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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, September 17, 2017 - The world-class harness racing field for the 2017 Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino is rounding into shape. According to race secretary Steve Starr, the list of acceptances as of this writing (alphabetically, with country) are... Dreammoko (FRA) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA) Resolve is, of course, the defending champ (world-record 2:23.4), with Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten finishing second and fourth, respectively. When the race was reinstituted by Yonkers in 2015, Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten wound up fourth and seventh. The connections of Top Flight Angel, winner of the 63rd Yonkers Trot, had a standing invitation, but elected to go in the same day's $225,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes. Starr is going over the results of races this past weekend to finalize the 10-horse field contesting the $1 million, mile-and-a-quarter event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th. The $3.3 million program, by far the richest in Yonkers' storied history, also includes the $1.8 million New York 'Day' of Champions and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals. First post for the 11-race card is 1 PM, with the layout as such... No.-Event Post time 1-NYSS 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 3:30 9-International Trot 4:00 10-NYSS 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot 4:30 11-NYSS 3YO Filly Trot 5:00 Notes...all finals for NYSS are at flat mile with eight starters @ $225,000 each Invitational Trot is 1¼ miles with 10 starters @ $250,000 Invitational Pace is flat mile with eight starters @ $250,000 Races 8 thru 11 simulcast to French-hubbed audience. Additional info. surrounding the program shall be announced when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, N.Y. - When Yonkers Raceway revived the International Trot in 2015, harness racing trainer Richard Westerink supported the $1 million stakes by shipping Timoko across the Atlantic for the first and only time in the career of the recently retired 15-time Group 1 winner and €5 million earner. Then 8 years old, Timoko raced on the rim the entire 1 1/4 miles. After being turned away from the lead by Creatine, driver Björn Goop tried to give Timoko a breather in the opening quarter. However, as Mosaique Face advanced three wide, Goop put Timoko in play again to protect his position. Timoko put Mosaique Face behind him and continued on his first-over grind, pressuring Creatine through a quarter of :28.4. When Oasis Bi made a wide rally to confront Creatine past the half, Goop let the leaders get away by 3 lengths. Timoko benefited from the cover for about a quarter-mile before angling three wide entering the backstretch the final time. Racing into the lane, the plugs came out and Timoko found more. He wore down Creatine, but couldn’t pass Papagayo E, who saved every inch of ground in the pocket throughout the 10-furlong stakes. For all the extra ground he covered, Papagayo E only beat Timoko a half-length. “I think it’s one of the best races of Timoko,” Westerink said. “The horse was fighting and fighting until the end and it was a great race. It was incredible.” Although Westerink didn’t return to the International Trot with Timoko in 2016 - Timoko’s dual career of racing and breeding made the international voyage too taxing - the trainer will bring Dreammoko, a 4-year-old son of Timoko, to compete in the lucrative stakes this year. “It’s a little bit easier with Dreammoko. He’s not breeding, not yet,” Westerink said. “That’s why I can come with Dreammoko.” Part of Timoko’s first crop, Dreammoko is already a Group 2 winner, having taken the Prix Phaeton at Vincennes in March. He has earned €305,210 and placed in eight other grouped stakes in 28 races. Despite his success, Westerink wasn’t inspired when Dreammoko came to his stable as a yearling for owner Jan Stins. “He’s a very lazy horse in the work, more lazy than his father. Timoko, in the beginning was also like that. This one is even more lazy in the works,” Westerink said. “This horse, in the beginning, I said he’s not a very good horse, but when we pull the shoes, he’s better. In the beginning, he was not a very good horse for me. This year, we can take off the shoes and that transformed the horse.” Dreammoko finished second on debut in January 2015 and won his next start, both with shoes. After a barefoot win in his third start at Vincennes, Dreammoko went two for his next 11 racing with shoes. Westerink pulled Dreammoko’s shoes in his 15th start January 24, 2017 and the chestnut recovered from a brief break behind the gate to win the €65,000 overnight by 5 1/ 2 lengths in a lifetime best time. All of Dreammoko’s stakes performances since have come without shoes. One of the highlights of Dreammoko’s career thus far came in the Kymi Grand Prix at Kouvola June 17. Dreammoko raced against his sire, Timoko in the €165,000 stakes. Although many were critical of Westerink’s decision to pit Dreammoko against Timoko, the trainer enjoyed the unique opportunity. “It was fun for me. There was a lot of critique in the world. ‘How can you race a son against his father,’ ” Westerink said. “I think that made it more of a challenge for me. I love to take challenges and I think it was a good challenge. The horses were racing well, both of them.” Timoko entered the Kymi Grand Prix off a victory in the Group 1 Elitloppet Final at Solvalla May 28. Dreammoko came in off a third in the Tommy Hannes Lopp at Solvalla the same day. Timoko started from post three in the Kymi Grand Prix and Dreammoko, post nine in the second tier. Just before the start, Dreammoko shied away from the horse in front of him. After raising his head high and taking a few awkward steps, Dreammoko began in last 12 lengths behind. Meanwhile, Timoko raced to the lead. Hounded by Seabiscuit to his outside and Buzz Mearas to his inside, Timoko trotted through a blistering opening quarter in :26.4. While Timoko blazed a trail up front, Dreammoko raced into the flow fourth-over. Racing around the final turn, Timoko tried to fight off Carabinieri, who challenged on the outside. Meanwhile, driver Gabi Gelormini guided Dreammoko three wide and he advanced within 6 lengths of his sire. Although Timoko battled down the stretch, he could not withstand Carabinieri’s fresh legs. Timoko finished second beaten a length while Dreammoko stormed down the center of the track to finish third, 2 1/2 lengths behind his sire. “Dreammoko, he made a little mistake behind the gate,” Westerink said. “He lost 10 or 12 meters and in the last turn, he was coming on the outside. It was a great race. (Dreammoko) was speeding faster in the end, but he’s not a better horse than Timoko, I don’t say that.” Since his bout with Timoko, Dreammoko has twice finished second to rival and top 4-year-old Django Riff. Dreammoko was beaten first in the Prix de Milan at Enghien July 29 and again in the Prix de Geneve at the same track August 16. In his most recent start, Dreammoko finished third to Diablo Du Noyer and Django Riff in the Group 2 Prix Jules Thibault at Vincennes August 31. “He raced the last three times with Django Riff, the best horse of his age I think and he’s fighting, fighting, fighting,” Westerink said. “I think once he will beat him. Almost in Enghien in the last race, he almost beat him on the outside, Django Riff in the lead and (Dreammoko) on the outside. He lost by a head. He’s a tough racer, like his father. I think he’s a great horse.” Westerink plans to race Dreammoko one more time in Europe before shipping to Yonkers for the International Trot October 14. Dreammoko will head to Bologna, Italy to compete in the Group 1 Gran Premio Continentale September 17. Dreammoko will start from post four in the €209,000 stakes for 4-year-olds. “He’ll race once, next week in Bologna in Italy. He has number four,” Westerink said. “That’s a Group 1 race in Italy, a big race. We have a little chance, maybe we can win there. That would be nice, to win one before Yonkers.” Dreammoko’s start in Italy will be his first on a half-mile track, the same size oval he will find when he arrives in New York later this fall. Since many of Dreammoko’s best races have come on the lead, Westerink expects the 800-meter track to suit his International hopeful. “For him, it’s not a problem. I think it’s better for him,” Westerink said. “We can take the lead and it’s a little track, he can take the lead. He can come behind, but I think when we have the lead, it’s good for him.” More International Trot invitees will be featured as they are confirmed for the race. The $1 million Yonkers International Trot will be raced Saturday, October 14 at Yonkers Raceway.  by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 11, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway is altering its live harness racing schedule to accommodate New York State's pre-race protocol for both the $1 million Yonkers International Trot and the $1.8 million New York 'Day' of Champions. The afternoon card of Saturday, Oct. 14th (post time TBA) requires the paddock be used for the state-mandated, 30-hour detention. Thus, Friday the 13th has been cancelled (not the fears and phobias, just the races). The Raceway has added Thursday evening, Nov. 2nd, as a make-up program, with a usual first post of 7:10 PM. The changes to the schedule have been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission. Additional information regarding the $3.3 million Yonkers International Trot/'Day' of Champions program shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

Resolve will defend his title in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon, October 14, at Empire City Casino. Harness racing trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt, who steered the American flag-carrier to last year’s world record victory over Yonkers Raceway’s historic strip, has accepted the invitation to the 1-¼ mile global classic on behalf of owner Hans Enggren, according to Yonkers’ racing secretary Steve Starr.   France’s Dreamoko, the fastest from the first crop of standout Timoko, and Italy’s Twister Bi have also accepted invitations to participate in the 39th edition of the worldwide trotting affair. Resolve will attempt to become the first U.S.A. representative to win back to back Internationals since Delmonica Hanover in 1973-74.  Roquepine (1967-68), Ideal du Gazeau, the only three-time champion (1982-83-84) and Lutin d’Isigny – all of France – are the only other three to win consecutive Internationals. Starr also reported that he and his team have had discussions with representatives of Sweden’s Nuncio, the 2014 Yonkers Trot champion and last year’s Elitlopp winner; another popular Swedish trotter Spitcam Jubb; the French-bred Aubrion Du Gers; last year’s Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot champ, Canada’s Marion Marauder; and Tripolini VP of Denmark about entering the lineup. The winner of this Saturday’s $500,000 Yonkers Trot (September 2), the second jewel in trotting’s Triple Crown, will also be extended an invitation, and that a pair of two-time Yonkers International participants – Italy’s Oasis Bi and Sweden’s On Track Piraten– are under consideration. Starr added that major trotting stakes in September and October that will help to determine the Yonkers International Trot field also include: The European Trotting Masters Finale (Hippodrome Vincennes/Paris, September 9), the Maple Leaf Trot (Mohawk Raceway, September 16), the Centaur Trotting Classic (Hoosier, September 22), the Dayton Trotting Derby (Dayton, OH, September 29), and the Allerage Farms Open Trot (Lexington, October 8). By John Cirillo

Nuncio has received an invitation to the harness racing $1 million International Trot (World Cup) at Yonkers Raceway on October 14th. "We received an invitation in the mailbox on Friday. Now let's take a stand if we are going or not, "says Stefan Melander. Previously, Jerry Riordan's Twister Bi has both been invited and thanked for the environmental dollar race in New York. On the other hand, both Bold Eagle and Timoko have already refused to participate and Nuncio is the second trainer, trained in Sweden, invited to Yonkers International Trot ($1,000,000) over the 2,011 meter distance. For Stefan Melander, the race is no news. He won the World Cup in 1995 with Swedish-born His Majesty. "There are many things I need to keep in mind before I decide, but it's definitely interesting to go to Yonkers. Nuncio feels still strong in training and now I have to wonder if we are going to the United States and then continue to the French winter meeting, or if we just aim at Vincennes or the United States, "says Stefan Melander. Nuncio has previously celebrated success on the Yonkers Raceway. As a three-year-old, he won both trials and finals in Yonkers Trot ($ 500,000) with John Campbell in sulky. By Claes Freidenvall Reprinted with permission of Sulky Sport

YONKERS, N.Y. - Harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan remembers working as a groom at Roosevelt Raceway in the 1980s. He was fortunate enough not only to race there in the track’s heyday, but to be there when the great French trotter Ideal Du Gazeau won the International Trot three consecutive years from 1981 to 1983. “We met the groom of Ideal Du Gazeau and took him out one night. They were a couple of French guys who couldn’t understand a word we were saying, but they were good old guys,” Riordan fondly remembered. “We ended up going down to Jones Beach and drinking a few beers. They were happy as can be, hanging out with us, smoking cigarettes.” Soon after, Riordan witnessed Ideal Du Gazeau in one of his International Trot triumphs. It was the moment the American-turned-Italian-turned-Swedish trainer was first exposed to international racing. “You’re a little awestruck when you see those horses first hand,” he recalled. “Watching Ideal Du Gazeau with those legs that went flying every direction. It was like something from another planet. The equipment, the way they trotted, and the way they were indifferent to the rest of the race. They just did their thing, and then they’d win. That’s when I realized there’s a whole ‘nother type of horse out there besides ours.” In those nights at Roosevelt, Riordan couldn’t have imagined he would get the chance to race a horse in the International Trot himself. And after the race was discontinued in 1996, the idea couldn’t have crossed his mind. Yet, when Yonkers Raceway revived the International Trot in 2015 and offer a $1 million purse, Riordan received an invitation with Rod Stewart. “It was fabulous the amount of hospitality they put on,” he said. “Everybody was enthused about being part of the old Roosevelt International. It’s a race that’s a legend by now. What it meant at that time, the Roosevelt International was a race that went out and got horses from all over the world and nobody else did that, not even the thoroughbreds back then. They were ahead of their time with that race.” The longest shot in the field, Rod Stewart made a break shortly after the start of the 2015 International and finished eighth of 10. This fall, Riordan will get another chance at International Trot glory when he crosses the Atlantic with Twister Bi. Riordan got the opportunity to train Twister Bi by chance. After moving his stable from Italy to Sweden, he got a call from the horse’s owner, Pasquale Ciccarelli. Ciccarelli knew the Varenne colt had talent, but needed to mature to unlock his full potential. “They said he could go like hell but he needed to get raced properly. He was a little bit aggressive. He has a pedigree that’s predisposed to being aggressive,” Riordan explained. “Sweden is the best in that type of situation. The way they race here, the tracks are so soft. If a horse is going to have a chance to calm down and learn how to be a racehorse, Sweden is a great place for that.” As time went on, Twister Bi settled into his new surroundings and began to transform from just another fast horse into a good horse. Twister Bi grew stronger and began to understand what his trainer was asking from him. “Mentally, he’s just gotten so much better. That was the last step,” Riordan said. “Now he’s filled in that part of the whole equation. He’s gotten so much better on race days. He’s got it all together, he’s not wearing himself out. He’s the whole package right now.” Twister Bi’s breakthrough race came in the Group 3 Prix de La Mayenne at Vincennes Racecourse February 26. Carefully handled early in the 2,700 meter race by driver Björn Goop, Twister Bi raced in last early. Kept in the clear, Goop bided his time until the final turn when he tipped Twister Bi three-wide. The 5-year-old’s stride extended. He reached his neck out and accelerated past half the field in a dozen strides. “The gamblers there are sharp. He was the favorite in the race even though he hadn’t raced in three months,” Riordan remembered. “The pace was really slow and when he tipped out three-wide, they all started yelling ‘aller, aller, aller.’ Go, go, go. He’s out in the middle of the racetrack and it’s him against nine Frenchmen.” Twister Bi sustained his rally and by the top of the stretch, drew on even terms with leader Caly Loulou. Tango Negro joined the pair along the pylons and in a thrilling stretch drive, Twister Bi struck the lead in the final few meters and prevailed by hard-fought head. “After that race, that was the thing I noticed about him. Normally it takes five guys to slow him down for the picture and all that stuff. For the first time, the horse was cool after the race,” Riordan explained. “I was thinking, he just had a really great race and now he seems like he’s not all stressed about it. I was hoping that meant something, and it did.” Since his Prix de Mayenne success, Twister Bi earned his first Group 1 win in Seinäjoki, Finland April 22 before finishing unplaced in his Elitlopp elimination against Nuncio May 28. He achieved Group 1 success again the Oslo Grand Prix in Bjerke, Norway June 11. Starting from the post seven, bettors dismissed Twister Bi at odds of 96-1. Riordan saw the race as an opportunity to try something new. “It was the first time we put earplugs on him, it was the first time we put the American sulky on him,” Riordan said. “I had always been saving that stuff because we were always more concerned about just having him be manageable. I never wanted to be pulling plus on him. We always tried to keep him calm.” Despite his wide draw, driver Christoffer Erkisson put Twister Bi in the race and tracked the cover of Your Highness. Lionel followed, but soon launched a three-wide bid that saw him move to the first-over spot pressing leader Aubrion du Gers. In the second lap of the 2,100-meter race, Lionel drew closer to Aubrion du Gers while Eriksson wheeled Twister Bi three-wide. Entering the final turn, Lionel put his white blaze in front just as Eriksson popped the plugs on Twister Bi, who advanced within a length of the lead. In the stretch, Twister Bi again stuck his neck out and reached for the wire with every sinew in his body. He passed Lionel in the final sixteen and powered away to a length victory. “When he tipped him out and pulled the ear plugs, he reacted really well. He’s always raced really well in Norway. There are no whips there and he doesn’t need a whip,” Riordan said. “And the 2,000 meters suits him too. He doesn’t have that extreme speed like some of the other horses do, but when he hits his top gear, he stays there for a long time.” Twister Bi’s most impressive performance to date came in the Group 1 Ulf Thoresen Grand International at Jarlsberg. Changing tactics, Eriksson let rival Oasis Bi blast off the gate to the front, but soon drove up on the outside and cleared the lead. Entering the last of four turns in the 2,100-meter stakes, Eriksson popped the plugs and Twister Bi’s lead grew from 2 lengths to 3. Then 4, then 5. He sprinted away from Oasis Bi, Lionel, and Carabinieri, leaving multiple Group 1 winners far behind. He won by 6 1/2 lengths. “He eased away gradually, got to the front and just kept that rhythm up,” Riordan said. “(Eriksson) wanted to make sure he didn’t let Lionel get close. When he pulled the plugs, he just exploded. The last 500 meters were like a 1:50 shot or something.” After his romping victory, Riordan received an invitation to the $1 million Yonkers International Trot slated for Saturday, October 14. Although the trip could interfere with the winter meet at Vincennes, Riordan’s decision was an easy one. “I was a little concerned about the trip jeopardizing the winter, but it’s a lot of money and it’s an honor to be participating in the race. I thought about it for about 10 seconds and I said, ‘we’ll go.’ ” Twister Bi finished third in Tuesday’s (July 25) Hugo Åbergs Memorial at Jågersro behind Propulsion’s herculean 1:49.2 effort. Before shipping to New York, Riordan hopes to race Twister Bi two to three more times. The Group 1 Jubileumspokalen for 5-year-olds at Solvalla August 16 is next and the Group 2 UET Trotting Masters Series at Vincennes September 9 could be after that, although Riordan is reluctant to face Bold Eagle before flying across to New York. “That race in France, Bold Eagle will probably be there. That’s obviously going to make things difficult for anybody in that race,” he said. “That’s a possibility, but I’d personally prefer to find races where we can duck those guys and keep him fresh.” More International Trot invitees will be featured as they are confirmed for the race. The $1 million Yonkers International Trot will be raced Saturday, October 14 at Yonkers Raceway. For more information visit www.internationaltrot.com. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 27, 2017--Yonkers Raceway's Friday news agenda--we're talkin' real news here, people--features a pair of interesting morsels. First, the Raceway has announced that the winner of Sunday's (Jan. 29th) Prix d'Amerique at Vincennes in Paris shall receive an invitation for the 2017 Yonkers International Trot. The Prix is scheduled for 10 AM (ET) and can viewed on-line at www.letrot.com. "The Prix d'Amerique is one of the sport's great races, and we sincerely hope that the champion joins us," race secretary Steve Starr said. "It's our goal to continue making International a marquee event that attracts the best trotters in the world." The million-dollar Yonkers International Trot is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th. The second news nugget involves the purses, which are to be increased beginning with the race week of Monday, Feb. 6th. The hikes are across the board, and range from $3,000-$5,000. This places the new purse range from $11,500 for lowest classes to $50,000 for the weekly Opens/Open Handicaps (currently $8,500 to $45,000). For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Yonkers International Trot winner Resolve made the biggest move in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The harness racing 5-year-old stallion moved from eighth to fifth in the rankings thanks to his victory in last weekend’s $1 million invitational. Wiggle It Jiggleit solidified his hold on the No. 1 spot with his win in last weekend’s Yonkers Invitational Pace. The 4-year-old gelding upped his lead to 27 points over No. 2 Always B Miki, an increase of 14 points compared to the previous rankings. Always B Miki was idle. The only other horse in the Top 10 that was in action last week was 3-year-old male pacer Betting Line, who moved from No. 5 to No. 4 in the ratings following his Ontario Sire Stakes championship triumph. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 22 – 10/18/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (26) 4pg 23-15-6-2 $1,624,337 326 1 2 Always B Miki (6) 5ph 15-9-5-0 $1,068,292 299 2 3 Marion Marauder (1) 3tc 13-10-2-0 $1,473,282 261 3 4 Betting Line (2) 3pc 15-14-1-0 $1,467,386 243 5 5 Resolve 5th 11-5-3-1 $1,195,513 201 8 6 Hannelore Hanover 4tm 18-15-2-0 $896,111 170 4 7 Racing Hill 3pc 13-6-5-2 $1,329,550 96 6 8 Ariana G 2tf 9-8-0-0 $438,967 93 7 9 Pure Country 3pf 18-8-4-3 $959,730 72 9 10 Southwind Frank 3tc 12-6-5-0 $1,048,968 30 10   Also: Darlinonthebeach (21); Lady Shadow (19); L A Delight (15); Bee A Magician (12); Broadway Donna (8); Bar Hopping (7); Caprice Hill, Dancin Yankee, Flanagan Memory (6); Flowers N Songs (5); Huntsville, Walner (4); Control The Moment, Devious Man, Shamballa (3); All The Time, Downbytheseaside, Lakeisha Hall, Prairie Sweetheart (2); Beyond Delight, Idyllic Beach, Mass Production, Wild Wanda (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

The $1,000,000 International Trot over a mile and a quarter held at Yonkers Raceway today Saturday October the 15th was taken out by the USA's Muscle Hill harness racing five-year-old Resolve and Ake Svanstedt who lead all the way in a world record for the distance . Oasis Bi was second and Flanagan Memory third. The time was - 28.1  - 57.1  -  1:26  -  1:54.4  -  2:23.4 Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) The 1,000,000 International Trot Yonkers, NY --- Resolve and trainer/driver Ake Svanstadt, representing the US, staked out their spot on the lead early on and went a 1-1/4 miles with no serious challengers to win the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15) at Yonkers Raceway. The time of 2:23.4 was a stakes and world record for the distance on a half-mile track. The field of ten trotted off the gate with Oasis Bi (Italy) briefly in the lead before Resolve took over that spot and held it to the :28.1 quarter-mile, on to the :57.1 half-mile, 1:26 three-quarters and 1:54.4 at the mile marker. Oasis Bi and driver Erik Adielsson gave futile chase throughout those fractions with Explosive De Vie (Sweden, Kevin Oscarsson) and Obrigado (US, Mark MacDonald) behind him in pursuit. The win, by about a length, was the 14th time the race has been won by the American representative since it was first contested in 1959. Oasis Bi was second and Flanagan Memory (Canada, Brian Sears) was third. “It felt good to be second. I was happy with the horse’s performance," Adielsson said. "In a strange way, I was a little disappointed because we had such a good trip (second behind winner Resolve) the whole race, and thought we had a chance.” “We made the best of the situation," Sears said. "There was a horse blocking us early, and that made it tough to get out. We ended up three horses deep, but my horse is a closer. So we were able to make up a lot a ground to finish third. I'm happy we got third. The winner was fantastic, a world record for the 1-1/4 miles. Thank you to Tim Rooney (Yonkers president and CEO) for putting this race on. It was a really great week, and I’m proud to be a part of it.” The public's second selection, Hannelore Hanover, (US, Yannick Gingras) saw her hopes for victory dashed at the beginning of the contest, as she uncharacteristically broke stride moving towards the starting gate and when she regained her footing, went inside the pylons. The complete order of finish was On Track Piraten fourth, Explosive De Vie fifth, Obrigado sixth, Hannelore Hanover seventh, Jonesy eighth, BBS Sugarlight ninth and Tano Bork tenth. “I tried to go to the lead because I know he’s very fast, said Svanstadt. “No race is easy; he worked hard, he did a good job. I was hoping to control the race, and was able to do so. I wanted to be aggressive. He did everything himself, I was just a passenger. Once he got the lead, he was very comfortable. He could have gone even faster.” Owned by Hans Enggren, Resolve is by Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare Anikewiesahalee and was bred by Michael Pozefsky and Edward Wilson. "I'm on my second pacemaker,” laughed Enggren, who has owned trotters for nearly 70 years and is 87. He holds dual citizenship in the US and Sweden, while residing in Abbottstown, Pa. "It is amazing how he (Svanstadt) trains a horse and how he knows. They work together so fantastically. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pair like that. You can put another driver on and this and that, but it’s Ake and Resolve, they’re marvelous. Ake, if he sees something that doesn’t make Resolve happy, he checks it out until he’s happy again. It’s just wonderful.” Enggren, who won the Hambletonian with Prakas in 1985, says next up for Resolve is the Breeders Crown and then the TVG event. “Then rest in Florida and we have been invited to Sweden again next year, but this time I am sending my son," he said. "I am too old for that stuff. My son will go next. My wife, we own a breeding farm (Meadowbranch which Enggren describes as a “half goofy translation of my last name”) and she likes all the babies – a lot. But when Resolve came to do such marvelous things, now she’s interested in this too. “I bought the horse at (age two) and I should mention one name – Roman Lopez. He broke Resolve originally and raced him. I got to see him when I went to visit Roman and his wife and as soon as I saw him (I wanted to buy him), but it took a long time, from Nov. until Aug. (of 2014). The owners (brothers Michael and William Pozefsky) said yes and then I ran like a son of a gun to the bank. I wore them down and I wore myself down. "He’s not for sale. If I’m that lucky at my age, you can’t sell something like that. I’ve had too many offers, but I start to recognize the phone numbers and I say right away, ‘If you’re calling about Resolve, we can talk, but he’s not for sale.’” Enggren says the Elitlipp is a possibility for 2017. “He (Svanstadt) might want to go over but he does so many good things for me, so I cannot very well say no," he said. The Prix d’Amerique, however, is not under consideration. “I am extremely grateful for the trotting horses I have been associated with since 1939, in one way or another," Enggren said. "I sold tip sheets and programs and I traveled between racetracks (in his native Sweden) by bicycle, pretty far. That’s probably why I’m getting so old. This has to be something that I hope this form of racing – bringing horses from Europe and Canada – the name for this race can be built up and compare perhaps with the Elitlopp and other races. It’s a great feeling. I’ve had I think a wonderful life with the horses, as a breeder for 40 or 50 years and an owner for about 70 years." Post-mortem from some beaten runners in $1m International Trot Kevin Oscarsson (Explosive De Vie, 5‎‎th) "I wanted to be as close to the front as possible from the very start. Hannelore Hanover made a break in the turn, so I took my chance and tried to get in front of her on the inside which was perfect for me. "I'm happy with the horse, he's new in this class, he's getting better and better and I'm really looking forward to next year." Mark MacDonald, (Obrigado, 6th) “The six hole hand-cuffed us a bit,  but was happy with trip the horse got. We sat into the three-quarter pole, and in the last turn he usually kicks in, but he never really got going today. He hasn't been as sharp as he was in mid-season. Had that been the case we could have placed third. Post means so much. It was a good race.  “The winner was unbelievable. It was an amazing mile and a quarter. He controlled from get go. No one got to him, even a world-class horse in two hole. One of better races he has raced.”  Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras, 7th ) "She warmed up so good, but when the race started, she wanted no part of the turns. None of the five. I'm very disappointed in the performance. She made a break and finished well behind. That's not what I was expecting at all."   Jonesy (Tuomas Korvenoja, 8th) “It was a fantastic experience here and we’re not disappointed at all and hopefully we can come back here.” Harness Racing Communications

Yannick Gingras has driven in some of the world's most prestigious trotting races --- the Prix d'Amerique, the Elitlopp, the Hambletonian --- and, as he says with a chuckle, "I'm yet to win any of them." He hopes to change his luck Saturday when he returns to the track that launched his harness racing career in the U.S., Yonkers Raceway, for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. Gingras moved from Quebec to compete at Yonkers in 2001 and in the ensuing years established himself as one of harness racing's premier drivers. On Saturday, Gingras will try to win the International Trot with Hannelore Hanover, who starts the 1-1/4 mile invitational event from post No. 1 and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. "It would definitely be really, really special (to win) back where it all started for me," the 37-year-old Gingras said. "I was just a kid back then --- I'm still a kid --- but I was a really young kid then. To me I have three homes. Sorel is home in Quebec, the Meadowlands is obviously a big home for me, and Yonkers is where it all started for me." Hannelore Hanover, the winner of 15 of 17 races this year and 24 of 38 lifetime, is the lone female in the 10-horse field for the International Trot. She is trying to become the ninth mare to win the race. The International Trot was first contested in 1959 and held through 1995. The event was resurrected last year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. It will be race six on a 13-race card Saturday at Yonkers. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. (EDT), with the International Trot expected to go at 3:20 p.m. Resolve, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is the 3-1 morning line favorite and will start from post two. Resolve, a 5-year-old stallion, has won four of 10 races this year and earned $695,513. He heads to the International Trot off a win in the Maple Leaf Trot on Sept. 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. Earlier this season, he finished second to Nuncio in the Elitlopp at Sweden's Solvalla Raceway. Hannelore Hanover, trained by Ron Burke, heads to the International Trot off a win over the boys in the Centaur Trotting Classic on Sept. 24 at Hoosier Park. She finished second to Resolve in the Maple Leaf Trot. "I don't think because I have post one that it makes me a winner, there's no doubt about that," said Gingras, who has won 6,159 races in his career and was the Driver of the Year in 2014. "There are a lot of good horses in the race." Resolve and Hannelore Hanover are among three U.S. representatives in the International Trot, along with Obrigado, who drew post six and was made 6-1 on the morning line. Obrigado has won six of 15 starts this year and 40 of 77 lifetime, good for $1.36 million purses. He was a standout in Maine at ages 2 and 3 before developing into a Grand Circuit trotter for trainer Paul Kelley. "I never thought I had this kind of a horse," Kelley said. "When we started training him as a 4-year-old he trained down like a nice horse, but there was no way I could have envisioned him being this nice." Interestingly, it was a trip to Yonkers for the 2014 International Trot Preview --- the precursor to the return of the International Trot a year later --- that Obrigado opened Kelley's eyes. Obrigado finished fourth, beaten only 1-1/2 lengths in a field that included Natural Herbie, Commander Crowe, Bee A Magician, Arch Madness, and Sebastian K. "At that point, I kind of knew I had something pretty special," Kelley said. "He's actually gotten better each year. Last year he had a pretty good year, we had some ups and downs, but for the most part the downs were all related to just us going through a little bit of a learning curve in terms of shoeing and things like that. As we got into last fall we kind of had things figured out shoeing wise and he's just been a whole lot better since." Rounding out the North American contingent in the International Trot is Canada's Flanagan Memory. The 6-year-old stallion enters the event off a win in last Sunday's Allerage Open Trot and has won 18 of 65 races in his career. An O'Brien Award winner at age 3, Flanagan Memory has earned $1.16 million for trainer Rene Dion, who co-owns the horse with Liette Flanagan. Flanagan Memory starts from post four and is 6-1 on the morning line. "I can't complain at all," Flanagan Memory's driver Brian Sears said. "It's a big field and my horse doesn't have a ton of gate speed, but I'll just look to get in some flow and hopefully have the fractions work out for me. He's a solid horse, there's no question that he's a contender. He's got a good spot and Rene has done a great job with him. I'm looking for a little racing luck, that's all." The international group in the International Trot is led by three returnees from last year's race, Italy's Oasis Bi, Norway's BBS Sugarlight, and Sweden's On Track Piraten. Among the newcomers is Sweden's Explosive De Vie, who raced in the U.S. at age 2 and finished second on three occasions in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions. A son of Explosive Matter-Ava, the 5-year-old gelding is co-owned and trained by Jim Oscarsson. Kevin Oscarsson, Jim's son, is the driver and Susie Oscarsson, Jim's wife, helps take care of the horse. Explosive De Vie drew post 10 and is 12-1 on the morning line. "We are having a great time here," Susie Oscarsson said. "I'm always dreaming, and this is a big dream." Another newcomer to the event is Finland's Jonsey, who won the 2016 Finnish Championship and 2014 Finnish Derby. He will leave from post No. 3 for trainer-driver Tuomas Korvenoja and is 15-1 on the morning line. "He's a really nice guy, cool guy, doing his job always pretty well," Korvenoja said about his 6-year-old stallion. "He's never met horses of this caliber before, so it's pretty interesting to see what he can do. "We've got nothing to lose here. I think he's had a really good season this year. He's a strong guy and a half-mile track is no problem. He can leave pretty fast, so we'll see. We're thrilled to be here." Following is the Yonkers International Trot field in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 4/1 2 - Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 3/1 3 - Jonesy - Muscles Yankee - Tuomas Korvenoja - Tuomas Korvenoja - 15/1 4 - Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion - 6/1 5 - Oasis Bi - Toss Out - Erik Adielsson - Stefan Pettersson - 5/1 6 - Obrigado - Boy Band - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley - 6/1 7 - BBS Sugarlight - Super Light - Vidar Hop - Fredrik Solberg - 6/1 8 - On Track Piraten - Kool Du Caux - Orjan Kihlstrom - Hans Stromberg - 10/1 9 - Tano Bork - Great Challenger - John Campbell - Christian Lindhardt - 20/1 10 - Explosive De Vie - Explosive Matter - Kevin Oscarsson - Jim Oscarsson - 12/1 Tano Bork and Explosive De Vie start in the second tier. For more about this year's competitors, visit the Yonkers International Trot website by clicking here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -- Two breeds, two races, two tracks, two dollars, one bet. Saturday (Oct. 15th) afternoon's 'New York Double' is a cooperative effort between the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and harness racing's Yonkers Raceway. The gimmick wager has, as its first half, Belmont's $200,000 Futurity, a Grade III event (third race, post time 2:01 PM). The second half is the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot (sixth race, post time 3:20 PM). "We're excited about this wager," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "Our Yonkers International Trot is one of the premier races in the sport, and we encourage all thoroughbred fans to watch and wager as part of the New York Double." Past performance pages for these races shall be made available in all corresponding on-track and simulcast programs. The New York Double has a 20 percent takeout rate. Again, note Yonkers' special first post of 1:10 PM. The joint NYRA/YR release ELMONT and YONKERS, N.Y. – Racing fans will have the opportunity to wager on two of the most prestigious horse races in the country on Saturday, October 15, when the New York Racing Association and Yonkers Raceway join to offer for the first time the New York Double. The Daily Double wager, hosted by Yonkers Raceway, is comprised of the $1 Million International Trot featuring the premier international Standardbred horses in the world along with the Grade 3, $200,000 Belmont Futurity for 2-year-old thoroughbreds. Post time for the International Trot, featuring 10 horses at the mile-and-a-quarter-distance, is 3:20 p.m. ET. Post time for the Belmont Futurity, the opening leg of the New York Double, is 2:01 p.m. Past performances for Yonkers International Trot shall be included in the Post Parade, while PP’s for the Futurity are to be included in Yonkers’ Saturday harness program. “The New York Double is a unique wagering opportunity that NYRA Bets customers and New York race fans have come to expect,” said NYRA Bets President Tony Allevato. “NYRA is proud to partner with Yonkers Raceway to connect these two great races, and present horseplayers across the country with a brand new wagering option between thoroughbred and harness racing.” “We’re excited about this wager,” said Yonkers Raceway COO Bob Galterio. “Our Yonkers International Trot is one of the premier races in the sport, and we encourage all thoroughbred fans to watch and wager as part of the New York Double.”    The New York Double with a $2 minimum wager will be available on-track, and to members of NYRA Bets and Empire City Bets as well as in simulcast facilities across the country.  Frank Drucker

Oasis Bi came home in strong fashion in last year's Yonkers International Trot, overcoming a back-of-the-pack trip to finish fourth. Trainer Stefan Pettersson hopes the 8-year-old stallion can put forth a similar effort in this year's $1 million harness racing event on Saturday, but this time resulting in a win. "He raced a very good last quarter," Pettersson said, referring to Oasis Bi's :27.4 time that was the fastest among the 10 horses in last year's race. "He took very well to the track. I hope he can show the same way this year. He's the same horse; I think that's a good thing." Oasis Bi, representing Italy, is among three horses from last year returning to the International Trot, along with Norway's BBS Sugarlight and Sweden's On Track Piraten. Oasis Bi drew post No. 5 and was made 5-1 on the morning line, the third choice behind U.S. representatives Resolve (3-1) and Hannelore Hanover (4-1). Resolve will start the International Trot from post No. 2 while Hannelore Hanover, the lone mare in the race, will leave from post one. Another of the event's top contenders, Canada's Flanagan Memory, also drew inside of Oasis Bi. He will start from post four and is 6-1 on the morning line. "It's up to the driver, but I think the American and Canadian horses inside are very fast, so I hope he can get down with the field and then go as fast as he can at the end," said Pettersson, who will give the lines to driver Erik Adielsson, who piloted On Track Piraten last year, on Saturday. Owned by Sweden's Frackstad Lantbruks AB, the Italian-born Oasis Bi is a son of stallion Toss Out, a stakes-winner in the States, out of the Self Possessed-mare Up Front JM. His family includes millionaire Million Dollar Bye and Dan Patch Award-winner Firm Tribute. Oasis Bi has won 17 of 67 career races and earned the U.S. equivalent of $1.66 million. His wins this year include the Group 1 Gran Premio Lotteria and he heads to the International Trot off a second-place finish to Nuncio in the UET Trotting Masters championship on Sept. 18. In January, he finished third in the Prix d'Amerique. "We hope we have the horse in the same shape like last year," Pettersson said. "He's feeling good in the training so I hope we can do a good race on Saturday." The two remaining International Trot returnees, BBS Sugarlight and On Track Piraten, didn't fare as well as Oasis Bi in Tuesday's post draw, getting starting spots seven and eight, respectively. BBS Sugarlight, who finished fifth in last year's race, has won 22 of 81 career races and earned $962,553. The 7-year-old gelding is owned by Stall Sugarlight and Gunnar Karlson. Among BBS Sugarlight's victories are the 2015 Olympic Trot and 2015 Oslo Grand Prix. "I have tested my horse on the course and I think he's much better this year than he was last year," trainer Fredrik Solberg said about BBS Sugarlight, a son of stallion Super Light out of the Sugarcane Hanover-mare Sugarsweet Sid. "He has raced very well. Everything seems to be really good with him." Vidar Hop will drive BBS Sugarlight. On Track Piraten finished seventh in last year's International Trot after a three-wide move early in the race put the gelding in front, but unable to get to the inside. He then raced first-over heading to the final turn before dropping back. A son of stallion Kool Du Caux out of the Rite On Line-sired Monrovia, On Track Piraten has won 27 of 94 career races and earned the U.S.-equivalent of $1.63 million. This year, he has won six of 17 starts and hit the board a total of 12 times. He had back-to-back second-place finishes in Group 1 events before making an uncharacteristic break at the start of the Group 1 UET Masters Championship on Sept. 18. The gelding is owned by Sweden's Stall Morkermasse and Stall CK HB. Orjan Kihlstrom will drive the 8-year-old. "We were hoping for a better position behind the gate, but it is what it is," Stall Morkermasse representative John Backlund said about On Track Piraten starting from post eight. "I think (the horse) is better this year than last year. He's just getting better every year. He's an amazing horse." The International Trot was first contested in 1959 and held through 1995. The event was resurrected last year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. It will be race six on a 13-race card Saturday at Yonkers. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. (EDT), with the International Trot expected to go at 3:20 p.m. Following is the Yonkers International Trot field in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 4/1 2 - Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 3/1 3 - Jonesy - Muscles Yankee - Tuomas Korvenoja - Tuomas Korvenoja - 15/1 4 - Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion - 6/1 5 - Oasis Bi - Toss Out - Erik Adielsson - Stefan Pettersson - 5/1 6 - Obrigado - Boy Band - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley - 6/1 7 - BBS Sugarlight - Super Light - Vidar Hop - Fredrik Solberg - 6/1 8 - On Track Piraten - Kool Du Caux - Orjan Kihlstrom - Hans Stromberg - 10/1 9 - Tano Bork - Great Challenger - John Campbell - Christian Lindhardt - 20/1 10 - Explosive De Vie - Explosive Matter - Kevin Oscarsson - Jim Oscarsson - 12/1 Tano Bork and Explosive De Vie start in the second tier. For more about this year's competitors, visit the Yonkers International Trot website by clicking here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

Harness Racing This Week: Yonkers International Trot, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: This week's marquee event on the Grand Circuit is the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, which will be held on Saturday (Oct. 15) at Yonkers Raceway. A field of 10 top trotters will head to the gate in the Yonkers International. Also on tap this week will be the John Simpson Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trotters will be in the spotlight on Friday (Oct. 14) with two $40,000 divisions for both the 3-year-old colts and 3-year-old fillies. The Sunday (Oct. 16) card will feature the $47,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt pace and the $40,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Scott Zeron had no game plan when it came to driving Marion Marauder in this past Sunday's Kentucky Futurity. It turned out to be a winning strategy. Starting from the second tier's post No. 11, with the Trotting Triple Crown on the line, Zeron and Marion Marauder worked out a trip that saw the duo emerge from behind horses in the stretch to chase down rivals Bar Hopping and Southwind Frank and win the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity by a head in 1:52.3. Southwind Frank finished second and Bar Hopping was third. Marion Marauder, who became the ninth horse to win the Trotting Triple Crown and first since Glidemaster in 2006, won the Hambletonian -- the Crown's first jewel -- by a nose over Southwind Frank. He won the second jewel, the Yonkers Trot, by a head over Smalltownthrowdown. Marion Marauder raced on the outside for the entire mile and was no better than seventh place through three-quarters of the race. He followed 9-5 favorite Bar Hopping, who started in the second tier's post No. 12 in the 12-horse field, in the outer flow and those two eventually drafted behind the cover of second-over Southwind Frank. As the field made its way down the stretch, horses fanned six wide across the track with the focus on Southwind Frank, Bar Hopping and the late-charging Marion Marauder, who trotted the last quarter-mile in :26.4. Marion Marauder has won 10 of 13 races this year and earned $1.47 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood, who is trainer Paula Wellwood's mother, and Devin Keeling, who is the son of the trainer. Marion Marauder is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, the 2009 Horse of the Year, out of the Nova Award-winning mare Spellbound Hanover. Making his move for the top midway down the backstretch, Always B Miki set fast fractions before driver David Miller implored him through the stretch, advancing to win the $138,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace in an all-time record mile of 1:46 on Sunday at The Red Mile. Always B Miki broke the old world record of 1:46.1, set by Cambest in a time trial at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield in 1993. The previous race mark of 1:46.4 was shared by four horses -- Holborn Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere, Warrawee Needy and He's Watching. Always B Miki got away third as Shamballa was sent to the lead through a :26.1 opening quarter. David Miller showed Always B Miki the whip and he rushed first over to claim command to the half, timed in :52.2. He continued his sprint around the far turn, passing three-quarters in 1:19.4 before being chased home by Shamballa and All Bets Off in the stretch. A 5-year-old horse by Always A Virgin out of the Artsplace mare Artstopper, Always B Miki won his 27th race in 50 career starts, earning $2,296,368 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. He is trained by Jimmy Takter. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,246.5; 2. David Miller - 985; 3. Tim Tetrick - 948.5; 4. Brett Miller - 492.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 471.5. Trainers: 1. Jimmy Takter - 1,157.5; 2. Ron Burke - 1,093.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 492; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 411; 5. Julie Miller - 335. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 245.37; 2. Marvin Katz - 226.75; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 208.02; 4. Tom Hill - 184; 5. Al Libfeld - 178.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack with Breeders Crown eliminations set to take place on Friday (Oct. 21) and Saturday (Oct. 22). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

New York, NY --- Resolve on Tuesday afternoon drew post No. 2 in a field of 10 for Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot and was made the 3-1 morning line favorite in the 1-1/4 mile harness racing invitational event at Yonkers Raceway. Hannelore Hanover, the lone mare in the race, drew post one and was made the 4-1 second choice. The International Trot was first contested in 1959 and held through 1995. The event was resurrected last year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. It will be race six on a 13-race card Saturday at Yonkers. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. EDT, with the International Trot expected to go at 3:20 p.m. Resolve and Hannelore Hanover are among three U.S. representatives in the International Trot, along with Obrigado, who drew post six and was made 6-1 on the morning line. "I'm satisfied with the draw," said Swedish-born Ake Svanstedt, who is now based in the U.S. and trains and drives Resolve for owner Hans Enggren of Pennsylvania. "I know a lot of the horses and have seen them race. I've raced against a couple of them too. The drivers are good drivers. They drive differently. It's going to be a European (style) race, not American." Resolve, a 5-year-old stallion, has won four of 10 races this year and earned $695,513. He heads to the International Trot off a win in the Maple Leaf Trot on Sept. 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. Earlier this season, he finished second to Nuncio in the Elitlopp at Sweden's Solvalla Raceway. "He is doing good," Svanstedt said. "He is doing good the whole year. It's been almost four weeks since he raced the last time, but he trained good. He looks good. He's excited to race when he has a long time between the races. He wants to race. He's sharp." Returning from last year's International Trot are Norway's BBS Sugarlight, Italy's Oasis Bi, and Sweden's On Track Piraten. Oasis Bi, who finished fourth in last year's edition of the race, drew post No. 5 and was established at 5-1. BBS Sugarlight was fifth and On Track Piraten finished seventh. Completing the field are Sweden's Explosive De Vie, Canada's Flanagan Memory, Finland's Jonesy, and Denmark's Tano Bork. Norway's Papagayo E won the 2015 race, but is unable to return this year because of injury. Hannelore Hanover will try to join a list of eight mares to win the International Trot. She has 15 wins and two seconds in 17 starts this season, and has won 24 of her 38 career starts for trainer Ron Burke, who co-owns the 4-year-old with the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables. The mare heads to the International Trot off a win over the boys in the Centaur Trotting Classic on Sept. 24 at Hoosier Park. She finished second to Resolve in the Maple Leaf Trot. "I was open-minded about (posts) one through five, and maybe nine or 10, but drawing the rail in this race is definitely a big edge for her," Hannelore Hanover's driver Yannick Gingras said, adding with a laugh, "I told Ake that he better buckle up his chinstrap. "She's really sharp. She's been racing really good. She's had a three-week break now, which I think is a great thing for her. She'd been racing really hard, shipping all over North America. I think the three weeks will help her and I'm sure Ronnie will have her trained up. I know she's ready to rock." This will be Hannelore Hanover's first race on a half-mile track. "I don't think it's an issue," Gingras said. "She's a really square-gaited mare. I don't think it's any problem at all in my mind." Following is the Yonkers International Trot field in post order. PP - Horse - Driver - Trainer - Line 1 - Hannelore Hanover - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 4/1 2 - Resolve - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 3/1 3 - Jonesy - Tuomas Korvenoja - Tuomas Korvenoja - 15/1 4 - Flanagan Memory - Brian Sears - Rene Dion - 6/1 5 - Oasis Bi - Erik Adielsson - Stefan Pettersson - 5/1 6 - Obrigado - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley - 6/1 7 - BBS Sugarlight - Vidar Hop - Fredrik Solberg - 6/1 8 - On Track Piraten - Orjan Kihlstrom - Hans Stromberg - 10/1 9 - Tano Bork - John Campbell -Christian Lindhardt - 20/1 10 - Explosive De Vie - Kevin Oscarsson - Jim Oscarsson - 12/1 Tano Bork and Explosive De Vie start in the second tier. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - Half of the 10 harness racing drivers scheduled to compete in Saturday afternoon's million-dollar Yonkers International Trot were part of a well-attended Tuesday afternoon draw luncheon in midtown Manhattan. The back portion of that unusual daily double was a trip to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. The accompanying photo features (l-r) Tuomas Korvenoja (Jonesy, Finland), Ake Svanstedt (Resolve, U-S), Yannick Gingras (Hannelore Hanover, U-S) and Brian Sears (Flanagan Memory, Canada). John Campbell, driving Denmark's Tano Bork, was at the draw but unable to join the others high above the city. Again, post time for the rare Saturday program is 1:10 PM, with the featured Yonkers International Trot going as the sixth race (post time 3:20 PM). Frank Drucker

Harness racing post positions for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot will be drawn Tuesday, October 11 at Noon at Gallagher's Steakhouse in New York City. The World Championship of trotting takes place Saturday, October 15 at Yonkers Raceway. First race post is 1:10pm and the Yonkers International Trot has an approximate post time of 3:20pm. Trotting fans can follow Tuesday's post position draw live online, through the Standardbred Owners Association of New York's Twitter account. Just follow @soaofny on Twitter and look for the live periscope broadcast Tuesday afternoon. Many prominent horsemen are expected to be in attendance on Tuesday, including driver Yannick Gingras who is driving Hannelore Hanover representing the United States, driver Brian Sears driving Flanagan Memory representing Canada, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt with Resolve for the United States and trainer Paul Kelley with Obrigado also representing the United States. Several of the European trainers and owners will also be in attendance. Follow all of the latest news and updates about the Yonkers International Trot on www.internationaltrot.com and use the hashtag #InternationalTrot to join the conversation with trotting fans from around the world.

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