Brothers Tristan Sjöberg and Michael Knutsson of Knutsson Trotting Inc. are proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with Jim Simpson, the president of Hanover Shoe Farms, to stand the world’s fastest trotter, Sebastian K, at the world’s most renowned Standardbred breeding farm beginning with the 2016 breeding season.
“Anybody who ever saw Sebastian K at his best had to be impressed with his breathtaking speed, his incredible gait and the charisma that shone from every hair on his coat,” said Simpson. “He brings to Hanover a perfect outcross and possesses the magic elixir of the combination of great French and American blood that has dominated the best of world trotting for the last several decades. Moreover, he is a great individual, who I feel confident will produce beautiful yearlings and very fast racehorses.”
Tristan Sjöberg added, “Michael and I are delighted to be given the opportunity to stand Sebastian K at the most prestigious stud farm in the world. We are convinced that Sebastian’s flawless technique and excellent conformation will translate to his offspring.”
Sebastian K was a beacon of trotting in North America from his very first start in 2014. He won eight of his first nine races on his way to a near unanimous choice as the older male trotter of 2014. The apex of his astounding season took place at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 28, when he shattered the world record in taking an incredible mark of 1:49f in defeating a host of North America’s best trotters.
Sebastian K comes to Hanover with lifetime earnings of $ 2,973,252, more than $2 million of it earned in Europe where he took on and often defeated the best free for all trotters in the world, including victories in the Oslo Grand Prix, UET Trotting Masters and Åby Stora Pris (twice).
Appropriately, he will be officially retired in a special ceremony at the scene of his greatest triumph at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Aug. 22. The Open Trot will be named in his honor – The Sebastian K. Invitational.