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Archangel trots world record mile at Meadowlands

01:56 PM 27 Jul 2014 NZST
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Archangel stands by the teletimer showing his 1:50 world record clocking
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Archangel and driver Yannick Gingras setting the world record
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Sebastian K and trainer/driver Ake Svandstedt
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Archangel broke a six-way tie for the fastest trotting mile ever on a one mile oval as he captured his $50,000 elimination division for the John Cashman Memorial Saturday at the Meadowlands in 1:50 for driver Yannick Gingras.

It was simple enough for the $1 million career winning Archangel and Gingras, they just went right to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :26.1, :54.4 and 1:22.3 before kicking in a final last quarter mile in :26.1 to set the world mark by one-fifth of a second.

The previous record of 1:50.1, was co-held by six other horses. They were Giant Diablo and Donato Hanover in 2007; Muscle Hill and Lucky Jim in 2009; Chapter Seven in 2012 and Sebastian K in 2014.

Finishing second by two lengths was Intimidate (Ron Pierce) with Market Share (Tim Tetrick) third. Also making it to the final next week was Your So Vain (Ake Svanstedt) in fourth and Sevruga (Marcus Miller) in fifth.

“I told Sarah, the girl that takes care of Archangel, that I was going to roll with him tonight,” said Yannick Gingras. “I think he has been sitting on a big mile. He has been unlucky in his last three to four starts. I think he was going to give Sebastian K all he wanted three starts back. I don’t know if we would have gone by him, but I was going to give him a run but unfortunately he made a break. My horse showed tonight that he can leave too. If I can cut the mile (next week) then I will do it. He is definitely ready to rock and roll now.”

Due to injury, Archangel never raced in 2013. The five-year-old stallion by Credit Winner is trained by Ron Burke and paid $12.40 to win. He is owned by the Legendary Standardbred Farm of Mt. Morris, NY and Claire Semer of S. Palm Beach, FL. It was his second win in ten starts this year and surpassed his previous lifetime mark by more than three full seconds.

Sebastian K wins Cashman elim with ease

International trotting star and world record holder Sebastian K was challenged three time in the race and still made it look easy in winning his $50,000 elimination division of the John Cashman Memorial Trot at the Meadowlands Saturday.

Trained and driven to victory by Ake Svanstedt, all Sebastian K had to do was get passed going to the opening quarter mile by Creatine and driver Mike Lachance in a blazing :26 seconds. Then, right before he would have been trapped by Mister Herbie and driver Tim Tetrick popping out of the three spot first-over, Svanstedt squeezed his way first-over and then took the lead from Creatine before the half in :54.3.

Then came a first-over challenge from Sweet Justice and driver Corey Callahan, who had determination and was able to collar Sebastian K after the three-quarters in 1:23.2.

Sebastian K is a career winners of more than $2.6 million and his back class came through in the stretch as Svanstedt looked over at Callahan and then lifted the lines at Sebastian K and the stallion took off and won by three open lengths in 1:51.

But the drama continued after the race was over but before it went official as the Judges at the track called for aninquirier to see if Svanstedt has caused interferance with Mister Herbie before the half mile pole. But they deemed the move was OK by Svanstedt. Mister Herbie closed well to be second with Uncle Peter (David Miller) third.

The first five official finishers return for next week’s final with Appomattox (Brett Miller) fourth and Arch Madness (Brian Sears) finishing fifth.

For the eight-year-old stallion by Korean, Sebastian K posted his sixth win in seven starts since coming to North America in 2014. He is owned and was bred by Knutsson Trotting, Inc. of Vero Beach, FL and paid just $2.20 to win as the overwhelming 1/9 favorite.

“They do tremendous work on this racetrack,” said Svanstedt’s second trainer Bjorn “Bernie” Noren, “So racing him without shoes was no problem today. I think he is getting better with each start he does. He is full of himself. He has a lot still in him tonight. Now we get to pick our post position for next week’s final and he should be fine. He was very game tonight. He raced very well. He did not like the off-track last week, but he came back good, felt good all week and he trained well on Wednesday.”

By Steve Wolf, for

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