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Update: Elitlopp winner Propulsion in Swedish scandal

June 02, 2020

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Elitlopp champion Propulsion has become engulfed in scandal less than 48 hours after his victory on Sunday at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm. Propulsion’s two front feet were nerved in the United States before he was exported to Sweden and Swedish trotting rules prohibit a horse that has nerved feet from racing or breeding. Swedish trotting authorities have not yet said if they are considering disqualifying Propulsion from his Elitlopp victory or barring him from breeding. He has foals on the ground.
Propulsion’s profile in the US Trotting Association’s (USTA) Pathway database states: “Markings: SMALL STAR. - LOW NERVED LEFT FRONT - LOW NERVED RIGHT FRONT LOW NERVED ON BOTH FRONT FEET”
Despite the fact that Propulsion was exported to Sweden in 2015—almost five years ago—the information about the nerving was just now brought to the attention of Swedish officials. The horse was then examined by a veterinarian, who reported that the horse had feeling in both feet. It is common for a horse to have regrowth of the nerves, usually within two to four years of nerving.
Daniel Reden, who trains Propulsion for owner Bengt Agerup’s Stall Zet, told Swedish media he did not know the horse had been nerved. “I am in shock,” he said.
Following Propulsion’s purchase by Agerup at the 2015 Tattersalls Aug. 2 Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands for $250,000, the horse was examined by a New Jersey veterinarian, which was required for his export certificate to be completed. Subsequently, a medical report was filed with the USTA noting the horse's two front feet had been nerved. The USTA included that information on Propulsion's Horse Export Certificate and Certificate of Registration. The Horse Export Certificate was mailed via Federal Express to Sweden's breed registry, Svensk Travsport. A new Registration Certificate, with the information that the horse was nerved, was mailed to Brixton Medical (Stall Zet) in Sweden.
Propulsion made his first start in Sweden on Oct. 7, 2015. He has since made 58 starts in Europe.—By Kathy Parker
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