World champion Uncle Peter is confirmed to go to the Elitlopp. The 5-year-old stallion by Cantab Hall is trained by Jimmy Takter. Takter plans for the trotter to race at the Meadowlands this Friday night and then ship to Denmark, where he will compete in the Copenhagen Cup on May 11. The Elitlopp is Sunday, May 25. Maven, owned by American Bill Donovan, has already committed to race in the Elitlopp.
As for Uncle Peter, "He's a horse that we have really, really longed for,” said Tore Fyrand, Sports Director at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, where the Elitlopp is held.
Last year Uncle Peter set a 1:50.4 world record over the five-eighths mile oval at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Both the Elitlopp and Copenhagen Cup will be contested over five-eighths mile tracks, although only the Elitlopp is at a distance of one mile. The Copenhagen Cup is 2,100 meters, or about 1.3 miles.
Meanwhile, the defending Elitlopp champion, Nahar, is trying to make the big race. He did not race well in his first start of the season, breaking stride, which prompted speculation about his chances of defending his Elitlopp crown. He was treated for a knee injury following that race and missed the Olympic Trot last weekend.
"He feels way better now and it feels like Elitloppet should be a possible race to compete in, but he will not start in Gävle one week earlier,” said Robert Bergh, Nahar's trainer and driver. "We don't push him too much right now and his performances just look better and better. It feels like he will be ready when we get to the Elitlopp weekend.”--harnessracing.com, with files from ATG.se