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New York, NY --- Defending champion Resolve on Tuesday drew post No. 6 and was made the 3-1 morning-line harness racing favorite for Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway. The 6-year-old stallion will be driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt in the 1-1/4 mile invitational for older trotters. The 39th International Trot features a field of 10, with horses representing the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, and Sweden. The event's press conference and draw was held at Manhattan's 21 Club. Resolve, owned by Hans Enggren and one of two U.S. representatives, has won four of 10 races this year and earned $485,149. Two of his wins this season have come at distances greater than one mile; the Cutler Memorial and Cashman Memorial, both at 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. He faced international competition in Sweden's Elitloppet, where he finished third. For his career, Resolve has won 18 of 62 races and earned $2.61 million. "I would rather have seen him draw from (post) one through four, but you could have four other bad numbers too," said Sarah Svanstedt, the wife of Ake Svanstedt, who missed the draw because of driving commitments elsewhere. "He's in the middle. He's a versatile horse, so it's not too big of a problem." The International Trot was contested from 1959 through 1995 before being resurrected three years ago by Yonkers President and CEO Tim Rooney. Resolve will attempt to join Roquepine (1967-68), Delmonica Hanover (1973-74), Ideal Du Gazeau (1981-83) and Lutin D'Isigny (1984-85) as horses to win the event in consecutive years. Resolve enters the International Trot off a seventh-place finish in his elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot on Sept. 8 at Mohawk Racetrack. He was found to be sick, possibly from a tick bite. "We trained him and everything looks normal," Svanstedt said. "He looks happy and fresh. He will do his best to defend it. He's a fighter. I'm looking forward to Saturday." In Secret, the remaining U.S. representative, drew post eight and is 6-1 on the morning line. George Brennan will drive the Ron Burke trainee, who has won six of his past seven starts, all at Yonkers. The 5-year-old gelding has won 21 of 75 career races and earned $358,385. He is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables, and Larry Karr. "He gets around (Yonkers) really good," Brennan said. "It's unfortunate he's got the eight hole. That puts us up against it. I think he fits in real good, if he drew good. "But it's still a horserace. It doesn't matter where you draw, it matters where you finish." Canada's Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner and Dan Patch Award Trotter of the Year, drew post No. 1 and is 5-1 for driver Scott Zeron and the wife-and-husband training team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling. "I looked over at Scott and he said anything but the one (post) was going to be a disappointment, so he's happy," Keeling said. "We're pleased. Our nose is on the gate and that's the most important part." Marion Marauder, owned by Devin Keeling and Jean Wellwood, won this year's Hambletonian Maturity at the distance of 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old stallion has won 14 of 35 lifetime races and earned $2.22 million. Last year he won his elimination and final of the Yonkers Trot in his only career starts at Yonkers Raceway. He heads to the International Trot off a 1:53.4 win in a qualifier Oct. 3 at Mohawk Racetrack. His most recent race was Sept. 8, when he was eighth in his elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot. "He's healthy now," Keeling said. "He's trained great and he qualified great. We're just hoping for some good weather and a good day." Italy's Twister Bi, who won this year's Oslo Grand Prix and is trained by New England native Jerry Riordan, drew post four and is 4-1. France's Dreammoko, a son of 2015 International Trot runner-up and 2017 Elitloppet winner Timoko, will start from post three and is 6-1. Oasis Bi, another representative of Italy, drew post No. 2 and is 5-1. Oasis Bi finished second in last year's International Trot and is joined by Sweden's On Track Piraten as a three-time participant in the event. On Track Piraten, who finished fourth last year, starts this year from post 10 and is 8-1. Midnight Hour, a Diesel Don-sired 6-year-old gelding with two Group 1 wins under his belt this year, drew post seven and is 10-1. He is one of two horses representing Finland in the race. The other, Shadow Woodland, will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky and starts from post five at 12-1 on the morning line. Denmark's Tripolini VP drew post nine and is 15-1. 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

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

YONKERS, N.Y. — Empire City at Yonkers Raceway will host one of the world’s single largest harness racing events on Saturday, October 14, 2017 as the annual New York Sire Stakes Day of Champions and the world-renowned Yonkers International Trot will be held together for the first time. The star-studded Yonkers card features a total of $3.3 million in purses buoyed by the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Finals or Day of Champions consisting of eight races, a pair of $250,000 Invitationals - the Dan Rooney Pace and the Harry Harvey Trot, and the $1 Million Yonkers International Trot. Post time for the Yonkers International Trot is at 4:00 p.m. First post for the matinee card is at 1:00 p.m. “This magnificent day of racing is unquestionably the finest in our long and storied history,” said Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. “Not only is it the richest purse total ever in the state, which is historic in itself, but in bringing together the premier trotters in the world and New York’s best on one program, it will make for an epic day of racing.” The “International” – inaugurated in 1959 at Roosevelt Raceway and continued at Yonkers Raceway through 1995 — made a triumphant return after a 20-year absence in 2015, which was captured by Norway’s Papagayo E. Last year’s world record-setting winner Resolve, hailing from the US, will return this year to defend his title. The Yonkers International will be contested at 1¼ miles and has attracted the world’s elite trotters from the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden. “The Standardbred Owners Association of New York is proud and privileged to participate in this historic day,” said Joseph Faraldo, president on the SOA of NY. “The New York Sire Stakes program is flourishing, and the Yonkers International gathers world class trotters from Europe, the United States and Canada for what will be a most memorable card.” The New York State Agriculture and Horse Breeding Development Fund administrates the New York Sire Stakes races across New York State each year, providing young horses with the opportunity to “earn as they learn”. Two and three-year-old colt and filly Standardbred horses are eligible to compete in both pacing and trotting. The New York Sire Stakes was the first program of is kind and has become the model for state-bred racing programs in North America "New York's Standardbred racing plays a vital role in our gaming industry," said Barry Sample, Chairman of the New York State Gaming Commission and Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Trustee. "We are thrilled that so many people worldwide will enjoy the very best that New York has to offer.” "The quality of New York-bred horses and our Standardbred racing program are unmatched,” said Richard A. Ball, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets and Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Trustee. “The Sire Stakes Day of Champions shines a spotlight on the excellence of our equine industry, which supports the agricultural economy across the State. With the addition of the International Trot, this exciting day of racing is the perfect opportunity to show the world what New York has to offer.” “I think it’s going to be very interesting since it’s something so new for the New York Sire Stakes competitors,” said Peter Arrigenna, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Trustee. “We’re thrilled that European viewers watching via simulcast will be able to see the quality of our Standardbred horses." “We are excited that combining these two events has given us the opportunity to showcase our New York-bred product on a world stage,” said Michael Kimelman, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Trustee. Horses must be entered for the New York Sire Stakes Day of Champions at Yonkers Raceway by the draw date (October 9th at 4 p.m.) for both the New York Sire Stakes and Consolation finals. Yonkers Raceway will be drawing the post positions on the same day. The official post position draw and press conference for the Yonkers International Trot will take place Tuesday, October 10th. About the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund: The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund (the Fund) is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair Races. Additionally, the Fund provides assistance to county agriculture societies and contributes to the statewide 4-H program and to the Harry M. Zweig Fund for Equine Research. About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway: Yonkers Raceway, founded in 1899 as the “Empire City Race Track,” is a one-half-mile Standardbred harness racing dirt track located less than two miles from the New York City border, offering live racing five nights each week and has been the home of the International Trot since 1989 and the New York Sire Stakes Finals since 1989. It features Empire City Casino, one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast with 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic three card poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers live entertainment including top bands, comedy shows, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options include Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Visit www.empirecitycasino.com or call 914.968.4200 for information.

Tune in Tuesday October 10 to the SOA of NY Facebook page where the post position draw for the harness racing $1 million Yonkers International Trot will be broadcast live (https://www.facebook.com/SOAofNY). The Press Conference begins at Noon from New York's famed 21 Club and the streaming of the post position draw should begin shortly after Noon. The ten trotters representing seven different countries compete for the $1 million purse Saturday October 14 at Yonkers Raceway. First post is 1pm and post time for the featured Yonkers International Trot is 4pm. Also on the card are eight New York Sires Stakes Finals, each carrying a $225,000 purse. Follow along with all the latest news and videos about the International Trot contenders at www.internationaltrot.com and on Facebook and Twitter (@soaofny) using the hashtag #International2017. Saturday's card at Yonkers Raceway also features an International Trot hat giveaway to the first 5,000 Empire Club Members and a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool covering races seven through 11. Plus fans will have a chance to win an $8,000 International Trot vacation getaway.

It’s been two years since Papagayo E. of Norway triumphed in the triumphant return of the Yonkers International Trot on a sun-drenched autumn afternoon at Empire City Casino’s historic Yonkers Raceway. Yet co-owner Tom Andersen has the same exuberance that he did during the week leading up to the harness racing $1 million global classic in October of 2015. Norway’s flag-carrier arrives at JFK It is a moment indelibly etched in the mind’s eye of the bespectacled Norwegian, as well as trotting fans world wide. “It is the greatest event we’ve ever participated in,” he states simply. Smiling Tom (right) and co-owner Claes Sojolin Throughout Yonkers International Week, be it at the Tavern on the Green press conference, the World Yacht dinner cruise for a glance at the majestic Statue of Liberty, on Broadway for Jersey Boys, whenever, wherever you were around them, the Andersen-led Papagayo E. contingent, 25 strong, was school boy-like gleeful, and oozing with confidence. Why? Ready for amazing training session over Yonkers’ half-mile turns “We knew very well we had a horse in top shape, so we knew if we had a good starting position we were confident we would be in the top three,” he recalled recently on the telephone from Norway. Statue of Liberty stands tall as backdrop “We had the most winning catch driver in Sweden (Ulf Ohlsson) driving,” he added. “We were very positive with the inside draw and post position two.  But on the Wednesday prior to the race, he had a great training session. On every curve (turn), he had really, really high speed. In fact, he trained several times with 26:4 speed on the turns at Yonkers three days prior to the race. The balance for the horse was perfect, everything was in top shape, nobody could beat him.” Andersen exudes confidence to media on dinner cruise It was by no means a quiet confidence, it was more like a siren. As this reporter and Mr. Andersen made their way down the metal stairs from the Empire Terrace toward the winner’s circle track side to watch the race, the bright, red flags of Norway waving, Anderson brimming with certainty, I told him: “Your positive attitude all week is contagious, Papagayo is going to win.” Empire City Casino CEO Tim Rooney and NY SOA president Joe Faraldo present  Yonkers International trophy to the winning connections Having already wagered on the French standout Timoko, I raced to the window to plunk a second bet on the Norwegian flag-carrier, and a cold exacta with Timoko. Thank you, Mr Andersen! The entourage waved the flags of Norway, and sang the anthem in perfect unison. Jan Waaler trained the stylish winner, the first from Norway to take the world wide classic, in superb fashion. Proud champ, proud trainer bask in spotlight Here’s Tom’s recollection of what transpired: “We knew Creatine (U.S.A) was very fast from the start, but I wasn’t sure if he or Papagayo would take the lead, but knew that they would be one-two. “Ulf drove him perfectly, sitting second the whole way. Then, it was like an explosion! I have some videos from the group when we crossed home, the last three hundred meters everything exploded. He was in such great shape, he could have won from outside the leader.” Victory never in doubt The balloon burst last year, as the racing game can be quite sobering, when Papagayo E. was injured, and was not able to defend his title. But Andersen, co-owner Claes Sjolin and trotting fans world wide can take heart with this report! The now six-year-old stallion sired by Cocktail Jet is back in training, and the hope is that he may make a return engagement to the premier trotting stakes in Europe and ultimately a return to compete in the Yonkers International. Andersen, far right, presented trophy to last year’s winner Resolve “He’s only had 30 races, so we think that he actually has two years of quality racing left in him,” reported Andersen. “We started back last summer. The first half year he was only walking, then he was jogging later, now he is training. The main thing is control, control, control. It has taken longer than we expected, we still think that he will be back. “Within the next four weeks, he will be moved to France, he is in Norway right now,” added Andersen. “Late winter or spring he should be ready for a full season. We will start with the big springtime races, and hopefully we will be back for the international. But we can’t have a setback. He will get all of the chances. “The great thing is that when you look at him, he’s stronger and looking better,” Andersen wraps up. Andersen’s enthusiasm and positive attitude is buoyed by his marriage to beautiful girlfriend Anne Kari, and his three-year-old trotting standout Victorio, sired by the same stud as Papagayo E., Cocktail Jet. Thoroughbred aficionados will call the legendary tale of turf star Da Hoss, the winner of the Breeders Cup Mile under Gary Stevens in 1996 at age four. In one of the most amazing training jobs in racing history by Michael Dickinson, after two full years on the sideline due to injury, Da Hoss won the Breeders Cup Mile once again in 1998. Papagayo hopes  to follow in enormous comeback hoof beats of Da Hoss As he crossed the finish line, track announcer Tom Durkin on NBC Sports exclaimed:  “Oh, my, this is the greatest comeback since Lazarus.” “We will do as Da Hoss & Lazarus,” smiled Andersen in a follow up email. Long shot? Of, course, but don’t bet against Tom Andersen and Papagayo E. Durkin (below), pictured with JC, roared Lazarus (above) had greatest comeback in Da Hoss call By John Cirillo

YONKERS, N.Y. – Although harness racing owner Hans Enggren jokes that he doesn’t remember much nowadays, when it comes to his horse Resolve, he has plenty of fond memories to share. Enggren attended the Yonkers International Trot last year when Resolve won and the experience is something he will never forget. “The service that we got, the people were absolutely marvelous to help me from beginning to end. The race was amazing and the audience was amazing,” he said. “We felt so welcome and the race was amazing and to see all these people with video cameras and regular cameras.” Enggren watched last year as Resolve led at every call in the $1 million International. With trainer Åke Svanstedt in the sulky, Resolve won the 1 ¼-mile stakes by 1 ½ lengths and stopped the timer in 2:23.4. Although his connections dreamt of defending their title in the race’s 2017 renewal, a freak incident in early September threatened their plans. Before Resolve raced in an elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack September 8, he suffered a snake bite. “He was turned out in a pretty large area and that’s when it must have happened,” Enggren said. “It’s such an amazing thing to be bitten by a snake when he went to Canada. I mean, gee whiz. That has happened to me once before in my life. I had a horse called Meadowbranch Ava. I liked her and I bred her and she was in foal and she was bitten by a snake. It’s just unbelievable. It’s the second time for me.” Resolve finished seventh in his Maple Leaf Trot elimination, beaten 6 ¾ lengths by Mambo Lindy. After the race, Resolve spiked a fever and the vet discovered the bite. “The vet had to give him some antidotes, which was pretty strong. I told my trainer to let him rest,” Enggren said. “In the meantime, he was rested, was treated. He has trained almost up to normality. He’s looking pretty good now and Mr. Svanstedt is very pleased with him and he said he’ll be alright for the race on the fourteenth. We are very, very careful with everything about the horse.” Although Resolve hasn’t raced or qualified since the Maple Leaf Trot elimination, Enggren and Svanstedt have pointed him for the International Trot. Enggren and Svanstedt didn’t want to rush their star back to the races after his incident. Enggren suggested they each develop a plan for the son of Muscle Hill’s fall season and reconvene to make a decision. “When he was hurt by the snake and I didn’t want him to race, I called Svanstedt up and I said, ‘why don’t you decide on what race you would love to be in more than any other race for the rest of the year,’ and I said, ‘I’ll tell you mine and we’ll call each other back.’ It was strange, we both picked the same race.” Enggren’s careful handling of Resolve this fall is understandable. He spent months trying to buy Resolve from his breeders Mike Pozefsky and Edward Wilson before a deal was struck in July 2014. Since then, Resolve has won a host of open stakes in North America, including the Mack Lobell, A.J. Cutler, and Maple Leaf Trot. Resolve has also enjoyed success overseas, finishing second to Nuncio in the 2016 Elitlopp Final and third to Timoko and Propulsion in this year’s edition. All told, Resolve is 18-for-62 with another 26 placings and has earned $2,743,033. “I fell in love with him when he was still a 2-year-old,” Enggren remembered. “I just fell in love with the horse and I didn’t give up. This was in October when he was 2 and it took till the sixteenth of July – it’s amazing that I remember that date because I don’t remember very many things anymore – and on that day, the very, very kind and nice owners and breeders of Resolve agreed on a price of which they would sell him to me." Enggren noted Resolve and trainer Svanstedt have developed a special bond in their time together. He credits this for much of Resolve’s success and it gives Enggren confidence heading into the International Trot October 14. “The horse is always doing his best and he wants to race. I think he’s getting up to that by the coming Saturday, I certainly hope so. Svanstedt seems to feel that everything is going to be fine,” Enggren said. “I understand that there are some very good horses and on paper, we know that we have beaten them before. I know the other horses in there, but I also know this horse has been so amazing on so many occasions that I think he’ll do fine. “I still say if he doesn’t pick up a check, I’ll be extremely surprised,” he continued. “I do know that he and Svanstedt are a team. It’s amazing how they are, both on the track, off the track, and when they just see each other in the barn. They just like each other so much. Everybody likes this horse. He’s just extremely kind and he’s amazing.” Although Enggren won’t be able to attend the International Trot this year – the 88-year-old recently spent a week in the hospital – he will be watching intently from home. Resolve has brought Enggren closer to his family and friends, who all convene on race days to root for the star trotter. “He’s a marvelous horse and I have made more friends because of him. We have a little theater here every time he races because my friends come and want to see him,” he said. “I think I will stay here and see the race and invite my kids and my friends and we’ll do it here.” More International Trot invitees will be featured as the race draws closer. The $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino will be raced Saturday (Oct. 14) at Yonkers Raceway. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

The many twists and turns, and a pinch of irony, make this year’s $1 million harness racing Yonkers International Trot (Saturday, October 14, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway), well, “internationally intriguing.”   The trainer-driver, Ake Svanstedt, and the owner, Hans Enggren, of the UNITED STATES’ defending champion Resolve were both born in SWEDEN. Svanstedt now resides in Wrightstown, NJ, while Enggren calls Abbottstown, PA home.   The American expatriate originally from Rhode Island, Jerry Riordan, is the trainer of leading contender Twister Bi of ITALY. Twister Bi won the Oslo Grand Prix in Norway on June 11.  Confused or at least intrigued yet? There’s more, of course. Enggren was born on August 21, 1929, making him EIGHTY EIGHT years old. Devin Keeling, co-owner of CANADA’s flag-carrier Marion Marauder is just TWENTY! Juxtapose the two and you have a SIXTY EIGHT year gap in ages, that’s a wide gap. Meanwhile, Keeling’s co-owner is his GRANDMOTHER, (Marion) Jean Wellwood, who’s SEVENTY NINE (April 21, 1938), not as wide a gap.   More on Marion Marauder: The name came from Wellwood’s first name Marion, and that young Devin was a college football player at McMaster Universtiy (Hamilton, Ontario), nicknamed the Marauders.   The wife-husband team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, Devin’s PARENTS, train Marion Marauder; Paula is the elder Ms. Wellwood’s DAUGHTER.   Then, there’s Italy‘s Oasis Bi, driven by Kim Eriksson, and “countryman” Twister Bi, reined by Christoffer Eriksson. No, they’re NOT related! Oh, by the way, they are however both from SWEDEN.   Oasis Bi: Italian stalwart gets third crack at International And naturally, FRENCH standard-bearer Dreammoko will have Gabriele Gelormini of Turino, ITALY in the sulky.   Dreammoko wears the hood like his famous daddy Timoko Record-breaking USA star driver Tim Tetrick, who hails from Flora, Illinois, will be in the bike behind Shadow Woodland of FINLAND. In America, we call this a “catch drive.”   Tetrick, American made by way of Illinois, will steer Finland-bred Oh, finally, no “musical countries” here:  Tripolini VP of Denmark will be driven byJeppe Juel of Denmark; the Swede Johnny Takter will be in the bike behindSweden‘s On Track Piraten; and In Secret of the United States is guided byGeorge Brennan, from Monticello, New York.   The driving “colors” of Scott Zeron Marion Marauder’s driver, are RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, which of course are the colors of the UNITED STATES’ flag.   Tripolini is a tiny bow pasta that commemorates the Italian conquest of Tripoli, ask trotting maven, USHWA member and harness racing foodie Barry Lefkowitz just how good it is! But TRIPOLINI VP is DENMARK’s not Italy’s representative in this year’s global classic, very good too.   JC and old crony Barry Lefkowitz, the harness racing foodie,  await the start of ’15 Yonkers International, cookin’ with Tripolini! Twists, turns, irony, a million dollar purse on the line, not to mention some good pasta, that’s the intrigue of the Yonkers International Trot! By John Cirillo

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 6, 2017 - Of the seven international entrants set to compete in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino, four have found their way to harness racing Yonkers Raceway. After a couple of days in quarantine (Newburgh, NY), Dreammoko (FRA), Oasis Bi (ITA), On Track Piraten (SWE) and Twister Bi (ITA) made themselves at home in Westchester. It's the third visit for both Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten. The three other overseas horses-Midnight Hour (FIN), Shadow Woodland (FIN) and Tripolini VP (DEN)-are to be housed off-site at approved facilities. The Saturday, Oct. 14th world-class event finds those seven joined by defending champion Resolve (USA), In Secret (USA) and Marion Marauder (CAN) , the mile-and-a-quarter event highlighting New York harness-record $3.3 million purse program. Post position for the 39th edition of the International shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown press luncheon. Please note again it's a rare Saturday afternoon card, with Yonkers Raceway's first post at 1 PM and the International Trot (race No. 9 of 11) scheduled for approximately 4 PM. Race day schedule... 1-NYSS Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 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 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. More information about this program shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, N.Y. - In Secret has been an unstoppable force at Yonkers Raceway of late. He boasts a six-race harness racing win streak dating to July 2, the last four of which have come at the Open level. In Secret’s driver, George Brennan, hoped the trotter’s exploits would earn him an invitation to the Harry Harvey Trot on the International Trot undercard October 14. To his surprise, the raceway announced In Secret as a representative of the United States in the $1m Yonkers International Trot this Monday (Oct. 2). “I was just hoping maybe we would get an invite to the $250,000 invitational they have that day,” he said. “It was a pleasant surprise when I saw it. It’s great.” For Brennan, the chance to compete in the International Trot is about more than the race’s $1 million purse. Although he drove Arch Madness to a fifth place finish in the $250,000 International Trot Preview in 2014, Brennan has lacked a horse for the International Trot since the race’s revival in 2015. “It’s my home track, Yonkers. It’s a very good horse. It’s been my main account, Ron Burke. It means a lot,” Brennan said. “There’s a lot going into it, a lot at stake to it. The stars are lined up. It’s really exciting.” In Secret’s win streak began when the 5-year-old won a $35,000 overnight at Yonkers July 2 for trainer Noel Daley. In his next start, In Secret debuted a winner for Ron Burke in a $42,000 overnight August 13 before winning his first local Open in Brennan’s characteristic wire-to-wire style in his next try the following week. In Secret wired the field in another Open August 27 before showing a different dimension when he won his third Open in first-over fashion September 16. In Secret won his most recent start at the Open level on the lead September 30. With his success, the son of Deweycheatumnhowe’s earnings have swelled to $354,385. “He’s done everything I could ask. I’ve raced him on the lead. A couple weeks ago, I had to drop in fourth, I raced him first-over. He came first-over and won that race,” Brennan explained. “He’s done everything I’ve asked of him so far and he’s responded to it. He’s pretty solid. He knows the track, he gets over the track perfect.” Making In Secret’s win streak even more impressive, two of his victories came from post six, another three came from post seven, and one came from the far outside. In Secret’s first two wins came at the 1 1/4-mile distance of the International Trot. Brennan also drove In Secret to victory in a 10-furlong overnight from an outside post earlier this year. “He’s good, he’s solid, he’s professional. He makes my job easy,” Brennan said. “I raced him earlier in the year for Noel Daley and he won that race also. I left for the lead, but somebody pounced. He sat the two-hole and he won easily. He’s versatile.” In Secret’s impressive feats haven’t come without a price. The difficulty of dealing with outside assignments week after week means In Secret never gets an easy race or trip; he earns every win, Brennan explained. “He’s got to work hard. Every week he does win is work,” he said. “That’s the only thing. It makes it tough going into (the International) because he’s had no cupcakes. Every race is work for him because of the post positions. But it is what it is and he’s overcome them, so let’s hope the success continues.” In Secret will get a final start in before the International Trot in this week’s $50,000 Open Handicap Trot, carded as race six Saturday night. In Secret will start from post eight, and Brennan doesn’t intend to pamper the gelding a week before the biggest race of his career. “I’m going into that race, it’s a $50,000 Open, that’s a heck of a purse, and I’m still trying to win it. We’ll go forward, try and get him involved, if not on the lead, involved somewhat, and we’re going in to win,” he said. “Definitely not racing him easy going in. When horses are good and horses are sharp, you’ve got to race them. That’s how you keep them sharp.” Looking ahead to the International Trot, Brennan hopes to draw a post position in the first tier where In Secret can have his nose on the gate. Although he isn’t sure how the presence of seven European horses and drivers will change the dynamics of the race, he is confident in his horse and his own ability on his home oval. “A lot of it is going to have to do with the post positions. I’ve never raced in Europe before. I’ve watched those guys race here before,” he said. “I’d like to draw a good post position and you know what, the European drivers are going to have to worry about me if I get a good post position. “He’s been pretty much automatic, push-button and I just hope it continues. Whatever the case may be, I know he’s going to give me a good race,” Brennan continued. “Whatever it is in the International, I know he’ll give me a good, solid race and that’s all I can ask for.” More International Trot invitees will be featured as the race draws closer. The $1 million Yonkers International Trot will be raced Saturday, October 14 at Yonkers Raceway. For more information, visit www.internationaltrot.com. Please note; Yonkers Raceway has set a 12 Noon first post for the Oct. 29th return of Sunday matinee.. The remaining five Sundays between then and the rest of the season are TBA. The card of Oct. 29th includes seven 'French' added-distance, overflow field trots, going as races 2 through 8. The 12-race card has a scheduled last post of 5:05 PM. Information regarding the return of that day's 'New York, New York Double' shall be sent when available.    NEW YORK DAY OF CHAMPIONS AND CONSOLATION RACES NOTE Yonkers Raceway and the New York Sire Stakes are reminding horsemen who have qualified for either Yonkers’ New York Day of Champions (to be held Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th) or the consolation event (to be held at Monticello Raceway, Monday afternoon, Oct. 16th)  that all entries are due in Yonkers’ race office this Monday, Oct. 9th. Entry box closes promptly at 4 PM. Both series races shall be drawn Monday (Oct. 9th ) by Yonkers. For more information, please contact the Raceway’s (that would be Yonkers) race office at (914) 457-2627.     by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - They've arrived. The overseas harness racing competitors for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino touched down early Wednesday morning (Oct. 4th) at New York's JFK International (that word again) Airport...and if you had 7:20 AM in the office pool, you're feeling quite smug about now. The gang that's all here is comprised of (alphabetically, with country)...Dreammoko (FRA), Midnight Hour (FIN), Oasis Bi (ITA), On Track Piraten (SWE), Shadow Woodland (FIN), Tripolini VP (DEN) and Twister Bi (ITA). After being mobbed by (three) photographers, it was off to posh Newburgh, NY, for a couple of days of rest, relaxation and quarantine. The seven are expected at the Raceway sometime around noon Friday (Oct. 6th), housed in the Old Glory Building as they prepare for the Saturday, Oct. 14th world-class event. None of the two- or four-legged traveling party seemed any worse for wear in a trip that began in Liège (Belgium), a nearly nine-hour flight of just over 3,700 miles. The 39th edition of the International, with 10 trotters at the mile-and-one-quarter distance, is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown press luncheon. Defending champion Resolve (USA), In Secret (USA) and Marion Marauder (CAN) round out the stellar field, highlight of a New York harness-record $3.3 million purse program. Please note again it's a rare Saturday afternoon card, with first post at 1 PM and the 39th edition of the International Trot (race No. 9 of 11) scheduled for approximately 4 PM. Also a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (Oct. 6th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,087.53.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 every racing program.  It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY -- Ten elite trotters representing seven countries have accepted harness racing invitations to battle for "best in the world" bragging rights in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon, October 14th, at Empire City Casino.   Last year's champion Resolve of the United States, defending his title in the 1¼-mile classic, heads the field. Ake Svanstedt, trains and reins the American flag-carrier, who set a world record of 2:23:4 over Yonkers Raceway's historic strip in the 2016 edition. Hans Enggren owns the son of Muscle Hill.   Canadian standout Marion Marauder, the Yonkers Trot winner and ninth Trotting Triple Crown champion in 2016, will provide keen competition with regular pilot Scott Zeron in the bike.   The star-studded Yonkers International card features a total of $3.3 million in purses buoyed by the $1.8 million New York "Day" of Champions, and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, which will be announced in the coming days. Post time for the Yonkers International Trot is at 4:00 p.m. First post for the matinee card is at 1:00 p.m.   The world class Yonkers International field also includes a pair of two-time participants - Italy's Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten of Sweden - with their connections hoping that "three's the charm" this year. "Oasis" finished second last year, while "Piraten" was a fast-closing fourth. The duo was fourth and seventh, respectively, in 2015 when the International returned after a 20-year hiatus.   France's Dreammoko, the fastest from the first crop of standout Timoko, and a second Italian standout Twister Bi have also accepted invitations to participate in the 39th edition of the worldwide trotting affair. Midnight Hour and Shadow Woodland are the flag-carriers from Finland, while Tripolini VP will represent Denmark. In Secret, the winner of four straight Open Handicap Trots at Yonkers, is the second American representative.   Resolve, the millionaire six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, 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.   Frank Drucker Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director

The elite 10-horse field for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot is complete. In Secret becomes the second United States flag-carrier to accept the invitation to the 1 ¼-mile global affair set for Saturday afternoon, October 14 at Empire City Casino over the historic Yonkers Raceway harness racing strip. It’s no secret: In Secret is in Yonkers International The gelded son of 2008 Trotter of the Year Deweycheatumnhowe joins defending champion Resolve to form a potent U.S.A. one-two punch. In Secret has been unbeatable of late at Yonkers, winning the last four Open Handicap events and six consecutive races overall. In this breakout season, the five-year-old has won nine of 20 starts (with five seconds and a pair of thirds) while banking $229,595. In Secret has been driven by George Brennan for trainer Ron Burke, who (as Burke Racing) shares ownership with J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi.   Resolve tries to repeat Last week, Canadian standout Marion Marauder, the Yonkers Trot winner and ninth Trotting Triple Crown champion in 2016, was added to the formidable lineup.   Canadian flash Marion Marauder likes the Yonkers oval, too! The elite Yonkers International field also includes a pair of two-time participants – Italy’s Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten of Sweden –  with their connections hoping that “three’s the charm” this year. “Oasis” finished second last year, while “Piraten” was a fast-closing fourth. The duo was fourth and seventh, respectively, in 2015 when the International returned after a 20-year hiatus.   Italy’s Oasis B., second last year, tries to turn the tables  France’s Dreammoko, the fastest from the first crop of standout Timoko, and a second Italian standout Twister Bi have also accepted invitations to participate in the 39th edition of the worldwide trotting affair. Midnight Hour and Shadow Woodland of Finland, and Denmark’s Tripolini VP complete the field. The seven Euros are expected to arrive at New York’s JFK International Airport on Wednesday, October 4.   Sweden’s On Track Piraten, sleeper needs better trip The star-studded Yonkers International card features a total of $3.3 million in purses buoyed by the $1.8 million New York “Day” of Champions, and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, which will be announced in the coming days. Post time for the Yonkers International Trot is at 4:00 p.m. First post for the matinee card is at 1:00 p.m.   Resolve, the millionaire six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, 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. Ake Svanstedt, who trains and drove the American flag-carrier to the world record performance in 2:23:4 last year, is at the helm once again for owner Hans Enggren.   Here’s the field in alphabetical order with country in parenthesis.   Dreammoko (FRA) In Secret (USA) Marion Marauder (CAN) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA, defending champion) Shadow Woodland (FIN) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA)   By John Cirillo with Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 2, 2017-- If you gaze at his recent harness racing resume, it should be no secret that In Secret has been chosen to fill out the field for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. The 5-year-old gelding son of 2008 Trotter of the Year Deweycheatumnhowe becomes the second American representative for the world-class, mile-and-a-quarter event, hosted by Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th. In Secret has been unbeatable of late locally, having won the last four Open Handicap events and six consecutive races overall. In this breakout season, he's won nine of 20 starts (with five seconds and a p\air of thirds) while banking $229,595. In Secret has been driven by George Brennan for trainer Ron Burke, who (as Burke Racing) shares ownership with J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The field for the event (alphabetically, with country of representation) is... Dreammoko (FRA) In Secret (USA) Marion Marauder (CAN) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA, defending champion) Shadow Woodland (FIN) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA) Please note that post positions for this race are to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown press luncheon. The 39th International (third since it was renewed in 2015) highlights the state's richest-ever ($3.3 million) harness program, which also features the $1.8 million New York Day of Champions and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals (all other races are to be drawn Monday, Oct. 9th). Race day schedule... 1-NYSS Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 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 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. More information about this program shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY --- As the 2017 Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino approaches, the SOA of NY and Yonkers Raceway would like harness racing fans to get to know the potential competitors that could be heading state-side to take on the best in the world in the $1 million International Trot. In the latest video installment, join On Track Piraten and his connections as they compete in the C. Th. Ericsson Memorial at Solvalla, his final start before heading to the U.S. for his third attempt at the International Trot. Hear from trainer Hans Strömberg and driver Johnny Takter on why On Track Piraten holds a special place in their hearts and what he brings to the 2017 International Trot. Stay tuned for more videos on the 2017 International Trot and contenders. Videos produced by Kristin Riise Ødegård. For more information and news about the International Trot, visit www.internationaltrot.com. SOA of New York   

Yonkers, NY --- As the 2017 International Trot approaches, the SOA of NY and Yonkers Raceway would like harness racing fans to get to know the potential competitors that could be heading state-side to take on the best in the world in the $1 million International Trot. In the latest video installment, meet Midnight Hour and his connections as they prepare to represent Finland in the 2017 International Trot. Despite knowing that it will be a difficult race, trainer Ossi Nurmonen believes that Midnight Hour’s gate speed will work to his advantage in the U.S. Stay tuned for more videos on the 2017 International Trot and contenders. Videos produced by Kristin Riise Ødegård. For more information and news about the International Trot, visit www.internationaltrot.com. from the SOA of New York   

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, September 26, 2017 - The harness racing field for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino is nearing completion. According to race secretary Steve Starr, nine of the 10 places behind the starting gate for the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th, mile-and-a-quarter classic have been finalized. They are, alphabetically (with country of representation)... Dreammoko (FRA) Marion Marauder (CAN) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA, defending champion) Shadow Woodland (FIN) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA). Starr indicated the final invite shall go to an American in the next couple of days. Starr also said the fields for the pair of $250,000 Invitationals (Dan Rooney Pace and Harry Harvey Trot), are also about confirmed, with both races announced shortly. Those races, plus the $1.8 million New York 'Day' of Champions (eight NYSS finals @ $225,000 each), comprise the $3.3 million program the richest harness racing program ever in the Empire State. First post for the 11-race, all-stakes card is 1 PM. Frank Drucker

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