Kash's Cantab wins Big Noon race in Sweden
December 09, 2011
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Kash's Cantab won big at the Solvalla track in Stockholm on Wednesday night. The Solvalla races at least one night a week throughout the year, with Wednesday always a staple of the schedule. One week ago the Swedish betting company ATG introduced a new game called V86, which ask the player to find 6, 7 and 8 winners. So far it's been a challenge as the first card did not have any winner at all and produced a carryover jackpot for the second card, which paid more than $325,000 to nine lucky ticketholders.
The Wednesday card was the so-called Menhammar night, when the famous Swedish stud farm and shipping company sponsored the races. The featured race, the Big Noon Pokalen, driven in memory of the historic trotter who raced for Menhammar almost 70 years ago, was captured by the fall sensation Kash’s Cantab.
Kash's Cantab, a 3-year-old son of Cantab Hall and the Ohio filly stakes champion O’Cala Kash, was a purchase from the U.S. after a 2-year-old campaign which produced three wins, earnings of $132,628 and a record of 1:56.3. Danny Collins trained Kash's Cantab in the U.S.
Stig H. Johansson is now training Kash's Cantab and says Jan Johnson found the horse for him. "He trained down OK, but it took a while until we realized that was a good trotter. He has then continously improved and has been better and better," said Johansson. "It’s too early to say he’s a bargain, but as far as good."
Kash's Cantab now has a record of 2-4-2 in 10 starts and lowered his mark to 1:55.3. The first time he showed his high capacity was when he was second in both an elimination and the final of the Italian Gran Premio Orsi Mangelli, which earned him almost $80,000.
The victory in the Big Noon race, with a purse of $37,500 to the winner, was taken from the front end, timed in 2:02.1 over 2,140 meters with Erik Adielsson in the sulky.--By Lars G. Palm