Friday, January 01 2010


TIGER’S ROCK UPSETS STABLEMATE IN GALLANT FOX


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Starlight Racing’s Tiger’s Rock, the largest price of a trio of runners sent out by trainer Todd Pletcher, cruised past odds-on favorite and stablemate Nite Light to win the 71st running of the $72,800 Gallant Fox Thursday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Sent off the fifth choice in the field of 12 at 11.80-1, Tiger’s Rock raced in mid-pack through the early stages of the 1 5/8-mile marathon while Lord Kipling set opening fractions of 24.24 and 48.81 seconds.





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FIVE FILLIES LOOK TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS IN RUTHLESS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A field of five newly-minted 3-year-old fillies looks to begin 2010 on the right foot as they take to Aqueduct’s inner track Sunday for the 33rd running of the six-furlong, $65,000-added Ruthless Stakes.

Last year, West Point Thoroughbreds’ Justwhistledixie made the Ruthless the second stop on a five-race win streak that included four straight stakes. She would go on to finish second in both the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont Park and the Grade 2 Top Flight at Aqueduct later in the year.





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ROAD TO TRIPLE CROWN BEGINS IN COUNT FLEET


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In 2004, a 3-year-old named Smarty Jones shipped from Philadelphia Park to Aqueduct Racetrack to win the Count Fleet Stakes. Four months later, he won the Kentucky Derby.

In 2009, a New York-bred named Haynesfield won the Count Fleet in his first start against open company. The Speightstown colt went on to win the $100,000 Whirlaway in his next start and added victories in the $250,000 Empire Classic and Grade 3 Discovery later in the year.





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Wednesday, December 30 2009


AWESOME ASHLEY LOOKS TO USHER IN 2010 WITH A WIN


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Alex G. Campbell, Jr.’s Awesome Ashley looks to ring in the New Year in the same fashion she kicked off her 2009 campaign – with a stakes win over the inner track at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Winner of the Plankton Stakes here last January 8, the gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song heads a field of five fillies and mares assembled for Friday’s 89th edition of the $65,000 Interborough Stakes, a race won over the years by such stars as Affectionately (1963-64), Ta Wee (1969-70) and Xtra Heat (2002).





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Monday, December 28 2009


WISHFUL TOMCAT WIRES FIELD IN ALEX M. ROBB


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – IEAH Stables’ Wishful Tomcat made a successful return to racing after a six-month break Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, going wire-to-wire to beat six other New York-breds in the 31st running of the $69,550 Alex M. Robb Handicap.

Making his first start since June 27, the 4-year-old son of Tactical Cat grabbed the lead right out of the gate and rolled easily through fractions of 24.98, 50.44 and 1:15.15 over the muddy going. Briefly challenged as the field straightened for home, Wishful Tomcat then pulled clear under the urging of jockey Ramon Dominguez to hit the wire 2 3/4 lengths in front of Naughty New Yorker.





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FULL FIELD OF MARATHONERS SET FOR 2009 NYRA STAKES FINALE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A field of 12 – including last year’s runner-up, Lord Kipling, and a trio from trainer Todd Pletcher – will wrap up the 2009 stakes schedule at Aqueduct Racetrack in Thursday’s $65,000-added Gallant Fox at 1-5/8 miles over the inner track.

Ben Mondello’s Lord Kipling enters the Gallant Fox off a wire-to-wire allowance score at Laurel and looks to add to his already impressive record in marathons. In seven career starts at 1½-miles or longer over conventional dirt, Lord Kipling is 4-2-0 with his only off-the-board finish coming over a sloppy track.





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Sunday, December 27 2009


DIGGER DIGS IN TO WIN GRAVESEND


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Repole Stable’s Digger led nearly every step and held off favored Pashito the Che in the closing strides Saturday afternoon to win Aqueduct Racetrack’s $65,000 Gravesend Handicap by a nose.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, the 5-year-old son of Yonaguska went to the front right after the break, setting fractions of 23.84 and 47.02 with Pashito the Che in close pursuit. Opening up by daylight as the field of seven headed for home, Digger began drifting out in deep stretch but had enough left to turn back the 3-5 favorite’s late flurry, completing the six furlongs in 1:11.66 over an inner track rated fast.





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Wednesday, December 23 2009


WISHFUL TOMCAT RETURNS TO ACTION IN ALEX M. ROBB


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – IEAH Stable’s Wishful Tomcat puts his New York winning streak on the line when he makes his return to racing against six other state-breds in Sunday’s $65,000 Alex M. Robb Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Since breaking his maiden on the inner track on December 12, 2007, the 4-year-old son of Tactical Cat is undefeated in eight starts at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, including three straight victories in the King’s Point Handicap, the Seaport Mac Stakes and the Fratello Ed Stakes over the spring and summer.





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GRAVESEND HIGHLIGHTS RACING’S RETURN TO BIG A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Racing returns to Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, December 26, with a field of seven sprinters assembled for the 51st running of the $65,000 Gravesend Handicap.

Pashito the Che puts a three-race winning streak on the line in the six-furlong Gravesend, which will be run as the third race on the nine-race card, as he looks to wrap up a highly successful year for Off The Hook Racing. The 3-year-old son of Flatter is 6-2-0 from eight starts since arriving at trainer Scott Lake’s barn in the spring after starting his career in Florida.





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Friday, December 11 2009


NYRA ANNOUNCES ANTI-SLAUGHTER POLICY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has announced an anti-slaughter policy that introduces harsh penalties to offending horsemen while encouraging them to support horse rescue and adoption initiatives.

The newly created policy is as follows:

Any owner or trainer stabled at a New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) track found to have directly or indirectly sold a horse for slaughter will have his or her stalls permanently revoked from all NYRA tracks. NYRA requires its horsemen to conduct due diligence on those buying horses and encourages them to support rescue and adoption efforts and to find humane ways of dealing with horses unable to continue racing.





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Wednesday, December 09 2009


RESEARCHER TO DEFEND QUEENS COUNTY TITLE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Saturday’s 104th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Queens County Handicap features the return of last year’s winner, Researcher, who will attempt to defend his title in the 1 3/16th-mile race over Aqueduct’s inner track.

Both this year and last, Rutledge Farm’s Researcher followed the same path to the Queens County, running in the HBPA Governor’s Cup Handicap at Charles Town Races and Slots in October and the Mountaineer Mile at Mountaineer Park in November. In 2008, the gelded son of Two Smart won both races and though he finished second in the Mountaineer Mile last month, trainer Jeff Runco believes breaking from the outside post in the field of eight was a disadvantage.





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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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