There was an American-bred winner of Sweden's prestigious King's Trophy race, which was held over a sloppy Åby track in Gothenburg. Fawkes, who finished third in an elimination for last year's Hambletonian, was the winner in a mile rate time of 1:57.2. He earned about $120,000.
The Perretti Farms-bred Love N Hate, a 4-year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee-R Heavenly Hush (by Balanced Image), won the Queen's Trophy easily, which gave trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt a sweep of the King's and Queen's Trophy races.
The King's Trophy race had a lot of action, more than the race for the mares. The 14-10 betting favorite, Brad de Veluwe (Andover Hall), cut the early fractions in tough speed for Tuomas Korvenoja. But trainer-driver Lutfi Kolgjini, who had the best trotter today, started his challenge with a little less than three-quarters of a mile left of the 2,140-meter race. Kolgjini made the favorite tired, but also destroyed his own chances.
The score down over the homestretch was a result of the tough speed in front as challengers came from the back of the field. It was a strong duel between Fawkes (SJ's Caviar-Up Froint Peg), who has been trained in Sweden by Åke Svanstedt. It was the horse's second start for Svansted, whose success is remarkable.
Panne de Moteur, a son of Credit Winner and the Hambo Oaks winner Jalopy, was second and the moral winner while Opitergium (Pine Chip-Jovelinotte, by Passionant) was third for Kolgjini. It doesn't matter how many times you write it, but Opitergium is just third in the race that was his to win.
Fawkes, who was bred by Ed Mullinax and Jim Simpson and raced for trainer Jonas Czernyson at ages two and three, earned $165,806 and took a mark of 1:55.2f while competing in North America.
Love N Hate's winning time over the same distance was a mile rate ofd 2:00.1. She also earned approximately $140,000. She won in a 2:00.1 rate over 2.140 meters. She's owned in Norway by Borre Höibye, a frequent yearling buyer for Jimmy Takter.
Love N Hate raced in the U.S. at both ages two and three, taking a Q2:01.3 mark as a 2 year old for trainer Takter.--By Lars G. Palm