ALTHOUGH Sebastian K won’t make his 2015 racing debut until next month, trainer Ake Svanstedt has another Swedish-born stakes winner ready to go at the Meadowlands tomorrow.
Mr Picolit, winner of the 2013 Copenhagen Cup, will make his North Americam debut when he faces five rivals in the third round of the TVG Free-For-All Series for older trotters. The eight-year-old will start from post six.
The remainder of the field, in post order, is DW’s NY Yank, Melady’s Monet, Master Of Law, Obrigado, and Flanagan Memory.
Mr Picolit, which is owned by Hans Gunnar Heed’s Stall Musse Inc. and has earned $US533,949, prepped for his debut with a third in a qualifier on June 6 at the Meadowlands. He was timed in 1:55.
The a son of 2001 Hambletonian winner Scarlet Knightand will become just the second progeny by the sire race in North America, joining mare Oblige As, which won two of five starts in Canada in 2010.
“He feels good,” Svanstedt said. “I think he can do a good race. I think he can race fast.”
Svanstedt hopes Mr Picolit has the ability to compete North America’s top trotters, including his stablemate Sebastian K.
“We’ll see on Friday,” Svanstedt said. “He feels good when I train him, so I hope he’s going to do a good race. I’m excited.”
Last year, Sebastian K won eight of his 13 starts and earned $663,853 on his way to receiving the Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter.
He trotted the fastest mile in history when he won in 1:49 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, which is where he will make his seasonal debut on July 4.
“He feels good; he feels even better than last year,” Svanstedt said. “It is so nice to drive him. Everything he does is so easy.”
- KEN WEINGARTNER