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Examining Sweden's Trotting Passion

Published: November 25, 2011 11:27 am ET

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"I think the key thing with its popularity is that people love to bet, and with trotting, more than other forms of racing, or the lottery, you actually have quite a good chance of winning.”

Those are the words of Swedish television commentator and horse racing expert Peter Andersson, who, according to an article on the Swedish scene by The Local, doesn't mind being characterized as a "trotting nerd."

The report highlights a generally-accepted theory on how horse racing came to be in the country. The article states that its origins come from the country's northern forests, where, in the 1800s, forestry workers that had cut down the trees would then transport them on horse-driven carts and race each other in the process.

As the article explains, Sweden will be abuzz this weekend with the 'V75 meet' at Jägersro, near Malmö.

For a variety of information regarding how popular the multi-million-dollar V75 wager is, click here.

(With files from The Local)

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