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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FRESH FACES JOIN BIG A JOCKEY COLONY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With a week in the books at Aqueduct Racetrack’s 39-day Fall Meet, one new face in the jockey colony has already begun to make an impact, while more are on the way.

With five racing days completed, 25-year old David Cohen, the leading rider at the recently concluded Delaware Park meet, is fifth in the jockey standings at the Big A with four wins.





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Monday, November 02 2009


WINNING FINALE FOR CRITICISM IN LONG ISLAND


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – On November 1, 2008, making just her second start in the United States, Darley Stable’s Criticism (GB) won the Grade 3, $150,000 Long Island Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, the first of five graded stakes she would go on to win in this country. Exactly one year later, it was déjà vu at Aqueduct Racetrack Sunday afternoon as the 5-year-old Machiavellian mare won the 53rd running of the Long Island in the final start of her accomplished career.

After following early pacesetter Queen of Hearts through a quarter mile in 25.88, jockey Javier Castellano allowed Criticism to take over the lead at the half mile marker and the mare maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the race to cross the wire 2¼ lengths in front of runner-up Lemonette.





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Saturday, October 31 2009


UNBRIDLED BELLE GOES OUT A WINNER IN NEW YORK FINALE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Team Valor International’s Unbridled Belle made her Empire State finale a winning one Saturday by taking the 15th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Turnback the Alarm at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The 6-year-old daughter of Broken Vow, who has now earned $1.88 million in her 24-race career, has maintained her form very well since her victory in the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park in 2006.





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LE GRAND CRU SURPRISES (SORT OF) IN BOLD RULER


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – When Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens glanced at the tote board at Aqueduct Racetrack prior to Saturday’s 34th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler, he was somewhat perplexed that his Kelso winner, Le Grand Cru, was being sent off as the longest shot in the five-horse field.

“I thought he was a shorter price than he was on the board,” said Jerkens, who trains Le Grand Cru for Judson Streicher.





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