by Peter Lawrence
Congratulations to the connections of Timoko ...
... winner of today's Elitloppet - elim and final - at Solvalla in Stockholm, Sweden in a time that I think was right around 1:51.4 or 1:52.(Ironically, the race was contested at a mile, but the time is reported in a kilometer conversion of 1:09.5.) Panne De Moteur, the other elimination winner, was second. Drivers finishing 1-2 were Bjorn Goop and Orjan Kihlstrom,
The U.S. hopes, Uncle PETER (gotta love that name) and Maven, were unplaced and third, respectively, in their separate eliminations. Maven was unplaced in the final.
Delicious was third in that final. I know it's late in the game to ask this question, but how did they allow that name to be used again in the U.S., when the original Delicious was the dam of three major stakes-winners, Hanovers Delmonica, Devil and Delvin G.? I thought the names of stakes-winners, and SW-producing dams, were off -limits.
Guess not ...
Well, anyway, Timoko has now won nine or ten Group One trots in Europe, as I understand it. I hope he comes over here for races like our John Cashman Memorial and the Breeders Crown, later this year.
Interestingly, Timoko has undoubtedly raced against the newest U.S. free-for-all trotting sensation, Sebastian K. in Europe, and they could knock heads again. And by that time the division could be historically awesome with the addition of new 4-year-olds Royalty For Life, Spider Blue Chip and Creatine, plus our veteran class-masters like Market Share, Sevruga and Modern Family.
I have a feeling Arch Madness is going to be heard from, too. And then, there are the mares, Maven and Bee A Magician, who will probably tangle with the males from time to time, as well.
Don't forget Uncle Peter, Corky, Mister Herbie, Intimidate and others.
I'm all tingly just thinking about it.E
The Six Minute Elitlopp
The Six Minute Elitlopp
Here is the replay of the first elimination of the Elitlopp won by Timoko in 1:09.9. Watch Maven make a three wide move to finish a strong third to advance to the final..
Here is the replay of the second elimination of the Elitlopp won by Panne de Moteur, who came up to nip the second place finisher Raja Mirchi in 1:08.9. Uncle Peter made a first over move but was unable to sustain it, finishing last. His day was done.
And of course, the final won by Timoko in 1:09.5 to make him the 2014 Elitloppet Champion.