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The exceptional Jubileumspokalen program at Solvalla offered an undercard with outstanding harness racing  performances.   The Big Noon-Pokalen (three and four year olds, 300,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters voltstart distance handicap, 12 starters) went to 2.44/1 Ecurie D (3m Infinitif-To Soon-Muscles Yankee) that scored for Bjorn Goop, trainer Frode Hamre and owner/breeder Jean Pierre Dubois. Ecurie D,. bred in Denmark, won for the sixth time in an many starts this year and for the career.   His earnings are now 670,000SEK. Race time was 1.12.2kr. Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) was second driven by Lutfi Kolgjini and third was 20 meter handicapped four year old Zabul FI (4m Ganymede-Sale del Rio- Varenne). Even’s Cool Boy and Hill Street were fourth and fifth, these also 20 meter penalized four year olds.   The Wallenius Cup (three year olds females, 150,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) ended in a dead heat for win between 1.26/1 Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy- Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Adrian Kolgjini and 15.76/1 DontLooseallmoney (3f Bold Eagle-Victory Dancer-Chocolatier) with trainer Jim Oscarsson aboard. Next home was Amelie Grif (3f Varenne-Sunrise Grif-Andover Hall) for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Race time was 1.12.1kr. Earlier in the Hagmans Tak (60,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters volstart distance handicap, 12 starters) the former top level trotteur Dreammoko (6m Timoko-Uranie d’Atout-Kaisy Dream) scored, timed in 1.11.9kr for new trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Jan Stins of the Netherlands owns the winner that has seven career victories in 55 starts, now for 5,483,012SEK earned. Dreammoko was developed by Timoko’s coach Richard Westerink. Today he overcame a 40 meter handicap to defeat Neon High (4m Mythical Lindy) and the 20 meter handicapped Enjoy Day (5g Coktail Jet).   Dreammoko photos below.       Thomas H. Hicks

The Solvalla Racetrack featured the Jubileumspokalen stake (1,000,000SEK to the winner, total purse 1,965,000SEK, 2140 meters autostart, Gr. I International, 12 starters) which saw Who’s Who (5m Maharajah-Reality Pride-From Above) rally from third over to win at 2.06/1 odds with Orjan Kihlstrom the pilot for trainer Pasi Aikio. The winner recorded his fourth win in five outings this year and 15th career victory in 24 starts, now for 6,964,759SEK earned. Who’s Who was bred by Menhammar Stuteri and is owned by the public company Stall Travkompaniets AB. Race time was 1.11.1kr by the first two finishers. Milliondollarrhyme (5g Ready Cash-Nursury Rhyme-Credit Winner) was second with trainer Fredrik B. Larsson at the lines. Third was fast finishing, on the pegs, Norton Commander (5m Gift Kronos-Push The Button-Love You) with trainer Conrad Lugauer his pilot.   Before a huge enthusiastic crowd this evening at Solvalla was the Gr. I International Prix Maharajah European Championship for Mares (purse 900,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart). The 2.12/1 favorite Uza Josselyn (8f Love You-Teza Josselyn-Ganymede) scored in gate to wire fashion clocked in 1.10.5kr. Erik Adielsson teamed the Rene Aebischer trainee that Ecurie Rhythm & Blues owns. Uza took her third 2019 win in 13 starts and her career slate is 31-10-3 in 68 lifetime starts now for 12,802,383SEK earned. Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier-Queen Ines-Install) rallied late for second with trainer Junior Guelpa the reinsman. Gina Schermer (6f Varenne-Ellymay-Suoergill) was third for Rick Ebbinge and trainer J.W. Engwerda. Lopp 11. Starttid 21:27 Jubileumspokalen - Femåringslopp (Gr I int) Mörk anmälan. 5-åriga. Körsvenskrav kat. 1. Vinnaren av Victory Tillys lopp på Solvalla tisdag 6 Augusti 2019 är garanterad en plats i loppet. Stockholms Travsällskap har även möjlighet att dela ut två wildcards i loppet. 2140 m. Autostart. Pris: 1.000.000-500.000-235.000-115.000-60.000-30.000-25.000 (7 priser) Transportbidrag enligt Svensk Travsports regler. Hederspris till segrande hästs ägare, tränare, körsven, uppfödare och hästskötare. Hederstäcke och lagerkrans till segrande häst. Plac Häst Distans Skor Odds Plats Tid 1 9 WHO'S WHO Kihlström Örjan (Aikio Pasi) 9/2140     11,1a 2 6 MILLIONDOLLARRHYME Larsson Fredrik B 6/2140     11,1a 3 1 NORTON COMMANDER* (DE) Lugauer Conrad 1/2140     11,1a 4 11 HEART OF STEEL* (NL) Untersteiner Peter 10/2140     11,3a 5 8 PERFECT SPIRIT (US) Jepson Carl Johan (Redén Daniel) 8/2140     11,4a 6 5 VINCERO' GAR* (IT) Gocciadoro Alessandro 5/2140     11,4a 7 12 EELIS Koivunen Olli (Nurmos Timo) 11/2140     11,7a by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) off as the 5/10 favorite, rallied off third outer cover to easily win Saturday’s Aby Stora Pris. Purse was 390,000€ ($418,000 US) of this 3140 meters event with 12 contestants. Race time was 1.12.8kr. The mile rate of 1:57.1 is a world record over 1.95 miles on a5/8 mile track. To watch the race click here. Orjan Kihlstrom reined the Daniel Reden trained and Stall Zet owned class-master that now has life earnings of 2,859,958€ with today’s 195,000€ check. Propulsion was imported to Sweden in 2015 and his career slate is now an impressive 36-14-8 in 73 starts. He has four 2019 victories in eight starts this year. The 18/1 Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty) was second handled by Ulf Ohlsson and third was 10/1 Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann) for Ulf Eriksson, teaming for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. 8/1 Reckless (9m Ready Cash) and 90/1 Handsome Brad (6m Brad de Veluwe) completed the top five. Propulsion’s win today was his third in a race distributing 2 million Swedish crowns to the winner. Propulsion is automatically qualified for the Final of the UET Masters Series at Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris, the Prix d'Éte on September 7, in which Bold Eagle is already announced as a starter. Propulsion was bred in the USA by F.V. Caldwell of Lexington’s Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms LLC.  by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Acciaio (3m Love You-Light My Candle-Garland Lobell) took this evening’s Premio Going Kronos (purse 600,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) at Jagersro, Sweden, clocked in 1.11.3kr. It was his third 2019 victory in seven starts for the Alessandro Gocciadoro trainee that Orjan Kihlstrom piloted for Scuderia Pink and Black. He was off at 1.36/1. Ubiquarian Face (3m Joke Face-Babsane Face-Look de Star) took second for Adrian Kolgjini, also the trainer, and Arden Wise As (3m Ready Cash-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) was third for trainer/driver Gocciadoro. Acciaio pedigree is attached. The undercard to the Gr. I UET Hugo Abergs was a good one and also included the Malmo Stora Prix – Summer Meeting Stayer (250,000SEK to the winner, 3140 meters voltstart distance handicap, 13 starters). Reckless (9m Ready Cash-Haver-Supergill) scored overcoming a 40 meter handicap, timed in 1.13.7kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Dragster (7g Micro Mesh) was second, handicapped 20 meters, and Juan (8g Love You) was third, also penalized 20 meters. Esprit Sisuy (5g Ready Cash-Yankee TL-Cantab Hall) took the Prix La Capelle (100,000SWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) clocked in 1.12.4kr with Erik Adielsson up for trainer Svante Bath. Off at 5.7/1 the winner took his fourth 2019 trip to the winner’s circle in seven starts. Commanche Moon (6m Love You) was second for Joakim Lovgren and Kung Edward (6g Orlando Vici) was third for Peter Ingves. Earlier on the program was the YesBox Mares (200,000SEK first money, 1640 meters, eight starters). The 1.11.1klr timed victory went to 1.3/1 Double Exposure (6f Donato Hanover-KD Girl-Self Possessed) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom, trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. She won for the fifth time in eight 2019 appearances. Speedy Foxy Vicane (10f Chouchou des Dames) was second for Kim Eriksson and Virginia Grif (5f Varenne) was home third for trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The gallant veteran Ringostarr Treb (9m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill), off at 5.6/1, took tonight’s Hugo Abergs Memorial at Jagersro, Sweden (purse 303,128€, 1609 meters autostart, 10 starters) with pilot Wilhelm Paal aboard for trainer Jerry Riordan and owner EVAM Racing Trotter SRLS, his second 2019 victory in five starts. Paal left the car rapidly and then yielded to Uza Josselyn that set the pace until past the 1200-meter mark. Then, Paal took chase of the leader, eventually wore her down and opened an advantage in the upper stretch. The 7/10 favorite Propulsion (6m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall), with Orjan Kihlstrom driving, then closed rapidly from eighth on the far outside to fall a length short at the line. 34/1 Pastore Bob (6g From Above-Estrada OR-Supergill) was third for Mika Forss and trainer Johan Untersteiner. Ringo raced barefoot to score his 32nd career victory in 92 starts now for 15,143,364SEK in life earnings. On post-interview trainer Riodan said Ringo is not what he once was but he is aging gracefully and he knew he was ready tonight after a first 500 meters in 1.05.5kr. He is quite a horse, campaigned and raced beautifully by Riordan and Paal. Race time was 1.09.4kr (mile race 1:50.90). Earlier on the card Riordan’s Classichap (4m Chapter Seven-Classical Flirt-Yankee Glide) won the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer (200,000SEL first  prize, 1640 meters autostart, nine starters) with Thomas Uhrberg aboard for trainer Riordan, his first win in seven 2019 starts, and he was off at 53.8/1 odds. This one was clocked in 1.10.3kr. He last won on September 10th of 2018 at the Meadowlands in 1.10.5kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

On Saturday at Arjang was the Stora Printerlopp, a Gr. II International harness racing event raced over 1640 meters autostart for 600,000SEK first money.   The Danish registered, French bred Uza Josselyn scored in an impressive 1.09.3kr with Erik Adielsson up for Ecurie Rhythm & Blues and trainer Rene Aebischer.   Uza, off at 4.7/1, recorded her 30 th career win in 66 starts for 11,202,383SEK earned. She bested 4.1/1 Nadal Broline (9g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) with Bjorn Goop up and 19.5/1 Lionel (9m Look de Star-Aurora Sign-Smok’n Lantern) reined by owner Goran Antonsen. Well regarded Milligan’s School and Dante Boko were in the beaten field.   Thomas H. Hicks

June 29, 2019 - Aetnos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will If A Woman-Muscles Yankee) rallied late for a nose victory in the E3 Final at Eskilstuna, a harness racing Gr. I International event. Race timed was 1.11.8kr for the winner that now has a 3-1-4 slate in nine career starts. Orjan Kihlstom teamed the winner to this record performance for trainer Jerry Riordan and the Snyder-Aetnos ownership. First prize was 1,000,000SEK in this 2140 meters autostart contest. Aetnos Kronos trailed sixth for much of the way before making a three-wide surge on the backstretch of the second lap. Off at 3.7/1 he wore down the 4.8/1 odds leader Bythebook (3g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) reined by Erik Adielsson for trainer Svante Bath. Third went to 44/1 Zola Key (3g Zola Boko-Jennie J-Super Arnie) with Bjorn Goop up. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 15, 2019 - Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae) took Boden’s harness racing featured Norbottens Stora Pris (Gr. I International UET Masters, 2140 meters autostart, 10 entrants) clocked in 1.11.7kr with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. Daniel Reden trains the Stall Zet stallion that won for the 35th time in 71 career starts now for 26,439,062SEK earned. The total purse today was 1.75SEK million with 1,000,000SEK to the winner. Propulsion defeated Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty) reined by Ulf Ohlsson. Third finishing was Muscle Hustle (6m Muscle Mass-Crown Laurel) with trainer Robert Bergh driving. Propulsion Propulsion won this classic for the fourth consecutive time. Thomas H. Hicks  

June 8, 2019 - Milligan’s School (6m Yankee Glide-Tori Ann-SJs Photo) took Saturday’s harness racing Gr. II UET Masters Series Jamtlands Stora Pris at Ostersund (purse to winner 700,000DSEK, 2140 meters autostart) clocked in 1.11kr to secure his 16th career victory in 72 starts now for 9,427,994SEK earned. Stall TZ (Stefan Melander) owns and trains the 3.6/1 odds winner that was bred in Ohio USA by Richard and Joyce McClelland. Carl Johan Jepson teamed the winner that defeated the 2/1 favorite Double Exposure and 10/1 Queer Fish. Thomas H. Hicks

After a second-place finish in last week's World Driving Championship, U.S. representative Yannick Gingras was left to wonder "what if." But there was no doubt in his mind about the harness racing competition, held at five racetracks across Sweden, and the opportunity to participate. "It was a blast," said Gingras, a two-time Driver of the Year in the U.S. who was making his first appearance in the World Driving Championship. "It was a great experience. I knew I would have fun, that wasn't a question. The question was more about adapting to racing there and learning their system, and I think it was mission accomplished." Gingras had raced in Sweden previously, but only at Solvalla Raceway. The initial two rounds of the WDC, a total of four races, were at Solvalla before the competition visited four other tracks for the remaining 20 races. "It was nice to see all of them," Gingras said. "They were all really nice tracks." Gingras won three races in the WDC and also had three second-place finishes and three thirds. He won the event's final race, but it was not enough to overtake The Netherlands' Rick Ebbinge for the title. Ebbinge collected 199.5 points in the competition, followed by Gingras with 193.5 and Sweden's Ulf Ohlsson with 191.5. Canada's Doug McNair and Norway's Eirik Hoitomt rounded out the top five, which was separated by a total of 12.5 points. "I couldn't win (the championship) going into the last race, so finishing second was actually a home run for me," Gingras said. "Of course, I'm a little disappointed because you start looking back at the competition and you wonder what might have happened if you'd done things differently in some of the races. On the other hand, I won with long shots that maybe other drivers are thinking the same thing too; that if they had done something different, they could have beat me. "I think the competition was really good. It was a great group of guys. We were there to compete, but I made good friendships. All of the guys were really nice guys. Racing wise, I think people were impressed. We didn't do anything crazy, but there was good action throughout all the races. I think people enjoyed it." Drivers from the U.S. have finished in the top three at the WDC in four of the last five editions. In addition to Gingras in 2019, Marcus Miller was third in 2017, Tim Tetrick third in 2015, and Corey Callahan second in 2011. Dave Magee was the most recent U.S. representative to win the championship, in 1995. The World Driving Championship began in 1970 and is now held every two years. The final 2019 WDC standings appear below.   1. Rick Ebbinge (The Netherlands) - 199.5 points 2. Yannick Gingras (USA) - 193.5 3. Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden) - 191.5 4. Doug McNair (Canada) - 189.5 5. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) - 187 6. Matthew Williamson (New Zealand) - 181.5 7. Mika Forss (Finland) - 177 8. Franck Nivard (France) - 162 9. James MacDonald (Canada/ITA) - 154 10. Michael Nimczyk (Germany) - 151.5 11. Rodney Gatt (Malta) - 142 12. Todd McCarthy (Australia) - 136   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

May 31, 2019 - The Netherland’s harness racing driver Rick Ebbinge was a consistent winner of the 2019 World Drivers Championship contested over the past week in Sweden. Ebbinge won two races on the last card, at Gavle, along with a second placed finish the prior day at Rattvik. He nosed out USA’s Yannick Gingras for the victory. Gingras won a race at Gavle and at Rattvik, along with a second at Rattvik and a third place finish at Gavle. There were five drivers in the hunt late in the competition. Point total at the finish are shown below along with results of the Rattvik and Gavle WDC races and photos, including with winners ceremony, McNair at one of his two Drivers of the Day presentations and Gingras with a coldblood. The drivers experienced varying distances, starting methods and racing the coldbloods in a superb week of action. 1. Rick Ebbinge (The Netherlands) - 199.5 points 2. Yannick Gingras (U.S.A.) - 193.5 3. Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden) - 191.5 4. Doug McNair (Canada) - 189.5 5. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) - 187 6. Matthew Williamson (New Zealand) - 181.5 7. Mika Forss (Finland) - 177 8. Franck Nivard (France) - 162 9. James MacDonald (Canada/ITA) - 154 10. Michael Nimczyk (Germany) - 151.5 11. Rodney Gatt (Malta) - 142 12.Todd McCarthy (Australia) - 136   Gavle 5/31/19 Results – winning horse, driver and next two drivers Jackpot Band (Rick Ebbinge), McNair and Gingras two/three Pyrmo (Rick Ebbinge), Nivard, Hoitomt Edbent (Matthew Williamson), MacDonald, Hoitomt Desideria de Soze (James MacDonald), Williamson, Forss Vine Vision (Yannick Gingras), Nimczyk, MacDonald   Rattvik 5/29/19 Results Livi Mistress (Yannick Gingras), Ohlsson, Nivard Fast Food (Michael Nimczyk), Ebbinge, Foss and Hoitomt in dh Faks Nils (Mika Forss), Gingras, Williamson Fagur (Eirik Hoitomy), McNair, Forss Spickleback Face (Ulf Ohlsson), McCarthy, Gatt Thomas H. Hicks  

The fourth leg of the harness racing World Drivers Championship took place today Tuesday at Eskilstuna SWE with Canada’s Doug McNair now leading the point standings after two wins, with 9.7/1 Artic Agent in race four and with 5.7/1 Arbiggan in the eighth race.   Other winners in the five heat WDC fourth leg were 1.8/1 Fabulous Journey for Rick Ebbinge, 6.8/1Pelle Roc for Ulf Ohlsson and 3/1 My Dream Art for Eirik Hoitomt.   The leaderboard is shown below.   The fifth leg will be at Rattvik on Wednesday where the 12 drivers will compete in five more heats.   Leaderboard Through Leg 4   Doug McNair, 123.5 Ulf Ohlsson, 118.5 Rick Ebbinge, 115.5 Mika Forss, 110 Matthew Williamson, 107.5 Eirik Hoitomt, 104 Yannick Gingras, 103.5 Franck Nivardm 99 James Macdonald, 94 Michael Nimczky, 92.5 Rodney Gatt, 79 Todd McCarthy, 70     Thomas H. Hicks  

Sundbyholm, Sweden — After a bad start during the first two days at Solvalla, Doug McNair has started to come around and followed up Monday’s two victories on the World Driving Championship tour with another two at Sundbyholm on Tuesday (May 28) and for the second day in a row the Canadian became Driver of the Day. Monday it was close between the drivers at the top, but at Sundbyholm McNair was the shining star of the evening when he not only posted two wins with Argbiggan and Arctic Agent, but also placed second with New Song. “She felt better than what she looked like and did exactly what she was supposed to do when going over the stretch,” McNair said in the winner’s circle after the victory with Argbiggan from the front. Rick Ebbinge beat the Canadian for his second place, when Ebbinge led the whole race with Fabulous Journey and crossed the finish line on his own. Aside from a gallop the Dutchman did not have any trouble in the other races, which brought him up to third place in the WDC standings. “It went pretty slowly and the horse went well over the stretch,” said Ebbinge in the winner’s circle with Fabulous Journey. Monday’s leader Ulf Ohlsson also had a pretty good Tuesday night with a victory, but it was not enough to keep the lead in the WDC. He dropped the lead to McNair, but Ohlsson is still in second place. “It was important for the WDC to win this race because I think I haven’t had any good chances today,” said Ohlsson following the victory with Pelle Roc. The last winner of the day was Eirik Höitomt, who won with My Dream Art after pushing to the lead early in the race. The victory was crucial for the Norwegian, who had a bad night in Eskilstuna. Höitomt is currently right outside the leaderboard as we head on to the last two days of the WDC. The next five races will take place in Rättvik Wednesday. The leaderboard after leg four of the 2019 WDC appears below. 1. Doug McNair (Canada) – 123.5 2. Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden) – 118.5 3. Rick Ebbinge (The Netherlands) – 115.5 4. Mika Forss (Finland) – 110 5. Matthew Williamson (New Zealand) – 107.5 6. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) – 104 7. Yannick Gingras (USA) – 103.5 8. Franck Nivard (France) – 99 9. James MacDonald (Canada/ITA) – 94 10. Michael Nimczyk (Germany) – 92.5 11. Rodney Gatt (Malta) – 79 12. Todd McCarthy (Australia) – 70 For more information, go to the official World Driving Championship website.   from the Swedish Trotting Association

 Kiwi reinsman Matthew Williamson is within striking distance of the lead in the World Driver's Championship in Sweden after driving a dead heat winner yesterday. Williamson is just four points behind series leader Ulf Ohlsson after the third day of the championships was held at Fornaboda, a day which included a race for cold bloods. Williamson had a second early before he deadheated in the next race with US rep Yannick Gingras, the man who became so well known to Kiwi harness racing fans as the regular pilot of Lazarus last year. "It was a good day and I think I drove pretty well," said Williamson.  "We are getting up the leader board now and probably have a chance. "But none of my horses for tomorrow seem to be near the top of the market so we will have to drive them well. "It has been a wonderful experience, there are some great people here and I am loving getting to know everybody. And we will keep doing our best for the silver fern." Nine out of the competition's 24 races have now been decided, and the next five races will take place at Sundbyholm racetrack in Eskilstuna.   by Michael Guerin   Leaderboard 1.Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden) – 76.5 2. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) – 74 3. Matthew Williamson (New Zealand) – 72.5 4. Rick Ebbinge (The Netherlands) – 72 5. Mika Forss (Finland) – 67 6. Doug McNair (Canada) – 64.5 T7. Michael Nimczyk (Germany) – 64 T7. Franck Nivard (France) – 64 9. James MacDonald (Canada/ITA) – 62 10. Yannick Gingras (USA) – 61.5 11. Rodney Gatt (Malta) – 58 12. Todd McCarthy (Australia) – 49  

The Hakkan Wallner Memorial (1,000,000SEK first prize, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters, a Breeders Course event) produced a 26.6/1 upset harness racing winner in 1.11.9kr timed Aetos Kronos (3m Bold Eagle-Will of a Woman-Muscle Yankee) reined by Johan Untersteiner for trainer Jerry Riordan and owned by Team Snyder AB et.al.   This colt rallied from far back, starting the final turn, to defeat Acciaio (3m Love You- Light my Candle-Garland Lobell) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. Third was Axl Rose (3m Love You-Linda di Casei-Uronometro) reined by trainer Gocciadoro that was seven for eight entering this race.   He engaged in a driver inspired battle with pacesetter and undefeated Upset Face (3m Joke Face-Iona LB-Supergill) that was a weakening fourth with Lutfi Kolgjini driving. From post one he was first to the lead and refused to relinquish quickly advancing Axl Rose. The power struggle set up the fast finishers.   ATG, Maharajah.se files/photos   The Menhammars Delicious race (300,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) went to the impressive 1.10.8kr timed Zalie Gar (4f Varenne-First Lady Gar-Lemon Dra) with Rene Legati at the lines for trainer Alessandro Gocciadoro. This mare took the lead before the first 500 meters and lengthened the advantage over pocket positioned Viking Grace (4f Johnny William-Catch Dream-American Winner) that was second for Jos. Verbeeck and trainer Riina Rekila. Third in a photo for second was Fanny Chenal (4f Love You-Pilgrims Truffles-Chocolatier) reined by trainer Bjorn Goop. Bay View (4f Yankee Glide) took fourth for Erik Adielsson.   The Tommy Hannes lopp (500,000SEK first prize, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw Missile Hill (4m Muscle Hill-India Hall-Garland Lobell) score impressively in 1.11kr (1.09,6kr at the 500 meter post; 1.10.9kr at the 1000) for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Daniel Reden and owner Stall Zet. He won for the fourth time in a 30-race career and in only his second start in Sweden after import from the United States. Evaluate (4m Andover Hall-Blathin-Classic Photo), racing shoeless with a late change, was second for trainer/driver/owner Stefan Melander. Fun Quick (4m Carpe Diem-Activity Quick-Jasmin de Flore) closed quickly for third reined by Wim Paal for trainer Maik Esper.   Other interesting winners today at Solvalla were Sashay My Way (3f Muscle Massive-Fancy-Conway Hall) in the Rune Stolts Custom Sulky race (200,000SEK first money, 1640 meters autostart) reined by trainer Adrian Kolgjini. Timed in 1.12.6kr she scored for the fourth time in eight career outings, defeating Avena Jet (3f Maharajah-Ingrid di Jesolo-Pine Chip) with Orjan Kilhlstrom up for trainer Thorsten Tietz.   This year’s Gr. II International MonteElite (300,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters) saw 8.8/1 Aigle Jenilou (9g Prodigious-Queen Jenilou-Kepi Vert) score an upset victory with Jonathan Carre in the irons for trainer Henk A.J. Grift. It was his 16 th life win in 65 starts and he was clocked in 1.11.3kr off fast fractions (1.07.7kr at the 500; 1.09.9kr at the 1000). Den Of Warlock (6m Muscle Hill- Sabrina Hall-Garland Lobell) was next for jockey Kristine Kvasnes. Third was last year’s winner in record time, Be Mine de Houelle (8f Scipion du Goutier), that set the fast pace for Marie Bacsich and trainer Franck Leblanc, before weakening around the final turn.   Thomas H. Hicks  

The 27.8/1 odds Dijon (6m Ganymede-Sonate d’Aunou-Coktail Jet) with Romain Derieux up for owner Mauricette De Sousa led gate to wire to victory in the Elitloppet harness racing final (3,000,000SEK first prize) timed in 1.10.3kr (fractions 1.08.1kr at the 500 meter mark and 1.09.9kr at the 1000).   He was off quickly and first from five post, placing second elim winner and favorite Aubrion du Gers (9g Memphis du Rib-J’Arrive du Gers-Baccarat du Pont) in the pocket.   Aubrion, handled by Jos, Verbeeck, vacated the pocket to avoid congestion, to follow Propulsion (8m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) and he was shuffled some six lengths from Dijon when Propulsion, reined by Orjan Kihlstrom, stalled on the backstretch, necessitating a three-wide move. Aubrion rallied gamely in the lane finishing a diminishing second by a neck at the line.   ATG, Maharajah.se photos   Makethemark (6m Maharajah-Global Naughty-Conway Hall) and pilot Ulf Ohlsson finished third after a good trip on the pegs. Propulsion lasted for fourth and Milliondollarrhyme was fifth for Fredrik B. Larsson. The race was marred when then co-favorite Readly Express was a late scratch lame.   It was also quite obvious that the winning Dijon was pacing the final two strides but there was no inquiry.   Dijon won for 13 time in a 50 race career and now has earnings of 10,739,454SEK.   In elimination one (250,000SEK to the winner, 1609 meters autostart, eight starters) Readly Express (7m Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) scored in a rated 1.10.2kr for driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Timo Nurmos. Fractions were 1.08.4kr at the first 500 meters and 1.11.7kr at the 1000. Readly Express led throughout to score by a length over Makethemark and Looking Superb (6m Orlando Vici-Classical Pine-Silver Pine), that Ake Svanstedt drove for trainer Jean Michel Bazire.   Readly Express wins elim one   This one pressed the front from off the final bend and could not advance late in the lane.   Elim two had favored Aubrion du Gers as a front-end winner from post one for Jos. Verbeeck and owner/trainer Jean-Michel Bazire.   The victory was his 16 th in a row and 46 th for the career, and he was clocked in a rated 1.10.2kr (1.10.5kr at the 500; 1.10.7kr at the 1000 meter mark).   Aubrion du Gers takes elim two   When Verbeeck pulled the plugs late in the final bend he opened a three-length advantage and cruised home. Propulsion held second for Orjan Kihlstrom and Dijon rallied late for third driven by his trainer Romain Derieux.   As stated above, Readly Express was scratched lame just prior to the final and paraded before the fans, perhaps for a final time.   Thomas H. Hicks

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