Elitloppet May 27 at Solvalla racetrack
The world’s most prestigious sprint race!
The story of Elitloppet starts in 1952 when Solvalla celebrated its 25th year as a race track. The track wanted to celebrate with a big international race. Since the race was meant to be a celebration, it was first called Jubileumsloppet and did not take the name Elitloppet until the year after. Back then international participants traveled by train, today horses from have their own private plane. The biggest legend in the history of Elitloppet is Stig H. Johansson who has participated in 28 editions of the race and won 6 times.
Elitloppet is traditionally raced on the last Sunday of May. Solvalla racetrack holds races from Friday to Sunday which makes up a meet, known in Sweden as "The Elitloppet weekend". The three days are generally well-visited and is considered one of Sweden's biggest sports events. A total of over 50,000 people attend to the event at Solvalla. Having experienced this” trotting weekend” once, you always want to come back. This year Elitlopp weekend will take place between May 25th and 27th, 2018. The winner is decided through two elimination races and a subsequent final on Sunday May 27th, and both the eliminations and the final are raced over a mile (1609 meters).
This year’s Elitloppet is predicted to be a battle of the giants between the winner and runner up in Prix d’Amerique, Readly Express and Bold Eagle. Perhaps Bold Eagle will be the winner this time, still fresh in mind is his tremendous race from last year’s Elitloppet elimination won on the time 1,08,4!