Sunday, February 08, 2009

AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009

It’s an upcoming six days of live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, which will be open Wednesday, February 11 through Monday, Presidents’ Day, February 16.

Next weekend’s stakes action begins on Saturday, February 14 with the 15th running of the $65,000-added Dearly Precious for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs. Edward P. Evans Dance Tale; Seidman Stable’s J.J. Cuvee and Zayat Stable’s Rightly So head a field that may also include Chattertown, Dream Play, Golden Artemis, Liza Too and Spina.

There is a special St. Valentine’s Day brunch on Saturday for just $39 per person (includes tax and gratuities). The sumptuous brunch buffet, served in the spacious Equestris Dining Room from noon until 3 p.m., features roasted New York strip with Roquefort black pepper sauce; beet juice-poached salmon filet with pea and mushroom dust; cornbread-stuffed capon with red pepper veloute; heart-shaped ravioli with Diablo sauce; sautéed collard greens with brandy-soaked stewed tomatoes; roasted sweet potatoes with honey drizzle; make-your-own salads; omelets to order; breakfast potatoes; breakfast meats; scrambled eggs; muffins, and bagels.

Live music will be provided by “Vincent.”

After the main course, the perfect topper is the Be Mine Chocolate Bar, featuring white, dark, and milk chocolate fondues in which to dip assorted fruits and pound cake; chocolate truffles and a variety of cupcakes.

Meanwhile, in addition to the Dearly Precious, Aqueduct will offer a guaranteed $250,000 late Pick 4. For a $1 minimum wager, fans must pick the winners of races 6-9.

First-race post is 12:30 p.m., and there is also simulcast wagering on races from around the country.

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

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Next Sunday’s feature race is the 108th running of the $65,000-added Fred “Cappy” Capossela for three-year-olds at six furlongs.

Likely starters are Don Amos’ Counter Move, Ted Julio’s Not for Silver, Stuart Grant’s The Prince and Ben Perkins Sr.’s Wildcat Brief.

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The 31st running of the $65,000-added Hollie Hughes for New York-breds at six furlongs is the Presidents’ Day feature on Monday, February 16.

Tri County Stable’s Citifest; Henry C. Gregory’s Gold and Roses; Thomas J. Kelly’s Good Card; Sullivan Lane Stables’s Mor Chances and Lakland Farm’s On With It are expected, while Dr. W is questionable.

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Former jockey Robbie Davis, now working as an agent for his daughter, apprentice Jackie Davis, gave up a life of leisure for his new career,

“I was really enjoying my life in Saratoga,” Davis said. “We have an old house and there are old stone fences everywhere. I cleared about 80 acres, built up some paddocks and was just taking it easy.

“I have this nice old racehorse, Robin of Trinidad, that I ride up there. We were out one day and I’m wearing my cowboy hat and all of a sudden, this shadow came over us and we heard a crash. I thought it was a small plane, but it was a bald eagle. Then, we went on some more, and there was this huge herd of deer. The horse stops suddenly to look around, and I’m saying to myself that I finally found a spot that reminds me of (native) Idaho. It’s great up there.

“But I wanted to help out Jackie, and it’s only a few hours away, so here I am.”

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