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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NINE SET FOR TOP FLIGHT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Holiday Fest continues at the Big A Friday with the 70th running of the one mile Top Flight Handicap, a Grade 2, $150,000 contest for fillies and mares which has drawn a talented field of nine.

Heading that group is Godolphin Stable’s 3-year-old Sara Louise, making her first start since a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint over the Pro-Ride at Santa Anita on November 6.





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Tuesday, November 24 2009


FALL HIGHWEIGHT KICKS OFF BIG A HOLIDAY FEST


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Thanksgiving Day is when many Americans traditionally tack on a little holiday weight, and Thursday at Aqueduct Racetrack, 10 horses will carry a few extra pounds of their own as the Big A’s three-day Holiday Fest commences with the 96th running of the Grade 3, $100,000-added Fall Highweight Handicap.

Holiday Fest, presented by the New York Lottery, runs from November 26-28 and features six graded stakes, the centerpiece of which is Saturday’s $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, the final Grade 1 of the year in New York.





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