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Wednesday, January 07, 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES, Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Aqueduct Racetrack will be open for live racing six days next week, Wednesday, January 14, through Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19.

There will be no live racing on Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21, but the Big A will be open for simulcasting on those days.

Tuesday night marked the third straight year that a New York jockey has joined New York Jets, Giants, Islanders, Red Bulls and other top athletes at the annual “MDA Muscle Team,” a gala event at New York’s Chelsea Piers that raised nearly $1 million in support of the work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Apprentice Maylan Studart represented the New York jockey colony, posing with some of the top names in New York sports and appearing on stage with her Muscle Team Buddies -- local children with Muscular Dystrophy.

Russ Salzberg, a racing fan who anchors the WWOR-TV sportscasts, was the event’s emcee.

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Old Fashioned, winner of the nine-furlong, Grade 2 Remsen as a two-year-old here in November, breezed a half mile in 48.20 on the good track at the Fair Grounds this morning for trainer Larry Jones.

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Aqueduct will offer wagering on Pool 1 of Churchill Downs’ 2009 Kentucky Derby Future Wager February 12-15. Pool 2 is scheduled for March 12-15 and the third and final pool will be conducted April 2-5.

Wagering on the lone 2009 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager is set for March 12-15.

As in past years, wagering on each of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools will open at noon (all times Eastern) on the first day of the pool’s Thursday-Sunday run.

Betting will conclude in the three Derby pools at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Wagering on the Kentucky Oaks Future pool will open at noon on Thursday, March 12, and that single pool will conclude at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.

The Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Future Wagers are minimum $2 wagers and win bets only. The bets offers fans opportunities to wager on contenders for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at odds that could be greater than those they would receive on the their respective race days. There are no refunds in either the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

The 135th running of the Kentucky Derby – a 1¼-mile test for 3-year-olds, is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs. The $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI), a nine-furlong race restricted to 3-year-old fillies, will be run over the track on Friday, May 1.

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The New York Racing Association’s Communications Office welcomes Ashley Herriman, who has joined its staff after seven months in NYRA’s group sales department.

A graduate of upstate Hamilton College, Herriman brings to the job a lifetime interest in horse racing, an MS in journalism from Northwestern University, on-the-job training as an intern with the press office at Arlington Park and the experience gained from working for a New York City public relations firm.

She is a native of Staten Island, N.Y.


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