Six Pack's 1:49.2 sets 4YO stallion world mark
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Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt darted Six Pack to the lead moving to the final turn and raced the clock to a 1:49.2 world-record victory in the $145,000 Cantab Hall Allerage Farms Open Trot—sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile.
Following two recalls caused by equipment issues with Trolley the starting gate sent the field to race. Eurobond left for the lead from post 4 and took the field past a :27 first quarter while Lindy The Great raced second and Crystal Fashion sat third. Svanstedt sent Six Pack from fourth nearing a :54.2 and dashed to the front rounding the final turn, opening his lead towards three-quarters in 1:21.3. Through the stretch Svanstedt urged Six Pack as the four-year-old Muscle Mass colt won by open lengths over Lindy The Great with Mission Accepted finishing third.
“He had been sick for about a month but [his] last race was good—he came home fast,” Svanstedt said after the race of his return to the races in the Caesars Trotting Classic.
The 1:49.2 mile bests the previous record for a four-year-old trotting stallion of 1:50.1 set by Chapter Seven in 2012 and equaled by Eurobond and Southwind Chrome.
“Today I thought we were going to break the record [but] he needed a little bit of help,” Svanstedt also said. “It was a little bit slow but he came home good. He’s a little lazy when he’s on the front [but] I tried.”
Co-owned by Svanstedt with Little E LLC, Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmar and Lawrence Berg, Six Pack won his 18th race from 33 starts, earning $1,658,105.
“It was a little nerve-racking with the recalls to tell you the truth,” said Jeff Gural, who co-owns Six Pack through Little E LLC. “I’ve actually dreamed of giving myself a trophy because I’ve never done it. I’ve given the Hambletonian trophy the last five, six years and the trophy for this race so it’s a real thrill. This horse has had a lot of bad posts and he’s cut most of the miles where he got beat—he got beat at the wire. He did all the work but then somebody else gets a record. So I was really happy for him today.”
Six Pack paid $5.00 to win.--By Ray Cotolo/Red Mile