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April 24, 2020 - The final leg of today’s King Gustaf V eliminations at Aby (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters, 11 starters) produced a modest harness racing upset as the 3.3/1 Aetos Kronos (4m Bold Eagle-Will Of A Woman-Muscles Yankee) rallied to win in 1.12.0kr for Orjan Kiihlstrom, trainer Jerry Riordan and co-owners Team Snyder AB and Aetos Dios AB. Aetos, from post five and making his first 2020 start, traveled on the outer througout, some of it following Green Manalishi (4m Muscle Hill-Naga Morich-Enjoy Lavec) with Bjorn Goop up for Stefan Melander, trainer for Stall Courant AB. This one was away sluggishly from post one and then moved to the outer, making a three wide move toward pacesetter Upset Face (4m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) with trainer Adrian Kolgjini aboard. Green Manalishi, in his first start of the year and first in Sweden, wore down Upset Face (in his second start of the year after an April 5th victory) in the lane only to see Aetos power past in late going for a length score. The fractions were rated (1.10.3kr at the first 500; 1.13.9kr at the 1000 and 1.13.1kr at the 1500 meter post, 1.12.0kr final). Aetos Kronos now has a career slate of 7-2-4 in 17 starts for 3,989,550SEK earned. The King Gustaf V finale is May 9th and the first four finishers of each elimination in the finale. Aetos Kronos The lineup for the finale is shown below along with results from the other two eliminations. Osterc (4m Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes-Muscles Yankee) took his King Gustaf V eliminination (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) in gate to wire fashion for Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.12.2kr off rated fractions (1.09.5kr at the 500; 1.11.6kr at the 1000 meter mark; 1.13.3kr at the 1500 post). This Helena Burman trainee was off at 7.3/1 odds and he won for the first time in three 2020 starts for owner Falkbolagen AB. His career slate is now 10-2-0 in 24 starts for 4, 288,911SEK earned. He raced successfully in the USA at age two and three for Per Engblom and Jimmy Takter. 34/1 Gaylord AM (4m Muscle Hill-Deesee d’Inverne-Korean) was second with Ulf Ohlsson up. The 1.6/1 favorite Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed By The West-Western Terror) was third for Orjan Kihlstrom. Osteric w Goop The third King Gustaf V elim (purse 24,018€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to 19/1 Click Bait (4m Cantab Hall-Fun At Parties-Lindy Lane) for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom and owner trainer Stefan Melander. He was clocked in 1.12.7kr and now has a 5-7-2 slate in 17 lifetime starts. His career earnings are now 694,200SEK. The 5/10 favorite Power (4m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) was a game second for trainer/driver Robert Bergh, after making a huge move to the front. 26/1 Exodus Brick (4m Make It Happen-Exi Svard-Super Arnie) was third for reinsman Jorgen Westholm.   Thomas H. Hicks    

Norways Chief Orlando (7m Orlando Vici-Muito Bonita-Felix Santana) was a game winner this day of The Onions (purse 19,674€, 1640 meters autostart, ten harness racing starters) at Solvalla, and likely earned a spot in the Elitloppet. Rikard N. Skoglund teamed the Pia Huusari trainee as the 3.8/1 second choice won for the first time this year in three starts. This was his 18th career win in 64 starts, now for 3,251,205€ earned. The 1.8/1 favorite Cokstile (7m Quite Easy-Joystile-Coktail Jet) was second with Christoffer Eriksson up. 3.1/1 Ferrari BR (7m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite-SJs Caviar) was third for Torbjorn Jansson after a death seat journey. Partizan Face and Lionel completed the top five. Race time was a sharp 1.09.8kr Chief Orlando   On the undercard was an event for four-year olds (purse 12,244€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that went to 7/10 favorite Amiral (4m Ready Cash-Mondeville-Kadabra) for the Orjan Kihlstrom, Daniel Reden, Stall Zet team. Scuderia Louisiana bred the winner in Italy and he now has three wins in nine career starts. This one was clocked in 1.12.9kr. 10/1 Mr. Marvelous (4g Ready Cash) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 107/1 Rotate (4f Scarlet Knight) for pilot Jorma Kontio.   Earlier there were a host of three-year old events, led by the Ingaenide Kriterleserien (purse 39,108€, 2140 meters, seven starters).   Here the 1.13.5kr clocked winner was 8/1 Inas Prince (3m Chocolatier-Sobra-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Per Nordstrom. 3.3/1 Global Badman (4m Yield Boko) and second and the 6/10 favorite Forever Melon (3g Infinitif) was third. Other three year old winners this day were Tiny Rocket (3f Djali Boko) timed in 1.16kr; Bombus Jet (3m Pine Chip-Solvalla Jet-Igor Font) in 1.17.3kr; and Sashay Kemp (3f Trixton-Aiken For Clay-Conway Hall) in 1.15.6kr, the latter trained by Stefan Melander and owned by his Stall TZ, Friday at Aby, the well-regarded Aetos Krosnos and Green Manalishi face off with nine others in the Konung Gustaf. See below.  Thomas H. Hicks   French Racing Could Be Ready To Resume By May 11 Horse racing in France has been suspended since March 17 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, but it could resume from May 11. Racing would be behind closed doors and under strictly supervised sanitary conditions, just as other European countries are also preparing to gradually resume horse racing. Tens of thousands of French households live from the horse racing industry, from stud farms to training stables, taking care of the horses and seeing to their welfare. While the races were stopped, most of the work had to be done as horses, especially those trained for competition, cannot live in confinement. Training yards and stud farms continued to operate, without being able to get any resources from racing, their natural source of income However, the health and welfare of all those involved in the organization of racing meetings will be the main priority of France Galop and LeTROT. Racing would be conducted behind closed doors, as it was the last days before it had to be halted on March 17. This successful experience on the Oise racecourses in March showed our ability to ensure satisfactory sanitary conditions of all those participating in our race meetings. Very strict limitations will be enforced. For example, the connections of a horse declared to run will be limited to his or her groom, his or her trainer, and his or her jockey/driver. The staff in charge of the meetings' organization will also be very restricted. Access to the racecourses will be highly monitored, and all participants will be provided with the equipment necessary to work in good conditions without taking any risks. Shared spaces will be set up to avoid contact between those participating. In order to further minimize health hazard, horses trained abroad and jockeys holding a license issued in a country other than France (unless they are confined to France) will not be allowed to participate in French races, until the end of May at least. These restrictive measures will not allow the organization of all the race meetings initially scheduled, as certain racecourses do not have the facilities required to fully meet these precautionary requirements. Planning and relocation projects for local (PMH) meetings are being studied so as not to further harm stables more particularly involved in these programs. In terms of the program, in view of a resumption of activity from Monday, May 11, the Racing authorities have paid particular attention to respecting the balances between the different categories of horses, breeds and areas. France Galop and LeTrot will publish their program in the next few days. The allocation policy will depend on the outcome of a work in progress with the Government. Indeed, prize money and premiums are financed by the proceeds of betting, and if the races could resume on May 11, the PMU's network would still only be very partially reactivated, depriving the whole racing industry of most of its resources. The meeting held on Tuesday, April 21 between the Presidents of the racing associations and the involved Ministers proved to be constructive and everything is made to allow the racing industry to overcome the financial damage caused by this sanitary crisis. If France Galop and LeTrot are getting ready to resume racing at the national level from May 11, it all comes down to the evolution of the pandemic and the measures taken by the Government regarding the gradual exit from the lockdown. The French racing authorities stay alert and able to respond to any other constraints imposed by the Government.  

April 18, 2020 - Next Direction (7g Orlando Vici-Be My Luck) took Umaker’s V75 Gold Paraolympiatravet elimination clocked in 1.12.7kr over the 2140 meter course autostart with trainer Iikka Nurmonen up for Team Look The Winners.. The purse was 39,108€ and 11 horses faced the starter after the scratching of Digital Ink. The winner, off at 1.9/1 odds, rallied late to edge past then leading 10/1 Son Of God (6g Pastor Stephen-Symfoni Sund) handled by trainer Daniel Reden for Stall Zet. 7/1 Dreammoko (7m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) hugged the pegs for third with trainer Bjorn Goop aboard for owner Jan Stins. 17/1 Mr. Golden Quick and 37/1 Snowstorn Hanover completed the top five. PMU’s Quinte+ exact order payoff was 4,548.60€. The winner was impressive in this his first 2020 start and he earned a position in next week’s Paraolympiatravet Final at Aby. 3 Next Direction The probable April 25 Aby field is shown below. Attraversiamo Wins at Umaker The Berth Johanssons Memorial (purse 39,108€, 2140 meters autostart, nine starters) this day saw the re-emergence of Attraversiamo (5m Kiss Francis-Rhythm Kronos-Viking Kronos) that scored as the 3/10 favorite for Erik Adielsson, trainer Svante Bath and Caracolas AB. This was the winner’s first 2020 start after a 5-2-0 slate in seven 2019 starts. He is now 13 for 19 in the career for 8,413,500SEK earned. He owns a speed record of 1.10.5kr. Maxus (5m Muscle Hill-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) was second for the Kihlstrom, Reden, Stall Zet team at 4/1 and 13.1 Stoletheshow (5m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall-Garland Lobell) was third for R.N. Skoglund. Watch for Attraversiamo – he has a bright future. Attraversiamo The Coquin Bebe (purse 21,680€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) produced a rallying 1.12.6kr victory for the 8/10 favorite Better Boss (6g SJs Photo-Zoa Laukko), his fifth straight win. Iikka Normonen teamed and trains the winner that was bred in Finland and owned there by Henry Olander. Mr. Clayton JF (5g Uptown Yankee-Wishing Well-Pearsall Hanover) was next for Orjan Kihlstrom and third was Findus M (7g Andover Andover-Reggie Lavec-Pearsall Hanover) handled by Jenny A. Bjork. Better Boss The Cabal des Rioults (purse 24.498€, 1640 meters autostart. 12 starters) saw 16/1 Macelleria (6g Maharajah-Enjoy Our Nanny) score in 1.12.3kr for reinsman Peter Untersteiner and trainer Robert Bergh. He is now two for three in 2020. 2.8/1 Hill Street (5m Muscle Hill-Think Twice) took second for pilot Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. 82/1 Te Quiero Grif (8g Varenne) was third with Mika Forss at the lines. r7 Marcelleria On the undercard was the Chant des Sirenes (four year olds, purse 21,680€, 2640 meters, 12 starters) and Gardner Shaw (6g Ready Cash-Bloom Boko) scored in 1.13.1kr with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Jorgen Westholm and Courant AB. This was the winner’s initial 2020 appearance and he was off at 3.3/1 odds. Jareth Boko (4m Explosive Matter-Vanilla Boko) was second for pilot Ulf Ohlsson at 6/1. Third was Digital Dominance (4m Super Photo Kosmos-Dreamliner) at 7.3/1 with Peter Untersteiner driving for trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Sedin HB (the renowned NHL hockey players). Gardner Shaw At Vegeryd this day the 5.7/1 odds Grandissimo (4m Brillantissime-Bahama Wood) scored in 1.15.7kr for trainer/driver Benny Christensen and owner Angela Von Hoihenzollern. It was his first 2020 victory in three outings.   Grandissimo   Thomas H. Hicks  

Friday’s harness racing card at Umaker included the Beau Gamin for four year olds (total purse 19,673€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) with 1.13kr timed victory to even-money co-favorite Hail Mary (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Dreams US-Victory Dream) reined by Per Lennartsson for trainer Robert Bergh and Stall Mary AB. This was the winners’ sixth straight victory and he is now seven for eight for the career. Even-money Aramis Bar (4m Napoleon Bar-Guendalina Bar) was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop and Forspro AB. 7.9/1 odds Golden Dream M (4m Buzzin Brian) was third. Note, the winners’ pedigree below, the second dam having produced the legendary Moni Maker.   Hail Mary (SE) h, 2016 1.15,6v 1.13,4a kr 405,500 6 5-0-0    Googoo Gaagaa (US) 2009 1.08,9a kr 6,049,661 23 15-1-0 Cam's Rocket (US) 1996 Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1997 for 50,000 USD. Cam's Card Shark (US)  Cam Fella (US)  Most Happy Fella (US)  Nan Cam (US)  Jef's Magic Trick (US)  B.G's Bunny (US)  Meadow Trick (US)  Queen of Rock (US)  Meadow Skipper (US)  Dale Frost (US)  Countess Vivian (US)  Gravel Pit (US)  Steady Star (US)  Armbro Hardy (US)  Kora's Trotter (US) 2001 Veeba Rova (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Somolli (US)  Akdov (US)  Speedy Count (US)  Olinda (US)  Misty Tickles (US)  Jurgy Hanover (US)  Super Bowl (US)  Jes R.Hoot (US)  Misty Giggles (US)  Gin Mist (US)  Misty Wiggles (US)  Dreams U.S. (US)   (100 0,81) 1997 Victory Dream (US) 1991 At 2, second in E H Harriman Challenge Cup. At 3, Winner of Hambletonian, Historic Dickerson Cup, New Jersey Sire Stake, second in Breeders' Crown, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.  Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1992 for 40,000 USD. Valley Victory (US)  Baltic Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Sugar Frosting (US)  Valley Victoria (US)  Bonefish (US)  Victorious Lou (US)  Crown Dream (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Missile Toe (US)  Viva Hill (US)  B.F.Coaltown (US)  Vickie Hill (US)  Nan's Catch (US) 1985 At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown, third in Merrie Annabelle. At 3, Winner of Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.  Bonefish (US)  Nevele Pride (US)  Star's Pride (US)  Thankful (US)  Exciting Speed (US)  Speedster (US)  Expresson (US)  Nan Hanover (US)  Speedy Count (US)  Speedster (US)  Countess Song (US)  Noble Nan (US)  Noble Victory (US)  Floriclaire (US)            Production record of second dam Nan's Catch (US) m, 1985  At 2, Winner of Breeders' Crown, third in Merrie Annabelle. At 3, Winner of Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Hambletonian Oaks, Kentucky Futurity, World Trotting Derby.    1990 Awesome Goal (US)                     h, by  Armbro Goal (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1991 for 150,000 USD. 1991 Catch Fortuna (US)                     m, by  Speedy Crown (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1992 for 150,000 USD. 1993 Moni Maker (US)                     m, by  Speedy Crown (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      At 2, second in Oakville Stakes. At 3, Winner of Simcoe Stakes, Matron Stakes Filly Final, Harry M. Zweig Memorial, Hambletonian Oaks, second in Breeders' Crown. At 4, Winner of Fina Cup, Biri International, Trotting Classic Oaks Final, Nat Ray Trot, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, second in Gran Premio Della Lotteria, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Breeders' Crown. At 5, Winner of Nat Ray Trot, Gran Premio Costa Azzurra, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, Prix de Bourgogne, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Breeders' Crown, Copenhagen Cup, Elitloppet, second in Prix de France, Oslo Grand Prix, third in Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Gran Premio Della Lotteria. At 6, Winner of American-National Open Trot, L.C.Peterson-Broddas Minneslöpning, Gran Premio Palio Dei Comuni, Trotting Classic Final, Prix de France, Gran Premio Gaetano Turilli, Prix d'Amerique, second in Elitloppet, Gran Premio Delle Nazioni, third in Prix de Belgique. At 7, Winner of Gran Premio Costa Azzurra, Criterium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur, Nat Ray Trot, second in Maple Leaf Trotting Classic, Breeders' Crown, Gran Premio Renzo Orlandi, third in Prix de France. Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1994 for 87,000 USD. 1995 Nan's Winner (US)                     h, by  American Winner (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1996 for 175,000 USD. 1996 Fortunefivehundred (US)         1.15,1a   USD 35,873   16  2- 5- 2        h, by  American Winner (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      At 3, second in Horseman Futurity, third in Review Stakes. Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 1997 for 160,000 USD. 1997 Dreams (US)                     m, by  Victory Dream (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        1997 Dreams U.S. (US)  100  0,81                   m, by  Victory Dream (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        1998 Catch a Train (US)                     m, by  Donerail (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        2000 Trophy Catch (US)                     h, by  Pine Chip (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2001 for 50,000 USD. 2001 Yankee's Catch (US)            kr 0   0                   m, by  Muscles Yankee (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)        2002 Catch Express (US)                     m, by  Donerail (US)    -  Nan's Catch (US)      Sold at Tattersalls Select Yearling Sale 2003 for 230,000 USD.     The card also included the Black d’Avril )purse 7,086€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) with victory to 6.8/1 Gogobet Sisu (4m Googoo Gaagaa-Souuthwind Eliza) clocked in 1.15.1kr and reined by Hannu Torvinen for Scuderia Achillea. This one now has posted two wins and two seconds in his last five appearances. 4.1/1 Merrimac SG (4m Bold Eagle-Mermaid As) was second.   Three year olds contested the Bold Eagle (purse 19,673€, 2140 meters autostart, six starters) with 2.9/1 Vasterbo Cobber (3m Un Amour d’Haufor) the 1.15.6kr timed winner for pilot J.H. Andersson. 5.7/1 Amperage Hanover (3m Andover Hall-All American  Phoebe) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and third was 6.4/1 Excel Ruda (3m Formula One) for M.A. Djuse.   Other winners this day at Umaker included 8.6/1 Tayson Bi (8g Equinox Bi-Las Vegas Bi) in the Bigulia (the PMU Quinte+ race of the day, purse 7,392€, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters). Bjorn Goop teamed the  1.12.5kr clocked winner that bested 7.7/1 BWI Ruthless, and three others that were off at 16/1, 13/1 and 24/1 respectively. The exact order Q+ payoff was 26,906.40€.   Over at Solvalla this day the 9/10 favorite Galileo AM (4m Muscle Hill-Hall of Face) scored in 1.13.2kr for pilot Jorma Kontio and Stall Spyder. He now sports two wins in three 2020 starts, this in an event for a 8,767€purse and raced by 12 over the 2140 meter distance autostart.     Thomas H. Hicks

April 15, 2020 - Interesting harness racing action was on stage today at Solvalla. First, was an event for ages four and up for a total purse of 12,244€ (2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) that saw victory earned by 2.7/1 Harley DE (6m Main Wise As-Cindy T Boko-Andover Hall) clocked in 1.12.7kr. Carl Johan Jepson teamed the Frode Hamre trainee. Marvellous Tooma (4m Dream Vacation) and Vine Vision (6g Weingartner) trailed the impressive winner. To watch the replay click here Three-year olds contested the Tredringstopp (total purse 14,317€, 2140 meters autostart, 10 starters) and 2.7/1 Manny Muscle (3m Muscle Hill-Naughty Nanny-Self Possessed) scored in 1.15.7kr for Ulf Ohlsson, the winners’ first career starts. Reijo Lolyendahl trains this one for Ravitalli H. Laallonen Oy. Magic Talisman (3g Dream Vacation-Netherlee Way-Muscle Yankee) took second for Bjorn Goop and trainer Frode Hamre, with third to Houdini JC (3g From Above) reined by trainer Claes Sjostrom. Manny Muscle The impressive score of the day, in my opinion, was in the Fyraarimngslopp (four-year olds, total purse 12,244€, 2140 meters voltstart, six starters). Here the 118/1 favorite Ecurie D (4m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) scored in 1.13.4kr in his first 2020 appearance. Bjorn Goop teamed the Frode Hamre trainee that is owned by Global Glide AB and Smart Repair and was bred in Belgium by Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D was unbeaten in seven 2019 starts that represented his total career before today. He took his record then of 1.12.2kr and now has career earnings in SEK of 1,345,635. The 12/1 Secondary Stall (4g Scarlet Knight) and 52/1 Iceland Radio (4f Iceland-Elma Jet-Supergill) trailed the winner. Watch Ecurie D in the future. This is the maternal family of Trotting Race 626,600€ and Reve Avec Moi 222,231€ among others. Ecurie D Ecurie D. (DK) h, 2016 1.12,2v 1.13,4a kr 1,285,625 7 7-0-0    Infinitif (IT) (113 0,98) 2004 1.12,7v 1.11,0a DKK 4,700,555 29 9-5-4 At 3, Winner of Derby Italiano. At 4, third in Grand Prix de l'U.E.T.. At 5, Winner of Prix du Plateau de Gravelle, second in Prix du Luxembourg, third in Prix Marcel Laurent.  Pine Chip (US) (105 1,00) 1990 1.09,6a kr 14,588,454 34 23-4-1 At 3, Winner of American-National, Breeders' Crown, Colonial Trot, Historic Dickerson Cup, Kentucky Futurity, Matron Stakes Final, Stanley Dancer Trot, Transylvania Trot, World Trotting Derby, second in Hambletonian, Harry M. Zweig Memorial. At 4, Winner of Breeders' Crown, Nat Ray Trot.  Sold at Standardbred Horse Sale (Harrisburg) 1991 for 17,000 USD. Arndon (US)  Arnie Almahurst (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Ambitious Blaze (US)  Roydon Gal (US)  Super Bowl (US)  Blythesome (US)  Pine Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Somolli (US)  Piney Hanover (US)  Harlan Dean (US)  Posey Hanover (US)  Island Dream (FR) 1996 At 3, Winner of Prix Albert Viel, Prix Ozo, Prix Roquépine, third in Criterium des Jeunes. At 4, second in Fyraåringseliten.  Coktail Jet (FR)  Quouky Williams (FR)  Fakir du Vivier (FR)  Dolly Williams (FR)  Armbro Glamour (CA)  Super Bowl (US)  Speedy Sug (US)  Bambina (FR)  Quioco (FR)  Vermont (FR)  Beatrix II (FR)  Quouette (FR)  Beau Ludois L. (FR)  Madrague (FR)  To Soon (DK) 2010 1.15,5v 1.12,4a DKK 147,578 10 2-3-1 Muscles Yankee (US) (111 1,00) 1995 At 2, Winner of Champlain Stakes Open, International Stallion Stake, Walnut Hall Cup. At 3, Winner of Breeders' Crown, Hambletonian, Stanley Dancer Trot, Transylvania Trot, Yonkers Trot, second in Historic Dickerson Cup.  Sold at Kentucky Standardbred Sale 1996 for 200,000 USD. Valley Victory (US)  Baltic Speed (US)  Speedy Somolli (US)  Sugar Frosting (US)  Valley Victoria (US)  Bonefish (US)  Victorious Lou (US)  Maiden Yankee (US)  Speedy Crown (US)  Speedy Scot (US)  Missile Toe (US)  Wistful Yankee (US)  Noble Victory (US)  Brazen Yankee (US)  See You Soon (FR) 2006 Love You (FR)  Coktail Jet (FR)  Quouky Williams (FR)  Armbro Glamour (CA)  Guilty of Love (FR)  And Arifant (FR)  Amour d'Aunou (FR)  Langone (FR)  Defi d'Aunou (FR)  Armbro Goal (US)  Nesmile (FR)  Rangone (FR)  High Echelon (FR)  Dourga II (FR)        Earlier on the card was another three year olds event and 1.3/1 Cup Of Tea (3f Readly Express-Souchong-Going Kronos) scored in 1.17.4kr over 2140 meters voltstart to take the winners’ share of the 14,517€ total purse. 24/1 Fiery (3f Tucson) and 25/1 Therion (3m Yarrah Boko) took second and third. At Aby on April 25 is the Paralympiatrvet with entries below. In 2018 Ringostarr Treb was victorious in 1.10kr for Wim Paal and trainer Jerry Riordan. Replay below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUw8G6_rKMg&feature=emb_logo Ringostarr Treb   Thomas H. Hicks    

April 13, 2020 - Today’s Halmstad harness racing feature was the Yngve Larssons Memorial (18,814€ purse, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) and the red-hot Disco Volante (7g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) scored again, his sixth in seven 2020 starts, this one timed in 1.11.2kr. Ulf Ohlsson was the pilot for trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. He was off the 0.3/1 favorite as he scored for the 25th time in 60 career starts. His earnings in Swedish krona are now 4,292,915SEK. 26/1 Ghazi BR (6m Cantab Hall-Fiery Chip-Pine Chip) was second and 13/1 Speedy Face (6m Joke Face-Feelin Fiesty-Yankee Glide) took third. MS Triple J and Heart of Steel took positions four and five. Orterc (4m Cantab Hall) had no trot from post nine and was unplaced in this his second European start. He was a competitor in USA Grand Circuit events last year. This race was the Quinte+ race on the PMU network and the exact order payoff was 3,383.40€. Disco Volante  The Quick Woods Wangen Cup (purse 8051€, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) saw 26/1 Nobella Winner (7f Conny Nobell-Scorpions Winner-Armbro Scorpion) score in 1.15.7kr with Henna Halme at the lines for trainer Bo Orberg. This was her first 2020 victory in seven starts and only her fourth in a 54-race career. 21/1 Valnes Havanna (7f Infinitif-Samba Kosmos-Mr. Vic) took second for William Ekberg and 38/1 Alibi (5f Zola Boko) was third handled by Klas Olsson. Nobella Winner  

Finland bred harness racing gelding Elian Web (8g Like A Prayer-E.L. Dolly-Conway Hall) captured today’s Paralympiatravet Leg 3 at Romme, covering the 2140 meter autostart course in 1.13.1kr. Jorma Kontio teamed the Katja Melkko trainee to his third win in four 2020 starts and raised his career slate to 25-10-10 in 63 outings.   His life earnings are now 6,756,367SEK, He was off at 9.36/1. Sorbet (9m Super Photo Kosmos) was second for Orjan Kihlstrom and Milliondollarrhyme (6g Ready Cash) took third for trainer Fredrik B.Larsson.   The undercard’s V75 Silver saw 3.57/1 Coogan (6g Donato Hanover-Warrawee Lassie-Kadabra) scored in 1.14.1kr over this 2640 meters autostart distance. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Daniel Reden trainee to his third straight win in as many 2020 appearances.   Coogan                                                        -PMU photo   This was also his 12 th career win now for 1,088,873SEK earned. Mellby Glader (5g Going Kronos) was second for Per Lennartsson and pacesetter Grainfield Aiden (6g Andover Hall) was third for Hannu Korpi. This race followed heavy rain the required track conditioning.   Earlier was the STL Klass I (110,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters). Here the 2.6/1 Don Fanucci Zet (4m Hard Livin-Kissed by the West-Western Terror) scored easily for the Kihlstrom/Reden team.   Don Fanucci Zet                                               -PMU photo   Stall Zet owns the six time career winner in only eight starts that is a double winner in 2020. He was clocked in 1.13.4kr and was impressive. Note he is from a pacing mare that was acquired in 2012 by Brixton Medical. She is an unraced daughter of the US$207,523 winner Kissed By A Fool by Jennas Beach Boy. This one took a record of 1:53.1f. Trailing the winner today was Big Shot (4g Maharajah) and Next Limit (6g SJs Caviar).   Bon Ego (6f Maharajah-Stella Beova-Gigant Neo) took the STL Bronze (110,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters) after the heavy rains mentioned before, clocked in 1.13.1kr, for Jorma Kontio and trainer Bjorn Rocklinger. This was his ninth career win in 28 starts now for 928,000SEK earned. She was off at 10/1 and bested Jefferson Dotcom (8g Olimede) and Click Bait (4m Cantab Hall).   Earlier was an STL Klass I event (3140 meters autostart, 110,000SEK to the winner, 12 starters) and the gate to wire impressive winner was 1.15.4kr timed Tengil Face (5g Joke Face-Makeasignofpeace-Life Sign) with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Adrian Kolgjini. This was his second 2020 victory in eight starts.   Tengil Face                        -PMU photo Tengil’s pacing dam took a record of 1:55.3 in the USA winning US$90,495 all on the pace. Lutfi Kolgjini acquired her in 2010, she from the maternal family of legendary Countess Adios, but she produced little when bred to pacing stallions in America. Today, GRJs Wolverine (6g Yield Boko) and Naughty Boy (8g Scipion du Goutier) trailed the winner.  

On April 10 Swedish harness racing action was at Farjestad with the featured Prins Carl Phillips Jubileumspokal (total purse 47,609€, 1640 meters autostart) being on center stage.   This race winner was 1.10.4kr timed Missile Hill (5m Muscle Hill-India Hill-Garland Lobell) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden.   This was his first 2020 start and his seventh career victory in 36 starts for this USA import that last raced there in October 2018. Zarenne FAS (5m Varenne-Miss Muscle FAS-Muscles Yankee) was second for Rikard N. Skoglund and trainer Jerry Riordan.   Forfantome AM (5m Muscle Hill-Tamla Celebar- Cantab Hall) took third for  Borbjorn Jamsson and trainer Roger Walmann for SRF Stable.   Her dam was a superb mare that also impressed during a short tour in America.   Other winners at Farjestad       Thomas Hicks

This is a normal day in the Third, but it is not. Stallbacken is the closest to the desert, and at the gates of the controlled, strictly who is allowed to enter. As travsporten (Sweden) - now-without an audience - is counted as one work, the harness racing continues, despite the decision of the government on the meetings, with a maximum of 50 people. As the Horses come off the track after the first lap, and Örjan Kihlström, handed over the reins to an attendant, who will be running. Despite the fact that it's cold out there, so he is happy that the races can do it. " We would be terribly affected if we were to stop the run, so we should be grateful to them for as long as we can keep going. We have a huge advantage with that we are looking at large areas, and most of the people that are working with it, it's out there on the farm, and don't meet too many people. When it comes to the risk of cross-contamination is a very good one if we say so." ”the Racetrack is also unique in the way” The Routines of the kuskarna look a bit different after the coronavirusets the outbreak. No alkotester is carried out, as is customary prior to the event. The test is to be taken only if the track officials see something suspicious. In addition, there is a kuskarna were asked to change clothes in the car or on the trailer. It is usually skojas that the horse lovers would rather spend time with the horses than the people, and for once in your life, it can be seen as an advantage. "We are close to the animals, and not particularly close to other men, and on the balcony. The racetrack is also unique in the way it is because it is possible to still be running, say, the Emilia and Leo. "It is more than that of which not so much, and also from France, for example, to hear people, to ask about the horses. You don't want to take advantage of a bad thing, but if we can get a few more people to get interested in horse racing and that we can continue to run as it is the gun, if it comes to that. Emilia, Leo, says that she has noticed an increased interest from players who are not accustomed to playing in the american travsport Europe as a Whole hästnäring hang on In any of the countries in which the travsporten is the most going on right now, no races on the basis of their respective restrictions. The Norwegian travsporten have been hit hard financially by their stand and their survival depends largely on the Swedish horse racing at the moment. Andrew Garman, managing director of the Norsk Rikstoto foundation, said in an interview with the Norwegian broadcasting corporation (NRK the other day, that almost the whole of Europe, hästnäring right now, hang on, it is possible to betting on horses in Sweden. One of the tävlingskvällens coach, Kenneth Haugstad, is he, and tells her that he had a new job in a couple of months in the future, as travexpert in Norway in order to teach them about american harness racing. "There's nothing else to play right now, and people want to play. They want the thrill, so I hope to be able to keep it together here, "says Kenneth Haugstad, and stresses the importance of the sport rolling: "It's very important that we have a little bit of income. This is what we live by and we don't have the money to run on, so it will be a difficult one. When the tire hästägarna and don't want to have to have a horse in training. Since there are many people who would find it difficult. this is One of the newest additions to the Swedish established the kuskelit is, Richard N, Professor. He says, and points to a people of no stallbacke, and said: "It's just that it's almost here. There are more people inside the bus in Stockholm, sweden than there are here. The reason is, I think, that there is no reason that we shouldn't be driving. Then it's a good thing that we are running, so that people have something to look at. Also in the Channel, with 75 employees, hold itself at arm's length when they are interviewing are active in the stallbackenStor the increase in net sales in the streckspelen Tonight's the big streckspel, V86, put in the time and the course switch, between the Third and the Åbys trotting track in Mölndal, Sweden. Startbilen rolls, while a stand of oak trees, up to The lighter for the game. V75 this Saturday had a turnover of more than 113 million people – the equivalent of today last year had a turnover of sek 99 million, and the jackpot. "First and foremost, we would like to make the point very clearly that this is a situation that we wish we had never been in. The situation is really difficult and hard for everyone in the community, "says Nicklas Johansson, who is responsible for the play of the horses at the online betting company of ATG, said: "However, we are aware of the growing interest in a variety of ways. The net sales of our most popular horse games go well, and more and more customers than they normally are in the atg.make sure to check out the start lists, read the news, and in order to play. On the other hand, the decrease in our sports games, as all of the leagues and competitions that have been closed due to the pandemic. So, we are very grateful to the game of horses, can compensate for the loss. Startbilen release of one of the evening's line-up in the face of the blank läktar – the racetrack is now considered to be a arbetsplats Stjärnkusken: ”This is surreal” Erik Adielsson just won a race at the legendary trainer Stig H Johansson. He sits down on the stone wall outside of the entry and catch our breath. Solvallakusken is cautiously optimistic to the idea of trotting off. "It is clear that there is a great interest in the races. There is no doubt about it. This is great for the racetrack, but I have to say that you are humble in the situation, though. We know so many who are suffering physically, losing a job, and so on. It is a very unique situation. He also emphasised on the importance of travsporten continue to roll thanks largely to the vast open spaces of the competition area, and the interactions that the loading / unloading of the horses, basically only happens in the outdoors. "If it is possible, I think it's a good thing if we can continue to drive, in order for us as a sport, and then you notice among the friends, and then they find that it's fun to have something to adhere to. As long as we can be, it is clear that we are going to do it. "But I have a hard time to stand up and shout out with a fanfare and the shouting of a good sales it is because you dont know how it will affect the whole of society and around the world. It's just surreal. By Tagesanzeiger Reprinted with permission of the Indo and New York

The harness racing veteran Sorbet (9m Super Photo Kosmos-Altar Bound) took the Tuesday featured Prix la Fee at Eskilstuna (purse 8,051€. 1640 meters autostart) timed in 1.09.8kr. Orjan Kihlstrom teamed the Daniel Reden trainee for Stall Zet.   Off at .3/1 odds this favorite bested Diamanten (7m Adrian Chip-Iata Kall) and pilot Erik Adielsson and third finishing Nappa Scar (8m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) with trainer Per Lennartsson up. Dreammoko (7m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout) was fourth for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop.   At Jagersro, the Prix Nipp Girl (purse 12,368€, 2140 meters autostart, 13 starters) went to 2.2/1 Caitriona (3f Readly Express-Glorify) with trainer Conrad Lugauer up for Stall Rom-Easy. 40.8/1 Tiny Rocket (3f Djali Boko-Sandbar Hanover) was next foe Per Nordstrom and third to 20.9/1 Vanessa Face (3f Joke Face) for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini.   Thomas H. Hicks  

March 28, 2020 - The weekend Solvalla feature was the V75 Gold Paralympia (purse to winner 300,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) and 2.2/1 Disco Volante (7g Scarlet Knight-Glorify-Super Arnie) was a gate to wire winner for harness racing driver Ulf Ohlsson, trainer Stefan Melander and owner Stall Courant AB. Disco won for the fifth time in six 2020 starts and raised his life earnings to 4,192,915SEK. The victory was career win 24 in 59 appearances. He overcame that belief of some that he could only win at 1640 meters, a distance that he won four straight races entering this contest. Race time was 1.10.9kr (mile rate 1:54). Reckless (10m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) rallied for second with trainer Bjorn Goop the pilot. Gareth Boko (7m Make It Happen-Vanilla Boko-Pine Chip) was third, reined by Marc Elias for trainer Conrad Lugauer. The next leg of the Paralympic qualifiers is at Jagersro on April 4. Legs of the Paralympic Trot 2020 Saturday March 28 - Solvalla Saturday April 4 - Jägersro Saturday April 11 - Romme Saturday April 18 - Umåker 'Last chance' Final will be held at Åby Saturday April 25. On the same card fast class mares contested the STL Mares Pixies (220,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, eight starters) with victory to late closing and 22/1 I Love Paris (10f Steinlager-Marie Dulcinea-Egyptian Gentleman) handled by her trainer Bjorn Goop. The victory increased her life earnings to 3,938,294 with this her 14th career win. Unique Juni (7f Uptown Yankee-Staro Unique-Supergill) was second for Jorgen Westholm and Hevin Boko (6f Going Kronos-Welat Boko-Garland Lobell) took third for Rikard N. Skoglund. The favorite and leading Ultra Bright made a miscue. Earlier on the program were four year old divisions of the Margaretas, each for 300,000SEK to the winners, each raced over 2140 meters autostart. In the filly division 2.2/1 Alaska Kronos (4f Trixton-Illinois-Donerail) scored timed in 1.13.9kr for Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. Ganga Bae (4f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall) took second for Jorma Kontio The colt division of four-year olds saw 15.8/1 Untion Face (4m Joke Face-Croix d’Am-Love You) score for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini over the Kilhstrom teamed Digital Summit (4m Super Photo Kosmos) clocked in 1.12.7kr. The two three-year old divisions were won first by the filly Clockwork (3f Zola Boko) at 10.3/1 odds and clocked in 1.14.5kr for reinsman Ulf Eriksson. The male division saw 3.4/1 Forever Melon (3g Infinitif-Easter As-Dancers Victory) score in 1.15.7kr with Orjan Kihlstrom up. The main SWE race programs as also being offered by PMU while the FR tracks are closed due to Covid19. PMU is offering an e-Quinte+ wager each day on one SWE race. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 18, 2020 - Zanzibar Effe (5f Donato Hanover-Ema Sec) took the Jagersro Executive Caviars race for mares (purse 11,343Sek, 1640 meters autostart) clocked in 1.12.7kr. Off at 4.37/1 from post 10, this Jerry Riordan trainee was teamed with Stefan Persson for the victory. Riordan co-owns Zanzibar with AB Trotcore. 5.17/1 Gor lobal Wireless (5f Donao Hanover-Sail On By) took second for pilot Johan Untersteiner and 19.6/1 Majors Carona (5f SJs Caviar-Keep Out) was third for Conny Gustafsson. At Solvalla was the Kentucky Fibbers (purse 206,000Sek, 2140 meters autostart). The 1.6/1 favorite Makethemark (7m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) scored timed in 1.13.4kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Salmela Petri. Ragazzo da Sopra (7g From Above-Larome-Comets Pride) at 6.3/1 was second for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. 121/1 Cupido Sisu (8g Judge Joe-Dream Hanover-Pine Chip) was third for Tomi Haspin. Former Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit was fourth. Makethemark Racing in Sweden will occur this weekend at Bergsaker and Farjestad as most of the world’s racetracks are closed. Thomas H. Hicks  

Today at Bergsaker, Sweden was the Zoogins STL Gold, raced over 2140 meters autostart, for a purse to the winner of 150,000SEK. Elian Web (9g Like A Prayer-EL Dolly-Conway Hall), off at 4.14/1, scored easily on the front end timed in 1.12.4kr, with Jorma Kontio at the lines. Melkko Katja trains this now winner 23 times in 59 starts for 6,275,867SEK earned. The 1.28/1 favorite Propulsion (9m Muscle Hill-Danae), handled by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden, was second in what was to be a prep for the Prix d’Amerique. He was clocked in 1.12.6kr after briefly challenging the leader on the final lap. He fell back, dropped to the pocket and trailed the winner home in the lane. 80/1 Narold Vox (11g Orlando Vici) was third for Mats Djuse. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

November 23, 2019 - Harness racing two-year olds were on stage Saturday for the Gr. I National Svensk Upufodningslopning (700,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) and the quick 1.13.4kr timed victory went to 28/1 Revelation (2m Readly Express-Monrovia-Rite On Line) with trainer Per Nordstrom at the lines. The dam also produced great trotter On Track Piraten (see below) and this winner recorded his first career victory in five outings.  The 5.1/1 Armani Decato (2g Raja Mirchi-Miss America-Lindy Lane) was second with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath. 3.3/1 Global Badman (2m Yield Boko-Karalta Bye Bye-Donato Hanover) was third for trainer/driver Daniel Wajersten. On the Jagersro undercard Campo Bahia (4m Muscle Hill-American Dream AT-Extreme Dream) took the Johan Jacobsons Minne timed in 1.12.3kr over 2140 meters. He earned 150,000SEK with the victory for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer. The V75 Gold Meadow Prophets Minne (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) saw Velvet Gio (5g Nad Al Sheba-Mind Wise As) score in 1.11.8kr for reinsman Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Magnus Dahlen. Robert Bergh was second with Mindyourvalue WF and Shadow Gar was third with Kevin Oscarsson up for trainer Jerry Riordan. Slide So Easy finished fourth for Flemming Jensen Thomas H. Hicks  

November 10, 2019 - Eskilstuna hosted several SE Breeders Crown events this day with the harness racing four-year-old Mares (purse 149.696€, 2140 meters auto start) going to 1.11.8kr timed and 3.3/1 Conrads Rodluva (4f SJs Caviar-Moviestar-Juliano Star) with Orjan Kihlstrom up for trainer Daniel Reden. 3.7/1 Activated (4f Jacose-Marelle-Viking Kronos) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Fredrik Wallin. Third was 16.7/1 Staro Miami (4f SJs Caviar-Stunning Lindsey-Malabar Man) with Mika Forss up. The Breeders Crown for three-year-old Fillies (distance 2140 meters autostart) went to 1.13.2kr timed and 4.9/1 Ganga Bae (3f Muscle Hill-Alexia As-Conway Hall) for Jorma Kontio. She defeated the 1.7/1 favorite Mascate Match (3f Muscle Mass-Captivation-Conway Hall) reined by Pekka Korpi and the 20/1 third finishing Milady Grace (3f Ready Cash-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee). The total purse was 149.696€. The three-year-old Males contested their 2140 meter autostart Breeders Crown and the 1.12.5kr timed winner was 4.4/1 Brother Bill (3g From Above-Clear As A Bell-Super Arnie) with Jorma Kontio up for trainer Timo Nurmos. He defeated 9.6/1 Global Adventure (3m Sjs Caviar-Platinum Shine-Viking Kronos) and third finishing 28.8/1 Guzz Mearas (3m Muscle Mass-Intensity Kronos-Viking Kronos) reined by Johan Untersteiner. Thomas H. Hicks

The Saturday Solvalla harness racing program showcased two elims of the Grand Prix de L’UET 2019, each with 200,000SEK to the winners, each raced over 2140 meters autostart.   The first elim went to 14.3/1 Lewis Ale (4m Andover Hall-Ripley-Ride The Night) timed in 1.11.9kr with Mika Forss driving for trainer Thomas Korvenoja and Finland’s Lewis Ale Stable. This one now has eight career wins in 15 starts.   Stolethedshow (4m Dream Vacation-Abba Hall) was next for Christoffer Eriksson and third went to Forfantone AM (4m Muscle Hill-Tamla Celeber-Cantab Hall) for Orjan Kihlstom.   The second elim went to 2.6/1 Graceful Swamp (4m So Perfect-Zora Kemp-Majestic Son) timed in 1.12.6kr. Ari Mollanen teamed the winner that was bred and is owned in Finland and is sired by a son of Coktail Jet. He now has 29 career victories in 35 starts. Norwegian bred Max Brady (4m Cantab Hall- Hope Brady-Ganymede) was next for Geir Vegard Gundersen and third was Donatello Garbo (4m Wishing Stone-Genya Garbo) handled by Orjan Kihlstrom.   Later in the card was the Vermo Areena (300,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 aged five- seven starters) and 1.7/1 Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursery Rhyme-Credit Winner) scored in 1.11.6kr for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Fredrik B. Larsson. Two Ready Cash offspring were second and third, Very Kronos with Erik Adielsson uo, and Esprit Sisu with Bjorn Goop teaming. This pair are trained by Svante Bath.   Early this day were two division of the Svenskn Travsports Unghdsterie. Each carried a 70,000SEK first each prize and each was raced over 2140 meters autostart by three year olds.   The filly division went to 24/1 Valuta E.W. (3f Chocolatier-Afrodite Sund-Supergill) timed in 1.14.6kr and reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Bath. She has three 2019 wins in seven outings. The colt division went to 1.13.4kr timed and 2.4/1 odds Hail Mary (3m Googoo Gaagaa-Dreams US-Victory Dream) trained and reined by Robert Bergh. He has three 2019 in four starts, this being the career.   Thomas H. Hicks

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