Saturday, October 13, 2018
FIRST POST: 1pm INTERNATIONAL TROT: 3:40pm
OSTERSUND, SWEDEN - The Final of the UET Master Series featured four horses who will be coming to New York for the Yonkers International Trot: Up and Quick, Lionel, Dreammoko and Pastore Bob.
The UET Trotting Masters Final takes place on a different track every year and showcases the best European Trotters. This year it was set in Östersund in the north of Sweden on September 16th.
A rematch between American bred Propulsion and Readly Express was expected, the two finished first and second in the Aby Stora Pris raced over nearly two miles on August 11th. In that race, Daniel Redén’s star Propulsion beat Prix d’Amérique winner, Readly Express by a nose. The photo finish separated the two champion trotters by only an inch.
This time, Cyber Lane took the lead, with Propulsion on his outside. Readly Express had to travel three wide and the task became too tough. The Caldwell family’s Propulsion took another great victory ahead of former Julie Miller trainee Milligan’s School and Readly Express.
The Yonkers International Trot horses didn’t have a chance to get involved in the final fight but left a great impression.
Racing third on the inside, Up And Quick, with Ecurie Quick Stars blue and brown colors with stars, took fifth place never really getting racing room.
The performances of Lionel and Dreammoko should also be noticed. The Norwegian champion Lionel came off four bad performances where he made breaks. The chestnut was just in front of Dreammoko in the end of the field and attacked three wide in the last turn. Known mostly for his strength, the son of french stallion Look de Star sprinted remarkably taking sixth place. Contacted after the race Daniel Redén was delighted with his performance.
“Did you see how well he finished! He’s definitely coming back to his very best,” his trainer exclaimed. “I’m very happy with his performance and with his preparation aiming to the International Trot. Now he just has to keep up the good work, he won’t race again before Yonkers.”
Dreammoko was the slowest behind the gate this time, although he’s known to be able to come off very quickly, he ended up in the back of the pack. The son of International Trot runner up in 2015, Timoko, who’d shown good form just a week before when he won in Solänget also finished very well, just a short nose behind Lionel.
Pastore Bob got a good trip behind leader Cyber Lane also trained by Johan Untersteiner but tired in the last portion of the race. The race was over 1 mile and about 3/8ths and the purse was four million swedish crowns, about 450,000 US dollars.