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Friday, October 30 2009


AQUEDUCT NOTES: Friday, October 30, 2009


OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Jet Set Racing Stables’ Tomcito, a dual Group 1 winner in Peru who finished third to Big Brown in the 2008 Florida Derby, will make his return to the races at Aqueduct on Saturday, November 14, in the Grade 3, $100,000 Stuyvesant.

The Kentucky-bred son of Street Cry, who was sixth in the Lexington at Keeneland and seventh in the Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont before disappearing from the 2008 Triple Crown trail, was transferred to trainer Tom Albertrani last winter. He made one start, finishing seventh in the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream Park this past April, before undergoing throat surgery.





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NYRA TO LIVE STREAM “TALKING HORSES” YEAR ROUND ON NYRA.COM


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The popular daily handicapping show “Talking Horses” will be available for live viewing online at http://www.nyra.com beginning on Wednesday, November 4.

Fans who are not on-track will be able to watch and listen to the show live online and get all the day’s handicapping selections from the program’s prognosticators. “Talking Horses” runs from approximately 11:35 – noon on live racing days, always starting approximately an hour before first post, and is hosted by NYRA TV Analysts Jason Blewitt, Eric Donovan, and Andy Serling.





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NYRA PENALIZES MULLINS


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that it imposed a six month penalty on trainer Jeffrey Mullins for violating NYRA’s monitoring barn rules and regulations. For the term of this penalty Mullins will be denied entry in NYRA races and will be denied access to NYRA grounds.

Mullins was charged with violating Aqueduct Race Day Security Barn Rules and Regulations as posted in the Aqueduct Winter/Spring 2009 Condition Book 4. Those charges were:





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Thursday, October 29 2009


UNBRIDLED BELLE SAYS GOODBYE TO BIG APPLE IN TURNBACK THE ALARM


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In each of the past four years, Team Valor International’s millionaire mare Unbridled Belle has competed in some of New York’s premier stakes races.

In 2006, as a 3-year-old, the daughter of Broken Vow was fourth in the Grade 1 Alabama and the Grade 1 Gazelle and in 2007, after finishing second in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, the Todd Pletcher trainee was back for another try at a Grade 1 in the Beldame during Belmont Park’s Fall Championship Meet.





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HARTY ROOTING FOR THE HOME TEAM IN BOLD RULER


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Trainer Eoin Harty, born in Ireland and based in southern California, is rarely seen without his New York Yankees baseball cap. But the fact that Saturday night is Game 3 of the World Series between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies is not the real reason he has shipped Past the Point to Aqueduct Racetrack for the 34th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler.

“It’s the only reason,” dead-panned Harty, who developed his rooting interest in the Yankees through his grandmother, who was a big fan of Joe DiMaggio.





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Friday, October 23 2009


NEW YORK RACING CONTINUES AT AQUEDUCT


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Aqueduct Racetrack, the only racetrack in New York City, opens for the 39-day Fall Meet on Wednesday, October 28. First race post is 12:30 p.m. and gates open at 11:00 a.m. unless otherwise indicated. Aqueduct boasts free admission and free general parking seven days a week. There’s plenty of tremendous graded racing during the meet, with 12 graded stakes on the main dirt track, two on the turf, and one on the inner dirt track.

The highlight of the meet is Saturday, November 28, featuring the Grade 1, $300,000 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile, one of the most prestigious mile races in the world. In addition, the day features the Grade 1 Gazelle for 3-year-old fillies and two great juvenile races in the Grade 2 Remsen and Demoiselle.





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Tuesday, August 11 2009


LONGTIME NYRA EMPLOYEE BILL JOHNSON DIES AT 76


Bill Johnson, a lifelong racetracker and longtime employee of The New York Racing Association, Inc., died August 7 of pancreatitis at age 76.

Johnson was widely known and liked throughout the racing industry. He worked as an assistant to track announcer Fred “Cappy” Capossela early in his career in the 1950s and later was director of radio and television for NYRA. He co-hosted the radio show “Breakfast at the Track” with the late Harry Downey on WGY in Schenectady, N.Y., and also worked on various handicapping television shows in the 1980s in the Albany area.





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Tuesday, July 28 2009


NY RACING BOARD AND NYRA ANNOUNCE NEW LIMITS ON OXYGEN TREATMENTS


The New York State Racing and Wagering Board announced a new medication directive today clarifying that horses are banned from being entered into races if they have received hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment within one week of post time. The new directive, clarifying existing state rules, is endorsed by The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers are accessed by some trainers to accelerate healing in a horse that has been injured or has an infection.





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Saturday, July 25 2009


NYRA NOTES: Friday, July 24, 2009


Trainer Todd Pletcher has enjoyed a great deal of success at Saratoga Race Course, winning five of the last seven training titles, but as he says, a lot depends on the performance of the barn’s babies.

“Success for us depends on how our two-year-olds run,” he said Friday morning at Belmont Park. “A lot are getting ready, and we should find out a lot more in a couple of weeks. You can only do what you can with what you have.”





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Saturday, July 11 2009


NYRA TESTING PADDED RIDING CROPS


ELMONT, N.Y. – Jockeys at Belmont Park this week began testing padded crops designed to be gentler on horses, with the goal of fully implementing the new equipment by the start of The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s six-week Saratoga meeting on July 29.

Changes to the design of the crop include a new maximum length of 30 inches and maximum weight of eight ounces. The “popper” – the end of the crop that touches the horse – has been lengthened to seven inches and cushioned to absorb shock.





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Thursday, July 09 2009


Industry Groups Announce Pledges to Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation


The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and many members of the Jockeys’ Guild who ride at its three racetracks, along with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and The Jockey Club, have jointly pledged more than $100,000 in financial support in 2009 to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), which provides humane retirement options for Thoroughbreds at the end of their racing careers, it was announced today.

NYRA will contribute $50,000 while NYTHA and The Jockey Club will donate $25,000 each. All 29 of the regular NYRA-based riders have pledged to donate, through a voluntary checkoff program, $1 from each mount.





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Thursday, July 02 2009


RACING AND WAGERING BOARD NOW ALLOWING MORE SUPERFECTAS


The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today enacted new directives that lay the groundwork for more Superfecta wagering opportunities for both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing fans.

“Superfectas are popular with some racing fans because if you’re lucky enough to hold a winning ticket, the payoff can be a princely sum,” Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John D. Sabini said. “We are looking constantly for ways to help the fans, the tracks and the horsemen. When we rewrite guidelines in a way that have a positive impact on overall handle, everyone comes out a winner.”





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