|Group One International race|
|Location||Solvalla Racetrack, Stockholm,
|Race type||Harness race for standardbred trotters|
|Distance||1,609 meters (1 mile)|
|Track||Left-handed 1,000 meter track (0.62 mile)|
Elitloppet (literally: "The Elite Race") or Solvallas Internationella Elitlopp is an annual, invitational Group One harness event that has taken place at Solvalla Racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden since 1952. The competition is regarded as one of the most prestigious international events in trotting. The winner is decided through two qualifying rounds and a subsequent final later the same day. Both the eliminations and the final are raced over the mile. The overall purse for the 2012 event was SEK6,400,000, equalling approximately US$892,000. In 2002 the Italian champion Varenne, (considered the strongest trotter of all time), took it in a world record time of 1:10.4 in the elimination and then bested that mark by winning the final in 1:10.2 – the fastest mile ever trotted around three turns. The fastest winning time in a final is 1:09.5, run by the French Timoko in 2014. Elitloppet is part of the European Grand Circuit.
- 1 History
- 2 Racing conditions
- 3 The Elitloppet weekend
- 4 Past winners
- 4.1 Horses with most wins
- 4.2 Sires with at least two winning offspring
- 4.3 Drivers with most wins
- 4.4 Countries, number of wins
- 4.5 Fastest winners
- 4.6 All winners of Elitloppet
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The first Elitloppet was run in 1952 under the name of Solvallas Jubileumslopp (approximately "Solvalla's Jubilee Race"). Winner the opening year was the German horse Permit. The following year, the event changed name to Elitloppet.
The doping affair in 2006
In Elitloppet 2006, French star trotter Jag de Bellouet won in a record time of 1:09,4 (km rate), with Italian Lets Go in second place. At a press conference a few weeks after the Elitloppet Day, it was announced that both horses had been disqualified due to positive doping tests. Jag de Bellouet and Lets Go tested positive for diclofenac and etacrynic acid, respectively. After the disqualifications, Swedish Conny Nobell was announced the official winner of the 2006 event. The general secretary in the Swedish Trotting Association (STC), Ulf Hörnberg, expressed that the double disqualifications was a "tragedy" for the event.
In 1952-1958 and in 1973, Elitloppet was decided through two heats followed by a race-off if not one and the same horse won both heats. In 1959-1961, when a longer distance was trotted, only a single race was run. Since 1962 (with the exception of 1973), a concept of two eliminations and one final has been used. The number of horses in the eliminations has varied from seven to twelve during these years, but there have always been eight trotters in the final.
The distance has, with the exception of the years 1959-1961, been in the interval of 1,580-1,640 meters. In 1959, the horses ran 3,200 meters, and the two following years, the distance was approximately 2,700 meters.
During the first ten years, 1952-1961, volt start was used in Elitloppet. From 1962 and on, a motorized starting gate has been used, changing the starting method from volt start to auto start.
The Elitloppet weekend
Elitloppet is traditionally raced on the last Sunday of May. Solvalla stages races both Saturday and Sunday which makes up a meet, known in Sweden as "The Elitloppet weekend" (Swedish: Elitloppshelgen). The two days are generally well-visited and is considered one of Sweden's biggest sports events. In 2008, a total of over 53,000 people attended the events at Solvalla.
Horses with most wins
- 2 - Varenne (2001, 2002)
- 2 - Copiad (1994, 1995)
- 2 - Mack Lobell (1988, 1990)
- 2 - Ideal du Gazeau (1980, 1982)
- 2 - Timothy T. (1974, 1975)
- 2 - Eileen Eden (1968, 1970)
- 2 - Roquepine (1966, 1967)
- 2 - Gelinotte (1956, 1957)
Sires with at least two winning offspring
- 2 - Quick Pay (The Onion, Victory Tilly)
- 2 - Alf Palema (Gidde Palema, Torvald Palema)
- 2 - Bulwark (Frances Bulwark, Carné)
- 2 - Epilog (Eidelstedter, Permit)
- 2 - Hoot Mon (Pack Hanover, Dart Hanover)
- 2 - Kerjacques (Eleazar, Jorky)
- 2 - Speedy Crown (Gum Ball, Moni Maker)
Drivers with most wins
- 6 - Stig H. Johansson (1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1997, 2000)
- 4 - Johannes Frömming (1962, 1965, 1968, 1970)
- 3 - Leopold Verroken (1976, 1977, 1981)
- 3 - Örjan Kihlström (2003,2015,2016)
Countries, number of wins
- 23 - Sweden
- 21 - France
- 8 - Italy
- 5 - Germany combined with West Germany
- 3 - United States
- 2 - Norway
- 2 - Canada
Short distance (1,600-1,609 m), auto start (1962-)
Short distance (1,580-1,640 m), volt start (1952-1958)
- 1:16.7 (km rate) - Gelinotte (1956)
Long distance (2,700-3,200 m), volt start (1959-1961)
- 1:19.1 (km rate) - Honoré II (1960)
All winners of Elitloppet
1 Nationality of the winning horse's owner(s)
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- In the conversion to USD, the rates of 2012-05-27, the date of the 2012 Elitloppet, have been used.
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- Jag de Bellouet won in 1:09.4 in 2006, but was later disqualified.
- Panne de Moteur won an elimination race in 2014 in 1:08.9.
- "European Grand Circuit 2009" (PDF). uet-trot.net. European Trotting Union (UET). Retrieved 2009-03-04.
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- Pawlak, John (2006-06-23). "Jag de Bellouet stripped of title". harnesslink.com. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- Berg, Leif (2007-05-27). "Fransk smygare vann Elitloppet". dn.se (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- "54 401 besökte Elitloppshelgen". newsdesk.se (in Swedish). 2008-05-26. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- Bonsdorf, Karsten (2008-05-25). "Exploit Caf wins the Elitlopp; Enough Talk finishes third". ustrotting.com. United States Trotting Association. Retrieved 2009-03-04.[permanent dead link]
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