Christoffer Eriksson Drove five-year-old champ, American Expatriate Jerry Riordan trained winner
Yonkers, NY— A twister hit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon (October 14th) with fierce, record velocity at 4:05 p.m./ET as the world watched, and left an annihilated field in its wake two minutes later. Italy’s Twister Bi, driven by Christoffer Eriksson, blew the doors off of nine classy rivals while obliterating the world record for 1-¼ miles to capture the $1-million Yonkers International Trot at the historic harness racing oval. The Italian flag-carrier did it in devastating style in a race timed in 2:22:1, smashing the record for the distance over a half-mile track set by last year’s champion Resolve (2:23:4).
For the first time, New York Sire Stakes Day of Champions and Yonkers International Trot
will take place on the same day at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway,
featuring $3.3 million in purses, the largest in New York State history
ALBANY, 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.
Seven elite European trotters representing five countries landed safely this morning (Wednesday, October 4, 2017) at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, ready to compete in the $1-million Yonkers International Trot taking place Saturday, October 14th at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. World class trotters from Denmark (2), Finland (1), Italy (2), France (1) and Sweden (1) were on board, and will join two of America’s best harness horses and one from Canada in the global trotting classic.