Arrival of 7 Europeans & 1 American at JFK Garners International Attention

An international flight touched down at John F. Kennedy Airport Thursday morning, carrying very special cargo – eight of the world’s finest harness horses. The high-performing athletes will compete to win a $1 Million purse in the International Trot being held at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, October 10, 2015. A world-class event, the International Trot returns after a 20-year hiatus. Horses and drivers representing Norway, Sweden, Italy, France, Canada and the United States will compete to win the richest purse in the history of the famed Yonkers Raceway. Originally hosted at Roosevelt Raceway for nearly thirty years, the International Trot was taken over by Yonkers Raceway when Roosevelt permanently closed its doors in 1988. Yonkers Raceway president and CEO Tim Rooney, a passionate operator, horse breeder and owner, took over as host for harness racing’s global classic that year, bringing Roosevelt’s Lew “Tootie” Barasch aboard to spearhead the effort. Yonkers staged the International for seven years thereafter.

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