By John Cirillo
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Photos by Mike Lizzi
Four drivers, a trainer and a groom, all hoping to soar to great heights in Saturday’s $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Yonkers Raceway, got a preview of how it feels to be sky high on Tuesday afternoon.
On a glorious day with New York City as the backdrop, Ake Svanstedt (driver, Resolve/USA), Yannick Gingras (driver, Hannelore Hanover/USA), Paul Kelley (trainer, Obrigado/USA), Brian Sears (driver, Flanagan Memory/Canada) and Tuomas Korvenoja (driver, Jonesy/Finland) had the most majestic view of the Big Apple on the 86th floor observation deck of the iconic Empire State Building.
The “World’s Most Famous Building” played host to the quintet representing half the field in the 38th edition of the global stakes race.
Svanstedt was joined by his wife Sarah; Helsinki native Korvenoja was accompanied by Jonesy’s groom Tiia Pihamaa; and one of Kelley’s owners, Lennart Agren, was also on hand. The SOA’s Alex Dadoyan completed the group for the photo opportunity and quintessential look at the Tri-State Metropolitan Area’s skyline from 1,454 feet above midtown Manhattan. The robust skyscraper is one of the world’s most beloved tourist destinations, and a great time was had by all.
Enjoy the superb, high-flying photo gallery by Mike Lizzi that follows below!
About the Empire State Building: Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions as the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit www.empirestatebuilding.com, www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding, @EmpireStateBldg, www.instagram.com/empirestatebldg, www.youtube.com/esbnyc or www.pinterest.com/empirestatebldg/.