Friday, April 08 2016


Wood Memorial Notes 4/8


• Miller: G1 Carter good 'fit' for Calculator
• Maiden looks for G1 Wood Memorial glory
• Collmus back in action at Aqueduct
• Rivelli has a couple of rooting interests in G3 Bay Shore
• Effinex headed out of town
• Phipps homebred Carrumba leads rescheduled G3 Top Flight
• Takeover Target hones in on Danger's Hour

OZONE PARK, N.Y.
- No stranger to New York stakes success, West Coast-based trainer Peter Miller, who won the 2013 Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap with Comma to the Top and last year's Grade 2 Kelso Handicap with Appealing Tale, is back in the Big Apple this weekend with another stakes contender.





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Thursday, April 07 2016


Lewis Bay tops G2 Gazelle at Big A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Lewis Bay, one of two hopefuls in the field from the barn of trainer Chad Brown, looks for her second graded stakes victory at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday when she takes on six other promising 3-year-old fillies in the 121st running of the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle Stakes.

The Gazelle is also a significant stop on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks with 170 total qualifying points at stake (100 for first, 40 for second, 20 for third and 10 for fourth), and Lewis Bay, currently sitting in 12th place on the leader board with 30 points, has the opportunity to solidify one of 14 spots in the Oaks starting gate May 6.





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From maiden winner to stakes favorite, Unified heads Bay Shore field


OZONE PARK, N. Y. - Following an eye-catching and buzz-worthy maiden win at Gulfstream Park in February, Unified takes a big step Saturday when he makes his second career start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Centennial Farms' Unified, a son of Candy Ride, has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the field of eight set to travel seven furlongs in the Bay Shore.





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Wednesday, April 06 2016


Shagaf favored in G1 Wood Memorial


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's undefeated Gotham winner Shagaf has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite over seven rivals in the 92nd edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

As part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby prep series, the 1 1/8-mile Wood is the final stop in New York en route to the "Run for the Roses," worth 100 qualifying points to the winner, 40 points to second, 20 to third and 10 to fourth - virtually guaranteeing the top two finishers spots in the starting gate in the Grade 1, $2 million Kentucky Derby May 7 at Churchill Downs.





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Monday, March 21 2016


Aqueduct Racetrack Notes 3/20


• Cadeyrn to step up in G1 Wood Memorial
• Matt King Coal on target for Wood
• Doors open early Saturday for Dubai World Cup, Winter Meet closing day
• 'Machine Madness' continues next weekend
• Aqueduct hosts handicapping tournament April 2

OZONE PARK, N.Y.
- Tom O'Grady's impressive maiden winner Cadeyrn will wade into the deep waters of the Triple Crown trail, taking on winners for the first time in the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 9, according to trainer Jeremiah Englehart.





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Thursday, March 17 2016


Paulassivlerlining and Clothes Fall Off square off in Correction


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Two talented fillies in Paulassilverlining and Clothes Fall Off are set to face each other in the $125,000 Correction at six furlongs for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up in Saturday's feature race at Aqueduct Racetrack.

From the barn of trainer Michelle Nevin, Vincent Scuderi's Paulassilverlining boasts a formidable career record of two wins and a second-place finish from three starts over the Big A inner track. The 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper enters the Correction coming off an astounding 9 ¼-length victory in her first start of the year in which she was chased three-wide most of the way in an optional-claimer on February 11 at Aqueduct.





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Saturday, March 12 2016


Salutos Amigos repeats in G3 Tom Fool


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - David Jacobson and Southern Equine Stables' Salutos Amigos kept his perfect record over the Aqueduct Racetrack's inner track intact, erupting through the stretch to win his second straight Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap by 2 ½ lengths on Saturday.





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Saturday, March 05 2016


Shagaf punches Derby ticket in Gotham; Mei Ling steals Heavenly Prize


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Shadwell Stable's highly regarded homebred Shagaf lived up to his lofty expectations to take the 64th running of the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham by 1 ¼ lengths Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, earning 50 points to virtually lock down a spot in the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

Breaking from the inside post on a track that had favored inside speed through much of the day, Laoban hustled to the front of the seven-horse field, setting fractions of 23.33 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.16 for the half. Shagaf, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., was joined in the middle of the pack by Rally Cry and Sunny Ridge as the trio filed in behind the leader, who swept through.





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Friday, March 04 2016


Aqueduct Racetrack Notes 3/3


• G3 Gotham contender Sunny Ridge 'particularly rewarding' for Drazin
• Gyarmati 'excited' about Gotham contender Adventist
• Aqueduct earns NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance reaccreditation
• Aqueduct giveaway for Gotham Day

OZONE PARK, N.Y.
- Sunny Ridge's owner-breeder Dennis Drazin may not be trying to shore up a berth in the Kentucky Derby when his homebred sophomore enters the starting gate in Saturday's Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham, but it's not because of a lack of faith in the son of Holy Bull, preferring instead to look a little further down the line.





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Thursday, February 25 2016


Katniss the Victor headlines Busher


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Set to make the third start of her career, Katniss the Victor will look to begin her journey towards a starting position in the Kentucky Oaks for owners Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, and Michael Imperio, headlining the 37th running of the $125,000 Busher for 3-years-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Sunday, February 21 2016


Clipthecouponannie holds off Frosty Margarita in Franklin Square


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Repole Stables' homebred Clipthecouponannie kept her undefeated record intact as she gamely held off Frosty Margarita to pass the first serious test of her young career with flying colors, taking the $125,000 Franklin Square for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies from gate to wire on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Under Irad Ortiz Jr., Clipthecouponannie leapt to the front of the four-horse field, edging away from Wonderment to cover the opening quarter-mile in 22.94 seconds and the half in 46 flat. Multiple stakes winner Frosty Margarita, ridden by Jose Ortiz, mounted her challenge at the top of the stretch after the frontrunner led five-eighths in 58.15.





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Friday, February 19 2016


Frosty Margarita, Clipthecouponannie square off in Franklin Square


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Repole Stables' homebred Clipthecouponannie is set to make her stakes debut on Saturday, taking on the venerable Frosty Margarita in the $125,000 Franklin Square for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Clipthecouponannie, slightly favored at 7-5 in the six-horse field, enters the Franklin Square undefeated in her two lone contests against state-bred fillies over the Aqueduct inner track. On December 20, the bay daughter of Uncle Mo settled close to a sharp early pace before drawing off to break her maiden by a geared-down 4 ¾ lengths.





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