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Scarlet Knight wins

June 24, 2004

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Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knight returned after his disappointing effort in the Elitlopp final and showed up with a thundering effort, showing the same class as when he made his season debut. He was really powering around the Solvalla track as he opened swiftly for the lead this time and then kept trotting in high speed without any pulled-up fractions. He was timed in a rate of 1:55.2 over 2,140 meters and trainer, driver and owner Stefan Melander was all smiles after the win.

“He is a monster,� stated Melander. “This not a trotter; it’s something else when he’s like this.

The World Cup Trot starts with the Premio UNIRE Friday (June 25) at the San Siro track, in Milan, Italy, but the international entries are more or less missing. Elitlopp runner-up Civil Action will likely be the favorite as the top performers of the most powerful trotting countries of Sweden and France are missing. Gidde Palema, Revenue and Digger Crown of Sweden as well as the French stars stay at home, even if more than $113,000 is waiting for the winner.

The World Cup Trot is arranged in cooperation between the tracks in Milan, Gelsenkirchen, Malmo and Stockholm, while Paris withdraw this season and some of the arrangers are now disappointed that an event of this caliber don´t hosts a better field. The race will probably have another schedule for next year and finally, the other tracks have realized, that it is absolutely necessary to have North America included as a part of a race called a World Cup Trot.

The starters for the for the Gran Premio UNIRE: 1. Freiherr As; 2. Jackhammer; 3. Hand Glider; 4. Meadowbranch Quoin; 5. Civil Action; 6. Brandy dei Fiori; 7. Pickaflick; 8. Alma Roc; 9. Java d´Arche; 10. Zinzan Brooke Tur; and 11. Jackal.
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