Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 3 of 3
1

Kim Eriksson's trip to the U.S. for Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino will be different from the harness racing driver's previous experiences in the States. "I wanted to work there around six years ago, but since I wasn't good enough I didn't get to drive anything but the wheelbarrow," Eriksson said in an email. "So the return is definitely something I'm going to enjoy." Rest assured Eriksson will not be driving a wheelbarrow Saturday at Yonkers. The 33-year-old Swede will sit behind Oasis Bi, who finished second to Resolve in last year's edition of the International Trot. Oasis Bi, trained by Stefan Pettersson, is making his third appearance in the 1-1/4 mile invitational. He finished fourth in 2015. "It's a great honor as well as a privilege to participate in the International Trot," Eriksson said. "To drive in the race is amazing to begin with, and to do it with a gentleman and professional like Oasis Bi is even better. "He had a phenomenal season last year, when everything clicked. He hasn't had as much luck this year, but still has been racing on top level. Perhaps his biggest strength is his technique, which he has shown off the previous years at Yonkers." Eriksson's career started slowly, but he has become one of the top drivers in Sweden, where he is No. 10 in wins this year. On Sunday, Eriksson made headlines when he filled in for trainer/driver Robert Bergh to guide Diamanten, owned by former NHL star Peter Forsberg, to victory in the $176,000 Grosser Preis von Deutschland in Hamburg. "I started at a 'harness-racing school' when I was 16, but then I didn't know much about anything," Eriksson said. "I got my driver's license when I was 18, but didn't drive much at all the first years. In fact, I think it took about five years before my first win. "Despite that, I've never lost track of my dream, and that is to be able to compete at the highest level. And it doesn't get much higher than this. This year, especially, I've gotten to drive great horses that have raced for a lot of money, but this (International Trot) definitely tops it all." Oasis Bi, a 9-year-old stallion, has won 18 of 80 career races and $2.06 million in purses. Owned by Sweden's Frackstad Lantbruks AB, the Italian-born Oasis Bi is a son of 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. Last year, Oasis Bi's wins included the Group 1 Gran Premio Lotteria. He finished second to Nuncio in the UET Trotting Masters championship and finished third in the Prix d'Amerique. At ages 2 and 3, Oasis Bi was in the stable of Per Engblom. When Engblom moved to the U.S., eventually landing a spot as Jimmy Takter's top assistant, Oasis Bi was transferred to Pettersson. "During the last five years he's meant a lot to us," Pettersson said in a video produced by Kristin Riise Ødegård for the SOA of New York. "He's a great guy. He's a bit spoiled by his groom at home and he can be playful but once he knows it's time for work he becomes a true gentleman. He loves training and he's always happy and ready to go. He's a fantastic horse to work with. "This year hasn't been as good as last year, but that record is tough to beat. I think he's in as good from now as he was then but the competition is very tough this year and the races haven't really panned out to his advantage. The horse feels great and he still races well every time. I'm sure he'll do a great race in Yonkers." The International Trot was contested from 1959 through 1995 before being resurrected three years ago by Yonkers President and CEO Tim Rooney. Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten are the only horses in this year's field to appear in every Yonkers International Trot since its return. The draw for the International Trot, part of a New York harness-record $3.3 million card at Yonkers on Saturday, is Tuesday afternoon. Racing begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yonkers. "Our trips to Yonkers have been fantastic experiences," Pettersson said. "They're memories for life. We can't wait to go back. It's going to be good fun. We were ready to go before we even got the invitation." The complete field for the 39th International Trot (with country of representation) is Dreammoko (France), In Secret (U.S.), Marion Marauder (Canada), Midnight Hour (Finland), Oasis Bi (Italy), On Track Piraten (Sweden), Resolve (U.S.), Shadow Woodland (Finland), Tripolini VP (Denmark), and Twister Bi (Italy). For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com.  ‘INTERNATIONAL TROT DAY’ TO INCLUDES $10,000 GUARANTEED PICK 5 POOL Included in the wagering buffet for this Saturday’s (Oct. 14th) $3.3 million, all-stakes “International Trot  Day’ program, Yonkers Raceway—in conjunction with Standardbred Owners of New York and the U-S Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program—is offering a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool. As usual, the sequence goes as races 7 through 11 (card is 11 races), with the order as such… No.-Race                                                                                             Post time             7-Dan Rooney Invitational Pace                                                         3:00             8-Harry Harvey Invitational Trot                                                        3:30             9-Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino                         4:00             10-NYSS Morrisville Coll. Equine Inst. 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot      4:30             11-NYSS Allerage Farm 3YO Filly Trot                                            5:00             Note races 8 and 9 offer 10 horses and the mile-and-a-quarter distance. “The guarantee is just another reason for fans to watch and wager as we present the richest program ever in the history of New York harness racing,” Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. There is also a special ‘New York, New York Pick 4’ involving Yonkers’ 8th and 9th races along with a pair of Belmont Park stakes (8th race, $150,000 Futurity [post time 4:46 PM] and 9th race, $200,000 Pebbles [post time 5:19 PM]). A reminder of Yonkers’ special 1 PM first post, with the first six races (prior to the Pick 5) all $225,000 finals of New York Sire Stakes events.     Ken Weingartner

April 15, 2015 - Oasis Bi took Saturday’s Klosterskogen Grand Prix (purse 565,000 kroners of which the winner share was 300,000 kroners, 2100 meters autostart) timed in 1.14.1kr for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Stefan P. Pettersson. The nine year-old son of Toss Out-Up Front JM-Self Possessed rallied for victory at ¼ odds, defeating Thai Broadway (8m Broadway Hall-Isabella Knick-Tap In) reined by Gunnar Austevoll and Netherlands’ Bruno di Quattro (9m Broadway Hall-Ijssel-Speedy Soma) teamed by Frode Hamre. Winmecredit (10g Credit Winner-Lamitech Dancing-Valley Victory) was fourth for Magnus Teien Gundersen, ahead of Sweden’s Gigant Slugger (10g Gigant Neo-Aida Slugger-Yankee Slugger) reined by Geir Mikkelsen and Italy’s Rod Stewart (7m Love You-Valley Lane-Lindy Lane) for Tom Erik Solberg and trainer Jerry Riordan. Thomas H. Hicks

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

1 to 3 of 3
1