Saturday, November 15 2014


Red Smith Handicap (G3) Quotes


Kathryn Sullivan, assistant to winning trainer Mark Casse of Dynamic Sky (No. 3): "[The Canadian International] was a really tough race, obviously. He got a great trip today, and everything seemed to come together for him. He didn't have the best start in the [Canadian] International, which put him behind in the race, but today everything went exactly as planned. Cornelio took him off the pace a little bit and had him sitting perfectly. When that hole opened, he just went right on through and had a ton of horse. It was perfect; you couldn't ask for a better trip."





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Wednesday, November 12 2014


NYRA BOARD BEGINS FORMAL DISCUSSION OF RE-PRIVATIZATION


NEW YORK - The New York Racing Association's Board of Directors today took the first step toward the long-term transformation and re-privatization of the national thoroughbred racing leader. This extensive process, which includes the development of a fully sustainable, three-year business model, kicked off at today's Board meeting in midtown Manhattan.





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Monday, November 10 2014


$227,192 triple Pick 6 carryover into Wednesday’s card at Big A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The Pick 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack eluded bettors for a third straight day on Monday, triggering a $227,192 triple Pick 6 carryover into Wednesday's card.





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Saturday, November 08 2014


Long Island Handicap (G3) Quotes


Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Aigue Marine (No. 1): "She went a bit off form last time, otherwise she's always been a nice filly. We've tried to win the Long Island with her for a few years; it's wonderful she's done it this year. She's going to go back to Europe and become a broodmare now. The trip [John Velazquez] gave her was between superb and unbelievable; that's what you call 'saving ground.'"





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Thursday, April 17 2014


Kauai Katie returns in G2 Distaff Handicap


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Kauai Katie, unraced since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Prioress in July, will return to the races on Saturday when she faces an evenly matched field of filly and mare sprinters in Aqueduct Racetrack's Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap at six furlongs.





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Friday, April 04 2014


Aqueduct Racetrack Notes: Friday, April 4


• Kid Cruz declared from TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial
• Samraat likely to use 'cruising speed' in Wood
• Sahara Sky, second one year ago, trying G1 Carter again

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Linda Rice today said that TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial contender Kid Cruz would miss tomorrow's Grade 1, $1 million race due to a sore shoulder.





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Tuesday, March 18 2014


New York-bred stakes schedule upgraded for 2014


The schedule of New York-bred stakes races to be run at the three New York Racing Association (NYRA) racetracks and at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) has a new and improved look for 2014.





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Friday, March 07 2014


‘Kiaran’s Kids’ program enters its sixth year


OZONE PARK, N. Y. - "Kiaran's Kids," a youth mentoring and outreach program at Belmont Park hosted by trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, is entering its sixth year on the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit. The afterschool mentoring program partners with Gateway Youth Outreach, Inc. (GYO) of Elmont, N.Y. by giving 15 students a behind-the-scenes look at what takes place at a race track. Participating students range from first to sixth-graders and visit McLaughlin's barn at Belmont Park every other week for two hours after school.





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Sunday, March 02 2014


Gotham (G3) Quotes


Rick Violette, winning trainer of Samraat (No. 1A): "This is a real horse now. We knew he had a shot to be a real horse after the Withers; he proved he is a real horse today. This was a good field. It was a deep field of horses. The weight had me worried. We picked up five pounds from last time; that's a big shift. I'd be lying if I said we weren't already thinking [about the Kentucky Derby]. At this stage, we didn't want to do anything that would prevent us from going to the Derby. A couple of races before the Derby probably toughens him, but this was another stretch-long, hard duel, but Jose [Ortiz] never hit him. He's an honest racehorse and there might be a little left. Today, he graduated big time. His last race was a terrific race and this was a notch above that. He was pretty impressive today. He leaves for Florida tomorrow. The Wood [Memorial, Grade 1, $1 million, April 5] is a real possibility. That would be our best option as long as the horse cooperates and tells us that we should get on a plane and come up for it."





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Thursday, February 27 2014


Aqueduct post time to switch to 1:20 p.m. beginning March 6


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Beginning March 6, Aqueduct Racetrack will have a first-race post time of 1:20 p.m. The post time will remain in effect for the remainder of the meet, which ends April 27.





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Tuesday, February 25 2014


Undefeated Samraat tops 11-horse field in Grade 3 Gotham


OZONE PARK, N.Y - Undefeated Samraat will shoot for his fifth straight victory on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when he heads a field of 11 for the Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham, a major prep for the April 5 Wood Memorial at the Big A and the Kentucky Derby one month later.





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Tuesday, February 18 2014


Mail looks to send message in Stymie


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Having closed out 2013 with his first stakes victory, Mail seeks to stamp himself a serious racehorse for his 4-year-old campaign on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when he heads a field of seven for the $100,000 Stymie at 1 1/8 miles.





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