Saturday, March 28, 2009

AQUEDUCT NOTES; Friday, March 27, 2009

Mr. Fantasy, third behind I Want Revenge in the Gotham Stakes, will skip the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack on April 4 in favor of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers on April 25, Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds, said Friday.

Finley said the decision to bypass New York’s final major prep for the May 2 Kentucky Derby was made after trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who had been in Florida, visited with the colt en route to Dubai.

“Kiaran made a comment that he had lightened up a little bit,” said Finley. “He’s a May 27 foal, he doesn’t have a whole lot of seasoning, and we’d like to have a horse for the rest of the year.

“I thought he ran OK in the Gotham, but we want to do the right thing for the colt.”

Mr. Fantasy, a New York-bred son of E Dubai, won his first two races in restricted company by a combined winning margin of 19 lengths.

The probable field for the 1 1/8th mile Wood includes Gotham Stakes winner I Want Revenge, Imperial Council, Atomic Rain, West Side Bernie, Just a Coincidence, and Lime Rickey. Danger to Society, entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, is also under consideration.

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Highly regarded Dunkirk, along with six other three-year-olds, are entered Saturday in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, which will be televised live on “NTRA Racing to the Kentucky Derby” from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN. Simulcast wagering on this race and the entire Florida Derby Day card will be available at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Theregoesjojo, runner-up behind Quality Road in Gulfstream’s Fountain of Youth, will attract his share of supporters in the Florida Derby with Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux taking the return call for trainer Ken McPeek.

Completing the field are Toby the Coal Man, Sincero, Stately Character, Danger to Society and Casey’s On Call.

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Aqueduct Racetrack will offer simulcast wagering on Dubai World Cup Day, Saturday, March 28, from Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The schedule begins with the Godolphin Mile at 9:40 a.m.; followed by the UAE Derby (10:15 a.m.); Dubai Golden Shaheen (10:55 a.m.), Dubai Duty Free (11:55 a.m.), Dubai Sheema Classic (12:40 p.m.) and the world’s richest race -- the 14th running of the Group 1, $6 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline (1:30 p.m.).

This will be the final Dubai World Cup staged at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse before Dubai racing is moved to Meydan in 2010.

On Saturday, the first three races will be available by Telebet and internet only; the Dubai Duty Free will be available via Telebet, internet and self-service terminals only; and the last two races will be available at all windows.

There is an 18 percent takeout on win and place (actually place and show and 25 percent on exactas, trifectas, superfectas, Pick 3s and Pick 6s). A $1 minimum wager is available.

In addition to the Dubai races, Aqueduct will offer 10 live races of its own, beginning at 1 p.m. The feature race will be the 35th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Next Move for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at nine furlongs on the inner dirt track.

NYRA will offer a $250,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 on races 7-10 on its live card.

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