Friday, November 27 2015


Furlough quotes


Toby Sheets, assistant to winning trainer Steve Asmussen of Constellation (No. 5): "Drawing the outside post helped us out a little bit being able to see how things would play out but she's a really nice filly. I don't think it would've mattered today where we drew. Irad said she settled nicely today, she was a little keen her last race back at Belmont but she did everything great and professionally."

Irad Ortiz, Jr., winning rider aboard Constellation (No. 5): "She's a very nice filly. She made it look easy today. She always tries hard and the trainer [Steve Asmussen] and his assistant, Toby Sheets, did a great job with the filly. She came ready today; she was 100 percent and was much the best."




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Wednesday, November 25 2015


Clement duo, Private Zone square off in G1 Cigar Mile


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Already with a personal best 98 wins on the year, trainer Christophe Clement will send out a potent pair in the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack in hopes of his securing his first victory in the marquee one-mile dirt race.





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Taris returns to New York in Go For Wand


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Fresh off a solid third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, multiple graded stakes winner Taris returns to New York for the first since her maiden victory as she faces a field of six other fillies and mares in Friday's Grade 3, $300,000 Go For Wand Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Monday, November 23 2015


La Verdad could cap career with G3 Fall Highweight win


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In what could be the final start of her illustrious career, La Verdad will take on males for the second straight year in the Grade 3, $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

A daughter of Yes It's True out of the Hook and Ladder mare Noble Fire, La Verdad has won 16 of 23 starts with earnings in excess of $1.6 million. In 2015 alone, the 5-year-old mare has finished first in six of seven starts. Her lone defeat this year came in her last start - the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - in which she set the pace but tired late to finish second on just seven days rest.





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Saturday, November 21 2015


Artie Schiller quotes


Randi Melton, assistant to winning trainer Mark Casse of Sky Flight (No. 1): "Perfect trip with the one-hole. We were able to sit off the speed to see what it was like and try to have a little something to aim at, which is what Joel did. He's such a tremendous rider. [Aztec Brave] gave us our work to do but it was good to get up. It's wonderful to win for Mr. Oxley here."





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Friday, November 20 2015


Artie Schiller; Notebook on Saturday at Aqueduct


Lubash leads Artie Schiller; Pletcher pair top Notebook on Saturday at Aqueduct

OZONE PARK, N.Y.
- A pair of stakes races highlight a nine-race Saturday card at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring the $100,000 Artie Schiller for 3-year-olds and up at a mile on turf, along with the $100,000 Notebook for New York-bred 2-year-olds at six furlongs on the main track.





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Sunday, November 15 2015


NYRA announces 2016 Aqueduct winter/spring stakes schedule


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The New York Racing Association announced the stakes schedule for the 2016 winter and spring meets at Aqueduct Racetrack, featuring 49 stakes worth nearly $7.5 million, anchored by the 92nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 9.

The winter meet features five graded stakes, including a trio of important events around two turns for newly minted 3-year-olds: the Grade 3, $200,000 Jerome at one mile and 70 yards on January 2, the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers at 1 1/16 miles on January 30, and the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham, also at 1 1/16 miles, on March 5.





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Red Smith (G3) Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Mr Maybe (No. 9): "We knew he was sitting on a really good race but how easily he won surprised me. He's a horse that has a lot of talent. We thought there was some room for improvement and he's taken to our program nicely. My staff has really enjoyed working with this horse - he's a big teddy bear - and he's only getting better."





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Thursday, November 12 2015


Mr Speaker heads G3 Red Smith


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - A competitive field of turf marathoners lined up for the Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack, led by last year's Belmont Derby winner Mr Speaker.

Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey for Phipps Stable, Mr Speaker has had ups and downs since taking the inaugural Grade 1 Belmont Derby over European invader Adelaide. The 4-year-old son of Pulpit had not won a race since his breakthrough victory until July 15 at Belmont Park, when he prevailed by 2 ½ lengths in an optional claimer.





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Wednesday, November 11 2015


Discovery (G3) Quotes


Todd Pletcher, trainer of winner Tommy Macho (No. 6), runner-up Madefromlucky (No. 1), and fifth-place finisher First Spark (No. 5): "[Tommy Macho] ran a sneaky good race in the West Virginia Derby. The inside was very dead that day and he got stuck on the rail the whole way. Then I thought he ran an incredible third in the Pennsylvania Derby. He tends to run well fresh and I don't think he minded the off track.





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Monday, November 09 2015


Ocean Knight takes on six rivals in G3 Discovery


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Stonestreet Stable's Ocean Knight will face graded stakes company for the first time since this spring, taking on six rivals in the Grade 3, $150,000 Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on Wednesday at Aqueduct Racetrack.





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Saturday, November 07 2015


Long Island (G3) Quotes


Chad Brown, winning trainer of Goldy Espony (No. 1): "She had some foot issues we were dealing with and thankfully we got them all fixed up and behind her and Amy Kinley worked on her feed for us and did a great job. Kendrick gets along really well with this filly. He's able to set a slow pace and wire them again. I'll speak to Peter Bradley who heads the ownership group and figure out what we're going to do with her. She's had a great season.





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