Tamla Celeber, a 5-year-old mare by Cantab Hall who won the European Championship for mares on Aug. 15 at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden, is just about ready to begin her North American campaign. The mare is at John-Erik Magnusson's ACL Farm in Paris, Ky., and she is presently scheduled to work out before the judges at The Red Mile on Saturday night before the racing card.
Red Mile race secretary Billy Perkins said the workout was necessary because the mare's DNA test for parentage verification had not been completed in time for her to race in a qualifier at The Red Mile on Tuesday. Plans call for Tamla Celeber to race in the Pride in Progress open trot at Indiana Downs on Saturday, Sept. 22, and then compete in the Allerage at The Red Mile.
After the mare won the European Championship her trainer, Roger Walmann, said he wants to take aim at the world record at The Red Mile on Sunday, Oct. 7, when both the Allerage and Kentucky Futurity will be held.
Walmann brought Giant Diablo to the U.S. back in 2007 and the mare set a world record of 1:50.1 in the Allerage Trot.
Tamla Celeber has earnings of almost $1 million. She is also eligible to the Breeders Crown.
Tamla Celeber's dam is Amanda Celeber, a daughter of Express Ride and the Lindy's Crown mare Judy Tim, who is Swedish-bred. Orjan Kihlstrom is Tamla Celeber's regular driver and he is expected to make the trip to Lexington for the Allerage.--harnessracing.com