Thursday, April 11 2013


Cluster of Stars vs. Spectacular Sky in Distaff Handicap


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Cluster of Stars will put her unbeaten record on the line when she makes her graded stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares that serves as the final graded stakes of the 2012-13 Aqueduct Racetrack meet.





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JOHN VELAZQUEZ RECOVERING AFTER SPILL AT AQUEDUCT


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2013) – Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez was released from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., on Sunday evening. On Monday, he saw his personal doctor, Dr. Stephen O’Brien.





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Saturday, April 06 2013


Wood Memorial (G1) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, winning trainer of Verrazano (No. 8): “He made kind of a quick move on the turn, and then idled a little bit, and made another quick move and idled a bit, which he has a tendency to do, but a very good effort. This race was not only a building block but a very significant race in its own right. I thought he handled everything really well. He’s been very professional. He shipped into Tampa the day of the race, shipped in here only a few days ago and came over from Belmont just a few hours ago. Nothing seems to faze him.”





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Friday, April 05 2013


Aqueduct Racetrack Notes


• Brown hoping for some racing luck for Normandy Invasion
• Close Hatches looking for third straight in Gazelle
• Jinxes don’t faze Pletcher
• Streaking Cluster of Stars pointing toward April 13 Distaff





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Maleeh Defends Home Court vs. Clearly Now, Honorable Dillon in Bay Shore


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Unbeaten Maleeh will face his toughest test to date when he takes on graded stakes winners Clearly Now and Honorable Dillon in Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Bay Shore on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The Bay Shore, a seven-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds, is one of five graded stakes on Saturday’s card, which is topped by the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial.





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Funnys Approval No Laughing Matter in G2 Ruffian


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – After homebred Funnys Approval upset the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at odds of 21-1 on February 16 at Laurel Park, owner Bobby Rankin promised to buy his trainer Jose Lopez a new truck.





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Saturday, March 23 2013


Aqueduct Racetrack Notes


• Vyjack breezes at Aqueduct for G1 Wood Memorial
• Pletcher sets New York course for Wood contender Verrazano
• Elnaawi scheduled to breeze for Wood on Saturday at Belmont
• Ortiz brothers battle for inner track riding title





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Friday, March 15 2013


Uncle Mo Overnight Stakes Quotes


Michael McCarthy, assistant trainer to winning trainer Todd Pletcher, of Caixa Eletronica (No. 1): “It was good to get a race into him. It looked as if he finished up strong and galloped out well. Hopefully this will set him up well for another run at the Charles Town Classic [Grade 2, $1.5 million, April 20].”





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Tuesday, March 12 2013


Dominguez Makes First Visit to Aqueduct Following Accident


Could Start Exercising Horses Following March 25 Doctor’s Appointment

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Ramon Dominguez visited Aqueduct Racetrack on Sunday for the first time since being injured in a spill at the track on January 18.





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Sunday, March 10 2013


Fred “Cappy” Capossela Quotes


Art Magnuson, assistant to Kiaran McLaughlin, winning trainer of Maleeh (No. 1): “I was a little worried about the rail [post], watching the races all day today. He stepped it up. It was a tough race, and you don’t know until you try. We were in a very good spot. I was only worried about how much horse [Eddie Castro] had under him, but I liked where we were.”





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Monday, March 04 2013


Aqueduct Racetrack Notes


• Rodriguez pleased with Vyjack’s development; G1 Wood Memorial likely next stop
• Comma to the Top possible for G1 Carter Handicap following gutsy G3 Tom Fool win
• Other Gotham Day runners doing well Sunday morning





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Tuesday, February 19 2013


HOLLIE HUGHES (NYB) QUOTES


David Jacobson, winning trainer of Saginaw (No. 4): “He still has it, and I think, hopefully, this is the beginning of a long campaign for 2013. [We’ll take it] race by race. He might need another two months off, or we might get him back in next week, but that’s totally up to him.”

“You always wonder if you give them a layoff how they’re going to come back. Today, he showed a lot of heart. Hopefully, he’ll only improve off this. He’s not the fastest horse I’ve ever had, but he has the biggest heart.”





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