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Monticello, NY--To say that the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) is having a busy year would be a gross understatement. Besides three local 10-race series--the third underway now- the members have hosted three European organizations; one from Spain, another from Hungary and a third from Italy; and now beginning October 8 and continuing thru October 14 they will host their counterparts from France. And just a month ago NAADA members traveled to Palma de Mallorca to compete against the Spainards on their home turf. According to NAADA president Joe Faraldo, one of two Americans who has won a race in France, his members will have to be at the top of their game when the French come to town. "We raced against them here four years ago and we came out on the short end. They're confident in their driving ability and they drive like professionals so we can probably expect another beating." There will be a Competition at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday, October 9 followed by one at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday, Oct. 10. On Friday, Oct 12th there will be a race--maybe two--at the Meadowlands Drivers for the French team include Jerome Maillard, Ms Sandrine Oyer, Sebastien Campain and Jean Marc Freyssenge. NAADA will field different members at all three venues. "We may win or we may lose but the results are not that important. The camaraderie shared is what is," Faraldo added. "However, either way, everyone will enjoy good food, good wine and a good time." The following is the tentative itinerary: USA/FRANCE Friendship Competition October 8th - October 14th Monday - October 8th 2018... Pick up at JFK airport. Transport to The Bentley Hotel 500 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065 Dinner at Sel et Poivre 853 Lexington Ave 10065 Tuesday - October 9th. Free in the Morning. Pick up at 2:30 PM to get licensed Race at Yonkers Raceway. Dinner in Little Italy of the Bronx Ristorante Zero Otto Nove . Transport back to hotel. Wednesday - October 10th - Pick up at 10:30 AM.. Drive to Monticello Raceway Race at Monticello. Visit Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY en route to Dinner at the River Palm Steakhouse , Mahwah NJ. Transport to Hotel. Thursday - October 11th Pick up at 10 AM.. Professional New York City tour. Tour guide will drop off at Pepolinos about 6:30 PM for dinner 281 W Broadway, New York City Friday - October 12th Morning free. Pick up at 2:00 PM. Drive to Meadowlands for a race or two. Dinner at Il Villagio Saturday--October 13th International Trot and dinner at Yonkers Raceway Sunday - October 14th Don Peppes for dinner then drive to the airport by John Manzi, for NAADA

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 2, 2018-A schedule reminder from Yonkers Raceway concerning Friday night, Oct. 12th. It's a dark night-previously scheduled as such-as the Raceway prepares for the next day's million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. Again, post time for the Saturday, Oct. 13th, special matinee card is 1 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 1, 2018-You know the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino, set for the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th, is a big event when there's a freebie involved. Beginning that morning at 10 AM, the first 4,000 Empire Club members who visit a promotions booth shall receive a spiffy commemorative (and green) International Trot cap. The 10 world-class trotters set to contest the mile-and-a-quarter 40th International are... Arazi Boko (Italy) Ariana G (United States) Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden) Dreammoko (Netherlands) Lionel (Norway) Marion Marauder (Canada) Pastore Bob (Sweden) Ringostarr Treb (Italy) Slide So Easy (Denmark) Up and Quick (France) First post for the special program-which also includes the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot and $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace-is 1 PM. Further details surrounding the event shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 29, 2018-Yonkers Raceway has announced that 4-year-old double millionairess Ariana G has been selected to represent the United States in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th. The Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld co-owned homebred daughter of Muscles Yankee comes off a track-record (1:52.1) effort in Friday night's (Sept. 27th) Dayton Trotting Derby. It was her fifth win in 11 seasonal starts and 26th in 37 career races ($2,367.709). The International would serve as the 11th venue where Ariana G has raced, though her first small-track try. Twice a Breeders Crown champ, twice a Dan Patch award winner and with a Hambletonian Oaks win leading a gaudy resume, her accomplishments are numerous. Now, she prepares to meet some of the world's best trotters. "I spoke with (trainer) Jimmy Takter earlier tonight to offer the invitation, and he immediately accepted," race secretary Steve Starr said. "As I said when we announced the nine foreign entrants, it should be a great race." The alphabetical field for the mile-and-a-quarter International Trot, with country of representation... Arazi Boko (Italy) Ariana G (United States) Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden) Dreammoko (Netherlands) Lionel (Norway) Marion Marauder (Canada) Pastore Bob (Sweden) Ringostarr Treb (Italy) Slide So Easy (Denmark) Up and Quick (France) Beginning in 1959 at Roosevelt Raceway, this is the 40th International Trot and fourth since it was brought back after two decades of dormancy. More information about the card (including post time) and surrounding promotions and activities shall be sent when available. YONKERS CO-FEATURES SATURDAY Two hard-knocking veterans who've made careers of winning did just that Saturday night (Sept. 29th), annexing Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Ladies first, so props to favored N F Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr. $4.10) for whipping five gelded gentlemen in the weekly trotting feature. Assigned outside all of them, she did her thing-leaving-then went the distance (:27.4, :58.2, 1:26.3, 1:55.4). Fashion Creditor (Brent Holland) was a sold second, closing to miss three-quarters of a length, with DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) tiring in the pocket and ending up third. Barry Black (Jordan Stratton) and Don Dream (Jason Bartlett) picked off the remainder, while a first-up Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) broke. For N F Happenstance, an 8-year-old daughter of S J's Caviar owned by James Moore III and trained by Carol Jamieson-Parker, it was her 10th win (with 10 seconds) in 26 seasonal starts (career 30-for-107) The exacta paid $51.50, the triple returned $104 and the superfecta paid $1,013. The week's marquee pace saw a gutty, two-move effort from Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $18). Nose-to-gate from assigned post position No. 5, he was stuffed in behind Doctor Butch (Bartlett). The Doctor found a :27.2 opening quarter-mile as 3-5 fave More The Better N (Eric Goodell) was about to move from third. More The Better N made the lead before a 56-second half, and soon after, Mach it So was back for more. That one engaged More The Better N after a 1:24 three-quarters, then put him away late the lane. Mach it So defeated a second-up Theartofconfusion A (Dan Dube) by a half-length in 1:52.1. Doctor Butch was third, with More The Better N fading to a money-burning fourth. Caviart Luca (Brennan) settled for the final pay envelope. For fourth choice Mach it So, an 8-year-old double millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his seventh win in 22 seasonal starts (career 47-for-142) The exacta paid $91, the triple returned $307.50 and the superfecta paid $789. Quillen Memorial winner Sunfire Blue Chip came up injured from his assigned eight-hole here. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Join the conversation with harness racing fans from around the globe on social media by using the hashtag #International18 leading up to the $1 million Yonkers International Trot Saturday October 13 at Yonkers Raceway. The Standardbred Owners Association of New York will once again be the source for all updates and information about the World Championship of trotting through the website created for the race www.internationaltrot.com as well as on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SOAofNY/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/soaofny There will be contests each week where fans can win great International Trot merchandise including hats, t-shirts, flags and polo shirts. Follow the SOA of NY on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win. Once the field for the $1 million race is finalized, www.internationaltrot.com and SOA of NY Facebook and Twitter will have key past races for the contenders as well as interviews and features on the participants. The post position draw for this year’s Yonkers International Trot will take place on Tuesday October 9 and will be shown live on the SOA of NY Facebook page. Free live video streaming of the races are available from Yonkers Raceway every racing day and the afternoon card on International Trot day is no exception, with the free live feed always at http://www.empirecitycasino.com/racing/live-video/ From the SOA of New York

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 24, 2018-It's nine-tenths done. Yonkers Raceway has announced the foreign participants for the 40th International Trot. The million-dollar, mile-and-a-quarter event, the fourth International since the race was brought back after two decades of dormancy, goes Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th. The world-class trotters, in alphabetical order, are... Arazi Boko (Italy) Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden) Dreammoko (Netherlands) Lionel (Norway) Marion Marauder (Canada) Pastore Bob (Sweden) Ringostarr Treb (Italy) Slide So Easy (Denmark) Up and Quick (France) Each horse's country of representation was determined by ownership and/or sire. "These are some of the best trotters in training and we're very happy they've accepted our invitations," racing secretary Steve Starr said. "I'm expecting a great race." As far as the United States entrant, Starr said that should be finalized in the next week or so. Further informational regarding International Trot Day (including post time, promotions and apron activities) shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 15, 2018-Trainer Jeff Gillis made no secret about why he hijacked Will Take Charge from the stakes schedule and into Yonkers Raceway for Saturday night's (Sept. 15th) co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. "There's no reason other than we want an invitation to the International Trot," Gills said. "He didn't race well in his last start (final of the Maple Leaf Trot) for whatever reason. We wanted to prove he belongs, and it would be an honor for me." The issue of whether or not Will Take Charge gets to represent the Great White North (either by himself or with some company) in the million-dollar, Saturday, Oct. 13th, event wasn't going to be settled this night, though the road test supplied by odds-on Will Take Charge (Mark MacDonald, $3.20) had to impress. Two-moving to the lead from post position No. 7 (everyone in a notch after a pole defection), Will Take Charge was third early behind Gruden (Brian Sears) and Fashion Creditor (Brent Holland). He then made the lead between a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and :55.3 intermission. Not surprisingly, the teletimer gapped out the field as Will Take Charge and Gruden offered an unscheduled match race. After a 1:24.3 three-quarters, Will Take Charge owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Gruden was resurgent, however, taking another 'run' at the leader before missing a nose in 1:53.2. Fashion Creditor held off Lord Cromwell (Jordan Stratton) for third, with Barry Black (Austin Siegelman) getting the final pay envelope. The mile matched the local aged gelding standard set by former all-age track record-holder Quick Deal in 2013, while also equaling the second-fastest Westchester trot mile, a tick behind the 1:53.1 of filly Plunge Blue Chip two weeks ago. "Jeff told me not to lose, so I guess I'm good with orders," MacDonald said after his date hit town for the first time since late April. "There aren't too many trotters who can get down to the half that fast here and hang on, so I was impressed.." For Will Take Charge, a 5-year-old Kadabra gelding owned by Mac Nichol, it was his ninth win in 19 seasonal starts (earnings at $409,965). The exacta paid $9.40, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $23.80 and the superfecta paid $111.50. Saturday night's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Pace was won by a pole-assigned, pocketed Chantepleure (Stratton, $23.20) in 1:51.3. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, N.Y. – Bringing Will Take Charge to race in Saturday night’s Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway isn’t an expedient move for Jeff Gillis. He’s passing up a chance to race in the $200,000 Caesar’s Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park next week and he was certain to be assigned post eight in the weekly $44,000 trotting feature. However, Gillis made the choice to race the 5-year-old gelding at the Hilltop with good reason: the International Trot is just a month away (October 13), and Gillis is determined to represent Canada in the $1 million stakes. “That’s the whole reason for being down here. He’s eligible to a race at Hoosier next Friday that I may bypass. I’m not sure about racing him off six days with all the travel,” Gillis said. “It wasn’t a convenient time to come down from a scheduling perspective, but I really want to be in that race and I’m going to do anything I can to get him noticed.” Although Will Take Charge is in the midst of a career year, winning the Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia in May, taking the Crawford Farms Trot at Tioga in a romp in July, and finishing second in both the Cutler Memorial and Cashman to the tune of $387,965 this season, Gillis doesn’t think the son of Kadabra has made enough of an impression to earn one of the 10 invitations to Yonkers’ signature race for older trotters. “The Maxie Lee, he was spectacular that day. To that point, he’d won off of cover and he’d won on the front, but we’d never grinded out first-over. That was the hand we were dealt that day and I was really impressed with him. I would argue that’s been his best race for me,” Gillis said. “The race at Tioga, I don’t think the field was quite as deep and he was never really threatened. Two very different races.” Will Take Charge finished eighth beaten 6 ½ lengths behind likely United States representative Crazy Wow and probable Canadian representative Marion Marauder in the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk September 1. Gillis doesn’t think Will Take Charge was at his best that night and believes his trotter will deliver a standout performance worthy of garnering an invitation Saturday night. “I gave him four days off after the Maple Leaf Trot and then just jogged him up until Wednesday and trained him. He’s ready to go tomorrow,” Gillis said. “We haven’t yet received an invite and I certainly want it. I’m hoping for him to race well tomorrow and in turn receive that invite. “I feel like after the Maple Leaf Trot, I’m not sure if they’ll invite more than one Canadian horse, but I was concerned that Marion Marauder had the upper hand on us and the only thing I could do to turn the tables is bring him down here and hopefully showcase him a little bit,” Gillis said. Will Take Charge will start from post eight in Saturday’s sixth race. The 1-mile trot attracted last week’s dominant Preferred winner Gruden and July 7 Open winner Weslynn Dancer. Madhatter Bluechip, New Heaven, Barry Black, Fashion Creditor, and Lord Cromwell comprise the lineup. Despite his outside assignment, Will Take Charge is the 5-2 morning line favorite with Mark MacDonald down to drive.  “I’m going to leave it up to Mark MacDonald. I don’t want him to get away eighth. I expect him to go forward in some manner,” Gillis said. “I think it will depend on how many leavers there are inside of him. I’m confident if he has to go to the lead, he’ll be good and I’m confident that he can do it from off the pace as well.” Will Take Charge won a local $30,000 Preferred Handicap in April, racing from off the pace to score a 1:56.1 win. Gillis believes Will Take Charge excels on small tracks and relishes the tight turns of the half-mile oval. “He trots the turns as fast as any horse I’ve ever had, as fast as the straightaways really,” Gillis said. “The smaller tracks are really his bread and butter; in fact, I’ve developed the opinion that he hasn’t raced quite as well at home as he has on the road and most of his starts on the road have been on the smaller tracks. “I really think, with him trotting the turns so good and I don’t know that this horse particularly tires,” Gillis continued. “He’s been a mile-and-an-eighth a couple of times and been second beat a neck both times. I think on a half, the advantage kind of shifts to him. I’d really like the opportunity to find out for sure.” Saturday’s 12-race program co-features a $44,000 Open Handicap Pace in race eight and a $35,000 4-year-old Open Handicap Pace in race nine. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  by Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY  

YONKERS, N.Y. – Although it’s been over two months since Twister Bi stormed to a 5 ½-length victory in the Yonkers International Trot, harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan is still processing what the win means to him. The history and lore behind the International means Riordan sees himself reexamining and reliving that moment for years to come. “It does take time and it’s something that as the years go by, we’ll reflect on it. Probably even in a different way each time,” Riordan said. “Races like that, as the years go by they still keep giving you that pleasure and that satisfaction. “The International, it comes up every now and again,” he continued. “Legolas, who was second in the International Trot – he didn’t even win, he finished second – and they were showing a clip at the racetrack when he was second in the International and he was a big hero. I was thinking to myself, ‘we won it.’ Only for the biggest races will stuff like that happen.” Twister Bi not only won the $1 million stakes, he blew the field away. After pouncing on defending champion Resolve with one circuit to race, Twister Bi raced to a 7-length advantage on the backstretch through a mile in 1:53.2 before completing the 1 ¼-mile race in a world record 2:22.1. After his stateside triumph, Twister Bi flew from New York to Liège, Belgium. The 5-year-old son of Varrene made a stopover at a nearby stable for quarantine before completing a 10-hour road trip back to Sweden. “He was fine, he got home, he was happy. Even when he was aggressive on the racetrack, he’s always been a really cool horse in the barn as far as taking care of himself, traveling, that sort of thing,” Riordan explained. “He always eats well, he’s got a really good constitution, so that was no problem at all.” Upon returning home, Twister Bi enjoyed a few weeks off from training before resuming his work. Naturally, Riordan is targeting the €1 million Grand Prix d’Amérique at Vincennes Jan. 28 for his star trotter. This Sunday (Dec. 24), the Group 2 Prix Ténor de Baune will serve as a stepping stone to France’s biggest race. “We just started him back doing his normal thing, twice a week doing some speed. He’s at the point where I pretty much let him decide what he wants to do,” the conditioner said. “I put him in the sulky one time (last week), let him train himself basically. He’s sound, relaxed, so I’m pretty confident in him.” Unlike the four “B” races – the Bretage, Bourbonnais, Bourgogne, and Belgique – Prix d’Amérique prep races which are open to 4- through 9-year-olds, the Prix Ténor de Baune is restricted to 5-year-olds. Still, this year’s edition attracted a strong field as the winner earns a place in the Prix d’Amérique. Twister Bi will face Swedish champion Readly Express, who rides a 12-race winning streak including a victory in the Group 1 Grand Prix de l'U.E.T., his last Vincennes appearance, and in the Group 1 Jubileumspokalen at Solvalla where Twister Bi was the runner up. Carat Williams, the champion French 5-year-old, Charly du Noyer, champion French 4-year-old last year, and Traders, who beat Bold Eagle in the 2016 Prix Marcel Laurent, are all signed on in the 15-horse field. Riordan will also send out last year’s Criterium Continental winner Treasure Kronos. “It’s a tough race, tougher than usual. There’s going to be some horses like Readly Express. He wants to win because he’s the Swedish horse, Swedish bred, a lot of following up there, people have big expectations for him and he’s a very good horse. I think they’re going to want to win this race and be considered one of the contenders for the Prix d’Amérique,” Riordan said. “I think ‘Twister’ is as good or better than any of them, I really do,” he continued.” He feels as good as he ever did. We’ll know for sure how he took the trip to Yonkers on Sunday.” Riordan would relish a victory over Readly Express on Sunday. Although the Swedish phenom bested Twister Bi in the Jubileumspokalen, he did so while racing on the lead while Twister Bi was parked without cover the entire 2,140 meters and was still coming on at the finish, losing by only a head. “I said Readly Express got saved by the bell because Twister Bi was coming back at him at the finish line and he was all out driving him to the wire,” Riordan recalled. Although Christoffer Eriksson drove Twister Bi to victory in the International Trot and many of Twister Bi’s other successes this year, French driver Alexandre Abrivard will take the lines Sunday. Riordan stressed the change is necessary to help Twister Bi navigate the standing start from the 2,700-meter chute, the same configuration as the Prix d’Amérique. “The standing start, just being able to get your horse in position, get him out of there good. They almost always have recalls and if you don’t know the system, you can end up being a quarter-mile down the track and all the French guys are still up there walking in circles,” Riordan said. “If it was a starting car, it would be one thing, but with the standing start, I’m just more comfortable with a French guy driving.” Abrivard drove Twister Bi to a third-place finish behind Aubrion du Gers and Bold Eagle in the Group 1 European Trotting Masters Series Final at Vincennes September 9. After racing 18 ½ lengths behind the pacesetter in that start, Twister Bi finished just a half-length behind Bold Eagle. The Ténor de Baune will be Twister Bi’s fourth attempt at the standing start. In one prior try, he didn’t handle it well. Another time, he started well, but came away last. In his latest try in the Trotting Masters Final, Twister Bi came away in mid pack before losing ground. For Riordan, Twister Bi’s handling of the start Sunday is critical. “In this type of race, I don’t want to give away a possibility of winning by leaving last,” he said. “It’s really important that he gets away at least in the middle of the group. He’s a really good horse, but nobody’s going to make up 6 or 7 lengths on a top horse, it just doesn’t happen.” If Twister Bi qualifies for the Prix d’Amérique Sunday, he will join stablemate Ringostarr Treb, who earned a berth in the French classic by finishing third in the Prix du Bourbonnais Dec. 10. Riordan emphasized what starting two horses in the Prix d’Amérique would mean to him. “The progress Twister Bi has made, last year at this time, I thought it would be a stretch to get Twister Bi in the Prix d’Amérique. The horse has made tremendous development,” he said. “Ringostarr Treb, he was kind of a surprise because when he came to the stable, I thought he was probably on the downhill side of his career with his best races behind him. Instead, he turned out to be this dynamic horse. Everything we’ve asked him to do, he’s done it better. “He’s a cool horse, he’s a smart one. The standing start, if they have five recalls, that’s going to destroy Twister Bi, but the more recalls the better for Ringostarr Treb because he’s so cool in a race,” Riordan continued. “He’s got the right kind of characteristics for the Prix d’Amérique. I’ve always thought you need either a horse that’s super powerful or a horse that’s really smart and just strong enough and he’s like that. Twister Bi gives you a little stress because he gets a little aggressive. Ringostarr Treb is just a pleasure to race. “It would be surreal. There’s a lot of guys out there who are really, really good horsemen who have never even raced in it. It’s not wasted on me that I’m lucky enough to possibly have two in there.” By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Columbus, OH --- Twister Bi assumed control from fellow world champion Resolve, then put on a trotting showcase in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. The 5-year-old stallion stopped the clock in a harness racing world record 2:22.1 at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 14) many lengths in front of the field. Trainer Jerry Riordan said, "I just wanted everyone to see how good he really is." They most certainly did. Defending champion Resolve (Åke Svanstedt) assumed the lead as the field of 10 very established rivals left the gate with Italian representatives Oasis Bi (Kim Eriksson) and Twister Bi (Christoffer Eriksson) following his lead. Oasis Bi made a menacing move to take command, but it truly was all Twister Bi. Once the stallion was provided his cue, the other nine horses were only trotting for minor awards. As Twister Bi continued to roll home unopposed in any way, 2016 Triple Crown victor Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) advanced to head off Oasis Bi as they crossed the wire. There was clearly no doubt who the best horse was in this contest today, despite Jerry Riordan's comment relating to Twister Bi as only the second Italian-bred equine to capture this event. “The guy that won, (driving Delfo in 1977) was Sergio Breghenti and he’s a legend in Italy. When the Italians look at the results of this race and they see Breghenti and they see Gougeon (Jean-Rene of France) and they see my name, they’re going to ask what the heck happened that day?" A son of the incomparable Varenne, Twister Bi is owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli and now possesses 21 triumphs in 50 career trips to the post after competing with the best Europe has to offer. He is also the latest millionaire on American soil. “He’s my horse, so I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging but of the elite horses in Europe – Timoko - came over and he’s certainly one of the all-time elites of this generation. To build this race, you have to have one of them at least," Riordan, a Rhode Island native who conditioned for Chuck Sylvester, said. "If there had been Bold Eagle out here or Nuncio on his best day he wouldn’t have been all alone at the wire; there would have been a fight to the end. "That’s what gets people excited, that’s what makes the huge handles we have in Europe. I just think it’s going to take a little time (to grow the race). The racetrack was really good; they had it perfect, we love racing out horses without shoes.; it’s very important that the surface was good. But it’s still a half-mile track, there are half-mile tracks in Europe, but nowhere where they have important races. Half mile tracks, unfortunately, they were created back when the average winning time was 2:05 or something. These horses are at a whole new level nowadays. That’s the difficult part – getting the horses to race on the half mile track, but $500,000 will convince people of a lot of things.  "He’s a lefty, it doesn’t bother him at all to handle these turns. He’s one of the toughest horses I’ve ever been around, the way he can live there on the outside." Eriksson, understandably, was elated his charge displayed his talent while initially echoing Riordan's thoughts on Twister Bi's ability to transfer his form to this continent and distance. He also expressed his joy in relation to what is a now a highlight of his career. “He was feeling unbelievable," he said. "He was a little bit aggressive in the stretch the last time, he was fighting a little but he was ready to race. He has really good technique in the turns and he had never done it before (raced on a half-mile track). I didn’t want to push him too much in the beginning, in the first turn, to see a little bit how he’s working the first time. I wanted to stay close to the front so I can see how he was feeling. It’s one of the biggest races in all the world, so of course, it’s the biggest race I have won." Twister Bi will return to familiar surroundings to prepare for a 2018 European campaign, but another journey to this nation is not out of the question. "He’s going to go home, he’s going to get a nice rest and prep him for the winter meet in Paris, yes, Prix D’Amerique," Riordan said. "Italians are a little superstitious, we don’t like to think too far ahead of ourselves." Twister Bi paid $2.90 to win while Marion Marauder provided $3.40 to place and Oasis Bi was $5.60 to show. Twister Bi & C Eriksson/J Riordan wins 1 million International Trot in WR 2:22.1 (1.10,7) at Yonkers by the USTA Communications Department 

A twister is about to hit harness racing at Yonkers Raceway at approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. That would be the Italian trotting tornado known as Twister Bi, our pick in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. Batten down the hatches! Italian tornado and Jerry Riordan This five-year-old stallion has post four, and will be sitting in a cozy spot to storm home first at the wire for driver Christoffer Eriksson in the 1 ¼ global test. Warwick, Rhode Island expatriate Jerry Riordan trains for owner Pasquale Ciccarelli.  The caretaker is Heli Tarrimaa. The Riordans  It was a whirlwind week spending time with the contingent, catching up with the Riordan – now training out of Sweden after two decades in Italy: over a Manhattan at the ‘21’ Club on Tuesday as he explained the Italian-imported cherry accoutrement to the owners and his wife Lisa following the press conference; and on the World Yacht dinner cruise on Thursday night, sharing a laugh as I pulled out my shaky Italian idiom from Mr. Romeo’s Nazareth H.S. class, chuckling about la “chiacchierone” (chatterbox) journalist as we sailed away from a majestic view of the Statue of Liberty. Italian contingent cruising to victory Twister Bi becomes Italy’s second flag-carrier to take home the International, the first ironically was Delfo, my first live International at Roosevelt in 1977 for the brilliant Sergio Breghenti, known simply as The Driver. Delfo won in typical Breghenti wire-to-wire style, and the kid from Brooklyn made a winning bet on the $20 longshot. Lightning, or I should say, a twister, strikes again. Here’s the full analysis: Twister in forecast Twister Bi (4): Half million earner doubles his career bankroll with win today; has the speed to lead and tractability to sit right off it, has missed the board only twice in 11 starts with 4-2-3 record. Molto Buono! On Track Piraten (10): Nine-year-old warrior in his third Yonkers International gets the big driver switch to Johnny Takter. Was fast closing fourth, just missing the show, last year from the dreaded eight-hole. The $2 million earner on the strength of 27 wins in 116 start would have been the pick with better draw (second tier is tough spot). Bad drive, bad luck in first two. Can reverse at a price. Veteran class master can turn tables Marion Marauder (1): Draws the coveted rail for driver Scott Zeron, who won Yonkers Trot elimination and final here en route to the Triple Crown, so the four-year-old stallion relishes the oval. Canadian stalwart true family affair connections for owners Devin Keeling and his grandmother Marion J. Wellwood, and husband wife training combo of Michael Keeling and Paula Welwood. Marauder flashy over course in Yonkers Trot In Secret (8): Horse for course at Yonkers had captured six straight at Empire City, including for Open Trots in a row. George Brennan will have to get the U.S.A. flag-carrier involved from the get-go with the dreaded eight-hole draw. Acid test today. Trainer Ron Burke time and time again has won the big races. No Secret: In Secret relishes the half mile oval Resolve (6): Defending champ will be deserving favorite for expert trotting conditioner Ake Svanstedt. Apparent tick-bite threw wrench into Maple Leaf Trot elimination, connections say he’s ready to roll despite five-week layoff. Dismiss the pride of the United States at your own risk, but we’ll try to beat him. Resolve ready for repeat? Dreammoko (3): son of the legendary Timoko, who was second in 2015 renewal of Yonkers International. Second or third in last five, four-year-old French-bred may be the up and comer, otherwise trainer Richard Westerink wouldn’t be here. Italy’s Gabriele Gelormini drives. Oasis Bi (2): Post two has won last two Yonkers Internationals (Papagayo E. and Resolve), so this nine-year-old from Italy has some history on his side. Another $2 million earner, regular pilot Christoffer Eriksson tries to reign veteran back into form after three lackluster efforts. Midnight Hour (7); Shadow Woodland (5) and Tripolini VP (9) are the outsiders and would all be shockers.

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 13, 2017-- If you can't find a seat at the track, find one in front of the TV. Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 14th) harness racing million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino shall be broadcast by SportsNet New York (SNY). The home of the Mets is also the home of the 39th edition of the trotting classic, picking up the Raceway's simulcast show from 3:30-4:15 PM. Prior to the International (9th race, post time 4 PM), fans can watch the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (8th race, post time just after 3:30 PM). Both races feature 10 trotters at the mile-and-a-quarter distance. The 45-minute broadcast offers the insights of the author and Standardbred Owners Association of New York Vice President Peter Venaglia, while Empire City's Clare Galterio goes behind the scenes with some of the International Trot participants. First post for Yonkers' 11-race, all-stakes, $3.3 million (a New York harness record) program is 1 PM. The card also includes the $1.8 New York Day of Champions and a pair of the $250,000 Invitationals, the Harry Harvey Trot (see above) and Dan Rooney Pace (7th race). Frank Drucker

Larry Karr remembers fondly his days as a teenager when his father, Allen, raced horses in the New York metro area. The names of those horses would mean little to most people today, Karr said, but he still can recall his favorites, such as hard-knocking harness racing pacer Jester J. On Saturday, Karr will head to Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway to watch a trotter that he hopes people might remember in the years to come. Karr is among the owners of 5-year-old gelding In Secret, who will face nine rivals in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. In Secret is one of two U.S. representatives in the 39th edition of the invitational event, which also includes trotters from Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, and Sweden. The other U.S. contender is Resolve, who won last year's International Trot. The race was held from 1959 through 1995 before being resurrected three years ago by Yonkers President and CEO Tim Rooney. The race is at the extended distance of 1-1/4 miles. "This is actually my home track," said Karr, who grew up in Rockland County, N.Y., about 20 miles from Yonkers Raceway. "(My dad) used to race horses at Yonkers, the Meadowlands, and Roosevelt. To have a horse, when my dad owned cheap claimers, that can race in a race like this is a dream come true." In Secret will be driven by George Brennan, whose stepfather Joe Ricco Jr. sometimes drove horses for Karr's dad. "It's an interesting connection," Karr said. Trainer Ron Burke bought In Secret for $140,000 at July's Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The horse, a son of Deweycheatumnhowe out of the mare Secret Magic whose family includes million-dollar-earner Possess The Magic, is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables, and Karr. Following the acquisition, In Secret and Brennan won five consecutive starts at Yonkers, with four coming in the open handicap. For his career, In Secret has won 21 of 75 races and earned $358,385. "We talked about the possibility that this could occur," Karr said of receiving an invitation to the International Trot. "We were hopeful that it would occur and that Yonkers would recognize the great races this horse has put in against home-track horses. It will be very interesting to see how he stacks up internationally." In Secret will have his work cut out for him. He drew post No. 8, the outermost spot on the starting gate, which has produced winners in only three percent of the track's races at the standard distance of one mile. However, In Secret and Brennan have a victory at Yonkers from post eight in a race that was contested at 1-1/4 miles on Aug. 13. "That was against much lesser company," Brennan said. "I've raced him both ways (from the front and off the lead). In a race like this, you're definitely going to have to try to move forward and try to get involved somehow. He's versatile. But he's going to have to be real versatile." Brennan is a two-time U.S. Driver of the Year Award winner and has twice led the Yonkers driving colony in seasonal victories. He is one of two drivers to win the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks on the same day, with Broad Bahn in the Hambletonian and Bold And Fresh in the Oaks in 2011, and sat in for an injured John Campbell to guide Glidemaster to victory in the 2006 Yonkers Trot and complete the colt's sweep of the Trotting Triple Crown. "(Winning the International Trot) would be terrific," Brennan said. "I thank Mr. Rooney for carrying it on, the legacy. And Yonkers being my home track, it would be icing on the cake. It would be great." In Secret is 6-1 on the morning line. Resolve is the 3-1 favorite, followed by Italy's Twister Bi at 4-1, Canada's Marion Marauder and Italy's Oasis Bi at 5-1, and France's Dreammoko at 6-1. "There's plenty in there to beat, that's for sure," Brennan said. * * * * * Marion Marauder is no stranger to Yonkers Raceway. Last year, the horse went 2-for-2 at The Hilltop, winning both the elimination and final of the Yonkers Trot. The Yonkers Trot win resulted in an invitation to last year's International Trot, but his connections turned it down to focus on the Trotting Triple Crown (Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot, and Kentucky Futurity) and Breeders Crown. Marion Marauder completed his sweep of the Triple Crown by winning the Futurity a week prior to the International. "Turning it down last year was tough," said Mike Keeling, who trains Marion Marauder with wife Paula Wellwood. "We always put a lot of thought into everything we do with him," he continued, discussing the decision to accept this year. "We had a schedule mapped out and we always knew this might come up. Once we talked to a few of our friends that have done this, they recommended it highly. They said Yonkers does a wonderful job and treats you like a king. We decided, not many people get this opportunity so we're going to do it." Marion Marauder is one of only two 4-year-olds in the race. The other is Dreammoko. "This means the world to us," Wellwood said. "He's the horse of a lifetime. He is very special and we're honored to have him. "This would be as exciting as winning the Hambletonian, for sure," she added. "It's a very prestigious race that my family has been in before. It would be a great honor." Marion Marauder, owned by Devin Keeling and Jean Wellwood, won this year's Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds at the distance of 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. He has won 14 of 35 lifetime races and earned $2.22 million. He starts the International Trot from post No. 1 with regular driver Scott Zeron. Zeron said he would spend this week taking a look at his competition, particularly from Europe. "That's what I have to do through this week, study those horses that are from overseas and figure out what kind of characteristics they have," Zeron said. "I know that so far I'm going to have the shortest distance to the wire, so I'm very happy with the draw and I'm happy with my horse." * * * * * Denmark's Tripolini VP comes to the International Trot with three wins in his last four races. The 7-year-old gelding drew post nine in the second tier, behind Marion Marauder, and is 15-1 on the morning line. He will be driven by trainer Jeppe Juel. For his career, Tripolini VP has won 21 of 56 races and earned $230,561. He is a son of stallion Archduke Kemp out of the mare Lady Magic D. His dam is by U.S.-bred Shane Scottseth and his sire, by Express Ride out of the mare Emilie Cas El, is a half-brother to 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton. "He's a very tough horse, that's what makes him special," said owner Niels Juel, the father of Jeppe. "He is in good shape. He's not won any very big races, but he's won a lot of them and worked very hard to make his money. "We are excited and happy to be here." * * * * * Oasis Bi, who finished second to Resolve in last year's International Trot and is making his third appearance in the event, will start Saturday from post No. 2. That post happens to be the starting spot of the two most recent International champions, Resolve and Norway's Papagayo. "It is difficult to win this race; there are a lot of good horses," trainer Stefan Pettersson said. "We think we've got a very good number behind the gate and he's in good shape, so we'll do our best." Added owner P.G. Svard, "We say the third time gives us luck." The International Trot is part of a New York harness-record $3.3 million card at Yonkers on Saturday. Racing begins at 1 p.m. and includes eight New York Sire Stakes championships plus two $250,000 invitationals, the Dan Rooney Pace and Harry Harvey Trot. Following is the field in post-position order for the International Trot with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-5/1 2. Oasis Bi-Kim Eriksson-Stefan Pettersson-5/1 3. Dreammoko-Gabriele Gelormini-Richard Westerink-6/1 4. Twister Bi-Christoffer Eriksson-Jerry Riordan-4/1 5. Shadow Woodland-Tim Tetrick-Reijo Liljendahl-12/1 6. Resolve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-3/1 7. Midnight Hour-Iikka Nurmonen-Ossi Nurmonen-10/1 8. In Secret-George Brennan-Ron Burke-6/1 9. Tripolini VP-Jeppe Juel-Jeppe Juel-15/1 10. On Track Piraten-Johnny Takter-Hans Stromberg-8/1 Note: Tripolini VP and On Track Piraten start from the second tier. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. Ken Weingartner

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 12, 2017-This Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14th), while there's a New York State harness racing-record $3.3 million of Yonkers Raceway purses up for grabs, there's also a fair chunk of change to be had by some wily handicappers. A pair of intriguing multi-race gimmicks figure to garner the bulk of the attention. Up first-chronologically-is a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (50-cent minimum wager), comprising the last five races during the 11-race, all-stakes card. We're talking a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino and the final two of eight, $225,000 New York Sire Stakes events. The guarantee is a combined effort of the Raceway, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the U-S Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. Not to be outdone, the New York Racing Association has become a part of the afternoon, with two of its stakes races serving as the back end of the special 'New York, New York Pick 4' wager. The quartet of races are Yonkers' 8th ($250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot) and 9th (million-dollar International Trot), then Belmont's 8th ($150,000 Futurity) and 9th ($200,000 Pebbles). Post time for the four races are 3:30 PM, 4 PM, 4:46 PM and 5:19 PM, respectively. This bet is hosted by NYRA and also has a 50-cent minimum, with program pages available in both track's live programs as well as off-track simulcast books. The wager is also available through Empire City Bets, NYRA Bets and other ADW portals. Advance wagering for Yonkers' stakes card is available Friday (Oct. 13th). Please be aware of these other Saturday changes to the Raceway's usual wagering format... --Add 6th and 9th race superfectas --Add Pick 3 beginning with 9th race --Remove Pick 3 beginning with 8th race to accommodate start of 'New York, New York Pick 4' --Late Daily Double races 10 and 11, both also with superfectas. A reminder that Saturday's first post is 1 PM, five minutes after Belmont's opener. (Pick 5 and Pick 4 program pages accompany this release) Frank Drucker

Twister Bi enters Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot as Europe's top-rated harness racing contender in the invitational event and U.S.-born trainer Jerry Riordan believes his 5-year-old stallion is primed for a strong performance at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway. A son of Varenne, Twister Bi represents Italy in the 10-horse field. Twister Bi has won four of 11 races this year, including the Oslo Grand Prix and Ulf Thoresen Grand International - both Group 1 events - and has finished off the board only twice this season. Twister Bi, owned by Pasquale Ciccarelli, is No. 4 in the European Trotting Union (UET) rankings, behind only Bold Eagle, Timoko and Propulsion. Twister Bi heads to the International Trot, which is contested at the distance of 1-1/4 miles, off a third-place finish in the UET Trotting Masters championship on Sept. 9. He drew post No. 4 for the International Trot and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Resolve, the race's defending champion. He will be driven by 30-year-old Christoffer Eriksson, who ranks sixth in wins among all drivers in Sweden. "He has raced against the best, and he's raced really hard races against the best horses," Riordan said about Twister Bi. "He was arguably the best horse on the track in his last three races and he's been racing against Propulsion, Bold Eagle; the very best. We're confident. We really believe in the horse." Twister Bi has won 20 of 49 career races and earned $708,328. The bulk of his earnings - $528,768 - have come this season. He will try to become Italy's second International Trot champion, joining 1977 winner Delfo in the history books. The 39th International Trot features horses representing the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, and Sweden. The race was held from 1959 through 1995 before being resurrected three years ago by Yonkers President and CEO Tim Rooney. Riordan, a New England native based in Sweden after a long stint in Italy, is making his second appearance in three years in the International Trot. He finished eighth with Rod Stewart in 2015. His personal history with the event goes back to his days as a groom at Roosevelt Raceway, which hosted the International Trot before it moved to Yonkers in 1988. One reason for Riordan's optimism with Twister Bi is the horse's ability to handle racing on a half-mile track, such as Yonkers. "He's a lefty by nature," said Riordan, who received the 1990 Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. "He takes the left line, cocks his head to the left, and you can just send him into the turn. That's one of the reasons I was pretty confident about coming over to race him. "I think at this point with this horse, whatever the results are Saturday is the result of the last three months of work. What we're going to do at this point is try not to do anything dumb and just bring him in as fresh as we can possibly make him." Click here for a video of Riordan and Twister Bi. * * * * * The connections of Sweden's 9-year-old On Track Piraten, who joins Italy's Oasis Bi as a three-time International Trot participant, are hoping for better luck in this year's event. In 2015, On Track Piraten finished seventh after an early three-wide move left the gelding parked first over for a lengthy distance. Last year, On Track Piraten was the fastest horse by a full second over the race's final quarter-mile, but had too much distance to overcome after starting from post eight. He finished fourth, beaten by 2-1/2 lengths. "With a good trip I think he can beat almost anyone," said John Backlund, representing the ownership group of Stall Morkermasse and Stall CK HB. "He's a very tough horse. He just keeps going." On Track Piraten has won 37 of 116 career races and earned $1.99 million. He will start the International Trot from post No. 10, in the second tier behind No. 2 Oasis Bi. On Track Piraten, who will be driven by Johnny Takter and is trained by Hans Stromberg, is 8-1 on the morning line. "He was not as good this summer, he had some allergy problems, but I think now he is in good shape," Backlund said. "We are enjoying the hospitality. It's been amazing every year. We are just happy to be here." * * * * * With Timoko having retired earlier this year, France turns to his 4-year-old son Dreammoko in the International Trot. Timoko, whose career accomplishments include two wins in the Elitlopp, finished second in the 2015 International Trot. Dreammoko will start from post No. 3 with Gabriele Gelormini driving for trainer Richard Westerink, who also conditioned Timoko. Dreammoko, who has won three of 13 races and $293,802 this year, is 6-1 on the morning line. He is owned by Jan Stins. French horses have won the International Trot on 13 occasions. "I think he is a very fast horse and a very tough horse," Westerink said. "He likes tough races. We will see if he can take a little place. That will be nice. "He's not raced on a half-mile track. That's not a problem for him. He will take the turns good, I think." Click here for a video of Westerink and Dreammoko. The International Trot is part of a New York harness-record $3.3 million card at Yonkers on Saturday. Racing begins at 1 p.m. and includes eight New York Sire Stakes championships plus two $250,000 invitationals, the Dan Rooney Pace and Harry Harvey Trot. Following is the field in post-position order for the International Trot with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-5/1 2. Oasis Bi-Kim Eriksson-Stefan Pettersson-5/1 3. Dreammoko-Gabriele Gelormini-Richard Westerink-6/1 4. Twister Bi-Christoffer Eriksson-Jerry Riordan-4/1 5. Shadow Woodland-Tim Tetrick-Reijo Liljendahl-12/1 6. Resolve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-3/1 7. Midnight Hour-Iikka Nurmonen-Ossi Nurmonen-10/1 8. In Secret-George Brennan-Ron Burke-6/1 9. Tripolini VP-Jeppe Juel-Jeppe Juel-15/1 10. On Track Piraten-Johnny Takter-Hans Stromberg-8/1 Note: Tripolini VP and On Track Piraten start from the second tier. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. Ken Weingartner

This morning we had the pleasure of hosting Fox5NY’s Baruch Shemtov of Good Day New York who spent the morning with us and did three live segments promoting the coming $1m International Trot and harness racing this Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. Hope you enjoy these clips from the broadcast. Intro to Segment (10/9/2017 7:49:24 AM) First Segment (10/9/2017 7:53:09 AM) Second Segment (10/9/2017 8:43:44 AM) Third Segment (10/9/2017 9:39:27 AM) Joseph Faraldo

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