Wednesday, January 20 2010


MANY CHAMPIONS TOOK NEW YORK ROAD TO ECLIPSE HONORS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – From Rachel Alexandra to Gio Ponti, Summer Bird to Kodiak Kowboy, Steve Asmussen to Godolphin Stables, many of horse racing’s biggest stars turned in their finest performances in New York in 2009 en route to the Eclipse Awards Monday night in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Rachel Alexandra’s historic victory over older males in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course – the first ever in the race by a filly – was the culmination of an extraordinary 8-for-8 season that carried her to the pinnacle of the sport when she was named both Horse of the Year and champion Three-Year-Old Filly at the 39th annual Eclipse Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.





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Tuesday, January 19 2010


DEPUTY DANEY STAYS PERFECT IN JIMMY WINKFIELD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Matthew Hand’s Deputy Daney shipped from Philadelphia Park to Aqueduct Racetrack boasting an unblemished record, and left Monday afternoon with his first stakes victory after taking the 26th running of the $63,700 Jimmy Winkfield.

Always within striking distance, Deputy Daney raced inside of odds-on favorite Citizen’s Arrest through an opening quarter of 22.64 before taking the lead and opening up on the far turn.





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Monday, January 18 2010


TIDAL DANCE WALTZES CLEAR IN AFFECTIONATELY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Marc Ferrell’s Tidal Dance got her preferred trip Sunday afternoon in the 35th running of the $65,000 Affectionately Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, tucking in behind the early leaders before taking charge and drawing off to win by 2½ lengths.

Making her fourth start for trainer Mike Hushion and her second over the inner track, the 5-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap galloped along comfortably in third behind pacesetting Yes She’s a Lady and longshot All Night Labor through early fractions of 23.84 and 48.18. Angled out by jockey Ramon Dominguez at the three-eighths pole, she made the lead nearing the quarter pole and never looked back.





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Saturday, January 16 2010


UNDERSTATEMENT ROMPS IN EVENING ATTIRE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Paul Pompa, Jr.’s Understatement broke running from post position No. 1, set uncontested fractions down the backside, and never looked back in the stretch to take the 91st running of the $65,000 Evening Attire by 4½ lengths Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Sent out by leading trainer Todd Pletcher, Understatement remained undefeated in three starts over the Big A’s inner track – all of which have come while racing on, or just off, the early pace.





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RACHEL’S WOODWARD SELECTED BY FANS AS NYRA’S STORY OF THE YEAR


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Rachel Alexandra’s extraordinary victory in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga Race Course has been voted by fans as NYRA’s 2009 “Story of the Year.” The victory eclipsed four other compelling tales from New York racing, including jockey Ramon Dominguez’s superlative year and Linda Rice’s historic Saratoga training title.

“The year was filled with memorable stories and I am delighted that Rachel Alexandra’s race in the Woodward won top honors,” said owner Jess Jackson, whose Stonestreet Stable campaigns the filly with Harold McCormick. “It was an extraordinary race in which she repelled a series of challenges, a race which displayed her courage and tenacity.





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NYRA DONATES $5,000 TO AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that it will contribute $5,000 to the American Red Cross toward the Haitian Relief effort.

“NYRA is proud to support the Haitian Relief effort and offer its assistance during this time of crisis,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “We encourage people to join us in sending donations to help those affected by this catastrophe.”





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Friday, January 15 2010


RED BENGAL LOOKS TO EARN STRIPES IN JIMMY WINKFIELD


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – An evenly-matched field of five has signed on to contest Monday’s $65,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds to be run at six furlongs over Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track.

The Jimmy Winkfield is scheduled as the eighth of nine races on the Big A’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday card.





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Thursday, January 14 2010


INNER TRACK VETERAN FACES NEW FOES IN AFFECTIONATELY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – At this time last year, Seahorse Stable’s Yet Again was preparing to make her third start over Aqueduct’s inner track in the 2009 edition of the 1 1/16th-mile Affectionately Stakes for older fillies and mares.

Following an allowance win in December and a third-place finish in an overnight stakes in early January, the Catienus filly was sent off in the Affectionately at 8.70-1, the longest shot on the board in a four-horse race. She charged up late for a 2¾-length upset.





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PLETCHER LOOKS TO CONTINUE SUCCESS IN EVENING ATTIRE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Todd Pletcher’s name has been a common sight atop the trainer standings over the years at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, but it’s a bit unusual to find him ahead of perennial leader Gary Contessa in the heart of Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track meet.

Through Wednesday, Pletcher had saddled 17 winners over the inner track, seven more than Contessa. More tellingly, Pletcher-trained horses have been major factors in some of the Big A’s higher-profile stakes races, with Tiger’s Rock and Nite Light finishing 1-2 in the Gallant Fox on New Year’s Eve, Distorted Passion and Awesome Ashley taking down the top two spots in the Interborough on New Year’s Day and Ibboyee winning the Damon Runyon and Awesome Ashley victorious in the Garland of Roses last month.





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EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY SPEEDS ONTO TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Locally-based trainer Gary Contessa trains hundreds of horses and has been the leading trainer in New York for four consecutive years.

His stables are home to everything from bottom-priced claimers to high-priced stakes horses, but it’s a recent maiden winner who has him talking Kentucky Derby.





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Monday, January 11 2010


INDIAN BURN SMOKES FIELD IN RUTHLESS


That’s how jockey Richard Migliore summed up his winning trip aboard Crossed Sabres Farm’s Indian Burn in the $65,000 Ruthless Stakes Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Forced to check after being pinched at the start, the 3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie trailed through the early going as Milc Kids and Argent Affair led through a half in 47.70. Gaining momentum approaching the quarter pole, Migliore swung the filly wide and she drew off to win by 1¼ lengths.





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Sunday, January 10 2010


AGE OF HUMOR RUNS AWAY WITH BUSANDA


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – There was no kidding around for TYB Stable’s Age of Humor in Saturday’s 37th running of the $65,000 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Taking the lead right out of the starting gate, the 3-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor raced uncontested through early fractions of 24.04 and 48.56. After opening up more than two lengths on the rest of the field going into the stretch, the filly held off a late rally from Fuzzy Britches to hit the wire 1¼ lengths in front.





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