Hockey Horse in the Winner’s Circle: Horse Owned by Nicklas Backstrom and Peter Forsberg Wins in Swedish Racing Debut

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When one thinks of Capitals star center Nicklas Backstrom, a lot of things come to mind: Stanley Cup champion, franchise assists leader, first-round pick, fan favorite. Racing horse owner, however, likely isn’t one of them. Yet, No. 19 and Hockey Hall of Famer and fellow Swede Peter Forsberg enjoyed time in the winner’s circle on Tuesday, as their three-year old trotting horse Aramis Bar emerged victorious in its Swedish debut.

Forsberg is known as as a successful horse owner, with several of his horses having success in harness racing. Last month, along with his father Kent and Backstrom, Forsberg invested in Aramis Bar, an Italian-trained racehorse. In preparation for a trip to race in Italy, Aramis Bar, along with trainer Bjorn Goop won decisively at Aby in Molndal.

In an interview after the race, Forsberg said:

“It is a really interesting horse that will be exciting to follow. We are a group with our real estate gang with dad Kent, the Sällström family and Nicklas Bäckström’s family who own several one-year-olds and two-year-olds together. We also wanted to have a horse that is ready to race and can compete in the bigger races”

The victory earned the winning team SEK 30,000 (Swedish Krona), or about $3,096.05 U.S. dollars. Aramis Bar will compete in Italian derby trials next Sunday.

Article on Aramis Bar’s victory HERE

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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