Solvato, a 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover and the prolific broodmare Solveig, who is the dam of top 2013 2-year-old Shake It Cerry (also by Donato Hanover), won the prestigious Olympic Trot at the Aby track in Gothenburg, Sweden, Saturday afternoon. The Olympic Trot, with a purse of about $225,000 to the winner, is often a preview of the upcoming Elitlopp.
With Veijo Heiskanen driving, Solvato started from post six and then rallied in the last turn to win over Sanity, with Kash's Cantab third. Raja Mirchi had led for much of the 2,140-meter race.
Solvato was sold as a yearling in 2010 for $105,000 to trainer Trond Smedshammer. The horse was bred by Solveig's Partners, a group which includes trainer Jimmy Takter, who raced Solveig.