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Sebastian K sets all age world record at Pocono

04:10 PM 29 Jun 2014 NZST
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Sebastian K sets all age world record
Dancin Yankee takes $100,000 USTA Invitational
Photo by Curtis Salonick

Dancin Yankee wins $100,000 Pace

Sebastian K became harness racing’s fastest trotter of all age on any size track as he trotted to an amazing 1:49 triumph at a mile in capturing the $100,000 Sun Invitational Trot at Pocono Downs Saturday.

Leaving quickly from post seven, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt sent Sebastian K right to the lead with Archangel (Yannick Gingras) fighting off Modern Family (Dave Palone) for second place behind the race favorite.

Sebastian K cut fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and the three-quarters in 1:21.4. Archangel could not keep up anymore and made a break as Sebastian K tore away from the field to win by seven open lengths. Modern Family was second with Arch Madness (Brian Sears) third.

The prior fastest mile was set by Enough Talk in 1:49.3 back in 2008 and that was on a much larger track than Pocono Down’s five-eighths mile oval.

“I had to push him some at the start as I know they would get away very fast,” said Ake Svanstedt.

“He is very happy,” said second trainer Bjorn Noren. “This is an amazing horse. He is really phenomenal. Ake pushed him the last half mile and he really responded. He wanted the world record and wanted to showcase the horse tonight.”

Undefeated in four starts this year, Sebastian K is an eight-year-old stallion by Korean. He hails from Sweden where until this year he had done all his racing. He is owned by Knutsson Trotting of Vero Beach, FL, Sebastian K now has career earnings of $2,473,000. He paid $2.40 to win.

Dancin Yankee takes $100,000 Invite for new barn                                           

You must admit that Dancing Yankee is a hellva racehorse who does not care who’s barn he is stabled in. The six-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruiser posted his 11th victory of the year in 18 starts with an amazing 1:47.3 triumph at Pocono Downs Saturday in the $100,000 USTA Invitational Pace.

Mack It So (Tim Tetrick) and Clear Vision (Matt Kakaley) traded back and forth for the early lead with Clear Vision taking command after the opening quarter mile in a speedy :25.3. Sunfire Blue Chip and driver Yannick Gingras then came first-over with Dancing Yankee and new driver Tyler Buter grabbing the second-over cover.

Sunfire Blue Chip pushed the field to the half in :54 and then the three-quarters in 1:20.2 before Buter sent Dancin Yankee three-wide on the final turn. That move gave Dancin Yankee the momentum needed to not only collar the race leaders down the stretch but pass them by to win by two and one-quarter lengths. Thinking Out Loud (John Campbell) closed for second place with Clear Vision third.

Just last week, Josh Green received a major suspension and the owners of Dancin Yankee moved the horse to the Buter Stable. They had just a week to learn about their new horse and trainer Amber Buter and driver Tyler Buter got the job done.

Owned by the Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo, Dancin Yankee just missed tying his lifetime mark by one-fifth of a second. He paid $6.60 to win.

by Steve Wolf, for

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