Torvald Palema won the $59,000 Swedish Championship for trotters via open stretch at Åby raceway on October 16. The 9-year-old stallion showed that he still has an explosive speed and after 2000 meter in a very moderate pace, with the Elitlopp winner Iceland in the lead and Torvald Palema behind, it was fairly clear there would be a quick finish. Torvald Palema won the race at 1.13,8/2640a (1:58.4 over the 1-5/8th miles distance).
One of the Best Trotters
Torvald Palema has had an amazing career, with 41 wins in 91 entries and more than $3,500,000 in his purse. He made five starts as a 2-year-old for his former trainer Joakim Lövgren and won 19 out of 34 entries and earned almost $600,000 before he was transferred to Åke Svanstedt in the end of 2006. He has since then developed into one of the best trotters in the world by winning all the major races in Sweden. The most prestigious was the victory in the Elitlopp in 2009. Torvald Palema is still looking like an athlete on the racecourse and the owners are planning to race him next year too.