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Elitlopp fever hits Sweden

May 28, 2004

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It's Elitlopp weekend in Sweden! So who's going to win this year's top sprint in Europe? Lars Palm, The Horseman's European correspondent, says everyone thinks they have a shot this year.

"Everybody thinks they can win the race," said Palm. "But there could be two factors which influence the outcome. First, Revenue has drawn the rail in his elimination and his driver, Lufti Kolgjini, never gives up the front. Gidde Palema, probably the heavy favorite, starts from post two. It will interesting to see if Gidde Palema's driver, Ake Svanstedt, tries for the lead early since Kolgjini has a reputation for parking people. Second, in the second elim Scarlet Knight starts from post one, and he is not known for his speed at the start."

Jean-Michel Bazire flew to Stockholm Wednesday and trained the French entry Kesaco Phedo, who is highly regarded. Svanstedt was expected to train Gidde Palema on Friday for the Sunday afternoon race.

The big weekend of racing at the Solvalla track in Stockholm gets underway with a matinee racing program on Friday and a yearling sale following the racing program. Saturday's racing program of stakes will feature the top 4-year-old Daguet Rapide, a son of Pine Chip.
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