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YONKERS, N.Y. – Leading harness racing local driver Jason Bartlett is ranked number one in North America with $9.9 million in purse money won this season and third by wins with 497 victories. Just over $1 million of the 36-year-old reinsman’s earnings this season have come in New York Sire Stakes, making him the leading driver on the New York stakes circuit by earnings and his 24 victories top the win column. Bartlett will drive in all eight of the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Finals at Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon (October 14). The rich races for statebreds are part of a $3.3 million card that includes the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, and the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace. Many of Bartlett’s contenders drew advantageous post positions and all but two are the first or second choice on the morning line. “It’s been a really good year throughout the stakes races for me,” Bartlett said. “Hopefully we can cap it off with a good day. The draws were favorable for me. Good spots, good horses, the home track. Now it’s up to me not to mess up. “I’m very grateful to all the owners and trainers for giving me an opportunity to drive all these nice horses,” he continued. Bartlett gave his thoughts on all eight of his drives in New York Sire Stakes Saturday: 2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Pace CASUAL COOL (Post 3, 3-1 ML): The son of American Ideal is 5-for-9 this year with a pair of seconds and a third, good for $137,538. Bartlett drove in three of the colt’s victories, including a wire-to-wire win in NYSS from post one at Yonkers August 25. One of three sire stakes finalists Bartlett will drive for trainer Linda Toscano. Won his last start in the Simpson at Philadelphia October 1. “Nice handy little horse, can race either way. By the looks of that field, we have options. The one to beat is inside of us and the other one to beat is in the eight hole, so we’ve got some options going into that race. (Linda) has had a good year in stakes races this year and all of her babies seem to have got a little bit sick, but now they’ve been pretty good as of late. He had a race down at Chester coming in, the Simpson and he won down there, which is a plus going into this race that he was able to get a race in between the three-and-a-half weeks between races. He was very fortunate to get that race.” 2-Year-Old Filly Pace HURRIKANE SHORTY (Post 6, 5-2 ML): After posting two wins and two seconds with Jim Marohn Jr. at the lines, the daughter of Art Major won her first two starts with Bartlett in the sulky at Yonkers August 17 and 29. Although all her wins have come on the front end, the filly showed Bartlett a new dimension last time at Monticello September 19, racing off the pace to finish second beaten a half-length. Qualified in 1:55.4 at Philadelphia October 3. Brings an 8-4-3-0 record into the sire stakes final for trainer Kevin Mc Dermott. “She got a little sick there her last two or three starts and then her last start at Monticello, I was very happy with her racing off the pace. Kevin said she’s a lot healthier now. She got a nice qualifier in down at Chester, so she looks pretty good in there, too. She’d been raced a lot on the front end, so putting her on a helmet, trying to race off a helmet was something that I had been trying to do. That front end all year long is going to catch up to them sooner or later. She’s very versatile, she’s very quick off the gate and the way she raced at Monticello, you’re not scared to race her from behind.” 2-Year-Old Filly Trot LIMA NOVELTY (Post 2, 3-1 ML): Posted four wins and a second in NYSS company this summer, including a track record 1:57.3 victory at Monticello August 21. Made a break when trying open company in the Peaceful Way at Mohawk September 11 before finishing second in sire stakes individually timed in 1:55.4 at Vernon September 22 and qualifying at Pocono in 1:58.0 October 4. “We have not seen the best of her. She’s a very, very nice trotting filly. Very disappointing up at Mohawk, but very nice filly. She can do it either way, too. She’s won on the front and from behind at Monticello with a track record. She drew a very good spot too, in between the two favorites, so just kind of play off of other people there. She grabbed her boot behind and she just ran. I mean, she’s never run in her life. You would think that getting around Buffalo and Monticello and all those other tracks, in a straightaway at Mohawk, she’d be able to get around there easily enough. It was very surprising to say the least.” 3-Year-Old Filly Pace PLANET ROCK (Post 1, 6-1 ML): Winless this season in 14 starts, but the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven enough seconds and thirds in sire stakes company to earn a place in the final and drew the inside post. Toscano trainee went 8-for-12 as a 2-year-old, but enters this year’s sire stakes final off a sixth in the Simpson September 20 and a seventh against older mares in a $17,500 overnight September 29 for Toscano. “She’s been getting better. I raced her on the front end at Monticello, she raced really well. I had never really driven her before and I put her back on the front at Chester and Linda said two weeks in a row on the front end for her is not the thing to do. She has enough speed to get herself involved early, and then hopefully we can find the right helmet.” 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot CLIVE BIGSBY (Post 3, 5-2 ML): Gelded son of Muscle Mass is 5-for-8 with another two placings to start his career. Impressed when winning a sire stakes leg from post seven at Yonkers by 3 lengths August 8 and won by 3 ¼ at Batavia August 27. Qualified for the William Wellwood Final at Mohawk September 18, but was scratched. Enters the NYSS Final off a 1:57.4 tune up at Vernon September 29 for trainer George Ducharme. “He’s an honest trotting colt. He’s also a very handy little horse. He’s a nice little horse. He tries, he tries really hard. Got a great little attitude and just a handy little horse. He’s one that you can play the gate and see what everybody else is doing and kind of react, but it looks like he’ll be pushing off the gate and going from there. He’s good. He gets over the track really well. He can stop and go, he’s very good that way. He was sick up there (at Mohawk), so that’s why they scratched him there. George will have him ready, that’s for sure.” 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace AMERICA’S FLEET (Post 3, 20-1 ML): The longest shot of Bartlett’s Saturday drives, the Edward Hart trainee is 4-for-22 this year, including a nose victory in NYSS at Yonkers July 10. Enters the final off a fourth in an overnight at The Meadows October 7. “He’s the type of horse that’s going to have to get tripped out pretty good. That race, it’s just going to come down to if there’s any speed or not. We’ve got to trip that horse out a little bit. With the right trip, he can go with them. He’s always been right there with those horses. He may not win a lot of races, but he’s right there. Seconds, thirds, fourths. He’s got a lot of nice checks throughout the year.” 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot GUARDIAN ANGEL AS (Post 1, 8-5 ML): After making breaks in the stretch of the Hambletonian Final and at the start of the Yonkers Trot, the son of Archangel finished second in NYSS at Batavia September 13 before winning in sire stakes next out at Yonkers September 23. Shipped to Lexington for the Bluegrass October 1 and finished second beaten a neck in 1:52.1. Anette Lorentzon trains. “We drew the rail and he looks like he raced really well out at Lexington. He got to stretch out before Yonkers, which is going to help him a lot. With the rail, he can leave and with him, he’s just got to mind his manners. With him, I just let him do what he wants to do and then I’ll just go from there. If he wants to go out of there, he usually drags me out of there anyways, but I’m not going to rush him to get to someplace I don’t need to be. I think I’ve got the best horse, we got a good spot not to do too much rushing, which I’m very happy to see. He can get himself in position, so I’m not really worried about that.” 3-Year-Old Filly Trot CELEBRITY RUTH (Post 2, 9-5 ML): Unraced at 2, Trond Smedshammer’s filly by Archangel is 4-for-14 this year with another six seconds and $359,113 earned, making her the third highest-earning finalist on the card behind 3-year-old pacer FunkNWaffles and rival Barn Bella. Has three recent wins over the track, including the Hudson Trot September 2 and a 1:55.3 score in NYSS September 14. Enters off a second in a $27,000 Yonkers overnight October 5. “Very nice filly. She’s quite handy too. She can leave the gate very fast, she’s been in very good spots and it looks like we’re in a very good spot for the final, too. Obviously the one to beat is Barn Bella. I know the half isn’t (Barn Bella’s) forte, so I’d expect her first-over or something like that. (Celebrity Ruth) has been very good in her races coming in, so I’d expect another similar performance from her. She was very good in the Hudson Trot and came back and was actually better in her latest race at Yonkers. She was very good at Batavia, so she’s coming into the race pretty good.” by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Two short fields went to post in the NAADA Trots at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, Oct. 12 before the betting car got underway and when the dust settled "Hurricane Hannah" Miller and "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo each emerged victorious in their respective harness racing splits. Miller won her division with Pine Tab in 2:03.2 while Faraldo scored with Tough Get Going in 2:01.2. Despite his outstanding and time-consuming efforts in producing all aspects of the International Trot slated for Saturday (Oct. 14) Faraldo found time to sit behind a spirted steed in his own NAADA Trotting Series. "Actually this race was scheduled for Wednesday but it was held over until tonight (Thursday) which was the night of the boat ride for our International Trot guests which caused a minor dilemma for me," Faraldo said after his victory. "I really wanted to go on the boat ride but I knew I had a good shot to win the NAADA race tonight." According to Faraldo he drove Tough Get Going at Monticello Raceway last week and a mishap behind the starting gate caused him to finish back. "I knew he (Tough Get Going) had a great chance to win tonight and I wanted to be in the driver's seat even though I had to pass on the International Trot boat ride around Manhattan Isle with all my friends," Faraldo said. "You know, I don't have that many live mounts when I drive and I didn't want to pass up this one." And Faraldo ,the president of NAADA, assumption was correct and he gunned his charge to the front and took no prisoners while making every pole a winning one. Second place went to Fox Valley Steffen driven by Jennifer Lappe. Billings president Tony Verruso finished third with Sam's Honeybee. Tough Get Going is a 4 year old Kadabra gelding owned by D'Elegance Stable, Richard Banca and Carmine Iannacone and trained by Banca. The other division saw Hannah Miller send Pine Tab to the lead and with the short field they didn't encounter any challenges as the two time National Amateur Driver of the Year got her trotter to the halfway point in a soft 1:03.2 Still Pine Tab needed a :59.4 second half to hold off Bobby Krivelin's Permanent Joy for ahead victory. Third place went to SJ Better Days in rein to Bob Hechkoff. It was Ms Miller's 22nd winning drive thus far this year and her 95th in just 322 career trips to post. Pine Tab is an 8-year-old Cantab Hall gelding owed by the JL Benson Stable and trained by Nick Surick Both NAADA races were non-wagering events. by John Manzi for NAADA

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

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

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

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

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 9, 2017 - Post positions have been drawn for 10 of the 11 races comprising the richest day ever in New York harness racing, Yonkers Raceway's $3.3 million all-stakes extravaganza this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14th). (Note that the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon [Oct. 10th] at a midtown Manhattan press luncheon). Here's a hot-off-the-presses look at the $1.8 million New York Day of Champions and the pair of $250,000 Invitationals (sire stakes finals @ $225,000 each, invites @ $250,000 each). No.-Race (post time)... 1st-NYSS Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace (post time 1 PM) - Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) just keeps winning, as in 6-for-6 ($146,533) and the draw for the final. If the 'Hitman' is to falter, it's probably at the hooves of Casual Cool (Jason Bartlett), Jersey Jim (Jim Devaux, post 4), Topville Olympian (Yannick Gingras, post 6) or Paprike Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr. post 8). That quartet has combined for 16 wins and more than $440,000 this season. 2nd-NYSS Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace (post time 1:20 PM) - Division leader Hurrikane Shorty (Bartlett, post 6) hasn't done much wrong, as evidenced by four wins and three seconds in eight tries ($123,915). As with Hitman Hill, she won both of her local tries. Alexis Faith (Morrill Jr., post 7) had a win and a second here including in her 8-for-8 board resume (5 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, $116,310). Azreal as It Gets (Jim Marohn Jr., post 3) won her last two sire stakes starts. 3rd-NYSS Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot (post time 1:40 PM) - Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt, post 3) matched Hitman Hill's perfect half-dozen this season ($108,433). Along the way, she set a local track record (1:56.2), winning by nearly 10 lengths. Svanstedt also trains Natalie Blue Chip (Dan Dube, post 4) and Lucky Ava (Gingras, post 5). He does not, however, train formidable pole-sitter Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller). 4th-NYSS Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace (post time 2 PM) - If last season's frosh femme champion (via DQ) Tequila Monday (Dave Miller) is going to defend her title, she's going to have to overcome the eight-hole to do it. For the season, she's won 8-of-19 races ($352,517), including the $140,700 Lismore here. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) did her rival one better, going 9-for-19 ($266,601). Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron, post 2) was second and third, respectively, in her elim and final of the Jugette. 5th-NYSS Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot (post time 2:20 PM) - Clive Bigsby (Bartlett, post 3) wound up in points 'dead-heat' with the AWOL Fourth Dimension. 'Clive' won five of his eight seasonal starts with a pair of seconds ($95,530). Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford, post 4), Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley, post 6) and Six Pack (Svanstedt, post 7) all have won here this summer. 6th-NYSS Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace (post time 2:40 PM) - The champ from 2016, Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan, post 4), has put together another fine season in '17's glamour division, with four wins and 11 board finishes in 14 starts ($441,442). Cultural Paradise (Brian Sears, post 5), Outkast Blue Chip (Morrill Jr., post 6) and Pointomygranson (Zeron, post 8) each socked away six figures this season. 7th-Dan Rooney Invitational Pace (post time 3 PM) - From the inside out, there's the Canadian Pacing Derby winner, Sintra (Jody Jamieson, post 1), the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series winner, Keystone Velocity (Dube, post 3), the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby winner, All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), plus this season's Quillen Memorial and last season's Levy winner, Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, post 6). No slouches in this octet, with five having reached at least career seven-figure social status 8th-Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (post time 3:30 PM) - Going the mile-and-quarter make very well even out the landscape. Homicide Hunter (Brett Miller, post 10) is of two beginning from the back of the bus. He and the other second-tier number, Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell, post 9) both have 30 career victories. The only time Dia Monde (Brennan, post 6) visited, he matched track record for his 4-year-old gelding weight class (1:54.2). Throw a trio of French Canadian-trained entities in Charmed Life (Sears, post 2), Lookslikeachpndale (Dube, post 4) and Musical Rhythm (MacDonald, post 8) into the mix, and this race is quite puzzling. 9-$1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (post time 4 PM) - 10 horses at the mile-and-a-quarter to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) 10-NYSS Morrisville Coll. Equine Inst. 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot (post time 4:30 PM) - Yonkers Tort winner Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller, post 7) renews his rivalry with Guardian Angel AS (Bartlett, post 1). Between them, it's a dozen wins and just under $600,000. Swell Chap (Sears, post 3) was an under-the-radar points leader with six wins and a dozen board finishes in 14 tries ($179,138). 11-NYSS Allerage Farm 3YO Filly Trot (post time 5 PM) - Frosh phenom 'beastly' Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, post 3) eyes a statebred repeat, bringing a 17-for-23 career resume ($576,225) into this race. This season, she's 11-for-14 (364,414) Her main rival starts right inside in the 'person' of Hudson Filly champ Celebrity Ruth (Bartlett, post 3). Unraced at 2, she's been first of second in all but one of 14 '17 tries ($359,113). Frank Drucker

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. 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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 7, 2017 - Always at My Place (George Brennan, $3.40) and Consolidator (Greg Merton, $14.40) were the harness racing standouts Saturday night (Oct. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. The weekly featured pace had odds-on, pole-sitting Always at My Place stuff Thisjetsabookin' (Brent Holland) in behind, get no pressure early, then finish what he started (:27, :56.2, 1:23.4, 1:51.4). Hel defeated a solid, first-up Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) by three-quarters of a length, with Gratian Hanover (Dan Dube), 66-1 outsider Theartofconfusion A (Steve Smith) and Cooperstown (Merton) settling for the minors. For 'Always,' a 6-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his eighth win in 22 seasonal starts (career 35-for-99). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.70, with the triple returning $39.80. The week's marquee trot saw a well-driven Consolidator-from post position No. 2-use a parked-out Money Maven (Holland) as a pick through intervals of (:28.1, :57.1, 1:26.4), then hold off a pocketed Cash Me Out (Goodell) by a desperate nose in 1:55.2. Ameliosi (Jordan Stratton), In Secret (Brennan) and Lookslikeachpndale (Dube) came away with the lesser envelopes, with International Trot-bound In Secret having his winning streak end at six. Even-money Rubber Duck (Jason Bartlett) raced parked with cover, fading to sixth. . For fourth choice Consolidator, a 4-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Laura Baker and Alan Weisenberg, it was his fifth win in 19 '17 tries. The exacta paid $113.50, with triple returned $1,061. Consolidator, making her local Open Handicap debut, has three wins, a second and third in five Westchester starts...after beginning at the rock-bottom level. Frank Drucker

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, NY, Friday, October 6, 2017-- Hugh Hefner N has found a second life after his namesake's first death. The four-legged version was at it again Friday night (Oct. 6th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $20,000 pacing opener in a down-the-road harness racing effort. Eight nights ago, and one night after the human Hefner's passing, the equine counterpart provided a morbid hunch play...which paid off to the tune of $4.60 as the wagering favorite. Moving up the claiming ladder (from $20,000 to $25,000) Friday night, he prevailed from the inside post position. 'Hef' won by a head in 1:53.1, his fourth victory in 21 seasonal starts. This time, he returned $10.60 as the third choice. The 9-year-old Down Under Falcon Seelster gelding (we're not going there again) was driven this time by Jordan Stratton for owner Keith Motusesky and trainer Doug Dilloian Jr. Hugh Hefner N went over the $200,000 North American career earnings plateau with the win. Friday night's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap saw Call Me Queen Be (Jim Marohn Jr., $7.60) placed first after original 'winner' Scandalicious (Greg Merton) was set down to third for going inside a pylon off the final turn. The mile went in 1:52. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 5, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway and the New York Racing Association have taken the 'New York, New York Double' and doubled it. Saturday, Oct. 14th, with the Raceway hosting the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino, included in the wagering menu is a two-breed Pick 4. The races involved are... --8th from Yonkers...$250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot --9th from Yonkers...$1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino --race TBA from Belmont...$150,000 Futurity --race TBA from Belmont...$300,000 Pebbles The wager is hosted by NYRA and has a 50-cent minimum with a 24 percent takeout. As with the 'Double,' past performances for this wager shall be made available in both tracks' live program as well as simulcast publications. Fans can wager through Empire City Bets, NYRA Bets and selected other ADW platforms. First post for Yonkers is 1 PM, while Belmont's opener goes at 12:55 PM. More information regarding this special Pick 4 to 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, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - A pair of $250,000 invites are among the harness racing highlights of Yonkers Raceway's 'International Trot Day,' and while the field is not quite set for the Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, no more calls, we have eight winners for the inaugural Dan Rooney Invitational Pace. The one-mile Dan Rooney goes as the seventh race (approximate post time 3 PM) during Yonkers' $3.3 million program a week from Saturday (Oct. 14th). First post for the special matinee program is 1 PM. The eight Free-For-All pacers who've RSVP'd to race secretary Steve Starr (alphabetically) are... All Bets Off Bit of a Legend N Keystone Velocity Mach it So Missile J Scott Rocks Sintra Somewhere in L A. The inaugural Harvey Trot (8th race, approx.. post 3:30 PM) shall be finalized shortly, since there are a few more seats (10 in total) needed for the mile-and-a-quarter event. Again, both of these races, as well as that afternoon's finals of the New York Sire Stakes, are to be drawn Monday afternoon (Oct. 9th). The million-dollar Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino is drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown Manhattan press luncheon. The day's schedule... 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, Monday, October 2, 2017- Apparently, one curtain call for the dearly departed wasn't enough. Hugh Hefner-or, more specifically, his New Zealand-bred harness racing namesake with the 'N' designation-is back to try it again. Hugh Hefner N, who made 'posthumous' headlines a week ago by winning the night after his human counterpart's passing, goes for a duplicate Yonkers Raceway performance Friday night (Oct. 6th). 'Hef' draw the pylons in the $20,000, first-race pace as he moves up the claiming ladder from $20,000 to $25,000. Jason Bartlett is again scheduled to drive for owner Keith Motusesky and trainer Doug Dilloian Jr. Hugh Hefner N is a 9-year-old Down Under Falcon Seelster gelding (feel free to insert own punchline) who has three wins in 20 seasonal starts. Frank Drucker

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

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