Two out of four Breeders Crown finals raced Saturday (Nov. 18) in Sweden were won by offspring of Sweden’s champion sire Maharajah.
The Maharajah-winners were the 3-year-old filly Ester Degli Dei and the 4-year-old-horse A Fair Day.
Ester Degli Dei was bred in Italy, sold as a yearling to The Netherlands, where she is trained by Paul Hagoort. Robin Bakker was in the bike and Ester Degli Dei won easily in 1.57.2f (mile rate).
A Fair Day, owned and trained by amateur Elisabeth Almheden and with Oscar Ginman in the bike, has developed into a top trotter this autumn and won his fifth victory in a row in 1.55.f (mile rate).
In the Breeders Crown for 4-year-old mares, Queen Belina (sired by Nuncio) with trainer/driver Jörgen Westholm in the bike as winner in 1.57.3f (mile rate), while the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old colts ended in a photo finish where outsider Stens Rubin (sired by Readly Express), trained by Johan Untersteiner and driven by Erik Adielsson just managed to catch the favorite, Fame and Glory (sired by Face Time Bourbon) with Björn Goop, at the finish line to win in 1.58.1f. (mile rate)
Each final had a purse for the winner of $75,500, which was doubled if the winner was entered in the Premiechancen.
Premiechancen is a system, where the breeder or owner of a yearling will decide either to have 20.000 SEK, if the horse qualifies as a 2-year-old, or take the opportunity to get double prize money in certain classic races.