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European contingent invades Yonkers for International Trot
Friday, October 07, 2016 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- They’re here. After soaking up the fun and sun of Newburgh, N.Y., for a couple of days, the half-dozen Europeans chosen to compete in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot found their way ‘home’ Friday afternoon (Oct. 7).

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Explosive de Vie arrives safe and sound on American soil for his engagement in next week's International Trot at Yonkers Raceway.

The six Euros (alphabetically) - BBS Sugarlight (Norway), Explosive de Vie (Sweden), Jonesy (Finland), Oasis Bi (Italy), On Track Piraten (Sweden), Tano Bork (Denmark) - made the approximately 90-minute trip from their quarantine pit stop to Westchester, getting settled inside Yonkers Raceway’s Old Glory Building in preparation for the Saturday (Oct. 15) world-class event.

None of the two- or four-legged traveling party seemed any worse for wear in a trip that began in Liège Airport (Belgium) in a nearly-nine hour flight of just over 3,700 miles.

The gang is being acclimated to their new digs, with vets and other support staff at the ready. Guests are given a two-hour, 15-minute training window each day with the racing oval all to themselves.
The race, with 10 trotters and the 1-1/4 distance, is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 11) at a midtown press luncheon.

Please note again it’s a rare Saturday afternoon program, with first post at 1:10 p.m. and the 38th edition of the International Trot scheduled for approximately 3:20 p.m.

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