It has been confirmed that Sebastian K will be returning next year to race. The return of Sebastian K is good news for harness racing. Also good news is instead of the earlier reports that his season would be over if he is returning next year, Sebastian K will race again this year.
The bad news is, as expected, the eight year old trotter will not be supplementing to race in the Breeders Crown and engage in battle with Commander Crowe. Considering he hasn't been sharp, it makes sense not to pay the $62,500 supplemental fee required for the Open Trot before paying the $10,000 starting fee. That is not a good investment.
However, Sebastian K's connections have their eye on the TVG Series Final at the Meadowlands. As one of his connections mentioned, the TVG is a $500,000 race and bypassing the Crown gives them an extra two weeks to get him on top of his game again.
So it will be interesting to see if Sebastian K will race before the TVG Final to tighten up or will he replicate his North American debut when he came into his seasonal debut off a single qualifier.