Two of the world’s most successful drivers, Ôrjan Kihlström and Jorma Kontio, shared the honors in the four Swedish Breeders Crown races Sunday afternoon (Nov. 10) at the track in Eskilstuna, as they won two races each.
Kihlström won the two divisions for 3-year-olds with the colt Brother Bill (sired by From Above) and the filly Ganga Bae (sired by Muscle Hill), while Kihlström won the two divisions for 4-year-olds, driving Forfantone AM (sired by Muscle Hill) and Conrads Rödluva (sired by Super Arnie).
The purse in each division was $82,500, but as all four were entered in the Premiechancen the purses doubled to $165,000.
The Premiechancen in Sweden is a system where an owner either can get 20,000 SEK (or approximately $2,000) when a trotter qualifies as a 2-year-old, or he can opt to decline this and instead get double prize money in some big stakes races.
All four trotters were sold at a sale.
In 2016 Forfantone AM, bred by AM Bloodstock and owned by the Courant Stable, was sold at the Kolgjini sale for $280,000, which was a Swedish sales record at that time. Forfantone AM was bought by well known S R F Stable, who also have several trotters racing in the United States.
Courant Stable is the owner of Ganga Bae, bought for $43,000.
Zet Stable (in USA-Brixton Chemicals) owns Conrads Rödluva, who was a $28,000 yearling and is now the richest in the 2015 crop with earnings of nearly $1 million.
The fourth Breeders Crown winner, Brother Bill, is owned by the Stallskriket Stable, which was formed buying Brother Bill as a yearling.