Two finals in the E3-series was held at Romme racetrack in Sweden Saturday and even though trainer Svante Båth left three of the best horses in the crop born 2014 in the stable, he succeeded in both divisions.
by Thomas Hedlund
In the beginning of July, Svante Båth’s three-year-old star Coin Perdu won the E3 final over the distance two 5/8ths of a mile. When it was time for the shorter version (1.640 meters) Båth had qualified four horses for the two finals.
In E3 for three-year-old mares, his Calamara’s Girl (Raja Mirchi—Calamara Donna) was served a perfect trip by Erik Adielsson and won in 1:54.4. Calamara’s Girl was rewarded with $115,000.
Båth said he had a good feeling for his filly before the race.
“She has done everything right so far in her career and she’s a girl with great speed. It’s almost a bit comical when I look back at her season. I have told the drivers to avoid the position first over, but however they have driven her, she ended up in that position, for different reasons. Today it evened out,” Båth said.
Calamara’s Girl’s mother Calamara Donna (Pine Chip) won 14 races in 87 attempts and earned $675,000 in her career for trainer Roger Walmann.
White Lightning (Maharajah) and Bellatrix Zet (Hard Livin) took the places behind the winner.
In the division for colts and geldings Båth had three of the 12 horses in the field. His Van Kronos (Timoko) was the one with best chance, but he made a short break just when the car left the field. Driver Ulf Ohlsson placed Capitol Hill (Muscle Hill—Dreamalittledream) in the position third over and he recorded his first career victory in nine starts with a time of 1:55.3.
“We have been a little bit cautious with him in the beginning of his career, but that is not the whole truth why he hasn’t won any races until today. He has met some of the best horses in the crop and now he has grown enough to have the right strength in races like this. We have been able to put him out in the right races and now he’s mature and strong to challenge for real,” Båth said.
Båth can now look back at the E3 series 2017 and say that he won three out of four races and more than $250,000 with top horses Coin Perdu, Very Kronos (a very talented son of Ready Cash out of Yankee Glide mare Glide About) and Global Un Poco left in the stable.
“I can’t say that any of those three horses would have beaten my winners today, but I’m pretty sure that at least two of them have proved that they belong in the top among the three-year-olds in Sweden this year. About this day? Well, it feels like the new date for Christmas is August 19,” Båth said.