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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Monday, February 10 2014


Mail seeks to deliver in Stymie


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Having closed out 2013 with his first stakes victory, Mail looks to stamp himself a serious racehorse for his 4-year-old campaign on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when he heads a field of six in the 57th renewal of the $100,000 Stymie at 1 1/8 miles.





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Tuesday, February 04 2014


Dearly Precious next stop on Gracer’s tour


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Gracer will go in search of her third straight stakes victory on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when she squares off against four others in the $100,000 Dearly Precious for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.





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Wednesday, January 15 2014


Short odds on Long River in Evening Attire


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - An accomplished field of older horses looking to further enhance their resumes will gather at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday for the 95th running of the $100,000 Evening Attire.





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Sunday, December 22 2013


Gravesend Handicap Quotes


David Jacobson, winning trainer of Strapping Groom (No. 4): "If he's not quite back to that Forego race, he's definitely headed in that direction. He came out of the Fall Highweight like a million dollars and has been getting better and better. He had a quarter-crack [after the Forego] we were working on. I was being a little aggressive running him, and he still ran well. That's all grown out now and it's a thing of the past."





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Friday, December 20 2013


Miss Narcissist commands attention in redrawn East View


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The $100,000 East View Stakes will now be run on Sunday, December 22 at Aqueduct Racetrack after racing was cancelled this past Sunday due to inclement weather. The field, initially comprised of six fillies, gained two entrants, Skye Saratoga and G Note, when the race was redrawn.





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Wednesday, December 18 2013


Damon Runyon (NYB) Quotes


Rick Violette, winning trainer of Samraat (No. 1): "I thought the two turns would be right up his alley; pedigree-wise it's supposed to be up his alley, and it was. The pace slows down a little bit, he gets into a nice rhythm, and the only thing that concerned me was his preparation. We've had a lot of bad weather and he missed some training, but he was good enough to overcome that today."





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