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|Sebastian K scores in 1:50.2 in Cutler
Favored Sebastian K and trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt took advantage of a pocket trip to win the $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial final in 1:50.2 on Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack. Second favorite Market Share made a break after the start and was never a factor...read on
Cutler Memorial - Final
Free For All Trotters"
Free For All Trotters 1.609 m auto Purse: $175 000 (87,500 - 43,750 - 21,000 - 14,000 - 8,750)
RACE 7 - Meadowlands - NJ - May 17, 2014 Conditions: ARTHUR J. CUTLER MEMORIA - FINAL Free For All Gait: Trot Purse: $175,000 Class: Cutler Mem Distance: 1 Mile Track Cond: FAST
1. Sebastian K 1:50.2 (20)
2. Modern Family 1:50.3 (131)
3. Sevruga 1:51.1 (319)
4. Arch Madness 1:51.1 (104)
5. Undercover Strike 1:51.2 (912)
Opl: Archangel 1:52.0 (496), Possessed Fashion 1:52.1 (1285), Dw's Ny Yank 1:52.1 (1195),
Intimidate 1:52.3 (165), Market Share 2:02.4g (24)
Favored Sebastian K and trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt took advantage of a pocket trip to win the $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial final in 1:50.2 on Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack. Second favorite Market Share made a break after the start and was never a factor.
Swedish champion Sebastian K added to his lore with another convincing win, this one the $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Final at The Meadowlands Saturday night in 1:50.2. The Cutler was the first major test of the season for the Free For All trotters, promising a battle royale between last week’s elimination winners Sebastian K and Market Share and record speed possibilities that went awry when Market Share made an uncharacteristic break in the first turn.
As the race began Modern Family was put into play early by David Miller, using his keen gate speed to clear to the front before the turn with Sebastian K protecting the rail for Ake Svanstedt and securing the pocket through the 27.1 opener.
With Market Share out of contention, there was little movement as the field passed the half in :55.2. Approaching the final bend Sebastian K was flushed out trotting alongside Modern Family and they raced as a team past the 1:22.4 three quarters, by mid-stretch he was edging by that rival on his way to a length and a half win in a stakes record 1:50.2.
Modern Family held well to be second while Sevruga followed up close throughout and was third. Market Share’s break seemed to have his disappointed camp puzzled post-race.
The winner is a majestic specimen who again raced sans shoes as he had done in his record elimination win a week ago. He is raced by Swedish interests, trained by his driver Ake Svanstedt and owned by Knutsson Trotting.
“They were slowing down after the half and there weren’t really fast fractions going to the half,” said Sebastian K’s second trainer Bernie Noren. “The time was fast, but you can see they were slowing down going to the half. It was close, but not (a world record).
“I don’t think so (if there was a change in strategy after Market Share broke). He (driver Ake Svanstedt) was not going to get locked in because he knows he has a real good horse and he was going to make sure he didn’t get locked in.
“He had plenty of horse left today. As soon as he showed him the whip he just took off. He could have gone faster too, but we have plenty of racing left this year.”
“He’s just awesome, added owner Michael Knutsson. “ It’s fantastic – and our first time here at The Meadowlands and it starts like this. It’s absolutely amazing.
“We talked (after the 1:50.1 elimination win) and we all could see, I think, that he had more in him. He had a shot at it (the world record) today. It didn’t work out, but the time today is tremendous also. I mean fantastic.
“I’m not sure he has actually (ever been better). I think he’s in superb form right now.”
TVG FREE FOR ALL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES:
May 10 *Cutler Elim or $50,000 TVG Open - May 17 Cutler Final - June 13 $50,000 TVG Open (Inställt) - June 20 $50,000 TVG Open - July 12 # $50,000 TVG Open - July 26 *Cashman Memorial Elim or $50,000 Open - Aug 2 Cashman Memorial Final - Oct 5 Allerage Farms Open Final - November 22 Breeders Crown Final
# This TVG Open will be drawn only in the event that the Maple Leaf Trot does not require eliminations. If there are eliminations required, this race will be cancelled and no points will be awarded.
* $50,000 Opens will be offered in the event eliminations are not necessary for these races. These Open races shall be restricted to Horses made eligible to this series by the above payments. These Open races may require seven (7) separate interests or the event may be cancelled.
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