Peter Forsberg sues Swedish companies for racehorse accident

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Swedish hockey star Peter Forsberg is suing a local company and the owners of a horse racing track for 12 million kronor (C$1.87 million) for causing an accident that led to his horse being put down.

Together with horse co-owner Robert Bergh Travstall, Forsberg is suing the companies through his firm Forspro AB for alleged carelessness and breach of contract.

The horse, Tsar d’Inverne, was injured during a practice run in 2004 when an old tarp fell onto the track while being replaced by workers – scaring the animal and causing it to collide with another horse.

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The animal received leg injuries and was put down two years later after the problems turned chronic.

Tsar d’Inverne was valued at around 12 million kronor (C$1.87 million) because of its national and international successes and was also deemed to become a promising breeding horse.

Norrlands Travsallskap, the racetrack owners, are accused of breaching its contract by violating the security and safety clauses, while Norrlands Hall & Kapell AB is accused of carelessness.

Forsberg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner and former NHL MVP, has been sidelined with injuries all season but is aiming for a comeback to the ice.