Monday, March 08 2010


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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SPOTLIGHT ON SPRINTERS IN TOBOGGAN, CAPOSSELA


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Sprinters headline the Gotham Day undercard at Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday in a pair of six-furlong races – the Grade 3, $100,000 Toboggan, for older horses, and the $65,000 Fred “Cappy” Capossela, restricted to 3-year-olds.

In the 117th running of the Toboggan, scheduled as race four on the 11-race card, Stetson Stables’ speedy 4-year-old Wall Street Wonder will try for his first graded stakes win in only his fourth start on dirt.





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FIELD OF TEN ASSEMBLES FOR GRADE 3 GOTHAM


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A diverse field of ten 3-year-olds, ranging from a recent maiden winner to the first three finishers in the Whirlaway to an English colt who last ran in the Breeders’ Cup, look to take the next step in their careers Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack in the 58th running of the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham at 1 1/16th miles.

A traditional prep for the April 3 Wood Memorial, New York’s Grade 1 stepping-stone to the Triple Crown, the Gotham will be run as the 10th of 11 races on a card that also includes the 117th running of the Grade 3 Toboggan for sprinters 3-years-old and up and the 109th running of the Fred “Cappy” Capossela for sophomore sprinters, as the graded stakes season gets underway.





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Wednesday, March 03 2010


13-YEAR-OLD HORSE RETURNS WEDNESDAY AT BIG A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – On Wednesday, the 13-year-old Cool N Collective will try again to become what is believed to be the oldest horse ever to win a flat race on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit when he faces seven others in the fifth race at Aqueduct Racetrack.

In his first start at age 13 (January 1 is the universal birthday for all thoroughbreds) Cool N Collective finished second in a 1 1/16th mile race on January 31 at the Big A.





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Monday, March 01 2010


‘ANNIE’ LIGHTS UP BROADWAY - AGAIN


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It was déjà vu in the $65,000 Broadway Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack Sunday afternoon, with Lights Off Annie leading the field of New York-bred fillies and mares from gate to wire – just like last year.

Breaking sharply from the inside post, the 5-year-old daughter of Freud found herself on an uncontested lead through early fractions of 22.71 and 45.92 and was able to hold off the late-charging Sapphire Sky to win by a half-length.





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Friday, February 26 2010


AQUEDUCT RACETRACK CANCELS SATURDAY LIVE RACING


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Due to snow and wind, live racing has been cancelled at Aqueduct Racetrack for Saturday, February 27. On Saturday, the facility will be open for simulcasting, and telephone and internet wagering will be available.

Live racing was also cancelled for today, Friday, February 26, and the facility will be closed with no simulcasting. However, telephone and internet wagering are available today.





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RIGHTLY SO GOES FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT IN BROADWAY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Rightly So will try for her sixth consecutive victory Sunday as she heads a field of eight New York-bred fillies and mares in the 39th running of the six-furlong Broadway at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The 4-year-old daughter of Read the Footnotes attempts to add to a streak that dates back more than a year to her maiden victory over the inner track on January 25, 2009. In her most recent start, she wired the field in the one-mile Love Is Eternal Stakes for New York-bred fillies over the Aqueduct main track on November 19. For her career, she is 2-for-3 at six furlongs over the inner track, having finished second in her very first start.





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