On a sun-drenched day at Tavern on the Green in New York City, the Canadian mare Bee A Magician, an earner of $3.6 million in career purses, drew post position five and was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in the $1 million International Trot, which will be held at Yonkers Raceway this Saturday afternoon, October 10.
Regular pilot Brian Sears will drive Bee A Magician, the only mare in the field, who has shown an affinity for Yonkers’ half-mile strip with three wins in four starts. The five-year-old daughter of Kadabra is in quest of her 11th victory this year. The 2013 harness Horse of the Year has recorded 41 career triumphs, and has beaten her male counterparts in stakes races on a regular basis. Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman is the trainer.
The 10 premier trotters in the world from six countries – Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United States – will go to the post in the 1¼-mile International, which has been revived by raceway president and CEO Tim Rooney after a 20-year absence. Post time for the International is at 3:10 PM/ET on the afternoon card.
The field for the International Trot in order of post position with odds, drivers and countries, is as follows:
Creatine – (1/ Johnny Takter/United States, 4-1);
Papagayo E – (2 /Ulf Ohlsson/Norway, 5-1);
Rod Stewart – (3 /Enrico Bellei/Italy, 12-1);
Timoko – (4 /Björn Goop/France, 6-1);
Bee A Magician – (5/ Brian Sears/Canada, 3-1);
On Track Piraten – (6 / Erik Adielsson/Sweden, 10-1);
Natural Herbie – (7 /Verlin Yoder/United States, 8-1);
Mosaique Face – (8 /Adrian Kolgjini/Sweden, 6-1);
BBS Sugarlight – (9/ Johan Untersteiner/Norway, 6-1);
Oasis Bi – (10 /Örjan Kihlström/Italy, 8-1).
Creatine, one of two United States representatives, returns to his homeland after racing successfully throughout Europe this year in Sweden, Finland and Belgium, and has career purses earnings of $1.3 million. Johnny Takter will drive the 4-1 second choice from the coveted inside rail post position.
Papagayo E of Norway, with Ulf Ohlsson in the bike from post two, is third choice on the morning line at 5-1. The second U.S.A. flag-carrier is Natural Herbie, the winner of last year’s International Trot Preview in world record time of 2:24:4, will be driven by owner-trainer Verlin Yoder, leaving from post seven at odds of 8-1.
Timoko, the standout from France driven by Bjorn Doop, was tabbed the co-fourth choice on the morning line from post four at odds of 6-1. The eight-year-old stallion sired by Imoko has also earned $3.5 million in lifetime purses, and has 25 career victories to his credit, including the Grand Prix de France earlier this year, and the prestigious Elitloppet in 2014.
Mosaique Face of Sweden, driven by Adrian Kolgini from post position eight, has earned $1 million in career earnings, captured the Elitloppet Prep earlier this year, and finished second in the Elitloppet final. Mosaique Face is co-fourth choice at 6-1 on the morning line. The morning line odds-maker was Frank Drucker.