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Souloy steamed; Muscle Hill 3YO second

July 30, 2014
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The Hugo Åbergs Memorial, held Tuesday at the Jaegersro track in Malmo, Sweden, was dramatic this year. The favorite Un Mec D'Heripre crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified. Instead, the Robert Bergh-trained Ed You got the win. The time of the race was 1:52.4 for the 1,609 meters (about one mile). Also on the card was the final of the new Breeders Course for 3-year-old colt trotters.
 
After the race, the judges decided to disqualify Un Mec D'Heripre due to getting out despite not having enough racing room. Un Mec D'Heripre, driven by Franck Nivard, trotted three-wide to get position outside of the leader. Commander Crowe soon overtook that position and Nivard decided to stay second on the outside when the horses from the back attacked.
 
Un Mec D'Heripr, who had Magic Tonight on the outside, got out despite not having enough racing room, with the judges later determining interference with Magic Tonight. When Un Mec D'Heripr was disqualified, his trainer, Fabrice Souloy, was furious and refused to speak with journalists.
 
Meanwhile, Bergh stayed on the track with Ed You, anticipating a trip to the winner's circle.
 
Bergh gave his take on Nivard's move. "I saw the situation and it felt strange if he should go through with it. I have been disqualified a couple of times so I know the rules," Bergh said.

"Ed You is big and I have always believed that he shall progress," he added.
 
Ed You is a 7-year-old gelding by the French sire Love You and is out of Lancia Brick (Super Arnie-Choice Brick, by Flak Bait-Lolas Pride).
 
The Jaegersro program also featured the new European Breeders Course series and the winner was the Finnish-owned gelding Winters Iceman, also by Love You. Driven by Jorma Kontio, Winters Iceman won in 1:55.1 over Spartan Kronos (Muscle Hill-Dame Kronos, by King Conch). The winner earned $75,000.
 
Also on the card, the former Jimmy Takter-trained Corky finished second in the Prix Cagnes-sur-Mer for trainer Stig H. Johansson. The race was won by Tumble Dust, driven by Bjorn Goop, who parked Corky. Tumble Dust, a son of Crazed, held on for a neck victory in 1:53.2.
 
Tumble Dust is out of the Victory Dream mare Affinity, who has produced the notable North American stakes performers Photo Maxx and Hard Livin. Affinity is out of Nicegirlsdont, a granddaughter of the great filly Panty Raid. (with files from ATG)
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