Friday, February 19 2016

Frosty Margarita, Clipthecouponannie square off in Franklin Square

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Repole Stables' homebred Clipthecouponannie is set to make her stakes debut on Saturday, taking on the venerable Frosty Margarita in the $125,000 Franklin Square for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Clipthecouponannie, slightly favored at 7-5 in the six-horse field, enters the Franklin Square undefeated in her two lone contests against state-bred fillies over the Aqueduct inner track. On December 20, the bay daughter of Uncle Mo settled close to a sharp early pace before drawing off to break her maiden by a geared-down 4 ¾ lengths.

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Sunday, February 14 2016

Live racing at Aqueduct now scheduled for February 18, 2016

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the addition of one live racing date to the current Aqueduct winter meet. Live racing is now scheduled for Thursday, February 18.

This day is being added as a result of this past weekend's live racing cancellations due to extreme weather conditions. Thursday's card will be composed of entries redrawn from overnight races originally intended from Saturday and Sunday's cancelled cards.

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Friday, February 05 2016

Sheriffa, Threehailmary’s square off again in Biogio’s Rose

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Multiple stakes winners Sheriffa and Saythreehailmary's face each other for the first time in 2016 on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack as they head a field of six New York-bred fillies and mares in the $100,000 Biogio's Rose at 1 1/16 miles.

Saythreehailmary's, trained by John Morrison for the Very Un Stable, enters the Biogio's Rose off consecutive stakes victories, having closed out her 4-year-old campaign with a 1 ¼-length win over Sheriffa in the Bay Ridge and opened this year with a solid open company triumph in the Ladies on January 10, in which she carried 115 pounds.

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Sunday, January 31 2016

Sassicaia splits rivals to take G3 Toboggan

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Robert V. LaPenta's Sassicaia may have been a late entrant in the Grade 3, $150,000 Toboggan, twice rescheduled due to inclement weather, but his timing quickly proved to be impeccable, springing a mild upset to score his first graded stakes victory on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Sunny Ridge shines in G3 Withers win

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer Jason Servis said he was confident in Sunny Ridge's chances heading into Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, but he felt even better when he saw the 3-year-old Holy Bull gelding enjoying a perfect trip down the backside at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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Thursday, January 28 2016

Flexibility, Sunny Ridge head G3 Withers field

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Promising stakes winners Flexibility and Sunny Ridge will square off at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday as they head a field of seven classic-minded 3-year-olds in the 136th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers, the next step on New York's road to the Triple Crown.

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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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