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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Brioni Wins Elitlopp 2011

After getting into the Elitlopp final due to the disqualification of Canada's Define the Wind, Germany's Brioni wins the 2011 Elitlopp in an exciting finish from post eight coming from last to first in the final quarter in 1:53.2 over the Solvalla oval.  France's Rapide Lebel was just noses out for second after being very rough at the start of the mile.  Sweden's Rakas finished 3rd.  American and second elimination winner, Arch Madness, who was leading into the stretch tired and finished fifth or sixth.


After a recall caused by Lavec Kronos, the first elimination of the Elitlopp was won by Rapide Lobell who was ahead by about three lengths at the wire with American entrant Wishing Stone second and Italy's Libeccio Grif finishing third.  Fourth place was won by Canada's Define The World who was then disqualified for interference which allowed the eventual winner, Brioni to advance to the final.  Time of the mile was 1:53.1.  For  interference with Year in Review, Paul MacDonell was given a $4,800 fine and six day suspension.  Whether Canadian officials will make MacDonell serve the suspension remains to be seen.  

The second elimination was all Arch Madness, who won easily in 1:52.3 once he took control of the race.  Second place in the second elimination went to Sweden's Rakas, third was Sweden's Yarrah Boko with Italy's Lisa America finishing fourth to secure a position in the final.

I found a commercial promoting the Elitlopp this year,  Not as witty as some commercials, but it gets its message across.

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