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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AQUEDUCT CANCELS LIVE RACING FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Due to a winter storm forecast to bring high winds and snow, Aqueduct Racetrack has canceled the live racing card for Wednesday, February 10. While the facility will be closed, telephone wagering will be available.



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Monday, February 08 2010


EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY SHOULD RETURN TO TRAINING IN A WEEK


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Eightyfiveinafifty should be able to return to training in a week after receiving 14 stitches to repair a cut suffered during his premature departure from the racetrack during the running of Saturday’s $100,000 Whirlaway at Aqueduct Racetrack, trainer Gary Contessa said Sunday morning.

“We have absolutely dodged a bullet here,” said Contessa, who trains the speedy colt for Harold Lerner. “This could have been the end of his career and instead this horse is out a week … He has always been a very level-headed horse so there is no reason to think he will not forget this incident and return to being the fastest three-year-old in the country.”





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Saturday, February 06 2010


EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY BOLTS; PEPPI KNOWS TAKES WHIRLAWAY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Philip J. Messina’s Peppi Knows captured the 31st running of the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, in a race in which 2-5 favorite Eightyfiveinafifty bolted during the first turn.

A 3-year-old son of Stephen Got Even, Peppi Knows had run second behind the highly regarded Buddy’s Saint in the Grade 2 Remsen last out on November 28, and was returning to Aqueduct for the second time.





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AQUEDUCT RACETRACK OPEN FOR LIVE RACING


Aqueduct Racetrack will be open for live racing on Saturday, February 6 and will remain open for simulcasting through approximately 7:45 p.m. As of 6:00 a.m., there was only a light coating of snow at Aqueduct with 1 – 3 total inches projected.

Saturday’s card includes the Whirlaway Stakes, carded as the third race, for 3-year-colts going 1-1/16 miles, featuring Gary Contessa’s impressive maiden winner Eightyfiveinafifty. In addition, there will be a $250,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 on races 6 – 9.



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Thursday, February 04 2010


EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY TAKES NEXT STEP IN WHIRLAWAY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – His name alone tells you he’s fast. And Saturday, Eightyfiveinafifty will get a chance to show how far he can carry his speed when he faces five other up-and-coming 3-year-olds in the 31st running of the $100,000 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Having sprinted to a 17¼-length victory here on January 9, Eightyfiveinafifty stretches out from six furlongs to 1 1/16th miles around two turns of the Big A’s inner track as his connections look for an answer to the big question: Is he a Derby horse?





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Saturday, January 30 2010


HOLD THAT PROSPECT WIRES FIELD IN CORRECTION


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Funky Munky Stable’s Hold That Prospect earned her first stakes victory Saturday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, leading from start to finish to take the $65,000 Correction in a 7½-length romp over Heaven’s Voice.

The 5-year-old daughter of Hold That Tiger, who was claimed for $30,000 in March, was never challenged as she popped out on top and zipped through fractions of 23.58 and 46.73 over the fast inner track. Turning for home under jockey Jorge Chavez, Hold That Prospect steadily increased her advantage over her four rivals and hit the wire in 1:11.23 for the six furlongs.





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Monday, January 25 2010


HOLD THAT PROSPECT HOPING FOR HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It may not be Florida Field or the Superdome, but Aqueduct Racetrack could hold a distinct home-field advantage for Funky Munky Stable’s Hold That Prospect Saturday when she faces three out-of-towners and a Brazilian mare in the 70th running of the $65,000 Correction Handicap.

A 5-year-old daughter of Hold That Tiger, Hold That Prospect sports a 4-0-0 record from seven starts at the Big A since she arrived in New York in early 2008 after being purchased by Winning Move Stable off a pair of winning efforts at Gulfstream Park.





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Saturday, January 23 2010


NEW YORK WATCH: RULE BY NIGHT RULES BY DAY


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Rule by Night dominated a maiden race on Saturday to become the second horse featured in the recently introduced “New York Watch” series, which shines the spotlight on promising colts and fillies that have recently cleared the maiden and allowance ranks at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Racecourse.

After finishing runner-up in his debut on December 26 at Aqueduct, Rule by Night looked like a seasoned veteran in his second start. The 3-year-old Malibu Moon colt broke sharply from the rail, shook off an early challenger, and widened easily throughout the stretch to win by 7-1/4 lengths. Sent off as the 6/5 favorite in Aqueduct’s 4th race, he completed the six furlongs in 1:11.11, defeating eight other 3-year-olds in the process.





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