by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway
Yonkers, NY — Six overseas trotters have arrived in New York in advance of next Saturday afternoon’s (Oct. 13) $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino.
The half-dozen, who flew from Belgium, found their way to John F. Kennedy International Airport and the ARK’s on-site quarantine facilities. No worse for wear are Arazi Boko (Italy), Lionel (Norway), Pastore Bob (Sweden), Ringostarr Treb (Italy). Slide So Easy (Denmark) and Up And Quick (France).
Some, if not all, of the six are expected at the Raceway early Monday morning (Oct. 8) to begin their training for the 40th International.
The mile-and-a-quarter trotting classic is augmented by a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, giveaways, contests, international-themed food and drink, live music, etc. There’s also a special all-stakes Pick-4 wager with Yonkers and Belmont.
Further details and photo/video shall be sent when available.
- Up And Quick eyes one more win on world stage (Tuesday, October 02, 2018)
The curtain is about to close on the final act of Up And Quick’s racing career and Delon hopes his trotter can deliver one more thrill on the world’s stage. Up And Quick will reach the mandatory retirement age in France when he turns 11 in 2019 and will no longer be able to target France’s biggest trotting spectacle. Instead, Delon set his sights on New York, sending his star across the Atlantic to compete in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. The representative of France would be the first Prix d’Amérique winner since Lutin d’Isigny in 1985 to win the International Trot.
- Gingras to drive Ariana G in Yonkers International (Tuesday, October 02, 2018)
Harnessracing.com is reporting that Yannick Gingras will be driving Ariana G in the $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 13).
- USA hopes rest on Ariana G in Yonkers International Trot (Tuesday, October 02, 2018)
The ladies have been champions of women’s rights to win in the famed International Trot, indelibly etching their names among the greatest performers in the history of the global classic. The American standouts, two-time winner Delmonica Hanover and Classical Way; and the French flag-carriers Une de Mai and Roquepine, both two-time titlists. The names ring true to rank among the greatest of International Trot champions.
- Ringostarr Treb cleared to go (Wednesday, October 03, 2018)
Ringostarr Treb is cleared to go to the United States to race in the International Trot at Yonkers Raceway, after he won a qualifier Wednesday (Oct. 3) at noon at the Bahrenfeld track in Hamburg, Germany.
- Cruzado Dela Noche returns stateside for Yonkers International Trot (Wednesday, October 03, 2018)
Anders Ström will have a chance to make history of his own in this year’s renewal of the Yonkers International Trot. His stable, Stall Courant AB, will start Cruzado Dela Noche as a representative of Sweden in the $1 million stakes. Gerard Forni photo.
- Canadian Will Take Charge replacing Dreammoko in International Trot (Wednesday, October 03, 2018)
There has been a change in the cast of characters for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino. Dreammoko, who was to represent the Netherlands, has been sidelined with a sore throat and won’t make the trip. In his stead, the fleet Canadian Will Take Charge has been chosen.
- Marion Marauder tries to go ‘fourth’ for Canada in International Trot (Thursday, October 04, 2018)
The fact that Marion Marauder found himself invited to participate in the 40th International Trot was unrelated to any new North American trade agreement. He’s just pretty good. Three million dollars takes care of a lot of tariffs on any side of the border. The million-dollar Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino goes Saturday afternoon (Oct. 13) with first post at 1 p.m., and you couldn’t legally assemble a field of 10 world-class trotters without including Marion Marauder.
- Riordan brings Elitlopp winner Ringostarr Treb to International Trot (Friday, October 05, 2018)
Winning the Elitlopp this year with Ringostarr Treb was surreal for Jerry Riordan, but the trainer quickly realized the experience wasn’t for the claustrophobic. Just after the race, Riordan and driver Wim Paal led Ringostarr Treb up the track along the outside rail. The track apron at Solvalla is elevated from the racing surface and the thousands of fans along the fence leaned over and reached out. Their extended arms hung over the trainer, driver, and horse, enclosing them in a tunnel of humanity. The newly crowned Elitlopp winner took it all in stride.