Day At The Track

International trotters arrive for big race at Yonkers

06:10 AM 09 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Lionel, harness racing Up And Quick, harness racing Ring
Lionel being grassed by Per Perqenius
Mike Lizzi photo
Up And Quick with caretaker Angelique Beaufils
Mike Lizzi photo
Ringostar Treb with Heli Tarrimaa
Mike Lizzi photo

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 8, 2018-It wasn't quite the same as Christopher Columbus landing in the new world, but right around 9:30 Monday morning (Oct. 8th), an oversized horse trailer discovered Yonkers Raceway.

The contents of said trailer were six overseas trotters set to compete in Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 13th) $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino.

The three stallions-Lionel (Norway), Ringostarr Treb (Italy) and Up and Quick (France)-set up shop in the Raceway's Old Glory Building-getting the lay of the land. Video can be seen at...

The three geldings-Arazi Boko (Italy), Pastore Bob (Sweden) and Slide So Easy (Denmark)-said good-bye to their friends and were headed to New Jersey farms.

All 10 of the participants in the 40th International-the others being Ariana G (United States), Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden), Marion Marauder (Canada) and Will Take Charge (Canada)-are due at the Raceway by 9 AM Friday (Oct. 12th)

The mile-and-a-quarter trotting classic is augmented by a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, giveaways, contests, international-themed food and drink, live music, etc. There's also a special all-stakes Pick 4 wager with Yonkers (races 7 and 8) and Belmont (Pebbles and Floral Park).

Note the change from the original race layout, with the Dan Rooney Invitational---led by Bit of a Legend N, Lazarus N and McWicked-moved from the sixth race to race 11. None of the previously-sent post times have changed...

Race 1 - 1 PM

Race 2 - 1:20 PM

Race 3 - 1:40 PM

Race 4 - 2 PM

Race 5 - 2:20 PM

Race 6 - 2:40 PM

Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles)

Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles)

Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open (Handicap?) Trot

Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot

Race 11 - 5 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace

Race 12 - 5:20 PM

The Saturday card shall be drawn Monday afternoon, save for the International, which is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9th) at a midtown luncheon.

by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway


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