for Siv Emilie Lovvold C5-Juniata Hanover (3f Cantab Hall-Justgotafeeling-Thirty Two), Bjorn Goop for trainer Frode Hamre, 1.11.6kr over 1609 meters autostart for three year-old fillies, 150,000SEK to winner, her seventh win in 14 starts for 899,816SEK; second Safra LB (3f Cantab Hall-Flexa LB-Muscles Yankee) and Robin Bakker; third to Arctic Model (3f Classic Photo-Secret Mistress-Self Possessed) and Pekka Korpi; Jan Johnson's Mystic Illusion (3f Muscles Yankee-Mystical Oaks-Donerail) fifth for Yannick Gingras after being pacesetter C6- Jarl AF Solnas (4m Olimede-Jaffa Oui-Count's Pride), Peter Untersteiner, 1.12.5kr over 2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to winner, fifth win in 15 starts for 190,700SEK in this race for four year-olds by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Rotary OK (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) took his elimination (1.11.7kr over 1600 meters autostart) and race-off (1.13.2kr over 1600 meters) of the Premio Campili today at Napoli, Italy to earn a wildcard spot in the Grand Prix Lotteria di Agnano in twelve days. The well-bred youngster was reined and trained by Marco Smorgon as the pair defeated veteran La Vida Loca (9m Ganymede-Diasia-Arndon) that took his elimination in 1.11.9kr for Bo LoVerde. Purse of the three rounds was 13,200e. In the final, La Vida Loca led from the start in an even pace and then was engaged by Rotary OK with 600 meters remaining. The pair battled nose to nose until just before the line when the winner rolled on for a length score in front of the very enthusiastic crowd reported at 12,000 that hopes to revive horse racing there. La Vida Loca is likely to start in the Lotteria Consolation on May 4th. Pedigrees of the race-off battlers are worthy of note. First dam Miss Possessed is 100% from her first three foals including today's winner plus Magic Tonight, a recent fast winner in SWE, and Complete Control. Second dam of the winner is Ms Vic (Valley Victory-Higher Love) and it's the family of many stalwarts such as Lookout Victory, Possess The Magic, Magic Swan, Nights Jazz, Swan Image, Mystical Ann, Swan For All and Lindys Jersey Boy, just to name a few. Magic The family of La Vida Loca is a solid one also, with his dam being Diasia (Arndon-Calypso Lobell-Speedy Somolli-Cami Almahurst). Also today at Momarken (Norway), the US import Winmecredit (Credit Winner-Lamitech Dancing-Valley Victory) easily handled a veteran field in 1.11.7kr over 1640 meters autostart for reinsman Frode Hamre. He earned 15,000NOkr for the victory over Garland Kronos (Viking Kronos-Treccia Kramer-Speedy Somolli-Kramer de Capo-Allen Hanover) with Per Oleg Midtfjeld up. Another US import V.C. Chocoholic ended third for Thor Borg and the beaten field contained US imports Frameable, Priority Photo, Fraternity Party and Hard Cider. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com    

Oasis Bi won Saturday's Grand Prix Klosterskogen in Norway under the guidance of Bjorn Goop. The six-year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed was Biasuzzi bred in Italy. He scored in 1.13.2kr over the 2100 meter autostart course to defeat Lutfi Kolgjini's Mosaique Face and Orali with Jeppe Juel at the lines. April 19, 2014 Klosterskogen NO, Grand Prix Klosterskogen, 2100 meters autostart, 565,000NOkr purse, 10 starters. 1.13.2kr 1st Oasis Bi (6m Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed, Bjorn Goop driving, Italy 2nd Mosaique Face (5m Classic Photo-Iona LB-Supergill), Lutfi Kolgjini up, Sweden, fourth dam of Iona LB is the great Prix d'Amerique winner Delmonica Hanover 3rd Orali (8m Great Challenger-Action Elpin-Buckfinder), Jeppe Juel, Denmark 4th Beaten field included Broadway Legs and I'm The Answer, USA imports, and Italy's Lord Capar The Klosterskogen undercard was excellent and showcased wins by Dante Boko (Going Kronos) and Megamuscle (Muscles Yankee), as profiled below. April 19, 2014 Klosterskogen, Habibs Minnelop, 400,000NOkr purse, 2100 meters autostart, 10 starters, 1.13.9kr 1st Dante Boko (4m Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo), Lutfi Kolgjini up, Sweden 2nd Duke Of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg Jr., Denmark 3rd Tano Bork (4m Great Challenger-Frederikke Bork-New Quick), Christian Lindhardt up, Denmark April 19, 2014 Klosterskogen NO, Jorkjend K2, 1700 meters autostart, 135,000NOkr purse, 11 starters. 1.13.4kr 1st Megamuscle (5m Muscles Yankee-Armbro Vitality), Frode Hamre trainer/driver, his 11th win in 22 lifetime starts, USA 2nd More Than Enough (9g Coktail Jet-Enough Is Enough), Jeppe Juel trainer/driver, Sweden 3rd Out Of Nowhere (8m Great Challenger-Gladstone), Tom Erik Solberg up for trainer Morten M. Ottersen, Denmark by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

Some of the heavyweights of Swedish racing have made the journey to Norway this weekend as the Scandinavian circuit kicks off with top group racing at Klosterskogen. The meeting is on Saturday is highlighted by the UET Masters Series Klosterskogen Grand Prix over 2100m for a purse of 74,000 euros, one of two group two races to be run, drawing highly competitive international fields. Lutfi Kolgjini's Mosaique Face is the current European Derby and Swedish Derby champion. The stallion son of Classic Photo made his season debut on the 4th of the month running fourth at Mantorp, so will be better for this. Erik Lindegren's Francais du Gull has been in very impressive form lately having won a V75 gold division heat last month and also run second at Momarken, here in Norway, earlier in the year. He won't be meeting the likes of Sanity and Raja Mirchi here as he did last start in the V75 final. These two have the early favouritism in the markets with US import I'm The Answer, a Credit Winner trained by local trainer Frode Hamre Another local hero Thai Broadway is also heavily supported with the only other in the market being Italian-bred Oasis Bi who is now in Sweden with Stefan Petterson and will have champion Swedish driver Bjorn Goop in the cart. The second race of note is the NO Habibs Minneløp, a group two for 4YOs over 2100m, a 200,000NOK (24,175 euros) which has drawn a strong Scandinavian field led by even money favourite Becky's Serious a Staro Showbiz stallion from the local barn of Vidar Holmlund. Frode Hamre has another with a chance here in Mucsles Yankee colt Mustoyevsky who will have Per Oleg Midtfjeld in the cart. Kolgjini never travels with a bad horse and Dante Boko is a colt by boom Swedish sire Going Kronos and is sure to be prominent here. KLOSTERSKOGEN GRAND PRIX Klosterskogen 2  19/04/14 UET Masters Series  Group II  Int  2100 3-12 74 000e 1         Francais du Gull (h   Jag de Bellouet - Tantiem Gull) Dr:   Erik Lindegren  Tr:  Erik Lindegren     2100        2          Mosaique Face (h   Classic Photo - Iona L.B. )  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini     2100         3         Tourbillon (v   Ganymede - Inlaid Pine)  Dr:  Åsbjörn Tengsareid Tr:   Åsbjörn Tengsareid    2100        4         I'm The Answer (h   Credit Winner - Southwind Flanders)  Dr:  Vidar Hop  Tr:  Frode Hamre     2100        5          Oasis B   (h   Toss Out - Up Front Jm)   Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Stefan P Pettersson     2100        6          Thai Broadway (h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)   Dr: Gunnar Austevoll Tr:   Trond Anderssen     2100        7         Premance Simoni (s   S J's Photo - Amance Höjgård)   Dr: Bo Westergård  Tr:  Bo Westergård     2100        8         Lord Capar (h   Varenne - Foxy'n Rowdy)   Dr: Thomas Dalborg  Tr:  Mats Karlsson     2100        9         Broadway Legs (h   Broadway Hall - Classical Flirt)   Dr: Frode Hamre   Tr: Frode Hamre     2100        10         Orali (h   Great Challenger - Action Elpin)   Dr:  Jeppe Juel   Tr:  Jeppe Juel     2100        HABIBS MINNELØP Group II  Int  4YOS 2100m  24,175 euros 1         Mustoyevsky (h   Muscles Yankee - Olympic Cheers)   Dr: Per Oleg Midtfjeld  Tr:  Frode Hamre         2         Tano Bork (h   Great Challenger - Frederikke Bork)   Dr: Christian Lindhardt   Tr: Christian Lindhardt       3         Shocking Icon (h   Whitesand Titan - Bernadette's Cat)   Dr: Kai Johansen  Tr:  Anders L Wolden       4         Becky's Serious (h   Staro Showbiz - Bella Coal)   Dr: Eirik Höitomt   Tr: Vidar Holmlund             5         Dante Boko (h   Going Kronos - Margherita Rosa)  Dr:  Lutfi Kolgjini  Tr:  Lutfi Kolgjini          6         Talking Story (h   Majestic Son - R. First Inquirer)   Dr: Torgeir Hagmann  Tr:  Torgeir Hagmann       7         Glad Hall T. (s   Boardwalk Hall - Glad Suit)   Dr: Björn Garberg   Tr: Björn Garberg           8         Duke of Greenwood (h   Otello Pierji - Nikki Groenhof)   Dr: Hugo Langeweg J:r   Tr: Peter Strooper          9         Boys Going In (h   Going Kronos - Namura)   Dr: Björn Goop   Tr: Fredrik Persson          10         Bullish U.S. (v   Cantab Hall - Upmarket Hanover)   Dr: Frode Hamre   Tr: Frode Hamre by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Trond Anderssen’s Thai Broadway heads the field for the  Axel Jensen’s Minnelop 4YOs over a mile at Bjerke, and the last of sixth races in the country which are part of the Europe’s elite UET Masters Series race. Thai Broadway (Broadway Hall)  should really  blitz this field, he is a runner-up in both the recent Swedish Breeders Crown (his dam is Swedish bred) and the UET Derby, the  Grand Prix de l'UETand he has earned three times the money of his next opponent. Nothing else in this field has competed at this level and it really should be a case of running for second place in this €76,000 event over the mile. However Ake Svanstedt’s departure to the US has seen the dispersal of his barn, and one of them, US import  Nothing But Class has found his way here in the hands of Peter Untersteiner  , looking or his fourth   win in what would be perceived has easier company than the highly competitive Swedish scene. The son  o fAndover Hall has the fastest time by a second over this distance, with a 1.09.9kr which is a second better than Thai Broadway, and the next best is a second slower than that. Norway’s leading trainer Frode Hamre has Underpaid Hanover, an imported  son of Revenue who stands in Norway, and  the winner of seven of his 19 starts this year. Denmark’s Steen Juul has fronted with Dream Vacation gelding Stelton and Scirocco Sisa, a son of the forgotten Hall brother Adams Hall who was a serious racehorse in Sweden long and the younger  brother to  Angus, Andover and Conway Hall who won  the equivalent of half a million in US dollars on the track with placings in some of Europe’s top races. Scirocco Sisa was second and Stelton was third in the Danish Derby, which at 3000m  is more a test of stamina than speed. Swedish trainers are also represented with  Bjorn Goop bringin Red Adair Superb (4h Orlando Vici) and Lutfi Kolgjini  fronting with Sahara Fairytale (4m   Viking Kronos). AXEL JENSENS MINNELØP Bjerke 20/11/13 NO (G2)  Int 1 609 4 76 000 1         Red Adair Superb (4h   Orlando Vici - Orions Hilda) Dr:  Vidar Hop Tr:    Björn Goop       2         Thai Investment (4h   Broadway Hall - Thai Wonder) Dr:  Tom Horpestad  Tr:   Tom Horpestad           3         Stelton (4g   Dream Vacation - Nanuet’s Crown) Dr:  Jeppe Juel Tr:    Jeppe Juel       4         Sahara Fairytale (4m   Viking Kronos - Sahara Shadow) Dr:  Adrian Kolgjini  Tr:   Lutfi Kolgjini            5         Golden Feline (4m   Look de Star - Dina Drew) Dr:  Hans Christian Holm Tr:    Anders L Wolden         6         Underpaid Hanover (4h   Revenue - Up Front Lisa) Dr:  Frode Hamre   Tr:  Frode Hamre           7         Nothing But Class (4h   Andover Hall - Bold Dreamer) Dr:  Peter Untersteiner  Tr:   Peter Untersteiner            8         Ja El Tomcat (4h   Chocolatier - Topcat Hall) Dr:  Thor Borg   Tr:  Karoline Krogh-Hanssen             9         Scirocco Sisa (4h   Adams Hall - Outstanding) Dr:  Steen Juul   Tr:  Steen Juul           10         Thai Broadway (4h   Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick) Dr:  Gunnar Austevoll  Tr:  Trond Anderssen       Dave Sanders

Support Justice (4m Kadabra-Artisane) won today’s (Sundays)  VG Norsk TravDerby in Oslo, Norway for four year-olds in 1.14.6kr, over 2600 meters autostart, to take home the winners share of the 292,434 euro purse (2 million kr). Trainer Ger-Vergard Gunderssen did the driving for owners Arne Sandbaek Jr. and Erik Sandbaek. The winner went off as 2/1 favorite and now has 12 wins, good for over 255,000 euro lifetime. He defeated Baldini (4m Standpoint-Real Big Bang) in a close finish, the latter driven by Frode Hamre. Thai Broadway (4m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick) was third for driver Gunnar Austrevoll and trainer Tom Anderssen. The co-feature at Bjerke was the Finn-Tack Norsk TravKriterium for three year-olds, going 2100 meters autostart for a purse of 225,941 euro (1.5 million kr). The 9/1 outsider Papagayo E (3m Coktail Jet-Ann Speedy T) took the win in 1.14.4kr with Vidar Hop driving. He defeated Conquestador BR (3m Donato Hanover-Likely Volo) and driver Bjorn Goop by a length with third going to Golden Street (3g Dream Vacation-Sea Bird Laday). by Thomas H. Hicks  

Derby season is in full swing in Europe and this weekend it is the turn of both Finland and Norway to hold their four-year-old classics which carry Group One status and a stake of €100,000. On Saturday, at Vermo in Finland a field of 12 horses meet in the Finskt Trav Derby after qualifying heats held recently headed by Quite An Avenger, Markku Niemen’s Quite Easy gelding. Quite An Avenger is the winner of 16 races and €166,708 was the runner up in last season’s Finnish Kriterium and has the fastest record of 1.12.0 (1.55.4MR). He is a son of fine US producer Nobes Hanover  who is the dam of 11 winners, 7 in 2:00 and two  $100,000 winners and who herself a grand-daughter of Kentucky Futurity winner Noble Gal. The only other entrant in the field to have won over €100,000 is the filly Venice, another by Quite Easy and the winner of 17 races from 21 starts and €130,600. The daughter of Finnish Breeders Crown winner Vivace has  a record of 1.13.1 (1.57.3) and  will be driven by Mika Forss for trainer Heikki Korhonen. Quite Easy has three entries in the event, with Callela Longshot (1.13.9) his other runner who will be driven by Janne Soronen  for trainer Katja Melkko.      The only other stallion to have multiple representatives  is another son of Andover Hall,  Anderberg, who has two in Cankus  Que(6 wins €17,285, 1.12.7) and Bluesway Shoes (5 wins, €28,490, 1.14.6) Quite An Avenger’s main competition,however,  could come from Heikki Korhonen’s  Jackpot Comery (Amigo Hall, 1,12.3 €55,000) and Ulf Stenströmer’s  In Rock (Express Merett, 1.12.9, €46 ,654) . On Sunday at Bjerke in Norway, the Norwegian’s best 4YOs go around and the favourite is likely to be Trond Anderssen’s   Thai Broadway (Broadway Hall) who has won 1.5million NOK and has a record of 1.12.3 the same as his strongest competition Support Justice,  (Kadabra) who has earned 882,000NOK and is trained and driven by Geir Vegard Gundersen    . Others with sub 1.13 records include X Factor (Herr Jägermeister)  and  Midnight Moon (Rotation). Broadway Hall has two entries in the event, the only stallion with more than one representative. It is a big day at Bjerke with the Travkriterium for 3YOs plus the equivalent races for the coldblooded native trotters on the same card. FINSKT TRAV DERBY Vermo €100,000,  Group 1 4YOS, Nat 2600m 1         BWT Engaged (4h Bob Heyden - Gift of Love)   Dr: Harri Koivunen  Tr: Harri Koivunen       2         Quite An Avenger (4g  Quite Easy - Nobes Hanover)  Dr:  Markku Nieminen Tr:   Markku Nieminen       3         In Rock (4h Express Merett - Cosmic Muscles)  Dr:  Kenneth Haugstad  Tr:  Ulf Stenströmer        4         Venice (4m  Quite Easy - Vivace)  Dr:  Mika Forss  Tr:  Heikki Korhonen             5         Cankus Que (4h  Anderberg - Dreamlike Broline) Dr:   Juha Utala Tr:   Esa Holopainen           6         Silent Opal (4m Jag de Bellouet - Silent Jolene) Dr:   Jorma Kontio Tr:   Timo Nurmos               7         Shadow Woodland (4h The Bosses Lindy - Unlimited Visa)  D Tr/Dr: Esa Holopainen            8         Jackpot Comery (4h   Amigo Hall - Jewelry Store) Dr:   Antti Teivainen Tr:   Heikki Korhonen             9         Cherry Chapstick (4m   Orlando Vici - Summer Sisu)  Dr:  Iikka Nurmonen  Tr:  Jouni Hillbom            10         Pearls For Girls (4m   Striking Sahbra - Ussania Boko)  Dr:  Jani Hautaviita Tr:   Jani Hautaviita         11         Callela Longshot (4h   Quite Easy - Louise Småbo)  Dr:  Janne Soronen  Tr:  Katja Melkko              12         Bluesway Shoes (4h   Anderberg - Devona Strömline) Dr:   Ari Moilanen  Tr:  Etta Mäkilä            NORSKT TRAV DERBY Bjerke 2,505,000NOK,  Group 1 4YOS, Nat 2600m 1         X. Factor  (4h Herr Jägermeister - Fairaffair)  Dr:  Tom Erik Solberg   Tr: Erik Killingmo    2         Thai Broadway (4h  Broadway Hall - Isabella Knick)  Dr: Gunnar Austevoll  Tr:  Trond Anderssen    3         Aqua Challenger (4h  Great Challenger - Aqua Symphony)  Dr:  Lars Anvar Kolle  Tr:  Trond Anderssen    4         Love You Fox (4h   Love You - Sly Fox)   Dr: Hans Christian Holm Tr:   Anders L Wolden    5         Baldini (4h  Standpoint - Real Big Bang)   Dr: Frode Hamre Tr:  Janne Killingmo    6         Rapido Va Bene  (4g Ganymede - Iza Rags)   Dr: Åsbjörn Tengsareid Tr:   Per Gottling    7         Midnight Moon (4h  Rotation - Keiba Lassie)  Dr:  Jomar Blekkan Tr:  Torkil Steinshaug    8         Thai Investment (4h  Broadway Hall - Thai Wonder)   Tr/Dr: Tom Horpestad     9         Support Justice (4h  Kadabra - Artisane)   Tr/Dr: Geir Vegard Gundersen         10         Selmas Classic (4g  Quite Easy - Walk The Line)   Dr: Eirik Höitomt Tr:   Trond Anderssen    11         Naipins Power (4h Magnetic Power - Kajsa Kavat)   Dr: Kai Johansen Tr: Per Johansen    12         Gigant Super  (4g Gigant Neo - Thai Benefice)   Dr: Bo Westergaard   by David Sanders

While the week so far has been relatively quiet, the action has still been interesting leading to next week when the Hugo Abergs Memorial classic sprinter distance event occurs on July 30 at Jagersro, also an extra V75 wagering day in Sweden. Post positions have been drawn and are listed below along with trainers:   Hugo Åbergs Memorial 2013: 1609 meters, auto start 1. Bagley (Conrad Lugauer) 2. The Best Madrik (Jean Etienne Dubois) 3. Commander Crowe (Fabrice Souloy) 4. Brad de Veluwe (Tuomas Korvenoja) 5. Sebastian K. (Åke Svanstedt) 6. Shaq Is Back (Daniel Redén) 7. Orecchietti (Stefan Hultman) 8. Nahar (Robert Bergh) 9. Raja Mirchi (Lutfi Kolgjini) 10. Owen's Club (Pietro Gubellini)   Last year, Commander Crowe won this event and was invited to defend his title. Trainer Fabrice Souloy’s veteran star drew the post three in this good field. Commander Crowe’s form has been off this year albeit he won in June gate to wire. Pre-race favorite Sebastian K., trained by Åke Svanstedt, starts from post five. Sebastian K. was second in the 2012 Hugo Åbergs Memorial. Robert Bergh trainee, the Elitloppet winner Nahar, drew post eight. Orecchietti replaces the sick Occhione Jet in the Hugo Åbergs Memorial. He finished third to Sebastian K. and Formula One in the Årjängs Stora Sprinterlopp. An Abergs Memorial win is worth 1 million SEK first money. This week’s action in Sweden included today’s “The Red Mile” at Aby. The 100,000SEK first prize went to Amour Rapide (6m Love You-Vouge-Firm Tribute) with JohnnyTakter driving. He scored for owner/trainer Johan Lejon in 1.11.2kr over the 1609 meter autostart course to defeat Winmecredit with Frode Hamre up. Rutger Raket and Neo Holmsminde were next across the line in a good field. Aby was also the venue for a 50,000SEK first money win for the 2011 US import Proud Victory Rose (5m Yankee Glide-Starlet Rayne-American Winner). She won for the third time in six 2013 starts for Victory Racing Stable and driver Kenneth Haugstad in 1.12.6kr over 1609 meters autostart. Good action was also at Gavle and Kalmar today. Berkut Boko (5g Chocolatier-Three Little Words-Conway Hall) won the two elimination and final Damklubbems Guildlopp, scoring in 1.12.3kr in the final worth 50,000SEK to the winner. In the 1609 meter autostart event the winner, driven by Claes Sjostrom, defeated Imbetuda handled by Jorma Kontio and Sandy Streamline with Elin Gustavsson aboard. Elimination winners Bolt Boko (5g Express It-Meadowbranch Helga-Prakas), in 1.12.2kr for Erik Lindegren, and Unison Sund (5f Cantab Hall-Ragina Blue Drop-Speedy Crown), in 1.13.6kr for Louise Medelberg, finished eighth and ninth in the final. At Kalmar, the Jerry Riordan trained, Christoffer Eriksson driven, Guida Italia owned Paolo America (4m Love You-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell) scored over 2140 meters in 1.14.4kr to secure 20,000SEK first money. by Thomas H. Hicks  

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