Solvalla

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This article is about Solvalla horse racing track. For the Touring car race venue, see Solvalla Stockholm.
Horse Race Track
Solvalla
Location Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden
Year opened 1927
Race type Harness racing
Driver champion Jorma Kontio (144 wins at Solvalla in 2013)
Trainer champion Timo Nurmos
(SEK 12,201,900 won at Solvalla in 2013)
Website www.solvalla.se
Principal Races
Elitloppet
Swedish Trotting Criterium
Swedish Trotting Oaks
Jubileumspokalen

Solvalla is a horse racing track located in Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden.[1] It was opened in 1927 and is the biggest harness racing venue in the Nordic countries.[2][3] The last Sunday in May, Solvalla annually hosts Elitloppet, one of trotting's most prestigious international events.[4][5]

Major events[edit]

Elitloppet[edit]

  • International Group I race.[6]
  • Setup: Sixteen invited horses are divided into two elimination heats. Four horses from each heat progress to the final, raced later the same day. All races are of 1,609 meters, i.e. one mile.
  • Date: Is always raced on the last Sunday of May.[4][7]
  • Purse (2009, the final and the elimination heats included): ≈US$803,000 (SEK 6,100,000).[7][8][9]

Elitloppet is always in the last Sunday in may. During the same weekend there are also the Group II races Sweden Cup and the stayer race Harper Hanovers Race, as well as Elitkampen for coldblood trotters.

Swedish Trotting Criterium[edit]

  • National Group I stakes race for Swedish three-year-olds.[6]
  • Setup (2008): Six elimination races from which the first two horses progressed to the final eleven days later. All races 2,640 meters long.[10][11]
  • Date (2008, the final): October 5.[11]
  • Purse (2008, the final only): ≈US$458,000 (SEK 3,200,000).[11][12]

Swedish Trotting Oaks[edit]

  • National Group I stakes race for Swedish three-year-old fillies.[6]
  • Setup (2008): Six elimination races from which the first two horses progressed to the final eleven days later. All races 2,140 meters long.[10][13]
  • Date (2008, the final): October 5.[13]
  • Purse (2008, the final only): ≈US$286,000 (SEK 2,000,000).[12][13]

Jubileumspokalen[edit]

  • International Group I race.[6]
  • Setup (2008): 2,140 meters. Ten horses competed in the event. Some were invited, some qualified through qualification races.
  • Date (2008): August 9.[14]
  • Purse (2008): ≈US$281,000 (SEK 1,750,000).[14][15]

Scandinavian Touring Cars[edit]

Since 2012 the venue has been used as a motor racing venue and hosts a round of the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.

Driver champions[edit]

Since the track's opening in 1927, there have been only 14 different driver champions at Solvalla. From 1934 until 1976, one of the three Nordin brothers won every year, with the exception of 1949 and 1975. Oldest brother Gösta won ten times, as did middle brother Gunnar. Youngest brother Sören Nordin was track champion 21 times. Their father Ernst J. Nordin was champion 1928 and 1929. After the dominance of the Nordins, Stig H. Johansson took over and claimed the champion title no less than 29 times between 1975 and 2005, his last year as a driver. 27 these titles were consecutive, from 1979 to 2005. Jorma Kontio is the reigning driver champion.[16]

Driver champions ranked by number of titles[edit]

Rank Driver Number of titles Years
1 Stig H. Johansson 29 1975, 1977, 1979–2005
2 Sören Nordin 21 1942, 1944–1946, 1948, 1954, 1956–1959, 1961, 1963–1964, 1966, 1969–1974, 1976
3 Gunnar Nordin 10 1947, 1950–1951, 1953, 1955, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1967–1968
Gösta Nordin 10 1934–1941, 1943, 1952
5 Sixten Lundgren 3 1931–1933
Björn Goop 3 2007–2009
7 Ernst J. Nordin 2 1928–1929
Erik Adielsson 2 2006, 2011
Jorma Kontio 2 2012, 2013
10 Alfred Johansson 1 1927
Carl A. Schoug 1 1930
Erik Larsson 1 1949
Berndt Lindstedt 1 1978
Örjan Kihlström 1 2010

[16]

Most wins in one year[edit]

  • Stig H. Johansson - 194 (in 1992)[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Här finns vi". solvalla.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  2. ^ "Solvallas historia". solvalla.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  3. ^ "Besök Solvalla". solvalla.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  4. ^ a b Berg, Leif (2007-05-27). "Fransk smygare vann Elitloppet". dn.se (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  5. ^ Kentell, Mark (2008-05-24). "'Elitlopp' most prestigious race in the World". harnesslink.com. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Grupplöpningar 2009". travsport.se (in Swedish). STC. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Travsport - Resultat". travsport.se (in Swedish). STC. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  8. ^ "Resultat - Elitloppet, försök 1". travsport.se (in Swedish). STC. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  9. ^ In the conversion to USD, the rates of 2009-05-31, the date of the 2009 Elitloppet, have been used.
  10. ^ a b Lindberg, Johan. "120 treåringar jagar plats i Kriteriet och Oaks". travsidan.nu (in Swedish). Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  11. ^ a b c "Resultat - Svenskt Travkriterium 2008". travsport.se (in Swedish). STC. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  12. ^ a b In the conversion to USD, the rates of 2008-10-05, the date of the 2008 final, have been used.
  13. ^ a b c "Resultat - Svenskt Trav-Oaks 2008". travsport.se (in Swedish). STC. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  14. ^ a b "Resultat - Jublieumspokalen". travsport.se (in Swedish). STC. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  15. ^ In the conversion to USD, the rates of 2008-08-09, the date of the 2008 race, have been used.
  16. ^ a b c "Solvalla champions genom tiderna". solvalla.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2014-07-13. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 59°22′03″N 17°56′23″E / 59.36750°N 17.93972°E / 59.36750; 17.93972