Saturday, October 13, 2018
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 28, 2016
His story seems like a Scandinavian novel with a crazy plot like the "The 100 year-old man who climbed out the window and vanished" but the story of B.B.S. Sugarlight is true. Fredrik Solberg’s champion was exchanged for a wood chopping machine about six years ago. The trotter trained in Fredrikstad in Norway has now earned nearly 840,000 US dollars.
From amateur horse to dual group one winner
Fredrik Solberg is an amateur trainer, like many Norwegians. He helps keep the dream of training a champion alive in a country where the sport is often a passion and a hobby rather than a full time job. The trainer said himself, after his second group one win, that he was lucky. B.B.S. Sugarlight is not only a lucky coincidence but a work of patience. On Bjørningstad Farm, a place where there are more cows than horses, his trainer spent countless hours working with the horse. Two years ago, when B.B.S. Sugarlight met his driver, Peter Untersteiner, all the hours of hard work started paying off. He earned several million Crowns and won 11 of 16 races. Patiently, the new champ’s entourage waited another year for him to race against the best. Then, he won two of Scandinavia’s biggest races.
B.B.S. Sugarlight made his whole country proud and especially his fans from the town of Fredrikstad in the south of the country. Thanks to this horse, trotting became the talk of the town when he became the first Norwegian horse to win the Oslo Grand Prix in 10 years, just weeks after winning the Olympiatravet in Sweden.
This year, when some might have thought his golden days were over, the gelding returned and just broke the track record at Halmstad in Sweden.
The horse nobody wanted
Not much was expected of B.B.S. Sugarlight as a yearling and no one would have thought he would end up being one of Europe’s best trotters. The dark gelding joined the team that took him to greatness in a remarkable twist of fate.
Per Bergman was the man that bought the horse as a weanling, he wanted to sell him at the big yearling auction in Sweden in the Fall the year after. When that time came, he decided showing him there was a waste of time due to his unimpressive conformation and his modest pedigree. He pulled him out of the sale. A couple of weeks later, he offered him for sale, he needed money to buy a new wood chopping machine.
Fredrik Solberg liked the yearling’s sire, Superlight, and was interested in buying him. The two men met half way and exchanged the horse for the saw. A saw that would have to chop an incredible amount of wood to reach the millions the horse has earned.