Friday, February 26 2010


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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Wednesday, February 24 2010


13-YEAR-OLD HORSE RETURNS AT BIG A


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – On Friday, the 13-year-old Cool N Collective will try again to become what is believed to be the oldest horse ever to win a race in New York when he faces six others in the first 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.





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1-2 FINISHERS IN WHIRLAWAY EYEING GOTHAM


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Up-and-coming 3-year-olds Peppi Knows and Afleet Again, first and second in the recent Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, are on target to meet again on March 6 in the 59th renewal of the Grade 3, $250,000 Gotham Stakes.

According to Andrew Byrnes, stakes coordinator for The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), expected to join Peppi Knows and Afleet Again in the Gotham are Nacho Friend, Tiz Chrome, Wow Wow Wow and Awesome Act. A total of 50 3-year-olds were nominated to the 1 1/16th mile Gotham, a stepping-stone to the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, New York’s final major stop on the road to the Triple Crown.





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Saturday, February 20 2010


LIFE AT TEN WIRES RARE TREAT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Cynthia DeBartolo’s Life At Ten broke sharply from the gate, took the lead going into the first turn, and never looked back in wiring the field in the 38th running of the $65,000 Rare Treat Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Life At Ten exited a stakes win in the Snit back on December 19 at Aqueduct. That day, she sat just off the pace, but this time around the 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon set all her own fractions as the heavy 4-5 favorite.





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Wednesday, February 17 2010


DOMINGUEZ BIG WINNER ON WEDNESDAY CARD AT AQUEDUCT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – New York’s leading rider Ramon Dominguez won the first five races on Wednesday’s card at Aqueduct Racetrack, marking what he believes is the first time he has ever won five races in a row on a single card at any track.

Dominguez kicked off the streak aboard Chevalier Stable’s Thunder Reigns ($10.40), followed by Lee Lewis’ Framed ($5.00); Edward Evans’ Elusive Gift ($3.60); Michael Martin’s Simmy ($5.80); and Mike Hushion’s Wicked Diva ($3.90).





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PUMPKIN SHELL RIGHT AT HOME IN RARE TREAT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – December Hill Farm’s Pumpkin Shell resides on a day-in, day-out basis in the Belmont Park barn of trainer David Donk.

But so far in her ten-race career, the 4-year-old daughter of Lion Heart has made Aqueduct’s inner track her second home.





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Tuesday, February 16 2010


REREADTHEFOOTNOTES DOMINANT IN HOLLIE HUGHES


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – West Point Thoroughbreds’ Rereadthefootnotes scored his first stakes win Monday afternoon, defeating five other New York-bred sprinters to capture the 32nd running of the $65,000 Hollie Hughes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The 4-year-old gelded son of Read the Footnotes broke sharply and led the field through an easy quarter mile in 23.32. Opening up more than a length on the field through a half in 46.48, he cruised home to hit the wire 3½ lengths in front.





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LISTON RETURNS WITH EYE TO THE FUTURE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – On August 15, 2009 at Saratoga Race Course, Darley Stable’s Liston, a 2-year-old son of Storm Cat, went wire-to-wire to break his maiden at first asking in impressive fashion.

Three weeks later, the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee tried his luck in the Grade 1 Hopeful, but tired to finish eighth after showing brief early speed.





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Monday, February 15 2010


SWEET WIN FOR FUZZY BRITCHES IN DEARLY PRECIOUS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With a determined run through the stretch, Lansdon B. Robbins, III’s Fuzzy Britches came from off the pace to take the 16th running of the $65,000 Dearly Precious Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, earning her second victory of the year and first ever in a stakes.

Ridden by New York’s leading jockey, Ramon Dominguez, the dark bay daughter of Pollard’s Vision was content to settle in third as Wild News led the field of five 3-year-old fillies through fractions of 22.66 and 46.34. Moving into striking position on the turn, Fuzzy Britches launched her bid from the outside and took command inside the furlong marker, holding off the late flurry by Judge Sonya to win by a half-length.





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Sunday, February 14 2010


ROMAN CHESTNUT UPSETS BUSHER; SERPA GETS FIRST STAKES WIN


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Ellen O’Connell’s Roman Chestnut, the longest shot on the board, rallied to take the 31st running of the Busher Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, paying $93.50 to win and giving apprentice jockey Angel Serpa his first career stakes victory.

One of two horses supplemented to the Busher along with third-place finishing favorite Speightful Affair, Roman Chestnut was exiting a runner-up finish in a $25,000 claimer on January 14 over the inner track.





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MILD-MANNERED VALET HAS NOT-SO-SECRET IDENTITY: MARATHON-MAN


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – If you wanted to describe a superhero such as Batman or Superman in the simplest possible way, you might say they were normal, unassuming people in their regular lives, but their alter-egos were something completely different and unexpected.

Rodney Paine doesn’t own a cave or change in a telephone booth, but he does go through an impressive transformation on a typical day.





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STORMY SHAY CARRIES SLEW’S COLORS TO BIG A VICTORY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – When Stormy Shay won for the first time in eight starts at Aqueduct Racetrack on Friday, her 2¼-length victory in the maiden claiming race might have gone relatively unnoticed – except for the colors she carried into the winner’s circle.

Aboard the 3-year-old filly, jockey Fernando Jara wore the same yellow-and-black silks as Stormy Shay’s famous grandsire, 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.





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