Tragedy marred the running of the Swedish Breeders Crown semifinals in Solvalla today when US-bound Ake Svanstedt’s Charlie Palema collapsed during the race and died.
The race was the second semifinal for four-year colts and geldings, and the horse driven by Anders Svanstedt began faltering about 1200m into the race.
The race judge on TravRonden was quoted saying that a short distance before the horse collapsed, his legs were like spaghetti and the driver made futile attempts to steer the horse with the reins.
Charlie Palema fell onto the track and pulled down the following Maffioso Face and tipped Lutfi Kolgjini from the sulky.
After a short distance Maffioso Face (4g Revenue) was captured unharmed but his driver Kolgjini suffered a hurt shoulder and withdrew from the rest of his driving engagements. Anders Svanstedt was unharmed.
Charlie Palema lay motionless on the track and was pronounced dead by the horse ambulance attendants and veterinarian. They believed that the son of Gidde Palema was dead before he hit the track.
“He started losing style 1200 and left shortly after - it felt that there was noone at home. I shouted at competitors to stay out of the way to try to avoid an accident,” Anders said on ATG Live TV (translated).
The race was called off and rescheduled, with Maffioso Face a late scratching.
The re-run race was won by Daniel Reden’s Molle C.D. Other semifinal winners were 4YO C&G: Dreams Take Time (Andover Andover) and Porthos Amok (Orlando Vici; 4YO mares: Fascination (Super Arnie), Jeepster (Home Alone) and Rica Neo (Juliano Star);3YO C&G: Cool Keeper (Broadway Hall), Call Me Keeper (Pine Chip) and Poochai (Make It Happen); 3YO fillies I Am Unique (Kadabra), Amazon Am (Gigant Neo) and Neona Princess (Gigant Neo).
The finals are Saturday week.
by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com