YONKERS, N.Y. — Even-money favorite Resolve, representing the United States, set a world record as he led from start to finish to win the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday.
Ake Svanstedt, the 6-year-old’s trainer, drove the winner to a 1 1-2 length victory over Italy’s Oasis Bi, driven by Erik Idielsson. Resolve was timed in 2:23.4, a record for the 1-¼-mile distance on a half-mile track.
Resolve was one of three U.S. representatives in the 38th edition of the International Trot. Resolve paid $4.20.
Flanagan Memory of Canada, with Brian Sears in the sulky, finished third.
Resolve left from the second post position and carved out speedy fractions of 28.1, 57.1, 1:26, and 1:54.4 for the mile, with Oasis Bi sitting right behind him. Neither Oasis Bi nor any of the other eight starters was able to mount a threat to Resolve in the stretch drive.
“I was hoping to control the race, and was able to do so,” said a composed Svanstedt in the winner’s circle. “I wanted to be aggressive. He did everything himself, I was just a passenger. Once he got the lead, he was very comfortable. He could have gone even faster.”
In all, seven countries competed in the race, which was resuscitated last year after a 20-year absence by Yonkers Raceway and Empire City Casino president Tim Rooney. The International was inaugurated in 1959 at now defunct Roosevelt Raceway.
This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Ake Svanstedt.