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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Saturday, February 13 2010


HOLLIE HUGHES ATTRACTS SIX STATE-BRED SPRINTERS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Six New York-breds will contest Monday’s 32nd running of the six-furlong Hollie Hughes, run as the fourth of ten races on Aqueduct’s special Presidents’ Day card.

Named for Hall of Fame trainer and New York native Hollie Hughes, the race has drawn a solid field of veterans, including 2009 winner, Sullivan Lane Stable’s Mor Chances.





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Friday, February 12 2010


FILLIES LOOK TO SEND HEARTS RACING IN DEARLY PRECIOUS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – When Lansdon B. Robbins, III’s Fuzzy Britches made her debut last summer in a maiden claiming race, trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. naturally was pleased with her 3¾-length victory. Two starts later, when she finished a solid third to Dad’s Crazy in the off-the-turf Miss Grillo at Belmont Park, he was satisfied with that effort, too. And when she started her 3-year-old campaign with a come-from-behind allowance win sprinting over the inner track at Aqueduct at January 6, he was very happy, indeed.

“She keeps getting a little better each time,” said Dutrow, who will saddle the daughter of Pollard’s Vision as the 5-2 morning-line favorite against six other sophomore fillies in Sunday’s $65,000 Dearly Precious, the featured fourth race in the Big A’s 10-race Valentine’s Day card. “I don’t think she’s found her complete game yet.”





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FILLIES TAKE CENTER STAGE IN SATURDAY’S BUSHER


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – An evenly-matched field of eight is entered for Saturday’s Busher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16th miles over Aqueduct’s inner track headed by Turtle Bird Stable’s Speightful Affair.

The daughter of 2004 champion sprinter Speightstown was a late supplement to the Busher field and returns just 15 days after breaking her maiden at a mile over the inner track.





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Wednesday, February 10 2010


AQUEDUCT CANCELS LIVE RACING FOR THURSDAY; OPEN FOR SIMULCASTING


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Due to high winds and snowfall, Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled the live racing card for Thursday, February 11. Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting, and telephone and internet wagering will also be available.

Aqueduct is expected to be open on Friday for live racing. The live racing cards on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will each consist of ten races. Please note that Saturday’s $250,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 will comprise races 7 – 10.





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