Sunday, January 17 2016

Familiar New York faces among Eclipse Award winners for racing excellence

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Led by jockey Javier Castellano, older male Honor Code and female sprinter La Verdad, several familiar faces from the New York Racing Association's circuit received horse racing's highest honors at the 45th annual Eclipse Awards on Saturday evening at Gulfstream Park.

Castellano received his third straight Eclipse as the nation's top jockey, having broken his own earnings record with $28,120,767 in 2015, as well as leading the nation with 344 victories. Castellano, 38, rode 17 Grade 1 winners last year, including Honor Code in the Metropolitan Handicap and Whitney Stakes, Twilight Eclipse in the Man o' War and most memorably, Keen Ice to a dramatic upset of Triple Crown champion and Horse of the Year American Pharoah in the Travers at Saratoga Race Course. It was Castellano's fifth Travers victory, the most by a jockey in the race's 146-year history.

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Wednesday, January 13 2016

Off banner year, Brown aims even higher

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown closed out 2015 as another year to remember. Coming off a career year in which he earned his first Eclipse Award finalist nomination for Outstanding Trainer, Brown followed up with an even better year, surpassing $20.26 million in earnings with 203 victories from 768 starters, finishing in the money 56.9 percent of the time.

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Friday, January 08 2016

Wonder Gal set to make 2016 debut in Ladies Handicap

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Following a 2015 campaign that included a pair of graded stakes placings, Treadway Racing Stable's Wonder Girl will make her 2016 debut on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack headlining a field of six in the $100,000 Ladies Handicap.

Trained by Leah Gyarmati, the 4-year-old daughter of Tiz Wonderful last out raced four-wide most of the way to finish third in the Grade 3 Comely on at Aqueduct. Gyarmati is confident Wonder Gal is set to run a good race in her first start over the inner track even with the remote chance of inclement weather on the horizon for Sunday.

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Friday, January 01 2016

Ortiz Jr., Brown, Dubb take year-end NYRA titles

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Irad Ortiz, Jr. earned his second consecutive riding title on the New York Racing Association circuit, with Mechanicville, N.Y. native Chad Brown taking his first ever year-end training title.

Ortiz, 23, won 281 races in 2015 at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack with earnings of $19,159,036. He rode 12 graded stakes winners in New York, including Grade 1 victories aboard Lady Eli in the Belmont Oaks, Slumber in the Manhattan, Cavorting in the Test, and Stephanie's Kitten in the Flower Bowl Invitational. His younger brother, Jose, was runner-up for the second straight year, finishing with 237 winners worth $15,477,257. Javier Castellano was third with 174 winners and $16,623,038 in purses earned.

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Thursday, December 31 2015

Flexibility the one to beat in G3 Jerome

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The Kentucky Derby trail will officially get underway in New York on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack when a field of nine 3-year-olds will line up for the Grade 3, $200,000 Jerome at a mile and 70 yards on the inner track.
As part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby point system, the Jerome winner will receive 10 points toward a berth in the Derby, with four points going to second, two to third and one to fourth.

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Tuesday, December 29 2015

Big Business looks to repeat in Alex M. Robb

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - New York-bred veteran Big Business will aim to close out the year on a high note as he pursues back-to-back victories in the $100,000 Alex M. Robb at 1 1/16 miles on the inner track on Thursday, the final stakes race of 2015 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Sunday, December 27 2015

Green Gratto grabs Gravesend; Extinct Charm upsets Damon Runyon

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Green Gratto picked up his second straight stakes victory at Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday afternoon, taking the lead out of the gate and going on to post a 5 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Gravesend.

Earlier on the card, Extinct Charm split horses in deep stretch to beat E J's Legacy by a neck to upset the $100,000 Damon Runyon for 2-year-old New York-breds.

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Wednesday, December 23 2015

Juveniles take center stage on Sunday at the Big A

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Two stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack on Sunday offer 21 colts and fillies the opportunity to close out their juvenile campaigns on a winning note in the $100,000 East View for New York-bred fillies and the $150,000 Great White Way Division of the New York Stallion Series.

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Monday, December 21 2015

Fall Highweight trio meet again in Saturday’s Gravesend

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Saturday's $100,000 Gravesend for 3-year-olds and up will feature a rematch between the top three finishers of the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap run on Thanksgiving Day at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Highlighting the field for the six-furlong dash on the inner track at the Big A is multiple Grade 1 winner and Fall Highweight runner-up Palace.

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Saturday, December 12 2015

Bay Ridge Quotes

John Morrison, winning trainer of Saythreehailmary's (No. 4): "She was coming into this race well and I knew she was going to run well and everything worked out. Jose gave her a perfect trip and I'm just happy about the results. We'll see how she comes out of this before we decide where to go next but we were looking at the Winter Showcase Day in February as a possibility. She's honest, she gives you everything she's got every time."

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Friday, December 11 2015

Double Pick 6 carryover of $134,344 Saturday at the Big A

OZONE PARK, N. Y. - The Pick 6 eluded bettors for the second consecutive day at Aqueduct Racetrack, resulting in a $134,344.44 two-day carryover into Saturday's live racing program.

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Thursday, December 10 2015

Flipcup returns to New York for Bay Ridge

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Looking to earn her third consecutive victory following a pair of stakes wins at Woodbine Racetrack, Flipcup is set to face some familiar foes in the $100,000 Bay Ridge Stakes at 1 1/16 Miles for New York-bred Fillies & Mares 3-years-old and up on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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