Friday, April 03, 2009
AQUEDUCT NOTES; Friday, April 3, 2009
A reminder that Aqueduct Racetrack will be closed on Palm Sunday, April 5, for both live racing and simulcasting.
The Big A will be open for simulcasting only on Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. There is no admission or parking charge.
Live racing resumes at Aqueduct on Wednesday, April 8, with first race post at 1 p.m.
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Tomorrow, Saturday, April 4, is Wood Memorial Day and Aqueduct will be a racing fan’s candy store.
Four graded stakes, headed by the 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial for three-year-olds at nine furlongs, will make a up a guaranteed $400,000 late Pick 4, beginning in race 7.
The Pick 4 races will be the 49th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Shore for three-year-olds at seven furlongs (race 7; 4:13 p.m.); the 97th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior for three-year-olds and up at nine furlongs (race 8, 4:46 p.m.); the Wood Memorial (race 9; 5:19 p.m.) and the 109th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Carter Handicap for three-year-olds and up at seven furlongs (race 10, 5:51 p.m.).
The 11th and final race will go to post at 6:24 p.m.
NYRA has increased purses for each overnight race on Wood Memorial Day by $10,000.
MSG Plus will bring viewers live action from the Wood Memorial on Saturday, April 4, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
At Santa Anita Park, the 72nd running of the Grade 1, $750,00 Santa Anita Derby goes to post at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET and starts a sequence of four graded stakes in a row: the Grade 2, $150,000 Arcadia Handicap for older horses at a mile on the turf (race 7); the Grade 2, $150,000 Potrero Grande Handicap for older horses at six and a half furlongs (race 8); and the Grade 2, $150,000 Providencia for three-year-old fillies at a mile on the turf (race 9). The Potrero Grande Handicap starts a $500,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on races 8-11.
The Aqueduct bridge area on the second floor clubhouse, as well as the NYRA Players Club, will remain open through Race 9 from Santa Anita -- the Providencia -- with an approximate post of 7:32 p.m. ET.
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The featured race on Saturday, April 11, will be the 60th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.
Likely players include Alan Brodsky’s Don’t Forget Gil; IEAH Stable’s Laragh; Puglisi Stable’s Sky Diva and Karen S. Farrar’s Holdontoyourdreams.
Laragh, winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet on December 13, makes her 2009 debut here for trainer John Terranova II. The gray Tapit filly has won three of six starts with one third.
Sky Diva is also a Grade 1 winner, earning that status last fall at Belmont Park in the Frizette. She has since run third in both the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita and in Aqueduct’s Grade 2 Demoiselle last November for trainer Steve Klesaris.
Trained by Mark Henning, Don’t Forget Gil won the East View and Busanda at Aqueduct, and then jumped up to win the Grade 3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs on March 14.
Holdontoyourdreams, by Proud Citizen, has won two of three starts at Philadelphia Park for trainer Tony Dutrow.
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