05/10/2014 10:23PM

Meadowlands: Sebastian K equals world record

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Sebastian K tied five other trotters with a 1:50 1/5 winning mile on Saturday.

Sebastian K made a spectacular American debut on Saturday night equaling the world record for trotting on a mile track of 1:50 1/5 for Swedish trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. The occasion was the first of two $40,000 elimination races for the Arthur Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands and the eight-year-old coming off a relatively slow qualifier showed his North American counterparts why he was one of the best horses in Europe over the last few years.

Odds-on favorite Modern Family had the pace the way he wanted with quarters of :26 4/5 and :55 1/5, but Svanstedt pulled his horse without cover and gained on equal terms with the leader at the 1:23 1/5 three quarters.

Entering the homestretch, the powerful Sebastian K, sent off at a generous 5-1, powered past the pacesetter and opened up under an effortless hand drive. Modern Family held for second with Intimidate closing ground strongly for third.

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“He raced right out of the box all the time in Sweden,” said second-trainer Bernie Noren of the winner. “We trained him on a deep sand track in Florida and he really doesn’t need the speed work.”

Sebastian K joined five trotters as the fastest ever on a mile track with the eye-catching performance.

Market Share, making his first start of the year as well, captured the second $40,000 Cutler elimination for driver Tim Tetrick. The five-year-old by International star Revenue, followed the cover of Arch Madness late on the final turn and then strode by that one in the deep stretch with a 1:50 3/5 mile. Arch Madness held for second with 25-1 shot Undercover Strike closing for third. Linda Toscano trains the winner that was sent off as the 1-2 betting favorite.

Archangel and DWs NY Yank from the first division and Sevruga and Possessed Fashion rounded out the finalists for the May 17 final.

“He’s always really good off a layoff. I couldn’t be happier with him,” said Toscano, who has yet to make a decision on whether Market Share would head to the Elitlopp on May 25 in Sweden, but seemed to be leaning towards keeping the horse in the United States.

Sweet Lou made two moves to the front and romped in the first leg of the TVG-FFA Championship series. The five-year-old, driven for the first time by Ron Pierce, exchanged the lead with Bolt The Duer through a :26 2/5 opening quarter. Upon regaining the top before the half, he set comfortable fractions of :55 1/5 and 1:22 3/5 before sprinting away from his rivals with a :26 final quarter and 1:48 3/5 mile.

Foiled Again took up the chase from afar without cover and wore down Bolt The Duer for the place spot.

Sweet Lou, trained by Ron Burke, was part of a three-ply entry and returned $3 with the victory, his first in four 2014 starts.

“He did it on his own. He was very good tonight,” said Pierce following the race.

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