Harnessracing.com is sad to report that longtime European correspondent Lars G. Palm has died of a heart attack in Sweden. He was 69.
Mr. Palm was the European correspondent for The Horseman And Fair World magazine since 1973 and more recently also to harnessracing.com and HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. He died at his home in suburban Stockholm Wednesday night (March 5) after attending the evening's races at the Solvalla track. Mr. Palm would have celebrated his 70th birthday in May, just a week before the Elitlopp, Sweden's premier trotting race.
Mr. Palm reported on all the top classic races in Europe for The Horseman And Fair World and also introduced his North American readers to Europe's great horses and horsemen, from Ego Boy in 1973, when his first column to the magazine was published, through Viking Kronos and Varenne, and in more recent years Tamla Celeber, who won the Breeders Crown. Among Mr. Palm's most recent reports for The Horseman And Fair World was a story about Bengt Agerup, whose Brixton Medical is campaigning a number of top American trotters, among them Father Patrick.
In addition to his work for The Horseman And Fair World and its sister publications, Mr. Palm once worked as the director of advertising for the Swedish trotting magazine Trav Ronden. He left Trav Ronden to open up his own advertising agency and his clients included Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar Stuteri.
Mr. Palm also bred and raced horses and enjoyed some success. When he decided to get out of the breeding business he named the last horse he bred Timetosaygoodbye, who went on to become a top winner in Sweden. Mr. Palm never totally divested himself of his horse holdings, however, and last fall bought a yearling at the Lexington Selected Sale.
Mr. Palm is survived by his wife, Saara Palm and two daughters, Miriam Palm Devlin of Houston, Texas and Carolina Uurike of Spanga, Sweden.