Michael Melander, the brother of well-known Swedish horseman Stefan Melander, is considering setting up a stable in the U.S. Melander is a professional pilot for TUI Travel Group, the largest tourism operator in Europe, and was based out of Fort Lauderdale last winter and resided in Vero Beach, near Palema Training Center. His son Marcus is a horseman in Sweden, earning honors as the country's Rookie of the Year.
Marcus Melander presently trains his family's stable of about 30 horses on a farm in Sweden that once was the training center for Soren Nordin. Michael Melander is also a partner with his brother Stefan in Stall TZ Inc. of Vero Beach, Fla., which owns the 2-year-old trotting colt Nuncio.
Nuncio has been trained by Swede Jim Oscarsson, who plans to return to Sweden later this fall. Stefan Melander said that plans call for Nuncio to race in the Matron, but that no decision had yet been made regarding who will train the colt in the future.--harnessracing.com