Wednesday, December 09 2009


AQUEDUCT RACETRACK CANCELS LIVE RACING WEDNESDAY; OPEN FOR SIMULCASTING


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Due to inclement weather conditions and high wind, live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack has been cancelled for today, Wednesday, December 9. Aqueduct will however be open for Simulcast and Telephone wagering. Live racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow, Thursday, December 10.



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Monday, December 07 2009


OPUS A, IBBOYEE WIN THE HARD WAY IN JUVENILE STAKES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The official distance for the 72nd running of the $71,800 East View was one mile and 70 yards, but Broadway Blue Stable’s Opus A ran much further than that en route to her first stakes score Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Equipped with blinkers for the first time, Opus A broke from post No. 10 and raced five wide nearly every step of the way.





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Sunday, December 06 2009


AWESOME ASHLEY PROVES IT IN GARLAND OF ROSES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Awesome Ashley proved true to her name Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying wide to get up in the final yards of the $70,500 Garland of Roses Handicap.

Unhurried early, she sat well behind pacesetter Hold That Prospect through opening fractions of 22.95 and 46.76. Launching her bid at the quarter pole, the 5-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song closed steadily to cross the wire a neck in front of Lady Alexander, with stablemate Distorted Passion a half-length behind in third.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES: Saturday, December 5, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Summer Bird, winner of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, underwent successful surgery to repair a nondisplaced fracture of his left fore cannon bone and is expected to return to racing next year.

“As long as rehab goes smoothly, he should make a full recovery,” said trainer Tim Ice of Summer Bird, who was operated on Friday upon returning from Japan, where he suffered the injury while training for the Japan Cup Dirt. “There was no cartilage damage at all. They inserted one screw, and it went in with no problem and fit like a glove.”





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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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