Soren and Jan Nordin, the father-son trainer and driving team known for many accomplishments with trotters, last year tried their skills on a pacer, Amneris. She became harness racing's 2-year-old pacing filly of the year.
Amneris will be making her first start as a 3-year-old at Rosecroft Saturday in the $100,000 John W. Miller Memorial.
Team Nordin, as the pair is known, came to the United States because racing in their native Sweden, where only trotters compete, became difficult.
Jan Nordin, 37, explained, "The tax situation was so bad in Sweden. The tax situation had an affect on people being able to buy horses. The quality of stock went down. But we had some owners who wanted to buy horses in America."
Encouraged by the success in North America of Continental Farm, headed by Sweden's Hakan Wallner, Team Nordin made the move to the U.S. in 1981.
Amneris is owned by Cedar Farm of Pennsylvania, a seven-person group.
In her first official clocking this year, in a recent qualifier at Pompano Park in Florida, Amneris covered a mile in 1:55 4/5, less than two seconds off the world record of 1:54 for a 3-year-old filly on a five-eighths mile track.