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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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Tuesday, November 19 2013


Velazquez continues his recovery


Velazquez continues his recovery, thanks all who have expressed concern

LONG ISLAND, NY (November 19, 2013) - Jockey John Velazquez, Chairman of the Jockeys' Guild, continues to recover at his home in Long Island, New York. Velazquez was injured on November 2 at Santa Anita Racetrack when his mount, Secret Compass, broke down during the running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.





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Sunday, November 17 2013


Aqueduct Racetrack Notes - November 17


• Forty Tales, Capo Bastone, and Verrazano breeze for G1 Cigar Mile
• Honor Code works for G2 Remsen; Imagining emerges in fine fettle from G3 Red Smith victory
• Clearly Now preps for possible Cigar Mile start by breezing at Palm Meadows





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Saturday, November 16 2013


Imagining shows new dimension in G3 Red Smith victory


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Closing with a flourish from the outside, Imagining grabbed the lead in midstretch and held on for a half-length triumph over Hangover Kid in the Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his third consecutive win in the 1 3/8-mile race.





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Aqueduct Racetrack Notes: Saturday, November 16


• Groupie Doll breezes half in 48.61 for G1 Cigar Mile
• Alpha breezes, remains possible for Cigar Mile; Cairo Prince works for G2 Remsen
• Saratoga Snacks exits work in good order, Cigar Mile could be next





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