The 5-year-old Italian trotter Vitruvio, driven by Jorma Kontio, came from behind to win the Ulf Thoresen Grand International (raced over the 1-5/16th mile distance) at the Jarlsberg track in Norway Sunday afternoon (July 7).
It was just like the way he won the Oslo Grand Prix three weeks ago.
Down the stretch, it looked like Swedens Makethemark with Ulf Ohlsson was going to win, but on the far outside Vitruvio came flying and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4f (mile rate).
Vitruvio, who is trained by Alessandro Gocciadoro, picked up a check for the winner of $87,000.
In France, the top trotters Bold Eagle (with Björn Goop) and Aubrion du Gers (with Jean Michel Bazire) met in a mile-event at the mile track, La Capelle, in Normandy.
However, neither of of them won!
After they fought at first for the lead and then down the stretch, rank outsider Valko Jenilat, driven by Paul Philippe Ploquin, went around them and won by a length in 1:53.2 followed by Aubrion du Gers and Billie de Montfort, as Bold Eagle had to settle for fourth place.
The winner is a 10-year-old trotter who is stablemate to both Bold Eagle and Billie de Montfort, trained by Sebastian Guarato. Valko Jenilat paid off at 55-1 odds.