Saturday, November 30 2013

Remsen (G2) Quotes

Shug McGaughey, winning trainer of Honor Code (No. 4): "We just said we were going to let him run his race. When [front-runner Master Lightning] went that slow, we went on and engaged him. He got down on the inside of that horse [Cairo Prince in the stretch] and he got by him. He showed a lot of guts. I'm proud of him. I think the horse in second is a nice horse, and it was a peculiar race. We'll give him a little time and take him to Payson [Park Thoroughbred Training Center in Florida]. He's going to run that far [Triple Crown distances], we just have to figure out how he wants to do it."

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Cigar Mile Handicap (G1) Quotes

Bill Mott, winning trainer of Flat Out (No. 9): "This horse, I can't say enough about him. He's just been a real tough, durable horse, a horse that I've always felt may be as good at a flat mile as he is at 10 furlongs. Although he has won the Jockey Club Gold Cup twice at 10 furlongs, [he's] versatile enough to get up and get the job done at a mile."

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Comely (G3) Quotes

Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Wedding Toast (No. 2): "She sometimes doesn't break so well, but today she broke well and [Javier Castellano] put her on the lead. She was very game. It looked like the other filly was going to go right by her, but she dug in and showed a lot of gameness. We won a tough photo. She's a very nice filly. We'll discuss plans for her."

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Demoiselle (G2) Quotes

Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Stopchargingmaria (No. 6) and runner-up Got Lucky (No. 1):"I was pleased with both of their races. Big effort by Got Lucky in her second start. The thing I thought [Stopchargingmaria] had going for her is a good foundation and the fact that she has a good mind. She's very ratable. She's kind. She's not the kind you have to worry about getting too headstrong, but it's a mile and an eighth, and it's a long way for 2-year-old fillies."

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Friday, November 29 2013

Go for Wand Handicap (G2) Quotes

Michael McCarthy, assistant to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, of Royal Lahaina (No. 3): "She'd been keeping some heady company. She'd trained well the past couple of weeks and she certainly has an affinity for Aqueduct. Jose [Ortiz] gave her a super ride. Things shook out nicely for them."

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Fall Highweight Handicap (G3) Quotes

Linda Rice, winning trainer of Palace (No. 5): "I really think he likes sitting off the pace as a come-from-behind sprinter. He seems to relish that, and, now that we have figured that out, he's doing great."

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Thursday, November 28 2013

Honor Code Set for Two-Turn Test in Grade 2 Remsen

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In his electrifying debut victory after falling 22 lengths back and his loss by a diminishing neck October 5 in the Grade 1 Foxwoods Champagne, Honor Code stamped himself one of the most buzz-worthy 2-year-old runners in the country.

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Breeders’ Cup winners Groupie Doll, Goldencents clash in Cigar Mile

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - One year ago, Groupie Doll won the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint before coming to Aqueduct Racetrack to face males for the first time in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap. After taking the lead in midstretch, Groupie Doll was tagged on the wire by Stay Thirsty, who got up to win by a nose.

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Monday, November 25 2013

Willet seeks open company stakes win in G2 Go for Wand

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Willet, a three-time stakes winner versus New York-breds, will attempt to win her first graded stakes and defend her home court when she competes in the Grade 2, $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap for fillies and mares on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Champion Groupie Doll turns in final breeze for G1 Cigar Mile

ELMONT, N.Y. - Champion Groupie Doll on Monday turned in her final breeze in preparation for Aqueduct Racetrack's Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap, traveling four furlongs in 48.55 seconds over Belmont Park's training track.

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Sunday, November 24 2013

Fall Highweight highlights Thanksgiving Day card at the Big A

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Horses as well as humans will be toting around a few extra pounds on Thanksgiving Day as a field of eight gathers for the 100th edition of the Grade 3, $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the traditional holiday feature at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Friday, November 22 2013

Aqueduct Racetrack Notes: Friday, November 22

• Empire Dreams, Skye Saratoga to represent Albertrani & West Point Thoroughbreds in Saturday NYSS races; Toasting targeting G3 Comely on November 30
• Miss Narcissist to face stablemate Champagne Ruby in NYSS Fifth Avenue; Palace set for G3 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thanksgiving
• Quartet of NYSS events highlight Saturday's card
• Caixa Eletronica breezes for G3 Fall Highweight as fields come together for HolidayFest stakes

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