Elma. Mack Lobell. Moni Maker. The Elitlopp, Sweden’s greatest harness race, has only been won three times by an American horse since its inception in 1952. Today at The Meadowlands, a field of 9 will be send in the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff, with the winner getting an invitation to the Elitlopp at the end of the month. Some of the best trotters in the nation will try make their way to Solvalla and capture the elite trot. Led by Bee A Magician and Jl Cruze, The Meadowlands’ first race on Mother’s Day drew exceptionally well.
Jl Cruze is undefeated this year for John Campbell and Eric Ell, who changed the trotting world after beating Sebastian K last summer, on his way to a Dan Patch award for best older trotting male. He is three for three this year. Bee A Magician is coming off of an impressive win over Gural Hanover and Shake It Cerry and is almost unbeatable at the Meadowlands. A qualifier to the Elitlopp last year, world champion Wind Of The North has been very sharp and is coming in very good form. The barefoot Resolve holds the hope of Swedish Ake Svanstedt as he tries to take over the trotting division again like he did with Sebastian K. He finished fourth last time out to Bee A Magician, but was twelve for thirteen in the money last year. Crazy Wow makes the season debut for Tim Tetrick and Ron Burke (who has three in here, including Gural Hanover with Gingras) while champion Shake It Cerry draws the outside.
Very difficult to pick a clear winner in this top class field, but Jl Cruze will be very tough to beat from the inside. Bee A Magician has won from near the outside, as has Shake It Cerry, and Bee A Magician has been very tough at The Meadowlands.
My top selection in the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff will be Jl Cruze. He impressed me last year and is undefeated on the season. He has just great form and has a very good draw. I’ll use the barefoot Resolve, Bee A Magician, and Wind Of The North underneath. Projected Top Four: 1 – 4 – 7 – 3.