Friday, November 20 2009


SOLID SIX LINE UP FOR DISCOVERY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Six starters, including multiple graded stakes winner Gone Astray and hometown favorite Haynesfield, have drawn in for Saturday’s 65th running of the Grade 3, 1⅛-mile, $100,000-added Discovery Handicap over the main track at Aqueduct.

It was over the inner track last winter that Turtle Bird Stable’s Haynesfield established himself as a horse to watch and the 3-year-old is looking for his first graded stakes win in the Discovery.





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BST TO AGAIN SPONSOR B.E.S.T. HOLIDAY DINNER


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – For many of the grooms, hotwalkers and exercise riders who work on the backstretch at Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack, Thanksgiving is just another day in the year-round cycle of caring for racehorses.

But this year, more than 500 backstretch workers will be able to share in the true spirit of America’s holiday when Bollam, Sheedy, Torani, & Co (BST), Financial and Management Consultants, once again underwrites a special Thanksgiving meal at both racetracks on Tuesday, November 24. It will mark the third year the Albany-based firm has sponsored the feast for the Backstretch Employees Service Team (B.E.S.T).





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Tuesday, November 17 2009


NEW YORK HORSEMEN MOURN LOSS OF HALL OF FAMER BOBBY FRANKEL


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – New York horsemen and racetrack executives Monday mourned the passing of Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, a city kid from Brooklyn who began his career at Aqueduct Racetrack and went on to become one of the most successful thoroughbred trainers in the nation.

Frankel, 68, died early Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., after a lengthy battle with lymphoma.





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Monday, November 16 2009


DOMINGUEZ, MARAGH SCORE RIDING DOUBLES IN NYSS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Uncle T Seven gave jockey Ramon Dominguez a stakes double Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying on the turn and going on to a 4 3/4-length victory over Mr. Windjammer in the $75,000 Thunder Rumble Division to cap off the New York Stallion Series.

Dominguez, New York’s leading rider, earlier guided Mother Russia to win the $75,000 Staten Island Division, one of five stakes restricted to sons and daughters of New York stallions on the card. Dominguez also rode two other winners, taking the fourth race with Life at Ten and the sixth race with She’ll be Doggone, to move to 347 races won at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course in 2009.





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Saturday, November 14 2009


NEW YORK STALLION SERIES COMES TO BIG A SUNDAY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Many familiar names are among the 39 horses entered in the five stakes races that comprise Sunday’s New York Stallion Series, a mini-showcase day at Aqueduct Racetrack featuring horses sired by New York stallions.

With a pair of 2-year-old races and two seven-furlong races, one of each for males and females, as well as a 1 1/16th mile turf race for males 3 years old and up, the stakes are worth a total of $425,000 to the sons and daughters of such sires as Freud, Raffie’s Majesty and City Zip.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES; Friday, November 13, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road, whose fiery antics caused him to be scratched at the gate prior to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, is scheduled to return to his Belmont Park stall Tuesday and be back on the track Wednesday morning, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.

The 2009 Florida Derby winner and Jockey Club Gold Cup runner-up, who was forced to bypass the Kentucky Derby earlier in the year due to a quarter crack, is in the process of vanning to Churchill Downs from southern California after he balked at getting on a plane on Monday.





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Friday, November 13 2009


DOMINGUEZ PASSES CORDERO; TAKES OVER 2ND IN NYRA YEARLY WINS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Ramon Dominguez’s assault on the NYRA record books continued today when he piloted Freight Forward to victory in Aqueduct Racetrack’s 2nd race to register his 341st New York win in 2009, passing Angel Cordero, Jr. to move into sole possession of second place for wins in a year by a jockey at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga

“I’m very happy that I have been able to do so well in New York,” Dominguez said. “Like I always say, it’s nothing but a reflection of the type of horses that I ride and the support that I get from horsemen and owners. It’s overwhelming, especially with such a colony of great riders here.”





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Thursday, November 12 2009


MINUS POOL ALERT FOR NYRA REWARDS INTERNET WAGERING


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has introduced a minus pool alert to its NYRA Rewards Internet Wagering platform. The alert will only be displayed for races at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.

The minus pool alert is triggered when the wagering on a NYRA race is such that a potential minus pool situation exists. The alert will appear at the top of the race program page and will read as follows:





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Saturday, November 07 2009


EXPANSION PULLS UPSET IN RED SMITH


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Gary and Mary West’s Expansion made his stakes debut a winning one, rallying from last to first to upset the 50th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Red Smith Handicap Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Making his first start for new trainer Chad Brown, who was in California to saddle Silver Timber in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the 4-year-old son of Maria’s Mon relaxed towards the back of the pack as Operation Red Dawn took the field of seven through fractions of 25.99, 51.66, and 1:18.33.





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JUVENILES STEP UP IN NASHUA, TEMPTED


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A pair of late-developing 2-year-olds had their chance to shine at Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday afternoon, with Buddy’s Saint running off with the Grade 2, $150,000 Nashua and Ailalea victorious in the Grade 3, $106,500 Tempted for fillies.

In the Nashua, Kingfield Stables’ Buddy’s Saint officially broke his maiden in style, drawing off to win by 12 lengths under a hand ride by jockey Jose Lezcano.






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Friday, November 06 2009


AQUEDUCT RACETRACK NOTES; Friday, November 6, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Phipps Stable’s Pennsylvania Derby and Ohio Derby winning Gone Astray will make his next start at Aqueduct Racetrack in the Grade 3, $100,000 Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds on November 21, said Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey.

“He’s changed since we started running him two turns,” said McGaughey of the son of Dixie Union, 3-3-1 from eight starts this year for earnings of $777,757, with his only off-the-board performance a sixth to Munnings in the one-turn Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes Day.





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Thursday, November 05 2009


NASHUA, TEMPTED SHOWCASE TOP JUVENILES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With Klaravich Stables’ 2-year-old duo of Systemic Risk and Worstcasescenario, trainer Rick Violette, Jr. will be well represented in both Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Nashua and Grade 3, $100,000 Tempted at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Both will be contested at a mile on Aqueduct’s main track, but Violette’s entrants couldn’t be more different.





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