Friday, December 04 2009


PAIR OF STATE-BRED JUVENILE STAKES TOP SUNDAY CARD AT BIG A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A pair of $65,000-added stakes for New York-bred juveniles highlight the Sunday card at Aqueduct Racetrack with the 31st running of the Damon Runyon for colts and the 72nd running of the East View for fillies both at one mile and 70 yards on the inner track.

The Damon Runyon, which will be run as the seventh of nine races, attracted a field of eight headlined by Anstu Stables’ multiple stakes winner Ibboyee. The Medallist colt suffered the first loss of his four-race career last out, finishing fourth over a sloppy track in the Sleepy Hollow on New York Showcase Day at Belmont Park, but prior to that had won back-to-back stakes at Finger Lakes for trainer Todd Pletcher.





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Thursday, December 03 2009


INNER TRACK SPECIALISTS RETURN IN GARLAND OF ROSES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Saturday’s 16th running of the $65,000-added Garland of Roses Handicap has attracted a full field of nine fillies and mares to sprint six furlongs over Aqueduct’s inner track.

Heading the field are a pair of Todd Pletcher trainees, Alex Campbell Jr.’s Awesome Ashley and Gulf Coast Farms’ Distorted Passion, both of whom bring solid inner track records to the table.





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Sunday, November 29 2009


KODIAK KOWBOY CAPS CAREER WITH HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE WIN


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Fox Hill Farm and Vinery Stables’ Kodiak Kowboy put an exclamation point on his stakes-studded career Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying through the stretch to edge Bribon and Vineyard Haven in a rousing edition of the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile.

The 4-year-old son of Posse, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, settled in fourth along the inside as Vineyard Haven, part of the favored entry with Pyro, dueled with Driven by Success through fractions of 23.69 and 46.80. With Bribon taking over midway through the stretch, Bridgmohan angled Kodiak Kowboy to the outside and he responded with a strong late kick to surge into the lead inside the sixteenth pole and win by three-quarters of a length.





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FLASHING WIRES GAZELLE FIELD; RETIREMENT PLANS ON HOLD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Don’t schedule that retirement party just yet.

With a dominant wire-to-wire win in Saturday’s 114th running of the Grade 1, $300,000 Gazelle at Aqueduct Racetrack, Godolphin Stable’s Flashing may have earned herself another year in training.





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BUDDY’S SAINT CONTINUES TO ADVANCE; TIZAHIT STEPS UP


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A pair of 2-year-olds advancing at the right time were on display at Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday afternoon, with Buddy’s Saint and Tizahit posting victories in the final graded stakes events for juveniles this year in New York.

In the 96th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Remsen, Kingfield Stables’ and Eli Lomita’s Buddy’s Saint continued to move forward off his impressive victory in the Grade 2 Nashua earlier this month, again opening up in the stretch to hit the wire 4¾ lengths in front.





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Saturday, November 28 2009


NYRA TO MATCH AQUEDUCT TOYS FOR TOTS PLEDGES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), will match all financial donations to the United States Marines Toys for Tots campaign when it makes its annual visit to Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6.

With New York’s leading trainer, Gary Contessa, donating 10 percent of whatever purse money his horses earn on December 5, for a minimum of $1,500, as well as owner Harold Lerner’s contribution of $5,000, NYRA will be pledging at least $6,500 additionally to the Toys for Tots program, which collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to children in need during the holiday season.





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Friday, November 27 2009


SARA LOUISE SOARS IN TOP FLIGHT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Godolphin Stable’s Sara Louise returned to her winning form on dirt Friday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, holding off late-coming Justwhistledixie to prevail in the 70th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Top Flight Handicap.

The 3-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon broke well and galloped along off the rail in fourth position through early fractions of 23.92 and 47.96. Making her move on the turn, she circled wide and took over the lead, digging in when challenged by Justwhistledixie to hit the wire a half-length in front.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES: Friday, November 27, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Aqueduct Racetrack’s Saturday undercard got an unexpected boost on Friday with the announcement that Lentenor, the 2-year-old full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, will make his second career start in the day’s third race.

The 1 1/16-mile turf event will be Lentenor’s first time on the grass after he finished third over the Keeneland Polytrack in his career debut.





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CHEROKEE COUNTRY FLIES LATE TO TAKE FALL HIGHWEIGHT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Victory Thoroughbreds’ Cherokee Country used a furious late rally to run down Greenspring and longshot pacesetter Hatfield to capture the first graded stakes win of his career in Thursday’s 96th running of the Grade 3, $110,000 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Ramon Preciado and ridden by Jose Lezcano, Cherokee Country sat well off fast early fractions of 21.80 and 44.31 seconds set by Hatfield with favored Go Go Shoot not far behind in second.





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SHE’S BACK: STARDOM BOUND HEADLINES GRADE 1 GAZELLE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A little over a year ago, Stardom Bound dominated the field in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies for her third consecutive Grade 1 victory.

In the five months following that win, Stardom Bound was sold to IEAH Stables for $5.7 million, was named Champion 2-year-old filly, and extended her Grade 1 winning streak to five.





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BRIBON LOOKS FOR UNIQUE DOUBLE IN HILL ‘N’ DALE CIGAR MILE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In his first Grade 1 race in the United States, Marc Keller’s Bribon came charging hard through the stretch to finish a close-up third in the 2008 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, immediately establishing his credentials as a top middle-distance horse.

Saturday, having won the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap back in May, the 6-year-old gelding will be attempting to do something no horse has managed to accomplish since the race was first run in 1988: bookend his season with victories in two of the most prestigious races in New York.





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Wednesday, November 25 2009


AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES: Wednesday, November 25, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Grade 1 Met Mile winner Bribon, Grade 1 Vosburgh winner Kodiak Kowboy, Grade 1 Forego winner Pyro and Grade 1 DeFrancis Dash winner Vineyard Haven, as well as Driven By Success, who was third to Bribon in the Met Mile, are likely starters for Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The Phipps Stable’s Vacation, a winner at Keeneland in his most recent start, remains possible for the race, according to Andrew Byrnes, stakes coordinator for The New York Racing Association, Inc.





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