10/15/2016 2:46PM

Yonkers: International Trot won by Resolve in world record clocking

Derick Giwner
Resolve leaves the rest of the field in his wake late in the International Trot

Resolve and driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt made no mistakes, taking the $1 million Yonkers International Trot in a stunning world record time on Saturday afternoon at Yonkers Raceway.  One of three U.S. entrants in the International Trot, Resolve held off the brief early leader Italy’s Oasis Bi, with Flanagan Memory rallying late for third.

Resolve, a son of the sport’s leading trotting stallion Muscle Hill, started from post two and got away smoothly as Oasis Bi and driver Erik Adielsson blasted to the front. Hannelore Hanover, another powerful U.S. hopeful making her first career start on the half-mile track, lacked the smooth footing and broke at the start, making it rather easy for Svanstedt and Resolve to clear the front at the 28 1/5 opening quarter.

From that point it was a game of cat and mouse for the rest of the field as the even-money favorite cut sensible fractions of 57 1/5, 1:26, and 1:54 4/5 with Oasis Bi on his back. Only Obrigado was able to generate much of a challenge, and that came past the opening three-quarters. Obrigado towed Canada’s Flanagan Memory, with Brian Sears, somewhat into the event, but that cover stalled on the final turn and Sears had to send his charge wide.

Svanstedt urged Resolve much of the stretch, and Oasis Bi had a clear shot, but couldn’t muster the resolve to go past the American representative. Resolve finished off the world record mile and one quarter with a 29 second fraction, completing the added distance in 2:23 4/5.

“It was the race I was looking for,” said Svanstedt. “I was looking for Oasis Bi to leave and I thought he would let me cut it.”

Oasis Bi was followed by Flanagan Memory, with On Track Piraten picking up fourth money along the inside and longshot Explosive De Vi finishing fifth after falling into a three-hole in the early scramble from post 10 in the second tier.

 "I hope the name of this race can be build up to the level of a race like the Elitlopp," added owner Hans Enggren.