After two weeks in Canada, I am finally back home with my family again after problems with my visa. Many hours of work is behind to get me back into the United States. The lawyer has worked intensively to find all the papers that have been necessary to prove my right to enter the United States again. The whole thing was caused by the trip with a private plane, I went with to Canada on September 12 for Meapel Leaf Trot elim., something went wrong after they have not registered my back entry to the United States. I was outside the country more than 30 days when I was going home from the races on 17 October from Canada. Which in turn “delete” my visa. But now all the papers and evidence been in place so everything is ok. It has been both difficult and frustrating to go and wait for something that no one have a clue about when it will become clear. But now I am at home and l am very happy and grateful that everything worked out in the end.
I and many like me have trouble keeping horses healthy at this time of year, it switches between hot and cold in the air and there is a balance that the body does not properly take care of in the best way. Many horses have a cold and need to rest. About the half of our horses have stop racing for this year. We have many nice 2-year-olds that I look forward to the next season. Some of the 3-year-olds will be sold at Harrisburg sales the upcoming week. And I will buy new yearlings there, the sales starts on Monday.
Have a nice weekend!
Photo: Dancing In Thehall
Then we are back home again after almost 2 weeks in Lexington, Kentucky. I am very satisfied with the horses that competed in The Red Mile meeting. It become five wins and most of the horses earn good Money.The horses earn about $330 000 together. Crescent Fashion did a great race in the Kentucky Futurity, sprinted to a 2nd place behind Pinkman. Duprre took a double, Dancing In Thehall, Sapient Hanover and Code Bon I visit the winner’s circle with. We bought 8 st very fine 1 year olds. It is 3 weeks to Harrisburg auction. We going to buy more horses at that sale also. Next weekend, the Breeders Crown goes up in Canada at Woodbine for 2-year, 3-year and older trotter. I will start 2 year old Dupree, 3 year old Crescent Fashion and Souhtwind Mozart and 4 year old Resolve. Autumn is in the air so Florida longing begins to creep in, we go down at the end of November.
Photo Non Stick
Today, Me and my family going down to Lexington, Kentucky. Auction and racing combined in 10 days. The Red Mile is a fantastic race track for horses. We have with us 16 horses down.
White Bliss has made many good races lately and starts at Yonkers with Daniel Dube on Tuesday.
Sebastian K. had a fantastic 2014 with eight wins in 13 races and three world records. The record 1.49,0, as he trotted at Pocono Downs on June 28, gave a great echo in the trotting world. Now the world record has been voted the ”Racing Moment of the Year” by the harness fans in USA.
The Railbird Recognition Awards are a joint venture between the United States Harness Writers Association and the United States Trotting Association and is the only fan based voted award in the industry.
– It was a fantastic race of ”Sebbe” and a night I’ll never forget, says Åke Svanstedt.
Sebastian K. got the award as ”Older Horse of the Year” in USA. He was a long time favorite for the title of Horse of the Year, but lost a bit of shape at the end of the season.
How is Sebastian now?
– All seems fine with him. He likes the heat and the sunny weather in Florida. He has gotten a much needed vacation. The training begins in February and the first race will be a bit later this year. I got many questions about Elitloppet when I was in Sweden during the Christmas and New Year, but there will be no Solvalla, the focus is on the big races in North America, says Åke.
Åke Svanstedt made the decision to go for a new world record during the warm up with Sebastian K. The previous record of 1.50,1 was shared with five horses, including Sebastian K.
Sebastian K. was in front every meter of the Sun Invitational at Pocono Downs and won convincingly in the new world record time 1.49,0!
– I couldn’t believe when I saw the clock stop at 1.49,0, said Åke Svanstedt after the race.
From post 7 behind the gate Sebastian K. took the lead immediately.
– Maybe the second quarter was a little slow but I had to save some speed. The last two quarters went incredibly fast. Sebastian K was awesome and I think it will be hard to beat this time, said Ake.
Watch the race
Tweets about the world record
— DRF Harness (@DRFHarness) June 29, 2014
— Knutsson Trotting (@KnutssonTrot) June 29, 2014
Worldrecord av Sebastian K 07.7/1609m!!!! 1.49.0/1609m!! Helt otroligt!!! Vilken häst vi har ( :
— Svanstedt Stable USA (@USASvans) June 29, 2014
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