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Sebastian K retired, will stand in North America

July 17, 2015
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Knutsson Trotting has issued a press release announcing that its world champion Sebastian K has been retired from racing due to a suspensory injury.

"Two independent ultrasounds unfortunately confirm the damage high on the left back, just below the hock.Typically, recovery time is six to nine months, but given that Sebastian K. is now 9 years old, the owners have decided to end his racing career with flags flying. Sebastian K will now become a stallion full time,” stated the press release.
 
Tristan Sjoberg, who along with his brother, Michael Knutsson, form Knutsson Trotting, told harnessracing.com Friday that Sebastian K will stand at stud at a farm in North America in 2016, although a deal had not yet been finalized.

Sebastian K was an elite performer in Sweden for many years, earning Horse of the Year honors in 2012, before he relocated to the U.S. with Swedish trainer Ake Svanstedt when Svanstedt decided to compete in North America. The two took control of the U.S. trotting scene early in 2014 and Sebastian K trotted to a world record of 1:49 at Pocono Downs while on his way to Trotting Horse of the Year honors.

Sebastian K was collected for breeding this winter before he trained in preparation for his 2015 season, with the semen shipped to Sweden for European-based mares.

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