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Italy's Nesta Effe wins Orsi Mangelli

November 01, 2010

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The Gran Premio Orsi Mangelli, the major Italian 3-year-old stakes with a purse of about 275,000 euros for the final, looked Swedish after two superior elimination wins by Muscles Wiking BR  and Formula One.  But in the final on Monday night at the San Siro track in Milan, the mighty chestnut Nesta Effe won over Muscles Wiking BR in a mile rate of 1:57.1 over 1,600 meters (slightly less than one mile).
Muscles Wiking BR was almost jogging when he won the first heat in a mile rate of 1:58 for Bjorn Goop. It was the eight straight win for the son of Muscles Yankee out of Sappho Blue Chip (Credit Winner). Vasterbo Face It was second and Norton Jet third.
The Diamond Creek Farm-bred Formula One (Yankee Glide-Ferrari Of, by Credit Winner) took his sixth straight win, winning the second heat, but raced the hard way, outside the leader for Erik Adielsson. His time was 1:58.1.
So it seemed as if Sweden would win the race, but the two Swedish drivers battled on the front in the final heat, with Muscles Wiking BR at the pylons and Formula One challenging on the outside. From behind came the Holger Ehlert-trained and Roberto Vecchione-driven Nesta Effe, who easily trotted past Muscles Wiking BR.
Nesta Effe, who wears trotting hobles, has earnings of about $650,000. He's a son from the first crop of the Swedish world champion Naglo, a son of Coktail Jet.
The American representative Pretty Boy Lindy finished fourth in the elimination won by Formula One and finished fifth in the final. Formula One finished fourth in the final.
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