Friday, December 22 2017

Watershed looking to end year on high note in Queens County

Green Gratto faces talented field in $100,000 Gravesend

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Godolphin Racing's Watershed will headline a competitive field of nine in the $125,000 Queens County for 3-year-olds and up, one of two stakes races on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack alongside the $100,000 Gravesend for 3-year-old and ups.

Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, The Bernardini sired horse kicked off his 5-year-old campaign in January at Gulfstream Park winning an optional claiming race. Following a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes he returned to win the Grade 3 Ben Ali at Keeneland last April. Next out finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Pimlico Special and a fourth-place running in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, he returned to finish fourth off a layoff last out in the Richard W. Small at Luarel Park on November 11.

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Saturday, April 08 2017

Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets (G2) Quotes

Graham Motion, winning trainer of Irish War Cry (No. 7): "I think it's so good that Rajiv [Maragh] came to the barn and has been on him the last few mornings to see how he is. He's not a difficult horse. He's not a rank horse; he's a very classy horse. We both thought it was a good idea for Rajiv to get on him in the mornings. I thought he won pretty comfortably and it doesn't seem like distance [1 ¼ miles] of the Derby will be an issue.

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Thursday, March 02 2017

Aqueduct Racetrack Notes: Thursday, March 2, 2017

O'Neill 'very excited' about G3 Gotham contender So Conflated
• Lynch sticking with routine for Gotham fave El Areeb
• True Timber "doing great" heading into Gotham
• Action Everyday steps up for Gotham
• Sunday's card expands to 10 races; popular Late Pick 5 offered

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Reddam Racing's California Derby winner So Conflated has settled nicely into his temporary digs at Aqueduct Racetrack following his Tuesday arrival for the Grade 3, $300,000 Gotham on Saturday, said trainer Doug O'Neill.

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Thursday, February 16 2017

Toni Tools goes against state breds again in Sunday’s Franklin Square

Rice enters formidable pair for Broadway

- Toni Tools will look to continue her success in stakes races in headlining a 10-horse field in the third running of the $100,000 Franklin Square for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the inner dirt track on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Toni Tools has posted a win and a second-place finish in her last two stakes against state-breds, registering a half-length victory in NYSS Fifth Avenue on December 18 before finishing one length behind Dublin Girl in a runner-up performance in the Maddie May last out on January 29 at the Big A.

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Friday, February 03 2017

Withers continues proud tradition on Saturday

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The Withers Stakes has a long history as an important race for 3-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations.
It was first contested in 1874, when a horse named Dublin was victorious, and a year later it was captured by Aristides, the horse who won the very first Kentucky Derby.

In 1919, Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner, took the Withers and the following year it became one of the 20 wins in 21 starts by the immortal Man o' War. Yet these days there's a different type of link between the Kentucky Derby and the Withers.

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Friday, January 20 2017

Triple Pick 6 carryover of $306K Saturday at Aqueduct

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The Pick 6 went unsolved for the third straight day on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack, triggering a three-day carryover of $306,342 into Saturday's live racing card.

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Thursday, January 19 2017

Takrees seeks first stakes win in Sunday’s Interborough

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's homebred Takrees will look for her first stakes win after a couple of close finishes as part of a field of seven in the 96th running of the $100,000 Interborough for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up at six furlongs on the inner dirt track Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Monday, January 16 2017

Green Gratto fends off late charge to win G3 Toboggan

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Green Gratto surged to the early lead from the inside post, set the pace and outkicked a charging All Star Red in deep stretch to capture the 124th running of the Grade 3, $125,000 Toboggan for 4-year-olds and up on the inner dirt track Monday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owned by Gaston Grant, his trainer, and Anthony Grant, Green Gratto recorded his first win in six starts, wiring the field after setting fast early fractions of 22.60 seconds for a quarter-mile and 45.34 for the half.

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Friday, January 13 2017

Libby’s Tail headlines Busanda

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After running in a gauntlet of graded stakes to end 2016, Libby's Tail will make her first start of the year in a field of five in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Wednesday, January 11 2017

Royal Posse aims for fifth straight win in Jazil

Yorkiepoo Princess tops Ruthless field

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Rudy Rodriguez will send New York-bred Royal Posse as the one to beat in the third running of the $125,000 Jazil for 4-year-olds and up at a mile and seventy yards Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Wednesday, January 04 2017

NYRA to offer $1 million bonus to Japan-based winner of 2017 Belmont Stakes

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association has announced a $1 million bonus to any Japan-based thoroughbred who competes in and wins the 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 10 at Belmont Park, the last and longest leg of racing's Triple Crown.

The entire $1 million bonus would be awarded to the winning horse's connections in addition to the $800,000 winner's share of the purse for the 1 ½-mile "Test of the Champion." In the event of a dead-heat for the win, the bonus will be $600,000.

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Sunday, January 01 2017

Ortiz, Brown, Dubb capture year-end NYRA titles

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Jose Ortiz earned his first year-end riding crown, Chad Brown notched his second consecutive training title and Michael Dubb was the leading owner for a third straight year on the New York Racing Association's circuit in 2016.

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