World champion Sebastian K, the fastest trotter in harness racing history, made his 2015 debut in Saturday’s qualifiers at theand trainer/driver said the 9-year-old trotter felt good after having the start of his campaign delayed because of ulcers.
In fact, the returning Dan Patch Award-winning divisional champion might have felt a little too good.
“He was too good; I drove too fast,” Svanstedt said after Sebastian K won his qualifier in 1:53.4 with a final quarter-mile in :26.4 in a light rain. “I was hoping to go in (1):55 or (1):56, but he feels so good. It was tough to feel the tempo. I had the (stop)watch, but I missed it.
“Now he is healthy again and he feels good. Better than last year. He will start in two weeks at Pocono, on the Fourth of July.”
Sebastian K, owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., won eight of 13 races last year and was named the sport’s best older male trotter. He arrived in the U.S. last year after a record-setting career in Europe. The Swedish-born stallion trotted a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 in his debut at the Meadowlands (off a qualifier in 1:56.2) and capped a record streak of four consecutive victories in 1:50.3 or faster with his world-record 1:49 triumph at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Overcast skies, moderate temperatures and little to no breeze greeted the harness racing enthusiasts that attended the Breakfast with the Babies card to watch 15 races of 2-year-olds in addition to the son of, Sebastian K.