UPDATE: Trainer Timo Nurmos said Twister Bi is not as far along as expected and will not be ready to race in Sweden next week so he won't be able to come to Yonkers in October to defend his International Trot title.
YONKERS, N.Y. - Twister Bi was an impressive winner in last year’s $1 million Yonkers International Trot for trainer Jerry Riordan. The 6-year-old is set to return to Yonkers to defend his title but now with different connections.
For Riordan, Twister Bi became one of the best four year olds in Sweden but few expected the enormous progression he showed as a five year old when he jumped straight into the world’s elite. He won the Oslo Grand Prix in Norway, the Seinäjoki Race in Finland, the Ulf Thoresen International in Norway and took places in the Final of the Master Series and the Hugo Abergs and the Jubileumspokalen. His million dollar season was crowned by a success in the Yonkers International Trot.
Since returning from the United States Twister Bi has only raced 5 times. He struggled with lung problems after his return to Europe but showed he was finding his form again early when he came back after a five months break with a 1:52 mile.
The Italian bred son of Varenne made 45 of his 55 starts for Jerry Riordan. The trainer also stands for 19 of the horses 21 victories at the highest level in five different countries but after his fifth place in the Ulf Thoresen International it was announced he was moving from Jerry Riordan’s stable to Timo Nurmos’ on decision of the owners.
“He’s been a pet for us at the stable, we’ve had so much fun,” Riordan said. “Of course we’ve experienced a lot with his big wins, he’s just been a fantastic horse to have in the barn.”
On July 11th, Twister Bi arrived to Timo Nurmos’ training camp near Stockholm in Sweden. The Finnish born trainer is in the spotlight at the moment with his champion and Prix d’Amérique winner Readly Express. He has one of the biggest operations in Sweden and dominates in classic races in Sweden and Finland.
His new trainer takes on a challenge taking over one of the world’s best horses. His plan with Twister Bi remains similar to the one Riordan had with him.
“We want to try to defend his title in the International Trot at Yonkers,” Nurmos said. “And it’s not impossible he’ll go to France after that.”
Nurmos says he’s coming into really good form but he hasn’t raced Twister Bi yet in the two months he’s had him, only training him.
“He’ll be back on the track soon, in Sweden first,” Nurmos explained. “Obviously he’ll have to show his form at home first before we finalize the decision to go to Yonkers.”
Nurmos remains optimistic about a second trip to the US with Twister Bi to defend his Yonkers International Trot title.
Twister Bi arriving at Yonkers in 2017
Saturday, October 13, 2018
FIRST POST: 1pm INTERNATIONAL TROT: 3:40pm