Friday, March 19 2010


AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES: Friday, March 19, 2010


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has unveiled the logo for the 86th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial, the final major New York stepping stone to the Triple Crown, which scheduled to be run on Saturday, April 3.

Nominations close this Saturday for the 1 1/8th mile Wood, and among the horses expected to start are Grade 3 Gotham Stakes winner Awesome Act, Grade 2 Fountain of Youth winner Eskendereya, and Gotham and Fountain of Youth runners-up Yawanna Twist and Jackson Bend. In all, 20 Kentucky Derby winners have prepped in the Wood, most recently Funny Cide, who finished second in 2003 and went on to win the Derby and the Preakness. Empire Maker, who won the Wood that year, then took the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.





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Thursday, March 18 2010


TALENTED CORE OF SOPHOMORES TARGETING WOOD MEMORIAL


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Grade 3 Gotham winner Awesome Act, Grade 2 Fountain of Youth winner Eskendereya and the runners-up from both races form a talented core of Triple Crown hopefuls likely for the 86th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, April 3.

Nominations close this Saturday for the 1 1/8th mile Wood, the final major New York stepping stone to the Triple Crown. In all, 20 Kentucky Derby winners have prepped in the Wood, most recently Funny Cide, who finished second in 2003 and went on to win the Derby and the Preakness. Empire Maker, who won the Wood that year, then took the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes.





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Wednesday, March 17 2010


BUSH DUO STEPPING UP IN KINGS POINT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – New York-breds Mighty Morris and Good Law have not been in Tom Bush’s barn for very long, but so far, the trainer likes what he sees. Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, Bush is hoping the pair will take a step up against five other state-breds in the $65,000 Kings Point Handicap.

The 1 1/8th mile Kings Point, which will be run for the 30th time, will be the fourth race on a card that includes the Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada for 3-year-old fillies, which was rescheduled from last Saturday and which will be run as the ninth of 10 races.





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STILL HARD TO QUIBBLE WITH BICKERSONS IN CICADA


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Bickersons heads a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s 18th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada at Aqueduct Racetrack, the first graded stakes of the year in New York for females.

The Cicada, which will be run as the ninth of 10 races, was rescheduled from last Saturday due to a weather-related cancellation on March 13.





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Thursday, March 11 2010


IT’S HARD TO QUIBBLE WITH BICKERSONS IN CICADA


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Back on short rest, Bickersons heads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies assembled for Saturday’s 18th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Cicada at Aqueduct Racetrack, the first graded stakes of the year in New York for females.

The dark bay daughter of Silver Deputy was dominant in the Grade 2, seven-furlong Forward Gal stakes at Gulfstream Park two starts back on January 31, winning by seven lengths and defeating 2009 2-year-old filly champion She Be Wild, who finished fifth. Bickersons earned a career best Beyer Speed Figure of 97 in the Forward Gal.





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Monday, March 08 2010


UNDERSTATEMENT EMBELLISHES INNER TRACK RESUME IN STYMIE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Understatement ran his inner track record to 4-for-4 Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, coming from off the pace to post a 3¾ -length victory over National Pride in the 55th running of the $65,000 Stymie.

Under a perfect ride from jockey David Cohen, who scored his third winner of the day in the race, Understatement relaxed in second behind early fractions of 23.78, 48.50 and 1:12.71 set by National Pride, then accelerated to take the lead midway around the far turn and cruised home under a hand ride.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES: Sunday, March 7, 2010


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Gotham winner Awesome Act was bright and energetic in his stall at Belmont Park Sunday morning following his first win on dirt as his connections looked towards his next start along the Triple Crown trail, the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 3.

“He’ll be back cantering at least by Wednesday, possibly Tuesday,” said Wayne Tanner, assistant to trainer Jeremy Noseda, who returned to Newmarket following the colt’s 1¼-length victory in the Grade 3 race. “We won’t do much between now and then … just keep him sound and head to the Wood.”





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NEW YORK WATCH: STORMIN BOLT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It took all of one race for Stormin Bolt to recoup his purchase price for owner Cam Allard, and what a race it was, as the 3-year-old son of Roaring Fever powered through the stretch to register a seven-length victory at Aqueduct Racetrack in his first start.

With his scintillating debut, Stormin Bolt becomes the first New York-bred to crack the New York Watch list, located online at http://www.nyra.com/nywatch, the series that profiles up-and-comers that have recently broken their maiden in races at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga.





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Sunday, March 07 2010


AWESOME ACT TAKES TO THE DIRT IN GOTHAM; WOOD NEXT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – English import Awesome Act took a major step forward on the Triple Crown trail Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, charging to an impressive victory over nine other 3-year-olds to take the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes in his first start on dirt.

Ridden by reigning Eclipse Award-winning jockey Julien Leparoux, the son of 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again stayed well off fractions of 22.85 and 46.60 set by Wow Wow Wow, moved up willingly four-wide on the turn and then powered to the front in midstretch for a 1¼-length win over Yawanna Twist.





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WALL STREET WONDER WINS THRILLING TOBOGGAN; CASTANEDA WIRES ‘CAPPY’


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Wall Street Wonder continued to reward the confidence of his connections Saturday afternoon, capturing the 117th running of the Grade 3 Toboggan at Aqueduct after a hard-fought stretch battle with the very game Custom for Carlos.

The Toboggan was the first graded stakes race run in New York this year, and the first graded win for the 4-year-old son of City Place, who spent much of his sophomore season sprinting on the turf.





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Friday, March 05 2010


UNDERSTATEMENT LOOKS TO MAKE NOISE IN STYMIE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – To say that Understatement has performed well over Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track would be something of a, well, understatement.

The 5-year-old Distorted Humor horse is 3-for-3 on in the inner, including a front-running, 4½-length victory in the Evening Attire in his most recent start on January 16.





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Thursday, March 04 2010


NYRA ANNOUNCES BELMONT SPRING/SUMMER AND SARATOGA STAKES SCHEDULES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced the stakes schedules for the 2010 Belmont Park Spring/Summer Meet and the Saratoga Race Course Meet.

The Saratoga Meet, which kicks off for the 142nd time on Friday, July 23, is punctuated by 17 Grade 1 races beginning with the $250,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on opening weekend, and includes at least one Grade 1 race every Saturday during its expanded 40-day run.





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