by Thomas Hedlund
The $124,000 Breeders Course final for 2-year-olds was held at Jägersro racetrack in Sweden on Saturday afternoon and when the mile was finished, a Dutch owned and trained trotter collected the trophy.
Robin Bakker drove Kuyt F.Boko (Conway Hall) for trainer Paul Hagoort and he placed his horse in the pocket behind leader A Good Point, who was in pole position when the field turned into the last turn since first choice Pucks Bounce had ran the whole race without cover first over. Erik Adielsson and Pucks Bounce seemed to have control of the leader with the stretch to go.
At that time, Kuyt F.Boko had found his spot to make a quick last 200 meters and while Pucks Bounce got a grip of the race, Robin Bakker used Kuyt F.Boko’s speed just enough to be first at the wire.
The time for both winner Kuyt F.Boko and runner up Pucks Bounce was 1:58.2.
”I was a little bit worried about post one behind the gate, but we got a great trip behind a good horse. At the same time, we had the favorite on the outside and when we came out of the last turn, it felt like Erik Adielsson just waited to make his move. His horse got a couple of meters advance of us, but we finally could win. Both Erik and I agreed that this was two very good 2-year-olds”, said Robin Bakker after the big victory.
On the same race card, the $82,500 C.L.Müllers Memorial was held over 1.6 miles for the established elite and an interesting comeback was made by Jerry Riordan’s champion Ringostarr Treb (Classic Photo). From post eight behind the gate, driver Wim Paal put in the turbo gear from start and Ringostarr Treb hit the lead, in heavy fight against Racing Mange, after a little less than a half mile and the first quarter went fast, 26.4. Two kilometers remained of the race at that moment and Wim Paal couldn’t get involved in another fight for keeping the lead when Rajesh Face attacked three wide in hunt for the front position with less than a mile to go.
With Rajesh Face in front, big upset Velvet Gio (Nad Al Sheba) and driver Ulf Ohlsson had to try their best from a position outside the leader and with a quarter of a mile to the wire, none of the opponents seemed especially tough after the hard pace in the beginning of the race and Velvet Gio easily disarmed Rajesh Face and cruised to safe win in mile rate 1:56.2.