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Propulsion (7m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) rallied from sixth at the half to zoom three wide entering the final bend to then wear down his foes for a 1.09.2kr victory in the V75 Gold Arjangs Sprinterlopp (600,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 10 starters). Orjan Kihlstrom drove the winner for trainer Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. USA’s F.V. Caldwell and Bluestone Farms bred the champion now with 5,416,827SEK earned from an 8 4-2-2 slate this year. For the career he has 17,185,317SEK earned from a 28-11-7 slate in 59 appearances. Nadal Broline (8g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) was second for Ulf Ohlsson ahead of Dante Boko (8g Going Kronos-Margherita Rosa-Abo Volo) was third for Adrian Kolgjini. Volstead and Arai Boko ended fourth and fifth. Australian bred Maori Time was a dq and Pingus Vang was scratched. On the undercard Betting Gangster (3m Going Kronos-Viola Silas-Lindy Lane) won a three-year-old event for driver Carl Johan Jepson and trainer Jerry Riordan. The winner earned 70,000SEK. Other interesting winners were Kissmeonceagain (8f Varenne-Princess Pleasure-Viking Kronos) for Per Nilsson to earn 100,000SEK, Bear Hope (5m SJs Caviar-Daily Mail-Muscles Yankee) for Bjorn Goop to earn 125,000SEK and Han Herred (5m Infinitif-Donna GT-Dungeness) driven by Ville Karhulahti to make 150,000SEK for Stall Inox and trainer Stig H. Johansson. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

The odds on favorite at 1.6/1 Vamp Kronos (4f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos) took today’s Halmstad, Sweden featured Gr. II Mares Sprintern (four year old mares) with 697,01SEK to the winner, timed in 1.11.7kr.  Bjorn Goop drove the Jerry Riordan trainee that Renato Bruni owns. She posted career victory 11 in 19 starts now for 2,890,377SEK earned. 14.7/1 Rose Mary (4f SJs Caviar-Spicy Cayenne-Ata Star L) was second for trainer/driver Andre Eklundh, ahead of 5.4/1 Violet Bi (4f Equinox Bi-Fidgi Bi-Lemon Dra) handled by trainer Jim Oscarsson. On the Halmstad card was the Wangen Cup Finale (125,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart, mares) and 5/2 odds Julia Pellini (5f Yankee Glide-Julian-Juliano Star) was victorious for driver Askar J. Andersson clocked in 1.14.1kr. Magnus Dahlen trains the winning mare. 6.8/1 Foxy Brown (5f Symphonic Hanover-Liz Abb-Running Sea) with Markus Niklasson and 54/1Brilliance (7f Flirtin Man-My Lady Arwen-SJs Caviar) with Henne Halme up trailed this winner The V75 Gold (200,000SEWK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to 41.2/1 longshot Art On Line (11g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) with Carl Johan Jepson driving for trainer Mikko Ago and timed in 1.12.6kr. The veteran campaigner secured his 35th career win in 128 starts. 1.3/1 favorite Day Or Night In (6m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner and 14.4/1 veteran Harry Haythrow (12g Rite On Line-Speedy Tilda-Spotlite Lobell) took the third spot. In the Summer Meeting Mares (100,000SEK to the winner, 1640 meters autostart) the 1.7/1 favorite Darling Mearas (5f Cantab Hall-Khao Manee-Muscles Yankee) scored for Stefan Persson, the trainer/driver.  The 16.4/1 Julia Af Solnas (5f Olimede-Joy Af Solnas-Supergill) was second for trainer/driver Peter Untersteiner and third was 33.1/1 Annabelle Dimanche (5f Sahara Dynamite-Messaritra-Messerschmitt) for driver Peter Ingves. Race time was 1.12.1kr. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

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

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

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

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

September 30, 2017 - The Jerry Riordan trained three year old filly Vamp Kronos (3f Ready Cash-Only Kronos-Viking Kronos), off at 3.9/1, won today’s harness racing Gr. I International European Championship (three year olds, purse €101,888, 2140 meters autostart, 12 starters) at Solvalla. The Renato Bruni property, reined by Bjorn Goop, now has a 7-2-1 slate in 13 career starts, all this year. Vamp was clocked in 1.12.2kr (2:34.51) and was a seven length winner to increase her career earnings to 1,521.677SEK. She raced third on the outer in the middle part of the race before vaulting to the top early in the final bend and she sprinted clear of the rivals. Second was 7.9/1 Hazard Boko (3m SJs Caviar-Quail Ridge-Smasher) for trainer/driver Per Lennartsson. 39/1 Flying Fortuna (3m Muscles Yankee-Nikita Fortuna-Kameraad) took third for Erik Adielsson and trainer Tomas Malmqvist. Thomas H. Hicks  

August 26, 2017 - Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) raced second over for Wim Paal and then moved swiftly down the middle in the stretch to capture today’s harness racing €179,200 purse Sundsvall Open at Bergsaker, Sweden, over the 2140 meters autostart course. Race time was 2:32.15 (1.11.1kr; 1:54.39 mile rate) for the Jerry Riordan trainee, owned by Marco Scarton. Off the 6.4/1 in SWE (16/1 on the PMU) the winner bested 9/1 Nadal Broline (7g Yankee Glide-Aimee’s Promise-American Winner) and Ulf Ohlsson. 1.5/1 favorite (3/10 on PMU) Propulsion (5m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) trailed throughout until a too late brush in the lane, a mysterious drive by Orjan Kihlstrom. On Track Piraten and Spitcam Jubb finished fourth and fifth.  Thomas H. Hicks

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

July 9, 2017 - Today’s Jarlsberg feature event was the Gr. I Ulf Thoresen Grand International (2100 meters autostart, 750,000NOk to the winner). Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) was placed directly on the lead from post two by driver Christoffer Eriksson, rated comfortably, and drew off with 500 meters remaining to secure a five length victory for trainer Jerry Riordan, timed in 1.10.4kr. Twister Bi recorded his fourth win in eight 2017 starts, now for 4,907,005NOk earned in a successful and emerging career. An elated Riordan stated on post race interview that his charge is a happy horse that was just rolling along in the final 400. Oasis Bi (9m Toss Out-Up Front JM) sat the pocket for driver Erik Adielsson but lost the second spot to fast closing Lionel (7m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) and driver/owner Goran Antonsen for trainer Daniel Reden. The secondary feature this day was the Anders Jahres (2100 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to the winner) and the 1.11.2kr timed winner was Djali Boko (7m Ready Cash-Lucky Lavec) that moved decisively in the final bend and jetted off to an easy score for reinsman Adrian Kolgjini and trainer Lutfi Kolgjini. Nappa Scar (5m Scarlet Knight-Butterfly Player) was the second horse home for trainer/driver Per Lennartson. Bjorn Goop piloted the Jerry Riordan trainee Tango Negro (5m Infinitif-Lisetta Real) to a third place finish. Also on the undercard was the Felleokjopets (2100 meters autostart, 75,000NOk to winner) with victory going to Ferrari BR (4m Muscles Yankee-Bauxite) timed in 1.13.2kr for trainer/driver Per Oleg Midtfjeld, who campaigned Cromwell (sire of Phantasm SOA) throughout most of his European racing career. Second in this event was the Jerry Riordan trainee Umberto Axe (4m Love You-Ira Furiosa Spin) driven by Tom Eric Solberg. Defy Anything (5f Cantab Hall-Flirtin Victory) took third for driver Erik Adielsson and trainer Flemming Jensen. Thomas H. Hicks

July 8, 2017 - Today’s V75 Gold at Halmstad (150,000SEK to winner, 2140 meters autostart) went to a very impressive Ringostarr Treb (7m Classic Photo-Farsalo Egral-Supergill) clocked in 1.10.5kr for driver Wim Paal and new harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan. Marco Scarton owns the winner, now with a slate of 26-10-14 in 72 career starts for 5,990,194SEK earned. Ringostarr left from past four, went immediately to the front only to go off stride in the first turn. Paal steadied his charge, caught the rivals and then started up three wide on the final lap backside. Off the last turn Ringostarr started “flying” said Pall on post race interview. Day Or Night In (5m Muscle Hill-Ellie America-Buvetier d’Aunou) was second for trainer/driver Johan Untersteiner with third to Cruzado Dela Noche (5m Muscle Massive-Alidada-Credit Winner) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Stefan Melander. On the terrific card was the StoSprintern Final (Gr. II International, 1609 meters autostart, 677,600SEK to winner) for four year-old mares. 2.9/1 Caddie Lisieux (4f Ready Cash-Caddie Dream-Viking Kronos) scored timed in 1.10.6kr for Kenneth Haugstad. Roger Walmann trains this one for SRF Stable. Bugatti Brick (4f Andover Hall-Likeable Les-Yankee Glide) was next for Jorma Kontio and trainer Timo Nurmos. Third was Lavidaloca De Vie (4f Crazed-Bliss-Angus Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for owner/trainer Stefan Melander. The card also included the V75 Silver (125,000SEK to winner, 1640 meters autostart, 12 starters). The 1.7/1 Tjacko Zaz (5g Crazed-Kinoras Zaz-Angus Hall) scored timed in 1.10.1kr for trainer Timo Nurmos, owner Kings Arms and driver Johnny Takter. Two lengths back was Bravo Navarone (6m From Above-Ocean Breeze-Turbo Thrust) for driver Adrian Kolgjini. Third was King City (6m Muscle Hill-Creamy Mimi-Conway Hall) for Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Roger Walmann. Earlier the Summer Meeting Mares took place with ten aged mares traveling 1640 meters autostart for a 100,000SEK first prize. Italy’s Shadow Gar (5f Pine Chip-Lady Killer Gar-Varenne) scored for catch-driver Jorma Kontio for trainer Erik Bondo. She was timed in 1.10.9kr. Patricia Hastrup (10f Great Challenger-Isabella Hastrup-Sugarcane Hanover) was second for Carl Johan Jepson and third was Toohotforyou (5f Scarlet Knight-VasterboFromHeaven-Red Xing) for Ulf Ohlsson. Thomas H. Hicks

May 7, 2017 - The Vermo, Finland featured Finlandia Ajo (€110,000 to the winner, total purse €190,000, 1609 meters autostart) went to rallying D.D.’s Hitman (6m Donato Hanover-Deedee’s Destiny-Muscles Yankee) timed in 1.09.8kr and catch-driven by harness racing driver Ulf Ohlsson. Petri Puro trains the winner, he the developer of Commander Crowe. This 5.8/1 second choice bested 1.7/1 Propulsion (m Muscle Hill-Danae-Andover Hall) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Daniel Reden and Stall Zet. Third was 8.5/1 Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) that raced gamely after battling on the outside of leader Elian Web entering the lane, and only beaten two lengths and timed in 1.10kr as was Propulsion. Twister Bi’s trainer Jerry Riordan post-race remarked that he was pleased with his trainee that was in the race early and late, held well at the end, and would welcome a chance in the Elitloppet. He said he would likely pass on the Sweden Cup if overlooked for the Elite race and would enjoy the day in the grandstand. Riordan is always a great interview as well as being a superb conditioner. The undercard at Vermo included the  Glenn Kosmos Memorial (€11,000 first prize, total purse €24,200, 1609 meters autostart) and it went to 1.11.6kr timed Love Matters (4m  Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for trainer Daniel Reden. Next Direction (4 Orlando Vici-Be My Luxx) was second for Iikka Normonen with third earned by Umberto Axe (4 Love You-Ira Furioiso Spin) piloted by Christoffer Eriksson for trainer Jerry Riordan. The Vermo Klass I (€11,000 first prize, 2100 meters voltstart) contest went to the US import Stand Bayou (6m Donato Hanover-Roux Hanover-Mr. Lavec) timed in 1.12.8kr and reined by Orjan Kihlstrom for Stall Zet and trainer Daniel Reden. Anything For You (5g Anythings Possible-Candy Rain-Uno di Jesolo) was second for Hannu Torvinen, ahead for Walle West (5g Mr. Pine Chip-Sweetie West-Spotlite Lobell) driven by Jorgen Westholm. Pete Spears of Hanover Shoe Farms management bred the winner. The sire of the second place horse was developed and raced in the US by Jim Gluhm and he stood at stud in Florida before export. Thomas H. Hicks

April 22, 2017 - Jerry Riordan’s trainee Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) took today’s harness racing Gr. I Seinajoku Race (Finland) (purse €108,000, first prize €60,000, 2100 meters autostart) timed in 1.13kr. The Italian bred campaigner is owned there by Pasquale Ciccarelli and now has a 2-1-0 slate in just three 2017 appearances and 18-6-1 in 41 career starts for €274,072 earned. Twister Bi led from the quarter post and drew off easily after a challenger went offstride in the final bend. Christoffer Eriksson piloted the winner, that bested Vasterboonthenews (9g Credit Winner-Sandra Dime-Alf Palema) reined by Peter Ingves. Third was fast-closing Anna Mix (7f Ludo de Castelle-Ires-Tenor de Baune) teamed by Jorma Kontio for owner Franck Leblanc. Twister Bi is next to race in Helsinki in two weeks. Twister Bi Jerry Riordan Thomas H. Hicks

February 26, 2017 - Jerry Riordan’s trainee Twister Bi (5m Varenne-Lorraine Bi) at 3.5/1 odds took today’s Prix de l’Association National des Turfistes (Gr. III, purse €105,000, 2700 meters, 13 starters) at Vincennes. Harness racing driver Bjorn Goop teamed Twister Bi to an impressive win coming from dead last and circling the field with a sustained bold move. Riordan’s other trainee in this field, 19.8/1 Tango Negro (5f Infinitif-Lisetta Real) was a narrowly beaten second for driver Alexandre Abrivard, escaping late on the inside after being shuffled on the pegs. Graziano Ceccaroni owns this one and Pasquale Ciccarelli owns Twister Bi. 23/1 Cirrus Atout (5g Look de Star-Ire du Ciel) was third for Gabriel Gelormini. Race time was 1.14.4kr. The Pris Gras Savote (purse €76,000, 2850 meters, 18 starters) went to 1.13.7kr timed and 7/10 odds Alphea Barbes (7f Look de Star-Lova Barbes) reined by Charles J.Bigeon. Christian Bigeon is the trainer and A.F. Bigeon is breeder/owner of Alphea Barbes. 45/1 Ulysse Maria (9g Nuage de Lait-Kemetcha Maria) was second for Romain Derieux and third was 9/1 Agora du Goutier (7f Jardy-Olyarpe Pierji) for reinsman Franck Nivard. The monte Prix Paris-Turf/Vivier de Montfort (purse €85,000, 2700 meters, 10 starters) went to loose on the lead 7/10 favorite Arlington Dream (7g Ready Cash-Lalla Clairchamp) with Yoann Lebourgeois in the irons. Phillippe Allaire trains and Frederic Sauque owns the winner. 7.2/1 Uno Dancer (9g Offshore Dream-Laura Dancer) was second for Honorin Guerot and trainer Thierry Duvaldestin. 20/1 Vrai Voyou (8g Gazouillis-Organginette) ended third for Adrien Lamy and owner/trainer P. Emmanuel Mary. Race time was 1.12.8kr. Thomas H. Hicks

December 25, 2016 - The Gr. I Criterium Continental (purse €240,000, 2100 meters autostart, 16 European starters) went to 23.5/1 upset winner Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide). Christoffer Eriksson teamed the 1.11.8kr clocked mare for harness racing trainer Jerry Riordan and Canada’s David Goodrow, the owner. Eriksson positioned Treasure Kronos perfectly, third in the second tier and then escaped at top stretch to begin her winning rally that ended with a three-quarter length score over 55.2/1 Day Or Night In (4m Muscle Hill-Ellie America) driven by trainer Johan Untersteiner for Stall Invexbro AB. 4.9/1 Charly du Noyer (4m Ready Cash-Ornella Jet) was third driven by Yoann Lebourgeois for trainer Philippe Allaire and proprietor Olivier Henri Thomas. 44.5/1 Cobra Bleu (4m Fortuna Fant) was  fourth for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and Timone EK (4m Mr. Vic) finished fifth for J-M Bazire and trainer Fabrice Souloy. The winner earned €108,000 with the victory and now has career earnings of €400,856. Fractions were quick (1.06.9kr at 1500 to go; 1.09.7 at the 1000; 1.12.2kr with 500 meters remaining). The 1.1/1 favorite Traders raced on or near the front throughout and was a dq for a miscue late when under pressure in the drive. Thomas H. Hicks

December 14, 2016 - Wednesday’s Fyraaringstoppen (purse 128,200SEK, 2140 meters autostart) at Jagersro went to 1.13.5kr timed Treasure Kronos (4f Raja Mirchi-Glide About-Yankee Glide) trained by Jerry Riordan and reined by Christoffer Eriksson. Another Riordan trainee finished second, that being Twister Bi (4m Varenne-Lorraine Bi-Lemon Dra) reined by Thomas Uhrberg. Aaron The Baron ended third. Another 128,400SEK purse event was for aged mares raced over 2140 meters. Rainbow Of Nando (6f RC Royalty-Isidora-Pine Chip) scored clocked in 1.16kr for driver Orjan Kihlstrom and trainer Sofia Aronsson. Alva Garbo (6f Kadabra-Sunrise As-Varenne) was second for teamster Erik Adielsson and trainer Svante Bath. At Solvalla was the 2016 Fryraringslopp (200,000SEK to the winner, 2140 meters autostart) for mares. The 1.15.2kr winner was 3.25/1 Oceanic Clearance(4f Scarlet Knight-Hermit Lady-Express Ride). Orjan Kihlstrom was the reinsman for breeder/trainer/owner Stefan Melander. 2.75/1 X=Zumburella (4f Diesel Don-Zumurrud-Ride The Night) was second for Tommi Nikkola and Ice Wine (4f Yankee Glide-Sugar Sample-Mack Lobell) landed the third spot. Thomas H. Hicks  

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