Thursday, April 30 2009


NYRA SUPPORTS BILL TO ELIMINATE WITHHOLDING TAX


Elmont, NY – The New York Racing Association, Inc. supports a bill that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 28 that would eliminate the automatic 25 percent federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more for bets that carry odds of 300-1 or higher.

The bill, titled the “Pari-Mutuel Conformity and Equality Act” (PACE Act – H.R. 2140) was introduced by Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) with Rep. Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) as the co-sponsor.





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Wednesday, April 22 2009


G3 WITHERS A MAJOR TEST FOR UP-AND-COMING 3-YEAR-OLDS


The horse grabbing most of the headlines in Doug O’Neill’s barn these days is Square Eddie, who made an improbable comeback from a shin injury suffered earlier this year to earn a berth in next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

But there’s no mistaking the enthusiasm in O’Neill’s voice when he starts talking about another 3-year-old colt in his stable, the lightly-raced Supreme Summit, who will be putting his 2-0 record on the line in the 130th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009


Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay said that the quarter crack he treated on Quality Road is a “done deal,” and the colt is on schedule for his next appearance, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill downs on Saturday, May 2.

Considered one of the favorites for the “Run for the Roses,” Quality Road developed a crack on his right-hind quarter during his track record-setting victory over Dunkirk in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 28.





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Sunday, April 19 2009


DUTROW STREAK HALTED AT SIX


Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s bid at the late Oscar Barrera’s New York Racing Association record of saddling eight straight winners was halted Saturday afternoon when Austin Laviva Baby ran fifth in the sixth race at Aqueduct.

Dutrow’s streak began on Thursday when Angel Aly ($6.40) won the sixth race and Argentine-bred Super Shape ($7.40) won the eighth. All three of his horses on Friday – Eclectic ($5.40) in the fifth, Confirmondi ($3) in the seventh and Boowoogeemolia ($4.70) in the eighth – were winners.





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AQUEDUCT NOTES, Saturday, April 18, 2009


Kentucky Derby hopeful Quality Road was in fine form Saturday morning, one day after turning in a bullet six-furlong work on Belmont Park’s training track.

“He’s fine, everything is good,” said trainer Jimmy Jerkens, adding that the Grade 1 Florida Derby winner will have one more work, either Saturday or Sunday, before departing next Tuesday for his engagement in the May 2 Kentucky Derby.





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Friday, April 17 2009


SAVE YOUR BUCKS AT BELMONT PARK; $1 OFF SPECIAL ANNOUNCED


In order to make a day at the races more affordable, The New York Racing Association has announced the Save Your Bucks deal for the opening month of the 2009 Belmont Park Spring/Summer Meet. Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from April 29 through May 29, fans will receive $1 off general parking, admission, beer, soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.

“NYRA has the best fans in the world, and the Save Your Bucks deal is our way of thanking them for their support,” said Charles Hayward, NYRA President & CEO. “By discounting parking, admission, food, and drinks, individuals and families alike will be able to save money on almost all of the amenities offered at Belmont Park.”





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PLENTY OF WORK AVAILABLE FOR UPCOMING SARATOGA MEET


It takes a lot of work to put on the greatest Thoroughbred racing meet in the world, and Saratoga Race Course is eager to get help established for its 2009, 36-day meet that runs from Wednesday, July 29-Labor Day, Monday, September 7.

To meet its demand for help at Saratoga, the New York Racing Association will conduct a series of Open Houses to interview candidates for different positions. These include turf work, general labor, greenhouse work/planting, betting clerks, security, ushers, parking attendants, customer service and group sales representatives and admission cashiers.





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Aqueduct Notes 4.16.09


Jockey Anna Rose Napravnik will bring her first season riding in New York to a close this weekend. Napravnik, who moved her tack to New York in late November, enjoyed success over Aqueduct’s inner track, finishing 5th in the standings with 39 victories, just two behind 4th place rider Eddie Castro.

“It was a real introduction period when we first got here,” Napravnik said of her arrival in New York. “Then, more and more people started to support us, business picked up and we finished out well. A lot of appreciation goes toward [those trainers] who started riding me in the beginning because I was out there on their horses showing everyone I could ride.”





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BED O’ROSES OFFERS LOOK AT BUDDING TALENT


This time of year, as horses return north from their winter quarters, it is not uncommon for trainers, looking for just the right spot, to cross-enter runners. Sometimes, it is merely feeling out the competition to see what’s out there. At other times, it may be a chance to pick up some black type.

Maryland-based trainer Michael Trombetta is weighing his options this weekend with Jeff Singer’s Cowgirls Don’t Cry, and it may be a last-minute decision as to where she runs.





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BELMONT FANS, SAVE YOUR BUCKS! ENJOY $PRING AT THE PARK


A protracted, cold winter and a longer and lousier economic climate has everybody down, but in fact, spring is here and brings the chance to get your spirits lifted with the approaching Opening Day of Belmont Park's 2009 Spring/Summer Meet on Wednesday, April 29. To make life a little easier on its fans, Belmont Park will offer "Save Your Bucks" every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through May 29. On those days, fans can enjoy $1 off general parking, admission, beer and soda, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza.

Excluding Belmont Stakes Day, June 6, general admission is normally $2 and clubhouse admission is $5; while general parking is $2, preferred parking $7 and valet parking $7.





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Sunday, April 12 2009


DREAM PLAY TAKES LEAD AND RINGS UP COMELY


Stewart L. Armstrong’s Dream Play, making her first start on Aqueduct’s main track, put away Grade 1 winner Laragh on Saturday afternoon, then splashed home to a 5½-length victory in the 60th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Comely for three-year-old fillies at a mile.

Ridden by jockey Eddie Castro for his third victory of the afternoon, Dream Play took the lead early and tried to put Laragh tight on the rail through an opening quarter of 23.77. Jockey Ramon Dominguez, aboard Laragh, the Hollywood Starlet winner, got the message and moved his mount outside to stalk the leader after a half of 48.16.






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Thursday, April 09 2009


Patrick Mahony promoted to NYRA Senior Vice President


A respected expert in Pari-Mutuel operations, Patrick Mahony has been promoted to the post of Senior Vice President of Mutuels, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today. His previous title had been Vice President of Pari-Mutuel Operations. Mahony joined NYRA in 2003 after a distinguished career at Gulfstream Park, Calder, Hialeah, Atlantic City Race Track, Garden State Race Track, and Monmouth Park.

“At NYRA, Pat has worked diligently to position our Mutuel department as one of the finest in the industry,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “He’s put a solid management team in place while establishing the highest standards of credibility and integrity. In addition, Pat has worked with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and industry organizations on national tote strategies and protocols.”





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