V75®: Horses full time after the snowboarding career

His last name is well respected in harness racing.
After being a professional snowboarder for 15 years, it's now horses full time again for Janne Korpi.
On Saturday the Finnish 33 year old has the chance to take his first victory in the Swedish V75®.
"No Limit Royalty is a talented horse and I think we have a chance".

The Olympic Games in South Korea 2018 was the last snowboard competition for Janne Korpi.
His body was telling him it has had enough after several serious accidents during a career with the World Cup gold medal for juniors in halfpipe in Switzerland as the highlight.
After having been a professional snowboarder full time for 15 years, the focus is now on harness racing again.
The 33 year old comes from a big harness racing family in Finland. His father Pekka Korpi is one of the most successful Finnish trainers of all time with 5,000 driving wins. Pekka's brothers Heikki and Ilkka both have careers in harness racing too.
"I have harness racing in my veins as you all know and it's hard to get rid of. I have no other plans for the future except for what I'm doing now and my focus is on working with the horses. I like this job" says Janne Korpi.
Pekka Korpi has his trainer's license at Solvalla but he also has a stable in Finland. 15 horses are in the stable in Märsta, north of Stockholm where Janne works.
After having driven around 500 races he has two, maybe three (he doesn't know for sure) wins on V75® in Finland. In Sweden it's tougher he says.
"I haven't had time to study the program yet but I assume he's in tougher now compared to his last start at Solvalla. It's always tough on V75, but he should have a chance anyway" he says.

Second on V75 with aggressive drive
Four year old stud horse No Limit Royalty will be one of horses considered with a chance to win in the Klass I leg (V75-5) in Eskilstuna. Janne has driven him once before on V75 in Sweden. In a Klass II leg at Bollnäs back in September No Limit Royalty was driven aggressively and finished second behind Mellby Granat and Robert Bergh after a trip outside the leader.
"He is both strong and quick and he raced well in that race. I drove to get the lead but was denied and he fought well on the outside. He has raced well the last five starts actually. In his last start he won in the lead with Björn Goop driving. He won handily and should be in good form on Saturday too" says Janne Korpi.
Any training reports from Märsta?
"He trained a little tougher today (Monday) and will have an easy rest of the week. He will race with shoes as usual. He's a talented horse who has a chance to win but on Saturday he will need a good trip to win this race".
No Limit Royalty can leave quickly. Are you aiming for the lead?
"I saw that we got post position two behind the gate and that's the best possible for him. But he's more medium quick, not super quick out of the gate. But it also varies from time to time how he leaves. One time he can take the lead right away and the next time he has no chance on the lead so it's hard to know with him".
Sundbyholm racetrack is racing both days this weekend and on Sunday your stable will play a main roll. Winning machine Mascate Match will be the favorite in V75-4, the Breeders Crown final for three year old fillies.
How is everything with her?
"She had some issues with her blood count for a while and they weren't able to train her the way they wanted to before the semi finals at Solvalla. She's felt better and better for a while now. She has stayed here since the semi finals at Solvalla and she's full of energy again. I trained her last Friday, just lightly but she felt very good".
What do you think about her chances in the big final on Sunday?
"I think she will have a good chance to win that. She was good in the semi final and she should be even better now".