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Today (Sunday) Eskilstuna hosted four Gr. I International Sweden Breeders Crown finals, each contested over 2140 meters autostart, each with 850,000SEK to the winner. The winners mix was both favorites and up-setters with Digital Ink garnering the most ink in the press and in terms of mutual tickets. Breeders Crown results are shown below: Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 4yo females 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Youana (4f Pearsall Hanover-Euro Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.12.3kr, Peter Untersteiner Quadrille (4f Varenne-Tapdencer-Tibur), 1.12.5kr, Johan Untersteiner Dream of Joy (4f Dream Vacation-Frida Filokus-Spotlite Lobell), 1.12.9kr, Stefan Persson Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 3yo females 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Amazon AM (3f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet), 1.13.1kr, Robert  Bergh, winner of 7 in 12 starts this year, career earnings 2,074,600SEK Mellby Briolett (3f Going Kronos-Merit Lane-Lindy Lane), 1.13.1kr, Johan Untersteiner Our Precious (3f Pearsall Hanover-Nova Brodda-Juliano Star), 1.13.2kr, Peter Ingves Breeders Crown Gr. I International  Final– 4yo males 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Digital Ink (4g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), Orjan Kihlstrom driver for Stefan Melander owner/trainer, his 8th win in 12 starts this year, career earnings 1,888,300SEK Thai Broadway (4m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In), 1.12.8kr, Gunnar Austevoll Porthos Amok (4m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine C hip), 1.13.2kr, Bjorn Goop driving Breeders Crown Gr. I International Final – 3yo males 2140meters autostart, 850,000SEK to winner Jonesy (3m Muscles Yankee-Ripley-Ride The Night), Finland registered, 1.13.6kr, Tuomas Korvenoja up Breakbumper (3m Viking Kronos-Lovely-Top Love), 1.13.6kr, Robert Bergh trainer/driver Cool Keeper (3m Broadway Hall-Missy’s Go Go-Yankee Glide), 1.13.6kr, Leif Witasp trainer/driver Yesterday (Saturday) Eskilstuna also hosted V-75 action. The featured Gold Division went to the Dream Vacation son Alvena Pele in 1.11kr for Per Lennartsson. Womanizer was a solid second. V-75 day action is summarized below. Volvia Svensk Travsports Monte Kat 2 2140 meters autostart, 40,000SEK to winner Starbec’s Mr. Tee (6g Turbi Thrust-Blue Blossom-Pactole de Tillard), 1.14.6kr for Lynda Hedstrom, his 6th win in 14 starts thius year Jonathan Palema (5g Adams Hall-Rosalinde Palema-Alf Palema), Josefine Ivehag aboard Yosemite Boko (8g Express Ride-Elisabeth Boko-Speedy Somolli), Viktoria Strand-Jorgensen up Bjorkmans BIL 1640meters autostart, 25,000SEK to winner Headhunter (5g Gentle Star-Famous Christine-Ororek), 1.12.kr winner for Magnus Jakobsson Isinbajeva (4f Gigant Neo-Graceful Face-Pine Chip), 1.12kr, Johan Untersteiner, Roger Walmann trainer Strosa (4f Lindy Lane-Sweet and Strong-Super Arnie), Erik Adielsson V-75 Gold Division 1640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money Alvena Pele (7m Dream Vacation-Oli Roy-Probe), 1.11kr, Per Lennartsson Womanizer (9g Tap In-Sandra Nibs-Mr. Drew), 1.11.1kr, Peter Ingves El Sueco (8g Calvin Capar-Otilia Sund-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.11.2kr, Johan Untersteiner V-75 Silver Division 2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK first money Seabiscuit (6g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.13.1kr, Jorma Kontio up Democrat (6g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover), 1.13.1kr, Per Lennartsson driving Lotus Elan (7g Super Arnie-Lotusanne-Cezio Josselyn), 1.13.2kr, Erik Adielsson the reinsman V-75 Bronze Division 1640 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to winner Open Mind Bi (5g Andover Hall-No Nonsense Woman-Sierra Kosmos), 1.11.3kr, Jorma Kontio driving Prey Frontline (5g Love You-Ritzy Girl-Super Arnie), 1.11.3kr, Ulf Ohlsson up Pioneer F.H. (6g SJs Photo-Zagara Jet-Park Avenue Joe), 1.11.3kr, Peter Untersteiner driver On Wednesday the international trotting superstar Maharajah made a winning comeback and set a national record of 1.12.7kr over 2160 meters, circular start. Stefan Hultman’s eight year-old was driven by Orjan Kihlstrom. Maharajah won 250,000SEK for the win to take his career earnings to 18.9 million SEK. Kihlstrom remarked that the veteran has a lot left. Yesterday (Saturday) at Kincsem Park the feature was the 1.5 million HUF Oszi Kiserleti Verseny  (the Fall Criterium) and Derby winner Radium Boy (3m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady) scored in 1.17.9kr for Veljko Mazsity over 1960 meters (distance handicap). Poetica Saf was second with the Muscle Yankee son Pretty Ripped third. This result  and the other top races at Kincsem Park are summarized below: Oszi Kiserleti Verseny 1960meters distance handicap, 1,500,000HUF purse Radium Boy (3m Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady), 1.17.9kr, V. Mazsity Poetica Saf (4f Frullino Jet-SAugusta Bi), J. Sagaj Pretty Ripped (4m Muscles Yankee-Pretty in Plaid), Cs. Lakatos Illetmeny DIJ 1960meters distance handicap, 500,000 HUF purse Lady Luna (8f Sierra Ranger-Luna), 1.18kr,  J. Sagaj Rambo 7m Mystical Crown-Rosa), B. Sersen Orifiamma Jet (5f Supergill-Ticket to Ride), T. Hajnal Versec DIJ 1980meters distance handicap,  330,000HUF purse Passion Grif (4g Varenne-Sex Appeal OK), 1.19.6kr, Zs. Vereb Filipana Goal (4f Armbro Goal-Franja), A. Denes Please Mr. Postman (4m Buvetier d’Aunou-Ines Pierji), J. Kolozsi by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

Mack Grace SM (8m CCs Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal) and driver Roberto Andreghetti were first to the lead off the gate in the Grand Premio Lotteria Finale at Napoli Sunday and refused to let Commander Crowe and reinsman Franck Nivard gain the lead. The pair opened several lengths on the field allowing Nivard to obtain a pocket trip. Andreghetti used that tactic to his advantage, slowing the pace, and allowing first attacker Linda di Casei to range alongside for most of final 1000 meters. Commander Crowe was blocked in the pocket until too late and only reached the winners’ wheel at the wire although Mack Grace was cruising home under little urging. Elimination winner Oibambam Effe rushed up along the pylons to gain third over the tiring Linda di Casei. The 1600 meter autostart course was timed by the winner in 1.11.3kr as Mack Grace SM secured the winners’ share of the 300,300 euro purse and his position as one of the leading trotters in Europe. The Lotteria Consolation, for 42,900 euro over 1600 meters, went to easy winner Owen’s Club (5m Duke of York-Duse Tab-Sugarcane Hanover) in 1.10.4kr for Pietro Gubellini. He scored over Lotar Bi and Over The Moon LF. On the same card Gubellini won the Grand Premio Campania with ease driving Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) to the 1.11.3kr victory. Purse was 77,000 euro for the contest over 2100 meters. Pick Kronos and Papandreu  took the next two placings behind the dominant Italian mare.. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) was the upset winner of today’s V75 feature at Aby. Johnny Takter used the open stretch to rally for the win in 1.12.2kr over 2640 meters. The winner earned 600,000SEK for the score and increased his career earnings to over 4 million SEK. This was his 10th win in 45 starts for the victorious On Track Piraten and owner Stall Morkermasse. Yarrah Boko (8m Cocktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten-Pine Chip), a winner of almost 10 million SEK, was second for Ulf Ohlsson. Veteran Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) rallied to be third for driver Peter Untersteiner. The undercard included fast class action as well with important winners shown below: Seabiscuit (6g Credit Winner-Candy Tilly-Sugarcane Hanover) took the Silver Division worth 125,000SEK to the winner. He covered 2140 meters autostart in 1.12.6kr for Jorma Konto to defeat Stormysky (5g Andover Hall-Not A Spacecase-Barbeque) and teamster Ulf Ohlsson. Baretta Boko (5g SJs Caviar-Vintage Boko-Garland Lobell) won the Swedish Masters for Geldings in 1.13.4kr. Driven by Mattias Djuse, the winner earned 150,000SEK for the victory over 2140 meters autostart. Embassy Photo (5g SJs Photo-Persos Bellami-Embassy Lobell) was second for Oscar Nilsson. Dileva Kall (5f Muscles Yankee-Leva Kall-Spotlite Lobell) won the Gr. II Swedish Masters for Mares to pick up 600,000SEK. She scored in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters autostart for driver/trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Dileva Kall’s lifetime earnings reached over 5.9 million SEK with the win. Playing Tua (5f Gigfant Neo-Sandy Nalan-Lindy’s Crown) was second for Thomas Ehrberg. The fastest event on the day was won by Zjanti River (7g Toss Out-Green Grove-Pine Chip) in 1.11.6kr for Ake Svanstedt. He scored over 1640 meters autostart in the Bronze Division worth 110,000SEK to the winning connections. KLM Buymethemoon (5m Pine Chip-KLM See Bye Fly-Nordin Hanover) was second for Erik Adielsson with Onice Axe (5f Love You-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip) third with Adrian Kolgjini up. Yesterday at Kalmar the Energusparloppet over 1640 meters (distance handicap) went to the Guida Italia Srl bred Laurel America (8f Varenne-Armbro Voice-Garland Lobell). She scored in 1.12.3kr overcoming a 20 meter handicap. Jorgen Sjunnesson drover the winner who recorded her 26th lifetime win in 119 starts for earnings over 2.4 million SEK. On October 9 at Solvalla several solid wins were posted by US-sired offspring. Enya Boko (2f Broadway Hall-Victors Finesse-Valley Victor) scored in 1.14.7kr to earn 175,000 SEK in a Breeders Crown test over 1640 meters autostart. This young filly is undefeated in four starts for Per Lennartsson who also trains. Eunice Boko (2f Cantab Hall-Ens Tag Session-Tagliabue) was second for Jorma Kontio. Delicious (4f Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB-Lemon Dra) recorded a 1.09.9kr win over 1640 meters autostart for Daniel Reden in a Klass II event worth 50,000SEK. Rolex Bigi (3m Donato Hanover-Miss Eleonora-Enjoy Lavec) won for the fifth time in six starts lifetime for Ake Svanstedt. The KB Capulus Horses owned colt scored in 1.13.5kr over 2140 meters autostart to earn 75,000SEK. Magic Tonight (4m Andover Hall-Miss Possessed-Self Possessed) won in 1.11.6kr over 2140 meters autostart to secure a 150,000SEK paycheck in the Solvallaserien VIII. Orjan Kihlstrom drove for trainer Roger Walmann. The Donato Hanover son Pojke Kronos was second with Gisela As (4f Infinitif) third. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

Today’s V-75 card at Aby showcased two well-contested monte events, The Swedish Monte Masters with 250,000SEK to the winner was raced over 2140 meters autostart. Ypsilon Boko (8g Express Ride-Flordalie-Minou du Donjon) took the win for Peter Jarven (also a gallop jockey) in 1.14.4kr. The winner now has three wins and two second place finishes in his last five monte appearances and sports earnings of over 1.3 million SEK with 12 wins in 39 lifetime starts (monte and sulky). Favored La Bellouet (7f Jag de Bellouet-Ironiessa-Texas) raced in the death seat for most of the journey and took the lead for Asa Svensson before the winner rolled past in late stretch. Look la Marc (10g Giant Cat-Taylor Guy-Pershing) was third with Sofia Aronsson aboard. The Swedish Monte Masters for Riders (2140 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner) went to Delux Haleryd (6g Jag de Bellouet-Velvet As-Mr. Vic) with Emma Wahlberg up. The combination scored in 1.14.2kr over Palermo Tars (6g Storstadsbusen-Nutria Sund-Sugarcane Hanover) and Asa Svensson. Jonathan Palema (5g Adams Hall-Rosakinde Palema-Alf Palema) was third for Sandra Eriksson. The winner record his 14th career victory in 47 starts. It was his third win with Wahlberg aboard in the six attempts by this pair. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

Even as the triumphant announcement last week of the fields for the re-scheduled Gran Premio della Lotteria gave Italian trotting a shot in the arm, the timing of the announcement, on the weekend left empty by the postponement of the  Italian Derby only served to highlight the parlous state of the sport on the boot-shaped peninsula. For in the middle of busy European Derby season, the Italian Derby was the Jewel in the crown, and not just because it was the richest age-group race of any kind in Europe being €700,000 until cut to €550,000 last year as part of the drastic cuts to purses imposed by the Italian government in response to its political and economic crisis. Even so, this still trumps  any of the French Classiques (the richest is €240,000) and dwarfing all the other European kriterium/derbies such as the Finnish (€165K) and Danish (€100K) equivalents which were also raced last weekend.  Even the next richest the  Swedish Trav-Derby (for 4YOs) is still less (€470K). It was also because the Italian graduates, drawn from the world’s best bloodlines  from both US and French lines that such riches attact, still reign supreme on the continent despite almost blanket access to all the top US sires. Varenne, the 1998 Italian Derby winner has been Italy’s Leading sire for the past three seasons while  Viking Kronos (who was fifth in the same race) was the leading sire in the other non-Franco powerhouse, Sweden in 2010 and 2011. Varenne has sired four of the last five Italian Derby winners, and Derby or Kriterium winners in three other countries while Viking Kronos has sired 2 Swedish Trav-Derby winners, but has also sired 3 or 4YO classic winners in Denmark, Germany and Norway, plus European champions in all 3 age groups. Other former Italian Derby winning sires include Uronometro, Daguet Rapide and Infinitv who more than hold their own on their better known US contemporaries. The Derby Italiano has been postponed because its home, Rome’s  historic Tor di Valle, was the latest in a series of tracks to be closed,  in this instance to make way for the building of a soccer stadium. It is supposed to be re-scheduled to take place next month but one trainer dismissed the chances of the event going ahead. “It is supposed to be raced at a new track to be built at the Rome thoroughbred track,” the trainer emailed on condition of anonymity. “One of the turf tracks will be converted to a trotting track. “The racing direction will be clockwise, the same as the thoroughbreds. “It is a joke. And the racetrack -  people claim the price tag is 3 million euros – only work has yet to begin and the elims are scheduled for 23 Nov.” “Only in Italy.” Another racetrack to close was Naples’ Agnano track earlier in the year -  which led  to the postponement of the Gran Premio della Lotteria to this weekend -  as criminal investigations were conducted. A new administration is now in place, and the track reopened to much fanfare two weekends ago, as was the rescheduling of the Lotteria, for which a field of 24 will line up for in three “batteries” of eight which will decide the eight finalists, the same day on October 13. They have scored something of a coup in attracting Swedish superstar Commander Crowe and his Italian-bred stablemates Marielles and Napoleon Bar (who was third last year) but their mentor Fabrice Solouy is the only international trainer with enough faith in their ability to get paid to have made the trip, despite it being a quiet spot in the international schedule. There is a boycott of Italian thoroughbred racing by European trainers because of unpaid stakes. But the Lotteria which will run on the weekend is  far from the event that once lived up to its billing as one of the four Grand Slams of European trotting and attracted the best trotters in the world in the 1980s and 90s.  This event looks like a  dual between Italian heavyweight  Mack Grace Sm (CC’s Chucky T) and his Swedish behemoth Commander Crowe, who although getting well into veteran class at 10 years old, is still footing it with the younger brigade. Fabrice Souloy’s champ has the class to win this although he faces a local legend who is going for his second win in a row, and has a record unrivalled in Italy. Lucio Colletti’s Mack Grace Sm is almost unbeatable in Italy, with seven wins in a row and 10 out of 12 this year but has never fired away from the peninsula and has had the luxury of racing against fields devoid of any international quality this year. The major competition should come from Owen’s Club (Duke of York), Look Mp (Sugarcane Hanover) and Napoleon Bar(Varenne) in battery one, Looney Tunes (Ganymede) and Marielles (Kick Tail) in battery two and Linda de Casei  (Uronometro) and Newyork Newyork (Supergill)  in battery three. GRAN PREMIO DELLA LOTTERIA (3 BATTERY+ FINALE+CONSOLATION) Agnano  2013-10-13   Group I Int 4-10 €406 000  1600m   BATTERY 1 €20 900 1         Lawyer As (8h S J's Photo - Ima Quick   Luca Fierro   Luca Fierro             2         Owen's Club (5h Duke Of York - Duse Tab   Pietro Gubellini   Pietro Gubellini             3         Marlon Om (7g S J's Photo - Zelata Om   Roberto Vecchione  Pietro Gubellini            4         Look Mp (8h Sugarcane Hanover - Atlantis Gar   kusk ej klar   Giorgio d'Alessandro S:r             5         Iper Roc (9h Lemon Dra - Banner Roc   Michela Racca   Giorgio Carini 6         Oibambam Effe (5m Classic Photo - Etna Sec   Salvatore Carro   Salvatore Carro             7         Lotar Bi (8h Toss Out - Laforet Park   Alessandro Raspante   Sabina Breccia             8         Napoleon Bar (6h Varenne - Dalmazia   Enrico Bellei   Fabrice Souloy      BATTERY 2 €20 900 1         Mururoa As (7m Lemon Dra - Jade's Tiara)  Dr: Giuseppe Pietro Maisto   Tr: Giuseppe Pietro Maisto             2         Moses Rob (7h Ganymede - Etoile Rob)   Dr: Giuseppe Luongo   Tr: Salvatore Carro             3         Looney Tunes (8h Ganymede - Defi' de la Roche)  Dr:  Alessandro Gocciadoro   Tr: Alessandro Gocciadoro             4         Mack Grace Sm (7h CC's Chuckie T - Ambro Grace Sm)   Dr: Roberto Andreghetti  Tr:  Lucio Colletti             5         Marielles (7m Kick Tail - Egida Play)  Dr:  Franck Nivard  Tr:  Fabrice Souloy             6         Negresco Milar (6h CC's Chuckie T - Birmaniaz)  Dr:  Marco Guzzinati  Tr:  Marco Guzzinati             7         Orsia (5m Angus Hall - Tigre Om)  Dr:  TBA Tr: Holger Ehlert             8         Osasco di Ruggi (5h Varenne - Papaia Ral) Dr:   TBA Tr: Holger Ehlert      BATTERY 3  €20 900 1         Novarica (6m Allison Hollow - Bagutta Ok)  Dr:  Davide di Stefano   Tr: Biagio Lo Verde             2         Linda di Casei (8m Uronometro - Comtesse Ferm)  Dr/tr:  Alessandro Gocciadoro             3         Maestrale Spin (7h Lindy Lane - Princess Godiva)  Dr:  Mario Minopoli J:r   Tr: Team Minopoli 4         Orleans Om (5m Sj's Caviar - Deux de Mai)   Dr: Giuseppe Lombardo J:r  Tr:  Lucio Colletti             5         Commander Crowe (10g Juliano Star - Somack)   Dr: Franck Nivard  Tr:  Fabrice Souloy 6         Langdon Grif (8h Varenne - Meadowbranch Nan)   Dr: Gaetano di Nardo  Tr:  Guiseppe Citarella             7         Newyork Newyork (6h Supergill - Viola d'Amore)   Dr: TBA  Tr:  Holger Ehlert             8         Owen Cr (5h Cantab Hall - Boemia Cr)  Dr:  Pietro Gubellini  Tr:  Pietro Gubellini         by Dave Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Orecchietti (6m From Above-Canneloni-Mack Lobell), with Orjan Kihlstom aboard, raced first up in the “death seat” before taking the lead at head of the stretch to win in 1.12.2kr over 2140 meters. The V75 Gold victory was worth 150,000SEK to the winner that is owned by Travkompaniets Stall AB, also owner of Maharajah, and trained by Stefan Hultman. Orecchietti recorded his 15th victory in 32 lifetime starts for life earnings of over 3.95 million SEK. Nahar (8g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie), 2013 The Elitloppet winner with career earnings of over 9 million SEK, followed Orecchietti in a perfect second over spot for Robert Bergh before making a three wide surge halfway through the final turn. Nahar drew dead-even with Orecchietti before the winner inched away in the late stages. Update Hoss (7m Classic Response-Celebrfation Ride-Express Ride) closed late down the middle to be third, driven by Erik Adielsson. The US import Pastor Stephen (5m Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec) finished ninth for Daniel Reden, timed in 1.12.9kr. He was making his second 2013 start. Pastor Stephen, a career winner of 7.2 million SEK, last started in North America in September 2011. The Bergsaker co-featured Silver Division went to Ed You (6g Love You-Lancia Brick-Super Arnie) in 1.10.8kr over 1640 meters autostart. The Robert Bergh trained and driven pupil earned 125,000SEK first money as he defeated Robin Ru (8g Gidde Palema-Ritzy As-Beseiged) with Ulf Ohlsson aboard. Pacesetter Democrat (6g Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) ended third for reinsman Orjan Kihlstrom. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com    

Pietro Gubellini engineered a championship day as his pupil Pitagora Bi (4m Self Possessed-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) took the 209,000 euro, 2060 meters autostart Grand Prix Continental (International Open) at Bologne, Italy. The winner, owned by Scuderia Verner SRL, scored in 1.13.1kr over Probo OP (4m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra) and trainer/driver Ed Moni. Princess Kronos (4f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) landed third for Lorenzo Baldi with Plutonio (4m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out) fourth and Per Amore Gual (4f Varenne-Palmatica Gual-Uronometro) fifth. The companion event, Grand Prix Continental Filly (55,000 euro purse, 1660 meters autostart), went to Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Gubellini in a stake record 1.11.9kr. She rallied from off the pace to draw away convincingly over runner-up Parinaz (4f Ganymede-CarmagnoleMB-Lemon Dra) handled by Enrico Bellei. Peace of Mind (4f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took third for Roberto Andreghetti with Petra Inn Ronco (4f Cantab Hall-Cynthia del Ronco) finishing fourth. The Bologne undercard featured the Prix Wayne Eden with two eliminations and a final. Elims went to Geox (10g Sugarcane Hanover-Gitana d’Asolo-Udet Hanover) in 1.13.3kr over 1660 meters autostart for a 9,900 euro purse. Gubellini drove the winner as he defeated Oncle Photo VL (5g SJs Photo-Balalaica SLM-Lemon Dra). The second elimination went to the Roberto Vecchione driven Occhiata Jet (5f Pine Chip-First Lady Jet-Supergill) in 1.12.5kr over Ortensia Gual with Enrico Bellei up. The 1660 meter autostart final, with a purse of 16,500 euro, produced a 1.12.9kr score for Occhiata Jet with Oncle Photo VL and Geox next across the line. The l’Europeo Gentlemen drivers contest was held this weekend in Moscow. Leading breeder/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi took the prize over 13 other contestants. Italy...MAURIZIO BIASUZZI 36 points Belgium...PIET VAN POLLAERT 36 Russia...VLADIMIR VARYGIN 34 Finland...JANNE MARKUS RAISANEN 33 Denmark...BJARNE HAAJENSEN 33 Germany...IMMO MULLER 32 Switzerland...JOEY VIGNONI 32 Netherlands...FRED HANDELAAR 30 Hungay...TAMAS KELEMEN 30 Spain...MIQUEL VICH CAPO 29 Ukraine...VOLODIMIR KUSHTAL 28 Sweeden...HÅKAN B JOHANSSON 26 Norway...TRULS PEDERSEN 25 Austria...THOMAS ROYER 18 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

An excellent card of trotting action graced the Orebro Sweden racecourse on Saturday that included two events worth 800,000SEK to the winning connections. The E3 Final (Gr. I International) for three year0old colts went to Tiberius F (3m Going Kronos-Peace Kronos-Sugarcane Hanover) in a quick 1.11.9kr over the 1609 meter autostart distance. Bjorn Goop did the teaming for owner Falkbolagen AB. He earned the 800,000SEK first money by winning for the first time in his career in 12 starts. The Denmark bred Crazed colt Tumble Dust (3m Crazed-Affinity-Victory Dream) was second for Johnny Takter and he now has a 6-2-2-1 slate in 2013 for earnings of 838,873SEK. Kanha (3m Super Arnie-Lady New Dawn-JR Broline) took the third spot for trainer/driver Jorgen Westholm. The E3 Final of fillies (Gr. I International, 1609 meters autostart, 800,000SEK first prize) was won by Amazon AM (3f Gigant Neo-Eclat de Bois-Coktail Jet) in 1.12kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. She scored over Backfire (3f Offshore Dream-Fashion Brodda-SJ’s Caviar) with Erik Adielsson up for owner Linne Trav HB. Roaring Drunk (3f Viking Kronos-Bourbon Eyes-Smokin Yankee) was third with Ake Svanstedt aboard for trainer Robert Bergh. Saturday’s Silver Final for 250,000SEK first money went to Credit Fayline (7m Credit Winner-Fay Topline-My Nevele) for trainer/driver Magnus Jakobsson in 1.12.5kr over 2100 meters autostart. The win was his 16th in 43 lifetime starts. No Deal (8m Earthquake-Eli Split-Clash Hammering) took the second spot for Johnny Takter and Kaka A.T. (6m November-Elegance Real-Dale Qui) finished third for Erik Adielsson. The Gold Express Gaxe (new Hall of Fame inductee) for free-for-all trotters included several starters in the upcoming Bergsaker featured event on August 24th, the Sundsvall Open. The Gold on Saturday offered 150,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Sanity (7g Love You-Flash Light-Mack Lobell) took the win for Johnny Taker in 1.12.3kr, his 25th victory in 58 career appearances for earnings approaching 6.3 million SEK. Harry Haythrow (7g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) was second for Peter Untersteiner with the Bjorn Goop handled Monster Drive (7m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover) taking the third spot. Other upper class events on the Orebro card showcased the following winners: Twin’s Fairytail (4m Orlando Vici-Mint Hornline-Lindy’s Crown) in the Category II worth 200,000SEK to the winner of this 2100 meter autostart event. Ake Svanstedt was driver/trainer of the winner in 1.12.6kr; You Talking To Me (5g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec-Ata Star L) won the Category I event in 1.12.9kr, also worth 200,000SEK to the winning connections in this 2100 meter autostart course. Bjorn Goop is trainer/driver of the winner; Le Mat (6g Juliano Star-La Concours-Super Arnie) won the Bronze Final worth 220,000SEK to the winner. He scored in 1.12.5kr for trainer/driver Robert Bergh and it was his 15th career win in just 32 starts. The August 24th classic Sundsvall Open (Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart) was drawn and features a competitive field on V75 Weekend at Bergsaker. Sundsvall Open – August 24 Bergsaker Friction, S. Melander Nahar, R. Bergh Sanity, Johnny Takter Raja Mirchi, E. Adielsson Sebastian K, A. Svanstedt Formula One, Jorma Kontio Save The Quick, B. Goop Shaq Is Back, D. Reden Panne de Moteur, Orjan Kihlstrom Monster Drive, Johan Untersteiner The history of the Sundsvall Open is rich in its past winners and we expect 2013 to continue the tradition.   Year Winner Driver Trainer Owner Kr time 1996 His Majesty Torbjörn Jansson Annelie Henriksson Stall Stand In 1.13,6 1997 Scandal Play Bo Eklöf Lars Marklund  Gunnars Kiosk i Piteå AB 1.13,5  1998 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Håkan Andersson i Sundsvall AB 1.14,6  1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof  Marquise de Moratalla  1.13,0  2000 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson  Stall Kalas  1.12,7  2001 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,2  2002 Victory Tilly Stig H Johansson Stig H Johansson Stall Kalas  1.12,1  2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Stall Palema  1.13,5  2004 Infant du Bossis Örjan Kihlström Stefan Melander  Martin Jean Raymond  1.12,0  2005 Spring Ray Björn Goop Håkan Olofsson  Jägersklass KB  1.12,7  2006 Giant Diablo Örjan Kihlström Roger Walmann  Stall Zenith HB  1.12,5  2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B Larsson Fredrik B Larsson  Stall Geidermark AB  1.12,7  2008 Triton Sund Jörgen Sjunnesson Stefan Hultman  Yvonne & Olle Lindström  1.11,6  2009 Commander Crowe Peter Ingves Petri Puro  P.P.Travträning AB (P Puro)  1.12,1  2010 Lisa America Torbjörn Jansson Jerry Riordan  Guida Italia SRL  1.12,2  2011 Joke Face Erik Adielsson Lutfi Kolgjini  Stabb Behåll AB & Lutfi Kolgjini AB  1.11,7  2012 Sebastian K. Åke Svanstedt Åke Svanstedt  Knutsson Trotting AB  1.11,6    by Thomas H. Hicks  

In addition to the Legends of Trot on Wednesday evening at Solvalla, an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 11,000 fans also enjoyed a top summer card of trotting. The Jubileumspokelen, a Gr. I UET Masters Series event over  2140 meters autostart for 1 million SEK first money, went to the well-bred Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail) in 1.11.58kr for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Stefan Hultman. He’s owned by Travkompaniet, a public company with 6,000 shareholders. Jalopy was a Hambletonian Oaks winner in the U.S. for trainer Jonas Czernyson and driver Jeff Gregory. Jubileumspokelen, Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 1 million SEK first money 1st - Panne de Moteur (5m Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), Orjan Kihlstrom/trainer Stefan Hultman, 1.11.6kr winning time 2nd - Occhione Jet (5m Pine Chip-Estella Jet), Erik Adielsson/trainer Stig H. Johansson 3rd - Johnny B. Kemp, Johan Untersteiner Also at  Solvalla was the C. Th Erkssons Memorial (2640 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money). 1st - On Track Piraten (5g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line), Daniel Olsson  1.12.4kr winning time 2nd - Juggle Face (7m Viking Kronos-Rakel Sund-Armbro Goal), Lutfi Kolgjini 3rd - Caddie Comet (9g Pine Chip-Fatgima Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Jorma Kontio The feature race of the day was the European Mares Championship ( Gr. I UET Masters Series, 2140 meters autostart, 750,000SEK first money). French invader Save The Quick stole the show in record time of 1.10.88kr for the distance on a 5/8 mile track. Bjorn Goop drove for trainer Franck Leblanc. 1st - Save The Quick, Bjorn Goop/Franck Leblanc 2nd - Dileva Kall, Daniel Reden, also trainer 3rd - Princess Griff, Orjan Kihlstrom/trainer Fabrice Souloy Well regarded Prussia ended  11th and Linda di Casei ninth for these Italian registered trotters. The Lindahls race at Solvalla (1640 meters autostart, 100,000SEK to the winner) also produced a quick winner in Rosemary Gar. She scored in 1.11.4kr. 1st - Rosemary Gar (3f Donato Hanover-Allstar FC-Indro Park), Erik Adielsson 2nd - Rodin (3m Love You-Eva Kant Gianfi-Lemon Dra), Alessandro Gocciardoro 3rd - Massive Babe (3f Muscle Mass-Andover Babe-Andover Hall), Mika Forss Two other excellent events rounded out the Solvalla card as summarized below: Queen L/XL Byggs Lopp, 1649 meters autostart, 150,000SEK first money 1st - Recation, Hans-Owe Sundberg, 1.11.2kr 2nd - Britt Hudson, Peter Ingves 1.11.2kr 3rd - O.U. Glide, Johnny Takter, 1.11.3kr Sandes Lopp, 2140 meters autostart, 150,000SEK to winner 1st - Chelsea Boko, Jorma Kontio 1.12kr 2nd - Digital Ink, Stefan Melander 3rd - For Pleasure As, Conrad Lugauer Thursday at Aby trainer Jerry Riordan scored another win with the well-bred and well-regarded prospect Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue). Kenneth Haugstad drove the winner to a 1.14.2kr victory in this 1640 meter autostart event for 25,000SEK first prize. Olimin (3g Olimede-Speedy Linda-Nordin Hanover) took the second spot for Fredrik Persson. A category II race, for 35,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart, was an easy win for Onirique (5g Andover Hall-Zeta di Jesolo-Buvetier d’Aunou) and driver Erwin Bot. He was victorious in 1.12.4kr, his best showing since moving in from Italy and before that in North America. by Thomas H. Hicks  

There was great quality trotting action over the past weekend in addition to the Derby's in Germany and Hungary. Sunday at Amal the featured "The Right Way" for 100,000SEK first prize was taken by Lindus Key (9m Indus-Key To Me-Speedy Tomali) in 1.12.9kr over 1680 meters autostart. Magnus Jakobsson did the teaming. Saturday action was focused on Rattvik where the featured Sommartravels Finale was contested over 2140 meters for 400,000SEK first money. This Gr. II UET Masters Series event went to the Johan Untersteiner handled Zinedine Bob (7g Dahir de Prelong-Frost Energy Bob-Meadow Road) in 1.13.6kr. Other high-priced races at Rattvik included the following: Ego Boys Minne for 150,000SEK first money over 1640 meters autostart went to the classy Friction (6m Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride) for Orjan Kihlstom and trainer Stefan Melander. The winner of 17 races in 60 starts for earning of nearly 4.2 million SEK covered the course in a quick 1.10.7kr; Democrat (6gf Pearsall Hanover-Sugar Dream-Sugarcane Hanover) won over 1640 meters autostart in 1.11.3kr to earn 125,000SEK. Ulf Ohlsson drove the winner for trainer Conrad Lugauer; The Bronze Div. for 110,000SEK first money went to Overtaker By Sib (5g Civil Action-Nilema Frost-Balanced Image) in 1.13kr over 2140 meters. The 11 time winner in 34 starts was piloted by Johan Untersteiner for trainer Roger Walman; The Witasp/Fricks Kat II for 100,000SEK to the winner over 1640 meters went to Headhunter (5g Gentle Star-Famous Christine-Ororek). He was handled by Magnus Jakobsson to the 1.12.4kr win, his fourth from eight starts in 2013. The August 3rd feature at Halmstad, for 25,000SEK to the winner, was captured by high-class veteran Strong Boy DE (10g Echo-Deary Liesbois-Liam Almahurst) and Joakim Lovgren. The classy international campaigner scored in 1.12.4kr over 1640 meters, his 36th win in 108 trips to the post. In France the featured action was at various venues. On August 5th at Meslay de Maine, a 35,000 euro contest over 2875 meters resulted in a victory by Renardo Bello (8m Kiwi-Enfilade) driven by Damien Bonne. The winner, a half-brother to double Prix d'Amerique winner Offshore Dream, is owned and trained by Christian Bigeon. He scored for the 10th time in 45 outings in 1.14.9kr. At Cagnes-sur-mer on August 5th the Prix de Croisette, a Gr III event for 37,000 euro over 2925 meters, went to Armensito (3m Love You-Carmensito) with veteran Jean-Pierre Dubois driving. He owns the winner and Jean Baudron does the training. On the same card, the featured Prix Ville de Cannes (European, 60,000 euro, 2925 meters) resulted in a win for Quentin Rose (9g Carpe Diem-Gigi Rose) with Rik Dupuydt up. He scored in 1.13.4kr to record his 20th career win in 96 starts for earnings in excess of 495,000 euro. Enghien hosted fine racing on August 3rd. The European Prix Porte Pouchet went to highly respected Italian invader Robert Bi (3m Toss Out-Upfront JM-Self Possessed) in 1.15.2kr for Dominik Locqueneux and trainer P.J. Hagoort. He earned the winners share of the 65,000 euro purse in this 2875 meter contest in an easy score. Another Italian performer, Rombo di Connone (3m Varenne-Cannoniere-Diamond Way) was second for Vincenzo P. Dell'Annunziata Jr. and Africaine (3f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne-Coktail Jet) ended third for J-Etienne Dubois in this three year-old event. The monte feature, the Prix Forges les Eaux for 75,000 euro over 2875 meters, went to Valdice de Mars (4f Lynx de Bellouet-Tiphanie) in 1.15.3kr for Yohan Lebourgeois. She rallied in the long Enghien stretch for an easy win. Univers de Pan (5m Kenya de Pont-Gypsilore) earned a victory in the Prix de la Haye, an International contest over 2875 meters for a purse of 120,000 euro. Philippe Daugeard was aboard the 1.15.5kr winner who scored for the 14th time in 40 outings for life earnings of over 640,000 euro. Roxana de Barbray was second for Dominik Locqueneux with the Franck Ouvrie driven Unabella Perrine landing the third spot. On August 2nd at Cabourg the Swedish invader Ouch (6g Viking Kronos-Hot Enough) took the 38,000 euro purse, 2050 meter Prix Conseil General in 1.12.5kr. Christophe Martens did the steering. Tomorrow is the eighth leg of the prestigious Grand National du Trot at Saint Malo. Thierry Duvaldestin's Swedishman is the series point leader to date. by Thomas H. Hicks  

Radjah de l’Abbaye (8m Baccart du Pont-Galbanella-Lurcho), in rein to trainer J-M Bazire, overcame a 25 meter handicap to win today’s June 20) feature event, the Prix de Buenos-Aires, at Hippdrome d’Enghien outside of Paris. This UET Masters Series Gr. II event carried a purse of 120,000 euro and was contested by 15 starters over the marathon 4125 meter distance (plus 25 meter distance handicap for the top earners in the event for 5-10 year olds). The winner covered the 2.563 mile course plus his added distance in 1.14.5kr (mile rate 1:59.87) to score over Rive Mutin (8g Bijou du Bignon-Miss Mutine-As Mutin Pacha) driven by Pierre Vercruysse, recent world drivers’ championship winner. Twist des Caillons was third for P-Y Verva. This race was the Quinte+ event of the day in France with the jackpot at 5.5 million euro. Enghien’s secondary feature was the 52,000 euro purse Prix de la Porte Montmartre, open to European entrants over the 2150 meter autostart course. Noir Desir (6g Daguet Rapide-Ocanelle-Buvetier d’Aunou) earned the win for Michel Lenoir over the J.-M Bazire reined Tygnus de Prelong (6m Cygnus d’Odyssee-Garieva de Prelong-Reve d’Udon). The winner was bred in Italy by Scuderia Bolgheri and is a 20 time career winner for earnings over 262,000 euro. The dam of the second place finisher is by the sire of Revenue. 15 horses were at the start including four from Italy and one each from Germany and Sweden. Yesterday, the top action in Sweden was at Axevalla, and it produced exciting racing led by a win for Bradley (4m Love You-Boria-Supergill) in the PWCS Fyraarings race over 2140 meters autostart. The Robert Bergh driven and trained pupil scored in 1.13.3kr to earn 100,000SEK first prize. The win was his fourth in seven 2013 appearances. Edward Ale (5g Here Comes Herbie-Mustang Donna-Pine Chip) also won in the Venernkotts Priz over 2140 meters autostart. He scored in 1.13kr for driver Peter Ingves to earn 100,000SEK. The winner now has 13 victories in 33 lifetime starts for earnings of 2.6 million SEK. The Sitas Prix for three year-old fillies went to the Thomas Uhrberg driven Donna di Quattro (3f Love You-Whoopie As-SJs Photo) in 1.15.3kr over 2140 meters autostart. She defeated US export Single Sock (3f Conway Hall-Sockys Sister-Credit Winner) driven by Torbjorn Jansson for trainer Frode Hamre. This filly, developed and raced by Dan Daley in 2012, has been not worse than fourth in her four European starts for seasonal earnings of 286,206SEK. The Axevalla card produced another win for trainer Jerry Riordan and his usual reinsman Kenneth Haugstad. Power Bi (4m Varenne-Giudy Bi-Buvetier d’Aunou) scored in 1.15.4kr over 2650 meters (turning start) to earn 50,000SEK by winning the Mediatec Solutions race. The 50,000SWK first money Taxibids race for two year-olds went to Kickans Girl (2f Jobie Tempest-Ulla Gulla-Super News) in 1.17.1kr over 1640 meters voltstart. This was the first career start for the Roger Pettersson driven filly that defeated Erwin Bot’s Sudbury (2m Infinitif-Emerald di Jesolo-Supergill) that was bred in Italy by J-P Dubois’ Scuderia Bolghieri. This was also his initial appearance after qualifying on June 4th. Axevalla also hosted a three-heat event, with two 50,000SEK first money heats over 1609 meters autostart and then a 1140 meter sprint final worth 100,000SEK to the winner. The heats went to Namale Kronos (6g Ken Warkentin-Zamia FC-Sugarcane Hanover) with Marcus Lindgren the trainer/driver. He scored in 1.12.4kr in the Biltemas Priz over Rico Follo (5g Gentle Star-Effi Follo0Lord Follo) trained and reined by Ake Svanstedt. Rico Follo took the second heat for Anders Svanstedt in 1.12.7kr over Blue River Pipe (4m Blue Mac Lad-Flamin’ Wings-SJs Photo) with Ake Svanstedt aboard and Namale Kronos finished third. Rico Follo then scored in the sprint final, with Anders Svanstedt up, over Namale Kronos. by Thomas H. Hicks

Bagley (8g Bartali Ok-Novel Boshoeve-Cheetah) today won the UET Masters Series Gr. I Jamtlands Stora Pris at Ostersund, taking home 750,000SEK first money.

Tonight's Gr. III Prix Dido, for monte three year-olds, at Paris-Vincennes went to Armateur (3m Norman Jet-Ovation du Lys-Chenu) and Yoann Lebourgeois in a stretch long battle, decided on the line, with Alexia du Cherisay (3f Le Big Boss-Precious Thing-Dans des Sarts) second.

Elitloppet officials today completed the 16 horse 2013 lineup with the addition of Amaru Boko (Timo Nurmos), Friction (Stefan Melander) and Nahar (Robert Bergh) to the field for May 26, now shown below:

Today's Queen's Trophy (Silvia's Pokal Gr. I International) for 863,000SEK went to the US exported Gisela As (4f Infinitif-Golden Door Lindy-Cambest) in track record time of 1.12.4kr over the 2140 meter autostart course.

Three more entrants were announced for the May 26 Elitloppet 2013 (from Sweden Raja Mirchi, Commander Crowe and Panne de Moteur).

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