Monday, March 02, 2009


LIGHTS OFF ANNIE LIGHTS UP BROADWAY


Repole Stable’s Light Off Annie, the least experienced of the group, broke from post 2 running Sunday afternoon and lead all the way to win the 30th running of the $69,680 Broadway for New York-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.

“As long as she broke well, my intention was to try and make the lead,” said jockey Rajiv Maragh, whose winning time was 1:10.83 for the five-length victory on Aqueduct’s fast inner track, after uncontested fractions of 23.64, 46.72 and 58.41. “She broke sharp, got up and got comfortable on the rail. It’s not like there were horses breathing down my neck and she got happy on the lead. I knew I was going to have a lot of horse left and she just sprinted away when I asked her.”


Let’s Fly Away came up the rail to snatch the place away from Cammy’s Choice, the favorite of the crowd of 2,998.

Trained by Bruce Levine, Lights Off Annie is a 4-year-old daughter of Freud who has now won four of six lifetime starts. She returned $6.20 to win

“I was confident going into the race because she had bee training well,” said Levine’s assistant, Danny Laxmetr. “She’s a good filly. I really could not tell you exactly what her next start will be, but it will probably be the next New York-bred stakes going short. She’ll be off for at least four weeks.”

Megadeed was fourth, followed by Lights Off Annie’s entrymate, Main Street and Salt Water Reign.

Margh came back to sweep the late double with Lisa B in the ninth race.

Because of a severe winter storm expected in the New York area for Sunday night into Monday morning, Aqueduct Racetrack will be closed for simulcasting on Monday, March 2.

Telebet and internet wagering will be available for the simulcast menu which includes Philadelphia Park, Beulah Park, Turf Paradise and Portland Meadows. Full dark day simulcast operations will resume on Tuesday, March 3. There is no charge for parking or admission and gates open at 11:30 a.m.

Live racing resumes on Wednesday, March 4, with a first-race post time of 12:30 p.m.

BROADWAY QUOTES

Danny Laxmetr, assistant to winning trainer Bruce Levine of Lights Off Annie (No. 1): “I was confident going into the race because she had been training well. She’s a good filly. I really could not tell you exactly what her next start will be, but it will probably be the next New York-bred stakes going short. She’ll be off for at least four weeks.”

Winning jockey Rajiv Maragh: “As long as she broke well, my intention was to try and make the lead. She broke sharp, got up, and got comfortable on the rail. It’s not like there were horses breathing down my neck and she got happy on the lead. I knew I was going to have a lot of horse left and she just sprinted away when I asked her.”


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