Friday, March 13, 2009

AQUEDUCT NOTES, Friday, March 13, 2009

St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17, but Aqueduct fans can get a jump on the festivities on Saturday, March 14 with the Big A’s Luck o’ the Irish buffet in the Equestris dining room.

Cost is $29.95 plus tax per person, and includes made-to-order omelets, bangers (sausages), Irish bacon, breakfast potatoes, bagels, beer braised corned beef and cabbage, parsley potatoes, vegetarian sheppard’s pie, herbed salmon, broccoli, Irish soda bread, sauteed strips of chicken breast, buttered noodles, salad bar and dessert table.

A 15% service charge will be charged to all parties of 8 or more.

For more information and reservations call 1-888-285-5961

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A reminder that there will be 10 live races at Aqueduct on Saturday, with first race post at 1 p.m.

The guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4 will be on races 7-10.

The eighth race will be the featured 17th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Cicada for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

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The second of three 209 Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools, which began Thursday, will continue to run through 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Kentucky Derby Future Wager allows bettors to wager on contenders for the famed “Run for the Roses” at odds that could be more attractive than those available on the day of the race. The 135th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs.

This pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is now in its 11th year, is the first to offer exacta wagering. Betting to “win” on the opening day of the pool totaled $22,458. The first day of exacta betting ended with a total of $7,439 in that pool. Both are $2 minimum bets; but there is a $1 exacta box available. Winning payouts in the “win” and “exacta” wagers in KDFW Pool 2 will be based on odds that are in place at the conclusion of betting on Sunday.

Additionally, fans may wager on the Kentucky Oaks, which will be run Friday, May 1.

Real time odds, exacta payouts and other information on the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available on the official Kentucky Derby event Web site at

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On Wednesday, March 18, Aqueduct will offer full card wagering on races at Kempton Park, near London, England, including the inaugural $115,000 Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes.

A maximum field of 14 three-year-olds will go to post in this nine-furlong race, which will be run clockwise over a Polytrack surface. Under a “win and you’re in” format, the victor is guaranteed a berth in the Kentucky Derby.

Wednesday’s Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes will be scheduled as Kempton’s third race at approximately 3:50 p.m. EDT. Mark Johnson, who was named Churchill Downs’ new track commentator in mid-January, will describe the action.

The entire six-race card from Kempton Park will be simulcast, with first post at 2:50 p.m. EDT. Saftote (Phumelela) in South Africa serves as the international tote hub for British racing, commingling wagers back into the host track pools of the United Kingdom Tote.

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On Wood Memorial Day, Saturday, April 4, no coolers or alcoholic beverages of any kind will be permitted to be brought into Aqueduct Racetrack.

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