Yonkers International Trot Drivers Sky High at Empire State Building

By John Cirillo

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Photos by Mike Lizzi

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Johnny and Sears, have no fears of heights

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.

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USA flag-carriers drivers Svanstedt (Resolve), Gingras (Hannelore Hanover), Kelley (Obrigado) sky high

The “World’s Most Famous Building” played host to the quintet representing half the field in the 38th edition of the global stakes race.

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Top shelf: Gingras with the author

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.

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Reinsmen Tuomas Korvenoja, Ake Svanstedt, Yannick Gingras, Brian Sears drive to the top

Enjoy the superb, high-flying photo gallery by Mike Lizzi that follows below!

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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/.

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Jonesy’s two man band: Groom Tiia and driver Tuomas

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Kelley and owner Lennart Agren

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Jersey Boys Ake, Yannick, Brian all reside in Garden State

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Flyin’ Brian

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Yannick doesn’t pannick

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Kelley sets sights on Yonkers International prize

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Finland’s finest Tuomas

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Ake shows Resolve

 

 

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