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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, October 16, 2016 - A November harness racing schedule reminder from Yonkers Raceway. There is a Thanksgiving weekend live racing hiatus, running through Saturday, Nov. 26th. After the matinee program of Tuesday, Nov. 22(post time 1 PM), live racing does not resume until Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27 (post time TBA). Save for that, live racing is offered every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (first post 7:10 PM) and Tuesday afternoons (first post 1 PM). As for Sundays, they return Oct. 30th (first post 12:30 PM) and continue Nov. 13th, 20th, 27th, as well as Dec. 4th and Dec. 18th (final day of season). Sunday post times for November and December are TBA as of this writing, but shall be disseminated shortly. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 15, 2016 - She classes up the joint. Champion harness racing trotting mare Bee a Magician (Brian Sears, $3.30), in her first purse try since late May here, didn't disappoint Saturday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $250,000 Invitational Trot. Away third from post position No. 2 in the mile-and-a-quarter event, Bee a Magician saw a couple of ladies, polester Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory) and Allerage Star (Andy Miller), plus Homicide Hunter (Eric Goodell) all offer early foot. After a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, and with Homicide Hunter finding a seat behind her, the fave was pointed forward. Bee a Magician made the lead before a :57.4 half, with second-tier Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) first-up from sixth. That one engaged the leader through a soft 1:28 three-quarters (mile in 1:57), with Bee a Magician owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. She held sway from there, repelling a stubborn "Melady" by three-quarters of a length in 2:25.1. Barn Doll was a pocket third, with Windofthenorth (Corey Callahan) and Lookslikeachipndale (Dan Dube) settling for the smaller envelopes. For Bee a Magician, a 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, she's now 4-for-4 this season and 45-for-69 in her brilliant career with $4,088,395 in the bank. (real dollars) The exacta paid $26.20, with the triple returned $109.50. "To have a horse ready to go the mile-and-a-quarter against a very good field after nearly five months is a credit to Nifty (Norman) and a credit to her," Sears said. "I qualified her this past Tuesday (Meadowlands), and she was impressive. Today, she was back to her ornery self and it was good to see." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 15, 2016 - The post position gods made it difficult for harness racing star Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague, $2.80). The opposition did not. Harness racing's richest horse of 2016 had it easier than expected Saturday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $250,000 Invitational Pace. Everything, save for the draw, worked out splendidly. First, there was an inside scratch, moving WIJI in one notch from behind the eight-ball. Second, in a race packed with early foot, everyone else deferred. Wiggle It Jiggleit snapped off the wings, made an immediate lead and rendered the result a given. WIJI found his way around pole-sitting Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton), then negotiated his work day (:27.3, :55.4, 1:23.1, 1:50.2) with no issues whatsoever. So much for a shot at the Raceway's first ever sub-1:50 mile. It was Keystone Velocity (Brian Sears), who figured to be in the early fray, trying it first-up...from fifth. That one never mounted a challenge as Wiggle It Jiggleit took a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. The final margin over a chasing Bit of a Legend N was a length-and-three quarters, with Mel Mara (Corey Callahan)-another non-leaver-All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) and Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) settling for the minors. For WIJI, a 4-year-old Mr. Wiggles gelding trained by Clyde Francis for co-owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership, it was his 15th win in 23 seasonal starts ($1,624,337, career 38-for-50, over $3.8 million). The exacta paid $8.20, the triple returned $33.60 and the superfecta paid $54.50. "I was surprised as anyone to no one left out of there," Montrell Teague said. "He was on the bit and ready, so I let him go. It was a better trip than I could have ever imagined. "Someone asked me going in what my strategy was, and I said I had idea, just see how the race unfolded." It unfolded right in his lap. As far as buying into the Breeders Crown, "Dad and I have talked about it, but we're not going to tip our hand yet." Frank Drucker

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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 14, 2016 - Odds-on harness racing favorite Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $2.80) took advantage of a generous getaway locale Friday night, easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 5 (after winning the 5-through-8 draw), she wasted no time claiming her territory. Mach it a Par worked around Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno), then started what became a two-speed number (:27.4, :57.2, 1:25.1, 1:52.2). The final margin was a handy length-and-a-quarter, with Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) a best-of-rest third. Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald) and Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) rounded out the payees. For Mach it a Pair, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her 10th win (29th lifetime) in 32 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10.90, with the triple returning $61.50. Saturday's rare day card (first post 1:10 PM) is highlighted by the million-dollar International Trot. Ten of the world's best trotters test the mile-and-a-quarter distance. U-S representatives Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras), Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) and Obrigado (MacDonald) start from post position Nos.1, 2 and 6, respectively. The International goes as race six as part of the 13-race card, which also features a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, led by Bit of a Legend N and Wiggle It Jiggleit (posts 1 and 8 in the flat-mile Pace) and Barn Doll and a returning Bee a Magician (posts 1 and 2) in the 1¼-mile Trot). Frank Drucker

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

Alan Schwartz has more driving victories than any other amateur driver competing today and at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday evening he added another win to his harness racing career total when he guided Lady's Big Stormont to a 1:59 triumph in the $6000 NAADA Trot. In that contest when the field approached the starting point Hannah Miller's horse, Father Amiga, went off stride and after seeing that mishap Schwartz gunned his charge to the lead from the pole position in the non-wagering trot which was presented prior to the first race on the betting card. Lady's Big Stormont led the field by the first quarter in :28.3 and after a 1:00 half the 5-year-old altered son of Earl of Stormont put two 29 and change quarters together to score two length victory over Bob Hechkoff's, Justtherighttouch. Joe Faraldo and Signal Hill OK finished third some three lengths behind the winner. "I guess everything went my way tonight. I had a good horse; I had the pole; and I got to the front easily," Schwartz said. "Then they lined up behind me and my trotter was never really challenged as we coasted along on the engine. In the stretch he (Lady's Big Stormont) was strong and we won it quite handily." The win was the seventh of the season for Lady's Big Stormont, whom Schwartz claimed earlier this year. He is trained by Raheim Strong. And for Schwartz, it was his the ninth win of the season and his 573rd of his amateur career. By John Manzi for NAADA

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

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - It's downright blasphemous and borderline illegal to use the terms 'Wiggle It Jiggleit' and 'undercard' in the same sentence in harness racing. However, such is life in the big city, where WIJI returns this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15th). Harness racing's richest horse ($1,499,337) of 2016 is going to have to work to add to that number, as the post position gods banished him behind the eight-ball for Yonkers Raceway's $250,000 Invitational Pace. The quarter-million-dollar number goes as the 10th of 13 races Saturday afternoon (first post 1:10 PM), four races after Yonkers International Trot (post time 3:20 PM) and three after a $250,000 Invitational Trot. Both trotting features go at the mile-and-a-quarter distance (part of a 'French four-pack'), with all other races at the flat mile. As for Wiggle It Jiggleit, he returns to Westchester for the first time since competing in this past spring's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. He's been board-certified (14 wins, 6 seconds, 2 thirds) in all 22 seasonal starts and 48-of-49 lifetime. Montrell Teague again does the honors for trainer Clyde Francis and co-owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership. Levy series winner Bit of Legend N (Jordan Stratton) won the draw for the Saturday pacing invite. 1 - Bit Of A Legend 2 - Split The House 3 - Mel Mara 4 - All Bets Off 5 - Keystone Velocity 6 - Artistic Major 7 - Melmerby Beach  8 - Wiggle It Jiggleit Frank Drucker

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

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

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

Whether racing, training, or being an ambassador for harness racing, Sweden’s On Track Piraten puts his best foot forward. The popular 8-year-old gelding hopes to win over more fans in the U.S. this weekend when he competes for the second time in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The draw for Saturday’s Yonkers International Trot is Tuesday afternoon. On Track Piraten is one of three European horses returning for the 1-1/4 mile event at The Hilltop, along with Norway’s BBS Sugarlight and Italy’s Oasis Bi. Completing the 10-horse field are Sweden’s Explosive De Vie, Canada’s Flanagan Memory, Finland’s Jonesy, Denmark’s Tano Bork and U.S. representatives Hannelore Hanover, Obrigado and Resolve. Last year, On Track Piraten finished seventh in the International Trot after a three-wide move early in the race put the gelding in front, but unable to get to the inside. He then raced first-over heading to the final turn before dropping back. Norway’s Papagayo E won the race, but is unable to return this year because of injury. “Coming to the International Trot last year was a great experience,” On Track Piraten’s trainer Hans Strömberg said in a video produced by Kristin Riise Ødegård for this year’s event. “We were so well taken care of and welcomed by the track. Piraten didn’t do too good in the race, he had quite a bad trip, but anyhow we were really satisfied that we traveled over. We were really impressed with the whole event. “Actually, I think it’s an honor to get an invitation. It shows you have a really good horse. We never hesitated when we were invited again this year. This really is a big thing for us.” A son of stallion Kool Du Caux out of the Rite On Line-sired Monrovia, On Track Piraten has won 27 of 94 career races and earned the U.S.-equivalent of $1.63 million. This year, he has won six of 17 starts and hit the board a total of 12 times. He had back-to-back second-place finishes in Group 1 events before making an uncharacteristic break at the start of the Group 1 UET Masters Championship on Sept. 18. The gelding is owned by Sweden’s Stall Mörkermasse and Stall CK HB. “On Track Piraten came to me in the fall of his 2-year-old season,” Strömberg said. “He was the nicest horse I’d seen actually. I said at once that he’d become a real star. In my eyes, his appearance was just perfect and when we started racing, he quickly showed he was a real racehorse too. “He’s been really important to me. Not everyone gets to train a horse like this one. I feel like he just keeps on getting better. He’s a dream horse to train. His strength is that he has no weaknesses. He’s good at the start and he always finishes well. Training him really is a pleasure.” On Track Piraten’s training routine includes being ridden and he has done jumping and dressage in addition to participating in a local parade. “It’s a different way of training and it also makes them use different muscles,” Strömberg said. “Here in Sweden, our horses have long careers and we train under saddle too. For us, riding is a good complement to our ordinary training. “He’s very popular and when he races on our home track here in Rättvik, he attracts a big crowd. He’s very important for racing here and for our local community.” The International Trot was first held in 1959 and held through 1995. The event was resurrected last year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. For more about this year’s competitors, visit the Yonkers International Trot website by clicking here. To watch the video about On Track Piraten, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 8, 2016 -- Favorites Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4) and Luminosity (George Brennan, $4.20) were the harness racing names above the moist Saturday night marquee, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Both did so in down-the-road fashion. Bit of a Legend N, from post position No. 6 in the weekly pacing feature, held off Mach it So (Jason Bartlett) in a two-speed number (:27.2, :56.3, 1:25, 1:52.2). The margin was a neck, with Feel the Need A (Eric Goodell) was a best-of-the-rest third. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) and a North American-debuting Ricimer A (Steve Smith) rounded out the payees. For Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his 11th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11, with the triple returning $32.60. The adult-table trot saw pole-sitting Luminosity go the distance (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25.4, 1:55.1), defeating a pocketed Cash Me Out (Tyler Buter) by a head. Crazy About Pat (Stratton) was a rallying third, with Dragin' The Wagon (Eric Abbatiello) and eight-ball-assigned Allerage Star (Dube) settling for the minors. For Luminosity, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's now 6-for-25 this season. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.30, with the triple returning $51. YONKERS’ MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $5,000 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 10) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover  $5,023.18. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 7, 2016 - Harness racing favored Devil Child (Eric Goodell, $6.30) was gifted an early pocket and then held off the cavalry Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 5, she and her inside foe, Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) both had designs on the lead. The latter made it before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile as Devil Child found a wide berth in front of Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube). A cheapy :56.2 half should have played the leader, but why give away the ending here? Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) offered just token, first-up abuse in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Sell a Bit N owning a length lead into the lane. However, the leading lass wasn't up to it here, tiring noticeably...but not until she carried Devil Child where she needed to go. Devil Child ducked inside and was able to get the jump on her belated foes. She whipped a flying-from-last Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.4, with Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) a late-arriving third. Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) and Rock N Roll Xample rounded out the payees, the five cashers separated by just a length-and-three-quarters at the wire. For Devil Child, a 4-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Susan Oakes & Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her sixth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $40.40, with the triple returning $324. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 -- Six world-class European trotters touched down Wednesday morning (Oct. 5) at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, ready to compete in Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $1 million Yonkers International Trot. The million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15th, features 10 invitees racing at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. First post that day is 1:10 PM, with the Trot scheduled for 3:20 PM. The arriving group represents five of the seven countries vying for the purse equaling last season's as the highest in New York harness history. Elite trotters from Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway and two from Sweden were on board, joining a trio from the United States and one from Canada in the global trotting classic. The race was revived in 2015 after a 20-year hiatus by Raceway and Empire City Casino president and CEO Timothy J. Rooney. The field, alphabetically, is... BBS Sugarlight - Norway Explosive de Vie - Sweden Flanagan Memory - Canada Hannelore Hanover - USA (mare) Jonesy -- Finland Oasis Bi - Italy Obrigado - USA On Track Piraten - Sweden Resolve - USA Tano Bork - Denmark The European invaders departed from Liège Airport in eastern Belgium (close to the German city of Düsseldorf), landing approximately 7 AM after a nearly-nine hour transcontinental flight of just over 3,700 miles (5,960‎ kilometers) or 3,703.4 miles. The elite trotting sextet ‎was vanned to Stewart Airport (Newburgh, NY) airport for a two-day quarantine, departing for Yonkers Raceway sometime Friday morning (Oct. 7). Three of the entrants - BBS Sugarlight (4th), Oasis Bi (5th) and On Track Piraten (7th) - competed in th 2015 event, while the winner, Norway's Papagayo E., is injured and unable to defend his title. Italy's Ringostarr Treb had accepted an invitation to participate this year but had some blood issues and did not make the trip. The USA has a triple threat of million dollar earners. The only mare in the field, Hannelore Hanover (driver Yannick Gingras), was a $32,000 bargain purchase who has won 23 of 37 career races. Resolve (driver Ake Svanstedt, who has 14 career victories and was able to defeat Hannelore in the final of The Maple Leaf Trot last month. Obrigado (driver Mark MacDonald), a modestly-bred Maine gelding, has become, at the age of 6, one of North America's best trotters, with a series of Grand Circuit victories. Frank Drucker

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